Knicks waive Noah with eye on ’19, sources say

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Noah Cyrus Is Selling Her Tears for $12,000 After Lil Xan Breakup

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Khalid, Noah Cyrus Join Abercrombie’s Hollister on Antibullying Efforts

Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s Hollister brand is gearing up for back-to-school with a partnership with singer-songwriters Khalid and Noah Cyrus, who will help raise awareness of the issue of bullying at school.
In mid-September, the retailer will begin showcasing its support of Sit With Us, an antibullying app created by Natalie Hampton to help students find allies and lunch buddies at school. The multiplatinum recording artists will join Hollister in bringing awareness to the issue. Hollister has been supporting antibullying efforts since 2013.
Khalid said, “I am proud to collaborate with a brand that celebrates inclusivity. I’m only two years out of high school and I still clearly remember the bullying that can happen in that environment.”
Noah Cyrus said, “To be part of this Hollister campaign alongside my friend Khalid is an absolute dream.” She also said, “I’m also proud to bring further awareness to Natalie’s Sit With Us app to make school a better place for all.”
The two singer-songwriters will also be part of the brand’s yearlong #CarpeNow campaign. They will become integrated with Hollister’s marketing throughout the balance of the year, including the back-to-school campaign, “Carpe the Fit Out of Denim.”
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Trevor Noah Highlights An Awful Consequence Of Kanye West’s Slavery Comments

“Normally, I wouldn’t really care what Kanye West said about slavery or black history.”
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Trevor Noah ‘Fires’ Michelle Wolf From ‘The Daily Show’

“Michelle should have had the decency not to comment on women’s appearances in any way, shape or form.”
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Trevor Noah: Emmanuel Macron Is The Belle To Donald Trump’s Beast

“We all know that Trump is not the sentimental type, but clearly Macron made him feel a way that he’s never, ever felt before: Human.”
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Trevor Noah: Donald Trump Is The First Sober Person I’ve Heard Doing ‘Drunk History’

“I actually almost feel bad for ‘Fox & Friends.'”
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Trevor Noah Taunts Fox News Over Kanye West’s Support Of Donald Trump

“You know that this is also going to confuse people on Fox News.”
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Trevor Noah: If I Supported Donald Trump, This New Revelation Would Have Me Shook

“Because it turns out his entire origin story was fake.”
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Trevor Noah Just Sincerely Praised Donald Trump For Something

“I know our first instinct is to hate, but…”
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Trevor Noah Unloads On Gun Owners’ Stupid Accidents

Introducing… “A Series of Gunfortunate Events.”
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Trevor Noah Has A Mind Blowing Theory About Sean Hannity

“I think it’s going to bust the Hannity-Michael Cohen story wide open.”
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Trevor Noah Mercilessly Mocks ‘Shady’ Sean Hannity Over Lawyer Bombshell

“Just think about how unethical this is for a moment.”
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Trevor Noah Says The Scary Truth About Trump’s Rumored Love Child

“The Daily Show” host spoke for many in a funny dig at the president.
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Law & Order: SVU, Noah and Brooke Shields: Why Giving Mariska Hargitay’s Benson a Son Is the Show’s Best Move in Years

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With Stranger Things Season 2, Noah Schnapp Became a Star

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Trevor Noah Destroys Sean Hannity For His Delusional Las Vegas Response

“…and now you’re Batman? Calm down. Calm down, man.”
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Trevor Noah Nails The Professional Hypocrisy Of The Trump Kids

“But he’s my daddy!”
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Trevor Noah Uncovers The Immigration Status Of Steve Bannon’s Ancestors

“So in many ways, Steve Bannon’s great-grandfather was a Dreamer.”
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Noah Opens Store in Tokyo

