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‘Gotham’ Series Finale Review: Fox’s Gonzo Cop Show Enlivens its Inevitable End

‘Gotham’ Series Finale Review: Fox’s Gonzo Cop Show Enlivens its Inevitable End
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Gotham” Season 5, Episode 12, “The Beginning…”]

Like the dutiful detective-turned-commissioner leading the cast, “Gotham” did exactly what it needed to do — in the series finale and final season overall. Charged with setting up the era of Batman (without ever saying his name), Fox’s crime drama took a bit of glee going through the motions, and even if the wild minds behind it couldn’t go full-tilt crazy in its waning hours, they did ensure a respectable legacy for an overtly beautiful and sneakily ambitious broadcast drama.

“The Beginnings…” — an apt finale title for a series always steaming toward its Bat-predecessors’ timelines — checked off box after box: The 10-year time jump sets up a return for Gotham’s favorite son, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), who’s been overseas becoming the hero the city needs. Before his new Wayne Tower can open, a devious plot to blow it up emerges courtesy of a mysterious new villain.
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Why Phoebe Waller-Bridge Is the Perfect Choice to Make ‘Bond 25’ Better

Saving the world is serious business, and so is finding the right balance of James Bond badassery and insouciance. As such, the confirmation that Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been hired onto the upcoming “Bond 25” to help polish the script bodes well for the franchise. Ever since the 1960s when “Dr. No” became the first big-screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s 007 novels, Bond has continued to stay relevant by continuing to update and reinvent itself for every generation.

Enter Waller-Bridge, who’s made a name for herself by creating BBC America’s spy thriller “Killing Eve” and the dramedy “Fleabag” on Amazon. The British actress, writer, playwright, and director may not seem like the most obvious choice to tweak the most masculine of franchises, but her voice and sensibilities actually make her uniquely qualified to give it the punch up it needs. Here’s a look at her qualifications:

Her Irreverent
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‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’ Review: Personal Obsession Becomes a Remarkable Piece of History

In the early days of network television’s slide into wall-to-wall news coverage, Marion Stokes started a project with the flick of a button. It would consume the rest of her life and result in the creation of over 70,000 video tapes, all of which were filled with hours upon hours of wide-ranging television footage, most of it focused on the behemoth that is news-based entertainment. A rabble-rouser, activist, and major intellect, Stokes had long been interested in the way media shaped public perception, and as the influence of televised media grew, she became obsessed with capturing as much footage as she could, all the better to see the world changing through a TV tube. Stokes recorded multiple channels of television every day, every hour for over thirty years, but it all started with just one push of a Vcr button in 1977.

Matt Wolf’s remarkable “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
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Jóhann Jóhannsson Remembered by Loved Ones in Moving Tribute Video

Jóhann Jóhannsson Remembered by Loved Ones in Moving Tribute Video
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s untimely death at 48 left a void in the world of music and film that will continue to be felt for years to come. The composer, who’d just begun coming into his own with the scores for films like “Sicario,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Arrival,” had become so prolific that several of his projects were still unreleased at the time of his passing: “Mandy,” “The Mercy,” “Mary Magdalene,” and “Christopher Robin.”

To pay tribute to Jóhannsson, producer Áine Devaney and filmmaker Blair Alexander went to his hometown of Reykjavík to speak to loved ones about his life and work.

If ever you wondered whether Jóhannsson took to music from an early age, the answer is yes. “Jóhann started to show interest in music, I think, about three years of age,” the composer’s father says in the video’s opening moments. “I was playing in a
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Oscars 2020: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

As always, this year’s Oscar race kicked off at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Front and center at the festival were two Amazon Studios acquisitions. Like Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s 2017 Oscar-nominated Sundance Amazon buy “The Big Sick,” Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” (June 7) deals with how cultures collide, this time in the New York talk-show universe. Writer and star Mindy Kaling plays the diversity hire for an all-male writers room for a woman talk-show host, played with such brio by Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”) that a Supporting Actress nomination should be in the bag, assuming that Amazon turns their $13-million pickup (Metascore: 70) into a summer hit.

Amazon plunked down another $14 million for writer-turned-director Scott Z. Burns’ post-9/11 fact-based political thriller “The Report,” a taut drama slated for fall release that imparts reams of info about CIA interrogation techniques, along the lines of post-Watergate journalism
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Dominatrix Community Condemns Netflix Show ‘Bonding’ As ‘Inauthentic’ and ‘Problematic’

Netflix scored big with bawdy teen comedy “Sex Education” at the start of the year, but it appears its latest attempt at a sex positive comedy was a misstep. Created by actor Rightor Doyle, “Bonding” centers around a gay stand-up comic who comes into his sexuality when he takes on a gig as an assistant to a dominatrix. In a creator’s statement posted to Instagram, Doyle explained that the show is based on his personal experience as a struggling comedian in New York.

“As a young gay man still struggling with my own sexuality, guarding the door while one of my best friends from home tied a naked man to a four poster bed and whipped him was jarring to say the least,” wrote Doyle, while also touting “influences ranging from Pedro Almodóvar to Terry Zwigoff.”

