Sundance Review: CALL JANE Starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver

Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver star in this 1969-set film Call Jane, which centers on a woman named Joy whose pregnancy is causing a life-threatening condition. This is set in a time when it was incredibly hard for women to get abortions, and it’s what this woman, played by Bands, needed to help save her own life, but it’s an incredibly difficult decision for her and her husband to make. Even if they did decide to go through with it, it’s not easy for them to find someone to perform the abortion.

The movie was inspired by the true events “surrounding the Jane Collective, who provided thousands of abortions during a four-year period through their covert and precise mobilization.” Look, I have no idea what it must be like to be in a situation like this, I’m not even going to attempt to pretend that I do. But, seeing a movie like this, and watching the story of these characters unfold, provided insight into how stressful and scary it must be. 

It’s always seemed crazy to me how cold the medical community was toward women in the 60s. I’ve done a lot of my own personal research on the history of mental health, and it always shocked me with how women were treated and thrown into asylums for no good reason. I know this movie doesn’t deal with that, but I was just making a point about how the medical community treated women back then, from something that I am somewhat familiar with.

Women in these difficult situations were forced to undergo this procedure in shady apartments, by shady people whom they don’t even know if they could really trust! When it comes to the Jane Collective, Weaver takes on the role of Virginia, the founder of the collective, and Joy ends up forming a relationship with her and helping her with her mission. Of course, she is also doing all of this in secret and isn’t telling anyone. Jane goes on to play a huge role in the Call Jane collective, and she ends up on quite a fascinating journey.

Banks and Weaver both give wonderful performances. I don’t want to get into the whole politics of the thing because I don’t like politics, but from a movie standpoint, this is a well-made film and it introduced me to a story and movement in history that I was previously unfamiliar with. 

The movie was directed by Phylis Nagy and also stars Kate Mara, Chris Messina, Wunmi Mosaic, and Cory Michael Smith. Here’s the description of the film from Sundance:

Chicago, 1968. As a city and the nation are poised on the brink of violent political upheaval, suburban housewife Joy leads an ordinary life with her husband and daughter. When Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening condition, she must navigate a medical establishment unwilling to help. Her journey to find a solution to an impossible situation leads her to the “Janes,” a clandestine organization of women who provide Joy with a safer alternative — and in the process, change her life.

Carol screenwriter Phyllis Nagy takes the reins as director and executes a riveting narrative, partially based on true events surrounding the Jane Collective, who provided thousands of abortions during a four-year period through their covert and precise mobilization. Supported by a remarkable cast, Elizabeth Banks delivers an impressive lead performance as Joy, whose determination and strength of character holds relevance more than a half-century later. Call Jane poses urgent questions about systemic barriers, the ever-shifting nature of politics, and the struggle for women to maintain control of their bodies.

Tobey Maguire Gets Dumped By Padma in STAR WARS and SPIDER-MAN Mashup Video

Here’s an amusing fan video titled “Darth Bully Maguire Gets Dumped”. It takes footage from Star Wars and Spider-Man and a scene plays out that includes Padme intensely breaking up with Tobey Maguire. The description of the video reads:

Padme and Tobey meet on Mustafar. Padme, having discovered some horrible things Tobey has done, is unhappy. Meanwhile, Tobey has no idea and tries to propose to Padme.

Enjoy Maguire’s ugly cry face!

Early Concept Art For HAWKEYE Features an Alternative Costume Design For Kate Bishop

For those of you who enjoyed Marvel’s Hawkeye series, I’ve got an early piece of concept art that I wanted to share. This art comes from Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development and concept artist Andy Park, and it features an alternate early costume for Hailee Steinfeld‘s Kate Bishop.

As you can see, the costume design has a bit more of a professional and slick superhero look. It’s a bit more modern and the tactical elements of it are much cleaner. Park said in a statement:

“So this is an EARLY concept design version I did way back when this project first fell onto our laps. I was leading our Vis Dev team initially on early visual explorations of what this @disneyplus could be/look like & what @haileesteinfeld could look like as Kate Bishop. But eventually we were fortunate enough to promote @rodneyimages to lead this project as the Vis Dev Supervisor! The final AWESOME design you see in the show belongs to him. He did a bang up job!”

