cafe society trailer

Like clockwork, another Woody Allen movie has peeked its head over the horizon. It’s an annual tradition at this point: the legendary filmmaker always arrives with another movie and each of them feels like another bold shout of “I’m not dead yet!” at the dark, gaping and empty void that encircled his comedy and drama for the past fifty or so years. After all, you have to go back to 1981 to find a year that didn’t feature the release of a new Allen film. A year without a new Woody Allen movie is the year Woody Allen kicks the bucket.

The trailer for Café Society, his latest movie, has arrived and, well, it looks like another late-period Woody Allen movie. By now, you probably know whether or not this is your thing.

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Elvis and Nixon review 1

At first glance, the 1970 picture of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon shaking hands in the Oval Office looks flat-out bizarre. The flamboyantly attired musician makes for a striking contrast to the staid politician, and it’s a little jarring to realize that not only did these two people once inhabit the same universe, they actually crossed paths once. Somehow, the story behind that picture is even stranger: To Elvis, at least, this was no mere photo up but a meeting to discuss his swearing-in as an undercover federal agent-at-large for the Bureau of Narcotics.

Liza Johnson‘s Elvis & Nixon is about that how that meeting came to be and what happened when these two larger-than-life figures finally collided, with Michael Shannon as the King and Kevin Spacey as Tricky Dick. But it’s less about the vast differences between this two men than the one thing, even more than a shared distaste for the counterculture of the times, that truly bound them together: the strangeness of fame.  Read More »

the founder trailer

Every successful business is a story. There are those hopeful and desperate beginnings, when someone puts their livelihood on the line to pursue a dream. There are those dramatic rises to power, where everything pays off and the money and accolades start to roll in. And, often enough, there are those dramatic third acts where all kinds of chickens come home to roost and the shape of that original dream has been distorted beyond measure.

The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, the struggling businessman who stumbled across a homegrown hamburger restaurant called McDonald’s, recognized its potential for greatness, and dragged it kicking and screaming into the future, where it set the template for how Americans would consume food for the rest of the century and beyond. Oh, and as the new trailer makes it clear, he was probably a bit of a dick.

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idris elba

Screenwriter John Ridley, rightfully so, has been rather busy since winning an Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave. The director of Jimi: All Is by My Side is currently producing American Crime on ABC, working on a Marvel television series, and is set to direct a film about the L.A. riots. On top of all that, he’s also credited on this summer’s reimagining of Ben-Hur.

The writer-director has added another project to his slate: Guerrilla, a miniseries that will star Idris Elba (Luther). Learn more about the John Ridley TV project below.

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‘Snatch’ TV Show Ordered By Crackle

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Crackle is adapting writer-director Guy Ritchie‘s crime comedy, Snatch, for the small screen. The streaming service, hoping to follow in the footsteps of FX’s Fargo, has greenlighted season one of Snatch. Crackle intends on capturing “the spirit of the original film,” while “creating a new world born from the original movie.”

Learn more about the Snatch TV show below.

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Better Call Saul season 2 finale

The season 2 finale of Better Call Saul brought all sorts of dramatic developments and gut-wrenching twists, but it turns out the show almost had one more surprise for us. Seres creator Vince Gilligan (who also directed the episode) revealed that he originally planned for a certain Breaking Bad character to make a cameo, only for his team to talk him out of it. Find out who it was, and why the appearance was scrapped, after the jump. Obviously, Better Call Saul season 2 spoilers follow.  Read More »

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the infiltrator trailer

Over the course five increasingly intense seasons of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston‘s Walter White built a drug empire that damaged and destroyed the lives of countless characters. Perhaps Cranston believes in establishing some kind of cinematic karmic balance, because his new movie is all about him attempting to take down a drug empire. The Infiltrator tells the true story of DEA agent Bob Mazur, who went undercover in Pablo Escobar’s network of drug suppliers and corrupt bankers and ended up pulling off one of the largest drug busts in history. The new trailer for the film has the rest of the necessary details.

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Jason Bourne

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jason Bourne teases tomorrow’s full trailer.
  • Stephen King chats about a sequel to 11.22.63.
  • J.K. Rowling shows off the wands from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Simon Pegg enlisted Star Trek fans to help with Star Trek Beyond.
  • David Yates says a Legend of Tarzan sequel is a possibility.
  • Screenwriter Justin Marks talks about writing Top Gun 2.

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mel gibson

Mel Gibson‘s first directorial effort in almost a decade, Hacksaw Ridge, comes out later this year. The WWII drama will likely have an awards-friendly release date, but until we find out when exactly we’ll see Gibson’s newest film, at least we already know what he might direct next. The actor is working on an adaptation of Herbert Asbury‘s The Barbary Coast, which is set to star Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson.

Learn more about the Mel Gibson television project below.

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