MOVIE CHEAT SHEET: Marvel's mademoiselles
Scarlett Johansson and a few of the Marvel Universe's top femmes think it's time for an estrogen-fueled team-up. MARVEL
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THE BIG STORY: Marvel Misses unite!
This week it was revealed that the ladies of Marvel joined forces in an attempt to lift female-lead blockbusters to new heights in Hollywood. Thor: Ragnarok star Tessa Thompson divulged that she, along with her fellow heroines Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff and Karen Gillan, got together to pitch Marvel Studios president Kevin Feig on an all-female superhero team-up flick. According to Tessa, "We were just sort of all in a semi-circle talking, and it just came up... wouldn't it be nice if we could all work together? And we were sort of speculating on the ways in which it might happen in Infinity War, or might not happen. And we thought, 'No, we should just have a whole movie where we know every day we're going to arrive and get to work together.' So we just ran right up to Kevin Feige and started talking about it."
I think this idea is perfection. In addition to this film being an epic opportunity to showcase a gang of cool female characters leading a fresh story, it also makes perfect sense for the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond Avengers 4, which is currently a blank slate. This flick would most definitely help kick it off in a big way and continue to open the door for female-led blockbusters in Hollywood. You know, that door that Patty and Gal kicked open this past summer for DC.
FLICK HITS: Paper Bag Margot
Speaking of super ladies, in adorably awesome news, it was just announced that Elizabeth Banks and Margot Robbie are teaming up to produce a big screen adaptation of Robert Munsch's 1980 classic kiddie book, The Paper Bag Princess. Aw. Banks is set to direct the film and Robbie is in line to portray one of children's literature's most iconic feminists, Princess Elizabeth (... if her schedule permits). I think a paper bag-clad Margot would make the perfect heroine to save that hapless, egotistical chump, Prince Ronald. Look out, dragon. I (love) Tonya In other fantastic Margot Robbie news, if you haven't watched the redband trailer for her upcoming flick I, Tonya yet, you best get streaming. It's unbelievable. Despite hearing some positive TIFF buzz about its festival premiere in September, I avoided all reviews - and I'm so glad. I was floored by my first look at the film. Based on Tonya Harding's ridiculous life, I knew it would have some humorous moments, but this trailer plays like a Coen Brothers dark comedy and I love it. It's weird, funny and completely bonkers. Just like Harding. I can't wait to see it in December.
TWG done for 2017
After The Weinstein Group's first post-scandal film release, Amityville: The Awakening, made a pathetic $742 at the box office Halloween weekend (playing in just 10 theatres domestically), the crumbling company is waving the white flag for 2017. It was announced that the final two TWG releases this year, horror flick Polaroid and the Benedict Cumberbatch period drama, The Current War, are both getting pushed to 2018, while the future of the company gets sorted out. The writing is on the wall here, folks. Good riddance skeez bags.
Superman knows the DCEU sucks
Aside from Wonder Woman, it's been no secret that the DC Extended Universe films have been a pile of garbage. The DCEU is so blatantly bad, that even Superman himself, Henry Cavill, knows it. In an interview this week, Cavill admitted, "Even if Marvel didn't exist, we'd struggle. There was a style they [DC] were going for, an attempt to be different and look at things from a slightly different perspective, which hasn't necessarily worked. Yes, it has made money but it has not been a critical success; it hasn't given everyone that sensation which superheroes should give the viewer." Cavill went on to say that he hopes Wonder Woman was the start of a new direction for the franchise.
Judging by the look of this month's Justice League, odds are that we can add another stinker to the giant heap.
It Ragna-rocks: Thor: Ragnarok
Hey skeptics, as it turns out, a Thor movie actually can be entertaining. Critics are unanimously praising Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok for being a high-energy, hilarious and (for once) fun tale of the God of Thunder. The cast chemistry is being called perfection, and Cate Blanchett delivers a surprisingly killer performance as Marvel super baddie, Hela, the Goddess of Death. If you're seeking out some colourful, light, blockbuster bliss this weekend, this is your flick. It's guaranteed to be a blast.
Bad to worse: A Bad Moms Christmas
Despite its endearing buddy cast of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, last summer's Bad Moms was just a bad movie. Somehow it managed to be void of any solid laughs. So it shouldn't be surprising that the reviews have been held back on its Christmas-themed sequel this weekend. Despite solid cast additions Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon as the lead mom's moms, we can safely assume that A Bad Moms Christmas is just as bad as the original, and likely worse.