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How "Feeling Invisible" Helped Amy Schumer Create I Feel Pretty's Beautifully Flawed Heroine

There's a scene not long into I Feel Pretty that's so heartbreaking, it almost makes you forget - just for a moment - that you're watching a feel-good romantic comedy.

Renee (Amy Schumer), an NYC-dwelling woman with major self-esteem issues, comes home to her apartment and strips off her outfit layer by layer in front of a full-length mirror. What's left when she removes her armor of pastel-colored clothing and polka dots is a pair of tight, high-raise Spanx, a plain bra, and an expression on her face of utter defeat. She just quietly, miserably stares at herself.

What makes this scene so effective isn't that Renee dramatically falls to the floor and chokes out loud sobs or starts monologuing about her flaws; it's that she looks at her body with such a tangible hatred and sadness, and then turns around and moves on with the rest of her night . . . like it's nothing.
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All the Times Busy Philipps Had Bff Michelle Williams' Back, Including a Bar Fight

All the Times Busy Philipps Had Bff Michelle Williams' Back, Including a Bar Fight
Busy Philipps and Michelle Williams' friendship is actually the best thing to come out of Dawson's Creek (sorry Pacey and Joey!). But seriously, this Bff duo is truly the gift that keeps on giving. In case you'd like a little refresher, Philipps and Williams, who are currently co-starring in Amy Schumer's film I Feel Pretty, met on the set of the WB series back when Philipps joined the cast in 2001. On screen, their characters—Philipps played Audrey and Williams played Jen—didn't have a lot of scenes together, but off screen, these two have been almost inseparable ever since. While promoting I Feel Pretty on The Late Late Show With James Corden last night, Philipps...
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Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Zips to $1 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Zips to $1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” earned $1 million at the Thursday box office.

In comparison, Schumer’s “Trainwreck” earned $1.8 million in previews in 2015 before it grossed $30 million in its opening weekend, whereas last year’s “Snatched” grossed $650,000 on Thursday night before opening to $19.5 million. “I Feel Pretty” is aiming for a $13 million to $15 million opening weekend, based on a production budget of $32 million.

I Feel Pretty” stars Schumer as Renee, who after a head injury during a workout class sees her body in a completely new perspective and has a newfound confidence to live life fearlessly. The film, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, also stars Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps and Tom Hopper.

Also Read: 'I Feel Pretty' Film Review: Amy Schumer Teaches a Despicable Lesson in Self-Love

Super Troopers 2” earned $1.35 million from 1,850 locations on Thursday night, with showings starting at 4:20 p.m. To compare, Universal’s “Blockers” earned $1.5 million in previews a couple weeks ago, and had an opening weekend of $20.5 million.

It is the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar, which was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollar.

The sequel is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

Also Read: Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty' Braces for Ugly Box Office Debut

Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million after grossing $225,000 in previews on Thursday.

A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens — the film starring Dwayne Johnson earned another 1.9 million on Thursday night for a domestic cumulative of $45.6 million.

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Amy Schumer Puts a New Twist on Classic Pick-Up Lines (And They're Nsfw)

Amy Schumer Puts a New Twist on Classic Pick-Up Lines (And They're Nsfw)
Get your mind out of the gutter, Amy Schumer!  We'd never expect the comedienne to keep things PG, but Schumer really took it to the next level when E! News quizzed her and her co-stars from I Feel Pretty on classic pick-up lines.  Whereas Busy PhilippsSasheer Zamata and Rory Scovel aced one-liners like "Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?," Amy had a much different idea on what it takes to score a date. For example: When asked to complete "Are you wearing space pants because...." the actress fired back, "your d--k is out of this world!"  Not quite, Amy. It's because your derriere is out of this world!  ...
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Amy Schumer Reveals Hilarious Text Conversation with Bff Jennifer Lawrence

Amy Schumer Reveals Hilarious Text Conversation with Bff Jennifer Lawrence
Ever wonder what Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence text about?

Ellen DeGeneres brought up the question with the I Feel Pretty star, 36, earlier this week on her talk show, and on Thursday, Schumer took to social media to give fans a little taste of what their unique friendship looks like behind the scenes.

In a screenshot posted to her Instagram Story, Schumer shared a snapshot of a recent text conversation with Lawrence, 27, who she keeps in her phone as “Jlaw.” On a recent Friday morning, Lawrence wrote to the comedienne asking what she and her husband Chris Fischer were doing for dinner.
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Movie Review – I Feel Pretty (2018)

I Feel Pretty, 2018.

Written and Directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein.

