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A review of tonight's The Night Of coming up just as soon as this blog is like Jeopardy... "The truth can go to hell, because it doesn't help you." -Jack Where last week's premiere understandably spent most of its time on Naz, "Subtle Beast" more evenly splits things between lawyer and client, allowing us to really get to know the man who's going to try to keep Naz from going to prison for the rest of his life. It's a simultaneously funny and poignant running gag throughout the episode that everyone Jack encounters — cops, lawyers, judges, even his ex-wife — instantly recognizes that he must have stumbled into a case this big, even as they all seem to be rooting for him. Whatever ambition he may have once had in life has long since given way to his life as a bottom-feeder, handing out "No Fee Till You're Free" business cards »
- Alan Sepinwall
Netflix is throwing a film festival for Albert Brooks: The service is making seven movies written and directed by the comedian available for the first time on a subscription-streaming service, starting Friday, July 1.
The films are: “Defending Your Life,” “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World,” “Lost in America,” “Modern Romance,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and Brooks’ directorial debut “Real Life.” The titles will be available only to Netflix’s U.S. subscribers.
“Albert Brooks and his films have been a huge influence on American comedy,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “His innovative early short films and comedy albums lead to body of film work that thrives in the culture and keeps us laughing today. We are proud to have our U.S. Netflix members revisit these great works and to help introduce Brooks’ comedies to the next generation of fans.”
Brooks currently can be heard as »
- Todd Spangler
Our series continues with a special installment that compares not just one but Two remakes to a classic original. This week, Cinelinx goes ape and looks at all three versions of King Kong.
King Kong was created in 1933 by Universal Pictures and was the prototype for the Kaiju genre, years before Godzilla ever stomped on Tokyo. The image of Kong atop the Empire State Building is one of the most iconic images in the history of film and pop culture. The first film led to a sequel (the Son of Kong), an animated series, lots of rip-offs (Mighty Joe Young, Konga, A*P*E, the Mighty Peking Man) and years later inspired a pair of remakes (Not counting the campy Kaiju films King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes.) After all these years, Kong remains one of the greatest giant movie monsters of all time. Let’s take a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
ABC News’ fingerprints are all over “Madoff,” a four-hour miniseries chronicling Bernie Madoff’s financial high crimes. News footage (all from ABC, naturally) peppers the project, which is based on a book by correspondent Brian Ross. Yet despite a showy performance by Richard Dreyfuss in the title role, the production is mostly inert, exhibiting a somewhat antiseptic quality, and downplaying perhaps its most fascinating element. Those who invest their time in “Madoff” shouldn’t come away feeling fleeced, exactly, but given the inherent dramatic possibilities in the story, the return for viewers seems at best marginal.
Indeed, while ABC beat HBO to the punch, this production, from the Alphabet’s Lincoln Square arm (previously responsible for its short-lived drama “The Assets,” about CIA mole Aldrich Ames), should do little to temper anticipation for “The Wizard of Lies,” HBO’s upcoming take on the story, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. »
- Brian Lowry
The Hulk may not have a solo movie in Phase Three, but Mark Ruffalo is set to reprise the role of the Jade Giant alongside Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok, and the actor has been speaking to Empire about the 2017 release, describing it as a road movie across the universe.
“There’s a little bit of Midnight Run, with Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro,” states Ruffalo. “I feel like that’s kind of where we’re heading with this relationship between Thor and Banner. It is a universal road movie – that’s where we’re heading. It’s not where you’d think it will be, so it’s not your classic road movie but it has that structure, I think.”
Ruffalo has previously called the film “a buddy picture with Thor and Bruce Banner”, and he went on to share a few thoughts on »
- Gary Collinson
In early 2014, Universal Pictures’ Ride Along became an instant hit, grossing more than $150 million worldwide as audiences fell hard for the unlikely comic pairing of Ice-Cube and Kevin Hart. And while most sequels don’t begin preproduction until well after moviegoers experience the first, Ride Along 2 was a follow up that the filmmakers knew they had to do.
Starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter and Sherri Shepherd, the sequel picks up about a year after our heroes’ last adventure. Plans for a quick trip to Miami go awry when their unorthodox policing gets them into a compromising situation that threatens to derail a major case…and Ben and Angela’s upcoming wedding day. (Trailer)
- Michelle McCue
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