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It’s not exactly a spoiler to say that by minute 11 of the opening episode of “Riches,” there’s a power struggle. The new Prime Video drama series centers on the fortunes of Flair & Glory, a UK-based cosmetics company that prides itself on being one of the beauty industry’s premiere businesses, Black-owned or otherwise. Yet, when the man at the top of that pyramid falls, it’s up to the rest of the family to fill the void he left behind. Put it off as long as you can, but it’s a near-impossibility to talk about “Riches” without addressing the similarities its premise shares with one of TV’s heaviest hitters. The center of the Venn diagram between “Riches” and “Succession” has things that aren’t necessarily proprietary to the latter...
As Beth Dutton likes to say, “You are the trailer park. I am the tornado.” She is the resident badass at the heart of Taylor Sheridan’s “Yellowstone.” Her anger is controlled and deliberate; so is her calculating mind. She can kiss her father goodbye and financially destroy a company or ruin someone’s life. She’s a warrior in designer pumps. But I’m gonna say it: “Yellowstone” may have a Beth Dutton problem. Beth’s been through a lot. She’s been beaten, threatened with sexual assault, blown up, and thanks to her half-brother Jamie (Wes Bentley) underwent forced sterilization as a teenager. Her IDGAF attitude is refreshing; in a television landscape where women are often viewed as “likable” or “unlikable,” Beth lives and breathes for...
Val Kilmer delighted fans with his “Top Gun: Maverick” cameo earlier this year, but he came close to reprising another one of his beloved 1980s roles in 2022. In addition to his return to the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, he almost went back to the fantasy world of “Willow.” In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Willow” showrunner Jonathan Kasdan revealed that Kilmer came very close to reprising his role as Madmartigan on the Disney+ series. “We really wanted Val to come be in the show,” Kasdan said. “And Val really wanted to come out and be in the show. I remember going to see Val right after this thing started to get some momentum, and I said, ‘Listen, we’re doing this. And the whole world...
When Lucasfilm announced that Harrison Ford would don his iconic bullwhip and fedora one last time in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” fans immediately began to speculate about the future of the “Indiana Jones” series. Few franchises are so synonymous with a single actor, but in an era where no I.P. is ever truly dead, many wondered if Disney had plans to pass the baton to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays Indiana Jones’ goddaughter in the upcoming film. James Mangold is sick of that speculation. The filmmaker, who takes over for Steven Spielberg as the director of “The Dial of Destiny,” wants fans to know that Harrison Ford is irreplaceable. In a reply to a since-deleted tweet from a fan asking if Waller-Bridge would be leading...
Natasha Lyonne just might be the first female Philip Marlowe. The “Russian Doll” Emmy nominee channeled the iconic fictional detective for the upcoming Peacock series “Poker Face,” premiering January 26. Produced by Rian Johnson, “Poker Face” follows private eye Charlie Cale (Lyonne), who travels across America to solve bizarre crimes. “I’d always been obsessed with all iterations of Philip Marlowe,” Lyonne told Nylon about her inspiration for the role. “And I’ve long admired and imitated some of our great mumblers who were often noir types. [After] ‘Russian Doll’ came out, I guess people were noticing that aspect of my personhood.” Lyonne directs an episode of the series and also executive produces the show, which features guest...
Steven Spielberg has helmed 32 movies and counting, but he can’t quite keep track of all the actors that he’s worked with. “Stranger Things” star David Harbour revealed that Spielberg forgot he starred in the 2005 film “War of the Worlds.” While Harbour’s scene was eventually cut from the final film, he was credited as a “dock worker” on the production, he told Yahoo!. The scene included Harbour and lead actor Tom Cruise at a bar together. “I don’t know if you remember the movie, but [Cruise’s character] works nights and he gets off work at the dock and he goes and he’s late to pick up his kid. And that’s where the mom gets really mad at him for being a deadbeat dad sort of situation,” Harbour explained. “Well, in the original...
