The Books Briefing: Elena Ferrante, Anton Chekhov

The short story “Go, Team,” by Samantha Hunt, traces a series of conversations within a group of mothers after a woman disappears into the woods during a children’s soccer game. They aren’t sure if the vanished woman is a mom, though they wonder if she might be. But even when it’s only suspected, motherhood is … Read more

Kevin Spacey is a serial killer in first film since sex assault claims

Kevin Spacey is playing a serial killer in his first acting role in almost five years since sexual assault allegations came to light. “Peter Five Eight,” which dropped a trailer Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a real estate agent (played by Jet Jandreau) who is seemingly composed but is really … Read more

Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party

After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal. Or at least Cannes’ very particular brand … Read more

Fred Ward, ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Short Cuts’ actor, dead at 79

CNN  —  Fred Ward, a veteran character actor in film and television, has died, according to his publicist Ron Hofmann. Ward, known for his work in “The Right Stuff,” “Short Cuts,” and numerous other films, died on May 8 at age 79. No cause of death was given. Ward started acting in the early 1970s, … Read more

Judd Apatow ‘Superbad’ sequel shot down — cast thinks it’d be ‘crappy’

“Superbad” producer Judd Apatow was an advocate for the movie’s sequel but said he couldn’t get the original cast on board. The 2007 R-rated high school tale starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera turns 15 this year. But even all these years later, Apatow, 54, said the actors didn’t McLovin the risk of messing up … Read more

Frontiers of Pandora Still Set for 2022 Release

Screenshot: Ubisoft The 13-year drought is really over in 2022, Avatar fans. Not only this week did we get our reminder that Avatar 2—Now subtitled The Way of Water—Really is actually happening this year, now there’s even more Pandora to come: Ubisoft’s, uh, long-awaited (?) Video game Frontiers of Pandora. In a style truly befitting … Read more

Shrugging Off Netflix’s Shrinking Demand, New York-Area Film Studios Keep Expanding

Film-production facilities are proliferating across the New York region, paying little heed to Netflix Inc.’s surprise announcement last month that it lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade. Lucrative tax credits and years of growing demand for streaming content have fueled the growth of this industry in New York. Investors remain … Read more

Amber Heard sparks debate over movies quotes in testimony

Supporters of Johnny Depp are accusing Amber Heard of dramatizing her testimony in the former couple’s ongoing defamation trial by borrowing lines from famous films. However, others are insisting online that the comparisons are a reach. Breitbart News reporter Alana Mastrangelo tweeted Thursday a side-by-side video of Heard’s quotes on the stand this week and … Read more

Mxy Things Up with the Super-Pets this Free Comic Book Day

You might not have X-ray vision like Superman and Krypto, but you can still get a special peek at DC League of Super-Pets this Free Comic Book Day. This Saturday, go to your local comic shop to grab a preview of the new tie-in graphic novel DC League of Super-Pets: The Great Mxy-Up by Heath … Read more

‘Better Call Saul’ Did Its Best ‘Breaking Bad’ Callback Yet

The Rundown is a weekly column that highlights some of the biggest, weirdest, and most notable events of the week in entertainment. The number of items could vary, as could the subject matter. It will not always make a ton of sense. Some items might not even be about entertainment, to be honest, or from … Read more

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