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  • Posted 12/14/17 at 4:19 PM

The Meyerowitz Stories Is the Perfect Hanukkah Movie, Just Without the Hanukkah

As if the Jews haven’t been through enough, every winter we must forlornly scan our DVD shelves and streaming libraries in search of something that isn’t there. When the Hanukkah spirit strikes, the observant will sometimes look for a fitting movie in the same way that a hungry person will repeatedly open a refrigerator they know to be empty. We’ve got Eight Crazy Nights, The Hebrew Hammer, and a handful of one-off TV episodes, but beyond that, bupkus. (The reasons for this are multiple and complicated, but it mostly boils down to “remember that we suffered” making for a somewhat less snappy catchphrase than “peace on earth, goodwill toward men.”) Available options slimmed to kicking it with the goyim or muscling through the port-a-potty scene in Adam Sandler’s animated abomination yet again, many Jews have nowhere to turn. Slavery, genocide, and now this?

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A Stupid Little Star Wars Game to Play With Yourself to Pass the Time

Brains are a mushy hellscape filled with the worst thing known to humankind: thoughts. When’s the world going to end? When is it going to begin, assuming we are actually part of a humanity simulator created by a child-God, practicing for when they become old enough to create a real existence? Is that girl I kissed at summer camp dead now? Why did I even think about that? I didn’t even go to camp! The point is, though, while some thoughts are good (i.e., I want to give that English bulldog a big kissy on one of his cheek folds), most are bad. This bad-to-good ratio is ever more likely to tilt toward the dark side when you aren’t doing anything. Idle brains are the devil’s sex dungeon.

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  • Posted 12/14/17 at 12:10 PM

The 8 Most Implausible Commutes in Movie History

Whether it’s by foot, by plane, or by dragon, people travel a lot in movies and TV. But sometimes, these commutes don’t make sense when you take a closer look at them. In this episode of Vulture Easter eggs, we’re exposing some of the most ludicrous travel times in pop culture.

  • Posted 12/14/17 at 11:00 AM
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How The Post Assembled Its of-the-Moment Cast

Watching The Post feels a little like watching a big crossover special featuring all the actors from 2017’s most well-known TV shows. Alongside stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, there’s Bob Odenkirk, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Zach Woods, David Cross, and more, a stew of people you all recognize from that one thing, finally brought together. For that, thank the film’s casting director Ellen Lewis, who told Vulture that she didn’t think about trying to assemble a cast that captured the current moment, but simply worked with Spielberg and a variety of agents to fill out a world defined by Streep and Hanks. The result: a coterie of notable TV and film actors, a few theater pros, and a Mr. Show With Bob and David reunion — though that was unintentional.

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Sufjan Stevens Almost Voiced Older Elio in Call Me by Your Name

The work Sufjan Stevens did for Call Me by Your Name is crucial to the film, but, it turns out, he could’ve been inserted into the actual story. In addition to writing and performing the film’s devastating final song “Visions of Gideon,” as well as the movie’s “Mystery of Love,” Stevens tells Deadline that director Luca Guadagnino wanted him to narrate the whole film. In the book, Oliver and Elio’s summer love is told in hindsight, and in the film’s original script, an older Elio tells it. In this version, Stevens would have voiced that perspective in the film. “I wanted to envelop the movie in the voice of Sufjan Stevens,” Guadagnino explained to Deadline. But Stevens, who read the book after Guadagnino approached him for the film, disagreed.

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  • Posted 12/14/17 at 9:00 AM

The Star Wars Prequels, If They Took Place in a Galaxy With Modern Child-Labor Laws

In the lead-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we look back at the first Jedi (narratively speaking) with a series of stories about the much-beloved and never-disparaged prequel trilogy.

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  • Posted 12/14/17 at 8:43 AM

Disney to Buy Most of 21st Century Fox in Deal Worth $52.4 Billion

The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it is acquiring most of 21st Century Fox in a deal worth $52.4 billion. The deal has been in the works for weeks, and includes Fox’s film and TV studio, the National Geographic and FX cable-channels business, regional sports networks, international networks (including Star of India and and Sky of Britain), and Fox’s 30 percent stake in Hulu. Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and FS1 sports channel are not included in the deal, as previously speculated. Before it passes, the deal must be approved by antitrust regulators, and may face some opposition from Trump’s Justice Department, which recently moved to block the AT&T–Time Warner deal.

