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Canon Of Film: ‘Pleasantville’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look back at Gary Ross‘ directorial debut and instant classic, ‘Plesantville‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Pleasantville (1998)

Director/Screenplay: Gary Ross

As the nation heads towards another election shortly, the national debate has become strikingly philosophical. Phrases like “Family Values” and “The Role of Government” always come up, never has the divide, in my memory, been so drastic. It’s at times like these, that I find myself thinking about Gary Ross’s film ‘Pleasantville‘. Ross has one of the best resumes for someone with so few credits. Ross became known for co-writing the film ‘Big‘, which earned him an Oscar nomination, as did his second screenplay ‘Dave‘. He made the sports biopic, ‘Seabiscuit‘, the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux” and more recently, the ‘The Hunger Games‘ film as well as the Civil
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‘Real Housewives’ Star Luann de Lesseps Shares Dating Life Update After Divorce (Exclusive)

‘Real Housewives’ Star Luann de Lesseps Shares Dating Life Update After Divorce (Exclusive)
Luann de Lesseps is embracing the single life after her divorce from Tom D’Agostino.

The Real Housewives of New York City star and her husband of less than a year finalized their divorce in October. Since then, Luann has kept a fairly low profile -- but she did step out for Daily Mail’s “Unwrap the Holidays” party in New York on Wednesday night, where she shared an update on her love life with Et.

“I'm not really dating,” she admits. “I'm taking time for myself. I'm enjoying my children and my girlfriends … I’m getting my life back. I'm getting, you know, I'm looking for an apartment in the city. So, I'm just trying to get back on my feet. So, I don't have time for boys right now, but that doesn't mean I'm dead.”

Luann was joined on the red carpet by her pal and co-star, Dorinda Medley, who adds that Luann
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'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem

'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem
If you think it's high time that Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro joined fellow Mexican auteurs Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant) in the Oscar winners circle, The Shape of Water just may be the movie to do it. The Academy typically turns up its nose at the fantasy/horror genre that attracts del Toro (see: Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). Not this time. His latest is a Cold War romance about a mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) who falls hard for an amphibious creature
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South Park Season 21 Episode 7 Review – ‘Doubling Down’

Liam Hoofe reviews the seventh episode of South Park season 21…

South Park season 21 has been one of the show’s finest in years, and one of the big reasons for that, many would argue, is that it has gone back to its roots, putting the focus on the boys and their adventures, and having its social commentary take a backseat. This week’s episode, ‘Doubling Down’ was a bit of a mixed-bag, mostly because it played around with the formula that has worked so well for it so far.

It was exactly a year ago this week that hell froze over, and Donald Trump was elected as The President of the United States, and exactly a year ago this week, that same result threw South Park’s season 20 into a nosedive. Parker and Stone have, wisely, avoided Trump for the majority of this season, in recognition of the fact that
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Why Defiant Theater Owners Are Refusing To Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I hate to say ‘I told you so’ to anyone about anything but when it comes to Disney these days it seems that’s all people can say sometimes. If you got a little up in arms over the title of the article I don’t blame you since it seems silly to refuse to show a film that people have been waiting to see for the past two years. But once you learn just why this is happening you might change your tune just a bit, I know I did. Disney is demanding that each and every theater that runs this

Why Defiant Theater Owners Are Refusing To Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Tim Roth on 'Tin Star,' Tarantino and Tupac

Tim Roth on 'Tin Star,' Tarantino and Tupac
Skinheads, hit men, cops, criminals, cops-posing-as-criminals, princes, junkies, executioners, politicians, supervillains, an 18th-century fop, a 19th-century impressionist painter and a 21st-century psychotic chimp – you name it, and there's an extremely good chance that Tim Roth has played it. The 56-year-old British actor has the sort of varied, overstuffed resumé that suggests a reserved spot in the steadily-working-character-actor canon, and has not one but two projects hitting TV screens at the moment: Tin Star, an Amazon thriller that about an expat cop living in Canada that starts as a quirky fish-out-of-water
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Exclusive: 'Star Trek: Discovery's' Doug Jones on Premiere Cliffhanger and How It Affects the Future

Exclusive: 'Star Trek: Discovery's' Doug Jones on Premiere Cliffhanger and How It Affects the Future
Warning: Spoiler alert! If you did not watch the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery (the second is now available on the CBS All Access streaming service) do not proceed. If you did, it is safe to read on.

