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The Important News Arnold Schwarzenegger might be back for a Running Man sequel. David Spade will back and mulletted in Joe Dirt 2. Samuel L. Jackson could be back as Mace Windu in a solo Star Wars movie. Chris Pratt is doing another weird comic book movie, called Cowboy Ninja Viking. Shailene Woodley will play Edward Snowden's girlfriend. Jude Law will play the enemy of King Arthur. Melissa McCarthy will play Tinker Bell. Penelope Cruz will costar in Zoolander 2. Matt Smith will costar in Patient Zero. A lot of people went to see Dumb and Dumber To. More people ought to watch El Rey's 48-hour kung fu marathon on Thanksgiving. The kids' horror series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being...
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A few years ago, everyone seemed content to blow the Hunger Games movies off as more young-adult nonsense; a watered-down version of Battle Royale for little girls. Now, it's hard to believe anyone could have been so blind. The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were huge smash hits, but you don't make $400 million on the backs of tween girls alone. You earn that money by appealing to a wider audience and these movies have been huge hits amongst all kinds of people. Audiences of all tastes seem to dig these movies and this weekend, they're going to especially dig the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, which takes the series in a dark, startling new direction and sets us up for one helluva final film.  What's most satisfying about this...
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Who are the Schmoes, and what exactly do they know? The Schmoes are a couple of regular guys, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, who--like you--are the people for whom movies are made. Each week, we're posting brand new video from the Schmoes that'll give their spin on a given movie topic. In the movies, the future is cool, freaky and... well, never what it's cracked up to be. In some movies, the future is just downright scary. On this week's Top Five, the Schmoes break down the top five dystopian-future movies. What's your favorite?     MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type...
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Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week. Cinderella This first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is basically a play by play of the familiar tale, but in this case there’s nothing wrong with that. Rather than put a dark spin on the classic or give the iconic character a fresh edge, it seems as though Branagh’s rendition is a faithful retelling strengthened by mesmerizingly vibrant imagery.   Project Almanac The latest trailer for Project Almanac may have a few familiar components, but the piece moves to a swift, catchy beat and has such a slick feel to it that a couple of high school stereotypes in no way detracts from the fact...
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On November 11, 2014 the world got its first look at Strange Magic, a new animated movie conceived and produced by George Lucas. Normally a new Lucasfilm entry would be cause for celebration, but this reveal was odd because it was the first exposure for a movie coming out barely two months later on January 23, 2015. That's usually not a very good sign, but we lovers of Star Wars and Indiana Jones and Willow kept hope that maybe this would be another Lucas gem. Well today the first trailer for Strange Magic hit and now the very delayed reveal makes a bit more sense. It's not that this looks outright bad, it just looks like it's all over the map. Is it a hidden-fantasy-world action movie like Epic? Is it a pop-culture-filled comedy with musical numbers like Shrek? Who...
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The Hunger Games movies are more than capable of standing on their own merits, but great movies don't automatically equal great success. A good movie isn't always good enough -- you have to have a smart distributor that knows how to build awareness and embrace the existing fan base, while also luring in new fans. There aren't very many franchises that pull off this kind of hat trick and become global pop-culture phenomena, but The Hunger Games is unquestionably one of them. So when we sat down with producer Nina Jacobson and director Francis Lawrence ahead of the premiere of Mockingjay -- Part 1, we wanted to pick their brain about the secret weapon that cooks up all those stunning posters and intense trailers that keep fans consistently craving...
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In casting news practically made in geek heaven, we’ve learned that Doctor Who’s Matt Smith will be joining the cast of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s upcoming Patient Zero. Smith will be working alongside Natalie Dormer in the new feature – best known for her work as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.  Talk about nerd-friendly casting… No details on who Smith will be playing in the film, but Deadline has a plot breakdown that reads as follows: “In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in...
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We're stunned no one came up with the idea to make a bust candle of Raiders of the Lost Ark character Arnold Ernst Toht before now. How perfect an idea is that? No need to worry, though – if you have a Raiders fan on your holiday shopping list, this is probably the coolest present you can get them this year. Website Firebox is selling the nifty candle, which re-creates what is arguably the most famous scene in the classic Harrison Ford film (sure, everyone remembers the boulder in the opening, and Indy shooting the guy with the sword, but who can forget Toht’s terrifying demise). After the Nazis open the Ark, all hell breaks loose – and the wicked Toht has his face melt right off his skull... in a completely awesome way! This new candle re-creates that...
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The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. You can watch more of their reviews here.   The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1     MORE FROM AROUND THE WEB: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = 'http://www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=15794'; var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr); })();
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