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Not A Lesson: Why Dear Evan Hansen And Roadrunner Are Both Deeply Irresponsible Depictions Of Suicide

Spoilers for the films “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.”This year two films have crossed into dangerous and irresponsible territory in using suicide and suicidal ideation as story arcs. First, Morgan Neville’s documentary “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” ostensibly a look at the life and work of celebrity chef and world […]

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Review: Shoddy Direction Ruins Promising Material

TIFF’s second year during the Covid-19 pandemic opened with a bigger slate (132 features compared to last year’s 60) and “Dear Evan Hansen,” an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. Thematically, a film about a teenager grappling with loneliness and mental health problems makes perfect sense for the festival’s inaugural film. As artistic director […]

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Director Stephen Chbosky on Chasing ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ Premiering at TIFF and Cutting Songs

Stephen Chbosky never intended to create a film series. But with the films “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Wonder” and now “Dear Evan Hansen” under his belt, he jokes that he has made “The First Day of School Trilogy.”Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “Dear Evan Hansen” will open the Toronto International Film Festival […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Supporting Actress Predictions

At the fall film festivals, the long list of possible Supporting Actress contenders will be whittled down. Several Oscar perennials are looking for yet another nod. Having just collected her third statue, Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) rejoins the Wes Anderson ensemble as a journalist who goes to bed with a young ’60s activist (Timothée Chalamet) in […]

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Julianne Moore: It’s ‘Totally Sexist’ to Say a Woman Is ‘Aging Gracefully’

Academy Award winner Julianne Moore has hit out against the term “aging gracefully” as it applies to women. The star of Apple and Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story” and the upcoming musical “Dear Evan Hansen” spoke candidly on the subject in a cover story from As If magazine. (Via People.)The actress, in the interview, deemed the […]

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‘Venom 2’ Release Date Delayed by a Week

The release of “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” has been delayed one week from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24.The sequel, which stars Tom Hardy, was most recently pushed to September from June 25 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The one-week delay of “Venom 2” means that the movie will no longer premiere on the same […]

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‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Movie Coming to Theaters This Year

Musical theater aficionados, Sept. 24 is going to be a good day and here’s why: Universal is debuting the movie adaptation of “Dear Evan Hansen” in theaters.Ben Platt stars as the title character in “Dear Evan Hansen,” a cinematic retelling of the popular Broadway musical created by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The show centers […]

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Zendaya in Talks to Star in Ronnie Spector Biopic From A24

Zendaya is stepping into the shoes of Ronnie Spector, frontwoman of musical group the Ronettes, in an A24 and New Regency-produced biopic of her life.Variety has confirmed that the film companies have acquired Spector’s life rights in addition to her autobiography “Be My Baby,” which Spector wrote with Vince Waldron. They are eyeing Pulitzer-winner Jackie […]

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Marc Webb Eyed to Direct Disney’s ‘Snow White’ Remake (Exclusive)

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to Disney Marc Webb goes. The filmmaker is in talks to direct the studio’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Snow White.”While the deal isn’t finalized, sources tell Variety that Webb is the top choice to helm the movie.“The Girl on the Train” screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson is in negotiations to pen the […]

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