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‘Bombshell’ Q&a: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and company on sexual harassment, reclaiming the B-word and more [Watch]

‘Bombshell’ Q&a: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and company on sexual harassment, reclaiming the B-word and more [Watch]
“I’m always so interested when we can have some kind of transparency of what it really is to be a woman in all of the complexities, all of the fucked-up-ness, all of the messiness. That’s when we’re telling the truth of who women really are,” said Charlize Theron to the audience at an October 19 SAG screening of her new film “Bombshell,” which tells the story of the Fox News sexual harassment scandal. Above, watch Theron discuss the film alongside co-stars Nicole Kidman and John Lithgow, director Jay Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph.

The story isn’t just about harassment, though, it’s about how professional women are treated in general. When people look at ambitious women like Fox News personality Megyn Kelly, whom Theron plays, they often think, “She’s probably a bitch,” but the actress insists, “We’re taking that word back. We get to say that word.
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The Laundromat Movie Review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

To really understand this clever sassy robust film you must understand money. With almost zilch knowledge of how it works I could still sense a deep sense of mirthless laughter in the way the king of quirky direction Steven Soderberg plays around with the grim reality of global money laundering.

In that joyless laughter of this cleverer-than-you-think film, there is a message. Using the financial resources of the middle-class to make the rich richer, is not a laughing matter. But he, what can we do about it in a world that functions on inequality and injustice?

Soderberg's whimsical film on global money laundering could leave you confused about which side it is talking from. But then you realise which side this film is really on. It pitches its tone of savagely satirised rebuke against financial hoaxes at us, the gullible public that surrenders its lifetime's resources to institutions which, we hope against hope,
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A Best Actress Oscar win for ‘Judy’ would make Renee Zellweger the 7th member of this elite group

A Best Actress Oscar win for ‘Judy’ would make Renee Zellweger the 7th member of this elite group
Is there another Oscar at the end of the rainbow awards season for Renee Zellweger? According to our odds, yes, as she’s the solid favorite to nab Best Actress for her turn as Judy Garland in “Judy.” If it comes to fruition, Zellweger would be the seventh actress who’ve won both acting categories.

The first six are:

1. Helen Hayes: Best Actress for “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931/32) and Best Supporting Actress for “Airport” (1970)

2. Ingrid Bergman: Best Actress for “Gaslight” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956), and Best Supporting Actress for “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974)

3. Maggie Smith: Best Actress for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1969) and Best Supporting Actress for “California Suite” (1978)

4. Meryl Streep: Best Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), and Best Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011)

5. Jessica Lange: Best Supporting Actress for “Tootsie” (1982) and Best Actress for “Blue Sky” (1994)

6. Cate Blanchett:
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Netflix's The Laundromat: 10 Things Based On A True Story

Based off of Jake Bernstein's book, Secrecy World, Netflix's recent release entitled The Laundromat, stars Meryl Streep as the recently widowed Ellen Martin after her husband (along with 20 others) die in a boat accident during what is supposed to be a dream vacation. As she tries to secure a financial settlement from the incident, she is exposed to a dark world of tax fraud, money laundering, and shell companies that exist to make the rich even richer and even less accountable.

Related: Steven Soderbergh's 10 Best Movies, According to Rotten Tomatoes

The film's episodic narrative and unpredictable plot twists may give the impression that this story is completely false. Although The Laundromat does incorporate several fictional elements to make its point, there are plenty of people, places, and events that the film draws inspiration from.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: October 21)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture (Updated: October 21)
Predicting the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture is never easy. We were sure the top prize at the 2019 Oscars would go to “Roma” but it was “Green Book” that won. In coming up with our 2020 Oscar predictions, we considered a slew of factors, starting with the preferential ballot used to determine the winner. Add in the pedigree of the filmmakers, the critical reception to the films, the box office tally and the track record of the studios. We take all of these into consideration again as we look ahead to the 2020 Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Picture.)

Contenders began to emerge at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Others will be seen for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in May. However, most of the top tier of Best Picture hopefuls won’t screen until September at four film festivals: Venice,
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Olivia Colman could finally be the favorite at the SAG Awards thanks to ‘The Crown’

Olivia Colman could finally be the favorite at the SAG Awards thanks to ‘The Crown’
Olivia Colman earned her maiden Screen Actors Guild Award nomination earlier this year in Best Actress for her turn as Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” which she ended up losing to Glenn Close (“The Wife”). But she could now follow up her loss with the sweet smell of victory for playing a different British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on the third season of Netflix’s “The Crown.” She has already ascended to the top of our combined SAG Awards TV drama actress odds ahead of the Nov. 17 release.

As part of a cast overhaul to accurately depict the aging of the characters, Colman is taking over the role from Claire Foy, who played the queen in the first two seasons. For her performance, Foy not only prevailed at the Golden Globes (2017) and Emmys (2018), but also nabbed two consecutive SAG statuettes (2017-18), which bodes well for Colman’s chances this year.
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The Laundromat – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat makes a damning case for why the filmmaker is starting to become outdated. Slick, cool, and progressive in 1989, Soderbergh broke onto the scene with sex, lies and a videotape. That film is a fantastic work, one that stood out with a risque but honest view of sexuality. Nowadays, it’s still effective but the veneer of that honesty has worn slightly thin. Maybe part of Soderbergh is stuck in 1989.

Now, of course we can’t just blame him. The Laundromat, written by Scott Z. Burns (responsible for a few good Soderbergh movies and this year’s The Report) is ill conceived from the get go. Following a mystery that never gets solved, Meryl Streep does her best to give life to Ellen Martin, a woman whose husband died on a cruise boat. The aftermath lead her to an offshore scheme that
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Bombshell,' 'Dolittle,' 'The Report'

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Bombshell,' 'Dolittle,' 'The Report'
The first full trailer for Jay Roach's Fox News drama Bombshell, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, debuted this week along with Dolittle starring Robert Downey Jr. and Netflix's Holiday in the Wild starring Rob Lowe and Kristin Davis. Adam Driver stars in The Report from director Scott Burns and in Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, along with Scarlett Johansson.

Disney's Frozen II and Lady and the Tramp released more trailers in their continued campaign, along with Netflix's The Laundromat, starring Meryl Streep.

Watch all the latest trailers below.
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David Oyelowo and Jane Lynch Bring Humor and Heft to ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

David Oyelowo and Jane Lynch Bring Humor and Heft to ‘Inside the Actors Studio’
James Lipton may have retired, but his spirit lives on in the new season of “Inside the Actors Stduio.” The brilliant concept — actors and directors discuss their work in front of a live audience of eager young acting students — has attracted countless talents from across genres, including Lauren Bacall, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, and the entire main voice cast of “The Simpsons.”

For the first season sans-Lipton on its new home at Ovation (it previously aired on Bravo), the venerated series is changing up the format: Guests will now be interviewed by fellow actors or directors. The new season includes Laura Dern in conversation with Greta Gerwig; Al Pacino speaking to Ellen Burstyn; and Pedro Pascal interviewing Willem Dafoe. For this Sunday’s episode, “Inside the Actors Studio” has David Oyelowo sitting down with Jane Lynch.

A longtime fan of the series, Lynch jumped at the opportunity to host,
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“The Laundromat” Is A Disappointing Misfire From Steven Soderbergh

The pairing of Scott Z Burns and Steven Soderbergh is usually a very promising one. Unfortunately, for their fourth collaboration, the writer and the director are way off of the mark. The Laundromat attempts to combine some of the methods of their previous team ups, but this would be satirical comedy/expose falls incredibly flat. Initially pegged as a potential Academy Award vehicle for Netflix, this should instead just have a final resting place buried among the streaming service’s movie options, where it actually is hitting today. Burns’ own impending outing The Report is tremendous, while Soderbergh even had another Netflix effort earlier this year in High Flying Bird that was spectacular. This one just doesn’t measure up. The film is a look at the lead up to and leaking of the 2016 Panama Papers publication, which revealed a huge money laundering scheme by a Panama City law firm
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Judge Ruling In ‘The Laundromat’ Lawsuit Clears Path For Netflix Release

