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‘The Four’ week 5 recap: Did newbie Ali Caldwell hold her own against James Graham, Sharaya J and Jesse Kramer? [Updating Live Blog]

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At the start of Week 5 of Fox’s “The Four,” the incumbent chair-holders were 29-year-old Ali Caldwell (who just joined the show last week), 21-year-old James Graham, 34-year-old Sharaya J and 21-year-old Jesse Kramer. Did any of these four singers get taken down by new challengers this week? And what did judges/coaches Sean Combs, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor have to say about the ever-increasing competition on the reality TV show?

See‘The Four’ week 4 recap: June 28 live blog

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Four: Battle for Stardom” recap of Season 2, Episode 5 to find out what happened Thursday, July 12 at 8/7c. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about which singers you’re rooting for and who you think will ultimately join “The Four” winners list. Keep refreshing/reloading this live blog for the most recent updates.

See ‘The Four’ final: Zhavia should have won,
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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt and Direct Netflix Original Film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Charlie Kaufman to Adapt and Direct Netflix Original Film ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’
Charlie Kaufman is readying his first script for Netflix. The Oscar-winning “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” screenwriter will adapt “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” the 2016 bestselling novel from first-time Canadian author Iain Reid, who is slated to co-produce. Kaufman will direct the Netflix original film, reteaming with his “Eternal Sunshine,” “Human Nature,” and “Synedoche, New York” producer, Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman.

Read More:http://www.indiewire.com/2016/07/charlie-kaufman-interview-anomalisa-synecdoche-adaptation-1201702465/

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” said Scott Stuber, head of original films at Netflix, which had a huge hit last month with “Bright.” “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ is a chilling thriller and we can’t wait to share Charlie’s adaptation with audiences everywhere.”

The narrator, an unnamed woman, alerts readers that she’s suicidal while en route to meet
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Charlie Kaufman to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix

Charlie Kaufman to Adapt ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ for Netflix
Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman is set to write and direct a film adaptation of Iain Reid’s internationally best selling novel “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” for Netflix.

Named an NPR Best Book of the Year in 2016, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” examines the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude. On a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm, Jake’s girlfriend is thinking of ending things. When Jake makes an unexpected detour, leaving her stranded, a twisted mix of palpable tension, psychological frailty, and sheer terror ensues. Reid’s debut novel has been published in 17 territories and received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal and Booklist.

“Charlie is a singular talent with a formidable artistic vision,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “He has the rare ability to tell unique stories in a universal way. I’m Thinking
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Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

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Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry
Jim Carrey is reuniting with his “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry to star in a new half-hour comedy for Showtime. “Kidding,” which has been given a 10-episode order, will represent Carrey’s first series regular role in more than two decades.

“Kidding” stars Carrey as Jeff, also known as beloved children’s TV personality Mr. Pickles. Here’s the logline: “A beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – [Jeff] also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
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Jim Carrey to Star in New Showtime Comedy Series ‘Kidding’

Jim Carrey to Star in New Showtime Comedy Series ‘Kidding’
Jim Carrey will star in a new Showtime comedy series in his first regular television role since his days on the 1990’s sketch show “In Living Color,” Showtime announced Thursday.

The half-hour series is titled “Kidding,” in which Carrey will play Jeff, a.k.a. Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. Showtime has ordered a 10-episode first season.

The role further expands Carrey’s relationship with Showtime, as he currently executive produces the dramedy “I’m Dying Up Here,” which was recently renewed for a second season.

The project will also reunite Carrey with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry, who will direct for “Kidding.” Dave Holstein–a writer and producer on both Showtime
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Cinema, AI, and Human Nature

Why being honest about AI stifles good storytelling.

Open any newspaper and you’ll find a profusion of articles and op-eds debating the future of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk is terrified of it. So is Jack Ma. Peter Thiel isn’t. The AI mania has even permeated the film world, which (the latest slew of “film is dead” articles warns us) will apparently not escape the automation boom. Of course, our public conversation about AI has long been tied to the cinema. As our own Sinead McCausland has pointed out, films have supplied the popular imagination with images and existential questions about AI since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. But as AI gradually shifts from the realm of science fiction to that of reality, it’s worth examining the premises film has fed us about the technology, and asking whether they’ll serve us well in the coming decades.

Accuracy

There is a special circle in hell reserved
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Doctor Who: The Pilot geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 15, 2017

Huge spoilers, as we unpack the Doctor Who series 10 opener - The Pilot - in search of references and treats.

This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who.

