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In Sync: The Power of Body Language and Sarcasm in "Bridesmaids", "The Heat", and "Spy"

19 January 2016 7:14 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

More than once, the female heroines in Paul Feig’s comedies are accused of getting too emotional. A heinous example comes in 2013’s The Heat, when good cop/bad cop partners Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) are verbally accosted by a male colleague after a botched sting operation: “We don’t need the two of you coming in with your estrogen and flying at full speed, sticking out in the middle of broad daylight, fucking things up for us!” The threat of being upstaged is always palpable in Feig’s films. Take, for instance, the dueling engagement party speeches by new frenemies in 2011’s Bridesmaids, or the dismissive antics of Jason Statham’s overly aggressive and insecure secret agent in 2015’s Spy. Women betray each other out of fear and self-doubt, while men demean women once their power is threatened. Sarcasm and snarky jokes ensue, usually revolving around physical appearance and gender roles. »

- Glenn Heath Jr.

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'Robin Hood: Origins' Lands Jamie Foxx as Little John

11 January 2016 4:21 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With the Robin Hood (Taron Egerton) and Maid Marian (Eve Hewson) roles locked up for Lionsgate's gritty reboot Robin Hood: Origins, the rest of the cast is starting to get filled out. Deadline reports that Jamie Foxx has come aboard to star as Little John, although this version of the character will be much different than the original folklore tale. This incarnation of Little John is said to start out not trusting Robin Hood, because they both fought on the opposite side of The Crusades. But he eventually warms up to the hero.

Joby Harold (Knights of the Round Table) wrote the screenplay, which offers a revisionist take on the beloved Robin Hood tale. The plot follows the title character, who returns home from fighting in The Crusades. He discovers that his beloved Sherwood Forest has become a den of corruption, leading him to form a band of merry outlaws to take back his homeland. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Robin Hood: Origins’ Adds Jamie Foxx As a “Battle-Hardened” Little John

11 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jamie Foxx, last seen ferrying Quevenzhané Wallis around town in the Annie reboot, is preparing to take on another classic character. He’ll play the Little John to Taron Egerton‘s Robin Hood in the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins, which as you’ve probably gleaned from the title is the “gritty origin story in the vein of The Dark […]

The post ‘Robin Hood: Origins’ Adds Jamie Foxx As a “Battle-Hardened” Little John appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 30-21

9 January 2016 4:05 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We’ve reached the near mid-point of this Definitive List; 20 down, 30 to go. As we move forward, the story of “boy meets girl” becomes more complicated, as plenty of stumbling blocks stand in the way: lack of experience, insecurity, unsupportive parents, and, as in most cases, ego. So, when we watch all these films, what do we learn? Hundreds of romantic comedies end happily, but none end in the same way. Perhaps there’s a method to the madness, but the more we tread through these highlights, the more it’s clear that to make an impact, you have to change the game or perfect the existing one.

#30. Bull Durham (1988)

Baseball movies had worn out their welcome a bit in the mid-80s and audiences weren’t clamoring for a romantic comedy based around the national pastime. Enter writer/director Ron Shelton, who decided to write a film based on »

- Joshua Gaul

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Video: Jamie Foxx Trains His Daughter for Miss Golden Globes in Hilarious Rocky-Style Montage

8 January 2016 1:25 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Watch this on The Scene. Jamie Foxx isn't going to let his daughter go unprepared for her role as this year's Miss Golden Globe. The Annie actor's 19-year-old, Corinne Foxx, has the honor of escorting the award-show winners off the stage on Sunday, so her dad and Vanity Fair teamed up to make sure she's ready for the challenge. In the video, which parodies the famous Rocky training montages, Foxx drills Corinne on things like proper smiling technique, how to run up stairs in heels and the importance of leaving a little bit of space between cheek kisses. "You gotta be careful, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee & David O. Russell Lean on Music to Finesse Tales

7 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scores played significant roles in determining the use of source material in the three recent films from directors long known for their adept use of pop tunes: Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino.

Before any songs were selected for Russell’s “Joy,” David Campbell and West Dylan Thordson’s score was already in place; Tarantino’s musical coup was getting Ennio Morricone to score his first Western in decades — and the first full-fledged score for a Tarantino film — and having his actors sing. And as Lee says of “Chi-Raq,” “in reality, there’s only 35 minutes of score, the least amount of score I have used while working with (composer) Terence Blanchard.” (That would be 15 films).

“We started with a lot more score and have more score than in ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’,” says Russell’s music supervisor on his last four films, Sue Jacobs. “Every process is different, »

- Phil Gallo

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Emma Stone To Lead Disney's Live Action 'Cruella'

6 January 2016 3:57 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A couple of years ago, Disney announced they were working on live action feature based on the classic "101 Dalmations" villain Cruella De Vil. We all rolled our eyes and forgot about it, but never one to let brand extension go, the studio is ramping things up. Emma Stone is in talks to play the title role in "Cruella." Aline Brosh McKenna ("Annie," "Cinderella") penned an earlier version of the script, but Kelly Marcel ("Saving Mr. Banks," "Fifty Shades Of Grey") is now writing the screenplay. There's no director attached at the moment, and no plot details are being shared, but Stone will follow Glenn Close who played the fur-loving character in 1996's live action "101 Dalmatians" and the 2000 sequel, "102 Dalmatians."  Read More: Watch: Emma Stone Dances With Sailors In Video For Will Bulter's "Anna" I would presume given that Stone's age, this movie might be taking a page »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Many Chart-Topping Recording Artists are in the Running for Oscars This Year

6 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The race for best original song at this year’s Academy Awards includes a number of big name recording artists whose work for film has been generating significant Oscar buzz.

In past years the category has seen a number of popular, chart-topping performers take home the statuette, including John Legend and Common’s “Glory” from last year’s best picture nominee Selma, about Martin Luther King’s historic march for civil rights and 2013’s “Skyfall”, performed and co-written by British songstress Adele with co-writer Paul Epworth, for the 007 film of the same name.

This year another James Bond theme is in the hunt for best original song, as Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall”, co-written with accomplished British songwriter James Napier (a.k.a. Jimmy Napes), the Spectre title track that became the first No. 1 in Bond theme history, has earned a Golden »

- Patrick Shanley

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