The caper comedy Ocean's 8 is more knock-off than spin-off

C

A belated spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s caper comedies (minus the earlier films’ wit, chemistry, and style), Ocean’s 8 could learn a thing or two about brevity and craft: It belabors the basic plot points Ocean’s 11 dispatched with a single cut or smirk, the result a hacky imitation of the series’ glitzy…

Sandra Bullock makes some glamorous new friends in the Ocean's 8 trailer

As promised by yesterday’s trailer for the trailer, this morning Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for the upcoming all-female (well, mostly female—hi, James Corden) heist flick Ocean’s 8. The trailer opens with Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) at her parole hearing, saying that, if given another chance at…

Practical Magic director Griffin Dunne got an exorcism after being cursed by a “witch consultant”

Practical Magic is a perfectly fine late ’90s rom-com, with two charismatic leads (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), strong supporting turns by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest, and the added fun of witchcraft against the backdrop of a lovely seaside town. Yet the movie got lousy reviews—it topped out at 20…

Here’s how they made Speed’s immortal bus-jump scene

Speed is one of the great ’90s action movies, a clean post-Die Hard action flick that elevated a preposterous (but compelling) premise with Keanu Reeves’ physical showmanship and Sandra Bullock’s considerable charisma. But that almost wasn’t the case. Stephen Baldwin actually turned down the role before it went to…

Chicago’s crime of the century has inspired 4 movies—so far

Decades before the O.J. Simpson case, there was already a “crime of the century” for the 1900s. Now nearly a century old, the case still has a long-standing impact, not just where it happened (Chicago) but in our culture overall: Multiple movies have been made about it, with such actors as Dean Stockwell and Ryan…

Keanu Reeves boards a bus that can’t slow down for one of the great ’90s action movies

There was a science to the ’90s Hollywood studio action movie. It had to have movie stars: People who were charming and pretty, not square-jawed and ripped to shreds, as they had been in the ’80s. It had to take place in environments that were at least vaguely familiar. It had to have a flamboyant insane-genius…

Damian Lewis joins the “all-female” Ocean’s Eight

For a film typically described as a an “all-female spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven,” the upcoming Ocean’s Eight sure is going to have a lot of men in it. We already knew that Matt Damon would pop up for some kind of cameo, presumably to reassure any concerned Ocean’s fans that the film will acknowledge the main series’…

The con is on as Ocean’s Eight gets a release date

With its crew of beautiful miscreants now in place—and a place for its heist—Ocean’s Eight is set to get one over on audiences in about two years (it’s a long con, we guess). According to Variety, the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spin-off has nabbed a June 8, 2018 release date. Sandra Bullock was the first actor to join…

Anne Hathaway and Rihanna con their way into the all-female Ocean’s Eleven spin-off

Now that the dust has settled over the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, it’s time to turn our attention to the woman-led Ocean’s Eleven spin-off that Warner Bros. has quietly been putting together while we were otherwise distracted by the debate over whether or not ladies can bust ghosts (talk about misdirection). News…

Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter join the all-female Ocean’s Eleven film

Gary Ross and Sandra Bullock have calmly been assembling an all-female heist crew for their all-female heist film that’s more of a “continuation” of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise. When news about the project first broke last fall, Ross (The Hunger Games) was attached to direct, and Bullock announced as George Clooney’s…

It’s Rumor Time: Cate Blanchett might be in the all-female Ocean’s Eleven film

Although it sounded like something out of a fever dream—or just your standard studio exec brunch—news of an all-female Ocean Eleven’s reboot broke last fall, thanks to The Playlist. George Clooney pal and Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock has been tasked with fronting the con-women remake of the 2001 remake of the…

Sandra Bullock to lead an all-female cast in new Ocean’s Eleven movie

If time is a flat circle, and everything that ever was will be again ad infinitum, then we should all be able to take this news of a possible soft reboot of Ocean’s Eleven in stride. Indiewire has an exclusive on the planned sequel and/or remake, which will see Sandra Bullock lead a group of con women. That’s right,…