Melanie Griffith is still recovering from a recent skin cancer scare. RadarOnline.com has all the details after she was spotted out with a male friend. Click through the images for more.
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Tiger Woods has won his first major tournament in five years.
The famous golfer won his 80th PGA title after undergoing four back surgeries – it was 1876 days since his last major win in 2013.
And his girlfriend Erica Herman was on hand to celebrate the epic triumph with him.
After winning he said: “I loved every minute of it the fight and the grind.
“I was having a hard time not crying at the last hole, once I got the ball on the green I knew I could handle it from there.”
The 42-year-old clinched the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday.
He has overcome personal struggles and four back surgeries to secure his 80th PGA title when many experts believed that he was finished.
Woods shot a final round to end with -12 to win the tournament as he was cheered on by thousand of fans in Atlanta.
The famous golfer looked emotional as he holed his final putt to end his five years drought.
His current girlfriend Erica Herman, 33, was at the course to celebrate his historic victory by hugging and kissing him on the 18th hole.
RadarOnline.com reported recently that they were having problems in their relationship.
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Let's face it, being a woman is tough. You've gotta deal with periods, impossible beauty standards, and men being dumb. These memes are sure to hit home for a lot of the ladies out there.
CNN political commentator Jason Miller has stepped down from his position after a reported scandal involving a stripper.
The former Trump aide has been accused of slipping the stripper an abortion drug back in 2012.
Miller and the unnamed woman met while she was a dancer at a Florida gentleman’s club.
After falling pregnant he allegedly drugged her resulting in her losing the child and being hospitalized.
Miller, who is embroiled in a messy custody battle with anther former Trump advisor, Arlene ‘AJ’ Delgado, has denied the claims.
The shocking allegations came in documents filed by his former girlfriend Delgado.
She claims Miller, who was married to his current wife Kelly and had a four-year-old daughter, met a dancer who worked there and allegedly continued a sexual relationship, which resulted in the woman’s pregnancy.
The stripper, who has not been identified, allegedly drank the smoothie which contained the abortion drug Splinter, with no knowledge of what was in it, and soon suffered a miscarriage, Delgado claims.
She wound up in hospital, where she stayed for two days, and allegedly nearly lost her life.
‘Jane Doe herself was hospitalized for two days, the abortion pill possibly reacting with potential street drugs in her system at the time she drank the Smoothie,’ the documents said.
Miller released a statement: ‘I have decided to step away from my role as a Political Commentator at CNN to focus on clearing my name and fighting the false and defamatory accusations made against me’.
Miller and Delgado had an affair on the Trump campaign trail, which resulted in Delgado becoming pregnant and giving birth to their son William.
The pair has been in a bitter custody battle for nearly a year, and the bombshell accusations were filed in the case earlier this month.
She claims she fears for their son’s safety during his unsupervised time with the former commentator.
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If you’re hungry for hotness, then check out all of the sexiest pics of Kylie Jenner chowing down on food to commemorate her recent tweet stating that she just had cereal with milk for the first time. These are the milestones worth celebrating. Judging from these pics, Kylie loves to eat lots of food, and you’re really going to have fun seeing exactly which types she chomps down. Hamburgers, tacos, fries, and pizza are just a few of the delectable goodies that once made their way through Kylie, so without further ado, feast your eyes on all the sexiness.
last night i had cereal with milk for the first time. life changing.
— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) September 19, 2018
Photo Credit: Instagram
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Brigitte Nielsen just gave birth to a baby girl at age 54, and now she’s flaunting her incredible body on the street and on the red carpet! The Danish actress, best known appearing in the movies Red Sonja and Rocky IV, and having a brief marriage to Sylvester Stallone, did errands with her current husband Mattia Dessi and then hit LGBT Centre’s 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards in LA on Saturday, September 22.
Maniac introduces its best character yet, a sweet ring-tailed lemur named Wendy. But the human characters could use some work.
This Maniac review contains spoilers.
Maniac Episode 4
Lemurs are so cool.
Here’s a fun look into what life was like before mass adoption of the Internet. When I was around 10 or 11 years old, my family had a desktop computer with internet access but the internet wasn’t all that fun or reliable yet. And it certainly wasn’t mobile. The would-be intoxicating universe of the World Wide Web was constrained to that old Dell desktop that lived inside our home’s “office.”
So on slow summer nights when there was nothing to do and no Wikipedia holes to fall into, I would sit on my parents bed in their room, smack in front of their small TV and watch Animal Planet. I would spend the night (or at least until my parents needed to sleep) watching Steve Irwin, Jeff Corwin, or some other Animal Planet personality and hope that they would interact with my favorite animal: the lemur.
Why was the lemur my favorite animal? Who knows? The most popular and frequently occurring version of the lemur, the ring-tailed variety, is just kind of cool looking. They look as though they are a more interesting universe’s version of squirrels. Regardless of why, I would spend a whole summer watching Animal Planet and getting excited when a new subspecies of lemur was introduced. I even watched with a little notepad on the bed so I could jot down the names of newly discovered (for me at least) species: ring-tailed, red ruffed, brown, red-collared, mongoose, and so on.
Anyway, this is all to say that there’s a lemur in this episode of Maniac - a nice fluffy ring-tailed one named Wendy. And Wendy is the best part of “Furs by Sebastian.” I can’t fully tell if that’s because of my own pro-lemur bias or because this is a relatively boring episode of television. Either way, however, I think this show is starting to lose me a bit.
As far as drug-induced explorations into mentally ill minds go, the story at play in “Furs by Sebastian” is rather conventional. As teased by “Having a Day’s” conclusion, we are now firmly planted in Owen and Annie’s “B” pill world where they are a married couple in ’80s or ‘90s Long Island named Linda and Bruce. I initially assumed they were Houstonians because of “Bruce’s” Warren Moon jersey but the accents and strip malls make the setting unmistakable.
Linda is a tender, sweet-hearted, yet badass nurse who promises a recently-departed patient, Nan, that she will get her beloved lemur, Wendy, into the care of her daughter. Unfortunately, evil fur trader Sebastian (played by HBO’s awesome go-to creep portrayer Glenn Fleshler) steals Wendy out of Linda’s watchful eye at a bagel shop and has plans to turn her into a hat. Bruce and Linda engage in a rescue operation at Furs by Sebastian that naturally ends in a hale of gunfire from Sebastian’s clan and the Fish and Wildlife agency (“I thought you were cops!” “There’s not much of a difference authority-wise.”).
All things considered, that is a fun little action romp within the framework of the human mind. Still, I can’t help but feel as though something is missing on this show nearly halfway into its run. As best as I can articulate it, Maniac has either done too much or done too little to flesh out its non-lemur characters. That’s a frustratingly vague summation, I know. But lets’ see if I can work through it.
Let’s say that this episode, “Furs by Sebastian” was the very first episode of the season. Don’t change anything about the infrastructure of the show or move scenes around from episode to episode. Just take this exact episode and make it episode 1. Wouldn’t you be far more intrigued? Wouldn’t it be awesome to see the glimpses of Owen and Annie in their little brain machine contraptions back in the “real” world by episode’s end?
This in media res introduction would be a solid way for the show to get away with its lack of solid character building from the jump. It would be doing more with less. As things stand, the character moments in “Furs by Sebastian” ring false because they are at odds with what we’ve learned about the characters so far. Why is Bruce and Linda’s marriage seemingly unhappy other than the fact Owen and Annie are experiencing differing levels of mental illness in their own lives? Owen and Annie don’t have any real world history together other than Owen’s brief psychological obsession with Annie before she assured him that she’s not his secret agent handler.
Through the first three episodes, Maniac did a decent enough job of communicating the various damages and insecurities of its two lead characters. Owen is clinically mentally ill and comes from a demanding, high-class family. Annie underwent serious trauma within her own family and lost her sister - the most important person in the world to her. That’s pretty clear-cut stuff. It’s also at odds with what we’ve seen so far in their unconsciouses.
That’s why the other option for Maniac’s early episodes would have been to give us more - more trauma, more character study, more time spent in this world with these characters before we begin to plumb the depths of their sad, soggy brains.
Maniac is still a solid show with a real admirable sense of spectacle. I can’t lie that it was fun to watch one of Sebastian’s sons get absolutely lit up with shotgun fire from the Fish and Wildlife agency of all people. Plus there is our beloved Wendy the lemur. The show’s visual language is strong. The emotional language is lacking. It’s particularly frustrating because Maniac is clearly the work of creative, empathetic people who want to communicate something with real emotional depth.
Witness Linda’s conversation with Nan’s daughter in which we find out that Wendy isn’t an “I love you lemur” but rather a “fuck you lemur.” Nan granted the lemur to her daughter as a reminder that children will also disappoint you but lemurs never will (hell no, they won’t! Lemurz 4 Life!) Linda responds to this interaction not with horror but with understanding for Nan’s perspective. “Maybe you shouldn’t have kids,” she tells Nan’s daughter.
Why is Linda so cruel in this moment? I couldn’t tell you. Because I don’t know her. Maniac has six more episodes to tell me but I can’t help but be a little frustrated that it didn’t bother to do so in the first four. At least it gave us Wendy the Lemur.
After Audrey Roloff‘s husband Jeremy caused marriage problem rumors to fly last week on their wedding anniversary, the flame-haired former Little People, Big World wife wanted fans to know everything is great between them!
On Saturday, September 22, Audrey, 27, revealed in a lengthy Instagram post how she planned a romantic hotel getaway for herself and Jeremy to celebrate their anniversary.
The move came after, as RadarOnline.com reported, Jeremy, 27, had confided on Instagram on their wedding date, Thursday, September 20, that his marriage to Audrey has been “tough” in the last couple of months.
“Today marks four years with my beautiful bride. Happy anniversary babe! You continue to impress me. Getting to know you, re-learn you, and partner with you has been an adventure, and all things considered — it’s just beginning,” Jeremy began.
He added, “These have been tough months recently, but hard work always pays off. I love you and I love writing a love story with you.If the next half is half as good as the half we’ve known – here’s hail!”
Audrey, the mother of his daughter Ember, informed fans two days later how the actual anniversary had gone!
“It was my turn to plan our anniversary this year,” she wrote on Instagram. “We started switching off because we like surprising each other and it was just easier for managing our expectations. ”
She shared, “I booked us a night (our first night away from Ember) at the The Sentinel Hotel where we stayed on our wedding night 4 years ago. I remember when we checked in on our wedding night Jer and I flipped out because there was a typewriter in the entry way The typewriter holds a special meaning in our love story – Jeremy sent me hand typed letters throughout our years of long distance, he asked me to be his wife on the typewriter, and our typewriter has been on display in every home we’ve ever lived in, reminding and inspiring us to write a love story worth reading.”
Audrey went on to write, alongside of a loving photo of her and Jeremy, that she’d called ahead of time and “made a request for a special anniversary message to be displayed on the typewriter upon our arrival” at the hotel.
The former reality TV star, who quit LPBW along with her husband, said they had an “enchanting” evening in Portland and “I finally got to experience the Multnomah Whiskey Library.”
They ended their night reading anniversary letters – “the ones we wrote to each other on our anniversary last year. It’s our favorite anniversary tradition.”
While fans have wondered if the couple’s marriage has become strained — after Audrey had a difficult birth with Ember last September and they quit the show — she insisted on Instagram on Saturday that they celebrate their anniversary “as if it’s a national holiday.”
She concluded the post by writing, “And as our favorite quote from our favorite book says… ‘If it’s half as good as the half we’ve known, here’s Hail! to the rest of the road.’ Happy anniversary Farmer. Let’s keep living #ALoveLetterLife #stayingido #beating50percent.”
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Mary Kay Letourneau has sensationally claimed that she was wrongly imprisoned in a new interview.
Teacher Letourneau made headlines all over the world in 1997 when it was reveaked she was in a relationship with student Fualaau who was only aged, 12.
She was 34 at the time and was married with four kids.
After being arrested following a tip from her husband’s family she pled guilty and was convicted of second-degree child rape.
When she gave birth to a daughter, Audrey, she struck a plea deal which meant she could have no further contact with her younger lover.
But a year later the couple were caught having sex in a car by the police and she was sentenced to seven years jail time.
When asked if she was wrongly jailed she said: “Absolutely, you do not know our story we do.”
The 56-year-old believes that she was ‘tricked and coerced’ into her initial guilty plea.
“I did the best that I felt at the time – but it is just absurd to think that 13-year-old’s are not having sex and they are not pursuing it.
“I did not know, I have said this over and over again, that this would count as a crime.”
Although this is at odds with what Fualaau, 33, thinks of their affair today.
“I would say you know it was wrong, I think morally we should have waited,” he confessed.
The couple is now married and they had a second daughter, Georgia, in 1998 while she was still in prison.
And although their relationship continues to upset many she claims that she was the one that was pursued.
She defended her actions to her lawyer claiming the couple ‘were in love’ and that her younger lover was ‘pursuing and wanting it’.
The couple first met when he was only 8-years-old and he confided that he was obsessed with her from an early age – he and his friends would hide in a school closet so they could look up her skirt when she walked past.
And he tried to get involved with her as part of a bet with his pals.
“They told me ‘I bet you that you can’t get what’s her name’ – And I ended up taking the bet and pursuing Mary.”
Their relationship still has problems today. Last year he filed for a legal separation but withdrew the request.
“I’ve seen marriage where they make it work, they might have fallen out of love somewhere in the relationship but they somehow they just make it work,” he added.
And despite everything they have been through she still has strong feelings for her husband.
“I love him more today, I hope everyone in marriages gets there,” she said.
As longtime X-ual Healing readers know, we’ve been working our way through a reread of every X-Men comic starting with Giant Size X-Men #1 and working our way through the present. For the “main” X-books, we’ve just completed X-Cutioner’s Song, and over the past week we’ve been catching up on Wolverine’s stories, both with Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri taking over the core Wolverine ongoing and also the various Wolverine and X-Men stories in Marvel Comics Presents.
Though Marvel Comics Presents eventually turned into a Wolverine-centric anthology title, it was originally planned to feature a rotating cast of different X-Men characters in the lead stories, which is how we ended up with a Colossus solo story starting in 1989’s Marvel Comics Presents #10. Called God’s Country, the story is written by the great Ann Nocenti, with art by penciler Rick Leonardi, inker P. Craig Russell, and colorist extraordinaire Glynis Oliver.
The story starts out with Colossus arguing with a newsstand vendor at a small town carnival over freedom of speech…
Meanwhile, in nearby woods, a family consisting of father Bruce, a military vet, his wife, Roxanne, her father, a liberal, and their son, Zackery, heading off for a picnic. Zackery, of course, has brought his gun.
Zackery kills a preying mantis, clearly training to be a future serial killer, as Colossus spies on the family like a creep.
As Zack’s dad and grampa argue over Ronald Reagan and global warming, Zackery heads off into the woods to track down one of those balsa wood airplanes they used to sell everywhere in the 1980s, where he comes across some covert CIA operatives about to kill someone to protect their secrets. The team, who all have deadly mutant and/or cybernetic powers, is about to kill Zachery as well until Colossus intervenes. The family and Colossus escape in their pickup truck, and Colossus joins the family argument about politics.
When they get to a police station, Colossus senses that the cops are going to betray them, maybe kill them, so he pushes them away and the family escapes, holing up in their house. Even with all of this, Bruce doesn’t want to believe that America could be behind anything so morally wrong.
Even so, better safe than sorry, so he arms his wife and son with guns.
Though little Zack may need some lessons in proper gun safety.
Roxanne would prefer the family get a hotel room instead of turning their home into a bunker, but it turns out Bruce can’t get a job to pay for it.
This prompts a lecture from Colossus, revealing he really is a no-good socialist who believes in the right to universal health care!
Ouch! The black ops team, who we learn are called the Cold Warrioirs, attacks again, and Colossus grabs a prisoner, a woman who tells them their team used to be sanctioned by the CIA, but their operations became so secret that not even the CIA knows about it anymore. Colossus heads off to the team’s base to track them down, while Bruce becomes more and more paranoid, tying up and gagging his own wife. Colossus, meanwhile, confronts the leader of the Cold Warriors, Alexander, a rich old white man who believes he is above the law. Alwxander says that Colossus can’t do anything about it because the government and media will just cover it all up.
Eventually, the police arrive at the house and end the crisis. Colossus arrives too, and everyone tells their story to the reporters on scene. Colossus is disillusioned, thinking things will be covered up, but gramps still believes in the power of the free press.
As Alex is taken away in a police car, he gloats that he’ll be free as soon as he’s allowed a single phone call. Colossus, however, now realizes that he’s delusional. Or is he…?
There are so many overt politics in this comic from 1988! It’s not clear how today’s SJW mafia is able to infiltrate even comics published 30 years ago and insert their political agenda into them, but it is clear that they need to be stopped so we can have comics be more like the ones published 30 years ago.
If you’d like to get ahold of these issues so you can stab them, we recommend MyComicShop for all your back issue needs. And with that, it’s time to get on with the meat and potatoes of this column: recapping everything that happened in this week’s X-Men comics!
Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in all of comics.
If you’re new to the column, here’s how it works: we tell you what happened in the X-books last week. That’s about it. Not a review, no critical analysis. All we care about is what happened in the ongoing saga of the best franchise in the history of all literature. Let’s get started.
X-Men Gold #36
(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Pere Perez (CA) Phil Noto
• A special look into a day in the life of the headmistress of the Xavier Institute…
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
X-Men Gold wraps up in issue #36 with a day in the life of the X-Men. Kitty starts her day by leaving a message on Colossus’s answering machine about their breakup. Kurt and Rachel have also broken up in the wake of Rachel being controlled by Mesmero. Storm and Kitty discuss Storm losing her Asgardian hammer and her parents. Kitty believes all this loss is “to remind us what it is we’re fighting for.”
The X-Men head to Port Washington, New York, where a new mutant named Brian Morrison has just manifested his powers, and he’s destroying the town. Kitty talks him into making the decision to power down, at which point a local shoots him right in the head. At North Shore medical center, a doctor is afraid of the damage the mutant could cause and so refuses to perform life-saving surgery. Kitty is about to have Rachel telepathically force him when another doctor, one who was hating mutants back in X-Men Gold #1, arrives and volunteers to do it.
Here’s the scene from X-Men Gold #1, complete with Ardian Syaf’s hidden anti-Christian and anti-semitic messages in the artwork…
But more than just the hidden messages on local signage have changed since then…
The issue ends with the doctor unsure of whether the surgery will make a difference, but doing it anyway. From watching the X-Men over the last few months (it’s been 36 issues. Marvel time is weird), she’s learned mutants not so different after all. They’re just people.
The issue ends with a dedication to Chris Claremont and an essay from Marc Guggenheim about why Claremont’s stories captured his imagination as a kid.
Return of Wolverine #1
(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Steve McNiven
HE’S BACK, BUB.
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
While X-Men Gold’s story comes to an end, Wolverine’s is beginning again in Return of Wolverine #1. It begins with Logan, hot claws flaming, waking up in a lab full of dead soldiers. A genetic scientist who had been working on bringing back extinct creatures, including a nearby sabretooth tiger, tells Logan that Soteira is to blame for all of this and tells him to put an end to them. Logan, unfortunately, doesn’t remember who he is, but the scientist hints that he’s a superhero before a grenade blows him up and unleashes the tiger, which is subsequently mauled by a wooly mammoth, which then escapes through a tunnel. Logan sees a reflection of Wolverine in some blood on the ground, reminding him he’s a hero. He sees a reflection of Weapon X in some other blood, who tells him to take down Soteira for revenge. In some water (which makes more sense for having reflections), he sees Patch, who tells Logan to take down Soteira for everything they’ve taken away from him.
Logan hops on a motorcycle and rides to a nearby military base where some Soteira soldiers steal a child from another scientist and gun down some other scientists. Logan arrives and takes out one of the guards with machine guns from his motorcycle, but metal tentacles come out of the guard’s clothing and wake him back up to shoot Logan with a sniper rifle. Logan falls off the bike and passes out, waking up in a mindscape where Persephone, the leader of Soteira, is walking him through a hallway filled with different versions of Wolverine in cages. One of them totally rips off the dialog from Improbable Previews.
From Return of Wolverine #1:
From Improbable Previews:
Hi, Charles Soule. We see you.
Besides Bub-Logan, we see Sabretooth in a cage, mohawk Storm, Weapon X, Cyclops, original Hulk debut Wolverine, Lady Deathstrike, and many other cages. One cage is walled off, and Persephone tells Logan he doesn’t want to open that one. Then they make out.
Logan is woken up by the scientist whose kid was taken earlier. She tells him he’s Wolverine and tells him he’s a hunter, a killer, and a superhero. She wants him to rescue her son, a fifteen-year-old named Perren. She tells him a story about a time he saved a town, and in his mind, Logan lets traditional superhero Wolverine out of his cage, apparently regaining those memories. Inspired, Logan dons the outfit of a goth hibachi chef and heads off to take on Persephone.
Maybe it’s because we recently started on Larry Hama and Marc Silvestri’s run on the original Wolverine ongoing, but we’re feeling just nostalgic to enjoy a Wolverine return. Hopefully a few years of being dead helps the character return to his roots, and hopefully hot claws is never brought up again after this mini-series.
Mr. and Mrs. X #3
(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Oscar Bazaldua (CA) Terry Dodson
LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 3!
ROGUE and GAMBIT’S romantic getaway is but a faint memory as they’re forced to team up with DEADPOOL to protect a dangerous and extremely valuable “package” when half the galaxy comes to claim it. What secrets does the package hold that the Imperial Guard and Deathbird (with an entire Shi’ar rebellion in tow!) will risk everything for? More importantly, can Rogue, Gambit, and Deadpool stop bickering long enough to win?
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
Meanwhile, in spaaaaaaace, Gladiator, the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, scolds the imperial guard for failing to capture the egg in Mr. and Mrs. X #1. Telepathically, he has Oracle dispatch Cerise to complete a secret mission, perhaps one counter to the one he has the Guard taking on. On Rogue and Gambit’s honeymoon ship, Gambit and Deadpool try to capture the naked Rogue doppelganger who hatched out of the egg last issue while Rogue yells at Kitty Pryde over space-Skype (which still gets a better connection than we ever get on regular Earth-Skype). Kitty explains that the egg was actually the genetically-engineered daughter of Lilandra Nermini and Charles Xavier and only looks like Rogue as a psychic defense mechanism. The kid reads the thoughts of Rogue and Gambit to learn about her parents and then transforms into Xandra, looking like a combination of Charles and Lilandra.
Xandra senses the arrival of her aunt, Deathbird, who begins firing on the ship. Deadpool and Gambit teleport to her ship to take care of it and a pretty cool fight scene is depicted over the course of two double-page spreads.
Having successfully dispatched the guards, Gambit and Deadpool confront Deathbird, who explains she is leading the resistance against the Shi’ar. She wants the child because it will give her a good claim to the throne. Gambit blows up her weapons and teleportation systems and then he and Deadpool teleport back to the ship. There, Rogue gets rid of Deadpool because she can’t trust him when Nightside of the Imperial Guard suddenly appears and kidnaps Xandra, who was smart enough to transform back into an egg before anyone saw her humanoid form. Cerise arrives shortly afterward and tells Rogue and Gambit they need to go undercover and infiltrate the Shi’ar homeworld of Chandilar. Unfortunately, these disguises didn’t work out well as we cut to Rogue and Gambit suspended upside down in chains, having apparently been captured. We’ll learn more next issue.
Kelly Thompson (along with Pere Perez and the rest of the team on Rogue and Gambit) really revitalized these characters, especially Gambit, after a long period of stagnation. Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua, and Frank D’Armata (who was also the colorist on Rogue and Gambit) continue to deliver an excellent X-Men story focused on these characters. Mr. and Mrs. X #3 is the Wolverine’s Weiner X-Pick of the Week, and on a pretty strong week of competition at that.
Congratulations to the creative team for winning the most coveted trophy in weekly grilled meat-themed comics awards.
Multiple Man #4 of 5
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Andy MacDonald (CA) Marcos Martin
THE SECRET HISTORY OF MADROX!
• When you saw many footprints, that was Jamie Madrox… When you saw only one set of footprints, that was still
Jamie, but he was carrying the entire Marvel Universe to safety!
• Find out how Multiple Man single-handedly saved the Marvel Universe – past, present and future!
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
Finally, we come to Multiple Man #4, which is an incredibly enjoyable comic to read, but a real @#$%ing bitch to recap. We’ll do our best. Evil Emporer Jamie, having just decapitated protagonist Jamie in the previous issue, realizes this dupe is slightly older than he is. He feels a little bad about killing him and also worried about what other time travel shenanigans might be messing with his plans. He finds a time travel device in dead Jamie’s coat, steals the clothes off his body, and heads back to the present to the lab scene we saw in issue one where he tackles protagonist Jamie to stop him from making a formula to keep him alive. After a brief fight, the two Jamies merge together. Back in the future, Jamie’s second-in-command, who we’ll call bearded Jamie, takes control of the empire in the emperor’s absence.
We’re then treated to some cutscenes explaining how the four superpowered Jamie dupes who originally came back in time to bring protagonist Jamie to the future gained their powers. As we recall, the superpowered Jamies led Jamie to the resistance hideout where their past, non-superpowered selves were part of the rebel forces. Jamie sent them off to gather help before being captured and decapitated by the emperor. One of them ends up “elsewhere and elsewhen” where he finds Tony Stark, Sorcerer Supreme, and his manservant Nightcrawler. Jamie wants Stark to train him to be the master of the mystic arts. Elsewhere and elsewhen again, another dupe meets what we’re guessing is an old Bruce Banner (maybe) in a gamma-irradiated future, maybe the Wastelands from Old Man Logan. Look, we’re doing our best here. Another Jamie meets up with The Freakshow, a team from X-Men 2099. Another one ends in what appears to be the Marvel Swimsuit Special universe.
Finally, one ends up in the Age of Apocalypse future, where he runs into Slim and Redd.
Eventually, the first Jamie becomes Sorcerer Supreme himself, and, having trained long enough, orders Nightcrawler to bring him the remains of Cloak, puts on the cloak, fires Nightcrawler, and teleports two years the future where he finds Hulk Jamie, now part of the Hulk gang, and recruits him to complete their original mission. They then located Cable/Warlock Jamie, who is just about to finally defeat Apocalypse’s armies, and pulls him out. Finally, they locate Deadpool Jamie in the 2099 universe and he joins the team. Wait, what about Swimsuit Special Jamie? Well, in any case, the four super-powered Jamies head to the X-Mansion in the present, where we met them in Multiple Man #1, and they grab Jamie like they did in that issue and teleport to the future.
However, this time, the portal reopens and bearded second-in-command evil empire Jamie walks out along with an army of dupes to cause trouble in the present (and if the previews are any indication, in the relaunched Uncanny X-Men series). That’s as fine a cliffhanger as any to end this issue.
Multiple Man #4 is clever and funny and really, really goofy. It’s also hard as @#$% to follow all the time travel shenanigans, so we’ve put a ton of effort into making a timeline to help you understand it, which you can see here. Let us know if you find any errors.
That’s all for this week! See you next weekend as we explore the next chapters in the lives of our beloved mutants.
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Damon Wayans Jr. has slapped his Basketball Wives star baby mama with legal documents fighting for custody of their kids, The Blast has reported.
On Friday, the Happy Together actor informed Aja Metoyer in court papers that he wants to change their custody arrangement and get full custody of his kids because she’s allegedly not taking their daughter’s education seriously.
According to The Blast, the docs indicate Wayans Jr., 35, is also questioning how Metoyer is spending child support money from him and NBA star Dwyane Wade.
Wayans Jr. and the Basketball Wives beauty raise two daughters, ages 13 and 15.
Right now, Metoyer has primary physical custody of the girls and both parents joint legal custody.
But Wayans Jr., whose new sitcom Happy Together premieres on CBS next month, said in a court declaration that he now wants primary custody of the girls during the week, claiming they are suffering in school because of their mother’s “inability to prioritize their education.”
The actor claims the children are “habitually absent” or tardy to class, among other alleged problems in Metoyer’s parenting.
Wayans Jr. argues that with having primary custody, it is her responsibility to get the children to school on time and make sure they do homework.
The star complains in legal papers that Metoyer — who also has a son, a son, Xavier, by basketball player Wade — that she constantly “puts her own needs before those” of the children, including allegedly taking one of the girls on a cruise vacation when she was supposed to be in summer school.
