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

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…

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…

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’…

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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…