Song Exploder is back for more. The Netflix series, adapted from the podcast of the same name hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, is returning for more episodes featuring musical artists explaining the backstories of some of their hit songs. The first volume featured Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, R.E.M., and Ty Dolla $ign, while volume 2 includes Dua Lipa, The Killers, Trent Reznor, and Natalia Lafourcade. Check out a trailer below.
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Considering how many people decided it was okay to fly across the country for Thanksgiving in the middle of a pandemic, it should come as no surprise that some people were also willing to risk their lives to see what an animated caveman family has been up to after seven years.
The Croods 2: A New Age opened in theaters for the holiday weekend, and while it had no problem taking the top spot at the box office and surpassing Tenet for the biggest box office opening since the coronavirus pandemic began, these numbers are still nothing to brag about. Read More »
STX Films has debuted the trailer for a true-life courtroom drama with such a star-studded cast that it’s no wonder they squeezed it in just under the wire for awards season. The Mauritanian is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (A Prophet breakout Tahar Rahim) who, in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, was held captive and tortured by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 10 years without charge or trial. Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shailene Woodley star, with varying levels of believable accents, as the attorneys who cross swords on the courtroom over Slahi’s case. Watch The Mauritanian trailer below.
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Apparently, someone just made Armie Hammer an offer he couldn’t refuse.
That offer: to play producer Al Ruddy in The Offer, an upcoming television series about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s cinematic classic The Godfather. The show is aiming to be one of the big titles for the streaming service Paramount+, which is soon being rebranded from its current name, CBS All Access. Get more info about Armie Hammer in The Offer below.
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It’s been a surprisingly busy year for Hellraiser news (perhaps because we’re all trapped in hell). There’s a Hellraiser TV series in the works at HBO, with Halloween director David Gordon Green at the helm. And then there’s a Hellraiser reboot from filmmaker David Bruckner (The Night House). And now here’s perhaps the biggest Hellraiser news of all: the American rights to the franchise are now back in the hands of original creator Clive Barker.
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The gentrification-themed comedy/drama Blindspotting was one of the best movies of 2018, and it’s been more than a year since we heard that a TV spin-off was in the works at Starz. Now the cast for the Blindspotting TV show has been locked in. We already knew the series would focus on Jasmine Cephas Jones‘ Ashley character from the movie, but now we know that Rafael Casal, who co-wrote and co-starred in the film, will be serving as the showrunner and will also reprise his role as Miles in a recurring capacity. Read More »
HBO Max has been missing several key features since it launched earlier this year, but chief among them has been the ability to showcase titles in 4K. Thankfully, that’s about to change – just in time for the streaming platform’s highest-profile release yet.
Today, director Patty Jenkins revealed on Twitter that her highly anticipated superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first title on HBO Max that will be available to stream in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos. Read More »
Heart, the rock band that rose to popularity in the 1970s and ’80s thanks to its shredding guitar riffs and powerful vocals from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, is getting the biopic treatment.
Carrie Brownstein, the Peabody Award-winning writer and actress who starred alongside Fred Armisen in the comedy series Portlandia, is set to direct the Heart biopic for Amazon Studios. Read More »
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Melissa McCarthy: you’re one of the most talented actresses working today. But when you work with Ben Falcone, you’re comedic poison. The husband-wife duo’s collaborations have resulted in some real stinkers like Tammy, The Boss, and the recently released Superintelligence, all of which Falcone had directed and co-written with McCarthy, who starred in the films. And each new project has only delivered diminishing returns, each less funny and more insulting than the last. And now, McCarthy and Falcone are teaming up again for God’s Favorite Idiot, a Netflix workplace comedy series.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Show: His Dark Materials
Where You Can Stream It: HBO and HBO Max
The Pitch: Set in an alternate world where humans’ souls take the form of walking, talking animals called daemons, His Dark Materials starts off as a fantasy-adventure series involving child kidnappers and a brash young heroine named Lyra before it unfolds into an ambitious retelling of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: His Dark Materials has been having trouble shaking off the taint from the 2007 adaptation of Philip Pullman’s first book in the trilogy, The Golden Compass. Roundly mocked for its shoddy CGI visuals and criticized for being a Harry Potter knock-off, The Golden Compass nearly doomed His Dark Materials to being cast off to the dustbin of failed YA adaptations. But enter BBC and the duo of executive producer Jane Tranter and writer Jack Thorne, who wanted the rest of the world to take the series as seriously as its thousands of book fans do. The result: the BBC/HBO co-production His Dark Materials, a dark journey into adolescence that goes through its share of growing pains, before finally coming into its own with its currently-airing second season.
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