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Film Review: ‘The Price’

Film Review: ‘The Price’
Immigration policy critics of late often seem to yearn for a nation in which everybody “talks American” and otherwise tries to conform as much as possible to a certain mainstream homogeneity, as if the goal of the melting pot society were to obliterate all original characteristics of its ingredients. Irked by others’ native tongues and ways, they seldom consider that assimilation isn’t easy — particularly the leaving-things-behind part.

The protagonist in “The Price” (which debuted on the festival circuit earlier this year as “Dara Ju”) is in many ways living the modern American Dream: He’s a young man from recent immigrant stock climbing up capitalism’s tallest ladder — the Manhattan financial sector. But the ascent seems to require he detach himself from the Nigerian emigre family whose needs he now finds embarrassing, and who won’t let him loose without a struggle.

Like that central figure, writer-director Anthony Onah is a Nigerian-born Harvard grad, and his accomplished
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‘Grey’s Anatomy:’ 30 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know in Honor of Its 300th Episode (Photos)

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‘Grey’s Anatomy:’ 30 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know in Honor of Its 300th Episode (Photos)
1. Other cities were in the running as the show’s backdrop Shonda Rhimes wanted the show to take place in a big city where surgeons would come for big opportunities. “This is not a small town life. Big city, big medical center, big surgical opportunities,” Rhimes said in a recent Master Class. She thought about placing the medical drama in Chicago, her hometown, but didn’t want to place it in the same city as “ER.” “Seattle felt fresh to me,” Rhimes said. “Seattle felt like a city I hadn’t seen in television a lot.” 2. Rhimes has a casting rule to keep her.
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Big City Cinema: New York on Film

By Jacob Oller

Sick of La? NYC is ready for you to look upon its filmed splendor. verhead shots of New York City are some of the most commonplace openers of genres as varied as gangster dramas and rom-coms. Undressing the dense urbanity is a vertical challenge that the warm lingering streets of Los Angeles simply doesn’t have. […]

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Brigadoon

Balletic, stylized and rather aloof, MGM’s biggest musical for 1954 still has what musical lovers crave — good dancing, beautiful melodies and unabashed romantic sentiments. Savant has a bad tendency to fixate on the inconsistencies of its fantasy concept — in which God places an ideal Scottish village outside the limits of Time itself.

Brigadoon

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1954 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date September 26, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stewart, Barry Jones, Albert Sharpe, Virginia Bosler, Jimmy Thompson.

Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg

Art Direction: Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons

Film Editor: Albert Akst

Original Music: Frederick Loewe

Screenplay, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Produced by Arthur Freed

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

MGM underwent some severe cutbacks in 1953; most of its contract players were dropped including the majority of its proud roster of stars. The studio would have to survive in a new kind of Hollywood,
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Amazon to Develop Jay McInerney’s ‘Brightness Falls’ Trilogy Into TV Series (Exclusive)

Amazon to Develop Jay McInerney’s ‘Brightness Falls’ Trilogy Into TV Series (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios will develop novelist Jay McInerney’s “Brightness Falls” book trilogy into a television series, Variety has learned exclusively.

The Gotham Group brought the concept to Amazon Studios. McInerney and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jeremy Bell will serve as executive producers. Novelists Dana Vachon and Gemma Sieff will adapt the books for TV and executive produce. Burr Steers (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) is attached to direct, and will executive produce as well.

The three books — “Brightness Falls,” “The Good Life,” and “Bright Precious Days” — look at a marriage over the course of 30 years. An unforgettable New York story of glamour, sex, ambition, and heartbreak begins in the heady days before the financial crash. Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the dream. But beneath the glossy surfaces, things are simmering — and the Calloways find themselves tested more severely than they ever could have imagined.

McInerney
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‘Girls’ Series Finale: Lena Dunham & Ep Jenni Konner On Hannah’s Future, Marnie’s Choices & Why No Mr. Big

Spoiler alert! This article contains details of tonight's series finale of HBO's Girls. Like Joan Didion fifty hears before her, Hannah Horvath said goodbye to all that. Goodbye to New York, to the friends that she’d invested in so heavily since college, and goodbye to the Big City dreams of a hopeful young writer. Goodbye to Girls. “Latching,” tonight’s series finale of Lena Dunham’s groundbreaking (truly) HBO drama was a departure all around – in plot, of course (stop…
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Frolic Pictures releases new 'Grindhouse Series' on DVD

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Jared Masters has teamed up with Allied Vaughn to reintroduce some rare B-movie gems from a bygone era. See all ten. DVDs can be purchased at major online stores like Best Buy and Target.

