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Bad Moms, 2016.
Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernández, Clark Duke, Emjay Anthony, Oona Laurence, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolu, David Walton, Leah McKendrick, Megan Ferguson, and Christina Applegate.
When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.
Of all the different types of people in the world, quite easily one of the most annoying is a parental figure with a superiority complex that their method of teaching children right and wrong is right, (along with how to behave and mingle in society) preaching to everyone else that they are doing everything wrong and that they are the devil incarnate for doing so. Bad Moms is sort of a love letter to the stressed-out parents, specifically moms, that are more »
- Robert Kojder
You guys…. You Guys! The Powerpuff Girls are Back!!!
Today, at San Diego Comic-Con, Cartoon Network presented a back-to-back panel extravaganza featuring two of its most popular series, We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls, both making their San Diego Comic-Con debuts with their first-ever standalone panels. Never-before-seen clips from the hit shows were unveiled at the Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton Bayfront for all fans to enjoy.
The We Bare Bears panel featured Annie Award-winner and creator Daniel Chong, Lauren Sassen (Storyboard Artist), Mikey Heller (Series Writer) Manny Hernandez (Director), Eric Edelstein (Voice of Grizzly), Bobby Moynihan (Voice of Panda) and Demetri Martin (Voice of Ice Bear). Sassen did a live illustration to show fans how she brings the bro bears and their hilarious hijinks to life, and fans were treated to a special sneak peek from “Icy Nights” premiering later this year. In the episode, Ice Bear rides »
- Melissa Howland
Word comes by way of San Diego Comic-Con, where the show’s producers confirmed that Rihanna – who has flirted with acting via Battleship, Annie, This is the End and, soon, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – will play the highly-anticipated part of Marion Crane, the hapless visitor originally portrayed by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal classic.
Have a gander at Rihanna’s official announcement, below.
.@rihanna to check into #BatesMotel as Marion Crane in the 5th and final season!https://t.co/7t2pRL43cf
— Bates Motel on A&E (@InsideBates) July 22, 2016
- Michael Briers
Australian singer-songwriter Sia has lined up another gig that won’t require her to show her strategically obscured face: voice actress for a magical singing horse. Hasbro announced today at one of its Comic-Con panels that the This Is Acting performer will be appearing in the upcoming My Little Pony movie, where she’ll play a hoofed chanteuse by the name of Songbird Serenade.
Sia—whose previous acting career has mostly been confined to cameos in Transparent, South Park, and the most recent film version of Annie—will star alongside a number of previously announced performers, including Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba, and real-life magical pixie woman Kristin Chenoweth. (The—sigh—mane cast of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic will also star.) Sia will also provide two original songs for the soundtrack of the animated film, which is currently slated to hit theaters on October »
- William Hughes
NEWSFilm scholar V.F. Perkins, author of the essential book Film As Film (1972), has died at the age of 80.The BFI in London has announced Black Star, the UK's largest celebration of black screen actors, to run October 17 - December 31, 2016.Consummate Hollywood director Garry Marshall, best known for Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and such television productions as Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, has died at 81.Filmmaker and Mubi team member Kurt Walker and filmmaker Isaac Goes are launching online film exhibition space Kinet, "catered to the dissemination of new and boundary pushing avant-garde cinema." Kinet's first program, which begins next week, includes Masha Tupitsyn's epic Love Sounds.Recommended VIEWINGThe feature debut of Canadian director Isiah Medina, 88:88, which received its global online premiere on Mubi last spring, is now streaming for free.An English-subtitled, behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Johnnie To's excellent thriller, Three.The teaser trailer for »
Despite a brilliant cast, this all-female reboot fails to deliver the gag power of the original. However, it’s hardly the disaster the trolls have been predicting
When word first broke about a female-led reboot of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 fantasy-comedy Ghostbusters, the internet reacted with a stream of sexist bile more foul than the slimy green ectoplasm spewed up by an angry demon. Like the shrieking anger that greeted news that 2014’s Annie would have an African American star, Ghostbusters 2016 became the focus of hostility born of prejudice and disguised as reverence for the source material. And as with Will Gluck’s flawed but serviceable musical (which I enjoyed more than many), it would have been great to report that the finished film is good enough to shut the bigoted naysayers up once and for all.
