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Fall 2017’s Most Buzzworthy Books

Fall 2017’s Most Buzzworthy Books
For those done with their beach reads, it’s time to turn to these new books that will be engaging companions as the leaves change color and the temperature cools. Like film, theater and TV, the new book season comes packed with debuts from the likes of You’ve Got Mail star Tom Hanks and Matt Weiner; the return of authors John Green and John le Carre; and a biting postmortem from Hillary Clinton.

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All the Dirty Parts

by Daniel Handler

Now available

The author of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events ditches the pen name for a coming-of-age tale about a teenage boy discovering his sexuality. Handler delivers on the title with a blunt, honest -- and very explicit -- take on a topic that’s somehow fallen out of modern storytelling.

A Legacy of Spies

by John le Carre

Now available

The undisputed master of spy
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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Mountain Between Us’

Toronto Film Review: ‘The Mountain Between Us’
An odd choice of American studio project from Israeli director — and two-time Oscar foreign-language nominee — Hany Abu-Assad (“Paradise Now,” “Omar”), “The Mountain Between Us” begins with a spectacular disaster, as a private plane crash-lands atop a snow-covered ridge in what’s known as the High Uintas Wilderness in northern Utah. It’s all downhill from there, literally, as Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and the dead pilot’s dog attempt to make their way back to civilization.

Between its beautiful stars and panoramic vistas, this gorgeous-looking Fox production offers plenty of scenery to ogle, but not much else for the brain to do while Winslet and Elba alternately bicker and bond in what amounts to a fairly routine wilderness trek — minus wolves, avalanches, frostbite or any of the challenges that typically make such things interesting. Instead, true to the eminently skimmable novel on which it’s based (Charles Martin writes like a child. In
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Newswire: Ron Howard is a Star Wars fan, so there’s no need to worry about the Han Solo movie

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Since original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have suddenly stepped down from the Han Solo movie (which is the polite way of saying that they were fired), it would be natural for Star Wars fans to be concerned about the spinoff’s future. Now, Ron Howard has been hired to finish the yet-untitled project, but even though he’s a fairly reliable filmmaker who can make tortured slogs like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code books into hit movies, it still hasn’t alleviated everyone’s concerns. Thankfully, there’s no need to worry about the Han Solo movie, because it turns out that Ron Howard is a unique advantage when it comes to making a Star Wars movie: He’s a Star Wars fan.

That’s right, he actually likes those movies about the robots and the laser swords. In fact, Variety says that Howard willingly revealed at
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Transformers: The Last Knight review – chuck this mess on the scrapheap

The impenetrable fifth film in the franchise proves that director Michael Bay has run out of ideas

I would hazard a guess that Michael Bay would sooner lose his own testicles than hand over the reins of the Transformers franchise. In fact, given the swilling testosterone that sloshes around these battling space robot movies, the two are perhaps inextricably linked. Bay has effectively been waving his balls in our faces for five films now. But given this latest blitzkrieg of blah, it seems the best thing that could happen to this series would be a new director, with new ideas and, ideally, a passing familiarity with storytelling. That, or consigning the whole metal mess to the scrapheap.

Despite the fact that Bay employs his usual technique of having characters shout descriptions of what is happening on the screen (sample dialogue: “Oh my God, look at that, it’s a big alien ship!
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Cannes Lions: Jeffrey Katzenberg Talks WndrCo Plans, "New TV" Model

Jeffrey Katzenberg has a lot of money, ideas and plans, but few immediate announcements about his new digital media and technology investment vehicle WndrCo, which he discussed at Cannes Lions on Thursday.

The mogul touted what he called the “new TV” business, modeled on the bite-sized consumption of content in chapters akin to Dan Brown and James Patterson novels. He called the authors “genius” in the way they changed the consumption model of the novel and aims to do the same with TV shows.

He said he envisions short episodes of shows of 6 minutes-10 minutes with a strong advertising component....
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Titans #12 Review

This review contains minor spoilers.

