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Martin Scorsese’s Next Robert De Niro-Starring Mob Movie The Irishman Reportedly Picked Up by Netflix

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s ninth feature film together, The Irishman, has been scooped by Netflix, reports IndieWire. The $100 million mob movie was previously attached to Paramount Pictures, but with a source close to the deal allegedly claiming that the expensive picture was too “risky” for the traditional company, the streaming service has entered into negotiations.


  • Posted 2/21/17 at 7:02 PM

Kyle Chandler Joins Godzilla: King of the Monsters as Millie Bobby Brown’s Dad, Making it the Most Charming Monster Movie Ever

Legendary is really setting up fans to get emotionally overinvested in the next Godzilla movie. Variety is reporting that Kyle Chandler has joined Godzilla: King of the Monsters in the role of Millie Bobby Brown’s dad. Putting Coach Taylor and Eleven directly underfoot of a building-size kaiju is a shrewd move on behalf of the studio. Yes, it would be a vicious decision to dispatch with either Chandler or Brown in the movie, but the last Godzilla did start with Juliette Binoche being sacrificed for the emotional motivation of Bryan Cranston’s character, and director Michael Dougherty proved with Krampus that he’s good with an unhappy ending. Get your nerves ready, because your faves are in jeopardy.

  • Posted 2/21/17 at 1:33 PM

Let’s Baselessly Speculate About the First Photo from the Star Wars Han Solo Movie

Today, Disney released a first look at what Donald Glover is doing instead of working on Atlanta’s second season. Yes, here is the first photo of the new Star Wars Han Solo movie’s cast, including Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Chewbacca, and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Does it tell us anything about this movie, which will act as some sort of prequel to the events of A New Hope? Not really! But let’s try to read between the lines.


  • Posted 2/21/17 at 1:28 PM

Damien Chazelle’s Guide to Beginnings and Endings

The director Howard Hawks once said that a good movie has three great scenes and no bad ones. Damien Chazelle, who is Oscar-nominated for writing and directing La La Land, has adapted that old maxim to be a touch more specific. “You’ve got to have a good beginning,” he told Vulture recently, “a good ending, and no shitty scenes in between.”


  • Posted 2/21/17 at 1:22 PM

The Love Actually Red Nose Day Sequel Has Almost Everything, But It Won’t Have An Alan Rickman Tribute

Fans of iconic British rom-coms were on the brink of hyperventilation with the news that Love Actually would be getting a ten-minute short-film sequel to support Red Nose Day, which brings back nearly all of the original cast to see “who has aged best” and “discover what they’re up to in 2017.” But out of all the returning actors — Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lúcia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson, to be precise — there was one glaring omission, with Emma Thompson not returning as her discontented-housewife character who discovers that her husband, played by Alan Rickman, was having an emotional affair with a younger co-worker.


  • Posted 2/21/17 at 12:42 PM
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Sorry, Guillermo del Toro Says Hellboy 3 Isn’t Happening

We’ll never get to see Hellboy 3 come to fruition after all. Despite our waiting and hell raising (Guillermo del Toro even made that very official Twitter poll that asked us to choose between “yes” and “hell yes!”), the director confirmed via Twitter that another Hellboy movie won’t happen. Even though Ron Perlman seemed game, it looks like 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army was the end of the road. “Must report that 100% the sequel will not happen,” del Toro tweeted this morning.


Lorraine Bracco Waited 25 Years To Watch Goodfellas Because She Knows Watching It on TV Ruins It

Lorraine Bracco was 36 when she starred as Karen Hill in Goodfellas, but she hadn’t seen the mob movie in its entirety until last year. “Well, I went to the premiere, but I missed the start doing interviews, and then they pulled me out before the end,” she told The Guardian. “And by the time I came home it wasn’t playing. And I never wanted to see it on TV.” See, even Lorraine Bracco knows: Watching the censored TV edit of Goodfellas is a waste of everyone’s time. She was going to see it in full for the first time in 2015 at a 25th-anniversary screening, but she was interrupted by interviews then, too. But last year, the stars aligned and she got a chance to watch herself play the role that nabbed her an Oscar nomination without any interruptions. “And finally I see it last summer, outdoors in L.A. [at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery] Beautiful … 4,000 people, a full moon. And me.” What’d she think? “It’s funny. I mean, laugh out loud,” she said. “I never realized.”

