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The Quad Salutes Lois Smith by Screening Her Career Highlights

Smith in “Marjorie Prime

Just days ago Lois Smith received this year’s Golden Key Award for Career Achievement at the Key West Film Festival. Now comes word that the industry vet will be honored at New York City’s Quad Cinema. Four of her career highlights will be screened: “East of Eden,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Foxes,” and “Marjorie Prime.” Released earlier this year, the latter sees Smith playing a former violinist in the middle stages of dementia. She maintains a close relationship with her late husband who exists in the form of a holographic projection (Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”). Smith received excellent reviews for the sci-fi flick.

“Enjoying her seventh decade onscreen, actress par excellence Lois Smith was recently on view at the Quad recreating her stage triumph with her beautiful multifaceted performance in ‘Marjorie Prime’ — and now she’s back in theaters with ‘Lady Bird,’” an announcement from The Quad reads.
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‘Mudbound’ Review: Dir. Dee Rees (2017)

Mudbound review: A major awards contender, Dee Rees’ stunning adaptation of the 2008 novel by Hilary Jordan arrives on Netflix.

Mudbound review by Orestes Adam.

Dee Rees’s Mudbound, based on the 2008 novel by Hilary Jordan, is astoundingly ambitious to say the very least. Six distinct voiceover narrations tell the story of two families (one black, one white) in 1940s rural Mississippi as the film simultaneously depicts the struggles of two WWII soldiers, one on land and the other in the sky. Mudbound’s most remarkable feat, aside from its gorgeously composed landscape and arresting performances, is its ability to balance its characterization as it sporadically cuts from not only six different perspectives but also three distinct settings, all of which inevitably converge into mud.

Related: Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Mudbound

Mudbound opens with brothers Henry (Jason Clarke) and Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) McAllan as they bury their father amidst a rainstorm.
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Ritz Carlton Riyadh Becomes Makeshift Prison for Arrested Saudi Princes, Ousting Hotel Guests

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Ritz Carlton Riyadh Becomes Makeshift Prison for Arrested Saudi Princes, Ousting Hotel Guests
A five-star prison has opened up in Saudi Arabia.

Guests at the Ritz Carlton hotel in the capital city of Riyadh were evacuated on Saturday night to make room for some new, unwilling residents: Several Saudi princes, along with other powerful members of the country’s elite, who have been arrested on charges of corruption, according to the New York Times.

Related: What to Know About the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel at the Center of the Las Vegas Shooting

Patrons of the hotel, visitors and guests at the restaurants were told to assemble in the lobby with their bags, the Guardian reports.
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American Street Shows the Shifting Perspective of the American Dream

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At the beginning of Ibi Zoboi's novel American Street, which is a finalist for a National Book Award, is a description of the glass that separates the protagonist and her mother, who has been detained by immigration. In it, she wishes she could break through and destroy the boundary that divides the two. Serving as a metaphor, the glass shows how delicate the world of an immigrant who is desperately trying to achieve the "American dream" while still holding on to their heritage can be. Fabiola Toussaint is caught between multiple worlds when at 16 she has to abandon her mother to go live with extended family in Detroit. Although Fabiola was born in America, she has spent her whole life growing up in Haiti and thus is unprepared for and unaccustomed to the American way of life. It's easy to mistreat American Street as simply another Ya novel, and truthfully
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John Steinbeck’s Stepdaughter Awarded $13 Million in Court Battle Over Film Rights

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John Steinbeck’s Stepdaughter Awarded $13 Million in Court Battle Over Film Rights
One dubious battle might be at an end. The stepdaughter of literary legend John Steinbeck has prevailed in a lawsuit over control of the rights to his works, and was awarded $13.15 million by a Los Angeles jury on Tuesday night. Waverly Scott Kaffaga filed a lawsuit in 2014 against Thom Steinbeck, the author’s son, and his wife, Gail Knight Steinbeck, alleging that they were interfering with her ability to license film adaptations of the author’s work. Thom Steinbeck died in 2016, making his wife the sole defendant in the suit. At issue is control over the rights to Steinbeck’s works.
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John Steinbeck's Stepdaughter Awarded $13M by Jury in Heirs' Fight

John Steinbeck's Stepdaughter Awarded $13M by Jury in Heirs' Fight
After a weeklong trial and just a few hours of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury has awarded $13.15 million to the stepdaughter of prolific writer John Steinbeck.