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Doctor Who is back for its 36th series, and with it are our viewing notes - a weekly guide to the references, similarities (intentional or otherwise!) and generally interesting things about each episode. Whilst we’ve crammed in as much as we can find, this is by no means a definitive list - so if you’re sat there thinking ‘You fools! You missed this!’, feel free to plop it down in the comments below. But remember: Don’t phone, it’s just for fun.
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Watch A Beautiful New Michel Gondry Video For An Unreleased White Stripes Song

Before “Be Kind Rewind,” before “Eternal Sunshine” before even “Human Nature,” Michel Gondry broke through, like David Fincher, Spike Jonze and many more, as a music video helmer. He did stunning, innovative work for the likes of The Chemical Brother, Bjork and Radiohead, but one of the artists he might be most associated with are […]

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Listen to Charlie Kaufman’s One-Hour, Career-Spanning Talk with Marc Maron

For much of his career, Charlie Kaufman has been an enigma of introspective storytelling, crafting characters and situations that feel all too real to his audience. With his latest feature, the highly recommended stop-motion animation Anomalisa, it’s afforded an unexpected opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into his career. After many other talks, perhaps the most extensive and fruitful has arrived with Marc Maron.

In the one-hour chat, Kaufman discusses not getting his first gig in entertainment until the age of 32 and failing to get writing work on Simpsons, Seinfeld, Mr. Show. He then jumps into his early collaborations with Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry with Being John Malkovich, Human Nature, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as well as not taking to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

“I didn’t like it. That was a movie in which I was not consulted. I mean, George Clooney changed the script,
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Listen: 70-Minute Screenwriting Lecture By Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman is the idiosyncratic scribe behind some of the best and most innovative films of the last 16 years. After earning his keep in TV, Kaufman broke out in a big way with the endearing and offbeat “Being John Malkovich” (a film that also helped Spike Jonze make the leap to directing features). Kaufman followed up ‘Malkovich’ with his one real misfire, “Human Nature,” only to come back with the delightfully meta “Adaptation,” which gave Nicolas Cage a career defining role. He also put his stamp on “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” and “Synecdoche, New York,” and this year he delivered the excellent, animated “Anomalisa,” which is currently making the festival rounds (our Telluride review here). Read More: Charlie Kaufman & Steve Carell Team For ‘Dr. Strangelove’-Esque Satire ‘I.Q. 83’ A couple of years back, Kaufman gave a guest lecture on screenwriting for BAFTA. In true Kaufman style — the anxiousness,
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24th Philadelphia Film Festival Reveals Charlie Kaufman Retrospective

24th Philadelphia Film Festival Reveals Charlie Kaufman Retrospective
Read More:  24th Philadelphia Film Festival Reveals Lineup, Including 'Anomalisa' and 'Where to Invade Next' The 24th Philadelphia Film Festival is shaping up to be quite the tribute to Charlie Kaufman. Not only will the writer-director screen his latest existential comedy-drama, "Anomalisa," on Opening Night and receive the festival's Artistic Achievement Award, he will also be the subject of a retrospective at the Prince Theater, which will include all six titles from Kaufman's filmography, including "Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich," "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Human Nature" and "Synecdoche, New York." Along with Kaufman and his "Anomalisa" co-director Duke Johnson, the festival is set to present a strong roster of special guests, including Todd Haynes, Gaspar Noé and Michael Moore. Below is the full line-up of guests scheduled to...
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Review: 'Anomalisa' is the most shattering experiment yet from Charlie Kaufman

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Review: 'Anomalisa' is the most shattering experiment yet from Charlie Kaufman
"Anomalisa" changed my life. Now, before you roll your eyes, I mean that literally. I would point out that films have changed my life before because they have played for me at the right time or, in a few cases, the wrong time, and I am sure they will change my life again. Hell, if you want to make the argument that pretty much every single milestone I outlined in my recent 25 Years In La series was because of or related to movies, I think it's a pretty safe argument to make. After all, I've said before that this is my church, the place I go to find my center, to be challenged, to grow, and to see the world around me through myriad eyes. Sitting in the Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto, it was about halfway through "Anomalisa" when I realized I was having one of those experiences,
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37 Movies That Share Their Name With A Michael Jackson Song

You wouldn't know it from the film's lack of marketing, but a new movie called Black or White debuted in theaters today. Despite the presence of stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, I've never seen a trailer or TV spot for the movie, which BoxOfficeMojo says is in over 1,000 theaters right now. (Apparently the film played at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and didn't receive very favorable reviews.) I don't ever plan on watching this film, but that doesn't mean that I can't come up with a tangentially-related article about it. Black or White got me thinking: what other movies share a title with a Michael Jackson song?

