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Drag Race All Stars E5: RuVenge is a Dish Best Served With Love...

2 hours ago

By Nathaniel R

How is RuPaul's Drag Race doing it this season? Eight years into the RuVerse and despite a trainwreck of a first attempt with All Stars, All Stars Season 2 is arguably earning its rather instant rep as "Best Season Evah, Yaaaas." The first season, an ill considered 'doubles' event was echoed if you will in Episode 5's "Ru-Venge" narrative in which the eliminated queens were brought back and chose comedy partners from the remaining queens. Somehow even this unmistakable reminder of Season 1's slog of watching divas drag basic bitches around like dead weight behind them transcended the concept.

It helps I think that RuPaul is playing with the format more than ever. Usually when stars have nothing left to prove they coast. Ru did win a long deserved Emmy recent and dont you forget it. (Logo won't let you, bless.) But America's favorite Drag Superstar is making »

- NATHANIEL R

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Instagram Proof (Debi, Tatiana, Lupita)

6 hours ago

Instagram Proof

...that Tatiana Maslany actually Is a clone

...that Lupita Nyong'o can't blend into the background no matter how hard she tries

...that despite Madge's history of shortlived celebrity friendships, she'll always love Debi Mazar

 

Blowing the lid off: Finally, the proof that @tatianamaslany is in actual fact a clone.

A photo posted by Tom Cullen (@tom_cullen) on Sep 24, 2016 at 11:52am Pdt

Kitenge Sunset. @queenofkatwemovie #Queening #Kitenge #QueenofKatwe. Crowned by @vernonfrancois.

A photo posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Sep 23, 2016 at 4:14pm Pdt

Hello! #Adele .. last nite,Amazing Thanks @Madonna for the great bday tkts »

- NATHANIEL R

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Links: Separating Artists from Art, Studying Jake Gyllenhaal, Letting the Seven Samurai Go

12 hours ago

Playlist on the complicated issues of "separate the art from the artist" in today's social media court of public opinion and 24/7 news cycles and Birth of a Nation's release

Gold Derby titles their article "Official" and then claims to have inside intel on "hints" that Silence is actually opening this year despite no poster, trailer, release date, etcetera. This is not what the word "official" means. It will only be official when Paramount makes a statement. I'm hopeful, as the film has been in post forever, but it's definitely not official yet.

Mnpp Jason offers to teach a course on "The Nudity of Jake Gyllenhaal 101" and we would like to audit the course -- Jake is always having nude breakdowns in showers.

The New Yorker has an interesting take on Bridget Jones's Baby's refusal to engage with some of the elements of the genre it helped define

Variety Carey Mulligan »

- NATHANIEL R

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Tweetweek: Describing Yourself, Brangelina Fallout, Paulson Afterglow

14 hours ago

people who think the movies are dead:

it turns out that *you’re* dead & the movies are alive

there’s a good Nicole Kidman movie about this

— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 20, 2016

20 years ago today, the world's first superhero ensemble movie hit theaters pic.twitter.com/o34t6vxCen

— Count Falcula (@RussellFalcon) September 20, 2016

More fun tweets from the past week including Emily Blunt, Sarah Paulson, Marion Cotillard, follow after the jump »

- NATHANIEL R

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Foreign Oscar Watch: Bedouin Marriage, Persian Haunting, Slavic Space Program

23 September 2016 5:45 PM, PDT

Yesterday at an unusually tense and controversial Ophir Awards ceremony, Sand Storm won the Israeli Oscar and will thus be Israel's Oscar submission. The debut female director Elite Zexer, giving the last acceptance speech of the evening, spoke about how she employed Jews, Muslims, and Christians on the picture. 

Though I already think Israel should have won the Oscar in this category (for Late Marriage which was submitted but not nominated in the year of Amelie and No Man's Land) and they've had high quality films in the mix before, I'm a little cool on this particular picture. Ah well, you can't love everything!

The UK's submission is a horror thriller set in IranAs more and more titles are announced for the Foreign Oscar Race, the variety of genres keeps growing, too. We have animated films, horror thrillers, docu-fiction hybrids, political dramas, romantic comedies, crime films, as well as submissions »

- NATHANIEL R

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Thoughts I Had... The "Jumanji" Cast

23 September 2016 5:00 AM, PDT

Chris here. Do you remember 1995's Jumanji? That 90s kids classic still holds up today, so naturally we have a remake coming our way. Stars Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black are no strangers to family entertainment, and they're also bringing along the bankability of Kevin Hart and fan favorite Karen Gillan. Here's a first look at what they have in store:

... and I have some thoughts:

What is this Lara Croft ensemble Gillan is giving us? I'm no prude, but oversexualizing the only woman for a kids movie seems a bit much. No seriously, she can't be wearing that little clothes because the jungle is so hot. Jack Black is wearing seventeen layers. Does this crew go inside the game? The point of Jumanji is that the wild comes to you. Johnson and Black have done plenty of family fare, but Kevin Hart is actually an inspired choice for this kind of entertainment. »

- Chris Feil

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Review: "The Magnificent Seven"

22 September 2016 7:00 PM, PDT

by Chris Feil

Drawing on the original iterations of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and the 1960 American remake by John Sturges, Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven arrives as another attempt to reanimate the American western.