  • Posted 2/21/17 at 11:18 AM

Neal Brennan Explains the Process of Writing With Dave Chappelle on Half Baked, Chappelle’s Show, and SNL

Neal Brennan recently released the Netflix version of his fantastic, heartfelt one-man show, 3 Mics. He is also consulting on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, and is best known for co-creating Chappelle’s Show. But when invited as a guest on Vulture’s Good One: A Podcast About Jokes, he wanted to talk about an admittedly dumb joke from Half Baked, the movie he co-wrote with Chappelle — a movie they’ve said they don’t even like.


  • Posted 2/21/17 at 10:40 AM

Josh Gad Enlists Penelope Cruz, Chris Pratt, J.J. Abrams And More To Interrogate Daisy Ridley About The Last Jedi

This time, it’s a team effort. After spending much of his time on the set of the much-hyped Murder on the Orient Express remake attempting to coax Last Jedi spoilers out of Daisy Ridley (he’s got the video compilation to prove it), Josh Gad culled as many A-list Star Wars fans as he could find in his latest video to attempt to figure out what happens in Episode 8. “I have no more questions,” Gad assures the Star Wars heroine, who he called the “Taylor to [his] Katy.” Then he leads her into the lion’s den: “I have no more questions, but they do.” Inside, Leslie Odom Jr. (“How many musical numbers are there?”), Colin Trevorrow, Lucy Boynton, Bryce Dallas Howard (“Do the heels of your boots ever get stuck in the grates of the Millennium Falcon?”), Penélope Cruz, Derek Connolly, Tom Bateman, and J.J. Abrams pepper Ridley with questions. Chris Pratt is there, too, but he’s just plugging his own blockbuster: “Jurassic World opens June 2018.”

  • Posted 2/20/17 at 5:15 PM

Emma Watson’s Poor Provincial Town Honestly Seems Pretty Great in the New Beauty and the Beast’s ‘Belle’ Clip

The grass is always greener, isn’t it? Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast heroine longs to escape her small, boring French village in the film’s new “Belle” clip. You spend upwards of nine hours a day daydreaming about feeding a cute donkey an apple. Even being mocked by adorable schoolchildren in song beats being mocked by just-some-random-guy on Twitter. At least there’s one fantasy we can all agree on: Stanley Tucci as a neurotic grand piano.

New King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Trailer for You, From Guy Ritchie

Nothing more rock and roll than hurling a sword to a supernatural aquatic sorceress, unless it’s everything else that goes down in Guy Ritchie’s latest. While the previous trailers for the upcoming King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword focused the film’s darker, grimier, more mystical elements (as you can see below), the brand-new official trailer wants to remind you how [acoustic guitar licks and sweet-ass drum beat] it will be to watch Charlie Hunnam go head to head with a chain-mail-draped Jude Law.


Keanu Reeves Feels the Exact Same Way You Do About Another Matrix Movie: ‘That’d Be Weird, But Why Not?’

“That’d be weird, but why not?” is basically the motto of the Wachowski sisters’ entire cinematic oeuvre, so it only makes sense it would apply to any potential future installments of the Matrix franchise. While discussing his star making role with Yahoo! Movies, Keanu Reeves expressed his willingness to don, in the future, his long black duster and those sunglasses that were somehow both really cool and completely uncool at the same time, provided the hypothetical sequel had the trilogy’s original directors onboard. “The Wachowskis would have to be involved,” the John Wick 2 star mused. “They would have to write it and direct it. And then we’d see what the story is, but yeah, I dunno, that’d be weird, but why not? People die, stories don’t, people in stories don’t.” And you got your Matrix: Re-Reloaded tag line right there.

Karyn Kusama, Who Contributed to the New Horror Anthology XX, Will Make You a Believer in the Power of Genre Cinema

Karyn Kusama has done a lot throughout her career to put women in front. Her directorial debut, Girlfight, starred Michelle Rodriguez as a trailblazing female boxer. Her follow-up brought the animated assassin Aeon Flux to life with Charlize Theron years before we could even yell about the dearth of female superheroes. In 2009 there was the horror comedy Jennifer’s Body, in which the central relationship was the (mostly) platonic love story between two high-school best friends. After a seven-year absence, Kusama re-emerged last year to turn in The Invitation. It was quietly one of the best horror movies of 2016, and reaffirmed her as one of the most exciting women in genre cinema.


