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BLAME, a challenging new film centered around a high school production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, depicts a bold narrative about villains, victims, and how to tell the difference between the two. While this coming-of-age story focuses around a play that's become an English lit class cliché, BLAME is surprisingly surprising. It's written and directed by Quinn Shephard, a 22-year-old actress who also stars as one of the main characters. Shephard began writing the screenplay after she starred in the role as the villain-mistress Abigail in a...
  ColossalWritten and directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Out April 7 Anne Hathaway goes indie in this utterly delightful and strange movie about heartbreak, addiction, and literal monsters. Hathaway stars as Gloria, a formerly fancy New Yorker whose life is in shambles after she’s dumped by her hot, seemingly perfect boyfriend (Dan Stevens). Broke and homeless, she retreats to her small hometown to lick her wounds and drink, eventually striking up an unlikely friendship with a bar owner, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), and his ragtag crew of buddies. Against this...
Like a whole lot of you, if box office numbers are anything to go by, I recently went to see the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast last week. While overall I enjoyed it, there were a few things that bugged me, and other things that, while not bad, per say, definitely stuck out. I decided to list a few of those things for you there — warning, spoilers, obviously. The Good• Belle and the Beast both get backstories, which are interesting and help develop...
The Zookeeper’s WifeDirected by Niki CaroOut March 31 In the past few years, “The Male Profession’s Female Relative”-style titles have become so common they’re often mocked (The Aviator’s Wife, The Hangman’s Daughter...)—but The Zookeeper’s Wife deserves your attention despite its name. Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina‭ ‬Żabińska, the titular zookeeper’s wife, but she’s a far more talented zookeeper than her husband, the gruff but well-meaning Jan (Johan Heldenbergh). The film opens in Warsaw, Poland, in 1939, and as soon as you see the date flash across...
30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma By Marisa Crawford To celebrate the release of BUST's brand new April/May 2017 issue (on stands now!), enjoy this great Friday long read from our latest edition exploring 30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma. Wanna enjoy this article on the go? You can also listen to this piece read by managing editor Emily Rems in a special bonus episode of our 'Poptarts' podcast. Just click on over to our iTunes page and...
Billed as a real-life, female version of Boyhood, the new documentary All This Panic, directed by Jenny Gage, follows a group of teenage girls in Brooklyn through three crucial years of their lives. There’s Lena, a smart, awkward girl trying to live a normal teenage life while her family is struggling behind the scenes; Ginger, an aspiring but incredibly insecure actress; Sage, one of the few black girls in a mostly-white private school, who is grieving the recent death of her father; Olivia, who is coming...
Let's play a game of "What if." Let's pretend that incredibly talented artist and burgeoning actress Janelle Monae was White — with strawberry blonde hair and the world at her feet.Well, for one — she would have been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Hidden Figures. It's painfully obvious that Octavia Spencer got the nod because the Academy felt pressure to nominate one of the gals, and since Spencer is the certified one of the bunch, they lazily went with her.There was no consideration...
To celebrate the release of BUST's brand new April/May 2017 issue (on stands now!) we've released a special bonus episode of our Poptarts podcast in which managing editor Emily Rems reads one extra excellent feature story from the magazine. In "Great Expectations" by Marisa Crawford, the author examines 30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma. To access the episode, just click on over the Poptarts page on iTunes. And while you're there, please rate and review the show. It really helps us get...
At eighteen-years-old, Captain Fantastic's Samantha Isler divides her time between "stereotypical teenage stuff" and representing intelligent young women on screen. In both Captain Fantastic and her new film, Dig Two Graves, Isler plays characters unconcerned with conventional beauty standards and social pressures. Instead, Isler represents girls facing the dark adult world with wit, determination, and bravery. I talked to her last week about what life has been like for her as a young woman in the industry, what her characters have taught her about feminism,...
Another year, another superhero movie revamp — this time with a major difference. The new Power Rangers movie, opening this week, integrates the first LGBTQ leading character in a superhero blockbuster of its kind. The Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by Becky G, deals with “girlfriend problems” and is perceived to be questioning her sexual orientation throughout the Hollywood remake. Becky G says this should not be a big deal. The singer turned actress spoke to TMZ on Wednesday about all the fuss over her role at a Hollywood star...