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Will Smith creatively revealed on his Instagram that he is set to be the Genie on the upcoming live action Aladdin film.
Smith was cast after Robin Williams portrayed Genie of the older and possibly vintage and most recent 1992 2D version of Aladdin.
Disney didn't include the title of the the movie since it is not necessary for a film millenials have been longing for most of their lives. Will Smith included the movie poster in his Instagram, equipped with the crafty caption: "LEMME OUT" 🧞 Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE!".
(Watch the trailer for Aladdin here : 2019)
Aladdin (2019) is directed by Guy Ritchie, known for the Sherlock Holmes movie series. Disney has released the official date, set to be May 23 2019.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Mel Gibson perfected his role as misogynist turned lover on What Women Want (2000) just under two decades ago. Taraji P. Henson brings the that film to the present in What Men Want. After running into a psychic ,played by Erykah Badu, a cup a tea, and a freak accident, Henson (Ali Davis) can hear whatever men are thinking.
Ali Davis works at a large law firm, and is desperate trying to make partner. According to her superior she has too much trouble "connecting with men". Her attempt to understand men better went awry, but eventually works in her favor. The trailer shows Ali Davis embracing her mind reading blessing and using it in her favor. As a refresher, there doesn't seem to be any love interest and she is not some damsel in distress.
In the 2000 film, What Women Want, pre-Passion of Christ , Mel Gibson, begins as a big shot at his company. He is an out of touch, divorced, father of a teenage daughter, and a womanizer. In his attempt to understand women, he tries an assortment of beauty products and ends up getting shocked by a hair dryer in his bath tub. He magically develops the ability to hear women's thoughts. The gift does not last forever, but he eventually learns the error of his way, finds love and reconnects with his daughter. The trailer What Men Want shines a beacon of hope, that the plot and ending will be modern and free of cheesiness. What Men Want is set to hit theaters January 11, 2019.
Written by: J. Logan
If your best friend disappeared from your town, what measures would you take to find them? In the new film A Simple Favor, docile mom Stephanie Ward stops at nothing to find her missing friend Emily Nelson. The role of Stephanie will be played by Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively will play the mysteriously missing Emily.
Director Paul Feig has been in the film industry since 1989 and started his career as an actor. Feig has directed many comedy films such as Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013), and Ghostbusters (2016). The trailer projects a Gone Girl feeling. Gone Girl was released in 2014 and starred Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Much like the story of A Simple Favor, Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously goes missing and leaves it up to her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) to find her. Although the story lines are different, having some of the same plot twist in A Simple Favor would be definitely worth the watch.
I also believe that this will be a great opportunity for Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick to add thrillers to her film portfolio. We’ve seen her in many dramedies and romance movies such as Twilight (2008-11), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and of course the Pitch Perfect series. Blake Lively got cast in her breakout film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005). She has a pretty good range of genres in her portfolio but it will be exciting to see how well she does in this role.
This film is set to be released September 14, check out the trailer. Will you be anticipating the release of this film or do you think it will be a dud?
Kizzie Frank - Arts &Entertainment Editor
Whitney Houston's 2015 biopic will finally be replaced by a documentary, revealing rare footage and real, raw truths of the tragedy of Houston's life and passing in Whitney. Like many documentaries, Whitney was originally shown at Festival de Cannes. During the time, Kevin Macdonald, aimed to show Whitney in a different light: one that does not depict her as American sweetheart turned self-destructive star. According to "Vanity Fair" Macdonald felt there was more to the story and treated the film as a mystery to uncover.
The documentary will highlight Houston's family life that was filled with abuse and and corruption during her traumatic childhood. It takes viewers through the deep seated issues Whitney suffered through that she never shared with her mother out of fear. To spare spoilers, Houston's family and others she had connections with share their accounts of Whitney's life and experiences up to her final moments.
The unfortunate biopic Whitney (2015), that starred America's Next Top Model 's Yaya DaCosta, aired on "Lifetime" in 2015. While DaCosta embodied Houston's mannerisms almost perfectly, the script was not so great and was said to have inconsistencies and holes in the story line. The biggest controversy at the time was the fact that the 2015 biopic, depicted Bobby Brown in a sympathetic light, when the general public saw him as the demon who corrupted the angel.
Whitney (2018) will be out in theaters this Friday, July 6th.
Further controversy: Kanye West's album cover for Ye is reportedly a photo of Houston's bathroom sink close to the time of her passing. The family was "deeply hurt" by the photo, however, this documentary is sure to show tougher imagery and footage.
by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger
Warning! Graphic Content. Viewer Discretion Advised!!!
Actress Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), produced documentary on Asian elephant abuse, Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story. Bell was inspired to create the documentary after being invited to the elephant sanctuary in Thailand, Bell saw the horrors of deforestation of the elephant’s environment were poachers have a strong reign, she learned there are less than 50,000 Asian elephants alive today, and she saw the beating these poor animals receive just to perform tricks.
