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Et Obsessions: ‘The Wine Show,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’ and More!

Et Obsessions: ‘The Wine Show,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’ and More!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and here is what we’re most excited about this week:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘The Wine Show

Pour another glass because our favorite import -- Matthew Goode -- is back with a second season of The Wine Show, Sky Vision’s food and travel magazine series, which moves the action from Italy to the South of France. Available on in the U.S. on Hulu, the show became a favorite among viewers thanks to the bromance between Goode and co-host Matthew Rhys and their journey through the heart of Italy in search of tasty wine and lasting memories. Joining Goode (who also stars on The Crown season two) is James Purefoy, an equally English and handsome actor, who steps in for Rhys. This season, two hosts are tasked with finding a case of wine to match a six-course French lunch cooked by Stephane
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9 Sundance 2015 Films We Are Dying to See

9 Sundance 2015 Films We Are Dying to See
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday and with it come some of the most groundbreaking, experimental, and challenging independent films from Hollywood and around the world.

From films about infamous psychological experiments to degenerate gamblers, and the post-apocalyptic worlds to ill-fated emotional journeys, these are the nine films from this year's Sundance Film Fest that we can't wait to watch.

1. The Stanford Prison Experiment

Sundance Film Festival

Starring: Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Kyle Patrick, Tye Sheridan. (Dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez)

What It's About: The Stanford Prison Experiment tells the real life story of an infamous psychological study examining the effects of imprisonment. Two dozen student volunteers are randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners in this mock jail and, as the experiment unfolds, the students begin to disturbingly fall into their roles.

Why We Want To See It: The real experiment was a frightening yet fascinating examination of psychological conditioning and the man who ran the
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'Mean Girls': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Classic High School Comedy

"Fetch" may never have happened, but "Mean Girls" certainly did become a thing.

Released 10 years ago this week (on April 30, 2004), the high school comedy not only gave Lindsay Lohan her best role and made a star out of Rachel McAdams, but it also launched the movie careers of several of its performers, from writer/co-star Tina Fey to Daniel Franzese (Damian). An instant box office hit, "Mean Girls" went on to become a cult favorite for a generation of post-millennials, full of endlessly quotable lines of dialogue and wise social advice for navigating the jungles of high school and beyond.

Still, as many times as you've re-watched "Mean Girls," there still may be much you don't know about it -- from who almost played the now-iconic characters, to who really came up with Kevin's Mathlete rap, to the filmmakers' battles with the censors. Read on for true tales and burn-book secrets behind "Mean Girls.
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Surprise! Jodie Foster Had a Secret Wedding

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Surprise! Jodie Foster Had a Secret Wedding
Jodie Foster secretly married Alexandra Hedison over the weekend - Us Weekly What's Ellen DeGeneres's next big move? - People Yep, the Terminator reboot is totally happening - Et The new James Franco exhibition causes a stir in NYC - Lainey Gossip This actress has just filed for bankruptcy - HuffPost Celebrity Cameron Diaz says she hasn't used this for over 20 years - Dlisted The Orange Is the New Black cast gets back in their jumpsuits - JustJared Katy Perry explains how she helped deliver a baby - BuzzFeed Rumer Willis hits the red carpet in a pretty interesting outfit - Hollywood Tuna Feast your eyes on Neil Patrick Harris in tiny hot pants - Pink Is the New Blog A word from Laura Prepon on Scientology - The Superficial The latest Robert Pattinson dating rumor is totally crazy - I'm Not Obsessed
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Veronica Mars review: fan service included

I’ve never seen the show that spawned it, but it was still exactly what I was expecting. I am neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed by it. I am whelmed. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not seen the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I haven’t seen a single episode of Veronica Mars, but I figured that if fans prepaying for movies on Kickstarter was the future of film — or one of the futures, at least — I’d better take a look at the Veronica Mars movie and see what all the fuss was about. And even never having seen the show that spawned it, it was still exactly what I was expecting. I am neither overwhelmed nor underwhelmed by it. I am whelmed. This looks and feels like a double-length episode of a TV show,
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Interview With Winona Ryder On The Iceman

While I wouldn’t exactly say Winona Ryder has been hiding under a rock these last few years, I will point out she’s been very selective with her roles. The actress has mainly been sticking to more independent films (The Letter), but if she does appear in a mainstream film, it’s usually for a smaller part (Star Trek). This isn’t a bad thing though, as most of her decisions have been paying off mightily, and her performance as Richard Kuklinski’s wife in The Iceman is no different.

