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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Takedown of the Day: Honest Trailers vs. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World:   Classic Cartoon of the Day: Today is the 60th anniversary of the theatrical release of the Oscar-nominated animated short Gerald McBoing! Boing! on Planet Moo. Watch it below.   Reimagined Movie of the Day: Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace looks much better remade as an animated feature from Studio Ghibli (via Geek Tyrant):   Alternative Endings of the Day: See a number of different ways Star Wars: The Force Awakens could have ended:   Fan Art of the Day: Joey Spiotto's latest Storytime series print offers an adorable look at young Rey and young BB-8 from...
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There's an interesting pattern that tends to happen when an actor becomes a seemingly overnight obession due to a pop culture megahit. They pull a 180 and do a movie that's radically different from what made them famous. We saw it happen when Kristen Stewart transitioned away from the Twilight franchise and became one of the most sought after actresses in independent cinema. Her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson took a similar direction, shifting away from glossy Hollywood and into more gritty, haunting fare like Cosmopolis and The Rover. And now it's Tom Hiddleston's turn to take the indie plunge.  Hiddleston, who turned Loki from a simple trickster to a villain people kind of want to see win just so they can see more of him, stars in High-Rise, a very...
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"Why would he come back now? asks Tommy Lee Jones in the brief trailer for Jason Bourne that debuted during the Super Bowl. That's a good question, as it's been nine years since we last saw the title character, in The Bourne Ultimatum (he was absent from the 2012 spinoff The Bourne Legacy). Fortunately, we have some answers, care of Matt Damon via Entertainment Weekly. Here's all we know about the upcoming sequel:   Seriously, why is Bourne back now?   As far as why the franchise has brought the character back, Damon and director Paul Greengrass finally saw enough change in the world for there to be an interesting story. "There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyber warfare and civil liberties...
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We live in an age of fractured, multi-universe storytelling. You can blame multimedia licensing agreements that started long, long ago. They're the reason the X-Men can't be in a Marvel Studios movie, they're the reason The CW's The Flash will be a different version of Justice League's The Flash, and they're the reason we'll soon have two different Star Trek universes. That last part actually isn't too terrible, though. The J.J. Abrams version of the Star Trek universe is only seven years old and while it is a perfectly cast version of Trek, it's not traditional TV Trek. It's not all about boldly going where no man has gone before. It's not about a vision of the future that has evolved beyond the problems of contemporary Earth society...
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods SPECTRE (James Bond action-adventure; Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes; rated PG-13) Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro-directed period horror; Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam; rated R) Love the Coopers (comedy-romance; Alan Arkin, John Goodman; rated PG-13) Southbound (horror-thriller; Kate Beahan, Hannah Marks; premieres 2/9 on cable MOD and in...
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After winning an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her sterling performance in the historical drama 12 Years a Slave in 2014, Lupita Nyong'o has taken a different path than might be expected. Barely 20 years of age, Nyong'o only had a scant few screen credits when she landed her startling role in Steve McQueen's harrowing drama about slavery. Since then, she appeared in a supporting turn as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop and then showed up as the motion-captured character Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Next she's set to costar in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, voicing the mother wolf Raksha; that's set for release on April 15. But when will the very promising actress get a role that's worthy of...
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Saw: The gritty, gruesome Saw horror movie series began in 2004 and concluded with Saw 3D: The Final Chapter in 2010. Now, however, a new installment, Saw: Legacy, is under development by Lionsgate. Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger (Sorority Row, Piranha 3D) have been hired to write the screenplay. [Tracking Board]   The Divergent Series: Ascendant: Robert Schwentke will not be directing The Divergent Series: Ascendant, as expected. Schwentke, who helmed the second and third installments of the popular franchise led by Shailene Woodley -- last year's Insurgent and this year's Allegiant, due in theaters on March 18 -- "just needed a break," according to the report. A new director will need to be hired quickly in order for Ascendant to meet its...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Mashup of the Day: Deadpool and Psylocke are in two very separate X-Men movies coming out this year, but the following Instagram video shows their actors, Ryan Reynolds and Oliva Munn, in a playful sword fight:   #Psylocke v. #Deadpool #xmen #apocalypse Right hand left hand sword play A video posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:02pm PST   Photoshop Fun of the Day: Whoever created this picture of younger Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher with a very young Adam Driver is a genius:   Fandom Parody of the Day: The anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a cultural phenomenon that went out of control. This funny...
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One of the greatest aspects of Deadpool is that the film somehow exists in both the X-Men universe and our universe. It's unique in that way (and in a whole lotta other ways), and it's wild to see a superhero movie completely rip on other superhero movies while also being very much a part of that same system.  And sure, Deadpool is in Deadpool, but there are other popular comics characters too, like Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (and plenty of jokes about the other X-Men), but another celebrated character almost joined them and was unfortunately cut at the last minute: Garrison Kane. We spoke about Kane and how he would've been used in the movie with Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld in a wide-ranging interview that'll run throughout the week leading up...
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What do you get when you team up James Bond with director Martin Campbell? Only some of the best installments of the 007 franchise, namely Goldeneye and Casino Royale. But what about when it's James Bond without the franchise? Campbell and Goldeneye's Bond, Pierce Brosnan, are set to reteam for two movies, one of them a newly announced Ernest Hemingway adaptation. First, though, they're currently in the midst of shooting The Foreigner. The action thriller, based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman, also stars Jackie Chan as a London restaurant owner who takes revenge on the Irish Republican Army, having lost his daughter to the terrorist organization. Brosnan plays a lawyer with ties to the IRA whom Chan's character hounds for...
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