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Anselm Kiefer: Transition From Warm to Cool  Gagosian Gallery, NYC Thru Septemer 1, 2017

An older creative man who finds energy in their work from having a new young love in his life can represent a wonderful coda. In 1857 when Dickens was 45 years old, he fell in love with the 18-year old actresses Ellen Ternan, a passion that lasted the rest of his life. In 1917 the composer Janacek met Kamila Stösslová, 38 years his junior, who inspired a host of new works. A young woman's sexual ecstasy is the central theme of a suite of new pieces by Anselm Kiefer at Gagosian on 21st Street in Chelsea, up until September 1st.

There are a lot of things in this show that he is famous for -- giant, stage-sized paintings and vitrines with large books in them. The paintings are as thick as condo walls with loopy written inscriptions on them. Recently we have
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The Most Surprising Movies of the 2017 Summer Movie Season

The Most Surprising Movies of the 2017 Summer Movie Season
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 question: What was the most surprising movie of the 2017 summer movie season?

Kate Erbland (@katerbland), IndieWire

Girls Trip”!!! I can’t think of a more pleasant movie-going experience I’ve had this summer, and I saw a screening of “Dunkirk” in IMAX where my hair was literally blown back from my head and a screening of “Rough Night” where everyone was given glasses of rose and bachelorette crowns before they walked in, so I’ve done some living this season. There’s nothing quite like seeing a raucous comedy in a packed theater filled with people who are having just as much fun as you are.
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Newness review: swipe left on this shallow dating drama

Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa are a dull millennial couple addicted to Tinder in this visually slick yet emotionally vapid take on modern relationships

The young people today – they can’t stop screwing! Well, if this movie is any indication, anything is welcome if it keeps these people from talking.

Newness, the latest from director Drake Doremus, is a gorgeously shot film with an emphasis on beautiful people in closeup, striking interior design and impressionistic shallow focus. The screenplay, unfortunately, is equally shallow, and that’s a bit of a problem when it wants so hard to make a grand pronouncement about The Way We Live Now.

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Never mind the Trollope, Doctor Thorne gets the Fellowes treatment

Suffering from severe Downton Abbey withdrawal? Its creator Julian Fellowes returns with another prescription of bonnets in this Anthony Trollope adaptation

In order to cram the 1,400-page War And Peace into a stingy six episodes, BBC adapter general Andrew Davies says he took out “the history and the philosophy”. Yeah, bor-ing! Whiskery Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope makes it even easier for a post-Downton Julian Fellowes. His Doctor Thorne (Sunday, 9pm, ITV), the third in Trollope’s social-rollercoasting Barsetshire Chronicles, is so baggy with backstory it actually prompts the author to launch into a hand-wringing apology for the fact that it begins with “two long dull chapters full of description”.

Rather than cut or prune said expo-dumps, the author self-flagellates at his readers: “It can hardly be expected that anyone will consent to go through with a fiction that offers so little of allurement in its first pages.” It’s perhaps unsurprising,
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Review: USA's 'Mr. Robot' finds a compelling hero in Rami Malek

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Review: USA's 'Mr. Robot' finds a compelling hero in Rami Malek
USA's new drama "Mr. Robot" is bursting with storytelling devices that, individually, have been overused in recent years to the point of irritation. Excessive narration to explain every character, every plot twist, and every emotion our hero is feeling? Check! A hero described in the press notes as a "vigilante hacker," and who spends enough time sitting at a keyboard in the first two episodes to live up to that moniker? Check! (Though at least no one on the show refers to themselves as a hacktivist.) Abundant grand pronouncements about The Way We Live Now, most of them just wrapped in vague anti-corporate sentiments? Check! A central character suffering from enough undefined mental health issues that large swaths of the show's story and other characters may exist only in his head, thus allowing the creative team to pull the rug out from under the audience whenever and wherever they please?
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Thriller Unfriended Is the Rare Good Film About the Internet

Thriller Unfriended Is the Rare Good Film About the Internet
The trolling is coming from inside the house! Mere emojis can't capture the plugged-in joys of the first hour or so of haunted-internet teen flick Unfriended, which knives with dexterous wit The Way We Live Now. Here's a clutch of horny high school dopes hanging out on Skype, getting doxed to death by what seems to be the vengeful ghost of Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman), a young woman who committed suicide a year before. (She had been cyberbullied.)

We see this play out exclusively through the screen of another young woman's laptop: Blaire (Shelley Hennig) indulges in amusingly listless sex-chat with her boyfriend, Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm), scored to songs from the Spotify account she occasionally clicks up from the taskbar. Sometimes, after a scare, she'll Google...
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Review: John Ridley aims high with ABC's 'American Crime'

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Review: John Ridley aims high with ABC's 'American Crime'
Even before he won an Academy Award for "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley had an interesting, eclectic career. He's written for sitcoms ("The John Larroquette Show") and dramas ("Third Watch") and even produced Wanda Sykes' talk show. A decade before "Empire," he created a hip-hop industry drama for Upn called "Platinum." As a novelist, he's written science-fiction ("Those Who Walk in Darkness"), pulp ("Everybody Smokes in Hell") and historical fiction ("A Conversation with the Mann"), among other genres. Whether by design, opportunity, or simply a sense of restlessness — one of the most vivid characters in any of his books is Brain Nigger Charlie from "The Drift," a hobo who can no longer relate to the anchored middle-class existence from which he descended — Ridley has avoided being pigeonholed in a business that tries to do that with everyone, and particularly with artists of color. That sense of ambition and motion
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'The Skeleton Twins' Review Roundup: Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader Film Earns Top Marks From Critics

The Skeleton Twins, starring Saturday Night Live alums Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, chronicles the reunion of dysfunctional twin siblings after a long estrangement.

Both Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader), whose father committed suicide when they were teenagers, enter the film making their own suicide attempts. Before Maggie can swallow a bottle of pills, she gets a phone call informing her that her gay, aspiring actor brother is in the hospital in Los Angeles. She convinces him to come live with her and her husband – whom she's cheating on – in suburban New York, where the two reconnect while wading through the muck they've created in their lives.

'The Skeleton Twins' Reviews

Impressed with Wiig and Hader's dramatic acting chops, critics have praised The Skeleton Twins, directed by Craig Johnson from a screenplay he wrote with Mark Heyman. The talented actors give the somewhat formulaic plot of the film
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Men, Women & Children’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Men, Women & Children’
“Troubled Teens & Clueless Parents” might have made a more honest title for Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” a carefully diagrammed thesis movie about The Way We Live Now — specifically, how our attachments to the virtual world are destroying our relationships and turning us into a race of fame-obsessed, porn-addicted e-zombies. Unfolding as a series of loosely connected cautionary tales on the perils of excessive phone, Internet and social-media use, , like a less overblown version of “Crash” for the information superhighway. Relatability often being a more reliable conversation-starter than quality, the film’s universally applicable message, savvy packaging and excellent cast could inspire audiences to log on to the Oct. 17 Paramount release.

It’s one of the unintended ironies of Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson’s script (adapted from Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name) that their entirely plausible theory of contemporary American behavior — namely, that our various
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Emma Stone's Spice Girls press tour needs to stop

Emma Stone's Spice Girls press tour needs to stop
Stop right now. Thank you very much.

Right now, Emma Stone is technically promoting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – and not, as it turns out, a reunion of the U.K.’s best girl group. But this weekend, the star went on The Graham Norton Show, explained her love of the fab five once again, and had a major freak-out when she thought the gals might be in the building (they weren’t).

“I feel like I’ve been talking about the Spice Girls more on this press tour than I have about the movie,” Stone explained. She’s not wrong:
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David Suchet's final Poirot episodes: the end of one of TV's great castings

You could debate who was the best Bond, Doctor or Sherlock, but David Suchet is the definitive Hercule Poirot. After nearly 25 years and 70 episodes, his marathon is almost complete

Since 1989, there have been three James Bonds, six Doctors and at least five Sherlock Holmeses on screen. But there has been only one Hercule Poirot. Perhaps no other actor has claimed such ownership over a role they did not originally create as David Suchet, who tonight (8pm, ITV) starts his final quartet of adaptations of Agatha Christie's stories about the Belgian private detective.

When Curtain, the last episode, is shown - at a date undetermined, but likely to involve a major secular-religious festival - Suchet will have played Poirot in 70 episodes that cover all of the substantial fictions that were written about him. In a cleverly ominous prologue to tonight's episode - The Big Four - it seems at first
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Peaky Blinders episode 1 review

Review Tom French 12 Sep 2013 - 22:00

Tom is impressed by episode one of new BBC drama Peaky Blinders, which bursts out of the gates with real verve and style...

This review contains spoilers. Read our spoiler-free review, here.

When I agreed to review Peaky Blinders for Den of Geek some weeks ago, I must admit I had little idea what I was signing up for. I had no clue what the programme would be about. I even thought the name was a little naff. So to have haphazardly stumbled across the most intelligent, stylish and engrossing BBC drama in ages is a real joy.

It follows the titular Peaky Blinders gang, a group of criminals that wear razor blades in their caps - hence the name - and strike fear into the hearts of those living in the slums of post-wwi Birmingham on the cusp of the 1920s. Leader of the Blinders is Tommy Shelby,
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Helena Bonham Carter Plays a Kinky Librarian In New Rufus Wainwright Clip (Video)

Indie-ish singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is prepping the release of his new (Mark Ronson-produced, swoon!) album Out of the Game and has enlisted the services of his real-life friend "Dark Shadows" actress Helena Bonham Carter to bring her signature strangeness to the video for the album's titular lead single.

The video is set in a library overseen by Bonham Carter, who lip-synchs the lyrics to Wainwright's track while pacing around lamenting what must be a sad, strange life. (Girl can emote! She deserves an Oscar for her performance in this video alone, y'all!)

It's a weirdly transfixing video. Wainwright appears as three different library patrons who end up in a creeptastic make out session with each other, and by the clip's end, Bonham Carter has come undone both figuratively and literally. The closing shot features the Oscar nominee clad in just lingerie reading the book "The Way We Live Now.
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"Doctor Who" heading to the big screen courtesy of "Harry Potter" director David Yates

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Hold on to your sonic screwdrivers, Whovians. The Doctor is headed to the big screen.

"Harry Potter" director David Yates has teamed up with BBC to create a "Doctor Who" movie, according to Variety. Yates will develop the movie with BBC Worldwide's exec VP of programming and production, Jane Tranter.

BBC America later confirmed that a movie was in production, though it stopped short of confirming Yates' involvement, stating via Twitter, "A Doctor Who feature film remains in development w/ BBC Worldwide Productions in La. As of yet no script, cast or production crew in place."

With a "Doctor Who" movie, Yates and BBC hope to translate the long-running British television series' success to a grander, feature-film scale. Yates said they're currently looking at writers and will likely need two or three years to "get it right."

No stranger to adaptations with high expectations, Yates directed "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,
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From Hogwarts To Tardis – Yates To Bring Doctor Who To Big Screen

As I awoke this morning, I felt, shall we say, a rumbling in The Force. It was like there was a sporadic global brain explosion happening – I can still feel it now. Yes, Who-vians have been informed that a big screen Doctor Who is one step closer, thanks in part to David Yates – that dude who had something to do with a little-known franchise called Harry Potter.

Yates was speaking to Daily Variety, saying that he was about to start work on developing a big screen Who movie with Jane Tranter, head of L.A.-based BBC Worldwide Productions. Rumours of a big screen outing for the Timelord have been doing the rounds for years, and even with this news the film still seems to be a few years off. “We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” Yates said. “It needs quite a radical
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Doctor Who hitting the Big Screen! “Harry Potter” Helmer, David Yates Directing

Doctor Who Gets Big-screen adaptation

It seems like a long time coming for one of the longest running series in the world to finally get a big-screen adaptation.”Harry Potter” director David Yates is teaming up with the BBC to turn its iconic sci-fi TV series “Doctor Who” into a bigscreen franchise.

Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, told Variety that he is “developing a Doctor Who movie with Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide’s L.A.-based exec VP of programming and production.”

“We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” he said. “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”

There is no doubt that it will need to become something it never has for the mainstream, big-screen arena. For years Doctor Who has been a cult classic in America while a national treasure in Britain,
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Autumn 2011 arts calendar

The Observer's critics pick the season's highlights, from Degas to Depp, and Britney to the Bard

September

1 Theatre: Decade In a former trading hall on London's St Katharine Docks, Rupert Goold's production evokes the legacy of 9/11, with the help of Simon Schama and Abi Morgan. Until 15 October.

4 Pop: Adele After her summer to die for (No1 album, ubiquitous single), Adele starts her UK tour in Plymouth. She's in London on the 19th and 20th and ends in Glasgow (25).

6 Dance: Tezuka New evening-length piece by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, inspired by the work of renowned Japanese manga artist Osamu Tezuka. Starring Daniel Proietto, the piece features a specially commissioned score by Nitin Sawhney. At Sadler's Wells until 10 September.

8 Pop: Bestival The Isle of Wight weekender always has a hefty line-up: this yearboasts new kids James Blake and Odd Future alongside the Cure, Brian Wilson and Björk.

9 Theatre: We are Three Sisters
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Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows 2 Poster

Harry Potter Film on Twitter just released an image you are going to want to see. Don’t worry. You won’t even need to use your wand. We have got it for you right here and right now. Up above you can see that even Draco Malfoy must face the end of the amazing films. The poster matches previously released character promo art, like this one, featuring Hermione.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part two hits theaters on 15 July 2011 in both 3D and 2D. Some critics thought part one got slow in the middle. I don’t think that will be a problem this time around!

For you wizards in training we have trailers , we have TV spots, we even have a special look behind the scenes! Enjoy!

Directed by David Yates (The Way We Live Now, The Young Visitors, UK’s State of Play), Deathly Hallows, part two stars Daniel Radcliffe,
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A Modest Proposal: Why “Never Say Never” Is More Important Than “The Social Network"

A Modest Proposal: Why “Never Say Never” Is More Important Than “The Social Network
I hereby nominate Justin Bieber documentary "Never Say Never” as the time capsule for our millennial moment. It is the film that cuts closest to The Way We Live Now, plus it’s the only sign-of-the-times that’s been remixed and retrofitted as an all-singing, all-dancing 3D extravaganza. Though it lacks obvious artistic ambition, “Never Say Never” is a genuinely groundbreaking experiment in convergence-media aesthetics: part concert documentary, part reality-tv contrivance, part ...
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Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Sam Claflin: three actors, one man

The stars of Any Human Heart talk about playing Logan Mountstuart, from randy youth to eating dog food in old age

What's so fascinating about Logan Mountstuart, the hero of Any Human Heart, is that over his 85 years, as charted in William Boyd's novel and now in Channel 4's film adaptation, this chameleonic character seems to live so many lives. At school he is both a teacher's pet and a rule-damning deviant; in love he is a devoted husband sandwiched by great stretches as a scoundrel; during wartime he's a pampered emissary on the conflict's fringe then a daredevil spy in the thick of it all; in war's aftermath he becomes a depressive art dealer and even a fledgling terrorist. "Every human being is a collection of selves," is a significant line in the TV adaptation. "We never stay just one person."

But when you portion up a many-storied life between three actors,
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