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8 Instagram Influencers Explain What Ingrid Goes West Gets Scarily Right

Ingrid Goes West might be the first film that really nails what it’s like to live in today’s selfie-saturated world. Like a Black Mirror episode set in the present day, IGW follows a mentally ill woman named Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) who develops a fixation on an Instagram influencer named Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) and begins gradually inserting herself into her life: ordering the food she orders, buying the accessories she wears, even renting a bungalow on the same ‘J. Tree’ block. Along with nailing the influencer aesthetic — all sun-drenched, succulent-filled California interiors and avocado toasts at Cafe GratitudeIGW delves deep into the psychological ramifications of performing one’s identity online, and the pressure to curate a perfect self in a world where image is everything.


Deadpool 2 Crew Reportedly Believe Lack of Diversity Contributed to Stuntwoman’s Death

As Canada’s WorkSafeBC continues to investigate the death of Joi “SJ” Harris, a stuntwoman who was killed in a motorcycle accident when a stunt went wrong on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 last week, new information suggests that Hollywood’s lack of diversity might have indirectly contributed to her death. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that crew members alerted producers that Harris was too inexperienced to safely pull off the stunt, noting her previous crashes on practice runs, but were ignored because producers felt an African-American woman needed to perform the stunt for accurate representation. (Harris was standing in for Atlanta’s Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino, in the scene.) Though Harris was a licensed racer, Deadpool 2 was her first film and the accident occurred during her first live take.


James Cromwell’s Ringtone is Him Saying ‘That’ll Do, Pig’ from Babe

Go ahead and give James Cromwell a call. Do you have his number? Can you find it and pass it along to us? When The New Yorker profiled Cromwell and joined him in some civil disobedience, Cromwell’s phone rang. But it didn’t make the usual shrill sound — instead, his ringtone was his own soothing voice. That’s right, James Cromwell’s ringtone is Cromwell himself saying “That’ll do, pig,” from Babe, the 1995 movie where he played a simple farmer who owned an adorable talking piglet. For the uncultured swine among us, Cromwell’s line sounds like this:


  • Posted 8/23/17 at 9:00 AM

Why Do I Love Watching Someone Else’s Movie on an Airplane?

Everybody has a different opinion about the best way to watch a film. Some people seek out the biggest possible screen and trek to the nearest IMAX theater to catch Dunkirk in 70mm. Others prefer the comfort of a home-viewing experience, and when you have a top-of-the-line OLED television in your living room, who’d blame you for popping in that Blu-ray? Personally, I’m a stickler for fidelity: I look for a theater with crystal-clear sound, and if you invite me over to your place to watch a movie, you’d better know that your new TV’s motion-smoothing setting is a deal-breaker. There’s a way that a film is meant to be seen, and that ain’t it.


Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips Are Developing A Joker Origin Story Movie

The Warner Bros. DC film universe is spinning so fast that parts just keep flying off and then growing into their own autonomous film properties. According to Deadline, the studio is now developing a Joker origin story that is being directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), produced by Martin Scorsese (yes, that Martin Scorsese), and written by Scott Silver (8 Mile). This, as Deadline reports, “will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.” (Case in point: Deadline is capitalizing “Batman Universe”, because it sounds like the sub-universe business is about to get booming.) For those longing to see what Jared Leto could really do with the Joker when given his own movie to play around with, you will have to continue pining away. While Leto will return for the Harley Quinn spinoff as well as the second Suicide Squad, this new film from Phillips will present a unique origin for the character and cast a different, and perhaps younger, actor. It’s also apparently supposed to harken back to early Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull in its tone, and it will be set in an early-1980s Gotham City that will mostly likely be one step above an actual waste-processing plant as far as livability goes.

We Hate to Break It to You, But Michael K. Williams Was Just Cut From the Han Solo Star Wars Spinoff

The Han Solo spinoff has already lost its original directors, and now it’s losing Michael K. Williams. Deadline reports that Williams’s role — once described as “key” — has been cut from the final film because of scheduling difficulties. “When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in,” Williams, who is currently on location shooting another movie in Africa, told Deadline. “I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after [his SundanceTV series] Hap and Leonard, and for them to wait that long for me, that would have pushed back the release date, which I believe is in May 2018. They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip.” Clip-clip-clip they did, and now a galaxy far, far away is missing the less the “half-human, half-animal” character Williams played.

Carly Rae Jepsen on Her Relationship With Fame — and That New Album

It’s been approximately 26 months since we’ve gotten a full-length Carly Rae Jepsen album, and her musical output in 2017 has been, despairingly, minimal: Jepsen contributed vocals to the song “Hate That You Know Me” on the new Bleachers album, Gone Now, but the only new solo sound we’ve heard from her since 2016’s Emotion Side B is “Cut to the Feeling.” Jepsen decided to release the single — left over from more than 200 that she recorded for Emotionin May to accompany her latest nonmusical endeavor, a voice-acting role in the new animated movie Leap!