According to Wayans Jr., Metoyer has sometimes denied him access to his daughters.
Metoyer of the reality show Basketball Wives has previously caused controversy by giving birth to Wade’s child in 2013 while he was on a “break” in his romance with actress Gabrielle Union. Wade and Union got married in 2014.
Wayans Jr. told the court, “I do not know how [Metoyer] spends the child support money she receives from me or the father of [Metoyer’s] other child, a 4-year-old whose father is basketball star Dwayne [sic] Wade.”
He claims that his daughters are often left alone to care for their little half-brother Xavier.
A court mediation between Wayans and his ex-galpal is set for October 31.
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It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there without hitting a few bumps along the road.
Join us for a brief retrospective on the last decade of Android devices: the good, the bad, and the Nexus Q.
HTC G1 (2008)
This is the one that started it all, and I have a soft spot in my heart for the old thing. Also known as the HTC Dream — this was back when we had an HTC, you see — the G1 was about as inauspicious a debut as you can imagine. Its full keyboard, trackball, slightly janky slide-up screen (crooked even in official photos), and considerable girth marked it from the outset as a phone only a real geek could love. Compared to the iPhone, it was like a poorly dressed whale.
But in time its half-baked software matured and its idiosyncrasies became apparent for the smart touches they were. To this day I occasionally long for a trackball or full keyboard, and while the G1 wasn’t pretty, it was tough as hell.
Moto Droid (2009)
Of course, most people didn’t give Android a second look until Moto came out with the Droid, a slicker, thinner device from the maker of the famed RAZR. In retrospect, the Droid wasn’t that much better or different than the G1, but it was thinner, had a better screen, and had the benefit of an enormous marketing push from Motorola and Verizon. (Disclosure: Verizon owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch, but this doesn’t affect our coverage in any way.)
For many, the Droid and its immediate descendants were the first Android phones they had — something new and interesting that blew the likes of Palm out of the water, but also happened to be a lot cheaper than an iPhone.
HTC/Google Nexus One (2010)
This was the fruit of the continued collaboration between Google and HTC, and the first phone Google branded and sold itself. The Nexus One was meant to be the slick, high-quality device that would finally compete toe-to-toe with the iPhone. It ditched the keyboard, got a cool new OLED screen, and had a lovely smooth design. Unfortunately it ran into two problems.
First, the Android ecosystem was beginning to get crowded. People had lots of choices and could pick up phones for cheap that would do the basics. Why lay the cash out for a fancy new one? And second, Apple would shortly release the iPhone 4, which — and I was an Android fanboy at the time — objectively blew the Nexus One and everything else out of the water. Apple had brought a gun to a knife fight.
HTC Evo 4G (2010)
Another HTC? Well, this was prime time for the now-defunct company. They were taking risks no one else would, and the Evo 4G was no exception. It was, for the time, huge: the iPhone had a 3.5-inch screen, and most Android devices weren’t much bigger, if they weren’t smaller.
The Evo 4G somehow survived our criticism (our alarm now seems extremely quaint, given the size of the average phone now) and was a reasonably popular phone, but ultimately is notable not for breaking sales records but breaking the seal on the idea that a phone could be big and still make sense. (Honorable mention goes to the Droid X.)
Samsung Galaxy S (2010)
Samsung’s big debut made a hell of a splash, with custom versions of the phone appearing in the stores of practically every carrier, each with their own name and design: the AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Verizon Fascinate, and Sprint Epic 4G. As if the Android lineup wasn’t confusing enough already at the time!
Though the S was a solid phone, it wasn’t without its flaws, and the iPhone 4 made for very tough competition. But strong sales reinforced Samsung’s commitment to the platform, and the Galaxy series is still going strong today.
Motorola Xoom (2011)
This was an era in which Android devices were responding to Apple, and not vice versa as we find today. So it’s no surprise that hot on the heels of the original iPad we found Google pushing a tablet-focused version of Android with its partner Motorola, which volunteered to be the guinea pig with its short-lived Xoom tablet.
Although there are still Android tablets on sale today, the Xoom represented a dead end in development — an attempt to carve a piece out of a market Apple had essentially invented and soon dominated. Android tablets from Motorola, HTC, Samsung and others were rarely anything more than adequate, though they sold well enough for a while. This illustrated the impossibility of “leading from behind” and prompted device makers to specialize rather than participate in a commodity hardware melee.
Amazon Kindle Fire (2011)
And who better to illustrate than Amazon? Its contribution to the Android world was the Fire series of tablets, which differentiated themselves from the rest by being extremely cheap and directly focused on consuming digital media. Just $200 at launch and far less later, the Fire devices catered to the regular Amazon customer whose kids were pestering them about getting a tablet on which to play Fruit Ninja or Angry Birds, but who didn’t want to shell out for an iPad.
Turns out this was a wise strategy, and of course one Amazon was uniquely positioned to do with its huge presence in online retail and the ability to subsidize the price out of the reach of competition. Fire tablets were never particularly good, but they were good enough, and for the price you paid, that was kind of a miracle.
Xperia Play (2011)
Sony has always had a hard time with Android. Its Xperia line of phones for years were considered competent — I owned a few myself — and arguably industry-leading in the camera department. But no one bought them. And the one they bought the least of, or at least proportional to the hype it got, has to be the Xperia Play. This thing was supposed to be a mobile gaming platform, and the idea of a slide-out keyboard is great — but the whole thing basically cratered.
What Sony had illustrated was that you couldn’t just piggyback on the popularity and diversity of Android and launch whatever the hell you wanted. Phones didn’t sell themselves, and although the idea of playing Playstation games on your phone might have sounded cool to a few nerds, it was never going to be enough to make it a million-seller. And increasingly that’s what phones needed to be.
Samsung Galaxy Note (2012)
As a sort of natural climax to the swelling phone trend, Samsung went all out with the first true “phablet,” and despite groans of protest the phone not only sold well but became a staple of the Galaxy series. In fact, it wouldn’t be long before Apple would follow on and produce a Plus-sized phone of its own.
The Note also represented a step towards using a phone for serious productivity, not just everyday smartphone stuff. It wasn’t entirely successful — Android just wasn’t ready to be highly productive — but in retrospect it was forward thinking of Samsung to make a go at it and begin to establish productivity as a core competence of the Galaxy series.
Google Nexus Q (2012)
This abortive effort by Google to spread Android out into a platform was part of a number of ill-considered choices at the time. No one really knew, apparently at Google or anywhere elsewhere in the world, what this thing was supposed to do. I still don’t. As we wrote at the time:
Here’s the problem with the Nexus Q: it’s a stunningly beautiful piece of hardware that’s being let down by the software that’s supposed to control it.
It was made, or rather nearly made in the USA, though, so it had that going for it.
HTC First — “The Facebook Phone” (2013)
The First got dealt a bad hand. The phone itself was a lovely piece of hardware with an understated design and bold colors that stuck out. But its default launcher, the doomed Facebook Home, was hopelessly bad.
How bad? Announced in April, discontinued in May. I remember visiting an AT&T store during that brief period and even then the staff had been instructed in how to disable Facebook’s launcher and reveal the perfectly good phone beneath. The good news was that there were so few of these phones sold new that the entire stock started selling for peanuts on Ebay and the like. I bought two and used them for my early experiments in ROMs. No regrets.
HTC One/M8 (2014)
This was the beginning of the end for HTC, but their last few years saw them update their design language to something that actually rivaled Apple. The One and its successors were good phones, though HTC oversold the “Ultrapixel” camera, which turned out to not be that good, let alone iPhone-beating.
As Samsung increasingly dominated, Sony plugged away, and LG and Chinese companies increasingly entered the fray, HTC was under assault and even a solid phone series like the One couldn’t compete. 2014 was a transition period with old manufacturers dying out and the dominant ones taking over, eventually leading to the market we have today.
Google/LG Nexus 5S and 6P (2015)
This was the line that brought Google into the hardware race in earnest. After the bungled Nexus Q launch, Google needed to come out swinging, and they did that by marrying their more pedestrian hardware with some software that truly zinged. Android 5 was a dream to use, Marshmallow had features that we loved … and the phones became objects that we adored.
We called the 6P “the crown jewel of Android devices”. This was when Google took its phones to the next level and never looked back.
If the Nexus was, in earnest, the starting gun for Google’s entry into the hardware race, the Pixel line could be its victory lap. It’s an honest-to-god competitor to the Apple phone.
Gone are the days when Google is playing catch-up on features to Apple, instead, Google’s a contender in its own right. The phone’s camera is amazing. The software works relatively seamlessly (bring back guest mode!), and phone’s size and power are everything anyone could ask for. The sticker price, like Apple’s newest iPhones, is still a bit of a shock, but this phone is the teleological endpoint in the Android quest to rival its famous, fruitful, contender.
Let’s see what the next ten years bring.
Legal eagle Gloria Allred held a press conference with two of Bill Cosby accusers on the eve of his sentencing. Just one day before Bill Cosby returns to court for the first time since he was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, the famed women’s rights attorney hosted a September 23 news conference in Philadelphia with two “prior bad act” witnesses. Scroll through RadarOnline.com’s gallery for more on the drama.
The ongoing saga over the FCC’s handling of public comments to its net neutrality proposal continues after The New York Times sued the organization for withholding of information that it believes could prove there was Russian interference.
The Times has filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for data on the comments since July 2017, and now, after reducing the scope of its requests significantly was rejected, it is taking the FCC to court in a bid to get the information.
The FCC’s comment system keeled over in May 2017 over during the public feedback period as more than 22 million comments were posted. Plenty of those were suspected of using repeated phrases, fake email addresses and even the names of deceased New Yorkers. The FCC initially falsely claimed the outage was because it was hacked — it wasn’t and it has only just made that clear — it seems instead that its system was unable to handle the volume of comments, with a John Oliver sketch thought to have accounted for a surge in interest.
The New York Times, meanwhile, has been looking into whether Russia was involved. An op-ed in the Washington Post from FCC member Jessica Rosenworcel published earlier this year suggested that as many as 500,000 comments came from Russian email addresses, with an estimated eight million comments sent by throw-away email accounts created via FakeMailGenerator.com. In addition, a report found links between emails mentioned in the Mueller Report and those used to provide comment on net neutrality.
Since the actual events are unclear — for more than a year the FCC allowed people to incorrectly believe it was hacked — an FOIA request could provide a clearer insight into whether there was overseas interference.
Problem: the FCC itself won’t budge, as the suit (which you can find here) explains:
The request at issue in this litigation involves records that will shed light on the extent to which Russian nationals and agents of the Russian government have interfered with the agency notice-and-comment process about a topic of extensive public interest: the government’s decision to abandon “net neutrality.” Release of these records will help broaden the public’s understanding of the scope of Russian interference in the American democratic system.
Despite the clear public importance of the requested records, the FCC has thrown up a series of roadblocks, preventing The Times from obtaining the documents.
Repeatedly, The Times has narrowed its request in the hopes of expediting release of the records so it could explore whether the FCC and the American public had been the victim of orchestrated campaign by the Russians to corrupt the notice-and-comment process and undermine an important step in the democratic process of rule-making.
The original FOIA request lodged in June 2017 from the Times requested “IP addresses, timestamps, and comments, among other data” which included web server data. The FCC initially bulked and declined on the basis that doing so would compromise its IT systems and security (that sounds familiar!), while it also cited privacy concerns for the commenters.
Over the proceeding months, which included dialogue between both parties, the Times pared back the scope of its request considerably. By 31 August 2018, it was only seeking a list of originating IP addresses and timestamps for comments, and a list of user-agent headers (which show a user’s browser type and other diagnostic details) and timestamps. The requested lists were separated to address security concerns.
However, the FCC declined again, and now the Times believes it has “exhausted all administrative remedies.”
“The FCC has no lawful basis for declining to release the records requested,” it added.
Not so, according to the FCC, which released a statement to Ars Technica.
“We are disappointed that The New York Times has filed suit to collect the Commission’s internal Web server logs, logs whose disclosure would put at jeopardy the Commission’s IT security practices for its Electronic Comment Filing System,” a spokesperson said.
The organization cited a District of Columbia case earlier this month which it claimed found that “the FCC need not turn over these same web server logs under the Freedom of Information Act.”
But that is a simplistic read on the case. While the judge did rule against turning over server logs, he ordered the FCC to provide email addresses for those that had provided comment via its .CSV file template, and the files themselves. That’s a decent precedent for the New York Times, which has a far narrow scope with its request.
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Evil Chris Watts had a ‘heart to heart’ with his father before confessing to authorities.
Before then he has told detectives in Colorado a ‘shifting’ story about his missing wife, Shanann Watts, and their two young daughters.
Watts, 33, initially told them that he and Shan’ann, 34, had an emotional talk about separating.
This talk reportedly took place on August 13 at 5am before he left to go and work in Arizona.
Later he corrected himself by saying the conversation about their marriage was at 4 a.m. and “they were both upset and crying.”
And he told authorities that his wife was going to see a friend.
A neighbor’s surveillance video confirmed two things for certain: that Shan’ann was dropped off at home just before 2 a.m. on Aug. 13 and that Chris was seen driving away about three and a half hours later.
On August 15 authorities called off the search for the pregnant mom and daughters Bella and Celeste, reporting they were dead.
Prosecutors claim the victims were all killed inside their home although the circumstances remain a mystery.
There is still doubt has Watts has blamed his wife for what happened. He claimed that his wife killed their kids.
An important development came after investigators discovered that he was having an affair with a co-worker, which he denied.
After being questioned about the affair Watts told police he would ‘tell the truth’ after he spoke with his dad.
He then revealed his wife and children were dead and their bodies were concealed at an oil work site.
Chris was arrested late on Aug. 15, the same day he was fired from the oil company where he had worked.
He is charged with first-degree murder, among other crimes, in all three deaths.
If you’ve got Netflix (and if you don’t, you should move to a remote jungle in Central America and commune with tree frogs because what else are you going to talk about with people) you might have seen two of their latest offerings – romantic comedies To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. The two shows have actor Noah Centineo in common. He stars in both, and has supposedly blown up as Teen Dream 2018. (Does this mean less Bieber? Thank you, Noah.) Noah went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and showed how ungrateful he truly is by telling a story in which he told his fans to stop following him in cars. I kid, but really, what’s a little potential vehicular manslaughter compared to having to go back to being a regular, Noah?!?!
Noah and his foofy bangs spoke about the time he landed at JFK in NYC and noticed there were four people staring at him much like Scientologists must
be forced to stare at Tom Cruise’s used Kleenex.
“It was actually kind of scary,” Centineo said after recounting the story of a group of devotees who came up to him at baggage claim in New York. “It was the first time you look at something and you’re like, My life is changing.”
He went on to explain that the fans in question hopped into their car and began following his car. Noah claims that he had to give the driver explicit instructions on how to lose his crazed fan base of four in the white Honda. They were able to, but the same people (plus one) showed up again to greet him when he next landed at JFK. He headed them off before they were able to pay to get their Honda out of overpriced airport parking and follow him at dangerously high speeds. Noah was blunt about it.
“Stop following me. The rest is cool, but stop following me.”
This is the part of the post where I once again bring up that a friend of mine in high school used to make me go with her to follow Mark Wahlberg (his mom’s house was one town over from ours) around Boston until the day that we pulled up beside him at an intersection and he stared at us exactly like you would imagine a thug known for allegedly blinding people and dropping his pants in public (it was the “Marky Mark” era and I’ve totally aged myself) would stare at you, and I immediately stopped going with her to stalk him. Who wants to be blinded?
Actually, Noah’s talk with his fans wasn’t as terse as it sounds. He also added that he “loved their love” and the other things you say to appease your teen fanbase so they won’t try to rip out your foofy bangs to hang on their walls. Fans are no joke.
Beau Willimon, the screenwriter and playwright who created Netflix’s “House of Cards”, has turned his attention from Washington, D.C. to outer space in his latest series “The First”.
The shows have more in common than I expected. Sure, “The First” is about a future expedition to Mars, not present day political machinations. And instead of the fourth wall-breaking monologues that “House of Cards” was known for, the new series relies on long, nearly silent sequences where characters ponder their decisions and brood over the past.
But “The First” (which launched all eight episodes of its first season on September 14) isn’t an outer space adventure filled with special effects. In fact, most of the story takes place in New Orleans, focusing on the political, financial and technical challenges that the team (Tom Hagerty, the astronaut played by Sean Penn) faces it can even take off.
When I interviewed Willimon and executive producer Jordan Tappis, I suggested that the show seemed to be more about Earth than Mars — but Willimon didn’t quite agree.
“I actually think it’s completely about Mars,” he said. For one thing, he has a multi-season plan, which will presumably take us to the Red Planet eventually. And while Willimon acknowledged that it would have been “a lot safer of a narrative choice to leap straight into the mission,” he wanted to explore other angles, like the fact that “the reality of getting to a place like Mars is that it would incredibly difficult to even get to the starting line.”
Part of that difficulty involves confronting space skeptics who wonder whether the mission is worth the cost and risk. In a traditional science fiction story, those opponents would probably be depicted as wrongheaded or even downright villainous, but in “The First”, they seem to have a real point.
“My own personal attitude is, I absolutely think we should go to Mars,” Willimon said. “The value of exploration in any form, in space or here on Earth, speaks to a long and deep desire in humanity to understand and confront the unknown” — and that’s on top of the material and scientific benefits.
Still, he said he wanted “The First” to “reflect the world in which we live and the world in which we’re likely to live 13 years from now,” which meant telling “the story of people who don’t share that same belief, who challenge it from a philosophical or emotional point of view. … Any astronaut going to Mars has to confront the fact that he or she may die. The question for any of them, or for any loved one, is: Is it worth it?”
Ultimately, Willimon said, “We didn’t want to create a fantasy here. We’re not interested in science fiction. We’re interested in science fact.”
That meant creating a plausible roadmap for how we might actually get to Mars. In “The First,” the mission is organized by a private company called Vista, but the funding comes the U.S. government, and Willimon suggested that this kind of public-private partnership will probably be necessary.
With the current excitement around companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, he said “the private sector has a lot to offer in accelerating a mission like this and making it cost efficient.” But he doesn’t think the private sector is going to get us to Mars on its own.
“In reality, the cost of getting to Mars, no matter what version you speculate, is enormous,” Willimon said. “I don’t think it’s likely that a purely private sector venture is going raise that amount of capital … In our conception, the money is coming form NASA, which means it’s really coming from taxpayer and the U.S. government, while the actual execution, building the hardware and seeing the mission through, is contracted out to Vista.”
“The First” also depicts everyday life in 2031. Tappis explained that the production team “worked really closely with a handful of consultants and experts in the field” to develop its version of future technology — which looks a lot like the technology of 2018, but with a few key advancements in areas like self-driving cars, augmented reality and voice communication.
“When you think about 13 years ago, the world looked pretty similar to the way it looks today, but with a few grace notes that you would find that showcase the evolution between then and now,” Tappis said.
One thing that has changed dramatically in the past decade is the television landscape, and I suggested that by creating and showrunning “House of Cards,” Willimon essentially kicked off the shift to streaming content.
“To be honest, I think that would have happened regardless of ‘House of Cards’,” Willimon replied. “We were the first show to go do that, because we were in the right place at the right time and were smart enough to say yes. But I think the trend was underway and was going to happen one way or another.”
As for the future of television, he said, “If this much change happened in less than a decade, who knows what might happen 15 years form now. Maybe … the audience isn’t going to be watching shows on handheld devices, but instead watching it floating before them on AR glasses.”
Near-future speculation is fun, and it’s a task that Willimon and Tappis seem to have taken very seriously. Still, if “The First” ends up running for several years, there seems to be a real risk that it could be overtaken or contradicted by how space travel plays out in the real world, or how consumer technologies evolve.
“While we think our speculation is an informed one and certainly plausible in terms of what it could look like, the time will come when we do make our first mission to Mars and it will either be very accurate or it won’t be,” Willimon said. And yet, just as we still watch the ostensibly outdated “2001: A Space Odyssey”, he argued, “There’s a deeper story there, which is the human story of people with messy lives trying to accomplish something great. There’s an essential truth to that, which we hope is timeless.”
The RHONY star posted a video via social media while listening to the Commodores famous hit ‘Sail On’ as she lay back on her bed.
Wearing very little make-up and with her hair tied back Frankel paid tribute to Shields who died unexpectedly inside his Manhattan apartment.
She said: “Dennis would like this right now, he would be happy.
“He would appreciate this, he didn’t care what we did, this one’s for Dennis, he’s sailing on.”
RadarOnline.com recently revealed that Frankel, 47, has been on a ‘grief diet’ following her Shields death.
She posted an image of herself looking very thin via Instagram and fans were concerned about her shocking appearance.
Replying to one of them on the comments she said: “Death will do that to a person. #griefdiet I don’t recommend it.”
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause and manner of his death as ‘undetermined’ after he was found dead, aged only 51, in his Manhattan apartment.
Two weeks after his death Frankel penned an emotional response on Twitter.
She wrote: “It’s hard to breathe & I appreciate you giving me the space & support to try and do so. It’s excruciating sudden death is no closure and constant ?s & memories”.
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As Batman: Damned made its way around the US late night talk shows, it landed on Stephen Colbert’s desk. A show whose writers have a propensity to write for Marvel Comics. So a little late nite jibing of DC Comics was most definitely in order…
As they put it, it had been a Week In Penises. They got to Batman’s only after minutes.
Which gave Stephen Colbert the chance to state that the ‘new dynamic duo is Batman and Throbbin’…’
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand time, show me Batman’s genitals.
I’m so sorry that that’s a real picture.
It’s been censored for the viewers at home, let me describe it, It’s a comic book company trying desperately to help declining sales with a sexually charged publicity stunt to get people like me talking about it. And it goes to the right.
The new comic is the first in DC’s Black Label series for mature readers. I think they should say older readers. Its a superhero comic with weiner pics in it. I don’t think maturity is a major factor.
The series is called Batman Damned. Although looking at Batman’s butt is should be called Batman’s Daaaaamn.
And then we got a clip of the Batman sixties show with brand new sound effects…
Oh and for those playing at home, Batman: Damned #1 just sold for $80 unslabbed…
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At Drake’s concert in Philadelphia last week, he called out a female fan in the front row, stopping mid-song to tell “Shorty” that her appearance was stirring feelings in his loins. ONTD ran with the headline “Drake Flirts With Fan During Concert“, but it’s more like “Drake Throws Down His Subtle Moves On A Fan During Concert“. As the fan eats it all up, Drake lays it on extra thick and tells her that he loves her licking his lips at him and that he loves the pearl necklace… she’s wearing. See, I told you, subtle.
ONTD has a transcript of Drake’s flirt game:
Drake stopped his Philly show last week to let a fan in the audience that he’d been eyeing her all night.
Drake told the fan, “I see you shorty, trust me. Yeah you like that? I see you” He serenades the fan by singing to her and continues, “Don’t be smiling at me like that in Philly. You know I’m single and shit don’t get me all excited. All that little sexy cute shit you be doing with your lips and with your tongue and all that, I seen you all night! It’s all good, you look nice tonight though. I like your pearl necklace – the one you got on.”
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The good news is that she looks of age. Drake was hanging out with 18 year old model Bella Harris and is text friends with 14 year old Millie Bobby Brown. The woman in the video is clearly yelling something back to Drake. I played the tape as much as I could stomach then came to the conclusion that she probably yelled back “You wanna make me a baby, N***a?”. Ooohhh, so this is how flirting is done now? If you’ll excuse me, I need to call in a Hazmat team to de-tox my ears, eyeballs and keyboard for having to type that.
This Philadelphia show came just a few days before he cancelled two nights of shows with Migos in Miami because he was very sick. At first his people said the shows were cancelled due to production issues, but Drake came clean in an Instagram Story. TMZ quoted Drake as saying:
“I just wanted to say how sorry I am about these two Miami shows. I got so ill so fast and I had never experienced anything like that in my life. Unlike other show cancellations or date adjustments due to production issues this one fell on me and I just want to apologize because I hate letting down anyone who come to share these moments with us. Thank you god for allowing me to recover and continue. On we go,
Maybe God heard Drake’s cries about pearl necklaces but got confused and slapped one on him so thick it knocked the wind out of him for a few days. My money is on severe food poisoning- the runs come quickly (if we’re going with a Migos reference, you could say they “come through dripping. Drip, drip.“). If we see photos of Drake gorging on bananas and Gatorade or rubbing Arnica on bruises on his chest, we will have our answer.
Drake was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on stage while rehearsing at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The rapper, 31, suddenly felt ill and couldn’t perform. After canceling shows on Friday and Saturday, Drake apologized to fans. The setback came after his rival Kanye West demanded that he and other stars stop talking trash about his wife, Kim Kardashian! Scroll down RadarOnline.com’s video gallery for more and find out what the singer said about his mystery illness.
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New bride Janel Parrish was left heartbroken just before her wedding day.
The Pretty Little Liars actress and her husband Chris Long were left devastated when, Buck Long, was killed by a drunk driver.
The incident happened before she and her fiance got married in Hawaii.
Parrish revealed the news to her fans via an Instagram post this weekend.
She wrote: ‘A few weeks ago, we got the awful news that my now father in law was tragically killed by a drunk driver on his beloved Sunday motorcycle ride,’ Janel began in the emotional post.
‘Words can’t explain the feeling of losing someone to something so senseless… something that could have been prevented. Please read about his life, and if you’re moved by his story, help donate to MADD to help make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. Link in my bio. Love you Buck.’
Buck died at age 74 on August 26, just weeks before Janel married his son on September 8.
In the post, Janel, included a snap of Buck giving a toast to Janel and his son.
Another photo was of Buck taking a break from
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Trading Spaces star Genevieve Gorder got married to furniture designer Christian Dunbar in a small ceremony.
But the reception on Friday, September 21, was where their real flair showed!
After the private nuptials, Gorder, 44, and Dunbar and their family and friends flew to Morocco to celebrate with family and friends, according to PEOPLE.
Everyone enjoyed a dinner party feast at the Riad Kitula in in Marrakech at a long table surrounded by greenery. A riad is a traditional Moroccan a rectangle house with an interior courtyard.
Event planner Matthew Robbins pulled out all stops for the romantic event.
Guests included Gorder’s Trading Spaces castmates Hildi Santo Tomas and John Gidding, photographer Lauren Crew and What Not to Wear makeup artist Carmindy.
On Friday, Gorder posted a selfie of herself and her fiance getting ready. “Let’s throw a party shall we? #cdgg #morocco,” she wrote in a caption.
On Saturday, Dunbar posted a video of himself, writing, “DOWN TIME. Final quiet moments at the Kitula Riad before it’s officially game on! #christiandunbar #cdgg #genevievegorder #designlifestyle #designer #travelblogger #travel #familygoals #destinationwedding #morocco #marrakech.”
Gorder was previously married to Tyler Harcott from 2006 to 2013. They had daughter Bebelle, 10, together.
She announced her engagement to Dunbar, an interior designer and furniture builder, in February.
Gorder became famous on Trading Spaces for working in her bare feet. She’s also know for her Swiffer and being a judge on HGTV’s Design Star.
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Next week sees the return of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips to our comic book shelves with the release of their graphic novel, All Our Heroes Have Been Junkies. You can get a sneak peek right here.
And with Kill Of Be Killed at an end, what is to follow for our intrepid adventurers? Well, I am told that it will be the return of their series Criminal.
When I say ‘I am told’ I mean Sean Phillips told me. At Thought Bubble in Leeds. Like, about half an hour ago.
And he even showed me the cover to the new Criminal series.
I like Sean Phillips.
Criminal is a meditation on the clichés of the crime genre with separate self-contained stories that and focus on different characters in the fictional Center City, who all hang out in the same bar, and relate to criminal families such as the Pattersons and the Lawlesses.
2019 can’t come soon enough…
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While cats have gotten a really bum rap since popularly embraced by Taylor Swift and other tall lesbians, all cats aren’t bad, and this isn’t a place where we’re going to judge a man simply for liking cats. Be brave cat men. Speak up. I personally think cats are little pieces of satanic shit, and while I’ve met cute cats before, I always got the sense that they wanted to murder me. Now if they would just murder Taylor Swift, maybe I’d like ’em. Dogs are man’s best friend, but they can obviously be shitty too. So, dogs or cats? Let us know below.
