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This 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Candle Might Be the Year's Craziest Holiday Gift

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We're stunned no one came up with the idea to make a bust candle of Raiders of the Lost Ark character Arnold Ernst Toht before now. How perfect an idea is that? No need to worry, though – if you have a Raiders fan on your holiday shopping list, this is probably the coolest present you can get them this year. Website Firebox is selling the nifty candle, which re-creates what is arguably the most famous scene in the classic Harrison Ford film (sure, everyone remembers the boulder in the opening, and Indy shooting the guy with the sword, but who can forget Toht’s terrifying demise). After the Nazis open the Ark, all hell breaks loose – and the wicked Toht has his face melt right off his skull... in a completely awesome way! This new candle re-creates that...

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- Mike Bracken

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Best of the Week: 'Running Man' Sequel, 'Interstellar' Prequel, 'Hunger Games' Strikes Back and More

22 November 2014 12:00 AM, PST

The Important News Arnold Schwarzenegger might be back for a Running Man sequel. David Spade will back and mulletted in Joe Dirt 2. Samuel L. Jackson could be back as Mace Windu in a solo Star Wars movie. Chris Pratt is doing another weird comic book movie, called Cowboy Ninja Viking. Shailene Woodley will play Edward Snowden's girlfriend. Jude Law will play the enemy of King Arthur. Melissa McCarthy will play Tinker Bell. Penelope Cruz will costar in Zoolander 2. Matt Smith will costar in Patient Zero. A lot of people went to see Dumb and Dumber To. More people ought to watch El Rey's 48-hour kung fu marathon on Thanksgiving. The kids' horror series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The Last Sci-fi Blog: Why 'Mockingjay - Part 1' Is the Science Fiction Movie We Need

21 November 2014 11:00 PM, PST

A few years ago, everyone seemed content to blow the Hunger Games movies off as more young-adult nonsense; a watered-down version of Battle Royale for little girls. Now, it's hard to believe anyone could have been so blind. The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were huge smash hits, but you don't make $400 million on the backs of tween girls alone. You earn that money by appealing to a wider audience and these movies have been huge hits amongst all kinds of people. Audiences of all tastes seem to dig these movies and this weekend, they're going to especially dig the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1, which takes the series in a dark, startling new direction and sets us up for one helluva final film.  What's most satisfying about this...

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- Jacob S. Hall

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The Schmoes Present: The Top 5 Dystopian-Future Movies

21 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST

Who are the Schmoes, and what exactly do they know? The Schmoes are a couple of regular guys, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, who--like you--are the people for whom movies are made. Each week, we're posting brand new video from the Schmoes that'll give their spin on a given movie topic. In the movies, the future is cool, freaky and... well, never what it's cracked up to be. In some movies, the future is just downright scary. On this week's Top Five, the Schmoes break down the top five dystopian-future movies. What's your favorite?     More From Around The Web: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type...

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- Movies.com

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

21 November 2014 8:00 PM, PST

Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week. Cinderella This first trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is basically a play by play of the familiar tale, but in this case there’s nothing wrong with that. Rather than put a dark spin on the classic or give the iconic character a fresh edge, it seems as though Branagh’s rendition is a faithful retelling strengthened by mesmerizingly vibrant imagery.   Project Almanac The latest trailer for Project Almanac may have a few familiar components, but the piece moves to a swift, catchy beat and has such a slick feel to it that a couple of high school stereotypes in no way detracts from the fact...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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'Strange Magic' Trailer: Here's Your First Look at a Weird New Movie from George Lucas

21 November 2014 7:45 PM, PST

On November 11, 2014 the world got its first look at Strange Magic, a new animated movie conceived and produced by George Lucas. Normally a new Lucasfilm entry would be cause for celebration, but this reveal was odd because it was the first exposure for a movie coming out barely two months later on January 23, 2015. That's usually not a very good sign, but we lovers of Star Wars and Indiana Jones and Willow kept hope that maybe this would be another Lucas gem. Well today the first trailer for Strange Magic hit and now the very delayed reveal makes a bit more sense. It's not that this looks outright bad, it just looks like it's all over the map. Is it a hidden-fantasy-world action movie like Epic? Is it a pop-culture-filled comedy with musical numbers like Shrek? Who...

