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Here’s a Poignant Preview of Unreleased Robin Williams Aladdin Outtakes

Kleenex time: As part of Disney's upcoming digital rerelease of Aladdin, the Diamond Edition includes previously unreleased snippets of the late Robin Williams doing his genius Genie work in the recording booth. Here's a preview, as well as an interview with much of the film's original creative team, via ABC's Good Morning America:

Now R.L. Stine’s Fear Street Is Being Developed As a Movie; It Would Be a Better TV Show

With Goosebumps set to hit theaters next week, 20th Century Fox is jumping on R.L. Stine's other big horror series, Fear Street, and developing a movie based on the books. Seeing as Fear Street has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, it seems perfect to mine for a filmed project. But would a movie be the best?

The Goosebumps film is already about an author's monsters coming to life in the real world, so repeating that, even if it's just "a bunch of kids move to Fear Street, and there are ghosts and vampires everywhere" seems like a waste of more than 100 titles.


Hail, Caesar! Trailer: George Clooney and Channing Tatum Are Still Big, It’s the Pictures That Got Small

The Coen Brothers have made multiple homages to the spirit of classical Hollywood comedies, but with Hail, Caesar!, they've finally taken the next step and produced a film about the golden age of Hollywood itself. As you might expect, a number of A-listers leapt (often literally) at the chance to travel in the Coens' time machine: We've got George Clooney leading with his chin as a kidnapped movie star, Channing Tatum singing and dancing in Navy whites, Scarlett Johansson breaking out her best Noo Yawk accent, and Tilda Swinton going full Tilda as a nosy gossip columnist. Judging from this trailer, the film has all the charm of old Hollywood, with none of the secret abortions.

  • Posted 10/9/15 at 1:08 PM
  • Movies

Labyrinth of Lies Tackles Holocaust Culpability, But With an Odd Lightness

Can a film about the Holocaust actually be “entertaining”? Dare we even ask such a question? To be fair, the German film Labyrinth of Lies — that country’s submission for the Academy Awards this year — isn’t so much about the Holocaust as it is about the aftermath. But still, the zip and flash with which this legal drama moves feels odd, in light of the historical events that loom over it. Here’s a movie about the efforts to bring the soldiers stationed at Auschwitz to justice, and it’s strangely light on its feet. 


Oscar Futures: How Strong Are Steve Jobs and Bridge of Spies?

Every week between now and January 14, when the nominations are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes in this year's Oscar race. Check back every Friday for our Oscar Futures column, where we'll let you in on insider gossip, confer with other awards-season pundits, and track industry buzz to figure out who's up, who's down, and who's currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer: Social-Climbing With the Undead

For those worried that the long-gestating film adaptation of the Jane Austen horror parody Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had succumbed to its own zombie apocalypse, relief has just arrived in the form of a first trailer. The film, directed by Burr Steers, stars Lily James and Sam Riley as the famous Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy — who now not only need to worry about social mobility and their complicated romance, but also fending off some upper-crust walking dead. But don't worry: They've got Michonne's sword! High society really is as cutthroat as it seems.

The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time

The past few years have been something of a golden age for music documentaries, with the Oscar-winning success of Searching for Sugar Man and 20 Feet From Stardom opening up the field for films about less obvious stars. Lately there have been a flood of movies about cult bands, forgotten local acts, and background players — and even a few docs, like Amy and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, that have found new ways to approach some of the most popular musicians of the past half-century. Netflix has done so well with music-themed films that it commissioned its own, What Happened, Miss Simone?; and thanks in part to art-house patrons, Blu-ray buyers, and premium-cable subscribers, the market for movies about musicians has become lucrative enough that even long-shelved projects like The Wrecking Crew and the arty Leon Russell sketch A Poem Is a Naked Person have seen the light of day. It’s a marvelous time to be a music buff.

The list of 50 documentaries below features old classics, new favorites, and a few films that deserve a wider audience. It touches on pop, hip-hop, rock, punk, R&B, jazz, country, and folk; collectively, it tells a story of art forms, cultures, and business models in transition. Most important, these documentaries (and exceptional concert films, in case you were wondering) contain performances that are as essential to understanding these artists as any of their records. Think of these 50 titles (plus the 25 honorable mentions appended at the end) as a time capsule, ready to be opened today, next year, or decades from now.


