Co-founder of Krump, Lil C makes his debut in the series as one of the Lettermakers, who craft the letters of invitation for the LXD to bolster their numbers to combat the Uprising. Krump and martial arts are well-combined in this number, which is reminiscent of the training sequences from The Matrix, though with more dance and less gravity defying.
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First Film: The French actresses’ first international breakthrough success was in Claude Gorgetta’s 1977 The Lacemaker, but she had been working steadily since 1971
Must-see: A trio of amazing work with Claude Chabrol: The Story of Women (1998); Madame Bovary (1991); and La ceremonie (1995)
Star Turn: Huppert’s complex, depraved Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher for Michael Haneke was unanimously voted Best Actress at Cannes in 2001.
Underrated: Violette, another Chabrol film, this time from 1978, which tied Huppert for the Best Actress prize at Cannes with Jill Clayburgh’s iconic turn in An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)
Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Huppert just appeared, of all places, on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit opposite Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Sharon Stone. Think about that. Her next film is White Material for French auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail)
Rockstar Games is currently featuring a live version of “Far Away”, a familiar track to players of Red Dead Redemption. The video features Jose Gonzalez performing the song on the rooftop of Rockstar’s offices.
It is still just as haunting a tune, even without the digital tumbleweeds of New Austin to accompany it.
First Film: Fred Zinneman’s Julia (1977)
Must-see: Sophie’s Choice (Alan J. Pakula, 1982); A Cry in the Dark (Fred Schepisi, 1988); and Angels in America (Mike Nichols, 2003)
Star Turn: In Clint Eastwood’s three-hankie, four-star adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County (which, let’s face it, is a crappy book), Streep not only elevated the project’s air of respectability, she also upped her own ante by turning in a performance in which there is absolutely no trace of Meryl Streep. She truly was an Italian war bride, a lonely farm wife who finds love with an unexpected stranger.
Underrated: Her good-natured, singing turn in Robert Altman’s final film, A Prairie Home Companion, where her version of “Goodbye to Mama” challenges any viewer to hold back the tears.
Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: She will work with Mike Nichols again, alongside Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, in Great Hope Springs and play British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a bio. Last year, her hat trick of Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia (as Julia Child) and Nancy Meyers’ It’s Complicated cemented her as a box office force as well as an acting legend, a trend she started with The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and continued with Mamma Mia! (2008). Streep brings home the bacon.
On September 21st, Boston based Ryan Montbleau Band will release Heavy on the Vine, the band’s third, independently released studio CD. The recording was financed by sales of a live, solo CD, Stages Volume II. Ryan was named the Best Local Male Vocalist in the 2007 Boston Local Music Awards, and won two awards the same year in the International Songwriting Competition. The band has become a regular on the festival circuit, and spent the past four months touring the country along side Martin Sexton (who produced Heavy on the Vine) as his opening act as well as his backing band for Martin’s own songs. Though the band has made a name for itself among the jamband crowd with a rigorous schedule, the real beauty lies in the poetic and lovely lyrics of the 33-year-old Villanova graduate. The six-piece band has begun recording intimate videos of the 14 new tracks and will post a new video each week until the new CD is released. Below, enjoy the first two videos and keep an ear open and an eye on Mixed Media for the new videos each week until September 21st.