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22 Things I Did With the ‘Dune 2’ Popcorn Bucket

Buddy, they won’t even let me [REDACTED] it. But there’s a lot more you can do with the cursed sandworm receptacle.

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The Dutiful Perfection of ‘Dune: Part Two’

The sheer scale and craft of Denis Villeneuve’s epic follow-up can’t be denied. Still, it’s hard to ignore the sense that a story like this ought to be a bit more confounding.

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Previously On ‘Dune’ … 

It’s time to get reacquainted with Arrakis. Ahead of ‘Dune: Part Two,’ look back on 12 crucial moments from the first film, and what they could mean for the sequel.

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Will Somebody PLEASE Give Bradley Cooper a Damn Oscar?

Making the case for why this year’s Academy Awards villain actually deserves to win for his turn in ‘Maestro’

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Let’s Talk About Magic Dick Theory in ‘Dune’

If you look deep enough, much of traditional fantasy and science fiction boils down to the theory. Including ‘Dune.’ Until it doesn’t.

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From Superhero to Villain: Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Turn Was Undeniable

After spending a decade-plus confined to the Iron Man suit and the Marvel playground, the man behind Lewis Strauss reminded everyone what he’s capable of: a nervy performance full of pettiness, desperation, and force

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How ‘Dune: Part Two’ Became the Movie Event of 2024

Three years ago it wasn’t even a guarantee that ‘Dune’ would get a Part Two, but the stars have aligned in a fascinating way since then

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Robert De Niro Continues to Evolve, Persevere, and Challenge Himself. He Should Win Another Oscar.

The legendary actor’s turn in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is singular, the result of decades of work across genres and sensibilities, even if the journey at times plunged him into the depths of mediocrity

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‘Clerks’ and the ’90s Indie Film Big Bang, Through the Eyes of The Village Voice

An excerpt from Tricia Romano’s oral history of the famed alt-weekly, ‘The Freaks Came Out to Write,’ featuring Kevin Smith, Amy Taubin, and Colson Whitehead

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What’s a Coen Brother’s Movie Without a Coen Brother?

Over the past 40 years, Joel and Ethan Coen have made countless unforgettable movies and established a deeply specific house style. So what happens when they start working separately?

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‘Barbie’ Turned the Abstract Into a Cohesive Script. It Deserves the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

Snubbed or not, there is one major Oscar award Greta Gerwig truly deserves to win. Here’s why.

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The ‘Dune’ Dictionary

Few fictional universes are as dense and complex as Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune.’ Ahead of ‘Dune: Part Two,’ it’s time to get refreshed on what things like "Kwisatz Haderach" and "popcorn bucket" actually mean.

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Pitchfork’s Greatest Hits, Joe Biden Does Late Night, Richard Lewis Obits, and Revisiting ‘The War Room’ With Sean Fennessey

Bryan and Sean are here to talk about all the latest media headlines!

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‘Dune: Part Two’ Is Here and It’s Spectacular

Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to talk all things ‘Dune: Part Two’

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‘Rounders’ LIVE With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, and Sean Fennessey

Bill, Chris, Van, and Sean discuss their latest foray into films past: ‘Rounders’

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The Best Movie Set in a Desert

Dave, Neil, and Joanna have a debate inspired by ‘Dune: Part Two’

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The ‘Dune’ Double Feature (1984 and 2021 Versions)

What you might need to know going into ‘Dune: Part Two’

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Will AI Video Replace Hollywood?

Ben Thompson joins Matt to talk about Sora, Open AI’s new text-to-video model that could have major impacts on the entertainment industry

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This Is J.Lo ... Now: Decoding ‘The Greatest Love Story Never Told’

Juliet and Amanda analyze the Jennifer Lopez we see in her new documentary, ‘The Greatest Love Story Never Told’

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‘Rounders’ Live From New York With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, Sean Fennessey, and Van Lathan

The guys rewatch the 1998 poker classic ‘Rounders,’ starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton, and John Malkovich

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Final Best Picture Power Rankings and How Oscar Voting Really Works

Sean and Amanda talk of Lily Gladstone’s win for Best Actress, then Tom Oyer joins the show to explain how the Academy Awards actually work and what the voting process looks like

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Here Comes the Pitch: Animated Adaptations Edition

Jomi, Steve, and Jessica pitch some of their best ideas for live-action adaptations of a few of the animated shows and movies you love

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‘Dune: Part Two’ and ‘Shogun’ Anticipation Meter, the Possible Paramount-Peacock Merger, ‘The Dynasty,’ and ‘The Greatest Night in Pop’

Chris and Andy talk of how seriously Denis Villeneuve takes this world that he is creating with ‘Dune,’ why ‘Shogun’ reminds them of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and more

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Panic Time for Max and Warner Bros. Discovery?

Matt and Lucas join to discuss a disappointing movie quarter from Warner Bros. and whether its business model needs to change

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Netflix’s ‘Avatar the Last Airbender’ Season 1 Reactions

The Midnight Boys discuss the new live-action adaptation of this beloved cartoon gets right and mostly wrong, what could make a good adaptation, and the struggles of bad adaptations

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‘Drive-Away Dolls’ and Book Club No. 1—Francis Ford Coppola, ‘Apocalypse Now,’ and ‘The Path to Paradise’

Adam Nayman joins to discuss ‘Drive-Away Dolls,’ the latest solo Coen movie, and Sean and Amanda dig into the first entry in The Big Picture Book Club

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The ‘True Detective’ Discourse, the ‘Monsieur Spade’ Finale, and ‘Madame Web’

Chris and Andy also talk about two Apple shows they have been watching, ‘Masters of the Air’ and ‘The New Look’

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The Harsh Data Behind ‘Barbie’ and Taylor Swift’s Success

Dr. Stacy Smith joins the show to talk about women in Hollywood

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The Worst Live-Action Adaptation of a Cartoon

Plus, Joanna reveals her thoughts on Netflix’s new show, ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ and how it adapts the original animated series

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‘Creed’ LIVE With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, and Sean Fennessey

Bill, Chris, Van, and Sean are live from Philadelphia to revisit the sports drama from Ryan Coogler

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Peacock-Paramount+ Merger Rumors, Questions, and What-Ifs

Plus, Matt gives a prediction about ‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’

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A Very Necessary FAQ for Jennifer Lopez’s ‘This Is Me … Now: A Love Story’

Did J.Lo make a 55-minute musical about her relationship with Ben Affleck? We have the answer to that question, and more.