Laura Dern The Last Jedi

Major movie and geek franchises have the bad habit of trying to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to including LGBTQ characters in their worlds. J.K. Rowling revealed that Albus Dumbledore is gay…but never within the actual pages of the Harry Potter novels. Power Rangers patted itself on the back for including an LGBTQ character…only to completely drop the ball within the context of the movie. And don’t get me started on Beauty and the Beast and its “exclusively gay” moment. Studios love to embrace diversity in the margins of the internet, in the niche corners of geekdom, but shy away when there’s actually millions of people watching. It’s disappointing, but we’re used to it.

So the revelation that Laura Dern‘s new Star Wars: The Last Jedi character, Amilyn Holdo, may be LGBTQ is cool news for those of us who like seeing our favorite fantasy universes get a little more queer. But it’s typical that it’s within the pages of a spin-off novel and almost certainly won’t be mentioned in Rian Johnson’s movie.

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Downsizing Teaser

Director Alexander Payne has brought us plenty of outstanding quirky dramatic comedies, ranging from the dark laughs in Election to the family struggles of Nebraska with a little bit of cynical romance in-between with Sideways. Now he’s heading into sci-fi territory with his latest film, and the first teaser has arrived online.

Downsizing takes place in a future where scientists have figured out how to shrink humans down to about five inches tall as a way to deal with the overpopulation of the planet. Smaller societies mean less space required, and Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig are ready to embark on a new life as tiny people. Get your first look at the little civilization and the rest of the cast in the Downsizing teaser below. Read More »

rian johnson millenium falcon

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this week, Vanity Fair has published a huge cover story on this year’s forthcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We saw the four covers that will be on shelves this week, but now the full photo spread shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is online.

Along with the photos, there’s an extensive cover story that reveals a bunch of new Star Wars The Last Jedi details. So let’s run through everything we learned, including new information on characters played by Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro, the location known as Canto Bight, and a surprising interaction between Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and General Leia (Carrie Fisher). Keep in mind that if you want to go into The Last Jedi completely blind, you probably shouldn’t read beyond this point. Read More »

John Lee Hancock interview

The Founder doesn’t resemble the often feel-good stories of some of John Lee Hancock‘s previous films, such as Saving Mr. BanksThe Rookie, or The Blind Side. At the end of the day, this is a story of the good guys losing. Depending on who you ask, there’s little that’s inspiring about Ray Kroc’s (Michael Keaton) success story.

The Founder is a biopic that doesn’t champion, idolize, or demonize its subject; it’s a warts-and-all portrait of an unimaginative but ambitious (or greedy) man with a hunger for success. He achieved the American dream by destroying Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald’s (John Carroll Lynch) dream. They’re the heroes of the story — always pure in their intentions — but they don’t come out on top.

In one thrilling sequence, Mac explains how McDonald’s got started over dinner. It’s a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene that communicates history and backstory, helps strengthen Dick and Mac’s loving relationship, and moves along at such a fast pace. This scene, which was written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), is where we began our recent conversation with Hancock.

Below, check out our John Lee Hancock interview.

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star wars episode 8 character details

We’re still over a year away from Star Wars: Episode VIII, yet I feel like we are much more in the dark about Rian Johnson‘s of the Star Wars saga than we were about JJ Abrams film this far before release. When Star Wars 8 began production back in February 2016, it was announced that Oscar winner Benicio del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran were joining the cast in undisclosed roles. We’ve heard rumblings over the past year and a half about del Toro’s villain role, but we really haven’t heard anything substantial from the rumor mill, until now. Hit the jump to find out what we learned from the rumored Star Wars Episode 8 character details.

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For the third time, writer Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) has seen one of his graphic novels adapted for the big screen. Wilson, based on Clowes’ novel of the same name, stars Woody Harrelson as the titular character, a socially awkward fellow without any filter, any real friends, or any sense of boundaries. The comedy is directed by Craig Johnson, who’s following up The Skeleton Twins.

Below, watch the Wilson red band trailer.

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Kristen Stewart in Certain Women trailer

It’s going to be a while before we get to see some of our most highly anticipated fall films, but with summer winding down at least the marketing for these movies is in full swing. Today brings the first trailer for #21 on our list, Certain Women. The new drama by Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) is really three dramas intertwined, led by four fine actresses: Michelle WilliamsKristen StewartLaura Dern, and newcomer Lily Gladstone.

The women don’t necessarily have a lot in common, but all four are trying to make their way in the lonely Montana plains. Certain Women has already received some excellent reviews on the festival circuit, starting with Sundance earlier this year, and now it’s finally headed to theaters. Watch the Certain Women trailer below.  Read More »

f is for family

If you’re a fan of comedian Bill Burr, then you most likely watched his Netflix animated seriesF is For Family. Back in December, the comedy series debuted on the streaming service and was received positively by critics and Burr’s fan base. Fans of the series should be pleased to learn F is For Family is returning for a second season.

Below, learn more about F is For Family season two.

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last shot

If you’re looking for the latest news on all things Star Wars: Episode 8, you’ve come to the right place. In today’s edition of Episode 8 Bits:

  • The nature of Laura Dern‘s character has been revealed.
  • A look at a stunt being shot on the Dubrovnik set.
  • Andy Serkis can’t talk about Episode 8 because he hasn’t read the script.
  • Details on two of the film’s Irish locations.
  • Rian Johnson and Mark Hamill goof around on Twitter.

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F is for Family Trailer

Bill Burr is one of those comedians that you either love or hate. He’s not shy about voicing his opinion, no matter how blunt or controversial it may be, and he doesn’t coddle his audiences by skirting around things like racism, sexism or anything politically incorrect. But that’s part of his charm. He’s a real salt-of-the-earth kind of guy, and a bit of an asshole, but he brings an immense amount of wit, intelligence and common sense with him. That’s why I’m pretty excited to see what he can bring to the animated family sitcom.

F is for Family is a new Netflix show created by Burr himself and The Simpsons writer Michael Price, and the full trailer for the series has just arrived, showcasing the comedian’s unique approach to raising a family back in 1973, when men were men and women weren’t astronauts. But beware, because, there’s some salty NSFW language. Read More »