second act trailer

Just when you thought the rom-com was dead and buried in the ground, Jennifer Lopez swoops in to help revitalize it. The queen of rom-coms is back with Second Act, which is not a sequel to Sister Act, despite appearances. In what feels like a spiritual sequel to her other iconic rom-com Maid in Manhattan, Lopez stars as a working-class woman who scams her way to the top of a cushy corporate job.

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Eighth Grade Review

If you’re familiar with the stand-up comedy of Bo Burnham, you might not peg him to be the first candidate to write an emotion-driven comedy about a socially awkward eighth-grade girl who is trying to find her place in a world that she feels has no interest in getting to know her. But ever since its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Burnham’s Eighth Grade has been one of the most eagerly anticipated and critically acclaimed independent movies of the year, making its way through the festival circuit and now finally opening to wider audience beginning this weekend (the film is currently in very limited release in New York and Los Angeles).

Eighth Grade doesn’t adhere to a conventional, plot-driven structure, instead allowing Burnham and acting newcomer Elsie Fisher to piece together a compelling and inspirational character study of young Kayla, who lives with her well-meaning, single father (Josh Hamilton) and makes what she probably believes are inspirational YouTube videos about being yourself and having confidence—neither of which Kayla feels comfortable doing. But it becomes clear that these videos are more about boosting her own sense of worth in the world. Burnham places Kayla in a series of scarily authentic and believable situations, some of which make her wildly uncomfortable, while others give her (and the audience) hope that she’s on the verge of breaking out of her shell and becoming the young woman she imagines she is once she hits high school. It’s a film that walks the line between tragedy and comedy with such grace that you might think a more seasoned filmmaker had pulled it off.

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the sisterhood of the traveling pants musical

Time to get the girls back together: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is being made into a stage musical. 13 years after the 2005 coming-of-age drama first hit the screens and changed millennial girls’ lives forever, a musical adaptation is being developed by Tony Award-winning theatrical producer Scott Delman.

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Sophia Lillis and Jessica Chastain It Chapter 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jessica Chastain shares a new photo from It: Chapter 2
  • The Shape towers over a victim in an awesome new Comic-Con exclusive Halloween poster
  • Christopher Lloyd gives an update about Back to the Future 4
  • New books and comics are coming that will be set in the Blade Runner universe
  • And more!

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Who is America - Sacha Baron Cohen and Dick Cheney

Comedian and professional provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen‘s comedy series Who is America? penetrated the pop culture zeitgeist with its surprise premiere this past weekend. But the numbers are in, and it turns out the ratings are smaller than expected.

Find out how many people actually tuned in, see some clips from the premiere, a teaser for the second episode, and learn about a viral website from one of Cohen’s new characters that’s been operational for months. Read More »

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Omega Red in Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 featured its fair share of notable mutants from X-Men lore, but there are so many characters in that universe that there’s never enough time to do them all justice on the big screen.

One mutant who has never been given his due in a live-action X-Men movie is a Russian villain named Omega Red. He’s slated to appear in one of the bonus features on the upcoming Blu-ray release of Fox’s Deadpool 2, and now one of the movie’s makeup artists has given us our first good look at the character. Read More »

Mark Millar Netflix

Netflix purchased comic book writer Mark Millar‘s Millarworld company last year, and they’ve already teamed up to release the streaming service’s first comic book, The Magic Order. But Netflix didn’t buy Millar’s company solely to make comic books: they’re in it for that sweet, sweet intellectual property.

The first batch of Millarworld movies and TV shows was announced this morning, and they include movie adaptations of Empress, Huck, and Sharkey the Bounty Hunter and TV series based on American Jesus and Jupiter’s Legacy. Read more about each of these new Mark Millar Netflix projects below.
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mamma mia here we go again reviews

No one was clamoring for a sequel to 2008’s Mamma Mia, the smash-hit jukebox musical based on the popular Broadway play. It was campy, kitschy, and just the right thing to put on in the background as you drank rosé and and reminisced of the glory days of ABBA. And yet, 10 years later, here comes a sequel as dazzling and dedicated to joy as the first one was. And critics say that it could melt our cold, cynical hearts.

The Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reviews are here and, despite a healthy heaping of cynicism from the critics going into the films, they found themselves tapping their feet to the music. It’s a silly, solid sequel that just may be what we need in these trying times.

See what critics are saying in their Mamma Mia Here We Go Again reviews below.

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The LEGO Movie 2 Playsets

One of the best things about The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is that we’ll be getting a whole new slew of LEGO sets featuring the characters, vehicles and settings from the movie. While they won’t all be worth picking up from the store, the first three that have been revealed from the animated sequel certainly like they’ll make solid additions to any LEGO fan’s collection. Read More »

bill and ted face the music production

Bill and Ted Face the Music may have to, well, face the music. The long-awaited third Bill and Ted film is facing serious production problems that could kill the movie altogether. And this time, they may not be able to play Battleship with Death to bargain for a second life.

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