‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: Here’s How To Be The First To See The Movie 2 Weeks Early

'The Secret Life of Pets 2': Here's How To Be The First To See The Movie 2 Weeks Early

Calling all pet lovers! And movie lovers! And especially pet-movie lovers!

Fandango is giving you early access to watch The Secret Life of Pets 2 on May 25, two weeks before the family comedy opens wide in theaters on June 7. To see where, exactly, the film will be screening early near you — and to get your tickets now — check out our Early Access page by clicking here.

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Today in Movie Culture: Taron Egerton and Elton John ‘Rocketman’ Duet at Cannes, ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: Taron Egerton and Elton John ‘Rocketman’ Duet at Cannes, ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Director Commentary and More

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Music Performance of the Day:

Rocketman, which you can see early this weekend, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week to a standing ovation and rave reviews. Following the first screening, star Taron Egerton performed a duet of the title song with Elton John, whom he portrays in the musical biopic:

 

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The Week in Movie News: Robert Pattinson Might Be the New Batman, Chris Rock is Rebooting ‘Saw’ and more

The Week in Movie News: Robert Pattinson Might Be the New Batman, Chris Rock is Rebooting ‘Saw’ and more

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Robert Pattinson might be the new Batman: He’s done the Harry Potter and Twilight movie franchises, and now former teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson is possibly headed to the DC universe. Variety reported the actor is near a deal to take over the role of Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The Hollywood Reporter claimed he’s just the frontrunner, though, while…

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Inside Keanu Reeves’ Inscrutable Private World: Tragedy, Motorcycles and Epic Movie Stardom

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘John Wick’ Recap, the Probability of the Plot of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘John Wick’ Recap, the Probability of the Plot of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum opens in theaters this weekend. Haven’t seen the first two installments? Or, maybe you’ve forgotten what happened in those movies? Don’t fret, because Birth.Movies.Death has created a couple of recaps, one breaking down the events of 2014’s John Wick and the other reminding us what happened previously, in the first…

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The iconic Spice Girls movie bus is now an Airbnb

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Hands up if you watched Spice World as a child and dreamed of the day you’d get to set off on the iconic tour bus? Well, now you can make that dream a reality by not only climbing aboard the infamous double decker but staying on it overnight.

The Union Jack bus from the 1997 movie has been turned into an Airbnb listing, and you’ll be able to check in for the stay of your life from next week.

Complete with pink Union Jack cinema chairs, zebra print carpets and ‘Girl Power’ neon signs, it’s the ultimate digs for any Spice Girls fan. There’s even a tub of scrunchies (hello, 90s) and disco balls – the perfect additions to any girl power party.

While there’s no Posh catwalk or Baby swing (it is a real bus, after all), it does sleep three people and will be parked in Wembley Park to coincide with the Spice Girls reunion gigs at Wembley Stadium on 14th and 15th June.

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However, you should note that there are no kitchen facilities but the host will provide snacks, and you’ll have to use a temporary toilet which will be set up just outside the bus. Worth it so that you can stay on the official Spice Girls bus? Absolutely.

Take a look at the listing here.

Need more convincing? Didn’t think so.

You can book a stay on the iconic bus for up to two nights from 22nd May, with bookings opening at 8am and working on a first come first serve basis.

So set a reminder on your phone immediately.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Detective Pikachu’ Easter Eggs, the Legacy of the ‘X-Men’ Movie Franchise and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Detective Pikachu’ Easter Eggs, the Legacy of the ‘X-Men’ Movie Franchise and More

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Easter Eggs of the Day:

Millions of moviegoers went to see Pokémon: Detective Pikachu over the weekend, and the many fans among them were surely taking count of all the movie’s included Pokémon species and other references that only they would get. For those who couldn’t catch ‘em all, though, here’s Mr. Sunday Movies highlighting all the Pokémon, Easter eggs…

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Today in Movie Culture: The Women Who Inspired ‘Poms,’ ‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Women Who Inspired ‘Poms,’ ‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Commentary and More

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True Story of the Day:

Poms, a new comedy starring Diane Keaton as woman who starts a cheerleading squad in her new retirement community, is now in theaters. It’s also based on a true story. Meet the real ladies of Sun City Poms, a squad from Sun City, Arizona, in this brief report from Inside Edition:

 

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Movie About Carolina Chocolate Drops Opens NC Film Festival

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s fifth annual film festival is opening with a documentary feature about the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a group of three African Americans who turned to an 87-year-old fiddler as a mentor.

The Longleaf Film Festival opens Friday with a showing of “Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind,” which documents the journey of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and their relationship with fiddler Joe Thompson, who died in 2012. That relationship led the group to revive the black string-band tradition.

The film from John Whitehead is one of three that will show Friday at the N.C. Museum of History.

Various films will be shown Saturday, when panel discussions focused on diversity and opportunity in filmmaking and legal issues will be held.

The awards ceremony will be held Saturday evening.

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Star Wars’ Returns Again in 2022, New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and more

The Week in Movie News: ‘Star Wars’ Returns Again in 2022, New ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and more

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New Star Wars trilogy begins in three years: Disney revealed its known slate of movies for the next eight years, with dates slotted for Marvel, Avatar and Star Wars installments. The last of these franchises will kick off a whole new trilogy in December 2022 with the other two installments alternating with Avatar sequels in the same month through 2027 [via Variety].

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter Eggs, the Science of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Timeline and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter Eggs, the Science of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Timeline and More

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Easter Eggs of the Day:

This week, tickets became available for Spider-Man: Far From Home two months in advance of its release – and we got a new trailer for the sequel, too. This spot reveals a lot about how the movie relates to the events of Avengers: Endgame, but how many details did you miss? Here’s ScreenCrush with a breakdown of every Easter egg and plot clue in the latest ad for the…

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Today in Movie Culture: The Science of ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,’ Big ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Questions and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Science of ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,’ Big ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Questions and More

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Movie Science of the Day:

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu comes out this Friday, and moviegoers who aren’t well-versed in the Pokémon world may want to familiarize themselves with Pikachus, Psyducks and especially Mewtwo before heading to the theater. Going one step further, Kyle Hill of Because Science is here to explain the science behind the Mewtwo’s creation:

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Long Shot’ Director Commentary, the Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Long Shot’ Director Commentary, the Science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and More

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Director Commentary of the Day:

Long Shot, a romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, is now in theaters and receiving excellent reviews. For the New York Times in promotion of the new movie, director Jonathan Levine shares a scene in which the main characters fall for each other and offers voiceover commentary on the making of this memorable moment:

 

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The Week in Movie News: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Casts More Super Villains, First ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Trailer and more

The Week in Movie News: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Casts More Super Villains, First ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Trailer and more

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The Suicide Squad casted for Polka-Dot Man and Ratcatcher: DC’s Suicide Squad follow-up is filling out its ensemble for the titular super villain team-up. Variety reported that Portuguese actress Daniela Melchior has joined the cast of as Batman nemesis Ratcatcher, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Ant-Man actor David Dastmalchian will play the character Polka-Dot Man. Read everything…

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Exclusive Interview: The ‘Avengers Endgame’ Writers Break Down The Biggest Moments in The Movie [Spoilers!]

Exclusive Interview: The 'Avengers Endgame' Writers Break Down The Biggest Moments in The Movie [Spoilers!]

 

On the day Avengers: Endgame officially arrived in theaters — and hours before it would go on to become the film with the highest grossing opening weekend of all time — Fandango sat down for a lengthy chat with Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to answer a bunch of the most burning questions we all had walking out of that three-hour rollercoaster of emotions. What's up with the time travel? The deaths? The finale? And what is the current status of…

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Today in Movie Culture: How to Make the MCU’s Avengers-inspired Ice Cream Flavors, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘UglyDolls’ Music Video and More

Today in Movie Culture: How to Make the MCU’s Avengers-inspired Ice Cream Flavors, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘UglyDolls’ Music Video and More

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Movie Food of the Day:

Before going to see Avengers: Endgame (or after, or both), you likely caught up with or revisited Avengers: Infinity War. Did you come away wishing the fictional Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors from the movie were real? Well, thanks to the latest edition of Binging with Babish, you can learn how to make your own batches of “Stark-raving Hazelnuts” and…

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‘Toy Story 4’ makers explain why this movie is a thing that exists

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Can it be all of 24 years since we first thrilled to the adventures of Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang in the world’s first computer-animated movie, Pixar’s Toy Story?

Back in 1995, the plot revolved around Woody’s fear that he was aging out and would soon be abandoned. In Toy Story 4, which hits theaters June 21, Woody reveals that he was probably made in the mid-1950s — which made him a mere 40-something in the original movie, but puts him in his mid-60s now. Never mind aging out, he’s lucky his plastic mold is still in one piece. 

So why bring the sheriff (and his posse) out of retirement? After all, Toy Story 3 (2010) ended with as complete and jaw-dropping a finale as you’re ever likely to see. The toys face death together in a furnace, then their owner Andy leaves for college and gives them all away to a girl named Bonnie, explaining their emotional impact on his childhood. Dry eyes when you left the theater were not an option.  Read more…

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Today in Movie Culture: Everything You Missed in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ How ‘Blade’ Led to the MCU and More

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Easter Eggs of the Day:

Now that everyone on Earth has apparently seen Avengers: Endgame, according to the billion dollars it made over one weekend, it’s time to get into spoiler territory on the 22nd Marvel Cinematic Universe installment. So, here’s Mr. Sunday Movies with an amusing deep dive into all the Easter eggs and other important details you may have missed:

 

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Bond 25’ Cast and Plot Revealed, First ‘Gemini Man’ Trailer and More

The Week in Movie News: ‘Bond 25’ Cast and Plot Revealed, First ‘Gemini Man’ Trailer and More

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Bond 25 plot revealed: As production on the next James Bond movie kicks off, the cast was officially confirmed to include Rami Malek as the villain plus Captain Marvel’s Lashanna Lynch while Phoebe Waller-Bridge was also confirmed as a co-writer. Also, an official plot synopsis revealed 007’s latest mission involves the rescue of a kidnapped scientist. Read more about the movie,…

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Today in Movie Culture: The Evolution of Thanos in the MCU, What if ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Was Real and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Evolution of Thanos in the MCU, What if ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Was Real and More

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Franchise Recap of the Day:

Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters and already breaking records at the box office. Fans are still preparing for the new release, though, and recaps of what’s happened previously in the Marvel Cinematic Universe keep on coming to help those in need. Here’s Burger Fiction’s take, an evolution of the franchise from Iron Man through the latest installment:…

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ 1980s Style, How ‘Captain Marvel’ Should Have Ended and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ 1980s Style, How ‘Captain Marvel’ Should Have Ended and More

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Alternate Timeline Movie of the Day:

Ready for Avengers: Endgame? Heading to the multiplex tonight to be one of the first to see it? Well, fans in another dimension have already been enjoying it for decades. Maybe. Darth Blender’s latest retro trailer redo shows us what Endgame would have looked like had it been produced 30 years ago, starring such 1980s icons as John Stamos and ALF:…

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2019 Summer Movie Preview: See Over 30 Exclusive Images

2019 Summer Movie Preview: See Over 30 Exclusive Images

2019 is shaping up to be another massive summer at the movies! From giant action blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw to highly anticipated family movies like Detective Pikachu, Toy Story 4 and The Secret Life of Pets 2, there will definitely be something for everyone as school ends and we jump into the most exciting time of year at the movie theater. 

