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‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’ Trailer: Dora The Explorer Adapts To 2019 Teen Culture & Brings Knives To School

If you’re over the age of 5 and don’t have any children, odds are you’re probably not very familiar with the cartoon “Dora the Explorer.” However, if you are under 5 or have young children, then you’ve definitely experienced the children’s cartoon that attempts to use an adorable little girl and her friends to help kids learn and speak Spanish. And if that doesn’t sound like the makings of a good movie, then don’t worry, that’s not the film that Paramount is interested in making with “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.”

As seen in the first trailer for the ‘Dora’ adaptation, the young adventurer has morphed into a teenager, who is attempting to assimilate in 2019 teen culture after growing up in “the jungle.” Of course, that would also make a fairly boring film, so the plot somehow puts Dora and her new
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‘Shazam!’ Review: DC Surprises with One of the Most Fun Superhero Movies Ever Made

‘Shazam!’ Review: DC Surprises with One of the Most Fun Superhero Movies Ever Made
From “Watchmen” to “The Incredibles” and most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been any number of movies set in a world where the general public knows about the existence of superheroes. The common folk in these films refer to such enhanced (and sartorially flamboyant) individuals as “mutants” or “paranormals” or “Avengers,” but the terminology doesn’t really matter because the basic dynamic is always the same: Regardless of whether they’re thought to be threats, saviors, or something in between, anyone in spandex is fundamentally separate from general society.

Of course, it’s never an even split, because power is an inherently unequal thing. Those who have it look down at the faceless masses they hope to help, rule, or exploit; those who don’t look up and feel as small as they might seem from above. Probably. It’s hard to say. We seldom get to see these stories from their perspective.
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Uncanny ‘Us’: How Jordan Peele Uses Philosophy to Scare You

Uncanny ‘Us’: How Jordan Peele Uses Philosophy to Scare You
[Editor’s note: The following articles contains spoilers.]

When two people bear a striking resemblance to one another, we often call those similarities uncanny. The word is so rarely used outside that context, in fact, that we may forget its most basic definition: “seeming to have a supernatural character or origin.” For two things to have a truly uncanny resemblance, simply looking alike isn’t enough — they have to arouse discomfort for being nearly, but not entirely, identical. The more alike they are, the more unsettling their small differences become.

Jordan Peele understands that distinction, and he puts it to effective use in his second film, “Us.” A horror-thriller about a family of four confronted by their ill-intentioned doppelgängers, it brings to mind not only such genre influences as “The Twilight Zone” but also this passage from Sigmund Freud’ 1919 essay “The Uncanny”:

“The subject of the ‘uncanny’ is a province of this kind. It is undoubtedly related
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Roseanne Barr Says Sara Gilbert ‘Destroyed the Show and My Life’

Roseanne Barr Says Sara Gilbert ‘Destroyed the Show and My Life’
Nearly a year after “Roseanne” was canceled, it appears that Roseanne Barr herself still has hard feelings. Speaking to the Washington Post, the controversial actress — whose racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett led to her massively popular sitcom getting the axe and her character being killed off in its spinoff “The Conners” — has said that co-star Sara Gilbert “destroyed the show and my life with that tweet. She will never get enough until she consumes my liver with a fine Chianti.”

The tweet in question — “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least” — was part of a widespread backlash against Barr’s controversial tweet comparing Jarrett to an ape. Gilbert played Barr’s daughter on “Roseanne.”

She was likewise interviewed by the Post,
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‘Shrill’ Accused of Plagiarizing Lauded Pool Party Scene, but Is It a Coincidence?

‘Shrill’ Accused of Plagiarizing Lauded Pool Party Scene, but Is It a Coincidence?
Shrill” has received acclaim for an episode featuring a body-positive pool party, but one person is taking exception with it: author Virgie Tovar, who has accused the Hulu dramedy of lifting the scene from her book “Flawless” and a Tedx Talk she gave on the same subject. In response, Ijeoma Oluo — a friend of Sam Irby, who wrote the episode in question — has pointed out that the episode was filmed the same month that the book came out (August 2018) and any similarities are a coincidence stemming from the fact that such parties have been common for decades.

Tovar, who took her accusations to Instagram, wrote that she was “worried about speaking out both because I didn’t want to sully an important moment in fat representation for anyone (fat people have so little meaningful representation. I know how much this show means to people.) and in fear of being labeled
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‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Director S. Craig Zahler Doesn’t Want to ‘Express Values’ in His Films

‘Dragged Across Concrete’ Director S. Craig Zahler Doesn’t Want to ‘Express Values’ in His Films
Anyone who’s seen “Bone Tomahawk” or “Brawl in Cell Block 99” knows that S. Craig Zahler isn’t the most subtle of filmmakers, at least where violence is concerned. The writer-director’s latest, “Dragged Across Concrete,” is slightly toned down in that regard but has some viewers questioning both the film’s politics and those of its director — not least because it stars Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn as two cops who get suspended for excessive force and make casually racist jokes to one another.

