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This is a much better Danny Rand. Whew!

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Hey folks... there's a new trailer out for Season 2 of Iron Fist... and it actually looks to be an improvement on the first trailer.

The things that I like the most about this are the Misty Knight's crossover, Colleen Wing, and some of the action sequences-- particularly the knife fight in a restaurant. That's really what I most want to see in Iron Fist... speed and prowess, not punch-outs. Not sure what to make of Davos and Joy Meachum teaming up against Danny... I'm hoping that will be better plotting than it looks like from over here. Oh, and, Iron Fist mask-y time:

I have not been a big fan of the Finn Jones Iron Fist. Before I came to work for AICN as a sock-puppet, I live-blogged the premiere and was left with about twelve pages of notes about how badly written and performed Season 1 Danny Rand was. I remember one of those pages being a long, careful dissection of why Netflix Danny is the worst teacher in the history of the world and Colleen Wing a close second. "The Defenders" seemed to call out what sucked so bad about the way he'd been written, and give him a chance to be less of a screamingly bad cliché.
The "Luke Cage" season 2 episode "The Main Ingredient" was the first sign of a Danny I didn't want to see crushed by a...

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE & MAGIC FOR HUMANS Hit Netflix!! Live Eviction Eight On BIG BROTHER!! Biel & Awkwafina On SETH!! Thursday!!

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Premiering or returning tonight: All Or Nothing: Manchester City (Amazon) Aug. 17 Disenchantment (Netflix) Aug. 17 Magic For Humans (Netflix) Aug. 17 Pinky Malinky (Netflix) Aug. 17 Spirit: Riding Free (Netflix) Aug. 17 Stay Here (Netflix) Aug. 17 Ultraviolet (Netflix) Aug. 17

I don’t get why “Big Brother” scored so high last Thursday given that it was pre-empted by NFL football here in Las Vegas and Bakersfield and Christ knows where else. The so-called Thursday edition was supposed to finally air at 1:40 a.m. Saturday but my DVR only captured an old repeat of “Criminal Minds.”
Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 9, 2018 (18-49 finals; repeats in grey; prior weeks in parentheses) 1.4 (1.5) (1.5) (1.6) (1.5) Big Brother 0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) AGTalent 0.7 (0.9) (0.8) (1.0) (1.0) Big Bang Theory 0.7 (0.9) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) Young Sheldon 0.6 (---) (---) (---) (---) MasterChef 0.6 (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) Match Game 0.6 (1.8) (---) (---) (---) NFL Football 0.6 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.5) Take Two 0.5 (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Law & Order SVU 0.5 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.3) Live PD 0.4 (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Flip Or Flop 0.4 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) SWAT ...

It's all about the art, man.

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Afternoon, geeks!
I know there’s a certain group of film geeks that lights up at the thought of a new Wes Anderson movie, and I’m one of them! I’ve followed his movies over the years, but it took THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL to cement my love for his work. Now I look back on THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS with even more appreciation. His surreal storytelling and artistic eye is something to be treasured… even though someone found a way to break down what he does into a hilarious formula, at the moment I’m not too bothered by it.
According to The Playlist, he’s about to set up shop in France and begin filming! The film at this moment still remains untitled, but you know it will probably be something kitschy and/or whimsical. Since this is a musical, I’m racking my brain trying to remember if he has done anything similar before, I feel like there was, because I wouldn’t put it past him. Eitherway, I’m trying to picture what a Wes Anderson musical will sound like. Being set in France at such a time, I imagine that there will be some heavy Parisian musical influence. Will this be another musical I become obsessed with and sing along with the words while being engulfed by visuals? I hope so. Most recently ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and DOOMSTAR REQUIEM has carried me only so far over the years.
Musicals, I feel...

How Skynet really plans on taking over.