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You cross Lizzie McGuire, and you’ll find your ass on Instagram! The Anita Bryant of the anti-weed movement, who previously put her neighbor on blast on Instagram, posted a clip of herself confronting a paparazzo and asking him to leave her alone. If this causes your face to assume the “what?” position, you’re not the only one who pressed pause here. Isn’t Hilary Duff one of those celebs who allegedly calls the paps to get shots of her walking from her car to places and from places to her car? But Hilary Duff wasn’t just walking to her car this time. She had her son Luca with her and was at his soccer game, so she went after a bitch.
Hilary said that the pap-in-question followed her to her son’s soccer game and then on to her sister Haylie Duff’s house.
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This guy has been at my sons soccer game this morning then followed me to my sisters house and was basically parked in her drive way to get photos. Followed me to run errands. I politely asked him to let me be and he continues to follow and stalk me down like pray for hours now. This is not ok. I am 9 months pregnant. When people say that’s what you get for signing up to be a celebrity it honestly makes me sick. This is every day of every month and it’s simply not ok. If a non “celeb”(I’m sorry to use that word) was dealing with this the law would be involved
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Every Hilary Duff paparazzi shoot has at least 4,598 pictures in it, for some reason, so I guess the pap only got 4,597 pictures, which is why he said he didn’t get a good shot or good footage yet. But Flu AND nine-months pregnant? Hilary Duff is made of tough stuff. Anyone else would have been brought over on a gurney to tell him off.
Hilary, 30, is expecting a baby girl with her boyfriend, Matthew Koma, 31. She has joint custody of her son Luca, 6, with her ex-husband, retired NHL player Mike Comrie. Besides being an enemy of the sacred herb, Hilary is also an obvious enemy of her sister’s. She probably should have gotten Haylie’s opinion on whether or not the photographer should be shooed away. He was parked in front of HER house, after all. Haylie was probably happy that a pap was pointing a camera anywhere near her. She probably came running out onto her lawn in a posin’ gown. Too late, Hil.
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Is it just us, or has Hollywood been struck by a romcom shortage in recent years? Where’s the love for funny, lighthearted love stories? Coupled with the fact that so many aspirational celebrity couples have split over the last few years (we’re looking at you, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt), it’s enough to make fans feel like love is dead.
Happily, though, you can always pull from the incredible body of romcoms from the ‘90s and early ‘00s. And, to give credit where credit is due, clever romcoms do seem to have started popping up again — especially on Netflix. Between the streaming giant’s original titles and the nostalgic favorites it features, you might say Netflix is keeping love alive... on our screens, at least.
In the last year, according to Netflix, more than 80 million accounts got their romcom fix by watching a love story. So, what are you waiting for? If you need help narrowing down your choices, let us help. The following romcoms should be on your Netflix queue no matter what, but we’ve gone a step further by categorizing them according to life status.
1. If you’re a hopeless romantic, watch... Amélie
This feel-good 2001 film revolves around the remarkably plucky and charming Amélie (Audrey Tatou), who is on a quest to bring happiness to those around her. Those who don’t speak French will need to make it through the subtitles, but the sweet and tender story will draw you in so much, you won’t mind. It’s impossible not to feel warm and fuzzy inside when you watch this hallmark of French cinema. The humor in the film doesn’t hit you over the head; rather, it's quirky and often surprising. Amélie is looking for love in her own way, and the journey is magical. Watch here.
2. If you found love when you least expected it, watch... How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Are parts of this 2003 film starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey predictable? Sure. But the rest of the film is so cute, you’ll forgive such momentary lapses. Hudson and McConaughey are super convincing as Andie (Hudson) and Ben (McConaughy), two New Yorkers who wind up on opposite sides of a bet that both of their careers are staked on. Hilarity ensues as Andie does everything in her power to push Ben away — only to realize they’re falling for each other. If this romcom leaves you wanting more of Hudson and McConaughey, you could always track down 2008’s Fool’s Gold. Watch here.
3. If you’ve always been a little shy, watch... To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Can you imagine if someone secretly mailed out the love letters you’d written to all of your crushes but were too shy to actually send? That's what happens to Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) in this movie adaptation of the popular YA novel by the same name. The film proves to be one of Netflix’s best original titles, playing perfectly on the fake dating plot. It will make you blush, it will make you laugh, it might even make you cry. And the incredible cast of young Hollywood talent will give you hope that more romcoms could be just around the corner. Watch here.
4. If you’ve got a serious case of wanderlust, watch... Leap Year
When Anna (Amy Adams) doesn’t get an expected proposal from her boyfriend, she decides to take matters into her own hands — she plans to surprise him in Ireland by asking him to marry her. The catch? She has to pop the question on Leap Day, when local tradition holds that he can't refuse. Upon her arrival in Ireland, though, things quickly go comically awry when Anna meets local barkeep Declan (Matthew Goode). What follows is a series of foibles that will cause serious secondhand embarrassment. All of this, and it’s set against the stunning Irish countryside. Yes, please. Watch here.
5. If mushy movies make you squirm but you still want something funny, watch... I Give It a Year
This 2013 film from director Dan Mazer isn’t your typical romantic comedy. In fact, it’s more of a reverse romcom, or even an anti-romcom. But it is far funnier than your typical romcom, too. No one believes newlyweds Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) can make it, but does that turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy? Well, of course we aren’t going to tell you here. Watch this smart farce to find out. Watch here.
6. If you're in between romantic partners but still want something cute, watch... Frances Ha
At 27, Frances Ha (Greta Gerwig) should probably have her life together a little bit more than she does. Her living situation is comically unstable. She and her BFF are basically on the outs. She’s an apprentice at a dance company but isn’t really a dancer. In that way, it’s set up to play out like a standard romcom — she wants more, and from the genre, you'd expect that she finds meaning through an unexpected romance. However, the brilliance of Frances Ha is that it suggests finding a man isn’t the answer to all of a young woman’s problems. It’s a realistic slice of life wrapped in romcom gossamer. And, as usual, Gerwig is a breath of fresh air. Watch here.
7. If you’re feeling decidedly less youthful these days, watch... While We’re Young
How was this 2015 film not more talked about? This Noah Baumbach comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as Josh and Cornelia, a childless married couple in their mid-40s who befriend hipster couple Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). If you’re no longer in your 20s and feel like life may have gotten away from you a little bit, this movie will make perhaps more sense than you want it to. It’s relatable and, often, deeply funny. Watch here.
8. If you’re an unabashed Bridget Jones fan, watch... Bridget Jones’s Baby
The last chapter of the Bridget Jones saga is just as sweet and funny as the first two. While the second installment of the trilogy wasn’t as well received as the first, the third proved that you can bring a franchise back years later as long as you don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Of course, a major reason this film works is its cast: Renee Zellweger as the always awkward but endearing Bridget, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy and newcomer (to the BJD family) Patrick Dempsey as dreamy American matchmaking billionaire Jack. Plus, there’s a baby! Everyone loves a baby. Watch here.
9. If you’re engaged, watch... I Love You, Man
The premise is simple: A couple get engaged, and they need to nail down their wedding party. However, Peter (Paul Rudd) spends most of his time with his girlfriend, Zooey (Rashida Jones), and doesn't really have any male friends. So, he goes on a quest to find the perfect groomsmen and finds... Sydney (Jason Segel). There are too many laugh-out-loud moments to mention in this romcom that ultimately does end up at the altar. But as happy as you are for Peter and Zooey, the real couple you’re rooting for is Peter and Sydney. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could turn this into a double feature by watching Chocolat — watch I Love You, Man and you’ll understand. Watch here.
10. If you’ve seen all the standard fare, watch... The Incredible Jessica James
First things first: Jessica Williams (as Jessica James) couldn’t be more captivating as an aspiring NYC playwright struggling through a painful breakup. The fact that this romcom is rounded out by Lakeith Standfield (as Jessica's ex) and Chris O’Dowd (as her potential new love interest) means that what could have been an entirely predictable romcom feels fresh and new. Williams shines as a woman trying to navigate her two worlds, work and love — sometimes to hilarious effect. Watch here.
11. If your Christmas countdown started on Easter, watch... Love Actually
Because, come on, right? This 2003 London-based romcom has become a cult classic for good reason — it just makes you feel good. Not because it’s cloyingly happy, either. It isn’t. There are genuinely heartbreaking moments throughout. However, the holiday scenery and cheerful sentiments of the season will put you in the Christmas spirit and make you believe, at least for a brief and shining moment, in the redeeming nature of love. And that’s to say nothing of the strength of this ensemble cast. With Billy Nighy, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Keira Knightley, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln... need we say .
12. If you want to get swept up in romances from another time, watch... Emma
We love a romantic costume drama, so of course we had to choose one of the dreamiest costume dramas around: Emma. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Jeremy Northam, Ewan McGregor and some very recognizable British character actors, this 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's classic about a young woman determined to play matchmaker for all of her friends and loved ones — to mixed results — is too good to ignore. Watch here.
Javi Marroquin has slammed his ex-wife Kailyn Lowry after she trashed their marriage in her new book, A Letter of Love. The Teen Mom 2 dad ranted on Twitter Saturday, September 22, responding to an article on The Ashley’s Reality Roundup about Lowry writing in her book that she knew she would regret their marriage.
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“I’m really getting sick and tired of reading this s–t. Forreal,” Marroquin, 25, responded. “The only reason she says this is to seek validation from her new relationship and convince herself its ok. I’m getting fed up with this. I didn’t sign anything to use my name. Maybe I should get my attorney too.”
The reality star who split from Lowry in May 2016 and is the father of her son Lincoln, 4, continued, “For someone who claims and tells me to get out of her ‘story’ she sure does continue to write about and talk about me all the time. Podcasts..books.”
Lowry, 26, is also mother to sons Isaac, 8, with ex-boyfriend Jo Rivera, and Lux, 1, with ex-beau Chris Lopez.
In another tweet, Marroquin asked, “Who tf would write that in a book dedicated to your children. Regardless of how our marriage ended stop lying and trying to convince yourself what you did was ok. Forreal I really don’t wanna come on here and spill tea because we’re past that forreal.”
When another Twitter user brought up the impact of the reality star’s actions on their boy Lincoln, Marroquin agreed, writing, “Forreal! He’s already behind the curve cause his parents didn’t work out then to read it? Nah I will make sure anything about me is out of that book.”
Lowry has tweeted about her brief marriage to Marroquin, “I was young and ignored red flags apparently. What most would call desperate.”
Marroquin clapped back on Twitter, writing, “Stop tweeting about me. Stop seeking validation. Move on, please. Like, we’re grown now … That’s for the birds.”
He later deleted his tweet because, “I don’t need to be looking for validation from social media.” Lowry has even mused about possibly moving away from Marroquin’s Delaware town, which could make things difficult as they co-parent Lincoln.
As RadarOnline.com has exclusively reported, last year, Lowry ditched the idea of doing a joint tell-all book with Marroquin.
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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, what a couple, right?
And we don't mean that in a good way.
Jill's all right for the most part, we guess, but Derick ... that's where the trouble lies.
Because Derick is the worst.
He's homophobic, and he also has a bizarre, disturbing fascination with Jazz Jennings, a lovely child with her own TLC show who also happens to be transgender.
At this point, we can't even count how many times he's talked about Jazz -- who, again, is a child -- in cruel, hateful ways.
He got so obsessed with insulting her that TLC fired him and Jill from Counting On last year.
And yes, Derick will swear up and down that they weren't fired, he just decided their family needed to quit the show, but ... come on.
If all of that wasn't enough to prove his awfulness, he also attacked survivors of the Parkland school shooting more than once, because they were a little too liberal for his taste.
That's what his problem boils down to, essentially: he's extremely conservative, but in the dumbest, most offensive way possible.
Another thing about Derick is that he doesn't seem to work, but whenever anyone brings it up, he's quick to tell everyone that he has a job, thank you very much.
Except he'll never say exactly what that job is.
A funny thing happened last month, though, and that funny thing is that Derick began attending law school.
He seems to be really into the whole thing, which is good -- if he ends up being a lawyer, he could probably stop asking Duggar fans for money.
But in a new post she made on Instagram, Jill is still acting like he has a job.
Let it go already, guys.
Along with the above photo, she wrote "Love this man! He gets up early to head out before traffic gets bad, works all day, then comes home after most people and puts more energy to invest in our boys and me!"
"You're still my fave!"
She added nauseating hashtags like "forever mine," "man of my dreams," "you've got my heart," and "I'm so in love," and "grateful wifey," because she loves him, OK?
Here's the problem.
They've both been so weird for so long about Derick working, and so defensive whenever anyone says he's unemployed.
If he stays home to take care of the kids, that's fine, you know? If they're living off Duggar money, it's all right.
But even though Derick is in law school, and even though he's flat out said that these days, he's either sleeping, in class, or in his school's library, Jill's still going on about how he "works all day."
Yeah, law school is hard work, we imagine, but we all know what's happening here.
And her Instagram follwers were quick to call her out.
Several of them asked if he was working, and one straight out told her "He doesn't work though."
"Full time college is not a job!" another explained. "Does it pay him? No."
"His 'job' is law school," someone else wrote, "and their only source of income is the excessive **link in bio** posts. He's not remarkable in the slightest."
For another explanation, one person theorized that "Jill uses 'working' to describe anytime Derick steps over the threshold into the world."
Hilariously, another of Jill's followers said that "She is so desperate for him to look good, you'd think he discovered penicillin."
Like we said, it's great that Derick is setting himself up for a good career by going to law school, and we're sure it is hard work.
But why is it so insanely difficult for anyone in this family to admit that the man is unemployed?
Michelle Obama officiated a wedding on Saturday—but did she steal the bride’s spotlight?
On Saturday, September 22, the former FLOTUS stood before Stephanie Rivkin, the daughter of the Deputy Mayor of Chicago, and her groom Joel Sircus in a black robe and asked them to repeat their vows: “I promise to stand next to and support you through all of life’s trials and triumphs.”
The guests were thrilled to see Barack Obama’s wife do the honors–with one person taking video and captioning it, “Holy Moly.” Both the bride and groom graduated cum laude from Yale and were clearly delighted to have a celebrity officiate. But was more attention being paid to Michelle than to them getting married?
In the past, RadarOnline.com has dubbed Michelle “the queen of mean,” detailing that she was a tough First Lady. Sources said she was involved in White House feuds. In an interview with The Times in England to promote her book about working with Barack, his former Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco recently dished that the real person in charge of the White House was former First Lady Michelle.
“She’s the boss,” Mastromonaco recalled.”If [President Barack] was mad at you for any reason, you’d be, like, ‘OK.’ If she was mad at you . . . if you thought for some reason she might be, you were, like, ‘I’m in so much trouble.’ ”
Michelle and Barack have often pursued separate interests since leaving the White House.
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Barack shocked many when he was seen without his wedding ring on a solo trip without Michelle. Last year, Michelle seemed happy when partying on her own with Beyonce. Now, she’s hitting ten U.S. cities for a stadium tour to promote her memoir called Becoming.
Michelle is charging rock star-style admission to her events that starts at $30. A pre-show meet and greet with the ex-First Lady will set attendees back a whopping $3,000!
Radar readers, do you think Michelle stole the spotlight at the wedding? Weigh in in the comments section!
Welcome to Lying In The Gutters, Bleeding Cool’s weekly runaround of the most popular stories on the site through the week. And this is what people were reading about on Bleeding Cool. It wasn’t just one story. But it was mostly one story. Bleeding Cool’s original scoop and the first presentation of what everyone would be talking about. Although, at Thought Bubble, Batman Damned artist Lee Bermejo wasn’t that cheery and according to one punter, refused to sign Batman Damned in a jocular fashion. ‘Could you sign it, to the Batpole, Dick?’ ‘No.’ etc etc etc…
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Will Kim Kardashian get slammed for putting her daughter North, 5, in a grown-up spotlight? The girl was a pint-sized runway model at the L.O.L. Surprise Fashion Show on Saturday afternoon, September 22, in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians queen has recently been blasted for letting her daughter with husband Kanye West wear red lipstick. Yesterday, the famous mom pushed the envelope even more as North showed off for the crowd in a red plastic biker-style jacket with matching skirt, a midriff-baring top, and yes, red lipstick. Scroll through RadarOnline.com’s gallery for more!
I do not like having my phone at the beach. I actually do not like having anything at the beach, myself included, but phones especially. Sand gets into every nook and cranny of the phone and its case, and then there is always the risk of it getting in the water. To put it simply, staying in touch with people wile I am there just is not worth the trouble. That is why I do not understand why Jasmine Tosh is acting so irresponsibly by taking her phone even closer to the water to speak on it. Who could possibly be on the other end that is worth that risk, Melissa Etheridge?
Jasmine must either be fearless or oblivious. She might have a waterproof case for that phone, but it wouldn’t make a difference in my mind. I would still have it in a Ziploc bag if I absolutely had to have it on me. If I could safely keep myself in a plastic bag when at the beach I would do it. Whenever people talk about the bubble boy it is with pity. No one ever talks about the benefits that would come along with it.
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This weekend’s HSOTD theme IS legendary raccoons! Yesterday, I paid tribute to a Canadian DGAF grand champion who committed three crimes (breaking and entering, thieving of carbs, and knocking tricks over by being a devastating badass) and would gladly do it again. And today, I pay tribute to a raccoon who easily won America’s Got Talent without even being on America’s Got Talent. This raccoon must somehow be related to the MPRaccoon of Minnesota, who scaled a 25-story building, because this one is also a scaling wonder, but the raccoon also made people gasp until their lungs collapsed by pulling some acrobatic shit.
Fox29 says that while on vacation in Ocean City, NJ Micha Rea was biking on the boardwalk with friends when he and many others spotted the daredevil raccoon scaling up to around the ninth floor of an apartment building as if they were me finding a way to scale up a building to my Grindr trick when the elevator is broken and the stairs are closed. Micha started recording, and animal control, was apparently on the scene too. Now, animal control was there as well as several other people, and yet not one of them thought to hold a mattress or a sheet under that raccoon? I guess they all didn’t get their rescue training from cartoons and old-timey moves like I did.
The raccoon either slipped, or realized that building was just too tall to conquer, or decided to give the people a show. Because the raccoon seemed to turn around, falling to the sand. I’d like to thank the raccoon, because I clenched so hard that I’m almost like a virgin in the butt. I said almost. The impossible has still not been achieved.
DAREDEVIL RACCOON: Incredible video shows a raccoon climbing roughly nine stories up a building off the Ocean City Boardwalk. It then appears to turn around and jump from the building, spiraling toward the ground. Then it gets up and walks away…
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) September 21, 2018
It seems like no raccoons were harmed in the making of that magnificent acrobatic move. So that fetus who currently plays Spider-Man better watch it. Because that raccoon is coming for his role!
Galileo's newly discovered letter shows his clever attempt to outsmart the Catholic Church
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Airbnb wants to give the homeowners who power its service the opportunity to own a piece of its business. That’s why, as Axios reports, the $31-billion-valued company has written to the SEC to ask if its rules around security ownership can be revised.
Specifically, Airbnb is seeking a change to the SEC’s Rule 701 — which governs ownership of equity in companies — to allow a new kind of shareholder class for workers who participate in gig economy companies and their services. Uber, for one, has met with the SEC to propose a similar allowance but Airbnb’s argument is laid out in a letter that you can read here (thanks to Axios.)
“As a sharing economy marketplace, Airbnb succeeds when these hosts succeed,” the company wrote in one passage. “We believe that enabling private companies to grant hosts and other sharing economy participants equity in the company from an earlier stage would further align incentives between such companies and their sharing economy participants to the benefit of both.”
While it isn’t clear how earning equity might work for an Airbnb host — or an Uber or Lyft driver, for that matter — further amendment of rules would be required. Currently, SEC regulations require that any private company with over 2,000 shareholders or 500 or more who are not U.S. accredited investors, must be registered.
That’s clearly a problem for Airbnb which has grown to more than five million listings since its foundation in 2008. It remains to be seen how many of those homeowners could own equity even were the rules amended to allow it. More generally, though, gig economy startups won’t pursue the equity options for contractors if doing so then triggers mandatory SEC reporting whilst they are private entities.
Then there are additional complications for businesses that have expanded outside of the U.S. market. Most of Airbnb’s are located overseas — the service claims to offer lodgings across some 81,000 cities in over 190 countries — which makes handing out U.S-based equity tricky.
Still, Airbnb’s public acknowledgment of its hosts and the crucial role they play is a positive part of that relationship. That’s something rare, for sure.
Most of the discussion around the role between marketplace provider and gig economy worker has been negative, with Uber in particular keen to distinguish between contractor and company staff.
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We've compiled some of the best scary movies on Amazon Prime for you. Now you can live every day like it's Halloween!
Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page and come back every month to stay up to date with the best horror movies on Amazon Prime.
Updated for October 2018
Amazon Prime's selection of horror movies is as extensive as it is terrifying. What's more, they have a significant selection of old/classic films for your scary pleasures. So we've compiled our picks of the best scary movies to watch on Halloween (or any other time) on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Now, pour yourself a glass of something good and dig your fangs in to our list of the best horror movies you can watch on Amazon Prime.
One of the better recent found-footage efforts takes a ghastly turn when one of the filmmakers wakes up foaming at the mouth with his eyeballs rolling back in their sockets. He can also suddenly run faster than a car speeding in a school zone. Diagnosis: vampirism.
There is no cure for the undead except feeding on human blood (especially child molesters). That epic travel blog they were planning is going to be supernaturally epic.
Is Patrick Bateman an American Psycho because of his meticulous grooming, perpetual snobbery, and misogynistic treatment of women, or because of, oh say, that fetish for ax murdering? Maybe he's just bug nuts simply for being a guy that thinks Phil Collins and Huey Lewis are the most talented songwriters of the ‘80s? It’s a tough call.
What’s not a tough call is saying that Christian Bale’s creepy tour de force performance as Bateman, and the shape Bale got in to portray the part, based on the character from Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same name, is as astonishing as it is unsettling. One part slasher and one part comedy of manners, American Psycho is a new American horror classic.
The Amityville Horror
So yeah, the real-life story of The Amityville Horror is mostly B.S. But that doesn't mean the original film isn't a fantastically scary time if you're willing to suspend your disbelief. James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as husband and wife of the Lutz family as they decide to move into their dream home in Amityville, New York on 12 Ocean Avenue.
Thankfully they get a great deal as a mass murder happened to have taken place there some years before. The Amityville Horror wonderfully captures the horror of not feeling safe the one place you're supposed to feel safe: your home. And the home itself is just wonderfully terrifying in and of itself with its attic windows that look like demonic eyes cursing everyone else on Ocean Avenue.
The Blair Witch Project
I honestly can't imagine a more terrifying movie-going experience than seeing The Blair Witch Project in a theater on opening night. Back in the late '90s, we weren't as immune to Internet hype as we are now and it would have been much easier to suspend one's disbelief for this: the godfather of the found footage horror movie.
Even as things stand now, The Blair Witch Project is a fantastic, truly eerie film. If possible, however, cut the WiFi in your house for a week, pretend you're in 1999, dim the lights and watch it again.
Burn, Witch, Burn!
The dark magic of Sidney Hayers' 1962 thriller (which is also known as Night of The Eagle) still bewitches us decades later with voodoo dolls, hypnotic spells and lightning no earthly force could have conjured. Psychology professor Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) swears he is not superstitious until things mysteriously start levitating and vanishing. He and his sorceress wife (Janet Blair) have ended up as the targets of another woman’s vengeful witchcraft. Her malicious cry of "Burn, witch, burn!" will echo in your ears for weeks.
Bonus cool factor: The screenplay was co-written by the great Richard Matheson.
The streaming world is not wanting for Stephen King adaptations. If you're in the mood for some Stephen King movies, however, you may as well start with the first novel and one of the best adaptations.
Carrie is essentially a grim biography of one girl's terrible life. Her classmates make fun of her, her religious nut of a mother tortures her endlessly. It's just pure tragedy. Until it suddenly becomes pure horror.
Carriers is a movie that knows how to put the "post" in "post-apocalyptic." In the world of 2009's Carriers, a pandemic has wiped out nearly all of humanity. Four people, Danny (Lou Taylor Pucci), Brian (Chris Pine), Bobby (Piper Perabo), and Kate (Emily VanCamp) take shelter on Turtle Beach in the Southwest U.S.
It's here that they plan to ride out the apocalypse, and stay away from the plague. That's all easy enough, but what proves to be more difficult to contend with are the survivors themselves. Carriers is a fun, low budget horror movie with a good cast. They caught Chris Pine right before he became Chris Pine.
"Evil child's doll" is like shooting fish in a barrel when it comes to horror. Still, Child's Play and the franchise that followed it is even more impressive than that already great premise suggests.
Chucky is just completely creepy. This demonic little bastard would go on to become an iconic horror villain but in in this, the first of the franchise, he's at his absolute terrifying best.
Bad news. The world is overrun with vampires in Daybreakers, a 2009 Australian horror film from The Spierig Brothers. Even worse news is that a vampiric corporation is attempting to track down all the remaining humans to eat.
The good news is that Willem Dafoe has the cure that will save the entire human species. Dafoe stars as former vampire "Elvis." He teams up with Ethan Hawke's Edward Dalton as the two attempt to defeat the vampires and restore humanity to its proper place.
Daybreakers is a fun, properly satiriical vampire movie. It has lots to say about consumerism and societal structures. But most importantly it also just knows that it has two great stars and let's them enjoy their vampire-killing activities.
The Devil Bat
Ah, The Devil Bat. One of those infamous vampire movies that isn't actually about vampires. But who the hell cares when it has Bela Lugosi in it, right?
But this poverty row production from 1940 features plenty of atmospherics, as well as a giant honkin' bat, and that's enough to set the mood on a chilly night. Especially if you're indulging in adult beverages or contraband. If nothing else, just bow down to Bela.
Frailty is awesome because Bill Paxton is awesome. R.I.P. What if you father was Bill Paxton? Cool, right? But what if your father was Bill Paxton and one day emerged from his barn with an axe and told you and your brother that angels had given him a list of demons on Earth masquerading as human beings?
And that all of you would have to kill them as a family. Not as cool. Frailty is near-perfect psychological horror as it confronts two of our biggest fears: fear of the familiar suddenly going crazy. And fear of the crazy suddenly becoming familiar.
A Field in England
2013's A Field in England presents compelling evidence that more horror movies should be shot in black and white.
Directed by British director Ben Wheatley, A Field in England is a kaleidoscope of trippy, cerebral horror. The film takes place in 1648, during the English Civil War. A group of soldiers is taken in by a kindly man, who is soon revealed to be an alchemist. The alchemist takes the soldiers to a vast field of mushrooms where they are subjected to a series of mind-altering, nightmarish visions.
A Field in England is aggressively weird, creative, and best of all clocks in at exactly 90 minutes.
Green Room is a shockingly conventional horror movie despite not having all of the elements we traditionally associate with them. There are no monsters or the supernatural in Green Room.
Instead all monsters are replaced by vengeful neo-Nazis and the haunted house is replaced by a skinhead punk music club in the middle of nowhere in the Oregon woods. The band The Aint Rights, led by bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin) are locked in the green room of club after witnessing a murder and must fight their way out.
House on Haunted Hill
What would you do for $10,000? How about surviving a night in a mansion haunted by murder victims and owned by a psychotic millionaire? Seems like a party trick until people actually start dying.
Vincent Price is the master and mastermind of a house that suddenly makes everyone homicidal—but the real pièce de résistance is what dances out of a vat of flesh-eating acid.
Some vintage horror never dies, and this 1959 classic is immortal.
Jacob's Ladder is a different kind of horror altogether: one that is somehow simultaneously hallucinatory and all-too-real. Tim Robbins stars as Jacob Singer, a former American soldier who experienced horrors in Vietnam. Those horrors continue to plague Singer in a series of gruesome flashbacks and hallucinations and set him down a dark path to find out exactly what's real.
Jacob's Ladder is truly disturbing and has a classic ending that will help you realize the significance of the phrase "a Jacob's Ladder scenario."
Duuuhhh-nuhhh. Or however you transcribe that menacing John Williams' piano motif. Jaws is an all-time summer movie blockbuster classic but don't overlook its horror bona fides. Steven Spielberg's 1975 film does what so many horror movie after it would successfully ape: it conjures dread and terror from thin air.
