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‘Wonderstruck’ Review: Todd Haynes Aims for Magic, But It’s Elusive

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Wonder can be a hard quality to capture on screen — and when you title a movie “Wonderstruck,” as Todd Haynes did with his gorgeous but problematic drama that screened on Thursday morning at the Cannes Film Festival, you may be all but promising something that’s difficult for even a filmmaker as gifted as Haynes to deliver. And no, “Wonderstruck” isn’t as magical as it would need to be to pull off the sleight-of-hand that Haynes is attempting. Jumping between two different time periods and several drastically different looks, including black-and-white silent-film sequences and gritty, overheated urban passages, the director. »


- Steve Pond

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Mlb, Fox Are 2 Wins Away From Dream La v. NY World Series

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Major League Baseball and Fox Sports are two wins away from having a dream New York-Los Angeles World Series, something that hasn’t happened since 1981. The New York Yankees can punch their ticket to the Fall Classic Friday night at 8 p.m. Et on FS1. The L.A. Dodgers have a chance to do the same tonight at 8:08 p.m. Et on TBS. If those particular pennant wins come to fruition, host network Fox gets the No. 1 and No. 2 media markets in the country for its season-ending best-of-seven series. It doesn’t get much better than that. (Though technically it could. »


- Tony Maglio

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You Can’t Unsee Megyn Kelly and Hoda Kotb Awkwardly Dancing on the ‘Today’ Show (Video)

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Megyn Kelly’s transition from primetime to the more-humanizing morning television hasn’t exactly been a smooth one. “Maybe try dancing?” suggested absolutely no one. Well, the Fox News Channel alum gave it a whirl anyway on Thursday, and we all have Hoda Kotb to either thank or blame for the results. Warning: once you do look at this particular “Megyn Kelly Today” clip, you can never unsee it. Also Read: 'Megyn Kelly Today' Ratings Are So Bad Kathie Lee and Hoda Are Down Too Watch Kelly and Kotb get down down below. If you think it’s a tough mid-afternoon watch, »


- Tony Maglio

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Josh Brolin Says ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Will Be Like ‘The Godfather’

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Josh Brolin, who is playing the mad titan Thanos in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” said the upcoming superhero mega pic will be like “The Godfather.” In a recent interview with Collider, when asked how was it like to work with “Infinity War” directors the Russo Brothers, Brolin said, “Look, I got Joe Russo who’s constantly resourcing like ‘The Godfather’ and, ‘You have a gun to his fucking head.’ I’m like, ‘I love you so much.” Brolin added, “The fact that you’re taking an ‘Avengers’ scenario and you’re turning it into a ‘Godfather’ thing for us »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Review: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell Get Dark and Freaky

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In the annals of 2017 Cannes Film Festival weirdness, “Jupiter’s Moon” gave us a Mexican immigrant who could fly after he was shot, “The Square” put Elisabeth Moss’ character in a perfectly normal roommate situation with a chimpanzee and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” introduced Elle Fanning as an innocent alien falling in love with a punk-rock wannabe. And then along came Yorgos Lanthimos to say, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” His film “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” started with a close-up of open heart surgery and ended with a horrifying scene involving duct tape, a shotgun, »


- Steve Pond

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AMC Launches ‘The Walking Dead’ Vr App, Lets Viewers Become Walkers

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This probably beats dressing up as a zombie for Halloween. With the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead” coming up, AMC launched a new virtual reality app — aptly titled “AMC Vr” — on Thursday, giving users a chance to roam around as “walkers” in a four-part series based on the hit zombie show. And after the season premiere on Sunday, an extended 360-degree scene from “The Walking Dead’s” 100th episode will debut on the app, putting viewers alongside stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam. And if a zombie apocalypse isn’t your bag, AMC Vr is also hooking viewers up. »


- Sean Burch

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‘Only the Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin Firefighter Saga Digs Deep

