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Little Women posters assemble Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet

Saoirse Ronan as Jo  The cast of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the latest movie adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott literary classic, brings together a cast that calls to Hollywood’s past, present, and future.  In a series of new character posters showing off this star-studded ensemble, Saoirse Ronan takes center stage as part of Hollywood’s…

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Saoirse Ronan as Jo 

The cast of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, the latest movie adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott literary classic, brings together a cast that calls to Hollywood’s past, present, and future. 

In a series of new character posters showing off this star-studded ensemble, Saoirse Ronan takes center stage as part of Hollywood’s present. The star of Brooklyn and Lady Bird takes her next big role as Jo, the main character of this story about the March sisters trying to live their lives on their own terms. 

“When Louisa describes Jo, it felt like someone describing me physically: sort of gangly and stubborn and very straightforward, and went for what she wanted,” said Ronan during EW’s cover interview. 

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Emma Watson as Meg

Emma Watson, the Harry Potter veteran and star of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, plays Meg, the eldest of the March sisters.

“To me, [Watson] embodies everything that I was interested in, in terms of who the March women were,” Gerwig said. “She’s just smart. She’s on multi-governmental organizations that speak to the U.N., and she’s so thoughtful and present. She is way out there trying to do everything she can.”

Eliza Scanlen as Beth 

After that chilling performance in HBO’s Sharp Objects, Eliza Scanlen is quickly rising through the ranks of Hollywood talent. As Beth, the 20-year-old actress plays the shyest of the March siblings. 

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Florence Pugh as Amy 

Amy is often seen as the bratty sister who likes wearing the fancy dresses and gobbling up all the sweets. Florence Pugh, the star of Midsommar and Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow movie, found new dimensions to the character.

“It’s all very musical,” she says of Gerwig’s screenplay. “Every single scene where I get to just talk to a load of shit over Saoirse or Emma or Eliza was absolute bliss. I love to run wild and rampant. Being this little sassy girl, I love the scene where I go in and I apologize to Jo. That was actually one of my audition tapes. I loved it when I did it for the first time, and when we did it on the set, it was brilliant. 

Laura Dern as Marmee

The Dern-aissance continues after Big Little Lies, Twin Peaks, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Laura Dern appears as Marmee, a.k.a. mother March. 

Gerwig recalled, “Off-set, every single one of the girls actually did come to Laura with their heartaches and their problems. Everybody had a good cry with Laura. She became this mother, sister, confidant person for everyone on set, which was a very beautiful thing to embody. She was a rock for everyone.”

Timothée Chalamet as Laurie

Timothée Chalamet’s ascent parallels that of Ronan’s. The two previously appeared in Lady Bird together — a formulative film for both actors — and now they reunite in Little Women, with Chalamet playing Laurie, the boy next door. 

The film’s producer Amy Pascal calls Jo and Laurie “two halves.” She says, “These are really bold characters that are really different than you’ve seen them before.”

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Meryl Streep as Aunt March

And here’s Meryl Streep, no doubt preparing for her latest Golden Globe nomination. 

As Gerwig remembers it, “[Streep] said she wanted to be part of it. She loved the book so much when she was a girl, and she thinks [it’s] so important, and she says, ‘Tell me what you’d like me to do.’ I was like, ‘Yes, ma’am.’”

The March sisters… and Laurie 

Little Women will open in theaters this Christmas. 

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See Jennifer Hudson perform as Aretha Franklin from Respect biopic

As Jennifer Hudson‘s new film Cats claws into theaters, the singer and actress is making her debut as Aretha Franklin in a clip from the film Respect. In the video (above), Hudson is dressed in a long, sequined, gold gown with her hair cropped into a short haircut. Before you can even see her face, viewers…

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See Jennifer Hudson perform as Aretha Franklin from Respect biopic

As Jennifer Hudson‘s new film Cats claws into theaters, the singer and actress is making her debut as Aretha Franklin in a clip from the film Respect.

In the video (above), Hudson is dressed in a long, sequined, gold gown with her hair cropped into a short haircut. Before you can even see her face, viewers are introduced to her mezzo-soprano voice as she belts out the lyrics from Franklin’s hit “Respect.”

She says, “What you want, baby I got it. What you need, you know I got it,” as the lights sparkle behind her forming the letters R-E-S-P-E-C-T. With the lights finally highlighting her face, Hudson is transformed into the Queen of Soul.

The Liesl Tommy-directed biopic follows Franklin’s life from a child singing in her father’s church choir to achieving international superstardom. It also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Heather Headley, and Mary J. Blige.

Before her death in August 2018, Franklin had hand-picked Hudson to portray her on screen. But Respect isn’t the only depiction of Franklin coming out in the new year. Cynthia Erivo will play the music icon in National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha, set to premiere in May 2020.

Respect is headed to theaters Oct. 9, 2020.

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Netflix’s The Witcher is nakedly terrible: Review – Entertainment Weekly News

Darren Franich was planning to review the new Netflix series The Witcher by himself. Then he watched half an hour of the premiere and begged his critical colleague Kristen Baldwin to join his quest. The results were not pretty. KRISTEN: I don’t know, should we start with the wig? The two most important things Hollywood learned from…

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Darren Franich was planning to review the new Netflix series The Witcher by himself. Then he watched half an hour of the premiere and begged his critical colleague Kristen Baldwin to join his quest. The results were not pretty.

KRISTEN: I don’t know, should we start with the wig? The two most important things Hollywood learned from the Lord of the Rings films are as follows: 1) It is possible to make an entire movie franchise about people walking, and 2) If you cast a hunk as a gentle-hearted fantasy-realm hero, make sure to put him in a white-blonde wig that looks like it was snatched straight from the head of Jennifer Elise Cox in The Brady Bunch Movie. And so poor, beefy Henry Cavill — who stars as Geralt of Rivia, the titular Witcher — finds himself saddled with a flowing, distracting mane of flaxen locks.

