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‘On the Rocks’ Review: Sofia Coppola’s Marriage Story

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Felix, Bill Murray’s character in On the Rocks, is the man Phil Connors aspired to be at the start of Groundhog Day. He’s enormously wealthy, with a personal driver ready to take him anywhere at a moment’s notice. He’s a cultured art dealer who never seems to need to work. He’s a grandfather, probably in his 70s, yet he remains irresistible to women. While he loves to pontificate about the animalistic nature of humanity’s biological urges— men feel a compulsion to mate, he claims, and not necessarily monogamously — he does not possess the sort of soulful enlightenment that Phil Connors finds after thousands of Groundhog Days. That seems quite all right with Felix.

Felix isn’t On the Rocks’ main character, but he is its most interesting one, the one who seems to have the most to say and the most to hide; the one that writer/director Sofia Coppola gives her strongest comedic material and saddest monologues; the one who’s played by Bill Murray in yet another performance that feels so tossed off and yet so finely tuned. It is not difficult to see why people are drawn to Felix; he radiates that rumpled, accidental cool that Murray’s pumped out onscreen for decades. In one scene, Felix croons a love song in a bar, accompanied by a man on guitar. Felix does not have a very good singing voice, yet the audience is rapt. Like Bill Murray, he’s a born performer.

He spends most of the film performing for his daughter, who is now a wife and mom with kids of her own. That’s Laura (Rashida Jones), who lives in Lower Manhattan with Dean (Marlon Wayans) and their two impossibly cute children. The movie opens with Laura and Dean’s wedding, as they gaze into each other’s eyes with total love, then sneak away from the reception for a romantic skinny dip in a private pool. Smash cut to several years later, and domestic bliss ain’t too blissful. Dean’s consumed with work and travel; Laura feels disconnected. One night, he returns late from a work trip, possibly under the influence, and kisses her — only to pull back when Laura speaks to him and he recognizes her voice. Did Dean think he was in bed with someone else? And why did he return from his latest trip with a woman’s toiletry bag in his luggage?

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Dean’s got an explanation for that. He’s got an explanation for everything. Laura’s still suspicious — and with a dad like Felix, it’s easy to see why. As a man who insists he knows men and their innate susceptibility to cheating from experience, Felix is suspicious too. After he catches wind of this small mystery, he begins to spur Laura to investigate further. Pretty soon father and daughter are tailing her husband around New York as they try to suss out whether Dean might be carrying on an affair.

On the Rocks’ opening scenes wryly observe the details of marriage and young parenthood with a keen eye: The burdening routines of school, daycare, and meals; the pressure and disappointment of bad birthday presents and chemistry-free dates; the fleeting moments of intimacy interrupted by the shrill wails of unhappy kids. When Laura grows suspicious, and Felix enters the equation, Coppola pushes the story into screwball comedy territory, with the father-daughter team snooping in increasingly outlandish ways. (They’re posh about it too; they eat caviar in his vintage convertible during a stakeout.) The second half doesn’t necessarily match with the first. That could be part of Coppola’s goal; to give Laura a taste of the excitement she’s been missing in her relationship.

Although it’s easy to read at least some autobiographical elements into Laura — she’s been married about as long as Coppola; they have the same number of kids, she comes from a rich family with a famous, charismatic father  — the role isn’t really a showy one for Jones. Murray’s the one who gets the witty dialogue and the handsome clothes; Jones is in full mom mode, and mostly responds to Felix’s musings on relationships with frustration and scolding. When Dean’s possible infidelity leads to a confrontation between husband and wife, their conversation is oddly anticlimactic. The ending the film arrives at feels a little wrong for the journey that Coppola took us on to get there.

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The much better dustup is between Laura and Felix, who loves his daughter but obviously has ulterior motives in helping her keep tabs on Dean. Although Laura thinks she understands her dad, he may not be quite as opaque as she thinks — or as simplistic as Felix himself believes all men to be in their singular drive to mate and conquer and possess women. With Dean off on his own, possibly up to no good, this movie that looked like it was about a marriage becomes more about a parent/child relationship, and about this very complicated dad who, by his own measure, is fighting against his own DNA to be a better father.

During one of Laura and Felix’s conversations — this one in a plush Manhattan bar sipping martinis, an image that could not feel more out of place in 2020 if the bar was on Mars — Felix insists that he’s going deaf, but only to female voices. It’s their higher pitch, he claims, that his aging ears no longer receive. Felix says chauvinistic stuff like that all throughout On the Rocks. He might be going deaf. He still hears his daughter very clearly.

RATING: 6/10

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Everything New on Netflix in October

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Netflix is ready to make your Halloween extra spooky. (Frankly, if I wanted to be scared this Halloween I just read the news, but you do whatever works for you.) The streaming giant’s got The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up to the hit horror series The Haunting of Hill House. They’re also premiering a remake of Rebecca, the Alfred Hitchcock classic that won the Best Picture Academy Award. And there’s also The Trial of the Chicago 7, a new courtroom drama from Aaron Sorkin, the writer of The Social Network.

And then there’s like 200 other things as well. Here’s everything coming to Netflix in October 2020:

Avail. 10/1/20
Bom Dia, Verônica / Good Morning, Verônica — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
While hunting for a dating-site predator, an underused police clerk discovers an abused wife with a horrific secret — and a web of conspiracy hiding it.

Carmen Sandiego: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Carmen and her crew touch down in Mexico City, New Orleans, Venice and more on their quest to stay one step ahead of V.I.L.E.

Oktoberfest: Beer & Blood — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
1900: A rich newcomer with a shady past arrives in Munich determined to crash the local Oktoberfest with his own brewery. But when his daughter falls in love with the heir to a rival brewery, a violent chain of events is unleashed that will threaten both families’ futures.

Pasal Kau / All Because of You — NETFLIX FILM
After falling for a guest, an unsuspecting hotel staff becomes embroiled in a hostage scheme and discovers true love in an unlikely place.

The Worst Witch: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
A series of challenges push Mildred and Ethel's magical powers to the limit as they compete for the honor of being named Head Girl.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Along Came a Spider
Bakugan: Armored Alliance: Season 2
Basic Instinct
Black '47
Cape Fear
Code Lyoko: Seasons 1-4
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Employee of the Month
Enemy at the Gates
Evil: Season 1
Familiar Wife: Season 1
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate
Free State of Jones
Ghost Rider
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Gran Torino
House of 1,000 Corpses
Human Nature
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
I'm Leaving Now
The Longest Yard (1974)
The Parkers: Seasons 1-5
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire
The Prince & Me
Poseidon (2006)
The Outpost
Stranger than Fiction
Superman Returns
Sword Art Online: Alicization
The Unicorn: Season 1
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Yogi Bear
You Cannot Hide: Season 1

Avail. 10/2/20
A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween — NETFLIX FAMILY
Cory, Chrissy and Freddie are on the hunt for king-sized candy bars this Halloween! But are all the treats worth the trek to the spooky side of town?

Ahí te encargo / You’ve Got This — NETFLIX FILM
An ad creative and a successful executive have a great marriage – until he wants to be a dad just as her star is rising. Then he brings someone new home.

The Binding — NETFLIX FILM
While visiting her fiancé's mother in southern Italy, a woman must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter.


While a lifetime of making documentaries has convinced her of the power of true stories, Kirsten Johnson is ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book if it will help her 86-year-old psychiatrist father elude death.

Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris. Her new life is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles work, friendships, and romance.

A young, naïve female journalist goes undercover to expose the shady business of human trafficking in Nigeria and encounters a brutal underworld.

Serious Men — NETFLIX FILM
When a slum dweller spins a web of lies in pursuit of the upward mobility he has long craved, his ruse could be especially dangerous for his young son.

