MEAN GIRLS – Review by T. J. Callahan

Tupperware may be stodgy, but The Plastics are still in the pink, continuing to rule their school some 20 years later in an in tune Mean Girls movie for a new generation. It’s a big screen version of the best of the Broadway musical adapted from the 2004 feature film, all penned by the “grool” Tina Fey. While following the original premise, this Mean Girls is a bit edgier and darker. Mean Girls, the musical, can never replace its modern classic model, but it’s fetch enough for the next generation.

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MEAN GIRLS – Review by Leslie Combemale

Remember, humans, it’s our kindness and empathy that matter, not the meager power or pretty meat sacks what leverage in our social interactions. This update, co-directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr, with a book by ’04 screenwriter Tina Fey, drives that message home far better than its predecessor. I’m not sure this Mean Girls update will become a classic, per se, but it’s certainly more than just an entertaining diversion. It’s one hell of a vehicle for the cast, and also a fun message movie about belonging, personal responsibly, sense of self, and the value of friendship. This one just happens to come dressed in pink.

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MEAN GIRLS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The new Mean Girls follows the same general narrative beats as the 2004 film, but it’s more an adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical adaptation of the original film. While it has some enjoyable performances, it’s also more of an ensemble, a self-described cautionary tale with a “just be nice” message that feels more rushed than organic. This might appeal to fans of the musical, but having rewatched the original film recently, I found that one way more fetch.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tamra Davis to Direct ‘Boy Band’ Docu for Paramount + – Brandy McDonnell reports

Paramount+ recently announced a new documentary that will shine a light on one of the most enduring genres of music in pop culture: Boy bands.
Tamra Davis is directing the film which is exploring the notion that the most popular music of the late 1990s and early 2000s has been overlooked, not just as a triumph of musicianship, choreography, street-level viral promotion and even songcraft, but as a cultural institution that paved the way for the biggest stars of today.

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STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS – Review by Susan Granger

What’s extraordinary about Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which has launched its 10-episode sophomore season, is how boldly this newest sci-fi franchise entry evokes the original Star Trek series that I fell in love with back in 1966. It’s basically the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) in the 23rd century, delving into the origins, backstories and personal challenges facing familiar characters.

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Lindsey Anderson Beer talks Women in Horror, Stephen King and PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES – Nadine Whitney interviews

Although she’s making her directorial debut with Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Lindsey Anderson Beer has worked in the screen industry for years as writer, show runner, story consultant and more. With Pet Sematary: Bloodline, she’s expanded the vision of super horror creative Stephen King. As she puts it: My goal with anything is always delightful surprise and I hope the film feels like something they haven’t seen before. I hope it offers them the heart and the moral questions of Pet Sematary and I want it to scare the shit out of people. I also want it to make them feel something.

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AT MIDNIGHT – Review by T.J. Callahan

At Midnight is the bewitching hour for a secret romance between a hotel manager and the newly single action hero movie star filming at his resort in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. It’s love at first bite for actress Sophie, when the ambitious Jr. Executive, Alejandro, makes her a late night sandwich. At Midnight is sometimes cute, mostly harmless and really not worth staying up late for. It’s rated R for brief bad language, not because it’s spicy. Only hopeless romantics will make it through the full 1:40.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Wonder Women Gadot and Jenkins Reteam for CLEOPATRA

Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are reteaming to tell the story of Cleopatra. Paramount Pictures has won an auction for the epic Cleopatra, besting Universal, Warner Bros, Netflix and Apple. The historical drama will be penned by Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), which means we will finally get a major motion picture that tells Cleopatra’s story from a female perspective.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kusama To Direct Series Adaptation of SEXY BEAST – Brandy McDonnel reports

Director Karyn Kusama has lined up her next project, a series adaptation of the 2000 Oscar-winning movie Sexy Beast at Paramount Network. The series will tell the origin story of Gal Dove – played in the film by Ray Winstone – a talented thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vividly volatile 1990s.

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