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'Two and a Half Men,' 'Parks and Recreation,' and How to End a Series

27 February 2015 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

I don't envy any showrunner who has to write a series finale, especially after observing the very different reactions over the past few days to the final episodes of "Two and a Half Men" and "Parks and Recreation."

Consensus on the former seems to be outrage mixed with bafflement, while response to the latter seems to have been copious tears mixed with warm fuzzies.

Looking at both finales, however, it appears each long-running sitcom ended with an episode that was true to what the series was about. The literally cartoonish "Two and a Half Men" finale, which (spoiler alert) wrapped with pianos being dropped on both the characters and on creator Chuck Lorre, was a fittingly nihilistic send-off for a show that seemed to find all its characters loathsome and had little regard for the humanity of any of them, except insofar as Lorre could use them for punching bags and punchlines. »

- Gary Susman

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10 sequels that ignored previous films

26 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.

We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.

News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).

Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »

- ryanlambie

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Mission: Impossible 5 Shuts Down Production To Rework ‘Unsatisfactory’ Ending

20 February 2015 11:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With five months to go until its worldwide theatrical release, production on upcoming blockbuster, Mission: Impossible 5 has apparently come to a screeching halt. Per THR, principal photography for the Tom Cruise-starrer is on pause so director Christopher McQuarrie and “a writer friend whose identity remains a mystery” can plot out a new ending. This so-called shadowy scribe “will neither be paid nor credited” according to the outlet, but will be key in reworking what the studio has dubbed an ‘unsatisfactory’ finale.

Paramount recently moved the film’s initial release date up from a Christmas Day opening to a July 31st summer spot. That decision would suggest that the studio has every faith in McQuarrie’s sequel, despite the fact that one source described the helmer as “scrambling” to concoct a new ending. However, on a happier note, another source alleged that “Chris, Tom [Cruise] and a third person wanted »

- Gem Seddon

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Stops Shooting to Find New Ending

20 February 2015 9:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, Paramount Pictures made the surprising move to shift their upcoming action sequel Mission: Impossible 5 from December 25, 2015 to July 31, 2015. However, with the release just over five months away, production has halted for "a week or so" after the ending was deemed "unsatisfactory." Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie is currently working on a new ending with an unidentified "writer friend" who will not be paid or credited for his or her work. Here's what an anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter about the shutdown.

"Chris, Tom [Cruise] and a third person wanted to take a minute to get from what they thought was a good place to a more perfect place."

The source added that the July 31 release date is still intact, and if the studio was really worried about the status of Mission: Impossible 5, they would have pushed the release date. This isn't the first time that Paramount has had third-act story issues. »

- MovieWeb

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"Grand Budapest," "Imitation Game," "True Detective' Win Big at 2015 Writers Guild Awards!

16 February 2015 12:42 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.

In TV land, HBO's "True Detective" won the Drama Series award and FX's "Louie" received the Comedy Series trophy.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

Feature Film

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Winner

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, »

- Manny

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

14 February 2015 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

14 February 2015 5:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher, »

- Dave McNary

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10 Unused Film Endings That Were Better Than The Real Thing

11 February 2015 1:38 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Endings are tricky. There are films that are totally perfect for the first two acts, only to totally mess up the landing, which spoils your overall enjoyment. After all, the ending is the lasting impression that most movies leave you with, so if that sucks… You’ll probably decide that the whole thing sucked. So they’re tricky, but they’re also really, really important.

Especially considering Hollywood is so sequel-focussed right now. If people hate the ending to your movie, they’re less likely to come see the next one. Which is probably why producers appear to be agonising over endings more than ever, with sites constantly reporting on re-writes and reshoots of major blockbusters.

World War Z famously scrapped an entire third act, drafting in Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard to provide a new finale. The former was also parachuted into Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, although how much his version helped is debatable. »

- Tom Baker

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Birdman: Let Down By a Terrible Ending

6 February 2015 3:06 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Stokes on Birdman and its ending (major spoilers follow)…

When I first heard about Birdman, I was cautious; I tend to get annoyed with any movie that does the “one long take” gimmick because it seems to serve little purpose besides drawing attention to itself, and add in the idiosyncratic score, and it seemed like it was trying just too hard.

Watching the film, I was pleasantly surprised that there was not an ounce of pretentiousness to be found. It wasn’t even as dark as I initially thought, and it seemed like it was genuinely just trying to tell its story, which is more than I can say for a lot of the movies the Academy deems “Best Picture” material. The long take camera work and unconventional score didn’t detract from the film, and actually added to the madness the movie was going for. Somehow it made »

- Gary Collinson

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Trailer Trashin': Super Bowl Xlix Movie Spot Roundup

4 February 2015 8:24 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Another Super Bowl has come and gone – my congratulations to the New England Patriots, and my sympathies to the Seattle Seahawks. But for cinephiles like me, the main draw of the Big Game is the new TV spots for upcoming movies. This year, there were a staggering fourteen movie spots shown during Super Bowl Xlix, and in this edition of Trailer Trashin’, I’ll give you my quick takes on some of them.

