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Jennifer Lopez is to produce and star in romantic comedy Second Act

22 June 2017 1:11 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jennifer Lopez is set to produce and star in a romantic comedy called Second Act.

The pop star and actress has joined the venture as part of Stx Films’ efforts to produce female centric movies.

The film will apparently be in the same vein as Working Girl and Maid in Manhattan, with Lopez playing a store employee who reinvents herself in order to show Madison Avenue that her street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

The film will be directed by Peter Segal, whose credits include comedies 50 First Dates, Anger Management, and Get Smart.

The idea for Second Act sprang from Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham who will both be writing the film’s script, with Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas, Zackham and Benny Medina producing.

The Chairman of Stx, Adam Fogelson, and the studio’s president of production, Sam Brown, made the announcement on Thursday.

Future Stx movies include Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game. »

- Samuel Brace

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Jennifer Lopez to star in, produce 'Second Act' for STXfilms

22 June 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Company boards latest female-driven project after Bad Moms, Valerian, Molly’s Game.

Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce the rom-com Second Act for STXfilms, it emerged on Thursday.

Peter Segal, whose credits include 50 First Dates, Anger Management and Get Smart, will direct from a screenplay by Justin Zackham and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.

Second Act is described as being in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan and centres on a big box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle.

When she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree, »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jennifer Lopez to Star in and Produce Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’

22 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce the romantic comedy “Second Act” for STXfilms as part of the company’s efforts to focus on female-driven movies.

STXfilms touted the movie as being in the vein of “Working Girl” and “Maid in Manhattan.” Lopez will portray a big box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle, which gets her the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

“There are so many things I love about this project and script,” said Lopez. “People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. ‘Second Act’ is a story that empowers the every woman to do more, to be more, and not limit their dreams. I am thrilled to partner with Stx as they continue to create and empower the female audience.”

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Veteran comedy director Peter Segal will direct the film. His credits include “50 First Dates,” “Anger Management,” and “Get Smart.”

The project was developed by Stx with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. The two wrote the script for “Second Act,” which will be produced by Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas, Zackham and Benny Medina.

Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, and the studio’s president of production Sam Brown made the announcement Thursday.

“When Jennifer, Elaine and Justin came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” said Fogelson. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational. Jennifer’s talents as a film and television actress, producer and recording artist are legendary. She is a true global superstar and and we think she is perfect for this role.”

Lopez starred in several successful romantic comedies and dramas between 2001 and 2005, including “The Wedding Planner,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Monster in Law.” Other key credits include “Out of Sight,” “The Cell,” and “Anaconda.” She starred opposite Ryan Guzman in 2015’s erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door.”

Stx noted in the announcement that its next six releases feature women in leading roles — “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Molly’s Game,” “Gringo,” “A Bad Moms Christmas” and “The Happytime Murders.”

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‘Feud’ Star Jackie Hoffman Explains Her Tight Bond With Mamacita

1 June 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Feud: Bette and Joan,” the first of FX’s new anthology series from, Ryan Murphy, made headlines for casting leading ladies Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively. And while audiences thrilled at their scenery chewing as the warring screen sirens of yore, some of the best moments in “Feud” came from someone who had almost no lines at all: Crawford’s stern and loyal assistant and housekeeper, who was usually referred to with just one-word — Mamacita.

Jackie Hoffman says it took 45 minutes to put on Mamacita’s wound-tight black and silver-flecked wig. But to make an Emmy-winning moment out of the simplest sentence or guttural interjection? It seems like that took no effort at all

Hoffman: “I knew who Mamacita was and I knew about her, but when I was offered the role I thought, Oh God. I’m going to live in L.A »

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Dwayne Johnson Isn’t Your Average Superstar: How The Rock Has Built a Career With Smart Choices

2 May 2017 10:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like most famous people, Dwayne Johnson’s Wikipedia page includes a nifty sidebar that includes bare bones facts, like birthday and age, with a couple of lines reserved for “occupation.” Johnson’s “occupation” line is almost amusingly slim — it simply reads, “Actor, producer, singer, professional wrestler,” which is an understated way of saying “this guy does a lot.” And it doesn’t even mention his best-selling memoir, or his charity work, and “professional wrestler” hardly indicates the tremendous success he’s had in the ring.

And “actor”? That’s a very concise tribute to his blockbuster career on the big screen, one that’s amounted to dozens of credits and an estimated lifetime box office gross (domestic only!) that totals over $2.7 billion. With Johnson toplining the early summer’s biggest hit so far, the box office-dominating “Fate of the Furious” and a non-stop barrage of other features on the way, »

- Kate Erbland

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Our Man in Havana

18 March 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

 

It’s Obi-Wan versus Fidel! Well, not really. The pre-Bond espionage genre lights up with cool intrigues and comic absurdities, as a Brit vacuum salesman in Havana is recruited to spy for Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The filmmakers and stars are all top caliber, and the location is legendary: Castro’s Cuba, immediately after the revolution.

