Author Archives: Quinn Keaney

Grab Your Samurai Sword, Because Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2 Are Hitting Netflix in February

By | January 22, 2018

Hopefully you’ve cleared your schedule for the entire month of February, because Netflix is making sure it’ll be action packed. A ton of other incredible, fresh new titles are hitting the streaming giant once January is over to take the place of all the movies and TV shows we’ll need to say goodbye to.

Although the entire list of Netflix’s new titles won’t arrive until tomorrow, Jan. 23, we can confirm that Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 will be among the exciting films on the list! Quentin Tarantino‘s two-part crime thriller starring Uma Thurman will no doubt be all the badass inspiration you need to endure frigid February. Check back here on Tuesday for the full list of new Netflix movies and TV shows!

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Finally, Some Good News: Gabrielle Union Will Star in a Bad Boys-Inspired TV Series

By | January 18, 2018

Does anyone work harder than Gabrielle Union? On top of writing a memoir, starring in a badass new movie, and discovering a miracle elixir to prevent aging, the actress and activist can also add TV superstar to her list of accomplishments.

An untitled drama series centered around Union’s Syd Burnett character from 2003’s Bad Boys 2 is officially in the works at NBC, according to Variety. So far the network has ordered the spinoff to pilot, which will follow Syd after she leaves the DEA and begins working as a detective in the LAPD. Although no one else has officially joined the cast, Syd will be partnered with her total opposite, a character named Nancy McKenna who’s described as “a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy.” If their dynamic is even remotely close to the one between Mike and Marcus in Bad Boys, NBC has a major hit on its hands.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Union will also serve as executive producer alongside The Blacklist‘s Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis. Additionally, Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced both Bad Boys films, is on board. A premiere date is still TBD, but with any luck it could end up as one of 2018’s hottest new shows.

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Every Show That Has Already Been Canceled in 2018

By | January 18, 2018

After a stellar year full of exceptional TV shows, we almost forgot that we might have to say goodbye to a few of them in 2018. It’s only January, but networks are wasting no time in giving “prestige” shows like One Mississippi and Lady Dynamite the ax. So far Amazon is the biggest offender. Of the news that they were getting rid of three of their shows, an Amazon source told Deadline, “This is part of a move towards bigger, wider-audience series.” Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones. Sigh. Pour one out for the series that have taken their last TV gasp ahead.

Amazon

  • One Mississippi: This Amazon original series and dark comedy was inspired by real events in comic Tig Notaro’s life and lasted two seasons.
  • I Love Dick: The adaptation of Chris Kraus’s novel of the same name aired for one season and starred Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn.
  • Jean-Claude Van Johnson: Jean-Claude Van Damme’s comedic spy series is no more after a six-episode run.

Freeform

  • The Fosters: Despite a strong fan base for the family drama, it was canceled after five seasons. Fortunately a spinoff is in the works!

Hulu

Netflix

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Alicia Vikander Holds on For Dear Life in the New Tomb Raider Trailer

By | January 18, 2018

If you were worried about Alicia Vikander being able to fill Angelina Jolie‘s cargo pants in the Tomb Raider reboot, worry no more. In the new look at the 28-year-old Oscar winner as the titular raider of tombs, Lara Croft, Vikander seems to be holding her own as she dives off cliffs, dramatically slides under razor-sharp booby traps, and effortlessly completes other death-defying acts. While that might be the same song and dance we got with Jolie in the first two films, Lara’s backstory is getting an update.

The action film, which isn’t due out until March 16, sees Lara as a 21-year-old, fiercely independent bike courier living in London on her own seven years after the disappearance of her eccentric adventurer father (Dominic West). She sets out to solve the mystery of his death, which involves a dangerous journey to a mythical tomb somewhere off the coast of Japan. Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas costar, while The Wave‘s Roar Uthaug is set to direct.

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Feast Your Eyes on 15 Glorious Photos From Avengers: Infinity War

By | January 18, 2018

With each passing day, we inch just a little bit closer to the May 4 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. Luckily, there’s plenty to obsess over in the meantime: the epic trailer, the theory that Iron Man might die (which better be a joke), and supervillain Thanos’s new look, for starters. Oh, and there are also a handful of pretty exciting photos from the movie that Marvel has graciously released onto the internet for our viewing pleasure. Read ahead to check them out!

