Day: November 26, 2020

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Lesbian Christmas movie triggers fiery online debate



Kristen Stewart talking on a cell phone: Watch: Trailer for Happiest Season.


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Watch: Trailer for Happiest Season.

A new Christmas romantic comedy that centres on a same-sex relationship has triggered a fiery online debate about who should portray LGBTQ characters onscreen.

Happiest Season follows a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend while attending her family’s annual holiday party – before realising her girlfriend has not come out to her conservative parents.

It stars Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza and was released this week in Aotearoa and the US.

Stewart, who has dated both men and women in real life, was interviewed by Variety about the film and the “gray area” of straight people playing gay characters. 

“If you’re telling a story about a community and they’re not welcoming to you, then f**k off,” the Twilight star said.

“But if they are, and

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SGIFF: ‘You and I’ Delves Into Indonesia’s Dark Political History

Fanny Chotimah’s Indonesian documentary “You and I,” which won the Asian Perspective Award at Korea’s DMZ Docs Festival, is one of the highlights of the Singapore International Film Festival’s Asian Vision strand.

The film tells the story of the friendship between Kaminah and Kusdalini, which existed for more than 50 years since they met as political prisoners in 1965.

The 1965-66 period was a fraught one for Indonesia where the mass killings of Communists and several ethnic groups eventually led to the overthrow of President Sukarno’s government.

The film is produced by Yulia Evina Bhara, Amerta Kusuma and Tazia Teresa Darryanto under the banner KawanKawan Media (Yosep Anggi Noen’s Locarno-winner “The Science of Fictions”), in collaboration with Partisipasi Indonesia. It is a product of several project labs and grants including Festival Film Dokumenter, Docs By The Sea, DMZ Docs Fund, the Akatara Financing Forum and the Super8mm Studio Foundation.

“We

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U.K.’s Channel 4 Sets $40 Million Global Format Fund, Digital Growth

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 has announced a Global Format Fund that will invest in new British-created and produced formats with global potential that will initially be worth £30 million ($40 million) over two years.

Channel 4 will guarantee minimum runs and recommissioning triggers up front for projects greenlit under this approach. The Fund will focus on genres with the greatest potential for global format success, including daytime, factual entertainment, features and entertainment.

The Fund is part of Channel 4’s new Future4 strategy that was outlined on Thursday. The strategy has a clear remit of doubling viewing to the broadcaster’s All 4 catch-up service over the next five years.

There will also be an increased focus on investing more in content that performs strongly on All 4, like youth-skewing factual entertainment, “box-settable” and noisy documentaries, reality, comedy entertainment, scripted comedy and youth-skewing “bingeable” drama.

In addition, Channel 4 will scale up

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Stevens Point man’s comment about woman president goes viral

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STEVENS POINT – Forty-five years after his death, a local man is creating quite a stir online after his 1963 response to the question “Would a woman be a good president?” went viral this week.

Twitter user Nate Pentz posted to his profile Wednesday a snapshot of a 1963 Minneapolis Tribune article in which people responded to the newspaper’s question.

Four readers who responded weren’t too confident about the prospect. (Sigh.)

One response, from Frank Kampa, said, “No. Today their mind is one way and the next day, it changes.”

Another, from Maureen Mellum, said, “No. A man is more responsible. Women have enough problems without being president.”

But the response from a fifth reader, a man named Vern Hause from Stevens Point, has now gone viral. His answer? “She couldn’t do any worse than some we’ve had.”

The internet took notice of Hause’s response. Pentz’s tweet has been

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Netflix’s Top 10 TV Show And Movie List Is About To Become The Top 50

Netflix is starting to test out an expanded version of its much talked-about Top 10 list, upgrading it to a full on Top 50 list. There will be one overall for the site, then separate ones for movies and TV like there is now, provided the current test pans out.

This was spotted by Saqib Shah, who confirmed the test with Netflix:

While Netflix says they will only roll out the feature wide if it is “useful” for its subscribers, given how popular the Top 10 list has been, I would certainly think that many people would make use out of the Top 50. I know I certainly would, and I wish I had the test right now to see what was on the list.

