Consumerism As Contagion: Lauren Greenfield’s Essential ‘Generation Wealth’

Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures Lauren Greenfield, the photographer and documentarian behind 2012’s Queen of Versailles, says she chronicles extremes in order to learn about the mainstream. In Generation Wealth those extremes include: a Chinese entrepreneuress who gives her countrywomen lessons pronouncing brand names and demonstrations on how to “elegantly” eat a banana with knife and fork; Toddlers and Tiaras star Eden Wood; … [Read more...]

The Time Has Come To Talk About ‘Predator’

20th Century Fox Fun fact about Predator: The first on-screen victim of the monster is played by Shane Black. The producers brought him in because he was a hot writer around Hollywood — his screenplay for Lethal Weapon had been purchased but not yet turned into a finished movie — and they figured that they might get a re-write or some punch-up out of him if they brought him to the set. In an oral history of the movie that The … [Read more...]

‘Cats’ Is Being Turned Into A Movie-Musical Starring Taylor Swift And Jennifer Hudson

YouTube Andrew Lloyd Webber’s inexplicably popular Cats is one of the most successful (and longest-running) musicals in Broadway history, and soon, it will become one of the biggest movie musicals, too. Especially with this cats, I mean, cast. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Ian McKellen have joined director Tom Hooper’s long-gestating big-screen adaptation in unknown rules … [Read more...]

An Open-Shirted Statue Of Jeff Goldblum Appeared In London To Celebrate 25 Years Of ‘Jurassic Park’

Getty Image Jurassic Park — which, unless there’s a scene from JFK I’m forgetting, is the greatest movie in which a dinosaur kills Newman from Seinfeld ever — came out 25 years ago last month. Not a single scene from the film was shot in London, nor is the film’s most unbuttoned star, Jeff Goldblum, from there. And yet, a 25-foot statue of Goldblum, in all his half-naked glory, appeared in front of Tower Bridge on Wednesday. The … [Read more...]

An Open-Shirted Statue Of Jeff Goldblum Appeared In London To Celebrate 25 Years Of ‘Jurassic Park’

Getty Image Jurassic Park — which, unless there’s a scene from JFK I’m forgetting, is the greatest movie in which a dinosaur kills Newman from Seinfeld ever — came out 25 years ago last month. Not a single scene from the film was shot in London, nor is the film’s most unbuttoned star, Jeff Goldblum, from there. And yet, a 25-foot statue of Goldblum, in all his half-naked glory, appeared in front of Tower Bridge on Wednesday. The … [Read more...]

‘The Equalizer 2’ Does Not Make A Strong Case For ‘The 3qualizer’

Sony There’s a moment during The Equalizer 2 in which Denzel Washington, as homicidal yet caring former Army man Robert McCall, is meticulously scrubbing graffiti off the inner wall of his apartment courtyard. His adolescent neighbor, Miles (Ashton Sanders), walks by, casually inquiring why a tenant like McCall would go to all the trouble of scrubbing off graffiti rather than just let the landlord handle it. McCall gives him some speech … [Read more...]

A Beer-Brewing Legend Shares Some Insight About His Career And His Craft

Vince Mancini Talking to a professional brewmaster, there’s always one obvious question that stands above all others: “How do I get a job like yours?” Sadly for us humanities majors, Blue Moon brewmaster John Legnard has degrees in biology and microbiology. At one point he was planning to use them in a career as a veterinarian, but somewhere along the line he and a college roommate discovered that they could “make better … [Read more...]

The New ‘Aquaman’ Poster Has Been Vastly Improved By Internet Jokers

Home is calling. #Aquaman – in theaters December 21. Watch the new trailer this Saturday. pic.twitter.com/ZTvO6qTxap — Aquaman Movie (@aquamanmovie) July 16, 2018Aquaman opens December 21st, so rumors about when the first trailer would drop have been swirling for awhile. Now we know from director James Wan that the trailer will play at San Diego Comic-Con this Saturday. Wan also debuted the film’s poster, seen above. The poster … [Read more...]

The Best War/Military Movies On Netflix Right Now

Newmarket Films Last Updated: July 16th War films have long-captivated audiences, showcasing tales of both humanity’s cruelty and its nobility. There is no shortage of good military films on Netflix, ranging from Hollywood classics to modern, genre-bending pictures. Here are some of the best war movies on Netflix right now to stream. Related: The 20 Best Action Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked Paramount Defiance (2008) Run Time: 137 … [Read more...]

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Israeli Weapons Guy Is The Best Comedy Character Since Chappelle’s Blind Black Klansman

Showtime Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime show Who Is America?, which premiered last night, was mostly a mixed bag of scat jokes and one-step-too-far lines, interspersing cringe awkwardness with the occasional big laugh line. But one stand-out bit can elevate an entire show, and Who Is America? was more than worth it for its one transcendent moment, in which Cohen brilliantly impersonated Israeli weapons expert “Erran Morad.” … [Read more...]

Weekend Box Office: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s ‘Skyscraper’ Falters

Universal Pictures The top movie at the box office this weekend was Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the third in the Adam Sandler animated franchise. Ironically, it’s also the only place to find Sandler these days outside of Netflix, where he’s still making movies as part of a massive production deal. The film made $44 million, which is right in line with expectations. It’s almost exactly what the first film earned in its … [Read more...]

Anna Kendrick Is Obsessed With Finding Blake Lively In Paul Feig’s ‘A Simple Favor’ Trailer

What happens when you mix the star of a movie with the tagline “get pitch slapped,” someone who fought a shark and befriended a seagull named Steven Seagull, and the director of the best action-comedy of the 2010s (Spy)? I guess we’ll find out when A Simple Favor is released. Based on the novel of the same name, A Simple Favor stars Anna Kendrick as a “mommy vlogger” who strikes up a friendship with the impossibly … [Read more...]

‘Fast & Furious’ Oddsmakers: What Star Will Join The Franchise Next?

Universal The Fast & Furious franchise is a snowball rolling down a mountain, picking up speed and mass with each revolution. What started as a quaint action movie about street racers stealing DVD players is now a multibillion-dollar franchise that literally just featured a stolen nuclear submarine. And that’s just the action. The cast has grown, too, adding members with each film, to a degree that is borderline comical when you stop to think … [Read more...]