  • Posted 8/22/17 at 8:00 AM

Darren Aronofsky Doesn’t Want You to Know Anything About Mother!

“Most people, after they see the film, they don’t even wanna look at me,” says Darren Aronofsky with a basso profundo chuckle. Clad in New Balances, a Montreal Expos hat, and a black T-shirt bearing the logo of electro-punk label DFA Records, the 48-year-old auteur is introducing his latest outing, the secrecy-shrouded Mother! (exclamation point required), to a micro­audience of four — of which I am a part. We had to turn in nondisclosure agreements before being permitted to see the film, and a viewing of it suggests the reason why: Aronofsky doesn’t want you to know how, exactly, he’s going to push your buttons. But he’s going to push your buttons.


  • Posted 8/21/17 at 9:00 AM

In Praise of Logan Lucky’s Very Good, Very Specific Game of Thrones Joke

It’s a testament to the groundedness of Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky that the film’s Game of Thrones joke is really more of a joke about A Song of Ice and Fire. The film centers on heist during a NASCAR event, which is internally jokingly referred to as “Ocean’s 7-11,and it commits to a granular look at life and society in West Virginia, with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as two bumbling brothers and Daniel Craig having fun for once. If all the actors’ drawls aren’t exactly consistent, Logan Lucky commits to realism everywhere else: there’s a small-town beauty pageant, a Soderberghian commitment to tracing how exactly money flows around a car-racing stadium, and in a quirky little set piece midway through the movie, an elaborately constructed joke about Game of Thrones that succeeds because it’s actually about the thing itself, not some preconceived idea of it.


The 33 Greatest Car Movies Ever

It seems like a good bet that the car movie will always be with us: This year has already given us The Fate of the Furious and Baby Driver, and we still haven’t entirely recovered from Mad Max: Fury Road. Of course, a “car movie” can mean many things — from a racing flick to a road movie to, well, a film that’s just set among cars in general. Regardless, we thought this might be a good time to take a step back and look at some of the best car movies over the years, and to do so in an all-encompassing, inclusive way. As a result, this list of movies is quite eclectic — it includes gearhead classics, cult standbys, noirs, modern blockbusters, art-house favorites, and even some genuine obscurities. Along the way, it became clear to us that a “car movie,” more than anything, is a film where a car plays a key role in the way a character interacts with the world — be it as a weapon, a tool, a dream, a setting, or a metaphor. Here are the 33 greatest car movies. (And as usual, we’ve stuck to one film per franchise, lest you wonder why there aren’t half a dozen Fast and Furious movies on this list.)


  • Posted 8/20/17 at 8:14 PM

Joss Whedon’s Ex-Wife Writes Essay Accusing Him of Feminist ‘Hypocrisy’: ‘He Is Not Who He Pretends to Be’

Writer-director Joss Whedon has a long, somewhat complicated history with the depiction of women in film, taking heat for female story lines in his own movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron, while simultaneously critiquing what he perceives as sexism in films like Jurassic World. While Whedon has dedicated much of his career to creating female ass-kickers in projects like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, and, presumably, the upcoming Batgirl, a new essay written by his ex-wife Kai Cole for the Wrap claims the director’s outspoken feminism belies a marriage marked by cheating, a deception she sees as antithetical to his public persona. Writes Cole, “I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.”


  • Posted 8/18/17 at 5:04 PM

Death Note Director Adam Wingard Is Ready to Talk About Whitewashing

Death Note, Netflix’s upcoming original movie, is the latest Japanese manga series to be translated to a Western market. The horror-thriller centers on a young man named Light, who finds a supernatural notebook that will kill anyone whose name appears in it. The beloved series first appeared in a Japanese manga magazine in 2003, and over the years, has been adapted into several TV series and films.


  • Posted 8/18/17 at 4:23 PM

I Think I Saw The Hitman’s Bodyguard, But I Can’t Be Sure

A couple weeks ago, while reviewing the sub-B, Halle Berry–starring throwaway Kidnap, I marveled almost admiringly at the fact that anyone even made movies like this anymore. This week I had a similar feeling, though with a less positive aftertaste, for the late-summer dreck The Hitman’s Bodyguard, so I guess this is the world’s way of telling me that, yes, they do make movies like this anymore. This does not mean that we need to concern ourselves with them if we don’t want to: Unlike other “bad” movies of the summer of 2017, these aren’t symptoms of market bloat like Transformers: The Last Knight or corporate fever dreams like The Emoji Movie. These movies are the cinematic equivalent of metal washers or xanthan gum: Someone has to make them, they keep people employed, and you can go your whole life without seeing or thinking about them and get through just fine.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard opens with what I can only describe as an ad for masculinity, some third-rate–James Bond, rich-spy fantasy complete with an attractive sleeping woman in the California King bed. Even as a heterosexual woman with no desire to own a gun, let alone a foam-molded wall of them, I’m pretty susceptible to this kind of ultrabasic glamour. But throughout this entire “yeahhhh who’s ready for a real GUY’s movie” opening, all I could wonder was if director Patrick Hughes had seen any movies since the 2012 McG film This Means War (a better and more interesting movie than The Hitman’s Bodyguard, incidentally.)


