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Sarah Jessica Parker on the ‘Divorce’ Season 2 Makeover and the Big Thing That Didn’t Need to Change

Sarah Jessica Parker on the ‘Divorce’ Season 2 Makeover and the Big Thing That Didn’t Need to Change
“Divorce” was never going to be an easy show to make — or to keep making. The word by itself is enough to give people shivers, so asking viewers to watch a marriage fall apart every week is asking a lot.

“First seasons of television are difficult,” Sarah Jessica Parker said in an interview with IndieWire. “Second seasons are difficult for entirely different reasons.”

HBO’s black comedy saw all of those difficulties and more when it debuted softly in fall 2016. Some claimed Parker’s return to HBO was too different from her landmark debut, and mixed reviews combined with meager buzz left the show out in the cold as fall turned to winter and brisk days became bitter nights.

Read More:‘Divorce’ Review: Season 2 Gets a Brighter, Funnier Makeover, But This HBO Comedy Still Cuts Deep

Now, a revamped version is returning in the early months of 2018; a fitting relaunch
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‘Divorce’ Review: Season 2 Gets a Brighter, Funnier Makeover, But This HBO Comedy Still Cuts Deep

‘Divorce’ Review: Season 2 Gets a Brighter, Funnier Makeover, But This HBO Comedy Still Cuts Deep
“Divorce” Season 1 was a petrified flower of a TV show. A black comedy that cut deep, again and again, like a particularly thorny rose that you couldn’t stop picking up, Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to HBO was met with an aptly mixed reaction. For some, it was too bleak and too suffocating in its exhausting exploration of a broken marriage. For others, it provided insight into (and thus relief from) one of life’s most prevalent predicaments, making the process of divorce both intriguing in its unexpected challenges and moving in its oh-so-human central characters. The dead rose poked back so much it felt alive, and viewers gleaned something meaningful with every prick.

“Divorce” Season 2 is a rose in bloom, in that much of the elements that scared off onlookers before have been pruned. In their place lies a show intent on discovery, hope, and positive thinking, ushered
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18 HBO Original Programs To Be Excited About in 2018 — ‘Sharp Objects,’ ‘Paterno,’ and More

HBO enters 2018 without its signature series, “Game of Thrones,” which isn’t expected to return for its last hurrah until 2019. But that’s fine — the premium cable network has plenty of other new and returning shows to look forward to. Here’s a roundup of the 18 most anticipated series that HBO subscribers have to look forward to in the coming months.

Divorce” Season 2

Release Date: January 14, 2018

Creator: Sharon Horgan

Showrunner: Jenny Bicks

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon, Tracy Letts

After a mixed reception for Season 1, “Divorce” is getting a creative shake-up in Season 2. Jenny Bicks, who wrote on “Sex and the City” and “The Big C,” has stepped in as the new showrunner, and — if you can believe it — Thomas Haden Church shaved his mustache. It’s unclear which will have a bigger impact on series’ eight new episodes, but Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to
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Movie Review – The Greatest Showman (2017)

The Greatest Showman, 2017.

Directed by Michael Gracey.

Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Paul Sparks, Keala Settle, Diahann Carroll, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Sam Humphrey, Eric Anderson, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.

Synopsis:

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation

At one point during The Greatest Showman, (the directorial debut from visual effects creator Michael Gracey) a stuffy theater critic puts down P.T. Barnum’s curious show of misfits for not being highbrow. Throughout the course of the musical Hugh Jackman’s optimistic, possibly fraudulent live-arts entrepreneur (the movie addresses the façade of certain aspects regarding the show and the fact that he may have been intentionally using unloved and
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Weekly Update for December 22: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Pitch Perfect 3”Films About Women Opening This Week

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After college graduation, the Barden Bellas are struggling with their own lives and jobs until former member Aubrey (Anna Camp) comes up with a plan to reunite the girls for one last chance to perform on tour in Europe. However, the girls must face the obstacle that their apparent competition comes with actual musical instruments. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

Molly’s Game (Opens in Limited Release December 25; Opens in Wide Release January 5)

“Molly’s Game”

The true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans, and finally, unbeknown to her,
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Review: 'The Greatest Showman' Is 'a Shrill Blast of Nothing'

Review: 'The Greatest Showman' Is 'a Shrill Blast of Nothing'
How do you cast a virtuoso Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, spare no expense in production values, add a score by Oscar (La La Land) and Tony (Dear Evan Hansen) winners Ben Pasek and Justin Paul and still end up with the shrill blast of nothing that is The Greatest Showman? Ask first-time director Michael Gracey, who cut his teeth on commercials and music videos without ever mastering the crucial knack of building snippets of musical comedy and drama into a satisfying whole.

