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‘Tavis Smiley’ Suspended by PBS Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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‘Tavis Smiley’ Suspended by PBS Following Sexual Misconduct Investigation
Following an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct leveled against Tavis Smiley, PBS has suspended the late-night talk show that bears his name. Smiley has been hosting the show since 2004.

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“Effective today, PBS has indefinitely suspended distribution of ‘Tavis Smiley,’ produced by Ts Media, an independent production company,” PBS said in a statement to Variety, which first broke the news. “PBS engaged an outside law firm to conduct an investigation immediately after learning of troubling allegations regarding Mr. Smiley. This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.”

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How Greta Gerwig’s Brilliant Use of Colors Turned ‘Lady Bird’ Into an Emotional Nostalgia Trip

How Greta Gerwig’s Brilliant Use of Colors Turned ‘Lady Bird’ Into an Emotional Nostalgia Trip
One of the things that’s often deceptive about an intimate coming-of-age movie like “Lady Bird” – built on nuanced performances, careful framing, and a subtle bittersweet tone – is the sense that it is somehow less cinematic, or less carefully crafted, than a bigger film with thrilling action scenes and bold camerawork.

For the look of “Lady Bird,” writer-director Greta Gerwig started working a year ahead of time with cinematographer Sam Levy (with whom she’d previously collaborated on “Frances Ha” and “Maggie’s Plan”) to figure out how to turn her somewhat abstract visual concept into a reality. Levy turned to his colorist Alex Bickel (“Moonlight”) during pre-production to develop an unique technical process that could carry Gerwig’s vision through to the finish line.

Gerwig, Levy, and Bickel sat down with IndieWire to talk about about their collaboration on “Lady Bird” and were willing to share before and after
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How the ‘Loving Vincent’ Animated Van Gogh Experiment Paid Off

How the ‘Loving Vincent’ Animated Van Gogh Experiment Paid Off
Loving Vincent” has become the surprise animated indie hit of the season, reaching $20 million worldwide at the box office and grabbing a Golden Globe nomination. An Oscar nom could follow as a result of its innovative experiment in hand-animating 65,000 frames of oil paintings, mimicking Vincent van Gogh’s bold colors and expressive brush strokes.

Read More:‘Loving Vincent’: How an Unknown Distributor Beat Its Competitors to Find This Runaway Hit

But that’s only part of it. By framing it as a speculative murder mystery shot with live-action performances (headlined by Saoirse Ronan and Aidan Turner), directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have created a uniquely immersive animated experience. Their team of 125 painters integrated the performances into the oil painting style of animation through a combination of computer compositing and rotoscoping, thereby achieving a remarkable seven-year, $5.5 million production. (And, yes, it qualifies for Oscar consideration under the rules of
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Movie Mashup 2017: Look Back At The Year In Film

“We all float down here,” says the voice of little Georgie from this year’s acclaimed reimagining of Stephen King’s “It” as the camera swims through the underwater world of “The Shape of Water.” It’s clever edit of audio and video that remind us what a year it has been at the movies.

Created by Sleepy Skunk, this mashup leads through many memorable moments, from Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown to Frances McDormand’s effortlessly barbed line delivery in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” If razzle dazzle is more your speed, there’s plenty of gunfire and racing cars to catch your eye

This movie trailer mashup is a celebration of the images we saw even before our own, full on cinematic experience for these films.

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Star Michael Fassbender Delivered Two of the Year’s Best Performances in the Same Movie

‘Alien: Covenant’ Star Michael Fassbender Delivered Two of the Year’s Best Performances in the Same Movie
It’s easy to understand why Michael Fassbender hasn’t been floated as a potential Best Actor nominee for his work in “Alien: Covenant.” For one thing, the Oscars seldom acknowledge the fact that great acting can sometimes be found in massive summer tentpoles, even ones that underwhelm at the box office. For another, it would prove difficult to honor Fassbender’s work without splitting the vote or committing some kind of category fraud, as the guy plays two different roles in the film, improbably delivering both of the most brilliant performances in any blockbuster since “The Dark Knight.”

Also, it’s worth remembering that — in the long and illustrious history of the Academy Awards — no one has ever won for playing two androids who make out with each other on a remote alien planet during the middle of a slow-motion genocide. You can google that to confirm.

But while
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Jodie Foster & Rosemarie DeWitt Talk ‘Black Mirror’ Episode ‘Arkangel’

Netflix anthology series “Black Mirror” has challenged audiences to take a new look at the world around them, and the intriguing Jodie Foster directed, season four episode “Arkangel” is no different. Foster and episode star Rosemarie DeWitt appeared as part of the TimesTalks series to discuss the show and much more.