As far as ground rules go, there's really only one major one: the title of the movie and the song have to match exactly - if a word is possessive, I'm not making an exception. Exact matches or Gtfo. I'll embed
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George Lucas coming to Sundance for new 'Art of Film Weekend' series

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George Lucas coming to Sundance for new 'Art of Film Weekend' series
The Sundance Film Festival announced today that it will hold a series of panels titled the "Art of Film Weekend" which will take place Jan. 29-31. This new initiative should create more buzz worthy moments during a period when the Festival is traditionally winding down. The slate will kick off with a conversation between Festival founder Robert Redford and George Lucas that will be streamed online at Sundance.org. In a release, Festival Director John Cooper noted, "Exploring cinema, body and soul, Art of Film Weekend will take aspiring filmmakers and film-loving audiences behind the scenes to see the creative, collaborative spirit of artists at every stage of the independent filmmaking process that is so core to our Festival." A full rundown of the panels are as follows: Power of Story: Visions of Independence — Kicking off Art of Film Weekend, join Robert Redford and George Lucas—two iconic filmmakers who
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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest

‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.

“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese
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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke Set For Santa Barbara Honor

‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke Set For Santa Barbara Honor
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.

In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and
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Dave Holmes Revisits the Top 40 Songs From the Week ‘Like a Virgin’ Hit the Chart

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Dave Holmes Revisits the Top 40 Songs From the Week ‘Like a Virgin’ Hit the Chart
Thirty years ago this week, “Like a Virgin” hit the Billboard Top 40. Also, I’m tired of talking about “Too Many Cooks.” So let’s hop in my DeLorean Gif and fly back to that November week in 1984 and check out the top 40 pop songs; it’ll be just like The Goldbergs, except you will know exactly when it is happening. 40. "Stranger in Town," Toto Toto did many things: They composed Michael Jackson’s finest song, “Human Nature.” They wrote a love song to Rosanna Arquette (which was used a few Emmys ago as the walk-on music for presenter Patricia Arquette, in a stunning and flagrant breach of Arquettiquette). They had a No. 1 single that contained the lyrics “I know that I must do what’s right, sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti,” yet were not immediately stricken down by a just and vengeful God. They also
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Boyhood movie review: time in a cinematic bottle

An audacious coming-of-age tale unique in the history of cinema; deeply moving and beautifully authentic. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a fan of Richard Linklater

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

We’ve seen children grow up onscreen before. Ron Howard. Jodie Foster. All the Harry Potter kids. But not like this. Not in a single film. Richard Linklater had the audacious idea to shoot a story about almost the entire span of one boy’s childhood using the same actors over the course of a dozen years. Audacious because such a long production time — probably the longest ever in the history of cinema — comes with unique challenges. (The most dramatic one might be: What if one of your actors dies midway? Recasting would have ruined the beautiful authenticity the film aims for, and achieves.) Audacious because in retrospect,
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'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind': 25 Things You Don't Know About the Mind-Bending Romance

"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," which opened 10 years ago this week (on March 19, 2004), was just your typical boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-has-painful-memories-of-girl-scrubbed-from-his-brain story. Of course, the movie was a lot more than that. It put director Michel Gondry on the map, offered Jim Carrey one of his most acclaimed dramatic roles, and became beloved among moviegoers who appreciated its poetic, funny, and sad take on romance.

"Eternal Sunshine" was a modest hit a decade ago; today, it's commonly regarded as one of the best films of the new millennium. Even so, though you may have seen it enough times for it to be permanently implanted in your memory, there are still things you may not know about the film, from its seemingly improvisational shooting process to how unbelievably primitive the special effects were, to how Carrey and Gondry nearly came to blows. Here, then, are 25 of the movie's secrets; come back
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What to Watch This Weekend: Almost Human Begins, Eastbound Ends, Good Wife and More

What to Watch This Weekend: Almost Human Begins, Eastbound Ends, Good Wife and More
On TV this weekend: Lady Gaga pulls double duty on Saturday Night Live, Almost Human premieres and Eastbound & Down and Hello Ladies come to an end. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.

Saturday, November 16

8 pm The Christmas Ornament (Hallmark) | A widow (Kellie Martin, Life Goes On) hopes to find happiness during the holiday season with the help of a Christmas tree shop owner (All My Children‘s Cameron Mathison).

8 pm The Twelve Trees of Christmas (Lifetime) | When her cherished library is set for demolition, a Manhattan woman (Copper
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