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Weekend Box Office: One Dud, One Underperformer, And One DOA

This weekend saw three new wide releases vie for President’s Day box-office dollars, but each also had to compete with three huge hits from last weekend, and the holdovers ultimately came out on top, drubbing all three newcomers in their opening weekends.<p><i>LEGO Batman</i> once again topped the weekend, …

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Learn From Our Food Face Off Mistakes Before Your Next Date Night

This series is literally my favorite part of my job. Cooking and arguing and having commenters see through me in ways I hoped weren’t transparent — it’s pretty awesome. This week, we went a little more broad. We wanted to see what we could do if we loosened the reins a little. The category was …

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Top Chef Power Rankings, Finale Part 1: Straight Tequila Vs. Accidental Vanilla

Last night was part one of <i>Top Chef</i>‘s two-part finale, in which the winner of <i>Last Chance Kitchen</i> returned, and the fourth-best chef was eliminated for the second time. Unlike the first fourth-best chef, the second fourth-best chef doesn’t get a second chance. Phew, that’s a lot of math for a cooking …

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Anne Hathaway Is Literally A Monster In The Full-Length ‘Colossal’ Trailer

People say they’re a monster when they’re apologizing for something bad they’ve done, or when they’ve lost their hand in an incident involving a seal. But they don’t mean it — they’re using the word “monster” figuratively, unless they’re Anne Hathaway in <i>Colossal</i>. Then she’s literally a monster.<p>Or …

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Here’s What Happened To Jar Jar Binks After The Star Wars Prequels

The last novel of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, <i>Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End</i>, hits shelves next Tuesday, and the books take place in canon. The first two novels revealed new things about the Star Wars universe, like General Hux’s backstory, why Chewbacca owes a life debt to Han Solo, and …

Star Wars

Twitter Gets Salty Thanking Matt Damon For Saving China In ‘The Great Wall’

<i>The Great Wall</i> — starring Matt Damon as a European mercenary looking for gunpowder in medieval China who becomes embroiled in a fight against CGI monsters (<i>totally based on a true story, right?</i>) — is in theaters today. The film rose hackles months ago when people suspected whitewashing, like when</i> …

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Yup, Helen Mirren Is Playing Exactly Who You Think She Is In ‘The Fate Of The Furious’

Helen Mirren has worked steadily in Hollywood for five decades. She has an Oscar and an Emmy. She played the queen so convincingly, in a movie literally entitled <i>The Queen</i>, that anytime someone other than her is cast as a queen, it feels wrong. And all that is fine. Great, even. But all of it pales …

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Frotcast 322: Joe Sinclitico And Lee Keeler

–<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>This week on the Frotcast, comedian Joe Sinclitico (<i>Adam Devine’s House Party</i>) joins hosts Vince Mancini (me) and Brendan (former NFL practice squad member) to discuss …

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‘Fist Fight’ Is Ready To Riff But Has Little To Say

Studios seem to favor comedies driven more by concept than by personal narratives or real feelings. Dad vs. Stepdad! Frat vs. Family! Two teachers, parking lot, 3 pm! <i>Fist Fight</i>‘s logline is succinct and easy to put on a poster, and while it would’ve been nice to make the marketers work a little …

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Will Ferrell And Amy Poehler Open An Underground Casino In ‘The House’ Trailer

Based on the cast alone, <i>The House</i> should be one of the funniest movies of the year. The comedy stars Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler — I’m sold already — as a clean-cut couple who open an underground casino with Jason Mantzoukas to help pay for their daughter’s college tuition. That. Premise. Is. …

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The ‘Love Actually’ Cast Is Reuniting For A Sequel On Red Nose Day

Depending on who you ask, <i>Love Actually</i> — the 2003 romantic-comedy starring literally every famous British person ever — is either a modern-day Christmas classic, or a disturbing dealbreaker. But along with <i>Elf</i> (released the same year!), it’s probably the last holiday movie most people have seen, …

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The Story Behind The Farley-Spade Classic That Could’ve Been

Paramount<p>When I started rewatching <i>Black Sheep</i> on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, it quickly became apparent that this piece would be more of a post-mortem than a straight-up appreciation. The movie certainly has its rabid fans (one of those weird things you learn from being on the Internet …

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‘Deadpool 2’ Leaks Character Breakdown And Actor Shortlist For Domino

<i>Deadpool 2</i> is likely coming in 2018, with some characters returning and the film adding new director David Leitch (<i>John Wick</i>) and more X-Men. We already knew Cable will be in it, and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have hinted at “a lot of characters” now that they have the budget for …

Dead Pool

Ben Affleck Wants To Bail On ‘The Batman’ According To A Sad Rumor

When Ben Affleck announced (after much kerfuffle in the wings) that he would not be directing <i>The Batman</i>, the studio scrambled to put out good news. When talk of extensive rewrites went around, a source immediately came forward to say the script was finished and both Affleck and the studio were …

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This Week In Posters: ‘Power Rangers,’ Man Legs, And ‘John Wick 2’

We begin this week in This Week In Posters with <i>Aftermath</i>, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the thrilling tale of a man seeking revenge on… uh… the plane that crashed into his plane? Yeah, sure, let’s go with that. <i>Get off my plane, plane!</i><p>Oh well, at least the diagonal isn’t just the designer …

Power Rangers

Scarlett Johansson Can’t Be Controlled In The Second Trailer For ‘Ghost In The Shell’