Although many fans chimed in with messages of support, not all were convinced
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Sinemia Is Shutting Down in the U.S. Effective Immediately

Sinemia, the movie-ticket service that launched in 2014 and emerged as a competitor to the beleaguered MoviePass over the last year, has announced that it is shutting down effective immediately. In a note on the company’s website, Sinemia said that its “efforts to cover the cost of unexpected legal proceedings and raise the funds required to continue operations have not been sufficient.”

Here’s the full statement:

Dear Customer,

Today, with a heavy heart, we’re announcing that Sinemia is closing its doors and ending operations in the Us effective immediately.

At Sinemia, we set out on our journey with the vision to help as many moviegoers as possible enjoy an affordable and better experience at the movies by creating a movie ticket subscription service that adds value for both the moviegoers and the movie industry. Since 2014, we’ve been fine-tuning our model and serving movie-goers with a slate of affordable and flexible subscription plans.
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Producer Teases the Plot’s Sharon Tate-Charles Manson Connection

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Producer Teases the Plot’s Sharon Tate-Charles Manson Connection
One of the biggest mysteries about Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is how exactly Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and Charles Manson (Damon Herriman) factor into the story of a television actor named Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) trying to make a name for themselves as movie stars. Sony’s plot synopsis has revealed DiCaprio and Pitt’s characters live next door to Tate, who was murdered by members of the Manson family on August 9, 1969, but how Tate does or doesn’t get mixed up with Tarantino’s protagonists remains to be seen.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Hollywood” producer David Heyman stressed that Tarantino’s latest is not fundamentally about Tate’s murder and Manson’s cult. “That’s one of the big misconceptions to clarify,” Heyman said. Tarantino said as much to IndieWire last year when he
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Movie Poster of the Week: Movie Trilogies

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For auteurists in New York there can hardly be a better series playing right now than "Trilogies" at Film Forum: a four-week extravaganza of 78 films comprising 26 mini director retrospectives from Angelopoulos to Wenders and 24 other auteurs in between. Many of the groupings in the series are actual sequential trilogies, like Kobayashi’s The Human Condition or Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, while others more loosely stretch the term, such as Lucrecia Martel’s "Salta Trilogy" or Hou Hsiao-hsien’s "Coming of Age Trilogy," very welcome though those are.Very few of the trilogies in the series, however, have posters that were conceived as trios themselves, the French posters for Kieslowski’s Three Colors, above, and Albert Dubout’s cartoony designs for Marcel Pagnol’s Marseilles Trilogy being the major exceptions. There are two terrific matching posters by Jan Lenica for the first two films in Mark Donskoy's Maxim Gorky Trilogy,
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Kristen Stewart on the State of Queer Hollywood and ‘Entirely Fluid’ New Directorial Effort

Kristen Stewart on the State of Queer Hollywood and ‘Entirely Fluid’ New Directorial Effort
Like most actresses, Kristen Stewart is ready for a sea change in Hollywood. In the years leading up to her coming out officially on “Saturday Night Live” in 2017, Stewart made some of her best work — (“Personal Shopper” and “Certain Women” both came out in 2016) — but it is only in the last few years that she has embraced playing overtly queer characters. In last year’s “Lizzie,” Stewart played impressionable lover to Chloë Sevigny’s murderous Lizzie Borden. She plays another real life character in “Jt LeRoy,” in theaters this weekend, which capitalizes on early aughts nostalgia by dramatizing a literary heist that fascinated the world.

Stewart served on the 2018 Cannes Film Festival competition jury alongside Cate Blanchett and Ava DuVernay; that year the women of Cannes loudly condemned the festival’s dearth of women filmmakers. The actress has never been afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to questions of representation in Hollywood.
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‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton in a Coma Following Stroke

‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton in a Coma Following Stroke
After suffering what was initially described as a “mild” stroke last week, John Singleton is now in a coma. TMZ first broke the news, noting that the “Boyz n the Hood” director’s mother, Sheila Ward, has requested a judge to appoint her temporary conservatorship because Singleton is “unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter.” She has asked for that in order to manage her son’s ongoing business affairs, including a settlement agreement.

For 1991’s “Boyz,” the writer-director earned Academy Award nominations for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Director — the first black filmmaker to receive the latter nod, as well as the youngest at just 23 years old. The 51-year-old has been active in both film and television in the nearly three decades since, helming everything from “Shaft” and “2 Fast 2 Furious” to episodes of “Empire” and “American Crime Story: The People v.
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Brie Larson Says She Filmed ‘Captain Marvel’ Post-Credits Scene Knowing Only Her Line & Without Any Context Or Co-Stars

As we approached tonight’s official release of the long-awaited “Avengers: Endgame,” fans have learned some of the ridiculous ways that Marvel Studios kept the secrets and twists to the film under wraps. Most of the time, this included not giving actors full scripts, instead just the scenes they were actually there to film. However, as Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel in the film, explained to Jimmy Fallon on the “Tonight Show,” during her first scene on set, they didn’t even give her a partial script.

