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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

10 hours ago

Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment By Eight Women, Apologizes for Acting ‘Insensitively’

12 hours ago

Update (November 20): CBS and PBS have suspended Charlie Rose following the multiple sexual harassment allegations. Rose hosts “Charlie Rose” on PBS and is a co-anchor on “CBS This Morning” and a contributing correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Earlier: Eight women have accused talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose of sexual harassment in a new report from The Washington Post. The accusations say Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward all eight women, which includes walking around naked in their presence, having lewd phone calls with them in which he shares sexual fantasies, and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

Read More:Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

According to The Post, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the times of the alleged encounters. They were all employees or aspired to work on “Charlie Rose” from the late 1990s to 2011. Three »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

12 hours ago

In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely, »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Magicians’ Season 3 Trailer Shows an Imaginative and Dangerous Overseas Adventure

13 hours ago

Syfy’s “The Magicians” released its Season 3 trailer, and surprisingly enough there’s little to no magic involved. Instead, the quest to restore magic to the world is officially on after the new Kings and Queens of Fillory failed to protect the kingdom last season. Protagonists Quentin, Eliot, Alice, and Margo will fight to bring the magic back, and it looks like they’ll go to any length to do so.

The series is based on the trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Rick Worthy. For Season 3, the series has also added fan-favorite actress Felicia Day. The characters have to work together now more than ever before in order to find the seven keys to balance magic throughout the realm.

Read More:‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

Along with new recruit Felicia Day, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Baltimore Rising’ is a Vital Portrait of Activism, Anger, and a City’s Search for Justice and Healing

13 hours ago

The death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015, will likely be the subject of many future documentaries. When detailing Gray’s arrest at the hands of Baltimore police officers, and the spinal cord injuries that led to his passing a week later, many of these films will probably include the harrowing cell phone footage of Gray’s arrest that appears early on in “Baltimore Rising,” the new HBO documentary from actress Sonja Sohn.

For the rest of its 93-minute runtime, “Baltimore Rising” uses Gray’s treatment to examine the fabric of the city in the year that followed. Through highlighting activists young and old, as well as providing perspective from inside the law enforcement community, Sohn presents a view of Baltimore that has its share of division — but is made up of individuals trying to find healing in their own way.

Read More:‘Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Doc Shows the Birth »


- Steve Greene

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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

14 hours ago

Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

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Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars. »


- Ben Travers

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

14 hours ago

While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision. »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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Lena Dunham Uses Feminism to Market, Not to Lead, and Apologies Don’t Fix That — Opinion

14 hours ago

No matter how many times she does it, Lena Dunham doesn’t seem to get any better at apologizing. The “Girls” co-creator and “Tiny Furniture” filmmaker has doled out multiple public atonements over the last decade, with verbal missteps ranging from wishing she’d had an abortion to comparing Jezebel to an abusive husband. Her most recent attempt to make amends arrives at a critical point in Hollywood history and modern feminism, and it’s time to recognize that her political stances are not misguided, or even inconsistent: They aren’t ruled by values, but by what’s good for Dunham and her friends.

The most recent example stemmed from a statement by Aurora Perrineau, who accused former “Girls” writer and producer Murray Miller of raping her when she was 17 years old. Within hours of the accusation on November 17, Dunham and her “Girls” co-creator Jenni Konner essentially called Perrineau a liar. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Family Guy’ Depicts a Very Awkward Family Dinner Between Ronan Farrow and Woody Allen

18 hours ago

Family Guy” is well known for its cutaway anecdotes, but one of the latest bits involving Ronan Farrow and Woody Allen ended up being more awkward than laugh-out-loud funny. During the November 21 episode “Petey IV,” the show cut to an awkward family dinner between Farrow, Allen, and Soon-Yi Previn and joked about the rumors that Farrow is actually the son of Frank Sinatra and not Allen.

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The episode found Peter befriending Vladimir Putin and taking him on a tour of Quahog. When the Russian President told Peter that not everything is always as it seems, Peter responded, “Yeah, except for Ronan Farrow, who is clearly Woody Allen’s son and absolutely not Frank Sinatra’s.” The show then cut to the dinner scene, where Ronan was depicted as Sinatra’s offspring by being a smoking, »


- Zack Sharf

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Senator Al Franken Accused of Groping a Woman While in Office

18 hours ago

A second woman has accused Senator Al Franken of groping, CNN has reported. According to Lindsay Menz, the unwanted touching occurred while the two were posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. The former comedian was elected to the Senate in 2008, making this the first accusation of inappropriate touching while he was in office. Last week, news anchor Leann Tweeden said that Franken forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 Uso tour. Franken issued an apology in response.

Read More:Hollywood Launches Two New Programs Aimed at Helping Sexual Assault Survivors in Entertainment Industry

According to CNN, Menz met the Senator at a booth at the State Fair when her husband snapped a photo of them. She said Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear. It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. »


- Jude Dry

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‘American Vandal’ Creators Tease Season 2 Details and Share Their Favorite Fan Theories

18 hours ago

After “Who drew the dicks?” became one of the most intriguing TV mysteries of the fall, “American Vandal” is ready to ask a totally different question in Season 2.

