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Coming Distractions: The women of Star Wars have their own adventures in this Forces Of Destiny teaser

35 minutes ago

At Star Wars Celebration back in April, Disney announced a new series of animated shorts that will focus on the universe’s female heroes. Titled Star Wars: Forces Of Destiny, each short will follow a different hero from the movies and TV shows, including Leia, Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, and Ahsoka Tano. Now, Disney has released a short teaser for the series, and while some of this stuff might not be strictly canonical, it is surprisingly badass for a show that seems targeted at kids. Plus, all of the original actors are present (except for Carrie Fisher, obviously), which helps make Forces Of Destiny feel like it really is part of the larger Star Wars universe.

The first Forces Of Destiny shorts will premiere on YouTube on July 3. »

- Sam Barsanti

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Great Job, Internet!: Nothing to disagree with here, just a definitive list of the best actors to play each superhero

1 hour ago

Many a night at the local watering hole has been spent debating which actor best embodies our favorite superheroes. Luckily, Cracked’s Daniel Dockery is here with a definitive answer, at least when it comes to Batman, Superman, Spiderman, the Joker, the Incredible Hulk, and the Punisher. While most superhero fans would consider how the actor best embodies the character’s physical attributes, or perhaps how effectively they interwove their origin story into the character, Dockery instead conducts a “Superhero Actor Battle Royale, wherein actual acting talent comes in a far second behind the ability to beat a costumed person unconscious in under 10 seconds.”

Some of the results will please longtime fans: Even with such threadbare judging criteria, Christopher Reeve emerges as the best Superman. Elsewhere, devotees may find their sacred cows left to the slaughter. Why would anyone want Michael Keaton’s Batman in a fight when all »

- Randall Colburn

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Newswire: It’s Rumor Time: Is Warner Bros. planning a Superman: Red Son movie?

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Mostly thanks to the fact that the guy running the United States these days is an unwitting stooge for Vladimir Putin, Russia is suddenly more culturally relevant than it has been in decades. Combine that with the fact that the public’s thirst for superhero movies is so unquenchable that even bad ones can make a ton of money, and suddenly it becomes clear that the timing is pretty good for an adaptation of Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, and Kilian Plunkett’s 2003 comic book miniseries Superman: Red Son. That seems to be what Warner Bros. is thinking, at least, as Den Of Geek claims that the studio has taken pitches from multiple directors about possibly making a live-action version of the comic.

None of this is confirmed, so it’s a very tenuous rumor at this point, but most of the “evidence” comes from a Twitter exchange between Mark »

- Sam Barsanti

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Great Job, Internet!: The Last Jedi trailer gets a cyberpunk-as-hell remake

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The below remake of The Last Jedi trailer is certainly interesting, in part, because of how it was produced, using an Apple IIc from 1984, a program from the era called Dazzle Draw, and some 48 floppy disks, the entirety of which contained 6 Mb of information. But the method is a little less important than the end result, which is completely, stupidly cool, like you’re seeing through the code from The Matrix to visualize the Magic Eye-like images buried underneath it.

Cita-cita waktu masih kecil di th 80an: bikin trailer Star Wars pakai komputer Apple bermonitor monochrome, baru kesampaian sekarang. pic.twitter.com/kUV28VB5pq

— Pinot (@pinotski) June 26, 2017

According to TechCrunch, Twitter user @pinotski produced the video over the course of three weeks, apparently while holding up transparent plastic sheets against the monitor. That sounds like a lot of work, but the end result is worth it »

- Clayton Purdom

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Coming Distractions: Robert Pattinson is on a gritty mission to save his brother in the new Good Time trailer

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Following a well-received premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, we now have another look at Heaven Knows What directors Ben and Joshua Safdie’s new film Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson as a bank robber who desperately attempts to get his brother Nick (Ben Safdie) out of Rikers. Our critic A.A. Dowd was especially taken with Pattinson’s performance when he saw the film in France: “Pattinson is enthralling in the part; he lets us see not just the caged-animal attitude of the character, who’s in survival mode for the entire running time, but also the improvisational spark of his intellect,” Dowd wrote.

