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There's Some Serious Game of Thrones Eye Candy Going on in Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty

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Since the trailer and marketing leading up to Amy Schumer's new romantic comedy, I Feel Pretty, focuses on the ensuing romance between leads Schumer and Rory Scovel (The House), you might be surprised to discover that there's another man who attempts to steal the heroine's heart. Scovel's Ethan might be the scruffy, charming star, but the suave, wealthy, and 10-foot-tall Grant LeClair is certainly easy on the eyes. Not only that, but he's also played by a very familiar face: Game of Thrones actor Tom Hopper!

The 33-year-old British actor, who's also appeared in Black Sails and Merlin, made his debut in the HBO fantasy drama as Dickon Tarly in season seven's second episode, "Stormborn." Though his character might not have been on the side we wish he were - ideally, supporting Daenerys's every whim - it didn't take long for fans of the show
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Have a Big Fat Crush on I Feel Pretty's Rory Scovel? Here's Where You've Seen Him Before

Regardless of how you feel about Amy Schumer's two romantic comedies - 2015's Trainwreck and the recently released I Feel Pretty - you have to admit that the actress and comedian knows how to pick a leading man. In the former, Bill Hader charms the pants off of just about everyone with his performance as an endearing sports doctor. Let's just say that if you walked into the theater without already having had a crush on the Saturday Night Live alum, you definitely had one by the time you left.

In I Feel Pretty, out April 20, Rory Scovel introduces us to a similarly crushable character. The scruffy, sensitive, and shy Ethan is bowled over by the bold confidence of Schumer's Renee, who suffers a head injury during a SoulCycle class that makes her believe she's been transformed into a supermodel. Her delusion affords her with a boundless sense of self-assurance and body positivity,
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Film Review: Amy Schumer Teaches a Despicable Lesson in Self-Love

‘I Feel Pretty’ Film Review: Amy Schumer Teaches a Despicable Lesson in Self-Love
I Feel Pretty” makes a lot of sense on paper. After becoming America’s foremost chronicler of female self-esteem issues through her Emmy- and Peabody-winning Comedy Central sketch series, Amy Schumer finally has the chance to give her tortured public persona a happy ending.

An average-looking woman (by Hollywood standards) consumed by the desire to be “undeniably pretty” bonks her head, wakes up believing she’s beautiful and learns that her anxieties about her looks kept her from fully embracing life. Confidence, not conventional beauty, was what she needed all along. Like her commitment-phobia rom-com “Trainwreck,” the project is on brand for Schumer, while softening her edges for a broad audience.

So what went so, so wrong?

Also Read: Amy Schumer and 'I Feel Pretty' Tackle Body Image Issues in First Trailer

Written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (first-time helmers who penned “How to Be Single,” “The Vow,” and “He’s Just Not That Into You”), “I Feel Pretty” is an honest-to-God fiasco. Virtually every single aspect of this rigidly unfunny comedy is botched, from the characters to the plot, the themes to the core message.

For a long stretch, Michelle Williams threatens to steal the picture, playing the funniest character she’s played in ages. But ultimately she, too, gets lost in the ineptitude that defines this film.

I Feel Pretty” was clearly adapted for Schumer’s talents, a sensible move so poorly implemented that it ends up being one of the film’s greatest drawbacks. Schumer’s Renee Bennett is supposed to be an everywoman whose insecurities about her appearance are relatable, if extreme.

Also Read: Amy Schumer Claps Back at 'I Feel Pretty' Critics: 'We All Struggle With Self-Esteem'

She works for Lily LeClaire, an upscale makeup company headed by its namesake founder (Lauren Hutton) and her granddaughter Avery (Williams), but Renee is stuck in a basement outpost, forever looking into the Midtown headquarters from the outside. That is, until a cranial injury during SoulCycle has her convinced that she’s attractive enough to go for a receptionist position at the model-filled main office.

We’re meant to identify with Renee as the woman-next-door gaslighted into thinking she’s an ogre. But Renee is also written as a monstrous egomaniac and a painfully basic bitch, two archetypes that Schumer often plays. The script’s tone-deafness reaches a particularly low point when Renee signs up for a grubby bikini contest at a dank bar on a first date, sticks her finger into a stranger’s mouth — and her good-guy plus-one (Rory Scovel, “The House”) finds her wannabe-stripper antics charming and seductive. Self-love and body acceptance have seldom smelled so much like stale beer.

