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When they do it well in a critically-acclaimed project, they are praised endlessly for taking on such a “brave” role. Often, it’s a slam dunk for awards nominations and wins. Tambor has won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor two years running for playing Maura on “Transparent.” Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “The Danish Girl,” and Leto won for “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Those are just the recent, generally positive portrayals of trans women. Let’s not forget about “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Crying Game,” and “Dressed to Kill.” Those are just some of the many examples trotted out by ScreenCrush senior editor E. »
- Jude Dry
By Todd Garbarini
Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, which opened on Friday, July 18, 1980, had stiff competition at the box office: Airplane!, The Empire Strikes Back, The Shining, Friday the 13th, The Blue Lagoon, The Big Red One, Dressed to Kill, Fame, and The Blues Brothers were all in major release at the time. While Next Movie and did respectable business, it went on to gross even more moola when Universal released is on a double bill with John Landis’s beloved Blues Brothers later. The film picks up sometime after Cheech and Chong’s maiden cinematic outing, Up in Smoke, left off two years earlier. Written by the slapdash and seemingly always high dynamic duo and directed by the latter of the two, Next Movie plays out like their comedy album routines (“Dave” from their self-titled 1971 debut album is one of their best-known and funniest bits) which is exactly »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
[Warning: This interview contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of Fargo,"Aporia."]
After starting his career as the young star of films like Christine and Dressed To Kill and then transitioning to directing small, well-received films like The Chocolate War and Waking the Dead, Keith Gordon has carved out a third act as one of the most reliable directors of prestige TV.
A résumé that already included episodes of shows like Dexter, Rectify, Rubicon, Masters of Sex and Homeland has reached something of a peak this spring as Gordon directed my favorite third season episode of The Leftovers (the »
- Daniel Fienberg
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The asylum-based film is a fairly interesting mini-genre to deconstruct. These movies almost always deal with perceptions of reality, questions of the self, and an innate fear of those in positions of power who operate in worlds of the ethereal. The question of the protagonist’s madness is almost always central, and the uncertainty over whether their paranoia is unfounded or justified is »
- The Film Stage
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Carpenter's Christine (1983) is showing May 4 - June 3 and Starman (1984) is showing May 5 - June 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom.ChristineWas it too dark? Too bleak? Too gory? Did it have the misfortune of opening when American moviegoers were flocking to E.T.? Either way, when John Carpenter's The Thing landed in the summer of 1982, with an apocalyptic cliffhanger and the most surreally grotesque, tactile, gooey monster effects you never realized could be put on film, it fizzled. "It was hated," Carpenter later recalled at a screening in Los Angeles. "Hated by fans. I lost a job. People hated me. They thought I was this horrible, violent—" He trailed off and joked, "And I was." The audience laughed, because by now The Thing's exalted place in movie geek culture is secure: an exquisitely paranoid horror classic and arguably the crown »
Don Kaye May 5, 2017
Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame is set to star in Domino, a new thriller from director Brian De Palma (that's nothing to do with the Tony Scott movie of the same name). According to The Wrap, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones will co-star in the film.
The pair will play Danish cops who are on the hunt for the person who murdered Coster-Waldau's partner. What they don't know is that their chief suspect is an American CIA agent in pursuit of an Isis terror cell.
The movie does not have a distributor yet but will head to the film market at this year's Cannes Film Festival in search of backing.
If you had asked me at the beginning of Scandal Season 6 if I thought it would serve as a return to form for the series, I would have probably laughed in your face.
Scandal Season 6 Episode 12 was another crazy hour that made me realize why I fell in love with the series all those years ago.
Having all of the characters together to take down the enemy was the best move.
Characters like David, Jake, and Marcus have sat perched on the periphery this season, with nothing to do. A show like Scandal has a lot of key players, so I can understand that it happens sometimes.