The Frolic Grindhouse Series includes:

RatMan (1988)

A maniac butchers a fashion model on a Caribbean island and leaves the body to be eaten by rats. The model's sister suspects something isn't quite right with the police investigation and decides to go snooping on her own. With her friend, Fred, their investigations lead them to an unknown part of the island where they discover a monstrosity of a rat like man. The creature is killed by Fred, but the true horror of it's nature is just beginning...

Centipede Horror (1982)

A crazed evil wizard uses his powers to take revenge on beautiful women by making them vomit up live centipedes, which then proceed to eat their victims.

Calamity
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Mike Gold: Iron Fist – Your Mileage May Vary!

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I must admit, I agree with Roy Thomas and Larry Hama.

Unfortunately, this puts me in opposition to at least three of my ComicMix fellow travelers – Martha Thomases, Joe Corallo and Adriane Nash. And, probably, many others who occupy these premises. That should make our next staff meeting amusing.

Iron Fist – I’m talking about the Marvel/Netflix series – most certainly is not The Prisoner of 21st Century. It’s not even as good as Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. But from reading the reactions of the aforementioned critics and many others, I do not find it to be the You’re In The Picture of the 21st Century, a show so obscure and godawfullousy that only Bob Ingersoll remembers it.

To be fair, I’ve only seen the first four episodes. Then again, Martha’s only seen the first four as well. But those critics who have been
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Here’s What Happens Behind the Scenes of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market: ‘The Chemistry is Real’

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Here’s What Happens Behind the Scenes of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market: ‘The Chemistry is Real’
I spent some time in Waco as a kid and it was always a friendly place to live, but not particularly bustling when I lived there (at least not when you come from London.) So when I had a chance to tour the Magnolia Market at the Silos and see what all of the excitement was about, I could not believe the hustle and bustle of the crowds shopping, kids running around playing, the lines at the Silos Baking Co. and the general excitement of people of all ages who were making the pilgrimage to Hgtv stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market and Gardens.
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Leaving Waco? Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal the ‘Big City’ They’ve Considered Relocating To

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Leaving Waco? Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal the ‘Big City’ They’ve Considered Relocating To
Chip and Joanna Gaines may have put Waco, Texas on the reality TV map with their hit Hgtv show Fixer Upper, but the couple would consider leaving “the lone star state,” at least for a period of time.

Speaking with press at a Kilz Master Class and media tour of the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco on Tuesday, the reality stars revealed that leaving Waco is a possibility for their family.

“We’ve got four young babies and so the farther we get from home, it makes it almost impossible for us to figure out how to keep
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‘The Littlest Bigfoot’: Kids Book To Be Made Into Animated Feature

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Breaking: It’s one big happy Weiner family. The Littlest Bigfoot, author Jennifer Weiner’s latest book for kids, will be made into an animated feature by Chris Bender (We're the Millers) and Jennifer’s brother Jake Weiner (Leap Year), courtesy of 20th Century Fox Animation in a deal that was negotiated by another in the Weiner family, brother Joe. The IP seems set for a sequel as the author is writing the next installment called Little Bigfoot, Big City; that one comes…
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Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would…
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Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86

Marni Nixon Dies: Hollywood’s Voice Behind The Stars Was 86
Marni Nixon, the voice behind the stars of such films as West Side Story, The King and I and My Fair Lady, has died. She was 86. Nixon died of breast cancer Sunday in Manhattan, according to The New York Times and other media outlets. Nixon’s film career began in the 1940s, singing the voices of the angels heard by Ingrid Bergman in Joan of Arc. She was Margaret O’Brien’s singing voice in Big City that same year and The Secret Garden in 1949. She went on to what would…
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Arthouse Audit: ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is More Than Alright

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Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice” (The Film Arcade) is the latest mid-summer hit, joining the recent turnaround in art house fortunes. Following his template for “Sleepwalk With Me,” Birbiglia & Co. boosted box office via frequent appearances at their New York cinema. The already strong film surged to a huge initial $90,000 number with many sold out shows on multiple screens.

Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (Lionsgate) continued to improve on the director’s recent performance, and could end up besting two other recent strong openers. “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street) and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (The Orchard) continue to have strong expansions; both could end up over $10 million as well.

Asian wide-audience commercial releases are performing well in domestic play, with entries from South Korea, India, the Philippines along with China continuing to deliver strong niche results.