Based on the acclaimed podcast of the same name, and from host Hrishikesh Hirway and Oscar®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, each episode of Song Exploder features some of the world's greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life. The series weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage, and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song, layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics.

Vampires vs. the Bronx — NETFLIX FILM
A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires.

Avail. 10/4/20

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
A broadcaster recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and offer a vision for the future.

Avail. 10/6/20
Dolly Parton: Here I Am
Saturday Church

StarBeam: Halloween Hero — NETFLIX FAMILY
Greedy Captain Fishbeard is stealing everybody's Halloween treats for himself, but StarBeam and Boost have some tricks up their sleeves to save the day!

Walk Away from Love


Avail. 10/7/20
Hubie Halloween — NETFLIX FILM
Hubie Dubois (Adam Sandler) thanklessly spends every Halloween making sure the residents of his hometown, Salem, celebrate safely and play by the rules. But this year, an escaped criminal and a mysterious new neighbor have Hubie on high alert. When people start disappearing, it’s up to Hubie to convince the police (Kevin James, Kenan Thompson) and townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. Hubie Halloween is a hilarious family film about an unlikely hero with an all-star cast including Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi and Maya Rudolph, produced by Happy Madison.

Schitt's Creek: Season 6

Facing the end of civilization when a terrifying plague strikes, a group risks their lives, loves — and humanity — in a brutal struggle to survive. From 1-2-3 Production.

Avail. 10/9/20
In this docuseries, a tight-knit group of deaf students share their stories and explore the perks and pitfalls of life at Gallaudet University.

Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 2: Rio — NETFLIX FAMILY
When one of their own goes missing, the Spy Racers must leave LA and head to Brazil to take down a crime organization in Rio.

The Forty-Year-Old Version — NETFLIX FILM
Desperate for a breakthrough as she turns 40, down-on-her-luck New York playwright Radha reinvents herself as a rapper and searches for her true voice.

Ginny Weds Sunny — NETFLIX FILM
Eager to marry but constantly rejected by women, a bachelor hopes to win over a former crush by accepting help from an unlikely source: his mother.


The Haunting of Bly Manor — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.

Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters — NETFLIX FAMILY
Super Monsters visit Vida's home town for a Dia De Los Muertos parade where they meet some new Super Monsters.

Avail. 10/12/20
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Against all odds, Kipo and the gang ended an old enemy's reign of terror. Now they're on a mission to fight a fierce anti-Mute evildoer: Dr. Emilia.

Avail. 10/13/20
The Cabin with Bert Kreischer — NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL
After years on the grind, Bert Kreischer sets out on a purifying retreat to a remote cabin to cleanse his “mind, body and soul." In The Cabin with Bert Kreischer, a new 5-episode docu-series, the comedian is joined by his celebrity friends as he attempts bizarre therapy techniques, intense physical challenges, and ridiculously improvised encounters with nature. Special guests include Anthony Anderson, Big Jay Oakerson, Bobby Lee, Caitlyn Jenner, Deon Cole, Donnell Rawlings, Fortune Feimster, Gabriel Iglesias, Joel McHale, Joey Diaz, Kaley Cuoco, Nikki Glaser, and Tom Segura.

Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef — NETFLIX FAMILY
The Octonauts must find a way to hold back hungry swarms of coral-eating starfish to save a new friend’s fragile home on the world’s biggest reef.

Avail. 10/14/20
Alice Junior

Record-shattering Korean girl band BLACKPINK tell their story — and detail the hard-fought journey of the dreams and trials behind their meteoric rise.


Avail. 10/15/20
A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting — NETFLIX FILM
When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) reluctantly agrees to babysit Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho) on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be recruited into an international secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters. In order to keep Jacob safe from harm, Kelly teams with no-nonsense chapter Vice President Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence), tech genius Berna Vincent (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), creature expert Cassie Zhen (Lynn Masako Cheng) and potions master Curtis Critter (Ty Consiglio) to defeat a Boogeyman known as "The Grand Guignol" (Tom Felton), a glamorous witch named "Peggy Drood" (Indya Moore) and their legion of mysterious monsters. Based on the first installment of Joe Ballarini's popular scary book series of the same name, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is directed by Rachel Talalay, produced by Ivan Reitman and Amie Karp, with Naia Cucukov, Tom Pollock, and Ilona Herzberg executive producing. Alessio Scalzotto, Tamsen McDonough, Ashton Arbab, Crystal Balint, and Ricky He also co-star in this action-packed adventure about working together to overcome your fears.

Batman: The Killing Joke
Half & Half: Seasons 1-4

Love Like the Falling Rain — NETFLIX FILM
Fearing rejection, a young man struggles to declare his feelings for his best friend, who soon falls for another man — until a fateful incident.

One on One: Seasons 1-5
Power Rangers Beast Morphers: Season 2, Part 1

In rural India, a child with hydrocephalus gets a chance at life-changing surgery after her photos go viral. This documentary charts her journey.

Social Distance — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shot in isolation, this tragicomic anthology series features both dark and funny takes on how people strive to stay connected while staying apart.

Avail. 10/16/20
Alguien tiene que morir / Someone Has to Die — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In 1950s Spain, a couple summon their son home from Mexico to introduce him to his fiancée, but are shocked when he returns with a ballerino.

Dream Home Makeover — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shea and Syd McGee of Studio McGee help dreams come true for real families looking to update their home tailored to their own unique style.

Five students at the largest public high school in Brooklyn take on a chaotic world as they fight to succeed, survive, break free and seize the future.

In a Valley of Violence

1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin – the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ – uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease, quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?

The Last Kids on Earth: Book 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
As the four pals continue to live it up with their monster allies, Jack worries a newly discovered radio transmitter may put an end to the fun.


The Trial of the Chicago 7 — NETFLIX FILM
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.


Avail. 10/18/20

Avail. 10/19/20
Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2 — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
In six new episodes, Unsolved Mysteries profiles more unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences. Perhaps one viewer holds the key to solving these cases. Detectives, journalists, and family members offer intriguing theories in this gripping series, from the creators of the original docuseries, Cosgrove/Meurer Productions, and 21 Laps Entertainment, the producers of Stranger Things.

Avail. 10/20/20

The Magic School Bus Rides Again The Frizz Connection — NETFLIX FAMILY
Lightning splits the Magic School Bus into three pieces, scattering the class across the globe with different versions of Ms. Frizzle aboard each bus!


Avail. 10/21/20
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
TV legend David Letterman teams up with Dave Chappelle, Robert Downey Jr. and more for another season of in-depth interviews and curiosity-fueled excursions.

After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).

Avail. 10/22/20
Bending the Arc

Cadaver is a Norwegian psychological horror film that takes us on a journey where humanity is being put to a test and stars among others Gitte Witt, Thorbjørn Harr, Thomas Gullestad) and Kingsford Siayor. In the starving aftermath of a nuclear disaster, Leonora (Gitte Witt), Jacob (Thomas Gullestad) and their daughter Alice (Tuva Olivia Remman) are on the edge of survival. One day, the local hotel invites survivors to attend a theatre play, with a meal included, as a charitable effort to help those in need. Left with no choice, the family of three decide to go to the hotel, where the director, Mathias (Thorbjørn Harr), introduces the entire hotel as the stage. Attendees are given masks to help separate them from actors, but the play takes an eerie turn when audience members start to disappear. The line between reality and theatre quickly gets blurred, until Alice disappears in front of Leo and Jacob, and there’s no longer room for doubt: Something is very wrong with Mathias’ hotel.

The Hummingbird Project
Yes, God, Yes

Avail. 10/23/20
Three people's fates are interwoven in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D., during which Germanic warriors halt the spread of the Roman Empire.

