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‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths
Whether you’ve seen “Under the Silver Lake” or not, you might be asking yourself the same question Andrew Garfield spends most of the film pondering: What does it all mean? So are the members of a small-but-devoted subreddit, where tinfoil-hat-wearing sleuths have been theorizing about the many clues in David Robert Mitchell’s sun-baked neo-noir for months.

Not that this isn’t without a certain irony. About an unemployed man named Sam (Garfield) whose obsessive quest to decode pop songs leads him down a dangerous path, “Under the Silver Lake” is hardly an endorsement of that kind of behavior. Sam’s search for meaning among minutiae isn’t exactly a fruitful one, with much of “Under the Silver Lake” unfolding in the same vein as “The Big Lebowski” and “Inherent Vice”: There are clues and intrigue, sure, but few of them lead to anything substantive.

Perhaps these amateur
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode 8.2: ‘A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms’ Is The Calm Before The Storm [Recap]

With its single location, this week’s “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is the “Game of Thrones” version of a bottle episode. Sure, it takes place all over the castle of Winterfell, rather than in just a single space à la “Pine Barrens” on “The Sopranos” or “Fly” on “Breaking Bad,” but this is as minimalist as this HBO show can get.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
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‘Les Misérables’: Lily Collins Considers the Happy Side of Fantine That the Musical Usually Skips Over

‘Les Misérables’: Lily Collins Considers the Happy Side of Fantine That the Musical Usually Skips Over
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from Episode 2 of “Les Misérables” on PBS.]

“I Dreamed a Dream” is perhaps one of the most well-known tunes from the musical version of “Les Misérables,” but without leaning on those songs, PBS’ six-part non-musical series based on Victor Hugo’s novel goes deeper with its storytelling. Lily Collins, who plays the lowly grisette Fantine, was able to reveal more backstory when her character falls in love and becomes pregnant by a rich student (Johnny Flynn), who abandoned her.

In an interview with IndieWire and during a panel for “Les Misérables” earlier this year, Collins shared her thoughts about this version of Fantine.

“I was really excited to get to show a side of Fantine that we really haven’t seen before. Usually, you cut into her storyline when she’s already in the factory,” she said. “You don’t get to see her fall in love, and be naive, and fun-loving, and having fun.
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‘Killing Eve’ Review: Everyone Gives Into Temptation Except Carolyn in a Maddening Episode

‘Killing Eve’ Review: Everyone Gives Into Temptation Except Carolyn in a Maddening Episode
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 3, “The Hungry Caterpillar.”]

Only on “Killing Eve” can a dangerous blade hidden in lipstick be interpreted as a love note. In the final moments of Sunday’s episode, MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) cuts herself using the doctored lipstick left in her purse by killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The name of the lip shade, Love in an Elevator, not only connects Villanelle to a recent assassination in a lift, but reflects her mindset is still firmly focused on Eve. The pain and blood caused by the knife isn’t a threat; it’s a bloody, coded kiss.

Despite this and many other delicious highlights in “The Hungry Caterpillar,” the episode doesn’t make much progress in their cat-and-mouse game and even presses reset by placing Villanelle back with her old handler Konstantin (Kim Bodnia). Compared to Season 1’s third episode, which catapulted the series forward by changing the stakes,
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‘Hail Satan?’ and the Moral Panic That Helped Inspire Its Creation

‘Hail Satan?’ and the Moral Panic That Helped Inspire Its Creation
That the title of Penny Lane’s documentary is a question, not a statement, holds more meaning than you might think. “Hail Satan?” follows the Satanic Temple’s years-long efforts to advocate for religious pluralism and redefine what it means to be a Satanist, as the group believes that “witch hunters” have been allowed to set the terms of debate for too long. One case in point: the Satanic Panic that influenced everything from the public perception of bands like Judas Priest to how the West Memphis Three were prosecuted.

“You can’t really fully understand the Satanic Temple if you don’t understand the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and ’90s,” says Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves in the film, over footage of news segments carrying ominous titles like “Devil Worship: Exposing Satan’s Underground.” “The United States was caught up by anti-Satanist hysterics.”

Lane doesn’t go in depth on this subject,
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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Scares Up Easter Weekend Win [Box Office]

It’s the calm before the storm weekend, and Warner Bros./New Line has two success stories coming out of Easter. First up, “The Conjuring” series keeps posting results. The sixth film in the series (‘Conjuring 3’ doesn’t come out until 2020), “The Curse of La Llorona,” a horror spin-off from the series won the weekend singlehandedly with a very nice $26.5 million; even better when you consider the movie cost $9 million to make.

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Led by ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ This Easter Box Office Is the Worst In a Quarter Century

Led by ‘The Curse of La Llorona,’ This Easter Box Office Is the Worst In a Quarter Century
With total grosses this weekend around $110 million, “Avengers: Endgame” can’t come soon enough. In attendance, it’s the worst Easter weekend since at least 1994 — a period when the North American population was 20% less than what it is today.

