fan backlash

The fan outrage around Rian Johnson‘s direction of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become so torrid that directors who have nothing to do with Star Wars are starting to get roped in. Or, perhaps out of some noble Jedi instinct, they’re stepping in to defend the director from the fan backlash that has been going on for more than six (!) months now.

James Mangold, who has a pretty good standing within the geek community for helming the terrific Logan and scoring an Oscar nomination for it, is the latest to chime in to tell fans to just…chill. But he has more to say than just “calm down” — Mangold warns that if fans take their extreme backlash too far, it could result in their worst fears coming true. Read More »

evangeline lilly retired

Evangeline Lilly has become a pivotal part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stealing the show in Ant-Man and now getting promoted to double-billing for Ant-Man and the Wasp. But it almost never happened — if not for Peter Jackson.

Lilly shot to fame after the beloved ABC sci-fi series LOST premiered in 2004 to rave reviews, with Lilly transforming from unknown to household name virtually overnight. But the frenzy around the much-debated, oft-divisive show turned Lilly off to Hollywood, and she decided to retire from acting altogether. Until she suddenly got a call from none other than Peter Jackson.

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sacha baron cohen new project

Sacha Baron Cohen may be reviving his long-standing feud with Donald Trump. On the 4th of July (because when else?) Cohen teased a new project that seems to take a dig at the president in a Twitter video titled “A Message from Donald J. Trump.”

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facebook spoilers

Soon, you’ll be able to mute more than just your uncle’s bad political opinions. Facebook has begun testing out an algorithm that will allow the social media giant to protect you from spoilers.

The website is rolling out a new feature for a small percentage of test users that would allow them to curate their News Feeds based on keywords. Which means you can stop yelling at us about the Avengers: Infinity War ending.

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marvel 10 years

Gold is usually reserved for 50-year anniversaries, but we’ll let it slide for Marvel Studios. The studio is celebrating an unlikely 10-year anniversary that began all the way back with Iron Man in 2008 — a movie that no one expected to launch a cinematic universe spanning 10 years and 19 movies. But jump forward to 2018, and here we are: there’s a brand spanking new anniversary website and collection of posters to celebrate Marvel’s first 10 years.

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wonder woman 2 title

We still have well over a year until the best DCEU superhero returns to the big screen, but Warner Bros. has remained astonishingly tight-lipped about the title of the Wonder Woman sequel. It evades our grasp, even as the highly anticipated sequel builds an exciting, star-studded cast and heads to the glorious era of big hair and Cold Wars.

But a flurry of registered domain names may have just provided us the hint we needed to narrow down the Wonder Woman 2 title. Or is Warner Bros. just playing a game of viral misdirection with us? Find out more below.

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freddie mercury sexuality

20th Century Fox debuted the flashy Bohemian Rhapsody trailer to much fanfare, but there were a few people that it didn’t rock. Primarily, former American Gods showrunner and Twitter extraordinaire Bryan Fuller.

Fuller took to his preferred social media platform to express his disappointment that the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer completely glossed over Freddie Mercury’s sexuality. The Queen frontman and the subject of the highly anticipated biopic (played by Rami Malek) was a closeted bisexual man who died from complications with AIDS. But the trailer and marketing for Bohemian Rhapsody seems to play fast and loose with the depictions of Freddie Mercury sexuality.

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will smith fresh prince of bel air

You know all about how the fictional Will Smith’s life got flipped, turned upside down in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but it’s easy to forget that real-life Hollywood superstar Will Smith’s life took just as dramatic a turn. Before he became one of the biggest sitcom stars of the ’90s — and shortly after, one of the biggest stars in Hollywood —Will Smith was just one-half of a rap duo who had the biggest flop of their short-lived career. Broke, humiliated, and in trouble with the IRS, Smith didn’t even consider getting into acting. Until he met the real-life Prince of Bel-Air.

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Is writing harder than directing

Here’s a complicated question: is writing harder than directing? Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson thinks so, and inadvertently kicked off a bit of a firestorm when he expressed that sentiment on Twitter. A handful of other Hollywood filmmakers joined the conversation and began explaining reasons why one discipline is more difficult than the other, and we’ve rounded up the highlights from their fascinating conversation below. Read More »

apu controversy

The problem with Apu doesn’t seem like it will be solved any time soon. The Simpsons, which just hit a record-breaking 636 episodes, has been criticized for the Indian stereotypes pushed by its long-running character Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart owner voiced by Hank Azaria. And while the Fox sitcom dismissed the Apu controversy in a recent episode — igniting even more controversy — some people are willing to do something about it.

Castlevania producer Adi Shankar challenged writers to “fix” Apu, starting a contest to rewrite the character without mocking Indian stereotypes. But just as Shankar took us in a step in the right direction, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening took us one step back, doubling down on the show’s polarizing response.

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