Discover the brilliant dancers and choreographers who are shaping the art of movement around the world in this documentary series.

Over the Moon — NETFLIX FILM
Fueled with determination and a passion for science, a bright young girl builds a rocket ship to the moon to prove the existence of a legendary Moon Goddess. Directed by Oscar®-Winning Filmmaker & Animator, Glen Keane, and produced by Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou. Starring Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Robert G. Chiu, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn, Artt Butler and Sandra Oh.

Antonio sets himself up to be arrested so he'll be sent to Colombia's worst prison, La Brecha. He's after the man who kidnapped his daughter years ago.


The Queen's Gambit — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix limited series drama THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess.

Avail. 10/27/20
Blood of Zeus — NETFLIX ANIME
A commoner living in ancient Greece, Heron discovers his true heritage as a son of Zeus, and his purpose: To save the world from a demonic army.

Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 4 — NETFLIX FAMILY
There’s no problem that Chico Bon Bon and his “Fix-it Force” can’t solve. From building a new skate park to stopping a vehicle from falling off a cliff, this crew takes care of any engineering troubles headed their way.

Vilas: Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada / Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
A journalist spent a decade crusading against one of the largest sports corporations on the planet to prove that Guillermo Vilas was the world's best tennis player of his time.

Avail. 10/28/20
Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single, sitting at the kids table, or stuck with awkward dates. But when these two strangers meet one particularly bad Christmas, they make a pact to be each other’s “holidate” for every festive occasion throughout the next year. With a mutual disdain for the holidays, and assuring themselves that they have no romantic interest in the other, they make the perfect team. However, as a year of absurd celebrations come to an end, Sloane and Jackson find that sharing everything they hate may just prove to be something they unexpectedly love.

Metallica Through The Never

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight — NETFLIX FILM
Addicted to technology, a group of teens attends a rehabilitation camp in the forest, but a sinister force there intends to take them offline forever. From Akson Studio.

Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
A team of local archaeologists excavate never before explored passageways, shafts and tombs, piecing together the secrets of Egypt’s most significant find in almost 50 years.

Avail. 10/30/20
A team of cops investigating the seedy underbelly of Marseille, France, find themselves in over their heads as they realize that some of their fellow officers may be deep in the pockets of the city’s gangs, and they risk losing their jobs — or worse — unless they can set things right.

The Day of the Lord — NETFLIX FILM
Menéndez is a retired priest who lives in his dark and ruinous apartment turning his back on the world. He suffers from a crisis of faith and is haunted by horrible nightmares and acts of his past that torture him. One day, he receives the visit from Sebastián, an old friend who knows Menéndez’s past business. He claims his daughter is possessed by the devil and begs for Menéndez's help to exorcize her, although he’s well aware of the aggressive methods the priest uses. Pushed by Sebastián's insistence and his inner conflict, Menéndez takes this case as a chance for redemption. He has a new goal in life but is she really possessed or will she suffer a senseless torture?

After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

Somebody Feed Phil: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
"Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture of five new cities.

Suburra: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The final judgement in the battle for land in an Italian seaside town is close, and the criminals are ready to play the game for the last time.

Avail. 10/31/20
The 12th Man

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Here’s What Happens When You Lose at the Socially Distanced Emmys

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It sounded like a wacky Emmys bit: The show sent people — in head-to-toe hazmat suits! — to dozens of locations around the country to hand-deliver the Emmys to their winners when their names were called from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

It was not a bit.

Yes, they really sent people to hand-deliver those Emmys to tonight’s winners at the Primetime Emmy Awards. But here’s the catch: The show really doesn’t know who is going to win until they open the envelope. If they just send the physical awards to the winners, well, that would give away who was winning before they were announced. So they had to send Emmys and the dudes in hazmat suits to everyone. Win or lose.

But what happens to the Emmy if you lose? Ramy Youssef, co-creator and star of Hulu’s Ramy lost the Best Lead Actor award to Eugene Levy from Schitt’s Creek, and he posted a video of his Emmy just walking right out the door. Take a look:

Wow, what a phenomenal waste of time and resources for everyone involved. And what a surreal sad sight. Imagine trying to explain this image to yourself in 2016. It would have broken your brain.

And Ramy, don’t feel sad about losing. Everyone lost to Schiit’s Creek tonight. For the full list of winners, click here. Or just assume Schitt’s Creek won whatever award you’re curious about, because it probably did. And hey — go watch Ramy on Hulu!

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The Emmys Showed Why You Should Never Play With Fire On Live TV

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It’s hard to pull off the Emmys live under normal circumstances. And nothing in 2020 is under normal circumstances. So really, what happened tonight was just par for the course.

One of the early gags on the Emmys involved Jimmy Kimmel “sanitizing” the first award envelope because, y’know, coronavirus and all and you can never be too careful. So after disinfecting the envelope with a little Lysol (which is apparently extremely flammable) he tossed it in a garbage can and set the whole thing on fire. Present Jennifer Aniston then put the fire out with a nearby extinguisher. And then… 2020 reared its head again and the fire roared back to life.

Over and over again. The fire got waist high before they finally put it out for good.

Watch for yourself:

That fire actually got really big there at the end, and Kimmel and Aniston didn’t even see it until someone off camera screamed “Put it out!” at them. Thankfully that fire extinguisher was full and up to date. With everything else going on, we did not need the Emmys burning down right in the middle of the show. That would have been really bad for everyone involved.

For the full list of winners at tonight’s Emmys, click here. The whole show has been, dare we say, on fire. (Sorry, we’ll see ourselves out.)

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Winston Groom, Author of ‘Forrest Gump,’ Dies at 77

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The creator of Forrest Gump has died. Winston Groom wrote 22 books in his lifetime, including one, Conversations with the Enemy, that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The most famous was Forrest Gump, which was first published in 1986 and then became a best-seller after it was turned into an Oscar-winning film by director Robert Zemeckis. According to the Tuscaloosa Thread, Groom died on “Wednesday night at his home in Point Clear, Alabama.” He was 77 years old.

Groom was born in Washington D.C. in 1943, and raised in Alabama. He served in the Vietnam War, and became a reporter after he returned home. Eventually, he decided to quit to pursue a career as a full-time author. Many of his books touched upon the Vietnam War, including Forrest Gump and his debut novel, Better Times Than These.

Groom later said the idea for the character of Forrest Gump came in conversation with his father, who knew someone like Forrest as a child. This boy was teased and bullied because of his limited intelligence — until the day the boy’s mother bought him a piano, which he immediately mastered. After they other kids in the neighborhood realized his talents, they embraced him. Around the same time, Groom saw a 60 Minutes feature on savants, and the novel began to take shape in his mind. It only took him six weeks to write the entire thing. Groom claimed the book basically “wrote itself.”

Although the book was not an immediate hit, it took off after Zemeckis adapted Forrest Gump, selling more than 2.5 million copies. The film varies in some ways from the novel, which has even more outlandish episodes. (In the book, Forrest Gump becomes an astronaut and a chess champion, among other escapades trimmed from the film.) But they both share the character that became so beloved in the 1990s. Groom would later write a sequel to the novel and film called Gump & Co. Despite several attempts, it was never made into a movie.

Here’s a conversation with Groom about Forrest Gump and his career as an author.

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Everything New on Hulu in October

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to Hulu.

This October, just in time for Halloween, Hulu is getting its first original series inspired by Marvel Comics — Helstrom starring Tom Austen as the supernatural hero. The complete first season of ten episodes premieres on October 16. Hulu’s also got a new Clive Barker anthology horror film, Books of Blood, and the final season of Homeland. Recent films coming to the service include The Painted Bird and the underrated Terminator: Dark Fate.

