Will Smith's Netflix blockbuster Bright is stunning in its audacity—and its stupidity

Finally, high fantasy for the sunglasses-on-the-back-of-the-head set. If nothing else, you have to admire the audacity of the Netflix executives who greenlit Bright: The core conceit of this film—a violent, R-rated cop movie that just so happens to have fantasy creatures in it—is so batshit bonkers that it’s kind of…

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Guy tries to mansplain Indiana Jones’ costume to the woman who designed it

Here’s another cautionary tale for men who plan to be obnoxious on the internet any time soon. After a screenshot from a recent Jeopardy! episode was shared on Facebook, one foolish dude took to the comments to argue that a question about the inspiration for Indiana Jones’ outfit in Raiders Of The Lost Ark was…

The cast of Dirk Gently debates whether or not things happen for a reason

“Everything is connected” is the motto for BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a show that routinely puts Dirk (Samuel Barnett) at the center of a web of randomness and coincidences (or “coinkydinks”), promising that their’s a method to the madness. We asked the cast and creators of Dirk Gently if…

Max Landis discovers music criticism, writes hundreds of pages about Carly Rae Jepsen

Max Landis, director, writer, and producer on films like Chronicle and American Ultra, has discovered that songs have meaning. In a sprawling, slickly designed website, Landis presents a multi-part article (he calls it “a living document”) discussing his grand theory of Carly Rae Jepsen’s thematic concerns. Because…

Max Landis’ reboot of Power Rangers seems a lot more fun than the one we’re getting

Power Rangers, a big-screen reboot of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise, hits U.S. theaters in late March and, surprise surprise, it looks as gloomy and self-serious as many other supposed-to-be-for-kids franchises these days. Just watch the trailer; it’s got a freakin’ Halsey cover of Johnny Cash playing…

Mindy Kaling, Tonya Harding, and a meta take on Titanic lead the 2016 Black List

Mindy Kaling, Tonya Harding, Madonna, and Lax Mandis—not to be confused with Max Landis—all make appearances in one way or another on this year’s Black List, the annual collection of Hollywood film executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays. However, Kaling’s contribution, an untitled script about women in late-night…

Max Landis’ Dirk Gently series is here to holistically yell at you

Back in August of 2014, Max Landis—the writer of Chronicle, American Ultra, and a lot of tweets and blog posts about what Max Landis would do if he was given control of this or that popular franchise—announced that he was starting work on a TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Two…

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The BBC’s Dirk Gently series has detected its lead

BBC America’s upcoming Dirk Gently comedy sci-fi series has cast Samuel Barnett as the show’s titular detective/con-man, Deadline reports. The 35-year-old British actor—who viewers might recognize from the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending and HBO’s John Adams—will star opposite Elijah Wood, who has already signed on as…

Elijah Wood is joining Max Landis’ Dirk Gently show as an original character

It’s been a few years since we heard anything from Dirk Gently, the latest effort to turn Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams’ second-best-known sci-fi comedy series into successful TV. Now, Deadline is reporting that the BBC America show—written by intermittently tolerable Hollywood wunderkind Max…