Tag: Movies

MGM Looks to Amazon as the Hollywood Studio Tries to Find a Buyer

Streaming has become fiercely competitive, with Disney+ coming on strong and HBO Max, Apple TV+ and Paramount+ determined to make inroads. That has pushed the original streaming disrupters — Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — to lean harder on broad-appeal movies to keep growing, particularly overseas. The 58-year-old James Bond franchise is a Hollywood crown […]

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An Old-School Media Titan Pushes Aside an Upstart

Mr. Kilar, 50, fashioned himself as a disrupter inclined to break with the status quo in the pursuit of innovation. He became the chief executive of WarnerMedia in April 2020. He previously had started a video streaming company called Vessel and had managed Hulu, where he gained a reputation for thwarting the desires of the […]

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AT&T’s WarnerMedia Group to Merge With Discovery

It’s as if Logan Roy, the fictional patriarch of the Waystar Royco media empire on HBO’s popular series “Succession,” masterminded the deal himself: AT&T has thrown in the towel on its media business and decided to spin it off into a new company that will merge with Discovery Inc. The transaction will combine HBO, Warner […]

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Henry Cavill (Very Politely) Tells Everyone To Stop Talking About His Love Life

Henry Cavill knows what it’s like to live in the public eye, which is something that simply happens after taking on the Superman role and popping into the Mission: Impossible franchise. Yet there are certain tradeoffs, like, for example, falling prey to bad mustache-removal CGI, which Henry couldn’t avoid, and hopefully, he’s recovered from those […]

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Sharon Stone Isn’t Thrilled That ‘Basic Instinct’ Is Getting A ‘Director’s XXX Cut’

In her memoir, actress Sharon Stone revealed that she was misled before shooting the famous legs-crossing scene in Basic Instinct. She was told by director Paul Verhoeven, “We can’t see anything — I just need you to remove your panties, as the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on.” The […]

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Zack Snyder Says He Wrote A Third ‘300’ Movie During The Pandemic But Warner Bros. Took A Pass

For the past few months, Zack Snyder has been an open book when it comes to his work. While those conversations have centered mostly around the HBO Max release of his Justice League director’s cut (a.k.a. the Snyder Cut) and his upcoming zombie heist film, Army of the Dead, recently, Snyder has been getting candid […]

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘In Treatment’ and ‘Inside the Met’

Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is a vast one. Here are some of the shows, specials and movies coming to TV this week, May 17-23. Details and times are subject to change. Monday THE NEST (2020) 5:20 p.m. on Showtime. Don’t let the title fool you: The domestic setting of “The […]

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‘Black Widow’ Debuted An Action-Packed Car Chase Clip Ahead Of Its Looming Release

On Sunday, Scarlett Johansson played a big part in the 2021 MTV Movie Awards. She received the show’s Generation Award, and in the middle of acceptance speech, she was rudely interrupted by her husband, Colin Jost, who doused her in green slime, joking that he’d gotten the ceremony confused with the Kids’ Choice Awards. The […]

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The Story That Inspired Eva Longoria’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Movie May Be Untrue, Frito-Lay Is Now Saying

If the existence of Eva Longoria’s forthcoming movie about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos seemed too good to be true, that’s because it might be. A new piece by The Los Angeles Times spills what may be cold water on a story that was already considered an urban legend, in which a janitor was the one who […]

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Netflix’s ‘Kate’ Looks A Lot Like ‘Crank’ But With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Which Is Not A Complaint

Mary Elizabeth Winstead has a long history of being very cool in very cool projects, and if you just want to tick off the recent examples you still have her playing Huntress in Birds of Prey and the perfectly named Nikki Swango in the third season of Fargo. So if you wanted to make a […]

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Weekend Preview: FX’s ‘Pride’ Launches, Two Great Leading Ladies Take HBO Max, And An Oscar Winner Directs On Amazon

Pride (Friday, FX 8:30 p.m.) — You’ve probably heard of the Red Scare led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, who led a fear-mongering set of 1950s probes into alleged Communism within the federal government and the U.S. Armed Forces. This series will shine the light on McCarthy-instigated Lavender Scare to reveal even more government-sanctioned persecution, specifically […]

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What to Know About ‘Spiral’ and the ‘Saw’ Franchise

You don’t have to know a thing about the horror movie “Saw” or its spawn before watching the latest movie in the franchise, “Spiral: From the Book of Saw,” opening in theaters on Friday. But if you’re curious to know more about what helped “Saw” slice through the competition and why “Spiral,” starring Chris Rock […]

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The Multibillion-Dollar Streaming Giants Would Like You To Stop Sharing Your Passwords, Please

Back in March, Netflix began slowly rolling out a system to crack down on users sharing their passwords. While the streaming giant was initially fine with multiple logins to one account and considered it a “positive thing” that was part-and-parcel of normal household use, that viewpoint is quickly going to the wayside as Netflix and […]

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Emily Blunt Doesn’t Seem Optimistic About The ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Sequel Happening