Noah has landed in Tokyo.
The streetwear brand, which was relaunched in 2015 by Brendon Babenzien, the former creative director of streetwear brand Supreme, has set up shop in Harajuku with the Noah Clubhouse, a 2,500-square-foot boutique that’s designed to mimic a home rather than a store. Babenzien’s wife, Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, designed the space.
“The goal is for it to be a place where people feel like they can do more than just shop,” said Babenzien. “In New York, the store is really like a home away from home for us. We have friends visit us there. I take meetings there, etc. It’s really not just a place to buy things.”
The two-story Clubhouse features a gallery, library, study area, an open-plan living area and kitchen, a men’s salon, a dressing room and an outdoor balcony. It’s decorated with wooden fixtures and artwork from Oliver Jeffers, Curtis Kulig, Henry Leutwyler and more. The artwork in the gallery will change every six months.
According to Babenzien, Noah has never wholesaled in Japan, so this will be the first time customers can purchase something from a store as opposed to Noah’s e-commerce site. The shop will also be stocked with Tracksmith running apparel, Aprix footwear, Taschen books,

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Trevor Noah Baffled By Trump’s Claim That He Saw Harvey Devastation ‘Firsthand’

The White House knows how to make Americans feel stupid for “knowing what words mean,” “The Daily Show” host says.
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Trevor Noah Defends Melania Trump For Traveling To Texas In Stilettos

“Like who cares?”
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Trevor Noah: ‘For A Guy Who’s Not Racist, Trump Has A Lot Of Racist Friends’

“The Daily Show” host slammed the president for pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
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Trevor Noah Notices Something Very Familiar About Donald Trump’s Afghanistan Speech

“As much as Trump wants to act like he’s doing something different…”
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Trevor Noah Has A Sad Theory For Why Anthony Scaramucci Got His Job

Noah thinks Donald Trump wishes he was Scaramucci.
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Trevor Noah: It’s Our Fault Donald Trump Is Running To ‘Bad Boy Putin’

POTUS is America’s rebellious teenager, the “Daily Show” host believes.
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Trevor Noah One-Ups Stephen Colbert In Battle For Best Trump Mockery

Both hosts seem to be trying hard to outdo one another.
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Trevor Noah Responds To Trump Team’s Excuses: ‘This Is Honestly Stupid’

The Daily Show host believes the Trump team’s worst enemy is itself.
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Trevor Noah Tackles the Hypocrisy of Trump’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Meanwhile, there’s new sexual allegations bubbling up from Trump’s favorite TV network.

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Noah Cyrus Sounds Just Like Miley On Debut Single

The Cyrus family just can’t stop making music.

Between Billy Ray, Miley, and Trace, it was only a matter of time until daughter and sister Noah took the stage. 

The 16-year-old’s first single, “Make Me (Cry),” featuring R&B singer-songwriter Labrinth, dropped on Tuesday. Like her sister before her, Noah’s rasp adds an element to the emotional breakup song that will (as promised) make you tear up.

“Gave you up ‘bout 21 times / Felt those lips tell me 21 lies,” she sings. “You’ll be the death of me, sage advice / Loving you could make Jesus cry.”

The haunting refrain ― “I never needed you like I do right now / I never hated you like I do right now” — sounds just like Miley during her “The Climb” days.

Noah dabbled with music back in 2009 on the soundtrack for the children’s movie, Ponyo, but this single is her first official release. 

We’re amped to hear more.

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Trevor Noah To GOP: Paul Ryan’s ‘Just Not That Into You’

Ever since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ended his bid for Speaker, Republicans have been pushing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to run instead. Even some of the actual candidates have said they’d drop out to support him.

Ryan has repeatedly insisted he doesn’t want the job, but that hasn’t silenced the rumors. And as “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said on Tuesday night, it might be time to give it a rest.

“Leave Paul Ryan alone! He’s just not that into you,” Noah said. “At this rate in a few days, you know I feel like Paul Ryan will probably grow a beard and someone will come and be like, ‘Are you running?’ And he’ll answer the door and be like, ‘Paul Ryan? You just missed him. I’m his brother, Paul Brian. Yeah, I don’t know why our names are like that either.”

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Supreme Alum Opening Noah in NoLIta

NEW YORK — Brendon Babenzien might come from the school of Supreme — he was formerly the creative director at the popular streetwear brand — but he’s taking a different approach to building his new men’s wear brand Noah.
That’s made clear at his new store, which sits on the corner of Mulberry and Kenmare Streets in NoLIta and opens Thursday.
Unlike Supreme’s retail locations, which are typically stark vessels for product, Babenzien’s shop has a residential feel. The 800-square-foot space features a proper seating area along with warm wooden fixtures. Clothes are displayed on racks held up by leather straps attached to the ceiling. Old music magazines, which Babenzien wants customers to actually read, are sprinkled throughout the store. There’s no cash register in sight and associates will check out customers on an iPad.
“We wanted it to feel welcoming and like you could spend time here,” said Babenzien, who will also use the store as an office. “I grew up working in a surf shop and it was a real place for activity. We wanted people to feel comfortable in the space.”
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Trevor Noah Grills Chris Christie On FedEx Immigrant Tracking Proposal

When Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie recently suggested that U.S. immigration officials should monitor immigrants using the same technology that FedEx uses to track shipped packages, critics panned him for suggesting that people should be treated like packages.

Christie was forced to clarify that he meant a system in which the government could “use technology in order to be able to secure the border.”

“We can bring in the folks from FedEx to use the technology to do it. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I don’t mean people are packages. Don’t be ridiculous,” he said.

Comedian Trevor Noah expressed more skepticism and pressed Christie on the specifics of his idea in a Wednesday interview on “The Daily Show.” Noah, an immigrant from South Africa, said that it felt “personal.”

“I was watching the debates, and you were talking about people and their visas. People need to have their visas, and they shouldn’t overstay their time in the U.S. I felt like you were talking to me personally because that happened to me one time,” Noah said. “But what I didn’t understand was the biometrics. You want people to get FedEx stamps?”

“No, no, no. You know that. You already have 10 FedEx stamps,” Christie responded, referring to fingerprints. “Hold up both your hands. You got 10 stamps already.”

Christie explained that if elected president, he would implement a system in which immigrants would be fingerprinted at checkpoints coming in and out of the country and added to a database. “With a fingerprint, you have a database, and if it says you overstayed, we tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Thanks for coming.'”

But Noah was not convinced, continuing to grill Christie on the logistics and cost of his proposal. Last month, a supply chain expert told HuffPost that the idea is impractical and raises concerns about privacy.

In addition, it would be costly: when a 2013 Senate immigration bill included a similar proposal, government officials estimated that such a system would cost about $ 7 billion, which Noah noted on Wednesday.

“That’s a lot less expensive than a wall across the entire southern border. How about that?” Christie said, a barb at reality television star Donald Trump’s plan to build a giant border wall to keep out immigrants.

The New Jersey governor has been consistently polling toward the bottom half of the crowded GOP field, and when Noah asked about what Christie plans to do to increase his low poll numbers, the candidate replied: “Come on the first week of ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,’ baby.”

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Photographer Noah Jashinski’s Imperfect Perfection

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For black and white analogue photographer Noah Jashinski, art is a physical manifestation of honesty. In his upcoming exhibition, Seventy-Two Hours, he portrays two parallel cinematic series of raw photographic images. His subjects, two different women, are stripped bare and intimately exposed in a way that would be shocking if it weren’t for the innate humility that radiates throughout the work. Stepping into his world, you can feel the adoration in Jashinski’s eye as he documents relationships, lust and human nature in their purest forms.

Jeffery: Can you give us a glimpse into your artistic process?

Jashinski: My focus when I walk into any project is building trust and making sure both the subject and I are in a positive mental state. It doesn’t matter if I have the best equipment, a huge budget, no restraints, or even the most gorgeous person in the world; if the bond and transparency isn’t there, it all becomes meaningless and borders on mundane. Pretty is pretty. There is no escaping that fact, but pretty for the sake of pretty is not only stale, but can almost become new form of “ugliness” because it feels like a lie. If there is no emotional connection or authenticity within the frame, it becomes unattractive, no matter how technically beautiful the location or person may be.