  • Posted 2/18/17 at 4:27 PM

Samuel L. Jackson Isn’t Pleased That Marvel Left Him Out of Black Panther

It’s likely not an exaggeration to say that with Black Panther, Marvel will have more black people onscreen in one film than it has managed in the total preceding MCU. Yet, despite Samuel L. Jackson’s placement as one of the most prominent people of color in the Marvel franchise, his Nick Fury is not in Black Panther, a fact that has Jackson irked. Talking to We Got This Covered, Jackson explained: “I asked them, ‘So you’re doing Black Panther and the only black character in the Marvel Universe is not showing up?’ And they’re like, ‘Nick Fury is not in Wakanda!’” That’s not logic that Jackson readily accepted, pressing, “How can he not know the other black superhero on the planet? How the hell does that work? But they just said, ‘No you’re not in that one.’” There are a lot of unanswered questions here, the least of which is why you would voluntarily get on Nick Fury’s bad side.

WGA Honoree Susannah Grant on Pocahontas, the Decline of Middle-Class Screenwriters, and Why She Loved Moana’s Character Design

On February 19, the Writers Guild of America will present its annual awards for writing achievements across film, TV, digital, and video-game formats at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. It will also honor a handful of industry luminaries whose careers exemplify the best of their guild, including Susannah Grant, whose script for HBO’s Confirmation, the saga of Anita Hill’s 1991 accusations of sexual harassment by then–Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, has earned her the Paul Selvin Award for its depiction of civil-rights themes.


  • Posted 2/17/17 at 4:53 PM

Of Course Angela Lansbury Will Be In Mary Poppins Returns

Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, Emily Mortimer, and Ben Whishaw, make way: Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns. Set 20 years after the original movie, the movie follows the adventures of three new Banks children in Depression-era London. Dick Van Dyke initially dropped the news that Lansbury would make an appearance in a December interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “This one supposedly takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown-up,” Van Dyke said. “It’s a great cast — Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy [Lin-Manuel Miranda] from Hamilton.” Now, the news is official: Lansbury will be playing the Balloon Lady, according to Deadline. The character is from P. L. Travers’s original books. Rejoice! We’re getting the very British Mary Poppins sequel we deserve.

The Power Rangers Reboot Trailer Uses a Kanye Song So You Know It’s Morphin Time

In this new trailer for the Power Rangers reboot, one of the kids asks a talking wall, “Are we more like Iron Man or Spider-Man?” Aside from the fact that one of them wears a red suit, there really aren’t a lot of similarities. For one thing, these rangers are way too teenage. After one of the rangers’ moms begs her to just say anything at all at the dinner table, the snarky young girl tells her family, “Pretty sure I’m a superhero” with a lot of vocal fry. Could she be more over it?


How ‘Classic Man,’ One of the Best Music Cues of the Year, Ended Up in Moonlight

In the second-to-last scene of Moonlight, the lead character takes a car ride with the man he loves. It’s a simple setup, but in Moonlight it’s one of the most plainly intimate sequences of the film. It’s taken the hero Chiron (at this point in the movie, he’s rechristened himself as “Black”) an entire movie to figure out how to be loved, so his dinner with his childhood best friend Kevin is an especially meaningful climax — Black (played by Trevante Rhodes) wants desperately to let himself be loved by Kevin (André Holland), but he’s not sure how.


How A Cure for Wellness Pulled Off Its Creepiest Scenes

Spoilers ahead for A Cure for Wellness.


How Lion, Arrival, and Other Oscar Movies Are Revamping Their Awards-Season Narratives

So you’ve been nominated for a lot of Academy Awards. Now what? That’s the question a lot of savvy Oscar strategists have been planning for all season, which is why, as we rush headlong into the final stretch of awards season, so many of those movies are rebranding themselves and pushing a whole new narrative. On this week’s episode of The Awards Show Show, hosts Kyle Buchanan and John Horn look at films like Lion (where Harvey Weinstein is pushing a controversial new campaign with real-world resonance), Arrival (which has launched a more emotional phase-two ad strategy), and Manchester by the Sea, to investigate which movies have successfully pivoted to a fresh new talking point, and which have been left in the dust. Listen to the podcast and read an edited excerpt from their conversation below, and subscribe to The Awards Show Show on iTunes.