Check out the art below and let us know what you think!

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Everything Coming To Peacock In February 2022

There are some exciting new shows and events coming to Peacock in February. The highly anticipated Bel-Air will be premiering and you can catch coverage of the Winter Olympics and Superbowl LVI. Or you can enjoy a good old rom com like How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Here’s the full list:

February 1 

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence, 2001* 

  • Ali, 2011 

  • Along Came Polly, 2004* 

  • Belly, 1998 

  • Blade, 1998* 

  • Blade 2, 2002* 

  • Blade: Trinity, 2004* 

  • The Blues Brothers, 1980* 

  • The Bounty Hunter, 2010* 

  • The Breakfast Club, 1985* 

  • Bridesmaids, 2011* 

  • Bringing Down the House, 2003 

  • Bustin’ Loose, 1981* 

  • The Chronicles of Riddick, 2004* 

  • Clockers, 1995* 

  • Conan the Barbarian, 2011* 

  • Cowboys & Aliens, 2011* 

  • Crooklyn, 1994* 

  • Death at a Funeral, 2010* 

  • Definitely, Maybe, 2008 

  • Deliver Us From Eva, 2003* 

  • Do the Right Thing, 1989* 

  • Downton Abbey, 2019* 

  • Enemy of the State, 1998 

  • Erin Brockovich, 2000* 

  • The Express, 2008* 

  • The Family the Preys, 2009 

  • Four Brothers, 2005 

  • Friends with Benefits, 2011* 

  • Geostorm, 2017* 

  • Hanna, 2011* 

  • Hitch, 2005 

  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003* 

  • I Am Ali, 2014* 

  • I Am Bolt, 2016* 

  • It’s Complicated, 2009* 

  • Jarhead, 2005* 

  • Johnson Family Vacation, 2004 

  • The Last Stand, 2013* 

  • Love Actually, 2003* 

  • Love Happens, 2009* 

  • A Madea Christmas, 2013 

  • Madea’s Witness Protection, 2012 

  • Major Payne, 1995* 

  • Miami Vice, 2006* 

  • Midnight Run, 1988* 

  • Miss Congeniality, 2000 

  • Miss Congeniality, 2005 

  • Mo’ Better Blues, 1990* 

  • Monsters Vs. Aliens, 2009 

  • Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, 1983* 

  • Mr. Deeds, 2002* 

  • Pitch Black, 2000* 

  • The Preacher’s Wife, 1996 

  • Pride, 2007 

  • Psycho, 1998* 

  • Psycho II, 1983* 

  • Psycho III, 1986* 

  • Reign of Fire, 2002 

  • Repo Men, 2010* 

  • The Rundown, 2003* 

  • Safe House, 2012* 

  • The Secret of My Success, 1987* 

  • The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 

  • Slap Shot, 1977* 

  • Superbad, 2007* 

  • Ted 2, 2015* 

  • This Christmas, 2007* 

  • Wanderlust, 2012* 

  • Weird Science, 1985* 

  • What Happens in Vegas, 2008 

  • What’s Love Got to Do with It, 1993

  • Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl, 2022 (NBC)

  • Top Chef, Season 18 

February 2 

  • Grown Ups, 2010 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 3 

  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky, Season 2, Episodes 1-6 (Peacock Original)* 

  • Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure, Season 1, Episode 6 (Peacock Original)* 

  • LPGA Drive On Championship* 

  • Real Housewives of Miami, Season 4, Episode 9 (Peacock Original)*  

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 4 

  • LPGA Drive On Championship* 

  • Notre Dame Hockey v. Penn State* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Gloucester Rugby v. London Irish 

  • The Today Show – Post Opening Ceremony (NBC) 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 5 