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Afternoon, geeks!
Tony Kaye, perhaps most known for his film AMERICAN HISTORY X and Hollywood weirdo, may be making history. Kaye is casting an artificially intelligent actor to star in his upcoming film 2ND BORN.
2ND BORN is a sequel to 1ST BORN, an indie comedy directed by Ali Atshani. It starred Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Robert Knepper.
The new picture centers around a couple,  “Iranian born Ben (Safai) and American Kate, whose complicated first pregnancy forces their extended family, from differing backgrounds, to find common ground for the sake of the baby.” If you couldn’t guess, it’s an indie rom-com.
Where exactly does the technologically advanced actor fit in all of this? No clue, maybe it’s the baby. Deadline seems to imply that it will have some sort of butler/aide role since they are comparing it to BICENTENNIAL MAN. That’s a movie I haven’t thought about in while.
The electronic actor (I’m real curious if they will give it a name like Sophie, the first legally recognized robot citizen) will be trained in different acting methods
Lotus entertainment will be releasing 2ND BORN later this year.
How do you guys feel about all of this? Let is know in the Talkbacks!
~Big Eyes

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A sad day for the superhero as a genre.

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Hey folks, Precious Roy here with a sad end to the James Gunn issue: Variety reports that Disney are sticking by their decision to remove Gunn as the director of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3. Gunn met with Disney studio chairman Alan Horn after an outpouring of support from fans and from the entire GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY cast, but Horn stood by his decision to fire Gunn.
I've read several tweets from last night about the Variety article, and one of my favorite critics, Scott Wampler, talked about how pointless a boycott is in the light of the Disney acquisition of Fox:

Guys I know we’re all mad about the Gunn thing but I gotta tell ya: I don’t think a Disney boycott is gonna help ya here. Do you understand how much shit Disney owns? Like more than half.
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) August 16, 2018
On this one point, I think I disagree with Wampler. This is not a powerful Disney that can't be swayed by boycott. This is Disney showing itself to be weak and on the run from Trump America. This is antithetical to everything superheroes are about, and I'm struck that Disney thinks Marvel can just keep their head down and things will be okay once Gunn is gone.
Sunday, I was rewatching THE DARK KNIGHT, and I was struck by the prescience of the press conference scene, about how much...

A look at Spike Lee's latest from the man behind the 'The Super Powered Fancast'

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Look at the long arc of history and really ask yourself how far we’ve really come as a culture, as a community, and as a country. I asked myself that question throughout my viewing of Spike Lee’s new film BLACKKKLANSMAN
 
BLACKKKLANSMAN is the true story of Colorado Springs first black detective Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington. The film doesn’t shy away from the fact that Ron is a diversity hire. It’s evident in the first meeting that he has with Chief Bridges (Robert John Burke) and Mr. Turrentine (Isiah Whitlock Jr). Ron is ambitious and wants to become an undercover detective. He’s given that opportunity when former Black Panther Kwame Ture aka Stokely Carmichael is invited to speak to a group of young people organized by Patrice Dumas (Laura Harrier).
 
After being moved to the Intelligence Division, Ron sees an ad for the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and decides to give them a call. When they call him back, he decides to engage the man on the phone in a conversation where he hits all the racist code words. Lee does a great job of keeping the overall tone of the film relatively light with humor and beautiful shots of the Rocky Mountains. I found myself laughing whenever Ron was on the phone with a Klan member and those moments are played...

From The Creators Of FUTURAMA!! Herc Endorses Netflix’ DISENCCHANTMENT!!

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I am – Hercules!!
The occasionally hilarious “Disenchantment” is a medieval swords-and-sorcery tale from many of the talents behind “Futurama,” among them writers David X. Cohen, Josh Weinstein , Patric M. Verrone and Matt Groening, as well as voice actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, Lauren Tom, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille and David Herman.
The three “Disenchantment” leads could remind “Futurama” fans of Leela, Fry and Bender:
* Bean (“Broad City” vet Abbi Jacobson) is capable and rebellious princess, anxious to find her way in the world rather than involve herself in a kingdom-uniting marriage arranged by her father.
* Elfo (“Ben and Kate” star Nat Faxon) is an elf whose desire to explore lands beyond his hidden forest makes him the series’ Fry-ish fish-out-of-water. He also pines for the oblivious Bean.
* Luci (“Don’t Trust The Bitch” vet Eric Andre) is a ne’er-do-well demon assigned to torment Bean -- but occasionally proves surprisingly useful to the princess. Some of the series’ best jokes make sport of his resemblance to a house cat.
Do I love any of them as much as Zoidberg or Farnsworth? I do not!
Are the episodes that run more than 29 minutes too long? They are!
Bottom line: So far “Disenchanted” is not as good as “Futurama” but better than 21st century “Simpsons.”
Rolling Stone says:
... it’s in that vast expanse separating funny-clever from funny-ha-ha that Disenchantment frequently tends to get lost, largely thanks to...