The rest of the documentary follows Bell and Thai conservationist Sangdeaun Lek Chailert on a mission to rescue a 70-year-old nearly blind elephant. Together they try to adopt this animal from its cruel abusive company known as “elephant trek.” They succeed in the adoption and drive 500 miles back to the sanctuary. The journey was long and hard but seeing the complete transformation of this sweet animal was well worth it. But giving rides isn’t the only thing wrong with this picture.
Elephants have been beloved creatures throughout various cultures. In America we have them on baby clothes and nursery room walls, we have stuffed animals, movies about how cute they are, and tons of elephant accessories. In Asian cultures, the elephant is seen as a deity and even worshiped as such. It’s funny how humans express their love over all these things but in the same breath don’t care that real elephants are being hunted to near extinction for their ivory. Not only that but elephants face abuse and neglect in zoos, circuses, and shows worldwide. In fact, some people in Asian cultures and other places around the world find it ironic that the elephant is seen as a deity, but real ones are chained, beaten, starved, and separated from their families just so they can give rides and be in festivals/shows.
Let’s not forget the hypocrisy around how elephants are so endangered that we need to keep them alive but if a rich person wants to kill them for fun then it’s A-Okay. This is like the Jennifer Price satirical essay, "The Plastic Pink Flamingos, A Natural History". Price talks about how flamingos are a sign of wealth and how tourists love going to Florida to see them, but back in the 1800s Floridians practically hunted them to near extinction. Elephants are killed for their ivory for decorative objects but also because of the myths of them being healing objects when the same stuff in ivory is found in your fingernails. If you love the elephant so much then actually do something such as refusing to buy any ivory, protest, petition, donate, share videos online, anything to show you really do care.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Have you ever been separated from your siblings at birth, only to discover they exist decades into your life? Me either. In the documentary film, Three Identical Strangers, three brother's had no idea they had siblings at all until later in their lives, after they have lived separate lives.
Two of the three, Robert Shafran and Eddy Galland, did not know of each other until their college years in the 80s when they met by accident. The third, David Kellman read an article about the two, and determined that he may have been the third sibling. The three, of course, began to question how this happened and why. Their parents were not told about the other two children and the families raising the other boys did not know about the others.
The story made national headlines in the 80s, but was brought back to light at the Sundance film festival last year through a series of archived footage and modern interviews in the film. The film, Three Identical Strangers will be released in theaters this Friday, June 29th.
When you play with humans, you do something [very] wrong." - audio: Trailer
At the time, public focus was on the miracle of the brothers reuniting, versus the grim truth their "adoptions". The film brought questions and concerns about genetics and disturbing human experiments in the name of silence. There have been other stories involving strange experiments to understand twins. They all share one thing in common: the subjects were totally unaware. The film, The Twinning Reaction was released last year at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and focused on, as the title suggests, a set of twins who were separated at birth as a result of the failed 1960s Neubauer-Bernard study. To spare any spoilers, the trailer for Three Identical Strangers is available to view now.
by Arts and Entertainment blogger Cayce McCarthy
Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan teased and released the trailer for the Rocky franchise the Apollo Creed sequel, Creed II. This film’s trailer is out now, but the film will not hit theaters until November 21st of this year. It opens with Adonis Johnson, portrayed by Jordan, falling to the mat, out cold. Throughout the length of the trailer pieces Kendrick Lamar's song, DNA plays, adding drama to intense acting as viewers have seen from Jordan before. It also shows a glimpse of Tessa Thompson, as Bianca, who starred in the first Creed.
In the first film, it was discovered that Rocky’s former friend/rival Apollo Creed had an illegitimate son, Adonis Johnson. Johnson himself had lost his mother at an early age and would always end up in trouble until one day Creed’s wife found him and told him who his birth father was. She took him in and began to raise Johnson as her own son and eventually he wanted to become a boxer like Creed. Johnson moves to Philadelphia and seeks out Rocky Balboa to train him.
At first, Rocky is hesitant and even encourages Johnson to not pursue his late father’s career but eventually agreed to train him. When word about Johnson being Creed’s son came out more doors opened in the boxing world, but he would have to don the name Creed in order to take on fights; especially with the world champion. The film ended with Johnson taking his father’s mantle and becoming the new lightweight champion. In this new film, Adonis Creed is training with Rocky to face his biggest and most personal rival yet when he must step in the ring with Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed Apollo Creed.
Hello Everyone, It’s Monday, and though know I haven’t posted every Monday for a hot second, I’d like to take the time to announce every Monday, there will be a new Movie review! So Movie review Monday’s they will be called, so yay!
