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‘Metropolitan’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

Stars: Edward Clements, Carolyn Farina, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Allison Parisi | Written and Directed by Whit Stillman

One might think of Whit Stillman’s minor hit debut as the uptown, Eastside answer to Richard Linklater’s Slacker, which was also released in 1990. Between them they set the template for many a late-century indie: a loose and unfocused narrative peopled by an array of flawed characters discussing life, love, inclusion and exclusion, human existence and God.

The plot ostensibly concerns our sort-of-hero, Tom Townsend (Edward Clements), as he attends a series of preppy parties in various posh apartments in Manhattan. But Tom can’t share a taxi home with the others. He is – gasp! – a “Westsider”, which to a UK audience means he’s not quite as ridiculously wealthy as his friends. This isn’t a late-teen friendship group we normally see on screen. Remember that brilliant tennis club scene in Trading Places?
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Movie Review – Chappaquiddick (2017)

Chappaquiddick, 2017.

Directed by John Curran

Starring Jason Clarke, Ed Helms, Kate Mara, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Andria Blackman, Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell, Taylor Nichols, John Fiore, and Lexie Roth.

Synopsis:

Chappaquiddick depicts the events leading up to, and following, Ted Kennedy’s 1969 car accident that took the life of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne.

Director John Curran along with screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan render the contentious events in a procedural, clear-eyed way that largely sticks to the facts – for instance, the film chooses not to subscribe to theories that Mary Jo was pregnant or had an affair with Ted Kennedy prior to the crash.

The performances are uniformly strong. Jason Clarke may look closer to Abraham Lincoln than any Kennedy, but he captures Ted’s mannerisms, accent and insecurities with a layered portrayal that digs deeper than mimicry. Broadly, the film is a rendition of cowardice,
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‘Chappaquiddick’ Bets Political Controversy Will Boost Box Office

‘Chappaquiddick’ Bets Political Controversy Will Boost Box Office
Are audiences experiencing scandal fatigue?

With the news dominated by various Trump-related controversies and squabbles, John Curran’s upcoming drama “Chappaquiddick,” which centers on failed presidential contender and Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, is trying to convince consumers to break away from the cable news chyrons to immerse themselves in a different kind of political cause celebre.

The Entertainment Studios’ film, which opens on Friday, recounts a fatal car accident on Chappaquiddick Island that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne and effectively ended Kennedy’s White House aspirations. The senator had been driving Kopechne home from a party on Martha’s Vineyard when his car plunged off a bridge and into the water. He was criticized for leaving the scene and waiting 10 hours to report the crash.

Kennedy died in 2009, but loyalists, such as former aide Bob Shrum, have harshly criticized the film, claiming it traffics in conspiracy theories.
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'Chappaquiddick' Review: Ted Kennedy Drama Is Biopic of an American Tragedy

'Chappaquiddick' Review: Ted Kennedy Drama Is Biopic of an American Tragedy
Kudos to the electrifying Australian actor Jason Clarke (Mudbound, Zero Dark Thirty) for playing Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy with a forceful urgency that avoids the trap of saint-or-sinner labels – an easy go-to when you're portraying a member of America's foremost political dynasty. Both he and Chappaquidick hit on something far more complex: the broken moral compass of a driven, passionately committed politician. Kennedy, known as the "lion of the Senate," left a a proud legacy of activism during nearly five decades in office. But the dark cloud of the Chappaquidick
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‘A Quiet Place’ Looks to Make Noise at Weekend Box Office

‘A Quiet Place’ Looks to Make Noise at Weekend Box Office
While sci-fi epics and action-adventures have dominated theaters over the past few months, two fresh genres are looking to shake things up at the domestic box office.

Horror thriller “A Quiet Place” and R-rated comedy “Blockers” are expected to have solid openings this weekend, with the former likely to take the crown.

Paramount Pictures’ “A Quiet Place” — John Krasinski’s third directorial effort and first for a major studio — could launch to as much as $30 million, but other estimates are in the low $20 millions, at 3,200 locations. The film, which opened at South by Southwest to rave reviews, currently boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Office” star Krasinski co-wrote the movie and stars alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. The pic follows a family of four who must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Another title hoping to translate SXSW enthusiasm into box office success is Universal’s “Blockers.
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"Chappaquiddick" and the Democrat Cover-Up

Sneak Peek footage, plus images from director John Curran's dramatic feature "Chappaquiddick", based on true events, focusing on the death of young campaign worker 'Mary Jo Kopechne' at the hands of 'Ted Kennedy', and the subsequent Democrat party cover-up, starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Nichols, opening April 6, 2018:

"...in 1969, 'Senator Ted Kennedy' in 'Chappaquiddick' drives his car into the water.

