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Scarlett Johansson headlines Rough Night finally arrives in the UK. Here's our review...

At what point does a hen do become a hen don't? In Rough Night, the new comedy thriller from the makers of Broad City, it's around the time that a cheeky night of drinking and novelty penis props turns to involuntary manslaughter, and things quickly escalate into a mashup of Very Bad Things and Bridesmaids.

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is the bride-to-be; a driven senatorial candidate who's taking a weekend off from her campaign for her bachelorette party. Her college friends Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and her Australian friend Pippa (Kate McKinnon) converge on Miami for a boozy, drug-fuelled weekend away that quickly spirals out of control after the accidental death of a male stripper in their party house.

Outside of the obvious reasons for not wanting to get caught, each of
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Trailer Watch: Neither Zoë Kravitz nor Lola Kirke Is Safe in “Gemini”

Gemini

“You know how you were saying that you don’t feel safe?” Heather, a young celebrity (Zoë Kravitz), asks her assistant (Lola Kirke) in the trailer for “Gemini.” “I feel like that all the time.”

The movie star’s fears aren’t unfounded: the next time Jill the assistant reports to work, she finds Heather dead, the victim of a violent crime. Even worse? The murder weapon is the gun Jill loaned to Heather.

Written and directed by Aaron Katz (“Land Ho!”), “Gemini” co-stars John Cho (“Star Trek” franchise) as a detective who believes Jill is somehow involved in the murder. He’s not the only one. “Motive, opportunity, capacity,” a friend (Nelson Franklin, “Veep”) tells Jill, presumably spelling out why she’s the prime suspect. “You two were, like, freaking best friends — people like that kill each other all the time.”

Kravitz was last seen in the hit HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies” and in Lucia Aniello’s ensemble comedy “Rough Night.” Kirke most recently appeared as a young army recruit in love with a married woman in Deb Shoval’s “Awol.” She is also a series regular on Amazon’s New York Symphony-set series, “Mozart in the Jungle.”

Gemini” is scheduled for a spring 2018 release.

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Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark

Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Thank Patty Jenkins — and then thank all the other wonder women who lit up this summer at the box office. This summer, studios released only seven films directed by women (that’s including speciality arms, and even a co-directed production), but the massive success of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is poised to push the total take of female-directed studio films over $1 billion.

Nothing sings quite like “a billion dollars” in Hollywood, but what’s even more heartening is the variety of films in this small group.

Wonder Woman” is the story of the summer, an $800 million superhero that established Jenkins’ supremacy as director of the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman and reestablished the solvency of the creatively stifled Dceu. It also made plain just how desperate audiences are for female-focused blockbusters. The film stayed in
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Review Round-Up: All Eyez on Me Mummy’s Rough Night

Not only are the Cinema Geeks bringing their movie reviews to their podcast, but to help supplement the reviews they do in the actual podcast, each month they will be giving us their quick takes on the months new releases – in this case Us releases for the month of June 2017. Each release will receive a quick take from one or more of the Cinema Geeks crew.

All Eyez on Me

Stars: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham,, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana | Directed by Benny Boom

OptimusSolo’s thoughts:

I came into this year thinking All Eyez on Me had the potential to be this years Straight Outta Compton and boy was I wrong. This movie lacked focus in the worst way and instead fell into the same traps we have seen so many other biopics succumb to over the years. Instead of focusing on one specific event or
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‘Broad City’ Creators on Using ‘Trump’ as Expletive: ‘It Sounds So Gross’

The creators of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” discussed their decision to use the word “Trump” as an expletive on the series’ fourth season during the TCA summer press tour on Tuesday.

“We got to a point where, in real life, we’re talking about the current administration, talking about Trump, and it sounds so gross like everyday saying it so many times and we just didn’t want to share air time,” Ilana Glazer said. “He’s got enough. It’s just a different kind of joke.”

Glazer and co-creator Abbi Jacobson also addressed the idea that the show represents a kind of “sneak attack feminism.”