It also marks the 13th weekend out of 16 so far in 2019 in which results lagged below the preceding year. This one is particularly grim because this 12% drop compares to a date one week post Easter. The actual 2018 Easter weekend grossed $140 million, which would represent a 21% drop. Best not to think about it.

That makes the results for “The Curse of La Llorona” stand out more. Budgeted at $9 million, this horror film (tangentially related to the “Conjuring” franchise) opened over $25 million. Easter weekend typically is a strong draw for Latino audiences, and they made up about half of the ticket buyers for this Mexican-folklore story. This is a core group that continues to be underserved by studios,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Episode 2 Leaks Online Ahead of Its Premiere

As has happened many times before, much to the chagrin of HBO, the latest “Game of Thrones” episode has leaked online ahead of its official premiere. Last week’s Season 8 finale made its way onto the internet four hours early due to a DirecTV error, whereas the second episode began streaming early on Amazon Prime Video in Germany.

It then made its way to other corners of the internet, ditto details of what transpires in it — which is to say, be careful on social media until actually watching tonight’s episode directed by David Nutter. The helmer is a “Game of Thrones” veteran, having won an Emmy for directing Season 5 finale “Mother Mercy” and also taking the reins on such well-received episodes as “The Rains of Castamere,” “A Man Without Honor,” and last week’s “Winterfell.” He will also direct Episode 4 of this eighth and final season, bringing his time
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Andrew Garfield’s ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Tops Shaky Specialty Box Office

In a rickety specialty market, A24’s Cannes 2018 film noir “Under the Silver Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield, delivered the best opener, beating out “Red Joan” (IFC), the latest from reliable Judi Dench, which opened far below her usual results. Several other indie titles (five from women directors) debuted to varying initial interest. And on its second weekend, moviegoers ignored “Teen Spirit” (Bleecker Street), starring Elle Fanning, as it moved into several hundred nearly empty venues.

On the other hand, many arthouse patrons checked out high-end Chinese drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (Kino Lorber), which includes a lengthy 3D sequence that impressed critics and audiences alike. The film is now playing Los Angeles as well as New York.

Opening

Under the Silver Lake (A24) – Metacritic: 59; Festivals include: Cannes 2018

$40,157 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $20,079

David Robert Mitchell’s long-delayed Los Angeles neo-noir opened in two top theaters in
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Abigail Disney Says Disney CEO Bob Iger’s ‘Insane’ Salary Has a ‘Corrosive Effect on Society’

Disney CEO Bob Iger made $65.6 million last year, or 1,424 times that of the median Mouse House employee. If that strikes you as a bit much, you aren’t alone: Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Disney co-founder Roy Disney, believes that Iger’s salary is not only “insane” but is part of a larger problem that has a “corrosive effect on society.”

“Let me very clear. I like Bob Iger. I do Not speak for my family but only for myself. Other than owning shares (not that many) I have no more say in what happens there than anyone else. But by any objective measure a pay ratio over a thousand is insane,” she wrote in the first of many tweets about executive compensation.

“To brush aside criticism of the low wage you pay workers at the company by saying you pay more than the Federal Minimum Wage and that you provide
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Keeps Most of Her Awards Out of Sight

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Keeps Most of Her Awards Out of Sight
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won a lot of awards: 11 Emmys, a Golden Globe, and nine Screen Actors Guild prizes. Were you to visit the “Veep” star’s home, however, you would only glimpse of a few of those statuettes out on display. “I don’t want to keep them all in one spot — that feels sort of show-off-y,” she told Porter. “So I have some out…but others are tucked away under a bed.”

In terms of Emmys, Louis-Dreyfus has won for “Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” and “Veep”; her Globe (one of the nine for which she’s been nominated) was for “Seinfeld,” and her SAG prizes were for “Seinfeld” and “Veep,” both as part of the ensembles as well as for her own performances.

Despite not wanting to be a show-off, she does have to wonder: “Why is a powerful woman a complicated thing? Why is asserting ourselves so hard?
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‘Game of Thrones’ Betting Odds May Help Determine Who Sits on the Iron Throne

‘Game of Thrones’ Betting Odds May Help Determine Who Sits on the Iron Throne
To watch “Game of Thrones” is to try and predict what happens next on “Game of Thrones,” usually to no avail. And though we all have our theories — I remain convinced of mine — how many of us are willing to put our money where our mouth is?

The answer, it turns out, is quite a few. Variety took a look at the betting odds calculated by gambling sites like Bovada, which allow viewers to put money down on everything from who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne to whether or not Arya Stark will wear Littlefinger’s face this season.

Here are some of the predictions:

Who will rule Westeros?