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Wind, humidity and any number of other factors can transform a forest fire in unpredictable ways. And sometimes, movies like “Only the Brave” also find ways to stray from the path we’re expecting them to take. Based on Sean Flynn’s GQ article about the first municipal fire department to become an elite “hot-shot” squad sent in to extinguish huge and deadly forest fires, this film starts out so safely square (and square-jawed), that it feels like a World War II movie about a colorful squadron heading to Normandy. But as the story builds, these characters become richer and more complicated. »


- Alonso Duralde

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JJ Abrams Plans to Take ‘Star Wars’ Franchise ‘Elsewhere’

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With JJ Abrams back in the director’s chair to close out the sequel trilogy on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the writer-director plans to take the final installment in the franchise “elsewhere.”

In a recent interview with the BBC, alongside composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, “Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on ‘Episode IX’ — coming back into this world after having done ‘Episode VII.’ I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were.”

Abrams added, “At the same time, »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Bpm’ Review: Powerful AIDS Drama Could Be Awards Bound

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Robin Campillo’s 1990s-set AIDS drama “Bpm” — originally called “120 Beats Per Minute” — got the best kind of mixed reaction at its first press screening at the Cannes Film Festival last May. While some in the audience found it absolutely stunning, others just settled for very, very good. (The film won the Jury Grand Prize and was named France’s official entry in the foreign-language-film race for this year’s Oscars.) Campillo’s intelligent and moving film starts as an ensemble piece, tracking several different members of the Paris branch of Act Up, an activist group dedicated to educating, advocating and, »


- Ben Croll

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‘1922’ Review: Thomas Jane Haunted by Guilt in Stephen King Adaptation

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Guilt may be the focus of “1922,” but it’s the audience’s patience that gets a workout. The story of a Midwestern farmer coming to terms with his role in his wife’s murder, Zak Hilditch’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name feels overlong or maybe underfed, fleshing out the character’s mental deterioration in handsome but unsurprising detail. Even boasting strong performances from the likes of Thomas Jane and Molly Parker, “1922” feels best suited for its home on Netflix (premiering October 20) as Hollywood shuffles through its latest surge in King-themed projects. Jane plays Wilfred James, »


- Todd Gilchrist

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‘Casual’ to End on Hulu After Season 4

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Hulu’s “Casual” has a formal end in sight. The comedy series created by Zander Lehmann has been renewed for a fourth and final season. The last eight-episode run will premiere in 2018. “Casual” launched in October 2015 and stars Michaela Watkins as Valerie, a single mother living with brother Alex (Tommy Dewey) and daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr). Frances Conroy and Nyasha Hatendi round out the main cast. Also Read: 'Designated Survivor' Boss Says Natascha McElhone Exit Will Lead to 'New Ground' for Series The series from Lionsgate Television and Right of Way Films was directed by Jason Reitman. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Victims No More: How Harvey Weinstein Accusers Are Taking Charge

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After decades of holding back stories of sexual assault and harassment, Harvey Weinstein’s accusers are changing the victim narrative by voicing their experiences in public in their own form of retribution. From Rose McGowan to Zoe Brock to Asia Argento, the accusers’ calls for accountability and action have replaced years of frustrated silence. Alyssa Milano initiated the #MeToo movement on social media, leading to a flood of confession and catharsis by women (and some men) with similar experiences. “Certainly, women are taking matters into their hands,” Juliet Williams, a professor of gender studies at UCLA and author of a book about. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Roseanne Barr Says She Got Into Drunken ‘Fight’ With Rob Reiner About ‘All That Russian Bs’

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Roseanne Barr isn’t pleased with Rob Reiner’s focus on the connection between Russia and the Trump administration, and she apparently isn’t afraid to let him know. The Trump-supporting “Roseanne” star took to Twitter on Thursday to describe a run-in that she says she recently had with the liberal “All in the Family” alum over his involvement with the Committee to Investigate Russia, a website investigating whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win. “I drank too much in NYC and saw Rob Reiner and could not help myself — I went over to him & got into. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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Playboy to Feature First Ever Transgender Cover Model