Let’s get this week kicked off then shall we? We shall.
This week’s movie we will review is Winchester. Yes, just like the gun. The movie written by: Tom Vaughan, Michael Spierig, and Peter Spierig and directed by the Spierig brothers. Stars, Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, and Jason Clarke.
Taking place in 1906, this film focuses on Dr. Eric (Clarke), as he is hired to perform a mental assessment on Sarah Winchester (Mirren) when the board members suspect her of going crazy. The reason being, she builds her house for the ghosts of the people who have been killed by a Winchester rifle. A house with 100 rooms, and many ghosts, fill Sarah’s head throughout the movie, while we try to put together if she's actually crazy or not. Spoiler Alert, she's not!!
My final thoughts on the piece, is it was good, I really enjoyed it. I think the movie had a unique plot, with how the ghosts were brought in, and how they communicate with the living. It was different. Though the jump scars didn’t catch me off guard, I thought the story was interesting, and the acting was very well done. I would just recommend watching it when you are not tired, because it’s a movie that doesn’t really have a fast pace.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Musical artist, director, writer, comedian, and actor, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino released "This is America". The video is filled with provocative imagery, to include senseless use of firearms and dance fads that can consume society. It truly shines a light on every day life: mundane, oversensitive, desensitization, of America. One moment, social media, and news outlets are littered with negative, unsettling chaos, yet the public is some how able to return to normal in seconds, capable of still "enjoying" the American promise of "freedom".
The video, accompanied, by Gambino's new song, "This is America", opens with a man preparing to play acoustic guitar. Behind him, is Glover with his back facing the camera, sporting a bare chest and a full face of hair. He dances to the man, to casually shoot him in the back of the head. "This is America", though a bit darker and more straight forward in theme, seems to resemble the same idea on Todrick Hall's "Ordinary Day", minus the heavy discussion on choice of sexuality. Gambino's video turned especially dark after a church choir is massacred. Donald Glover has showed us, again, his lyrical and visual genius is a force to be reckoned with.
According to Genius, Gambino had postponed releasing music and was not expected to have anything out until 2019, but that fact may have changed. Just recently, Gambino also hosted and performed on SNL. He performed his song about the woes of working class people titled, "Saturday". Other than his hosting, Gambino, has also been busy with his show, Atlanta. "This is America" is his first song since his grammy nominated album, "Awaken, My Love!" Watch "This is America" here.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Many films have been shown at film festivals, converted to the big screen, and blow viewers out of the water. First premiering at Sundance Film Festival, the film, Tully, takes the gritty reality of parenthood and shoves it into the viewers faces. It is a film that will force viewers with children and without to truly examine parenthood.
"Hello, I'm Tully. I'm here to take care of you."
Diablo Cody, writer of Tully, also blessed the public with Juno (2007), and Young Adult. Charlize Theron starred in Young Adult (2011) as a lead character. Theron set the bar high in her previous film. Now she embodies the spirit of a no nonsense, in your face mother.
From what was available in the trailer, Tully is reminiscent of Juno, except the pregnant one is full adult and experienced. Theron, as Marlo, mother of three, is shown, consistently exhausted and a emotional wreck. She decides she needs help and gets a night nanny known as Tully. Marlo's husband is apparently clueless, but Tully is a Godsend. Tully premieres in theaters, Thursday May 3rd.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Film director, James Cameron confirmed in a keynote address that he is "personally committed" to creating at sequels to the 2009 film, Avatar, up to a forth or fifth installments. According to Reuters, Cameron is currently working on the first sequel and second sequel with Fox Studios. The process may get a little sticky, however, being that Disney plans to acquire Fox studios for a hefty price. Regardless, the second Avatar film is set to be ready and released by 2020.
The original Avatar film, starring Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, was certainly ahead of it's time at it pertains to visual stimulation, but was essentially a sci-fi spin on Disney's version of Pocahontas. Men "discover" a new world, want make it their own, and will crush anything or anyone to satisfy their craving for money and power. Man meets native, falls in love and wants to save the land and rid it of corruption.. (read the description here).
Though it's not certain how the plot will progress for the upcoming sequels, the same actors will return to play the same parts. Typically movies sequels transition best with actors that are the same, so hopefully the aesthetic with remain the same, if not improve.
Written by: J. Logan
Hello to all my Femm fans who are as equally addicted to Netflix as I am. This post is to bring you the good news of another Netflix original that will be released soon. Set to be released on the 27th, the indie comedy film Candy Jar may just win you over. Directed by Ben Shelton, the indie comedy drama will follow the story of two high school students on the debate team.