“<i>They created me, but they can not control me.</i>” Following last week’s Super Bowl commercial, Paramount has released the second full trailer (<i>first trailer here</i>) for <i>Ghost In The Shell</i>, starring Scarlett Johansson as an Asian woman. Er, we mean, starring Scarlett Johansson as a human-cyborg hybrid …

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Comments Of The Week: Top Chef/Fifty Shades Darker Edition

<i><br>Internet comments are mostly terrible. Every once in a while, ours are kind of funny. Once a week, we recognize the latter.</i><p>Before we start with the comments I enjoyed, I just want to point out that from a writer’s perspective, this is the most internet comment of all time (from last week’s This …

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Weekend Box Office: Three New Films Massacre The Box Office On Valentine’s Day Weekend

So far 2017 has only seen one film open higher than $30 million, M. Night Shyamalan’s <i>Split</i>, which opened with $40 million on the weekend of January 20th. This weekend, <i>three</i> films are opening north of $30 million, and while the numbers are big, the three films combined barely eked out more than the …

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Top Chef’s Gail Simmons Talks Obnoxious Food Trends And Nit-Picky Judging

One thing you should know about <i>Top Chef</i> co-host Gail Simmons: she’s a delight. I know, I hope I don’t get thrown out of journalism saying so, but it’s true. I spoke to her over the phone from Sundance, where the 10 degree weather and crushing hangover made me want nothing more than to make a couch …

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Frotcast 321: Fifty Shades Darker, Jane’s Last Show, Ben Returns

–<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>It’s a very special Frotcast this week, featuring both Jane Harrison’s final in-studio appearance before she movies off to Chicago, <i>and</i> an update from Ben, who’s on the …

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Keanu Vs. Liam Vs. Denzel: Declaring A Revenge Movie Champion

If there are two things I love in this world, they would be:<p>Action movies about retired and/or aging assassins going on rampages through criminal organizations because one or more of the organization’s members made the mistake of harming or offending them in some way.<br>• Pointless debates.<p>And so, this: …

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Top Chef Power Rankings: Bangles’ Revenge

This week on <i>Top Chef,</i> we were down to just four chefs. All of whom, with the exception of John, aka Bangles, were final four chefs on their previous seasons of <i>Top Chef</i> (this being the “veterans vs. rookies” themed season). Meaning, we were already down to the best of the best. Perhaps not …

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Jay And Silent Bob Will Strike Back In Kevin Smith’s ‘Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back 2’

Kevin Smith’s last four movies — <i>Red State</i>, <i>Tusk</i>, the anthology film <i>Holidays</i>, and <i>Yoga Hosers</i> — made less than $7 million during their theatrical runs, combined. The writer and director of <i>Clerks</i> knew a film about sausage Nazis was never going to be a blockbuster, or even make as much as the mainstream</i> …

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An Outsider Attempts To Understand ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

I went into my assignment to review <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i> hyper conscious of the fact that, whatever else you might say about it, the <i>Fifty Shades</i> series is one of the few mainstream works catering specifically to female sexuality — erotica by and for ladies. Thus, I didn’t want to just dismiss it out …

Literature

‘The Batman’ Script Includes Jared Leto’s Joker And Other Villains, But It’s Heading For A Rewrite

After much speculation, Ben Affleck finally announced he would only be starring in and producing <i>The Batman</i>, not directing it. But the word was the original script by Affleck and Geoff Johns was still going to be used, perhaps with rewrites. Now a 3600-word feature from <i>Forbes</i> offers new insights …

DC Comics

The Creators Of ‘Date Movie’ Will Try To Out-Bad The ‘Star Wars’ Prequels

The worst-reviewed movie in the <i>Star Wars</i> saga is <i>Episode I – The Phantom Menace</i>, with a disappointing 55% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (<i>Episode II – Attack of the Clones</i> is objectively worse, but more people, I imagine, felt betrayed by the hype and subsequent letdown over the first film set …

Star Wars

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid Of The ‘It Comes At Night’ Trailer

Disney may have set a box-office record, but no studio had a better 2016 than A24. <i>Moonlight</i> and <i>The Lobster</i> are up for Oscars (with the former in the running for Best Picture), <i>The Witch</i> and <i>Green Room</i> are two of the finest horror movies in years, and when it comes to films about farting corpses, you …

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Oculus Studio’s ‘Dear Angelica’ Immerses You In A 360-Degree World As Its Being Created

I was an Oculus virgin. Well, almost. A few years back at the AVNs I had a gander at what the future of porn might look like, or so its promoters said. Basically, you could watch people have sex in a 3D environment, where one thing was happening in one part of the house and another thing was …

Virtual Reality

David Fincher Is Reportedly ‘Interested’ In Reuniting With Brad Pitt For ‘World War Z 2’

Paramount just pulled their <i>World War Z</i> sequel from their schedule, due to the fact that the release date was this June and they don’t have a director anymore. We made the case Paramount — who’ve been trying to get back into TV production since 2013 — should adapt the original 2006 Max Brooks novel …

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A Close Reading Of The Press Release For The New ‘Fast & Furious’ Live Show

<i>Fast & Furious</i> is movies, but what if it was also real life? This is a poorly-worded question that many prominent thinkers (just me) have pondered (had fever dreams about). What if a California street racer and fugitive were our country’s only hope against tech-savvy British super criminals? What …

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