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Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

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Natalie Portman was only 11 years old when she auditioned for and won the role of Mathilda in Luc Besson’s “Léon: The Professional,” and after more than two decades making moves in Hollywood and abroad she has her own share of harassment and sexism stories. During a conversation at Vulture Fest in Los Angeles, Portman was asked about the many sexual harassment and abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood, to which she got incredibly candid about her own experiences facing similar issues.

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“When I heard everything coming out, I was like, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky that I haven’t had this.’ And then, on reflection, I was like okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and ‘V for Vendetta’ Come to Netflix Next Month, Plus a Double Dose of ‘Ace Ventura’

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Ah, December. A time for sipping hot beverages, retail therapy, and gathering the family around the television. This holiday season, Netflix will add blockbuster comedies new and old to its collection, as well as some more artistic fare fresh from festival circuit. Next month on the streaming platform, home viewers can catch the comedic stylings of Chris Pratt in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” in case they missed it in theaters. If you prefer something a little darker, the Wachowskis’ dystopian epic “V for Vendetta” will also be available.

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Jim Carrey may be recently known for his painting skills and red carpet nihilism, but back in the ’90s he was just “Ace Ventura.” Beginning in December, you can revisit both “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. »


- Jude Dry

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Laura Dern’s Top Secret Character Revealed (and She’s Causing Trouble)

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Laura Dern’s banner 2017 has made her an Emmy-winning star (thank you, “Big Little Lies”) and an instant icon of the “Twin Peaks” franchise, but her most highly anticipated role is still to come in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Dern and the entire cast and crew behind “The Last Jedi” have been insanely secretive when it comes to giving out any information regarding Dern’s character. All we’ve known is she goes by the name Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and rocks a pretty memorable purple hairdo.

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Fortunately, the latest addition of Entertainment Weekly (via Vanity Fair) is a deep dive into “The Last Jedi” and provides our first real details about Dern’s “Star Wars” debut. One of the covers features Dern’s Holdo opposite Oscar Isaac’s Resistance fighter »


- Zack Sharf

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Winner of the Gotham Jury Award for Ensemble Performance, ‘Mudbound’ Has the Best Ensemble of the Year

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Set in rural Mississippi during World War II, “Mudbound” focuses on two families—one white (the McAllans), and one black (the Jacksons)—who navigate life on a small farm and realize that not all battles ended with the war. Based on Hillary Jordan’s 2008 best-selling novel of the same name, the film, co-written by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, progresses through different characters’ perspectives, giving the audience a chance to experience an intimate story about race, friendship, power and love. The film is anchored by a cast that includes Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan and music legend Mary J. Blige like you’ve never seen her before. The stellar ensemble also features Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.

Blige, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, disappears into her role as Florence, the matriarch of the Jackson family, who is fighting to ensure a safe future for her children. »


- Indiewire Staff

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Ava DuVernay Wants ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to Be ‘a Lynn Shelton Movie, Just on a Larger Budget’

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Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler first met as indie directors at Sundance in 2013, yet their conversation at Vulture Festival at the Hollywood Roosevelt November 19 wasn’t exactly a long-overdue reunion. “Yesterday you were in our suite, looking at fruit wraps?” DuVernay asked.

They are respectively editing “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Black Panther” on the Disney lot (“behind doors two steps away from each other,” according to DuVernay). The expected blockbusters — each budgeted in excess of $100 million — hit theaters three weeks apart in early 2018.

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At 31, Coogler is a year younger than DuVernay was when she first picked up a camera. Nevertheless, he is completely in awe of her “machine”-like ways. “[She] makes TV on the side,” gaped Coogler. “I don’t know how she does it. Literally, I’m in »


- Jenna Marotta

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‘Family Guy’ Depicts a Very Awkward Family Dinner Between Ronan Farrow and Woody Allen

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Family Guy” is well known for its cutaway anecdotes, but one of the latest bits involving Ronan Farrow and Woody Allen ended up being more awkward than laugh-out-loud funny. During the November 21 episode “Petey IV,” the show cut to an awkward family dinner between Farrow, Allen, and Soon-Yi Previn and joked about the rumors that Farrow is actually the son of Frank Sinatra and not Allen.

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The episode found Peter befriending Vladimir Putin and taking him on a tour of Quahog. When the Russian President told Peter that not everything is always as it seems, Peter responded, “Yeah, except for Ronan Farrow, who is clearly Woody Allen’s son and absolutely not Frank Sinatra’s.” The show then cut to the dinner scene, where Ronan was depicted as Sinatra’s offspring by being a smoking, »


- Zack Sharf

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Senator Al Franken Accused of Groping a Woman While in Office

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A second woman has accused Senator Al Franken of groping, CNN has reported. According to Lindsay Menz, the unwanted touching occurred while the two were posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. The former comedian was elected to the Senate in 2008, making this the first accusation of inappropriate touching while he was in office. Last week, news anchor Leann Tweeden said that Franken forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 Uso tour. Franken issued an apology in response.

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According to CNN, Menz met the Senator at a booth at the State Fair when her husband snapped a photo of them. She said Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. »


- Jude Dry

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‘American Vandal’ Creators Tease Season 2 Details and Share Their Favorite Fan Theories

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After “Who drew the dicks?” became one of the most intriguing TV mysteries of the fall, “American Vandal” is ready to ask a totally different question in Season 2.

