"90 Day Fiancé" is hard to untangle. It’s the rare reality show that appears to be genuinely unscripted and that layers in real cultural substance. It dives headlong into globalization and the societal friction it creates. Yet it also panders to the worst instincts of reality TV.
The Mia Farrow-starring film takes on potent new meaning when seen through the lens of today's female-empowerment social movements.
Here’s how Harrison Ford’s space cowboy turned from supporting character to cultural sensation — and why his popularity, ironically, may be waning just as "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is finally in theaters.
Lucasfilm leads us to wonder: Is it trying to win back the small, vocal group of fans nostalgic for a white, male-dominated 'Star Wars'?
Oprah's Golden Globes speech shed light on the women who paved the way for #metoo, and Hollywood is finally taking notice.
President Barack Obama was in year two of his first term. Estonia was closing in on its deal to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. It was a big year for all those reasons and one more: I was on billboards in New York, California, and Florida promoting Season 1 of Parenthood.
With new 'Mummy' starring Tom Cruise in theaters this weekend, it's a good time to look back at the charms of the 1999 'Mummy' starring Brendan Fraser
To understand why the character of Wonder Woman is so significant for women, you have to think back to when superhero films didn’t dominate the box office.
"Star Wars" and religion: Why the Force appeals to people of all faiths, from Christianity to Judaism, Buddhism to Islam, and beyond.
The making of the 'Star Wars' trash compactor scene, based on recollections from Roger Christian, George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and more
Far from identifying a future hybrid sci-fi/horror classic, a look back at original reviews of 'Alien' in 1979 finds film perceived then as 'old-fashioned'
Superheroes die all the time in the comics, but they rarely stay dead. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" contains the first substantial hero death in the studio's 15-film run — and the crime-fighting body count is certain to mount in coming films.
Star-Lord fits in the sequel's expanded storytelling canvas in a role typically delegated to an overqualified actress playing a token girlfriend.
Beauty and the Beast is about an enchanted world where spells transform ordinary objects, characters burst into song, and hope blooms even in the darkest shadows. This was the vision of Howard Ashman, the lyricist and executive producer of Disney’s 1991 animated film: a man who, in the words of his sister Sarah Ashman Gillespie, “saw the world as a musical.” Tragically, Ashman died of AIDS after completing work on Beauty and the Beast and never saw the finished film. “He really was the heart and soul of that original film, he brought it its wit and also its depth of emotion,” Condon said of Ashman, speaking to Yahoo Movies at the 2017 film’s press junket.
Mrs. Potts sings that Beauty and the the Beast is a “tale as old as time.” But it’s not quite as old as fans might imagine. While similar folktales have been kicking around for thousands of years, the story that most readers know comes directly from a novel by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, first published in 1740. La Belle et la Bête inspired both the 1991 Disney film and the 2017 remake, which pays homage to the original writer by naming Belle’s village “Villeneuve.” As always, Disney has taken some major liberties with the source material — which is for the best, as Villeneuve’s story goes in some pretty twisted directions.
In 2003, years before terms like “fake news” and “alternative facts” circulated through the media, documentary director Michael Moore used his Academy Awards acceptance speech to accuse then-President George W. Bush of being a “fictitious president” and waging a “fictitious war” in Iraq. “We are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you,” said the director, as cheers and boos echoed through the Kodak Theatre (now the Dolby Theatre) in Los Angeles.
This weekend sees one of the longest-running action franchises around come to an end with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter — the sixth, and purportedly last, movie based on the popular horror video games. The series, starring Milla Jovovich, is known not just for its martial arts and zombie gore, but also for its… interesting plotting, which has taken quite a few ridiculous twists and turns over the years. Alice (Milla Jovovich), wakes up in a deserted mansion with no memory.
How do you solve a problem like La La Land? On Tuesday, the film confirmed its status as the Best Picture frontrunner, racking up 14 Oscar nominations to accompany its record-setting seven Golden Globe Awards. Because La La Land breezed into theaters on a wave of near-universal praise from last fall’s film festivals, it was immediately a prime target for backlash — and if you’ve been following the conversation, you may already be exhausted by the back-and-forth between critics who find the film dazzling or shallow, a delightful fantasy or a whitewashed nostalgia trap.
By now, the trailers for Logan (in theaters March 3) have made it very clear that this is not a typical superhero movie. Quiet and despairing, light on special effects and heavy on character drama, the third Wolverine solo film looks to be a drastic departure from previous X-Men films, not to mention the Marvel and DC Comics films that dominate the genre. At a December press event last year, I previewed the first 40 minutes of Logan, and I can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.