Adam Sandler Gets Serious In THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES On Netflix (VIDEO/IMAGES)

The Netflix/Adam Sandler partnership has been a disastrous collaboration. It looks like that’s about to change with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).

Sandler co-stars with Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson in the new dysfunctional family drama from a filmmaker who knows how to make them, writer/director Noah Baumbach.

A frequent writing partner on Wes Anderson‘s films, Baumbach is more hit-and-miss with his own movies. But when he hits – in gems like Frances Ha or The Squid and the Whale (his best) – his well-observed character ensembles are some of the best New York stories this side of Woody Allen.

Following its premiere to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival this past spring, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) will debut on Netflix and in select theaters on October 13, 2017.

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New LAST JEDI Photos In Big Entertainment Weekly Exclusive (IMAGES/LINKS)

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Now they’re really teasing us.

Actually, it’s more than that. Depending on your aversion to spoilers, Entertainment Weekly’s new multi-article exclusive look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi could provide way more Episode VIII dirt than you’re looking for.

From Luke’s motives to Snoke’s backstory to Finn’s crisis of purpose, the EW scoop gives us more about then next Skywalker chapter than most people were likely expecting. If you want to dive in, click on the following links.

But if you just want a sneak peak at the new photos published in EW’s 2017 Fall Movie Preview (following these recent stills and behind-the-scenes video), you can see them in the gallery below.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.

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LAST JEDI Photo Shoot Stills Reveal New Guards And Costumes (IMAGES)

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(Click here for new photos and article links from Entertainment Weekly’s Last Jedi exclusive.)

Strike a pose.

Raw untreated images from an official photo shoot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi have been released. With generic scrims, backdrops, and tape markings clearly in frame, this series of pictures is clearly intended to be used in a variety of yet-to-be made promo materials. But for now, they give us fresh looks with a few firsts.

Along with Rey in her Jedi training uniform, Kylo Ren in a thick black cape, and Captain Phasma doing her thing, there’s darker garb for Luke Skywalker (an ominous sign) and a physical (rather than digital) bust of Supreme Leader Snoke. And finally, a series of images for Snoke’s new Elite Praetorian Guards.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.

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4K Restoration Of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Hits Theaters This Fall For 40th Anniversary (VIDEO)

They’re heeeeere. Oh, wait, wrong Spielberg joint.

In 1977, the big sci-fi phenomenon was Star Wars, but where George Lucas went mythic his best friend Steven Spielberg went existential. Now for its 40th Anniversary, Columbia Pictures is re-releasing Close Encounters of the Third Kind back into theaters for a one-week run, digitally remastered in a 4K restoration.

Made for $20 million (a huge budget at the time, nearly twice that of Star Wars), Close Encounters earned $303 million worldwide and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning Oscars for best cinematography and a special achievement in sound effects editing.

Last year in my Spielberg Retrospective, I ranked Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the Spielberg Canon as his second best movie ever, behind only Schindler’s List.

The short nationwide run will begin on September 1, 2017, followed by its premiere on blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on September 19.

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Film & Set Pics Of Crime Comedy SUBURBICON; Clooney Directs, Damon Stars, from Coens Script (IMAGES)

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George Clooney and the Coen brothers are making a film again, but this time the dashing leading man isn’t starring; he’s directing.

Taking a screenplay written by Joel and Ethan Coen, Clooney and his producing/writing partner Grant Heslov gave a rewrite to Suburbicon and are now filming the quirky crime comedy. Clooney will not appear in the film (or at least he’s not an official member of the cast).

Starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, it’s set in a typical quiet hometown U.S.A., circa 1950s and all the Americana that goes with it. The larger-than-life residents become rattled after a one family suffers a suspicious home invasion.

The image gallery below includes the first two official still images from the film, along with a number of set photos.

Co-starring Oscar Isaac and Noah Jupe, Suburbicon will premiere at this September’s Toronto International Film Festival. It opens on October 27, 2017.

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First Set Photos From Spielberg / Hanks / Streep Oscar Hopeful THE PAPERS (IMAGES)

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Pictures from The Papers.

First images (see gallery below) from the set of Steven Spielberg‘s new docudrama have begun to pop up online. Filming began in late June and is currently underway.

Set in 1971, The Papers is based on the real-life account of Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee – the publisher and editor of The Washington Post at that time – who waged a legal battle with the federal government during the Nixon administration. They fought for the right to publish classified information, citing grounds of First Amendment “Freedom of the Press” civil liberties.

This was the pre-cursor to the Post’s bombshell investigative reporting just a few years later of the Watergate scandal, by reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, also overseen by editor Ben Bradlee. Their exposés led to the resignation of President Nixon.

The Post duo is portrayed by Academy Award winning icons Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, who have 5 Oscars between them. This past spring, the two-time Oscar winning director Spielberg rushed the project into development and production, inspired by parallels to President Trump’s ongoing war with the media, making these 46-year-old events relevant to explore.

With an all-star cast that includes Sarah Paulson, Carrie Coon, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Alison Brie, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Plemons, Bruce Greenwood, and Tracy Letts, The Papers opens on December 22, 2017, just in time for an Awards Season run.

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Trailer For Netflix Blockbuster BRIGHT Teases Sci-Fi Allegory (VIDEO/IMAGES)

The director of Suicide Squad has reteamed with Will Smith for Bright, Netflix’s first big budget blockbuster – and it looks as cheesy as their DC villain flick flop.

Writer/Director David Ayer has conceived a “Training Day meets Lord of the Rings” real world cop drama crossed with sci-fi fantasy, exploring themes of bigotry and institutionalized racism. By appearances of this first trailer, Bright seems to be trying way too hard to be cool, relevant, and whatever else it’s hoping to be.

Starring Smith and Joel Edgerton (who plays an Orc cop), with Noomi Rapace in the role of an elf, the official synopsis describes the concept as follows:

  • Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything. 

Wow, that sounds like an absolute mess.

It reminds me of Smith’s failed high concept movie Hancock about a anti-superhero, at least in terms of being a bizarre miscalculation.

We’ll know for sure when Bright, co-starring Edgar Ramirez, debuts exclusively on Netflix on December 22, 2017.

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