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‘The Goldfinch’ Has Already Been Branded “One Of The Worst Movies” Of The Year

One critic called it "a gigantic waste of time."

Well, this is awkward. The reviews are in for The Goldfinch starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman and Finn Wolfhard, and it’s safe to say, people aren’t pleased.

After it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week critics slammed The Goldfinch, calling it “disappointing,” “bland” and a “gigantic waste of time.”

According to the Independent, critic Matt Goldberg went as far to call it “one of the worst movies” of 2019. Ouch!

Eek. Credit: Giphy

It’s a shame, considering The Goldfinch is a much-hyped adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Credit: Goodreads

Directed by award-winning director John Crowley, The Goldfinch is about a boy in New York who is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Let’s not forget the movie also stars three incredibly talented actors. Nicole Kidman – who has more accolades than we can count, Golden Globe nominee Ansel Elgort, and Finn Wolfhard who exploded onto the scene after starring in Stranger Things. 

Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Credit: Brent Perniac/AdMedia/Sipa USA

Sadly, The Goldfinch isn’t only being dragged by the critics – Twitter has weighed in on the film, with many complaining about it’s length. One user wrote, “The Goldfinch was so bland and boring, I just. I really can’t say much other than nothing happens for almost 2 hours, then everything happens at once but it’s so disconnected that it evokes no feeling.”

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Apparently, the film runs for 149 minutes – that’s almost 2.5 hours, which is long, even for a big Hollywood action film. 

Make sure you’re well rested. Credit: Giphy

If you’re a fan of the book, or the stars who appear in The Goldfinch, who cares what the critics say – go and see it, but don’t take an extra large drink in there with you. 

Scarlett Johansson Isn’t Doing Herself Any Favours By Defending Woody Allen

ScarJo continues to put her foot in it.

Scarlett Johansson might the highest-paid actress in Hollywood with a repertoire of blockbusters under her belt, but she also has a tendency to put her foot in it during interviews.

Eep. Credit: Giphy

Most recently, ScarJo told The Hollywood Reporter she believes director Woody Allen is innocent, despite allegations that he sexually abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a young girl.

“I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. Johansson was Allen’s muse during the mid noughties as the star of films like Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. 

Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen and Rebecca Hall, 2008
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“I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it,” she said. “I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”

Allen was first accused of sexually assaulting his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow in 1992, eight months after his partner Mia Farrow learned he was having an affair with another adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen and Farrow entered a bitter custody battle, but the judge never found him guilty of the sexual assault. 

Woody Allen stands with his wife Soon Yi, 1999. Credit: Arnaldo Magnani/Liaison

Over the years, Dylan Farrow has repeated the allegations against Allen, and last year her claims resurfaced in light of the #MeToo movement. Since then, members of the film industry have distanced themselves from Allen, and he continues to deny all allegations.

“It’s hard because it’s a time where people are very fired up, and understandably,” Johansson said during her interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Things needed to be stirred up, and so people have a lot of passion and a lot of strong feelings and are angry, rightfully so.”

Johansson has already copped major backlash for her comments, but it’s not the first time she’s found herself in the midst of a controversy. 

In July this year, ScarJo was slammed after she said she “should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal,” despite being accused of ‘whitewashing’ when she played an Asian character in Ghost in the Shell. Johansson also faced criticism when she was cast as a transgender man in the upcoming biopic Rub & Tug. 

The original Ghost in the Shell, and Scarlett in the 2017 film.
Credit: Kodansha Comics/DreamWorks

ScarJo withdrew from the role in Rub & Tug and said her comments were “taken out of context.” Will she back peddle on her comments about Woody Allen? Either way, she’s not doing herself any favours.

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

Remember When Ben Affleck Shut Down 'Gone Girl' Because He Didn't Like A Hat?

It's the one role Affleck will never play.

Ben Affleck has played many different roles throughout his career: a superhero, an astronaut, a school bully. But there is one role he will never play – even if it means shutting down production on a film set – and that’s a Yankees fan. 

Affleck thinking about the Yankees. Credit: Giphy

Back in 2014, Affleck was starring in the psychological thriller Gone Girl alongside Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. The film was a box office success and even racked up 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, but behind closed doors, not all was well.

Affleck in Gone Girl. Credit: Giphy

During filming, director David Fincher asked Affleck to sport a Yankees hat for a scene in which his character, Nick Dunne, was attempting to disguise himself at an airport. What might seem like a reasonable request when shooting a film was absolutely abominable to Affleck.

Affleck in the hat. Credit: 20th Century Fox

“I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you,’” the actor told The New York Times in a 2014 interview. “‘But I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it.’ And I couldn’t put it on my head.’”

ICYMI, Ben Affleck is a huge Red Sox fan. The actor grew up in Massachusetts  – the home of the Red Sox – and is regularly seen cheering on his favourite team at Fenway Park.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, 2018. Credit: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

The Yankees hat saga was such an ordeal, Fincher said he and Affleck couldn’t reach an agreement for four days. 

“I really wanted it to be a Yankees cap but [inhales loudly], being from Boston and not being very professional as an actor, Ben refused to wear a Yankees cap,” Fincher said during his director’s commentary on the Gone Girl DVD. “I mean it did not come to blows but we had to shut down production for four days,” he revealed. 

Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck and David Fincher. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Imagine halting production on a huge Hollywood film because of a hat. Was it worth it, Ben?

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