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Jeez, even ‘mother!’ is talking about how so many people hate ‘mother!’

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With self-awareness in such short supply in Hollywood, isn’t it nice to know that some studios are willing to just finally ‘fess up and own it when something goes haywire?

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! clearly isn’t for everybody — maybe even for nobody, as its rare ‘F’ Cinemascore would indicate, though critics kinda dug it — and at first, Paramount Pictures (and Aronofsky himself) went immediately on the defensive

But somewhere along the way, someone at Paramount realized that this see-it-for-yourself challenge could be a selling point. The studio on Tuesday released this new promo video that leans hard into the idea that you’re probably going to hate it, but hey, maybe you’re one of the few who doesn’t. Read more…

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Alicia Vikander’s neck looks just fine in the first ‘Tomb Raider’ trailer

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Lara Croft is back — and hey, her neck seems pretty normal!

In this first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider film, Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) takes on the video game heroine’s role as she explores her father’s disappearance on a sinister island. (And, this being a Hollywood action-adventure blockbuster, of course “the fate of humanity something-something” is a part of it.

This is the first on-screen Tomb Raider adventure since 2003’s The Cradle of Life, sequel to the 2001 Tomb Raider film starring Angelina Jolie. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug with a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Toby Gard. Read more…

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‘Moana’ is helping young New Zealanders keep in touch with the Maori language

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Moana broke the mold with its portrayal of Polynesian culture on the big screen. 

In New Zealand, this celebration of heritage is having a real impact, where a translated version of the movie is helping make the Māori language appealing to young people, according to a report in The New York Times.

Once the predominant language in New Zealand, the Māori language (te reo) was gradually pushed out as English speakers settled in the country, according to Te Ara

Speaking te reo was officially discouraged by the late 19th century, eventually leading to the language’s decline, and the fear te reo would die out in the mid-20th century. By the 1970s, Māori reasserted their identity and pushed for the language to be taught in schools. Read more…

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Jennifer Lawrence on controversial ‘mother!’: ‘I wouldn’t be able to do it again’

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You either loved or hated Darren Aronofsky’s mother! — and according to star Jennifer Lawrence, “there is no middle ground.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence discussed her experience making the grueling film and how she would never do a project like this again.

“We knew that it was divided,” Lawrence said of audience responses to the film. “That’s what so exciting — everybody is going to feel something. It’s going to create a conversation. It’s going to create a controversy. Nobody is going to leave not getting something from it.” Read more…

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Yeah, so here’s Lil Wayne’s weird cover of the ‘Friends’ theme

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Feel free to file this in the “unlikeliest covers ever” folder.

Lil Wayne covered the Friends theme song, poking fun at the San Francisco 49ers’ poor start to the NFL season in a promotion for the league’s second week on Fox.

Well, as fans would know the 49ers did indeed go 0-2 with their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, but the upshot is that we’ve got this utterly bizarre Lil Wayne cover to store in our minds forever.  Read more…

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‘Kingsman’ stumbles through the War on Drugs in ‘The Golden Circle’

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If the Kingsman franchise is a one-trick pony, at least its one trick is a pretty good one.

The Golden Circle – once again starring Taron Egerton and directed by Matthew Vaughn – is the kind of sequel that seems unlikely to win over anyone who hated the first one. 

If, on the other hand, you were a big fan of Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s cartoonish violence, bawdy humor, and overall 13-year-old-on-Pixy-Stix vibe – well, then, The Golden Circle will probably be for you.

There are a few differences this time aroundThe Golden Circle destroys Kingsman’s London headquarters in the first act, prompting secret agents Eggsy (Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) to reach out to their American counterparts for help. Read more…

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Love is blind, or something like that, in Blake Lively trailer for ‘All I See Is You’

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What movies in 2017 needed was more Blake Lively, and apparently also more creepy children’s choir covers of Beach Boys’ songs (fact-check: we didn’t need that last one!)

In All I See Is You, directed by Marc Forster,  Lively plays a blind woman, Gina, whose sight is restored via cornea surgery. It’s supposed to be the last piece of her perfect life with husband James (Jason Clarke), but the marriage is unexpectedly challenged.

The trailer starts out looking like a Nicholas Sparks romance, but once Gina’s sight comes back it starts to get a little freaky; flashes of strange images, blurring title cards, and a bloody spot creeping into the whites of Lively’s eyes. Read more…

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Are we in for the most sex-positive Oscar race ever?

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Sex may sell, but it hasn’t tended to win Oscars in recent years. There are exceptions, course – your Carols, your Anomalisas. More often, though, sex in awards pictures tends to be small and subtle, if it exists at all.

Think, for instance, of that tentative beachside encounter in this year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight. Or the lack of any sex at all in this year’s other frontrunner, La La Land – despite the fact that La La Land was all about the love between two extremely attractive adults.

But this year could be different, or at least it looks that way from Toronto. If the fall festivals mark the start of awards campaigning, the reviews out of this year’s circuit suggest that we could be in for an unusually steamy race. Read more…

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