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Amy Schumer takes on self-esteem issues in ‘I Feel Pretty’

Allowed to express a bit more depth and character than she did in “Trainwreck” and “Snatched,” Schum..

Allowed to express a bit more depth and character than she did in "Trainwreck" and "Snatched," Schumer plays Renee, who is shown attending an SoulCycle class and feeling out of place alongside fitness fanatics. Yes, she has a pair of pals (Busy Philipps, "Saturday Night Live's" Aidy Bryant) who also aren't conventional Vogue cover candidates, but she can't help pining for what she perceives as the easy life she's missed by not looking more like a runway model.In an overt homage to "Big," Renee utters a quiet prayer to be "undeniably pretty," and after a blow to the head at the aforementioned class, thinks her wish has been magically granted. To everyone else, she looks exactly the same, which makes the change in her behavior — just assuming that everyone is drooling over her — a trifle delusional, if sporadically quite funny.The twist and not-so-subtle lesson, in this directorial debut from the writing team of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein ("Never Been Kissed"), is that the burst of self-confidence Renee enjoys causes things to start coming up roses for her, in a way that reinforces her perceptions. She wins over a guy, Ethan (comic Rory Scovel), who's charmed by her quirks; and earns a promotion at the elite beauty company where she works, unaware that she's been chosen in an effort to shed an "elitist" image and help market a "diffusion" line aimed at women who don't fit the customary fashion-magazine profile.Because of the structure, Schumer really has to carry the movie, and she's quite good on that level. But the I-don't-see-what-you-see shtick, and interaction with snooty beauty queens, wears thin in places, in part because a slim conceit that should have run a crisp 90 minutes or so drags on close to two hours. That's especially true when the eventual payoff — about learning to accept oneself — is so transparent from the get-go."You don't really care how the world sees you," Ethan tells Renee early in their relationship, which is of course the opposite of where she is, but rather where she's heading.The movie does receive a welcome shot of adrenaline from Michelle Williams as the heiress to the cosmetics empire (Lauren Hutton pops in as her grandma), whose Barbie-esque appearance is balanced by self-consciousness about her high-pitched voice. In that regard, "I Feel Pretty" endeavors to note that insecurity can prey upon anyone, including those who outwardly seem to have it all.The criticism notwithstanding, that part of the movie showcases more heart from Schumer than we've seen in some of her previous vehicles, while employing a slightly toned-down approach that avoided an "R" rating. Yet while there's a good deal to like about "I Feel Pretty," one needn't have experienced a head blow to be unable to completely overlook its flaws."I Feel Pretty" opens April 20 in the U.S. It's rated PG-13.

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

Sean Connery and Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice, 1967
Image: The Bond films have been criticised for their sexism
Dr No turned Sean Connery into an international superstar
Image: Dr No featured the famous scene with Ursula Andress walking out of the sea in a white bikini

Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Ben Affleck was on parent duties (Picture: Backgrid)

Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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Brentwood, CA - Ben Affleck was on daddy duty this morning in Brentwood ahead of the weekend. Pictured: Ben Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Samuel Garner Affleck BACKGRID USA 31 MAY 2019 BYLINE MUST READ: Boaz / BACKGRID USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com *UK Clients - Pictures Containing Children Please Pixelate Face Prior To Publication*
Ben Affleck with son Samuel and daughter Seraphina (Picture: Backgrid)

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