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Female-Led Comedies Are Finally Fulfilling the R-Rated Promise of ‘Bridesmaids’

Female-Led Comedies Are Finally Fulfilling the R-Rated Promise of ‘Bridesmaids’
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Hollywood loves a good trend, and when Paul Feig’s “Bridesmaids” debuted a work in progress print at the SXSW Film Festival in March of 2011, delighting audiences with the kind of bawdy comedy typically reserved for male-driven comedies, people were quick to predict that its charms would suddenly translate to a gold rush of other R-rated comedies featuring talented female stars. When the film opened two months later and made nearly $170 million at the domestic box office alone, the message was clear: There’s a market for these movies.

But more didn’t come. At least, not right away.

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the theatrical release of “Bridesmaids,” I was still touting the simple nature of its winning formula, and how it “unleashed some eye-popping scatological humor (from women! of all people!
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A Baby-Sitters Club TV Show Is Happening, and Without Question, We'll Be Watching

A Baby-Sitters Club TV Show Is Happening, and Without Question, We'll Be Watching
After over three decades since the beginning of the beloved book series, The Baby-Sitters Club is getting a modern-day TV adaptation! The books - which spanned from 1986 to 2000 - focused on a group of girlfriends and babysitters living in Stoneybrook, Ct. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will feature all of the original main characters and reportedly tackle topics such as divorce, racism, and inclusivity.

The series is being backed by some industry heavyweights, too. Walden Media, the production company behind The Chronicles of Narnia, and Michael De Luca Productions, which produced Moneyball and many other critically acclaimed movies, are producing the series. Meanwhile, Broad City's Lucia Aniello is currently in talks to direct with Glow and Supergirl's Rachel Shukert potentially showrunning.

Related: The Baby-Sitters Club Cast Had a Reunion That Will Make Your '90s-Girl Heart Burst

This, of course, isn't the first adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club.
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New TV adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club in development

According to THR, Waldey Media and producer Michael De Luca are in development on a new TV adaptation of author Ann M. Martin’s popular young adult book series The Baby-Sitter’s Club, which has Lucia Aniello (Broad City) and Rachel Shukert (Glow) attached to direct and showrun respectively

The project, which is being packaged for potential outlets, is intended to appeal to kids, teens and adults alike, telling “a timely story of female friendship, entrepreneurialism and empowerment” and featuring topics such as divorce, racism and belonging.

“As lifelong fans of The Baby-Sitters Club and its enduring messages of entrepreneurialism, empowerment, diversity and most importantly, female friendships, we couldn’t be more thrilled to work on this special project with Rachel and Lucia,” said Naia Cucukov of Walden Media. “We feel incredibly honored that Ann M. Martin has allowed us the chance to introduce the Bsc to a new generation
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TV News Roundup: Danica Patrick to Host 2018 Espy Awards

TV News Roundup: Danica Patrick to Host 2018 Espy Awards
In today’s roundup James Cromwell was cast in Starz’ “Counterpart,” and Danica Patrick was named the host of the 2018 Epsy Awards.

Award Shows

Professional racing driver Danica Patrick will host this year’s Espy Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC July 18. The announcement that Patrick will emcee the ceremony highlighting athletic achievements comes after her publicized decision to retire from racing after competing in the upcoming Indy 500.

Dates

ABC‘s broadcast of “The 2019 Miss America Competition” will air Sept. 9 at 9 p.m. Et, the Miss America Organization announced Wednesday. This year marks the first time the pageant
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Back to Stoneybrook! A Modernized Baby-Sitters Club Show Is in the Works

Back to Stoneybrook! A Modernized Baby-Sitters Club Show Is in the Works
After over three decades since the begging of the beloved book series, The Baby-Sitters Club is getting a modern-day TV adaptation! The books - which spanned from 1986 to 2000 - focused on a group of girlfriends and babysitters living in Stoneybrook, Ct. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series will feature all of the original main characters and reportedly tackle topics such as divorce, racism, and inclusivity.