Jon Snow: +225

Bran Stark: +275

Sansa Stark: +500

Daenerys Targaryen: +550

Gendry: +650

Petyr Baelish: +1,250

The Night King: +1,500

Tyrion Lannister: +1,500

Arya Stark: +2,000

Samwell Tarly: +2,000

Cersei Lannister: +2,500

Jon and Daenerys’ baby: +2,500

Jaime Lannister: +4,000

Varys: +7,000

Davos Seaworth: +7,000

Bronn: +10,000

Euron Greyjoy: +10,000

Brienne of Tarth:
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Wisconsin Man Sees ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times, Which Is Obviously a World Record

Wisconsin Man Sees ‘Captain Marvel’ 116 Times, Which Is Obviously a World Record
Captain Marvel” has made more than $1 billion worldwide, and one man can lay claim to contributing more to that box-office haul than anyone else in the world: Steve Ruppel of Wisconsin. After setting a Guinness World Record by seeing Brie Larson’s superhero drama 104 times at the Marcus Cedar Creek Cinema in Rothschild 104 times, the apparent super fan went back 12 more times for good measure.

“I thought it was the most insane thing ever, I thought it was impossible,” Ruppel told local news station Wsaw of his feat. “I wasn’t even sure why it was even a record, but I thought after a while ‘I should probably do that.'”

If you’re wondering whether he has a job, the answer is yes. If you’re wondering whether spending 242 hours in a movie theater over the last month or so made that job difficult, the answer is also yes.
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I Wish I Was ‘Big’: ‘Shazam!’ Is The Latest Instant-Adulthood Comedy [Be Reel Podcast]

If you find a slightly strange Hollywood premise recurring through film history — as we often do on this genre-hopping podcast — chances are we should look closely at how it plays on our fantasies. After all, what kid doesn’t dream of being, well, big? From “Big” (1988) to “13 Going on 30” (2004) to the latest DC Comics adaptation “Shazam!,” movies in which children magically hit adulthood overnight are almost inherently aiming for mass appeal as they engage in two separate, sentimental dialogues: Kids, don’t go growing up too fast now; adults, give a little love to the child within.

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‘Get Out Your Handkerchiefs’ Is An Outlandish, Subversive Romantic Comedy That Flirts With Going Too Far [Review]

Raoul (Gérard Depardieu) really wants his wife Solange (Carole Laure) to be happy. She’s become depressed and prone to dizzy spells, and he doesn’t know what to do. Furiously, and loudly, discussing this with her in public, Raoul is sure he notices her eyeing a bearded fellow sitting alone across the room. Raoul asks to sit next to the man, Stéphane (Patrick Dewaere), a school teacher who is awkwardly confused, but seemingly polite enough not to refuse.

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Michael Che Smears Journalist Who Wrote About ‘SNL’ Co-Star Colin Jost

In response to Uproxx writer Steven Hyden penning an article titled “Why Does Everyone (Still) Hate ‘SNL’s Colin Jost?,” Michael Che defended his “Saturday Night Live” co-star the only way he knows how: by accusing Hyden of bestiality. In a series of Instagram stories embedded below, the “Weekend Update” anchor and “SNL” co-head writer (both duties he shares with Jost) pretended to have heard news stories about a “regular mediocre ass white dude, probably like a writer or something” who “had a secret life” involving rescuing dogs in order to perform lewd acts with them.

Che repeatedly brought up Hyden by name while pretending he wasn’t sure who the culprit was: “i dont [sic] think its [sic] stephen hyden, but that name is stuck in my head for some reason,” reads one example.

Che joined Jost on the “Weekend Update” desk in September 2014 and was named co-head writer of “SNL
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Full Frame’s 9th Annual A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy Closes with “Framing the Conversation: Stanley Nelson”

Taking place on a Saturday afternoon in the lobby of The Durham Hotel, “Framing the Conversation: Stanley Nelson” was the final panel discussion in a series of A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy chats at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. In town to interview Nelson, the down-to-earth founder of Firelight Media, a recipient of both the MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a National Humanities Medal […]
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Full Frame’s 9th Annual A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy Closes with “Framing the Conversation: Stanley Nelson”

Taking place on a Saturday afternoon in the lobby of The Durham Hotel, “Framing the Conversation: Stanley Nelson” was the final panel discussion in a series of A&E IndieFilms Speakeasy chats at this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. In town to interview Nelson, the down-to-earth founder of Firelight Media, a recipient of both the MacArthur “Genius Grant” and a National Humanities Medal […]
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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering ‘Mild’ Stroke

John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering ‘Mild’ Stroke
Boyz n the Hood” writer-director John Singleton was hospitalized earlier this week for what’s being described as “mild” stoke, reports Variety. The filmmaker checked himself into the hospital after experiencing pain his leg following a flight from Costa Rica to the United States, which, also per Variety, potentially contributed to the medical incident.

Singleton burst onto the scene with “Boyz” in 1991, for which he earned Academy Award nominations for both Best Original Screenplay Best Director — the first black filmmaker to receive the latter nod, as well as the youngest at just 23 years old. Now 51, he has since directed the films “Shaft,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and “Four Brothers,” among others, in addition to episodes of “Empire,” “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and “Rebel.” Singleton also created the FX drama “Snowfall.”

He also supervised the production of the documentary “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later
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