His hair is definitely the brightest thing about The Witcher’s first episode, which takes place in the dreary, muddy, soot-colored town of Blaviken. It’s a place where people don’t cotton to Witchers, at least if the grimy, bearded man Geralt encounters in the pub is to be believed. “We don’t want your kind around here, Witcher,” he growls. Rude. Anyhow, the pilot also features two rough-and-tumble princesses (Freya Allan, Emma Appleton), a wizard (Lars Mikkelsen), and totally gratuitous full-frontal female nudity. There are seven naked women in the first episode alone, Darren. Seven! I… think I’ve seen enough?

DARREN: Kristen, I have a confession. I am a member of the Henry Cavill Appreciation Society. The big Super-Brit was a deadpan delight in the goofball spyfest The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and a brilliantly looming tower in the most recent Mission: Impossible. Why, oh why, oh why he opted to star in a series that buries him under a bad wig and worse color contacts is a mystery to me.

Or maybe it’s a failure of franchise-chasing. The Witcher comes from novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired an acclaimed video game series. I haven’t played the games, but the pilot has certain tropes from that medium exported without imagination to television. There’s the constant download of fantasy verbiage, including much talk about a “kikimora” and a town I swear is called “Blevicum.” Mikkelsen’s character has a big line about how Geralt “made a choice,” which feels like a hat-tip to the open-world nature of the games. The intention here is dark pulp fantasy, so this is the kind of show where a character like Appleton’s Renfri is a Princess and a mutant who has sex with Geralt the night before they battle to the death.

I’m definitely not averse to the wild extremes of this genre — shout-out to the visceral blood terrors of Adult Swim’s Primal — but the first episode felt like cheese gone moldy. That nude bordello really edged the whole vibe in a fratty direction, and the long running time required a lot of take-forever talk about prophecies and destiny. Did you watch further into the season?

KRISTEN: In the interest of professional obligation, Darren, I did sit through the second episode, which was notable for a few reasons. (Spoiler: None of those reasons include, “Because it was good.”) Henry Cavill gets far less screen time in the second hour — and he has to share his few scenes with a very, very annoying traveling bard (I would name the actor who plays him, but I’m fairly certain the writers didn’t even bother to name the character?). Anyhow, this very annoying traveling singer makes up tunes about abortion and says things like, “There I go again, just delivering exposition.”

Most of the second episode is devoted to the travails of a deformed young woman named Yennefer (Anya Chalotra), whose jerk of a father sells her off to a haughty witch named Tissaia de Vries (MyAnna Buring). It turns out Yennefer has some untapped magical abilities, and she finds herself enrolled in Tissaia’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, or whatever she calls it. So now this show is The Magicians featuring special guest star Henry Cavill, I guess?

The Witcher is also packed with confusing conflicts and long-held rivalries that require a lot of explanation but still manage to make no sense. The premiere sets up a princess-wizard showdown that is related to a curse (I think), while episode 2 introduces a budding war between Elves and humans. Apparently the Elves taught the humans how to turn something called “chaos” into magic, and then the humans unleashed a genocide on them. “I was once Filavandrel of the Silver Towers,” notes a majestic Elf (Tom Canton). “Now I’m Filavandrel of the edge of the world.” So yeah, this is some high-school level Dungeons & Dragons role play with a multi-million-dollar budget. Netflix canceled the far cheaper, far more entertaining The Good Cop for this?

DARREN: Because life’s too short for Netflix drama running times, I skipped ahead to the fifth episode, which brings the Yennefer and Geralt plotlines together. Episode 5 also features Magic Viagra and a masked orgy set to some truly ridiculous retro-softcore music. I do think there’s room for a mature-content fantasy romp in our post-Game of Thrones universe, but eternal exposition runs alongside a tin ear for dialogue.

This is the first TV show I’ve ever seen that would actually be better with commercial breaks. The goofy syndicated fantasy of yesteryear had to have a brisk pace, building every 12 minutes to an act-breaking cliffhanger. The Witcher fully embraces the endless-movie layout of the worst Blank Check streaming TV. At the end of the series premiere, someone tells Allen’s Princess Ciri that Geralt is her destiny. In episode 5, people are still telling her that Geralt is her destiny. I assume they will meet in the season finale. Alas, my destiny is to never watch this borefest ever again. Grade: F

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Star Wars fans get married at The Rise of Skywalker screening

Two couples said “I do” at The Rise of Skywalker screenings — because there is no try! Four Star Wars megafans tied the knot Thursday night at the opening night of the final Skywalker Saga film at ceremonies hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Tex. The couples (Andy and Wendee Forbes along with Matt…

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Two couples said “I do” at The Rise of Skywalker screenings — because there is no try!

Four Star Wars megafans tied the knot Thursday night at the opening night of the final Skywalker Saga film at ceremonies hosted by the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Tex.

The couples (Andy and Wendee Forbes along with Matt and Mallory Anderegg) are described as longtime Alamo patrons who have made it a tradition of attending the opening night of Star Wars films through the years. They celebrated their fandom and love for each other with special Star Wars-themed weddings in the lobby of Alamo South Lamar.

They marched down the aisle to a strings arrangement of John Williams’ iconic “Imperial March” and were accompanied by a wedding party of Stormtroopers, Jawas, and bounty hunters.

Check out the video of the two ceremonies above.

As the minister said: “Love is the true Force which binds the galaxy together.”

The Rise of Skywalker in theaters now.

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