It’s not exactly clear why there’s been such a boomlet in explanatory, often didactic, films about recent history. It can’t be merely a reaction to the anti-intellectualism of Trump because films like The Big Short predated his rise. Perhaps it’s a response to our information-saturated culture and a need to cut through the volume of digital noise. Whether it’s trusting the audience too much that they want to know how complex systems work, sensing that they might tune out unless it’s laid out clearly, or cynically doubting they won’t understand without a spoon-fed explanation, these films all share an urge to inform and not just entertain. It’s impossible to deny that Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, an instructive explainer on the Panama Papers leak of 2016, is a product of this moment in cinema.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended with a fascinating cliffhanger: dinosaurs were set free and roaming around the United States. Jurassic World 3 won’t hit theaters until 2021, but you can see how filmmaker Colin Trevorrow capitalizes on that cliffhanger ending in Battle at Big Rock, a new Jurassic World short film that aired on FX last night. Check out the full short film below. Read More »
This past weekend, pop culture art collectors descended upon Austin, Texas for the fifth edition of MondoCon, a convention dedicated solely to original artwork created for movies, television, video games and more. One of the most coveted new prints to come out of the convention was revealed at a special screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Thankfully, even though the special edition of the new print by Martin Ansin handed out at the screening is sold out and will cost you a significant upcharge in the secondhand market, there’s a timed edition available for order now. Read More »
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, Ewan McGregor shows off his incredible lightsaber skills while appearing on The Graham Norton Show. Plus, SyFy Wire takes a look back at the wild and weird animated series Street Sharks, and Patrick Warburton reviews impressions of the various animated characters he’s voiced over the years, including Joe from Family Guy and Kronk from The Emperor’s New Groove, and more. Read More »
Ready to head to space with handsome astronaut Brad Pitt? If so, you might want to check out these two new Ad Astra clips, showing Pitt front and center in director James Gray‘s new sci-fi epic. The first clip has Pitt firmly on terra firma, while the second finds him on another planet, having a terse conversation with Ruth Negga. Watch the clips below.
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John Lithgow is the latest elderly gentleman to join The Old Man cast. Lithgow will be starring opposite Jeff Bridges in the FX thriller series The Old Man, with Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts set to helm the pilot episode.
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Netflix has snapped up another filmmaker who is an awards season favorite. Alexander Payne, who has won two writing Oscars for The Descendants and Sideways, has struck a deal with Netflix to direct an untitled road trip movie starring Mads Mikkelsen. Payne is just the latest high-profile filmmaker to join the ranks of the streaming giant as it goes for the gold statuette.
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Matt Damon and Christian Bale are the best of frenemies who find themselves teamed up to help Ford take on the speed of Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966 in the upcoming true story of Ford v Ferrari. A new trailer for the movie has just arrived, showing the hurdles they must jump over in order to get a Ford car to match the speed of Ferrari, and it cetainly isn’t easy. Watch the new Ford v Ferrari trailer below. Read More »
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Get a behind-the-scenes look at Maleficent: Mistress of Evil…
- …watch Angelina Jolie turn into the character…
- …and check out some character posters as well!
- The Adult Losers’ Club reveals who they want to play the Even Older Losers’ Club.
- There is no plan for an It Chapter 3 just yet, but…maybe?
- Everyone looks very tired in new No Time to Die behind-the-scenes images.
- Check out the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot poster.
- Remember The Gallows 2? It’s finally being released, and there’s a new trailer.
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This weekend, the 45th Saturn Awards honored the best in fantasy, sci-fi, and horror motion pictures, television shows and more. Held at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood and streamed online on eight different platforms, the awards show was hosted by Aisha Tyler and featured appearances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. But no one had a bigger presence than Avengers: Endgame, which walked away with six total awards, including Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release and Best Actor in a Film for Robert Downey Jr. Otherwise, the awards were spread out pretty evenly throughout the evening.
Get the full list of 2019 Saturn Award winners below. Read More »