Olivia Wilde’s eagerly awaited directorial debut Booksmart premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin last night and, if some of the initial reactions and reviews are any indication, it’s shaping up to be one of the best (and funniest) films of the year.
“Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective,” Booksmart follows two academic prodigies (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein) who, on the eve of their high school graduation, realize that they should have spent less time studying and more time having fun like some of their peers.
So, in an effort to make up for everything that they missed out on in high school, the girls decide to cram 4 years of fun into one single, batshit crazy night that is filled with partying, sex, and lots and lots of booze. Boy does this movie look like one hell of a good time.
Here’s what some of the people who saw the film at SXSW last night had to say about it:
BOOKSMART: Holy cow, did Olivia Wilde just direct the funniest and sweetest high school comedy I’ve seen in a long time? Bowled over by this reeeally fucking funny and reeeally fucking honest movie.
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) March 11, 2019
— Kevin Fallon (@kpfallon) March 11, 2019
Uhhhh holy shit BOOKSMART is a masterpiece? #SXSW
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) March 11, 2019
BOOKSMART just killed it at its #SXSW premiere. Too many standout moments to list — it’s one of those movies that loves every single one of its characters and lets them all shiiiiiiine. I laughed so hard, I screamed. Just the best.
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) March 11, 2019
Holy smokes, Olivia Wilde’s #Booksmart is stupendous. If you were an extremely uncool girl in high school, this will hit you right in the heart. I howled with laughter – screamed really tbh – and leaked tears throughout. #SXSW ?????
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) March 11, 2019
— Monica Castillo (@mcastimovies) March 11, 2019
Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, and Katie Silberman wrote the film, which also stars the likes of Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.
Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to see what all of the buzz is about, as Booksmart will hit theaters in just a little more than two months time on May 24.
You can check out the newly released trailer below.
John David Washington lands lead role in Christopher Nolan’s secretive next film
Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.
According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.
What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.
As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.
That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.
Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox will become effective at midnight tonight
It’s officially official: The Walt Disney Company announced today that their massive $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.
Disney’s acquisition of the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios has all of the comic book fanboys giddy about the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool finally being under Marvel control because now they’ll get all of those crossovers they’ve been waiting so desperately for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What the fanboys fail to see, however, is that this acquisition brings us one step closer to a media monopoly and will come at the expense of thousands and thousands of jobs being lost. Actually, more than 4,000 to be exact, according to THR.
“It’s harder to predict potential layoffs within the Fox film studio itself, which has about 3,200 employees, but cuts are expected to be especially deep, particularly in overlapping divisions such as marketing, distribution and home entertainment,” the report says.
Media analyst Rich Greenfield thinks there will be much more than just 4,000 layoffs. “There will be bloodshed over time,” he said, estimating that there will be roughly 5,000 to 10,000 jobs lost over the course of the next few years.
Maybe I’m crazy, but I fail to see how one could possibly be excited about the X-Men or Deadpool or whoever the fuck crossing over to the MCU when you really put the human cost of this acquisition into perspective. It’s simply not worth it.
But, hey, hooray for capitalism and Marvel movies, I guess?
The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky
If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!
However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.
Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.
Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?
I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.