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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry
In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely,
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry
In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely,
See full article at Indiewire »

Trailer Watch: Bob Newhart and Don Rickles Have Nothing on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Not many people would head to a comedy club and perform a set after learning that their spouse has been having an affair and is leaving them. But, then again, not many people are as cool as Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan, “House of Cards”). After her seemingly perfect marriage falls apart, Midge goes to the stand-up comedy joint run by Susie (Alex Borstein, “Family Guy”), grabs the mic, and proceeds to vent about her husband and brag about her talents in bed. Oh, and she kills it.

“I’m sorry, but look at me,” Midge says, stripping off her coat. “Who wouldn’t want to come home to this every night? You think Bob Newhart has a set of these at home?” she quips as she points at her breasts. “Rickles, maybe.”

This being the 1950s, Midge’s set about her body and sexual prowess is frowned upon by the authorities and she’s promptly arrested. But that doesn’t seem to slow her down any. With some encouragement from Susie and comedy legend Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby, “Rectify”), Midge decides to seriously pursue a career in stand-up. And it seems her best-loved material addresses sex (“Join me next week when my grandmother steals my pearls and fucks my boyfriend!”), which probably means she’ll be in and out of jail throughout the upcoming first season.

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creative force behind “Gilmore Girls” who recently signed a multi-year overall deal with Amazon Studios, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” will be streamable on Amazon Prime on November 29. The hour-long comedy has already received a second season.

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Trailer Watch: Bob Newhart and Don Rickles Have Nothing on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!

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Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Zachary Dent6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am

Canada Day only comes once a year and what better way to appreciate this northern paradise than with a movie that takes place within our borders. After all the eating, drinking, barbecuing, and partying, it's nice to kick back, relax, and take in a Canadian classic. We've got a list of some pretty great ones! So take a gander below and check out a few movies that take place close to home.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Based on Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular graphic novel series, director Edgar Wright condensed a seven-part saga into one epic, Toronto-set film. From notable places like Casa Loma, concert venues like Lee's Palace, and famous intersections like Bloor and
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A Dog’s Purpose review – tugged heartstrings and paws for thought

Lasse Hallström’s canine tale is steeped in sentimentality, heavy with nostalgia and full of furry charm – but ultimately banal

“What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason?” asks the protagonist pup in the unironically titled A Dog’s Purpose. Dog lover and director Lasse Hallström, who also made My Life As a Dog and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, follows one canine (voiced by Josh Gad) through its various reincarnations (deaths notwithstanding) and respective owners: a German shepherd police dog, an endearingly sluggish corgi and, in its most adorable iteration, a ginger-eyelashed red retriever named Bailey. Said retriever lands in the scrawny arms of eight-year-old only child Ethan (Bryce Gheisar), the canine companion a welcome distraction from his alcoholic father (Luke Kirby). Teen Ethan and his girlfriend are played by Netflix TV stars Kj Apa (Riverdale’s Archie) and Britt Robertson (Girlboss’s Sophia) respectively,
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A Dog’s Purpose Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Emily Breen

Must Hate Dogs would perhaps be a more fitting title for Lasse Hallström’s peculiar puppy snuff film, A Dog’s Purpose. What other explanation could there be for his decision to allow Josh Gad to gratingly narrate every last shred of affection for our canine chums from cinema-goers’ hearts? A Dog’s Purpose is a schmaltzy mash up of emotional manipulation and kitsch, as one tiny doggy soul wafts from host to host learning inane lessons about humankind and leaving a trail of corpses in its wake.

We open on a snuggly pup, nestled amongst its furry siblings, slowly acclimatising to the sights and sounds of planet earth. We flinch in recognition (and slump in resignation) as we realise that, dear god yes, that is the voice of Frozen’s Olaf trying to sell us on this cutesy, cynically family-friendly feature. But wait, the poor homeless
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Wamg Giveaway – Win A Dog’S Purpose Blu-ray

“I had a purpose, I was needed again and again and again. With each new life I was learning a new lesson.”

A Dog’S Purpose Is Now Available On Digital HD And On Blu-ray & DVD May 2Nd

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’S Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, Kj Apa, John Ortiz, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid.

Now you can own A Dog’S Purpose Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has seven copies to give away. All you have to
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Toronto: The Cinematic City

The most populous city in Canada has appeared on-screen in many different ways over the years.Enemy (2013)

There are many ways in which cities are portrayed in cinema. Sometimes cities are anonymous and nameless, and sometimes cities become characters in the films they are portrayed in. Cities can be merely incidental settings, or the specific locations within a city can be incredibly important both narratively and visually. The people within a city tend to represent the place itself: how they act, how they dress, where they work, how they speak, and what they eat. All of these things can be related to the place they live. Cities are home to an infinite multitude of experiences — people from different places, with different families, different wants and desires and identities.

