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Mark Pellington
The director of Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, Pearl Jam’s Jeremy and many more reflects on his career and some of the movies that made him.

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Arlington Road (1999)

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Firewall (2006)

The Orphanage (2007)

Nostalgia (2018)

Avatar (2009)

Titanic (1997)

Chef (2014)

The Laundromat (2019)

Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)

Demonlover (2003)

Under The Sand (2000)

Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Under The Skin (2013)

The Great Beauty (2013)

Slap Shot (1977)

Network (1976)

Straw Dogs (1971)

The Pawnbroker (1964)

Star Wars (1977)

The Exorcist (1973)

Jaws (1975)

The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973)

All The President’s Men (1976)

Liquid Sky (1982)

The Brother From Another Planet (1984)

City Of Hope (1991)

Stop Making Sense (1984)

Snowpiercer (2013)

The Flintstones (1994)

Matinee (1993)

Batman (1989)

Transformers (2007)

A History Of Violence (2005)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Psycho (1960)

Psycho (1998)

Mandy (2018)

Phantom Thread (2017)

Magnolia (1999)

Boogie Nights (1997)

The Master (2012)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The Mustang (2019)

Inherent Vice (2014)

The New World (2005)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

The Last Word (2017)

Cocaine Cowboys (2006)

The Burglar (1957)

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Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp Will Do Farm Aid ‘At Home’ This Weekend on Axs TV (Exclusive)

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Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp Will Do Farm Aid ‘At Home’ This Weekend on Axs TV (Exclusive)
Axs TV will bring Farm Aid to market this Saturday in the way to which all performers have had to become accustomed: at home. Farm Aid’s four foremost board members — Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — will join together, separately, to perform live April 11 at 8 p.m./5 Pt for “At Home with Farm Aid,” a special hosted by Nelson and his sons Lukas and Micah.

Besides the cable network itself, the hour-long broadcast can be seen at www.farmaid.org, along with Axs TV’s social media platforms.

The broadcast, like its decades of in-person antecedents, is a benefit for family farmers, with a special emphasis on how the coronavirus crisis is affecting independent growers during the pandemic.

“The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us,” said Nelson, who serves as Farm Aid’s president, in a statement.
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Full Trailer for Apple TV+'s The Morning Show Teases a Rivalry Between Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

Apple TV+ is diving into the behind-the-scenes drama of morning news shows with their new series The Morning Show. We have a new trailer to share with you today that offers our first real look at the series, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell as TV reporters who are dealing with some big changes in their lives and careers.

Some of the content will seem familiar, as the trailer begins with Aniston’s morning show host reporting that her co-anchor (Carell) was fired over sexual misconduct allegations. This is similar to the whole Matt Lauer scandal at NBC. This is the event that kicks off a series, and it follows Aniston’s character as she finds herself being threatened with the end of her career after the emergence of a rising star played by Witherspoon.

The series also has a great supporting cast that includes Billy Crudup,
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ dream cast: We’d love to see these men in the ballroom, including a rapper, a child star and more [Poll]

‘Dancing with the Stars’ dream cast: We’d love to see these men in the ballroom, including a rapper, a child star and more [Poll]
There’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on “Dancing with the Stars” when the series returns this fall for its 28th season, and ABC entertainment president Karey Burke recently said they’re “going after bigger stars than we have in a long time.” Below is a list of male celebs I think the show should consider inviting to vie for the Mirror Ball Trophy (and check our my female cast suggestions here). Do you agree with my picks? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which (if any) of them you’d most like to see on “DWTS.” And feel free to let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see when the show comes back in September.

Brandon Victor Dixon

After receiving Tony nominations for Broadway’s “The Color Purple” (2006) and “Shuffle Along” (2016), Dixon
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Lois Carl, Former On-Set Tutor to Haley Joel Osment And Other Child Stars, Dead At 82

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Lois Carl, Former On-Set Tutor to Haley Joel Osment And Other Child Stars, Dead At 82
Veteran studio teacher Lois Carl, a longtime tutor who worked side-by-side with young Hollywood stars such as Haley Joel Osment, David Arquette and Josh Hutchinson, has died from complications related to end-stage kidney disease. She was 82.

