Soul celebrates the joys of life: As Pixar's Onward dominates the box office, the studio's next animated feature dropped its first full trailer. Soul promises an existential adventure about a jazz musician in the midst of an out-of-body experience, and it looks as deep as movies get. Look for it in theaters on June 19.
Jungle Cruise holds the key to success: Also from Disney, Jungle Cruise debuted a new trailer featuring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt searching for a magical tree in the Amazon. The adventure comedy is based on the theme park ride of the same name and could very well be the next Pirates of the Caribbean. This one is scheduled to open on July 24.
Black Widow resurrects the past: Disney's next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, released its final trailer, and things get a bit nostalgic in this one. The movie deals with the titular Avengers's past and apparently includes a look back at events from her first MCU appearance, in Iron Man 2. Find it only on the big screen starting May 1.
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Bloodshot is here:Vin Diesel is the titular hero of the Variant comic book adaptation Bloodshot, which is now playing only in theaters. In this exclusive clip, the character shows up and takes out an entire squad of enemy combatants with help from the nanotechnology enhancing his abilities:
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The hunt for humans: In honor of the release of The Hunt, now in theaters, here is a look back at other movies involving humans being targeted for sport:
The Hunger Games: The most well-known movie about humans hunting other humans is The Hunger Games, based on the Suzanne Collins novel about a dystopian society dependent on a deadly televised competition involving children. Watch the first full trailer for the Jennifer Lawrence-led blockbuster, which opened March 23, 2012, and was followed by three sequels:
Hard Target: Almost 20 years earlier, legendary Hong Kong action filmmaker John Woo made his Hollywood debut with Hard Target, which is about wealthy businessmen who hunt homeless people for sport. Watch the first trailer for the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle, which released in the U.S. on August 20, 1993:
Ready or Not: Just last year, we saw another movie about rich people hunting a human for their own amusement called Ready or Not. Watch the red band trailer for the movie, which opened on August 21, 2019, and stars Samara Weaving as a new bride who suddenly becomes the prey for her in-laws' sadistic tradition:
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Erin Brockovich turns 20: Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich celebrates its 20th anniversary next week, so let's watch some favorite moments from the Oscar-winning drama, courtesy of...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below:
While we’re all sitting around daydreaming about an alternate reality in which the coronavirus doesn’t exist, it may be interesting to mix it up for a second and try to envision a world in which Samuel “Screech” Powers – the scrawny, Lisa Turtle-obsessed goofball on Saved by the Bell – was played by late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert instead of actor Dustin Diamond. Colbert says he auditioned for the role of Screech in the 1980s and was rejected for a pretty humorous reason. Watch him tell the story below.Stephen Colbert Saved by the Bell Audition Story
Around the 3:00 mark in this video, The Late Show guest Ryan Reynolds makes a joke about Saved by the Bell, sparking Colbert’s memory about the time he tried out for the role of Screech and didn’t get it.
“I auditioned for Saved by the Bell!” he exclaims. “That was my first professional audition. 1986? [Editor’s note: this must have been when they were auditioning Good Morning, Miss Bliss, which was eventually reworked into the hit show Saved by the Bell.] They came to Chicago. I was a student at Northwestern University, and I don’t know, somebody had seen me do something, somebody had scouted me at school. I got called down to a casting agent on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, I walk in, they hand me the thing, and I was auditioning for the part of – was the character’s name Screech?”
Reynolds bursts into laughter and thinks Colbert is messing with him, but the late night host swears it’s real. “I’m not joking!” he continues. “I auditioned for this part of Screech, and let me tell you how big I was. Imagine how that character ended up in broadcast. I did my audition, and they said to me, ‘There’s a term you’re going to need to know about as a professional. It’s called over the top. You just went over the top. Don’t do that anymore.’ And I saw the subtle interplay of status dynamics that Dustin Diamond brought to that part.”
Saved by the Bell was a massive show for a certain generation, and its actors – Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Mario Lopez, etc. – will always be remembered first and foremost for the characters they played on that show, regardless of whatever else they’ve done in their careers. Imagining Colbert playing the wacky, ineffectual Screech is sorta blowing my mind right now, and needless to say, I think everyone on Earth is glad he didn’t land that role. Except for maybe Dustin Diamond, who may have been better off in life if he didn’t get the job, either. To avoid a depressing rabbit hole, it’s probably best not to look into what became of him after that show went off the air....