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Film Review: 'Star Trek Beyond'

21 July 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

A deep sense of nostalgia bookends the latest entry in the fifty year old Star Trek saga, Beyond. First, nostalgia for Earth (the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are space-weary, having been on an exploratory mission for three years); later, nostalgia for a new adventure (certain mid-movie mishaps forces them into a temporary space vacation, and they long to get back out there). In between lies a half decent action movie with engaging if familiar characters, and just enough action to keep you mostly interested. But even the diehard fans of the series may leave the theater with some wistfulness of their own—longing perhaps for the days of J.J. Abrams, when the films really dared go where they had not before.

To its credit, Star Trek Beyond strives hard, successfully, to feel more like an extended episode of the TV show than a modern, soapy Hollywood blockbuster. »

- J Don Birnam

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The Best and Worst Movie Presidents

21 July 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

We could all use a bit of a break from the madness that is the current election cycle, and what better way than to escape into a movie? Fandango polled over a thousand fans about their favorite fictional U.S. presidents and the results are pretty great. 1. Harrison Ford (President James Marshall), Air Force One 2. Morgan Freeman (President Tom Beck), Deep Impact 3. Michael Douglas (President Andrew Shepherd), The American President 4. Bill Pullman (President Thomas J. Whitmore),...

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The Best and Worst Movie Presidents

20 July 2016 7:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The current political climate in the U.S. is, to put it nicely, insane. It doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're on. It doesn't matter who you're voting for. It doesn't even matter if you're eligible to vote. 2016 is simply a crazy, unpredictable year for politics. We could all use a bit of a break from the madness that is the current election cycle, and what better way than to escape into a movie? Fandango polled over a thousand fans about their favorite fictional U.S. presidents and the results are kind of great.   1. Harrison Ford (President James Marshall), Air Force One 2. Morgan Freeman (President Tom Beck), Deep Impact 3. Michael Douglas (President Andrew Shepherd), The American President 4. Bill Pullman (President Thomas J...

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- Peter Hall

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Which Movie President Would You Vote For? — Critics Survey

19 July 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: As you may be aware, America is fixing to elect a new President later this year. If you could cast your vote this November for any movie President (real or fictional), who would it be and why?

Christopher Campbell (@thefilmcynic), Nonfics/Film School Rejects

If I had to choose fictional, I’d go with Jackson Evans in “The Contender.” He comes off as so perfect that he’s clearly just a product of the movies. But I can choose someone real, so I go with the John F. Kennedy of “Primary” and “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment” (and the Drew »

- David Ehrlich

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‘The Leftovers’ Secret Weapon: How Mimi Leder Revamped Season 2

24 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mimi Leder can direct the shit out of anything.”

That’s Justin Theroux describing his showrunning director on “The Leftovers,” but it’s also as close as an opinion can come to being factual — and one supported by this critic. A helmer of giant blockbusters (like “Deep Impact”) and intimate dramas (like “The West Wing”), Leder expertly transformed Damon Lindelof’s wild words — “He has a lot of huevos,” Leder said — into a unique vision that brought them to life like no one else could. And she did it with incredible insight into everything from what makes each character tick to what the audience needed to see in order to access those characters.

Speaking to Indiewire shortly before starting production on Season 3, Leder dug into how the series developed over its first two seasons, what she brought to the table as a director and why one big scene didn’t »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Leftovers’ Secret Weapon: How Mimi Leder Revamped Season 2

24 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Mimi Leder can direct the shit out of anything.”

That’s Justin Theroux describing his showrunning director on “The Leftovers,” but it’s also as close as an opinion can come to being factual — and one supported by this critic. A helmer of giant blockbusters (like “Deep Impact”) and intimate dramas (like “The West Wing”), Leder expertly transformed Damon Lindelof’s wild words — “He has a lot of huevos,” Leder said — into a unique vision that brought them to life like no one else could. And she did it with incredible insight into everything from what makes each character tick to what the audience needed to see in order to access those characters.

