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‘The Crown’ Costumes: Conveying the Emotional Arcs for Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana

‘The Crown’ Costumes: Conveying the Emotional Arcs for Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana
With the arrival of Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) in Season 4 of “The Crown,” Emmy-winning costume designer Amy Roberts had two powerhouse women to dress: Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister, who altered the political landscape with her ruthless commitment to deregulation as The Iron Lady, and the storybook princess who humanized the royal family by winning the hearts of her country and the world with grace and compassion.

“Whatever you thought of her politics, what an extraordinary woman Thatcher was,” Roberts said. “We deliberately put her in that vivid blue amongst those posh boy Tories. She was still that same woman that we glimpse in flashbacks [at Somerville College, Oxford]. How remarkable she survived that, up to a point. And what was so brilliant about that part of Diana’s story was that arc as a young, charming, naive, sort of ingénue thrown into the lion’s den.
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Chris McKay Dishes On Scrapped ‘Lego Batman Movie’ Sequel ‘Lego Superfriends’ Influenced By ‘Godfather Part II’ & ‘Boogie Nights’

Chris McKay Dishes On Scrapped ‘Lego Batman Movie’ Sequel ‘Lego Superfriends’ Influenced By ‘Godfather Part II’ & ‘Boogie Nights’
Once upon a time in Hollywood, “The Lego Movie” felt it was going to be the second-coming of animation as the first installment was a decent financial success raking in $468 million and led to a somewhat successful spinoff, “The Lego Batman Movie” directed by Chris McKay earning an impressive $312 million globally.

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The filmmaker is doing press rounds to help promote his new sci-fi action film “The Tomorrow War,” starring the internet’s punching bag and “The Lego Movie” star Chris Pratt.

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7 Rare Vintage Comic Books Worth Adding to Your Collection

7 Rare Vintage Comic Books Worth Adding to Your Collection
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Comic book collecting is the kind of hobby that’s fun for all ages, although vintage comics can be a bit pricier. To help you choose the best in rare comic books, we scoured the web to find seven great comics that are totally worth adding to your collection. From the Silver Age, all the way up to the ‘80s, the lot features fan favorites such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Fantastic Four, along with debut appearances from game changing characters such as Black Panther, Supergirl, and Black Widow.

Check below for a roundup of seven vintage comics books that you can buy online. And if you need a place to store your collection,
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Contesting Pigeonholes: James Baldwin, Terence Dixon, and Documentary Authorship in "Meeting the Man"

Contesting Pigeonholes: James Baldwin, Terence Dixon, and Documentary Authorship in
Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris (1970) can be streamed on Mubi for free June 18-19, 2021 at mubi.com/free.In Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris (1970) director Terence Dixon sets out to portray Baldwin as a writer rather than a political figure. To do so he devises what he termed “a system and scheme” to project Baldwin, focusing on his literary relationship with Paris, where Baldwin lived for the first nine years of his newly flourishing career. It’s a formula that lends itself to cinematic articulation, with elegant vignettes of the city—its symmetrical streets, the River Seine and the Bastille—poetic in their accompaniment to Baldwin’s lacerating prose. However, as cinematographer Jack Hazan recalls, “Things did not go to plan,” for Baldwin swiftly disabuses the filmmakers—Hazan and Dixon—of the fallacy that they are the most influential element in the documentary mix. From the
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‘WandaVision’: Elizabeth Olsen Envisioned the Disney+ Series as a Form of Live Theater

‘WandaVision’: Elizabeth Olsen Envisioned the Disney+ Series as a Form of Live Theater
To talk to Elizabeth Olsen you’d never presume she’s a star. She’s content to discuss her flourishing garden and how much she loves to grow berries. When she’s talks about the popularity that’s come from her emotionally resonant performance as Wanda Maximoff in the Disney+ series, “WandaVision,” she said it’s not something to which she necessarily has an attachment. It’s a response that’s powerful, unique, and not unlike the character of Wanda herself.