Following on from the recent ‘The Lazarus Contract’ storyline, Titans #12 sees DC’s superhero team in disarray, with each of the Titans still coming to terms with recent traumatic events. As such, this issue is more about establishing where the characters currently stand rather than hitting the ground running with the new arc. That said, it does set up some super exciting developments to be explored down the line.

Titans #12 kicks off an arc titled ‘Bad Omen,’ with this part one seeing Lilith Clay Aka Omen visit psionic supervillain Psimon at Rikers Island in order to get some important information. Unfortunately, their mind-melding contest seemingly doesn’t go as planned and Psimon ends up browsing through Lilith’s recent memories. It’s a nifty framework narrative as it ensures that there’s some tension and drama to keep things moving forward while also allowing the
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Doctor Who: Extremis geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 20, 2017

The references and nerdy spots we caught in Doctor Who series 10: Extremis...

This article contains spoilers. Lots of them.

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Whether you like it or not, we’re now halfway through this series of Doctor Who, and it’s time for the stakes to get higher; we now know who’s in the vault (or at least, who the Doctor thinks is in the vault), there’s a massive alien invasion waiting to strike, and oh yeah, the Doctor’s still blind. While you bite your nails waiting for next week’s instalment, here are our viewing notes with all the vaguely interesting things we noticed about this week’s episode. As ever, if you’ve noticed things we haven’t,
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Homeland season 6 episode 6 review: The Return

David Crow Mar 6, 2017

Homeland has rebounded from its previously mediocre seasons and found its feet again...

This review contains spoilers.

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6.6 The Return

During the past five episodes of Homeland, I’ve been enjoying both the series’ premature expectation of Hillary Clinton being the 45th President of the United States, as well as its likely unexpected prescience in predicting a new Potus at war with her intelligence communities. However, as the smoke clears from the fictional terrorist attack in last week’s Homeland, we are clearly entering a true alternative realm of events far removed from real-life Us politics.

This is actually a huge asset to Homeland, because for the first time since Brody died in season 3, I feel like the producers have a
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Demonic Trade Paperback Coming This March from Image Comics and Skybound

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Back in August, Image Comics and Skybound resurrected Robert Kirkman’s Demonic in a new comic book series penned by Christopher Sebela, and this March they will release a trade paperback of the series’ first six issues.

Press Release: Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Sebela (High Crimes, Escape from New York), artist Niko Walter, colorist Dan Brown (Wolverine Max, Ghost Rider), and letterer Sal Cipriano will release a trade paperback collection of their darkly twisting vigilante series Demonic this March from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

Taking place in a world created by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman & The Darkness creator Marc Silvestri, Demonic is a sinister tale of curses, dark bargains, and sacrifice.

Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family…even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn’t New York’s worst criminals, but what’s already raging inside of him.
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After Michael Lynton’s Exit, Is Sony in for a Major Overhaul?

Updated: Three years ago, Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai made it clear that the need for improved results at Sony Pictures Entertainment was urgent. At the time, he vowed to become a more prominent presence at the studio’s Culver City lot and to exert his authority to ensure a drastic makeover of the conglomerate’s struggling motion picture studio.

That was in February 2014, when the Japanese corporate leader signaled he would no longer tolerate substandard performance at his American entertainment operation, which, under the watch of studio chief executive Michael Lynton, had faced a revolt, with an activist investor calling for Lynton’s head.

In the 35 months since, Sony has not been able to extricate itself from financial woes, management turmoil, and a string of movie flops.

Last week, Hirai was back in the news, this time with an even more resolute, pointed agenda: He was assuming a new
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Assassin’s Creed review – like a Dan Brown movie on steroids

Pyrotechnics and Michael Fassbender can’t save this preposterous adaptation of the computer game

Director Justin Kurzel’s primal, blood-drenched assault on Macbeth in 2015 marked him out as a good fit to bring the computer game Assassin’s Creed to the big screen. He’s both an aggressive visual stylist and a propulsive storyteller. However, as Duncan Jones demonstrated with Warcraft last year, in computer game adaptations, the talent of the director – and both Jones and Kurzel are unquestionably talented – is of secondary importance if the screenplay doesn’t work.

