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From the outhouse to the arthouse: how Hollywood’s kings of comedy got serious

Cinema’s former fart-gag maestros have recast themselves as social critics. Are they the ideal pundits for an age of obscenity?A little over 20 years ago, There’s Something About Mary spearheaded a new era for what was known as gross-out comedy. The film depicted Cameron Diaz’s central character with semen in her hair and Ben Stiller […]

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Blumhouse films on Film Sales Company Cannes slate (exclusive)

Seann William Scott among stars on genre slate.Film Sales Company head Andrew Herwitz has ventured into new terrain and will launch sales in Cannes on a trio of genre films produced by Jason Blum’s prolific Blumhouse label.New York-based Herwitz will commence talks with international buyers on Bloodline, a thriller starring Seann William Scott and Dale […]

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How Kay Cannon Shattered a Glass Ceiling By Directing ‘Blockers’

Kay Cannon’s “Blockers” scored big at the weekend box office with $21.4 million. The R-rated comedy is like “Bridesmaids” meets “American Pie,” with a script that follows a group of three high school seniors (played by Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Viswanathan and Gideon Adlon) who make a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. When […]

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How ‘Blockers’ Brings a Feminist Twist to the Prom Sex Comedy

After launching “21 Jump Street,” “Neighbors” and “Trainwreck,” South by Southwest has a proven track record for catapulting studio comedies into the mainstream. And now, it looks like the Austin festival has another hit on its hands. “Blockers,” a sweet and raunchy coming-of-age story, played through the roof at the Paramount Theater on Saturday night, […]

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‘Blockers’ Director Kay Cannon at SXSW: ‘I am a Woman, I Directed Something, and It’s Rated R!’

SXSW has gained a reputation for premiering R-rated comedies that go on to earn $100 million or more at the domestic box office, but this year’s prospect, “Blockers,” is the first from a female director.“I’m so happy to be here and I am a woman,” Kay Cannon informed the Paramount Theatre crowd immediately before Saturday […]

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‘Blockers’ Review: Goofy Sex Comedy is a Woke ‘American Pie’ For a New Generation — SXSW 2018

Even before it premiered to a boisterous reception at the SXSW Film Festival, “Blockers” was already famous from its red band trailer as that movie where John Cena funnels beer into his anus. That’s one of the more outrageous gags in director Kay Cannon’s inspired sex comedy, but it’s hardly the only one that hits […]

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