The series is being backed by some industry heavyweights, too. Walden Media, the production company behind The Chronicles of Narnia, and Michael De Luca Productions, which produced Moneyball and many other critically acclaimed movies, are producing the series. Meanwhile, Broad City's Lucia Aniello is currently in talks to direct with Glow and Supergirl's Rachel Shukert potentially showrunning.
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'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'

'Blockers': Meet the Woman Behind the Female 'Superbad'
Kay Cannon is ticking off names, one finger at a time. "There's Amy Heckerling," she says, mentioning the Fast Times at Ridgemont High director, "and Tamra Davis ... Nora Ephron did at least one ... and the two women behind the Bridget Jones' movies, I can't remember their names." After some memory-jogging, both Betty Thomas (Private Parts) and Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl) are added to the list; so is Rough Night's Lucia Aniello and, thanks to Jumpin' Jack Flash, Penny Marshall. "You know, there's a pot-smoking scene in It's Complicated,
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The Roughest Nights in Film

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Author: Luke Walpole

We’ve all had nights which we wish we could forget. Or, to put it more prosaically, nights which we’ve completely forgotten (nothing to do with that last shot, of course). But when an evening heads south on the big screen, the characters often have more than an impending hangover to worry about.

Except in The Hangover, of course, but that’s a law unto itself.

Lucia Aniello’s debut feature Rough Night reunites a group of college friends ten years after graduation for a raucous hen night. Ten years older, but perhaps not ten years wiser, the group seize the opportunity to reclaim their youth and the bachelorette party begins in full swing. Then a stripper is called, things get our of hand and suddenly the group are in for a very different night out.

Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer,
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Win Rough Night on DVD

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Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Rough Night on 26th December, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.

Experience one hilariously wild night out without leaving home when Rough Night gets the party started on Digital Download on December 18 and on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on December 26. Scarlett Johansson (Marvel’s Avengers series), Kate McKinnon (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”), Jillian Bell (Office Christmas Party), Ilana Glazer (TV’s “Broad City”) and Zoë Kravitz (TV’s “Big Little Lies”) give laugh-out-loud performances as college friends who reunite for a girls weekend getaway in Miami in this shockingly funny comedy directed by Lucia Aniello (TV’s “Broad City”) and co-starring Paul W. Downs (TV’s “Broad City”), Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) and Demi Moore (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle).

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Rough Night review

Scarlett Johansson headlines Rough Night finally arrives in the UK. Here's our review...

At what point does a hen do become a hen don't? In Rough Night, the new comedy thriller from the makers of Broad City, it's around the time that a cheeky night of drinking and novelty penis props turns to involuntary manslaughter, and things quickly escalate into a mashup of Very Bad Things and Bridesmaids.

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is the bride-to-be; a driven senatorial candidate who's taking a weekend off from her campaign for her bachelorette party. Her college friends Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and her Australian friend Pippa (Kate McKinnon) converge on Miami for a boozy, drug-fuelled weekend away that quickly spirals out of control after the accidental death of a male stripper in their party house.

Outside of the obvious reasons for not wanting to get caught, each of
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Trailer Watch: Neither Zoë Kravitz nor Lola Kirke Is Safe in “Gemini”

Gemini

“You know how you were saying that you don’t feel safe?” Heather, a young celebrity (Zoë Kravitz), asks her assistant (Lola Kirke) in the trailer for “Gemini.” “I feel like that all the time.”

The movie star’s fears aren’t unfounded: the next time Jill the assistant reports to work, she finds Heather dead, the victim of a violent crime. Even worse? The murder weapon is the gun Jill loaned to Heather.

Written and directed by Aaron Katz (“Land Ho!”), “Gemini” co-stars John Cho (“Star Trek” franchise) as a detective who believes Jill is somehow involved in the murder. He’s not the only one. “Motive, opportunity, capacity,” a friend (Nelson Franklin, “Veep”) tells Jill, presumably spelling out why she’s the prime suspect. “You two were, like, freaking best friends — people like that kill each other all the time.”

Kravitz was last seen in the hit HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies” and in Lucia Aniello’s ensemble comedy “Rough Night.” Kirke most recently appeared as a young army recruit in love with a married woman in Deb Shoval’s “Awol.” She is also a series regular on Amazon’s New York Symphony-set series, “Mozart in the Jungle.”

