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July 1 2015 12:35 PM

Watch Michael Fassbender Channel an Obsessive Genius in the Full Trailer for Steve Jobs

The first full-length trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic offers a glimpse of the movie’s pulsing central conflict: Jobs himself. “How come 10 times a day, I read, ‘Steve Jobs is a genius’?” Seth Rogen asks as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. “What do you do?”

“Musicians play their instruments,” Michael Fassbender replies as Jobs. “I play the orchestra.”

The trailer strings together several work-related clashes in which Jobs is depicted as demanding, complex, and often difficult. In a particularly heated moment, Jobs tells John Sculley, the former Apple CEO who ousted him (played by Jeff Daniels), that he’ll “sit center court and watch” as he ruins everything.

From The Verge:

According to the film’s writer, Aaron Sorkin ... Steve Jobs will consist of roughly three half-hour scenes, tracking the press events for three of the executive’s biggest products: the Macintosh, NeXT, and the iMac.

The movie comes out Oct. 9. 

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July 1 2015 11:39 AM

Watch the Trailer for Creed, the First Rocky Sequel Without Rocky in the Title

Nine years after reprising his most iconic character for Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone returns for the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise, Creed. The latest film stars Michael B. Jordan, rejoining Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler to play the son of Rocky’s onetime rival, Apollo Creed, who died dramatically in the Italian Stallion’s arms in Rocky IV.

Though Stallone is still a major player, the new trailer puts the emphasis on Jordan’s character, who, like his father, has donned a pair of boxing gloves and a pair of red, white, and blue trunks. Creed will be the first entry in the franchise in which Rocky is not the film’s title character, though not the first with him acting as a mentor, which he did in Rocky V.

July 1 2015 10:24 AM

What if the Emotions From Inside Out Were in Other Movies?

Inside Out’s greatest innovation is its conception of what goes on inside the human brain, with a “cast of anthropomorphized feelings, whose shape, color, and movement express their inner being,” as Slates Dana Stevens wrote in her review. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, who vie for control in an 11-year-old’s mind, are the breakout stars of Pixar's hit film. 

The personified emotions are so memorable that we wondered what they would look like in other classic movies. What does the inside of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s head look like in Kindergarten Cop, for instance, and who’s at the helm during Peter Finch’s iconic speech in Network? The emotional results are above.

July 1 2015 8:32 AM

Real-Life Male Strippers Reveal the Songs that Make Women Go Crazy

When you’re a male stripper working to fulfill women’s fantasies, you’ve got to have just the right song to set the mood right and gel with your onstage personality. For Magic Mike (Channing Tatum), of course, his signature dancing tune in the eponymous original 2012 film is Ginuwine’s “Pony”—the irresistible `90s jam known for its kitschy use of double entendre.

Just in time for the sequel, Magic Mike XXLwhich memorably resurrects the infamous song—we asked a few dancers from the all-male revue Hunk-O-Mania in New York City about the signature songs and dance moves that get their female audience going. Check out the video below.

July 1 2015 8:13 AM

The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in July

Every month, a number of movies and TV series leave Netflix streaming, sometimes only temporarily, usually because licensing deals have expired. Several new titles arrive in their place. So what’s coming this month, and which of these new arrivals should you watch? Below, we’ve chosen the best new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix Instant streaming in July 2015. Plan your Fourth of July–weekend marathons accordingly.

June 30 2015 6:57 PM

Academia’s P.C. Brigade Has Started Policing the F-Word. That’s Taking It Too Effing Far.

Summer intercession has traditionally been a time for university professors to sequester themselves and focus on research, with only their highly unrealistic writing goals to keep them company. Not this year! Instead, Summer 2015 has been the Season of the Hand-Wring about the scourge of second-wave political correctness on campus.

It all began with L’affaire Kipnis, whose first shots were fired when Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis published a cri de coeur about her academic freedom to schtupp as many graduate students as she pleased. In the wake of the Kipnis non-scandal, there was a rash of overwrought testimonials, such as “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me,” and its answer, “I Was A Liberal Adjunct Professor. My Students Didn’t Scare Me At All.” I Was an Education Journalist, and This Subject Made Me Want to Gouge Out My Own Eyes So as to Stop Having to Read About It.

Honestly, I didn’t see what the big deal was. I’ll slap a “trigger warning” on some German poetry if that makes the students happy (TW: Contains sexual violence and dactylic hexameter!). No problem. But then, they came for my swear words, and I could be silent no more.

June 30 2015 6:22 PM

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Are Over, and—Refreshingly—It Wasn’t a Surprise

Amid the buzzing rumors of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s possible split, Bennifer (Afflarner?) has finally confirmed that they are in fact getting a divorce.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the couple said in a joint statement to People. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.”

Reading this, it’s hard not to think of Ben Affleck’s Oscar acceptance speech two years ago, which was perhaps one of the realest public moments in the history of celebrity marriages. Accepting the Academy Award, he said, with distinct uncertainty, of his wife: “I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases,” Affleck said. “It’s good, it is work, but it’s the best kind of work, and there’s no one I’d rather work with.”

The standard narrative of celebrity marital splits, in the Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin mold, is that the union is beautifully disguised as flawless until the exact moment of the split. But Affleck and Garner have actually been a refreshing divergence from the norm. They’ve both offered moments of pretty blunt honesty about their marriage over the years. Garner characterized their marriage as “mindful” in a 2014 interview with InStyle, noting that the courtship phase was over. If Afflarner had to end, at least it showed its seams along the way instead of feigning perfection.

June 30 2015 4:33 PM

The Great Secret in Their Eyes Is Getting a Remake, and Here’s the Gripping First Trailer

In the first trailer for Billy Ray’s English-language remake of the 2009 Argentinian thriller El secreto de sus ojos, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and Julia Roberts star as FBI investigators whose lives are ripped apart by the brutal murder of Jess’ (Roberts) daughter. Thirteen years after the tragedy, Ray (Ejiofor) makes a discovery that could resolve the case—both legally and emotionally. But Jess might have other plans. Like Juan José Campanella’s original, The Secret In Their Eyes will interweave past and present—and hopefully the brief baseball stadium shots in the trailer are a hint that we’ll get an updated take on the original’s legendary continuous soccer stadium shot.

June 30 2015 12:22 PM

Watch Amy Schumer Face the Unforeseen Effects of Time Travel


Moving in with a significant other is a big decision. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could know whether it’s going to work out before you take the plunge? That’s the premise of Amy Schumer’s new sketch, in which Future Amy—actually, a handful of Future Amys—travel back in time to warn Present Amy about the consequences of moving in with her "charmer" of a boyfriend. (“You’re low maintenance, and it just feels ... OK. Plus my roommate is all over me about rent,” Travis explains romantically.)


Of course as any sci-fi fan knows, time travel can have unforeseen consequences. Should Amy give Travis the “celebration beej” he asks for, or should she break up with him? Most importantly, should she get bangs? The fate of the world depends on her choices.

June 30 2015 11:16 AM

Key and Peele’s New Sketch Reveals the World’s Most Reluctant Ambassador for Gay Marriage

In Key & Peele’s newest sketch, a white-haired politician (Keegan-Michael Key) addresses his Michigan constituency to send a simple message: Government should work for everyone, whether they’re young, old, Asian, Hispanic, straight, or gay. As the camera finds an example of each constituent in the crowd, Jordan Peele is surprised to find himself mistakenly pinned as a member of the latter category. Amid an effusive speech about the importance of the gay community, he tries to evade the relentless gaze of the cameraman. Needless to say, he fails.