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President Trump Tweetstorm: Back On The Attack After Quiet Period

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After a relatively quiet period, the Commander-in-Tweet was at it again Sunday morning, railing against the New York Times, Hillary Clinton, the Mueller “Witch Hunt” and Tony Podesta. Trump’s ire was back in form after Armed Forces Day, his wife’s illness, and the Texas high school shootings caused a lull in his usual output. Today, he was in attack mode once again, no doubt sparked by the Times story that detailed efforts by foreign governments to help the Trump… Read


Food Network ‘Ginormous Food’ Host Josh Denny Stirs The Pot Via Twitter

The star of the Food Network show Ginormous Food, which seeks out the biggest and tastiest foods in America, may have bitten off more than he can chew. The caustic standup comedian stirred up a hornets nest of comments on Twitter with some insulting remarks that took aim at Muslims, blacks, Jews, and others in a series of random riffs and off-the-wall comments. Denny veered between bits that seemed to be taken from a gonzo stand-up comedy routine designed to outrage and… Read


Cannes 2018 Has Its First Genuine Sure-Fire Oscar Contender, And Maybe A Palme d’Or Winner Too


Well it took awhile, but right near the end of the 71st Cannes Film Festival we finally have a sure-fire Oscar contender — and though Cannes juries can be fickle and unpredictable, I would venture to say a certain frontrunner for the Palme d’Or. Before hitting the amFAR benefit at the Hotel du Cap last night, I attended the gala 7 PM premiere of Nadine Labaki’s competition entry Capernaumand it was memorable to say the least, earning an eight-minute wildly enthusiastic… Read


Cannes’ Glittery amFAR Event ‘Cinema Against AIDS’ Goes On Without Its Prime Mover Harvey Weinstein

amFAR Cannes 2018

The 25th annual gala amFAR Cannes charity event, Cinema Against AIDS, took place even in the shadow of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall — the man who ruled over this event for almost all of the past quarter century. Not this time, though. And though the star quotient was lower than usual, his presence wasn’t missed in any major way. Pierce Brosnan, bringing in over $1 million for his Bob Dylan painting, and perennial Chris Tucker and Nicole Scherzinger were among the few… Read


Peter Bart: Why Has Female Empowerment Led To So Many Downer Roles For Women?

Melissa McCarthy Amy Schumer Charlize Theron

The #MeToo movement notwithstanding, I've been worried about women lately, perhaps because I've been seeing too many movies. At a time when women are achieving more muscle in managing their lives and careers, the female characters they portray in movies lack both muscle and self-esteem. Women need a movement – any sort of movement. They also need help at the box office. Let's start with Melissa McCarthy, Charlize Theron and Amy Schumer. In Spy, McCarthy three years ago… Read


Why ‘Be Natural’, The Documentary About The First Female Director, May Be The Best (And Least-Seen) Film In Cannes

Be Natural

I have seen the most pertinent, timely, touching and inspiring movie in Cannes this year, and for my money the best in the fest. So why do I feel hardly anyone saw it, even if among its executive producers are Robert Redford, Hugh Hefner and John Ptak, and features a who’s who of on-camera participants? So why is no one talking about it? Try to find a review of it in the trades or anywhere and you will have to search hard. Those critics apparently would rather rush to see… Read


Black Friday Cancellation Purge Sees Biz Reality Shiv ‘Lucifer,’ ‘Quantico’ & More

There is blood flowing in the streets of Hollywood tonight, as the television networks' annual Black Friday purge has cancelled a deluge of series, such as the shocker of Brooklyn Nine-Nine plus Designated Survivor, The Exorcist, Quantico, Lucifer and The Brave this week. Click on the photo above to launch our gallery of this season’s canceled shows so far. While there is talk, hope and rosary bead prayers that the Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher-led cop comedy could… Read


Peter Bart: Fifty Years In, Three Directors Continue To Build Their Legacies

Francis Ford Coppola William Friedkin Peter Bogdanovich

As several excellent books and articles are reminding us, 1968 was a year of tumult. Regimes were collapsing on this date 50 years ago, protesters jammed the streets, and the worlds of music and film were being re-imagined. Even the tightly regimented Cannes Film Festival exploded in a noisy chaos of demonstrations. The convulsions of five decades ago, to be sure, did not have the enduring impact that many had imagined. Game-changing ideas crashed and burned, taking… Read


Spanish Star Power And Oscar Winners Get 71st Cannes Film Festival Launched In Style

Everybody Knows Cannes Film Festival

The 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival got off to a strong start Tuesday night with the world premiere of  two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi’s familial kidnapping mystery drama Everybody Knowswith stars Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin walking the fabled red-carpeted Grand Theatre Lumiere steps along with the Iran-born director. The film itself played well — an accessible melodrama centering on the kidnapping of a teen girl that leads to… Read


Festival’s New Delayed Press Screening Policy May Draw Boos From Journalists But Is The Smart Move For Its Future — Cannes

I have to confess that as a Cannes Film Festival veteran, and a journalist who attends nearly all the competition screenings, I was hoping this day would come. I'm talking, of course, about the hand-slapping move that the Cannes Film Festival has pulled for its 2018 edition. The culprits reaching for the cookie jar, in the mind of festival director Thierry Frémaux, are the many journalists and critics from around the world who travel to the Côte d'Azur each May in the… Read


Warren Buffett Says He Missed On Amazon, Google – Calls Cryptocurrency “Rat Poison Squared”

The Oracle of Omaha admits that his investment crystal ball was cloudy on at least two tech companies, Amazon and Google. Speaking at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting on Saturday, Buffett said he bet wrong when it came to the technology giants, which represent two of the largest companies in the world. The meeting was held before a capacity crowd of approximately 20,000 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Buffett is considered one of the world… Read


U2 Tweet On Ireland Abortion Referendum Draws Fire From Pro-Life Fans

Rock band U2, which has Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations and awards to its credit, won’t be winning any awards from some fans in the near-term, thanks to its stance on a controversial Irish referendum on abortion. The band, which makes much of its professed Christian roots, upset its pro-life fans by tweeting its support for legalizing abortion in Ireland earlier this week. The tweet upset pro-life fans in the country, where religion still plays an outsize role… Read