Star Trek: Discovery is finally here!

The latest iteration in the storied Star Trek franchise boldly went to new heights on Sunday, launching its anticipated first episode on CBS before premiering the second on the CBS All Access streaming service immediately after. The wait was well worth it. By the end of the second hour, a devastating death (R.I.P. Philippa Georgiou, captain of the USS Shenzhou) and the start of the Klingon War, begun in essence by First Officer Michael Burnham, are what propel the rest of the Star Trek: Discovery story forward.

With Michael now marked as a betrayer and a mutineer (after failing to obey captain’s orders and demanding that Starfleet strike
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I Told You So by Shannon Wheeler

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I can’t claim any connection to the cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, despite the name similarity. Oh, he lives in Portland, as does my brother — but I think that’s as close as it gets. The Wheelers are a vast clan, with our fingers in all of the world’s pies, and Shannon’s branch is very distant from my own.

But, still, he is a Wheeler, and thus one of the best in the world at whatever he chooses to do, by the power of that exceptional name. In his case, first there was the hit comic Too Much Coffee Man (in several formats, for a long time, and not quite done even now). But he’s also been working seriously on New Yorker-style single-panel cartoons for at least a decade now, with some success in that fine magazine.

And, since he’s a guy who publishes the cartoons he
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Event Horizon

Director Paul W. S. Anderson’s Alien-flavored sci-fi film had a troubled production history and an even harder time with the critics and the box office once it was released. Once again home video came to a film’s rescue turning Anderson’s dilemma in Anderson’s “I told you so”. Sleekly produced, the movie boasted a nifty cast including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Kathleen Quinlan. Orbital contributes a pulsating techno-punk score.
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From ‘Archer’ to ‘South Park,’ the Emmy Race Gets Animated

From ‘Archer’ to ‘South Park,’ the Emmy Race Gets Animated
In the animated series category, there is little suspense year-to-year over which shows will get nominated since there are four key shows — led by “The Simpsons,” with 26 nominations and 10 wins over 28 seasons — that have been honored for the bulk of their runs. The real question is which one will win, so picking the right episode for Emmy submission is key. “I have a highly scientific system,” jokes longtime “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean. “I usually go with the highest-rated episode on IMDb.” This year Jean will put his system to the test against returnees “Archer,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “South Park,” and the newcomer: “Elena of Avalor”/“Sofia the First” crossover episode, “Elena and the Secret of Avalor.”

Archer” (pictured above)

Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed” (Fxx)

The seventh season of Adam Reed’s stylish and irreverent spy series ended with Archer floating facedown in a swimming pool, an image that evoked the classic 1950 film noir “Sunset
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Donald Glover Talks ‘Han Solo’, Plus New Revelations About ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Community’

Donald Glover Talks ‘Han Solo’, Plus New Revelations About ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Community’
The final verse of the 2010 song “Fuck It All” from Childish Gambino – the rap alias of multi-hyphenate Donald Glover – ends with this line: “To all my fans who sayin’ ‘Donald Glover ’bout to blow,’ just give me six months so you can say ‘I told you so.'” It’s hard to believe it’s been […]

The post Donald Glover Talks ‘Han Solo’, Plus New Revelations About ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and ‘Community’ appeared first on /Film.
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Exclusive: Andy Cohen on How ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Will Handle Luann de Lesseps’ Divorce

Exclusive: Andy Cohen on How ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Will Handle Luann de Lesseps’ Divorce
Andy Cohen found out about Luann de Lesseps’ divorce just live everyone else.

“I read it on Twitter,” Cohen tells Et’s Leanne Aguilera. “I didn't not see it coming, but I didn’t see it coming. You know what I mean?”

Last week, The Real Housewives of New York City star announced that she and her husband of seven months, Tom D’Agostino, decided to separate. The announcement came after new rumors of infidelity and fighting between the pair surfaced.

Watch: Luann de Lesseps Announces She’s Getting Divorced

The now-former couple’s tumultuous relationship was well-documented on the show, but their split won’t be. Filming for season nine, including the show’s reunion special, wrapped before they called it quits. The reality star is now taking some “time to [herself]” in Switzerland.

