Scarlett Johansson Hosted Saturday Night Live

Though the full-on Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live won’t arrive until next weekend when Eddie Murphy makes his highly anticipated return to Studio 8H, this episode with host Scarlett Johansson was rather festive on its own. There were plenty of Christmas sketches to behold, and two of them were easily the best of the night. Otherwise, there was a little too much middling comedy tackling political topics, a poor retread of a previous sketch, and a major technical gaffe. See what we’re talking about by looking at the best and worst sketches from the Scarlett Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »

watchmen dr. manhattan reveal

It’s been several days since the latest Watchmen episode, “A God Walks Into Abar,” and I still can’t believe that this series was able to top itself after the last big reveal of Will Reeves being Hooded Justice. But top itself it has, and in the most unexpected way possible.

How many of us are still trying to pick our jaws off the floor from the revelation about Dr. Manhattan’s identity? At this point, I really don’t know where the show will take us in its final two episodes, but I can only imagine how rocked we’re going to be by the number of reveals there are left in store for us. But with that said, what sense can we make from what we’ve witnessed in this episode? How does Dr. Manhattan’s appearance change anything going forward? Let me try to put my brain back together and suss out what we can glean from this monumental reveal.

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Galaxy's Edge lightsaber show

Last week I traveled to Walt Disney World in Florida to experience the grand opening of Rise of the Resistance, the new ride in Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For the opening dedication, Disney closed Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost for a grand party, which included life-size X-Wing drones, a lightsaber battle stunt show, fireworks and much more. It’s all part of an unfolding narrative Star Wars story that took place at locations around the land throughout the night, giving us a peek at what Galaxy’s Edge should be like every single night.

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Fewer trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go retro with our comedy, write a few movie reviews, revisit what happened in 2016 to this nation, see what Robert Downey Jr. is up to, and find our newest guilty pleasure.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 - X-Men Dark Phoenix DLC

Want to see the trailer for the new X-Men DLC for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3? Will you read Iron Man 2020 in January? Who was recently cast in Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Do you have your DVR set correctly for the Watchmen finale this weekend? Did you hear Disney CEO Bob Iger is going to meet with Martin Scorsese? Could the black suit Superman photo posted by Zack Snyder just be Photoshopped? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

If there’s one thing fans can’t get enough of on the horror-centric streaming service Shudder, it’s horror movie critic and historian Joe Bob Briggs. After nearly seventeen years since MonsterVision took its final bow on TNT, Shudder brought the horror host back into the fold for a special one-time-only event; the 26-hour horror movie marathon The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs that kicked off on July 13, 2018. It was so immensely popular that it broke the streaming app, and fans demanded more. The Last Drive-In has since turned into a regular series, including three holiday mini-marathons. Joe Bob revisits Christmas again this year, delivering a holiday themed trio of horror films to celebrate the season. On Friday the 13th, of course.

Ahead of the Christmas special, “Joe Bob’s Red Christmas,” we chatted with the horror host about how he prepares for these events, what defines holiday horror, and more.  

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Crisis on Infinite Earths Recap

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

Welcome to the super-packed Crisis on Infinite Earths edition of The Clock Tower. We’re going to break down the best moments, the most interesting tidbits, and all the cameos that brought a cheer. Just bear in mind, we’ve still got two more episodes to go before this little Crisis situation is complete. You won’t see those until January 14 though, so let’s break down what’s been exceptional so far.

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On the December 13, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman, and Star Wars Insider writer and Full of Sith podcaster Bryan Young to have a spoiler discussion about The Mandalorian Episode 6 “The Prisoner”.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

We’re almost to the end of the year, which means it’s time to play end-of-year catch-up with the best movies of 2019. And surprisingly, Netflix is supplying a lot of them. The streaming giant has become quite a force at film festivals in recent years, picking up award contenders and indie dramas in hopes of earning a coveted Academy Award statuette. And it’s been no slouch with international fare — this year, Netflix has acquired some of the best foreign language films of the year, including Mati Diop‘s stunning supernatural romance Atlantics and the surreal French animated film I Lost My Body. Catch up with those to add to your “best of the year” lists, as well as Zhang Yimou‘s best wuxia film in years, a Jackie Chan classic, and a stunning short film from the director of Weathering With You.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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Original Black Christmas

When remaking a classic, it often seems like a Catch-22. You veer far away from the original storyline and it gets accused of being a remake in name only. But if you remain too faithful to the source material, then it might get written off as an unoriginal clone. Both remakes of the classic Black Christmas seem to fit into each category, with the newest version seemingly falling under the former and the 2006 version falling into the latter. Regardless of how many re-doings it may get, the original 1974 version still serves a template that has influenced subsequent slasher films. One that captures what feels like a lost art within the genre. 

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