With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re all feeling grateful for our beloved moms. But just in case you weren’t, we decided to round up 10 of Hollywood’s most horrible mothers to make you extra happy about yours. Afterwards, we think you might want to reconsider being stingy on your gift this year.
Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest
Who can forget Hollywood’s most iconic bad mom? Starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest is supposedly the real life depiction of growing up with Joan. All I know is, never use wire hangers — or else.
Mrs. Bates in Psycho
Oh, mother. Norman Bates’ mom in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, Psycho, kind of gets an unfair rap. Sure, the lady raised a serial killer with a serious Oedipus complex, but she’s not the real murderer in the film. Spoiler alert: Norman is — he just has a split personality and kills to please “Mother.” In reality, she was his first victim.
Margaret White in Carrie
Margaret White is the hyper-religious, seriously abusive and totally disturbed mother in Carrie. Not only does she eventually try to kill her daughter, but she also kept her locked in a tiny closet for most of her life. But don’t worry kiddos, ol’ Maggie gets hers in the end, when Carrie telekinetically kills her.
Kate McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Kate McCallister from the Home Alone franchise left for vacation and forgot her son not once, but twice. Luckily, Kevin was practically an evil mastermind, and really good at forging weapons from household items.
Mrs. Vorhees in Friday the 13th
Mrs. Vorhees from the Friday the 13th movies could actually be considered a good mom, depending how you look at it. Yeah, she’s a mass murderer, but only because she wants vengeance for her son Jason.
Other Mother in Coraline
Talk about the grass being greener. When Coraline get sick of her mother’s incessant nagging and busy schedule, she ends up finding comfort in an alternate universe version of her mom called her “Other Mother.” Of course, Other Mother is actually a monster who lures kids to her world by being a perfect mom. Then she steals their souls.
Gladys Leeman in Drop Dead Gorgeous
Gladys Leeman will do anything for her daughter Becky in the 1999 dramedy Drop Dead Gorgeous — even kill her fellow beauty pageant contestants. But aside from being a ruthless killer, I imagine she was also a really awful stage mom.
Zinnia Wormwood in Matilda
Poor Matilda. She’s stuck with The Trunchbull at school and at home, she’s got Zinnia Wormwood for a mother. The self-centered (and generally shady) mom doesn’t let Matilda do anything. Her one redeeming moment is when she gives the kid up for adoption. But that’s only because her and her husband were trying to evade the FBI by moving to Guam, and didn’t really want to take her.
Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2
Like Mrs. Voorhees, Mrs. Loomis could also be seen as a good mother. Well, not really. But no one can say she wasn’t dedicated. Yes, she did leave Billy while he was in high school, but eventually returned to seek revenge on Sid after his death. “Was that a negative, disparaging remark about my Billy?”
Max Conners in Heartbreakers
Heartbreakers is about a mother-daughter con artist duo who marry old men to inherit their money. So, yeah, probably not the best mom to begin with. But when her daughter Page actually falls in love, Max decides to seduce him. Why? To prove no one loves Page but her. Because yeah, that makes sense.
So, even if you’re not totally crazy about your mom, be happy that she’s not just totally crazy. Or, you know, a serial killer. Happy Mother’s Day!
When it comes to fashion, there’s only ever been one Alexander McQueen. His edgy, avant-garde looks and radical runway presentations throughout the ’90s and early-to-mid-’00s constantly pushed boundaries and reinvented shapes, catapulting the volatile young designer to infamy and accolades.
When he took his own life in 2010 at just 40-years-old, the fashion world was devastated by the loss of such an inimitable genius. And McQueen, the new documentary by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui, will at last give genuine insight into his life and creative process.
Born in London, the designer graduated from Central Saint Martins before taking over the position of head designer at Givenchy and launching his eponymous brand. By the time he was in his thirties, he had won the “British Designer of the Year” award four different times. Beyond his innovative design approach, McQueen completely redefined fashion – and the fashion show – as we’d come to understand it. Whether he was recreating a shipwreck (S/S ’03), using models in a game of human chess (S/S ’05), or programming robots to spray-paint supermodel Shalom Harlow at the end of the runway (S/S ’99), he never saw fashion as just a way to make pretty clothes (though his designs were definitely so). For Alexander McQueen, everything was art.
In the film, Bonhôte and Ettedgui capture this through archival footage, never-before-seen photographs and interviews with the designer’s closest friends and family. Premiering this weekend at TriBeCa Film Festival, McQueen paints a powerful portrait of one of his generation’s most influential artists.
Everyone knows the name Jean-Michel Basquiat. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, he became one of the world’s most influential artists, responsible for revolutionizing the New York art scene by popularizing street art and promoting a radical, political message. But before his paintings were selling for $110,000,00 at auction, Basquiat was living as a homeless teen in NYC’s East Village.
