Johnny Brayson
Johnny is a freelance writer and comedian who used to live in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. He misses pizza but is trying to get into something called acai bowls.

This ‘Into The Spider-Verse’ Cameo Has Big Implications For The Sequel

Minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to follow. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has taken the Spider-Man movie franchise into unexpected and exciting directions. Free from both the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the…
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The ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Soundtrack Lives Up To The Original

In producing a sequel to Mary Poppins 54 years after the original, Disney really has their work cut out for them. The original film is regarded as an all-time classic, and is one of the most-awarded films in Disney's vast library, so when it comes…
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The ‘Into The Spider-Verse’ Voice Cast Is Crawling With Huge Stars

The newest Marvel movie to take the culture by storm is not what anyone expected. Sony Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has seemingly come out of nowhere to become the best-reviewed superhero movie of all time, and has reinvigorated a…
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17 New Movies & TV Shows On Netflix This Week, Including One Creepy Christmas Special

When it comes to Christmas specials, Netflix has a history of putting out holiday productions that are both unusual and unexpected. Take for instance their mostly played straight old school variety show A Very Murray Christmas, or last year's…
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‘Into The Spider-Verse’ Is The Start Of A Cinematic Uni — Uh — Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hasn't even been released yet, but fans already can't get enough of the film. It's the best-reviewed movie to ever feature the webslinger, its animation style looks like nothing else out there, and its inclusion of…
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This Devastating New Drama Will Feel All Too Real For Families Dealing With Addiction

The new holiday drama film Ben Is Back is likely to hit home for a lot of families. The movie, which stars Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges and comes out Dec. 7, is about a 19-year-old opioid addict (Hedges) who unexpectedly returns home from rehab on…
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Natalie Portman’s ‘Vox Lux’ Character Was Most Heavily Influenced By This Controversial Star

For whatever reason, the fall of 2018 has been the season of big dramas about pop stars. Recent releases A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody both set the box office on fire and dominated the pop culture conversation for a period, but the season…
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This IRL Hitmaker Helped Natalie Portman Convincingly Play A Pop Star In ‘Vox Lux’

In the new drama Vox Lux, out Dec. 7, Natalie Portman portrays fictional pop star Celeste Montgomery, sharing the role with Raffey Cassidy, who plays her as a teen. Sporting a flamboyant glam stage persona, a gruff Staten Island accent, a…
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The ‘Into The Spider-Verse’ Soundtrack Is Exactly What Miles Morales Would Jam Out To

The new animated superhero film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting a lot of attention for its unique animation style and its rave reviews, but one aspect of the film that should not be overlooked is its use of music. The Into the…
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Here’s How The More Family-Friendly ‘Deadpool 2’ Cut Is Different Than The Original

You'd be forgiven if you're a little confused over just what the new movie Once Upon a Deadpool is. Is it a sequel to Deadpool 2, that just came out earlier this year? Or is it simply a new cut of Deadpool 2 that's been edited to make it PG-13? And…
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‘The Possession Of Hannah Grace’ Is A Terrifying New Twist On The Exorcism Genre

When it comes to horror movie subjects, there's one that has remained consistently scary throughout the years: demonic possession. Ever since 1973's The Exorcist — still considered by many to be the scariest film ever made — movies about demons and…
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The ‘Anna & The Apocalypse’ Soundtrack Will Put You In The Zombie Christmas Spirit

Of all the exciting new films heading to theaters this holiday season, Anna and the Apocalypse might just be the most unique. The film is the first zombie holiday musical, and it tells the story of a young woman named Anna who must defend her small…
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22 Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix This Week, Including A Highly-Anticipated Holiday Sequel

Netflix produces a ton of their own movies, and most of them fall by the wayside. But every now and then, the streaming site releases a film that becomes not only a big success, but a cultural phenomenon. Such was the case last November, when…
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The Real Woman Rachel Weisz Plays In ‘The Favourite’ Led An Extraordinary, Long Life

It's officially Oscar season, and one new film that's looking to make waves at the Academy Awards is historical drama The Favourite. The movie takes place during the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain, and tells the story of the rivalry between…
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Donna Rice Found Her Calling After The Gary Hart Scandal

The new Hugh Jackman political drama The Front Runner features the former X-Men star as politician Gary Hart, a Colorado senator who was seen as the front runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 1988, until a sex scandal brought down…
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Watch Tessa Thompson Explain Her Inspiration For The Songs She Wrote For ‘Creed 2’

Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) may get the majority of the headlines when it comes to the Creed franchise, just as the return of Rocky IV's Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and the addition of his son Viktor…
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Watch The ‘Creed 2’ Cast Talk About The Film’s Depiction Of “Black Love”

Creed II, just like its predecessor Creed, is much more than just your average sports movie. With a black protagonist, a black director, and a prominent black romance, Creed II takes measures to make sure it's representing that experience fully.…
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‘Green Book’ Tells The True Story Of An Unlikely, Lifelong Friendship

We're nearing the end of the year, and that is traditionally the time when movie studios trot out their prestige pictures in the hopes of drawing the attention of Oscar voters. One such film is the upcoming drama Green Book, starring Oscar-winner…
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This ‘Creed’ Recap Is Necessary Training For The Upcoming Sequel

Creed II is about to punch its way into theaters, roughly three years after the critically-acclaimed first film Creed brought the Rocky franchise back to its former glory by focusing on the new character Adonis Creed, played by Michael B. Jordan.…
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Hugh Jackman’s New Movie Details A Scandal That Changed Politics Forever

The new political drama The Front Runner reads rather quaint by today's standards. The film, which takes place 30 years ago in the run-up to the 1988 presidential election, tells the story of Gary Hart — a presidential candidate who saw his campaign…
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