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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Reunites the Weirdos of Camp Firewood — Watch First Trailer

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As promised, the Camp Firewood ’81 gang is reuniting 10 years after their infamously strange summer together — and, surprise, things have only gotten stranger.

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Netflix on Thursday released the official trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, reuniting the cast of 2015’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp — which, itself, was a prequel of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer — for another season of debauchery, confusion and, of course, talking cans of mixed vegetables. The eight-part series drops Friday, Aug. 4.

Among the latest developments: Lindsay »

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J. Hoberman’s Best Movies of the 21st Century

20 June 2017 2:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission. 

People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.

There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.

My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.

Christian Marclay: “The Clock

Lars von Trier: “Dogville” & “Melancholia” (and none of his others)

Hou Hsiao Hsien: “The Assassin” & “Flight of the Red Balloon

Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”

David Cronenberg: “Spider,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises,” & “A Dangerous Method

David Lynch: “Mulholland Drive” & “Inland Empire

Ken Jacobs: “Seeking the Monkey King,” “The Guests” (and more)

Cristi Puiu: “The Death of Mr Lazarescu” & “Aurora

Chantal Akerman: “No Home Movie” & “La Captive” (assuming that 2000 is part of the 21st Century)

Paul Thomas Anderson: “The Master” & “There Will Be Blood

Kathryn Bigelow: “The Hurt Locker” & “Zero Dark Thirty

Alfonso Cuarón: “Gravity” & “Children of Men

Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”

“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera

“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow

“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing

“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas

“Che” — Steven Soderbergh

“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami

“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov

“The World” — Jia Zhangke

Citizenfour” — Laura Poitras

Day Night Day Night” — Julia Loktev

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Wall-e” — Andrew Stanton

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- J. Hoberman

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"Twin Peaks," Episode 7 Recap: …And That's Enough Said About That

20 June 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.So that's how David Lynch does an info dump. First, with a cheeky, knowing scene featuring the brothers Horne: "Jerry, what's going on?" asks Ben (Richard Beymer) after his cannabis-infused sibling (David Patrick Kelly) phones him from the woods. "I think I'm high!…I don't know where I am!" Jerry screams, perhaps speaking for a good subsection of the Twin Peaks revival audience, who have, over the six prior installments, been given only glimpses of a larger picture. Narrative momentum comes in asides; the more prevalent longueurs are reserved for atmosphere and mood, for full immersion in apparent stasis.Part 7 shakes things up, following the brotherly freak-out with several story reveals that come in quick succession. But there's a niggling sense throughout all the »

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Cars 3: Director Brian Fee and Producer Kevin Reher Discuss Following John Lasseter’s Footsteps, Voice Casting and Easter Eggs

19 June 2017 10:35 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Cars 3 proved the franchise still has plenty of gas in the tank.

The filmed opened over the weekend with strong box office numbers and reviews. The Pixar magic is still definitely there with their newest addition.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

The voice cast includes Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy and Armie Hammer.

Lrm sat down with the filmmakers director Brian Fee and Kevin Reher. They »

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Cars 3 – Review

15 June 2017 10:07 PM, PDT | | See recent news »


As we creep along to the midway point of Summer, this can only mean one thing at the multiplex (aside from added matinees): another installment of a big studio franchise (formerly a series) will be occupying several screens. We’ve already had a new Alien, and another Depp pirate pic as the Planet Apes and Transformers wait in the wings, along with that wall-crawling wonder. I suppose we’re due for an animated sequel, but this one’s from the most celebrated studio of the last couple of decades, Pixar. Aside from Toy Story, they avoided follow-ups to their other hit films until 2011 when the Cars gang refueled for Cars 2. Then one of the other hits got a prequel, Monster University, and another spawned last year’s box office smash, Finding Dory. Now here’s the automotive, track-burnin’ “hat trick” as good ole’ number 95, Lightning McQueen roars back »

- Jim Batts

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Ranking The Pixar Sequels

12 June 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of the release of Cars 3, Eric Bay-Andersen ranks Pixar’s sequels…

When people hear ‘sequel’, they usually think ‘shameless cash-in’, and although Disney’s purchase of Pixar must surely have influenced the number of sequels the studio has produced in the last 20 years (six with at least two more on the way), Pixar’s reputation for quality film-making means their hit-rate is higher than most. Here’s my ranking of the five they’ve released so far…

5. Cars 2

Astonishingly, the Cars franchise is the studio’s biggest money-maker when it comes to merchandise, but the second instalment is surely Pixar’s least-loved film so far (which doesn’t bode well for Cars 3). The first film had a slight charm to it, and a sweet message about the beauty of small-town life and finding happiness off the beaten track, but for the sequel they tossed all that »

- Amie Cranswick

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The Gumball Rally

3 June 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Cars! Cars! Cars! What climate accord, when we’re celebrating the internal combustion engine! One of the best of the breezy ’70s action comedies, this cross-country road race picture gave us early looks at Gary Busey and Raul Julia in the midst of an always-amusing ensemble of car crazies, out to go from Manhattan to the Pacific in less than two days, at speeds up 175 mph! No 55 speed limit, no catalytic converters!

