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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword movie review: well I didn’t vote for him

22 May 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Derivative, rote, devoid of heart and hope. Guy Ritchie has found no reason to retell Arthur’s story, or to render a mythic hero as a self-serving thug. I’m “biast” (pro): big fantasy fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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There are no heroes anymore. There are self-centered bastards who accidentally stumble into heroics. There are sociopaths who abuse women and are lauded for it. There are criminals who receive official sanction for their antisocial behavior. And we’re meant to cheer for them all. But true heroes in the more traditional meaning of the word? Difficult to find onscreen at the moment.

There are no heroes anymore, just criminals and sociopaths we’re meant to cheer.

And now Guy Ritchie has engaged in an egregious de-heroing of cinema with his King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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“Snatched” Writer Katie Dippold Talks Writing Roles for Women Over 40

10 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Snatched

Katie Dippold has been a screenwriter for about a decade. She made a splash with 2013’s “The Heat,” but became a household name last year with the premiere of “Ghostbusters” — the remake that Dippold penned with director Paul Feig. Dippold’s new film, “Snatched,” stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn as a daughter and mother whose tropical vacation takes a sinister turn when they are kidnapped. We talked to Dippold, who has previously written episodes of “Parks and Recreation,” about her own relationship with her mother, why she likes summer popcorn movies, and her goal to include more women over 40 onscreen.

Snatched” opens this Friday, May 12.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Joseph Allen.

W&H: If I’m correct, “Snatched” is your fourth summer comedy?

Kd: Third. “Spy” was really [director Paul Feig’s] script, I did a punch-up pass on it but that was his movie, so I would call it my third.

W&H: Okay, so your third, that’s pretty impressive, so what’s the secret sauce?

Kd: That’s very nice. I don’t know, I guess it’s a strong love of a summer popcorn movie. I’m personally just always excited to go to the movies to see another movie when the summer starts. I just love those kind of movies so much, I don’t know if that bleeds into the way I write, I have no idea.

W&H: Okay I understand that. So this film is particularly personal because it’s based off of your experience, so how is that different in terms of your writing?

Kd: It was different, it felt different. It was a weird line because I would say it was inspired by my mom, and the character Linda (Goldie Hawn) reminds me a lot of my mom, but the character Emily (Amy Schumer) does not remind me so much of me.

I mean there are things I relate to in my 20s — I was a ridiculous person when I was in my 20s in New York — but for the most part it was just kind of a launching pad. I didn’t get lost in the jungle with my mom or anything, but my mom and dad were divorcing when I was in college, and while it was very friendly I noticed my mom just changed.

When I was a kid she was really adventurous and fun. She would always make crazy Halloween costumes, andI remember her waking me up to watch Princess Fergie’s wedding, I think. I can’t remember. There was a very fun spirit to her and she was pretty fearless, and I just felt like after the divorce I saw her get more cautious and cynical, and she never sounded cynical before.

She was always a very positive, hopeful person, and it was like she was expecting to be disappointed by anyone she met — not even dating. If someone was a plumber coming to work on the house, it was like “Well, how’s he going to screw me over?”

Which, by the way, he probably did, but I just hadn’t heard her talk like that before. So this was just kind of a wish fulfillment thing. What kind of adventure could I take her on that would shake that out of her and bring her back to her adventurous place?

W&H: But you didn’t go on this trip with her.

Kd: I did not go on this trip with her, but I’m going to go to Amsterdam later in the year, which I’m very excited about, and so is she, surprisingly.

W&H: Excellent! Good!

Kd: Yeah!

W&H: So was Goldie Hawn the first choice?

Kd: I’ll be honest, I had a hard time picturing anyone for either character while I was writing it, so we first sent the script to Amy and got her on board, which I was very excited about, and she really wanted Goldie and I’m very grateful for that.

Whereas before I couldn’t picture anyone, I can’t imagine anyone but Goldie now, so we really lucked out.

W&H: She hasn’t made a movie in a long time.

Kd: I know, which is crazy. She’s like a very rare gift of a performer. Watching all of her movies like “Private Benjamin,” I forgot what an amazing movie that is. It’s insane.

