Teen queen: Saoirse signed up for role when she was just 18

Saoirse Ronan has revealed that she signed up to be Mary, Queen of Scots when she was just 18.

The Irish actress (24) is being tipped for an Oscar for her portrayal of the Scottish monarch. Ronan, who wore a high-neck Carolina Herrera dress to the European première at Leicester Square, said that she has been planning for the role for years.

“It was an honour, it was something I had waited about six years to do, I signed up to it when I was 18,” she said.

“Every year I would grow into it more and more. So finally I have been able to put anything I had learned about her into action.”

In an earlier interview, Ronan said she and her co-star Jack Lowden approached the sex scenes “like a dance”.

“We choreographed the whole thing so it felt like a dance. Jack and I are very comfortable with each other,” she said.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Constance Wu in Talks for New Comedy

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From crazy rich to crazy… pregnant?”Crazy Rich Asians” star Constance Wu is in talks for a starring role in a new rom-com, THR reports. The story centers on a very unusual pregnancy, with the script being written by Savion Einstein. Screen Gems acquired the spec script after Einsten was honored as a Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist in 2016, according to Deadline at the time.
Wu’s potential character hasn’t been announced, but the untitled comedy reportedly follows a “charmingly chaotic” woman who ends up pregnant with two babies with two different fathers. And yes, that’s possible. It’s a phenomena known as superfecundation. The children would be twins yet only half-siblings.
Wu’s last major film, “Crazy Rich Asians,” was a major box office hit over the summer. Not only that, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role. Having seen her in the film and other roles, we think she’d do “charmingly chaotic” well.
“GLOW” actor Kimmy Gatewood is in negotiations to direct in what would be her feature directorial debut. The untitled comedy’s release date has not yet been announced.
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Stranger Things Season 3 release date update: new trailer reveals episode titles

Netflix has released a Stranger Things Season 3 teaser trailer that reveals the name of each episode.

The timing of the teaser also indicates a release date for the third season — more on that below. The upcoming season will feature eight episodes as Eleven and the gang return to Hawkins in the Summer of 1985.  

Stranger Things episode titles and what they mean 

The creators of Stranger Things have learned from the previous season title teaser, which sparked numerous fan theories.

These episode titles are vague with episode one mentioning the name ‘Suzie.’ There is no character in the previous seasons of Stranger Things named Suzie other than Susan Hargrove, who is Max’s mother and Billy’s stepmother. 

The episode titles are as follows: 

The last episode is a reference to Starcourt Mall, which was teased earlier this year. It is a shopping mall in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and clearly plays an important role in Season 3 of Stranger Things. 

Stranger Things Season 3 release date 

While Netflix has yet to announce an official release date, Stranger Things has wrapped filming for the third season and the schedule for the teaser trailer is a strong indication of which month the upcoming season is scheduled to premiere.  

For Season 2, Netflix released a teaser trailer during the Superbowl about eight months from the premiere date. Therefore, if the same pattern emerges, Stranger Things Season 3 will likely get a July or August release date in 2019. 

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The first two seasons of Stranger Things are currently streaming on Netflix.

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The Unpopular Opinion: 'Wayne's World 2' is Better Than the First Movie

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: the sequel to Wayne’s World is actually better than the beloved original.)

In 1993, just one short year after Wayne’s World transitioned from SNL favorite to box office hit, Paramount unleashed the sequel. Despite the fact that Wayne’s World 2 received mixed reviews and couldn’t seem to attract as many fans as the first film, it remains a hilarious and highly-underrated sequel – a delightfully silly follow-up that ups the ante while wryly (or obnoxiously, given the behind-the-scenes drama) delivering a formulaic sequel; a sort of self-aware cinematic Mad Libs. In my mind, Wayne’s World 2 belongs to the small group of comedy sequels that are better than their predecessors, like Problem Child 2 and Gremlins 2. At the very least, it should be considered just as great as the first film.

Wayne’s World 2 is Actually Good – No, Really

When Wayne’s World 2 hit theaters, I was eight years old. My dad took me to see it, and I loved it just as much as the first film. That adoration could clearly be chalked up to my age at the time, but over the years, I’ve come to appreciate it as a superior comedy sequel for many reasons, not the least of which is that Mike Myers evidently gave very few fucks when he wrote the screenplay. It does everything a sequel should do, and though many viewers and critics felt the basic premise and repeated callbacks were redundant and lazy, but that’s exactly what makes Wayne’s World 2 so funny.

The story is bigger and raises the stakes, as sequels should, but it is essentially a retread of the first film with a few minor changes – the most notable of which is the Field of Dreams-esque plot that finds Wayne visited in his dreams by a half-naked Native American and Jim Morrison, who instruct him to put on a huge concert in his hometown of Aurora, Illinois. You know the drill: “If you build it, they will come,” etc. Wayne and Garth meet some absurd new characters along the way, including Morrison’s eccentric former roadie, Del Preston (Ralph Brown), a pair of over-eager indoor kids just happy to get out of the house for an Aerosmith concert (Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel), radio personality “Handsome” Dan (Harry Shearer), and flirty Swedish receptionist Bjergen Kjergen (Drew Barrymore).

The song mostly remains the same, but the riffs are bigger: Wayne and Garth are still hosting Wayne’s World, which has become more popular. They go to a concert where one of their favorite bands (this time Aerosmith) plays, and when they meet the group afterwards, they bow down and shout “We’re not worthy!” Cassandra’s (Tia Carrere) fame has also grown, but her relationship with her new manager is making Wayne jealous – the sequel just basically replaces Rob Lowe with Christopher Walken. Garth is still an endearing dork when it comes to women, but now he’s dating Honey Horneé (Kim Basinger). Ed O’Neill’s Glen is still weirding everyone out with his dark monologues, which are even more severe. And Chris Farley and Lee Tergesen are still the funniest supporting actors in the whole damn thing… And so on.

Is it essentially the same movie? Yes. But again, that’s the joke. In the meta-tastic world of Wayne and Garth, the pair often break the fourth wall to address the audience and crack jokes about film tropes and the process of movie-making. Sequels are largely manufactured to capitalize on (and duplicate) the success of their predecessors, but they rarely recapture what made the first film so great. By regurgitating the basic formula and several of the jokes from the first film, Myers delivered the sequel that the studio presumably wanted. It wasn’t his original plan, but the development process that led to this outcome may explain the redundancy of the sequel – and reveals a cynical undercurrent to its humor.

Where Wayne Went Wrong

Myers knew exactly what he was doing. In 2017, SNL creator and Wayne’s World producer Lorne Michaels told THR that Myers’ original script for the sequel was loosely based on the 1949 British comedy film Passport to Pimlico. The story would follow Wayne and Garth as they discover an ancient scroll that inspires them to secede from the United States and start their own country. Myers was operating under the misguided belief that Paramount had the rights to Passport to Pimlico, putting the studio in a tight spot: If they moved forward with Myers’ idea, they’d be facing a potential lawsuit. They could try to obtain the rights, but that would severely delay production.

And so Sherry Lansing, who was the chief of Paramount at the time, called Myers into her office to demand he rewrite the screenplay. According to one person who was present at the meeting, Lansing “said, ‘How dare you? How dare you put us in this position?’ She turned to Mike and said, ‘We’ll sue you. We’ll take your f—ing house. You won’t even own a f—ing home.’” Lansing proceeded to make up a story about how a bunch of lawyers were sitting in a room with a Paramount exec “figuring out how they can take every single thing away from” Myers. After the meeting, he “was so shaken that he curled up in a fetal position on Lansing’s couch.”

With his original idea tossed out, Myers had to come up with a new one – and fast. The end result feels like a response to that meeting, and to a studio that wanted a quick turnaround on a sequel to cash-in on the success of the first film. It has everything a studio might want or expect from a sequel, which is to say that it is rather formulaic. If anything, it feels like a middle finger to Paramount – a great joke in itself, but hardly the funniest thing about Wayne’s World 2.

The Best Joke in Cinematic History

Which brings us to what is easily the most hilarious (and silliest) joke in cinema history, and really the only thing needed to justify my overall argument: Garth has found himself in the home of one Ms. Honey Horneé, a stunningly beautiful woman who is trying her best to seduce this endearingly hapless dweeb. The whole scene is worth a watch, but the greatest joke of all time happens at the 3:20 mark in the embed above.

I rest my case.

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Academy Looks Warily at Oscar Host Options As Board Meeting Looms

Kevin Hart’s abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig. As of now, the situation remains fluid as the group’s leadership explores options, including going host-less, individuals familiar with the situation told Variety.

The Academy was blindsided by Hart’s announced departure Thursday night, according to two insiders. The Board of Governors will convene on Tuesday night at a previously-scheduled meeting where the matter will inevitably be discussed.

“They’re freaking out,” said a top comedy agent, speaking on the condition of anonymity. There were no contingency plans in place by the Academy or broadcaster ABC, according to another insider. The show’s producers are back to square one.

Late night hosts might seem an obvious choice, given their national profiles and history with the show (think Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart and David Letterman). But the Academy is now said to be gun shy about going with someone anyone who might be too edgy or “off the cuff,” noted an industry source. Then again, going too safe could be fatal for the show’s record-low ratings — the telecast was watched by 25.6 million people in March, a 19 percent drop from the previous year.

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Another option being tossed around is not having any host at all, but rather “a bunch of huge celebs, something ‘SNL’ style, and buzzy people to throw to commercial,” the insiders said.

ABC and the Academy did not return requests for comment on their search for a new host.

The Academy had hoped that Hart would apologize for a series of years-old homophobic tweets and show signs of genuine remorse, but would stop short of actually leaving the show, said another person close to the Hart exit. The group’s leadership did believe the comic needed to do a better job of addressing the jokes, which included tweets that made light of AIDS and offensive comments about the trans community.

Hart broke his silence on Thursday with a reaction to the tweets where he spoke of personal growth but did not initially apologize. He resigned hours later, including an apology with his statement that he was stepping down. His exit came after widespread outrage from GLAAD and other individuals in the LGBTQ community.

There’s also the emotional fallout from Hart. One top talent rep wondered why the Academy didn’t more thoroughly vet the host, particularly given that Hart has been asked about some of these jokes in the past.

“My clients are bummed. They’re bummed Kevin didn’t stay the course and serve as an example. It dampens the experience, hopefully [the Academy] can pull it together so we can focus on the excitement,” said the rep.

The Academy is under pressure to solve the host problem quickly ahead of the Feb. 24 broadcast. The Hart loss seems even more chaotic given the long runway Kimmel had for last year’s ceremony: He was announced as host in May 2017.

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