There’s an interesting dichotomy for Olsen in looking back at her time filming “WandaVision” because it seemed to feel saner than what was going on in the world with regards to the pandemic. “[It] felt kind of profound that we were in this situation where we couldn’t see people [and] we’re like hundreds of people trying to figure out how to make this thing work that’s all
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“Reconnecting Us to Our Humanity, I Believe, Could Be the Very Thing That Saves Us”: Jenni Olson on Receiving the 35th Special Teddy Award

“Reconnecting Us to Our Humanity, I Believe, Could Be the Very Thing That Saves Us”: Jenni Olson on Receiving the 35th Special Teddy Award
Filmmaker, curator, author and LGBT film historian Jenni Olson will be receiving the 35th special Teddy Award at the 71st Berlinale on Friday, June 18. An award dedicated to outstanding work in queer filmmaking that improves the social and political condition of the LGBT community, Olson will be joining past recipients such as Tilda Swinton and Cheryl Dunye in holding the honor. Known for her stylistically unique 16 millimeter films depicting urban landscapes with voiceover essays, Olson is responsible for The Blue Diary, which premiered at the Berlinale in 1998, and whose The Joy of Life (2005), and The Royal Road […]

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“Reconnecting Us to Our Humanity, I Believe, Could Be the Very Thing That Saves Us”: Jenni Olson on Receiving the 35th Special Teddy Award

“Reconnecting Us to Our Humanity, I Believe, Could Be the Very Thing That Saves Us”: Jenni Olson on Receiving the 35th Special Teddy Award
Filmmaker, curator, author and LGBT film historian Jenni Olson will be receiving the 35th special Teddy Award at the 71st Berlinale on Friday, June 18. An award dedicated to outstanding work in queer filmmaking that improves the social and political condition of the LGBT community, Olson will be joining past recipients such as Tilda Swinton and Cheryl Dunye in holding the honor. Known for her stylistically unique 16 millimeter films depicting urban landscapes with voiceover essays, Olson is responsible for The Blue Diary, which premiered at the Berlinale in 1998, and whose The Joy of Life (2005), and The Royal Road […]

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Emmy Predictions: Best Animated Program — Opportunity Knocks, but Who Answers?

Emmy Predictions: Best Animated Program — Opportunity Knocks, but Who Answers?
Last Year’s Winner: “Rick and Morty

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: The Best Animated Program category hasn’t seen a repeat winner since the category was divided into “One Hour or Less” and “More Than One Hour” divisions, and “South Park” took home the latter prize in 2008 (for its “Imaginationland” episodes) and the former in 2009 (for “Margaritaville”). That being said, “Rick and Morty” has won both times it was nominated (in 2018 and 2020), so one could argue it’s a dominant force whenever it’s eligible.

Fun Fact: “The Simpsons” and “South Park” are the only two programs to win more than two trophies in this category. The iconic Fox series has 11 wins (most recently in 2019) while Comedy Central’s landmark program has five wins (with the last coming in 2013). With one more win, still-active shows like “Bob’s Burgers” and “Rick and Morty” could become the third to join these elite ranks.
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Bowen Yang Hijacks a Sperm Bank in Hilarious Queer Podcast ‘Hot White Heist’

Bowen Yang Hijacks a Sperm Bank in Hilarious Queer Podcast ‘Hot White Heist’
If you don’t like the media you’re seeing, make your own. That’s been writer/director Adam Goldman’s abiding career philosophy, and so far it’s served him well. Goldman was the creative force behind “The Outs,” a slick and witty gay web series that premiered on Vimeo in 2012, then released a second season in 2016. Cleverly conceived and punching way above its budget, “The Outs” developed a rather highbrow following that included Alan Cumming, Bowen Yang, Michael Cyril Creighton, and John Cameron Mitchell — all of whom appeared in Season 2. Clearly, plenty of other people were hungry for smart content that reflected their lives.

The connection with Cumming proved quite fruitful: Goldman ended up writing jokes for the actor’s 2015 Tony Awards hosting gig and they’ve collaborated on multiple projects since. Their latest triumph is “Hot White Heist,” a fast-paced, high tension, delightfully ridiculous scripted podcast out on Audible today.
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Helen Hunt’s Failed ‘Twister’ Sequel Would Have Starred Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal And Feature Rockets Being Shot At Tornadoes

Helen Hunt’s Failed ‘Twister’ Sequel Would Have Starred Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal And Feature Rockets Being Shot At Tornadoes
For many people that are in their 30s (and older), “Twister” holds a special place in their hearts. Sure, the film is ridiculous, but it also has one of the best casts (including a scene-stealing Philip Seymour Hoffman) and some great lines. And with the film’s popularity, you would imagine Hollywood would love the idea of a sequel, especially if Helen Hunt is involved.

