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Dirty Dancing Parody Leads To Huge Lawsuit

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The phrase "nobody puts Baby in a corner" has pretty much become common tongue. But the second you start using it in promotional/marketing material without the consent of Lionsgate, even if it alters a few lines, well, you.re in trouble. And the trouble just got huge for brokerage giant Td Ameritrade in response to their television campaign that features a few Dirty Dancing references, including an altered version of the famous line from the film.  Lionsgate is going after Td Ameritrade full force claiming the business "adulterated taglines" and used a cartoon "reenactment" of the famous dance lift performed by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze for their television ad that ran from October to April. The lawsuit follows Td Ameritrade.s attempt last Friday to get declaratory relief that its ad was safe from the infringement. But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate is not backing down, asserting »

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How Batman Was Affected By Man Of Steel's Destructive Final Battle

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The ending to 2013.s Man of Steel was controversial to say the least. Some Superman fans took serious issue with the amount of rampant destruction that occurred in Metropolis, with likely tens of thousands of people being killed, seemingly without much concern from The Last Son of Krypton. Turns out that somebody else had a serious problem with that too, Batman. Ben Affleck is quoted in a recent Entertainment Weekly piece, which isn.t even about him, or Batman, but actually gives us quite a bit of interesting information regarding the motivation of the Dark Knight in the upcoming Batman v. Superman:Dawn of Justice. "One of the things I liked was Zack.s idea of showing accountability and the consequences of violence and seeing that there are real people in those buildings... And in fact, one of those buildings was Bruce Wayne.s building so he knew people who »

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Why The Man Of Steel Ending Works, According To Zack Snyder

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So a couple years back there was this little Superman movie called Man of Steel you might have heard of it. There was a lot of hype. There was a lot of hope. In the end it just didn.t work for a lot of people. While there were a number of problems, the the biggest issue for most was the ending. The final battle between Supes and Zod had serious issues. Well, Zack Snyder is now making public comments about the controversial ending, and he says it all makes sense. By the end of Steel much of Metropolis is destroyed and, we assume, thousands of innocent civilians are dead. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Snyder said that the consequences of the battle were the whole point and that he was shocked at the reaction the ending received. I was surprised because that.s the thesis of Superman for »

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First Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer Could Hit Theaters On Independence Day

3 July 2015 7:55 PM, PDT

If you've been holding off seeing Terminator: Genisys, you may have an added incentive to make the trek to theaters on July 4. According to some reports, a short first teaser trailer for the newly titled Independence Day: Resurgence will play before Genisys screenings this weekend. Here's the catch, this will happen only on July 4. AICN was the first to report this, though Slashfilm later contacted an AMC theater and were also told that this is happening. It.s pretty early in the going, as Independence Day: Resurgence isn.t slated to hit theaters for just under a year, but with the holiday, it.s perfect timing to do something. The biggest question is, what exactly will you see? And is it worth a trip to the theater, especially if you.ve already seen the latest Terminator movie? It.s also strange that the studio wouldn.t make a »

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Nic Cage Tries Out His Superman Suit In Tim Burton's Superman Lives Test Video

3 July 2015 5:54 PM, PDT

Movies enter development but ultimately fail to materialize in Hollywood all the time. If you tried to list all of the projects people are working on that never come to be, it would be damn near endless. Most of these simply fizzle out with little to now fanfare. Other attempts, however, become the stuff of legend. Tim Burton.s Nicolas Cage-starring Superman Lives is one of these. A fan-favorite never-was, a new clip of Cage trying on his Man of Steel costume for the first time surfaced online for your entertainment. This footage comes from Hero Complex, and you can check it out by clicking the screenshot below, as the video doesn't seem to be embeddable.  A clip from the documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, it shows Nic Cage and Tim Burton taking what would wind up an unused Superman outfit out for its first spin. »

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The Avengers Finally Make It Into An Ant-Man Trailer

