Jason Momoa announces he and Lisa Bonet are separating

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Diamond Jeune

Jan 12, 2022 10:03 pm2022-01-12T22:03:13-05:00


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Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet have split. 

In a joint statement shared on the Aquaman star‘s Instagram account, Momoa and Bonet announced that they were separating after almost five years of marriage. 

The Jan. 12 post reads, “We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times… A revolution is unfolding, and our family is of no exception… feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring. And so we share our Family news that we are parting ways in marriage.”

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“We share this not because we think it’s newsworthy but so that as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty,” the statement continued. “The love between us carries on, evolving in ways it wishes to be known and lived. We free each other to be who we are learning to become.”

The joint statement concluded with the couple wanting to set a good example for their children. They share a 14-year-old daughter, Lola and a 13-year-old son, Nakoa-Wolf.

“Our devotion unwavering to this sacred life our children. Teaching our children what’s possible. Living the Prayer. May Love Prevail J & L.”

In addition to the announcement, Momoa uploaded a stream of photos, including a sunset, an image of an individual holding a bird and a close-up shot of hands holding the same bird.

Momoa and Bonet began dating in 2005 after meeting in a jazz club through mutual friends. The pair later tied the knot in October 2017.

No other details have been released at this time.

Watch: Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ spinoff ‘Human Resources’ gets new teaser

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Ryan Galloway

Jan 12, 2022 9:44 pm2022-01-12T21:44:51-05:00

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Human Resources, the spinoff of Netflix’s massively popular adult animated series Big Mouth, is almost here and fans finally know exactly when it will arrive thanks to a new teaser trailer shared today.

Human Resources will drop on Netflix on March 18 and six of the new cast members for the show have also been revealed. According to Deadline, Petra the Ambition Gremlin will be voiced by Rosie Perez with Jemain Clement voicing a character named Simon Sex. Thandiwe Newton is voicing Mona the Hormone Monstress, Henry Winkler will be Keith from Grief and Maria Bamford rounds out the new additions as Tito the Anxiety Mosquito.

While Big Mouth focuses mostly on the human characters in the franchise and their dilemmas dealing with coming of age, Human Resources will put the spotlight on the monsters of the show taking fans into their everyday lives.

The new additions to the cast will join returning members Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, Randall Park, Aidy Bryant, David Thewlis, Keke Palmer, Pamela Adlon, and Brandon Kyle Goodman.

In the newly released teaser, you’ll get a glimpse of the new additions to the cast as well as some returning stars as the inner workings of Human Resources are explained.

“Meet the professional team of creatures who make humans … human. From the creators of Big Mouth, Human Resources streams March 18, only on Netflix.”

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There will likely be more footage shared from the series before it drops on Netflix in the coming months but for now, fans will have to hang tight.

How Kirsten Dunst tried to explain the SAG Awards to her son

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Jonathon Greenall

Jan 12, 2022 8:52 pm2022-01-12T20:52:47-05:00


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Explaining your job to your kids can be difficult, especially if they’re very young. However, in an interview with People magazine, Kirsten Dunst has outlined how she explained her recent success to Ennis, her three-year-old son. 

Earlier this week, the nominees for the 2022 SAG Awards were announced. In the Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role category, Dunst was nominated for her work on The Power Of The Dog. 

The Power Of The Dog is a 2021 psychological drama and Western hybrid that sees Dunst take the role of Rose Gordon. Set in Montana in 1925, the film follows two rancher brothers, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemons). While the cold Phil mocks George when he returns home with a new wife, Phil soon learns that romance can happen to anyone.

The film has received immense praise from critics. It was nominated for seven awards at the Golden Globes and won three of them, including Best Motion Picture – Drama. It also received ten nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards. In fact, alongside Dunst, both Kodi Smit-McPhee and Benedict Cumberbatch have received SAG Award nominations for their work on the film. 

However, when trying to explain this success to Ennis, Dunst compares it to something he likes – Nickelodeon’s smash-hit series Blaze and the Monster Machines.


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“Listen, I tried to explain it to my son like this TV show that he likes called Blaze, where Blaze is this red monster truck, and he always does well in the race. So, basically, Mom is racing like Blaze!” explains Dunst.

However, Dunst says that Ennis and her other son don’t fully understand the situation. “It’s nice that they don’t know or understand either. But it feels very nice to be recognized by my fellow actors.”

Dunst will face up against four other actresses for the SAG award this year, including West Side Story‘s Ariana Debose, Nightmare Alley‘s Cate Blanchett, Belfast‘s Catriona Balfe and Passing‘s Ruth Negga.

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open drama to reportedly appear in new Netflix docuseries

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Ryan Galloway

Jan 12, 2022 8:37 pm2022-01-12T21:14:11-05:00


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Over the past two weeks, tennis has remained in headlines all over the internet due to its #1 star Novak Djokovic dealing with some hefty immigration issues on his way to enter Australia for the Australian Open. This drama, as well as the rest of Djokovic’s and other stars’ 2022 campaigns, are apparently set to be featured in a new Netflix docuseries boasting behind-the-scenes footage.

First reported by The Daily Mail, Box to Box films will helm the project. The team behind the Netflix series are no strangers to this style of content, having produced the hit Formula 1 Netflix show Drive To Survive. Executive producing both shows will be James Gay-Rees.

Following the stark rise in popularity Drive To Survive gave F1, the tennis community is reportedly welcoming this upcoming series with open arms. The series has apparently garnered support from four Grand Slams, including Wimbledon, along with both men’s and women’s tours.

Djokovic’s visa ordeal isn’t over yet. While the tennis ace has been given the green light to leave detention, he is still facing a ban from Australia. Djokovic may have his visa canceled once again due to allegedly making a false declaration on his travel documents as well as admitting to breaking isolation protocols prior to his entry into Australia.

Things could get worse for the star outside of Australia as ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert shared that Djokovic’s unvaccinated status may cause issues competing in other tournaments around the globe.

“If you’d have asked me six months ago or nine months ago, even at the US Open, I thought he was well on his way to smashing the men’s record. I actually thought that he would end up passing Margaret Court (24 Grand Slams). I thought he might get 25 to 27 Majors. But I think there will be numerous tournaments and other majors he will no longer be able to participate in if he chooses to stay unvaccinated.”

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We Got This Covered has reached out to Netflix for comment.

Totally normal celeb couple Megan Fox and MGK get engaged, drink each other’s blood

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Jon Silman

Jan 12, 2022 7:57 pm2022-01-12T19:58:44-05:00


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Is love real? It is if you’re Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, aka Colson Baker. Fox took to Instagram to announce her engagement to the rapper turned pop-punk singer and actor. She also shared a video of the moment he got down on one knee and asked to marry her. Just a good old-fashioned romantic gesture.

“In July of 2020 we sat under this banyan tree. We asked for magic. We were oblivious to the pain we would face together in such a short, frenetic period of time. Unaware of the work and sacrifices the relationship would require from us but intoxicated off of the love. And the karma,” she said.

The couple “walked through hell together,” and she “laughed more than I ever imagined possible.”

So far, pretty standard stuff for a declaration of love and commitment. MGK asked for her hand and “as in every lifetime that will follow it, I said yes.”

Still fairly normal. Until the next line: “…and then we drank each other’s blood.” Of course, they did. Take a look at the whole post below.

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Sanitary issues aside, this is fairly rote for a couple known as “super weird.” These quotes from the couple published by British GQ are a testament to that.

“I just remember this tall, blond, ghostly creature and I looked up and I was like, ‘You smell like weed.’ He looked down at me, and he was like, ‘I am weed.’ Then, I swear to God, he disappeared like a ninja in a smoke bomb,” Fox said about MGK.

“Even our first kiss, she wouldn’t kiss me. We just put our lips right in front of each other and breathed each other’s breath, and then she just left,” MGK said about Fox.

Here are the two of them posing like vampires. They love blood!

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The relationship sounds like two middle schoolers meeting behind the cafeteria to make out before lunch. But isn’t that the purest form of love after all? Who knows.

In that same GQ article, Fox admits that the two experience “euphoric highs” together but don’t have a perfect relationship. Celebrities are like us, after all. However, dealing with problems means they have to come face to face with their “shadow selves” and experience both “ecstasy and agony.”

“I didn’t say it was the darkest fairy tale for no reason. There’s also the demonic side,” Fox said.

One time they went to Bora Bora and took mushrooms and got on a boat and found a Banyan tree on a mountain. Yes, that Banyan tree.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and condolences to their veins.

Watch: ‘House of Gucci’ featurette spotlights Lady Gaga’s ‘wild ride’

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Danny Peterson

Jan 12, 2022 7:50 pm2022-01-12T19:51:03-05:00

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for House of Gucci.

A new featurette clip for Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci highlights the wild ride that the subject at the film’s centers goes on, Lady Gaga’s Patrizia Reggiani.

The true crime tale for one woman’s bid for power in an iconic fashion dynasty has Gaga taking a type of role that is starkly different than her Academy Award-nominated turn as the rags-to-riches singer-songwriter Ally. Be warned, from here on out, this article will contain spoilers for House of Gucci.

One of the key differences is that rather than playing a fictional character, Gaga in House of Gucci plays the real-life Reggiani, who is an Italian socialite that was convicted in the late ’90s of hiring a hitman to kill her former husband Maurizio Gucci, an heir to the Gucci fashion brand as portrayed by Adam Driver in the film.

“This film is such a wild ride, and every second of it is entertaining,” Gaga says in the featurette.

House of Gucci, which came to theaters in November of last year, boasts a star-studded cast featuring Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino.

Gaga went full-blown method in her preparation of the role, immersing herself in the part by assuming an Italian accent for the six months leading up to the film’s production and during the three and a half months when it was being filmed, staying in character the entire time.

She also said this:

“On the last day of filming, I was on the balcony of my apartment in Rome, and I was blasting Dean Martin singing ‘Mambo Italiano,’ and I had a cigarette hanging out of my mouth. I was Patrizia,” she told W Magazine. “But I knew I had to say goodbye to her: Large swarms of flies kept following me around, and I truly began to believe that she had sent them. I was ready to let her go.”

House of Gucci is available on digital on Feb. 1 and comes to Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22. Lady Gaga’s Oscar campaign is ongoing. No update on the flies.

Emma Watson says reuniting with her ‘Harry Potter’ castmates was ‘like heaven’

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Christian Bone

Jan 12, 2022 4:03 pm2022-01-12T16:03:12-05:00


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Last November marked the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter movie franchise, and this unbelievable milestone that made an entire generation feel ancient was celebrated on New Year’s Day with the release of a Wizarding World reunion special on HBO Max. Return to Hogwarts saw much of the cast, including leads Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, get back together to reflect on the decade-long experience of making eight of the most beloved films of all time.

The special turned out to be hugely emotional for fans, so it’s hard to fathom just how much it must’ve affected the cast themselves to reunite with the people they grew up alongside after so long. Emma Watson opened up to Vogue about her feelings on making the special. She stated that it was “intense” to have such “intimate” moments filmed live, but overall she was “happy” with how it turned out.

“It was emotional and also intense to have such an intimate moment so closely watched,” Watson said. “Mostly I was just so happy to have a mediator who could ask us these questions and get to be part of seeing how differently – and similarly – we had processed things. I love that we remembered different things.”


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Watson understands that making eight movies in a castle is not a normal experience and says actually going back to the set was, “like heaven, honestly. I am just so happy they still exist! Most film sets are torn down the minute a scene is finished.”

It must’ve been particularly “intense” for Watson as the actress opened up more than most in the special, revealing much about her personal experiences making the Potter movies that we hadn’t heard before. For instance, she discussed the deep friendship she shares with co-star Tom Felton, which began with a childhood crush and came clean that she was close to walking away from the role of Hermione Granger partway through the series.

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On a lighter note, Emma Watson was also involved in a hilarious goof in the special, as a snap of a young Emma Roberts was mistakenly used in the reunion in place of a photo of Watson. After she joked about it on social media, the blunder was removed, and a fixed version of the Return to Hogwarts film can now be streamed on HBO Max.

‘Demon Slayer’ fans can finally buy merch without paying import costs

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Autumn Wright

Jan 12, 2022 3:40 pm2022-01-12T15:40:37-05:00


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Ufotable, the studio behind Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Fate/Zero, God Eater, and more announced today that it will open up the company’s web store, which sells anime merchandise, for international shipping.

In a statement published on the new global webshops website and shared on Twitter, Ufotable said:

Our original merchandise is created from the ideas of the main staff who were actually involved in the animation production at ufotable. The products include special illustrations that were drawn by them. Like with our animation, we have taken special care making our merchandise.

Ufotable is somewhat unique in designing and selling merch for its own series. The studio also operates themed cafes, like the Tales of Arise collaboration cafe. The studio animated the JRPGs cutscenes and has worked on other games like Code Vein, Tales of Zestiria, and games based on its filmography.

The studio’s cafe and merch were also at the center of company founder and president Hikaru Kondo’s recent tax evasion trial, where he was found guilty of (and admitted to) breaking the Corporation Tax Act and Consumption Tax Act by withholding income from Ufotable merchandise and cafes over a three-year period.

Currently, Ufotable is shipping to the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Ufotable said it “would like to gradually expand the shipping areas in the future and deliver to as many people as possible.”

However, the new global webshop will not offer the full range of merchandise available in Japan. The first items added to the new storefront are, unsurprisingly, Demon Slayer paraphernalia, including stationery, posters, and acrylic figures. “It is a small step,” Ufotable says, “but we would like to continue adding other works to the shop in the future as well.”

Who is K Michelle, the singer?

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Jan 12, 2022 3:31 pm2022-01-12T15:31:33-05:00


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News that K Michelle’s upcoming release will be her last R&B album has fans of the 39-year-old singer in turmoil as they jointly celebrate her legacy and mourn her departure from the R&B world.

Michelle announced that her upcoming album, titled “I’m The Problem,” will contain “some ole school 90’s R&B crying shit.” The album will lean into “90’s vibes,” according to Yahoo, and will specifically highlight “songs that show [Michelle’s] true emotions.” She wrote in a tweet that, since the album will be her last, she wants “to end honest.”

Michelle is shifting from music-making to reality television as she heads toward the debut of her Lifetime series, My Killer Body With K. Michelle.

Who is K Michelle?

Michelle first found her way to fame through her music. She released her first major single, “Fakin’ It,” featuring Missy Elliot, in 2009. Music was her primary focus for several years before she shifted into television.

She joined the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta in 2012, quickly becoming the breakout star of the series’ first season. Within no time, she was signing a fresh deal with Atlantic Records, and by 2013 was debuting her first studio album, Rebellious Soul. Her second season on Love & Hip Hop chronicled her efforts to get the album ready for release.

