The Tottenham manager named Dembélé as one of the best players he has ever worked with on the eve of a trip to Burnley where the Belgian midfielder's skill and physicality will be needed
Mauricio Pochettino cannot help himself. The Tottenham Hotspur manager knows he still has it and whenever the opportunity arises he loves to get involved in a training ground game. The only problem is that his status as the boss appears to count for nothing.
Take the time when he stepped in for an injured player in an eight-versus-eight and went up for a high ball with the 19-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers. Pochettino took a whack on his back and was forced to hobble off.
• 'When he goes back to winning, the fans will be happy again. I promise you.' • Third-placed Manchester City face sixth-placed Arsenal on Sunday
Pep Guardiola has backed Arsène Wenger to win over Arsenal supporters once again after an indifferent run of results that has seen many fans question whether the Frenchman should remain as manager next season.
Wenger, whose current Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season, has so far refused to reveal his plans for the future despite calls for him to clarify his situation. A poll conducted by the Arsenal Supporters Trust this week found that 78% had lost faith in him.
• Playmaker expected to sign new deal to stay in London • Madrid have been heavily linked with the Belgian
Antonio Conte believes Eden Hazard can satisfy his ambitions at Chelsea, despite Real Madrid's interest. The Premier League leaders will instigate talks aimed at securing the Belgium midfielder to a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard, who is the club's highest paid player on around £200,000-a-week, is contracted until 2020, but is expected sign new terms before the end of the current campaign. He does not operate with an agent and is awaiting Chelsea's proposal, which is likely to increase his basic wage significantly. He is settled in London with his family and is ready to play his part when the team return to the Champions League next season.
Joel Robles was on the receiving end of a four-goal hammering at Liverpool last season but insists the time is right for Everton to win at Anfield for the first time since 1999
Joel Robles is preaching positivity before the 228th Merseyside derby. The Spanish goalkeeper claims Everton are feeling positive nine times in the course of a 12-minute interview and strays from the mantra only once when declaring that they "need to kill" Liverpool. Once is enough.
It is an ill-advised comment, especially considering Everton have had twice as many players sent off in the derby as their rivals – 18 to Liverpool's nine – and one that perhaps partly explains their woeful record in the fixture in the 21st century. Emotion has often got the better of Everton on derby day and Anfield appears to generate added tension.
This is no festive prank, these movies are hilarious.
Let's face it, the world is a wreck. Every day things look bleaker than they did the day before. It's gotten to the point where, if you can't learn to laugh at our misery, you're finished. If you need some help figuring out how to find humor in even the worst bits of the human experience, dark comedies work, Netflix has them, and we've made a list of the good ones. Click on the films' titles to be taken to their Netflix pages.
I can't think of another movie in recent times that's been so good and gotten so li ttle love and attention in return. Maybe that's because the concept of a former 80s glam rocker who still wears his makeup (Sean Penn) tracking down the Nazi concentration camp guard who humiliated his late father in order to kill him feels like an impenetrable premise to some people. Or maybe, at first glance, it looks like Penn is giving a broad, showy performance here that's all about artifice. None of that is actually the case. The film sounds silly, but it's actually completely grounded in real emotional stakes. Penn's performance seems like it would be big, but it's actually smart and subtle, and it always feels completely authentic.
This Must Be the Place was made from a spectacular script that's thematically deep, deeply quirky, and filled with so much snicker-worthy wit that you'll be quoting it for weeks. It features one of Penn's best performances ever, even though his role is so challenging. It's got Franc es McDormand too, and her powerful personality is on full display. The relationship her rugged firefighter character shares with Penn's vulnerable artist character is so weird and wonderful and endearing. It's amazing that something so sweet can exist in a dark holocaust comedy whose primary focus is our inability to let go of the past, or at least our inability to get the past to let go of us.
