Sony pulls Kevin Spacey vehicle All The Money In The World from AFI Fest

The growing list of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Kevin Spacey (and his poorly received “apology”) have already started bringing down his acting career, with Netflix firing him from House Of Cards’ final season and abandoning plans for his Gore Vidal biopic, and now Sony Pictures has announced that…

Mark Hamill assures Star Wars fans that Luke Skywalker hasn't turned evil

If the last few trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and at least one preview photo are anything to go by, it seems like Luke Skywalker has been through some shit since we last saw him burning his father’s corpse on the forest moon of Endor while the teddy bears had a party—not counting his brief appearance at the…

RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan picks the 5 best kung fu films for beginners

It’s well documented that RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan is a kung fu aficionado, with the man going so far as to write and direct his own addition to the genre, 2012’s The Man With The Iron Fists. In the video above, we asked RZA to give us the five best kung fu movies for those who are unfamiliar with the genre.

Our film critics dive into Richard Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying

On this episode of Film Club, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talk about Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel (of sorts) to the classic Hal Ashby film The Last Detail. It’s billed as the hangout-flick master’s first proper road movie, a 2003-set drama about three Vietnam veterans…

Andi Mack's Asher Angel to play Billy Batson in the Shazam! movie

Most superhero movies have the same actor play the hero whether they’re in their costume or not, since turning Bruce Wayne into Batman or Clark Kent into Superman simply requires putting on a mask or taking off a pair of glasses, but a fun twist of DC’s Shazam is that he’s a completely different person when he’s not a…

Here's Finn Wolfhard, John Stamos, and "Weird Al" singing songs from Willy Wonka

Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl is occasionally home to very unique and special performances, whether its a live concert from the Muppets, a celebration of the La La Land soundtrack, or something that unexpectedly becomes even more special in retrospect, like Tom Petty’s final concert. This weekend, a bunch of famous…

Will Ferrell reveals pitch for a scrapped Step Brothers sequel

Anyone who has ever watched TV has probably caught a showing of Step Brothers, Adam McKay’s 2008 comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as a pair of frustratingly immature step-siblings who veer wildly between being best friends and mortal enemies, and now Ferrell has shared a story pitch for where a possible …

Richard Linklater takes on war and grief in Last Flag Flying

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The films of Richard Linklater, small miracles of humanism and ambivalence, ask simply, “How do we live? What does it mean? Where did it all go?” Many of them are to some extent about America—the leisurely national pastimes of baseball, conspiracy theory, and drugs—or at least Americans, usually southeast or central…

Laurence Fishburne is working on a secret Marvel project

Laurence Fishburne plays Perry White in the DC movies, but that didn’t stop him from admitting the truth earlier this year when he said that Marvel has been “kicking [DC’s] ass” when it comes to the big screen. As it turns out, Fishburne has been a Marvel fan for a long time, telling Collider that he appreciated how…

Our 10 most anticipated movies at Chicago's brand-new Cinepocalypse festival 

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been rolling out the details on Cinepocalypse, a new genre film festival debuting at Chicago’s beautiful, historic Music Box Theatre. (Seriously, they’ve got an organ player and everything.) Now the time has finally come, and festivities kick off tonight at 8 p.m. with the Midwest…

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Woody Harrelson’s makeup isn’t the worst thing about LBJ

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Rob Reiner’s LBJ hides Woody Harrelson under prosthetics and make-up. The result looks terrible, like a fish-lipped Dick Tracy villain with an elephant’s ears. Is this really supposed to be Lyndon B. Johnson, the guru of Senate politics who misread the first modern primary? The president who created the largest array…

Takashi Miike rings in 100 movies with the garish, gory comic-book fun of Blade Of The Immortal

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Marvel Studios probably won’t be hiring Takashi Miike to direct his take on any of its properties any time soon. But Blade Of The Immortal makes that seem like an exciting idea. Based on a long-running manga series by Hiroaki Samura, Blade Of The Immortal is the prolific Miike’s 100th outing as a director, bringing…

Legion composer Jeff Russo on why there’s still hope for superhero themes

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is as big as it has ever been (with another surefire hit premiering this Friday) but, as the YouTube channel Every Frame A Painting pointed out, the film scores can sometimes be a bit generic. As Legion composer Jeff Russo tells us, these shortcomings are usually not the fault of the…

It’s Thor versus the Justice League, plus 21 other movies coming this November

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every…

Woody Allen was supposed to play clarinet at ousted Amazon exec Roy Price's wedding

In a story that would be kind of wacky and fun if it didn’t concern two awful people, The Hollywood Reporter says that Woody Allen was supposed to play clarinet with his jazz band at the wedding of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price before the allegations about him being a harassing creep came out and his fiancée…

Brett Ratner is "stepping away" from Warner Bros. following harassment accusations

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Times published an exposé in which six actresses (including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge) accused director and producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment and misconduct. Other actresses said that he also tried to proposition them by offering roles in his movies. Warner Bros., which…