I want to make sure that whatever is being documented is coming from an open, real place. Ultimately, I usually only spend about 25% of the time or less actually shooting; the rest is spent bonding over cigarettes and coffee. Coming from a film background, I have a tendency to treat my camera as though I were filming a documentary. While we talk and throw around ideas, I usually keep the camera peeled to my face and walk around, waiting to be shown what I am not even aware I am looking for. Once I find the angle or the frame I want, I usually set up a tri-pod and proceed to treat the photo more like a painting. We continue to talk and laugh and converse and I just wait for that split second, that exhale, to show itself. It is then I that I will take a single frame, maybe two, and then start the process again. Shooting on film forces me to slow down and treat each shot with care due to its high cost, but I have become accustomed to and now embrace that restriction. It helps filter out the unnecessary.

Jeffery: What was your goal in putting this show together?

Jashinski: Los Angeles is an amazing city for art and culture, but photography, primarily, black and white film photography, is not something generally seen on the front lines as far as galleries and general attention. Outside of select places like Fahey/Klein gallery, finding a home for edgy, unedited photos, is not an easy feat. Whether it is stubborn or not, I refused to present this series if it had to be edited or changed for content. That is why I was so excited and grateful to partner with Art Share L.A. for “Seventy – Two Hours”. They not only allowed me to show my work as it was intended to be seen, but they are an amazing non-profit organization that supports youth and the arts. All the standard gallery proceeds, which usually go into someone’s pocket, go directly back into their programs.

Jeffery: Is each story of a girl completely different or are they somehow related?

Jashinski: Without a doubt there is a relation between the two vignettes, but I think more than anything, that relationship is coming from me and not from the women. Each of them has their own unique energy, vulnerability and strength that comes through.

Jeffery: Why did you decide to exhibit these two subjects together as one whole?

Jashinski: I chose to exhibit these two women together because I felt there was a certain aesthetic in each that truly exhibits the soul of the project. They are similar enough to not be jarring and seamlessly transition from one story to the next. I think both the woman and the location in each vignette significantly guided the trajectory. Working with Tate is Los Angeles yielded far different results than working with Remy in Oakland and San Francisco. Both women are over a decade apart in age, which I felt projected different stages of a woman’s emotion, comfortability, and strength. While in Los Angeles, Tate and I had more control over locations, it being our hometown. Though we primarily improvised and took a very “wing it” approach each day, we still were able to choose where and when we wanted to shoot. With Remy, in Oakland, we were completely at the mercy of the location, the weather and where we were staying. We shot in a loft that I had never seen before. I feel very fortunate to have ended up in the location we did, but I still had far less control. There is experimentation and quietness to the work with Tate. With Remy, there’s a sense of strength, sureness and raw emotion.

Jeffery: How do you hope to inspire others through your work?

Jashinski: I hope to inspire other artists, as well as women and people as a whole. On an artistic level, I want to show that you don’t need to control and micro-manage every bit of your work. That you can let go and embrace what the world provides. You don’t need expensive or equipment or a ton money. If you can build trust and authenticity, especially in collaborating with another person, your work will go further than you could imagine. Also, all of the photos are completely untouched; no photoshopping or retouching. I want everyone to see the beauty in the real and the beauty of imperfections. The texture, movement, and folds of the skin, the strength of presenting yourself to the world as you are and loving yourself for it. I find both these women, in and out, to be some of the most beautiful souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They are both very different body types and have different energies, yet that has no bearing on how uniquely gorgeous they are. That is what I want people to take away from this. The real is beautiful. Morning face can be the most captivating thing you have ever seen. I work a lot with water, whether it be a bathtub or a pool, and I think the reason for this is my desire to wash away all control; wash away the makeup or the hair products. I just want to be left with something and someone who isn’t lying to the camera in any way.

