Annette Bening Gives A Strong Performance In Her Film ‘Hope Gap’

“Hope Gap” is a new film starring Annette Bening as an English woman going through a divorce after three decades of marriage. It is set in the small coastal town where she lives, and this is a very scenic location. Bening’s performance is very strong, and she has also gotten positive recognition from critics who point out that, although she is an American, she has been able to use a believable English accent to portray her character.

The end of a marriage

The film starts with Bening’s character and her husband at their seaside home. She grows nervous and apprehensive when her husband invites their grown son to join them, and she is expecting some kind of announcement from her husband. She is still blindsided, however, when he tells her that, after three decades of marriage, he is going to leave her for a younger woman. The viewer knows this is coming because we have seen the husband prepare his goodbye speech beforehand.

The husband says that the marriage has grown lifeless and that he is no longer in love. Bening’s character, for her part, blames him for the stale routine and essentially accuses him of being a bad husband. Afterwards, the husband follows through on his threat and departs.

The protagonist moves forward

Much of the film centers around how Bening’s character copes with divorce in the days after it. For the most part, she does pretty well, but it is a mixed reaction. She acquires a dog, for example, so that she won’t be alone, and this is a good sign, but she names him after her ex-husband, which indicates that she is dwelling too much on the past.

On the positive side, she starts to do volunteer work on a hotline for people who need to talk, and this helps her move forward. At one point, she makes the interesting observation that women who are divorced unexpectedly by their husbands go through much of the same grieving and anguish that widows do, but they aren’t view favorably by society. Again, Bening does a fantastic job of portraying a flawed but sympathetic woman who is coping with a landslide in her personal life.

Husband and son

The departed husband is not as major of a character as Bening’s character. He clearly doesn’t care as much about his marriage as Bening’s character, and when he has the opportunity to bail out, he does. If he regrets this, the viewer doesn’t see it. The son, on the other hand, is disturbed by how callous his father is, and he takes a good look at himself in order to determine if he is the same kind of man.

In conclusion, this is a story focusing on middle-class adults going through a time of crisis. There is nothing unusual about their story, yet the acting and screenwriting are so strong that the viewer is pulled in. Basically, it’s a film about real life and moving forward.

The Greatest Films Of Great Actor Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has been appearing in films since the 1960’s, and many of these are considered classics. While, it’s a difficult task to pick out the best films from an actor who has appeared in so many terrific ones, it’s also an enjoyable one. From oldest to most recent, here are the finest (arguably) Robert De Niro movies!

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Although critics at the time this film came out thought that the story line featuring Robert De Niro, who played godfather Vito Corleone in his youth, slowed down the main plot featuring Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, over the years this film has come to be recognized as one of the best films in American cinema history. It also firmly established the powerful on-screen chemistry of De Niro and Pacino.

Taxi Driver (1976)

In Taxi Driver, De Niro plays a character who goes from slightly eccentric to full-blown violent. As with other characters, he gains sympathy even as he repulses, and his dark deeds become understandable. It’s hard to imagine many actors other than De Niro who would be able to play an individual who becomes an assassin for no good reason and still be able to portray him sympathetically.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Released at a time when America was just beginning to try and process its national experience in Vietnam. The viewer sees De Niro’s character in his normal and happy youth, and then they see what happens to him as a result of serving in Vietnam. The before and after is a metaphor for the entire nation, and audiences felt like they were watching a real person who they knew in De Niro’s character.

Raging Bull (1980)

Filmed in black and white, this film is haunting. De Niro plays an aging boxer who becomes a comedian after he has been beaten to the pulp in the ring too many times. While his character is not likable, he earns the viewer’s respect for his perseverance.

The King of Comedy (1982)

This film explores the relationship between fans and celebrities, and it looks at the warped perceptions ordinary people often have of the famous. De Niro plays a part where he drifts to the wrong side of the line between being a fan and being a stalker, and he does it in his own inimitable way.

