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Amy Schumer and Hollywood’s ‘inner-beauty’ problem

The comic’s new film I Feel Pretty follows the likes of Shallow Hal and Never Been Kissed in its ugly definitions of physical attraction

She might feel pretty, but we can only feel pity for Amy Schumer right now. On one level, that’s the appropriate response. In her new movie, Schumer’s character, Renee, strips down to her Spanx, sighs at her un-toned figure in the mirror and wonders how she’s ever going to attract a mate in today’s image-obsessed world. But one blow to the head later, Renee suddenly sees herself as utterly gorgeous. And with this newfound confidence, her life starts to fall into place, even if we, the audience, are still laughing at, rather than with, her.

The premise has left a lot of people scratching their heads. One Twitterer summed it up: “As someone who looks considerably less attractive than @amyschumer in a bikini,
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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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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 | Review

More Than a Feeling: Kohn & Silverstein Compose Meaningful, Imprecise Satire on Body Shaming

Screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, known for adolescent minded portraits of heteronormative romance from white, female perspectives (such as their 1999 breakout Never Been Kissed and the 2009 adaptation of He’s Just Not That Into You) at last happen upon something more meaningful for their directorial debut, I Feel Pretty. An examination of the virulent, misogynistic body shaming, tied irrevocably into the double standard with which our culture behaves towards, consumes, and regulates the female body, is told with a surprising dollop of sincerity through…
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Review: Amy Schumer’s Body Positive New Rom-Com Is No Train Wreck

‘I Feel Pretty’ Review: Amy Schumer’s Body Positive New Rom-Com Is No Train Wreck
The last time that Amy Schumer starred as the female clad of a major romantic-comedy, her casting was treated as some kind of subversive act. And, to a certain extent, maybe it was. On the one hand, a blonde, white, able-bodied comedienne on 3,000 movie screens probably shouldn’t be hailed as the Jackie Robinson of meet-cutes just because she wasn’t Weird-Scienced by a focus group of horny teenage boys in a secret Hollywood lab. On the other hand, when some male critics are inspired to say things like “there’s no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world,” it’s all too easy to appreciate why Schumer had to write her own role if she ever wanted to play the lead in a mainstream love story.

What a difference three years makes. For one thing, Schumer no longer has to write her own movies.
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Directors Say They Were ‘Disappointed’ After Backlash From Trailer

‘I Feel Pretty’ Directors Say They Were ‘Disappointed’ After Backlash From Trailer
At the Los Angeles premiere for comedy “I Feel Pretty” starring Amy Schumer, the directors and cast addressed the negative reaction the trailer generated after the film’s message was perceived to be that confidence stems solely from body image.

The film follows Schumer’s character Renee who has low self-esteem until she hits her head and wakes up feeling beautiful and confident. Nothing physically has changed about Renee, but when she looks in the mirror she considers herself “undeniably pretty.”

On the red carpet, co-writers and co-directors Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, who have worked together for more than 20 years writing films such as “Never Been Kissed” and “The Vow,” agreed that people should see the movie instead of guessing the message based on the trailer. “We were disappointed because people were discussing a movie that they hadn’t yet seen, which always is going to leave a lot of holes in their understanding,
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Filmmakers Analyze the Pre-Release Criticism: It Was Based on Internet Culture and Hollywood’s Bad ‘Old Habits’

‘I Feel Pretty’ Filmmakers Analyze the Pre-Release Criticism: It Was Based on Internet Culture and Hollywood’s Bad ‘Old Habits’
If you’re looking for measured, considered discussions about current events, the internet probably isn’t the place for you. Filmmakers Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn learned that lesson the hard way back in February, when the first trailer for their comedy “I Feel Pretty” hit the web. Amy Schumer stars in the film as Renee, a seemingly regular gal with low self-esteem who literally wacks herself — she cracks her head open during a particularly bad SoulCycle class — into believing she’s the most beautiful and confident woman in the world.

It didn’t go over well.

