Doug Liman Says ‘Edge of Tomorow’ Sequel Couldn’t Have Happened Without Fans
You might have missed the exhilarating work director Doug Liman, and his stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, gave us in the summer of 2014 with “Edge of Tomorrow.” The film only earned $90 million at the box-office, and while you might have dismissed the film as a sci-fi “Groundhog Day,” you weren’t exactly wrong. However, Liman’s film was more than just a gimmick.
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- Jordan Ruimy
‘Big Mouth’: Nick Kroll’s New Animated Netflix Comedy Gets Release Date, Poster, and First Look — Watch
Growing up is hard. Nick Kroll might have found a way to make it funny.
Netflix released the first look at “Big Mouth,” the newest animated comedy about the pitfalls of early teen life, set to be released next month. In addition to voicing the character of Nick on the show, Kroll serves as a co-creator, along with writers Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett.
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It’s the second Netflix project of the year for Kroll, who co-starred with John Mulaney as their now-iconic sketch characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in the special “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” Mulaney also features prominently in “Big Mouth” as Nick’s friend Andrew, also facing the literal and imagined dangers of the middle ground between childhood and adulthood.
- Steve Greene
‘Game of Thrones’: In Defense of Believable Timelines and Logic Even on a Fantasy Show With Dragons
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]
The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 has been a divisive one for fans, and not because of the usual politics of who should win, who should lose, and who should possibly sleep with her long-lost nephew.
Instead, many viewers came away frustrated because even though “Beyond the Wall” was entertaining, so much of it was unbelievable. This, on a show with magic, dragons, zombies, and even a zombie-dragon. Although some detractors had pointed to plot holes and character inconsistencies, the biggest offender across the board was time.
In the episode, an emergency rescue mission had to go into effect when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) & Co. were surrounded by an army of the undead who were stopped by a moat of a partially frozen lake. Their only hope of surviving lay in a three-part plan: Gendry (Joe Dempsie) had to flee on foot back to Eastwatch, his message would »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Disjointed’ Review: You Need to Be Stoned to Enjoy Kathy Bates’ Netflix Comedy, and That’s Not High Praise
“Disjointed” is a title sporting so many puns that unpacking them proves irresistible. (Pun-haters to the back.) The core word “joint” refers to both a marijuana cigarette and the slang term for any ‘ol place at all; like, say, the dispensary where Kathy Bates’ long-term pot advocate, Ruth, legally sells medicinal and recreational weed in the new Netflix comedy.
“Head to Ruth’s joint and buy as many joints as you’d like!” is a slogan Ruth herself might share in the series: an easy, obvious joke for a show built (mostly) around simple pleasures.
Fans of equally elementary wordplay are probably sold, but not so fast — the new Netflix comedy unveils a harsh buzz upon further pun-vestigation. Optimists could argue “disjointed” refers to the the pieced together family of pot dealers, smokers, and breeders who all work out of Ruth’s shop. That’s a nice thought, but after binging four episodes, »
- Ben Travers
Hadrian Belove Resigns From Cinefamily After Anonymous Email Alleges Sexual Harassment
Hadrian Belove has resigned as executive director of Cinefamily, the independent Los Angeles-based theater he co-founded in 2007, after an anonymous email circulated this week detailing sexual harassment allegations against him and the Cinefamily board.
The anonymous email, which went to hundreds of members of the independent film community and the media, said Belove “has been accused of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse by former employees and volunteers. It is a deep seated behavior pattern that many in the community are already aware of.”
The email included excerpts from a 2014 lawsuit filed against Belove and Cinefamily by a former employee that cited sexual harassment as well as work-rule violations. That case was settled out of court.
In addition to Belove, the Cinefamily board accepted the resignation of board vice president Shadie Elnashai, whom the email accused of “raping multiple women, all verbally threatened and scared into silence after the assaults.”
- Dana Harris and Eric Kohn
Cinema Rediscovered 2017. Recycled/Renewed: Archival footage in "Dawson City: Frozen Time" and "Becoming Cary Grant"
Barry Levitt was a participant on this year's inaugural Film Critics Day workshop at the Cinema Rediscovered film festival in Bristol and Clevedon in the U.K. Cinema Rediscovered is a celebration of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe. 15 early career and aspiring film critics took part in a full day workshop looking at the state of things for film criticism in the U.K. and beyond. They each produced a written or visual piece of criticism around the films in the program. Further examples of their work, as well as information about the program, can be found on the Cinema Rediscovered Blog.Dawson City: Frozen TimeAt the bottom of a derelict swimming pool in Dawson City, deep in the Yukon territory of north-west Canada, lay one of the greatest discoveries in film history, waiting to be found. For nearly fifty »
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