The Dolls

Younger millennials may not remember Cabbage Patch Kids, but the cuddly dolls were all the rage when they hit shelves in the 1980s. The toys were in such high demand that riots broke out at some stores across the United States when stores didn’t have enough to sell to customers who waited in lines for hours, resulting in behavior that would embarrassingly become all too familiar around Black Friday decades later.

Now Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Issa Rae (Insecure, The Hate U Give) are teaming up to make an HBO limited series called The Dolls which tells the story of mothers fighting through the chaos to get a Cabbage Patch Kid for their children. Read More »

american princess

Issa Rae is going to be an American Princess in London in her first major feature film starring role. The Insecure co-creator and star has been cast as the lead in the Paul Feig-produced rom-com American Princess at 20th Century Fox.

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the hate u give trailer

The Hate U Give trailer starts off like a fairly ordinary teen movie: Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a high school student who likes playing basketball with her rich, white prep school friends during the week, and partying with her friends from the poor, mostly black, neighborhood on the weekends. She likes hip-hop music and joking with her friends in the car.

But then things take a turn when she witnesses her childhood best friend killed by a police officer. The shooting sets off a domino effect that forces Starr to grapple with her place between her two different worlds, and wrestle with the injustice of the world.

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Jay-Z Friends Remake - Morning Watch

(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, a clever video provides beat-by-beat instructions for how to make a proper blockbuster movie trailer, and a video essay explores the prominence of punching in movies and how to make it feel significant. Plus, Jay-Z‘s latest music video for his track “Moonlight” is actually a remake of the sitcom Friends but with black actors in all of the roles. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

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 discover a show I might actually watch, see a longer trailer for a critically acclaimed indie, marvel at the longevity of one Ed Begley Jr., get Frenched, and see what Ben Wheatley is executive producing now. Read More »

Insecure trailer

HBO’s drama side is struggling right now, as we were reminded when Vinyl became its latest mercy-killing earlier this week. But on the comedy side, things are looking much, much sunnier. Veep is still going strong under a new showrunner; Silicon Valley is better than ever; Ballers is HBO’s biggest comedy hit since Sex and the City; and Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to return for season 9.

And its upcoming slate looks pretty interesting, too. Today we have the first trailer for Insecure, a new half-hour comedy from Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae. The show seems to fit right into the HBO brand while also offering something a little different. If Insecure is as fun as the promo it looks like HBO will have another hit on its hands. Watch the trailer below.  Read More »