BOMBSHELL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Directed by Jay Roach (HBO’s “Game Change”), there’s a cheeky playfulness to the film that’s unneeded, borderline offensive and counterintuitive. Even the movie’s title seems to winkingly marvel that a group of beautiful blondes – which was basically a requirement for a woman working at Fox News – brought down Ailes, undermining both what they suffered in his allegedly toxic workplace and what they risked in speaking out.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Palm Springs Film Fest honors Laura Dern – Brandy McDonnell reports

Laura Dern will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on January 2, 2020. Also to be honored at the ceremony are Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellwegger.

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Charlize Theron’s BOMBSHELL Transformation – April Neale reports

Charlize Theron’s Bombshellstunning facial transformation for her role as Megyn Kelly is so flawless that it looks like she had plastic surgery — but she did not. It was the exceptional work of award-winning Local 706 special effects makeup artist Kazu Hiro, a devoted student of the late makeup master, Dick Smith.

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BOMBSHELL – Review by Leslie Combemale

The way Bombshell leaves viewers suggests that Ailes’ ouster left a softer, safer Fox News in his wake. That part of the film is a bit of what Fox excels in: fake news. How would you like to be a member of one of the diverse communities Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson have consistently insulted, only to see these women lionized? Watch the film for Charlize Theron’s spot-on portrayal. Let the rest go. The storyline is peak white feminism.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Review by Susan Granger

With Halloween around the corner, this animated, sinister sequel with its snap-happy theme song has timing in its favor. In the ‘origin’ prologue, Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (voiced by Charlize Therson) Addams are being married. Part of the ceremony involves putting a lime in a coconut and drinking it, like the 1971 Harry Nilsson song, as they vow to make each other unhappy for the rest of their lives.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Theron receives 2019 American Cinematheque Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Kudos to Charlize Theron, newly names as the recipient of the 2019 American Cinematheque Award. Currently starring in the comedy Long Shot, the multi-hyphenate Theron will portray Megyn Kelly in the upcoming Fox News movie about the Roger Ailes harassment scandal and will co-produce the as yet untitled film.

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LONG SHOT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Screenwriters Dan Sterling (“The Interview” with Rogen) and Liz Hannah (“The Post”) provide the just-right mix of the sweet and raunchy humor that made Rogen famous, while also balancing the romantic and political aspects of the comedy. It’s refreshing to actually laugh about politics for a while. It’s also bracing to see a romantic comedy free of most of the misogyny and plot machinations that have long plagued the cinematic subgenre.

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