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With Pablo Escobar out of the mix at the end of the second season of “Narcos,” the series has had to pivot a little, but the next batch of episodes will find law enforcement taking on a new kingpin. DEA agent Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) will be part of the team looking to take down the Cali Cartel in “Narcos” season 3. Boyd Holbrook and Joanna Christie return as well, in what looks like a season that wipes the slate clean in some regards, but also gives audiences the familiar elements they’ve come to expect from the popular show: drugs, action, and exotic locations. Continue reading First Teaser For ‘Narcos’ Season 3 Brings Forth A New Empire at The Playlist.

Director Jeff Orlowski’s motivations are clear from the beginning of the Netflix documentary “Chasing Coral.” For a brief minute, he becomes his own subject, taking a seat in front of the camera to personally relay the deep impact that seeing images of dead coral reefs had on him, and to confess his goal of documenting the change, in order to “reveal [it] to the public in a powerful way.” As a rallying cry for coral reef preservation, “Chasing Coral” is quite effective. Continue reading ‘Chasing Coral’ Is An Effective Rallying Cry For Coral Reef Preservation [Review] at The Playlist.

Addiction has long been one of Hollywood’s favorite muses. It makes for empowering, emotionally charged films about one of life’s most trying personal battles. Of course, the success and believability of these sorts of movies vary wildly: for every “Half Nelson” and “Trainspotting” there’s a “Thanks For Sharing” or “Flight” (which was fuelled by a fine performance, but in the end was little more than histrionics). Continue reading ‘To The Bone’ Works Hard To Do Justice To The Realities Of Anorexia [Review] at The Playlist.

It might be middle of summer, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood isn’t thinking about awards. The 2017 Emmy Award nominations are here, and HBO will be popping the champagne. The network’s brand new, expensive, and somewhat risky sci-fi series “Westworld” is the toast of the town, with the series leading the field with 22 nominations. The show is tied with “Saturday Night Live” for the most nominations, with the sketch show no doubt aided by a very buzzy election year, which saw Alec Baldwin frequently guest as Donald Trump, and Melissa McCarthy play Sean Spicer. Continue reading 2017 Emmy Award Nominations Led By ‘Westworld’ & ‘Saturday Night Live’ at The Playlist.

The box office is down 8% this summer. Not sure if you’ve heard. Some media reporters are acting like it’s the swan song of a dying industry. Of course, they are comparing figures to 2016’s frame, which was part of a record year at the box office. Honestly, it’s not that bad. Every studio has a major hit it can cheer about (some even have two) and a bomb they are scratching their heads over (like they do every summer). Continue reading 7 Things Hollywood Should Be Talking About Instead Of The Summer Box Office Blues at The Playlist.