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Fans don't have to worry whether HBO's Vice Principals TV show will be cancelled or renewed for season three, but only because star Danny McBride -- who created the comedy with Jody Hill -- has long said it was conceived as a two season TV series. So, why are we still tracking the ratings? Well, it's fun, but also, the ratings inform the threshold for other HBO TV show cancellations and renewals, so stay tuned. A scripted sitcom, Vice Principals stars McBride as Neal Gamby and Walton Goggins as Lee Russell. The HBO cast also includes Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham, and Sheaun McKinney. Both Gamby and Russell want to be the next North Jackson High School Principal. Although they hate one another, they team up to oust Dr. Belinda Brown (Hebert Gregory). .Read More… »
Vulture Watch Will either Neal or Lee prevail? Has the Vice Principals TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on HBO? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Vice Principals season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the HBO premium channel, Vice Principals stars McBride as Neal Gamby and Walton Goggins as Lee Russell. The HBO cast also includes Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham, and Sheaun McKinney. Both Gamby and Russell want to be the next North Jackson High School Principal. Although they hate one another, they team up to oust Dr. Belinda Brown (Hebert Gregory). Read More… »
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday, but for those not interested in seeing what happens in the “Game of Thrones”-less drama categories this year, there is plenty of other original programming to choose from for the night.
The Emmys are scheduled to air live at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on CBS. There are a wide range of options for those looking to avoid the award show madness, including a new episode of “The Orville” on Fox, “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, and the series finale of “The Strain.”
Read some of the highlights of new shows airing in the same time frame as the Emmys below.
“The Orville,” Fox, 8 p.m.
Seth MacFarlane’s new sci-fi series airs its second episode, which sees Capt. Mercer (MacFarlane) and First Officer Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) trapped in an alien zoo and forced to confront their issues from their marriage. This »
- Joe Otterson
"Stop putting food in your face." Today, HBO released a new clip from the season two premiere of Vice Principals.The dark comedy revolves around a pair of high school administrators (Danny McBride and Walton Goggins). Each believes that he should be the Principal of North Jackson High School. The hate one another but decide to work together to oust the school’s new principal (Kimberly Hebert Gregory). The rest of the cast includes Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Shea Whigham, and Sheaun McKinney.Read More… »
After getting his beard in a twist over Cinema Sins’ Everything Wrong With Kong: Skull Island video, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has hijacked Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer to provide his own rather scathing critique of the MonsterVerse blockbuster; check it out here…
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Kong: Skull Island sees Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing a cast that includes Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise), Brie Larson (Room), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), John C. Reilly (The Lobster), Thomas Mann (Me and Girl and the Dying Girl), Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead), Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron »
- Gary Collinson
Okay. So you read the title and you clicked. By now you know what you’re getting yourself into. A review about a film that’s based on an anime which I have never seen. Yes, that’s right. I have never seen the original ‘Death Note‘ anime. I have heard of it before and even know that Taylor Swift wrote a hit song based on it. With that being said, I will do this review more as if the film is a standalone rather than make heavy comparisons to the source the film is based on since I do not feel qualified to do. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get onto the review.
(Caution: Some spoilers ahead)
- Chris Salce
Jon Bernthal can soon add Damien Chazelle’s name to the list of Oscar-winning filmmakers he’s worked with (a list that includes Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese and Steve McQueen), as the former Walking Dead actor is the latest addition to the cast of the director’s upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.
The Tracking Board broke the news, claiming that Bernthal is in negotiations to play the seventh man to ever walk on the moon (as part of the Apollo 15 mission in 1971), David Scott. Scott, who is still alive at the age of 85, piloted the Gemini VIII spacecraft alongside Armstrong on an unsuccessful mission that nearly ended the space program, three years before Armstrong would become the first man to step foot on the moon’s surface.
- Justin Cook
Let’s start this by saying the following: This is not the Death Note we know. It’s nothing like the manga or the anime save for the fact that it’s about a boy with a notebook killing people. That’s where the similarities begin and end. The pace is different, the characters are different. With that being the case, know that I will only make comparisons to the original as a way to illustrate the failures and successes of this one. Now, shall we begin?
