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Tuesday
Apr102018

Links: The Wife, Anika Noni Rose, Kiss the Boy

Oscilloscope Musings Interesting piece about Zach Snyder's Suckerpunch and how it reflects various old movies, especially the musical Gold Diggers of 1933
Cartoon Brew on the making of a new animated feature Big Fish & Begonia, now in select cities
Deadline Jumanji (2017) broke a long held record just barely toppling Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002) to become Sony's all time biggest domestic hit

lots more news and entertainment tidbits after the jump including Omar Sharif, Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, Anika Noni Rose and Keiynan Lonsdale...


Coming Soon Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone have their next comedy together lined up, it's called Super-Intelligence and about McCarthy's character being selected to be observed by a new A.I.
Vanity Fair Jane Fonda still conquering Hollywood at 80.
Tracking Board a hot script making the rounds in Hollywood is Junior about Frank Sinatra and his son's kidnapping in 1963
• Deadline The cast of Native Son just keeps getting better and better. Sanaa Lathan has joined and will play the mother of the lead character played by Ashton Sanders (Moonlight)
• The Advocate on the heels of Love, Simon, another gay teen in a major studio film via Blockers

an Omar Sharif kind of day
People Omar Sharif honored with the Google Doodle
MNPP great moments in movie staches: Omar Sharif edition
TFE and in case you missed it, Murtada wrote a great piece on his years in Arabic language cinema right here a few years ago when the movie star died

trailer of the moment
• It's The Wife. Having seen the movie I must say that this is actually a pretty good trailer. It gives you a nice overview without revealing too much about the characters, the psychological nuances, and the structure and so on. (We were a bit too early discussing it as an Oscar bid last week because no all the other websites are and people are like 'why haven't you said anything? and it's because, uh, I did last week right here).

randomness
Playbill Anika Noni Rise FINALLY returning to musical theater with Carmen Jones in June. YAAAS. She was so incredible in her Tony winning part in Caroline or Change and so underappeciated in Dreamgirls!
THR terribly sad report on a messy "shit-show" that has surrounded Marvel figurehead Stan Lee's estate since his beloved wife died
BBC The Social "this is how homophobia feels in 2018," a short film poem
TheaterMania Mean Girls opened on Broadway over the weekend

Exit Video
Keiynan Lonsdale who you'll know from both the CW's Flash and the movie Love, Simon has released a new video "Kiss the Boy" (he identifies as bisexual) and it's composed of sweet fan footage sent to him (though he opens and closes the video. It's so cute. 

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Reader Comments (13)

Glenn Close and Glenda Jackson: Two Triple Crowners in one year?!

April 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Ugh, I get a terrible Lifetime vibe from that Glenn Close film. She is so manly and it looks maudlin.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Chastain

The gay storyline in BLOCKERS is so well done. Very different to LOVE, SIMON but if that film hadn't have come out just a few weeks earlier it would no doubt be being raved about as revolutionary.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

We all know Glenn is the best - but MAUDLIN aside ...an oscar is also about marketing, timing, the quality of the film, the role ..

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterellsworth

ellsworth: Are you referring to Glenn Close or Glenn Dunks?

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

I don't think I can live with the "Glenn Close finally winning" hype for a whole year. It will poison the race and devastate me if it doesn't happen.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The Sinatra film is called JUNIOR, it’s the writer who has “High Hopes”.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBD (the real one)

BD -- thank you. The 'high hopes' in quotes in the headline threw me off. Fixed.

April 11, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I don’t know what trailer @Jessica is watching, Lifetime wishes it’s movies looked half as interesting.

I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but what if Glenn AND Michelle Pfeiffer end up in the Best Actress race this year? Two “overdue” narratives at the same time, in the same category. I wonder who’d draw more support? Of course I’m bracing myself for the complete and utter disappointment of neither of them being recognized, but hopefully the films are good.

Also, I’d love to see Anika onstage. She’s been so undervalued in her screenwork.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

I think were all here for Glenn throwing stuff of fine furniture in anger.

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

so is Glenn, CLOSE?

April 11, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermagicub

Notice the IF pops up first before The WIFE at the end credits?

Close the gap, Oscars!! lol

April 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

I agree that the trailer is not promising.

Also, there hasn't been a Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to an American male novelist for forty years. I am really tired of film characters who are the unachievable and unrealistic best at everything. Couldn't the character have won a Pulitzer or something?

April 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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