Taika Waititi is making a ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ TV spin-off

Taika Waititi is making a ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ TV spin-off
Credit: Paladin

After watching What We Do in the Shadows, once you picked yourself up from the floor where you had keeled over laughing, quick probably the next thing you did was thought to yourself was, “Okay, when can I see more supernatural comedy from these guys?”

Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi already teased a sequel to their vampire mockumentary called We’re Wolves about, yes, the movie’s werewolves (not swear-wolves). Now they’re also making a spin-off called Paranormal Event Response Unit — which Waititi somehow found time for in the midst of filming the new Thor movie and releasing his charming indie The Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

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With 'Personal Shopper,' Kristen Stewart leaves 'Twilight' in the rearview mirror

With 'Personal Shopper,' Kristen Stewart leaves 'Twilight' in the rearview mirror
Credit: IFC

Kristen Stewart's new movie Personal Shopper -- a "psychological thriller" directed by Oliver Assayas -- was booed following its premiere screening at Cannes but has also garnered its fair share of decent-to-great reviews, with many critics singling out Stewart's performance for praise. So if you didn't take the Twilight star seriously before, maybe now's the time?

"I really, specifically, love acting, and I think it’s a really cool thing to be really indulgent and follow that," Stewart told Collider back in 2010. "I have a lot of ambitions in life, but for the next few years, I just want to be an actor. That’s a lucky opportunity, and that drives me to want to be good at that."

I have to be honest: I was not a fan of Stewart's acting early in her career (I recognize that this is not an outside-the-box opinion). Her myriad physical tics (lip-biting, hair-caressing, head-vibrating et al.) were things I found distracting, and judging from the number of "Kristen Stewart is a bad actress" compilations on YouTube there are thousands if not millions more like me.

But as I wrote previously, Stewart has been garnering more praise from the critical community for her performances in films like Still Alice, Camp X-Ray and Clouds of Sils Maria, and Personal Shopper appears to be the latest in a string of acclaimed turns for the actress, whose first burst of stardom was so intense that she became understandably wary of a vulturous press that likes to pick celebrity bones clean -- especially young celebrity bones.

Heckling at Cannes or no (the crowd there has booed good movies before), Personal Shopper -- about a young, yes, personal shopper for a celebrity who begins communicating with spirits, possibly including her dead twin brother -- looks like an interesting film based on this first trailer, and I appreciate that Stewart has dedicated herself post-Twilight to starring in movies that are off the beaten path. As a genre fan, I'm also curious how well the traditional "horror" label will apply here, though I suspect it's a much more subtle affair than your average "things-go-bump-in-the-night" flick.

At the end of the day, I want to like Kristen Stewart as an actress -- truly. Maybe this is the film where I'll finally be able to separate her from the fidgety teen in Twilight.

Personal Shopper is slated for release on March 10, 2017. You can watch the trailer below.

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Tim Burton offered a strange excuse for the lack of diversity in 'Miss Peregrine'

**Pinch bridge of nose, sigh heavily**
Miss Peregrine cast

Over the weekend, Tim Burton’s adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by author Ransom Riggs hits theaters. Reviews are tepid but not 2016 summer blockbuster bad. With its PG-13 rating and lack of significant demographic competition at the cinema, the box office draw could be decent. All that has to happen is for no one involved in the film to say something horrible and/or racist.

Dammit, Tim Burton!

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New ‘Space Between Us’ trailer has less space

New ‘Space Between Us’ trailer has less space

The first trailer for The Space Between Us looked to be The Martian meets Room, as a boy born on Mars comes to Earth and is experiencing so much of what’s in our world for the first time. The new trailer, released today, puts less emphasis on the mission to Mars part of that and more on the feel-good story of the budding friendship between this boy and the girl he connects with on Earth.

Watch more of his awkward encounters as he walks into a Colorado school for the first time in the trailer below:

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Pixar’s next short, the Miyazaki successor making box office history, more animation news

Plus: Daisy Ridley joins Peter Rabbit film, ‘Phineas and Ferb’ creators rap about their new show
Pixar’s next short, the Miyazaki successor making box office history, more animation news
Credit: Pixar

AnimationFix: Your regular round-up of the latest animation news, from HitFix reporter Emily Rome

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This Warren Beatty 'Rules Don't Apply" movie looks boring AF

This Warren Beatty 'Rules Don't Apply" movie looks boring AF

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective.

Warren Beatty is a legend. Have you seen the movie Reds? If you haven't, stop what you're doing and see the movie Reds, featuring some of the most beautiful cinematography you'll ever see by Vittorio Storaro.  

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This Netflix Kevin James movie will change your life

This Netflix Kevin James movie will change your life

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective.

If you are open to The True Memoirs of an International Assassin changing your life, it's certainly possible. Don't just watch it. Breathe it in. 

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Superheroes just took princesses’ Halloween costume crown

Take that, Cinderella.
Superheroes just took princesses’ Halloween costume crown

After an 11-year reign, princess costumes have dropped to the number 2 spot among costumes sported by American kids on Halloween. Taking the princess’ crown is the superhero.

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'My Scientology Movie' looks like it's trying hard to be controversial

'My Scientology Movie' looks like it's trying hard to be controversial

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective.

I am fascinated by Scientology. I live about a mile and a half away from the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center and all the other intimidating light blue Scientology buildings here in Los Angeles. I keep asking my wife if we can get breakfast at one of these places because I've heard the waffles are amazing. She's considering it.

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John Carpenter has 'buried the hatchet' with Rob Zombie

John Carpenter has 'buried the hatchet' with Rob Zombie
Credit: Echo Lake Productions/A Bigger Boat (John Carpenter), Amanda Schwab/AP (Rob Zombie)

John Carpenter, who during a Q&A several years ago called Halloween remake director Rob Zombie a "piece of shit," wants everyone to know that he's "buried the hatchet" with the rocker-turned-filmmaker (nice word choice, Mr. C) and none of us have to talk or worry about it any longer. From Twitter:

Done.

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