Sparks Ignited When Motown Met Bob Dylan on Four Tops’ Compassion Anthem ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’

What the world needs now is love, sweet love — and compassion. In 1966, Four Tops, Motown’s second-greatest male vocal group, after the Temptations, delivered both with their signature hit, “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” As the U.S. was suffering from the heightened trauma of a deadly global pandemic and racial reckoning last year (conditions […]
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Original Mortal Kombat Director Paul W.S. Anderson Looks Back On The ‘90s Classic

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Original Mortal Kombat director Paul W.S. Anderson explained why the film and its source material are still important to him.

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New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Tom & Jerry,’ ‘Cherry,’ ‘Crisis’ and Amazon’s ‘Billie Eilish’ Doc

This week brings more theatrical releases than American audiences have gotten in ages — and possibly more than they’re ready for now, as vaccine rollouts still leave people questioning whether it’s safe to do things like go to the movies. Some, such as Warner Bros.’ “Tom & Jerry,” can also be viewed via streaming (the […]
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Two Degrees of Ruth E. Carter Is the New Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

With more than three decades in the business, Ruth E. Carter has supplanted Kevin Bacon in the parlor game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, though she is closer at two degrees. Take Meryl Streep. Streep appeared in “The Post” which was directed by Steven Spielberg, who worked with Carter on “Amistad.” Viola Davis hasn’t worked […]
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Soo Hugh Signs Overall Deal With UCP, Will Launch Talent Incubator

Soo Hugh, television writer and executive producer of AMC’s “The Terror” and creator of ABC’s “The Whispers,” has inked a multi-year overall deal with Universal Content Productions to develop, write and produce projects for the studio. In addition, Hugh will launch an incubator program with the goal of helping find new Asian talent to create […]
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NBC’s ‘Debris’ Puts Eerie Alien Spin on Standard Procedural: TV Review

Halfway through the pilot of “Debris,” I realized I had no idea what might be going on, both because of the show’s deliberately opaque design and its tendency to lapse into the kind of corporate conspiracy jargon that binds too many network procedurals. And yet, by the end of the pilot of “Debris,” I realized […]
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Disney, NFL Sketch Renewal Terms for ‘Monday Night Football’

Walt Disney Company and the National Football League have reached a tentative agreement on a new rights deal that will keep “Monday Night Football” at ESPN, according to a person familiar with the matter, and put ABC into the Super Bowl rotation for the first time in more than 15 years. The two sides have […]
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I’ve seen you in a dream.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ is Now the Most Viewed Red Band Trailer of All Time

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Mortal Kombat Trailer Viewership

Last week, Warner Bros. Pictures debuted the first trailer for the latest big screen adaptation of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. There was a lot of excitement following the trailer’s debut, mostly because it was a red band trailer that didn’t hold back on the blood and gore of the fights between otherworldly warriors. In fact, the hype was so high that Mortal Kombat now has the honor of being the most watched red band trailer of all time, beating out both Logan and Deadpool 2.

Deadline reported the Mortal Kombat trailer viewership numbers, and the official Twitter account celebrated:

Because of our fans, Mortal Kombat became the most viewed red band trailer of all time. #MortalKombatMovie pic.twitter.com/JTrRGorb8N

— Mortal Kombat Movie (@MKMovie) February 25, 2021

In its first week, the Mortal Kombat red band trailer rounded up 116 million views, trended in 52 total markets around the world on YouTube, and 28 markets on Twitter. It certainly helps that the video game franchise has been around since 1992, and there hasn’t been a proper big screen adaptation of it in early 25 years. Fans are hungry to see this video game franchise stick the landing on the big screen.

Deadline even pointed out that Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter praised the trailer. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I can’t get properly excited about a movie unless Nick Carter chimes in. Not only is he larger than life, but he wants it that way. But he hasn’t said anything about Tom and Jerry coming to HBO Max today, and I wish he’d quit playing games with my heart.