There are cities that are frequently remembered as being iconic within the world of cinema. Paris, Rome, New York, Venice, Chicago, and London have all received loving portraits in
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A Handy Guide to Amazon’s Trash Pilots

Are these new pilots from Amazon trash? Of course they are! Here’s a guide.Just Robb Stark over here, wearin’ shades in outer space

Crowds may not be able to fund things, but they can give opinions. Or, at the very least, that’s been the idea behind Amazon’s occasional Pilot Season, generating enthusiasm for their programming by giving ordinary folk like yourself the opportunity to watch pilots and say, gee, this blows and vote them a big n’ meaningful thumbs down. Last year, they took everything, so it might just be a load of promotional nonsense. But it might not.

So, what’s hip in this line of potential programing? Once canceled TV-hands like Steve Dildarian and Amy Sherman-Palladino return with their latest attempts to enthuse audience with binge-worthy hours of spectacle and movie men like James Ponsoldt and Kevin Macdonald try to get into this golden age of TV they’ve been hearing
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Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf

Ranking Amazon's 2017 Spring Pilots: The Good, the Bad and the Genuinely Wtf
Another season, another batch of Amazon pilots – it's the gift that keeps on giving. In the spirit of a true democracy (feel free to add your own cynical popular-vote joke here), the streaming service will offer up a number of first episodes for maybe-possibly future shows. The audience gets to decide what series should get full orders. You may get the next Transparent; you may get a burning pile of trash. Regardless, it's the viewer who gives these would-be TV classics the thumbs up, thumbs down, or sideways-thumbs-across-the-throat gesture. You
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Aussie producer enlists the stars of 'Creed', 'Cinderella' for first feature

  • IF.com.au
Rachael Fung.

Young Aussie producer Rachael Fung has wrapped production on her first feature, Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson (Creed, Thor: Ragnarok) and Lily James (Cinderella).

Fung has been back and forth between the Us and Oz for years, having been accepted into New York University.s film and television program straight out of high school.

In her first semester, the Sydney native produced a radio drama in her audio class and was hooked..

.I ended up winning a small award for that radio drama and that was all the encouragement I needed to pursue producing full time,. she tells If..

Fung spent the first few years after graduation working on shorts and music videos before landing a job at Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.s company, Bazmark..

.I worked there for four years developing my business and management skills as a producer and they were incredibly supportive when I
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Young Aussie producer enlists the stars of 'Creed', 'Cinderella' for first featu

  • IF.com.au
Rachael Fung.

Young Aussie producer Rachael Fung has wrapped production on her first feature, Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson (Creed, Thor: Ragnarok) and Lily James (Cinderella).

Fung has been back and forth between the Us and Oz for years, having been accepted into New York University.s film and television program straight out of high school.

In her first semester, the Sydney native produced a radio drama in her audio class and was hooked..

.I ended up winning a small award for that radio drama and that was all the encouragement I needed to pursue producing full time,. she tells If..

Fung spent the first few years after graduation working on shorts and music videos before landing a job at Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.s company, Bazmark..

.I worked there for four years developing my business and management skills as a producer and they were incredibly supportive when I
See full article at IF.com.au »

Amblin’s ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bound This Spring

Man's best friend takes center stage in A Dog's Purpose, the canine-perspective motion picture coming to Digital HD on April 18th followed by Blu-ray and DVD on May 2nd.

A Dog's Purpose is based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron of the same name and directed by Lasse Hallström. Josh Gad (Disney's Beauty and the Beast 2017) voices the central dog character with Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland, The Longest Ride), Kj Apa (Riverdale), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster), Juliet Rylance (Sinister, The Knick), Luke Kirby (The Astronaut Wives Club), Peggy Lipton (When in Rome, Twin Peaks), Pooch Hall (The Game, Ray Donovan) and Dennis Quaid pitching in on the human side.

Controversy struck A Dog's Purpose before its cinematic release in the form of a purported dog abuse video taken during production. That didn't stop the modestly budgeted $22 million film from earning nearly $80 million at the worldwide box office.
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M. Night Shyamalan's Split Wins the Box Office 2 Weeks in a Row

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M. Night Shyamalan's Split Wins the Box Office 2 Weeks in a Row
While January doesn't often produce huge box office hits, fans have come out in full force for Oscar-nominated films like Hidden Figures and La La Land, which both continue to fare well with solid box office numbers throughout the month. Last weekend, M. Night Shyamalan's Split over-performed with an impressive box office win with $40 million, and it was certainly expected to repeat, even with three new releases hitting theaters. Joining the box office fray this weekend is Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Universal's A Dog's Purpose and The Weinstein Company's Gold. The race was expected to be much closer, but Split took advantage of a minimal second weekend drop to easily win with $26.2 million

The estimates from Box Office Mojo reveal that Split actually expanded into 161 more theaters for a total of 3,199, which may have helped minimize the traditional second weekend drop. The M. Night Shyamalan thriller only dropped 34.3% in its second weekend,
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A Dog’S Purpose – Review

