If you're bummed that summer's over and temperatures are dropping, these movies might help alleviate your depression. They'll remind you how much you love football games, pumpkin picking, wearing cozy sweaters, and most of all, the vivid fall foliage. Plus, any excuse to rewatch When Harry Met Sally is a good one.
Autumn in New York
Wealthy tycoon Will Keane (Richard Gere) has been able to avoid lasting commitments his whole life, but when he meets a young woman (Winona Ryder) who is suffering from a serious illness, he starts to develop deep feelings for the first time. It sounds sappy, but just look how beautiful those leaves are behind them.
Good Will Hunting
Set in Boston and on MIT's campus, Good Will Hunting is the touching story about a working-class boy hiding a secret math-genius identity. With the help of an unconventional therapist (Robin Williams), Will learns what's really important in life. Besides the Oscar-winning story, you should watch it because there is no setting more handsome than autumn on a university campus.
Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams plays another unconventional professional, this time a teacher, in Dead Poets Society. With his unique teaching strategy, he inspires a group of students at the all-male prep school to explore their passions and "seize the day." Like Good Will Hunting, autumn frames academia beautifully, or maybe it's vice versa.
This drama starring Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts centers around a mom who has to come to terms with not only terminal illness but also her ex-husband's much younger girlfriend, who has taken on the role of stemom to her kids. This one is full of comfy fall clothes — all those sweaters, scarves, riding boots, and knit caps!
Hannah and Her Sisters
Woody Allen's comedy-drama about three sisters and their extended family begins and ends on Thanksgiving, following the lives and loves of the three girls over the course of two years. New York City's Upper West Side and Central Park play gorgeous backdrops in the movie, looking extra refined on those crisp autumn days.
This tale of an unlikely high school football player who has big dreams of playing for Notre Dame is not only inspiring in its "you can do anything" message, but it also stars Sean Astin (Sam from the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and features Notre Dame's gorgeous campus during the fall.
When Harry Met Sally
A romantic-comedy classic, When Harry Met Sally stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, whose characters ask the question "Can a man and a woman ever just be friends?", and features some of the most beautiful fall foliage in cinema. So if you're still mourning the end of summer, then this movie might just help you to move on.
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After a few weeks of the usual cryptic American Horror Story promos we have all learned to endure over the promotion of the last two seasons, finally a new short teaser gives us a real glimpse at what this season will look like. The clip, entitled "Initiation," delivers some crazy occult imagery and features many of the ensemble we have grown to equally love and fear, along with some exciting new faces. And having just the slightest peek was enough to conjure up some hopeful speculation for the new season.
Series creator Ryan Murphy has promised a lighter, glamorous, and (subjectively) fun story in contrast to the nightmare parade that was last season, and Coven looks like it will deliver. The premise will center around a New Orleans based school teaching young witches to protect themselves from a wave of violent attacks that stands to destroy their kind. The pupils, played by AHS alums Taissa “Cryin’ Violet” Farminga and Jamie Brewer along side new additions Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Roberts, will learn the magic ropes from Sarah Paulson’s Cordelia and remain under the protection of the Supreme witch, who will of course be played a flawlessly commanding Jessica Lange. In keeping with AHS’s routine of digging through national history and adapting historical figures, Angela Bassett will portray the renowned voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau and Kathy Bates will play the infamous serial killer Delphine LaLaurie.
The new promo features the uniformed teen witches marching towards their new institution, a gorgeous Southern Gothic mansion adorned with floating female bodies, right over a grotesque Minotaur-like creature left over the second season of ‘True Blood’ and towards the audience of the intimidating three leads. We were on board at “teen witch school”, but when Lange, Basset and Bates revealed themselves like out of some Almodovar helmed horror film, it was clear that ‘Coven’ will have us spellbound. Fingers crossed on a soundtrack full of Stevie Nicks, ‘Suspiria’ inspired references and Harry Potter cracks in the enchanting new season.
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American Horror Story: Coven still won't debut on FX for over a month but it's already terrifying us. The third cycle of the Ryan Murphy series will toggle between the present-day and the 1830s, focusing on a coven of witches who went underground after the Salem Witch Trials and instruct their young how to defend themselves from the non-magical humans bent on their destruction. It'll star Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, Emma Roberts, and Christine Ebersole. Judging from this new poster of three woment swallowing snakes, it'll be beyond scary. Check it out...if only by peeking through your fingers.