Death Note, or at least this Death Note, is the story of Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a young boy with a carefree attitude, who finds a book that allows him to kill people by writing their name in it. Because of his checkered past when his mom was killed by a drunk driver and his obsession with making people respect him, he decides »
- Joseph Burge
Stars: Nat Wolff, Willem Dafoe, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Jason Liles, Paul Nakauchi, Jack Ettlinger, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Chris Britton | Written by Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, Jeremy Slater | Directed by Adam Wingard
When Light Turner (Nat Wolff) comes in possession of the Death Note, Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) entices him to use it to kill those that deserve it. Enjoying the power that it brings, Light soon finds himself the focus of the enigmatic detective L (Lakeith Stanfield) who is obsessed with tracking him down.
One thing I did when watching this version of Death Note was to try to put the anime version to the back of my mind, as that is my favourite version. This does prove hard as it sets up a good perspective of who Light should be, who Ryuk is, and of course how awesome L is.
When we are introduced to Light, he »
- Paul Metcalf
Before wrestling with Godzilla vs. Kong, director Adam Wingard accepted the gargantuan challenge of helming Netflix’s American Death Note adaptation. Regional relocation is usually a kiss of death for cross-culture products (see: Ghost In The Shell), but Tsugumi Ohba (writer) and Takeshi Obata (illustrator), who created the cult-beloved Death Note manga, were quick to offer praise. “We love the film,” Wingard was told after a private screening scheduled just for Ohba and Obata. Outrage avoided, honor respected. The director even describes himself as an “otaku,” and it’s that obsession with the source material that sets up his (or, more appropriately Netflix’s) Death Note franchise on a platform of gory devotion and demonic influence. It may be a bit unbalanced, but it’s still worthy of Ryuk’s introduction.
Nat Wolff stars as Light Turner, a brainy high-school loner who happens upon a “magic” book. Scrawled across the front are two words, »
- Matt Donato
Death Note, 2017
Directed by Adam Wingard
Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.
Adapting an anime/manga to life-action as heralded as many successful results as video game adaptations at this point. Just earlier this year we had the box office bomb and critically-derided Ghost in the Shell, and the recent news of a live-action Cowboy Bebop wasn’t met with the greatest of reaction. But how will Adam Wingard hold up with his American re-imagining of Death Note?
This Us take on Death Note follows a similar set up to the »
- Luke Owen
Manga fans already know the drill, but for the sake of newcomers, Netflix’s new “Death Note” adaptation refreshes the story of a sinister leather-bound book that gives its keeper the power to kill anyone on earth, simply by writing that person’s name and the desired cause of death in its pages. The book comes with a crazy number of rules, dizzyingly complicated to keep straight, and also with a freaky death god named Ryuk, who looks like a demonic, Tim Burton-ized version of Willem Dafoe (so it stands to reason that they cast Willem Dafoe to play him).
As wish fulfillment goes, “Death Note” is about as dark as it gets, indulging the fantasy of taking bloody vengeance on the high school bully, or punishing the sleazy local crime boss who murdered your mom (perhaps a bit less typical, in terms of your average teen grudge). But there’s a sinister appeal there, especially »
- Peter Debruge
There’s a notable difference between the types of projects that Amazon and Netflix have been putting out, theatrically speaking. On the one hand, Amazon has been gunning for awards and embracing a theatrical release with things like the Oscar winner Manchester by the Sea. There’s also their burgeoning relationship with an auteur like Woody Allen. It’s a whole concerted effort under their Amazon Studios wing. On the other hand, Netflix has gone for casting a wider net, while only occasionally putting their higher profile films out in theaters, like Beasts of No Nation or this year’s Okja. They only once in a while look at things with an awards type view. So far, they’ve either come up short with would be players like War Machine, or seen things like Beasts of No Nation snubbed. This week, Death Note hits as the latest major Netflix release. »
- Joey Magidson
Adapting “Death Note” into a feature-length American movie was always a colossally bad idea — Tsugumi Ohba’s manga ran 108 chapters, and there’s a good reason why the only decent riff on the original was an anime series that ran 19 hours — so neglecting to include Japanese-American actors among the top-billed cast just made things that much worse. It was a bad decision on top of a festering pile of bad decisions, but it was also the kind of mistake that reveals the wrongheadedness of an entire project.
