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14 items from 2016


Taran Killam talks leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

9 August 2016 7:37 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This week, it was announced that Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah, and Jon Rudnitsky will not be returning to Saturday Night Live for its upcoming 42nd season on NBC. Last night, a "noticeably disappointed" Killam talked with Uproxx's Mike Ryan about his departure from the series.  In the exclusive Uproxx interview, Killam talked about how much he loved being on the show, as well as some of his favorite moments. Killam also admits that he doesn't "fully" know exactly what happened but does mention scheduling conflicts with Why We’re Killing Gunther, the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie that Killam is directing: "I’ll have two months of post-production that would have bled into the SNL production schedule, so we kind of communicated that.?" You can read the whole interview at Uproxx. »

- Pilot Viruet

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Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ Needs Exiting Veterans Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah

9 August 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There’s always some new reason to mull over the inner workings of “Saturday Night Live,” but tonight offered a bigger chance than usual. “Saturday Night Live” confirmed that it has not renewed the contracts of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, two cast members that were both in their sixth year with the late-night NBC show. In a cast with somewhat middling name recognition, Killam and Pharoah were two of the most familiar names.

With reports still coming in, it’s difficult to assess “Saturday Night Live’s” casting shakeup, as the iconic variety show prepares for Season 42. But Killam spoke to Mike Ryan at Uproxx in an interview published shortly after the news broke, and there he indicates that despite having other career opportunities, leaving “Saturday Night Live” was not his choice. “I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but »

- Sonia Saraiya

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/Filmcast Ep. 378 – Suicide Squad (Guest: Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk)

7 August 2016 5:02 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk to discuss the newest Warner Brothers/DC Comics film written and directed by David Ayer. Be sure to read Vince’s review, Mike Ryan’s review, Angie’s Review, and Walter Chaw’s review, as well as Owen’s reflections on Frozen. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or call and leave a […]

The post /Filmcast Ep. 378 – Suicide Squad (Guest: Vince Mancini from FilmDrunk) appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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6 Filmmaking Tips From Justin Lin

22 July 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

A fast and fervorous guide beyond the basics.

Justin Lin, like his old UCLA classmate Joe Russo, is a member of the modern generation of Hollywood directors who make us really enjoy franchise filmmaking. Enough to get excited for the Fast and Furious movies after they’d seemed driven into a dead end and now to find a new hope in Star Trek with his satisfying takeover of that series. He soon may have us even caring about Space Jam.

The Taiwan-born Lin has also been an important voice for Asian-American representation, both on screen and off. He broke out with a great indie, Better Luck Tomorrow, and went on to become a valuable asset as a studio player, for both the industry and the fans. We honor his talent and his output below by sharing advice and guidance gleaned from statements he’s made through his career.

Action Should Be Character-Driven

Lin is known, mostly »

- Christopher Campbell

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Today in Movie Culture: 'Star Trek' Kill Count, a Famous Fake Kristen Wiig Movie Gets a Poster and More

21 July 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Supercut of the Day: With Star Trek Beyond out this week, Mr. Sunday Movies tracks all of Captain Kirk's kills in movies over the decades:   Fake Movie Poster of the Day: Started as a joke at Sundance this year by entertainment writer Mike Ryan, now that Kristen Wiig has finally addressed and joked about making AbracaDeborah, there's a fan-made poster for the fake movie (via Twitter):   Cosplay Tutorial of the Day: Just in time for Comic-Con, here's a video showing how to make your own Leeloo costume from The Fifth Element:   Abridged Movie of the Day: Ranker cuts The Karate Kid down to just two minutes of people...

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- Christopher Campbell

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SNL's Brilliant 'Dead Poets Society' Spoof Leaves (Ceiling) Fans Hysterical

23 May 2016 7:23 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Fans are still laughing their heads off at Fred Armisen's new "Saturday Night Live" sketch, "Farewell, Mr. Bunting," which was declared an "instant classic."

SNL isn't always "live" when you consider all of the pre-taped bits, which are often the strongest segments of the week. But millions of viewers still watch live on Saturday night, and that was the best way to see this "Dead Poets Society" spoof, because the live reactions from the studio audience and Twitter were priceless.

Check it out:

It was only a matter of time before the ceiling fans attacked. We tried to warn people...

No one saw that brilliant twist coming during the live show, and you can hear the shocked guffaws. Here are some of the reactions online:

This #SNL finale w/ brilliant Fred Armisen is excellent. "Farewell Mr. Bunting" sketch an instant classic. Find it if u missed it.

Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) May 22, 2016

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- Gina Carbone

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Marvelous DA7E: Strange Villain Choices and... X-23?

18 May 2016 12:06 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Hot dispatch from the rumor mill - we were contacted by a source close to Doctor Strange with a character name for Mad Mikkelsen's character. I was hoping that it would be “Kaecilius,” because that is what I had been telling all of you for awhile and - Boom - that was the name that we got.

Who knows how on we were with the whole sub-atomic particles and general breakdown of how Doctor Strange plays out in the first and second acts, but knowing that Kaecilius and his followers show up in the film from this report and the trailer, I’m feeling pretty good about the direction Doctor Strange is moving in.

