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Newswire: Super Troopers 2 is coming out on the big weed day

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The original Super Troopers movie from the Broken Lizard guys was partly a goofy movie about goofy cops, but it was also largely a goofy movie about smoking those good drugs and saying weird stuff about snozzberries to goofy cops. With a crowdfunded sequel on the way now, the filmmakers have decided to throw in a subtle shoutout to fans of both the first movie and marijuana cigarettes by announcing that Super Troopers 2 will be released on none other than April 20, 2018—a date known colloquially as “the big weed day.” This comes from Variety, which also notes that this will be a full 16 years since the first movie had its premiere.

We don’t know much about the sequel other than that original director Jay Chandrasekhar will be directing, with the other members of the aforementioned Broken Lizard comedy troupe—Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: R.I.P. Jerry Lewis, legendary comedian

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As confirmed by Variety, legendary slapstick comedian Jerry Lewis—possibly better known in recent years for his famous Muscular Dystrophy telethon—has died. He was 91.

Born Joseph Levitch in 1926 to a vaudeville entertainer father and piano player mother, Lewis’ career in show business essentially began before he was even a teenager, with singing and doing comedy as a kid at resorts in the Catskills. By 15, he perfected a comedy routine that involved performing overly dramatic and ridiculous pantomimes to popular songs. The gag became enough of a hit that Lewis’ comedy career started to take off, and as he Lewis started booking more gigs on the road, Lewis crossed paths with a young Dean Martin. The two of them became a double act in 1946, with Martin acting as the straight man to Lewis’ antics, and both of their careers took off over the next ten years »

- Sam Barsanti

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Avq&A: Tell us about your pop culture weekend: August 18-20

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We’ve expanded the definition of Avq&A—our weekly thought-starter—by asking you (and us) a simple question each week: What pop culture did you consume this weekend, and what did you think of it? If you have suggestions for Avq&A questions, big or small, you can email them to us here. »

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Newswire: Billy Idol was supposed to play the T-1000 in Terminator 2

19 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT

One of the greatest action classics of the 1990s almost had a very different, ”Rebel Yell”-y sort of vibe. That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, which recently talked to Terminator 2 star Robert Patrick about the film’s upcoming re-release, and who revealed that his star-making turn as the icily lethal T-1000 almost went to singer Billy Idol instead. “Billy Idol was set to do the role of the T-1000, as I understand,” Patrick said. “I can tell you that I saw Billy’s image when I went to Stan Winston after I got the role. Unfortunately, he got into a motorcycle accident and busted up his leg, so he wasn’t able to physically do what the role demanded.”

Speaking of those demands: Patrick—whose agent apparently sold him to the movie’s casting directors as a steely hybrid of “David Bowie and James Dean”—talked about »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: The Josie And The Pussycats soundtrack is coming out on vinyl

19 August 2017 9:59 AM, PDT

Ensuring that the next time you’re cuddling with that special someone, you can hop over to the turntable and spin them a little “Backdoor Lover,” Pitchfork reports that the Josie And The Pussycats soundtrack is making its way to vinyl. Produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and featuring work from a number of influential songwriters of the early 2000s (plus Letters To Cleo’s Kay Hanley on lead vocals), the Pussycats soundtrack was significantly more successful than its attendant movie (despite the latter’s hard-won status as a satirical cult-classic).

The album is being reissued by Mondo, which is putting together a big event in L.A. to commemorate the release. The film’s directors, Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, will be in attendance, while Hanley will be on hand to play a Josie And The Pussycats set. »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: Judge shuts down Roman Polanksi’s ongoing efforts to get rape case dismissed

18 August 2017 6:10 PM, PDT

A U.S. judge has once again shut down efforts by Roman Polanski to get the 40-year-old rape case against him dismissed, with Variety reporting that Judge Scott Gordon refused to end the case today without Polanski submitting himself before an American court. The ruling came despite the requests of Samantha Gemier, who was 13 when Polanski sexually assaulted her in 1977, and who has asked that the case be put to rest “as an act of mercy to myself and my family.”

Polanksi—who can’t be extradited from his home in Paris thanks to his French citizenship, but who faces travel issues due to his extra-legal status—has been trying for years, and especially for the last six months, to get the case against him dismissed. But Gordon was adamant that Polanski wouldn’t be rewarded for a four-decade flight from the U.S. legal system. “The defendant »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: Let’s all go into the spooky woods to watch Evil Dead 2 with Bruce Campbell

18 August 2017 3:25 PM, PDT

In an opportunity that in no way sounds like it will end with a bunch of comedy-horror nerds getting transformed into goo-spewing Deadites or malevolent Pov shots, the Alamo Drafthouse and Syfy are offering a chance for fans go out into the spooky woods and watch Evil Dead 2 with star Bruce Campbell, Ash Williams himself. Scheduled for September 14, the showing of Sam Raimi’s gory homage to zombie flicks and old-school Three Stooges shorts is being offered as part of the network’s SYFY25 Screening series, celebrating landmarks in horror and sci-fi cinema.

