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Movie Review – Blockers (2018)

Blockers, 2018.

Directed by Kay Cannon

Starring John Cena, Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Gideon Adlon.


Close friends Julie, Kayla and Sam have grown up together, gone to school together and now Prom Night has arrived. They make a secret pact to lose their virginity but then their parents find out. And the race is on to stop it happening.

If 2017 was the Year Of Horror – and a literally bloody good year it was – what are the chances of 2018 being the Year Of Comedy? After the procession of dismally unfunny efforts churned out last year – with the exceptions of The Big Sick and Logan Lucky – it can’t do much worse. But this month has been bookended by comedies which promise more to come: first it was Game Night and now Blockers.

Neither premise nor title inspire confidence, making it an even bigger and more pleasant surprise.
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‘Blockers’ Review: Dir. Kay Cannon (2018)

Blockers review: Pitch Perfect writer Kay Cannon directs this timely, laugh-out-loud-so-much-it-hurts-your-face-funny and heartfelt comedy.

Blockers review by Andrew Gaudion.

Blockers review

It is not uncommon for a trailer to market a film poorly. You will often see horror trailers accentuate a different kind of horror to the actual film itself (Get Out comes to mind), or family friendly fair which undersells quite how charming and unique it is in a crowded territory of condescending family films (Paddington). The trailer for Blockers sells the kind of raunchy comedy that went out of fashion back in the early noughties, the kind of low brow affair that condemns a desire to lose virginity, making the act seem like an amoral sin, particularly when it comes to teenage girls. I am happy to report that the film itself is much more self-aware, intelligent and open-minded movie, something which the trailer didn’t express at all.
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Tribeca Unveils 2018 TV Lineup With ‘Westworld,’ ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock,’ and New ‘Freaks and Geeks’ Doc — Watch

Last year, Tribeca was one of the first places to bring “The Handmaid’s Tale” to the TV world. Time will tell what the biggest story out of the 2018 festival will be, but there’s plenty to look forward to.

Tribeca unveiled a mammoth 2018 TV program, covering established series with network homes, all the way to pilots that have yet to be distributed. Some of the for-sure big stops in this year’s Tribeca guide: a screening of the “Westworld” Season 2 premiere, the first look at the upcoming Pablo Picasso season of “Genius,” and the debut North American look at Amazon’s TV adaptation of “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” starring Natalie Dormer.

Also in the mix out in New York next month? Surprise new episodes of “The Staircase,” the legendary French godfather of true crime TV. Netflix will also make their presence felt with a preview of their new Bobby
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Blockers Review [SXSW 2018]

You’ve all seen *that* Blockers TV spot where thick-thighed John Cena “butt chugs” against high schoolers, right? “I mean, looks dumb.” Hardly. Get ready to read about the proficient gender-swapped comedy that is Blockers – an infinitely more rewarding watch that doesn’t fit into a thirty-second ad.

While raunchy “parents gone wild” humor will surely tickle immature and crass tastes, Kay Cannon’s first of many directorial features is a uniquely female buddy-sex-comedy that’s infinitely richer as far as representational awakenings are concerned. For better and worse, the film’s trio of prom-night besties live a categorical night of debauchery more often reserved for male audiences (like, 99% of the time). It’s unfiltered, messy and vocally identifiable for females who’ve long watched comparable cinematic archetypes be used by machismo dude-bros as ditzy intercourse props or background love interests. No more.

As Bridesmaids and Rough Night once fought for,
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Blockers Review: The First Great Comedy of 2018

Blockers Review: The First Great Comedy of 2018
The year's first truly great comedy has arrived and, surprisingly, it stars John Cena in a lead role. Perhaps more surprisingly, given how rarely this occurs, it's an R-rated, female-driven, studio comedy that was directed by a woman. I can't definitely say that's never happened before, but it's about as rare as a bigfoot sighting, at best. However, if Blockers is any indication, this is something that should be entertained far more often, as it's a truly hilarious, refreshing and all around good big studio comedy. Plain and simple, if you like to laugh, Blockers is for you. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that.

Blockers centers on a group of three high school friends, Kayla, Julie and Sam, who are preparing for their prom night. The trio decides to make a pact to lose their virginity together, with all three girls entering into the pact with a
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SXSW Review: ‘Blockers’ is a Hilarious, Empowering Raunch Fest

Blockers doesn’t pull off the impossible so much as it turns the tables on a common formula, finding something fresh, empowering, and hilarious in that time-old story of a group of friends making a pact to lose their V-card on prom night. Directed by Kay Cannon, there are a few more real-world complications for our leads, including Lisa (Leslie Mann), a single mother with an unhealthy obsession with her daughter; Mitchell (John Cena), a buff yet sensitive dad in a committed marriage; and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), a party boy with surprising depth. This studio comedy even finds room for a tender (yet still very funny) coming out story to overbearing parents.

