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MaryAnn’s quick take… A sweet, romantic story about the polyamorous triad that created a beloved superhero… and about the power of comic books to speak to our inner lives. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Sorry, all you dudes who may have been expecting something salacious and debauched from a movie about the guy who created Wonder Woman for DC Comics. Cuz you’ve heard that he was into bondage and somehow managed to convince his wife to bring another woman into their lives and their bed: woo-hoo, threesome! But Professor Marston & the Wonder Women isn’t perverted, and it’s not pornographic, not even of the softest-core type. And this ain’t Fifty Shades of Grey, either. Thank Aphrodite. This is a sweet story about people »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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Starring Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Luke Evans (2017’s Beauty and the Beast), Brian Geraghty (Chicago P.D.) and Daniel Brühl (Rush), the psychological thriller follows a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes in New York City circa 1896. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt (played by Geraghty) calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a criminal psychologist (aka “alienist”) and newspaper »
An epic battle for sexiest male vocalist played out on Thursday's Late Late Show with James Corden.
“I’ve done my part. I’m bringing sexy back,” quipped Corden. “I brought sexy back to late night. This might sound arrogant, but I think I’m probably the sexiest male vocalist alive.”
Pump the breaks, James!
Because R&B superstar Usher has something to say about that! “Well, I’m alive,” Usher clapped back as he made his way out onto the stage. “Let’s be honest: when people imagine smooth, sensual, sexual—you know—soulful voices, are they going to picture a guy like you? Or do they think of a guy like me? Usher?”
Corden, known for his famed Carpool Karaoke segments, was not about to let that diss stand and quickly challenged Usher to a riff-off!
Luke Evans may have played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, but his sexy voice will make you melt like a candlestick. During The Late Late Show on Thursday, the Welsh actor joined Usher and host James Corden for a "sexy male vocalist" riff-off, emphasis on sexy. While Usher and James definitely hit all of the right notes during their numbers, it was Luke that really stole the show with his cover of Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is." Seriously, his high notes will leave you gasping for air. If you need us, we'll just we watching this steamy video with the AC blasting. »
- Kelsie Gibson
With the movie awards season in full gallop, this week sees the release of a perennial favorite of Academy members: the big screen biography. Now this is a special type of “biopic” in that it doesn’t focus on the entire life (or many years of the life) of the subject, as with films like Ray or The Aviator. Really this new work zeroes in on a year or so of this great person’s career, much as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln concerned the last few months of the ole’ rail-splitter. Actually this may be closer to John Ford’s terrific Young Mr. Lincoln as it concentrates on a very early case, long before his great fame. And, in a way, this could be considered an “origin” story, much like the initial entries of movie hero franchises (or the first issues of comic book heroes). Yes, this man’s a »
- Jim Batts
These days, superhero movies have become so commonplace that audiences actually complain when the latest DC or Marvel blockbusters slows down to deliver a character’s origin story (which is one reason the latest Spider-Man reboot skipped the whole radioactive spider-bite setup and dove straight into the action). But when it comes to Wonder Woman, how the divine Diana Prince sprung into existence is every bit as interesting as her wildest adventure — and I’m not talking about her Greek god-parents or Amazon upbringing either, but the way the character was conceived by a Harvard psychology professor named William Moulton Marston.
Conceived as a feminist role model for young readers; dressed in red-white-and-blue fetish gear, complete with wrist cuffs; and armed with a lasso of truth that combined Marston’s own invention (he’s the brain behind the lie-detector test) with one of his favorite kinks (bondage, or so we’re led to believe), Wonder Woman was not »
- Peter Debruge
Hold off on revisiting or streaming the summer's monster hit, Wonder Woman, until you lay eyes on this stranger-and kinkier-than-fiction look at the man who created the world's most famous female superhero. That would be Harvard-educated William Moulton Marston (Beauty and the Beast's Luke Evans), a psychology professor at Radcliffe with a wife, Elizabeth Holloway (Rebecca Hall), who's more than his intellectual equal. She shares his not entirely scientific taste for dominance and submission, and the prof, frustrated by drag-ass 1920's protocols, is eager to experiment further. The catalyst »
“Professor Marston & the Wonder Women”
“I’m going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America,” announces esteemed psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”) in a new trailer for Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.” He’s convinced that the best and most efficient way to disseminate his views is not through publishing articles in esoteric academic journals but by writing a comic book — one about an Amazon princess who lives on an island of all women, wears a burlesque outfit, and fights Nazis.