Starring Amy Schumer, Rory Scovel, Michelle Williams, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Emily Ratajkowski and Tom Hopper.


A woman finds that all of her dreams come true after a bump to the head convinces her she has transformed into the most beautiful person on the planet.

“What if we didn’t care how we looked?” asks Amy Schumer during the final act of I Feel Pretty, at the end of a two-hour movie predicated entirely on a world in which appearance is literally everything. When the first trailer for the film hit the internet earlier this year, it launched a million thinkpieces about its apparently distasteful premise in which star Amy Schumer – who is, at worst, a Hollywood approximation of imperfect – believes she has suddenly become a beautiful woman, solving all of her problems in the process.

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“I Feel Pretty” is funny and has a great message at its core

As we discussed on Monday, Amy Schumer has come a long way in a short period of time, in terms of her A-list status. This week, she gets another starring vehicle in I Feel Pretty, which plays with Schumer’s persona in an interesting way. With the embargo up, I can say that I found the movie rather charming. Schumer is unafraid to poke fun at herself, but she also manages to make this a film about female confidence. Where things ultimately end up helps make this a bit of popcorn cinema with a worthy message found within its center. Consider me charmed. The film, as I wrote a few days ago, is a new comedy for the actress to sink her teeth into. According to IMDb and Stx Films, this is the plot: “In I Feel Pretty a woman who struggles with feelings of deep insecurity and low self-esteem,
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Film Review: Amy Schumer in ‘I Feel Pretty’

Film Review: Amy Schumer in ‘I Feel Pretty’
At the outset of “I Feel Pretty,” Amy Schumer plays a woman who doesn’t believe she’s beautiful. If you agree with her, then the comedian’s high-concept body-image satire — in which a nasty concussion gives her supposedly schlubby character an empowering shot of self-confidence — is liable to be hilarious. If, on the other hand, you accept that real women have curves, then this full-frontal takedown of the fashion industry’s impossible beauty standards actually feels quite tragic, since the on-fire actress comes across as trying way too hard to convince herself of what anyone can plainly see: that she’s amazing.

Unfortunately for many American women — but conceivably good for the movie’s box office chances — contemporary audiences have been so corrupted by heavily airbrushed magazine spreads, surgically enhanced supermodels, and unrealistically proportioned porn stars that they’ll readily accept Schumer as a dowdy fixer-upper. In a fearless move,
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Film Review: Amy Schumer Teaches a Despicable Lesson in Self-Love

‘I Feel Pretty’ Film Review: Amy Schumer Teaches a Despicable Lesson in Self-Love
I Feel Pretty” makes a lot of sense on paper. After becoming America’s foremost chronicler of female self-esteem issues through her Emmy- and Peabody-winning Comedy Central sketch series, Amy Schumer finally has the chance to give her tortured public persona a happy ending.

An average-looking woman (by Hollywood standards) consumed by the desire to be “undeniably pretty” bonks her head, wakes up believing she’s beautiful and learns that her anxieties about her looks kept her from fully embracing life. Confidence, not conventional beauty, was what she needed all along. Like her commitment-phobia rom-com “Trainwreck,” the project is on brand for Schumer, while softening her edges for a broad audience.

So what went so, so wrong?

Also Read: Amy Schumer and 'I Feel Pretty' Tackle Body Image Issues in First Trailer

Written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (first-time helmers who penned “How to Be Single,” “The Vow,” and “He’s Just Not That Into You”), “I Feel Pretty” is an honest-to-God fiasco. Virtually every single aspect of this rigidly unfunny comedy is botched, from the characters to the plot, the themes to the core message.

For a long stretch, Michelle Williams threatens to steal the picture, playing the funniest character she’s played in ages. But ultimately she, too, gets lost in the ineptitude that defines this film.

I Feel Pretty” was clearly adapted for Schumer’s talents, a sensible move so poorly implemented that it ends up being one of the film’s greatest drawbacks. Schumer’s Renee Bennett is supposed to be an everywoman whose insecurities about her appearance are relatable, if extreme.

Also Read: Amy Schumer Claps Back at 'I Feel Pretty' Critics: 'We All Struggle With Self-Esteem'

She works for Lily LeClaire, an upscale makeup company headed by its namesake founder (Lauren Hutton) and her granddaughter Avery (Williams), but Renee is stuck in a basement outpost, forever looking into the Midtown headquarters from the outside. That is, until a cranial injury during SoulCycle has her convinced that she’s attractive enough to go for a receptionist position at the model-filled main office.

