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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance

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‘The Post’ Review: Steven Spielberg’s Spectacularly Entertaining Journalism Thriller Is a Rallying Cry for the Resistance
There’s topical, there’s timely, and then there’s “The Post,” which feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017. While Steven Spielberg’s latest film rivetingly dramatizes the publication of the Pentagon Papers (and eloquently unpacks the consequences of their dissemination), “The Post” wears the Nixon era like a flimsy disguise that it wants you to see right through.

That’s not to take away from Ann Roth’s ratty and exquisite period costume design, or to detract from how immaculately set decorator Rena DeAngelo recreated the smokey thrum of the old Washington Post newsroom. It’s certainly not to diminish Meryl Streep’s fraught and powerfully grounded portrayal of the late publishing scion Katharine Graham — she hasn’t been this good since “Adaptation,” or maybe even “Death Becomes Her,” if ever.

On the contrary, it’s just to
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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg

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‘The Post’: Screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer on Revisiting History with Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg
The Post” is a period piece, but its production happened at warp speed. Steven Spielberg began shooting in White Plains, New York, on May 1, 2017; 12 months earlier, he had no intention of directing a film and its rookie screenwriter, Liz Hannah, hadn’t written a word of it. This week, “The Post” was named Best Film by the National Board of Review, which also gave Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks top acting honors. Now, Hannah and co-writer Josh Singer have a formidable chance of securing an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Hannah didn’t always aspire to be a screenwriter. Following undergraduate studies at the Pratt Institute and an internship on the film “Reign Over Me,” she was admitted to the AFI Conservatory, in the producing discipline. Then she spent five years in development — long enough to realize it wasn’t what she wanted.

Read More:‘The Post’ Trailer: Meryl Streep,
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Steven Spielberg Has Finally Finished ‘The Post’

Steven Spielberg Has Finally Finished ‘The Post’
At Monday’s post-screening Soho House Academy reception for filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s long-in-the-works HBO documentary about her father, “Arthur Miller: Writer,” was family friend Steven Spielberg, whose foundation provided bridge financing for this intimate family portrait of the “Death of a Salesman” playwright who was once married to Marilyn Monroe.

Read More:‘Spielberg’: The 9 Most Surprising Things You’ll Learn About the Filmmaker in HBO’s Documentary

Spielberg told me he had just locked final cut of his anticipated Watergate era drama “The Post” (Twentieth Century Fox, December 22), which stars Meryl Streep as Washington Post owner Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. Spielberg will complete the final sound mix with John Williams’ score next Monday. Fox will book late November screenings to meet critics’ group deadlines.

Spielberg is also working closely with Ilm on the massive number of visual effects for his next epic, ’80s-inflected “Ready Player One” (Warner Bros.,
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Route 91 Harvest Organizers Pledge to Never ‘Let Hate Win Over Love’ After 59 People Killed During Las Vegas Event

Route 91 Harvest Organizers Pledge to Never ‘Let Hate Win Over Love’ After 59 People Killed During Las Vegas Event
Organizers of the Route 91 Harvest festival have made an emotional statement after 59 people were killed and more than 500 other attendees injured when a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd during the concert Sunday night.

Live Nation Entertainment released a statement late Monday expressing the company’s sympathies to those killed and injured in the attack and also its thanks to those who heroically tried to save those in need.

“On behalf of the entire Route 91 Harvest Family, we are completely devastated by the event that occurred Sunday night,” the statement, released almost exactly 24 hours after the first round of shots rang out,
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The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health SportsBall 2017 Gala to Honor Soledad O'Brien

SportsBall 2017, the 23rd Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (Aaiuh), will take place on Wednesday, October 18th at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine will gather at the Grand Hyatt in New York City to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. SportsBall features interactive games, dinner buffet, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Each guest receives a complimentary pair of Adidas sneakers generously donated by Rack Room Shoes and Adidas.