Renee’s proximity to Avery, a sheltered heiress with a chipmunk voice and a heart of gold leads to the discovery that drugstore-makeup-using Long Island native Renee might be a valuable consultant for Lily LeClaire’s upcoming Target line. Williams masterfully parodies the studied fragility of a certain class of New York women, and Schumer excels in the scenes in which she sells Renee’s self-hatred and her jubilation at being “beautiful.”

Also Read: Justin Bieber to Amy Schumer: Stars Throw Their Support Behind #MarchForOurLives

But no other character, including Renee’s love interest and her two undifferentiated friends (Aidy Bryant and Busy Philipps), has any coherent personality at all. And Renee is so shambolically and jaggedly written that, by the time her big realization-cum-monologue arrives, all I wanted was for her to stop talking.

Occasionally, a human moment glints among the muddle. A late moment when a character points out how sad it is that Renee’s “wildest dream” is merely to be pretty is fleeting but wise. But such lines are all too rare, and ostensibly hilarious ones, like when Renee gets called “sir” by some random dude, are much more common. And the scenes where Renee, an adult woman, learns that conventionally attractive women have problems too simply feel condescending.

The movie that “I Feel Pretty” should have been deserves to be made. This version, in which a narcissist learns to love herself as is, feels far less necessary.



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Will Ferrell Hospitalized Following Car Crash, Is in Good Spirits

Will Ferrell Hospitalized Following Car Crash, Is in Good Spirits
Comedian and actor Will Ferrell was taken to the hospital last night after the SUV he was riding in was side-swiped by another car. The SUV was completely flipped on its roof, with the crash happening on the I-5 freeway at around 11 Pm last night. The actor was one of three people in the SUV, which was being driven by a chauffeur, with the actor returning from a Funny Or Die event in San Diego, where he appeared as his Anchorman character, Ron Burgundy.

The actor didn't suffer any serious injuries, as a video taken from the scene, which you can see below, shows the actor in good spirits, talking on his cell phone while laying on a gurney and being lifted into an ambulance. Sources revealed this morning that Will Ferrell was released from the hospital and that he's doing well, having not suffered any serious injuries. However, witnesses
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Will Ferrell “Hopefully” Collaborating With Gus Van Sant On A Film

Will Ferrell is an actor that people tend to love or hate. Appearing in a variety of comedies, he’s known for his strange, wild characters and slapstick humor. There’s no better proof of his comedic prowess than by looking at his last several films, which include “Daddy’s Home” (1 and 2), “The House,” “Zoolander 2,” “Get Hard,” and “The Lego Movie.” Will Ferrell is definitely known for a very specific type of humor.
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‘Blockers,’ ‘A Quiet Place’ Bet SXSW Buzz Equals Big Box Office

‘Blockers,’ ‘A Quiet Place’ Bet SXSW Buzz Equals Big Box Office
Blockers” and “A Quiet Place” are both hoping to leverage film festival raves into box office success when they open in theaters next month.

On paper, the two films couldn’t be more different. “Blockers,” is a bawdy R-rated comedy about a group of high school girls’ efforts to lose their virginity on prom night. Think of it as a feminist spin on “Superbad.”

In contrast, “A Quiet Place” is a brutal thriller about a dystopian future in which arthropod-like monsters hunt humans using their superior sense of sound. It also functions as a meditation on parenthood and paranoia.

Despite their stylistic differences and divergent subject matters, the two movies share more than just a common release date of April 6. They’re trying to prove that audiences will come out for a movie that isn’t “Black Panther.” So far this winter, that’s the only film that’s really
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‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ Trailer: Eli Roth’s Fantasy Horror Ticks With Jack Black, Cate Blanchett

‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ Trailer: Eli Roth’s Fantasy Horror Ticks With Jack Black, Cate Blanchett
“Have a look around,” the welcoming, if eccentric, uncle (Jack Black) says to little Lewis, the aviator-goggled 10-year-old at the tick-tick-ticking heart of Eli Roth’s horror fantasy The House with a Clock in Its Walls. “You’re perfectly safe.” Safe being a relative term, of course, when a purple-tentacled octopus is at the door. Co-starring Cate Blanchett, The House is based on the children’s classic book by John Bellairs that featured illustrations by the great Edward…
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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to Receive Spirit of Anne Frank Award

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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an organization co-founded by the “Parks and Rec” alumna, will receive this year’s Spirit of Anne Frank Youth Empowerment Award (Safa). Per the official press release, for the past 23 years, Safa Awards have been annually awarded to those who champion Anne Frank’s “ideals of hope, justice, and equality.”

This year’s Safa Awards be held in New York on June 12, and will also present student scholarships and educator awards.

