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'Snowpiercer' Review: TNT's Goofy Series Is a Far Cry from Bong Joon Ho's Vicious Film

'Snowpiercer' Review: TNT's Goofy Series Is a Far Cry from Bong Joon Ho's Vicious Film

As ridiculous as this may sound, try not to bring bring any baggage onboard “.” ’s long-in-the-works science-fiction series about a post-apocalyptic train ride carrying the last remnants of humanity (and all their pretty stuff!) bills itself as an adaptation of Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s graphic novels and Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film. But even though those stories send their titular trains down very different tracks, you don’t have to be familiar with either for expectations to burden the latest ride.“Snowpiercer’s” journey to television was a highly publicized debacle, including...

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May 10
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'Black Mirror' Creator Says the World Is Too Bleak Right Now for Season 6 to Happen

'Black Mirror' Creator Says the World Is Too Bleak Right Now for Season 6 to Happen

“” is one of the buzziest original shows whenever new episodes debut, but does a world plagued by a viral epidemic really need the added existential dread of the science-fiction anthology series? “Black Mirror” creator doesn’t think so. The mind behind the anthology smash hit was recently asked by about a Season 6 update, with the outlet reporting that Brooker said “he’s not sure if audiences could stomach another season at the moment.” “Black Mirror” debuted its fifth round of episodes in June 2019 and often takes over a year off in between seasons.“I’ve been busy doing things. I don’t...

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May 6
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Tommy Wiseau Ordered to Pay $700,000 After Thwarting 'The Room' Doc Release

Tommy Wiseau Ordered to Pay $700,000 After Thwarting 'The Room' Doc Release

Cult film icon is being forced to pay nearly $700,000 to the directors of “Room Full of Spoons,” an unauthorized documentary about Wiseau and the making of his infamous movie “” (via ). Filmmakers Richard Harper, Fernando Forero McGrath, Mark Racicot, and Richard Towns planned to open “Room Full of Spoons” after the 2017 release of A24’s “” reignited interest in the cult filmmaker and “The Room.” Wiseau blocked the documentary’s release by filing a lawsuit in Toronto alleging the doc “violated his copyright by using clips from ‘The Room’ and invaded his privacy by revealing his origins in...

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Zack Sharf
May 5
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'Space Force': Netflix Drops Trailer for Steve Carell-Led Workplace Comedy

'Space Force': Netflix Drops Trailer for Steve Carell-Led Workplace Comedy

Once, he managed a branch of a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Now, he’s heading the latest branch of the United States’ armed forces. has released the trailer for “,” its upcoming -led workplace comedy series.Here’s the series’ synopsis, per Netflix: A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful...

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Tyler Hersko
May 5
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'Parks and Recreation' Special Has Already Raised $3 Million for Feeding America

'Parks and Recreation' Special Has Already Raised $3 Million for Feeding America

Critics loved last night’s heartfelt “” reunion special, and the one-off episode has enjoyed early success in its mission to raise funds for charity. The special has raised $3 million for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, according to .Last night’s telecast of “A Parks and Recreation Special,” sponsored by State Farm and Subaru of America, has currently raised $3 million for Feeding America. That statistic includes the $500,000 in matching donations from State Farm, Subaru of America, NBCUniversal and the producers, writers, and cast of “Parks and Recreation.”around noon on Friday...

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Tyler Hersko
May 2
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Theaters Prepare to Reopen with TSA-Style Check-in, Temperature Screenings, and Plexiglass

Theaters Prepare to Reopen with TSA-Style Check-in, Temperature Screenings, and Plexiglass

Texas governor Greg Abbott has partially lifted the veil on lockdown in his state, allowing select nonessential businesses to reopen in order to get the economy moving again. That includes movie theaters, which outside of drive-ins remain shuttered virtually from coast to coast, causing much speculation as to when that might end — and stirring drama between exhibitors and distributors, in the case of .With Texas allowed to reopen some nonessential businesses as of May 1, some exhibitors are battening the hatches to prepare for moviegoers, while others continue to wait out the storm. , EVO...