“Nobody — and I say this with all the compassion and truth in my heart — nobody will will ever publish this,” his wife and fellow researcher, Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall, “Vicky Christina Barcelona”), is sorry to tell him. Happily for William — and “Wonder Woman” fans around the world — Elizabeth turns out to be wrong.
Inspired by true events, “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” tells the story of “Wonder Woman” creator William and the women who inspired the iconic character: Elizabeth and the married couple’s lover, Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote, “The Man in the High Castle”). William, Elizabeth, and Olive aren’t just fighting to bring an unconventional heroine to the masses — they’re also fighting for their right to have an unconventional relationship despite intense social pressure and judgment.
“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” follows on the heels of the release of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” which has now grossed over $821 million worldwide, making the blockbuster the highest-grossing live-action film ever helmed by a woman.
Robinson most recently worked on the Shondaland series “How to Get Away with Murder” as a consulting producer. Her other credits include “True Blood,” “The L Word,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” and “D.E.B.S.”
“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month to strong reviews. The biopic opens in theaters this Friday, October 13.
Trailer Watch: A Throuple Makes Comic Book History in “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Luc Besson has set his next film.
“We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” said Lionsgate Mpg chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “Luc is a visionary filmmaker with whom we are proud to extend our longstanding relationship.”
Besson directed the Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Lucy” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” He also co-wrote and produced the hit action franchise “Taken.” Marc Shmuger will produce the upcoming project on behalf of EuropaCorp.
- Justin Kroll
The final trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women has been revealed at New York Comic Con ahead of the film’s this coming Friday, and we have it for you below, along with a new poster; check them out here…
See Also: Read our review of Professor Marston & The Wonder Women here
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises. »
- Amie Cranswick
Sibling bonds have sinister consequences in “Barracuda,” Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin’s Austin-set drama about two sisters connecting for the first time in the wake of their famous father’s death. With their sophomore feature, Cortlund and Halperin (“Now, Forager”) demonstrate a gift for not only creating beautiful images in unexpected moments, but also avoiding narrative shortcuts or tonal clichés to tell a story that covers familiar territory while ultimately defying easy categorization. Newcomer Sophie Reid (“Beauty and the Beast”) plays Sinaloa, a vagabond singer-songwriter who turns up on the doorstep of Merle’s (Alison Tolman, TV’s “Fargo”) Austin fixer-upper claiming to. »
- Todd Gilchrist
Idris Elba is starting to become nearly as well known for the roles he might have played as he is for the ones he has. In addition to frequently being named a potential successor to Daniel Craig in the “James Bond” franchise — rumors that have finally been shot down, at least for now, with news that Craig will return — it seems that he was nearly in a much different movie: this year’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” remake.
“I honestly love musicals. I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. I really did, for Gaston,” Elba recently told People in an interview occasioned by his new film “The Mountain Between Us.” “I called and said, ‘Listen, I want in!’ So somewhere they have a tape of me singing.” For now, »
- Michael Nordine
Quick takes from the 25th Raindance Film Festival, with public screenings in London through October 1st, 2017.