Alongside Poehler’s organization, other recipients will include Coca-Cola Company’s vice president Racquel Harris Mason and violinist, activist, and Syrian refugee Mariela Shaker. Humanitarian and Holocaust survivor Rosa Strygler will be posthumously honored with this year’s Safa Lifetime Inspiration Award.

Founded by Poehler and producer Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is an organization dedicated to helping young women professionally excel “through their own intellect and creativity.
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NYC Weekend Watch: Terence Stamp, ‘Charade,’ ‘Vagabond’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Retrospectives on Akira Kurosawa and Terence Stamp are underway.

Wong and Lynch play in “Visionary Form.”

Quad Cinema

Hoo-ah! “Pacino’s Way” looks at one of our greatest actors in his best and not-best work.

Film Forum

All ::checks runtime:: eight hours of Fassbinder’s Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day have been restored.
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Movie News: Amy Poehler to Star in and Direct 'Wine Country'; Watch Jeremy Renner in First 'Tag' Trailer

Wine Country: Amy Poehler (The House, above) will direct and star in Wine Country. The comedy will mark her directorial debut; it follows longtime friends who travel to the Napa Valley region of California to celebrate a birthday. Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph and Emily Spivey will also star, while Tina Fey will be featured .Spivey wrote the original screenplay with Liz Cackowski. Production will begin later this month. [The Hollywood Reporter] It's happening—Amy Poehler's directorial debut, Wine Country, is coming soon to Netflix! Starring Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and featuring Tina Fey. Get excited. Get real excited. pic.twitter.com/kZedPmzeVC — Netflix Us (@netflix) March...
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Movie News: Amy Poehler to Star in and Direct 'Wine Country'

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Wine Country: Amy Poehler (The House, above) will direct and star in Wine Country. The comedy will mark her directorial debut; it follows longtime friends who travel to the Napa Valley region of California to celebrate a birthday. Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph and Emily Spivey will also star, while Tina Fey will be featured. Spivey wrote the original screenplay with Liz Cackowski. Production will begin later this month. [The Hollywood Reporter] It's...

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Amy Poehler to Direct, Star in Netflix Comedy ‘Wine Country’

Amy Poehler to Direct, Star in Netflix Comedy ‘Wine Country’
Netflix is sending Amy Poehler to “Wine Country” to make her feature directorial debut, produce and star in a comedy about friends having a weekend celebration of a 50th birthday.

The cast includes Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and features Tina Fey.

The film will be produced by Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions. Carla Hacken (“Hell or High Water,” “Brad’s Status”) will produce via her Paper Pictures label and Morgan Sackett (“Parks and Recreation,” “Veep”) will produce through Dunshire Productions.

Poehler will direct from a script written by “Saturday Night Live” veterans Emily Spivey and Liz Cackowski, who teamed on “The Last Man on Earth.”

Principal photography will begin towards the end of March in Los Angeles and Napa, Ca. Napa is one of the top wine-growing districts in the world. It was the setting for Keanu Reeves’ 1995 drama “A Walk in the Clouds.
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5 upcoming films from iconic directors that should be on your radar

Samuel Brace with five upcoming films from iconic directors that should be on your radar…

Film and filmmaking is more open to newcomers and young bucks than ever before. With the proliferation of equipment and technological advancement, nearly anyone who wants to make a film can do so. And thus fusing this with studios more often than not deciding to hire promising talent from the indie scene to direct their blockbusters, it can seem that director name recognition isn’t quite as central as it once was. However, there are still giants of the industry out there making movies, and their immense talent is still the best barometer we have for gauging a film’s potential success (at least as a piece of art). The good news is that five of cinema’s very best are set to release content in the near to very near future. And, I think you’ll agree,
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SNL Highlights: Will Ferrell Talks Aziz Ansari, Wears #TimesUp Deodorant

SNL Highlights: Will Ferrell Talks Aziz Ansari, Wears #TimesUp Deodorant
It was homecoming for Will Ferrell, who returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend and immediately reprised his role as George W. Bush. The greatest hits, however, pretty much stopped there.

Folks tuning in to see the return of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek or legendary sports announcer Harry Caray were left to make do with, umm, Jacob Silj. Thankfully, Ferrell still managed to put on a great show, kicking things off with a tuneful monologue that found the potentially concussed host wandering into the audience to sing about the “rudest man in show business,” Lorne Michaels.

The episode really picked up in the second half,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Will Ferrell Succeeds by Reminding Us That George W. Bush Was Terrible, and Other Truths

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Will Ferrell Succeeds by Reminding Us That George W. Bush Was Terrible, and Other Truths
Will Ferrell returned to “Saturday Night Live” this week to lay down some firm truths. First and foremost, Ferrell seems to know that he’s partly to blame for your nostalgic pining for former President George W. Bush — and that needs to stop.