This high school coming of age story follows the journey of Bennett Russell (Jacob Latimore) and Lona Skinner (Sami Gayle) as they try to make it through high school. Although they are enemies they put their skills together in order to make it to the debate championships. Rising film star Jacob Latimore started his career doing music and in 2010 began to expand his talents to movies. He has been cast in many great films such as Black Nativity (2013), Collateral Beauty (2016), and Detroit (2017).
Co-star Sami Gayle is talent on the rise as well beginning her career in 2009 with a role on the CBS series As the World Turns. She then landed a role on the CBS series Blue Bloods in 2010. The film will also star Emmy winner Uzo Aduba from Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Starting her career on Broadway she has definitely generated quite a buzz for herself over the years and I think this role will be an interesting direction for her.
I believe the light-heart drama will be a great coming of age story for those coming out of high school. I think the film will be worth the watch, but you can decide yourself. Check out the trailer.
Written by: J. Logan
The In 2013, the great dystopian horror film franchise was created. The Purge film franchise was written and directed by James DeMonaco and was amazing. The Purge was the second film DeMonaco directed and it was a hit. There are currently 3 installments to the film series and the fourth is said to be released in July.
The films follow different stories that occur during the annual purge night. This night allows all crimes, including murder, to be legal for 12 hours with all emergency services unavailable. The first film, The Purge, was released in 2013 and did well in the box office bringing in $89.3 million with a $3 million budget. The second film, The Purge: Anarchy, was released in 2014 and did just as well with it's box office sales. The film ended up bringing in $111.9 million with a $11 million budget. It also received better critical response than the first one earning a 56% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The third installment to the film series, The Purge: Election Year, was released in 2016. The critical response this addition of the series received were just as good as the second film earning a 53% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also did well in box office sales becoming the third highest-grossing film behind Finding Dory and The Legend of Tarzan. The film also surpassed it's predecessors in box office sales bringing in $118.6 million with an $11 million budget becoming the highest-grossing film in the series.
With all the success that the other films within the series have achieved, it's had to think the new film won't do as well. The film, The First Purge, is said to be the story of how the ritual of the annual purge came into play. I believe the story line will have a lot of plot twist just as the others. If you haven;t seen the trailer to the film yet, it'll definitely leave you wanting more. This is one movie that is a definite must see when released this July.
Written by: J. Logan
I don't know about all the other horror fans out there, but in a way I have been waiting for the film that would capture the story of Slender Man. This fictional supernatural character was created on a forum in 2009 as apart of a Photoshop challenge to create paranormal images. Since then the character has caused a large stir and even result in a few attacks by children and teens. The film Slender Man is said to be released in August of this year.
I have been wanting to see how they depict this internet meme on the big screen. I remember reading the initial story of Slender Man when I was young and it was actually pretty creepy, so I hope in the film it really gives me the chills. When word of the film was released in January, there was a lot of criticism from the world and even one of the families from the 2014 Waukesha, Wisconsin tragedy spoke out. There was some speculation that the film would be based on the stabbing but after watching the trailer, I don't believe they have anything to worry about. If you don't remember or don't know the story of the 2 young girls who stabbed another classmate for Slender Man, here's the link: (Girls who tried to find slender man, stabs friend)
It's understandable why the father of the 2014 tragedy would speak out about the making of the film though. I don't think it was fair to say that the film was "popularizing a tragedy" but he definitely has the right to feel that way. I believe the story will more so just follow the fascination behind the character, at least I hope it does. It's a great story and could even make a great film, so I do believe the making of the film would've happened sooner or later.
Let's just hope Sony keeps the film in good taste and releases a film that will be in the ranks of other recent great box office horror films. It definitely has the potential with the fresh talent they have in the film. I hope the films give chills and thrills, do you think it'll be on your must-see list?
All you Femm fans, let's congratulate the first director to ever gross $10 billion dollars at the box off Steven Spielberg. As one of the most famous film directors and producers, it's hard to believe that he hadn't already made this happen with his film history. He hit this milestone in his career after the release of his recent sci-fi adventure film, Ready Player One. Released on April 15, the film was set in the future year of 2045 and followed the story of an orphaned teen as he tries to unlock the hidden secrets of the virtual reality software OASIS. The film initially premiered at South by Southwest.
Since the 70s, Spielberg has been making a big name for himself within the film industry. The beginning of his career he directed and wrote many adventure and science fiction films such as the 1975 classic Jaws and his first science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). In 1982 Spielberg co-produced and directed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which went on to be the biggest film that year and is now considered one of the greatest films ever. From then on, Spielberg's work ethic was unmatched.
He went on to produce, direct, and write many gems throughout the years that become big fan favorites such as Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), The Color Purple (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and Schindler's List (1993). He also produced/ direct 3 big film franchises during his career Back to the Future (1985-1990), Indiana Jones (1984-2008), and Jurassic Park (1993-2015). All these films were the stepping stones that led him to cross the $10 billion mark with his gross box office sales collectively.
