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‘Dumplin’s’ Anne Fletcher On Dolly Parton, Self-Empowerment & Drag Queens [Podcast]

When you sit down and chat with director Anne Fletcher you immediately recognize the energy that fueled her first three box office hits, “Step Up,” “27 Dresses” and “The Proposal.” Her last two films didn’t quite work out, but now she’s back with “Dumplin’,” an independently financed dramedy that Netflix acquired and debuted on the service last weekend. And while critics have given it mixed reviews, it’s been completely embraced by fans of the service who had the film trending on twitter.

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‘Doctor Strange’ 2: Scott Derrickson Will Return To Direct

Scott Derrickson will return to the world of the mystic arts. The director of “Sinister” (2012), and “Deliver Us From Evil” (2014), as well as the McU film “Doctor Strange” (2016) has been tapped by Marvel to return for the sequel. Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange as will Benedict Wong, who plays the Doctor’s right-hand mystical partner, Wong.

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Is Proof This Weird, Twisted Franchise Needs Its R-Rating

‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Is Proof This Weird, Twisted Franchise Needs Its R-Rating
The numbers should speak for themselves: over the course of just two films, the burgeoning “Deadpool” franchise has made Fox over $1.5 billion. It’s a cash cow! A strange, twisted, violent, weird cash cow that manages to exist both inside of and wholly removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men’s own convoluted cinematic canon. No other current superhero franchise is as invested in its own meta machinations, its own foul-mouthed digs at its place in the superhero world, or its adherence to violence that could only come with an R-rating.

And yet, apparently, a billion and a half bucks is just not enough. That’s why “Deadpool 2” has been edited down, chopped up, and stuck inside a strange (though not entirely unlikable) framing device, all the better to earn a PG-13 rating and get served right back up to an audience that presumably liked it just fine the first time around.
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‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Auctioning Off a Chance to Get Drawn Into an Episode — Watch

‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Auctioning Off a Chance to Get Drawn Into an Episode — Watch
Bojack Horseman” is a show that puts its audience through any number of emotions, but one lucky fan might just get the chance to have a day of bliss.

Partnering with the fundraising site Omaze, the show is auctioning off a chance to visit the studio where the acclaimed Netflix series is produced. To cap off the experience, the winner will get to sit in on a table read of the episode and be drawn by the show’s artists. From there, that person’s likeness will be worked into an upcoming episode.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Review: Netflix’s Best Comedy Series Continues to Deliver Smarts and Heart

This prize package, which also includes flight and hotel accommodations and the really good friend of their choosing, won’t go to the highest bidder. Like most comedy-themed Omaze drawings, interested participants can donate in tiers, raffle-style, to increase their
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In ‘Vox Lux’ & Spike Lee’s ’25th Hour,’ Real-World Tragedies Are Boldly Weaved Through Fictional Narratives [Ayt Podcast]

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I search for meaning in the thematic concerns of two surprisingly connected films from different times. We look at the new movie, “Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman and directed by actor turned serious auteur Brady Corbet, and compare it to my Hold Up of “25th Hour” by Spike Lee.

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Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote

Jonah Hill Sticks Up for Lady Gaga After People Mock ‘100 People in a Room’ Quote
Jonah Hill knows what it’s like to endure the long road of an awards season press tour (see his Oscar season runs with “Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”), so consider him empathetic when it comes to Lady Gaga and her much scrutinized “A Star Is Born” journey. Gaga caught flack on the internet for repeatedly dropping a variation of the same “100 people in the room” line while promoting the film at festivals and during press interviews.

Gaga’s quote, “There can be one hundred people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you and you just need one to believe in you, and that was [Bradley Cooper],” became fodder for memes and compilation videos throughout the fall. While some people laughed at Gaga, others criticized her and wondered if her repetitive approach to interviews might ding her in the awards race for Best Actress. Hill doesn
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Superhero Movies Are Taking Over the Oscars, and That’s Good News for Everyone

Superhero Movies Are Taking Over the Oscars, and That’s Good News for Everyone
With a few notable exceptions (“The Dark Knight” in particular), superhero movies have never been a significant presence in the awards conversation. And you know what? That’s just fine. In a righteous world, nothing that grosses a billion dollars and serves as an 150-minute teaser for its own sequel would even be eligible for a trophy; to quote the immortal words of Donald Francis Draper: “That’s what the money is for.”

