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‘High Maintenance’ Star Max Jenkins Sheds the Laughs in Poignant Short Film About Waiting for an HIV Test — Watch

‘High Maintenance’ Star Max Jenkins Sheds the Laughs in Poignant Short Film About Waiting for an HIV Test — Watch
“I love doing stuff that’s not overtly comedy, because I think life is really funny, especially in intensely panicked moments,” Max Jenkins told IndieWire in a recent interview. After making a splash in comedic television roles in HBO’s “High Maintenance” and NBC’s short-lived “The Mysteries of Laura,” the actor took a turn for the dramatic in “The Mess He Made,” a poignant short film about a man awaiting the results of an HIV test. Directed and written by Matthew Puccini, the film is a beautifully restrained representation of an emotionally fraught yet all too common experience for many gay men.

“I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I read the script,” said Jenkins. “It’s easy with a good script. You don’t really have to prepare too much. In this case…it was all there.
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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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Thor: Ragnarok Features Marvel's First Nude Scene

Thor: Ragnarok Features Marvel's First Nude Scene
Marvel movies are not known for their steamy love scenes, and there is actually very little in the way of romance when it comes to most of these superhero adventures. So leave it to Thor: Ragnarok to bring Marvel it's first nude scene, which is played for laughs more than anything. Don't get too excited, either. The one most Marvel fans want to see in the buff stays mostly clothed, giving this 'groundbreaking' moment to a brother of another color.

Yes, that's right. It's Hulk who shucks off his clothes. Spoiler alert, we know. And this comes amongst an abundance of very attractive actors, with Chris Hemsworth winning a few 'sexiest man alive' awards in his day. But the God of Thunder stays mostly in his armor throughout the duration of the latest Thor sequel, which has garnered a 100% fresh rating on the Rotten Tomatoes meter.

There is what some
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Warren Beatty to Receive Screenwriters Colony Honor

Warren Beatty to Receive Screenwriters Colony Honor
Warren Beatty has been selected for a tribute by the Screenwriters Colony, a Massachusetts-based non-profit residency and mentorship program that supports emerging writers.

Beatty will be honored at the group’s fifth Annual Summer Soiree on July 22 at Almanack Arts Colony in Nantucket, Mass. Sarah Treem, creator of the Showtime series “The Affair” and an alumna of Screenwriters Colony, will speak about her professional experiences and the impact the Colony has played in her life.

The tribute portion of the event will include a conversation with Beatty. Annette Bening, Beatty’s wife of 25 years, will join him at the event to celebrate.

Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay. He won Best Director for “Reds” and is the only person to have been twice-nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film,
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Marjorie Morningstar

The most-read book since Gone with the Wind looked at the coming of age struggle of an ambitious, upwardly mobile Jewish girl in the 1930s. This glossy film version gives Natalie Wood an ‘adult’ role and provides Gene Kelly with the seemingly optimal character of a troubled theatrical artiste. Good intentions aside, the show lacks guidance — and may have harmed Kelly’s acting career.

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1958 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 128 min. / Street Date May 9, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane, Martin Milner, Carolyn Jones, Martin Balsam, Edd Byrnes, George Tobias, Jesse White, Paul Picerni, Ruta Lee, Shelley Fabares, Lana Wood.

Cinematography: Harry Stradling

Film Editor: Folmar Blangsted

Original Music: Max Steiner

Written by Everett Freeman from the novel by Herman Wouk

Produced by Milton Sperling

Directed by Irving Rapper

When doing interviews for West Side Story we found out that
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Series Resumes March 4th. Saturdays at Tfe

Coming Soon... Watch Along With the Series!

March 4th: Falling in Love Again (1980), Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)

March 11th: Grease 2 (1982)

March 18th: Scarface (1983)

March 25th: Into the Night (1985) 

Until then get caught up with...

