8 items from 2017
Imagine if Pulp Fiction’s Jules Winnfield got older, and grumpier, and had to get to a specific location while under fire from potential assassins. Then imagine that any pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds character had to get him there. That’s basically what we have in The Hitman’s Bodyguard and, to great surprise, it looks to be exactly the film you’ll need to give your summer a boost.
Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3), The Hitman’s Bodyguard is the second script from Tom O’Connor (Fire With Fire), and boasts a wider cast that includes Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung (Daredevil), Gary Oldman, and Joaquim de Almeida (Our Brand Is Crisis). The premise is simple – the world’s greatest hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) needs to get to the International Court Of Justice alive, and the world’s greatest bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) has to get him there. Complications »
- Sarah Myles
Melissa McCarthy’s filmography includes roles such as a ghost-catcher, spy, and cop, so it comes as no surprise that the Oscar-nominated actress will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival. Variety broke the news.
“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival commented. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”
“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” emphasized Melanie Wise, the festival’s founder. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”
McCarthy will be presented with the honor on the fest’s opening night, April 20. Other women set to be honored at the third edition of the fest include McCarthy’s stuntwoman Luci Romberg, actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), and former Mma star and actress Gina Carano (“Deadpool”).
McCarthy received an Oscar nomination in 2012 for her role in “Bridesmaids.” Her upcoming projects include Marielle Heller’s dark comedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and the college-set comedy “Life of the Party.” She co-wrote the latter film, which co-stars “Love’s” Gillian Jacobs.
Check out our guest post explaining why McCarthy offers a better return on investment than Tom Cruise, one of the best-known action stars of all-time.
Artemis Women in Action Film Festival runs from April 20–23 in La.
Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at Artemis Women in Action Film Fest was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Variety has learned exclusively.
The honor will be presented on the opening night of the festival — now in its third year — on April 20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.
“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival said. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”
McCarthy’s credits include “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Ghostbusters,” and “St. Vincent.” She received an Academy Award nomination in the best supporting actress category for “Bridesmaids.”
“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” said film festival founder Melanie Wise. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”
McCarthy will »
- Dave McNary
Because Hollywood loves depicting Hollywood, few stones in the creative process have been left unturned over the years.
Credit TV Land's Nobodies, premiering March 29, for giving what is surely the definitive insight into the human condition of what it's like to kinda be friends with Melissa McCarthy, but not close enough friends to get her to commit to star in your movie script.
Is this a universally applicable plight? Perhaps not. But, figuratively, who amongst us hasn't had our own metaphorical Identity Thief star who we yearned to give above-the-title credibility in our own metaphorical high-concept studio comedy?
- Daniel Fienberg
Now that we objectified male actors for a change, let’s dive deep into Baywatch, a Seth Gordon film that’s set to be released on May 28 of this year. Judging just from Gordon’s previous work on Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, it looks funny, and it looks good.
Move over David Hasselhoff! Dwayne Johnson takes over his role as Mitch Buchanan, the super hunky main lifeguard who now has to deal with a new recruit, Matt Brody, and his sporadic ways. Originally played by David Charvet in the television series, this new lifeguard is, surprise, played by Zac Efron. Together, the two must learn to overcome their differences after they find some underground crime ring that could potentially destroy the Bay.
- Catherina Gioino
Artemis Women in Action Film Festival: Twitter
The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival has announced the honorees for its 2017 edition. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Cynthia Rothrock, Gina Carano, and Luci Romberg will be celebrated in April, a press release revealed.
Produced by Artemis Motion Pictures, the fest is dedicated to honoring female-driven action films. Carrie Fisher, Rosie O’Donnell, Patricia Arquette, and Paul Feig are among its high-profile supporters.
“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” emphasized festival Founder Melanie Wise. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”
“The idea of female action heroes is nothing new, women have been action heroes from Antiquity to the present day,” Co-Founder Sean Marlon Newcombe added. “We want to increase awareness of that for the industry and for audiences.”
Berdal (“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” 2014’s “Hercules”) will be honored with the Artemis Action Next Wave Award. A graduate of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, she is best known for portraying Armistice in the Lisa Joy co-created “Westworld.” Berdal will next be seen in the upcoming “The Odd Couple,” directed by Margarethe von Trotta and written by Pamela Katz.
Rothrock (“China O’Brien,” “Lady Dragon”) is set to receive the Artemis Action Lifetime Achievement Award for her “extraordinary body of work” in more than 50 action films.” She holds a black belt in seven different martial arts and “is a legend both in Hong Kong and the Us,” the press release details.
Carano will take home the Artemis Action Warrior Award for “her contributions to the female action genre and women’s Mixed Martial Arts.” The star of Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” has also appeared in films like “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Heist,” and “Deadpool.”
Finally, Romberg will be celebrated as part of the upcoming generation of stuntwomen. She has served as Melissa McCarthy’s stunt double in “Ghostbusters,” “Spy,” “The Boss,” and “Identity Thief.” A talented freerunner, Romberg serves as stuntwoman on the upcoming “Pitch Perfect 3,” directed by Trish Sie and written by Kay Cannon.
For more information check out the Artemis Film Festival website.
Artemis Women in Action Film Festival Announces 2017 Honorees was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, arguably the biggest drinking holiday of the year, we looked at some of the best drunk moments to grace the silver screen. From Humphrey Bogart’s classic, heartbreaking “of all the gin joints” speech in “Casablanca,” to the utterly ridiculous scene in “Team America” when the puppets spew their guts up, here are the 28 best drunk scenes on film.
“Leaving Las Vegas” — Booze Run
Although not a traditional “drunk scene,” the opening scene of “Leaving Las Vegas” — which sees Nicolas Cage’s Ben Sanderson dancing through a liquor aisle piling his cart sky high with booze — is as good a prelude to this list as any.
“Arthur” — Introducing Princess Gloria
Dudley Moore’s Arthur spends the majority of the film tipping back drinks, but his introduction of “Princess Gloria” to his aunt and uncle at a restaurant — and his insistence that Rhode Island could »
- Jacob Bryant
Author: David Sztypuljak
What’s better than the multitude of posters released for the Baywatch movie released last week……? That’s right….. the same posters in motion form! Yesterday we had the same treat for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast but today it’s the turn of The Rock, Zac Efron and their co-stars to strut their funky stuff in their Baywatch getup!
The tone of this new movie seems to be very similar to what we’ve seen in the likes of similar reboots of 21 Jump Street with a theme mocking the original for its faults but equally embracing what made the shows so successful.
Related: Watch the Baywatch movie trailer here
- David Sztypuljak
8 items from 2017
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