Fandango's official 2019 Summer Movie Preview is live now…

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Easter Eggs, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Name Their Favorite MCU Moments and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Easter Eggs, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Name Their Favorite MCU Moments and More

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The Curse of La Llorona was the top-grossing movie over the weekend in its theatrical debut, and now everyone knows about its association with a certain horror franchise. Right? Either way, here’s Zac Morris of CZsWorld detailing all the connections to other movies, as well a look at how La Llorona sets up a possible sequel:

 

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The Week in Movie News: John Cena Joins ‘The Suicide Squad,’ New ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Trailer and More

The Week in Movie News: John Cena Joins ‘The Suicide Squad,’ New ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Trailer and More

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John Cena to star in The Suicide Squad: The Suicide Squad sequel may be acquiring some serious muscle, as Variety reported this week that WWE superstar turned actor John Cena is joining the ensemble cast in an unknown role. The Suicide Squad will be his first comic book adaptation, and you can read all about the movie here.

Ma Dong-seok joins The Eternals: Meanwhile, over at Marvel,…

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Today in Movie Culture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia, ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia, ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Director Commentary and More

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Movie Franchise Trivia of the Day:

With one week to go before Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, everyone is looking back at the last 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For their recapping fun, IMDb and narrator Brandon Hardesty share some trivial information in a video that breaks the MCU down by the numbers:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Recap, Marvel Superheroes in Real Life, ‘Us’ VFX Breakdown and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Recap, Marvel Superheroes in Real Life, ‘Us’ VFX Breakdown and More

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Franchise Recap of the Day:

Avengers: Endgame hits theaters in one week. Are you ready? Do you remember what’s happened up until this new installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If not, editor Clark Zhu has compiled a recap of just the events of the movies in Phase 3 of the MCU. As a reminder, this section of the franchise begins with Captain America: Civil War and includes eight more pieces…

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Today in Movie Culture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Recap, ’Iron Man’ vs. ‘Batman,’ ‘Us’ in Claymation and More

Today in Movie Culture: Marvel Cinematic Universe Recap, ’Iron Man' vs. ‘Batman,’ ‘Us’ in Claymation and More

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Franchise Recap of the Day:

We’re less than two weeks from the release of Avengers: Endgame, and that might not be enough time for you to catch up with or revisit all the 21 installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of time. Fortunately, ScreenRant has a recap of the franchise to get you ready for the epic new sequel:

 

Mashup of the Day:

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel in the Works, First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser and More

The Week in Movie News: ‘Shazam!’ Sequel in the Works, First ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Teaser and More

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DC plans more Shazam!: The latest installment of the DC Extended Universe was a hit at the box office last weekend, and so naturally there’s going to be a sequel. While there’s no release date set nor a confirmation of Zachary Levi’s return, Shazam! screenwriter Henry Gayden has been hired to pen Shazam 2, according to The Wrap. David F. Sandberg may also return to direct….

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Her Smell’ Music Video, ‘Hellboy’ Musical Parody, ‘Missing Link’ VFX Breakdown and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Her Smell’ Music Video, ‘Hellboy’ Musical Parody, ‘Missing Link’ VFX Breakdown and More

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Music Video of the Day:

Alex Ross Perry’s punk rock movie Her Smell hits theaters today, and to showcase one of its tunes, Gunpowder & Sky released a music video for the fictional all-female band The Akergirls. Watch Her Smell stars Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Dylan Gelula, who perform “Can’t Wait”:

 

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BREAKING: BROOKLYN 99’s Stephanie Beatriz Joins The Movie Cast of IN THE HEIGHTS; Olga Merediz & Daphne Rubin-Vega ‘In Talks’

Vulture reports that Stephanie Bratriz will play Carla in the IN THE HEIGHTS movie. The film is set for a 2020 release and will film uptown this summer. She joins the recently announced Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barerra, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and Jimmy Smits.
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Audition Video of the Day:

Tickets for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu are now on sale! To mark the occasion, Ryan Reynolds, voice of the title character, shared a behind-the-scenes look at the movie’s casting process. This compilation of audition clips also doubles as a guide to the Pokémon appearing in the video game adaptation:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Missing Link’ Music Video, ‘Shazam!’ Easter Eggs, the Real Places That Inspired ‘Pet Sematary’ and More

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Music Video of the Day:

Laika’s latest stop-motion animated feature, Missing Link, arrives in theaters this Friday, but you can listen to a single off its soundtrack now. Actually, you can also watch the music video for the song, a cover of Walter Martin’s “Do-Dilly-Do (A Friend Like You)” performed by Sofia Reyes, courtesy of Warner Music here:

 

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‘The Haunting of Sharon Tate’: Inside the Crazy Hilary Duff Movie That Desecrates the Dead

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The Haunting of Sharon Tate is a movie about fate. Tate, played by Hilary Duff, is kept awake at night by visions of her impending death. Just like the Haunting audience, Tate knows that her murder is inevitable. It happened years ago—a semi-random, terrible slaughter orchestrated by Charles Manson and his cult family. What Manson conceived of at the time as deliberate chaos is now just history—a horrible thing that happened because an evil person willed it into being. Sharon Tate’s death did not usher in the apocalypse, and Charles Manson died in prison. It’s a tragic, pointless story, and it’s the one that Sharon Tate will always be remembered for. The Haunting of Sharon Tate imagines a world in which the actress’s death, and therefore her legacy, was narrowly avoided, imbuing the star with the foresight and agency to predict and prevent her own murder.

Director Daniel Farrands’ conceit reportedly traces back to a tabloid’s claim that Tate had a premonition that she would die a full year before the Manson family invasion. The image of an ill-fated starlet plagued by visions of a disturbing future is a vivid one, but one that a basic sense of courtesy and propriety would prohibit most people from converting into a feature-length film. It’s a thought experiment best suited for private contemplation: a young Sharon Tate pregnant with premonition, bewildered and terrified, as a vision of Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff playing her in a poorly written 2019 snuff film flashes before her eyes.

Throughout the film, Tate repeatedly wonders if fate can be tampered with, or if we’re all “slaves to our own destiny.” The Haunting of Sharon Tate marks a fate so strange, unpredictable, and cruel that no one ever could have seen it coming—but someone probably could have, and should have, stopped it.

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The Haunting of Sharon Tate is a movie about fate. Tate, played by Hilary Duff, is kept awake at night by visions of her impending death. Just like the Haunting audience, Tate knows that her murder is inevitable. It happened years ago—a semi-random, terrible slaughter orchestrated by Charles Manson and his cult family. What Manson conceived of at the time as deliberate chaos is now just history—a horrible thing that happened because an evil person willed it into being. Sharon Tate’s death did not usher in the apocalypse, and Charles Manson died in prison. It’s a tragic, pointless story, and it’s the one that Sharon Tate will always be remembered for. The Haunting of Sharon Tate imagines a world in which the actress’s death, and therefore her legacy, was narrowly avoided, imbuing the star with the foresight and agency to predict and prevent her own murder.

Director Daniel Farrands’ conceit reportedly traces back to a tabloid’s claim that Tate had a premonition that she would die a full year before the Manson family invasion. The image of an ill-fated starlet plagued by visions of a disturbing future is a vivid one, but one that a basic sense of courtesy and propriety would prohibit most people from converting into a feature-length film. It’s a thought experiment best suited for private contemplation: a young Sharon Tate pregnant with premonition, bewildered and terrified, as a vision of Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff playing her in a poorly written 2019 snuff film flashes before her eyes.

Throughout the film, Tate repeatedly wonders if fate can be tampered with, or if we’re all “slaves to our own destiny.” The Haunting of Sharon Tate marks a fate so strange, unpredictable, and cruel that no one ever could have seen it coming—but someone probably could have, and should have, stopped it.

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The Week in Movie News: First ‘Joker’ Teaser Trailer, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ’Black Widow’ Casting and More

The Week in Movie News: First ‘Joker’ Teaser Trailer, ‘Suicide Squad’ and ’Black Widow’ Casting and More

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Rachel Weisz and David Harbour to co-star in Black Widow: Marvel’s Black Widow is getting ready to start filming this summer by filling out its supporting cast with prestige players and rising stars. This week we learned Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Hellboy’s David Harbour will join Scarlett Johansson for the solo superhero prequel. Learn everything we know so far…

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Pet Sematary’ Plot Song and Easter Eggs, ‘Shazam!’ Spoofs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Pet Sematary’ Plot Song and Easter Eggs, ‘Shazam!' Spoofs and More

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Mashup of the Day:

What if instead of a graveyard that resurrected your pets, it’s a place where animals were given celebrity voices? Funny or Die has mashed up the new Pet Sematary with the Eddie Murphy version of Dr. Dolittle for a very different sort of horror movie, one where talking bears and raccoons are the threat that the Creed family fears most:

 

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The Eternals: Kumail Nanjiani in Talks for Cosmic Marvel Movie

Kumail Nanjiani, known for his work on The Big Sick and Silicon Valley, is reportedly in talks to star in Marvel’s The Eternals.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Nanjiani is in negotiations to star alongside Angelina Jolie in this cosmic adaptation that centers around super-powered aliens and their monstrous offshoots. The Eternals is allegedly one of two films that Marvel is getting ready to film this year, the second of which is possibly the long-gestating solo Black Widow film.

While there’s currently no word on who Nanjiani will play, many anticipate that Jolie will star as Sersi, an Eternal who often lives among mortals and partakes in important historical events.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Fandom on Display, an Expert’s Guide to the Iconic Weapons of the MCU and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Fandom on Display,  an Expert’s Guide to the Iconic Weapons of the MCU and More

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Cosplay of the Day:

Shazam! is now in theaters, and that means we’re seeing fans everywhere dressing up as the titular superhero as they flock to their local screenings. Here’s a group of cosplayers at a showing in the Philippines who didn’t just stop at representing Shazam. They’ve got a Billy Batson, a Freddy Freeman, a villainous Dr. Sivana and even the Wizard Shazam:…

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Remembering ‘10 Things I Hate About You’: The Movie That Made Us Fall in Love With Heath Ledger

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Your favorite classic teen movie says a lot about you. It’s a statement about your preferred aesthetics and your taste level. One single reference tells new friends and first dates everything they need to know, from how popular you were in high school to how likely you are to currently own a Cher Horowitz-style cropped plaid skirt suit. Clueless fans have a CliffsNotes understanding of the classics and a deep-seated belief in the transformative powers of a makeover (they love Queer Eye). Superbad aficionados think they’re a lot funnier than they are, and secretly wonder if #MeToo has gone too far. John Hughes diehards have unhealthy romantic relationships, The Craft enthusiasts live in Bushwick, and Cruel Intentions stans have FetLife accounts and ship Cersei and Jaime Lannister.

