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‘Secret Life of Pets’ Screenwriter Brian Lynch Looks Back on His Journey Into Animated Film

  • Variety
If family animation often struggles to earn respect in the film industry, and screenwriters often struggle to get respect in film’s creative hierarchy, then where does that leave a screenwriter who specializes in family animation? In the case of Brian Lynch, the answer is this: thriving, and contributing to films that have accumulated more than a billion dollars at the box office.

Over the past decade, Lynch has become a go-to screenwriter for a slew of Illumination’s biggest animated kidpics, from “Hop” to “Minions” (follow-up “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is on tap for 2020) to “The Secret Life of Pets,” with “The Secret Life of Pets 2″ having topped last weekend’s box office. But Lynch’s evolution into an all-around children’s scribe wasn’t something he could have predicted.

“Other than the Muppets, I really didn’t watch many kids’ movies as a child,” Lynch says.
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Box Office: ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Ekes Out No. 1 Spot as ‘Dark Phoenix’ Sputters

  • Variety
The North American box office fizzled this weekend as Universal and Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and Disney and Fox’s “X-Men” installment “Dark Phoenix” battled it out at theaters. Neither packed much of a punch, with both films debuting well below expectations.

The Secret Life of Pets 2” nabbed first place with $47.11 million, less than half of what its predecessor earned during its inaugural weekend in theaters. Even with an underwhelming start, the animated animal sequel was able to claim victory over “Dark Phoenix,” the final entry in the “X-Men” series and first to be released by Disney. “Dark Phoenix” misfired with a disappointing $33 million, marking the worst debut in the franchise’s 20-year history.

With a huge $200 million price tag, “Dark Phoenix” presents a much tougher path to profitability compared to “Secret Life of Pets 2,” which cost the studio $80 million to produce. It didn’t
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‘Secret Life of Pets 2,’ ‘Dark Phoenix’ Disappoint at Sequel-Loaded Box Office

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‘Secret Life of Pets 2,’ ‘Dark Phoenix’ Disappoint at Sequel-Loaded Box Office
It was a bad weekend for franchise blockbusters at the box office, as Universal/Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2’ and Fox/Disney’s “Dark Phoenix” arrived in theaters and opened both below industry expectations and well behind the openings of their series predecessors.

“Secret Life of Pets 2” took No. 1 this weekend, but with an opening of $47.1 million from 4,561 screens and a $97 million global opening from 21 overseas markets. The animated sequel wasn’t expected to come close to matching the $104.3 million that the first “Secret Life” made in 2016, but it has also fallen short of the $50 million opening projected by trackers and has posted one of lowest openings ever for an Illumination release.

The only two films from the animation studio with lower openings are the 2011 live-action/CGI hybrid “Hop” with $37.5 million and the 2016 holiday film “Sing,” which opened to $35 million but had its opening total weighed down
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Sonic The Hedgehog Trailer Criticism Leads to Redesign

Kirsten Howard May 3, 2019

That disturbing Sonic the Hedgehog design glimpsed in the trailer is going to be changed before release.

Earlier this week, a trailer for the very first Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie was released, and social media exploded with ...a lot of questions. Why does he look like that? Why "Gangsta's Paradise?" Why does he look like that? Are those human teeth? And why does he look like that?

Not only was there an avalanche of mockery on display in reaction to this new version of Sega's iconic ring-collector and his strange appearance, some eager artists started having a go at redesigning Sonic so that he looked, well, how you'd expect him to look.

This one by Sucker Punch's Edward Pun, for example, stands out...

Left is original screenshot. Right is my rework to make #Sonic more stylized. pic.twitter.com/IhXeAZYlQI

— Edward Pun (@EdwardPun1) April
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Here’s Everything ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Is Being Compared to, From ‘Cat in the Hat’ to ‘Jumanji’

Here’s Everything ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Is Being Compared to, From ‘Cat in the Hat’ to ‘Jumanji’
There’s a moment in the first trailer for “Sonic the Hedgehog” where the iconic, speedy blue hedgehog looks in terror as he first comes in contact with James Marsden. That look has been speeding around the internet to describe how people are reacting to the teaser that dropped on Tuesday.