Gemini” is scheduled for a spring 2018 release.

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Trailer Watch: Neither Zoë Kravitz nor Lola Kirke Is Safe in “Gemini” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark

Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Thank Patty Jenkins — and then thank all the other wonder women who lit up this summer at the box office. This summer, studios released only seven films directed by women (that’s including speciality arms, and even a co-directed production), but the massive success of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is poised to push the total take of female-directed studio films over $1 billion.

Nothing sings quite like “a billion dollars” in Hollywood, but what’s even more heartening is the variety of films in this small group.

Wonder Woman” is the story of the summer, an $800 million superhero that established Jenkins’ supremacy as director of the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman and reestablished the solvency of the creatively stifled Dceu. It also made plain just how desperate audiences are for female-focused blockbusters. The film stayed in
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Review Round-Up: All Eyez on Me Mummy’s Rough Night

Not only are the Cinema Geeks bringing their movie reviews to their podcast, but to help supplement the reviews they do in the actual podcast, each month they will be giving us their quick takes on the months new releases – in this case Us releases for the month of June 2017. Each release will receive a quick take from one or more of the Cinema Geeks crew.

All Eyez on Me

Stars: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham,, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana | Directed by Benny Boom

OptimusSolo’s thoughts:

I came into this year thinking All Eyez on Me had the potential to be this years Straight Outta Compton and boy was I wrong. This movie lacked focus in the worst way and instead fell into the same traps we have seen so many other biopics succumb to over the years. Instead of focusing on one specific event or
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‘Broad City’ Creators on Using ‘Trump’ as Expletive: ‘It Sounds So Gross’

The creators of Comedy Central’s “Broad City” discussed their decision to use the word “Trump” as an expletive on the series’ fourth season during the TCA summer press tour on Tuesday.

“We got to a point where, in real life, we’re talking about the current administration, talking about Trump, and it sounds so gross like everyday saying it so many times and we just didn’t want to share air time,” Ilana Glazer said. “He’s got enough. It’s just a different kind of joke.”

Glazer and co-creator Abbi Jacobson also addressed the idea that the show represents a kind of “sneak attack feminism.”

“We had to do sneak attack early on when the conversation was, ‘Are women funny? Can women be hilarious or not so much?'” Jacobson said. “That literally used to be a question that was being asked.”

Season 4 of “Broad City” is set to premiere on Sept. 13. The
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Bo Report: Sony's Spider-Man reboot flies high

'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'.

Sony.s $US175 million bet on rebooting the flagging Spider-Man franchise looks like paying off as Spider-Man: Homecoming smashed opening records for the series in 56 international markets last weekend, including Australia.

The action-adventure starring 20-year-old Tom Holland as Peter Parker, alongside Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans, rang up $10.1 million on 285 locations for a whopping screen average of $36,000.

That obliterates the $5.3 million debut of The Amazing Spider Man 2: Rise of Electro in 2014, which finished up earning just $16 million.

Just the second feature directed by Jon Watts, who made his debut with the obscure 2015 thriller Cop Car, the Marvel Studios/Pascal Pictures production raked in an estimated $116 million in the Us, the studio.s second biggest opening behind Spider-Man 3.s $151.1 million in 2007, and $140 million on 23,400 screens internationally.

In Oz the top 20 titles. receipts shot up by 58 per cent to $22.5 million, according to Numero, thanks to Spidey,
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Bo Report: Indie releases continue to struggle while 'Despicable Me 3' wins

Lady MacBeth..

With school students on holiday around the country, it was no surprise to see Despicable Me 3 seize the top spot at Australian cinemas last weekend, while Transformers: The Last Knight nosedived.

The House, notionally a comedy starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell as a couple who persuade a friend to set up a casino in his half-empty mansion so they can send their daughter to college, failed dismally, mirroring the Us debut.

Lady MacBeth and Monsieur Chocolat struggled on debut despite glowing reviews, continuing a generally grim run for independent releases this year.