Denzel Washington leads this bursting cast as Chisolm, corralling a ragtag mini-militia to help protect a small town from a violent and overbearing tycoon (Peter Sarsgaard). There are familiar faces (Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio) and emerging talents (Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier) rounding out the Magnificent bunch with more shared attention to each player than you might be anticipating »

- Chris Feil

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Best Actress - Who will dance with Oscar?

22 September 2016 1:00 PM, PDT

While Best Actress remains the most impressively competitive category, the buzz has been so deafening on Natalie Portman and Emma Stone's work in Jackie and La La Land respectively, that we have our first acting nomination "locks" of the year. Yes, I hate to use the word so early -- i generally prefer not to use it until after a film has opened -- but in this case it applies.

Short of either of these well loved actresses murdering someone casually or becoming a spokesperson for Trump on his campaign trail their traction for Best Actress is a done deal. Having now seen both pictures it's tough to imagine either of them missing; their movies are probable Best Picture Contenders which hang on their every flickering bit of feeling. And they've both got multiple "clips" galore for award show reels, clips that will look like "of course she won the Oscar! »

- NATHANIEL R

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Ask Nathaniel

22 September 2016 11:13 AM, PDT

Good afternoon, lovelies. (I'm missing Canada, hence the coffee cup.) 

Let's have a Q&A. You know what to do in the comments. Please nothing that would require a whole book or top ten list to answer. I'll answer selected questions Sunday/Monday. Suggested themes: Captain America Civil War, A Bigger Splash (fresh on DVD), Zootopia, The Witch (new to streaming) or whatever else floats your curious boat. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Marion Cotillard Wishes Her Haters "A Swift Recovery"

22 September 2016 9:09 AM, PDT

Guillaume, Marion, and First Child a few months backMarion Cotillard has had it with all the press attention she's getting in the Brangelina divorce. Who knows how the rumors about her and Brad started but Allied (opening this Thanksgiving) surely provided the easy optics. The movie stars are playing impossibly beautiful / sneaky deadly / possibly double crossing lovers in Allied (2016) and you could describe Mr & Mrs Smith (2005), the film that brought us Brangelina, in much the same way.

Cotillard released the following pointed statement, which reads like the equivalent of an eye roll crossed with a death glare. She wants you to know that she's perfectly happy with fellow French film star Guillaume Canet, her longtime partner, and also: she's pregnant again with their second child.

The statement in full and a bit more after the jump »

- NATHANIEL R

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Miles Teller and Emma Watson Join Long List of Alternate Hollywood Casts

22 September 2016 7:30 AM, PDT

By Daniel Crooke

If you've been wondering why Damien Chazelle didn’t cast Whiplash star Miles Teller in his Tiff’s People’s Choice Award winner La La Land, it looks like we have our answer: Teller wanted more money. Editorializing on a celebrity’s character is a tricky line to tow so let's just say this is not surprising. Of much more interest is the alternate casting of a different Emma as the female lead, Emma of the Watson variety.

We'll never be able to speak to what Watson and Teller would have done with the roles that are winning Oscar buzz for Ryan Gosling and (frontrunner?) Emma Stone but it does get the mind racing about favorite almost-casts or last minute drop-outs in movie history. There’s your classic Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones or Winona Ryder as Mary Corleone, or more contemporarily you’ve got Will Smith as Django or, »

- Daniel Crooke

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The Best Actor Competition... What is Going On Here?

21 September 2016 3:30 PM, PDT

Only two men seem to have even remotely locked up their positions in the current Best Actor race and one of those only on reputation / material alone since no one has yet seen Denzel Washington's adaptation of Fences. So is it really Denzel for this third Oscar versus Casey Affleck for his first or is there more going on? There had better be since there are five nomination slots. Ten if you think of it in terms of Golden Globe excitement come year's end.

Since romantic male leads have historically had a tough time finding Oscar nominations from the male-heavy Academy body (romance is for girls. ewwwww, cooties) I know it looks weird to suggest that both Joel Edgerton and Ryan Gosling are looking likely but at this stage the field is what the field is. Gosling in particular, an actor whose work I've always deeply loved don't misunderstand, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Curtis Hanson (1945-2016)

21 September 2016 1:00 PM, PDT

Director Curtis Hanson passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Word is that Alzheimer had forced a retirement five years ago.

Eminem won a Song Oscar for his collaboration with Curtis Hanson in "8 Mile"

Hanson's brush with A list "prestige" was brief (3 Oscar nominations for producing, co-writing, and directing the much-admired La Confidential) but his career was a fine example of versatile craftsmanship. He served as an important reminder that there's more to directing than auteurial stamps »

- NATHANIEL R

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Links: Brangelina Kaput, Broadway Blockbuster, Festival Afterglow

21 September 2016 10:46 AM, PDT

Brangelina No More

Vox looks at the parallels between Liz & Dick and Brangelina

EW Madame Tussaud's already separated Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wax counterparts. Nathaniel wept. (Seriously, I'm not doing okay with this. I don't care if anyone thinks its silly. Double star wattage couples of this magnitude happen only a few times a century.) 

