The magnolia is a perennial flower: its recurring bloom signals spring’s arrival and the bark of the tree it grows from can be used to treat anxiety and cancer. Magnolia Boulevard is a street that runs through Burbank, California—the media capital of the world, just miles from Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Neither of these things is explained outright in Magnolia, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 opus, but even without awareness of them, the viewer begins to form an intuitive understanding of how the beauty, complexity, and fragility of a flower may relate to the tapestry of lives on display in the movie.

Magnolia is a young man’s movie. It’s a crinkled, wet valentine to the Valley (San Fernando, where Burbank is located and where the film is set). Anderson was still in his twenties when he made it, and juxtaposed with the mature back half of his filmography to date, it pulses like a drop-kicked dog without a leash. Sometimes it barks off into the unknown with elliptical subplots. Sometimes it chases its own tail, looping back on itself with crescendoing crosscuts. Though it all, hangs a persistent storm cloud of emotion, the kind that enslaves hurt people until they’re liberated by a rain of frogs.

After the success of Boogie Nights, Anderson’s exuberant porn-family film, New Line Cinema gave the young filmmaker carte blanche to make an achingly personal, 3-hour drama with an ensemble cast and the biggest budget of his career. Blame the audience, blame the Internet, blame risk-averse studio executives, but Hollywood’s gatekeepers don’t allow many movies like that to enter the multiplex anymore. In Collateral, Tom Cruise’s steely hitman pegged L.A. as a place that was “too sprawled out, disconnected.” In Magnolia, he plays Frank T.J. Mackey, a misogynistic seduction seminar leader whose story intertwines with that of other characters to form the obverse narrative, whereby everything is interconnected despite the ungainly sprawl.

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Jason Bateman Shut In

Hey, remember earlier this year when Jason Bateman beat out the directors of Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Killing Eve to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series? Split votes be damned – the dude took home the gold, and immediately parlayed that success into potentially directing a remake of Clue. Now Bateman has set up another movie to direct (possibly instead) called Shut In, a thriller from New Line that’s described as being in the vein of David Fincher’s 2002 Jodie Foster movie Panic Room.
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the conjuring 3 title

The Conjuring 3 has an official title. And it’s a devilishly good one. New Line has unveiled the title and official synopsis for the long-awaited third film in James Wan‘s Conjuring series, which launched the studio’s highly successful Conjuring Universe of horror films. Find out what The Conjuring 3 title is below.

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NECA Animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures

A couple years ago, NECA released an exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles box set featuring the animated versions of the characters from their own series that ran from 1987 through 1996. It was a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, but NECA eventually released the figures as two-packs that you could only buy at Target. They’ve been a little difficult to get ahold of in stores, never listed on Target’s website, and the secondary market has a mark-up of about 50% (if not more) if you try to find them.

Thankfully, NECA has released a second wave of animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures as two-packs that you can get only at Target. They repackage the heroes in a half-shell, with a slightly different paint job, and there are two new villain two-packs this time, including the dimwitted mutant duo Bebop and Rocksteady and a couple Foot Soldiers. And the best news is that they’re actually available to buy online. Read More »

VOTD: How ‘It Chapter 2’ Should Have Ended

How It Chapter 2 Should Have Ended

The easy answer to how IT Chapter 2 should have ended is probably about 45 minutes earlier than the nearly three-hour theatrical runtime. But that’s a conversation for another time.

We all know that the second part of Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King’s thick horror novel IT resulted in a somewhat happy ending for The Losers’ Club. What this particular version of How It Should Have Ended presupposes is, maybe it didn’t have to go down that way at all? After all, there’s a secret weapon right in front of them.

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Mortal Kombat logo

After the mixed reception to the original ’90s Mortal Kombat movies, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are taking the video game adaptation for another round on the big screen. As producer James Wan and director Simon McQuoid begin production on the video game movie reboot, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have unveiled a new Mortal Kombat logo.

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Malignant logo

When we last checked in on the progress of director James Wan‘s secret horror movie, it had just found its cast and was seemingly operating under the title of Silvercup. But now the movie is officially underway, and to mark the first day of filming, Wan shared the film’s real title: Malignant. Find out everything we know about Wan’s latest return to the horror genre below.
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house party remake

Calmatic is the latest music video director to make the move to feature film directing. Fresh off his nomination for video of the year at the MTV VMA’s for Lil Nas X’s wildly popular “Old Town Road,” Calmatic has been tapped to direct New Line’s remake of House Party, the 1990 teen comedy starring Kid and Play of the popular hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Calmatic will be working as the House Party remake director in collaboration with LeBron James, who is developing the film through his SpringHill Entertainment banner.

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New Mortal Kombat Movie

Mortal Kombat was already given the big screen treatment back in 1995 when the controversial video game was at the height of its popularity. The movie may have been a big hit, but it certainly wasn’t what you would call good. But Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are ready to give the video game franchise another shot on the big screen for a proper adaptation, and production has just begun on the movie. Read More »

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Update: Variety reports that Chin Han (who played corrupt businessman Mr. Lau in The Dark Knight) has been cast as the evil Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, while Hiroyuki Sanada will play Scorpion. Sanada played the gangster who was killed by Jeremy Renner’s Ronin in Avengers: Endgame, and has credits on shows like Westworld and Lost. Our original article from earlier today continues below.

The Mortal Kombat reboot has found its Sonya Blade and Kano. The Meg actress Jessica McNamee is in final talks to play Sonya Blade, while Australian actor Josh Lawson has closed the deal to play heavy-hitter Kano. Joining them in the Mortal Kombat cast is Wu Assassins and Deadpool 2 actor Lewis Tan in an undisclosed role.

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