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The Devil All the Time: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson in a Starry Mess

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Once again, a troupe of actors has gone humping up to Appalachia, carrying with them banjo-twang accents, some sounding almost swallowed by gravel, all determined to tell a story of life in the lonely wild. We’ve seen this before, and will soon see it again in the upcoming Hillbilly Elegy. The current film in question, Netflix’s The Devil All the Time (out September 16), would seem to exhaust all potential cliches in perpetuity, though—at least those of the gothic thriller variety.  Antonio Campos’s film, adapted from Donald Ray Pollock’s novel, shows us every manner of backwoods shock and depravity. It makes for a heady, unappetizing stew.

By my count, the women of The Devil All the Time experience the following: death by cancer, death by suicide, death by murder, rape, and another murder. The men don’t fare much better: they’re shot, maimed, and tortured. Even a dog meets a gruesome end. This is all, I guess, supposed to communicate some sort of gritty truth. Existence was hard in the misty hollers of West Virginia and Southeast Ohio back in the 1950s and ’60s, a scramble through a muck of religious hypocrisy and other predation that landed pretty much everyone facedown in the mud. Campos—whose previous film, Christine, employed a more thoughtful touch to dark material—revels in all this squalor while trying to maintain a grave face, feigning a solemn reverence for all this terrible, inevitable ruin.

Most of The Devil All the Time is classist cruelty, a total failure to see any humanity in most of its poor, ailing characters. They are victims or victimizers, without much agency beyond that. The real problem is, the film doesn’t seem to have any interest in even trying to locate a deeper sense of personhood. It’s quite content to tell its gnarly story of grim, interconnected fates and have that stand in for the profound. Intricately crafted as it is, Campos’s film is downright simple. It’s sloppy pulp packaged as prestige, which makes the meanness of its condescending gaze that much meaner. 

The film is a story of two generations. A WW II vet (don’t worry! There is a horrifying war scene too; the violence isn’t contained to America), Willard (Bill Skarsgård), is on his way home to West Virginia when he meets a pretty waitress, Charlotte (Haley Bennett), and decides he’s going to marry her. The two settle in an Ohio holler called Knockemstiff, the setting of another of Pollock’s books, based loosely on his own experience growing up in the titular town. Willard and Charlotte’s chance encounter sets in motion, or rather happens alongside, several others. Sultry Sandy (Riley Keough) meets menacing Carl (Jason Clarke) at the same diner at the same time and things go haywire. Mousy Helen (Mia Wasikowska), who was maybe sorta supposed to marry Willard, instead meets and marries creepy zealot Roy (Harry Melling), and things go haywire. 

These threads twist and tangle into the next generation, when Willard and Charlotte’s son, Arvin (Tom Holland), has gone to live with his grandmother, alongside an orphan, Lenora (Eliza Scanlen). A slippery, wicked reverend, Preston (Robert Pattinson), snakes his way into the story, while Sandy’s brother, crooked sheriff Lee (Sebastian Stan), prowls around the periphery. We are meant to see in this ragged tapestry some pattern of inherited trauma and violence, perhaps telling us something real and troubling about America. To his credit, Campos does not over-gesture toward the story’s bigger meaning, if it has one. If there isn’t anything lurking beneath the surface of the movie, I can’t fathom what the point of it all is. 

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Ant Anstead Gushes Over the ‘Incredible Young Lady’ Daughter Amelie Is After Supportive Message Amid Split

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Time flies! Ant Anstead revealed he is one very proud father while gushing over his daughter, Amelie, on her 17th birthday. The Wheeler Dealers host shared a montage of photos while reflecting on how much she has grown up. 

“SEVENTEEN! Feels like 17 days ago you came into the world,” Ant, 41, wrote on September 29, praising her for becoming an “incredible young lady” who has an “impact” on everyone she meets. “You are a beacon of light. Never change, Ammo. Keep being you. Truly a best friend who inspires me daily.” 

Ant’s daughter, Amelie, and son Archie, 14, are from a past relationship. The TV personality also shares son Hudson, 1, with now-ex Christina Anstead, who has two kids of her own, Taylor and Brayden, from her previous marriage to Tarek El Moussa.