There's a great gag from a classic Simpsons episode titled 'Brother From the Same Planet' where Bart is forlorn because his friends are sneaking into an R-rated movie and he can't go with because he's got to wait for Homer to pick him up from soccer practice. As the truck the boys are sitting in the back of peels off Bart looks forlorn as they begin to chant, "Bart-On Fink! Bart -On Fink!" Barton Fink is the perfect R-rated movie to name drop for this joke because it's so deliberate and heady and strange, and it dives so deeply into the depths of depression and despair that it's likely that group of rowdy 10-year-olds had their pants bored off by it. Suckers. We're not stupid 10-year-olds though, we're cultured and intelligent appreciators of art, so we're going to spend our night tonight firing up Netflix and watching one of Joel and Ethan Coen's best, most interesting, most despair-inducing films. We're going to watch it and we're going to have a great time doing it, for we are nerds.
Look, I get it. The Beaver came out way too close to Mel Gibson's unhinged meltdowns where he revealed himself to be a hateful asshole and nobody wanted to see his dumb face at the time. Has eno ugh time passed now for people to give it a chance though? Because it's delightfully strange, it somehow finds real emotional depth despite its absurd premise, and it's full of committed performances given by insanely talented actors. In addition to Gibson's devastating turn as a broken man struggling to put his shattered mind back together, this movie also serves up a teenaged love story that's more affecting than any other teenaged love story in recent memory, because it's smartly written, it features characters who aren't miserably annoying, and they're played by Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence. Director Jodi Foster knocked the making of this movie out of the park, she just didn't have the best timing when it came to releasing it.
A couple of years ago Bob Roberts probably played more as a biting satire than it did as a dark comedy, but considering the bleak, soul-crushing, nightmare-inducing political reality that we're currently living in, it's certainly taken on a much darker tone. The film is a campaign mockumentary that sees writer/director Tim Robbins also star as the title character, a populist, moronic, extreme right Senatorial candidate who attempts to bully his way into office by spouting rhetoric that puts down all of the burnouts and lazy people who he perceives as leaching off of the state, and that espouses a libertarian, bootstrap-pulling philosophy that appeals to the Pennsylvania white folk who make up his constituency. Sound relevant? At one point the guy even oversees a beauty pageant. Anyway, Bob Roberts is funny, and it makes great use of the talents of Alan Rickman, who provides the film with a huge laugh the very first sec ond that he appears on the screen. That guy was a damned treasure.
There will always be a special place in my heart for Cheap Thrills,because it holds the distinction of being the only film I've ever seen gross enough to make somebody puke in the middle of a crowded theater. The basic story here is that a couple of rich jerks played by David Koechner and Sara Paxton keep paying a couple of sad sacks played by Pat Healy and Ethan Embry an increasingly larger amount of money to perform increasingly more demented stunts. Things start off cheeky, start to get dangerous, and then everything goes completely nuts and before you know it you're bearing witness to the sorts of sickening, insane acts that are gross enough to cause someone to puke in the middle of a crowded theater. If you don't howl with lau ghter the whole time you're watching this twisted movie, then chances are you're probably a good person or something, and you should definitely look into doing something about that.
Here we have another one of those movies with a premise that looks ridiculous on the surface, but that actually plays out in a very grounded and emotional manner. Said premise is that a budding young musician played by Domhnall Gleeson joins a band that's led by an eccentric genius who never takes off a giant, freaky papier-mâché head that he wears over his real head. Dude's name is Frank, and he's played by Michael Fassbender. Apparently this was based on a true story, but it's weird as hell. The script is impressively clever, and the film as a whole manages to take a pretty deep lo ok at mental illness, all while providing big laughs thanks to its dry absurdism. Gleeson and Fassbender are both great in their roles, but it might be Maggie Gyllenhaal as the band's cruel theremin player who steals the show — her or the film's show-stealing final song. Watch it and decide for yourself.