I had the chance to catch up with Winona while she was in New York City promoting The Iceman, as I sat down with a few other journalists for a quick roundtable interview with the Hollywood starlet. It was a very interesting interview to say the least, as we discussed her thoughts on whether Kuklinski’s wife actually knew he was a killer,
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Photo: Winona Ryder Hasn't Changed A Bit

Photo: Winona Ryder Hasn't Changed A Bit
Winona Ryder has remained relatively out of the limelight for the past 10 years, but this week the actress hit the red carpet looking better than ever.

Ryder made a red carpet appearance on Monday evening in New York City for a special screening of Henry Alex Rubin's new thriller, "Disconnect," according to Us Weekly. The 41-year-old looked absolutely stunning in a black-on-black ensemble paired with bright red lips, soft curls and sheer pumps.

Some might not call it a comeback, per se.

The actress -- who shot to stardom in the '80s with hits like "Beetlejuice" and "Heathers" -- did attend some press events while promoting "Black Swan" in 2010 as well as "The Letter" and "Frankenweenie" in 2012.

Still, Ryder has stayed under the radar following her 2001 shoplifting conviction for snatching $4,760 worth of goods from a Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Since the embarrassing blunder, she has kept to herself,
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A Shakespearean Nod is Ruined by a Bad Twist in "The Letter"

James Franco has taken on a number of indulgent projects in recent years, but at long last it seems he found one with a twisted, almost recursive concept that has more good parts than bad. The Letter, Jay Anania’s film about the personal nature of creating a work of art (in this case a play) follows an aspiring playwright Martine (Winona Ryder) whose mind is poisoned with suspicion by Tyrone (Franco), an actor in her production, that his two co-stars, her boyfriend Raymond (Josh Hamilton) and the leading lady Anita (Marin Ireland), are keeping a secret from her much like the characters she’s written for them.

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Avengers,' 'Bond 50'

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Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "The Avengers" What's It About? Iron Man. Thor. Captain America. Black Widow. Hawkeye. Nick Fury. And the Hulk. Do the math. See It Because: Since you've apparently been in a cave for the last six months, the best way for you to get re-acclimated to human civilization is to watch the biggest movie of the year. (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Bond 50" What's It About? All the James Bond movies are collected in one Blu-ray box set for the first time, with over 100 hours of bonus features. See It Because: Gee, I wonder why.... New on DVD & Blu-ray "Barricade" What's It About? Will from "Will & Grace" stars in a horror film produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. See It or Skip It: You took a wrong turn, "Avengers" is up north. (Also Available on Netflix | Redbox) "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,
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Watch: James Franco Directs Samsung Galaxy Note Ad Starring James Franco

Well, you gotta give the folks over at advertising firm Cheil USA a hand, because if you're going to come up with a campaign around the Samsung Galaxy Note touting its multitasking capabalities, there are few celebrities more equipped to deliver that message than James Franco. Hell, in the past week or so alone we've seen a pretty shitty trailer for the indie flick "The Letter" (quantity isn't always quality), and learned that he's casting up his feature film adapatation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and producing some kind of art project about fame riffing on himself and Lindsay Lohan. Anyway, for this ad, he directs and stars in a meta spot that finds him letting us know just how this fancy new product helps him solve math problems, get in pillow fights, make breakfast, and diagnose strep throat or whatever. The concept was apparently tailor made for Franco,
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Overlooked Trailers: 'Toys in the Attic', 'Stage Fright', 'The Letter' and Plenty of Toronto Entries