A review of the new film from the makers of BONE TOMAHAWK!

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"They're little. They're fast. ...If Anne Frank was hiding in your attic a puppet could find her".
 
This absurd line is reasoned out by Edgar, played by Thomas Lennon (RENO 911), as he tries to figure out how he and his friends got trapped inside of a hotel surrounded by murderous Nazi toys in the new horror film, PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH. The scene is played mostly straight-faced by Lennon who lets the absurdity of the situation create the tension breaking humor. The hotel they are trapped in is the location of a convention based around a series of infamous murders committed by Nazi and titular puppet enthusiast Andre Toulon, played by Udo Kier (BLADE), 30 years prior. Toulon used his puppets to perform these crimes until his death but unbeknownst to the macabre memorabilia collectors at the convention who are obsessed with his creations, Toulon used occult magic to bring the puppets to life to do his hateful bidding and his power has lasted well beyond his demise.
 
Wow. Where to begin talking about this one? The PUPPET MASTER series has never been held in particularly high regard, even by diehard horror fans. Charles Band's low budget opus about Nazi-killing toys has spawned numerous sequels, mostly of diminishing quality. The series has fans as most horror franchises do but it always been viewed as a lesser series. So,...

Click now! Gaspar Noe’s "CLIMAX" Trailer is Here

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Freddy Beans here with the trailer for Gaspar Noe’s next film CLIMAX.


Well, that definitely looks like a Gaspar film down to the grungy lighting.  
For those that don’t know a Gaspar Noe film is a unique experience, you can’t get anywhere else.  I would liken his movies to a Michael Haneke film on acid.  They are provocative, surprising, shocking, and always thought-provoking.  His entire library is something to see.

I STAND ALONE – A mad butcher loses it and commits atrocities in a movie that FALLING DOWN tried to mimic weakly.

IRREVERSIBLE – This one is remembered for that ridiculously long back alley scene that still sticks with me.  Then somehow Monica Bellucci is somehow uglied at the end, all climaxing with the Odd Couple pairing of her ex and current boyfriend looking for answers in an S & M club.  

ENTER THE VOID -  The main star is gunned down in the john in a drug deal gone bad and tries to find his way out of the “Void” or limbo his soul has found itself in.

LOVE – A Menage y Trois that goes awry due to an electrifying Electra.

And now CLIMAX – A descent into sangria induced hypnotic music that fuels passions in some while most are affected in darker ways.
Anyone else getting excited for a Gaspar Noe film?  Only three years after his last one, that has to be a record...

Click now to see the trailer for "THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS"

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As a child, I loved puppets. Some of the earliest films I remember loving were Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, which portray a world where puppets and humans co-exist together. These films opened my mind to the infinite possibilities and experiences that could take place to various conscious beings, regardless if you were made of flesh and bone or felt and wire. A world where one can learn, be who you wanted to be, and accepted you for who you really were once playtime was over.
 
It’s 1989. A film called Meet The Feebles is released by Peter Jackson which introduces you to some rather unsavory puppet characters while they navigate through the ups and downs of show business. It showed a world more akin to real life; full of porn, lies, sex, uncertainty, and drugs. Its funny, shocking, and downright insane at times. I first saw this film in my late teens and boy, was I surprised. This film opened up another side of puppet-human dynamic.
 
Cut to 2018. Brian Henson (Muppet Treasure Island), son of the genius Jim Henson, directed THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS which is set to release later this month. It follows a private investigator as he tracks down a murderer who is targeting the cast of a favorite 80’s children's show. Yes, the PI is a puppet. From the trailer, this film seems to be following Jackson’s puppet...

CONDOR Finale!! Almost-Last YELLOWSTONE!! Che & Jost On FALLON!! BIG BROTHER Veto!! Wednesday!!

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Spoilers for tonight’s “Big Brother” lurk in the text invisible.
Tyler won the Power of Veto and used it to pull Angela off the nomination block. HoH Haleigh nominated Kaycee to sit next to Rockstar on the block.

