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Jeffrey Wright Interview: American Fiction Review

“This is important. This is cool. This is funny. And I want to be there.”

39th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Montecito Award - Honoree Jeffrey Wright

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It feels like Jeffrey Wright is in everything these days. His versatility has taken him from character acting in the likes of rThe French Dispatch and Westworld to his recent Oscar-nominated turn in the dark comedy American Fiction.

What’s American Fiction about? Summary of this Best Picture-nominated feature:

In American Fiction, Jeffrey Wright plays a jaded writer who finally finds success by jokingly writing a “Black” book — aka a book that caters to the white liberal imagintion. Wright’s character, Thelonious Ellison — or “Monk” — wrestles with the professional consequences of his newfound success while grappling with grief and shifting personal dynamics.

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You may know Asher Angel for his roles in the Shazam! movies and the Disney Channel comedy Andi Mack. But he's also a talented musician. The 21-year-old plays guitar and piano, and his smooth pop R&B vocals recall vintage Justin Timberlake and Usher.

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CULTURE

Why Everybody Hates the New “Mean Girls” Movie Style

Dress like Renee Rapp, not Regina George

2024 “Mean Girls” Movie Style

via Paramount Pictures/Mean Girls

We knew this was coming, didn’t we? Ever since the Mean Girls trailer dropped, the internet has been sounding off about everything. Millennials, who have never let that movie go since it came out 20 years ago, were offended by the tagline “Not your mother’s Mean Girls.” How old did the marketers think millennials are?

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Film News

What the Hell is “Saltburn”?

Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan star in this upcoming homoerotic thriller

Barry Keoghan as Oliver Quick

Courtesy of MGM and Amazon Studios

Update: 10/20/23

(Read our full review of Saltburn HERE)

Like little orphan Oliver Twist, I can't help begging for more. In this case, I am grateful for every scrap MGM and Amazon throw our way in the rollout for Emerald Fennell's Saltburn.

The most anticipated movie of the year (by me), Saltburn is less than a month away. And we finally have the first full-length trailer.

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Film Reviews

“Bottoms” Is a Sleeper Menswear Masterpiece

Bottoms proves that we should all be dressing like lesbians

Bottoms movie

via MGM and Orion Pictures

When you think of fashion movies, what do you think of? The Fifth Element famously had its costume design done by Jean-Paul Gaultier. And then there are movies about fashion like The Devil Wears Prada.

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Martin Luther King III attends a meeting hosted by United States President Joe Biden with organizers of the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington at the White House on Monday, August 28, 2023

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On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom drew a quarter of a million people to the nation’s capital in order to protest racial discrimination and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for Black citizens. It is rightly considered a milestone in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and remains a perpetual source of inspiration and courage. It also led to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which the U.S. Department of Labor describes as prohibiting “discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”

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