4 items from 2016
We’ve all come to know and love Amy Schumer‘s blunt, tell-it-like-it-is attitude. She’s never one to hold back, whether posting a nearly-nude selfie on Instagram or declaring she’s wearing Vivienne Westwood and an O.B. tampon on the Emmys red carpet. And now, the 35-year-old comedian gave her own style straight talk in an exclusive behind-the-scenes interview during an Old Navy shoot.
The star, who’s you’ll see (starting tonight!) starring in Old Navy’s Fight Night-themed Black Friday sale commercial, gave her usual uninhibited real talk when it comes to how she dresses herself on the daily. »
15 years ago, Legally Blonde introduced the world to the physical manifestation of femininity: Elle Woods. She totally embodies the third wave feminist ideals that women can have fun and unashamedly wear pink dresses and nail polish, have great hair, and walk in killer heels and still be taken seriously. Even when Elle suffers humiliation and sadness at the hands of the patriarchy and petty women, she overcomes it in the most feminine way possible: by being her fabulous self and using her vast knowledge of haircare to solve a huge murder trial and jumpstart her law career. Legally Blonde forged the pathway for female lead comedy movies like Bridesmaids, The Heat, Trainwreck, and now even the new Ghostbusters to follow. Legally Blonde told the women in those films that they can proudly be a woman and screw what everyone else expects them to be.
- Erica Bahrenburg
Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.
There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.
[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]
Best Picture: “Weiner”
Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »
- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley
The world has changed since Zoolander helped America laugh again after 9/11. A good deal of its new sequel tries to pan humor out of grappling with this. As the movie begins, protagonist Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller, also co-writer and director) and his rival-turned-bestie Hansel (Owen Wilson) have isolated themselves over the last 14 years due to a tragedy that befell them a mere two days after the first movie left off. But both are drawn back into the high-glamor, low-iq world of male modeling after a series of celebrities are murdered, each one snapping a selfie in which they flash Derek’s signature “Blue Steel” look as they die. With the assistance of new love interest Melanie Valentina (Penelope Cruz), an Interpol Fashion Police agent, the pair seek to unravel the mystery.
- Daniel Schindel
4 items from 2016
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