Speaking to Indiewire shortly before starting production on Season 3, Leder dug into how the series developed over its first two seasons, what she brought to the table as a director and why one big scene didn’t »

- Ben Travers

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Alicia Vikander & Emma Stone eyed for dueling Agatha Christie biopics

23 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Dueling film projects are nothing new in Hollywood. It happened with Armageddon and Deep Impact, White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen, and I've lost count of how many Robin Hood movies are currently in the works. Now THR is reporting that Sony and Paramount are both developing biopics about acclaimed mystery author Agatha Christie. According to the site, Sony is wooing Alicia Vikander to play a... Read More »

- Jesse Giroux

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Match the blockbuster destruction to the movie – quiz

21 June 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

With aliens returning to Earth for more city-crushing chaos in this week’s belated sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, how well do you know other scenes of wanton carnage?

San Andreas

Pacific Rim

Final Destination 5

Terminator: Salvation

The Day After Tomorrow


Deep Impact



Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Battle Los Angeles

War of the Worlds

The Dark Knight Rises


Man of Steel


The Avengers

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Captain America: Civil War


The Core

World War Z

Mars Attacks!

Fast & Furious 6

A Good Day to Die Hard

Die Hard 4.0

Fast & Furious 7

Dante's Peak

Independence Day


London Has Fallen


Die Hard

Hollow Man

Mission: Impossible

Thor: The Dark World

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Guardians of the Galaxy

Star Trek Into Darkness

7 and above.

You're safe in a bunker!

0 and above.

You're a disaster

4 and above.

You're the »

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10 Must-Listen Podcast Episodes from 2016 So Far

14 June 2016 10:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Maybe you’re a podcast obsessive, filling every spare moment of your commute to catch up on your favorites. Or a single-subject listener, only keeping up with a subject or issue that means most to you. The beauty of podcasts is that they can cater to completists and dabblers alike.

Regardless of your preferred way to enjoy these stories and conversations, it can be daunting to track the latest from every show. To highlight some of the year’s best, here are 10 quality episodes we suggest adding to your listening queue.

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – 1. Ron Paul’s Baby

Airdate: March 15th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: In all its various broadcast homes, “The Chris Gethard Show” has been one of the most thrilling weekly experiments on TV. So it makes sense that a Gethard-hosted podcast would have the same comedic blend of empathy and honesty. The show is built on conversations between Gethard and anonymous callers, governed only by two rules: the phone line closes after an hour, but Gethard can’t hang up before then. The host has a keen sense for the unspoken questions, the topics that each caller wants to discuss but can’t quite figure out how to broach. Not afraid to let callers turn the questions onto him, these talks have a way of culminating in a common understanding between strangers, which can be as therapeutic for a listener as it is for the two parties involved. And there’s no better place to start than the premiere, which ends with a moment so cathartic, it’ll make you an instant fan of both the individuals involved.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “2. Passport, Exodus,” “4. The Most Amazing Destruction”


Embedded – The House

Airdate: March 30th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: As an NPR production, Kelly McEvers and the staff of “Embedded” demonstrate one of the essential values of great journalism: the power to use specific stories to generate empathy for groups of people often discussed in the abstract. “Embedded” is a ground-up approach to documenting various cross-sections of communities, highlighting the individuals to present an alternative to the group characterization that often befalls them. The premiere episode finds McEvers profiling the residents of a shared home in Austin, Indiana, where opioids have become an inescapable addiction for its residence. The details are stark, unsettling and unadorned. Perhaps the best proof of the value of a show like “Embedded” is that the people at the center of these stories don’t end after a half hour: an Austin resident was the subject of their first follow-up story.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “The League”


Extra Hot Great – 114: Blindly Watching Game of Thrones

Airdate: April 26th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Extra Hot Great has been offering its special brand of TV observations over multiple podcast feed and co-host roster iterations. Now well past 100 episodes into its resurrection, the television discussion show has refined its dependable format, complete with a weekly consideration of a TV episode for induction in their Canon (spoiler alert: they don’t always make it, as is the case with the “30 Rock” episode discussed here). But what sets #114 apart is the episode’s installment of the weekly Game Time feature. The gang plays an round of a listener-submitted game called TV Typos (basically, the round-robin game show version of #ChangeALetterRuinATVShow). What follows is 25 minutes of brilliant, dumb wordplay with enough built-in momentum to have each co-host sobbing by the end. It’s a testament to the co-host’s deep bench of TV minutiae that they’re able to anticipate some of these before they come. The seconds between when you can tell they have the answers and the moment they give them are some of the simplest joys you’ll find anywhere.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “75: Ew Detective,” “103: The People Vs. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “105: Ringing in a New Season of Better Call Saul


I Was There Too – Raiders of the Lost Ark with Martin Casella

Airdate: February 16th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Matt Gourley’s interview show takes a biweekly look at the actors on the periphery of some of most beloved films of the past few decades. While the actor interviews give some choice fly-on-the-wall observations from set, the show’s most compelling episode this year is the talk with Martin Casella, who served as Steven Spielberg’s assistant during the production of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” From impromptu costume decisions to the director’s TV viewing and nutritional regimens, this firsthand account adds a new angle to an established classic. (And for anyone who’s ever obsessed over an Indiana Jones costume, Jeremy Carter’s post-interview discussion of the search for the perfect Indy leather jacket might do the same.)

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Field of Dreams with Dwier Brown,” “Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried


Keepin’ It 1600 – Ep. 7: Cruz-Kasich Alliance and Special Guest Jon Lovett

Airdate: May 6th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amidst an election season that’s alternated between chaotic and soul-crushing in equal measure, it’s been fascinating to filter each week’s craziness through the perspective of two individuals who’ve been buried deep within the past two major presidential cycles. Former speechwriter Jon Favreau and Strategy and Communications Advisor Dan Pfeiffer (both of whom worked on President Obama’s national campaigns and in the White House) are each invested insiders and passionate outside observers of 2016’s descent into madness. A weekly look at the current state of political media, it’s also a dependable repository for great White House anecdotes. Alongside fellow former speechwriter Jon Lovett, the show’s seventh episode featured the trio recounting the choicest lines from the President’s various Correspondents Dinner appearances (particularly those delivered in the immediate wake of ordering the Bin Laden compound strike).

Listen to These Episodes Next: “Ep. 1: Drumpf and the Media and Rubio’s Missteps,” “Ep. 5: Bill Clinton’s Finger-Wagging and Special Guest Kal Penn,” “Ep. 9: ‘Meet the Press’ Host Chuck Todd, Drumpf’s ‘Pivot,’ Polling Mayhem, and More”


Modern Love – 3: Not So Simple Math

Airdate: January 28th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Sarah Paulson’s central role as Marcia Clark was one of the main reasons the “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” grabbed the public’s attention in the year’s early months. But Paulson also gave another 2016-best performance in a venue where no one could see her face. Wbur’s Modern Love enlists notable performers like Paulson to perform entries from the regular New York Times column that highlights love in all its forms. Paulson reads Amy Seek’s story of navigating an open adoption with a gentleness that conveys the underlying heartbreak without being manipulative. While other episodes usually succeed on the strength of the performance, this one features a conversation with Seek herself, whose recollection of the events she details in her piece and the six years since is a powerful addendum to a story beautifully told.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “7: In Darkness and In Light,” “9: Seesawing Libidos”


More Perfect – Cruel and Unusual

Airdate: June 1st

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Some of the best new podcasts of the year have focused on institutions, whether they’re more abstract (American Public Media’s The Uncertain Hour focuses on policies and practice within America’s welfare system) or more defined, as with More Perfect’s close examination of the Supreme Court. In its pilot episode, this Radiolab presentation trains its microphones on the pivotal individuals at the center of multiple states’ capital punishment programs. Layered with the trademark attention to atmospheric sound design that makes its parent podcast such a reliable listen, More Perfect should provide a healthy perspective amidst a judicial branch currently in flux.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Once you’ve listened to this and Episode 2, “The Political Thicket,” go back and listen to the Podcast Hall-of-Fame-worthy Radiolab episode “Stochasticity.”


Reply All – #64-67: On the Inside

Airdate: May 11th-June 9th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: This Gimlet show has been the best podcast in existence for the better part of a year now, so to pick just one standout episode is particularly difficult. But the edge goes to the four-episode arc centered on Paul Modrowski, whose blog written from inside prison (where he’s currently serving a life sentence) first attracted the attention of producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni last year. What begins as an investigation of the logistics behind the posting of Modrowski’s expansive online diary eventually uncovers questions surrounding his incarceration. Like the best true crime stories, it balances the details of the central murder cases with a careful consideration of the individuals who allegedly inhabited its timeline. Most popular true crime podcasts keep the perspective of a single narrator, but Pinnamaneni sprinkles in just enough input from regular hosts Alex Goldman and Pj Vogt to add a conversational, illustrative layer to Modrowski’s story. Pinnamaneni’s reporting is extensive and forthright, the kind that will make you want to do your own outside research as soon as the last chapter ends.

Listen to These Episodes Next: “#3 We Know What You Did,” “#44 Shine on You Crazy Goldman,” “#56 Zardulu”


Skillset – #3: This is Bringing Up Weird Feelings for Me

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Amy Nicholson’s first-person podcast for MTV News is an intriguing blend of below-the-line education and critical insight. Between her forgotten film history written intros and the specificity of her interview subjects, Nicholson helps Skillset feel more like a series of audio profiles than regular taped conversations. These episodes highlight movies not just as a vital art form, but a gateway to the rest of what the world has to offer. (How many other film podcasts would have jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire as their inaugural guest?) This particular episode features a window into the practical, unenhanced feline training that let the cats of “Keanu” steal the spotlight against some comedic heavyweights. And if you’re wondering what a real punk band thought of Jeremy Saulnier’s latest genre triumph “Green Room,” Nicholson enlists The Muffs for some authentic opinions. It’s this kind of extra-layer digging that has this fresh batch of MTV shows (“The Stakes” takes a similarly fascinating route to addressing the unspoken side of politics) already off and running at full speed.

Listen to These Episodes Next: All six episodes so far all have quality hooks, but the Sharlto Copley episode from the pilot is particularly worth a listen.


Start Up – Season 3, Episode 4: Dear Music Fans…

Airdate: May 12th

Why It’s Worth the Listen: Season 1 of Start Up was a rare glimpse inside the creation of its podcasting parent company Gimlet Media, right as the medium was becoming mainstream. Season 2 stayed nested inside a company’s origin story, this time as an outside observer of a dating site’s early months. For their most recent set of episodes, Start Up managed to compress the roller coaster of entrepreneurship in a more compact form. Profiling the unexpected rise and publicly unceremonious end of Grooveshark, Eric Mennel reports on the music streaming site’s early troubles, serendipitous success and eventual replacement in the entrepreneurial space. It’s a familiar arc for the biographies of these kinds of businesses, but through the Start Up lens, these triumphs and tragedies reach further toward each pole than you might expect.

Listen to These Episodes Next: Season 1 launched the entire company, but Season 2’s 10-episode arc on Dating Ring is still great.


Honorable Listens also highly worthy of your time: the aforementioned The Uncertain Hour and The Stakes; 99% Invisible’s ode to trash truck tunes; Mortified’s tale of pining after the vice principal;  Lauren Lapkus helps to tackle kids’ impossible questions on The Longest Shortest Time; Candidate Confessional talks to the recipient of one of local politics’ most infamous viral booing sessions; Five Thirty Eight Politics’ audio doc on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright week of the ’08 presidential campaign; the episode of the Washington Post’s Presidential that proves James Monroe was everywhere in early American history; Making the Sausage’s in-depth conversation about music licensing; The First Annual Blank Check Awards (one of the best 2015 year-end wrap-ups you’ll hear); the ongoing You Must Remember This series chronicling the Hollywood Blacklist is a given for a list like this; The Dollop’s overview of the truly unbelievable Fed Ex Flight 705; Buzzfeed’s Internet Explorer compendium of workplace email/chat catastrophes; You’re the Expert’s hilarious panel show with a leading psychologist who studies nightmares; the Planet Money profile of an infuriating-yet-textbook Internet scamming scheme; The Memory Palace’s cryptic look at an American pariah-turned-wrestler; a careful consideration of the future of animation/CGI via Fighting in the War Room; The Gist and Chris Molanphy remember Prince.

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- Steve Greene

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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ Trailer Builds Buzz for Thriller

13 June 2016 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix continues to double down on original content, and the streaming service’s upcoming horror thriller “Stranger Things” blew up on social thanks to a creepy new trailer.

The trailer generated more than one million engagements across digital platforms,  1.5 million views on YouTube and 1.8 million views on Facebook this week, drawing comparisons to Spielberg and classic ‘80s science fiction thrillers.

HBO had a strong showing as well, with “Game of Thrones” generating 11.6 million engagements, thanks in part to one clip of a plot-twisting reveal earning a higher than average 1.8 million views on Facebook alone. Look for “Game of Thrones” to increase in the rankings as the season finale approaches on June 26.

Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar – TV measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar – TV, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) – TV Broadcast Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 America’s Got Talent 55,217 2 2 The Voice 13,778 3 3 Kitchen Nightmares 7,407 4 4 America’s Funniest Home Videos 2,434 5 6 Ninja Warrior 1,855 6 – This Old House 1,811 7 5 Empire 1,466 8 8 American Idol 1,454 9 – So You Think You Can Dance 1,025 10 9 The Simpsons 857 –

Cable/Streaming Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 Dance Moms 12,755 2 2 Game of Thrones 11,606 3 6 Pretty Little Liars 7,771 4 5 Lip Sync Battle 7,496 5 3 Top Gear 6,999 6 – Key & Peele 6,420 7 7 Impact Wrestling 3,026 8 8 Jay Leno’s Garage 2,877 9 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians 2,781 10 9 Impractical Jokers 2,194 –

Late Night Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 54,613 2 3 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 31,394 3 2 The Late Late Show With James Corden 29,218 4 4 Conan 17,677 5 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 12,009 –

Trending Monday Jun 6, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016 Program Rating(000) % Change Sex and the City 135 +44,775% Stranger Things 1,301 +35,845% F*uck, That’s Delicious 161 +33,997%


Jason Klein is the Co-Founder and Co-ceo of ListenFirst Media, a data and analytics company providing insights for brands. ListenFirst aggregates data streams from a wide range of digital, social, and traditional marketing sources to help brands optimize business performance.


ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television are a raw aggregate of daily engagements based on owned, earned and organic consumer behavior on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Wikipedia and YouTube. These engagements encompass metrics pertaining to audience growth, page/profile views, page-level and post-level interactions, hashtag volume and Wikipedia page views for all television program pages (which provides a proxy for organic search volume).

Organic conversation volume is calculated based on the use of official hashtags, as well as those hashtags submitted directly from programmers and distributors. Only hashtags where conversation can be isolated to a specific television program are included in the rating.

The Variety weekly leaderboards for television represent the 7-day (Monday – Sunday) sum total of Dar – TV for all episodic programming, in and out of season, from the most popular programmers (Broadcast, Cable, & Streaming Services). Sports, live events, short-form content and other non-episodic programming are excluded from this ranking cohort but available to be rated directly by ListenFirst Media.

The Broadcast and Cable/Streaming Originals leaderboards each surface the respective top ten primetime programs. The Late Night leaderboard surfaces the top five late night / variety genre programs, from across the programming universe. Streaming Originals are considered primetime cable programming.

The Trending Leaderboard surfaces the three programs that tracked the largest relative growth in Dar – TV (from the previous 7-day measurement period), and are also in the top 25% based on absolute Dar – TV, from across the programming universe.