The gala will be co-hosted by Cheryl Wills, Award-winning NY1 News Anchor, host of In Focus with Cheryl Wills, and best-selling author, and David Ushery, Emmy Award-winning NBC 4 New York News Anchor and Reporter. Creator of The Debrief with David Ushery.

The gala will honor Soledad O'Brien, award-winning journalist, speaker, and author; Robert Gore, MD,
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Don’t Let Them Deceive You: Sergei Loznitsa’s "The Event"

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Sergei Loznitsa's The Event (2015), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from August 4 - September 3, 2017 as a Special Discovery. “Questions are only dangerous when you answer them.”—Toby Esterhase, Smiley’s People“Resign! Resign! Resign!”—St. Petersburg crowd, 19 August 199119 August 1991. Sergei Loznitsa is packing his bags in Kiev: having recently left his job at the city’s Institute of Cybernetics, he is about to enroll at Moscow Film School. The phone rings; it’s a friend. Loznitsa, at his pal’s suggestion, turns on the television. All four state channels, interspersed with news flashes, are broadcasting the same thing: Swan Lake—on repeat. Updates come through haphazardly. In Moscow, there are tanks in the streets. By noon, there is something resembling a clearer picture: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, on vacation in the Crimea, has taken ill. A state of emergency is declared. Loznitsa walks
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Spielberg at 70: Indy, E.T., and the 1980s

Paul Bullock Dec 15, 2016

From Raiders Of The Lost Ark through to Always - we take a look through the work of Steven Spielberg in the 1980s...

When we look back on Steven Spielberg's career, we'll likely think of his 1980s output as his defining era. Spielberg ruled the 80s, releasing 22 movies as a producer and a further seven as director (eight if you include Kick The Can in the ill-fated Twilight Zone: The Movie). It remains his most active period (though if all goes to plan, he'll surpass it when 2019's Indiana Jones 5 marks his eighth film of this decade). Put simply, Spielberg is the 80s, and recent criticisms that he's lost his magic, exacerbated after the box office struggles of The Bfg, really represent a frustration that he's no longer the film-maker we fell in love with when we were growing up.

See related The Big Bang Theory
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There’s a Steven Spielberg-Tony Kushner ‘West Side Story’ Remake In The Works

There’s a Steven Spielberg-Tony Kushner ‘West Side Story’ Remake In The Works
Steven Spielberg is still very much in Giant Country, as his latest film “The Bfg” opens in theaters on July 1, but the director is hoping to land soon in New York’s Upper West Side, for a remake of the musical “West Side Story.”

Read More: Steven Spielberg Delivers Harvard Commencement Address, Urges Students to Learn from History

Spielberg has “Lincoln” screenwriter Tony Kushner working on an adaptation of the modern day story of Romeo and Juliet set in New York City’s street gang scene, THR reports. If the movie gets made, Fox and MGM will produce it together.

Spielberg has apparently been interested in remaking the story for the big screen “for decades,” he told THR, and secured the rights 15 years after first pursuing them. It’s unclear if Spielberg will direct the project himself. IMDb Pro lists him as “rumored” to be attached as the director.

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All The Way Review

As far as politicians go, Lyndon Baines Johnson was the boss hog. Just as he had in his days in the Senate, President Johnson would take to strong-arming his agenda past any suit unlucky enough to cross him, using everything from trapping folks in an elevator to whipping out his own President Johnson (aka “Jumbo”) and waving it at adversaries to imaginably stupefying effect.

