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Exclusive: Robert Downey Jr. on planning a ‘Sherlock’ universe with Marvel-style world building

Exclusive: Robert Downey Jr. on planning a ‘Sherlock’ universe with Marvel-style world building

advertisementadvertisementBuilding a cinematic universe is not as easy as Marvel makes it look.advertisementadvertisementWhere the superhero super-studio has succeeded, many others have faltered. Universal’s attempt to resurrect its classic monster movies in a Dark Universe was The Lego Movie’s spin-offs were profitable, but largely failed to, uh, connect in any meaningful way. And the DC Extended Universe has done its best work (Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, Shazam) with movies that feel as though they exist entirely independent of the Justice League.It takes a lot of chutzpah to launch an...

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Here’s how Trumpworld is spinning Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists

Here’s how Trumpworld is spinning Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists

advertisementadvertisement“That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck,” CNN anchor of Tuesday night’s first presidential debate in the general election.advertisementadvertisementHis colleague, Dana Bash, put it more succinctly when she called the event It’s hard to choose any single moment from the 90-minute-plus debate that could qualify as the nadir—there was less a bottom than a vacuum of negative space—but one electable candidate for the position would surely be the part where Donald Trump unambiguously refused to condemn white supremacist violence.Over the years,...

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The ‘Tiger King’ industrial complex is everything that’s wrong with Hollywood in 2020

The ‘Tiger King’ industrial complex is everything that’s wrong with Hollywood in 2020

UPDATES: advertisementadvertisementAfter catching lightning in a bottle, you’re not supposed to stand around in the exact same spot with the exact same bottle and just hope it happens again.advertisementadvertisementUnfortunately, that seems to be the prevailing mindset of the entertainment industry in recent years, and in the aftermath of Tiger King‘s roaring success, studios are sticking to the script.Directors Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin found themselves in the right place at the right time over five years ago, when conservationist Goode and caught a glimpse of a newly purchased snow...

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