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Coming Distractions: Channing Tatum and Adam Driver pull a Nascar heist in this trailer for Logan Lucky

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Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s movies were all basically about how cool and charming A-list Hollywood stars are, but this trailer for his new heist movie Logan Lucky looks almost like a direct rejection of all of that George Clooney style. For starters, it centers on two brothers (played by Channing Tatum and a one-armed Adam Driver) who are planning to rob a Nascar event, the computer whiz is introduced playing Horseshoes with toilet seats, and one member of the crew is played by Seth MacFarlane. But that’s all without even mentioning Daniel Craig’s Joe Bang, the ringer that Tatum and Driver call on to help plan the heist. Craig has spent years playing the effortlessly cool James Bond, but Joe Bang is somehow way cooler than James Bond has ever been, and if Logan Lucky takes off like the Ocean’s series did, he deserves to star »

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Newswire: Get Involved, Internet: Help fund a documentary on It and the legacy of creepy clowns

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With the remake of It on the way, there’s no better time to look back at director Tommy Lee Wallace’s original 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, and that’s exactly what the filmmakers behind RoboDoc: The Creation Of RoboCop and You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story Of Fright Night are planning to do—if they can raise enough money, that is. The team has launched an Indiegogo page to fund a new film project called Pennywise: The Story Of It, and they’re looking to raise about $25,000 to pay for the travel and production that the documentary will require.

This isn’t just a bunch of fans talking about It, though, as the Indiegogo page explains that they’ve lined up interviews with a whole bunch of people who worked on or appeared in the original miniseries, including Tommy Lee Wallace ...

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Great Job, Internet!: Breaking down what Logan has to say about the aging superhero genre

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Anyone taking a cursory glance at the movies released in a given year can tell you that the popularity of certain genres tends to come and go in waves. A few decades ago, people liked cowboy movies or hard-boiled detective stories. After that it was Star Wars rip-offs, then supernatural teen romances. These days, it’s obviously all about superhero movies, but is it possible that the superhero genre is on the way out? A recent video from The Nerdwriter hints that it might be, using Logan and Hugh Jackman’s history in the X-Men series to illustrate what happens to a movie genre when it gets old.

The video does this by relating Logan to the changes that the Western genre went through over the years, hitting on some of the film’s more overt metaphors in the process—Logan having to fight an evil version of himself seems »

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Newswire: The Square wins the Palme D’Or and Nicole Kidman gets a special award at Cannes

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Early today, Pedro Almodóvar and his Cannes jury announced the winners at the film festival’s annual awards ceremony, but since it wouldn’t be the Cannes awards without some surprises, they threw in a couple of bonus awards just for fun. Specifically, Nicole Kidman was awarded a special prize simply for ubiquity, with her appearing in four projects: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, The Beguiled, the second season of Top Of The Lake, and the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties. The other bonus came in the screenplay category, with the jury giving the award to both The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here in a rare tie.

The Best Actress prize went to Diane Kruger for In The Fade, Best Actor went to Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here, and Best Director went to »

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Newswire: Disney wants more Marvel theme park rides

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Disney’s new Marvel-themed attraction, Guardians Of The Galaxy—Mission: Breakout!, finally opened at the California Adventure park this weekend, with The Hollywood Reporter saying that some fans had to wait in line for as long as seven hours just to experience what is essentially a glorified new coat of paint on the old Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror ride. Of course, it also has a brand new narrative component, with Rocket Raccoon leading guests through the fortress of Benicio Del Toro’s Collector from the first Guardians movie in an attempt to rescue the other Guardians from a trap while listening to classic rock songs and enjoying various Marvel easter eggs, so maybe the riders willing to wait all day just to spend a few minutes flying through space actually just wanted to avoid spoilers.

