The House Fails and What’s Going On With Comedy Movies This Summer?

Comedy movies have taken a toll at the box office this summer.  What’s going on with this and how can it be fixed? Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. have taken a hit with Baywatch, Rough Night, and The House, respectively.  I’ve seen and reviewed both Baywatch and Rough Night.  The House, however, was not screened for critics. Baywatch has struggled since it’s release.  It’s made just over $57 million against a $69 million budget.  It’s…

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The Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far

We’ve reached the halfway point of 2017 so that means it’s time to issue the Solzy Awards for Film in 2017 So Far. The two films that really stand out to me at this point in the year are The Big Sick and Baby Driver.  I started writing this article prior to seeing The Beguiled when it opened in Chicago on Friday.  I debated a lot to myself about whether or not I should include…

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The Beguiled: Strong Performances in Civil War Drama

The Beguiled may be a remake of the 1971 movie of the same name but the acting performances are so strong in this psychological thriller that it almost doesn’t even matter. Written for the screen and directed by Sofia Coppola from the book written by Thomas Cullinan, the period drama stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning.  Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Emma Howard, and Addison Riecke all play boarding school students. Three…

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Family Guy producer to help reboot The Jetsons

The Jetsons may be making a come back on the small screen in the next year or two.  Unlike the original animated series set, the reboot will be as a live-action sitcom. TV Line first reported the news that Warner Bros. was looking to bring back George Jetson and family.  While the series will be shopped around, I’m not about to speculate on what network the series will end up at–if it gets picked up…

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FIRST LOOK: The Greatest Showman

The first trailer was released yesterday for The Greatest Showman, an upcoming musical due out this December. Directed by Michael Gracey from a screenplay written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon, The Greatest Showman stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. This is Gracey’s feature debut.  The Australian filmmaker has previously served as a producer and creative designer for Will Young Live in London and worked on the visual effects for…

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FIRST LOOK – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The world got it’s first look today at Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as the first trailer was released for the upcoming action-adventure. The film had been first announced late 2015 shortly after the passing of comedian Robin Williams.  Williams had starred in the original 1995 film.  It will certainly be interesting to see if there are any references to his character. Directed by Jake Kasdan from a screenplay written by Chris McKenna & Erik…

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It’s Good To Be The King: Happy Birthday, Mel Brooks!

Mel Brooks is one of the first people I think of when it comes to comedy.  Today, he celebrates his 91st birthday. Together with Carl Reiner, they created The 2000 Year Old Man.  While doing the routine for their friends, comedian George Burns told them to record an album or he would have stolen it from them.  Steve Allen was also one of those who approached them and if not for him, the album likely…

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Amy Fox talks The Switch, first transgender sitcom

Transgender showrunner Amy Fox took some time to talk to Solzy at the Movies about The Switch. When did you conceive the idea for this series, which is the first transgender sitcom, and how soon did you start a Kickstarter campaign for The Switch? Amy Fox: We came up with the idea in 2010. We did a web pilot and tried kickstarting a first season in 2013 – but the Kickstarter failed. We made a…

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The Big Sick is One of 2017’s Best Films

The Big Sick is one of the best films to come out so far in 2017. Directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, and Kurt Braunohler.  Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel produce. To say that this film is a laugh riot would not be an understatement. …

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Paul Currie talks about upcoming thriller 2:22

Paul Currie, an Australian filmmaker who directed the upcoming romantic thriller 2:22, spoke with Solzy at the Movies on Monday afternoon. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are things going? Paul Currie:  It’s very good.  How are you? I’m doing well.  Having just watched 2:22 the other day, I am amazed at the recreation of Grand Central in New York.  Given how much of the film is set at Grand Central, were…

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