“We had to do sneak attack early on when the conversation was, ‘Are women funny? Can women be hilarious or not so much?'” Jacobson said. “That literally used to be a question that was being asked.”

Season 4 of “Broad City” is set to premiere on Sept. 13. The
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Bo Report: Sony's Spider-Man reboot flies high

'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'.

Sony.s $US175 million bet on rebooting the flagging Spider-Man franchise looks like paying off as Spider-Man: Homecoming smashed opening records for the series in 56 international markets last weekend, including Australia.

The action-adventure starring 20-year-old Tom Holland as Peter Parker, alongside Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, rang up $10.1 million on 285 locations for a whopping screen average of $36,000.

That obliterates the $5.3 million debut of The Amazing Spider Man 2: Rise of Electro in 2014, which finished up earning just $16 million.

Just the second feature directed by Jon Watts, who made his debut with the obscure 2015 thriller Cop Car, the Marvel Studios/Pascal Pictures production raked in an estimated $116 million in the Us, the studio.s second biggest opening behind Spider-Man 3.s $151.1 million in 2007, and $140 million on 23,400 screens internationally.

In Oz the top 20 titles. receipts shot up by 58 per cent to $22.5 million, according to Numero, thanks to Spidey,
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Bo Report: Indie releases continue to struggle while 'Despicable Me 3' wins

Lady MacBeth..

With school students on holiday around the country, it was no surprise to see Despicable Me 3 seize the top spot at Australian cinemas last weekend, while Transformers: The Last Knight nosedived.

The House, notionally a comedy starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell as a couple who persuade a friend to set up a casino in his half-empty mansion so they can send their daughter to college, failed dismally, mirroring the Us debut.

Lady MacBeth and Monsieur Chocolat struggled on debut despite glowing reviews, continuing a generally grim run for independent releases this year.

Transmission.s Lion, eOne.s La La Land (with a lot of help from its six Oscars) and A Dog.s Purpose have been among the handful of indie break-outs.

Wallis Cinemas. Bob Parr told If, .I constantly get people saying we don.t want to see all these loud action movies but there isn.t anything else.
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Sean Porter D.P || Rough Night ||

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I interviewed Sean Porter for the first time early last year about his work on Jeremy Saulnier's slasher/thriller Green Room. The second time around was a bit brighter, a beach-side domestic dramedy: Mike Mill’s coming of age epic 20th Century Women. And here we are at interview three with his most expensive film, the Sony funded studio comedy Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate Mckinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and which was directed by Broad City’s Lucia Aniello & cowritten by Paul W. Downs. In the gamut of the three, I’ve no clue where to place it.

On a technical, on-set structure spectrum I’ve got a better idea. Rough Night moved the fastest. Sean opens up about his first experience on a big budget studio film, how he managed to light at a breakneck multi-camera TV-style pace with bare minimum prep, and the perks of industry veteran reinforcements.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Lucia Aniello

Lucia Aniello started out as a comedian, but today she is best-known for her work as an actor, a director, and a writer. She is recognized for her work on Broad City as well as Time Traveling Bong, but it is interesting to note that she is not just the director but also one of the two writers of Rough Night. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Lucia Aniello: Grew Up in Hadley, Ma Before she moved to New York City, Aniello lived in the small town of Hadley, which can be found

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Lucia Aniello
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Scarlett Johansson Had Two Flops In a Row, So Now It’s Time For Her to Make ‘Black Widow’

Scarlett Johansson Had Two Flops In a Row, So Now It’s Time For Her to Make ‘Black Widow’
Just six months in, and the year 2017 has already been particularly unkind to Scarlett Johansson, at least as far as box office returns are concerned. The four-time Golden Globe nominee has already bowed two (very different) movies this year, the much-hyped “Ghost in the Shell” live-action feature and the raunchy female-centric comedy “Rough Night,” both of which flopped at the box office. It’s hardly the sort of financial reception the actress is used to getting, as she’s long excelled at making massive box office bucks.