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of July 14 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
UNWIND WITH A TOM COLLINS In a transparent effort to appear hip (or something), Open Road Films released its trailer for JOBS, the Ashton Kutcher-helmed Steve Jobs biopic, on Vine. So, that's a thing now, we guess.
Justin Timberlake apparently didn't google the title of his new single before settling on "Take Back the Night," and the real Take Back the Night — the anti-sexual violence awareness organization — was a bit peeved. They even threatened legal action. Whelp.
Justin Bieber, meanwhile, made us all watch his lame-o commercial for a fragrance called "The Key" because he set it to his unreleased single "Heartbreaker." Can we go a week without having to write about the Biebs? Please?
GET HAZY WITH A MOSCOW MULE Kristen Wiig's new movie, Girl Most Likely, was released (yay!). Unfortunately, it kind of sucks (boo!).
Annnddd... Ryan Gosling's new movie sucks, too.
Emma Roberts, meanwhile, was arrested for giving her boyfriend, Evan Peters, a bloody nose. Use your words, Emma, not your fists!
ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA... Emmy nominations were announced Thursday. And, while we were happy to see the likes of Breaking Bad, Veep, and Top of the Lake get the nods they deserved, a few of our favorites were conspicuously absent. Did the Academy of Television Arts & Science forget The Americans exists?
And, last but not least, J.K. Rowling published a new book way back in April but was a total sneaky mom about it and used a pen name. To make matters worse, the pseudonym she chose was male. What happened to girl power?
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Actress Emma Roberts has landed a role in boyfriend Evan Peters' creepy U.S. drama series just weeks after learning her new TV pilot, based on sci-fi novel Delirium, was rejected by network executives. The Scream 4 star has signed up to join the cast of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Coven, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play a party girl in the third season of the acclaimed show.
Peters has already been confirmed as a returning cast member and his previously announced co-stars for the new season include Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe and Kathy Bates, while Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy will also return.
It is still not clear what will become of Roberts' small screen adaptation of Delirium, Lauren Oliver's novel about a teen in a dystopian future where love is outlawed. The show was initially approved by executives at the Fox network, but they decided to pass on the project after viewing the pilot episode.
Taking to her Twitter.com blog on 9 May (13), Roberts shared her dismay with fans, writing, "Sad about Delirium. Thank you guys so much for your support!!!"
If I can’t have either Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, or both Groff and Kitsch all to myself, at least they can have each other. The gorgeous Glee and Friday Night Lights heartthrobs, respectively, have just signed on to star as lovers in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming dramatic HBO film The Normal Heart.
The TV movie is based on a largely autobiographical 1985 play by Larry Kramer and focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Groff will take on the role of Craig, one of the early victims of the disease. Kitsch will play Bruce Niles, an investment banker who becomes an AIDS activist after falling in love with Craig.
Groff and Kitsch join Broadway actor/director Joe Mantello, who was just cast as Mickey Marcus, a man who was an instrumental member of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Previously announced cast members include Julia Roberts as Dr. Emma Brookner (a disabled physician who treats the very first AIDS patients), Avengers star Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks (a gay activist witnessing the early outbreak of the disease), Matt Bomer as Felix Turner (Ned's lover), and Jim Parsons as Tommy Boatwright.
The Normal Heart will premiere in 2014 on HBO.
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Gwyneth Paltrow is obviously a beautiful woman. She of the flaxen locks and glowing skin, of the pearly teeth and toned biceps, is a looker — no two ways about it. But is she really the best choice for the coveted title of People magazine's 'Most Beautiful'? Frankly, we don't think so.
Just over a week ago, Paltrow was named the Most Hated Celebrity in Hollywood in a poll conducted by Star magazine. And now she's back on top? Oh, the fickle tides of fame!
Meanwhile, in a move that reminds us all too much of the Bradley Cooper/Ryan Gosling "Sexiest Man Alive" debacle of 2011, America's Best Friend Jennifer Lawrence is relegated to the "other beautiful people" part of People's list. This, my friends, is a travesty. Homegirl deserves the spotlight. Just look at how much beauty she exudes:
From her blockbuster success as Katniss Everdeen to her Oscar win (and her post-Oscar press conference), Jennifer Lawrence has had a kickass year. And what has Gwyneth Paltrow done? GOOP. Oh yeah, and Iron Man 3, which coincidentally hits theaters May 3.
