Newswire: Amazon isn’t going forward with Chris Carter’s The After

Amazon may pride itself on its unwavering commitment to customer service, but it’s no pushover. America might have thought Amazon could be manipulated into filling a full-season order for one of its Prime Original pilots simply by voting for it to do so—which is reasonable, since that’s how Amazon’s democratic pilot season was designed—but instead the company is putting its […]

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Newswire: Josh Gad might play Roger Ebert to Will Ferrell’s Russ Meyer

This is what we know about Russ & Roger Go Beyond, the proposed movie about Russ Meyer and Roger Ebert’s adventures making Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. One, Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons writer Christopher Cluess wrote it. Two, Will Ferrell will probably star in it. Three, it will almost certainly feature topless women. (Set your DVRs, […]

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Great Job, Internet!: Here’s a breakdown of that interminable final battle from the last Hobbit film

Spoilers ahead for Peter Jackson’s film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s almost 80 year old book. For those who were exposed to Peter Jackson’s latest (and possibly last) foray into the world of Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies may have left them with more questions than a concluding chapter should. Such questions as “Why is this […]

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Newswire: Danny Brown working on Dr. Seuss-inspired kid’s book

In a group of words least likely to appear together prior to this moment, Detroit rapper Danny Brown has announced that he’s writing a children’s book. While the debauched lyrical content of Brown’s songs might not make him an obvious entrant into that literary field, his jocular musical persona with its hilarious, cartoonish mania suggests he’s actually pretty well-suited. Some […]

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Newswire: National Society Of Film Critics picks Goodbye To Language as best film of 2014

Founded in the mid-1960s as an alternative to the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Society Of Film Critics has long been one of this country’s most cosmopolitan, dependable, and unglamorous awards-giving bodies. While other critics’ organizations function as awards season bellweathers, the credibility of the NSFC has always rested on its independence and membership. Pauline Kael was one […]

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Newswire: Death Grips releases surprise instrumental album

Even though the “conceptual art exhibition” known as Death Grips broke up last summer, its activities in the afterlife have proven just as mercurial as the stunts it pulled during its existence. The noisy rap group was no stranger to releasing music without warning during its time together, so it’s only slightly surprising that Death Grips would release an instrumental […]

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