Premiering or returning tonight: Born This Way (A&E) Aug. 15 Real Housewives Of Dallas (Bravo) Aug. 15
 
While the other reality shows were pretty flat, he Wednesday edition of “Big Brother” hit a new season high last week.
Wednesdays, July 11-Aug. 8, 2018 (adults 18-49; older weeks in parentheses; repeats in gray) 1.6 (1.5) (1.5) (1.4) (1.5) Big Brother 1.1 (1.1) (1.0) ((0.5) (---) World of Dance 1.0 (0.9) (1.0) (1.0) (0.9) MasterChef 0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) CMA Fest 0.9 (0.7) (0.9) (1.0) (0.9) 24 Hours To Hell 0.6 (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Dr. Pimple Popper 0.5 (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) Black Ink Crew 0.5 (0.5) (---) (---) (---) Criminal Minds 0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) Real HWives NYC 0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Reverie 0.4 (0.4) (0.5) (---) (---) SEAL Team 0.4 (0.4) (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) Yellowstone 0.3 (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) Broken Trust 0.3 (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) (0.3) Buy and Sell 0.3 (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Catfish 0.3 (---) (---) (0.3) (0.3) The Daily Show 0.3...

Disney just can't handle The King of the Rock

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There seems to be some confusion about whether or not the new live-action MULAN is to be adapted from the 1998 animation or the original legend. With the addition of the characters Ling (now Jimmy Wong) and Chien Po (now Doua Moua), I think we can stop debating now. It has been reported previously by Deadline back in March that it IS in fact an adaptation of the animation. This does not mean that it’s going to be exactly the same, unlike BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I can say this because we there are clearly characters in the live-action version that were not in the animation. Mulan has a sister (Xana Tang) in this one, for instance. And so far, there doesn’t seem to be a Shang. And no Mushu. Last time we speculated who would play a modern Mushu. Someone threw Kevin Hart’s name into the hat, and I’m for it.
I shouldn’t overlook that that same Deadline article reports two other new characters:  Utkarsh Ambudkar will play Skatch, a con artist, while Ron Yuan is the fiercely loyal Sergeant Qiang, second in command of the Imperial Regiment.
Anyways, Deadline reported the casting of Ling and Po first as well!

But what the heck about the least forgettable of the trio, Yao? Voiced by Harvey Fierstein, was easily the most notable out of the three. The casting continues, so we may see...

‘This Piece Of Shit Is Mine Now!!’ Herc Endorses CASTLE ROCK 1.6!! Spike Lee, Elizabeth Warren & Rhea Seehorn On SETH!! Tuesday TV Talkback!!

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Hulu says of “Filter”:
Henry’s son visits from Boston; a funeral stirs up unsettling memories.
Last week we learned Jackie (Jane Levy) named herself after her murderous uncle, Jack Torrence -- and John Doe offered to help Ruth Deaver. This week’s episode is not as good as last week’s. Jackie sits out this installment. Doe does not exhibit any John Coffey-like behavior this week. Henry tries to explore his lost past and ends up meeting a deaf audio expert who knew Ruth’s husband.
Premiering or returning tonight: Murder By Numbers (ID) Aug. 14
“Castaways” is no “Survivor”; it lost a big chunk of the “Bachelor in Paradise” audience.
Tuesdays, July 10-Aug. 7, 2018 (adults 18-49; older weeks in parentheses; repeats in gray) 1.9 (2.1) (2.0) (2.1) (2.1) America’s Got Talent 1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) Bachelor In Paradise 0.9 (1.1) (---) (---) (---) Making It 0.7 (0.7) (0.7) (---) (---) Beat Shazam 0.7 (---) (---) (---) (---) Castaways 0.7 (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) WWE Smackdown 0.5 (0.6) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) Below Deck 0.5 (0.5) (0.6) (---) (---) Miz & Mrs 0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.6) (0.5) NCIS 0.5 (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) NCIS NO 0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) Animal Kingdom 0.4 (0.4) (---) (0.5) (0.4) Bull...