A new documentary, Boom For Real, explores this pivotal time in the artist’s life, which undoubtedly impacted his work and career. From the prevalence of drugs, crime and violence that he witnessed (in the documentary, director Sara Driver shows how his famous tag “SAMO” came from Basquiat seeing the “same ‘ol shit”), to his experiences with class struggle, these themes were at the center of the artist’s work until his untimely death in 1988. While most of the other films about the painter, like Tamra Davis’ 2010 Radiant Child documentary, touch on Basquiat’s career and the effect he’s had on contemporary art, Boom For Real sheds light on his life before fame, and how those experiences shaped him as an artist.
Nam June Paik, ‘Megatron Matrix’, photo courtesy of Ryan Somma
The Armory is basically the Coachella of the art world – well, sans the ecstasy and the floral headbands. But anyone who’s anyone (or has ever been at some point in time) will gather at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan to browse New York’s largest art fair and see work from both emerging and legendary global artists.
Since that can be a bit overwhelming, we’ve done you a solid and put together a list of 10 artists you won’t want to miss at this year’s show. Trust us.
Douglas Coupland at Daniel Faria
‘Tsunami Chest,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Daniel Faria Gallery
Postmodern artist and fiction author Douglas Coupland is known for subverting pop culture and military imagery, in part due to his time growing up in a military family throughout the Cold War. Fascinated by Andy Warhol and the whole Pop Art movement, Coupland explores the darker side of popular culture through installation and sculpture.
Gilbert & George at Ropac
‘Beardache,’ 2016, photo courtesy of the artist
Collaborative art duo Gilbert & George are known for their highly formalized performance art practice, as well as their, um, not so formal photography work. Their ongoing photo series, referred to as The Pictures, features large scale back-lit images of everything from skinheads to semen, and a whole lot of beards.
Kyle Meyer at Yossi Milo
From ‘Interwoven,’ 2017, photo courtesy of the artist
Kyle Meyer is a photographer, sculptor and mixed media artist who uses digital photography and a variety of handmade techniques, such as weaving, to explore connectivity in the digital age. For his series, Interwoven, Meyer hand-wove over photographs to celebrate flamboyance, homosexuality and femme-identifying men in a hyper-masculine culture.
Cammie Staros at Shulamit Nazarian
‘All Quiver and Shake,’ 2017, photo courtesy of the artist
Sculptor Camme Staros creates handmade objects that juxtapose modernism with antiquity and craft. Joining traditional materials like clay and ceramics with modern details like neon and steel, Staros examines the “semiotic systems” that have been “created and reinforced throughout art history.”
Etel Adnan at Gallery Continua
‘Five Senses for One Death,’ 1969, photo courtesy of the artist
Lebanese-American poet, writer and painter Etel Adnan crafts abstract oil paintings and landscapes inspired by Japanese leporellos that extend into space “like free-hand drawings.” In 2014, Adnan’s work was also included in the Whitney Biennial.
Nam June Paik at Gagosian
‘Lion,’ 2005, photo courtesy of Gagosian
Probably the most exciting artist on this list (at least for us), Nam June Paik is credited with being the founder of video art. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Paik began his career as a musician as part of the Fluxus movement in 1960. After moving to New York in 1964, he began experimenting with film, combining his musical works with video sculptures constructed of wire and metal. Before his death in 2006, Paik was known as an early adopter of technology, including his famous robots built of out multiple computers. In fact, he’s also credited with using the term “electronic super highway” as early as 1974. Damn.
Alicja Kwade at i8 Gallery
‘Computer (Power Mac),’ 2017, photo courtesy of i8 Gallery
Polish artist Alicja Kwade works in sculpture, installation, photography and film. Throughout all of her work, however, she likes to play with value systems, transforming useless materials like wood or glass into high value pieces of art.
Jinshi Zhu at Pearl Lam
‘A Tiger Shaped Tally,’ 2016, photo courtesy of Pearl Lam Gallery
Painter Jinshi Zhu creates abstract oil paintings focused on texture, through endless layers of color and paint. Inspired by the German Expressionist movement and their unconventional techniques, Zhu often creates these layers using a spatula or shovel.
The Haas Brothers at R & Company
‘Socrata Floor Lamps and Furries’, photo courtesy of the artists
Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have worked in pretty much every medium, from music and film to installation and visual art. Now focused mostly on their sculpture and installation work, The Haas Brothers highlight themes including sexuality, science fiction, psychedelia and politics.
Jeffrey Gibson at Roberts Projects
‘Power Power Power,’ 2017, photo courtesy of Roberts Projects
Artist Jeffrey Gibson relates his experience as a Native American growing up in a Western culture into large scale paintings and woven sculpture. Also inspired by dance and movement, from pow-wows to nightclubs and the work of Leigh Bowery, Gibson examines nostalgia, heritage and pre-colonized Native American life.
Oh, and if looking at all this great art makes you hungry, check out our guide to The Armory’s pop-up restaurants.
Today may be the spookiest day of the year, but some spooks are better left for later. Take the new British horror film Ghost Stories, which debuted to rave reviews at the London Film Festival. As you might’ve guessed from the generic title, this is a film about ghost stories…but it actually looks great.
Directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also plays a character named Professor Goodman, the film revolves around a skeptic investigating three cases of alleged hauntings who just wants to find out the truth. Naturally, this leads to a lot of weird, scary shit.
