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The Best Movie Posters of 2017

1. mother!Darren Aronofsky’s divisive nightmare boasted a number of very striking posters this year, including one that blatantly yet beautifully pastiched the iconic Gips/Frankfurt design for Rosemary’s Baby and another in which Jennifer Lawrence’s face is minutely cracked like a porcelain doll. But it is this first teaser poster for the film, by the extraordinary artist James Jean, that stands out for me not only as a surreally appropriate representation of Aronofsky’s uncompromising vision, but as the best movie poster of the year. Grotesque and gorgeous, and dotted with hidden clues, Jean’s looks more like a piece of devotional iconography than a poster for a horror movie. (There is also an accompanying poster by Jean which features Javier Bardem’s character.) Known for his covers for the DC comic book series Fables, Jean has been in high demand this year, creating the charcoal illustration
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Can’t Afford to See Bruce Springsteen on Broadway? Here’s The Boss’ Setlist

Can’t Afford to See Bruce Springsteen on Broadway? Here’s The Boss’ Setlist
Springsteen on Broadway, Bruce Springsteen‘s new intimate one-man show of singing and storytelling, is the hottest ticket in New York City right now, with a single seat in the 939-capacity Walter Kerr Theater going for a starting ticket price of $850 (more than three times what it takes to see Broadway’ other smash musical, Hamilton).

The show — which began performances on Oct. 3, officially opened Thursday night, and will play a limited five nights a week run through Feb. 3 — has already made a whopping $2.33 million in its first seven days of sales according to numbers provided by The Broadway League.

Its run is sold out too,
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"The Vampire Diaries: Promised Land"

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Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from "The Vampire Diaries" episode "Promised Land" written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and directed by Michael Allowitz, that aired May 8, 2014 on The CW:

"...when 'Stefan' (Paul Wesley) and 'Elena' (Nina Dobrev) escape from the control of 'Markos' (Raffi Barsoumian), they find themselves stranded in a remote location.

"Stefan gets philosophical with Elena about her relationship with 'Damon' (Ian Somerhalder). Then after their attempt to protect the 'dopplegangers' goes badly, 'Liv' (Penelope Mitchell) and 'Luke' (Chris Brochu) come up with a dangerous new strategy.

"Damon recruits 'Matt' (Zach Roerig) and 'Jeremy' (Steven R. McQueen) to help him set a trap for Markos, who turns out to have a devastating surprise of his own.

"'Bonnie' (Kat Graham) finally admits to 'Caroline' (Candice Accola) that she’s been keeping the truth about the 'Other Side' from everyone. Finally, while Bonnie searches desperately for a way to stop Markos,
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How Oprah Learned to Stop and Smell the Roses (Literally) at Her California Home: 'This Garden Makes Me Present'

How Oprah Learned to Stop and Smell the Roses (Literally) at Her California Home: 'This Garden Makes Me Present'
There are some old adages Oprah takes very seriously.

“I’ve done many interviews with people who had to lose what they had in order to value what they still have,” she tells Veranda in their September/October 30th Anniversary issue. “Sometimes I stand under the arbor, close my eyes, and allow myself to take in as much as I can: I hear birds splashing in the fountain and literally smell the roses. This garden makes me present.”

Related: It’s No Coincidence Oprah’s California Estate is Reminiscent of a Southern Plantation: ‘It’s the Promised Land!’

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In Amar'e Stoudemire's Super-Size Florida Home, the Doors are 10 Feet Tall and the Sofas are Deeper than Twin Beds

In Amar'e Stoudemire's Super-Size Florida Home, the Doors are 10 Feet Tall and the Sofas are Deeper than Twin Beds
When you’re six-foot-ten, size isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.

For Amar’e Stoudemire, his wife, Alexis, and their four children, selecting a new home wasn’t just about square feet (though their South Florida mansion has 12,000), it was also about scale: soaring ceilings, giant ten-foot-tall doorways and sized-up furnishings.

The neighborhood, 15 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, isn’t bad either. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lives down the street.

Related: It’s No Coincidence Oprah’s California Estate is Reminiscent of a Southern Plantation: ‘It’s the Promised Land!’

The six-time NBA all-star who, in a nod to
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It's No Coincidence Oprah's California Estate is Reminiscent of a Southern Plantation: 'It's the Promised Land!'

It's No Coincidence Oprah's California Estate is Reminiscent of a Southern Plantation: 'It's the Promised Land!'
Oprah’s 65-acre California estate is truly heavenly, but it’s filled with references to a much darker time and place.

The TV mogul began looking for a Southern plantation to call home shortly after the release of her 1998 movie Beloved, she tells Vogue in the September issue. The film, which is based on the novel by Toni Morrison and tells the story of a runaway slave, was a box office flop, Oprah notes, but it did have a profound effect on her house hunt.

Related: Step Inside Oprah’s $14 Million Telluride Mansion – Equipped with a 1,600 Bottle ‘Wine Mine’

The
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First Look Photo of Johnny Depp From Set Of Richard Says Goodbye

Principal photography started on location in Vancouver on Richard Says Goodbye starring three-time Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, it was announced today by Im Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Golden Globe® nominee Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land, Rachel’s Getting Married), Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!!, upcoming The Disaster Artist), Devon Terrell (Barry), and Odessa Young (Looking for Grace, The Daughter) have joined the cast of the comedy drama, which is written and directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye).