Opening

“Don’t Think Twice” (Film Arcade) – Metacritic: 83; Festivals include: South by Southwest,
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Film Review: CAFÉ Society

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Blink and you’ll miss it, the new Woody Allen film, Café Society, is packed with the genius’s usual mile a minute musings, teachings, and even action. It’s Allen’s examination, after thoughtful analyses of towns from Barcelona to Paris, of that juggernaut of the West—dreaded by all real New Yorkers like Woody himself. But perhaps because Allen’s distaste for La La Land is all too real, the film quickly extracts itself from Los Angeles, and one is left hard pressed to distinguish Café Society from any Allen film of yore. While Café Society shows flashes of brilliance in its analysis of the ennui of life, it never coalesces into a sum greater than its promising parts.

Café Society follows deer-in-headlights Bobby Dorfman, from the Bronx, as he wistfully tries to make it big in Hollywood in the 1930s. Played with stunning Allen-like obnoxiousness by the talented Jesse Eisenberg,
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The Secret Life of Pets movie review: dogs and cats living together…

Charming. A cleverly constructed and amusingly rendered fantasy adventure that sings with a sweet, wistful devotion to home, family, and friendship. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

What do our pets do all day while we’re at work or school? Mostly sleep, probably. Unless you have a Bad Dog or a Bad Cat, in which case the torn-up sofas and puddles of vomit you return to are already pulling back the curtain of mystery on their daily doings. So best consider the charming The Secret Life of Pets more an animated fantasy than a documentary, in case you were in any doubt.

The comfortable life of terrier Max (the voice of Louis C.K.: Trumbo, American Hustle), who considers himself the “luckiest dog in New York” thanks to his person Katie (the voice
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Film Review: ‘Sour Grapes’

Film Review: ‘Sour Grapes’
Sour Grapes” investigates an embarrassing scandal that rocked the world of highest-end wine collectors — and left as many as 40,000 “fake” bottles still circulating in their milieu — approaching the stunningly expansive scam as a real-life comic mystery fit for Hercule Poirot, complete with a cast of privileged dupes for whom the average viewer isn’t likely to feel much sympathy. Those already interested in the mechanizations of the wine biz will be fascinated by this doc feature by Jerry Rothwell (“Deep Water,” “How to Change the World”) and Reuben Atlas (“Brothers Hypnotic”), though such rarefied tastes are hardly a prerequisite to appreciate this highly entertaining stranger-than-fiction saga. A Canadian theatrical run launches May 27, and other territories should eventually follow suit.

“Bright Lights, Big City” novelist turned wine columnist Jay McInerney says that the auction scene for sought-after vintages began in earnest with the late 1990s advent of the dot-com boom, when
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Michael Davis: Cosplay & Vampires & The Brotherman Revelation

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Most may think my creative output over the last few years has been little more than bitching about that company that must not be named. Not true. Not true at all.

I have been busy creating some of the best work of my career…only to have them stolen.

Stolen I say! Taken from me by those who have duped you all into thinking it was they who created such masterworks.

My first creation, the Overstreet Guide to Cosplay says on the cover it was written by Melissa Bowersox, Eddie Newsome and Carrie Wood.

Ha! I say ha! I’ve been cosplaying since I was a young boy growing up in the south back in the 1930s. I remember when I came up with the idea to cosplay; I was around oh I don’t know some age when I said out loud; “I have invented cosplay.”

Melissa Bowersox, Eddie
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Memorable Images Focus Of Animated Features Celebration During Oscar Week

One of movie fans favorite events of Oscar Week was held Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, as the Academy held the eighth annual event celebrating the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film.

The evening featured clips from each film, followed by an onstage discussion with each group of nominated filmmakers.

This year’s eclectic mix – Anomalisa, Boy and the World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie and When Marnie Was There – are as international as they are distinct.

Employing a stunning variety of animation techniques, the nominees explored a wide range of topics, including existential despair, devastation of natural resources, learning to handle emotion, the value of friendship and surviving the difficulties of adolescence.

This year, members were able to stream the movies and voting came from all over the world.

The evening’s hosts were Don Hall, Chris Williams, Roy Conli, last year’s Oscar winning team from Big Hero 6.
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How To Be Single Review

If a romantic comedy called How to Be Single sounds rather baldly antithetical, that’s because the title is a bit of a misnomer. No, the commercials didn’t overtly deceive you: this is a glossy, New York-set ensemble rom-com, and it is populated by an assortment of camera-ready, charismatic actors, all of whom play single folk struggling to navigate the Big Apple’s hectic dating scene. Its characters are also all flying solo, for a variety of reasons and with wide-ranging levels of success.

But when it comes to actually instructing audiences in the ways of the lonely heart, the movie, directed by Christian Ditter, doesn’t have a clue. Its title would have been more accurate with punctuation added, so that it would appear less like a college seminar course (How to Be Single) and more like the socially regressive, queasily single-shaming lament it actually is for most of its length (How?
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