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Aasif Mandvi Details How He Found Out Trevor Noah Would Be New ‘Daily Show’ Host

Longtime “Daily Show” correspondent Aasif Mandvi stopped by “The HuffPost Show” Friday night to talk about his new HBO series “The Brink,” his new web series “Halal in the Family,” and of course, all the changes at “The Daily Show.”

With Jon Stewart signing off in August, and Trevor Noah taking over the host’s desk soon after, Comedy Central’s flagship show will surely look different in the year to come. And as Mandvi put it, “daddy’s leaving, everyone’s kinda freaking out.”

As many people speculated that Mandvi would succeed Stewart as host, Roy Sekoff asked Mandvi how the show delivered the news that Noah had been picked.

“I found out the same way that everyone else on the show found out.” He went on, “You know I have a show, I’m doing ‘The Brink’ and I’m very excited about it, and so a) not even available to do it. I’m an actor at the end of the day and I love doing that. And I wish Trevor all the best.”

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Sundance So Far: James Franco’s Ex-Gay Film And Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach’s Latest

After being wowed by “The End of the Tour” and “Z for Zachariah,” Saturday’s Sundance slate was more of a mixed bag. But with some of our favorite names like James Franco, Kristin Wiig and Greta Gerwig, there is plenty to talk about with the films HuffPost Entertainment saw on Saturday — perhaps most notably, the buzzed-about transgender-focused underdog, “Tangerine.”

“Mistress America”
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
Starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke

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Filmmaker Noah Baumbach collaborated with actress, and now girlfriend, Greta Gerwig in “Greenberg” (2010) and again on “Frances Ha” (2012) — the latter a film that stole hipster hearts and turned everyone into an instant Gerwig fan. Our hopes were high for their next film “Mistress America,” which premiered at Sundance on Saturday evening.

Gerwig and Baumbach co-wrote the film with Baumbach directing, and, like “Frances Ha,” it is in many ways a love letter (part two) to New York. Gerwig stars as a wacky, jack-of-all-trades young woman who lives in Times Square and injects her future stepsister (Lola Kirke), a freshman in college whom she barely knows, with a much-needed jolt of energy.

The real star of the film is Kirke. Her facial features and slight, adorable lisp might seem familiar — she is the younger sister of Jemima Kirke, one of the stars of HBO’s “Girls.” But Lola Kirke steals the film with her perfect innocence, her desire to be a great writer, her need to feel more alive. She has a face and aura that John Hughes would have loved. She would have starred in his ‘80s films. She just has that look.

Gerwig, on the other hand, while still magnetic on screen, plays a character that is more flawed that usual. More manic, even. She is self-obsessed and self-righteous and sometimes feels like a cyclone spinning out of control, singing and dancing on stage, teaching a SoulCycle class and showing up unannounced at an ex-friend’s doorstep, asking for money to start a restaurant. She says things like “the television show is the new novel,” and “there’s no cheating when you’re 18; you should all be touching each other all the time.”

“Mistress America” is more screwball comedy than is typical for Baumbach, but there’s no doubt that the duo write incredible dialogue -– the scene where an old classmate of Gerwig’s tells her off for being mean is incredibly funny and pleasurable. Add a 1980s soundtrack and vibe, and you have yet another unique Baumbach production. — SB

“I Am Michael”
Directed by Michael Kelly
Written by Michael Kelly and Stacy Miller
Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Carver and Emma Roberts

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Do you know that feeling of walking out of a movie thinking, “Well, that was … fine”? That’s the crux of “I Am Michael,” the dramatization of a buzzy 2011 New York Times article written by the formerly serious boyfriend of gay activist Michael Glatze, who denounced his homosexuality after a health scare and became a Christian pastor. First-time director Justin Kelly, under the wing of producer Gus Van Sant, who directed James Franco in the much different queer-activism film “Milk,” casts no judgment on Michael’s life in this fairly objective portrait, yet still manages to end on a note of skepticism. But the chronological timestamps that split this movie into chapters according to the various cities in which Michael resides feel like intrusive proclamations that the pacing is a tick-tock of upswings and downswings in his life. That sometimes strips the film of the nuance needed to delve into the knotty mind of a man who rose to savior status in the LGBT community and then wilted into a disheartening turncoat.