Im Global and Cirrina Studios are co-financing the film with additional financing from Leeding Media.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Midnight Special) of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global’s President of Production Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) are producing the film. Ford and Miguel Palos of Im Global, Karine Martin, David Lipman and Jim Pesoli of Cirrina Studios, David U. Lee
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Matt Damon to Team with ‘The Dark Tower’ Director Nikolaj Arcel on Robert F. Kennedy Biopic

One of Matt Damon's long-time passion projects may finally be coming together. Warner Bros. has recruited The Dark Tower director Nikolaj Arcel to tackle their Damon-led Robert F. Kennedy biopic, Rfk, just weeks before the director's highly anticipated Stephen King adaptation is set to hit theaters. Per The Tracking Board, Arcel also penned the script with Felipe Marino (The Hallow) and Rasmus Heisterberg, who co-wrote the screenplays for a number of Arcel's Swedish films. Damon will produce alongside Jennifer Todd (Jason Bourne) and Drew Vinton (Promised Land). The plan is for the film to …
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War For The Planet Of The Apes: exploring its ending, and what might happen next

Ryan Lambie Jul 12, 2017

With a warning for major, major spoilers, we look at War For The Planet Of The Apes, and where the franchise might go next...

Nb: This is your final warning for major Apes franchise spoilers.

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Quietly, poignantly, the curtain has fallen on Caesar. The intelligent ape who first led his kind out of captivity in 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes has done so again in this summer's third chapter. Humanity has, it seems, finally reached its end thanks to a cruel mutation in the virus that already weakened it 15 years earlier. War For The Planet Of The Apes sees Caesar pass into legend; mortally wounded, he dies in the knowledge that his fellow apes are finally safe from harm.

It's a superb performance from Andy Serkis, who's now played the role of Caesar
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Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)

Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (Exclusive)
Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, and Joe Berlinger are developing a feature film about Elvis Presley’s manger Colonel Tom Parker.

Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he might have committed murder.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Promised Land’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Promised Land’
Documentaries about the current state of America, as good as some of them are, often have the effect of news headlines: They come and go, leaving a slight blur. But “Promised Land” isn’t like other politically and socially inflamed documentaries. Written and directed by Eugene Jarecki (“The House I Live In,” “Why We Fight”), it’s a meditation on the current American crisis (and if you don’t think we’re in one, you should probably stop reading now) that’s built around a revisionist portrait of Elvis Presley. The two elements — America and Elvis — come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.

IfPromised Land” has a thesis, the short version of it — it’s declared in the opening 15 minutes — is that America has entered its Fat Elvis period. We’re bloated, addicted, going through the motions, coasting on our legend, courting self-destruction. Yet
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TV News Roundup: Teen Choice Awards Announce 2017 Air Date

TV News Roundup: Teen Choice Awards Announce 2017 Air Date
In today’s roundup, the 2017 Teen Choice Awards get an air date, as has Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” Season 3.

Dates

The 2017 Teen Choice Awards will air live Sunday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. Et/ Pt tape-delayed on Fox. The two-hour event honors the year’s biggest names in film, television, music, fashion and comedy. Category winners are selected by teens themselves by choosing new award categories and favorites from the past. Hosts, performers, presenters and nominees have not been announced yet. Last year’s event was hosted by WWE champion John Cena and actress Victoria Justice and featured appearances by Justin Timberake, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Jason Derulo.

Bravo Media will premiere season three of “Odd Mom Out” on Wednesday, July 12 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The scripted comedy series stars Jill Kargman, Abby Elliott, Andy Buckley, K.K. Glick, Sean Kleier, and Joanna Cassidy. Kargman plays a satirical version of herself keeping up in the exclusive
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Cannes Trends: Adam Sandler, Virtual Reality and Metal Detectors

Cannes Trends: Adam Sandler, Virtual Reality and Metal Detectors
The Cannes Film Festival continues until Sunday, but as film buyers and sellers begin to depart, critics are taking a deep breath at the mid-point to assess the notable people and trends that have marked the festival so far.

Adam Sandler

Just last month, the straight-to-Netflix release of “Sandy Wexler” seemed to reinforce the idea that one-time box office draw Adam Sandler planned to spend the next few years making nothing but lazy, low-brow comedies for the streaming service. And then Noah Baumbach’s stellar “The Meyerowitz Stories” materialized out of nowhere, offering Sandler his best role since “Punch-Drunk Love” (which competed in Cannes 15 years earlier), and though Netflix bought it, Cannes proves a performance this good belongs on the big screen.