Jaws returns viewers to a primal state of fear when our ancestors were not on the apex of the food chain. The happy accident of a broken electronic shark also means that we barely see the beastie, which makes his devastation all the more terrifying over 40 years later.
Jeepers Creepers generates a lot of horror from a simple, somewhat silly premise along with 1938 song. The film is exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola (really!) and stars Justin Long as one of several teens lost in rural Florida.
Jeepers Creepers correctly posits that rural Florida is among the scariest places to be as the eponymous demonic monster begins his 23-day reign of terror.
When a horror movie's plot description mentions "backwoods" it's almost a guarantee that you're going to have a good time. Movies that are able to capture the all-encompassing dread of the middle of nowhere (with minimal to no condescension for rural audiences of course) are almost always worth your time.
Thankfully, Jug Face is one of those movies. Jug Face concerns a backwoods community that worships an ancient pit. A leader of the community Dawai creates jugs out of clay with visages on them that match the face of a community member. That member then must be sacrificed to the pit. When the next jug resembles young Ada, she opts to get out of dodge.
Let Me In
Let Me In is an adaptation of the 2008 Swedish romantic horror film Let the Right One In. Both films deal with a young, bullied boy meeting and falling in love with a vampire girl. Let Me In seemed like an awful idea at the time. It came just two years after the original, which was considered to be a modern romance and horror classic. But this version, as directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves is surprisingly good.
Let Me In is a faithful adaptation of the original without being derivitive and boring. The secret is in the direciton and cinematography. So much of what made Let the Right One In great was its quiet, snowy Scandanavian scenery. Let Me In finds equal levels of creepy serenity in the New Mexican desert.
The end result of Reeves' scenery change and careful direction is great adaptation buoyed by superb performances from child actors (and members of the three name club) Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
It's no secret that horror can work on a small scale with little other than the viewer's imagination to generate fear. The Monster is about as small scale, yet still effective, as they come.
The film features just two characters almost exclusively, a mother and a daughter, trapped in a car as a monster from the woods terrorizes them.
Is Darren Aronofsky's 2017 120-minute bomb of pure weirdness, Mother!, a horror movie? Sure, why not. Not a conventional one to be sure but it's unsettling enough to creep out just about anyone.
Jennifer Lawrence stars as....you know what. A plot description will be hard on this one. The characters have no names other than Him (Javier Bardem), Mother (Lawrence), and other titles. Bardem and Lawrence portray and archetypical married couple living in an old house where very weird things start happening.
There is a lot of symbolism to unpack in Mother! and it's a movie that clearly wants to communicate something intangible very desperately. Aside from that, however, it's also just an intensely visually disorienting experience.
Horrors always lurk at the bottom of murky lakes, but the dead-eyed doll heads and evil statues staring from beneath the greenish surface of this one will have you begging Swamp Thing for mercy. That’s before some brutally disfigured orphans shamble out of the woods.
When Jenny visits her archaeologist father in Italy, long-drowned secrets start bubbling to the surface. To think, all this was supposed to be a vacation. Riccardo Paoletti's directorial debut is worth checking out.
Dr. Frankenstein would be proud of a scientist who makes the most of his wife’s passion-driven murder by using her heart and a few volts of electricity to reanimate his dead servant in this piece of Italian horror weirdness, Nightmare Castle. He thinks he will inherit the castle from the woman he killed—until he doesn’t and her halfway insane sister does. Marrying said sister ends up being not such a great idea when she begins having homicidal nightmares.
Featuring scream queen Barbara Steele!
Night of the Living Dead
George A. Romero’s 1968 zombie classic The Night of the Living Dead messed up the minds of late '60s moviegoers as much as it messed with every horror movie that followed. Shot on gritty black and white stock, the film captures the desperate urgency of a documentary shot at the end of the world. It is a tale of survival, an allegory for the Vietnam War and racism and suspenseful as hell freezing over.
Night of the Living Dead set a new standard for gore, even though you could tell some of the bones the zombies were munching came from a local butcher shop. But what grabs at you are the unexpected shocks. Long before The Walking Dead, Romero caught the terror that could erupt from any character, at any time.
They're coming to get you. There's one of them now!
Nothing beats a classic, and that's exactly what Nosferatu is. As the unofficial 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this German Expressionist masterpiece was almost lost to the ages when the filmmakers lost a copyright lawsuit with Stoker’s widow (who had a point). As a result, most copies were destroyed...but a precious few survived
This definitive horror movie from F.W. Murnau might be a silent picture, but it is a haunting one where vampirism is used as a metaphor for plague and the Black Death sweeping across Europe. When Count Orlock comes to Berlin, he brings rivers of rats with him and the most repellent visage ever presented by a cinematic bloodsucker. The sexy vampires would come later, starting with 1931’s more polished vision of Count Dracula as legendarily played by Bela Lugosi, but Max Schreck is buried under globs of makeup in Nosferatu making him resemble an emaciated cadaver. Murnau plays with shadow and light to create an intoxicating environment of fever dream repressions. But he also creates the most haunting cinematic image of a vampire yet put on screen.
Check it out.
2007's Paranormal Activity in some respects represents the zenith of found footage horror movie genre that began with The Blair Witch Project in 1999. Paranormal Activity takes that concept of filming paranormal...well, activity, and takes it to its logical extreme.
Micah and Katie are a young couple who move to a new home in San Diego. Katie believes that an evil presences she's known since childhood has followed them into the home. So Micah sets up a standard video camera in their room to see if they can capture any evidence of it. And catch some evidence they do. Paranormal Activity succeeds becasue of its genius simplicity - and because everything is inherently creepier through grainy VHS footage.
1988's Pumpkinhead has two factors that almost automatically make any horror movie watchable at the very least.
The first factor is an unfortunate human character who messes with forces outside his control and understanding for a shot at vengeance. After a group of local teens accidentally kill his son, Tom wants vengeance and visits a witch to find it. This is where factor #2 comes in. The witch helps Tom raise a monster from the dead to go on a tour of bloody revenge. The monster, Pumpkinhead, is a terrifyingly wonderful movie monster - all spindly limbs and sharp corners.
Pumpkinhead spawned a small series of horror movies but this first one is the best and most unnerving.
Season of the Witch
Bored Stepford-esque housewife Joan (Jan White) is stuck in a suburban bubble with an abusive husband when she meets a mysterious new neighbor (Virginia Greenwald) who practices witchcraft. Pretty soon, Joan is casting spells to have affairs with college boys half her age, suffering from Satanic nightmares that wake her up to grim reality, and initiated into her neighbor’s backyard coven.
Proof that you never know what really goes on behind white picket fences. Another fine bit of weirdness from George A. Romero.
Martin Scorsese's late career bromance with Leonardo DiCaprio continues in their most overtly genre movie effort yet with Shutter Island.
DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels who is sent to investigate a psychiatric facility in the Boston Harbor after a patient goes missing. Soon after Teddy's arrival, he discovers that not only might this case be more than it seems, but he may have brought some ghosts to Shutter Island, itself.
Stir of Echoes
Unwanted or unexpected "visions" are the rare horror trope that are equally terrifying conceptually and visually. Therefore they are a perfect fit for a horror movie. In Stir of Echoes, Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a normal working class Joe from Chicago until a chance encounter with a hypnotist at a party causes him to have some disturbing visions.
Tom's visions are that of a young girl being violently attacked and he soon comes to suspect that they might represent something real.
The Woman in Black
There is something eternally appealing to anyone who grew up reading ghost stories about a spooky old house, abandoned on a hill. Maybe that's why The Woman in Black’s cruelty lies in the fact that the only victims of this haunted estate are the children of locals murdered simply because their parents—or total strangers—are too inquisitive for their own good.
As one of Hammer Films’ two good movies during their brief revival (the other being Let Me In), this owes a lot to the studio’s classic legacy of buttoned up Victorians venturing past the point of sanity or safety into the English countryside. It also bears a striking resemblance to Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula in production design and, occasionally, tone. The movie stumbles with the miscasting of a far-too-young Daniel Radcliffe as a widower and father, but he still plays the scared solicitor well enough when he’s in the house with her.
Really, it’s a nostalgia for an old school style of saying “boo,” plus an impeccably creepy premise about a vengeful ghost who murders random children and keeps their souls in torment for her own amusement, that makes this worthwhile. That and a few of the tenser jump scare-a-thons in recent memory.
Deranged killers, gore, Poe, and plenty of Brad Dourif. Here's our pick of 20 great, underappreciated films from the 1990s...
It's sometimes said that the 1990s wasn't a great time for horror films. But while lots of disappointing franchise sequels crowded their way into cinemas or the lower shelves of video stores, there were also plenty of fantastic examples of the familiar chill. Bernard Rose's Candyman was one of the very best of the decade; Wes Craven's New Nightmare was an intelligent reworking of a flagging series; The Ring introduced a new strain of Japanese horror to a global audience.
Then there are the less well-known horror movies from the decade - ones which either didn't do very well in the cinema or didn't make it to the big screen at all. With the exception of one Japanese film, we've gone for a selection of films that aren't sequels or part of a big-name franchise, but otherwise run the gamut of horror, from outer space sci-fi to slasher, to comedy. Some are helmed by respected, familiar names, others are more obscure. All, I'd argue, deserve a bit more love and attention.
Two Evil Eyes (1990)
A pair of horror's most respected directors came together for this film of two halves, each based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. George A. Romero directs the first segment, based on The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar, which stars Adrienne Barbeau in a tale about old men, embezzlement and evil spirits.
The true gem, however, is Dario Argento's rendering of "The Black Cat." It features a brilliant performance from Harvey Keitel as one Roderick Usher, a crime scene photographer who takes a dislike to his girlfriend's moggy. With some great gore effects courtesy of Tom Savini, Kim Hunter, and Martin Balsam among the supporting cast, and some satisfying nods to other Poe tales, it's a great modern spin on a classic horror yarn.
Cat In The Brain (1990)
If you're familiar with Italian horror maestro Lucio Fulci's classic horror work, you'll know what to expect from A Cat In The Brain, one of his last ever films. Years before meta horror arrived in America with films like New Nightmare and Scream, Fulci came up with his own; here, he plays an aging film director driven half mad by his own work, which looms out of his memory in the form of clips from his back catalogue of movies.
Surreal, gory - it was once banned in the UK - and threaded with some warped humor, A Cat in the Brain isn't the best film in Fulci's long career, but it's nevertheless an amusing self-examination of the director's grimy legacy.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Just about breaking even in theaters, this disturbing psychological horror film from Adrian Lyne found a new life on VHS. Tim Robbins stars as a Vietnam veteran plagued by hallucinations, which seem to become more tauntingly regular the more he tries to escape them. What makes Jacob's Ladder so powerful is the way Lyne manages to present the world from its protagonist's traumatized, haunted perspective - there are moments in this film which, once seen, are difficult to shake. Even in its calmer moments, Jacob's Ladder is shot with a doomy, oppressive atmosphere that lingers like a fog.
Years before British director Richard Stanley went to America to try to make The Island Of Dr. Moreau (with disastrous consequences), he made this low budget, highly inventive piece of sci-fi horror. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it sees the remains of a killer robot reassemble itself in the flat of artist Jill (Stacey Travis) and her ex-soldier boyfriend Mo (Dylan McDermott). Inspired by a 2000 AD comic story, and reminiscent of The Terminator, Hardware has its own aggressive, gritty energy; it's also incredibly gory and was even cut to achieve an R-rating back when it was first released.
Clive Barker's dreamlike horror flick was hobbled by a meddling studio, but even in its earlier, more disjointed form, Nightbreed was full of captivating moments. We're big fans of Nightbreed and have written about it in more detail here.
David Cronenberg is unforgettably flesh-crawling as a psychiatrist more crazy than his patient, Boone (Craig Sheffer). There's also an underground city called Midian, populated by all kinds of exotic beings. It's a wild adult fantasy, full of imaginative creatures, copious blood and epic scope.
Body Parts (1991)
There isn't an original bone in this movie's body, but it gets by thanks to some entertainingly outlandish gore and tongue-in-cheek humor. Jeff Fahey stars as Bill, a psychologist who loses his arm in a spectacularly over-the-top car accident. A few days later, he's been fitted with an arm taken from the body of a (you probably guessed it) deceased criminal.
Bill soon begins to suffer from nightmares, and occasionally notices that his new arm doesn't always do as it's told. Concerned about where this wayward limb came from, Bill visits the recipients of the dead criminal's other body parts, and finds out that they've been suffering from weird afflictions, too...
Body Parts wasn't well received on release, and it's fair to say it isn't a great film in the strictest sense. What it does have in its favor, though, is director and co-writer Eric Red; he takes a familiar (think Hands Of Orlac) plot to its absurd, extremely bloody conclusion. It's also worth seeing for a great mad scientist performance from Lindsay Duncan, and Brad Dourif on eccentric form as a tormented artist whose new arm paints lurid paintings for him.
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
Many horror fans will be aware of Roger Corman's colorful (and loose) adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's story, but Stuart Gordon's version of The Pit and the Pendulum follows in a similar camp tradition. Lance Henriksen stars as a decidedly kinky Grand Inquisitor Torquemada, who likes being tied up and whipped when he isn't terrorizing Spain in the name of the church.
All temptation, heaving bosoms, and torture, The Pit and the Pendulum is pure schlock from start to finish, but that's all part of the fun; Oliver Reed and Jeffrey Combs are among the cast, but Henriksen steals just about every scene as the evil Torquemada. The way he angrily commands someone to "go and torture some heretics" is one of the film's best moments. Gordon's something of a cult film factory, having made the likes of Re-Animator, From Beyond, and Fortress. Yet, The Pit And The Pendulum may be one of his most underrated films.
The Devil's Daughter (1991)
Variously known as The Sect and Demons 4, this is a superb, atmospheric film from Michele Soavi, director of The Church (1989) and Dellamorte Dellamore (1994). A reworking of ideas previously explored in the classic Rosemary's Baby, The Devil's Daughter sees a young teacher, Miriam (Kelly Curtis, sister of Jamie Lee) encounter an old man (the great Herbert Lom) who wants her to sire the son of Old Nick himself. From such familiar cloth, Soavi crafts a memorable horror - it isn't as good as the spectacular Dellamorte (see later), but it's still a full of really eerie, inventive imagery.
The Resurrected (1992)
Dan O'Bannon will probably be remembered by history as the writer of films like Blue Thunder, Life Force, Dark Star, Total Recall - oh, and a little genre piece called Alien. But he also directed on occasion; he directed the 1985 comedy horror The Return Of The Living Dead, as well as this adaptation of HP Lovecraft's The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward.
John Terry (later seen as Jack's dad Christian Shephard in Lost) stars as a private detective on the trail of Ward (Chris Sarandon) who dabbles in raising the dead. Little-seen but really well made, this is one of the best - and certainly most serious - adaptations of Lovecraft's work yet. Sarandon, in particular, turns in a performance of real depth.
Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer (1992)
Like Sam Raimi's Evil Dead II, The Body Hammer is a both a remake and sequel to director Shinya Tsukamoto's 1989 cult film, Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Weird and deliriously violent, The Body Hammer sees an ordinary salary man mutated into a hulking metal monstrosity and fight an underground army of bald body builders. Like a Marvel movie filtered through the mind of David Lynch, Body Hammer is a wild, hallucinatory ride.
Body Snatchers (1993)
This second remake may not be quite as essential as Don Siegel's '50s original or Philip Kaufman's 1978 redo, but it's still a watchable film with some highly disturbing moments. It's certainly an unusual choice of film from the wayward Abel Ferrara, but he creates an effective air of suspense as the members of an Alabama military base succumb to the usual invasion of soulless pod people.
The script, which credits Stuart Gordon and his screenwriting partner Dennis Paoli as well as Ferrara's frequent collaborator Nicholas St. John, also comes up with a fresh angle on the story, in that it's told from a young woman's perspective (Gabriel Anwar) rather than a middle-aged male professional. Barely released in cinemas, Body Snatchers was nowhere near as big a hit as its predecessors, but it's well worth seeking out - certainly, it's infinitely superior to the woeful 2007 incarnation, The Invasion.
Dario Argento seems to have lost his creative mojo of late, but this 1993 giallo film - his first American feature - sees him closer to his '70s and '80s form. Asia Argento stars as a young woman who crosses paths with a mysterious killer who's in possession of an unsettling device which garrottes its victims at the press of a button. The pace drags in places, but the presence of Piper Laurie and Brad Dourif (who was seemingly ubiquitous in the '90s) liven things up, and Argento attacks his scenes of gore and mayhem with evident relish. One scene even features a decapitated head falling down a lift shaft, screaming.
Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy certainly seem to have seen and liked Trauma; their 2014 collaboration The Counsellor features a remarkably similar Garotte-O-Matic murder weapon.
The Dark Half (1993)
There have been great Stephen King adaptations and absolutely terrible ones, and George Romero's The Dark Half is definitely one of the more underrated. Timothy Hutton stars in a dual role as writer Thad Beaumont, who's menaced by a physical incarnation of his own nom de plume. Romero, usually only given a few pence with which to make his films by stingy investors, was given a handsome $15m to play with here, and the result is a handsome, solidly-made film - a sequence where a flock of birds attack Castle Rock is superbly handled.
Sadly, it failed to make its money back in cinemas, and The Dark Half isn't a film people really talk about much these days, unless it's when they're compiling lists like these. Michael Rooker's also in The Dark Half. All films are better with Michael Rooker in them.
The lively home video market meant that the '80s and '90s had no shortage of B-grade monster movies - and a great percentage of them were terrible. Ticks, also marketed in some places as The Infested, is infinitely better than most; it doesn't aspire to be anything more than a bit of messy fun, but there's no harm in that.
A bunch of inner-city kids end up in the middle of nowhere, only to have their isolated retreat besieged by giant, blood-sucking insects. The practical effects are great, and the cast is perfectly decent (look out for a very young Seth Green). If you liked James Gunn's irreverent Slither, Ticks is well worth digging out.
Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)
This Italian comedy horror, sometimes known as Cemetery Man, has appeared on a couple of lists on this site, and with good reason: it's a truly wonderful film. Rupert Everett, in perhaps his best screen role, plays Francesco, a cemetery caretaker in a sleepy Italian town. It should be a simple job, except for one small detail: the dead have a habit of coming back to life.
Gradually, Francesco and his assistant Naghi (Francois Hadji-Lazaro) lose their grip on their sanity, as the former starts causing chaos around town and Naghi falls in love with a severed head. Believe it or not, Dellamorte Dellamore is even more bizarre than that brief description implies, and the result is one of the funniest, most unpredictable horror films of the entire decade.
In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
Why this horror film from genre genius John Carpenter wasn't a bigger hit is something of a mystery. Its story, about an insurance man investigating the disappearance of a horror novelist, feels fresh, redolent of Carpenter's earlier work, and rooted in classic American chiller fiction, from Poe via Lovecraft to Stephen King. At its core is a great premise: Novelist Sutter Cane's books have the power to cause madness, and his latest tome could even usher in the apocalypse.
Sam Neill's protagonist finds himself trapped in a town straight out of Cane's books where nothing seems quite real and an ancient evil threatens to burst forth from another dimension. Although not quite in the same league as Carpenter's true classics (Halloween, The Thing, and so forth), it's still among his strongest films, and filled with some genuinely unsettling moments. One of the best involves a quiet country road and an old man on a bicycle. No, really.
The Addiction (1995)
Shot in high-contrast black and white, Abel Ferrara's one-of-a-kind arthouse vampire movie is as untamed and unsettling as the director's other films from the period. About a philosophy student (Lili Taylor) who's bitten by a vampire (Annabella Sciora) and gradually becomes a blood sucker herself, The Addiction features a dazzling turn from Christopher Walken as yet another creature of the night.
The way screenwriter Nicholas St. John explores the psychological burden of being a vampire - that is, how the protagonist gets used to the sudden need to kill for her supper - is intelligently, evocatively explored. It's like a grown-up Twilight without the simpering and sparkles.
Castle Freak (1995)
Cult horror director Stuart Gordon turned once again to a HP Lovecraft story for Castle Freak, which, despite the humor inspired by its title, possesses little of the camp excess of the filmmaker's previous adaptations (Re-Animator and From Beyond). Based on The Outsider, it sees a family inherit an ancient castle in Italy, which comes complete with its own mutant creature lurking in the basement.
Released straight-to-video, Castle Freak's production values are noticeably low, but it's interesting to see Gordon tackle something so unvarnished and harsh - only his 2003 film King Of The Ants is as graphically violent. Gordon stalwarts Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton also provide sterling work in what could be read as a gothic, very gory reworking of Cape Fear.
Event Horizon (1997)
This outer space horror flick garnered largely negative reviews upon release and was something of a box office flop. Even today, it seems to divide opinion; lots of people seem to dislike it, but I ended up going to the cinema and watching it twice for some reason.
In today's eyes, the plot's predictable stuff: a missing space ship - the title's Event Horizon - reappears after seven years, so a rescue team's despatched to go and investigate. They arrive to find an astral Marie Celeste, with everyone aboard either dead or missing.
It turns out that tinkering with wormholes in space had driven everyone on the ship murderously insane, and the rescue team - among them Sean Pertwee, Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, and Sam Neill - soon start to unravel too. Surprisingly graphic for a mainstream, $60 million film (from a time when $60 million was still quite a bit of money), Event Horizon offers plenty of fun and shocks if viewed as a glossy B-movie. Then there's Sam Neill, who's delightful as the token mad scientist.
Three years before the Brit horror My Little Eye or the dreary Halloween: Resurrection, along came this straight-to-video slasher flick which also had a reality-TV theme.
Kolobos sees a handful of people agree to spend three months locked in a house together while a network of cameras monitors their every move. They soon learn that what they've signed up for is essentially Big Brother with lots of booby traps and a scary entity from someone's nightmare. Indifferently acted but quite smart (in a genre-savvy, post-Scream kind of way) and even well-made considering its humble roots, Kolobos offers a decent evening's entertainment. There are imaginative deaths, scary figures prowling corridors, all building to a satisfying conclusion. We'd happily watch it again over Halloween: Resurrection at any rate. Or Big Brother, for that matter.
The Joker movie will hit theaters in October 2019. Here's everything you need to know.
Warner Bros. is about to begin filming on a Joker solo movie, Batman and comicdom's greatest villain. This shouldn't be too surprising given the Joker's stature as one of the best villains of fiction (as well as a box office draw considering what he and Harley Quinn did for the otherwise toxically received Suicide Squad). What is unexpected, however, is that this is going to be a standalone movie--and potentially a period piece--completely removed from WB's DC Extended Universe (or whatever it's called these days). The movie, titled simply Joker, will tell the origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime, set in a Gotham City that will resemble the New York City of the 1970s and 80s.
Apparently, Warner Bros. plans to "expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters." This vague description makes it sound like the studio is pursuing a big screen version of DC Comics' "Elseworlds" line, which delivered classics like the Victorian-era Batman vs. Jack the Ripper story Gotham by Gaslight (which recently had an animated adaptation) and the communist Superman story, Red Son, which has also been the subject of big screen rumors. This kind of approach, rather than the strict, Marvel-esque "shared universe" would certainly allow the studio to both forge their own identity and carry on with their mission statement of allowing directors with strong cinematic identities to steer these movies. This could be their opportunity to experiment with an R-rating, too.
Here's everything we know so far about the Joker movie!
Joaquin Phoenix will play the Joker. Imagine for a moment Phoenix's Commodus from Gladiator speaking with the Joker's singsong voice, and then try not to smile. Phoenix joins a long line of brilliant actors who have played the Clown Prince of Crime.
You can get you first look at Phoenix as the pre-Joker version of the Joker his name is apparently Arthur Fleck) right here.
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) September 21, 2018
And as is appropriate for a movie that has Martin Scorsese as one of its producers, Rober De Niro will be in the movie as "a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin," according to THR.
Marc Maron (who has been nothing but brilliant on GLOW) is in the movie as "an agent on Robert De Niro’s talk show who plays a part in booking Phoenix’s character, and eventually causing him to go mad and become the Clown Prince of Crime." (via Variety)
Zazie Beetz will play "a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the clown prince of crime." (via THR)
The Wrap reported that Frances Conroy will play the Joker's mother, Penny. They also report that Zazie Beetz will play "a single mother who catches the attention of the Joker prior to his transformation into the nihilistic Gotham City villain," which might seem to offer some echoes of The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
There had been plans for Alec Baldwin to play Batman's father, Thomas Wayne, but for whatever reason, they fell through. It might be for the best.
Joker Release Date
Warner Bros. and DC have slated an October 4, 2019 release date for the Joker origin flick. The announcement also came with word that the official title for the project is Joker. The movie will start shooting in New York City this fall. The full schedule of DC movies can be found here.
The official word on this movie (via THR) is that it's an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) is directing and co-writing the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). But what makes things really interesting is that Martin Scorsese is producing, and that the whole conceit is an origin story completely removed from the DCEU. In fact, the movie had previously been described as a crime thriller set in an early 1980s Gotham City, with the plan being to evoke Martin Scorsese's classic neo noir, Taxi Driver (1976), except, you know... with a lot more smiling. But a very different classic Scorsese movie might be one of the touchstones for this movie: The King of Comedy.
The Wrap had reported that this version of the Joker is "a failed 1980s comedian who becomes the clown prince of crime after bombing with audiences." That also sounds an awful lot like what was depicted in The Killing Joke, the Alan Moore/Brian Bolland Joker story that details how a struggling comedian falls in with the criminal element...and ultimately falls into a vat of disfiguring chemicals.
Suddenly, DC Comics' recent announcement that the Joker's real name, long left deliberately unknown, is Jack Napier (a callback to the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie) makes a lot more sense from a synergy perspective.
We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.
Despite competition from streaming services, theaters are still thriving by providing a unique experience worth paying for.
“I’ll wait for it to come out on Netflix,” some might say when they don’t want to spend the money on a movie they’re only mildly interested in seeing. Do sentiments like these mean streaming is slowly killing the moviegoing audience, especially now that services like Netflix are producing their own cinematic content? According to Patrick Corcoran, Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of the National Association of Theatre Owners, the answer is no; in fact, he argues that streaming only adds to the home viewing options without subtracting anything from the wholly unique experience of a night at the movies.
So why does this misconception exist? Before this summer’s healthy box office run, some might have pointed to last year’s more meager take. “What I think it is is searching for a narrative,” says Corcoran, “and one of the things that happened with the rise of the Internet and the rise of streaming, it’s become this monocausal way of explaining everything… That’s been an ongoing thing that we have to fight against: any bad news, any downturn in attendance or box office is a sign of some sort of decline in the industry, and any good news is like, ‘Well, that was a good movie.’”
Corcoran insists that movie theater admissions have been stable and box office earnings have been growing almost every year, with $10 billion grosses domestically for a decade and over $11 billion the last three years, and 2018 looks to be in the same territory when all is said and done. The home theater aspect of entertainment is nothing new, after all, and movie theaters have always provided an immersive, communal experience that has survived several iterations of competition from the living room. Streaming hasn’t changed that.
“If you look at it from a wider view, movie theater attendance was disrupted in 1948 when television came in, and it grew through that,” says Corcoran. “And there was a real decline in moviegoing because it had lost a key driver which was absolute exclusivity on pre-recorded entertainment… but everything since then has been a refinement on what that home entertainment experience has been, whether it’s been cable or VHS or DVD and now streaming, it’s been a change to the home experience, but it hasn’t been a change to the theatrical experience.”
Even the most extravagant basement media room can’t compete with the feeling of scrunching down in your seat with a box of popcorn, surrounded by a group of people who are all there to be entertained. “The communal experience has always been part of it,” Corcoran says. “There is an absolute qualitative difference to seeing something with people and with strangers in particular in a crowd in public than there is in seeing something at home. Filmmakers when they’re making their movie are aiming at effects based on scale for the large screen in a larger room, but they’re also basing it on how a differentiated audience within that room will react. And that colors your experience… it’s one thing to see something funny at home and you chuckle to yourself or you go back to texting; it’s another thing when an entire room erupts over something that’s really funny.”