Neither DeWitt or Foster were familiar with”Black Mirror” before signing on to work on the project, but Foster specifically pointed to her affinity for the short story form.

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Doug Jones: ‘Twin Peaks’ Fans Celebrate the Democrat’s Upset Win in Alabama With Dougie Jones Gifs

Helloooo-oooo! Doug Jones pulled off an upset win last night, becoming Alabama’s first Democratic senator in more than 20 years in the process. “Twin Peaks” fans, well aware that the newest member of Congress (almost) shares a name with one of Kyle MacLachlan’s many incarnations on “The Return,” celebrated with an appropriate smattering of gifs, memes, and other jokes.

Read More:‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Thinks ‘The Return’ Is a Film, Even Though the Golden Globes Nominated Him for TV

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— Metrograph (@MetrographNYC) December 13, 2017

me: stop using fictional characters to explain politics! trump is not lord dumbledore!

also me: dougie jones..mr jackpots…Thank You for blessing your brother doug jones & helping him win this election

— Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) December 13, 2017

There can be no doubt: Dougie Jones is Mr. Jackpots. pic.twitter.com/jEUO1Z8FaW

Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) December 13, 2017

In retrospect it was
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Originally Planned For A “Ridiculous Amount Of Sets”

While Rian Johnson is likely rightly celebrating the outpouring of praise for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,“ let’s not forget what a monumental leap he took. Before landing in a galaxy far, far away the director largely made small, more hand-crafted films like “Brick,” “The Brothers Bloom,” and “Looper.” The latter saw him expand his palette a bit, but even for a sci-fi picture, it was fairly down ‘n dirty.

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Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’

Wes Anderson, Whit Stillman, and More: Inspirations for Michelle Morgan’s Love Letter to Los Angeles, ‘It Happened in La’
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles provided fertile inspiration for Michelle Morgan, director of the recent iTunes New Filmmaker Spotlight “It Happened in L.A.” (Click here to watch the film)

“I’m born and raised in La, so it’s a world that I know pretty well,” she said. “I lived in the city when I was a child and then I spent most of my young-adult years in the suburbs, so the city was always this mythical thing to us in the suburbs.”

It Happened in L.A.” follows thirtysomething Annette (Morgan), her boyfriend, Elliot (Jorma Taccone), and her Bff, Baker (Dree Hemingway), as they navigate the perils of the bleak dating scene in Los Angeles. Is there such a thing as a perfect couple, or is that an urban myth?

It Happened in L.A.,” which was Morgan’s feature directorial debut, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
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Snubs And Surprises Of The 2018 SAG Awards Nominees

The actor’s have had their say in the year-end awards game and as always they both enlighten and muddle the Oscar race. The SAG Awards are certainly an important indicator for how the Academy’s acting branch might vote (as well as The Television Academy’s when it comes to Emmy), but some years more than others. It will be weeks and months until we see where this year’s crop of nominees land.

2018 SAG Awards nominees [Complete List]

For all the shock over Meryl Streep’s snub (more on that later) there were many nominations that simply were not a surprise.

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‘Mad To Be Normal’ Trailer: David Tennant & Elisabeth Moss Trip Out

This weekend on Netflix, Errol Morris‘ “Wormwood“ will unspool a pretty crazy true story that’s set against the backdrop of the United States’ MKUltra program. The secret operation saw the government, conduct secret experiments involving LSD, among other things. The potential of the drug was still being explored at that time, and across the pond, one doctor was also seeing how it could be used to help his patients.

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‘The Clapper’ Trailer: Ed Helms & Amanda Seyfried Fall In Love

Over a decade ago, Dito Montiel made a well received indie movie, “A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints,” but ever since has largely been failing upwards. A string of movies have followed, that find him working with decent names (Dwayne Johnson, Shia Labeouf, Kate Mara, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Juliette Binoche) but all them have failed critically or commercially or both (“The Son Of No One,” “Empire State,” “Boulevard,” “Man Down“).

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Salma Hayek Talks Working With “Monster” Harvey Weinstein On ‘Frida’

The creative battle between Harvey Weinstein and filmmakers behind “Frida” — including director Julie Taymor and uncredited screenwriter Edward Norton — is fairly well known. However, the full extent of the disgraced producer’s behavior has not been known until now. Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault was kept under wraps for decades, thanks to a well-oiled settlement machine around him. However, Salma Hayek signed no such paperwork, and she’s adding her voice to the chorus of those sharing their heartbreaking stories about their encounters with Weinstein.

