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Spotlight: Lily Tomlin's Charity Work

Throughout her extraordinary career, Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys and a recent nomination for her narration on “An Apology to Elephants”; a Tony for each of her one-woman Broadway shows, Appearing Nitely and Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording; and two Peabody Awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to national prominence in December 1969 in the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In. Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials, and has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, NCIS, and the acclaimed FX series, Damages. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms.
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John Oliver Slams Big Business in Only The Way John Oliver Knows How

I think I have found a news reporter I can stand behind and his name is John Oliver. Not only does he seem knowledgeable about what he’s saying but even better, he puts it on blast continually and doesn’t let his foot off the gas until he’s good and done. His words about big business should strike a cord with a lot of people, particularly those that are interested in opening their own small business, because according to so many politicians on the hill “small businesses are the backbone of our economy”. And as Oliver says, if those politicians would

John Oliver Slams Big Business in Only The Way John Oliver Knows How
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Weird Movie Tie-In Toys

  • Cinelinx
Join us as we take a look at some of the most head-scratching (and disturbing) movie-based toys to reach the market, and marvel at how they ever became approved.

Movie merchandising, especially the merchandising of toys, is a Big business. According to the Hollywood Reporter, movie merchandising was responsible for $262.9 billion worth of sales in 2016 (globally). Of that total, 45% were a result of toy and other entertainment-related transactions. That’s about $118 billion worth of merchandise, versus movie ticket sales which only totaled an estimated $38.6 billion. From these numbers, it is easy to see why film studios put such an emphasis on the merchandising capabilities of their films, especially the big-budget franchises.

However, just because studios and toy manufacturers have profited immensely from the merchandising of movies doesn’t necessarily mean that those efforts have been quality or well thought out. For the most part, those responsible for making toys for
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Silkwood

It’s a quality true-life mystery-exposé that doesn’t come off as tabloid trash or Oliver Stone hysteria — the true story of Karen Silkwood is told without cooking the books. The all-superstar cast is something too — Meryl Streep, Cher and Kurt Russell. Only a fine director like Mike Nichols could steer this one into good entertainment & memorable cinema territory.

Silkwood

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1983 / Color B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date July 25, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid, Fred Ward, Ron Silver, Charles Hallahan.

Cinematography: Miroslav Ondrícek

Production Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein

Art Direction: Richard D. James

Film Editor: Sam O’Steen

Original Music: Georges Delerue

Written by Alice Arlen and Nora Ephron

Produced by Larry Cano, Michael Hausman, Buzz Hirsch, Mike Nichols

Directed by Mike Nichols

Remember when the big movies about adult themes were in the theaters, and not on cable TV?
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Stop Making Sense June 17th at Webster University ‘A Tribute to Jonathan Demme’

“I wanna introduce the band by name!”

Stop Making Sense screens Saturday, June 17th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). This is the fourth film in their ‘Tribute to Jonathan Demme’ The movie starts at 8:00pm.

Stop Making Sense (1984) is an action-packed concert film… not in the sense of leaping towers of pyrotechnics… but in the way of seeing David Byrne falling back, standing up, shoving lamps, and running around risers, while musicians emerge song-by-song and various backgrounds come and go. Everything is in perfect place for this concert film directed by Jonathan Demme –and, even better, it’s nonstop. There are no minute-long, audience-panning breaks; if one song ends, the next one’s almost there. And, of course, there’s the music. See this one at Webster U and you’ll be treated to some wonderful tracks -from a spastic, minor-keyed “Psycho Killer” to a somehow strangely touching,
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Cannes 2017. Just Business—Bong Joon-Ho's "Okja"

  • MUBI
The worst of the Cannes slate is often characterized by self-importance mixed with complete wrong-headedness. That’s certainly true of Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless and reportedly even truer of Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon, both of which are competing for the Palme d’Or this year. But that goes a long way to explaining why unpretentious genre fare can be such a refreshing prospect amidst the arthouse torpor. That’s a slot that, in the competition slate at least, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja should have filled—and for a while, it looks like it may fulfill that promise. Opening ca. 2007 New York with a garish infomercial for the Miranda Corporation, headed by CEO Lucy Mirando (a blonde-wigged Tilda Swinton with bright silver braces), the sequence is a fluid mix of exposition and sprightly satire. World hunger is the problem and Lucy Miranda has the solution: a 10-year competition where
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Not the same old story… A look at films in which the elderly are portrayed as active and able

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Andy Furlong

The Hatton Garden Job,which is released in cinemas this week,is a film based on a real life robbery that has been called the “largest burglary in English legal history”. A daring heist from an underground safe deposit facility in London that captured the public’s imagination as much due the advanced age of the criminals involved as the brazenness of the crime itself.