As scripted by TV writer Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City,
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Hugh Jackman sings his way through “The Greatest Showman”

Embargoing a film up until the day of release is never a sign of confidence on the part of a studio. Usually, this sort of treatment is reserved for low class genre fare, not would be Oscar contenders. Yet, here we are in the case of The Greatest Showman. It opens today and reviews were embargoed until just after midnight. 20th Century Fox has essentially been hiding it, hoping Hugh Jackman’s star power, the idea of a musical, and the three Golden Globe nominations (more on those in a bit) would drive traffic. They don’t have it on their For Your Consideration page, preferring instead to hitch their wagon to Jackman’s other outing Logan, among other things. A wise move for Fox, as this is one of the worst movies of the year. The film is a musical biopic, looking at how Phineas Taylor Barnum, or P.
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The Greatest Showman Movie Review

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The Greatest Showman 20th Century Fox Director: Michael Gracey Screenwriter: Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson Screened at: Fox, NYC, 12/15/17 Opens: December 20, 2017 As illustrated in the movie by Michael Gracey in his debut as director, P.T. Barnum (1810-1891) was never a child who wanted […]

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The Greatest Showman – Review

The showman frequently gets a bad rap. Whether it’s trying to get someone to laugh or smile, there are many directors and actors out there who simply love to entertain. They may not be aiming for high art, but they are looking to delight the masses. The best men and women in the business make it look easy. Yet, for all the razzle-dazzle and cheap thrills associated with entertainment for entertainment’s sake, there’s an art to it. It’s an incredible feat when done right; it’s a risk; it’s a high-wire act that could send the performer toppling down if they don’t balance the performance just right.

Hugh Jackman is no stranger to either the stage or the screen. While his best performance of the year might feature him as an aging and depressed alcoholic who is living his last days coming to terms
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The Greatest Showman Review

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Author: Emily Breen

Hugh Jackman Is The Greatest Showman, it cannot be denied. His voice, charisma and screen presence are inarguably mesmeric. And powerful enough to make even the most despicable character palatable. Which is handy. P.T. Barnum was a truly terrible man. A profiteer of the misfortunes of others and a cynical exploiter of the disabled. Yes, he lived in different times. Yet even by the standards of his time, to sell tickets to the autopsy of a profoundly handicapped woman one owned seems…distasteful.

Barnum is a curious, if not downright bad, choice of inspiration for a musical biopic so buoyantly determined to remain upbeat. But by the power of Hugh Jackman, a stonking soundtrack and an unhealthy dose of denial The Greatest Showman nearly grifts its way past our disapproval without a scratch. The curtain lifts on a classic upstairs/downstairs love story: a tailor’s
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Review: ‘The Greatest Showman’ Skirts History to Deliver a Progressive Crowdpleaser

Best to get this out of the way first. Though The Greatest Showman, directed by visual effects artist and first-time filmmaker Michael Gracey, tells the story of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), a vast majority of the real man’s history has been white-washed to make way for this very digestible (and sometimes very enjoyable) movie musical. This version of the Barnum story, from a screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, spins him as the imaginative boy of a hard-working father who’s always barely making ends meet. Exposed to the scars of class warfare and the kindness of those with less to give, Barnum grows up determined to make his mark on the world and win the hand of Charity, his childhood love from the richer side of the river. Soon enough, Charity (now Michelle Williams) has become a Barnum and is happy living the simple life in
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‘The Greatest Showman’ Review: Hugh Jackman Shines in a Joyfully Insane Spectacle Worthy of P.T. Barnum’s Name

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Ignore the vintage 20th Century Fox logo that appears on screen at the start of the film, “The Greatest Showman” is nothing if not a uniquely 21st century spectacle, a gaudy sonic boom of musical cinema that tries to sell you on the magic of the movies like it’s Black Friday at a store that’s going out of business. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to a joyfully insane experience that’s as subtle as a circus and twice as loud. Forget the multiplexes; this is a movie that feels like it was made to be screened on a Jumbotron in the middle of Times Square as a shimmering advertisement for its own existence.

Shamelessly familiar and profoundly alien in equal measure, “The Greatest Showman” takes a billion of the world’s oldest story beats and refashions their prefab emotions into something that feels like it’s being projected from another planet.
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Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer

Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer
It was announced last week that during Fox's telecast of the three-hour live musical event A Christmas Story, the network would make history by airing the first ever live TV commercial for the upcoming movie The Greatest Showman. With a performance that surely would have made P.T. Barnum himself proud Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) was joined by Zac Efron (Philip Carlyle), Zendaya (Anne Wheeler) and Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz) for the two and a half minute live trailer where they performed the new song "Come Alive." The live commercial was filmed at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, just across from where the live musical was being filmed.

