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HOLLYWOOD IS SCREWED – But Don’t Blame the Internet, Blame the Stupidity of the Studios

Bill Mechanic is a name that most of us don’t know. But, maybe we should.<p>The head of FOX Filmed Entertainment from 1994-2000, he oversaw probably …

A Slice of HollyWhite

There has been a great deal of discussion and consternation in recent years over the issue of underrepresentation in film and television. This …

Social media and smartphones have forced teen dramas to evolve

Teen-centric drama is inescapable, even if you’re long out of high school. In January, adolescent struggle stalwart The CW premiered the live-action adaptation of Archie, <i>Riverdale</i>; Netflix released <i>13 Reasons Why,</i> a 13-episode adaptation of the popular YA novel of the same name, in March; and last …

The movie business is in denial

Everybody ignored the future at CinemaCon, but hope may be on the horizon<p>Hollywood has been facing stagnating ticket sales, intense competition from streaming services, and an IP-focused studio tentpole monoculture for years. None paint a particularly rosy picture for the future, so perhaps it …

One quiet moment in the latest episode of The Expanse explains an entire movement

It’s moments like this that makes the show stand out<p>The Expanse <i>is a television show based on the novels by James S.A. Corey. Every week, I’ll be taking a look at one moment in each episode of the show’s second season, and what it means for the larger story.</i><p><b>Spoilers ahead for the seventh episode of</b> …

A cheap Rogue One escape room reveals the potential of Star Wars Land

A theme park is the ultimate brand activation<p>The annual SXSW conference kicks off today in Austin, Texas, bringing together the worlds of technology, music, film, and gaming in a nine-day carnival of breakfast tacos and panel presentations. It’s also a time where corporate brands are able to …

Beyond the Bechdel test: here’s how films can really make us love female characters

There’s no one-size-fits-all quality test for movies featuring women, but here are some guidelines for greatness<p>Any time someone brings up the Bechdel Test in an open internet forum, you can count the seconds until someone complains that <i>actually</i>, it isn’t a reliable indicator of a film’s quality. …

What Hugh Jackman leaving the X-Men franchise means for the superhero genre

With <i>Logan</i> hitting theaters today, Hugh Jackman’s 17-year tenure as Wolverine has theoretically come to an end. James Mangold’s film is a brutal, bittersweet send-off for a character (and actor) who’s arguably the lynchpin for the superhero movie genre’s longest-running franchise. Save for 2016’s</i> …

Ava DuVernay’s Evolution as a Filmmaker from I Will Follow to Selma to 13th

Star Wars, In One Animated Chart

Last month, upon the release of the new Star Wars1 movie “Rogue One,” we explored the collapse of the Imperial Navy over the course of the original …

Who’s Trying To Buy An Oscar Nomination?

The Academy Awards race is many things, but at its core, it is a campaign. The voting body that decides the winners is made up of only several …

How The Golden Globes Changed The Oscars Race

Welcome to the first of FiveThirtyEight’s Oscars chats, this one held in the hungover light of the Golden Globe awards. Later this month, after the …

'Soldado' Screenwriter on Why Emily Blunt Won't be in 'Sicario' Sequel

“That was my decision, and at some point I’m going to have to talk to her about it,” Taylor Sheridan tells TheWrap<p>In June, news broke that Emily …

How Movies Receive Their Ratings

Many Americans use the MPAA’s formalized rating system as a guide for which films to see. The Onion provides a step-by-step view into how these …

New trailers: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Black Mirror, and more

I never read <i>A Series of Unfortunate Events</i>, so I can't say how well this teaser stands up to the material in the books. But as someone who has no idea what this series is supposed to be about, I think it looks pretty cool. I'm pretty much always down for characters breaking the fourth wall, and …

Entertainment

Luke Cage Is So Great That It Broke Netflix

Don't sweat bullets, though.<p>Luke Cage is so powerful that he managed to take down Netflix servers on Saturday evening.<p>Servers were down for over two hours, and although Netflix wasn't clear on the cause of the interruption, it came one day after <i>Luke Cage</i> debuted its first season on the streaming …