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  • Posted 12/14/17 at 1:27 AM

Oprah Will Receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes

Though the nominees for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards were only announced earlier this week, you don’t have to wait until January 7 to know that one Oprah Winfrey will be heading home with a statuette. On Wednesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that it would be giving the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award to the media mogul. According to the HFPA, the Cecil B. DeMille award is given each year to a “talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” In addition to hosting her daytime talk show for 25 years, owning her own cable network and magazine, and her charitable work, Winfrey has acted in several films like Selma and Lee Daniels’s The Butler. She was previously nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in The Color Purple.

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Watch The Florida Project’s 7-Year-old Star Explain Star Wars to Daisy Ridley

When 7-year-old The Florida Project star Brooklynn Prince showed up at a Los Angeles movie theater to do a post-screening Q&A for the film, she was wearing a black T-shirt with the names of her favorite actresses listed as hashtags: Elle (Fanning), Dakota (Fanning), Emma (Stone), and Daisy (Ridley). She did not expect, however, to have Ridley pop in as a guest moderator for the conversation. Prince’s surprised face is adorable, but somehow not as cute as her eventually explaining the legacy of Star Wars to the one and only Rey. Also, did you know Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and that she is very nice? Prince has all the Hollywood insider info.

Tiffany Haddish and John Cho Join The Oath, a Movie Brought to You by Internet Crushes

The forthcoming movie The Oath will be brought to you by writer, director, star, and producer Ike Barinholtz. It will also be brought to you by our collective dreams. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the satirical thriller has cast Tiffany Haddish and John Cho to star alongside Carrie Brownstein, Billy Magnussen (Ingrid Goes West), and Meredith Hagner (Search Party). Jon Barinholtz (Superstore), Nora Dunn (The Guilt Trip), and Chris Ellis (Murder in the First) are also attached. The Oath is set in a “politically divided America” (so maybe, like, right now?) where “citizens have to take an oath of loyalty.” The story will center on a man who has to get through Thanksgiving “without destroying his family,” and since this is a satirical thriller — made by QC Entertainment, one of the producers of Get Out — it’s unclear if “destroying” is meant literally, as in he will have to kill them by order of the state or something, or if destroy just means get too drunk and make his parents cry and everyone gets mad at him.

Here’s Why Lil Rel Howery Is Not Part of Get Out’s SAG Nomination for Outstanding Cast

Jordan Peele’s Get Out is having an interesting awards season. It’s critically acclaimed, but mixed recognition from major bodies like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and now SAG-AFTRA have left onlookers confused. First it was submitted by its production studio and accepted by Golden Globes voters as a Comedy or Musical contender, and now the movie is nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture but that nod exlcudes recognition for cast members Lil Rel Howery, Erika Alexander, Marcus Henderson, and Betty Gabriel. Howery gave a breakout turn as the movie’s comic relief and unlikely hero, while Gabriel became one of the faces of the film when she defended the honor of the Armitage family to Chris with her haunting, strained, “No no no no no no.” But if Get Out wins Outstanding Cast, none of those four will receive a trophy if they storm the stage. And here’s why.

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Oscar Futures: How SAG Just Changed the Race

On a regular basis between now and March 4, 2018, when the winners of the Academy Awards are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year’s Oscars race. In our Oscar Futures column, we’ll let you in on insider gossip, parse brand-new developments, and track industry buzz to figure out who’s up, who’s down, and who’s currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

Harvey Weinstein Blackmailed Salma Hayek to Get That Gratuitous Nude Scene in Frida

Behind the scenes of Frida, Harvey Weinstein terrorized Salma Hayek, bombarding her with sexual advances, private insults, and unreasonable demands. In a New York Times essay, Hayek recounts Weinstein’s sexual misconduct — allegedly asking her to shower with him, asking her to have sex with him, knocking on her hotel room doors at all hours of the night — and the wars they waged over the Oscar-winning film. “Knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn’t my friendship with [Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan] — and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney — that saved me from being raped,” Hayek wrote. Weinstein has now been accused of sexual harassment or assault by dozens of women, with exposés reporting the network of spies, allies, and honeypots he used to allegedly abuse women in private. He has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

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Every Star Wars Movie, Ranked

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was no Star Wars, and the business and art of movies were vastly different.