3 July 2015 4:02 PM, PDT

Scott Lang will be working alongside many of the Avengers next year in Captain America: Civil War, but for his theatrical debut, he’s already eager to enlist them. With Ant-Man two weeks away from release, Marvel is making one last marketing push to plug the tiny superhero’s movie, and in the latest trailer, they name-drop the superhero team as potential allies. Take a look. In the newest preview for the July blockbuster, Hank Pym explains to Scott (Paul Rudd) how they need to stop Darren Cross, Hank’s former assistant, from getting the Ant-Man technology out into the world. Scott wisely offers a suggestion on how do handle this precarious situation: "I think our first move should be calling the Avengers." Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like corporate espionage falls under their Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ job description, leaving »

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Wonder Woman Will Set Up The Justice League For Zack Snyder

3 July 2015 3:43 PM, PDT

We.ve known for some time that DC.s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice involves much more than just the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel throwing down. It.s also going to introduce other members of their impending movie universe. A key one of these is Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, and though we don.t know anything substantial about her role, the director assures us that it is going to be a vital one, especially moving forward towards the Justice League movies. Talking to EW, director Zack Snyder, who also helmed Man of Steel in 2013, revealed that Wonder Woman is indeed going to be a lynchpin role. He said: She plays a super-important part. In a lot of ways, she.s the gateway drug to 
the rest of the
 Justice League. In all fairness, this quote doesn.t actually reveal how much Gadot and »

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The Fantastic Four's Battle With Doctor Doom Sounds Epic

3 July 2015 3:20 PM, PDT

It.s been hard to get a grip on The Fantastic Four over the last few months. Its been dogged by rumors and hearsay surrounding Josh Trank and its troubled production. Now we.re just a few weeks away from the film actually being released, and it.s a relief that we.ll finally be able to judge it by what we see on screen. By the sound of things, the Fantastic quartet.s battle with Doctor Doom is going to be insane.  Don.t just take my word for it though. This declaration has come from none-other than The Fantastic Four.s director himself, Josh Trank. The 31-year-old filmmaker, who got his shot at the blockbuster after his sterling work on 2012.s low-budget Chronicle, spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what we can expect when Mister Fantastic, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and The Thing go up against Doctor Doom. Trank »

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X-Men: Apocalypse Shows Us The Inside Of The Villain's Massive Tomb

3 July 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

After millennia of slumber, Apocalypse will awaken next year in X-Men: Apocalypse to give the titular protagonists their greatest battle yet. In the meantime, we now have our first look at the mutant.s Egyptian resting place, where he.s been chilling as the world changes around him. Check it out!   .@XMenMovies #Apocalypse concept art of the villain's tomb is finally here: http://t.co/IKYes1Ft6Q pic.twitter.com/P66fy06lGW . Entertainment Weekly (@EW) July 3, 2015 This EW exclusive concept art shows of individuals breaking into Apocalypse.s tomb, marked by a hieroglyphic-covered pyramid in the center and a bust of a falcon (probably the god Horus) peering overhead. In the comics, Apocalypse has been alive for millennia but periodically puts himself in suspended animation. In X-Men: Apocalypse, I.m guessing that these intruders, whether they.re archaeologists or common grave robbers, inadvertently wake the lead villain up, »

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Why Ava DuVernay Passed On Marvel's Black Panther

3 July 2015 1:59 PM, PDT

It looks like we’re going to have to wait a while longer before we see either a woman or a person of color direct one of Marvel’s superhero movies. Selma director Ava DuVernay, who was the rumored frontrunner for the job on the upcoming Black Panther, has passed on the chance to helm a comic book movie. Talking to Essence, DuVernay did confirm that she met with Marvel about leading the big screen adaptation of the exploits of the hero king of the fictional African nation Wakanda, but decided not to take the gig. After using the Fourth of July to "declare her independence" from this rumor, she said: I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther. I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and »

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This Kansas Town Loves Back To The Future Way More Than You Do