That said, Franco, playing Michael, does his finest work since “127 Hours” (or “Spring Breakers,” but that seems like a strange comparison), and Zachary Quinto is strong as his perplexed but patient boyfriend. Before Michael’s heart palpitations raise life-altering questions about what will happen to him when he dies, the two actors boast a specific chemistry that doubles as a reflection of the state of the LGBT landscape in the late ‘90s, around the time of Matthew Shepard’s murder, and early 2000s. Michael’s turning point coincides with the rise of gay rights and the nation’s shifting viewpoints — an aspect the film glazes over in favor of surface-level dialogue.

Even with Van Sant aboard, this film feels like the work of a first-time director. By the time we find Michael at seminary (where he gets engaged to a woman, played by an uncertain Emma Roberts), the movie’s 98-minute running time feels like it requires more chapters of our own lives than we care to devote to what should be a less impersonal product. There’s no soapbox for this movie to climb atop, though — this is a character study and not an indictment, and for that, “I Am Michael” is worthwhile. — MJ

“Tangerine”
Directed by Sean Baker
Written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch
Starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, Alla Tumanian and James Ransone

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“Tangerine” is a window into a very specific room. Or rooms, shall we say. Shot in a taxi, on the streets and in parking lots of Los Angeles, director Sean Baker crafts an up close and personal voyage story of Sin-Dee, a transgender prostitute who, along with her friend, trek around the city in search of Sin-Dee’s unfaithful pimp boyfriend.

We see exteriors of Los Angeles like few films have captured before; most of “Tangerine” moves on foot or takes quick breaks in strip malls or in paying john’s cars. It moves through taco bars, motel rooms, bus stops, freeways, public transit platforms and even Sunset Boulevard.

But what is most miraculous about the film is that it was all shot on an iPhone. And in just about four weeks time. That fact alone is astonishing given the quality of the film’s aesthetic and style. But “Tangerine” is not just a moving Instagram photo. Baker cast the stars of the film, all untrained actors, at an LGBTQ center in Los Angeles. They fight, scream, cry and move all over the city with an authenticity.

Classical music and dance beats punctuate the sprawling shots of street corners and characters holding court in the donut shop. The city is their home. There is more repetition of the word “bitch” than possibly any film to come before it. But there are many layers of tenderness and intimacy that inevitably connect the leads of the film to a world that is much, much larger than they are. — SB

“The Diary Of A Teenage Girl”
Written and directed by Marielle Heller
Starring Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Meloni

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Plenty of movies have attempted to capture the thread of American ennui that sprung up in the afterglow of the 1960s’ hippie crusade and sexual revolution. Most of them cast broad strokes over the flower power that enlivened so much of the country and disturbed so many others. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” offers a unique take on one dysfunctional family navigating through a mélange that mystifies their sense of purpose in 1974 San Francisco.

At the center of that family is 15-year-old Minnie Goetz (Bel Powley). We first see her gleaming as she glides down the street sporting a proud smirk on her face. “I had sex today. Holy shit,” she says in a voice-over that stems from the tape recorder that houses her audio diary. Sometimes we hear that diary as narration, and sometimes we see Minnie lying on her bed, logging insecure thoughts about body image and self-worth. Crazed for the love and attraction her rowdy, Patty Hearst-obsessed mother (an excellent Kristen Wiig) often doesn’t provide, the emotionally immature teen begins an ongoing assignation with her mom’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) that inaugurates her sexual awakening. As portrayed winningly by Powley, one of Sundance’s breakout stars, Minnie’s distinctive voice carries this film. She is a budding graphic artist, and the movie frequently morphs into charming animation. (Ever wondered what it would be like to see a character picture a stranger’s hand-drawn penis emerge from his pants?) Once Minnie’s virginity is gone, she embarks on one sexual tryst and drug experimentation after the next. One of the finest scenes comes during an acid trip with her mother’s boyfriend that reliably calls upon the phantasmagoric illustrations that occur throughout.

