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Everything coming to Netflix in May 2019

Oh, Netflix. You've done it again.
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We love Netflix year round, but daaaang is their May lineup fan-tas-tic! 

On the TV front, you can catch the latest Serpent shenanigans in Riverdale: Season 3, weep uncontrollably at the phenomenal first season of FX’s Pose, indulge on six new episode of Nailed It!, and get political with Hasan Minhaj in the third volume of his show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.

If you’re looking for movies to stream, start with Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a Ted Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron like you’ve never seen him before. Mashable’s ace film critic Angie Han wasn’t a huge fan of the film when she saw it at Sundance, but you can bet everyone will be talking about it when it hits Netflix, for good or for bad.

Check out everything coming to and going from Netflix in May 2019 below.

Top Pick: Easy, Season 3

Hilarious, poignant, and unique, Easy is coming to an end after debuting a third and final season this May — and while we’re sad to see it go, we can’t wait for those last episodes to arrive.

If you’re unfamiliar with Easy, as too many are, it’s an emotional anthology series that follows various characters through pivotal (and often painful) moments in their lives. You can jump in at any point, although a few Season 1 characters do return in Season 2. 

Easy is the kind of show that will make your heart hurt in all the best ways. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll consider buying a sexy construction worker costume. Enjoy!

Easy: Season 3 begins streaming on Netflix 5/10.


A Pesar De Todo (5/3)
Alles ist gut
Always Be My Maybe
Angels & Demons
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Bathtubs Over Broadway
Chasing Liberty
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion Part 1 & 2
Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Dry Martina
Dumb and Dumber
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Gente que viene y bah
Good Sam
Gosford Park
(1988) (5/1)
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Her Only Choice
Jo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage
John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
Just Friends
Knock Down The House
Like Arrows
Morir para contar
Mr. Mom
Munafik 2
My Week with Marilyn
Olympus Has Fallen
Revolutionary Road
Rim of the World
See You Yesterday
Svaha: The Sixth Finger
Take Me Home Tonight
Taking Lives
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
The Da Vinci Code
The Dark Crystal
(1982) (5/1)
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution
The Last Summer
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The One I Love
The Perfection
To Rome With Love
Wedding Crashers
Weed the People
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Wine Country


1994: Limited Series (5/17)
A Tale of Two Kitchens
After Maria
All In My Family
Alta Mar
: Season 7 (5/21)
Bad Blood
: Season 2 (5/31)
Black Spot
: Season 2 (5/31)
(2018): Season 1 (TBD)
Chip & Potato
: Season 3 (5/2)
Cupcake & Dino – General Services
: Season 2 (5/3)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
: Season 4 (TBD)
Dead to Me
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!
: Season 3 (5/10)
Harvey Girls Forever!
: Season 2 (5/10)
Historical Roasts
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer
: Season 2 (5/1)
It’s Bruno
Killer Ratings
Lucifer: Season 4 (5/8)
Malibu Rescue (5/13)
Nailed It!
: Season 3 (5/17)
One Night in Spring
: Seasons 1-2 (5/27)
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj
: Volume 3 (5/12)
: Season 1 (5/10)
Prince of Peoria: Part 2
Queen of the South: Season 3
ReMastered: The Lion’s Share
: Season 3 (5/23)
Rosario Tijeras (Mexico Version)
: Season 2 (5/20)
Roswell, New Mexico
: Season 1 (5/1)
She’s Gotta Have It
: Season 2 (5/24)
Slasher: Solstice
Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate
: Season 4 (TBD)
: Season 14 (5/3)
The Flash
: Season 5
The Mechanism
: Season 2 (TBD)
The Rain
: Season 2 (5/17)
The Society
True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom Town
Tuca & Bertie
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
Well Intended Love
When They See Us
White Gold
: Season 2 (5/17)


8 Mile (5/1)
Bill Nye, the Science Guy
: Collection 1 (5/15)
Cold Justice
: Collection 3(5/1)
Dances with Wolves
Disney High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Disney’s Bridge to Terabithia
Dr. No
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
For Your Eyes Only
From Dusk Till Dawn
From Russia with Love
I Know What You Did Last Summer (5/31)
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
Licence to Kill
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Sixteen Candles
Sliding Doors
Somm: Into the Bottle
Switched at Birth
: Seasons 1-5(5/11)
The Birdcage
The Boss Baby
The Dirty Dozen
The English Patient
The Lovely Bones
The Notebook
The Other Boleyn Girl
Tomorrow Never Dies
West Side Story
(1961) (5/31)

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New ‘Halloween’ trailer previews terrifying fight to the finish

Bloody teeth, kitchen knives, and Jamie Lee Curtis with a shotgun? Yup, sign me up.

