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Cartoons are eviscerating ‘naive’ Jared Kushner for his security clearance woes

THE HEADLINES have been swirling around Jared Kushner this week like security clearance rejection slips. Into Year Two, Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has had his security clearance downgraded, just ahead ofShow More Summary

How the Oscar-nominated ‘Coco’ came close to being Pixar’s first full musical

“COCO’S” TWIN Oscars chances this Sunday may include a nomination for its main song, but at one point, the animated smash was going to thrum from beginning to end with belt-’em-out tunes. “Early on, our original intention was to have ‘Coco’ be a full-on, break-out-into-song musical,” Lee Unkrich, the film’s Oscar-nominated director, tells The Washington […]

When is it too soon to spoof school gun violence in cartoons?

EDITORIAL CARTOONS mostly follow familiar news-cycle rhythms after a tragedy. As they have so many times before, cartoonists since the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting have drawn artworks of grief and sorrow, followed by tributes to the heroes fallen and surviving. Then, after public officials offer “thoughts and prayers” and the politics of mass shootings heat […]

‘Jessica Jones’ doesn’t wow in Season 2, but it’s not as off the mark as ‘Iron Fist’

We interrupt the mass exodus to Wakanda to remind you that there are other things happening in the world of Marvel Entertainment besides “Black Panther.” For example: “Jessica Jones” is coming back to Netflix. While it is no easy feat to be the first thing that Marvel releases following the historic hype and box-office success of King T’Challa’s […]

Would Trump charge an unarmed gunman? Remark invites cartoon flak.

SOMETHING ABOUT the politics that surround yet another school shooting in America set off President Trump in unforeseen ways. First, the president said — and then clarified — that he’d like to arm some teachers. You know, the ones with “a natural talent” for it, like the ability to be an eagle-eyed marksman on the […]

‘Metal Gear Survive’ turns survivalism into a theater of the absurd

Metal Gear Survive Developed by: Konami Digital Entertainment Published by: Konami Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows Stripped of all conveniences and exiled to survive alone in a natural environment there is little-to-nothing more important than fire. But in “Metal Gear Survive,” a survivalist twist on the “Metal Gear Solid” franchise, the crisis of […]

The New Yorker’s Oscars cover captures a moment in the #MeToo movement

WITH THE OSCARS coming Sunday, the New Yorker magazine rolled out a cover that depicts a scene that is as symbolic of 2018 Hollywood as any red carpet. The art, titled “Golden Opportunity,” renders the kind of moment between powerful male figure and aspiring female performer that has been uncovered and recounted time and again […]

Filmmaker Kevin Smith tweets that he has suffered a ‘massive heart attack’

KEVIN SMITH tweeted fans early Monday that he had suffered a “massive heart attack” after shooting a comedy special in the Los Angeles area. “If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight,” Smith tweeted from the hospital. “But for now, I’m still above ground!” Smith, the 47-year-old filmmaker […]

‘Black Panther’ keeps smashing records, exceeding box-office expectations and making history

“Wakanda forever” — especially at the box office. Marvel’s “Black Panther” has managed to not just meet, but continue to blow through the feverish box-office hype that preceded its release last week. The Ryan Coogler-directed epic set in the technologically advanced, mythical nation of Wakanda has made an estimated $400 million at domestic box offices so far, according […]

‘Black Panther’ asks the question: What happens when leaders fail to protect a nation’s young?

Major “Black Panther” spoilers ahead EVEN A fictional nation has problems protecting its young. One of the major themes of “Black Panther” revolves around the human price when those in power chose policies that imperil child safety, even when politicians must resort to rhetoric and obfuscation. Sacrifice the child, a ruler decides, to maintain “the […]

As Joss Whedon exits, expect ‘Batgirl’ to hire a woman director or writer

IN LESS THAN a year, three of the most successful superhero films — “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Wonder Woman” — have been guided by a growing diversity of directors new to comics adaptations. And that Hollywood shift stands to affect who might get hired as the new director of “Batgirl.” On Thursday, as the […]

Ted Cruz used ‘The Simpsons’ to make a political point. The head of the show says he’s wrong.

WHEN IT comes to how Republican leaders view “The Simpsons,” a lot has apparently changed in a quarter-century. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush took a dim view of the then-new Fox animated series, saying of his Republican ticket: “We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families […]

Noteworthy art direction is not enough to offset the otherwise unimpressive ‘Fe’

Fe Developed by: Zoink Games Published by: Electronic Arts Available on: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One When I started playing “Fe,” I pinned my hopes on its colors, its minimalist design, and its abstractions. As yet another iteration on the old Metroidvania formula, “Fe” boasts a strong art style but apart from that […]

Civil rights hero John Lewis is particularly moved by this line from ‘Black Panther’

Spoilers ahead. IT IS ONE of the most strikingly political lines from “Black Panther,” and it’s not even uttered during the film itself. In the movie’s first mid-credits scene, we see the Black Panther/King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) speaking at a lectern as he announces a massive policy shift by his long-hidden African nation. Wakanda, the most technologically […]

These NRA cartoons hit hard in the wake of the latest school shooting

“WE’RE GOING to do something about this horrible situation that’s going on,” President Trump said Wednesday, as he met with students and parents during a 70-minute White House listening session on school gun violence. “And we’re going to all figure it out together.” The day felt like a fierce collision of emotion and politics a […]

Why Letitia Wright’s Shuri could be the next Black Panther

A huge holiday weekend at the box office ($242 million over four days) more or less guarantees “Black Panther” is on its way to becoming a multi-film franchise for Marvel Studios. But will there also be more than one Black Panther? Perhaps there was no bigger Easter egg in “Black Panther” than the presence of […]

Ryan Coogler says he was moved ‘to tears’ by the support for ‘Black Panther’

EVERY STEP of the way this year while walking the gantlet of global promotion, Ryan Coogler has exuded a winning balance of confidence and humility. And so far, the hot spotlight has not found a crack in his gratitude. On Tuesday, the “Black Panther” filmmaker put that feeling into prose, with a graceful note that […]

‘Black Panther’ is so huge it just had the biggest Monday take. Ever.

“BLACK PANTHER” has stampeded into so many record books within its first four days of release that some head-to-head comparisons are needed to put the Marvel movie’s box office into true context. For instance, based on updated numbers reported Tuesday, Ryan Coogler‘s film just enjoyed the biggest four-day opening ever save for a single film: 2015’s […]

‘Black Panther’ is king. But villain Killmonger just took over the bad-guy throne.

Note: Do not read any further if you haven’t seen “Black Panther.” Spoilers below. Erik Killmonger’s reign on the Wakandan throne was short-lived, but he is now the undisputed king of MCU antagonists. There’s Killmonger, and then there’s everybody else. There was a time when debating the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe villain of all-time before […]

‘Black Panther’ slashes its way to the fifth-biggest opening ever

“BLACK PANTHER” has ascended so fast at the box office, it now has a throne of its own. Exceeding weeks of projections, the tentpole movie turned cultural milestone just had the biggest opening ever for a stand-alone film, according to studio estimates reported Monday, and the second-biggest superhero opening ever. The Disney/Marvel movie overperformed massively by […]

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