is fury road a sequel

Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters now, and it is a triumph. We loved it (read our review here), hell, nearly everyone seems to love it. This could end up being the best-reviewed film of the year. And for good reason: it is a staggering piece of work, and an exhilarating theatrical ride.

But with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max and a chronology that isn’t entirely clear, we know people have questions. Is Fury Road a sequel, a reboot or a prequel, or is it something else? Do you need to see the other films first? Should you see it in 2D or 3D?

So here’s a Mad Max primer to answer those questions and a few others.  Read More »

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Japanese Inside Out trailer

There’s a ton of new footage in this Japanese Inside Out trailer, including the clearest shots yet of Riley’s imaginary friend, who has so far been minimized in the US marketing in order to emphasize the emotions. There’s other new footage, too, showing Riley’s life, with many ups and downs, and Joy’s journey to the center of Riley’s mind as she tries to find and restore the young girl’s core memories.

This is almost more a music video than a trailer, as it is structured as some Japanese trailers are, with a pop song overlaying everything. But you won’t need to hear or understand any dialogue, as the action speaks for itself. Read More »

Daniel Craig Star Wars Cameo

There could be a blonde hero in Star Wars: The Force Awakens who would never get the “aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper” comment. If reports are true, somewhere in the film, under a white helmet and armor, lurks Daniel Craig. But this is the sort of report that may have been blown out of proportion — because it’s a fun nugget of info, if true — so we’ll break down what everyone said, and what we know below. Read More »

Preacher first look

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are rolling on their adaptation of Preacher, which we’ll likely see on AMC in 2016. Now Rogen has unveiled the first look at the film, via a shadowed image that seems to feature Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter) as the title character, Jesse Custer, and Ian Colletti (Rake, Jimmy, Baby Mama ) as the troubled young man Arseface. Check it out below. Read More »

Natalie Portman playing Jackie O

Earlier this week we heard that Natalie Portman would play Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a film called On the Basis of Sex. Now she’s set to play another major figure in US history: Jacqueline Kennedy, in a film that will take place during the four days following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The film is called Jackie, and it counts Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky as a producer. Read More »

True Detective trailer

The first True Detective season two trailer was all slow shots of sad faces. This second one has a lot more character — we hear from a few of the major players, including the bad guy played by Vince Vaughn, and the cops played by Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. The real standout so far looks to be McAdams, who comes off like a total badass in this footage. Check out the new True Detective trailer below. Read More »

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I joked a few days ago about how one of the only reasons people seem to watch The Simpsons lately is the occasional use of guest artists for a couch gag opening. And now Rick and Morty, the show created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon (which also happens to be one of the best, funniest, and sickest animated shows ever to air on television) has invaded The Simpsons and, yep, I love it.

This Rick and Morty Simpsons couch gag is somehow not even as messed up as some of the other wild couch gags by artists like Banksy and Don Hertzfeldt, but it is a spot-on combination of the two shows.  Read More »

Legends of Tomorrow trailer

The CW announced details of the new show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and released the first image and trailer. The network’s upfront gave up a few big details about the show — time travel factors in, and Caity Lotz is playing White Canary, among others. There’s info on the villain, an immortal baddie named Vandal Savage, who has been a DC Comics villain for decades, and some pretty goofy/fun stuff once the time travel concepts kick in. It looks kind of like the Legion of Superheroes, only with adventures in our time rather than the 30th century.

Check out the four-minute Legends of Tomorrow trailer and image below to see all the action. Read More »

Amazon Jim Jarmusch

Amazon has made deals with two filmmakers whose work helped define rebellion against studio control and the American independent film movement. And today, Deadline wins the no-prize for burying the lede. In a wide-ranging piece about the film market landscape, specifically oriented around Cannes deals, the site mentions that Amazon has signed deals with Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam, bringing the two filmmakers to the same label that already boasted Spike Lee and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Read More »