Set 40 years after the events of the 1978 classic, this year’s Halloween looks scarier than ever. Serial killer Michael Meyers has escaped from prison to hunt down the one that got away: Laurie Strode. But, as it turns out, this former “final girl” is more than ready for a fight to the death.

Nick Castle and Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise their respective roles. The plot will similarly stick to its roots, ignoring all other sequels and their subsequent consequences.

Halloween screams into theaters October 19.

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‘Westworld’ cast and creators tease what to expect in the new season

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The first season of Westworld was a wild ride full of twists, thrills, and existential mysteries, but it looks like that’s nothing compared to what Season 2 will be when it airs on April 22.

Entertainment Weekly spoke with the cast of Westworld and some of the people behind the scenes about what we can expect in the reality-bending Westworld and beyond. According to Jeffrey Wright, the actor behind Bernard Lowe, Season 2 goes in hard in really big ways.

“The scale of Season 2 is just nuts, literally right out of the gate,” Wright told EW. “It’s so much more expansive, it makes the first season look like a genteel kitchen drama.” 

As fans of Westworld know, the first season was pretty far from anything resembling a genteel kitchen drama so we know that Season 2 is probably going to blow minds. Wright and others gave a little insight into what that is going to look like and what their characters are up to in the new season.

Warning: mild spoilers ahead for Westworld Season 2 and not-so-mild spoilers for Season 1

For Season 2, the focus will be on the uprising that kicked off in the first season, and at least some of the show’s head-scratching mysteries will be solved, showrunner Jonathan Nolan said.

“We don’t like to endlessly build mystery; we like to settle our debts by the end of the season,” Nolan said. “We want to feel like the show is rocketing ahead. The first season was a journey inward; this is a journey outward. It’s a search for what else is in the park, and what else is beyond the park.”

Nolan also shared that the show will take a deeper dive into the minds and points-of-view of the hosts.

“So as the hosts learn more about their world — and other worlds, and the real world — the audience is doing the same thing,” he said.

Evan Rachel Wood shared how her character Dolores has evolved and what she’s doing with her newfound power.

 “She’s playing the chess master,” Wood said. “She has access to all of her memories, but now she’s in control. There are some scenes where she’s three different people in the span of a minute.”

In terms of expansiveness, the new season is likely to head to new parks outside of Westworld, including the park that was teased at the end of Season 1, called Shogun World.

Ed Harris, who plays the hardcore Man in Black, told EW that Season 2 will be enjoyable to watch, although he’s not sure he totally understands where everything is going.

“It’s a pretty trippy second year, man, I gotta tell you that,” he said. “Hopefully somebody can explain it all to me after it airs. But it’s going to be tremendously watchable.” 

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What you need to do to prepare for Jack’s death on ‘This Is Us’

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The big day is coming. The day we’ve been waiting for. The day that we watch Jack Pearson burn to death on This Is Us.

At least that’s what we’ve been led to believe: A fire started by a slow cooker caused a full-on house blaze, and potentially led to the fiery demise of America’s favorite dead dad Jack Pearson (played by Milo Ventimiglia). This Is Us has been teasing his death since early on in the first season, and now it seems like millions of viewers will finally watch it happen right after the Super Bowl on Sunday.

If everything goes as expected on the next episode of This Is Us, it will be a lot to handle. There will probably be tears. Maybe even screaming. Maybe even death.

Here’s what you need to do to not die during the post-Super Bowl episode of This Is Us, appropriately titled “Super Bowl Sunday.”

1. Gather your loved ones

Like any good American holiday, it’s imperative to be around the ones you love during the Super Bowl and the This Is Us headliner that follows. This could be a pet, some friends, a This Is Us Slack group with your coworkers, a favorite box of tissues, or your closest family members.

