With Superman and Batman, she's long been one of the three pillars of DC Comics — but after 72 years on the page, Wonder Woman is only now getting her big screen debut. While the argument has been made that Wonder Woman is as marketable as her peers, a look at how widespread Wonder Woman has become as a major part of our cultural symbolism begs otherwise. But before you can begin to understand the character, you first need to understand the character's origins. Kaptain Kristian goes all the way back to her comic premiere and the people who created her for a look at what she stands for today.
Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched Prometheus, the 2012 film and previous entry in the Alien franchise. In this fascinating clip, Dr. Shaw and the android David are drifting aboard the Engineer ship. Shaw repairs David, who then sets a course for the Engineer homeworld. Little by little, the mysterious Engineers are beginning to come out of the shadows. Alien: Covenant comes to theaters May 19, 2017.
The headquarters of the Kingsmen has been destroyed and the world is in need of saving — again. Our hero Eggsy and the rest of the independent international spies are going to need some help this time, and they find it across the Atlantic. The Statesmen, a spy agency from the US with a very similar history to their British counterparts, joins the Kingsmen to rescue the globe from their common enemy. All-star doesn't even begin to describe the cast, with Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Mark Strong in an amazing ensemble. Kingsmen: The Golden Circle comes to theaters September 22, 2017.
During the Civil War, a wounded Union soldier is found and taken in at an all-girls school where several women have shelter from the bloody conflict. The presence of a man in the house begins a conflict between the women, leading to jealousy and fighting — with John, the soldier, playing them off each other. Sophie Coppola's remake of the 1971 film stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Ferrel and comes to theaters June 23, 2017.
The world is out of oil. Society has collapsed. Starvation blankets the land, and the population has dropped precipitously. Those that remain are forced into a game of survival, living off what can be grown and foraged. One man tends to a garden in the forest, living in a cabin he's built himself — and then two women appear, asking if he can spare his crop for one night. The Survivalist comes to theaters and on-demand May 19, 2017.
Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra are three foul-mouthed nuns driven to near-insanity by their lives at a secluded convent. And then Masseto shows up. A young man seeking refuge from the vengeance of his master, Masseto gets thrown into the middle of the crazy day-to-day lives of the sisters and priest at the convent. This film adaptation of a tale from Giovanni Boccaccio's 14-century story collection The Decameron stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, and Dave Franco, and comes to theaters June 30, 2017.
Just like your mattress, your pillow has a big effect on the quality of your sleep. And just like their comfortable mattress, the Casper Pillow is designed to make sure you rest well. It provides both comfort and support regardless of your sleeping position, with a firm inner core and a softer outer shell. Essentially it's a pillow within a pillow. It also won't pancake or lose shape thanks to the silky fibers it was constructed with, and is finished with breathable percale cotton to keep things cool. Take advantage of the 100 night trial and if you don't love it, Casper will give you a free refund.
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Many of us forget to brush twice a day, most of us don't brush for the full two minutes and we all let our toothbrushes get frayed and ineffective. Quip is a simplified Electric Toothbrush and brush-head subscription service designed to break these bad habits. The slimmest electric toothbrush on the market, quip features a sleek aluminum handle — available in silver, slate, copper and gold — and convenient mirror mount that doubles as a travel cover. The brush's vibrating bristles pulse at timed intervals to guide an effective 2-minute cleaning, and to ensure you actually replace your brush on time, you'll get a new brush-head and toothpaste refill in the mail every three months from $5.
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In 1969, Sister Cathy Cesnik disappeared. A beloved teacher at the Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Cathy's body was discovered two months after her disappearance behind a dumpster in a landfill. 25 years later, two women would come forward with testimony that implicated two priests at the Catholic high school and a local gynecologist in the murder. Sexual abuse by the priests and a conspiracy to cover up the crime are what allegedly lead to Sister Cathy's death — they killed to keep her silent. The cold case and the allegations of abuse, murder, and corruption that reach the highest levels of the Church and the Baltimore police are all examined in The Keepers, coming to Netflix May 17, 2017.
