Star Wars: The Last Jedi Early Buzz

The world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi happened on Saturday evening, and even though the embargo on full reviews won’t be lifted until 12pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 12, the first reactions from those lucky enough to be in attendance have already hit social media.

For anyone worried about spoilers, don’t worry, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi early buzz doesn’t give away any plot details or anything like that. They’re just initial reactions to the movie almost immediately after seeing it. Keep in mind that the vibe at a world premiere is very exciting, especially for a movie like Star Wars, so some of these reactions are be a bit over the top. But there are plenty of measured and thoughtful reactions as well. 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 mom and dad get divorced, get scatological with Kumail Nanjiani, root for an underdog just trying to make it, and reflect on a childhood that wasn’t. Read More »

Jessica Jones Season 2

What can we expect from Jessica Jones season two? Is Jerome finally becoming The Joker on Gotham? Are you sick of computer generated villains in superhero movies the way Mark Millar is? What is the supposed title of Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie? How many superhero sequels are currently in development? What’s up with the schedule for Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow when the shows return in 2018? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review

I may be speaking too much in haste, but I feel reasonably confident in saying that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is the most pure fun I’ve had at a movie in 2017. I laughed to the point that I felt compelled to apologize to my seatmates once the credits rolled, I involuntarily gasped out loud at a plot twist I probably should have seen coming, and I wasn’t bored for even a minute of the movie’s two-hour runtime. In short: Jumanji is a blast. No, it isn’t in contention with, say, The Shape of Water or The Post, but does it have to be?

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

On the December 8, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film writers Chris Evangelista and Hoai-Tran Bui to discuss the latest news, including Justice League shakeups at DC, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer, a movie theater chain that likes MoviePass, Bryan Singer accused of sexual assault again, and the best documentary Oscars shortlist. And in the Watercooler, we’ll be talking I, Tonya, Three Billboards and The Shape of Water.

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the room 4

The Room is many things. An endless well of internet memes. An absolute trainwreck of a film. But it’s also the most successful midnight movie of the modern era, the heir apparent to Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Since The Room debuted in 2003, it’s developed an intense fan following on the midnight movie circuit. There are dozens of callbacks and hundreds of spoons. Director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau makes frequent appearances at screenings. So does his co-star, Greg Sestero, who co-wrote the behind-the-scenes book, The Disaster Artist, that’s now a movie of its own.

But how exactly did The Room achieve this unique cult status? I spoke to managers and events directors at movie theaters across the country to piece together its rise. They shared stories of elaborate costumes, questionable callbacks, and the work that goes into hosting the most boisterous movie screening in town.

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Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom trailer breakdown

After a series of borderline excessive teaser videos earlier in the week, Universal Pictures unveiled the first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the newest movie in the long-running franchise. Juan Antonio Bayona (A Monster Calls) is in the director’s chair this time, while JW helmer Colin Trevorrow co-wrote the screenplay with Derek Connolly.

Take a deep dive into the latest round of dino action in our full Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom trailer breakdown.
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Mark Hamill - Force Awakens final moment

Doing a Star Wars junket means not actually seeing the movie before talking to the talent, each of whom have each been briefed not to reveal anything. So what kind of questions do you ask in this situation? Leading questions about the previous movie, of course!

So the first question I asked Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Mark Hamill was about the last scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What was the direction that filmmaker J.J. Abrams gave him in that final moment as he encounters Daisy Ridley‘s Rey? Find out what he had to say about the direction of that Force Awakens final moment.

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The Disaster Artist Paul Scheer Interview

We’ve written at length about The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s terrific Hollywood tale that recounts the antics of the enigmatic writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau and his 2003 movie The Room, which is a candidate for one of the best worst movies ever made.

A couple of weeks ago, I trekked over to Beverly Hills to attend the movie’s press junket and spoke with actor/comedian/writer Paul Scheer, who plays Raphael Smadja, one of four directors of photography who worked on Wiseau’s cult classic. We covered many topics, including how Scheer was able to watch actual making-of footage shot on the set of The Room and what it was like to be directed by James Franco in character as Tommy Wiseau. Scheer also weighs in on the sexual harassment allegations that have been tearing through Hollywood over the past few months. It’s a great chat that reveals some insight into the making of one of 2017’s best movies.
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During my discussion with Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (the full interview runs next week), I asked him what his new Star Wars trilogy means for his non-Star Wars films. Here’s how this new trilogy might impact future Rian Johnson films that don’t have Star Wars in the title.

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