The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell

The 1939 classic has inspired everyone from David Lynch to Salman Rushdie. Novelist and super-fan Luiza Sauma explores why the films message about home still holds such power Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak, monochrome Kansas. Find yourself a place where you wont get into any trouble, her aunt beseeches, too busy for poor old Dorothy, who soon breaks into song: Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. Her wish is soon granted by a tornado that carries her to the gaudy, Technicolor Land of Oz, instilling her …

Denis Villeneuve Is Working On a Dune TV Series

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. What's happening in the news today? Plenty, actually: Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is working on a Dune television show in addition to his Dune movie; the cowriter of Coco is about to go to Narnia; and Facebook is commissioning even more shows. Let’s tune in. There's a New Dune Series in the Works For those who just can't get enough Dune, we have some good news. In addition to the new film set to be released in 2020, WarnerMedia announced this week that it is also working on a companion series for its streaming service. Titled Dune: The Sisterhood, the show will focus on the mysterious …

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

At the start of Pathologic 2, I wake up in an empty room. I follow a light, and end up on a stage. I'm introduced to the show, by a wicked-looking director and extras in tragedy masks and skin-tight black suits. I'm an actor, the star, one of many. Then the game begins, I walk off the stage, and people start dying. Julie Muncy Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together Julie Muncy Rage 2's Open World Is More Barren Than It Should Be Julie Muncy Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility Pathologic 2 is the remake/sequel to the cult classic Russian plague simulator, Pathologic. Released in 2005, the game, developed by Ice Pick Lodge, …

Beyond Madonna: A More Colorful Picture of Queer History

Pose's second season begins with a flashpoint. It's 1990, and New York's ball scene is reveling in the fact that Madonna's "Vogue" is a hit and mourning the fact that HIV/AIDS deaths in their community are a near-daily occurrence. Madge's song and video shined a spotlight on ball culture's dance moves, and Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), who is herself HIV-positive, sees the song as a way for her children—the adopted gay and transgender kids in her house—to find success in modeling or teaching dance. "This song is our ticket to acceptance," she says. If past is prologue, this won't come to pass. Historically, the young queer people of color who created voguing got little credit for the phenomenon. Ball culture didn't …

Goodbye X-MenYou Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution

The 1990s were a weird time if you liked comic books. A speculation boom and subsequent bust wiped away shops and publishers alike, and even Marvel—yes, Marvel—filed for bankruptcy in 1996. Yet the 1990s were even weirder if you wanted to see comic books on the big screen. Dick Tracy. The Rocketeer. The Phantom. Spawn. Judge Dredd. Jim Carrey in The Mask. Wesley Snipes as Blade. Even the Batman saga, which Tim Burton had kicked off with such promise, sputtered into garish weirdness. By 1999, moviegoers looking for something adapted from sequential art had their choice of exactly one film: Mystery Men, an ensemble comedy with a peripheral connection to an oddity called Flaming Carrot Comics. Graeme McMillan 5 Comics …

Keanu Reeves Showed Up at E3 to Say He’s in Cyberpunk 2077

Happy Monday, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all the world's biggest pop culture news. What's up this fine Monday? For one, Dark Phoenix bombed pretty badly, and for another, HBO cancelled Vice News Tonight. But let's get to the real reason you clicked on this story: KEANU. Keanu Reeves Surprised E3—in a Very Big Way Here's some news (probably) no one expected: Neo himself, Keanu Reeves, showed up at E3 yesterday. And, not only did he show up, he walked out on stage during Microsoft's Xbox event to announce that he'll be in the forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. The game doesn't hit consoles until April 16, 2020, but as soon as Reeves announced his involvement, …

Emma Thompson Tried to Be in Star Wars

Emma Thompson is a lot of things: an actress, a dame, a life force bequeathed to humanity by the gods. One thing she is not, though, is a character in the Star Wars film universe. But it's not for lack of trying. At one point Thompson's agent inquired about the thespian getting a part in the current Star Wars saga, but was rebuffed. "I actually really like Star Wars,” Thompson says in the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, but "I'm not in Star Wars because they don't want me to be in Star Wars.” (To anyone at Lucasfilm reading this: C'mon, you hire so many Brits! Why not Emma? The woman is a legend.) If Thompson were cast, Mindy Kaling, her …

Liam Gallagher: As It Was review rock’n’roll rebel grows up

The charismatic swagger remains, but this disarming portrait of the former Oasis singer reveals a newfound humility Bros raised Liam Gallagher to respond: strange days indeed. This disarming portrait of pops pre-eminent monobrow picks up where Oasiss toxic 2009 tour. As It Was follows Liam through a challenging transition period. Their familiar braggadocio is still on display within five minutes, the films subject can be heard declaring I know how great I am but the opening half-hour describes the failures of multiple projects close to the singers heart: rebound band Pretty Green, the dissolution of his Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Laura Dern: ‘I feel like Im ready to try anything and to dive deeper