Based on the short story written by E.L. Doctorow comes Wakefield, the story of an affluent Manhattan lawyer with a wife, two daughters, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. While everything seems to be in order, our main character, played by Bryan Cranston is drowning inside and eventually breaks down. He goes into hiding in his garage attic and takes on the role of an observer of his family's attempts to find out what happened to him. As his days alone expand into months, he contemplates how far he can take things. Coming to theaters from IFC on May 19th.
The Jennifer Lawrence- and Chris Pratt-helmed sci-fi film Passengers had a lot of hype but landed in theaters with a thud. Criticized for a too-predictable plot, the film felt by-the-numbers despite having an all-too-rare original screenplay. The Nerdwriter took the plot into his own hands, rearranging the story arc to more closely mirror the script as it was originally written, and giving the film a pace and sense of audience involvement that it sorely lacked when it arrived in theaters.
A young man, devastated by the loss of his love during a terrorist attack, is recruited by the CIA as a black ops specialist. A veteran of the Cold War is brought in to sharpen recruit Mitch Rapp's lethal talents in the hunt for the terrorist leader that killed his fiancé. The first film in author Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, American Assassin stars Dylan O'Brien, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Keaton and comes to theaters September 17, 2017.
Douglas Trumbull landed the job of Visual Effects Supervisor on 2001: A Space Odyessy after cold-calling Stanley Kubrick about the position. Douglas would go on to create effects in 2001 that would help to launch the modern era of sci-fi films. In his own words, Douglas describes what it was like to work with the legendary director on a landmark film.
The first glimpse at The Force Awakens follow-up has arrived and it looks like things will pick up right where they left off. Episode VIII will see the return of Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, and the final performance from Carrie Fisher, while Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran will join the cast. Other than Luke Skywalker finally has a few lines and some epic space battles, not much is known but we're sure they'll be plenty more trailers between now and its December 15th release.
There are few things more inseparable than love and cannibalism. A young woman falls in with a group of outcasts in the Texas desert, where romance and humans are on the menu. Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, and Keanu Reeves star in The Bad Batch, coming to theaters June 23, 2017.
A rebel, a mother, a princess. At the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, Disney officially paid their dues to the woman who helped launch the biggest franchise in Hollywood history. Archival footage, recent interviews, and words from cast and crew past and present remember the woman who showed that princesses don't have to sit around waiting for a man to come rescue them.
Crack open a PBR and prepare yourself — it's about to get extremely hipster in here. You hear plenty of people talk about the joy of real 35mm and 65mm film, but this video essay is a love letter to that lesser-appreciated sibling, 16mm. The camera shake, the grain, the under- or oversaturated color — 16mm is the rose-tinted goggles of an era you didn't live through.
Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson meet up outside the Marvel Universe, and it looks like there's going to be plenty of action, comedy, and Motherf*ckers. The former is sent as a bodyguard for the latter in a strange world where Samuel L. Jackson needs protection. Yeah, he doesn't think so either, and that's why Reynolds ends up chasing Jackson through a series of gunfire, car chases, and explosions, all set to Whitney Houston's "'I Will Always Love You." Also starring Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek, the modern-day Bodyguard is slated for release August 18, 2017.
In 2009, the man behind the largest Ponzi scheme in history was sentenced to 150 years in prison — the maximum allowed under the law. Over a period of decades, he defrauded investors in his wealth management business of an estimated $18 billion, crushed the finances of thousands of people, and had a hand in the suicide of his son. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer star as Bernie and Ruth Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, based on the book of the same name by NY Times reporter Diana B. Henriques. The film will premiere on HBO May 20, 2017.