Blu STAR TREK DISCOVERY, AP BIO, GIFTED, ARROW, BLACKLIST, 12 MONKEYS, SUCCESSION!! MR. MERCEDES, VIKINGS, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, LONGMIRE!!

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TV-On-Disc Calendar August 14, 2018
Blu STAR TREK DISCOVERY, AP BIO, GIFTED, ARROW, BLACKLIST, 12 MONKEYS, SUCCESSION!! MR. MERCEDES, VIKINGS, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, LONGMIRE!! Blu STAR TREK DISCOVERY, AP BIO, THE GIFTED, ARROW, ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, THE BLACKLIST, CLASSROOM OF THE ELITE, DOCUMENTARY NOW!, ERGO PROXY, HERE AND NOW, OUTLAW STAR, OVERLORD, PLANETARIAN, SEVEN DEADLY SINS, 12 MONKEYS, SUCCESSION!! MR. MERCEDES, VIKINGS, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, LONGMIRE, FAHRENHEIT 451, A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE, 9-1-1, THE RESIDENT, NCIS NEW ORLEANS, SEAL TEAM, SID CAESAR!! Last Week Assassination Classroom the Movies: Live Action (Blu-ray) Black Clover 1.x Vol. 1 (Blu-ray) The Death of Superman (4K) Documentary Now! 1.x/2.x [Blu-ray] Garo 2.x Vol. 1 [Blu-ray] Get Shorty 1.x The Good Doctor 1.x Happy Endings: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] Masters of Sex: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Complete Series [25th Anniversary Limited Steelbook Edition] Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Season Two, Part One (Blu-ray) Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Season Two, Part Two (Blu-ray) Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Season Two (Limited Edition Blu-ray) Mobile Suit Gundam 2.x (Blu-ray) Riverdale 2.x Six 2.x Tsuredure Children - Shorts (Blu-ray)
 
 
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McEric takes a look at PEOPLE WITH ISSUES

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Hello all! McEric here with a film review I’m excited to share with you: Dan Siegelstein’s PEOPLE WITH ISSUES, recently released to VOD/DVD by Nandar Pictures. PEOPLE is a romantic comedy in the vein of early Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, or Kevin Smith, in that it offers the off-the-cuff feelings and experiences of quippy twenty-somethings navigating love and identity in the effervescent art community of Austin, Texas.
 
Check out the trailer here:

 
The film began as a 14-minute short, then became a web-series, and has now been realized as a full-length feature film. Jeff Storms co-wrote the script with Siegelstein, as well as co-produced the film and composed some of the stellar music peppered throughout. Centering around three friends and their, well, issues with relating to other humans, Siegelstein crafts a comedy vehicle around a tight Troika of toxic masculinity and adult immaturity that would be heartbreaking if it weren’t so relatable. And funny.
 
Opening the film is Darren (Dano Colon, a true standout among the cast) pontificating on the collector comics industry’s Conditions scale, so the viewer has a notion of what kind of movie they’re about to watch. But don’t let his hang-ups on the banality of geekery fool you; he’s a fully-realized character with a rich backstory and more pressing concerns than pressing pages.
 
A bustle of jittery energy throughout the largely one-sided conversation is Aaron, played by Adam Mengesha, whom we...

A documentary about grindcore.

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Hey, geeks. Big Eyes here. We have a guest review today. Say hello to our favorite metalhead: Dead Guy!

Hello there, headbangers. Dead Guy here with a new review just in time for Summer’s end. Today I am covering the rockumentary Slave to the Grind – A Film About Grindcore by director Doug Brown. 
As a music fanatic and devoted fan of the genre, I may be slightly biased. But I found this doc to be enjoyable and right up my alley. It all starts out in the early 80s, emerging from the at-the-time burgeoning hardcore punk scene. When punk and metal bands were competing neck and neck to see who could outdo each other in the realms of fast, uncompromising extreme music. 

We explore the proto-grind bands like Seige that pushed the boundary of hardcore punk to breakneck speeds. As well as Repulsion who created of the musical aesthetic and technique. The way they thoroughly explain how they created these sounds using never before used techniques in heavy music is fascinating to say the least. And then onto Napalm Death, which nearly every member of the band’s formidable years went on to start other bands that went on to define the genre.  
While to the untrained ear, much of this would just appear to be obnoxious, angsty, rage-filled bursts of noise, this film does a great job of exploring the sociopolitical themes that have come to define Grindcore as...

