Westworld recap: Season 4, Episode 1

Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld Photo: John Johnson/HBO Westworld is a show about storytelling. Throughout its first three seasons, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have made clear they are fascinated by the way narratives rule our world: Concepts like free will and agency are, in the show’s cosmology, intimately tied to the stories we … Read more

A New J.R.R. Tolkien Collection Gathers the Author’s Writings on Middle-earth’s Second Age

Image: HarperCollins With Prime Video’s prequel series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arriving in early September, it stands to reason there’ll be a renewed interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings on Middle-earth’s Second Age. So the timing is perfect for The Fall of Númenor, which gathers all of Tolkien’s works on the … Read more

Pinocchio enlisted by fascists in Guillermo del Toro’s version

Guillermo del Toro and his toy Photo: mandraketheblack.de (Netflix) Pinocchio, the timeless tale of a sad, virgin carpenter who has to resort to building a wooden child because he never fathered one of his own, is getting an update courtesy of Guillermo del Toro. And he’s really going for it. Rather than simply remake Disney’s … Read more

Samuel L. Jackson knows he should’ve won Oscar for Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp FictionScreenshot: Miramax Samuel L. Jackson had already been in tons of movies before Pulp Fiction, but it’s the film that changed his career. He was so great in Quentin Tarantino’s movie as hitman Jules—with one of the most iconic film quotes of all time, to boot—that he received an Oscar … Read more

Helen Mirren explains why she “begged” to be in Fast & Furious

Dame Helen MirrenPhoto: Kate Green (Getty Images) Helen Mirren has had a storied career. A winner of an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmys and so many other accolades, she’s even achieved the esteemed Triple Crown of Acting (winning an Academy Award, Emmy, and a Tony). Not only that, but she’s a … Read more