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Newswire: Marvel’s Black Panther will feature a flashback to the ‘90s

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Evidently, Marvel’s Black Panther is a ‘90s kid, and Ryan Coogler’s upcoming movie about him will feature a flashback to his time living in California in the ‘90s. That’s according to the East Bay Times (via /Film), which reports that a retro-style Bay Area AC Transit bus is being built for a sequence in the film where we see a young T’Challa—before he’s the Black Panther—attending Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley. We don’t know much beyond that, but this might be where Sterling K. Brown’s character (“a figure from T’Challa’s past”) comes in.

Seeing as how the ‘90s are super hot these days, hopefully Marvel will take this opportunity to throw in some fun gags for people to pick apart in future YouTube video compilations. Maybe there’ll be a scene where T’Challa watches Seinfeld »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Ben Affleck is getting sick of all this talk about Batman

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Until recently, Ben Affleck has been actively giving off the impression that his Batman movie—the one he’s directing and starring in—might not happen. To the casual observer, it seemed like Affleck was foreshadowing an eventual announcement that the project had either been canceled or that he had stepped down as director, two decision that would probably be met with a resounding cry of “it’s for the best.” However, last week he finally came clean and admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that he is making a Batman movie, it just had to take a backseat for a while to Live By Night.

Apparently, though, there’s another reason he’s been hesitant to talk about Batman lately: He’s just fucking sick of talking about Batman. Affleck teased something along those lines during the Kimmel interview, bemoaning the fact that nobody ever pestered him about Live By Night »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: A24’s mystery trailer was for a short film called Toru

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Last week, Moonlight and Green Room distributor A24 put out a mysterious trailer that didn’t seem tied to any of the company’s previously announced films. The teaser’s total lack of information and ominous sci-fi tone seemed designed specifically to get the internet excited, especially since films like 2015’s Ex Machina (an A24 film, naturally) have proven that audiences are still hungry for clever, artsy genre movies.

Well, if there’s one thing the internet can do it’s solve a mystery, and the detectives at The Film Stage have already cracked this one open (via /Film). Apparently, a reader tipped off the site that a shot from a Sundance short called Toru matched a scene from the secret teaser, prompting The Film Stage to dig up set photos for Toru that also match up with things seen in the teaser. Ergo, The Film Stage concluded that ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Great Job, Internet!: Disney’s bleakest cartoon was a 1943 piece of anti-Nazi propaganda

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Disney’s forays into making World War II-era propaganda resulted in some interesting imagery, including beloved cartoons like Donald Duck stalking racist caricatures of Japanese people and Pacific Islanders. The 10-minute short “Education For Death: The Making Of The Nazi” might be the boldest of any of them, though. Newly relevant thanks to the sudden, Trump-influenced repackaging of racist, nationalist ideas as the “alt-right,” the cartoon explores the way education is used to create conscience-free soldiers. In the process, it dehumanizes Germans, using stark, film noir imagery to contrast the innocence of the German women and children with the absolute, literally cartoonish evil of the Nazis. It also features a red-faced Donald Duck-inspired version of Hitler wooing a decidedly size-ist caricature of the Russian people, because it was 1943 and pretty much something in here was bound to offend modern sensibilities.

May the propaganda of our immediate future feature the »

- Clayton Purdom

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Figure-atively speaking

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For the second weekend in a row, Hidden Figures is the No. 1 movie in America, earning $20.4 million over the weekend and causing Hollywood executives to call meetings to discuss how they could have underestimated the popularity of an uplifting prestige drama featuring familiar and beloved actors simply because its protagonists are neither white nor male.

It didn’t hurt, of course, that last week’s new wide releases were all about as exciting as a bowl of overcooked ramen noodles. There’s The Bye Bye Man, which actually turned out to be kind of a success at No. 4 with $13.4 million (nearly twice its $7.4 million production budget), outperforming analysts’ pessimistic predictions and once again proving the power of low expectations. Then we’ve got Monster Trucks, which made $10.5 million from parents not picky enough to wait for quality children’s fare ...