The Untouchables (1987)

Robert De Niro plays Al Capone in this film, and he even gained weight for the picture so that he could look even more intimidating. Even as his character is pursued by good cops played by Kevin Costner and Sean Connery, it’s De Niro’s performance, especially in the infamous baseball-bat scene, that stays with the viewer.

Goodfellas (1990)

This film is one of several where the combination of Martin Scorcese’s direction and De Niro’s acting, combined with a mafia-related script, yields an awesome film. The fast-pace and violence of this film captivates the viewer, and it’s impossible to look away from the first scene to the last. Although Ray Liotta’s character is the protagonist in this picture, De Niro’s performance is at its heart.

Cape Fear (1991)

In this film, De Niro plays a deranged ex-convict bent on getting revenge on the lawman who put him in jail. De Niro takes creepiness to another level in his portrayal of a bad guy who is persistent, cunning and obsessed. He’ll even go after his enemy’s teenage daughter.

Heat (1995)

With Al Pacino’s cop to De Niro’s robber, this film has two very strong leads. Even as De Niro plots bank robberies, you gain sympathy for him as you see him struggling with the challenges of running his crew and trying to have a relationship. This film also has one of the best gunfight scenes in film history.

Casino (1995)

As in Goodfellas, this film has De Niro and Joe Pesci playing gangsters who work together. In Goodfellas, however, the relationship is more volatile, and casino-manager De Niro is sometimes repelled by the disregard Pesci’s character shows for the boundaries. Set in 1970’s Las Vegas, this film sparkles.

Top 5 Seasons of Law and Order

Since its debut in 1990, “Law & Order” has appealed to drama lovers and crime enthusiasts alike. For two decades, the show saw tremendous success, winning countless awards and nominations. Though “Law & Order” released its final episode in 2010, we were blessed with 20 seasons of this fantastic show. According to viewers, here’s how the seasons stacked up.

#1 – Season 5
This 23-episode long season is a fan favorite. From the nerve-racking mysteries to the hideous murders, everything about this season intrigued audiences.

#2 – Season 6
The sixth season of “Law & Order” had viewers on the edge of their seats. Kidnappings, conspiracies, and death penalties all intertwined to create an unforgettable season of crime and chaos.

#3 – Season 10
This season was rich with whodunits. With the perfect amount of suspense and mystery, this season quickly became memorable. “Fools For Love” and “Blood Money” were two standout episodes.

#4 – Season 1
Surprisingly, the first season of “Law & Order” thoroughly impressed audiences. It didn’t take long for viewers to realize the show’s potential, which is why the first season sits proudly in the top five.

SXSW 2020 Movies Coming to Amazon Prime

SXSW 2020

With the cancellation of the 2020 South by Southwest® (SXSW) festival because of the coronavirus, some of the movies that were to be screened at this event will now appear on Amazon Prime for a short period of time. Amazon announced that it will host a 10-day event in which movies scheduled for screening at SXSW 2020 will appear on the online platform. Amazon also announced that these films will be available to everyone with an Amazon login rather than only those with a Prime subscription during this 10-day period.

Films That May Be Included

The date of the Amazon launch for these films has not yet been announced. Organizers of the SXSW festival are working with filmmakers to encourage participation in the Amazon event. Some of the potential candidates for the Amazon 10-day film festival include the following:

The Donut King

Directed by Alice Gu, this documentary follows the life and experiences of a Cambodian refugee who worked his way from poverty to wealth by building a dynasty of donut shops and employing many other immigrants along the way.

Bad Trip

This crowd-pleaser is directed by Kitao Sakurai and follows the exploits of two friends on a cross-country trip filled with humorous adventure. Eric André and Tiffany Haddish are among the top-billed performers for this feature film.

The King of Staten Island

Judd Apatow directs this comedy about a man (Pete Davidson) who lives with his mother in Staten Island. Marisa Tomei and Steve Buscemi round out the cast of this offering by one of the top directors in the United States.

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

A heartwarming look at the ways in which dogs contribute to the lives of humans, this top documentary is the work of director Matthew Salleh.