But in choosing their Most Beautiful, People has a tendency to stick to what is safe. To what is tried and true. To what was popular in 2004. Paltrow inherits the title from 2012's honoree Beyoncé, who is admittedly a fresher choice, but at the time of her crowning had just become a mom. And before Beyoncé, we had Jennifer Lopez (2011) and Julia Roberts (2010), both long affixed to the spotlight. This year, Most Beautiful staples such as Drew Barrymore (who snagged the top spot in 2007) and Halle Berry (2003) join Paltrow and Lawrence on the list.
Take a chance, People! Don't be afraid to honor the up-and-comers as well as the veterans. Where is Mila Kunis? Emma Stone? Quvenzhané Wallis? While Paltrow has never won People's top honor before, she has indeed been at the top of Hollywood's A-List for over a decade. She (and Barrymore, Berry, Jane Fonda, and Pink) have had their turn, let's allow some new bucks (or does, as the case may be) to join the clique.
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Ashley Roberts and Joanna Lumley are among the stars who have donned funny wigs to raise awareness of a U.K. cancer campaign. The former Pussycat Dolls star wore a wacky turquoise hairpiece while veteran actress Lumley sported an auburn style to support CLIC Sargent's Wig Wednesday fundraiser, in aid of youngsters battling the disease.
Roberts says, "I had a great time with Wig Wednesday. It was a lot of fun picking out my wigs and trying out lots of different looks - and to be doing it all in aid of the U.K.'s leading cancer charity for children and young people was even better. Hopefully lots of people will get involved with Wig Wednesday and it can raise a lot of money for CLIC Sargent."
Lumley adds, "Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience. The gruelling, often life-saving treatment involved can last up to three years and frequently leads to children and young people losing their hair. It would be great if you could join me in showing your support for them by getting your wig on and raising money for CLIC Sargent."
The initiative, which is also supported by British actress Michelle Ryan and DJ/TV presenter Laura Whitmore, takes place in the U.K. on 22 May (13).
For those not living under a rock, Robin Roberts' battle with a rare blood disorder called MDS has been a public and courageous one. So when Roberts made her return to red carpet duty for tonight's Oscars, most people were incredibly supportive — and many more, still, were proud of her choice to wear her hair au natural.
Unfortunately, there are still rocks out there under which a special brand of buffoon live. And, man, do they love social media! Taking their cluelessness on parade, these superficial ignoramouses seemed to miss the memo on ABC's Oscar anchor. Feel like getting angry? Read on to see just how offensive and awful the Internet can be. I'm sorry.
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Woah, Robin Roberts! Probably should have kept the hair. Looking like a cancer patient.
— Tyler Simpson (@Braintasm) February 25, 2013
I think Robin Roberts would be terrifying even if she had hair. #oscars
— Charlie Brown (@howihatehim) February 25, 2013
Eww, robin Roberts couldn't even put on hair??
— Troy Powell (@tjpowell82) February 25, 2013
I am not a fan of Robin Roberts short hair choice. Its a tough hairstyle to pull off as a woman. #Oscars2013 #BestDressed
— Brok Griffith (@plocktor) February 25, 2013
What's up with Robin Roberts' head. It's the oscars sweetheart, get some hair.
— Richard Fassett (@ClaudetteRubin) February 25, 2013
@mygeektime eww, Robin Roberts couldn't even put on hair?
— Troy Powell (@tjpowell82) February 25, 2013
robin roberts. one word "damn". she looks like a man. girl you gotta stop working on those arms and start working on your hair #Oscars
— Desiree Meg (@Mokha_Dee) February 25, 2013
Who did Robin Roberts hair? Looks like shit #OscarRedCarpet
— Dixie Lynn (@dixielynnelle) February 25, 2013
@jimnorton someone should tell Robin Roberts she looks horrible with short hair. I have no idea why she would shaved it
— Brandon Irwin (@BrandnIrwin) February 25, 2013
Sorry Robin Roberts, Charlize owned the short hair look tonight. #RedCarpet #oscars
— WristitRisto (@WristitRisto) February 25, 2013
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