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Fall 2017’s Most Buzzworthy Books

Fall 2017’s Most Buzzworthy Books
For those done with their beach reads, it’s time to turn to these new books that will be engaging companions as the leaves change color and the temperature cools. Like film, theater and TV, the new book season comes packed with debuts from the likes of You’ve Got Mail star Tom Hanks and Matt Weiner; the return of authors John Green and John le Carre; and a biting postmortem from Hillary Clinton.

2017 Fall Preview: Film, TV, Theater and More!

All the Dirty Parts

by Daniel Handler

Now available

The author of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events ditches the pen name for a coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy discovering his sexuality. Handler delivers on the title with a blunt, honest -- and very explicit -- take on a topic that’s somehow fallen out of modern storytelling.

A Legacy of Spies

by John le Carre

Now available

The undisputed master of spy
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Darren Aronofsky’s Outrageous ‘Mother!’ Throws Awards Voters a Curveball

Darren Aronofsky’s Outrageous ‘Mother!’ Throws Awards Voters a Curveball
Venice — Every good film festival needs a firestarter: a big, bold auteur film intended to split and disquiet audiences, whereupon the critical reaction winds up consuming as many analytical column inches as the movie itself. Yesterday, after a quiet but consistently respectable start — with the likes of “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri” premiering to warm consensus — Venice finally got its incendiary opinion-divider a week into the festival, as Darren Aronofsky’s aggressive, terrifying, deeply personal fever-dream “Mother!” was sprung on audiences.

For the first time at Venice this year, fierce boos reverberated around the Sala Darsena as the closing credits rolled — any European festival crowd’s favored way to express artistic disapproval, to the consternation of more temperate Americans and Brits. But the noise didn’t speak for the entire room: seconds later, Twitter made it clear that Aronofsky’s thorny provocation had as many exhilarated admirers as it did incensed detractors
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Why Michelle Pfeiffer 'Disappeared' from the Spotlight — and Why She's Back (Looking Incredible!) at 59

Why Michelle Pfeiffer 'Disappeared' from the Spotlight — and Why She's Back (Looking Incredible!) at 59
Michelle Pfeiffer, we missed you!

Nearly stealing the show in a slinky, sequined Michael Kors Collection gown at the Venice Film Festival premiere of mother!, the 59-year-old actress is decidedly back in action this year — and reminding everyone why she’s one of Hollywood’s most successful (and sexiest) stars of all time.

In Darren Aronofsky‘s creepy thriller mother!, one of several new roles for Pfeiffer, she plays a visitor who interrupts Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem‘s seemingly idyllic life. Pfeiffer plays a pivotal part — a position she hasn’t been in since taking a break from Hollywood
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‘Paint It Black’ Review: Amber Tamblyn’s Directorial Debut Pits Girlfriend vs Mommie-in-Law Dearest

  • The Wrap
‘Paint It Black’ Review: Amber Tamblyn’s Directorial Debut Pits Girlfriend vs Mommie-in-Law Dearest
For her directorial debut, Amber Tamblyn chose to adapt a piece of pulp fiction. At least it feels like one: She and co-writer Ed Dougherty adapted a novel by “White Oleander” author Janet Fitch that puts a sensational spin on grief, one so melodramatic that at times it feels like a horror parody. You’re already familiar with Mommie Dearest; get ready to meet Mommie-in-Law Dearest. Josie (Alia Shawkat) is an artist who is apparently able to pay rent on her Echo Park apartment just by being a nude model. She complains to a friend that her live-in boyfriend, Michael (Rhys Wakefield,
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Film Review: ‘Paint It Black’

Film Review: ‘Paint It Black’
As directorial debuts go, Amber Tamblyn’s “Paint It Black” is kind of a mess, but then, so are its characters, which makes the film’s raw, off-kilter style somehow right for the material, which began as a Janet Fitch novel. Fitch, whose “White Oleander” offered four talented blondes a chance to act their guts out 15 years ago, finds beauty in white trash, the way a bric-a-brac artist might transform old junk into something delightful. That’s how “Paint It Black” reads as well — unapologetically coarse at times, but gleaming with insights — and Tamblyn has tried, to the best of her ability, to achieve the same effect on screen.