It’s possible there’s too much languor in “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” but first-time writer/director Marielle Heller does an impressive job adapting Phoebe Gloekner’s unusual novel, which also features hand-drawn illustrations throughout. It’s certainly a movie that grows on you after leaving the theater. Its finest achievement comes in not asking for a moral calculation of its characters’ actions. You’ll recognize the confusion that troubles Minnie’s understanding of the adults around her, and you’ll fiend for a glimmer of hope for the adventure that awaits her future life. — MJ
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The Guy From ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Is The Breakout Star Of Noah Baumbach’s New Movie

Here’s the best movie to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival: “While We’re Young,” Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” follow-up.

Equal turns hilarious and insightful, Baumbach’s latest focuses on a couple in their 40s (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) who become friends with a couple in their 20s (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). The culture wars that play out over the film’s 97 minutes will especially resonate with audience members in the older demographic. Everyone else can appreciate Stiller’s frazzled turn as a fledgling documentary filmmaker, his best performance since the last movie he made with Baumbach, 2010’s “Greenberg.” Stiller’s become the closest thing to a modern-day Jack Lemmon that we have; no one expresses crushing frustration better.

Not that Stiller is the only thing going on here: Driver, Watts, Seyfried and Charles Grodin are pretty remarkable, too. (That Adam Driver is going to have a long career.) Then there’s Ryan Serhant and Adam Horovitz. You know them better as that guy from “Million Dollar Listing” and Ad-Rock from Beasties Boys.

Let’s start with Horovitz, who plays such a perfect embodiment of average, upper-middle class dads that you might not connect the dots right away between his character and Ad-Rock. Which is likely the point. In a movie about adults refusing to accept that they’ve become adults, what better way to illustrate that overarching theme than by having Ad-Rock wear khakis and carry baby in a sling? Horovitz’s character has got to fight for the right to wake up multiple times a night to feed his newborn.

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Ryan Serhant at the premiere of “While We’re Young.”

But if Horovitz is a subtle marvel, Serhant is the movie equivalent of street construction on a quiet morning. He plays a hedge-fund manager named Dave (Hedge-Fund Dave as the credits note) who may help Stiller’s Josh fund his six-and-a-half hour documentary about America’s racist prison system, the Turkish economy and a bunch of other stuff? It’s not really clear, because Josh lost the thread somewhere around 2008. “So it’s like ‘Black Shawshank Redemption,’ but real,” an oblivious Dave says as he listens to Josh’s pitch. Dave is an unrepentant monster who watches “Mad Men” for tips on how to be a douche bag; he probably idolized Ellis in “Die Hard.” Serhant is so good at being a bro, someone should probably cast him in the “Entourage” movie.

“While We’re Young,” which was produced by IAC Films and Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, does not have distribution, but it’s only a matter of time. This has the chance to become the biggest hit of Baumbach’s career by a wide margin.
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The Makers of Noah Straddled the Fence

Noah is a movie made for controversy. Unless it provides a visual story that is a literal translation of the scripture it will not satisfy the purists. If it is a total retelling of the Bible story it will alienate those just looking for a good entertaining adventure. So what did the makers of the movie Noah do? They straddled the fence and as a result don’t really satisfy anyone.

All of the basics are there in the plot. Noah (Russell Crowe) is a descendant of Seth, the good son of Adam and Eve. The people surrounding him are persons descending from Cain, the son who killed his brother Abel. God, the Creator, has determined that all of the people of the earth are evil and wicked and He will destroy them. He tells Noah He will flood the earth and in order to be saved Noah must build an ark and load up two of all the animals, birds, etc. All of this is done and Noah and his family members survive while everyone else is washed away by the flood.

But to these basic plot points are added an adopted daughter Ila (Emma Watson) who is unable to have children because of a childhood wound. She becomes Shem’s (Douglas Booth) wife. This makes Ham (Logan Lerman) feel left out. He wants a wife of his own. This causes a rift between him and his father. There is also a stowaway on the ark that has been added for dramatic effect.

