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‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner to Press: ‘Shut the Hell Up’ About Jodie Whittaker Backlash

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Outgoing “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat blames the media for what he says is a false narrative about backlash against the casting of a woman in the show’s title role. “There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the ‘Doctor Who’ fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday… Read more »

‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Sneak Peek Hints at Season 2 Case

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“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” was one of the final pop culture pieces to present at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but fans of the BBC America sci-fi series were not left disappointed. That’s because a new sneak peek for Season 2 has officially dropped, featuring stars Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, and Jade Eshete. In… Read more »

Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

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At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into… Read more »

Why ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Should Lead to More Female-Centered Films

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How has the box office loved “Wonder Woman?” Let us count the ways. First, its opening weekend, which earned over $100 million in North America thanks in part to nearly universal support from the critical community. But that was just the beginning. Patty Jenkins’ movie went on to become the top earning live-action film directed… Read more »

Go Inside the ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Comic-Con Virtual Reality Experience

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“Blade Runner 2049” was one of the most prominent pop culture pieces at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and Alcon Entertainment’s experience was not to be missed. Luckily for those who were unable to attend the 2017 convention, Variety‘s Audrey Cleo made sure to stop by the Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling sequel’s set up to… Read more »

Disney’s Split With Jake Paul Spotlights Challenge for Social-Media Sensations

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Actor and vlogger Jake Paul had a good thing going: a burgeoning audience for his antics on social media and a group of die-hard fans who enjoyed his presence on the kooky Disney Channel program “Bizaardvark.” Playing to both crowds, however, may have posed a challenge. Paul had recently asked executives associated with the program… Read more »

‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top Earning Summer Movie at the Domestic Box Office

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Step aside, Star-Lord. As of this weekend, “Wonder Woman” is officially the highest grossing summer film at the domestic box office. With $389 million, the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. has passed the previous leader, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($387 million). “Guardians,” though, has “Wonder Woman” beat on a global level with… Read more »

‘Insecure’ Boss on Season 2: Issa’s Single Life, Reuniting with Lawrence, and Going ‘Smaller’

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As the showrunner of “Insecure,” Prentice Penny spends a lot of time thinking about how to tell the stories of the young African-American woman at the center of the show — Issa Dee, played by Issa Rae — in a truthful, organic way. “Insecure” follows Issa as she tries to navigate relationships in her personal and professional… Read more »

Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis on Jury Duty; Full Roster Released

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ROME – The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main competition jury, which will include actress Rebecca Hall, “Baby Driver” director Edgar Wright, and Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, whose “On Body and Soul” won this year’s Berlin Golden Bear. They will decide the fest’s main prizes alongside French actress Anna Mouglalis, Mexican film… Read more »