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When we talk about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re largely talking about Marvel Studios movies – at least until those Disney+ shows debut. Yes, TV series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and the Marvel Netflix shows were technically set in that same universe, but let’s be real: so far, the movies are the non-comic stories with the biggest sense of importance. They’re the ones that count. It’s strange, then, that a commercial – which is way less relevant than any of those TV shows – could end up having an influence on a major MCU entry.

During our visit to the set of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we learned how a car commercial caught the eye of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and how a character that originated in a tie-in advertisement ended up appearing as a supporting role in the MCU. Check out the commercial and read about its impact below. Read More »

Spider-Man Far From Home cast

The Spider-Man: Far From Home cast is shaping up to be prettaaay, prettaaay, pretty good. Curb Your Enthusiasm star J.B. Smoove has joined the upcoming Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures sequel, where he’ll star opposite the returning Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. But who is he playing? Read More »

Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 teaser

It’s been too long since we’ve seen Larry David creating or finding trouble. The wait will soon be over, because David’s HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, is returning on October 1. Following a six-year break, ten new episodes are coming our way.

Below, watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 teaser.

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Almost Christmas trailer

Talk about Christmas creep: Independence Day hasn’t even rolled around yet, but Universal is already thinking ahead to the holidays. The first Almost Christmas trailer has arrived, putting a bunch of actors you like (including Danny GloverKimberly EliseOmar EppsMo’NiqueJ.B. SmooveRomany Malco, and John Michael Higgins) under one roof for a cozy family get-together. Hijinks, shenanigans, and drama ensue, followed by (we’re just assuming here) heartwarming lessons about love and family.

Oh, and Glover gets a chance to say his signature line at one point. You know the one. Watch the Almost Christmas trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Season eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm ended on an exceedingly satisfying note. Larry and Leon (JB Smoove) were enjoying a beautiful day in Paris, but, Larry David being Larry David, they quickly found themselves in an argument with a stranger over something. If that ends up being the series finale, it’s a fitting conclusion. According to Smoove, though, that may not have been the end of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Below, Smoove discusses a conversation he had with Larry David about more Curb Your Enthusiasm. Thankfully, David sounds more interested than ever before.

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Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Season 8

Much of the finest entertainment in the world isn’t free. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find great content that won’t cost you a dime. Case in point, Jerry Seinfeld has his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee available to watch for free through Sony’s Crackle, and the eighth season is on its way this summer.

The first Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 8 trailer has just debuted online, teasing Seinfeld’s fascinating discussions with some of comedy’s most brilliant minds. This season includes Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, director Judd Apatow, former Daily Show correspondent and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, and plenty more. Watch below! Read More »

Is minimal design in teasers now the go-to for kids animation franchises? Despicable Me 2 used the approach to pretty cute effect not long ago, and here an international teaser for The Smurfs 2 (which is likely almost exactly the same as the forthcoming US teaser) relies on little but a Smurf, a white backdrop, and an insistent bit of text. It’s gentle and a little bit silly, like the Smurfs, if not all that memorable.

The real audience for a Smurfs movie won’t care much, I imagine, but the parents buying the tickets might not be all that excited to pony up just yet. Check out the teaser below. Read More »

Sony Pictures Animation has released the first image of new characters that will be introduced in The Smurfs 2. In the sequel to the 2011 live-action/animation hybrid, Christina Ricci voices Vexy (left) and comedian JB Smoove voices Hackus (right), two new little monsters nicknamed “The Naughties” created by the evil Gargamel (played again by Hank Azaria). See the image after the jump.

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Earlier this year Jonah Hill agreed to star in The Sitter, a comedy in which Hill will play a college dropout who gets into more than he bargained for (like drug deals and car chases) when he agrees to babaysit the children of a family friend.

Now J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and new child actor Kevin Hernandez have all signed on. Read More »

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The Farrelly Brothers start shooting their new film Hall Pass in Atlanta this week, and the cast just got an injection of additional talent. Stephen Merchant and J.B. Smoove will join Owen Wilson, Jenna Fischer and Jason Sudeikis in the film about two husbands (Wilson and Sudeikis) who are given a free pass to have extra-marital adventures for a week. Still don’t get why the title ‘Hall Pass’ applies, but no matter; Merchant and Smoove are great additions. [THR]

After the break, three actors join the indie thriller Retreat, and 50 Cent gets serious. Read More »