The best film scenes of 2017

Ryan Gosling slugging it out with Harrison Ford in a ballroom of holograms. Saoirse Ronan defiantly rolling out of a moving vehicle. Soldiers sitting like ducks on a beach as a German fighter plane dives menacingly out of the sky. All of the above momentsā€”and a couple dozen more besidesā€”would have made fine additionsā€¦

Warner Bros. settles crazy Conjuring lawsuit in very boring way

Earlier this year, an author named Gerald Brittle filed a fascinating lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the Conjuring movies, claiming that he owned the exclusive rights to the stories of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren because they had agreed to sign over the rights in 1980 when he was writing a bookā€¦

Actual space people will be getting a special screening of Star Wars:Ā The Last Jedi

Very few people can relate to the characters in Star Wars like the astronauts working on the International Space Station can. After all, theyā€™re the closest thing our universe has to the space-faring adventurers of the Rebel Alliance, since they also live among the stars and believe in an invisible Force thatā€¦

Die Hard, Titanic, The Goonies, and more added to the National Film Registry

The 2017 edition of the National Film Registryā€™s annual list of films to be saved first should American culture catch on fireā€”a joke we make every year, and which feels a little more prescient every timeā€”was released earlier today. And, as usual, it stands astride the worlds of populist entertainment and rarefiedā€¦

The mediocre FerdinandĀ mostly fails to bring a beloved kid-lit bestseller to life

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The childrenā€™s book The Story Of Ferdinand was a commercial success upon publication in 1936, outselling Gone With The Wind to become the No. 1 bestseller in the United States. Written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, the book follows a peaceful bull who would rather smell flowers than battle matadors,ā€¦

Woody Harrelson might reunite with Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer for Venom

Star Tom Hardy recently confirmed that the Venom movie heā€™s starring in will be based on the Lethal Protector miniseries from the ā€˜90s in which longtime Spider-Man villain Venomā€”the Eddie Brock flavor, for people who know the different Venomsā€”briefly moves to San Francisco and becomes an anti-hero. Now, we know oneā€¦

Jennifer Lawrence to play famous murderer for Call Me By Your Name director

According to Variety, Jennifer Lawrence has signed on to star in Burial Rites, a new film from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. The movie is based on Hannah Kentā€™s 2013 novel of the same name, which Variety says is about Agnes Magnusdottir, ā€œthe last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830.ā€ā€¦

LAPD opens new investigation into rape claims against Roman Polanski

According to the Associated Press, the LAPD has confirmed that it has opened a new investigation into Roman Polanski after a woman came forward with accusations that he raped her in 1975 when she was 10 years old. The statute of limitations on the allegations ran out a long time ago, though, so the LAPD canā€™t chargeā€¦

New database lets you check if a movie features someone accused of sexual misconduct

Itā€™s becoming difficult to keep track of which movies and TV shows include cast and crew members who have been accused of sexual misconduct, especially since more and more famous people are now facing allegations, but a new site called Rotten Apples is looking to ā€œdrive awareness of just how pervasive sexualā€¦

Errol Morris boldly mixes nonfiction and fiction to tackle the unsolved mystery of Wormwood

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It seems absurd now, but back in 1988, when Errol Morrisā€™ landmark true-crime documentary The Thin Blue Line was released, purists were up in arms about the filmā€™s use of dramatic re-creations. Nobody could possibly have mistaken those impressionistic, essentially dialogue-free sequences for a record of what actuallyā€¦

Guillermo Del Toro developing a remake of '40s carnival noir Nightmare Alley

Guillermo Del Toro just dropped The Shape Of Water, one of his most critically acclaimed movies in years, but he seems like the sort of guy who enjoys having a huge stack of things to work on at all times. So, according to Variety, he has already lined up one of his many future projects: A remake of the 1947ā€¦

The Last Jedi locates that middle-chapter,Ā Empire Strikes Back mojo

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Early into The Last Jedi, the zippy, operatic, and occasionally exhilarating new Star Wars movie, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) smashes his helmet into pieces. Itā€™s chiefly a symbolic act: Kylo, who established his volcanic temper as the formidable new heavy of The Force Awakens, is determined to ā€œlet the past dieā€ā€”to emergeā€¦

Japanese Black Panther trailer holds the world's secret supply of new footageĀ 

The most recent trailer for Ryan Cooglerā€™s Black Panther movie was very cool (and not just because of literally everything about Michael B. Jordanā€™s character). That was almost two months ago, though, and the movie doesnā€™t come out until February, so people might be getting a little antsy for more awesome Blackā€¦

Assassins and biopics dominate this year's Black List of unproduced screenplaysĀ 

A teenager befriends a cranky professor who has been hired to help her pass seventh grade, a rookie space trooper has to survive on an alien planet as her power suit begins running out of batteries, a manā€™s hallucinations are actually visions of a past life, a stripper is somehow the perfect candidate for a supercopā€¦

Is Phantom Thread a fitting farewell forĀ Daniel Day-Lewis?

A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky are back with another edition of Film Club discussing the second collaboration between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread, a tastefully crafted, intimate love story set against the London fashion scene of the 1950s, andā€¦

Seth Rogen to play Walter Cronkite in new David Gordon Green drama

Seth Rogen is best known for starring in stoner comedies and having a divisive laugh, but heā€™s going to give drama another try for Newsflash, a new film written by Ben Jacoby and directed by David Gordon Green. Rogen will be playing iconic newsman Walter Cronkite, with the story taking place on November 22, 1963, asā€¦

Creed 2 gets a new director with Steven Caple Jr. replacing Sylvester Stallone

According to Variety, The Land director Steven Caple Jr. has stepped in to direct Creed 2, with original Creed director Ryan Coogler stepping back to an executive producer role as he wraps up Black Panther. Back in October, Sylvester Stalloneā€”who appeared in the previous movie and co-wrote the sequelā€™s scriptā€”claimedā€¦

Big Little Lies and The Shape Of Water lead this year's Golden Globe nominations

Earlier this morning, presenters Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stoneā€”paragons of professionalism allā€”were on hand to announce the nominees for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m. PT while the hills around them burned.

Sophie Turner had to give up partying for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Being a famous Game Of Thrones actor who gets the call to play a major comic book hero in a long-running movie series may seem like it would be pretty cool, but Sophie Turner says itā€™s not always as fun as it seems. As part of Entertainment Weeklyā€™s big X-Men: Dark Phoenix cover story, Turner talked about how muchā€¦