W&H: I just wonder, did she say why she didn’t work? Was part of it she just wanted to not work or was part of it just the parts were shitty?

Kd: I don’t know, she never said to me so I’m not sure. If I would answer that I’d be guessing and I don’t want to do that.

W&H: Okay, so I found it interesting that there’s a bunch of high-profile, female-led movies this summer. There are always a couple, but this summer feels exciting. “Wonder Woman,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Girls Trip,” your film, do you sense that summer is less dominated by the boy action heroes this summer?

Kd: I don’t know, I’ll be honest. My answer of “I don’t know” is because I’m not completely clear on what is coming this summer. So I hope there’s more options, I mean just as an audience member, I just want to be able to see a whole mix of movies, so I hope that’s the case, that would be good news.

W&H: Do you feel like things are changing a little?

Kd: I do, I mean it’s always slow. I think that it’s still a problem, but I think we’ve gone in a good direction. I think it’s still a problem with directors. It’s hard for me to be the one to complain because I’ve been in a very fortunate situation where the executives at Fox are either women or very strong feminists.

You know, [“Snatched” producers] Jenno Topping, Peter Chernin is a feminist, Paul Feig — you couldn’t get a more female-friendly male director. He loves funny women, so I’ve been working within this group and I’ve lucked out, so it’s hard for me to complain. I do think it’s still a problem, but I think it’s getting better.

W&H: It’s so interesting how Fox News folks should learn from Fox movie folks.

Kd: Right, that’s a very good point. I mean one of the more fascinating things about “Ghostbusters” and it being women was that three of them were over 40. I love Amy Pascal for green-lighting that at the time. That’s crazy in Hollywood world and I think it’s so important.

It’s so depressing that there’s this idea that your story stops at a certain age and that’s a big thing I’m fighting, and it’s a big reason why this movie exists. I want to see a woman in her 60s or 70s in a hard R action comedy.

W&H: Talk about figuring out the tone of the hard R. Your other movies weren’t as hard R as this.

Kd: It was a mix, because we wanted it to be heartfelt but we wanted it to be really funny. I didn’t want it to be soft comedy. My hope was to surprise people. It’s not a mother/daughter movie that’s all sweet, and a nice calm story. There are going to be some really surprising, shocking things in this.

I think for the first draft I turned in, it was a mix of nice mother/daughter moments, but one of the earlier scenes was the scene when she’s cleaning herself in the bathroom and she makes eye contact with James (Tom Bateman) when the door accidentally opens. So I wanted it to have a certain feeling as well, where it’s like, “you can’t show that,” but then you show that, if that makes sense. That was kind of the goal for me.

W&H: That was a funny scene. So I would imagine this film is a bit different than “Ghostbusters.” Now, a year out from “Ghostbusters,” do you have any kind of sense of hindsight as to why it became such a lightning rod?

Kd: I don’t know. For “Ghostbusters,” I get it. That film is really important to people, myself included. It always blows my mind when there’s a movie like that. To get a movie that feels like movie magic takes so many different parts and pieces to come together. The original “Ghostbusters” is grounded, it’s smart.

You have then the funniest people in the world, and really fun exciting set pieces, and you’re scared, but not too scared. It’s not dark scary, it’s fun scary. There’s so many layers that make it wonderful, so now when I see a movie like that, I appreciate it on another level.

I get why it caused such a reaction because it is such a special movie, but looking back, I was surprised at the negative reaction, because to me that cast is four comedy powerhouses that I just wanted to see be “Ghostbusters,” women aside.

W&H: So are you glad that there’s no writers’ strike?

Kd: I am so glad that there’s no writers’ strike. I was really dreading that, I had no idea which way it was going to go.

W&H: Everybody was on board from the Guild [Writers Guild of America].

Kd: Right, and I had no idea what was going to happen, I was really at a loss. I think the negotiating committee did a great job, I was delighted by that. I’m really glad that they were able to make that deal come together.

W&H: I was just thinking today, a lot of the conversation about “are women funny” was that whole Christopher Hitchens thing seven or eight years ago. I’m wondering, even though the reaction was so negative to that, maybe in some way, he did everybody a favor by getting people to talk about the lack of women in comedy.