If you missed the Mortal Kombat trailer, you can watch it right here. Here’s the official synopsis:

In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

Mortal Kombat arrives in theaters and on HBO Max (for 31 days) starting on April 16, 2021.

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Travis Scott, Cactus Jack Foundation Partner with City of Houston for Emergency Relief Program

Travis Scott and his Cactus Jack Foundation have partnered with the City of Houston and the Houston Health Foundation to launch an emergency food program providing 50,000 hot meals to residents affected by the state’s winter freeze, where water shortages and power outages have led to at least 58 deaths. The City of Houston and […]
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Mad Max: Fury Road Deepfake Sees Mel Gibson Replace Tom Hardy

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Through deepfakes, pretty much anything's possible.

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‘Shadow and Bone’ Trailer: Netflix Debuts Its Next Epic Fantasy Series

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Prepare to enter the Grishaverse. Netflix is readying the debut its next big fantasy series, Shadow and Bone, based on Leigh Bardugo’s novel of the same name, which is set in a fantastical world where a lowly soldier and orphan (Jessie Mei Li) discovers she has extraordinary powers. Watch the Shadow and Bone trailer below.

Shadow and Bone Trailer

Shadow and Bone has all the makings of being Netflix’s next big fantasy hit — an intriguing and unique premise, rich world building, stunning visual effects, Ben Barnes. And Leigh Bardugo’s beloved Grishaverse novels are ripe for adaptation, presenting a complicated, dark world filled with political schemes and dangerous wars. Written, executive produced, and showrun by Eric Heisserer, who wrote the Oscar-winning Arrival screenplay as well as a previous Netflix mega-hit, Bird BoxShadow and Bone is a promising new fantasy series from the streamer that looks to follow the footsteps of past hits like The Witcher.

Plus it’s got an impressively diverse cast led by Jessie Mei Lin, who stars as a mapmaker and lowly soldier who unwittingly finds herself at the center of a revolution. Also starring in Shadow and Bone are Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), Ben Barnes (General Kirigan), Sujaya Dasgupta (Zoya Nazyalensky), Danielle Galligan (Nina Zenik), Daisy Head (Genya Safin), Simon Sears (Ivan), Calahan Skogman (Matthias Helvar), Zoë Wanamaker (Baghra), Kevin Eldon (The Apparat), Julian Kostov (Fedyor), Luke Pasqualino (David), Jasmine Blackborow (Marie), and Gabrielle Brooks (Nadia).

Here is the synopsis for Shadow and Bone:

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. Shadow and Bone is a Netflix production from 21 Laps Entertainment, starring Jessie Mei Li (Alina Starkov), Archie Renaux (Malyen Oretsev), Freddy Carter (Kaz Brekker), Amita Suman (Inej), Kit Young (Jesper Fahey), and Ben Barnes (General Kirigan).

All eight episodes of Shadow and Bone drop on Netflix on April 23, 2021.

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Wagner Moura Joins Elisabeth Moss in Apple Series ‘Shining Girls’

Wagner Moura has signed on to star opposite Elisabeth Moss in the Apple series “Shining Girls,” Variety has learned. The series is an adaptation of the 2013 Lauren Beukes novel of the same name. Moss plays a Chicago reporter who survived a brutal assault only to find her reality shifting as she hunts down her attacker. […]
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NBC Extends Seth Meyers’ ‘Late Night’ Deal Though 2025

Lots of unexpected things can happen in the wee hours of the morning. But NBC is keeping at least one element constant. The network recently renewed its contract with Seth Meyers to host “Late Night,” the post-midnight perennial that has been on the air since David Letterman launched it in 1982. The new pact calls […]
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‘Cobra Kai’ Promotes Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List to Series Regulars for Season 4, Show Adds Two to Cast