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- Katie Rife

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Coming Distractions: See the many faces of Cate Blanchett in the trailer for Manifesto

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In the first trailer for Manifesto, Cate Blanchett redefines chameleonic, playing everything from a homeless man to a newscaster, all while speaking the words of history’s great artists. Blanchett inhabits 13 different roles in Julian Rosefeldt’s project, which draws from various 20th Century manifestos. Viewers can draw their own conclusions how Blanchett’s characters correspond to the movement they espouse. As a stern choreographer she talks about Fluxus, Merz, and performance art; As a melancholy puppeteer she describes Surrealism and Spatialism.

Manifesto recently wrapped up a run at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. There, Blanchett’s visage was projected on giant screens. All the different Blanchetts echoed simultaneously and sometimes discordantly, before syncing up for a harmonic and hypnotic moment. A 94-minute film version is set to premiere this month at Sundance.

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Superman’s blue leotard is going up for auction

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Someone’s cosplay is about to get way more authentic as the familiar blue-and-red adult onesie worn by the late Christopher Reeve in 1978’s Superman: The Movie is being sold to the highest bidder. Nate D. Sanders, a Los Angeles auction house specializing in Hollywood memorabilia, is auctioning off the instantly recognizable costume from the film; based on the official description, Lot #160 seems to include only the upper portion of the costume, as no mention is made of the famous red cape, the tights, or the boots. The auction house describes the item as a “muscle tunic” that was “used in the flight scenes” from the Richard Donner movie. It features the “large emblematic gold and red ‘S’ sewn on the front” as well as holes for accommodating the flight harness, plus snaps for attaching the cape.

The opening bid is $40,000, and the auction ends on ...

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- Joe Blevins

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Great Job, Internet!: The new Mario game gets incredibly grim in this Scorsese-inspired trailer

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Last week, Nintendo showed off its new system, the Switch—an interesting fusion between the company’s long line of massively popular handheld systems and forward-thinking TV-based consoles. With it, Nintendo premiered a bunch of games from its flagship series, including the first evolutionary Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy 2 in 2010. Super Mario Odyssey looks, in some respects, like a traditional Mario game, with the familiar doughy plumber performing acrobatic leaps and bounds in forests, pastel deserts, and other surrealist locales.

But the trailer also featured footage of Mario in a baffling out-of-sync recreation of New York City, full of taxi cabs, skyscrapers, and, horrifyingly, humans with realistic proportions. Nintendo’s Mario teams almost never make a bad step, but the image of Mario alongside normal-sized humans in a seemingly realistic, open-world environment looks… weird. These New Yorkers are still cartoonish, just less cartoonish than Mario, drawing a ...

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- Clayton Purdom

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Newswire: Lost The Force Awakens scene shows Chewie going apeshit, ripping dude’s arm off

9 hours ago

“It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee,” Han Solo memorably tells C-3Po in A New Hope, blithely informing the droid that Wookiees won’t think twice about ripping your arm out of its socket. Turns out he wasn’t kidding. An unaired scene from The Force Awakens shows Chewbacca doing exactly that to the bulbous, snide Unkar Plutt. The scene was teased back in October, and now the full version is available online to satiate your sick desires. Watch it below:

The scene takes place in Maz Kanata’s castle, with Plutt confronting Rey about the Millennium Falcon she “stole” from him. When Chewie steps in, Plutt begins poking his injured arm, causing the promised dismemberment to occur.

