The long-take action shot has moved from an auteur move to a special-effects showcase

Extended, single-take shots are like a magic trick. As moviegoers, our eyes have grown so accustomed to jump cuts and other editing techniques that when a single take goes on for more than 60 seconds, we become a bit mesmerized. For the first time, the film is reflecting what it’s like to experience the world through…

Creed 2 gets a new director with Steven Caple Jr. replacing Sylvester Stallone

According to Variety, The Land director Steven Caple Jr. has stepped in to direct Creed 2, with original Creed director Ryan Coogler stepping back to an executive producer role as he wraps up Black Panther. Back in October, Sylvester Stallone—who appeared in the previous movie and co-wrote the sequel’s script—claimed…

Michael B. Jordan (and his parents) answer 73 questions in 8 minutes

Though it can seem like Michael B. Jordan is, deservedly, in absolutely everything these days, there are still so many things we don’t know about the ubiquitous 30-year-old actor. For instance, what’s his favorite movie? Where’s a place he’d love to visit? And what the hell does the B stand for? Luckily, in the most…

It’s Rumor Time: Ivan Drago might actually be in Creed 2

Ryan Coogler’s Creed was much better than anyone really predicted, which means it’s pretty much guaranteed to get a sequel at some point—even if Coogler doesn’t come back. Naturally, Sylvester Stallone couldn’t be happier about the idea of a sequel, and last January he even offered up some suggestions about where the…

Newly sober Scott Stapp claims to have been visited by Scott Weiland’s ghost

Your experiences with Scott Stapp over the course of the past, say, 10 years have probably been exclusively via his long, public meltdown. Thanks to a potent cocktail of alcohol, drugs, fame, and intensely unlikeable messianic butt-rock, he has become an emblem for the ugly after-effects of the Clear Channel corporate…

Here’s what’s coming to (and leaving from) Hulu in November

November is approaching fast, and though we definitely know there’s something happening that month we’re supposed to remember, we have no idea what it is. It’s some kind of important civic duty we’re supposed to participate in within the first eight days or so, but that doesn’t help much. Oh well, hopefully the new…

Pop-Tarts and Step Brothers: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…

Read This: Women cinematographers on working as DPs in male-dominated field

About 2 percent of the 2013’s top 250 top-grossing films were shot by female directors of photography. The fact that many readers probably don’t know whether that’s high or low speaks to a real problem in the film industry. To that point, Vulture recently published a compilation interview with three of the most…

Read This: The history of “jawn,” Philadelphia’s favorite all-purpose word

If a visitor to Philadelphia becomes completely confused trying to figure out what the locals are saying to one another, the mysterious word “jawn” might be to blame. “Jawn” is one of the city’s favorite, most prized expressions. By virtue of having no specific meaning whatsoever, it can be employed to mean all kinds…