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"...as 'Mystic Falls' prepares to celebrate the traditional 'Illumination Night', the town is invaded by spirits of the dead.
"After a particularly violent encounter with an angry spirit, 'Damon' asks 'Bonnie' to find the reason behind the ghosts' surprising power.
"'Elena' convinces 'Jeremy' to use his connection to the other side to help her find a new way to reach Stefan, leading Jeremy to a terrible choice.
"Finally, 'Alaric' discovers a long-hidden clue to the past..."
- Michael Stevens
Brace yourself for another romantic comedy about a woman whose cynical approach to love is deemed unacceptable, and so must change. This time, it will be titled The Competition, and will star Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (Ghost World), with Harvey Lowry (A Play On Words) in the director’s chair. The possible saving grace for this one is that Birch is also on board as producer, along with Jasmine Fontes, and Kelsey Tucker – who wrote the script.
So, what is the groundbreaking plot of this independent movie? Well, a woman finds blogging success in the promotion of a theory that recommends her female readers should end their relationships after six months, in order to “avoid heartache.” She cannot be allowed to continue pedalling such a chilly social attitude, however, and so an attorney challenges her to a competition designed to disprove her troublesome theory.
Director Harvey Lowry expressed his »
- Sarah Myles
It’s part of the stylized nature of animated movies to have clean popping titles. “Toy Story” is the perfect thing to call an animated film; so is “Spirited Away” or “Dumbo” or “Sausage Party.” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” on the other hand, is not. It’s a torturously whimsical title, one you’re tired of by the time you reach the end of it. (And if you try to remember it moments later, you won’t.) The annoyance factor of “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” extends to the animation, which is remorselessly clever and original yet still oddly uninvolving; it’s like being buried in a dump truck’s worth of antic indie drollery. The characters, who look like versions of the old MTV heroine Daria, are rendered in simple thick outlines that vibrate, with each frame, in a deliberately herky-jerky, non-matchy-matchy way, »
- Owen Gleiberman
The battle lines are drawn each time a leaked picture hits the web. The tattooed Joker. The dark-costumed Superman. The old-school-but-with-new-web-shooters Spider-Man. The Flash — the TV one or the movie one? Aquaman, a.k.a. the WWE’s Roman Reigns. Starlord by way of Han Solo. And whatever the hell Lex Luthor was doing with wardrobe from the porn parody of The Social Network. It sets the nerds on fire in heated debates and discussions. At their core, no true fan of a character can draw peaceful breath while their favorite character is reinterpreted by Hollywood costumers and art directors who totally do not even know what comics are!
And then the stories themselves! What good is Batman v. Superman when it seems like the writer’s room and director are hell-bent on cramming eight major stories into a single bloated cry-fest? Or what of Marvel basically rewriting the same script over and over, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Chicago – She’s conquered the box office as the top grossing female star of all time, and she’s had a series of big superhero and prestige films. The Gene Siskel Film Center honored Scarlett Johansson with their Renaissance Award, at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago on June 20th, 2016.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Johansson was born in New York City, and studied acting at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. She made her film debut at the age of nine in “North” (1994), and rose steadily through the ranks as a child/teenage actress in such films as “Manny & Lo” (1996), “The Horse Whisperer” (1998) and “Ghost World” (2001).
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Today is National Best Friends Day, making it the perfect time to celebrate female friendship. Female friendships are a thing of beauty. Robust, complicated, endearing, intense, and any other adjective you can think of. Sure, a lot of movies revolve around girlfriends talking about men and the various heartaches, hardships, and passionate feelings menfolk bring, but it’s those movies that feature genuine relationships that pass the Bechdel test that we love the best. The test is simple, really: Have a movie with at least two female characters who talk to one another about something other than man. Surprisingly – or perhaps not – many mainstream films fail this simple test. For those that do pass with flying colours, they’re likely to end up on our list of the top 10 movies that deal with female friendships in its many forms.
While the girls in Ghost World bond over an obsession with »
- Rachel West
13 Films handles international sales on Public Affairs and introduced the project to buyers in Cannes last month.
She is shooting Above Suspicion and recently wrapped The Etruscan Smile. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Eric Bross is directing from a script by Tom Cudworth. Producers are School Pictures’ Stephen Israel (“Swimming With Sharks”) and George Voskericyan (“Helicopter Mom”) of American Film Productions. Shooting starts this month in Norfolk, Va.
13 Films has international rights to the project, which was introduced to buyers in Cannes.
“Public Affairs” follows a young campaign aide who sleeps with a presidential candidate’s wife — a mistake that sends him into a downward spiral of corruption and blackmail. He is left fighting not only for his career, but also his life.
- Dave McNary
The other night my wife and I were watching Lucy and a ridiculous thought crossed my mind: what if all of Scarlett Johansson’s movies are connected? And what if the center of that universe is actually Lucy? My mind started to wander and, after pulling up IMDb, connections seemed to fall right into place. As a result, I present The Grand Unified Theory of Scarlett Johansson Movies.
This has spoilers for Scarlett Johansson’s entire career. So, you’ve been warned.
This could very well be my final descent into true madness. But whatever, let’s do this. The timeline begins with Ghost World.
In Ghost World, Scarlett plays Rebecca, a teenager eager to embrace the world. She and her friend Enid have grand plans… but life often doesn’t work out as teenagers imagine and Rebecca ends up working a crappy job at a coffee shop. This »
- Justin Cox
It's that time again. If you missed it in theaters or merely want to revisit here are some newish options from the past couple of weeks or just now.
New to DVD & BluRay
• Joy - Decide for yourself if JLaw deserved a fourth Oscar nomination for this drama about a female entrepeneur
• Son of Saul - This drama about a »
- NATHANIEL R
Summer's hottest days are still a month or two away, but streaming services are stockpiling material to keep us entertained indoors when it's scorching and sticky outside. May sees an influx of excellent Nineties movies, from the face-melting thrillers (literally) to political satires that seem more pertinent than ever. There'll be plenty of TV series to plow through, too, including the return of Netflix's addictive drama Bloodline and the long-awaited HBO Go debut of the channel's cult favorite Mr. Show. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to stream this month. »
Daniel Clowes, whose comic book "Ghost World" inspired Terry Zwigoff's outstanding 2001 film adaptation, landed a potent dig at the Academy Monday when The New Yorker unveiled his February 29 cover illustration, "Privileged Characters." Depicting statuettes of a darker hue roped off from the red carpet, it's a one-glance indictment of the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, and all the more devastating for arriving at a moment in which one thing has become abundantly clear: the furor most frequently labeled #OscarsSoWhite is not going away. On his HBO series "Last Week Tonight" Sunday, John Oliver got in on the game too, memorably (and hilariously) thrashing Hollywood for its history of casting white actors in roles that would logically be played by people of color, from John Wayne as Genghis Khan to Laurence Olivier's notorious "Othello" blackface. His announcer opened the occasional segment, "Why Is This Still a »
- Matt Brennan
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