Social media backlash to the trailer was so immediate and widespread that it became a Twitter Moment. Comedian Sofia Hagen took to the platform with her concerns, writing a long thread that opened with some questions, “Who is this supposed to resonate with? Before we can enjoy the premise, surely we have to
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Amy Schumer gets prettier with less makeup, and more with the directors of I Feel Pretty

I can’t believe it’s already been three years since Amy Schumer made her movie debut. Now Schumer’s new movie is the directorial debut of Hollywood writing team Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The duo wrote rom-coms Never Been Kissed, He’s Just Not That Into You, Valentine’s Day and How To Be Single, as well as the straight rom-drama The Vow. They met at USC in the ‘90s. After a number of hit movies, studios began sending them screenplays to direct, but Silverstein and Kohn decided to write their own. Schumer plays Renee Bennett, a woman who signs up for SoulCycle […]

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‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)

‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos)
At the end of “The Sandlot,” the narrator explains how each of the kids ended up as each one fades from the screen. Some moved away, Benny the Jet made it to the big leagues, and Squints married Wendy Peffercorn. Earlier, TheWrap explored why some movies will be remembered but “The Sandlot” will never die. But 25 years later, we’ll explore where the film’s actors actually ended up.

Tom Guiry – Scotty Smalls

After making his film debut with “The Sandlot,” Tom Guiry continued to pursue acting and landed roles in “Mystic River,” “The Revenant” and “Black Hawk Down.” He most recently starred in “Wonder Wheel” and “Sollers Point.”

Mike Vitar – Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez

Mike Vitar continued his reputation as a sporty, teen heartthrob by appearing in both “Mighty Ducks” sequels “D2” and “D3.” His last acting role was in 1997 for a show called “Chicago Hope,” at which point he retired and became a firefighter. But in 2015, Vitar was charged with assault and reached a plea deal to avoid time behind bars in 2017.

Chauncey Leopardi – Squints

Leopardi spoke with TheWrap and says he’s keeping busy with a family and some businesses, as well as appearing at events for “The Sandlot” whenever he can. As an actor he’s also starred in “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls” and most recently “Coldwater” in 2013.

Patrick Renna – Ham

Originally from Boston, Patrick Renna still acts. Outside of “The Sandlot,” he had a memorable leading role in “The Big Green” while still young. More recently, he starred in episodes of “Boston Legal,” “Judging Amy” and 2016’s “Fear, Inc.”

Marty York – Yeah-Yeah

In addition to seriously bulking up, Marty York appeared in episodes of “Boy Meets World” and “The Eric Andre Show.”

Brandon Quintin Adams – Kenny DeNunez

Brandon Quintin Adams, also just Brandon Adams, had small roles in other ’90s hits “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Sister-Sister” and “Moesha.” He also did a voice for “Kingdom Hearts 2” and has recorded music as a rapper under the name B. Lee.

Grant Gelt – Bertram Grover Weeks

Grant Gelt had a few acting roles after “The Sandlot,” including “Boy Meets World” and “Hey Arnold!,” but he now works as a music manager.

Victor Dimattia – Timmy Timmons

Victor Dimattia went on two direct two short films and appeared in the 2018 indie “Get Married Or Die.”

Shane Obedzinski – Tommy “Repeat” Timmons

Unlike his onscreen counterpart, Shane Obedzinski didn’t directly follow in the footsteps of his onscreen brother. After leaving acting, he opened a pizza shop in Florida, but was glad to join in for the 20th anniversary festivities.

Marley Shelton – Wendy Peffercorn

Marley Shelton, who played the lifeguard all the boys are gaga over in “The Sandlot” Wendy Peffercorn, has starred in “Sin City,” “Planet Terror,” “Never Been Kissed,” “Death Proof,” “Scream 4” and more. She currently stars on the series “Rise” and will next be seen in Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage.”

Denis Leary – Bill, Scott’s Stepdad

Taking a role as a fairly straight-laced, if imposing stepdad was a departure for the firebrand comedian back in 1993, but he would eventually move into far more dramatic roles on “Rescue Me” and more. And thankfully, he’s still a fan of “The Sandlot.”

Karen Allen – Scott’s Mom

Following “The Sandlot,” Karen Allen would reprise her more famous role as Marion in “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.” She most recently starred in “Year by the Sea” in 2016.

James Earl Jones – Mr. Mertle

It’s like he never really left!

Read original story ‘The Sandlot’ Turns 25: From Smalls to Squints, Where Are They Now? (Photos) At TheWrap
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Drew Barrymore Says an E.T. Sequel is Never Going to Happen

It may be one of the best-loved childhood films of all time, but Drew Barrymore reveals that an E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial sequel is never going to happen.

Out of the movie’s entire cast, a young Barrymore was clearly in the right place at the right time as she shot into Hollywood stardom after filming wrapped. Going on to feature in movies like Never Been Kissed, Scream, and Charlie’s Angels, the actress has become a household name.
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Review: Love Simon

Stepping in briefly from vacation to celebrate Love, Simon. This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad.

Vanilla is a delicious flavor. Especially if you’re in the right mood for it. Loving vanilla doesn’t mean you can’t love more daring or less common flavors. But you deserve a good scoop of vanilla on occasion. The best thing that can be said of Love, Simon — and this is stronger praise than it sounds — is that it’s very vanilla. Imagine a cross between classic rom-coms like Sleepless in Seattle and Never Been Kissed and then just flip it a teensy-tiny bit until it’s gay. Not queer, mind you; we’re going for vanilla.

Love, Simon, the new film directed by gay TV power-producer Greg Berlanti (Flash, Riverdale, Brothers & Sisters, etcetera), is based on the novel “Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda”. Though the novel’s title
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‘The Arrangement’ Star Michael Vartan Relied on a Fake Cult’s Teachings to Cope With His Real Sick Dog

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‘The Arrangement’ Star Michael Vartan Relied on a Fake Cult’s Teachings to Cope With His Real Sick Dog
It turns out that pretending to be a self-help guru can still give you a new outlook on the world. At least, that’s what we got from talking to Michael Vartan, who stars in the E! drama “The Arrangement” as the outwardly positive but morally compromised Terence, leader of the Hollywood-based Institute of the Higher Mind.

“It’s a daily struggle,” he said to IndieWire, while reflecting on the difficulties of life, “but every once in a while I think of some of the Institute’s tag lines, and I roll up my sleeves and get after it.”

The Arrangement” tracks what happens when an aspiring actress (Christine Evangelista) is offered a contract marriage to a major movie star (Josh Henderson) who belongs to a secretive organization ostensibly devoted to the betterment of mankind. (Any resemblance to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is, of course, completely coincidental.)

The ongoing
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Berlinale 2018: Isa of the Day: The Exchange

Berlinale 2018: Isa of the Day: The Exchange
The Exchange is offering Drew Barrymore’s produced and starring role in The Stand-in, a romantic comedy, will be directed by Jamie Babbit and produced by Barrymore’s Flower Films and Brian O’Shea who will begin presales at The 2018 European Film Market.

The Golden Globe winning actress Drew Barrymore (50 First Dates) playing a dual leading role. Jamie Babbit, director of the Sundance favorite But I’m a Cheerleader is an Emmy winning Executive Producer and director of HBO’s Silicon Valley. She’s also directed Gilmore Girls, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and HBO’s Girls.

The original script, penned by BAFTA winning writer Sam Bain (Channel 4’s Peep Show, Four Lions) will be produced by Flower Films’ Barrymore, Ember Truesdell, Chris Miller and Nancy Juvonen-Fallon. Tom McNulty (Date Night, 50 First Dates) will be producing for The Exchange. UTA and CAA are handling domestic sales.
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Trailer: Amy Schumer Channels Her Inner Supermodel in New Comedy With Michelle Williams

‘I Feel Pretty’ Trailer: Amy Schumer Channels Her Inner Supermodel in New Comedy With Michelle Williams
Women’s magazines are full of well-intentioned mantras to love yourself fiercely no matter what, but we all know that’s easier said than done. But what if you looked in the mirror one day and truly thought you were supermodel hot? That’s the premise of “I Feel Pretty,” a new comedy starring Amy Schumer that just premiered its first trailer. Schumer went on “Ellen” to introduce the trailer, opening with a hilarious anecdote about what men see when they look in the mirror versus what she sees. “Just the hand I was dealt!” she says, as she mimes shrugging defeatedly.

In the movie, Schumer plays a woman named Renee who has low self esteem and longs to know what it would feel like to be pretty. One day, she falls off her bike in Soulcycle, incurring a particularly gruesome hair injury, and starts seeing herself as a supermodel.
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Drew Barrymore and Jamie Babbit Team Up for Rom-Com “The Stand In”

Barrymore in “Blended”: Warner Bros.

Drew Barrymore currently stars as a flesh-eating zombie in “Santa Clarita Diet,” but the Golden Globe winner is getting back into the rom-com game. A press release has announced that she’ll star in and produce “The Stand-In.” “But I’m a Cheerleader” helmer Jamie Babbit is attached to direct.