Photo: Hannover House This week's edition of Overlooked Trailers has damn near every single kind of movie you could imagine from low-budget found footage horror, to drama, to thriller, to sci-fi, to martial arts, documentary and stop-motion animation. The first trailer below is for Toys in the Attic, an English adaptation of the 2009 French stop motion film, which looks like more of a darker version of Toy Story told through stop-motion rather than CGI. After that is Deadfall, a thriller starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Sissy Spacek and Kris Kristofferson, which is to say it has a loaded cast, but wasn't able to land a major distributor. Could still be a decent watch however. Stage Fright is a curious movie about the condemnation of some kids that are making a movie based on some found footage material. It's working with Paranormal Activity's "Demand It" marketing tactic, but
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Watch: Truly Odd Trailer For 'The Letter' With James Franco & Winona Ryder

It’s been awhile since Winona Ryder, star of a vast array of films from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Girl Interrupted,” has really taken the lead in a picture – lately she’s mostly been a supporting player in films like “Black Swan,” “Star Trek,” and her upcoming reteaming with director Tim Burton on the stop-motion “Frankenweenie.” Unfortunately, if the trailer for her upcoming return to leading lady status “The Letter” is any indication of the film that follows, we’re not quite sure we’re ready to have her back. In the film Ryder's cast as a playwright who is beginning to lose touch with reality for no discernible reason, all while her character Martine begins to fall for the mysterious Tyrone (James Franco), which may or may not have anything to do with why she’s mentally unraveling. It seems like a convoluted mess, and looks like it was shot
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Trailer: James Franco Teams with His Nyu Teacher for The Letter Thriller

Late last year, we reported that Jose Angel Santana filed a lawsuit against Nyu, claiming that he was fired for giving James Franco a low grade, despite the fact that the actor missed 12 out of 14 classes. The lawsuit also states that other professors, like Jay Anania, favored Franco in order to be hired by him to write and direct "The Letter" film. Today, we have the trailer for "Letter," which not only stars Franco, but also Winona Ryder. Lionsgate has already picked up the film for distribution, but a release date has yet to be set. It's likely that a theatrical release will be skipped in favor of an On Demand one. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Martine Jamison (Ryder) is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond (Josh Hamilton) opposite a young beauty. They are joined by an unknown newcomer, Tyrone
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‘The Letter’ Trailer Or, Winona Ryder and James Franco in Their Acting Wheelhouses

Ever think that Winona Ryder always looks like she’s creeped out about something? Ever think that James Franco always looks kind of creepy? Then The Letter is the movie for you. Because, from the looks of its new trailer, it seems like that’s pretty much the only thing the movie is about. Sure, there’s some talk about bad dreams, and some talk about poisoning people, but what’s definitely clear is that Ryder spends 90% of the movie either looking creeped out or screaming, and Franco spends 100% of the movie staring at people like a total weirdo (or doing unseen things to their nether regions while staring like a total weirdo). Given the vague nature of the advertising, I guess we need to turn to Lionsgate’s official synopsis for the film to discern what it’s really about. According to their blurb, “Martine Jamison (Winona Ryder) is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for
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Trailer for The Letter Starring James Franco and Winona Ryder

Have you ever directed a play that stars your significant other and suddenly found yourself obsessed with one of your actors until you slowly think you're losing your mind? Such is the story of The Letter (formerly The Stare), which stars Winona Ryder as the director in question and James Franco is the actor with questionable motives.

The thriller is directed by Jay Anania (Shadows and Lies), who was Franco's former teacher and an instructor at Nyu, and a new trailer is now online for the movie, likely to promote the movie's premiere at the Cincinnati Film Festival next month. Lionsgate is also set to release the movie, likely via VOD, but currently there's no release date, so enjoy the synopsis in the mean time.

