Movie Theaters To Screen 1984 In Protest Of Trump

More than one hundred movie theaters across the U.S. will screen George Orwell’s “1984” on April 4 in protest of the Trump administration. The organizers chose this date because Winston Smith, the main character in the book — which is officially entitled “Nineteen Eight-Four” — starts writing a forbidden diary, which is viewed in the novel as a significant act of resistance.

“The goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack,” The United State of Cinema, the event’s sponsors, wrote in a statement. “These screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”

Theaters in 79 U.S. cities and 34 states, including three in Canada, will screen the film, including New York’s IFC Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Arizona’s Alamo Drafthouse.

The protest is also intended as a show of support for the National Endowment for the Arts, which is included in President Donald Trump’s list of targets for funding cuts to curb domestic spending. “Any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment,” the organizers said.  

Orwell’s dystopian classic from 1949 about resisting an oppressive government regained popularity after Trump became president for its parallels with the current administration. Sales of the book surged again after presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway’s statement about “alternative facts,” a term that is echoed in the book’s concept of “newspeak” where political thought is eliminated, and “double speak”, the ability to hold two truths at once.

In January, the book rose to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list which prompted the publisher Penguin to issue a reprint of 75,000 copies.

Here’s Every Movie and TV Show Coming to and Leaving Netflix in March

As we are now less than a week away from the month of March, it’s time to take a look at what Netflix has becoming available during the forthcoming 31 days, as well as what we’ll be saying goodbye to.

As expected, a slew of new original content is coming to the streaming service, while all-around notable arrivals include Friday After Next, Jurassic Park, Memento, Nacho Libre, Amy Schumer: The Leather Special, The Waterboy, season two of Love, Million Dollar Baby, season one of Iron Fist, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Better Call Saul season two.

For those leaving, bid farewell to standouts like Jaws and National Lampoon’s Animal House, among a number of other pictures.

Available March 1

Angry Birds: Season 2 (2013)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Chicago (2002)
Deep Run (2015)
Dirt Every Day: Season 1 (2013)
Epic Drives: Season 2 (2015)
Friday After Next (2002)
Head 2 Head: Season 2 (2013)
Hot Rod Unlimited: Season 1 (2013)
Ignition: Season 1 (2013)
Impossible Dreamers (2017)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Kate and Mim-Mim: Season 2 (2015)
Know Your Enemy – Japan (1945)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Memento (2000)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Nacho Libre (2006)
Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
Roadkill: Season 2 (2013)
Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
San Pietro (1945)
Singing with Angels (2016)
Sustainable (2016)
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
The Craft (1996)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Thunderbolt (1947)
Tunisian Victory (1944)

Available March 3

Greenleaf: Season 1 (2016)

Available March 4

Safe Haven (2013)

Available March 5

Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)

Available March 7

Amy Schumer: The Leather Special—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 8

Hands of Stone (2016)
The Waterboy (1998)

Available March 9

Thithi (2015)

Available March 10

Buddy Thunderstruck: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Burning Sands—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Love: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
One More Time: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Boss’ Daughter (2016)

Available March 13

Must Love Dogs (2005)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Available March 14

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 15

Disney’s The BFG (2016)
Notes on Blindness (2016)

Available March 16

Beau Sejour: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Coraline (2009)

Available March 17

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Julie’s Greenroom: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale (2016)
Pandora—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Samurai Gourmet: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 18

Come and Find Me (2016)
The Vampire Diaries: Season 8 (2016)

Available March 20

El Reemplazante: Season 1-2 (2012)

Available March 21

Ali & Nino (2016)
Another Forever (2016)
Evolution (2015)
Fire at the Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

Available March 23

How to Get Away with Murder: Season 3 (2016)
Welcome to New York (2015)

Available March 24

Bottersnikes & Gumbles: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Déjà Vu (2006)
Felipe Neto: My Life Makes No Sense—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Grace and Frankie: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ingobernable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spider (2007)
The Square (2008)
The Most Hated Woman in America—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Available March 25

The Student Body (2017)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

Available March 26

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Available March 27

Better Call Saul: Season 2

Available March 28

Archer: Season 7 (2016)
Jo Koy: Live from Seattle—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available March 30

Life in Pieces: Season 1 (2015)

