An animated music video from The French Dispatch revives a pop classic

Say what you will about Wes Anderson, but there’s no denying that he’s got an eye for detail. The theatrical release of his latest film The French Dispatch is fast approaching, and for him, a normal promotional campaign simply won’t do; he’d rather re-record an obscure gem of Euro-pop with a legend of modern alternative music, and set it all in a meticulously assembled cartoon world.

In a new music video released today, Jarvis Cocker croons out his own take on “Aline,” the ’60s love anthem from singer-songwriter Christophe. You may have previously heard the song featured prominently in the film’s trailer, or when Cocker first released this recording as a single last week.

That release came packaged with the announcement that Cocker had assembled a full album of covers in cooperation with Anderson to accompany the new film, the singer offering his take on cuts from Francoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, and others from the ye-ye pop scene in France. It’s not the first time the musician and filmmaker have joined forces, either, Jarvis having already appeared on the soundtrack for The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

In the video, Cocker’s character Tip-Top makes his way through the fictitious setting of Ennui-sur-Blasé and passes by animated likenesses of the massive ensemble cast, including writers J.K.L. Berensen (Tilda Swinton), Lucinda Krementz (Frances McDormand), and Roebuck Wright (Jeffrey Wright). They’re all on staff at the magazine that lends the film its title, a mockup of the New Yorker made clear through the hand-drawn style cribbed from the vintage covers of the real-life publication.

In her review of the film, our dutiful Cannes reporter Hannah Strong was positive about “Anderson’s most impressionistic and unusual film in quite some time.” She wrote that “this is the Wes we know and love, with his artful considerations of love, liberty and what lives on after we die.” The fans know who they are by this point, and this new link-up between Anderson and Cocker has given them plenty to look forward to.

The French Dispatch comes to cinemas in the UK and US on 22 October, the same day that Cocker’s album hits shelves.

The Flash Movie Image Teases a Batman Team-up

Director Andy Muschietti has taken to his Instagram to tease Batman’s involvement in The Flash. The photo clearly meshes the suits of both Flash and Batman, specifically that of Michael Keaton‘s Batman in the 1989 and 1992 original films. Flash’s iconic lightning bolt is also seen, though the tinge of red appears a bit brighter than has been seen in the suits worn thus far by Ezra Miller.

Images of this nature offer no plot points, though it is exciting for the potential of The Flash, which has faced some major hurdles in its arduous production process. Keaton entered negotiations to reprise his role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in June of 2020. Shortly after his confirmation, his latest successor to the cape and cowl, Ben Affleck, was announced to be appearing in the film. Affleck reported that his role would be small, and would help pave the way for Keaton’s re-introduction and the film’s concept of the multiverse.

Keaton is expected to have a larger role in this film, and the actor truly understands the importance of comic book films to audiences, saying the following:

“I never looked at it like, ‘Oh, this is just a silly thing.’ It was not a silly thing when I did Batman. But it has become a giant thing, culturally. It’s iconic. This is a big deal in the world to people. You’ve got to honor that and be respectful of that. Even I go, ‘Jesus, this is huge.’”

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It’s not yet known how exactly the multiverse will impact the film, though Miller’s Barry Allen is expected to toy around with time travel in order to prevent the death of his mother. Production on The Flash has been lengthy and well-documented at this point, with several delays, script shuffles, and director changes plaguing its pre-production. A film was first announced in October 2014, with potential directors in Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Game Night).

Aside from Miller, Keaton, and Affleck, the film will also see the debut of Supergirl, to be played by Sasha Calle (The Young and the Restless). The actress will be making her film debut in The Flash. Though that’s certainly an intimidating prospect, if the set videos have been any indication she’s certainly on the right track. Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, and Ron Livingston are also on the cast list, playing the roles of Iris West, and Nora and Henry Allen, respectively.

The Flash will finally hit theaters on November 4, 2022. Check out Muschietti’s image below:

Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe Teases “Heartbreaking” Season 6

Outlander star Caitríona Balfe is sharing some new details about the upcoming return of the acclaimed Starz drama series, divulging that the sixth season will be, as she describes it, “heartbreaking.” In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Balfe, who plays series lead Claire Fraser alongside Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, also praised some of the newest additions to the series in Jessica Reynolds as Malva Christie, the daughter of Jamie’s old adversary Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones).