The CGI character design for the live-action Sonic the Hedgehog has not been received warmly online. Sonic’s look has been compared to Mike Myers in the live-action “The Cat in the Hat,” to the Woody Woodpecker live-action movie made for a fraction of the budget, or to that kid who turns into a werewolf in Robin Williams’ “Jumanji.”

“After watching that ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ trailer I would like to formally announce that I am no longer a furry,” comedian Daniel Howell said in a particularly brutal tweet.

Also Read: Jim Carrey Does His Best Jim Carrey as Dr
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First Sonic The Hedgehog Trailer Is Finally Here

We’re currently just a over a week away from the release of Detective Pikachu, a live-action video game adaptation with some surprisingly strong buzz behind it. That last part probably can’t be applied to the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, but now that the first trailer is finally with us, you can at least judge Paramount’s take on the speedy blue hero for yourself.

That being said, the promo is already getting some heavy down votes online. In particular, many fans of the series are taking issue with the title character’s latest design, who’s voiced by Ben Schwartz of Parks and Recreation fame. Indeed, watching this zany new footage, it’s hard not to be reminded of the live-action 2017 Woody Woodpecker movie, or even the 2011 Easter Bunny film Hop, complete with James Marsden as the straight man sidekick.

Meanwhile, given all the memorable music from
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From Hop to Easter Parade: The Top 12 Easter Movies to Watch This Holiday

From Hop to Easter Parade: The Top 12 Easter Movies to Watch This Holiday
Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way! In case you didn't already know, Easter is tomorrow, which means it's time to get ready to brunch, go on an Easter egg hunt and head to mass before eating all the candy you can imagine. As you enjoy the ultimate Sunday Funday courtesy of Easter, we suggest you also pick a festive holiday day film to watch while celebrating the occasion.  Even though there aren't as many Easter movies as there are about Christmas or Halloween, there are a decent amount of films about this holiday, or that take place during the spring, that you can watch this weekend. From Easter-specific movies like Hop and Easter Parade to movies about adorable...
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The Bright Side of Monty Python's Life Of Brian at 40

Mark Harrison Apr 19, 2019

As Monty Python’s heretical hit returns to cinemas for its 40th anniversary, we look back at a quintessential Easter comedy.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

There aren't a whole lot of Easter movies. It would be odd if there was, really. Sitting somewhere in between kids' films like Hop or the Easter Bunny bits of Rise Of The Guardians, and more violent fare like Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and the far more emotionally gruelling John Michael McDonagh film Calvary, (or 'The Passion Of The Brendan Gleeson') your best bet is Monty Python's Life Of Brian, which is back in cinemas for its 40th anniversary.

For those who've never seen it, the film stars Graham Chapman as a man called Brian Cohen, who was once a teenager called Brian, and a boy called Brian, and so on. Born on Christmas
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You’re A Rich One, Mr. ‘Grinch’: Illumination-Universal Toon Sees Near $78M Four-Day Opening

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You’re A Rich One, Mr. ‘Grinch’: Illumination-Universal Toon Sees Near $78M Four-Day Opening
Monday Pm: With many schools taking off for the Veterans Day holiday today, turnstiles didn’t stop spinning with Illumination-Universal’s The Grinch grossing an estimated $10.3M today, -52% from Sunday taking its four-day opening to $77.8M. ComScore reported that close to half of all K-12 schools were off today along with 28% colleges.

It’s already been declared that The Grinch is the biggest Christmas-theme pic opening of all-time, beating his 2000 live-action self which was directed by Ron Howard ($55M 3-day), but next to other Illumination titles and their first four days at the B.O., the Green One feasibly beat The Lorax ($73.7M), Despicable Me ($63.9M), Sing ($41.4M) and Hop ($39.8M). A hold in the -40% range is in store this coming weekend for The Grinch as Warner Bros.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald flies in to feast on more pre-Thanksgiving dollars, which many in the industry believe
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Easily Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales Charts

  • Variety
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted atop the national home video sales charts by a wide margin the week ended March 31.

