Arachnophobia Revisited

In the annals of genre cinema, Arachnophobia is a slightly strange case. The feature directorial debut of Frank Marshall – co-founder of Amblin Entertainment with Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy – it arrived in theaters on July 18th, 1990, as the first title released beneath Disney’s Hollywood Pictures banner, which was founded so the studio could unveil more adult-oriented fare. Arachnophobia received solid reviews, was a modest box office hit – placing #3 behind Ghost and Die Harder before raking in $55 million total on a budget of $22 mil – and became a VHS staple for an entire generation of ‘90s kids. Ask most folks in their mid-30s these days, and they can cite whole scenes involving the picture’s practically rendered poisonous arachnids that scared the bejeezus out of them, doing for popcorn bowls what Psycho did for showers.

Still – thanks to format changeovers and market demand – Arachnophobia has also become something of home video relic. There’s an OOP bargain bin Blu-ray you can snag for a few bucks on Amazon, and a decent HD stream available at the same mega retailer. Nevertheless, its omnipresence somehow seemed to skip a generation, remaining in those Gen Xers’ nightmares, while the other scary classics Marshall produced with Spielberg (namely: Poltergeist and Gremlins) endured and solidified themselves in the Millennial pop culture vernacular. Perhaps it was simply due to iconography, as ghostly girls and green demons were burned into memory much easier than simple spiders. Or maybe the title of the film itself became an odd bit of self-fulfilling prophecy, as legions of potential movie-watchers steered clear since spiders creep people out on the regular during their everyday existences.

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the conners

The Roseanne spin-off will be moving forward at ABC — without original star Roseanne Barr. ABC has picked up a spin-off tentatively titled The Conners, after the hit sitcom revival was embroiled in controversy following star and executive producer Barr’s racist tweets.

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Movies Leaving Netflix July 2018

Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh away. Just as in life, the old must make way for the new, which means that as Netflix adds new titles for July, they get rid of some old ones as well. Below, we’ve rounded up the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in July. If you’ve had some of these titles sitting in your queue for the last year, now would be a good time to binge them. These are the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in July 2018.

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jojo rabbit cast

The cast of Taika Waititi‘s World War II comedy Jojo Rabbit is multiplying like…well, rabbits. British writer/director/actor Stephen Merchant is the latest quirky talent to join the cast. Best known Stateside for his role in last year’s Logan and the short-lived HBO series Hello Ladies, Merchant will be playing a Gestapo agent in the Nazi satire.

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Reprisal Trailer

Have you heard of Acts of Violence, First Kill, Marauders, Extraction, Vice or The Prince? They’re all Bruce Willis action thrillers that you’ve likely forgotten about or never even heard of, and they’re all movies that have come out within the last four years. That just goes to show you how often Bruce Willis is churning out forgettable fodder for action-hungry audiences who will watch anything while eating a Little Caesar’s pizza. Now we can add one more of those movies to the list.

Reprisal actually features Frank Grillo in the lead as a bank manager who has a little bit of PTSD from a robbery at his bank that resulted in the death of a co-worker. And who ends up helping him figure out who is behind a string of bank robberies in the area? That’s right, it’s Detective Bruce Willis, and he’s got a shotgun and stuff, so look out. Read More »

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Marvel Cinematic Universe players Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo are teaming with Everly filmmaker Joe Lynch for Netflix’s Point Blank remake. The film will be an American take on Fred Cavayé‘s French crime drama Point Blank (A bout portant). Read More »

‘Daria’ Reboot Coming From New MTV Studios

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MTV is going back to the drawing board with a Daria reboot as part of their new MTV Studios. The Daria reboot is one of several revivals MTV has planned, alongside The Real World and Aeon Flux.

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to all the boys i've loved before trailer

With its recent streak of charming and sweet romantic comedies, Netflix has almost singlehandedly revived the dying genre. And that streak shows no sign of ending soon, with a sugary-sweet trailer for the YA novel adaptation To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before. X-Men: Apocalypse star Lana Condor stars in this film, which follows an Asian-American high schooler as her romantic daydreams turn into humiliating nightmares.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp clip

Fans’ heads are still spinning from the ending of Avengers: Infinity War, but Marvel Studios is barreling on with Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 20th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that hits theaters next month. In a newly-released Ant-Man and the Wasp clip, we get to see Evangeline Lilly‘s Wasp employ some pretty slick driving skills in one of the most unconventional car chases in any superhero film. Take a look below. Read More »