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Sean Penn’s Much-Maligned Movie With Charlize Theron Finally Has a Trailer

A year ago at the Cannes Film Festival, I sat in a theater for the debut of Sean Penn’s latest directorial effort, The Last Face, as the audience began snickering a minute into the screening, when an overwrought opening title card appeared comparing the horrors of the Liberian Civil War and the crisis in South Sudan to “the brutality of an impossible love shared by a man… and a woman.” It had been one of the most anticipated movies of the festival: Penn’s first foray behind the camera since 2007’s Into The Wild — directing Charlize Theron, whom he’d been dating during filming but who’d broken up with him the last time they were at Cannes a year prior. The snickering didn’t stop, despite the movie’s being a very earnest look at (white) humanitarian doctors saving African lives. And then Penn and Theron had to endure a very awkward press conference, with co-lead Javier Bardem sitting between them, perhaps as a buffer.

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  • Posted 6/28/17 at 5:25 PM
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All Four Official Hollywood Chrises Are Now Members of the Academy

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 744 denizens of Hollywood to become Oscar voters, and the official Hollywood Chrises™ are in, baby! Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth were all among the latest crop of Academy invitees, according to The Hollywood Reporter. But just in case you needed more evidence to prove that Chris Pine is the best Hollywood Chris — a fact according to Vulture’s (many) Hollywood Chris experts, history, and everyone who enjoyed Wonder Woman — note that he was the first to be Academy-approved, joining in summer 2015. Channing Tatum was also on the list of 744 invitees, further indication that he is indeed an honorary Hollywood Chris. Other invitations were extended to Barry Jenkins, Kristen Stewart, Keegan-Michael Key, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, and Betty White, the oldest of the crop. Invitees are able to decline membership in the Academy — Woody Allen has repeatedly turned down Academy membership, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler reportedly declined just last year.

Baby Driver Is So Good It Will Make You Like Ansel Elgort

Not since Les Miz–era Anne Hathaway has there been a celebrity who stoked the fires of public hatred quite like Ansel Elgort. “I’m super easy to hate,” he acknowledged in a recent interview, and he’s not wrong. A turtleneck-sporting model-actor-DJ with famous parents and seemingly boundless self-confidence, Ansel seems to dig himself into a deeper hole every time he opens his mouth. He exists in that rare sweet spot where frat-bro-douche and art-bro-douche collide; once asked what he looks for in a woman, Ansel responded: “If you can find a girl who you can go to an EDM concert with, have a conversation with, who will sit on the couch and watch you play GTA for three hours — and then you go to bed and have amazing sex, that should be your girlfriend.” He is, as the Telegraph recently put it, a “Venn diagram of Things Currently Disliked in Culture.”

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  • Posted 6/28/17 at 3:40 PM

Watch Aubrey Plaza Obsess Over Elizabeth Olsen in the Ingrid Goes West Trailer

Elizabeth Olsen plays a social-media #influencer in Ingrid Goes West, the Talented Mr. Ripley meets Instagram movie from director Matt Spicer. Aubrey Plaza plays Ingrid, an online follower obsessed with mimicking Olsen’s (#perfect, according to this teaser) life. We predicted Ingrid Goes West would be the Sundance-iest movie of the 2017 festival, and it ended up winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The teaser also gives us a look at O’Shea Jackson Jr., who plays Plaza’s would-be boyfriend. Ingrid Goes West hits theaters August 11.

Watch The Cast and Crew of The Beguiled Work, Work Through Their Corsets Lip-Syncing Hamilton’sSchuyler Sisters’

Nicole Kidman, one of our most devastating film (and television) actresses, is a not-so-secret goofball, as evidenced by her love of participating in sing-alongs in cars and in this video, a “Schuyler Sisters” lip sync with the cast and crew of The Beguiled. The clip, an entry into Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton-themed #Ham4All challenge, centers on the young actresses playing the kids in the Sofia Coppola film, but also includes plenty of silly hand gestures from Kidman, plus cameos from Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and the film’s resident hunk Colin Farrell. Work!

  • Posted 6/28/17 at 11:48 AM

What’s Leaving Showtime: July 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Showtime’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles and recommend a few standouts so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Showtime and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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  • Posted 6/28/17 at 11:00 AM

The Bad Moms Christmas Trailer Celebrates the Most Mom-derful Time of the Year

The bad moms of Bad Moms are back, now with even more moms. The original moms Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, and Mila Kunis get holiday visits from their moms Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, and Christine Baranski in the sequel to last year’s summer comedy, which apparently also includes chaos in a mall, Peter Gallagher, and a whole lot of body waxing. A Bad Moms Christmas arrives in theaters November 3.

  • Posted 6/28/17 at 9:52 AM

The Greatest Showman Trailer: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Zendaya Are Under The Big Top

What do you get when one extremely cool teen TV star (Zendaya) and a too swole former teen heartthrob (Zac Efron) meet up under the Big Top? No, not the fourth High School Musical installment we deserve — it’s Hugh Jackman’s new circus! The Greatest Showman, Jackman’s long-gestating P.T. Barnum biopic, is almost here. Michelle Williams stars as Barnum’s wife, Rebecca Ferguson is a Swedish opera singer, and Zendaya and Zac are lovebirds: He’s a playwright, she’s a trapeze artist. The Greatest Showman hits theaters this Christmas.