Slate ranks the remaining A list power couples

Brangelina, smack dab in the middle of their storied romance

Liz and Dick were only divorced for 16 months before they got back together so if I may put in an early request for 2018 Wishes. Lots more (and not just Brad & Angie) after the jump. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Judy by the Numbers: "You're So Right For Me"

21 September 2016 6:32 AM, PDT

Anne Marie has been chronicling Judy Garland's career chronologically through musical numbers...

The terribly tricky thing about early TV (or really any TV) history is that episodes are often filmed and aired in different orders. Because of the discrepancies in airing schedules, we will be following in the order in which they were shot. After the CBS lawsuit was settled with the agreement that Judy Garland should make a show for CBS, the question became what kind of show to do. It took two years for the usual contract negotiations, delays, and upheavals to settle enough for that question to be decided. On June 24, 1963, Judy Garland recorded the first episode of a variety show titled (unsurprisingly) The Judy Garland Show

The Show: The Judy Garland Show Episode #1

The Songwriter: Mel Torme (uncredited)

The Cast: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Jerry Van Dyke

The Story: A musical variety show seemed to »

- Anne Marie

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Supporting Actor Has No Frontrunner

20 September 2016 4:01 PM, PDT

Oh sure... Liam Neeson you say. So did I at one point. But Silence is looking like an increasingly imaginary film, don't you think? I'm not dumping him from the predicted lineup just yet though The Supporting Actor Chart has a ton of movement post-festival explosion.

The biggest chart debut goes to Peter Sarsgaard as Bobby Kennedy in Jackie (they love actors as real famous people and he's typically strong) while Michael Shannon moves on up for stealing the entire show in Nocturnal Animals. And with the eyebrow-raising news that Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not debuting for critics before its Nyff premiere, have we been overestimating that film? What a strange decision! 

Finally what to make of the men of Moonlight? They're all terrific but due to the triptych nature of the film, not a one of the men is in more than a third of the picture. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman's Fourth Nomination?

20 September 2016 11:30 AM, PDT

Here's to the thought of Nicole Kidman back in an Oscar lineup - Cheers!

Lion and Queen of Katwe were runner ups to La La Land for Toronto's People Choice prize and people were loving on Nicole Kidman and Lupita Nyong'o as warm mothers in those films. With a strange absence of contenders to this point (especially given the comparatively abundant Leading Actress wars) they both move way up the chart. Also shifting on the chart: Felicity Jones, Nina Arianda, Greta Gerwig x 2, Live by Night ladies, and a few drop-offs now that the films have been seen.

In category-fraud-loving Hollywood we have to assume that one of the leading ladies (Best Actress chart is not yet updated) will demote herself to secure a nomination in a weaker field. Viola Davis is a possibility in Fences  -- in the first Broadway run her Fences character was considered "featured" (Tony »

- NATHANIEL R

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Doc Corner: Nick Cave and The Beatles Show Mixed Musical Results

20 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

Thankfully for us, Nick Cave is not a musician who is easily distilled into a formula blueprint. He isn’t an artist who is easy to pigeonhole and that means anybody who attempts to make a film about him is forced to think outside of the box. Consider 20,000 Days on Earth in which Cave celebrated his 20,000th day of living by driving around with friends like Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone. That film, partly fictionalized, was only two years ago so if it feels somewhat excessive to have another Nick Cave documentary so soon then the circumstances around Cave’s life since then mean a lot has changed since his 20,000th day on Earth that has dramatically altered him.

One More Time with Feeling is directed by Cave’s friend Andrew Dominik who Cave had worked with on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Like that film, »

- Glenn Dunks

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Sony Classics Brings Us Eleanor Coppola's "Paris..."

20 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT

One of the films we've been hearing positive word of mouth out of the glut of Tiff is Eleanor Coppola's Paris Can Wait. Eleanor famously documented her husband Francis Ford Coppola's literal hell shooting Apocalypse Now with Hearts of Darkness, and followed with more behind the scenes documentaries after. Paris is her first narrative film and Sony Pictures Classics just picked it up for distribution. At 80 years old, this first feature from the director will be something to celebrate!

If not Tiff Oscar bait, the film sounds like a lighthearted, mouth watering trip across France: Diane Lane stars as a dispassionately married woman who takes a French road trip with a business associate of her husband to reinvigorate her life. Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard are her costars, but we hear the cuisine brings the real romance. Food porn and Diane Lane in Europe sounds like exactly the »

- Chris Feil

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Instagram Battles: Orlando, Jeff, or Goldie?

20 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT

Would you rather

...spar with Orlando Bloom 

...read a comic with Jeff Goldblum

...or stop to smell the roses with Goldie Hawn?

 

he's a shaolin master imma have to practice lots to keep up »

- NATHANIEL R

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