Dialect coach and linguistics expert Erik Singer knows a thing or two about language. As an accent coach, he helps actors perfect their accents for nearly any language imaginable. Here, he critiques "conlangs" — languages created for books, film, and television. From Klingon to Dothraki, Singer goes into the details and even finds out what real-life languages might have influenced these fictional dialects.
Known for her depiction of conflict, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow leaves the front lines for the streets of Detroit. Her and screenwriter Mark Boal will team up for the third time for a retelling of the 12th Street riot that led to 43 deaths, 1,189 injuries, and over 7,200 arrests. Starring John Boyega, the film is set to be released on the 50th anniversary of the riots, August 4, 2017.
Anthony Hopkins lends his voice to the Medieval madness as Autobots and Decepticons battle throughout history. Along with Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson, Mark Wahlberg returns for the franchise's fifth film, while Michael Bay's explosions will be making their final appearance in the Transformers series. But don't worry, it doesn't look like the franchise is going away anytime soon with a Bumblebee spin-off in the works. Transformers: The Last Knight is slated for release June 23, 2017.
Daniel Craig might want to watch his back — he's got some stiff competition from another MI6 agent. In a future that sees an unstable Germany teetering on the brink of collapse, Agent Lorraine Broughton is tasked with delivering a dossier in the crumbling city of Berlin. Charlize Theron stars in the break-neck action thriller Atomic Blonde, coming to theaters July 28, 2017.
If you're pulling off a heist and need to get away fast, Baby is your man. When the young getaway man is conned into driving for a robbery that's designed to fail, Baby faces losing everything he holds dear. Directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and comes to theaters August 11, 2017.
The irony of Sergio Leone's epic western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is that there aren't any good or bad — just ugly. Unlike the moral superiority of heroes in westerns of the 1950s, there is no clear line between the good guy or the bad guy — or even if either character types exist. This video essay digs into the violence and satire in Leone's classic film and how the film called into question the morality of "winning" the West.
He's one of the most wanted — and hated — men in the world. Julian Assange, former hacker and founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has drawn the ire of the United States for publishing classified materials relating to secret communications with other countries, combat logs and footage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and emails relating to the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential primary and election campaigns. Wanted for questioning into allegations of sexual assault in Sweden, Julian has been confined to the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. Now, Laura Poitras, director of a documentary on whistleblower Edward Snowden, gets unprecedented access to Assange in Risk. Filmed over the course of six years, including the 2016 presidential election, Poitras tells the story of Assange and WikiLeaks from the man himself and those closest to him.
Marvel keeps things rolling with the first look at the third film in the Thor franchise. It starts off with Cate Blanchett's devilish Hela destroying Mjölnir, the takedown of Asgard, and a gladiator duel between Thor and his friend from work — all set to Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." With so much action crammed into this two-minutes clip, we're not sure what could be left for three more trailers, let alone an entire film. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins, Thor: Ragnarok is slated for release November 3, 2017.
Will Smith probably wishes he had this decision to make again. According to a 2004 interview, Smith was offered the part of Neo in the dystopian classic The Matrix — and turned it down. As we know, Keanu Reeves took the role in what went on to become a blockbuster franchise. Thanks to the slick editing of The Usual Suspect, we now have a glimpse of what it would have been like if Smith had taken the part.
Tupac Shakur's career was cut far too short, but the mark he left on hip-hop was massive. Over 20 years after his death in an unsolved Las Vegas drive-by shooting, Tupac still casts a long shadow over a genre he helped bring to the masses. All Eyez on Me tells the story of Tupac's life, from his early childhood in New York, his breakout solo record Me Against the World, and his legendary feud with fellow rap great Notorious B.I.G. the film comes to theaters June 16, 2017.
Chewie has a voice. Thanks to this bad lip reading of the latest edition in the Star Wars franchise, his inherent Wookiee moans are replaced with actual words and we finally get to hear what the big guy sounds like. And since Luke Skywalker didn't have a ton of screen time or lines in the film, Mark Hamill switches up roles and does some adlibbing for Han Solo.