Your $55 ticket will get you into the screening—located at The Music Ranch in Austin, Texas—as well as a copy of Campbell’s book, Hail To The Chin. All that we ask is that nobody actually read aloud from the book while they’re out there in the forest, lest the incantations and »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: Don Hertzfeldt is making a sequel to World Of Tomorrow

18 August 2017 3:03 PM, PDT

On days like these, when the only joys we are still able to experience seem to be spiteful ones, what we need most is something pure. Something beautiful, even if it’s devastating at the same time. Something that gives us something to look forward to. Something like this:

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- Katie Rife

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Film Club: Logan Lucky is a casual comeback for Steven Soderbergh

18 August 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

Whatever pretense of retirement Steven Soderbergh has been maintaining these past few years finally, officially collapses with Logan Lucky, his first theatrical directorial effort since 2013’s Side Effects. On this episode of Film Club, staff critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky discuss why it’s great to have this ambassador of cool back (even if he never really left), while also acknowledging that the movie—a Southern heist comedy starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and a cast-against-type Daniel Craig—is more breezy fun than triumphant return. »

- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Great Job, Internet!: John Saxon’s unproduced Nightmare On Elm Street prequel has a crazy twist

18 August 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

John Saxon is a national treasure, a reliable character actor who’s appeared in two of this nation’s greatest horror movies: 1974’s Black Christmas and, a decade later, the first A Nightmare on Elm Street (not to mention its second sequel, Dream Warriors). In the latter two, he played protagonist Nancy Thompson’s father, who we soon learned was, along with the rest of his neighbors, part of the reason why Freddy Krueger started killing in the first place. Well, Freddy must’ve been haunting his dreams in real life, too, because in 1987—the year Dream Warriors was released—he wrote a treatment for a heretofore unseen prequel to the film.

It surfaced this week on eBay, when people noticed user TheMovieWizard was auctioning off a “pitch package” for the film entitled How the Nightmare on Elm Street All Began. While Freddy has an origin story, nobody »

- Randall Colburn

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Newswire: You will soon learn to appreciate the Jabba The Hutt spin-off in development

18 August 2017 1:15 PM, PDT

Disney wants a whole galaxy of Star Wars spin-offs, it seems—with the young Han Solo movie nearing the finish line with Ron Howard at the helm, news broke yesterday that Stephen Daldry is in line to direct a solo Obi-Wan film. That project is reportedly still in very early stages, but the studio presumably knows that Ewan McGregor would happily provide some more bearded handsomeness and wry counsel. This is in addition to the standalone Boba Fett movie that was announced back in 2015.

Now we’ve learned that the lineup will also make room for a spin-off about Tatooine-based crime lord Jabba The Hutt. Variety’s post on the Obi-Wan standalone pic had that tidbit nestled in with a reference to the Boba Fett movie, but all projects are reportedly in development. Now that he’s got a lot more free time on his hands—and assuming he »

- Danette Chavez

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Newswire: Patty Jenkins has been holding out for a male director-sized payday

18 August 2017 11:23 AM, PDT

Ever since Wonder Woman made its triumphant debut, reuniting director Patty Jenkins with star Gal Gadot for the sequel that’s already been scheduled for a December 2019 release has seemed like a real no-brainer. But while word broke that Jenkins was working on a treatment for Wonder Woman 2—which will reportedly be set during the Cold War—there was no official announcement from Warner Bros. And yet, there was also no reason to think Jenkins, who imbued the Dceu with some much-needed humor and color, wouldn’t be asked back.

But while we’ve been doing all this speculation and mental negotiation on behalf of the director, who scored the best opening ever for a woman-helmed film as well as the best global box-office takes for a live-action film made by woman, she’s been looking at the big picture. According to Deadline, Jenkins has been holding out »

- Danette Chavez

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Odds And Sods: Logan’s production designer on bringing a not-quite post-apocalyptic world to life

18 August 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Logan surprised us earlier this year by being an uber-violent but measured character drama, a notable departure from most modern-day superhero flicks. The film paints a vivid picture of a somewhat post-apocalyptic United States where the majority of the country’s mutants have been wiped out. Helping bring this vision to life is production designer François Audouy. After a production designers’ autograph session at this year’s Comic-Con, we sat down with Audouy to see how he approached creating the world we see in Logan. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Sponsored Trailer: Brigsby Bear

17 August 2017 10:00 PM, PDT

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Newswire: Fox CEO James Murdoch calls out Trump, donates $1M to the Adl

17 August 2017 8:55 PM, PDT

Last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia—and Donald Trump’s continued insistence on blaming the violence that broke out in the city on “many sides” as the week has gone on—has drawn the ire of yet another high-profile media figure, with Variety reporting that James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, issued an internal memo today calling out the president, and pledging a $1 million donation to the Anti-Defamation League. Murdoch—the likely heir-apparent to his father, News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch—has oversight over all of the properties in the Fox Entertainment Group, including Fox News.

