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Frotcast 305: Mad About The Internet, With Werner Herzog’s New Doc

–<p><i>Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as).</i><p><i>Now you can also listen on Soundcloud or Stitcher.</i><p>With Werner Herzog’s new internet documentary, <i>Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World</i> expanding this week, the Frotcast is all about the internet. We discuss the …

Werner Herzog

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Gets The Jar Jar Binks Version Absolutely No One Asked For

Did you watch the trailer for <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i> and think it was missing a certain character who was shockingly still alive after the prequels? Specifically a Gungan bastard who was almost killed off as an inside joke in <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>? A fish-faced piece of sh*t who makes …

Jar Jar Binks

‘Hands Of Stone’ Suggests That Maybe Roberto Durán’s Insane Life Is Too Much For One Movie

At one point during <i>Hands of Stone</i>, Sugar Ray Leonard, played by beloved American R&B artist Usher, climbs atop his willing wife, having apparently decided that abstinence is no longer part of his pre-fight regimen. A wave of giggles swept through the audience as we watched Usher’s rutting buttocks …

Boxing

The ‘Fast 8’ Feud Between Vin Diesel And The Rock Is Still Most Likely About WrestleMania 33

Even though it’s almost painfully obvious as a marketing scheme, the <i>Fast 8</i> feud between Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel has been entertaining as hell. Even Jason Statham has been dragged into the drama. It’s simply fun to imagine that Diesel, the guy who seriously thought <i>Furious 7</i> deserved …

Vin Diesel

Jason Statham Knows Why You Can’t Get Enough Of Him Kicking Ass

Jason Statham is so badass, even his character names are intimidating. Lee Christmas. Deckard Shaw. Chev Chelios. Nick Wild. Rick Ford. “Bacon.” That should be <i>The Expendables 4</i> — a team of five different hardcore heroes, all played by Statham, fighting five vengeful villains, also all played by …

Jason Statham

Al Sharpton Comes To Nate Parker’s Defense As Academy Members Struggle With ‘The Birth Of A Nation’

On Aug. 11, director Nate Parker accepted the Vanguard Award at the Sundance Institute’s Night Before Next benefit, joining previous winners and up-and-coming filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (<i>Fruitvale Station</i>) and Damien Chazelle (<i>Whiplash</i>), among others. The award was the latest honor for Parker’s …

Al Sharpton

The Girl From The Well Is Coming For Us Again In The ‘Rings’ Trailer

We all know the story of <i>The Ring</i> by now. There’s a VHS tape floating around somewhere, and it features some really crazy, creepy stuff. There’s a portrait of a lady, some landscape shots, a snake eating its own tail, a lady falling from a cliff, a little girl in serious need of a haircut, and of …

Movies

The Live Action ‘Max Steel’ Trailer Showcases ‘Transformers’ Ambition With ‘Gobots’ Quality

It seemed like this day would never come. There had been reports that a live action <i>Max Steel</i> movie was coming from Paramount, and Taylor Lautner was even attached to star as Max McGrath. But just as fans wondered if a studio could get this particular action figure property right, Lautner bolted for …

Entertainment

What Malcolm Gladwell Means When He Calls SNL’s Satire ‘Comedy Without Any Courage At All’

Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, <i>Revisionist History</i>, just wrapped its first season (I guess podcasts have seasons now, weird) with possibly its strongest episode. I’ve been enjoying it since it started. I listen to a lot of NPR and public radio, but I’ve always had a sort of love/hate relationship with …

Malcolm Gladwell

Harvey Weinstein Turned The ‘Hands Of Stone’ Premiere Into A Donald Trump Roast

Like George Clooney, Harvey Weinstein thinks there’s an obscene amount of money in politics. He told MSNBC’s <i>Morning Joe</i> in April (below) that he’s with Hillary Clinton in this bizarre presidential election, even as his daughter and her friends were supporting Bernie Sanders. As the race has come …

Harvey Weinstein

Fall In Love With Ryan Gosling And Emma Stone In The Latest Trailer For ‘La La Land’

