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M.I.A. Reacts to M.B.E.: ‘I’m Honored to Have This Honor’

M.I.A. was among the artists recognized for their “services to music” by the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List and, like fellow honoree Elvis Costello, the rapper will accept the honor thanks in part to her mother.

On Saturday, the rapper born Mathangi Arulpragasam, the daughter of Sri Lankan Tamils, received an M.B.E., or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

“I’m honored to have this honor, as it means alot to my Mother. I want to honor what my mum spent many hours of her life doing,
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Elvis Costello Awarded O.B.E. Honor for ‘Services to Music’

Elvis Costello Awarded O.B.E. Honor for ‘Services to Music’
Elvis Costello has been awarded an O.B.E. – the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire – for his contributions to music as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

“I am happy to accept this very surprising honour,” Costello wrote in a long statement Friday. “To be honest, I’m pretty tickled to receive this acknowledgement for my ‘Services To Music,’ as it confirms my long held suspicion nobody really listens to the words in songs or the outcome might have been somewhat different.
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‘Pasolini’ Review: Portrait of an Artist as Boundary-Pushing Provocateur

‘Pasolini’ Review: Portrait of an Artist as Boundary-Pushing Provocateur
Abel Ferrara has come not to bury Pier Paolo Pasolini — writer, critic, activist, provocateur, communist, hedonist, out-and-proud homosexual and, last but not least, filmmaker — but to praise him. And, crucially, to commemorate the Italian director via a biopic that somehow doesn’t fall prey to the pitfalls that usually accompany hagiographic cinematic shrines. Focusing on the last 24 hours of Pasolini’s life, Ferrara’s tribute to the late Renaissance man of 20th century Rome is part hero worship, part recreation of a true-crime tragedy and completely of a piece with
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Rihanna, Blake Lively and More Stars We Missed at the 2019 Met Gala

Rihanna, Blake Lively and More Stars We Missed at the 2019 Met Gala
Lady Gaga's dramatic entrance may have overshadowed most 2019 Met Gala arrivals, but it didn't prevent the stealthiest of pop culture fans from pointing out who didn't quite make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday evening.  For starters, we let out a collective wail when Rihanna didn't ascend the pink carpet steps. She's attended seven Met Gala ceremonies over the years, and in 2018 co-chaired the event alongside Amal Clooney (who was also M.I.A. tonight) and Donatella Versace.  Some equally as upsetting absent stars included Blake Lively, who revealed just last week that she's pregnant, as well as Taylor SwiftSarah Jessica Parker and...
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Trailers of the Week: ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season, ‘Good Omens,’ Aretha Doc

Trailers of the Week: ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season, ‘Good Omens,’ Aretha Doc
Welcome to the Trailers of the Week: Holy Crap They Finally Dropped the Official Game of Thrones Trailer! edition. Yes, HBO revealed the first clips of the show’s last season, and it’s a destruction-filled doozy. We also got looks at the long-suppressed Aretha Franklin concert movie finally hitting theaters, a new TV true-crime anthology, some upcoming superhero movies, Amazon’s adaptation of a beloved cult novel, biopics, mock-biopics, broad comedies and more. Dig in.

The Act

We know, we know: What, another true-crime anthology series?! Except Hulu’s
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Arrested Development Season 5B Premiere Date Set at Netflix

The stair car is gassed up and ready for a few more hop-ons. Netflix on Tuesday announced that Arrested Development will return for the second half of its fifth (and final?) season on Friday, March 15. The eight-episode drop comes nearly 10 months after the first batch of Season 5 installments, which were released back in May.

To go with the big announcement, Netflix also shared this poster for Season 5B:

You can't handle the Bluth. Arrested Development returns March 15 pic.twitter.com/07UA4hJlgB

— Arrested Development (@arresteddev) February 19, 2019

As previously reported, the odds are not in Arrested Development‘s favor to return
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‘Matangi – Maya – M.I.A.’ Review

  • Nerdly
Features: Mathangi Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A), Diplo, Madonna, Nicki Minaj | Written and Directed by Stephen Loveridge

Directed by close friend Stephen Loveridge, Matangi – Maya – M.I.A. follows the life of controversial, outspoken and influential rapper Mathangi Arulpragasam Aka M.I.A. From her refugee status in the U.K. at 11, humble beginnings as a documentary filmmaker in the early 2000s and her relationship with her freedom fighter father, to rising status and eventual success as a hip-hop artist two years later, while chronicling her monumental critical acclaim with the surrounding controversies that followed such a meteoric rise in the public eye.

One of the biggest attributes this documentary offers is the sheer scale of erudition and detail that the life of Arulpragasam entails thus far. Her relationship with her father and connections with the Sri Lankan Tamil community are incredibly absorbing and lavish in emotional depth. The latter of which
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Archie Andrews is M.I.A. and presumed dead in first look preview of Archie 1941 #5

Archie Comics has unveiled a first-look preview of the fifth and final issue of its acclaimed historical limited series Archie 1941 #5, which sees Riverdale in mourning with Archie Andrews missing and presumed dead. Check it out here…

Archie Andrews—Mia and presumed dead! His friends and family—devastated! Don’t miss out on the conclusion of this headline-making comic event!