Click now to find out about Benicio Del Toro to Star in Oliver Stone's "WHITE LIES"

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Hola Dannie aqui,
The news is spreading throughout the web about Oliver Stone's latest cinematic endeavor "WHITE LIES" and the announcement that they cast Benicio Del Toro as the leading man. Stone is stepping out of the political wasp's nest that he has been kicking for years, and delving into a film ("WHITE LIES") that is complex look at intimacy. Stone also wrote the script for "WHITE LIES" and will begin filming spring of 2019 in New York.
 
The film will cover a family over three generations, Benicio will be portraying a man who was a child from a broken home who inherits the behavior that led to the family falling apart. His character repeats many of the mistakes his parents had in his current marriage. His character feeling stifled by the commitment proceeds to go on a decadent sexual escapade hoping to free himself from his current woes, only to collect more. Eventually, he meets a lady whose life and lifestyles are in great contrast to his own and this leads him on a journey of rediscovery and wonder. 
 
This film will mark the second time Del Toro and Stone have worked together with the first being 2012's "SAVAGES." Both Stone and Del Toro are Oscar-winning artists. I will eagerly be awaiting this film and keeping my eyes on the project.  No matter your politics it is undeniable the massive contribution to cinema...

Peter Farrelly's first foray into film dramas... looks good!

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Hey folks, here's a trailer for GREEN BOOK!

Directed by Peter Farrelly of the Farrelly Brothers (DUMB AND DUMBER, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY), this is Peter's first dramatic film. Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, and Farrelly himself, GREEN BOOK stars Viggo Mortensen as Tony, an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education level, hired by erudite Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) to be his driver as he tours the Jim Crow south on a musical tour. Along the way, Dr. Shirley works on polishing Tony's rough edges and Tony learns about the bigger universe outside of his provincial NYC life, and the two form a friendship. 
I can't confirm if the Tony Lip Mortensen is playing is actually meant to be the same Tony Lip who played Carmine Lupertazzi in "The Sopranos", but if this is, I am way the f**k into this. What a life!

GREEN BOOK opens this Thanksgiving.
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Annette Kellerman Reviews CRAZY RICH ASIANS

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Full disclosure: I am not a romantic comedy kind of gal. And no, I’m not trying to be a too-cool-for-school, feminazi who can’t enjoy a solid romcom romp. In fact, many times when I am coerced into watching one of these formulaic confections, I am delighted by how much I genuinely enjoy the fluffy fun. Given the choice, however, I will invariably veer toward darker genre fare. That being said, I was surprisingly curious about Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the best selling romance novel CRAZY RICH ASIANS. I thoroughly enjoyed his dazzling style with NOW YOU SEE ME 2, and with his history of aptly capturing big production numbers in a series of music/dance centric films, I was interested in seeing what the talented director could bring to the romantic comedy genre. While Chu gloriously showcases the pomp and circumstance surrounding this classic Cinderella tale in the context of 21st century excess, unfortunately all the bling in the world can’t save this painfully predictable film.
Rachel is a whip smart economics professor in New York. Raised by a Chinese immigrant single mom, Rachel embodies the American Dream. Her mother, a successful self-made real estate agent, was able to fulfill her dream of giving her daughter a better life in the United States. Rachel has been seeing her devilishly handsome boyfriend, Nick, for over a year. When he invites her back to Singapore to attend...

This has all it needs to be a great successor to MAD MEN.

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Hey folks, here's a trailer for Matthew Weiner's follow-up to "Mad Men", "The Romanoffs"!

Set to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker, the trailer is more of a teaser, showing a hugely-talented cast, half of whom seem to be name-dropping their connection to the Romanoffs, the Russian royal family supposedly murdered to the last descendant in the Russian Revolution.
I am currently in love with the character here, when asked if she is related to the Romanoffs, snarks, "Everyone says that! But, no one... really IS..."

Amazon Prime describes it thusly:

From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells and more.

"The Romanoffs" first episode, "The Violet Hour", premieres Friday. October 12th on Amazon Prime. Read more about it here at Variety.

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