Episode 1 Miss Orange County Beauty Queen

Episode 2 Early Bit Parts on TV

Episode 3 TV Recurring Roles Delta House and more

Episode 4 The Hollywood Knights (1980), her film debut

Episode 5 TV Movie Callie & Son (1981)

Episode 6 TV Movies Splendor in the Grass and The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
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‘All the Fine Boys’ Theater Review: Abigail Breslin Grows Up

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‘All the Fine Boys’ Theater Review: Abigail Breslin Grows Up
There haven’t been this many young hormones on display since Warren Beatty failed to deflower Natalie Wood in 1961’s “Splendor in the Grass.” William Inge’s story of high school lust took place in the Roaring ’20s when such repression was common. Nowadays, writers have to go much younger, to middle school, to find their hungry virgins. Jenny and Emily are 14 years old and into junk food, slasher movies, and getting laid for the first time. In Erica Schmidt’s new play, “All the Fine Boys,” which opened Wednesday at Off Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center as a New Group presentation,
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Rules Don’t Apply | Review

The Showgirl and the Driver: Beatty’s Romantic Reconstruction of Eccentric Entrepreneur’s Latter Days

Considering his iconic contributions and sterling reputation in cinema, breaking out over fifty years with his big screen debut in Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (1961), it’s astounding to note Warren Beatty has only acted in twenty-two features, including his latest, Rules Don’t Apply, which happens to stand as his fifth outing as director.

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Interview: Lily Collins & Alden Ehrenreich of ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Chicago – If there is one star-crossed couple in this fall’s movie line-up, it’s Marla and Frank of “Rules Don’t Apply,” as portrayed by Lily Collins and Alden Ehrenreich. The two popular young actors are trying to connect by the standards of late 1950s Hollywood in the film, a looser atmosphere but still difficult for two religious outsiders.

The film is written and directed by Warren Beatty, who also portrays 20th Century mogul Howard Hughes. The strange and reclusive Hughes is sort of an abiding angel overseeing the couple, as they both work for him. The film has a mysterious quality to it, as the Hughes character affects the whole environment, including the ability for two employees to make a connection. It’s part biography, and part flight of fancy for Warren Beatty – he has had a Howard Hughes project in the mix for the last forty years
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Interview: Film Icon Warren Beatty Knows ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Chicago – When encountering film producer, director, writer and “movie star” Warren Beatty, I entered into an interview that would be truly one of a kind. The spontaneous Mr. Beatty works a talk in a give-and-take Socratic method, searching for the truth underneath the rhetoric, as he did with his new film “Rules Don’t Apply.”

The film is a quasi-biographical profile of the legendary American billionaire Howard Hughes, but don’t mention that to writer/director Beatty (who also portrays Hughes). What he wanted to explore was the truth around Hughes, in the personification of a fictional couple (Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins) working for the billionaire. Set in 1958 Hollywood – the same year a young Warren Beatty arrived there – the film highlights the clash between the sexual looseness that existed in the movie business, and the potential seekers that “got off the bus” in tinsel town, still mired in their 1950s puritanism.
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Warren Beatty Talks Hollywood Legends, Humanizing Howard Hughes and More in Career-Spanning IndieWire Interview

Warren Beatty Talks Hollywood Legends, Humanizing Howard Hughes and More in Career-Spanning IndieWire Interview
Last month, Warren Beatty hosted an Academy screening on the Fox lot for his new film, “Rules Don’t Apply.” The actor and Oscar-winning director cheerfully greeted new arrivals, but when he introduced his movie it was in his typically controlling fashion: “It’s not a Howard Hughes biopic!”

People can be forgiven for the mistake. Beatty, 79, has wanted to make a movie about the neurotic aerospace and movie mogul since 1973, when he noticed during a stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel that a room was always occupied by two crewcut men in dark suits. The self-protective movie star thought the hotel was spying on him, but a manager told Beatty that the men worked for Howard Hughes, who at the time reserved seven rooms, plus five private bungalows for his girls.

