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Toronto Film Review: ‘How to Build a Girl’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘How to Build a Girl’
Caitlin Moran’s career kicked off like a power chord. At 17, the rock critic prodigy who’d grown up broke in a Wolverhampton council flat with four brothers and her parents’ illegal puppy mill was being flown to America for an all-night slumber party with Courtney Love. Two weeks after her article ran, Kurt Cobain killed himself. Moran was accused of triggering his depression by publishing Love’s quotes about shagging her ex, Smashing Pumpkins’ singer Billy Corgan. In typical fashion, she later darkly joked that she’d “killed the spokesperson for my generation. Soz!”

Coky Giedroyc’s “How to Build a Girl,” penned by Moran and based on her semi-autobiographical best-selling memoir of the same name, doesn’t even reference that story. It’s got enough material just from the year before, when the 16-year-old girl was so desperate to buy back her family’s TV that she submitted
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‘How to Build a Girl’ Review: Beanie Feldstein Continues to Dominate the Coming-of-Age Comedy

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‘How to Build a Girl’ Review: Beanie Feldstein Continues to Dominate the Coming-of-Age Comedy
Johanna Morrigan (Beanie Feldstein) is used to not seeing leading ladies like herself — goofy, a little chubby, academically inclined, friendless, super into dogs — in books or movies. Hell, she’s used to not even really seeing herself in her own life, instead whiling away her time dreaming of an existence where she might have the chance to shine. A poet, a reader, and a follower of such diverse luminaries as Sylvia Plath, Sigmund Freud, and even the fictional Jo March, Johanna has a spark, but absolutely nothing to fan it with.

While most stories like Johanna’s might get a bump from the introduction of a romantic suitor, Johanna isn’t into that either, and as she announces during the energetic introduction to Coky Giedroyc’s winning “How to Build a Girl,” her philosophy is more evolved: “I do not think my adventure starts with a boy, it starts with me.
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Cameron Diaz movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Vanilla Sky,’ ‘There’s Something About Mary’

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Cameron Diaz movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Vanilla Sky,’ ‘There’s Something About Mary’
Cameron Diaz will celebrate her 47th birthday on August 30, 2019. The model-turned-actress gained fame and acclaim in the nineties and beyond with a number of outstanding performances. She has surprisingly disappeared from public in recent years. Her last film role was in 2014 with the somewhat disastrous remake of the Broadway musical “Annie.”

Diaz had an auspicious start to her career. With no prior acting experience, she earned the lead female role in the Jim Carrey film “The Mask.” That movie led to a number of other roles, but it wasn’t until a few years later when she had a supporting role in the Julia Roberts film “My Best Friend’s Wedding” that she really became a force in films.

SEEJim Carrey movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Those roles led to more acclaimed work earning her a total of four Golden Globe nominations, the New York Film Critics
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Cameron Diaz movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

  • Gold Derby
Cameron Diaz movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Cameron Diaz will celebrate her 47th birthday on August 30, 2019. The model-turned-actress gained fame and acclaim in the nineties and beyond with a number of outstanding performances. She has surprisingly disappeared from public in recent years. Her last film role was in 2014 with the somewhat disastrous remake of the Broadway musical “Annie.”

Diaz had an auspicious start to her career. With no prior acting experience, she earned the lead female role in the Jim Carrey film “The Mask.” That movie led to a number of other roles, but it wasn’t until a few years later when she had a supporting role in the Julia Roberts film “My Best Friend’s Wedding” that she really became a force in films.

Those roles led to more acclaimed work earning her a total of four Golden Globe nominations, the New York Film Critics’ Best Actress Award (“There’s Something About Mary”) and three SAG Awards nominations.
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Trailer for Kristen Bell's Disney+ Series Encore! Takes You Back to High School Theater for a One Week Performance

Two years ago, I caught this special on TV where Kristen Bell facilitated a group of adults who were once high school theater geeks to get back together, and in one week re-learn their lines, blocking, choreography, music, and everything else that goes into a musical to put on the show Into the Woods at their old high school. I loved it! I was a high school theater kid, and I could totally picture myself doing this show. It was really fun to watch.

Well, that one-off episode has turned itself into a series that will be available on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+ when it becomes available on November 12th.

