Review: 'Deadpool' is the world's most violent and vulgar Bugs Bunny cartoon
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Review: 'Deadpool' is the world's most violent and vulgar Bugs Bunny cartoon

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The Merc with a Mouth finally gets the film he deserves, and it's ridiculous

To be honest, I can't believe this movie even exists.

It's not like Deadpool is some impossible to decipher art film, or like the plot is impossible to follow. It's more a case of "Fox has never been this loose or this adventurous with any of their franchise superhero properties, and I'm not sure how anyone convinced them to do this," and if for no other reason, I salute the studio for taking this particular chance.

And while superhero films are enormously popular and the X-Men franchise in general has been a steady performer for the studio, make no mistake: Deadpool represents a genuine roll of the dice. Aside from the R-rating, a first for this franchise, it's also just plain weird. Structurally, I can't think of another film quite like it. It's two scenes as well as some flashbacks and connective tissue. That's it. In one scene, Deadpool attacks a bunch of cars to find a guy. The guy gets away and, in the second scene, threatens Deadpool's girlfriend so they fight. That's it. That's the entire story. It is almost preposterous how little "plot" there is in the film.

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What one choice could end Hulu as a company completely?
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What one choice could end Hulu as a company completely?

Time Warner's willing to play dirty pool to keep a broken system

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Time Warner is in the early stages of conversations that would see the media giant buy 25% of Hulu. Seems rational enough to me. But in the story, one of the ideas that is floated is that Time Warner is worried about cord cutting and looking to downplay or even end one of the main functions of Hulu as a service by doing away with next-day streaming episodes of current TV shows.

If it's true, then my relationship with Hulu Plus will end immediately after a very happy nine year subscription to the service.

I was an early adopter, first signing up in late 2007, and, yes, I would love to cut the cable cord completely. I have Charter Communications as my cable/Internet provider right now, and my service on the cable side is, in a word, awful. I detest cable. I detest bundling. I actively resent paying for 100s of channels I don't use. I am in many ways a dream consumer for the studios because I am happy to pay for the media I want. I insist on it, actually. But when it comes to paying for media I don't want and that I won't ever use? Well, that's where it starts to seriously piss me off.

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Review: The Coens use 'Hail, Caesar!' to take a silly but smart look at Hollywood's soul
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Review: The Coens use 'Hail, Caesar!' to take a silly but smart look at Hollywood's soul

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Josh Brolin can't fix everyone, but he's sure going to try

As I was driving home from talking to Joel and Ethan Coen about their latest film, I called my parents, laughing about the way the film folds Hollywood truth into Hollywood fiction. I mentioned that the Loretta Young story was an obvious inspiration for one thread of the film, and my parents seemed confused by the reference. They knew who Loretta Young was, no doubt, but they had never heard the defining story of her personal life because back when Young was still an active movie star, my parents were part of the audience who were protected from the truth to help keep those movie star images squeaky-clean.

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Universal's going full speed ahead with 'Fast & Furious' sequels for 2019 and 2021
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Universal's going full speed ahead with 'Fast & Furious' sequels for 2019 and 2021

This is the way Hollywood works now

If I could, I would sit in on every single creative meeting between F. Gary Gray and Vin Diesel regarding the next film in the Fast & Furious Saga, as they're calling it now in press releases. Those are some strong personalities, and Disel is, rightfully, very possessive of the movies.

Universal sent out a quick press release late last night announcing that Fast & Furious 9 will be in theaters on Friday, April 19, 2019, with the tenth film set for Friday, April 2, 2021.

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Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is an agreeably silly mash-up
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Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is an agreeably silly mash-up

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Burr Steers gets this long-in-the-works film across the finish line and mostly right

First and foremost, I can't believe this movie actually finally exists.

In development since 1921 or thereabouts, this is one of those films that has had roughly 300 different directors attached since it was first announced. At one point, this was going to be a David O. Russell film with Natalie Portman starring, and I'm still not sure what that would have looked like. The thing is, when Seth Grahame-Smith first published his mash-up novel, built onto the skeleton of Jane Austen's classic, I'm going to bet he never imagined how long it would take for this to become a movie, or even that it would be one someday. It felt like a sort of English major goofing around, only to somehow see it become this publishing smash.

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The first 'Green Room' trailer promises skinhead mayhem and crazy action
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The first 'Green Room' trailer promises skinhead mayhem and crazy action

This one's better than any trailer can fully convey

Green Room wasn't just one of the best movies I saw at last year's Midnight Madness. It wasn't just one of the the best movies I saw at the entire Toronto Film Festival. It was one of the very best movies I saw anywhere in 2015, and you're going to get your chance to see it very soon.

"But, wait, if it as so good, why wasn't it on your end of the year list?"

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Is 'Star Wars' the perfect property to usher virtual reality into the mainstream?
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Is 'Star Wars' the perfect property to usher virtual reality into the mainstream?

Lucasfilm and ILM and Disney certainly hope so, and they'll spend to find out

If I could spend a half-hour looking at an accurate representation of what entertainment is going to look like in, say, fifty years, I imagine I would walk away equally dazzled and confused.

There is little doubt we are heading towards immersive entertainment, created in technical ways that we are just now beginning to see established or even suggested, and that the dream of the Star Trek holodeck is not an impossible one. This year's Sundance Film Festival featured some remarkable demonstrations of what various companies and artists are up to, and it really does feel like new ground being broken. These demonstrations weren't on the traditional movie screens, though, and there's nothing about the examples I saw demonstrated that I would consider typical entertainment.

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Once again, 'Archer' turns to the '80s for absolutely insane inspiration
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Once again, 'Archer' turns to the '80s for absolutely insane inspiration

Unless you don't like 'Archer' or 'Magnum P.I.', in which case, we may not agree on fun things

I sincerely hope Archer runs for another 100 seasons, and that I am somehow alive long enough to marvel at the lunacy of each and every episode.

There have been plenty of spy parodies over the years, but as an animated show, Archer goes places that few live-action films or TV shows can follow. Blisteringly filthy, weird on top of weird, and filled with characters who are so horribly deficient as basic human beings that it's almost thrilling, Archer makes me laugh so hard it is is physically punishing. I think Jon Benjamin may have the single funniest animation voice of all time, and he's a really gifted comic actor on top of it. He has positively deadly timing, and the entire supporting cast is full of insane people.

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Did Empire magazine just reveal one of the big spoilers of 'Batman v Superman'?
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Did Empire magazine just reveal one of the big spoilers of 'Batman v Superman'?

It makes sense, but I'm still surprised this is how we're seeing this image first

As one of the foremost high-visibility fans of Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, I have listened to several years now of people telling me why I'm wrong, and why Superman would never do the things he did in that film.

I suspect we're going to hear that same conversation turned up to a deafening roar once Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice arrives in theaters. In the newest issue of Empire magazine, producer Chuck Roven described Batman in this film as an older angrier version of the character, someone who has decided to play "judge, jury, and executioner," setting off a flurry of thinkpieces about how they've ruined the character.

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Man, this season of 'House Of Cards' looks really weird
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Man, this season of 'House Of Cards' looks really weird

Seriously... what is happening?

I don't know what to say about this. It's like Liar, Liar for crazy cat ladies.

That is not something that happens often, but then I am confronted with what can only be described as Barry Sonnenfeld directing "this generation's Oh Heavenly Dog," and I find myself… stumped.

It looks like an entire film designed to be broken into gif form. Whatever Venn diagram there is of people who love Kevin Spacey when he's being a contemptuous prick and people who love cute kitties, the people who exist in that intersection are probably dancing in the streets right about now.

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