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  • Posted 9/26/17 at 3:59 PM

Why Mother! Landed on CinemaScore’s List of ‘Fs’

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film joins only 18 others in the ‘F’ category on CinemaScore — but what exactly makes all of these movies comparable?

  • Posted 9/26/17 at 3:00 PM

What’s Leaving Showtime: October 2017

Because sci-fi should be weird: 12 Monkeys

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  • Posted 9/26/17 at 1:00 PM

In Stronger, Jake Gyllenhaal Takes on His Most Unusual Role in Years: A Regular Guy

In 2010, Jake Gyllenhaal faced something of an impasse. His bid for mainstream blockbuster movie stardom, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, had done about as well as every other ill-conceived video-game adaptation that preceded it, and his career — a mix of oddball performances like Donnie Darko, hyperintense efforts like Jarhead, more prestigious roles like Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, and blockbuster fare like The Day After Tomorrow — presented a contradicting impression of an actor: one who had the look and fame of a mainstream movie star, but always seemed to be more comfortable, and more successful, in stranger, less commercial films.

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  • Posted 9/26/17 at 12:00 PM

What’s Leaving Hulu: October 2017

If you want something utterly delightful: Big Fish

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See John Travolta and His Various Lace-Front Wigs Star in the Gotti Trailer

Yo, Gotti: John Travolta stars as the notorious Gambino crime family boss John Gotti in this new biopic. Kelly Preston, Travolta’s real-life wife, plays Gotti’s wife, Victoria. “HBO made a Gotti movie in 1996, but his death, which was horrible, hasn’t been covered too much,” director (and esteemed Pussy Posse member) Kevin Connolly told Entertainment Weekly. “That’s a different angle that we’re going to explore.” Gotti promises to chart the boss’s ascent and descent over the course of three decades. See Travolta as Teflon Don when Gotti is released December 15.

  • Posted 9/26/17 at 9:07 AM

What’s Leaving HBO: October 2017

Because Spike Lee joints are fleeing HBO: Do the Right Thing

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Today James Cameron Started Production on His 4 Avatar Sequels, Filmed One Right After the Other, With a Budget of $1 Billion

As Marine Jake Sully once said in a certain 2009 CGI space adventure, “Sometimes your whole life boils down to one insane move.” There are few other directors up to such a Herculean task, but according to Deadline, James Cameron finally entered production on his four previously announced 3-D Avatar sequels after several delays. The movies will be shot in succession, using a reported budget of at least $1 billion. The first sequel is currently set to debut on December 18, 2020, eleven years to the day after the premiere of the original film. Right now, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, and Avatar 5 are scheduled to hit theaters December 2021, December 2024, and December 2025 respectively. Boy, if they can’t get their hands on some unobtainium after all this, they just gotta call it a day.

Kyle MacLachlan Joins The House With a Clock In Its Walls, Which Sounds Like Twin Peaks…for Kids!

After leaving you deeply unnerved every Sunday this summer, Kyle MacLachlan has landed a post–Twin Peaks gig in the upcoming film adaptation of John Bellairs’s book The House With a Clock in Its Walls. MacLachlan will be portraying the extremely normal former owner of a very average Michigan house inhabited by the book’s 10-year-old protagonist. Just kidding, he’s playing Isaac Izard, one half of an evil warlock couple who dedicated their lives to black magic before hiding a clock in the walls of their home.

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 8:37 PM
  • Sequels

The It Sequel Will Arrive After Labor Day In 2019

The post-Labor Day weekend was so good to the new It that New Line is betting on that window again for the second installment of its money printing machine. The sequel to the screen update of Stephen King’s classic horror tale will debut on September 6, 2019, which is almost two years to the day after Andy Muschietti’s reboot scored its record-breaking $185 million opening weekend at the global box office. The director is attached to other projects, but has said finishing It will be his top priority going forward. The studio is clearly on the same page as Muschietti, since we’ll see more It in just two years, and because the first movie recently eclipsed The Exorcist as the highest grossing horror film of all time.

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 5:16 PM

Victoria & Abdul Bears a Passing Resemblance to a Good Movie — But Judi Dench Is Wonderful

Will the people who walk out of Victoria & Abdul dabbing their tears and burbling that racism is oh-so-terrible and Judi Dench is oh-so-Best-Actress-y think they’ve seen a good movie?

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 4:47 PM

Super Size Me 2: You’ll Never Look at Chicken the Same Way Again

I feel like instead of a spoiler warning, I should just tell you that, as with most of Morgan Spurlock’s shock-documentaries, you’ll probably walk away from Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! shivering with disgust and wondering how you can go on living in a world as gross and inhumane as ours. Who can forget the real-life horror footage of vermin crawling out of New York City toilets, or scattering by the dozens from a garbage pile, in his last movie, Rats? Or the destruction to his body — puke, liver disintegration, impotence — when he voluntarily ate McDonald’s three meals a day for a month for his mega-hit Super Size Me?

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Cut Down Its Trump Jokes Just in Case He Won The Election

Months before Donald Trump was elected president, Matthew Vaughn decided to cut out a few references to the then-candidate for high office in his script for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The director had done a bit of reading into the tea leaves and determined that it was essentially “too soon” to joke about the potential commander-in-chief, and also potentially too divisive for audiences. “I think America’s going through a pretty interesting and rough ride at the moment and I wanted this movie to be escapism,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “And that means not suddenly have half the audience going, ‘That’s not cool, that’s not funny!’ as the other half is cheering.”