The girls are given their own agency as well. Lisa’s daughter Julie (Kathryn Newton) is dating Austin (Graham Phillips), a good guy with, as we discover in the film’s funniest scenes, an open relationship with his sexually adventurous parents.
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How ‘Blockers’ Brings a Feminist Twist to the Prom Sex Comedy

How ‘Blockers’ Brings a Feminist Twist to the Prom Sex Comedy
After launching “21 Jump Street,” “Neighbors” and “Trainwreck,” South by Southwest has a proven track record for catapulting studio comedies into the mainstream. And now, it looks like the Austin festival has another hit on its hands. “Blockers,” a sweet and raunchy coming-of-age story, played through the roof at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night, met with spontaneous laughter and cheers. Judging by the strong reviews, Universal Pictures can probably count on a box-office home run when the movie opens on April 6.

“Blockers” is like “American Pie” meets “Bridesmaids.” It follows a group of three teenagers (played by the winning Geraldine Viswanathan, Kathryn Newton and Gideon Adlon), who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. This isn’t a unique premise. But it’s never been told from high school girls’ point of view with a female director behind the camera. And the story doesn’t focus
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‘Blockers’ Director Kay Cannon at SXSW: ‘I am a Woman, I Directed Something, and It’s Rated R!’

SXSW has gained a reputation for premiering R-rated comedies that go on to earn $100 million or more at the domestic box office, but this year’s prospect, “Blockers,” is the first from a female director.

“I’m so happy to be here and I am a woman,” Kay Cannon informed the Paramount Theatre crowd immediately before Saturday night’s premiere. “I directed something. And it’s rated R! And a comedy! And it’s soon-to-be released. I feel pretty good about that.” A former “30 Rock” writer, Cannon also wrote or co-wrote the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy and created Netflix’s now-canceled “Girlboss.”

Read More: ‘Blockers’ Review: Goofy Sex Comedy is a Woke ‘American Pie’ For a New Generation — SXSW 2018

During the post-screening Q&A, the first-time director thanked Point Grey, fellow production company Good Universe, and distributor Universal Pictures “for hiring me based off of potential,” something that “doesn’t
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‘Blockers’ Review: Goofy Sex Comedy Is a Woke ‘American Pie’ For a New Generation — SXSW 2018

‘Blockers’ Review: Goofy Sex Comedy Is a Woke ‘American Pie’ For a New Generation — SXSW 2018
Even before it premiered to a boisterous reception at the SXSW Film Festival, “Blockers” was already famous from its red band trailer as that movie where John Cena funnels beer into his anus. That’s one of the more outrageous gags in director Kay Cannon’s inspired sex comedy, but it’s hardly the only one that hits its mark. Cannon’s directorial debut joins “Neighbors,” “Superbad” and “Old School” as an inspired party movie that merges juvenile humor with genuine observations about the gap between teen mayhem and adult responsibilities. Cannon gives equal footing to the sexual aims of its young protagonists attempting to lose their virginity on prom night and the nervous parents keen on stopping them. The difference here is that women rule the show, resulting in a woke “American Pie” for the text message age.

Read More:14 Movies From Female Filmmakers to See At SXSW, From
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SXSW Film Review: ‘Blockers’

SXSW Film Review: ‘Blockers’
“Blockers,” a prom-night comedy that’s as elegantly witty as it is deliriously raunchy, isn’t the first movie (far from it) to be in thrall to the proposition that girls can be as nasty, as wild, and as grossly outrageous as dudes. Amazingly, it wasn’t so long ago that the idea actually seemed quite novel. In 2011, when “Bridesmaids” came out, it was hard to think of another movie before “Bridesmaids” that delivered the same richly satisfying kick of feministic bad behavior. Yet in the years since, movies like the scabrous “Bachelorette” (2012), the stupendous “Trainwreck” (2015), and the scandalously giddy “Girls Trip” (2017) have taken what began as gender-flipping frankness and turned it into the new normal. “Blockers” spins that attitude forward in a delightful, drop-dead outlandish way.

The movie is about three high-school seniors who’ve been friends since kindergarten — eager Julie (Kathryn Newton), acerbic Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan), and insecure
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12 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW 2018

  • Variety - Film News
South by Southwest kicks off this weekend, offering thousands of fans (and journalists) an early glimpse of the latest in studio movies, independent films, and TV shows. In recent years, the gathering in Austin, Texas, has continued to cement its status as the festival du jour for the spring — last year, there was “Baby Driver,” “Atomic Blonde,” and “The Disaster Artist.” And of course, in 2012, Lena Dunham arrived at the fest to preview the first episodes of “Girls.”

As for smaller movies, expect SXSW to continue the conversation about women in Hollywood that transformed awards season. A staggering eight out of 10 of the films in this year’s narrative competition are from female directors. “It is unprecedented,” said Janet Pierson, the head of SXSW Film. “We are excited about it. People ask me if it’s intentional. It wasn’t; we were trying to go for parity. It’s definitely
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12 Buzziest Movies and TV Shows at SXSW 2018

  • Variety - TV News
South by Southwest kicks off this weekend, offering thousands of fans (and journalists) an early glimpse of the latest in studio movies, independent films, and TV shows. In recent years, the gathering in Austin, Texas, has continued to cement its status as the festival du jour for the spring — last year, there was “Baby Driver,” “Atomic Blonde,” and “The Disaster Artist.” And of course, in 2012, Lena Dunham arrived at the fest to preview the first episodes of “Girls.”