The Gumball Rally


Warner Archive Collection

1976 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia, Norman Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, Susan Flannery, Harvey Jason, Steven Keats,

Tim McIntire, Joanne Nail, J. Pat O’Malley, Tricia O’Neil, Nicholas Pryor, Vaughn Taylor, Wally Taylor, Colleen Camp, Lazaro Perez, Med Flory, Lauren Simon, .

Cinematography: Richard C. Glouner

Film Editors: Stuart H. Pappé Gordon Scott, Maury Wintrobe

Original Music: Dominic Frontiere

Written by Chuck Bail, »

- Glenn Erickson

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The Fantasticast #234 – Marvel Two-in-One #18 – Dark, Dark Demon-Night!

2 June 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

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Hello, and welcome to episode 234 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week is a Marvel Two-in-One week, and what a week it is. Marvel Two-in-One #18 features possible the most obscure guest star to ever appear in the comic. It’s The Scarecrow, and if you think you know who this guy is, you should probably check again. The inhabitant of a supernatural painting that also happens to be a portal to another dimension, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Gifted Promo Transports You To A World Of Mutants And Super Families

31 May 2017 6:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that Fox has formally slated X-Men spinoff The Gifted for a Monday night premiere, bumping Gotham to a Thursday night timeslot in the process, the network is beginning to drum up excitement for Bryan Singer and Matt Nix’s long-anticipated family drama.

Hatched as a collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Marvel, The Gifted chronicles the extraordinary journey of two vanilla, powerless parents – played here by Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer – who soon discover that their two children are harboring mutant abilities. And you thought teenage tantrums were bad enough.

And so, just as Lauren (Gotham‘s Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) grapple with their newfound powers, The Gifted really kicks into gear when our dysfunctional family is forced to hit the road to evade oncoming governmental forces. Not unlike the Transigen corporation featured in Logan, those shady operatives want nothing more than to pluck Lauren »

- Michael Briers

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Stranger Things: The ‘Forces Of Evil’ In Season 2 Make The Demogorgon Look ‘Quaint’

26 May 2017 | | See recent LRM Online news »

Last year’s Netflix original series Stranger Things was one of the many surprise hits the streaming service has cranked out over the past several years. Ever since they launched House of Cards, Netflix has been on a role with all the quality content they’ve provided. However, Stranger Things stood out due to its strong characters and its great blend of ‘80s nostalgia and Stephen King-esque horror.

Indeed one staple of King has always been children in jeopardy, and the Demogorgon and the Upside Down certainly qualified as pretty dark and twisted. With that initial season behind them, the next one is faced with the gargantuan task of not just living up to that first one, but one-upping it. Luckily, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be resting on their laurels, and if that Super Bowl trailer from a few months back is any indication, they aren »

- Joseph Medina

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These 13 Movies Were Rated the Most Damaging to Lgbt People in 2016 (Photos)

25 May 2017 10:41 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

From perpetuating stereotypes to deploying violence against queer people as plot devices or straight-up refusing to clarify the orientation of meaningful Lgbt characters in film, these portraits were are considered the most damaging or ineffective from any major Hollywood film in 2016. “Finding Dory” (Disney) Much ado was made about two women being a same-sex couple in the animated film — but their cameo was so fleeting and, as the study points out, director Andrew Stanton refused to confirm or deny this as true. GLAAD did not count the characters in its tally of 70 represented »

- Matt Donnelly

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‘Shimmer Lake’ Trailer: Rainn Wilson Turns Into a Clueless Criminal in New Netflix Comic Crime Thriller

25 May 2017 2:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix has released the trailer for its original comic crime thriller “Shimmer Lake,” starring Rainn WilsonBenjamin Walker and Wyatt Russell. The film marks the directorial debut of “22 Jump Street” and “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” writer Oren Uziel.

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Written by Uziel, “Shimmer Lake” follows local sheriff Zeke Sikes (Walker) as he attempts to untangle the mystery of three small-town criminals and a bank robbery gone wrong. Wilson plays Andy, the sheriff’s brother who recklessly attempts to rob a bank, and the two unknowingly embark on a game of cat-and-mouse. The story, which involves many shady characters, is told backwards, reversing day by day through a week. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Sigman, Adam Pally, John Michael Higgins, Mark Rendall, Angela Vint and Isabelle Dove as Andy’s daughter Sally.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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Stranger Things Season 2 Monsters Will Make Demogorgon “Look Quaint”

25 May 2017 11:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Among many other things, part of what made Netflix’s Stranger Things a super smash-hit when it arrived last summer on the streaming service was how much it leaned into its numerous horror movie influences.