British filmmaker Jason Wingard went to the Jungle, the refugee camp in Calais, intending to make a documentary about life there. But after befriending those living in squalor out of desperation, he decided to make a narrative based on their stories instead, shot in the Jungle and with some of them playing versions of themselves. The result is an astonishingly moving film that rehumanizes people who have been dehumanized in public discourse, putting faces to the still-ongoing refugee crisis and inescapably reminding us that those we’ve Othered are not very different from us. “In another life,” Syrian refugee Adnan (French actor Elie Haddad) tells us in the touching narration through which we follow his journey, “I was a teacher.” His new friends in the Jungle are other middle-class people from such far-flung places as Sudan, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In news that absolutely shatters our hearts into a million pieces, Idris Elba just revealed that he really wanted to be in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. The British actor shared this revelation in a recent interview with People's Jess Cagle. After discussing his early start in musical theater, Elba said he's eager to work on another musical. "I honestly love musicals," he said. Adding, "Do you know I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast? I really did, for Gaston. I called. I said, 'Listen, I want in!' They were like, 'Uh, wow. Ok.' So somewhere they have a tape of me singing." RelatedYour Body Will Respond to This Video of Idris Elba Reading Fan Fiction About Himself Now, as we know, the role of Gaston ended up going to Luke Evans. Before that, however, Elba tried his best to land the role. When asked if »
- Kelsey Garcia
As it turns out, even Idris Elba still gets turned down for parts every so often. In a recent interview with People to promote his latest film, Hany Abu-Assad’s survival thriller The Mountain Between Us, the actor revealed that despite auditioning for this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, Disney decided to go in another direction.
While on the subject of musicals, Elba said, “I honestly love musicals. I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. I really did, for Gaston. I called and said, ‘Listen, I want in!’ So somewhere they have a tape of me singing.”
The role of Gaston clearly went to Fast & Furious 6 and Dracula Untold star Luke Evans, who was widely considered to be one of the strongest performers in the film’s star-studded ensemble. No matter what criticisms were directed at the adaptation, few people had anything but kind words for the Welsh actor. »
- Justin Cook
While it may seem like an impossible fantasy, the actor tells People editor-in-chief Jess Cagle that it almost really happened. Sitting down for the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview in this week’s issue, Elba reveals he auditioned for Disney’s live-action adaptation.
“I honestly love musicals. I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast. I really did, for Gaston,” Elba says. “I called and said, ‘Listen, I want in!’ So somewhere they have a tape of me singing. »
- Ale Russian
Disney's adaptation A Wrinkle in Time is shaping up to be one of next year's most highly-anticipated films, as fans wait for the next batch of footage following the first A Wrinkle in Time trailer that dropped at the D23 Expo back in July. There has been no confirmation as to when the next footage may arrive, but director Ava DuVernay just recently dropped an interesting piece of news on social media, confirming that Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi has come aboard to do the score. The director included a photo of herself alongside the composer in the editing bay, where fans can get a new glimpse of Storm Reid's pivotal character Meg Murry.
The director revealed on social media that she has "listened to his music for years and swooned," before confirming that he will compose the score for A Wrinkle in Time. It's possible that the »
Jimmy Kimmel delivered one of the biggest and best editions of his “Mean Tweets” segment yet Monday night.
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! bit featured Gal Gadot and Emma Watson, leading ladies of Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast, respectively, opening with a dose of unconstructive criticism after absolutely killing it at the box office this year.
Gadot was immediately confused by the slang of her mean tweet, questioning, "imma, imma? I-m-m-a? Is that a word?" The entire tweet attempted to take a shot at the actress' perfect physique — and obviously failing — saying "gal gadot?????? imma be wondering »
- Allison Stubblebine, Billboard
Today in extremely cool movie news, Disney announced they will be making a new live-action musical starring David Oyelowo, from Tarell Alvin McCraney, the playwright who inspired Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. The House of Mouse has been slowly but surely remaking their animated classics into live-action musicals, like last year’s Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson and a bunch […]
The post ‘Cyrano the Moor’: David Oyelowo Will Star in Live-Action Disney Musical appeared first on /Film. »
- Chris Evangelista
Nearly two years after Downton Abbey went off the air, most of the beloved ensemble cast is back in action on screen and stage, with Michelle Dockery, Dan Stevens and Joanne Froggatt leading several high-profile projects coming out this fall.
2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage
Even though the period drama ended in 2015, this year can definitely be dubbed “2017: Life After Abbey.” And to think, all we care about is a Downton Abbey movie!
Check out what’s coming up (and highlights of a few things you may have missed):
Good Behavior (TNT)
Photo: PBS / Getty Images / TNT / Netflix
Dockery, aka Lady Mary, was one of the first cast members out of the gates with a decidedly un-Downton-like character, playing con artist and recovering drug addict Letty Raines on TNT’s Good Behavior. “I was very fortunate when it came along,” Dockery told Et. “I wasn’t »
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