Thich Nhat Hanh, a 91-year-old Vietnamese monk and Noble Peace Prize nominee once said that if, while washing dishes, we aren’t mindful of the fact that we are washing dishes then “we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink.”
Hanh advocates for complete mindfulness of the present moment, to find joy even in the mundane. And if tales told by The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from A Mythical Man are to be believed, Murray is a big fan of these Buddhist philosophies, too. Continue reading “‘The Bill Murray Stories’ Shares Tales of the Enlightened Star”
We all could use a little more Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy in our lives, and STXfilms agrees.
The studio will release The Happytime Murders, a new comedy starring the duo, set in the dregs of Los Angeles and involving a crime-fighting puppet. (Say no more, I’m in.) Continue reading “The Bridesmaids Are Back: Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph Join Forces in New Comedy”
There’s a spot in my living room that undeniably catches the best morning light. A leather armchair is catty-cornered into it, and if you sit there by the window, you only see my neighbor’s big, leafy tree and not much else, which makes you feel like you’ve temporarily fallen into some tropical oasis of leather chairs and sunlight and leaves. Then you open the window and hear the sounds of waves crashing footsteps beyond, seagulls squawking, palm trees rustling. So this is where I write, right?
As I type these words to you now, I’m half in the dark on the other side of my living room—the one with the worst possible light—hunched over my computer, knees tucked behind me, sitting on top of a way-too-expensive Pottery Barn pillow (yay adulthood!), eating half a carrot I found on my kitchen counter five minutes ago and wondering why I don’t sit in that idyllic armchair literally ten feet to my right. The truth is, I have no idea. But at least I’m in good company. Here are seven crazy-successful writers on their own weird writing ways, (and yes, they all happen to be smart, sharp women):
Continue reading “The Surprising Ways Successful Screenwriters Find Inspiration”
The most innovative visual effects company in the world has two insect-like figures cast in stone at its entrance. But don’t let these archaic structures fool you; this place is on the razor-sharp edge of filmmaking innovation, teetering at times into animation so new, the technology has to be invented just to catch up with the idea. Continue reading “James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels Underway at Weta Digital in New Zealand”
Oh, Hollywood. It’s so hard to tell whether Amy Schumer is being genuinely supportive of Anne Hathaway, front runner for the live-action Barbie movie set to hit theaters June 29, 2018, or else there’s something a little, err, plastic in her response. Continue reading “Amy Schumer Calls Anne Hathaway ‘Perfect’ for Barbie”
Just when you thought the film industry couldn’t possibly eek anything more out of J.R.R. Tolkien or his epic tales, Finnish director Dome Karukoski will breathe new life into the famed, fantastical scribe by way of a big-screen biopic detailing Tolkien’s formative years as an orphaned youth. Continue reading “J.R.R. Tolkien is About to Become a Silver Screen Star”
I never personally knew Mary Tyler Moore but from a very early age, always felt like I did. Leaping off the glazed expanse of my television screen, hair perfectly coiffed, smile bright and genuine, she had the kind of vivaciousness that could inspire not only this young girl but also an entire generation of TV-watchers and then another generation after that … and it did. Continue reading “Mary Tyler Moore: No Ordinary Person”
Classic Christmas flicks are like the gingerbread cookies of Yuletide cinema: comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please. But you know what else is comforting, dependable and a safe bet to please? An open bar holiday party at your office. And nobody thinks that’s a good idea three hours deep into the festivities when the IT guy whose name may or may not not be Arnold is passed out on the copy machine, regurgitated tequila decorating his mouth and ever so slowly dribbling down a bright-red Christmas sweater that reads, “Feliz Navi-DOS.” Yeah … no.
Switch it up this year and ditch Miracle on 34th Street. You can do it! Be bold. Step out of the It’s A Wonderful Life box and smell the irreverent, mistle-toe-covered roses. Because these five holiday movies may not get much airtime during traditional Christmas celebrations … but they should. Continue reading “Underrated Christmas Movies: Five Films To Watch Today”
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WARNING: A CRAZY AMOUNT OF SPOILERS AHEAD …
After what seems like an actual year of waiting, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has finally made its caffeinated, fast-talking, pop-culture-referencing debut on Netflix. While the very first scene—Lorelai and Rory doing their back-and-forth thing beneath the town gazebo—felt more like a poorly choreographed and nervously performed opening to an off-off-Broadway play than it did a welcome back to Stars Hollow, we were welcomed back nonetheless, and that’s all that matters. Continue reading “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Reviewed”
I mean, good for Netflix. Not only is the world’s biggest Internet television network killing it on the stock market, the company is also killin’ it with its marketing, too. This morning, Netflix sent out a faux-press release about “Netflix Pausing,” a distinct yet irrepressible phenomena that spikes each year on the night of Halloween, wherein viewers take a break from binge-watching “Stranger Things” in their pajamas to answer the door and dole out candy unto costumed people they probably don’t know. Continue reading “Halloween is Coming and the Netflix Candy and Confections Division Can’t Wait”