Carl died in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday at Anaheim Regional Hospital according to her son, Adam Carl, who followed his mother into the industry as an actor and producer.

As Osment’s longtime tutor and child welfare monitor, Carl accompanied the child actor as he became an in-demand presence on TV and in feature films.

Carl was a familiar presence on Steven Spielberg’s film sets, working with young talent from the ensembles of A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal, and Catch Me if You Can.
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Lois Carl, Tutor for Child Actors on Spielberg Films, Dies at 82

Lois Carl, Tutor for Child Actors on Spielberg Films, Dies at 82
Lois Carl, a studio schoolteacher who tutored on Steven Spielberg sets and worked with kid actors such as Haley Joel Osment, Josh Hutcherson and David Arquette, has died. She was 82.

Carl died Wednesday at Anaheim Regional Medical Center of complications from kidney disease, her son, actor Adam Carl, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Carl served as Osment's longtime tutor and welfare worker and accompanied him on the features Pay It Forward (2000), Edges of the Lord (2001) and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) as well as on the TV series Walker: Texas Ranger, The Jeff Foxworthy Show and Murphy Brown.

In addition to A.I....
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Sarah Jessica Parker Joins Stella Artois and Water.org to Pour it Forward

Stella Artois and Water.org co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White are rallying America to “Pour it Forward” by choosing Stella Artois to help end the global water crisis – and they’re challenging some famous friends to spread the word, starting with Sarah Jessica Parker.

Sarah Jessica Parker pays homage to her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw in Stella Artois' new spot

“Pour it Forward” is Stella Artois’ take on the goodwill trend of “Pay it Forward” – where enjoying a Stella Artois triggers a donation to Water.org to help provide access to clean water for someone living without it.

Sarah Jessica Parker will pay homage to her iconic role of Carrie Bradshaw to underscore that the simple act of changing your usual drink to a Stella Artois can help make an impact. In a fun spin on the Sex and the City opening bus scene, we see what might
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On The Basis of Sex Review: The Notorious Rbg Gets a Quaint Biopic

On The Basis of Sex Review: The Notorious Rbg Gets a Quaint Biopic
On the Basis of Sex is a biopic about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The supreme court justice has become a liberal icon in recent years. Her popularity has spawned books, a well-received documentary, and my personal favorite, Notorious Rbg t-shirts; which liken her to rapper The Notorious Big, crown and all. The Hollywood treatment is spirited and well-acted, but a bit too folksy. Director Mimi Leder paints Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a heroic brush. She is a legal titan, a diminutive woman who fought vigorously and successfully challenged the status quo for equal rights.

On the Basis of Sex begins with Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as a student at Harvard Law School in the late 1950s. One of a handful of women in the five hundred member class, Rbg was constantly underestimated because of her small stature and sex. Life at Harvard became even more difficult when her husband,
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Mimi Leder Discusses ‘On The Basis Of Sex’, Apple’s Morning Show Drama & The Long Road To True Gender Parity

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Mimi Leder Discusses ‘On The Basis Of Sex’, Apple’s Morning Show Drama & The Long Road To True Gender Parity
While Ruth Bader Ginsburg origin story On the Basis of Sex is Mimi Leder’s first feature in 18 years, it isn’t a return. In the mind of the director, who was making groundbreaking television long before it was in vogue, she never really left. When she struggled to land a feature after the commercial underperformance of 2000’s Pay It Forward, Leder simply reoriented herself, returning to the ideas that drove her. “I didn’t want to make sh*tty films,” she says. “I wanted to do stories that mattered.” With her latest, examining a groundbreaking case Ginsburg fought as a young lawyer to create a path toward gender equality, the director does just that.

Currently at work on Apple’s anticipated morning show drama, which has yet to be titled, Leder premiered her latest at AFI Fest on November 8. For the director, who was the first female graduate of
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Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold

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Unexpected Hopefuls Enliven This Year’s Oscar Race for Director Gold
The Oscar buzz surrounding “Green Book” has been a revelation for Peter Farrelly, directing solo without brother Bobby this time around.

“I have a very thick skin, but I didn’t realize we were so looked-down-on,” Farrelly says with a laugh. “I thought we were highly regarded.”

