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First Trailer for A Dark Song Features a Trapped, Grieving Mother and Horrors of the Occult

A Dark Song made Vulture’s list of most anticipated horror films back at the start of the year, and it finally has its first trailer. The Irish production debuted at Fantastic Fest last year, and every early review has laid praise on the film. The plot centers on a woman named Sophia who has lost her son, and in her grief embarks on a months-long ritual to bring him back to life. To complete this process, however, she must follow the demands of a recluse occultist named Joseph who at least claims to know what he’s doing. So, on top of the supernatural terrors, it looks like Dark Song layers on entrapment horror and maybe some Stockholm Syndrome, too. As Joseph’s demands start to look more and more like torture, she becomes increasingly dependent on him to not only bring back her son, but also to survive the grueling ritual.

  • Posted 3/29/17 at 7:00 PM

What’s Leaving HBO: April 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave HBO’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on HBO and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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  • Posted 3/29/17 at 6:00 PM

What’s Leaving Hulu: April 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Hulu’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Hulu and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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  • Posted 3/29/17 at 5:12 PM

Here’s How Much Nancy Meyers Loves a Good Kitchen

More than any other director working in Hollywood (or, honestly, any other human with eyes), Nancy Meyers knows a good interior when she sees one. Her movies (It’s Complicated, The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give) are fairy tales starring artfully bedraggled women and the subway-tile backsplashes that make them happy. In a move that is stunningly on brand, today Meyer’s stainless steel–loving eye spotted a good kitchen as she sat in traffic. The director was so busy ogling the image of a kitchen on the side of a truck that she almost got into an accident, according to her Instagram:

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  • Posted 3/29/17 at 5:00 PM

What’s Leaving Showtime: April 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Showtime’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Showtime and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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Vin Diesel Says Fate of the Furious is the Start of a Trilogy

The Fast and the Furious franchise has metastasized into something no one really could have imagined when it debuted back in 2001. Sixteen years later and eight movies into the series, Vin Diesel is here to tell us that The Fate of the Furious is … a trilogy? “As the world sees this movie, they’ll see how its the beginning of a new trilogy,” he said at CinemaCon today. Indeed, the ninth and tenth movies in America’s fastest film series have already been announced, but based on Diesel’s comments, it sounds like fans can expect a narrative through line connecting the next three in an especially furious way. If Dom has turned on the family for Fate and sided with evil Charlize, does that mean we won’t see a reunion between him and Letty by the end of the forthcoming film? Will villainous Dom descend into the criminal underworld even further and completely betray the legacy of his fallen brother, Brian O’Conner? Has the franchise revival that started with Fast Five just been about sending Dom out in a blaze of glory (or dishonor) to make room for ever-expanding role of the Rock this whole time? And most importantly: How many trilogies will ultimately fit into the Fast universe? The answer better be at least four.

  • Posted 3/29/17 at 4:01 PM

What’s Leaving Netflix: April 2017

Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of departing titles so you can watch them before they’re gone forever (or are just available on a different site). For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Netflix and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

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  • Posted 3/29/17 at 1:30 PM

Watch More Children Lose Their Innocence in The Creepy New IT Trailer

It is almost here, and it’s got exactly what you’ve been waiting for: a group of terrified children and one hell of a scary clown. The big switch between the original 1990 TV movie and this 2017 update is tone: Everything is literally darker, in the style that ominous films are these days, and the scare tactics seem much more heavy-handed. Where Tim Curry’s Pennywise was dangerous by way of being inviting and charming, Bill Skarsgård’s incarnation is going to be much more overtly “lock your doors and keep your children inside.” It hits theaters September 8.

  • Posted 3/29/17 at 10:34 AM

Watch a Lot of Fantastical Space Battles and a Glimpse of Rihanna in the New Trailer for Valerian

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are intergalactic governmental operatives charged with keeping peace in director Luc Besson’s fantastical galaxy. The duo has ten hours to figure out the threat facing Alpha — “the city of a thousand planets” — and ensure the dreamy cityscape’s safety. Somewhere along the way, the partners encounter none other than good girl gone galactic Rihanna. See Valerian in theaters this July.

