10 April 2020 @ 03:55 pm
LJ Tos Changes - Poll  
LJ recently moved it's servers to Russia and changed it's Terms of Service. There's an article on Gizmodo here and on another site here. I've had some people ask if we are going to move the Comm to another site. At the moment, no we don't. But I wanted to get opinions on the matter.

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24 June 2017 @ 06:00 pm
‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Boards Steve McQueen’s Heist Drama ‘Widows’  

Posted by Ben Pearson

Carrie Coon Widows

Fresh off her excellent turns as police chief Gloria Burgle in the third season of FX’s Fargo and as Nora Durst on HBO’s The Leftovers, actress Carrie Coon is the latest to join the superb cast of director Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist movie, Widows. Read all about the Carrie Coon Widows casting below.

McQueen, who hasn’t directed a movie since his 2013 film 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for Best Picture, signed on to make Widows back in September of last year. The movie is based on Lynda La Plante‘s 1983 British miniseries of the same name, and tells the story of a group of armed thieves who are killed during a botched robbery. In the wake of their husbands’ deaths, the thieves’ wives band together to finish the job the men in their lives couldn’t successfully complete. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, and Daniel Kaluuya all star, and I have to assume that McQueen’s muse, Michael Fassbender, will also pop up, even if in just a tiny capacity. (Fassbender has appeared in all of McQueen’s movies thus far.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coon will play one of the widows who “declines to join the others in the job,” so it’s unclear whether she’ll just have a super small part or whether her character will still be hanging around in the background, possibly serving as the new heist squad’s moral compass. As she’s shown in her fantastic TV work this year, Coon can play beaten down and exhausted with the best of them, and I suspect she’ll be tapping into that skill set once again here.

The actress, who made her feature debut in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, will next appear in Steven Spielberg’s The Papers this winter as no-nonsense Washington Post editor Meg Greenfield alongside Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

One thing seems crystal clear: with a cast this great and a film with such a juicy premise, McQueen stands to continue the exponential upward trend of box office success throughout his career. 2008’s Hunger made $2 million, 2017’s Shame made $17 million, 12 Years a Slave jumped up to $137 million, and I can easily see Widows – a non-superhero movie aimed squarely at adults – becoming a full-fledged mega-hit. The film doesn’t have an official release date in place yet, but we suspect it’ll arrive sometime in 2018. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with any new info as soon as we hear it.

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24 June 2017 @ 06:00 pm
Affective Needs by Rebecca Taylor  

Posted by Guest Reviewer


Affective Needs

by Rebecca Taylor
July 11, 2016 · Ophelia House
RomanceYoung Adult

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Faellie. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the YA Romance category.

The summary:

Ninety-two days. That’s all that’s left. Just ninety-two days and Ruth Robinson, calculus genius, will stand with her arms raised in a triumphant V as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High. With her early admit to Princeton’s Neuroscience program burning a hole in her pocket, Ruth can hardly wait to show her fellow teenage troglodytes that while she didn’t have followers, friends, or “times” in basements, she was the one ending up on top.

All she needs to do is white knuckle her way through this waiting place last semester and then, finally, she’ll be on her way. Except, the first day back from winter break, Porter Creed shows up. Porter is a special education transfer—Affective Needs. And just like all the other desk flippers and chair throwers in the affective needs classroom, Porter has some major emotional problems. But when Porter strolls onto Ruth’s home turf, Advanced Calculus, and disrupts her axis by being both gorgeous and the only person better at math than her—Ruth begins to realize that maybe life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.

Here is Faellie's review:

I was late to the RITA reviewing party but there was a gap for a reviewer of either YA or Inspirational: I’m not inspirational but I was young once so YA it is. Checking out the title of Affective Needs was itself an education: apparently it’s a term for having emotional and social difficulties. Which I would have thought summed up pretty much everyone in high school, but there you go.

Right. Here we are in Trenton, New Jersey, with our heroine Ruth in first person narrative counting down the days until she escapes her final year at Roosevelt High. She has a high opinion of her intelligence and over the top snark for everything and everyone else, including her fellow social outcast and best gay black friend, Eli. Our hero is Porter Creed, the aforesaid Affective Needs guy who is newly arrived in school and (of course) turns out to be even better at math than prospective Valedictorian Ruth. Early on Porter calls Ruth out on her attitude:

“You were right; you do have a bad temper.”

