In the feminist fairy tales of 1998, the princess saves herself

“A woman’s heart is an ocean of secrets.” Titanic’s unofficial thesis receives flak to this day, as 21 years of hindsight confirm that, yeah, it’s strange and perhaps not very romantic for a 100-year-old woman to live her whole life in service of a man she knew for three days. In short, despite James Cameron’s…

Sam Raimi’s bright, fun Spider-Man doubled as a valentine to a post-9/11 New York

Sony Pictures could’ve owned the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it could’ve owned it for cheap. The rights to the Spider-Man character had been bouncing around Hollywood for more than a decade before Sony finally got ahold of them in 1998. (The studio had to trade away to MGM its rights to make an alternate…

Sofia Coppola twists an old Clint Eastwood vehicle, The Beguiled, into arty pulp

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Beneath the incessant chirp of crickets, explosions rumble like distant thunder. Somewhere nearby, cannons are firing away. For the girls and the women of Sofia Coppola’s elegantly spare, psychosexual Civil War drama The Beguiled, this daily broadcast from the front lines—muffled by the foliage, accompanying the…

Kirsten Dunst thinks the Spider-Man movies she was in are the best

It’s been 10 years since Spider-Man 3 brought Sam Raimi’s vision of the smartass superhero to an end, but the character’s already been rebooted twice. There were Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies, which saw Andrew Garfield play Peter Parker as more of an angry nerd, and now Tom Holland’s donned the primary-colored…

Kirsten Dunst to star in AMC’s dark comedy series from the director of The Lobster

Kirsten Dunst is about to get weird, as Deadline reports that the Spider-Man and Fargo star has signed on for a new TV series from Yorgos Lanthimos, director of Dogtooth and The Lobster. Titled On Becoming A God In Central Florida, the series is being developed at AMC, and would star Dunst as a “minimum-wage Orlando…

Good performances can’t blast Hidden Figures out of prestige convention

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Though it’s set in the early ’60s, Hidden Figures swiftly racks up plot points and details that seem torn from 2016 headlines. Broadly, it’s about institutional racism and sexism in a divided country; more specifically, Russia provides the unseen bad guys; it features two cast members from the celebrated 2016 release …

Hacker sentenced to 18 months in jail for Hollywood nude photo theft

Ryan Collins, a 36-year-old man who hacked into Apple’s iCloud service in 2014, releasing stolen nude photos of actresses—including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, and hundreds more—onto the internet, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. Collins plead guilty to the crime back in March,…

Kirsten Dunst to direct Dakota Fanning in an adaptation of The Bell Jar

Kirsten Dunst is going to chase that (well-deserved) Emmy nomination high by tackling her first feature film in the director’s chair. The Fargo actress has a couple of shorts under her belt—Welcome and Bastard, which screened at Sundance and Cannes, respectively—but now Deadline reports that she’ll helm an adaptation…

Michael Shannon chases the boy with the lens flare eyes in the Midnight Special trailer

Michael Shannon puts on his most intense face—that is to say, his regular face—in the trailer for Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special. Nichols, who directed Shannon in Take Shelter and also made Mud with Matthew McConaughey, crafts this tale of a child who seems to be at the center of a manhunt due to his unnatural…