Toby Jones is a real mama's boy in an exclusive trailer for trippy thriller Kaleidescope

British character actor Toby Jones has made a carer out of playing odd little men in films from Orlando to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But for Kaleidoscope, a new psychological thriller directed by Jones’ brother Rupert, Toby returns to the trippy art-horror well from which he drew one of his most acclaimed…

Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam might be introduced in Suicide Squad 2

We’ve been waiting a long time to see Dwayne Johnson finally join the superhero movie world as Black Adam, but at least the movie about his longtime nemesis Shazam is moving forward. That means it shouldn’t be too much longer before we get to see The Rock slipping into some black tights and roasting some dudes with…

Oliver Stone responds to our Oliver Stone piece in thoroughly Oliver Stone fashion

About a week ago, I published the article “Oliver Stone’s JFK Made Me A Creepy Kid, And Now A Disappointed Adult.” In it, I wrote about my teen years as a “JFK assassination buff,” a nascent fascination that Stone’s 1991 film stoked into a slightly morbid obsession. It was a piece about how my adolescent hours of…

Ben Affleck says he'll donate future Weinstein residuals to charity

A lot of big names in Hollywood can credit their success to financial support from Harvey Weinstein, but with the magnitude of allegations against Weinstein threatening to sink anyone and everyone associated with him, some of these big names are making an effort to jettison any connection they have to Weinstein. Last…

Amid pressure from critics, Disney ends its ban on the L.A. Times 

Amid a growing number of critics’ groups and publications—including The A.V. Club—announcing their own boycotts of Disney films in solidarity, The New York Times reports that Disney has lifted its ban on The L.A. Times. The studio says in a statement, “we’ve had productive discussions with the newly installed…

The A.V. Club will no longer attend Disney press screenings until the L.A. Times can

This afternoon, Alyssa Rosenberg announced in The Washington Post that she will no longer attend advance screenings of any Disney-released films, including those from Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar. Her boycott is an expression of solidarity with The Los Angeles Times, whom Disney recently banned from all advance…

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…

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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…