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Have a Big Fat Crush on I Feel Pretty's Rory Scovel? Here's Where You've Seen Him Before

Regardless of how you feel about Amy Schumer's two romantic comedies - 2015's Trainwreck and the recently released I Feel Pretty - you have to admit that the actress and comedian knows how to pick a leading man. In the former, Bill Hader charms the pants off of just about everyone with his performance as an endearing sports doctor. Let's just say that if you walked into the theater without already having had a crush on the Saturday Night Live alum, you definitely had one by the time you left.

In I Feel Pretty, out April 20, Rory Scovel introduces us to a similarly crushable character. The scruffy, sensitive, and shy Ethan is bowled over by the bold confidence of Schumer's Renee, who suffers a head injury during a SoulCycle class that makes her believe she's been transformed into a supermodel. Her delusion affords her with a boundless sense of self-assurance and body positivity,
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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary

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‘Love, Gilda’ Film Review: Gilda Radner Lives Again in Touching Documentary
The Tribeca Film Festival traditionally opens with a documentary, but “Love, Gilda” may be the most poignant one yet. Nearly half of the films in this year’s program were directed by women, and it’s hard to imagine a better way to represent that commitment than with Lisa D’Apolito’s tender and lovely portrait of a beloved icon.

It’s no easy task to find a fresh way to approach a familiar face, but D’Apolito does a wonderful job ushering us through the highs and lows of Gilda Radner’s life.

D’Apolito worked directly with Radner’s estate, and was lucky to have access to a trove of personal information. Despite the fact that this is her first feature film, she uses her archival sources with uncommon dexterity.

Also Read: Gilda Radner Documentary 'Love, Gilda' to Open Tribeca Film Festival

Home movies introduce us to a little girl who’s always mugging for the camera, a trait that continues into and after high school and college. We travel with Radner while she moves to Toronto, makes her debut in “Godspell,” and dates an equally mischievous Martin Short. Then we head for New York, after John Belushi calls in 1974 and invites her to be “the girl in the show,” the latter being the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

You may know what comes next, but the footage of her “Saturday Night Live” sketches feels as inventive as ever. She was the very first performer cast for the show, and it’s purely joyful to watch her throw her whole self into characters like Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Lisa Loopner.

Lorne Michaels, Laraine Newman and Chevy Chase show up to reminisce briefly, as do former staff writers Rosie Shuster and Anne Beatts. But the film could have used stronger representation from the early days of “SNL”; it’s hard not to miss Radner’s absent castmates Jane Curtin, Dan Aykroyd and, especially, Bill Murray (whom she dated during the show’s run).

Also Read: Read Gene Wilder's Heartbreaking Essay About Wife Gilda Radner's Death

A broader sense of background might have been helpful, too. Radner was a trailblazer who remains immensely relevant in the Time’s Up era, and it would have been appropriate to further contextualize her status as one of the few women working in comedy in the 1970s. “SNL” was a notoriously difficult environment, and she faced systemic sexism. As Newman once said, “Jane and I and Gilda shared a dressing room until the third year. The boys always had their own … And Gilda used to make this joke about how when we were tired we would have to split a couch three ways.” But we don’t hear much of this, nor do we learn enough about how she dealt with the challenges of being a rare pioneer.

One area in which her femininity is given particular charge is in the history of her eating disorders. She was teased for being overweight as a child, and her mother and doctor had her on diet pills before she hit her teens. As she notes in her diary, “Because I’m not a perfect example of my gender, I decided to become funny.”

Her insecurities are given more import after she moves on from “SNL,” checks into a hospital to deal with anorexia and bulimia, and experiences some professional setbacks.

Also Read: Kate McKinnon Becomes First 'SNL' Cast Member to Win Comedy Supporting Emmy

And then the anvil falls. As an emotional Tina Fey observed when introducing the film to the festival audience, we’re already aware of how this story will end. But the impact comes harder still because D’Apolito so deftly weaves Radner’s presence into every aspect of the movie.

In addition to archival interviews and performances, she uses the memories of those who were there — including Short, Paul Shaffer and executive producer Alan Zweibel — to flesh out the past. She also intersperses Radner’s voice through audio diaries and touching footage shot by her late husband, Gene Wilder.

And instead of asking younger stars to offer typical talking-head praise, she uses their presence to further illuminate Radner’s own words. Each section of the film is multilayered in different ways. But it’s especially moving to see comedians she’s inspired — like Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, and Bill Hader — read her journals and letters with an awe that’s made easy to understand.

