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"Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again" is a Fun Musical and Showcase for the Wonderful Lily James: Review

Film Review: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia , which was based on the stage musical of the same name, which itself was based on the songs of ABBA. If it seems like some of the fun would be lost with each additional iteration,   Here We Go Again proves otherwise. As unnecessary as it may be, the sequel is an exceptionally fun time at the movies. Following the Godfather Part II template, Here We Go Again is actually half-sequel, half-prequel, with a continuation of the first movie's plot interwoven with flashbacks depicting how Donna met each of her daughter's potential fathers and how she came to inexplicably live on a gorgeous Greek island, which was set up in the first film. Being the second musical to exclusively feature the music of ABBA, Here We Go Again  faces the inevitable challenge of the first movie having done nearly all of the Swedish group's best and most well-known songs. A number of th

"Death on the Nile" Hits Theaters in 2019: Here's my Dream Cast

Following the success of Kenneth Branagh's film of Murder on the Orient Express , it was announced that a follow-up would be released on December 20, 2019. This time Branagh will direct and star in an adaptation of Christie's 1937 novel Death on the Nile . I loved that novel when I read it many years ago, and although I'd prefer to see Branagh adapt a Poirot novel that has not already gotten the big-screen treatment (like Death in the Clouds  or Cards on the Table ), I am looking forward to seeing a new interpretation. It's about a murder that occurs on a luxury steamer that is traveling down the Nile River in Egypt. Naturally, all the passengers are suspects. Since no casting information aside from Branagh has been announced, I thought I'd share some of my dream casting choices.  For the role of Simon Doyle - Dan Stevens The former Dowton Abbey star is no stranger to period pieces and would be perfect fit for Simon Doyle, the new husband of Linnet Ridgeway

The Eighth Annual Timmy Television Awards

The Timmys annually honor the best in television from the past season. Here are the nominees from the 2017-18 television season (winners are in bold): Best Comedy Series: Mom (CBS) Great News (NBC) Shameless (Showtime) Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) Best Drama Series: Stranger Things (Netflix) Killing Eve (BBC America) This Is Us (NBC) The Crown (Netflix) Rise (NBC) Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Drew Barrymore - Santa Clarita Diet Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  Allison Janney - Mom Anna Farris - Mom Sutton Foster - Younger Logan Browning - Dear White People Best Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy - Shameless Timothy Olyphant - Santa Clarita Diet Donald Glover - Atlanta Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm Iain Armitage - Young Sheldon Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Andrea Martin - Great News Nicole Richie - Great News Alex Borstein - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel