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A Bad Moms Christmas movie review: cruel coal in the stocking

MaryAnn’s quick take… This rushed sequel is an insult to its progenitor movie. A cheap knockoff that doesn’t understand what made Bad Moms so smart, funny, and feminist-wise. I’m “biast” (pro): love the first movie

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked awful

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a sequel throw its progenitor movie under a bus the way that A Bad Moms Christmas does. If I hadn’t just rewatched Bad Moms, I would have been doubting what I remembered as a very positive reaction to it last year as I sat through this barrage of nasty, cruel, antiwoman, even antimom garbage. But no: as I had just reminded myself, Bad Moms truly is a terrifically smart and wise movie — and also a very funny one — about the impossible job that modern
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CNN’s Van Jones Fires Back at James O’Keefe

CNN’s Van Jones fired back at James O’Keefe Thursday, calling the right-wing provocateur “the kind of person from whom decent people run like the plague” in a column published on CNN.com.

O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, known for stings in which he secretly records members of media organizations and non-profits that he views as left-leaning, on Thursday released a video in which Jones can be heard calling investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election “a big nothing-burger.” The new video came two days after O’Keefe released one in which CNN producer John Bonifield criticized the cabler’s coverage of Trump’s ties to Russia.

“Did I mean that there is ‘nothing’ to the allegations that members of team Trump colluded with the Russians and then tried to cover it up by firing FBI Director James Comey? No — and far from it,” Jones, a former Obama administration official and host of CNN’s
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Fox Buys Family Comedy From ‘The Ugly Truth’ Writer As Part Of Off-Cycle Development Initiative

Fox has bought a comedy spec from The Ugly Truth scribe Nicole Eastman. The project falls under Fox's initiative to develop more shows outside of the traditional pilot cycle. Written by Eastman, the half-hour project centers on four children who, after their mother’s death, inherit millions they never knew they had, causing chaos amongst the family. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Fox had been looking to pick up 2 drama pilots and 2 comedy pilots from the extra scripts…
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‘Daily Show’ Alum Al Madrigal Tackles Strip-Club Yelp Reviews and Cilantro Politics in Standup Special ‘Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy’ — Watch

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‘Daily Show’ Alum Al Madrigal Tackles Strip-Club Yelp Reviews and Cilantro Politics in Standup Special ‘Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy’ — Watch
Al Madrigal is about to have a real Showtime month.

Before he makes his way onto TV screens as loose-cannon comedian Edgar Martinez in the Jim Carrey-produced Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here,” Madrigal will be starring in his own one-hour stand-up special “Al Madrigal: Shrimpin’ Aint Easy,” premiering on Showtime on Saturday, May 5. Ahead of the the special’s Cinco de Mayo debut, we have two clips highlighting the former “Daily Show” correspondent’s hilarious take on Yelp reviews and an “‘Ocean’s Eleven’-style” takedown of Donald Trump. (you may want to hold the cilantro on your next order of tacos)

The comedy special will also feature Madrigal tackling important issues including dark family secrets, parenting, anger management, and an unbelievable tale of seafood gone wrong.

Read More: ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Trailer: Showtime’s Comedian-Driven Drama is Surprisingly Dark — Watch

“Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy
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‘Daily Show’ Alum Al Madrigal Tackles Strip-Club Yelp Reviews and Cilantro Politics in Standup Special ‘Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy’ — Watch

‘Daily Show’ Alum Al Madrigal Tackles Strip-Club Yelp Reviews and Cilantro Politics in Standup Special ‘Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy’ — Watch
Al Madrigal is about to have a real Showtime month.

Before he makes his way onto TV screens as loose-cannon comedian Edgar Martinez in the Jim Carrey-produced Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here,” Madrigal will be starring in his own one-hour stand-up special “Al Madrigal: Shrimpin’ Aint Easy,” premiering on Showtime on Saturday, May 5. Ahead of the the special’s Cinco de Mayo debut, we have two clips highlighting the former “Daily Show” correspondent’s hilarious take on Yelp reviews and an “‘Ocean’s Eleven’-style” takedown of Donald Trump. (you may want to hold the cilantro on your next order of tacos)

The comedy special will also feature Madrigal tackling important issues including dark family secrets, parenting, anger management, and an unbelievable tale of seafood gone wrong.

Read More: ‘I’m Dying Up Here’ Trailer: Showtime’s Comedian-Driven Drama is Surprisingly Dark — Watch

“Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy
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Unforgettable review – Katherine Heigl finally gets her revenge

The ultimate uptight blond turns psychotic ex-wife in a silly thriller that tries – and heroically fails – to be the new Fatal Attraction

Poor Katherine Heigl has been typecast as the uptight blond (think the unfortunate trifecta of Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth). Here, she at least has fun with that typecasting as tightly wound and sleekly coiffed troublemaker Tessa. A Bay Area psycho Barbie, Tessa is determined to make life difficult for her beer-brewing, rent-a-hunk, ex-husband’s (Geoff Stults) new girlfriend, Julia (a heroic Rosario Dawson, playing it as straight as the hammy script will allow). Enjoyable, too, is the inversion of the black best friend trope, with Julia’s supportive, zany bestie played by Whitney Cummings of 2 Broke Girls.

