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Why the Hell Would They Make Another Toy Story Movie?

Just when you thought youd cried your last tear over Toy Story When it was announced that there would be a fourth film in the Toy Story franchise, most people wondered why. In fact, it was even irritating. Not only was Disney and Pixar seems to have arrived at is: Why not? And you know what? Were OK with that. This isnt a surrender to commercial cynicism; what with Men in Black: International, and Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tony Hale, is trash. At least, he thinks he is. Hes a…

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He Gave Birth to His Sonand Filmed It for You to See

Its not an unusual occurrence: Child care needs and work commitments have forced single dad Freddy McConnell and me to shuffle our interview appointment a few times. So when we finally connect and I can hear the faint cries of a child in the background, I am surprised and delighted. Is that his son? No, McConnell laughs, explaining that hes taking the call from the beach in Deal, England, where he lives. Thats another random baby. Wants an ice cream, I think. Though McConnell spent three years extensively documenting his…

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Yesterday: A Musical Fairy Tale That Asks What if the Beatles Didnt Exist?

Introducing Yesterday at the closing night of the Robert De Niro had a unique reason for endorsing the film. It made him think of a world in which there was no the Beatles never existed? The new film, directed by Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Love Actually) is a musical fairy tale of sortsor a musical nightmare, depending on your devotion to the Fab Four and purview of a world without them in it. It is without a doubt a high-concept Richard Curtis romantic comedy, featuring the hallmarks of his…

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Taron Egerton’s ‘Rocketman’ looks like a better ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Taron Egerton as Elton John in 'Rocketman'.Image: David Appleby / Paramount Pictures Bohemian Rhapsody was so 2018. 2019 will be the year of Rocketman. The Elton John biopic shared about seven minutes of footage at Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation Thursday, and while this reporter is on the fence about whether or not it looks good, I feel fairly confident saying it’s going to make a ton of money. The extended first look follows Reginald Dwight from his very early years as a shy kid with a natural talent for classical piano,…

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Rabbits Are Now Hollywood’s Creepiest Creatures: An Investigation

First, it was The Favourite. Then, Us. Last weekend, it was Saturday Night Live. For months now, rabbits—those cotton-tailed mammals beloved by Of Mice and Men's Lennie and 4-H kids—have been appearing onscreen in varied roles. Not soft or cuddly, but symbols of danger and malice. What happened? Did we—The Culture™—collectively decide bunnies were the creepiest creatures of the moment? If so, what act of evil have they done to deserve this? Have we imbued our furry friends with false meaning, or are they actually, secretly vessels of villainy? These…

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The Broad City Finale Was Just About Perfect

NEWSLETTERS The Daily Beasts Obsessed Everything we cant stop loving, hating, and thinking about this week in pop culture. By Clicking "Subscribe" you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy This week: Crying through the Broad City finale. Freaking out over an Us fan theory. The Elton John biopics gay panic. Avengers: Endgame trying my last nerve. But Chris Evans remains perfect. Adele and J.Laws big night out. The Broad City Finale Was Just About Perfect On Thursday night, Abbi and Ilana had one last adventure.…

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How The Matrix Built a Bullet-Proof Legacy

One day in 1992, Lawrence Mattis opened up his mail to find an unsolicited screenplay from two unknown writers. It was a dark, nasty, almost defiantly uncommercial tale of cannibalism and class warfare—the type of story that few execs in Hollywood would want to tell. Yet it was exactly the kind of movie Mattis was looking for. Only a few years earlier, Mattis, in his late twenties, had abandoned a promising legal career to start a talent company, Circle of Confusion, with the aim of discovering new writers to represent.…

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The Raw, Stunning Film the Marine Corps Doesnt Want You to See

The new Combat Obscura doesn't introduce itself, explain itself, or end in a satisfying way. It's weird, funny, disturbing, brutal, and heartbreakingand one of the best documentaries in years. Combat Obscura is directed by Miles Lagoze, a former Afghanistan with a battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment based in North Carolina. After getting out of the Marine Corps and spending a little time processing his experiences, Lagoze, now 29, enrolled in film school at