“You’re one to talk.”

“Yes, but I’m labeled and filed. You’re allowed to just prowl around in the general population.”

“I’ve never tried to bash someone’s brains inside out.”

He turned his head and his eyes met mine. “Maybe not physically.”

The plotting of the novel worked well and the setting of an American high school seemed authentic. I liked the writing, in particular the dialogue. The character of Ruth took a while to gel for me, perhaps because she embodies a significant number of different ideas and perhaps because she starts out as not particularly likable, but she grows over the course of the book, and my sometimes intense irritation with her resolved into something closer to sympathy and liking.

Porter as hero was seen through Ruth’s narrative which limited his character development somewhat but there was enough there for him to hold up his side of the story. Secondary characters were well developed: I missed seeing more of best friend Eli as the book progressed but this was consistent with the plotting. There is a suitably HFN ending.

I think this would be a good book for its YA audience. I think it has fully earned its RITA nomination, and, acknowledging that an elderly English curmudgeon is probably not its target audience, I’m happy to give it a solid B+ grade.

24 June 2017 @ 05:00 pm
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Set Photo Shows Off a Familiar Ride  

Posted by Ben Pearson

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Poster

Yesterday, we learned that the official title for Jurassic World 2 is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Now a set photo has surfaced that shows off a vehicle that should look very familiar to any fans of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 movie that kicked off this franchise.

Take a look at the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom set photo below.

ScreenRant points us to a Facebook page called the Jurassic Park Motor Pool, which reportedly received this image from an anonymous source on the set of the sequel:

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Jeep set photo

It looks like the classic ’90s Ford Explorers are making a comeback in the sequel. But I’m not a hardcore enough Jurassic Park fan to notice what ScreenRant pointed out about this photo: the “04” near the back of the vehicle may indicate that this is meant to be the same exact vehicle that the Tyrannosaurus Rex crushed in the first film. The dino pushed it over a cliff and into a tree, where Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) dodged it as it careened through the branches and flipped over onto the forest floor.

Does this photo hint that the upcoming sequel will be returning to that exact spot on Isla Nublar, or is the number on its side just a coincidence? This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen these vehicles make a comeback in the Jurassic Park franchise. Characters in Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III run past a wrecked Ford Explorer at one point, which doesn’t make a ton of sense considering those characters were on neighboring Isla Sorna at the time, and not Isla Nublar (which is where the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World theme parks were constructed).

Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson’s Jurassic World characters came across Jurassic Park’s visitor’s center storage garage and repair a vehicle so they can get across the island, but that vehicle was the Jeep Wrangler, not a Ford Explorer. The Wranglers were gas-powered and operated by the park’s staff, while the Explorers were electrically operated self-driving vehicles meant for transporting guests on the tour.

What do you think the appearance of this Explorer means for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow co-wrote the sequel’s screenplay with his writing partner Derek Connolly, and J.A. Bayona has stepped in to direct. The movie stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD WongJeff Goldblum, and James Cromwell, and it arrives in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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Horatio Velveteen
24 June 2017 @ 10:39 am
I have had my main Yahoo account for almost 20 years, I think, and Yahoo is making themselves so irritating that I'm considering dumping it. Switching between multiple accounts has become complicated. They really want me to log in via my phone rather than in a browser (which I tried for two days, and no). I can't log in unless I turn off my ad blocker for that page.

I know it will be a pain to find some variation of "myname" at Gmail, and Google already owns a lot of my life, which I don't love. And oh my god, the maintenance I'd have to do to change everything to a new address. But I use my Yahoo email way too much to curse every time I use it.

Maybe I just need to get rid of my alternate accounts, and then I'd never need to worry about the login page. Hmm.

Anyway, yeah, that's my life. Except I did just get back from Europe (summary: fun time, also exhausting post-back surgery, no more southern Europe in summer). Now I have the mental room to get excited about my next trip to the UK in October! I've never been to Scotland, or to many other places in England except London, so I can't wait. Which means I should buy a plane ticket or something.