Even if a few staples can’t make it such as, say, your three children who all seem to have other last-minute plans, that’s OK, as long as you leave a note telling your rudest son that you love him but he still owes you an apology.

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As long as you have someone or something to hold onto as you watch the Pearson family go through one of the most traumatic experiences imaginable, you may be able to keep it together. If that’s not enough, it may help to turn the dark situation into a money-making opportunity.

2. Place some friendly bets

There are a lot of theories floating around the internet about how exactly Jack Pearson dies on This Is Us because it hasn’t been made 100% clear that he dies in the house fire. Why not turn that into a fun game to lessen the blow of Jack’s horrific death?

Just like some Super Bowl parties include friendly bets around things like which team is going to win or who’s going to take the first kickoff, you could start a pool on whether or not Jack runs back into the fire to save Kate, the dog, or maybe even to look for Kevin. Some postulate that Jack won’t even die during “Super Bowl Sunday” and may actually make it to the next episode — another fun mystery to put a few dollars on.

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There’s a chance that you could get really invested in your bets which could make the situation even more stressful. In that case, make sure you have some food on hand to stress eat.

3. Make snacks

One of the most important things to remember while gearing up for a big night of television is sustenance.

This Is Us starts after the Super Bowl, so it may be a bit of a long night. On average, Super Bowl games tend to go on for nearly 4 hours, so from a 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff, we’re looking at digging into This Is Us at around 10:15 p.m. or even later on the East Coast. 

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A simple dinner alone won’t sustain most people, especially if you’re watching the Super Bowl and taking in a constant barrage of advertisements for nacho cheese-flavored chips and cheap beer. You’re going to need snacks.

How about some dip, chicken wings, or maybe some fresh corn muffins? You know what would go great with corn muffins? Chili — an American classic that pairs just as well with football as it does with tears. Just fire up your Crock-Pot (or other brand of slow cooker) and let some tomatoes, beans, peppers, spices, and maybe some meat stew all day for a delicious and hearty centerpiece for your evening.

4. Don’t forget to clean up

At the end of the night, after you’ve powered through all your chili, lost a bit of money, and covered your area rug in tissues, cleaning everything up can bring some peace of mind and give you time to reflect on Jack’s final (possibly screaming) moments.

Take a little once-around through the kitchen and living room, tidy up the little messes that you or other people made. Maybe play a song while you do it, like “To Build A Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra.

Last of all, turn off the slow cooker and head up to bed.

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Now repeat to yourself over and over: “The Pearsons are not real. They are a fictional family. The Pearsons are not real. This Is Us is a fictional TV show.” 

Go to sleep.

Wait … have you checked to make sure your fire alarm works recently?

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Watch these shows, not ‘Teleprompter Trump’s’ State of the Union speech, tonight

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Once upon a better time, watching the State of the Union address each year was considered a civic duty. Now that Trump is president, it’s rightly considered a spectacular waste of time. 

Last year, Trump successfully read off a teleprompter for an hour straight and was deemed “presidential” by a bunch of CNN talking heads who somehow make more money than you. Few in the punditocracy cared about whether Trump would actually follow up on his promises. They were just thrilled to learn that our nation’s commander-in-chief was borderline literate.

Don’t make the same mistake these people did, or maybe you even did last year. Don’t watch the SOTU. Change the channel and learn something.

Below are a list of far superior programs, most with slightly civic bents, that are either broadcasting at the same time as the State of the Union or are available on popular streaming sites. All of these programs contain far more valuable information than anything you’ll find in Stephen Miller’s State of the Union. Bonus! They won’t crush your fumbling little soul.

1. The Florida Project

This movie wasn’t a contender for Best Picture because — surprise! — Academy voters can be shitty. The Florida Projecthits both iTunes and Amazon today. A percentage of sales will go to Community Hope Center, a nonprofit that serves low-income people in Kissimmee, Florida, until February 5th.

2. The Black Panther trailer on repeat

Trump’s SOTU will probably last about 58 minutes longer than the Black Panther trailer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch this on repeat until you fall asleep, safe and sound and free of GIFs of Trump’s mouth spit.