As for smaller movies, expect SXSW to continue the conversation about women in Hollywood that transformed awards season. A staggering eight out
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14 Movies From Female Filmmakers to See At SXSW, From ‘Fast Color’ to ‘Sadie’

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

While Hollywood continues to struggle towards parity in the director’s chair, the film festival world is playing major catch-up. At this year’s SXSW Film Festival, the push towards parity is becoming more of a reality than ever before, as 33% of all feature films at the fest are directed by women, while the shorts section boasts 59% female directorship across its slate. It’s a stark difference to the studio side of the industry.

The USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s latest study, “Inclusion in the Director’s Chair? Gender, Race & Age of Directors across 1,000 films from 2007-2017,” found that, of the 109 film directors associated with the 100 top movies of 2017, 92.7 percent were male; 7.3 percent were female. Days later, the San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film followed with the “Celluloid Ceiling” study,
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1 Theory About the Big Mystery in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a frontrunner at the Oscars this year for many reasons. The film's narrative ties into the #MeToo movement with almost eerie precision, it addresses police brutality in a controversial way that has spurred a lot of conversation, and finally, it has Frances McDormand, whose gravitas carries the film like no other actress could. But one thing we haven't been talking about is a key plot point involving the ghastly rape and murder of Angela (Kathryn Newton), teenage daughter of Mildred Hayes (McDormand). If you haven't seen the film yet, don't read the rest of this article unless you want to be spoiled. Angela's murder is the reason why Mildred purchases the billboards, to send a message to Police Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), who has failed to solve the crime after more than six months. Not only is Angela sexually assaulted before her death, but
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Movie Review – Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird, 2017.

Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig.

Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton, Andy Buckley, Daniel Zovatto, Jordan Rodrigues, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith.


In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

There’s a dirtied, muddied elegance to Greta Gerwig’s fantastically bold and personal debut Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story to the tune of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” The character all appear real, the camera is unimposing, as if the audience are snooping upon arguments between mother and daughter, and the frenzied, frankly hysterical first sexual experience. Gerwig has managed to weave a tale at once incredibly personal, at once entirely universal in one broad stroke.

A spectacular Saoirse Ronan is Gerwig surrogate Catherine “Lady Bird” McPherson – Lady Bird her self-given name “given by me, to me,
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Rita Ora joins the live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu

Fresh from her role as Christian Grey’s sister Mia in Fifty Shades Freed, actress and singer Rita Ora has bagged herself another screen role, signing on to appear in the live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu. Details of her role are being kept under wraps.

The film is now currently in production in the UK, with Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) directing a cast that includes Ryan Reynolds in the title role as Detective Pikachu alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Suki Waterhouse (The Bad Batch), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), Bill Nighy (The Limehouse Golem) and Chris Geere (Modern Family).

Detective Pikachu is the first live-action movie based upon the enormously successful Pokemon franchise will see Smith’s character teaming up with Pikachu to investigate the kidnapping of his father. The film is set for release on May 10th, 2019.


The post Rita Ora joins the
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Rita Ora Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

Rita Ora Joins Ryan Reynolds in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)
Singer-actress Rita Ora, who is coming off the strong opening of Fifty Shades Freed, has joined the cast of Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment's live-action Pokemon movie.

Ryan Reynolds stars in the movie based on the game franchise along with Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton.

Ora joins the eclectic supporting cast that includes Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Suki Waterhouse.

Details for Ora’s character in the fantasy monster movie are being kept secret.

The film is currently shooting with Rob Letterman directing. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing the...
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Supernatural on The CW: Cancelled or Renewed for Season 14?

Vulture Watch How much longer will wayward sons Sam and Dean Winchester carry on the family business of saving people and hunting things? Has the Supernatural TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 14th season on The CW? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Supernatural, season 14. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   What's This TV Show About? A horror drama airing on The CW television network, Supernatural stars Jared Padaldecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester. The cast also includes Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, and Alexander Calvert. This year, Samantha Smith, Kim Rhodes, Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen, Loretta Devine, Clark Backo, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Christian Keyes,
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 8)

1974: CBS aired the final episode of The Secret Storm.

1978: UK serial Grange Hill premiered.

1977: Ryan's Hope's Frank was devastated over Jill.

1995: Days of our Lives' Sami and Lucas had sex."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1955: On Love of Life, Ben (David Lewis, who later won a Daytime Emmy Award for his
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Watch the trailer for new mini-series adaptation of Little Women coming to PBS

Watch the trailer for a new adaptation of Louise May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women that will premiere in May as a mini-series on Masterpiece on PBS. Little Women tells the story of the four March sisters as they struggle with life, love and becoming adults all set against the drama and chaos of the American Civil War. The series stars Maya Hawke as Jo March, Kathryn Newton as Amy, Willa Fitzgerald as Meg, Anne Elwy as Beth, Emily Watson as Marmee, Michael Gambon as Mr. Laurence, Angela Lansbury as Aunt March and Dylan Baker as Mr. March. Created by...read more
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