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Explore The Character Similarities In ‘Logan’ & ‘Children Of Men’

In comparing “Logan” and “Children of Men,” analysis deviates from the plot and performances to a deeper, more intrinsic understanding of what both films are saying and how they say it. With similar main character story arcs, James Mangold and Alfonso Cuarón’s films bear striking similarities in how their scripts lead to the culmination of a moral and spiritual journey.

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David Lynch Reacts to Hollywood Sexual Harassment By Evoking the Golden Rule

David Lynch Reacts to Hollywood Sexual Harassment By Evoking the Golden Rule
David Lynch recently visited the Ukraine capital of Kiev for the launch of his new charity organization, the David Lynch Foundation in Eastern Europe, and reporters attending the event couldn’t help but ask the lauded director about Hollywood’s sexual harassment and abuse issue.

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“Sexual harassment is the new topic of the day. Harvey Weinstein started this thing and it’s like an avalanche,” Lynch told the press. “Now everybody and his little brother are talking about sexual harassment.”

Lynch then evoked the golden rule for a simple solution of how to end harassment: Treat others the way you want to be treated. The director noted that we are judged by how we treat our fellow man, and learning how to treat others starts with deciding how you want to be treated yourself.
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: Mark Hamill Discusses Major Luke Skywalker Spoilers

Spoilers If you have not seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” do not read this piece with Mark Hamill discussing some of the major events of the movie. Repeat, if you have not seen “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” turn around right now and come back when you’ve seen the movie, got it? Yes? For real? For sure? Great. Here we go. Spoilers

Read More: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has The 2nd Biggest Box Office Opening Of All Time

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is bold, risk-taking and sometimes pushes “Star Wars” fans outside their comfort zone.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say

‘The Last Jedi’ Opens to $220 Million, No Matter What Disappointed Fanboys Say
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” lived up to its very high expectations with a domestic weekend gross of $220 million. Foreign territories (with China not yet opened) added another $450 million to the total so far — a strong number, to state the obvious, at anytime, even more so for the pre-Christmas date.

This is a decided improvement over last year’s franchise sidebar “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” which opened to $157 million, and only 15 percent below what “The Force Awakens” did two years ago. The return of the series opened to almost unprecedented interest and demand.

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This number is a terrific performance for a franchise now providing annual entries, with normal attrition usually meaning to lower grosses. “The Empire Strikes Back,” the second of the “Star Wars” series, opened in an
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Mark Hamill Had A Secret Second Role in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ You Definitely Missed

Mark Hamill Had A Secret Second Role in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ You Definitely Missed
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Last Jedi” follow.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” features recognizable cameos from Justin Theroux and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” director Gareth Edwards, among others, but one cameo you definitely missed was from none other than Mark Hamill. The actor was front and center in “The Last Jedi” reprising his role as Luke Skywalker, but that wasn’t the only starring role he had in the Rian Johnson-directed sequel.

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Hamill reveals to Entertainment Weekly that he had a top-secret second role in “The Last Jedi,” one that he isn’t willing to disclose just yet. What we do know is that the character is named Dobbu Scay (an anagram for editor Bob Duscay) and appears during the Canto Bight section of the film. Hamill can’t be seen but can be heard voicing the character.
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James Gunn Doesn’t Care If Bashing Donald Trump Loses Him Fans, Compares the President to Hitler and Putin

James Gunn Doesn’t Care If Bashing Donald Trump Loses Him Fans, Compares the President to Hitler and Putin
James Gunn isn’t backing down from the backlash he’s facing after tweeting what some are saying is an inappropriate joke about President Donald Trump. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” director posted on December 15 a joke that described what the interview process is like between Trump and any prospective staffer.

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Gunn’s joke included Trump asking the following two questions: “Do you know anything about the position?” and “Are you on my dick?” The person that answers “no” and “yes,” respectively, gets hired.

Transcription of Trump with anyone he's appointed to anything.

Trump: Do you know anything about the position?

Candidate: No, sir, I do not, nothing.

Trump: Are you on my dick?

Candidate: Yes, sir, I am completely, always on your dick, forever.

Trump: You're in.
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‘The Disaster Artist’ Leads Specialty Box Office vs. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

A24’s “The Disaster Artist” and “Lady Bird” led the pack of specialized successes, again landing in the weekend’s Top 10 chart. Both had to hold off the usual pre-holiday dip as well as the massive draw across all audiences for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

A total of eight recent limited releases expanded this weekend –all their theaters combined add up to about the same number of theaters as “The Last Jedi,” but it grossed 22 times as much as the $10-million total of those eight films combined.

To a large extent grosses this week are gravy on top of past totals and more importantly a build-up to the most lucrative time of the year for adult moviegoing. That starts in earnest on Christmas Day. More viable titles are competing than most years, and not all will be optimally available. But distributors hope to regain their momentum with the return
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Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Score is Used in Nearly 70% of the Movie

Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Score is Used in Nearly 70% of the Movie
Paul Thomas Anderson fans are well accustomed to how instrumental Jonnny Greenwood’s music is to the auteur’s body of work. Whether it’s the foreboding strings in “There Will Be Blood” or the discordant percussion in “The Master,” Greenwood’s original scores expertly capture Anderson’s tones. This fact is especially true in “Phantom Thread,” which marks the fourth collaboration between Anderson and Greenwood.

Variety reports that Greenwood’s score has been included in 90 minutes of the 130-minute drama, which means you’ll be hearing the score in nearly 70% of the movie. Greenwood’s music has always been important to Anderson’s films, but it’s dominant in “Phantom Thread” in a way it never has been. In some ways it acts as a Greek chorus of sorts, changing and
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on Directing the Franchise’s Most Emotional Reunion

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Rian Johnson on Directing the Franchise’s Most Emotional Reunion
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Last Jedi” follow.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begins with the possibility of several touching reunions occurring over the next 152 minutes: Rey and Finn, Finn and Poe, Kylo Ren and Leia, Kylo Ren and Rey. But no reunion carries an emotional wallop quite like the moment Luke and Leia finally reunite for the first time since “Return of the Jedi.”

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The scene occurs late in the film during the middle of the climactic battle between the Resistance and the First Order on the mineral planet of Crait. Luke appears inside the Resistance base and has a brief and incredibly touching scene with his sister, made all the more emotional since it represents the first time Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have been on screen together in 34 years and the last time they ever will be.
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Has The 2nd Biggest Box Office Opening Of All Time

The Force is with Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm and “Star Wars.” As you probably expected if you’ve even remotely followed a “Star Wars” related box office story, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” crushed at the box office this weekend with monster numbers (and it’s Johnson’s birthday today to boo). Exceeding expectations and early predictions, the Rian Johnson-written and directed “Star Wars” film soared to a whopping $220 million domestically, the second highest opening weekend ever domestically behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which debuted to $247 million in 2015.

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My Favorite Film Screenings of 2017

My Ten Favorite Film Screenings of 2017 10. Loving Vincent (2017; dir. Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 9. The Red Turtle (2016; dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit; Lincoln Plaza Cinema) 8. Metropolis (1927; dir. Fritz Lang; Marble Collegiate Church) 7. La Belle et la Bête (1946; dir. Jean Cocteau; Tribeca Film Festival at Town Hall) 6. The Last Animals (2017; dir. Kate Brooks; Tribeca Film Festival at Cinépolis Chelsea) 5. City Lights (1931; dir. Charlie Chaplin; United Palace) 4. Harmony of Difference (2017; dir. Kamasi Washington; Whitney Biennial) 3. Romeo + Juliet (1996; dir. Baz Luhrmann; Little Cinema at House of Yes) 2. Imponderable (2015-16; dir. Tony […]
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Paul Thomas Anderson Knows What His ‘Star Wars’ Movie Would Be Like: ‘F----ing Over-Long and Depressing’

Paul Thomas Anderson Knows What His ‘Star Wars’ Movie Would Be Like: ‘F----ing Over-Long and Depressing’
Rian Johnson is currently earning critical acclaim for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” with many critics and fans surprised he was able to execute his own vision of what a “Star Wars” movie should be. “The Last Jedi” is nothing like “The Force Awakes,” and Johnson managed to craft a funnier, more character-focused installment of the space franchise.

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Considering Lucasfilm has been at the center of controversy for firing directors over creative and stylistic differences, it’s something of a miracle Johnson was able to do his thing on “The Last Jedi.” But would the company be ready to let other auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson step into the director’s chair? Probably not anytime soon, but Anderson already knows what his “Star Wars” film looks like.

“It’s fucking over-long and depressing,
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Scarlett Johansson Returns As Ivanka Trump: ‘There’s A Special Place in Hell, and We’re All There’

Scarlett Johansson Returns As Ivanka Trump: ‘There’s A Special Place in Hell, and We’re All There’
Ask anyone what one of the better 2017 “Saturday Night Live” sketches was and you’re bound to hear the Ivanka Trump “Complicit” video a couple times. The advertisement parody has amassed over 8.5 million views on YouTube and even helped “complicit” become Dictionary.com’s word of the year.

Read More:Leslie Jones’ Omarosa Crashes ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Refuses to Leave Without a Fight — Watch

Johansson finally made her grand return to “Saturday Night Live” as Ivanka Trump during the Kevin Hart-hosted Christmas episode. The actress made a surprise appearance during the opening sketch, which featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Cecily Strong’s Melania hanging ornaments of Trump’s disgraced former staffers.

Ivanka appeared to gift her father an ornament of Roy Moore. She planned on getting another ornament with Steve Bannon on it, but his face ended up being too big. Ivanka’s reappearance on the
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Leslie Jones’ Omarosa Crashes ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Refuses to Leave Without a Fight — Watch

Leslie Jones’ Omarosa Crashes ‘Saturday Night Live’ and Refuses to Leave Without a Fight — Watch
Saturday Night Live” had its fun with Omarosa Manigault Newman during the Kevin Hart-hosted Christmas episode, having cast member Leslie Jones play the former director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison in two different appearances throughout the night. The show’s point was hilariously clear: Omarosa isn’t going to leave the public spotlight without a fight.

