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Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Payne to Reunite on ‘Election’ Sequel, ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’ for Paramount+

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Election was a film that not only left a cultural footprint on indie filmmaking, but it also put Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Nebraska) on the map and was the first major lead role for Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Wild). Now, her iconic and unforgettable character, Tracy Flick is returning to screens but this time for a streaming service. 

According to multiple outlets, Witherspoon will return as the high achieving go-getter in the sequel film, Tracy Flick Can’t Win based on the 2022 novel of the same name for Paramount+. The film will see Payne return to direct with a story that places the titular character as a diligent assistant principal of a public high school in suburban New Jersey still struggling to find her way to the upper echelons of academia and the public school system while still embodying her type-A self. Election was a high school-set film released in 1999 that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay catapulting Witherspoon to stardom. 

Witherspoon will produce the film under her flourishing Hello, Sunshine banner. She will next appear in the third season of the AppleTV+ series, The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston as well as the romantic comedy, Your Place or Mine with Ashton Kutcher. 

Payne is currently filming The Holdovers starring Paul Giamatti which plays as a Breakfast Club-esque movie set during the holidays. The Holdovers marks another reuniting for Payne as he re-teams with Giamatti who starred in his film, Sideways.

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‘Girls Trip’ Co-Writer Confirms that a Sequel is Happening and Will Most Likely Take Place in Ghana

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Everyone’s favorite girl group is returning for more adventures, this time with a girl’s trip to West Africa. Variety exclusively learned in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival with Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver that a sequel is officially a go with the foursome headed to Ghana. Oliver was in Sundance promoting the second season of her Amazon series, Harlem.

Variety also confirmed that all the original cast members are set to return so look forward to seeing Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah back on the big screen together soon. One of the stars of Harlem, Shoniqua Shandai yelled “Afrochella!” upon hearing the breaking news referring to Ghana’s major culture and music festival. Oliver later confirmed that the production was looking to head to the African festival for the sequel and implied that her script is due any day now. 

The female-centric comedy Girls Trip was a big box-office hit grossing $140 million on a very modest $16 million budget. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, Space Jam: A New Legacy) directed the first feature on a script from Oliver and Kenya Barris (black-Ish, You People). The movie also launched comedian Tiffany Haddish into stardom putting her at the top of many casting directors lists for comedic and dramatic work. 

Tracy Oliver has been one of the most consistent black writers in Hollywood in recent years; in addition to scripting the Girls Trip films and Harlem, Oliver scripted the upcoming horror comedy, The Blackening starring Jay Pharaoh, Yvonne Orji and Jermaine Fowler.

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Meryl Streep Joins the Cast for Season 3 of Hulu’s ‘Only Murders in the Building

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Many were surprised when the Season 2 finale of Hulu comedy, Only Murders in the Building revealed that Paul Rudd would be joining the series for its upcoming season, however, it seems his casting may have just been topped. According to a tweet from the show’s Twitter account, it appears that Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep (Out of Africa, August: Osage County) will join the cast led by Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez for Season 3 of Only Murders in the Building.

One can believe that Streep stumbled into the series similar to how she did for Season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies. With the latter show, Streep was a fan of the mysterious female-led drama and was written into the sophomore season. You wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that Streep was probably a fan of the beloved comedy series and might want to join in the hijinks along with friends, Steve Martin and Martin Short. Streep will also appear in the upcoming AppleTV+ anthology series, Extrapolations in March.

The original tweet revealed that the third season of Only Murders in the Building has just begun filming. The show has been nominated for tons of awards thus far and with growing popularity as well as the additions of Streep and Rudd to the cast, anything can happen in the murder mystery program. Season 2 released back in June so we can probably expect Season 3 to begin streaming in Summer 2023. 

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The Big 4 Review | An Uproarous, Action Packed Joy Ride

Timo Tjahjanto once again delivers an action extravaganza with a surprising amount of style, heart and gut busting comedy.

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Utterly bonkers and gloriously gory, The Big 4 offers a louder, more stylized and hilarious experience which vastly differs from director, Timo Tjahjanto’s previous Netflix action epic, The Night That Comes For Us. And whilst The Big 4 doesn’t achieve the brilliance nor does the action compare to that of The Night That Comes For Us, The Big 4 instead delivers more on its heart, comedy and odd, yet entertaining assortment of characters.

Four retired assassins spring back into action when they cross paths with a straight-arrowed cop determined to track down the elusive murderer that killed her father, only to learn that the murderer has a shared past with them all.

Timo Tjahjanto once again proves he is an action movie legend delivering another action extravaganza. With brutal choreography, expert direction and phenomenal physicality from its actors, The Big 4‘s action is among the best the year had to offer. However, The Big 4‘s action doesn’t quite compare to the gory, explosive and jaw dropping action from The Night That Comes For Us but is still nonetheless engaging and incredibly entertaining.

The Big 4‘s story is fairly simple and is nothing that we haven’t seen before, many times. However where The Big 4 shines above the rest is with its compelling and completely nuts characters, that provide a much needed and welcome heart to the flick. Each character is brilliantly kooky and stand out in their own ways, with each having totally different personalities and more importantly, talents.

Similarly, the film’s cast is great, selling the relationships with infectious chemistry, as well as elevating the films comedy. The films over the top characters would be nothing if it wasn’t for the brilliant cast bringing them to life. All without metioning the phenomenal physicality each actor brings to the fight scenes.

In terms of both of its action and comedy there is simply no holds bared in this relentless action packed joy ride. The action whilst still exciting, also offers many silly and comedic moments very remiscient of Jackie Chan’s action comedy style. Comedy-wise, The Big 4 is absolutely uproarous as the characters all hurl hilarious insults at each other. Sure, there aren’t many, if at all any clever, or uniquely written jokes, instead the comedy mostly comes from the cast its absurd characters and its action.

Ultimately, The Big 4 is simply KICK-ASS. Relishing in it ridiculous and bonkers nature, resulting in an incredibly entertaining and action packed flick. It’s characters and the relationships give the film a lot of heart and elevate its humour, and even though the action doesn’t quite compare to Tjahjanto’s The Night That Comes For Us, there is still plenty here to still make it memorable and a worthy addition to Tjahjanto’s filmography.

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