This new trailer captures some of the movie’s frantic and violent qualities, all bathed in seamy light. Good Time is due out August 11. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Daniel Day-Lewis to become a dressmaker, or maybe just play one in a movie

2 hours ago

Method acting is confusing. That’s the takeaway from a recent rumor published in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip section, saying that the reason famed Method devotee Daniel Day-Lewis recently announced his retirement from acting is because he’s found a new career as a dressmaker. The paper claims that Day-Lewis has been studying the art of haute couture for some time, but waited to announce his career change until he could “go out with a bang”—i.e. Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, unofficially referred to as Phantom Thread.

The thing is, though, that Day-Lewis is playing a couturier in said film. So, yeah, he presumably has been studying dressmaking for a few years to prepare for the role, because he’s committed like that. But making the link between that and his retirement from acting seems, let’s say, tentative, especially since Day-Lewis has »

- Katie Rife

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Great Job, Internet!: Anakin versus Obi-Wan, now with 100 percent more Pitbull

3 hours ago

If someone were to make a list of all the things that could be done to improve the Star Wars prequels, replacing the score with modern pop music would likely be nowhere near the top. In fact, some might say John Williams’ arrangements are among the few redeeming qualities of those three films, and that altering them in any way would be a fool’s errand. But this fan-made mashup is making a pretty good case that what the final act of Revenge Of The Sith really needed was some blaring Miami reggaeton courtesy of Mr. Worldwide himself.

https://kanjiklubs.tumblr.com/post/155277620326

Using Pitbull’s 2014 track “Fireball” and some slick editing tricks, Tumblr user and Star Wars fan Kanjiklubs transformed the epic duel between master and apprentice into what it was always meant to be: a fun, tightly choreographed dance party between two friends on the volcanic »

- Dan Neilan

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Great Job, Internet!: It’s hard to ignore Aladdin’s brutal violence when rewatching it as an adult

3 hours ago

One of the pleasures of being a film buff is revisiting the movies that first shaped your sensibilities as a wee one. As a kid, you probably dug Ghostbusters for Slimer and Stay Puft, but to view it with experienced eyes is to discover the intricacies and subtle humor of Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis’ script. On other occasions, however, that rose-colored revisitation can reveal some truly freaky shit about the art that seared itself on your brain all those years ago.

Take Disney’s ’80s and ’90s animated flicks, for example. No, that bishop in the The Little Mermaid did not have a boner, but let’s not forget that Ursula got impaled. There’s plenty of impaling in Aladdin, too, as well as all kinds of wanton violence, stupidity, and general assholery. The gang at Looper took it upon themselves to chronicle it all in the below video »

- Randall Colburn

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Newswire: Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Laura Harrier joins HBO’s Fahrenheit 451

4 hours ago

It’s time to get familiar with the stars of Spider-Man: Homecoming, because it looks like they’re going to be popping up in a lot of intriguing projects. Case in point: Deadline reports that Laura Harrier—who plays Liz Allan, the object of Spidey’s affection in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie— has joined the cast of HBO FilmsFahrenheit 451. Harrier will be taking on the role of pill and TV-addicted Millie, the wife of “fireman” Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan). The cast for the project, which is set to be directed by 99 Homes’ Ramin Bahrani, also includes Michael Shannon and The Mummy’s Sofia Boutella. It’s unclear when the Ray Bradbury adaptation will hit screens, but reviving classic dystopias does seem to be all the rage these days.

[via Screenrant] »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Newswire: Jake Busey is his father’s son, even in The Predator

5 hours ago

It’s common knowledge now that Shane Black’s The Predator will be something of a sequel rather than a complete overhaul of the franchise, and now we’ve got more details of how it will advance the previously established lore. Turns out, it involves a Busey family legacy. Jake Busey—son of Gary—recently told The Red Booth Show that he’s playing the son of his father’s character in Predator 2, Special Agent Peter Keyes. (Keyes met his demise in that movie.)