David has never been the most faithful person, so I think he's not the innocent bystander he makes himself out to be with the ladies. He needs to own his shit, and maybe he'll find someone who is not working for the likes of Peus. »
- Paul Dailly
Devoid of characters or a story about which one might care, “Psychopaths” proves to be a fright-free pastiche without purpose — save, that is, for unimaginatively paying homage to a string of superior genre predecessors. As in his prior “Carnage Park,” writer-director Mickey Keating offers up a schizo nightmare that’s narratively splintered to pieces and rife with nods toward his favorite ’70s and ’80s horror movies. However, there’s so little substance or originality to this lurid, abstract affair that it comes off as simply a faded grindhouse collage. Even in the midnight-movie arena, its dull derivativeness will likely spell its doom.
An introductory video recording of death-row killer Starkweather (Larry Fessenden) ranting and raving about how his “children will inherit the Earth” sets the hysterical and nonsensical tone of “Psychopaths,” whose narrator (Jeff Daniel Phillips) informs us that Starkweather’s prophesy — namely, that his evil spirit will possess other »
- Nick Schager
Is anyone else getting serious Alison vibes from Addison?
Please don't tell me I was the only one.
On Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 12, Emily was tormented by a school girl who seemed to think she could lie that Emily was inappropriate with her.
It was a horrible turn of events, and I genuinely felt bad for Emily. She knew she was on thin ice because of A helping her out with the whole college thing.
That's a secret that will likely come out, but with A still calling the shots, there's no telling when it will. Paige has always been sketchy, but she seemed to be doing Emily a favor tonight.
As much as she hates Alison with a passion, it's doubtful she would want any harm to come to Emily. I do think Paige should have taken Addison's claims to the principle before even consulting Emily.
It's understandable »
- Paul Dailly
It was announced in June of 2015 that Sony closed the deal for an untitled raunchy comedy script by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. That untitled script was first called Rock That Body and is now officially titled Rough Night. Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers), Kate McKinon (Ghostbusters), Jillian Bell (Workaholics), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), and Zoe Kravitz (Big Little Lies) star in the comedy and today posters describing the traits of their characters were released.
Five Rough Night posters popped up online through Entertainment Weekly and each poster gives a glimpse into the role of the actress in the movie through text on a dirty, bloodied sash. "Better Off Wed" is written across Scarlett Johansson's sash with an American flag pin and miniature drink umbrella, Jillian Bell's sash reads "Lethally Horny" and contains blood spatter, the sash of Ilana Glazer shows a marijuana pin with the statement "Dope Af" along with some blood, »
Was that the best episode of Scandal, like, ever?
On Scandal Season 6 Episode 11, Mellie got her way and became the President of the United States, a mere few scenes after Liz had her skull cracked by Samantha.
It was great. I wish I could say I was shocked by Liz's death, but the revelation that she was working with Peus sealed her fate.
I did not expect her to go in the first scene with Peus, but I was wondering what Samantha was doing behind her.
Liz proved earlier on Scandal Season 6 that she was willing to go wherever there was power.
If you watch Scandal online, you will already know that she's been an opportunist all along.
Elsewhere, the recent events have made Olivia think about all the wrong things she »
- Paul Dailly
Did Olivia Pope make the right decision to press on with the election rigging?
That was a key question on Scandal Season 6 Episode 10 as the series opted to see what the world would have been like for our favorite characters had Fitz not been falsely elected.
Watch Scandal Season 6 Episode 10 Online
Meanwhile, the ugly truth about Vargas' assassination made its way to the media, prompting Olivia to do damage control for someone close to her.
Use the video above to watch Scandal online to get up to speed with the latest drama for the characters on this hit drama series. »
- Paul Dailly
Scandal hit a milestone episode, but what did it mean for our favorite characters?
Changes were afoot on Scandal Season 6 Episode 10 as Olivia pondered how different things would have been if she never agreed to rig the election.
Arguably, the election rigging was instrumental in the series becoming the hit it is today.
It was an interesting change of pace.
Fitz was an entirely different man. He and Olivia struggled to agree on anything. It's surprising they both even decided to marry each other.
However, that proposal came out of nowhere, and I definitely thought cold-hearted Olivia was going to appear and just ditch him. It seemed like her instinct was to run from the relationship because it was not working.
Fitz had no passion for doing anything.
Even his TV show became a chore for him quickly, so it was inevitable that he would envy Olivia when she opened »
- Paul Dailly
Refugees seeking sanctuary. Outcry over fake news. Leaders claiming a desire to make the world great again.
