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Film Review: ‘The Monkey King 3’

Film Review: ‘The Monkey King 3’
Monkeying around with 16th-century Chinese literary classic “Journey to the West” yet again, Hong Kong action veteran Soi Cheang’s third installment in the hit Monkey King franchise ventures into a kingdom populated exclusively by women. And yet, while its femme-focused premise suggests rich opportunities to challenge traditional Chinese gender roles, “The Monkey King 3” disappointingly resists the chance to reinvent female identity. Though the gaudy production pales in comparison to the previous installment on nearly every artistic level, a visible improvement in 3D effects, combined with the film’s family-friendly subject and a day-and-date release in the U.S., should make it a cinch to surpass the previous film’s record opening two years ago.

Back in 2014, when Cheang’s original “The Monkey King” earned a whopping $15.5 million, the film swiftly evolved from a clever one-off into a lucrative Chinese New Year’s franchise — easy to do, given the infinite stories suggested by its epic source
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16 Songs From I, Tonya That'll Make You Feel Like a Badass

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Wherever you stand on the Tonya Harding ice skating scandal, you have to admit that the I, Tonya soundtrack is incredible. The original soundtrack for the film encompasses everything from Violent Femmes' moody oldie "Gone Daddy Gone" to pop-rock classics like Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman." In addition to the 1994 incident involving Nancy Kerrigan, Harding's career is remarkable because of her groundbreaking accomplishments, which includes being the first American woman to land a triple axel. The film also elaborates upon Harding's struggles as a skating champion hailing from a lower class of society. So, it should only follow that the soundtrack for I, Tonya is full of gritty battle anthems to capture the skater's moxie. The music in the film, a delightful hodgepodge of rock and Americana, reflects Harding's fantastic professional résumé and complicated personal life. The soundtrack features a handful of songs with notorious female rockers, like Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" and Heart's "Barracuda.
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"West Side Story" - Casting Call

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According to a new casting call, director Steven Spielberg is looking for lead actors to star in his musical reboot of the 1961 musical drama "West Side Story", about gang warfare in New York City, that will start shooting after he completes "Indiana Jones 5" starring Harrison Ford:

Casting is seeking actors to play the musical's four leading roles: 'Maria' (18-20), 'Tony' (18-23), 'Bernardo' (20-24) and 'Anita' (20-24 years). All four actors must be able to sing. Maria, Anita and Bernardo must speak Spanish.

The 1961 musical drama "West Side Story" was directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, adapting the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet", starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. The film won 10 Acadmy Awards, including 'Best Picture'.

"...set in the 'Upper West Side' neighborhood of New York City in the mid 1950's,
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What’s your favorite Best Picture Oscar winner of the 1990s: ‘Titanic,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ … ? [Poll]

What’s your favorite Best Picture Oscar winner of the 1990s: ‘Titanic,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘Forrest Gump’ … ? [Poll]
The 1990s were full of huge pop culture sensations being awarded Best Picture at the Oscars. From crowd-pleasing films like “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic” to weighty but popular dramas like “Schindler’s List” and “Braveheart,” this was a decade where the movie-going audience and the industry shared the same general opinion on movies. Now, 20 years later, which film do you consider your favorite Best Picture winner of the ’90s?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Picture.)

Dances With Wolves” (1990) — “Dances with Wolves” kicked off the 1990s with a Best Picture win, giving first-time director Kevin Costner a huge confidence boost. The film also stars Costner as Lt. John Dunbar, a Civil War soldier stationed at an outpost where he befriends a local Sioux tribe of Native Americans. “Dances with Wolves” earned six other Oscars,
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Olivia Cole Dead at 75

Actress Olivia Cole, best known for her performances in Roots and The Women of Brewster Place, passed away on January 19. She was 75.

Cole died in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, her agent, Susie Schwarz at Sbb Partners, told Variety. Her cause of death is currently unknown.

“She was a very eccentric woman and a wonderful woman,” Schwarz said of Cole, who didn’t own a cell phone and shied away from technology.

Cole was born in Memphis, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

She returned to the U.S. in 1964 and appeared in "Romeo and Juliet" at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.

In 1966, Cole made her Broadway debut in a revival of "The School for Scandal" — just one of the many stage appearances during her career — and then landed a gig as Deborah Mehren on CBS soap opera The Guiding Light.

She won
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Ophelia’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Ophelia’
“It is high time I shall tell you my story myself,” announces Daisy Ridley in the voiceover that opens “Ophelia,” Claire McCarthy’s sympathetic “Hamlet” recalibration, based on the novel by Lisa Klein. Fair point. Actors have been performing Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy for over 400 years, and four centuries is a lot of time for a girl to go crazy and die without getting to explain her take on things.