Whatever the reason, the ride is clearly a hit, and Walt Disney Parks And »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Defiant hero defends Man’s World by buying ticket for women’s-only Wonder Woman screening

27 May 2017 10:24 AM, PDT

The internet’s general lack of chill about the Alamo Drafthouse’s recently announced women’s-only screening of Wonder Woman bumped up another level yesterday—from “not very chill at all” to “Oh God, female Ghostbusters, run!”—when adult boy Stephen Miller decided to stick it to…someone? Presumably?…by purchasing a ticket to the June 8 showing in New York. Miller—who writes for Heatstreet, penning stuff like “Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Ad Is The Death Knell For Obama’s Beloved Protest Culture” and “Our Children Are Watching: ‘Nasty Women’ Spout Anti-Trump Vulgarities At Women’s March”—spent a day or so complaining on Twitter about the Alamo’s violently non-violent attack on his manhood, before posting a picture suggesting that he’d decided to put his money where his tantrum-hole is.

I have some personal news I’d like to share pic.twitter.com/v9HrOSObBX

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Newswire: Edgar Wright and The Rock present: The Simon And Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe

26 May 2017 8:19 PM, PDT

We’re just a month out from Edgar Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver, a movie that takes its title from a song off Simon And Garfunkel’s final album together, Bridge Over Troubled Water. Earlier this week, Wright noted on Twitter that there’s another S&G-inspired film currently in the works—Marc Webb’s The Only Living Boy In New York—and things sort of snowballed from there. Soon, Wright and Webb were luring some of the biggest names on Twitter—including The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and The Rock—to fill out the ranks of The Simon And Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe.

Amazing. The Simon And Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe is growing; The Rock confirms he will star in ‘I Am A Rock’. pic.twitter.com/rmTC0v6yOd

John Nugent (@mr_nugent) May 26, 2017

Wright basically drafted Rian Johnson, noted that his »

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Newswire: A24 picks up Sean Baker’s The Florida Project

26 May 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Variety reports that A24 has picked up the distribution rights to The Florida Project, the latest film from Tangerine director Sean Baker. Starring Willem Dafoe and newcomer Bria Vinaite, the film weaves in and out of the lives of the poverty-stricken people living out of a gaudily colored hotel in Kissimmee, the “Florida project” of the title.

Showing out of competition at Cannes, The Florida Project has been a quiet critical hit. Our own A.A. Dowd held it up as one of the festival’s first major success stories, calling it, “Sublime: a blast of life, of celebratory highs and lamentable lows, on the outer economic edges of the Sunshine State.”

A number of indie-minded studios were reportedly circling Baker’s film, but dropped out once the price tag rose over $1 million. For context, the heavily lauded Tangerine, which Baker shot exclusively on iPhones, only brought in about ...

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- William Hughes

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Newswire: Tyler Perry’s Madea Halloween movie is getting a sequel

26 May 2017 5:14 PM, PDT

Just in case late October wasn’t scary enough, now we have news that another Madea movie is on its way. Deadline reports that Tyler Perry has just announced Boo 2!, the second film in his A Madea Halloween sub-franchise. Besides representing a real triumph over Jim Varney’s old Ernest movies—which only ever managed to score a single Halloween-based outing—the film will continue to allow Perry to tap into a younger audience than his more serious moral melodramas usually draw in.

The first Boo! brought in $75 million off a minuscule $20 million budget, making it pretty easy to understand why Lionsgate has given the sequel a go-ahead. Madea will return for more nocturnal shenanigans on October 20, 2017.

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- William Hughes

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Newswire: Wonder Woman wants no part of this deleted scenes bullshit

26 May 2017 2:32 PM, PDT

DVD junkies who go hunting for deleted scenes on the disc for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Wonder Woman will apparently be out of luck: According to director Patty Jenkins, pretty much everything she shot for the movie made it into the finished product. Given that Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice shipped with a three-hour extended cut, and Suicide Squad was loaded up with plenty of cut scenes of Jared Leto doing god knows what, that’s a pretty surprising accomplishment.