Critics have marveled that the director, who created a crass-comedy oeuvre with Bobby, was at the helm of this awards-track film. He has a theory about the warm reaction to “Green Book,” audience award winner at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival: “It’s because this movie is not just a bunch of laughs,” Farrelly says. “It’s got heart, a feeling that gets to people.”

If an Oscar-tipped film such as “Green Book” seems like it’s a big step outside Farrelly’s comfort zone, think again. Farrelly’s work has often examined the clash of extreme cultural differences, whether Siamese twins who
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Felicity Jones in Powerful International Trailer for 'On the Basis of Sex'

"You must see the opportunity this case represents! For men and women, both." Entertainment One UK has revealed an international trailer for On the Basis of Sex, the gripping film about the early days of iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones plays Rbg, and Armie Hammer plays her husband Marty, in a new film by director Mimi Leder. This film is a compliment to the documentary about her, titled simply Rbg now playing in theaters. The full cast also features Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Sam Waterston, and Francis X. McCarthy. Focus will be releasing On the Basis of Sex in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day, a strong reminder of how important equality and a female voice is in the Supreme Court. Here's the official international trailer for Mimi Leder's On the Basis of Sex, direct from YouTube: You can still
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Making a Murderer and More Titles Coming to Netflix in October 2018

Netflix is gearing up for a spooktacular October. The company just announced which titles will be joining its programming slate next month, including the previously announced premiere of its highly anticipated original series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the return of its popular true crime docuseries Making a Murderer. There are plenty of other Halloween- and horror-themed offerings, of course. Other titles on deck include Adam Sandler 100% Fresh, Billy Madison, Blazing Saddles, The Devil's Advocate, Gotham: Season 4, Marvel's Daredevil: Season 3, New York Minute, Pay It Forward and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Two of Kevin Hart's most popular comedy specials—Laugh at My Pain and...
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Official Trailer for 'On the Basis of Sex' Starring Felicity Jones as Rbg

"Her story made history." Focus Features has debuted the first trailer for On the Basis of Sex, a new dramatic film about the early days of iconic Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Felicity Jones plays Rbg, and Armie Hammer plays her husband Marty, in a new film by director Mimi Leder. The title is a reference to a line from one of (or many of) Rbg's speeches, in which she explained: "the U.S. Constitution is nearly 220 years old and contains no express provision opposing discrimination on the basis of gender." This film is a compliment to the documentary about her, titled simply Rbg now playing in theaters. And it will premiere later this year in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. The cast includes Justin Theroux, Cailee Spaeny, Kathy Bates, Stephen Root, Jack Reynor, Sam Waterston, and Francis X. McCarthy. Take a look.
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Felicity Jones is Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the First Trailer for ‘On the Basis of Sex’

At the age of 85, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has one of the most impactful, inspiring political careers in history. When it comes to Hollywood, however, it seems as though she’s just now getting her due. Following the massive success of the documentary Rbg ($12 million at the box office and counting), one of the most iconic moments in her career will get the dramatic treatment this fall.

Directed by Mimi Leder and scripted by Daniel Stiepleman, On the Basis of Sex follows Ruth (Felicity Jones) and her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) as they fight to overturn gender discrimination in court. Hitting the nerve of issues that are unfortunately still timely today, it looks to be a strong showcase for Jones.

Also starring Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, and Cailee Spaeny, see the trailer below.

The film tells an
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It’s Time for Action, Not Promises, to Get More Women in Filmmaking (Guest Column)

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In recent months, media accounts of sexual harassment scandals and eye-popping pay disparities have given way to stories about “tectonic” shifts in the film industry. The sheer volume and often contradictory nature of the coverage on the issue of women working in film have created the simultaneous feelings that everything has changed and nothing has changed.

An ad campaign for Rolex watches touts Kathryn Bigelow as one of the “masters of cinema,” yet she is the only woman to have ever won a director Oscar. A help line now exists for those who have been sexually harassed, yet the fate of many high-profile offenders remains undecided. Representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — which has issued charges of gender discrimination against the big studios — continue to negotiate with executives, but there is no (public) word of a resolution.

In the midst of this uncertainty, one reality remains clear. The percentages
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Is it time to erase Kevin Spacey from history?