At the crux of this, of course, was the terrifying creature nicknamed the “Demogorgon” by Mike, Eleven and their friends, which hails from the mysterious realm called the Upside Down. An unstoppable monster with a face like a Venus flytrap, it won’t be easy to top in the second season. Still, the showrunners think they might have actually managed it.

Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy spoke to YouTuber GoldDerby about the new season recently and promised that things will get much darker and more dangerous when the hit series returns.

“Will Byers is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges, threats in season two and I think overall the forces of evil »

- Christian Bone

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The Fantasticast #232 – Marvel Team-Up #47 – I Must Fight The Basilisk

19 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…

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Hello, and welcome to episode 232 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

We’re concluding our coverage of this volcano-themed three part story by taking a look at Marvel Team-Up #47. With The Thing and Spider-Man finally teaming up, only they can stand between The Basilisk and the fiery destruction of New York. Bill Mantlo, Ron Wilson and Dan Adkins present a comic full of arse equality, and we genuinely compare the writing styles of Mantlo and Jonathan Hickman. »

- Gary Collinson

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Toy Story 3, and its horror movie undertones

10 May 2017 1:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison May 18, 2017

For a family-friendly film, Toy Story 3 is steeped in horror. With spoilers, we take a look...

This article contains spoilers for Toy Story 3.

In August 2010, a couple of months after Toy Story 3 was released in Us cinemas, the chair of the MPAA Classification and Ratings Administration admitted that they might have made a mistake in giving the film a G rating.

Speaking on industry podcast The Business, Joan Graves said that based on feedback they had received from parents since the film's release, Toy Story 3 should have been given a PG rating “at least”, because of a climactic scene in which Woody, Buzz and friends find themselves sinking into an incinerator like rubbish. Graves went on to say that the film changed their approach to animated family films, and that they would no longer give these movies “the benefit of the doubt” in »

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The Walking Dead Actor Shares A Spoiler-y Season 8 Set Photo

8 May 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The eighth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead recently commenced production in southern Georgia, and some of the cast members have begun to share images from the set to their social media accounts. Up until now, they’ve all been fairly innocuous little character teases, but the latest pic from series newcomer Daniel Newman may have just spoiled a pretty major plot point.

Newman, who plays a Kingdom soldier named Daniel, shared an Instagram photo (which has since been deleted) of himself alongside Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Jeremy Palko (Andy), and the trio appear to be hanging out at the Saviors’ compound. This would obviously seems to confirm that Rick will be taking the fight to Negan after the villain’s defeat in the season 7 finale, and it also suggests that a significant battle from the source material is on the horizon.

For those who don’t know, in the comics, »

- Mark Cassidy

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‘Cars 3’: How Pixar Channeled Paul Newman to Get Back on Track — Watch New Trailer

26 April 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After a detour into spy territory with “Cars 2,” Pixar gets back on track with another animated mid-life crisis movie. “Cars 3” finds champion Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) struggling past his prime and channeling the late Paul Newman’s sagacious Doc Hudson from “Cars” for a comeback.

The filmmakers were able to use outtakes from John Lasseter’s “Cars” recording sessions with the late Newman for the sequel’s flashbacks. Fortunately, the director left the mic on the legendary actor and celebrated race car driver, who had a lot more to say than his lines. Newman would regale them with anecdotes, play practical jokes, and often utter, “That’s not racing!” They added some of his ad libs in “Cars 3.”

In a clever reversal of “The Color of Money” riff from the first movie, McQueen plays mentor to trainer and wannabe racer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) in a bid »

- Bill Desowitz

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Film industry reacts to Jonathan Demme's death

26 April 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like The Silence Of The Lambs.

“I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that »

- (Tom Grater)

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Film industry mourns Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Elijah Wood among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright referred to Demme as a “great”, adding that “he could do anything”, in a tweet.

The Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood took to Twitter to simply post that he was “sad to hear that Jonathan Demme has passed.

Tribeca Film Festival’s official account posted a tribute tweet, quoting Demme as saying “The chance to make a film that deals in an imaginative way with stuff you care tremendously about is a real high.”

David Simon, the creator of The Wire, stated that Demme was “a warm, gracious man”, expressing that he wished he’d had the chance to work with the director, though had come close twice.

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- (Tom Grater)

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Movies to Show My Son: ‘Toy Story’

24 April 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Welcome to another installment of Movies to Show My Son. This is the blog series were I discuss movies I can’t way to show my son in the future. I’ll be covering my own personal experience with the movie, movie and life lessons I hope he will learn, and lastly my concerns about showing said film. This week’s film is Toy Story.

Personal Memories:

Toy Story is one of those movies that I remember exactly the first time I saw it. I did not go to the theater much as a kid so I caught up with it when it hit VHS…yes VHS. I was home sick one day and we recently picked up a copy for our family. I would like to think my being home from school and recently buying Toy Story were unrelated but I cannot guarantee that to be the case.

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- Dan Clark

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