Outlander does baddies and villains quite well,” Balfe said. “[The Christies] aren’t your typical villains, which is great and refreshing.” She also went on to say that “Claire and Malva build a great relationship and bond. “It’s very destabilizing for Claire. It’s a really heartbreaking, but a really twisted narrative that they all get embroiled in.” The interview also included some of Balfe’s thoughts on her role in Belfast, which is a performance that has gotten high praise in early screenings.

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Outlander resumed production of its sixth season in February after taking a break through 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the last episode airing back in May of that year.

Outlander is returning for its sixth season in early 2022. Starz renewed the series for a seventh season back in March. The series can be watched on Starz, Amazon, and Netflix. Belfast will debut in theaters on November 12. Watch the announcement for Season 7 of Outlander below:

Here’s the official synopsis for Outlander:

Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Watch Conan O’Brien Crash Stephen Colbert’s Emmys Speech

Comedian and television host Conan O’Brien apparently decided to crash the stage last night while his fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert gave his acceptance speech for the 2021 Outstanding Variety Special Emmy award for his 2020 election night special Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020.

At the L.A. Live Event Deck and after having lost his Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series to John Oliver and his HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Conan talk-show star merrily followed after Colbert and his group of Late Show employees onstage. O’Brien stayed celebrating onstage as Colbert accepted his Emmy. In response to this, Colbert only laughed as he noticed his fellow TV talk show host on the stage. “Thank you. Wow. I haven’t met some of these people before “ Colbert quipped during his speech and later added “… These people behind me are absolutely — most of the people behind me — really deserve this Emmy right now”.

Amusingly enough, this was not the first time O’Brien was to blame for causing chaos on the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards’ night. Earlier in the show, he interrupted Frank Scherma, the CEO of the Television Awards, beginning to loudly cheer and shout and effectively making the audience shift their attention to his entertaining outburst.

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O’Brien’s behavior was unsurprisingly topic for discussion in the backstage press room where the Emmy winners went with their trophies. Among these were Colbert and Oliver, the latter of which had some words for Conan regarding his award: “He can take it from my cold, dead hands! I realize I said I appreciated him, but not that much.”

This year sadly brought the Conan show on TBS to an end, with its last episode airing back in June.

Move Fast & Vape Things Trailer Reveals The New York Times Presents’ Searing Documentary

Since 2020, The New York Times Presents has provided eye-opening documentaries investigating the biggest stories of the day to the public, earning a slew of accolades for their journalism. Fresh off of their Emmy-nominated film Framing Britney Spears, their latest documentary, Move Fast & Vape Things, is a deep dive into the rise of the e-cigarette company Juul, now available to stream on Hulu.

Directed by John Pappas, this latest film covers how Juul grew from a novel idea from two Stanford students to help prevent smoking to a, at one point, multi-billion dollar corporation with addiction controversies of its own. The film includes insider interviews, including with former F.D.A. commissioner Scott Gottlieb and the creative director behind the viral marketing campaign that helped put Juul on the map — and garner lawsuits. The New York Times also got a hold of a new source in the Juul story — a member of a public health journal who resigned upon hearing Juul sponsored an issue defending vaping.

It seems full of stunning revelations regarding how Juul conducted business and switched its image to capitalize on addicts, but also on how the F.D.A. and other sources failed to stop it. Gottlieb’s interview focuses on the regrets he had from his time as commissioner and his impression of Juul and vaping when they rose in popularity. The trailer also highlights the concern that Juul and vaping, in general, would attract kids. Expect a long, illuminating breakdown of how this modern addiction crisis began in the first place.

Move Fast & Vape Things is the eighth film from The New York Times Presents, a series that began as a manner of bringing modern news stories closer to viewers and in great depth. It’s a product of the crew behind The Weekly, a weekly docu-series from The New York Times that visualizes a contemporary news story in a typical half-hour TV show format. Aside from Framing Britney Spears, The New York Times Presents also released the NAACP Image Award-winning film The Killing of Breonna Taylor.

Check out the trailer below for The New York Times’ exploration into the world of vaping, now available to stream on Hulu: