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‘Barry’: Bill Hader and Alec Berg on Season 3’s Themes and Why Sally Deserves Better

‘Barry’: Bill Hader and Alec Berg on Season 3’s Themes and Why Sally Deserves Better
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “Barry” Season 3, through Episode 5, “crazytimeshitshow.”]

When it comes to its titular assassin-turned-actor, “Barry” Season 3 has been rough. Barry Block/Berkman, played by co-creator, executive producer, and director Bill Hader, has been trapped in a downward spiral. He’s killing for hire again. He’s pushed away Sally (Sarah Goldberg), now his ex-girlfriend, and he’s struggled to make amends with Gene (Henry Winkler) — or, really, to even understand how amends should be made.

From his uncontrollable outbursts to his disheveled appearance, Barry is not a person anyone should want to be around. Yet part of the magic the series weaves, week after week, is doing just that: “Barry” finds humor in dark and light corners alike. The ensemble seeks out hope when Barry can’t find it, and the performances are as consistently hilarious as they are uniformly excellent. Even when Barry is frightening — which, again, is quite often — “Barry” is inviting, rewarding, and downright addictive.
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George Miller Says Three Thousand Years Of Longing Has A Guaranteed Wide Theatrical Release

George Miller Says Three Thousand Years Of Longing Has A Guaranteed Wide Theatrical Release
If you love George Miller, or if you just want to see Idris Elba as a genie in a bathrobe opposite Tilda Swinton, you'll undoubtedly want to see the new film "Three Thousand Years of Longing." And just in case the "playing only in movie theaters" tag at the end of the first trailer wasn't indication enough, Miller has now confirmed that the place to see the movie first will be theaters.

"Three Thousand Years of Longing" made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend, and our own review of the film was positive, calling it "a fantastic and poignant story about...

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Every Young Avenger In The MCU So Far

Every Young Avenger In The MCU So Far
From the Runaways to the Teen Titans, I'm a sucker for superhero teen drama in comic book form, so there are few MCU possibilities I find quite as thrilling as bringing in the Young Avengers. The studio has been slowly laying the groundwork to bring these teens together and honestly, I cannot wait! They are not only one of my favorite superhero teams in comics, but also probably the gayest -- hopefully, Marvel doesn't drop the ball here yet again.

The Young Avengers were introduced in the wake of the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline from Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung, the team...

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‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Review: Ethan Coen Makes His Solo Debut With A Surprisingly Anonymous Bio-Doc [Cannes]

‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Review: Ethan Coen Makes His Solo Debut With A Surprisingly Anonymous Bio-Doc [Cannes]
It probably says something, in spite of their public comments to the contrary, about the severity of the Coen Brothers’ break-up that each of them has proceeded to make a movie that you not only can’t imagine them making together, but that is so easily classifiable — after all, “Shakespeare adaptation” and “musical bio-doc” are two of the most venerable film types of today. The only genre you could safely consign them to before now was their own; they made “Coen Brothers movies,” and everyone knew what that meant, even if they couldn’t precisely pinpoint it.

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‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Review: Ethan Coen’s First Solo Outing Spotlights Lewis’s Timelessly Wild Rock ‘n’ Roll Joy

‘Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind’ Review: Ethan Coen’s First Solo Outing Spotlights Lewis’s Timelessly Wild Rock ‘n’ Roll Joy
When a documentary gets made, as an off-ramp passion project, by a noted filmmaker who normally directs fiction films, there’s a special curiosity and excitement to seeing the angle — and the kind of craft — he’s going to bring to it. “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” is the first movie directed by Ethan Coen all by himself. Ethan, of course, has always stood a bit in the shadow of his older brother Joel. So though it’s “just” a music documentary, this is Ethan’s chance to strut his solo stuff. And he does, in a very Ethan Coen way: clever, modest, borderline invisible, but with a kick that sneaks up on you.