To most artists, Ophelia is a lovelorn pawn in the middle of a deadly pentagram between her father, her brother, her Queen, her King, and her boyfriend, all pointing swords at each other’s throats. She’s the long-haired beauty doomed to drown with a fistful of flowers. But to McCarthy and screenwriter Semi Chellas, the legendary lunatic is the only sane one in the script. They stitch woolly new plot threads about feminism and snobbery into Shakespeare’s framework — when Hamlet mutters “To be or not
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‘Ophelia’ Review: Daisy Ridley Is a Reimagined Shakespearean Heroine, but the Drama Wastes Its Best Ideas

‘Ophelia’ Review: Daisy Ridley Is a Reimagined Shakespearean Heroine, but the Drama Wastes Its Best Ideas
Shakespeare has always been ripe for reinvention, and Claire McCarthy’s “Ophelia,” a reworking of “Hamlet” from the perspective of his seemingly doomed lover, is the kind of new spin on one of the ol’ Bard’s most beloved stories that should only reestablish the force of Shakespeare’s original words. And yet McCarthy’s film, based on Lisa Klein’s 2006 novel of the same name, takes its best ideas (and its best performers) and traps them in a cheap narrative that would will likely rank among the worst of many Shakespearean adaptations. It’s such a good idea on paper, rendered totally inert on the screen.

At least there’s Daisy Ridley as the eponymous Ophelia, introduced as a “willful girl.” Literally locked out of the very library she’s so desperate to enter (“Ophelia” is rarely subtle), Ridley brings a grace that makes it clear why both Queen
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Rose McGowan Sends 'Love and Support' to Johnathon Schaech After Molestation Accusation

Rose McGowan Sends 'Love and Support' to Johnathon Schaech After Molestation Accusation
Rose McGowan is sending her “love and support” to her former costar Johnathon Schaech, who claims he was sexually harassed and abused by a director in the early ’90s.

“I love and support you, @JonathanShaech,” the actress, who appeared with Schaech in 1995’s The Doom Generation tweeted. “I now understand why you were so angry when we worked together, it is because you were stolen. Hijacked. We need to start calling it Life Theft because these predators do, they steal lives. Enough! Time for truth.”

I love and support you,

@JonathanShaech. I now understand why you were so angry when we worked together,
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‘Maze Runner’ Actress Kaya Scodelario on Playing Complicated Women

‘Maze Runner’ Actress Kaya Scodelario on Playing Complicated Women
Kaya Scodelario reprises her role as Teresa, one of the heroines in “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” which opens Jan. 26. Next for the British-born actress, who also starred in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” is “Die in a Gunfight,” a modern-day action remake of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

You’ve been vocal about having been sexually harassed.

I never thought I would have an opportunity to be able to reach people like this. I’ve always believed if there was just one person who spoke out and said, “This thing has happened to me,” maybe as a young child I wouldn’t have had so much depression and felt so conflicted growing up. To know that I could perhaps do that for someone else, I feel like I owe it to myself to do that.

What inspired you to become an actor?

It was the only thing I ever felt confident doing. I
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Stan Lee Joins the Guest List for Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stan Lee , the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, announced that he will attend Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, February 3-4, The iconic Lee, a member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct interactive Q&A sessions in Saturday and Sunday.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry,
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Actor Johnathon Schaech: I Was Molested by Director Franco Zeffirelli

Actor Johnathon Schaech: I Was Molested by Director Franco Zeffirelli
Johnathon Schaech was 22 when acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli cast him as the lead in his movie Sparrow. It was 1992, and the newcomer was thrilled to work with the Italian filmmaker, famed for films such as The Champ, La Traviata and Romeo and Juliet, for which he earned a 1969 Oscar nod for best director. But Schaech says Zeffirelli harassed and sexually abused him during the shoot, a trauma he’s kept secret for 25 years. Hopeful his story can help make positive change, the Ray Donovan actor, now 48, who rose to fame in That Thing You Do!, shared this first-person account with People’s Elizabeth Leonard.
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis February 2nd – 4th – Great Line-Up of Guests!

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor
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20 Movie Soundtracks From 2017 That Will Stand the Test of Time

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Music develops the emotional landscape of a film - it can make you dance with joy when your favorite characters get an epiphany or make you weep uncontrollably when tragedy strikes. Soundtracks can be as culturally iconic as the films that they are in. For example, we can't possibly imagine the classic film Romeo and Juliet without the melancholy "Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet" or Titanic without Céline Dion's power ballad "My Heart Will Go On." By the same token, Fifty Shades Darker wouldn't be what it is without Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" and Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast wouldn't garner mass appeal without classic favorites like "Belle" and "Something There." Pull out your earbuds and check out some of our favorite soundtracks from 2017, which include everything from classical orchestral music to hip hop.
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‘Titanic’: James Cameron and Cast Look Back 20 Years Later (Exclusive)

‘Titanic’: James Cameron and Cast Look Back 20 Years Later (Exclusive)
“You can be blasé about some things, Rose, but not about Titanic!”

Those words, spoken by the grandiose villain Cal Hockley to his dispassionate fiancée, Rose Dewitt Bukater, proved true both for the then-unprecedented ship and its fateful journey in 1912 and the record-breaking juggernaut film that told its story in 1997.

