Top Gun: Maverick Setting Records

Mild spoilers ahead.

Omicron Now 73% of US COVID Cases [Or Not?]

That didn’t take long.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020

The iconic Supreme Court justice has died at the age of 87.

Movie Theater Chains Closing Over Coronavirus

A sign of the times.

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Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Is Time’s ‘Person Of The Year”

An interesting albeit dubious selection for Person of the Year.

South Park Banned In China After Episode Mocking Chinese Censorship

South Park mocked Chinese censorship so, of course, they were censored in China.

Avengers: Endgame Passes Avatar On Top-Grossing Films List

This past weekend, Avengers: Endgame passed Avatar as the biggest-grossing movie of all-time, but there are several caveats.

China To Surpass U.S. In Box Office Revenue In 2020

A new report suggests that the Chinese movie-going market will surpass the American market in 2020.

Avengers: Endgame Passes $1 Billion In Gross Receipts

Avengers: Endgame earned $1 billion worldwide in its first weekend, but it will take a lot more to become the biggest grossing movie of all time.

Female-Led Films Perform Better at the Box Office

While most Hollywood blockbusters have male leads, films starring women actually do better on the aggregate.

Burt Reynolds Dies At 82

The tough guy actor best known for the “Smokey And The Bandit” movies has passed away at the age of 82.

A Contrarian View of ‘Solo’

It may be my favorite Star Wars film since ‘Empire Strikes Back.’

Two-Time Oscar Winning Director Milos Forman Dead At 86

The Director of ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus,’ both of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, has died at the age of 86.

‘Black Panther’ Breaks Bogus Box Office Benchmark

The Marvel superhero film passed ‘Titanic’ in US ticket sales. Unless we adjust for inflation. Which we absolutely should.

Comedian Byron Allen Buys the Weather Channel

The guy from Real People? He’s rich.

Black Panther Movie Review Roundup

Some thoughts on the biggest Marvel blockbuster yet. [Modest spoilers]

Garry Marshall, Creator Of Classic Television Shows, Dies At 81

The creator of some of the most popular television programming of the 1970s has passed away at the age of 81.

A Record Breaking Opening Weekend For Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Perhaps not surprisingly, the newest film in the Star Wars saga is breaking all kinds of records.

Hollywood Has Worst Summer In 17 Years

The summer of 2014 was the worst Hollywood has seen since Bill Clinton was President. It’s pretty easy to figure out why.

Hollywood’s Changing Male Ideal

On screen body objectification is now equal opportunity.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Flotsam and Jetsam Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

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Films Based On Marvel Comics More Successful Than Those Based On DC Comics

Films from the House of Spiderman have grossed more than those from the House of Superman. But that’s mostly because of ticket price increases.

Further Thoughts On Gun Control And Voter Intensity

The politics of gun control is not nearly as easy as its supporters believe it to be.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Slippery Slope Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Does Making Killers Famous Make More Killers?

Almost a decade ago, Roger Ebert wondered if making mass murderers famous doesn’t provide a perverse incentive.

50 Greatest Films of All Time (Mostly Another Time)

“Vertigo” has ended “the 50-year reign” of “Citizen Kane,” which has dropped to second place.

Broadway Actors Resent Hollywood Stars

Broadway actors are aiming a familiar lament at Hollywood stars: They’re taking our jobs!

Producer Admits Atlas Shrugged: Part I Basically A Failure

The free market in action.

Comic Book Foreign Policy (or the Batman Theory of Foreign Policy)

Readers may be familiar with the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics. Now, there’s a competing theory.

Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four Movie Sequel

The Silver Surfer will make his live-action debut in the second installment of the Fantastic Four movie franchise.

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