The eighth numbered installment of the “Star Wars” saga and the ninth live-action film in the franchise took in $620 million at the domestic box office and $1.33 billion worldwide — making it the top earner released in 2017. The Rian Johnson-directed film easily took the No. 1 spot on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Dropping to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, was Sony Pictures’ “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which sold 29% as many copies as Last Jedi during the week.

Disney’s “Coco,” in its fifth week, moved up a slot to No. 3 on both charts.
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Despicable Me 3 Crosses $1 Billion at the Worldwide Box Office

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Despicable Me 3 Crosses $1 Billion at the Worldwide Box Office
While the summer box office season was the worst on record since 2006, there were a few bright spots in the mix, one of which was Universal and Illumination's animated sequel Despicable Me 3. While the movie is likely close to winding down its box office run, it did manage to cross an important box office milestone, reaching the coveted $1 billion worldwide mark earlier today. It became just the third movie this year to cross the milestone, and just the first to do so after being released during the summer movie season, which is yet another indication of how weak this summer truly was.

Deadline broke the news earlier today, with the Despicable Me sequel joining just Universal's The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 billion) and the year's top grossing movie domestically and worldwide, Beauty and the Beast ($1.26 billion). Despite having strong showings, even hits like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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20 Baby Names Beyoncé & Jay Z Should Have Definitely Considered for Their Twins

20 Baby Names Beyoncé & Jay Z Should Have Definitely Considered for Their Twins
Unless you’ve been hiding from the world for the past few weeks (we don’t blame you), you’re well aware of Beyoncé and Jay Z‘s news.

No, they’re not working on an album together — we will never lose hope though — but the couple did welcome twins!

And now Blue Ivy‘s parents have finally confirmed the names of their new additions — son Sir and daughter Rumi — while sharing the twins’ first photo.

But while we were waiting for the Grammy winners’ big reveal, we spent the time dreaming about unique baby names for them to consider
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Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Richie & More Celebrate Jessica Alba's Prince & Michael Jackson-Themed Birthday

Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Richie & More Celebrate Jessica Alba's Prince & Michael Jackson-Themed Birthday
Happy birthday, Jessica Alba!

The actress turned 36 on Friday, celebrating with her closest friends and family at The h.wood Group's Delilah and Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, California.

Watch: Jessica Alba Attends Katy Perry's 'Grease'-Inspired Sock Hop!

According to the pics and videos posted on Alba's Snapchat story, the theme of the night was Prince vs. Michael Jackson, and it appears almost all of her guests had fun dressing in their best '90s gear.

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The birthday girl put her own sexy take on the theme, sporting a sheer jacket over a strapless, cleavage-baring jumpsuit, which she paired with fingerless lace gloves, statement jewelry and heavy purple eye makeup.

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There were plenty of treats for the guests inside the party, including a colorful macaroon cake, which featured Alba's picture.

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Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin documented the moment the massive cake was brought out to Alba, as the crowd sang "Happy Birthday," and shouted
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Weekly Update for April 7: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week“Their Finest

Their Finest — Directed by Lone Scherfig; Written by Gaby Chiappe

Their Finest” sees Gemma Arterton as Catrin, a young woman hired to write lines for women in British war propaganda movies. It’s a movie within a movie dealing with gender roles in the ’40s that at times feels all-too-relevant. Catrin’s paid less, she’s treated like a second class citizen, yet she endears herself to the operation which is vital to the morale of the British citizens during the war. Arterton, one of the finest young actresses working, infuses Catrin with some serious spunk in her endeavor to be taken seriously. (Melissa Silverstein)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Lone Scherfig.

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Gemma Arterton.

Find tickets and screening info here.