Music remained Michelle’s primary focus for several years, as she headlined her first tour and joined Robin Thicke on the North American leg of his own tour. She also switched over to join the cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York before announcing the debut of her very own spin-off, K. Michelle: My Life, which began airing in late 2014.

She’s been continuing to pump out stellar singles and bingeable television for years, collecting more and more fans along the way. Her popularity peaked in early 2020 when she released All Monsters Are Human to positive critical reviews.

The pandemic put a mild slowdown on her career, but even COVID-19 didn’t manage to slow Michelle down much. Instead, she’s been hard at work developing her upcoming R&B album and heading toward the debut of her latest reality television series.

My Killer Body With K. Michelle, which is set to air its first episode on Feb 3, 2022, will chronicle her own struggles with body enhancements gone wrong alongside stories from other people suffering from negative or dangerous plastic surgery experiences. In an Instagram post about the series, she noted that she feels it would be “unfair to only share the good and not the whole truth and that bad that comes with it.”

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“I decided to have an open form of communication that could save someone’s life. I WISH someone had of told me the truth,” she wrote. “This world is a tough place and will tear you down if you let it.”

She said that the women she met while working on the show are some of the “bravest women” she’s ever encountered and described them as “a group of individuals who are struggling to live, who just want to heal, and they want to share their true story to help other woman and men.”

The best natural disaster movies on Netflix

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Nathan Donkor

Jan 12, 2022 3:19 pm2022-01-12T15:20:09-05:00

What would you do if someone told you that the world was going to end within a few months? What if you were the one spreading the news, but nobody listened to what you had to say? That’s the question being addressed in Adam McKay’s newest Netflix film, Don’t Look Up. In the film, Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio put on stellar performances as low-level astronomers who discover that a rapidly-approaching comet is on a collision course with Earth and are met with astounding skepticism and indifference due to their lack of status in society.

For most of the film, Lawrence’s Kate Dibiasky and DiCaprio’s Dr. Randall Mindy spend their remaining time on Earth undertaking a media campaign in the hopes of convincing the rest of the world to take the event seriously and jump into action. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go as well as they hope it will.

This isn’t the first time that movies have addressed a disastrous or extinction-level event. We all wonder what would happen if the world as we know it was suddenly altered or destroyed and if we would survive such a cataclysmic event. As a result of our own worry and concern, dozens of apocalyptic movies have been released over the years depicting numerous possibilities for how such a scenario might play out.

Of course Netflix wouldn’t be the streaming platform today if it didn’t have a variety of such films in its arsenal. That said, here are 10 other natural disaster films on Netflix similar to Don’t Look Up that will make you rethink your time on Earth.

The Wandering Earth

China’s third highest-grossing film of all time, The Wandering Earth is loosely based on a novella by China’s first Hugo Award winner, Liu Cixin. Set in the year 2061, The Wandering Earth tells the story of a bleak future where the sun is dying, prompting the world to unite in propelling Earth to the nearest solar system by means of some very enormous thrusters. To survive the centuries-long voyage, people live in underground cities burrowed deep inside the Earth, but when a gravitational spike on Jupiter disables the planet’s thrusters and threatens to pull Earth into its orbit, a rescue team is selected to repair the giant engines before the planets collide.

3022

This film definitely falls in the worst-case scenario category. In 3022, a group of astronauts are forced to watch Earth get destroyed by a mysterious cataclysmic event from their space station. Stranded with no chance of external support, the astronauts’ mental states slowly begin to break under the weight as they are faced with an uncertain future. 

#Alive

The Korean film that came out shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic actually hits a little close to home, given the world’s current circumstance with the coronavirus. In #Alive, a young video gamer named Joon Woo is forced to lock himself in his apartment after a deadly virus ravages a Korean city and turns its citizens into zombies. Even though the idea of zombies is a trope that’s been explored countless times, it’s still an all-time favorite disaster event scenario, and #Alive is another great movie that does well exploring the genre. 

Extinction

Although the name implies that the characters in the film are facing extinction, this movie itself is a twist on the idea of human eradication. In the film, an engineer named Peter is having nightmares about an alien invasion that could lead to the destruction of life. He later finds that his nightmares are actually visions and when the aliens do finally come to invade, Peter and his family are forced to take refuge. But when Peter attempts to fight back, he finds that he and the other “humans” are actually AIs known as synths, who had their memories wiped and had been residing as regular people ever since the human rebellion against the AI.

Bird Box

One of Netflix’s most successful original releases, Bird Box follows Sandra Bullock as Malorie, a pregnant woman who is in the middle of an invisible epidemic that causes people to commit suicide. Five years later, Malorie ⏤ along with her son and the daughter of another woman ⏤ attempt to live again with the help of blindfolds meant to keep them from “seeing” anything that will cause them to kill themselves. But after they are attacked by insurgents, Mallory and the kids head out on a journey to find a safer place.


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The Midnight Sky

In this compelling Netflix tale, George Clooney plays Augustine Lofthouse, a lone academic at an Arctic base and one of the few people alive on Earth after an unknown disaster kills off most of the world’s population and contaminates the surface with ionizing radiation. As his health fails, Lofthouse remembers how the crew of the spaceship Aether will be returning to Earth shortly and have no clue about the disaster they’re returning to. Determined to save them from a desolate fate, Lofthouse does everything he can to send a message out and warn the crew before it’s too late.

IO

This science fiction film stars Margaret Qualley as Sam Welden, a scientist who continues to live on Earth after it has been deemed uninhabitable by most of humanity, who have now settled down on a moon of Jupiter called “Io.” But Weldon has a plan to make Earth livable again. She sends out a radio transmission to Io and is soon visited by a man named Micah (Anthony Mackie), who is sent to hear what she has to say. However, much to Welden’s dismay, Micah believes that all hope for Earth is lost and is ready to put the planet behind him as soon as possible. Now, it’s up to Sam to convince him otherwise.

The Cloverfield Paradox

The third installment in the “Cloverfield” franchise, The Cloverfield Paradox begins with the group of astronauts tasked with a special mission on a space station in 2028 as Earth undergoes a global energy crisis. After several desperate attempts to test the Shepard particle accelerator aboard the Cloverfield space station, a disaster strikes and leads to a scientific paradox. As the astronauts attempt to fix the problem, they begin to lose their minds from the paradox itself and eventually the event releases an unknown force that further threatens the fate of the planet and humanity itself. 

ARQ

In this Tony Elliott-directed feature, corporations are fighting against governments for the last remaining oil supplies and resources on Earth, causing an energy crisis. However, an engineer named Renton (Robbie Amell) has a machine that could possibly be the source of unlimited energy. Unfortunately, the corporations are also aware of this and are determined to fight over the machine’s ownership ⏤ once their masked hitmen have gotten rid of Renton. There’s just one catch: the machine has somehow trapped Renton in a time loop and now the engineer is stuck reliving the same day over and over again. A disaster with a sci-fi twist, ARQ is one of the more interesting disaster movies on this list.

Spectral

Set in a near future, Spectral finds humanity facing a threat they can’t seem to see. When troops stumble upon a translucent humanoid figure that can kill an organic creature by simply touching or passing through them, the military is faced with a challenge that could easily destroy humanity without any resistance. Using hyperspectral imaging cameras to track down the invisible and seemingly invincible “specters,” the military tries to figure out the way to defeat the new menace before it becomes too much for Earth to handle. 

