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Movie Review – Phantom Thread (2017)

Phantom Thread, 2017.

Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, and Brian Gleeson.

Synopsis:

Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has delivered unforgettable method acting performances ranging from heartless oil drillers, paralyzed painter Christy Brown who only had control over his left foot, the greatest Us President of all-time Abraham Lincoln, and more, so it initially came across as a little anticlimactic when he announced that his role as renowned fictional dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread would mark the end of his acting career. It doesn’t exactly feel like an explosive role to go out on, but never doubt writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master), especially when collaborating with the notorious milkshake drinker.
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Daniel Day-Lewis on Retirement From Acting: ‘The Impulse to Quit Took Root in Me’

Daniel Day-Lewis on Retirement From Acting: ‘The Impulse to Quit Took Root in Me’
Daniel Day-Lewis has opened up about his much-lamented decision to retire from acting, stating that he hadn’t planned on quitting before embarking on couture drama “Phantom Thread.”

“Before making the film, I didn’t know I was going to stop acting,” Day-Lewis said in an interview with W Magazine. “I do know that Paul [Thomas Anderson] and I laughed a lot before we made the movie. And then we stopped laughing because we were both overwhelmed by a sense of sadness. That took us by surprise: We didn’t realize what we had given birth to. It was hard to live with. And still is.”

Variety exclusively reported the news of Day-Lewis’s retirement in June. His original statement read, “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make
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Daniel Day-Lewis Breaks Silence on Why He Decided to Quit Acting: 'I Did Want to Draw a Line'

Daniel Day-Lewis Breaks Silence on Why He Decided to Quit Acting: 'I Did Want to Draw a Line'
Daniel Day-Lewis has finally opened up about his decision to quit acting.

The revered actor first made the announcement that he was leaving show business back in June but is now elaborating about his reasoning behind his exit. In a recent interview with W Magazine, the three-time Oscar winner explained how the experience of shooting Phantom Thread, with director Paul Thomas Anderson, contributed to his ultimate decision.

“Before making the film, I didn’t know I was going to stop acting,” Day-Lewis confessed. “I do know that Paul and I laughed a lot before we made the movie. And then
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Phantom Thread Preview Teases Daniel Day Lewis' Final Moments on Screen

Phantom Thread Preview Teases Daniel Day Lewis' Final Moments on Screen
Focus Features has released a new trailer for Phantom Thread, which reveals that there will be sneak peek screenings in New York and Los Angeles between November 24 and November 30. The preview, released earlier today, has already proven to be quite popular, since all of the screenings in both cities are sold out. Given the immense demand for what will be iconic actor Daniel Day-Lewis' final film, it wouldn't be surprising if even more sneak peeks are added between now and the December 25 release date.

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young,
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Daniel Day-Lewis returns in first trailer for Phantom Thread

  • JoBlo
When it comes to listing the world’s greatest actors, Daniel Day-Lewis’ name is always followed by the word “obviously.” There’s no reason not to include him on the list of the world’s greatest thespians, with work in movies like Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, My Left Foot and Gangs Of New York all being stirring works of genius. Now the man is... Read More...
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Phantom Thread Trailer: Daniel Day-Lewis' Final Movie

Phantom Thread Trailer: Daniel Day-Lewis' Final Movie
The first trailer for Phantom Thread arrives as Oscar season really begins to heat up. The drama is especially noteworthy, as it marks Daniel Day-Lewis' final movie as an actor. With this film wrapped, the Oscar-winner claims he's officially retiring.

Focus Features will release Phantom Thread in select cities on December 25, 2017. This will make it eligible for Oscar consideration. And considering it's pedigree, we could be looking at the movie that brings us Best Director, Best Actor and Best Movie when the Oscars are announced next year.

Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young,
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Harvey Weinstein Stripped of Academy Membership

Harvey Weinstein Stripped of Academy Membership
The Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has stripped disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of his membership in the organization.

The move comes after a New York Times report that alleged decades of sexual misbehavior by Weinstein, and a New Yorker story that brought more disturbing details to light, including allegations of rape. Further accusations surfaced throughout the week.

In its statement, the Academy emphasized that its decision was about more than just Weinstein.

“We [have voted to expel Weinstein] not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the statement reads.

As Academy standards go, it was a very swift response. But it leaves the question of other members like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, whose behavior
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Film Academy Responds to Harvey Weinstein Allegations: ‘Repugnant, Abhorrent’

Film Academy Responds to Harvey Weinstein Allegations: ‘Repugnant, Abhorrent’
The sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein are “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement Wednesday.

The organization, which annually hosts the Oscars ceremony, further announced a special meeting of the Academy’s Board of Governors set for Sunday, Oct. 14, “to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the British Academy suspended Weinstein “indefinitely,” noting that the organization “considers the reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.”

Weinstein’s films have been a mainstay on the Oscar circuit, from “My Left Foot” in 1989 to “Lion” last year. He himself has been nominated twice, for best picture, including a win for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1999.

