As the entertainment industry exponentially expands, so does its constant coverage — blogs, podcasts, YouTube shows, and magazines to cover every episode, casting announcement, trailer, and movie release that happens during the course of the week.
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News & Rumor Roundup
– Scarlett Johansson rumored to return to the MCU beyond Black Widow. [read more]
– Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn expresses interest in directing MCU reboot of Fantastic Four. [read more]
– Aaron Paul says the ending of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie left him “speechless.” [read more]
– Marvel Studios rumored to be eyeing John Krasinski and Emily Blunt for Reed Richards and Sue Storm in eventual Fantastic Four reboot. [read more]
“What’s Dropping Slime?”
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix) – Friday, October 11
Gemini Man – Friday, October 11
The Addams Family – Friday, October 11
Trailers & Tings
Rick and Morty Season 4 Trailer
25 Small Details You Missed In Breaking Bad
Birds of Prey Trailer
How They Made Will Smith Look 23 in Gemini Man
Classic Sitcom Moment of the Week
Seinfeld – George Costanza sleeps with the cleaning lady (Season 3, Episode 29)
Throwback Watch of the Week
Official Synopsis: “Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).”
Our Review: Given the rampant discussion surrounding Joker, it serves as a reason to look back at the films that inspired it, mainly, Martin Scorsese’s classic Taxi Driver.
Released in 1976, Taxi Driver marked Scorsese’s first massive hit, as it won the Palme d’Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival. Featuring one of the most iconic performances of his legendary career, Robert De Niro is at his absolute best as on-the-fringe of society and sanity loner Travis Bickle.
Simply put, Taxi Driver is one of the most important and influential American films ever made and is required viewing for anyone who claims to love film.
Netflix Gem of the Week
Better Call Saul
Official Synopsis: “Better Call Saul follows the life of the character Saul Goodman beginning about six years prior to the events of Breaking Bad. In 2002, Goodman, born as James “Jimmy” McGill, is a former con artist trying to follow a legitimate career as an aspiring lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.”
Our Review: With the release of El Camino, you’re going to be hearing a lot about Breaking Bad in the coming weeks. And while Breaking Bad is *easily* one of the top two best television shows of all time, we’d be remiss if we didn’t pay attention to the fact that its prequel, Better Call Saul, is arguably just as good.
Similar to Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul justifies its slow-burn pace through its depth of characters, stunning cinematography, sharp dialogue, and inventive sequences. And, again, just like Breaking Bad, when the true drama hits, it’s a home run every single time.
While I’m not quite ready to say that Better Call Saul rivals Breaking Bad‘s greatness, I will say that it’s easily one of the best shows currently on television.
Pop Culture Must-Cops
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Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Contact him on Twitter @eric_ital or via email email@example.com.