By and large, Academy voters have agreed with that wisdom, and Oscar season has become something of a safe haven from the Galactus-sized genre that’s devoured much of Hollywood in its maw. Recent years have produced a clear demarcation in discourse: From mid-February until Labor Day, it’s all spandex and Infinity Stones, as moviegoers on both sides of the aisle agree to put aside their differences and pretend that Bucky Barnes is an actual character,
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Variety’s Dual Top 10 Films Of 2018 Lists Feature Hot Takes & A Couple Of Headscratchers

If you’re a critic for a Hollywood trade like Variety, odds are you’re going to see just about every film that is going to be the in Best of 2018 conversation. And in consuming just the sheer amount of film content over the course of a year, you’re bound to come up with some interesting opinions. And this year, two critics for Variety, Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman definitely have some interesting opinions.

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SAG Awards Nomination Predictions: Black Panther, Vice, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The members of the Screen Actors Guild are a quirky bunch. The entire SAG-AFTRA organization has a pool of 129,000 or so members that is widdled down to 2,500 or so volunteers who vote for the annual SAG Awards as the “nominating committee.” Sometimes they come to screenings, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they watch screeners, sometimes they don’t. What we do know is they love Netflix. Really. In fact, it should be a constant theme when considering who will and who won’t be nominated for SAG honors this year.

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‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)

‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)
Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been urged to reach “outside the bubble.” As Donald Trump’s presidential victory made the deep divisions in this country painfully clear, the following years have only solidified the belief on both sides that half the country is completely unreachable. In the new documentary “Hillbilly,” filmmakers Ashley York and Sally Rubin posit that no group is more misunderstood than Appalachian Americans, a group that has either been totally neglected by the media or unjustly maligned with caricatures and stereotypes.

The official synopsis reads: “‘hillbilly’ goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American ‘hillbilly,’ and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, ‘hillbilly’ uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians,
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‘Bird Box’ Trailer: Sandra Bullock Protects Her Children From Creatures That Thrive On Fear

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is not the most prolific talent in Hollywood. Starring in only one other film in the last three years (this summer’s “Ocean’s 8”), it’s a rare treat for film fans to get a new film featuring Bullock. However, somewhat surprisingly, Netflix is about to unleash a new Sandra Bullock film, “Bird Box,” and this time, we find the actress tackling the horror/thriller genre.

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The 20 Best Action Movies Of 2018

Now it’s time to get our action yah-yahs out. 2018 is coming to a close so as is our usual wont to do, we’re running down many of the particulars of the year in cinema; Best Films, Posters, Trailers, Breakthrough Performances, and much more to come. Action is an art, but it’s not always artfully crafted, sometimes placing a premium on noise, loudness, chaos, and all the things Michael Bay values. But the best action sequences we always tend to love always put a focus on staging, crafty editing, tension, and orchestration.

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Watch: Blocking as Foreshadowing in Ridley Scott’s Alien

Although this video essay by Sareesh Sudhakaran is called “How Ridley Scott Covers a Dialogue Scene,” it more accurately investigates the ways in which Scott uses blocking and perspective to foreshadow the more sinister events of his 1979 mega-hit Alien. In breaking down the three scenes set inside the Nostromo’s dining area, Sudhakaran also draws attention to the more tradition applications of blocking, via its reinforcement of the shifting power dynamics amongst the crew. Check it out above.
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Watch: Blocking as Foreshadowing in Ridley Scott’s Alien

Although this video essay by Sareesh Sudhakaran is called “How Ridley Scott Covers a Dialogue Scene,” it more accurately investigates the ways in which Scott uses blocking and perspective to foreshadow the more sinister events of his 1979 mega-hit Alien. In breaking down the three scenes set inside the Nostromo’s dining area, Sudhakaran also draws attention to the more tradition applications of blocking, via its reinforcement of the shifting power dynamics amongst the crew. Check it out above.
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Shooting an Improvised Movie on GoPros with the Actors as DPs: Rick Ostermann and Louis Hoffman on the Survival Thriller Lysis

