There used to be a time when summer was a dead zone when it came to finding good television. But nowadays there’s an overabundance of programming to be found at every turn. Netflix always has something cooking, which means broadcast and cable networks are trying to keep up with great fresh content of their own, and Showtime looks to have something great on their hands.
I’m Dying Up Here is a new one-hour drama series at Showtime that follows an ensemble cast of up and coming comedians in 1970s Los Angeles, when the art of stand-up comedy was seeing a surge in popularity from the stages of comedy clubs to being in front of the curtain on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. A new I’m Dying Up Here trailer showcases even more of the drama and laughs that come from trying to deliver a set that kills, and you can watch it below (but beware of some NSFW language). Read More »
“You’re the first of your kind,” Juliette Binoche‘s Dr. Ouelet tells Scarlett Johansson‘s human-cyborg hybrid, Major, in the final trailer for Ghost in the Shell. We saved you, and now you save others.”
But Major finds out that her existence is a lie, and goes rogue against the organization that gave her that cyborg body in the recently released trailer for the live-action adaptation. See the trailer below.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’re introduced to a master chef that isn’t named Bourdain, Ramsay, or that guy from the Domino’s test kitchen, we talk animated animals, a movie without people, a movie with one person in particular, and we see what the boys from Trainspotting have been up to. Read More »
Harmony Korine‘s (Spring Breakers) Cheech and Chong-style stoner comedy, The Beach Bum, has found its lead. Matthew McConaughey will play Moondog, who’s described as a charismatic rebel. Korine starts shooting the stoner comedy this July.
Below, learn more about the new Harmony Korine project.
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Posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
When most actors join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they sign a contract with their own blood, binding their soul to the franchise until they fulfill their number of movies or sacrifice That Which They Love The Most before the statue of Stan Lee hidden in crawlspace under the McGraw Hill Building in New York City. But not Michael Douglas. Oh, no. When the Academy Award-winning living legend signed on to play the aging former superhero Hank Pym in Ant-Man, he only signed on for a single movie, leaving his involvement in the upcoming sequel a big question mark.
Well, it’s time to straighten out that question mark into an exclamation point because Douglas has now confirmed that he’ll be back for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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Nashville is a great city. If you’re ever there for a weekend, there’s plenty to do and see. And starting in the spring of 2018, you might be able to check out the August Moon indoor drive-in when you’re there — which has modified classic cars to sit in, dining food, a bar, and even bleachers. Basically, it’s a huge soundstage, with a bit of a show staged before and after a movie. Not all of the money is raised yet for the project, but it’ll cost $10 million.
Below, learn more about Nashville’s indoor drive-in.
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If you ask me, Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight is a masterwork, not just as a superhero movie but as a film. But like most great filmmakers, Nolan wears his film influences on his sleeves, and it’s very evident in his work. We’ve talked previously about how Nolan’s love for the James Bond franchise has shown up in his films from time to time (For instance, The Dark Knight Rises opening sequence was clearly inspired by 1989’s Licence to Kill). A new video essay presents scenes from director Michael Mann‘s films side by side with sequences from Nolan’s work on The Dark Knight.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The set of Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One has been pretty quiet aside from a handful of set pictures showing a grungy dystopia where the vast majority of people spend as much time as possible living in a virtual world called the OASIS. Now, we know a little more about how the film will portray this virtual world: it will be created through motion capture and 60% of the film will take place there.
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Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
The list of actors who’ve played superheroes is long, and getting longer seemingly every day. But the subset of actors who’ve played multiple superheroes is still pretty small. One who belongs to that exclusive club is Ryan Reynolds, who played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then Green Lantern in Green Lantern, and then Deadpool again in Deadpool.
That last film was the one where he finally struck gold. Deadpool fared better than Green Lantern by every metric, earning far stronger reviews and grossing way more at the box office. So what went right? Why did Deadpool soar where Green Lantern had stumbled? Reynolds has some thoughts on that front. Read More »