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Few Things in Life Are More Perfect Than These Photos From Black Panther

By | January 17, 2018

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a little movie called Black Panther coming out. Not only has Marvel’s latest superhero film already smashed ticket presale records to smithereens, but it also features one of the most beautiful casts Hollywood has ever amassed in one film. It’s the latter reason – combined with stunning sets and some truly jaw-dropping costumes – that make looking at photos from Black Panther such a wondrous experience. And, to be honest, who doesn’t need more shirtless pictures of Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan in their lives? No one, that’s who. Crank up the soundtrack, and read ahead for all 56 gorgeous shots from the Ryan Coogler-directed outing.

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Charlie Brooker Finally Confirms One of the Craziest Black Mirror Theories

By | January 15, 2018

Season four of Black Mirror boldly goes where no season of the dystopian series has gone before. There’s the Charlie Brooker-created show’s first foray into black and white with “Metalhead,” the first time a story was set inside a space epic with “USS Callister,” and the first explicit acknowledgement that all of Black Mirror is taking place inside a shared universe thanks to the season’s last episode, “Black Museum.” There have been plenty of clues that all of the episodes over the years have been linked – the song that plays at least once a season, all of those Victoria Skillane Easter eggs – but Brooker had yet to confirm or deny the connected universe theory himself.

In one of the behind-the-scenes featurettes Netflix released to go along with season four, Brooker sits down for a quick chat about the latest six episodes. In addition to commenting on why he decided to create the bleak series, he discusses how “Black Museum” changes things.

“People used to say to me, ‘Are these all set in one shared universe?’ And I’d say, ‘Absolutely not,’” he recalled. “But now for the first time, I think one of our stories explicitly starts referring to things that happened in other episodes.”

The episode in question is, of course, “Black Museum,” which follows a young woman as she explores a creepy museum full of artifacts from high-tech crimes that have happened throughout multiple seasons of Black Mirror: the iPad from “Arkangel,” the bee drone from “Hated in the Nation,” and the bloody bathtub from “Crocodile,” among many others. The museum is a true house of horrors (or “a walk down memory lane,” if you ask Brooker), and it finally gives fans of the show a concrete link between all the different storylines.

In a second featurette specifically about the “Black Museum” episode, actor Douglas Hodge – who plays sleazy museum proprietor Rolo Haynes – doubles down on what Brooker said about the shared universe: “This is one of the few stories, I think, that does acknowledge all the other stories and all the other worlds that have been created.”

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Dear God, a Lifetime Movie About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Is Already in the Works

By | January 15, 2018

I urge you to take a break from planning your viewing party for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May wedding to listen to this news – whether we’re emotionally prepared for it or not, the couple is getting the Lifetime treatment. I repeat: we’re getting a Meghan and Harry Lifetime movie.

According to Deadline, a film titled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story is currently in the works at the network. If you’re thinking, “Hey, Lifetime, they literally just got engaged, can you chill for one second?”, you’re not alone. But far be it from us to stand in the way of bringing this international love story to the small screen with actors most likely from a superhero show on The CW. Deadline reports that Lifetime announced its royal movie plans at a press event on Sunday:

“The film will examine the history of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the moment they met after being set up by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and Meghan’s life as a divorced American actress.”

To be fair, though the couple has only been publicly linked for a relatively short time – they met in 2016 through a mutual friend – there are already plenty of iconic moments from their relationship that this movie can explore. For instance, their romantic date under the stars in Botswana? Or the time a roasted chicken dinner led to a marriage proposal? Or how about the thought process that goes into picking out all of the Suits actress’s truly fantastic coats?

Lifetime has already nailed down Menhaj Huda (The Royals) as a director, but an official premiere date is still up in the air. However, it’s wise to assume it’ll drop sooner than later if Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story follows in the footsteps of Lifetime’s other depiction of royal romance, William & Kate: The Movie. The “biopic” about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship premiered just 11 days before their April 2011 nuptials.

Since Harry and Meghan aren’t due to tie the knot until May 19, there’s plenty of time to cast the film and share it with the masses before they walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel. After all, I think we all know who should play them . . .