Colossal

Colossal

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She gets kicked out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) — which served as a way station for her partying friends — and she winds up on the floor of her childhood house in the town everyone tries to escape from. She re-meets a childhood friend (Jason Sudeikis), starts to work in his bar, and then discovers that she is fueling a Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea. The premise is crazy, but the movie works. There is a twist, which I won’t reveal, that illuminates a great gender discussion and sets Gloria on the path to taking her life back. (Melissa Silverstein)

Find screening info here.

Queen of the Desert (Opens in NY and La) (Available on VOD April 14)

Queen of the Desert

Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, “Queen of the Desert” reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history. (Press materials)

Bethany (Also Available on VOD)

Claire (Stefanie Estes) and her husband (Zack Ward) find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want? (Press materials)

The Assignment (Also Available on VOD)

Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he’s not the man he thought he was — he’s been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

Films About Women Currently Playing“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman (Opens in Wide Release)

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Also Available on VOD)

Ghost in the Shell

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (Also Available on VOD)

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary)

Naam Shabana

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking (Documentary) — Directed by Susan Glatzer; Written by Susan Glatzer and Heidi Zimmerman (Also Available on VOD)

Alive and Kicking” is a feature-length documentary that takes an inside look into the culture of Swing dancing and the characters who make it special. It explores the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon. The film follows the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. “Alive and Kicking” looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

i hate myself :) (Documentary) — Directed by Joanna Arnow (Opens in NY) (Available on VOD April 11)

Nebbishy filmmaker Joanna Arnow documents her yearlong relationship with racially charged poet-provocateur James Kepple. What starts out as an uncomfortably intimate portrait of a dysfunctional relationship and protracted mid-twenties adolescence quickly turns into a complex commentary on societal repression, sexuality, and self-confrontation through art. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Glory — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Kristina Grozeva (Opens April 12)

“Glory”

Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a railroad worker, finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the money over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch, a family relic. Here starts his desperate struggle to recover both his old watch and his dignity. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week“Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village — Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here.

The Ticket — Co-Written by Sharon Mashihi (Also Available on VOD)

After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements — a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car — leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Miniseries) (Premieres April 9 on ID)

Lies, betrayal, and murder. What happened to Caylee Anthony? This three-part special looks inside one of the most controversial murder cases in American history. Explore the captivating investigation with interviews from the family at the center of it all. (Press materials)

The Great War (Documentary Miniseries) — Co-Directed and Co-Produced by Amanda Pollak (Premieres April 10 on PBS)

Drawing on unpublished diaries, memoirs, and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators, and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers,” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. It is a story of heroism and sacrifice that would ultimately claim 15 million lives and profoundly change the world forever. (Press materials)

Hollywood Darlings — Executive Produced by Layla Smith (Premieres April 12 on Pop)

Pop’s new original comedy series turns the camera on real-life friends who are bonded by a sisterhood only they can share as former child stars who grew up in the ’90s limelight: Jodie Sweetin (“Full House,” “Fuller House”), Christine Lakin (“Step By Step”), and Beverley Mitchell (“7th Heaven”). In this improvised comedy, the three actresses play exaggerated versions of themselves in their current Hollywood lives. With the support of one another, this girl squad can take on anything when it comes to parenting, marriage, friendship, and revived careers in Hollywood. (Press materials)

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Toni Erdmann

3 Hikers (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Natalie Avital (VOD, Available Now)

Running Wild — Co-Written by Christina Moore (DVD, Available Now)

Silver Skies — Written and Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez (VOD/DVD, Available Now)

National Bird — Directed by Sonia Kennebeck (DVD, April 8)

Brimstone (DVD, April 11)

The Bye Bye Man — Directed by Stacy Title (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Hidden Figures (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Ovum — Written by Sonja O’Hara (VOD/DVD, April 11)

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade (VOD/DVD April 11)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