Red Heaven

Directors Lauren DeFilippo and Katherine Gorringe worked together to create a documentary about a NASA experiment that placed six people in an environment simulating the habitat of Mars and looking into the effects of isolation on humans in future space missions.

The Green Knight

David Lowery helms this fantasy, which recounts the story of the Green Night and Gawain of the Round Table and stars Alicia Vikander and Dev Patel.

Archive

One of the elite narrative features that was scheduled to debut at SXSW 2020, Archive is a futuristic exploration of a scientist who is developing an AI prototype that will rival human cognition. The film stars Theo James, Rhona Mitra and Stacy Martin and is directed by Gavin Rothery.

Freak Power

Directed by Robert F. Kennedy III, Freak Power stars Jay Bulger as Hunter S. Thompson in a retelling of his unsuccessful campaign to become Sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, in the 1970s. The film features Cheryl Hines and Maxwell Loeb in supporting performances.

Bulletproof

School shootings and violence in classrooms and hallways are the subjects of this documentary directed by Todd Chandler.

The Lovebirds

Billed as a comedy-mystery, this film is directed by Michael Showalter and stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple trying to clear their name after a murder. It was expected to be one of the headliners at SXSW 2020.

Cut Throat City

Directed by RZA and written by Paul Cuschieri, Cut Throat City stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard, Ethan Hawke and Isaiah Washington. The film tells the story of a heist set in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Console Wars

One of the spotlight documentaries scheduled to be shown at SXSW 2020, this film was directed by Blake J. Harris and Jonah Tulis and goes in-depth and behind the scenes to interview the men and women who lived through the fierce competition between Nintendo and Sega for video game console dominance in the 1990s.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

Directed by David Darg and Price James, this documentary was expected to draw crowds interested in the wrestling career and comeback of David Arquette, a well-known film actor.

While no firm lineup has yet been announced for Amazon’s 10-day SXSW festival, some of these films are likely to be included in the event and available to the general public for a limited time. Eager viewers and film buffs should keep their eyes open for more news on this exceptional opportunity to catch major films from cutting-edge directors on the small screen.

Sources

https://www.sxsw.com/festivals/film/lineup/#lineup

Could the Coronavirus Give Microsoft Stock a Boost?

Microsoft

Microsoft has been a tech heavy-weight for a long time now. The stock is vulnerable, however, to larger market routes like what has been seen in equity markets over the last few weeks. Microsoft is down about 19 percent since the selling began and could represent an excellent long-term value at current or even lower price levels. The current stock valuation could even be viewed as a sale price, with long-term investors potentially earning larger returns over time.

The Tools for Success

Regardless of what U.S. and global stock markets do in the weeks and months ahead, and regardless of what governments and central banks do to combat the economic slowdown, Microsoft has several key business lines that may keep its stock price afloat or rising. The company’s cloud business, for example, is likely to remain strong as overall demand increases in the months and years ahead. The move into cloud computing and into hardware such as the Surface is likely to continue and Microsoft is positioned to be a global leader in these arenas.

A Bargain

Concerns over the coronavirus and its potential impact on global supply chains has led Microsoft’s trailing price-to-earnings ratio to the lowest level in over a year. The stock’s dividend yield is currently at 1.23 percent. This figure may seem small, but it is fairly robust compared to the almost non-existent yield of the benchmark ten-year note. Unlike many other companies that are currently being pressured by the virus, Microsoft is unlikely to cut its dividend as it is sitting on a large pile of cash. The company could, in fact, do the opposite and raise its dividend payments in order to attract more investors into the stock.

Big Upside

Shares of Microsoft stock could potentially see significant upside from recent levels. Some analysts have even suggested that the stock price could approach the $210 area. A move towards this level would represent an gain of about 36 percent, which is nothing to sneeze at. Combine the stock’s possible upside with the potential for dividends and possibly higher dividends, and an investment around current levels could make a great deal of sense.

