With her film The Girl on the Train in theaters right now, Emily Blunt hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last night. Despite a strong start with a presidential debate sketch that topped the season premiere, the rest of the night was chock full of some of the clumsiest, awkward sketches in recent memory. Thankfully, there was a small handful of sketches that brought some big laughs, but most of the night was just a mess.
Let’s run through the best and worst sketches from the Emily Blunt Saturday Night Live episode after the jump
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Some of the best actors and filmmakers are taking time away from the big screen to participate in this new golden age of television, and the latest evidence of this shift comes from a couple of feature film talents who previously brought us one of the best movies of 2014.
Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon have adapted Liane Moriarty‘s novel Big Little Lies for a limited series on HBO. The series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as three mothers of children who all attend the same school. Their lives are thrown into upheaval when a series of events results in a murder. The first Big Little Lies trailer has just debuted, introducing us to the characters briefly while also hinting at the tragedy and intrigue about to disrupt their world. Read More »
We’ve got quite some time until we see the seventh season of Game of Thrones hit HBO. To accommodate the shooting schedule, the debut of the new season won’t arrive in spring like the previous seasons but will instead hit during the summer of 2017. That was also accompanied by confirmation that this season will have less episodes than the previous seasons as the show begins to wind down. In addition, the later premiere means this season of Game of Thrones wont be eligible to win any Emmys like it did not too long ago.
If you’re bummed out from us reminding you of all those facts, we’ll try to life your spirits up with some new Game of Thrones season 7 details, specifically about which characters Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) will finally meet. But beware that these details venture into spoiler territory, so beware from here on out. Read More »
Just yesterday, we called your attention to a Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer for the new expansion pack Knights of the Eternal Throne. It’s an awesome cinematic trailer that shows the potential for Star Wars movies that can exist without having direct ties to any of the characters, events and locations that we’re more familiar with from the primary Star Wars saga films. It turns out some other fans agree, but they want to see these stories play out in a different medium.
A new petition from Change.org (where all the most important issues are championed) has a group of Star Wars fans asking that Disney and Lucasfilm turn Star Wars: The Old Republic into a TV series on Netflix. Find out more below. Read More »
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The 1990s was a good time to be a John Grisham fan. For a decade or so, the author had many of his novels successfully adapted. From The Client, A Time to Kill, The Firm, to even Robert Altman’s shaggy but atmospheric The Gingerbread Man, Hollywood was making some good dramas with Grisham’s material, and audiences were responding to them. Another memorable Grisham adaptation is The Rainmaker, which opened in theaters almost 17 years ago. Francis Ford Coppola‘s film starred Matt Damon and Danny DeVito as a pair of lawyers, and their performances are what stands out the most about Coppola’s adaptation. Now, CBS is planning a new take on The Rainmaker from creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman (Code Black) and executive producer Brett Mahoney (former co-showrunner of The Following).
Below, learn more about The Rainmaker TV show.
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Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
You know something is good when it ends up getting its own “Bits” feature on /Film. So, welcome to Westworld Bits! In this edition:
- Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy discuss the second episode.
- A new gallery of images from episode three, “The Stray.”
- An HBO featurette explores the nature of our relationship to A.I.
- Breaking down the opening titles with one of the people in charge of creating them.
- Two new posters from New York Comic-Con.
- One of the most fascinating takes on the show’s philosophy yet.
- Westworld is also proving itself to be a hit overseas.
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Douglas Adams‘ comedic detective novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has already been given a TV series adaptation across the pond on BBC Four. But now BBC America is bringing us an American adaptation with just the right amount of British influence, this time created and written by Chronicle and American Ultra writer Max Landis.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency stars Elijah Wood as a directionless former rocker named Todd who finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the titular time-traveling detective (played by Samuel Barnett). While Todd wants nothing to do with Dirk Gently, the energetic private eye believes that the universe will make him an integral part of what happens next, whether he likes it or not.
Somehow we missed the first Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency trailer when it arrived a couple months ago, but we’ve included it below along with a new featurette that has plenty of Max Landis hyping the show, as well as the first scene from the series featuring Todd meeting Dirk Gently for the first time. Watch all of those videos below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Black Mirror returns to Netflix on October 21 with its third season and I couldn’t be more excited and horrified. Charlie Brooker‘s technology-centric anthology series is the closest thing we have to a modern version of The Twilight Zone, a show that blends science fiction and horror and satire and tragedy into a delicious, mortifying, and addictive stew. Almost every episode so far has chilled me to my core and I love it to pieces and I love that a fourth season is already in the works.
But while we’re waiting, how about we all settle in and watch a pair of new Black Mirror season 3 featurettes that explore the concepts of two new Black Mirror episodes?
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Showtime has released the first teaser trailer for season six of their hit political drama series Homeland. The teaser trailer consists mostly of intense footage from last season, intercut with critic quotes and award wins. But the conclusion of the trailer teases the show’s relocation to New York City. Hit the jump to watch the first Homeland Season 6 teaser trailer.
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It’s been over a week since Marvel’s latest series hit Netflix in the form of Luke Cage. Originally Iron Fist was supposed to be the next superhero in the series line-up leading to The Defenders, but after Mike Colter proved to be popular with audiences after his introduction in Jessica Jones, the folks at Marvel decided to shift their plans and give the Hero for Hire his due diligence.
Reviews have been mostly positive on the show, though it’s not perfect. Of course, none of the Marvel shows are, though they do appear to be hitting their mark for the most part. But what if Luke Cage was something different entirely? No, we don’t mean what Quentin Tarantino wanted to do with the characters in a movie he considered making in the 90s. But what if Luke Cage took inspiration from another popular show from that decade. What if Luke Cage was more like Family Matters? Read More »