I'm about five weeks post-surgery, and everything is mostly fine. The scar tissue is tight and a little tender, which causes vague twinges of pain occasionally. The more irritating thing is the hamstring in my right leg, which has decided to tighten the hell up. I can't stand or walk for long periods, though if I sit down for just a minute or two, it kind of resets and I'm fine until it happens again.

I'm trying to be diligent with exercise, and if it doesn't get better, I see the surgeon again next month, and maybe it will be time for more physical therapy. But the surgery definitely fixed the problem it was meant to fix, and walking for short periods of time is certainly better than not walking at all.
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24 June 2017 @ 04:00 pm
This Week In Trailers: The 4th, New York Asian Film Festival, Hotel Coolgardie, We Don’t Need a Map,  

Posted by Christopher Stipp

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we’re planning our 4th of July early, finding something to love close to home, lust for life just a little bit more, getting out of the house and going to the cinematic Far East, recoil at the seedy advances of lecherous men, and see how another country deals with its own racist symbols.

To Stay Alive: A Method Trailer

Long live Iggy Pop.

Directors Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen, and Arno Hagers deserve a lot of credit for ensuring that Iggy comes off looking like a champ in what looks like something that’s equal parts art, equal parts hardcore reality. These two do not make for commercial success but that’s of little concern to me. This trailer makes me want to watch this story immediately and find out how these seemingly disparate story lines all come together. Even if they don’t I’m still down to buy what they’re selling on the screen.

Columbus Trailer

(First of all, screw your awful “embedable” media player, EW. You’re right up there with Yahoo. Great job.)

I realize that we’ve already covered this trailer on the site this week but director Kogonada’s narrative has really struck a chord with me on just how well this is trailer is constructed. It has a healthy dose of narrative while also being wonderfully atmospheric. I get to know who these people are as the trailer allows to air itself out a bit, letting our characters breathe on screen. These people are precious not in how twee they seem but how bits and bites of their humanity come through in the words we hear them speak. This trailer is a visual hug that juxtaposes itself against an architectural style that leaves many cold. Nothing but big hearts for this one.

Hotel Coolgardie Trailer


Director Pete Gleeson takes a hard look at how two women find themselves working in one of the most hostile of work environments while also giving you a lesson on what it means to be a fish out of water when coming from a different country to find some work. The culture clash and the boorish behavior looks like it makes for some fascinating sociological explorations but it looks like it comes at the expense of these two ladies’ wide-eyed optimism about what they hoped to get out of this experience.

The 4th Trailer

There’s just two things I like doing on the 4th of July: 1) Watching the Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest on ESPN and 2) Tweeting out my favorite video of all time which is called Bootleg Fireworks. After that, I’m good.

So while there doesn’t seem to be much of anything going on here I’m still enamored with director Andre Hyland’s look at one dude’s very chill 4th of July. I cannot give you any good reason why I like this so much but I do and I fully intent to at least make a minimal effort to see this.

We Don’t Need a Map Trailer

Turnabout is fair play.

One of the things that I like about stories that come from other cultures, other worlds, is how we can trace it back to our own experience. Director Warwick Thornton seems to have hit on something very specific to Australia when it comes to the Southern Cross but, looking on the outside, this can easily be paralleled with our own country’s struggle with what the confederate flag represents to so many here on our own soil. I like stories like this because of how much it can tell about our own culture, our own struggles about symbols and the ideas behind them, and this appears to have a lot it can teach to those of us here who live thousands of miles away.