If anything, theaters have embraced a wider audience, from the value-conscious consumer to the luxury-oriented moviegoer, not only weathering troublesome disruptors like MoviePass but learning from their mistakes. “The key is to make sure that any program like that is sustainable, and that it grows the pie,” explains Corcoran. “In other words, you get more moviegoers and don’t just move them around to different pricing structures, which I think has been the big concern about MoviePass. The pricing made so little sense and was so unsustainable for them because they didn’t really have a way of cutting their costs other than getting movie theaters to join in… but what MoviePass has shown is that that customer is out there.”
On the other end of the spectrum, there are moviegoers who want more bang for their buck. “Like that value customer, you have customers who want more amenities, who want more luxury, who want a higher level of service, who want an upgraded audio-visual experience… There are a lot of different things that audiences want,” admits Corcoran. “Some of them want that prime, pristine, huge screen, big sound experience; some of them want some chicken fingers, and others want wine and beer and cocktails. There’s that whole range.”
The Internet doesn’t just provide a platform for streaming services to operate, it also allows movie theaters to coordinate second run events across the country through companies like Fathom Events. “For a long time there was a really strong business in repertory houses and revival houses where you could program around a genre… that’s one thing that home entertainment, VHS and DVD, really killed off in a way. It’s harder to get people out for that when they can curate that for themselves at home, which is a terrific thing,” Corcoran concedes. “But what you have now, particularly with digital projection and networking of movie theaters, you have that opportunity to do one-offs and do things across the country on one night and really gather the audience and make it an event, and that’s one of the things that Fathom does with that type of movie.”
Not only has streaming not killed the movie theater experience according to Corcoran; the two methods of consuming entertainment actually go hand in hand. “We conducted a study with Ernst & Young to look at the behavior of consumers, people who stream a lot and people who go to the movies, and what that study found was that people who stream a lot in the home go to movies a lot,” he says. “There’s a direct correlation: the more they stream, the more movies they go to. And it’s basically people who like entertainment; they like art, and if they like it, they want to go see it wherever they can see it… the two complement each other.”
Movie buffs likely realize that when they choose to wait for a film to be released on Netflix, they’re saving what the National Association of Theatre Owners says was an average ticket price of $8.97 in 2017, but they’re also sacrificing the dark and cavernous room, the buttery popcorn, the group laughter, the premium sound, and the massive screen. Streaming may be able to deliver the same narrative content, but there’s only one way to feel the magic of going to the movies: by actually going.
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If Noah Cyrus can manage to not lose her mind she might just be able to outshine her older sis, Miley. It isn’t that farfetched of a thought. Elizabeth Olsen managed to do it to her older sisters. And not only did she have to escape the shadow of the two sweethearts of the ‘90s, she also had to overcome two identical twins, which is practically like fighting a supervillain. Their twin connection would make them a sizable foe to Bruce Lee, may he rest in peace, and yet Elizabeth came out on top. Granted, her sisters are still alive, so there is a chance they are plotting their comeback like two Sith lords.
Noah may not have the backing of Disney behind her, yet, but she does have the power of Cyrus vocals on her side, and Cyrus mammary glands on her front. Those alone should be able to carry her through her twenties. I have never paid much attention to their brother, but I would not be surprised to find him with a chest capable of crushing beer cans as well. Their genes cannot fluctuate that wildly, can they?
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We have the highlights of what's coming and going from HBO Now and HBO Go in October 2018.
You may or may have not noticed it but HBO's horror options have gotten pretty grim. Not grim as in scary but grim as in incredibly sparse.
Thankfully the cavalry is arriving in HBO New Releases for October 2018. This is a company that wisely realizes the importance of scary movies around Halloween time. 18 scary movies are coming to HBO Now and HBO Go streams this October. Cool! The catch is that they'll all be gone by month's end. Not cool! Oh well, it's better than nothing. The Descent will also be arriving at the beginning of the month for a much longer stay.
In terms of non-horror programming, HBO has plenty to offer in October. Recent favorites The Post and Game Night make their debut while slightly older classics Dances with Wolves, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Thin Red Line all arrive on October 1.
Finally, though Kate Beckinsale may be done with Underworld, you can start the series from the 2003 original when it comes to HBO this month. Is it a good movie? Of course not. Is it a fun movie? Absolutely.
Here are some of the highlights coming to HBO Now and HBO Go in October 2018 via HBO PR.
HBO First Look: First Man (10/1)
Queen of the World (10/1)
Student Athlete (10/2)
Entre Nos: A Stand-Up Comedy Special (10/5)
RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee (10/8)
Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (10/6)
Pod Save America (10/12)
The Sentence (10/15)
HBO First Look: Hunter Killer (10/16)
My Dinner with Hervé (10/20)
Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram (10/22)
HBO First Look: Bohemian Rhapsody (10/25)
Gente De Zona: En Letra De Otro (10/26)
Camping, Series Premiere (10/14)
Magnifica ’70, Season 3 Premiere (10/14)
Animals, Season 3 Finale (10/5)
Ballers, Season 4 Finale (10/7)
Early Man, 2018 (10/1)
Lowriders, 2017 (10/1)
Game Night, 2018 (10/6)
Maze Runner: The Death Cure, 2018 (10/13)
The Post, 2017 (10/27)
El Abogada (AKA The Lawyer), 2016 (10/1)
La Gran Promesa (AKA The Big Promise), 2017 (10/12)
Las Giretas de jara (AKA Dark Buildings), 2018 (10/19)
Starting October 1:
A Perfect Getaway, 2009
Analyze That, 2002
The Cooler, 2003
Dances with Wolves (Extended Version), 1990
The Descent (Extended Version), 2006
The Descent: Part 2, 2010
The Devil’s Rejects (Director’s Cut), 2005
Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2009
Fifty Shades Darker, 2017
The Guru, 2003
House of 100 Corpses, 2003
House of D, 2005
The Human Stain, 2003
Inherent Vice, 2014
The Lost Boys, 1987
Man on Fire, 2004
The Midnight Meat Train (Unrated Version), 2008
Public Enemies, 2009
Romeo Must Die, 2000
The Singing Detective, 2003
Starter for 10, 2007
Taken (Unrated Version), 2009
Taking Woodstock, 2009
The Thin Red Line, 1998
Underworld (Unrated Version), 2003
Ending October 21:
Runaway Jury, 2003
Ending October 31:
Absolute Power, 1997
The Beguiled, 2017
The Beguiled, 1971
The Book of Henry, 2017
Crazy Heart, 2009
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
Girls Trip, 2017
Good Will Hunting, 1997
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, 2009
In the Cut, 2003
Kill the Messenger, 2014
Man on the Moon, 1999
My Life Without Me, 2003
Nine to Five, 1980
The Postman, 1997
The Theory of Everything, 2014
Scary Movies Available to Stream on Halloween (Ending October 31):
AVP: Alien vs Predator, 2004
Alien: Covenant, 2017
Damien: Omen II, 1978
The Final Conflict, 1981
The Fly II, 1989
From Hell, 2001
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 1992
The Last House on the Left, 2009
The Mummy, 1999
The Mummy Returns, 2001
Omen IV: The Awakening, 1991
The Omen, 1973
Predator 2, 1990
The Scorpion King, 2002
The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
Prepare to be terrified with our selection of the best horror movies on Netflix!
Editor's Note: This post is updated monthly. Bookmark this page to see what the best horror movies on Netflix are at your convenience.
Updated for September 2018
Is it Halloween when you're reading this? If not, don't worry: every day can be Halloween when you try hard enough.
There is nothing quite as fun as embracing the spooky, the creepy, the scary, and all that goes bump in the night. Thankfully we have horror movies to help us down these crepuscular paths. If you ever find yourself in need of a thrill or a chill, check out some of the best horror movies on Netflix, we've gathered here.
Every streaming service takes its sacred duty to scare seriously but Netflix in particular means business. These are some of the best horror movies the streaming world has to offer. Enjoy!
When Stephen King once discussed his inspiration for writing The Shining, he recalled the time he discovered his young son had destroyed story notes in his office. “I could kill him,” King mused of his mindset in that moment. Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook likewise finds the darker side of parenting with the scariest film of 2014.
A horror movie that is ostensibly about what happens when a single, low-income mother discovers that her child’s nightmare boogeyman is real, there is genuinely realterror here that comes beating from the darker side of her “Babadook” heart. While a loving son, there is no denying that the film’s young Samuel is a “problem child,” and through supernatural possession his mama has found a grim solution of sorts. When William Friedkin calls it the most terrifying horror movie he’s seen, you’re doing something right. The Babadook can't be fond on any other streaming service so it's one of the best horror movies on Netflix indeed.
Beyond the Gates
Board games can be creepy. VHS tapes can be creepy. Combine the creepiest versions of both and you've got yourself a really creepy movie. Beyond the Gates debuted just last year at the L.A. Film Festival and has ridden its way to Netflix on tremendous word of mouth.
The indie horror movie involves two brothers who got to their father's estate to settle his affairs after his death. While at his house, they discover a mysterious VHS board game that eventually leads them to clues regarding their father's death...and pure abject horror.
Eli Roth's debut film Cabin Fever combines two of our biggest fears: being sick and being isolated. The combination of those two feelings amounts to what has to be the most terrifying experience possible.
Despite now being 15 (!) years old, Cabin Fever holds up pretty well. It's like a teenaged Dreamcatcher only it's not awful. Plus Sean from Boy Meets World spends a shocking amount of screentime covered in blood.
Children of the Corn
Stephen King would have probably never guessed that what started as a short story about a teenage death cult’s horrific sacrifices to a shadowy figure (referred to only as He Who Walks Behind the Rows) would harvest its own cult of horror fans. When an unsuspecting couple driving through town is sidetracked by something gruesome on the edge of a cornfield, they get entangled with a group of brainwashed adolescents whose temple for all things unholy is the local church. There is blood, and corn leaves, and more blood. Then someone gets crucified.
Children of the Corn has that element of primal fear—like your heart beating so loud you can hear the blood roaring in your ears among the ominous rustle of the corn stalks as you run frantically through the never-ending fields. Whoever’s foreboding voice called it “an adult nightmare” in the original 1984 trailer was dead on.
2013's The Conjuring is the first entry into an unexpected horror film franchise that ended up far more successful than it had any right to be. That's what happens when you get talented people involved like horror maestro James Wan and superb actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. Wilson and Farmiga star as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who are called to deal with a small paranormal spot of bother in Rhode Island.
The Conjuring is based on a real case of paranormal activity and terrifyingly and effectively sets up the continued film adventures of the Warrens.
Cult of Chucky
Who could have imagined that a horror franchise about a demonic child's doll would last seven movies? Actually that sounds pretty rad. There really is no upper limit on this thing. Yes, Chucky and friends return in this seventh installment of the Child's Play franchise.
Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) remains in a mental institution following the events of Curse of Chucky. While there she is assigned a Good Guy doll as a form of therapy. I mean...come on, man. Trained medical professionals should just know better than that. Sure enough blood hits the fan shortly thereafter.
Babysitting is a strange job. Parents need some time away from the kids for date nights and other events, of course. So they trust whatever local teen who needs $15 an hour to somehow keep their kids alive for a few hours. More often than not things go perfectly smoothly. But what if you pick the wrong babysitter? Even more terrifyingly, what if you pick the right babysitter but unbeknownst to you that's not the person who shows up to your house that night?
Emelie is a 2015 horror film that exploits these fears perfectly. Sarah Bolger stars as the titular babysitting monsters and does such a good job I don't know how she can be let around children ever again. Emelie is like an old urban legend writ terrifyingly large - just like all the best horror films are.
Some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most terror-inducing tales creep and crawl off the page in this animated horrorshow that isn’t just for kids. The aesthetic of each tale illustrates its particular terror. His Victorian nightmares materialize onscreen in different forms of animation ranging from eerie silhouettes to comic-book graphics to a 3-D effect that makes phantoms pop like digital origami. Poe himself (as—what else—a raven) converses with Death between tales, giving you enough time to catch your breath and calm the beating of your hideous heart before the next freakout.
The Tell-Tale Heart pounds beneath the floorboards in a series of black and white silhouettes, a stark visual of innocence and murder, set to a vintage narration by Bela Lugosi. The torture chamber in the Pit and the Pendulum is so lifelike you think you’re the one about to be razored open. Poe must be grinning from beyond the grave.
Who knew Joel Edgerton had it in him?
The Gift is the Australian actor's writing and directing debut and it doesn't disappoint. Edgerton stars as Gordon "Gordo" Mosely. He's a nice enough middle-aged man if a little "off." One day while shopping he runs into an old high school classmate Simon (Jason Bateman) and his wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall). After their brief encounter, Gordo takes it upon himself to start dropping off little gifts to Simon and Robyn's home. Robyn sees no problem with it at first. But Simon becomes disturbed, perhaps because of the unique past Simon and Gordo share.
Many horror movies understand there must be a twist of some sort or at the very least an unexpected third act. Even still The Gift's third act switch up is particularly devastated because it is so mundane and logical. The Gift ends up being an emotional drama disguised as horror.
Of the first of three theatrical films that Clive Barker would direct himself, Hellraiser would go on to warrant eight sequels and create one of the most notorious horror franchises of all time. That said, this isn't about the sequels. Part of the beauty of Hellraiser is how little we actually know about what is going on. While later tales would explain the origins of Pinhead and his Cenobites, the first film leaves this up to interpretation.
Hellraiser focuses on the relationship between Julia and Frank, not on the Cenobites' interference (well, not until the end anyway). The first film is not the broad battle against evil the later installments would be, but an incredibly unique haunted house story. A corrupt romance growing ever more so. Sex and violence mixed with blood and guts. With a budget of roughly $1 million, Barker is able to craft a tale far more interesting and disturbing than better funded projects, the sequels included. Pain and pleasure, indivisible.
In his follow-up to the cult classic Oculus, Mike Flanagan makes one of the cleverer horror movies on this list. Hush is a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse with the typical nightmare of a home invasion occurring, yet it also turns conventions of that familiar terror on its head. For instance, the savvy angle about this movie is Kate Siegel (who co-wrote the movie with Flanagan) plays Maddie, a deaf and mute woman living in the woods alone. Like Audrey Hepburn's blind woman from the progenitor of home invasion stories, Wait Until Dark (1967), Maddie is completely isolated when she is marked for death by a menacing monster in human flesh.
Further, like the masked villains of so many more generic home invasion movies (I'm looking square at you, Strangers), John Gallagher Jr.'s "Man" wears a mask as he sneaks into her house. However, the functions of this story are laid bare since we actually keep an eye on what the "Man" is doing at all times, and how he is getting or not getting into the house in any given scene. He is not aided by filmmakers who've given him faux-supernatural and omnipotent abilities like other versions of these stories, and he's not an "Other;" he is a man who does take his mask off, and his lust for murder is not so much fetishized as shown for the repulsive behavior that it is. And still, Maddie proves to be both resourceful and painfully ill-equipped to take him on in this tense battle of wills.
All of this inversion and shrewdness makes Hush one of several excellent horror movies to come out of 2016.
Seeing your ex is always uncomfortable, but imagine if your ex-wife invited you to a dinner party with her new husband? That is just about the least creepy thing in this new, taut thriller nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Indeed, in The Invitation Logan Marshall-Green's Will is invited by his estranged wife (Tammy Blanchard) for dinner with her new hubby David (Michael Huisman of Game of Thrones). David apparently wanted to extend the bread-breaking offer personally since he has something he wants to invite both Will and all his other guests into joining. And it isn't a game of Scrabble...
Intense, strange, and not what you expect, this is one of the more inventive thrillers of 2016.
Independent horror has been enjoying a wonderful renaissance over the last three years, and David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows has been right at the forefront of this, hypnotically swaying away in its perverse delirium. Here is a movie that most forcefully makes the connection between death and sex, sin and punishment, which has haunted the genre for decades. And by setting its deconstructionist fairytale in a dreamlike amalgamation of the 1980s and the 21st century, it proves that Reagan era suburbia is our generation’s windswept European castles.
But above all else, it’s just an unnerving viewing experience that makes the relentless sensation of dread and death as inescapable for youth as the ticking crocodile is for a middle-aged Captain Hook. Maika Monroe’s Jay is a young woman who finds peace in illicit rendezvouses, but is then cruelly punished when her new boyfriend spreads a kind of supernatural STD: it’s a curse where once you have it, a ghost will slowly but eternally chase you until it can rape you to death… lest you pass the curse to someone else, who in turn must spread it farther afield. Cynical feminism or regressive exploitation? It’s an ongoing argument, but either way this movie is scary.
So you think you know the term "survival horror?" Not until you've seen Killing Ground, you don't. Killing Ground is like Deliverance on speed. Australian couple Sam and Ian decide to take a nice, relaxing camping trip out in nature. Things don't go quite as well as planned when the couple discover a bloodied infant wandering through the brush.
That sets them on a path to uncover and incredibly grisly crime and then struggle to escape. Never go camping. Never ever ever ever go camping.
Let Me In
Let Me In is an adaptation of the 2008 Swedish romantic horror film Let the Right One In. Both films deal with a young, bullied boy meeting and falling in love with a vampire girl. Let Me In seemed like an awful idea at the time. It came just two years after the original, which was considered to be a modern romance and horror classic. But this version, as directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves is surprisingly good.
Let Me In is a faithful adaptation of the original without being derivitive and boring. The secret is in the direciton and cinematography. So much of what made Let the Right One In great was its quiet, snowy Scandanavian scenery. Let Me In finds equal levels of creepy serenity in the New Mexican desert.
The end result of Reeves' scenery change and careful direction is great adaptation buoyed by superb performances from child actors (and members of the three name club) Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Another scary movie from 2014, Oculus also holds the title of being one of the most tragic in recent memory. Starring geek favorite Karen Gillan with a convincing American accent, this horror film plays like a particularly grim opera when two estranged siblings are reunited as adults after a decade’s distance.
Apparently on an ugly night 10 years ago, Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) killed his father to defend himself and his sister. However, Tim insisted that an evil mirror forced his father’s hand. For his honesty, Tim was locked up in a psychiatric ward while older sister Kaylie (Gillan) waited on the outside. As an adult, Tim knows that he was simply coping with a traumatic situation… but Kaylie suspects that some things are evil simply on their own. Including a mirror that can distort your perception of reality.
On the day Tim gets out, Kaylie reveals she has acquired the mirror that they once both believed took their parents’ souls. And now she wants to prove her theory right by destroying it. But the mirror has other plans for the wayward children. And they're deliriously cruel.
Raw is bloody and violent and weird and French and brilliant. It's a French-Belgian movie from director Julia Ducournau about one young vegetarian woman and her sudden onset of...well, cannibalism. Justine attends a veterinarian school to continue her family's tradition of animal care and vegetarianism.
One day she is forced to participate in a hazing ritual in which she is forced to eat raw rabbit kidney. That triggers something deep within her that leads her on an all-consuming pursuit of human flesh. Raw is nowhere near as corny as that description makes it sound. It's actually quite artful and interesting, being French and all. It's also a deceptively complete feminist fairy tale.
Cannibals get a bad rap. It’s nothing personal; they just need your energy to come closer to realizing their potential as mystic gods. That’s certainly the operating logic in Ravenous, a delicious slice of juicy horror-comedy.
In one of the most unlikely of genre mash-ups, Ravenous starts out as a period piece not that far removed from Dances with Wolves when Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) is assigned to a desolate outpost by the U.S. cavalry in the 19th century. And there, he will meet a drifter (Robert Carlyle) who brings tales of cannibalism and survival in the wilderness. But as they approach where the incident occurred, it turns out there was no survival at all.
As horror derived from a comedy of manners, this is the sweetest tasting movie about consuming human flesh you’re likely to ever come across.
While hardly the masterpiece of self-congratulatory ‘90s meta-humor that Scream tended to be, there is still much going for the first follow-up in this Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson series. Made one year later in time for Christmas of 1997, Scream 2 logically follows Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to the next stage: college.
There fellow survivors from the first film end up back in her orbit, like the encyclopedic Tarantino-esque movie fan, Randy (Jamie Kennedy), the abrasive tabloid journalist Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and of course Deputy Dewey (David Arquette). But there is also another killer or two and a whole cast of suspects. The body count is increased, and the motive is deliciously post-modern and oh, so ‘90s. This is a great time capsule of an era where even our horror movies were happy right up until the bloody end.
The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is much more than a twist ending. The nearly 20-year-old movie has been meme'd to within an inch of its life even back before we had a term for internet memes. "I see dead people," the twist ending, etc. On some level that's a shame because M. Night Shyamalan's first big budget film effort remains a surprisingly excellent horror movie to this day.
Haley Joel Osment stars as the young Cole Sears, a boy plagued by visions of dead people wandering around his day-to-day life. Bruce Willis steps in as therapist Malcolm Crowe to help Cole. Seeing dead people in the condition in which they died every day is a pretty horrifying concept. And no amount of twist ending surprises can rob the images of the dead that populate The Sixth Sense of some power. This is a movie that is certainly overdue for a rewatch.
Here's one that really cuts to the heart of the matter for both body horror and plenty of the vampire/demon lover mythology. In Teeth, Jes Weixler plays Dawn, a young woman who has not lost her virginity and is scared to do so. Dealing with heavy pressure from society to be both the virgin and the whore (she is in high school), she is in constant fear of her own body and sexuality. Soon, young men are likewise terrified since she suffers from the condition "vagina dentata." No longer just a term to describe men's fascination and fear of female genitalia, the term in this film means actual dental teeth lying in wait for any man who takes advantage of her without her consent.
Unfortunately for Dawn, she lives in a world where that is all too common (much like our own). Almost every man she meets is willing to use violence to get what he wants, and Dawn has her violent defense system to make sure that he never gets anything again after the teeth bite down. Both cathartic justice for a woman wronged, as well as the most nightmarish scenario imaginable for any male viewer, Teeth has to be seen to be believed.
Trollhunter is a found footage movie a la Cloverfield or Chronicle with one meaningful twist. It's also a mockumentary with its chief characters being documentarians. This means that a lot of the "footage" they find a.k.a. the movie itself has a much cleaner, steadier look.
And that's hugely important for this Norwegian dark fantasy film about, what else, a trollhunter. It isn't outright horror per se but there is something quietly terrifying about the footage of this hulking monstrosities towering over snowy Scandinavian landscapes.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a fantastic little satire on the horror genre that, in a similar fashion to Scream, is packed with laughs, gore, and a bit of a message. When a group of preppy college students head out to the backwoods for a camping trip, they stumble upon two good-natured good ol’ boys that they mistake for homicidal hillbillies.
Their quick, off-the-mark judgment of Tucker and Dale lead to these snobs getting themselves into sticky, often bloody, and hilariously over-the-top situations. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil rides a one-joke premise to successful heights and teaches audiences to not judge a book by its cover.
Under the Shadow
This recent 2016 effort could not possibly be more timely as it sympathizes, and terrorizes, an Iranian single mother and child in 1980s Tehran. Like a draconian travel ban, Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her son Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) are malevolently targeted by a force of supreme evil.
This occurs after Dorsa’s father, a doctor, is called away to serve the Iranian army in post-revolution and war-torn Iran. In his absence evil seeps in… as does a quality horror movie with heightened emotional weight.
We tried to keep found footage off this list as much as possible. However, Netflix continues rotating out the greatest horror, and sometimes a few bits of found footage are more than worth suffering through the gimmickry of an overall presentation. That is why we are not really recommending all of V/H/S/2, but simply two terrific sequences in it.
The first is Eduardo Sánchez and Gregg Hale’s pretty nifty reinvention of the zombie genre, “A Ride in the Park.” The perfect amount of screentime for the film to feel clever without overstaying its welcome, the short features a cyclist named Mike who is trying to make a Go Pro video with a camera mounted on his helmet. Yet, when he finds a hiker that appears to have bitten off more than he can chew, Mike tries to be a good guy and stops to help. Things get wickedly fun from there.
Yet, the real standout is “Safe Haven,” a bizarre and exhilarating nightmare from Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans (of The Raid films!). When a news crew infiltrates an Indonesian cult that babbles about prophecy and the end of the world, they are shocked to discover that there is something even more sinister going on here than is imaginable. Relying on long, seemingly sustained handheld camera shots, “Safe Haven” goes completely into the realm of madness and Lovecraftian levels of freakiness as the short film rushes through a pulsating third act that will not let up.
What is Stranger Things-esque '80s throwback The Void about? Allow Den of Geek critic Kirsten Howard to explain: "The film’s plot is simple enough, with an Assault On Precinct 13-esque set-up.
A fairly small gaggle of unfortunate souls find themselves trapped in a run-down hospital one evening, as a large cult of robe-wearing knife-wielders bear down on them from the outside and a plethora of endlessly-transforming gooey monsters try to consume them from the inside."
If you let The Witch lure you into its cruel and malevolent headspace, you will immediately realize that you are watching something genuinely depraved and entirely forbidden due to its 17th century unholiness. After all, it didn’t get a thumb’s up from Satanists because it was a generic thriller stuffed with jump scares!
This art house chiller that drops you in the middle of early-1600s New England for the kind of witching campfire tale that would give Puritans nightmares. And it is there that Robert Eggers’ first film uses actual historic accounts from the local Calvinists about their real superstitions to give them life and heinous flesh (and an authentic Elizabethan accent).
There is a witch in the woods in this story, to appreciate it, that must be clear. And her evil reach toward brief salvation or eternal damnation—depending on how you look at it—makes this a movie that will stick with you for days after the lights go up. It’s also made Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the young Thomasin, an instant star within the genre.
We have a list of the new Hulu movies and shows arriving in October 2018.
Hulu is blessed to have a name that sounds roughly enough like "Hallow." That means it's basically honor-bound to bring the heat for Halloween. Thankfully for the October 2018 new releases, Hulu is bringing us the spookies that we need. The Blair Witch Project, The Others, and Child's Play all arrive this month. And if you're looking for some more wholesome creepies, The Nightmare Before Christmas should do. And if that weren't enough, Hulu is debuting its own horror show - anthology series Into the Dark.
For those shamefully unable to get into the Halloween spirit, Hulu is bringing in some other fun film options. Galaxy Quest, Music and Lyrics, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective should help out with that.
Then of course, are the usual and typically deep TV offerings. October is when the fall gets into full swing and the fall TV season is still getting revved up. Bob's Burgers Season 9, Will & Grace Season 10, and Black-ish Season 5 will all be available for next-day screenings on Hulu this month.
Hulu New Releases - October 2018
60 Days In: Complete Season 4 (A&E)
America’s Book of Secrets: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (History)
American Pickers: Complete Season 18 (History)
Ancient Aliens: Complete Season 4 (History)
Bob’s Burgers: Season 9 Premiere (FOX)
El Clon: Complete Season 1 (Telemundo)
Escaping Polygamy: Complete Season 3 (Lifetime)
Family Guy: Season 16 Premiere (FOX)
Hoarders: Complete Season 9 (A&E)
Hunting Hitler: Complete Season 3 (History)
Intervention: Complete Season 20 (A&E)
Kingpin: Complete Season 1 (History)
Little Women: Atlanta: Complete Season 4 (Lifetime)
Little Women: LA: Complete Season 6 (Lifetime)
Married at First Sight: Complete Season 5 (Lifetime)
Nightwatch: Complete Season 3 (A&E)
The Simpsons: Season 30 Premiere (FOX)
Storage Wars: Complete Season 11 (A&E)
The Curse of Oak Island: Complete Season 5 (History)
Undercover High: Complete Season 1 (A&E)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
American Psycho (2000)
American Psycho 2 (2002)
An Eye for an Eye (1966)
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
The Arrival (1996)
Barbie Presents: Thumbelina (2009)
Beacon Point (2017)
Bees Make Honey (2017)
Bitter Moon (1992)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch Project: Book of Shadows (2000)
Blue Steel (1989)
Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Call Me (1988)
Child’s Play (1988)
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Cocaine Godmother (2017)
Comic Book Villains (2002)
Daddy Day Care (2003)
Dark Blue (2003)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Death Wish 2 (1982)
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
Extreme Justice (1993)
Frank and Jesse (1994)
Frank & Johnny (1991)
Galaxy Quest (1999)
The Glass Shield (1994)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
The House of Spirits (1993)
How to Get Girls (2017)
Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012)
Jim Norton: Please Be Offended (2012)
Joe the King (1999)
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
Kicking and Screaming (1995)
The Long Riders (1980)
More than a Game (2009)
Mullholland Drive (2001)
Music and Lyrics (2007)
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
The Night We Never Met (1993)
No Vacancy (1998)
Once Bitten (1985)
The Others (2001)
Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)
The Peacemaker (1997)
Pieces of April (2003)
The Presidio (1988)
The Prophecy (1995)
Raging Bull (1980)
Reasonable Doubt (2014)
Rec 2 (2010)
Rec 3 (2012)
Rec 4 (2015)
Robocop 2 (1990)
Robocop 3 (1993)
Rust and Bone (2012)
Scary Movie (2000)
The Second Arrival (1998)
The Simone Biles Story (2018)
Six Weeks (1982)
The Son of No one (2011)
Split Image (1982)
Stage Beauty (2004)
Stand Up Guys (2012)
Starship Troopers (1997)
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre II (1986)
Trees Lounge (1996)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
The Way of the Gun (2000)
Wes Craven Presents: They (2002)
Wild Bill (1995)
Zombies of Mass Destruction (2010)
The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)
Ma Ma (2015)
The Eye (2007)
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card (Dubbed): Complete Season 1 (Crunchyroll)
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Complete Season 8 (Bravo)
The Gospel According to Andre (2018)
Into The Dark: THE BODY: Series Premiere (Hulu Original)
La Diosa Coronada: Complete Season 1 (Telemundo)
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Complete Season 10 (Bravo)
Station 19: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
Superstore: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)
Will & Grace: Season 10 Premiere (NBC)
Child Support: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
Dot.: Complete Season 2A (Universal Kids)
Fresh Off The Boat: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)
Speechless: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
Alguien Te Mira: Complete Season 1 (Telemundo)
Shark Tank: Season 10 Premiere (ABC)
Miles from Tomorrowland: Complete Season 3 (Disney Jr.)