Just last year, Johansson emerged as the only actress on a newly generated list of the highest-grossing actors of all-time, which also includes names like Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, and Johnny Depp. According to that running list from Box Office Mojo, first released last June, Johansson ranked in the top 10 with a total gross of $3.3 billion and counting, which
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Rough Night Movie Review – Stealing Genre Title Doesn’t Guarantee Success

Rough Night is a title that, though semi-meaningless, lets you know where you are to a degree that’s somewhat problematic. It doesn’t actually tell you anything about this specific movie as much as it just lets you know where to find it.

While the film has several funny moments to keep you moving along with it, it’s hard to describe any portion of the plot development without focusing how commonplace and/or “in typical fashion,” that development is. That’s a surprising note in a film about five women who get together for a bachelorette weekend and end up killing a stripper, and one that makes it difficult to get lost in the comedy.

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) and Alice (Jillian Bell) are the main focus of the story and have been best friends, along with Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer), since college. Jess is the
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Bo Report: 'Despicable Me 3' wins while 'Rough Night' misses

'Despicable Me 3'..

Universal/Illumination Entertainment.s Despicable Me 3 was an emphatic No. 1 at Australian cinemas last weekend, easily beating Sony.s bawdy buddy comedy Rough Night.

Illustrating the challenges facing Australian and other small independent films, director Pete Gleeson.s confronting observational documentary Hotel Coolgardie struggled to find audiences.

None of the other limited new releases including The Promise, Punjab comedy Super Singh and documentaries Whitney: Can I Be Me? and Risk made an impression.

The top 20 titles collected $17.4 million, up by 1.9 per cent over the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, Despicable Me 3 rang up a terrific $5.9 million on 456 screens, 20 per cent bigger than the second edition's debut and the third best in June for an animated title behind Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory.

Warner
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Bo Report: 'Despicable 3' wins while 'Rough Night' misses

'Despicable Me 3'..

Universal/Illumination Entertainment.s Despicable Me 3 was an emphatic No. 1 at Australian cinemas last weekend, easily beating Sony.s bawdy buddy comedy Rough Night.

Illustrating the challenges facing Australian and other small independent films, director Pete Gleeson.s confronting observational documentary Hotel Coolgardie struggled to find audiences.

None of the other limited new releases including The Promise, Punjab comedy Super Singh and documentaries Whitney: Can I Be Me? and Risk made an impression.

The top 20 titles collected $17.4 million, up by 1.9 per cent over the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, Despicable Me 3 rang up a terrific $5.8 million on 286 screens.

Warner Bros. superhit Wonder Woman fell by 41 per cent in its third weekend but fetched a hearty $3.3 million on 292, propelling its total to $20.4 million.

Lionsgate/Roadshow
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Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ Races Past ‘Wonder Woman’ to No. 1

Box Office: ‘Cars 3’ Races Past ‘Wonder Woman’ to No. 1
This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release. As of Sunday morning, it appears some have fared better than others.

The big winner is Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which is speeding to $53.5 million from 4,256 locations, putting it in first place. That’s a lower opening than “Cars” ($60.1 million) and “Cars 2” ($66.1 million), but still enough to win the weekend. The first two “Cars” movies combined have made more than $435 million in the U.S. and $1 billion globally. The “Cars” films are far from Disney and Pixar’s highest earners, but “Cars 3” is another example that even a decent opening for the duo is a victory in the big picture.