  • Posted 3/29/17 at 9:45 AM

Get Me Roger Stone Trailer: Trump’s Infamous Adviser Gets The Lurid Documentary He Deserves

You may not know Trump adviser Roger Stone by name, but according to the trailer for Netflix’s documentary about him, “The Nixon tattoo is really all you need to know about Roger.” Between his alleged collusion with Russian intelligence and not being invited to Senate hearings to testify, there’s plenty of juice for this doc about the self-described dirty trickster’s life as a political operative. Get Me Roger Stone will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, and hits Netflix on May 12. “America may be collapsing,” says one talking head in the trailer, “but Roger Stone is determined to enjoy it.”

  • Posted 3/28/17 at 9:55 PM

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel Trailer: “Don’t Let Anybody Tell That We’re Going to Get on Rocket Ships and Live on Mars.’

In the new trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this year’s follow-up to the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore is out to rally audiences against a common enemy: denial, whether it takes the form of hopelessness, a refusal to believe in climate change, or a focus on extraplanetary exploration, the presumption being that Earth is too far gone to be saved. As the former vice-president points out, increasingly severe natural disasters have been greeted with both the invention of incredible new clean energy technologies and a U.S. president who has publicly doubted the veracity of global warming and vowed to defund the EPA. “The next generation would be justified in looking back at us and asking, what were you thinking?” Gore predicts. “Couldn’t you hear what the scientists were saying? Couldn’t you hear what Mother Nature was screaming at you?” Hear what Mother Nature is screaming at all of us on July 28, when the film debuts in theaters.

Teresa Palmer Stars in the First Trailer for Entrapment Thriller Berlin Syndrome

There’s an Aussie infiltration happening in horror this year. Greg McLean gave us The Belko Experiment. Sean Byrne debuted his excellent sophomore effort, The Devil’s Candy. And still to come this year we’ll see Hounds of Love from Ben Young, The Killing Ground from Damien Power, and Berlin Syndrome from Cate Shortland, which just got its first trailer. Berlin follows a young Australian girl named Clare who shares a romantic night with a man she meets in Berlin, and wakes up to find that he’s keeping her prisoner in his apartment. It’s a solid jumping-off point for some high-anxiety entrapment horror, and in addition to the demonstrated talents of Shortland, Syndrome has another huge element working in its favor: actress Teresa Palmer. Palmer has been a supporting presence around Hollywood for a handful of years now, but her work fronting last year’s Lights Out is perhaps her best role to date. She’s an understated figure who wears shock and trauma very well, and with Syndrome looking even more harrowing than Lights Out, she’ll get the screen space to deliver an even bigger performance.

Global Casting Call Results in a Hollywood Newcomer Being Cast Opposite Constance Wu in Crazy Rich Asians

Back in January, director Jon Chu invited any and all Asians out there to try out for his upcoming film, Crazy Rich Asians, based on the book by Kevin Kwan. As in, he literally made a video and asked people to submit two-minute clips on social media along with the hashtag CrazyRichAsiansCasting for a chance to win a spot among the cast. “I know how much undiscovered talent there is in the world,” said Chu, “so we are shouting out to all you aspiring actors and cool personalities with hidden talents.” It’s not yet being reported what hidden talents he has, but according to The Hollywood Reporter newcomer Henry Golding has just been cast as the male lead opposite Constance Wu in Crazy Rich. That means he’ll be playing Nick, the ultra-desirable bachelor whom everyone in Southeast Asia seems to want a piece of, but who is engaged to Wu’s character, Rachel.

