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Imagine you’re hanging out with someone’s sweet old grandmother, the kind of person who will ask if you’ve got a sweater in case it gets cold, and how are things at school, and would you like a slice of pie or some more peach iced tea? Now picture that same person having once played a blood-splattered teenager primed to slaughter her fellow high...

Jon Stewart will return to the director’s chair for upcoming political satire, Irresistible, Variety reports. The former The Daily Show host is slated to direct the film, which is based on his original idea. Steve Carell, a former Daily Show correspondent during the Stewart era, is reportedly the top choice to star, though financing and scheduling is still being established. Stewart made his directorial debut with 2014’s Rosewater, which is based on the true story of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was jailed on charges...

In the first scene of Marvel’s utterly unmarvelous Venom, an alien space ship crashes and burns on earth leaving behind a slithering mass of defanged, digitalized slop. That’s also a fair description of this puddle of simplistic, sanitized PG-13 drivel that Marvel has released instead of the scary, dark-night-of-the-soul thunderbolt fans had the right to expect. Tom Hardy and a massively overqualified cast, including Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, have been reduced to putting on a clown-show for kiddies in a shameless corporate...

Over the last year or so, you could go to the movies and/or turn on your TV, and see feature-length docs on Grace Jones, the Tragically Hip, Lady Gaga, Elvis (both an original-recipe cradle-to-grave portrait and an extra-crispy dive into how his decline reflects our current national mindset), Eric Clapton, the Avett Brothers, Deer Tick, Ed Sheeran, music mogul Clive...

The Spider-verse is expanding in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s animated take on the comic book superhero. In the new trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse they bring several iterations of Spider-Man (or woman or animal, as the case may be) from different universes and place them into a single universe. The clip opens with the familiar story of Peter Parker, but it turns out he is only one aspect of a Spider-Man multi-universe. After a portal is opened, an older Parker (Jake Johnson) meets Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales...

A biopic about the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin is in the works, with the comedian’s estate teaming with a Moneyball screenwriter for the upcoming film. Variety reports that Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s former manager and the executor of his estate, will serve as producer on the untitled project alongside the Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley and screenwriter Stan Chervin, who was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Moneyball. “We are honored to tell the story of one of the most...

For some, Ken Burns’ 2001 PBS series Jazz was a definitive, open-and-shut take on its subject, as comprehensive a portrait of the genre as one could hope for. For others, the series was a major slight. As Tom Surgal, director of the new doc Fire Music put it in a 2015 interview, Burns’ 10-part program “really got into pretty thoroughly depicting...

In this week’s batch o’ trailers, we get a sneak previews of: a superheroine going dark (very dark); Michael B. Jordan getting the eye of the tiger; the next Harry Potter side franchise and a new Transformers spin-offs; and the final season of House of Cards before the Netflix show comes tumbling down to a close. Bumblebee Girl (Hailee Steinfeld) meets...

If mountain-climbing documentaries make you puke-dizzy, Free Solo is probably not a good idea. This National Geographic head-spinner from husband-and-wife co-directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin is extreme in the extreme. The focus is on Alex Honnold, a free climber who gives the finger to gravity every time he suits up. Honnold, 33, climbs alone, sees no need for such niceties as rope, harness and pitons and rejects the odds against surviving that come with the job. Free Solo even includes a morbid collage of dead climbers....

Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie that’s available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment. We’re calling the series “Revisiting Hours” — consider this Rolling Stone’s unofficial film club. This week: Scott Tobias on Jonathan Demme’s 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate. It never sounded like a good idea to remake The Manchurian Candidate. Majors studios are always looking to plunder the vaults, eager to turn yesterday’s...