Claws is a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a South Florida nail salon. It follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. Claws is about good women caught in bad places with worse men. It’s the story of hardworking women trying to get by in this economy, set against the surreal, bright, gritty landscape of Florida and the luscious, absurd, extreme excesses of the crime world.
Claws stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Jack Kesy, Kevin Rankin, Jason Antoon, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Suleka Mathew, Harold Perrineau and Dean Norris.
Thanks to ever growing technology, we are more connected to the world than ever before – but we seem to know less and less about the people we know. That’s the subject of Chad Kultgen’s novel, Men, Women & Children, which been adapted for film by Jason Reitman (Up In The Air, Juno). Men, Women & Children’s first trailer has just gone live and it’s both poignant and intriguing.
Check it out after the jump. Men, Women & Children has its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Creative Coalition and ‘Supper Suite by STK’ Dazzles DC with Gala Benefit Dinner Celebrating Arts in America and the Launch of STK DC.
Complete event details and photos of your favorite stars such as AnnaSophia Robb (“The Carrie Diaries”), Tim Daly (“Private Practice”), Jonathan Groff (Frozen), and Constance Zimmer (“House of Cards”) after the jump.
Hollywood is comin’ to town to support the arts! The Creative Coalition and ‘Supper Suite by STK’ is set to dazzle DC with a Gala benefit dinner celebrating Arts in America and the launch of STK DC, a modern
steakhouse and chic lounge.
Full press release and event details after the jump.
In Prom, Walt Disney Studios has created a lively, reasonably smart teen film that won’t insult the intelligence of any adults who should happen on it. Sure, it postulates a truly mythical version of high school and prom, but movies are all about the imagination and the Disneyverse lives there.
When Bryan Cranston won the Emmy for Best Actor, last year, it came as a surprise to most of the Awards show’s audience. After all, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm had all the buzz for that series going for him. That and Cranston’s Breaking Bad role, chemistry teacher Walter White, being a guy who decides, upon learning that he has terminal lung cancer, decides to provide for his family by going into the crystal meth business. The DVD release of the truncated first season [seven episodes, down from nine, bcause3 of the writers’ strike] shows that Cranston was consistently amazing throughout – but also that the entirety of the show’s cast is just as remarkable.
Walt has a nuclear family – him and his pregnant wife, Skyler [Anna Gunn] and son Walter Jr. [R.J. Mitte], a high school student who has cerebral palsy [as does the actor who plays him] – and a brother in law who works for the DEA, Hank Schrader [Dean Norris]. Hank’s wife [Skyler’s sister], Marie [Betsy Brandt] rounds out the family. Walt’s partner in crime is Jesse Dupree [Aaron Paul], a high school dropout whom Walt failed in chemistry.
The series is a black comedy that follows Walt as, bit by bit, he goes down the wrong path as his disease worsens. At first he hides his disease from his family as he starts up his meth lab [making the purest stuff Jesse has ever seen], but he eventually tells Skyler and the rest of the family persuade him to take chemotherapy. Along the way, Walt is faced with increasingly difficult choices – like what to do with a couple of dealers who try to horn in on his and Jesse’s set up – and, invariably, makes the wrong choices [though always from a place of good intentions…].
Series creator Vince Gilligan has created a darkly comic series that more than lives up to its intriguing title [Gilligan says that it’s slang for “raising hell”]. Even as we wonder what the heck Walt is thinking as he goes down the path into his personal dark side, we can understand his motivation – and even sympathize. Like the blurb on the box says, “…Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken care after he’s gone, even if it means putting all their lives on the line.”
Features include: Deleted Scenes on every disc; Audio Commentaries by Gilligan and Cast for the Pilot and Crazy Handful of Nothin’; Making of Breaking Bad; Inside Breaking Bad; Vince Gilligan’s Photo Gallery; AMC Shootout: Interview With Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston and Mark Johnson, and Screen Tests.
Grade: Breaking Bad: The Complete First Season – A+