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Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter Join Michael Keaton in Hulu’s ‘Dopesick’ Limited Series

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Hulu has tapped an impressive cast to headline its limited series Dopesick, based on Beth Macy’s book about the U.S. opioid crisis. Unbelievable‘s Kaitlyn Dever and Midsommar‘s Will Poulter are joining Michael Keaton in the Dopesick cast, which also features Peter Sarsgaard.

Deadline reports that Kaitlyn Dever and Will Poulter have been set as series regulars opposite Michael Keaton and Peter Sarsgaard in Dopesick, Hulu’s eight-episode limited series based on Beth Macy’s nonfiction book of the same name which investigates the opioid crisis that has spread across America.

Written by Danny Strong and directed by Barry LevinsonDopesick is described as “an ambitious, harrowing and compelling look into the epicenter of America’s struggle with opioid addiction. It takes viewers from a distressed Virginia mining community to the hallways of the DEA and the opulence of ‘one percenter’ Big Pharma Manhattan. The unsparing yet deeply human portraits of the various affected families and their intersecting stories hold up a mirror to where America is right now, while shining a hopeful light on the heroes battling the worst drug epidemic in American history.” The project comes from The Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield and Touchstone Television.

Dever will play Betsy, a “proud” female coal miner and patient of Keaton’s Dr. Finnix, who has a close relationship with her doctor, which is tested with the release of a new painkiller. Poulter plays Billy, a sales rep for Purdue Pharma hired to help launch the new painkiller drug OxyContin.

With a cast of awards darlings both rising — Dever earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nods for her role in Unbelievable, while Poulter has become a staple of indie genre hits — and established like Keaton and Sarsgaard, it’s clear that Hulu is aiming to make Dopesick its next awards season contender. The creative team behind the series is also very impressive, with an Emmy-winning writer in Danny Strong (Recount) and an Oscar-winning director in Barry Levinson (Rain Man). Strong and Levinson are executive producing Dopesick with Keaton, John Goldwyn, Littlefield via the Littlefield Company, Macy and Karen Rosenfelt.

The opioid crisis has long been overdue a prestige drama addressing it, as films and TV have made allusions to the crisis that has taken hold of the U.S. in recent decades, but few have tackled it head-on in scripted form. It’s for sure a heavy subject, but one that this team and cast can probably do justice.

Dopesick is set to premiere on Hulu in 2021.

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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Trauma Center’ on Amazon Prime, a Brainwaster Action Flick Featuring Bruce Willis in a Few Scenes

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New on Insomniac Theater, and also Hulu, is Trauma Center, a movie with Bruce Willis in it, playing a police cop as he’s done so many times before, and also playing a rent-a-star cashing a paycheck, as he’s done so many times in the past decade. Both are quite prevalent on screen in this movie, so maybe it’s funny at the same time that it’s bad. Or maybe it’s just plain bad?

The Gist: A thug drags a woman’s bleeding body down a hallway. Now we JUMP BACKWARDS IN TIME, to when that thug is Pierce (Tito Ortiz) and he’s with Tull (Texas Battle) and a man who’s freshly stabbed, and therefore dead. They’re in some kind of bind. Cut to the soon-to-be-dragged-and-bloody woman, waiting tables in a cafe. She’s Madison (Nicky Whelan), and her mother is dead. That’s her character trait. Madison has a sister, Emily (Catherine Davis), and, logically, her mother is dead too, and on top of that, she’s asthmatic, which for a movie like this, makes her exponentially multi-dimensional. Emily forgot her inhaler and starts having an attack and so they end up in the hospital but she’s OK because the plot needs her later.

Enter BRUCE WILLIS, in a hail of LENS FLARE. This scene introduces him as a cop, and apparently Pierce ‘n’ Tull are cops too, which makes them DIRTY cops, because they were doing something with some cash and a memory card that they should flush down the toilet or feed to a humpback whale or mail to Alpha Centauri, anything really, besides holding onto it and the incriminating evidence contained therein. But there’s a story to be told here, and the story needs a MacGuffin.

Madison is taking out the trash behind the cafe when Bruce Willis’ partner stumbles into her, newly perforated with bullets. Pierce ‘n’ Tull show up and fire away, killing the guy dead and tagging Madison in the leg. She blacks out and comes to in the hospital [INSERT TITLE OF MOVIE HERE], where a doctor played by Steve Guttenberg (Stevie Gutes!!!) tells her they’ll eventually get around to removing the bullet from her thigh, maybe tomorrow or something. Did I mention the asthmatic sister is still in the hospital? Well, the asthmatic sister is still in the hospital, which may become an issue after Bruce Willis moves Madison to an isolated room on an entirely empty floor to hide her from Pierce ‘n’ Tull, who surely yearn to forcibly remove from this mortal coil any witnesses to their unsavory shenanigans. And they all lived happily ever after, and Madison didn’t even have to get all shiny-sweaty in her skimpy hospital gown as two loaves of muscle chased her through the hospital. The end.

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What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: Die Hard in a hospital! Actually, Die Hard on one floor of a hospital! And even more accurately, Die Hard on one floor of a hospital with a budget comprised wholly of nickel rolls and BOGO soap coupons!

Performance Worth Watching: The talking defibrillator that speaks user instructions in a robotic lady-voice gets all the best lines.

Memorable Dialogue: “Tag it and bag it.” — Willis reviews his own movie

Sex and Skin: None.

Our Take: Trauma Center features a scene in which former MMA champ Tito Ortiz bleeds out his eyes and roars like the MGM lion. The rest of the movie makes dreck look like crap. The dialogue is insipid, the production looks like it redlined the budget at $832, the plot is an affront to sense and the sub-par acting is the sad product of the three aforementioned elements. “Bruce Willis shot all his scenes in a total of two days,” reads the movie’s IMDb trivia page, and you better f—ing believe it. What is Willis doing? Not doing here — he’s been in a couple dozen junk flicks, many with the Emmet/Furla production banner that so often indicates a derivative el-cheapo action banger. On one hand, he may be trying to goose a drab script with some cornball line-readings. Maybe he’s propping up an empty-skulled sub-sub-sub-Die Hard screenplay. More than anything though, I think he’s getting paid.

The movie is full of scenes that exist, and I can confirm they exist, because I watched them. Granted, you’ve also watched them too, in other movies: The one where the protagonist shows off their toughness by stitching up their own wound without anaesthetic, the one where the chaser chases the chasee up into the ventilation duct, the one where the bad guy holds a gun to the hostage character’s head and the hostage character uses a prop introduced in the first act to get free. The plot is so logic-starved, it’s a penguin in the Gobi searching for a mackerel. If there’s such a thing as less than nothing, that’s what it’s about. It’s not even good for a few snide giggles. Steve Guttenberg, we hardly knew ye.

Our Call: SKIP IT. Trauma Center is as convincing as a Romper Room production of Hamlet.

John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more of his work at johnserbaatlarge.com or follow him on Twitter: @johnserba.

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Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague urges fans to get skin screenings

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Love Island favourite Molly-Mae Hague has encouraged her fans to get skin screenings after having a mole recently removed.

The reality TV star, who reached the final of the 2019 series with partner Tommy Fury, took to her Instagram Stories yesterday (September 28) with a shot of her leg following the procedure.

In the right-hand corner you can see what the mole originally looked like, and Molly Mae emphasised how important it is to get such marks checked out in case they become cancerous.

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“So this is what I’ve been up to today…..” she wrote. “Some of you might remember me talking about the mole that was here a few weeks ago on my story.

“Not going to go into too much detail until I have my results back next week but this just goes to show how important getting different doctors’ opinions is.

“So relieved to have it gone. I’ll keep you all updated. I just need to share this because I can’t stress the importance of this situation enough.”

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Molly-Mae previously revealed that her mum Debbie spotted a mole on her calf when she was living in the Love Island villa.

She said at the time: “Get your moles checked out people! It is so unbelievably important. I’ve had this checked three times now by different consultants to be sure.”

Love Island is available via catch-up on ITV Hub.



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The Office actors recall using a live bat for that memorable season 3 episode

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There were plenty of memorable gags on The Office over the course of nine seasons, but one particularly funny moment happened in season 3 episode 16, titled “Business School.”

It’s all business as usual at Dunder Mifflin until Dwight (Rainn Wilson) discovers animal droppings on the floor. Initially, Dwight believes a bird is trapped in the office. After some investigating it’s discovered, to everyone’s horror, that a bat has been living in the ceiling. Naturally, chaos ensues.

Longtime fans of the series will know that actresses Angela Kinsey and Jenna Fischer, who co-starred on the mockumentary comedy series as Angela Martin and Pam Beesly respectively, began a podcast called Office Ladies in 2019 to celebrate The Office and its fans.

For each episode of the podcast, Kinsey and Fischer rewatch an episode of the series and reminisce about their time on the show while explaining behind the scenes details about that episode.

As reported by People, Kinsey and Fischer invited their former co-star Kate Flannery onto the podcast to discuss the bat scene. In the episode, Dwight eventually catches the bat by trapping it in the break room with Meredith. He proceeds to trap the animal, along with Meredith’s head, in a garbage bag.

Flannery revealed on the podcast that a real bat was used to shoot part of the sequence! Here is what the actress had to say about the experience:

Yes, we had a real bat with five handlers. But we were not allowed to make any noise around the bat. I couldn’t scream. So even though I was screaming, I was acting like I was screaming when we were shooting because — don’t upset the bat. Something with the sonar.

However, a motorized contraption was used to mimic a bat during the scene when it’s trapped in the garbage bag with Meredith’s head. Flannery continued:

I did all of it. The motorized thing on the head, it was like, sort of like this fluttery thing, almost like a headband with a motor.

That must have been a weird day on set! I have to say, my favorite scenes of The Office are the ones when Jim is trying to mess with Dwight. The interactions between the two after Jim pretends to have been bitten by the bat are just so funny, and Jim acting like garlic bread burned him is the cherry on top of an already hilarious bit.

If you want to rewatch the entire bat situation unfold, you can check out the video below.

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