April 2017 Film Preview

On Women and Hollywood This WeekIronheart aka Riri Williams: Marvel

Their Finest” Director Lone Scherfig on Making Meaningful Films

Melissa Stack to Make Directorial Debut with Vacation Comedy

Quote of the Day: “Good Girls Revolt’s” Genevieve Angelson on Equal Pay

Actor Asia Kate Dillon Questions Emmys’ Gender Binary Acting Categories

Pussy Riot Documentary “Act & Punishment” Gets U.S. Release

Finding the Balance: Crowdfunding Picks

Shonda Rhimes’ MasterClass on Writing for Television Is Now Available

Iliza Shlesinger’s Late-Night Show “Truth & Iliza” Gets Premiere Date

“That’s So Raven” Spinoff Ordered to Series

Gemma Arterton Talks Sexism and Likability in “Their Finest

Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony

Trailer Watch: “Anne” Can Do Anything a Boy Can Do and More

Trailer Watch: Niecy Nash is a Badass Salon Owner in “Claws

Bette Midler to Be Honored by Drama League, Keeps Breaking Broadway Records

Trailer Watch: Chelsea Handler Is Back and Brasher than Ever in Season 2 of “Chelsea”

Wtf of the Day: Marvel Exec Thinks Female & Diverse Characters Are Ruining Sales

Tallgrass Film Festival to Launch Female-Helmed Doc Competition

Trailer Watch: “Wynonna Earp” Is on the Fury Road Express in Season 2

Character First: April VOD and Web Series Picks

Teaser Watch: Aubrey Plaza Is an Instagram Stalker in “Ingrid Goes West

Gurinder Chadha Moves to TV with FremantleMedia-Backed Bend It TV

Theresa Rebeck Opens Up About Being Fired from “Smash

Trailer Watch: Britt Robertson Starts a Fashion Empire in Netflix’s “Girlboss

Kelly Ripa Developing “Geek Girl Rising” as Scripted TV Series for ABC

Guest Post: What Inspired Me to Make a Film About Retirees

Lifetime and National Women’s Soccer League Announce 2017 Game of the Week Schedule

Quote of the Day: Ellen Pompeo Praises Shonda Rhimes’ Leadership

Guest Post: How One Non-Profit Changed The Game For Parents At SXSW

Sony Buys Rights to Emil Ferris’ Graphic Novel “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters”

Women Execs Appointed at British Film Institute, Creative BC, and Annapurna

HBO Announces TV Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Accepts CinemaCon Pioneer of the Year Award

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

The Women of “Iron Fist”: Marvel Continues to Struggle in Developing Their Woman Characters by Victoria Goff (Bitch Media)

How Feud Recreates the World of 1963 Hollywood, According to its Production Designer by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Female-Written ‘Daria’ Was Groundbreaking and Would Still Be an Exception Today by Carey Purcell (Mic)

Justice League Action’s” Rachel Kimsey Talked to Us About Wonder Woman’s Strengths, Her Flaws, and Fan Fantasies by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

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Sing, E.T., and a special Looney Tunes presentation in our April Family Favourites!

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Sing, E.T., and a special Looney Tunes presentation in our April Family Favourites!Sing, E.T., and a special Looney Tunes presentation in our April Family Favourites!Jenny Bullough3/30/2017 10:00:00 Am Spring has sprung at last! We couldn’t be happier that warmer weather is finally here. And we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of Family Favourites playing this month!! From recent hits like Sing to classics like E.T. and a very special theatrical showing of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons of all time, at only 2.99 per ticket we might just spend every Saturday morning at the movies! April 1 – Looney Tunes Shorts A treat for kids and adults alike, Family Favourites presents A Looney Tunes Cartoon Celebration! Starring everyone’s favorite wascally wabbit and all his pals, don’t miss this opportunity to see classic cartoons like “One Froggy Evening”, “Rabbit Seasoning” and “Duck Dodgers in the
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‘Little Potato’ Exclusive Clip: SXSW Short Doc Follows a Mother and Son Dreaming of America — Watch

‘Little Potato’ Exclusive Clip: SXSW Short Doc Follows a Mother and Son Dreaming of America — Watch
Premiering at this year’s SXSW festival, “Little Potato” centers around the Seattle-based artist Wes Hurley and the obstacles he faced as a gay man growing up in Russia. Including an interview with his mother, “Little Potato” focuses on a mother and son wanting to find a better life for themselves outside the confines of an oppressive Russian regime.