Kurzel is particularly poorly served. The script is filled with logical leaps as reckless as any of the medieval parkour that sends the key characters scurrying over terracotta-tiled rooftops. With its portentous, declamatory dialogue and sound design perpetually cluttered with the crash of battle drums and clashing swords, it feels like a Dan Brown movie hopped up on a cocktail of steroids and mescaline.
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5 Box Office Lessons From 2016: From Franchise Fatigue to Fading Movie Stars

5 Box Office Lessons From 2016: From Franchise Fatigue to Fading Movie Stars
Finding Dory,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and other blockbusters helped drive the domestic box office to record heights in 2016. However, it’s not like moviegoing suddenly saw a surge in popularity. Attendance was essentially flat with last year’s 1.32 billion and a far cry from the record 1.57 billion admissions from 2002. The record came from a new high-water mark in ticket prices, as well as the added cost that comes with Imax and 3D releases.

Overseas, the numbers are still being tallied, but many experts believe that a slowdown in China will lead to revenue declines.

The story of 2016, when it is written, will be a mixed one. Despite the rise of streaming services and quality television, the movie business continues to be resilient. Audiences are still turning up en masse for the new Star Wars or Avengers films, regardless of how adept “Game of Thrones
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Assassin’s Creed Reviews: How Did Fox’s Video Game Movie Fare With The Critics?

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Barring the lucrative Resident Evil franchise, Hollywood cinema has a spotty record when it comes to live-action video game movies – and that’s putting it kindly. From Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to the by-now infamous Super Mario Bros. film of ’93, the list of botched pixel ports stretches back for more than two decades, but even after this year’s so-so Warcraft, all eyes turned to Assassin’s Creed as the one adaptation to buck tradition. Spoilers: You’d be best tempering your expectations.

Even in the wake of last week’s largely positive fan reactions, the early critical consensus claims Assassin’s Creed will go down as another problematic video game movie for its po-faced screenplay and convoluted storytelling. Whether these reviews have much of a bearing on the film’s box office projections – let alone
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Assassin’S Creed: First Reviews Hit The Web…So What’s The Verdict?

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We’ve been saying here for some time that Assassin’s Creed is in something of an important position. Decades have gone by, and studios have tried their hand at making a solid video game adaptations many a time…and pretty much all have been unsuccessful. One can make an argument for the success of the Resident Evil franchise, but those films have too specific of a fanbase to truly be called successes.

Fast forward to now, and we have the likes of Assassin’s Creed. This is one of those video games that seemed perfectly tailor-made for the big screen. Between its story-driven nature and killer visuals, there’s no reason this shouldn’t be be a homerun for all parties involved — especially with such actors as Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons behind it. Surely, this flick could open the floodgates to a whole new era of video game movies.
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Assassin's Creed review – Michael Fassbender game movie achieves transcendental boredom

This film adaptation of the successful videogame, in which Fassbender must battle Templars after the original apple from Eden, is an interminable, lifeless mess

“What the fuck is going on?” mutters Michael Fassbender’s character through clenched teeth, reasonably early on in the course of this interminable film, based on the lucrative video game series Assassin’s Creed. You can imagine each of its stars – Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Essie Davis – saying much the same thing while looking through the script, before being directed to the fee on the last page of their contract. It’s an action movie, with dollops of thriller and splodges of Dan Brown conspiracy; and hardly five minutes go by without someone in a monk’s outfit doing a bit of sub-parkour jumping from the roof of one building to another. And yet it is at all times mysteriously, transcendentally boring.

I bet playing
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‘Inferno’: Literary Sensations Have a Shelf Life in Binge-Watching World

‘Inferno’: Literary Sensations Have a Shelf Life in Binge-Watching World
The box office failure of “Inferno,” the latest Robert Langdon adventure, is a reminder that even the hottest literary properties have a limited shelf life.