“Cobra Kai” has promoted both Vanessa Rubio and Peyton List to series regular status ahead of Season 4 on Netflix. Rubio has been with the show since Season 1 in the role of Carmen Diaz, the mother of Johnny Lawrence’s star pupil, Miguel. List joined the show in Season 2 as Tory Nichols, a tough-as-nails […]
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Ocean’s Eleven Stars George Clooney And Julia Robert Are Re-Teaming For Another Movie

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts are getting to explore a new genre together.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Clip: Whoever Wins, Boats Lose

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Early marketing materials for Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures Godzilla vs. Kong have showcased a massive battle between the two titans that takes place in the open ocean. Now a new clip from the film gives a bit more insight into how that encounter goes – and, as you may expect, it does not turn out well for the humans who are caught in the middle of the mayhem. Watch the clip below.

Godzilla vs Kong Clip

Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest, Blair Witch) shared this new clip from the film during an event called IGN Fan Fest, and IGN claims that in the footage, “we not only see King Kong vs. Godzilla, but actually see Godzilla MEET King Kong for the first time.”

I don’t want to be pedantic here, folks, but picture this: if I’m hanging out on a boat and I notice something churning in the water and I scream at it, and the thing under the water screams back while staying completely submerged and we actually have no physical interaction whatsoever, I’m not sure that technically qualifies as “meeting.” But I digress. Moving on.

At first glance, the rest of this footage looks kinda cool: Godzilla’s tail is just wrecking modes of transportation left and right, and there’s that moment when one of the ships’ anchors gets caught on one of Godzilla’s dinosaur-like plates and half of the destroyed vessel is subsequently dragged underwater. But the clip is so short that it’s tough to get a good sense of the geography of the space. Exactly how far away is Kong from those two tail-smashed ships, and what is the chain that he’s tugging on connected to? If you don’t pay close attention, it almost looks like he’s pulling the boat up out of the water, but in reality, that ship is still connected to Godzilla and is  surfacing like the yellow barrels in Jaws. It’s unfair to judge a movie based on 39 seconds of footage, but man, I really hope the action is more clearly delineated in the full context of the scene. The human-related stuff in these films has been atrocious in my mind, so I’m really only watching these for the giant monster battles – if Wingard can get those right, I’m willing to go on the movie’s ride.

Godzilla vs. Kong arrives in theaters in Japan on May 14, in Europe starting March 24, and comes to HBO Max on March 31, 2021.

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Blade’s Wesley Snipes Continues Being A Class Act About Mahershala Ali’s Version

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Wesley Snipes continues to big up Mahershala Ali as the new Blade.

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Új celebes műsor indul az RTL Klubon

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Nagy szám címmel indít új műsort az RTL Klub.
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Pop Culture Imports: ‘Beginning,’ ‘Space Sweepers,’ ‘Promare,’ and More

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(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

Welcome back to another edition of Pop Culture Imports, where I spotlight international films of both the arthouse and the audience-pleasing variety. And in this week’s column, we’ve got a healthy heaping of both. From Georgia’s hypnotic Oscar contender to South Korea’s first space blockbuster, here are the best foreign movies and TV streaming now.

Now fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.

Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming Now

Beginning – Mubi

Country: Georgia

Genre: Drama

Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili

Cast: Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli.

Georgia’s contender for the best international film Oscar, Beginning is a slow-burning tableau of alienation and anger. Starkly directed by Dea KulumbegashviliBeginning follows Yana (Ia Sukhitashvili), the wife of a Jehovah’s Witness preacher, as she deals with the fallout of a firebomb attack on their church by violent extremists. A former actress who had given up her career to support her husband’s mission predominantly Orthodox Christian town outside the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, Yana finds herself ostracized for her religion and gender — ignored by the women in her community and harassed by a detective who arrives to ask her about the incident. The film is a slow but uneasy simmer, honing in on Yana’s interior life through minimal dialogue and striking wide shots filled with empty space that dwarf the pensive, lonely housewife, as the slow-simmering queasiness builds to a dark and distressing climax.

Watch This If You LikeFirst Reformed, Tarkovsky-esque imagery.