Busey the younger, of the From Dusk To Dawn series, relayed his conversation with Black. “He called me and he said ‘Hey, you wanna do this movie? We don’t have money for you but it’ll be a fun thing to come play and be your father’s son,’” he said. He also noted that he thinks the new movie would qualify as Predator »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Top 5: The cast of Wrecked picks their 5 desert island movies

6 hours ago

When we were asked to beautiful Marina Del Rey, California to hang out on a party barge with the cast of TBS’ Wrecked, we jumped at the chance—provided, that is, that we could ask them whatever silly questions we wanted. Given that the show is a comedy about a group of travelers stranded on a desert island, we figured we’d go with a tried and true query: What would Brian Sacca, Brooke Dillman, and Ally Maki choose, collectively, if they could only bring five movies to a desert island? The results range from the popular to the dark, with Sacca perhaps deliberately trying to throw a few wrenches into the ol’ desert island DVD collection.

Season two of Wrecked is airing now on TBS. You can catch up on the whole series on TBS.com. »

- Marah Eakin

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Random Roles: Lance Henriksen on Millennium, Close Encounters, and whether he can do that Aliens knife trick

15 hours ago

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: When Lance Henriksen learned that readers had pitched nearly 50 different roles for The A.V. Club to ask him about, his succinct response —“Oh, shit!”—came with a surprising amount of incredulity for a man who has three times that many movie credits to his name, not to mention 50-plus additional television credits. Having made a career out of character work, Henriksen’s back catalog is one that bounces from soap operas (Ryan’s Hope) to sci-fi (The Terminator), playing androids (Aliens), astronauts (The Right Stuff), assassinated presidents (The Day Lincoln Was Shot), and even voicing the occasional animated ape (Tarzan). To put it in Henriksen’s own words, “Buddy, I’ve done some good »

- Will Harris

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Movie Review: Okja is a messy, go-for-broke satire from the director of Snowpiercer

15 hours ago

A choppy mix of anti-corporate farce and Spielbergian fantasy, Bong Joon-Ho’s bilingual Okja veers wildly, but never stalls; if Bong, the South Korean writer-director behind The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Snowpiercer, never squares the film’s satirical means with its sentimental ends, he at least throws the weight of his considerable filmmaking talent behind both. At the center—sometimes literally, as she tends to squeeze everyone else out of the way—is Okja, a hippopotamic female “super-pig” raised from piglethood in the mountains of South Korea by little Mija (Ahn Seo-Hyun) and her grandpa Hee-Bong (Bong regular Byun Hee-Bong). They are among two dozen “traditional farmers” selected from around the world to raise super-pigs as part of a decade-long publicity stunt put together by the agri-business titan Mirando, culminating in a contest judged by campy TV animal expert Dr. Johnny (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a public unveiling at a »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Movie Review: Edgar Wright drifts out of comedy and into the crime-musical bliss of Baby Driver

15 hours ago

In Edgar Wright’s exhilarating genre pastiche Baby Driver, lanes of traffic become dance floors for swerving vehicles, gunshots ring out like bebop punctuation, and even the tough-guy patter has a musical quality, a rat-a-tat rhythm. Wright, the director of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and a couple other peerless laugh riots, has crammed a jukebox musical under the hood of a gearhead crime caper. His clever hook: The movie’s hero, an underworld wheelman played by Ansel Elgort, has a lifelong case of tinnitus, and he drowns out the high-pitched whine by flooding his damaged eardrums with music, a constant stream of good vibrations piped in from the candy-colored iPods he keeps in his pockets.

Wright has always had a movie like this in him, and not just because he’s been dreaming about it since the ’90s. Up until now, the filmmaker has used his supreme technical »

- A.A. Dowd

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Coming Distractions: Jackie Chan goes on a rampage in this trailer for The Foreigner

22 hours ago

Jackie Chan is 63-years-old, but this trailer for director Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner is proof that he can still kick a whole bunch of ass. The movie sort of looks like a spin on Taken, with Chan as a businessman whose daughter is killed in a terrorist attack, but instead of immediately getting revenge on the people behind the bombing, he quietly mourns and repeatedly asks a British government official played by Pierce Brosnan for help identifying the attackers. Unfortunately, Brosnan seems to have been in on it, and Chan goes on a full-on rampage once he puts that together. The trailer doesn’t specifically show Chan beating the snot out of Brosnan, but it definitely won’t be a fair fight whenever it goes down.