Here’s the full list of what’s new on Hulu in October:

Available October 1
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days: Complete Season 4 (TLC)
90 Day Fiancé: Complete Season 7 (TLC)
All-Star Halloween Spectacular: Special (Food Network)
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: Complete Seasons 9 & 10 (Travel Channel)
Bride Killa: Complete Season 1 (ID)
Cutthroat Kitchen: Complete Season 13 (Food Network)
Dr. Pimple Popper: Complete Season 4 (TLC)
Going for Sold: Complete Season 1 (HGTV)
Guy's Grocery Games: Complete Seasons 18 – 20 (Food Network)
Halloween Baking Championship: Complete Seasons 1 – 4 (Food Network)
Halloween Wars: Complete Seasons 3 – 8 (Food Network)
Hell's Kitchen: Complete Season 18 (ITV)
Homicide City: Charlotte: Complete Season 1 (ID)
Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda: Complete Season 9 (ID)
Man with a Van: Complete Season 1 (ID)
Moonshiners: Master Distiller: Complete Season 1 (Discovery)
Murder Comes Home: Complete Season 1 (ID)
My 600-lb Life: Complete Season 8 (TLC)
My Feet Are Killing Me: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
Property Virgins: Complete Season 18 (HGTV)
Supermarket Stakeout: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Sweet 15: Quinceañera: Complete Season 1 (TLC)
The Flay List: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Twisted Love: Complete Season 1 (ID)
31 (2016)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Across The Line (2015)
After Life (2010)
Anti-Trust (2001)
Blade (1998)
Blade 2 (2002)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Blood Ties (2014)
Blue City (1986)
The Curse Of Downers Grove (2015)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2011)
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
The Executioners (2018)
The Express (2008)
The Eye (2008)
Fallen (1998)
Girls Against Boys (2013)
Good Hair (2009)
Guess Who (2005)
Hostel (2006)
Hostel: Part II (2007)
House Of 1000 Corpses (2003)

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The Hurt Locker (2009)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Interview With the Vampire (1994)
Joe (2014)
Judy & Punch (2019)
Kicking & Screaming (2005)
Killers (2010)
Lady in a Cage (1964)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Martyrs (2016)
Mud (2013)
Nurse 3D (2014)
The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (2012)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
The Quiet Ones (2014)
Raging Bull (1980)
The Sandman (2018)
Senorita Justice (2004)
Sk8 Dawg (2018)
The Skull (1965)
Snakes On A Plane (2006)
Spaceballs (1987)
Species (1995)
Superbad (2007)
Thanks for Sharing (2013)
Tooth Fairy (2008)
Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
Vampire (2011)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
When A Stranger Calls (2006)
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard (2015)

Available October 2
Monsterland: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)
Connecting: Series Premiere (NBC)

Available October 3
Ma Ma (2015)

Available October 4
Saturday Night Live: Season 46 Premiere (NBC)

Available October 5
Dragon Ball Super: New Episodes 1 – 131 (DUBBED) (Toei)

Available October 7
Books of Blood: Film Premiere (Hulu Original)
Ellen's Game of Games: Season 4 Premiere (NBC)
Next: Series Premiere (Fox)


Available October 8
Scream 4 (2011)

Available October 9
Terminator: Dark Fate (2020)

Available October 11
Infamous (2020)
Savage Youth (2018)
Scotch: A Golden Dream (2018)

Available October 12
The Swing Of Things (2020)

Available October 14
The Bachelorette: Season 16 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 15
The Purge: Complete Season 2 (USA)
Treadstone: Complete Season 1 (USA)
Bad Roomies (2015)
High Strung (2016)
It Came from the Desert (2017)
Life After Basketball (2019)
Playing with Fire (2019)
The Escort (2016)


Available October 16
Helstrom: Complete Season 1 (Hulu Original)
The Painted Bird (2019)

Available October 17
Shark Tank: Season 12 Premiere (ABC)
Momma Named Me Sheriff: Complete Season 1 (Adult Swim)
Mr. Pickles: Finale Episode (Adult Swim)

Available October 18
Friend Request (2016)

Available October 19
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season 31 Premiere (ABC)
Card Sharks: Series Premiere (ABC)
Supermarket Sweep: Series Premiere (ABC)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 20
The Voice: Season 19 Premiere (NBC)
F*ck That's Delicious: Complete Season 4 (Vice)

Available October 21
Cyrano, My Love (2019)

Available October 21
Black-ish: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)
The Conners: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
The Goldbergs: Season 8 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 23
Bad Hair: Film Premiere (Hulu Original)
Superstore: Season 6 Premiere (NBC)

Available October 26
Homeland: Complete Season 8 (Showtime)
What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

Available October 29
American Housewife: Season 5 Premiere (ABC)
Bad Therapy (2020)

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‘WandaVision’ Will Premiere on Disney Plus in 2020

href=”//screencrush.com/author/screencrushstaff/” rel=”author” title=”ScreenCrush Staff”>ScreenCrush StaffPublished: September 16, 2020Marvel

It’s a bleak time for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans. Rumors are swirling that the only MCU movie currently scheduled to debut in 2020, Black Widow, is on the verge of being delayed until next year. If that happens, 2020 will become the first year since 2009 without a new Marvel film. It’s bleak out there.

So at least there’s this to cling to: It looks like WandaVision is on track to premiere on Disney+ later in 2020. The show, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Avengers Wanda Maximoff and the Vision, was featured in the company’s new “Coming Soon 2020” trailer that’s currently appearing on social media. Watch:

Interestingly, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is not featured in the spot — even though that was originally announced as the first MCU series for Disney+. WandaVision was supposed to follow it, but Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s tentative late summer/early fall release date is already here and there’s been no word of when the show will actually premiere. (Unless they’re planning an unprecedented surprise series drop, that means it’s still months away.) With WandaVision showing up on this “coming soon” teaser, it looks like that will actually be the first Disney+ MCU series — and possibly the only MCU anything we get in this miserable calendar year.

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This Is the Way to New ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Images

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The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer is here. (Or, more accurately, here.) But who is that mysterious Jedi?

That’s one of the big questions about the new season of the show — and right now, we don’t have any answers for you beyond the fact that the actress playing her is WWE wrestler Sasha Banks. On Monday Night Raw, Banks’ character is known as the “Legit Boss” so maybe this is, like, “Lee-Git Bossk”? (These are the jokes, folks.)

No matter who Banks’ character is, there are a whole bunch of new official images of the show to check out along with the new trailer. There are speeder bikes and Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders and the evil Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), the returning Cara Dune (Gina Carano) and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) — and, of course, lots of new shots of Mando (Pedro Pascal) and Baby Yoda (as himself). We like the one of them walking off into the distance together, like something out of a weird Star Wars remake of Casablanca. 

Check them all out below:

In case you missed it, or you want to see the shots in action one more time, here’s The Mandalorian Season 2 trailer again:

The Mandalorian Season 2 premieres on Disney+ on October 30. Star Wars! We can’t wait.

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The ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Mansion Is Now Available on Airbnb

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If you want to live like a prince — particularly a fresh prince — there’s only one place to do it.

That’s the mansion that served as the home of the Banks family in the classic ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If you want to get technical, the mansion — which was only used as the outside of the home (the interiors were shot on a soundstage, of course — is located in Brentwood. But so what? It’s the Fresh Prince mansion. And now you can stay in it for $30 a night on Airbnb.

That’s part of the special deal that Will Smith himself announced on his Instagram. According to the official Airbnb listing, five one-night stays are being offered. Perks include a “fresh pair of Jordans before shooting some b-ball in the bedroom (you read that right—IN the bedroom)” and “soaking up the sun poolside on luxe lounge chairs.” You will not have access to the house’s kitchen, but meals will be “provided and served on silver platters.” Ooh la la.

