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The Goldfinch Gets Skewered by Critics After Tiff Premiere

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The Goldfinch Gets Skewered by Critics After Tiff Premiere
The first major reviews for John Crowley's The Goldfinch are in. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend and has been getting heavily blasted by critics. Some are even hailing it as one of the worst movies of 2019 and it hasn't even been widely released. The Goldfinch is based on Donna Tartt's 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, so there was already going to be some pressure to live up to a critically acclaimed book. Making a movie based on a famous book is not an easy thing to pull off for anybody.

The Goldfinch, which stars Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, and Finn Wolfhard, has been labeled "disappointing," "bland," and "a gigantic waste of time," by more than one critic. Not even the cast was able to elevate the source material as another critic calls the movie "lifeless" and quite possibly
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Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV

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Allison Anders on Why Remaking ‘Beaches’ Made Sense, And What She’s Learned From Directing TV
When Lifetime asked iconic indie filmmaker Allison Anders to direct the network’s “Beaches” remake, the director found herself in an interesting position: She’d never seen Garry Marshall’s 1988 melodrama.

“In fact, I can say this to IndieWire — I was like, ‘Well fuck no, I haven’t seen “Beaches.” That’s everything my generation of filmmakers was against,'” Anders said.

Read More: ‘Beaches’ Remake Trailer: Idina Menzel Belts ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ in Lifetime Promo

Nonetheless, she decided to check out the original, and found herself deeply surprised by Marshall’s depiction of the decades-long bond between Cc (Idina Menzel in the remake, originally played by Bette Midler) and Hillary (Nia Long in the remake, originally played by Barbara Hershey). “I feel like the messiness is what was appealing to me, and that they endure through that messiness,” Anders said. “I mean, that’s the key, the endurance of the friendship.
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Kidnapping Victim Jaycee Dugard's New Memoir Freedom: My Book of Firsts Revealed

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Kidnapping Victim Jaycee Dugard's New Memoir Freedom: My Book of Firsts Revealed
Jaycee Dugard is finally ready to leave her painful past behind her. It's been nearly six years since Dugard was rescued after being kidnapped and spending 18 years in captivity. Dugard, 35, opens up about her new life in her second memoir, aptly titled, Freedom: My Book of Firsts - and People has the exclusive first look. "I am so much more than what happened so me," Dugard tells People in this week's issue. "[The book] is about who I am now and the many moments that go in creating the life I now live." Freedom will highlight both the triumphs and struggles Dugard
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Jaycee Lee Dugard Announces New Memoir Freedom: My Book of Firsts About Life After Captivity

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Jaycee Lee Dugard Announces New Memoir Freedom: My Book of Firsts About Life After Captivity
Jaycee Lee Dugard has been free for just six years after spending nearly two decades in captivity. Now, she's opening up about her new life of freedom in her second memoir, aptly titled Freedom: My Book of Firsts, Simon & Schuster announced on Tuesday. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido when she was 11 years old. She was held for 18 years in lean-tos and tents behind the couple's home in Antioch, California. Freedom, which is set for publication on July 12, will highlight the "joys that accompanied [Dugard's] newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own." "There
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Jaycee Lee Dugard Announces New Memoir Freedom: My Book of Firsts About Life After Captivity

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Jaycee Lee Dugard Announces New Memoir Freedom: My Book of Firsts About Life After Captivity
Jaycee Lee Dugard has been free for just six years after spending nearly two decades in captivity. Now, she's opening up about her new life of freedom in her second memoir, aptly titled Freedom: My Book of Firsts, Simon & Schuster announced on Tuesday. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido when she was 11 years old. She was held for 18 years in lean-tos and tents behind the couple's home in Antioch, California. Freedom, which is set for publication on July 12, will highlight the "joys that accompanied [Dugard's] newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own." "There
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Best Actress Academy Award Winner Crawford Shines as Businesswoman/Mom with Evil Daughter

Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce.' 'Mildred Pierce' review: Very entertaining soap opera Time has a way of making some films seem grander than they really are. A good example is Mildred Pierce, the 1945 black-and-white melodrama directed by Casablanca's Michael Curtiz, and that won star Joan Crawford a Best Actress Oscar. Mildred Pierce is in no way, shape, or form great art, even though it's certainly not a bad film. In fact, as a soap opera it's quite entertaining – no, make that very entertaining; and entertainment is a quality that can stand on its own. (The problem in recent decades is that cinema has become nothing but entertainment.) In the case of Mildred Pierce, the entertainment is formulaic and rather predictable – but in an enjoyable, campy sort of way. Unbridled Hollywood melodrama Now, what makes Mildred Pierce a melodrama is something known as the Dumbest Possible Action – Dpa for short.
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The Pretty One | Review

A Stolen Life: Lamarque’s Debut an Entertaining, Borrowed Premise

Identical twins and their cannibalistic tendencies have long been a fine cinematic tradition of the dramatic or thriller genres. Classic titles from Brian De Palma, a pair of Bette Davis headliners, Olivia De Havilland, Viggo Mortensen, those Parent Trap films, are all examples of the same actor playing identical twins, many of them featuring narratives where a less successful twin wishes to usurp the identity of the most prized of the pair. Of course, this generally leads to a morbid atmosphere. If writer/director Jenee Lamarque brings anything new to this idea it’s that she turns this scenario into a romantic comedy, and with sometimes winning results. Of course, this tactic of re-tooling elements of film noir for modern romance isn’t quite revolutionary either (see 90’s films like While You Were Sleeping or Mrs. Winterbourne), and there
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All-American Dad at His Movie Best as the All-American Crook

Fred MacMurray movies: ‘Double Indemnity,’ ‘There’s Always Tomorrow’ Fred MacMurray is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" today, Thursday, August 7, 2013. Although perhaps best remembered as the insufferable All-American Dad on the long-running TV show My Three Sons and in several highly popular Disney movies from 1959 to 1967, e.g., The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, Boy Voyage!, MacMurray was immeasurably more interesting as the All-American Jerk. (Photo: Fred MacMurray ca. 1940.) Someone once wrote that Fred MacMurray would have been an ideal choice to star in a biopic of disgraced Republican president Richard Nixon. Who knows, the (coincidentally Republican) MacMurray might have given Anthony Hopkins a run for his Best Actor Academy Award nomination. After all, MacMurray’s most admired movie performances are those in which he plays a scheming, conniving asshole: Billy Wilder’s classic film noir Double Indemnity (1944), in which he’s seduced by Barbara Stanwyck, and Wilder
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One Henreid, a Couple of Cigarettes, and Four Davises

Paul Henreid: From lighting two cigarettes and blowing smoke onto Bette Davis’ face to lighting two cigarettes while directing twin Bette Davises Paul Henreid is back as Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of July 2013. TCM will be showing four movies featuring Henreid (Now, Voyager; Deception; The Madwoman of Chaillot; The Spanish Main) and one directed by him (Dead Ringer). (Photo: Paul Henreid lights two cigarettes on the set of Dead Ringer, while Bette Davis remembers the good old days.) (See also: “Paul Henreid Actor.”) Irving Rapper’s Now, Voyager (1942) was one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, and it remains one of the best-remembered romantic movies of the studio era — a favorite among numerous women and some gay men. But why? Personally, I find Now, Voyager a major bore, made (barely) watchable only by a few of the supporting performances (Claude Rains, Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee
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10 Most Convincing Performances Of One Actor Playing Twins

No matter what you might believe, acting well for the camera is no easy endeavor. The techniques involved might boggle the mind of even the most seasoned stage actor. Once you have experienced the craft for yourself, you might even forgive some of those screen stars you hate on with an undeniable passion. (Except Kristen Stewart. God, she’s atrocious.)

But what’s an even more daunting and rewarding task than playing a film character well? Why, playing two of course. And twins, no less!

Here’s a look at the 10 most convincing performances of one actor playing twins.

10. Bette Davis in A Stolen Life (1946)

In A Stolen Life, the characters of Kate and Patricia Bosworth both have Bette Davis Eyes, because, well, they’re both played by that queen of early 20th century cinema, Bette Davis.

The movie finds the multi-Oscar-winning actress playing an artist and her cold-hearted twin

Everybody Has a Plan | Tiff 2012 Review

Best Laid Plans: Piterbarg Gets Double the Mortensen in Debut

Argentinean director Ana Piterbarg nabs Viggo Mortensen for dual roles in her debut, a slow burn identity thriller, Everybody Has a Plan. Mortensen, having appeared in three previous Spanish speaking features, is a fellow countryman of Piterbarg, having spent his childhood in Argentina. The resulting collaboration may be disappointing to some, as this is a simmering, psychological thriller that banks mostly on constant discomfort and a slowly building menace that permeates the narrative, but this only serves to make the film a unique, fascinating, noir-tinged exercise in the swamps.

Agustin (Mortensen) stars as a doctor in Buenos Aires, who we quickly learn is in a floundering marriage with Claudia (Soledad Villamil). They are about to adopt a baby, something that Claudia is apparently passionate about, a plan that has been gestating for some time. But it turns out that
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Jaycee Dugard Opens Up About 'Being Free To Do What I Want'

These days, Jaycee Dugard rides horses. Working with the animals is therapeutic, even confidence-boosting, she says. "You have to be very sure of yourself when you're riding," she tells ABC News's Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday (6:30 p.m. Et). "You don't want to have any doubts in your mind because they'll sense that." It's a motto that seems to have a deeper meaning for Dugard, who was kidnapped in 1991 when she was 11 years old and held captive for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Related: Jaycee Dugard Appears at First Public EventHorseback riding was on a
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Review: Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Ringer" is the Best New Show of the Fall Season

The clever initial gimmick of the classic TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer was, of course, the contrast between the idea of a chosen "vampire slayer" and a would-be vapid high school girl named Buffy. And I don't think I'm going out on any great limb to say that a big part of the reason why the show worked was because the actress who played Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, was terrific — a fact that allowed her to perfectly create the contrast between her airhead look and sound, and her smart, kick-ass performance.

After a successful if not stellar stint in the movies, Gellar has returned to television.

