Netflix's new crime drama, Ozark, boasts strong performance from Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, but its grimness and lack of focus gets in the way.
Rave reviews pave the way for this weekend's release of Christopher Nolan's World War II feature Dunkirk, a $150 million production critics have declared a "masterpiece" and the first surefire Oscar contender of the year. Additionally, STX is debuting Luc Besson's $200+ million sci-fi feature Valerian, the second of three original features debuting this weekend amid a franchise laden summer. Dialing back the spending a little, but not the potential, Universal's female-driven comed...
SATURDAY AM UPDATE: With an estimated $22.1 million on Friday, War for the Planet of the Apes is on its way to a #1 finish at the weekend box office, though it's looking to fall short of Mojo's forecast. Current industry expectations are for a finish anywhere from $56-58 million, though that could bump up a bit considering it's still playing a bit ahead of where Kong: Skull Island was after it brought in $20.1 million on its first day and went on to gross $61 million. Even better, War recei...
Netflix made their inaugural presentation at the first-ever Comic-Con Hall H panel with their movie adaptation of Death Note based on the original manga and anime series of the same name. Director Adam Wingard (You're Next) was on hand to discuss the project as were producers Masi Oka and Roy Lee. All of them expressed affection for the source material and determination to bring it to life. Starring Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, and Lakeith Stanfield as L, with Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk, the panel began with a screening …
If you've been paying an iota of attention to entertainment over the past few years, you may have noticed a proliferation of remakes and reboots popping up.
Two great filmmakers, Malcolm Bigyemano and Hibo Elmi join me this week to talk about a few new international releases. We discuss 'Spiderman: Homecoming', get nostalgic about 'Power Rangers' and political about 'War of the Planet of the Apes'. Malcolm and Hibo then update me on the films they are working on. Enjoy!
Here’s what’s up in the world of television for Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22. All times are Eastern.
Orphan Black (BBC America, Saturday, 10 p.m.): The final season of this outstanding sci-fi drama is on the home stretch now, but the cloning process could be starting anew. In tonight’s episode, “Gag Or Throttle,” Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) learns of Rachel’s (Tatiana Maslany) betrayal, and the Dyad’s plans to harvest Kira’s (Skyler Wexler) eggs. Lisa Weidenfeld will help keep the clones—and villains—straight.
Friends From College (Netflix)
TV Club Classic: Gilmore Girls
Risk (Showtime, Saturday, 9 p.m. ET): Showtime picked up this WikiLeaks documentary, from director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour), after it debuted at Cannes. Despite having already spent six years of her life making the film, Poitras has updated it ahead of its TV premiere ...
Fox's War for the Planet of the Apes delivered a #1 finish this weekend, opening a bit higher than the studio's conservative expectations, though well below Mojo's aggressive, pre-weekend forecast. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Homecoming dipped more than 60% in its second weekend and The Big Sick delivered decent numbers in its expansion, though, once again below Mojo's forecast. In fact, the same goes for the modest expectations for Broad Green's Wish Upon, as the PG-13 horror fell short of $6 m...
The Ghostbusters reboot didn't go as planned, but producer Ivan Reitman says 2019 is being targeted for the next movie's release.
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:
Crossover of the Day:
Taron Egerton's Kingsman: The Golden Circle character gets animated in this special Comic-Con crossover with TV's Archer:
Cosplay of the Day:
Comic-Con has begun, and Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson highlights some of the popular characters being cosplayed this year:
This is not going to be the most cutting-edge feminist thing I ever say, but I'm happy Rey, Moana, Diana etc. are on the #SDCC cosplay scene pic.twitter.com/Q11nuO3jiy
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) July 20, 2017
Mashup of the Day:
Another Comic-Con is here, and we're still unlikely to get a Marvel vs. DC crossover movie...Read More
IDW publishing cooked up Ghostbusters 101, a comic book storyline that used interdimensional portals to create a way for the two Ghostbuster teams to interact. And during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman spoke about the fan reaction to the two team's...
