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Fest in the City returns to Eiff by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-05-01 10:23:35

Films screening include, clockwise from top left, Thor: Ragnarok, Big, Casablanca and Paddington 2 Free open-air cinema screenings will return to Edinburgh from 15 to 17 June. The event, which has been running since 2011, has proved popular with locals and visitors.

Essential Edinburgh chief executive Roddy Smith, Mackays marketing director Martin Grant with Eiff artistic director Mark Adams Photo: Neil Hanna The screenings at the city's St Andrew Square Garden will include vintage classics Casablanca and Big, alongside more recent family favourites, including Thor: Ragnarok and Paddington 2.

To celebrate the little bear with the big heart, sponsors Mackays will be serving up complimentary Dundee Marmalade sandwiches at the Paddington and Paddington 2 screenings, which will also play host to a fancy dress competition.

Eiff artistic director Mark Adams said: “Our annual selection of free screenings are always the perfect way to get in the movie mood in the weekend before the Film Festival begins.
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How '80s Comedies and Hollywood Beauty Standards Helped Inspire 'I Feel Pretty'

How '80s Comedies and Hollywood Beauty Standards Helped Inspire 'I Feel Pretty'
[This story contains spoilers from I Feel Pretty.]

In this era of Hollywood revivals and reboots, there's still one beloved throwback genre that hasn't yet been dusted off for 2018 audiences: character-driven comedies from the '80s like Big, Tootsie and Working Girl. At least, that's according to writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein — who released their latest, and first title they helmed, I Feel Pretty, in part to fill the void.

Kohn and Silverstein are perhaps best known for writing romantic comedies like Never Been Kissed, He's Just Not That Into You and Valentine's Day as well as the more dramatic...
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I Feel Pretty Review: Amy Schumer's Well-Meaning Comedy Falls Flat

I Feel Pretty Review: Amy Schumer's Well-Meaning Comedy Falls Flat
I Feel Pretty has a whole lot of heart and is certainly well-meaning, but unfortunately falls flat with its silly plot. The film blends romantic comedy with a pointed satire of female portrayal in modern media. Star Amy Schumer keeps the laughs sprinkled throughout. She's very likeable, but not enough to make up for I Feel Pretty's deficiencies. It's too bad because the film engenders goodwill. Writers/directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein had a novel idea. They just needed more creativity to flush it out evenly over the runtime.

Renee Barrett (Amy Schumer) is a thirty-something, single woman toiling away in the It department of a major beauty company. She's crippled by low self-esteem, constantly comparing herself to the supermodels that grace social media and fashion magazines. A freak and extremely humorous accident at a Soul Cycle spinning class changes her personality. Barrett starts seeing herself as gorgeous and slim.
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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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Family Guy Season 16 Episode 13 Review: V is for Mystery

It was a little odd when Peter interrupted the middle of Family Guy Season 16 Episode 13 to tell the audience that Family Guy would return to normal next week.

I have to wonder if that was initially part of the episode or if it was added in because while "V is for Mystery" wasn't nearly as bad as Family Guy Season 16 Episode 12, it still left a lot to be desired.

Was the show trying to assuage its audience?

Maybe Family Guy is just trying out different things to test audience reaction. Perhaps the powers that be think we're all bored with the same old dysfunctional episodes week after week.

Maybe it's the powers that be who are getting bored. 

Maybe what the powers that be need to do is cut the cord instead of trying to reinvent the wheel that none of us are interested in watching be reinvented.

It reminds
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Yes, That's James Eckhouse as the Judge on Days Of Our Lives!

Amid all the drama of Gabi’s trial, eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed a familiar face presiding over the whole thing — actor James Eckhouse is back on Days Of Our Lives playing Judge Sims again! The character actor is best known for his role as Brenda and Brandon’s father, Jim Walsh, on the classic Fox teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210, which he played from 1990 until 1998. He has also made appearances in other primetime shows like Once And Again, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as well as movies like Junior, Big, and The Avengers. And Days isn’t Eckhouse’s first appearance in daytime, because the very first credit on his IMDb page is a 1982 episode of NBC soap Another World where he played “Costume Clerk!” Eckhouse’s judge presided over Sami’s murder trial but he looks a little suspicious of Hope’s testimony here!
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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Hannah Marks — “Shotgun”

“Shotgun”

Hannah Marks is an actress, writer, and director known for her roles in the BBC America/ Netflix series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and films such as “Anesthesia,” “Southbound,” and “Hard Sell.” She was recently named one of Rolling Stone’s 25 under 25 for her work as co-writer/director of “Shotgun,” her feature directorial debut.

Shotgun” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 9. The film is co-directed by Joey Power.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Hm: “Shotgun” is not a cancer love story, though it may seem like it at first. It’s really an exploration of a young marriage and how Ptsd from an illness affects the relationship later. The main characters are 23-year-olds Elliot and Mia, who fall for each other under the cloud of life or death stakes.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Hm: Joey
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Tom Hanks (‘Forrest Gump’) will love you like Jenny after being voted top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]

Tom Hanks (‘Forrest Gump’) will love you like Jenny after being voted top Best Actor Oscar winner of 1990s [Poll Results]
Tom Hanks has been voted the top Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s for his titular role in “Forrest Gump.” Gold Derby’s recent poll asking you to vote for your favorite of the decade came down to Hanks and … Hanks, who won the previous year for “Philadelphia.”

Hanks’ “Forrest Gump” performance won the poll with an impressive 47% of the vote, followed by Hanks’ performance in “Philadelphia” at 24%. Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs” was next with 18%, and no other contender came close. The next highest was Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman” at 4% and then Kevin Spacey in “American Beauty” at 3%. Nicolas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas” was next with 2%, then a tie at 1% between Jack Nicholson in “As Good as It Gets” and Roberto Benigni in “Life Is Beautiful.” Two Best Actor winners did not earn a percentage point — Jeremy Irons in “Reversal of Fortune
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Shazam! Suit Reveal is ‘Right Around the Corner,’ Says Director

Director David F. Sandberg teases Shazam!‘s suit reveal is coming very soon. Just a year ago, many doubted that Shazam was even going to happen, but now it will be a turning point for the DC movie universe. Helmed by the Lights Out director, the movie will bring a lighthearted approach to DC’s movie lineup. It will also mark the first film to be made and developed by DC Films’ new leader, Walter Hamada. Revolving around a young boy by the name of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who gains superpowers, Shazam! is going to be like Tom HanksBig.
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Canon Of Film: ‘Pleasantville’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look back at Gary Ross‘ directorial debut and instant classic, ‘Plesantville‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Pleasantville (1998)

Director/Screenplay: Gary Ross

As the nation heads towards another election shortly, the national debate has become strikingly philosophical. Phrases like “Family Values” and “The Role of Government” always come up, never has the divide, in my memory, been so drastic. It’s at times like these, that I find myself thinking about Gary Ross’s film ‘Pleasantville‘. Ross has one of the best resumes for someone with so few credits. Ross became known for co-writing the film ‘Big‘, which earned him an Oscar nomination, as did his second screenplay ‘Dave‘. He made the sports biopic, ‘Seabiscuit‘, the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux” and more recently, the ‘The Hunger Games‘ film as well as the Civil
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Exclusive First Look! Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps in I Feel Pretty

Exclusive First Look! Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps in I Feel Pretty
Amy Schumer is rocking serious confidence in her new movie.

The Trainwreck and Snatched actress next stars in I Feel Pretty — and People has an exclusive first look! The movie follows Schumer as an insecure woman who suddenly believes she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet after waking up from a fall.

I Feel Pretty marks the directorial debut for writing partners Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, who are best known for writing romantic comedies like He’s Just Not That Into You and How to Be Single. The two tell People why Schumer was the perfect fit for the role.
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Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino … ? [Poll]

Who’s your favorite Best Actor Oscar winner of the 1990s: Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino … ? [Poll]
The Best Actor Oscar winners of the 1990s include some of the most legendary actors in film history, like Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson. We’ve also seen actors springboard off their victories to have fruitful careers in film, like Geoffrey Rush and Nicolas Cage. Now, two decades later, which do you consider the greatest Best Actor winner of the 1990s?

Refamiliarize yourself with the winners and be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar predictions for Best Actor.)

Jeremy Irons, “Reversal of Fortune” (1990) — The ’90s began with Jeremy Irons being awarded for “Reverse of Fortune,” in which the actor plays Claus von Bulow, a man charged with attempted murder after his wife goes into diabetic shock. Despite a long career in film this remains Irons’ only nomination and win, though he has won two Emmys for voiceover work and another for his performance in 2005’s “Elizabeth I.
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‘When We First Met’ Trailer: Adam Devine Time Travels in Netflix Rom-Com — Watch

‘When We First Met’ Trailer: Adam Devine Time Travels in Netflix Rom-Com — Watch
Before Adam Devine and his “Workaholics” co-creators reunite on Netflix this spring in the film “Game Over, Man!,” he’ll serve as leading man in another comedy for the streaming service. In “When We First Met,” Noah (Devine) attends an engagement party and realizes that the future bride, Avery (Alexandra Daddario), is his one who got away — three years prior, their excellent first date soured when she said he had mere friend potential. Daddario is best known for her work in the two “Percy Jackson” films; she also appeared in last year’s “Baywatch” remake.

Read More:2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Review: In Attempting to Reinvent, It May Have Destabilized All Awards Shows

Like Tom Hanks’ Zoltar machine in “Big,” Noah time-travels back to 2014 with an assist from a enchanted photo booth. However, in his eagerness to charm Avery, he channels Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” anticipating Avery’s exact answer,
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Channels Tom Hanks in Big By Playing a Giant Piano with His Feet!

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Channels Tom Hanks in Big By Playing a Giant Piano with His Feet!
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just added another skill to his already impressive resume: playing the piano — with his feet!

The wrestler-turned-actor, 45, fulfilled his childhood dream of learning to play a song with the musical instrument… but with a twist.

“As a kid I had this dream of playing my favorite ragtime song, ‘The Entertainer’ from Marvin Hamlisch on piano. But I truly sucked at piano. Until I started using my feet,” he captioned the Instagram video shared Sunday afternoon.