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  • Posted 12/13/17 at 1:00 PM

Here’s Why ‘Duel of the Fates’ Transcends the Star Wars Prequels

In the lead-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we look back at the first Jedi (narratively speaking) with a series of stories about the much-beloved and never-disparaged prequel trilogy.

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  • Posted 12/13/17 at 12:53 PM

Meet the All-Girl Dance Troupe the Comedy World is Obsessed With

It’s hard to know how to start talking about Snowy Bing Bongs Across the North Star Combat Zone, a 40-minute film of an indescribably comedic ballet of sorts that is about farts and beach balls and the business of show, and is possibly the most funny and delightful thing I saw all year. So about halfway through my conversation with Cocoon Central Dance Team, the trio that are its creative driving force, I do what anyone does in a moment of doubt, and invoke Beyoncé. Specifically, the 2011 video for “Countdown, a zippy, retro-tinged technicolor confection that borrows from Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s contemporary dance piece Rosas Danst Rosas. I had been watching the Beyoncé clip earlier that week for no particular reason, as one does, and it felt relevant in a way I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

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Clint Eastwood’s 15:17 to Paris Trailer: Real-Life Soldiers Play Themselves Onscreen

With The 15:17 to Paris, Clint Eastwood’s passion for dramatizing real-life situations (see: Sully, American Sniper) continues: This time, he’s cast the actual soldiers responsible for thwarting a terrorist attack on a train traveling from Brussels to Paris to play themselves. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone star alongside Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, and Ray Corasani in Eastwood’s movie, which follows the soldiers through the terrorist attack, plus the years in their life leading up to it. “I thought these faces were unique,” Eastwood told Entertainment Weekly about his decision to cast the real soldiers. “It just struck me that it would be an interesting experiment. It could be bold or reckless, depending on how it comes out. [Laughs] Anyway, they were enthusiastic about trying it, so we went with them, and I think people will be a little surprised.”

  • Posted 12/13/17 at 9:13 AM

Titanic, Die Hard, and The Goonies Added to the National Film Registry

Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on in the historical record. Once more, the National Film Registry has opened the door and announced the list of 25 films it would add this year, including Titanic, Die Hard, Spartacus, The Goonies, Dumbo, and more. This year’s films cover a time period from 1905, with the early film Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street, to 2000, with Christopher Nolan’s Memento. Other notable titles include Stanley Kramer’s 1967 drama Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the 1978 version of Superman, and Billy Wilder’s 1951 caustic look at journalism, Ace in the Hole. With this year’s additions, the National Film Registry now contains 725 titles. Read the list of films added in alphabetical order below:

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  • Posted 12/13/17 at 9:00 AM

11 Star Wars Prequel Ideas Abandoned by George Lucas

In the lead-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we look back at the first Jedi (narratively speaking) with a series of stories about the much-beloved and never-disparaged prequel trilogy.

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The 10 Best Horror Movies of 2017

From start to finish, 2017 was an excellent year for horror fans. While box-office attendance was hit or miss for some of the year’s biggest blockbusters (you deserved better, Valerian, even if you didn’t, Transformers: The Last Knight), a bumper crop of low-cost, high-quality scary movies generated consistently massive profits in theaters. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, was both a historically important entry into the suspense-cinema canon, and one of three horror films to break the $200 million mark at the global box office, along with M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Andy Muschietti’s reboot of It. (The slate of contenders for best horror of the year was so packed, neither of those worthy efforts even made the final ten.) But as fun as money is, the big stories in horror this year were outstanding debut features and a continued ascent for women in front of and behind the camera. Directors Julia Ducournau and Alice Lowe made knockout first films as writer-directors, and performances from actresses like Lowe, Carla Gugino, Garance Marillier, Emma Booth, and Catherine Walker demonstrated that the future of the genre is bright, thanks in large part to the fact that it’s looking more and more female every year.

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