Thankfully, there’s no appearances by the Executive Branch in All the Way, Jay Roach’s adaptation of the play by Robert Schenkkan, airing Saturday on HBO. The story follows Johnson, here played by Bryan Cranston, over his year-long “first term” as president, from Parkland in ‘63 to the polls in ‘64, mostly eyeing his role in passing the latter year’s Civil Rights Act. No shortage of gushing will be given to Cranston for “resurrecting” or “disappearing into” Lbj (he won a Tony for it on Broadway,
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My Last-minute Oscar Predictions

It’s been such a good year at the movies that I’m a little bit surprised by the degree to which I’m approaching tomorrow night’s Academy Awards ceremony with something resembling… disinterest. And again, it’s not necessarily the movies. It’s hard to remember a year when there wasn’t at least one obvious howler among the five, or now five-to-10 nominees—just by turning to random pages in Robert Osborne’s 70 Years of Oscar—The Official History of the Academy Awards I am reminded that The Turning Point, Midnight Express, Fatal Attraction and Mississippi Burning were all lauded by the Academy with Best Picture nominations. This year all eight movies nominated are, in my eyes, worthy of some measure of honor, including Room, my choice for the movie of the year. Yet I can’t remember the last time—could it have been 1991?—when I
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Screen Actor’s Guild nominations announced

The 22nd Annual Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) nominations were announced yesterday in Hollywood. A very distinct trend is taking place with Carol and Room leading the field in the film categories. The SAG awards recognise individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television for 2015, and also for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles.

The awards will be dished out in the new year and have always been an indicator for the acting awards for the Academy Awards, the nominations for which are announced next month.

The SAG nominations were announced at Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, and will be awarded at a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

Here are the nominees in full.

22nd Annual SAG Awards Nominations

Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – “Trumbo” (Bleecker Street)

Johnny Depp / James “Whitey” Bulger – “Black Mass” (Warner Bros.
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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Nominees

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2015, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-aftra Executive Vice President Gabrielle Carteris introduced Anna Faris (Mom, The House Bunny) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker), who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors® live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com and truTV.com. Prior to that, SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Committee Member Jason George announced the stunt ensemble nominees during a live webcast on sagawards.tntdrama.com. A replay of both announcements is available for viewing on sagawards.tntdrama.com.

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-aftra with Screen Actors Guild Awards,
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Beasts Of No Nation, Straight Outta Compton Among SAG Awards Ensemble Nominees

Contributed by Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

A morning full of eye-opening surprises, the nominations for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced.

The standout nods were the inclusion of Straight Outta Compton, Beasts Of No Nation, Sarah Silverman, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Idris Elba and two for Dame Helen Mirren.

Not among the perceived hopefuls called were Sylvester Stallone, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, The Martian and The Hateful Eight.

Two nominating panels – one for television and one for film – each composed of 2,200 randomly selected union members from across the United States, chose this year’s nominees.

Some of the Sags choices were head-scratchers to be sure, but we’re thinking that the Oscar picks may be very different when The Academy announces their nominations next month live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. Pt at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 22nd Screen
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'Trumbo' leads SAG Award nominations

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'Trumbo' leads SAG Award nominations
Idris Elba and Helen Mirren lead actor nominations with three nods each.Scroll down for full list of film and TV nominations

Hollywood blacklist drama Trumbo has led the nominations for the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards with three nods for lead actor Bryan Cranston, supporting actress Helen Mirren and the ensemble cast. The Martian and The Hateful Eight were shut out.

Set in 1947, the film centres on Dalton Trumbo (Cranston), who was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Cranston will go up against Johnny Depp for Black Mass, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl.

Films that secured two nominations included Beasts Of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight - whose outstanding cast nod will only strengthen its status as best picture Oscar frontrunner — and Steve Jobs.

British actors
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Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations and It's Full of Surprises! See Full List!

The 22nd annual SAG Awards nominations were announced this morning and it's full of surprises! Sylvester Stallone, loved by critics and the National Board of Review for his performance in "Creed," was ignored. So was Kristen Stewart's supporting performance in "Clouds of Sils Maria." Matt Damon, who was so good and carried "The Martian" from start to finish, was also missing from the list.

But here's what I love about the SAG noms. First, Sarah Silverman's first dramatic performance in "I Smile Back" was embraced. And I'm also happy with the inclusion of "Room's" Brie Larson and the fantastic child actor, Jacob Tremblay. The endearing "Carol" also received noms for both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and Saoirse Ronan's performance in the beautiful "Brooklyn" also received a nomination.

