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  • Tag: Comedy Starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jeremy Renner

    Warner and New Line’s Tag debuted with $14.6 million in 3,382 theaters. The R-rated comedy, starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner, is based on a Wall Street Journal article about a group of grown men who play a longstanding game of tag. Those over the age of 25 accounted for 78% of audiences, with an […]

    Roseanne: Spinoff Alive and Well at ABC without Star Barr

    The proposed Roseanne spinoff is still alive at ABC, and negotiations have moved to a new phase due to its star’s concessions.

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Euphoria, Valeria Golino’s Sophomore Jinx–Melodrma around Gay Businessman

    The second feature of Valeria Golino (still beter known as an actress) may not be a sophomore jinx, but it certainly is a disappointing film, due to the retro (in the negative sense of the term) and old-fashioned representation of gay life in Italy. Riccardo Scamarcio plays Matteo, a rich, elegant gay businessman who decides […]

    Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynold Witty and Funny Sequel

    Fox’s Deadpool 2 should grab the second place slot in its sophomore weekend with $54.5 million from 4,349 theaters. The addition should give the “Deadpool” sequel an 11-day total of around $220 million. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 sees the titular antihero forming the X-Force in an effort to save a young mutant from Josh […]

    Mary Shelley: Elle Fanning as the Famous Writer

     Image: Courtesy of TIFF Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, Mary Shelley shows the young author (Elle Fanning) falling in love with married Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth), thus beginning a life of travel, infidelity and loss. She wrote the original concept for Frankenstein (at the Geneve home of Lord Byron, played by Tom Sturridge), Mary Shelley (born […]

    Women in Film: Only 16 Percent of Film Writers in U.K. Are Female

    Only 16 percent of working film writers in the U.K. are female and only 14 percent of primetime TV is predominantly female-written, according to a report by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

    Love, Cecil: Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Docu about Legendary Designer (Oscar Winners Gigi, My Fair Lady)

    Estimable distributor Zeitgeist Films presents the theatrical release of Love, Cecil, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary about the British Oscar-winning designer (Gigi, My Fair Lady).

    Cannes Film Fest 2018: Yomeddine, Egyptian Director Amateurish Debut

    Egyptian director A.B. Shawky’s feature directing debut, Yomeddine, didn’t win any prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Fest. Thematically, the film was interesting–sort of The Elephant Man in a different geographical and political context. But artistically, it left a lot to be desired.  It was, in my humble view, one of the weakest entries in […]

    Gay Cinema 2018: LGBTQ Characters in Decline in Mainstream Hollywood

    Hollywood celebrated Call Me By Your Name and its two boyfriends at the most recent Oscars, where James Ivory won best screenplay Oscars, studio movies actually turned away from depicting LGBTQ characters in 2017. In a new survey of the 109 films released theatrically by the major studios last year, the advocacy group GLAAD reports […]

    Cannes Film Fests 2018: Jia Zhang-ke’s Ash Is the Purest White

    Tradition Vs. Modernity has been a consistent theme in the work of the highly acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, a staple presence in all the major world festivals, especially Venice and Cannes. His new work, Ash Is Purest White represents a point of departure in some ways: It is a genre work, jianghu underworld movie, […]

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