3. High Maintenance

I highly encourage you to backwatch Season 2 of this highly underrated Brooklyn-based stoner comedy on HBO tonight. I’d send you my password if 20,000 people could agree not to use it at the same time. Cool?

4. A blank wall and/or a meaningless patch of kitchen tiles

Staring at a blank wall is a consistently more uplifting experience than watching Trump do anything at all.

5. Fixer Upper

HGTV’s Fixer Upper will air at the same time as the SOTU on the East Coast. What it lacks in civic education it more than makes up for in meaningful insights about toilet installation.

6. All the President’s Men

With the Russia investigation fully underway, it’s important to look back to a quaint old time when lawmakers weren’t beholden to evil brothers and held members of their own party accountable. Available on iTunes, YouTube, Amazon, Vudu, and Google Play.

7. The Chi

The next episode of this Lena Waithe series doesn’t air until February 11th. That gives you plenty of time to watch earlier episodes on Showtime about this Chicago community where Trump once promised to “send in the Feds,” Oh my god.

8. Law and Order

Wherever you are in the United States, no matter what kind of cable package you have, you have access to Law and Order. I can guarantee you that anything that comes out of Mariska Hargitay’s mouth > than anything that comes out of Paul Ryan’s sycophantic little face. 

9. Lovesick

Lovesick, available now on Netflix, is a clever British sitcom about a man who contracts an STD and is forced to tell all of his previous partners. Yes, even chlamydia humor is superior to the details about Trump’s immigration plan.

10. Drunk History

A new episode of Drunk History premieres tonight at  10 pm EST. If you can’t wait that long and feel compelled to watch the SOTU, suppress that impulse and watch a earlier Season 5 episode at 9:30 pm. Stay safe and Trump-free, people!

11. This old YouTube clip I found of Supermarket Sweep

It is far more valuable to learn the price of Tide in 1992 than the details of Trump’s opioid crisis plan that he will never, ever implement.

12. FDR’s State of the Union Address from 1941

Widely considered one of the best SOTU addresses, FDR famously outlined four freedoms “everyone in the world” should be entitled to: freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. I’d like to revise FDR’s fears to include “freedom from Trump,” but since that’s not entirely possible, “freedom to change the channel” will have to do.

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A little Pennywise the clown was so over this costume and of course it inspired a funny Photoshop battle

The horror movie It has been everywhere lately. First the film became a box office hit and then Pennywise the clown took over the internet with a series of hilarious memes.

You could have already guessed that It was bound for a lots of Halloween costumes, but you might not have guessed classic photoshop battle was coming. 

It started when Reddit user, Minifig81 posted a photo of a kid dressed up as a grumpy little Pennywise the clown Friday morning. 

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Then, photoshop hilarity ensued. 

Pennywise the clown got a sidekick

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Someone figured out Pennywise’s origin story

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It 1/2is the next horror movie I want to see

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Little Pennywise isn’t able to get on the ride

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Little Pennywise’s first day of school, so adorable

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Little Pennywise became a grumpy Oompa Loompa 

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Look away for a split second and this is what you might see

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Take a look at the complete thread of all the wild photoshops on Reddit.

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WTF is Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘mother!’ even about? Here are 7 interpretations

mother! is probably not about hair extensions. But it could be!
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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF.

So what is mother! really about? Tl;dr version: Like any piece of art, it’s open to interpretation. It can be about whatever you think it is, even if what you think it is doesn’t necessarily line up with what its creators think it is.

Long version: Well … buckle in.

What’s the plot?

At first, the Darren Aronofsky-directed picture looks like a reasonably straightforward thriller about a haunted house, maybe, or a home invasion.

A photogenic couple (Lawrence and Javier Bardem) enjoy a tranquil existence in a large house surrounded by woods. He, a poet, is struggling with writer’s block as he tries to create his next masterpiece, while she spends all her time fixing up their home.

Then an unexpected visitor (Ed Harris) arrives. His wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) soon follows, and then their sons (Domhnall Gleeson and Brian Gleeson). More guests follow. The visitors trash the place, ignoring the Mother’s pleas to behave. The party takes on the suffocating intensity of a nightmare, until a burst pipe sends all the visitors scattering out of the home.

A similar pattern repeats itself in the second half of the movie, with a few key differences. The second “party” is much, much more intense, and tips over into full-on surreality. And the Mother, this time, is pregnant, eventually giving birth to a baby boy who is killed by the crowd. 

Ultimately, the Mother burns down the entire house in a fit of rage. Only her husband survives. He removes her heart, transforming it into a crystal that restores the home to its former pristine state. A new woman appears as his wife, suggesting that the cycle will begin anew.

mother! as a retelling of the Bible

With the caveat that – as I said above – everything about mother! is open to interpretation, it seems pretty clearly to be a retelling of the Bible (both New and Old Testaments). Bardem’s character, listed in the credits as “Him,” is God, and Lawrence’s is Mother Earth. 

It’s not a strictly faithful adaptation, and elements from other religious or mythological traditions seem to be present as well. But the parallels are too obvious to ignore. The brothers’ dispute is a version of the Cain and Abel story; the kitchen-sink disaster is a stand-in for the Biblical flood; the cannibalization of the Mother’s baby is a very literal depiction of Communion; and so on.

However, while the Bible as we know it concerns God and man, mother! filters that story through the perspective of Mother Earth, who never asked for any of us terrible people to be here, and who would very much like us to get down from the sink, please, it’s not braced.

mother! as a cautionary tale about the environment

Overpopulation, in one image.

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The Biblical allegory, though, is just the foundation for a whole host of other themes that come into play. Aronofsky himself has hinted that mother! is about climate change. We humans are the guests, coming into Mother Earth’s home and then trashing the place. 

The visitors in mother! pry into places they’re not wanted, and scoff at the Mother’s repeated pleas and warnings. They make messes that they don’t bother to clean up. When they do try to help, they only make things worse (as in the case of two guests who start painting the house). They tear up walls just “to show we were here,” and snatch whatever they like out of some insatiable greed. 

The home gets more and more crowded, tipping past the point of no return before we even know it. Finally, the Mother simply torches the place – you know, kind of like how Mother Earth keeps responding to our environmental sins by burning up hotter and hotter. 

mother! as a reflection on modern celebrity culture

Jennifer Lawrence is so famous, you can probably recognize her from this stylized close-up of her eyes.

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Throughout all this insanity, it’s really only the Mother who wants the guests out. The poet likes having them around, as he finds their presence invigorating and inspiring. “It’s so nice to talk to someone who understands my work,” he tells his wife. (“I love your work,” she responds, hurt.) He drinks in their admiration, welcoming fans, and then journalists, fanatics, and followers.

But they want something from him in return. They demand his time, his attention, his things. They descend upon his home en masse, cameras flashing, and crowd in around him. They claim to love him, but can’t stop themselves from attacking his wife, invading the couple’s privacy, destroying their home – and, eventually, murdering and consuming their child.

Reacting to all of this onscreen is one of the most famous women in the world. Lawrence surely knows what it’s like to be mobbed and worshipped and tormented by eager crowds. mother!, in that context, starts to look like a condemnation of modern celebrity culture, which only demands more, more, more from its idols – though it also acknowledges, through the poet, that there can be something in it for the idols as well.

mother! as an allegory of creation and consumption

The Mother is in harmony with the home, her creation.

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The husband may be the artist in this couple, but the Mother is a creator, too. She’s responsible for building and maintaining the house. Later, the two finally create something together – a baby boy.

Once their creations are offered up to the world, though, the couple loses control of them. The poet’s words are beloved, but inspire a rabid, possessive sort of fandom. The Mother allows people into her home who compliment her handiwork, and then carelessly destroy everything she’s so carefully constructed.

When the Mother finally has the baby, she cannot bear to let him out into the world, and no wonder. Her husband shares their son with the world anyway, and her worst fears prove well founded. The kid is literally torn to shreds by the greedy crowd. It’s not unlike the way that general audiences are currently ripping apart this movie, or critics like yours truly are breaking it down piece by piece.

mother! as a reframing of Aronofsky’s obsession with obsession

The Mother is destroyed by the poet’s need to be worshipped.

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Throughout his filmmaking career, Aronofsky has demonstrated an obsession with obsession. Each of his protagonists are fixated on something – drugs, glory, artistic perfection – and willing to pay any price to get what they want, usually destroying themselves and the people around them in the process.