The harsh truth is that it isn’t – at least, not quite. Although infinitely »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
On June 27, Text Classics is publishing two of Helen Garner.s screenplays, for 1986's Two Friends and 1992's The Last Days of Chez Nous, with an afterword by screenwriter Laura Jones (High Tide, The Potrait of a Lady, Brick Lane).
Two Friends was directed by Jane Campion and released as a made for television feature in 1986, while The Last Days of Chez Nous was directed by Gillian Armstrong and starred Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz and Kerry Fox.
Courtesty of Text, Jones' afterword is reproduced below.
All Those Tears, by Laura Jones
Most of us watch films but don.t read screenplays. They are odd pieces of writing because they only exist in order to become something else. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
We now have confirmation of Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes' relationship. The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Claudia Jordan, joined the Allegedly podcast on Tuesday and revealed that Foxx is, in fact, dating Holmes. When asked about the Annie actor, Jordan said, "[He's a] good friend of mine. Never [hooked up with him]." When asked about his relationship with Holmes, Jordan added, "He is very happy with her. I like that he seems very happy." The confirmation comes after Holmes sparked engagement rumors in January when she was spotted wearing a ring on that finger, recirculating speculation that she's been seeing Foxx after her split from Tom »
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is an odd TV series. A comedy with dramatic elements, it’s a musical that expresses the feelings of its lead character, Rebecca Bunch (YouTube star Rachel Bloom), via original songs. The ratings aren’t amazing and the show is an Emmy longshot, but people are finding it, and the fans are passionate. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before; the question is, how many Emmy voters will see it.
At a recent Fyc Emmy event, Bloom bounded out in bra and Spanx to perform an opening number and then returned dressed for an informative Q & A panel. The audience, packed with fans, whooped and hollered; everyone on stage enjoyed playing to the room. That’s the feeling you get from the CW show itself: as hard as it is to pull off, everyone is having a blast.
So how did this crazy show come about? While »
- Anne Thompson
Sony Pictures Entertainment has made a multi-million dollar strategic investment in digital interactive video specialist Interlude.
Sony has brought on Will Gluck, who directed “Annie” for the studio, to create and oversee the development of entertainment content to be distributed on Interlude’s Eko platform — touted as being able to allow viewers to control the outcomes of stories on the screen.
“With Eko, Yoni and the team at Interlude have developed an elegant, innovative storytelling platform,” said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. “We look forward to working with them, and Will Gluck, to engage audiences with completely new entertainment experiences.”
Interlude and CBS announced in April that they were teaming on an interactive version of “The Twilight Zone.” It also unveiled plans for an interactive “War Games” as a modern take on the original 1983 movie.
Eko is also a partner with Warner Music Group on “Clash Up,” an interactive music series that lets users create their own multi-genre mix.
“We are very excited to launch this partnership with Sony Pictures,” Interlude co-founder and CEO Yoni Bloch said. “We look forward to introducing Eko experiences to many more viewers and to offering new business approaches to fuel the best creative and business returns for our partners.”
Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment will spearhead the Sony-Interlude project.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Sony and Interlude to contribute to the evolving landscape of entertainment,” he said. “We look forward to working with inventive writers and directors to create compelling storytelling that will match Interlude’s innovative technology.”
- Dave McNary
First, a quick recap… Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje partnered up with Barajoun Entertainment, to produce and star in its first feature film production. The “Lost,” “Annie” (and more) star voices the lead character in an animated feature film titled “Bilal: A New… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? If so, you must be sniffing the sweet scent of 17 upcoming movies...
Got a movie you’re trying to make? Why not put Dwayne Johnson in it? It’s what everyone else seems to be doing, and it’s bound to earn you a fervent flurry of publicity. The man who it may not be acceptable to call ‘The Rock’ anymore has a whopping 17 films on his slate at the moment, though, so he may struggle to fit you in. But is there a movie star who's working harder right now?
The Definites Baywatch
Currently in post-production, the cinematic Baywatch revival is another example of The Rock being injected in to bring new »
Now that she's answered Game of Thrones fans' prayers and resurrected Jon Snow, it's time to get to know the woman behind mysterious Melisandre better. Here are five things you need to know about Dutch actress Carice van Houten: 1. She speaks four languagesIn addition to her native Dutch and English, Van Houten is fluent in German and speaks "a little French." So if we're being technical, she speaks three and a half languages, which certainly helps with mastering different accents for different characters. "If you have an ear for it, it's not that bad," Van Houten tells People. 2. She »
- Kara Warner, @karawarner
You can pinpoint the moment almost precisely when "Bridesmaids" changed comedy.
