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Newswire: Rational person Johnny Depp made a joke about being the next John Wilkes Booth

6 hours ago

Johnny Depp doesn’t exactly have a reputation for making good decisions (not to mention the allegations that he abused ex-wife Amber Heard), but even he has to realize that his latest wacky stunt is going to become a big headache once the Fox News crowd hears about it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Depp took some time out of an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England tonight to talk about Donald Trump, and after noting that he thinks Trump “needs help,” he asked the cheering crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” You can see a video of this below.

Depp’s faux-puzzled reaction to the crowd’s response indicates that he thought it was a pretty clever reference to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, who was an actor, but the fact that he would make a joke like this suggests that he’s »

- Sam Barsanti

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Coming Distractions: Chadwick Boseman goes to court in first Marshall trailer

8 hours ago

You wouldn’t expect a biopic about a future member of the United States Supreme Court to emphasize how badass that person is, but then again you don’t get the guy playing the Black Panther to star as a future Supreme Court Justice if you don’t want him to be at least a little badass. This trailer for Marshall, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, opens with a fight scene in a bar, includes a moment where he jokes with Josh Gad about carrying a bunch of guns, and still makes room for a bunch of clips from dramatic lawyer speeches about doing the right thing and fighting for justice, so it’s definitely going for specific mood.

Marshall also stars Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, and Dan Stevens, and it was directed by Reginald Hudlin. It will be in theaters in October. »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: “Weird Al” Yankovic is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

9 hours ago

Hollywood is set to pay its respects to one of pop culture’s most beloved comedy figures, as “Weird Al” Yankovic announced today that he’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The announcement was met with online congratulations from his numerous celebrity fans and friends, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Yankovic’s old Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman.

I just found out I’m getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Unbelievable!!

— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) June 22, 2017

I was hanging out with This guy when we both found out. Coincidentally, he’s getting one this year too!! @Lin_Manuel pic.twitter.com/qjwaULfTny

— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) June 22, 2017

Congrats!!

Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) June 22, 2017

Hey!! Awesome! Can they put it in front of my house?

Scott Aukerman (@ScottAukerman) June 22, 2017

Yankovic has worked in pretty »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) HBO Now in July

10 hours ago

Game Of Thrones finally returns to HBO in July, but it’s not the only thing subscribers will be able to stream on the HBO Go and HBO Now services. All right, it’s definitely the most exciting thing out of the whole batch, but since this new season will only have seven episodes, you’re going to need other things to watch. In July, those other things could include season two of Insecure, season three of Ballers, the series premiere of Room 104, the Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine documentary The Defiant Ones, or an Andy Samberg double feature of the HBO original cycling comedy Tour De Pharmacy and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Other theatrical premieres include Loving, Keeping Up With The Joneses, and Hacksaw Ridge.

You can see the full list of what’s coming and going below.

Season Premieres:

Available July 1

The Other Side Of »

- Sam Barsanti

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s how they made Speed’s immortal bus-jump scene

11 hours ago

Speed is one of the great ’90s action movies, a clean post-Die Hard action flick that elevated a preposterous (but compelling) premise with Keanu Reeves’ physical showmanship and Sandra Bullock’s considerable charisma. But that almost wasn’t the case. Stephen Baldwin actually turned down the role before it went to Reeves, and Bullock’s part was almost occupied by Ellen DeGeneres. Thank god they didn’t, though. As a new video from Art Of The Scene details, the likability of Reeves and Bullock helped sell viewers on the film’s gonzo centerpiece scene, in which a bus leaps over a missing chunk of interstate.