As part of this whole Fresh Prince celebration, Airbnb is making a donation to Smith’s (and the fictional Fresh Prince’s) hometown Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia. This news comes on the heels of a similar promotion that Airbnb did with the last Blockbuster Video store left on the planet. Clearly people desperate to relive the ’90s are their target audience right now. I can’t wait until they offer to rent out an abandoned pog factory for a night!

Here was Will Smith posing in front of the Bel-Air mansion (that’s not in Bel-Air) on Instagram:

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Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Avengers’ Star, Dies at 82

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Diana Rigg, one of the biggest stars in British television history, has died. Rigg, whose TV, film, and theater career spanned half a century, and included several of the most influential TV shows ever, passed away at her home in England on Thursday. She was 82 years old.

Rigg won a Tony Award for Medea in 1994 and an Emmy for a television miniseries version of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca three years later. But her most famous and important work remains The Avengers, the popular British spy series that first aired in the 1960s. (No relation to the Marvel comic and movies.) Through the years, The Avengers cycled through various partners for Patrick Macnee’s John Steed; Rigg’s Emma Peel joined the show in its fourth season. Though she appeared in less than a third of The Avengers’ 161 episodes, Peel (not to mention her leather catsuit) became synonymous with the show.

Rigg left The Avengers in 1967 after just two seasons on the show, frustrated with her treatment as a sex symbol and her low pay. (Her salary was supposedly lower than the show’s cameraman.) A few years ago, she spoke at the BFI about her tenure on The Avengers and her reasons for the departure.

One of the reasons Rigg left The Avengers was to take the role of Teresa in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. More than a mere “Bond girl,” Teresa became Bond’s partner on his latest adventure — and then, at the end of the film, his wife. Teresa’s shocking death in On her Majesty’s Secret Service’s final scenes reverberated through the franchise for decades. Rigg might the best and most important Bond girl in the series’ 25-film history.

Rigg, who spent part of her early career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, worked steadily through the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, appearing in movies like Julius Caesar, The Hospital, and The Great Muppet Caper, as the star of her own TV sitcom Diana, and in stage productions of Macbeth, Pygmalion, and Antony and Cleopatra. In 2013, she got another signature role when she joined the cast of Game of Thrones as the sharp-tongued Olenna Tyrell.

It all adds up to a remarkable career, for an actor who left an enormous impact on popular culture, and even on fashion. She will be missed, but she leaves a legacy to rival any actress of her era.

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Read Lupita Nyong’o’s Touching Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o shared a heartfelt tribute to the late actor via Twitter. Broken up into several portions, Nyong’o’s words honor Boseman and the inspiring legacy he left behind him. Boseman was only 43 years old when he lost his four year-long battle to colon cancer last month. Read Nyong’o’s full post below:

“Chadwick was a man who made the most of his time, and somehow also managed to take his time,” Nyong’o wrote. “I didn't know him for long, but he had a profound impact on me in the time that he did.” Nyong’o went on to share her experience working with Boseman on the set of Black Panther, during which Boseman was already seeking private treatment for his condition. “He showed up to every rehearsal and training and shoot day with his game face on,” she continued. “I never heard him complain — and there were definitely some things worth complaining about!”

In just one hour, Nyong’o’s post accumulated 40 thousand likes. Nyong’o wrapped up her tribute by vowing that she was not going to waste her time on Earth, living up to the example set by Boseman while he was alive. She encouraged her fans to do the same. “His power lives on and will reverberate for generations to come,” she stated. Nyong'o accompanied her words with a hashtag inspired by the words of Boseman's wife Simone: #TakeYourTimeButDon'tWasteYourTime.

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Dwayne Johnson Reveals Covid-19 Diagnosis

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For proof of the coronavirus’ power and reach, look no further than this: Dwayne Johnson and his entire family have all tested positive for Covid-19.

The Rock announced their collective diagnosis on his Instagram account, saying that his “wife Lauren, as well as my two baby girls and myself, have all tested positive for Covid-19.” He called the virus “one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family.”

Although Johnson said the diagnosis was “a real kick in the gut,” especially since everyone in the family became ill, he said that after “two and a half weeks” of rest, they “are on the other end of it.” According to his video, they’re “no longer contagious and, thank God, we are healthy.”

While his two daughters had very mild symptoms, Johnson said he and his wife had a “rough go” with the virus. He claimed they caught the virus from “very close friends” who he “loves and trusts.” He had been “disciplined” and “isolated” — but did spend time with these people. His advice to everyone was this: “Apply even greater discipline to having people over to your house… you still never know.” He encouraged rigorous testing, and committing to wellness and health, and especially doing whatever you can do to boost your immune system.

Here is Johnson’s video about his bout of Covid-19.

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No One at Marvel Knew About Chadwick Boseman’s Illness

href=”//screencrush.com/author/mattsinger/” rel=”author” title=”Matt Singer”>Matt SingerPublished: September 2, 2020Marvel

As shocking as Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer was, it’s been even more surprising to learn how closely he guarded the secret of his illness, and just how few people knew he was sick. Spike Lee worked with Boseman last year on Da 5 Bloods, and said on Instagram that no one on the movie knew Boseman had cancer. In his tribute to BosemanBlack Panther director Ryan Coogler admitted he “wasn’t privy to the details” of Boseman’s private struggle, and had spent the last year working on a Black Panther sequel that he believed Boseman would star in.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boseman believed “until about a week before his death” that he would beat colon cancer and would star in Black Panther 2. As THR’s sources tell it, in fact, no one at Marvel knew that Boseman was sick — not even the head of the studio, Kevin Feige:

On Aug. 28, Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige received an urgent email regarding Chadwick Boseman, with no further information. Unbeknownst to anyone at the studio, the Black Panther star had been battling colon cancer privately for four-plus years and had taken a sudden turn for the worse. By the time Feige read the message an hour later, Boseman already had died, sending shock waves through Disney and the tight-knit Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Essentially, no one knew Boseman’s diagnosis beyond a very small handful of people including his agent, trainer, producing partner, and his 42 director, Brian Helgeland. That was what Boseman wanted, and his inner circle respected his wishes. The fact that everyone around Bosemen maintained this secret so carefully and completely, right up until the day they died is a heroic act in and of itself.

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‘Rocky IV’ Director’s Cut Will Eliminate Paulie’s Robot

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During coronavirus quarantine, Sylvester Stallone has been editing a new director’s cut of Rocky IV, On his Instagram account, he’s been giving updates about his progress, and this weekend he said that “so far it looks great,” and claimed the cut will commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary. That’s on November 21 of this year, so if he finishes the edit on time, it’s not too far away.

This is all very welcome news for fans of Rocky Balboa, movies that are almost entirely made of training montages, and solving geopolitical conflicts through boxing matches. There’s just one problem: Stallone says he’s getting rid of Rocky IV’s greatest character, Paulie’s Robot.

Some backstory: In the film, Rocky’s buddy (and Adrian’s brother) Paulie celebrates a birthday. Flush with cash thanks to his successful boxing career, Rocky buys his pal an extravagant gift: An actual freaking robot.

In real life, the robot, named Sico, was built to work with autistic children. One of Stallone’s children is autistic, and he reached out to the robot’s creator Robert Doornick about seeing if his son could meet Sico. He liked the robot enough to put him in Rocky IV. Later, Paulie’s Robot even got an action figure.

Not anymore. If you look at the comments on the Instagram post above, you’ll see several fans asking about Paulie’s robot. When one asks Stallone not to cut the robot, Sly responds “I don’t like the robot anymore,” then tells another “The robot is going to the junkyard forever.”