Despite the breadth of material, the film is beautifully edited and paced, with little of the filler so often seen in biographical documentaries. The soundtrack (which includes several songs performed by Radner) is well-chosen, and minor visual flourishes add a sweet personal touch.

Most crucially, D’Apolito allows her subject to guide the story from start to finish. Radner’s gentle spirit and wise observations connect each chapter, bringing us into her life with an unusual intimacy. Hers is a complex and bittersweet story, but what you’ll remember most is the impossible radiance of her smile.



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Tina Fey Tears Up Remembering Gilda Radner at Tribeca Opening Night

Tina Fey Tears Up Remembering Gilda Radner at Tribeca Opening Night
The 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival kicked off with a tribute to 1970s New York with “Love, Gilda,” a documentary about the trailblazing “Saturday Night Live” star Gilda Radner.

Tina Fey, who helped introduce the film at the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday night, teared up during her speech. “I can personally attest, and I feel comfortable speaking for Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch, when I say that seeing Gilda as a kid, she was lovely and she was so authentically herself and so regular in so many ways,” Fey said, referencing her other “SNL” peers. “She was not a piece of casting. She was who she was on the TV. We all saw that and said, ‘I want to do that.'”

Fey added: “It’s an early example for me of how important representation is. Gilda was our Michelle Obama.”

In the film, director Lisa
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‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Gilda Radner Gets the Last Laugh (And a Few Tears) in Intimate Documentary — Tribeca

‘Love, Gilda’ Review: Gilda Radner Gets the Last Laugh (And a Few Tears) in Intimate Documentary — Tribeca
God bless Gilda Radner for having the foresight to know that people wanted to know her. In Lisa D’Apolito’s intimate new documentary, it’s the late, beloved comedian and original “Saturday Night Live” breakout star who gets to tell her own story. Aided by a trove of diary-style audio tapes that serve as voiceover narration and reams of handwritten pages, the woman behind Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella opens up about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

By no means a vanity project — Radner’s diaries are as clear-eyed as anything when it comes to her struggles involving fame, relationships, and her health — “Love, Gilda” offers the kind of keen personal insight that few documentaries can pull off.

D’Apolito directed the film with the full support of Radner’s estate — when she introduced the film at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, where it kicked off
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Film News: 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Opens with ‘Love, Gilda’

New York City – The 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will open with a truly New York-centric celebration. Live from the Beacon Theatre on April 18th, 2018, will be “Love, Gilda.” This documentary on the life of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) superstar Gilda Radner kicks off the two week festival, April 18th through April 29th.

“Love, Gilda” is directed and produced by Lisa D’Apolito. The film is an autobiography of a pioneering comedian, told in her own voice and through her own words. It weaves together audiotapes, rare home movies, diary entries, and interviews… both with those who were inspired by her – like Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong – along with SNL originators Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer, and producer/creator Lorne Michaels.

Opening Night Film for the 17th Tribeca Film Festival

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“‘Love Gilda’ in the right film at the right
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Kylie Jenner Is Now The "Cool Mom" With Highlighter Pink Hair at Coachella

It's officially Kychella — sorry, Coachella — season again, folks! Kylie Jenner always goes over the top with her Coachella hair and outfits, and if you thought 2018 would be different since she just had a baby two months ago, you thought wrong. Kylie boarded a plane to Indio, CA on April 13 alongside Kourtney Kardashian and bestie Jordyn Woods, and hours later she was decked out with a new pink hairdo. A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Apr 13, 2018 at 5:55pm Pdt "I’m not a regular mom I’m a cool mom," she wrote as the caption on her latest Instagram, quoting Amy Poehler in Mean Girls. That couldn't be more spot on. Fans called the look "iconic," "mom goals," and "so millennial." She was rocking a highlighter pink wig with gorgeous natural makeup, and a skintight white tank top that showed off (and barely contained) her massive cleavage. Hours earlier
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Will Ferrell Hospitalized Following Car Crash, Is in Good Spirits

Will Ferrell Hospitalized Following Car Crash, Is in Good Spirits
Comedian and actor Will Ferrell was taken to the hospital last night after the SUV he was riding in was side-swiped by another car. The SUV was completely flipped on its roof, with the crash happening on the I-5 freeway at around 11 Pm last night. The actor was one of three people in the SUV, which was being driven by a chauffeur, with the actor returning from a Funny Or Die event in San Diego, where he appeared as his Anchorman character, Ron Burgundy.

