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‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and ‘Mudbound’ Vie Against Fall Box Office Hits

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ and ‘Mudbound’ Vie Against Fall Box Office Hits
Leading fall Oscar contenders “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) and “Lady Bird” (A24) continue to pull crowds as they both expand after limited openings. They are the top performers by far among specialized films this weekend, including the platform debut of “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony).

The Denzel Washington legal drama had a modest debut in four New York/Los Angeles theaters before its wider release on Wednesday. The fate of Dee Rees’ acclaimed “Mudbound” (Netflix) is the compelling story of the weekend. The ’40s southern farm drama opened in a handful of big city theaters parallel to its home-viewing debut, with grosses unreported by Netflix. We are estimating its performance based on limited indications from several theaters.

Also getting strong reviews for its New York-Los Angeles debut, the Chilean Oscar submission “The Fantastic Woman” (Sony Pictures Classics) opened for a qualifying week with no grosses reported. It
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Rick Ross and Dr. J Leading Free Meek Mill Rally

  • TMZ
Meek Mill is getting some high-powered support -- Rick Ross and NBA legend Dr. J will lead a rally Monday afternoon in Philadelphia ... TMZ has learned. Sources connected to the rap honcho tell us Rick and Julius Erving are on a private jet right now heading to Philly. Several Philadelphia Eagles and other local entertainers are scheduled to show up at the event ... which has also been promoted by Kevin Hart and Diddy. The rally
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Meryl Streep And Tom Hanks Headline New Trailer In Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Hopeful The Post

Meryl Streep, Director Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks on the set of The Post. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise.

Opening during awards season on December 22 is the much anticipated The Post from 20th Century Fox.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. Streep has been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, winning three Oscars (The Iron Lady,
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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15 Things You Probably Don't Know About Grey's Anatomy

  • BuzzSugar
If you're a Grey's Anatomy fan, there's probably not much you don't know about the show. Seeing as we're back in the saddle of Grey Sloan for the new season, we thought we'd put together some of the lesser-known facts about the medical drama. If you do already know some of these trivia bits, then pat yourself on the back, because we dug deep. The guts and gore you see on screen are not human but are in fact a mix of cow organs, chicken fat, and red jello. Fun! Rob Lowe was offered the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd but turned it down to star in a CBS drama called Dr. Vegas, which was canceled after five episodes. Kevin McKidd (aka Dr. Owen Hunt) is Scottish, and hearing his accent will mess you up. Miranda Bailey was the only role written with a character description ("tiny with blonde curls
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New Emmy Winner Ann Dowd Embraces Her (Late) Rise to Fame

At the age of 61, Ann Dowd’s career is taking off.

If you don’t know the newly minted Emmy winner’s name yet, you almost certainly know her face. Over nearly three decades, the actress now best known for her turn as the draconian Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (for which she took home the gold) was the quintessential working actress. Her performances in such films and TV shows as Philadelphia, Freaks and Geeks, Garden State, and four different iterations of Law & Order (a franchise in which the actress played a total of nine characters) were never less...
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‘That Thing You Do!’ Twenty-One Years Later: The Gay Subplot That Never Made it Into Theaters

  • Indiewire
‘That Thing You Do!’ Twenty-One Years Later: The Gay Subplot That Never Made it Into Theaters
They just don’t make ’em like they used to. When “That Thing You Do!” waltzed into our hearts twenty-one years ago today, it heralded the arrival of Tom Hanks — screenwriter and director. A commercial and critical success, “That Thing You Do!” is the kind of low-budget runaway hit that major Hollywood studios just don’t make anymore. An addictively fun tale of one adorable boy band’s rise to fame, decorated with stylish 1960s period panache, the movie starred Hanks as the band’s kind-hearted manager, Mr. White. What many people don’t know, however, is that Mr. White originally had a hunky boyfriend (hilariously played by former NFL player Howie Long).