The video goes into great detail on how director Jan De Bont pulled the scene off, filming it from five different angles to stretch a .49-second jump into 11 seconds of screen-time. That might make the actual stunt seem somewhat puny, but seeing the »

- Clayton Purdom

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Mailbag: Join us as we unearth the vinyl reissue of the Evil Dead 2 soundtrack

11 hours ago

Welcome back to Mailbag, a series about the sometimes weird, sometimes fun stuff we get in the mail. Today, assistant editor Alex McLevy brings in the 30th-anniversary vinyl reissue of the soundtrack for the cult-classic horror film Evil Dead 2. The new record features a heavyweight gatefold jacket with artwork provided by Justin Erickson of the art collective Phantom City Creative. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Movie Review: Sofia Coppola twists an old Clint Eastwood vehicle, The Beguiled, into arty pulp

11 hours ago

Beneath the incessant chirp of crickets, explosions rumble like distant thunder. Somewhere nearby, cannons are firing away. For the girls and the women of Sofia Coppola’s elegantly spare, psychosexual Civil War drama The Beguiled, this daily broadcast from the front lines—muffled by the foliage, accompanying the occasional fingers of smoke reaching skyward above the tree line—is too close and too far for comfort. Hearing it reminds them of the death and danger lurking just out of sight, but also of the intense isolation of life in the foggy, mossy backwoods of wartime Virginia, where the Farnsworth Seminary For Young Ladies sits as quietly as a headstone. It is 1864. The combat rages on. The men have all gone to die. If purgatory has a soundtrack, it’s just the music of a battlefield hell, echoing across nature the way heavy bass bleeds through thin walls.

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- A.A. Dowd

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Contest: Chicago, get weird with more free tickets to Music Box midnights

11 hours ago

A couple of weeks back, we offered you tickets to a midnight screening of the 1977 Japanese psychedelic haunted-house movie House. Now our friends at The Front Row are back to present more midnight horror at Chicago’s own Music Box Theatre, and this weekend’s movie is another mind-bender.

Released in 1987, Anguish (a.k.a. Anguista) is a Spanish production starring Zelda Rubinstein—best known as the psychic from the Poltergeist movies—in another telepathic role as Alice, star of The Mommy, a movie within the movie about a controlling mother who commands her visually impaired son to kill. The movie takes place partially within the universe of The Mommy and partially in the theater showing the movie, as the audience starts to feel the effects of The Mommy’s mind-control powers. It’s pretty wild.

We’re giving away tickets to this weekend’s midnight showings of »

- Katie Rife

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Newswire: America is tired of playing with Transformers

12 hours ago

Michael Bay is tired of making Transformers movies, Mark Wahlberg is tired of making Transformers movies, and even Hasbro probably wouldn’t mind trying to make a Nerf or Hungry Hungry Hippos movie instead. But it looks like the movie-going people of America might be more tired of Transformers movies than all of them. According to Variety, the latest film in Bay’s seemingly endless series, The Last Knight, had the worst box-office opening in franchise history.

The Last Knight made $15.7 million in its opening on Wednesday, and while that may still seem like a lot of money, it’s not even a tenth of the film’s $217 million production costs. As for the other Transformers movies, the 2007 original made $36.6 million on opening day, Revenge Of The Fallen made $62 million, Dark Of The Moon made $37.7, and the recent Age Of Extinction »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Catastrophe director takes over The Rosie Project

13 hours ago

Ben Taylor—a British television director known for his work on Catastrophe—is going to be the latest to try his hand at The Rosie Project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film would adapt Graeme Simsion’s novel about a genetics professor who tries to find the ideal woman using a what he calls the Wife Project, only to fall for a regular person named Rosie. At one point, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were going to make this movie. Then Richard Linklater thought about it. Jennifer Lawrence—if things had worked out—could have been the star.

But THR reports that Taylor will be starting from scratch casting-wise, though he’ll be working from the screenplay by The Fault In Our StarsScott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who took it on after Simsion did his own pass. Catastrophe is an excellent example of a rom-com with bite »

- Esther Zuckerman

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For Our Consideration: Steve Trevor, Joss Whedon, and the men getting in the way of Wonder Woman

13 hours ago

Note: This article reveals some plot details from the movie Wonder Woman.