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Adorable ‘Toy Story 4’ trailer reunites Woody, Buzz, and pals

The original Toy Story is 24 years old at this point, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at these guys. Buzz and Woody don’t look a day over, um, whatever age they were in that one. Which isn’t to say nothing has changed. Bo Peep’s got a new look, for one. And there are lots of new characters to meet, like Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), and Forky the spork (Tony Hale).  These toys may not be young anymore, but clearly, they’ve got a lot of…

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ has a terrifying new trailer, so good luck avoiding nightmares tonight

Were you planning on sleeping tonight? You were? Well, too bad, because a new Us trailer is here to ruin your night. Jordan Peele’s latest horror movie stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents of a totally adorable family whose vacation takes a very dark turn when some unexpected visitors show up. As Peele explained, the film is all about how we are our own worst enemies. So go ahead. Give in to your dark impulses. Hit “play” again. Even if you know you’re not going to be able…

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‘Bird Box’s mysterious monster is inspiring lots of online discussions

Netflix's 'Bird Box' stars Sandra Bullock and mysterious monsters.Image: Saeed Adyani / Netflix Spoiler alert: this post contains some spoilers for the movie Bird Box. Netflix’s new horror movie Bird Box has been receiving some decent critical reception since its release on Friday, but despite some of its faults, viewers can’t stop talking about the movie. Specifically, people are enamored with the monster of Bird Box, if you can even call it a monster. While many horror movies explain what it is that’s haunting the protagonists, Bird Box keeps its…

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‘Artemis Fowl’ comes to life in Disney’s teaser trailer

Disney is making the 2001 novel Artemis Fowl into a movie and honestly it’s surprising that it took this long considering Hollywood’s rapacious appetite for adapting popular books into films. Artemis Fowl‘s first teaser trailer gives us quick glimpses at the fantastical world, including the titular criminal boy himself, the fairy he kidnaps for ransom money, and some of the expansive underground dwellings that are hidden away from most of the human race. To add to the somber vibe of the movie, we’ve got some nice Radiohead music to go…

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‘Deadpool 2’ PG-13 edit gets a twisted, family-friendly trailer

What’s better than a Deadpoolsequel? Two sequels, with different ratings, out in the same year! Once Upon A Deadpool will revisit Deadpool 2 “filtered through the prism of childlike innocence” – a.k.a. edited to fit a PG-13 rating. Once Upon A Deadpool frames the previously explicit movie as a bedtime story Deadpool reads to Fred Savage – you know, like The Princess Bride. However, as Savage is quick to note, he’s an adult man now, and the gimmick doesn’t have the same heartwarming, family-friendly feeling (Deadpool has him tied up).…

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ is a sweet and surprisingly savvy take on the web

Ralph and Vanellope meet Yesss in Ralph Breaks the Internet.Image: Disney “The internet is nothing to laugh at. It’s new and different and we should fear it.” It’s an odd line to hear in 2018, when everyone from your 4-year-old nephew to your 95-year-old grandmother knows their way around a Facebook page.  In Ralph Breaks the Internet, though, it’s being said to what might be the last demographic to never have heard of the internet: fictional characters whose video games have never been connected to wifi. And if the version…

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If these nerdy shoes designs were ever brought to life, we’d be broke

Image: bob al-greene/mashable Whether you’re drawn to the blockbuster movies, to Netflix, to old-school cartoons or to the comics that started it all, you know by now that it’s Marvel’s world and we’re only living in it. It’s tough, sometimes, to know that you’re a teeny, tiny cog in a massive corporate entertainment empire, that no matter how much you tweet about Black Widow’s character assassination you know you’re still buying tickets for Avengers 4 in 2019. We see you, and we hear you, emotionally exhausted Marvel fans. It’s okay…

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