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Model Ines Rau will make history next month as the first transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Playboy, in what will be the first issue to hit newsstands since the death of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner. The 26-year-old Rau has modeled for Playboy before, appearing in the magazine three years ago for a special issue that focused on non-binary genders. The transgender actress Caroline Cossey also posed for Playboy in 1981 shortly before appearing in the film “For Your Eyes Only.” A year later, Cossey came out as transgender, and later posed for Playboy again in. »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Stars Speak Up on Spirit Day, Against Lgbtq Bullies: ‘Take a Stand’

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It’s Spirit Day, and dozens of celebrities are speaking out against Lgbtq bullying and standing with Lgbtq youth by wearing purple and sharing it online. Pledging to “go purple” is a way to visibly show solidarity with Lgbtq youth, who are disproportionately bullied and harassed because of their identities. More than 57 percent of Lgbtq youth feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and the same number did not report instances of bullying because they doubted intervention, according to GLAAD. You, too, can take the pledge online, spread awareness on your social channels, and wear purple in solidarity. »

- Ashley Boucher

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George W Bush Shades Trump, Decries ‘Bullying and Prejudice in Our Public Life’ (Video)

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Former President George W. Bush had some tough words for Donald Trump on Thursday. During a speech at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Bush took a none-too-veiled swipe at the current president. “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone,’ said Bush. “And compromises the moral education of children.’ Though Bush didn’t mention Trump by name, the implication was evident. Also Read: Dennis Quaid Cast as George W. Bush in 'Katrina: American Crime Story' “It is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with protecting and defending democracy, »


- Jon Levine

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Weeping Gold Star Mother Says White House Never Called: ‘Every Day It Gets Worse’ (Video)

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Things took an emotional turn on the set of CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning. Co-host Alisyn Camerota conducted a lengthy interview with Calvin and Sheila Murphy, whose son, Etienne was killed in Syria during a “vehicle rollover incident” in May. From the moment things got going, Sheila Murphy struggled to hold back tears as she recalled her son’s life. “Every day is hard. Every day it gets worse. It doesn’t’ get better. It gets worse because I’m just there looking for my child to come through the door,” she said. “The worst thing I’ve ever »


- Jon Levine

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Reaction: Here’s What We Think of Marvel’s Latest Installment (Video)

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The embargo on reviews for “Thor: Ragnarok” has lifted, and TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to give you their thoughts on Marvel’s latest. In early reviews, the film starring Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Ruffalo had won people over. And TheWrap’s film reporters agree with the accolades. According to Gonzalez and Verhoeven, the film should be lauded for its portrayal of women, as well as main characters, Thor and Loki. Even Hulk is hilarious in the film, and the character and plot arcs work in the third installment of the “Thor” franchise. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven and Umberto Gonzalez

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All 17 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Nobody on the internet wants to talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a topic we just can’t go on ignoring. But seriously: even though this seemingly unstoppable franchise has rabid fans across the globe, no one can agree on which ones they like best (or least, for that matter). TheWrap’s Film Reviews Editor Alonso Duralde take his own stab at the subject — and no, he’s not getting paid by anyone at Disney to like (or dislike, for that matter) any of these films. 17. “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) Released just five years after Ang Lee‘s “Hulk, »


- Alonso Duralde

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review: Cate Blanchett’s Campy Villainess Steals the Thunder

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One of the joys of the old 1960s “Batman” TV series came from watching the reruns twice: eight-year-old me was enthralled with the excitement, suspense and heroics, but as a teenager, I understood that the show was arch, absurd and calculatedly ridiculous. It’s not hard to imagine a young audience completely losing their minds over the thrills and action of “Thor: Ragnarok,” and then loving it all over again when they realize how funny it is. Directed by Taika Waititi (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) with tongue firmly in cheek, this latest outing for the. »


- Alonso Duralde

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