With that in mind we take a look at some other films in which the characterisation of the elderly is defined beyond the usual physical limitations and vulnerability associated with senior citizens.

Gran Torino

In many ways Clint Eastwood has been channelling the spirit of a grumpy old man as early as his 40s when he played Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry series. Eastwood, perhaps more than anybody else, has cultivated the persona of the ageing hero for sometime now in films like Unforgiven,
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Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton to Present 2016 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin

  • PEOPLE.com
Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton to Present 2016 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin
It’s going to be a 9 to 5 reunion for Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards when they present their former costar and longtime friend, Lily Tomlin, with the 53rd SAG Life Achievement Award, People exclusively confirms.

The legendary actresses share a long history and close friendship stemming from their classic comedy film about three working women living out their fantasies of getting even with their bigoted boss.

At the time the film was shot, Fonda and Tomlin were already friends who were recognized by their peers as some of the best actresses in the business.
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Three Mobile Games to Play in 2017

The forever fast paced world of mobile phone technology allows us to indulge in our ultimate gaming fantasies literally anywhere with some of the best games on offer on the Apple App Store. Nowadays you can do pretty much anything on your phone from booking a holiday to claiming free spins at the casino or doing your taxes, and gaming is growing at a rate of knots.

At the beginning of the year a study by audit giant Deloitte, predicted that mobile will become the leading games platform by software revenue, predicting to rise by 20% on 2015 to $35 billion generated revenue. If correct, the numbers are staggering, but with the ease, speed and cost effectiveness of the mobile games market, you can see why.

Three Games to Play in 2017

Big Business Deluxe

If creating your own city empire is your thing, then this game is perfect for you. Set in a
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‘Drunk History’: Billy Bob Thornton’s Benjamin Franklin Talk Turns Into an Angry Back-and-Forth

  • Indiewire
‘Drunk History’: Billy Bob Thornton’s Benjamin Franklin Talk Turns Into an Angry Back-and-Forth
Billy Bob Thornton is reprising his role as Willie Soke in the upcoming comedy “Bad Santa 2.” Before fans see him as the grouchy, foul-mouthed con who dresses up as Saint Nick, he stopped by Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” to tell us all about one of the country’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.

“Hi I’m Billy Bob Thornton and today we’re going to be talking about Benjamin Franklin, one of my heroes,” he says, before being interrupted by Derek Waters who pisses him off by asking him to redo his intro.

“Do me a favor, once we start, let me get three f**cking sentences out before you ask me another god d*mn question,” Thornton annoyingly tells him. Unfortunately for Thornton, Derek continues to tick him off by asking more questions regarding “Bad Santa 2,” including why they chose that title for the sequel, his co-star’s height and more.
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‘Drunk History’: Billy Bob Thornton’s Benjamin Franklin Talk Turns Into an Angry Back-and-Forth

‘Drunk History’: Billy Bob Thornton’s Benjamin Franklin Talk Turns Into an Angry Back-and-Forth
Billy Bob Thornton is reprising his role as Willie Soke in the upcoming comedy “Bad Santa 2.” Before fans see him as the grouchy, foul-mouthed con who dresses up as Saint Nick, he stopped by Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” to tell us all about one of the country’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.

“Hi I’m Billy Bob Thornton and today we’re going to be talking about Benjamin Franklin, one of my heroes,” he says, before being interrupted by Derek Waters who pisses him off by asking him to redo his intro.

