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With Taylor Swift, ‘Barbie,’ and Beyonce, Movie Theaters Tell Female Audiences: You Belong With Me

When Taylor Swift and Beyonce appeared sharing a tub of popcorn at an AMC theater in Los Angeles Wednesday night for the premiere of Swift’s concert movie, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour, the moment was an Avengers-like teaming of pop culture superheroines. In the midst of the long-running industry strike that has driven studios to […]

Diablo Cody’s ‘Lisa Frankenstein’ Gets First Look, Launch Date

Lisa Frankenstein, the Focus Features horror comedy from Oscar-winning scribe Diablo Cody, is set to hit theaters Feb. 9, 2024, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The film, about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, is helmed by Zelda Williams in her feature directorial debut. In a first look released by Focus, Lisa Frankenstein […]

Taylor Swift Box Office: ‘Eras Tour’ Heads for Bejeweled $40M-Plus Friday, $110M-Plus Weekend

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour may have started off its box office run with a muted $2.8 million in grosses from surprise Thursday evening shows, but is quickly turning into a female-fueled cinematic sensation that will smash records for a concert film. Early returns show the film earning anywhere from $40 million to $48 million […]

Busan Film Festival’s Market Notches Record Attendance Despite Reduced Budget, Headwinds

The Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Contents and Film Market wrapped up its 2023 edition with record attendance from over 2,479 industry representatives, according to organizers. Despite industry-wide headwinds, attendees from sales and licensing companies, buyers, producers and investors gathered in Busan in an expanded exhibition hall at BEXCO, the main venue, to trade content […]

With ‘American Fiction,’ Cord Jefferson Scorches the Entertainment Machine — But “Never Wanted to Police Blackness or Art”

[This story contains spoilers from American Fiction.] It’s not often that a filmmaker gets to premiere their project to an audience they’ve set their hyperspecific comedic sights on. But it’s an experience first-time director Cord Jefferson can now claim after his new film, American Fiction, made its east coast debut at the Hamptons International Film […]

John Carpenter “Can’t Believe” He Watched the ‘Barbie’ Movie: “I Had Nothing to Do With Barbie Dolls”

John Carpenter said he is still surprised that he watched the Barbie movie this summer. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published online Tuesday, the writer-director-composer was asked if he ever goes to a theater to watch a movie. He explained that he hadn’t “been to a movie in a while” but that […]

Rob Liefeld Teams with ‘Deadpool’ Stunt Coordinator for ‘Bloodstrike’ Proof of Concept Trailer

Comic book creator Rob Liefeld is getting a boost from a member of the Deadpool movie family for his latest project. Liefeld has teamed with Phillip J. Silvera, who served as a stunt coordinator on 2016’s Deadpool, for a proof-of-concept trailer for Bloodstrike. Liefeld is best known for creating Marvel characters such as Deadpool and […]

Timothée Chalamet Becomes Genius Chocolatier in New ‘Wonka’ Trailer

Timothée Chalamet as inventor Willy Wonka is determined to transform humanity one delicious chocolate bon bon at a time in the latest whimsical trailer for Wonka, which Warner Bros. released on Thursday. “I guess it’s time to change the world,” Chalamet playing the titular chocolatier declares in the teaser trailer (below) for the upcoming tentpole […]

‘The Matrix’ “Bullet Time” VFX Innovators to Receive Engineering Society’s Progress Medal

A pair of VFX pros behind 1999’s groundbreaking sci-fi thriller The Matrix will receive the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer’s highest honor, the Progress Medal, next week at the SMPTE awards gala that will conclude its annual Media Technology Summit. John Christopher Gaeta and Kim Libreri will be recognized for their contributions to […]

Israeli Director Yahav Winner Found Dead After Hamas Terrorist Attack

Israeli soldiers have recovered the body of The Boy director Yahav Winner after he fought off an attack on his home by Hamas terrorists in the southern Israeli kibbutz Kfar Aza on Oct. 7, only to be kidnapped and eventually killed. On Thursday, Israeli sales and distribution company Go2Films confirmed the death of the Israeli […]

‘Starve Acre’ Director Daniel Kokotajlo on Why Folk Horror Is Having a Cinematic Moment

For his 2017 feature debut, Brit director Daniel Kokotajlo delved into his own personal experiences growing up as a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Apostasy, a remarkable drama that opened a window into the strict Christian sect he had long since turned his back on, was celebrated as one of the most daring and powerful […]

Eddie Murphy’s Christmas Cheer Turns Into Comedic Terror When His Holiday Wishes Are Granted in ‘Candy Cane Lane’ Trailer

Eddie Murphy is facing off with angry geese, enchanted ceramic Christmas villagers and one havoc-wreaking elf in the first trailer for Candy Cane Lane. Prime Video released the teaser for Eddie Murphy’s first holiday film on Thursday, offering a fuller look at the adventure comedy where Christmas wishes go awry. The film reunites the actor […]

‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’: Here’s What Critics Are Saying

Taylor Swift’s sure-to-be-blockbuster The Eras Tour concert film is getting some early raves. With the film opening Friday, with early screenings Thursday night, the first batch of reviews for Swift’s three-hour movie are rolling in from its Los Angeles premiere that was held Wednesday night. While there’s only seven reviews so far, the film has […]

Adam Sandler’s Aging Animated Lizard Helps a School Class Navigate the Challenges of Growing Up in ‘Leo’ Trailer

Adam Sandler’s aging class pet is on a mission to live his last days in the world beyond his elementary school terrarium, but upon escaping, finds something even better with his students in the first full trailer for Leo. On Thursday, Netflix released the first full trailer for the animated musical, which also stars Bill […]

Keith Giffen, Comic Book Writer-Artist Behind Lobo, Blue Beetle and Rocket Raccoon, Dies at 70

Keith Giffen, the longtime comics author and artist who co-created popular characters such as DC’s Lobo and the Jamie Reyes version of the Blue Beetle as well as Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon, has died. He was 70. His family announced his death Wednesday on Facebook via a sardonic post pre-written by Giffen: “I told them I […]

Jeff Burr, Director of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre III,’ Dies at 60

Jeff Burr, the horror specialist who directed Vincent Price in one of his last movies and entries in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Puppet Master, Pumpkinhead and Stepfather franchises, has died. He was 60. Burr died Tuesday in his sleep in Dalton, Georgia, of apparent complications from a stroke, his longtime friend, actor Eric Spudic, told […]