On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 17, there were many moments where it was all too easy to mistake the world of the Framework for our own.
Focused on the importance of resisting an authoritarian regime and full of references to the topics most often in the headlines nowadays, the show's latest arc can easily be read as commentary on the political situation in the United States.
I don't know how much of the Agents of Hydra arc is adapted straight from the comics, or how much was plotted out before the election, but even if all of the similarities are entirely coincidental, the timing has definitely given the storyline extra emotional heft.
Trust is a luxury these days.
Mace Permalink: Trust is a luxury these days. Added: April 11, 2017
Whether you agree with the current administration or not, »
- Lee Jutton
Huck lived to fight another day!
That was confirmed on Scandal Season 6 Episode 9 when things took a dangerous turn for the character.
It was bad enough him finding out that Meg was not the woman he thought she was, but pushing him into the water was just horrid.
It was over-the-top, Scandal has always prided itself in being a series that goes to any lengths necessary to shock the audience.
Huck has always been an analytical individual, so his thought process while trying to make it out of the dire situation did not surprise me in the slightest.
In the process, it gave him the drive to continue his mission of survival.
Quinn was a standout character for me.
While Liv seemed to be ordering everyone else around, Quinn was consistently out in the field trying to find a way to save her friend.
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- Paul Dailly
Fashion week was murder in Bull's "Dressed to Kill" for Chunk's mentor, but it wasn't murder on Dr. Bull's relationship with "Texas Diana," as Chunk called her. When faced with the offer of a model's phone number, Dr. Bull had a decision to make: use it or take Diana up on her offer for a weekend.
Here are the moments that led up to that visit at the end of "Dressed to Kill."
How did Daisy and Simmons react to their new normal?
That was a key question on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 16 when the pair were introduced to a new world that had gone mad with power, prompting them to do something unthinkable.
Watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 16 Online
Meanwhile, the other team members decided to take on Hydra once and for all before the world was destroyed.
However, this caused more trouble for everyone.
Use the video above to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D online to get up to speed with the latest drama for the characters. »
- Paul Dailly
As if Fashion Week itself wasn’t dramatic enough, Chunk’s mentor dropped dead on the runway in one of her own designer wedding gowns on Bull Season 1 Episode 18.
This was an installment meant to dive into Chunk’s background, but for me, it didn’t go far enough.
If I have one complaint about Bull Season 1, it’s that I still don’t feel emotionally connected to these characters.
Don’t get me wrong, I like them all. The cast is talented and the characters are all interesting, but there simply isn’t that intrinsic pull that makes me yearn to tune in to find out more.
We’re 18 episodes in and it still feels like we’re just scratching the surface.
Let’s put that into the context of “Dressed to Kill.”
I felt just as much for Will and Kira as I did for Chunk, and shouldn’t I feel more? »
- Christine Orlando
On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4 Episode 16, Daisy and Simmons entered the Framework to find and save their friends. This marked the end of the Lmd story arc and the beginning of a new one – Agents of Hydra.
Just as I thought there was no way Lmd could top Ghost Rider, only to almost immediately be proven wrong, it already looks like Agents of Hydra is going to be a wonderfully wild way to end what has been Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best season. (Let's just hope it isn't the last.)
"What If..." was chock full of emotionally draining moments, plenty of disturbing irony, and some surprisingly prescient references to topics currently of heated political debate in the United States
First thing's first: while my confident prediction of Lmd Ward may not have come true, I wasn't entirely wrong either! Does that mean I get half a prize?
That's right, »
- Lee Jutton
When a TV series you like is canceled, it's a horrible, horrible thing. Even though Prison Break was well past its' prime by the time it was banished to Friday nights and subsequently canceled; it was still one of my favorite shows.
It had everything I look for in a TV show: Action, tension, and solid acting. I even rewatched the first four seasons earlier this year to prepare me for the big return.
Unfortunately, Prison Break Season 5 Episode 1 was not the return I was hoping for.
After all these years off the air, I was excited to return to the convoluted world that find Michael Scofield and his family/friends in the most impossible situations.
If you watch Prison Break online, you probably already knew the story was over and that Michael was dead. It was a dire plot that divided fans when the series signed off back in »
- Paul Dailly
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