This is madness. If anything a director’s cut of Rocky IV should include more of the robot, not less. Where did the robot come from? What did Paulie do with it? What is he up to during the 14 training montages while Rocky prepares to fight Ivan Drago. The fans need to know.

Removing Paulie’s Robot is particularly upsetting because there were additional scenes with him that were previously left on the cutting room floor. In one interview Doornick describes a scene that was cut where “Paulie and the robot had developed an odd couple relationship, with the robot complaining that Paulie always slept in the same t-shirt and made too much cigar smoke. The robot ‘found it offensive to [his] sensors.’” so then Paulie messes with the robot’s circuits and changes it from male to female “Most people in the movie don’t understand why the robot switched from a normal voice to a female voice,” Doornick said. “That’s why.”

Not to disrespect the original author’s vision, but we need to see this crucial element of Sico’s story. That’s why today I‘m calling on Sylvester Stallone to #ReleaseThePauliesRobotCut. Nothing less will do.

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Are ‘The Batman’ and ‘Joker’ Set in the Same Universe?

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Where Batman goes, the Joker tends to follow. So it’s only natural that fans are already trying to figure out: Could 2019’s Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story for the Clown Prince of Crime, actually share a cinematic universe with The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson as the Dark Knight during his formative years?

It’s an intriguing theory. And ScreenCrush’s latest video tries to figure out whether these two movies can potentially share a universe. On the surface, it definitely seems possible. In fact, there are some clues in the new teaser that Joker, which took place in the 1980s, could actually be a prequel to The Batman, and perhaps that the murder of the Waynes we saw at the end of Joker is actually the way Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne loses his parents. There’s really just one big problem with this theory … to find out what it is, watch the video below:

If you liked this video on the possible connections between The Batman and Joker, check out some more of our videos below, including our video on all the Easter eggs in The Batman trailer, our breakdown of the Justice League director’s cut teaser, and our comparison of Iron Man and Man of Steel. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. The Batman opens in theaters on October 2, 2021.

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‘The Comey Rule’ Trailer: Behold Brendan Gleeson’s Donald Trump

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A few weeks before the 2020 Presidential Election, Showtime will debut The Comey Rule, a docudrama miniseries based on the book by former FBI Director James Comey and his relationship with the President. Comey is played by Jeff Daniels — with Brendan Gleeson playing President Donald Trump. Gleeson’s role is the supporting one, but his version of Trump is what most people are curious about. Watch it below:

It’s a pretty decent interpretation of Trump — and whoever did Gleeson’s hair and makeup deserves an Emmy nomination. (It can’t be easy to make hair that weird look authentic.) There have been a lot of comic impressions of the President; doing a “serious” version is rarer (and surely much more difficult).

The Comey Rule was written and directed by Billy Ray, who’s an underrated director of based-on-true-story thrillers — he made Shattered Glass about the Stephen Glass journalism scandal, and Breach about Robert Hanssen, and he also wrote Captain Phillips and Richard Jewell. (Ray also worked on the scripts for The Hunger Games and Gemini Man, but to the best of our knowledge those are not based on true stories.) Here’s The Comey Rule’s official synopsis:

Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson star as former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald J. Trump in this two-part event series that tells the story of two powerful men, whose strikingly different ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.

The Comey Rule premieres on September 27 at 9PM ET on Showtime.

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‘The Batman’ Trailer Easter Eggs: Every Hidden Reference

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The first trailer for The Batman is finally here. At DC FanDome, director Matt Reeves said the classic ’70s noir Chinatown was a major influence on his movie. So the wall of headlines above could be a clue. The one that talks about seawall construction being stalled could be a corrupt zoning project very similar to the one in Chinatown that was the secret motivation for the murder at that film’s center.

That’s just one of the interesting theories in our latest Easter egg video. Below, you’ll also get a possible connection to Harvey Dent, a reference to the Court of Owls, some details about the new version of the Riddler played by Paul Dano, how Batman connects to this string of murders, and a little background about where Matt Reeves shot the film. Plus: Does the Joker exist in this universe? Watch our Batman Easter egg video here:

If you liked this video on all the Easter eggs in the new trailer for The Batman, check out some more of our videos below, including our breakdown of the first director’s cut teaser, our comparison of Iron Man and Man of Steel, and our comparison of Black Panther and Aquaman. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. The Batman opens in theaters on October 2, 2021.

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AMC Theaters Reopening With 15 Cent Tickets

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Closed since March, AMC Theatres says it will now reopen its theaters on August 20. To encourage people to return, per CNN, the world’s largest theater chain is offering "movies in 2020 at 1920 prices” — 15 cents. You can see a movie during a global pandemic for the same price people paid during the last global pandemic! What a bargain!

The special rate is good only on opening day, although you still won’t pay full price right away after that:

After opening day, tickets will still be available for cheaper than usual. Tickets for films like "Inception," "Black Panther," "Back to the Future" and "The Empire Strikes Back" will cost $5. AMC is bringing back old films since the North American box office has been essentially at a standstill with so many new movies have been delayed this year because of the outbreak.

The company expects to have two-thirds of its 600 American theaters open in time for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is currently scheduled to open in America on September 3. Of course, a lot can change between then and now. But that’s the plan.

In areas where theaters are ordered to remain closed by local governments, AMC will obviously comply, so your local theater may not reopen next week or even for weeks or months. And even if your theater does open, there’s still the matter of contending with a policy that allows guests to remove their masks in the theater to eat or drink. The medical bills afterwards could possibly be astronomical, but hey: 15 cents movies!

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‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Will Get Rebooted as a Drama Series

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Get ready for a grittier (but still fresh) prince of Bel-Air.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Will Smith is executive producing a new version of his popular ’90s TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The difference this time is that while the original Fresh Prince was a lighthearted sitcom, with Smith playing a kid from West Philadelphia (born and raised) who gets sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, this one will be a darker, dramatic version of the same concept.

According to THR, the idea grew out of a viral video by Morgan Cooper, who created a faux trailer for Bel-Air, his pitch for a gritty Fresh Prince. Smith apparently saw the video and became intrigued:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the new Bel-Air has been in the works for more than a year after the four-minute clip went viral when it was posted in March 2019 and caught Smith's attention. Cooper, a Fresh Prince super-fan, created and directed the trailer that reimagined the series as if it were a drama. He will co-write the script, direct and be credited as a co-EP.

Here’s Cooper’s original Bel-Air trailer:

The concept could certainly be told dramatically; whether it could sustain the run on TV that the original Fresh Prince had remains to be seen. (The sitcom version aired for six seasons on NBC, and launched Smith’s acting career.) Either way, Cooper is now looking at his kingdom; he is finally there. Sitting on his throne as the new prince of Bel-Air.

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Former WWE Star Marty Jannetty Posts Apparent Murder Confession

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The world of professional wrestling can sometimes be a sordid place. For proof, check any random episode of the Vice series Dark Side of the Ring, which chronicles stories of crime, drugs, and death from in and around pro wrestling. The show has had two very successful seasons to date — and if I had to guess, I’d assume that what’s transpiring today will someday appear on a future season.

It involves Marty Jannetty, a former WWE wrestler and Intercontinental Champion. Jannetty has a reputation for … let’s say mercurial behavior on social media. He’s talked about doing unsavory things on Facebook before, but nothing like this: In a recent post, Jannetty appeared to confess to killing someone.

“I was 13,” Jannetty wrote in a since-deleted post, “working at Victory Lanes bowling alley buying weed from a f— that worked there … and he put his hands on me … he dragged me around the back of the building … you already know what he was gonna try to do … That was the very first time I made a man disappear. They never found him. They shoulda looked in the Chattahoochie River.”