Zahler addressed all that and more in a Ringer interview, saying, among other things, “Certainly I’m not making movies and writing books and doing all these things to become popular or for people to like me. I hope people enjoy them, but I’m not going to make different creative choices so that more of them do.”

“If you come into a movie
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‘Midsommar’: Ari Aster Calls His ‘Hereditary’ Follow-Up ‘Wizard of Oz for Perverts’

‘Midsommar’: Ari Aster Calls His ‘Hereditary’ Follow-Up ‘Wizard of Oz for Perverts’
Little is known about “Midsommar,” which is by design. Ari Aster became one of last year’s breakout filmmakers with his feature directorial debut “Hereditary,” and so anticipation is naturally high for his follow-up — not that he’s revealing much about it. Speaking to Vulture, the writer-director described his forthcoming cult thriller as “a breakup movie, in the same way that ‘Hereditary’ is a family tragedy. It’s less overtly a horror movie, but it’s still working in that same space.”

“It’s very macabre. But people shouldn’t go in expecting ‘Hereditary,’” Aster added. When asked what they should expect and whether there’s any one film he would compare it to, he couldn’t come up with an answer; then, when “Mamma Mia” was mentioned as a reference point, the filmmaker replied, “Yeah, sure, I’d say so,” with a laugh. “It’s a ‘Wizard of Oz’ for perverts.
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Barbra Streisand Defends Michael Jackson, Says His Accusers ‘Were Thrilled to Be There’

Barbra Streisand Defends Michael Jackson, Says His Accusers ‘Were Thrilled to Be There’
Barbra Streisand has come to the defense of Michael Jackson, even while clarifying that she “absolutely” believes the two men who accuse the pop superstar of sexually abusing them in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” Speaking to the Times, Streisand said Jackson was “very sweet, very childlike” the few times they met one another and that “his sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”

“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them,” she added.

As for whether she’s angry with the late singer, who died 10 years ago, Streisand described it as “a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow
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‘Tigerland’ Is A Harrowing Doc & A Deeply Personal Tribute To One Of Nature’s Last Predators [Review]

Ross Kauffman’s (“Born Into Brothels” and “E-Team”) haunted and harrowing new documentary about one of nature’s most majestic and deadly creatures, “Tigerland,” gets off on rocky footing. The film starts with a strange monologue from a child-narrator about the splendor of tigers and how they once dominated the lands they roamed and how they’ve since been pushed to the edge of extinction.

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‘Grass’ Trailer: Filmmaker Hong Sang-Soo Reunites With Kim Min-Hee In This Gorgeous Black & White Drama

Even if you’re personally unfamiliar with Korean auteur, Hong Sang-soo, you’ve probably seen his name pop up in an article, or somewhere on your social media feed. He is arguably the most prolific filmmaker working today. His acolytes are legion, but those less exposed to the art house scene likely can’t name more than one or two titles from his catalog. But now’s a pretty great time to dive headfirst into the filmmaker’s work with the upcoming “Grass.”

A stylish one-take tease in the form of a trailer for his newest venture, “Grass,” has just arrived.

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Baz Luhrmann on Hollywood’s Musical Boom, ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Going Broadway, and That ‘Get Down’ Movie

Baz Luhrmann on Hollywood’s Musical Boom, ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Going Broadway, and That ‘Get Down’ Movie
The first thing Baz Luhrmann tells you is that he’s “crazy busy, as always.” The second thing the filmmaker tells you is, well, pretty much anything you’d want to know. The Australian multi-hyphenate has never been one to embrace labels or to stick to creative boundaries — even his Wikipedia page struggles to combine all of his interests into a concise opening line, and bills him as a “writer, director, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries” — and while he hasn’t made a film in over five years, Luhrmann is hardly resting on his laurels. And he’s happy to talk about all of it.

The latest endeavor that has Luhrmann jazzed: serving as an ambassador for the Australian International Screen Forum, a yearly New York City confab which is, per its official mission, “dedicated to promoting the screen arts by exhibiting
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‘The Oa’ Season 2 Ending Is So Crazy It Could Kill the Series

‘The Oa’ Season 2 Ending Is So Crazy It Could Kill the Series
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Oa” Season 2, including the batshit finale.]

To say nothing will prepare you for the end of “The Oa” could be seen as an embellishment, considering the entirety of Season 2 — a meticulously drawn-out, increasingly bananas story from creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij — is designed to do just that. The madness only escalates as Marling’s “original angel” (aka Oa) learns more and more about inter-dimensional travel in order to save her fellow jumpers from Dr. Hap (Jason Isaacs). Yet even when you think the final bit of insanity has played out, a whole other layer of crazy is spread over the series, and the ending of “The Oa” goes totally off the rails.