The actor didn't suffer any serious injuries, as a video taken from the scene, which you can see below, shows the actor in good spirits, talking on his cell phone while laying on a gurney and being lifted into an ambulance. Sources revealed this morning that Will Ferrell was released from the hospital and that he's doing well, having not suffered any serious injuries. However, witnesses
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2018 Tribeca Film Festival Highlights

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Next week sees the arrival of New York’s 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, running 18th-29th April, boasting a vast array of film and TV screenings, starry anniversary reunion events, concerts, on stage interviews and discussions, as well as a focus on games and Vr experiences. Below are just some of this year’s highlights, for the full lineup and to purchase tickets for films and events visit the official Tribeca website: https://www.tribecafilm.com/

Stars and filmmakers set to attend this year’s festival include Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Rockwell, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis, Thandie Newton, Saoirse Ronan and Tribeca Co-Founder Robert De Niro.

Opening Night

2018 Tribeca Opening Night ‘Love Gilda’

The 2018 edition opens with the World Premiere of documentary Love, Gilda, directed by Lisa D’Apolito, saluting the career
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'Broad City' Announces Final Season

'Broad City' Announces Final Season
Broad City will end after its fifth season, expected to air in early 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show's creators and stars, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, have also signed a first-look deal with Comedy Central's parent company, Viacom, and are already working on future projects for the companies.

"Broad City has been our baby and first love for almost 10 years, since we started as a web series," said Jacobson and Glazer. "It's been a phenomenal experience, and we've put ourselves into it completely. Broad City's always had a spontaneous pace and feeling,
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John Cena Is Getting Closer to His Breakout Moment

John Cena Is Getting Closer to His Breakout Moment
John Cena has played supporting roles in raunchy R-rated studio films like Amy Schumer's Trainwreck and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters, which both offered a hint of his wild comedic side. But it is in a raucous new teen comedy, Blockers, that the former WWE star steals some of the spotlight by being the film's best source of laughter.

The Universal film, which opened Friday, benefits from the familiarity audiences have with the modern R-rated comedy, a boisterous story about three parents who try to stop their three teenage daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. There’s plenty of...
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Justin Theroux Takes Easter Stroll with Paul Rudd in N.Y.C. in Wake of Jennifer Aniston Split

Justin Theroux Takes Easter Stroll with Paul Rudd in N.Y.C. in Wake of Jennifer Aniston Split
Justin Theroux enjoyed a sunny day in the city on Easter Sunday.

The Leftovers actor, 46, was spotted on a stroll through New York City with pal Paul Rudd and his wife Julie Yaeger. The trio took advantage of the warmer weather and were seen wearing light jackets and sunglasses for the walk.

The outing continues Theroux’s reunion with former Parks and Recreation cast members as he was spotted with Aubrey Plaza earlier in the week. The two “met to discuss a potential film project,” a source told People of their meet up.

The Tropic Thunder writer guest starred on the NBC as Justin Anderson,
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Jennifer Aniston Is Heading to Netflix - With Adam Sandler by Her Side!

It's official: Netflix can count another major movie star among its ranks. According to a new report from Variety, Jennifer Aniston has signed on for a new film called Murder Mystery. Aniston will pair up with Adam Sandler, whom she previously worked with in the 2011 romantic comedy Just Go With It. While this is Aniston's first time partnering with Netflix, it's Sandler's fifth. According to Variety, the story "follows a New York cop (Sandler) and his wife (Aniston), who become prime suspects in the murder of an elderly billionaire while vacationing in Europe."

The announcement comes as part of Netflix's shift toward original films; the company announced an ambitious slate of 80 original films in 2018. And with Amy Poehler's comedy on the horizon as well, Murder Mystery is a perfect fit. As for Aniston, Netflix won't be the only place you'll be able to see her on TV. In July
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Justin Theroux Spotted with Aubrey Plaza in N.Y.C. After Split from Jennifer Aniston — See the Photo

Justin Theroux Spotted with Aubrey Plaza in N.Y.C. After Split from Jennifer Aniston — See the Photo
Justin Theroux is spending time with his old Parks and Recreation costar Aubrey Plaza.

The duo, who appeared together in four episodes of the NBC comedy series in 2010, were photographed strolling in New York City and stopping by the actor’s apartment.

“They met to discuss a potential film project,” a source tells People.

The Tropic Thunder writer, 46, guest starred on Parks and Recreation as Justin Anderson, the love interest of Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler. Plaza appeared in all seven seasons of the popular sitcom as fan-favorite April Ludgate. Both are also accomplished comedy writers.

