The Night Of finale Riz Ahmed

If it’s possible for something to be unsatisfying in a satisfying way, HBO’s The Night Of nailed it. Even as Naz’s trial came to an end in this week’s season finale, plenty of questions remained maddeningly unresolved. Which suits the show, since the whole point of The Night Of was that there are no tidy conclusions in the criminal justice system, and that the truth is often beside the point.

But it doesn’t change the fact that we want answers. What did Naz really do? What is Naz really capable of? Star Riz Ahmed has fielded those questions quite a few times since the episode aired Monday, and you can read his responses below. Spoilers ahead for The Night OfRead More »

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In Dubious Battle trailer

Having previously adapted William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy for the big screen, James Franco has set his sights on another great American author. His latest film is In Dubious Battle, based on John Steinbeck‘s novel of the same title about fruit pickers going on strike in Depression-era California. In addition to directing, Franco also stars alongside Nat WolffRobert DuvallVincent D’OnofrioSelena Gomez, and more.

Ahead of the film’s debut on the fall festival circuit, the first promo has been revealed. Watch the In Dubious Battle trailer below.

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Transformers King Arthur Liam Garrigan

Of all the places we would have predicted the Transformers franchise would end up, “Arthurian times” was pretty low on that list. But now that Transformers: The Last Knight has committed to going medieval, it’s calling in an assist from the most famous medieval hero of all. Liam Garrigan has just been cast to play King Arthur in the Michael Bay-directed sequel. Garrigan already has some experience in the role, as he also plays King Arthur in ABC’s Once Upon a TimeRead More »

The Greasy Strangler trailer

Swiss Army Man made a lot of headlines for sparking walkouts at Sundance, but as the generally positive reviews for that one showed, plenty of critics were won over by Daniel Radcliffe’s farting corpse. No, in my experience, the film at this year’s festival that really repulsed people was The Greasy StranglerJim Hosking‘s midnight horror comedy centers on a schlubby middle-aged man (Sky Elobar) and his mean old dad (Michael St. Michaels) who, unbeknownst to his son, likes to slather himself in lard and go on killing sprees. Elizabeth De Razzo also stars, as the son’s love interest.

The Greasy Strangler has drawn comparisons to Tim & Eric, John Waters, and Harmony Korine, among others, which should tell you right off the bat that this is not a movie for everyone. But if you’re a fan of the gross and outré, you can check out the first Greasy Strangler trailer below. Be warned that despite the cheerful pink rating card and the friendly-looking G, this video is strictly NSFWRead More »

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2 featurette & key art

The first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead came to a spectacularly bloody end back in January, but the battle isn’t over for our favorite Deadite killer. A new featurette reveals just what Ash and his pals have been up to since then, and teases what’s waiting for them upon their return to Ash’s hometown of Elk Grove in season 2. The video also offers a glimpse at new characters like Ash’s dad Brock (Lee Majors) and Ash’s childhood BFF Chet (Ted Raimi). Watch the Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 featurette and check out some Ash vs. Evil Dead season 2 key art below.  Read More »

Justice League villain Deathstroke

We got our first good look at Justice League when Warner Bros. dropped the Comic-Con reel last month, but today brings another tiny taste of the film thanks to Ben Affleck. The star/producer shared a brief video revealing Steppenwolf won’t be the only villain reporting for duty on the DC superhero team-up movie. It looks like Deathstroke will be showing up as well. See the Justice League villain video below.

UPDATE #1: TheWrap reports Deathstroke will be the main villain in Affleck’s upcoming Batman solo movie.

UPDATE #2: … And now rumor has it Joe Manganiello could be playing Deathstroke. Read More »

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At this point, even the most devoted comic book fan might be getting tired of DC and Marvel movies. This month’s Suicide Squad was the fifth such film this year, following X-Men: ApocalypseCaptain America: Civil WarBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deadpool, and we’ve still got Doctor Strange coming this fall. Fortunately, John Oliver is here to help.

In a web exclusive video for Last Week Tonight, Oliver empathizes with your exhaustion and suggests the solution might be… another superhero movie. Specifically, his own superhero movie, Johnny Strong, based on a character he created in fifth grade. I’m not sure this is actually the best way to combat superhero movie fatigue, but not gonna lie, I would watch the crap out of a superhero movie starring John Oliver. Watch the John Oliver superhero movie pitch below.  Read More »