Concert Review: Lake Street Dive with Lucius – September 29, 2014 at Minglewood Hall


Brooklyn based Lake Street Dive brought their mixture of jazz, pop, and blue-eyed soul to Memphis last night, along with openers Lucius, for a great, energetic performance. Led by the dynamic and super-talented Rachael Price, Lake Street Dive has been together since 2004 but recently gained notoriety from YouTube performances Read more

Going Back to the Island: The 10th Anniversary of Lost's Premiere


Ten years ago this week, Lost premiered on ABC with over 18 million viewers tuning in. It's not the best show of the past decade.  But it will likely always be my favorite show because there has never been and there will never be anything quite like it in terms of Read more

TV Review Roundtable: Premiere of Fox's Gotham


The new Fall TV season is upon us. Last night, Gotham premiered on Fox. The high-budget reimagining of a young Jim Gordon investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents in a gritty, corrupt city where future Batman villains are simply getting their starts. Alex, Seth, and Joseph share their reviews Read more

Exclusive Interview with Adam Smith of America's Next Top Model


Adam Smith from this season of America's Next Top Model and I went to high school together at White Station High School in Memphis, TN and so once I found out about him being on ANTM I knew I had to get him to do an interview with us. Read more

Going Beyond Point Spreads in NFL Online Betting


With a wild first two weeks of the NFL regular season behind us, now is the perfect time to start studying trends and game lines and get in on NFL online betting. While many new sports bettors may only be familiar with point spread betting, there are dozens of Read more

The Sacred, the Secular, and Lecrae


It boggles my mind and, yet, it's the primary example that it can be done with hard work, faithfulness, and, most importantly, the grace of God. It boggles my mind because I first met Lecrae back in the early days of college when he performed a concert at Christ United Read more

Movie Previews

Perspective on the New Ninja Turtles from an Emo Millennial

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Today we are pumped to have a new guest contributor in Jonathan Schneck. Jonathan is the Director of New Media Innovations for the ACLJ/BeHeardProject.  He is the non-touring, semi retired, guitarist for the Grammy Nominated band Relient K. He has a Marketing Degree from Liberty University and lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife and three children. He is also the first contributor to The Wise Guise with a verified Twitter account.

Mr. Bay, sir, do you really have to ‘transform’ everything? Even their faces? I’ll come back to this… Read more

“American Hustle” and “Her” Kick Off 2014 Awards Season with Surprises

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Welcome to another film awards season. I originally ran a site called “Awards Addict” which featured content on the road leading up to the Oscars. This year, I’m happy to say that content will be available at The Wise Guise for your reading pleasure. I know. You’re welcome.

As for those of you wondering about my credentials for covering the Oscar race, I’ve been doing so since 2005. I’ve got a pretty consistent record of knowing what the Academy likes and doesn’t like despite some of the more ludicrous choices we’ve seen grace the stage at the actual event. I’ve also personally been to Academy screenings and have an idea of who the typical Academy member is and what they like.

Now that you have an idea of my background, let’s get into this year’s race. For those of you unfamiliar with how the game is played (and the Oscar race is nothing more than a Hollywood game), the whole season begins with a slew of critic groups announcing their picks to garner buzz for contenders.

For the longest time, the general thought was “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” would be the critical darlings attracting the most top honors. But the first two Best Film awards of the season popped that consensus bubble quite rapidly. With the New York Film Critics’ choice of “American Hustle” and the National Board of Review’s stunning support of “Her,” this awards season has already gotten compelling in its infancy.

So what do these two choices ultimately mean?

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Anxiety, the Arts, and Spontaneous Combustion

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The Wise Guise is approaching its 500th post. We never dreamed what this site would become when we first launched it in early 2012 and we have no idea what it will be like when we publish the 1,000th post. But we’re thankful for all of our friends and family who have supported and shared our work. We’re also thankful for our brilliant friends who take time from doing big things and write for our site. One of our closest friends, Robert Funke, has written a brilliant script and producing a short film. He’s in the final week of the Kickstarter campaign to fund that movie, Trying Not to Explode.

UPDATE: If you want to read the entire script (SPOILER ALERT), then click here to check it out!

If you love wit and hilarity, then you’ll love my interview with Robert Funke below about the movie, the Kickstarter process, and so much more. After reading his answers to my questions, it inspired me to increase my pledge to the film. It’s going to be something special! Enjoy!

So, what’s the elevator pitch for your film?

Depends on who’s in the elevator.

If it’s perfectly demographically stratified like the bus in SPEED or the waiting room in JOHN Q, I’d say “So there’s this older couple riding the train home one night, and all of a sudden they both spontaneously combust. Nobody knows why. Nobody saw it. But they had a kid, a guy in his 20’s, and he’s not handling it very well.”