"His passenger, young campaign strategist 'Mary Jo Kopechne' is killed in the car accident. 

"Kennedy does not immediately decide to call the police. 

"He returns to his hotel, leaving Kopechne to die, while calling for the help of his father 'Joe Kennedy' to save his Democrat party political career..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Chappaquiddick"...
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New trailer and images for Chappaquiddick starring Jason Clarke and Kate Mara

Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer and batch of images have arrived online for the upcoming suspense drama Chappaquiddick. Directed by John Curran, the film recalls the mysterious events of tragic car accident in 1969 involving U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara); take a look below…

In the riveting suspense drama, Chappaquiddick, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen,
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The New Trailer for Chappaquiddick Starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne

The truth is revealed in the new trailer for Chappaquiddick starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, and Jim Gaffigan with Bruce Dern. The untold true story, recalling the mysterious events of the scandalous 1969 car accident involving U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (Clarke) and Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara), a campaign worker he callously left to die at the scene, hits theaters April 6th!

In the riveting suspense drama, Chappaquiddick, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran
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Second Trailer for 'Chappaquiddick' with Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy

"What the hell happened last night?!" Entertainment Studios has debuted a second trailer for the film titled Chappaquiddick, referencing the Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts and the accident that occurred there in July of 1969 involving the Kennedy family. Chappaquiddick stars Jason Clarke as politician Ted Kennedy, whose political career became derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne, as played by Kate Mara. Find out the truth in this film. The cast includes Clancy Brown, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Andria Blackman, Olivia Thirlby, and Taylor Nichols. This played at the Toronto Film Festival last year to mostly positive reviews, and seems like it's worth a watch. I'm curious how the politics of this story relate to today's political climate. Here's the second official trailer (+ poster) for John Curran's Chappaquiddick, direct from YouTube: You can
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More "Chappaquiddick"

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the upcoming dramatic feature "Chappaquiddick", directed by John Curran, focusing on the death of Democratic campaign strategist 'Mary Jo Kopechne' at the hands of driver 'Ted Kennedy', starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Nichols, opening April 6, 2018:

"...in 1969, 'Senator Ted Kennedy' in 'Chappaquiddick' drives his car into the water.

"His passenger, young campaign strategist 'Mary Jo Kopechne' is killed in the car accident. 

"Kennedy does not immediately decide to call the police. 

"He returns to his hotel, leaving Kopechne to die, while calling for the help of his father 'Joe Kennedy' to save his political career..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Chappaquiddick"...
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"Chappaquiddick"

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek footage, plus images from the upcoming dramatic feature "Chappaquiddick", directed by John Curran, based on true events, focusing on the death of Democratic campaign strategist 'Mary Jo Kopechne' at the hands of drunk driving 'Ted Kennedy', starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Nichols, opening April 6, 2018:

"...in 1969, 'Senator Ted Kennedy' in 'Chappaquiddick' drives his car into the water. His passenger, the young campaign strategist 'Mary Jo Kopechne' is killed in the car accident. 

"Kennedy does not immediately decide to call the police. He returns to his hotel, leaving Kopechne to die, while calling for the help of his dominant father 'Joe Kennedy' to save his political career..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Chappaquiddick"...
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First poster and trailer for Chappaquiddick starring Jason Clarke and Kate Mara

The first trailer and poster have debuted for director John Curran’s upcoming drama Chappaquiddick. Based the true events of tragic car accident in 1969 involving U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), the film also stars Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Clancy Brown, Taylor Nichols, Olivia Thirlby, and Bruce Dern; check them out below…

In the riveting suspense drama, Chappaquiddick, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and
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Jason Clarke in Official Trailer for True Story Drama 'Chappaquiddick'

"What do we do to help the Senator?" "We tell the truth..." Entertainment Studios has unveiled the first official trailer for a film titled Chappaquiddick, referencing the Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts and the accident that occurred there in 1969. This first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year to mostly positive reviews, and will hit theaters in April. Chappaquiddick stars Jason Clarke as politician Ted Kennedy, whose political career became derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne, as played by Kate Mara. The film's full cast includes Clancy Brown, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Andria Blackman, Olivia Thirlby, and Taylor Nichols. This looks damn good, seems to be a solid political thriller with some intricate twists. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for John Curran's Chappaquiddick, direct from YouTube: Ted Kennedy's (Jason Clarke
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First Trailer for ‘Chappaquiddick’ Depicts a Kennedy Family Cover-Up

After last year’s Jackie, another drama depicting a Kennedy family incident came to Toronto International Film Festival this fall. Chappaquiddick, directed by John Curran (Tracks, The Killer Inside Me), stars Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Nichols. It follows the infamous 1969 event in which a car went off a Massachusetts bridge, leading to the death of his campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne, and a cover-up ensued. Ahead of a release in April, the first trailer and poster has now landed.

