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The Big Lebowski Spin-Off

Back in February, around the time Hail Caesar! was hitting theaters, the writing and directing duo of Joel & Ethan Coen made it very clear that they aren’t interested in The Big Lebowski 2. Furthermore, they made no indication that the possibility of a follow-up about John Turturro’s character Jesus was not in the cards, despite hopes that the actor had to write, direct and star in a spin-off. However, there is one important part of The Big Lebowski interested in the prospect of both of those projects.

Jeff Bridges is easily best known for his portrayal of The Dude or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing. And when he was recently asked about the possibility of reprising his role as the White Russian-loving bowler, Bridges thought both the idea of The Big Lebowski spin-off and a potential sequel sounded great. Read More »

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HBO Westworld

HBO presented a panel for Westworld to the Television Critics Association where producers/writers Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy spoke to reporters along with cast members Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Ed Harris. We sat down to discuss the show based on the Michael Crichton screenplay of the same name from 1973 with Jonah Nolan where he revealed the one thing he was allowed to do on the HBO Westworld remake that his filmmaker brother Christopher Nolan never let him do.

In addition, Nolan and Lisa Joy discussed the rules of Westworld, the themes brought about by today’s advanced technology in the story, the guest stars we can expect and much more. Plus, we learn about a very intriguing character played by Ed Harris, straight from the actor himself. Read More »

True Detective Season 3

During the Television Critics Association executive sessions today, plenty of news about the future of HBO’s ongoing original programming came out of the woodwork. Quentin Schaffer, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, offered some updates on the future of shows like True Detective, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers, The Leftovers and Project Greenlight.

In addition, you’ll be happy to hear that a Deadwood movie is still in the works, along with plenty of other original movie projects Plus, HBO subscribers with either HBO GO or HBO Now will soon be able to stream all the episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, in honor of the passing of Garry Shandling earlier this year.

Find out about True Detective season 3, the long-awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm and much more below. Read More »

Lockout Escape from New York

When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with the similarities between the two films because director John Carpenter actually ended up suing writer Luc Besson because the script plagiarized the 1981 movie.

Previously, a court ruled that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production banner, along with the film’s directors/co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather had to pay $95,000 (or 85,000 Euros) to John Carpenter, co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal. But Besson decided to appeal that ruling, and now the appeals court has finalized their ruling, and yet again, it’s not good news for The Fifth Element director. In fact, it’s worse than it was previously. Read More »

Jon Stewart HBO

HBO presented sessions for the Television Critics Association on Saturday, and some interesting announcements came from Quentin Schaffer, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming. During the TCA sessions, news surfaced about new shows from True Blood creator Alan Ball and former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Plus, HBO also locked down the premiere dates for their upcoming new shows such as Westworld.

Find out the Westworld premiere date and get the scoop on the Jon Stewart HBO show and more after the jump. Read More »

Game of Thrones Final Season

Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, spoke to the Television Critics Association on Saturday. As always, there were many questions about Game of Thrones. The show’s creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have stated their intentions to end the series after eight seasons, and that the final two seasons would only comprise of 13 episodes. Now the HBO executive has confirmed that Game of Thrones final season will be the eight, but he also discussed the possibility of spin-offs happening as well. Read More »

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The Avengers Infinity War

Just a few months ago, directors Anthony & Joe Russo were making the publicity rounds for Captain America: Civil War, and conversation turned to the forthcoming two-part sequel that would bring The Avengers back together yet again for another big screen battle. At the time, they indicated that The Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and The Avengers: Infinity War – Part II would each have different titles because, “The movies are two very different movies. It’s misleading.”

At the time, Anthony & Joe Russo confirmed that they would give a new title to each of the sequels, but there was no indication as to what they would be called. That changes today as Disney has confirmed the official title for The Avengers sequel arriving in 2018. Find out The Avengers Infinity War title after the jump. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we head to a real old-school arcade, catch up with the kids from Klown, swindle some rich folks with faux Merlot, hit back against copyright squatters, try and escape drug life on the rez and see what the fellas who gave us Helvetica and Objectified are up to. Read More »

Inhumans vs X-Men

When does the Inhumans vs X-Men comic book event begin? Will Punisher be part of The Defenders? Which Marvel movie director does Grant Gustin want to direct an episode of The Flash? How does Baby Groot‘s memory work in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Why did Jai Courtney put cigarettes out on himself while Skyping with Suicide Squad director David Ayer? All that and more on this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »