‘The Challenge: Double Agents’ EP Talks Most Intense Season, Plus Filming The Show During The Pandemic – Contenders TV Docs + Unscripted

“It was one of the most intense seasons that we’ve ever created,” said Emer Harkin, executive producer of MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions’ long-running reality competition series The Challenge. Filmed in frigid Iceland, Season 36 of the series, dubbed The Challenge: Double Agents, drew inspiration from espionage thrillers like James Bond movies, Atomic Blonde and Charlie’s…

Blumhouse’s ‘The Forever Purge’ Takes Over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Independence Day Weekend Slot

In a snap, Universal was ready to backfill July 2 today with its long-awaited Blumhouse sequel The Forever Purge with the news of Paramount/Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick leaving the Fourth of July weekend for Nov. 19. The last two Purge movies, 2018’s The First Purge and 2016’s Purge: Election Year played the July 4th corridor. The Forever Purge moves up from July 9 to…

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Film Review: Third Time’s Still Charming for Big-Screen ‘SquarePants’

There’s a lot of talk about the secret formula behind delicious Krabby Patties in “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run,” but the real secret formula lies in the creative trust that has managed to create not one, not two, but now three thoroughly entertaining feature-length adaptations of the long-running TV show. In an era…

Hulu’s ‘The Ultimate Playlist of Noise’ is a lesson in how not to write a female love interest

Meet Wendy, your newer, edgier Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Image: HULU By Brooke Bajgrowicz2021-01-15 12:00:00 UTC I was a little worried about Hulu’s recent film release, The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, even before I watched it. The trailer teased a fair amount of young adult entertainment tropes, including that of the sick-teen-in-love, found in films…

‘The Midnight Sky’ Film Review: George Clooney Saves the Universe in Patchwork Sci-Fi Saga

Philippe Antonello/Netflix There’s a lot that’s frustrating about George Clooney’s new film “The Midnight Sky,” from its egregious borrowing from any number of better movies to its pacing issues, but thanks to a few grace notes, its shortcomings are mostly forgivable. Premiering December 23 on Netflix, it’s a film that sees Clooney entering a new…