“I’m not certain if the truth ever came out about that evening’s events beyond speculation, but I don’t think anyone would question the believably authentic script that Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan wrote for Chappaquiddick,” Jared Mobarak said in our review. “They depict that night with the melancholy and hopelessness Ted (Jason Clarke) would have felt so soon after the death of his third brother.
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Jason Clarke’s ‘Chappaquiddick’ Gets November Release Date

Jason Clarke’s ‘Chappaquiddick’ Gets November Release Date
Jason Clarke’s “Chappaquiddick” has been set for an awards-season domestic release on Nov. 22 by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

The movie, which Entertainment Studios acquired in advance of its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, recounts the events surrounding a 1969 car accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, a young campaign worker for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. Kennedy, who was driving the car, waited 10 hours before reporting the accident.

Directed by John Curran from a Black List screenplay by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, “Chappaquiddick” stars Clarke as Kennedy and Kate Mara as Kopechne. Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan, Olivia Thirlby, Clancy Brown, and Taylor Nichols also star.

The movie was financed and produced by Apex’s Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes. Dmg Entertainment’s Chris Fenton is executive producing with Allen and Logan alongside producer Chris Cowles.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a strong review: “As a movie, ‘Chappaquiddick
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’
Over the years, a great many actors have taken a turn at playing one of the Kennedy brothers (in made-for-tv movies, on “Saturday Night Live,” in big-screen historical dramas). The vast majority of these performances have been mediocre, a handful have been quite good, and a few have been memorable — like Bruce Greenwood’s cuttingly terse and commanding JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis drama “Thirteen Days,” or Peter Sarsgaard’s tender and battle-scarred Robert F. Kennedy in “Jackie.” To that short list of singular and superb Kennedy performances, we can now add the Australian actor Jason Clarke’s portrayal of Edward M. Kennedy in “Chappaquiddick.”

Clarke, with a bit of makeup, looks the part to an astonishing degree: the squint, the hawkish profile, the wedge of hair combed gently over from the left side, the lips that hang slightly open as if pondering a question, giving Kennedy an aura that’s more tentative, less
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Toronto: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Sells to Byron Allen’s Company

Toronto: ‘Chappaquiddick’ Sells to Byron Allen’s Company
Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is busy breaking out its checkbook.

The newly formed media company has landed domestic rights to “Chappaquiddick,” a buzzy drama from John Curran about one of the most infamous political scandals in American history. The film sold for $4 million. Allen’s company has committed to spending $16 million on prints and advertising for the film.

Chappaquiddick” stars Jason Clarke as Sen. Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne, the campaign aide who died in a car accident on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass. After his car drove off a bridge, Kennedy’s decision to leave the scene of and failure to report the accident to authorities for 10 hours effectively ended his chance of being elected president.

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Review: Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" (1990); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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By Todd Garbarini

Kudos to the Criterion Collection for releasing Whit Stillman’s charming trio of young adult angst: Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of Disco (1998). The bookend films have both been previously released by Criterion on DVD and Blu-ray, but now the company bows Barcelona to complete the trilogy. Available as both a stand-alone disc as well as part of a set of the three films, Barcelona features the luminous Mira Sorvino in an early role.

The trilogy of films that Mr. Stillman made as the beginning of his career and for which he is most well-known are interesting in that they depict groups of people who fall out of the scope of most of the general population and probably appeal to even less. That is actually a welcome relief. Metropolitan was shot in January and February in 1989 and released in August 1990 (a curious choice for a film
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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 41 – Barcelona and Whit Stillman

Mark and Aaron take a look at Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (1994), and how it compares with his other work. We focus most on his other two films from the 1990s, Metropolitan (1990) and Last Days of Disco (1998), but we also discuss his most recent effort, Love and Friendship.

About the film:

Whit Stillman followed his delightful indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during the eighties, Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino.
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New NCIS Los Angeles Season 7,Episode 4 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By CBS

Recently, CBS delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "NCIS: Los Angeles" episode 4 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Command & Control," and it turns out that we're going to see some very dramatic and intense stuff go down as innocent lives are in major danger unless Callen and Sam do exactly what a caller tells them to do, and more! In the new, 4th episode press release: After Callen And Sam Mysteriously Receive A Cell Phone, The Caller Threatens The Lives Of Innocent People If They Don't Follow His Instructions, On The 150Th Episode Of "NCIS: Los Angeles," Monday, Oct. 12. Press release number 2: Callen and Sam are going to be forced to work on their day off when they mysteriously receive a cell phone and the caller threatens the lives of innocent people if they don't do exactly what he says. Guest stars feature: Taylor Nichols (The
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