Westworld season 2 cast

HBO’s Westworld season 2 cast has just grown by three. But will these new additions be previously-unseen androids in the western-themed park, fodder for the robot uprising, or something else entirely? Read on to find out.
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Brigsby Bear

The time has come for you to meet Brigsby Bear. The indie comedy that made a splash at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year has slowly been rolling out to more cities. Right now it’s only in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC, but it arrives in even more cities like San Diego, Austin, Minneapolis, Philadephia and more, this weekend.

Once the movie is playing in your city, you must seek it out immediately. It’s one of the best movies of the year and explores the power of storytelling and fandom in a fascinating, touching way. Not only is Brigsby Bear hilarious, but it’s also charming as hell. A big part of the charm comes from how genuine Kyle Mooney plays his character James, who is obsessed with the TV show Brigsby Bear Adventures, a strange blend of Teddy Ruxpin, Star Trek and educational children’s programming.

Now you can see part of an episode of Brigsby Bear Adventures yourself with a retro clip from the show surfacing online. Read More »

The Crown Season 2 Trailer

Long live the Queen, even as she faces the biggest scandals and crises of her new reign.

The Netflix series The Crown is back, documenting the early years of Queen Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) reign as she ascends to the throne shortly after World War II. Despite the turmoil that her reign undergoes, Queen Elizabeth the II has gone on to become the longest-reigning and longest-living British monarch of all time — sitting on the throne still today.

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2017 summer movie season

At the beginning of the season, 2017’s summer movie prospects looked bleak. Though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 kicked things off in May with a strong start, it was followed by a string of generic tentpole movies — more symptoms of the bloated franchise-crazy studio system.

It seems like a distant memory now, but we were once inundated with another Transformers movie, another Pirates of the Caribbean, an unfunny Baywatch reboot, and Guy Ritchie’s misguided King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (Just give us The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2, Guy!). But then came Wonder Woman, and the tides shifted.

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Breaking Bad

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, a new video essay explores why the pilot for Breaking Bad is a perfect beginning to the series and a flawless episode of television. Plus, someone with a lot of time on their hands recreated the favorite Animaniacs song “Yakko’s World” using dialogue from movies, and Saturday Night Live cast member turned United States Senator Al Franken once delivered one hell of a live performance as Mick Jagger. Read More »

Louis CK Netflix Specials

Louis C.K. took a long break from his acclaimed FX comedy Louie. That break has now turned into an indefinite hiatus. On a panel with Pamela Adlon for her show Better Things, which he also produces, C.K. told the Television Critics Association he doesn’t imagine doing more Louie unless he updates the show dramatically.

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Wonder trailer

Stephen Chbosky is returning to hallways and homework with his sophomore effort as a filmmaker, Wonder. The Perks of Being a Wallflower author and director showed a real love and understanding of his young protagonists with his first feature. I’m hoping he does the same for the young leads in his next film, which is a bit of an ensemble story with August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) at the center of it. Like Perks of Being a Wallflower, maybe Chbosky’s next movie will pull at the heart strings without much difficulty.

Below, check out the new Wonder trailer.

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GERALDS GAME

Fantastic Fest, the Austin-based film festival celebrating the weirdest and wildest movies from around the globe, has announced the first wave of movies playing at this year’s fest and it’s a perfect summation of what makes this my favorite week of the year.

The next films from the directors of In Bruges, Bone Tomahawk, and The Lobster? The next Takashi Miike joint? Two Stephen King adaptations? A Scottish zombie movie set during Christmas that’s also a musical? Yeah, that’s Fantastic Fest.

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Purity TV Series

On last summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said he expected to film the series Purity in 2017. That would have been in the can before star Daniel Craig would be needed for another James Bond film, should he even decide to make one. Now that Bond 25 is scheduled for release in 2019, with filming next year and Craig expected (though not officially confirmed) to return, Showtime is waiting for him.

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Twin Peaks review part 3 and 4

Showtime has been synonymous with Twin Peaks all summer as the return of David Lynch’s surreal mystery has kept fans guessing every week. You’d think Showtime would be angling for a second season by now, 13 episodes in, but at a party for the Television Critics Association, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins told reporters he hasn’t even spoken to Lynch about it.

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