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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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Kacey Musgraves ‘Golden Hour’ reviews: ‘Blissful’ album is ‘unlike anything she’s ever recorded’

Kacey Musgraves ‘Golden Hour’ reviews: ‘Blissful’ album is ‘unlike anything she’s ever recorded’
Kacey Musgraves made a big impact with her major label debut album “Same Trailer Different Park,” which set her apart from her country-music contemporaries with lyrics questioning religion and small town life, embracing the Lgbt community, and occasionally extolling the pleasures of marijuana. But while she has always been lyrically progressive, she has always balanced that with a quieter, contemplative sound. Now comes her fourth major-label album — and third non-holiday album — “Golden Hour,” which was released on March 30, which marks a significant sonic departure for the singer-songwriter, blending her usual country-pop with disco and electronic influences.

As of this writing “Golden Hour” has earned raves from critics, receiving a score of 92 on MetaCritic based on six reviews. Musgrave has “never sounded as confident as this,” according to music journalists. “Her talent as a songwriter … is second to none.” “You’ll be hard pushed to find a better collection of pop
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9 Things You Never Knew About the 2018 SAG Award Nominees

9 Things You Never Knew About the 2018 SAG Award Nominees
Yes, you’ve read all about Margot Robbie’s I, Tonya transformation and you know Saoirse Ronan proudly rocked her acne in Lady Bird, but are you familiar with the lesser-known trivia about the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees? Never fear: We’ve rounded up a variety of tidbits that are perfect for peppering in viewing party conversations (and will likely serve you well in future rounds of trivia).

Being an actress wasn’t Margot Robbie’s childhood dream.

“When I was little, I thought I was going to be a magician,” she told Vanity Fair. “I had tricks and thought they were genius.
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Darth Vader Rumored To Appear In Han Solo Spinoff As Spencer Wilding Climbs Aboard

Just as one Star Wars mainstay climbs aboard (read: Warwick Davis), The Independent is reporting that Spencer Wilding has landed a role in Ron Howard’s Han Solo spinoff as well. But does that mean Darth Vader is a shoo-in to appear?

Sources close to the production claim that Wilding, who portrayed the physical Vader in last year’s Rogue One Anthology film – the great James Earl Jones lent his booming voice to the part – is actually playing a different character altogether, given his vast expertise in costume (see: Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy). No Vader for Han Solo, then, which is just as well considering the famous smuggler doesn’t seem to have much luck when he crosses paths with the glowering Sith Lord. Ditto for Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), who actually betrayed Han and Leia aboard Cloud City.

All that being said, earlier
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Inside the Final Efforts to Block Trump from Winning Monday’s Electoral College Vote

Inside the Final Efforts to Block Trump from Winning Monday’s Electoral College Vote
It’s not over ’til the electors say it’s over.

Democratic and Republican electors are still working on last-ditch efforts to block President-elect Donald Trump from winning the Electoral College vote on Monday.

Democratic electors filed lawsuits in Colorado, California and Washington state seeking to overturn — or avoid being fined for breaking — laws binding them to vote for the candidate who won their state’s popular vote. (In the cases of those three states, that’s former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.)

The lawsuits were filed as part of a larger effort to unite with Republican electors to vote for
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12 Shocking Behind-the-Scenes Confessions That Will Change the Way You See Your Favorite Movies

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12 Shocking Behind-the-Scenes Confessions That Will Change the Way You See Your Favorite Movies
The Notebook, Knocked Up and Magic Mike will never be the same again. Moviegoers might be shocked to learn that some of their favorite films have almost been overshadowed by on-set drama between cast and crew members - but the reality of it is: it's more common than one would think. Here are some of the most memorable moments in movie history. 1. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Called Out Less-than-stellar Fast 8 Co-stars A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Aug 5, 2016 at 6:37am Pdt As is the norm in Hollywood, Johnson took to social media - specifically Instagram
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The Mighty Boosh: celebrating BBC Three originals

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BBC Three put Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s wilfully shambolic live act and radio series, The Mighty Boosh, on TV…

Part of The Mighty Boosh’s delight comes from its unlikelihood as a TV sitcom. Its boundless Day-Glo imagination isn’t an immediate fit with the constraints of the form. A sunshine simpleton and his awkward, jazz-obsessed colleague meet mythic monsters and talking animals while performing expertly observed musical parody? It’s not exactly My Family.

As comedian, writer, and director of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding’s 1999 Edinburgh show Arctic Boosh, Stewart Lee, put it, “No television exec would ever have gone ‘What we need is a kind of purple head with tentacles coming out of it which speaks like a member of the Small Faces’”.

And yet a television exec did. Granted, probably not in those exact words. After Danny Wallace opened the door
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Remembering Actress Gray: Underappreciated Film Noir Heroine

Coleen Gray actress ca. 1950. Coleen Gray: Actress in early Stanley Kubrick film noir, destroyer of men in cult horror 'classic' Actress Coleen Gray, best known as the leading lady in Stanley Kubrick's film noir The Killing and – as far as B horror movie aficionados are concerned – for playing the title role in The Leech Woman, died at age 92 in Aug. 2015. This two-part article, which focuses on Gray's film career, is a revised and expanded version of the original post published at the time of her death. Born Doris Bernice Jensen on Oct. 23, 1922, in Staplehurst, Nebraska, at a young age she moved with her parents, strict Lutheran Danish farmers, to Minnesota. After getting a degree from St. Paul's Hamline University, she relocated to Southern California to be with her then fiancé, an army private. At first, she eked out a living as a waitress at a La Jolla hotel
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Remembering Actress Gray: Underappreciated Film Noir Heroine

Coleen Gray actress ca. 1950. Coleen Gray: Actress in early Stanley Kubrick film noir, destroyer of men in cult horror 'classic' Actress Coleen Gray, best known as the leading lady in Stanley Kubrick's film noir The Killing and – as far as B horror movie aficionados are concerned – for playing the title role in The Leech Woman, died at age 92 in Aug. 2015. This two-part article, which focuses on Gray's film career, is a revised and expanded version of the original post published at the time of her death. Born Doris Bernice Jensen on Oct. 23, 1922, in Staplehurst, Nebraska, at a young age she moved with her parents, strict Lutheran Danish farmers, to Minnesota. After getting a degree from St. Paul's Hamline University, she relocated to Southern California to be with her then fiancé, an army private. At first, she eked out a living as a waitress at a La Jolla hotel
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Wet Hot American Summer: the obscure cult favourite is about to get a TV reboot

It was a flop when it first came out but now this surreal comedy has been turned into a Netflix series. Could the A-list cast members like Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler have anything to do with it?

It started in 2005 with a double-sided DVD, found by a friend in the bargain bin of a local discount shop. On one side was The Independent, a Jerry Stiller comedy about a B-movie director (“excruciatingly unamusing” – The Miami Herald). The other side didn’t look terribly promising, either: the film’s title, Wet Hot American Summer, sounded like top-shelf smut. On its sleeve was what looked like a crudely drawn knock-off of a National Lampoon poster. It seemed at best like it would be a bawdy, brainless comedy in the manner of the 80s cult favourite Porky’s, and at worse its sequel, Porky’s Revenge.

Related: Wet Hot American Summer is
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Briefs: “The Flash” Stands Alone, Orlando Cruz Gets Hitched, and “Sherlock” Star Andrew Scott Comes Out

Birthday shoutouts go to Duncan Sheik (above), who is 44, Linda Evans is 71, Susan Sullivan is 71, Chloe Sevigny is 39, Owen Wilson is 45, and Kim Wilde is 53. Here’s her greatest song.

Big congrats to Orlando Cruz, who married boyfriend José Manuel Colón in Central Park over the weekend

In ratings news, the premiere of Almost Human delivered solid numbers, while Revenge finally stopped the bleeding, and was up 15%.

Jack Andraka honored by The Vatican.

A Decade After Massachusetts’ Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling, The Gains Are Clear

A Few Words From a Real, Live C*cksucking Fag

Grant Gustin will introduce his Barry Allen character on episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow, but plans for him to come back in full The Flash gear on episode 20 have been scrapped. Instead, The Flash will have his own standalone pilot, which is a very good sign that we might be seeing more of him. Here are
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Paul Hertzberg To Continue As Ifta Chairman; Board Nominations Unveiled

Los Angeles (September 17, 2013) – The Independent Film & Television Association (Ifta), the trade association representing producers and distributors worldwide, today announced that Paul Hertzberg (President and CEO, CineTel Films, Inc.) will continue as Chairman for a further two year term. Nominations for election to Ifta’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee are complete and the slate of candidates vying for seats is extensive, including executives from Entertainment One, FilmNation, Lionsgate, Relativity and Weinstein. The elections are held as part of Ifta’s Annual Members Meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and concurrently at the British Screen Advisory Council in London. This year’s election has 23 candidates from across the independent film industry seeking 12 open seats on Ifta’s Board of Directors. An additional 14 Board Members are starting the second year of their two year terms and are not up for election. Nominees for the Ifta Board of Directors
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Count Arthur Strong snap reviews: What critics, Twitter and forums say

Steve Delaney brought his much-loved Radio 4 comedy creation Count Arthur Strong to TV screens for the first time last night (July 8) and split viewers and critics in half with his old-fashioned and rather quaint sitcom.

Brought to TV with a helping hand from Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books), the show's first episode was loved by some for its mix of silliness and pathos. However, other viewers were left cold and found the studio audience laughter grating.

Here's a snapshot sample of what Twitter, the forums and critics are saying.

The Critics

The Daily Telegraph

"It is a measure of Delaney's standing in comedy circles that, for this zany and long-overdue sitcom, none other than Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has joined him to co-write and direct. And, on the evidence of last night's first episode of Count Arthur Strong, the Count's transition to the telly is looking, if not perfect,
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The Noteworthy: R.I.P. Gandolfini, Matheson, & Liu, Locarno on Cukor, Gray Echoes Rossellini

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Liu Chia-liang (also known as Lau Kar-leung), the legendary Hong Kong martial artist, actor, and filmmaker, has passed away at the age of 78 (1934-2013). For the time being, it appears that one of his masterpieces, Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter, is streaming on YouTube (though in Mandarin). Also make sure to watch the stunning credit fight sequence above from Executioners From Shaolin. Another legend, science fiction master Richard Matheson, the author of numerous books, screenplays and stories, has passed away at the age of 87. We're also still processing the shocking news of James Gandolfini's death last week at the age of 51. Make sure to browse David Hudson's roundup of remembrances of the great actor at The Keyframe Daily. The Locarno Film Festival has announced Baltasar Kormákur’s 2 Guns and Pascal Plisson’s On the Way to School as its opening and closing films for this coming August, as well
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Watch: Johnny Rotten's Disgusting Sexist Rant

Former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten has come under fire after launching a bizarre sexist rant on Australian TV when the show's female anchor, Carrie Bickmore, asked him about the death of Baroness Thatcher.

Rotten, real name John Lydon, has been branded a “sexist, misogynist pig” by Bickmore's co-host Andrew Rochford, after his appearance on talk show 'The Project' on Channel Ten.

The disgusting tirade started with Rotten saying "missus, shutup", he then told her, "when a man is talking do not interrupt."

He continued, with his seemingly over-inflated ego, thus: "You're beginning to sound like excited children, you're talking to a proper master of the universe here."

Rotten is currently touring the country with his band Public Image Limited.

However, he has hit back at claims he's sexist.“It’s quite clear to me I’m not a sexist and I’m not a misogynist.”

