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6 items from 2017


Hollywood Studios' First Gay Romantic Drama Back on the Big Screen

24 June 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a »

- Andre Soares

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Cheers: The Scene That Was Cut from the Last Episode

24 May 2017 9:43 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Are you a fan of Cheers? Recently, casting director Jeff Greenberg spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the NBC series finale.Created by James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles, the long-running sitcom starred Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, and Kelsey Grammer. The show ran for 11 seasons before ending in 1993.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Those ‘Cheers’ Jokes May Mean the Marvel Universe Finally Understands On-Screen Romance

9 May 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (as well as “Cheers.”)]

Of all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe properties, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has proven itself to the master of the unexpected pop culture reference. But when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) brings up the classic 1982 – 1993 sitcom “Cheers” to describe his relationship with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), it serves as a reminder that so few people genuinely understand one of pop culture’s most popular tropes: The “Will They/Won’t They” romance.

Read More: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Pulls Off the Impossible: Solving Marvel’s Villain Problem

Not that the McU has a proven track record for a sophisticated understanding of adult relationships — especially among the Avengers, romance is clearly a tricky notion. Captain America has managed a few stolen kisses in between battles, but no sustained relationship beyond his timeless affection for Peggy. Bruce Banner has a connection with Black Widow, but suffers from Hulkus interruptus (and Widow has »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Those ‘Cheers’ Jokes May Mean the Marvel Universe Finally Understands On-Screen Romance

9 May 2017 8:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (as well as “Cheers.”)]

Of all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe properties, “Guardians of the Galaxy” has proven itself to the master of the unexpected pop culture reference. But when Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) brings up the classic 1982 – 1993 sitcom “Cheers” to describe his relationship with Gamora (Zoe Saldana), it serves as a reminder that so few people genuinely understand one of pop culture’s most popular tropes: The “Will They/Won’t They” romance.

Read More: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Pulls Off the Impossible: Solving Marvel’s Villain Problem

Not that the McU has a proven track record for a sophisticated understanding of adult relationships — especially among the Avengers, romance is clearly a tricky notion. Captain America has managed a few stolen kisses in between battles, but no sustained relationship beyond his timeless affection for Peggy. Bruce Banner has a connection with Black Widow, but suffers from Hulkus interruptus (and Widow has »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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The dark arts of poster billing

19 February 2017 4:07 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Brendon Connelly Feb 23, 2017

Working out what stars go in what order on a movie poster is quite a job. And causes many, many arguments...

Billing can be important to an actor's career. Arguably, it's more important to their ego. Most of all, though, it's cross-eyed dead crucial to their agent. The order in which actor's names appear on a poster might be contested as if it's a matter of life or death. It's no exaggeration to say that people have been sent to the electric chair with less wrangling or dispute than a handful of movie star names have been splashed onto a poster.

To be 'top of the bill' originally meant, literally, that your name is at the top of the bill – i.e. the poster. In variety theatre or music hall terms, this implies that you would take the stage last of all, the big attraction that the »

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'Different Flowers': Film Review | Santa Barbara 2017

16 February 2017 12:49 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Indiana native Shelley Long returns to feature films and her regional roots in Different Flowers, playing the grandmother of a runaway bride who's trying to reconcile her romantic inclinations with her need for independence. With its relaxed Midwestern charm and female-empowerment storyline, Dameron’s wedding-themed family dramedy should have no trouble finding a suitable suitor prepared for a committed partnership.

Approaching 30 and facing crucial decisions about career, marriage and family, Millie (Emma Bell) makes a last-second decision to bail on her lavender-themed Kansas City wedding, leaving her groom Charlie (Sterling Knight) awkwardly standing at the altar. Abetted by her enabling »

- Justin Lowe

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