Available March 31

13 Reasons Why: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bordertown: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1 (2016)
Dinotrux: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
FirstBorn (2016)
Five Came Back—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012) Rosewood: Season 1
The Carmichael Show: Season 1-2
The Discovery—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Trailer Park Boys: Season 11—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Leaving March 1

Jaws
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Justice League: War
Keeping Up Appearances
Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 – 7
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Robin Hood: Seasons 1 – 3
Survivors: Series 1 – 2

Leaving March 2

Black or White
Sweetwater

Leaving March 3

Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Misfire
Web Junkie

Leaving March 4

Entertainment
I Dream of Wires
Otto the Rhino
Seashore
The Discoverers
The Nanny Diaries

Leaving March 5

Food Chains
Jail Caesar
The Days to Come
Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

Leaving March 6

Pit Stop
Rigor Mortis

Leaving March 7

Hansel vs. Gretel

Leaving March 8

Love At First Fight
The Starving Games

Leaving March 15

Boy
B for Boy
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Sushi: The Global Catch

Leaving March 16

American Dreamz

Leaving March 23

Love Me
The Invincible Iron Man

Leaving March 25

All Stars
Pup
The Perfect Wedding

Leaving March 27

Dragonwolf

Leaving March 28

Erasing Hate
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Leaving March 29

6 Guns
Detropia
I Melt With You
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

What To Expect From The 2017 Oscars

Hear ye, hear ye: The Oscars are upon us once again. Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony, which airs Sunday, February 26, at 8:30 pm EST on ABC. The event will officially conclude a long awards season marked by repeat winners (we see you, La La Land) and increasingly incendiary acceptance speeches wrapping politics into the usual glitz and glamour (hello, Meryl Streep!).

The 2017 Oscars have already seen their fair share of controversy, and we’re not even talking about La La Land’s likely Best Picture win over critical darling Moonlight. In January, President Trump’s controversial immigration ban threw the attendance of some nominees into question. While the Syrian rescue workers at the center of Best Documentary Feature nominee The White Helmets have secured visas to attend the ceremony, Iranian director (and previous Oscar winner) Asghar Farhadi, who helmed Best Foreign Film nominee The Salesman, declared that he wouldn’t attend the ceremony even if he were granted an exception. The same is true for Salesman star Taraneh Alidoosti.

And since acceptance speeches that call out the president and his policies have become something of a mainstay this awards season, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Oscars will continue that trend.

Of course, you can also expect the ceremony to hit its traditional beats, with plenty of celebration and Hollywood back patting. There’s also a chance that La La Land, with its 14 nominations, could break the Oscars’ all-time record for the most wins by a single film if takes home more than the 11 awards won by Titanic, Ben Hur, and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

This year’s Best Original Song performances — sometimes the most entertaining part of the show — will include Moana’s Lin-Manuel Miranda singing “How Far I’ll Go” with star Auli’i Cravalho; John Legend taking on both of La La Land’s two nominated songs (“City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”); and Sting crooning “The Empty Chair” from the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story.

And yes, Justin Timberlake will finally get the moment he’s been waiting for throughout his hundreds of appearances on the worldwide Trolls tour with a rousing performance intended to prove that no matter how hard we try, we “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

But rather than subject you to more Timberlake snark, here’s how you can watch this year’s Oscars from the comfort of your own home.

How to watch the 2017 Oscars

Where: Live on ABC. If you have a cable subscription login, you can also live-stream the ceremony on the ABC app or ABC.com.

When: February 26 at 8:30 pm EST/5:30 pm PST. Red carpet coverage begins on ABC at 7 pm EST/4pm PST.

Why: Why not!

Pixar Is Now Offering Free Online Storytelling Classes

It’s safe that to say nearly everybody loves Pixar, and those who don’t are arguably dead inside. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a storyteller and would like to take your narrative game to the next level, then good news, as the famous animation studio is now offering free classes in which you can hone your craft.

The “Pixar in a Box” series is presented in conjunction with online educator the Khan Academy, and provides a candid, behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs.

Now in its third series, the first episode gives an introduction to storytelling basics such as setting and characterization. Help in this chapter is provided by story artist Valerie LaPointe and Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter. Dang — if only our lecturers in college were as cool as these guys.