What We Become (2016)
The Quest of Alaine Ducasse (2017)
Light As a Feather: Complete Season 1 Premiere (Hulu Original)
Blindspot: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)
Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja (Dubbed): Complete Season 1 (Crunchyroll)
The Miracle Season (2018)
The Alec Baldwin Show: Series Premiere (ABC)
Birthday Girl (2018)
Next Stop Wonderland (1998)
El Fantasma de Elena: Complete Season 1 (Telemundo)
Black-ish: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)
Splitting Up Together: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)
The Conners: Series Premiere (ABC)
The Kids are Alright: Series Premiere (ABC)
The Rookie: Series Premiere (ABC)
Darling in the Franxx (Dubbed): Complete Season 1 (Crunchyroll)
Overlord (Dubbed): Complete Season 2 (Crunchyroll)
Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
Midnight, Texas: Season 2 Premiere (NBC)
Racer and the Jailbird (2018)
Leaving Hulu - October 31
13 Going on 30 (2004)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
American Gigolo (1980)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Avenging Force (1986)
Black Rain (1989)
Body Count (1997)
Bull Durham (1988)
Cold War (2012)
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Dead Hands Dig Deep (2016)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Double Whammy (2002)
Eight Men Out (1988)
High Noon (1952)
How to Build a Machine (2016)
In & Out (1997)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Journey to Space (2015)
Murphy’s Law (1986)
New in Town (2009)
No Way Out (1987)
Number One with a Bullet (1987)
Original Sin (2001)
Patriot Games (1992)
Planet Hulk (2013)
Point Break (1991)
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Street Smart (1987)
Street Smart (1987)
The 13th Warrior (1999)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
The Elephant Man (1980)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011)
True Colors (1991)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Up Close and Personal (1996
Precious Cargo (2016)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Rabbit Hole (2011)
Rare Birds (2002)
The Rock (1996)
Sex Drive (2008)
Six Shooters (2013)
Snake Eyes (1998)
The Suffering (2016)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Wooly Boys (2004)
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Kingsman 3 has been greenlit for November 9, 2019 with Matthew Vaughn returning as writer and director.
And just like that, the Kingsman films have become one of cinema's unlikeliest big tent franchises.
Exhibitor Relations reported today that not only will there be a Kingsman 3 but that it will be arriving next year. The targeted release date is November 8, 2019 to be exact. Where have we heard that release date before? Oh right! That was the release date for James Bond 25 before it was bumped to 2020. Well it looks like one spy's loss is another spy's gain.
Matthew Vaughn has reportedly been working on a script for Kingsman 3 with Jane Golden for some time now. Filming would have to begin very soon for the movie to arrive by November 8 but at least the script is likely squared away. Previous titles in the Kingsman series have included 2015's Kingsman: The Secret Service and 2017's Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Kingsman 3 does not yet have a subtitle but is all but assured to receive one. If nothing else, you've got to give this series a hand for its consistency: three movies almost each exactly two years apart and each featuring a subtitle.
The Kingsman films come from the comic book series, The Secret Service, written by Mark Millar and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Kingsman: The Secret Service follows Londoner teen Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Edgerton) as he's recruited into a shadowy society of spies known as the Kingsman. Its 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, continued the adventures of Eggsy, his mentor Harry Hart (Colin Firth), and moved the action to the U.S. to introduce "The Statesman."
It was previously reported that Matthew Vaughn was developing Kick-Ass and Kingsman spinoffs as part of a larger Mark Millar-verse. There's no word on whether those plans have been put on hold but Kingsman 3 will be a direct continuation of the series and not a prequel or spinoff.
Last year series star Edgerton mentioned that Vaughn would only return to the series when he had a really good idea.
“Matthew is a very much ‘don’t count the chickens before they’ve hatched kind of guy'”, Egerton said. “but he also has a real sense of Kingsman being his baby and he won’t jeopardize it with a crap idea. So it depends what occurs, and whether it feels right to him, but I don’t think for a second that either he or myself, the lovely people at Fox and whoever else is interested in Kingsman, wouldn’t completely love it if this is a continuing series.”
Looks like Vaughn has found an idea he's happy with.
From campy to gruesome to supernatural horror, there's an adaptation for everyone. These are the best Stephen King movies.
Stephen King, the master of horror and one of America's most important writers, has enjoyed a very successful career, thanks to his prolific pen and the many adaptations his tales have inspired, whether it be in the movies or on TV. While for many fans, King means creepy novels like IT or 'Salem's Lot and sprawling epics like The Dark Tower series and The Stand, others have flocked around the stuff based on his work. And for good reason: has any other modern writer inspired as many cinematic classics? King might even be the best adapted writer in literary history. At least it's easy for a nerd to think so.
I had a tough time coming up with this list and ranking the films accordingly for a simple reason: fans of Stephen King films all come looking for different things. Some people are searching for the next gorefest while others want to be creeped out on a deeper level. And there are the people that prefer the more serious movies, some of which have made it onto this list of Stephen King movies.
My own tastes would put Secret Window, Dreamcatcher, The Running Man, and even the first part of the IT TV film on this list were it longer, but I tried to judge the movies I felt had truly left their mark on moviegoers and the movie industry. You can let me know how well I did in the comments.
So without further ado, here is Den of Geek's list of top 12 films based on the work of Stephen King:
12. Secret Window
2004 | Directed by David Koepp
King loves writing about writers. There's The Shining, The Dark Half, Bag of Bones, and he even included himself as a character in his Dark Tower series. And then there's the novella "Secret Window, Secret Garden," which was adapted into the David Koepp film starring Johnny Depp. While The Dark Half might be a more famous example of a writer suffering from multiple personalities, it's Secret Window that delivers the better psychological thriller.
Depp is Mort Rainey, a writer who's just gone through a divorce and is suffering from writer's block. To complicate things, a violent man named John Shooter (John Turturro) shows up at Rainey's cabin to accuse him of plagiarism. Shooter goes through great lengths to punish the eccentric Rainey, who quickly unravels as he learns that he might have more in common with Shooter than meets the eye.
1982 | Directed by George A. Romero
George A. Romero's 1982 horror anthology film is such a delight to watch. Born out of King's love for the old EC and DC horror stories from comic series such as Tales from the Crypt and House of Secrets, the film dishes out delicious moments of body horror and black comedy, as the many colorful characters find themselves in increasingly ridiculous situations that include seaweed monsters and killer corpses. This is just such good trash.
Creepshow is made up of five stories, all from the mind and pen of King. Among the standouts are "The Lonesome Death of Jody Verrill," which stars King himself as a farmer who encounters a dangerous alien organism when a meteorite crashes onto his land, and "They're Creeping on You," about a germophone who is tormented by cockroaches. But my favorite is "Something to Tide You Over," starring the late and great Leslie Nielsen as a wealthy psychopath who decides to punish his wife and her lover in an extremely gruesome way. And yes, the title of that story is a pun.
10. The Mist
2007 | Directed by Frank Darabont
Like Creepshow, The Mist taps into a more classic era of horror, only this time it's more Rod Serling than Crypt Keeper. But don't worry, The Mist is still plenty gruesome. Frank Darabont directed the movie based on King's 1980 novella. You're actually going to find that Mr. Darabont is on this list quite a bit...
Thomas Jane stars as David Drayton, an artist who is trapped in a supermarket with the residents of a small town in Maine (always Maine!) and his son, as a mysterious mist envelops the world around them. Little do they know that this mist brings with it a terrifying threat from another dimension. A very hungry threat. Not everyone survives this tense monster movie that also begs the question, "How far will people go to survive?"
9. The Dead Zone
1983 | Directed by David Cronenberg
The Dead Zone might be David Cronenberg at his most restrained. The king of body horror delivers an emotional tale about a man named Johnny Smith who, after a fateful car accident and waking up from a coma, discovers he has the ability to see the past, present, and future of anyone he touches. There are, of course, consequences to this cruel power: Johnny often sees how these people or their loved ones are going to die, something that haunts the increasingly reclusive man.
Christopher Walken delivers a career-defining performance as the tortured Johnny Smith, who at first wants nothing to do with his power, but eventually takes it upon himself to save the world, even if it means dying in the process. Martin Sheen's villainous Senator Greg Stillson is also a sight to see, especially during an election year!
1981 | Directed by Lewis Teague
Never has a Ford Pinto known more terror than in Cujo, the story of a mom and son who are terrorized by a rabid dog. Unlike many of King's creations on this list, Cujo takes a more realistic direction, however unlikely the situation. Luckily for us, King's fictional universe has a cruel sense of humor where rabid bats bite the noses of gentle St. Bernards and turn them into giant, people-eating monsters.
It's the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped in a Ford Pinto that really does it for me, the heat beating down on the dehydrated boy while the mom frantically tries to get her car running. (It's a piece of junk.) At the end of the day, the movie gives us a thrilling tale of a mother's determination to save her son. Dee Wallace stars in this one. You might recognize her from other horror classics such as The Hills Have Eyes and The Howling. She's also in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
2017 | Andy Muschietti
While the TV miniseries starring the inimitable Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown will always be near and dear to our hearts, it's the 2017 film from Andy Muschietti that's the better adaptation of King's 1,138-page book. So far, only the first part of a two-part adaptation has dropped, but what we've already seen is far and beyond one of the best movies ever made based on King's work. Part of that has to do with the fact that today's technology allows for better visuals. Things like children floating in Pennywise's lair and rivers of blood gushing from Beverly Marsh's bathroom sink look properly spooky and real with the proper CGI.
But what makes IT especially good is its cast. The Losers' Club is so enjoyable to watch in this movie that you almost wish there were more films starring this ragtag group of school-aged monster hunters. This movie has a lot of heart and plenty of scares. Plus Bill Skarsgard is a pretty good Pennywise. Not as good as Curry, though.
6. Stand By Me
1986 | Directed by Rob Reiner
Based on King's novella "The Body," Stand By Me is unlike anything moviegoers had expected from the writer in 1986. It's not a horror film or even a thriller. It's a story about a group of small town boys who, while looking for a distraction from their troubled lives, decide to search for the body of a boy reportedly struck and killed by a passing train.
Stand By Me, like later film Hearts in Atlantis, does a good job of capturing boyhood at the middle of the century, showing us small town characters with big imaginations trying to escape suburbia. The film was also responsible for the late River Phoenix's rising star in the '80s.
1976 | Directed by Brian De Palma
The thing about Carrie is that there's nothing quite like it, both in terms of the novel and the movie. Released only two years after King's novel, Brian De Palma's adaptation earned both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie Oscar nominations, and rightfully so. Their performances, that of a mentally unstable, fanatical mother raising a troubled teen girl, are the strength of this film. You fill with dread every time Laurie's Margaret turns her attention to the weak Carrie (Spacek), who is terribly ostracized at school and punished for her sins by her mother.
This solid example of psychological torture porn never relents. From the opening scene in the girl's locker room to Carrie's climactic confrontation with her mother, nothing good ever really happens to the young teen we're all rooting for. And if you've already seen this one, please do yourself a favor and read the novel!
4. The Green Mile
1999 | Directed by Frank Darabont
I told you Darabont would be back. He's made a career out of adapting King's books, and it's definitely gone well for him. The Green Mile earned Darabont his second run at the Academy Awards, with an emotional tale as good as his first prison movie (more on that in just a moment). Tom Hanks and the late Michael Clarke Duncan star in this supernatural crime drama.
Hanks plays prison officer Paul Edgecomb, who's in charge of death row at a prison. The story chronicles the many inmates, both the sadistic and the less villainous, as well as the guards that watch them on a daily basis. Duncan's John Coffey is like no other inmate Paul has ever met, though, and what starts as the story of a man on the way to his death for his crimes becomes a year in Paul's life that will forever change him.
1990 | Directed by Rob Reiner
King saw the problems with fandom, experienced them, before the rest of the world really started to see the ugly side of such devotion. Misery is what happens when someone becomes obsessed with a celebrity and his work. After romance novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) drives his car off the road during a blizzard in Colorado, a seemingly prudish nurse named Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) rescues the writer and takes him back to her home. At first, Annie seems nice enough, a good Samaritan who just happens to have rescued her favorite writer in the world, but Annie's admiration for the novelist quickly grows disturbing, and what unfolds is a tale of true terror. It's one that hits close to home for King, who's been the victim of several stalkers throughout his career.
Bates steals the show, delivering the performance of her career. The terrifyingly unhinged Annie Wilkes is not only one of King's greatest villains, she's one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. If you don't like the monsters or find the supernatural stuff too kitschy, then Misery is the one for you.
2. The Shawshank Redemption
1994 | Directed by Frank Darabont
Darabont's first of two prison films based on King's work is also his best. Starring Tim Robbins as Andy and Morgan Freeman as Red, The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of a man wrongfully imprisoned for his wife's murder. While much of the early part of the movie chronicles Andy's suffering as an innocent man in prison, another tale begins to take over, that of a corrupt prison system and how it changes the men trapped inside it. Robbins, Freeman, and Bob Gunton, who plays the ruthless Warden Samuel Norton, do some of their best work in this film, which was nominated for several Academy Awards in 1994, including Best Picture.
The Shawshank Redemption also stands out as being one of the most hopeful movies to come out of King's work. For many fans of the movie, it was even news to them that it was based on a novella by King. But the idea that hope can push back the darkness was nothing new in his work by that point. The movie effectively brought another side of the writer to mainstream audiences.
1. The Shining
1980 | Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Like most film critics, I can't help but disagree with King about Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. This beautifully shot film is a classic haunted house tale about a family ripped apart by an alcoholic husband and father and the ghosts of a creepy hotel. The twists and turns of the hallways of the Overlook Hotel, the whispering ghosts, and past demons are too much for the Torrance family, who are the only people staying in the hotel during one fateful winter.
The Shining's greatest power is imagery. Many of the film's most memorable shots have been engrained in movie fans' minds. There's the river of blood spilling out of the hotel's elevator, the twins at the end of hallway, and no one can forget Jack Nicholson's manic "Here's Johnny!" as he takes an ax to the door to get to his wife (Shelley Duvall). This is one of Nicholson's greatest roles and among the best movies Kubrick made in his legendary career. King could do a lot worse.
A version of this article first appeared on March 11, 2016.
Jack Kirby's Eternals are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel isn't saying much about the Marvel Phase 4 slate at the moment, but they're keeping lots of possibilities open. One of those possibilities is The Eternals, a group of immortal ancient aliens offshoots created by Jack Kirby.
The Hollywood Reporter has news that Chloe Zao (Songs My Brother Taught Me) will direct the Eternals movie. Zao was apparently at one point under consideration to direct Marvel's Black Widow movie, as well (the job eventually went to Cate Shortland). THR also say that "one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans. "When Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. took on The Eternals in 2006, Sersi was a central character, albeit one who didn't remember her immortal heritage. It's easy to see how that could make for a central character in a movie.
Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose Black List script Ruin has made waves, will write the screenplay.
We've already seen other Eternals concepts appear on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy, where one of the Celestials had a brief appearance in the first movie. The problem, of course, is that the last time Marvel tried to adapt one of Jack Kirby's more out-there concepts, it was The Inhumans, which was a spectacular failure on TV after floundering around as a potential movie for several years. Of course, it's all about the execution, as Guardians of the Galaxy and its wildly successful sequel both proved. But in the meantime, it sure sounds like The Eternals is going to be one of those nine untitled Marvel movies currently on the release schedule between 2019 and 2022.
John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix shine as gunslinger siblings in the unorthodox oater of The Sisters Brothers.
The term “revisionist” gets thrown around a lot in film criticism, especially when it comes to genres like the Western, but in the case of The Sisters Brothers, the description certainly applies. Directed and co-written (with Thomas Bidegain) by the French filmmaker Jacques Audiard--best known for searing world cinema films like A Prophet and Dheepan--The Sisters Brothers takes the traditional Western template and then veers unexpectedly, humorously and humanely away from it, creating both a funny buddy comedy and a brutal character-driven drama within the same occasionally shaggy framework.
Based on a novel by Patrick DeWitt, there’s little pioneering spirit or old-time black-and-white morality apparent in The Sisters Brothers. Audiard’s Old West is a crude, filthy, mean and often barbaric place, a vast wilderness marked by scattered pockets of, if not civilization, at least the semblance of a society or community. It’s on a symbolic representation of this wasteland--an empty plain on which sits one lonely, tiny ranch--that we meet Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and future Joker Joaquin Phoenix), siblings who are also deadly hired assassins.
We first encounter them at the end of a job, which Audiard films from a distance: we never see the violence up close, but we see the bursts of gunfire that flash out from the ranch and the Sisters’ weapons like distant strokes of lightning against the dark sky. There are screams and finally a fire (including the haunting image of a running horse, flames rippling out from its body). The one immediate notion we come away with is that the Sisters are damn good at their job, although Audiard never glorifies the brothers’ considerable skills and shows the violence in all its ugliness.
What the director seems most interested in is getting into the psyches of these two men, who are vastly different in many ways but united by blood both inside and out. Eli is the more thoughtful of the two, a man who we soon realize has had enough of the Sisters’ nomadic, amoral lifestyle and wants to find a new direction in life. Charlie is not quite there yet: dissolute, often drunk, he revels in whoring, fighting and killing as if he knows that it will all eventually catch up with him one way or another.
The bones of a narrative are put in place when the Sisters are hired by their regular employer, the Commodore (a briefly seen Rutger Hauer), to find and kill Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed, soon to be seen in Venom), an idealistic inventor who has discovered a new chemical formula through which prospectors can detect gold. A detective named John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal), sent by the Commodore previously to retrieve Warm, has been seduced by the man’s confidence, passion and dreams of building a Utopian society down in Texas with the riches they’ll presumably acquire from Warm’s formula. Now the Sisters are tasked with dispatching both men and bringing the formula back.
But The Sisters Brothers is not as concerned with Warm’s MacGuffin-like discovery as it is with subverting the structure that it sets up. Nominally built as a chase (and shot in epic fashion by cinematographer Benoit Debie in the film’s one deliberate nod to a genre hallmark), the movie takes a long, leisurely, meandering course on its way to the resolution of the story, focusing instead on the evolving characters of its four leads.
Reilly is impeccable and soulful as Eli, pulled by his sense of responsibility to both his brother and his job but knowing that he wants to experience a different life and perhaps even love. Phoenix is also excellent as Charlie, tamping down the heavy existential dread of some of his recent roles while subtly portraying the younger brother’s gradual transition toward Eli’s way of thinking. The series of tangents and mini-adventures the two encounter on their journey--from a bizarre accident with a spider to a confrontation with the creepy bordello owner Mayfield (Rebecca Root)--highlight the near-unbreakable bond between the two even as their goals become increasingly divergent.
Ahmed, with his large eyes and disarmingly candid way of speaking, provides a core of grace and gives a warmly open performance. Gyllenhaal’s character is perhaps the murkiest in terms of his development and saddled with a strange accent that veers toward British and then hairpins back toward a sort of upper class affectation, neither of which is quite successful. The movie spends a bit too much time with this pair--balancing their principled quest against the more prosaic and ruthless one of the Sisters--but their storyline finally finds its footing when Morris and Warm inevitably meet up with the Sisters.
That meeting doesn’t go quite as one might expect, and neither does just about all of the last third of The Sisters Brothers. The kind of plot developments one might expect from a standard Western never quite materialize, and in some cases are actively turned on their heads. But ultimately, all four men are changed forever by the strange manner in which they are brought together, and the film reveals that what Audiard is most interested in--as with much of his earlier work--is the ways in which damaged, hardened or cynical men can at least be introduced the possibility of change. The epilogue provides a final, eloquent coda to this most unusual and fascinating of Westerns.
The Sisters Brothers is out in theaters today.
Don Kaye is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist and associate editor of Den of Geek. Other current and past outlets include Syfy, United Stations Radio Networks, Fandango, MSN, RollingStone.com and many more. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @donkaye
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman’s new film wants to teach you about the randomness of life, one forced ugly cry at a time.
Before the first of many, many time and space jumps strewn throughout Life Itself, I knew that writer and director Dan Fogelman’s ensemble drama was essentially going to be a feature-length version of his hit NBC show, This Is Us. And one doesn’t need to know beforehand that he wrote and directed Life Itself to quickly figure that out either. While Amazon Studios’ promotional campaign made the connection abundantly clear, I knew Life Itself was going to be a cinematic regurgitation of the same (or similar) emotional and narrative beats present in This Is Us because of Oscar Isaac’s coffee shop meltdown. It’s raw, unnerving and expertly performed by the actor. It also reeks of foreshadowing, even though the plot it foretells has technically already happened.
Life Itself is billed as a multigenerational story of love and loss that, for the most part, centers in on a young couple, Will (Isaac) and Abby (Olivia Wilde). If told chronologically, the film would essentially follow the pair from their college courtship and its rocky continuation through marriage, children, and the many experiences that such a life implies. But like one of the This Is Us series premiere’s most famous twists, Will and Abby’s story is not a told sequentially. Nor, for that matter, is it a reliable one, for as Abby, Antonio Banderas’ Saccione, and other characters constantly remind us throughout, life itself is the ultimate unreliable narrator.
Also, instead of delving into the aforementioned “many experiences that such a life implies,” Life Itself quite literally, and repeatedly, dwells on one of the most significant events one can ever experience: death.
There is a lot of death in this movie, and the majority of it is random. I say this not to spoil the many ways Fogelman torments his characters and the moviegoers who watch them, but to point out that on more than one occasion, these moments reminded me of the Final Destination franchise, a series of popular supernatural slasher films from the 2000s. While Life Itself doesn’t make frequent use of Rube Goldberg death machines to kill off its characters, the randomness and suddenness of it all is strikingly familiar.
The second of the big This Is Us plot twists that also pops up in Life Itself is the surprise family relation. Yes, Abby and Will’s story takes up a sizable chunk of the story, but they aren’t the only players in this game. Hell, their setting in New York City isn’t even the only major place that Fogelman places his ensemble. Jean Smart and Mandy Patinkin play Will’s parents, and Annette Bening plays his therapist. Across the Atlantic, we find Banderas’ character, as well as Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Laia Costa, and Àlex Monner. Olivia Cooke also plays an important role, and—no joke—Samuel L. Jackson narrates it all.
The Life Itself ensemble is as wide and varied as the story’s geographical locations and plot twists, but that doesn’t mean the cast assembled here isn’t working hard. Isaac and Wilde do much of the heavy-lifting and it shows, especially whenever the pair is on screen together. On his own, the Star Wars actor also proves again and again just how good he is, especially during some of the film’s heaviest moments.
Unfortunately, a few great performances and a generally wonderful ensemble aren’t enough to make up for the fact that, more than anything, Fogelman’s latest is just another example of what his popular television drama has been for two seasons (and will be for its upcoming third season). That is to say, a commercially viable form of tragedy porn. The stories underpinning Life Itself hinge on out-of-the-blue familial connections and strikingly sudden deaths, accidental and otherwise, that affect those separated from them by great distances as much as those who were in the immediate vicinity. Like with This Is Us, Fogelman takes great care in driving these plot points into the audience’s brains as forcefully as possible, so much that it becomes impossible not to shed at least a few tears over the trauma endured.
That’s not to say that some people won’t enjoy a movie like Life Itself. Millions of people regularly tune in to watch This Is Us, and they’re going to keep watching it until Fogelman and his team finally run out of steam. The target audience, however, seems to have plenty of tears to shed, and this movie is more than willing to manipulate them into shedding them over the course of its nearly two-hour runtime. As for me, I’d much rather revisit Final Destination.
Life Itself is tearing up theaters now.
Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, is set to arrive in 2020. Here's everything else we know about it...
Warner Bros.'s adaptation of Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, is happening. The sequel, which is due out on Jan. 24, 2020, is directed by horror auteur Mike Flanagan, who helmed Oculus and Hush, and who recently directed one of Netflix's very best films, Gerald's Game, which itself was a King adaptation.
Doctor Sleep first arrived in 2013 as a novel by King, 36 years after the publication of The Shining, and stars Danny, who is still coping with the aftermath of what happened so many years ago at the Overlook Hotel. Like his father, Dan struggles with alcoholism and anger management, but eventually gives up drinking and settles down in New Hampshire. He develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone, who is even stronger in "the shining" than he is. Over the course of the novel, Dan discovers that Abra is being hunted by a tribe of psychic vampires who want to feed off of her lifeforce, and it's up to him to protect her.
Doctor Sleep Cast
With the casting of new Shining prodigy Abra Stone now done, it appears that Doctor Sleep is getting back to filling the roles of the cult that’s targeting her, the True Knot, led by Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson).
Emily Alyn Lind has been cast as Snakebite Andi, reports Deadline. The character’s traumatic past – with sexual abuse by her father leading to a life defined by her hatred of men – led her into the True Knot’s clutches. While the name “Snakebite” refers to her snake tattoo, she has another interesting attribute: her ability to utilize the power of suggestion to make people fall asleep. Andi, a lesbian, is in a romantic relationship with fellow (yet-to-be-cast) True Knotter Silent Sarey.
Lind is coming off a TV run on CBS medical drama Code Black and is known for her run on ABC’s Revenge, as well as film appearances in J. Edgar and the upcoming Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller, Replicas. She’s also the younger sister of Natalie Alyn Lind, co-star of Fox’s returning X-Men series The Gifted and the older sister of Alyvia Alyn Lind of CBS soap The Young and the Restless.
Kyliegh Curran was recently cast in the crucial role of Abra Stone, reported Deadline. Curran, a young newcomer, is coming off her first onscreen role and lone credit, a 2017 drama called I Can I Will I Did. She was selected for the Abra role amongst a candidate pool consisting of about 800 girls, said to have won over the filmmakers with “her knack for authenticity.”
Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) has been cast as an adult Danny Torrance.
Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) has been cast as Rose the Hat, leader of the cult that has designs to feed off the psychic "steam" of Abra.
Zahn McClarnon made waves this year with a showcase episode in Westworld Season 2. Now he's joining the cast of The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep. Variety reports that McClarnon will play Crow Daddy, the right hand man to Ferguson's character.
Doctor Sleep Details
Back in 2016, The Tracking Board first reported that Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman was tapped to write the screenplay for Doctor Sleep. Goldsman was previously involved in another high-profile King adaptation, The Dark Tower, for which he co-wrote the screenplay.
It shouldn't surprise anyone that King's sequel to The Shining is being developed as a film. In fact, it's more surprising that Doctor Sleep took this long to make it into a Warner Bros. board room. After all, this sequel could be the horror movie event of the year, following up on a film as revered as Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece.
Not to mention that with Doctor Sleep, we could have a potential "Shining Trilogy" from Warner Bros., which is also producing a Shining prequel called The Overlook Hotel. There aren't any plot details on that, but one can only imagine that this would be an origin story for the hotel and how it got so haunted. Last we heard, Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) was going to direct this one from a screenplay by former Walking Dead-showrunner Glen Mazzara.