We’re meant to identify with Renee as the woman-next-door gaslighted into thinking she’s an ogre. But Renee is also written as a monstrous egomaniac and a painfully basic bitch, two archetypes that Schumer often plays. The script’s tone-deafness reaches a particularly low point when Renee signs up for a grubby bikini contest at a dank bar on a first date, sticks her finger into a stranger’s mouth — and her good-guy plus-one (Rory Scovel, “The House”) finds her wannabe-stripper antics charming and seductive. Self-love and body acceptance have seldom smelled so much like stale beer.

Renee’s proximity to Avery, a sheltered heiress with a chipmunk voice and a heart of gold leads to the discovery that drugstore-makeup-using Long Island native Renee might be a valuable consultant for Lily LeClaire’s upcoming Target line. Williams masterfully parodies the studied fragility of a certain class of New York women, and Schumer excels in the scenes in which she sells Renee’s self-hatred and her jubilation at being “beautiful.”

Also Read: Justin Bieber to Amy Schumer: Stars Throw Their Support Behind #MarchForOurLives

But no other character, including Renee’s love interest and her two undifferentiated friends (Aidy Bryant and Busy Philipps), has any coherent personality at all. And Renee is so shambolically and jaggedly written that, by the time her big realization-cum-monologue arrives, all I wanted was for her to stop talking.

Occasionally, a human moment glints among the muddle. A late moment when a character points out how sad it is that Renee’s “wildest dream” is merely to be pretty is fleeting but wise. But such lines are all too rare, and ostensibly hilarious ones, like when Renee gets called “sir” by some random dude, are much more common. And the scenes where Renee, an adult woman, learns that conventionally attractive women have problems too simply feel condescending.

The movie that “I Feel Pretty” should have been deserves to be made. This version, in which a narcissist learns to love herself as is, feels far less necessary.

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'I Feel Pretty' Review: Is This Amy Schumer Comedy Fat-Shaming Away the Funny?

'I Feel Pretty' Review: Is This Amy Schumer Comedy Fat-Shaming Away the Funny?
Hanging with Amy Schumer – a genuine comedy rock star – is always fun, especially when she's the lead writer on the movies and TV shows she appears in (hello, Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer). I Feel Pretty is not written by Schumer, though she reportedly had input – and the disconnect shows. The script is the handiwork of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (How to Be Single, Never Been Kissed), who are also making a wobbly directorial debut that results in erratic pacing and a litany of mixed messages. Internet trolls have
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'I Feel Pretty': What the Critics Are Saying

'I Feel Pretty': What the Critics Are Saying
Critics are not necessarily feeling the love for Amy Schumer's latest comedy, I Feel Pretty. Early reviews are in, and the film sits at 34 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film follows Schumer's character, a woman struggling with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, who wakes from a head injury believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman in the world.

In addition to the Trainwreck star, the film also features Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, Saturday Night Live standout Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps, Game of Thrones' Tom Hopper, Adrian Martinez and Lauren Hutton.

Screenwriters Abby Kohn...
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Spotlight on the Stars: Amy Schumer

For our latest installment in the Spotlight on the Stars series, I wanted to look at one of the top comedy actresses in the business right now. Of course, I’m talking about Amy Schumer, who took Hollywood by storm a few years ago. An A-list comedic actress, Schumer still has a whole career in front of her, despite the high status already achieved. With a new comedy hitting this week in I Feel Pretty, what a perfect time to talk Schumer some more. We’ll get back to the film itself later in the week, but for now…the focus is all on her! The latest stand up comic to transition to acting, Schumer has also been a high profile figure in terms of the crusade for gun control. Between her comedy background, the talents she’s displayed on the big screen, and the passion for social justice displayed over the past few years,
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Snoop Dogg May Become a Late-Night TV Host, and Why He Doesn’t Want to Host the Oscars

Snoop Dogg May Become a Late-Night TV Host, and Why He Doesn’t Want to Host the Oscars
Snoop Dogg, late night talk show host? That could be the next evolution in the always-surprising career of the hip-hop icon, whose TBS game show “Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild,” returns on Sunday for a second season.

“It’s the best job in the world to be a game show host, coming from being a rapper and a football coach,” Snoop recently told IndieWire. “This is a comfort zone for me.”

Of course, Snoop is no stranger to the hosting world, having landed an Emmy nomination last year in the outstanding reality host category, along with Martha Stewart, for “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” But now, Snoop said he’s also kicking around some ideas that might put him in the same arena as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and his old buddy Jimmy Kimmel.

“There are people reaching out to me that like what they see and like what I’m doing,
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Michelle Williams Says She Found 'Love at First Sight' with Bff Busy Philipps — How Their Bond Began

Michelle Williams Says She Found 'Love at First Sight' with Bff Busy Philipps — How Their Bond Began
Michelle Williams remembers the exact moment she met best friend Busy Philipps while on the set of Dawson’s Creek.

“Someone had said, ‘when you two meet, there is going to be a chemical reaction.’ I had been really excited for this girl to land in Wilmington [North Carolina],” Williams tells People.

Williams, 37, says when Philipps, 38, joined the Creek cast the two hit it off instantly.

“She was so beautiful and cool. She wore overalls and her hair was in braids and she was so real, tough and funny,” says Williams. “We became inseparable and I fell in love with her.”

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty In St. Louis

In I Feel Pretty an ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?

Stars Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Rory Scovel, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Phillips, Tom Hopper with Naomi Campbell and Lauren Hutton.

From Stx Films, I Feel Pretty opens in theaters on April 20.

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The Secret Behind Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps' Enduring Friendship

The Secret Behind Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps' Enduring Friendship
At her core, Michelle Williams is a private person. Sure, she can give refreshingly, endearingly candid answers in interviews, touching on everything from her tough start as a teen actor to how she recovered after losing Heath Ledger to a drug overdose. But there's a reason the naturally reticent star hasn't taken the plunge into the murky world of social media. To hear her best friend Busy Philipps tell it, the decision stems from their days on Dawson's Creek when Williams stumbled upon an "I Hate Jen Lindley" website devoted to her teen rebel character. Still, she doesn't begrudge Philipps' choice to engage directly with her 930,000 Instagram followers. No less than 200,000 tune...
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Tina Fey Celebrates Mean Girls' Opening Night on Broadway

Tina Fey Celebrates Mean Girls' Opening Night on Broadway
Tina Fey looked so fetch Sunday night! Pairing her custom Gabriela Hearst look with dazzling David Webb jewelry, the 47-year-old comedienne walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening night of Mean Girls on Broadway. Flanked by husband Jeff Richmond, who wrote the music, Fey smiled for photographers outside the August Wilson Theatre. Fey, who wrote the book, invited several of her A-list friends to see the musical, including Alec Baldwin, Tituss Burgess, Glenn Close, Jimmy Fallon, Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Kate McKinnon, Lorne Michaels, Busy Philipps, Diane Sawyer, Jerry Seinfeld and Emma Thompson. Cast members from the 2004 film, however, did not attend the opening. After its limited run in Washington,...
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Busy Philipps Reacts to Backlash Over Michelle Williams Photo on Anniversary of Heath Ledger's Death

Busy Philipps Reacts to Backlash Over Michelle Williams Photo on Anniversary of Heath Ledger's Death
Busy Philipps was just being there for a friend, so don't get it twisted.  Some fans did when the actress flew to San Francisco to be by her famous Bff Michelle Williams' side on the 10th anniversary of Heath Ledger's death this past January. It wasn't the trip that grinded fans' gears, but rather, Phillips' Instagram post of Williams, who famously dated Ledger and gave birth to a daughter with him.  The photo, which captured the actress nuzzling her head into Philipps' hair, included a caption that read "It's ok." While many of the star's followers praised the image and their enduring friendship, some were much more critical, describing the post as...
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Enlists Busy Philipps for Season 4 Guest Stint

We see an Instagram Story subplot in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s future.

Busy Philipps is set to guest star in Season 4 of the Netflix comedy in an unspecified role, TVLine has confirmed. The actress-social media phenom broke the news Wednesday on — twist! — Instagram. Posing alongside Kimmy Schmidt co-star Carol Kane, Philipps declared, “How lucky am I to get to work with this icon.”

A Netflix rep had no comment.

The gig reunites the Cougar Town vet with Kimmy Schmidt co-creator Tina Fey following the surprising demise of Sackett Sisters, the Fey-produced NBC pilot that was to star Philipps and Casey Wilson.
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James Van Der Beek Calls That Crying Meme His "Favorite Thing" About Dawson's Creek

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James Van Der Beek, the man who brought Dawson Leary to life, knows why the internet really remembers him: That. Crying. Meme. The cast of Dawson's Creek recently reunited to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary, and the 41-year-old actor gave his viral meme the attention it really deserves.

"I feel like everybody on this show cried more than I did and I was the one who got caught in the loop!," Van Der Beek said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, while Busy Philipps called him the "best meme ever." She even whipped out her phone to show fellow castmate and Bff Michelle Williams, who had surprisingly never seen the meme before. Meanwhile, Joshua Jackson reassured Van Der Beek that it's not how often he cried but how he cried that did it.

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"I love it. It's my favorite thing about the whole show," Van Der Beek joked.
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