The markets have always and will always be dictated by the powers of fear and greed. Buying when others are fearful and stocks are selling off can be a great contrarian play that can provide strong returns over time. The key to such a strategy, be it with Microsoft or any other stock, is to focus on the longer-term, bigger picture. Current volatility and selling may make things a bit uncomfortable, but volatility will return to more normal levels at some point and the selling will eventually subside.

Working Actors: Job Shaming Actors With Regular Jobs

All you need to do is watch the latest celebrity roast to listen to celebs get roasted (even by each other) for “falling off the map” or working regular jobs. There are a number of celebs who say goodbye to Tinseltown and opt for low-key positions. Others take on less prestigious gigs simply to pay the bills in between acting jobs. Actors need to work, too. However, many people make fun of actors who take on these jobs. It’s looked at as a failure and often used as entertainment. It’s time for people to stop today.

The Gig Industry and Acting

Acting is essentially a gig industry job. This means that as soon as the job is done, the actor is no longer getting paid. He must go out and apply for new jobs until he finds the next role. Unfortunately, this is more difficult than you may realize. The actor may go to audition after audition only to get rejected. It’s a lot of time and effort to not even get the role. It also doesn’t help that as actors get older, roles become more and more scarce as new, younger actors fight for the same jobs. It can take months or even years of auditions before an actor gets the next job. He may need to find alternative work during this time.

Why Actors Can’t Get Work

Many people assume that when an actor doesn’t take a new role for awhile that they must not be able to get jobs. However, they may simply not be interested in acting for the time being. There’s nothing wrong with that. They may have found new hobbies or simply decided to take a hiatus.
Other actors have made things difficult on themselves with public scandals. People don’t want to support someone like Mel Gibson who has proven himself to be a bit of a racist and sexist.

Shaming Actors

It’s time for people to change their attitude about how they speak about actors who work regular jobs. It’s perfectly acceptable. We should not laugh at people who may be going through a hard time just to make ourselves laugh. It’s probably not nearly as funny to the actor, even if they handle the abuse with grace. Imagine if the tables were turned and someone laughed at your for your profession, especially if it’s not your professional high point. It wouldn’t feel good, right?

The Top 10 Most Prolific Book Releases of March 2020

The Top 10 Most Prolific Book Releases of March 2020
The Top 10 Most Prolific Book Releases of March 2020

March is set to be a killer month for avid readers. There is an abundance of awesome new tomes to dive into. Here are the top 10 most anticipated book releases of March 2020.

Early March


1. House of Earth and Blood
This novel is the first in a new series by Sarah J, Maas. The story follows Bryce Quinlan as she attempts to avenge the death of her friends with the assistance of Hunt Athalar. The book expertly blends fantasy and romance into one compelling narrative.

2. You Are Not Alone
This psychological thriller is sure to keep you on your toes. The protagonist, Shay Miller, gets caught up in a bizarre plot that may change the course of her life forever. Co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are set to recapture the magic from their previous collaborative works.

3. Deacon King Kong
This story takes place in 1960s New York and follows the aftermath of a shooting at the housing projects. James McBride spins a hopeful tale about the community coming together in the face of madness.

Mid-March


4. A Good Neighborhood
Two families will learn what it means to come together in this novel by Therese Anne Fowler. Witness how a burgeoning romance and a rustic oak tree is all people need to set aside their differences.

5. My Dark Vanessa
This book provides an interesting take on the #MeToo movement. A 15-year-old student and a 42-year-old teacher start a relationship behind the scenes. Almost two decades later, skeletons come out of the closet.

6. The Mirror and the Light
This the final installment of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy. The story picks up in 1536, immediately after the prequel ended. Fans of the series won’t want to miss this one.

7. In Five Years
Dannie Cohan has a great career and a wonderful fiance. When she has a dream about being with another man five years later, she chalks it up to a bad dream. Things get interesting when she meets that dream man four and a half years later.

