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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Wonder Woman’ breaks ‘Mamma Mia!’ record as top-grossing live-action film by female director
Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” just surpassed Phyllida Lloyd‘s “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing movie directed by a woman. That tune-filled 2008 picture established Meryl Streep as an international box office draw with total takings of just under $610 million. “Wonder Woman,” which features Gal Gadot as the title character, has made just over […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot
The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »
- Joe Otterson
It’s a Coppola World: Inside the Filmmaking Co-Op That is Sofia, Eleanor, Roman, and Francis
Sofia Coppola is the promotional circuit with “The Beguiled” (June 23, Focus Features). So is her 81-year-old mother, Eleanor, who wrote and directed her first narrative feature, the romantic road movie “Paris Can Wait;” Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it around the country to strong reviews and box office. Mother and daughter will meet, with their films, at this week’s Munich International Film Festival, where they’ll be joined by the man who began the family film dynasty, Francis Ford Coppola.
Sofia and her older brother, director and screenwriter Roman Coppola, also own San Francisco production company American Zoetrope, which their father launched in 1979; Roman runs it day to day. “They seek each other’s help when it’s needed,” said long-time family producer and casting guru Fred Roos.
- Anne Thompson
‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
‘Pedicab’ Wins Best Film Award at Shanghai Festival
“Pedicab,” directed by Paolo Villaluna from the Philippines, was Sunday named as the winner of the Golden Goblet trophy for best film at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
The film follows an unusual collection of folk making a journey from Manila to their perceived paradise. Without the finance to pay for transport they decide to pedal their way instead.
The festival gave its second prize, the grand jury prize, to “Yellow.” The film was directed by Mostafa Taghizad’h. Its lead, Sareh Bayat was named best actress.
Russian biopic, “Kharms” also claimed two prizes. It earned writer-director Ivan Bolotnikov a prize for best screenplay, while its DoP, Sandor Berkeshi claimed best cinematographer. Maciej Pieprzyca of Poland was named best director for “I Am A Killer.”
- Patrick Frater
Adam Scott Reaches Peak Ben Wyatt With His Italian Calzone Adventure
Pizza? Never heard of it. »
- Devon Ivie
‘Saturday Night Live’: Which hot summer star should host ‘SNL’ Season 43 premiere? Wonder Woman, Spider-Man or ???
NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” recently completed one its biggest seasons ever due to Donald Trump and a viral presidential election. The program could easily win its first series Emmy in over two decades this September. To keep the momentum rolling for Season 43, which premieres around the same time as the awards, let’s give producer […] »
- Chris Beachum
'Pitch Perfect 3': See Bellas Reunite for Farewell Tour in First Trailer
The new film finds the Bellas hitting hard times post-college, with the singers unable to parlay their music skills into careers: Rebel Wilson's Fat Amy is now a street performer called "Fat Amy Winehouse," while other Bellas have become juice smoothie peddlers or farm animal veterinarians.
Down-and-out and desperate for the spotlight again, Kendrick's Beca reunites all the singers from the previous »
Netflix Continues Its Cancelling Spree by Firing Girlboss
She really isn’t that much of a boss. »
- Devon Ivie
‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Trailer: Bellas Reunite to Compete Against Real Musicians (Video)
The Bellas are back in the first full trailer for “Pitch Perfect 3,” the third film in Universal’s a cappella musical comedy franchise. Now graduated from college and out in the real world where it takes more than a cappella to get by, the Bellas return to take their voices on the road. After the highs of winning the World Championships, the Bellas find themselves split apart and discovering there aren’t job prospects for making music with your mouth. But when they get the chance to reunite for an overseas Uso tour, this group of awesome nerds will come together to. »
- Thom Geier
Pixar movies poll results: ‘Coco’ will earn Oscar nominations but Not ‘Cars 3,’ say 75% of readers
In our recent poll that asked which of Pixar’s two 2017 releases will fare at the 2018 Oscars, a whopping 75% of readers said that “Coco” will earn nominations but that “Cars 3” will be snubbed. Another 19% of poll respondents think that both films will contend at the Oscars, while only a combined 6% […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
‘Girlboss’ Canceled After One Season at Netflix
Sophia Amoruso, whose life was the inspiration for the series, shared the news in a series of Instagram stories on Saturday.
“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled,” she wrote. “While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”
The series was based on Amoruso’s New York Times best-selling book of the same name. It »
- Joe Otterson
Watch the Bellas Play for the Troops in the First Trailer for Pitch Perfect 3
The third film in the franchise hits theaters Dec. 22. »
- David Canfield
Oscar outrage! 32 great Lgbt films that lost at Academy Awards, from ‘Carol’ to ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
Films that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender themes have historically been under-rewarded at the Oscars. In honor of Lgbt Pride Month, we’ve compiled a list of great Lgbt-themed films that either failed to win Oscars, or failed to earn nominations in the first place. Click through the gallery above. The Oscar-nominated “The Children’s Hour” […] »
- Tony Ruiz
Twitter Is Already Arguing Over Whether Spider-Man: Homecoming Is As Good As Spider-Man 2
As the old saying goes, if you’ve reached Twitter nitpicking over your superhero movie ranking, you’ve made it. »
- David Canfield
I take Pride in predicting ‘Looking: The Movie’ will be nominated at the Emmys
I may be going out on a shaky limb on a windy day, but I’m currently predicting that “Looking: The Movie” will earn an Emmy nomination for Best TV Movie. After all, television academy members are marking their ballots from June 12 to June 26, right in the middle of Lgbt Pride Month, so it’s […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
'After Louie': Film Review | Provincetown 2017
For gay men who marched on the frontlines in the battle for civil rights, acceptance and survival through the AIDS crisis, the seeming indifference of younger generations to those sacrifices and struggles can be corrosive. The desire to raise awareness, to keep painful memories alive, and to reinforce the origins of freedom for people born into an era in which HIV is a manageable illness and gay marriage a legal right, is a legitimate impulse and a vital story worth telling. In his first feature, director Vincent Gagliostro dives with obvious personal investment into his own past to address head-on »
- David Rooney
‘Doctor Who’ recap: ‘World Enough and Time’ possibly hints at new Doctor, plus an ‘Interstellar’ time twist
It’s the beginning of the end of season 10 of “Doctor Who,” and it’s ending with a two-part adventure. Episode 11, “World Enough and Time,” appears to be setting the stage for Peter Capaldi‘s exit at the end of the year — in fact, the episode begins with what appears to be the Doctor’s regeneration. […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
11 Male Stars Who’ve Been Body Shamed, From Vin Diesel to Leonardo DiCaprio (Photos)
Sam Claflin The “Hunger Games” star says that he feels pressure to be thin and fit just like his female colleagues. “I get really worked up to the point where I spend hours and hours in the gym and not eating for weeks to achieve what I think they’re going for,” he said in an interview with The Sunday Morning Herald. David Harbour The “Stranger Things” star recently recalled an audition for the role of “The Blob” in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” in which the director said he was “worried about his health” after he jokingly lifted up his shirt. »
- Ashley Boucher
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