Duncan Jones' Mute will be distributed by Netflix

We’re really excited to see Duncan Jones return to his roots after taking on <i>Warcraft</i> earlier this year. His next movie <i>Mute</i> just went before cameras earlier this week in Berlin, and it turns out that you might not have to go to theaters to see it. Speaking to the <i>Empire Podcast</i>, the film’s star …

J.J. Abrams and the cast of Star Trek take a stand against Donald Trump

When <i>Star Trek Beyond</i> hit theaters, Simon Pegg wasn’t shy about discussing how the film was an attack against surges in xenophobia and nativism in the US and UK — and now Pegg, director J.J. Abrams, and cast and crew from all corners of the <i>Star Trek</i> universe are speaking out as part of a group …

How 'Nigerian Spielberg' Izu Ojukwu is taking advantage of free speech and a changing industry

<b>Tasha Robinson: Is it true that for decades, Nigerian filmmakers were banned from even addressing the military era?</b><p><b>Izu Ojukwu:</b> Yeah, you couldn't. During the military regime, you couldn't even raise your camera, if you were talking about the army. But now, not only can we make these films, the army …

Africa

Luke Cage's take on black power in America makes it must-see TV

To be clear, while Luke Cage the man is railing against a word he deems unworthy of black lips, <i>Luke Cage</i> the show isn’t. Instead, it embraces that word’s place in our lexicon as a means of understanding suffering, reclamation, identity, and where power lies in the black experience. (Even more …

Comics

Director Andrea Arnold on the cross-country party that produced American Honey

<b>Why did you decide to use non-professional actors for this film? Why was it important to you to find them in their own scenes and parties around the country?</b><p>I do a lot of my films this way, using people who haven't acted before. But on this one, it seemed even more important somehow to represent …

Panama City

Plex Cloud means saying goodbye to the always-on PC

And hello to Plex Pass and Amazon Drive<p>Plex is giving the world another reason to subscribe to Plex Pass subscriptions today with the launch of Plex Cloud. As the name suggests, Plex Cloud eliminates the need to run the Plex Media Server on a computer or Networked Attached Storage (NAS) in your …

Tech Trends

The Magnificent Seven is a satisfying and progressive Western

Director Antoine Fuqua updates an old story for today's audiences<p>Whenever a movie remake or reboot comes out, there’s a general outcry about the lack of originality in Hollywood, and how retooling existing properties is leaving a vast number of original scripts drifting out there, forever …

Watch the evolution of stop-motion film in this 3-minute video

Stop-motion animation has been a mainstay in cinematic special effects for almost as long as movies have been around. Filmmaker Vugar Efendi recently posted a video that charts the history of the technique, and shows just how far it has come since it was first introduced over a century ago.<p>Starting …

Bring on the female superheroes!

Why is it so hard to find female superhero merchandise? In this passionate, sparkling talk, media studies scholar (and father of a Star Wars-obsessed …

Kids

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HOW TO BE A WRITER Write. Be writing be writing be writing be writing. Everything after this helps, but won’t if you aren’t writing.<p>WHAT IS DRAMA? …

Don't Breathe review: a ruthlessly efficient, claustrophobic terror machine

Those viewers may not like these protagonists much, which is fine. Money in particular is no hero; between his idiotically literal nickname, his childish destructiveness, and his habit of referring to Rocky as "my bitch," he's a horror movie comeuppance story waiting to happen. But Alvarez and …

Horror

Inside Laika studios, where stop-motion animation goes high tech

That refrain — "there are easier ways, but we challenge ourselves to take ultra-detailed, time-intensive routes instead" — came up repeatedly during my visit to Laika. From their Hillsboro, Oregon warehouse, just west of Portland and at a comfortable remove from Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Laika …

Animation