Ian McKellen seems downright insulted by the idea of someone else playing Gandalf

Ian McKellen isn’t the only person to ever play Gandalf (and we defy anyone but the most dedicated Ralph Bakshi fan to name his voice actor in that animated movie), but he certainly made the role his own—and not just because he played that particular wizard in six movies and five video games. Now, though, with Amazon…

The president's adult son has a cookie, is proud of it

Above is a picture of the eldest son of the 45th president celebrating his 40th birthday with a large cookie. Standing alongside him is notable Twitter funnyman Ted Cruz, who perhaps cajoled the scion into actively opting to share the photo on Instagram, where it would presumably be met by the president’s fans with…

Twitter deletes a bunch of bigots, including one Donald Trump retweeted 

Twitter may consider Donald Trump untouchable, but that courtesy apparently doesn’t extend to some of the social network’s other famous bigots—including one that he even retweeted back in November. Today, Twitter finally began enforcing a new set of policies that broaden the scope of what it considers “hateful and…

Let's explore the phantom threads connecting Paul Thomas Anderson films

There are certain filmmakers—Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Gus Van Sant—who possess such an inimitable visual style that even the most casual cinephile would recognize their influence. There are others, however, who are equally distinctive, but for ways that are harder to articulate. One of those is Paul Thomas…

Peter Jackson unveils his latest fantasy epic in the Mortal Engines trailer

The first trailer for Peter Jackson’s presumed franchise starter Mortal Engines premiered online earlier today, after playing in front of Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi in select theaters this past weekend. Based on Philip Reed’s quartet of novels, the film is set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk version of…

Tavis Smiley says PBS made a "huge mistake" suspending him

Last week, Tavis Smiley joined the ignominious corps of media men booted from high-profile positions amidst charges of sexual misconduct, a group that also includes Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor, and Smiley’s former PBS colleague Charlie Rose. But Smiley isn’t like those other men—or at least that’s what he claimed…

Apparently Run The Jewels tracks sync eerily well with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

Great art often hides secrets. Da Vinci supposedly buried hidden numbers and messages in the Mona Lisa; Kendrick Lamar made an album-length narrative that works frontwards and backwards. Other supposed accidents appear too finely wrought to be mere coincidence, like the connections between Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of…

Fox News thinks the 7-month-old Mueller investigation is a "coup"

We’ve reached the point in the story where the Trump administration seeks to actively discredit the Mueller investigation, which has in recent weeks been picking up speed thanks to more visible actions like charges being filed against Michael Flynn. Over the weekend, the campaign to discredit Mueller ramped up, with a…

The teaser for the Ocean's 8 trailer asks a very wise question

“Why do you need to do this?” That’s what Cate Blanchett asks Sandra Bullock at the beginning of a newly released 15-second teaser for the upcoming all-female heist movie Ocean’s 8. She’s presumably referring to Debbie Ocean’s (Bullock) career in high-profile larceny, but the same could be said of making trailers for…

Let us now recall the time Jason Priestley punched Harvey Weinstein in the face

You can continue to be proud of the Beverly Hills, 90210 poster that once adorned your bedroom wall (or maybe still does, we’re not here to judge), as over the weekend, Jason Priestley revealed that he once punched infamous Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein in the face. Priestley himself told the tale, which is…

Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore is developing a new space drama for Apple

According to Deadline, Ronald D. Moore has signed on to make a big-time space drama for Apple, finally returning him to the big-time space drama genre he revolutionized with the Battlestar Galactica reboot he created and the Star Trek shows he worked on before that (he runs Outlander now, which is significantly more…

Resistance hero Mark Hamill is battling twisted villain Ted Cruz over net neutrality

Having decimated the important consumer-protection systems of net neutrality, FCC Supreme Leader Ajit Pai has deployed an extremely irritating video to seize military control of the galaxy—or at least to try and convince people that it’s totally cool when internet service providers can charge extra for access to…

Our rich friend George Clooney is developing a Watergate miniseries for Netflix

According to Variety, our very generous and wealthy friend George Clooney is developing a limited series for Netflix about the Watergate scandal alongside Matt Charman and Grant Heslov. The streaming service hasn’t officially picked it up, but the plan is for the show to tell the stories of “certain key figures” in…

An adaptation of John Darnielle's Wolf In White Van is sort of in the works

John Darnielle is already the beloved frontman for indie darlings The Mountain Goats, but with 2014's Wolf In White Van he also revealed himself to be a damn good novelist. Now, Pitchfork is reporting that an adaptation of that book has been accepted into the Sundance Screenwriters Lab program, an exclusive writer’s…

Here's what's coming to (and going from) Hulu in January

December was a relatively light month for Hulu, with only a couple of Hulu Originals coming to the service along with a bunch of movies you may have already seen, but January is going to be even lighter. The only Hulu Original is the premiere of the third season of cult drama The Path (it’s a drama about a cult, not a…