On the one hand, that’s exactly what fans should want. The Netflix original series puts its emphasis on “original” at every turn; so much so, it’s harder and harder to complain whenever the bold
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‘Arrested Development’: Take The Forget-Me-Not Roofies & Cherish Those Memory Of The Show You Once Loved [Season 5 Review]

And now the story of a beloved comedy series that lost everything and the eccentric, determined creator who felt he had no choice, but to keep the show running, way past its prime and beyond the point of being funny. It’s “Arrested Development.”

To recap, “Arrested Development,” in its precarious, always-on-the-edge-of-cancelation Fox years, was your favorite comedy series. Critically-acclaimed, Emmy-respected, ‘Ad,’ had little viewership, but soon developed a huge comedy following and was cherished by humor geeks and famous comedians.

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‘The Eyes Of Orson Welles’ Is An Illuminating Love Letter That Is Too Preoccupied With Its Own Personal Touches [Review]

Orson Welles made films about giants grappling with fantasies. He was an artist lost to time, who believed in the myth of honor and the power of chivalry but was perhaps too romantic to see how a knight-errant who views a windmill as the call to adventure may have already lost their expressed battle for ideology. Welles claimed to value citizens more than cinema. His relatively short-lived Hollywood career backs up this statement; though perhaps, in truth, his two loves were but inevitably irreconcilable tyrants.

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Let’s Discuss What Part II Of ‘The Oa’ Means For The Series [Spoilers]

**Spoilers for Season 2 of “The Oa,” which hit Netflix today. You’ve been warned.**

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“Superimpose: 7 Hours 46 Minutes Earlier…

Ext. Windy Road – Night

We hear knocking sounds, after which the camera Cuts To a Man, ripped jeans, skateboarding down a dark, steep road. He sees a woman in a shiny, red dress on the side of the road.

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‘Sopranos’ & ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Director Hired To Helm HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Series Starring Matthew Rhys

After a long development process that saw original star Robert Downey, Jr. step away, the reimagined “Perry Mason” TV series is officially ready to go and has the green light from HBO to begin production. The go-ahead came just after it was announced that director Tim Van Patten has come aboard to helm the limited series that will now star Matthew Rhys in the title role.

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‘Grass’ Trailer: Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee’s Café Society — Exclusive

Cinema Guild has unveiled the trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass,” the prolific Korean auteur’s 22nd feature. It’s also his fifth with frequent collaborator and romantic partner Kim Min-hee, perhaps best known for her role in “The Handmaiden,” who likewise stars in “Hotel by the River,” Hong’s other 2018 premiere. After debuting in Berlin last year, the 66-minute black-and-white film went on to screen at the Busan and New York film festivals, among others. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here, as they say, is the synopsis: “For his 22nd feature as director, Hong Sangsoo delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle
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Disney Already Showing Off ‘The Shape Of Water,’ ‘Avatar,’ and Other Fox Titles in Company Banner

Disney isn’t wasting any time when it comes to integrating Fox properties into its marketing following the $71.3 billion Disney-Fox merger that was finalized March 21. Major Fox properties “The Shape of Water,” “Deadpool,” “The Simpsons,” “Avatar,” and “Atlanta” have already been added to the official The Walt Disney Company banner on the company’s website. If Disney was going to prominently feature any Fox properties on its official banner, it makes sense it would do so with a recent Best Picture Oscar winner (“The Shape of Water”), a $2 billion franchise (“Avatar”), a record-breaking television series (“Simpsons”), and more.

With the Disney-Fox merger finalized, the Mouse House now owns film division 20th Century Fox and will distribute such tentpoles as James Cameron’s forthcoming “Avatar” sequels. The merger has given Disney control of blockbuster properties such as “Deadpool” and “X-Men,” in addition to their in-house mega-franchises “Star Wars” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Jordan Peele Reveals The Political & Social Message Of ‘Us’ As Well As His Surprising Cameos In The New Film & ‘Get Out’

**Slight spoilers ahead for the latest film from filmmaker Jordan Peele, “Us,” which hits theaters this weekend. You’ve been warned**

First and foremost, Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Us,” is an unabashed horror film. Unlike “Get Out,” which can find itself sitting more comfortably in the psychological thriller genre, “Us” goes full-on horror, with the inclusion of its very own “monsters” in the form of the Tethered.

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‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at ATX Festival

‘Los Espookys’: Fred Armisen’s Spanish-Language HBO Comedy to Premiere at ATX Festival
To the growing list of offerings at the 2019 ATX Festival — which already includes a screening of clips from the never-aired “Tremors” pilot — add some Fred Armisen. “Los Espookys,” which stars Armisen and is HBO’s first Spanish-language series, will make its premiere at the Austin-based festival on the first weekend of June. Per HBO’s official synopsis the series “follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business, providing horror to those who need it, in a dreamy Latin American country where the strange and eerie are just part of daily life.”

Co-written by “Saturday Night Live” writer Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega (“At Home with Amy Sedaris”), the six-part season of “Los Espookys” is slated to arrive on HBO in June, following its Atx Festival premiere. Torres, Fabrega, and Armisen will also be on hand for a panel following the ATX screening.

The
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