Boy, has she returned to television! I thought her new show Ringer was the best new show of the year, and she's terrific in it — a complicated role that requires her to be in every scene and play two different roles as twins (at one point,
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Dugard Memoir Breaks Records

Dugard Memoir Breaks Records
Kidnap and rape victim Jaycee Dugard's heartbreaking memoir A Stolen Life is breaking eBook records.

Over 100,000 copies of 175,000 sold in the book's first day on release were snapped up by users of electronic libraries like Kindle and Nook. That's a new one-day eBook sales record.

The tome details Dugard's abduction in South Lake Tahoe, California in 1991, at the age of 11, and the years she spent captive in the backyard of convicted sex offender Phillip Craig Garrido, who fathered two children with his young prisoner.

There are currently 425,000 copies of the book in print and publishers at Simon & Schuster are racing against the clock to make more available.

Spokeswoman Tracey Guest tells USA Today newspaper, "We're reprinting and shipping at the fastest pace possible to meet high demand for the book."

Also selling well is the audio version of the book, which features Dugard reading her own story.

Vote! Should Jaycee Dugard's Kids Read Her Tell-All?

Vote! Should Jaycee Dugard's Kids Read Her Tell-All?
In her new memoir, "A Stolen Life," kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard describes the loneliness and torment she faced during her 18 years in captivity.

Dugard revealed in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer that she was ready to move on, and in order to do so, she needed to confront her nightmare. "Why not look at it, you know, stare it down until it can't scare you anymore?"

During the interview, a tearful Jaycee spoke about her two daughters,
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Jaycee Dugard tells of 18-year kidnap trauma in TV interview

ABC News aired programme in which the 31-year-old American, who was abducted as a child, recalled ordeal for the first time

In an interview with ABC News on Sunday Jaycee Dugard, 31, talked calmly of how she was kidnapped by a couple and held captive for 18 years.

There was "a switch" she shut off to survive emotionally, she said – but was in tears telling how she felt, at 14, on seeing the first of two girls fathered by the man.

She didn't know how to protect the child, but "I knew I could never let anything happen to her".

Dugard spoke on the eve of the publication of a memoir of her captivity, A Stolen Life.

Dugard told Sawyer there was "a switch" she had to shut off to emotionally survive her rape and imprisonment. Asked by Sawyer how she stayed sane, Dugard said: "I don't know. I can't imagine being beaten to death,
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Jaycee Dugard Hidden in Plain Sight; Oprah Outraged

Jaycee Dugard Hidden in Plain Sight; Oprah Outraged
Kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard's interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer on Sunday was one of the most watched programs on the network, bringing in 14.8 million viewers. The 31-year-old survivor talked about her 18-year ordeal of abuse and torture at the hands of Nancy and Phillip Garrido.

Watch the full interview!

When asked why she never tried to escape with her two daughters, Jaycee explained, "I've asked myself that question... the mind manipulation, plus the
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Ratings: Diane Sawyer Interview With Jaycee Dugard Attracts a Big Audience

Some 14.78 million people watched Diane Sawyer's Sunday interview with Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped, raped and held prisoner for 18 years, in a special two-hour edition of Primetime — the biggest summer viewership for a newsmagazine in seven years.

The California woman's story is a compellingly harrowing tale: Just 11 when she was taken by Phillip and Nancy Garrido, she repeatedly was abused and gave birth to two children as a result of rape. Now 31, she has written a memoir titled A Stolen Life that's being published Tuesday ...

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Jaycee Dugard Diane Sawyer Interview Shows Strength in Face of Torture

In her very first television interview, Jaycee Dugard told Diane Sawyer she felt she needed to speak out about the nearly two decades she spent as a captive of sex offender Phillip Garrido. Over 15 million viewers tuned into the Primetime interview to see Jaycee Lee Dugard talk with Diane Sawyer about her life as a hostage to Garrido and his wife.

Jaycee Dugard, Source: ABC News

“I didn’t want there to be any more secrets,” Jaycee Dugard told Diane Sawyer of ABC News. “I hadn’t done anything wrong. It wasn’t something I did that caused this to happen. And I feel that by putting it all out there, it’s very freeing.”

At the height of the interview, nearly 15.7 million viewers had tuned in to the special Primetimetwo-hour special to hear Dugard’s story.

Jaycee Dugard said she had to face what had happened to her head on to deal with it.
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Diane Sawyer: Jaycee Dugard's Memories Are 'In Her Eyes'

Diane Sawyer: Jaycee Dugard's Memories Are 'In Her Eyes'
It has been nearly two years since Jaycee Dugard was rescued 18 years after her abduction by a sex offender, but the 31-year-old's incredible story of survival is just as moving and powerful. Diane Sawyer agrees. "Everything she says makes you stop and examine yourself and your life," the news anchor, whose exclusive interview with Dugard aired Sunday on a two-hour ABC Primetime special, told People for the July 18 issue. "She will astonish you." Asked if Dugard was emotional during the interview, Sawyer, 65, said she saw "lots of different moods, and when she goes back in time, you can see it in her eyes,
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