Rick Ostermann’s Lysis — which had its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last month — required the Krieg and Wolfskinder director to put even more faith in his actors than usual, as they were also their own directors of photography and, to an extent, their own scriptwriters. The story centers on a dad (Oliver Masucci), who takes his long-estranged teenage son (Louis Hofmann) on a white water rafting and camping trip, with the intention of filming their “adventure.” Once in the wilderness, however, his son proves less than willing to reconnect and an act of petulance soon […]
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Shooting an Improvised Movie on GoPros with the Actors as DPs: Rick Ostermann and Louis Hoffman on the Survival Thriller Lysis

Rick Ostermann’s Lysis — which had its world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival last month — required the Krieg and Wolfskinder director to put even more faith in his actors than usual, as they were also their own directors of photography and, to an extent, their own scriptwriters. The story centers on a dad (Oliver Masucci), who takes his long-estranged teenage son (Louis Hofmann) on a white water rafting and camping trip, with the intention of filming their “adventure.” Once in the wilderness, however, his son proves less than willing to reconnect and an act of petulance soon […]
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Contest: Win ‘Galveston’ On Blu-Ray Starring Ben Foster & Elle Fanning, Directed By Mélanie Laurent

If you’re a film fan and you’re not on board with actor Ben Foster, then you’re missing out. Though he has yet to receive the universal acclaim of some of his co-stars, Foster has carved out a pretty great IMDb over the last few years, starring in films like “Hell or High Water,” “Hostiles,” and the excellent “Leave No Trace.” But with all the acclaim the latter film has received, you may have missed Foster’s newest film “Galveston” during its theatrical run earlier this fall.

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Introducing Batwoman: What to Know About Ruby Rose’s Lesbian Superhero on The CW

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Introducing Batwoman: What to Know About Ruby Rose’s Lesbian Superhero on The CW
At the end of “The Flash” episode “Elseworlds, Part 1” — the first installment in the annual CW/DC crossover event — the newest addition to its comic-book world made a classic Bat-entrance: A masked hero stands on a rooftop in full costume, gazing down at Gotham.

It’s a familiar sight, although the World’s Greatest Detective rarely, if ever, wears hot pink — and certainly not as a wig. Instead, this is the introduction of Batwoman; as played by Ruby Rose, she’s poised to make history.

The many DC series produced by Greg Berlanti, including “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Black Lightning,” have been limited in previous years in how they might refer to other iconic characters, especially the “big three” — though things have changed: “Legends” did pay a quick visit to Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira, and Superman, as now played by Tyler Hoechlin, now appears semi-regularly on “Supergirl.
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‘Aquaman’: James Wan Unleashes An Overblown But Entertaining Visual Spectacle From The Depths Of A Goofy Imagination [Review]

Crashing down like a relentless tsunami that has vomited out every colorful sea creature from the ocean depths, the stranger and weirder the better, Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” is a sight to behold. The DC superhero film following “Justice League” and “Wonder Woman” is a soap opera supernova of overblown melodrama that’s incredibly goofy and garishly designed. It’s go for broke, it’s insane and subtlety is not anywhere within its vocabulary.

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Critics Pick the Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2018 – IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.

This week’s question: What’s the most disappointing show of 2018?

(This is based on some anticipation of a show being good or promising, and then not living up to that standard. Both new and returning shows apply.)

Clint Worthington (@alcohollywood), Consequence of Sound, Freelance

The first season of “Westworld” felt like a wonderful extension of the themes showrunner Jonathan Nolan has been almost single-mindedly preoccupied with since “Person of Interest” — taking an old ‘70s classic sci-fi Western and infusing it with complex discussions of artificial intelligence, personhood, and the inherent problems underlying our images of the Old West. For the most part, Season 1 was a rousing success, culminating in a beautifully dark puzzle-box ending that set up a delicious revolution for the “hosts” of the park. Then Season 2 happened, and much
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