16th New York Asian Film Festival Trailer

If you’re in New York for the 16th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) from June 30 to July 13 at the Film Society and July 14 to 16 at the SVA Theatre, just based on the trailer alone, I’m sure you’re in store for something special. I come across all kinds of trailers for film festivals but every year the NYAFF always brings the heat. Balancing that line of being representative while giving a little bit of the goods is always tricky but they always seem to make it look easy. If only all festivals could be this enticing.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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i did it all for the robins
24 June 2017 @ 11:40 am
you can feel the punishment but you can't commit the sin  
So this week's AV Club Q&A is favorite one hit wonders (though certainly the definition of "one hit" is...elastic, and dependent in many cases on where you live), and more than a couple of songs I love got mentioned and then I ended up departing from that original premise and going on a youtube spiral of music from my teenage years, a lot of which I hadn't heard in decades probably (and some of which is still in regular rotation on my iPod, though I left out most of the usual suspects), but here are some gems:

- Let Me Go - Heaven 17
- Hit That Perfect Beat - Bronski Beat
- Don't Go - Yaz
- Love to Hate You - Erasure
- Obsession - Animotion
- West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
- Tenderness - General Public
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works
- Cruel Summer - Bananarama
- Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
- Forever Young - Alphaville
- What Do All the People Know? - the Monroes
- Heart and Soul - T'Pau
- If You Leave - OMD
- Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
- The Promise - When In Rome
- True - Spandau Ballet
- Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
- No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones
- Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

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theme song: No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones
emotional evaluation: nostalgic
24 June 2017 @ 02:25 pm
Saturday's Best Deals: Roomba, Fitbit, Simplehuman, and More  

Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

The entry level Roomba 650, vacuum-insulated water bottles, and the best price ever on the Fitbit Alta lead off Saturday’s best deals from around the web.


24 June 2017 @ 02:00 pm
Affective Needs by Rebecca Taylor  

Posted by Guest Reviewer


Affective Needs

by Rebecca Taylor
July 11, 2016 · Ophelia House
RomanceYoung Adult

This RITA® Reader Challenge 2017 review was written by Coco. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the YA Romance category.

The summary:

Ninety-two days. That’s all that’s left. Just ninety-two days and Ruth Robinson, calculus genius, will stand with her arms raised in a triumphant V as the valedictorian of Roosevelt High. With her early admit to Princeton’s Neuroscience program burning a hole in her pocket, Ruth can hardly wait to show her fellow teenage troglodytes that while she didn’t have followers, friends, or “times” in basements, she was the one ending up on top.

All she needs to do is white knuckle her way through this waiting place last semester and then, finally, she’ll be on her way. Except, the first day back from winter break, Porter Creed shows up. Porter is a special education transfer—Affective Needs. And just like all the other desk flippers and chair throwers in the affective needs classroom, Porter has some major emotional problems. But when Porter strolls onto Ruth’s home turf, Advanced Calculus, and disrupts her axis by being both gorgeous and the only person better at math than her—Ruth begins to realize that maybe life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.

Here is Coco's review:

Affective Needs is a YA romance with classic teen characters, like an angsty, academically-focused young woman ready to leave the confines of high school and a broody, mysterious bad boy who just started at the school.

Rebecca Taylor’s story trod well-worn paths, but injects some fresh insights with an eye toward the realities behind high school experiences.

On day one hundred and forty-four, Bella Blake emerged from winter break with freshly dyed atomic-pink hair. Everyone in our first period homeroom was stunned, but impressed, and proceeded to make asinine comments like “You’re so brave” and “I wish I had your nerve.” So Bella preened and swelled and basically acted like she was so Rebel Without a Cause. This was exactly why I hated high school.

A gif from the cartoon Daria where two teens stand before lockers. Daria says that she hates this place.

The central premise, and titular inspiration, for this story is the classification of affective needs. Taylor, who is trained and works as a school counselor and psychologist herself, explains that an affective needs classroom is populated by students with emotional, particularly anger, issues—or, in her character’s (Ruth’s) words:

 Affective needs was filled with all the kids who had their anger issues dialed up to volcanic. Every chair thrower and desk kicker spent most of their days in that classroom. One big concentrated box of rage—all of whom were on my mother’s caseload and had probably been on some psych’s caseload since kindergarten.

By having Ruth’s mother working as a counselor at her high school, Taylor accomplishes two tasks: she is able to incorporate more emotional intelligence into her characters in a plausible manner, and she also builds additional tension and conflict by having mom and daughter intertwined at school/work, as well as at home.