In his memo to his employees today, Murdoch talked about the need to denounce Nazis, wherever they pop up. “I can’t even believe I have to write this,” he states. “Standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and »

- William Hughes

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Coming Distractions: John Cho investigates a glitzy Hollywood murder in this trailer for Gemini

17 August 2017 6:51 PM, PDT

The old “Checkhov’s gun” rule—which basically says that a weapon introduced in the first act of a story must be fired by the third, or else it shouldn’t be there at all—doesn’t usually apply to movie trailers and their truncated storylines, but half of this trailer for Aaron Katz’s Gemini is basically all about waiting for the gun to go off. Set in the glitzy, neon streets of Hollywood, the trailer opens with Zoë Kravitz’s starlet worried enough about something that she decides to carry a revolver around, and the rest of the trailer is about John Cho investigating her apparent murder and questioning the suspicious behavior of her assistant (played by Lola Kirke). The trailer doesn’t come right out and say that Kirke murdered Kravitz, because that would probably spoil the movie, but it really seems to be leading the viewer »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Radiohead’s drummer is getting into the movie soundtrack game, too

17 August 2017 4:47 PM, PDT

There’s been a push in recent years for the elder statesmen of alt-music—your Trent Reznors or your Jonny Greenwoods, say—to slide into the world of film score composing, applying skills honed through years of meticulous album work and touring toward big emotional movie moments in films like The Social Network or There Will Be Blood. Now, Greenwood’s long-time Radiohead collaborator, drummer Philip Selway, is getting in on the game, composing the soundtrack for the upcoming drama Let Me Go.

Directed by Polly Steele, the film is based on Helga Schneider’s memoir of the same name, about Schneider struggling with learning that her mother was a guard in a German concentration camp. Selway’s soundtrack for the film—described in a press release as “otherworldly” and “jagged”— will arrive on October 27; outside his work with Radiohead, Selway is also responsible for two other full albums »

- William Hughes

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Newswire: Emma Stone dethrones Jennifer Lawrence on Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses

17 August 2017 2:40 PM, PDT

Unfortunately for Jennifer Lawrence, she’s going to fall just short of pulling off the coveted Forbes hat trick, as her two-year streak of being the highest-paid actress has been ended by surprise contender Emma Stone. Mostly thanks to the success of La La Land and an uncredited cameo in Popstar: Never Stop Stopping, Stone managed to rake in $26 million last year, bumping Lawrence to third place with $24 million. The totals in general are a fairly big step down from last year, when Lawrence made $46 million, but it’s a lot of money either way.

Jennifer Aniston joined Jennifer Lawrence in defending the honor of Jennifers everywhere, landing in second place with $25.5 million thanks to Friends residuals and a bunch of endorsement deals. Melissa McCarthy, who was in second place last year, moved down to fourth with $18 million, and Mila Kunis Bad Mom’d »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Stephen Daldry reportedly developing a Star Wars spin-off about Obi-Wan Kenobi

17 August 2017 12:23 PM, PDT

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry is “in early talks” with Disney and Lucasfilm to direct a standalone Star Wars spin-off about Obi-Wan Kenobi, everybody’s favorite desert hermit. The talks are apparently “at the earliest of stages” and there’s no script yet, but if things work out, Disney apparently wants Daldry to have a hand in crafting the whole project. Assuming this is all accurate, then, it sounds like the studio wants to make sure it has a director in place—preferably one who won’t go off book and have too much fun—before it really begins working on the movie. In fact, things are so early that nobody knows if Ewan McGregor will be playing Kenobi again, which also means it’s hard for anyone to say if this will be a prequel to the prequels or a prequel to A New Hope »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Seth Rogen working on an R-rated comedy for tweens

17 August 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Adults like bad words and jokes about sex, teenagers like bad words and jokes about sex, and children generally do not like bad words and jokes about sex, but what about the mysterious tween demographic that sits in the middle? Do they like bad words and jokes about sex? Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver hope to answer that question once and for all with a new film called Good Boys.

This comes from Variety, which says Good Boys is about four 12-year-old good boys who “embark on a quest from the Los Angeles suburb of Tarzana to the Sherman Oaks Galleria to replace a broken drone before their parents get home.” That doesn’t sound particularly funny, but it’s also reportedly “in the vein of” both Sausage Party and Superbad—which is basically just a different way of saying that it’s a Seth Rogen movie.

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- Sam Barsanti

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