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Ryan Lattanzio
May 2
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A24 Auctioning 'Midsommar' Flower Dress, 'Euphoria' Hoodie, and More Props for Charity

A24 Auctioning 'Midsommar' Flower Dress, 'Euphoria' Hoodie, and More Props for Charity

Want to own the flower dress Florence Pugh wears during the climax of Ari Aster’s “”? What about the purple hoodie that is the trademark of Zendaya’s character Rue on “”? Today is your lucky day thanks to the launch of Auctions. The indie production company and distributor has announced a new auction program to benefit various charity organizations, including NYC Health + Hospitals and the FDNY Foundation. The studio is auctioning props from some of its most popular titles. Additional items include the carved wooden mermaid from “The Lighthouse,” plus Dina’s prom dress and Kevin Garnett’s...

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Zack Sharf
Apr 22
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Fiona Apple Fires at 'Hollywood's Creeps' on 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters,' Talks Ex Louis C.K.'s Misconduct

Fiona Apple Fires at 'Hollywood's Creeps' on 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters,' Talks Ex Louis C.K.'s Misconduct

Singer/songwriter dropped the ultimate quarantine gift on us all this past Friday with the long-anticipated release of her fifth studio album, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” her first since 2012’s “The Idler Wheel.” The album touches on topics such as healing wounds of self-loathing, to toxic relationships and, finally, Hollywood predators. She’s been outspoken in recent interviews about her challenging experiences with men, including in The New Yorker.The album’s penultimate song, “For Her,” uses ironic wordplay to tell a story of one of Apple’s friends, who was an intern at a production...

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Ryan Lattanzio
Apr 19
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The NBA Is Developing a Streaming Service with Microsoft

The NBA Is Developing a Streaming Service with Microsoft

The is developing a service with as part of a new, multiyear pact between the two entities. The league and Microsoft announced Thursday they are developing a direct-to-consumer service that will include NBA League Pass, the $99.99-per-year subscription service that provides access to out-of-market games. There is no ETA yet on when the service will launch.that the service will feature a tiered rewards system where users can earn “loyalty points” when they watch games, share content, or purchase various content. Those loyalty points could potentially be used to get discounts on perks ranging...

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Tyler Hersko
Apr 17
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Matt Reeves Shot 25 Percent of 'The Batman' Before Production Shutdown

Matt Reeves Shot 25 Percent of 'The Batman' Before Production Shutdown

When Warner Bros. shut down production indefinitely on ’ “” in mid March, many comic book fans were left wondering how much of the film the writer-director managed to shoot. Reeves has revealed the answer in a new interview with , saying, “We’re not officially editing right now. We’ve actually shot a quarter of the movie and I have been pouring through dailies, looking at takes, and what’s to come.” That only 25 percent of the film is shot and the production could remain on lockdown for another month or two means the tentpole’s summer 2021 release could be in jeopardy.Reeves said to...

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Zack Sharf
Apr 10
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'Parasite' Has Monster Streaming Debut and Sets All-Time Hulu Records in One Week

'Parasite' Has Monster Streaming Debut and Sets All-Time Hulu Records in One Week

Bong Joon Ho’s “” is proving to be a streaming monster since making its exclusive debut April 8 on . The streaming giant confirms to IndieWire that in just one week “Parasite” has become the most streamed independent or foreign language film among all titles available on Hulu. Even more impressive, “Parasite” is now the second most-watched movie overall on Hulu ever among titles currently available to stream. What that means is that in one week “Parasite” out-streamed the lifetimes of popular titles such as “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “A Quiet Place,” “Transformers: The...

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Zack Sharf
Apr 15
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David Lynch Predicts a 'More Spiritual, Much Kinder' World After Quarantine Ends

David Lynch Predicts a 'More Spiritual, Much Kinder' World After Quarantine Ends

is choosing to remain hopeful in these dark times. The “Mulholland Drive” and “” director is quarantining at his home in Los Angeles and told in a new interview he’s spending a lot of time working on projects in his woodshop and, not surprisingly, drinking coffee. “My routine is pretty much the same now as it was before,” Lynch said. “I get up, and I get a coffee. … After that, I meditate and then I go to work.”Work for Lynch right now does not relate to film or television projects. The director said he’s in the middle of building “two wall sconces—two little lamps. It involves lightbulbs,...