  • Posted 6/27/17 at 6:06 PM
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Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Actor Michael Nyqvist Dead At 56

Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor perhaps most recognizable to American audiences for his starring role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, died today at the age of 56. Nyqvist had been battling lung cancer. His rep confirmed his death in a statement: “On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” read the statement. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.” The actor co-starred, alongside Noomi Rapace, as Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the other two films based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, after which Nyqvist appeared in American films such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, John Wick, and Europa Report.

Congratulations America, Ansel Elgort is Your Next President

Ansel Elgort is hanging up his earbuds and his driving gloves to take up residence in the White House. The Baby Driver star (who, for the record, is old enough to drive) will play young president John F. Kennedy in Mayday 109, a biopic about JFK’s time as a Navy captain during WWII, according to Deadline. Elgort is producing along with Emily Gerson Saines, Beau Flynn, and Basil Iwanyk, from a script by Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore. Mayday 109 was on the 2015 Blacklist of the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood. Per the script’s synopsis: “Based on actual events, a young John F. Kennedy struggles to save the crew of his PT Boat after it is sunk by a Japanese warship during World War II.” While no director is yet attached to the film, hopefully whoever takes the reins will make Ansel murmur “I love beauty” before every scene.

20 Movies Where the Bad Guys Win

In an age of superhero movies and TV anti-heroes, fictional villains are more complex than ever before. This week, Vulture examines villainous entertainment in all its forms.

Would You Buy a Dress From Daniel Day-Lewis?

As per usual, Daniel Day-Lewis has so fully committed to his next role that he has emerged from the other side forever changed. According to “Page Six“, the famed method actor, who recently announced that he was retiring from acting, has shown interest in taking up a new life as a haute couture dressmaker. The actor’s next, and presumably last, film, is a 1950s fashion drama from Paul Thomas-Anderson, which is how he apparently fell in love with dressmaking. Day-Lewis worked as a cobbler for several years in the 1990s, so dressmaking wouldn’t be entirely out of his wheelhouse, though one has to wonder what exactly a Daniel Day-Lewis dress would look like. Presumably that dress takes six years to finish, and by the time it’s done, it has actually decided to become pants.

  • Posted 6/27/17 at 10:14 AM

Did the Transformers Do Enough to Aid Harriet Tubman?

In Transformers: The Last Knight, Anthony Hopkins’s Sir Edmund Burton gleefully explains the Transformers’ complicated history to his pupils, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock). They’re all members of the Order of the Witwiccans, which is tasked with working with the bots and keeping their presence on earth a secret. All through history, it turns out, the Transformers have been an invisible hand, guiding us all to goodness.

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Robert Pattinson’s Hair Is Insane in The Propulsive New Good Time Trailer

A good trailer is instantly addicting. It leaves you not knowing what’s going to happen, but fidgeting with anticipation and frustration because however long it’s going to take for this movie to come out, it is too, too long. And when the trailer is for a movie like Robert Pattinson’s Good Time, a gritty, Scorsese-esque crime thriller filmed on the mean streets of Queens, New York, the likes of which have been very hard to come by in these superhero-obsessed times, the anticipation can be unbearable. I saw the movie at the Cannes Film Festival and I’ve already watched this new trailer on repeat seven times, getting excited all over again.

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The Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

This week, Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017.

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  • Posted 6/27/17 at 8:00 AM

Brad Pitt’s Breakout Role in Thelma and Louise Almost Went to Robert Downey Jr.

Of all the hot guys in Hollywood, Ridley Scott settled on Brad Pitt. Settled, quite literally — Scott and his casting directors saw nearly every hot guy in Hollywood for the role of J.D., the charming grifter that swindled Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon out of their money in Thelma and Louise. J.D. had to be hot enough to be objectified, boyish enough to be sweet, but cunning enough to make his bamboozle believable. “The J.D. contenders mostly fell into two camps,” Becky Aikman reports in Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma and Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge, out today. “Some adopted the spikey, tousled hair and winning charm of star of the moment Tom Cruise, while others went for the more retro effect of a shuffling, mumbling James Dean. Most feel short.”

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  • Posted 6/27/17 at 1:30 AM

What’s Leaving Hulu: July 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Hulu’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles and recommend a few standouts so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Hulu and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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  • Posted 6/26/17 at 11:08 PM

What’s Leaving HBO: July 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave HBO’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles and recommend a few standouts so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on HBO and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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What’s Leaving Netflix: July 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles and recommend a few standouts so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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  • Posted 6/26/17 at 2:50 PM
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You Can Count on Death, Taxes, and an Accountant Sequel, Which May Include the First Two

He’s big, he’s brawny, and he has a few ledgers left to balance. Deadline reports that director Gavin O’Connor and Ben Affleck are in talks for a sequel to The Accountant, which may include Jon Bernthal, who, in case you forgot, was also in The Accountant. The puzzling thriller produced surprising dividends at the box office, eventually earning $155 million worldwide off a $44 million budget, so it seems that somebody at Warner Bros. — maybe Ben Affleck in dweeby glasses — did the math on a future installment and liked the results. As far as pun-based titles go, we hope it’s called The Accountant: Returns.