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In this segment (above,) Docter provides the sage advice of writing about what you know and transferring those emotions to the audience. The upcoming installment, number two, gets more technical, instead focussing on the art of storyboarding.

For more information on the “Pixar in a Box” series and previous episodes, head on over to the Khan Academy website.

New ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Trailer Teases Godzilla Connections

As we are now less than a month away from the premiere of Kong: Skull Island, today we showcase the latest look at the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed film. Courtesy of the clip, we receive new plot details, specifically the inclusion of Monarch, a secret scientific organization tasked with discovering proof of ancient species who are still around today; M.U.T.O., the object of Monarch’s search; and a namedrop of Godzilla from John Goodman‘s character, Bill Randa.

Kong: Skull Island is scripted by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly, and stars John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson alongside Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero.

The film is scheduled to land in theaters on March 10.

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‘Netflix Cheating’ Is Common, But C’mon…

In the digital first-world, there are many more ways to be unfaithful to your significant than in the past. One way that people go online to betray the unwritten rules of relationship fidelity is by “Netflix cheating,” i.e., the practice of surreptitiously watching episodes of a TV show you’re supposed to be watching together.

The study, which was commissioned by Netflix and conducted by SurveyMonkey using data from 30,267 respondents, found that nearly half — 46 percent — of couples that stream together have at least one person watching their TV shows ahead of the other.

The last time Netflix conducted such a survey was in 2013, when they found that just 12 percent admitted to having done so. While the practice is on the rise, it still feels like a stretch to say watching a TV show constitutes “real” cheating. Still, Julie Spira, a relationship and dating expert, says that it does.

“There are lots of forms of cheating,” she said. “Anything that you’re doing that your partner doesn’t know about that you think would make them uncomfortable is cheating.”

Though this may seem like an extreme reaction, Spira — who herself confessed to being unable to keep from watching the next episode of “Breaking Bad” without her boyfriend once — says that this habit really is a violation of trust that can negatively affect relationships.

“There’s such a bonding experience when you’re binge-watching a show with your partner and it brings couples closer together because you’re creating a ritual that you share together,” she said. “If one person decides to sneak a peek and they don’t tell [the other person] and they watch it together as if they’d never seen it before if it happens more than once it can be a big issue.”

The survey’s findings show that 45 percent of people who’ve “Netflix cheated” didn’t confess to the indiscretion, and over 60 percent said they’d do it more if they knew they’d get away with it. (Damn the pesky indicator bar that shows how much of a video has been watched!)

According to Kimberly Moffit, a relationship expert and psychology doctorate, this mentality is a bit concerning. “It can represent a breach of trust, even though it seems small,” she said.

However, she did note that the apparent 14 percent of people who said they think that this form of cheating is worse than having an actual affair may be blowing things out of proportion (Vocativ wonders if the respondents really were serious with this answer).

“Television has the ability to wrap us up so intensely that we’re so curious about what happens next, and it’s so easy to hit that play button,” she said. “But to have a full-on affair is a lot harder. There’s a lot more deception involved. And to physically engage in something with another human being that’s not your partner, in my opinion, takes a whole new level of deception and intention that watching a program wouldn’t.”

Prepare To Get Creeped Out By The Latest Horror Trailer From ‘It Comes at Night’

A24 has released the first trailer for It Comes at Night and it definitely knows how to set the tone. Full of ominous imagery like creepy paintings, angry spirits, a woods-stalking wolf and a red door, we can all tell bad things are about to happen. The film centers on a group stuck in an eerie house in the woods — presumably far away from help or cell service — who face an unseen threat; one that potentially manifests as a disease or bodily possession that could destroy the group from within. Joel Edgerton takes top billing as a father trying to protect his wife and son from what awaits outside. The film also stars Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Carmen Ejogo. Look for It Comes at Night to hit theaters on August 25.

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Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Perhaps the greatest compliment you can pay to both John Wick movies is via comparison to a contemporary: John Wick films are to guns what The Raid films are to fists. Within their respective spheres of combat, each is on an entirely separate level in terms of presentation. Both aspire to something more vital than to “entertain.” They don’t want to “satisfy” an audience—they want to make your jaw drop. They want you to stifle a guffaw as John Wick (Keanu Reeves) pulls off a move that is simultaneously so slickly unrealistic and bone-crunchingly visceral that the cognitive dissonance causes a brief misfire in your synapses. They’re everything that G.I. Joe or Fast & The Furious never bothers even attempting to be.

