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Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, To the Bone marks the directorial debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon. Led by Lily Collins, it tells the story of a young adult afflicted with anorexia and her battle in attempting to overcome it. Set for a release on Netflix next month, the first trailer has now arrived for the film also starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Lili Taylor, Alex Sharp, Liana Liberato, Brooke Smith, and Ciara Bravo.
“Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone is an occasionally harrowing drama geared towards the Ya crowd from a filmmaker that knows the terrain well, having written Fright Night and I Am Number Four, as well as TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and Angel,” we said in our review. “Exploring eating disorders, the film is fronted by a strong performance by Lily Collins as Ellen, a 20-year old artist from an upper middle-class household living with this battle. While the script is occasionally quite frank and knows the territory it’s exploring well, it falls back on the same tropes you’d expect from a network TV series, creating artificial drama and an attempt at a loveably quirky character that derails the entire picture.”
Check out the trailer below.
A young anorexic woman reluctantly enters an unconventional treatment program, where she bonds with other residents struggling with eating disorders.
To the Bone hits Netflix on July 14. »
- Jordan Raup
“Pretty Little Liars’” famous time jump took its high school protagonists five years into the future, but the show’s star, Lucy Hale, is set to return to high school one last time. She and Kathryn Prescott (“24: Legacy”), Alexandra Shipp (“Straight Outta Compton”), and Awkwafina (“Neighbors 2”) play four best friends in the throes of senior year in “Dude,” a coming-of-age comedy directed by Olivia Milch. Deadline reports that Netflix just secured a world rights deal for the project.
The film follows the four girls in the final two weeks of their high school experience. “It’s a grounded comedy about dealing with the first real losses in life — leaving your best friends and contemplating death and the passage of time, that odd mixture of grief and nostalgia experienced by young people as they try to understand these losses. It is also about getting stoned with your friends in your car while listening to hip-hop,” Deadline summarizes.
The series finale of “Pretty Little Liars” will air on Freeform June 27. Marlene King created the mega hit mystery based on the book series by Sara Shepard. Up next for Hale is “Life Sentence,” a new CW series co-created by Erin Cardillo (“Fuller House”). She plays a woman who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, later finds out she’s not dying, and is forced to revisit the choices she made when she lived like there was no tomorrow.
Netflix Nabs Rights to Olivia Milch’s Lucy Hale-Starrer “Dude” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Back in 2002, hot-off-the-heels of the success of The Fast and the Furious – which came out the year before – Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen took a crack at a fun espionage, with xXx. A decade and a half later and Diesel’s Xander Cage is skateboard/diving/extreme sports’ing his way back into the limelight for xXx: Return of Xander Cage (so much so, his name is even in the title now).
The three-quel in the “Triple-x” franchise opened earlier this year, in January, right after we received a slew of high-end, terrific cinematic gems – the so-called Oscar pictures – the likes of Fences, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea amongst others. Perhaps its Digital and Home Entertainment release – as we head into the Summer movie season – feels like a more apt surrounding for this affair; big, loud, action-packed, chaotic, it fits right in alongside the other second/third-tier Summer blockbusters. »
- Awais Irfan
Manager and producer J.C. Spink, who founded Benderspink with Chis Bender and produced comedies like “The Hangover,” died Tuesday at his home in West Hollywood, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed to Variety. He was 45.
Spink was found unresponsive in his home by his brother and pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the coroner. A cause of death has not yet been revealed. An autopsy will be conducted, and he appeared to have died of natural causes. Foul play is not currently suspected.
The relentlessly upbeat Spink was well-liked by the Hollywood community for his good humor and industriousness. Even as the spec market began to dry up in Hollywood over the past decade, Spink remained as active as ever with dozen of projects in development. And while he was known for his ability to package specs, Spink also made sure to stay busy on branded material, »
- Dave McNary
Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone is an occasionally harrowing drama geared towards the Ya crowd from a filmmaker that knows the terrain well, having written Fright Night and I Am Number Four, as well as TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and Angel. Exploring eating disorders, the film is fronted by a strong performance by Lilly Collins as Ellen, a 20-year old artist from an upper middle-class household living with this battle. While the script is occasionally quite frank and knows the territory it’s exploring well, it falls back on the same tropes you’d expect from a network TV series, creating artificial drama and an attempt at a loveably quirky character that derails the entire picture.
- John Fink
After a 15 year hiatus, the iconic Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) returns in Paramount's highly-anticipated sequel XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. While we still have two more weeks until this hits theaters, the studio has debuted a new clip chocked full of action, featuring one of presumably many death-defying stunts by Xander Cage. And it proves that one does not need snow in order to ski.
Paramount Pictures debuted this clip on the studio's YouTube page, which shows a number of security guards trying to talk Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) down from a massive tower. Naturally, Xander comes down, in his own way, leaping from the top wearing skis, proving that Xander Cage can pretty much do anything. This is just one of numerous fascinating stunts that will be featured in this action-packed epic.
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6 items from 2017
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