Adapting an iconic superhero for the big screen usually means adapting at least one of their iconic love interests as well. Steve Trevor may not be a household name like Lois Lane or Mary Jane Watson, but like those characters, he’s been a staple of Wonder Woman’s story from her very first appearance in All-Star Comics #8. Steve’s plane crash landing on Paradise Island is a key part of Wonder Woman’s origin story, in much the same way Jor-El sending Kal off in a space bassinet is a key part of Superman’s. So it only makes sense that Steve would have a major role to play in the first-ever big screen take on Wonder Woman, where he’s winningly brought to life by Chris Pine. His is the latest in a long line »

- Caroline Siede

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Newswire: Gillian Jacobs, Phoebe Robinson, and Vanessa Bayer are going to Ibiza

13 hours ago

In 2014, DJ culture and electronic dance music were so inescapable that even Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions wanted to capitalize on the phenomenon by producing a film called I’m In Love With The DJ. The script came from McKay’s former assistant, Lauryn Kahn, and it centered around a group of women who go on a trip to Spain for “a crazy hunt for a hot DJ,” but nothing ever came of it until now. According to Deadline, I’m In Love With The DJ now has a cast, a new title, and a new home at Netflix.

The film is now called Ibiza, and it’s set to star Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson, with former Funny Or Die contributor Alex Richanbach directing. Other than the title, it doesn’t sound like much about this project has changed, though Deadline says »

- Sam Barsanti

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Great Job, Internet!: Nobody who worked on Predator can agree on why Jean-Claude Van Damme got fired

14 hours ago

In advance of Shane Black’s forthcoming Predator revival (and the original film’s 30th anniversary), nostalgists around the internet have been revisiting what’s probably the most thrilling of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ’80s output. The latest is a comprehensive oral history of the film from The Hollywood Reporter, who talked with the screenwriter, cinematographer, visual effects supervisor, some actors, and a few more about how the now-iconic action film came to be.

There’s plenty of takeaways: intense heat, bulky costumes, and a shitload of red ants made filming hell; Sonny Landham, who played Billy, was terrifying and needed his own bodyguard; the cast couldn’t have cut it as real soldiers; and Schwarzenegger apparently took meetings in hot tubs.

Probably the most striking revelation, however, is that pretty much everyone THR spoke to had a different story regarding why Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was tapped to play the »

- Randall Colburn

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Newswire: The Jurassic World sequel has a name, and a little taste of Goldblum

16 hours ago

Let’s face it, the Jurassic Park franchise haven’t been too creative when it comes to titling its sequels and follow-ups. Either it’s just some variation on the original title, like Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World, or there’s a vague, ominous addition that suggests an abandoned land where people will get mauled by dinosaurs. In that vein, we have the new official name for the Jurassic World sequel, now called Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It comes with the debut of a poster that features the classic logo, but this time with some added sparks.

The tagline, you’ll notice, is a good reminder that, uh, Jeff Goldblum is returning to this universe. Fallen Kingdom, as we’ll now call it, is being directed by J.A. Bayona. It’s reportedly going to be a “parable for the treatment animals receive today,” and will be out June »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Great Job, Internet!: Let’s all chill and watch Aubrey Plaza get high with nuns

16 hours ago

Look, it’s been a stressful 2017. Even setting aside the ongoing version of The Gong Show known as the executive branch (followed closely by the legislative branch’s take on The Handmaid’s Tale), things have been rough. We’ve lost Chuck Berry, Jonathan Demme, and Chris Cornell, among other artists. We’ve had more terrible mass attacks at home and abroad. Climate change is getting worse. Bachelor In Paradise almost didn’t happen. The point is, we all deserve a few minutes’ respite. So why not enjoy a five-minute video of Aubrey Plaza spending a few hours getting high with a couple of nuns?