Directed by The Greatest Showman feature film director Michael Gracey, along with Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock director Beth McCarthy-Miller, the live trailer features a 360-degree shoot with more than 150 dancers. Given that this live commercial went off without a hitch,
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Oscar Best Picture Contenders Reach Voters With Nostalgia

Oscar Best Picture Contenders Reach Voters With Nostalgia
Historical movies have a reputation for tugging at the heartstrings of both Academy voters and fans, just ask anyone who regularly watches “Gone With the Wind” or spends evenings cozied up with Turner Classic Movies. But this year, a series of period-set releases also come with a twinge of nostalgia. This only makes them more endearing.

Call Me by Your Name

Nostalgia Trigger: First Loves; Self-Discovery

Just about everyone has a coming-of-age story, no matter your sexual orientation. Director Luca Guadagnino’s film, which is based on James Ivory’s adaptation of the heart-swelling André Aciman novel, chronicles a love affair between a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) and the attractive American student (Armie Hammer) who comes to stay with his family in the Italian countryside during the early 1980s. It could be compared to 1971’s “Summer of ’42,” with its message of sexual awakening and young love is strong enough for a month of throwback Thursdays.

Darkest Hour

Nostalgia
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to Dominant Social Media Buzz
Disney-Luscasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated social media buzz last week in the wake of the Dec. 9 world premiere and announcing its dedication to the late Carrie Fisher, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

“The Last Jedi,” which opens Dec. 15, generated 368,000 new conversations last week to bring its total to 4.75 million. Tracking has shown the tentpole’s opening weekend could be in the $200 million range at the domestic box office — which would be the fourth-largest of all time after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.”

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie picks up where 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” left off. It stars returning cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Andy Serkis. The new cast members include Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio del Toro. It’s the final film role for Fisher, who died last
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December 2017 Film Preview

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As the end of the year approaches, a number of promising films are set to premiere and make your spirits bright. December starts off with a spate of exciting releases, including “The Shape of Water,” which stars Sally Hawkins as a mute woman who befriends a mysterious aquatic creature being held in the laboratory in which she works. Also premiering on December 1 is “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” a touching family drama starring Maika Monroe as a teen who takes up surfing in order to cope with her fractured home life.

“I, Tonya,” out December 8, is a star-studded biopic about disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. The Tiff darling features performances from Margot Robbie and Allison Janney. “Permanent,” which premieres December 15, tells the story of an eccentric ‘80s family that struggles with fitting in, standing out, and having bad hair. Also in theaters December 15 is “The Last Jedi,
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‘Divorce’ Season 2 Trailer: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Black Comedy is Done Being a Bummer — Watch

‘Divorce’ Season 2 Trailer: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Black Comedy is Done Being a Bummer — Watch
Divorce” was nothing if not unique when it debuted in the winter of 2016. Dark, unflinching, and with a black sense of humor, Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to HBO dug into the nitty gritty details of an act nearly half of America’s married population will go through during their lives. Some viewers weren’t ready to deal with it, but those who were experienced a meticulous 10-episode investigation into the depths of long-term pain and newfound freedom.

Season 2 looks to capitalize more on the latter. As Parker’s divorcee Frances notes in the opening seconds of the new trailer, her divorce isn’t a bummer: It’s a fresh start.

Read More:‘Divorce’ Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to HBO in Top Form

“Now that I’m divorced, I wanted to be the master of my own destiny,” Robert says in the new trailer, as he shaves off the
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Hugh Jackman And Zac Efron Dance Their Way Through The Greatest Showman Trailer

It’s no secret that La La Land reignited Hollywood’s hunger for a modern musical, and that’s despite the fact that Damien Chazelle’s dreamy love story was piped at the post by Moonlight in spectacular fashion during February’s Oscar ceremony.

Perhaps more than anything else, La La Land stands as concrete proof that a modern-day musical is not only economically feasible, but also has the chance to become a critical and commercial hit – in the right hands, of course – and one director stepping up to the plate later this year is Michael Gracey.

His movie? The Greatest Showman, an original drama which looks to chronicle the remarkable rags-to-riches story of P.T. Barnum, who is often credited as the founding father of show business. Trading mutants for musicals is Logan actor Hugh Jackman, who calls upon his Les Misérables experience in today’s brand new trailer for the pic.
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