ListenFirst monitors the official digital account owned by the program on each aforementioned platform (except for Wikipedia, where the title-specific profile is considered official). Only the U.S. version of a program’s digital presence is monitored; for platforms that support regional profiles like Facebook, the “Global” profile is considered the U.S. profile. Only profiles that can be attributed to the specific program contribute to the rating (i.e. engagements that happen on the profile are tracked, while engagements that happen on are not). For YouTube, in addition to any program-specific presence, content related to the program in question that originated on the parent company’s official YouTube channel is considered.

Note: Twitter data has been removed from Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) for Television as of 10/7/2014.

For other questions pertaining to methodology, contact ListenFirst Media.


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Episode 172 – Michael Bay’s Armageddon

4 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee, Ryan Gallagher, and James McCormick to discuss Michael Bay’s Armageddon.

About the film:

Bruce Willis and an all-star cast of roughneck oil drillers blast off on a mission to save the planet in Michael Bay’s doomsday space epic.

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Episode Links:

Armageddon (1998) – The Criterion Collection Armageddon – From the Current – The Criterion Collection Armageddon (1998) – IMDb Armageddon (1998 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bay Watch – Film Comment Michael Bay – What is Bayhem? Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy: Review: Armageddon Deep Impact Opens Before Armageddon, May 8, 1998 | Collider The Criterion Contraption: #40: Armageddon Criterion’s Little Fuck-Ups | Vice Michael Bay >> Criterion’s Peter Becker Defends Armageddon Transformers: The Premake (a desktop documentary)

Episode Credits:

Scott Nye (Twitter / Battleship Pretension) Ryan Gallagher (Twitter) David Blakeslee (Twitter / Criterion »

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Best of the Week: from Cannes Awards to Weekend Box Office

29 May 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Arthouse Audit: Openers Struggle as ‘Love & Friendship’ and ‘The Lobster’ Flourish

Box Office Preview: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Set to Crush ‘Alice’ Sequel

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Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ and Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Get Oscar-Friendly Release Dates

The 12 Hottest Box Office Prospects Coming Out of Cannes

How Miranda Otto Dug Into the Juiciest Women’s Role on Television 

How George Miller’s Competition Jury Picked the Cannes Winners —and Losers

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- Anne Thompson

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Is Andy Serkis' Jungle Book the next Volcano or Deep Impact?

18 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jon Favreau's Jungle Book for Disney is both a critical and financial success, with a 95% fresh rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and earning $830 million in global box office sales. In what we can only imagine is related news, the competing Warner Brothers Jungle Book movie from director Andy Serkis has been pushed back by a year to 2018. Serkis has been talking about the film recently, saying that what will distinguish their film is that it will be "darker" in tone. If you've seen Disney's Jungle Book then you may have noted that there are some genuinely grim and scary moments, particularly for children. Serkis said that his film would be far more aimed at adults, more along the lines of a Planet of the Apes movie. Yet, he also mentioned that it's sometimes beneficial to scare children. I love Serkis and can't wait to see what he does as a director, »

- Roth Cornet

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Matthew Broderick: ‘Morgan Freeman Doesn’t Sound Like God, God Sounds Like Morgan Freeman’

26 April 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Morgan Freeman was hailed as a cinematic icon and the inspiration for President Barack Obama’s political career at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award ceremony on Monday.

The gathering, a champagne soaked affair that brought out one percenters, cinephiles, and A-list talents such as Helen Mirren and Matthew Broderick, veered briefly away from film projects and into the current political landscape.

In toasting the Oscar-winner, Robert De Niro joked that Freeman’s deft handling of an asteroid on a collision course with earth inspired the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to seek higher office.

“In 1998 he played President Beck in the movie ‘Deep Impact.’ Morgan’s movie performance was an inspiration for the young Barack Obama,” De Niro joked to the audience. “According to reports, after seeing the film Barack turned to his friends in Kenya and said I want to be president, too. If only I had a birth certificate. »

- Katie Van-Syckle

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Will Ferrell Gets Behind Wheel For One Of Two Competing Uber Movies

25 April 2016 1:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Hollywood’s longstanding case of double vision took another turn over the weekend, when The Hollywood Reporter revealed Zoolander 2 actor Will Ferrell became attached to one of two competing Uber-themed comedies.