The Virtual Reality Revolution

“Carne y Arena,” a six-and-a-half-minute Vr installation created by director Alejandro G. Inarritu, turns out to be the revelation of the festival. It’s
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How the Cannes Market Lost Its Mojo

The sun has been out in force at this year’s Cannes, heating up the red carpets and parties that line the Croisette, the seaside resort’s main thoroughfare. In the hotel suites where most of the deals go down at the annual gathering of studio executives and producers, the temperature has been a lot cooler. As it reaches its midpoint, bidding wars, usually a staple of Cannes, have been virtually non-existent. After losing their shirts on splashy acquisitions that sank at the box office, it’s as if the industry made a pact to not to get burned again.

“People have been more cautious,” said Arianna Bocco, exec VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC & Sundance Selects. “There’s been a true market correction.”

This year’s Cannes has proved to be one of the starkest reminders yet that the movie business is in flux, independent films aren’t
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Cannes Review: ‘Promised Land’ Links the Death of the American Dream with Elvis Presley

A title like Promised Land can be appreciated for its duality: primarily meaning a land of promise but also, in another sense, a land that was promised. We’re talking about the United States of course, or rather filmmaker Eugene Jarecki is in his latest documentary. It’s an abstract road movie, fueled on disillusionment and rock and roll, and one that attempts the quite ambitious task of sketching out a narrative line to link the rise and decline of the nation with the rise and decline of Elvis Presley. If Jarecki struggles a little with this alchemy at times it is because Promised Land is essentially three movies in one: a detailed account of the King’s career; a loose account of the last 80 years of American politics; and a musical performance film. It can be a little jarring to shift between those gears but the director has form
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‘Promised Land’ Review: Eugene Jarecki’s Brilliant Documentary Uses Elvis Presley To Explain Donald Trump — Cannes 2017

‘Promised Land’ Review: Eugene Jarecki’s Brilliant Documentary Uses Elvis Presley To Explain Donald Trump — Cannes 2017
A documentary as sprawling and brilliant and flawed as the country it traverses, Eugene Jarecki’s “The Promised Land” is a fascinatingly overstuffed portrait of America in decline. In the process, it’s also: a biography of the 20th century’s most famous musician,; a story about how a man became king of a democratic nation; a nuanced analysis of cultural appropriation in a multi-racial society; a southern-fried rock n’ roll performance piece; a horrifyingly sober look at the rise of Donald Trump; a closed-casket funeral service for The American Dream; the best recent film about how the hell we got here; and more. So much more.

It’s the latest project from a filmmaker who has always been obsessed with the forces that fuel America (watch 2005’s “Why We Fight” for a perpetually relevant dissection of the military-industrial complex) and who always returns to the same one: Money.

The
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The Circle Movie Review

I have to assume the novel that The Circle is based on delivers its story in a way that leaves the film adaptation nearly unrecognizable. That, or I have to believe that author Dave Eggers (Away We Go, Promised Land, A Hologram for the King) has completely lost his way. That may seem like a strange statement if you know that Eggers has co-writing credit on the film, along with director James Ponsoldt, but there’s a wide gulf between writing credit and responsibility for the writing.

I make this odd claim because Eggers’ writing has been sharp in the past, and The Circle is a boring, belabored, and insulting spin on a premise that might easily have been one of the year’s best films.

We don’t really need another run at privacy issues, or tech company domination (though that’s what people are scared of these days,
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America: Promised Land: History TV Show Looks at the Emotional Journey of Immigrants

History is honoring the 125th anniversary of the opening of Ellis Island with a new special. Recently, the network announced their new TV series America: Promised Land will debut later this month.The four-part event series "showcases the chronological peopling of America through their journey of a lifetime celebrating the American dream and the various immigrant populations over time that have helped transform this great nation."Read More…
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‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. So why did cautionary tech thriller “The Circle” — adapted by lauded writer-director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”) and beloved novelist Dave Eggers from his own 2013 bestseller — earn such negative reviews (43 on Metacritic, 17 on Rotten Tomatoes) and bomb at the box office ($9.3 million in 3,163 theaters)?

The movie went wrong in five significant ways.

1. The movie was foreign financed.

The Circle” was developed by A-list ex-DreamWorks producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, which raised financing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi Fz and foreign sales company FilmNation on the power of Tom Hanks, who was the first star on board via his Playtone banner.

In order to raise an $18-million budget, globally bankable star Emma Watson was cast in a central leading role that demanded she be in every scene. Veering in tone from satiric comedy to naturalistic drama,
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‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed

‘The Circle’: 5 Reasons Why Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s Movie Bombed
Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. So why did cautionary tech thriller “The Circle” — adapted by lauded writer-director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”) and beloved novelist Dave Eggers from his own 2013 bestseller — earn such negative reviews (43 on Metacritic, 17 on Rotten Tomatoes) and bomb at the box office ($9.3 million in 3,163 theaters)?

The movie went wrong in five significant ways.

1. The movie was foreign financed.

The Circle” was developed by A-list ex-DreamWorks producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald’s Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, which raised financing from Imagenation Abu Dhabi Fz and foreign sales company FilmNation on the power of Tom Hanks, who was the first star on board via his Playtone banner.

In order to raise an $18-million budget, globally bankable star Emma Watson was cast in a central leading role that demanded she be in every scene. Veering in tone from satiric comedy to naturalistic drama,
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