Of course, the new question is how much will this Kaecilius have in common with the comic book version of Kaecilius who is a disciple of Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character). Not a lot about Mordo has been officially revealed, »

- Da7e

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The Russos confirm a title change for 'Avengers: Infinity Wars' double-feature

4 May 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Infinity Stones have served to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe an overall shape that will presumably come into focus with the two-part Avengers sequel that Joe and Anthony Russo are set to direct as their next outing for the studio. In an interview with Uproxx (now part of the same publishing family as HitFix), The Russos revealed that they are now planning to retitle what had originally been called Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, and that there’s a reason they will no longer be sharing the title. “The movies are two very different movies,” according to Joe Russo. They told Mike Ryan that they are definitely going to give them different identities with the new titles. That’s a good move overall. I think the recent trend of splitting a sequel in half, starting with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Harry Potter »

- Drew McWeeny

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Early Reactions To Captain America: Civil War Praise Spider-Man, Black Panther And More

9 April 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The social media embargo on Captain America: Civil War lifted early this morning and Twitter has been flooded with reactions to the film. While the general consensus appears to be that it’s not perfect, the critics do seem to really like what Joe and Anthony Russo have delivered here, with tons of praise being heaped upon both Spider-Man and Black Panther in particular.

A few of the complaints are directed at the plot, the fact that there are too many characters in the film, and that once again, Marvel has failed to craft a compelling villain. That being said, though, most people agree that Captain America: Civil War is still a lot better than both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Before you dive into the reactions, though, it’s important to note that these Tweets represent just a small part of the population. »

- Mark Cassidy

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The First Reactions To Captain America: Civil War Say It's Incredible; "Spider-man Steals The Show"

8 April 2016 11:19 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It's been a long, hard wait for Captain America: Civil War, and once you read the first reactions, the wait is going to get that much harder. The social media embargo was officially lifted at 2 Am Est and the critics have spoken... the superhero movie event of the year, Captain America: Civil War, is a winner from beginning to end. It's not a perfect film by any means as you'll see, but it seems like almost everyone is in agreement that Tom Holland's Spider-Man definitely steals the show and Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther also makes an impressive debut. Check them all out for yourself and check back in for more throughout the day: I liked it. — Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 9, 2016 First things first: we finally have the perfect Spider-Man and the greatest Peter Parker. — nived (@devincf) April 9, 2016 ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is so good, it’s a better »

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First "Captain America: Civil War" Reactions Hit

8 April 2016 10:22 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A full month before release, the social media embargo has been lifted on Marvel Studios' "Captain America: Civil War". Full reviews haven't hit yet, but Twitter reaction has already begun gushing, here's a breakdown of the mini-reviews by some leading film journalists who've been lucky enough to see it so early:

Devin Faraci: "Black Panther is incredible. Boseman plays him as both regal and full of rage. The most serious character in the film.... The movie is bigger in scale than 'Winter Soldier' but is so much more personal. The stakes are incredibly emotional....You have only seen 1% of the airport fight. The action is incredible. There's a staircase fight that turns into a chase that's an all timer...the last fight between Steve and Tony is unlike anything you've seen in a Marvel movie. They're both right. You just want them. to stop fighting. It packs a serious emotional punch. »

- Garth Franklin

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Early ‘Batman v Superman’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

22 March 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is facing a rocky start ahead of its Friday release. The tentpole has met with lukewarm reviews and holds a bleak Rotten Tomatoes percentage (which continues to change as more reviews roll in). The last installments fared far better for these caped crusaders, with “Man of Steel” holding a 56% Fresh rating and “The Dark Knight Rises” holding a Fresh 87%.

Although there are a few positive reviews for Zack Snyder’s film, most are calling out the film for its messy, less-than-spectacular promised clash of comic-book titans.

Variety‘s Andrew Barker says this epic standoff never develops fully, and instead “the life-or-death battle between the two icons ultimately comes down to a series of misunderstandings.” Barker also believes Henry Cavill’s Superman pales in comparison to “the winningly cranky, charismatic presence even when out of costume” of Ben Affleck’s Batman. Visually, the film is a win. »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Mike Ryan, Jean Prewitt on Why Global Film/TV Industries Should Not Drop Their Guard On Europe’s Digital Single Market Drive

20 January 2016 6:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This week, execs from NBCUniversal, Disney, plus four other Hollywood studios and Sky UK attend a hearing with the E.U. antitrust regulators to answer charges of anti-competitive movie trading. Meanwhile, threatening territory-by-territory licensing, the European Commission’s Digital Single Market drive for Digital Single Market cross-border access – whereby people in the E.U. would be free to buy content situated on other countries’ digital platforms –had the world’s film and TV industry on tenterhooks since officially announced May 8, just before Cannes. What encouragement has a distributor in Germany got to put up good money for a movie’s P & A, if it suddenly appears on a digital platform in Ireland, so can be accessed online across Europe? By second-half 2015, the Commission appeared to have pulled back on its cross-border access plans for movies and TV. But with a new Cable & Satellite Directive up for review in 2016, industry dialogue »

- John Hopewell

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Mike Ryan, Jean Prewitt on Why Global Film/TV Industries Should Not Drop Their Guard On Europe’s Digital Single Market Drive

20 January 2016 6:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

This week, execs from NBCUniversal, Disney, plus four other Hollywood studios and Sky UK attend a hearing with the E.U. antitrust regulators to answer charges of anti-competitive movie trading. Meanwhile, threatening territory-by-territory licensing, the European Commission’s Digital Single Market drive for Digital Single Market cross-border access – whereby people in the E.U. would be free to buy content situated on other countries’ digital platforms –had the world’s film and TV industry on tenterhooks since officially announced May 8, just before Cannes. What encouragement has a distributor in Germany got to put up good money for a movie’s P & A, if it suddenly appears on a digital platform in Ireland, so can be accessed online across Europe? By second-half 2015, the Commission appeared to have pulled back on its cross-border access plans for movies and TV. But with a new Cable & Satellite Directive up for review in 2016, industry dialogue »

- John Hopewell

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