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Lovesick: The Complicated Relationship of "Phantom Thread"

This essay discusses the end of Phantom Thread in depth and should be read after seeing the film to avoid spoilers.Reynolds Woodcock, an esteemed and sybaritic dressmaker, believes himself to be cursed, incapable of being loved the way he wants. He’s unwilling to alter his life to accommodate a partner, as his is an existence besotted by the rigor of routine, rules, and persnickety tics. The quietude he desires has a hermetic feeling; he says an air of quiet death suffuses his house, but doesn’t realize it's because his serenity is forced, unnatural. As portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis, Reynolds is a fastidious man, one whose attire is never less than immaculate, whose choice and use of words is trenchant and unsparing. Reynolds’s assiduous attention to details, and his utter devotion to his craft, have brought him illustrious customers and a certain amount of influence. But such self-allegiance,
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The Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2017

Even before filmmakers were even able to record and sync sound, movies and music have been tied together. Back then, music was played on a piano or an organ. Now, some of the world’s greatest composers write scores that can stand as works of art separate to the films they accompany, while often doing so much to make those works memorable. Or filmmakers curate killer compilations of songs familiar and new that can lead to some of movies’ most memorable moments (and an overlooked song being revived).

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‘The Godfather’ Trilogy Makes Netflix an Offer It Can’t Refuse Next Month; ‘Marie Antoinette’ and ‘Midnight in Paris,’ Too

Say this for 2018: It can’t be any worse than 2017, right? (Spoiler: It totally can.) At least Netflix’s first batch of offerings inspires cautious optimism in the new year, with everything from the entire “Godfather” trilogy, “Marie Antoinette,” five different “Batman” films and five different “Bring It On” movies (did you even know they’d made that many?), “Midnight in Paris,” the complete “Lethal Weapon” collection, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” and “The Truman Show” coming to the streaming service in January.

Read More:Netflix Reveals the Most Binge-Watched Shows of 2017: ‘American Vandal,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ and More

As for Netflix Originals, there are several: “Before I Wake” and “Rotten” are both available to stream as of January 5, “Somebody Feed Phil” and “The Polka King” premiere a week later, “The Open House” arrives on the 19th, and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” and “Dirty Money” both debut on the 26th.
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If You Loved These Films, You Need to Stream ‘The Strange Ones’

If You Loved These Films, You Need to Stream ‘The Strange Ones’
“The things inside your head, they’re only as real as you want them to be. If you want, you can just decide they’re not real.” Early on in “The Strange Ones,” Nick (Alex Pettyfer) tells this to his younger travel buddy Sam (James Freedson-Jackson), before seemingly making a coffee mug disappear. On its surface, the film is about two brothers heading out on a camping trip, but it quickly becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems, from the pair’s names to their endgame (to the existence of their coffee mugs). The film’s co-directors, Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, may be relatively new to audiences (“The Strange Ones” is their feature-length debut; in fact, it’s an expansion upon their own 2011 short, based on real-life true-crime stories), but movie buffs will recognize flashes of their cinematic inspirations throughout. The film may be intentionally vague, but
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HBO Defends Golden Globes Limited Series Nomination For ‘Big Little Lies’

Controversy! This week, the Golden Globes nominated “Big Little Lies” in the category of Limited Series, and eyebrows were raised. It was only days before that HBO announced the show would be getting a second season, with Andrea Arnold directing. Some accused the network of submitted the show to the Golden Globes as a limited series, knowing full well they were planning more episodes. However, HBO is fighting back.

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Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Attempted to Assault Her: ‘I Don’t Think He Hated Anything More Than the Word No’

Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Attempted to Assault Her: ‘I Don’t Think He Hated Anything More Than the Word No’
In a heartbreaking new first-person account over at The New York Times, actress and producer Salma Hayek has opened up about her experiences with disgraced executive Harvey Weinstein, detailing multiple instances in which Hayek alleges that Weinstein attempted to sexually assault her. Hayek also sheds light on why she stayed silent for so long, including an honest assessment of why she worked with Weinstein — and, by her own admission, remained “cordial” with him — even after his attempts to violate her in a multitude of ways.

The essay’s title: “Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too.”

Read More:Harvey Weinstein and TWC Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit For ‘Illegal Organized Enterprise’ to Hide Sexual Assaults

Hayek writes, “I had brainwashed myself into thinking that it was over and that I had survived; I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster…
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Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2017: ‘Lady Bird’ Wins Big, but ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Has Strong Showing as Well
Lady Bird” won big at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards last night, taking home Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), and Most Promising Filmmaker (Greta Gerwig) from the Windy City. “Call Me by Your Name” had a strong showing as well, picking up prizes for Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet, who also won Most Promising Performer) and Best Supporting Screenplay.

Christopher Dunkirk was named Best Director for his work on “Dunkirk,” with Willem Dafoe of “The Florida Project” winning yet another Best Supporting Actor laurel and Jordan Peele being honored with Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.” Full list of winners below.

Read More:2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

Best Picture

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Guillermo Del Toro
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