You can see his entire post below:

Jannetty’s apparent confession attracted a lot of attention online — and now police are reportedly interested as well. TMZ contacted the Columbus Police Department in Georgia, where a spokesperson said they are “going to look into this” and will examine old files for “any missing persons or unidentified remains cases that match the limited information in the post.”

Again, if you follow wrestling, you’ve heard some wild stories — but this really might be the single wildest story, whether or not Jannetty was confessing to an actual crime he really did commit. Either way, Dark Side of the Ring does not officially have a third season yet, although producers have said they would “would love to see it happen” and are “in conversations” with Vice about it.

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Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy Building New Socially Distant Sets

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When the long-running syndicated game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune return to production in the very near future, the shows will look a little different, thanks to the coronavirus.

Deadline reports that the shows are getting new sets that will take proper social distancing into consideration. Typically the contestants on both Jeopardy! and Wheel stand relatively close together; on the former, on one long podium, and on the latter surrounding the giant wheel, which everyone takes turns spinning. Neither of these are very good ideas in the age of coronavirus, and so when the shows begin filming again this week and next, they will do so at more distance:

In Wheel of Fortune, Deadline understands that the wheel has been redesigned to provide proper social distancing between contestants. Over on Jeopardy!, the stage has been slightly redesigned to allow for more space between the three contestant podiums. The contestants will also be at a safe distance from host Alex Trebek at his lectern.

Trebek continues treatments for pancreatic cancer, and would be considered at particularly high risk of coronavirus as a result. Obviously, producers will need to particularly careful to ensure proper distancing in his case. The studio confirmed to Deadline that the shows are returning to production, and that both “productions have protocols in place in accordance with current government guidelines to protect contestants, staff, crew and talent from the spread of COVID-19.” As you might expect, there will be no studio audiences for either series.

As for Wheel of Fortune, can you even have three people share a single wheel [checks notes] of fortune? Are they all wearing gloves? Do they sanitize the wheel between rounds? Between spins? I gotta say, I might tune in if it meant I got to see Pat Sajak frequently spritz the wheel down with Clorox.

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Emmys 2020: The Complete List of Nominations

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Even in the age of coronavirus, the show must go on, albeit in a socially distanced manner. The Emmys are still on for September 20 on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel scheduled to host the awards … somehow. (It’s not clear yet where the show will be held, or if anyone will be in attendance.)

Whatever the actual show looks like, here are all the 2020 Emmy nominees:

Best Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Stranger Things

Best Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek
What We Do in the Shadows

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Zendaya, Euphoria

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Issa Rae, Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Julia Garner, Ozark
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
Sara Snook Succession
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nicholas Braun, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Yvonne Orji, Insecure
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Mahershala Ali, Ramy
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thomson, Saturday Night Live

Best Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America

Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series/Movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Regina King, Watchmen
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

Best Lead Actor in a Limited Series/Movie
Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
Paul Mescal, Normal People
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/Movie
Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Holland Taylor, Hollywood
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/Movie
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Best Competition Program
The Masked Singer
Nailed It!
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Variety Talk Series
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight 
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Cherry Jones, Succession
Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Harriet Walter, Succession

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, The Outsider
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
James Cromwell, Succession
Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
Andrew Scott, Black Mirror
Martin Short, The Morning Show

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show
Bette Midler, The Politician
Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
Dev Patel, Modern Love
Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
Fred Willard, Modern Family

Best Variety Sketch Series
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live

Best Variety Special (Live)
73rd Annual Tony Awards
77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Live In Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times
The Oscars
Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah

Hosted Nonfiction Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
The World Accordin to Jeff Goldblum
Ugly Delicious

Best Host for a Reality or Competition Series
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Jerjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank
Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Top Chef
Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman, Making It
RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Tom Cruise Still Wants To Make a Space Movie in Outer Space

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It sounds like a joke designed to make fun of the increasingly outlandish Mission: Impossible. To top himself at this point, Tom Cruise is going to go to outer space. Except to Tom Cruise, that doesn’t sound like a joke; that sounds like a challenge.

Back in May, we heard that Tom Cruise not only wanted to make a motion picture about outer space, he wanted to do it in actual outer space, with the support of NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The untitled film would be directed by Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman. And according to Variety, Universal is now “in negotiations” to distribute the project.

But there are several important caveats. First of all, the thing won’t be cheap to make. Variety estimates the budget will be “set at $200 million in the most optimistic projections.” Plus…

A major issue for any company considering the project is insuring Cruise and the filmmaking team, as no scripted production has ever conceived of shooting action sequences outside of Earth’s orbit. The movie is also said to not yet have a script.

I can’t decide what sounds more dangerous: Filming an outer space movie in outer space or committing $200 million to a film that does not have a script. It’s probably a toss up!

Still, can you blame Universal? Who doesn’t want to see Tom Cruise become an actual astronaut? If he’s gonna hang off the side of an actual plane, if he’s going to do legit HALO jumps, he might as well go chill out on the actual International Space Station for a while. At the very least, he won’t have to worry about catching coronavirus up there.

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Taron Egerton To Star In Upcoming ‘Tetris’ Movie

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Rocketman star Taron Egerton is reported to play the lead role in Jon S. Baird's upcoming film Tetris. Before you start fearing a second coming of Pixels, rest assured — Tetris has very little to do with the actual playing of the video game itself. Egerton will play Henk Rogers, the Dutch-born video game entrepreneur who got embroiled in a legal battle with a Soviet computer programming agency over the game of Tetris.

As the Nintendo Game Boy game raked in millions in the late 1980s, Rogers hadn't made a single pound. Essentially, the movie is about Rogers' quest to secure the game’s intellectual property rights for both himself and its creator Alexey Pajitnov. This sounds more like The Social Network than it does Sonic the Hedgehog. News of Egerton's casting officially dropped on Twitter last Thursday:

According to Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye, production is slated to start in September with a full set of safety precautions in place. Tetris will be produced by Leonard Blavatnik and Matthew Vaughn. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced.

When approached with care, historical dramas in this vein tend to do very well. Of course, it’s unlikely this movie will be straight fact. Creative liberties will most likely be taken to raise the stakes just a little higher. The Cold War aspect to Tetris will most likely play a big part as well. Who knew such a compact little video game had such a rich backstory?

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Producer Sues Oscars Over ‘Bland’ Social Media Posts

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The Oscars have spent years trying to figure out how to modernize its awards show and appeal to a wider audience. More Best Picture nominees? Less Best Picture nominees? Fewer awards? More musical numbers? Multiple hosts? Hosts who aren’t comedians? No hosts at all? No matter what they’ve tried, the annual telecast’s ratings have continued to slip.

One producer believes he knows the reason the Academy Awards are struggling, and he has filed a suit against the Academy over it. According to a report in The New York Times, Michael Shamberg claims the governing body behind the Oscars “did not adhere to its rules when its 54-member board declined to vote on bylaw amendments” he proposed. The subject of those bylaw amdendments: “A greater focus on engaging movie buffs through social media.”

That’s right. Shamberg is suing the Oscars because he thinks they need to improve their Twitter feed. The Times quotes more from a Shamberg email:

‘It is the academy’s stubborn refusal to engage the audience on social media that dooms the Oscars to a has-been awards show,’ he wrote in a June 30 email to the board. ‘None of you filmmakers, publicists or studio executives would approve a digital marketing campaign for one of your movies that is as bland and all over the map as academy posts.’

Shamberg told the Times he thinks the Academy “is being run into the ground.” The Academy didn’t offer a comment, but the Times quoted from their lawyer’s statement that said, in essence, that just because they didn’t enact Shamberg’s suggestions didn’t mean that they didn’t consider them (or that they had to).