Upon the movie's release five years ago this week (on May 13, 2011), it was that one notorious food-poisoning scene -- you know the one -- that proved that an all-female ensemble comedy could be just as raunchy and hilarious and heartfelt as any of producer Judd Apatow's bro-centric comedies. The result turned Melissa McCarthy into a breakout star, gave career boosts to costar/co-writer/co-producer Kristen Wiig and director Paul Feig, and launched a wave of hit R-rated comedies starring women.
Still, as many times as you've watched the misadventures of Wiig's moody maid of honor, there's plenty you may not know about how the story came together, who almost starred in it, and which scenes were left out.
1. "Bridesmaids" came about because of Wiig's cameo as a hostile TV producer in Apatow's "Knocked Up." The director urged her »
- Gary Susman
Teenaged girls behaving badly, depicted with a positive vibe. Progress? Turns out grossout movies don’t work even when they’re kind of feminist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Progess! Just a little bit! Dumb movie depicts teenaged girls behaving badly — with a positive vibe, just like the boys have gotten since forever — and gives a platform for their wants and needs especially in how they diverge from the bad behavior and wants and needs of teenaged boys. It’s not often we hear a teenaged girl — gosh, and a nonwhite teenaged girl at that! — complain onscreen, with would-be comic panache, that a frat party was “super rapey.” Hooray!
- MaryAnn Johanson
Directed by Will Gluck (Annie, Easy A), Jackpot is a remake of a 2011 Norwegian film based on a story by acclaimed author Jo Nesbo, the man behind Headhunters. The book tells the story of “a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and police guns aimed at him.”
Word from Cannes is that Jackpot has many interested parties set to try and nab the rights to the film, which is set to start production this summer.
- Scott J. Davis
A review of Captain America: Civil War — designed, like my TV episode reviews, to be read after you've seen it, which means there will be many many spoilers — coming up just as soon as you try some of my date loaf... It's an odd thing, Civil War. During the movie this morning, I was enjoying nearly every individual scene and how well the writers and the Russo brothers managed to juggle an absurdly large cast of pre-established characters (plus a couple of new ones in Black Panther and the Tom Holland version of Spider-Man) and give everyone at least one big moment (a literal one for Ant-Man, whose brief turn as Giant-Man was wisely hidden in all the pre-release hype). The movie squeezes in over a dozen Avengers, past, present, and future, has to do a lot of heavy lifting to introduce Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda (and »
- Alan Sepinwall
Kristen Wiig and her boyfriend Avi Rothman were spotted showing off some major Pda in Kauai, Hawaii, on Wednesday - but who exactly is her new guy? Rothman and Wiig have been "secretly dating for a few months," a source told People exclusively. "He's her boyfriend. They're really happy together." Here are five more things to know about Rothman: 1. He's a quadruple threatRothman is a writer, actor, producer and director who trained at the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles (where Wiig also studied). His IMDb page lists several acting, writing and producing credits in films, shorts and TV series. He »
- Andrea Park, @scandreapark
Exclusive: Mila Kunis and Bryan Cranston are attached to star in Jackpot with Will Gluck (Annie) directing. Jennifer Garner is also in talks to join the ensemble. Dave Callaham (The Expendables) is scripting the project. It is a remake of a 2011 Norwegian action comedy directed by Magnus Martens based on a Jo Nesbo story about a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and the police guns aimed at him. Stuart Ford’s IM Global will fully… »
Mila Kunis ("Oz the Great and Powerful") and Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") are attached to star while Jennifer Garner is in talks to join "Annie" director Will Gluck's new film "Jackpot" at Im Global, Olive Bridge and Marty Katz.
A remake of Magnus Martens' 2011 Norwegian action comedy based on a Jo Nesbo work, the story follows a man who wakes up in a strip bar clutching a shotgun surrounded by dead men and the police guns aimed at him.
Dave Calahan ("The Expendables") is scripting the project which is said to already have distributors circling. Production is slated to begin this Summer.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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