Gal Gadot reportedly won't make Wonder Woman 2 unless WB cuts Brett Ratner out

According to a source for Page Six, Gal Gadot has put her foot down and informed Warner Bros. that she won’t make Wonder Woman 2 unless the studio cuts alleged sexual harasser Brett Ratner and his RatPac-Dune Entertainment production company out of the project. Ratner and his company helped finance the first Wonder…

Frances McDormand isn't explaining herself in an exclusive clip from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

One of the pleasures of Martin McDonaugh’s new drama, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is getting to see Frances McDormand spar with just about every other actor on screen. McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a bereaved mother waging war on the small-town police department that’s failed to solve her daughter’s…

The Marvel universe's heroes are basically movie stars with superpowers

From Iron Man on, the gajillion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe has toyed with portraying its characters as A-list and B-list celebrities or even actors cast in roles—a Hollywoodian fantasy where superheroes go to lunch, get asked for autographs, mingle at after-parties. (Avengers Tower is supposed to be in Midtown…

Daddy’s Home 2 doubles the daddies, but not the laughs

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And so, the Daddy’s Home saga continues. Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell), the sensitive daddy, is now best buds with his wife’s ex-husband, Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg), the cool daddy, and all is almost right in the decked halls of the perfect American McMansion. But as prophesied in the sequel’s ominous tagline (“More…

Harry Potter fans can blow their New Year's Day watching the whole series on HBO

New Year’s Eve is all about getting dressed up, putting on a sparkly hat, and getting so drunk that you don’t mind watching several hours of Anderson Cooper or Ryan Seacrest on TV, but New Year’s Day is about groggily rolling out of bed, pushing aside all of the previous night’s detritus, and either going for a…

Rian Johnson is developing a whole new Star Wars trilogy

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi won’t be in theaters until next month, but Lucasfilm is apparently so happy with the movie that it has just announced that it’s letting Johnson create a brand new Star Wars trilogy of his very own. He’ll write and direct the first installment, like he did with The Last Jedi, and…

A real-life Irish massacre offers brutal facts, but little mystery, in Alex Gibney's No Stone Unturned

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In June of 1994, masked gunmen entered a pub in the tiny Northern Ireland town of Loughinisland, spraying the patrons with assault-rifle fire, killing six. It was a remarkable act partly because of how unsurprising it was: The charmingly named “Troubles” of Northern Ireland—three decades of bloody, brutal civil war,…

The unpredictable Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri pits Frances McDormand against the world

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On a lonely backstretch of road largely unused since the highway was built, a message appears in big black letters, spread across three bright red canvases. “Raped While Dying,” the first reads. “And Still No Arrests?” goes the second. And finally: “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” This is the doing of one Mildred Hayes…

Kong: Skull Island writer and director reuniting for Metal Gear Solid movie

Way back in 2014, years before he directed Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts was attached to direct a movie version of Metal Gear Solid, the first game in what is arguably the greatest video game series of all time for people who like walking tanks, global conspiracies, elderly terrorists who dress like…

Kevin Spacey to be replaced by Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World

In a move that makes it pretty obvious just how poisonous Kevin Spacey has become since the allegations about him sexually assaulting underage boys came out, Ridley Scott and Imperative Entertainment have decided to completely remove Spacey from All The Money In The World, a movie that was not only finished, but also …

A perfect mystery jumps the rails in the star-studded Murder On The Orient Express

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Shot on 65mm, the new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic Murder On The Orient Express is diverting and glitzy; one should expect no less from a locked-room mystery set on board a luxury train in the mid-1930s. But suspense remains a foreign concept for actor-director Kenneth Branagh. His erratic direction—more…

Real emotions battle a muddled metaphor in the campus Carrie riff Thelma

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From a wide, overhead vantage, they look almost like insects, scuttling busily across the campus courtyard. Then the camera slowly zooms closer, and one student among many draws the eyes, as surely as Gene Hackman did in the similarly voyeuristic opening minutes of The Conversation. She is Thelma (Eili Harboe), and…

These baby Porgs are probably a delicacy to some freak in the Star Wars universe

We still don’t know very much about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to the extent that Mark Hamill recently had to assure everyone that Luke Skywalker hasn’t turned evil, but one thing is clear to all but the most obstinate Star Wars fan: Porgs are great. The little space penguins that hang out on Luke’s island walk the…

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…

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