Kd: Yeah, I guess one could say that. I have a hard time saying it but one could. I guess that’s true. You know, I was just watching “Death Becomes Her.” Have you seen that recently?

W&H: No.

Kd: It’s just Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep together and they are so funny. They just have all these moments that are subtle jabs. There’s this one scene, and I paused it and I’m like, “My God, they are so goddamn funny.” I don’t even know what my point is, but I just feel like, how have we not spent every day talking about how funny they are? I truly have no point in saying that.

W&H: No, I understand what you’re saying, and that movie is maligned a lot.

Kd: I know! I looked it up on Rotten Tomatoes and I was like, “How? This is such a fun movie.”

W&H: Talk about your current inspirations, where you get ideas. What do you read on a regular basis, TV shows, bingeing, what’s your pleasure?

Kd: Right now there’s a lot of podcasts. I’m really loving podcasts right now. By the way, “Scriptnotes” I think is a great podcast for writers. I’ve now learned if anyone’s interested in writing, that’s a great thing to suggest. They go over everything.

In terms of taking in information, ever since the election I bought a New York Times subscription and I’m forcing myself to read it every morning. I feel like before the election I wasn’t reading enough, so that’s a big goal for me right now, is just to read more and read stories of other people, and not just my world, you know? I’m reading “A People’s History of the United States” right now because I want to know more, and I feel like I’ve taken it for granted for a long time and I regret that, so that’s a lot of the reading I’ve been doing lately.

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Snatched” Writer Katie Dippold Talks Writing Roles for Women Over 40 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Melissa Silverstein

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Film Review: ‘Snatched’

9 May 2017 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Schumer is one of those rare comic artists, like Louis C.K. or Chris Rock, who can get you laughing out loud at reality. Two years ago, she carried that scorched-earth impulse right into her first movie, the fearlessly funny and close-to-the-bone “Trainwreck.” Written by Schumer herself, and directed by Judd Apatow, it was the most audacious romantic comedy in years — and the most satisfying, too — because it touched a nerve of almost masochistic sincerity. In “Snatched,” her first movie since “Trainwreck,” Schumer gets cast as a loser who’s even further down on the totem pole of respectability. It’s a sign of Schumer’s rapport with the audience that in the opening scene, where she appears to be playing the most annoying off-the-rack clothing-store customer in history (it turns out she’s actually the sales person), the deeper the hole she digs for herself, the more we like her. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Dark Comedy Puppet Movie The Happytime Murders Moving Forward with Melissa McCarthy

3 May 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After years in development, it looks like viewers will finally get to see a darkly comedic take on the world of puppets in The Happytime Murders. Taking place in a world where puppets and humans live together, the film will feature a grisly murder mystery that must be solved by a pair of detectives, one human and one puppet. The movie is now finally moving forward with Melissa McCarthy set to star and produce, Brian Henson (son of the legendary Jim Henson) on board as the director, and filming expected to begin this August.

Press Release: (Burbank, CA, May 2, 2017) — STXfilms, whose Bad Moms was 2016’s highest grossing R-rated comedy, teams with comedic genius Melissa McCarthy in The Happytime Murders, directed by Brian Henson. The announcement was made today by STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson and Sam Brown, President of Production for STXfilms, a division of Stx Entertainment.

The comedy is set »

- Derek Anderson

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Henson and McCarthy team up for "The Happytime Murders"

3 May 2017 10:52 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

By Robert Balkovich

Melissa McCarthy has been positioning herself as one of the great comedic actors of the 21st century for quite some time now. Like most stars she has her share of hits (The Heat, Spy) and misses (Tammy, The Boss), but even if the movie flops, McCarthy always brings it. On that note, be extremely excited about her newest project:, a puppet/human hybrid dark R rated comedy directed by heir to the Muppets Brian Henson called The Happytime Murders »

- Robert Balkovich

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Melissa McCarthy To Investigate A Muppet Mystery In ‘The Happytime Murders’

3 May 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The path to comedy stardom is normally: 1) have a breakout role, 2) become wildly overexposed by signing up to every role going, and 3) see increasingly diminishing returns to your star vehicles. But Melissa McCarthy has so far defied those expectations. Since exploding with her Oscar-nominated turn in “Bridesmaids” six years ago, McCarthy’s box-office record has been stellar, helping to turn films like “Identity Thief” and “Spy” into smashes, and even making modest successes of lower-concept projects like “The Boss” and “Tammy,” films where the only real marketing hook was ‘Melissa McCarthy is in this movie.’