Promare – HBO Max

Country: Japan

Genre: Mecha anime

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Taichi Saotome, Masato Sakai.

Even the most averse to mecha anime (like me) can be wowed by the kaleidoscopic art style and frenetic animation of Promare, one of the rare 3D CG animes that uses the technology to its fullest potential. Set in a near-future where half the population of Earth have grown a mutation that allows them to develop pyrokinetic abilities, Promare follows a group of scrappy fire fighters, led by the enthusiastic but dim-witted Galo, as they uncover a wide-reaching government conspiracy to suppress and use the “Burnish,” the pyrokinetic community, for nefarious means. “Visually dazzling” doesn’t cut it as a description for Promare, which is so jam-packed with color and movement that it’s full to bursting. But its effective storytelling and wild energy — as well as a surprisingly simple design that feels reminiscent of Art Deco —keep Promare from overwhelming the senses.

Watch This If You LikeGundam done up in the eye-popping style of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Band of Outsiders – Criterion Channel

Country: France

Genre: French New Wave

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast: Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur.

The film that famously inspired the name of Quentin Tarantino’s production banner, and his iconic Pulp Fiction dance scene, Band of Outsiders (or Bande à part) remains a stone-cold classic of French New Wave. A leisurely gangster movie following a trio of French classmates (Anna Karina, Sami Frey, Claude Brasseur) who scheme to steal a large pile of money from a nearby villain, Band of Outsiders is arguably Jean-Luc Godard‘s most accessible film, one of the French auteur’s rare hangout movies in which we can watch beautiful people do violent things beautifully. Like many a French New Wave film, it’s a subversive send-up of the American gangster cinema that takes some unusual, often frustrating, turns, but there’s a certain (at the risk of sounding clichéd) joie de vivre to the whole thing that makes Band of Outsiders a joy to watch.

Watch This If You Like: The dance scene in Pulp Fiction, because let’s face it, that’s what led you to it.

Space Sweepers – Netflix

Country: South Korea

Genre: Sci-fi action

Director: Jo Sung-hee

Cast: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Seon-kyu, Yoo Hae-jin, Richard Armitage.

South Korea’s very first space blockbuster, Space Sweepers goes big on both spectacle and emotion. Maybe a little too big on the latter, but hey, what do you expect from the country that made us cry over a zombie movie? The gleeful action figure bombast of Pacific Rim meets the found-family charm of Guardians of the Galaxy in Space Sweepers, a totally fun, very silly space opera set in a future where the upper echelons of humanity have fled to a colonized Mars, while the poor are left to live on the fringes fighting for scraps or on the heavily polluted Earth. International crews of “space sweepers” collect space debris floating in Earth’s orbit to sell to the private company that runs the colonized Mars, but the South Korean ship, Victory, finds themselves targeted by the government and terrorists alike when they stumble on a cyborg girl bred to be a secret weapon.

Watch This If You LikePacific Rim, Guardians of the Galaxy, Elysium if it were less of a bummer.

The White Tiger – Netflix

Country: India/U.S.

Genre: Dark crime drama

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Cast: Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao.

A Dickensian tale of an impoverished man’s ruthless social climb, The White Tiger is a crime drama that sneers at the sentimentality of fellow grimy rags-to-riches tale Slumdog Millionaire while aiming for the sharp social satire of Parasite. It doesn’t quite reach the latter, but it’s still a damn good watch. Ramin Bahrani directs the film adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s 2008 novel of the same name, which follows a poor Indian chauffeur as he is embraced by, then used by, the wealthy family that he works for. Adarsh Gourav gives a dynamite debut turn as Balram, a lower caste member who was conditioned into servitude his whole life, before his exposure to the corruption and carelessness of the upper castes leads him to break free from the cycle in an explosively violent turn of events.

Watch This If You LikeParasiteBurn After Reading, lots of digs against Slumdog Millionaire.

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