It's Rumor Time: Lucasfilm might be putting future Star Wars spin-offs on hold

According to a rumor dug up by Collider, Lucasfilm might not be making any more standalone Star Wars spin-offs like Rogue One and Solo, despite the fact that James Mangold was attached to make a Boba Fett movie just last month and The Hours’ Stephen Daldry was in “early talks” last year for an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.…

The King brilliantly traces the life of Elvis to discover where the country went wrong

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The American Dream is a conceit that’s woven into the fabric of the country: Anyone can come to the U.S., and through hard work and diligence, accomplish anything they set out to do. It’s also almost a complete fabrication, as evidenced by the fact that the majority of the wealth in this country is controlled by an…

Robert Pattinson’s minor, offbeat Western Damsel has one great surprise up its sleeve

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“Revisionist Western” has become a redundant distinction. After all, we live in an age when the very few Westerns that still get made are almost all postmodern in outlook—challenging this once-dominant genre’s most romantic clichés, depicting frontier life with unsparing historical accuracy, pushing back against the…

Here's everything you should remember before watching season two of Luke Cage

The hero of Harlem, Luke Cage, returns to Netflix this Friday with its second season. The last we saw Cage, he was punching his way through the criminal syndicate The Hand as part of Marvel’s 2017 team-up miniseries The Defenders, but his first solo outing premiered almost two years ago. So before you head back to…

Here's what's coming to (and leaving from) Netflix in July

Following the success of Set It Up—which opened to a chorus of “actually kind of good??”s and “great for watching while eating ice cream in your sweatpants”s from critics last week—Netflix is expanding its slate of original rom-coms, touting releases through September in its monthly newsletter. None of them will debut…

Nancy Drew gets a 21st-century update with beautiful art and Veronica Mars-style mystery

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With the successful relaunch and expansion of the Archie universe, it’s no surprise that publishers continue to revisit other aging classics. They have name recognition across multiple demographics, and many of them are overdue for a revamp. Nancy Drew #1 (Dynamite) is the perfect example of how to initiate a…

Hey, let's remember some terrible episodes of otherwise-great shows

Nobody in TV bats a thousand. Well, maybe the British The Office. But, by and large, even the medium’s most vaunted series have a dud episode or two in the mix. Just look at Stranger Things’ second season last year, which paired us up with a bunch of bargain-bin X-Men in one of the most disappointing TV episodes in…

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We asked a LeBron/wine expert about that LeBron/wine story

Every once in awhile, you encounter a story that makes you say, “Wow, I wish I had been smart/talented/cool/thoughtful/funny enough to write that.” Such is the case with this fun read from Slate’s Nick Greene, who interviewed the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine critic, Esther Mobley, about where the wine-loving LeBron…

Luke Cage is the first Marvel show to top its first season

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Like its lead character, Marvel’s Luke Cage is aware of the upward climb it’s facing in season two. Luke (Mike Colter) cleared his name in Defenders, but when the new episodes begin, he’s wrestling with his newfound fame and obligations, the return of his estranged father (the late, great Reg E. Cathey), and, oh yeah,…

Gotti's weird anti-critic campaign is spawning some very believable conspiracy theories

Yesterday, we reported on the bizarre marketing tactics being used to promote John Travolta’s terribly received John Gotti biopic, Gotti. The movie’s marketing team railed against “troll” critics who lambasted the film and used the Rotten Tomatoes audience rating to justify the claim that “audiences loved Gotti.”…

AMC launches subscription service in grumpy effort to compete with MoviePass

For almost a year now, movie fans have been enjoying the benefits of MoviePass, a subscription service (and by most accounts a wildly unsustainable business model) letting people see a movie a day for the flat fee of about ten bucks a month. Now, AMC has looked at the company’s popularity, and grouchily said, “We want…