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Thank the TV Gods – You Can Now Stream All 15 Seasons of ER

By | January 15, 2018

Long before Meredith Grey ever picked up a stethoscope on Grey’s Anatomy or Shaun Murphy diagnosed his first case on The Good Doctor, TV audiences were treated to the dramatic ups and downs in the lives of County General Hospital’s emergency room doctors on ER. Michael Crichton’s long-running NBC medical drama aired between 1994 and 2009, boasting 330 episodes, 15 seasons, and career-making performances for stars like George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Maura Tierney, and more. And now? It’s finally streaming for your binging pleasure on Hulu.

“It was such an honor to be a part of this show,” Clooney recently said in a statement about Hulu’s new addition. “I was lucky to have worked with so many writers, actors, and directors all at the top of their game. Most importantly, I’ve made friends for a lifetime. I’m excited it will finally be streaming on Hulu.”

Maybe by the time you finish the entire series – you’ll need to take a break after watching season eight’s “On the Beach,” trust me – Clooney’s new Hulu show, Catch-22, will have premiered. Now, since you’ve already wasted precious time reading this, hop over to Hulu and fall in love with Dr. Greene, Dr. Ross, Dr. Benton, Dr. Carter, and the rest of the cast.

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Everything You Need to Know About Catch-22, the Show Bringing George Clooney Back to TV

By | January 15, 2018

It’s official – nearly two decades after ending his run as Dr. Doug Ross on E.R., George Clooney is returning to the small screen thanks to Hulu. The streaming service, which is riding high on the award season success of its critically acclaimed drama The Handmaid’s Tale, has claimed the Suburbicon director’s limited series adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22. Award-winning and nominated jumps to “prestige” TV shows are all the rage with big movie stars like Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins, so Clooney’s decision to do so himself seems like a smart choice.

The actor will star in and direct a six-episode, limited-series adaptation of the iconic novel, which Hulu’s new chief content officer Joel Stillerman opened up about at the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Catch-22 is a rare story that has withstood the test of time, not only as a literary masterpiece, but as a story that still resonates in today’s political and social conversation,” Stillerman said. “These are exactly the types of stories we want to be programming at Hulu, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with George Clooney, Paramount TV, and this phenomenal group of creatives to bring one of the most well-known books of all time to viewers in a way that has never been seen before.”

Excited to see this story be brought to TV? Read on to find out all the other details we have about Catch-22 so far.

The Story

Catch-22 follows US Air Force Captain John Yossarian as he gets caught up in a bureaucratic paradox in Italy in the midst of WWII. If a soldier declares insanity to be released from duty so as to avoid participating in dangerous missions – only an insane person would continue to fly into certain danger – doesn’t his declaration inherently demonstrate sanity? Our minds are already short-circuiting.

At the TCA, it was revealed that Paramount TV and Clooney plan to make the show “a global story” by shooting on location. That way, each episode will be “as accurate to the source material as possible.” In addition to filming all over the world, the producers hope to get their hands on original World War II planes (only a handful have survived).

The Cast

Clooney is the only actor attached to the project at the moment. The movie legend will appear as Yossarian’s commander, Colonel Cathcart, a role originated by Martin Balsam in the 1970 adaptation of Heller’s novel (we can already smell the Emmy nomination). While speaking at the TCA, Paramount head Amy Powell explained that the studio brought Clooney on board early on. After sending all six scripts to the actor and his producing partner, Grant Heslov, Clooney soon asked to have lunch to discuss playing Cathcart.

“He had incredible instincts on the material,” Powell recalled. “He talked about how he wanted to direct, what locations could be used, and how he wanted to cast fresh faces to play the show’s young soldiers. It was a love fest.”

The Production Team

The Money Monster actor is starring in, directing, and producing all six episodes of the limited series (of which there will be no second season, according to The Hollywood Reporter), but he’s not working alone. The series, which reportedly begins shooting in early 2018, is cowritten by Luke Davies and David Michod, who will also executive produce. Also on board as a producer is Grant Heslov, who coproduced Argo alongside Clooney in 2012.

The Premiere Date

Since shooting won’t even start until this year, we can likely expect Catch-22 to hit TV screens sometime in 2019.

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The Ominous Trailer For Fahrenheit 451 Hits Way Too Close to Home in 2018

By | January 12, 2018

Ten years ago, dystopian movies and TV shows were fun to watch because they seemed wholly unrealistic and unbelievable. Now, given our current situation (read: the unstable genius leading America into nuclear war), some things might feel like they hit a little too close to home. Take the first trailer for HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 adaptation, for instance, which might send some uncomfortable chills down your spine.