Late March


8. The City We Became
This love letter to New York is the first in a five-part series. Five residents must come together to defend their beloved city from a mysterious evil presence lurking below the earth.

9. Wow, No Thank You
In this collection of humorous essays by Samantha Irby, she recounts her experience of moving from the bustling Chicago streets to a quaint little town in Michigan.

10. The Glass Hotel
This mystery novel is penned by none other than Emily St. John Mandel. When a container ship goes missing off the coast of Mauritania, a Ponzi scheme in New York is set to rattle the lives of everyone involved.

Mark Hamill Isn’t Always Luke Skywalker

Mark Hamill

Most people look at Mark Hamill and can’t see past Luke Skywalker. Though his iconic role in the “Star Wars” franchise is one to remember, he’s been in many other movies. Here’s a look at the six best Mark Hamill movies.

1. Joker – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

It may come as a surprise, but Hamill has been playing Joker for about 30 years. Hamill plays Batman’s adversary in “Batman: The Animated Series.” His voiceover work is stunning as he shows his wide voice range of acting between mayhem and evil.

2. Ted Mitchum – Brigsby Bear

Hamill jumped into show off his dramatic side in the indie drama/comedy “Brisby Bear.” He played an obsessive father raising his adult son as if he were still a child. The movie reveals Ted abducted the son as a baby. He and his wife raised the boy by watching the fictional series, “Brigsby Bear.” The adult son finds out the truth, and decides to make the series into a movie. The movie shows off Hamill’s sweet side so much that you forget he kidnapped the boy.

3. Professor James Arnold – Kingsman: The Secret Service

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a goofty, raunchy movie. Hamill played Professor James Arnold, a fun, edgy dude. The movie is wild and crazy, but provides a way for Hamill to show off his diverse acting skills.

4. Firelord Ozai – Avatar: The Last Airbender

Hamill gets to play the antagonist voiceover card again with Firelord Ozai in “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” As the main bad guy, Firelord Ozai tries to destroy nations and destroy anyone in his way. Hamill has a way to make people fall in love with, yet hate the villian. No one knows why, but Hamill is one of the best voiceover villainous characters out there.

5. Private Griff – The Big Red One

Hamill stepped away from the galaxy into a very serious 1980 war drama in “The Big Red One.” As Private Griff, a member in a squad of soldiers in Africa during World War II. He showed off his serious, dramatic side in this supporting role. Though it’s a smaller role, Hamill stands apart in this film. He was trying so hard to step away from his Skywalker role into something else. He succeeded.

6. Colonel Muska – Castle in the Sky

Enter another amazing showcase of Hamill’s voiceover acting. Hamill played Colonel Muska in Disney’s “Castle In The Sky” in 1986. Muska was an evil man who tried to take control over a castle in the sky. Though usually known for his “good guy” roles, Hamill turned the tables to play an animated antagonist. People say he’s so good at voicing Colonel Muska they often don’t even recogize him.

Most Common Reasons Actors Stress About and Ways To Fight It

Many people dream of being an actor but don’t know how challenging it can actually be. Actors deal with a lot of stress on a daily basis whether they are on a movie set or not. Here are the most common reasons actors stress and ways to fight it.

1. Lack of Sleep

Being on the set can include some really early 4 or 5 am mornings that last well into the evening. It is exhausting. Many actors end up sleepy. They must go what they can to have enough energy to provide a dynamic scene. Actors may drink coffee and energy drinks. They may also find time for naps throughout the day.

2. Memorizing Lines

A large role will have pages and pages of lines to memorize. This can be difficult for some actors. If the lines aren’t memorized, the actor won’t be able to give the most authentic performance. To memorize the line, the actor will have to spend hours and hours practicing. They not only have to memorize the lines, but they have to practice how to say them in the most impactful way.

3. Landing the Next Role

Actors don’t get paid if they don’t work. It’s crucial for them to get out there and hustle for roles. However, there is a lot of competition. The best way to combat this is to get a good agent and go to as many auditions as possible. Some actors choose to be overly selective or think they are above auditioning. This will only stop them from doing auditions.