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind” is only 73 minutes long, and it tells the story of the great wild man of rock ‘n’ roll using almost nothing but old TV footage — performances that stretch back
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The Best Easter Eggs And Cartoon References In Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers

The Best Easter Eggs And Cartoon References In Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers
When the first trailer for "Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers" dropped earlier this year, it was bursting at the seams with Easter eggs. Based on that, one could assume that there would be a good amount of cameos and references throughout the reboot/sequel/comeback. However, once it was available to watch on Disney+ and we got to see for ourselves, I don't think that anyone could have predicted the sheer number of Easter eggs contained within this movie directed by The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer and written by the team of Doug Mand and Dan Gregor. Every few seconds, there was something on...

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‘Downton 2’ Fails To Top ‘Doctor Strange 2’ In Weekend Battle of The Sequels

‘Downton 2’ Fails To Top ‘Doctor Strange 2’ In Weekend Battle of The Sequels
Even the strange sight of the lock-jawed Crawley clan frolicking on the French Riviera proved to be no match for the three-week-old Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness over the weekend as Downton Abbey: A New Era failed to unseat Marvel’s latest hand-over-fist blockbuster from the top spot in the battle of fan-service sequels. Landing slightly below expectations, Downton 2 debuted in the runner-up spot with a so-so 16 million while Benedict Cumberbatch’s superhero follow-up held onto first place for the third straight frame with a 31.6 million haul. Meanwhile, A24’s psychological horror film, Men, baffled audiences and bowed quietly in fifth place.

Proving that the third weekend can still be the charm, Disney’s Doctor Strange 2 continued to dominate multiplexes, grossing 31.6 million in North America—a dip of -48.8 from the previous session. The latest installment in the MCU scored a 6,969 per-screen average in 4,534 theaters, bringing its three-week domestic box-office total to 342.1 million.
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Matthew Macfadyen Avoided Period Pieces Because He ‘Felt Like a Middle-Aged Dad’ After ‘Pride & Prejudice’

Matthew Macfadyen Avoided Period Pieces Because He ‘Felt Like a Middle-Aged Dad’ After ‘Pride & Prejudice’
Matthew Macfadyen is riding high right now. “Succession” continues to be one of the biggest shows on television, and appears to be cruising towards another successful award season campaign. His role as Tom Wambsgans, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 2020, is one of the show’s most talked-about characters following the shocking Season 3 finale.

The role of Tom is the latest example of Macfadyen carving out a career as a character actor after early lead roles such as Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley in 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice.” While his starring role in Joe Wright’s Jane Austen adaptation was the most high-profile moment of his career at the time, it brought the actor a great deal of stress. And in a new interview with Vanity Fair, Macfadyen opened up about the toll the part took on him.

“But I did feel pressure—maybe it was a self-imposed pressure of,
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‘November’ Review: Slick French Thriller Is Less a Call to Remember Than an Appeal to Relax

‘November’ Review: Slick French Thriller Is Less a Call to Remember Than an Appeal to Relax
It took the French police just five days to track down the men responsible for the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks on Paris. In the meantime, the country was put on high alert: President François Hollande declared war on Daesh (Isis), and police were given carte blanche to bring the terrorists to justice. For those five days in November — the same period dramatized in French director Cedric Jimenez’s ticking-clock thriller “November” — the terrorists seemed to have achieved their purpose.

On Nov. 13, the terrorists attacked the Stade de France, where Hollande was attending a match; they opened fire on innocent Parisians eating at street cafés in the 10th arrondissement; and they turned a concert at the Bataclan theater into a death trap, killing 90 in that venue alone. France was traumatized. I know because I was there, ordered to stay indoors, afraid that this might be just the beginning. Like nearly everyone I spoke to,
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TV, Interrupted: Pushing Daisies Is Still Waiting For The Pie-Maker's Magic Touch

TV, Interrupted: Pushing Daisies Is Still Waiting For The Pie-Maker's Magic Touch
(Welcome to TV, Interrupted, a series where the /Film team remembers, eulogizes, and makes a case for the revival of TV shows we loved that were canceled far too soon.)

"Pushing Daisies" suffered from the same "problem" as other equally complex movies and TV series — it was hard to market. Now, historically speaking, we know that this wasn't its only problem, or rather this wasn't the only issue that led to it being prematurely canceled. But this bittersweet comedy series grappled with complex and potentially morose material in a manner both whimsical and hilarious, without sacrificing an ounce of sincerity.

