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Paul Thomas Anderson’s Beautiful Struggle: Trump, Retirement, and Death Made ‘Phantom Thread’ One of the Hardest Films of His Career

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Beautiful Struggle: Trump, Retirement, and Death Made ‘Phantom Thread’ One of the Hardest Films of His Career
It’s safe to say “Phantom Thread” was one of the most difficult production experiences of Paul Thomas Anderson’s career. He started shooting his ‘50s period drama on the day of the presidential inauguration; during the shoot, leading man Daniel Day-Lewis decided to the retire; and on the last day, Anderson learned that his longtime friend and mentor Jonathan Demme had died.

“The world was a very, very different place than it was when we started writing this story,” Anderson said, in a conversation from his room at the Crosby Hotel in New York. Recalling the start of the production, his voice became so soft it sounded as though it could break at any moment. “It didn’t make it easy to look at your country on fire, and you’re telling the story of a self-consumed egomaniac,” he said. “But that was the situation we were in.”

Yet
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21 Thoughts People Had While Watching Fox's A Christmas Story Live! Musical

Fox's Grease Live! might have been a roaring success, but the reception for the network's musical take on A Christmas Story has been mixed, to say the least. The Sunday night debut of the adaptation of the 1983 holiday film features some great performances and a scene-stealing role for Chris Diamantopoulos, which had some fans feeling alive with the Christmas (and Hanukkah) spirit. Others, however, found it to be more akin to the disaster that was ABC's Dirty Dancing reboot. So, (*Oprah voice*) what is the truth? Take a look at the best tweets about A Christmas Story Live! below. Related13 Can't-Miss Moments From Fox's A Christmas Story Live Shout out to everyone involved with A Christmas Story Live! Killer ensemble, great crew work and directing. You're pulling it off and doing it so well!! Bravo!! It is something to be proud of. #AChristmasStoryLive - Justin Atwood (@justinatwood) December 18, 2017 I am watching A Christmas Story live.
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13 Can't-Miss Moments From Fox's A Christmas Story Live

After the smashing success of Grease Live! last year, Fox decided to dip back into the Broadway pool on Sunday night with A Christmas Story Live. The festive musical, an adaptation of the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story, starred Saturday Night Live alums Maya Rudolph and Ana Gasteyer, as well as Silicon Valley's Chris Diamantopoulos, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, and newcomer Andy Walken as Ralphie. The talented cast knocked it out of the park, with highlights including "Count on Christmas," "It All Comes Down To Christmas," and "The Genius on Cleveland Street." From the exciting performances to iconic scenes from the film you know and love, take a look at A Christmas Story Live's most memorable moments below.
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A Christmas Story Live: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From Fox's Ambitious Musical — Plus, Grade It!

A Christmas Story Live: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From Fox's Ambitious Musical — Plus, Grade It!
Just when you thought A Christmas Story couldn’t become more of a small-screen holiday institution, Fox got an idea.

Ralphie Parker’s timeless tale of childhood desperation and eye-endangerment entered the pantheon of live TV musicals on Sunday with a high-concept (and overall successful) adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway spectacle A Christmas Story: The Musical. Based on the 1983 film of the same name, it told the story you’ve seen a million times — only with more singing and less offensive scenes at Chinese restaurants.

Powerhouse performances from Broadway and TV veterans like Jane Krakowski, Maya Rudolph, Chris Diamantopoulos,
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A Christmas Story Live: The Best Musical Moments

A Christmas Story Live: The Best Musical Moments
Confession time: We have never seen A Christmas Story.  We went into tonight's live musical production of the tale knowing only that we were in for an inexplicable leg lamp and a child named Ralphie who really wants a gun, and those are indeed some things we got.  But we also got a few other things, like a nice big SNL reunion (Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Fred Armisen, Molly Shannon & Will Ferrell in a commercial), Jane Krakowski being truly incredible, and a new crush on a man named Chris Diamantopoulos.  However, we can't say we loved everything about the 3 hour production. The first thing we did not love was that it was three hours long, because almost nothing...
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‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Televised Musical Is Not What People Wanted This Holiday, But They Loved ‘The Greatest Showman’

A festive musical just in time for the holidays is not spreading much Christmas cheer. A Christmas Story Live! aired on Fox Sunday night, but feedback from fans has not been very positive. The televised event starred Matthew Broderick and Maya Rudolph, along with Jane Krakowski and Ken Jeong. Related: Behind The Scenes At Rehearsals For ‘A Christmas […]
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Watch A Christmas Story Live's Jane Krakowski Fall in Love with Maya Rudolph Over Suspenders

Watch A Christmas Story Live's Jane Krakowski Fall in Love with Maya Rudolph Over Suspenders
We all know the dream present at the center of A Christmas Story.  All little Ralphie wants is an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, and he will stop at nothing to get it. In the video above, two of the stars of tonight's live musical production are sharing the things they wanted most as kids, and we are all Jane Krakowski when Maya Rudolph shares her ultimate gift.  "I remember very clearly wanting Mork from Ork's suspenders, and I remember the morning I got them, I flipped out," Rudolph says. "I couldn't believe it really happened."  "Do you not love her more now than ever?!" Krakowksi responds. "I mean, I...
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'You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!' Jane Krakowski Talks Tap Dancing in A Christmas Story Live!

