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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: We know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will revolve around a group of rebels as they attempt to steal the plans for the evil Death Star, but what does the title itself actually mean? Director Gareth Edwards says it's "a military call sign to some extent" and also that the movie "is not part of the saga -- or the Anakin story -- so it’s the 'rogue' one, you know?" Edwards also says the title refers to the roguish personality of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). [Empire]   Transformers: The Last Knight: Reportedly, scenes from the upcoming fifth installment in the Transformers franchise are being shot on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Actors in medieval garments have been spotted on horseback, lending credence...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Praise of the Day: It's a big honor to get an Honest Trailer that is actually positive, and the latest rarity is for The Jungle Book, which is new to home video today:   Screenwriting Lesson of the Day:  With a new, unpopular portrayal of The Joker currently in theaters, Michael Tucker looks at why the character works so well, as written, in The Dark Knight:   Alternate Ending of the Day:  See what happens to Imperator Furiosa after the end of Mad Max: Fury Road in this animated parody:   Redone Movie of the Day: Watch The Revenant remade in animated 8-bit video game form:    Fan Theories of...
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Are these the greatest films of the 21st century? BBC Culture polled 177 critics from around the world (yours truly among them), and the results of all their respective top ten lists were smashed together to produce a list of 100 movies, the top 25 of which you can check out below.  Are all of these films worth a watch? Definitely. That's the most productive thing you should take away from a list like this, one of many ranked movie lists that populate your favorite online haunts on a weekly basis. The positioning of a certain movie, how many Oscars it won and the reasons behind why one person rated a movie higher than another are all secondary to the more important fact that they're all pretty darn good movies. Here's what my personal top ten looked...
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More and more movies are being adapted into TV series, and the latest additions have a similar affiliation: they're both based on gangster plots. Find out how and when The Departed and Get Shorty will make their way to the small screen below.    The Departed  Martin Scorsese's Best Picture-winning remake of Infernal Affairs is getting reworked again and is heading to Amazon, according to Variety. This time, instead of Boston, the setting is Chicago, where a young cop infiltrates a Latino gang while a member of that gang infiltrates the city's police force. Jonathan Richman, who scripted the Bangkok Dangerous remake and created the cop show Detroit 1-8-7, is writing the series, which now apparently has to...
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Before he was one of the most sought after A-list directors around, Jon Favreau was an actor. His most notable TV role was an arc on Friends where he played Pete, a billionaire in love with Monica. His storyline ends rather abruptly, though, when he declares his life goal is to become the Ultimate Fighting Champion. So he puts everything aside, trains day and night, and then fails miserably and is never really heard from again. Before he was one of the most sought after A-list actors around, Idris Elba was a bit of a fitness nut. Kickboxing started as a hobby to just stay in shape (he's complained in interviews that he's not allowed to do it while filming a movie), but apparently he's always had a secret yearning to take things up a notch and become an actual...
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No director has exploded on the scene in recent years quite like Damien Chazelle. 2014's Whiplash wasn't actually his directorial debut, but it is the movie that vaulted him right to the top of many, many people's must watch lists. It helps that Whiplash is an incredible film, but what really helped fuel the buzz that Chazelle was the 'next big thing' was his age-- he was only 29 when he made the Oscar-nominated movie. Now that Chazelle has hit the wise, staggering age of 31 he's got a follow-up to Whiplash. It's called La La Land and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two aspiring artists who fall in love over the backdrop of early 20th century Los Angeles. The first trailer put a bit of an emphasis on Gosling's jazz pianist, while this new...
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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 The Nice Guys (mystery-comedy; Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling; rated R) The Huntsman: Winter’s War (action-adventure; Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt; extended edition; not rated) Ratchet & Clank (animated: voices: Paul Giamatti, John Goodman; rated PG) The Man Who Knew Infinity (drama; Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel; rated PG-13) Dark Horse (documentary; Jan Vokes; rated...
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Harry Potter is back in the news lately, thanks to the theatrical production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, still selling out the Palace Theatre in London, as well as a new trio of short books by J.K. Rowling about the Harry Potter universe that will be published next month, not to forget the prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due in theaters on November 18. But what about the stars of the fim series? In the five years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe has established himself in the indie film world as the star of The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, Horns and this year's Swiss Army Man and Imperium. He's also dabbled in bigger budgeted studio fare like Victor Frankenstein and Now You See Me 2. Emma...
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a droid known as K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) are featured in a new photo from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jones says the movie is "very much a boots-on-the-ground perspective of the Star Wars universe." It opens wide on December 16. [Empire]   Home Invasion: Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) will direct Home Invasion. Mark Wahlberg is already set to star in the thriller, written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, above). Wahlberg will play a contractor who must protect his wife and home from a gang of criminals. [Tracking Board]   Blair Witch TV Clip: The first television spot for Blair Witch makes a direct reference to the 1999 original before showcasing some...
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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Grooming Video of the Day:  Watch Hugh Jackman possibly shave off his Logan beard for the last time as Wolverine 3 wraps shooting (via Screen Crush):    My wife is going to be very happy. #GoodbyeChops #thedebs A video posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Aug 22, 2016 at 4:25am PDT   Custom Build of the Day: In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 had a memorable moment with a little torch. Now you can have memorable moments during cooler nights with a BB-8 fire pit that has a big eternal flame (via Geek Tyrant):    Alternative Poster of the Day: In case the official poster for the Netflix...
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