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Zack Sharf
Apr 9
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Bong Joon Ho Defeats Sam Mendes to Win Best Director Oscar in Nail-Biting Race

Bong Joon Ho Defeats Sam Mendes to Win Best Director Oscar in Nail-Biting Race

Ending a nail-biting derby pitting Bong Joon Ho against for Best Director, the South Korean filmmaker took home the Academy Award on Sunday night for his direction on “Parasite.” While all signs throughout awards season had pointed to Mendes taking home the gold — including wins from the EE BAFTAs, the Directors Guild of America, and the Golden Globes — the love for “Parasite” overpowered the “1917” narrative. Bong’s win for Best Director adds to an already unprecedented set of wins for the film — three in total — which include Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature. These...

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Ryan Lattanzio
Feb 11
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Brad Pitt Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Brad Pitt Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

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Feb 11
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Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor Oscar for 'Joker,' Sweeping Awards Season in the Process

Joaquin Phoenix Wins Best Actor Oscar for 'Joker,' Sweeping Awards Season in the Process

has won the Academy Award for Best Actor thanks to his acclaimed performance in Todd Phillips’ “.” The revisionist comic book drama stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a social outcast whose shattered dreams of being a hit stand-up comedian lead him down a dark path to becoming the infamous Batman villain. Phoenix’s Oscar makes him the second performer to win an Academy Award for playing the Joker after Heath Ledger, who won the Best Supporting Actor trophy for playing the character in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” “Joker’ received a total of 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture...

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Feb 11
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'Parasite' Makes Oscar History as First South Korean Movie to Win Foreign Film Prize

'Parasite' Makes Oscar History as First South Korean Movie to Win Foreign Film Prize

The Oscar for Best International Feature Film going to Bong Joon Ho’s “” marks a history-making moment for the Academy Awards. “Parasite’s” victory is the first time South Korea has won the International Feature Film category in the history of the Oscars. The category was formerly called Best Foreign Language Film. Bong’s social thriller was the frontrunner to win the International Feature Film Oscar after nabbing six total Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Original Screenplay. “Parasite” was the first South...

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Zack Sharf
Feb 11
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Bong Joon Ho’s Translator Was Oscar Season’s MVP, Now She’s Writing Her Own Film About Oscar Season

Bong Joon Ho’s Translator Was Oscar Season’s MVP, Now She’s Writing Her Own Film About Oscar Season

If there’s one person who spoke the most during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, it was most likely . The 25-year-old took the stage at the Dolby Theater four times in order to translate “” writer-director Bong Joon Ho’s acceptance speeches. Bong was awarded the for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, capping where South Korea won its first Oscars ever and the Academy gave Best Picture to a foreign-language film for the first  time in 92 years. Choi has been by Bong’s side since the “Parasite” world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film...

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Feb 11
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'Parasite' Stuns the Oscars With Game-Changing Best Picture Win Over '1917'

'Parasite' Stuns the Oscars With Game-Changing Best Picture Win Over '1917'

One of the most intense Best Picture races in recent memory has come to an end in history-making fashion: “,” Bong Joon Ho’s critically acclaimed thriller that earned the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or last May and earned unanimous critical acclaim, has won the Oscar for Best Picture over tough competition from Sam Mendes’ World War I drama “.” The Best Picture win for “Parasite” is the first time a foreign-language drama has won top honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which makes Bong’s film a game-changer for the ’ future. “Parasite” made history earlier at the...

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Feb 11
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‘The Mandalorian’ Review: The Series' One Plot Idea Wears Out Its Welcome in Episode 6

‘The Mandalorian’ Review: The Series' One Plot Idea Wears Out Its Welcome in Episode 6

“” is a $100 million show about nothing. There’s no overarching plot, no character development, and, six episodes in, still no emotional stakes or any indication that these issues will get resolved. It’s about a walking action figure and his merchandising-friendly pet, doomed to endlessly receive jobs that pay well enough to fly to the next episode’s location, team up with a celebrity cameo, get betrayed by bounty hunters, save Baby Yoda from said bounty hunters, and set off to the aforementioned next episode’s location.“Chapter 6: The Prisoner” opens with the Mandalorian, AKA Mando (Pedro...

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Dec 14
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