The big winner of the SAG noms is Bleecker Street's "Trumbo." Missing from earlier critics awards (see here
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SAG Awards 2016: Here's the Full List of Nominations

The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be presented January 30, 2016 on TNT and TBS. So you have a little over a month to check out "Trumbo," "The Big Short," "Carol," and a bunch of other movies and TV shows that may not have been on your radar before awards season.

The 2016 SAG Awards nominations were just announced on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 (the day before the Golden Globe nominations). Here's the full list, including a crapload of cast names, since that's just how it works with the SAG Awards:

Movies

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bryan Cranston / Dalton Trumbo – "Trumbo" (Bleecker Street)

Johnny Depp / James "Whitey" Bulger – "Black Mass" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio / Hugh Glass – "The Revenant" (20th Century Fox)

Michael Fassbender / Steve Jobs – "Steve Jobs" (Universal Pictures)

Eddie Redmayne / Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe – "The Danish Girl" (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor
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‘Trumbo’ Leads 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Nominees for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were unveiled this morning in Hollywood, with a fair amount of surprises to be had. Leading the pack is Trumbo, which picked up three nominations, then a large batch of films behind it with two each: Beasts of No Nation, The Big Short, Carol, The Danish Girl, Room, Spotlight, and Steve Jobs.

Perhaps most surprising is no mention of The Hateful Eight, which has one of the year’s best ensembles. Also of questionable note is the inclusion of Helen Mirren for Woman in Gold, a film all but forgotten (we suppose Harvey Weinstein’s campaigning indeed worked). There’s also the welcome nods to Michael Shannon in 99 Homes and Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back, as well as an ensemble nod to Straight Outta Compton. Check out the full list of nominees below ahead of the ceremony on Saturday, Jan.
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Nerd Alert: True Detective 70s Reboot, Darth Vader Attacks and More

Nerd Alert: True Detective 70s Reboot, Darth Vader Attacks and More
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this terrific Tuesday? A Star Wars Darth Vader cosplayer is seen "choking" people at Comic-Con, Season 2 of True Detective is recut as a 1970s cop show and Andy Richter delivers a fantasy weather report. Plus, a tournament-style breakdown of the best summer movie ever. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.

True Detective Season 2 70s Reboot

Last week, we showed you a remix of Ant-Man as a 1950s horror movie, and today Vulture is back with a new remix, which mashes up Season 2 of HBO's True Detective with the hit 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. Given the rather chilly response to this new season, many may think this remix is
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The 'Jurassic Park' theme at 0.001% Speed Is Absolutely Gorgeous

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The 'Jurassic Park' theme at 0.001% Speed Is Absolutely Gorgeous
The iconic Jurassic Park theme by arguable the greatest living legend in the film business, John Williams, has entranced the masses for decades. With beautiful and swells of warm and fuzzy cords dotted with ethereal bells during the payoff, the only lyrics appropriate for the song (other than Funny-Or-Die's 'Great Moments in Movie History's version) would simply be repeating nostalgia endlessly to the beat. Soundcloud user birdfeeder decided to see how the song would sound if it were slowed Waaaay down. The result--an hour of tones analogous to Legeti tripping on mushrooms.  
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'Star Wars' Celebration 2015 Full Schedule Announced

'Star Wars' Celebration 2015 Full Schedule Announced
The full schedule for Star Wars Celebration 2015 has been released, with over 250 events jam-packed into the four-day event taking place from April 16 through April 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can check out the full schedule if you clickHere, but we have laid out some of the highlights for you. Take a look at what Star Wars Celebration will have to offer below.

Thursday, April 16

10:00 Am - 11:00 Am - Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy

Don't miss the big kickoff for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be on the Celebration Stage, joined by special guests. This panel is scheduled to be simulcast to the Digital Stage from the Celebration Stage. Celebration Stage

12:30 Pm - 1:30 Pm - The Music of John Williams with David Collins

Information coming soon!
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