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Three Things I Think About While Watching The Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Trailer

Make no mistake, this movie looks visually spectacular. But there are some other things I can’t help but think about when I watch the trailer. Broken marriages, high heels, sexism and more.

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Make no mistake, this movie looks visually spectacular. But there are some other things I can’t help but think about when I watch the trailer. Broken marriages, high heels, sexism and more.

First. Watch. Then see if you agree.

Okay first off. Let’s get to it right off the bat.

The effects are IN.SANE.

Yes, so good I made INSANE two words. I think I could sit and watch this movie even without the dialogue. I am spellbound by every last detail. From the cutest little baby dinosaur that is yet to grow up and become a killing machine, to the big ones that are ready to snap you like a twig and swallow you, I am transfixed. And mind you, I’m not and never have been one of those people who grew up knowing the different breeds and names – the word triceratops never came out of my mouth as a child. The sheer creativity, cleverness and downright brilliance of the countless people who worked on this film deserves some attention. But that’s in my head only during the action sequences.

I wish I would stop thinking about Chris Pratt’s divorce when I first see him in this trailer.

I’m sure Chris agrees. There is something about his divorce from Anna Faris that lingers on the mind – probably because every little nuance is being reported everywhere. I do not know Chris or Anna, we have never met, and I can only see what’s portrayed in the media about them. I like them both in theory, enjoy their work, and Chris’s social media posts suggest a guy that has a great sense of humor and cares about humanity. It sucks that we live in a world where the media can just get a copy of divorce papers and publish them, as though we have a right to know. There can be a tendency in Hollywood media to portray celebrity divorces with a sort of typecasting: husband doesn’t deliver on promise of eternal commitment, ego gets the best of him, wife struggles to move on and gives emotional response in eventual magazine feature. In this case, there were some outlets that were starting to point towards the narrative of ‘Pratt lost weight, got ‘hotter’, became bankable movie star, moved on to bigger and better things.’ Here’s the thing: that could very well have happened, or something completely different could have gone down. We. Don’t. Know. But what we do know is that for every press junket, despite a publicist’s insistence, there is a likelihood a reporter will search for a clever to ask about what is the most intimate and personal aspect of someone’s life – the disolving or a partnership.

Byce Dallas Howard doesn’t have to run in heels for the whole movie this time, and suddenly we’re reminded of how latently sexist that aspect of the prior film was.

In the last film, it became a running gag in the publicity tour (pun intended) that Howard’s character ran in heels from dinosaurs for hours on end, without so much as a complaint, an angry hurling of said heels in favor of something more practical, you get the idea. Howard laughed about it, spoke of it in interviews, etc. It was a sort of comedic fodder for moviegoers who couldn’t help but acknowledge JUST HOW #*$&@#$ RIDICULOUS IT WAS TO RUN FROM DINOSAURS IN HIGH HEELS. But with the veil of long running Hollywood sexism finally (and still slowly) being lifted, you can’t help but look back and realize that the idea of putting her in heels in the first place was preposterous merely from a storytelling perspective. You can’t help but think what the real motivation was to have Howard traipsing around in stillettos, especially since Rose Macgowan’s now famous calling out of a casting notice that insisted on push up bras and cleavage baring tops for an Adam Sandler movie. This arguably pales in comparison, but you have to imagine that the film wouldn’t have suffered if Howard’s character decided that her trip to a wildlife safari park could have called for something more sensible at the outset. Do we love a woman’s legs in stiletto’s so much that the story called for them? Yes, her character was a ‘professional’ but come on, she’s an outdoor park!

All this aside, I will most definitely be seeing this film. It truly looks riveting. As a fan of the genre and the film’s stars, it looks well worth the wait. And a wait it will be! The movie doesn’t come out until June 2018.