Executive Producer Kristen Bell brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion like no other. Emotions run high as the former students face faded friendships, former flames,
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‘Rocketman’ Producer Developing Comedy ‘Inward Bound’ (Exclusive)

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Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures, the company that co-financed and produced “Rocketman,” is developing a female ensemble comedy “Inward Bound.”

The announcement comes on the heels of Universal’s “Good Boys” becoming the first R-rated comedy to open in first place at the North American box office in three years, as well as the biggest opening for an original comedy this year.

“There is a large theatrical market for ensemble comedies, especially one as funny and, yes, as raunchy as ‘Inward Bound,'” Oliver said. “It’s got a great set of roles for talent and we’re eager to see this on the big screen.”

Written by stand-up comedian Stefanie Kahn, the “Inward Bound” script follows a divorced mother’s trip to a “romance rehab” staffed by hunky guides to service more than the women’s camping needs. Brought into New Republic Pictures by head of development John Hilary Shepherd,
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Martin Charnin Dies: ‘Annie’ Creator, Director And Lyricist Was 84

Martin Charnin Dies: ‘Annie’ Creator, Director And Lyricist Was 84
Martin Charnin, best known for creating and directing the Broadway musical Annie, has died at 84.

The Tony-winning lyricist, writer and librettist suffered a heart attack on Wednesday, according to a Facebook post by his daughter, Sasha.

Charnin is credited with lyrics and directing seven Broadway shows. HisTony Award was for best original score was shared with composer Charles Strouse for Annie. Charnin also won three Emmys for television variety specials and a Grammy for Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” which sampled lyrics from an Annie song.

The Annie concept premiered in 1976 and opened on Broadway in 1977. The adaptation from the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, a youngster who goes to live with a wealthy bachelor during the Great Depression, was a big hit, running for 2,327 performances.

Charnin directed the original production and wrote the lyrics for the musical.

Born Martin Jay Charnin on Nov. 24, 1934 in New York,
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Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84

Martin Charnin, Tony-Winning Creator of 'Annie,' Dies at 84
Martin Charnin, the Tony-winning lyricist, writer and librettist best known for creating and directing the sensationally successful Broadway musical Annie, has died. He was 84.

Charnin died Saturday in a hospital in White Plains, New York, three days after suffering a heart attack, his daughter, Sasha, told The Hollywood Reporter.

She wrote on Facebook. "As loving as he was, [he] has kept all of us completely directionless. Which way do we go Daddy? Damn," she wrote. "Like he said and as corny as this sounds … the sun'll come out tomorrow."

With more than 40 productions to his ...
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Beloved Chihuahua from Legally Blonde — The Musical Dies: 'He Will Live on in Our Hearts'

Beloved Chihuahua from Legally Blonde — The Musical Dies: 'He Will Live on in Our Hearts'
Chico, the adorable Chihuahua from Legally Blonde — The Musical has died.

Chico’s owner William Berloni, famously known as Broadway’s leading animal trainer, announced the sad news on Instagram Thursday, revealing that Chico died on Monday. He was 14.

For the entire 2007-08 run of the play, Chico played Bruiser, Elle Woods’ tiny pup.

When it’s duration on Broadway ended, Chico continued touring for more than a decade, acting in regional productions all over the world.

The pooch retired two years ago.

Chico got his big break after being shown to Berloni at the Associated Humane Society in Newark,
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Chico, Chihuahua Star Of Broadway’s ‘Legally Blonde’, Amazon Reality Series Dies At 14

Chico, the Chihuahua who appeared in the entire 2007-08 Broadway run of Legally Blonde – The Musical, as well as the national tour, regional productions, an MTV taping of the show and an Amazon reality series about his owner and trainer Bill Berloni, died March 11. He was 14, and his death was announced by Berloni.

As the Legally Blonde character Bruiser, Chico became the public face of the show, on billboards, print ads and the musical’s official logo. Chico also made the Broadway record books: According to Berloni, the Chihuahua was the first dog ever trusted to deliver a production’s crucial opening “conversation.” As the musical begins, a human character asks “Brusier” where main character Elle Woods is. Bruiser barks an answer, then repeats the routine for three additional questions, crucially setting up the first scene’s premise.

