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November 2, 2017

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, …

If there’s one sure bet for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, it’s the latest film by Mike Leigh. Most recently, the director stopped by the festival with Another Year and Mr. Turner, and now he’s finishing up his new film, Peterloo. The story follows the British government facing off against 60,000 during a …

Created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, Thor first appeared in 1962’s comic Journey Into Mystery #83, a sci-fi anthology published by Marvel Comics. Based on the Norse deity of the same name, Thor is the God of Thunder and possesses Mjolnir, an enchanted hammer. A year later, Thor was included in The Avengers #1 as a founding member of the team, and the character has since appeared in every subsequent volume of the series. As a result, Thor has become one of Marvel’s most popular and enduring superheroes, featured in countless comics, animated series, video games, and live-action films. Played by Chris Hemsworth, Thor has appeared in five Marvel Cinematic Universe movies – including Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a cameo at the end of Doctor Strange. His latest cinematic outing, Thor: Ragnarok, looks to set a new standard for not just the Thor series, but the rest of the MCU as …

“For millennia, we’d never seen anything like film cuts. How do we process them so easily?” When you watch a movie nowadays, unless you’re trained in the art of editing or filmmaking, you probably don’t even notice most of the cuts in the movie. If the editing is top notch, the cuts are designed to work in a way where you don’t see them, so that you can still easily follow the action and dialogue in a scene. This video essay from Adam D’Arpino attempts to explain, scientifically, how our brains have adapted to film cuts so quickly. The full title of the video is – Strange Continuity: Why Our Brains Don’t Explode at Film Cuts. It’s a fascinating visual examination for movie nerds and science nerds alike, getting into the technical aspects of filmmaking that help our eyes, as well as the anthropological details that make it all work harmoniously. Thanks to Slate for the tip on this. Original description …

“It’s a magical life.” Echo Bridge has debuted an official trailer for a small-town holiday comedy film titled Pottersville. This looks like the wackiest, straight-to-cable-TV Christmas comedy in, well, a long time. The only reason we’re featuring it here is because it actually has an interesting cast. Michael Shannon stars as a struggling shop owner who is mistaken for Bigfoot when stumbling around drunk late one night. This brings attention to the town, in turn helping the local businesses. The rest of the cast includes Judy Greer, Tom Lennon, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, and Ian McShane. I honestly don’t even want to suggest watching this trailer, but at least it won’t take up more than two minutes of your time. Try to enjoy. Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Seth Henrikson’s Pottersville, direct from YouTube: It’s a long cold winter in Pottersville, and struggling store owner Maynard (Michael Shannon) is hit by hard times. During a late-night drunken wander through town, …

On the November 2, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Jacob Hall and Chris Evangelista for the latest news, including a Twilight Zone reboot from Jordan Peele, Shazam casting, The Orville get a second season, the future of Star Wars films, and some theme park news …