It’s telling that perhaps her biggest disappointment so far, “Ghostbusters,” still made $128 million domestically.

Continue reading Melissa McCarthy To Investigate A Muppet Mystery In ‘The Happytime Murders’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Melissa McCarthy to Star in Puppet Comedy ‘Happytime Murders’

2 May 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy has come on board Stx’s noir comedy “The Happytime Murders.”

The comedy, directed by Brian Henson, is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives, one human and one puppet, are forced to work together to try and solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

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“When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly, and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true,” McCarthy said in a press release.

The film is set to begin production this August and will be produced by The Jim Henson Company’s Henson Alternative banner, On the Day Productions, and STXfilms. Producers are Brian HensonJeffrey Hayes, McCarthy, and Ben Falcone. Lisa Henson »

- Dave McNary

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Why we haven't seen sequels to Paul Feig's hit comedies

26 April 2017 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Edward Douglas Apr 27, 2017

Wondering where Bridesmaids 2, Spy 2, and The Heat 2 are? Paul Feig explains why they haven't happened.

Paul Feig took part in one of the Tribeca Film Festival’s Directors Series Tribeca Talks in New York earlier this week, being hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Michael Ché. While a wide variety of topics were covered from stand-up to working with women, one of the interesting things asked from the audience was when Feig might do a sequel to one of his hit comedies, whether it be Bridesmaids or The Heat or Spy. The latter two there had been talk about a sequel but he didn’t seem too optimistic that any of them might happen.

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Supergirl season 2 episode 18 review: Ace Reporter

24 April 2017 7:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Apr 25, 2017

Supergirl delivers a pretty strong filler episode that lays the groundwork for Lena and Kara's future...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.18 Ace Reporter

Now, that is how you do a filler episode. Aside from Kara's return to CatCo as a reporter, Ace Reporter wasn't a particularly important episode when it comes to the larger plot threads of season two. But what it lacked in moving the larger storylines along, it more than made up for in terms of character moments for Lena Luthor. As always, Supergirl is at its best when it is servicing the female relationships on this show.

Lena Luthor can't catch a break. First of all, she's a Luthor, »

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Gotham season 3 episode 15 review: How The Riddler Got His Name

24 April 2017 6:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Apr 25, 2017

The midseason premiere is a strong start for the second half of season 3, showing the further evolution of Ed into the Riddler...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.15 How The Riddler Got His Name

Gotham is back! The midseason premiere is a strong start for the second half of season three, showing the further evolution of Ed into the Riddler. In terms of plot, it was less successful than some of the other Riddler-centric episodes we've gotten in the past, but nothing matched its insight into Ed's motivations as we saw him struggle to come to terms with his identity after killing — or, as we now know, attempting to kill — Oswald. 

Here's everything that went down. »

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Zelda: fan making 2D Breath Of The Wild game

24 April 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Matthew Byrd Apr 25, 2017

A Nintendo Entertainment System version of Breath Of The Wild? Yep, thanks to one cunning Zelda fan...

When designing The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Nintendo created a 2D prototype for the game that featured many of its core mechanics. The idea behind the prototype was that it would allow Nintendo to ensure that Breath Of The Wild still felt like a Zelda game regardless of its many deviations from familiar franchise features.  

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While many of us simply gawked at the demo and speculated about how cool a 2D take on BotW would be, one fan went out and simply designed that very game. 

First, a word of warning. »

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Prison Break season 5 episode 3 review: The Liar

18 April 2017 7:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Shamus Kelley Apr 25, 2017

While all the elements are in place for a classic episode, Prison Break hasn’t built up enough goodwill to earn it...