It also leads to Sherlock actor Martin Freeman, who stars alongside Black Mirror’s Alex Lawther, Jill Halfpenny and Paul Whitehouse. The spooky little film will release on Friday the 13th, in April 2018 – so, until then, sit back and enjoy these three teaser trailers.
You’d be forgiven for missing the news that Chance the Rapper is in a horror movie called Slice, because it’s news to us. Two years ago, the movie’s director Austin Vesley announced the project and cited The Joker as an inspiration for Chance’s character; then, a year ago, Chance posted a teaser for the film on his Twitter. Besides that, details have been scarce – until now.
Well, okay, so not really. The preview for the film features only literal slices (clever) from the film, but does introduce more cast members. Alongside Chance the Joker, we have Atlanta and Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz and Joe Keery, who you just fawned over as Steve in the new season of Stranger Things.
So what exactly is Slice? According to Variety, it “takes place in a mysterious city, and centers around an enigmatic outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets unsuspecting pizza delivery boys.” Considering Keery’s biggest role outside of Stranger Things has been a Pizza Hut commercial, this seems like a perfect fit. Maybe now they can give us a full trailer.
It’s a big weekend in the (even) Big(ger) Apple, and there’s plenty of Halloween activities for every spook enthusiast. If you’re not looking to dance the night away in one of New York City’s many All Hallow’s Eve-themed parties, try one of the creepy screenings instead:
It looks like the Man of La Mancha will finally be getting the spotlight.
Disney is making a film adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ 1607 classic, says The Hollywood Reporter. Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) is set to write the script.
Don Quixote follows the tale of an unimportant aristocrat, Alanso Quixano, who deludes himself into thinking he’s a chivalrous night, and embarks on a foolish quest with his squat neighbor, Sancho. The crew find themselves in some unexpectedly funny and dangerous situations.
The plan, then, is to make Don Quixote in a similar style to Pirates of the Caribbean, which, lest we forget, took a supernatural period piece and turned it into a billion dollar series of films and an entire franchise.
Filmmaker Terry Gilliam has unsuccessfully been attempting a Quixote film since the 1990s, first with Johnny Depp at the helm, then Ewan McGregor, and now, in his latest attempts, Adam Driver, though he’s yet to find financing, Vulturereports.
The Austin Film Festival, widely regarded as the “writer’s festival” for its emphasis on selections showcasing innovative and skillful story crafting, today released its second wave of titles to be shown in October. The choices include Loving, from Mud writer/director Jeff Nichols, and Lion, which stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.
The festival runs from October 13-20. Tickets are available on their site. Highlights from their first wave announcement include Gimme Danger, following the story of the Stooges and their legendary lead singer, Iggy Pop, and Brave New Jersey, written and directed by Jody Lambert, which stars Tony Hale (Veep) and Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect).
Here’s the full list of titles included in the festival’s second wave:
Opening Night Film
Writer/Director: Jeff Nichols*
Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Nick Kroll
This movie tells the true story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred loving, who overturned Virginia’s laws against black and white people marrying after a decade-long legal battle.
The Big Spoon
Writers: Mallory Culbert, Carlyn Hudson
Director: Carlyn Hudson
Cast: Zach Knighton, Nick Stevenson
Relationships are tested when long-time couple Mallory and Ben plan a quite weekend for themselves and are joined by Mallory’s eccentric roommate and her lover.
The Harvest Run
Writers/Directors: Steven Balvanz*, Aaron McAdams*
This film tells the story of the Colbys, a longtime farming family who are preparing for the annual Harvest Run, a necessary evil in the wheat and corn industry that requires a seven-month journey to be made. This movie takes a look at the hardships faced by those working directly within the chain of the American economy.
Writers/Director: Jake Goldberger
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush, Haley Joel Osment, Christopher Meloni
Charlie Brenner is in his mid twenties and living at home with his mom and stepdad when he meets Amber, a local barista, and begins to wonder where their friendship might lead. Things grow even more complicated when Charlie’s estranged father returns home.
Writer: Luke Davies
Director: Garth Davis
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Adapted from A Long Way Home by
Adapted from the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, Lion follows the challenges a young Indian boy faces after getting on the wrong train, losing his family, and getting taken in by Australians. As an adult, he sets out with next to no leads to find his real birth family.
The Man Who Was Thursday
North American Premiere
Writer/Director: Balazs Juszt
Disgraced local minister Father Smith is sent to Rome to undergo “spiritual rehabilitation,” and sent on an underground mission by his mentor, Charles, in this metaphysical thriller.
Writers: J.D. Singer, Nicholas Zafonte
Director: Nicholas Zafonte
Fifteen years out of school, a pair of college pals bump into each other at a writers’ getaway. Old wounds, longings for creative fulfillment, and nostalgia for once was are all stirred up in this drama.
Writer: Ryan Colucci
Directors: Ryan Colucci, Dragan Roganovic
A long Island drug dealer gets in murky waters when one of his own crosses paths with Serbian gangsters in this gritty drama based on a true story.
For the full schedule, as well as panelists and events happening at the Austin Film Festival, visit their site.