"Pushing...

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Korea Box Office: ‘The Roundup’ Blasts to 21 Million Opening Weekend

Korea Box Office: ‘The Roundup’ Blasts to 21 Million Opening Weekend
Locally-produced action franchise movie “The Roundup” blasted its way into the record books and elevated Korean box office to levels not seen for more than two years.

The film enjoyed record levels of pre-sales, significant teaser activity the previous weekend and opened officially on Wednesday.

Over the weekend proper it rounded up 21.1 million from 2,500 screens nationwide, according to Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Its five-day cumulative (including the previews) is an astonishing 29.1 million, which makes it the second biggest film of the year, behind only “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and by far the highest grossing Korean film of the year to date.

Those figures were earned from 2.5 million spectators between Friday and Sunday, and 3.5 million in five days. They represented 86 of the aggregate nationwide weekend box office, far ahead of second-placed “Doctor Strange.”

In premium venues, “The Roundup” earned 700,000 from 17 Imax screens,
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For Gaspar Noé, One Of The Best Parts Of Almost Dying Was Watching “Gravity”

For Gaspar Noé, One Of The Best Parts Of Almost Dying Was Watching “Gravity”
Gaspar Noé is an entertaining interview — no matter what other adjectives you would use to describe his career or his approach as a filmmaker, you have to give him this. And with his latest film, “Vortex,” receiving a limited theatrical release this month, fans of, ah, candid Hollywood interviews are about to get more than they handle.

Vortex” is a film about the ravages of old age, where an elderly couple – played by Françoise Lebrun and Italian director Dario Argento – must grapple with their diminishing independence.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind review – Ethan Coen’s amazing tribute to the Killer

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind review – Ethan Coen’s amazing tribute to the Killer
The Coen brother goes solo to put together a documentary about the shamanic wild man of early rock’n’roll, who reinvented himself as a country and gospel act

The Coen brothers temporarily parted ways for solo projects on haunted charismatic wrongdoers: for Joel it was Macbeth, for Ethan it has turned about to be insurgent rock’n’roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, the shuddering, quivering Pentecostal shaman of the devil’s music, who is still alive at the age of 86.

Coen has put together a thoroughly enjoyable documentary composed entirely of archive footage of Jerry Lee throughout the years and his interviews and performances, starting with his sensational beginnings in the 1950s, leading to his cancellation in 1957 on the grounds of getting married – of all the sweetly old-fashioned things – to his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown. With cheerful impenitence, Jerry Lee is shown correcting an interviewer: Myra was one
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Ethan Coen On The Coen Brothers Split: “None Of The Decisions Are Definitive.”

Ethan Coen On The Coen Brothers Split: “None Of The Decisions Are Definitive.”
One of the topics that dominated the “The Tragedy of Macbeth” press circuit was Ethan Coen‘s absence from the film. With Joel Coen going solo, the decades-long partnership between the Coen Brothers seemed to have reached an inglorious conclusion. Granted, the narrative that emerged was less one of familial tension than industry fatigue. Joel indicated in interviews that his brother would have had no interest in making a Shakespeare adaptation, while long-time collaborator Carter Burwell – who scored “The Tragedy of Macbeth” – went so far as to say that Ethan “just didn’t want to make movies anymore.”

Read More: Cannes Film Festival 2022 Preview: 25 Must-See Films To Watch

Until he did.

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British Cinema Owner, Distributor Romaine Hart Remembered for Pioneering Efforts

British Cinema Owner, Distributor Romaine Hart Remembered for Pioneering Efforts
In a British cinema scene increasingly dominated by multiplexes, Islington’s Screen on the Green remains something of a landmark. It may no longer be the independent it once was — having been bought 14 years ago by the boutique Everyman chain — but the North London stalwart still stands out, its quirky half-moon facade, red neon signage and pun-heavy marquee beckoning audiences into its single, intimate auditorium.