The brief teaser shows us a glimpse of a large bonfire of classic books like Crime and Punishment and a look at star Michael B. Jordan’s hands. The movie follows the story of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel, where books are outlawed in a futuristic American society that has “firemen” on hand to burn any remaining publications. Guy Montag (Jordan), a young fireman, begins to question his job after meeting a young woman who convinces him to rebel against society.

Fahrenheit 451 also stars Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella and premieres on HBO this Spring.

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Obsessed With The Greatest Showman Soundtrack? These Sing-Along Screenings Are For You

By | January 12, 2018

Admit it: you’re still belting out “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. And honestly? We don’t blame you. The soundtrack for Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron‘s circus musical is ridiculously catchy, no matter how unrealistic the plot is. Now, if the idea of singing all of The Greatest Showman‘s songs at the top of your lungs in a movie theater sounds like an exciting way to spend an evening, we have some especially good news – select theaters are now showing the film in a sing-along format!

The showings will display the words to each song on the screen as they come up, so you and about 100 other people can sing “Rewrite the Stars” in perfect harmony even if you don’t have all the lyrics memorized. Unfortunately, there’s a catch: the sing-along screenings are only happening at a select 300 theaters across America. The limited-edition showings begin on Friday, Jan. 12 and continue on for a week. That means you need to head to The Greatest Showman‘s website ASAP if you want to score some tickets.

So, go gargle some saltwater, warm up with some scales, and get ready to hit every note on songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Golden Globe award-winning soundtrack.

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You Can Already Listen to 2 Songs From the Steamy Fifty Shades Freed Soundtrack

By | January 12, 2018

Fifty Shades Freed might not hit theaters until Feb. 9, but that hasn’t stopped us from obsessing over every little detail that’s squeaked out in the meantime. In addition to a steamy new trailer full of revelations and a behind-the-scenes look, we can now listen to two songs off of the soundtrack. Rita Ora and Liam Payne’s “For You” dropped first, and now Hailee Steinfeld and BloodPop have teamed up for “Capital Letters.”

In addition to those catchy singles, the soundtrack (Head to the bottom of this post to see the tracklist in full) will feature songs from pop artists like Sia, Ellie Goulding, Dua Lipa, Julia Michaels, and . . . Jamie Dornan?! Yep, Christian Grey himself will apparently cover Paul McCartney’s classic love song “Maybe I’m Amazed” for Fifty Shades Freed‘s musical accompaniment. In other words, we have way more to look forward to than just Ben Wa balls.

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Charlize Theron Gives Us a Real as F*ck Glimpse at Motherhood in Tully

By | January 12, 2018

If you have a soft spot for hearing screenwriter Diablo Cody’s hilariously prickly dialogue coming out of Charlize Theron‘s mouth, we have good news. After previously working together on 2011’s Young Adult, the pair are back for Tully, a comedy that explores the relationship between Marlo (Charlize Theron), a harried mother of three, and her new nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis). The teaser trailer gives us a few glimpses at Marlo’s day-to-day life – breast pumping, struggling with her sobbing newborn, dropping her iPhone on said newborn’s skull – and a quick shot of Davis’s Tully. The movie also stars Ron Livingston and Mark Duplass, and hits theaters on April 20 (just before Mother’s Day, naturally).

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Why Gillian Anderson Is Saying Goodbye to The X-Files Forever

By | January 11, 2018

Hopefully any Gillian Anderson fans reading this are sitting down, because we have some bad news. Season two of The X-Files revival dealt the actress’s iconic character Dana Scully a deeply twisted blow in the premiere on Jan. 3, “My Struggle III,” when it was revealed she was impregnated with “science – alien science” against her will by the Cigarette Smoking Man (the word “rape” is never explicitly said, but come on). Now it seems both Anderson and Scully are saying goodbye to The X-Files for good.

“It’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. It just is,” she told reporters at a TCA event on Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m finished and that’s the end of that. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again . . . and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were leaning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we’re running.”

Anderson’s nuanced performance as the FBI Agent and partner to David Duchovny‘s Fox Mulder has long been one of the sci-fi show’s greatest assets (if not the greatest). The plot twist dealt to the longtime character in the premiere was unpleasant and disrespectful, to say the least (and maybe had something to do with the show’s initial lack of female voices in the writing room?), and we can see what might have gone into her decision to exit. That being said, it seems Anderson is content with where she’s leaving Scully.