In addition to being a vehicle to recommend shows to people, a Netflix top 50 list would also provide a lot more data

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Kristen Stewart on Preparing to Play Princess Diana in Spencer

Kristen Stewart is currently preparing to play Princess Diana in the forthcoming movie Spencer, and it’s already clear that the Happiest Season star is taking her new role very seriously.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Stewart opened up about taking on the iconic role. Discussing the royal, the actress said, “It’s hard not to feel protective over her. She was so young … everyone’s perspective is different, and there’s no way to get everything right … what is fact in relation to personal experience.”

When Kimmel described Diana as “one of the most beloved figures in the history of the world,” Stewart replied, “I feel sort of the same way about her. It happened really quickly. I didn’t grow up with her maybe in the same way. I was really young when she passed away.”

As for what the new movie will cover, Stewart told Kimmel,

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See first look at Matthew Morrison as the Grinch in NBC’s new musical special



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Matthew Morrison-as-the Grinch has arrived to steal Christmas… and many viewers’ optimism about NBC’s The Grinch Musical! event.

The network has unveiled our first look at Morrison playing the iconic Dr. Seuss character in the upcoming musical special. A brief preview aired during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, featuring Morrison in full Grinch regalia introducing a musical number from the Troubadour Theatre in London. The song itself, “Who Likes Christmas,” did not feature Morrison, sung instead by the Whos of Whoville, who as we all know like Christmas a lot. (Sample lyrics: “Who likes Christmas? Whos like Christmas!”)



Matthew Morrison posing for the camera: NBC has unveiled our first look at Matthew Morrison as the Grinch. Viewers are not pleased.


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NBC has unveiled our first look at Matthew Morrison as the Grinch. Viewers are not pleased.

NBC also released a brief promo for the special, featuring

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The New Age, See Ryan Reynolds’ Best Movie Roles of All Time

Excuse me, major hunk alert!

This Is Why We’re All Just a Little Bit Jealous of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ Marriage

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Ryan Reynolds is set to bless us yet again with another appearance on the big screen.

From his sarcastically charming role in The Proposal to his endearingly heart-melting character in The Captive, this dynamic and confident actor definitely has range. Although we cannot physically see him on screen in his upcoming new film, The Croods: The New Age, his distinctive voice and contagious humor add the perfect Ryan Reynolds touch in this heartwarming animated adventure story.

Building on the coveted tale originally released in 2013, the adventure continues for the Croods family as the tight-knit group attempts to co-exist with a rival family that claims to be ahead of them on the evolutionary ladder. The drama ensues in this epic retelling

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SportsGrid Radio Channel to Launch on SiriusXM January 7

NEW YORK, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SportsGrid Radio and SiriusXM announced today that they are teaming up to launch the SportsGrid Radio Channel on SiriusXM on January 7, 2021. SiriusXM subscribers nationwide will have access to SportsGrid’s real-time sports news, statistics, odds, and lines, along with live expert analysis. The SportsGrid Radio channel will be available to SiriusXM subscribers 24 hours a day 7 days a week on SiriusXM radios (channel 204) in their cars or anywhere with the SiriusXM app. SportsGrid Radio will be replacing the VSiN channel, which will air on SiriusXM until December 31.

SportsGrid Radio will feature a team of on-air personalities including Scott Ferrall, Gabe Morency, Ariel Epstein, and Jared Smith along with expert contributors and guest analysts. The channel streams live from the state-of-the-art production facilities located in New York City adjacent to Madison Square Garden and at the Meadowlands inside the FanDuel

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‘Couples Retreat’ Actor Faizon Love Sues Universal for Being Cut Off the Poster

Faizon Love, the actor who played Shane in the 2009 movie Couples Retreat, is suing Universal for race discrimination after he was cut off the international version of the movie poster.

The American version of the movie poster featured the four couples in the movie – Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau and Kristin Davis, and finally Faizon and Kali Hawk.

The international version cut Faizon and Kali, the only non-white couple, out of the picture and they didn’t receive billing above the title.

“This film was a big money-maker for Universal, but instead of honoring my work and my contract, the studio chose to render me invisible to billions of moviegoers around the world,” Faizon said in a statement with his lawsuit (via Variety).

Variety reports that Universal regretted the decision when the movie came

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