  • LPGA Drive On Championship* 

  • Notre Dame Hockey v. Penn State* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Bristol Bears v. Newcastle Falcons 

  • Premiership Rugby – Exeter Chiefs v. Wasps 

  • Premiership Rugby – Saracens v. Bath Rugby 

  • Premiership Rugby – Leicester Tigers v. Worcester Warriors 

  • Six Nations Rugby – Ireland v. Wales 

  • Six Nations Rugby – Scotland v. England 

  • Supercross – Glendale, AZ 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 6 

  • Earnin’ It: A Season with the Women of the NFL, Season 1, Episode 3 (Peacock Original)* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Harlequins v. Sale Sharks 

  • Six Nations Rugby – France v. Italy 

  • USA Track & Field New Balance Indoor Boston Grand Prix 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 7 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 8 

  • Premier League – Newcastle v. Everton* 

  • Premier League – West Ham v. Watford* 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 9 

  • Premier League – Manchester City v. Brentford* 

  • Premier League – Norwich City v. Crystal Palace* 

  • Premier League – Aston Villa v. Leeds United* 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 10 

  • Copshop, 2021*

  • Premier League – Wolves v. Arsenal* 

  • Real Housewives of Miami, Season 4, Episode 10 (Peacock Original)* 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 11 

  • Marry Me, 2022

  • Premiership Rugby – Leicester Tigers v. Northampton Saints 

  • Premiership Rugby – Bristol Bears v. London Irish 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 12 

  • Premier League – TBD* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Exeter Chiefs v. Gloucester Rugby 

  • Premiership Rugby – Sale Sharks v. Worcester Warriors 

  • Premiership Rugby – Wasps v. Bath Rugby 

  • Six Nations Rugby – Wales v. Scotland 

  • Six Nations Rugby – France v. Ireland 

  • Supercross – Anaheim, CA 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 13 

  • Bel-Air, Season 1, Episodes 1-3 (Peacock Original)* 

  • Earnin’ It: A Season with the Women of the NFL, Season 1, Episode 4 (Peacock Original)* 

  • Premier League – TBD* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Saracens v. Harlequins 

  • Six Nations Rugby – Italy v. England 

  • Super Bowl LVI 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 14 

  • Tammy, 2014* 

  • Temptation Island, Season 3 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 15 

  • The Real Murders of Orange County, Season 2 (Oxygen) 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 1 (Telemundo)

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 16 

  • Murderball, 2005 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 2 (Telemundo)

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 17 

  • The Burning Wall, 2002 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 3 (Telemundo)

  • Trollstopia, Season 6 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 18 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 4 (Telemundo)

  • Premiership Rugby – Worcester Warriors v. Bristol Bears 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 19 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 5 (Telemundo)

  • Premier League – TBD* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Bath Rugby v. Leicester Tigers 

  • Premiership Rugby – Harlequins v. Wasps 

  • Premiership Rugby – London Irish v. Saracens 

  • Premiership Rugby – Northampton Saints v. Sale Sharks 

  • Supercross – Minneapolis, MN 

  • The Winter Olympics 

  • WWE Elimination Chamber

February 20 

  • Premier League – TBD* 

  • Premiership Rugby – Newcastle Falcons v. Exeter Chiefs 

  • The Winter Olympics 

February 21 

  • The 355, 2022

February 22 

  • American’s Got Talent: Extreme, Season 1, Episode 1 (NBC) 

  • The Endgame, Season 1, Episode 1 (NBC) 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 6 (Telemundo)

  • Snapped, Season 30, Episode 1 (Oxygen) 

February 23

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 7 (Telemundo)

February 24 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 8 (Telemundo)

  • Real Housewives of Miami, Season 4, Episode 12 (Peacock Original)* 

February 25 

  • IndyCar – St. Petersburg, FL 

  • Law and Order, Season 21, Episode 1 (NBC) 

  • Notre Dame Hockey v. Michigan* 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 9 (Telemundo)

