Ocean’s 8 movie review: Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock’s all-female spin-off gets a negative response from the critics

Imagine a strong star cast like Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina,  Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson coming together for a spin-off of a franchise that’s still so fresh in our minds. Should not it be mind-blowing? Well, the movie’s name is Ocean’s 8 – an all-female spin-off of the classic Ocean’s series – and it is not. The version has been directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games and Seabiscuit fame). But seems like he was not able to conceive the movie perfectly. As most of the criticism is directed towards him with praises for the cast and other aspects of the film.

In India, Ocean’s 8 opened in theatres today. It has received a mixed-to-negative response from the critics here.

DNA didn’t quite enjoy the movie and wrote, “A bland story can give only so much wiggle room even when you have Oscar-winning stars leading the film. Watch it once, or wait for streaming or Blu- Ray’s to come out. You are not missing much.”

News 18 thought, “Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Awkwafina are criminally wasted, being reduced to comic relief and or used as montage fodder”. They also wrote, “Alas, Gary Ross, who helmed 8, is a director and not an artist, and his almost sycophantic attempt to ape Soderbergh’s aesthetic is just monkey business,”

Firstpost didn’t enjoy the movie either but thought it was not as bad as the all-female Ghostbusters reboot. “It is a moderately pleasing jaunt that you would not remember a day later but there was no reason why a movie with these many stars had to play so ‘safe’; it is an ironic tactic considering how many risks the women in the film take to achieve the impossible,” they wrote.

Hindustan Times, despite not liking the movie, praised the editing and the twist of the movie.”And this twists the knife in even more cruelly for Gary Ross did have a worthy idea but failed to bring it to fruition. Ocean’s 8 is nowhere as wholesome as the fans had imagined it to be,” they added.

Times of India wrote, “The film has the same busy and slick feel of Steven Soderbergh’s movies with George Clooney; it’s just as funny and engaging too. But it’s not as smart or detailed as those films. In an attempt to pull off the twists, the film takes a few cinematic liberties,”

Well, all being said, you guys are the final jury. So, tell us, are you planning to watch the movie? Don’t forget to tweets us YOUR review to @bollywood_life

Natalie Portman, Mindy Kaling, John Legend stand up against Trump’s immigrant policy

Hollywood celebrities like Natalie Portman, Mindy Kaling  and John Legend have spoken out against the controversial illegal immigration policy by US President Donald Trump’s administration.

Trump and his administration have come under heavy criticism of late for adopting a zero-tolerance approach to people illegally crossing over the American border from Mexico, with officials currently separating parents from their children as they are taken into custody.

Portman is spearheading a new campaign calling on US lawmakers to stop tearing families apart as authorities crack down on illegal immigration, reports aceshowbiz.com. ALSO READ: Natalie Portman reveals she was sexually terrorized in her childhood

She has now joined forces with activists at the National Domestic Workers Alliance to slam the “brutal new policy” via a MoveOn.org petition, which will be delivered to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and members of the US Congress.

“This shockingly cruel, traumatic, and inhumane practice has no place in our country. It must be stopped immediately, and without holding these children hostage to pass other anti-immigrant policies We must speak loudly enough, and in large enough numbers, that the media stays focused on this story,” Portman said in a statement.

The actress said she has “joined the National Domestic Workers Alliance to launch this petition. Please sign it and stay tuned for more ways to help these families”.

Over 250,000 people had added their names to the campaign as WENN went to press. ALSO READ: Did Priyanka Chopra take a dig at US President Donald Trump in this video?

Mindy, who has Indian roots, tweeted: “As a mother and a daughter of immigrants, I am heartbroken about children being separated from their families at America’s borders.”

Celebrities like Bette Midler, singer John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen, filmmaker Ron Howard, actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Alyssa Milano, and country legend Willie Nelson are among the other celebrities to blast the Trump administration in recent days.

Hollywood veteran Kevin Costner expressed his disgust during an appearance on talk show “The View” on June 19.

Yanny or Laurel? Ellen Degeneres, Chrissy Teigen and Mindy Kaling are divided over what they hear in this viral audio clip

Remember the infamous dress-gate that left the internet divided? Half of us saw the colour of the dress as black and blue, and the other half was seeing it as white and gold! Yeah, that irritating thing that made you wonder if your friends are backstabbing, gaslighting liars. Because you clearly saw the dress as blue and black and they kept insisting it was white and gold! Well, congratulations for living long enough to see an even more irritating version of the trend go viral on Twitter. The latest one will make you question your ability to hear. Yanny or Laurel? Though origins of this viral audio are unknown at the moment, but a Twitter user by the name Cloe Feldman uploaded an audio clip on the micro-blogging site asking her followers if what they heard was Yanny or Laurel. And, it is the dress-gate all over again.

Check out the post here:

After thousands of tweets started coming in, with users picking their teams, the viral trend reached Hollywood A-listers. For instance, Chrissy Teigen, on her Twitter, shared, “it’s so clearly laurel. I can’t even figure out how one would hear yanny.” After reading the tweet Mindy Kaling felt betrayed because she could only hear Yanny and retaliated, “I bought your cookbook. I loved it. And now you betray me? #yanny”. Chrissy was able to contain the situation by putting a lovely twist to it, “They’re saying younger, more beautiful people hear yanny!!!!!” How sweet!

Then the daytime talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres informed the world about her allegiance. She said, “Literally everything at my show just stopped to see if people hear Laurel or Yanny. I hear Laurel.”

We checked but so far no one from Bollywood has made a statement on this burning issue of international importance. We will get back to you with more updates. BTW, what do you hear – Yanny or Laurel?