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Welcome to ReelBlend! Join Managing Director Sean O'Connell (CinemaBlend) and Entertainment Reporters Kevin McCarthy (Fox 5 Washington DC) and Jake Hamilton (Fox 32 News Chicago) as they discuss the latest news, rumors, and movies to hit the big screen. Every week we'll bring you movie reviews, inside looks at the news of the week, stories from the set, and interviews with your favorite filmmakers. Enjoy!

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Welcome to ReelBlend! Join Managing Director Sean O'Connell (CinemaBlend) and Entertainment Reporters Kevin McCarthy (Fox 5 Washington DC) and Jake Hamilton (Fox 32 News Chicago) as they discuss the latest news, rumors, and movies to hit the big screen. Every week we'll bring you movie reviews, inside looks at the news of the week, stories from the set, and interviews with your favorite filmmakers. Enjoy!

    ‘The Green Knight’ and ‘Jungle Cruise’ Reviews

    ‘The Green Knight’ and ‘Jungle Cruise’ Reviews

    It’s a big week at the theaters with the highly anticipated A24 release The Green Knight (starring Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander and Joel Edgerton), Jungle Cruise (starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson), as well as Matt Damon’s latest drama Stillwater.
    Before we get to our reviews of those films though, we have to touch on the Director’s Guild recent rule change which will exclude films without a theatrically exclusive release window from competing for their awards show next year. This puts HBO Max’s day-and-date strategy in a difficult spot with awards hopefuls such as Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. 
    What’s your favorite movie from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? That’s the topic of this week’s BlendGame. Next week, we’re taking a look at James Gunn’s unique career. Play along on Twitter using #JamesGunnBlend. 
    This Week In Movie- The Last Mercenary (Netflix)
    - Stillwater
    - Jungle Cruise
    - The Green Knight
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    Timestamps (approx. only)6:11 - Weekly Poll
    14:19 - Will HBO Max Backtrack on Streaming Strategy?
    30:28 - Stillwater Review
    37:14 - Jungle Cruise Review
    42:32 - The Green Knight Review
    53:59 - Our Favorite Dwayne Johnson Movies
    1:05:31 - Outro


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    M. Night Shyamalan Talks 'Old' And Career

    M. Night Shyamalan Talks 'Old' And Career

    Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan joins the show to talk bout his new film Old hitting theaters this week. We discuss his incredible camera work, how he chooses an aspect ratio for any given film, casting and working with actors, the moment from his childhood which seemingly sent him down the path of making thrillers and so much more. What an honor! 
    We also discuss Black Widow dropping a considerable amount in its second week at the box office. The trailer for Ridley Scott’s new film The Last Duel just dropped, as well as the trailer for Jackass Forever. 
    This week’s BlendGame has us chatting about our favorite food-centric scenes in movies. Next week, we are looking at our favorite movies/performances from The Rock with #DwayneJohnsonBlend. Send in your pick on Twitter to play along! 
    This Week In Movies (err…some TV too)- Ted Lasso: Season 2 (Apple TV+)
    - Joe Bell 
    - Snake Eyes
    - Old
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    Timestamps (approx. only)4:34 - Weekly Poll
    10:34 - M. Night Shyamalan Interview
    33:56 - Black Widow Box Office Drop
    58:33 - The Last Duel Trailer
    1:05:18 - Jackass 4 Trailer 
    1:09:41 - Ted Lasso: Season 2
    1:12:59 - Joe Bell Review
    1:19:08 - Snake Eyes Review
    1:22:58 - Old Review
    1:30:33 - Our Favorite Food Scenes


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    • 1 hr 49 min
    'Space Jam 2' Review & Director Adam Robitel Talks 'Escape Room' Sequel

    'Space Jam 2' Review & Director Adam Robitel Talks 'Escape Room' Sequel

    Director Adam Robitel joins the show to discuss his new horror sequel Escape Room: Tournament of Champions. He touches on the resurgence of genre films, his approach to a sequel, his upcoming series with Darren Aronofsky and more. 
    We have’t yet had the chance to chat about Marvel’s return to the big screen on the show. So this week we spend some time breaking down Black Widow’s triumphant box office performance, the potential lasting effects of its success on Disney+ and of course review Scarlett Johansson’s final adventure in the MCU. 
    The world lost a true icon of filmmaking with the passing of Richard Donner. This week, we pivot our BlendGame to #RichardDonnerBlend in order to reflect on his work and celebrate his astonishing accomplishments in the craft. 
    More info on the OUATIH Giveaway: https://bit.ly/QTxRBgiveaway
    This Week In MoviesPigDie in a GunfightGunpowder MilkshakeEscape Room: Tournament of ChampionsSpace Jam: A New LegacyReelBlend PremiumSign up for an extra episode a week, a bi-weekly newsletter from Sean, and ad-free episodes at bit.ly/reelblendpremium.
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    Timestamps (approx. only)5:20 - Weekly Poll
    9:22 - Adam Robitel Interview
    36:56 - Black Widow Box Office
    51:12 - Black Widow Spoiler Free Review
    58:49 - Black Widow Spoilers
    1:17:21 - This Week In Movies
    1:19:05 - Gunpowder Milkshake Review
    1:25:14 - Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Review
    1:26:57 - Space Jam: A New Legacy Review
    1:35:07 - Favorite Richard Donner Movies
    1:50:02 - Outro


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    • 1 hr 54 min
    Quentin Tarantino Vol. 3: Live At The New Beverly Cinema

    Quentin Tarantino Vol. 3: Live At The New Beverly Cinema

    The legend Quentin Tarantino returns. This time, we sat down with the filmmaker at the launch of his novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in front of a wonderful crowd at The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

    We discuss moments and scenes in the book which were excluded from the film, why he gives us more details on Cliff Booth’s ambiguous past, some of Uma Thurman’s reservations on her iconic Kill Bill tracksuit, his 10th and final film and more.

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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Josh Lucas Talks ‘The Forever Purge,' James Mangold & More

    Josh Lucas Talks ‘The Forever Purge,' James Mangold & More

    Josh Lucas stars in the new Purge installment, The Forever Purge , from director Everardo Gout, and he joins the show for an incredible discussion on making the film. Not only that, but we cover some moments throughout his decade-spanning career, the directors and cinematographers he’s chased after, the few he has left on his list, and a great story about turning down Martin Scorsese.

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    • 46 min
    'The Tomorrow War' Director Chris McKay Talks Chris Pratt, Nightwing Movie

    'The Tomorrow War' Director Chris McKay Talks Chris Pratt, Nightwing Movie

    Chris McKay, director of The Tomorrow War starring Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski and J.K. Simmons, joins the show. We discuss working with a mega-star like Chris Pratt, working with practical effects on such a massive scale, and if his Nightwing movie will ever see the light of day.

    This week is packed with the releases so get right into our reviews of some of the major films hit theaters and streaming services. This includes Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move , Janicza Bravo’s Zola , The Forever Purge starring Josh Lucas (who will be joining the show later this week) and more.

    In honor of Soderbergh’s latest film, we take a look back at his career to determine which of his works is our absolute favorite in #StevenSoderberghBlend. You can play along with next week’s BlendGame using #FoodSceneBlend to let us know which scene in movie history that is primarily focused on cuisine is you favorite.

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    *Timestamps (approx. only)*
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    2:54 - Weekly Poll

    8:07 - Chris McKay Interview

    22:50 - This Week In Movies

    24:52 - The Forever Purge Review

    30:52 - The Tomorrow War Review

    36:02 - No Sudden Move Review

    43:45 - Zola Review

    48:05 - Favorite Steven Soderbergh Movies

    1:03:19 - Outro

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    • 1 hr 4 min

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