In a deleted scene included in the director’s cut, Mr. White finds lead singer Guy (“La La Land” star Tom Everett Scott) stumbling drunkenly out of the convertible of an alluring waitress (played by Hanks’ wife,
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Horror Highlights: Comet TV’s October Viewing Guide, Splathouse Podcast Season 2, Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema, The Elf

  • DailyDead
"Thank you for not smoking." Comet TV's October viewing guide is here and it will feature the Robocop trilogy! Also: details on Splathouse Podcast Season 2, and Holy Blood: Mexican Horror Cinema, with a trailer for The Elf capping off today's second Horror Highlights!

Comet TV's October Programming Guide Revealed: Press Release: “Airing On Comet in October

You Don’T Need A Subscription To Watch These Great Movies

They’Re Airing For Free On Comet!

Robocop Trilogy

Robocop (1987)

Robocop 2 (1990)

Robocop 3 (1993)

Friday, October 6

Starting at 8P/7C

Sunday, October 8

Starting at 2P/1C

Saturday, October 21

Starting at 10P/9C

Thursday, October 26

Starting at 4P/3C

New On Comet In October

Andromeda

Classic Space Opera is coming to Comet! Based on materials from sci-fi legend Gene Roddenberry, Andromeda stars all action hero Kevin Sorbo as the Captain of the Andromeda Ascendant, a highly advanced ship whose crew is charged with restoring power and stability to the Systems Commonwealth.
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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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Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90

Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90
Murray Lerner, a seminal music documentary filmmaker of the ′60s and ′70s, has died at age 90 in New York City. The cause of death was kidney failure.

Though less famous than his contemporaries D.A. Pennebaker and the fraternal duo Albert and David Maysles, Lerner was every bit their equal in the cultural significance of his work, recording historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving the final performance of their careers in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Lerner died Saturday in his home in Long Island City, N.Y., following an illness of about three months, according to his son Noah Lerner, a writer and producer at HBO. “He was a complete filmmaker,” Lerner tells Variety. “A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced, and directed.”

Film producer and friend Martin Lewis remembers Lerner as “one of the most significant music
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Double Emmy Nominee Ann Dowd on Becoming an ‘Overnight’ Sensation in Her 60s (Video)

  • The Wrap
Double Emmy Nominee Ann Dowd on Becoming an ‘Overnight’ Sensation in Her 60s (Video)
This story on Ann Dowd first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Veteran character actress Ann Dowd chuckles at the idea that she could be an “overnight sensation” at age 61, landing her first two Emmy nominations this year for her work in HBO’s “The Leftovers” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Many overnights,” she said, laughing. Dowd has been a working actress for four decades, on stage in Chicago and New York before transitioning to character roles in TV and in movies like “Lorenzo’s Oil,” “Green Card,” “Garden State” and “Philadelphia.
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California Typewriter to open at Metrograph by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-08-14 13:05:38

Tom Hanks in California Typewriter: "I probably have 250 plus typewriters in my collection."

What do Pulitzer Prize winners Sam Shepard (Buried Child, 1979) and David McCullough (Truman, 1992 and John Adams, 2001), two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, 1994 and Forrest Gump, 1995), and seven-time Grammy Award winner John Mayer have in common?

Doc NYC highlight California Typewriter, directed by Doug Nichol, brilliantly captures the percussion of the keys by bringing together the aforementioned artists who share their personal thoughts on the one machine they won't do without.

Structured around the story of the California Typewriter repair shop in Berkeley, Nichol takes us on an energetic journey with collector Martin Howard, explores the work of sculptor Jeremy Mayer, and reenacts the Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams' Royal Road Test execution.

Following the opening night theatrical 7:30pm premiere on this Friday, August 18 at Metrograph in New York there will be a discussion and Q&A with the.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Reclaimed Its Title as One of TV’s Best-Directed Shows in ‘The Spoils of War’

  • Indiewire
‘Game of Thrones’ Reclaimed Its Title as One of TV’s Best-Directed Shows in ‘The Spoils of War’
Earlier this year, IndieWire named the 20 best-directed television dramas of the 21st century. “Game of Thrones” clocked in at #17, but it stands to move up a position or two after last night’s “The Spoils of War.”