Archie 1941 #5 is out on February 6th.

The post Archie Andrews is M.I.A. and presumed dead in first look preview of Archie 1941 #5 appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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How Captain Marvel Might Just Save the Day in Avengers: Endgame

How Captain Marvel Might Just Save the Day in Avengers: Endgame
Thanos might have met his match in Captain Marvel. In 2018's Avengers: Infinity War's mid-credits scene, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sent an urgent message to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) before he turned to dust along with half the universe. While it's clear she'll play a big part in Avengers: Endgame, how she will be involved remains a mystery—especially since she was conspicuously M.I.A. in the movie's teaser trailer. E! News visited the set of Larson's Captain Marvel movie eight months ago, set nearly three decades before Thanos (Josh Brolin) acquired the Infinity Stones, snapped his fingers and committed mass genocide. Executive producer Jonathan Schwartz said he "talked a...
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Oscars’ Music Shortlist: 7 Song and Score Surprises

  • Variety
For many years, Oscar “shortlists” narrowed down the choices in a preliminary round that would eventually lead to the five nominees for original song and score. Academy executives discontinued that practice after the 1979 awards, but have brought it back for the 2018 honors.

It was problematic then and it remains so now. Not everyone agrees that the shortlist concept is a good idea, primarily because it forces music-branch members to see and evaluate dozens of films before the first round of voting in early December. Previously, they had until early January to wade through all those “for your consideration” screeners and CDs.

In May, Academy executives insisted that the shortlist “gives smaller or lesser-known films a better chance to be nominated.” Speculation at the time focused on music from films released in the first half of the year, which have often been ignored in favor of end-of-year releases, generally deemed more “important.
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Amazon Likely to Pull Film Festival Stars, and With It the Floor of the Sundance Market

Sundance filmmakers should prepare for a streaming reality without buffering. Sales agents are telling their clients that Amazon Video Direct is not expected to offer its Film Festival Stars program at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Open to official selections at major festivals, the two-year-old Ffs offered cash bonuses and preferential royalty rates for filmmakers to self-distribute their films on Amazon Prime.

According to multiple sources, Amazon has put Ffs on hiatus as the company takes a hard look at its future. Distribution partners, sales agents, and the festival itself has not heard from Amazon Video Direct in months, most telling IndieWire they would be “shocked” if the Ffs deal returned for Sundance.

When “streaming platform” entered the filmmaker vocabulary just a few years ago, it sounded like an indie godsend — a way to ensure that virtually any film could find an audience, if not a buyer. However, the
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New to Streaming: ‘Roma,’ ‘The House That Jack Built,’ ‘Cocote,’ ‘A Simple Favor,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Cocote (Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias)

Fans of fierce, challenging indigenous cinema rejoice. It’s not every day that you see a film from and depicting the life in the Dominican Republic, let alone one as intriguing as Cocote. Writer/director De Los Santos Arias’ feature debut shines a light on an underrepresented part of the world and casts a truly outlandish spell that confounds and overwhelms. Fair warning: sheer cultural divide would most likely prevent a deeper appreciation of the film, but the authenticity and intensity of its voice alone proves excitingly – if also gruelingly – memorable. – Zhuo-Ning Su (full review)

Where to Stream: iTunes

Happy Hour
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Win Documentary ‘Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.’ on DVD

Critically acclaimed British artist M.I.A. rose to fame on the back of international hit-singles Paper Planes and Bad Girls. Sixteen years after breaking out onto the music scene, Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., a highly anticipated documentary, lifts the lid on Maya “M.I.A.” Arulpragasam’s extraordinary life and musical journey from her own perspective. To celebrate the release, we have five copies of the film to give away on DVD.

Packed with previously unseen footage, this brand-new feature film tells the real story behind one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial female artists; and is available on iTunes Digital HD on 26th November before landing on Blu-ray & DVD on 10th December, courtesy of Dogwoof.

Directed by friend and fellow former student of St Martin’s, Steve Loveridge, Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. promises to deliver viewers an unforgettable experience, charting the singer’s meteoric rise to stardom as well
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Ida Documentary Awards: 'Minding the Gap' Wins Best Feature

Ida Documentary Awards: 'Minding the Gap' Wins Best Feature
The 34th Ida Documentary Awards, hosted by Ricki Lake, took place Saturday night at Los Angeles' Paramount Studios.

Bing Liu's Minding the Gap received best feature honors, with Floyd Russ' short doc Zion, the limited series Wild Wild Country and docs about John McCain and M.I.A. among other high-profile winners.

Liu also received the emerging filmmaker award from director Barry Jenkins and Gordon Quinn, artistic director of Kartemquin Films.

“Both the best feature and best short categories recognized the remarkable range of work that was produced in 2018,” Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association, said ...
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Friends From College Gets Season 2 Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer

Friends From College Gets Season 2 Premiere Date, Teaser Trailer
Like it or not, Friends From College is coming back. Netflix has announced that the polarizing comedy will return for Season 2 on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 — nearly 18 months after the release of Season 1.