Whitewashing is never a purely aesthetic act; it’s always an indication of a deeper rot. In this case, it pointed toward an inability or unwillingness to meaningfully engage with the source material. The only reason to take such a uniquely Japanese story and transplant it to Seattle is to explore how its thorny moral questions might inspire different answers in an American context, »
- David Ehrlich
Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the comedy TV series "Vice Principals", starring Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Georgia King, Busy Philipps, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Sheaun McKinney and Shea Whigham, premiering September 17, 2017 on HBO:
"...'Vice Principals' focuses on ill-tempered, dogmatic and disliked vice principal of 'North Jackson High School', 'Mr. Neil Gamby' (McBride), and his ambitions of being promoted to the principal's chair when the principal is due to step down.
"However, when the current principal (Bill Murray) retires, he reveals that he trusts neither Gamby nor his scheming and seemingly sociopathic co-vice principal 'Lee Russell' (Goggins), and so has recommended neither of them as his successor; instead, outsider 'Dr. Belinda Brown' (Gregory) is hired.
"When Gamby's attempt to get the school faculty to veto the appointment backfires, he conspires with Russell to find some way of ruining Brown's reputation and installing himself as principal..."
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- Michael Stevens
Netflix has released a new "Death Note" movie clip featuring a pivotal scene where the detective L confronts Light. "Death Note" stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley ("The Nice Guys") as Mia Sutton, Lakeith Stanfield ("The Purge:anarchy") as “L”, Paul Nakauchi as Watari, with Shea Whigham ("Kong: Skull Island") as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe ("Justice League", "Seven Sisters") as the voice of Ryuk the Shinigami. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Oba and Takeshi Obata, "Death Note" follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young »
We have eight short days until Netflix releases its film adaptation of the international hit that is Death Note. Just like movies like Okja, Bright, and What Happened to Monday, Death Note is proof of the streaming service’s commitment to creating original films. Yet, of course, with any existing property, Death Note is bound to have tons of rabid fans who are ready to tear it apart at a moment’s notice.
In addition to many fans wanting this movie to be a scene-by-scene reenactment of the 12-volume manga series, we have the additional race issue. Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing, and given the white and black (distinctly non-Japanese, in other words) leads of this movie, many fans are already cursing this flick. But what about the original creators? We reported back around San Diego Comic-Con that producer of the film Masi Oka had revealed that they loved the film, »
- Joseph Medina
The Netflix original film stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk.
Takeshi Obata, illustrator of the original manga, comments on the film: “It exceeded my expectations. There was high level of quality, sophistication, and attention to every detail. This is what a Hollywood Death Note movie should be. Personally, I was engrossed with the ending! In a good way, it both followed and diverged from the original work so the film can be enjoyed, of course by not only the fans, but also by a much larger and wider audience. »
- Paul Heath
"I always wondered if you had a line." Many fans of the Death Note franchise may find L to be just as intriguing as Light, and you can see both of the key characters together in a new clip from Netflix's Death Note movie ahead of its August 25th premiere.
"One wrong move and the game is over. See Light and L face off on Death Note, streaming on Netflix August 25th.
What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?
We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young »
- Derek Anderson
The snarky movie review by way of long winded video essay has become a contentious sub-genre of film criticism, with countless YouTube channels devoted to picking apart every aspect of a movie — whether deserving of ridicule or not. But while Honest Trailers prides itself on humor backed up with a genuine love of cinema, others feel downright malicious, such as CinemaSins. The channel prides itself on uncovering what it sees as “sins” in mainly blockbuster movies, whether that be plot holes or music choices.
Read More:‘Kong: Skull Island’ Scene Slammed for Insanely Fast Editing — Watch
CinemaSins launched their latest takedown Tuesday, this time of the well-reviewed monster movie “Kong: Skull Island.” Coming in at just under 18 minutes, the tirade is almost the length of a television pilot, as “Kong: Skull Island” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts points out. The filmmaker took to Twitter to explain why he takes issue with this »
- Jude Dry
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