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Jones’ Omarosa first appeared in the opening night sketch, which featured Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump and Cecily Strong’s Melania hanging ornaments of Trump’s disgraced former staffers. Something was banging on the window outside the White House, and it turned out to be a very pissed off Omarosa.

Omarosa announced her resignation from the White House on December 13, but it’s been speculated that Trump had her “forcibly removed.” Later in the show,
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Rose McGowan Puts Meryl Streep and Golden Globes Protest on Blast: ‘I Despise Your Hypocrisy’

Rose McGowan Puts Meryl Streep and Golden Globes Protest on Blast: ‘I Despise Your Hypocrisy’
Rose McGowan is criticizing Meryl Streep and other Golden Globe-nominated actresses who are set to wear black at this year’s ceremony in protest of Hollywood’s sexual harassment and abuse problem. People reported the plan on December 14, noting that stars such as Streep, Emma Stone, and Jessica Chastain were all expected to take part in the protest.
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Brit Marling is ‘Excited and Terrified’ By ‘The OA’ Season 2, Confirms Filming Begins in January

Brit Marling is ‘Excited and Terrified’ By ‘The OA’ Season 2, Confirms Filming Begins in January
The road to “The OA” Season 2 just got a little smaller. The series’ co-creator and star Brit Marling has confirmed that the scripts for the new batch of episodes are finally finished after a lengthy screenwriting period that lasted through the summer and fall seasons. Marling confirms production begins in January.

The actress announced the news on Twitter, accompanied by a photo of herself in front of the eight scripts. It appears the first episode of the new season will be titled “Angel of Death” and the script cover includes an illustration of the Golden Gate Bridge, which more or less confirms the rumor that new episodes will be set in San Francisco. Marling says she’s “excited and terrified” by the “road map” of the new scripts.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Show Limps Out of 2017 With Kevin Hart at the Helm

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Show Limps Out of 2017 With Kevin Hart at the Helm
It’s the last “Saturday Night Live” of 2017, and you’d think NBC’s perennial sketch show would go out with the bang. Getting Kevin Hart to host and the Foo Fighters as the musical guest is pretty much a case of busting out the big guns, after all.

Unfortunately, this episode of “Saturday Night Live” can barely be considered an extravaganza, and the holiday aspects of it aren’t even memorable or strong enough to use “it’s a holiday episode!” as an excuse.

So, what happened?

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Let’s start with the monologue. Kevin Hart goes with the standup routine monologue, which is obviously a good idea for a standup comedian — in theory. Boy, is this monologue a good idea in theory. (His execution is good too, but…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Divides Fans: An ‘A’ CinemaScore, and a Negative Rotten Tomatoes User Grade
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” may be one of the most critically acclaimed entries in the franchise (IndieWire gave it an A- and called it it the most satisfying “Star Wars” film in decades), but it’s passionately dividing fans in a way most “Star Wars” films don’t. Unlike the universally beloved reception to “The Force Awakens,” “The Last Jedi” isn’t every fan’s up of tea.

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“The Last Jedi” currently holds a negative 57 percent Rotten Tomatoes user score after over 83,000 responses, which pales in comparison to the 88 percent “The Force Awakens” ended up with after over 200,000 user scores. But while the Rotten Tomatoes user score indicates a more-negative fan response, the IMDb score is currently at 8.0 (even with “The Force Awakens”) and received an ‘A
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Carrie Fisher is Responsible For Writing These Emotional Final Leia Quotes
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is now playing in theaters around the world, and with it comes Carrie Fisher’s final turn as Princess-turned-General Leia Organa. Director Rian Johnson had previously revealed back at Star Wars Celebration in April that Fisher had helped with the script, calling the actress a “brilliant writer and an incredible mind.”

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“I would go to her house. We would sit on her bed for hours and go through the scripts,” he said. “We would have these stream of consciousness jazz poetry kinda ad-lib sessions. I would just scribble on my script everything she said, and at the end of six hours, there would be like a four-word line of dialogue that was the distillation of all of that that was brilliant.”

Now
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Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’

Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf on Amazon’s TV Series: ‘He’s Over 7000 Years Old, So I’m Not Too Old’
Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series is one of the most highly anticipated projects currently in development, with the streaming giant already signing off on a multi-season commitment. While the story for the series has not been confirmed, Ian McKellen is more than eager to step back into the wizardly shoes of Gandalf.

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British television personality Graham Norton recently brought up the new “Lord of the Rings” series to McKellen during an interview on his BBC Radio 2 talk show (via Digital Spy). When asked if it would be annoying to see another actor take on his iconic role, McKellen responded, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?”

“I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked. But are you suggesting that someone else is going to play it?
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