Mark Hamill contemplates death in ‘Return of the Jedi’ BTS photo

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Jonathan Wright

Jan 12, 2022 3:10 pm2022-01-12T15:11:04-05:00


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It’s said that a Jedi “shall not know anger, nor hatred, nor love,” but the Star Wars tradition of coming back as a Force ghost implies that every master will meditate on death at some point in their lives. For Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, this process apparently started way back during the events of Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.

A lot of people would say that Star Wars is essentially the story of Anakin Skywalker, his rise to power, his fall from grace, and ultimately, his redemption at the hands of Luke. But from a traditionalist’s perspective, Luke is actually the ultimate hero of the galaxy far, far away, or rather, the person who gave meaning to the concept of the hero’s journey in cinema.

To understand just how impactful Mark Hamill’s character has been in the pop culture domain, one need not look any further than the season two finale of The Mandalorian, where the return of the legendary Jedi Master generated tidal waves throughout the online community.

If you’re one of those people who miss the old days, specifically the original trilogy, you should be warned that this photo of Mark Hamill cradling a skull at Jabba’s palace can make you extremely emotional. As can be seen below, this BTS photo is from Return of the Jedi, when the actor was only 33 years old.

Mark Hamill making a new friend on the set of Return of the Jedi at Elstree Studios.

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Mark Hamill’s journey in Star Wars came to a close with The Rise of Skywalker, wherein the ghost of Luke encouraged Rey to face her lineage and stand up against the resurrected Emperor Palpatine. Though since Force ghosts are apparently immortal, a comeback somewhere down the line isn’t entirely out of the question for the character.

Jung Ho-yeon, breakout star of ‘Squid Game,’ lands SAG nomination

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Jan 12, 2022 3:00 pm2022-01-12T15:48:19-05:00


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A formerly unknown South Korean star has landed a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her incredible breakout role in Netflix’s Squid Game.

The dystopian series debuted on Netflix in mid-September of 2021 and immediately became a global sensation. Jung Ho-yeon, the first-time actress behind one of the series’ most popular characters ⏤ North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok ⏤ saw her popularity skyrocket following the show’s release.

She has since become the most-followed Korean actress in the world, according to Vogue. Her followers on Instagram soared after Squid Game‘s debut, from 400,000 to over 15 million, and in the months since, that follower count has continued to rise. She now has an astonishing 23.7 million followers on Instagram, a great many of whom were absolutely thrilled to learn that the SAG awards had acknowledged her remarkable performance.


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Her popularity has hardly faded in the months following Squid Game‘s release. TikTok videos leaning on her name and clips of her character from the show continue to rack up views and likes while posts about her persistently appear on Twitter and Reddit as users gush over the thoroughly deserved acclaim newly attached to her name.

Jung Ho-yeon acknowledged the SAG nomination in a charming and humble post on Instagram. In it, she gushed over the knowledge that her photo will “appear alongside that of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Moss, and Sarah Snook,” and thanked SAG members for considering her. In the post, she leaned into Squid Game‘s nomination for Best Ensemble, noting that the nomination “made all of our team’s time spent together on Squid Game even more valuable.”

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“Working on this series, and acting for the first time, I thought about how creating something ‘together,’ and ‘as an ensemble’ just might be the true value of our society,” she wrote. “I feel empowered to be reminded of how ‘together’ is more precious than a solo achievement.”

She went on to thank the show’s stunt team, who she called the “best stunt team ever” and applauded them for making “sure all of us were safe on the set.”

She polished the post off with a “thank you to everyone who voted,” and was quickly inundated with responses from delighted followers, all of whom congratulated her on the nomination and heaped praise on her performance.

Jung Ho-yeon wasn’t the only one to receive good news today. Squid Game, currently the most-watched show in Netflix history, has made history again as the first foreign-language TV show to be nominated for a SAG Award. It racked up noms for Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series, Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (Lee Jung-jae), and of course Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Jung Ho-yeon.

The 28th SAG Awards will air on TNT and TBS on Feb. 27 at 5pm Pacific Time.

Britney Spears seemingly threw shade at Jamie Lynn ahead of her ‘Good Morning America’ interview

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Stacey Ritzen

Jan 12, 2022 2:55 pm2022-01-12T14:55:53-05:00


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Jamie Lynn Spears gave a wide-ranging Good Morning America interview on Wednesday morning ahead of the release of her new memoir, Things I Should Have Said. And by “wide-ranging,” we mean that the former Nickelodeon star mostly tried to do some much-needed damage control in the wake of her sister Britney Spears finally getting out of her 13-year conservatorship and dropping bits of receipts like breadcrumbs.

And it would appear that Britney clapped back before the interview even aired.

Because otherwise, speaking of things Jamie Lynn “should have said,” the timing of her interview seems extremely sus given how long she stayed quiet on her sister’s conservatorship — even as fans clamored for years to free the pop star from her father’s control.

In addition to Jamie Lynn claiming that she didn’t understand the conservatorship — and also that she still wasn’t even sure if she had even been involved in some capacity — her responses seemed aloof and non-commital.

“It wasn’t about agreeing with the conservatorship,” Spears said at one point. “Everyone has a voice, and it should be heard, so if she wanted to talk to other people, then I did, I set that up. I even spoke to her…previous legal team, and that did not end well in my favor. I did take the steps to help, but how many times can I take the steps without — you know, she needs to walk through the door.”

Mmm hmm, well, that certainly clears that up.

Jamie Lynn also claimed that she didn’t understand the rift between her and Britney. But we have a feeling that what was revealed in the interview did not exactly paint the full picture of the ongoing family drama.

To that point, on Tuesday evening, Britney dropped a cryptic Instagram post that seemingly commented on Jamie Lynn’s betrayal. “Shall I start from THE BEGINNING???” she wrote, alongside a photo of a typewriter.

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Yes, please, Britney, we would all love it if you started from the beginning.

Though, that may not even be necessary. Before the interview aired, many Britney fans and novice detectives began picking apart Jamie Lynn’s interview on Twitter. After all, the younger Spears only recently changed the name of her autobiography from the book’s original title, I Must Confess — a cheeky reference to Britney’s breakthrough single, “Baby One More Time.” (Britney unfollowed both her sister and mom on Instagram a short time later.)

As such, many people scolded Good Morning America for even giving Jamie Lynn a platform to peddle her apparent lies and bullshit.

“Britney has openly said she wants to see her entire family in jail for the atrocities they’ve committed against her, including Jamie Lynn,” tweeted actor and recording artist Simon Curtis. “Giving an abuser like this any sort of platform to peddle a book is not the move.”

Britney has openly said she wants to see her entire family in jail for the atrocities they’ve committed against her, including Jamie Lynn. Giving an abuser like this any sort of platform to peddle a book is not the move, @GMA. https://t.co/o6x1SA56kB

— Simon Curtis (@simoncurtis) January 11, 2022

“When you see headlines today about [Jamie Lynn Spears] extolling how supportive she’s been of Britney (which contradicts what Britney herself has said publicly), just remember that she’s trying to sell a book that she’s releasing less than two months after the conservatorship ended,” pointed out In The Know podcast host and producer Gibson Johns.

When you see headlines today about J*mie L*nn Spears extolling how supportive she's been of Britney (which contradicts what Britney herself has said publicly), just remember that she's trying to sell a book that she's releasing less than 2 months after the conservatorship ended. https://t.co/EMMitL5NYp

— Gibson Johns (@gibsonoma) January 12, 2022

“Where were the tears when Britney was basically controlled and on house arrest?” asked reality TV star Janelle Pierzina. “Too little too late.”