Maybe I’m bland myself, but I follow @TheAcademy on Twitter and like most of what they post. There’s some good pictures, some good discussion prompts. They could probably use more clips from interesting Oscar moments; vintage videos of great and/or weird highlights. Personally, I’m not sure more dank memes would lead to a surge in ratings for the Academy Awards.

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Richard Linklater’s Next Movie Is An Animated Space Adventure

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It’s been 14 years since Richard Linklater’s last animated feature, the rotoscoped sci-fi film A Scanner Darkly. Before that, he also made Waking Life, a fascinating rotoscoped movie about the world of dreams. Since the, Linklater’s made films like Boyhood, Bernie, and Before Midnight, all in live-action. Now he’s returning to the rotoscoping technique — drawing over live-action footage — that served him so well in the past.

Via press release, Netflix announced they are partnering with Linklater for an animated space film called Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure, which retells the story of the famous Apollo 11 moon landing both from the perspective of the astronauts, and that of a child watching the action unfold on television. Linklater says rotoscoping allows for “both the conjuring of a world long gone, and the flowing, playful expression of memory and imagination,” noting that he was personally about to enter 3rd grade in the summer of 1969.

The production has already wrapped its live-action shoot back in March of this year, which means once animation is completed — something that can be done even during a global pandemic — the movie should be able to be released some time in the near future. Here’s the film’s full synopsis:

Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure tells the story of the first moon landing in the summer of 1969 from two interwoven perspectives. It both captures the astronaut and mission control view of the triumphant moment, and the lesser-seen bottom up perspective of what it was like from an excited kid’s perspective, living near NASA but mostly watching it on TV like hundreds of millions of others. It’s ultimately both an exacting re-creation of this special moment in history and a kid’s fantasy about being plucked from his average life in suburbia to secretly train for a covert mission to the moon.

Linklater plus rotoscoping plus a look at childhood, imagination, and exploration sounds … like a must-see movie? Whenever Apollo 10 1/2 shows up on Netflix, I will definitely be ready to watch it.

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Body of ‘Glee’s Naya Rivera Found at Lake Piru

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The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reports that “a body has been found at Lake Piru this morning” and that “recovery is in progress.” They promise a press conference this afternoon — but TMZ says according to their “law enforcement sources” they can already confirm that is is indeed the body of Naya Rivera, the former Glee star who went missing at Lake Piru last week.

Rivera was visiting the lake last Wednesday with her four-year-old son. They rented a boat and were seen going out on the lake together. Hours later, the boat was discovered by another person on the lake, with only Rivera’s son inside. He later confirmed to the police that both had gone swimming, and his mother had not returned to the boat. (The boy had his life jacket on; an additional adult-sized life jacket was found in the boat.)

This is a devastating, tragic story. Rivera was only 33 years old. She began acting at the age of four, and worked in film, television, and commercials. During her tenure on Glee she also signed with Columbia Records and released her first solo single in 2013. In addition to appearing on Glee for all sits of its seasons on Fox, she also starred in At the Devil’s Door, and made appearances on television series like Family Matters, The Bernie Mac Show, and Step Up.

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Watch Carl Reiner’s Touching Final Performance

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There is a sad but very lovely coda to the passing of comedy legend Carl Reiner, who died last month at the age of 98. Days before Reiner’s passing, he recorded what ultimately became his farewell performance — as part of the “fan film” version of The Princess Bride that is currently being spearheaded, under quarantine, by Jason Reitman.

Reitman has recruited a who’s who of actors and artists to appear in this socially distanced Princess Bride remake for Quibi. The fan film’s ranks include Rob Reiner, who directed the original Princess Bride. In Reitman’s new version, Reiner is one of the actors who plays the Fred Savage role, while his dad Carl plays the Peter Falk role. After Carl Reiner passed, Rob Reiner gave his blessing to leave the scene in Reitman’s Princess Bride.

Vanity Fair got the scoop on the performance (“At 98 years old, Carl Reiner understood every beat of that scene. His understanding of the writing, the performance, the pauses, the gestures, the hat, the look to camera, how to make an exit, were as sharp as any actor at any age,” Reitman told VF) and also posted footage of the two Reiners’ scene together, which is guaranteed to make you cry. Watch for yourself.

Home Movie: The Princess Bride is available on Quibi. It’s got at least one very good performance — the rest of the cast includes Josh Gad, Tiffany Haddish, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Jack Black, Patton Oswalt, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, David Oyelowo, Neil Patrick Harris, and many more.

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8 Percent of People Who Tried Quibi Reportedly Paid to Keep It

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We haven’t written too much about Quibi, the new mobile-centric streaming service, because … well, so far, the programming we’ve seen from Quibi is a lot less interesting than the reporting about the inner-workings of Quibi — like the recent report from Vulture in which the company’s CEO responded to a question about her favorite TV shows with “I’m not sure I’d classify myself as an entertainment enthusiast.”

To be fair, some of Quibi’s struggles are a matter of terrible timing. The company launched a streaming service intended to be watched entirely by people on the go (all its content is short — its weird name is short for “quick bites”) a few weeks into a global pandemic that locked a vast percentage of the Earth’s population inside their homes. As recently as last month, Quibi was still working on functionality for Rokus and other streaming devices.

Quibi’s initial 90-day free trials are wrapping up, and the numbers of subscribers sticking around to continue paying for the app are, according to the “research firm Sensor Tower,” less than ideal. They report that “910,000 people [signed] up for free 90-day trials within the first three days of its April 6 launch” but “only 72,000 subscribers stuck around and decided to pay $5 a month (or $8 without ads) for the service.” That’s an 8 percent conversion rate. (For sake of comparison, Disney+ has something like 50 million users, and it only launched in November.)

For what it’s worth, Quibi disputed these numbers in a statement to Deadline:

The number of paid subscribers is incorrect by an order of magnitude. Our conversion from download to trial is above mobile app benchmarks, and we are seeing excellent conversion to paid subscribers – both among our 90-day free trial sign-ups from April, as well as our 14-day free trial sign-ups from May and June.

Quibi is still rolling out new shows, of course. On July 20, they’ll premiere Die Hart, a series starring Kevin Hart as himself, in which he plays “a fictionalized version of himself who’s tired of being the comedic sidekick. He gets his wish when a famous director offers him his dream – to be a leading man action star – but there’s a catch: Kevin must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic.” Here is the trailer:

So, there you go. Quibi! It’s an app that exists.

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‘The Wonder Years’ Is Getting Rebooted With a Black Family

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Television has not yet run out of beloved shows of the ’80s and ’90s to reboot. ABC announced today that they are making a pilot for a new version of The Wonder Years, which originally aired on the network from 1988 to 1993. The entire premise of the show was already about nostalgia, so there may not be a more perfect concept to capture the zeitgeist right now.

The old Wonder Years starred a young Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, and chronicled his ups and downs growing up in suburbia during the late 1960s. Savage will direct the pilot of the new Wonder Years, which will be set during the same time period, with one very notable twist, according to its official description (via USA Today). The show is now about…

…‘How a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, in the turbulent late 1960s, the same era as the original series, made sure it was 'The Wonder Years' for them, too.’ In addition to Savage, who has built a successful career directing comedies and also will serve as an executive producer, the reboot will include original series co-creator Neal Marlens as a consultant.

Lee Daniels will executive produce the series; The Last O.G.’s Saladin Patterson is the writer and executive producer.

Reframing The Wonder Years to focus on a Black family in the late 1960s could make it one of the more timely updates of a classic show in recent memory. As a kid, I loved The Wonder Years because it was a great show to watch as family — my parents talked about what life was like during the time period on the show, and I could relate to the younger characters, who were all roughly my age. If the new show can capture three generations — the grandparents who lived through that time, the parents who watched the old show, and their kids today — it could be a big hit.

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