maniac early buzz

True Detective visionary Cary Fukunaga, Oscar winner Emma Stone, and Oscar nominee Jonah Hill seems like a dream team that could turn any collaboration into a smash success. But unfortunately, it seems that their darkly comic sci-fi series, Maniac, is more of a mixed bag.

Based on the Norwegian TV series of the same name, Maniac is a Netflix miniseries directed by Fukunaga and starring Stone and Hill as two strangers who meet an experimental drug trial and end up navigating a slew of vibrant alternate realities in their minds. Throw any of those elements into a blender, and it would seem like you would have a surefire hit. But the Maniac early buzz, while glowing about Stone’s performance, seems to suggest that this is the problem — the miniseries feels like a blended mess of tones and stories.

Here is what critics are saying about Maniac.

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maniac teaser

Despite several trailers dropping for Cary Fukunaga‘s highly anticipated Netflix miniseries, Maniac remains very much a mystery. We know that it features two former Superbad stars and that it’s about as different from Superbad as could be. And that Emma Stone and Jonah Hill play two strangers struggling with mental illness who meet at a pharmaceutical drug trial that will supposedly solve all their problems — only to be sent on a wild adventure through a shared mind-verse.

The new Maniac teaser gives us a greater glimpse at the cosmic connection between Stone’s Annie and Hill’s Owen, who can’t stop meeting in each of the imagined worlds that the drug trial lands them in.

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Black Panther Villain Video Essay

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 video essay explores how director Ryan Coogler created an empathetic villain for Marvel’s Black Panther. Plus, check out some of the coolest movie props that were on display at San Diego Comic-Con, and listen as Mila Kunis and Justin Theroux answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »

lady and the tramp cast

Kiersey Clemons must love dogs for her next role. The Hearts Beat Loud actress is circling a role in Disney’s live-action Lady and the Tramp as one of the remake’s few human characters.

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lady and the tramp remake

Disney is still making that live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, and they’ve finally announced the first cast members: Justin Theroux will voice the Tramp himself, while Ashley Jensen will provide the voice of Scottish Terrier Jackie (named Jock in the original animated film). Unlike other recent live-action Disney remakes, Lady and the Tramp is being groomed for Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

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the spy who dumped me clip

The Spy Who Dumped Me may not be the most buzzed-about movie of the summer, but the comedy looks like it could be a lot of fun. In a new Spy Who Dumped Me clip, stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon hop in a cab to get away from some gun-toting guys on motorcycles. Action and jokes about smoking meth follow. Watch the Spy Who Dumped Me clip below.

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the spy who dumped me trailer

Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis are best friends caught up in a dangerous spy game in the very funny The Spy Who Dumped Me trailer. This action-comedy looks to use McKinnon and Kunis’ individual comic stylings to great effect, and throws in a heavy dose of action to boot. Watch the trailer below.

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Writer-director Duncan Jones‘ new movie, Mute, has been a long time coming. “I’ve finally got this boulder up the hill,” he told us with a laugh and a sense of relief. The filmmaker behind MoonSource Code, and Warcraft originally envisioned his bleak, surprisingly old-school sci-fi mystery as his directorial debut, but the project faced its share of challenges over the years.

When you see the movie, it’s easy to understand why. Mute certainly isn’t a middle-of-the-road film or a story that plays it safe. The movie is a real nasty piece of work at times, but it’s also not without a sense of perverse fun and beauty. After sixteen years of Jones trying to get Mute made, the end result is a packed-to-the-brim science fiction noir that feels like it’s been waiting to be unleashed for a long time.

We recently spoke with Jones about the project’s history, his affinity for Blade Runner, twisting Paul Rudd’s nice guy image, and more.

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Mute review

Duncan Jones‘ passion project, the sci-fi film Mute, has finally arrived on Netflix – but was it worth the wait?

Our Mute review answers that question below.

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‘Mute’ Trailer: Duncan Jones Heads to Netflix

Mute trailer

Duncan Jones‘ Mute has been a long time coming, but it’s almost here. In the meantime, the first Mute trailer has arrived to give us our first full look at Jones’ passion project – a sci-fi film he’s been working on for nearly 12 years now.

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