Like the best romantic comedies, Bridget Jones’s Diary is about more than just falling in love

As a lifelong lover of the much-maligned romantic comedy, I’ve always found it funny when people dismiss the genre as being too “unrealistic.” Those detractors aren’t necessarily wrong—they’re just mistaking a feature for a bug. Rom-coms aren’t aiming for realism and failing. They’re purposefully utilizing a…

Colin Firth joins the list of actors who say they'll never work with Woody Allen again

There’s been a growing movement in recent months, as part of the larger conversation about sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood, for actors to publicly cut ties with director Woody Allen, as more and more attention has been paid to accusations of sexual assault from his stepdaughter, Dylan Farrow. Now, Colin…

Dick Van Dyke is back at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank for Mary Poppins Returns

In Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke espouses the virtues of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank in song as the grizzled Mr. Dawes Sr. Well, Disney confirmed in a press release today that he’ll appear in the sequel, which is currently in production, as that character’s offspring Mr. Dawes Jr. Van Dyke—who, of course, also played…

Bridget Jones’s Baby becomes a silent film in this dialogue-free trailer

Blame it on Al Jolson. Ever since that infernal crooner delivered the line “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” in 1927’s The Jazz Singer, audiences have demanded to hear actors speak in movies. The very next year, Mickey Mouse spoke in Steamboat Willie, and the era of the talkie had truly arrived. Displaced silent actress…

The new Bridget Jones’s Baby trailer reveals more about one potential daddy

Fifteen years after the “patron saint of singletons” found true love in her first film—and 12 years after she found it once again in the first sequel—Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) in back on big screens sporting a big, baby-filled belly. The most pressing of her numerous problems this time is that she’s not sure who…

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Pedro Pascal to play potent potable in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn recently disclosed some details about Kingsman: The Golden Circle, including the film’s aforementioned title and gossamer plot, while remaining mum on the bum stuff. The director said that while he’s not generally one for fan service, he couldn’t help but hear the cries for “another church sequence”…

Bridget Jones’s Baby has two daddies in the first trailer

Bridget Jones’s Baby, the latest installment in what’s turned out to be a trilogy of films about the “patron saint of singletons,” has just birthed its first trailer. We meet the new Bridget (Renee Zellweger), who’s basically the same as the old Bridget—single, under-qualified for her job, and worried about her…

Finally, the marriage of Jane Austen and DJ Snake the world has been waiting for

For whatever reason, Tumblr is pretty into Pride And Prejudice. Sure, most adaptations of the Jane Austen classic are cool and everything, but that still doesn’t really explain why the following DJ Snake-infused fan edit of the classic Lizzie Bennet v. Fitzwilliam Darcy scene from the Colin Firth movie adaptation…

Kingsman is a slick, gory spy pastiche—just don’t think about it too hard

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a live-action Hammacher Schlemmer catalog of pseudo-retro novelties, spiced up with self-aware asides and over-the-top violence—slick entertainment, provided the viewer turns off whatever part of their brain is responsible for recognizing and parsing subtext. Very loosely adapted from a…

Chicago, see Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service early and for free

It looks like we might be in for The Year Of The Spy: 2015 will see new installments in the James Bond and Mission: Impossible franchises as well as Paul Feig’s action-comedy, Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy. But first out of the gate is Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the popular comic book…