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11 Expansive Cinematic Universes That Aren’t Marvel or Star Wars

11 Expansive Cinematic Universes That Aren’t Marvel or Star Wars

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Famous ghosts put on a ghoulish display at Japan baseball gameThe worlds of Ju-On and Ring, two Japanese horror mega-franchises that made it big in North America, weren’t linked until 2016, roughly two decades after they kicked off. Ju-on, also known as The Grudge, began as a couple of short films and expanded into the…
What’s New on HBO Max in September 2022

What’s New on HBO Max in September 2022

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It’s been a totally chill and normal month for HBO Max. Definitely nothing significant happened to affect the best streaming service around, like, say, new CEO David Zaslav canceling a bunch of forthcoming shows and even a $90 million Batgirl movie and making the decision to remove a bunch of content—including movies and shows produced…
30 Movies That Are Basically Perfect

30 Movies That Are Basically Perfect

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Movies are all products of their time, but comedies are especially tricky. Laughter is often based on behavior that is in opposition to societal norms, so what’s funny to one generation may seem stale or toothless a few decades later. Which is why it’s remarkable that this nearly 78-year-old screwball farce from writer/director Preston Sturges…
18 Halloween Thrillers That Are Scary but Not Gory

18 Halloween Thrillers That Are Scary but Not Gory

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Screenshot: The Conjuring/Warner Bros.I give director James Wan an awful lot of credit. After making a boatload of money creating the Saw franchise (a series of movies that popularized the term “torture porn”), he turned around and reinvented the spooky haunted house genre in Insidious and The Conjuring. Tastes in thrillers vary wildly, but it’s…
30 of the Best Movies That Clock in at 90 Minutes or Less

30 of the Best Movies That Clock in at 90 Minutes...

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Screenshot: Run Lola Run/Sony Pictures ClassicsJust when you thought blockbuster movies couldn’t possibly get any longer, the fine people at Universal Pictures announced the runtime for the next, long-delayed entry in the James Bond series. When it opens in October in the US, No Time to Die is set to keep movie-goers in their seats…
Creator or Creature? A Nightmare Wakes dramatizes the birth of Frankenstein

Creator or Creature? A Nightmare Wakes dramatizes the birth of Frankenstein

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Alix Wilton Regan stars as Mary Shelley in the throes of creating her timeless literary masterpiece in A Nightmare Wakes.It's one of the most famous origin stories in literary history. One summer night in 1816 in Geneva, Lord Byron hosted a gathering of his fellow Romantics, including Percy Shelley and his lover (soon-to-be wife), Mary…
Remote, Cold Area Rock Had ‘Frankenstein’ Starts

Remote, Cold Area Rock Had ‘Frankenstein’ Starts

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Less than three months after the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed past a distant, cold space rock, scientists are beginning to piece together the story of how that object, nicknamed Ultima Thule, came to be. In a series of scientific presentations held March 18 at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, mission…
Here Are the Genuine (and Freaky) Experiments That Influenced ‘Frankenstein’

Here Are the Genuine (and Freaky) Experiments That Influenced ‘Frankenstein’

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On Jan. 17 1803, a young man named George Forster was hanged for murder at Newgate prison in London. After his execution, as often happened, his body was carried ceremoniously across the city to the Royal College of Surgeons, where it would be publicly dissected. What actually happened was rather more shocking than simple dissection…

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