So yes, both cinephiles and action movie buffs will be pleased to know that John Wick: Chapter 2 is a worthy follow-up to the surprising 2014 original. Holding the torch passed from ’80s and ’90s John Woo classics, director Chad Stahelski delivers an epic ballet of arm-breaking and gun-kata that somehow manages to run for 122 minutes without ever overstaying its welcome. That’s far easier said than done.

We pick up where we left off with John: Fresh off his un-retirement as a result of some stupid Russian gangsters messing with a man they knew nothing about, John Wick is once again ready to “put it all aside and go straight.” With a new dog companion in tow, he wants nothing more than to be left alone, but of course that’s never going to happen. Forced back into action by a powerful assassin to whom he owes a blood debt, he embarks on an assassination contract whose fallout will only result in a domino effect: a cascade of fellow assassins coming after him in retaliation.

Among them is Cassian, smoothly played by rapper-turned-actor Common, whose smoldering charisma is every bit as present here as it was throughout TV’s Hell on Wheels. To say that he has a few epic battles with John Wick would be the understatement of the year. Also featured fairly prominently is Ruby Rose of Orange is the New Black, playing a mute assassin and right-hand woman of the antagonist. Her silence was a wise choice, allowing her performance to simply fall back on body language and a natural confluence with one of the series’ most affected aspects: Heavily stylized, center-screen subtitles/translations, often with splashes of color for emphasis. Gina Carano should be watching this performance, trying to pitch a film where she can also simply punch people and not have to emote or speak.

Many have already observed that the character of John Wick fits Keanu Reeves like a glove, and they’re correct. He fully commits to the physicality of a man whose legend is sold like a god by literally everyone who is given an opportunity to speak. As Peter Stormare states as a thesis in the film’s opening moments: “The stories you hear about this man, if nothing else, have been watered down.” And at the heart of it is Reeves’s steely determination to give it his all, to clearly sacrifice his body and take risks. If Stahelski is John Woo, then Reeves is his Chow Yun-fat.

The choreography, of course, is spectacular—it almost seems pointless to mention. The film lines up an endless sea of vaguely European guys to be dispatched—all suits and facial hair and highly desirable cheekbones—but the gunplay never loses vitality. If anything, though, the thing I walked out of the theater pondering on are the wonderfully colorful supporting characters. There may not be legitimate impetus for a real John Wick 3 storyline, but I submit that these two films have given us half a dozen other characters I’d like to see in their own features. Wouldn’t you watch a movie about an all-powerful Winston (Ian McShane) managing a hotel for assassins? Or Laurence Fishburne as the sewer-dwelling Hobo Assassin King? Hell, I’d watch a movie about the incredibly specialized service industry employees catering to these assassins, from the “sommelier” providing John’s guns to the tailor who’s able to wreathe him in literally bulletproof suit jackets of plot armor. It would be like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, except with bulletproof suit jackets.

In a just world, a film like John Wick: Chapter 2 would be recognized in award show categories such as Best Cinematography. This isn’t going to happen. Instead, film fans will just have to be content with the knowledge that 2017 has already produced a world-class action movie.

Director: Chad Stahelski
Writers: Derek Kolstad
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Common, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Stormare
Release Date: February 10, 2017

Scarlett Johansson’s Life is Stolen in the Explosive New Super Bowl Ad for Ghost in the Shell

Paramount Pictures has released a new Super Bowl ad for Ghost in the Shell, an upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular sci-fi manga by Japanese artist Masamune Shirow. The explosive new commercial features Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) coming out guns blazing and being faced with the truth that her life may have actually been stolen, rather than saved. Ghost in the Shell, directed by Rupert Sanders, will crash into theaters on March 31st, 2017.

They did not save her life. They stole it.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

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The Beast Learns to Love in the Final Trailer for Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Live Action Reboot

Disney has released the final trailer for Beauty and the Beast, their live action reboot of the studio’s classic animated film directed by Bill Condon. The trailer features the angry Beast (Dan Stevens) learning to love again and completely falling for the beautiful Belle (Emma Watson). Beauty and the Beast is set to magically appear in theaters on March 17th, 2017.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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