“I spoke to her the day she was leaving the country,” Cohen reveals. “You know, I think she very wisely is leaving the country
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Rob Kardashian’s Family Are in ‘I Told You So’ Mode About Blac Chyna — but Won’t Give Up on Him

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Rob Kardashian’s Family Are in ‘I Told You So’ Mode About Blac Chyna — but Won’t Give Up on Him
Regardless of whatever decisions he makes, the KarJenner clan will never give up on Rob Kardashian.

“The idea that anyone in the family would ever turn their backs on Rob is silly. They’ll never be ‘done’ with him,” a source close to the family tells People.

In the wake of his social media rampage against ex-fiancée Blac Chyna on July 5, during which he repeatedly shared graphic and expletive-ridden content about her on Twitter and Instagram and accused her of drug use, alcohol abuse and infidelity, an insider told People that his family was “horrified” by his actions.

But in
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‘Game of Thrones’ Q&A: Sophie Turner Wonders if Sansa Stark Will do ‘Something She Regrets’

‘Game of Thrones’ Q&A: Sophie Turner Wonders if Sansa Stark Will do ‘Something She Regrets’
Winter — it’s totally here. The seventh season of drama “Game of Thrones” is set to premiere July 16. Ahead of the debut, Variety spoke with Sophie Turner, who stars as Sansa Stark on the HBO drama, about what lies ahead for her character.

The end of season six found Sansa looking on as her half-brother Jon Snow was named King of the North by the lords of Winterfell. That moment, according to Turner, left Sansa feeling split between loyalty to her brother and a sense that she had been served a bit of a raw deal.

How was it shooting the new season?

It was as fun as ever. It was different from all the others, because you could kind of feel everything wrapping up. There’s a lot more emotion involved in shooting a lot of these scenes. It was getting pretty emotional. But it was great.

You were shooting on a different schedule than in
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Five Things to Know About Walker Hayes (Or Make That Six – If You're Counting His Kids)

Five Things to Know About Walker Hayes (Or Make That Six – If You're Counting His Kids)
Walker Hayes knew how music dreams died in Nashville. He’d lost his deal with a major record label. With a wife and six kids to support, he was making ends meet stocking shelves at Costco.

Then – just when he’d decided it was time to get “a real job” – the phone rang. On the other end? Shane McAnally, the Grammy-winning songwriter and hit-making producer.

McAnally’s question: Did Hayes want to sign a record deal?

A year later, Hayes, 37, is now basking in the glow of the upcoming album’s first single, “You Broke Up with Me,” an irresistibly
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Good Morning (ohayo)

It’s Yasujiro Ozu in light mode, except that his insights into the human social mechanism make this cheerful neighborhood comedy as meaningful as his dramas. Two boys go on a ‘talk strike’ because they want a television set, a choice that has an effect on everyone around them. And what can you say about a movie with running jokes about flatulence . . . and is still a world-class classic?

Good Morning

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 84

1959 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / ohayo / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 16, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishu Ryu, Kuniko Miyake, Haruko Sugimura, Koji Shitara, Masahiko Shimazu, Isamu Hayashi, Kyoko Izumi, Toyo Takahashi, Sadako Sawamura, Eijiro Tono.

Cinematography: Yushun Atsuta

Film Editor: Yoshiyasu Hamamura

Original Music: Toshiro Mayuzumi

Written by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda

Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu

Ozu’s Good Morning is a straight-out delight, being both inconsequential and insightful.
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Exclusive: Hear Rascal Flatts' Soaring Duet With Lauren Alaina, 'Are You Happy Now'

Exclusive: Hear Rascal Flatts' Soaring Duet With Lauren Alaina, 'Are You Happy Now'
Rascal Flatts + Lauren Alaina = a match made in heaven.

The American Idol alum features on the band's new album, Back to Us, out May 19, partnering on a soaring, heart-tugging duet, "Are You Happy Now." Only Et has your first listen to the track with the exclusive premiere -- press play, below!

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"It's hard to look down the list of female singers and pick one that can go toe-to-toe with Gary [LeVox] in the studio," Jay DeMarcus tells Et.

The song was originally written for Rascal Flatt's 2014 album, Rewind, alongside songwriter Sean McConnell, but it took three years to find the right partner to sing on it.

"Gary’s got one of those rare abilities to have an extraordinary range, vocally, sing all kinds of vocal chops and make it sound like it was spontaneous in the first time he’s ever done it, and that’s
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