Our young male and female protagonists do not have a classic meet-cute; the girl doesn’t trip and fall (“adorably” or otherwise) in front of the guy and they don’t lock eyes outside a concert or begin with an argument. Instead, Ruth and Porter first make eye contact when Ruth witnesses the end of an outburst from Porter that resulted in his being held down and restrained by school personnel. There’s an element of voyeurism, as she knows she shouldn’t be watching, but ultimately she is struck by the emotional pain she sees in this young man’s eyes. Her interest is this unknown new student is amplified when he joins her advanced math class, an act that seems (to her) to be at odds with his near-constant adult supervision while at school, his time in the affective needs classroom, and his overall rebellious demeanor.

Occasionally, a high school character opened his or her mouth, but a mature adult (dare I say it—a school counselor) seemed to speak. For instance, Ruth’s friend, Eli, reflected about the young adult developmental stage:

“I’m serious. Hear me out. In high school, we are not even fully formed people. Including you,” he added. “We are a collection of behaviors and opinions that are not much more than reactions to the labels and circumstances that we’ve been handed throughout our lives.

But other moments and expressions of pent-up emotion felt true to adolescence, like this scene in which Ruth is overwhelmed by her proximity to her new crush:

My mind raced obsessively. Was Porter, right now, sitting behind me and watching my every move? Did he know what was happening? Could he somehow feel this, sense it? Was my body radiating some kind of electric current that shot out in every direction, announcing my seemingly rampant attraction to Porter? Was it obvious, not just to him, but to everyone in the room?

Or this moment when Ruth’s sense of herself and the world start spiraling out of control:

I closed my eyes to that dumb broken star. The whole world was a confused and broken place. A place filled to overflowing with lost and broken people. My body, flat, stuck, still in the middle of my bed, at the edge of my room, in the corner of my house, at the end of my street, on the edge of my town, on the fringe of a landmass, a single point on the Earth— a small blue dot at an unknown location in the never-ending expanse of a universe that didn’t seem to know anything about the dark bottomless hole in the center of my soul.

Thoughts like this felt true to a teen’s turbulent emotions and conflicting feelings of self-importance and insignificance hope and despair. (Naturally, because she’s young, she has yet to learn how to self-soothe after a setback with things like bubble baths, good friends, and Pop Tarts.)

Bette Midler from The First Wives Club where she says, Bye bye love. Hello pop tarts.

Taylor has spoken about her professional and vocational interests in school psychology and writing YA fiction, which I found interesting (because I love learning about authors’ backgrounds and inspirations, etc.) and I think could also help potential readers better understand her type of storytelling and writing style.

In an old post on her own blog, she wrote that, first, she just loves the heady rush of emotions typical to teenagers, but:

Secondarily, that whole phase of human development is just ripe for explosive story telling… The whole push-pull of becoming an adult and leaving childhood. The confusion. The mistakes. The joy of new freedoms. The fear of new freedoms. Really, there are just soooo many emotionally heady avenues to explore… I actually like that the YA character can be pretty centered on their own experiences and that doesn’t make them completely self-centered because it’s still developmentally expected (to a point, of course) for the 13 to 18 year-old.

She followed up on this idea in a later post about unlikable characters:

I feel that part of that passion stems from the fact that I fully acknowledge they are in the middle of a sometimes volcanic developmental period that frequently manifests into some not very ‘likable’ character traits. To deny this and not represent this struggle as reflected in some teen characters in literature is to pretend that they are only physically younger adults (albeit much, much cooler and better dressed adults) but still in possession of all the wisdom gained of a life already lived.

Overall, I found Affective Needs fairly engaging during the first two-thirds of the story, but I felt that parts of the climax and resolution were less satisfactory. I did not completely buy into the relationship, which meant I was never fully submerged in the story, like a favorite romance can do for me. There were also some intense moments dealing with Porter and his home life, and I did not think the characters fully grappled with these issues in a meaningful way (and when they did, it was off the page). YA romance is not always my cup of tea as I prefer more mature characters and situations (and sex, I can’t forget the sex! wink!), but I appreciated what Taylor was trying to do here, even if I found the results a little uneven.