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Netflix’s The Laundromat began streaming online first thing Friday as planned after a ruling by a Connecticut judge moved the case to California, stopping an injunction that would have kept Steven Soderbergh’s award-season satire off the streaming service.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton in her ruling late Thursday transferred the action to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

“This lawsuit was a frivolous legal stunt designed to censor creative expression,” a Netflix spokesperson said Friday. “Steven Soderbergh’s film tells an important story about the exploitation of innocent people and the misuse of the world’s financial system. Fortunately, you can now watch The Laundromat – the film that Mossack and Fonesca tried to censor – on Netflix.”

Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, the two partners behind now-dissolved Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking damages and to stop the film’s release on the platform.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Laundromat,’ ‘Stars in My Crown,’ ‘Wounds,’ ‘Sweetheart,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

3 From Hell (Rob Zombie)

With 3 From Hell, Zombie is intent on ripping out those sutures, grabbing a hold of the blistered flaps made from that fresh incision, and waving a grisly tapestry that may as well have the red, white, and blue colored on the leathery skin of every casualty we’ve taken to make this country great. This is America let loose, with our violence, trauma, and psychopathy sweeping south of the border in a deluge, our arbiters wearing the indigenous garb of those we’ve already slaughtered to make bedrock. – Mike M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon, iTunes, Google

La Ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel)

With only a few features,
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New Trailer For Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers Satire Netflix Film The Laundromat

Netflix has shared a final trailer for director Steven Soderbergh’s latest film project The Laundromat. The movie has an incredible cast that includes Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, David Schwimmer, and Jeffrey Wright.

The film is a satire that uncovers a global conspiracy involving the elite and how they keep the power and money that they have acquired. It’s based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein‘s nonfiction book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.

The film tells the story of a widow (Streep) as she investigates insurance fraud, “chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners (Oldman and Banderas) exploiting the world’s financial system.”

Soderbergh developed the film with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and they’ve worked on a few projects together like Contagion and Side Effects. I’m a
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Hannah Minghella Exits Sony’s TriStar to Head Motion Pictures for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot

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Hannah Minghella Exits Sony’s TriStar to Head Motion Pictures for JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot
Hannah Minghella, the former president with TriStar Pictures and Television, has left the studio and been named the head of motion pictures for J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Bad Robot announced Thursday.

Nicole Brown, who was recently promoted to an Evp role at TriStar, will be Minghella’s successor and will handle TriStar’s film development and production activities, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman told the staff in a company-wide memo on Thursday.

“Hannah will spend the next few weeks helping to insure a smooth transition,” Rothman said in a memo obtained by TheWrap. “I know I speak for all of us when I say we thank her for everything and wish her the very best going forward.”

Also Read: 'Guys and Dolls' Remake Rights Picked Up at TriStar

In January, Minghella expanded her role at TriStar to include TV. She most recently oversaw the Mister
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Florence Pugh Went Straight From ‘Midsommar’ to ‘Little Women’: ‘In a Glorious, Colorful Way, It’s Horrific’

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Florence Pugh Went Straight From ‘Midsommar’ to ‘Little Women’: ‘In a Glorious, Colorful Way, It’s Horrific’
English-born actress Florence Pugh is catching Academy Awards buzz for her supporting performance as Amy March in director/writer Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Louisa May Alcott adaptation for Sony, “Little Women.” In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pugh revealed that she barely had time to catch her breath between wrapping Ari Aster’s disturbing, relationship-gone-to-hell summer sleeper “Midsommar” in bucolic Budapest, to suiting up in post-Civil War garb for “Little Women,” which shot throughout Massachusetts.

“Here’s a little thing: I had literally just finished ‘Midsommar’: In a glorious, colorful way, it’s horrific,” Pugh told EW of Aster’s sun-soaked horror story about a couple on the rocks who decide that heading to a Pagan death cult in Sweden is a possible salve for their crumbling relationship.

