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Fall Movies 2019: Here’s What’s Coming Soon to Theaters



Here is a highly select list of noteworthy films due out this season. Release dates are subject to change and reflect the latest information as of deadline.

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER The filmmaker Hassan Fazili (who is credited as director, with Emelie Mahdavian) and his family became refugees from Afghanistan after the Taliban targeted him. This documentary is a first-person account of their journey toward safe harbor.

THE LAUNDROMAT Steven Soderbergh takes a break from shooting on an iPhone to put his spin on the story behind the Panama Papers, leaked documents that were said to reveal how a Panamanian law firm had helped wealthy clients launder money and evade taxes. Meryl Streep leads a large cast that includes Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas as the firm’s founding partners.

THE PARTS YOU LOSE Christopher Cantwell, a creator of “Halt and Catch Fire,” directed this story of a boy who becomes friendly with a fugitive. Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star.

PRETENDERS James Franco directs himself again (see “Zeroville,” above) in a movie about a film student who is besotted with the French new wave and a mysterious woman — of whom his friend is also enamored. With Jack Kilmer, Shameik Moore and Jane Levy.

CELEBRATION Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007, this fly-on-the-wall chronicle of Yves Saint Laurent during the preparations for his final collection was blocked from release by Saint Laurent’s business partner, Pierre Bergé, who reportedly did not like his portrayal in the film. Bergé’s death in 2017, nine years after that of the designer, has enabled the documentary, now lightly re-edited, to open.

WAR The Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff meet in an action face-off spectacular.

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER The director Beniamino Barrese creates a portrait of his mother, Benedetta Barzini, a former Italian supermodel who worked with Richard Avedon and studied with Lee Strasberg. “Barzini is Barrese’s subject (and apparent muse), but she’s also his mother, which creates some productive friction,” Manohla Dargis wrote after the film played at the Sundance Film Festival.

NO SAFE SPACES The comedian Adam Carolla and the conservative pundit Dennis Prager argue that the concept of “safe spaces” is antithetical to free speech. Interviewees include the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, the psychologist Jordan Peterson, the professor and activist Cornel West and the lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz.

PORTALS Eduardo Sanchez, one of two directors of “The Blair Witch Project,” is one of four directors — Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto and Liam O’Donnell are the others — of this anthology film, set after the world has experienced a wave of blackouts.

LIBERTY: MOTHER OF EXILES Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”) directed this documentary in which the designer Diane von Furstenberg examines the history of the Statue of Liberty.

MAKING WAVES: THE ART OF CINEMATIC SOUND With interviews from other veterans of the business, the longtime sound editor Midge Costin (“The Rock,” “Days of Thunder”) directed this accessible portrait of how sound is constructed for movies.

THE PREY An undercover Chinese cop (Gu Shangwei) is hunted after he winds up in a Cambodian jungle.

SYNONYMS Nadav Lapid (the Israeli feature “The Kindergarten Teacher,” which was remade with Maggie Gyllenhaal) won the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival for this autobiographically inspired film. It follows an Israeli man (Tom Mercier) who is adrift while leading a tenuous life in Paris.

WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS Two cousins on opposite sides of the ivory trade in Kenya — a dealer and a ranger who is permitted to use violence to halt poaching — are followed over three years in this documentary.

AMERICAN DHARMA On Twitter, Errol Morris alluded to having trouble finding a distributor for his latest movie, a profile of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist. At last year’s festivals, critics wondered whether Morris had done enough to hold Bannon’s feet to the fire, but this is a Morris movie. As in “The Unknown Known” or “Mr. Death,” the director is interested in rationalization and denial — in how Bannon reinforces his worldview and ignores contrary evidence.

THE APOLLO Roger Ross Williams (who won an Oscar for “Music by Prudence”) directed this documentary, which covers the history — and present-day operations — of this landmark Harlem theater, long a cornerstone of African-American artistry in New York.

EARTHQUAKE BIRD A woman living abroad in Japan (Alicia Vikander) is thrown off balance (even more so, that is) when a young woman (Riley Keough) goes missing. Wash Westmoreland (“Colette”) directed.

HARRIET How has it taken this long to get a proper Harriet Tubman feature biopic? Cynthia Erivo plays the abolitionist over a period that includes her escape from slavery and her work with the Underground Railroad. Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou”) directed.

THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese’s latest feature is, by any measure, one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated films. It reunites him with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. It’s his first movie with Al Pacino, who plays Jimmy Hoffa. It reportedly uses advanced special effects that allowed De Niro to play his character across a range of years. And Scorsese is by far the biggest filmmaker yet landed by Netflix, which ran a teaser trailer during this year’s Oscar broadcast. (Hint, hint.)

THE KINGMAKER Lauren Greenfield, no stranger to portraits of cocooned wealth (“The Queen of Versailles”), directed this look at Imelda Marcos, the noted shoe collector and former first lady of the Philippines, as she works to polish the reputation of her husband, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and to usher her family back into power.

LIGHT FROM LIGHT It’s a haunted-house story, sort of — except the only specter may be that of grief. Marin Ireland plays a woman with the power to communicate with ghosts; she is contacted by a bereaved husband (Jim Gaffigan) to investigate his home. Paul Harrill directed.

THE AERONAUTS Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne set out to fly higher than anyone else ever has. It’s the 19th century, and their mode of transportation is a hot-air balloon. Tom Harper directed this reteaming of the stars of “The Theory of Everything” (for which Redmayne won an Oscar, and Jones was nominated).