Twenty years after the film’s release, it’s hard not to see Titanic as an inevitable success: one of this century’s greatest love stories featuring two of today’s top stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, set against the backdrop of one of humanity’s greatest tragedies.

But before the film’s release, it was the subject of much scrutiny, with many mocking its premise, excessive budget and pushed release date. Before Rose and Jack ever made it to theaters, Titanic was nearly dead in the water, with two studios -- Paramount and Fox -- shouldering the financial burden of the $200 million budget, which at the time
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‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor

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‘The Post’: Director Steven Spielberg Turned His Journalism Thriller into a Film Production Metaphor
The convergence of the micro and macro worlds of politics and journalism in “The Post” most appealed to two-time Oscar-winning production designer Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”). The entry point of Liz Hannah’s script was Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) finding her voice at 54 as the new publisher of The Washington Post with the landmark publication of “The Pentagon Papers” in 1971. Director Steven Spielberg added the social context of journalists having a vital voice in search of the truth with the help of Hannah and scribe Josh Singer (“Spotlight”).

“I think that when Liz grasped the idea of Kay’s rite of passage as a road map for the rest of her life beyond raising children that she was onto something that certainly was significant,” said Carter. “So then, for me, there’s the intimate side of Juliet and Romeo being the Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee [Tom Hanks] platonic love story, where their
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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

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Annette Bening Finds the Truth in the Very Strange Tale of Gloria Grahame and ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’
“Soon to be a major motion picture.” From its publication in 1986, that was what British actor-writer Peter Turner expected of his Gloria Grahame memoir “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” But it took three decades for the May-December romance starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell to finally hit theaters December 29.

This could have been yet another film that never got made. But James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli knew Turner back when the young actor was in love with Grahame, his fellow lodger twice his age at a Primrose Hill rooming house. “I’ve known Peter Turner for 40 years,” said Broccoli. “I met him and Gloria together. It was a special relationship. Sometime after she passed away he wrote the memoir, and gave me the manuscript. I thought it was so beautiful.”

Columbia Pictures chairman David Puttnam optioned the book shortly after its publication, but the project went into turnaround
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2017’s Best Films By and About Women

Girls Trip”: Michele K. Short/Universal Pictures

The big screen had a lot to offer in 2017: Amazonian warriors kicking ass (and breaking box office records), tennis stars smashing misogyny, a wildly inventive and Nsfw use of a grapefruit, and so much more. We’ve collected some of our favorite films by and about women this year, and they include biopics about athletes, war movies, and a game-changing super hero film. That’s part of what stands out about this year — the fact that women finally had the opportunity to shine in different genres, both on-screen and behind the scenes. This year’s Best Actress frontrunners aren’t playing the wives of powerful men — they are at the center of their own stories. Finally.

Here are some the year’s best films directed by women and/or about female protagonists, according to us:

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver
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Did Prince Philip Have an Affair with a Russian Ballerina as Implied in The Crown?

Did Prince Philip Have an Affair with a Russian Ballerina as Implied in The Crown?
Spoilers ahead!

The second season of The Crown wastes no time delving into the tensions in Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip‘s marriage by the mid-1950s. Episode one centers around an implied affair between Philip and a world-famous dancer.

Ahead of Philip’s five-month tour aboard the royal yacht Britannia, the Queen hides a gift in her husband’s briefcase and stumbles upon a photo of a beautiful ballerina — Galina Ulanova. At the time, she doesn’t confront Philip about the photograph, but later in the episode she attends a performance of Ulanova in Giselle, and the two women
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Riverdale: No, Jughead Is Not His Real Name, You Jugheads

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If you're watching Riverdale, then you're probably mildly obsessed with Cole Sprouse's character, Jughead Jones. And if you're not, you're completely missing out. Even though he's the mysterious loner from the wrong side of the tracks, his innate ability to do the right thing paired with his star-crossed romance with Betty Cooper make him the ultimate underdog we can't help but root for. While Archie is often painted as the show's central character, Jughead's real name proves he's the true hero of the story. In Archie comics, Jughead's birth name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, after his father, Forsythe "Fp" Pendleton II. Although it's not the juxtaposed properness of his name that has our attention, it's the meaning behind it. According to Ancestry.com, the Scottish named is loosely translated to "man of peace." Throughout this season, Jughead has struggled between the light and dark side. While he loves
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Horror-On-Sea 2018 Interview: ‘Pitchfork’ director Glenn Douglas Packard

Pitchfork is new slasher style horror from co-writer and director Glenn Douglas Packard, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Glenn about creating the character, what makes Pitchfork stand out in the genre and his favorite scenes in the movie.

What can we expect from Pitchfork?

A new slasher indie horror with a killer you will fall in love with.

How did you come up with the concept for Pitchfork and what were your influences?

Pitchfork had been in my head for 8 years and I was ready to release him. I had seen a rerun of Oprah Winfrey show episode about a boy who was treated as a dog his whole life, and now as a grown man he wrote a book and was helping people that came from child abuse. I thought to myself what if
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