The New York Times broke the first story last Thursday, detailing “dozens
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Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive
Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.

This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.

Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female

Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy
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Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive
Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.

This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.

Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female

Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made

Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made
How are the mighty fallen. I first met Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in 1986, where he had a tiny room at the Majestic Hotel and ran around the festival looking for movies for Miramax Films to acquire. The former Buffalo concert promoter was an anxious and eager hustler. He eventually picked up Lizzie Borden’s realistic look at New York hookers, “Working Girls,” out of Director’s Fortnight and took it to Sundance, where it won a 1987 jury prize. Even back then, as Peter Biskind reported in “Down and Dirty Pictures,” while the Weinsteins did a good job releasing the movie ($1.7 million domestic), the producers audited Miramax’s books and found some inappropriate expenses that the Weinsteins were forced to reimburse.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey

That was the template. Stories about dodgy business practices continue to this day, as vendors complain
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made

Harvey Weinstein Is Done: After 30 Years of Abusive Behavior, the Mogul Lies in the Bed He Made
How are the mighty fallen. I first met Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in 1986, where he had a tiny room at the Majestic Hotel and ran around the festival looking for movies for Miramax Films to acquire. The former Buffalo concert promoter was an anxious and eager hustler. He eventually picked up Lizzie Borden’s realistic look at New York hookers, “Working Girls,” out of Director’s Fortnight and took it to Sundance, where it won a 1987 jury prize. Even back then, as Peter Biskind reported in “Down and Dirty Pictures,” while the Weinsteins did a good job releasing the movie ($1.7 million domestic), the producers audited Miramax’s books and found some inappropriate expenses that the Weinsteins were forced to reimburse.

Read More:Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey

That was the template. Stories about dodgy business practices continue to this day, as vendors complain
See full article at Indiewire »

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

  • Indiewire
Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities
Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.”

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

Blind
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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

  • Indiewire
‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar
Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor
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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar
Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

Woman Attacked By a Venomous Copperhead Snake At LongHorn Steakhouse

Woman Attacked By a Venomous Copperhead Snake At LongHorn Steakhouse
A Virginia resident was bitten by a venomous snake inside a LongHorn Steakhouse before she even made it to her table.

Rachel Myrick and her family were heading into the foyer of the restaurant for dinner earlier this month when she suddenly felt a sharp pain in her foot. “My left foot felt a bee sting, a hornet sting — something similar,” Myrick told Washington’s Top News. “So, I reached down to brush my foot off to keep walking.”

Once she did so, she was bitten a second time and immediately began screaming as she dropped her cellphone, wallet, and
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Rooney Mara Experiences Romance and Hardship in U.S. Trailer for ‘The Secret Scripture’

Rooney Mara may not have any new premieres this year, but a pair of films from last year’s Tiff will finally be hitting U.S. theaters. Just a week after Una arrives, The Secret Scripture, directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), will get a release. The story follows Vanessa Redgrave as an older version of Mara’s character, reflecting on her traumatic life in Ireland through writing a diary alongside a cast including Jack Reynor, Theo James, Aidan Turner, and Eric Bana.

We said in our review, “The result falls flat and all too conventional for the talent involved. The problem lies more in Sheridan’s direction than in Mara’s acting, which is to say that she does deliver another good performance here, but everything else does her talent a major disservice. Redgrave is also a stand-out, but the film feels
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‘Artemis Fowl’: Everything You Need to Know About Disney’s Adaptation of the Beloved Young-Adult Series

  • Indiewire
After more than a decade stuck in development hell, “Artemis Fowl” now has a confirmed release date: August 9, 2019. That’s sure to come as good news to the sci-fi/fantasy series’ many fans, who number in the tens of millions. Here’s everything you need to know about the long-gestating adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s books:

Read More:‘It’: Everything You Need to Know About What Could Be the Scariest Movie in Years It’s been described as “‘Die Hard’ with fairies.”

That appealing description comes courtesy of the author himself, who’s written eight novels in the long-running series; though it’s been compared to “Harry Potter” as well, Colfer disagrees with that comparison. That could be because the books revolve around their title character, a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy because times are tough and the Fowl family isn’t as rich as it once
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Daniel Day-Lewis 'Is Fine' After Breaking His Arm in a Motorbike Accident

Daniel Day-Lewis 'Is Fine' After Breaking His Arm in a Motorbike Accident
Daniel Day-Lewis is recovering from a motorbike accident.

The actor’s representative confirmed to People that he broke his arm but assured that “he is fine.”

The Oscar winner appeared to be wincing in pain as he made his way to his New York City home on Wednesday, according to Page Six. He was spotted wearing a cast and a hospital bracelet. He also sported a shaved head and donned a purple t-shirt with striped pants.

A source told the outlet that Day-Lewis was wearing a helmet and that the crash “wasn’t his fault.”

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The London-born star,
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