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Netflix is continuing to rack up film deals in a move that’s placing them shoulder to shoulder with other major distributors. Their latest acquisition could very well make the studio an awards contender next season, further legitimizing their film endeavors. The streaming service has just picked up Beasts of No Nation, the upcoming African drama from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga.
A movie based on the hit PlayStation video game Gran Turismo has been in the works for a while now, largely thanks to the success of the Fast and Furious franchise. You may be skeptical about the project, given that underwhelming adaptation of Need for Speed (you’re welcome for the reminder that a Need for Speed movie totally happened), and you still might be a little skeptical when you find out that the director of Tron: Legacy is in talks to direct Gran Turismo.
It’s not just the terrifying Indominus Rex that Chris Pratt and his co-stars will have to look out for in Jurassic World—the park is also cooking up some pretty intimidating genetically-modified dinosaurs in its onsite lab. The latest piece of viral marketing for Jurassic World takes you inside the Hammond Creation Lab, so named for Jurassic Park mastermind John Hammond. In addition, the film’s interactive site has revealed seven new dinosaurs that will terrorize theme park visitors this summer.
Jennifer Lawrence is the biggest star on the planet right now, like the acting equivalent of Beyonce. Recently, the actress signed on to star in a new James Cameron-produced film, as well as a sci-fi project with fellow mega-star Chris Pratt. And now her impressive film schedule just got even more impressive with news that the actress has signed on to star in an upcoming Steven Spielberg film.
We’re still a couple of years away from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but that hasn’t kept us from speculating about the sequel—and it certainly hasn’t stopped James Gunn from dropping hints about it. We know that there will undoubtedly be some new additions to the cast as we delve deeper into the world of Guardians, and the intergalactic setting definitely opens the world up to so many possibilities and new characters. According to Gunn, one of those new characters is a personal favorite of the director.
Manipulation, resentment and deceit are the central conceits at the heart of this week’s Girls. Hannah attempts to be friends with Adam, and this overture is both genuine and disingenuous at the same time, highlighting the conflicting emotions that go into such well-meaning and painful post-break-up trials. And while Lena Dunham’s anxiety-ridden performance captures the vast array of emotions during this period, it’s Gillian Jacobs’ exceptionally complex performance as Mimi-Rose that ultimately steals the show, proving the hinge around which Adam and Hannah pivot.
LEGO recreations of trailers and scenes from films are often pretty fun to watch, though they’re not always of the best quality, as fans rush to complete and reveal their projects before someone else beats them to the punch. That’s not the case with Morgan Spence, a 15-year-old kid from Scotland whose LEGO recreations of famous movie scenes are really top notch. His latest project recreates the famous funeral scene from Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel—not the typical film you’d expect to see LEGO form, but once you do, you’ll be quite charmed.
Parks and Recreation came to an end last week after seven wonderful seasons, and now that you’ve dried your eyes from the buckets of tears you undoubtedly cried, Amy Poehler is ready to make you laugh again. The Second City improv group has revealed clips from a lost pilot for a ’90s sitcom starring Poehler as a hacker in a terrible era-appropriate vest. It’s…well, it’s something.
James Franco has become one of our most prolific actors/directors/writers/artists/deli meat purveyors (probably)—he is, in the parlance of the Full House theme song, everywhere you look. Not only is he starring in Hulu’s upcoming Stephen King miniseries 11/22/63, but he’ll also appear in the new comedy Why Him? from co-writer Nicholas Stoller and the director of I Love You, Man.
Dakota Johnson truly impressed in Fifty Shades of Grey, bringing genuine humor and personality to a character who was entirely humorless and lifeless on the page. But can her likability and seemingly effortless talents translate to a solid hosting stint on SNL? Read on for this week's SNL sketches ranked from the greatest to the not-so-great.