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (<i>Whiplash</i>), <i>La La Land</i> is reportedly going to reinvent the musical genre with a “brand new start.” What better way to do that than by having Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reunite and make audiences believe that they’re actually falling in love? Just look at them …

Celebrity Gossip

Teresa Halbach’s Family Will Help Decide If ‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Brendan Dassey Goes Free

<i>Making A Murderer</i>‘s Brendan Dassey received some excellent news earlier this month when a federal court threw out his conviction for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. But he’s not out of jail yet, and may not be for a while if the state of Wisconsin decides to appeal the ruling or retry …

Attorney General

xHamster Is Sending ‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Brendan Dassey To WrestleMania 33

As soon as the news broke that Brendan Dassey’s conviction had been overturned, fans of the Netflix true crime series <i>Making a Murderer</i> knew what had to happen next. On Friday, August 12, judge William E. Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction for his role in the rape and murder of Theresa Halbach, …

WrestleMania

This Week In Movie Posters: ‘Arrival’ Is Everywhere, And The Return Of Steven Seagal

This week in This Week In Movie Posters, we open with <i>As I Open My Eyes</i>, from Kino Lorber. <i>Indiewire</i> promises that it’s going to be the “best fictional film about the Arab Spring yet.” Putting it ahead of such notable as… <i>Uhhh</i>… and <i>Hmmmm</i>… Doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of competition in that category. …

Steven Seagal

The ‘Hands Of Stone’ Red Band Trailer Makes An Intense Boxing Biopic Look Like Late Night Cinemax

Between Miles Teller starring as Vinny Paz in <i>Bleed for This</i> and Edgar Ramirez portraying Roberto Durán in <i>Hands of Stone</i>, the upcoming awards season will probably feature its fair share of boxing footage. Whereas Teller will be making his case for Oscar gold by playing the real-life boxer who pulled …

Movie Trailers

Weekend Box Office: ‘Suicide Squad’ Threepeats While ‘Ben-Hur’ Grosses A Fraction Of Its Budget

<i>Suicide Squad</i> (my review) declined another 52.4% this weekend, but with an opening so massive that hardly mattered. It grossed another $20.7 million domestic this week, its third straight in the top spot, dominating a weak field that included <i>War Dogs</i>, <i>Kubo and the Two Strings</i>, and <i>Ben-Hur</i>.<p>Following</i> …

Entertainment

‘Making A Murderer’ Subject Steven Avery And His Lawyer Have Evidence That Points To A New Suspect

Fans of the Netflix true crime documentary <i>Making A Murderer</i> have been waiting with baited breath for the end of August, when Steven Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner files her appeal of his conviction. Since joining his legal team back in January, Zellner has been making bold statements about …

DNA

Jason Statham’s Giant Shark Movie ‘Meg’ Had A Ridiculously Complex Journey To Screens

It seems strange that Hollywood hasn’t already made a movie where Jason Statham fights a giant shark, which is more or less the plot summary of <i>Meg</i>, a movie that just cast Rainn Wilson as the well-meaning billionaire who unleashes said giant shark by mistake. But <i>Meg</i> is a movie with a decades-long …

Jason Statham

Amazon’s ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Is A Long Overdue Change Of Pace For An Action Movie Icon

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a retired mess in the pilot for Amazon’s <i>Jean-Claude Van Johnson</i>. He’s not “Nicolas Cage retired,” as he tells the hipster waiter at an L.A. pop-up Ramen joint. He’s retired <i>retired</i>. He says the word twice not only to emphasize that he’s no longer acting, but as he soon …

Amazon

Amber Heard Has Donated Her Massive Divorce Settlement To Charity

Amber Heard‘s allegations of domestic abuse leveled at Johnny Depp earned national headlines and understandably so. Earlier this week, Depp and Heard sorted out their divorce case and a settlement was reached. Jump forward to today, where Heard announced her plans for the $7 million settlement.<p>As …