We'll keep you updated as we learn more about WB's potential Shining-verse.
The Joker movie has released new test footage that gives us our first look at Joaquin Phoenix in makeup as the Clown Prince.
The mysterious Joker movie is now filming in New York City. And since set pics were bound to start leaking sooner rather than later (and right on schedule, they sure did), Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips have decided to get out in front of it and just give the world an official look at Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. Previously revealing that his name is Arthur, WB and Phillips have now released camera test footage of Phoenix in the purple suit and pancake makeup.
In the below video, Phoenix is undergoing a camera test that likely has much to do with lighting the costume as it does with the actual garb. And over the course of the test, we see via dissolves Phoenix go from the previously revealed Arthur to what Harley Quinn as affectionately dubbed “Mistah J.”
Check him out...
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) September 21, 2018
Phoenix’s Joker certainly looks like a different beast from those we have seen before. While the hand-applied makeup is immediately evocative of Heath Ledger’s iconic, and Oscar-winning, Clown Prince of Crime, Phoenix also looks slightly less grungy. In fact, the dapperness of the costume and hair, though long, is faintly reminiscent of Caesar Romero’s Joker on the Batman television series.
Along with the previous headshot of Phoenix in character, we also learned the Joker's real name: Arthur. That about does it for anyone hoping we'd see a return of the "Jack Napier" name that was first given to the character in Tim Burton's Batman movie in 1989. Unless, of course, "Arthur" isn't a real name. As Joker himself says in Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's The Killing Joke (which this movie may take some inspiration from), "If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!"
The song played in the tease is “Laughing” by the Guess Who, a Canadian rock band from the 1960s. While the music is obviously chosen for the titled chorus, it also speaks to the film’s intention of being set in the ‘80s. The song will be more than 15 years older, but it plays to the aesthetic of a mid-20th century disaffection that has been hinted at in the press.
Martin Scorsese is a producer on the Joker movie, and early word about the script is that it has a lot in common with the kind of character work seen in movies like Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. Is anyone else getting a knife's edge, Travis Bickle vibe from Joaquin Phoenix's "Arthur" in the above pic? Because I sure am. Rupert Pupkin himself, Robert De Niro, also has a role in this film.
There are some set photos out there, too...
Now let's just hope we don't have to wait too long for a follow-up with Phoenix wearing the green and white.
It's also pretty funny how this simple image couldn't be any further away from the first look fans got at Jared Leto as the Joker when 2016's Suicide Squad was first going into production. David Ayer revealed that rather different take on the Clown Prince of Crime, "damaged" tattoo, grill, and all on social media, and it was pretty divisive. This low key reveal certainly plays into the idea that Joker isn't going to be your typical comic book adaptation.
Joker will open on Oct. 4, 2019. We have everything else you need to know about the Joker movie right here.
Peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers, models and bottles, these are some of my favorite pairings in life. I’m not a huge boozer, but I like having a drink from time to time because I know that liquor makes the ladies loquacious. So that means that the hot girl who had no chance of saying hello to you before, will probably fill you in with a bunch of high school stories and secrets from her past after a few sips. And making a genuine connection with a hot woman should be on everyone’s to-do list everyday. I know it’s on mine. Even if she wakes up with a hangover the next day and says spilling the beans was a mistake. I say all of that to say this, life needs more gin parties with hot ladies like Scheana Marie, Demi Mann, and Ashley Kirk on the guest-list.
I may just have to look into bartending if women like that like to crowd around watering hole parties. I’ve been pouring beverages into cups my entire life, how hard can doing it professionally really be? And if you ask me what my recommendation for a perfect cocktail would be, it’d be two parts Kate Neilson, one part Parnia Porsche, with a dash of Lola Tash and Siena Oberman as a garnish.
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During all the insanity surrounding the release of the first Captain Marvel trailer this week, Entertainment Tonight went to the set and got an interview with Brie Larson about her character, her costume, and her experience making the first MCU movie with a female protagonist. There’s some new footage mixed in here and a couple of surprises we didn’t yet know about the film.
There’s some quick shots of Sam Jackson with dots all over his face for his cgi-youthinization process, as well as the revelation from Brie Larson that the costume doesn’t smell very good. I wonder if that’s gonna be a running gag, the Avengers have to call on Captain Marvel, but immediately regret it due to her fragrant costume. That’s some real drama they’ve got cooking, look out there Thanos! Better get some Infinity Noseplugs if you hope to stand a chance.
Speaking of which, is that Nancy O’Dell in that clip up there? Let’s get some hookers, let’s get some blow, let’s get nuts Nancy O’Dell? Man, I think John Tesh was still the host the last time I watched Entertainment Tonight. I had no idea that Nancy survived her brush with Pat O’Brien, good for her.
Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.
Here's everything you need to know about the Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock.
Tom Hardy's Venom movie arrives in October. The original plan was for it to tie into Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but that's no longer the case. Venom, a character best known via his original Eddie Brock alter-ego, first appeared in Marvel Comics’ The Amazing Spider-Man #299 and was created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane in 1988. He also was perhaps infamously played by Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.
Ruben Fleischer, best known for Zombieland (and 30 Minutes or Less,) is directing. Screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey, Saving Mr. Banks) worked on the script with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. Black Panther composer Ludwig Goransson will provide the score.
While the film was expected to follow in the highly successful R-rated superhero footsteps of Fox-Marvel movies such as Deadpool and Logan, word is that Venom will be rated PG-13, not R, in the hopes that Sony could still have a Spider-Man vs. Venom movie somewhere down the line.
Here's a preview clip from Venom (arriving via IGN,) that depicts a rather testy exchange between Eddie Brock in investigative journalist mode and the Life Foundation’s Carlton Drake, who’s not a big fan of ambiguously-accented reporters asking about the company’s track record on human experimentation. While there’s no symbiote-related action in this clip, it does provide a new glimpse of the dynamic between the film’s hero and its main villain.
You can check out the previous Venom trailers below!
Venom Release Date
Venom is scheduled to open on Oct. 5, 2018. The full schedule of upcoming Marvel movies can be found here.
Tom Hardy is Eddie Brock/Venom, and he brings some obvious action movie credibility after appearing in roles like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and especially Mad Max: Fury Road, and he even nabbed an Oscar nomination too for his work in The Revenant.
Michelle Williams plays Anne Weying, a New York City District Attorney. In the comics, Anne is Eddie Brock's ex-wife and has some fateful bonding experiences of her own as She-Venom.
Riz Ahmed plays Dr. Carlton Drake, head of the Life Foundation. He will eventually bond with a symbiote of his own to become the villain, Riot.
Sope Aluko plays Dr. Rosie Collins.
Additionally, names like Woody Harrelson, Jenny Slate, Ron Cephas Jones, and Scott Haze have roles in the film that remain hush-hush.
Carnage may or may not be in the movie. Carnage is serial killer Cletus Kasady, a sadistic serial killer who was once a cellmate of Eddie Brock/Venom. Kasady came into contact with a piece of the Venom symbiote, and it bonded with him as it had with Brock. As a result, you have a creature with all of Venom's powers, but none of Eddie Brock's (admittedly limited) morals and scruples. There are reports (unconfirmed) that Woody Harrelson is playing Kasady.
As the official Venom synopsis reads:
As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) - and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake's experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie's body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants. Twisted, dark, unpredictable, and fueled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they're looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin?
Back in December, at Brazil Comic-Con, Venom director Ruben Fleischer revealed that the movie’s story would be based on Marvel Comics fare in 1993’s Venom: Lethal Protector limited series (Venom’s first solo storyline,) and 1995’s “The Planet of the Symbiotes" storyline from the pages of Spider-Man titles. Indeed, the mention of the Life Foundation – a sinister of cabal of wealthy reprobates – is pertinent to the film’s “Lethal Protector” aspect, since that series saw Venom fall into their captivity and experimented upon, yielding the birth of five more symbiotes, Scream, Phage, Agony, Riot and Lasher.
We'll update this with more information as it becomes available.
While it opens today in NY and LA, it’ll be a few weeks before the rest of the country gets to enjoy the new western The Sisters Brothers starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as Charlie and Eli Sisters, the titular siblings.
The film’s director, Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), won the Best Director Award at this month’s Venice Film Festival, and with a top notch cast including Phoenix, Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Carol Kane, and Rutger Hauer, it’s not hard to see why it’s being met with such acclaim. It’s definitely near the top of my must-see list for the fall, and coupled with Reilly’s turn as Oliver Hardy, will hopefully get some awards buzz.
Most of the best westerns in this millennium were directed by foreigners: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford directed by Australian Andrew Dominik; Slow West directed by Scotsman John Maclean; Hell or High Water directed by another Scotsman, David Mackenzie; The Proposition directed by another Australian, John Hillcoat; It’ll be interesting to see what a Frenchman does with this most American of genres.
The Sisters Brothers is playing now in NY and LA, and expands nationwide over the next few weeks.
Disney boss Bob Iger says there will be a "slowdown" when it comes to producing Star Wars movies.
Disney is rethinking the way it releases Star Wars movies, according to CEO Bob Iger. Specifically, the company is looking at how often it releases new installments in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story's meager $392 million global box office take. Considering that the three Star Wars movies preceding it, including the first standalone movie, Rogue One, made more than a billion dollars each at the box office, Solo's earnings are strikingly unimpressive.
Solo was released only five months after The Last Jedi, which some believe might be what doomed the spinoff, to begin with. Too many Star Wars movies in too short a time. According to Iger, he's the one to blame for the timing of Solo.
"I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast," Iger explained to THR.
Some have speculated that Solo's failure at the box office means that Disney will no longer pursue spinoff Star Wars Story films. For the time being, only Episode IX is firmly on Disney's slate, but Iger confirms that there are certainly more Star Wars movies on the way.
"You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven't been specific about. And we are just at the point where we're going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.'s. But I think we're going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that."
While Iger only mentions Benioff and Weiss' movies specifically, Disney has several other projects in development, including Rian Johnson's new trilogy and a Boba Fett standalone that's been long in gestation. Boba Fett even has a director in James Mangold (Logan), who is also co-writing the script with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix). Of course, after Solo's weak box office take, the bounty hunter might be hurled back into the sarlacc pit.
Reports in the weeks after Solo debuted in theaters painted a gloomy picture inside Lucasfilm, as it allegedly debated scrapping the Star Wars Story movies altogether, but the company later released a statement saying it was still developing standalone projects. Iger's update suggests, at the very least, that Disney won't take the Marvel approach with Star Wars and release a new movie every couple of months.
Could this mean that Disney is going to take more of an "event film" approach when it comes to Star Wars, putting wider gaps between installments? Considering that the original six Star Wars movies were released three years apart in their respective decades and had successful box office runs, it couldn't hurt. That said, don't expect Disney to wait that long between movies. This may just mean that the House of Mouse is going back to the "Star Wars movie a year" approach.
Either way, we'll have a lot of time to speculate in the year and change until the release of Episode IX in December 2019. We'll keep you updated as we hear more.
The director of gorefests like Hostel and Cabin Fever channels the Amblin spirit for The House with a Clock in its Walls.
If you’ve seen any of the other movies made by director Eli Roth -- including the grisly Cabin Fever, the sadistic Hostel and its sequel, or the cannibal nightmare The Green Inferno -- you might be taken aback to learn that his new movie, The House with a Clock in its Walls, is based on a beloved 1973 children’s book by author John Bellairs. You might also be surprised to learn that the new film carries a PG rating and not a hard R, and that the amount of blood spilled in the picture amounts to one drop.
The movie stars Owen Vaccaro as a young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt who is sent to live with his eccentric Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in a large and creepy old house in the town of New Zebedee, Michigan. Once there, Lewis discovers that Jonathan and his good friend Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) are a warlock and witch respectively, and they’re trying to find the clock that’s hidden within the walls of the house.
That timepiece was placed there by the previous owner, the late Isaac Izard (Kyle Maclachlan), and it’s ticking down to something dreadful that will occur unless Jonathan, Florence and now Lewis -- who wants to learn the ways of magic as well -- can stop it.
The House with a Clock in its Walls is produced under Steven Spielberg’s Amblin banner, and the movie aims to channel the same kinds of thrills and scares that the classic Amblin films achieved within the context of family-friendly yet sophisticated entertainment. What makes Roth such a startling choice initially to direct the movie is that he’s known for anything but family-friendly genre fare. But as he tells Den of Geek in our interview, it’s movies like Poltergeist and Gremlins that set him on the filmmaking path in the first place, a debt he wanted to repay with The House with a Clock in its Walls.
Den of Geek: How did this come your way and were you looking to go in a different direction?
Eli Roth: A confluence of both. Sometimes it happens that you put something out there in the universe and the universe answers. I'd been wanting to do a movie like this -- a kids movie, but my version of one. Something that was much more at the Amblin, Time Bandits end of the kid's movie spectrum. A kind of a pure PG scary movie for kids. This book and the script came along through the producer, Brad Fischer, and I just couldn't believe it. I read it and I said, "This is literally exactly what I'm looking to do. What I've been wanting to do." It's the type of movie that I really really miss. I remember as a kid how important those Amblin movies were. I know I'm known for very violent horror, but those gory horror movies I didn't start seeing until I was maybe 12 or 13 years old and they were all in VHS.
Before that the movies that got me into scary movies were those early Spielberg movies and Amblin movies like E.T. and Raiders and Gremlins and Goonies and Poltergeist. I mean I can't tell you what a seminal event Poltergeist was in my life. I feel like that type of movie is missing today. When I was 10 years old the kids' movies were movies like Time Bandits where the parents blow up at the end and people get turned into pigs and The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and Dragonslayer. The movies weren't so scary that they traumatized you, but they made you want to see more scary movies. They were really gateway films.
But I feel like today parents, everyone who grew up in the Amblin generation as kids, they want their kids to be into scary movies, but they can't start them out on It or The Nun or something. You need to have a movie that gets them excited about it, so they're still watching those Amblin films. It's still Gremlins. I think that kids' movies have become superhero movies and franchise movies or animated movies. There doesn't exist that pure PG movie that you go see with your parents and you get scared, but you're laughing, you're having a great time and that's what I wanted to do.
Amblin never really went away, but it seems like they're trying to bring back not just the brand name, but the kind of films associated with that brand name as well.
They're relaunching Amblin and this is the film they're using to relaunch it, and I understood the importance of that and the responsibility of that. I sat down with Steven Spielberg before we made the film and he gave me some incredible advice. We talked about the whole process and he said, "Make it scary. Do not be afraid to make it scary." And I said, "I really want to have this scene of automatons attacking," and he goes, "I collect automatons." Like really? So he says, "Yeah my kids won't let me put them in the house because they're scary. They're too terrifying."
I was like, "Well can we use them?" He's like, "Yeah of course." So Steven lent us some of his automatons for the movie. I got to build this fantastic, incredibly creepy world and after I finished the film and had my first cut I showed it to Steven. He called me and he just loved it and he said, "Eli you really did it." I said, "You know that that Amblin brand was everything to me as a kid," and he said, "Well you're really carrying the torch." He said, "This is not mocking or imitative of an early Amblin. It's not trying to be an old Amblin movie. It's truly its own thing, but it feels like it shares that DNA and connective tissue with those early movies."
So that for me was the ultimate compliment for Steven Spielberg to call me and say that I was really carrying the torch for Amblin, because those filmmakers like Robert Zemeckis and Joe Dante and Tobe Hooper meant everything to me as a kid. To make a movie for this label was something I could never have done before now had I not made those other films.
Obviously you're known as a hardcore horror filmmaker, but when you look at the resumes of some of the masters, George Romero made Knight Riders. John Carpenter made Starman. Wes Craven made a few non-genre films. Everyone's got sort of mainstream films on their resumes. Was there any moment where you thought about the "Eli Roth brand" and whether that would be affected by this?
No, I think that whatever my name means, I was always making movies of what I was interested in at the time. I look at Sam Raimi's career. I look at Peter Jackson's career. You know Raimi starting off the Evil Dead movies and then went into Spider-Man. Peter Jackson started off with Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles and Brain Dead and went into Lord of the Rings. That was a career trajectory that I always wanted to have. I wanted to be Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton or Ridley Scott.
You can feel those influences in the film so if I'm ever going to be that or have a career like that then I have to prove myself in that arena and this is my chance to do that, but if I want to continue that, I think that the key is I just have to make movies I'm passionate about and stories I want to tell and something I feel that no one else is doing or that no one else can do in the way that I can do it.
Was it your idea to put the old Universal and Amblin logos at the front of the film?
Yeah. I said, "Gosh I wonder if we can put the 80s universal logo and then the 80s Amblin logo and then I want to spin it backwards. Just like the way that it's about moving time backwards and turning back, I said, "What if we reverse the Universal logo?" And they said, "Yeah, yeah. No problem. We'll do it." We had to dig, dig, dig -- it took a while to find that file. Like it hadn't been used in a while, but I loved it. It's fun doing those logos.
There is some dark stuff in the movie. The scene with the automatons is pretty creepy stuff. Did you push some of that stuff as far as you thought it could go? Did you hold back on anything?
Well, the audience tells you when you've gone too far and when it's too scary or whether it's too intense or whether you put too much humor in. I talked to Jack Black about making School of Rock and he said it was the first time he had to completely shut off the R-rated side of his brain and once he went PG it forced him to think of ideas and jokes and things that he hadn't done before. So suddenly this whole other side of humor comes out and he's forced to be funny differently. That's what happened to me. When I said we're making a kids movie, it was very important to me to make a pure PG movie. Not a PG-13 movie.
So every idea I went, "How can I do this idea and have it be great and creepy in a PG way? How can I pull this off? How can we cut the hand and have the demon tongue come out and lick the blood and do all of these things that are classic fairytale imagery, but in a PG way?" There's one drop of blood literally in the entire movie and that's used for a spell. And that's it. That's all you get and that was the fun of it. I had the time of my life making this film.
How was it working with Jack and Cate? Were they very different in terms of their methods?
Jack and Cate are more alike then people realize. You know they're close to the same age. I like to say they're three grades older than me. They're like the popular seniors that I got to direct in the school play. And they're brilliant. I think that Jack really doesn't get the credit he deserves for what a brilliant dramatic actor he is. I think he is our generation's Robin Williams. You think about Robin Williams, he did Dead Poets, Awakenings, Good Will Hunting and he also does Mrs. Doubtfire. Jack does Jumanji, but he does The Polka King, and Bernie is one of his brilliant performance.
Cate is actually very very funny and we're just starting to see that side of her now in Thor: Ragnarok and in Ocean's 8. She's hilarious and I think that Cate really brings out the best dramatic acting in Jack and Jack brings out the best comedy in Cate. And the two of them have the most incredible alchemy. I mean it was just magic when you saw them together. I was so lucky to get those two.
What else sort of pushed you as a filmmaker on this? For example, I don't think you've done a whole lot with CG in the past -- was that something that was kind of flexing new muscles for you?
Definitely. I looked at directors like James Cameron and Peter Jackson and Michael Bay and wondered, what is it about their CGI that looks so good, but always feels groundbreaking when you watch their movie? You go, "Wow I've never seen that before." And you know those guys have such an eye for detail and they just grind and they redo shots over and over and over.
My visual effects supervisor, Louis Morin, is amazing. He's really an artist. He's a perfectionist. He showed me what he did in Sicario and I didn't realize how much of that sequence was digital. And he did Arrival -- he's Denis Villeneuve's visual effects supervisor. Louis and I have a very high standard for having everything look photo real even in a fantastic way.
You have produced a new documentary series called Eli Roth’s History of Horror that’s premiering next month on AMC. If someone was to sit down and watch that and have really no understanding of the genre, what would you want them to take away from it?
There's such a wonderful history of the genre. There are so many great movies out there that you might not know about, and even if they were your favorite films, you might hear the filmmaker put a particular spin on it that makes you want to go back and rewatch them. You know these films are alive as long as people are watching them.
The idea was to do a complete catalog or history of the genre. Now it could have been 1,000 hours and it would still be incomplete, but we crammed as much as we could in there with all the pillars of the genre and some obscure stuff too. So if you're a casual horror fan it gives you so much to go on for a deep dive. If you're an expert in the genre you're going to see experts talk about movie the way you've never heard and also some movies you may have never heard of.
It also plays like a greatest hits of kills. I mean you just want to watch the amount of awesome clips that we got to pack into an hour of television. It's incredible. It's so much fun. I remember as a kid loving Terror in the Aisles and then watching that Bravo special of the 100 greatest scariest movie moments. It has that feel, that's what I wanted to do, but in the context of, "This is where the genre came from and this is how it started and this is what got it here."
What's next for you on the directing front?
We'll see. There's 12 of these books. If the public comes out and supports this one we'll have to do another one.
The House with a Clock in its Walls is out this Friday (Sept. 21).
Don Kaye is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist and associate editor of Den of Geek. Other current and past outlets include Syfy, United Stations Radio Networks, Fandango, MSN, RollingStone.com and many more. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @donkaye
Tom Clancy novels Rainbow Six and Without Remorse will be adapted in a movie series, with Michael B. Jordan set to star as hero John Clark.
Tom Clancy live-action adaptations aren't exactly in short supply in this epoch of the entertainment industry. Indeed, another iteration is being planned for the big screen, this time brandishing the ever-escalating stardom of Michael B. Jordan as the headliner for what’s being telegraphed as a film franchise.
Michael B. Jordan is set to play Tom Clancy novel hero John Clark in at least two films for Paramount that will adapt the late author’s novels Without Remorse and Rainbow Six, reports Variety. The franchise-building efforts will be headed by Akiva Goldsman, current maestro of the Transformers film universe, joined by producers in Josh Appelbaum, Corin Nemec and the star himself, Jordan. Paramount is reportedly meeting with writers and directors for the first outing.
The would-be film franchise will launch with Without Remorse, adapting Clancy’s 1993 novel, chronicling the origin of CIA operative John Terrence Kelly, whose nom de guerre is John Clark, a character introduced in 1987’s The Cardinal of the Kremlin. The second film will be Rainbow Six, Clancy’s 1996 espionage novel, in which Clark heads the titular counterterrorism unit. For connoisseurs of late-1990s/early-2000s video games, the name Rainbow Six is undoubtedly more associated with the vast series of tactical games based on the novel.
The John Clark character – almost as prolific in Clancy lore as Jack Ryan – was purportedly inspired by David Morrell’s 1972 novel, First Blood, from which the Rambo films were adapted, and has been featured in 17 Clancy novels. Moreover, Clark has been played on film by Willem Dafoe in 1994’s Clear and Present Danger (opposite Harrison Ford’s Jack Ryan,) and by Liev Schreiber in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears (opposite Ben Affleck’s Jack Ryan).
The starring role in the yet-again rebooted Tom Clancy film universe is another major coup for the career of Michael B. Jordan, who is coming off an acclaimed villainous turn earlier this year in Black Panther and is the center of a rumor about the Superman film franchise. He will return to another hit franchise – again joined by Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa – in Creed II, which hits theaters on November 21.
Meanwhile, the arena of Tom Clancy live-action adaptations is currently flourishing in the form of Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan, which received a Season 2 renewal months before its August premiere. Yet, it will be interesting to see if John Krasinski’s new small screen version of Jack Ryan will ever share the screen with Michael B. Jordan’s John Clark.
Amazon Prime has a diverse collection of sci-fi films to meet your geek needs!
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Updated for October 2018
Science fiction is about as diverse a genre as it gets. Because what we deem as science fiction is not only subjective but also encompasses pretty much every possible future hypothetical we can and cannot imagine. Nowhere is this diversity represented better than on Amazon Prime.
Here is a list of the best science fiction movies on Amazon Prime. All you really need for good science fiction is your imagination but it turns out an Amazon Prime subscription helps too.
Invaders From Mars (1953)
Invaders from Mars is an all-time sci-fi classic. The story was inspired by a dream from the story writer's wife, which makes perfect sense as Invaders From Mars comes along with its own dream-like sense of confusion and terror.
Late one night, a child named David MacLean (Jimmy Hunt) is awakened by some thunder and looks to the sky to see the unmistakable shape of a flying saucer crashing down into his neighborhood. He tells his parents and his dad goes to investigate. But when his dad comes back, he doesn't seem to be the same. Invaders From Mars is a thrilling and spooky sci-fi yarn that represents everything great about the genre.
X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes
A common theme of this sci-fi list is just how well science fiction can mix with horror. X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes is another fine example. Ray Milland stars as Dr. James Xavier, a scientist whose experiments with x-ray vision goes awry. Xavier just wants to increase the human eye's capacity to see and decides to test his prototype on himself. It works! But then it starts to work a little too well. Soon he's seeing through people's clothes. Then skin. Then bone. Then he's unable to perceive anything other than the natural shapes and colors of the universe. Then the real shit starts.
Come for the brilliantly executed sci-fi concept, stay for the unexpected Don Rickles appearance.
The 1955 novel The Body Snatchers has been adapted to film four times for a reason. The concept of aliens destroying Earth is terrifying enough but the idea that they'll do so by taking over our mind and bodies one-by-one is even scarier.
The latest iteration, The Invasion, isn't the best of the adaptation but it's completely watchable for those with an Amazon Prime account and in need of some sci-fi terror. Nicole Kidman stars as Dr. Carol Bennell and we get to watch her growing terror as she comes to realize the people close to her are no longer who they once were.
One of science fiction's best gifts as a genre is it's generous ability to "assist" other genres. The Lobster is really a romantic film all about love, intimacy and the soul-quaking fear of both.
But The Lobster couldn't be as emotionally valid as it is without its initial sci-fi conceit. You see, The Lobster is about a resort where single people meet to pair up and become couples. Thing is, though, it's compulsory. Also, if you don't find a soulmate in 45 days, you are forever transformed into the animal of your choosing. The Lobster's science fiction concept perfectly sets up and complements the real human feelings that follow.
In addition to being an awesome science fiction tale, Arrival might be the most intense movie about linguistics ever. The Amy Adams-starring flick is based on a 1998 short story from Ted Chiang and reveals what happens when twelve alien spacecraft suddenly appear in 12 locations across the globe.
Arrival takes a fascinatingly logical look at how humanity would respond in such an event. The answer as it turns out is to bring in a linguistic expert (Adams) to figure out how to communicate with the darn things. Arrival is incredibly smart and equally as affecting.
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond is the first of the Star Trek reboots not directed by J.J. Abrams, who went off to direct some other obscure "Star" movie. Thankfully, Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin steps in capably to keep the franchise afloat.
Star Trek Beyond is certainly a step above the disappointing Into Darkness and in many ways is the Trek-iest of the new films. While casting Idris Elba only to put him under 40 pounds of makeup remains a crime against humanity, this one has the most original Trek flavor we've had in years.
Into the Forest
Into the Forest begins with a simple sci-fi concept. The lights don't work. Well actually no electronics or technology work. Due to some unknown technologically apocalyptic disaster the world is suddenly flung back to a more primitive state. It's in this new state of things that sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) must find a way to survive.
Into the Forest doesn't operate as a traditional science fiction movie. It could probably be better described as an indie-ish survival story. Still, the intial science fiction set up alone is so strong that is shows what the genre can do and the stories speculative fiction can tell.
Back in 2009 when J.J. Abrams was tasked with rebooting the Star Trek franchise, he apparently had little knowledge or interest of the Star Trek franchise. He did, however, have plenty of Star Wars knowledge. So he basically made what can be almost seen as a precursor to his own Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Star Trek doesn't have a lot of the progressive politics or forward-thinking humanity that the original series and movies do. What it does instead is recast all the original iconic characters with pitch-perfect actors and sends them on a space adventure.
Star Trek may not be pure Star Trek but it is pure blockbuster filmmaking.
Zathura: A Space Adventure
You liked Jumanji. How about Jumanji in space?
Zathura: A Space Adventure isn't a direct Jumanji sequel, nor are there any references to Jumanji in the film but it is a worthy spiritual successor. In Zathura, brothers Walter and Danny find a mysterious board game in the basement of their house (sound familiar). When they begin to play the game, they suddenly find themselves in outer space with their sister (played by Kristen Stewart) and an astronaut (Dax Shephard).
Zathura didn't do too well at the box office, which is a shame. The concept of Jumanji in space alone is enough to make an entertaining 90 minutes at the movies.