Theroux has been
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Jason Schwartzman & Cherry Jones Join Amy Poehler’s Netflix Comedy ‘Wine Country’

Jason Schwartzman & Cherry Jones Join Amy Poehler’s Netflix Comedy ‘Wine Country’
Exclusive: Jason Schwartzman and Cherry Jones are boarding Amy Poehler’s feature directorial debut Wine Country. They join a cast that includes Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and Tina Fey. The Netflix comedy, written by Spivey and Liz Cackowski, follows longtime friends who head to Napa for the weekend to celebrate a 50th birthday. Production is already underway in Los Angeles and will end in Napa. Pic is produced by…
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Maya Erskine Joins ‘Wine Country’; Alexys Gabrielle Cast In ‘Dark Cloud’

Maya Erskine Joins ‘Wine Country’; Alexys Gabrielle Cast In ‘Dark Cloud’
Maya Erskine (Hulu’s Casual, Fxx’s Man Seeking Woman) has come onboard Amy Poehler’s directorial debut film Wine Country, the Netflix comedy which Poehler will produce and star in. Previously announced cast includes comedians Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey with an appearance from Tina Fey. Former Saturday Night Live! writers Spivey and Liz Cackowski penned the screenplay, which tells the story of old friends who go to Napa for a…
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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to Receive Spirit of Anne Frank Award

Poehler in “The House”: Warner Bros.

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization co-founded by the “Parks and Rec” alumna, will receive this year’s Spirit of Anne Frank Youth Empowerment Award (Safa). Per the official press release, for the past 23 years, Safa Awards have been annually awarded to those who champion Anne Frank’s “ideals of hope, justice, and equality.”

This year’s Safa Awards be held in New York on June 12, and will also present student scholarships and educator awards.

Alongside Poehler’s organization, other recipients will include Coca-Cola Company’s vice president Racquel Harris Mason and violinist, activist, and Syrian refugee Mariela Shaker. Humanitarian and Holocaust survivor Rosa Strygler will be posthumously honored with this year’s Safa Lifetime Inspiration Award.

Founded by Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is an organization dedicated to helping young women professionally excel “through their own intellect and creativity.
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March for Our Lives: Ava DuVernay, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Poehler, and More Voice Their Support

March for Our Lives: Ava DuVernay, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Poehler, and More Voice Their Support
The March for Our Lives is taking place across the country — and world — today, with scores of celebrities protesting alongside students and other citizens hoping to end America’s gun-violence epidemic. Ava DuVernay, Dwayne Johnson, Nick Offerman, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Reese Witherspoon are among the many showing their support today. Here’s what they’re saying:

On this day in 1965, young people marched from Selma to Montgomery for the right of all citizens to vote. They marched and they triumphed. Today’s young people march for safety against guns in our streets and our classrooms. We must make sure they win again. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/AnZjDB0Bw7

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 24, 2018

Heading to #MarchForOurLives in this charismatic blouse thanks to @ChrisAblesArt #LosAngeles

Let’S Do This pic.twitter.com/29jIdvwlKn

— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) March 24, 2018

I’ll always stand for open dialogue and action – it’s the
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Amy Poehler to Star in, Produce, and Direct “Wine Country” for Netflix

If the title of the film is Wine Country and it’s starring, being directed and produced by Amy Poehler, then you know that Tina Fey is going to be there along with a rather impressive celebrity cast that will be getting up to some sort of trouble or hijinks that will make the movie amusing and even insanely fun throughout it’s length. Of course that could be the wrong kind of thinking and it could be a drama just waiting to be unloaded, but with so many female comedians being gathered into the same project that’s kind of not the

Amy Poehler to Star in, Produce, and Direct “Wine Country” for Netflix
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The Week in Movie News: Spielberg's Busy 2019 Workload, Tessa Thompson Joined 'Men in Black' Spin-Off and More

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Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   Big News Steven Spielberg will shoot Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story next year: We talked to Steven Spielberg recently about Ready Player One's use of Star Wars plus his plans to make both the next Indiana Jones installment and his West Side Story remake back to back in 2019.  here.   Great News Tessa Thompson will star in the new Men in Black: The Men in Black spin-off will be a Thor: Ragnarok reunion, as Tessa Thompson increases her stardom with a lead role opposite Chris Hemsworth. here.   Wonderful News Amy Poehler is making her feature directorial debut: Speaking of reunions, Amy...
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