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Anne Fletcher’s Hit Rom-Com ‘The Proposal’ Made $160 Million, Then the Genre Disappeared

Anne Fletcher’s Hit Rom-Com ‘The Proposal’ Made $160 Million, Then the Genre Disappeared
Nearly a decade after “The Proposal” made over $160M at the domestic box office — the Sandra Bullock- and Ryan Reynolds-starring charmer still ranks as the seventh highest-grossing rom-com of all-time — director Anne Fletcher is going the route of so many successful filmmakers before her: she’s stopped relying on studio gigs to carry her career. Between her new Netflix feature, “Dumplin’,” and a burgeoning television career, Fletcher has stayed nimble as ever, emblematic of an industry that so often forces its creators to evolve quickly.

After the monstrous success of “The Proposal,” the kind of box office juggernaut that made so many portend that the studio rom-com wasn’t dead after all, Fletcher helmed two more studio offerings (Paramount’s “The Guilt Trip” and Warner Bros.’ “Hot Pursuit”). Neither film enjoyed the success of their predecessor, and the same could be said of the rom-com, which did not
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Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in December

2019 may be within sight, but don't break out the confetti just yet. First, it's time to say goodbye to a number of movies and TV shows set to leave Netflix throughout December.

Cabin Fever, Groundhog Day, Hellraiser, Trolls, Step Up 2: The Streets, Moana, Spotlight and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl are among the films scheduled to be removed. All seven seasons of Sons of Anarchy will also disappear from Netflix's library this month.

Even though many titles are leaving Netflix, the streaming service just announced a fresh slate of movies and TV shows that will be added throughout the ...
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Netflix in December: What’s Coming and Going That You Should Really, Really Watch (Photos)

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With dozens of new titles hitting Netflix each month, it can be difficult to keep track of what to watch. So TheWrap has compiled a list, updated each month, of the best new shows and movies to check out and which to watch before they’re gone for good.

Leaving Dec. 1: “Sons of Anarchy” Season 1-7 The hit FX drama from creator Kurt Sutter, which was later spun off into the currently airing “Mayans M.C.,” stars Charlie Hunnam as Jackson “Jax” Teller, the leader of a outlaw motorcycle club in Central California.

Arriving Dec. 2: “The Lobster” An absurdist comedy co-written and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, whose latest film “The Favourite” hit theaters in November, “The Lobster” stars Colin Farrell as a man seeking a partner in a world where single people are transformed into animals.

Arriving Dec. 7: “Dumplin” Danielle Macdonald stars as Dumplin’, the plus-size, teenage
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Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Honored by Publicists

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Film News Roundup: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Jon M. Chu Honored by Publicists
In today’s film news roundup, Jon M. Chu is honored by union publicists, Melissa McCarthy is honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival and the film “Ali’s Realm” gets a cast.

Publicists Honor

Hollywood publicists have selected “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu as recipient of the Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award.

He will be presented the award at the 56th Annual International Cinematographers Guild’s Publicists Awards for his unique contribution to the art of movies. The awards, which traditionally occur the week leading up to the Academy Awards, will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 22.

Steven Poster, national president of the Icg, said, “Jon M. Chu has made an extraordinary contribution to the art of filmmaking. His ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ adored by audiences throughout the world, is the first studio modern day film to feature an all-Asian cast in a quarter of a century.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel in Works With Jon M. Chu to Direct

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Sequel in Works With Jon M. Chu to Direct
That didn’t take long.

A sequel to the “Crazy Rich Asians” is already in development at Warner Bros., Variety has confirmed. Jon M. Chu will return to the follow-up, along with the creative team behind the acclaimed romantic comedy including screenwriters Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim and producers Nina Jacobson , Brad Simpson and John Penotti.

Crazy Rich Asians” topped the domestic box office last weekend when it opened with a five-day total of $35 million. That’s a solid start, not just because the movie carries a modest $30 million price tag, but it’s the biggest launch for a rom-com in recent years. It holds an impressive 93% certified fresh rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, along with an A CinemaScore.

The groundbreaking film arrives as Hollywood is being pressured to feature greater diversity on screen. “Crazy Rich Asians” has been lauded as the first studio film in over 25 years
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Review: Living in a Material World—Jon M. Chu's "Crazy Rich Asians"

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When fakes are more real than the real…— A Confucian ConfusionIn 1991, the playwright Frank Chin wrote this of Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club: “[It writes] to the specifications of the […] stereotype of Asia being as opposite morally from the West as it is geographically. [...] We expect Asian-American writers, portraying Asia and Asians, to have a knowledge of the difference between the real and the fake. This is a knowledge they have admitted they not only do not possess but also have no interest in possessing. [...] They talk about the agony of the stereotype, but when pressed, have no idea how to describe it.”1Two years later, filmmaker Wayne Wang’s adaptation of Joy Luck Club was a box-office hit that earned nearly three-times its budget in theaters. Frank Chin was labelled a contrarian cynic, and Joy Luck Club continued to rise above all criticism—“It is not deep,” declared the Washington Post
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Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

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Film Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
At New York’s Serendipity 3 café, money-is-no-object customers can order a $1,000 sundae that’s garnished with gold leaf. Like plunking a cherry atop such an extravagant dessert, the delirious sugar high that is “Crazy Rich Asians” ends with fireworks exploding along the roof of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel — one of the world’s most expensive buildings. Surprisingly enough, it’s the first touch that genuinely feels over-the-top in a movie that expertly manages to balance the opulence of incalculable wealth with the pragmatic, well-grounded sensibility embodied by its heroine, Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a middle-class economics professor who discovers that her Singapore-born boyfriend is not just handsome but worth more than the Gdp of most countries.

If those pyrotechnic bursts seem to be gilding the lily, it’s only because Warner Bros.’ spared-no-expense adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s status-obsessed best-seller already feels like a grand, two-hour fireworks show,
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Ken Jeong Gets Emotional at Premiere: ‘It’s a Lot of Feels Right Now’

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Ken Jeong Gets Emotional at Premiere: ‘It’s a Lot of Feels Right Now’
Warner Bros. rolled out the jade carpet for the Hollywood premiere of “Crazy Rich Asians.”

With the temperature hovering around 95 degrees outside Tcl Chinese Theatres on Tuesday night, everyone seemed to be talking about the weather — while blotting and wiping sweat from their faces.

“Do you like how Warner Bros. managed to create Singapore-style temperatures?” producer Brad Simpson joked.

The cast and crew may have been melting, but they powered through with excitement over the movie, the first studio film featuring Asian-Americans in lead roles in 25 years.

“To be in a film that is representative of what should be, we should be normalizing all of this,” said Henry Golding, who stars in the romantic comedy about a New York University professor (Constance Wu) who accompanies her boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to Singapore to meet his uber wealthy family. “We shouldn’t be the only Asian film made in 25 years. That’s ridiculous.
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‘Step Up: High Water’ Renewed For Season 2 By YouTube

YouTube has ordered a second season of the popular dance drama series Step Up: High Water from Lionsgate.

Series regulars Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love are set to return in the second season of the 10-episode, hourlong series. Production begins this fall for premiere on YouTube Premium in 2019.

Created and executive produced by showrunner Holly Sorensen, Step Up: High Water is based on the film franchise that grossed $650 million at the global box office. Since its debut on January 31, the first episode of Step Up: High Water has generated over 22 million views.

In season one, the series focuses on several ambitious young dancers in a contemporary performing arts school in Atlanta. Sage Odom (Ne-Yo) is the legendary founder of Atlanta’s famed High Water Performing Arts School. Collette (Rivera), is a former dancer turned High Water administrator whose passion
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Warner Bros. snaps up movie rights to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights

Warner Bros. Pictures has come out successful in a hotly-contested bidding war for the big screen rights to Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights, Variety has revealed.

Set in Washington Heights in New York City, In the Heights focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

The project was originally set up at Universal with Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) directing and Miranda starring, but was put into turnaround in 2011. It was later acquired by The Weinstein Company, which then lost the rights in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.

Jon M. Chu is set to direct In the Heights, while Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders are producing.

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First Full Trailer for Jon M. Chu's 'Crazy Rich Asians' Romantic Comedy

"These people aren't just rich, they're Crazy rich." Warner Bros has unveiled the first official trailer for a new comedy titled Crazy Rich Asians, the latest film directed by Jon M. Chu, which is actually more of a romantic comedy. The film features an international cast, led by Constance Wu and Henry Golding - making his feature film debut; along with Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong, Michelle Yeoh, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos, and Jing Lusi. The story follows a not-so-rich woman from New York who accompanies her boyfriend to a friend's wedding in Singapore, only to discover his family is extremely wealthy and his mom doesn't like her. This doesn't look as great as I was hoping, but at least it looks entertaining and way smarter than most comedies. Here's the ...
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‘Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown’ Review

Stars: Vivica A. Fox, Christine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues, Sophie Vavasseur, Gio Lodge-o’Meally, Stephan Benson | Written by Alyson Fouse | Directed by Robert Adetuyi

After being challenged to a global cheerleading showdown by an ambitious new rival, national champion Destiny (Prosperi) and her team set out to compete in a virtual cheerleading competition organised by the Cheer Goddess (Fox). Taking on squads from all over the world, Destiny is pushed to the limit as she attempts to lead her team to glory.

I know what you’re thinking: “There’s Another Bring It On movie?” Apparently there is… This time round we’re scrapping the bottom of the proverbial story barrel, once again rehashing concepts from other movies to create a story which screams been-there-done-that. Gone is the charisma and charm of the early films and in comes more of a Disney Channel level of storytelling and acting, with an obsession
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Best MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Acceptance Speeches

Best MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Acceptance Speeches
The best kiss award is always one of the most anticipated moments of the MTV Movie Awards, and these nominees-turned-winners more than validated our excitement.

As we look forward to the 2017 awards on Sunday, May 7, which will include both film and television nominees for the first time ever, we’re reliving our favorite lip-locking celebrations.

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair for Cruel Intentions, 2000

In Cruel Intentions, Gellar and Blair earned their golden popcorn with a super-close-up make-out complete with a string of spit. “First of all I should just thank Sarah for all those hours of practice,” Blair joked during their acceptance speech.
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When Did Channing Tatum Start To Rock?

 At some point Channing Tatum went from man-candy (what? It's been said) to movie star. His star rose when Step Up stole the hearts of romantic comedy lovers that had waited too long for a new dance film. Seemed like Save The Last Dance had been decades before, despite the fact it actually released only five years prior. But, let's take a look back at Channing's filmography and see exactly where Tatum became something more.

CSI: Miami - Bob Davenport (2004) Never saw it, lets assume he was "okay."Coach Carter - Jason Lyle (2005) Same as CSI: Miami, watching Samuel L. Jackson as a coach just seemed too easy. Yell. Throw Notebook. Win baby, win.War of the Worlds - Boy in Church (uncredited, 2005) Wuh? Did they know he was just in Coach Carter?Havoc - Nick (2005) Is this the Havoc with Anne Hatheway's nude scene? Must go back and pay
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Now You See Me 2 In St. Louis

The master magicians known as the Four Horsemen return for their most daring and astounding caper ever, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights in hopes of clearing their names and exposing the ruthlessness of a dangerous tech magnate.

One year after their astonishing Robin Hood-style magic shows win the public’s adulation and confound the FBI, the quartet resurfaces for a dazzling comeback performance that will make their previous escapades seem like child’s play. With the help of FBI Special Agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo), the Horsemen — J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) and new addition Lula (Lizzy Caplan) — mount a meticulously planned surprise appearance, in hopes of exposing corrupt tech tycoon Owen Case (Ben Lamb).

But their scheme backfires, exposing Dylan’s involvement with the Horsemen and sending all five of them back on the run. To regain
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25 Pictures of Harry Shum Jr. on the Red Carpet That Will Make Your Heart Beat a Little Faster

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25 Pictures of Harry Shum Jr. on the Red Carpet That Will Make Your Heart Beat a Little Faster
If you watch Freeform's Shadowhunters, odds are you're already obsessed with Harry Shum Jr. While the actor makes for one incredibly good-looking warlock, he's actually been causing hearts to swoon way before playing Magnus Bane. Aside from his starring role on the hit show Glee, he was also in Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D - because on top of those good looks, he's also got some serious moves. Swoon! Keep scrolling for some of his hottest red carpet pictures to date, then check out 16 times Glee's Rachel Berry gave you life.
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The evolution of Channing Tatum: from 'dull beefcake dude' to Xxl movie star

Tatum is one of several – white, male – actors parlaying their everyman charm into big-budget success (see also: Chris Evans and Chris Pratt). But isn’t it time the white male-dominated industry made room for all actors to do the same?

In 2006, Channing Tatum starred as Duke in She’s the Man, a movie based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In it, he played a soccer star who falls for Amanda Bynes’ character, Viola, who’s masquerading as her brother so she can play soccer. It’s funny, it’s smart, and it’s a pretty interesting teen film. (Especially since it depicts the fluidity of gender in a relatively mature way.)

That same year Tatum also starred in Step Up, and in 2008 he made a cameo in Step Up 2: The Streets, proving his can-do, up-for-anything attitude – mainly because we all know nobody from original dance movies tends to show up for lower-budgeted sequels,
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First trailer & poster for ‘Jem and the Holograms’ live-action movie

Ok so maybe I’m a sucker for films based on 80s pop culture properties, but not even I ever expected a Hollywood live-action remake of an Eighties cartoon primarily aimed at girls (although confession time, yes I did used to watch the show on Saturday mornings!). However with director Jon M. Chu at the helm I’m sure this new version of Jem and the Holograms will be a hit – after all, this is the man who directed my favourite “guilty pleasure” Step Up 2: The Streets And the fantastic G.I. Joe sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal PicturesJem and the Holograms, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that
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Paramount Pictures Plans ‘Escape’ with Jon M. Chu

Paramount Pictures Plans ‘Escape’ with Jon M. Chu
Director Jon M. Chu has been dancing back and forth between action adventures and music-infused dance films. On one side, the filmmaker has been at the helm of sequels like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the forthcoming Now You See Me: The Second Act. And on the other, he’s directed both Step Up 2: The Streets […]

The post Paramount Pictures Plans ‘Escape’ with Jon M. Chu appeared first on /Film.
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Diddy Apparently Filmed Himself Having Sex With Cassie and Called It a Cologne Ad

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Diddy Apparently Filmed Himself Having Sex With Cassie and Called It a Cologne Ad
Want to feel like a real sexy manly man? Then dash on a few droplets of Diddy's new cologne 3Am, and you, too, can have sex with Cassie, aka Sophie Donovan from Step Up 2: The Streets, in various positions. But if you think this is just about having raw, animalistic sex, you would be incorrect! “That whole interaction has nothing to do with sex as much as it has to do with love," Diddy told Style.com. "My concept is that love is the new sexy.” Sure, guy. Nsfw, unless you work at a cologne ad agency and/or sextape studio.
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