Our Man in Havana

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Starring: Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O’Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Noël Coward, Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow, Gregoire Aslan.

Cinematography: Oswald Morris

Music Score: Frank and Laurence Deniz

Art Direction: John Box

Film Editor: Bert Bates

Written by Graham Greene from his novel

Produced and Directed by Carol Reed

 

One of the best pre-James Bond spy pictures is this brilliant, yet lumpy adventure with an historically unique setting — it was filmed in Castro’s Cuba, »

- Glenn Erickson

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SS-gb episode 3 review

3 March 2017 5:14 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Mar 5, 2017

SS-gb isn’t just period drama, it’s old-fashioned in every respect. This week, Douglas Archer gets dragged in even deeper…

This review contains spoilers.

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When SS-gb launched a fortnight ago, there was talk about its inadvertent modern-day relevance. With right-wing nationalism once again appearing to be taking hold in western politics, the story of an England occupied by Nazis felt dangerously applicable. The feeling was that intentionally or not, a drama about a past that never was might tell us something about where we are now.

Three fifths of the way through, »

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‘Mondo Yakuza’ Review

6 February 2017 6:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kenji Shimada, Glenn Maynard, Skye Medusa, Cris Cochrane, Kristen Condon, Vlady T, Saya Minami, Tom Liddy | Written by Addison Heath, Glenn Maynard, Kenji Shimada | Directed by Addison Heath

A brand-new take on the Japanese Yakuza films of the 1960s, Mondo Yakuza is clearly inspired by the nihilistic work of Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill) in particular. The film tells the story of Ichiro Kataki (Shimada), a violent Yakuza gang member travels to Melbourne, Australia after his beloved sister Yuko is brutally murdered by a group of criminals. Hell bent on vengeance he teams up with Cassidy Arizona (Skye Medusa), a lady of the night with a vendetta of her own…

Seijun Suzuki’s prolific work in the yakuza genre was marked by a few things: his visual flair, the often avant-garde nature of his movies, sheer coolness… and actor Joe Shishido; who appeared in a number of Suzuki’s movies, »

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President Trump Declares France Attacker ‘Radical Islamic Terrorist’

3 February 2017 7:55 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” was shot five times outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Friday in what President Trump has already declared a “radical Islamic” terror attack. News organizations and French officials had not determined the identity of the attacker when Trump sent a tweet early on Friday morning. Either Potus is jumping to conclusions, or he knows something that we don’t. A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. Get Smart U.S. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017 Also Read: Trump Attacks Schwarzenegger in. »

- Brian Flood

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Paley Center Celebrates NBC’s 90th Year In Primetime Special; Kelsey Grammer To Host

26 January 2017 10:37 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Paley Center will pay tribute to NBC’s nine decades on the air with The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary, a special airing from 9-11 Pm Sunday, February 19. Kelsey Grammer will host the show, which will showcase some of the network’s most iconic series, including Hill Street Blues, The West Wing, L.A. Law, ER, The Monkees, Get Smart, Cheers, The Cosby Show, The Golden Girls, Seinfeld, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Office and 30 Rock. It also will… »

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Shazam and Black Adam Will Be Two Different Movies

19 January 2017 11:54 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As many suspected, Dwayne Johnson will not be contained by the Shazam! movie alone. Instead, he will play the villain in that movie. And he'll also be getting his own standalone adventure for Black Adam, a DC character who has long been viewed as an anti-hero.

Deadline announced this exciting news, which comes just after Dwayne Johnson had a long meeting with the DC Films team. Shazam! has officially morphed into a 2-Part movie, but it isn't known which installment will come first. Black Adam and Shazam! will launch a new DC franchise for The Rock, with the movies tying into the Dceu while also being their own thing. Here is what Dwayne Johnson had to say in a Facebook post following his recent meeting with the heads of DC.

"Had a very cool and strategic meeting with the heads of DC Comics about their entire universe. As a hard core DC fan, »

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Dick Gautier Dies; Broadway’s Conrad Birdie, ‘Get Smart’s Hymie The Robot Was 85

14 January 2017 1:32 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As a swivel-hipped rock and roller, Conrad Birdie had a lot of living to do, the unknown actor Dick Gautier sang in the 1960 Broadway smash Bye Bye Birdie. At first a reluctant leading man, Gautier played many roles, including cabaret singer, stand-up comic, character actor and caricaturist. He was best known to TV audiences as Hymie The Robot on six episodes of the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created spy spoof Get Smart, culminating in Hymie’s role as best man at the wedding… »

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