Cher joins ‘Mamma Mia’ sequel

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Cher has joined the cast of “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.”

The pop diva confirmed the rumors she was filming for the ABBA musical in a series of tweets. She did not reveal exactly what her role will be but did tweet “Fernando,” the title of one of ABBA’s songs.

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Screened Out – Kingsman: The Secret Service

By : Stephen Miller
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Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Jack Davenport

Kingsman starts out suave and sophisticated, but it also tells you where it’s going – to visceral violence.

“Times are changing,” warns secret agent Firth, even though he looks like a slick 1960s spy.

The beginning hearkens back to the Roger Moore James Bond films – the ones with a heaping helping of absurdity. Just like them, Kingsman at first wants you to laugh as you enjoy the sophistication. Then – dramatically and quickly – this flick dives into Quentin Tarantino territory, replete with ridiculous amounts of blood and gore – another type of absurdity altogether.

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Screened Out – Magic in the Moonlight

By : Stephen Miller
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Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Weaver, Simon McBurney

Woody Allen continues to pay homage to the Hollywood films he loves with this trifle of a romantic comedy. He blends a Jazz Age story with European locations, 1930s Rom Com style, and his modern Allen-esque editing. It doesn’t always make for a thrilling ride; in fact, it can seem quite mechanical.

The problem is that – without the black and white cinematography and old Hollywood sense of pace and grand style – this short film actually feels longish and completely uninspiring. As a 1930s film, it wouldn’t even be a classic – perhaps more admired for its style over substance, a way to fill the 2 A.M. slot on Turner Classic Movies.

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