On this episode we discuss Spike Lee's 1986 feature film debut "She's Gotta Have It"
Comic-Con International got its 2017 edition off to a roaring start today with an extended look at Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but even before that began, selected attendees enjoyed an advanced look at a trio of hot horror titles last night.
Known as "Preview Night," Wednesday evening provided an opportunity for horror-movie fans to get excited as three upcoming thrillers were previewed. It came first. Based on Stephen King's massive novel, the movie was directed by Andy Muschietti, who presented a new clip (after an introduction by King).
Then the young stars were introduced and they presented another new clip, featuring a brief look at the evil Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), followed by a new trailer. We're hoping to see these all videos soon. It...Read More
Doomsday Clock is the story Geoff Johns had to tell, and his hints towards its Watchmen connections promise a story for the ages.
Welcome back to You Win Or You Die, The A.V. Club’s weekly Game Of Thrones dead pool. Each week, with the help of the talented and genial Benjamin Eckstein, oddsmaker and owner of America’s Line, we’ll be placing bets on who we think will make it through the coming weekend’s episode of Thrones. We can also place “prophecies for profit” bets, which carry throughout the season. At the end of the season, one A.V. Club staffer will reign supreme, sitting atop our nonexistent Iron Throne. As always, you can play along at home via the TV Deadpool site.
Though last week’s Game Of Thrones premiere was a little light on main character carnage, Josh Modell and Erik Adams managed to eke out a few bucks by betting on the “under,” and both sit atop our leader board this week with $160. Kristi-Lynn Jacovino ...
Will Smith's next blockbuster isn't headed to the movie theater - as we've seen with several high-profile projects in recent years, Netflix is the destination of choice, and that's where fans will be able to see his latest film Bright, directed by Smith's Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer. Bright takes place in what Smith describes as a "bizarre world," which is "this crazy mashup of the grit and that hard rated-R grime of Training Day but then smashed with Lord of the Rings." Re-teaming with Ayer was a sign of the trust that …
20th Century Fox is working on a Doctor Doom movie, and there's a big name talent working on it.
Noah Hawley has been knocking it out of the park lately on television with critically acclaimed seasons of Fargo and the controversial but fascinating Legion. Today at Comic-Con, Hawley was on a panel for the second season of Legion, but he made a surprising announcement at the end. Right as the panel was ending, he said he was developing a movie for Fox that involved two words: “Doctor. Doom.” THR adds that Hawley is writing the script with an eye towards directing. For those who don’t know, Doctor Doom is the main antagonist for the Fantastic Four. Since …
Spies, assassins and serial killers are the focus of today's trailer roundup, as lethal characters continue to draw audiences looking for thrills on the big screen. Check out the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, the next installment of the Saw franchise and the latest action movie with a kick-ass heroine below.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
When it comes out: September 22
Who is in it: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Vinnie Jones, Sophie Cookson, Michael Gambon, Elton John
What it is about: The second Kingsman movie brings back Egerton, Firth and Strong as they head to America and team up with whisky-drinking, lasso-armed Statesman spies...Read More
From the department of missed opportunities comes an idea from Popeyes that sounds like a weirdly appealing food mashup from your Facebook feed: a fry crust made with a cheddar-biscuit batter. Save your melodramatic gasps and proclamations that the apocalypse is nigh—this sounds like a most excellent idea. If only Popeyes nailed the execution.
The canon of crispy coating has seen experiments with exotic batter bases like cornflakes, potato chips, saltines, even ground-up Cheetos. The appeal of using cheddar-biscuit batter is clear: the butter-to-flour ratio is high, and the addition of cheddar means, well, fried cheese. Popeyes has unveiled a limited-time offering that takes its butterflied shrimp, dredges it in a cheddar-biscuit batter, deep-fries it, and serves it with a ghost-pepper jelly sauce. This sounded like such a genius combination, I found myself at my neighborhood Popeyes within five minutes of seeing the TV commercial.
Upon receiving my order ...
We discuss Jordan Peele's "Get Out" and M. Night Shyamalan's "Split".
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