At the time, Beatty was working with Robert Towne on the Oscar-nominated script of “Shampoo” (1975). Hal Ashby directed
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Warren Beatty Talks Hollywood Legends, Humanizing Howard Hughes and More in Career-Spanning IndieWire Interview

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Warren Beatty Talks Hollywood Legends, Humanizing Howard Hughes and More in Career-Spanning IndieWire Interview
Last month, Warren Beatty hosted an Academy screening on the Fox lot for his new film, “Rules Don’t Apply.” The actor and Oscar-winning director cheerfully greeted new arrivals, but when he introduced his movie it was in his typically controlling fashion: “It’s not a Howard Hughes biopic!”

People can be forgiven for the mistake. Beatty, 79, has wanted to make a movie about the neurotic aerospace and movie mogul since 1973, when he noticed during a stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel that a room was always occupied by two crewcut men in dark suits. The self-protective movie star thought the hotel was spying on him, but a manager told Beatty that the men worked for Howard Hughes, who at the time reserved seven rooms, plus five private bungalows for his girls.

At the time, Beatty was working with Robert Towne on the Oscar-nominated script of “Shampoo” (1975). Hal Ashby directed
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Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s Secret to a Lasting Romance? An ‘Every Day’ Sense of Surprise

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Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s Secret to a Lasting Romance? An ‘Every Day’ Sense of Surprise
After 24 years of marriage and four children together, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening admit that one of the keys to their happy union defies familiarity: It’s a continuing sense of surprise.

“Every day she surprises me,” Beatty told People Thursday at the world premiere of his latest effort as actor, writer and director, Rules Don’t Apply, which opened the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The movie marks Beatty’s first film in 15 years and the couple’s fourth film together since they met while making Bugsy and married soon after.
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‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Critical Roundup: Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Film Is a Nostalgic Trip That Never Really Takes Flight

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Critical Roundup: Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Film Is a Nostalgic Trip That Never Really Takes Flight
Warren Beatty’s fascination with director and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes began in the 1970s, when he saw Hughes in a hotel in Los Angeles. Now, forty years since that encounter and almost twenty years since his last directorial effort, “Rules Don’t Apply,” written, directed, produced and starring Beatty as Hughes himself, finally hits theaters at the end of the month. The film debuted at AFI Fest on the evening of November 10, and the first reviews are praising Beatty’s vision, but craving more substance.

In his review for IndieWire, our own Eric Kohn wrote that, while the film is beautifully rendered, the story tends towards the harmless: “A sweet, old-fashioned Hollywood romance that just so happens to involve Howard Hughes as a supporting character, Beatty’s long-gestating project is a modestly enjoyable, well-acted nostalgia piece with just a touch of edge. As passion projects go, this one’s disarmingly slight in its ambitions,
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AFI Film Review: ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

AFI Film Review: ‘Rules Don’t Apply’
Warren Beatty was once one of Hollywood’s most popular stars — and arguably still is, though he hasn’t made a movie in more than 15 years. At the height of his fame, however, Beatty leveraged his position as an industry darling to take on truly daring projects, most notably “Reds,” a defiantly noncommercial epic about American journalist John Reed and his fellow Communists — for which he won a best director Oscar.

Now, in what is either the best of timing or the worst of timing, Beatty finally unveils one of his longest-gestating passion projects, the seed of which dates back at least four decades, in which he finally gets to play Howard Hughes (as if what the country needs now is the story of an eccentric, possibly demented billionaire with delusions of grandeur, premiering at the AFI Festival just two days after Donald Trump’s election). Or maybe “Rules Don
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Diane Keaton on Warren Beatty: ‘Sexy,’ ‘Mysterious’ and ‘Extremely Gifted’

Diane Keaton on Warren Beatty: ‘Sexy,’ ‘Mysterious’ and ‘Extremely Gifted’
Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton carried on a famous romance, on and off the screen, around the making of “Reds.” Beatty wrote, directed and starred in the 1981 epic about American communist John Reed. Keaton played his lover, Louise Bryant.

The offscreen romance didn’t last. But 35 years later, Keaton is still a big fan – of the talent, charisma and obsessions that she says are all part of the essential Beatty. Keaton pronounced herself “thrilled” that Beatty’s long-planned turn as Howard Hughes is finally coming to the screen on Nov. 23.

In the run-up to the premiere of “Rules Don’t Apply,” Keaton talked about the her former lover and longtime friend.

Variety: What makes Warren Beatty such a unique figure?

Keaton: “The first time I saw Warren was in ‘Splendor in the Grass’ [in 1961.] I mean, come on! He was, I mean, to die for. A Dream. I mean, ‘Bonnie and Clyde?
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Warren Beatty on His Long-Awaited Return to Hollywood With ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

Warren Beatty on His Long-Awaited Return to Hollywood With ‘Rules Don’t Apply’
“Hello. It’s Hollywood Actor Warren Beatty.”

And so it is. The voice on the other end of the phone would be hard to duplicate. As would the rhetorical joyride that the actor/writer/director is about to take me on — as winding as the road to his Mulholland Drive home.

It begins with a riff on the Democratic National Convention (“authentic,” if a bit “too stage-managed”), followed by a quick non sequitur: news of a man who will attempt to jump out of an airplane without a parachute. Then he’s making a quick calculation of how much he stands to collect if someone (like me) watches “Bonnie and Clyde,” on pay-per-view (“$1.39. Let’s call it $1.40.”) All of which seems like mere throat clearing once Beatty launches into an accounting of the multiple preoccupations of the man he plays in his upcoming movie, Howard Hughes.

“Flying, filming, fornicating. All those F’s!
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Warren Beatty Denies Having Sex With 12,775 People: That Would Mean There Was No Repetition

Warren Beatty Denies Having Sex With 12,775 People: That Would Mean There Was No Repetition
Warren Beatty is setting the record straight—no, he has not bed nearly 13,000 women. While the longtime star with an notably active past personal life has filled the Casanova archetype in Hollywood since he burst onto the scene in 1961's Splendor in the Grass. Having romanced some of the most famous starlets in the business—many of them his own co-star—Beatty was once estimated to have slept with 12,775 people by biographer and Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America author Peter Biskind. Six years after the book's publishing, Beatty is pointing out the exaggeration in the writer's claim. "Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people...that...
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Listen To What So Not’s Splendour In The Grass Set

In addition to a summer release schedule packed with new material like the GTA collab “Feel It” and his latest joint effort with George Maple, What So Not has been keeping busy with a number of festival appearances. Among his most notable live gigs over the summer was his stint at Australia’s Splendour In The Grass, where he delivered an energetic hour long set. Thanks to Triple J’s Live At The Wireless, you can listen to the full set from the festival’s Mix It Up Stage and relive the glory of his performance from earlier in the summer.

What So Not’s set at Splendour In The Grass is packed to the brim with the sort of forward thinking trap and future bass material that he’s known for. The Aussie DJ tests out new material from his upcoming Ep and is even joined on stage by
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Deadline – U.S.A.

Richard Brooks' exciting Humphrey Bogart picture is one of the best newspaper sagas ever. An editor deals with a gangster threat and a domestic crisis even as greedy heirs are selling his paper out from under him. Commentator Eddie Muller drives home the film's essential civics lesson about what we've lost -- a functioning free press. Deadline - U.S.A. Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1952 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 87 min. / Street Date July 26, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, Ed Begley, Warren Stevens, Paul Stewart, Martin Gabel, Joe De Santis, Audrey Christie, Jim Backus, Willis Bouchey, Joseph Crehan, Lawrence Dobkin, John Doucette, Paul Dubov, William Forrest, Dabbs Greer, Thomas Browne Henry, Paul Maxey, Ann McCrea, Kasia Orzazewski, Tom Powers, Joe Sawyer, William Self, Phillip Terry, Carleton Young. Cinematography Milton Krasner Film Editor William B.Murphy Original Music Cyril J. Mockridge Produced by Sol C. Siegel
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