Movie super-producer Denise Di Novi’s directorial debut casts itself as an erotic thriller in the tradition of Fatal Attraction; to me, it had more in common with
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Fate Of The Furious Faces A Forgettable Foursome -- The Weekend Warrior

  • LRM Online
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

Will This April Dump Weekend See Any New Movie Open Over $10 Million?

After the decent opening of last week’s The Fate of the Furious--though not quite as much as I predicted--it’s going to be hard for any new movie to make a mark against its second weekend even if it drops 55% or more this weekend, which is very likely.

Probably the best bet to make money this weekend is the thriller Unforgettable (Warner Bros.), which pits Kathryn Heigl against Rosario Dawson and is the directorial debut by producer Denise Di Novi (Crazy, Stupid, Love). It also stars Geoff Stults as the ex-husband of Heigl’s character Tessa, who becomes engaged to Dawson’s Julia, making her the stepmom to the former’s daughter,
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Cheryl Ladd Dishes on Working with ‘Adorable’ Katherine Heigl on the Set of Their New Movie

  • PEOPLE.com
Cheryl Ladd Dishes on Working with ‘Adorable’ Katherine Heigl on the Set of Their New Movie
Original Charlie’s Angels star Cheryl Ladd told People that she “had a great time” working with Katherine Heigl in their upcoming film Unforgettable.

Despite playing the mother of a distraught and mentally unstable divorcee (played by Heigl), Ladd, 65, said that The Ugly Truth star was “absolutely adorable, darling, and wonderful to work with” for the seat-gripping thriller. “I had a great time with her.”

As for her role, Ladd said with a mischievous smile: “The woman that I am allowed to play is just deliciously interesting.” Ladd added, “She was really for me a fun character to wrap my
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Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War Love Story ‘Shape of Water’ Casts Nick Searcy

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War Love Story ‘Shape of Water’ Casts Nick Searcy
Justified” star Nick Searcy has joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming fantasy film “The Shape of Water” for Fox Searchlight, Variety has learned exclusively.

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer have already been announced as cast members.

The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (“The Vow”). Details of the plot are being kept under wraps other than being described as “a mysterious and magical journey” and “an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.”

Del Toro has revealed that the plot focuses on a mysterious creature, played by Jones.

Searcy was most recently seen on Hulu’s J.J. Abrams series “11/22/63.” His film credits include “The Fugitive,” “Runaway Jury,” and “The Ugly Truth.”

Searcy is represented by Apa, Haven Entertainment, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Entertainment Law Firm.
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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega,
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Katherine Heigl's 'Howard Stern' interview was very, very revealing

  • Hitfix
Katherine Heigl's 'Howard Stern' interview was very, very revealing
In 2008, Katherine Heigl weathered more controversy in the span of a year than most actors deal with their entire careers. In addition to the actress's insinuation that the writers of Grey's Anatomy didn't give her "the material" in the show's fourth season to warrant Emmy consideration for her performance, she also drew ire for calling Knocked Up "a little sexist," telling Vanity Fair in a now-infamous interview: "It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. … I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie." In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday's Howard Stern Show, Heigl addressed both controversies, but
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Justin Kirk and Eric Winter Cast in Fox’s Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

Justin Kirk and Eric Winter Cast in Fox’s Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’
Justin Kirk and Eric Winter have landed series regular roles in Fox’s “A.P.B.,” Variety has learned. “A.P.B.” revolves around a tech billionaire who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a friend’s murder.

Kirk (“Weeds,” “Wayward Pines”) will play Gideon Reed, a multi-billionaire and creative genius with a childlike curiosity, whose awkwardness is balanced by an undeniable charm. After a tragic crime claims the life of a dear friend, Gideon buys a police precinct, and sets out to rethink everything about the way cops do business.

Winter (“The Ugly Truth,” “The Mentalist”) will play Sergeant Tom Murphy, a vice cop who’s a tough guy with a big heart. A family man, Tom is married to homicide detective Amelia Murphy (Natalie Martinez), with whom he has two children.

The series, from 20th Century Fox TV, is executive produced by David Slack, Len Wiseman,
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People's Review! Could Leonardo DiCaprio's Gripping Portrait of Revenge in The Revenant Finally Earn Him Elusive Oscar Gold?

  • PEOPLE.com
People's Review! Could Leonardo DiCaprio's Gripping Portrait of Revenge in The Revenant Finally Earn Him Elusive Oscar Gold?
The ugly truth is that getting mauled by a bear won't be the worst thing to happen to 1800s frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio). It won't even be the most egregious event of the day, after which he'll also be left for dead by the fur trappers he's led into the wilderness. That, at least, may be just as well, though: One of them (Tom Hardy) seems all too happy to nudge him into the grave. The Revenant is not for the weak of will (or stomach), but it's as beautiful as it is bracing. Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iãàrittu
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People's Review! Could Leonardo DiCaprio's Gripping Portrait of Revenge in The Revenant Finally Earn Him Elusive Oscar Gold?