As she snaps into promotion mode for this summer’s A Quiet Place 2 and Disney’s Jungle Cruise, Emily Blunt has been getting candid about her future film roles, and this time around, she has a not-so-optimistic update on Edge of Tomorrow 2. While the time-bending, alien invasion first installment starring Blunt and Tom Cruise was […]

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‘The Woman in the Window’ Review: Don’t You Be My Neighbor

“The Woman in the Window” evokes two emotional states widely associated with the Covid-19 pandemic: real estate envy and the condition of melancholy drift that some psychologists call languishing. The resonance is purely accidental, since this adaptation of a 2018 novel by J.A. Finn, directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), was originally slated for theatrical release […]

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‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Review: Slicing Up Bad Apples

In “Spiral,” the latest film in the “Saw” universe, the first expletives land before the two-minute mark. Blood spills right after, when a man has to decide between getting his tongue ripped out or being hit by an underground train. That the film is overall gorier and more foulmouthed than its predecessors, while still managing […]

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Gal Gadot Has Disabled Social Media Comments After Being Branded A ‘Propaganda Tool’ For Israel

For all the amazing powers she possesses as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot is perhaps not very good at reading the room. Particularly when that room is the Twitterverse (remember the “Imagine” video?). On Wednesday, the Israel-born actress tweeted what she presumably meant to be a statement of unity regarding the current escalation in the decades-long […]

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Hollywood Has a New Way to Dramatize Addiction

Hollywood still needs to reduce a complex illness into something like a sports movie or boxing match. But a Hollywood movie cannot just be about boredom. It requires a meaty emotional conflict, preferably one that can be resolved in a couple of hours. Deb, for instance, says she blames doctors who overprescribed painkillers for Molly’s […]

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‘La Piscine’ Review: Pretty, Rich People Behaving Poorly

“La Piscine,” made in 1969, is best known in the United States for its remake, Luca Guadagnino’s frisky, borderline frivolous 2016 “A Bigger Splash.” The release of a pristine restoration of the original, directed by Jacques Deray and starring Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet and Jane Birkin, should bolster this striking movie’s reputation. Schneider […]

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‘There Is No Evil’ Review: Condemned, One Way or Another

Because “There Is No Evil” has landed in international headlines — the director, Mohammad Rasoulof, made the movie covertly and without the approval of Iranian authorities, and a ban on his leaving the country prevented him from accepting the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in person last year — revealing what it’s […]

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‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Review: A Desperate Scramble to Survive

I’m not sure I believed the plot for a minute of “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” but as a means of pitting righteous characters against implacable assassins in a succession of abrupt, pitiless, life-or-death confrontations, the story has a terse effectiveness. The film, based on the 2014 novel by Michael Koryta, has been brought to […]

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What I Learned About Democracy From the Movies

In the past few years I’ve found myself questioning my assumptions and doubting what I thought I knew about my country. What if the good guys don’t always win? What if people can’t find a way to get along in spite of their differences? What if the flawed heroes were really the villains all along? […]

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‘I Have A Passport And A Wakanda Visa’: Anthony Mackie Isn’t Ruling Out A ‘Black Panther 2’ Appearance

Following the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (spoilers coming in like a soaring Avenger), Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson is officially the new Captain America of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, complete with his own movie coming down the line. As the shield-bearer of the MCU, surely, Mackie will pop up in other films, […]

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Seth Rogen Explains How He Came Up With The Kelly Clarkson Line In ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ To… Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol, recorded “Since U Been Gone” (a perfect song), and hosts a successful talk show. But to millions, she’ll forever be most associated with Steve Carell having his chest waxed — and Seth Rogen is to blame. “I want to know if it’s true… it’s your fault […]

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Tig Notaro Admits To Expecting A ‘Backlash’ While Replacing Chris D’Elia In Zack Snyder’s ‘Army Of The Dead’

When Netflix unleashed the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead a few weeks ago, the biggest revelation, surprisingly enough, was not the undead tiger, although that was pretty cool to behold. Rather, the Internet grew enraptured by Tig Notaro’s badass vibes while she added fuel to a jet engine while chomping on a […]

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Norman Lloyd, Veteran Hollywood Hyphenate, Is Dead at 106

He was the young actor who moved the audience as Cinna the poet in Orson Welles’s 1937 theatrical production of “Julius Caesar.” He was the chilly fascist sympathizer who kept audiences on the edge of their seats as he dangled from the Statue of Liberty in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 film “Saboteur.” And he was the […]

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Who Is The Taskmaster In ‘Black Widow?’ Here’s Everything We Know

After years of demands and delays, we’re less than two months away from Natasha Romanoff’s solo debut in Marvel’s Black Widow, and despite fans knowing how Natasha’s story ultimately ends, we’ve still got a lot of questions. While a lot of them revolve around Natasha herself (who are her parents, what’s up with her and […]

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How the Golden Globes Went From Laughingstock to Power Player

The H.F.P.A. took advantage of its new prominence, too, polishing its reputation by hiring the savvy public relations firm Sunshine Sachs a decade ago. It has also increased its philanthropic contributions substantially. On its website it says it has given away $45 million over the past 28 years, with the money going to entertainment-related nonprofit […]

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