The tune, written by jazz musician Scott Joplin, was popularly adapted by Hamlisch for the film classic The Sting in 1973.

“And
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Anne Hathaway’s ‘Barbie’ Moved Back Two Years to 2020

Sony has pushed the release of its live-action “Barbie” movie back nearly two years from Aug. 8 to May 8, 2020.

Anne Hathaway is expected to star. Amy Schumer left the project last March, citing scheduling conflicts, and Hathaway was reported in talks last summer.

Alethea Jones is directing the film, which has been developed in the vein of “Splash,” “Enchanted” and “Big” with the main character getting kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and winding up in a real-world adventure. Lindsey Beer, Jenny Bicks, Kim Caramele, Diablo Cody, Bert V. Royal, Hilary Winston and Schumer have all worked on the script.

Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal are producing the film. Parkes and MacDonald initiated the original deal with Sony and Mattel in 2014.

Mattel began selling Barbie dolls in 1959. Since then, Barbie has had 150 careers including serving as a princess, president, mermaid and movie star. Her signature pink Malibu mansion and sports car are
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Cbbc's Creeped Out: spotting the nerdy 80s movie nods

Louisa Mellor Jan 23, 2018

Cbbc’s Creeped Out is a geek paradise for lovers of 80s sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Did you spot these movie references?

Contains mild spoilers for Creeped Out.

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“Nods to Spielberg, Zemeckis, Joe Dante, even John Carpenter…” Director Steve Hughes (Doctor Who, Wolfblood) is telling me about the first time he read a script for Cbbc anthology series Creeped Out. “I remember begging ‘you have to let me direct this – it’s my dream job!’”

The scripts, Hughes recalls, had a real flavour of Amazing Stories (“one of my favourite TV series from the 80s”) and “were clearly written by people who loved the same films as TV shows as I did.” Those people were Bede Blake and Robert Butler, movie nerds through and through.
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Why Certain Films Do Well During Awards Season

Neil Calloway looks at why a certain type of movie will always get the nod at the Oscars…

This coming Tuesday sees the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations. We’ve already had the Golden Globes, and if you really care about that sort of thing, the Baftas are next month. We’re deep into awards season, and you can probably tell which will win big at the Academy Awards this year. It’s the same sort of film that always does.

You know The Post and Darkest Hour are going to do well with nominations, and The Last Jedi – despite raking in more than a small country does in a year – won’t get any apart from a few technical nods. The Oscars like big, important films about big, important issues, starring big important, actors and directed by big, important directors. I haven’t seen The Post yet
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Shazam! Gets a 2019 Release Date

It looks like Warner Bros. has set a release date for Shazam! According to Cb, the studio has set the release date for the film for April 5th, 2019. That's one month before Avengers: Infinity War is being released.

Shazam! is being directed by Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg and Zachary Levi is set to play the title character. I like what Sandberg has done with his previous films and I'm curious to see how he ends up handling the big screen adaptation of this classic DC comics character.

When talking about the film with EW, New Line president Toby Emmerich said the movie has "a tone unto itself" and added:

"It’s a DC comic, but it’s not a Justice League character, and it’s not a Marvel comic. The tone and the feeling of the movie will be different from the other range of comic book movies.
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Tom Hanks Fondly Recalls Jonathan Demme, a Filmmaker Unafraid to Break the Rules

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Tom Hanks Fondly Recalls Jonathan Demme, a Filmmaker Unafraid to Break the Rules
Before he was one of the most revered actors on the planet, Tom Hanks was best known for more comedic performances in films like “Big,” “The ‘Burbs,” and “Turner & Hooch.” That changed when he starred in Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia,” for which he won his first Academy Award; the second, for “Forrest Gump,” came just a year later. As part of Entertainment Weekly’s efforts to recall those we lost in 2017, Hanks has shared his fond recollections of a filmmaker who wasn’t afraid to ignore the rules.

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Prior to their collaboration, Hanks was simply a fan of Demme’s. “I took my wife out on one of our first dates it was to go see his Talking Heads concert film ‘Stop Making Sense,’” he recalls. “I remember ‘Something Wild’ was a fantastic movie, ‘Married to the Mob,
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What does the future hold for DC movies?

Rob Leane Dec 20, 2017

Following on from Justice League, let’s have a look at the slate of upcoming DC Extended Universe films...

With Justice League failing to bring in Avengers-level money and instead procuring a sizeable pile of negative write-ups, Warner Bros is making some behind-the-scenes changes with regards to its DC Comics film adaptations.

Comic book legend Geoff Johns remains in a position of power as DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer, but Jon Berg – who had been the head honcho of Warner Bros’ DC output – has been shuffled away from the intertwined mega-franchise to focus on non-superhero projects.

Shortly after that news broke, a DC presentation at Brazil’s Comic Con Experience 2017 included an outline of DC Entertainment’s upcoming cinematic plans. This provided a strong - although not definitive - indicator of which DC films will be reaching our eyeballs in the near-ish future.

DC Entertainment included
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