‘Game Night’ Is The Perfect Comedy For A Society That Can’t Tell Real From Fake

Warner Bros It’s hard to say Game Night is entirely bad. I laughed a lot and its creators are clearly capable of crafting a joke. Yet they seem to have either an incomplete or an incredibly cynical conception of what a movie is. In Game Night, the movie is not so much a medium for communicating and exploring thoughts and ideas as it is a device for reminding you of other movies you’ve seen. Remember that? I remember that. This is just … [Read more...]

A ‘Star Wars’ Tradition Dating Back To The Original Movie Has Been Retired

LUCASFILM “I have a bad feeling about this” (or thereabouts). Lucky number 1138. “May the Force be with you.” These are the phrases and easter eggs that have been in every Star Wars movie, catnip for the hardcore fans. That was the case for the infamous Wilhelm scream, too, until the two most recent films. And now it’s been officially retired. The “Wilhelm scream” sound effect dates back to the … [Read more...]

Surviving SXSW: Your Ultimate Guide To Getting The Most Out Of The Festival

Getty Image Back in 1986, a few people in Austin, Texas were looking for a way to keep the local music venues filled with people the week that all the college kids took off for Spring Break, while also showcasing musical talent across the city. By March of 1987, their plan for a festival started to come to fruition, with expectations that maybe 150 people would register for their new music conference. Spread out over 15 participating venues, more … [Read more...]

Adult Beverly In The ‘It’ Sequel Is Likely Who You Think It’s Going To Be

Warner Bros. Pictures Horror is more prone to sequels than any other movie genre, especially when they’re the highest-grossing horror movie of all-time. It: Chapter Two will take place approximately 30 years after the original (with flashbacks to 1989), when the Losers’ Club first encountered Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Bill, Richie, Ben, Mike, Stanley, and Beverly will now be adults, and considering how well It performed at the box … [Read more...]

An Oscar-Nominated Producer Won’t Attend The Ceremony After His Visa Was Denied

Grasshopper Film Kareem Abeed, a producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Men in Aleppo, has been denied a visa to enter the United States and will not be able to attend the Academy Awards ceremony on March 4. The Feras Fayyad-directed film, which is about the Syrian Civil War, is up for Best Documentary Feature against Abacus, Faces Places, Icarus, and Strong Island. “This is to inform you that you have been found ineligible for a visa … [Read more...]

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Dream As A Director Is A Movie Starring Tiffany Haddish And Maya Rudolph

Universal His film Phantom Thread was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (for a now-retired Daniel Day-Lewis), but all Paul Thomas Anderson wants to do is talk about Tiffany Haddish. The Girls Trip star, who had a breakout 2017 and presumably a deluge of offers in 2018, has been in contact with PTA after he recently asked to “cut to the front of the line” to work with her. “I’ve been … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: ‘Ready Player One’ Gets Character Posters, Plus Some Christian MMA

IMPA This week in this special Presidents’ Day edition of This Week In Posters, we begin with Blockers, which basically looks like if Cards Against Humanity was a movie. John Cena as the dorky dad? Hard pass. Also, it looks more like T-blocking than C-blocking, since the kids are all girls. I guess it depends where you block from. [posters via IMPA] IMPA I appreciate the Grindhouse approach, and I like that they used a freeway to make the … [Read more...]

Tom Hardy And Chris Pine Top The Rumored ‘Call Of Duty’ Movie Director’s Wishlist

Fox Last week we learned Sicario 2: Soldado director Stefano Sollima had entered negotiations to direct the long-gestating Call of Duty film adaptation, which already has a script at the ready. Activision established a movie studio (Activision Blizzard Studios) in 2015, then announced in 2017 that they wanted to expand the Call of Duty games into an extended cinematic universe to rival Marvel’s. Metro caught up with Stefano Sollima in Milan … [Read more...]

All The Sports At The Winter Olympics, Ranked By Watchability

Getty Image We can all probably agree that the Winter Olympics are a pale substitute for the Summer games. And I mean literally pale. Did you know that only two nations below the equator have ever won Winter Olympics medals (Australia and New Zealand)? It’s almost like affirmative action for the richer, colder countries. Nonetheless, it’s a useful placeholder. I admit it, I love the Olympics. I love that you can turn on the TV at any … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Absolutely Shreds Box Office Records

MARVEL Based on presales, back in January, prognosticators predicted that Black Panther could break $100 million at the box office. By early last week, it looked like a safe bet to be the biggest February opening of all time. On Thursday, before it had even opened in America, it had already broken box-office records. By yesterday, it appeared as though Black Panther would cross $200 million and soundly thrash Deadpool with the biggest … [Read more...]

Frotcast 360: ‘All Eyez On Me,’ With Jesse Hett And Joe Sinclitico

Lionsgate/Code Blackhttps://filmdrunk.podbean.com/mf/download/5bhikk/360__All_Eyez_On_Me_With_Jesse_Hett_And_Joe_Sinclitico.mp3– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. This week on the Frotcast, old favorite Joe Sinclitico (Adam Devine’s House Party) joined Vince and Matt Lieb (AJ+, Flophouse, The Star Wars Show), plus new guest Jesse Hett was in studio to talk … [Read more...]

Top Chef Power Rankings, Week 11: The Return Of Fancy Toast

Paul Trantow/Bravo This week on Top Chef, the winner of Last Chance Kitchen returned for what Bravo claims is this season’s second-to-last episode. Should we believe them? In a season that has given us three separate Last Chance Kitchen winners, I’m convinced they’re going to drag this out for at least four more episodes. Not that I’d complain. This culinary drama is all I live for anymore. Besides, what else do they need … [Read more...]

Margot Robbie, Tiffany Haddish, And Kumail Nanjiani Are Among The 2018 Oscars Presenters

Getty Image Presenting an Oscar is a thankless job. You have to read stiff dialogue from a teleprompter, participate in a corny bit, break the hearts of La La Land fans everywhere, or potentially hand over a trophy after you were either a) not nominated, or b) lost to someone else. The best case scenario is you win early, then spend the rest of the ceremony getting fun-buzzed on free champagne in a dress or suit worth tens of thousands of … [Read more...]