The Foreigner is based on Stephen Leather’s novel The Chinaman (changing the name seems like it was a good idea), and it »

- Sam Barsanti

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s the story of Theresa May’s failed campaign as told by Monty Python

23 hours ago

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May lost the general election that she herself called. Both during and after the election, Twitter whipped itself into a frenzy, mocking everything from “protest vote” candidate Lord Buckethead to the “fields of wheat” that May admitted running through when asked about the “naughtiest” thing she ever did as a child.

Both of those make an appearance—as does lightning rod Boris Johnson as a bug-eyed dragon—in this latest video, which tells the story of May’s campaign and defeat by recasting her as King Arthur in Monty Python And The Holy Grail. Huw Parkinson of Australia’s ABC News gracefully inserts May’s head over Graham Chapman’s as she spews some of her most memorable soundbites from the past year. Whether you’re into British politics or not, the video’s worth watching.

Although Lord Buckethead is rightly analogized as »

- Randall Colburn

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Great Job, Internet!: Let’s rewatch the scene that changes everything in The Incredibles

23 hours ago

Even though The Incredibles came out in 2004, such is the legacy of the famed Pixar movie that we’re still discussing and analyzing it over a decade later, especially as anticipation heats up for the long-awaited Incredibles 2, scheduled for release next year. The latest such excursion involves a key scene in the middle of the movie, focused on revelations for both Bob and Helen, that highlights how carefully and unexpectedly the movie pivots.

In a clever series of parallel edits, Bob discovers that he’s a pawn in Syndrome’s plan just as Helen finds out that Bob’s been lying about his business trips over the last few weeks. The parallel editing heightens the devastation on both sides, as technology enables both of them to understand that reality is much different than their previous perceptions. Simultaneous push-in close-ups highlight the gravity of the situation: Helen for the »

- Gwen Ihnat

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Newswire: Tom Holland confirms that Peter Parker is actually in Iron Man 2

23 hours ago

Due to Sony’s control of the character’s movie rights, Marvel probably never expected that it would be allowed to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now that he’s been seen slinging webs in Captain America: Civil War, though, people have begun to wonder what Peter Parker was up to while the other Avengers movies were happening. As it turns, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has also been wondering about that, and he just confirmed a fun fan theory about his character’s place in the McU that involves a small retcon to 2010’s Iron Man 2.

Let’s back up: A lot of the plot in Iron Man 2 revolves around Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark becoming a big celebrity after the events of the first movie, prompting him to set up a Stark Expo where villain Justin Hammer inadvertently releases an army of »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: The Conjuring scares up a threequel

26 June 2017 1:45 PM, PDT

The Conjuring spin-offs have been manifesting faster than ghosts at an abandoned mental institution over the past couple of years, with the first of those, Annabelle, even inspiring a sequel of its own. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the Og Conjuring is getting another installment, as Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has hired a writer to bring The Conjuring 3 to undead life. That writer is David Leslie Johnson, who wrote last year’s The Conjuring 2 as well as the 2009 horror fake-out Orphan, this year’s crazy-eyed Katherine Heigl vehicle Unforgettable, and a handful of Walking Dead episodes. He’s also on board to write the purported Nightmare On Elm Street re-reboot, but we’ll not speak of such unholy things here.

Instead, we’ll focus on the fact that franchise creator James Wan is not expected to direct, but will be »

- Katie Rife

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Newswire: The only gig Guillermo Del Toro regrets turning down is a Harry Potter movie

26 June 2017 1:19 PM, PDT

Guillermo Del Toro’s cinematic comings and goings (mostly the latter, these days) are a subject of constant discourse and vigil here at The A.V. Club. For example, when Legendary passes on both the director and his Pacific Rim 2 script, we have to wonder how invested we are in a sequel without the creator of that kaijus-and-robots world (okay, so John Boyega buoyed our interest a bit). And when Del Toro and Ron Perlman give up on Hellboy 3, we die a little inside as we prepare another marker for the graveyard of the director’s projects. That’s why we greeted the news that Del Toro turned down a Harry Potter directing gig with a mixture of grief and relief—you know, because at least that time, it was his choice, and not the result of some shadowy forces working against him.

While at the Annecy Festival »

- Danette Chavez

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