And then there’s 10 Things I Hate About You. Twenty years later, this movie is still by far the best classic teen flick to associate yourself with. It’s less basic than Mean Girls, more highbrow than Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and isn’t totally cringeworthy by 2019 standards (see: Grease, Sixteen Candles). Identifying with 10 Things I Hate About You tells the world that you also know who The Raincoats are, and that you can appreciate the rarified delights of a high school rom-com that culminates in a Shakespearean sonnet. Just don’t be that guy who feels the need to point out that Kat’s final homework assignment isn’t in iambic pentameter.

The iconic 1999 adaptation takes Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and gives it a riot grrrl twist. The clunky plot finds two Seattle sisters, Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) and Katarina Stratford (Julia Stiles), being wooed, respectively, by a very fresh-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt and breakout star Heath Ledger. Kat is an outspoken feminist and literal ball-buster, which apparently makes her the most undateable senior at Padua High, despite the fact that she is literally Julia Stiles and a thousand times cooler than the “unwashed miscreants” she goes to school with. The Stratford sisters’ comically-overprotective dad (Larry Miller) decrees that the boy-crazy Bianca can only date when Kat does. Gordon-Levitt’s Cameron convinces the most popular and odious boy in school (Andrew Keegan) to pay Ledger’s Patrick Verona to take Kat out, at which point Cameron plans to swoop in and romance Bianca himself.

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The Week in Movie News: Angelina Jolie Joins the MCU, Michael B. Jordan to Play 400-Year-Old Man and More

The Week in Movie News: Angelina Jolie Joins the MCU, Michael B. Jordan to Play 400-Year-Old Man and More

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Angelina Jolie to star in The Eternals: After being in the mix to direct Captain Marvel, megastar Angelina Jolie could finally join the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in front of the screen rather than behind the scenes. The actress is in talks to play an undisclosed character in The Eternals, a cosmic comic book adaptation that you can read all about here.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ as an ‘80s Movie, The History of Disney’s Live-Action Remakes and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ as an ‘80s Movie, The History of Disney’s Live-Action Remakes and More

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Alternate Timeline Movie of the Day:

Shazam! is totally inspired by ‘80s comedies, including Big, but what if the DC superhero movie was actually made around 30 years ago? Here’s a reworking of Shazam! by Sam Ibrahim that makes it look like an ad you’d find on an ‘80s VHS tape, complete with Huey Lewis and the News on the soundtrack:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Dumbo’ Director Commentary, Animated ‘Shazam!’ Promo and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Dumbo’ Director Commentary, Animated ‘Shazam!’ Promo and More

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Director Commentary of the Day:

With Dumbo hitting theaters tonight, Vanity Fair got director Tim Burton to discuss one of the big moments of Disney’s live-action reimagining of their animated classic. Burton is joined by legendary costume designer Colleen Atwood as they comment on the look of the movie’s Dreamland parade sequence:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Us’ Easter Eggs and Plot Song, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in Lego and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Us’ Easter Eggs and Plot Song, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in Lego and More

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Easter Eggs of the Day:

If you’ve seen Us, as millions of people did over the weekend, you might have some questions about the meanings of various elements. This video from CZsWorld details all the movie’s Easter eggs and also offers analysis of everything from the rabbits to the repeated number 11 to the reference to Hands Across America:

 

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Say ‘Shazam!’ For An Exclusive Clip Of The Movie, and Get Tickets To See It Two Weeks Early

Say 'Shazam!' For An Exclusive Clip Of The Movie, and Get Tickets To See It Two Weeks Early

Can you keep a secret? On March 23, you can be among the very first to see Shazam! when Fandango brings the latest DC Comics movie to theaters nationwide for one day only prior to its official April 5 release. To grab tickets and find out where Shazam! will be screening early by you, fly on over to our Fandango Early Access page right here.

To celebrate these Early Access screenings, we're debuting an exclusive clip from the film. To see how Billy Batson (Asher Angel) deals with the…

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‘Shazam!’ is a superhero movie for kids, and that’s a great thing

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It’s been a long time since superheroes could be dismissed as mere kid stuff, thanks to stories as intelligent as Black Panther or as disturbing as The Dark Knight or as gleefully inappropriate as Deadpool.

But lost in all the praise over how mature and thoughtful and boundary-pushing these films can be is the fact that, well, superheroes are kid stuff. Most of us first fell in love with these larger-than-life crusaders as children, over comic books or Saturday morning cartoons or family trips to the multiplex.

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‘Pet Sematary’ Tickets Now on Sale: Watch The Stars and Filmmakers Explain The Biggest Changes Between Book and Movie

'Pet Sematary' Tickets Now on Sale: Watch The Stars and Filmmakers Explain The Biggest Changes Between Book and Movie

Fresh off its frightening debut at SXSW, where it was identified as the scariest movie to see as soon as possible, Pet Sematary is heading to theaters with terrific early buzz. In the latest adaptation of Stephen King's iconic novel, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz star as parents who move their family to a beautiful new home with the best of intentions, never suspecting that they will soon be unleashing undead terrors that they could never have imagined. John Lithgow also stars as a kindly…

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Today in Movie Culture: Jordan Peele’s Guides to Horror Movies, ‘Us’ as a Superhero Movie and More

Today in Movie Culture: Jordan Peele’s Guides to Horror Movies, ‘Us’ as a Superhero Movie and More

 

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Genre Guide of the Day:

As his new horror movie, Us, arrives in theaters this weekend, writer/director Jordan Peele teamed up with the Wall Street Journal for a video guide to the genre of scares and iconic slashers. Find out Peele’s feelings about horror tropes, final girls, and the best scary movie villains to team-up for an Avengers of horror:

 

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The Week in Movie News: Noah Centineo is He-Man, First ’Toy Story 4’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Trailers and more

The Week in Movie News: Noah Centineo is He-Man, First ’Toy Story 4’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Trailers and more

 

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Noah Centineo to play He-Man: Sony and Mattel may have finally found their new He-Man, as The Wrap revealed that Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) has the power of Grayskull and is in talks to star as Prince Adam in the action figure and ‘80s cartoon adaptation Masters of the Universe.

 

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Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

Today in Movie Culture: How Jordan Peele Transitioned From Comedy to Horror, Nicolas Cage in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and More

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Filmmaker in Focus:

With Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature, Us, hitting theaters this weekend, Vulture looks at the filmmaker’s career as he seamlessly jumped from being a sketch comedy star to the hottest new horror writer and director. The key to the transition, as pointed out in this video, is that comedy and horror aren’t that dissimilar:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Meets ‘Big,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ VFX Breakdown and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Shazam!’ Meets ‘Big,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ VFX Breakdown and More

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Mashup of the Day:

Well, this was inevitable. Ever wish Tom Hanks had starred in a superhero movie? Shazam! is heavily inspired by the classic Hanks-led fantasy comedy Big, so Nerdist went ahead and perfectly mashed the trailer for the new entry in the DC Extended Universe franchise with that and other Hanks movies, including The ‘Burbs and Joe Versus the Volcano:

 

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Aaron Paul Addresses ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Reports: ‘It Has to Star Jessie’

News on the “Breaking Bad” movie seems to be coming in fits and starts. At the Sun Valley Film Festival on Friday, series star Aaron Paul didn’t confirm whether he was involved in the upcoming movie sequel, which will first air on Netflix and then AMC, as Variety reported in February, but did indicate that […]

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The Week in Movie News: James Gunn Returns for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Finds a Director and More

The Week in Movie News: James Gunn Returns for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,’ Marvel’s ‘Shang-Chi’ Finds a Director and More

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James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Disney and Marvel Studios reinstated James Gunn as the director of the third Guardians of the Galaxy movie after the studio had fired him last summer over inappropriate past social media content. Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians installments, had already scripted Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but the sequel is still delayed…

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Today in Movie Culture: If J. Jonah Jameson Was in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Actresses Almost Cast as Captain Marvel and More

Today in Movie Culture: If J. Jonah Jameson Was in ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Actresses Almost Cast as Captain Marvel and More

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Character Reprisal of the Day:

J. Jonah Jameson hasn’t made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet, but many fans wish J.K. Simmons could just reprise the role as he played in the first Spider-Man trilogy. That might never happen, but at least here’s an animation of a Simmons-voiced Jameson as he would appear in Avengers: Endgame:

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Easter Eggs, ‘Apollo 11’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Easter Eggs, ‘Apollo 11’ Director Commentary and More

 

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Easter Eggs of the Day:

Marvel dropped a surprise new trailer for Avengers: Endgame today, and Mr. Sunday Movies quickly created this video highlighting all the Easter eggs and also breaking down everything we learned about the highly anticipated sequel with the latest spot:

 

Superhero Parody of the Day:

Speaking of the Avengers movies, the Hulk was spoofed in a Saturday Night…

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Eggs, Trivia, Timeline Explanation, Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Easter Eggs, Trivia, Timeline Explanation, Director Commentary and More

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Congratulation of the Day:

Women supporting each other comes through wonderfully in this fan art used by Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot to congratulate Captain Marvel Brie Larson on the latter’s movie becoming the new box office champ for female-led superhero releases:

PHOTO: Gal Gadot on Instagram. from r/DC_Cinematic

 

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Milicent Patrick helped invent a new kind of animation at Disney. She was the first woman to work in special effects for a movie studio. And she designed sci-fi and horror creatures that would go on to influence filmmakers from Steven Spielberg to Guillermo del Toro. Patrick was such a big deal in her day…
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Today in Movie Culture: Captain Marvel Meets Wonder Woman, the Science of ‘Captain Marvel’ and More

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Supercut of the Day:

In honor of International Women’s Day, and fitting with the opening of Captain Marvel, Movieclips has compiled an awesome supercut of badass women in the movies, including Halloween, Kill Bill, The Matrix, and parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

 

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The Week in Movie News: Idris Elba to Join ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ First ‘Midsommar’ Trailer and More

The Week in Movie News: Idris Elba to Join ‘Suicide Squad 2,’ First ‘Midsommar’ Trailer and More

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Idris Elba to star in Suicide Squad 2: Will Smith is unable to reprise his role as Deadshot for Suicide Squad 2, but the character will appear in the sequel, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, none other than Idris Elba is set to be the replacement. Meanwhile, Collider has the scoop on the new characters we’ll see in the movie, one of which could be played by Dave Bautista.

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ as an Animated Feature, Alternate ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Ending and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ as an Animated Feature, Alternate ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Ending and More

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Remade Trailer of the Day:

What if Captain Marvel was an animated feature? Darth Blender cut together bits from old Avengers and Spider-Man cartoons featuring Captain Marvel and Nick Fury to remake the new live-action superhero movie’s original trailer in a new format:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Brings Back a ‘90s Fad, Eddie Vedder and Judy Garland Cover ‘A Star is Born’ Songs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Brings Back a ‘90s Fad, Eddie Vedder and Judy Garland Cover ‘A Star is Born’ Songs and More

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Cosplay of the Day:

Let’s get the week of the release of Captain Marvel started right with this little fan cosplaying as the movie’s title character at the premiere last week. Representation and adorability have never gone so well together, have they?

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Captain Marvel comics to read if you’re excited about the movie

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Captain Marvel is a complicated superhero with a complicated backstory. Luckily there are a bunch of great comics to help you figure it out.

Captain Marvel is gearing up to be one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, sending the Marvel cinematic universe into the distant past (the ’90s) to give us the story of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel was first introduced to the world in 1967, created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, which means there’s been a whole lot of Captain Marvel comic books over the years. Captain Marvel has gone through a handful of iterations over the decades, with multiple people carrying the Captain Marvel (the most recent being Danvers). Read more…

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The Week in Movie News: Oscar Winners and Highlights, ‘Aquaman 2’ Officially in the Works and More

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Green Book named Best Picture: The 91st Academy Awards were held last weekend, with Hollywood’s elite naming the best in movies and performances of last year. Green Book won the Oscar for Best Picture, while Rami Malek and Olivia Colman took the awards for lead acting, in Bohemian Rhapsody and The Favourite, respectively. See the full list of winners here and check out the ceremony’s…

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Geoffrey Owens To Star In A New Syfy-Slasher Movie

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Church folks will tell you that what the devil meant for evil, God meant for good. Last year, when a woman took a picture of the actor bagging groceries at Trader Joes, she might have done so as a way to shame him, to document and spread his perceived “fall from grace.”

But the exposure from the tweet, reminded fans of “The Cosby Show” of Owens. And not only that, the support he received as a result helped put him in the position he’s in today. He was able to attend the Emmy Award recently. Tyler Perry offered him a role in one of his films and Nicki Minaj offered him $ 25,000, the latter of which he declined, preferring to earn his money instead.

And now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, it seems he’s done just that. Owens will star in the pilot for a new Syfy show “(Future) Cult Classic.”

Owens has joined the cast for the project produced by “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels.

In the show, a serial killer, obsessed with 1990’s slasher movies, stalks a group of teenagers 18-years in the future when violent crime is almost nonexistent. The teens recognize they’re being followed and decide to track down the killers themselves.

Owens will play Detective Moscowitz. According to HR, he’s “an old school cop out of his element in a tech-based society. Although he’s rusty, his instincts quickly return when an old-school string of murders shocks his community.”

This is not the only role Owens has secured since his name re-entered public conversation. He has also appeared in OWN’s “The Haves and Have Nots” and has booked guest roles on “NCIS” New Orleans” and “Billions.”

Good for Geoffrey!

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Greta’ Director Commentary, ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Nods to Past Spider-Man Movies and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Greta’ Director Commentary, ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Nods to Past Spider-Man Movies and More

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Greta is now in theaters, so for the New York Times, Neil Jordan breaks down a big scene from the thriller featuring a spat between Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Hubbert with a voiceover commentary:

 

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Today in Movie Culture: A 1990s Version of ‘Captain Marvel,’ a Real ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Fire Sword and More

Today in Movie Culture: A 1990s Version of ‘Captain Marvel,’ a Real ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Fire Sword and More

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Alternate Decade Movie of the Day:

We’re about a week away from Captain Marvel hitting theaters. What if it had really come out 24 years ago? Nerdist recut and altered the latest trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment to make it look like a 1995 release:

 

Cosplay of the Day:

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Villain Guide, the Evolution of Regina King and More

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Movie Backstory of the Day:

We’re less than two weeks away from the release of Captain Marvel, and that’s still plenty of time to get acquainted with the title character, her backstory, and how she fits into Marvel Comics and now the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To help with some of the context for the new movie, Marvel Entertainment has created a helpful guide to Skrulls, the alien race that…

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Black Woman Creates Documentary Setting Record Straight About ‘Green Book’ Movie

Yoruba Richen, an award-winning documentary filmmaker has a new documentary out that tells the true story about black people and the infamous Green Book motorist handbook.

Richen is the writer and director of The Green Book: Guide to Freedom. It tells the story behind the infamous ‘Green Book’ that African Americans used as a guide to travel safely throughout the Jim Crow-era South.

According to a press release about the film:

“The film tells the story of the rise the African American middle class in Detroit, journeys to the oasis of Idlewild (a vacation community in western Michigan where blacks were able to retreat to their “Black Eden” in peace) and the iconic A. G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama—a pivotal location in the civil rights movement. The story of The Green Book embodies a quintessential American contradiction—while its creation speaks to the horrors of racial injustices in our past, its success shows the resolve of African Americans to thrive in a world that seemed to root for their failure by means of discrimination, violence and ignominy.”

In an interview with Black Enterprise, Richen discussed her motivation to create the film.

When did you start work on the Smithsonian Channel documentary?
I was approached about the film in the summer of 2017 by the production company Impossible Factual who had the idea to do a documentary surrounding the Green Book. I didn’t know about the Green Book at first but was immediately interested and intrigued to get involved once I learned more about it. It was a story that hadn’t been told before with the opportunity to explore so many themes and storylines within the black experience.

What was your primary motivation to get involved?
I’m a filmmaker who’s interested in exploring complexity and uncovering stories that haven’t been told. The Green Book was such an interesting and important part of our history and a deeper dive into its creation and background hadn’t been told before. As we were filming, even more themes emerged and I was excited to see how that shaped and developed the final documentary you’ll see on the Smithsonian Channel.

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What are two major things that you think people will learn from watching?

Viewers will learn about the importance of the automobile to the African American community and how it was both similar and different to white Americans. The automotive industry played a pivotal role in creating jobs for African Americans and attracting them to settle down in various states throughout the U.S. The automobile also symbolized the quest for freedom and mobility, which it did also for the African American community, but they also had specific challenges to obtain those things. The Green Book was also not used to navigate potential threats of violence but provided a tool to find vacations and recreation spots which African Americans have been seeking and creating forever now.

Do you think the documentary will have any impact on the movie winning the Oscars?
I truly can’t say if the documentary will have an impact on the film winning but I do hope the fiction film will bring attention to our version and perspective of the Green Book and that they will watch the documentary!

The Green Book has been the focus of much attention since the release of the Green Book Hollywood movie. The movie tells the story of musician Don Shirley and his white chauffeur and later actor, Frank Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga as they travel through the Southern United States for an eight-week concert tour Shirley is scheduled to play. Vallelonga, who is from New York, is given a copy of the Green Book, a guide that actually existed, that instructed African American travelers on where to find safe havens throughout the deeply-segregated ’60s South. It is based on a real-life story. The movie is a contender for several Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Actor for star Viggo Mortenson, and Best Supporting Actor for co-star Mahershala Ali.

The relatives of Don Shirley have since come out blasting the Hollywood movie version for what they call its lies about the relationship between Shirley and Vallelonga.

Richen’s documentary, The Green Book: Guide to Freedom will premiere on The Smithsonian Channel Monday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and is available to stream on the Smithsonian Channel app. Watch a trailer of the film here.

 

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Today in Movie Culture: Thanos Reviews the Best Picture Nominees, the True Stories of ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and More

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Oscar Nominees Recap of the Day:

The Oscars are just a few days away, and for the occasion, the animated web series Villain Pub got Thanos from Avengers: Infinity War to comment on all the Best Picture contenders, including A Star is Born, Green Book and fellow Marvel movie Black Panther:

 

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‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’: See Exclusive Character Posters, Watch New Trailer

'The Angry Birds Movie 2': See Exclusive Character Posters, Watch New Trailer

Don't get them mad! A competitive yet friendly collection of flighted creatures gather in The Angry Birds Movie 2. Led by the feisty Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), they have proven their ability to overcome great odds in order to defend their home on Bird Island against invaders, such as villainous pigs, in the past.

Our exclusive debut of the teaser poster suggests an icy location where the new animated adventure will be heading. Check it out below.

 

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Captain Marvel’ Parody, Oscar Nominee Impersonations, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Easter Eggs and More

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Movie Trailer Parody of the Day:

Captain Marvel tickets are now on sale, and while we wait for the release of the highly anticipated next entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s time to watch a Toon Sandwich animated parody of the movie, in which the titular hero’s biggest weapon is her snarky attitude:

 

 

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The Week in Movie News: First ‘Frozen 2’ Trailer; New ‘Terminator’ Title and More

The Week in Movie News: First ‘Frozen 2’ Trailer; New ‘Terminator’ Title and More

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Terminator 6 has a new name: The next installment in the Terminator franchise, a retconning reboot that will bring back Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger, has a new working title: Terminator: Dark Fate. Find out everything else we know about the sequel here.

 

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‘Breaking Bad’ movie starring Aaron Paul reportedly heading to AMC, Netflix

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If the rumors are true, Breaking Bad is coming back with a sequel on Netflix and AMC.

A Breaking Bad movie starring Aaron Paul as Jesse will be coming to Netflix and AMC, according to unnamed sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. This latest rumor follows up on the rumor previously reported by the same outlet that there’s a two-hour Breaking Bad movie in the works with the original show’s creator Vince Gilligan at the helm.

Aaron Paul will be reprising his role as Jesse Pinkman in the movie, THR reports. The movie will be a sequel to the events of Breaking Bad, which means it’s unlikely we’d see Walter White again, but perhaps some other familiar faces could pop up. Read more…

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Watergate movie was meant to be funny. Then came Trump

Director Charles Ferguson’s film recounts the fall of President Richard Nixon, starting with the break-in by thieves seeking material to help his election campaign at the Democratic Party’s offices in Washington’s Watergate complex. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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The Week in Movie News: New ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Trailers and More

The Week in Movie News: New ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Us’ Trailers and More

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Wicked this way comes in 2021: After many years of Universal planning for a movie version of Wicked, the musical adaptation has set a release date for December 2021 with Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry at the helm. Find out everything we know about the movie here.