Host: Will Ferrell

Ferrell’s dim-witted version of George W. Bush was always a bit more lovable than the real thing, and very well may have helped cement the former president’s reputation for being a “guy you’d like to have a beer with.” In light of Donald Trump’s actions, Bush has seemed harmless in comparison, and even liberals are starting to miss having a Republican in office who at least pretended to care about democracy. But that’s where you’d be wrong, as Ferrell-as-w reminded viewers in this week’s “SNL” open.

“According to a new poll, my approval rating is at an all-time high,
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2017's Worst Movies According to Rotten Tomatoes

It's been one heck of a year for the box office and though there were many bright spots, 2017 just wasn't able to pull it together and it's quite possibly because of a handful of titles on this list of the worst movies of the year according to Rotten Tomatoes. It's important to note that these are all according to the metrics over at Rotten Tomatoes and not a personal attack on movies that took a lot of work and money to get made. Some people will agree with the list and some will not, but it's safe to say that everybody thought that the Emoji Movie was going to be a lot higher on this list.

Number 20 on the list goes to Ghost in the Shell, which is holding strong as the best of the worst movies of 2017 with a 46% rating over at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was pretty much
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Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’

Disney Races to Top of Disc Sales Charts With ‘Cars 3’
Disney’s “Cars 3” topped the Npd VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second consecutive week, holding off a surge from Universal’s “Atomic Blonde” the week ended Nov. 18.

Atomic Blonde,” an action thriller starring Charlize Theron, debuted at No. 2 on both charts selling about 86% as many copies in its first week as “Cars 3” did in its second (and 89% as many Blu-ray units). “Atomic Blonde” earned $51.6 million at the domestic box office.

Coming in at a distant No. 3 overall was another newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Wind River,” a murder mystery with “Avengers” stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen that earned $33.8 million in U.S. theaters. Rounding out the top five were a pair of superhero films demonstrating staying power on the home video charts: Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at No. 4 and Warner’s “Wonder Woman” at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray
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Daddy’s Home 2 movie review: the father away, the better

MaryAnn’s quick take… Goes well beyond the typical mindless array of slapstick and humiliation to reach disgusting new depths of coarseness. Not just appalling, but actually dangerous. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): hated Daddy’s Home; this one looked worse

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I was going to skip Daddy’s Home 2. The first one was appalling, and did not demand a sequel, and this one looked worse. Life is too short, even for a film critic, to give in and see every idiotic movie. But then a critic friend asked me to attend a press screening with her — you know, as moral support — so I did. As my self-sacrificing good deed for the day. And I’m actually glad I ended up seeing the movie after all. Not because it’s good: dear god in heaven, no.
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Flashpoint directors close, Deadpool future in jeopardy, Avengers 4 to see dead characters return and more – Daily News Roundup

Flashpoint Director Close?

After being announced a couple of months ago, it looks like DC Films and Warner Bros. have been working hard to find a director for Flashpoint. And according The Wall Street Journal, Toby Emmerich, they closing in on a director and hope to be greenlit soon. Read more here.

Hope Never Dies

With a little over a week to go until Justice League arrives in cinemas, a new Superman motion poster has been revealed featuring Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel which includes a voiceover from Amy Adams’ Lois Lane. Read more here.

Deadpool In Trouble?

It was revealed a couple of days ago that Disney were looking to acquire certain elements on 21st Century Fox, which would include their film studio 20th Century Fox. Should that be the case, Disney could potentially own Marvel characters like the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. With The House of
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Will Ferrell Finally Reveals the ‘Step Brothers’ Sequel Storyline That Never Got Made

Will Ferrell Finally Reveals the ‘Step Brothers’ Sequel Storyline That Never Got Made
Will Ferrell fans are no doubt shocked that a movie like “Daddy’s Home” is getting a sequel before such favorites as “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Step Brothers.” The latter was an R-rated box office success in 2008 and gained near-legendary status by becoming an endlessly re-watchable favorite on cable television networks like FX. The film, which starred Ferrell opposite John C. Reilly as a pair of grown men still living with their parents, seemed like a logical choice for a sequel, and yet the stars and director Adam McKay have never moved forward with one.

Read More:‘Step Brothers’ Sequel: Will Ferrell Says There’s Still a Chance for More Activities — Watch

Ferrell has teased interest in a “Step Brothers” sequel in the past, saying as early as this summer that “talks” about doing one had taken place, but he’s delivered the full storyline for
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