E. Oliver Whitney is a senior editor at ScreenCrush. When not talking Game of Thrones theories or waiting for the next Terrence Malick film, Oliver is probably having an SVU marathon. Oliver was formerly an entertainment editor at Huff Post and has written for Variety, New York magazine, Indiewire, Moviefone, and Backstage.
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Hailee Steinfeld Meets ‘Bumblebee’ In First Trailer for the ‘Transformers’ Spinoff
Hailee Steinfeld meets Bumblebee in the first trailer for the ‘Transformers’ spinoff.
2017 Golden Globes Nominations Announced, ‘La La Land’ and ‘The People v. O.J.’ Lead
Following Sunday night’s Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes nominations have arrived. On Monday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominees for the 2017 awards, recognizing the best in film and television.
Quentin Tarantino Says He’ll Retire After Making Two More Films
Might as well call it quits while you’re on top, right? That’s what Quentin Tarantino is thinking. The 53-year-old filmmaker has eight films under his belt and only plans to make two more. After that, he says he’s retiring.
The Movie GOATs: Best Horror Movie Themes
ScreenCrush’s latest series, Greatest of All Time, aka The GOATs, celebrates the best of the best when it comes to the movies. This week we’re ranking the best horror movie theme songs in honor of Halloween.
This Year’s New York Film Festival Was All About Spotlighting Women
If you look back on the last few years of the New York Film Festival, you’ll find a common, though unsurprising theme: a lot of male-dominated narratives, often about white men’s woes and triumphs. Last year’s line-up had The Walk, Steve Jobs and Miles Ahead, 2014 was notable for the premieres of Inherent Vice, Birdman, and Foxcatcher, and the 2013 fest debuted Her, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Captain Phillips. There have been some notable exceptions, like Carol, Clouds of Sils Maria, and Gone Girl, but overall stories about women have been a relegated to the background at the fest. That is, until this year.
Michelle Williams in Talks to Star in Janis Joplin Biopic, But Not the Amy Adams One
Michelle Williams has already portrayed the most famous woman in Hollywood, and now she might be playing one of the most iconic rock musicians.
Ava DuVernay on Her Documentary ‘13th,’ Trump, and Why She Wants to Make Big Studio Movies
Ava DuVernay‘s latest documentary, ‘13th,’ couldn’t be arriving at a more relevant time. Urgent, angry and unflinching, the documentary looks at the current state of mass incarceration and police militarization, attempting to understand why the United States contains 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, which today is 2.3 million people. Opening this Friday just weeks after the largest prison strike in U.S. history, a month shy of the 2016 Presidential Election, and following a year full of harrowing violence against the black community, ‘13th’ feels like essential viewing now more than ever.
‘Queen of Katwe’ Review: David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o Star in a Heartwarming Chess Biopic
Disney movies about triumphant characters overcoming great odds often come with a heavy serving of sap, hyperbolizing struggles and achievements with a glossy Hollywood veneer. Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe doesn’t entirely do that. While there is a sweet and sentimental flourish, Nair’s film about a young Uganda chess champion plays like a sincere biopic that isn’t desperate to pry tears from your eyes or exploit a minority tale for dramatic effect.
Ava DuVernay’s Prison Documentary ‘The 13th’ Gets a Powerful First Trailer
What if America is still living in an era of slavery? What if the abolition of slavery led to a collective consciousness that aligned people of color with definitions of criminality? That’s the argument Ava DuVernay’s latest documentary ‘The 13th’ makes, suggesting that for over a hundred and fifty years a societal behavior has developed where slavery can still exist under the guise of the mass incarceration.
Love Is Over, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Are Reportedly Getting a Divorce
Dear 2016, can you please end already? Is the apocalypse here yet? Is this the afterlife and we’re stuck living in a Roland Emmerich movie? After everything you’ve put us through, from multiple real-world tragedies to a presidential election from hell to far too many celebrity deaths, why oh why have you destroyed love? As of the morning of Tuesday, September 20, 2016, love died along with the end of Brangelina.
‘Catfight’ Review: A Hilarious and Bonkers Smackdown Between Anne Heche and Sandra Oh
Here’s the pitch: two women with grudges from their past reunite at a party years later. Fueled by alcohol and gallons of rage, they start beating the living crap out of each other. I’m not talking about some light hair-pulling or petty slapping; I’m talking full-on rampant violence that would make Quentin Tarantino wince. That’s Onur Tukel’s ‘Catfight,’ a pitch-black comedy and political satire about two women with an insatiable hunger for revenge, where head-butts and punches are their only form of therapy.
‘Loving’ Review: Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton Give Their Best Performances Yet
Richard and Mildred Loving couldn’t have had a more perfect last name. The real-life interracial couple, whose 1958 marriage violated Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws and led to a landmark laws civil rights case, weren’t just incredible for how much they changed history, but for how deeply they loved one another despite all opposite. In the aptly titled historical drama ‘Loving,’ Jeff Nichols makes the couple’s warm devotion to one another the focal point of his quiet, intimate film.