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‘Airplane Mode’ & The Wildest Comedies of the Year

Dazzler Media

2019 has been a great year for comedy with some truly original and funny films to take the edge off the gloomy state of the world! To coincide with new, hilarious gross-out comedy Airplane Mode, undoubtedly the breakout movie of the social media generation and starring 23 of the biggest social media celebs on the planet, we look at some of the best of the year which you should definitely seek out.

Shazam!

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring them out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – “Shazam!” – this 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero, Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart – inside a ripped, godlike body – Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them. He
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‘Long Shot’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Randall Park, Tristan D. Lalla, Alexander Skarsgard | Written by Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah | Directed by Jonathan Levine

Long Shot is directed by Jonathan Levine and re-teams him with star Seth Rogen in what is their third outing together after their collaborations on 50/50 and The Night Before. Long Shot also offers both Levine and Rogen a chance to get out of a small rut of sorts with their respective careers coming off a rather poor box office return. Specifically, Levine’s last directorial effort Snatched bombing terribly and Rogen starring in bit parts on streaming platforms such as Arizona and Father Figure. Thankfully, Long Shot is genuinely one of the best romantic comedies I’ve had the pleasure to have seen in the last decade. Incredibly witty and heartfelt with two excellent leading
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‘Bad Girls’ Anthology Series From Liz Hannah & Ry Russo-Young In The Works At Ucp

  • Deadline
Ucp is developing Bad Girls, an anthology series based on Ann Shen’s book Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, with writer Liz Hannah (The Post) and Echo Lake Entertainment. Ry Russo-Young (The Sun Is Also A Star) is set to direct the pilot and executive produce. Ucp is currently shopping the project to networks and streamers.

Written by Hannah, Bad Girls is eyed as an anthology series with each episode featuring a different influential woman throughout history. From Ada Lovelace to Rosa Parks; Mata Hari to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, each episode will be written, directed, and starring a different female team.

“Ann Shen’s book is all that needs to be said about the ambitions of this show,” said Hannah. “To depict women throughout history as they are: complex, funny, dark and everywhere in between. As a longtime admirer of Ry’s work, I’m
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Wesley Snipes Joins Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel

  • Variety
Wesley Snipes Joins Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ Sequel
Wesley Snipes has signed on to appear in Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America” sequel as an African general.

Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is directing the project with Murphy, Kevin Misher, and Kenya Barris producing.

The 1988 original movie, directed by John Landis, starred Murphy as the charming African prince Akeem, who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall starred as his best friend Semmi with James Earl Jones as his father and Shari Headley and John Amos co-starring. The comedy was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

In the sequel, Prince Akeem is set to become king of the fictional country of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America — a street-savvy Queens native named Lavelle. To honor the former king’s dying wish to groom his grandson as the crown prince,
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Home Release Details Set For Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron Comedy ‘Long Shot’

Lionsgate

Home release details have been released for Long Shot, the acclaimed Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron-led comedy which will land on DVD, Blu-ray, etc from September. The movie comes to the screen from filmmaker Jonathan Levine.

He’s a hard-hitting political writer with a talent for trouble. She’s the country’s top diplomat with a talent for…well, everything. When Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) reunites with his first crush who also happens to be the current Us Secretary of State, Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), he charms her with his self-deprecating humor and his memories of her youthful idealism.

Related: Long Shot review

As she prepares to make a surprise run for the Oval Office, Charlotte hires Fred to punch up her campaign speeches and their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world affair. But Fred’s carefree indiscretions, past and present, could bring down her campaign before it even begins.
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New to Streaming: ‘Ash Is Purest White,’ ‘Blow Out,’ ‘Sword of Trust,’ ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)

For over two decades the filmmaker Jia Zhangke has, through his movies, shown Western audiences a barometer of life in 21st Century China. Ash is Purest White was both the most expensive and, arguably, least political film that Jia has made (read into that what you will) but it was also his most shape-shifting, adventurous and heart wrenching work, too. The director’s partner Zhao Tao provides that heartbeat as the wife of an absent mob guy who goes on an odyssey to find him. The film–and perhaps the world of Jia itself–would simply evaporate without her. – Rory O.
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Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in Long Shot Arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD July 30th

An all-star cast shoots their shot in the sharp and “funny as hell” (Flixist.com) R-rated comedy Long Shot, arriving on Digital July 16 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 30 from Lionsgate. Sparks fly between comedy superstar Seth Rogen and Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron in this Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh “must-see comedy of 2019” also starring O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Lisa Kudrow (TV’s “Friends”), with Bob Odenkirk, and Alexander Skarsgård. From the celebrated team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, creators of outrageous comedy hits including Sausage Party and Neighbors franchise, director Jonathan Levine, and co-written for the screen by Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah, screenwriter of the Academy Award®-nominated The Post (2017, Best Picture), don’t miss this “terrific, hilarious, and sincere romantic comedy”.