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‘Gaia’ Is The Trippy Pandemic Eco-Horror Of 2021 That Won’t Leave You Lost In The Earth [Review]

‘Gaia’ Is The Trippy Pandemic Eco-Horror Of 2021 That Won’t Leave You Lost In The Earth [Review]
If by chance Ben Wheatley’s “In the Earth,” a contagion eco-horror film that’s trippy to the point of incomprehensibility, left you dissatisfied and slighted, consider revisiting the niche with Jaco Bouwer’s “Gaia.” Bouwer indulges in uncertainty, too, but unlike Wheatley, he never confuses obscurity with profundity or meaning, which is a fancypants way of saying that “Gaia” allows itself to have fun and make a statement without talking over its audience’s head.

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‘Werewolves Within’ Review: A Fun Horror-Comedy About the Need for Good Neighbors

‘Werewolves Within’ Review: A Fun Horror-Comedy About the Need for Good Neighbors
Based on Ubisoft’s Mafia-like VR game of the same name, “Werewolves Within” is about the sheer terror of having to live alongside the kind of grown-ass, shotgun-toting, white American man who’s never even heard of Mr. Rogers. How are you supposed to share a country with a person like that? Emerson Flint (the always excellent Glenn Fleshler) and his “Revenant”-inspired wardrobe may not be the most dangerous threat awaiting forest ranger Finn Wheeler (“Veep” breakout Sam Richardson) in the snowy New England town to which he’s just been reassigned, but the guy’s “stay the fuck off my property” attitude proves typical of a place where virtually no one bothers to be a good neighbor — least of all the werewolf who may or may not be eating its way through the residents of Beaverfield.

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‘How It Ends’ Trailer: Zoe Lister-Jones & Cailee Spaeny Star In This Feel-Good, Apocalyptic Comedy

‘How It Ends’ Trailer: Zoe Lister-Jones & Cailee Spaeny Star In This Feel-Good, Apocalyptic Comedy
A year ago, it really did feel like the world was falling apart and maybe an asteroid hitting Earth would have been a good thing. The world was in the midst of a global pandemic and the US was experiencing the most toxic Presidential campaign in the history of the country. This is on top of the protests against racism and various other issues going on. And in the new film, “How It Ends,” it’s clear the filmmakers were pulling from real life to gain inspiration for the end-of-the-world comedy.

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‘Pig’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Embarks on a Soul-Searching Mission to Find His Kidnapped Pig

‘Pig’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Embarks on a Soul-Searching Mission to Find His Kidnapped Pig
Nicolas Cage is a truffle hunter on a mission to find his missing pig in the first trailer for Michael Sarnoski’s “Pig.” The film is being released stateside by Neon and co-stars Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin, and Gretchen Corbett. Cage produced the film alongside Pulse Films, BlockBox Entertainment, Valparaiso Pictures, and Cage’s Saturn Pictures. “Pig” was filmed in fall 2019 but the movie’s release was on an extended hiatus due to the pandemic. Neon is releasing the film this coming July. The script is based on a story by Sarnoski and Vanessa Block, who is also a producer on “Pig.”

The film’s synopsis from Variety reads: “Cage stars as a reclusive truffle hunter in Oregon whose prize hunting pig is kidnapped, forcing him to return to old stomping grounds in Portland and confront his past.”

“What began as a very personal project has transformed into a labor
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‘Pig’ Trailer: Nicholas Cage Is A Truffle Hunter With A Pig Problem In A Bizarro New Drama

‘Pig’ Trailer: Nicholas Cage Is A Truffle Hunter With A Pig Problem In A Bizarro New Drama
Nicholas Cage has done so many oddball indie projects over the past ten years, it’s hard to keep track of them all. But the upcoming “Pig,” directed by first-timer Michael Sarnoski, has arguably generated more buzz than any Cage vehicle since 2018’s “Mandy.” And it looks a good deal more grounded.