He said that if someone interrupts,
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'Paul Williams: Still Alive' Star Paul Williams & Director Stephen Kessler Discuss Deleted Scenes, Buddy Movies, Muppets & Daft Punk

Singer/songwriter Paul Williams, as Stephen Kessler’s brilliant (and occasionally heartbreaking) new documentary “Paul Williams: Still Alive” teaches us, is indeed, still very much alive. The versatile entertainer has had a profound impact on popular culture, writing songs for The Carpenters (“We’ve Only Just Begun,” as the documentary points out, originated from a television jingle), Helen Reddy, and Elvis Presley. Williams made nearly constant appearances on 1970s television, not only as a performer and guest on countless talk shows but also in episodic dramas like “Hawaii Five-o” and “The Love Boat.” He wrote “Rainbow Connection” for “The Muppet Movie,” won an Oscar for “Evergreen” from the Streisand/Kristofferson “A Star Is Born,” and wrote the songs, score, and co-starred in Brian De Palma’s cult classic “Phantom of the Paradise.” We sat down with Williams and Kessler to discuss making the film, how it became a buddy movie between the two of them,
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Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #19: Stephen Kessler, 'Paul Williams Still Alive'

Stephen Kessler knows the secret to a successful career in film; "I grew up in NYC before there were personal computers, when moms liked to just take diet pills and lock you in your room with the TV as your friend and babysitter. As it turns out, it was the only thing I really needed." That, and the occasional Hungry Man TV dinner. "I still get excited when I see the words Hungry Man," the director admits. He is the director of films like "The Independent," "Vegas Vacation" and now "Paul Williams Still Alive." What it's about: "When I was a kid, I really wanted to be Paul Williams. For a long time, I thought he was dead. Turns out, he's not." Director Kessler says:  "My film tells the story of an amazing singer, songwriter, TV and movie star--but it's not a film about singing, songwriting, TV, or movies. It's
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Tiff 2011: Paul Williams: Still Alive Review

Paul Williams: Still Alive is certainly unlike any documentary I’ve ever seen. The project started as director Stephen Kessler’s (Vegas Vacation, The Independent) attempt to make a fairly benign documentary profile about prolific songwriter and longtime television personality Paul Williams, but it mutated into something more. Williams clearly felt somewhat awkward about being a documentary subject and the movie transformed into being as much about the loving and uneasy relationship formed between the film’s director and subject as it is about Williams himself. The result is a very funny, sweet, and revealing movie far more interesting than a more straightforward profile ever could have been. Hit the jump for more. If you’re unfamiliar with the name Paul Williams, that’s probably how he likes it at this point. There was a time when Williams was unavoidable. After a failed stab at acting Williams found a career
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Five Questions For “Paul Williams Still Alive” Director Steven Kessler

As director Stephen Kessler notes in his documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive, in the ’70s, the tiny blond singer was everywhere. He could be found on daytime game shows (The Gong Show) and nighttime dramas (The Love Boat), on The Muppets as well as in the lead of a Brian DePalma film (The Phantom of the Paradise). And then he faded from the cultural limelight. How much of his disappearance can be explained by the simple fact that people — audiences and performers — get older? Or does the fade of Williams’ quirky and emotional star say something deeper about the state of our culture? For Kessler, the subject was also a re-entry to the feature business; it’s been over a decade since his films The Independent and Vegas Vacation. We talked to him about all of this, as well as what he’s learned from directing commercials.

Filmmaker: When did you first encounter Paul Williams?
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Page 2: Batman, Leonard Nimoy, Super 8, Jack The Giant Killer, Captain America, Jimmy Fallon, Toy Story, Goonies, Wizard of Oz, Tree of Life, Green Lantern, Zoolander, Karate Kid

Page 2: Batman, Leonard Nimoy, Super 8, Jack The Giant Killer, Captain America, Jimmy Fallon, Toy Story, Goonies, Wizard of Oz, Tree of Life, Green Lantern, Zoolander, Karate Kid
[1] What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us [2]! [3] Paramount Pictures has released [4] a bunch of new images from Super 8, featuring mostly kids looking at something out of frame. Odh [5] lists the top 10 Best Post-apocalyptic Movies. Robbe Rees and Lee Keeler have created a retro movie trailer for The Tree of Life. A Moviehole [6] reader got an update on Last Starfighter 2 from Nick Castle: "I asked Nick if the rumers of a sequel were true and he said they were. They almost
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