If you ever find yourself daydreaming about burning down the shallow, vapid society that surrounds you, then God Bless America is your movie. If you're the sort of person who enjoys the delicious taste of schadenfreude any time you see something bad happen to a bad person, then God Bless America is your movie. It stars Joel Murray as an everyman who gets tired of reality TV and spoiled teenagers and everything else that sucks about the modern world, so he teams up with a sassy young girl (Tara Lynne Barr) in order to go on a shooting spree. It comes from the mind of writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, so you know that it's warped and hilarious, but also that it never loses its humanity. Actually, there's quite a bit of heart at the center of this violent, cathartic explosion of righteous anger, which helps keep you from feeling like a total sicko as you watch it.
Is The Graduate actually a comedy? That's maybe debatable, if you want to get strict about genre, but it would have definitely been considered a dramedy, if we were making up ridiculous words like that back in the 60s. Arguments aside, the movie is plenty funny, and it's got plenty of dark stuff going on in it. Probably its biggest influence is the way it legitimized stories where people in their 20s get sad bec ause they don't know what to do with their lives, but the real powerful stuff in here is the way it depicts how soul-crushing being trapped in a loveless marriage can be via the Mrs. Robinson character (Anne Bancroft). This movie sees directing legend Mike Nichols creatingat the top of his game. It's full of iconic images, iconic lines of dialogue, and iconic performances from very important actors. It's so good that it cast Dustin Hoffman as a rich California kid and nobody even questioned it.
Grosse Pointe Blank is one charming, entertaining movie, to the point where there might not be anyone in the world that doesn't like it. It's got comedy, it's got action, it's got a great soundtrack, and it works as a great reminder that no matter how thoroughly we attempt to run from our pasts, eventua lly our history is something that we're going to have to contend with. It's the way it digs into those thematics that makes such a light, fun movie appropriate for a list of dark comedies. That and the fact that its protagonist is a contract killer played by John Cusack, and the film doesn't shy away from the fact that he's killing lots of people while dealing with the stress brought upon by something as mundane as a high school reunion. There's something magic and hilarious that gets created by the juxtaposition of tones here. There aren't too many other movies out there that are able to do so much at the same time without turning into total messes.
Even though The Life Aquatic is widely considered to be one of the messiest, least-complete f ilms in Wes Anderson's catalogue, it's still better than pretty much anything else you're going to watch in any given day. Yeah, its long, and yeah its structure is kind of meandering, but that approach kind of works given the lost, broken nature of its title character, Steve Zissou, who provided Bill Murray a chance to do some of the most powerful acting of the sad-faced-clown period of his later career. The relationship between Zissou and the character played by Owen Wilson lends this film a substantial dark heart, and it allows it to dive deep into matters of regret. Even as it gets dark, The Life Aquatic never stops being funny though. There are so many quotable lines in here that your head will spin deciding which one you want to casually drop into a conversation next. People need to revisit this gem of a movie and realize its greatness so they stop shitting on it just because it isn't Rushmore , don't you agree?
On its surface Manson Family Vacation plays very well as a straight comedy where a fairly strait-laced and successful brother (Jay Duplass) has to deal with his very eccentric, screw-up brother (Linas Phillips) coming to visit, so it's got that going for it. What makes it interesting is how much darkness it manages to hide under that surface-level setup. It starts with introducing Phillips' characters' obsession with the Manson Family murders, and then it gets weirder from there. There's a real tension here, where you wonder just how deep Phillips' eccentricities go, and by the time you get to the third act you'll be astonished with how out there this movie that looked like a simple situation comedy gets. Manson Family Vacation is absolutely made by Phillips' performance, which is electric. Th is guy is really talented and he's a really unique screen presence, and with the right roles he could really become something big.