Although he has had major success, I don't believe Spielberg plans on slowing down. His talent as a film director and producer doesn't go unnoticed and he even has a few films that he will be executive producing this year and next. This year he will have his hand in the newest installation of the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the film is set be released in June. He will also be executive producing the new installation of the Transformers film series, Bumblebee: The Movie, set to be released in December.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
No you are not too old to be excited about the Incredibles. I am not here to judge you. Let's be a little childish for a moment and fan girl/guy for Disney/Pixar's recent trailer release for The Incredibles 2. It has been over a decade since The Incredibles. One aspect that didn't exist at that time, and what was not necessarily apparent in the original, was an incredible movement of female empowerment. In part one, Mr. Incredible aka Bob Parr (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) was essentially called after years of hiding his superpower, reluctantly with a desk job, to save the city from massive terror. The whole family eventually joins to assist Mr. Incredible, thus the title, THE Incredibles. From what this year's trailer reveals, we see that Elastigirl (Helen Parr voiced by Holly Hunter) is called into action originally to create a more positive image for "Supers" aka super heroes.
It looks like the entire family including, new edition baby Jack Jack, and Frozone aka Lucius Best(voiced by Samuel L. Jackson). Honey Best (voiced by Kimberly Adair Clark), Frozone's wife returns with her snarky come backs that keep Frozone grounded. Scroll to the trailer below and watch look for about 2:10 to hear it. Violet, is still coming of age, possibly going through an intense bout of angry puberty. Edna, the creator of the Incredibles' costumes, will be in the film, this time creating a suit that will support baby JackJack's shape shifting and spontaneous combustion.
The original Incredibles film graced our eyes and ears on screen in 2004. Many of us were only children at the time, but now there are new babies growing up who might be wondering who the heck The Incredibles are in the first place. While I can appreciate a part two, newcomers may need to experience the first one. It would definitely be a convenience to possibly have part one to be re-released in theaters, as what was done for Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. Due to the power of the internet, however, the trailer is available to watch via Youtube (Click here to catch up: part one. The Incredibles.) Enjoy the trailer for The Incredibles 2 below!
Written by: J. Logan
If you don't know his name by now, after the release of his documentary on Netflix, you won't forget. Todrick Hall's documentary Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, was released on Netflix on April 6 and was worth watching every minute. The documentary followed as Hall and his team not only released an album, but also produce 16 videos and also the production of his self written Broadway show Straight Outta Oz. The documentary was originally released in 2017, but didn't hit Netflix until this year. The Broadway show and the album were originally released in 2016.
For those who may not know Mr. Hall that well, he's been exploring his talents since he was 9. Most of his career was spent doing Broadway and he was cast in shows such as: The Color Purple, Beauty & the Beast, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and also performed with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. After winning some rounds in season 9 of American Idol in 2010, he made it to top 16 before being eliminated. Before landing a spot on American Idol, Hall was making a name as a YouTube star. One of his biggest videos from the start of his YouTube career was of him ordering McDonald's. Check it out below.
His project Behind the Curtain, explored Hall's life and thoughts as he went through the process of producing his third studio album Straight Outta Oz and the visual concepts. The album was released in order to enhance and market the release of his self written remake of the Wizard of Oz. The modernized musical was made to tell the story of Dorothy through the life and beliefs of Halls. Not only was the visual concept great, but the documentary following the journey was completely amazing.
Seeing Hall tell his story with such passion and clarity really showed that he knows who he is. The documentary also showed that although he may not have grown up in the best circumstances, he still did what made him truly happy. The documentary also touched on many of the problems that were going on with in the African American and LBTQ community during that time. To put a spotlight on many issue that many people are facing alone was a great concept.
Written by: J. Logan
As I scrolled through Netflix, I noticed something new and after reading the description I was interested. The film was about Katie (Abbi Jacobson) trying to prepare for a surprise birthday party for her boyfriend, but she must also deal with her brother. As she tries to put the final touches on the party, her brother Seth (Dave Franco) has a heroin relapse. The film 6 Balloons was released to Netflix April 6, but was first introduced at SXSW. The film was great on so many levels and is one of the best light heart dramas.
Dave Franco did a great job in the film with his portrayal of Seth, his connection with his sister Katie was really amazing on screen. In a phone interview with Collider, Franco explained how the role took a toll on him mentally and physically. Franco stated. "in addition to the physical transformation, I knew that the movie was gonna take a pretty big toll on me, mentally, just because I really do put a lot of work into every job." That work ethic really shows with the character and the interaction with his co stars.
