the beguiled trailer

It’s hard to imagine two filmmakers more different than Sofia Coppola and Don Siegel, but now the two of them have something in common: they have both made film adaptations of Thomas P. Cullinan‘s 1966 Southern gothic novel A Painted Devil titled The Beguiled. Siegel’s 1971 version was his third collaboration with star Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry would arrive the same year); Coppola’s 2017 version marks her third collaboration with star Kirsten Dunst.

In other words, it’s going to be fun to watch these two movies back-to-back and discover how two vastly different storytellers tackle the same material. We can get the ball rolling a little early by watching the trailer for Coppola’s remake (or is it re-adaptation?).

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logan trailer

The sun is setting on Hugh Jackman‘s tenure as Wolverine (well, assuming Ryan Reynolds can’t coax him back for a Deadpool crossover), but he’s not going out quietly. The former X-Man may be older and grayer in Logan — and thanks to the decline of his mutant powers, he’s in a state of chronic pain that he self-medicates with booze. But he’s still got the ability to unleash hell when the situation calls for it, and he finds himself compelled to do just that when he meets Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant who needs his help.

The latest Logan trailer from 20th Century Fox offers just a little taste of the fight to come, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Coen brothers tv series

Like so many other esteemed filmmakers in recent years, Joel and Ethan Coen are making the move to television. The brothers are teaming up with Annapurna Television for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a limited series that they wrote and will direct. Intriguingly, this won’t be just a television series — the idea is that the entire project will be some combination of television and (theatrically released) film.

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westworld-season-2-finale

Westworld‘s terrific first season may be over, but the internet isn’t done talking about it quite yet! In this edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy on the nature of Dolores’ self-awareness.
  • What does “These violent delights have violent ends” really mean?
  • Evan Rachel Wood talks about working with a “fly wrangler.”
  • Jeffrey Wright talks about benefits of longform drama.
  • A cool new poster by Berkay Dagler.
  • Luke Hemsworth explains why season two will take so long to make.
  • The latest Westworld/Game of Thrones mash-up video.
  • The Westworld theme covered as a metal song and acapella.
  • And more!

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Why Matthew McConaughey Chose The Dark Tower

We all know that often times the actors we see in movies weren’t the only ones who were in consideration for the parts in question. In an alternate universe there are movies where Will Smith is Neo in The Matrix and David Bowie is Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And we almost got to see Matthew McConaughey in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but he chose another project instead.

This year we’ll see Matthew McConaughey in the villainous role of the Man in Black in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, and it was this role that he opted to take instead of one in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. But the question is why? Thankfully, the actor has explained his reasoning behind the decision.

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Kevin Costner Wants to Direct a 10-Hour Western

Kevin Costner western

If there’s one actor we’d like to see direct far more often, it’s Kevin Costner. It’s been 13 very long years since Costner helmed the terrific Open Range, which followed The Postman, an ambitious and puzzling misfire, and his grand directorial debut, Dances with Wolves. His first film clearly established he’s a real deal filmmaker, not an actor testing the waters, and yet we’ve only seen the actor helm two movies since winning the Academy Award for best director in 1991. The great news is, we might start to see more directorial efforts from Costner, one of which might be an enticing 10-hour western.

Below, learn more about the Kevin Costner western.

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IMDb’s Top 10 Movies of 2016 Is Drunk

SUICIDE SQUAD

Before we actually deal with the news at hand, let me just lead by saying that I use IMDb every single day and find it to be one of the most valuable resources on the internet. I am on there dozens of times a day, to double check the cast and crew of a movie I’m writing about or to read random trivia out loud to fill awkward silences at bad parties. I love you, Internet Movie Database. You are wonderful.

But you’re also a little drunk, as evidenced by your top 10 movies of 2016.
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‘Westworld’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

Westworld

Now that we’ve had enough time to digest the Westworld season one finale, I wanted to take a look towards Westworld season 2. What do we know about the second season of this hit HBO series? I took a deep dive into interviews with Westworld co-creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as chats with the series’ stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jimmi Simpson and Anthony Hopkins, a Facebook live Q&A as well as HBO’s ARG website and marketing materials.

In total, I swam through over two dozen different sources to uncover everything we know about Westworld season 2. So what did I find out? Hit the jump to board the train to Sweetwater.

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westworld soundtrack

Westworld‘s first season ended on Sunday and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that wild, weird, and mentally discombobulating 90-minute finale. No show since Game of Thrones has commanded so much of my attention and no series since Lost has seen my falling down so many rabbit holes of discussion. I’m not sure if I’m ready to call it the best show on television right now, but it is certainly the most show on television right now, jamming more ideas and concepts into single episodes than most series can manage in their entire runs. It’s something special.

And while we begin the long and agonizing wait for season two (which is looking to arrive in 2018 at the earliest), Ramin Djawadi‘s complete score for the first season, along with all of those piano covers of pop songs, has arrived online to stream and purchase.

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westworld times square photo

In the first episode of HBO’s Westworld, Louis Herthum‘s android character Peter Abernathy discovers a mysterious photo in the dirt. The photo, which showed a woman standing in front of Times Square, should have been something that the host was programmed not to see. But instead the photo apparently sparked a critical malfunction. Why this happened, we don’t quite know yet (or will we ever know?) but the photo took on a larger meaning later in the season.

You might be surprised to learn that the Times Square photo was actually a stock image licensed by Getty Images and not an image of an actress taken specifically for the series. And this stock photo have led some Westworld fanatics to a new conspiracy theory. Find out more about the Westworld Times Square photo mystery, after the jump.

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