Speaking at the Vulture Festival in Hollywood on Sunday night, series co-creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault and showrunner Dan Lagana reflected on the success of the show’s first season and dropped some hints about Season 2.

In true mystery series fashion, they didn’t reveal too much of what’s to come in the show’s second season, but they did confirm some extra details related to the most recent teaser. »


- Steve Greene

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are reportedly »


- Eric Kohn, Jude Dry, Chris O'Falt, Kate Erbland, Jenna Marotta, David Ehrlich and Zack Sharf

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Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers Drama ‘The Post’ Earns Standing Ovation After First Screening

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Even Steven Spielberg can’t escape the allure of timely story. Just nine months after getting Liz Hannah’s spec script — and mere days after actually completing the final film — Spielberg’s fast-tracked Pentagon Papers drama “The Post” launched its first screening last night in New York City. The film was greeted with an extended standing ovation, one surely egged on by both admiration for the film and for the big stars on display at a post-screening panel, including Spielberg and his stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk, and Matthew Rhys.

The film follows Streep as Washington Post publisher Kay Graham and Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, as the paper and its journalists attempt to declassify the so-called Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. It’s an eerily timely story, one about the urgent need for good journalism, what happens when the government attempts to hide its misdeeds, and the ultimate value of truth. »


- Kate Erbland

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Lizzy Caplan is Returning to Her ‘Party Down’ Roots on ‘Ill Behaviour,’ and She’s Very Excited About It

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Lizzy Caplan is great at playing dark, jaded, and edgy characters. She hates that word — “edgy” — but she still uses it to describe Nadia, her role on the new Showtime acquisition, “Ill Behaviour.”

“I think the perception of me is that I played this type of screw-up a lot,” Caplan said in an interview with IndieWire. “It was a return to something familiar, but playing this type of sardonic– I hate the word edgy, but edgy screw-up, in a situation that was completely novel was exciting. I wanted to put back on my black T-shirts and my smeary eye makeup and get back on that horse again for a minute.”

The novel situation she refers to is indeed that: Nadia is a doctor called upon to illegally administer chemotherapy to an unwilling patient. Played by her husband, Tom Riley, Charlie wants to tackle his cancer with alternative medicine, but his »


- Ben Travers

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Movie: First Plot Details Reveal the Role Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are Circling

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Quentin Tarantino fans have been wondering what exactly his ninth movie will be about ever since word leaked in July that the project would deal with Charles Manson and the Manson family murders. The filmmaker intensified the speculation surrounding the plot of his new film when he told IndieWire, “It’s not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.” The answer to what that means has been provided by Vanity Fair, which spoke to someone who has read the script.

Vanity Fair reports the official synopsis as follows: “Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and is looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. »


- Zack Sharf

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Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’

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Tig Notaro broke her silence on Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment during an interview at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on November 21. Notaro previously made headlines earlier this year when she mentioned the harassment rumors against C.K. in an interview with The Daily Beast and told her fellow comedian he should “handle” them. At Vulture fest, the “One Mississippi” star and creator spoke on the only positive part of the C.K. story.

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“I don’t want to go into the Louis stuff,” she said. “The positive of that particular situation is whatever someone’s intentions are there, meaning him, the positive is that victims were not told they’re lying anymore, and that was the positive that came from that, and that’s it as far as I’m concerned. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Official Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Family Blockbuster Bends Time and Space

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With “A Wrinkle in Time,” Ava DuVernay will become the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. She’ll also hopefully deliver a family blockbuster for the ages. Anyone who has seen films like “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma” know it’s more than likely.

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A Wrinkle in Time” is based on the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg Murry, who sets out on an adventure through time and space to locate her missing father. Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling co-star.

Disney will release “A Wrinkle in Time” in theaters and IMAX March 9. Watch the official trailer below.

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- Zack Sharf

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Negan Finally Explains Himself In ‘The Big Scary U’

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Whose Episode Is It?

It’s a Negan episode. Wait, don’t go! It’s actually much better than it sounds! In fact, “The Big Scary U” is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7. And it manages this feat by simply giving Negan some depth and motivation, an actual character for us to consider, instead of a one-note psychopath. It also gives poor Jeffrey Dean Morgan something to do other than bluster, and he admirably rises to the occasion.

“The Big Scary U” also goes a long way in confirming that this season will finally seriously address the moral costs of living in the zombie apocalypse, as it both establishes Negan’s philosophy and questions Rick’s methodology. It even manages to address this in different storylines involving multiple characters, which is a rarity for the standard recent “Walking Dead »


- Jeff Stone

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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

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For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Outlander’ Review: Tumultuous Waters Rip Claire and Jamie Apart

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 10, “Heaven & Earth.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Following last week’s cliffhanger, Claire and Jamie spent the entirety of “Heaven & Earth” separated as Claire battled the typhoid outbreak on the British ship that kidnapped her and Jamie was locked up below on the Artemis for trying to go after his wife. Given how little there was for Jamie to do under those circumstances (other than to brood over his loss), we were forced to navigate the duo’s relationship through monologues and voice-overs. Or, in the case of Claire, the love part of this love story survived through sheer speculation about what might happen to Jamie once all parties reach Jamaica.

Obviously, trouble follows this couple no matter what country (or open body of water) they find themselves in, but it was nice to take a break from that story in order to let each character breathe a little and come into their own. »


- Amber Dowling

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