Star on the rise Abbi Jacobson also did a great job with her role as Katie, an enabling sister who wants off of the addiction roller coaster. Jacobson tell Vanity Fair about her audition and explains how she audition a few times in order to persuade the producers, one in which the experience was based on. This was a big turn for Jacobson's career after creating and starring in comedy television Broad City, seeing her in a drama could give her a really big buzz. Hopefully she will use this year to do more dramatic films or even create a television series or film herself.
The film was definitely worth the watch and every detail of the film was a great addition to the story line. Director Marja-Lewis Ryan and producers Ross Dinerstein, Reid Carolin, Perter Kieman, Channing Tatum (yes Channing Tatum), and Samantha Houseman, who the film was based on, did a wonderful job with this film. The film currently holds an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81% audience rating. If you haven't watched it, I definitely think you should give it a view. Here's the trailer below:
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
The movie I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer, has not exactly been generating positive reactions. The film, seemingly meant to empower girls with insecurities about their outward appearance, but the trailer does not help the cause. It makes it seem as though some one needs to experience a traumatic head injury to "feel pretty".
You may not be familiar with the 2001 movie Shallow Hal with Jack Black. In the film Black, or Hal in this case, cross paths while stuck in an elevator with a hypnotist. In the encounter he some how now only sees the inner beauty of the women he approaches. He finds a woman, a little on the heavy side, in a club and begins to date her. This film did not sit very well with critics either.
It is strikingly similar to the story line revealed to us in the I Feel Pretty trailer.
The description of the film suggests Schumer finds confidence and realizes her appearance never changed.
With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fealessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed? - STX Entertainment Youtube
Be not mistaken, from the information available right now, the message of the film is clear: it does not matter what you look like, beauty is within, and/or comes with confidence. Hopefully the message will translate well in the actual movie and hit the mark.
Written by: J. Logan
I didn't have much faith in how much I would enjoy this movie, because let's face it...none of the Honey movies top the original. After watching this film, that opinion still remains valid. The newly released film Honey: Rise Up and Dance is the fourth installment of the film series Honey. Of course, I'm not in anyway trying to knock the creative work of director Billie Woodruff because it takes great talent to put a film together and fine all of the talented dancers. I'm just speaking on my thoughts as a viewer, and I feel like the best thing about the film was the soundtrack and Teyana Taylor. I will also add that whenever a new Honey film was released I watched it. So my opinions are based off of comparison to the other films.
The first film, Honey, was released in 2003 and was the best one within the series. This film had the best casting, the film starred a lot of big actors such as Jessica Alba who plays Honey Daniels who is a dance teacher/ bartender/ store clerk who was trying to make it big as a choreographer. The film also starred Mekhi Phifer who plays Honey's love interest Chaz. Romeo Miller, Joy Bryant and the movies inspiration Laurie Ann Gibson had a role in the film. The film also had some great cameos from people who were getting big buzz in '03 like Missy Elliott, Jadakiss, Ginuwine, Tweet, and Blaque. Although the movie was seen as a little corny by critics all the energy, celebrity appearances, and watching Jessica Alba the movie turns out to be pretty good. I mean it was one of my favorite movies at the time and the soundtrack was pretty great as well. The movie has a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes currently, which should be higher. The film did great in box office though bringing in $62.2 million worldwide with a $18 million budget. It opened at #2 it's box office weekend after earning $12.9 million.
The second film in the series, Honey 2, was released in 2011 and it didn't stand up to the expectations of the first one either. I also don't think it was better was than the third one either. The film starred Kat Graham who played Maria Bennett who must rebuild her life from nothing with only her love for dance. The film was not as memorable to me as the other films for it's casting, dancing, or the soundtrack. The film has a 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and the critics has some not some good reviews.
The third installation of the film series Honey 3: Dare to Dance was released in 2016. The film starred Cassie Ventura as the leading lady Melea Martin who is a recent college drop out who is trying to follow her dancing dreams in South Africa. The movie comes close to being as good as the first one, only because the soundtrack and the dancing. This film may have some of the best dance scenes of all the movies in the series. The film series may just be for people who are into dance, but the films could have had better story lines in order to make it less corny. All of this is just based off of my opinion and I'm no expert, but I do enjoy watching the films just to see the different dance styles and soundtracks will be used with each newly released film.
If you haven't watched the new film Honey: Rise Up and Dance, give it a try because you may like it better than me. I also challenge you Femm fans to watch the others and ranked which ones you believe we the best or worst.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & entertainment Editor
What's up femm fam! The film, A Quiet Place, originally shown at this year's SXSW, will be in theaters in just a few days. The title indicates an ominous feeling, as does the trailer. It is a "what if" situation where a family his "forced to live in silence", or else be hunted and killed by some long fingered creature. The couple, and primary protagonists, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) have children. If you've been around children a day in your life you would know they are almost never quiet and almost always full of energy. In addition to having younger children, it seems impossible they will survive: the wife is pregnant and apparently goes into labor. What pregnant woman do you know that makes no sound during labor and what newborn baby do you know that never cries? It is exciting nonetheless, as we see they family speaks in sign language and walks around barefoot to avoid sounds.