“We’ve got the DVD now, they keep wanting to put cut scenes and there aren’t any,” Jenkins told Collider, noting that “We didn’t cut one scene in this movie, nor did we change the order of one scene in this movie from the script that we went in shooting with.” Jenkins emphasized how smooth and easily flowing the film’s shooting schedule and editing has been, once »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: Updated: A King Of Kong musical is in the works, so let’s write some songs

26 May 2017 12:23 PM, PDT

Director Seth Gordon may have been busy helming desultory slow-motion beach workouts in scattershot big-budget comedies, but that doesn’t mean he’s taken his eye off the further adventures of his directorial debut, The King Of Kong. For years, there’s been discussion of turning Gordon’s documentary about the competition for the Donkey Kong world championship into a narrative film, but now it seems Gordon is taking it another direction—specifically, to the stage. IGN reports the project is being turned into a musical, which means it’s time for you to finally realize your dreams of crafting a big Broadway number based on your devotion to the old arcade game. (Though, if you keep the references vague, you could probably convince people your torch song about Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest is actually a lament for the original.)

Asked about the new adaptation during »

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Newswire: Josh Homme gets into film composing with Diane Kruger neo-Nazi drama

26 May 2017 10:58 AM, PDT

Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme co-wrote the theme for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and now he’s a now a movie composer as well. Homme recently scored In The Fade, a German film directed by The Edge Of Heaven’s Fatih Akin, which stars Diane Kruger as a woman whose husband and son are killed by neo-Nazis. It premiered in competition at Cannes—though, for what it’s worth, our critic A.A. Dowd was not particularly impressed who called it “familiar and unchallenging.”

According to an interview with Variety, Akin was listening to Queens Of The Stone Age while writing. “I had the feeling that this could be the music that the character was listening to, It has a self-destructive attitude and somehow the film is about self-destruction,” Akin explained. ”I sent [Homme] a very early version of the film. He immediately called back saying ...

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Newswire: Carrie Fisher loved repeatedly slapping Oscar Isaac for The Last Jedi

26 May 2017 10:55 AM, PDT

The press tour for The Last Jedi is sure to be filled with touching and hilarious stories about the late, great Carrie Fisher. Oscar Isaac unveiled one such tale on The Late Show yesterday, describing how much fun Fisher seemed to have inflicting bodily harm on him when they filmed a scene in which General Organa has to slap Poe Dameron. “I think it ended up being like 27 takes of Carrie just leaning in, and every time she’d hit a different spot in my face,” he said, miming just how much of his visage she managed to get. (For what it’s worth he also noted in Vanity Fair’s big Star Wars piece this week: “She loved hitting me.”)

“She was by far one of the quickest-witted, funniest, most down-to-earth, real human beings I ever had the opportunity of working with, and she does amazing work in ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Some very good dogs won awards at Cannes

26 May 2017 10:16 AM, PDT

While we don’t yet know who received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, we have learned who got the Palm Dog, the award for a distinguished pup in a movie: A good boy named Bruno, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bruno is one of the stars of Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, alongside Ben Stiller, an actually impressive Adam Sandler, and Dustin Hoffman. He is also a poodle, whose work, according to jury president and Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, “symbolizes the brutal submission to Republican domestic policy,” per THR. The Meyerowitz Stories’ inclusion in competition was controversial because it’s being released by Netflix, but clearly a good dog is a good dog regardless of distribution platform.

Meanwhile, Lupo, a German Shepherd, took home the Grand Jury prize for his work in Ava, and Robert Pattinson, though not a dog, got a “special mention »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Great Job, Internet!: 40 years of bizarre Star Wars fandom is captured in this great mix

26 May 2017 9:08 AM, PDT

Wookiee and human, B’omarr monk and Bantha—all are welcome in the Star Wars universe, and the weirder, the better. And “weird” is often the watchword (in a good way) when it comes to Star Wars fandom, with the devotees of the original series setting the gold standard for devoted fan behavior in pop culture. Since you’re reading this on the internet—a.k.a. the global network for sharing opinions on Star Wars, plus some cat memes—you’re likely familiar with vast swaths of these expressions of kinship. But there’s always more. So, so much more.

The Cinefamily, a Los Angeles arthouse theater, has put together a video mixtape called “Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars,” a lovingly assembled collection of curios pulled from 40 years’ worth of fandom and pop cultural saturation. Last week we posted a trailer for it, but now the full ...