“Do me a favor, once we start, let me get three f**cking sentences out before you ask me another god d*mn question,” Thornton annoyingly tells him. Unfortunately for Thornton, Derek continues to tick him off by asking more questions regarding “Bad Santa 2,” including why they chose that title for the sequel, his co-star’s height and more.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Chance’ Review: Hugh Laurie Breaks Bad in Hulu’s Mysterious, Introspective Thriller

  • Indiewire
‘Chance’ Review: Hugh Laurie Breaks Bad in Hulu’s Mysterious, Introspective Thriller
“There are no victims. Only volunteers.”

So claims D (Ethan Suplee), a stoic ex-military type who restores antiques in the backroom of Carl’s (Clarke Peters) San Francisco-based shop. D is full of these kind of succinct insights, but this one in particular stands out in a series titled “Chance,” especially after the new hour-long Hulu drama opens with three separate tragedies seemingly caused by plain ol’ bad luck:

A woman becomes chronically depressed after seeing her father killed in a car accident. A man suffering from brain damage after a rough fall downs a near-fatal combination of household cleaners to “cleanse his body.” A woman who is randomly assaulted by a homeless man suffers irreversible trauma and becomes homeless herself.

Read More: ‘Westworld’ Review: ‘The Stray’ Doesn’t Skimp on the Bloody Psychology

To say these people are victims is wholly accurate, if incomplete, and “Chance” isn’t arguing that Dr.
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‘Westworld’ Review: ‘The Stray’ Doesn’t Skimp on the Bloody Psychology

  • Indiewire
‘Westworld’ Review: ‘The Stray’ Doesn’t Skimp on the Bloody Psychology
Last Week’S Review: Episode 2, ‘Chestnut,’ Reveals a Deeper Level to the Game

Diagnostic Report

We begin with a very private book club meeting between Dolores and Bernard, who’s apparently been giving the host books to read, with this week’s selection being “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Dolores in general seems to be changing — and more importantly, remembering the things that have happened to her in past loops. Perhaps that’s what pushes her to start wanting more with Teddy, the fact that she’s just now becoming aware of the fact that things can change.

It’s here in Episode 3 that we get a more solid understanding of the loops that drive the established regular narratives — at this point, we’ve gotten used to familiar lines like, “Just trying to be chivalrous” and “Ain’t much of a rind on you.” But we’re also seeing more
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again
The long, national nightmare that is the 2016 election is a few weeks from wrapping up. This means that “Saturday Night Live” only has so much time left to tackle the dynamic between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and depraved businessman Donald Trump, and they’re not leaning away from it.

This week, an invigorated “SNL” took on “the second and worst ever” Presidential debate, passed out puppies to the audience, and introduced Emily Blunt as a legitimate comedic talent. Weekend Update even got in some jabs at Billy Bush and NBC! So what else worked, and what didn’t? Let’s dive in.

Best Sketch of The Night: “Melanianade”

If you try to parody Beyoncé, you have to do it as well as Queen Bey would, and — fortunately — “SNL” knows that. “Melanianade” was the show’s Trump-skewering version of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again

  • Indiewire
‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Emily Blunt Wants To Make America Happy Again
Last Week’S Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda Amazes, Astonishes in Trump-Heavy Episode

The long, national nightmare that is the 2016 election is a few weeks from wrapping up. This means that “Saturday Night Live” only has so much time left to tackle the dynamic between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and depraved businessman Donald Trump, and they’re not leaning away from it.

This week, an invigorated “SNL” took on “the second and worst ever” Presidential debate, passed out puppies to the audience, and introduced Emily Blunt as a legitimate comedic talent. Weekend Update even got in some jabs at Billy Bush and NBC! So what else worked, and what didn’t? Let’s dive in.

Best Sketch of The Night: “Melanianade”

If you try to parody Beyoncé, you have to do it as well as Queen Bey would, and — fortunately — “SNL” knows that. “Melanianade” was the show’s Trump-skewering version of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,
See full article at Indiewire »

Studio Ghibli’s Kids Fantasy Series ‘Ronia the Robber’s Daughter’ Picked Up By Amazon

  • Indiewire
In 2014, Studio Ghibli temporarily halted film production following co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from staying active in other ways, such as earlier this year when they co-produced Michaël Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle.” Now, Variety reports that Amazon Studios has just picked up the American rights for another Studio Ghibli production: “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter,” a kids TV series directed by Gorō Miyazaki. The American dub of the series will benarrated by actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Agent Dana Scully on “The X-Files.”