You can find this book at the usual places, but if you want to sample some first, in a truly awesome move, Rebecca Taylor has been posting this story serially on her blog—one chapter a week—since the book was released! While I’m interested in trying another book by her at some point, Affective Needs didn’t automatically move Taylor to the top of my always-buy, one-click, or TBR piles (but, hey, those piles are huuuuuuge and crowded).

That being said, I have no regrets and I’m glad I read another random RITA nominee that I would not normally have chosen. Okay, bye now! See you in the halls of the Bitchery next year 😉

The teens from The Breakfast Club running through the school hallway


24 June 2017 @ 01:30 pm
Use IFTTT To Stay Informed on Government News  

Posted by Emily Price

In today’s political climate, there’s a good chance you’re looking for less government-themed news, not more. However, if you’re looking for information straight from the source IFTTT (If this, then that) has made it super easy to stay up to date with its new Data Access Project.


24 June 2017 @ 09:21 am
Dark Matter, A/B/O (two different topics)  
Spoilers have been here before )
A/B/O and civil rights )
24 June 2017 @ 12:15 pm
Keep Your Favorite Drink Hot or Cold All Day Long With Amazon's Alpha Armur Gold Box  

Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

Once you start carrying your beverages in vacuum-insulated stainless steel, you’ll never want to go back. Today only on Amazon, you can save big on Alpha Armur double-walled steel bottles in a variety of sizes and colors, all of which will keep drinks hot or cold all day long.


24 June 2017 @ 09:05 am
Two Specific J2 Fics  
Hi All!

I am looking for 2 specific J2 stories:

1. In the first fic, Jensen's family has owned a ranch for generations. He moved to the city and adopted (or had a surrogate) a daughter with his partner. Unfortunately, his partner became abusive and he moved back to his family ranch with his daughter. Jared works on the ranch. He and Jensen, who had previously been together, get back in a relationship. There are multiple generations of family on the ranch, and various other friends living there including Jeff and Chris.

2. This was a shorter J2 fic where Jensen is Jared's mate. They are younger (late teenagers). The scenes that I remember is that J2 have a picnic, but when they return Jensen's father assaults him. Jared sees this through the window and goes to get Jeff who is there pack leader to report Jensen's abuse.

Thanks Everyone!
24 June 2017 @ 04:33 am
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Early Buzz: Spidey is Back and He’s Better Than Ever  

Posted by Jacob Hall

Spider-Man Homecoming Credits Scene

Marvel Studios has turned the superhero moviemaking engine into a finely tuned machine. From the sound of things, Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t deviate from their tried and true course of showing everyone else in the business how it’s done. Despite being a collaboration with Sony (who owns the Spidey movie rights), Peter Parker’s first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is earning raves more in line with Guardians of the Galaxy than The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

And that may be putting it mildly. The early reactions have been nothing short of ecstatic.

While no one is allowed to actually review the movie yet, the social media embargo on director Jon Watts‘ superhero adventure went up and everyone who has seen the movie promptly took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Let’s begin with our own Peter Sciretta, who loved the movie and said that it’s second only to Spider-Man 2 when it comes to big screen stories about ‘ol web-head.

And he’s not alone in his praise. Just about everyone else who has seen the movie seems to like it, with the vast majority of the responses leaning toward the “total head-over-heels in love” end of the spectrum. Critics praised the action, how the story mixes superhero antics with high school drama, and Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker (who is being called the best actor to wear that red and blue costume yet).

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017. Full reviews will arrive before that and while the overall response will probably be a bit more measured, this is all an excellent sign.

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24 June 2017 @ 12:00 am
Superhero Bits: Edgar Wright Talks Ant-Man, Infinity War Set Photo, Justice League Photo Filters & M  

Posted by Ethan Anderton

Iron Man

What did Edgar Wright have to say about why he left Ant-Man a few years back? Is there a Captain America VR attraction coming to Disney parks? How did Kevin Feige convince Sony to share Spider-Man with Marvel Studios? Do you have guesses as to which Avengers will die in Avengers: Infinity War, if any? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Marisa Tomei talks about her role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, complete with a quick new clip from the movie.

Heroic Hollywood imagines five ways that Venom could still possibly show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Facebook has some new filters that will allow you to become the various members of Justice League in your photos.

