The Movie: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: A London author (Lily James from Cinderella and Baby Driver) receives a letter from a quiet, hunky, mysterious man (Michiel Huisman, AKA Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones) who lives on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. He’s a part of a literary society with a fascinating origin story, and the writer eventually travels there to meet the group in person, only to realize their story is even more complex than she could have foreseen. Naturally, the writer and the hunk with the tragic backstory fall in love.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Director Mike Newell helmed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but he’s probably best known for his romantic films: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mona Lisa Smile, Pushing Tin, and Love in the Time of Cholera. (He also directed the atrocious 2010 Disney movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, but nobody’s perfect.) This movie puts him fully back in romance mode, and while writers Don Roos and Tom Bezucha do a lot of heavy lifting with the script, which can veer from swooning romance to, um, some Nazi stuff, Newell is responsible for making watching the film feel like the movie equivalent of curling up at a seaside cottage to read your favorite novel. With its sweeping countrysides, stunning vistas, and sublime lighting, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is among the most beautifully shot of Netflix’s original movies. Read More »
Florida had 9,989 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, July 8, and just a few days ago, the state hit a new record high with nearly 11,500 new cases in a single day. That means there’s no better time for Walt Disney World to be reopening!
That’s right, despite being one of the states with the worst COVID-19 statistics right now, Disney World is still on track to reopen this weekend. To welcome back people who are crazy enough to go to a theme park in the state where someone under the influence of alcohol or crystal meth always does something stupid with an alligator, an old Camaro, and fireworks, Disney World has released a new video showing how they’re preparing for your arrival and the imminent death of many more people. Read More »
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. You can celebrate by checking it out on HBO Max right now, or if you’d rather show your love for the comic book adaptation on the walls of your home, Bottleneck Gallery has you covered.
The artist known as Florey is releasing a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster print celebrating the 1990 movie. One gives the franchise the perfect green glow, and the other celebrates the individual heroes themselves with the colors of the masks worn by Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Check them out below. Read More »
Even though Hollywood shut down nearly all movie and TV productions when the coronavirus pandemic broke out in March, that didn’t stop Sam Levinson, the creator of HBO’s Euphoria, from rounding up two of the biggest rising stars to make a secret movie together.
During the coronavirus pandemic, between June 17 and July 2, Zendaya (Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man franchise) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman, Tenet) got together with Sam Levinson to shoot a movie called Malcolm & Marie. How did they pull this off? Read More »
Chaos will reign for just one more season. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been canceled by Netflix ahead of its fourth season, which will act as its finale when it premieres on the streaming giant later this year.
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Gotham City has a new Caped Crusader in town. God Friended Me actress Javicia Leslie has been cast as the new Batwoman lead, replacing Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane in season 2 of the CW series. Leslie, who will be the first Black actress to ever portray Batwoman in live-action, will be playing a new character named Ryan Wilder.
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The virtual Fantasia Fest 2020 just unleashed its second wave of programming, and, as is par for the course for the fest, it’s wild. Full of genre titles, foreign language films, and a movie about a pair of murderous jeans. Because of the coronavirus, Fantasia is going fully virtual this year, with scheduled live screenings, program libraries, panels, and workshops. The fest will also be accessible across Canada and geo-locked to the country. See the line-up of Fantasia 2020 second wave titles below. Fantasia takes place from August 20 to September 2, 2020.
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When Baby Yoda got punched by a Scout Trooper in the first season finale of the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, fans went crazy. The internet basically called for the head of Jason Sudeikis, who played the violating Imperial trooper, even though he apparently forgot about the scene until he started trending on Twitter because of it. But how will they treat themselves so harshly when they’re presented with the opportunity to eat Baby Yoda in the form of tiny marshmallows in The Mandalorian cereal? Read More »
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a throwback clip to an appearance by famed film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Plus, check out a video essay about Mad Men exploring how the show skillfully employs text, subtext, and symbolic imagery to emotionally sway the audience. And finally, Friends stars Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston talk to each other about The Morning Show and Space Force, and more. Read More »
Devindra praises the start-up Carvana while David trashes the app Quibi. For the feature review, the cast finally streams Hamilton, the sensational Broadway musical created by Lin Manuel Miranda, now available on Disney Plus. Read Christopher Nolan’s position on chairs on set here
. Read Vulture’s feature about Quibi here