Melina Gills

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Melina Gills

Will Ben Affleck reprise his uninspired Batman, and should we even care?

Ever since “The Hollywood Reporter” claimed that Warner Bros. studio executives were secretly maneuvering to “usher out” Ben Affleck from their upcoming Batman films, it has remained unclear whether he will be returning to play what he calls the “coolest f***ing part in any universe.”

Affleck was originally set to star, direct, and write, the upcoming “The Batman,” but once Matt Reeves replaced him as director, Reeves scrapped his script and is rumored to be in favor of a younger actor for the ti…

The lamentable vanity of uninformed celebrity political advocacy

In forming part of a rich tradition of casting light on social ills and calls to transform society for the better, film and television actors, directors, and other creative players have openly held strong political views. However, exploiting the political landscape with superficial, meager understandings of local and foreign politics and policy as a means to add flare to one’s celebrity profile has become ubiquitous and undermines the potential impact of powerful, socially aware popular culture.…

Hollywood mercenary’s latest exploit 'Detroit' is enraging and ridiculous

Mining recent history for an engrossing story to package into her latest action film, director Kathryn Bigelow settled on the murders of three black men in the Algiers motel amidst the Detroit riots of 1967.

With almost no context apart from a very brief animated introduction and the racism and violence present throughout, “Detroit” is packed with images of black men looting stores, burning homes, and then being violently abused, assaulted, and dehumanized by the armed, mostly white, police and n…

The digital age has forced a reinvention of Comic Con

This year 130,000 visitors flocked to San Diego for its annual international Comic Con convention, in great part for the chance to gain exclusive access to the first images and breaking news related to their favorite upcoming films and television series, from the latest “Avengers” installment to the first “Black Panther” standalone film.

The promise of being the first to set eyes on footage from beloved franchises or hearing from their big stars, however, has long been losing its magic in the dig…

Early predictions for the 2017 Emmy Awards

The end of the summer welcomes the Emmy Awards, a celebration of the best – and some of the most mediocre – television programs. This year’s awards will air on September 17th on CBS with host Stephen Colbert.

The 2017 nominees comprise a mostly strong selection that includes several solid contenders from series produced and/or distributed by streaming services Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. The longtime leader of prestige cable TV, HBO, however, remains at the top, receiving the most nominations at …

The noiseless but painless return of Mike Myers and ‘The Gong Show’

After the disastrous “The Love Guru,” Mike Myers disappeared from the limelight, with few wishing him a swift return. Myers has not appeared in a starring onscreen role since then, and one can indeed imagine the difficulty of bouncing back from this kind of criticism: “‘The Love Guru’ is downright anti-funny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again.” Writing for the "Times," A.O. Scott accuses Meyers of being too caught up with his own brand of comedy to realize how base…