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The story is set in Oregon, where a lone truffle hunter (Cage) is forced to confront his past in Portland after his beloved foraging pig is kidnapped. The film has been referred to by various sources as a revenge thriller, probably due to the plot’s similarities with “John Wick.” However, the “R” rating for “Pig” is based on “language and some violence,” which sounds less extreme than the B-movie action focus of most recent Cage movies. Is it possible the actor has returned to doing honest-to-goodness drama? If so,
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‘Werewolves Within’: Josh Ruben’s Campy Horror Whodunnit Doesn’t Pack Much Satirical Bite [Tribeca Review]

‘Werewolves Within’: Josh Ruben’s Campy Horror Whodunnit Doesn’t Pack Much Satirical Bite [Tribeca Review]
Kevin Smith made the political horror-comedy “Red State” in 2011 and when he toured around the country, he outlined his overall vision for the movie as a cross between “Quentin Tarantino movie by way of The Coen Brothers.” While such ambitious aims were noble, Smith fell vastly short in the eyes of most.

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‘Black Widow’ First Reactions Go Wild for ‘Standout’ Florence Pugh: ‘An Instant MCU Icon’

‘Black Widow’ First Reactions Go Wild for ‘Standout’ Florence Pugh: ‘An Instant MCU Icon’
The first reactions from film journalists are in for “Black Widow,” and they’re strong across the board. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting over a year for the “Black Widow” release, which was delayed multiple times because of the pandemic. The film is Scarlett Johansson’s long-awaited standalone MCU tentpole, but it’s also her last appearance in the franchise. No wonder anticipation is so high. Joining Johansson in the cast are Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, and Florence Pugh. The “Midsommar” actress and “Little Women” Oscar nominee is earning instant raves for her performance, being called “an instant MCU icon.”

Black Widow” is directed by Cate Shortland, making it the first MCU movie tentpole to be solo-directed by a woman director. The Australian filmmaker is best known for movies such as “Somersault,” “Lore,” and “Berlin Syndrome.” The “Black Widow” script, credited to “WandaVision” showrunner Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson,
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Scarlett Johansson Laments Black Widow Being Treated “Like A Piece Of Ass” In ‘Iron Man 2’

Scarlett Johansson Laments Black Widow Being Treated “Like A Piece Of Ass” In ‘Iron Man 2’
One of the best aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is watching the evolution of characters over multiple films in the over-arching story. Recently, we saw Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) not only explore his superhero backstory but shed his Falcon persona to become the new Captain America. And similarly, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, has experienced quite a bit of evolution. Though, her evolution has been highlighted by a stark contrast in how Black Widow was presented in “Iron Man 2” back in 2010 versus how she appears in “Black Widow” arriving later this year.

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Annie Murphy Looks at Sitcoms Differently Since Working on ‘Kevin Can F Himself’

Annie Murphy Looks at Sitcoms Differently Since Working on ‘Kevin Can F Himself’
“I had the idea of a sitcom wife leaving her brightly-lit, laugh track living room with her funny husband and walking through a swinging door to the kitchen,” “Kevin Can F Himself” creator Valerie Armstrong told IndieWire. As the character crosses into the kitchen the audience sees that her once flawless makeup is now caked, her kitchen covered in water stains. Elements that, in a sitcom, are taboo.

For Armstrong, much of the inspiration for the AMC series starring Annie Murphy came in the midst of a rage felt by women for decades. “I was listening to this podcast; it was June of 2017,” she said. “Two women comedians [were] talking about pilot season and how every year they go out for sitcoms and every year they’re told, ‘We need a really funny woman.’ Then they get the sides and it’s all lines like ‘What do you mean?'”

Intrigued
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‘Shrink Next Door’ First Trailer: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Reunite in Apple’s Dark Therapy Comedy

‘Shrink Next Door’ First Trailer: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Reunite in Apple’s Dark Therapy Comedy
Anchorman” comic talents Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd are reuniting for the dark existential therapy comedy series, “The Shrink Next Door.” The eight-episode series about the co-dependent relationship between a therapist (Rudd) and his patient (Ferrell) launches on Apple TV+ on November 12. Below, watch the first trailer for the series.

Inspired by true events and based on the 2019 podcast of the same name, “The Shrink Next Door” centers on the bizarre relationship between a psychiatrist to the stars, Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf, and his longterm patient, Martin “Marty” Markowitz. What starts as a normal doctor-patient dynamic slowly turns into the all-too-charming Ike (Rudd) taking over patient Marty’s (Ferrell) life, from moving into Marty’s home to taking over his family business. The show is written by Georgia Pritchett and directed by Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”). Showalter and Rudd previously worked together on the cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer.
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