Tokyo Idols is a fascinating must-see documentary which explores the disturbing world of super fandom in the Japanese Idol scene. The mainstream cultural phenomenon has overtaken Japan and is supposedly a one-billion-dollar industry. Imagine spunky, cheery Japanese school girls dressed in anime outfits singing and dancing to clubs filled with middle-aged men. The Idol superfans, usually aged 35 to 50, follow the young teenage female singers and girl bands, some even spending most of their earnings and quitting their jobs to devote their lives to the fandom.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If you need a change of pace from the news headlines of late and want to take a look at an American billionaire who doesn’t inspire dread and panic in much of the world’s population, HBO’s new documentary Becoming Warren Buffett may be for you. Boasting “unprecedented access to Warren Buffett’s day-to-day personal life,” the documentary looks like a pleasant look at one of the most respected rich guys in the United States.
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One of the films that kicked off the first night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, a follow-up to former vice president Al Gore‘s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The film is another wake up call for climate change deniers who keep hitting the snooze button while the evidence of global warming is all around them.
The first clip from An Inconvenient Sequel has been released (to go hand-in-hand with all the positive buzz), and it references one of the highly criticized parts from the original film. One prediction from An Inconvenient Truth dealt with flooding in downtown New York City, right into the 9/11 memorial, and many thought that sounded ridiculous. But it wasn’t.
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If An Inconvenient Truth was an eye-opening disaster movie, then An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power is the heartbreaking post-apocalyptic follow-up.
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If Netflix landing new comedy specials from Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock wasn’t enough to solidify the streaming service as the best place for new stand-up comedy, the latest addition to their roster should do the trick.
Jerry Seinfeld has just struck a new deal with Netflix that effectively makes the streaming service the new home for all of his comedic endeavors. This includes stand-up specials, his continuing series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and the potential for new programming from the comedian.
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Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
There are a handful of movie websites I visit every single day for both work and avoiding work and Rotten Tomatoes as one of them. As the internet’s most popular (and also most prone to fanboy raging) movie review aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes assembles reviews from critics and tabulates a score based on the number of positive reactions versus negative reactions. The resulting percentage is worn as badge of honor for movies that are well-liked and treated as proof that “critics don’t get it” by movies that are not.
But you surely know all of this already because you’re reading a movie website and also probably stop by Rotten Tomatoes on a semi-regular basis to learn the critical consensus on a given movie. Anyway, the reason we’re here now is that the 2016 Golden Tomato winners, the round-up of the best-reviewed movies and television shows of last year, have been revealed.
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Science fiction cinema wouldn’t be what it is today without James Cameron. Not only has the director’s work on movies like The Terminator and Aliens influenced countless filmmakers today, but his advancements in visual effects and technology behind the scenes have made once seemingly impossible dreams come to life on the big screen. And now, he’ll chronicle the evolution of the genre he helped influence in a new documentary series.
At their Television Critics Association winter tour panel, AMC announced that they were teaming with James Cameron for a new documentary series that will chronicle the origins of science fiction, from being a cult genre to a pop culture phenomenon.
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Following the trailer for the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here, we have a look at another fascinating glimpse into the world of stand-up comedy, this time one from the real world.
Dying Laughing is a new documentary that feels like it should have been called I’m Dying Up Here, because it features one-on-one interviews with stand-up comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Cedric The Entertainer, Russell Peters, the late Garry Shandling and more, all talking about their worst experiences on stage. These are the times when the bombed, died, crashed and all the other words which describe the worst thing that can happen to a comedian on stage: not getting laughs.
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It’s been just one week since Hollywood was dealt the crushing one-two punch of tragedy that was the deaths of actress and writer Carrie Fisher, and her mother, silver screen icon Debbie Reynolds. Before this sad news even transpired, HBO already had a documentary about the mother/daughter relationship between the two Hollywood stars planned for a premiere in March, following a debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year. But following the deaths of both subjects, they’ve bumped up the premiere in their memory.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds takes a look at the lives of these strong, wonderful women, their work in front of the camera, their relationship off-screen, and all the Hollywood tabloid headlines that came from both of their lives. Now you can get a taste of what Bright Lights will offer with the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds documentary trailer. Read More »
Following the tragic passing of both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, HBO is bumping up the release of the documentary about the show business family.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds follows the bond between the mother and daughter during their relationship that lasted for 60 years. It was originally slated for a release in March, but now those mourning the loss of these two Hollywood treasures will be able to watch in January. Find out more about the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds documentary after the jump. Read More »