13 items from 2017
Right now you’ll find a slew of stand-up comedy specials that are available exclusively on Netflix. The streaming service has become a stellar home for new stand-up specials from the best comedians working today. Over the past few months, they’ve only solidified their dedication to the craft by doling out new deals for Dave Chappelle, […]
- Ethan Anderton
With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is indeed Netflix and chill season. But the streaming service has plenty of options to keep you indoors, regardless of your relationship status. New original content for February includes the ironic love-fest Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special and the gory suburban comedy Santa Clarita Diet. You can also finally get around to watching The People V. O.J. Simpson, if for some reason you missed The A.V. Club’s best show of 2016, or you can queue up a new special from Mike Birbiglia. Speaking of people named Mike, Magic Mike is also hitting on February 1. See the full list below.
Available February 1
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, And Cyber Attacks (2016)
Babe: Pig In The City (1998)
Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2001)
Balto 3: Wings Of Change (2004)
Corpse Bride (2005 ...
- Esther Zuckerman
It took a while, but Kumail Nanjiani has worked his way into popular culture with a combination of sincerity and snarky charm. Even as he made his name in standup comedy and memorable television roles (most recently on “Silicon Valley”), he found acclaim for his one-man shows, which dig through his struggles as a Pakistani-American at odds with his traditional upbringing.
Now comes “The Big Sick,” which funnels the two sides of his career into a genuine crowdpleaser that juggles humor and pathos through a personal lens. Co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan, who acts opposite Nanjiani as himself), the movie turns their bumpy courtship into a portrait of resilience that operates on both charm and depth.
- Eric Kohn
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Since he won the election back in November, many in Hollywood have openly expressed their dislike for the businessman.
As Trump was sworn in, many continued to slam Trump, with some remembering President Obama and Hillary Clinton, while others made jokes and suggested alternative viewing options.
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Patton Oswalt wrote a lengthy Facebook post about what people should do instead of watching the inauguration, writing that citizens should support a struggling theater, music club or museum, or just completely turn off your phone and computer.
Michael Moore called the event a “tragedy for democracy.”
Here at the Inaugural. A tragedy for democracy. pic.twitter.com/Ev9cqcaYXB
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 20, 2017
Judd Apatow advised everyone to register to vote for midterms and primaries.
Everyone needs »
- Liz Calvario
The Weinstein Company has announced that Edward Norton, Bella Thorne, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park have joined the English-language voice cast of the animated film The Guardian Brothers, which was released in China last year under the title The Little Door Gods. The new additions join the previously announced Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Mel Brooks and Zendaya.
Directed by Gary Wang, The Guardian Brothers “follows a Chinese family in danger of losing its family owned business – a wonton soup shop that’s been passed down generation after generation for hundreds of years. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of a little girl named Raindrop (Zendaya) and her mother (Kidman). Millions of miles away in the Spirit World, we meet The Guardians – who have watched over and protected the humans on Earth for centuries. Times are tough up in the Spirit »
- Gary Collinson
The Weinstein Company’s animated redo of The Guardian Brothers has filled out its voice cast with Bella Thorne, Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. That talented quintet now joins the previously announced Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the voice booth, according to Deadline.
Initially hatched as a Chinese animation titled The Little Door Gods, TWC landed international rights to the original movie in May of last year – barring China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau – and now plans to re-release the picture replete with English voice acting. Gary Wang is the writer-director behind the original release, who welcomed today’s casting announcement as so: “It’s thrilling and surreal to see the characters come alive again, changed and yet the same. We hope the audience around the world would enjoy the movie.”
Steeped in rich fantasy, The Little Door Gods follows a “Chinese family »
- Michael Briers
In May last year, The Weinstein Co acquired most worldwide rights to The Guardian Brothers, the Chinese animated film it is re-voicing in English. Now joining the previously set cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brroks and Nicole Kidman are Edward Norton, Jim Gaffigan, Bella Thorne, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. The film was released in China by Alibaba Pictures in January of 2016 under the original title, Little Door Gods, landing in the Top 10 of the international chart that… »
Edward Norton, Bella Thorne and Jim Gaffigan have joined Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in the animated feature, “The Guardian Brothers,” The Weinstein Company announced Tuesday. The movie also stars Mel Brooks, Mike Birbiglia and Randall Park. Zendaya was previously attached to the project. “The Guardian Brothers” is about a Chinese family on the verge of losing their family business, a wonton soup shop. When the family’s grandmother passes away, the restaurant is left in the hands of Raindrop (Thorne) and her mother (Kidman.) But millions of miles away, The Guardians have been looking over humans for centuries. Also Read: Meryl Streep, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
17 January 2017 9:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The actors join the previously announced voice cast of Meryl Streep, Mel Brooks and Nicole Kidman in the U.S. version of the animated movie. Initially distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures in early 2016 (under the original title The Little Door Gods), the film is being re-voiced in English by TWC.
Michael Lappin is the executive in charge of production at The Weinstein Company. TWC acquired worldwide rights, with the exception of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, for the film.
The original movie follows the comedic adventures of »
- Ashley Lee
Mother and child horror films aren’t hard to find, especially these days. The Babadook might be the best of the bunch in recent years, but there’s still Goodnight Mommy, Lyle, the Carrie remake, Prevenge and now, Don’t Knock Twice, starring Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff, which will bring witches and evil spirits into the equation.
The premise is simple enough: a guilt-ridden mother (Sackhoff) tries to save her estranged daughter (Lucy Boynton) from an apparent curse from a vengeful witch, which terrorizes and haunts them, in the vein of Candyman or The Ring. But with its unsettling imagery, disturbing visuals and jarring editing, Don’t Knock Twice — not to be confused with Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice from last summer, which is a completely different movie— certainly looks promising. We hope to say the same when it enters theaters, whenever that might be in the United States. »
- Will Ashton
Shane Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing. Fox has already slotted “The Predator” for a Feb. 9, 2018 opening.
Plot details are under wraps other than the usual plot of an extraterrestrial monster facing off against earthlings. “Narcos” star Holbrook replaced Benicio del Toro to become the first major casting, announced in October, and Rhodes came on board this week.
The original was directed by John McTiernan and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura as commandos attempting to rescue hostages while being stalked in a jungle in Central America by a fearsome extra-terrestrial, played by Kevin Peter Hall.
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- Dave McNary
Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.
There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
A week ago, tech blogger and, according to The Guardian, “serial Apple leaker” Sonny Dickson alleged on Twitter that the new iOS update will include a new “Theatre mode,” which has led to rampant speculation from cinephiles about what exactly that might entail. Many dread that it will make it easier for theatergoers to text during a film, already a perpetual problem in theaters nationwide.
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Though The Guardian reports that Apple analysts AppleInsider suggest the update might only be “iPad-centric” but will nevertheless “disable system sounds and haptic feedback, block incoming calls and messages and reduce initial screen brightness during a movie,” many are already speaking out on the issue, claiming that the functionality will only incentivize further phone use in theaters. One of these people is Tim League, the founder and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse, »
- Vikram Murthi
13 items from 2017
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