Amber Heard

Frotcast 304: Talking Ryan Lochte And ‘The French Connection’ (1971)

This week on the Frotcast, Matt Lieb, Bret, and Brendan are all back in the studio for a discussion of William Friedkin’s <i>The French Connection</i> (1971). Are the cops supposed to be heroic? Is this the best car chase in cinema? What is about a hyper-focused narrative that’s so compelling? All that and …

Ryan Lochte

‘Ben-Hur’ Is A Remake With All The Joy Of A Homework Assignment

A <i>Ben-Hur</i> remake? Fine, sure. Why not? I like <i>Rome</i>. Swordplay, coliseums, crucifixions, bacchanals… I’ll take two, and with extra incest, please. I still remember my most intense college film professor joyfully swishing an imaginary sword across a lecture hall telling us to go see <i>Gladiator</i>, shouting …

Entertainment

‘War Dogs,’ The Scumbag Cinema Of Todd Phillips, And The Oppressive Amorality Of The Aughts

In <i>War Dogs</i>, scumbag whisperer Todd Phillips creates a vivid portrait of a particular era — the early aughts, which also happens to be the era that made him famous, for directing movies like <i>Road Trip</i> (2000), <i>Old School</i> (2003), and <i>The Hangover</i> (2009). He attempts to get at the id of the George W. Bush …

Entertainment

‘Big Lebowski’ Spinoff About Jesus Is Filming

Gramercy Pictures<p>The Coen brothers’ <i>The Big Lebowski</i> is one of those rare movies that was least culturally relevant when it was originally released in theaters. Then, it was the misunderstood comedy that followed the Oscar-winning <i>Fargo</i>; now, <i>Lebowski</i> is a cult classic that’s inspired themed weeks, …

Movies

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Is The World’s Biggest ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Fan

Could <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i> director James Gunn take a break from the adventures of Baby Groot to find love as the next star of <i>The Bachelor</i>? That might seem like a stupid hypothetical scenario, but after Tuesday night’s edition of <i>After Paradise</i>, the <i>Bachelor in Paradise</i> talk show (this is a …

James Gunn

‘Sausage Party’ Director Denies Claims That Animators Were Forced Into Working Free Overtime

On Monday, it seemed like a celebration was in order as <i>Sausage Party</i>, an R-rated animated film, took the top spot at the box office. Critics have raved about the raunchy food film with an all-star cast that includes Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and many more. So, it would go without saying …

Movies

Nancy Grace Is Furious About The Overturned ‘Making A Murderer’ Conviction

One of the most frustrating things regarding the 10 years <i>Making A Murderer</i>‘s Brendan Dassey spent in jail is that anyone who watched his so-called confession could see it was completely coerced. And considering the judge that overturned Brendan’s conviction called that “the entirety of the case …

Nancy Grace

Studio Execs Reportedly Fear That Nate Parker’s Past Rape Trial May Overshadow ‘The Birth Of A Nation’

<i>The Birth of a Nation</i>, the period piece about the 1831 slave revolt led by Nat Turner, isn’t in theaters for another two months, but it’s already suffering a major setback. The film’s director/writer/producer Nate Parker and a college rape trial are reportedly sending studio executives “scrambling.”<p>…

Movies

Amy Adams Properly Introduces Herself To The Aliens In The First Full ‘Arrival’ Trailer

Last week, we got our first peek at <i>Arrival</i>, an intriguing new sci-fi film in which Amy Adams plays a linguist named Louise who has to decipher the language of a recently-arrived alien race. Most sci-fi just sort of waves its hand at language, using universal translators and other fancy made up tech …

Amy Adams

The Lonely Island Tell Your Parents And Teachers To ‘F*ck Off’ In This Deleted ‘Popstar’ Scene

<i>Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping</i> became one of the biggest box office disappointments of the year, coming and going without causing much commotion. The Lonely Island parody of music docs stars Andy Samberg as a Justin Bieber-inspired pop doofus named Conner4Real, cost around $20 million to make, …

Andy Samberg