3 July 2015 1:19 PM, PDT

So you think you.re a pretty big Back to the Future fan? That.s probably true. It.s a great movie, and maybe you only wear purple Calvin Klein underwear and drive a DeLorean outfitted with a custom-built Mr. Fusion replica. But no matter what, I think the Kansas city of Augusta has you beat as they officially changed their name to Hill Valley, the name of the fictional hometown of Marty McFly. Today, July 3, 2015, marks the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis. beloved sci-fi adventure, and according to The Butler County Times-Gazette, which is a mouthful of a masthead, Augusta chose to rechristen itself as Hill Valley. At least for a time. While the change took effect at 12:01am, the name will revert back to Augusta at the stroke of midnight. Hopefully all 9200 resident superfans, as well as the rest of the world who hears about this awesome »

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The Chips Reboot Is Going To Be A Lot Different Than You Expected

3 July 2015 11:56 AM, PDT

In the modern era, in which all previously created material must be mined in order to produce a feature film, eventually you end up with some fairly oddball choices. When the news hit that the CHiPs reboot was moving forward many of us probably had the same feeling: Get ready for another comedy remake based on corny material. Well, we just got some new info on the movie and it looks we.re in for something completely different. In an interview with Collider, Michael Pena, who will play Frank "Ponch" Poncherello, spoke a bit about the tone the movie was going for, and it.s not comedy. He said:   It.s more like a Lethal Weapon where there.s a lot of action and what we wanted to do is if there.s any comedy that we do, it.s not like one-liners here and there, like we.re the »

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Wait, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Might Be A Comedy

3 July 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

It’s always good to be reminded that The Hateful Eight is being released later this year. Because of all of the superhero flicks and sequels that between now and the release of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, the western can sometimes get lost in the cinematic mist. But coming it is. Fans will eagerly devour Tarantino’s latest in droves, and when they do they’ll be surprised to learn that it’s a lot funnier than they imagined. That's according to the director himself.  Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly that The Hateful Eight is the "funniest snow Western" that has ever been created. But, at the same time, he also made sure to remind people that it will still be as bleak and gruesome as his other films. Tarantino insisted: I can definitely say that as bleak as our movie »

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Conan O'Brien Took Women To Magic Mike Xxl And It Was Hilariously Awkward

3 July 2015 10:57 AM, PDT

Channing Tatum's Magic Mike Xxl is a movie that is geared toward a...specific audience. This can lead the rest of us to wondering exactly what does go on in those movies. Luckily, we have intrepid explorers like Conan O'Brien who are willing to venture into parts unknown so that the rest of us may remain safe. He took several of his female staffers on an outing to see the film and the result was fantastic, and also terrible. The evening begins with drinks at the apartment of Conan.s own personal assistant, where everybody was meeting for the evening, and a discussion of the various attributes of several of the film.s stars, including Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello. Conan then makes his own attempt at the "floor hump," a move we have on good authority is well represented in the movie. After dinner at the aptly named »

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Batman And Superman's Fight In Dawn Of Justice, Described

3 July 2015 10:50 AM, PDT

It.s no secret what.s going to happen when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.s titular protagonists meet next year: they.ll be throwing down in fisticuffs. As we saw from the teaser trailer, Batman is one of Superman.s many critics, and fearing that the Kryptonian poses a danger to humanity, will take matters into his own hands and try to take down Earth.s alien adoptee. Although partly inspired by the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns (just look at Batman.s high-tech armor), Warner Bros. has been keeping a tight lid on what this brawl will look like, but now we have a better idea of how intense this conflict will be. Director Zack Snyder showed off parts of the fight to EW (found via Heroic Hollywood) in his Pasadena editing bay. Described as "early passes of the money sequence," the scenes featured the two »

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Back To The Future 2 Almost Included An Old West Scene

