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Tom McCarthy To Follow Oscar-Winner ‘Spotlight’ With Disney Kid Detective Movie ‘Timmy Failure’

To begin with, it felt easier to categorize Tom McCarthy. The actor-turned-director’s first three movies, “The Station Agent,” “The Visitor” and “Win Win,” were quite different in some ways, but all felt of a piece: gentle, humane comedy-dramas with excellent performances. But then he made the pilot for “Game Of Thrones,” albeit the original, unaired […]

The ‘Umbrellas of Cherbourg,’ ‘La La Land’ And The Bittersweetness Of A Demy Musical

If you kept up with reviews during “La La Land”’s theatrical run at the tail end of 2016, you probably ran into at least a few mentions of “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” Jacques Demy‘s colorful 1964 romantic musical masterpiece. If you also keep up with The Criterion Collection, you know that “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” […]

Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen Join ‘The Lion King’ Remake As Timon & Pumbaa

On the one hand, the idea of a remake of “The Lion King,” arguably the most beloved of all the beloved 90s Disney movies, is a horrible one: it’s yet another example of Disney plundering their archives for a fast buck, and it’d surely be difficult to capture the magic of the original movie. But […]

Never Seen ‘Twin Peaks?’ Catch Up Before The New Episodes With A Handy Video Recap

There’s so much going on these days — the upcoming Cannes line-up, the release of blockbusters like “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2,” the constantly nagging threat that we might all soon be blown up by a bloated, tangerine-colored, narcissistic, deeply insecure reality show host — that it’s almost easy to forget that we’re now […]

Black List-Topping Madonna Biopic ‘Blond Ambition’ Moving Forward At Universal

It’s a valuable resource that has launched countless careers and contained work that led to great movies, but taking first place on the annual Black List — a collection of the best unmade screenplays in Hollywood coming up to its thirteenth year — isn’t necessarily a guarantee that your movie will go on to greatness. […]

Weinstein Try & Deliver The Cure For ‘Tulip Fever’ With New Trailer

After two push backs on its release date and a lack of promotion for “Tulip Fever,” The Weinstein Company has finally presented an “official character teaser poster” for the period drama starring Alicia Vikander, Judi Dench, and Christoph Waltz. The film reportedly had polarizing results in test screenings dating back to 2014. Produced by Alison […]

Wes Anderson’s New Animated Movie ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Dated For Spring 2018

We’ve known for a while that Wes Anderson has been in production on his latest movie, his first stop-motion animation since “Fantastic Mr. Fox” eight years ago, but there’s been no fixed release date for the project, and as anyone who’s ever done stop-motion will tell you, these things take as long they take. But […]

‘Indiana Jones 5’ Delayed A Year Until 2020, ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ & More Get Release Dates

It’s apparently the time of year when studios do the release date shuffle: this weekend saw Fox move their calendar around and reveal things like that they’re putting out three “X-Men” movies next year, and today has seen Disney take time out of just rolling around in giant piles of money to address their current […]

Lars Von Trier Continues Nicolas Winding Refn Feud, Calls Him ‘An Opportunist In An Unpleasant Way’

It’s been an atypically quiet time for Lars Von Trier: the provocative Danish filmmaker hasn’t released a movie since “Nymphomaniac” in 2014, which means that he’s mostly been out of the press, where his ever-quotable, often controversial mouth tends to get him as much attention as the movies. But Von Trier’s starting to emerge from […]

‘Chewing Gum,’ ‘Catastrophe’ And The Rise Of UK TV Comedy

When Colin Welland, accepting his screenwriting Oscar for “Chariots of Fire” in 1982 echoed Paul Revere’s famous words “the British are coming!” it’s widely felt he ushered in a long period of decline in the fortunes of U.K. filmmaking in the U.S.. So we don’t want to make the same mistake here, and will just point […]