It makes sense that Disney would cut the scene; not only is it graphic, but Plutt’s scream is also genuinely wince-inducing. The sight of the bloated, severed arm plopping »

- Randall Colburn

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Contest: Win a Fandango gift card to watch movies at home or in the theater

9 hours ago

We often talk about how impossible it is to keep up with all of the TV that’s out there, but, in the wake of the Golden Globes, you might also be thinking that there are quite a few films you missed. (Although if you did catch Deadpool, you’ve taken in at least one Academy Awards contender.) Whether you’re concerned about placing a bad bet in your office pool come Oscar time or you just want to keep up with the watercooler conversation, The A.V. Club is here to help: We’re giving away $25 gift Fandango gift cards. And before you huff that you’re not about to leave your home during the next polar vortex, these gift cards can also be applied to FandangoNOW purchases. So you can watch critically acclaimed films during awards season in the comfort of your own home, or the darkness »

- Danette Chavez

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Newswire: Octavia Spencer invited low-income families to a free screening of Hidden Figures

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As ticket prices surge, a night out at the movie theater is increasingly becoming a luxury many families can’t afford. This weekend, Octavia Spencer bought out a screening of Hidden Figures in Los Angeles and invited families who otherwise couldn’t afford to make it to the film to come see it for free. “Tomorrow I’ve bought the 8pm showing of #HiddenFigures [at] the rave Baldwin Hills,” Spencer, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the movie, announced on Instagram Friday. “If you know a family in need that would like to see our movie but can’t afford it have them come. It’s first come, first served. My mom would not have been able to afford to take me and my siblings. So, I’m honoring her and all parents this #MLKweekend Pass the word.”

In a recent interview with Jess Cagle ...

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- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

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Newswire: Channing Tatum will make his Gambit superhero movie, damn it

11 hours ago

It’s been a long, difficult, and Cajun-seasoning-filled journey for the standalone Gambit movie. The X-Men character has been in feature-film development for years, and no one has been a bigger champion of the mutant card sharp than attached star Channing Tatum, possibly because no one else is excited to hear a guy drop the laziest possible New Orleans patoi into cinematic dialogue. But the Jump Street actor has held fast through director Rupert Wyatt dropping out, then subsequent director Doug Liman doing the same. The project has been quiet since last fall, all those “cheres” and “mon amis” silenced by the grim machinations of Hollywood. But at the TCAs last week, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner assured everyone that, yes, the plan is still to film Tatum throwing playing cards charged with explosive energy, thereby fulfilling the actor’s dreams of finally portraying the 23rd most popular »

- Alex McCown-Levy

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Oscar This: A small, character-based documentary isn’t “important” enough for the Academy

21 hours ago

This year’s Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24. Will the Academy uphold conventional wisdom or think outside of the box? With Oscar This, we highlight unlikely candidates—the dark horses we’d love to see compete.

Back in December, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Science announced the 15 films that’ll be competing for the Best Documentary Oscars, and it’s hard to find much fault with what’s on the shortlist. I Am Not Your Negro, O.J.: Made In America, Tower, Weiner, 13th, Fire At Sea… these are all outstanding films, examining serious problems. No one would (or should) argue against the importance of nonfiction filmmakers grappling with systemic racism, the refugee crisis, political scandals, and gun violence.

As is often the case with the Academy, though, it’s what’s not in contention that’s a little irksome. The Oscars in recent ...

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- Noel Murray

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For Our Consideration: “Charm monster” Tom Hanks hosts Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, tries to reassure America

21 hours ago

Tom Hanks is, arguably, the biggest movie star in the world. His films have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars and won him two Oscars and four Golden Globes. He also recently nabbed a Presidential Medal Of Freedom from President Obama just for being a stand-up guy.

Why, then, would Tom Hanks take precious time out of his rich-guy Hollywood schedule to host a public radio show? Probably because that show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! isn’t just a public radio show—it’s the public radio show. Now in its 20th season, Wait Wait is NPR’s flagship product, drawing almost four million listeners weekly when it’s broadcast on more than 700 member stations. (The podcast version is also downloaded more than 700,000 times a week.)

A wry, slightly self-satisfied game show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me is normally hosted by Peter Sagal. Each ...

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- Marah Eakin

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