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‘Game of Thrones’ Delivers an Astonishing Episode of Ice and Fire

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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Beyond the Wall” the Aug. 20 episode of “Game of Thrones.” It’s not always easy to tell what’s happening in any given episode of “Game of Thrones,” but Sunday night’s episode “Beyond the Wall” was an exception. During the extra-long episode’s climactic finale, the Night… Read more »

Ben Sherwood

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Ben Sherwood didn’t start out as the big cheese at the Mouse house. The former journalist entered the television industry as an investigative associate producer with ABC News’ “Prime Time Live,” departed for NBC and returned to ABC in 2004 to executive produce “Good Morning America,” which became the No. 1 morning news program. Elevated… Read more »

John Landgraf

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John Landgraf solidified FX’s reputation as one of basic cable’s go-to destinations for groundbreaking original series by giving showrunners creative freedom to do what they do best. Landgraf encourages original thinking by fostering trust among his team and the producers, writers, and creative minds they work with. That philosophy has led to critically-acclaimed and award-winning… Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Wins Fourth Weekend, Extends Total to $769 Million

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“Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the top of the Chinese box office ahead of a chasing pack of new release titles. After 25 days in theaters it has grossed $769 million. Data from local provider Ent Group, shows “Wolf Warriors II” briefly losing its top spot on Friday to “Paradox.” But… Read more »

PopPolitics: ‘Shot Caller’ Director on What’s Often Missed in Criminal Justice Debates (Listen)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Shot Caller,” the new movie from Ric Roman Waugh, is the story of a middle class professional (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) whose DUI accident leads to a prison term and a transformation into a hardened felon. Although the movie is an illuminating look at how incarceration leads to recidivism rather than rehabilitation, Waugh says… Read more »

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Usurps China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ at International Box Office

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After three weekends on top of the international box office charts, “Wolf Warriors II” is taking a small step down. That’s because “Annabelle: Creation” has pulled a week two switcheroo. The latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe” is spending its second weekend of release on top of the international charts with $42 million from 56… Read more »

‘Carpool Karaoke’ Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Intro for Episode Featuring Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner

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We now understand how all of the characters in “Game of Thrones” have been getting around Westeros so quickly this season … they’ve been using the carpool lane. Apple Music’s new series “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” released a special “Thrones”-inspired clip on Sunday in honor of this Tuesday’s upcoming episode featuring Maisie Williams and Sophie… Read more »

Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Comedic Icon’ Jerry Lewis: ‘One of the Greatest of All Time’

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An outpouring of tributes and messages on social media and elsewhere followed the news that comedy king Jerry Lewis had died on Sunday at age 91. Lewis was celebrated during his lifetime for starring in movies including “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Penn Jillette, of the comedy duo… Read more »

Healthy Tomatoes? The Danger of Film Critics Speaking as One

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Remember when film critics were obsolete? When we’d lost our swagger, our sway, our influence? When it seemed like the entire world had gone critic-proof, because we just didn’t matter anymore? It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, film critics attained Peak Irrelevance, but it’s starting to seem like an eon ago, because this summer a… Read more »