“Midsommar,” which earned A24 more than $27 million domestically during its summer 2019 theatrical run, required Pugh to do all manner of physically challenging feats,
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It's Driver vs. Johansson in Netflix's Marriage Story Trailer

Writer-director Noah Baumbach has made a career out of dissecting the relationships of neurotic New Yorkers. One of the formative texts for the kind of thing he does is Kramer vs. Kramer, the Oscar-winning divorce drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Now, he's doing his own Netflix movie

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Melissa McCarthy & Director Ben Falcone On Choosing HBO Max Bow Instead Of WB Xmas Release For ‘Superintelligence’

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Melissa McCarthy & Director Ben Falcone On Choosing HBO Max Bow Instead Of WB Xmas Release For ‘Superintelligence’
Exclusive: In a move that could become more common as major studios lean in heavily toward their streaming launches, the Ben Falcone-directed Melissa McCarthy-starrer Superintelligence has exited its December 20 theatrical release date to instead become the first Warner Bros Pictures Group film to premiere on HBO Max.

This comes before an HBO Max presentation on October 29 where it is expected that other projects might become part of a streamer launch slate that now will have Superintelligence; the Steven Soderbergh-directed Meryl Streep-starrer Let Them All Talk; the Greg Berlanti-produced Ya novel adaptation Unpregnant; and sooner or later Bad Education, the Hugh Jackman/Allison Janney-starrer bought at Toronto for north of $17 million to bow on HBO. The original programming will be part of a service that launches with WarnerMedia’s own library titles including Friends and The Big Bang Theory and third-party acquisitions including Sesame Street.
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‘The Laundromat’ Film Review: Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers Tale Is a Messy Exposé

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‘The Laundromat’ Film Review: Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers Tale Is a Messy Exposé
Steven Soderbergh has crafted a sharp and funny tale about rapacious greed and the exploitation of the working class — it’s called “High Flying Bird,” and you should check it out on Netflix if you haven’t already. Also coming to Netflix is Soderbergh’s second feature of 2019, “The Laundromat,” and it’s a well-intentioned hot mess.

Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (the “Contagion” writer adapts Jake Bernstein’s non-fiction book “Secrecy World”) attempt to follow the “Big Short” playbook of taking complicated financial concepts and breaking them down for a mainstream audience, complete with actors talking to the camera. For all their good intentions, though, “The Laundromat” flails about, with an excess of bad ideas that undercut the justifiable outrage over the events depicted.

A reminder: In 2016, a whistleblower released more than 11 million documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, detailing the labyrinth of shell companies and holding
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Netflix Calls ‘Laundromat’ Lawsuit ‘Laughable,’ ‘Affront to Established First Amendment Principles’

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Netflix has countered what it feels to be a “laughable” lawsuit filed Monday that sought a restraining order in an attempt to delay the release of the film “The Laundromat” on Friday, calling the suit an “eleventh hour gag order” and an “affront to established first amendment principles” in a motion filed Thursday.

Netflix is citing “constitutionally protected speech” in hopes to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the law firm Mossack Fonseca claiming that Steven Soderbergh’s film “The Laundromat” is defamatory to the law firm and could interfere should federal prosecutors charge them with money laundering in a criminal case. The law firm and its two principals, Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, who are played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas in the film, are at the center of the 2016 Panama papers scandal as described in the movie.

Netflix say Mossack Fonseca’s lawsuit should be dismissed because it
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Two Years After His Heart Attack, Antonio Banderas Is Back — and Earning Oscar Buzz

Two Years After His Heart Attack, Antonio Banderas Is Back — and Earning Oscar Buzz
Antonio Banderas is back in the Oscar game two years after he survived a heart attack.

The actor, 59, stars in Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory as a film director who finds himself reflecting on the choices he’s made in his life as his past and present collide.

Banderas is earning Oscar buzz for his eighth film with Almodóvar — something the actor is grateful for, especially after his health scare.

“When something like that happens to you — you see death face-to-face — a lot becomes very clear,” Banderas tells People of his heart attack in this week’s issue.

For more on Antonio Banderas,
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