Marvel's Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur are getting their own animated series

Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur has been one of the quiet delights of the company’s comic book output for a few years now, an all-ages book all about the importance of confidence, trust, and having a giant dinosaur on hand to help you fight off a crush-stricken alien nerd boy or a rampaging Doctor Doom. Drawn by…

Our film critics dive into Richard Linklater’s latest, Last Flag Flying

On this episode of Film Club, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky talk about Last Flag Flying, Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel (of sorts) to the classic Hal Ashby film The Last Detail. It’s billed as the hangout-flick master’s first proper road movie, a 2003-set drama about three Vietnam veterans…

Richard Linklater takes on war and grief in Last Flag Flying

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The films of Richard Linklater, small miracles of humanism and ambivalence, ask simply, “How do we live? What does it mean? Where did it all go?” Many of them are to some extent about America—the leisurely national pastimes of baseball, conspiracy theory, and drugs—or at least Americans, usually southeast or central…

Steve Carell and Bryan Cranston go on a sad road trip in this trailer for Last Flag Flying

The melodramatic, life-affirming road trip is primarily a young person’s game, since only young people have the time and healthy bladders necessary for spending an extended period of time in a car, but that doesn’t mean older people can’t have their own melodramatic, life-affirming road trips. That’s what happens in…

The Matrix hacked Hollywood, upgrading American action with tricks from abroad

We’ve been seeing some weird shit happen in the world lately. Donald Trump, trailing badly in the polls and making an ass of himself for the entire election season, was somehow elected president. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in game seven, in extra innings, after a ninth-inning rain delay. The Golden State…

Laurence Fishburne says Marvel is kicking DC’s ass, but he did like Batman V Superman

Whenever you have a “superheroes fighting other superheroes” storyline, the whole thing pretty much rests on why the heroes are fighting and what will make them stop fighting. In Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman, the impetus for the fighting is that Lex Luthor manipulated Bruce Wayne to convince him that Superman was a…

John Wick: Chapter 2 tackles a burning question: What about the dog?

The John Wick: Chapter 2 panel addressed a question on everyone’s minds: What’s going to happen to the assassin’s new furry pal. The adorable pit bull John picks up at the end of the first movie made an appearance in the trailer for the new installment—after all, the sequel takes place four days after the events of…

Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne join Richard Linklater film

As reported by Variety, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell have signed on to star in Last Flag Flying, the next film from Richard Linklater. The movie is an adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel of the same name, which was a sequel to his 1970 book The Last Detail. That book was previously made…

The Roots remake highlights the evolution of black storytelling

When the original Roots miniseries aired nearly four decades ago, it was unlike anything else on TV: an award-winning historical phenomenon (based on Alex Haley’s bestseller) that broke ratings records with an all-star cast. The story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants was the first honest, horrific TV depiction of…

History Channel’s Roots remake is a worthy, if familiar, journey

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It’s to the credit of History Channel’s reimagining of Alex Haley’s Roots that the most pointed criticism that can be made of it stems from general reboot fatigue. And that fatigue is justified. Must everything old be new again? Especially in the case of Roots, which in its original 1977 miniseries form shattered…

Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane have a standoff in the trailer for Standoff

Apparently, one of the hardest things to learn when you’re an assassin is that you never take off your balaclava until you know for sure that everyone around you is dead. That’s the tough lesson that Laurence Fishburne’s character learns in the first few seconds of this trailer for Standoff, a new film directed by …

Laurence Fishburne to cameo, possibly offer Keanu Reeves drugs in John Wick 2

For fans of films where a killer gets pulled out of retirement to kill some more, the news that Keanu Reeves’ John Wick would return for a sequel was a pretty big deal. Now it looks like fans of simulated realities are in for a treat, too: Gothamist snapped some photos of Reeves’ The Matrix castmate Laurence Fishburne…

Laurence Fishburne to play Nelson Mandela in BET’s Madiba miniseries

Laurence Fishburne will soon be taking time off from his granddad role on Black-ish to serve as the Father Of Freedom: he’s just been cast as the late Nelson Mandela in BET’s upcoming miniseries, Madiba. Deadline reports that Fishburne, who once got Furious and political for John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood, will…

Laurence Fishburne is now part of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s sci-fi romance

Passengers, the sci-fi romance starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, is about to get even more sci-fi romantic as The Hollywood Reporter says that Laurence Fishburne is in talks to join the project in an unspecified role. The movie is about a guy (Pratt, we assume) waking up early from his cryogenic sleep on a…

Laurence Fishburne is playing Alex Haley in that new version of Roots

It was with great fanfare that The History Channel announced earlier this year that it’s remaking Roots, the groundbreaking TV miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel of the same name. This iteration will use elements of Haley’s novel, but it will also incorporate new scholarship published since the original’s release,…