Seth Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a hard-partying journalist
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Lionsgate Promotes Erin Westerman to President of Production at Studio’s Motion Picture Group

  • The Wrap
Lionsgate on Tuesday promoted production executive Erin Westerman to president of production for the motion picture group, Chairman Joe Drake and group President Nathan Kahane announced.

“I have been privileged to work with Nathan and Joe for many years and I’m endlessly inspired by their entrepreneurship and their passion for film and talent,” Westerman said in a statement. “I was thrilled to come with them to Lionsgate and I’m honored to play a role in the film group’s next chapter.”

Westerman joined Lionsgate in October 2017, serving as executive vice president of production, in which she oversaw the creative production team.

Also Read: 'John Wick: Chapter 4' Gets Summer 2021 Release Date

Westerman has helped develop and execute Lionsgate’s film production strategy, the studio said, targeting titles and filmmakers in the horror, action, faith, family and comedy sectors. That focus has resulted in films such as
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Lionsgate Promotes Erin Westerman to President of Motion Picture Production

  • Variety
Lionsgate has promoted veteran executive Erin Westerman to the post of president of production of its Motion Picture Group.

Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake and motion picture group president Nathan Kahane made the announcement Tuesday. The post has been vacant since earlier this year, when it was held as a co-presidency by Peter Kang and Geoff Shaevitz.

Westerman has served as executive vice president of production since 2017, overseeing the creative production team. She has helped develop Rian Johnson’s upcoming “Knives Out,” starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the untitled untitled Fox News-Roger Ailes sexual harassment film starring Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman. Westerman was also involved in bring the Point Grey partnership (Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg/James Weaver) and Megamix (Jonathan Levine) producing deals to the studio.

“Since joining Lionsgate, Erin has consistently demonstrated her outstanding taste for material as
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Erin Westerman promoted to Lionsgate president of production

Executive joined studio in October 2017.

Erin Westerman, one of the executives who has led the charge as the studio realigns its film strategy to target horror, action, faith, family, and comedy, has been promoted to president of production at Lionsgate motion picture group.

Since joining Lionsgate in October 2017, Westerman has served as executive vice-president of production, working on such titles as Rian Johnson’s upcoming Thanksgiving release Knives Out starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the Untitled Charles Randolph/Jay Roach Project directed by Roach from Bron Studios starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.
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Mary J. Blige Inks First-Look TV Deal At Lionsgate

  • Deadline
R&b/hip-hop icon Mary J. Blige and her newly launched Blue Butterfly production company have signed a first-look TV deal with Lionsgate. Under the exclusive pact she will develop and produce series as well as have the opportunity to create content across the company’s other business platforms.

A nine-time Grammy winner and an Oscar nominee in 2018 for Mudbound in both Supporting Actress and Best Song categories, Blige currently stars in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. Upcoming projects include films Violent Heart and Body Cam, and she was recently cast to provide a voice in DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls sequel Trolls World Tour.

Blige, who has seven platinum albums and 31 total Grammy noms, is also launching a North American music tour with Nas this summer. On Sunday, she received the lifetime achievement award at the Bet Awards.

“Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being.
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Mary J. Blige Inks First-Look TV Deal With Lionsgate

  • Variety
Mary J. Blige Inks First-Look TV Deal With Lionsgate
Mary J. Blige has signed an exclusive first-look television deal with Lionsgate.

Under the pact, Blige and her newly-launched Blue Butterfly productions will develop and produce TV series for the studio. The singer-actress will also have the opportunity to create content across Lionsgate’s various business platforms.

“Mary is a very talented artist, fearless visionary and an incredible human being. We’re delighted to be working with someone with such a powerful and impactful creative voice,” said Lionsgate TV Group chairman Kevin Beggs. “Every art she touches blossoms and we’re humbled she’s chosen us as her home. We look forward to all the exciting new content Mary and her Blue Butterfly banner will bring to our television slate and Lionsgate 360 orbit.”

Blige’s recent credits include “Mudbound” on the film side, for which she earned acting and music Oscar nominations, and Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” on the TV side.
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Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron Come Home in Long Shot This July

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron Come Home in Long Shot This July
Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are coming home in the outrageous comedy Long Shot on digital July 16 and on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on July 30 from Lionsgate.

Seth Rogen stars as Fred Flarsky, a hard-partying journalist who's got it bad for Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), his first crush turned presidential candidate. After Charlotte hires Fred as a speechwriter, he is a fish out of water on her elite team. But sparks fly as he turns her on to a wild new world of raging parties, secret rendezvous, and hilarious rule-breaking.

An all-star cast shoots their shot in Long Shot the sharp R-rated comedy arriving on Digital July 16 and on Blu-ray&#8482 Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 30 from Lionsgate. Sparks fly between comedy superstar Seth Rogen and Academy Award&#174 winner Charlize Theron in this Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh&#8482 also starring O'Shea Jackson, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Andy Serkis,
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Charlize Theron Will Accept the 2019 American Cinematheque Award

The American Cinematheque will present the 33rd American Cinematheque Award to Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) at the 2019 annual benefit gala on Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hollywood assembles at the Cinematheque Ball each year to celebrate the new honoree.

“Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do,” stated American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “It is obvious from her career that her immense talent cannot be categorized or confined.”

The South African actress has shown her range since she broke out early in “The Cider House Rules.” She transformed herself into a serial killer in Patty Jenkins’ “Monster” and earned another Oscar nomination for “North Country.” She demonstrated her physical prowess as Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and in the title role in “Atomic Blonde.” She
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Charlize Theron Will Accept the 2019 American Cinematheque Award

The American Cinematheque will present the 33rd American Cinematheque Award to Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) at the 2019 annual benefit gala on Friday, November 8, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hollywood assembles at the Cinematheque Ball each year to celebrate the new honoree.

“Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do,” stated American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. “It is obvious from her career that her immense talent cannot be categorized or confined.”

The South African actress has shown her range since she broke out early in “The Cider House Rules.” She transformed herself into a serial killer in Patty Jenkins’ “Monster” and earned another Oscar nomination for “North Country.” She demonstrated her physical prowess as Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and in the title role in “Atomic Blonde.” She
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Lisa Kudrow To Headline Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels & Whitney Cummings

Lisa Kudrow To Headline Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Good People’ From Lee Daniels & Whitney Cummings
Friends alumna Lisa Kudrow is set to star in and executive produce Good People, Amazon’s half-hour comedy pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and 2 Broke Girls co-creator Whitney Cummings, Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Written by Daniels and Cummings, Good People revolves around three generations of women working in the ombudsman’s office of a college that navigates the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class, and gender.

Kudrow will play Lynn Steele, the university ombudsman, a tired, mercurial force of nature who finds herself being seen as out of touch by millennials, even though she has been a champion of women her entire career. Cummings also stars in the pilot.

Kudrow, Cummings and Daniels executive produce. Daniels also directs.

Kudrow will next be
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Paradigm Names Chappel McCollister Svp Of Strategic Partnerships

Chappel McCollister has been hired as senior vice president of Strategic Partnerships at Paradigm Talent Agency.

McCollister will be based in the agency’s Nashville office and represent music clients with a focus on the Nashville roster across a range of areas, including brand & corporate partnerships, premium VIP experiences, product licensing, and strategic investments.

“We’re ecstatic to welcome Chappel into our Paradigm Nashville collective,” Nashville Office Leader Jonathan Levine, said in a statement. “Chappel, with his extraordinary global purview and expertise, as well as his approach to artist development and career building, perfectly aligns with our philosophies of elevating our level of service and strategic partnerships to unprecedented heights. Game On.”

Added McCollister: “I am extremely excited to join the Paradigm team. I have long admired their strategic approach to artist development. Paradigm’s passion for music and the artist is contagious. I’m honored to be a part
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‘Long Shot’ Director Jonathan Levine on the Soundtracks to His Movies and Life [Interview]

‘Long Shot’ Director Jonathan Levine on the Soundtracks to His Movies and Life [Interview]
“Music inspires you to keep making images,” director Jonathan Levine says. The director of The Wackness, 50/50, and the new Seth RogenCharlize Theron rom-com, Long Shot, constantly finds himself inspired by music. Whether he’s writing or thinking of the mood for a movie, music is on his mind. His love for music was evident from the start of his career […]

The post ‘Long Shot’ Director Jonathan Levine on the Soundtracks to His Movies and Life [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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‘Long Shot’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ravi Patel, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis, Randall Park, Tristan D. Lalla, Alexander Skarsgard | Written by Dan Sterling, Liz Hannah | Directed by Jonathan Levine

Long Shot is directed by Jonathan Levine and re-teams him with star Seth Rogen in what is their third outing together after their collaborations on 50/50 and The Night Before. Long Shot also offers both Levine and Rogen a chance to get out of a small rut of sorts with their respective careers coming off a rather poor box office return. Specifically, Levine’s last directorial effort Snatched bombing terribly and Rogen starring in bit parts on streaming platforms such as Arizona and Father Figure. Thankfully, Long Shot is genuinely one of the best romantic comedies I’ve had the pleasure to have seen in the last decade. Incredibly witty and heartfelt with two excellent leading
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“Long Shot” Is A Massively Charming And Terrifically Funny Romantic Comedy

A winning romantic comedy can provide a jolt of happiness unlike almost any other cinematic offering. There’s something about seeing characters you root for overcome the odds that just pleases you in a substantial way. Throw in some good laughs and these are far more than just staples of date nights. Long Shot, the raunchy new romantic comedy, is a cut above. This rom com doesn’t skimp on either aspect. With two impeccable lead performances, some great supporting turns, and a witty script, this is destined to delight audiences for years to come. It’s almost impossible to resist this flick once it finds its groove. The movie is a romantic comedy, with the added bonus of having a satirical political bent to it. The story centers on Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) and Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron). The former is an investigative journalist who quits his job when
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