The official logline clears up why any of these people would agree to be in the same room together following the events of the Season 1 finale. According to the official logline, a year has passed since Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) and Sam (Annie Parisse) were revealed to be having an affair. Since then, Ethan’s estranged wife Lisa (Cobie Smulders) has been M.I.A., while Sam has been trying to salvage
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‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ ‘Rbg’ Among Cinema Eye Honors Early Documentary Awards Nominees

  • Variety
Cinema Eye Honors revealed the first awards announcements for the organization’s 12th annual awards on Thursday.

Audience choice nominees include recent documentary awards-circuit players such as “Free Solo,” “Minding the Gap,” “Quincy,” “Rbg,” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The group also unveiled its list of “The Unforgettables,” honoring notable and significant nonfiction film subjects, such as rock climber Alex Honnold (“Free Solo”), recording artist M.I.A. (“Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”), Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (“Rbg”), and television legend Fred Rogers (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”).

Joining the broadcast film category is a new field this year, broadcast series, which features contenders such as Netflix’s “Evil Genius” and “Wild Wild Country,” and Showtime’s “The Fourth Estate.”

In the Heterodox category, recognizing fiction films that actively blur the line between fiction and documentary, The Orchard and MoviePass’ “American Animals,” Magnolia’s “Skate Kitchen,” and
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‘Studio 54’ And ‘Free Solo’: It’s Still All About The Parties – Specialty Box Office

  • Deadline
Sundance doc Studio 54 played a solo New York engagement over the weekend, taking in $15K with sold out shows. The film is the second release for filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer who also had Scotty And The Secret History of Hollywood in theaters over the summer.

20th Century Fox rolled out The Hate U Give in three dozen locations, grossing a half million. Racking up the big numbers, though, was Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo, topping a million over the weekend with a $590K three-day gross in 41 theaters.

Cohen Media Group bowed fellow doc The Great Buster: A Celebration with two runs, taking in $7,234. Fox Searchlight expanded Robert Redford starrer The Old Man & The Gun to 49 theaters, grossing $385K. Neon jumped Monsters And Men to 143 theaters in its second frame grossing $146K, while The Orchard planted All About Nina in 23 theaters in its second frame, taking
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‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.’ Is A Deep-Cut Doc About The Making Of A Singular Artist [Zurich Review]

“Popular, popular, I’m really really pop-u-lar” goes the sardonic, off-the-cuff riff spontaneously spouted by controversial Sri Lankan-British hip-hop artist M.I.A. aka Maya, at an early point in Steve Loveridge‘s energetic, scattered but surprisingly deep-cut documentary about her life. It’s a bit of home video footage taken from around the time of M.I.A.’s first brush with success, after getting signed to Xl Recordings in London and releasing her first single “Galang,” and it’s the combination of these pre-fame, pre-infamy moments, with the more knowing and pointed footage from later that gives the film its edge, and a shifting, ironic perspective that is admiring while never letting the subject get too big for her boots.

Continue reading ‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.’ Is A Deep-Cut Doc About The Making Of A Singular Artist [Zurich Review] at The Playlist.
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M.I.A. Hated Her Documentary at First, but the Director Says She’s Changed Her Mind

M.I.A. Hated Her Documentary at First, but the Director Says She’s Changed Her Mind
If anyone could have been mentally prepared for M.I.A.’s savagely tepid response to his documentary about her, it’s Steven Loveridge. The soft-spoken British filmmaker and the British Tamil pop icon go way back to their art school days at Central Saint Martins, but after seeing “Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.” for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam set him straight. “It’s not the film that I would have made,” she said during a live Q&A, adding that Loveridge “took all my cool out.”

“That was excruciating, showing it to her at Sundance,” Loveridge said during a recent phone interview. “That was not a good idea, to spring it on her in the audience and say, ‘Now, welcome to stage, M.I.A. and Steve Loveridge,’ and then I have to say to her, ‘What do you think of the film?’ Live, at Sundance,
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‘Free Solo’ Ascends To 2018’s Best Per-Theater Average; Redford’s ‘Old Man & The Gun’ Solid – Specialty Box Office

  • Deadline
Telluride/Toronto documentary Free Solo ascended to some of the best opening box office stats of the year and even scaled new peaks in the nonfiction realm. Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the National Geographic Film/Greenwich Entertainment release grossed a massive $300,804 in just four theaters, averaging $75,201, the best opening-weekend PTA of 2018, climbing over previous title holder, Eighth Grade. The bow for the film about Alex Honnold’s attempt to scale Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan without a rope also is the best opening-weekend PTA for a documentary ever, overtaking 2006 Oscar winner An Inconvenient Truth, which averaged $70,333 in its opening frame in four locations. Free Solo’s opening all but assures it’ll join the year’s big three docs, Rbg Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers as 2018’s nonfiction behemoths.

Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s The Old Man & The Gun starring Robert Redford,
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