 Avengers: Age of Ultron

Premise: With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats to humanity, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron (James Spader), a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. But the plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the real enemy and sets out to eradicate them from the Earth, and it is up to Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans »

- Timothy Monforton

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Take a Closer Look at the Future in New Images of 'Tomorrowland'

3 February 2015 9:16 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Disney has done a pretty good job of keeping the sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland under wraps. We've seen a teaser trailer and a Super Bowl spot, but we still haven't seen much from Brad Bird's summer sci-fi film, and most of the footage of the titular future city goes by so fast that we can't get a great look at it. But thankfully, three new images of Tomorrowland have appeared at the film's official website, and you can take a closer look at the city that still seems to be under construction. There's some gorgeous architecture here, cool vehicles, and clearly some things which don't have a clear function yet. Anyway, check out the photos! Here's the three new images from Tomorrowland from TakeMeToTomorrowland.com: You can still watch the teaser trailer for Brad Bird's Tomorrowland right here. Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird (of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tomorrowland Opens Its Doors With A Fancy New Interactive Website

3 February 2015 7:56 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s time to enter the world of tomorrow. While we.ve only glimpsed the futuristic Emerald City in the brief Tomorrowland footage released thus far, a new interactive website has launched taking us further into this new cinematic space. If The Incredibles director Brad Bird and Lost.s Damon Lindelof weren.t enough to pique your interest in this film, check out these gorgeous new images. "What if there was a place where you could actually change the world? Would you wanna go?" asks George Clooney in the Tomorrowland trailer that aired during the 2015 Super Bowl. Heck yeah we.d want to go! As seen through three new images of the ultimate destination, this mystical haven looks fantastic. As with anything made from the hands of Disney animators, this new landscape will immediately suck you in, with help from the site itself. Web.TakeMeToTomorrowland.com is an interactive experience »

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Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland Super Bowl 49 TV Spot

1 February 2015 8:12 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

During the Big Game between The Patriots and The Seahawks, Disney gave viewers an exclusive first look at their upcoming film Tomorrowland. Music is from Lady On The Water.

From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney.

Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, Tomorrowland promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

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- Michelle McCue

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Super Bowl TV Spot for George Clooney's Tomorrowland Sci-Fi Film

1 February 2015 6:07 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Disney unveiled the Super Bowl TV spot for its upcoming "Tomorrowland" sci-fi film, which stars George Clooney and is directed by Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles) from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, "Lost"). Check it out below. Plot: Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland." What they must do there changes the world - and them - forever. "Tomorrowland" is set to hit theaters on May 22nd. TV Spot: »

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See George Clooney in the New Trailer for Tomorrowland (Video)

1 February 2015 4:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

George Clooney will see you tomorrow. Well, Tomorrowland, to be specific - the new Disney/Pixar film that Super Bowl viewers got a look at Sunday night. The film is helmed by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird, and stars Clooney as a former boy genius named Frank who teams with a troubled teen named Casey (played by Britt Robertson) to "embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland," according to Disney. The film costars Hugh Laurie and was written by Bird and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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See George Clooney in the New Trailer for Tomorrowland (Video)

1 February 2015 4:35 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

George Clooney will see you tomorrow. Well, Tomorrowland, to be specific - the new Disney/Pixar film that Super Bowl viewers got a look at Sunday night. The film is helmed by two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird, and stars Clooney as a former boy genius named Frank who teams with a troubled teen named Casey (played by Britt Robertson) to "embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as "Tomorrowland," according to Disney. The film costars Hugh Laurie and was written by Bird and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof. »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Tomorrowland Super Bowl Trailer: “Do You Want To Go?”

1 February 2015 4:06 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Walt Disney Pictures

Damon Lindelof, co-writer of Tomorrowland, brings with him an association to Jj Abrams, and Abrams’ so-called Mystery Box. As such, Tomorrowland has been produced under as much secrecy as Disney could manage. This only makes every trailer and glimpse of footage more exciting. This Super Bowl pretty much had me on the edge of my seat.

There’s a lot I know about Tomorrowland that isn’t anywhere in that trailer at all. Did you see any trace of humanoid robots, for example? But at the same time, some of that trailer sideswiped me entirely. I had no idea that rocket ship at the end was going to come into play – the business with the pin badge makes it look Tomorrowland is accessed through a kind of teleportation, not space travel, so I’m really not sure what’s going on there.

And that was our first »

- Brendon Connelly

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Watch: Super Bowl Trailer For Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' Starring George Clooney & Britt Robertson

1 February 2015 4:04 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With Disney busy cranking out movies from the Marvel machine, doing live-action reboots of their animated classics, and preparing years and years worth of "Star Wars" movies, it's nice to know they still have room for original movies. Especially when it's a movie from someone like Brad Bird. The director behind "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," and "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol" has a futuristic new flick on the way, and details have been served out in small portions thus far. But today we get another peek with a big game day spot. George Clooney and Britt Robertson are the leads in this tale, co-written by Bird and Damon Lindelof, about the unlikely pairing of older scientist with a teenage girl, and the mysterious, titular place. Here's the official synopsis:  From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: George Clooney in the ‘Tomorrowland’ Super Bowl Trailer

1 February 2015 3:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Those looking for a better look at “Tomorrowland” were in luck during Sunday’s Super Bowl Xlix.

Shortly after the new spot for “Jurassic World” aired, Disney went live with the new “Tomorrowland” trailer, a 30-second look at the new George Clooney pic. It’s more action-packed than the longer first teaser that was unveiled in October.

Brad Bird is directing from a script by Damon Lindelof.

The film bows May 22, 2015.

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- Alex Stedman

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Watch: New Footage in Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' Super Bowl Spot

1 February 2015 3:49 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"What if there was a place... where nothing was impossible?" After debuting during the Super Bowl today, Disney has posted the full TV spot for Brad Bird's sci-fi Tomorrowland online for our repeat viewing. This is the first time we've seen any new footage beyond the first teaser trailer and the action clip at New York Comic-Con last fall. Britt Robertson stars as Casey, and she meets George Clooney as inventor Frank Walker, and together they end up embarking on a fantastic adventure to another time and place known as "Tomorrowland". This looks really, really good - one of my most anticipated coming up this summer. Enjoy! Here's the brand new Super Bowl TV spot for Brad Bird's Tomorrowland straight from Disney: Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird (of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) who co-wrote the script with Damon Lindelof (Star Trek Into Darkness, »

- Alex Billington

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