V for Vendetta
"Remember remember! The 5th of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." V for Vendetta takes one of the strangest routes to being a crowd-pleasing sci-fi action movie ever. It's an Alan Moore comic book adaptation in which the only threat to a futuristic dystopian British fascism is a guy in a Guy Fawkes mask.
Still, somehow it works. And it works like CRAZY. V for Vendetta is an awesome, entertaining film. And not to mention that it's suddenly timely since 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale are in-demand literature.
Time travel is one of the science fiction genre's most tried and true tropes. The problem with time travel as we all know is that traveling back and forth in time runs the risk of screwing up the present. What about just chatting back and forth in time?
In Frequency, Jim Caviezel stars as NYPD detective John Sullivan. John has had a lifetime of emotional repression stemming from the death of his father, a firefighter, in a fire when John was six. John's friend happens upon a ham radio and gifts it to me. When experimenting with the machine, John discovers that he may be able to communicate with someone in the past...someone very important to him in the past.
Nobody in the world has a stronger jawline than Peter Weller and he puts it to good use in the sci-fi classic RoboCop. Weller stars as Alex J. Murphy a good cop in a near future dystopian Detroit (you write the "dystopian Detroit" joke yourself, damn it. I'm tired) who is fatally injured in a gunfight with a gang.
The corporation that owns the Detroit Police Department steps in and turns Murphy into RobobCop who is now programmed to serve the public trust, protect the innocent and uphold the law. RoboCop is a pretty rad movie all around and satisfying satire on capitalism and crime.
RoboCop 2 has little of the brilliant corporate police state satire of the original. That doesn't mean it isn't a creative, at times bonkers sci-fi experience.
After the success of the RoboCop program, Omni Consumer Products devises a plan to to drive Detroit into bankruptcy so they can build a brand new city under their control. Little did they know they would just have to wait. Instead of waiting, however, they try to develop a "RoboCop 2" to assist them to combat some of the chaos they started. That's easier said than done and soon our own friend Alex Murphy is back in the fold.
George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (which I'll just call 1984 now for simplicity's sake) is one of literature's greatest science fiction classics. It imagines a world in the distant future of 1984 (lol) where fascism has finally, thoroughly won. Citizens of Oceania live under the rule of an all-powerful Party, are monitored at all times and even language itself is being broken down into bite-sized fascistic, emotionless pieces.
Michael Radford's film (released in 1984 obviously) goes a long way to capturing the dread of Orwell's novel. John Hurt stars as Party-member Winston Smith and the film follows his path to escaping the boot crushing a human face forever. Those familiar with the book should know how that will go. 1984 is an ultra-faithful adaptation of a political science fiction classic.
Donnie Darko is a cult classic for a reason. Young pup Jake Gyllenhaal stars as the titual Donnie - a normal high school student who suddenly sees tangible "timelines" pulling people around. Oh and there's a demented hallucinatory bunny named Frank! Oh and there's a plane crash! Oh and there's the most amazing cover of "Mad World" of all time!
There's a lot going on in Donnie Darko - not all of it perfectly coherent. But all its strange, disparate parts blend into a coming-of-age science fiction masterpiece.
It's unclear just how much of Starship Troopers is sincere and how much is satire. Paul Verhoeven's 1997 sci-fi action thriller follows young soldier Johnny Rico and his compadres in the Mobile Infantry as they travel to new planets humanity hopes to colonize and clear out giant insectoid creatures call Arachnids.
On one hand, Starship Troopers seems to have a lot to say about the grim future of humanity and the concessions we make as we grow larger and lose our personhood. On the other hand, those space soldiers sure do shoot those bugs good.
Cary Fukunaga talks his memories of 007 and the honor of stepping into the James Bond franchise as director.
Rise and shine, everyone. As you know by now, early this morning Cary Joji Fukunaga was named as new director of the troubled James Bond 25 after Danny Boyle’s departure from the film.
Many will know Fukunaga’s work from the first season of HBO’s True Detective, along with his feature film adaptation of Jane Eyre and the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation. Fukunaga is about to launch his 10-episode limited Netflix series Maniac (based on the Norwegian show of the same name), complete with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in the lead roles. Maniac hits Netflix on Sept. 21, which makes the revelation he’ll be next slipping into evening wear with Daniel Craig all the more intriguing (and serendipitous for us).
We sat down with Fukunaga to discuss Maniac, mere hours after the Bond 25 announcement. While Fukunaga has lots of work ahead of him for the new Bond film, along with his in production biopic of conductor Leonard Bernstein, The American, he was happy to speak about his connection to the Bond series in general, telling us, “It’s a huge honor. I’ve been a fan obviously, since I was a little kid--it’s been around longer than since I’ve been alive. I’m just really excited to carry the banner on.”
Production for the 25th 007 adventure doesn’t begin until next March (with its new release date scheduled for Valentine’s Day 2020), but fans can feast on the myriad of visual stylings in Maniac in the meantime while Fukunaga furiously rips into his contribution to the world of James Bond. Here’s hoping that Bond and his villain have a philosophical debate on whether time is a circle.
This film intriguingly marks Craig’s fifth Bond movie after famously saying he’d rather “slash my wrists” than reprise the character for one more outing. While he happily accepts the ribbing he gets for such comments today, this is generally viewed as his swan song to the part, as fans are already speculating who could be the next 007 (and hint: Idris Elba is getting lots of stan love).
The still-untitled Bond 25 opens on Feb. 14, 2020. We have more info on the movie right here.
Put that Amazon Prime subscription to use and learn a thing or two with this list of the streaming service's best documentaries
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Updated for October 2018
We watch movies to escape. We watch documentaries to stay.
Ok, that's a massive oversimplification. But documentaries fill a much different role in the culture than films or television. A good documentary is ideally both entertaining and a learning experience. All the streaming services have a documentary presence on their servers to some extent and here we break down what Amazon has to offer.
The documentaries of Amazon Prime are as entertaining and informative as any other source. Notice, however, that Mr. Bezos seems to have a taste for documentaries that cover music, food and people falsely accused of crimes. Oh. And Ken Burns lots of Ken Burns.
I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro takes an unfinished book by brilliant American writer James Baldwin and uses it as a starting point to discuss Baldwin's life and passions and his home country's ugly history of racism.
There's a reason I Am Not Your Negro was a modest "hit" for a documentary and took home its fair share of awards. It's stark, honest and smartly constructed around Baldwin's wit and humanity.
Sriracha is one of the all-time unexpected food success stories. We in the West thought we were all set on hot sauce. Hell, we may as well have invented the art of throwing spicy red liquid on chicken wings (we probably did not). Then out of nowhere (Thailand) come these red bottles with chickens on them that straight up change the game.
Griffin Hammond's documentary, Sriracha, is a love letter to the now ubiquitous chili sauce and a helpful explanation of its history and new role in the world. Sriracha is one of the most unusual and one of the best documentaries on Amazon Prime.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Paradise Lost is the rare documentary that eventually became its own series of sorts. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hillspresents the story of the West Memphis Three - three teenage boys accused of the 1993 murder and mutilation of three children.
The case becomes so sprawling and so difficult that it continues through two more documentaries: Paradise Lost 2: Revelations and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, the latter of which came out in 2011 - a full 18 years after the case began.
Paradise Lost is like The Godfather trilogy of documentaries only if the third one didn't suck.
Ken Burns: The Central Park Five
It's Ken Burns time! Ken Burns is rightfully known as one of the maestros of documentary filmmaking for his definitive long-form takes on uniquely American topics like baseball and the Civil War. In The Central Park Five, Burns leaves his comfort zone a bit by finding a more recent story (ok, it's a 30-year-old story but that's still much newer than the Civil War).
The Central Park Five covers details of the famous case of the same name in which five black men (i.e. teenagers) were falsely accused of raping and assaulting a woman in Central Park. It's just another sad chapter in America's long history of racial profiling.
Oh, and apropos of nothing the current President of the United States once spent $85,000 on ads in four major New York newspapers advocating for the death penalty for the five falsely-accused teens. Then in 2016 instead of apologizing, doubled-down and insisted that they were guilty. Just throwing that out there.
Without Charity is your standard true crime documentary with a twist. In 2000, four men broke into an upscale Indiana home with the intention of robbing it. There they discovered three carpenters doing work on a nearby barn. The men tied up the carpenters and eventually executed them.
All fairly typical, though surely tragic, stuff for a true crime documentary. But why is there a woman in handcuffs in that screenshot above? That's Charity Payne, the subject of Without Charity. Charity knew the robbers and knew of the impending robbery. Was she the mastermind of all this or just someone along for the ride. In other words, does any of this happen without Charity?
Documentaries about bulima, anorexia and other eating disorders are relatively common watches in high schools. That's perfectly understandable as young people and young women in particular are the most at risk for these illnesses and the adults in the room naturally want to help. As a result, I watched a fair few in my day as a high schooler and yet I don't remember watching one as honest, brutal or effective as Thin.
Thin follows four young women at an eating disorder treatment center in Florida. It's heartbreaking to watch these people struggle yet equally as uplifting to see them support one another and form bonds. Unfortunately, some of those bonds may lead to tragic circumstances. Don't Google anything about it, just watch and report back.
I threw on Gleason randomly one night as I was compiling this list because it's summer and Game of Thrones hadn't started yet. I appreciated the football angle and figured it would be interesting, if not inspiring, to track a former player's post-career health struggles. Well...uh...I cried. I cried a lot. I cried when former NFL-player Steve Gleason gets his tragic ALS diagnosis. I cried as his body began to degenerate and he tried to put on a brave face for everyone else. I cried when he cried. I cried. I just cried and cried and cried.
I can't recall ever crying harder at any non-real life event. Gleason is for sure inspiring. The sheer positive humanity of the people who rally around Gleason is beyond impressive and uplifting, not even to mention Steve's tremendous courage. Gleason is also brutal. There are intimate, beyond sad and authentically vulnerable moments in this documentary that I never anticipated seeing in any film. It's depicts the destructive power in ALS in the most vivid, horrifying way possible. Watch it if you're not afraid of crying so hard you cause a scene.
Long Strange Trip
Amazon Prime is chock full of music documentaries and The Grateful Dead-focused Long Strange Trip may be the best. The doc premiered in early 2017 at Sundance, was executive produced by Martin Scorsese and boasts a nice brisk running time of nearly four hours. That's certainly intimidating for the non-Deadheads (a.k.a. most people on Earth) but director Amir Bar-Lev's movie does the impossible: makes Jerry Garcia's crew fascinating to the previously uninterested.
De Palma gets the one thing right that biographical documentaries need to get right. It lets the subject speak. The majority of De Palma's running time features its subject, Scarface (among many other classics) director Brian De Palma, plopped down in front of a camera talking about its career.
This pared down approach wouldn't normally be expected from such a stylish feature director like Noah Baumbach but he and co-director Jake Paltrow exert admirable restraint. It turns out that the most interesting part of De Palma is De Palma.
City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts is a big investment for Amazon. After it premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Jeff Bezos' boys ponied up $2 million for the streaming rights to the documentary. Based on early buzz it seems to be money well-spent.
City of Ghosts comes from Academy Award-winning documentarian Matthew Heineman and follows the Syrian activist group of journalists "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently." The documentarians with the help of the media activists RBSS uncover and reveal the bevy of human rights abuses being brought down upon Syria by the Islamic State based in Raqqa.
The picture of U.S. forces "rescuing" 5-year-old Cuban defector Elian Gonzalez at gunpoint remains one of the most striking images of our time. Now the excellent documentary Elian strives to tell the first story behind the photo. Elian Gonzalez was five years old when he was plucked out of the ocean off the coast of Florida.
His makeshift boat from Cuba had capsized and his mother had died. Then the boy became an unfortunate political football in the decades long political game between the United States and Cuba.
The First World War
World War II is easy. Obviously it wasn't easy for those involved but it is easy for us. There are fairly clear good guys and bad guys (morality is subjective - especially when it involves cultures from around the world but very few would argue that the Nazi Party and Mussolini were anything other than bad guys) and we all have sorts of usable footage from the frontline to insert right into documentaries.
World War I is a bit harder. This 2003 British series The First World War does a beyond stupendous job bringing to life a war that we sometimes forget the brutality and consequences of.
Human beings have two legs and can walk around relatively easily wherever they please. Then why are we so damn hard to move?
Amazon's original documentary Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei is all about the moving of human beings from one location to another. It's about displacement - what happens when a person becomes a refugee?
Wars, famine, and natural disasters have forced upwards of 65 million people to flee their circumstances. Human Flow examines what it's like to be one of those 65 million in Iraq, France, Germany, and many other locations.
An exciting thought for any documentary to elicit is "Man, I didn't know people were that into that." Chicken People is one of those documentaries. Chicken seem so pointless. Why even bother having an actual living species running around out there rather than the eventual food product that will find its way into every grocery store?
Chicken People, however, makes a pretty compelling case for the little weirdos - or at least a compelling case for humanity's depthless appreciation for all manner of unimportant things.
Fight For Space
After humanity successfully landed on the moon in 1969, the natural assumption is that further manned space exploration was the way of the future. Surely we'd be colonizing Mars in no time!
Well, that didn't quite come to pass and the documentary Fight for Space seeks to answer why. This doc explores the various political and financial struggles and limits facing NASA and interviews a bevy of intelligent people to figure out how to fix it.
Aida's Secrets is an emotional experience about incredibly emotional topics. Imagine living with the knowledge that your mother survived the Holocaust. Now imagine that you one day discover you have a secret brother you've never met.
That's the experience that Izak Szewelwicz goes through in Aida's Secrets. Izak was born to his mother Aida, while she was interned in Bergen-Belsen. Given the extreme circumstances, Izak was sent to Israel for adoption. In his later years, Izak is able to develop a relationship with Aida anyway. Then he discovers Aida's secret.
An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth is perhaps the most riveting Powerpoint presentation of all-time. Former Vice President Al Gore takes viewers on a journey through all the impending horrors of climate change.
It's riveting, scary stuff. Perhaps the scariest part is that it still required a sequel almost ten years later.
The House I Live In
There are plenty of documentaries about the harmful effects of the War on Drugs and there should probably be hundreds more. The House I Live In is one of the best.
The House I Live In follows every destructive aspect of the War on Drugs from the dealers, to the users, to the narcotics officers, to the prisons, to the politicians. Every aspect of American society is examined because every aspect of American society is effected. As directed by Why We Fightdirector Eugene Jarecki, The House I Live In is one of the best modern documentaries ever.
The Act of Killing
As terrifying and evil as mass acts of violence and genocide are, they can still come across as abstract, unemotional concepts. The Act of Killing puts terrifying, all-too-real faces to mass political violence.
In this documentary, director Joshua Oppenheimer visits Indonesia with the intent to document the stories of the Indonesian mass killing of 1966-66. He doesn't just get interviews with family members of victims, however: he speaks directly to participants. The Act of Killing gets directly inside the at-times gleeful minds of those involved in unspeakable violence and the effect is chilling and riveting.
The Invisible War
In The Invisible War, director Kirby Dick and his cameras uncover countless stories of sexual assault within the U.S. military and at times the subsequent cover-ups and mishandling of investigations. Dick's film is a respectful, carefully handled exploration of a difficult and infuriating topic.
The Invisible War debuted in 2012, winning an Audience Award at Sundance and has since inspired the adoption of several laws and executive orders. Two days after viewing the film, the at-the-time Secretary of Defense issued an order ending the common military practice of commanders reviewing sexual assault claims within their own units.
Aileen: Life & Death of a Serial Killer
Charlize Theron won an Oscar portraying serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the film Monster. For most, Monster is the definitive take on the Wuornos story. Still, Aileen: Life & Death of a Serial Killer offers a new perspective. This is actually the second film director Nick Broomfield has made about Wuornos.
The first, Aileen Wuronos: The Selling of a Serial Killer was about the Wuornos "brand." This one, however is about the end of Wuornos' life, her deteriorating mental state and controversy over her death sentence.
Amazon Prime is a good source for all the action movies you need.
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Updated for October 2018
Amazon understands the importance of action movies/ Action has always been an inseparable part of cinema ever since that train rushed towards the screen and terrified everyone in the early 20th century.
It was only a matter of time before action movies became one of the most important genres at the box office. Thankfully you don't have to go to the box office or anywhere else to get your action movie thrills now. Just head to your friendly neighborhood streaming service.
Amazon Prime Video has a whole host of action movies ready to go for you. In fact it currently offers the most free action movies of any of the four major streamers (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO). So without further ado...
Lights. Camera. Action!
1999's Boondock Saints was pop culture's first solid evidence that Norman Reedus makes most things better.
Reedus stars as Murphy MacManus and Sean Patrick Flanery is his brother, Conor MacManus. The MacManus brothers are Irish-American Bostonians just trying to live their lives, have some pints, and keep their noses clean. That modus operandi fails miserably when three Russian mobsters try to take over the MacMurphy's favorite pub and the brothers are forced to kill the mobsters in self-defense. That sets the MacMurphys on a dark (but fun) path to continue killing evildoers to protect the innocent.
Boondock Saints is about as straightforward a vengeance action movies as they come and was probably your college roommate's favorite movie.
The Man from Nowhere
Asian countries are well represented on our action movies lists. Now South Korea makes its debut with The Man from Nowhere.
There's a strong John Wick-ian spirit in The Man from Nowhere. Cha Tae-sik (Won Bin) is a pawnshop owner just trying to stay out of trouble (that's a recurring theme in action movies). Then trouble finds him when mobsters kidnap his only friend - the little girl who lives next door, So-mi. Cha Tae-sik embarks on a righteous mission to recover So-mi and kill some nameless dudes in the process.
The Man from Nowhere actually predates John Wick by four years and is a good example of how strong an understanding Eastern cinema had of action films before the West decided to get its act together.
3:10 To Yuma
3:10 To Yuma is a fun action Western based on the 1957 film of the same name.
3:10 to Yuma stars Christian Bale as an impoverished rancher and Civil War veteran named Dan Evans. When his farm is burned to the ground, Evans has no other choice but to take on the impossible task of taking down dangerous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe).
Westerns often represent the best the action genre has to offer. They present simple characters in a simple setting living out a simple story. That leaves pletny of room for action. 3:10 To Yuma provides that action.
The Lost City of Z
The Lost City of Z is actually an Amazon Studios production, which is fitting as it follows an adventure into the actual Amazon Jungle.
Charlie Hunnam stars as British officer and adventurer Percy Fawcett. The geopolitical forces that will eventually lead to World War I are brewing and Fawcett is asked to lead an expedition into disputed rainforest territory between Bolivia and Brazil. While there Fawcett hears stories of a supposed lost opulent city and decides to find it for himself.
The Lost City of Z is pure action-adventure. It's Indiana Jones-esque and based on a true story to boot.
Spectre is probably the worst of the Daniel Craig Bond movies but hey, it's a Daniel Craig Bond movie!
Craig returns as the British spy for the fourth time. This time Bond finally finds (or is found by) the secretive criminal organization behind all of his misery: Spectre. This the biggest enemy this Bond has faced yet and leads to some heavy moments but of course there is still plenty of time for fun.
Spectre isn't perfect but is worth watching for its opening Mexico City sequence alone.
Clear and Present Danger
Lots of actors have tried their hand at portraying Tom Clancy's iconic spy (well, he has a lot of jobs) Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford is undoubtedly among the best.
Ford portrays Ryan in this adaptation of the Clancy spy novel of the same name. Ryan is the Acting CIA Deputy Director when he discovers that some of his colleagues are conducting a covert war against the Colombian cartel. Ryan must investigate the conspiracy that may reach the highest offices within the U.S. government.
Clear and Present Danger is an excellent American spy film and clearly helped set the table for the future Jack Bauers and Jason Bournes of the world.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders! Thank God Amazon has the Indiana Jones trilogy (plus one more regrettable film) available to stream or otherwise this list wouldn't feel quite right.
Harrison Ford (oh, him again!) stars as the titular Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who has some pretty strong opinions on where important artifacts belong. Say it with me: museums! Indy is brought in by the U.S. government to foil a rival archaeologist and his Nazi friend's attempt to acquire the mythical Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis believe that if they acquire the Ark, their armies will be invincible. But that can't be right, right? It's just some fossil.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at the height of their powers. It's quite simply one of the best action/adventure films ever.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
After a detour into the dark and uncomfortable in Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones returns to world of adventure in The Last Crusade.
The Nazis are back in The Last Crusade and spoiler alert: they're still dicks. They've kidnapped Indiana's father, Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery) while he was off searching for the literal Holy Grail. Indiana must find and rescue his father and maybe even look into this whole Holy Grail business while he does.
Together Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade represent some of the most purely fun and exciting action movies of the modern era.
Taran Killam was one of Saturday Night Live's most reliable players for five years before being let go in 2016. What's a comedian to do after SNL, aside from hanging out with his perfect and beautiful wife Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders)? In Killam's case the answer was make a movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Killing Gunther could probably be best described as an action gun comedy mockumentary - which certainly has to be a brand new genre.
Killam and some other comedic actors and friends star as assassins who want to become the most famous assassins in the world by killing the current holder of that title, Gunther (Schwarzenegger). They film their endeavor, meaning that this action comedy takes on a similar format to The Office. It's a high concept but an easy one to pull off and Killing Gunther pulls it off indeed.
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Vince Vaughn's transformation from schlubby, lovable comedy star to action movie badass continues in Brawl in Cell Block 99.
Vaughn stars as Bradley Thomas, a retired boxer and current drug mule. After a job goes horribly bad, Bradley is arrested and sentenced to seven years in a medium security prison. Medium security? That doesn't sounds so bad at least! It is though. It's very, very, very bad. Bradley is immediately set upon by members of the drug syndicate he failed and the prison warden to make his life a living hell. So Bradley begins to fight back in satisfyingly violent ways.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 is a hardcore, violent action movie and another step in the right direction for Vaughn as a gritty B action movie star.
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 Western of the same name. Like it's 1960 original, The Magnificent Seven is a cowboy-movie retelling of the all-time classic The Seven Samurai.
The Magnificent Seven has a timeless, fascinating story to tell in which a small town besieged by bandits turns to seven mismatched gunmen and ruffians to protect them. More than anything, however, The Magnificent Seven is a grand excuse to rustle up a great cast. Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onforio, and more star.
Hulking Khal Drogo actor Jason Momoa was born to be an action movie star. So 2018's Braven lets him be one.
Joe (Momoa) and his father (Stephen Lang) head to a secluded cabin (their first mistake) in the woods for a nice quiet vacation and to get some fresh air for Joe's father's dementia. When they get there, however, they discover a hidden stash of heroin in the cabin. And the dealers want it back.
The whole "normal Joe hulks out" concept doesn't work as well when that normal Joe is already an almost literal hulk. But Braven is still a fun action movie with plenty of glorious violence.
Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit is American as all hell.
Burt Reynolds stars as Bo Darville a.k.a. Bandit. Bandit is a gruff truck rodeo driver. He's hired by the wealthy Burdettes to traffic a shipmen of Coors from Texas to Atlanta. Yes, you read that right: Coors beer. At the time it was a beloved beer and couldn't be legally sold East of the Mississippi.
That means Smokey and the Bandit has: Burt Reynolds, cheap beer, a Pontaic Trans Am, and a healthy disrespect for the law. Why is the 90-minute audio track of this movie not the national anthem?
Blue Steel isn't just the name of Derek Zoolander's signature look, it's also a pretty solid action film from director Kathryn Bigelow.
Jamie Lee Curtis stars as rookie NYPD cop Megan Turner who shoots and kills a would-be supermarket robber. After that traumatic experience, she settles down and begins dating a nice commodities broker. Then bodies start turning up all over town, killed with bullets with Turner's name on them. Turner suspects her new boyfriend is the murderer but no one else seems to believe her.
Blue Steel traffics in many action and cop movie cliches but renders them so excitingly you won't mind one bit.
Full Metal Jacket
Everyone knows Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket for its superb first act in which drill sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) verbally torments a platoon of Marines in the Vietnam War. It's absolutely iconic storytelling and filmmaking. But don't forget that what comes after is still a devastating war movie.
Matthew Modine stars as Private "Joker" Davis who is entreated with the role of being combat journalist during The Vietnam War. Joker and his fellow troops enter deeper and deeper into Vietnam's heart of darkness and witness the horrors of war firsthand.
Alan Tudyk is starring in a new Syfy pilot based on Dark Horse's Resident Alien, where he comes to Earth to see if we're worth saving.
Alan Tudyk is no stranger to being the resident star of genre fare on screens both big and small. Memorably soaring like a leaf in the wind on the gone-too-soon Firefly and Serenity, his superb character work has ranged from the more prestigious (3:10 to Yuma, Trumbo) to the unabashedly fanboy-friendly, a la Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Dollhouse. He even poked fun at the dichotomy on his web series Con Man. However, he is returning to sci-fi proper now via the Syfy channel with Resident Alien, an adaptation of a Dark Horse comic book series of the same name.
The series is based on Dark Horse’s comic by Peter Horgan and Steve Parkhouse, which riffs on The Day the Earth Stood Still archetype by having its alien Harry (Tudyk) crash land on Earth in the Colorado wilderness. It is there he takes on the identity of a small town doctor, befriending and studying his neighbors who are unwitting diplomats of their species, for Harry is on Earth to deduce one thing: are human beings worth saving?
The series is being adapted for television by Chris Sheridan, who has worked as a producer on Family Guy since 1999, he also co-executive produced CBS’ Yes, Dear. The show, which is being produced as a pilot for Syfy by Universal Cable Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment, and Amblin TV, also has Sara Tomko (Sneaky Pete), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wutterland (Silicon Valley), and Levi Fiehler (Mars) attached to star. Tomko is playing Asta Twelevetrees, who will be Harry’s “match” upon their meeting; Reynolds will play Sheriff Mike Thompson, who is apparently a bit of a cowboy on a power trip; Wetterlund is D’arcy Morin, a former Olympic snowboarder now working as a bartender; and Fiehler is Ben Hawthorne, a 20-something fresh out of college and who has political aspirations in the small town.
While only a pilot, it is clear Tudyk has great cache with the type of genre enthusiast audience who is Syfy’s bread and butter. His eclectic career has included turns from comedy (Dodgeball) to animation (Frozen), but to many he will always be that leaf on the wind. Watch how he soars.
Gather your closest lover and fire up the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime.
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Updated for October 2018
Some movies brave enough to tread where only pop songs and poems go, and try to capture all the drama, contradictions and happy, bubbly feelings that come along with romance and love. It's high-time that we honor them and defend them against their unearned sappy reputations with the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime.
We've scoured Amazon Prime to find the best romantic movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here are the best romantic movies on Amazon Prime. Ok, some of them are perfectly sappy.
The Lobster is the most recent movie on the list and certainly among the most unconventional romances on Amazon Prime. Colin Farrell stars as a man named David who absolutely must find love. He lives in a dystopian world in which single people are given 45 days at a hotel to find a romantic partner or they are forever transformed into an animal of their choosing.
The Lobster wonderfully depicts and recreates the social pressure that comes along with love. It often feels like finding a partner is life or death, but in this case it is life or lobster.
The Cake Eaters
The Cake Eaters is both an excellent romantic indie movie and the perfect antidote to anti-Kristen-Stewart-ism. The Cake Eaters is about two families at odds with each other and trying to come to terms with loss.
Stewart stars as a terminally ill young woman from one of the families, Georgia, who wants to experience love before it's too late. The Cake Eaters is a relatively straight-forward drama with a big heart.
Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open is a patient, deliberate, thoughtful story about love in difficult circumstances. It's much more than merely the "gay Hasidic Jews" movie in the same way that Brokeback Mountain was much more than the "gay cowboys" movie. Eyes Wide Open follows Ezri as he tries to rebuild his life and business after the passing of his father.
Ezri soon welcomes Yeshiva student, Aaron as an apprentice. The two grow closer causing issues within Ezri's marriage and his community. Finding and keeping love is hard as it is and every now and then it's helpful to confront a movie like Eyes Wide Open where love is even harder. It's one of the most atypical and best romance movies on Amazon Prime.
Hello, My Name is Doris
Between TBS' Search Party and Hello, My Name is Doris, director Michael Showalter had a stellar 2016. Hello, My Name is Doris is a wonderfully sweet, equa