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Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves and Jan de Bont look back at 'Speed' 20 years later

10 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. As movie premises go, this one is absolutely ridiculous, right? You'd have been forgiven for thinking so, at least, as few involved with Jan de Bont's "Speed," which was released by 20th Century Fox on June 10, 1994, could have anticipated its popularity. The film was a runaway hit, winning two Oscars and grossing over $350 million worldwide. Now, 20 years later, it's a celebrated relic of an era before blockbuster filmmaking was so awash in digital wizardry, an era when practical movie magic sold the highest of concepts to the masses. For actor Keanu Reeves, who starred as the film's hero, Lapd S.W.A.T. officer Jack Traven, it feels like that long ago if only because so much has changed over the last two decades. Though »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Ant-Man Shrinks, and Other Lukewarm Stories

3 June 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I don't always get around to stories when they hit. Join me in the catch-up comments...

Fan made poster (if I knew who made it I would credit them, but so many blogs are bad about giving creditAnt-Man Shrinks

By now you've heard and digested or, more likely given this crowd (you didn't even comment on that juicy misogynistic She-Hulk debacle!), ignored the drama surrounding Disney/Marvel's Ant-Man movie. The long and short of it: Edgar Wright, of Shaun of the Dead / Scott Pilgrim fame who is unarguably adept and inventive about action-comedy (a unique skill given how unfunny action 'comedies' usually are), abruptly left over creative differences. Now from the roster of potential replacements (none of them even ⅕ as interesting as Wright), one has already fallen away. Leaving us sad for Paul Rudd (probably locked into the role for a decade) and Joss Whedon's Avengers: The Age »

- NATHANIEL R

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Edgar’s Right!

25 May 2014 3:09 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

So, Edgar Wright has left Ant-Man. The official statement went as follows (which you probably saw yesterday, Tom even shed a tear) ”Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on Ant-man due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.” And of course the internet exploded (as did Tom’s eyes) with inside scoops, Cornettos and pictures of cats. First out of the traps was the wonderful Joss Whedon with nothing but a tweet with the below picture. Of course Cornettos are quite symbolic when it comes to Edgar Wright. Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End are affectionately known as the Cornetto trilogy. So when The Avengers director fired off this tweet, geeks sploshed »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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