Transmission.s Lion, eOne.s La La Land (with a lot of help from its six Oscars) and A Dog.s Purpose have been among the handful of indie break-outs.

Wallis Cinemas. Bob Parr told If, .I constantly get people saying we don.t want to see all these loud action movies but there isn.t anything else.
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Sean Porter D.P || Rough Night ||

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I interviewed Sean Porter for the first time early last year about his work on Jeremy Saulnier's slasher/thriller Green Room. The second time around was a bit brighter, a beach-side domestic dramedy: Mike Mill’s coming of age epic 20th Century Women. And here we are at interview three with his most expensive film, the Sony funded studio comedy Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate Mckinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and which was directed by Broad City’s Lucia Aniello & cowritten by Paul W. Downs. In the gamut of the three, I’ve no clue where to place it.

On a technical, on-set structure spectrum I’ve got a better idea. Rough Night moved the fastest. Sean opens up about his first experience on a big budget studio film, how he managed to light at a breakneck multi-camera TV-style pace with bare minimum prep, and the perks of industry veteran reinforcements.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Lucia Aniello

Lucia Aniello started out as a comedian, but today she is best-known for her work as an actor, a director, and a writer. She is recognized for her work on Broad City as well as Time Traveling Bong, but it is interesting to note that she is not just the director but also one of the two writers of Rough Night. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Lucia Aniello: Grew Up in Hadley, Ma Before she moved to New York City, Aniello lived in the small town of Hadley, which can be found

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Lucia Aniello
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Scarlett Johansson Had Two Flops In a Row, So Now It’s Time For Her to Make ‘Black Widow’

Scarlett Johansson Had Two Flops In a Row, So Now It’s Time For Her to Make ‘Black Widow’
Just six months in, and the year 2017 has already been particularly unkind to Scarlett Johansson, at least as far as box office returns are concerned. The four-time Golden Globe nominee has already bowed two (very different) movies this year, the much-hyped “Ghost in the Shell” live-action feature and the raunchy female-centric comedy “Rough Night,” both of which flopped at the box office. It’s hardly the sort of financial reception the actress is used to getting, as she’s long excelled at making massive box office bucks.

Just last year, Johansson emerged as the only actress on a newly generated list of the highest-grossing actors of all-time, which also includes names like Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, and Johnny Depp. According to that running list from Box Office Mojo, first released last June, Johansson ranked in the top 10 with a total gross of $3.3 billion and counting, which
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Rough Night Movie Review – Stealing Genre Title Doesn’t Guarantee Success

Rough Night is a title that, though semi-meaningless, lets you know where you are to a degree that’s somewhat problematic. It doesn’t actually tell you anything about this specific movie as much as it just lets you know where to find it.

While the film has several funny moments to keep you moving along with it, it’s hard to describe any portion of the plot development without focusing how commonplace and/or “in typical fashion,” that development is. That’s a surprising note in a film about five women who get together for a bachelorette weekend and end up killing a stripper, and one that makes it difficult to get lost in the comedy.

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) and Alice (Jillian Bell) are the main focus of the story and have been best friends, along with Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer), since college. Jess is the
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Bo Report: 'Despicable Me 3' wins while 'Rough Night' misses

'Despicable Me 3'..

Universal/Illumination Entertainment.s Despicable Me 3 was an emphatic No. 1 at Australian cinemas last weekend, easily beating Sony.s bawdy buddy comedy Rough Night.

Illustrating the challenges facing Australian and other small independent films, director Pete Gleeson.s confronting observational documentary Hotel Coolgardie struggled to find audiences.

None of the other limited new releases including The Promise, Punjab comedy Super Singh and documentaries Whitney: Can I Be Me? and Risk made an impression.

The top 20 titles collected $17.4 million, up by 1.9 per cent over the previous weekend, according to Numero.

Co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda and featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Trey Parker, Despicable Me 3 rang up a terrific $5.9 million on 456 screens, 20 per cent bigger than the second edition's debut and the third best in June for an animated title behind Toy Story 3 and Finding Dory.

Warner
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