In “White Oleander,” a teenager’s life was set adrift after her mom went to prison for murdering her boyfriend. Likewise, a dead man sets the plot of “Paint It Black” in motion, only this time, the corpse in question offed himself,
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‘Paint It Black’ Clip: Alia Shawkat Gets Her Heart Broken in Amber Tamblyn’s Gutsy Directorial Debut — Watch

‘Paint It Black’ Clip: Alia Shawkat Gets Her Heart Broken in Amber Tamblyn’s Gutsy Directorial Debut — Watch
First-time feature director Amber Tamblyn sparked to Janet Fitch’s big, bruising novel “Paint It Black” the very first time she read it. “I just had this very instantaneous, cinematic, visceral reaction to the language of the book. I really felt like, ‘Wow. Wouldn’t that make for a great movie, just about the tormented, grief-ridden, inside, interior minds of women?’” Tamblyn told us last year.

Read More: How Amber Tamblyn Stopped Asking For Permission From Men to Make Her Directorial Debut ‘Paint It Black

But that didn’t mean she was ready to turn it into a film, much less her feature directorial debut. She sat on it for awhile, she sat with it. And when she was finally ready to take it the screen (first just as a screenwriter, much, much later as a director), she had an even harder road ahead of her. Fitch, who had been
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Where Is Kyra?’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Where Is Kyra?’
There’s an awful lot of ravishing beauty on display in “Where Is Kyra?,” Nigerian-born filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu’s startling new visual ode to life on the New York fringes, and it’s safe to say the characters on screen see none of it. Through the lens of ingenious cinematographer Bradford Young, dingy apartment corridors turn to blazing crimson purgatories, drab Goodwill ensembles turn to iridescent haute couture, and the extraordinary face of Michelle Pfeiffer remains, well, that same extraordinary face — though one senses that Kyra, the near-destitute divorcee she plays to scarring effect in this downward-spiraling economic tragedy, long ago stopped seeing anything in the mirror.

Every bit as formally exciting as Dosunmu’s previous film, 2013’s glorious Yoruba-focused drama “Mother of George,” “Where Is Kyra?” proves a cooler, less emotionally rewarding experience, with Darci Picoult’s ultra-lean script giving Pfeiffer’s fearless performance fewer notes to play as it goes along.
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National Geographic, Channel 4 Greenlight Isis Drama

London — National Geographic Channel and Britain’s Channel 4 are partnering on a four-part drama about Isis from writer-director Peter Kosminsky, who helmed the award-winning television adaptation of “Wolf Hall.”

The as-yet-untitled drama, based on extensive research and firsthand accounts, will follow four British men and women who join Isis in Raqqah, Syria, the radical group’s declared capital. Produced by Archery Pictures, the drama is set to premiere next year on Channel 4 in the U.K. and on the National Geographic Channel across the rest of the world.

“National Geographic has always been on the forefront of covering the complexities of war in our documentary features and series,” said Carolyn Bernstein, National Geographic’s executive VP and head of global scripted development and production. “Peter’s scripts take that same bold, unblinking approach to telling the fact-based stories of young Isis recruits, and offer an authentic and nuanced look inside one of the most serious
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Pfeiffer + Aronofsky = !!!!!!!!!!!

Pfeiffer in Beat-Up Little SeagullJust so everyone knows, I am indeed still alive. After briefly passing out. I was on a flight when news broke that Michelle Pfeiffer had signed on to the cast of the new untitled Darren Aronofsky film due in 2017 with filming to start this June.

La Pfeiffer has been Mia from the movies in a significant way since White Oleander (2002) her last Oscar worthy performance (she has famously never won despite multiple breathtaking star turns)  and the last onscreen appearance without significant breaks thereafter. She flirted with a comeback in a brief flurry of activity around 2007-2008 (Stardust & Cheri being the highlights) but it's been relatively quiet since then. But no more?...
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The Affair Recap: Who Am I to You?

  • Vulture
Watching Cole and Alison interact in this episode brought to mind a passage in Janet Fitch’s wonderfully lush novel, White Oleander: “I thought how tenuous the links were between mother and children, between friends, family, things you think are eternal.” Episode 202 circles around the question, how do we find closure when the bonds we thought were eternal break down? Cole is a character I have never been able to get a handle on. He comes across as unhinged one moment and deeply caring the next so I was very curious to see how he presents himself. Showrunner Sarah Treem places his memories side-by-side against Alison’s, which brings up a lot of interesting questions about what we’ve seen of him thus far.Alison’s chapter opens with her waking up to Noah greeting her before going into the city. She worries what people think of her. Do
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Remember 'Beaches'? Here's Why It Took the Writer 25 Years to Direct Her Second Film

Remember 'Beaches'? Here's Why It Took the Writer 25 Years to Direct Her Second Film
Read More: Will You Donate to See Katherine Heigl Marry a Woman in New Indie From 'Beaches' Writer? Mary Agnes Donoghue's credits are star-studded: They include "Beaches," starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; "White Oleander," starring Michelle Pfieffer and Renee Zellweger; "Deceived," starring Goldie Hawn; and "Veronica Guerrin" starring Cate Blanchett. Donoghue also wrote and directed "Paradise," starring then-married couple Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. But that was 25 years ago.  Now she's back in the director's chair with "Jenny's Wedding," a comedic drama about gay marriage, which she also wrote and produced. The feature tells the story of Jenny Farrell (Katherine Heigl), who proposes to her girlfriend (Alexis Bledel) and then has to explain to her conservative parents why she is marrying her "roommate." In addition to the leading ladies, Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel, the film...
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'Jenny's Wedding': Outfest Review

'Jenny's Wedding': Outfest Review
There’s a fine, fierce film somewhere in Jenny’s Wedding, trying to claw its way out from under all the clichés, speechifying and sappy pop music. Writer-director Mary Agnes Donoghue (best known for screenplay credits like Beaches and White Oleander) doesn’t make it easy: the movie, about a thirtyish lesbian whose coming-out rattles her traditional Midwestern parents, teases us with pointed moments of humor, truth and emotion only to devolve, again and again, into broad, Hallmark-style dramedy. The result is watchably messy and well-meaning, with a handful of scenes and performances worth savoring and a distinct whiff

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Watch: Katherine Heigl Marries Alexis Bledel In Trailer For 'Jenny's Wedding'

Last week, #lovewins was the hashtag heard around the world when the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage was a Constitutional right. And the timing couldn't be better for "Jenny's Wedding," which takes on the topic head on and a new trailer has landed for the film. Written and directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue (who also penned "Beaches," "White Oleander," and "Veronica Guerin"), and starring Katherine Heigl, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, and Grace Gummer, the story follows Jenny, who comes out of the closet to her family and announces that she will be marrying her partner Kitty, and must deal with consequences of disappointment and surprises that follow. The dramedy doesn't feel particularly groundbreaking in a narrative sense, but the emotions ring true, and the cast looks pretty solid all around. A simple story, well told and with a bit of heart looks to be goal and "Jenny's Wedding" aims to hit it.
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Femme Filmmakers Are Opening Up the Pic Pipeline

Femme Filmmakers Are Opening Up the Pic Pipeline
The chatter championing opportunity for women directors has reached a new peak even while the stats remain dire. According to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, female helmers represented only 4% of the 100 top-grossing films of 2012. In 2014, some high-profile directors made headlines during awards season, including Angelina Jolie with her second feature, “Unbroken,” and Ava DuVernay with “Selma.”

Despite any awards-season snubs, it is important to shine the spotlight on what’s in the pipeline for 2015 and 2016 for femme helmers. According to Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of website Women and Hollywood, “When you have women behind the scenes in power you see more women on screen — and that’s why this discussion is so important.”

Indeed, Silverstein notes that one of 2015’s highest-profile films, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is also 2015’s highest-profile female-directed movie, by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

“It’s directed and written by women,” Silverstein says. “While ‘Fifty
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Amber Tamblyn Wraps Directing Debut With Punk Rock Tale ‘Paint It Black’

Amber Tamblyn Wraps Directing Debut With Punk Rock Tale ‘Paint It Black’
Amber Tamblyn is wrapping her directing debut “Paint it Black” this week, based on the book of the same name by “White Oleander” author Janet Fitch.

Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) stars in the independent film as a young woman unraveling the mystery of her boyfriend’s disappearance who begins a dangerous relationship with his pianist mother, played by Janet McTeer.

Set against the Los Angeles rock scene, it co-stars Alfred Molina, Emily Rios and Rhys Wakefield.

The screenplay was written by Tamblyn and Ed Doughtery.

Produced by Wren Arthur for Olive Productions and Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell for Tangerine Entertainment, the film is exec produced by Olive’s Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi. McTeer is also an exec producer.

Fitch’s novel “White Oleander” was made into a 2002 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Renee Zellweger.

UTA Independent Film Group reps North American rights; UTA also reps Tamblyn along with Hyler Management and Sloane Offer.
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Top Ten Reasons I Should've Bought that "Baker Boys" Photograph When I Had The Chance

Today the new season of Tfe begins! We're celebrating with an all top ten list day. Every few hours, a new and highly random top ten list to kick off the Fall Movie Season (our favorite time of year!). Let's start with something that's been haunting me because I forgot to post about the 25th anniversary of The Fabulous Baker Boys yesterday, one of my all time favorite films. A long time ago in a New York City that still felt like a galaxy far far away (I was a recent transplant... 1999/2000?) I attended a Jeff Bridges photography show. He's really a very good photographer and takes photos on the sets of his movies. I stared and stared at this enormous black & white photograph of Michelle Pfeiffer that Bridges had taken. 

This photo is so magnificent in person

My bank account was humiliation in numeric form though I don't remember
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Vanessa Hudgens Dyes Her Hair Aqua -- See Her Blue-Green 'Do!

  • TooFab
Vanessa Hudgens isn't afraid to switch up her look!The "Gimme Shelter" star took to Instagram to share a sexy snapshot of her new aqua 'do, writing, "She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar. –Janet Fitch, White Oleander."In the pic, the 24-year-old beauty is showing off her blue-green tresses, which are accented by a pretty crown of white flowers.It is unclear if the former Disney darling's new ombré teal effect is dye or simply another hair chalk experiment.Last month, she debuted a similar tint on the social media site, writing: "Well hello hair chalk, You're fun." She also toyed with a hot pink shade but ultimately decided: "Me likey diis greeeeen." We aren't too keen on this pastel hair trend, but we want to hear from you! Do you like Vanessa's newly dyed 'do? Tell toofab in the comment section below,
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Celebs' Hair Color Updates: Vanessa Hudgens' Blue-Green Hair Color, Shay Mitchell's Blond Ombré Locks

Celebs' Hair Color Updates: Vanessa Hudgens' Blue-Green Hair Color, Shay Mitchell's Blond Ombré Locks
While Kaley Couco's pixie cut wins most surprising mane makeover from over the weekend, there were two hair color changes that also deserve our attention. Starting with Vanessa Hudgens. In a selfie posted to her Instagram on Saturday, the Gimme Shelter actress flaunted blue-green tresses. She captioned the photo: "She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar. –Janet Fitch, White Oleander." It is unclear if the former Disney star's new ombré teal effect is dye or simply another hair chalk experiment. Last month, she debuted a similar tint on social media, writing: "Well hello hair chalk, You're fun." She also toyed with a...
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It's Official: Damian Lewis Is Henry VIII in 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies' Miniseries Updated

It's Official: Damian Lewis Is Henry VIII in 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies' Miniseries Updated
Update: It's been confirmed that former "Homeland" star Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII opposite top-shelf Shakespeare thespian Mark Rylance in the BBC's upcoming Hilary Mantel adaptations "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies." The series is set to air on BBC2 next year -- no word yet on a stateside air date, though it's a co-production with PBS. Earlier: Now that Damian Lewis is Nick Brody no more, the former "Homeland" star is heading to "Wolf Hall." The PBS-bbc drama is a six-part TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels, "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies." Lewis is in talks to star as Henry VIII. Fine Shakespearean actor Mark Rylance is already on board, playing the King's ruthless counselor Thomas Cromwell. Meanwhile, Peter Kominsky ("White Oleander," 1992's "Wuthering Heights") is helming the series, while Peter Straughan (one half of the Oscar-nominated writing duo of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is penning.
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It's Official: 'Homeland's' Damian Lewis to Star in PBS' 'Wolf Hall' Miniseries

It's Official: 'Homeland's' Damian Lewis to Star in PBS' 'Wolf Hall' Miniseries
Damian Lewis has found his next TV gig. The former Homeland star, who earned an Emmy for his turn as Nicholas Brody, has been cast opposite Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall, an adaptation of Hilary Mantel's historic novels, airing domestically on Masterpiece on PBS. Lewis is set to play Henry VIII, with Rylance on board as Thomas Cromwell in the six-part miniseries being written by Oscar nominee Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Exclusive: Damian Lewis Joins Ewan McGregor for 'Our Kind of Traitor' The project, being directed by Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander), will chart the meteoric rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith's son to

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