Lena Dunham Nails YA Adaptation

Andrew Scott and Bella Ramsey star in Lena Dunham’s Catherine Called BirdyPhoto: Prime Video For those of you who have given up on Lena Dunham, no one can say you don’t have your reasons. Whether it’s because of her groundbreaking HBO series, Girls, ended in 2017, or she’s been suffering through a bout of creative … Read more

Netflix limited series feels stagnant

Thai Cave RescuePhoto: Netflix There’s something about a kid in a well. Even if you don’t have registered memory of the 1987 “Baby Jessica” ordeal— with its endless CNN coverage, commentary from President Reagan, a Pulitzer for photography for the rescue coverage, an ABC movie starring Beau Bridges, and the Regis and Kathie Lee interview—somebody … Read more

What’s Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in October 2022

Image: Wendell & Wild/Netflix Netflix is ​​having a rough go in 2022—falling stock, high-profile cancellations, and a refusal to just renew The Sandman already— but I can’t quit them yet, not when they’re premiering a new stop-motion animated feature from the director of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas. When does Wendell & Wild come … Read more

Director and Pinhead Actor Interview

Jamie Clayton as a new version of a horror icon.Image: Spyglass Media Group The new Hellraiser arrives on Hulu next month, and fans of Clive Barker’s horror franchise are eagerly waiting to see what director David Bruckner does to differentiate his film from the many series entries that’ve come before. One big change that makes … Read more

With ceremonies over, King Charles III faces the biggest task

LONDON (AP) — The cannons have sounded, the bells have rung and the mourners have paid their respects. Now King Charles III faces the task of preserving a 1,000-year-old monarchy that his mother nurtured for seven decades but that faces an uncertain future. The challenge is immense. Personal affection for the queen meant that the … Read more

YouTube’s Algorithm Doesn’t Care if You ‘Thumbs Down’ Videos

YouTube has already stopped videos from displaying the number of dislikes it has received, but apparently giving a video a thumbs down doesn’t change how many similar videos the platform recommends you.Photo: Wachiwit (Shutterstock) My YouTube recommendations are full of old reruns of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. It might be partially my mistake for getting … Read more

How X And ​​Pearl Challenge America’s Moral History

(From left) Mia Goth as Maxine Minx in Ti West’s X; Goth as Pearl in Ti West’s Pearl.Image: Todd Gilchrist/A24; A24 When it comes to horror there’s a certain obsession with revisiting the stylistic choices of the past, particularly the ’70s and ’80s, when so many of the movies that became foundational entries for horror … Read more

The Difference Between a Monopsony and a Monopoly (and Why It Matters for Your Favorite TV Show)

Photo: Manuel Esteban (Shutterstock) You’ve probably noticed your favorite streaming giants, the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max—once the haven for creators lured in by the freedom to make shows that would never fly on broadcast TV—are increasingly resorting to tactics like subscription price hikes and a shift to cheaper, more formulaic (aka “safe”) … Read more

Star Wars Should Embrace TV and Stop Being Films Entirely

Image: Lucasfilm Just as we’re about to get a new one Star Wars show in the form of Andrew—the second of three shows this year, if you need reminding—the movie side of the franchise took another noticeable hit. Rogue Squadron, the film originally planned to be directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins for a December … Read more