John Boyega Has Words for His Star Wars Haters

Remember when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer first came out? Everything seemed copacetic, but then there was that backward slice of the fandom that was wondering why John Boyega's Stormtrooper character, Finn, was black. (Some close-minded commenters insisted the Stormtroopers had to be an army of all-white clones.) Boyega initially responded to the racist questioning and disapproval with a succinct "Get used to it," on Instagram. But in a recent interview with V Magazine, the actor elaborated, saying, "[The negativity] was unnecessary ... I'm in the movie, what are you going to do about it? You either enjoy it or you don't. I'm not saying get used to the future, but what is already happening. People of color and women are increasingly being shown on-screen. For things to be whitewashed just doesn’t make sense."

Go, John! »

Watch James Corden Turn Iconic Cult-Movie Scenes Into Pitch-Perfect Musical Moments

"I wonder what vomit with vibrato would sound like?" said no one ever. Until now. Here that is, along with The Terminator, The Exorcist, and Se7en like you've never seen (or heard) them before:

  • Posted 10/8/15 at 3:32 PM
  • Covers

Ciara’s Cover of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’ Is Spooky, in a Sexy Way

Vin Diesel's latest film, The Last Witch Hunter, isn't due out till October 23, but you can listen to Ciara's new song from the soundtrack now. For the film, the not-so-elusive chanteuse serves up a haunting, soulful rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Though the song wasn't on Ciara's radar before Universal approached her, she told Rolling Stone, "[the song] was actually a sound I've always wanted to play with, and it just didn't get any better than being able to cover a Rolling Stones song. I feel like it pushes the edge and the limit for me, in reference to what people probably expect from me. So this was so many cool things in one. It was a huge honor, and then creatively I just got to really have some fun that I don't usually do in my music."

The dark track should strike fear into the hearts of all Futurehive members.

Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray Officially Directing Furious 8

When first we checked in on Furious 8's search for a director, Universal was wary of Vin Diesel taking the job himself. And when we last checked in, Diesel was promising to reveal the choice on his Facebook page, leading to fears that he would indeed pull a Dick Cheney. Now THR reports that's unlikely to be the case, as the studio has landed on Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray for the gig. Gray was one of three filmmakers short-listed for the job alongside The Transporter's Louis Leterrier and You're Next's Adam Wingard; his filmography also includes A Man Apart with Vin Diesel and The Italian Job with Jason Statham. It's like he was part of the family already.


  • Posted 10/8/15 at 1:19 PM
  • Pixar

4 of the Next 6 Pixar Films Are Sequels, Including The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4

Disney's upcoming Pixar film slate includes a lot of sequels: Its schedule, announced Thursday, features just two original additions to the Pixar universe out of the studio's next six films. Those two new films are the The Good Dinosaur (out next month) and the previously untitled Day of the Dead–themed Coco, set for 2017. We can now expect Brad Bird's long-awaited The Incredibles sequel to bow in 2019. Unfortunately, Toy Story fans will have to wait a year longer for its fourth installment; Toy Story 4 has been pushed back from 2017 to 2018. Here's what the next four years of Pixar currently looks like:

The Good Dinosaur (November 25, 2015)

Finding Dory (June 17, 2016)

Cars 3 (June 16, 2017)

Coco (November 22, 2017)

Toy Story 4 (June 15, 2018)

The Incredibles 2 (June 21, 2019)

Disney's Jack and the Beanstalk imagining, Gigantic, has also been set for March 9, 2018. There are also two currently untitled unannounced Pixar films scheduled for 2020.

Ant-Man to Get a Sequel in 2018, Share Top Billing With Wasp

Marvel announced today that Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to Ant-Man that will reunite Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lily), will be released on July 6, 2018. Director Peyton Reed (who helmed Ant-Man) also shared the news via Twitter, suggesting he will return for the second installment.

In July, Reed spoke with Vulture about a potential Ant-Man sequel and what it might entail. In the first film, we were left with Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) realizing that his wife, the original Wasp Janet Van Dyne, is not dead as he thought, but lost in the quantum realm. Reed said, "If we're fortunate enough to do another one, what's Hank going to do about that? Is he going to try to find her? It's deeply romantic."

The announcement of Ant-Man and the Wasp will shift two other Marvel titles to make room. »

Watch Conan’s Version of a Tech Biopic: Michael Dell

There's yet another Steve Jobs movie coming out this weekend. Although this one looks like it could be quite good, Conan and Co. also want us to appreciate the Apple co-founder's competition. They deserve some biopic love, too, right?

Jack Black and Pal MF Bumps Have a Cheesy Goosebumps Rap for You and Your Halloween Party

With the Jack Blackstarring Goosebumps coming October 16, it's about time a kitschy reminder rolled out. I think this wants to be like the 90s version of "Monster Mash" — just updated with an appropriately inappropriate verb, glow sticks, and slightly fewer crazy facial contortions. Deal. Thanks, "Nerdist"!

  • Posted 10/7/15 at 5:11 PM
  • Beyonce

Beyoncé and Jay Z Are Moving Into the Mansion From The Big Lebowski

After sampling Julianne Moore's "Do you like sex?" monologue from The Big Lebowski on her 2014 self-titled album, Beyoncé is taking her obsession with all things the Dude to the next level and moving into the mansion featured in the film. TMZ reports that Beyoncé and Jay Z are renting the $45 million home of ex–L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. The duo tried to purchase the home last year, but lost to a bid from a British billionaire. But seeing as the billionaire is never there, McCourt put the house up for lease and the Knowles-Carters snatched it up.

The Knowles-Carters are renting the house for a steep $150,000 a month, so hopefully the house comes stocked with a year's supply of White Russians.

Rick Moranis Wants to Act Again, Just Not in Ghostbusters

Rick Moranis unofficially retired nearly two decades ago, after his wife died of breast cancer in 1997, and he made the career switch from actor to stay-at-home single parent. Now the '80s star says he's ready for a comeback but doesn't want it to involve Ghostbusters (he played accountant Louis Tully in the original franchise). On opting out of a cameo in Paul Feig's reboot, Moranis tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I hope it's terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?" Instead, he'd rather wait until something "comes along that piques my interest" and forces him out of his 18-year hiatus from onscreen acting (he has done some voice work in the interim), something he says started out as "a break, which turned into a longer break." Until then, he says he'll just be attempting to figure out how to edit the part of his Wikipedia page that says "largely retired" and dreading the inevitable day someone green-lights Honey, I Shrunk the Grandkids.

  • Posted 10/7/15 at 1:47 PM

Tom Hanks Is Roaming the Streets As Captain Sully, So Watch Out, Geese!

Shortly after rescuing a poor Fordham student's ID, Tom Hanks began prowling the streets in costume as another New York City hero: "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, whom Hanks is playing in a biopic directed by Clint Eastwood. "Silver fox!" said humans; "Not again!" said geese.

Are You This Woman? If So, Tom Hanks Has Your Student ID

Is your name Lauren? Are you a current or recent former student of Fordham University? If so, Tom Hanks found your student ID on Tuesday, which means the two of you are undoubtedly about to have some sort of wonderful adventure together. Who do you want for the film version? We're thinking Lea Michele for Lauren, and Colin Hanks for Tom Hanks.


Meryl Streep Literally Counted Film Critics on Rotten Tomatoes and Wondered, Where Are All the Women?

Meryl Streep will crusade for equal rights in all arenas, including the right to have her films reviewed by as many women as men. Speaking at a BFI London Film Festival press conference to promote Suffragette, she turned her attention to the lack of female critics in America — an issue she takes so seriously, she actually did math! Meryl counted all the writers with reviews on Rotten Tomatoes — "I went deep, deep, deep, deep," she says — and found the numbers alarming. "Of those allowed to rate on the Tomatometer, there are 168 women. And I thought, that’s absolutely fantastic," she started. "If there were 168 men, it would be balanced. If there were 268 men, it would unfair but I’d get used to it. If there were 368, 468, 568." Unfortunately, as she learned, that's not even close to being the case: "Actually there are 760 men who weigh in on the Tomatometer." And you thought Meryl Streep would never say the word Tomatometer.

She didn't stop there. »