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THE GREEN ROOM

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By Sameen Amer
Fri, 08, 20

Family moved to the U.S. in 1991 when she was 7, partially because of antisemitism in the former Soviet Union....

COMING SOON

Out this week

* Albums

  • A Celebration of Endings by Biffy Clyro: Ninth album by the Scottish alt rock band; comes after 2019’s Balance, Not Symmetry; includes the singles ‘Instant History’, ‘End Of’, ‘Tiny Indoor Fireworks’, and ‘Weird Leisure’.
  • Crave by Kiesza: Second album by the Canadian pop singer, the follow-up to her debut, Sound of a Woman (2014); led by the single ‘When Boys Cry’.

Movies

  • Project Power (starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Machine Gun Kelly) – action; a man must take down a sinister group responsible for creating a drug that gives the taker unpredictable superpowers for five minutes.
  • Magic Camp (starring Adam DeVine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs) – comedy; a guy (Devine) returns as a counsellor to the magic camp of his youth hoping to reignite his career.

CELEB TWEETS

  • Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien): If Trump bans TikTok, what will I threaten to join when my kids don’t do their homework?
  • Jen Kirkman (@JenKirkman): A moment to defend Ellen: She let me borrow her Seventeen magazines when we were 13 and I wasn’t allowed to read them. She got me a cush babysitting job at 14. She taught me the importance of learning from Anne Frank’s writing.

Everyone’s talking about Ellen Roseman, right?

  • Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays): Keep your masks on! Be responsible. We are not out of it yet. #COVID19

Star

Milena Markovna Kunis

  • Born on 14th August 1983 in Chernivtsi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine).
  • Has an elder brother, Michael.
  • Family moved to the U.S. in 1991 when she was 7, partially because of antisemitism in the former Soviet Union.
  • Started taking acting classes and appearing in commercials as a child.
  • Made her acting debut in the soap opera Days of Our Lives (1994).
  • Gained recognition for her role in the sitcom That ‘70s Show (1998 – 2006).
  • Has since appeared in films including Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Max Payne (2008), Black Swan (2010), The Book of Eli (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Ted (2012), and Bad Moms (2016).
  • Also voices Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy (1999 – present).
  • Upcoming projects include the comedy drama film Breaking News in Yuba County (2020).
  • Has been married to her former That ‘70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher since 2015. They have two children: a daughter (born 2014) and a son (born 2016).

Also born today: Spencer Pratt, Paddy McGuinness, Catherine Bell, Halle Berry, Marcia Gay Harden, Steve Martin

Spotlight

The Kissing Booth 2

Cast: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Taylor Perez, Molly Ringwald

Director: Vince Marcello

Tagline: Rules can be broken ... but so can hearts.

  • Teen rom-com; a high school senior (King) has to juggle a long-distance relationship and a new friendship.
  •  Is the sequel to the 2018 film The Kissing Booth.
  • Is based on the young adult books by Beth Reekles.
  • Has received very negative reviews, just like its predecessor. Critics found the film generic and overlong.
  • Is set in Los Angeles but was filmed mostly in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Score composed by Patrick Kirst.
  • A third instalment in the series – shot back-to-back with the second – is set to be released in 2021.