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• /Film amazing story behind that funny "he's a friend from work" line in the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok
• Variety talks to five members of the HFPA, aka the foreign press who vote on the Golden Globes
• Interview fun Q&A with Kathy Bates using ol' Andy Warhol questions. She reveals that she's a huge fan of Asghar Farhadi (yes!) and, uh, Meet Joe Black (noooo!)
• BuzzFeed Charlize Theron is a "broad" - how the actress charted her own course, while cashing in on her considerable beauty

Financial Time amazing sit down with Isabelle Huppert who gives great quote over a 12 course meal
• Vanity Fair Lindsay Lohan's new publicist and how he's changing the conversation about her (as she works towards a comeback)
• Variety Broad Green Pictures, which started off strong with the hit A Walk In the Woods, is laying employees off. Uhoh
• Head Over Feels has a really fun alternative Emmys (and other categories) you can vote on
• Awards Daily on the Emmy's most competitive race: Outstanding Drama Series
• IndieWire Angelina Jolie upset that people have misinterpreted a casting exercize she used to choose child actors for auditions for her new film First They Killed My Father

Off Screen
• The Independent if you're in the UK this summer, snag tickets to see Tom Hiddleston as Hamlet for a limited fund-raising stage production in a tiny theater (160 seats only!) helmed by Kenneth Branagh himself (you may recall that Branagh already did a Hamlet movie in 1996 that was four hours long and nominated for four Oscars.
• Modern Love Actor Andrew Rannells on a night of casual sex that coincided with a family tragedy
• NPR the 150 greatest albums made by woman. This is an awesome list. Must listen to the ones I don't know
• Onion "Twitter Introduces Red X Mark To Verify Users It’s Okay To Harass"
• Cosmopolitan repainted Barbies as RuPaul's Drag Race queens. The Valentina and Trixie Mattel's are amazing
• Theater Mania last block of tickets on sale for Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! (through January)
• Playbill the original stars of Kinky Boots (Stark Sands and Billy Porter) will return to the show in late September (hmmm, does this mean a closing date soon?). Since I've already seen the show twice, I'll skip... unless they can also lure awesome Annaleigh Ashford back in which case, I am there with bells (and heels) on.
• Gothamist the legendary Algonquin Hotel in NYC is getting a new cat-in-chief. This one's a ginger rescue.

And This Just In...
Jessica Chastain will be playing Empress Lilandra of the Shi'ar in X-Men Dark Phoenix. A kind of Catwoman to Xavier's Batman if you will (at least in the comics) because she's not exactly evil but not a hero either... and in this here classic storyline -- which I have little hope they can pull off in the movie but was so damn awesome back in the day in the comicbooks -- Lilandra was in direct conflict with her lover Xavier. So it's a mini The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her reunion as Jessica reminded with this cute photo of her and her former and now future co-star...


Hey @jamesmcavoyrealdeal you ready for me up in Montreal? Im gonna make you cry so hard 😈 #xmen @simondavidkinberg

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I love the Financial Times' almost-ethnographic moments with Isabelle Huppert over 12 courses. She must be a fascinating dinner date. I like the way she casually spews unedited ideas, culinary nuggets and reflections on Macron, Woody Allen and her own 'minimalist' acting.

By the way the correct link is

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterOwl

Those Drag Race barbies are amazing. And Trixie is a great choice, of course, stylistically and name wise.

Here's also a great article by Yasmin Khan on Indian troops in WWII and the implications in a Dunkirk film/post-Brexit world. :)

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

That NPR list is great.... but that Lemonade placing really jars. Lemonade was great, but to have it placed above Tapestry, Tracy Chapman, Debut, Spice, Hounds of Love, Jagged Little Pill, 21, Back to Black...?? it's WAY to early to rate it that high.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJB

That Andrew Rannells essay is heartbreaking and all too familiar. Not to mention I'm currently reading The Year of Magical Thinking for the first time so I am very paranoid rn lol

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Craver -sorry about that. that paywall was not there when i read the article (sigh) but i see it is now.

August 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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Will you tell me once and for all what you consider Kathy Bates' best work?

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful


August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKim

OMG I LOVE Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. Winslet's performance is terrific, the greatest Ophelia I've ever seen.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

The most surprising performance for me in Branagh's "Hamlet" was Charlton Heston as The Player King. He was so eloquent and moving, looking like a truly great actor, that it was no wonder Hamlet marvelled at his skills.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I haven't seen "Meet Joe Black" in a while, but I have seen it several times and think it's a gorgeous, touching, albeit overlong movie. I concur with Kathy Bates.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I like Meet Joe Black, too. Old fashioned and romantic.
And Claire Forlani is beyond lovely in it - it's a great mystery she didn't become a great star after the movie.
Anthony Hopkins is great, too - the father-daughter relationship is quite moving.
Weak link is Brad Pitt.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterUlrich

Yes, Heston was incredible in that role. One of his greatest performances. I also love Julie Christie in it, and above all, Branagh himself.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

That NPR list is amazing reading, but where the hell is Helen Reddy?

The Jessica-James pic is so lovely, and now once again I'm sad she did not get her deserved Oscar nomination for Eleanor Rigby. And James is also terrific in that.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

The fact that Jolie thinks the problem with her audition "exercise" is how she did it and not the act in itself of utilizing the pain and suffering of children for her own entertainment says it all. The problem was never how she did the audition (that was bad too) but that she even had one focusing on the children's experiences.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve_Man

Kathy Bates' nickname is Bobo? Only a true badass could pull that off... so of course, she does!

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBiggs

I love Dark Phoenix so I'm anticipating that movie. I hope they won't fuck it up.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJames T

@ cal roth: the more Hamlets I see, the more I think Ophelia is kind of a thankless part. So brava to actresses like Winslet who really succeed at making the part interesting and meaningful.

I also liked Julia Styles as Ophelia, and Diane Verona as Gertrude in the same film. Ciaran Hinds is my favourite Claudius.

I love that Branagh did the whole uncut play. He is also so great at casting, he really loves the play and actors.

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Is best drama series really the most competitive Emmy category or is it actress in a Miniseries?

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

That Andrew Rannells essay was pretty devastating. Who knew?

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterReynolds

Brad Pitt is beyond awful in that film. For a long time I was adamant he was a terrible actor because of that film. ... but then finally got around to watching some of his great ones, so had a change in tune but damn he deserves some hate for that pert too

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

I am devouring that NPR link!! Can't wait to chat it up with my fellow nerd friends (I would have included "Butterfly" over "Daydream" if they were gonna put a Mariah album on there, but bygones!)

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjakey

That NPR Top 10 is...suspect. First, any album that's been released in the last 10 years shouldn't even be in consideration. In my opinion, it takes time for releases to earn all-time best status, otherwise it just feels a little lazy and clickbaity (i.e. that Lemonade inclusion). Second, they plop Missy in the Top 10 (I gather, cynically, to make sure hip-hop had a representative), but then didn't even pick her strongest album (that would be "Under Construction")! Third, the Boomer Bias rears its head again (this is why I hate Rolling Stones' lists) with 6/10 of the Top 10 coming from 60s and 70s albums. Fourth, any Top 10 without Erykah's "Mama's Gun" is illegitimate.

Then they've got the wrong Teena Marie album. WRONG Lil' Kim album. Wrong Bonnie Raitt. Spice Girls? Love them, but no. "What's the 411?" and no "My Life" or even "The Breakthrough"? "Like a Prayer" and "Like a Virgin" over "Ray of Light" or "Erotica"? No "Velvet Rope"?! And where is "Toni Braxton"?!

August 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKBJr.


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