In his “Thrones” directing debut, Matt Shakman managed to upstage series veterans Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod and deliver an hour of television completely driven by directorial vision. Scene after scene, his decision making elevated every line of dialogue and every performance. Simply put, it was the kind of directing that proves why “Thrones” really is extraordinary television.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Bloody Carnage of ‘The Spoils of War’ Delivers on Season 7’s Biggest Promises

The climactic battle between Daenerys’ forces and the Lannister army is the scene everyone is talking about from the hour, and for good reason. Shakman, best known for helming episodes of “Fargo,” “You’re the Worst,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Reclaimed Its Title as One of TV’s Best-Directed Shows in ‘The Spoils of War’

‘Game of Thrones’ Reclaimed Its Title as One of TV’s Best-Directed Shows in ‘The Spoils of War’
Earlier this year, IndieWire named the 20 best-directed television dramas of the 21st century. “Game of Thrones” clocked in at #17, but it stands to move up a position or two after last night’s “The Spoils of War.”

In his “Thrones” directing debut, Matt Shakman managed to upstage series veterans Jeremy Podeswa and Mark Mylod and deliver an hour of television completely driven by directorial vision. Scene after scene, his decision making elevated every line of dialogue and every performance. Simply put, it was the kind of directing that proves why “Thrones” really is extraordinary television.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Bloody Carnage of ‘The Spoils of War’ Delivers on Season 7’s Biggest Promises

The climactic battle between Daenerys’ forces and the Lannister army is the scene everyone is talking about from the hour, and for good reason. Shakman, best known for helming episodes of “Fargo,” “You’re the Worst,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

90 Best Movies of the ’90s, From ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ to ‘The Matrix’ (Photos)

  • The Wrap
90 Best Movies of the ’90s, From ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ to ‘The Matrix’ (Photos)
Ahead of CNN’s “The Nineties,” TheWrap staff counts down the 90 Best Movies of the ’90s. 90. “There’s Something About Mary” The Farrelly Brothers’ “There’s Something About Mary” is smutty, stupid and silly in the best way possible. Ben Stiller is at his most vulnerable and humiliated as a man face to face with his dream girl (Cameron Diaz) yet constantly sticking his foot in his mouth as other rivals compete for Mary’s attention. 89. “PhiladelphiaTom Hanks plays a gay, HIV positive lawyer whose only help comes from a homophobic lawyer played by Denzel Washington, both giving stellar performances.
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From Almodóvar’s parade to the Security of Hollywood: Antonio Banderas’ cinematic journey

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Jon Lyus

Antonio Banderas is one of the more recognisable faces (and certainly one of the most recognisable voices) in Hollywood. His presence in front of the camera is tangible, and the variety of roles he enjoys now is testament to a versatility few could have expected of the man who came to Tinsel Town barely speaking a word of English.

He has been a masked legend (twice, one furry – the other not so), played with another kind of mask (horrifcally so – see the final note), appeared opposite the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Spongebob Squarepants. He’s done it all, and now a new film of his arrives on DVD this week.

Security sees the actor as an ex-Special Forces vet taking a job as a security guard. On his first night he rescues a young girl fleeing from a hijacked convey,
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Movies That Still Make Us Feel Proud To Be American — Critics Survey

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Movies That Still Make Us Feel Proud To Be American — Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV 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 (exceedingly difficult) question: In honor of our nation’s upcoming birthday, what is the movie that still makes you most proud to be an American? Or, for foreign critics: What film most compelling sells you on the promise of America’s potential?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

I know there are movies that are more complex, but “Apollo 13” gets me every time. It begins with the cynical idea of an American Dream that’s already in the rearview mirror: Moon launches, once the pride of a nation, have become routine — yesterday’s news. But journalists swarm when the orbiting crew falls into jeopardy.
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The Top Five Tom Hanks Comedic Movie Roles of His Career

Tom Hanks is one of the most famous and respected actors of all-time. However, it’s important to know that before the movie Philadelphia earned him an Oscar, Hanks was primarily a comedic actor. While his mega stardom came from roles like that he played in Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and other films like Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, Cast Away, and plenty of others, Hanks was a Bosom Buddy, a guy getting married in Bachelor Party and a man who was in a “Money Pit” while trying to move into his house. Here are our picks for five of the best

The Top Five Tom Hanks Comedic Movie Roles of His Career
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