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Comcast Reportedly Interested In Selling Hulu Shares To Disney, Giving The Studio Complete Ownership

The Disney/Fox merger has resulted in a quite a few interesting (and mildly depressing) developments. First, in the minds of superhero fans at least, the sale means that Disney now has every Marvel superhero under one roof (minus Spider-Man). Then there’s the not-so-fun recent news that signals that Disney is hacking away at Fox’s anticipated film slate in a way of consolidating the releases.

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‘The Virtues’ Trailer: ‘This Is England’ Filmmaker Shane Meadows Unleashes First Look At Intense New Drama Series

Shane Meadows is a filmmaker that hasn’t fully broken through with general audiences outside his native England, but he should be known by most film fans, at this point. He’s probably best known for his incredible film “This is England,” and it’s subsequent TV series sequels. But with his next TV project, he’s tackling a new story, and it looks like Meadows hasn’t missed a beat.

Read More: HBO Orders First Season Of Armando Iannucci’s Space Comedy Series ‘Avenue 5’ Starring Hugh Laurie

The Virtues” is a drama that follows a guy who returns to his family and hometown with hardly any memories of who he is and what he did before.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman Confirms His Spin-Off Is Dead & Talks Writing Last Sunday Episode

Before the beginning of Season 8, in the boring two years in between the last season and the current one, HBO spent a fair amount of time developing potential spin-offs for “Game of Thrones.” The idea is that once this final season ends, fans won’t have to wait long before venturing back into Westeros with a new cast and a new story to obsess over.

The network enlisted five groups of writers to pitch ideas for spin-offs, with only one (so far) making the cut — the prequel from author George R.R.

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Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Directors, From Alan Taylor to Taika Waititi

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Directors, From Alan Taylor to Taika Waititi
When the Marvel Cinematic Universe first kicked off over a decade ago with the release of Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man,” the success of the burgeoning franchise and the film itself was hardly assured. The Marvel character had the distinction of being one of the comic book giant’s few major heroes to never get a live-action depiction, but after the rights to the “genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist” had been pushed around various studios for nearly two decades, he didn’t exactly seem like the most obvious character to kickstart a multi-film, multi-billion dollar franchise.

Director Favreau, with only three other films under his belt, was also a bit of an out-there choice, but the gamble paid off, with “Iron Man” making over half a billion dollars at the box office and ensuring that there was indeed a major appetite for superhero films.

In the intervening decade, the Marvel Cinematic
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‘Deadwood: The Movie’ Trailer: Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane are Back for More Shootin’ and Swearin’

‘Deadwood: The Movie’ Trailer: Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane are Back for More Shootin’ and Swearin’
When last we saw footage from the upcoming “Deadwood: The Movie,” it almost seemed designed to reassure fans that yes, this is actually a thing that’s happening.

Now that the HBO Films Event (their words) is just over a month beyond the horizon, the network released a trailer that hints a little more strongly at how things may shake out in South Dakota. While McShane and Olyphant look to figure prominently in this feature-length culmination of the HBO series, it’s Gerald McRaney’s George Hearst that seems to be the main catalyst for the drama to come.

That builds on the network’s official summary of the film, which explains that “the indelible characters of the show are reunited after a decade to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds reopened as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes
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New ‘Deadwood’ Trailer & Poster Says “Welcome The F*ck Back”

Don’t worry, “Deadwood” fans. The new film, written by the series’ creator David Milch, is not going to file down the rough edges of the critically-acclaimed show. No, sir. As seen in the new trailer for the upcoming “Deadwood: The Movie,” the gang’s all here, with just as much conniving, killing, and cussing as you expect.

Despite the assurance that “Deadwood: The Movie” is just as raw and unfiltered as before, the trailer also does a great job of showing the returning cast while also presenting the driving force behind the plot of the film — the future.

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The Russos Reveal Thought Process Behind Marvel’s First Openly Gay (Non-Superhero) Character In ‘Avengers: Endgame’

**Okay, we have to warn you that spoilers for ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are below. No, not the kind that will greatly affect your feelings about the movie. No, we aren’t giving away the plot or any twists. But there is one thing in the film that we discuss, so proceed at your own risk**

**For real…**

**For those wanting something spoiler-free to read about ‘Endgame,’ might we recommend our review?**

**Okay, we warned you…**

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have noticed that the faces that have headlined the most recent films in the franchise have finally broken the mold from the typical white male lead.

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‘Deadwood’ Cast and Crew Reflect on the Legacy of David Milch

‘Deadwood’ Cast and Crew Reflect on the Legacy of David Milch
On the surface, nothing was amiss at “An Evening With Deadwood,” a Film Independent Presents event held April 23, hosted by curator Elvis Mitchell and featuring series stars Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, John Hawkes and Gerald McRaney, as well as director Dan Minahan and executive producer Carolyn Strauss. Series creator David Milch wasn’t present, but his name and vision were forever on the lips of cast and collaborators alike.

To watch the attendees swap stories and reminisce about the show was a bittersweet endeavor, given the news of the day. Just hours before the event, Vulture film and TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz published an interview with Milch, which publicly revealed the “Deadwood” visionary’s recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis and reduced role during the filming of the upcoming 2-hour TV movie, some 13 years in the making. In the piece, Milch is described as observing the filming of the movie, but not interfering,
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