Where were the tears when Britney was basically controlled and on house arrest? Too little too late. https://t.co/83fMmi03FX

— Janelle Pierzina (@JanellePierzina) January 12, 2022

Another user dragged the hypocrisy of Jamie Lynn not wanting to comment on Britney’s state of mind just moments after doing literally that exact thing.

Interviewer: You describe Britney as erratic, paranoid and spiralling.

Jamie Lynn: Yes

Interviewer: How is Britney’s state of mind currently?

Jamie Lynn: I can’t speak to anyone else’s state of mind, it’s not fair.

BUT YOU ALREADY DID???

— callum (@deepinmyknee) January 12, 2022

Abby Luschei evoked back-to-back comments from Demi Lovato to summarize her feelings on the drama.

Seeing Jamie Lynn talk about Britney in the GMA interview preview pic.twitter.com/jYTbCNW83g

— abby (@abbyluschei) January 11, 2022

Meanwhile, others responded to the controversy with GIFs and memes:

Britney writing her 4 page notes dragging Jamie Lynn for tomorrowpic.twitter.com/W5RB1wnfig

— piece of May🌹 (@wearerooting4ya) January 11, 2022

Jamie Lynn doing a sit down interview before Britney doesn’t sit right with me… pic.twitter.com/15FA4A5ETb

— ✨ (@forbritbrit__) January 11, 2022

Waiting for britney to drag jamie lynn really hard pic.twitter.com/iuR7kYn3Xq

— Felix (@comradespears) January 11, 2022

Believe us, we’re all waiting for that public dragging. And likewise, it makes us question why to speak to Jamie Lynn at all concerning Britney’s life, which she doesn’t appear to be a part of currently. Britney may not even be ready to tell her side of the story, but if and when she ever is, it seems as though her legions of dedicated fans will be extremely here for it when it comes from Britney herself.

‘Power of the Dog,’ ‘House of Gucci,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ and ‘Succession’ lead 2022 SAG nominations

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itemprop=”headline name”>‘Power of the Dog,’ ‘House of Gucci,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ and ‘Succession’ lead 2022 SAG nominations

Tricia Gilbride

Jan 12, 2022 2:46 pm2022-01-12T15:01:51-05:00


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The 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations arrived Wednesday, ahead of the ceremony currently scheduled to take place Feb. 27 at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar.

Jane Campion’s Western psychological drama Power of the Dog, a big winner at the most recent Golden Globes, showed strongly. Although the cast curiously didn’t receive an ensemble nod, Kirsten Dunst, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the relatively unknown Kodi Smit-McPhee are all nominated. (Sorry, Jesse Plemons.)

House of Gucci also got three nominations, one for the ensemble, one for Lady Gaga, and confoundingly, one for Jared Leto clowning around in prosthetics.

On television, the familiar ensemble casts of Succession and Ted Lasso are going strong with five nominations each. Jean Smart, meanwhile, scored nominations for both Hacks and Mare of Easttown.

You’ll also notice that playing Aretha Franklin was a good move for securing a SAG Awards nomination, as both Cynthia Erivo (in Genius: Aretha) and Jennifer Hudson (in Respect) got nods for their biopic roles.

Here’s the full list of nominees.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Caitríona Balfe, Belfast

Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley  

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog  

Ruth Negga, Passing

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar  

Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza  

Troy Kotsur, CODA  

Jared Leto, House of Gucci 

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye  

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter 

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci 

Jennifer Hudson, Respect  

Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick … Boom! 

Will Smith, King Richard

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Belfast

CODA

Don’t Look Up

House of Gucci

King Richard

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Black Widow

Dune

The Matrix Resurrections

No Time to Die

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus  

Oscar Isaac, Scenes From a Marriage  

Michael Keaton, Dopesick

Ewan McGregor, Halston  

Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge,The White Lotus  

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha  

Margaret Qualley, Maid  

Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown  

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown  

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method  

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building  

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building  

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning The Great

Sandra Oh The Chair

Jean Smart Hacks

Juno Temple Ted Lasso

Hannah Waddingham Ted Lasso

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Great  

Hacks

The Kominsky Method

Only Murders in the Building  

Ted Lasso

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox, Succession 

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show 

Kieran Culkin, Succession  

Lee Jung-Jae, Squid Game  

Jeremy Strong, Succession  

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show 

Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game

Elizabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale  

Sarah Snook, Succession 

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Morning Show

Squid Game

Succession 

Yellowstone

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Cobra Kai

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Loki

Mare of Easttown

Squid Game

The ceremony, currently slated to take place in-person, will simulcast live on Feb. 27 on TNT and TBS at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

Elvis Costello retires this old hit due to its racially charged epithet

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Beau Paul

Jan 12, 2022 2:34 pm2022-01-12T14:34:15-05:00


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It’s been forty-two years since “Oliver’s Army” peaked at number two on the UK singles charts but don’t expect to hear it at an Elvis Costello concert ever again. The former New Wave icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member says that he’s dropped his erstwhile hit from his repertoire…permanently.

The 1978 single, from Costello’s third studio album, Armed Forces, was inspired by the then-current turmoil in Northern Ireland and the limited economic opportunities available to England’s young unemployed population. But the singer’s decision to shelve the song isn’t due to the political troubles of the 1970s. “Oliver’s Army” features an anti-catholic slur of the time that makes specific use of the N-word. Rather than try to contextualize or rewrite the hit, Costello has opted to get shut of it altogether.

The lyric in question is:

“There was a Checkpoint Charlie
He didn’t crack a smile
But it’s no laughing party
When you’ve been on the murder mile
Only takes one itchy trigger
One more widow, one less white n*****”

In an interview with The Telegraph, Costello, 67, has discussed the song’s use of the term, its origins, and why he ultimately chose to quit playing it.

When asked if he would consider changing the lyric’s original content, Costello replied, “I believe I was wide awake when I wrote the song about career opportunities, but sadly that two-word slang is a historical fact. It was a derogatory term for Irish Catholics, which I sang to make the point. One dreads to think how the officer class spoke about people of color. Perhaps I’d express the same idea differently now. I’ve tried changing that verse, but after 44 years, I’m done singing it. I’ll sing ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding’ instead.”

The officer class in question is the then officers of the British Army that the title “Oliver’s Army” refers to.

“That’s what my grandfather was called in the British army’ said Costello née Declan McManus, who is of Irish background. “It’s historically a fact,” the singer said. “But people hear that word go off like a bell and accuse me of something that I didn’t intend.”

Costello went on to suggest that Radio stations cease playing the song as well, or at least that they stop attempting to “bleep” out the offensive term. “They’re making it worse by bleeping it for sure. Because they’re highlighting it then,” he said. “Just don’t play the record!”

Costello’s latest studio album, The Boy Named If, will be released Jan. 14 by EMI.

Watch: creepy ‘The Girl Before’ trailer teases HBO Max’s new thriller series

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itemprop=”headline name”>Watch: creepy ‘The Girl Before’ trailer teases HBO Max’s new thriller series

Christian Bone

Jan 12, 2022 2:27 pm2022-01-12T14:27:41-05:00

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Ever wanted to see a Black Mirror-esque take on a creepy house story? Then HBO Max’s newest glossy miniseries might be for you. Following on from her significant supporting turn in Marvel’s hit Disney Plus show Loki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is back on our screens in The Girl Before, a chilling psychological thriller with a techno bent that debuts on the WarnerMedia streaming service next month. Check out the trailer for the four-part series above.