In addition to Legally Blonde, Chico was included in Amazon’s From
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‘Shrill’ Review: Aidy Bryant Fights Off Fat-Shamers With a Smile

Over the course of the six-episode first season of Hulu’s Shrill (March 15th), Aidy Bryant’s Annie, an alt-weekly staffer in Portland, Oregon, is repeatedly interrogated and hassled about her weight, her dress size and her caloric intake. Strangers feel compelled to offer unsolicited diet and exercise advice, or even to grab certain parts of her body to figure out whether, as one puts it, “There is a small person inside of you, dying to get out.” (“Well, I hope that small person’s Ok in there,” Annie quips,
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Overcoming controversies can be key to winning Oscars

Overcoming controversies can be key to winning Oscars
At this crucial point in the annual Oscar race, contenders for major awards are vulnerable to any negative news that might tip the scales against them. Negative campaigns by hired guns for leading candidates have often upended expectations and pushed their targets against voting deadlines.

Last year, there were questions raised about the authenticity of the script for the Oscar-winning picture “The Shape of Water” and seeds of a debate about whether “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was racist. And Gary Oldman had to overcome a controversy too — reminders of a homophobic comment he made in an interview several years earlier to win best actor for “Darkest Hour.”

In the last 48 hours, we have news about three films that might threaten vulnerable front-runners and which prompted some quick defensive responses:

Lady Gaga and R. Kelly

The star of “A Star is Born” issued a stunningly earnest apology on Thursday for
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Cameron Diaz Keeps It Low-Key During Casual Outing Ahead of 46th Birthday

Cameron Diaz Keeps It Low-Key During Casual Outing Ahead of 46th Birthday
Cameron Diaz kept things low-key ahead of her birthday this year.

Just days before the actress turned 46 on Thursday, Diaz was seen getting some groceries from Whole Foods on Saturday in Glendale, California.

During her casual outing, the actress wore a blue-and-white striped dress with a floral design, which she paired with a long neutral-colored cardigan and a pair of flip flops. To complete her look, Diaz carried a white bag as well as what appeared to be a glass bottle of water.

In recent years, Diaz has been living her life outside of the Hollywood spotlight — and absolutely loving it.
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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark’ Casts Zoe Colletti

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Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark’ Casts Zoe Colletti
Exclusive: Young actress Zoe Colletti is attached as part of the ensemble cast of Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, the Guillermo Del Toro-produced film based on the Alvin Schwartz’s internationally best-selling book of the same title. The Oscar-winning Shape Of Water director adapted the screenplay with Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman.

Directed by André Øvredal, the film follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. Colletti will play Stella Michaels.

Sean Daniel, Elizabeth Grave, Jason F. Brown, and J. Miles Dale are producing the film as well. Shooting is slated to commence this month.

Entertainment One (eOne) and CBS Films are co-financing the project, with CBS Films distributing the feature in the U.S. via Lionsgate. eOne will release the pic in Canada, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux, Spain, Austria,
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Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Bacon Remember Producer Craig Zadan: ‘He Had Music and Dance in His Soul’

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Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Bacon Remember Producer Craig Zadan: ‘He Had Music and Dance in His Soul’
Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Bacon and Debra Messing were among the Hollywood stars who paid tribute to Emmy-winning producer Craig Zadan on Tuesday night.

Zadan, who was behind the productions of numerous Academy Awards telecasts, TV projects and Broadway musicals, died at the age of 69 due to complications related to shoulder replacement surgery.

“He’s been a friend my entire adult life, championed me to host the Oscars, brought musical theatre back to TV. A wonderful, kind spirit,” Harris wrote on Twitter in remembrance.

Also Read: Craig Zadan, Emmy-Nominated Oscars Producer, Dies at 69

The “How I Met Your Mother” star became the first openly gay man to host the Academy Awards in 2015.

“He had music and dance in his soul. And when people are dancing and singing the world is a better place. Rip Craig and Cut Loose!” tweeted Bacon, who had his breakout role in Zadan’s 1984 hit “Footloose.
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Elmarie Wendel, ‘3rd Rock From the Sun’ Actress, Dies at 89

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Elmarie Wendel, ‘3rd Rock From the Sun’ Actress, Dies at 89
Elmarie Wendel, who played the Solomon family’s landlord Mrs. Dubcek on “3rd Rock From the Sun,” has died. She was 89.

Wendel’s daughter confirmed her death on Instagram Saturday.

“#ripelmariewendel,” the post reads. “You were a great mom and a badass dame.”

Wendel’s “3rd Rock” co-star Jim Beaver remembered her on social media as well.

“She was raucous, funny, endearing, and terribly, terribly sweet,” he wrote. “Goodnight, Mrs. Dubcek, wherever you are.”

Beaver starred as Happy Doug on the series.

In addition to her role on “3rd Rock,” Wendel had credits on “Seinfeld,” “Love & War,” “Murphy Brown,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Empty Nest.” She also had a voice role in 2012’s Dr. Seuss adaptation “The Lorax” as Aunt Grizelda. Her most recent recurring role was on “George Lopez” from 2003-2007 as Gina.

Wendel was born Nov. 23, 1928 on a farm in Howard County, Iowa and performed with her
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Sequels Continue to Arrive as 'Mamma Mia 2', 'Equalizer 2' and 'Unfriended 2' Hit Theaters

Sequels Continue to Arrive as 'Mamma Mia 2', 'Equalizer 2' and 'Unfriended 2' Hit Theaters
To the very best of our knowledge, this weekend will serve as the first time ever that eight of the top ten films at the weekend box office will be sequels. Both of the past two weekends have featured seven sequels within the top ten * which had happened before (see the very same weekend two years ago) * but with the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Equalizer 2 and Unfriended: Dark Web this weekend, it's virtually guaranteed at least eight of this weekend's top ten films will be sequels. The sequel leading the charge will be Universal's release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which debuts ten years after the first film delivered over $144 million domestically and an impressive $609.8 million worldwide, which, at the time, was the highest grossing musical worldwide until Beauty and the Beast exploded to $1.26 billion worldwide last year. While Mamma Mia 2 won't challenge Beauty's record,
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20 Highest Grossing Movie Musicals of the Last 40 Years, From ‘Grease’ to ‘La La Land’ (Photos)

Who said the musical is dead? The last 40 years has produced box office hits out of film adaptations of Broadway smashes, original movie musicals and a few, beloved, all-time classics. Hoping to join these ranks is “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” opening this weekend. Here are the Top 20, highest grossing musicals of the last 40 years. (All box office figures courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo)

17. “The Blues Brothers” (1980) - $57.2 million

The production of “The Blues Brothers” was a costly fiasco that spiraled into one of the most expensive comedies of all time. And though it still wound up the 10th highest grossing film of 1980, it wound up behind another far cheaper comedy that came as a surprise just a week later, “Airplane!”

18. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) – $67.1 million

Sissy Spacek played the legendary country singer Loretta Lynn in Michael Apted’s biopic that went on to be one of the Top 10 box office
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Gary Beach Dies: Tony Award-Winning ‘The Producers’ Actor Was 70

Gary Beach Dies: Tony Award-Winning ‘The Producers’ Actor Was 70
Gary Beach, the Broadway actor who created the role of Lumiere in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and won a Tony Award for his unforgettable turn as director Roger DeBris in Mel BrooksThe Producers, died Tuesday in Palm Springs. He was 70.

His death was announced by his agent Steven Unger. No cause was given.

“I am the happiest boy in the fifth grade,” Beach said as he accepted the 2001 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He was nominated for the award two other times: In 1994 for Beauty and the Beast (same category) and 2001 as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Albin in the revival of La Cage aux Folles.

“Gary Beach, an actor of consummate skill and artistry, was a glorious human being,” said The Baruch Frankel Routh Viertel Group, the producers of The Producers, “a gifted, generous and incredibly funny actor whose
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Gary Beach, Tony-Winning Star of Broadway’s ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 70

Gary Beach, Tony-Winning Star of Broadway’s ‘The Producers,’ Dies at 70
Gary Beach, who earned a Tony Award in 2001 for Mel Brooks’ Broadway musical “The Producers,” died Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., his agent Steven Unger confirmed. No cause of death was given.

Beach also earned Tony nominations for playing Lumiere in Disney’s 1994 Broadway adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” and the drag star Albin in the 2004 revival of Jerry Herman’s “La Cage aux Folles.”

But he is best remembered for his turn as the flamboyantly gay director Roger de Bris who tries to stage the musical-within-a-musical “Springtime for Hitler” in Brooks’ musical comedy “The Producers.”

He won wide acclaim — and one of the show’s record-breaking 12 Tony Awards — for the role, first played by Christopher Hewett in Brooks’ 1967 film of the same name. “I am the happiest boy in the fifth grade,” he said on accepting the award on the stage of Radio City Music Hall.

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