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- Peter Hall

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Producer and Director Talk the Movie's Secret Behind-the-Scenes Weapon

21 November 2014 6:30 PM, PST

The Hunger Games movies are more than capable of standing on their own merits, but great movies don't automatically equal great success. A good movie isn't always good enough -- you have to have a smart distributor that knows how to build awareness and embrace the existing fan base, while also luring in new fans. There aren't very many franchises that pull off this kind of hat trick and become global pop-culture phenomena, but The Hunger Games is unquestionably one of them. So when we sat down with producer Nina Jacobson and director Francis Lawrence ahead of the premiere of Mockingjay -- Part 1, we wanted to pick their brain about the secret weapon that cooks up all those stunning posters and intense trailers that keep fans consistently craving...

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- Peter Hall

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'Doctor Who' Star Matt Smith Joins the Hunt for 'Patient Zero'

21 November 2014 5:15 PM, PST

In casting news practically made in geek heaven, we’ve learned that Doctor Who’s Matt Smith will be joining the cast of Stefan Ruzowitzky’s upcoming Patient Zero. Smith will be working alongside Natalie Dormer in the new feature – best known for her work as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.  Talk about nerd-friendly casting… No details on who Smith will be playing in the film, but Deadline has a plot breakdown that reads as follows: “In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in...

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- Mike Bracken

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Watch: The Schmoes Review 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'

21 November 2014 2:40 PM, PST

The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. You can watch more of their reviews here.   The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1     More From Around The Web: ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = 'http://www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=15794'; var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr); })();

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Watch 'Market Hours' and 'Operation Barn Owl,' Two Adorable Short Films

21 November 2014 1:20 PM, PST

The Weinstein Company is known primarily for its big dramas, especially this time of the year when it fills art house theaters with award hopefuls like St. Vincent, Big Eyes and The Imitation Game. But the studioe does occasionally branch out to the smaller screen, and recently it has formed a partnership with Lexus to create some short films that give aspiring feature filmmakers a shot. Though they're dubbed the Lexus Short Films, these movies aren't car commercials in the slightest. They're cute, heartfelt efforts with self-contained stories and the latest entries are Market Hours (from director Jon Goldman) and Operation Barn Owl (from Satsuki Okawa), which you can see below. Market Hours is about a security guard who often gets distracted on the job while...

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- Peter Hall

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Movie News: Mel Gibson and Andrew Garfield May Go to War Together; Sizzling New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' TV Spot

21 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST

Hacksaw Ridge: Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson is in talks to direct his first film since Apocalypto (2006). The new project, titled Hacksaw Ridge, tells the story of a U.S. Army medic during World War II who saved many lives; he became the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Andrew Garfield is in talks to play the medic. [Deadline]   Green Room: Patrick Stewart is front and center in the first official photo from Green Room, a thriller about a punk rock band that must fight for their lives against a gang of "white power" skinheads. Stewart stars as the leader of the skinheads. Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots also star; Jeremy Saulner (Blue Ruin) directs. [Collider]   I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family...

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- Peter Martin

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'Bourne' Director Tapped to Bring Orwell's '1984' Back to the Big Screen

21 November 2014

With the monitoring of e-mails and phone calls a hot topic of late, now seems like the perfect time for a new take on George Orwell’s classic novel 1984. Deadline reports that Sony Pictures is developing the film with Paul Greengrass slated to direct based on a script by Finding Neverland writer James Graham. Scott Rudin is producing, which is a reunion of sorts for Greengrass. Rudin and the filmmaker previously worked on the Tom Hanks film Captain Phillips. Orwell’s tale about a dystopian future where “Big Brother” is watching your every move has become more and more real thanks to increases in technology and our constant fear of terror attacks in the wake of 9/11. This could be the perfect time for a new version of the classic tale to hit the screen...