Mbatha-Raw stars as Jane, a single woman looking to make a fresh start after a personal tragedy who moves into an ultra-modern, minimalist smart-house. Though the brilliant architect who designed it, Edward (David Oyelowo), has many strict rules about the place, Jane falls under the spell of both the house and him.

However, she soon discovers evidence that Edward may have had ulterior, sinister motives in choosing her to live there. Why does she look so much like the previous tenant, Emma (Jessica Plummer), and what happened to Emma, anyway? The answers to these questions are bound to be totally innocent and harmless, right?

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Co-starring Ben Hardy, Amanda Drew, Ian Conningham, and Rakhee Thakrar and directed by Killing Eve‘s Lisa Brühlmann, the series is an adaptation of the 2016 novel by J.P. Delaney, with Delaney writing the series himself alongside Marissa Lestrade. While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Delaney promised that the thriller series would be “quite unconventional” and more “cinematic” than audiences might be expecting.

“It’s very cinematic, and there’s a lot of emotional backstory and [there are] quite traumatic things at play,” he teases. “It’s a richer affair than some thrillers — it’s a psychological thriller that lives in a territory which you don’t see that often on TV.”

A BBC/HBO co-production — it previously aired in the UK over Christmas — The Girl Before premieres Feb. 10 on HBO Max. After this, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will next be seen in the Apple TV+ series Surface and the second season of Loki.

Tallulah Willis celebrates her sobriety with throwback copying Christina Aguilera’s 2002 VMA style

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Stacey Ritzen

Jan 12, 2022 2:24 pm2022-01-12T14:24:53-05:00


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To celebrate eight years of sobriety, Tallulah Willis, the youngest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, shared an Instagram throwback of herself channeling Christina Aguilera’s famous 2002 MTV Video Music Awards outfit.

Willis, who first shared the photo in 2015, wrote that she’s “forever trying to be as cool” as she was in her first year of sobriety.

“She was a floundering globular primordial ooze without a protective shell, like when you knock over a drink and the liquid helplessly devours the surface; a rebellion of containment ensues as the unhesitating perimeter expands in all directions,” the 27-year-old wrote. “Once you look past the understandable and rational irritation of mess, there’s a quiet vulnerability to be observed. Frozen at the epicenter of messiness, with no known techniques to regain volition over self.”

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Willis continued, writing that at just 20-years-old, she realized that she had come to a crossroads in figuring out who wanted to be. And while she admits that it was tempting to simply “blend into a homogeneous pack,” ultimately, she chose her own path that would lead her on a journey to the unknown.

“Without knowing how it was going to turn out, I stepped into a new alien world, and in doing so became an alien to the world I had known,” she explained. “It’s been almost eight years since I changed course, and though there’s always more to learn, I have very thankfully found my footing.”

“So this photo, which of course is hilarious, iconic, and impressive for the spot-on accuracy, represents a very special tender moment of time,” she added.

Willis previously opened up about her struggles with substance abuse, body image, and eating disorders in a Jan. 2015 Teen Vogue interview.

“I went into inpatient treatment for 45 days. I’m now 20 years old, and I can say that I’m getting to that place where I’m starting to feel OK with myself, bit by bit. It’s not night and day — it’s not like now I completely love myself and I have no problems. That isn’t how it works. But there are the starting points of that, and that’s really exciting. I’m growing every day and breaking old patterns.”

Here’s to continuing to grow and evolve and break old patterns! Even if you’re not the offspring of two famous A-list celebrities, it’s the best any of us can hope for.

‘Squid Game’ makes Screen Actors Guild history as first foreign-language TV nominee

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Chase Wilkinson

Jan 12, 2022 2:20 pm2022-01-12T14:50:46-05:00

Netflix’s Korean drama Squid Game has become the first foreign-language TV nominee in the history of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. That’s after it snagged a nomination on Wednesday for Outstanding Cast in a Drama Series, pitting it against Succession, Yellowstone, The Morning Show, and The Handmaid’s Tale. In addition, Squid Game also scored nominations for the Actor in a Drama Series (Lee Jung-jae), Actress in a Drama Series (Jung Ho-yeon), and Stunt Ensemble categories.

Since it premiered on Netflix in September 2021, Squid Game has surpassed the regency romance series Bridgerton as the most-watched Netflix original series in history. Besides its SAG Awards nominations, the Korean drama won three Golden Globe Awards — including Best Television Drama — at Sunday’s ceremony of sorts, with O Yeong-su (Oh Il-nam in Squid Game) walking away with a Best Supporting Actor award. Squid Game can also brag about its three Critics Choice Awards nominations and a Gotham Award win for breakthrough series.

Hwang Dong-hyuk, director of Squid Game, reacted to the nominations ecstatically. According to Variety, he said:

As the director of Squid Game, today has to be the happiest moment. I am reminded of all the days spent on first meetings with the cast, the auditions, visiting theaters to see their performances, the script readings, rehearsals and the days on set. I want to truly thank not only the cast who have been nominated today but also all of the supporting and the near-300 background talent. Squid Game would never have been what it became without the devotion and hard work of every single one of you. You deserve all the glory and credit.

When discussing her nomination, Jung Ho-yeon — who portrayed Kang Sae-byeok — also revealed via Variety:

I am truly excited for the best ensemble nomination, which has made all of our team’s time spent together on Squid Game even more valuable. Working on this series, and acting for the first time, I thought about how creating something ‘together,’ and ‘as an ensemble’ just might be the true value of our society. I feel empowered to be reminded of how ‘together’ is more precious than a solo achievement. I am truly grateful! I’m also reminded of our best stunt team, being nominated for the best stunt ensemble nomination. I send all the love and thanks to the best stunt team ever who made sure all of us were safe on the set.

These nominations demonstrate monumental progress for Korean-led entertainment content. Squid Game is the latest South Korean drama to make history at the SAG Awards over the last few years. In 2020, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite won the SAG Award for best cast in a motion picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to win the top prize. At the 2021 SAG Awards, Minari stand-out, with Youn Yuh-jung becoming the first Korean actress to ever win the Best Supporting Actress award.

While Squid Game has yet to announce another season, the eighth episode leaves a suspenseful cliffhanger that promises more to come from the groundbreaking Korean drama series. Hwang Dong-hyuk has hinted at potential ideas to continue the story into what would be a welcome season 2.

Tom Holland says he’s no longer ‘Spider-Boy’ after ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

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itemprop=”headline name”>Tom Holland says he’s no longer ‘Spider-Boy’ after ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

David James

Jan 12, 2022 7:16 am2022-01-12T07:16:56-05:00


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Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is arguably the most popular live-action web-slinger there’s ever been. If you want proof, remember the global outrage in 2019 when it appeared he would no longer be appearing in MCU movies.

Despite all that, there is valid criticism of MCU Spidey, namely that he has an easier ride than previous takes on the character due to his connection with Tony Stark. We saw Spidey rely on his tech in Homecoming and No Way Home, with his suits containing a ton of gadgets way beyond what a talented teenager could build in their bedroom. But, after Spider-Man: No Way Home, he’s assembling his own costumes and working solo.

