Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie Star in 'Bombshell'

Apparently this had its first screening this weekend and Charlize Theron wowed the critics, vaulting into the Best Actress race beside Renee Zellweger. Interestingly, they’re marketing it as a kind of comedy- maybe the humor comes from the fact that these women who all want to work on Fox News so they can spout racism freely find themselves attacked and harassed by the racist misogynist who founded the network in part so he (and all the men who work there) can have his own personal trough of victims who all look exactly like he wants them to. So gross. And just like I thought, the movie basically ignores the evil of the network itself in order to portray these women as heroes for taking him down. That’s going to be an unsurpassable problem for me anyway, even if it does end up being good.

'Lady and the Tramp' Gets a New Trailer

Oy. Like I said, I love the original Lady and the Tramp so much, but this? I do not like talking dogs with CG mouths and faces. I don’t understand why they can’t use real, trained animals all the way through. You can totally do that, you’ve done it before. Homeward Bound anyone? It’s a lot more impressive to watch real dogs do some acting, which they totally can and have in movie history. Why do we need this moving mouths shit?

Robert Forster 1941-2019

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Robert Forster passed away yesterday at the age of 78 from brain cancer. A longtime American actor since the 1960’s, he began his film career with a supporting role in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) before starring in the classic faux documentary Medium Cool (1969). He then acted in various supporting roles in Hollywood movies in the 70’s and starred in occasional B-movies like Alligator (1980) and The Delta Force (1986). He had a something of a career comeback when Quentin Tarantino cast him as Max Cherry in Jackie Brown (1997), for which he was nominated the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, and he went on to appear in Me, Myself and Irene (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Descendants (2011) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013), among others. He also guest starred on television over the years, with notable roles on Heroes, Twin Peaks: The Return, and Breaking Bad, the latter for which he reprised his role in El Camino, his final project, which premiered just yesterday on Netflix.

Trailer for Jackie Brown:

Pixar's 'Onward' is Studio's First Original Movie in Two Years

Kind of hard to believe, considering Pixar used to make mostly original films, but this is their first non-sequel since Coco. And it looks…really weird. Honestly, I guess it could all come together better than one trailer can suggest, but the concept itself is definitely odd. Dragons in a modern day setting is kind of Zootopia-esque I guess, but a journey to bring back the rest of their dad’s body with magic spells? Huh. I assume it’s going to be about family bonding, but I’m getting a Brave vibe, calling to mind the weird, unsuccessful, mom-as-a-bear plot.

Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn is Back in 'Birds of Prey'

Okay, so this is quite obviously the Margot Robbie show, which makes me wonder why they didn’t just title this the Harley Quinn movie. I mean, it has nothing to do with Birds of Prey, they just threw some people in there to be her back-up characters. Maybe the studio was unsure about letting her have a solo movie, since Suicide Squad (which was awful, but did make money), was a big ensemble cast? I don’t know. Either way, this looks stupid and I’m not interested. And by the way, not only was SS bad, but she was really bad in it, so if you ask me, no, her Harley Quinn cannot carry her own movie.

Adam Sandler is in Betting Trouble in 'Uncut Gems'

I’m not a huge Adam Sandler fan, although I can admit that he has occasionally shown flashes of being a good actor in the past (Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish). This time he’s making a play for Oscar, apparently, or at least according to the people who saw Uncut Gems at Telluride. It’s supposed to be pretty damn good, with a 94% Rotten Tomatoes rating (and even more significantly, an 88 on Metacritic). It comes out December 13th.