Read More: Studio Ghibli: The Techniques & Unimaginable Work That Goes Into Each Animation Revealed

Based on Astrid Lindgren’s children’s fantasy book by the same name, the 26-episode series follows the adventures of a young girl who grows up in an enchanted woodland as the child of a band of thieves.
See full article at Indiewire »

Studio Ghibli’s Kids Fantasy Series ‘Ronia the Robber’s Daughter’ Picked Up By Amazon

In 2014, Studio Ghibli temporarily halted film production following co-founder Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement, but that hasn’t stopped the studio from staying active in other ways, such as earlier this year when they co-produced Michaël Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle.” Now, Variety reports that Amazon Studios has just picked up the American rights for another Studio Ghibli production: “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter,” a kids TV series directed by Gorō Miyazaki. The American dub of the series will benarrated by actress Gillian Anderson, best known for her role as Agent Dana Scully on “The X-Files.”

Read More: Studio Ghibli: The Techniques & Unimaginable Work That Goes Into Each Animation Revealed

Based on Astrid Lindgren’s children’s fantasy book by the same name, the 26-episode series follows the adventures of a young girl who grows up in an enchanted woodland as the child of a band of thieves.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘Goliath’s’ Billy Bob Thornton: ‘Fargo’ and the Decline of Indie Film Convinced Him to Do More TV

  • Indiewire
‘Goliath’s’ Billy Bob Thornton: ‘Fargo’ and the Decline of Indie Film Convinced Him to Do More TV
It’s the last day of June, and Billy Bob Thornton and co-star Nina Arianda are standing outside of Los Angeles City Hall, braving the summer heat to shoot a scene for their new Amazon series “Goliath.” It’s the show’s penultimate episode, and IndieWire is spending the day with the cast as they prepare to wrap Season 1.

Written by the Emmy-winning David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro (“The Practice”), “Goliath” stars Thornton as lawyer Billy McBride, whose alcoholism ruined his marriage and got him booted from his own company by his former partner Donald Cooperman (William Hurt). Billy’s apathetic lifestyle changes when low rent practitioner Patty Solis-Papagian (Nina Arianda) enlists his help for what seems like a straightforward wrongful death case. Instead, it pits him against his old company.

Read More: ‘Goliath’ Executive Producer David E. Kelley on Billy Bob Thornton and Amazon – IndieWire’s Turn It
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‘Graves’ Review: Nick Nolte Tries to Save the Republican Party in a Political Comedy with Presidential Potential

‘Graves’ Review: Nick Nolte Tries to Save the Republican Party in a Political Comedy with Presidential Potential
Whether you’re with her or want to make America great again, “Graves” is the timely political comedy you didn’t know you needed to see. For one, it’s on Epix, a network new to the scripted original series game, meaning you might not know where to find it. But more to the point, the series’ basic premise might make you suspect the show has a liberal agenda hiding behind faux-conservatism; a show made to lure in Republican voters only to convince them they’re wrong.

Read More: ‘Berlin Station’ Review: Spy Drama Needs Less Talk, More Richard Jenkins Gettin’ Busy

But that’s not the case — so far. While “Graves” may not be the barnburner debut series of, say, a “House of Cards,” it’s a big step up from Amazon’s “Alpha House.” Plus, through three episodes, the well-performed, warmly funny tale is also fair to both sides of the aisle.
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‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ Review: On To The Next Thing

‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ Review: On To The Next Thing
Last Week’S Review: ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ Review: Take The Uber And Go, You Fools

Fact vs. Fiction

I bet you were sitting at home thinking, “What could make these talking head segments better? I know, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin!” Well my friend, you’re in luck, because that’s who opens “Chapter 5,” giving the most painfully stilted line readings imaginable while recounting the tale of how the house was first built by Edward Mott (Evan Peters, appearing at last) back in 1792.

Edward built the house as a refuge from the world, since he didn’t like people and also preferred having sex with his male servant than spending time with his wife and daughter. It’s fitting that Edward is the ancestor of Dandy from “Freak Show,” since he’s just another typical “Ahs” Rich Sadist. And once he has proven himself as such, he’s dispatched by the colonists.
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