Britt Hayes is a writer, movie lover, and sensible sweater enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She watches too much TV and never eats her vegetables. Her mom is worried about her.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — on HBO NOW, that is. This December, the network is gifting subscribers with several great new additions, including a few of this year’s most enjoyable films. So whether you missed Hail, Caesar! and Midnight Special in theaters, or you’ve been dying to give them another watch, HBO NOW’s upcoming slate has you covered — and then some.
For the past month, director James Mangold and the official wponx Instagram account have been keeping us intrigued with a series of beautiful black and white photos from Logan — the upcoming Wolverine sequel that marks Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the iconic hero. The latest image shakes things up a bit, offering a full-color sneak peek at Old Man Logan and his new friend, a young mutant named Laura, or, as she’s known to comic-book fans, X-23.
Turns out, choosing life isn’t all that fun once you grow up and succumb to tedious responsibilities and the repetitive monotony of daily life. That’s a lesson Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton appears to have learned in the 20 years between Trainspotting and Danny Boyle’s long-awaited sequel. As a little pre-Thanksgiving treat, Sony has released an international trailer for T2: Trainspotting, featuring a bit of new footage and plenty of new things from which to choose.
Somewhere, James Cameron is shaking his head and chuckling to himself, wondering why the heck he didn’t think of setting Titanic in space because it seems so obvious now — especially with this new trailer for Passengers, the Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi romance that looks like it was made with an algorithm. Take the two most beloved actors on the planet, put them in a shiny, futuristic sci-fi movie and smoosh their faces together while making kissy noises. Cha-ching.
In the most meta move for a very meta movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, which is based on the LEGO version of Batman, is getting its very own LEGO Batman minifigures — yes, soon you can play with a toy inspired by a movie that’s based on a toy inspired by a movie. Be careful with those mental gymnastics. You might sprain something.
Lucasfilm’s latest State of the Star Wars Union address has arrived right on schedule (meaning: It’s been about a month since their last blanket franchise update), with studio president Kathleen Kennedy offering a few tidbits about their upcoming anthology projects. In addition to confirming the absence of a traditional opening crawl for Rogue One, Kennedy sheds some light on Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s approach for the Han Solo spinoff.
John Wick directing duo Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are gradually taking over Hollywood’s action films, becoming two of the most wanted names in the industry. When Tim Miller vacated the director’s chair on Deadpool 2, there was only one correct solution: Hire one of the John Wick guys. Leitch landed that gig, which leaves Stahelski free to take on another potential blockbuster — the long-long-long-developing Highlander reboot.
Before he goes behind the camera for Bad Blood with Jennifer Lawrence, Adam McKay is squeezing in a political drama about…Dick Cheney. That’s somewhat topical, given that Vice President-elect Mike Pence has cited the former Vice President as an inspiration, and soon, thanks to good ol’ fashioned movie magic, we can see why. (Or, you know, you can just Google some old news articles, but McKay’s way sounds a little more entertaining.)
Like many of the shorts that play before Disney and Pixar’s latest animated films, the one attached to Moana — Inner Workings — shares some similarities with the feature it precedes. Both are stories that explore the familiar conflict between head and heart; between pursuing one’s passions and begrudgingly submitting to practicality. Oh, and they both feature the ocean. Moana also shares a few similarities with other Disney films (like Finding Dory, it also has a hilariously stupid bird), but it could benefit from having a little more in common with Frozen.
Netflix may be giving us Captain America: Civil War on Christmas (and many more great additions next month), but there are also several titles expiring from the service in December, including — gasp — every season of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Okay, you might not be all that concerned about Kevin Sorbo’s biceps, but chances are there’s at least one or two things on this list of expiring movies and TV shows that you’ll probably want to watch before they leave Netflix next month.