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- Alex McLevy

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Great Job, Internet!: The machines have won and Terminator 2 has been remade in Grand Theft Auto V

26 May 2017 9:04 AM, PDT

There is really never a bad time to rewatch one of the first two Terminator movies, a pair of classic ur-texts in sci-fi action that humanity has really only matched, never bettered. So this hour-long, slightly slimmed-down recreation of T2: Judgment Day within Grand Theft Auto V is a great way to spend a portion of this holiday weekend, assuming you get over the fact that it was made by machines.

Sure: Technically, a human modder went through creating character models, sets, camera placements, and cuts in order to recreate James Cameron’s classic 1991 movie. But then, as that very film details, even a human invented Skynet. Really, what this represents is an early triumph of the machines over man, proof that even our classic anti-machine cinema is prone to machination. Machinima Robert Patrick is actually a pretty good evolution of the T-1000, and the Nathan Drake character model »

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What Are You Watching?: 81 years ago, the first movie camera over Everest won an Oscar

25 May 2017 10:00 PM, PDT

What Are You Watching? is a weekly space for The A.V Club’s film critics and readers to share their thoughts, observations, and opinions on movies new and old.

I watched Wings Over Everest, a half-hour “documentary” that won an Oscar in the defunct Best Short Subject (Novelty) category back in 1936, because I’ve long been fascinated by the life of one of its directors, Geoffrey Barkas. He was a specialist in adventure footage, best remembered for directing the African unit on the 1937 adaptation of King Solomon’s Mines, but when World War II broke out, he became the head of the British military’s famous Middle East camouflage division. The unit was composed of avant-garde painters, set designers, zoologists, and even professional stage magicians, and during the North African campaign, they invented ingenious ways to disguise hundreds of tanks as trucks, built dummy supply lines and ...

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Newswire: Boss Baby 2 is in the works

25 May 2017 4:15 PM, PDT

Good news for dedicated fans of the Boss Baby Cinematic Universe: Deadline has confirmed that the franchise’s second film is now in the works, with star Alec Baldwin set to return as the hard-dealing suit baby audiences have come to know and love.

Of course, the existence of Boss Baby 2 raises all sorts of questions about the conclusion to Boss Baby 1 (or Boss Baby: Origins, as we’ll now retroactively begin to refer to it). After all, didn’t Boss Baby give up the magical serum that gave him his magical, boss-like powers? Wasn’t the Forever Puppies plot destroyed? Didn’t the film end by jumping forward to the future, showing a generation of new, non-Baldwin Boss Babies taking the corporate high-chair throne? (Rest assured, the answer to all these questions is “Yes, yes, and yes.”)

Still, it’s not like you get to write a ...

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in June

25 May 2017 3:55 PM, PDT

Amazon Prime got some certified Oscar prestige last month, with subscribers able to stream both Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight, but June is going for some lower-profile films that are no less prestigious. On June 1, Prime subscribers will be able to watch The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film that might be more famous for the fact that Farhadi—who is from Iran—and star Taraneh Alidoosti boycotted the Academy Awards ceremony over Donald Trump’s then-nascent Muslim ban. On June 22, Prime subscribers get Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s well-received movie about Adam Driver as a bus-driving poet named Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey.

If those aren’t your thing, you can stream Urge, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Mr. Mom, the original Mechanic, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Bowling For Columbine.

The full list of what’s coming is below, along with a highlight ...

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- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Sausage Party director to get his greasy hands all over The Jetsons

25 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

It’s been a while since we checked in on Warner Bros.’ new animated Jetsons movie—two years of whiles, in fact—but The Hollywood Reporter has some fresh news about George Jetson, his boy Elroy, etc. THR reports that Conrad Vernon—the Dreamworks veteran who directed Shrek 2 and Monsters Vs. Aliens, before moving into more adult fare as half the directing team on Seth Rogen’s recent hit Sausage Party—has been tapped to helm the Hanna-Barbera adaptation.

Presumably, Vernon’s kid-friendly new project will shy away from the sexually explicit hot dog buns and murderous douches that marked his last film—although hey, it’s the far-future, so who really knows? For its part, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a Jetsons project off the ground for decades now, following in the footsteps of failed live-action versions from Paramount and Universal in the 1990s.

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- William Hughes

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