 

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How Netflix’s High Flying Bird Upends the Conventions of the Sports Movie

There’s no game-winning miracle dunk in High Flying Bird, a new basketball film from Steven Soderbergh that arrived on Netflix on Friday. There’s no training montage, rousing halftime speech or pint-sized surprise hero, either.

Instead, the film is driven by backroom machinations, Sorkin-esque walk-and-talks and tense face-offs over cups of tea.

But while the film mostly lacks basketball, it is more true to the state of modern professional basketball than most other films about the sport—and it strikingly captures the current power struggle of black athletes as they battle with owners for player autonomy, free speech and billions of dollars in revenue.

The film follows the fictional agent Ray Burke (André Holland) in the midst of the contentious 2011 NBA lockout. He works to outmaneuver a cutthroat team owner (Kyle MacLachlan) in lockout negotiations, expand the mindset of a downtrodden, debt-ridden rookie (Melvin Gregg) and team up with a steely player’s union executive (Sonja Sohn) to alter the economic structure of the league.

The stakes may initially appear lower than other Soderbergh films—like drug trade in Traffic or corporate corruption in Erin Brockovich. But the heart of the movie’s conflict lies in the control and commodification of black bodies. One character compares the NBA draft to a slave auction; another recounts the NBA’s white-only origins, describing the league’s integration in 1950 as a “game on top of a game”: a system used by wealthy white owners used to control players’ movements, image rights and earnings.

The fierce and dense screenplay was written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won an Oscar in 2016 for co-writing Moonlight. Like that film, High Flying Bird champions characters who search for radical ways to survive and transcend unjust systems. McCraney explained a driving factor behind both films in an interview with GQ this month: “On one hand, the American dream is being carroted in front of us, but on the other, the stick of oppression is beating us.”

McCraney, Soderbergh and Holland (who co-produced the film) situate the film within a lineage of black protest. It takes its name from the Richie Havens version of a folk song that poignantly calls for freedom. And Ray treats the sociologist Harry Edwards’ 1969 book The Revolt of the Black Athlete as a sacred text. In that book, Edwards outlines the systematic discrimination faced by black athletes and recounts his efforts to create a black boycott of the 1968 Olympics, which led to a Black Power salute in Mexico City. “They tell the world that the Games are free of discrimination, a wonderful example of fair play to everyone,” he writes. “Meanwhile, neglect kills off your people faster than you can sprint.”

Edwards himself appears in High Flying Bird, forging a direct link between a time when black superstars like Bill Russell had to sleep in separate hotels and a new era of protest. Edwards now serves as Colin Kaepernick’s advisor and works with many sports teams; he remains vocal about what he terms the “social, physiological and cultural scaffolding that allows individual bias and prejudice to find affirmation in discriminatory actions.”

In the same way that Edwards worked to debunk the rosy vision of sports presented by the Olympics, McCraney and Soderbergh use High Flying Bird to rebel against the utopian construct of sports movies. Films like White Men Can’t Jump, Glory Road and The Blind Side propagate the idea that sports can drive equality; that class and race tensions vanish while on the hardwood or gridiron through a shared determination and perseverance.

High Flying Bird, in contrast, is far more cynical. “The league is a business,” Ray reprimands Erick. “Business. We are in business.” While Michael Jordan won his freedom through a buzzer beater in Space Jam, High Flying Bird quashes the notion that on-court victory even matters. The film’s NBA isn’t a conduit for greatness but rather a cold, unfeeling corporation in which MacLachlan’s snot-rocketing executive profits off of black men scraping against each other in a zero-sum game. High Flying Bird could be called an anti-Sports Movie: its goal is not to uplift, but rather to provoke, mobilize and envision a future in which the players themselves own the league. And in contrast to the sweeping cinematography of other sports films, High Flying Bird was shot on an iPhone.

In real life, the 2011 lockout ended in relative defeat for the players’ union, as NBA owners forced players to accept a reduction in their share of revenue. But since then, players have taken steps to increase both their income and agency, drastically changing the landscape of the league.

LeBron James, in particular, has been revolutionary in how he wields power over his own career. He has encouraged other players to follow his lead in claiming autonomy, and he condemned a double standard that shackles devoted superstars to teams while allowing owners to trade them when it suits their business strategy. (On Wednesday, he took to Instagram to criticize the way in which Harrison Barnes was unceremoniously shipped off for a trade during a game.) This season has seen several stars—including Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis—use their leverage to forge their own career paths rather than stay beholden to team owners.

These efforts have been aided by the rise of social media and other online outlets that allow players to control their own public image and speak out on political and social causes. James famously tangled with Donald Trump on Twitter, while Kevin Love opened a dialogue about mental health issues on The Players’ Tribune, a media platform founded by Derek Jeter.

Meanwhile, a massive $ 24-billion TV deal, combined with a favorable 2017 bargaining agreement negotiated by Michele Roberts, the leader of the N.B.A.’s players union, landed huge payday opportunities for young stars, 45 percent raises for players on minimum contracts and higher minimum salaries for veterans.

In High Flying Bird, Ray aims even higher, dreaming of a radical player-owned league in which games are streamed straight to YouTube or Netflix. Such a drastic shift seems unlikely any time soon. Until then, activists, filmmakers, and the players will continue to work to challenge power structures and shake the perception that athletes are not looked at as “super animals,” as Edwards wrote in 1969, but treated with full humanity.

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Interview: ‘Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Director Mike Mitchell

Interview: 'Lego Movie 2: The Second Part' Director Mike Mitchell

In 2014, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller gifted us The Lego Movie, a super funny, irreverent and brilliantly-constructed animated film about the power of imagination, and how important it is to embrace and nurture one's creative side no matter how young or how old you are. That film's wild success lead to multiple spin-offs, including The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, but now Lord and Miller have returned to where it all…

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Red carpet event for Liam Neeson movie scrapped after revenge remarks

The New York celebrity red carpet event on Tuesday for actor Liam Neeson’s new film “Cold Pursuit” has been canceled in the wake of an interview in which Neeson said he wanted to kill a black man in response to the rape of a friend who said her attacker was black.
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Check out a complete roundup of all the movie spots that aired during the 2019 Super Bowl. Sign up for Fan Alerts to find out when tickets will go on sale for your most anticipated upcoming movie.

 

Toy Story 4 

The Movie in One Sentence: Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) and their friends head out on a road trip filled with surprises.

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‘Hobbs and Shaw’ and all the other new movie trailers you need to see this week

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It’s Super Bowl weekend, movie fans, which means we’re about to get a bunch of new trailers for all sorts of coming attractions. That includes Avengers: Endgame (which is probably going to get a TV spot during the big game), but also plenty of other films. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the studios didn’t release that many new trailers this week. We do, however, have the first trailer for Hobbs & Shaw, as well as a few others exciting teasers for you.

Opening this week, we have Miss Bala, an action flick about a woman caught between the cartel and the police, as well as Arctic, a story about a man stranded at the Arctic after a plane crash, looking for a way out. A better choice might be Velvet Buzzsaw, which is launching in living rooms and bedrooms around the world, as it’s a Netflix creation.

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The Week in Movie News: Sundance Buzz, ‘The Batman’ and ‘Suicide Squad 2’ Updates and More

The Week in Movie News: Sundance Buzz, 'The Batman' and 'Suicide Squad 2' Updates and More

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DC's The Batman and Suicide Squad 2 get release dates: Ben Affleck was confirmed to be exiting the role of Batman and James Gunn was confirmed as the director of Suicide Squad 2 as DC updated their release calendar to include The Batman and the Suicide Squad sequel both arriving in 2021. Read all about what DC has in store the next few…

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Die Hard’ Meets ‘Tropic Thunder,’ ‘Office Space’ Trivia and More

Today in Movie Culture: 'Die Hard' Meets 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Office Space' Trivia and More

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Mashup of the Day:

Funny or Die has cut together scenes from Die Hard, Tropic Thunder and a few other extra movies to get Hans Gruber to chat with Len Grossman:

 

Movie Trivia of the Day:

This month is the 20th anniversary of the release of Office Space, so CineFix shares a bunch of trivia you might not know:

 

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‘Dumbo’ Set Visit: Grounding a Flying Elephant Movie

‘Dumbo’ Set Visit: Grounding a Flying Elephant Movie

This March, when you see an elephant fly, you will believe it. Disney’s re-imagination of their 1941 classic Dumbo is a magical movie, for sure, but there’s also a certain reality to what Tim Burton’s achieved this time around.  While his Wonderland was the stuff of dreams, this is a story of the American Dream, and therefore had to be more relatable.

During a visit to the London set of Dumbo in 2017, we talked to a few of the human cast members, namely Colin Farrell,…

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‘The Lego Movie: The Second Part’ Clip, Plus: An Exclusive Chat with Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller

'The Lego Movie: The Second Part' Clip, Plus: An Exclusive Chat with Writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller

In 2014, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller gifted us The Lego Movie, a super funny, irreverent and brilliantly-constructed animated film about the power of imagination, and how important it is to embrace and nurture one's creative side no matter how young or how old you are. That film's wild success lead to multiple spin-offs, including The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, but now Lord and Miller have returned to where it all began with The Lego Movie: The…

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The Week in Movie News: Oscar Nominations, Sundance Preview and More

The Week in Movie News: Oscar Nominations, Sundance Preview and More

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91st Oscar nominations announced: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year's Oscars, with Roma and The Favourite tying for most categories with 10 each. Also, a little movie called Black Panther became the first superhero movie nominated for Best Picture. Read more trivia and see the full list of…

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‘Shazam’ Set Visit: A Different Kind of DC Superhero Movie

‘Shazam’ Set Visit: A Different Kind of DC Superhero Movie

The promise of a “standalone” movie within a greater cinematic universe can be tricky. But DC has been doing a good job with its recent “solo” superhero installments, namely Wonder Woman and Aquaman, where you can start with those movies even though their title characters were previously introduced and had significant screen time in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

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Spider-Man, John Wick 3, and all the other new movie trailers from this past week

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Like I told you last week, the first half of January lacked any exciting trailers, but that was about to change. And that’s exactly what happened. In a matter of days, we saw not one, but two Spider-Man: Far From Home trailers — yes, the international version does count. Moreover, John Wick fans will be excited to see the first footage for Chapter 3. And then there’s the new Ghostbusters to talk about.

However, when it comes to new movies, it’s going to be a rather boring week at the box office, with M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass being the only blockbuster-sized movie launching this week.