Waverly Scott Kaffaga, the daughter of Steinbeck's third wife Elaine, brought this lawsuit in 2014. She alleged she inherited control over the works at issue when her mother died and that the author's son Thom and his wife Gail Knight Steinbeck were blocking her ability to negotiate film adaptations of her stepfather's works, including East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath. Thom died last year, leaving his...
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John Steinbeck’s Stepdaughter Awarded $13M In Family Feud Over Movie Rights

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John Steinbeck’s Stepdaughter Awarded $13M In Family Feud Over Movie Rights
The jury is still out whether a new adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath will be going forward but in less than two hours today a federal jury in downtown L.A. decided that John Steinbeck's stepdaughter deserves more than $13 million to settle a family feud over who controls the rights to the great author's works. “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict that recognizes the Estate’s full control of the rights to John Steinbeck’s works,” said Waverly Scott Kaffaga in a…
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Watch: Steve Buscemi Gives Guidance in First Clip from Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean on Pete’

Following his stellar drama 45 Years, Andrew Haigh is back on the festival circuit with Lean on Pete, an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel of the same title. One of our most-anticipated fall festival premieres, it recently debuted at Venice and ahead of our review, we have the first clip. Charlie Plummer stars as Charley Thompson, a fifteen-year-old who takes a summer job with a washed-up horse trainer and befriends a horse. With a cast also including Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, and Thomas Mann, A24 is expected to release the film next year.

Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin is a wonderfully humane novel. It is a story of a kid that refuses to lose hope or heart despite the harsh realities of his world,” Haigh says in a director’s statement. “I found it immensely moving, tender and yet never sentimental. I wanted the film to have the same sense of purity.
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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh Delivers an Understated Coming-of-Age Story About a Boy and His Horse — Venice

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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh Delivers an Understated Coming-of-Age Story About a Boy and His Horse — Venice
“Sorry I can’t give you more.” Ray (Travis Fimmel) doesn’t speak much — it’s hard to talk with a can of beer pressed to your lips — so everything he says in his unplaceable twang carries a kind of double weight. His words might be the only thing in his life that he’s ever chosen carefully. So when he sits on the porch of his rundown Portland house, holds out a wad of cash, and apologizes to his towheaded teenage son that he only has $20 to spare, it’s easy to understand that Ray’s not just talking about the money.

It’s not that he’s a bad guy, necessarily, he’s just weak. A screw-up. He loves Charley (Charlie Plummer), and he’s raised the kid by himself after his ex-wife skipped out on them both, but he can’t hold down on a job to save his life,
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John Steinbeck's Family Tree Dominates Day One of Heirs' Trial

John Steinbeck's Family Tree Dominates Day One of Heirs' Trial
There's only one known living descendant of prolific author John Steinbeck — and she isn't either of the women involved in the current trial over his intellectual property.

Steinbeck's stepdaughter, Waverly Scott Kaffaga, and his son's widow, Gail Knight Steinbeck, each testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday. There was a chill in the room, and not just because the air conditioning was on overdrive battling 100-degree temperatures.

There appears to be no love lost between the two women, neither of whom is a blood relative — a fact each of their respective attorneys pointed out about their opposition.

When...
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John Steinbeck's Feuding Heirs Head to Trial Over Steven Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation

John Steinbeck's Feuding Heirs Head to Trial Over Steven Spielberg 'Grapes of Wrath' Adaptation
On Aug. 29, the descendants of the late great American novelist John Steinbeck will begin a weeklong trial that's largely focused on two films that were never made — a DreamWorks adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, once set to be directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and a Universal/Imagine adaptation of East of Eden.

For decades, the Steinbeck clan has feuded with each other for control of the Nobel Prize-winning fiction author's works. For a while, that meant termination notices pursuant to copyright law. There was later some issue over whether literary agents were operating without a license. Most recently, the...
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Woody Allen’s Next Project to Star Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning

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Woody Allen’s Next Project to Star Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning
Woody Allen’s next film, “Wonder Wheel,” hasn’t even been released yet, but the filmmaker is already making plans for his next film, which he announced Tuesday will star Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Timothee Chalamet. Chalamet has received critical acclaim for his performance alongside Armie Hammer in the Lgbt drama “Call Me By Your Name,” which premiered at Sundance this year and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics in November. Fanning most recently appeared alongside Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s Cannes hit “The Beguiled,” while Gomez appeared last year in James Franco’s
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James Franco leads Selena Gomez & Josh Hutcherson in rebellion in trailer for In Dubious Battle

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Author: Zehra Phelan

We’ve got an exclusive look at James Franco and Selena Gomez in the trailer for In Dubious Battle, a story of a farmer rebellion against the rich due to poor working conditions.

Based on John Steinbeck’s acclaimed novel this adaptation is directed, produced by and stars James Franco and also features a star-studded cast including Robert Duvall (The Godfather), Selena Gomez (Bad Neighbors 2), The Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson, Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Ed Harris (Gravity) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Vincent D’Onofrio, Zach Braff and the late, great Sam Shepherd in one of his last outings on film.

Set in the 1930’s the trailer is full of passion as Franco leads a group of workers who just want people to know “their lives matter” as their wages are cut and he rallies the men to strike against these cuts. As both sides stand strong,
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Bryce Dallas Howard’s New Zealand Travel Guide: Her 5 Must-See Destinations

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Bryce Dallas Howard’s New Zealand Travel Guide: Her 5 Must-See Destinations
Bryce Dallas Howard is famous for appearing in films like The Help, Jurassic Park and Pete’s Dragon, but the actress’s latest role is tourism ambassador for New Zealand!

