Today in Movie Culture: How Jennifer Lopez Trained for ‘Hustlers,’ ‘The Goldfinch’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: How Jennifer Lopez Trained for ‘Hustlers,’ ‘The Goldfinch’ Director Commentary and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Character Coach of the Day

How did Jennifer Lopez learn all the pole dancing moves she displays in the new movie Hustlers? With help from Cirque du Soleil dancer Johanna Sapakie, Lopez became a master of the craft. Sapaki is the subject of this Insider video featuring footage of their work together:


Director Commentary of the Day

John Crowley’s The Goldfinch, based on the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt, is now in theaters. For the occasion, Crowley shares a memorable moment from the movie via the New York Times, breaking down the significance of the scene with a voiceover commentary:


Character in Close Up

As It Chapter Two enters its second weekend, more moviegoers are going to see why Bill Hader is a fan favorite in his portrayal of adult Richie Tozier. And then they’re going to want to know more about the character. Here’s Zac Morris of CZsWorld with a guide to Richie’s history in the It novel and another Stephen King book:


Fan Art of the Day

There are two kinds of fan art floating around the internet inspired by It Chapter Two. One is scary paintings of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and the other is works featuring the characters Richie and Eddie as portrayed by Bill Hader and James Ransone. In this one from Ashley Guillory, they’re joined by the adorable Pomeranian:


Drawing Lesson of the Day

Want to create your own It Chapter Two fan art but aren’t sure if you have the talent? Anyone can acquire the skills if they find the right teacher. Just follow this video tutorial from Draw it Cute showing you how to draw Pennywise the Dancing Clown sticking out his tongue:


Fake Product Tie-In of the Day

In It Chapter Two, Beverly’s red hair has special significance, via the love poem given to her as a teen. Highlighting that physical trait, artist Shaun Watson created a fake advertisement for hair dye featuring Jessica Chastain, who plays the character as an adult (and who shared the ad on Twitter), and Pennywise the Clown, whose shade is a bit different from hers:


Plot Song Parody of the Day

Not only do you get another plot song parody for It Chapter Two today, but you get another one that’s sung to the tune of the enormous hit “Old Town Road.” Here’s a video from Aaron Fraser-Nash featuring Pennywise the Clown crooning about seeing the Losers Club again after 27 years:


Cosplay of the Day

Sometimes the cosplay is creepier than the real thing. Could you have ever imagined a scarier Pennywise the Clown than the one portrayed by Bill Skarsgard in It Chapter Two? This photo of cosplayer Courtney Leigh might just give you worse nightmares than the new horror sequel:


Movie Franchise History of the Day

With this year’s sequel Toy Story 4, Pixar has shown a tremendous evolution since the first Toy Story back in 1995. But what if that movie hadn’t been as embraced as it was? Where would the studio and the franchise be today? That’s worth wondering watching this video on how Woody was almost much meaner:


VFX Breakdown of the Day

We’ve been seeing a ton of visual effects breakdowns and showcases for Avengers: Endgame lately, but who can get enough of these? Here’s another one from Wired magazine featuring Marvel Entertainment VFX Producer Jen Underdahl guiding us through the best of the effects in the movie:

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