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Did the Emmys Pull a Fallon? Why Did Good Place Reveal Trick? Sympathy for Outlander's Frank? And More TV Qs!

Did the Emmys Pull a Fallon? Why Did Good Place Reveal Trick? Sympathy for Outlander's Frank? And More TV Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Strain, Ray Donovan, American Ninja Warrior and The Good Place!

1 | Outlander readers: Isn’t the Starz series making you feel all sorts of bad for Frank in a way the books didn’t?

RelatedOutlander‘s Sam Heughan Talks Jamie’s Episode 2 Breakdown: ‘Everyone Around Him Gets Hurt’

2 | Now that The Strain has wrapped its four-season run, we must ask: Was Gus’ storyline ever interesting? (Let alone critical?) And did Zach’s final,
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July 2017 Box Office Marks Third Straight Month in Decline

July 2017 Box Office Marks Third Straight Month in Decline
After July 2015 and 2016 saw increases from one year to the next, July 2017 took a step back, down 12.2% compared to 2016 with calendar grosses reaching $1.2 billion from 221 films compared to $1.37 billion last July. Leading the way was Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which topped all releases bringing in $280 million in July, earning Sony the #1 spot for the month with six films grossing nearly $390 million. Overall, this marks the third month in a row to show a decline compared to 2016 with the summer movie season struggling and showing no sign of improvement in the month of August with the season currently pacing 11% behind 2016. Overall, August is likely to become the sixth month out of the first eight in 2017 to show a decline from one year to the next with 2017 currently -2% behind 2016. Digging deeper into July, we'll start at the top with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which delivered $280 million since its July 7 release. The film is now approaching $300 million domestically,
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A Look at the 2015 Best Picture Nominees

A Look at the 2015 Best Picture Nominees
The 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten. After crunching some numbers we've taken a look at how this year's crop of Best Picture nominees stacks up to prior, pre-nomination box office totals. Have a look at what we found after comparing this year's eight Best Picture nominees to 190 previous Best Picture contenders, going back 33 years to 1982. Note: Before reading on, please be aware this article is specifically comparing pre-nomination grosses (not adjusted for inflation) unless otherwise noted. To begin, Room is the sixth lowest grossing Best Picture nominee (pre-nominations) in the last 33 years with $5.1 million. The five lower grossing films are American Sniper ($3.3M), Letters from Iwo Jima ($2.5M), My Left Foot ($2.1M), The Dresser ($562k) and Amour ($371k). In fact, Room will likely end up as one of the top ten lowest grossing Best
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Lucy, The Core, and scientific accuracy in films

Luc Besson’s Lucy may be based on a debunked myth, but does bad science in films matter if the story’s well-told, Ryan asks...

The myth that we only use 10 percent of our brain power appears to date back to the late 19th century. Conclusions by one pair of psychologists at Harvard - who were studying the potential intelligence of child prodigies versus adults - were misapplied and misquoted in the 1920s and 30s, and have lingered in pop culture ever since.

Luc Besson’s new film Lucy is the latest to base its story on the myth, with Scarlett Johansson starring as an ordinary American woman who’s pressed into service as a drug mule by an evil crime boss. When a bag full of an experimental substance leaks in Lucy’s stomach, she’s transformed from a weepy average 20-something into a turbo-charged, super-brained superheroine, first gunning
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10 remarkable things about the Super Mario Bros movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 15, 2017

As news of a new movie hits, we look at the remarkable things to spot in the infamous Super Mario Bros movie...

Adapting any art form into a movie presents a tricky proposition. It is, after all, easy to fall into the trap of being too reverential to the source material - whether it happens to be a play, novel or old television show you're making into a feature film, there has to be an element of invention, of reworking the source material into something that stands on its own as a piece of entertainment and - dare we say it - art.

This would go some way to explaining why Super Mario Bros., the 1993 feature-length adaptation of Nintendo's hit videogame series, only vaguely resembles the property on which it was meant to be based. Released in a busy summer season - one dominated by another flick with dinosaurs in it,
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Podcast: Fall Box-Office Draft, 'Lawless' Review, New DVDs and Blu-rays, Your Questions and More

It's time to bust out the Fall Box-Office Draft as Brad is declared victor in the Summer Challenge and along with that we discuss Lawless, new DVDs and Blu-rays, your questions, over / unders, some What This or Watch That and just general movie merriment all around. As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if you would like to skip ahead and below I have featured the information on how to download the podcast, find us on iTunes or merely just listen in your browser. 00:00-4:00 - Introduction and some brief comments 4:01-6:59 - [Listener Question] Cordia thinks Rust and Bone is more accessible for general audiences than we gave it credit for. 7:00-11:48 - [Listener Question] What are you really getting from going to Tiff? [Marlon Wallace] 11:49-16:06 - [Listener Question] In regard to your discussion about movie adaptations from books, Brad said that a movie needs to stand-alone,
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Disney Exec Says Tentpole Movies are About Spectacle, Not Story. Is He Right?

Disney Exec Says Tentpole Movies are About Spectacle, Not Story. Is He Right?
[1] Think back to the last movie you paid to watch in theaters. What inspired you to shell out your hard-earned cash for two hours' entertainment when you could've easily saved money by exploring your Netflix queue at home? If you said "the story," Walt Disney Animation Studios chief technical officer Andy Hendrickson has one word for you: "Bullshit." In Hendrickson's view, what draws in paying audiences is "spectacle," not storytelling. And, well, he might not be totally wrong. Read more after the jump. During a talk at the Siggraph conference this weekend, Hendrickson talked up the benefits for studios of focusing on event movies that draw in larger-than-average audiences, and explained what makes a good tentpole. Referencing a chart of the top 12 domestic grossing films of all time, he pointed out that each one was a "spectacle film." He used his own studio's Alice in Wonderland ($334,191,110 [2] lifetime domestic gross) as
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Box Office Top 10 March 11-13: Battle Wins the War

Battle: Los Angeles breathed new life into the alien invasion genre as it topped the box office for the weekend ending March 11-13, 2011. Other new films that opened over the weekend did not fare as well; Red Riding Hood got lost in the cinematic forest and Mars Needs Moms bombed.

10. The King's Speech $3.6 million

The reign of the king nears its end, but it's been a good run for the Weinsteins' British import. $130 million in ticket sales and a Best Picture Oscar later, The King's Speech was the year's biggest surprise.

9. Gnomeo and Juliet $3.61 million

The Disney-distributed flick dropped 50% from the week before, but not because of newer animated flicks like Rango. I blame it on the unfunny performance the gnomes gave as hosts of the Oscars.

8. Just Go With It $4 million

This movie keeps hanging around, far past its welcome, much like Adam Sandler's career.

7. Hall Pass $5.01 million

Oh how the mighty fall.
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Box Office Top 10 Countdown: November 19-21

Hollywood, and everyone else for that matter, was crazy for Harry as the latest installment of the "Harry Potter" series conjured up over $125 million in its opening weekend, well ahead of second place "Megamind." The only other new film in theaters, Russell Crowe's "The Next Three Days," barely cracked the weekend's top five.

10. Fair Game $1.47 million

Fair Game made a surprising jump into the top ten, as the film gets a wider release into more theaters, but chances are it won't be seen in most cineplexes. Even with the star power of Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, the film has yet to create much buzz. The only headlines came from controversy that the true-life story plays fast and loose with the facts, not a good sign.

9. For Colored Girls $2.4 million

The latest Tyler Perry flick is sinking faster than a pair of concrete shoes. Panned by critics and viewers as melodramatic,
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Chris Brown: 'We shouldn't judge Tiger'

Chris Brown: 'We shouldn't judge Tiger'
Chris Brown has reportedly claimed that the public should not judge Tiger Woods following the recent revelations about his personal life. According to Access Hollywood, the 'Run' star told radio show Mojo In The Morning that Woods deserved a second chance. "I think it's cool. I think people always deserve a second chance. I know my fans gave me a second chance," he is quoted as saying. "His personal life is his personal life. Nobody has the right to place judgment or make any judgment on anybody else's personal life when they're not directly (more)
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Hump Day Horribleness: ‘Miss Cast Away’

One of the great features over at the Internet Movie Database is the Bottom 100. Based on ratings viewers of the site give to various films, the worst of the worst films get put on this list. Some of them are on and off in a matter of days. Others stick around for the long haul, showing just how much suckage they truly emit.

It’s time to look at these movies and determine where they stand. Do they deserve to be on the Bottom 100 list? Are they not as bad as everyone says? Will they be off the list any time soon?

Here’s the breakdown for this week’s film:

Title: ‘Miss Cast Away

Release Date: July 26th, 2005

Ranking on Bottom 100 (as of 7/7/2009): #84 (based on 1260 votes)

Why It’s Here: It actually means something, speaks volumes, in fact, when ones of these “Pop Culture” comedies, as they are called,
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Why I Don't Like the 'Adjusted for Inflation' Box-Office Argument

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Photo: Warner Bros. On Friday I posted the Friday box-office estimates and inside of it I said how Gran Torino will become Clint Eastwood's highest grossing film of all-time, ahead of In the Line of Fire. Of course, the very first comment that comes in comes from Allan saying, "Adjusting for inflation, Every Which Way but Loose will remain number one." Now, to be fair, Allan was not the only one presenting this little inflation case to me with regards to Eastwood. In his Box-Office Wrap-Up our very own Laremy Legel said, "As Brad has already noted, [Gran Torino] is on the way to being the biggest Eastwood flick of all time. However, I maintain 1978's Every Which Way but Loose is still way up adjusted for inflation." In 1978 Every Which Way but Loose earned $85.1 million and according to Box-Office Mojo's inflation charts the average
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