The protagonist of mother!, on the other hand, is a comparatively passive character who just wants to be left alone in peace with her husband. To the extent that she’s obsessed with anything, it’s simply caring for her husband, their child, and their home. It’s the poet who is bedeviled by an insatiable need to create, and to be adored for his creations. 

mother!, then, feels like a new way of looking at Aronofsky’s stories of obsession – from just outside of it, from the perspective of the collateral damage. “What hurts the most is that I was never enough,” the Mother tells her husband in the end. His response is hardly reassuring. “Nothing is ever enough,” he tells her. “I couldn’t create if it was.”

mother! as a story about parenthood and marriage

Despite its title, mother! isn’t actually about a mother for most of its running time – the protagonist has her baby about two-thirds of the way through. But it’s certainly interested in the cultural concept of motherhood all the way through.

Even before she becomes pregnant, Lawrence’s character is the ultimate nurturer. She cooks and cleans with barely a word of complaint – “I got it” seems to be the most-used phrase in her vocabulary. She’s protective of those she loves (her husband and their child), and makes clear that she’ll go to any lengths for them. She’ll even keep her son away from his own father if she needs to.

When Pfeiffer’s sighs, “You give and you give and you give and it’s just never enough,” she’s talking about her own son – but she could just as well be talking about the Mother’s relationship with her poet, or their son. The poet’s publisher reassures the Mother that her hard work was “worth it,” but it feels like cold comfort when her husband can barely be bothered to look her in the eye.

It’s a dynamic that’ll be familiar to anyone who’s ever been in a relationship of unequal devotion – whether it’s parenthood or a bad marriage. And if you’re a gossip hound, it might make you wonder what this says about Aronofsky’s relationship with his ex-wife, Rachel Weisz, or his new girlfriend, Lawrence. As one critic put it, mother! kinda seems like a good argument against dating filmmakers.

mother! as a screed against houseguests

For that matter, mother! also seems like a pretty strong stance against house parties. We can’t rule out the possibility that this entire film is just Aronofsky’s extremely passive-aggressive way of letting all of his friends know that he thinks they’re slobs and he wishes they’d stop coming over.

mother! is like the Bible: open to interpretation

What does this poster image mean? Who knows!

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If this all seems like a lot to take in, it still only fees like the half of it. We’re 1,500 words deep here, and I’ve barely even touched upon the film’s treatment of gender and sexuality, or its intriguing implication that this entire Biblical storyline is a cycle that repeats itself over and over, or any number of other themes, allusions, and references crammed into this movie.

mother! almost seems designed to inspire arguments about what it all means – which kind of makes sense for a Biblical allegory, if you think about it. 

At one point in mother!, the poet turns to his wife, beaming about his fans’ reaction to his latest work. “They understand everything, but everyone in a slightly different way,” he gushes. Honestly, that’s exactly how it feels to discuss mother! with other people. 

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Giant ‘Netflix is a joke’ billboards pop up in Los Angeles and New York

If you can’t laugh at yourself, maybe everyone else… can?

Giant black and white billboards have popped up over New York and Los Angeles this week, emblazoned with one sentence: “Netflix is a joke.”

The whole thing appears to be a Netflix-led marketing campaign to promote a string of new comedies coming to the platform, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter, citing confirmation from anonymous sources. 

It makes sense, seeing as Netflix has become the go-to streaming platform for stand-up comedy, with the likes of Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and Louis C.K. securing Netflix specials this year. Chris Rock‘s specials saw Netflix reportedly outbid HBO by dishing out a casual $40 million. 

Varietyalso points out that Netflix launched a new Instagram account, with posts promoting Seinfeld’s special Jerry Before Seinfeld, Sept. 19 launching.

Honestly, it seems like a self-aware marketing campaign gone awkward, especially when Netflix’s reaction was to retweet ‘mysteriously’ with question marks:

Expect plenty more billboards where these came from as the campaign rolls out. You can’t really vandalize them, hey?

Mashable has reached out to Netflix for comment.

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Poe is basically the new Leia in ‘The Last Jedi’

Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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Carrie Fisher’s final Star Wars movie will see General Leia Organa passing on the torch to a new leader of the Resistance.

