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Fox has been remarkably generous with its footage for Alien: Covenant, offering up whole five-minute swathes of the movie to get people intrigued by Ridley Scott’s latest exercise ..
Jonathan Demme died today, ending a directorial career that blended music, empathy, and technical artistry with elegance and skill. Despite Demme’s numerous triumphs, few of his fi..
Stretching his “dangerous fantasy world contained inside a magical wooden box” muscles yet again, Jumanji director Joe Johnston has signed on for TriStar’s upcoming Narnia movie, T..
According to Variety, Ewan McGregor is in talks to star in Christopher Robin, the live-action Disney movie about Winnie The Pooh’s friend growing up and moving on without that hone..
Although there are no concrete plans currently in motion, George Miller has been promising another Mad Max movie from pretty much the moment Fury Road became the surprise blockbust..
The All-Father uses emoji. “This is the first time I’m saying this in an interview,” American Gods co-showrunner Michael Green divulges when talking with The A.V. Club last week. “..
The crowd at the Roxy in L.A. received an unexpected bonus last night when That Thing You Do! movie band The Wonders (a.k.a. Oneders)—Tom Everett Scott (drummer Shades), Johnathon ..
Have you ever dreamed of experiencing life as a horrifying creature from the Alien franchise, instead of just watching one destroy a bunch of space travelers? Well, now you can. Fo..
[Fair Warning: This post contains spoilers for Split.] Split, the wildly entertaining (and extremely profitable) low-budget B-movie that has proven to be writer-director M. Night S..
Most films aren’t necessarily interested in depicting violence honestly. If they did, most fights would be over after the first punch, and then we wouldn’t have movies like The Rai..
Newswire: R.I.P. Jonathan Demme
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Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of dozens of films including Stop Making Sense, The Silence Of The Lambs, Philadelphia, and Rachel Getting Married, has died. The cause o..
“What more is there to say?” It’s a question that plagues any attempt to wade back into yesterday’s headlines—the stories that have been covered so exhaustively, so round-the-clock..
In Steven Shainberg’s inane thriller Rupture, one Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace) is abducted from a Missouri roadside and taken to a secret lab that looks just like a Halloween haunte..
As Joe Denton, the hapless ex-cop/ex-con protagonist of Small Crimes, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau wears a thick goatee that somehow, all by itself, transforms his look from Lannister nob..
TV Club: Liv is all talk on a gossipy iZombie
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“Wag The Tongue Slowly” is one of those episodes designed to inch everything just a little bit forward. Typically these are considered place-setting episodes, there to set the stag..
“We solve our problem by solving their problem.” With that, Phil Coulson explains the entire arc of the “Agents Of Hydra” storyline, and lays out the plan for the rest of the seaso..
Even going off of only the stuff that the general public knows about him, Vince McMahon has led an interesting life. He’s the head of the WWE and the man who turned the World Wrest..
Newswire: Madonna is not down for the Madonna biopic
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Madonna has spoken out against plans to film an unauthorized biopic of her life, hopping on Instagram today to label anyone but her trying to tell her life story as a “charlatan an..
Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner might be Disney’s next farting, Hakuna Matata-quoting warthog and meerkat team, with reports coming today that the two comic actors are in talks to pla..
According to Deadline, Netflix has lined up its next Adam Sandler movie, and this one will have a slightly more impressive pedigree than just Sandler himself. The film is called Th..
Last night, Faye Dunaway went on NBC Nightly News for her first official interview since she erroneously declared La La Land the winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Pictur..
It’s easy to forget just how thoroughly Disney has monopolized the blockbuster movie industry, but that fact becomes very clear when the studio decides to announce release dates fo..
Much of the best cinema music is so evocative of its era, it’s hard to hear it and not feel transported back in time. Though the music as always been around, it’s only in the past ..
The coveted roles of The Punisher and the new, still-friendly Spider-Man went to Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland, who costar in this year’s Pilgrimage. But that’s not just a fun (well..
Chris Pratt has some well-reasoned thoughts about Suicide Squad that should nonetheless go over terribly with DC fans, given the mildly critical stance he takes. Though initially P..
The trio from one of our favorite movies of 2016 is reuniting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hell Or High Water director David Mackenzie is likely going to team once again w..
In The Overlook, A.V. Club film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky examines the misfits, underappreciated gems, and underseen classics of film history. “The information highway is leading..
“I’m so sorry—for everything that’s happened. I know how much you loved her.” That’s Norma/n, expressing genuine sorrow for Alex Romero, but she might as well have been saying the ..
Netflix may have been first to the original movie game with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword Of Destiny, but Amazon Studios has lapped its streaming sibling in the race for ma..
According to Collider, director Shane Black’s The Predator is reactivating its cloaking device and ducking back into the jungle for a bit, as 20th Century Fox has decided to delay ..
The BBC reports that ’80s pop trio Bananarama has reunited, and is about to go on its first tour. No, not the first tour since getting back together, but the first tour ever with t..
It looks like those Farmiga sisters just can’t escape those spooky spirits from the Conjuring movies, as Deadline is reporting that Taissa Farmiga—the younger sister of regular Con..
A new survey from The Reading Agency, a British organization dedicated to promoting reading among people of all ages, has confirmed something all of us have known forever: a lot of..
Harking back to a Golden Age of Hollywood when movie stars were all the best of friends and phone numbers were kept on glamorous, spinning index cards, Marlon Brando’s personal Rol..
Newswire: Weekend Box Office: The fate of the flops
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For about the sixth weekend in a row, the American box office belonged to family—the kind that goes in droves to movies about talking babies and dancing beasts, but also the surrog..
If you are currently in the middle of your businesswoman lunch special, you might have come across the news that Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion is celebrating its 20th anni..
Not everything about Live And Let Die, James Bond’s blaxploitation adventure, has aged well. The rubber snakes shown are not very convincing, for one thing, and for another the who..
Looks like it’ll be awhile before we learn the actual name of the fourth installment of the Avengers movies. Yesterday, we reported on how Marvel might be looking to shake up its c..
Sometime today a full trailer for the Kingsman sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, will drop. However, to tide you over before that arrives, here’s a new teaser. It’s still brief,..
Though there are variations on the story, the general thrust of Arthurian legend is that the man became king after getting his hands on Excalibur, the sword that made him a great f..
Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. Th..
Home Video Hell is where filmic outcasts—straight-to-video, straight-to-VOD, or barely released—spend eternity. The condemned: Bethany The plot: This is a movie that fits comfortab..
TV Club: Feud ends up being about much more than a feud
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When Ryan Murphy first started Feud, going off of the first few episodes, it seemed to be a delightful, wholly reverent look at a particular slice of Hollywood history and the star..
Guy Ritchie doesn’t quite have the same “style over everything” reputation of someone like Zack Snyder, but nobody could really accuse of him of making movies that are “classic” or..
So far, the one constant throughout Marvel’s Netflix shows—other than hallway fights, older black men getting killed, and a bizarre refusal to say “Captain America” out loud—has be..
The mere presence of Johnny Depp and Jude Law is probably going to be hugely distracting in the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, but they won’t actually be the only ..
The real Jyn Erso—or at least the one in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story—got vaporized by the Death Star before she could personally hand the battle station’s plans to Princess Leia, ..
Now that it’s got its Avatar sequels squared away safely in 2020—and every subsequent December from now until the heat death of the universe—Fox has started solidifying its film sc..
As a teenager in the 1990s, I had two overarching career aspirations: to be a comedian and to play in a rock band. The fact that I suffered from crippling social anxiety and didn’t..
Having established his superhero bona fides as the star of Marvel and Netflix’s well-received Luke Cage, Mike Colter has started fielding offers for big-screen sci-fi throwdowns, a..
After a few years spent down in the grimy, self-surgery-filled trenches of TV, Steven Soderbergh finally got back to the world of film this year, tapping Channing Tatum, Riley Keou..
Most found-footage horror films owe a sizable debt to The Blair Witch Project, but few have aped the genre’s touchstone quite as shamelessly as does Phoenix Forgotten, which chroni..
Danny (Callum Turner), a Polish kid from Queens who runs a small-time bookie operation with his mom, gets a collect call from his no-goodnik brother, Darren (Michal Vondel). He’s i..
Perhaps taking inspiration from Disney’s plan to keep releasing Star Wars movies basically until the end of time, Deadline reports that Universal is seeking to extend the shelf lif..
Newswire: Shadowhunters will emerge for a third season
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The lesson of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments appears to be if at first you can’t make a cinematic franchise of your YA series work, go to television. The Freeform adaptation..
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Newswire: Younger gets a fifth season at TV Land
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TV Land continues to get Younger—the network announced yesterday it was picking up the Darren Star series for a fifth season consisting of 12 episodes. Sutton Foster leads the show..
[This bit of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 casting news probably won’t spoil the film for you, but why take the risk? Here’s your chance to leave this post and, we don’t know, may..
With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this..
Crosstalk: Why can’t I be a Cure fan like you?
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Gwen Ihnat: The Cure didn’t exactly make a U-turn in 1987 with Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, but it was a hell of a reroute. The iconically mopey band, led by head goth/grump Robert S..
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on newly released comic-book issues of significance. This week, they are Batman #21, written by Tom King (The Vision, Sheriff Of Babylon) with a..
There’s a reason Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks spent six years on The New York Times bestseller list. It deftly tells an engrossing story of..
Morgan Spurlock is the visionary filmmaker who discovered that eating nothing but McDonald’s is bad for you, but his next project is going to be a lot less suicidal. According to D..
Sports biopics tend to emphasize the most dramatic bullet points of their subjects’ lives and careers: the grudge matches, the impossible comebacks, anything that earns its own bol..
Despite it having been released less than a year ago, Passengers was a hyped, big-budget sci-fi romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt that you probably don’t remember...
The future of the James Bond series is basically one big question mark, mostly due to Daniel Craig’s constant waffling about whether or not he wants to do another movie. But there’..
Like last year’s When The Bough Breaks, the new female-focused psycho-stalker thriller Unforgettable seeks to occupy that sweet spot between Fatal Attraction and the Lifetime Movie..
Chris Evans will test his acting chops and move beyond his superhero persona with his first gig on Broadway come next year. Second Stage Theater announced today that Evans will mak..
Chasing Amy, which premiered 20 years ago this month, may best be remembered as the movie that broke Kevin Smith into the mainstream, a star-fueled romantic comedy that made $12 mi..
Many of the most horrifying parts of The Silence Of The Lambs are in its quiet --- insinuations, particularly the way Clarice Starling is eyed by other men and the flirtatious r..
After audiences saw Spider-Man fight and crack wise in Captain America: Civil War, his spin-off adventures seemed all but guaranteed. Sure enough, Tom Holland’s dance card started ..
Stop your fantasy casting now. Joss Whedon explained in an interview with Variety that he’s probably not going to hire someone you already know to play Batgirl in the movie he’s de..
Palme Thursday is A.A. Dowd’s monthly examination of a winner of the Palme D’Or, determining how well the film has held up and whether it deserved the highest prize awarded at the ..
Destined, from the first flash of muzzle, to join the pantheon of immortal dorm-room favorites, Free Fire is a single-location cartoon massacre that could have been put on ice back..
André Van Peteghem, the bird-brained head of a haute bourgeois family so inbred that most of its members can’t sit down in a chair on the first try, bumbles around his villa-slash-..
Among the many virtues of James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z is its sense of proportion, which turns a decades-spanning historical epic into a pas de deux between vision and madness. ..
Scent Of A Woman was NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell’s first big break, a big, flashy platform for Al Pacino to act the --- out of the story of a blind, soul-wounded milita..
Freeform already shared the first trailer for its Cloak And Dagger series today, but that’s not all the hip, teen-friendly network is up to. In a press release, Freeform also annou..
The Trump administration hasn’t quite started burning books yet, but its dedicated war on facts still makes Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 a bit more relevant than it’s b..
As far as beloved children’s movies go, --- Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is basically bulletproof. Not even Johnny Depp, or his assortment of interesting hats, could taint t..
Veep and Silicon Valley are back, but with Girls done and Game Of Thrones not returning until July, HBO is keeping its HBO Go and HBO Now streaming services pretty low-key for the ..
Great Job, Internet!: Why They Live will never die
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The election of Donald Trump to the presidency has lead to a cottage industry of think pieces evaluating science fiction and horror films anew for “the Trump era.” It’s the gift th..
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In a complete departure from the shortlist of three directors The Hollywood Reporter floated last summer, Variety reports that Marvel has hired directorial team Ryan Fleck and Anna..
Newswire: Fox News has officially fired Bill O’Reilly
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Confirming a wave of reports saying that Fox News was in “emergency meetings” to figure out how to rid itself of conservative TV blowhard and alleged super-creep Bill O’Reilly, Var..
Things might not have worked out with that live-action Dumbo movie, but Will Smith might head up a Disney movie after all. Deadline reports the actor is in talks to play the genie ..
We’ve endured April’s interminable showers, which means it’s time to reap the flowery benefits of May. Next month’s Netflix bounty includes the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Sc..
Details are still very sparse, but, according to Michael K. Williams, he’s going to be playing Miles Davis in the very near future. Asked in an interview about his stated desire to..
Near the end of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finally unwraps the birthday gift his mother gave him all those years ago, and it’s another awesome mixtape. The ..
Although it seems to be held together by fans’ wishful thinking and the cast’s tweets, a Deadwood movie is ostensibly in some form of pre-preproduction at HBO. Last year, HBO’s pre..
Coming three years after the film of the same name, Dear White People the TV series immediately surpasses its source material. Creator Justin Simien revisits the film’s territory i..