“I wouldn’t necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye,” she added. “There’s lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and it’s been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful.”

With Anderson out, will Duchovny stay on board? There’s still no official word on the matter, but Duchovny told reporters he would be “good either way,” whether the show continued without Anderson or wrapped up after this season.

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If Bourne Identity and The Disaster Artist Had a Baby, It Would Be This New HBO Show

By | January 10, 2018

Bill Hader’s return to TV isn’t exactly what we expected, but we’re here for it regardless. The Saturday Night Live alum has a new show coming to HBO on March 25 called Barry, and it definitely has one of the network’s more oddball premises. The comedy follows Hader’s Barry, a talented hitman from the Midwest whose life feels unfulfilled. Fortunately, he stumbles upon his true passion in life – acting – when he relocates to Los Angeles and starts taking theater classes from a man named Cousineau (Henry Winkler). Barry also stars Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg, whom you can catch a glimpse of in the trailer above!

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Dan Is Alive, Darlene Is Divorced, and Jackie Is a Nasty Woman in Roseanne Reboot Photos

By | January 9, 2018

After a few short trailers, some behind-the-scenes snaps, and a reunion at the Golden Globes, we’ve finally gotten a big look at the Roseanne reboot‘s first episode. ABC shared a bunch of photos from the new season ahead of its March 27 premiere, and they’re full of exciting details about what the beloved old characters – as well as the new cast! – are up to.

Dan (John Goodman) is alive and well despite his character dying in the season finale, Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is in full Nasty Woman mode, and it looks like Darlene (Sara Gilbert) is seeking comfort from her parents after moving back in following her separation from her husband, David (Johnny Galecki). There are also a few shots of the new, younger characters! Shameless star Emma Kenney plays Harris, Darlene’s daughter, and Jayden Rey will appear as Mary, D.J.’s daughter. Twenty years later, the Conner family has only grown.

Take a look at all the photos ahead, then check out how much the cast has changed since the show’s original run!

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Meet the Bachelor Winter Games Cast: Dean Unglert, Ben Higgins, and More!

By | January 8, 2018

Grab your nearest scarf, because the Bachelor Winter Games cast is here! Some of the most beloved stars from Bachelor Nation have signed on to the spinoff, which will see former USA contestants like Dean Unglert, Ben Higgins, Ashley Iaconetti, and Clare Crawley competing against international Bachelor and Bachelorette stars. The special series is only four episodes long and will be hosted by franchise mainstay Chris Harrison. Before you see the cast face off in exciting, Winter-themed challenges at The Hermitage Club in Wilmington, VT, on Feb. 13, get to know the whole cast.

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Grab Some Tissues, Because Sterling K. Brown Has Revealed When Jack Will Die on This Is Us

By | January 8, 2018

The focus of Sterling K. Brown’s night at the Golden Globe Awards might have been on his incredible win (and acceptance speech) for his role on This Is Us, but the actor also managed to drop a few spoilers about the hit NBC family drama. While walking the red carpet with wife Ryan Michelle Bathe on Sunday, Brown stopped to chat with E! News during their Golden Globes pre-show, where he let slip a significant clue about when Jack Pearson’s death will finally happen onscreen.

“Before this season is over we will see how Jack Pearson dies,” Brown confirmed to Ryan Seacrest. “I won’t say too much more about it, but there’s only eight episodes, so it will happen soon.”

The show is in the midst of its emotional second season, which has seen some great arcs for Brown’s character, Randall Pearson. Randall and wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) set out on an adoption journey, and further fueled the theory-heavy fandom that surrounds the award-winning show. When This Is Us returns, not only can we expect a conclusion to the Jack saga, but also Randall’s tense confrontation with his brother Kevin (Justin Hartley), who closed out the Winter finale by driving drunk with Randall’s daughter in the car.

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35 Tweets About the Golden Globes That Were Better Than the Actual Golden Globes

By | January 8, 2018

The Golden Globe awards were great and all, but you know where the action was really going down on Sunday night? Twitter. Whether it was reactions to Oprah’s incredible acceptance speech, an observation about the interesting kiss Nicole Kidman shared with husband Keith Urban, or snaps for Natalie Portman’s badass comment while presenting the category for the best “all male” directors, social media was on fire. Check out the best of the best ahead!

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