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Ghostbusters 3’ in the Works, First ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and More

The Week in Movie News: ‘Ghostbusters 3’ in the Works, First ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer and More

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Ghostbusters 3 in the works: Sony is ready to believe you want more Ghostbusters, as they’re moving forward with a third installment of the original movie series from the 1980s. This one will be co-written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II helmer Ivan Reitman. Read everything we know about the sequel…

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Jason Reitman Has Been Chosen to Direct the Next Ghostbusters Movie

(LOS ANGELES) — Ivan Reitman is passing the Ghostbusters torch to his son.

Four-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman is set to direct a new installment in the Ghostbusters series for Sony Pictures set to come out in the summer of 2020. Reitman tweeted Tuesday night that he’s “finally got the keys to the car.”

Ivan Reitman directed and produced the original Ghostbusters, which came out in 1984, and its sequel in 1989.

The studio says that this new Ghostbusters will be going back to its roots and will be the next chapter in the original story. Sony attempted to reboot Ghostbusters in 2016 with gender-flipped leads, but the costly film disappointed at the box office.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news. Production begins this summer, but no word yet on the cast.


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The Week in Movie News: Golden Globe Winners, ‘Venom’ Sequel Moves Forward and More

The Week in Movie News: Golden Globe Winners, ‘Venom’ Sequel Moves Forward and More

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Venom sequel in the works: Given that Venom has grossed more than $ 850 million worldwide, there was only a matter of time before a sequel was greenlit. Sony has reportedly made it official by hiring one of the first movie’s writer-producers to script the follow-up. Read more here.

 

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Character Analysis of the Day

With tickets for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass now on sale, let’s get reacquainted with Kevin Wendell Crumb, a.k.a. The Horde, and his many personalities, including The Beast. In this video essay, Shane Bertram discusses the psychology of the supervillain character as seen in Split:

 

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Escape Room, the first hit movie of 2019, is filled with clues to solving its clever set-piece puzzles. Zac Morris highlights…

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In Their Freewheeling Movie Love, the Golden Globes Have Become an Agenda Setter (Column)

Seven weeks from now, could “Bohemian Rhapsody” win the Academy Award for best picture? You might say: It doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell. Or you might say: Okay, now that I’m thinking about it, maybe it has a tiny chance in hell. But what my gut tells me is that “Bohemian Rhapsody,” today, has a […]

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‘Aquaman’ is now the biggest DC Extended Universe movie ever

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Aquaman slid past Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Saturday to become the highest-grossing DC Extended Universe film internationally.

Dawn of Justice made $ 863 million at the global box office – Aquaman is already at $ 887 million, after just two weeks in theaters.

Though reviews weren’t universally positive, many were average (the film has 64 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and audience response has been favorable. What sets Aquaman apart from other DCEU fare is that it’s fun. This movie gets ridiculous and sometimes down right weird, but it’s colorful and powerful and just a good time at the movies.  Read more…

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6 Surprisingly Sad Movie Deaths

Tragic deaths, and the emotional devastation that they deliver, have been a part of movies since film began. There are deaths that we expect to sadden us: a family member succumbs to cancer, a loyal friend makes the ultimate sacrifice, a beloved pet is put down. Then there are the deaths, both real and figurative, that have no business tugging our heartstrings, but somehow manage to tear us up anyway.

Wilson — Cast Away


The most strategically placed handprint in cinematic history.

When Fed Ex engineer Chuck Noland washes up on a deserted island following a plane crash, he survives the crushing loneliness by befriending a volleyball, on whom he makes a face using a bloody handprint. “Wilson” becomes Chuck’s companion, confidante, and, occasionally, his conscience. When Chuck builds a raft to escape the island, he doesn’t even consider leaving Wilson behind.

Chuck falls asleep on the raft, and when he wakes up, he sees Wilson floating beyond his reach. Desperate to save his friend, Chuck swims after him, but is forced to abandon the rescue in order to keep his raft. Helpless to prevent it, Chuck — along with the audience – watches in despair as Wilson floats out to sea. Everyone involved in this movie will live forever in the annals of great filmmaking for causing us all to tear up over a lost volleyball.

Bing Bong — Inside Out


Bing Bong: “Take her to the moon for me.” Everyone Else: *sobs uncontrollably*

Inside preteen Riley’s mind, her emotions, Joy and Sadness, struggle to return to headquarters. On the way, they meet a strange but energetic dolphin-elephant-cat hybrid made of cotton candy named Bing Bong, Riley’s former imaginary friend. Eager to be useful again, Bing Bong offers to help them get back to where they belong, and perhaps, to return to Riley’s active memory himself. However, due to his childlike nature, his efforts to assist tend to hinder as much as help.

As Riley’s Personality Islands crumble around them, Joy and Bing Bong — who had reached out to grab Joy — fall into the Memory Dump and risk fading from existence. They attempt to escape on Bing Bong’s wagon, but each attempt to fly out falls short. Jumping out of the wagon on the last jump, he sacrifices himself to save Joy, so Joy can save Riley. As he fades away, he calls out to Joy, saying “Take her to the moon for me. Okay?”

The Brachiosaurus — Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

As Isla Nublar‘s volcano erupts sending lava and ash across the island, Dinosaur Protection Group operatives Claire Dearing, Owen Grady, and Franklin Webb race to avoid the destruction. They sneak onboard the Arcadia just as it leaves the dock, and just before the volcanic Armageddon overtakes the island. As the ship leaves Isla Nublar behind, they watch a lone brachiosaurus race to the edge of the pier and call out helplessly as the flames and smoke consume her.

It’s hard watching this poor creature cry and reach out for a life-saving hand that will never come. But you know what, a lot of creatures perished on that island and an entire ecosystem disappeared. This one particular dinosaur shouldn’t — wait, what? It’s the same brachiosaurus from the first film? The one reaching up to eat the leaves? The very first dinosaur we ever see? Aw, man.

Yondu — Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2


Michael Rooker as Yondu.

We first meet Yondu leading the Ravagers, a terrifying band of space pirates with which Peter Quill spent a fearful childhood. Yondu spends the first film alternating between chasing Peter — whom he’d kidnapped and terrified as a child — and threatening to kill him. He even reveals he kept young Peter from his father. No one would shed a tear at his demise.

In Vol. 2, we find out that Yondu refused to give Peter to his father to save him from a terrible fate. He admits that though he remained distant and chose not to show affection, he thought of Peter as his own son. His love for Peter costs Yondu his ship and the lives of his crew. The long-overdue father-son reconciliation comes just before Yondu sacrifices himself to save Peter’s life, and we discover — too late — how much of a hero he really is.

Ellie — Up


“Cross my heart.”

Before Carl Frederickson flew his balloon-propelled house to Venezuela, he was a young boy who dreamed of adventure. He meets Ellie, and she instantly captivates him. She shows him her Adventure Book and makes Carl promise to go with her to Paradise Falls one day. They become best friends and eventually, husband and wife. In a devastating wordless montage, dreams of adventure give way to the necessities and heartbreaks of adulthood until old age creeps up on them.

Carl finally decides they’re going to Paradise Falls, but it’s too late, as illness takes Ellie away, and he’s left alone. It’s not surprising that the death of a beloved wife and childhood sweetheart would be sad. What is unexpected is that a movie about a grumpy old man flying a balloon house could rip our hearts out in the first ten minutes. But then, it is Pixar, so we should have seen it coming.

HAL 9000 — 2001: A Space Odyssey


“What do you think you’re doing, Dave?”

All is well aboard Discovery 1 until its AI operating system, Hal 9000, decides that the only way to successfully carry out his mission is to kill the crew. Suspicious of HAL’s strange behavior, crewmen Dave Bowman and Frank Poole discuss deactivating HAL. HAL strikes first, but Bowman survives. He navigates HAL’s defenses and begins the process of shutting HAL down.

Helpless to prevent his deactivation, HAL pleads for mercy, but Dave continues undeterred. Hal expresses fear as he realizes the end is near, “My mind is going; I can feel it.” Although he murdered the crew and needed to be stopped, he wasn’t evil. He was simply a faithful servant who, in the end, had gone a little mad. Imagine Old Yeller if the dog sang “Daisy Bell” while Travis loaded the gun.

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'Glass' Interview: M. Night Shyamalan, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy Discuss The Year's First Major Movie

Fans of M. Night Shyamalan's groundbreaking super-powered movie Unbreakable were completely surprised when the ending of his 2016 thriller Split — spoiler warning — revealed itself to be an Unbreakable sequel. Shortly after the film debuted, M. Night announced that his next film would be one 18 years in the making — a third installment in the series, titled Glass, that would bring the central characters from both Unbreakable and Split together for an event film that would expand on the…

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2019 Movie Preview: Disney Is About To Have One of The Greatest Years Ever

2019 Movie Preview: Disney Is About To Have One of The Greatest Years Ever

2019 is going to be another big year for movies, but it may be the biggest year ever for Disney. The Mouse House is expected to roll out one major title after the next, including new installments in four of their most popular and recognizable franchises spread across their four main movie houses: Avengers: Endgame (Marvel Studios), Toy Story 4 (Pixar), Frozen 2 (Disney Animation) and Star Wars Episode IX (LucasFilm).

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The Not-So-Funny True Comedy Story Behind the Movie Stan & Ollie

Laurel and Hardy fans who rewatch the legendary comedians’ 1934 take on Babes in Toyland every Christmas now have the opportunity to see them in another movie: the new biopic Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan as Laurel and John C. Reilly as Hardy, out Friday.

The movie is a fictionalized take on the comedians’ British tour in 1953 and 1954. Their third such tour, it which would end up being their last tour together, due to the declining health of the duo TIME once described as “two of America’s few genuinely creative comedians.”

The funnymen were introduced to the public in the mid-1920s by Hollywood film and TV producer Hal Roach, who thought putting together a skinny Englishman and a rotund American would be comedic gold, says Simon Louvish, author of Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy and a visiting lecturer at the London Film School. Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, England) had been an understudy for Charlie Chaplin and a member of the London Comedians troupe run by Fred Karno, who is credited with having a role in launching Chaplin. Hardy was the son of an Atlanta politician, and studied law at the University of Georgia before he decided to pursue a career in singing.

Together, as TIME put it, they became Laurel — “slim, sad-eyed master mime” and “the brain behind the gags and the on-screen butt of them all” — and Hardy, “the master of mime and the bowler-bouncing doubletake” and “the withering glare.” They made dozens of silent film shorts in the late 1920s, such as Duck Soup, and began doing talkie shorts in 1929 and feature-length talkie films in the mid-’30s. Their seamless transition from silent to sound pictures was notable, winning them recognition as “virtually the only silent comedy stars to repeat their phenomenal success in talkies, probably because their miming spoke louder than words.” And the hard work that Laurel & Hardy put into lugging a piano up a staircase in The Music Box clearly hit the right note with the Academy, as the film won a 1932 Oscar.