Laura Dern decided to become an actor when she was just six. But its only now, with 55 films under her belt and as Big Little Lies returns to our screens, that she really feels free to try anything To hear her mother tell it, its a miracle that Laura Dern exists at all. In the early 1960s Diane Ladd and her then husband, Bruce Dern, suffered an excruciating loss when their 18-month-old daughter drowned. The trauma was not just emotional but physical, and doctors told her that she would be unable have another child. But they were wrong, and the proof was Dern. One confounded doctor travelled to the hospital to witness the miracle child. From her home in …

Saving Private Ryan review war epic still hits with sledgehammer force

The trauma of war is made viscerally clear in Steven Spielbergs dazzling fusion of audacity, action and poignant human drama A present participle in the title usually promises a film with light, ironical flavour: Driving Miss Daisy, Being John Malkovich, Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo. Not here. Screenwriter Robert Rodat imagined this colossal second world war blockbuster with absolute seriousness, loosely inspired by the real-life case of Sgt Frederick Niland, recalled to the US from the Normandy campaign on emergency compassionate grounds because all his brothers were believed (wrongly, as it turned out) to have been killed in action. With this movie, re-released 21 years on, John Williams, candidly inspired by Elgars Nimrod. And it was based on a redemptive, quietist …

You Can’t Hate San Francisco Unless You Love San Francisco

Everybody hates San Francisco right now. “San Francisco broke America’s heart,” The Washington Post declared last month. “This city is dead,” says a prototypical white yuppie as she rides a Muni bus in the new film The Last Black Man in San Francisco. “You don’t get to hate San Francisco. You don’t get to hate it unless you love it,” answers Jimmie Fails, a character played by the actor Jimmie Fails. The scene comes toward the end of the film, which is loosely based on Fails’ real life growing up in San Francisco. It’s a moment both cutting and generous, clarifying the tension at the heart of the film, this city, this country, this time. To hate San Francisco may …

Alice Lowe: I was terrified that Bill Nighy was going to hate me

The actor, writer and Prevenge director on her new film, demonic possession and Scrabble APrevenge, and last year appeared in Sometimes Always Never, a film written by before, she was in my tummy, which makes her a lot easier to keep your eye on. Luckily, the company, Western Edge Pictures, who also did Prevenge, are so supportive of me being a mum that is vital. Is there a widening understanding of this in the industry?Definitely there was a creche for the first time in Cannes this year, and I support Raising Films, a charity all about parents and carers working in the film industry. Being a film-maker shouldnt mean you have to be completely antisocial and never see your family …

Get on one, comrade! The story of Russias post-Soviet rave scene

For a brief period in the early 90s, anything seemed possible for the pioneers of a new youth culture. But as a new film reveals, things didnt turn out quite as hoped In 1991, the Soviet Union finally crumbled under the weight of its own contradictions. As the walls came tumbling down, it looked as though a space was finally opening up for young people to express themselves after the crushing conformity of the communist years. For us it was awesome when the Soviet Union fell, because we could fool around, says artist Illya Chichkan. And thats exactly what we did. We experimented with psychedelics and psychotropics. We tried everything. Rave promoter tsky was equally optimistic: It looked like the …

Frank Lucas, the drug lord who inspired American Gangster, dies aged 88

Mobster who climbed ranks of New York crime in 1970s was played by Denzel Washington in acclaimed 2007 movie Frank Lucas, the former New York drug kingpin whose life was the subject of the 2007 movie American Gangster, has died. Lucas, who was 88, died on Thursday in New Jersey, his nephew Aldwan Lassiter said. Lucas had been in declining health, according to his former lawyer. Raised in North Carolina, Lucas climbed the ranks of crime in Harlem in the 1960s and 70s, becoming a major drug dealer known for supplying huge amounts of particularly potent heroin. Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in a scene from American Gangster. Photograph: David Lee/AP He said it netted him millions, and authorities seized …

Like Cars? Watch This Ford v Ferrari Trailer Right Now

Happy Monday and welcome to a new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of all things pop culture. What's in store today? First things first: The official trailer for Ford v Ferrari—the story of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in France—is out, and, frankly, it's a helluva good time. Also, another production might be pulling out of Georgia over the state's anti-abortion law. Oh, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell flat at the box office. Let's dig in. Watch This Ford v Ferrari Trailer Right Now Do you like things that go vroom? You're in luck. The first trailer for Ford v Ferrari is here to satiate your needs. The film stars Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby, …

Hollywood needs to stop letting stars author their own biopics | Charles Bramesco

Elton Johns biopic Rocketman is the latest in a long line of fact-based dramas that suffer from their subjects involvement The new musical drama Rocketman opens on Elton John majestically strolling into a rehab meeting, resplendent in a flamboyant Satan getup we will soon come to understand as aggressively, relentlessly symbolic. A haggard-looking John plops in his chair and rattles off his laundry list of flaws: hes a profligate boozer and overly fond of both cannabis and cocaine, hell shag anything with a pulse and a Y chromosome, he has wrestled with a touch of bulimia, some anger management issues here and there, etc. The film frontloads this scene as a purposeful statement of intent, that this will be the …