10 items from 2017
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
Sandwiched in between the summer’s biggest blockbuster offerings and superhero tentpoles are a pair of outrageously funny outliers — comedies that, for all their raunchy gags and wild behavior, center squarely on women and their friendships — in the form of “Rough Night” and the upcoming release “Girls Trip.” Although both films lean hard on their comedic trappings, often in the form of booze-fueled bad behavior from their leading ladies, they also both find unexpected heart and charm in their deeper explorations of the relationships between the very different women that populate them.
But even with films like “Rough Night” and “Girls Trip” hitting the multiplex with a welcome dose of girl power, it seems that even this summer isn’t immune from the most tired and toxic of lady-centric comedy tropes: the dicks before chicks sub-genre. »
- Kate Erbland
In 11 Questions, The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee.
Casey Wilson is probably most beloved around these parts for her role as the a-mah-zing Penny on ABC’s gone-too-soon hangout sitcom Happy Endings. But she’s also known for a stint on Saturday Night Live, as the screenwriter of Bride Wars, and for starring in two Hotwives series on Hulu, which spoofs Bravo’s Real Housewives series. This past year, she appeared as Tig Notaro’s girlfriend in the series One Mississippi, and her Housewives-themed podcast with co-star and creator Danielle Schneider was listed in our Best Podcasts Of 2016. Wilson is also developing a new comedy for Hulu with her friend June Diane Raphael.
At the A.V. Club’s recent comedy festival in Chicago, Wilson and Schneider hosted a Bitch Sesh night ...
- Gwen Ihnat
Youth Tencent, part of China’s giant Tencent games and social media group, has amassed an impressive group of producers and investors for the first edition of its online movie production initiative.
Twentieth Century Fox offshoot, Fox International Productions along with Sina Entertainment and iQIYI are among the partners on the 10-film Flying Wings (aka Bi Yi) slate. Other partner companies include Xinpianchang which is facilitating production; Bole Pictures and Good Fellow Pictures, providing marketing and promotion support.
Properties are drawn from anime titles on Tencent’s Comic and Animation platform and are made on relatively low budgets by film makers with an average age of 30. Chinese director Zhao Tianyu, Japanese producer Takashige Ichise, and director Yao Tingting serve as executive producers.
With titles including “Twin Detectives,” “The Innocent City,” “Soul Hunter,” “The Maid Killer,” “Not Married,” “Horror of Flowers,” “Lost In Apocalypse,” “Soul Contract,” “Private Hero,” and “The Mystical Treasure, »
- Patrick Frater
We’re less than a week away from June, the big wedding month, so let’s head, not to the chapel, but to the multiplex to catch a new nuptials flick. This new one is about an ultra-determined bride who has set a deadline to walk down the aisle. The non-refundable deposit is down for the hall, the reception, and the facilities, but the only part of her plan that’s missing is the groom. Ah, another zany, frothy “rom-com”, much in the style of 27 Dresses and Bride Wars (perhaps Heigl, or Hudson are in this one). you would think. Well, you would be wrong. Sure there are flashes of humor, but this new film ties the wedding to a test of faith. For this new take on “the big day” is from Israel, and its heroine is an Orthodox Jew. There are no wacky hi-jinks involving cake tasting and »
- Jim Batts
Anne Hathaway is getting back into the rom-com game. ComingSoon.net reports that the Oscar winner has signed on to star in an untitled romantic comedy from STXfilms penned by writing partners Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (“How to Be Single,” “Never Been Kissed”).
“We have been looking for ways to work with Annie since launching Stx, and when she came to us with this idea, we knew right away that we wanted to make this movie with her,” said STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson. “This is a modern-day look at love, dating, and hookups with a very contemporary and authentic voice that speaks to a generation that casually swipes right to find a mate. As technology has allowed for a new era for matchmaking, it also comes with a lot of comedy and consequences and Anne wanted to explore that territory in funny, relevant, and very unexpected ways.”
Hathaway added, “I am excited to be collaborating with STXfilms on this movie. It’s been really heartening how willing they are to take risks and explore what we all hope will be a great and modern comedic story.”