And their popularity went even deeper than their talent. They rose to fame at a period in history when Americans needed a good laugh. “During the Great Depression, people are so desperate, and they need comedy,” says Louvish. “Here are two bums wandering about. They come from nowhere. They have no money. They’re always trying to do the right thing, but get into a fine mess. They take failure and make it into something you can laugh about.

Their relatability was a key part of what made them funny. They were “interested more, as Hardy once said, in ‘human appeal’ than in ‘straight clownish antics.’” Describing what made them special in 1965, TIME noted that “they were lovable caricatures of the dolt in Everyman, a bow and fiddle striking delightfully dissonant chords in a mad world. Witless innocence was their hallmark.”

But when their health was failing, they had trouble being funny.

Stan & Ollie is based on that point in their career, during the post-war period.

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While filming the movie originally entitled Atoll K in 1950 (later released as Utopia in 1954), Hardy’s general health worsened, exacerbated by his obesity, and Stan Laurel’s pre-existing diabetes was worsened by prostate issues and colitis. And yet they continued to tour.

“They embraced these demanding tours which were quite physically exhausting,” says Louvish. The film depicts the period as one of intense disagreement between the two; when asked whether they had a notable falling out, Louvish, who has not seen the film, says that if they argued in real life it was probably less because they didn’t like each other anymore and more because they were running on fumes. “They were both very ill in their later years,” says Louvish.

Even then, Laurel and Hardy never lost their commitment to self-deprecating humor, as opposed to put-downs. At an appearance in Newcastle, England, in 1952, they “looked down their noses at the modern generation,” TIME reported. “Present-day comedians, particularly those in America, gain laughs at the expense of someone else’s discomfort. Insult gags are a crudity we avoid,” they said.

And yet, they were determined to keep performing. “They had run out of stuff, yet they’re trying to do material and buoyed up by the fact that people love them,” says Louvish. “They can’t make more movies, yet they want to continue until death.”

Montifraulo Collection—Getty ImagesStan Laurel (left) and Oliver Hardy (right) shortly after performing at the Empire theater in Nottingham, England, in Aug. 1953 during their U.K. tour.

It wasn’t just for their own benefit, though. Their British tours came during the difficult period of post-war shortages in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the laughter they provided was able to serve the same purpose it had served during the Great Depression.

And yet the recognition they received was more honorary than monetary. “The two men did not own their films, and thus did not reap any income from reruns,” TIME reported in 1967. “During their last years—Ollie died at 65 in 1957, Stan at 74 in 1965—neither was independently wealthy.” When Laurel received an Honorary Academy Award for “creative pioneering in the field of comedy” in 1961, he was too ill to accept it himself.

“They made us laugh because in them we kind of saw ourselves – ridiculous, frustrated, up to our necks in trouble, but nevertheless ourselves,” Danny Kaye said, accepting the award on his behalf. “Oliver Hardy delicately tipped his derby hat with his pudgy little fingers and left us a little while back. But the thin, sad-faced one, the one from whose fertile mind sprang many of the universally humorous notions that have been borrowed so freely by the comedians who have followed is still with us.”

Indeed, Jonathan Winters, Dick Cavett, Dick Van Dyke and Soupy Sales were all members of Sons of the Desert, a Laurel and Hardy appreciation society founded by fans in 1965. In light of the biopic, it’s recently been fielding an increased number of membership inquiries from young people. Before he died, Laurel had some parting advice to such fans, advising them to “have a hell of a lot of fun,” and avoid taking themselves too seriously — even when things get tough.

“Don’t sit around and tear comedy apart. It is like a fine watch, and you’ll never get it together again,” he said. “And don’t ask me why people laugh—that is the mystery of it all.”


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is having quite a year at the movies: In May, the documentary RBG offered a new look at Ginsburg’s life through interviews with the “notorious” Supreme Court Justice herself as well as family members and scholars. And on Dec. 25, a new movie dives into another chapter of her career. On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder and starring Felicity Jones as a young Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her husband, Martin Ginsburg, hones in on her early years as a mother, student, professor and, finally, lawyer. Though the film spans more than a decade, it focuses on Ginsburg’s first gender discrimination case, Moritz v. Commissioner. In the case, which took place in 1972, the Ginsburgs argued as a team that Section 214 of the United States tax code—which denied Charles Moritz, a never-married man, the right to deduct expenses for the care of his ailing mother—was unconstitutional.

On the Basis of Sex is an origin story,” Leder said at the New York premiere of the film, with an audience that included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem (whose work has a few hat-tips in the film) and Ginsburg herself. “But Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not a superhero. She’s a woman.” Mortal though she may be, the Ginsburg Leder depicts is certainly a woman who is super: she takes care of her young daughter, Jane, while acing her own Harvard Law School classes and making sure her husband passes his, even after he is diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Viewers might be surprised to find that for a biopic whose subject was involved in its development, On the Basis of Sex is somewhat fictionalized. “This film is part fact, part imaginative—but what’s wonderful about it is that the imaginative parts fit in with the story so well,” Ginsburg told NPR’s Nina Totenberg following the New York screening. The screenwriters, who include Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, clearly decided that strict adherence to fact didn’t always serve the story.

There are some moments of the film—namely, sexy scenes between Ginsburg and her husband—that might raise eyebrows. But when Totenberg asked Ginsburg about these scenes, Ginsburg smiled and responded, “My children are in the audience: I think they probably would agree with me that their daddy would have loved it.”

Here’s what’s fact and what’s fiction in On the Basis of Sex.

Fiction: Ginsburg attended her husband’s classes for him while he underwent cancer treatment

Jonathan Wenk—Focus FeaturesFelicity Jones stars as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s ‘On the Basis of Sex.’

In the film, when Martin “Marty” Ginsburg is diagnosed with testicular cancer—a grave diagnosis in the 1950s—he and Ruth agree that they’re going to fight it together. Soon after, Felicity Jones’ Ruth arrives late, briefcase and books in hand, to a class full of men. After explaining that she’d be attending her husband’s classes in his stead, she responds affirmatively to the professor’s incredulous question: “In addition to your own?”

Though the cancer diagnosis and the couple’s reaction to it is true to life, Ginsburg didn’t really attend her husband’s classes during his third year of law school. Instead, their peers helped out. His classmates took diligent notes and sometimes even tutored him. “That’s why I don’t think of Harvard as the fiercely competitive institution it’s sometimes described as,” Justice Ginsburg said in a separate interview with Totenberg for the Academy of Achievement. “When Martin became ill, my classmates, his classmates, they all rallied around us, and made it possible to get through that year.”

Ginsburg did type her husband’s papers and make sure he was able to complete his coursework in time for graduation. Finally, in the last two weeks of the semester, Martin Ginsburg was well enough to attend class, and he earned his best grades that semester.

Fact: Ginsburg graduated from Columbia after transferring from Harvard

After Martin Ginsburg graduated from Harvard Law School in 1958, Ruth still had one year left. But Martin was offered a job in New York City that he couldn’t pass up. Ruth decided that she needed to be in New York with him and their young daughter and couldn’t stay in Boston to complete her degree.

But the Dean of Harvard Law School, played by Sam Waterston in the film, wouldn’t allow her to complete a Harvard JD with courses from Columbia. The film’s depiction of Ruth’s rebuttal—that if students could transfer to Harvard after the first year and earn a degree, surely she could do the same by finishing coursework at Columbia—is in line with how that meeting really went down. Despite her protests, Ginsburg did end up earning her degree from Columbia Law School.

Later in life, after she had achieved great success in her career, the faculty of Harvard Law School wanted to grant her an honorary degree. But she declined: her degree would always be from Columbia, and, as she said about the incident, “You can’t rewrite history.

Partially Fact: Even with her outstanding resume, Ginsburg couldn’t land a job with a law firm

Jonathan Wenk / Focus FeaturesFelicity Jones as Ginsburg.

Once she graduated from Columbia Law School, Ginsburg should have been unstoppable. She was at the top of her class and had been on both the Harvard Law Review and the Columbia Law Review. But she was also Jewish and a woman, and finding work was not easy.

Though the movie shows that Ginsburg couldn’t get a job as a lawyer and joined Rutgers University Law School faculty as her first job, she actually clerked for a few judges before her position at Rutgers, starting with U.S. District Judge Edmond Palmieri. The discrimination Ruth faces in the movie during job interviews is not dissimilar from how Ginsburg has described those experiences. One judge, Ginsburg recalled in the Academy of Achievement interview, wouldn’t consider her for a clerkship because he didn’t feel comfortable swearing in front of a woman.

Once at Rutgers, Ginsburg wasn’t free from discrimination because of her gender, either. When she became pregnant with her second child, James, she did not yet have tenure. Fearing that if she told her colleagues, she wouldn’t be hired for the next year of teaching, Ginsburg hid her pregnancy with baggy clothing until she had received the next year’s contract.

Fact: Martin Ginsburg cooked dinner for the family

Jonathan Wenk / Focus Features—© 2018 Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.Armie Hammer as Marty Ginsburg and Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The picture the movie paints of the Ginsburgs’ egalitarian marriage is true to the life they led. Martin, who died in 2010, loved to cook dinner for the family and supported his wife in all of her professional pursuits—an arrangement that was not particularly common for that time. Ginsburg has said that when she met Martin at Cornell, where they both earned their undergraduate degrees, she was drawn to him because he was the first man who cared about her intelligence.

At the New York premiere, Ginsburg said that the way Armie Hammer’s Marty chops vegetables as though he were on the Food Network was especially touching and representative of her beloved husband. Martin was such a talented cook that he often made dinner for his wife’s law clerks.

Partially Fact: Ginsburg’s first big case was a tax case

On the Basis of Sex suggests that the case the movie follows is Ginsburg’s first. And although Moritz v. Commissioner definitely was the first well-known case Ginsburg tried, it wasn’t her first.

What is true, as Ginsburg told Totenberg, is the movie’s depiction of how she came to discover this case. “I don’t read tax cases,” Ruth tells Marty in the film. But he encourages her to read this specific one about Moritz. Ginsburg says that Marty, who was a tax attorney, really did present her with this case, and she even said those exact words in response.

Once she read the case, she knew they had to take it on. Because the plaintiff was male, Ginsburg knew the judges would be more receptive to the concept of gender discrimination—and the notion that it was harmful.

Fiction: Ginsburg flubbed the beginning of her first opening statement

Jonathan Wenk—Focus Features(l to r.) Armie Hammer as Marty Ginsburg, Justin Theroux as Melvin Wulf, and Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

One of the first things Ginsburg wants to clear the record on: she would never flub the opening of an oral argument. When Jones’ Ruth begins her argument for three intimidating judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, she pauses uncomfortably. “Whenever you’re ready, Ms. Ginsburg,” one judge goads.