Kevin Feige recalled to The Hollywood Reporter how he convinced Sony to let Marvel put Spider-Man in the MCU.

Avengers Infinity War Set Photo - Sanctum Sanctorum

The Russo brothers shared an Avengers: Infinity War set photo with Scott Derrickson at Sanctum Sanctorum.

Scarlett Johnansson talked about why putting on Black Widow‘s body suit was daunting for a couple of reasons.

Spider-Man Homecoming Triptych Poster Spider-Man Homecoming Triptych Poster Spider-Man Homecoming Triptych Poster

It’s Spidey and Iron Man versus Vulture in the sky in this new triptych poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Wonder Woman is on the verge of becoming the highest grossing movie in the DC Extended Universe very soon.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits>>

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24 June 2017 @ 12:16 am
Looking For A Specific Fic Where Dean Beats Up Sam Because He Killed John  
I can't remember many details. I think Dean hates him because he killed John. Sam goes along with his brother on a hunt or something and Dean gets annoyed, blacks out with rage and when he comes back to his surroundings Sam is beaten up and lying on the floor in a ball. I think Bobby also threatens him saying that he can't do that again. In the fic I think that Sam is sort of accepting of it all, thinking that he deserves it because he killed John. Anyone know what this is, it's been bugging me for a while?
23 June 2017 @ 11:30 pm
Uncut 35mm ‘Suspiria’ Print Has Been Found, Will Screen Across the United States  

Posted by Jacob Hall

thom yorke suspiria

You haven’t really seen Dario Argento‘s horror masterpiece Suspiria until you’ve seen it projected on the big screen. After years of only knowing the film from its murky DVD, seeing it in theaters last year was an unforgettable experience. Argento’s surreal colors and that unsettling score deserve to wrap around you, to trap you. That’s not something you can properly experience at home.

And now, a lot of people will have the chance to see this movie as it was intended. An uncut 35mm print of Suspiria has been discovered in pristine condition by the Chicago Cinema Society and it will make its way across the United States for a screening tour later this year.

Like with many of the great film discoveries, the Chicago Cinema Society stumbled across this print after it was abandoned, left in the storage room of an Italian movie theater since the ’70s. Here’s their full statement on the print (via Dread Central):

The Chicago Cinema Society is excited to announce that we have discovered an uncut Italian 35mm print of ‘Suspiria.’ The print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977-78. After a brief inspection to assess the overall condition of the print, it appears as if it had only been screened a handful of times at most. The print is in excellent physical condition with no substantial wear, uncut heads and tails, minimal fading and no vinegar syndrome. Once we had the print in our film archive, we then made a very careful inspection to determine which version of ‘Suspiria’ we had obtained. We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut 6 reel print with a run time of 98 minutes in Italian language.

The timing here is fortuitous. A new Blu-ray release of Suspiria is set to arrive later this year from Synapse Films, which means that many fans will be able to see the film on the big screen before they finally purchase a worthy home video release. And then there’s the upcoming remake, due out in 2018, which sounds ambitious enough to (hopefully, possibly) warrant the Suspiria name. It’s always a good time to be talking about Dario Argento’s work, but now we’ll have plenty of excuses.

Released in 1977, Suspiria takes place in a dance academy in Germany, where a new student slowly learns that her teachers have something more sinister on their minds beyond training the next generation of ballet dancers. What unfolds is nightmarish in the most literal use of that word, with Argento sacrificing logic in favor of bold visuals that feel like they crawled out of a bad dream. It’s one of the best horror movies ever made.

Here are the current dates for the tour. If you happen to live in any of these cities, I highly recommend prioritizing this:

7/28: The Metrograph, New York City, NY
9/16: The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Early Fall: Venue confirmed and TBA, Los Angeles, CA
10/14: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
10/26+27: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Late Fall: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL

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23 June 2017 @ 11:00 pm
‘To the Bone’ Trailer: Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves Star in Marti Noxon’s Directorial Debut  

Posted by Jack Giroux

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After writing, producing, and showrunning on programs such as Buffy the Vampire SlayerGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and the exceptionally entertaining UnREALMarti Noxon has made her feature directorial debut with To the Bone. The movie, which Netflix acquired at this year’s Sundance for $8 million, is about a 20-year-old girl (Lily Collins) battling anorexia who goes to a home for youths led by a doctor played by Keanu Reeves.

