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May 31 2018

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Lit Hubinteresting essay on the popularity of world-building in genre fiction
Coming SoonWreck It Ralph 2has a scene with all the Disney princesses
Cartoon Brewtrailer for something calledAnother Day of Lifewhich combines documentary footage with CG animation for a different kind of movie
The Guaridana five star review of the great silent filmPandora's Box,which y'all know I love.It's maybe my favorite silent

The New Yorkerthe emptiness of the newStar Warsuniverse.I likedSolomore than most and disagree with a few key points here (Emilia Clarke had plenty of screen time to develop that character for example.She's just not an inspired actor is all) but it's still an interesting good read about the problem of prequels and self-consciously mythic work.
Tom Cruise...speaking of self-conciously mythic.Top Gun 2began filming
Boy CultureMadonna gives her blessing to a book/movie deal that uses her music as backdrop for a boy's coming out story.It was a project mainstream publishers rejected.Bet they're sorry now that it has a six figure movie deal.
VarietyAngelina Jolie in David Oyelowo may be starring in a new fantasy drama calledCome Awayabout the parents of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.Say what?It's fromBravedirector Brenda Chapman
Varietya report on the trouble of ultra cheap or ultra expensive movies in Japan.It's not just Hollywood that has a no mid-budget films problem
Awards Dailythe summer of Donald Glover
Towleroaddeleted scene fromLove Simonfeaturing Colton Haynes

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Stageis a new streaming service for theater fans launching this August.Taye Diggs is going to host the first three episodes of their debut talk show called "Crossovers"with Leslie Uggams,Billy Magnussen,and Tamara Tunie as initial guests
PlaybillTony-bound musical adaptationThe Band's Visitwill launch a national tour in one year's time.
TFE← I just wanted to point you back to this interview we did with two cast members from the musical comedyDesperate Measures last year.The show was so successfulit's reopening today at New World Stagesfor an open run with most of the original cast (including these two) rejoining.It is SO worth seeing so I hope some of you in NYC or visiting will make it!

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I wish Tom Cruise would go back to doing interesting films again.He's a very compelling screen presence,but I have no desire to watch Mission Impossible 18,or Top Gun 2.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

That "parents of Alice and Peter Pan"movie sounds incredibly dumb and so 2018.Combining the senseless prequel trend with the endless rebooting of fairy tales.At least it doesn't seem to be linked to Disney,yet.Can we get Jolie and Oyelowo playing a couple in literally any other project,please?

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Tom's a 1 man nostalgia van.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Tom Cruise....keeps making the same old shit and they've become boring to watch.

I see all of those Disney princesses and I'm asking....where's Princess Shuri of Wakanda fromBlack Panther?I know she's a Marvel character but since Disney owns Marvel,she's technically a Disney princess and the most badass of them all.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Tom Cruise is too old for "Top Gun 2"- Disney has ruined "Star Wars"

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I'd love if TOP GUN 2 turned out to be about a bunch of men whose toxic bro attitude has driven away every woman who's ever loved them and then they realize they really just love playing volleyballs with the dudes without shirts on and they then start up an airline just for the gays.


Somebody asked me on Twitter what I thought of Emelia Clarke in SOLO and I said I had no real point of reference since I don't watch Game of Thrones,but that she was fine.Everybody in SOLO is fine because nobody is being asked to do anything outside of their already established personas.That includes Glover who of course people are flipping tables for,but,like,he's just fine.He's maybe even bad because the role is badly written,but probably just fine.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Billy Magnussen!He is so flipping funny.But alas,as much as I love theater,I can't pay for yet another streaming service.Unless Stage starts showing filmed versions of productions,like National Theatre Live.

May 31,2018 | Unregistered CommenterPam

It's so weird to me how much flack Emilia Clarke comes in for,as opposed to,say,Kit Harrington or any number of other underwhelming actors on Game of Thrones.She's no great shakes,but she's enormously affecting in that one role.

June 1,2018 | Unregistered Commenterben1283

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