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Stephen King on His New Netflix Movies, It, and His Big Year

Stephen King turned 70 last week, and he’s got plenty to celebrate. The prolific author is having a major moment this year as the film It, adapted from his 1986 novel, has become a box-office phenomenon. Everywhere you look, though, there’s some new King project in the works, whether it’s the recent movie version of The Dark Tower, the limited series Mr. Mercedes, or Hulu’s upcoming show Castle Rock. In addition to his latest book Sleeping Beauties — written with his son Owen; it’s out tomorrow — King has two other well-reviewed movies that just premiered at Fantastic Fest and are hitting Netflix soon: Gerald’s Game, based on his 1992 novel and out September 29, casts Carla Gugino as a woman who’s handcuffed to a bed by her husband (Bruce Greenwood) in a role-play scenario gone wrong. 1922, adapted from a King short story and out October 20, stars Thomas Jane as a flinty-eyed farmer named Wilfred who plunges into madness after the murder of his wife. As King told me on the phone a few days ago, he couldn’t be more pleased about the movies and his banner year.

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 11:45 AM

Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer: The Bellas Are Back Aca-at It Again With the Unaccompanied Musical Numbers

Just when the Barden Bellas think they’re out, something pulls them right back into the whole singing-with-other-people-but-without-instruments game. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, and Hailee Steinfeld (remember how she was in the last movie?) all return in the third installment of the Pitch Perfect franchise, where they go on a world tour, hit on soldiers, and consider leaving the group to go solo (okay, only Anna Kendrick does that, but it’s a big betrayal). Basically, this is the same plot logic as the Fast and Furious movies, but with singing instead of cars, and way more lame “pitch” puns. Pitch Perfect 3 premieres December 22.

  • Posted 9/25/17 at 10:41 AM

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Is Bloated, Campy, and Thoroughly Stupid

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the bloated, campy, thoroughly stupid sequel to the 2014 action thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service, which made comic hay out of the tension between English Men’s Club manners and insanely graphic violence. The first movie was no classic but had its charms. Director Matthew Vaughn’s syncopated perversity was a relief from the recent, overearnest 007 vehicles, and the two — count ’em — climactic gore orgies made even the most jaded splatter fetishists howl with delight. A sequel was de rigueur, of course, but what a mess it is.

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 10:30 AM
  • Swaps

Chris Pratt Got His Hollywood Chrises Crossed

Identity Chris-es: We’ve all known the Hollywood Chrises — Pine, Evans, Hemsworth, and Pratt — are essentially Hollywood’s hunky matryoshka doll. (But Pine, obviously, is in first place.) In peak-celebrities-they’re-just-like-us form, Chris Pratt took a personality quiz that would assign him a Hollywood Chris: “Are you Chris, Chris, Chris, or Chris?” His result, based on birth order, favorite thing to do on a weekend, and which Disney prince you identify with most: Chris … Evans! “The best part about you is that your charm isn’t superficial — you have a set of substantive morals and convictions that you hold fast to,” the quiz summarized. Evans’s “substantive morals and convictions” are obvious: He’s down to spar with racists and Klansmen on Twitter all the time. Maybe Pratt-as-Evans will rebrand?

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 10:26 AM

Battle of the Sexes Is a Buoyant Piece of Propaganda — But It’s Very Entertaining

Battle of the Sexes is a buoyant piece of propaganda about a buoyant, propagandistic episode in American culture: the 1973 tennis match between 55-year-old Bobby Riggs — a self-proclaimed chauvinist pig who crowed that women shouldn’t play on the same courts as men — and 29-year-old Billie Jean King, a crusader for women’s rights and a budding lesbian. (Married to a man, King had just begun to acknowledge her attraction to women in private.) Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy have a clear feminist and gay agenda. The villains are male chauvinists, with the exception of the Aussie player Margaret Court, who can be beat by Riggs — the movie implies — because she’s an ultra-religious homophobe who shares his paternalistic values. Only Billie Jean King, who embodies the future, can move those boundary posts.

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  • Posted 9/25/17 at 9:00 AM

A Tribute to Julianne Moore’s Delicious New Villain in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

This piece was originally published during San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Trailer: Dylan O’Brien Returns to Save the World

While filming Maze Runner: The Death Cure back in 2016, star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured while shooting a car-chase sequence, sustaining a facial injury and brain trauma that resulted in the film’s production being postponed. The incident left the Teen Wolf actor shaken, uncertain if he could return to acting at all. “I really was in a dark place there for a while and it wasn’t an easy journey back,” O’Brien explained in a Vulture interview published earlier this month, “There was a time there where I didn’t know if I would ever do it again … and that thought scared me, too.”

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  • Posted 9/22/17 at 8:48 PM

Watch The Trailer for Adaptation of Stephen King’s Novella 1922

It has just passed The Exorcist as the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, and soon we’ll get an adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. But that’s not all! On October 20, the third King-based film in two months will arrive, and it’s based on the novella 1922, which was published in the 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars. It features Thomas Jane as a man scheming to murder his wife (Molly Parker) because she’s tired of her provincial life and wants to move to the city. However, if she sells off her portion of their farmland, it will force her humble husband to do the same, and he has no interest in moving to the big city. Jane’s character even manipulates the couple’s teenage son into helping to murder his mother, but even after her body has been disposed of, her spirit lives on.