Do you ever feel anxiety in social situations? How about situations where you're not entirely certain whether the stranger you're talking to is trying to fuck you or not? The Overnight is a ridiculous, hilarious little ensemble piece that milks those anxieties for about an hour and twenty minutes. Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling are the new couple in town who don't know anybody. Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche are the nice people they meet at the park who invite them to dinner, and who might be swingers? Hilarity and awkwardness ensues. This movie also does a pretty deep dive into ho w we can still be driven by our insecurities even into adulthood, and how we can let small poisons in our relationships slowly rot them over time, which makes it a pretty dark watch. There's also a scene where Schwartzman propositions Scott to pose for a butthole painting, which is some dark journey into the soul shit, and which plays out in a powerfully funny manner. These people all have such great chemistry.
Not only is Slums of Beverly Hills one of the most clever and endearing indie films from the indie heyday of the 90s, it's also one of the best coming of age stories of its era, and it's one of the best depictions of being poor and struggling in the modern world that the cinema has given us. It deals with all sorts of dark subjects like loneliness, addiction, disappointment, and self-loathing, but it still manages to be consistently hilarious all the way thr ough. I guess with a cast as funny and talented as Alan Arkin, Marissa Tomei, Kevin Corrigan, David Krumholtz, Carl Reiner, Jessica Walter, and Natasha Lyonne it kind of had to be funny. This movie would have made Lyonnea huge star if there was anything else interesting in Hollywood for a female her age to follow it up with at the time. It's cool to see that she's started finding solid things to do again recently. Go back and revisit her beginnings with this one.
This movie is obsessed with bodily functions. Vaginal secretions and the after effects of butt wounds mostly. It's very needling in its attempts at sussing out what an audience will accept and what they won 't, and then pushing past those boundaries. There's lots of gross-out stuff in here, lots of immature attempts at being controversial, but that's because its main character is a mixed up, angry teenager who's desperately trying to gain the attention of anyone who will validate her existence. She's raging at her confusion with the world, acting terrible, and daring everyone to hate her, so everything fits together rather nicely. Wetlands is a temper tantrum of a film that does a great job of recreating the experience of being a young person, all while wrestling with questions of trauma, female sexuality, and how the two are often forced to mingle. Dark stuff, indeed, but there are still a ton of laughs that manage to blossom out of it.
Here we have the second Bobcat Goldthwait written and directed film on our list. He must be a dark dude. Reall y though, he comes up with some twisted stuff. If you thought the child-assisted shooting spree in God Bless America was a dark premise for a comedy, get a load of this tale about a pathetic high school teacher (Robin Williams) who exploits his douchebag son's death for fame after the kid accidentally bites it while erotically asphyxiating himself. Like he always does, Goldthwait takes an insane premise and still somehow imbues it with humanity though, by introducing you to horrible people but always making sure that you have reason to sympathize with and relate to them. This movie will make you laugh, this movie will make you cringe, and there's also parts of it that could very well make you cry. Is this the best work Williams did in his legendary career? Maybe not, but maybe. A case could be made.
Dreaming of moving to Monterey? We've got the perfect place . . . and you can probably actually afford it!
We know by now that Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman's stunning beach houses are the real breakout stars of Big Little Lies, but the multimillion-dollar seaside mansions aren't exactly attainable.
SPOILER WARNING: Details about episode 6 of Big Little Lies are revealed below
Luckily, episode six gave us a little piece of real estate we can actually, maybe, possibly have. When Celeste Wright (Kidman) finally decides to escape her hostile husband and get a place of her own with her twin sons, she finds refuge in an incredibly charming seaside apartment complex.
The real development, which, unlike some of the show's real houses, is actually in Monterey, has a unit for sale for $439,000. Unlike Kidman's rental, unit #343 at 125 Surf Way doesn't have sweeping ocean views, but it does offer "peeks of the Monterey Bay and city lights," according to listing agency Sotheby's, and a cozy 513-square-foot floorplan.
The perfectly weathered complex, a popular vacation site in Monterey, was built in 1968 with 88 units, and expanded in 1974, according to the show's location manager Gregory Alpert.
