Netflix’s 'The Punisher' Is Coming Sooner Than You Think
Oct19

Netflix’s 'The Punisher' Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

The Punisher—the latest in Netflix’s line of super-gritty Marvel adaptations—has piqued fans’ curiosity for a while. But it’s also been something of an outlier. The story of vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) overlaps with those of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil, but he’s not really part of the Defenders, or The Defenders. His show got hyped at Comic-Con International, but canceled an...

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Stranger Things Season 2: Q&A With Creators Matt and Ross Duffer
Oct19

Stranger Things Season 2: Q&A With Creators Matt and Ross Duffer

Coen. Wachowski. Duplass. There are a lot of famous siblings making movies and TV together, but right now there’s only one name in the identical-twins category: Duffer. That would be Matt and Ross, the 33-year-old North Carolina natives who pitched Netflix the eight-hour Spielberg movie otherwise known as Stranger Things. One year and 18 Emmy nominations later, the writer-­directors are heading into season two of the...

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Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Is More Than Fake News
Oct18

Russians Posing as Black Activists on Facebook Is More Than Fake News

This past summer, a Facebook account called Blacktivist posted a horrifying video. It depicted a black man handcuffed, his face planted to the concrete as a canine bit into his arm. “We live under a system of racism,” the post read, “and police are letting us know how they feel and where we stand.” We live in times of resistance, and the growing authority of social media has directly impacted the shape of...

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The Radical Message of 'Halt and Catch Fire'
Oct17

The Radical Message of 'Halt and Catch Fire'

The opening credits of Halt and Catch Fire play out like a beautiful idea. A series of gleaming signals race across a retro-futuristic landscape of red neon, running hotter and faster until one takes the lead, shatters a gleaming barrier, and lights up an LED bulb that feels as big as the world. The AMC drama, which came to a close last weekend, traces the modern computer age from the early 1980s to the dawn of the internet in the mid...

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New 'Black Panther' Trailer Promises Marvel's Most Breathtaking Movie Yet
Oct16

New 'Black Panther' Trailer Promises Marvel's Most Breathtaking Movie Yet

A few months ago, director Ryan Coogler and the cast of Black Panther came to Comic-Con International and showed a trailer for their new movie. Set to Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” it caused a reaction stronger than anything else to hit Hall H for that entire con, and probably a few cons prior. There was a standing ovation, with swaths of the crowd in tears—as well as the cast, which hadn’t yet seen the...

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How Instagram Helped Discover 'The Florida Project''s Bria Vinaite, One of the Year's Breakout Movie Stars
Oct16

How Instagram Helped Discover 'The Florida Project''s Bria Vinaite, One of the Year's Breakout Movie Stars

Sean Baker didn’t want a star. The director and co-writer of 2015’s indie hit Tangerine was struggling to find the right actress for his follow-up, The Florida Project, about the hard-luck denizens living in an Orlando-outskirts motel. Thanks to Tangerine‘s critical success, Baker could easily have landed an established performer to play Halley, the impoverished but timber-tough single mom whose financial desperation...

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