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If you thought spring TV was nuts already, juggling AAA shows like “Fargo,” “Billions,” “The Leftovers,” “Silicon Valley,” “The Americans” and “Veep” in the past few weeks, we’re really only just getting started. The next few weeks will bring the return of “Catastrophe,” “Sense8,” “House Of Cards,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Casual” and “Master Of None,” and the debut of “I Love Dick,” “Dear White People” and “American Gods,” to name but a few. Continue reading Exclusive: Hear A Track From Adam Taylor’s Excellent Score To Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at The Playlist.
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  Boy, the career of M. Night Shyamalan has had more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. He went from director of a virtually unseen indie debut, to an Oscar-nominated overnight success with “The Sixth Sense,” to a golden boy unable to do wrong with “Unbreakable” and “Signs,” to a critical pinata with “Lady In The Water” and “The Happening,” to blockbuster flop helmer (and also still a critical pinata) with “After Earth” and “The Last Airbender,” to the director of well-executed, low-budget, career-reviving horror movies. Continue reading M. Night Shyamalan Officially Announces His ‘Unbreakable’/‘Split’ Crossover Sequel ‘Glass’ at The Playlist.
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Brave” was actually pretty successful (and better than most people think), “The Good Dinosaur” has its defenders, but the “Cars” franchise is among adult animation fans, by some distance the least loved of all the Pixar movies. And rightly so: the 2006 original is sort of fun in places, while the second is a dull spy parody that leans far too heavily on Larry The Cable Guy’s Mater. Continue reading Lightning McQueen Faces Retirement In The Full Trailer For Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’ at The Playlist.
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  Amidst all the big names in “Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” — not just the returning quintet of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, but also newcomers Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki — there’s one name who’s mostly been absent from the movie’s gargantuan marketing efforts, arguably a bigger star than any of the others. Continue reading Rumor: Sylvester Stallone To Star In Adaptation Of Mark Millar Comic ‘Starlight’ at The Playlist.
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Some awful news has arrived this morning, with the announcement that the great director Jonathan Demme has passed away at the age of 73. Demme began his career, like many of his generation, working for exploitation producer Roger Corman, writing and producing two movies before making his directorial debut with Corman’s prison movie “Caged Heat” in 1974. He broke through to the mainstream with CB radio comedy “Citizens Band,” before making Roy Scheider thriller “Last Embrace” and the beautiful comedy “Melvin And Howard” in 1980, a film that wasn’t a hit at the time, but has grown in reputation as it’s gone in, now cited as a favorite of Paul Thomas Anderson and others (Anderson’s been a consistent booster of Demme over time). Continue reading R.I.P. Oscar-Winning ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Director Jonathan Demme at The Playlist.
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Wrestling! To some, a ludicrous, campy, steroid-fuelled home of unintentional comedy, to others a true art form, a kind of theater that has dates back centuries, a modern comedia dell’arte executed with as much skill and artistry as anything else out there. Either way, its impact on cinema is inarguable, from the brief screen career of Hulk Hogan to Darren Aronofsky’s moving, Oscar-winning “The Wrestler.” With former WWE star Dwayne Johnson now possibly the biggest star in the world, that continues to be the case, and one performer who’s followed his path with a surprising degree of success is Dave Bautista. Continue reading Dave Bautista Says His Bond Villain Might Return, WWE’s Vince McMahon Getting A Biopic at The Playlist.
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  We love a good comeback, and few recent comebacks were more deserved than Paul Verhoeven’s last year. The Dutch helmer was once one of the most in-demand directors around thanks to movies including “Robocop,” “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Starship Troopers,” but Verhoeven had fallen out of favor in the 20th century, and made only two movies after his last studio picture, “Hollow Man” — excellent World War 2 drama “Black Book,” and the virtually-unseen “Tricked. Continue reading Paul Verhoeven To Reunite With ‘Elle’ Star For Lesbian Nun Drama ‘Blessed Virgin’ at The Playlist.
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  When he’s not being a renowned cinephile who’ll spend most of May on the Cannes jury debating the merits of the new Andrey Zvyagintsev with Alain Resnais’ muse Agnès Jaoui, Will Smith is also a movie star. But the man who was once the unquestionable box office king of Hollywood has had an atypically rough patch of it lately. “Suicide Squad” was a rare bright spot last year — indeed, his second biggest grossing movie worldwide after “Independence Day.” But it was also an ensemble superhero movie, and got lousy reviews, so doesn’t entirely recover the star’s lustre, especially with a string of flops — “After Earth,” “Focus,” “Concussion,” “Collateral Beauty” — and with his go-to franchises of “Men In Black” and “Bad Boys” either rebooting away from him, or floundering in development hell. Continue reading Will Smith To Battle His Younger Clone In Ang Lee’s ‘Gemini Man’ at The Playlist.
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  These are undoubtedly dark times, and we need every bit of lightness that we can get. Even Claire Denis seems to think so. The great French director is known principally for her wrenching dramas and searing indictments of colonialist France, but when her sci-fi collaboration with writer Zadie Smith, set to star Robert Pattinson, was delayed again, she pivoted to something that she’s never really tried before: a comedy. Continue reading First Look At Juliette Binoche In Claire Denis’ Cannes-Bound ‘Let The Sunshine In’ at The Playlist.
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It hasn’t always been the case — it’s only a few years since “Pain & Gain” and “Hercules” underperformed — but Dwayne Johnson is, these days, about as reliable a star as you could ask for. Current mega-hit “The Fate Of The Furious,” which has made close to a billion dollars after just ten days on release, is his fifth smash on the trot, following “Furious 7,” “San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence,” and “Moana,” and his slate of upcoming projects, including “Jumanji,” “Rampage” and “Skyscraper,” all look like they’ll do the same. Continue reading Priyanka Chopra Hits The Beach In The Latest International Trailer For ‘Baywatch’ at The Playlist.
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