Sony Pictures Japan have posted an interview with Holland on Twitter in which he opens up about the character development, saying:

“It really has been the Spider-Boy, and this film is about him becoming Spider-Man. It’s about him growing up, making his own decisions, and stepping up to the plate as a full-blown Avenger. And it’s been really nice to have that dovetail between myself in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now who I am and who Peter Parker is in Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

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🗣「#ノー・ウェイ・ホーム は何度でも観たくなる映画だ。映画への賛美が詰まっている。僕は出演して2回観ているけど、まだ観足りない」

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So what’s next for MCU Spidey? Holland has indicated he wants to take a break from acting and think about starting a family, meaning that it could be a while before he swings back onto the big screen.

No Way Home leaves the character with a blank page for new writers to work with, and given that fans are already petitioning Sony and Marvel for another trilogy, I suspect he’ll be back sooner or later. Here’s hoping he can truly round off his character arc by mentoring a new generation of MCU heroes – it’d be a shame for him to miss the inevitable MCU debut of Miles Morales.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is now in theaters.

‘The Book of Boba Fett’ just brought back the best Star Wars monster

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David James

Jan 12, 2022 4:08 am2022-01-12T04:08:28-05:00

This article contains spoilers for The Book of Boba Fett‘s third episode

The Book of Boba Fett is showing that becoming Tatooine’s new crime lord isn’t as simple as blasting the guy on the throne and taking his spot. You’ve got to command respect and inspire fear and Lord Fett just got one hell of a way to do the latter.

Midway through the episode, Fett was attacked in his sleep by Wookiee mercenary Black Krrsantan. Soon after the Hutt twins arrived to apologize, revealing they’d jumped the gun and were leaving the planet as another crime syndicate has a claim on Tatooine. To show that they were truly sorry they apologized with an incredible gift: a Rancor calf and its trainer (played by Danny Trejo!).

The scene that followed will delight longtime Star Wars fans and promises an awesome moment to come. Danny Trejo explained to Fett that Rancors are emotionally complex creatures, only fight when threatened, and that they imprint on the first person they see.


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Fett instantly feels a bond with the creature and pets it, though really perks up when Trejo’s character says that it’s possible to ride a Rancor. In a sly reference to his 1978 animated debut in the Star Wars Holiday Special Fett says he’s ridden bigger creatures before and is confident he can master this one.

All this has got to be leading to a killer action scene in which Fett rides his Rancor buddy into action, a sight which should provide the respect and fear he needs to rule. Here’s hoping Trejo and his Rancor play a huge part in the remaining four episodes. Let’s get this little guy fed and trained up!

‘The Batman’ rating reveals ‘strong violent and disturbing content’

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itemprop=”headline name”>‘The Batman’ rating reveals ‘strong violent and disturbing content’

Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:58 am2022-01-12T03:58:57-05:00

Joel Schumacher’s duo of candy-colored efforts made it perfectly clear that unless your number one goal is to sell toys and nothing else, a live-action Batman movie simply cannot succeed if it shies away to the character’s inherent darkness.

Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder understood the assignment, and all signs point to Matt Reeves following suit. Everything we’ve seen from The Batman so far has pointed towards a grimy, dingy, atmospheric trip to Gotham City that possesses the potential to be one of the comic book icon’s finest feature-length outings yet.


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Having now been rated by the MPAA, we know exactly why. The latest reboot for the Dark Knight has been slapped with a PG-13, which was always going to be a foregone conclusion. However, the exact reasoning is given as “strong violent and disturbing content, drug content, strong language, and some suggestive material”.

We gleaned as much from the myriad of trailers and TV spots, but those aren’t the specifics you typically see associated with the superhero genre, which in turn makes us even more excited for The Batman. We’re just seven weeks away from Robert Pattinson’s debut under the cape and cowl, and it looks as though things are going to get messy.

Tom Holland says ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ has to be seen more than once

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:58 am2022-01-12T03:58:09-05:00


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Based on the box office numbers, a huge number of Marvel Cinematic Universe and cinema fans in general have taken the plunge to see Spider-Man: No Way Home on the big screen at least once.

Even with the pandemic still looming large in the background, the franchise’s 27th installment became the eighth highest-grossing release of all-time after four weeks in theaters, and it isn’t done by a long shot. Having cracked $1.5 billion in less than a month, without an assist from the lucrative Chinese market, folks can’t get enough.

In an interview with Sony, Tom Holland revealed that he shared the sentiments held by many when he said No Way Home was the exact type of movie that demands to be viewed on multiple occasions in order to appreciate the layers, depth, and complexity on offer.

“What’s also so great about this film is that you’ll have to go see this film multiple times because it’s so layered. It’s so nostalgic. It’s a celebration of cinema in so many different ways, that I’ve seen it twice now, and I still — and I made the thing — and there’s things that I missed. You know?”


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Of course, it also helps that Spider-Man: No Way Home has been winning rave reviews ever since it first landed, even if the campaign to see it land an Academy Award nomination appears to be fanciful at best. Even without Holland’s ringing endorsement, though, it’s not as if the public needs any more encouragement to head back out and see it again.

A star-studded exercise in mediocrity aims for Netflix success

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:57 am2022-01-12T03:57:16-05:00

We should point out right from the offset that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with gathering together an eclectic ensemble cast of recognizable names, lumping them together in a glossy action-packed blockbuster, and letting the sheer star power and charisma on display paper over the cracks.

In fact, it’s proven to be one of the industry’s most consistent subgenres for decades, so despite being completely unnecessary and ultimately forgettable, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven proved popular enough among audiences, even though it brought absolutely nothing new or interesting to the table.

It isn’t a bad movie by any means, and there’s plenty to enjoy about the zippy banter and polished action sequences, but the project would likely collapse entirely were it not carried on the backs of the supreme talents on show.

It would be impossible to deliver something terrible when you’ve got Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Sarsgaard and more operating with a twinkle in their respective eyes, but The Magnificent Seven doesn’t possess anything worthwhile on any level other than the superficial and easily-digestible.

It could have been so much more, but that hasn’t stopped Netflix subscribers from indulging. As per FlixPatrol, The Magnificent Seven cracked the global most-watched list by virtue of topping the charts in Italy, so it’s going down a storm on those shores in particular.

James Gunn says Marvel are freaking out over ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:56 am2022-01-12T03:56:08-05:00

There’s nothing wrong with filmmakers hyping up their own work, so James Gunn patting himself on the back over his work on Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is entirely justified, especially when the opening two installments are held in such high regard by both critics and fans.

We’ve been waiting a long time to see Star-Lord and the gang head off on another crazy cosmic adventure, even though the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame double-header has tided us over in the meantime with Thor: Love and Thunder arriving this summer, but the ragtag group of cosmic misfits undoubtedly operate best with Gunn at the helm.

Speaking to Collider to promote the impending debut of Peacemaker on HBO Max, Gunn teased that Kevin Feige and the Marvel top brass were going wild about the most recent set of Vol. 3 script pages they’d received.

“It’s going great. Chukwudi, who plays Murn in Peacemaker, is one of the main characters in the movie and people are freaking out over how good this guy is. Literally freaking out. I think that I’m really happy. I gave a bunch of scenes to Marvel right before Christmas break. Kevin [Feige] went… They were all really, really, really stoked. But also, it’s not going to be the movie people… It’s different than what people are going to expect. It’s a hard road, but I’m really happy with it so far.”


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The Chukwudi Iwuji love-in is also continuing, with the actor instantly established as a firm favorite of his Peacemaker and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director, but it’s going to be a long time until we see him in action. Gunn has confirmed that we’re unlikely to see a trailer for the MCU blockbuster this year, making May of 2023 feel like a lifetime away.

Ben Affleck believes the future of theaters will be for franchises only

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:55 am2022-01-12T03:55:18-05:00

During the pandemic, much has been made about the potential short and long-term issues facing the theatrical industry, making it a thorny issue that nobody can quite seem to agree on.

Looking at the cold hard facts, though, it’s clear that one method of filmmaking has thrived above all else, and we are of course talking about big budget franchise fare. It’s not a coincidence that the only box office hits to have arrived since the beginning of 2020 are either the latest chapters in an existing property, or the first attempt at launching a new one, something that Ben Affleck has certainly noticed.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the two-time Academy Award winner mused that franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the only type of projects to score a wide big screen release as the film business continues the next step in its constant evolution.

“If I had to bet, a drama like Argo would not be made theatrically now. That wasn’t that long ago. It would be a limited series. I think movies in theaters are going to become more expensive, event-ized. They’re mostly going to be for younger people, and mostly about ‘Hey, I’m so into the Marvel Universe, I can’t wait to see what happens next.’ And there’ll be 40 movies a year theatrically, probably, all IP, sequel, animated.”


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Affleck has made a personal vow to step away from IP-backed properties in favor of stretching himself as an actor, so he’s evidently resigned himself to the fact that fewer and fewer audiences will be seeing his work at their local multiplex. Cinema isn’t dead, not by a long shot, but there’s genuine concern about what comes next for titles that don’t cost upwards of $100 million.

A modern sci-fi classic floats to streaming supremacy

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:54 am2022-01-12T03:54:11-05:00

Throughout the 2010s, Hollywood became briefly obsessed with the idea of having A-list movie stars trapped in outer space, with a number of titles arriving in the span of a few years that hit such an oddly specific remit.

Tom Cruise thought he was the last man on Earth in Oblivion, Matt Damon single-handedly colonized the red planet in The Martian, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway went existential in Interstellar, Brad Pitt experienced cosmic daddy issues in Ad Astra, while Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt traveled through the cosmos together in Passengers.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was next out of the gate after Oblivion in late 2013, though, and went down as an instant modern sci-fi classic. Nothing short of astonishing on a technical and visual level, the blockbuster space thriller hauled in a mammoth $732 million at the box office, going on to win seven Academy Awards from ten nominations, including a well-deserved Best Director statue for its architect.

The plot is incredibly simple, with Sandra Bullock’s engineer struck by disaster to be left hurtling through the vast nothingness all alone, but it’s a nonetheless phenomenal achievement in filmmaking from the first frame to last.

There haven’t been many experiences quite like watching Gravity on the biggest screen possible for the first time, but that hasn’t stopped it from making a splash on smaller devices. As per FlixPatrol, it can currently be found as the ninth most popular title on HBO Max in the United States.

‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ hasn’t started filming yet

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:51 am2022-01-12T03:51:54-05:00

Having been absent from our screens as the stars of their own solo story since the summer of 2017, James Gunn ended up tackling no less than three different projects simultaneously when he was putting together the filming schedule for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

On top of the actual Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel itself, the cast and crew also captured footage for theme park attraction Cosmic Rewind, while the Disney Plus Holiday Special is additionally part of the equation. The festive spectacular is expected to hit streaming towards the end of the year, and will act as official franchise canon, but Gunn revealed in an interview with Collider that he hasn’t shot a single frame yet.

“It’s still upcoming in the shoot. We were supposed to shoot one day in LA, and there’s too much Omicron around, so we couldn’t do it. We’re going to have to fit it in. I haven’t started yet. I’m excited to. It’s fun.”


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Even by the standards of the MCU, it’s a lofty undertaking to get a theme park short film, a streaming one-off, and a blockbuster superhero sequel in the can pretty much back-to-back, but it just goes to show that Hollywood is far from being out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic.

On the plus side, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 isn’t coming to theaters until May 2023, so there’s plenty of time left. The Holiday Special is due before 2022 is out, though, so it could be all systems go for Gunn and the gang when things reach full speed once they get back to work.

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 now one of Netflix’s most-watched shows ever

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Jan 12, 2022 3:50 am2022-01-12T03:50:38-05:00


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Some fans may have been left less than impressed by the return of Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia last month, which in turn saw the show’s audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes take a surprisingly large tumble, but subscribers have evidently been checking out Season 2 of The Witcher in their droves based on the latest numbers.

Don’t Look Up might be stealing the majority of the headlines after becoming the platform’s second most-watched feature ever after less than three weeks in release, but The Witcher is also making some serious gains of its own on the streamer’s all-time viewership rankings.


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Netflix have revealed that the monster-slaying fantasy epic has racked up over 462 million hours viewed since debuting on December 17, good enough to make it the eighth most-watched English-language show ever. While that’s quite a distance behind Season 1’s 541 million hours, let’s not forget we’ve still got a couple more days to go before the 28-day measuring stick has been reached.

With a third run of episodes, a live-action spinoff, another animated prequel and an additional series aimed at children and families on the way, Netflix was never going to give up on The Witcher anytime soon, but at least we know that Geralt continues to deliver the goods when it comes to enticing audiences.

‘Fantastic Four’ reboot shaping up to be Jon Watts’ next movie

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:49 am2022-01-12T03:49:32-05:00

Marvel must be thanking its lucky stars that Jon Watts agreed a deal to direct the cinematic universe’s Fantastic Four reboot before Spider-Man: No Way Home was released, because his asking price will have gone up significantly now the multiversal blockbuster has become the eighth highest-grossing movie in the history of cinema.

The news broke yesterday that the filmmaker was producing the sixth installment in the Final Destination series, with Lori Evans Taylor and Guy Busick writing the script based on a treatment originated by Watts. In addition, Apple recently won a frenzied bidding war for his latest effort behind the camera, which has A-listers George Clooney and Brad Pitt attached to star in a mysterious crime thriller.


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Buried in the initial Final Destination report by Variety is the caveat that Watts’ “next directing gig will still likely be Marvel Studios’ reboot of the Fantastic Four superhero franchise, which remains undated”, potentially assuaging any doubts fans may have over his availability.

Fantastic Four is the only one of the MCU’s undated projects that has a director and a logo in place, which is an encouraging sing, even if we may have to pour cold water on any hopes we could be seeing the finished product by the end of 2023.

A true-life crime story smokes the competition on Netflix

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Scott Campbell

Jan 12, 2022 3:47 am2022-01-12T03:47:45-05:00

True crime documentaries have proven to be consistently popular on streaming, but their dramatized feature-length counterparts haven’t always fared so well on the big screen, regardless of how salacious the tale at the center of the story may be.

A case in point is Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick, which came and went without much fanfare at all in September 2018, failing to even recoup the $29 million budget from theaters despite the fascinating subject matter, not to mention another accomplished performance from the resurgent Matthew McConaughey.

The Academy Award winner stars as Rick Wershe, a struggling father who shifts illegal weapons in order to generate some extra capital. However, when he gains the unwanted attention of the FBI, his son Rick Jr. ends up becoming the bureau’s youngest-ever informant at the age of just 14, before he ends up falling into the life himself.

An attempt is made to have White Boy Rick operate in the lines between incendiary crime drama and blackly comic caper, but Demange doesn’t really manage to nail either tone, resulting in a huge missed opportunity.

A 57% Rotten Tomatoes score and 51% user rating shows that neither critics nor audiences were left particularly enamored, but that hasn’t stopped the movie from jumping no less than 28 places on the Netflix most-watched list since yesterday, as per FlixPatrol.