Fun Fact: Sign language on and off set. Child actor Millicent Simmonds
The preview doesn't fully show what the creature will look like, besides the hands, but I expect it to make any viewer's skin crawl.
A few may be able to recall the movie Don't Breathe where a group of people go around robbing houses. They picked a house inhabited by an older blind man who, unbeknownst to the criminals, is ex-military, kind of gross, keeps a turkey baster full of his "swimmers", and was currently holding a woman hostage to have his child. They break into his house, thinking the burgurlary will be easy since the man is blind. The title of the film comes into play where they cannot "breathe" (loudly) or the man will find them and kill them. I thought the film was very well executed, being that a good portion of it had no dialogue, but lots of effective action.
I expect the same of A Quiet Place: it looks to be equally entertaining, but with a sci-fi twist. Even though I have been avoiding spoilers like the plague, I fear the trailer is one that essentially shows the entire movie: all the best parts might be in the trailer. Either way, the film is set to be shown in theaters April 6th.
Written by: J. Logan
A few years ago while I was on Netflix and I found this movie that starred these two young stars Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Chloë Grace Moretz, I only got so far into the movie before I fell asleep and I didn't even think to go back for a re-watch. As I was scrolling through last night I stumbled on the film again and realized what I had missed. The 2010 American-British romantic horror film, Let Me In, was originally released at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Direct Matt Reeves did an amazing job with the development of the film and the usage of the two young actors in the horror film.
The film follows the story of Kodi Smit-Mcphee's character, Owen, and his relationship with Chloë Grace Moretz's character, Abby. 12-year-old Own is being bullied at school and his parents are going through a divorce. He eventually runs into Abby who just moved into his neighbor and so happens to be a vampire. The story line has a lot of layers and plot twist that were not expected and made the movie that much better. The young actress Chloë Grace Moretz did a great job in her role. She has been in the game since 2004, but didn't get her first big film role until 2005 in The Amityville Horror. Since then she has been creating an impressive resume, especially in the horror and comedy genre of films.
Kodi Smit-Mcphee is also pretty young in the game and was a great for the role of Own within the film. The Australian actor has been in the film game since 2005, but didn't star in his first full length big screen film until 2007 with his role in Romulus, My Father. He starred in a few other Australian full length films and got his first big American role starring in the film The Road in 2009. The two did well in the roles and had a good connection between each other in their roles. The one thing that I didn't like was the way the film ended. after all the craziness that happened, the ending was bland.
The film did fairly well in box office sales grossing $4 million over their budget of $20 million. During the opening night in the United States, the film earned an estimated $5.1 million and opened at #8. On Rotten Tomatoes the film is sitting on an 88% film score from the critics. It was also listed on their list of ten best reviewed wide release films of 2010. If you happen to not see it, I highly recommend giving it a look. If you have seen it, the film also has a prequel titles Let Me In: Crossroads, which was released afterwards. The prequel reveals the background story of Abby and ends where Let Me In begins. I'm hoping to find it soon, and if I do of course you can expect a review of it.
Written by: J. Logan
This post is just to give kudos to the talented actor Ryan Reynolds, and he's pretty great to look at as well. This Canada born actor, producer, and screenwriter has been in the game since 1991. His first role was a teen drama on Nickelodeon called Fifteen, which originally aired in Canada on YTV with the title, Hillside. Before landing his first role in an American film he starred in many television shows.
Reynolds' first American film role was the 1996 film adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The aired on Showtime and was used as the pilot for the television series. In the film Ryan Reynolds plays Sabrina's love interest Seth. A few years later in 2002, he landed another large role starring in National Lampoon's Van Wilder. Taking the lead role as Van Wilder, Reynolds was able to secure more fans and more exposure with this romantic comedy. With a budget of $5 million, the film ended up being ranked number 6 in the domestic box office and bringing in $38 million in sales. Although the movie didn't win over critics the audience loved it and gave it a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
From that moment on, he went on to star in many films that I consider great movies. In 2005, he starred in the horror film The Amityville Horror, which was a great film and a great step outside his usual romantic comedy films. The movie started with a $19 million budget and made well over that earning $23 million it's opening weekend. Overall, the movie brought in $108 million in box offices sales, but it only received a 24% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The same year he starred in the workplace comedy, Waiting and the romantic comedy, Just Friends. He went on to land lead role in the films Smokin' Aces (2006), Definitely, Maybe (2008), and The Proposal (2009). He also gave his first introduction as Deadpool in the 2009 Marvel Comics film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
His film resume continued to blossom with films such as Green Lantern (2011), Safe House (2012), R.I.P.D (2013) and they same year he did voice overs for the family films The Croods (2013) and Turbo (2013). In 2016, he started his hand in producing with the film Deadpool. The film eventually broke multiple records durin gopening weekend and was even the highest grossing R-rated film and was the second most profitable release of 2016. The movies film budget was $58 million and the film earned $783.1 million dollars in box offices sales. The film is also currently sitting on a 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received an A in the CinemaScore audience poll. Ryan Reynolds has a lot of great films under his belt and will have another soon with the release of Deadpool 2 coming May 18. I just hope to see him in a few more horror films because it's long over due.