Speaking at the Vulture Festival in Hollywood on Sunday night, series co-creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault and showrunner Dan Lagana reflected on the success of the show’s first season and dropped some hints about Season 2.

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In true mystery series fashion, they didn’t reveal too much of what’s to come in the show’s second season, but they did confirm some extra details related to the most recent teaser.

Yacenda, Perrault, and Lagana explained that the second season of the show would still involve high-school documentarians Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck), but that the rest »


- Steve Greene

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Lizzy Caplan is Returning to Her ‘Party Down’ Roots on ‘Ill Behaviour,’ and She’s Very Excited About It

20 hours ago

Lizzy Caplan is great at playing dark, jaded, and edgy characters. She hates that word — “edgy” — but she still uses it to describe Nadia, her role on the new Showtime acquisition, “Ill Behaviour.”

“I think the perception of me is that I played this type of screw-up a lot,” Caplan said in an interview with IndieWire. “It was a return to something familiar, but playing this type of sardonic– I hate the word edgy, but edgy screw-up, in a situation that was completely novel was exciting. I wanted to put back on my black T-shirts and my smeary eye makeup and get back on that horse again for a minute.”

The novel situation she refers to is indeed that: Nadia is a doctor called upon to illegally administer chemotherapy to an unwilling patient. Played by her husband, Tom Riley, Charlie wants to tackle his cancer with alternative medicine, but his »


- Ben Travers

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Tig Notaro Says the Only Positive of Louis C.K.’s Harassment is the ‘Victims Were Not Told They’re Lying’

21 hours ago

Tig Notaro broke her silence on Louis C.K.’s sexual harassment during an interview at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on November 21. Notaro previously made headlines earlier this year when she mentioned the harassment rumors against C.K. in an interview with The Daily Beast and told her fellow comedian he should “handle” them. At Vulture fest, the “One Mississippi” star and creator spoke on the only positive part of the C.K. story.

Read More:Jon Stewart Gets Honest About Not Believing Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Rumors: ‘You Get Mad at Yourself’

“I don’t want to go into the Louis stuff,” she said. “The positive of that particular situation is whatever someone’s intentions are there, meaning him, the positive is that victims were not told they’re lying anymore, and that was the positive that came from that, and that’s it as far as I’m concerned. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: Negan Finally Explains Himself In ‘The Big Scary U’

19 November 2017 7:12 PM, PST

Whose Episode Is It?

It’s a Negan episode. Wait, don’t go! It’s actually much better than it sounds! In fact, “The Big Scary U” is not only the best episode of Season 8, it might be better than any episode from Season 7. And it manages this feat by simply giving Negan some depth and motivation, an actual character for us to consider, instead of a one-note psychopath. It also gives poor Jeffrey Dean Morgan something to do other than bluster, and he admirably rises to the occasion.

“The Big Scary U” also goes a long way in confirming that this season will finally seriously address the moral costs of living in the zombie apocalypse, as it both establishes Negan’s philosophy and questions Rick’s methodology. It even manages to address this in different storylines involving multiple characters, which is a rarity for the standard recent “Walking Dead »


- Jeff Stone

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‘The Problem with Apu’: Hari Kondabolu Doesn’t Want to Punish ‘The Simpsons,’ but He’s Looking for a Shift in the System

19 November 2017 7:00 PM, PST

For a movie meant to start conversations, “The Problem with Apu” follows its own advice and includes plenty of its own. In his search for answers about the origins, impact, and continued inclusion of “The Simpsons” character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hari Kondabolu gives over much of the runtime of his new truTV documentary to his talks with South Asian performers and professionals about how Apu has affected not just their careers, but their lives.

Kondabolu’s film argues that as a character, Apu isn’t just a vehicle for promoting misguided and harmful stereotypes about South Asian people. For him, it’s a symptom of a system that never had anyone at the table to explain why the Kwik-e-Mart owner might be a caricature that would fundamentally shape understanding of the South Asian-American experience for everyone from playground bullies to well-intentioned businessmen.

This need for an honest evaluation of what Apu might represent, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Outlander’ Review: Tumultuous Waters Rip Claire and Jamie Apart

19 November 2017 6:00 PM, PST

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 10, “Heaven & Earth.”]

Unrequited, Requited Love

Following last week’s cliffhanger, Claire and Jamie spent the entirety of “Heaven & Earth” separated as Claire battled the typhoid outbreak on the British ship that kidnapped her and Jamie was locked up below on the Artemis for trying to go after his wife. Given how little there was for Jamie to do under those circumstances (other than to brood over his loss), we were forced to navigate the duo’s relationship through monologues and voice-overs. Or, in the case of Claire, the love part of this love story survived through sheer speculation about what might happen to Jamie once all parties reach Jamaica.

Obviously, trouble follows this couple no matter what country (or open body of water) they find themselves in, but it was nice to take a break from that story in order to let each character breathe a little and come into their own. »


- Amber Dowling

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