4. Aging

The industry can be harsh on both males and females when it comes to look and age. In order to combat this, actors must take efforts to make themselves look good. They will exercise, diet, perform good skin care, and some may even get plastic surgery. Another option is for them to age naturally and look for suitable roles. Since there may not be as many opportunities, it’s important for them to save money or find alternative sources of income.

5. Lack of Chemistry on Set

In certain movies, you can just feel the connection among the cast. In other movies, you may notice a disconnect. Actors must work well with each other in order to make their performances believable and enhance each other’s skills. The actors must also have a harmonious relationship with the director and the rest of the staff behind the scenes. In order to ensure the chemistry is there, the actor must be agreeable and put effort into it.

On top of all of the work stress, actors must also deal with stress from the press. Many of us dream of a life in Hollywood. However, we have to be prepared to deal with the stresses that come with it.

Learn how to maximize profits and minimize losses in the stock market

 stock market


Trading in the forex market is very risky but the potential benefits are also immense. Although it is difficult to completely do away with the risks, there are several things you can do to mitigate or reduce the risks.

You can mitigate the risks by making smart investment choices as well as proper management of your portfolio. Failing to do so will cause you to pay a very huge price.

There are several other ways through which you can take advantage of the stock market to mint in millions of dollars. Many people have already done that – why not you? What strategies do they use that you can’t implement?

Let us take a look at some of the ways you can use to maximise profits and minimize risk in the stock market:

Forex trading Master class

This is one of the best courses you can take in order to master how the stock market operates. One of the reasons why most people easily give up on the stock market is a lack of information. The stock market is complicated and no one without proper knowledge about it can succeed.

Experienced financial experts from different sectors of the economy will be able to show you trading techniques and technical analysis used by some of the world’s leading investors. They will also teach you how to trade chart patterns that are most profitable in the market as well as pinpointing the right market moves and forces that will put you on the winning side.

Technical analysis mastery course

This is another great course for people who want to excel in forex trading. It is a course that will expand your technical know-how as far as forex trading and analysis are concerned. For you to be able to succeed in forex trading, you need to understand the technical aspects of the market.

This course will also show you different methods used by traders to predict the impending market moves as well as master. Lastly, the course will equip you with risk management techniques that will shield your profits and minimize your risks.

Options trading master class

Through the use of practical example, this course will impart you with 14 options methods or approaches together with technical analysis very much needed for consistent generation of profits while minimizing the risks. Join today and learn different ways of knowing which strategy to be applied.

Options Trading: Candlestick Pattern Mastery course

A candlestick pattern is a movement often seen in stock prices that some people believe can be used to predict the movement of a particular market. That’s probably why you need this course to increase your chances of winning in the stock market.

The course contains more than 32 of the most profitable patterns that will definitely give you an upper hand in making the right choices.

Options trading: Technical analysis master class

Understanding how to distinguish between bullish and bearish sentiments is critical in succeeding in the stock market. This is what you will basically learn in this course in addition to how to trade and support resistance chart patterns and candlesticks in order to have a better view of the future.

Stock trading: technical analysis mastery class

In this course, you will be able to learn over 18 advanced trading hacks techniques that will give you an opportunity of easily identifying market signals and trends. The ability to understand how trends work and foretell volatility will help increase your gains.

Cryptocurrency & Bitcoin trading: Trading Master class

The cryptocurrency market is one of the most volatile markets. However, through this course, you will be able to learn some of the latest techniques and hacks that will help you navigate easily. Besides that, the course also contains cheat sheets designed to simplify the trading process.

Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin: Technical analysis

Most economic pundits agree that technical analysis is more important in cryptocurrency compared to stock trading. This course is intended to teach people how to trade support and resistance in a proper way. This will make it easy for one to tell upward and downwards breakouts before they occur.

In general, stock trading is a risky business. However, if you are able to understand how the market operates through some of the course listed above, then you can make a kill out of your investment from stock trading.