Read More: SXSW: Midnighters, Short Films and Vr Round Out 2017 Lineup

In this short doc, Hurley opens up about the confusion he felt when he began fantasizing about men while in Russia. He thought he was alone. In the film, Hurley’s mother states that “no one talked about gay people back then, that they didn’t exist.”

American films ended up being the family’s saving grace. With exposure to American cinema, Mrs. Hurley saw a prosperous opportunity for her and her son. Hurley’s mother became a mail-order bride for American men; unfortunately,
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‘MMMBop’-ing Around the World! Hanson Announces 25th Anniversary Global Tour

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.

Hanson — our favorite “MMMBop”-ing brothers, musicians, and beer brewers — will embark on a world tour for their 25th anniversary as a band, the group announced Monday. The Middle of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour kicks off May 21 at The Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an event Hanson started in their hometown.

“Making music together for 25 years is a milestone that we had to acknowledge, and what better way to do it than with an anniversary tour,” Taylor Hanson said in a statement.

“This year is not only about the two decades of music,
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Kourtney Kardashian & Chrissy Teigen Party in Their PJs at Jessica Alba's Birthday Bash for Hubby Cash Warren

Kourtney Kardashian & Chrissy Teigen Party in Their PJs at Jessica Alba's Birthday Bash for Hubby Cash Warren
Jessica Alba knows how to throw a pajama jam!

The actress’ A-list friends turned out in full force to celebrate her hubby’s birthday on Saturday night, donning onesies and playing beer pong to celebrate Cash Warren’s 38th.

“Love you babe!” Alba captioned a sweet Instagram pic of the couple in their comfy duds. “Last nights Pajama jammy jam was a blast! Love celebrating you with an epic pizza pajama game night! #happybirthdayCash.”

Related: Jessica Alba Throws Adorable Birthday Party for Watermelon-Loving Daughter Haven

Attendees at the laid back bash included Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who donned a coordinating pair of KFC-inspired jammies for the night.

Kourtney Kardashian snapped a pic while snuggled up to the couple in her lacy, black evening wear.

Pics: Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie and More Attend Kate Hudson's A-List Halloween Party -- Including Her Ex Matt Bellamy!

Alba documented the entire evening on Snapchat, including the star-studded
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iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017: Find Out All of the Top Nominees (and the Show’s First Performer)

iHeartRadio Music Awards 2017: Find Out All of the Top Nominees (and the Show’s First Performer)
The iHeartRadio Music Awards is right around the corner — and the nominees (plus the show’s first performer) have been revealed.

The news for the highly-anticipated event was announced Wednesday morning, and by the looks of it, it’s sure to be a star-studded evening.

Bruno Mars, who was nominated for both Song of the Year and Best Collaboration last year, is set to take the stage in March as one of the show’s performers.

Meanwhile, Drake leads the nominees with 12 nominations, including Male Artist of the Year. The Chainsmokers are right behind the singer with 11 nominations, including the inaugural category,
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Richard Rider is reborn in Marvel’s ‘Nova #1′

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This December, buckle up because a double dose of Human Rocket is coming to Marvel Now! And here’s your first look inside Nova #1 – the highly anticipated new ongoing series from creators Jeff Loveness (Groot) and Ramon Perez (All-New Hawkeye).

For years, he stood as one of Earth’s greatest heroes. He fought alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers, stopped the Annihilation Wave from eradicating all life in the galaxy, among other great deeds. In the end, he sacrificed his life to save everyone. But now, Richard Rider has returned from the brink, unsure of his place in a universe that has moved on without him. In his absence, a new Nova has stepped up to fill the void he left behind. Can Sam Alexander remind Rich what it means to be the Human Rocket? You better believe it! Sam just has to finish his homework first.
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