Amelie sweetly called Ant her “best friend” in a heartwarming comment after he broke his silence about his split from his wife of two years on September 27

“Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to share private matters publicly,” the father of three wrote about their highly publicized breakup. “I have remained silent while holding on to hope. I never gave up on us. I pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness.”

The Flip or Flop star, 37, broke hearts when she shockingly announced their “difficult decision to separate” via Instagram on September 18. 

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“We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority,” Christina wrote alongside their throwback photo. “We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future.”

Ant recently shut down speculation there was bad blood between him and Christina after sharing a photo from a father-son weekend he enjoyed. 

“Due to some mean people, I have turned comments OFF! While we both appreciate words of support, please stop trying to diagnose from afar. It’s not fair,” he replied to the rumors. “Christina is fine. I am fine. And we remain good friends and will navigate this at our pace. Compassion and kindness are all that’s needed.”

Christina’s best friend, Cassie Zebisch, has since shared an update on how the HGTV star is coping post-breakup.

“Even though this is a really difficult time for Christina, she’s doing her best to tune out all the noise and focus her energy on her children and her work,” Cassie told People. “Even during the most challenging times, her resilience continues to inspire me every day.”

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Shelter Island resident sues town for allowing Beyoncé to film at historical site

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A furious Shelter Island resident has launched legal action against the town council for allegedly allowing Beyoncé to secretly shoot a video at a local historical site — which he called “sacred ground.”

Mike Gaynor claims in court papers seen by Page Six that neither Beyoncé nor Disney applied for permission to film her visual album “Black is King” at Sylvester Manor, the former home of slave trader Nathaniel Sylvester.

Gaynor calls Nathaniel “top a-hole and CEO of a worldwide slave-hunting and trading operation” — but says the site demands respect because slaves were buried there.

Gaynor, who lives in a neighboring property, filed suit in New York Supreme Court last Wednesday against the town, all of the town trustees and the Community Preservation Fund board’s member.

He donated $30,000 last year alone to the Manor.

“I have official confirmation from the town clerk that no permits were obtained,” he told Page Six, “I was deeply offended when I learned that The Manor took money from Disney to allow the film… on what is without argument on wholly sacred ground.”
He added, “Please know that there are at least 200+ enslaved Africans and Manhasset Indians buried on their land and so that’s just not a place where you film a dance-off.”

Gaynor believes that the council knowingly allowed the superstar to film without permits. “There’s no way they would have allowed her to turn up without knowing — I believe in fact the town did know about this and the town was signed up on an NDA so that the Manor and the town could make money,” he said.

Manor staff confirmed in August that they hosted the superstar and helped choose locations for her — insisting that she chose the site because of its important history.

A source told us that Disney bought the completed movie from an independent production company, and didn’t have a hand in the filming locations.

Reps for Beyoncé and Shelter Island Town Council were unavailable for comment.

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CS Unboxed: McFarlane Toys’ New Batman Figure Line!

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CS Unboxed: McFarlane Toys’ New Batman Figure Line!

McFarlane Toys has provided ComingSoon.net with a chance to unbox their new Dark Metals Earth figures featuring various alternate iterations of Batman as well as a limited bronze Joker figure. Check out our unboxing in the gallery below!

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McFarlane Toys’ Dark Metals Earth line includes Earth 32-Batman, The Grim Knight, Earth-44 Batman, and Earth – 1 Batman. The entire line is currently on pre-order at Walmart and Amazon, and it will be in Walmart in October and then in retailers internationally and nationwide in November.

The McFarlane Platinum Edition’s first figure to release is the Arkham Asylum Joker Bronze. This figure is limited to 3,000 production run worldwide and has been randomly packed into DC Multiverse cases shipping to retailers globally. There are several more McFarlane Special Edition figures from several brands releasing in 2020.

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In 2021, all chase figures released in the McFarlane Platinum Edition program will feature rare variation paint and will be showcased in limited-edition packaging with a McFarlane Toys special edition platinum label printed in foil. Every McFarlane Special Edition figure will be highly limited in quantity and will extend across all of McFarlane Toys’ lines to bring the “chase” of collecting back to fan everywhere!

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