To be clear, this new short from the folks at WatchCut Video doesn’t feature catholic nuns. Presumably, those more religious types would be less chill about agreeing to smoke weed on camera with the star of the new controversy-courting film The Little Hours »

- Alex McLevy

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Newswire: Ron Howard confirmed as Han Solo spin-off director

17 hours ago

Not so long ago, in a newswire not too far away, rumors surfaced that Ron Howard would be taking the Han Solo spin-off reins from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Well, his name and Lawrence ”Dreamcatcher” Kasdan’s were bandied about as replacements for the co-directors, whose abrupt departure has generated a ton of buzz this week. Rather than let any more prospects find their way to the director short list, Lucasfilm has announced that Howard is officially taking over as director of the dashing smuggler’s standalone film.

This comes from Variety, which has learned that Howard won’t be wasting any time—he’s going straight to work on the film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han, and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Though shooting was already underway, there are still several weeks of production left on the original schedule, which Lucasfilm has padded with five weeks of »

- Danette Chavez

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Choose Your Pop: We’re discussing pop culture that makes us laugh on this week’s Choose Your Pop

21 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT

Welcome back to another round of Choose Your Pop, the series where The A.V. Club’s editors have exactly 20 seconds to convince you to check out the pop culture item of their choosing, be it a film, TV show, book, or music. This week, comedian Ian Abramson joins our staffers to discuss the pop culture that makes them laugh. The debates fly fast and free—but mostly fast. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Movie Review: Kumail Nanjiani spins his real love life into the charming romantic comedy of The Big Sick

21 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT

Interesting anecdotes don’t always make for interesting movies; your story may kill at parties, but that doesn’t mean it belongs on the big screen. In The Big Sick, stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who plays Dinesh on Silicon Valley, and Emily V. Gordon, the writer and former therapist he married, dramatize the rocky first year of their relationship, with Nanjiani starring as a lightly fictionalized version of himself. That may sound, in general synopsis, like a story better told over dinner and drinks; besides friends, family, and fans of the podcast the two co-host, who was clamoring for a feature-length glimpse into the couple’s courtship? But there was more than the usual dating-scene obstacles threatening their future together. Collaborating on the screenplay for The Big Sick, Nanjiani and Gordon have made a perceptive, winning romantic comedy from those obstacles, including the unforeseen emergency that provides the film its »

- A.A. Dowd

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Movie Review: At least the surreal religious allegory The Ornithologist is pretty to look at

21 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT

A nude swimmer, hunky like an underwear model, slits the surface of a pond at dawn. Next, we see him dressed, answering a phone call from a man (his boyfriend, maybe?), something about remembering to take his medication. He slips a canoe into a river, only to be caught in rapids and rescued by two Chinese hikers lost on a Christian pilgrimage along the Way Of St. James, who string him from a tree in rope bondage and threaten to castrate him. He slips away into the woodland and happens across a cult of pagan mummers who saw off a boar’s head by torchlight. He goes skinny-dipping with a deaf, goat-teat-sucking shepherd named Jesus. He is shot by topless huntresses in a forest clearing. And like the jokes goes, “What do you call this act?” “The Ornithologist.”

To be fair, the title of the new film by João Pedro »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Movie Review: My Journey Through French Cinema is a fond examination of movie minutiae

21 June 2017 10:00 PM, PDT

“At the Pathé Journal, I saw a guy next to me open a can of peas, heat it up, and eat it,” recalls Bertrand Tavernier with a survivor’s perverse pride as he describes the widely mythologized Paris movie houses of the 1950s in My Journey Through French Cinema, his smart and gregarious personal tour through the first four or so decades of French sound film. Tavernier himself is one of the most skillful and, in this country, underappreciated French writer-directors of the generation that came after the revolutionary New Wave. In America, he’s probably best known for the Jim Thompson adaptation Coup De Torchon, a film that showcases his dark wit, though his historical dramas (including Captain Conan, Let Joy Reign Supreme, and The Judge And The Assassin) really belong in a class of their own. The best guides to film history are generally opinionated and very personal »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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