The pic sees Barrymore playing dual roles. The story centers on Candy, a has-been movie star who gets caught for tax evasion. She hires her stand-in, Paula, to do community service in her place. The pair develop a dysfunctional, co-dependent relationship as Candy “begins to use Paula as a stand-in in all parts of her life to escape from the stressful demands of fame. Eventually Paula starts to take over Candy’s identity, career, and boyfriend, finally kicking Candy out of her own house,” the film’s official synopsis details. “Candy is forced to
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Here's Why Black Lightning - Er, Cress Williams - Looks So Damn Familiar

Cress Williams is currently making us swoon as Jefferson Pierce on The CW's Black Lightning, but fans may recognize his (very, very handsome) face from previous roles. Who could forget D'Shawn Hardell on Beverly Hills, 90210, or Terrence "Scooter" Williams on Living Single? Some might even recognize him as Lavon Hayes on the short-lived Hart of Dixie, or most recently as Cole Guthrie on CBS's Code Black. Either way, you've definitely seen the 47-year-old on your TV screen before. RelatedWhy You Won't See Black Lightning on The CW's Other DC Shows His impressive résumé also includes stints on hit shows like ER, The West Wing, Prison Break, Grey's Anatomy, and Veronica Mars. On the big screen, Williams has acted alongside Denzel Washington and John Goodman in the 1998 thriller Fallen and Drew Barrymore in the 1999 comedy Never Been Kissed. While we appreciate all of the action scenes (and shirtless moments!
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Please Watch A Christmas Prince, Netflix's Unintentionally Hilarious Holiday Romance

When it comes to watching cheesy romance movies, I like to think my tolerance is fairly high. Sure, I cherish Never Been Kissed and Bridget Jones's Diary, but I also have a soft spot for . . . Beauty and the Briefcase. And From Prada to Nada. Oh, and Pizza My Heart (Yes, Pizza My Heart). There's something comforting about sinking into the couch and getting wrapped up in the pure fluff of these movies' romantic entanglements, and I won't apologize for it. Some people meditate or go for a run to let off steam; I like to watch B-list actors get themselves into relationship problems that would be solved in real life with a single text message. That's why, upon spotting Netflix's new original holiday movie, A Christmas Prince - Note: not to be confused with My Christmas Prince or A Princess For Christmas - I was ready to shut off my
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Drew Barrymore Cuts Her Hair in Response to Internet Bullying: 'Pretty Is on the Inside'

Drew Barrymore Cuts Her Hair in Response to Internet Bullying: 'Pretty Is on the Inside'
Drew Barrymore isn’t going to let the internet trolls get to her.

The actress and Flower Beauty founder, 42, opened up about a recent experience that left her “hurt” on Instagram Wednesday, one day after she posted a video of herself wearing orange sunglasses by the beach.

Barrymore spent the day treating herself with a haircut, new makeup and getting back to her usual happy self.

“Haters gonna hate. Yesterday I saw comments on my Instagram feed about my post that were mean, cruel, and ugly. It hurt me,” she wrote in the caption. “And you know what women do when they get hurt?
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Poster and trailer for comedy Amanda & Jack Go Glamping starring Amy Acker and David Arquette

Ahead of its release next month, a new poster and trailer have been release for writer-director Brandon Dickerson’s upcoming comedy Amanda & Jack Go Glamping which stars Amy Acker, David Arquette, Adan Canto, and June Squibb; check them out below…

With his marriage on rocky ground, dejected one-hit author Jack Spencer (David Arquette, Never Been Kissed) agrees to go “glamping” with his wife, Amanda (Amy Acker, Marvel’s “The Gifted”), in search of a spark. When they realize they’ve been double booked with honeymooning hipsters and the handsome, eco-friendly landowner, Nate (Designated Survivor’s Adan Canto), enters the picture, a romantic getaway turns into a group ordeal. Jack must learn to get over himself as he dives deep off the grid into a comedic exploration of love, failure, and relevance with some help from miniature donkeys and the sage wisdom of local Jude (Academy Award® nominee June Squibb).

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We count down the best first day of school moments in film!

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We count down the best first day of school moments in film!We count down the best first day of school moments in film!Adriana Floridia9/5/2017 9:06:00 Am

It's officially time to go back to school.

To celebrate, we're counting down the best first day of school moments in the movies. From Elle Woods trying to get back at her ex by getting into Harvard in Legally Blonde, Cady Heron integrating into a normal high school for the first time in Mean Girls, and Josie Geller going back to high school for an investigative report in Never Been Kissed, here are our favourite times the movies went back to school.

Watch the video below and have a great school year!

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