Worst of all, Director Darren Aranofsky and his co-writer on the script Ari Handel, invent a group of rock monsters who are fallen angels who displeased God. They meet up with Noah and become his protectors. They battle off the bad guys while Noah gets everybody into the ark. The look and actions of these creatures take the film into sci-fi territory and damage the presentation of the story.

The acting in the film is acceptable with no one actor being outstanding. Each plays the role assigned and does it with competence. The special effects in the movie are good but not spectacular.

The film is rated PG-13 for profanity and violence.

Noah has been highly anticipated, but it arrives with controversy surrounding it as many have voiced opinions as to its content and purpose. Many of those making remarks had not even seen the film when they made their comments. Now that there have been comments from some who have actually viewed the finished film the reaction seems to be mixed. This is to be expected as the moviemakers did straddle the fence.

I scored Noah a flooded 5 out of 10.

Jackie K Cooper
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Noah: It’s a Miracle!

It could have been a disaster. An implausible story from a book of often improbable events written by desert-dwellers 2,000 years ago. A man lives to be 950 years old. He has children when he is 500 and builds an ark to survive a worldwide flood which wipes out the rest of life on earth.

Making a plausible, entertaining movie about the Biblical story of Noah seems a challenge beyond even Hollywood’s estimable skills. Does one hue to the original screen play, the Bible, and risk it being laughable. Or does one reconstruct a more updated allegory? Would its earnest retelling bring a deluge of ridicule or would it lose its resonance with modernization? Most importantly for Hollywood, would people come to watch? Clearly there was Noah accounting for taste.

The product itself was watertight. Darren Aronofsky directs the dark tale with skill and depth, if not always restraint. Despite the protestations of Bible thumpers, the film is painfully loyal to its Biblical roots. Jerry Johnson, President of the National Religious Broadcasters, lambasts the movie for “the insertion of an extremist environmental agenda” and Brian Godawa, a “commentator” on Christian issues, attacked the film as “environmental paganism” made by a self-proclaimed atheist (Daily Telegraph, Entertainment Section, 3/25/2014).

But the atheist Aronofsky, his crew and cast have put together a compelling work which raises not just environmental but moral and religious issues. The film is also a very entertaining disaster epic. Aronofsky’s pacing carries one deftly and earnestly through the centuries of Noah, building excruciating dramatic tensions, especially for a story whose ending is well-known.

The cast is nothing less than masterful. Russell Crowe, as Noah, is tortured by the moral demise of mankind and crushed by the weight of his god-given doomsday charge. His family has suffered at the hands of descendants of Cain, barely surviving the ravaged landscape and constant murderous forays of Cain’s minions. Noah knows there is no reason to question the word of his God. His every experience reinforces his old world view. So according to command, he sets about saving the innocents, the animals, but executing the extinction of mankind.

Though the part hardly tests his range, Crowe is convincingly troubled, plumbing depths and possibly resurrecting his career. Hopefully, we won’t have to see him again in works such as The Man with the Iron Fists or struggling to sing his way through Les Miserables.

As always, Aronofsky gets stellar performances from his entire talented cast. Jenniffer Connelly is an able Noah-foil — backing, testing and challenging her almighty-possessed husband. Anthony Hopkins contrasts as a sometimes lighthearted Methusaleh. Emma Watson, thankfully emerges later in the film to give it additional emotional resonance. And Ray Winstone extends his familiar criminal repertoire to Biblical proportions as the flood worthy Tubal-cain.

Tirelessly, though frequently, the entire cast sets in front of us the central theme — the need to start over and create a better world because of human failures. The exploitation of resources, natural and human, then as now, have put the species and future of the globe in severe and ultimate jeopardy. Climate change references are unavoidable. Human will, choice and mercy confront us for two taut hours as the harsh Old Testament versus more forgiving New Testament sensibilities struggle over the soul and future of our planet.

Noah is quite a good movie, the themes of which are still and again in front of us. It has aged well!
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