Between The Force Awakens and the bits we’ve already seen of The Last Jedi, you may have gathered that Leia and Poe Dameron (the Resistance pilot played by Oscar Isaac) are close.

But it turns out their bond runs deeper than we knew.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Isaac described Poe as a kind of “surrogate son” for Leia and someone she wants to groom for leadership.

“Poes arc is one of evolving from a heroic soldier to a seasoned leader, to see beyond the single-mindedness of winning the battle to the larger picture of the future of the galaxy,” said Isaac.

He describes Leia’s guidance as “tough love” meant to instill “wisdom and clarity” in the hotshot pilot.

I honestly don’t know which one to be more jealous of here.

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The characters’ deep bond appears to run parallel to the friendship that the actors formed off-screen.

Isaac shared this memory of his time on set with Fisher:

One of my favorite things that would happen from time to time on set would be when Carrie would sing old songs. Whenever that would happen I would offer her my hand and we would waltz around the set on a starship, in a Rebel base, on an alien planet, and she would sing and we would dance. So surreal and beautiful to think about now. For all of her delicious, wicked humor and fiery energy she also had such sweet grace. I miss her dearly.

So do we, Oscar. So do we.

We salute you, General.

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Reboots and revivals are getting out of hand, and only big stars can save us all

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It’s 2017 so everywhere you turn there’s a film reboot or a beloved TV series getting revived. The latest is the forthcoming 12-episode coda to Will & Grace from NBC of which a second season has already been ordered, because in the Peak TV era, more is definitely more.

In an interview with Deadline, NBC President Bob Greenblatt detailed some of his other burgeoning revival plans, specifically mentioning his desire to bring back 30 Rock or The Office.

Twitter lit up, but let’s shut this down before speculation really begins. This is a terrible no good very bad idea and right now, there’s only one thing stopping this bad idea train from leaving the tracks: Stars who at least for the moment know better.

It’s every actor’s dream to embody an iconic television or film character. Those opportunities are rare, so it makes sense to cling to them when they do serendipitously arrive.

But there is that adage about beating a dead horse. Timing must be ripe for a revival; the audience must want it or feel its relevance. When Netflix picked up Arrested Development in 2013, it was a triumphant swan song for a series which, a decade previously, was tragically canceled and years ahead of its time. This was around the same time Disney began production on Girl Meets World, a strategic followup to Boy Meets World with just the right amount of cast overlap and a shifted target audience.

The chances of Greenblatt or one of his colleagues at the top passing on a reboot in the interest of artistic integrity are, quite frankly, laughable.

Revivals can work. The 2015 Netflix revival of Wet Hot American Summer reunited the cult classic’s hilarious cast to much success and critical acclaim. It was so unexpectedly not-terrible that a second season was ordered…and fell flat this past weekend.

There’s the frequent refrain that actors and producers are in it for the money. While that may be true and they’re often promised exorbitant paychecks, let’s gut-check this. No A-list celeb needs that extra money. The cast of Will & Grace will be living off residuals for years. Actors love to joke about how they’re unemployed between jobs, but when your last paycheck was for millions, let’s be real: You don’t actually need to work again in your life. You work because you want to, and you take a reboot to kickstart your career and make yourself relevant again.

Revivals are an almost foolproof financial plan, which is why networks and studios bet on them more and more frequently. The chances of Greenblatt or one of his colleagues at the top passing on a reboot of The Office in the interests of artistic integrity are, quite frankly, laughable.

So the onus of assessing what fits a reboot and what must be left alone falls to those who allegedly do care about the aforementioned integrity: Artists. Tina Fey told Greenblatt that more 30 Rock might not make sense; Aaron Sorkin said that while he’d love to revisit The West Wing, the timing isn’t right. Greg Daniels speaks for The Office, which was content to do two seasons without Steve Carell but shouldn’t dare touch a revival without him.

We thank you, stars who know better. Stay strong out there. We may say we want more Dunder-Mifflin, but all that would really accomplish is make us long for the original (the early days, natch). Say no to more reboots, and leave well enough alone.

