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night of too many stars

HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars, a live benefit that supports programs that aid people with autism, lived up to its name, using its star-studded line-up to tease spoilers for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The first came in the form of an auction, in which Episode IX director J.J. Abrams — returning to the franchise after reviving it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens — sold details of the plot to the highest bidder, only to be drowned out by spoilers for Hot Tub Time Machine 3 and Sharknado 5. The second is as spoiler-y as you can get on the set of a Marvel movie, with Ant-Man and the Wasp star Paul Rudd answering questions about I Love You, Man before slipping in some details on the Ant-Man sequel.

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Lord and Miller Solo firing

It’s still the biggest geek news item of the year: original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired from Solo: A Star Wars Story and replaced with Ron Howard. The news that Lucasfilm has a heavy hand in Star Wars is noting new – Kathleen Kennedy reportedly clashed with J.J. Abrams during Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Gareth Edwards’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story underwent significant reshoots. But Lord and Miller were the reason many people were excited for a Han Solo spin-off. Their reputation as miracle workers preceded them.

After months of silence, the duo behind The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street have finally addressed the Max Rebo in the room. Here’s more on the Lord and Miller Solo firing, straight from Lord and Miller themselves.

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Plot of Next Tarantino Movie

Charles Manson is dead. The infamous cult leader, whose followers embarked on a murder spree that paralyzed Los Angeles in 1969, died of natural causes yesterday while spending nine consecutive life terms in prison. No one will weep for Manson, a genuine monster, but he remains a figure of fascination and the subject of more than his fair share of movies.

And while he won’t be the main subject in Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth movie, he is hanging around the fringes. The first plot details of the director’s ninth movie have emerged and they’re not what you’d expect. As previously reported, this is not a Charles Manson movie – it’s a movie set in the same landscape that Manson inhabited in Hollywood circa 1969.

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jeffrey tambor leaves transparent

Three weeks after Amazon launched an investigation into two separate sexual harassment claims, star Jeffrey Tambor announced that he is leaving Transparent.

The Amazon comedy-drama series became the subject of scrutiny after Tambor’s former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes accused the actor of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate behavior towards her in early November. A week later, transgender actress and Transparent semi-regular Trace Lysette alleged that Tambor also sexually harassed her on set.

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Justice League Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the superhero team-up extravaganza Justice League.)

You can’t save the world alone, and saving the DCEU might be even more of a challenge. After Warner Bros. and DC finally found their footing with Wonder Woman, the superhero series trips over its own cape with the cacophonous Justice League. What should be a moment of triumph for the series – the long-awaited team-up of their signature heroes – instead feels like an uncomfortable obligation. It’s like a weekend visit to grandma – you don’t want to do it, there’s other things you’d really like to be doing, but you figure you make the effort because she’ll be gone soon.

As of this writing, Justice League is underperforming even more than anyone expected. The film failed to break the coveted $100 million domestic weekend opening gross, which will no doubt lead to a string of think-pieces pondering, “What went wrong with the DCEU?” With all this in mind, it almost feels cruel to hammer Justice League more. But this is the task at hand. I come not to praise Justice League, nor do I come to bury it. Instead, I want to try to get to the heart of what makes it tick. This is a garish, visually hideous work of pop art, yet I firmly believe it has its heart in the right place: it wants to tell a fun, entertaining story about a group of people coming together to solve a huge problem, and growing as they do so. But what it wants to do, and what it actually does are two very different things. This Justice League spoiler review will highlight what works best in the film, and what doesn’t work at all.

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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justice league box office

UpdatedJustice League‘s opening weekend box office numbers were actually lower than initially reported, with the superhero team-up film opening to $94 million domestically. This is $2 million lower than the estimated $96 million that Warner Bros. reported on Sunday.

Justice League failed to live up to the sky-high expectations of fans and box office trackers on its opening weekend, raking in a mere $94 million domestically, lower than what was initially predicted. That makes it the lowest opening for any DCEU Film.

With the pressure high on Justice League to keep up the momentum of the summer’s runaway success that was Wonder Woman, and to salvage the teetering DC Extended Universe, could these disappointing box office numbers spell doomsday for the fledgling superhero cinematic universe?

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Crazy 4 Cult 11 Art

Gallery 1988 has delivered another round of incredible pop culture artwork with Crazy 4 Cult 11, the latest iteration of the recurring exhibition of artwork paying tribute to some of our favorite movies.

This time we have a collection that includes pieces honoring movies like Gremlins, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Big Lebowski, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, and even The Room. Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Crazy 4 Cult 11 art show below. Read More »

Westworld - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the visual effects wizards behind Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets created the massive city of Alpha. Plus, take way too much time to think about how bullets work on HBO’s Westworld, and see how Bruce Wayne’s charity Thanksgiving event goes wrong on Saturday Night Live. Read More »

A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

Traveling 91 billion light years has never looked so surreal and fantastic.

A new trailer for Ava DuVernay‘s adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time has been released by Disney, and it continues the film’s parade of lush visuals and trippy space-time travel.

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Trust teaser

If you thought All The Money In the World was the only J. Paul Getty-related drama on the horizon, guess again: FX has an entire TV series about the Getty family coming up. The Danny Boyle-directed series, called Trust, features Donald Sutherland in the role of cold-hearted billionaire J. Paul Getty, and the first Trust teaser gives us a look at his sure-to-be-memorable performance.

Ridley Scott’s All The Money In the World made headlines recently when Scott decided to remove scenes involving actor Kevin Spacey and reshoot them with Christopher Plummer. Spacey, and now Plummer, plays J. Paul Getty, an oil tycoon who refused to pay the ransom when his grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped. We have yet to see what Plummer’s take on the performance may be, but he apparently has some competition from Donald Sutherland. Sutherland is playing the same role in the FX series Trust, and the first Trust teaser shows us Sutherland’s droll, darkly amusing take on the character. Watch it below. Read More »