I Am Not Okay With This

Years ago, Netflix admitted that they use analytics to determine which shows to greenlight, and it seems as if their algorithms were working overtime to find the best fit between producers and subject matter for their newest announcement. The producers of Stranger Things are returning to the streaming service with a show called I Am Not Okay With This, an adaptation of a comic book about a teen girl with telekinetic powers. (Does that description sound familiar?)

Oh, and the creator of Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World is on board, too. Looks like the algorithm may have found another good match here. Learn more about the new series below.
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walking dead lawsuit

Eight years after its premiere, The Walking Dead is still one of AMC’s biggest hits as its surviving human characters continue their battle against undead walkers and keep a wary eye on other humans they encounter. But one of the people who helped turn the show into a huge success is still fighting his own battle against the network itself.

Frank Darabont, who developed the series for television and served as its first showrunner, filed a Walking Dead lawsuit back in 2013 that has finally made its way before a judge – and it sounds like a jury is going to decide whether the network screwed Darabont out of over $250 million. Get the latest update below.
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Mortal Engines featurette

I sat down last night at the screening of Mortal Engines, and had just about no idea what to expect. Greeted only by a bland, vague tagline and a pair of glaring blue eyes staring out from the screen, I wondered, “What is this movie all about?” The bland, vague tagline should have been enough of a hint. What unfolded once the lights went down was a film so in search of an identity of its own that it simply scavenged from the remnants of other, far more accomplished genre and/or fantasy stories. There are flashes of a smart, sometimes quite sweetly emotional story here, but Mortal Engines is mostly inert and uninspired. It’s a particularly disappointing mix, considering that the screenwriters are none other than Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, who once brought the Lord of the Rings trilogy to life.

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bird box trailer new

Whatever you do, don’t open your eyes. Unless you want to watch this new Bird Box trailer, that is. This intense new look at the Netflix film sends Sandra Bullock blindfolded across the wilderness, hoping to avoid some terrifying force. A force that, in the best Lovecraftian fashion, can kill people if they just lay eyes on it. Watch the latest Bird Box trailer below…if you dare.

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When movie fans think of Sam Raimi, they most likely think of Evil Dead or Spider-Man. Raimi’s name has become inextricably linked with these two franchises, the former of which he created and which launched his career as a feature filmmaker. As it progressed, the original Evil Dead trilogy leaned from splatter into slapstick horror. From Darkman onward, even Raimi’s superhero films toggled between moments of horror and comedy. Think of the “horror hospital” scene in Spider-Man 2, where an operating room turns into a scene of shrieking terror as the sentient, serpentine arms of Doctor Octopus come to life and kill the surgical staff (including one doctor who utilizes a bone saw as a weapon in a callback to Ash Williams). It’s pure Raimi: funny but scary all at the same time.

The mid-to-late 1990s marked a transitional phase in Raimi’s career. As the cult director went mainstream, he ventured outside his usual genre wheelhouse and made a series of films that were less distinguishably Raimi-like than their predecessors. Sandwiched between a western and a baseball drama was a neo-noir thriller set in the snowy fields of Minnesota. More than just a foray into Coen Brothers territory, that thriller — A Simple Plan — is perhaps Raimi’s most mature, meaningful film to date.

On December 11, 1998, A Simple Plan went into limited release theatrically, allowing it to qualify for the Academy Awards. Of all the titles in Raimi’s filmography, this is the one that’s the most straight-faced, the most grounded in some semblance of pseudo-reality. It’s a character-driven, small-town crime drama that zeroes in on the human horror lying beneath the veneer of seemingly good people. What would you do if you and your friends found a bag full of money? Who would you kill to protect it?

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carmen sandiego premiere date

When in the world can we see Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego? It turns out, next month. The animated series, whose existence was dropped on us much like the titular criminal drops in and out of countries, has set its premiere date for January 2019. And along with the newly announced premiere date, Netflix has debuted some key art and stills from the animated series starring Gina Rodriguez.

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series of unfortunate events season 3 trailer new

All things must come to an end, including Netflix adaptations of gothic children’s books. A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3 will bring a close to the streaming service’s take on Lemony Snicket‘s delightful, ghoulish books, adapting the four final books in the series. Neil Patrick Harris is back once again as the scenery-chewing Count Olaf, who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Baudelaire orphans’ fortune. Watch the Series of Unfortunate Events season 3 trailer below.

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sonic the hedgehog movie first look

Sonic the Hedgehog is speeding up his race towards theaters. Paramount Pictures has given us the first look at the big screen version of the video game icon with the release of the first official poster. The enigmatic poster shows the SEGA mascot in the dark, lit only by the blue crackling energy that emanates when he, um, goes fast. See the Sonic the Hedgehog movie first look below.

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Mortal Engines Featurette Shrike

Mortal Engines comes rumbling into theaters next weekend, bringing with it a cast of futuristic, post-apocalyptic characters. One of those characters is Shrike, a kind of mummy-zombie-assassin played (via mo-cap) by Stephen Lang. A new Mortal Engines featurette introduces you to Shrike – a character writer/producer Peter Jackson calls an “unstoppable force.” Watch the featurette below to learn all about this mummy-zombie-assassin.

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Alita Battle Angel Clip

Move over Avengers, there’s a new hero in town. Her name is Alita, and she’s got big eyes and a robot body.

Initially slated to arrive at the end of the year, Alita: Battle Angel is now coming in February. To help get you hyped for this wild sci-fi fantasy adventure based on the manga Battle Angel Alita (not to be confused with Alita: Angel Battle, a forthcoming Pay-Per-View event in heaven), a new clip from the movie has arrived. If you like disjointed fight sequences where footage has clearly been cut to fit a certain time window and the scene doesn’t make much sense, you’re in for a treat.

Watch the Alita Battle Angel clip below. Read More »