 

 

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Dan And Eugene Levy Announce That Next Season Of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Will Be It’s Last

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Well ain’t this some real, sad Schitt…

Very few television shows gain popularity over time which is why I am astonished by the news that Schitt’s Creek will be ending after next season! It’s got charm. It’s got wit. It’s got heart. Not to mention outstanding performances by LITERALLY everyone in the cast. Ugh, I’m more upset than a disgruntled pelican.

I guess we should all take comfort in knowing that the show is ending on the terms of  co-creators (and stars) Dan Levy and Eugene Levy. Just moments ago they released an official statement announcing their renewal for a 6th and final season. In the statement they express their gratitude for being given “the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with the final chapter that [they] had envisioned from the very beginning.”

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Over the course of it’s five seasons, Schitt’s Creek has been praised by fans and critics alike for their hysterical yet positive storylines. Dan Levy, whose character is identifies as pansexual, has been clear since the show’s beginning that the world of Schitt’s Creek is a tolerant one that is free of bias and homophobia. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed and then snot-cried on my couch while watching this show!

There are three more episodes of season 5 of Schitt’s Creek to still be aired with a final fourteen episodes airing sometime in 2020. Seventeen episodes doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for a proper bereavement to deal with this Schitt-y news but I guess we will have to make do.

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QUESTION: Did You Know Cole Sprouse Could Sing?!?

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All those years on Disney and never once did we see Cole Sprouse belt out a few bars but now the bruiting teenager suddenly wants to sing?!

You know Cole Sprouse. He was on Friends as Ross’ son, Ben. He was in the Adam Sandler hit, Big Daddy. He and his twin brother, Dylan, even starred as the titular roles in the Disney channel original series, The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody. I can’t tell you which one is which because the twin thing has always confused me.

Nevertheless, Cole has grown up quite a bit and is now starring in the wildly popular, CW hit Riverdale. The series is a dark twist on the old Archie comic books and Cole plays the social outcast, Jughead Jones. Last night was the show’s second annual musical episode and this time they paid homage to Heathers: The Musical. Jughead didn’t so much as hum one note in last years musical so fans were SHOOK when he had an entire duet with co-star Lili Reinhart last night! The pair sang a beautiful rendition of “Seventeen” along with Vanessa Morgan and Madelaine Petsch…which is surprising because no of us knew that Cole could sing!

Of Cole’s hidden talent, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa  said “Cole and I talked about it a while ago and I said, ‘How do you feel about musicals and stuff?’ He basically said, ‘Listen, I never sang for Disney. It would take a lot.’” This might be a new avenue in Cole’s career, however, as he sings in his new movie Five Feet Apart as well. Well color me surprised! Good job hiding this suite talent, Cole!

Riverdale airs on The CW Wednesdays at 8p EST.

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Lee Daniels Speaks Out On The ‘Pain, Anger, Sadness And Frustration’ Surrounding The Jussie Smollett Scandal

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Although never mentioned by name, it’s clear that Empire creator, Lee Daniels, is still processing “the freaking roller coaster” Jussie Smollett has put him through.

Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Wednesday night to speak out about the Jussie Smollett scandal. The caption to the video states that Lee was “in [his] feelings last week,” alluding to the further developments surrounding the case. In the video, after brushing his teeth, Lee takes a moment to address the fact that Jussie is still appearing in new episodes of the hit show because they were filmed prior to “the incident.” In the wake of the allegations, the show has released a statement confirming the fact that Jussie has been written out of the last two episodes of the season. Lee’s pain and frustration stems from something deeper than character arcs as he told his followers “this is not what the show was made for. This show was made to bring America together to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

On January 29th, Jussie made claims that he was the victim to a racially-motivated attack. After an extensive investigation, Chicago police believe that the alleged attack was fake. Since being charged, Jussie has pleaded not guilty on 16 felony counts for allegedly making false statements to police. Jussie also denies claims that he faked the ordeal due to his dissatisfaction with his salary. No word on whether Jussie will return to Empire next season as of yet.

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