Below, watch the To the Bone trailer.

Noxon directed two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Forever” and “Into the Woods,” and an episode of Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. After years of writing features like Fright Night and I Am Number Four, she’s stepped behind the camera to make her own. The prolific writer’s debut was praised at Sundance for its honesty, sensitivity, and compassion. Despite the somewhat dark premise, it was even praised for its laughs.

Here’s the trailer for Noxon’s semi-autobiographical drama, which looks like it features an understated performance from Keanu Reeves:

To the Bone also looks like it features another great performance from Collins, who will soon be seen in another Netflix movie, Okja. She was excellent in Rules Don’t Apply, a movie whose love story didn’t quite work, but she showcased great chemistry with Warren Beatty. The actress and writer can currently be seen in Billy Ray‘s Amazon series, The Last Tycoon, co-starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer.

Ellen is an unruly, 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules-and charmed by her fellow patients-Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons.

Television veteran Marti Noxon brings her aptitude for storytelling to her remarkable debut feature, tackling the challenges of self-esteem with a refreshingly humorous-yet painstakingly honest-voice. Featuring a career-making performance by Lily Collins, and pitch-perfect supporting roles by Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, and Lili Taylor, To the Bone subverts expectations at every turn with its razor-sharp script, and its undiluted look at what young women face in living up to both society’s expectations of beauty, and their own.

To the Bone is available to stream July 14.

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23 June 2017 @ 10:30 pm
Sequel Bits: ‘Mission: Impossible 6’, ‘Transformers,’ ‘Bad Boys 3,’ ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’  

Posted by Ben Pearson

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Writer/director Chris McQuarrie shares a photo of the kick-ass female cast of Mission: Impossible 6
  • Michael Bay says he’s really done with the Transformers franchise this time
  • Get another look at Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • Director Jorge R. Gutierrez will make The Book of Life 2
  • And more!

It’s always fun to see how Tom Cruise tries to top his insane stunts in a new Mission: Impossible film, but Cruise isn’t the only draw when it comes to M:I 6. Chris McQuarrie recently shared this photo of the female stars of the new film, including Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Rebecca Ferguson, and Michelle Monaghan. Two of those women are returning from previous movies, so it seems like the ladies are going to be more of a factor here and this film will actually take the time to address Ethan Hunt’s history with women (including his wife, Julia).

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Speaking of Transformers, director Michael Bay spoke with Fandango and promised, yet again, that this entry will be his last stand when it comes to the giant robot film franchise. “This is my last of the franchise, so I guess it’s a final chapter in that regard,” he said. Sure, Michael. We’ve heard that one before.


One more piece of Bay-centric news before we move on. CinemaBlend spoke with the director about Bad Boys 3, which once had The Grey and The A-Team filmmaker Joe Carnahan signed on to write and direct, but now has a vacant director’s chair just waiting to be filled. But it doesn’t sound like Bay is interested in revisiting the franchise he ushered in:

“Pretty soon they’re going to be old boys, okay. Pretty soon they’re going to be retired cops instead of active-duty cops. It’s taken a long time to get that thing going, and I’m not involved in getting it going. They should get it going soon, though. You could definitely get Martin [Lawrence] and Will [Smith] to be funny again – those were fun movies to do.”

Bad Boys for Life is supposed to hit theaters on November 8, 2018.

Illumination Entertainment released a new bit of footage from Despicable Me 3 for Father’s Day this past weekend, and it’s full of exactly the level of humor you expect from these movies.

This Kingsman: The Golden Circle stand is from the Barcelona Convention Center during CineEurope 2017, and features an eye-patch-wearing Colin Firth wearing a cowboy hat and coat that makes him look more in line with his younger American Statesmen counterpart, Channing Tatum. Is the character we think is a resurrected Harry Hart actually a twin brother? How about a clone? ScreenRant seems to think either is possible, though they admit there’s no real basis for either guess.

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