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The Movie: Ghost Town
Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime
The Pitch: After a near-death experience during a routine colonoscopy, people-hating dentist Bertrum Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is shocked to discover that he is suddenly able to talk to the dead. Constantly cornered by unhappy spirits who want him to help resolve their earthly problems, the misanthropic Pincus is driven to distraction. Eventually talked into helping the dearly departed Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), Pincus attempts to talk to Frank’s widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni)
Why It’s Essential Viewing: David Koepp is best known for writing blockbusters hits like Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and War of the Worlds. Comedian Ricky Gervais is known for being smarmy, snarky, and generally pompous. But when these two come together in Ghost Town, the result is a charming romantic comedy that somehow turns Ricky Gervais into an endearing leading man when all is said and done. Read More »
Just in time for a real pandemic, here comes The Stand! Stephen King‘s tome about the end of the world, and what comes after, is being turned into a miniseries yet again – this time on CBS All Access. James Marsden, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Odessa Young, Whoopi Goldberg, and more star in the adaptation, and you can get a first look glimpse of some of them in character below.
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A gorgeously shot family drama that takes place in the sun-dappled European countryside that stars Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, and Brendan Gleeson? How could we say no? Frankie, directed by Little Men‘s Ira Sachs is film about a family coming to terms with grief and a matriarch that, fittingly, no one can say no to, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Watch the Frankie trailer below.
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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 catch up with that guy from Talk Soup, witness the living quarters of an artist, go back to Wales a couple of centuries to see a girl playing the part of man of the house, get reminded that teens are always up to no good, and come of age in Ireland. Read More »
The Stand TV series is beginning to gather together what will surely be a huge cast. While nothing is finalized yet, a new report indicates several names that CBS All Access wants to join their big Stephen King adaptation. Names like James Marsden, Amber Heard, Whoopi Goldberg, and more. Read More »
After a short teaser during the Super Bowl introduced Jordan Peele as the new host of the CBS All Access revival of The Twilight Zone, we finally have a full trailer that teases the new mind-bending sci-fi stories coming to the streaming service this spring. Watch The Twilight Zone trailer below! Read More »
In case you haven’t heard, Keira Knightley is taking a break from starring in period drams from the 1700s, 1800s and 1940s to star in a drama that only reaches back into the 1970s. The project is called Misbehaviour, and it focuses on the famous Miss World pageant from 1970. Greg Kinnear has been tapped to play comedian and host Bob Hope in the film, but he’s only a small part of the unprecedented events that unfolded on the Miss World stage during the live broadcast. 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, watch the Rick and Morty themed bar that was shut down by Adult Swim get destroyed by the heavy metal band GWAR. Plus, see what happens when the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast surprises and elementary school, and listen as Greg Kinnear breaks down his eclectic and extensive career. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
H.G. Wells’s sci-fi classic War of the Worlds has undergone many adaptations already, but a few more won’t hurt. Fox Networks Group is mounting a new War of the Worlds TV series, likely starring Greg Kinnear. The timing on this is a bit odd, since the BBC is about to premiere a War of the Worlds TV series of their own.
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House of Cards is ending with a significant amount of baggage due to the firing of star Kevin Spacey. But in its final season, the Netflix drama, which now has Robin Wright in the lead, is the best it’s been in years. If House of Cards can get beyond the toxic aura created by Spacey, it might just end with one of its very best seasons.
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