  • Premiership Rugby – Bristol Bears v. Wasps 

  • Premiership Rugby – Sale Sharks v. London Irish 

  • Premiership Rugby – Worcester Warriors v. Harlequins 

February 26 

  • IndyCar – St. Petersburg, FL 

  • Notre Dame Hockey v. Michigan* 

  • Pasion De Gavilanes, Season 2, Episode 10 (Telemundo)

  • PGA Tour Golf: The Honda Classic 

  • Premiership Rugby – Leicester Tigers v. Gloucester Rugby 

  • Premiership Rugby – Newcastle Falcons v. Bath Rugby 

  • Saturday Night Live, Season 47, Episode 13 (NBC) 

  • Six Nations Rugby – Scotland v. France 

  • Supercross – Arlington, TX 

  • Six Nations Rugby – England v. Wales 

  • Winter Cup Gymnastics 

February 27 

  • Earnin’ It: A Season with the Women of the NFL, Season 1, Episode 5 (Peacock Original)* 

  • IndyCar – St. Petersburg, FL 

  • PGA Tour Golf: The Honda Classic 

  • Premiership Rugby – Northampton Saints v. Exeter Chiefs 

  • Six Nations Rugby – Ireland v. Italy 

February 28 

  • Below Deck: Sailing Yacht, Season 3, Episode 1 (Bravo)

Sundance Review: Aubrey Plaza Gives an Awesome Performance in EMILY THE CRIMINAL

Aubrey Plaza stars in this new crime drama titled Emily The Criminal, and this is a very different film and role for the actress than anything she’s done before. She hand-picked this project for herself, and she not only stars in the film, but she produced it as well. This was a story that she was passionate about telling, and it shows.

Plaza plays a character named Emily, a woman with a minor criminal record who is just trying to make it in the world. Because of her past, it’s hard for her to find a decent job. In an effort to help make ends meet, she ends up taking a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” which involves her buying products with stolen credit cards and reselling them.

In this new life she’s found herself in, she forms a relationship with the guy who is mentoring her, played by Theo Rossi, and, of course, she’s a big fan of the quick cash that she’s pulling in. But her new lifestyle isn’t without its crazy and dangerous risks and trials, but Emily pulls through because she’s actually kind of a badass.

This film tells an interesting story that will keep the audience engaged. It’s a simple story, but the script is great writing, and the execution of bringing the story to life is perfect. The film had a good flow to it, good pacing, and the way the story played out and the way the characters were portrayed in the film felt natural. I really enjoyed how the story escalated with these characters and how things ended up playing out. 

Plaza’s performance was easily the highlight of the movie, though. She was absolutely awesome, and it’s easily one of her best performances in a dramatic role like this. I also like the character she played and her brutally honest, no-filter personality. I’ve been a fan of Plaza’s work for years, and it’s great to see her taking on new and different kinds of projects like this one.

The film was written and directed by John Patton Ford, and this is a must watch movie, especially if you enjoy Aubrey Plaza’s work.

Here’s the description that was provided by Sundance:

Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced not only by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black market capitalism, but also by her ardent mentor Youcef. 

Writer-director John Patton Ford’s taut thriller follows Emily from the margins of the corporate gig economy to the borderlands of the Los Angeles underworld. Emily the Criminal keeps sharp focus on its ambitious and increasingly reckless protagonist. Plaza, last seen at the Sundance Film Festival in Black Bear (2020), gives a nervy, committed performance, transforming Emily from an embittered temp worker into a stone-cold thief. Rossi is disarmingly vulnerable as her partner in crime.

Trailer and Poster for Animated Film PINOCCHIO: A TRUE STORY Featuring Pauly Shore as the Wooden Boy

A trailer and poster have been released for the animated film Pinocchio: A True Story. Now, the title alone is problematic, because we all know that the story of a wooden boy brought to life is not a true story, but then you watch the trailer and see just how ridiculous this gets. Pauly Shore, known for his roles in Son-In-Law, Encino Man, Bio-Dome, and In the Army Now, in which he played the exact same character in every movie, stars in this film as the teenage Pinocchio, despite him being a man in his 50s.