BRAHMS: THE BOY II Brahms is a doll that is perhaps not as inanimate as it seems. He (or it?) befriends a boy who moves onto the estate from the first movie. Katie Holmes stars in this sequel to “The Boy,” from the same director, William Brent Bell.

DANIEL ISN’T REAL Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold, plays Daniel, an imaginary friend reconjured by a too-old-for-games college freshman (Miles Robbins) after a traumatic incident.

IN FABRIC The British director Peter Strickland (“The Duke of Burgundy”) seems to be working almost single-handedly to revive the Italian giallo tradition. The movie follows the journey of a killer dress (and not just in terms of style). Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays the first unlucky buyer. Hayley Squires and Leo Bill have the garment later on.

LITTLE JOE Emily Beecham, who won the best actress prize for this movie at Cannes in May, plays one of a team of scientists who genetically engineer a flower that has a strange property: It makes people happy. The same, of course, was also true of the Pod People, and the aroma of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” wafts through this austerely chilling feature from Jessica Hausner.

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma won wide acclaim (and a screenplay award) at the Cannes Film Festival for this understated, immaculately appointed 18th-century drama. Noémie Merlant plays an artist hired to paint a portrait of Adèle Haenel, who won’t sit for anyone. At first, Merlant’s character is forced to work from memory, but the two grow closer.

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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Avenue 5’ and ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’



AVENUE 5 10 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. Armando Iannucci, the creator of “Veep,” returns to HBO with this new black comedy starring Hugh Laurie. Set 40 years in the future, the show takes place on Avenue 5, a luxury space cruise ship that has taken off for an eight-week journey around Saturn. The experience is exquisite, for a moment. Then the ship’s system malfunctions and sets it off course, leading to delirium onboard. As the fate of the ship remains up in the air, disgruntled passengers demand answers from the captain (Laurie) and his ill-equipped crew. Josh Gad plays the clueless billionaire who owns the ship; Suzy Nakamura is his stern right-hand woman; and Zach Woods is, like his character on “The Office,” essentially useless as the head of customer relations. The 10th season premiere of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM follows at 10:30.

26TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT. Members of SAG-AFTRA, the union for professional film and television actors, determine the winners of this annual awards show, which often predicts how the Academy Awards will shape out. Among the film and actor nominees are “Parasite,” for outstanding cast; Adam Driver, for best actor; and Lupita Nyong’o, for best actress. In television, nominees include “Game of Thrones,” for best drama series, and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” for best comedy series.

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Marli Scharlin, Miles Bergner – The New York Times



Marli Scharlin and Miles Northup Bergner are to be married Jan. 19 at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami. Rabbi Rachel Timoner is to officiate.

The bride, 26, and groom 25, met at Brown, from which they graduated.

The bride is a creative director and producer at Eko, an interactive entertainment company in New York.

She is a daughter of Amy S. Scharlin and David M. Scharlin of Miami. The bride’s father is chairman of Miami New Drama, a theater company on the premises of the Colony Theatre in Miami. He is also a board member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Her mother is a stay-at-home parent.

The groom is the data manager at MESA Charter High School in Brooklyn. He is the son of Nancy Northup of Manhattan and Daniel Bergner of Brooklyn.

The groom’s mother is the president and chief executive officer of the Center for Reproductive Rights, an international human rights organization based in New York. His father, an author and freelance journalist, has written several books including “Sing for Your Life” and “What Do Women Want?” He has also written for The New York Times Magazine.

The groom is also the stepson of James E. Johnson, the corporation counsel for the City of New York.

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Eva Longoria Shines Bright at the Producers Guild Awards in Gold Gown



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Going for the gold!

Eva Longoria is serving bawdy and face at the 2020 Producers Guild Awards. The 44-year-old star lit up the red carpet on Saturday night, as she arrived to the annual ceremony with a glitzy gold gown. 

From the electrifying color of the design to the plunging neckline to the billowing ruffled bottom half, this fashion piece was one to remember. What’s more? Her jewel-adorned gown also featured puffed, sheer sleeves and a large belted that cinched her tiny waist.

And it looks like we weren’t the only ones starry-eyed over her design.

“I can’t wait for y’all to see this dress,” Longoria shared on her Instagram Stories, before hitting the red carpet. “I’m so in love with this dress.”

Moreover, the Hollywood legend tied her glitzy ensemble together with an equally dazzling beauty look. For her makeup, the 44-year-old actress opted for a soft glam finish.

From dramatic false lashes to a smoky eye and perfectly nude lips, Eva looked effortlessly elegant. As for her hairstyle, she went with something simple and sexy: a voluminous blow-out.

This isn’t the first time Eva has slayed in a yellow get-up in recent months. For the Dora and the Lost City of Gold movie premiere in Los Angeles, the actress slipped into a sunny yellow strapless dress by Vitor Zerbinato.

Even when the Desperate Housewives alum isn’t rocking the bright and bold color, she’s dressed to kill in fierce designs. Last September, she stole the show at the L’Oréal Paris Le Défilé during Fashion Week.

Making her moment on the catwalk more exciting?  Eva’s son Santiago Enrique Bastón also made his debut on the runway.

With awards season still in full swing, we can’t wait to see what other fabulous pieces the Hollywood icon wears.

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