  • Posted 8/18/17 at 3:52 PM

Patti Cake$ Is a Gritty Crowd-pleaser That Isn’t a Cliché, Just Cliché-Adjacent

The Sundance hit Patti Cake$ is the saga of an overweight female New Jersey rapper who goes by the name “Killa P” but is saddled with “Dumbo” by nasty Jersey boys. It’s a real crowd-pleaser, and I hope a lot of people will be inspired by its mixture of grittiness and uplift. But it also demonstrates that showbiz go-for-it stories are more alike than unalike, even when they have a vivid countercultural vibe and feature actors who don’t conform to (Hollywood white male) studio ideals. The feel-bad-to-feel-good ratio is relatively strong, but there’s a bushel of formula corn in there, too.


  • Posted 8/18/17 at 2:17 PM
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Samuel L. Jackson in Talks for a Shaft Sequel, Written by Black-ish’s Kenya Barris

Samuel L. Jackson — patron saint of the word mother-shut your mouth! — is in talks to play Shaft again. Jackson starred in a 2000 reboot effort — Shaft, directed by John Singleton — that was positively reviewed (it’s definitely his 27th-best performance) but didn’t spawn an immediate sequel. Now, New Line is negotiating to bring back Jackson, according to Variety, and Survivor’s Remorse star Jessie T. Usher to star as Shaft’s son. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris will write the script, and Tim Story (Ride Along, 2005’s Fantastic Four) will direct. Variety says Jackson and Usher’s selection will help the franchise pass the torch to a younger star, as happened with Creed and Blade Runner: 2049. Cue that classic Isaac Hayes theme: Shaft! Can you dig it?

Marjorie Prime’s Geena Davis Hopes Wonder Woman Will Change Everything, But…

Geena Davis has been acting in Hollywood for three-and-a-half decades, but it really wasn’t until her new movie, Marjorie Prime, that she got to play out a significant mother-daughter story on the big screen. “It didn’t occur to me how unusual that is!” said Davis this week, while talking to Vulture. “I certainly noticed that the movie was even-handed when it comes to female characters, and that it was a wonderful, interesting, and challenging thing to do, but it never occurred to me to think, ‘For once, we’re doing a mother-daughter exploration rather than father-son.’ ” She laughed. “Now that you mention it, though, I like that.”


  • Posted 8/18/17 at 12:26 PM

Gook Offers a Visually Striking But Distant Korean Perspective on the L.A. Riots

In an essay on the now-defunct MTV News reflecting on her childhood memories of the 1992 L.A. riots, critic Inkoo Kang wrote, “Destroyed businesses aren’t ended lives. But businesses do represent dreams and hopes and livelihoods and life savings — and the sudden demolition of those things deserves to be remembered.” Such a business (over 2,000 were damaged or destroyed during the riots) serves as the backdrop for filmmaker and actor Justin Chon’s striking Gook, a rare account of those five dark days told from a primarily Korean-American perspective. But the modest shop run by its two leads in the sun-baked southland city of Paramount doesn’t just resemble the capitalist American dreams of its owners; it represents an often-fraught effort to exist within a diverse community.


Every Samuel L. Jackson Performance, Ranked From Worst to Best

The film critic David Thomson once wrote that “no one survives more bad material with humor and dignity” than Samuel L. Jackson, which is another way of saying: No movie with Samuel L. Jackson can ever be entirely boring. Jackson has been in comedies, dramas, actioners, horror films, and some truly inspired kitsch, and he always brings his distinctive oomph to each role.


Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime Lannister’s Next Move

As Game of Thrones stampedes toward its seventh-season finale, Jaime Lannister has his, uh, hand full. The so-called Kingslayer is now a king himself in all but name, preparing to openly parent the baby he’s conceived with his sister, Queen Cersei (Lena Headey). At the same time, he’s attempting to broker an armistice between his incestuous lover and her rival, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), via their younger brother Tyrion, one of Westeros’s most wanted men. This comes after Jaime and his sparring partner Bronn (Jerome Flynn) barely escaped incineration by Dany’s dragon — a fate many of their forces were not lucky enough to dodge. It all leaves actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau feeling like his character should probably check his fatherly impulses at the gate of the Red Keep: “They shouldn’t do this!” he exclaims when asked about Jaime and Cersei’s plans for parenthood.