'You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!' Jane Krakowski Talks Tap Dancing in A Christmas Story Live!
When A Christmas Story goes live Sunday, Jane Krakowski will be taking on a role she loved in the movie as a kid.

“I play Miss Shields, who is Ralphie’s teacher, and I love the actress who played her in the original movie,” Krakowski tells People of Tedde Moore. “I loved how much she was utilized in Ralphie’s fantasy life — it was one of my favorite parts of the movie — and they have expanded that a bit in the musical telling.”

The live version of the 1983 holiday classic will also expand on its signature line — “You’ll shoot your eye out!
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The Bully from A Christmas Story Still Makes Money off the Movie — and Gives It All to His Mom

The Bully from A Christmas Story Still Makes Money off the Movie — and Gives It All to His Mom
Zack Ward was just 13 when he filmed the Christmas classic A Christmas Story. And 34 years later, he’s still making money off of it — money he puts aside for his mom.

The actor, 47, played bully Scut Farkus in the 1983 film, about a young boy named Ralphie and his quest to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the perfect Christmas gift. And while the royalty checks are still coming, they’re not nearly as much as fans would expect.

“You’re going to be so disappointed,” Ward said in an interview with
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Why the Stars of A Christmas Story Live Aren't That Nervous About Taking on a Classic

Why the Stars of A Christmas Story Live Aren't That Nervous About Taking on a Classic
There's a lot of pressure that comes along with turning a beloved holiday classic film into a live TV stage production.  Maya Rudolph and Jane Krakowski know all about that pressure, given the fact that they're starring in the live TV musical remake of A Christmas Story this weekend, but they're not all that worried...or at least they're trying not to act like it.  "You might be more nervous than us. Don't worry about it, we got you," Rudolph told E! News at the official lighting of the giant leg lamp in honor of the performance, though Krakowski seemed less sure.  "Oh, I will be terrified on Dec. 17," she added, prompting Rudolph to admit the...
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Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast

Hugh Jackman to Perform ‘Greatest Showman’ Song Live During Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live’ Telecast
Hugh Jackman will perform a song from 20th Century Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” live as part of a commercial spot to run Sunday during Fox’s presentation of the musical “A Christmas Story Live.”

Jackman and co-stars Zac Efron, Zendaya, and Keala Settle will perform “Come Alive” from the P.T. Barnum biopic during a commercial break in the three-hour telecast of “A Christmas Story Live.” The tune was penned by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also wrote the score and songs for “Christmas Story.”

The two-and-a-half minute spot will feature elaborate staging with 150 dancers, and will be directed by “Showman” helmer Michael Gracey along with live TV vet Beth McCarthy-Miller. “Christmas Story” will originate from a soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot. Jackman and Co. will perform from an adjacent soundstage. “Showman” opens Dec. 20.

“We are creating what we expect will be a memorable performance providing energy and excitement to viewers that drives them to
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Sneak Peek: Behind The Scenes At Rehearsals For ‘A Christmas Story Live!’

Fox’s latest live musical promises to be a holiday celebration when the network broadcasts “A Christmas Story Live!” on Sunday. Based on the hit Broadway musical, which in turn is based on the classic 1983 movie, “A Christmas Story Live!” features an all-star cast including Chris Diamantopoulous and “SNL” alum Maya Rudolph as the parents […]
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Golden Globes Nominations 2018: Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkins Among Women Shut Out of Directing Category

There’s no doubting that 2017 has been a strong year for women both onscreen and behind the scenes. Take, for instance, the Primetime Emmys, which saw women dominate with big wins for Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ava DuVernay, Master of None writer Lena Waithe and director Reed Morano.

On the film side, Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win the Cannes Film Festival prize for Best Director for The Beguiled, while Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, is the best reviewed movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes. Patty JenkinsWonder Woman earned over $800 million at the worldwide box office, far surpassing the recent wave of DC Comic films. Meanwhile, DuVernay finished production on Disney’s upcoming adaption of A Wrinkle in Time, becoming the first woman of color to helm a $100 million movie.

But when the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes were announced on Monday, women were not among
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Kate McKinnon's Gal Gadot Impression Is Perfection -- Watch!

Kate McKinnon's Gal Gadot Impression Is Perfection -- Watch!
This may be Kate McKinnon's best impression yet!

The Saturday Night Live star, who's a master at impersonating celebrities like Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, where she marveled over Gal Gadot. While recalling a conversation she had with the Wonder Woman star, McKinnon delivered a spot-on imitation of the actress.

McKinnon told host Jimmy Fallon that Gadot made quite the impression when she hosted SNL in October. McKinnon and her co-star, Aidy Bryant, were especially amused by Gadot's essence.

"Now we know that we are Midwestern toads compared to this Mediterranean goddess," the comedian joked. "Everything she says is like a prophecy."

"I asked her, ‘Do you have hobbies, Gal?'" McKinnon recalled, before delivering the impression. "And she was like, 'I love to go to the beach. I love to paddle board. I love to watch my children run on the sand
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Big Mouth: The Vulgar, Insightful Look at Growing Up That Everyone Should Watch

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Everyone has a humiliating story about the universally horrific period (no pun intended) of life we call puberty. If someone tells you they don't, they're either (1) a liar or (2) part of an alien species, and you should probably never trust them. Netflix's comedy series Big Mouth reminds us just how awkward and disgusting that point in our lives can be in the most profane yet fitting way. I mean, puberty reimagined as a literal hormone monster? It's as hilarious as it is accurate. Created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin, the series shows us adolescence through the eyes of three close friends: Nick (Kroll), Andrew (John Mulaney), and Jessi (Jessi Klein). The trio and their schoolmates navigate issues like dating, questioning their sexuality, and porn addiction with an earnestness that's both comical and painfully familiar. We follow them as they try to deal with their confusing
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Catherine Keener Joins New Fred Armisen Amazon Comedy Series

Catherine Keener is coming to Amazon. Deadline reports the Show Me A Hero star has joined the streaming service's upcoming TV show with Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph.From Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, the untitled comedy stars Armisen and Rudolph as "a long-term married couple residing in Southern California."Read More…
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TVLine Items: Supernatural Adds Oth Alum, WWE Legend on Flash and More

TVLine Items: Supernatural Adds Oth Alum, WWE Legend on Flash and More
Supernatural is becoming a real family affair.

One Tree Hill alumna Danneel Ackles — the wife of star Jensen Ackles — will recur during Season 13 of the CW drama as Sister Jo, a faith healer who attracts the attention of Lucifer, our sister site Variety reports.

RelatedSupernatural Star Talks Guilty Jack’s ‘Darkness’ and the ‘Danger All Around’

The actress will make her debut in Episode 13, titled “Devil’s Bargain,” which is slated to air early next year.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* WWE legend Bill Goldberg will guest-star in two episodes of The Flash, in an undisclosed role,
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Catherine Keener Joins Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Amazon Comedy Series As Recurring

Catherine Keener Joins Fred Armisen-Maya Rudolph Amazon Comedy Series As Recurring
Two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener (Capote, Being John Malkovich) is set for a recurring role opposite Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph in Amazon’s single-camera straight-to-series comedy, from Master Of None co-creator Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard. The logline for the untitled project is being kept under wraps, though I hear Armisen and Rudolph play a long-term married couple residing in Southern California. Keener is believed to be playing their mysterious new…
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December TV Premieres: 10 New Shows and Specials to Look Out for This Month

December TV Premieres: 10 New Shows and Specials to Look Out for This Month
Some say that December is the perfect time to catch up on a bevy of great TV for the year. While there are plenty of shows vying for your precious remaining 2017 hours, that certainly isn’t stopping networks of all kinds from trying to strike gold with a hit before the calendar turns.

Read More: Our 20 Favorite New TV Characters of 2017

Admittedly, this month’s selection is slimmer than usual (someone has to make room for all the holiday specials!), but there’s still enough to highlight for our monthly roundup of new shows. (Wondering if you’re all caught up with the big shows from the past few months? Our August, September, October, and November previews are here to help guide you.)

All Def Comedy” (December 1, HBO)

All Def Comedy” made its HBO debut last year as a late-fall special, but Tony Rock is back to host an
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December TV Premieres: 10 New Shows and Specials to Look Out for This Month

December TV Premieres: 10 New Shows and Specials to Look Out for This Month
Some say that December is the perfect time to catch up on a bevy of great TV for the year. While there are plenty of shows vying for your precious remaining 2017 hours, that certainly isn’t stopping networks of all kinds from trying to strike gold with a hit before the calendar turns.

Read More: Our 20 Favorite New TV Characters of 2017

Admittedly, this month’s selection is slimmer than usual (someone has to make room for all the holiday specials!), but there’s still enough to highlight for our monthly roundup of new shows. (Wondering if you’re all caught up with the big shows from the past few months? Our August, September, October, and November previews are here to help guide you.)

All Def Comedy” (December 1, HBO)

All Def Comedy” made its HBO debut last year as a late-fall special, but Tony Rock is back to host an
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