Excuse the pun, but Hollywood has gone to the dogs. And it’s not the first time. Man’s (and the movies’) best friend has been the hero and heroine of many a flick since the old nickleodeon days. The first canine superstar was probably Rin-Tin-tin way back in the silent era. He was a German Shepherd who rescued human co-stars and even a soon to be major studio (the Warner Brothers might not have survived without his box office bucks). Then came Lassie in her many media incarnations, along with other dogs that provided comic relief from Nick and Nora’s terrier Asta to that Saint Bernard behemoth, Beethoven. With the advent of social media there’s been an avalanche of pet adoration, with funny home videos of dogs taking a big bite out of the bandwidth. This helped fuel last summer’s animated smash The Secret Life Of Pets (primarily dogs,
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The Weekend Warrior 1/27/17: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, A Dog’s Purpose, Gold

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

As per my Thursday update, M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller Split ended up winning the weekend but with way more than anyone, including myself, predicted, with more than $40 million for its opening weekend. That’s pretty impressive, and his first movie to open at that level since 2010’s The Last Airbender. Meanwhile, Vin Diesel’s sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage ended up making around where I predicted, taking second place with $20.1 million, not a great sign for the continuation of that franchise. Michael Keaton’s The Founder ended up right around where I predicted with $3.4 million, ending up just outside the Top 10. Hidden Figures, La La Land and Sing continued to do well with minimal drop-offs.

This
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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Review: Even Lasse Hallström Can’t Save This Canine ‘Cloud Atlas’

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Review: Even Lasse Hallström Can’t Save This Canine ‘Cloud Atlas’
Josh Gad’s opening voiceover in “A Dog’s Purpose” asks: “What is the meaning of life?”

You might think: I don’t know, but I don’t think a movie about dog reincarnation is going to tell me.

He goes on: “Are we here for a reason?” Puppies? “Is there a point to any of this?” Probably not, but hopefully puppies.

Turns out, the answer to that last question is a resounding no. It’s not hard to guess why any studio would want to make a movie based on W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel, one that’s ostensibly designed to appeal to the millions of people who turn cute dog videos viral. However, “A Dog’s Purpose” is a lot harder to understand when you consider that it’s a kids’ movie featuring multiple dog characters suffering and dying — and when you consider that it’s directed by Lasse Hallström,
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Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

Film Review: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’
“A Dog’s Purpose” is the type of movie that lives or dies entirely on its audience’s goodwill. With it, the Lasse Hallström film could serve as a cinematic warm blanket in this moment of national fractiousness and fear: full of adorable pooches, gentle breezes of Hallmark card philosophy, and nonpartisan rah-rah Americana. Without it, it veers dangerously close to kitsch, shamelessly exploiting one of the most reliable tear-jerking devices in fiction – the death of a dog – over and over again. Given the undesirable press that has surrounded this film over the past week, goodwill may be in short supply.

The pre-release discussion of “A Dog’s Purpose” has largely revolved around a brief, disturbing video clip, provided to TMZ by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in which a German Shepherd performing on the film appears to be forced unwillingly into a raging water tank. The
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Box Office: Can ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Still Win the Weekend After Canine Controversy?

Box Office: Can ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Still Win the Weekend After Canine Controversy?
Universal-Amblin’s “A Dog's Purpose” faces serious challenges this weekend in the face of a week-old call for a boycott of the canine feel-good film, which opens at about 3,050 North American locations.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has blistered everyone involved with the movie in the wake of the Jan. 18 release of a leaked video showing a German Shepherd named Hercules balking at performing a stunt in churning water. Producer Gavin Polone, director Lasse Hallstrom, co-screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron and animal trainers from Birds and Animals Unlimited have said TMZ and PETA mischaracterized what actually took place — insisting that Hercules was reluctant to go into water only because he had not rehearsed at the specific location. Polone also alleged that PETA had edited the video in a misleading way.

An online petition launched on Jan. 20 also called for a boycott unless the filmmakers donated a “significant
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Can Resident Evil 6 Take Down Split at the Box Office?

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Can Resident Evil 6 Take Down Split at the Box Office?
The month of January doesn't often usher in huge box office grosses, but horror fans came out in droves to see M. Night Shyamalan's Split, which took in just over $40 million last weekend. This thriller will have its work cut out for it this weekend, going up against three new releases, Sony's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Universal's A Dog's Purpose and The Weinstein Company's Gold to close out the month of January. We're predicting that, while it certainly may be a close race this weekend, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will take down Split with a projected $21.7 million, just barely beating Split with $20.6 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Resident Evil 6 will open in roughly 3,000 theaters, followed by A Dog's Purpose in 2,900 theaters and Gold in 2,200 theaters. As of now, Gold is sporting a middling 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, although Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and A Dog's Purpose
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