3 July 2015 9:51 AM, PDT

The Back to the Future franchise celebrates a milestone birthday today with the 30th anniversary of the first film.s release. Appropriately enough, some interesting food for thought has surfaced about its sequel, revealing a possible alteration in the timeline of movie history. It seems that the already-packed Back to the Future Part II was supposed to have taken the time-bending action to the old west. Back to the Future franchise co-writer/producer Bob Gale provided HitFix some intriguing historical artifacts previously unseen by the public in the form of his early handwritten notes for the then-upcoming sequel. According to the notes, dated April 1, 1986, besides a visit to the future and a revisit to 1955, Marty McFly.s eventual dilemma in 1990.s Back to the Future Part III of being stuck in the old west without gasoline for the DeLorean was actually planned to occur in the second film. While a »

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What Steve Wozniak Actually Thinks Of The Steve Jobs Trailer

3 July 2015 9:43 AM, PDT

Biographical films are always walking something of a tightrope (even when they don.t actually involve tightropes). On the one hand they have to tell the true story about what happened to their subject, or they.re not very good biographies. On the other hand, they have to tell interesting, or exciting stories, or they won.t make for very good movies. When it comes to the upcoming film Steve Jobs, if you want to get an idea on how accurate the film is, you go to the next best source, Jobs. partner Steve Wozniak. Woz was interviewed by Bloomberg and asked how much the film.s first trailer appears to resemble reality. His response, while not a glowing endorsement, is about all the movie could ask for at this stage of the game. He said: The lines I heard spoken were not things I would say but carried the »

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Man Of Steel 2 Almost Had A Completely Different Villain

3 July 2015 9:27 AM, PDT

Rumors regarding the villains for Man Of Steel 2 have been circulating since before Man Of Steel was even released. The likes of Doomsday, Brainiac and Metallo have all been linked to the blockbuster at some point or another, and it now turns out that there was just cause for fans to think the latter duo were going to be involved. Because they almost were.  Zack Snyder made this admission to Entertainment Weekly, via Comic Book Movie, for the publication.s on-set visit, explaining that during their early discussions for where to take the DC universe, it was suggested that John Corben.s villainous alter-ego should be feature. Snyder admitted: I remember talking about, .What.s the next villain? We can.t do another alien invasion.. Brainiac was definitely down the road. Metallo, I think, was going to be the main bad guy of this movie. Metallo and Brainiac are »

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Magic Mike 3 In 3D? Here's What Joe Manganiello Says

3 July 2015 9:21 AM, PDT

Magic Mike Xxl is off to a fast start at the box office. As we reported earlier, the sequel out-earned Terminator: Genisys on their shared opening day. And box office analysts are predicting a healthy holiday-weekend haul for Channing Tatum and the boys. So you can forgive us if we.re already looking ahead to a third adventure with Mike and his band of road-tripping strippers. So is Collider, it seems, as they sat down with Magic Mike Xxl co-star Joe Manganiello and inquired about the possibility of a third Magic Mike movie. Specifically, they wanted to know if a 3D version of Magic Mike was possible, to which Manganiello replied: If I was a gambling man, I would say odds are that we are going 3D." It makes too much sense not to try it. Major motion pictures . especially those released in the summertime . invest in the extra 3D »

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Read The Touching Letter Arnold Schwarzenegger Wrote To A Sick Terminator Fan

3 July 2015 8:20 AM, PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger will always be associated with The Terminator, the role that helped make him famous back in 1984. But people forget that the massive movie star is also a politician, a humanitarian, and a skilled people person . traits that have helped to keep him in the public eye for decades. When you read a story like this one, though, you are reminded of what Schwarzenegger, the total package, is able to accomplish, and it.s going to warm your heart. Reddit user bizzjay (via THR) shared an incredible story of an interaction he and his father had with Arnold Schwarzenegger over the Internet. Bizzjay and his dad are huge Terminator fans, but a mental-health issue had prevented the father from attending movies recently. He agreed, however, to go see Terminator: Genisys with his son, though, knowing how important the sequel was to both men. The way the man recounts it, »

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