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‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Star Jack Champion Talks Spider’s Surprising Choice and the “Hard Left Turn” of ‘Avatar 3’

[This story contains spoilers for Avatar: The Way of Water.] Avatar: The Way of Water star Jack Champion, like his character Spider, is one of only a few human beings that can say they grew up on Pandora. Champion, now 18, was cast in James Cameron’s Avatar saga at the age 12, and so he […]

How Parker Finn’s ‘Smile’ Went From Streaming to Theatrical in a Single Night

[This story contains spoilers for Smile.] Nobody is smiling more than filmmaker Parker Finn these days. Finn knows full well that his feature directorial debut, Smile, has had a charmed run. Originally green lit to be a Paramount+ exclusive, the Sosie Bacon-led horror movie about a curse that reveals itself in the form of a […]

‘Violent Night’ Director Tommy Wirkola Explains How ‘Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters’ Paved the Way for His Second Studio Movie

[This story contains spoilers for Violent Night.] Violent Night director Tommy Wirkola is enjoying his second bite of the studio apple. In 2013, the Norwegian director made his major studio debut with the Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton-led Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which went on to gross $226 million on a $50-million budget. But […]

James Gunn Talks Writing ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ in Just a Few Hours and the Latest on His Final ‘Guardians’ Film

The world of James Gunn has never been more eventful than it is right now. The filmmaker is set to release The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Nov. 25 on Disney+, and he’s also deep in post-production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, his final film in the Marvel Studios franchise. Last […]

‘Violent Night’ Star David Harbour Talks His Warrior-Like Santa and How the MCU Mostly Made Up for ‘Hellboy’

David Harbour knows full well that a violent Santa Claus is the main draw in Tommy Wirkola’s Violent Night, but he believes that the film’s heart is what makes the whole enterprise work. The film, which arrives Dec. 2, begins with Harbour’s Santa in a state of disarray. He drinks too much, mainly because he’s […]

‘The Menu’ Star Anya Taylor-Joy Talks Becoming More Selective and Her “Life-Changing” Experience on ‘Furiosa’

Anya Taylor-Joy is booked and busy. Since February 2020, the Menu star has released seven movies, made two seasons of television and hosted Saturday Night Live. She’s also tracked a voice role in The Super Mario Bros. Movie and shot George Miller’s highly anticipated prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa. In her latest film, […]

‘Black Adam’ Star Sarah Shahi Talks Sacrifices of Being a Working Mother in Hollywood and That Cameo Surprise

[This story contains spoilers for Black Adam.] For Sarah Shahi, Black Adam is more than just the biggest film role of her career. Shahi has been a working actor for over 20 years, and in that time, she’s become a prolific TV star with notable roles on series such as Person of Interest, The Sopranos […]

‘Halloween Ends’ Director David Gordon Green Was Ready to Step Away From Horror Until Jason Blum Dangled ‘The Exorcist’

After helming the two highest-grossing films in the Halloween franchise, filmmaker David Gordon Green stuck to his guns for his trilogy capper, Halloween Ends. Set four years after the tragic events of Halloween Kills, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) introduces a troubled young man named Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) to her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), and […]

Edgar Wright Discusses His New Filmmaking Course and His ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Contribution

Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or a movie buff with a Letterboxd profile, Edgar Wright wants to show you the ropes of filmmaking. Similar to Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and James Cameron, Wright is part of a staggering list of acclaimed filmmakers who didn’t go to film school, opting to teach themselves through the act […]

‘Smile’ Star Sosie Bacon Discusses the Horror Hit’s Wild Ending

[The following story contains spoilers for Smile.] Smile may have been a nightmare for Sosie Bacon’s character, but the experience has been a dream come true for the actor. The Parker Finn-directed horror film was not only Bacon’s first time atop the call sheet, but it was also her first number-one film at the domestic […]

Director David Bruckner Talks Updating ‘Hellraiser’ for a Modern Audience

Before David Bruckner made his solo directorial debut in 2017 with Netflix’s The Ritual, the filmmaker was heavily involved in rebooting Friday the 13th, first as a found footage film and then as a more conventional ‘80s reboot. But Bruckner ultimately left the project and took the indie route, beginning with the well-received Ritual and […]

‘Werewolf by Night’ Director Michael Giacchino Thought the Marvel Special Would be Rated TV-MA, Not TV-14

Michael Giacchino’s Werewolf by Night is Marvel Studios’ first TV special, and the playfully macabre story is the perfect way to ring in the Halloween season on Oct. 7. Werewolf picks up where Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness left off in terms of the horror genre, as the Disney+ special presentation is an […]