Anghus Houvouras on whether it is time to erase Kevin Spacey from history…

It’s rare that you get to see a snowball rolling down a hill. The popular metaphor about momentum has always struck me as odd for a few reasons. First, how often does someone roll a snowball down a hill, much less successfully have a hand-sized ball of snow transform into a gigantic ice-cold flattening orb? Second, even if this was physically probable it’s doubtful that you were there to witness it. More than likely, you’re seeing the thing just moments before it mows you down like a Looney Tunes character.

The last few weeks has been the first time that the snowball metaphor has felt apt. I watched, as so many did, as accusations rolled out against small type perps like Devin Faraci, Harry Knowles and their enablers like the head of Alamo Drafthouse
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Sterling K. Brown On Reuniting With Sarah Paulson in Next ‘American Crime Story’: ‘That Needs to Happen’ — Watch

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Sterling K. Brown On Reuniting With Sarah Paulson in Next ‘American Crime Story’: ‘That Needs to Happen’ — Watch
After two Emmys and two hit shows, “This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown has reached the point in his career where he gets to be selective in the projects he joins. And if he has his way, a reunion between Brown and his fellow “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” star Sarah Paulson appears inevitable.

Speaking beforehand at the IndieWire Honors event last week, Brown said he’s been talking to “American Crime Story” executive producer Ryan Murphy about potentially joining the anthology series’ third chapter, “Katrina.” Paulson is already on board.

“That needs to happen,” said Brown, who played Christopher Darden opposite Paulson’s Marcia Clark in “People v. O.J.,” which earned him his first Emmy in 2016. “I’m going to be reading the book that story is based off of [“Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink] and offer whatever input I can to as to where I can fit in.
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Ryan Murphy on Sterling K. Brown: ‘This Guy Is, Like, Marlon Brando Good’

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Ryan Murphy on Sterling K. Brown: ‘This Guy Is, Like, Marlon Brando Good’
Sterling K. Brown graduated to superstar status after his Emmy-winning turn as Christopher Darden on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” Executive producer and director Ryan Murphy remains tight with the star, who has even been advising him recently on how to live a vegan lifestyle.

Brown is busy starring in “This Is Us,” but the two are already discussing ways to work together again. “We’ve talked a lot about it,” Murphy said. “I’m trying to figure out a way to give America what they want, and reunite Sterling and Sarah Paulson. I would love for him to be a part of ‘Five Days at Memorial’ [the Hurricane Katrina-themed “American Crime Story” installment] that we’re doing. I always want to work with Sterling. I’m a busy guy, but he’s just as busy as hell. How are we gonna make it work? We will. We had a really great director/actor
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Diane Kruger Is a Serious Actress Finally Getting the Respect She Deserves, Says Director Fatih Akin

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Diane Kruger Is a Serious Actress Finally Getting the Respect She Deserves, Says Director Fatih Akin
Diane Kruger is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Kruger won the best actress prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for her starring role in Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” in which she plays a woman whose husband and son are killed in a terrorist attack. Read more about Kruger’s experiences with the project here.

Akin shared these thoughts about how his collaboration with Kruger came together:

I first noticed Diane Kruger as an actress in “National Treasure,” but I was definitely not the audience for a film like that. It didn’t hook me. A couple of years later, I saw “Inglorious Basterds” in a movie theater in Germany. I liked the whole film, especially her small role. In 2007, I won the screenplay at Cannes for my film “The Edge of Heaven” and she was the mistress of ceremonies.
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Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige Is Happy People Don’t Recognize Her in ‘Mudbound’
Mary J. Blige is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Her leading role in Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” was a breakout at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and shows that the singer has successfully transitioned into a serious acting career. She will receive the IndieWire Honor for Breakthrough Performance (Film).

In “Mudbound,” Florence Jackson is a character who sees everything, but says very little. Yet behind the quiet strength of the wife and mother of a family of sharecroppers – refusing to lose their dreams or dignity in the face of the South’s insurmountable racism – Mary J. Blige delivers a performance in which we see precisely what Florence is feeling and thinking.

“Mary’s able to affect this reserved exterior, but have this very empathetic, alive interior,” said “Mudbound” writer-director Dee Rees in an interview with IndieWire. “Her eyes always are thinking,
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