This review contains spoilers.

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5.3 The Liar

You know, the second I stopped trying to find a deeper meaning in Prison Break the more I started to enjoy it. I know, last week I talked about all these deeper themes they could be hinting at. That was the wrong way to approach the show. The right way is to just go along for the ride, biting your nails, wondering how the hell Michael is going get out of this one.

In that respect, this episode half succeeded. Last episode »

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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie stars

17 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am

You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.

Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!

Charlie Hunnam

TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Notable film role: Pacific Rim

Any fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that heartthrob Charlie Hunnam can deliver a smouldering, broody hero on the small screen; but it wasn't until »

- Garrett McCormick

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From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie stars

17 April 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am

You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.

Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!

Charlie Hunnam

TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Notable film role: Pacific Rim

Any fan of Sons of Anarchy knows that heartthrob Charlie Hunnam can deliver a smouldering, broody hero on the small screen; but it wasn't until »

- Garrett McCormick

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored at Artemis Women in Action Film Fest

12 April 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Melissa McCarthy in “Spy

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.

Ghostbusters,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Identity Thief,” and “Tammy” are among the action-packed films McCarthy has starred in.

“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

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Fantastic Beasts 2 adds Jude Law as young Dumbledore

12 April 2017 10:06 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob Leane Apr 12, 2017

Jude Law will play the young(er) Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2...

Accio major casting news! It's been announced on J.K. Rowling's official Pottermore website that Jude Law has been cast as Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2.

He'll be stepping into the role originated by Richard Harris and inhabited for years by Michael Gambon, albeit at a much earlier point in the timeline. 

Mr Law, of course, is known for the Sherlock Holmes films, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Spy, The Young Pope, Side Effects, The Aviator, Alfie, A.I. and a bunch of other stuff.

Fantastic Beasts 2, one assumes, will begin to explore the complicated relationship between Law's Dumbledore and Johnny Depp's dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. They were once firm friends, and later on they were sworn enemies.

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored by Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (Exclusive)

11 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Fast & Furious 8 review

10 April 2017 10:10 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Fast & Furious 8 is another enjoyable, big, noisy blockbuster that makes an unexpected lunge towards comedy...

I’ve got a theory about the Fast & Furious films. I call it the ‘Vin Diesel pub theory’. My suggestion is that the Fast & Furious films as we see them aren’t the events as they take place in the Fast & Furious cinematic universe (Ffcu). Rather, they’re the events as told by an aging Vin Diesel in a pub in the Ffcu. Every time he tells a story he gets further and further from the truth. Perhaps it started with him playing up his street racing experience in the first film. As the crowds have gotten bigger, now he’s a superman flipping cars through the snow and fighting Charlize Theron over a bastarding great submarine.

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‘9J, 9K and 9L’: Paul Feig Guest Stars In CBS Comedy Pilot

7 April 2017 5:13 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Feature writer-director Paul Feig (Spy, Ghostbusters) is revisiting his acting roots with a guest starring role in the CBS multi-camera comedy pilot 9J, 9K and 9L, headlined by Mark Feuerstein. Written by Friends with Better Lives creator Klein and Feuerstein, 9J, 9K and 9L was inspired by a time in Feuerstein's adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents' apartment and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby's… »

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Meg: Jason Statham Calls Shark Film Jaws Meets Jurassic Park

7 April 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Jason Statham is one of those actors that film fans have grown to appreciate over the years. The man’s an action star almost in the vein of Stallone and Schwarzenegger, but he never seems to get caught in the trap of taking himself too seriously (If you haven’t yet, you need to check out his hilarious performance in Spy). He knows what audiences want to see out of him, and he embraces it wholeheartedly.

If you need any more evidence backing up that statement, then you need look no further than one of his upcoming films, Meg. The movie is set to be directed by Jon Turtletaub (National Treasure, and more importantly, 3 Ninjas), and is based on a Steve Alten novel of the same name.

Speaking with Jim Norton and Sam Roberts on the Jim & Sam Show, Statham gave some brief insight into the flick:

“I just did a movie about a shark. »

- Joseph Medina

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