But the real Ginsburg said this is one of the film’s moments of fiction. “I didn’t stumble,” she told Totenberg.

Fact: Ginsburg and her husband split the time when arguing Moritz v. Commissioner

The two Ginsburgs did split the time arguing this case before the judges. First, as the movie shows, Martin argued the tax aspects of the case, and then Ruth argued the gender discrimination aspects of the case.

The pair won the case. The 10th Circuit decided that the tax code was “invidious discrimination,” marking the beginning of Ginsburg’s mission to take down each and every law that discriminated on the basis of gender. (Despite the movie’s title, Ginsburg did use the word “gender” instead of “sex” in her brief for this case.)

Fact: Ginsburg was childhood friends with ACLU legal director Melvin Wulf

Jonathan Wenk—Focus FeaturesJustin Theroux as Melvin Wulf and Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In the movie, Ruth’s childhood friendship with the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Melvin Wulf (played by Justin Theroux), is tantamount to her success in Moritz. This is true. The two attended a Jewish summer camp together, and when Ginsburg told her friend about the case she and Martin had found, he agreed that the ACLU would finance its litigation.

Fact: Moritz led to Ginsburg’s continued work with the ACLU

After winning Moritz, Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Right’s Project at the ACLU in 1972, where she continued the fight to promote gender equality. Without Ginsburg’s work eradicating the laws that discriminate on the basis of sex, the country may not look how it does today: a country which, in spite of its problems, does have very few such laws that remain federally, according to Emily Martin, the vice president for education and workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center. “It’s definitely the case that as a result of the work that she led, what was once really common in the law no longer is,” Martin tells TIME.


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Opinion:  <em>A Diva’s Christmas Carol</em>, the ’00s TV movie starring Vanessa Williams, is the only Charles Dickens remake we need

Author Michael Arceneaux attempted to create a definitive ranking of every A Christmas Carol remake—until he realized the VH1 movie starring Vanessa Williams is the only one that actually matters. Here’s why.

Recently, Toni Braxton starred in the Lifetime film Every Day Is Christmas. In it, Braxton played a money manager named Alexis Taylor, a workaholic who can’t stand love and is far more fixated on “the mu-mu-muny, yen and the pesos” (there’s always room for Nicki Minaj references, folks) than anything else. This is much to the detriment of her employees and everyone else around her, minus her driver who is secretly wishing to date her. Ultimately, her rude self gets visited by a few spirits from various time periods who basically scare her into being a better person. If this sounds familiar, yes, it is inspired by the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

I love Christmas programming, and despite her blocking me on Twitter without cause, I adore Braxton (a diva and national treasure, whom I consider the Shug Avery of R&B—a compliment). I watched it, and, unfortunately, Every Day Is Christmas wasn’t it, y’all. It wasn’t even a fraction of it. Like, Toni Braxton sings like Anita Baker and wants to marry Birdman of Cash Money Records fame. In other words, there’s a lot of personality to work with here, and yet, this movie was sort of sedative in its presentation. It wasn’t horrible, but it lacked oomph.

Again, I’m a sucker for Xmas (I didn’t take the Christ out of Christmas, just Google it) and I’m into A Christmas Carol in general, so I’m always intrigued whenever anyone tries to recreate the tale. Actors will always look for an easy check, and couple that with Hollywood’s disinterest in new ideas, and this story will be redone again and again and again. Perhaps, one day, some creative will try to deliver the film equivalent of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (as in a modern Christmas classic), but until then, here we are.

In hindsight, as much as I love A Christmas Carol, I’m realizing that many have failed miserably in their attempts to create a new spin that’s worth a damn.

Much like Entertainment Weekly writer Mary Sollosi’s attempt last year, I went into this piece looking to do a ranking of the best versions—only to realize many of them were so-so or flat out sucked.

So-so spins of the classic tale would include Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which might have been all the rage when I was a kid who mostly consumed chicken nuggets, but now I’m a thirty-something man who still eats a lot of chicken nuggets, but also has a heightened palate in terms of entertainment consumption. In other words, Mickey Mouse could have tried harder.

To be fair to Mickey, at least he tried harder than that terrible animated version with Tim Curry from the 1990s, or that other 2000s animated version with Nicolas Cage—but neither stepped it up like Miss Piggy in The Muppet Christmas Carol. (If you’re a cartoon or puppet-like thing, look to Miss Piggy for guidance when recreating Dickens’s story.)

If you’re a human, there are really only two other options to model your film after. You could turn to Bill Murray, whose film Scrooged, was pretty good. Yes, I’m complimenting a cisgender heterosexual white man at the end of 2018 in this political climate, but it’s the holidays. I’m feeling festive and generous.

Bill Murray did much better than, say, Kelsey Grammer, who made a musical version of A Christmas Carol in 2004. I still haven’t forgiven Frasier for what he did to Camille Grammer on the inaugural season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but I revisited clips of that mess for this assignment. Let’s just say forgiveness will take even longer now.

When it comes right down to it, the only person who matters in the context of A Christmas Carol—outside of Charles Dickens himself, the dearly departed—is Vanessa Williams.

If you have never seen A Diva’s Christmas Carol, it’s time to atone.

In the 2000 film, Williams plays Ebony Scrooge, an international pop star that wouldn’t spit on her BFF if she was on fire.

It features Chilli from TLC, Kathy Griffin, and other people whose names I’ve forgotten, though it doesn’t matter because it’s all about Vanessa Williams. It originally aired on VH1, so it was full of pop culture references, music, and, more importantly, has Vanessa Williams. Let the record show that not only is A Diva’s Christmas Carol the best spin on A Christmas Carol—it’s one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time (I hope you didn’t hear that in Kanye West’s voice since he’s on the naughty list).

While I cannot share the bootleg of A Diva’s Christmas Carol posted on YouTube, I can strongly encourage you to search your channel guide and set your DVR if you’ve never seen it. Or use your friends’ passwords to stream it—whatever it takes. Just treat yourself to its splendor.

And for those of you who still seek to recreate A Christmas Carol, please try to be more like Vanessa Williams. You’re welcome.

Michael Arceneaux is the New York Times bestselling author of the recently released book I Can’t Date Jesus from Atria Books/Simon & Schuster. His work has appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostRolling StoneEssenceThe GuardianMic, and more. Follow him on Twitter.

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According to Deadline, the movie will be helmed by music video director Chris Robinson, also known for his work on “STAR.”

Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier wrote the script based on “Shooting Stars,” the book James wrote with “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger.

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Leave it to Ariana Grande to capture the essence of the teen rom-com with her music video for “Thank U, Next.”

In the highly anticipated video released on Friday, Grande pays homage to films like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On and 13 Going on 30 by channeling their sweet storylines. Viewers will even spot some cameos from some of the films’ stars.

The song, which has maintained the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks as of Friday, is a widely discussed self-love anthem that arrived in the wake of much public conversation about Grande’s past romantic relationships. “Thank U, Next” was released just weeks after she and Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson called off their engagement, and two months after Grande’s ex-boyfriend, the rapper and producer Mac Miller, died from an accidental overdose.

In the video, Grande cheekily pokes fun at the public’s curiosity about her personal life, recreating the gossip sequence about queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams) in Mean Girls. She also channels Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde), Torrance Shipman (played by Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On) and other pop-culture heroines, employing the references in service to her message about the challenges of moving on after a breakup.

Here, we’ve compiled a handy guide to every movie reference that Ariana Grande squeezed in “Thank U, Next.” You can thank us later.

Mean Girls

Like any true queen bee, Mean Girls takes precedent as the alpha rom-com in “Thank U, Next.” Grande dresses up in full Regina George looks, down to the Louis Vuitton purses, silver initial necklace and long blonde hair. The video’s typography and the song’s original artwork mimic that of the film and, of course, its infamous “Burn Book.”

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Additionally, some of the most high-profile cameos in the music video appear during the Mean Girls segments, with Jonathan Bennett returning as high school heartthrob Aaron Samuels and Stefanie Drummond as a major Regina enthusiast. Grande collaborator Troye Sivan appears in the video in a letterman jacket, while YouTube stars Colleen Ballinger and Gabi DeMartino and Grande’s former Victorious co-star, Elizabeth Gillies, round out the crew as Cady Heron and the rest of the Plastics. Kris Jenner makes a delightful appearance as Regina’s “cool mom.”

Legally Blonde

Grande went full valley girl for the Legally Blonde-inspired segments of the music video, where she sported a pink maribou feather Adam Selman tube top that would have warmed the cockles of Elle Woods’ heart. From studying on an orange MacBook Pro while working out on the ellipticals like any hard-working Harvard student to hanging out with the legendary Jennifer Coolidge, who reprises her role as Paulette, Grande portrays a woman ready to keep up with whatever life throws her way.

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Luckily, the real Elle Woods has already given it her blessing.

13 Going on 30

Grande made a convincing Jenna Rink crashing the wedding, complete with her Barbie Dream House.

Bring It On

Grande’s been a longtime champion of the high ponytail, so it seems only fitting that she would channel the cheerleaders of Bring It On in “Thank U, Next.” Dressed up in a red cheerleading costume that reads “TUN” for “Thank U, Next” but looks quite similar to the one worn by the Rancho Carne Toros, Grande’s cheer squad faces off the East Compton Lovers, a reference to the beloved Clovers.

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And while it seems that both the Lovers and the TNU Toros brought the heat, a number of Bring It On’s most formidable cheerleaders also threw in their bids to join Grande’s squads.


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Interview: ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Reinventing the Comic Book Movie

Interview: 'Into the Spider-Verse' Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller Talk Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Reinventing the Comic Book Movie

It is unlike any Spider-Man movie before, and it is on the verge of redefining the way animated movies are made. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on December 14, and with it comes a super-inventive and visually stunning story that introduces a new Spider-Man of color in Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), along with a smattering of other Spidey characters born out of the character's deep-rooted comics history. 

Into the Spider-Verse is essentially about a young kid…

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Family of Black Man, Don Shirley, Portrayed in “The Green Book” Blasts Movie and Its “Lies”

The family members of Don Shirley, the Jamaican-American pianist depicted in the movie The Green Book,  has issued a strong condemnation of the film which is based on events in Shirley’s life.

“As the only living brother of Dr. Donald W. Shirley, I, Maurice E. Shirley, Sr. am compelled to respond to this article. In agreement with Malcolm X who proffered that ‘every White man in America profits directly or indirectly from his position vis-a-vis Negroes, profits from racism even though he does not practice it or believe it.’ This movie, “The Green Book” is NOT about MY brother, but about money, white privilege, assumption, and Tony Lip!” writes Maurice Shirley in a letter sent to media including Black Enterprise.

The Green Book tells the story of Shirley and his white chauffeur and later actor, Frank Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga as