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jennifer jason leigh annihilation

Jennifer Jason Leigh has been having one hell of a year. Her voice work in Anomalisa is remarkable and her deranged performance in The Hateful Eight netted her an Oscar nomination. She’s rumored to be heading to the mysterious third season of Twin Peaks. The past twelve months have been a reminder that Leigh is one of the best performers we have and that it’s a shame that it took this long for her to have a full and proper comeback.

The latest addition to her victory lap is a role in Alex Garland‘s science fiction film Annihilation, which needs to be on your radar because it finds an exciting filmmaker adapting a tremendous novel and Leigh is only the latest terrific addition to the promising all-female cast.

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to kill a mockingbird broadway

Aaron Sorkin‘s tremendous screenplay for Steve Jobs may have been snubbed at the 2016 Academy Awards, but the acclaimed screenwriter and playwright isn’t taking any time to lick his wounds. While Sorkin will not visit the Oscar stage this year, he will be returning to Broadway for a new stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s iconic novel To Kill a Mockingbird that is set to debut in 2017.

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Frozen Broadway

When it comes to a huge hit like Frozen, it should come as no surprise that Disney just won’t let it go (I know, I’m sorry). The House of Mouse has already delivered an animated short called Frozen Fever that played with Cinderella last year and there’s already a Frozen 2 in the works, but without a release date to look forward to yet. But that’s not all Disney has planned for Frozen.

Disney has officially announced that a Broadway adaptation of Frozen is in the works, for an expected opening in the spring of 2018. In addition, an animated holiday special is in development for release in 2017. Find out more about the Frozen Broadway adaptation and holiday special below. Read More »

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

You remember Sonic the Hedgehog, right? The speedster was one of SEGA’s cash cows when the 16-bit video game system arrived, and he’s enjoyed a legacy of video games since then. However, the blue blur has come under hard times in recent years, with last year’s title Sonic Boom being the worst-selling game in the franchise.

So how can Sonic be saved? SEGA hopes that a live-action hybrid Sonic the Hedgehog movie will do the trick, and they have just such a project set up at Sony Pictures. Find out more below. Read More »

Independence Day Resurgence Interview

Even though there are plenty of stars from the original Independence Day returning for this summer’s sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, there’s a whole new generation of characters who will have to step up and fight just as their parents did in the first movie.

Maika Monroe (It Follows) plays the daughter of President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) while Jessie Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) plays the son of the late Steven Hiller (Will Smith) and Jasmine (Vivica A. Fox). We had a chance to ask them about what it’s like to step into the world of a movie that came out before both stars were old enough to be in kindergarten. It sounds like each of them will get their time in the action spotlight, and Monroe might even has her own “Get away from her, you bitch” moment in the movie.

To get the full story, check out our Independence Day Resurgence interview below. Read More »

Johnny Depp Donald Trump movie

As we’ve seen in Pirates of the CaribbeanAlice in WonderlandDark ShadowsTusk, Black Mass, and really too many other movies to count, Johnny Depp loves nothing more than to bury himself in makeup, wigs, and prosthetics and emerge as a total weirdo. But his latest role may be his most monstrous transformation yet.

No, we’re not talking about the Invisible Man in The Invisible Man. We’re talking about Johnny Depp playing Donald Trump in The Art of the Deal, a Funny or Die biopic (well, “biopic”) about the businessman turned presidential candidate. The entire 50-minute movie has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.  Read More »

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the purge 3 trailer

Writer/director James DeMonaco‘s The Purge movies have never been shy about melding politics and horror. The series’ creepy, Twilight Zone-esque elevator pitch – a near-future America legalizes all crime for one night every year – has been a vehicle to examine how corrupt systems favor the wealthy and powerful while literally leaving the poor and the helpless out on the streets. You can argue about the results (I think they’ve been pretty good), but it’s always nice to see a grisly horror series bring a little bit of actual meat to the slaughter.

The trailer for The Purge: Election Year has arrived and it looks like the next natural step forward for this series. But most importantly, Frank Grillo is back, which is the real reason to celebrate.

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great zombie movies

If you think the zombie movie is dead, you’re not alone.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened with a thud this past weekend. The shambling undead have become television fixtures thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has dominated the zombie conversation for so long that the genre has stopped feeling special. Countless new movies have been rightfully accused of repeatedly treading on familiar ground, riffing on a template that George Romero built with Night of the Living Dead decades ago and refusing to try anything truly new. For many, the mere thought of a new zombie movie sounds exhausting, boring.

But like all horror subgenres, a zombie movie is only as good and as unique as its makers are ambitious and clever. I’ve rounded up a group of zombie movies, some older and some new, that don’t play by the traditional rules. These are the movies that allow me to keep my faith in zombie movies alive and well, so consider these the antidote to everything else that has been frustrating you lately.

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Amy Schumer Live at the Apollo

It seemed like Amy Schumer was cracking jokes everywhere in 2015. She had her first starring feature role in Trainwreck, and her first HBO stand-up special Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo. She hosted Saturday Night Live for the very first time and returned to Comedy Central for the third season of her sketch series Inside Amy Schumer.

But after that impressive run, it seems Schumer is ready to branch out into new territory as an actress: drama. Schumer has just boarded the PTSD drama Thank You for Your Service, joining Miles Teller. Oscar-nominated American Sniper writer Jason Hall is directing.  Read More »