Kuwait and Lebanon move to ban 'Barbie' over gender and sexuality themes ahead of Mideast release
“Barbie” is set to open across the Middle East on Thursday, but moves by Kuwait and Lebanon to ban the film over its themes on gender and sexuality have raised questions about how widely it will be released.
Ginsburg's impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds
Younger women and girls say they were inspired by the late justice's achievements, her intellect and her fierce determination as she pursued her career. “She was my teacher in so many ways,” said Gloria Steinem, the nation’s most visible feminist leader, in an interview. Younger women and girls also say they were inspired by the justice's achievements, her intellect and her fierce determination as she pursued her career. Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who co-directed “RBG,” saw firsthand how women of all ages quickly identified with Ginsburg. But also, Cohen added: “She became a huge symbolic figure for young women and even girls in a way that we hadn’t anticipated.
Kate McKinnon's 'Joe Exotic' series ordered by NBCUniversal
LOS ANGELES The saga of Joe Exotic is getting another Hollywood chapter, with Kate McKinnon starring as his rival in a limited TV series. The Saturday Night Live star will play Carole Baskin, who sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passages for-profit breeding of big cats. The conflict became a pop culture sensation with Netflixs docuseries Tiger King.The series, ordered without a pilot episode, will be based on the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said Tuesday. McKinnon also will be an executiver producer for the show with the working title of Joe Exotic, Maldonado-Passage's nickname. The Joe Exotic role has yet to be cast, NBCUniversal said.
Elizabeth Banks to drive 'Magic School Bus' onto big screens
NEW YORK The Magic School Bus has traveled everywhere from Pluto to inside the human body. Scholastic Entertainment said Thursday that it will make a feature-length, live-action hybrid film based on the animated TV show that ran from 1994 to 1997. Elizabeth Banks will play the manic science teacher Ms. Frizzle. The Magic School Bus, adapted from a series of books written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen, centers on a group of school children who board a yellow school bus for field trips to such unlikely places as outer space or the human digestive system. Lilly Tomlin supplied the voice for Ms. Frizzle in the original cartoon series and Kate McKinnon voiced her sister in a recent Netflix reboot, The Magic School Bus Rides Again.The film version will be led by Scholastic Entertainment, Brownstone Productions, Marc Platt Productions and Universal Pictures.
Rejoice: Kate McKinnon will play Carole Baskin in TV show, reports say
Variety reports that there is a limited series being made about the big cat lovers, which is based off a podcast called “Joe Exotic," and it will star “SNL’s" Kate McKinnon as Baskin herself. McKinnon signed up to play Baskin in the fall, long before the masses knew anything of the epic feud between Exotic and Baskin, according to the report. Since we have McKinnon cast, the next obvious question is what actors should play the other colorful characters from “Tiger King,” such as Exotic or Doc Antle. Matthew McConaughey comes to mind, especially if you’ve seen him in “Dallas Buyers Club.”Danny McBride, who is known for playing trashy characters, would also nail Exotic. As for who should play Antle, who is equally as zany as Exotic, he’d have to be played by Will Ferrell.
Kate McKinnon breaks down Elizabeth Warren's healthcare plan on 'SNL'
This week it had Kate McKinnon's Elizabeth Warren answer questions from Iowans about healthcare. Look at me, I'm in my natural habitat, a public school on a weekend," McKinnon's Warren said. McKinnon's Warren then said she wanted to "pour one out" for Beto O'Rourke, who dropped out of the race this week. McKinnon's Warren thanked Strong's character for the question because healthcare is her "Despacito." Someone then asked McKinnon's Warren how her plan compared to former vice president Joe Biden's.