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Film Review: ‘Cars 3

The movie comes from director Brian Fee, who was a storyboard artist on the first two “Cars” films, as well as “Ratatouille” and “Wall-e.” The ensemble
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Film Review: ‘Rough Night’ is More Than Just a Diamond in the Rough

Chicago - The idiotic notion in Hollywood (and in the basements of fanboy mothers everywhere) that women can’t be funny is a joke in itself. Women have been forced to prove themselves on the male-dominated comedic circuit and have come out as successful as their male counterparts. “Rough Night”, despite all of its flaws, is just the most recent example of that.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

There is no looking past some of the more obvious conventions used in this and many other bachelor/bachelorette-party-gone-wrong genre films. The set up is typically the same, with each character playing a specific archetype, and having each of them riff off of each other. This is unavoidable. “Hangover” did it. “Bridesmaids” did it. “Rough Night” does it as well. The only difference between the other films and this one is the humor is much more centered around the female experience, and that is the most refreshing part of it.
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How Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Rough Night’ Became the Rare Studio Comedy That’s Lgbt-Friendly

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How Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Rough Night’ Became the Rare Studio Comedy That’s Lgbt-Friendly
With “Rough Night,” Sony Pictures managed the rare feat of delivering a big studio comedy that fairly and respectfully represents Lgbt characters. It’s a task that Sony and its competitors — Disney, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Paramount – have seldom managed to achieve, as GLAAD has reported in its annual reports for the past five years. But director Lucia Aniello’s female-driven R-rated bachelorette romp features an interracial lesbian couple, a sex-positive threesome and even some truck-stop oral sex soliciting. All of it draws big laughs, and none comes at the expense of queer people and their dignity. “When we’re writing.
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‘Rough Night’ Review: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…and Not Get Caught For Murdering a Stripper

‘Rough Night’ Review: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun…and Not Get Caught For Murdering a Stripper
The premise of Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night is fairly simple. Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is getting married, so for her bachelorette party, she and her best friends head out to Miami. There’s her college roommate, Alice (Jillian Bell); former item and now polar opposites, Blair (Zoe Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer); and Jess’s friend from her semester abroad […]

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Rough Night – Review

Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Scarlett Johansson, and Jillian Bell star in Lucia Aniello’s bachelorette party comedy Rough Night, Photo by Macall Polay. Courtesy of Columbia/Sony Pictures.

Scarlett Johansson leads a cast of raucous women characters in a comedy that does more than just flip the usual bachelor party trope on its head, in Rough Night. The result is a refreshing take on buddy comedy that not only turns the tables on gender but completely nails how women really interact with each other, in a fitfully funny comedy.

Besides a strong female lead cast, Rough Night is directed by a woman, Lucia Aniello, who also co-wrote the script and is one of the producers. Unlike the typical male-written script, these female characters are spot-on and interact like real women do, even if the situation is over-the-top comedy. While the women characters and how they interact is refreshingly accurate, the humor is sometimes uneven.
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Movie Review: Filthy and fitfully funny, Rough Night is a bumpy ride

The thing that makes Comedy Central’s Broad City so successful is the specificity and relatability of its comedy. Fans feel like they really know the fictional Abbi and Ilana, creating a bit of an awkward situation for the real Ilana Glazer, as she recently revealed in an interview with Bustle. Well, for better or for worse, Glazer should have no such problems with people who have seen Rough Night, the debut feature-film outing for Broad City writer Lucia Aniello, who directs and shares screenwriting credit with her TV colleague Paul W. Downs. In the transition to mainstream, wide-release big-screen comedy, all the frankness of the writing team’s style has been preserved—enhanced, even. But the specificity has been replaced with cliché, and the relatability with broad caricature. The film has some laughs, to be sure. But it’s unlikely to inspire any Bff tattoos.

Any filmmaker would be
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‘Rough Night’ Review: Girls Just Want to Get Away with Murder

On its surface, it would be easy to dismiss Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night as a female The Hangover—bachelorette party gone awry, R-rated humor, mismatched personalities. But such a pithy description does a huge disservice to Aniello’s comedy, which has its own energy thanks to its unique jokes and terrific cast. While it may not be a comedy for the ages, Rough Night is still a good time from start to finish with terrific performances from everyone, especially Jillian Bell and Aniello’s co-writer Paul W. Downs. In college, Jess (Scarlett Johansson) formed a close friendship …
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