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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
‘Wonder Woman’ breaks ‘Mamma Mia!’ record as top-grossing live-action film by female director
Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman” just surpassed Phyllida Lloyd‘s “Mamma Mia!” to become the highest grossing movie directed by a woman. That tune-filled 2008 picture established Meryl Streep as an international box office draw with total takings of just under $610 million. “Wonder Woman,” which features Gal Gadot as the title character, has made just over […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot
The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »
- Joe Otterson
It’s a Coppola World: Inside the Filmmaking Co-Op That is Sofia, Eleanor, Roman, and Francis
Sofia Coppola is the promotional circuit with “The Beguiled” (June 23, Focus Features). So is her 81-year-old mother, Eleanor, who wrote and directed her first narrative feature, the romantic road movie “Paris Can Wait;” Sony Pictures Classics is releasing it around the country to strong reviews and box office. Mother and daughter will meet, with their films, at this week’s Munich International Film Festival, where they’ll be joined by the man who began the family film dynasty, Francis Ford Coppola.
Sofia and her older brother, director and screenwriter Roman Coppola, also own San Francisco production company American Zoetrope, which their father launched in 1979; Roman runs it day to day. “They seek each other’s help when it’s needed,” said long-time family producer and casting guru Fred Roos.
- Anne Thompson
‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic
June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of his life, because the original is so iconic.
But if it makes him feel better, the earlier film was not a big hit with audiences or critics when it opened. In the 21st century, that seems incredible — how could people not flip out? But “Blade Runner” was so radical that it took several years for its impact to sink in. Even the filmmakers had misgivings: there have been multiple re-edits over the years, trying to hit movie perfection.
Rotten Tomatoes says it was “misunderstood when it first hit theaters.” In the original review, Variety reflected a lot of the mixed reaction, saying »
- Tim Gray
Dan Harmon Shuts Down Rumors About ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3 Delay
“Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon took to Twitter Saturday to shut down rumors that the reason Season 3 was taking so long was because of his feud with co-creator and star Justin Roiland. Instead, he said that the delay is because writing a successful TV show that’s a critical and fan darling is hard. “The reason S3 took long is because it took long to write, because it was S3 of a show that we were scared to make worse than S2 or S1,” he tweeted. “It’s a common yet odd phenomenon. Tail-chasing, perfectionism, overthinking?” Fans have been eagerly waiting for. »
- Carli Velocci
‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017: Ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer broke your heart the most [Poll Results]
Child ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer broke your heart the most during the first few weeks of “America’s Got Talent” 2017, say 46% of readers who voted in our recent poll. The Season 12 standout from Oklahoma City, Ok became the recipient of Mel B‘s Golden Buzzer on the reality TV show after she revealed that […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
‘Game of Thrones': New Data Shows Which Characters Are the Most Important
I was having a conversation with a co-worker the other day when he asked me who the main character on “Game of Thrones” was going into Season 7. Although Sansa certainly shows up the most in the recent trailer, I didn’t have a definitive answer. Luckily, new data provides better insight into the importance of the HBO show’s gigantic cast of characters and asserts who might be the show’s main character. And according to that data, it’s everybody’s favorite scarred — alcoholic dwarf Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage. Analytics firm Looker got its hands on some data from across the internet. »
- Carli Velocci
YouTuber Hannah Hart Dishes on New Food Network Series ‘I Hart Food’
Hannah Hart is about to hit the road for her new Food Network series, “I Hart Food.” The six-episode order was first confirmed in summer of 2016, but Hart and the network both revealed new details about the show heading into the weekend.
The YouTube star will serve as host and executive producer on the project. She commented on her cross-country, culinary road trip in a Food Network blog post Thursday night.
“Food Network has been an incredible partner and I’m really proud of the show we made together. I am so excited to share the experiences of extraordinary meals and the chefs who shared their passions and expertise with me on ‘I Hart Food,'” wrote Hart. “I’m a major food enthusiast, and this show is perfect for those who have an insatiable appetite for all things food,” she continued.
Chief programming, content, and brand officer for Scripps Network Interactive Kathleen Finch sounded equally pleased »
- JD Knapp
Mick Fleetwood Turns 70: Watch Him Bang Out an Insane Drum Solo (Video)
Fleetwood Mac has had a change or two of style along their 50-year incarnation, but one thing has not changed, and that is the genius of its namesake, Mick Fleetwood. Today, in honor of his 70th birthday, TheWrap takes a look at the talent of one of the best drummers of all-time, from a 2015 concert in Minnesota (above, starting at the 4:32 mark) to the classic “percussion vest solo” (below). Fleetwood’s skill with a pair of sticks is no joke. At a young age, he taught himself how to play the drums and never stopped. The band’s first album “Peter. »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Playing House’s’ Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham on Why Season 3 is the ‘Most Important’ Work They’ve Ever Done
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the entire third season of “Playing House,” available now on the USA App and VOD.