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  • Posted 3/28/17 at 5:18 PM

Mark Wahlberg, Hungry for a Franchise, Will Make His New Action Movie Mile 22 a Trilogy

Mark Wahlberg is in a tricky position: He’s an A-list movie star without one big franchise to his name. (He shares custody of the city of Boston with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, but that doesn’t really count.) Now it looks like he’s getting one. Wahlberg’s next collaboration with Peter Berg, Mile 22, will be built into an action trilogy for STX Entertainment, according to Variety. “I still don’t feel like I have the movie, the role, that defines me,” Wahlberg said. His turn in the not-yet-released movie about a CIA agent in Indonesia tasked with transporting an informant to an airport 22 miles away might give him the defining role he yearns for. The first installment of the Mile 22 trilogy will co-star UFC fighter Ronda Rousey; it will be the fourth Wahlberg-Berg collaboration after Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, and Patriots Day.

  • Posted 3/28/17 at 11:27 AM
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Ghost in the Shell Universe

The Scarlett Johansson version of Ghost in the Shell is being released this Friday, whether we want it or not. It’s been notoriously tricky for Hollywood to successfully adapt anime and manga titles, even if they later get a critical reappraisal (see: Speed Racer, Edge of Tomorrow). But in the case of a classic franchise like Ghost in the Shell, which most American viewers know from the 1995 Mamoru Oshii film, there’s more of a known quantity to live up to — this is one of the most influential franchises in anime history.

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  • Posted 3/28/17 at 10:21 AM
  • Remakes

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Swaps Out a Mysterious Old Board Game for a Mysterious Old Video Game

Look, this is 2017. Get the ’net. Live in the now. Kids can’t get sucked into games they won’t even open, which is why Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has upgraded the original’s mystical board game to a magical video game. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film opens with four high-school students suffering through detention. As revealed in new footage screened at this week’s CinemaCon, their teacher orders them to clean out the basement of the school, and they find an old video game console, which features the game Jumanji. After selecting their avatars, the horrified students are whisked away to a jungle in the bodies of their characters. This at least partially explains Karen Gillan’s teeny, early Tomb Raider-esque, extremely jungle-inappropriate outfit, one that the character herself apparently loathes. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is trying to riff on classic video games of the past and, well, have you seen a female video game character from the ’90s?

You Know You’re a Movie Star When You Get a Surprise Movie Star Death

(Warning: This post contains major spoilers for a recent film. Even saying the name of the movie would be a spoiler. Read at your own risk!)

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The 53 Best Movies Under 90 Minutes

This post was originally published in October 2016. We have updated and re-promoted it for the release of the live-action Ghost in the Shell.

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Dax Shepard on Motorcycles, Michael Peña, and Why He Made a CHiPs Movie

If you mainly know Dax Shepard from his long-running role on Parenthood, you probably didn’t expect to hear that he was writing, directing, and starring in a big-screen adaptation of CHiPs. But Hollywood is a magical place that is full of nearly constant surprises, and that’s exactly what Shepard, who is a noted motorcycle enthusiast, just did, with the movie CHiPs — an R-rated version of the 1970s comedy about two California Highway Patrol cops — which premiered this past Friday. Vulture caught up with Shepard before the film’s release to talk about why he made a CHiPs movie, the importance of Michael Peña, and riding motorcycles through every part of Los Angeles that he’d ever wanted to ride a motorcycle through.

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  • Posted 3/27/17 at 1:40 PM

Don’t Mess With Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft or Her Precious Driftwood

Knitwear is so last season: Alicia Vikander is into cargo pants now. Vanity Fair has unveiled the first look at Vikander’s Tomb Raider reboot, in which she stars as a new version of Lara Croft, previously played by Angelina Jolie. This Lara is young, into long pants, and very fond of this one piece of driftwood she found on the beach. The film has the 28-year-old actress playing a 21-year-old Lara who, seven years after her father’s death, has “refused to take the reigns of his global business empire” and instead works as a bike courier and takes college classes in London (please tell us she’s roommates with Tove Lo). Then, after some sort of necessary inciting incident, she heads to a tomb on the island off the coast of Japan where her father was last seen in order to track him down. It’s like Silence, but with (probably) far less priest torture.

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