Martine Jamison (Ryder) is a NY theatre director beginning rehearsals for a new play starring her boyfriend Raymond (Josh Hamilton) opposite a young beauty. They
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The Letter Trailer: James Franco Taunts Everyone

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The Letter Trailer: James Franco Taunts Everyone
"I'm taunting them," James Franco says matter-of-factly (around the fifty-second mark) in the trailer for The Letter, the latest effort from his Nyu pal Jay Anania. The quote is delivered as Tyrone, the mysterious young actor who shows up to torment Winona Ryder in a Ruby Sparks–meets–Black Swan high-camp thriller, but it could apply as easily to Franco, who is back in full General Hospital mode — crazy eyebrows, overdramatic stares, and a moment that definitely looks like an offscreen fingerbang, Don Draper style. "Performance art" or "favor to a friend": You decide! (And while you are at it, pour one out for poor Josh Hamilton, who only appears in this trailer long enough to get socked in the face.)
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James Franco Haunts Winona Ryder In Bizarre Trailer For The Letter

Winona Ryder had one of her best roles in years in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, playing the former superstar at the ballet company who's eventually dethroned by Natalie Portman. The thriller genre clearly worked out for Ryder that time, but it's unclear if it can work a second time, as evidenced by the new trailer for The Letter, in which Ryder and James Franco appear to be starring in a film slightly more professional looking than a student film. Actually, I've seen student films that look way more put together than this. See what I mean in the trailer below. $sb("ci030_fb9cf3e6d221e680b83ee4d792b572fd",{"sbFeed":{"partnerId":39,"type":"video","contentId":532801,"cname":"cinemablend"},"style":{"width":480,"height":264}}); google.load("ima", "1"); The official plot says Ryder's character "has periods of disorientation ...
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James Franco Pushes the Envelope in 'The Letter' Trailer

One of our favorite things about James Franco is the fact that he's not only really cool, but he's also kind of creepy. You know, he's super intense and seems to always be laughing at some private joke that only he understands, but at the same time, he's really hot. It's a hard combo to pull off, but somehow Franco does it.

Which is good for us as film fans, but maybe not quite so good for Winona Ryder in the new trailer for "The Letter."

Ryder, you see, plays a playwright hard at work on a brand new project. And luckily for her, Franco is there to play her leading man. There's just one problem: He may be stalking and trying to kill her.

Then again, it's quite possible the whole thing is taking place in Ryder's increasingly unbalanced mind. You know those wacky writers and their fragile hold on reality.
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The Letter Trailer and Poster

It looks as if James Franco has been offered the opportunity to undertake optional work in the formerly The Stare – now called The Letter, psychological thriller directed by one of his teachers, Jay Anania, who is head of directing at the graduate film school at New York University.

It’s obvious throughout this trailer that the budget must have been quite small, though the fact that the film stars big name stars like Franco and Winona Ryder, but generally they make the movie look even cheaper.

Josh Hamilton, Marin Ireland, and Katherine Waterston co-star in the feature penned and directed by fellow prof, Anania.

Ryder stars as a playwright who starts to lose touch with reality, while Franco will play an actor who’s in the playwright’s production.

It looks like The Letter will be released On Demand. Therefore, the flick doesn’t have an official release date.

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Trailer & Poster For James Franco and Winona Ryder’s ‘The Letter’ Hopefully Has Return Address

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When one is involved with as many films as James Franco is, there’s bound to be a number of misfires, especially in the low-budget arena he likes to play around in. While he has Sam Raimi‘s major blockbuster Oz: The Great and Powerful coming next spring, there’s another upcoming film that’s firmly on the other side of the spectrum. Re-teaming with his Shadows & Lies director Jay Anania, we’ve got the first trailer for The Letter today, which follows Winona Ryder as a playwright who starts to go crazy thanks to her leading man, played by Franco. It looks like some sort of joke from the first frame, almost as if one of Franco’s General Hospital-esque gags. I applaud the guy for trying everything, but I wish he had just a bit of control. Check it out below, along with the poster, for the film also starring Josh Hamilton,
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