The two-bedroom unit used in the show was actually the second one the scout found after another fell through, and offered a plot device that changed the show's script: a balcony. " Jean Marc Vallée added . . . a really great scene," says Alpert. "He has Perry outside their house, staring at the ocean, looking to his right, and he cuts to a shot of Celeste doing the same thing on the balcony of her apartment, looking to her left. He leaves it up to the viewer to connect what the two are contemplating."
The oceanfront property also cements Celeste's connection to the water, Alpert explains: "Unlike the other homes and characters in the show, where the sea is a mystery with danger lurking behind each crashing wave," for Nicole's character, "it represents freedom."
He adds, "If Celeste needed to live in an apartment, this would be the one."
British entrepreneur Richard Browning just built an "Iron Man"-like flight suit — and you can watch him zip around in it.
The oil trader and ultramarathoner developed and assembled a flight suit with six micro jet engines — two on each arm and one on each leg — which allows him to fly like "Iron Man," as depicted in a video uploaded by Gravity, the new company Browning launched Friday. Gravity's first product is that flight suit, which is branded as Daedulus.
In the video, Browning goes through a trial-and-error process as he works out the right number and locations for the micro-jet engines, and figures out the optimal method to take flight. An attempt at using a cable to suspend him in the air as the engines are fired did not end well. As the suit evolved, Browning added features including a heads-up display connected to wi-fi with which he can check fuel levels.
The short clip Gravity uploaded shows Browning floating just a few feet above the ground in a large parking lot, but the entrepreneur told CNET the suit can really fly, and actually goes smoother when its flying six to 10 feet in the air.
"As you go faster you do start leveling out and going kind of superhero style," he told CNET.
Congressman Jim Himes, member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about what it would mean to grant immunity the Mike Flynn in exchange for testimony and what considerations would go into granting such immunity.
A few years after Russell Brand and Katy Perry ended their marriage 2010, he said he hated living that tabloid celebrity life. We also found out that he broke up with Katy via text. That's not exactly the set-up for a conscious uncoupling situation, but as it turns out, Russell has no bad feelings anymore.
During an appearance on John Bishop: In Conversation With (via The Daily Mail), Russell again said that fame killed their relationship and added that he still likes Katy Perry.
"Katy was obviously very, very occupied and busy. I was occupied and busy but not to the same degree. The marriage didn't last for a very long time and I think that is due to the undulating nature of fame, living in those conditions.
I have come away from that experience and I still feel very warm towards her. When I hear about her or see her, I think 'Ah, there's that person, that person in the world.'"
Russell went on to describe the relationship with his current lady, Laura Gallacher, as "a fucking relief," and "something real, something normal." He also really likes their new baby, Mabel.
Okay, but how does Katy feel about him? Is it mutual? My magic 8-ball says: "LOL probably not." Katy said a few years ago that Russell hadn't spoken to her since he sent the text, and she really didn't want to talk about him. I'm guessing Katy probably reacts the same way he does when she reads about him, except hers is more like "Yep, there's that person" accompanied by an eye-twitch.
Russell could have hated on his 14-month marriage, but it's for the best he didn't. All it would take is just one or two bitchy comments, and the next thing you know he's on the receiving end of a text from an over-excited Taylor Swift asking if he wants to pledge the squad.
Despite using state-of-the-art weaponry, the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq appears unable to avoid civilian casualties as it battles the jihadists in close urban combat. The coalition is backing Iraqi forces in the battle to push out IS from west Mosul, a maze of narrow and densely populated lanes in which residents must hunker down in a bid to avoid bombs and bullets.
Gotta hand it to Vice Prez Mike Pence -- he tried like hell to save President Trump from a senior moment during an executive order ceremony ... but still came up short. Trump and his veep assembled media at the White House for the usual dog and…
Back and better than ever! Selena Gomez's mom, Mandy Teefey, said at the Thursday, March 30, premiere of the new Netflix series they're co-producing, 13 Reasons Why, that she believes her daughter's three-month "break" from the spotlight last year was a very necessary one.