If it’s a teenager, I’d be like, “Hey dude, want to see some people blow up?”

But what if I’m in the elevator with a bookish, librarian short? I’d say, “Hi. Love the glasses. Have you read Kevin Wilson? Of course you have, you’re quite bookish. Yes, “The Family Fang” is one of my favorites, too. Anyway, if you’ve read “Blowing Up On The Spot,” you know it’s like nothing else you’ve ever read–funny, tragic, moving, surreal. I’ve always thought it would make a great film. So we’re making a great film out of it.”

If the person in the elevator seems particularly wealthy, my pitch would probably be something like “Please, sir, can I have some of your money?” and if he declined, I would contemplate my abilities as a pickpocket, and then decide ultimately that I just wasn’t going to get much out of that elevator ride and make peace with it.

But really, I think if people read the passage that hooked me, they’ll understand:

“Three years ago, my parents blew up. I don’t know how else to say it. One evening, riding the subway home from an evening out, my parents sat in an empty subway car and spontaneously combusted. A subway guard found them later that night, the upper half of their bodies charred beyond recognition. It was the first recorded double Spontaneous Human Combustion in history, which we unfortunately heard several times over the following weeks…”

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Calm Down, Internet: Reports of It’s a Wonderful Life Sequel Likely a Hoax

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[Yesterday, Variety published an article announcing a sequel to "It's a Wonderful Life." TIME, USA Today, the LA Times, Huffington Post, and others announced the news. Much of the internet scoffed and scorned the idea. The Wise Guise and friends nearly went into absolute shock. But, ironically, our very own Sutter Vaught (who has argued against It's a Wonderful Life in the past) did some research that shows all of this news is most likely a big ol' hoax!]

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the blog during the holiday season that The Wise Guise and friends were sent into a fit bordering on frothy rage at yesterday’s announcement of an up-and-coming sequel to It’s A Wonderful Life.

From the Variety article:

Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.

The sequel, titled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.

Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

Grimes, of course, bellowed the iconic line “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” in the original movie, about a troubled family man (Stewart) whose near-suicide on Christmas Eve brings on the intervention of his guardian angel.

Farnsworth and Martha Bolton have written the screenplay.

However, as the Internet, ourselves included, worked itself into a hyperbolic rage over this sacrilege, our very own in-house skeptic, Sutter “Die Hard was better” Vaught put on his old-timey reporter hat and hit the mean streets of Google to ask the tough questions.  What he found may shock you.*

Or not, if you’ve ever heard Dan Aykroyd talk about Ghostbusters 3 and/or have used the Internet more than twice.  Point being, this movie we’re all panicking about?  It ain’t happening.

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Roundtable: It’s a Wonderful Life SEQUEL?!?!?!?!

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Its A Wonderful Life Roundtable: Its a Wonderful Life SEQUEL?!?!?!?!

It’s the latest sign that the End of the World may be upon us… Paramount announced yesterday that they are green-lighting a sequel to perennial Christmas film, AFI-voted most inspirational film of all time, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The Wise Guise and friends have some thoughts. Some very strong thoughts and feelings.

Alex: I just posted this online, but Paramount’s doing a sequel to “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 2015. [cries]

Joseph: I saw that. I hoped it was a lie and thought it was a joke. They’re casting the actress who played ZuZu as an angel, who visits George Bailey’s unlikeable grandson to show him how much better off the world would be HAD HE NEVER BEEN BORN! How wonderful is THAT life? Why? They claim that they always wanted to do a sequel, but rejected every script until they got this one. WHAT? They rejected every script because this idea is terrible.

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Clayton: Oh boy.

Joseph: This is gross. This is horrible. So much anger. Never has there been more evidence our current society is much more Pottersville than Bedford Falls…

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Roundtable: Thoughts on Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

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[Editor's Note: I'm a big fan of Aronofsky. I LOVED The Fountain and thought Black Swan, though imperfect, was extremely creative and captivating. So I was disappointed when Aronofsky dropped as the director of the second Wolverine film. But then I was intrigued when I found out he was directing a film about the Old Testament tale of Noah's Ark. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see how this would be. And, with the premiere of the first trailer, I'm still not sure. So I did what I do with many things… sent the trailer to some of my smartest and funniest friends to get their thoughts. It would have been selfish of me not to share these with you. - Joseph]

Joseph: From the man who brought us Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, and Black Swan

NOAH!

Discuss.

Some context is helpful for what the rumored problems with the early screenings have been.

Seth: We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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