It appears that both Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox are overseeing early plans for two likeminded projects revolving around the popular and now international taxi service. Both deals were said to be relatively high-profile – in the six-figure ballpark – and closed within a day of each other.

As one would expect, each centers on an unassuming Uber driver who picks up a passenger that turns their night on its head. Fox’s script, for instance, was penned by Tripper Clancy, and takes place across the duration of one night – and one prolonged taxi fare – as said driver collects a “grizzled cop working the most dangerous case of his career.”

On the other hand, it is Universal’s Uber-themed »

- Michael Briers

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NYC Weekend Watch: Fassbinder Favorites, Buñuel, Queer Cinema, King Hu & More

22 April 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.


You’ve read of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s ten favorite films — now you can see them. The German titan’s beloved titles are celebrated in a new series: Johnny Guitar screens this Friday; Saturday offers Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Night of the Hunter, and the rarely seen The Red Snowball Tree; on Sunday, one can »

- Nick Newman

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Does Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ Success Spell Trouble for Warner Bros. Version?

17 April 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the battle between the two “Jungle Book” movies, Disney appears to have the upper hand.

The studio just enjoyed a massive $103.6 million opening weekend for its live-action update of its 1967 animated classic and is already hard at work on a sequel that would bring back director Jon Favreau and focus on more of Mowgli’s adventures. Warner Bros. won’t counter with its own version of the Rudyard Kipling tales until 2018, 30 months after the Disney version took multiplexes by storm.

Warner Bros. has to be really concerned,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “It could spell disaster.”

The history of competing studio projects with similar story lines is nearly as old as the movie business itself. Think of how 1938’s “Jezebel” and 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” pitted two scheming Southern belles (Bette Davis and Vivian Leigh) against each other, or when 1964’s “Dr. Strangelove” and the »

- Brent Lang

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Jaws Sequels Coming to Blu-ray, Special Features & Cover Art Revealed

8 April 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This summer, fans of the Jaws franchise will have three big reasons to choose the couch over the beach, as Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge on respective Blu-rays.

All three Jaws sequels hit Blu-ray on June 14th, and we have a look at their special features details (courtesy of and cover art (via Amazon) below. Will you be adding these films to your home media collection? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jaws 2: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Jaws 2 surfaces from the deep with even more terror and suspense! The resort town of Amity is still recovering from the events of Jaws four years earlier when Police Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) receives disturbing news of fresh attacks. As Brody tries to convince the locals of the nearby threat, »

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Warner Bros. Delays Andy Serkis' 'Jungle Book' Movie But Pulls 'Wonder Woman' Closer

6 April 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Dueling movies are nothing new in Hollywood. They long predated the '90s, but the go-to reference always seems to be Deep Impact and Armageddon or Volcano and Dante's Peak. They aren't movies that actually opened against each other, but they tackled similar enough material close enough together that they became inextricably linked for all of pop culture history. A new generation was about to get their own movie duel thanks to rival Jungle Book movies coming from Disney and Warner Bros., but now that fight has been postponed quite a bit. No, Disney hasn't suddenly freaked out and pulled Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book (pictured above). The movie, which hits theaters on April 15, 2016, is already getting a ton of buzz. The cast is incredible, the trailers...

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10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Stream in April

1 April 2016 6:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

They say that April showers bring May flowers, but this month is bringing a veritable downpour of excellent things to stream. The eagerly anticipated second seasons of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Amazon's Catastrophe top the list of new arrivals; on the film front, we've got a high-school thriller for the ages and a gangster saga worthy of The Godfather. Here are our picks for the 10 best things to queue from your couch this month. 

Breathe (Netflix, 4/1)

American viewers might know her best as the girl who burned down the »

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