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Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ premiere episode went over really, really well at Comic-Con

Someone please explain to Daredevil that wrapping a cloth around your eyes actually makes you MORE conspicuous.
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The world at large will have to wait til August 18 to check out Marvel’s The Defenders.

But a few thousand lucky fans got an early peek at Comic-Con’s Hall H on Friday.

Netflix played the entire first episode of The Defenders to an enthusiastic crowd including your faithful movies reporter from Mashable. Here’s everything you need to know.

1. The first Defender you’ll see in The Defenders is … Iron Fist.

I know, guys, I’m upset too.

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Womp womp.

And he still doesn’t know how to onscreen-fight worth a damn, at least based on his first scene a fight sequence set in a series of wet, dark tunnels that conveniently make it real difficult to make out what’s going on.

In defense of Finn Jones, he’s also saddled with the worst dialogue. Like: “My name is Danny. I’m hunting members of the Hand.” Groan.

2. The first episode feels like four different shows.

Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist all had their own distinct tones and visual flourishes, which makes us curious to see how they’ll all meld in The Defenders. But in the first episode, the answer is that they don’t, really.

The Defenders feels a bit like four different shows, each with their own color-coding, stitched together through clever editing. In fact, make that five. Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra has her own color, and it’s white.

Oh, hey, and speaking of Sigourney Weaver …

3. Alexandra’s such a badass bitch that she intimidates Madame Gao.

Be afraid, Defenders fans.

4. Luke Cage and Claire Temple are still going strong.

I swear to God if anything happens to Claire Temple I’m going to throw my computer out the window.

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The first thing Luke does when he’s let out of prison is speak briefly with his attorney, one Franklin Nelson. (“Actually, people call me Foggy.” “And you let them?”) The second thing he does is head straight into Claire’s arms, and then back to her apartment for some makeup sex. Aww.

5. Matt Murdock’s out there pretending he doesn’t miss Daredevil-ing.

Matt’s trying real hard to just be a regular lawyer, and not a lawyer who moonlights as a vigilante. It’s not going well. His interactions with Karen are painfully awkward, and he doesn’t sound halfway convincing when he claims he doesn’t miss his old life.

6. Jessica Jones still gets all the best lines.

Trish might just have to take this whole “superhero” thing into her own hands.

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Or maybe it’s just the way Krysten Ritter delivers them. Anyway, I won’t ruin them for you. Just watch the show.

7. Colleen Wing definitely deserves better.

Here’s what actress Jessica Henwick had to say about Colleen at the Comic-Con panel beforehand:

Colleen’s really had her whole life ripped away from her at the end of Iron Fist her father, her religion, her family, even her dojo. When we catch up with her and Danny, she really hasn’t come to terms with what’s happened emotionally and mentally.

Here’s what Colleen does in the first episode of The Defenders: Be really concerned about Danny and his guilt over abandoning K’un-Lun. Dude, maybe stop wallowing in your own angst for a second and see what you can do to help your girlfriend? Maybe that’s coming in episode two.

8. Misty, Malcolm, and Trish are still around.

The Defenders premiere makes pains to check in with basically every major returning player from the four shows. Turns out Misty’s been assigned to a citywide task force, so she’s not just covering Harlem now. Something tells me she’ll end up spending a lot of time in Hell’s Kitchen.

Meanwhile, Malcolm is looking much, much better than he did in Jessica Jones season 1. Trish looks the same. Both are trying to convince Jessica that she is, in Trish’s words, “a full-blown superh”

“Do not say the h-word,” Jessica interjects.

(I know I told you I’d let you discover Jessica’s best lines for yourself, but I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

9. Brace yourself for lots of talk about “the city.”

That, my friends, is the face of a woman who’s about to launch into a whole spiel about “the city.”

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At the Hall H panel, Sigourney Weaver described New York City as “the fifth Defender.” Sure enough, there’s lots and lots of talk about “the city” whether it’s a better place without Daredevil, what it mean to Colleen and Danny, how much the Dutch paid for the island of Manhattan, what it’s like to watch it fall apart.

10. It might be a while before all these crazy kids come together.

As of the end of the first episode of The Defenders, none of the Defenders are hanging out yet. Strap in, guys, this might be kind of a long ride.

The Defenders hits Netflix August 18.

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