He is joined in the cast by Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder, who voices Pinocchio’s horse, and SpongeBob SquarePants voice Tom Kenny.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Think you know the story of Pinocchio? Think again! In this thrilling, humorous take on the classic tale, the wooden hero is a skilled acrobat who performs stunts with his beloved horse, the wisecracking Tybalt. He runs off to join a circus, where he falls for the ringmaster’s daughter, Bella. But when Pinocchio learns the circus is a cover-up for robberies, he must stop the crime spree in order to save Bella – and, hopefully, become human. It’s a magical adventure the whole family will love!

The film is directed by Vasiliy Rovenskiy (The Big Trip, Magic Arch 3D), from a screenplay Rovenskiy co-wrote with Maksim Sveshnikov and Vadim Sveshnikov. This movie is set to open first in Russia starting in February 2022. Lionsgate will then release Pinocchio: A True Story in the US direct-to-DVD and VOD starting on March 22nd, 2022. Check out the trailer and poster below, and let us know what you think.

Christian Slater Joins John Cena and Alison Brie in Action Comedy FREELANCE

Christian Slater, best known for his roles in film and TV in Heathers, Broken Arrow, Mr. Robot, and Dr. Death, has joined the cast of the action comedy Freelance. He joins previously cast John Cena and Alison Brie, as well as Juan Pablo Raba in the film, which is being directed by Pierre Morel (Taken).

Freelance follows a special forces operator (Cena) who decides to retire from the Army and start a family back in the states. After several years of mortgage payments, school drop offs, backyard barbecues and trying to conform to life in suburbia, he decides to come out of retirement to take a gig providing security for a female journalist (Brie) as she interviews a cruel dictator who may or may not have ordered the attack on him and his men. When a military coup breaks out in the middle of the interview, the three are forced to escape into the jungle where they must survive the elements, the military and one another.

It is unknown what role Slater will take on, but he’s a great actor, and he will bring a great component to the film. Freelance is currently shooting in Columbia.

via: Deadline

Kevin Costner Set to Direct His Western Film Passion Project HORIZON

Kevin Costner is set to direct his first movie since the 2003 movie Open Range. The film is titled Horizon, and it’s a period western and a passion project for the actor. Costner will also star in the movie, which he is producing and financing.

Horizon chronicles “a multi-faceted, 15-year span of pre-and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American west.” Costner shared in a statement, “America’s expansion into the west was one that was fraught with peril and intrigue from the natural elements, to the interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, and the determination and at many times ruthlessness of those who sought to settle it. Horizon tells the story of that journey in an honest and forthcoming way, highlighting the points of view and consequences of the characters life and death decisions.”

This is sure to be a great film project and I love that Costner is getting back behind the camera. The film is set to start shooting in August in Utah.

Costner has been busy with the Yellowstone series the past few years, which has been incredible. I love that show, and I’m excited to see how this new western of his turns out.

Source: Deadline

Legendary Actor Bruce Dern Wanted to Be in JACKASS FOREVER

Over the years the Jackass crew have had the opportunity to include a lot of celebrities in their crazy antics. A lot of these celebrities reach out to them because they just want in on the stupid fun. Well, it turns out that legendary actor Bruce Dern wanted in on the upcoming film Jackass Forever!

I don’t know about you, but I can totally see Dern having a blast with these guys and pulling pranks. Unfortunately, Dern was too late as they had already completed shooting when he reached out to them.

While on The Howard Stern Show, Johnny Knoxville shared this amusing bit of trivia saying, “Bruce Dern had contacted us — someone had contacted us [saying] ‘Bruce Dern wants to be in Jackass. I — we would love Bruce Dern to be in Jackass, but now we’re kind of done filming.”

It’s a bummer that things didn’t work out because Bruce Dern in a Jackass movie would have been awesome to see!

Jackass Forever premieres in theaters on February 4, 2022. Just for fun, remember that time Brad Pitt got kidnapped on Jackass?