“This project marks the next significant female-driven film produced and distributed by STXfilms (six of its first 11 films starred or were directed by women); the company’s next six releases (‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Gringo,’ ‘A Bad Moms Christmas,’ and ‘The Happytime Murders’) also feature women in leading roles,” the source writes.
Previously released women-directed titles from STXfilms include Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” a period dramedy about a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who gets hired to write dialogue for female characters in propaganda films, and Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age story “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld.
This new project doesn’t have a director attached yet.
While she won an Oscar in 2013 for showing off her dramatic — and vocal — chops in “Les Misérables,” Hathaway’s career has included a number of rom-coms, including “Love & Other Drugs,” “Bride Wars,” and “The Princess Diaries.” She can currently be seen in “Colossal,” an unconventional monster movie in theaters now.
Anne Hathaway to Topline Untitled Romantic Comedy from STXfilms was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
To celebrate Mother's Day we're taking a look at our 5 favourite mother/daughter acting duos who've made a name for themselves in Hollywood.
Not only are these two mother and daughter but they've had some of the most iconic female roles in horror movie history. Janet Leigh was a bonafide scream queen from the late 1950's up until the early 1980's. She starred in Touch of Evil, The Fog, and of course Psycho for which she received an Oscar nomination. Jamie Lee Curtis first gained mainstream attention with her portrayal of Laurie in John Carpenter's Halloween which sparked a multi-decade franchise. She has since solidified herself among Hollywood greats with Freaky Friday, True Lies, and A Fish Called Wanda.
Here's another pairing with »
- Zachary Dent
Anne Hathaway has found her hero in James Corden. As the queen of romantic comedies like The Devil Wears Prada and Bride Wars, the Oscar winner knows all about the natural sequence of events after two people set eyes on each other and feel the spark. With the help of late-night maestro, James Corden, the two stars used their famous pipes to serenade all of us with the perfect soundtrack to a rom-com, complete with the scenes we're all familiar with. First comes the meet cute, this time while waiting for an elevator and set to "Just One Look" by Doris Troy. As they fall so hard, hard, haaaaard, the two proceed to get a little steamy in said elevator with Selena »
“I think the exact email I got from my agent was, ‘This might be too weird, but it might be the right weird,'” the actress recently told IndieWire when asked about her first introduction to the project. “I read it and it felt like it the right weird.”
An innovative blend of high concept sci-fi and romcom tropes, “Colossal” gives “Kong: Skull Island” a run for its money as the disaster movie of the year, which is why it’s somewhat of a shock to consider that it almost didn’t get made at all. Vigalondo first gained exposure among genre fans for his labyrinthine time-travel comedy “Timecrimes,” but it has taken years for him to make a more widely-accessible crowdpleaser. »
- Kate Erbland
“Real Life” chronicles the relationship of two 20-somethings, Nora and Drew, who go from being co-workers on opposite coasts to working in the same office. Rebecca Rittenhouse is playing the female lead, Nora. Her male co-lead has yet to be cast.
Johnston will play Nora’s boss, Beverly, who is described as loud, confident and fabulous — on most days.
Along with Rittenhouse and Johnston, previously announced cast members include Brenda Song, who will play Nora’s best friend and roommate, plus Lucas Hazlett, who will play Nora’s co-worker in human resources at her office.
“Real Life” was written by Hilary Winston, who will serve as executive producer with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and Pamela Fryman who’s directing the pilot. Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios are »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Nothing goes better with popcorn, friends, and a nice glass of wine than a good ol' wedding flick.
Wedding movies are needed in the cinematic world; they may not take our breath away, but you can watch them no matter what time of year it is or what mood you're in because they are the perfect amount of fun, relatable and enjoyable.
There are just too many classic wedding movies that could make our favourite's list: Wedding Crashers, 27 Dresses, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Wedding Singer and more, but we have come up with our top four!
To celebrate the release of Table 19, check out Cineplex's favourite wedding movies below:
There’s always two types of people at weddings: those who »
- Garrett McCormick
10 items from 2017
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