Midway through “Playing House’s” third season, Jessica St. Clair‘s Emma gets diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a story ripped from the headlines of St. Clair’s own life, who received her diagnosis only one week after finishing the second season in 2015. She then underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. Lennon Parham, her co-star and co-creator of “Playing House,” was by her side every step of the way, taking notes on doctor appointments, medications, and even what elements of this unexpected journey would make for powerful storytelling on their show.
Variety spoke to St. Clair and Parham about how they decided what parts of the cancer journey to explore on-screen, drawing inspiration from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” and why they feel this more serious season is the most important work »
- Danielle Turchiano
Dan Harmon Implores Us All to Be Patient for Rick and Morty’s Next Season
“The truth in this case is so very boring.” »
- Devon Ivie
Johnny Depp’s Former Business Managers Allege Depp Abused Amber Heard
He was reportedly “extremely volatile.” »
- Jenni Miller
Keanu Reeves Addresses Those Immortality Rumors (Video)
You may not have known this, or you may have suspected it, but Keanu Reeves is immortal. At least, that’s what the internet says, since multiple men have been found throughout history that bear a striking resemblance to the “Matrix” actor. Jimmy Fallon addressed the rumors on “The Tonight Show” Friday, pulling up old portraits submitted to keanuisimmortal.com and asking Reeves if he saw a resemblance. Also Read: 'John Wick: Chapter 2' Review: Keanu Reeves Kills Again in Action-Packed Sequel The first figure Fallon brings out is the artist Parmigianino, who painted the self-portrait in 1504-1540. YouTube Reeves, »
- Carli Velocci
Emmy experts predict Variety Talk Series: Battle between ‘Daily Show’ alums John Oliver, Samantha Bee & Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart left “The Daily Show” in 2015 and won his last Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series that very year. Before that he had won 10 Emmys in a row for Best Variety Series (2003-2012) when talk shows and sketch shows were considered together (2015 was the first year that the Emmys split them). […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Jamie Foxx Let Ed Sheeran Crash on His Couch Before the Brit Made it Big (Watch)
Foxx stopped by “The Graham Norton Show” on Friday night to promote his new Fox game show “Beat Shazam,” but ended up sharing a story about one of Britain’s most famous musical acts. According to Foxx, he first met Sheeran when the “Castle on the Hill” singer performed on his radio show back in 2010.
“He’s incredible and I’m like, ‘Listen, I know you don’t have anywhere to go, just chill here,” reminisced Foxx. “I was giving him food, and my daughter was like, ‘Who do you have over here now?’ Because I would always champion an artist.”
Foxx went on to invite Sheeran to perform for an all-black crowd of 800, where he was well-received despite his unconventional instrument choice.
- JD Knapp
Jamie Foxx Is to Blame for Ed Sheeran’s Success… Sort Of (Video)
He’s now a Grammy award-winning artist, but Ed Sheeran started out like any other struggling artist in Los Angeles: sleeping on a friend’s couch. But for Sheeran, that couch belonged to Jamie Foxx. In an appearance on “The Graham Norton Show,” Foxx — who was promoting “Baby Driver” — said he helped give the musician his start when he came to the city with no place to stay and no money in his pockets. According to Foxx, he met Sheeran at his satellite radio show in Los Angeles. He invited the budding musician to his home and heard his music, »
- Carli Velocci
Will Arnett and Prince Harry Have a Cheeky Texting Relationship
Keeping up with the royals. »
- Devon Ivie
13 Stephen King TV Adaptations Ranked, Including ‘The Mist’ (Photos)
Stephen King has been seeing a resurgence as of late. Many of the iconic horror author’s works are getting new TV adaptations. 2016 saw “11.22.63” on Hulu and 2017 saw “The Mist” on Spike and we’re still due for “Castle Rock,” an original story that takes place within the King multiverse. In honor of all these adaptations, we looked back at all the King works (original screenplays not included) that have made their way to television, sometimes with horrifying results. “It” (1990) That’s right, arguably one of the most iconic of Stephen King adaptations was actually on TV. An edited version. »
- Linda Ge and Carli Velocci
'Transformers': One Way It's Kind of Brilliant
They are critically reviled, written off as overstuffed and incoherent mish-moshes of extravagant explosions, loud noises, product placements, scantily clad women and terrible dialogue. (Anyone remember John Tutturo uttering the line "I am directly below enemy scrotum" in Revenge of The Fallen?)
But there’s one aspect of the series that doesn’t get enough credit — and it is actually kind of brilliant. It's the franchises reliance on a popular bastion of fiction known as secret histories, a concept that it's used to justify the perpetuation of this franchise »
- Josh Weiss
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