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By now, you’ve no doubt seen The Lego Batman Movie, which means you’ll know that the final act is packed full of iconic villains. We’re not talking about the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery, either, because while the likes of the Joker and the Riddler do appear here, it’s actually iconic baddies like Voldemort, Sauron and the Gremlins (seriously) who dominate this part of the film.
It was a bold move by director Chris McKay and one which has split fans right down the middle. While it was undeniably cool seeing the Dark Knight taking on this lot in The Lego Batman Movie, his own foes got the short end of the stick. Ultimately, though, it’s fair to say that their inclusion was definitely good fun for the majority of viewers.
Now, in a recent interview, McKay has confirmed that at one point, he had »
- Josh Wilding
Warning: This post contains spoilers about “The Lego Batman Movie”
If you think it’s hard to keep track of all the bad guys that show up in “The Lego Batman Movie,” you should see the original list of villains that the filmmakers wanted to give cameos. In addition to the usual Batman bad guys, like the Riddler, Bane, Two-Face, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, several villains from other popular films make appearances. These include Voldemort from “Harry Potter,” the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz,” Sauron from “The Lord of the Rings.”
“The Lego Batman Movie” director Chris McKay recently told EW that he had high hopes that some bizarre bad guys could also work their way into the story, including Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill “The Butcher” Cutting from “Gangs of New York, »
- Graham Winfrey
In 1975, the world was first introduced to the Roger Corman-produced cult action film “Death Race 2000.” Directed by Paul Bartel and starring David Carradine (“Kill Bill: Volume 2”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”), the film follows a murderous Transcontinental Road Race in a dystopian American society. Over the years, it garnered cult acclaim and eventurally produced a remake in 2008 followed by two direct-to-dvd sequels.
But now Roger Corman is back with a direct sequel to the original 1975 film entitled “Death Race 2050.” The film takes place in the not-too-distant future where America is controlled by a corporate government that peddles violent virtual-reality entertainment to the masses. Each year they organize a Death Race, where drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for running down pedestrians and killing each other. It »
- Vikram Murthi
It’s always fun to see a classy, venerable British actor grunge it up by letting himself be cast in the role of a real black-leather badass. In last year’s “Green Room,” Patrick Stewart did reasonably well as the leader of a backwoods-biker white-supremacist cult (though he did kind of come off as the nicest hater you’d ever seen). Now, in “Underworld: Blood Wars,” the fifth installment of the vampires-kick-ass action horror series, Charles Dance, fresh from “Game of Thrones” and movies like “The Imitation Game,” shows up as a Vampire elder, and from the moment he strolls into the coven castle in his long black coat, looming over everyone with a look of extreme arrogance that says, “I am so bored by all of you that ripping your throats out would provide me with great relief,” he isn’t playing. Stewart, in “Green Room,” communicated that he »
- Owen Gleiberman
Television audiences should prepare themselves to be bewitched once more, as The CW is reportedly bringing a long-gestating Charmed prequel to its schedule at an as-yet undisclosed point in the future. While the original series featured a contemporary setting, the prequel show will be set in 1976, and will possibly dispense with the familial connections between the main characters, in favour of a ‘found family’ situation.
The original Charmed ran for eight seasons, from 1998 to 2006, on The WB. Its first three seasons starred Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Shannen Doherty as the Halliwell sisters – a trio of sibling witches who found themselves fighting evil in their town, while wearing remarkable outfits. By the fourth season, Doherty (and her character) left the series, and was replaced in the cast by Rose McGowan, as a new member of the top-lining trio. Charmed was created by Constance M. Burge, and was an Aaron Spelling production. »
- Sarah Myles
Last week, we not only lost Star Wars Princess Carrie Fisher, but just one day later her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, also passed away. Before their untimely death, HBO was planning to release a new documentary about the mother and daughter bond behind this Tinseltown power duo. Following the events of their passing last week, HBO decided to bump up the premiere date. And today, we have the first trailer for Bright Lights.
Instead of arriving this March, Bright Lights will now premiere on HBO this Saturday, January 7 at 7:00pm. This provocative documentary is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty, in all its eccentricity. At 83 years old, grand dame Debbie Reynolds (star of Singing in the Rain) still performs a Las Vegas act, dressed in gold lamé. But performing takes its toll, and Debbie's health suffers. This devastates her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, whose response is both hilarious and heart-rending. »
2016 was considered quite the horrible year when it came to celebrity deaths, since it claimed many more iconic performers than in years past. It all ended on quite the tragic note, with beloved Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher passing away days after suffering a heart attack on an international flight from London to Los Angeles. Then just one day later, Carrie Fisher's iconic mother Debbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84. Earlier today, Carrie Fisher's daughter and Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, issued her first public statement after losing both her mother and grandmother.
Billie Lourd, who made her feature film debut last year alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, took to Instagram to post a photo of the actress at a very young age with both her mother and granddaughter. She also posted a brief message, thanking fans for all »
7 items from 2017
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