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'Pet': Film Review

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See enough horror films and you’ll find it easy to believe that just about every home and business in America features a basement in which a comely young woman is being held prisoner. That familiar scenario is rehashed in Pet, director Carles Torroes’ (Apartment 143) sophomore feature starring Lord of the Rings veteran Dominic Monaghan as a seemingly mild-mannered, lonely man who resorts to a drastic solution to win the love of his object of his desire. Or, that may not really be his goal at all.

The question comes up because Jeremy Slater’s ambitious screenplayseems determined to provide as »


- Frank Scheck

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How a Refugee Comedy Became Germany's Sleeper Hit of 2016

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This time last year, Germany looked ready to explode.

In just a few months, nearly a million refugees had poured into the country, encouraged by the open border policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who refused to put a cap on migrants. Initially greeted with open arms — crowds at cities like Munich and Berlin held up “refugees welcome” banners — the country had begun to turn against the new arrivals. There were anti-immigrant demonstrations and a spike in attacks: neo-Nazis firebombed migrant shelters and beat refugees in the streets.

So how is it, a year later, Germans are turning »


- Scott Roxborough

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Peter Vaughan, 'Game of Thrones' Star, Dies at 93

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Peter Vaughan, known to legions of Game of Thrones fans as Maester Aemon in the HBO series, has died at the age of 93. 

His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news Tuesday. 

"This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning," she said. "He died peacefully with his family around him."

Vaughan was a veteran of British TV, starring in shows including Citizen Smith, Chancer, Our Friends in the North and Silk. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as the feared Grouty in the prison-based comedy series Porridge. He also played Aemon Targaryen, Maester of the »


- Alex Ritman

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A Dark, Tangled "Tango": Brando, Bertolucci and the Question of an Actor's Consent

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 In 1972, Pauline Kael, the influential New Yorker movie critic, wrote in her rave review of Last Tango in Paris that the film "is a movie people will be arguing about for as long as there are movies." Based on the events of the past week, she appears to have been right.

Tango was thrust back into the limelight in the most haphazard of ways, with a 2013 interview on Dutch television with its director, Bernardo Bertolucci, resurfacing on YouTube. A Yahoo! Movies writer spotted the clip and interpreted Bertolucci as having admitted to conspiring with the film's star, »


- Seth Abramovitch

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Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel Jokes About Passing Out Weed on the Red Carpet

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Jimmy Kimmel was just announced the host of the 2017 Oscars and he joked about his plans for the February event on his late-night show Monday.

Kimmel teased that he might wear jean shorts to the event and said that since recreational marijuana would be legal by then, maybe Guillermo (Rodriguez) could pass it out on the red carpet. "My goal is to somehow get arrested during the hosting of the show," said Kimmel.

"I got a very nice call of congratulations this morning from the president of Taiwan," laughed Kimmel, mocking Trump's controversial Taiwan call and even using the »


- THR Staff

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Jeff Bridges: "I'm a Product of Nepotism, That's How I Got Into It" | Actor Oscar Roundtable

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"It was hot," Oscar winner (Crazy Heart) Jeff Bridges told The Hollywood Reporter during the Actor Roundtable in regards to the shoot for his film Hell or High Water. "The hot or cold, it stimulates your acting, it kind of plugs you into the place you're in. That actually kind of helps."

"It's often a challenge when you're acting -- you just met and you're supposed to give the illusion that you've known each other for years and years," said Bridges. "Many actors, that's a challenge for us all, so we know we got to get in it »


- Annie Howard

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Poland’s Supreme Court Rejects Roman Polanski Extradition Request

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Poland's Supreme Court has rejected the government's request to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction.

Michael Laskowski, chairman of the Supreme Court, was quoted on Tuesday by the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza as saying that the court found it "legally unacceptable" to cancel the October 2015 ruling by a Krakow court against the extradition of Polanski.

The director was not required to show up in court.

In May 2016, Zbigniew Ziobro, Polish justice minister and prosecutor general, asked the Supreme Court to overrule the original verdict in a »

- Vladmir Kozlov

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Matt Damon: 'Great Wall' Role Never Intended for Asian Actor

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Matt Damon said Tuesday that his role in the new China-Hollywood production The Great Wall "was always intended to be European," responding to criticism that an Asian actor should have been picked for the part.

Some critics have said Damon's casting amounted to "whitewashing," when Caucasians are chosen for roles that should have gone to actors from other ethnicities.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the American actor said he thinks of "whitewashing" as applying to Caucasian actors applying makeup to appear to be of another race, as was common in the early days of film and television, when racism »


- the Associated Press,Patrick Brzeski

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Tech Exec Yu Yongfu Named CEO of Alibaba Pictures

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Chinese internet tycoon Jack Ma is shaking up the executive ranks at his fledging film studio, Alibaba Pictures Group.

Yu Yongfu, a 40-year-old tech entrepreneur and relative newcomer to the Alibaba Group, has been named CEO of the film subsidiary, the company reported in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Monday. Yu replaces Zhang Qiang, a local industry veteran and former head of China Film Group. Zhang has been shifted to a co-president role and will remain on the board, with no change to his remuneration, Alibaba's statement said.

Yu's rise within Alibaba has been swift »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Indian Actress-Turned-Politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa Dies at 68

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Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, has died. She was 68.

She died after undergoing surgery following a heart attack Sunday night at the Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai, the hospital said.

Tamil Nadu declared a seven-day mourning period starting Tuesday in honor of the politician known by her followers as "Amma," which means "Mother" in the Tamil language.

Jayalalithaa inspired intense loyalty among film fans and political supporters alike.

As news of her death spread, thousands »


- the Associated Press

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Inside the Norman Brokaw Memorial: Tony Orlando Sings, Kim Novak Speaks

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Vertigo star Kim Novak spoke and Tony Orlando performed — all against a backdrop of a wall of 19,000 red roses — at Monday's memorial service at the Hillcrest Country Club for the legendary agent Norman Brokaw.

The gathering also amounted to a celebration of the history of the William Morris Agency, since Brokaw, who died Oct. 29 at the age of 89, began his career as the first mailroom trainee at William Morris’ West Coast branch and went on to have an almost seven-decade run as an agent, representing talent ranging from Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Loretta »


- Borys Kit

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