American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

I didn’t get to sleep last night because I got sucked into binge watching Netflix’s Making of a Murderer documentary miniseries. I guess thats the new “my dog ate my homework”? If you’re not watching that series, you should check it out ASAP (and learn a lesson from me and begin watching earlier in the day, because you won’t be able to stop). While I don’t expect American Crime Story to be as gripping of an experience as Making of a Murderer, but during that show’s court sequences I began to get excited about Ryan Murphy‘s new FX series.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is set to premiere on FX in February, and the first reactions have begun to appear online. Fox has sent out screeners for journalists to binge over the holiday break, and the early buzz is pretty high. The limited series re-examines the infamous O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring “the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.” The show stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro. Hit the jump to see the first tweets in our American Crime Story early buzz roundup.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews

The world premiere of JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens happened last night in Hollywood California at an unprecedented gala that took over the three big theaters on Hollywood Blvd: El Capitan, The Dolby Theatre and The TCL Chinese Theatre. While full on reviews are embargoed until Wednesday morning at 12:01am, guests in attendance at the premiere were allowed to tweet their brief reactions. After the jump you can find the first First Awakens reactions from the premiere screening.

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the hateful eight ultra panavision

There are only four weeks left in 2015, but those four weeks contain some of the most highly anticipated releases of the year. And no, we’re not just talking about Star WarsThe Hateful Eight is due out on December 25, and though they’re probably not technically supposed to be talking about it right now, critics have already started raving about Quentin Tarantino‘s latest. Get the Hateful Eight early buzz after the jump. Read More »

A Very Murray Christmas trailer

If Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola, and Netflix have it their way, A Very Murray Christmas will become a new holiday classic. So even though it’s a brand-new variety special, the latest promo is going the retro route, modeling itself after those Time Life infomercials of yore.

But angling for holiday classic status is one thing. Whether A Very Murray Christmas actually achieves it is another question. Happily, the early buzz suggests we may have another perennial favorite on our hands. Watch the latest A Very Murray Christmas trailer, and get the early buzz on the holiday special, after the jump.  Read More »

Star Wars Battlefront Reviews

We regularly do “Early Buzz” reports for movies, and sometimes the occasional television series, but in the ten plus years of the site history, we’re never done one for a video game… until now. Yes, Star Wars warrants a break out of our usual boundaries because everyone is so excited for Star Wars Battlefront, which was released for Playstation and Xbox this week. So lets take a look at the early Star Wars Battlefront reviews and see what the video game critics think of the first big Star Wars video game of the Disney era.

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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Disney is holding the press junket for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur this weekend, which means the first critics and journalists have begun seeing Peter Sohn‘s “man and his dog” tale set in a world where the prehistoric era never ended.

So what are the early tweets and reviews saying about Pixar’s latest computer animated film? It seems like the consensus agrees that the film is stunning and visually breathtaking, with fantastic sequences and a story that is at times too conventional but at other times very unconventional, dark and inspired. Most of the reviews seem to note that the film is not as emotionally wrenching as Pixar’s previous film Inside Out. Hit the jump to read spoiler-free quotes from The Good Dinosaur reviews.

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Crimson Peak trailer

Writer-director Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak made a surprising debut this weekend at a festival well-suited for the film. The romantic horror picture, from the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, probably wouldn’t have fit in at Toronto or the ongoing NYFF. But at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, del Toro’s latest was perfect for the genre-oriented film festival. To no one’s surprise, the first wave of Crimson Peak reviews are positive.

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The Walk Early Buzz

The New York Film Festival is in full swing, and this past weekend brought the premiere of Robert Zemeckis‘ drama The Walk, a narrative chronicle of the real life stunt featured in the documentary Man on Wire, where French high wire artist Philippe Petit walked across a high wire placed between the Twin Towers in 1974.

Now that the film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been seen, some of The Walk early buzz has hit the web, and at the very least, it sounds like there’s plenty of suspense and thrills to be found, even if the move as a whole seems to stumble a bit here and there. Read More »

The Muppets early buzz

Now that 2011’s The Muppets and 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted have revitalized the Muppets brand, Kermit and company are heading back to their home turf: television. ABC’s new The Muppets series unfolds behind the scenes of Up Late With Miss Piggy, following the trials and tribulations of its cast and crew.

While the characters are familiar, the show promises they’ll be “like you’ve never seen them before.” But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Get The Muppets early buzz after the jump. Read More »

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The Martian Early Buzz

Ridley Scott‘s last foray into outer space wasn’t so well received, and it’s got his fans feeling ambivalent about his next planned outing on the spaceship Prometheus. But in between, Scott returned to space for The Martian, a much more grounded sort of sci-fi adventure.

The early trailers have looked very promising, as has that cast — but then, you could’ve said the same thing about any of his last few misses. Now that The Martian has finally made its world premiere at TIFF, the first reactions to the movie itself are rolling in. Get The Martian early buzz after the jump.
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