Newswire: New Mary Poppins film isn’t a remake, even has Julie Andrews’ blessing

When the news broke last month that Disney was planning to “revisit” Mary Poppins, skepticism abounded on the internet. After all, what about the iconic musical could possibly be tweaked or expanded upon? Even having an established musical director like Rob Marshall (Chicago) at the helm did little to assuage concerns. So Marshall recently took it upon himself to reassure […]

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Movie Review: Jem And The Holograms gets a bizarre, cut-rate adaptation

Made on the cheap, the live-action adaptation of the popular ’80s cartoon Jem And The Holograms often resembles a mockbuster of itself, perhaps titled Jam And The Horoglams and distributed directly to gas stations. Applying the style (or lack thereof) of his earlier Justin Bieber: Never Say Never to marginally more fictional material, director Jon M. Chu shrouds pop singer […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Someone just set a new Super Mario Bros. speed run record

Thirty years ago the Nintendo Entertainment System landed on American shores, and ever since that moment, Americans have been trying to beat Super Mario Bros. faster than the last person. Earlier this week, a Virginia gamer who goes by the name of Darbian broke that record, finishing the game with a time of 4:57.627—66 milliseconds faster than the last record […]

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Game Review: Constant dread saves the clumsy Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water

It’s the middle of the night. Somehow, it’s always the middle of the night in Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water, as you explore a cursed mountain literally drowning in ghosts. No matter which of the three playable characters you’re pushing around—Yuri, a young woman with an affinity for ghost tracking; Ren, a professor with a mysterious past; or Miu, […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Aubrey Plaza lends her voice to a 2-year-old terrier in the new Heavy Petting

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls has hit upon internet gold with its new series, Heavy Petting, which gives an adoptable dog a comedian’s voice. Last week we met Bart, a 10-month-old puppy that sounded suspiciously like John Mulaney and was interested in skateboarding and Cheerios. Today, Smart Girls wants to introduce us to Madison, a 2-year-old terrier mix who’s only interested […]

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TV Review: The Middle: “Land of the Lost” / The Goldbergs: “Boy Barry”

The Middle: “Land of the Lost” If supermarkets suddenly notice an upswing in their pea sales tomorrow, you can thank The Middle for that. And as long as you’re doling out acknowledgments of gratitude, you might as well also thank The Middle for turning in an episode capable of making you laugh, smile, sigh, and ruminate on your own mortality, […]

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TV Club: Angela Bassett is electrifying on American Horror Story: Hotel

“Mommy” explores motherhood: birth, love, and nurturing, but also creation… and especially control. When Donovan, 20 years a vampire but still harboring grievances from his childhood, recounts them to his mother, Iris has a killer answer ready, or so she thinks. “My list beats yours. Item one: I gave you life. Item two: I saved your life.” Like sulky teenagers […]

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