A longtime fan of the beautiful landscape, Howard first visited the country at age five where her dad, Ron Howard, was directing the fantasy film Willow.

“It was like stepping into a portal and stepping out into a magical kingdom,” recalls Bryce. “The green was shocking, the mountains epic, the water full of what looked to me to be sparkling diamonds. I have been chasing this experience my whole life.
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Watch: Ikea Will Collaborate with One of Justin Bieber and Kanye West's Favorite Fashion Designers on New Furniture Line

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Watch: Ikea Will Collaborate with One of Justin Bieber and Kanye West's Favorite Fashion Designers on New Furniture Line
From the runway to the flat pack box: Ikea will team up with high-end streetwear label Off-White for a new furniture collection.

The Swedish mega-retailer and clothing brand’s designer Virgil Abloh plan to create a collection of “inspiring design” items aimed at young people outfitting their first home, the brand announced during their annual Democratic Design Days event in Almhult, Sweden, this week. A hand-picked group of students will help create the furniture, which will have a “provocative viewpoint,” Ikea stated in a press release.

Related: This Is the Best Ikea Product of All Time, According to the Company’s Head of Design

Abloh,
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Prince Charles Called His Marriage to Princess Diana a ‘Greek Tragedy’ in Letter to Nancy Reagan

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Prince Charles Called His Marriage to Princess Diana a ‘Greek Tragedy’ in Letter to Nancy Reagan
Turns out, Prince Charles and Nancy Reagan were pen pals.

The royal and the former First Lady met during a his visit to the White House in May 1981, just two months before Charles’s wedding to Princess Diana. He visited again in 1985, along with Diana. (It was on this trip that Diana had her famed dance with John Travolta.) After the trip concluded, they kept up a correspondence, which endured until Reagan’s death last year.

In one of these many letters, Charles shared details about the downfall of his marriage to Diana, likening it to a “Greek tragedy.”

“One
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Bart & Fleming: After ‘King Arthur’s Fall On Sword, Is There Room For New Franchises?

Bart & Fleming: After ‘King Arthur’s Fall On Sword, Is There Room For New Franchises?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business Fleming: Since I first read John Steinbeck's novelized version of The Acts Of King Arthur And His Noble Knights taken from Thomas Malory's Winchester Manuscripts, I've longed to see a new movie version that would meld advances in VFX into the fantastical elements of John Boorman's Excalibur
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How Do You Say Aca-Awesome in Spanish? The Pitch Perfect 3 Cast is Living it Up on a ‘#BellasGetaway’ in Mexico

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How Do You Say Aca-Awesome in Spanish? The Pitch Perfect 3 Cast is Living it Up on a ‘#BellasGetaway’ in Mexico
The Bellas are hitting the beach!

The ladies of Pitch Perfect have escaped to Mexico for the ultimate girls’ trip, simply because — as Rebel Wilson writes on the Instagram above — “We love each other so much, we had to go on holiday.” Joined by co-stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Kelley Jakle, Chrissie Fit and Shelley Regner, the gal gang is surely having a pitchin’ good time.

Sipping margaritas, posing for sunset selfies on the beach and competing in a friendly game of tennis — with no horizontal running in sight — are just a few of the activities the singing squad has been up to,
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Review: Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" (1944); Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Jeremy Carr

There is an immediate appeal in the very premise of Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat (1944), a curiosity that stems from how exactly this story will play out and how the Master of Suspense is going to keep the narrative taut and technically stimulating. It was a gimmick he would repeat with Rope (1948), Dial M for Murder (1954), and Rear Window (1954), similar films where the drama is contained to a single setting. But here, the approach is amplified by having the entirety of its plot limited to the eponymous lifeboat, an extremely confined location that is at once anxiously restricting and, at the same time, placed in a vast expanse of threatening openness.

Following a German U-boat attack that sinks an allied freighter and creates the cramped, confrontational condition, a cast of nine diverse, necessarily distinctive characters are steadily assembled aboard the small vessel (and their variety is indeed necessary
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Meghan Markle Shares Sweet Kiss With Prince Harry After His Polo Match with Prince William

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Meghan Markle Shares Sweet Kiss With Prince Harry After His Polo Match with Prince William
It’s day two of charity polo playing for Prince Harry and spectating for Meghan Markle — and this time, big brother Prince William is along for the (literal) ride.

Markle was snapped sharing a sweet kiss and embrace with Harry after he had left the polo field on Sunday. The brother duo had teamed up earlier in the day during the second day of playing at the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park Polo Club in Ascot, England, dressed in gray and white team shirts and sporting matching helmets, mallets and footwear.

While Sunday’s match saw no sign of Princess Kate,
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