Written by: J. Logan
If you're looking for something to do Mother's Day weekend, why not take a trip to the theaters to see Breaking In. There's no better way of celebrating moms then by releasing a movie about a single mother that can kick butt. What makes the film even better is that it stars Gabrielle Union (playing Shaun Russell) , who also helped produce the film. The director being James McTeigue, who directed the 2012 crime thriller, The Raven, is definitely a man with talent. I believe the development and production of this movie will be amazing and have a lot of twists and turns within.
Gabrielle Union has been rising to the top as an actress since her start in 1999 with her role in She's All That. Although most of us have been a fan of hers since 2000 with her break out role in Bring It On. As far as her film record, she definitely hasn't gotten the recognition that she deserves. She has however gotten many nominations and awards for her performance in movies like Deliver Us from Eva (2003), which she won the BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a box office movie. She was also nominated for Best Actress at the BET awards for her role in one of my favorite movies, Bad Boys II (2003) . Then nominated 5 more times between 2012-2016 for her roles in Think Like A Man (2012), In Our Nature (2012), Think Like A Man Too (2014) , Top Five (2014), and The Birth of A Nation (2016).
Rising star Ajiona Alexus also has a role in the film as the daughter of Union's character, Jasmine Russell. She began her acting career in 2013 with a some television roles in The Rickey Smiley Show (2012-14), Empire (2016-17), and really got her break out role in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (2017-18). She got her first large movie roles this year with films like Family Blood, a American horror film that will be released on Netflix May 4. Acrimony, which was just released on March 30 and has already made $17 million in box office sales. At only 22 she is becoming a force to be reckoned with and it will be interested to see what work she will be getting into the rest of the year and in her career.
I think the film will do very well in box office sales and overall. If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out below. Will you make a date with your mom Mother's Day weekend to see it?
Who here has heard of the name Steven Spielberg or George Lucas? Most of you know exactly who I’m talking about or at least you might know their films like E.T., Star Wars, the Jurassic Park trilogy and their combined work on Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Land Before Time. Maybe you’ve even heard their names on an episode of the Big Bang Theory. Even if you’re not sure their names ring a bell, right? Well, what about the name Kathleen Kennedy? I’m guessing unless you’re an absolute die-hard nerd/geek with a lot of films know how most of you have no clue who I’m talking about and that’s what this blog post will focus on.
Kennedy has produced around 77 films throughout her 44-year career. Most of those films she was alongside Spielberg and Lucas every step of the way. She helped to produce E.T., the Jurassic Park trilogy, The Land Before Time and was an assistant to Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark and producer to the other Indiana Jones films. This woman has been with these two for most of their major motion pictures that have become academy acclaimed. In fact, Kennedy is now the president of Lucasfilm and has been producing the new Star Wars series including Rouge One and the new Han Solo film. She’s also produced The Sixth Sense, Girl on the Train, and more.
Despite all her success and being the most high-volume female producer in Hollywood she still can’t seem to get out of the shadows of her two male companions who helped to get her career started in the first place. Kennedy is 62 years young, but Hollywood would say a woman at this age is going downhill and won’t be able to stay in the industry. But thanks to Lucas and Spielberg she’s gone from sectary to studio president, however, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had to work hard to get there. In fact, after Lucas brought Kennedy to the company he sold the studio to Disney. It was Kennedy who worked on the reboot of the series and brought the studio and franchise out of its ten years of sitting on the shelf.
Because of this Kennedy has managed to shine some light passed Lucas’s and Spielberg’s shadow. However, if we’re talking money she’s still left completely in the dark. Kennedy’s net worth is only 1.5 million. I know to the average person that’s a huge net worth but compared to Spielberg’s 3.6 billion and Lucas’s 5 billion it falls short. True she’s only just recently become the president of the studio, but one could only imagine how much more her net worth would be if she were male. During Women’s history month, that will be ending soon, it’s important to acknowledge that we still have a long way to go with gender equality, especially when it comes to equal pay and recognition in the work force. That’s what the blog post’s aim was, to help shed some light on Kathleen Kennedy and her success for those of you who didn’t know and to celebrate a successful woman during Women’s history month.