  • PEOPLE.com
People's Review! Could Leonardo DiCaprio's Gripping Portrait of Revenge in The Revenant Finally Earn Him Elusive Oscar Gold?
The ugly truth is that getting mauled by a bear won't be the worst thing to happen to 1800s frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio). It won't even be the most egregious event of the day, after which he'll also be left for dead by the fur trappers he's led into the wilderness. That, at least, may be just as well, though: One of them (Tom Hardy) seems all too happy to nudge him into the grave. The Revenant is not for the weak of will (or stomach), but it's as beautiful as it is bracing. Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iãàrittu
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'Ghostbusters' Reboot Puts Girl Power on Display

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'Ghostbusters' Reboot Puts Girl Power on Display
The Ghostbusters all-female backlash has been on full throttle ever since Sony announced the reboot's director and cast earlier this year. Fans simply hate this idea. But that isn't stopping it from charging forth, possibly breaking down barriers as shooting continues to hum along. In this day and age, it's kind of shocking to see some of the vitriol lobbed at the remake, which has Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon replacing the men who used to wear the uniform. The ugly truth is, there is no possible way director Paul Feig can make a movie that's worse than 1989's Ghostbusters 2, which killed off the franchise for 27 years.

Whether you accept it or not, nothing can stop this latest incarnation of the popular series from hitting theater screens next summer, save for the zombie apocalypse or some other supernatural occurrence that has the ability to decimate the human race.
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Katherine Heigl to Star in Warner Bros. Thriller ‘Unforgettable’ (Exclusive)

Katherine Heigl to Star in Warner Bros. Thriller ‘Unforgettable’ (Exclusive)
Katherine Heigl is set to star in the Warner Bros. thriller “Unforgettable,” directed by Denise Di Novi.

Rosario Dawson is also on board to co-star in the pic.

Di Novi is producing the film with her partner Alison Greenspan. Christina Hodson is writing the script, which centers on a man whose new spouse is menaced by his ex-wife.

The film marks Heigl’s return to the studio, where she previously starred in the Greg Berlanti-directed and Di Novi-produced “Life As We Know It.” The casting is a big step forward for the film, which looks to be one step closer to production following “Belle” director Amma Asante’s departure earlier this year.

Heigl most recently starred in the independent feature “Jenny’s Wedding” with Tom Wilkinson that premiered at this year’s Outfest Film Festival. This year she also starred in the Ami Mann directed independent feature “Jackie & Ryan.
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How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV

How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV
It's safe to say that, 17 years ago, The Daily Show was a fledgling show. "Daily satiric news anchor" was not a job. And Jon Stewart was just a stand-up comic and occasional actor, not yet the comedy nerd/political junkie's lord and savior.

Which isn't to say that Stewart and the team behind Comedy Central's late-night staple invented their own genre of topical tomfoolery. Shows like That Was the Week That Was experimented with the satirical news format as early as the Sixties. Everything from Bob & Ray to HBO's
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Paradigm Signs ‘Sister Act’ Reboot And ‘Legally Blonde’ Co-Writer Karen McCullah

Exclusive: Paradigm has signed Karen McCullah, best known for co-writing with partner Kirsten Smith 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, Ella Enchanted, The Ugly Truth and The House Bunny. She also wrote and produced the dramedy Crazy Kind of Love. They have been working on ExpendaBelles, the femme-centric spinoff of The Expendables, as well as a remake of Sister Act at Disney. She did production rewrite work on The Civilian with Jackie Chan attached…
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Hallelujah! A 'Sister Act' Remake Is in the Works

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Fans of '90s classic "Sister Act" have reason to rejoice: A remake of the heavenly comedy is in the works.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is developing a new version of the 1992 flick, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer who's forced into the witness protection program after her mob boss boyfriend puts a hit on her. She's sent to lay low at a convent in San Francisco, but becomes a local sensation when she joins the choir and updates their repertoire.

THR writes that screenwriting duo Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah ("10 Things I Hate About You," "Legally Blonde," "The Ugly Truth") are working on a script, though it's unclear at this point if it will be an exact remake, an updated take on the source material, or a sequel. "Sister Act 2" followed the flick in 1993, starring a pre-fame Lauryn Hill, and the franchise spawned
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Disney Planning a Remake of 1992 Hit Musical Comedy 'Sister Act'

Another day, another remake. This time I simply cannot get excited for this, just no way. THR is reporting that Disney is preparing a new version of Sister Act, but of course. Why not mine their entire collection of past live-action films that made a boatload of money and... remake them! All of them! The only good news is that they're hiring writers Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, of the films 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, She's the Man, The House Bunny, The Ugly Truth, Crazy Kind of Love, plus Expendabelles coming up. Disney is putting Cinderella producer Allison Shearmur on-board to develop it. Other than that, they're not sure if Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original, will even be back or not. Touchstone Pictures' 1992 film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg was actually a completely original idea pitched by screenwriter Paul Rudnick. His original script
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