Watch: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot releases first trailer

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott in ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

The first trailer for the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot has arrived starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the private detective trio.

In this version, the spies have multiple mentors who all go by the name Bosley. Elizabeth Banks portrays one of them. Banks also directs the film.

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Kristen Stewart joins ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kristen Stewart has joined the cast of the Sony Pictures reboot “Charlie’s Angels,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Her fellow angels will be Naomi Scott, who played the Pink Ranger in the 2017 “Power Rangers” and will portray Jasmine in the Disney “Aladdin” remake, and Ella Balinska (“Midsomer Murders”).

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin

“It gets a little tedious after all these years,” admits Katniss Everdeen, and I laughed.

Yes, it does! Especially if this is the wussy way they decide to wrap up a multi-billion-dollar franchise with over 500 minutes of celluloid!What started three films ago as a deadly game of 26 people should end as a nation of millions at civil war, fighting for freedom. What began as a deeply conflicted love story now has nowhere to go.

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Screened Out – Magic Mike XXL

By : Stephen Miller
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Chaning Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amanda Heard, Andie McDowell, Elizabeth Banks

An older male stripper named Tarzan (Nash) is about to go onstage with a new routine. He turns to his coworker and confesses, “I haven’t been this nervous since Desert Storm.”

So…

Magic Mike XXL, you suck, and not in a good way!

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Facebook puts 26 million profiles somewhere under the rainbow

By : Jeremy Williams
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Facebook has been taken over by a Care Bear stare as millions of profile pictures were veiled in the colors of the rainbow.

The program, which was created by two interns at Facebook in honor of LGBT Pride month, spread like wildfire after the Supreme Court released the ruling that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide.

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Screened Out – Love and Mercy

By : Stephen Miller
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John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti

The “California Sound” – when you think of it, you hear something unique, something instigated by Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Wilson revolutionized pop music and recording. This biopic about his life revolutionizes nothing. It’s only a passable presentation for people who know little to nothing of their history.

As a structure, it presents two films – with two very different actors – both tales are abridged and emotionally unfulfilling. Love and Mercy always displays more mood than plot. When some of this flick works, it’s actually a bit of a surprise.

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Screened Out – Pitch Perfect 2

By : Stephen Miller
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Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Keegan Michael Key

Pitch Perfect 2 is the same entertaining song, second verse. They might’ve taken this opportunity to change up the tune a bit, but why mess with what works? Sure, this means there’s little surprise, and the same problems also repeat. However, just like the original, the jokes are very funny, and the singing is a blast.

Kendrick and the Barden Bellas are still out to win a great a capella singing competition with the cards stacked against them. Like the first, Kendrick is keeping a secret. Wilson is still trying to get it on with any man she can convince. The group still has control and bonding issues.

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Screened Out – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

By : Stephen Miller
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Lily Rabe

After a couple successful films, The Hunger Games takes the Harry Potter/Twilight approach and stretches out their finale into two parts. Bad choice. Unfortunately, only about 45 minutes of this murky, listless 2-hour flick advances the plot. This feels more like a cash grab.

So far, The Hunger Games has succeeded as a tweener Brave New World. It’s buoyed a beloved book series with smart adaptation and Lawrence’s strong performance. This installment still explores dystopian themes by combining reality show tactics with classical themes of good versus evil. (Think Gladiator meets 1984.) We’re all ready for war. Instead, Part 1 is a slow, halting stumble . Most of this movie is stuck underground, in dark, dusty tunnels. Audiences have a long wait for the next flick – November 2015 – to see if they finally deliver some epic battles.

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