Looking for Leia: Star Wars fangirl documentary reaches Kickstarter goal

Looking for Leia, an upcoming Star Wars fangirl documentary, has reached the $25,000 goal of the film’s Kickstarter campaign.  With 358 backers, the goal was reached this morning with another 38 hours to go. “I love seeing how much conversation we’re having about issues of access and representation in media, and Looking for Leia is definitely a part of that conversation,” says Annalise Ophelian, Psy.D., producer and director of Looking for Leia. “This is a…

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The Pages heads into production in Chicago

Principal photography started this week in Chicago on The Pages with Tika Sumpter, Ben Tavassoli, and Jamie Lee Curtis headlining the cast. “I’m thrilled to collaborate with this truly stellar cast and amazing crew to tell the story of The Pages,” said Joe Chappelle, writer and director of The Pages.  “That Colleen and I are able to produce this movie in our hometown of Chicago makes it especially rewarding.  For me, The Pages explores the challenges…

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FOX announces 2017 Fall Season Premieres

FOX announced the dates for their fall season premieres for the upcoming 2017-18 television season. New series airing on Fox in the fall include The Gifted, The Orville, and Ghosted.  The Gifted comes from Marvel and is set in the X-Men universe.  It will be interesting to see just exactly how the series will tie into the franchise.  The Orville comes from Seth MacFarlane and the dramedy sounds really interesting.  It’s an hourlong series and…

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Star Wars: Ron Howard takes over Han Solo film

Following the firing of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the upcoming Han Solo film, Lucasfilm has turned to director Ron Howard to helm the Star Wars film. Lucasfilm announced their decision to hire Howard as the new director today. “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With…

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Rough Night: Bachelorette Party Misadventure Falls Short of Bridesmaids

Rough Night is another Bachelorette Party misadventure and it falls short of being on the same level as Bridesmaids. Directed by Lucia Aniello from a screenplay written by Aniello & Paul W. Downs, Rough Night stars Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer,  Zoë Kravitz, Paul W. Downs, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore.   Enrique Murciano, Karan Soni, and Dean Winters also star. The R-rated comedy starts out with some college friends (Jess, Alice, Frankie,…

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Han Solo: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller leave Star Wars film

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have left in their roles as co-directors of the untitled Han Solo stand-alone prequel due to creative differences. The duo were named as co-directors back in the summer of 2015.  Lawrence and Jon Kasdan wrote the screenplay. The following statement was posted on the Star Wars website yesterday: The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change. “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an…

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Transformers: The Last Knight is A Dumb Action Movie And You’ll Still See it

Transformers: The Last Knight is one of the dumbest action films of the year and you’ll still see it anyway. Directed by Michael Bay, the film stars Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Santiago Cabrera, Liam Garrigan, Mitch Pileggi, and Glenn Morshower.  Peter Cullen returns as the voice of Optimus Prime. The film picks up after the events of Age of Extinction, a Transformers film…

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Transgender Representation in the Media: How do we improve it?

In light of yet another movie with a cis male starring as a trans woman, it is more important than ever that Hollywood starts to portray transgender people in the right light. “Trans people are way underrepresented in trans stories,” says Shadi Petosky, the executive producer for Amazon’s Danger & Eggs.  “We’re newsworthy, so our stories are valuable, and these cis writers and producers want to exploit that.  Even Transparent had no trans writers Season…

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Rachel Crowl talks And Then There Was Eve, Transgender Opportunities in Media

Following the premiere of And Then There Was Eve at the LA Film Festival, transgender actress Rachel Crowl took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about the film and what can be done to improve transgender representation in the media.  Originally, I was going to run her responses as a part of a larger feature story on what can be done to improve things but I’ve decided to run this separately ahead…

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NBC announces 2017 Fall Premieres

NBC announced the series and season premiere dates for this fall’s new and returning shows. While many eyes will likely be watching This Is Us on Tuesday night, Thursday has been revitalized into Must See TV once more with the lineup of Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, and Great News.  With Blindspot moving to Friday nights, one can only wonder what NBC plans to do with the series.  Viewership shrank last season when…

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