The film debuted to $15 million this weekend, a far cry from the $77.1 million debut of “The Da Vinci Code” back in 2006 — a time when author Dan Brown’s books dominated best-seller lists and made Opus Dei shenanigans the plane read of choice for a generation of travelers. Three years later, “Angels & Demons,” a follow-up to “The Da Vinci Code,” opened to substantially less than its predecessor, but still kicked off to a sizable $46 million.

Perhaps “Inferno” and its protagonist, Harvard cryptologist Langdon, are a casualty of our binge-watching culture. Since Brown’s novels first hit stores, Netflix has created a new distribution method, releasing whole seasons of shows in one easily digestible batch. In the process, viewers have grown accustomed to plowing through hours of
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Movie Review – Inferno (2016)

Inferno, 2016.

Directed by Ron Howard.

Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster, and Ana Ularu.


When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Director Ron Howard is entering somewhat of a lull lately, churning out mediocre movies where the only saving grace is reliable acting from some major Hollywood stars. Inferno (the latest adaptation of the novels by Dan Brown) is no exception to his recent negative trend, showcasing Tom Hanks doing his damnedest to make the absolute ridiculousness of the plot on display here, at the very least, come across as entertaining, or so bad it’s good.

Realistically, Inferno is just a hot mess.

The central premise is actually quite fascinating; it’s a mystery puzzle involving
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Movie Review: Inferno tries to find the fun in a Dan Brown thriller

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Although they’re written like garbage, Dan Brown’s Langdon novels have always seemed like they would make fun movies: National Treasure meets Foucault’s Pendulum in an old point-and-click game. They’re all about Robert Langdon, a famous Harvard professor of symbology, which is a field Brown made up; you can tell because “symbology” and “symbologist” sound like mush in a spoken English sentence. In the Brownverse, where he is the smartest man alive, Langdon solves mysteries that involve the Catholic church, the Freemasons, the Illuminati, and the World Health Organization. These are often uncovered in Italy, always with the help of museums and usually within a day. The books themselves are riddled with errors in history, geography, science, and grammar. Brown appears to have no editor, which doesn’t bother the majority of his millions of readers, and is the main point of attraction for the minority who
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Rome Film Festival Review: ‘Fritz Lang’

Rome Film Festival Review: ‘Fritz Lang’
Fortunately for film history, Fritz Lang was much better at inventing tall tales than Gordian Maugg’s cringe-worthy black-and-white misfire titled for the director, which purports to tell the “real” story of Lang’s personality quirks together with the genesis of his most famous work, “M.” Given that Lang was perhaps cinema’s greatest self-fabulist, piecing together the early part of his career is often a case of weighing probability against cloak-and-dagger implausibilities. Yet even taking into account Lang’s often contradictory inventions, this embarrassing pseudo biopic, profligately adorned with period clips for a futile attempt at authenticity, is a luridly fictionalized mess. No wonder the world outside Germany was largely unaware of the film’s existence following its unsuccessful local April release.

In the imaginings of Maugg and fellow scripter Alexander Häusser, Lang (Heino Ferch) is a cocaine-snorting, sexually domineering borderline psychopath traumatized at a young age by his
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Exclusive: Inferno - Ron Howard talks about changing the ending

Ryan Lambie Oct 21, 2016

With major spoilers, Ron Howard talks exclusively to us about changing the ending of Dan Brown's Inferno for the big screen...

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for the book and movie adaptation of Inferno.

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Overpopulation, a manmade virus, amnesia, the epic poetry of Dante Alighieri: Dan Brown's fourth Robert Langdon novel gave its academic hero plenty of riddles to solve and crises to avert. But readers of the book may have noticed that the movie adaptation of Inferno - the third Langdon film to reach the big screen after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons - changes the conclusion quite a bit.

While the build-up is broadly the same - a now-deceased billionaire has hidden a deadly virus somewhere,
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