“Los Espookys,” HBO’s Spanish-language comedy series, has been canceled after two seasons at the network, IndieWire has confirmed. Created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen, “Los Espookys” focused on a group of aimless friends who turn their love of the horror genre into a business where they trick people into thinking the supernatural is real. All three co-creators starred in the series along with Bernardo Velasco and Cassandra Ciangherotti as the Espookys. The show initially premiered in 2019, then went on a pandemic-induced, three-year hiatus before premiering its second season this past September. “We are thrilled we could deliver the unique and hilarious second season of ‘Los Espookys’ to viewers finally, more than...
Lars von Trier is not melancholic about the state of his career after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The “Melancholia” auteur opened up about his next projects since revisiting his cult favorite ’90s series “The Kingdom” with new season “The Kingdom Exodus.” “I don’t have this idea that there’s a film I haven’t made yet that has to be made, right now,” von Trier told The New Yorker. “Also, because of this Parkinson’s I’ve picked up, I could live with not doing more films.” The director added, “I’m very aware of the risk of doing what I call old-man films. These are the films that happen because you have a house that is too big, and you’re striving to repeat your success.” Von Trier added that “The House That Jack Built,”...
Trevor Noah had to correct a so-called fan for insisting that he was The Weeknd. The “Daily Show” host had to correct the fan that he was not in fact the “Often” singer, and recalled the story during an appearance on the “Today” show. “This guy comes up to me in the stands, and he’s with his wife, and he said, ‘Hey man, can I get a picture?'” Noah said. “And I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, um, okay.’ Then he’s like, ‘You’re The Weekend, right?'” The comedian continued, “I said, ‘No, I’m not The Weekend.’ And he’s like, ‘No, you’re The Weeknd.’ I said, ‘I’m not The Weekend, sir. So, we don’t need to take this picture, then.’ And he’s like, ‘You’re lying.'” Noah added that the fan walked away while “confidently” telling his wife, “‘He’s lying...
Dylan O’Brien is a bloody mess in the upcoming drama “Ponyboi.” Based on the 2019 award-winning short film of the same name, “Ponyboi” stars O’Brien, Victoria Pedretti, and Indya Moore, with writer-director River Gallo leading the feature. The official synopsis reads: Ponyboi is an intersex runaway. He works at a laundromat and hustles as a sex worker. But after a mysterious encounter with a man from his dreams, he learns that perhaps he is worthy of leaving his seedy life in New Jersey behind. First-look photos show O’Brien covered in blood, with Pedretti sporting a fake pregnant belly. The duo previously worked together on 2020 anthology series “Amazing Stories.” Gallo co-directed the short alongside Sadé Clacken Joseph, with...
It’s finally here! Months after wowing Comic-Con attendees with an early screening of the first trailer for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Disney went radio silent, leaving fans to rely on people who were in the room for information about the trailer. Anticipation for the trailer has only grown in the months following that panel, but the wait is finally over. As part of today’s film presentation at CCXP23 in São Paolo, the entertainment giant finally let it drop for the entire world to see. The trailer features the return of beloved heroes such as Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax the Destroyer, but it also introduces audiences to some new faces. Maria Bakalova joins the cast as Cosmo the Spacedog, and Chukwudi...
After the success of 2021’s “Bergman Island,” it should be abundantly clear that when Mia Hansen-Løve releases a new relationship drama, cinephiles should take note. The auteur is returning to familiar territory with her latest work, the Léa Seydoux-led infidelity story “One Fine Morning,” which was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival and has now released a trailer ahead of its theatrical run. According to the film’s official synopsis, Sandra (Léa Seydoux) is a widowed young mother raising her daughter on her own, while also caring for her sick father (Pascal Greggory). She’s dealing with the loss of the relationship she once had with her father, while she and her mother and sister fight to get him the care he requires. At the same time...
An over-inflated B movie with little gold delusions of grandeur, Antoine Fuqua’s thoroughly Oscar-pilled “Emancipation” is the kind of immaculate misfire that could only happen because Hollywood is spinning off its axis. Because the American film industry has sacrificed medium-budget programmers at the altar of monolithic franchise blockbusters, original stories can only expect to be told if they feed into the awards machine and/or manufacture a sense of cultural significance. That’s how you wind up with the director of “Olympus Has Fallen” making a stiff-jawed slavery epic that desperately wants to be something a lot smaller — and a little less important. That was never an option. By virtue of its release date, subject matter, and...
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