The programming these days mixes artsy discernment with commercial necessity: this week’s bill, for example, balances “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” with an offbeat short film screening and album launch on the weekend. That balance of inclusivity and eccentricity has kept it a go-to venue for London film lovers, and is very much the legacy of its former owner, British exhibition and distribution legend Romaine Hart, who passed away last December at the age of 88.

In
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Laura Dern Questions Whether ‘Jurassic Park’ Age Gap Romance Was ‘Completely Appropriate’

Laura Dern Questions Whether ‘Jurassic Park’ Age Gap Romance Was ‘Completely Appropriate’
Laura Dern was 26 years old when “Jurassic Park” hit theaters in 1993, but she was only 23 when the movie began shooting. Her character, Dr. Ellie Sattler, falls in love with the much older scientist Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neill. Neill was 43 years old during the shoot, but neither actor was particularly concerned about the 20 year age gap between their characters.

But nearly three decades later, as the two stars geared up to reprise their iconic roles in Colin Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World: Dominion,” they began to see that romance in a different light. The world has changed a lot since 1993, and what seemed normal at the time now seems strange to them. In a new interview with The Sunday Times, Dern and Neill reflected on their original onscreen romance and questioned whether it was the right choice.

“I am 20 years older than Laura! Which at the time was a
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Vicky Krieps Says She’ll Star Next In A Viggo Mortensen-Directed Western Set In Mexico

Vicky Krieps Says She’ll Star Next In A Viggo Mortensen-Directed Western Set In Mexico
For all their faults, the 2020s are shaping up to be a welcome celebration of actor Vicky Krieps. The Luxembourg actress is perhaps best-known with domestic audiences for her performance in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Phantom Thread,” but with 2021’s “Bergman Island” and a pair of 2022 Cannes Film Festival titles under her belt, she seems poised to enter that rare stratosphere of performers who move between national cinema and Hollywood with ease.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Best and Worst of Natasha Lyonne’s Hosting Debut

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Best and Worst of Natasha Lyonne’s Hosting Debut
Saturday Night Live’s” 47th season was an interesting experiment, with the majority of hosts being first-timers. This choice led to a much-needed freshness for the sketch comedy institution, and it all wrapped up with “Russian Doll” creator and star Natasha Lyonne in that first-timer hot seat.

Host: Natasha Lyonne

Now, despite Lyonne’s first-timer status as an “SNL” host, as she made clear in her opening monologue, the people at “SNL” were already her chosen family. Not only had she gone to “SNL” all the time as a New York teen, but she’d also had a long romantic relationship with Fred Armisen — which just ended last year — and was friends with people like him, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler (who she’d co-created “Russian Doll” with).

And also despite Lyonne being a capital-a “Actress,” it was an interesting choice that — after Armisen and Rudolph gave their Lyonne impressions,
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Group invades Cannes red carpet to highlight violence towards women

Group invades Cannes red carpet to highlight violence towards women
Protest came before premiere of Holy Spider, based on story of man who killed at least 16 women in Iran

Protests about women’s safety have taken place at the Cannes film festival for the second time in a matter of days, after a group invaded the red carpet at a premiere of a film about the killing of sex workers.

About 12 women went on to the red carpet before the screening of Holy Spider, carrying a banner with the first names of 129 women killed in France since the last time the festival was held.
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Scandinavia Cannes Docs Showcase Touts Both New and Established Talent

Scandinavia Cannes Docs Showcase Touts Both New and Established Talent
Scandinavia is bringing talent old and new to the Cannes Film Market’s Cannes Docs sidebar this year, with a showcase of five feature length films-in-the-making pitched as part of the Scandinavian Showcase on Saturday.

“Children of the Lowest Heaven”

From Denmark, internationally acclaimed writer-director Birgitte Stærmose Mortensen, who has been working on mini-series for HBO, Starz and Netflix for the past five years, presented “Children of the Lowest Heaven” (“Ønskeliv”), a hybrid doc set in Kosovo.

Inspired by her short “Out of Love” (2009), about a group of children living in poverty in post-war Pristina, it picks up where she left off with the characters, who are now young adults, still fighting to survive in one of Europe’s poorest nations.

It’s about the long-term effects of war, and what it means to live a life in poverty. Poverty is not a moment but a lifelong state of being:
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