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‘The School for Good and Evil’ Review: Derivative Magic Teen Franchise Borrows From ‘Harry Potter,’ Hogwarts and All
Peter Debruge Chief Film Critic “Harry Potter” has had many imitators, but none so blatant or irredeemably over-the-top as Netflix franchise starter “The School for Good and Evil,” an extravagant YA costume show from “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig that follows two friends to an elite academy where the heroes and villains of future fairy tales are trained. The whole idea derives from a book series by Soman Chainani, though it’s obvious where it really comes from: the imagination of J.K. Rowling, who must be positively livid watching what looks like the most expensive episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ever produced. Feig goes full camp here, casting Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron to play the decked-out divas who oversee the enchanted institution’s two sides. The former embodies Professor Dovey, a prissy headmistress in Tweety Bird-yellow threads, who’s always going on about the rules, while Theron’s evil-minded Lady Lesso takes her fashion cues from Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. Joined by Laurence Fishburne (as the Morpheus-like School Master), Michelle Yeoh (largely wasted as some kind of beauty instructor) and Cate Blanchett (in voice only, as the film’s self-aware narrator), these stars have been given carte blanche to chew the scenery.
Machine Gun Kelly, Keke Palmer and More Stars to Be Honored at 2022 Newport Beach Film Festival
Keke Palmer, Machine Gun Kelly, Adam Sandler and more are among the stars set to be honored at the 2022 Newport Beach Film Festival.The annual film festival's awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Balboa Bay Resort, celebrating a host of talents from the big screen.Palmer, Aubrey Plaza, Jonathan Majors, and Patton Oswalt will receive Artist of Distinction Awards, «presented to individuals known for their contribution to the arts, philanthropic endeavors, and an overriding commitment to their craft to tell unique and bold stories.» Kelly, who goes by his real name, Colson Baker, in his acting roles, and star Anna Diop will receive Spotlight Awards.Sandler will be honored with the festival’s inaugural Performance of the Year Award in recognition of his work in, Eddie Redmayne will be presented with the Icon Award at the NBFF Centerpiece screening of his upcoming film,, and director Paul Feig will receive the Career Achievement Award at a screening for Additionally, filmmaker Ron Howard will receive the Variety Legend and Groundbreaker Award, «for his outstanding creative leadership and impactful artistic achievements that have proved both visionary and enduring,» director and star Cooper Raiff will receive the Maverick Award, and star Aimee Carrero will receive the Breakout Award. The 23rd Newport Beach Film Festival will be held in person from October 13-20 and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.