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- Mike Bracken

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Producer and Director Talk Hiding Panem in America's Ruins, Plus: What's Next

20 November 2014 11:00 PM, PST

It's kind of unbelievable that after just three films, The Hunger Games franchise can already be talked about in the same conversations as other megafranchises like Harry Potter, James Bond and the Lord of the Rings. When the latest movie, Mockingjay - Part 1, opens this weekend, it's poised to have the best opening weekend of 2014, beating the likes of Captain America and Transformers. That's kind of crazy for a story about a young woman becoming the unlikely figurehead in a rebellion against a tyranical government, but there's just something about these movies that brings in people from all walks of life. Millions of fans have become deeply invested in the fictional life of Katniss Everdeen and the chaotic world she's a part of, and so to figure out why...

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- Peter Hall

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Comics on Film: Are Audiences Ready for a Multimedia Superhero Crossover?

20 November 2014 9:30 PM, PST

The comic book crossover event has become a central element of superhero storytelling. With the modern iterations starting in the mid-1980s with Marvel's Secret War and DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths, roughly every year creative teams from multiple titles come together to try and tell a massive story that affects the entirety of a comic book shared universe -- and in the best cases those stories have led to some widespread change that would affect the storytelling in that particular universe for decades. Today, movie fans are starting to look forward to crossover comic book films, most notably beginning with 2012's The Avengers. That was really the first time that comics storytelling on that scale had successfully managed to jump from the page to...

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- Chris Clow

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The Best 'Hunger Games' Characters So Far

20 November 2014 7:15 PM, PST

At this point in time, we only have two Hunger Games movies to enjoy. That all changes very soon with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1. But even without that movie, this series has given us a slew of great and interesting characters, the kind of characters we can really imagine hanging out with in a number of various real-life situations, many of which don’t involve killing people.   Best Character to Get a Drink With - Haymitch Abernathy Obviously, if you need to get blitzed, this is the guy to get blitzed with. Haymitch’s traumatic past may have turned him into an alcoholic, but he is a fun alcoholic, the kind of guy who can turn his rampant cynicism and distrust into a great one-liner. And since we know he won his Hunger Games, it...

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- Evan Saathoff

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'Zoolander 2' Is Happening and Here's What You Need to Know

20 November 2014 7:08 PM, PST

As of today, Dumb and Dumber To - a sequel to an absurd, 20-year-old comedy - has been in theaters for less than a week and is already sitting on a box office haul of over $55 million. So when a simple, long-overdue sequel hits big, you can bet that Hollywood is paying attention, and that typically means trying to do something similar. Enter Zoolander 2. The first Zoolander isn't quite as old as Dumb and Dumber, nor did it ever gain the same kind of household recognition, but it's had a very healthy life on DVD, cable and Netflix since it came out in 2001. The comedy, about dumb male models thwarting a plot to kill a politician, has more than a few fans and Ben Stiller is hoping they'll turn out for a sequel. He's not directing this time around (that job goes to...

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- Peter Hall

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You've Never Watched 'Back to the Future' Like This Before

20 November 2014 5:30 PM, PST

If you're a fan of immersive moviegoing experiences, Secret Cinema is like your Mecca. Secret Cinema began in London and is now spreading to other cities including Los Angeles and New York, and it's basically this monthly gathering of movie nerds who not only screen a movie at a secret location somewhere in the designated city, but they also turn the screening into this fantastical immersive experience. What does that mean, exactly? Check out what the group did for Back to the Future recently, and you'll see. You'll also want to invent time travel so you can go back and experience it for yourself. If a movie screening can make you drool... yeah, you better go grab a napkin. How great does that look? Wanna get in on one of these? Hit up their official site to...

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- Erik Davis

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Listen to an Alternate 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack, Plus: Watch an Epic Dance-Off Outtake

20 November 2014 2:35 PM, PST

If you just can’t get enough of the Awesome Mixes from Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn has a special treat for you today – a new tape featuring fresh tracks that he used to keep extras hyped up between takes. Awesome Mix Volume 0 was played during the filming of the "Boot of Jemiah" sequence. Gunn explains the whole thing below: “On lighter days, our master soundman Simon Hayes would also play music on set between takes to keep people’s energy up. He did this while shooting the credit sequence in the Temple of Morag, and he also did it for the Boot of Jemiah, so we could keep the extras hyped and alive and feeling like they were in a bar atmosphere. Being that these were night shoots, it helped to keep people awake as well! Simon...

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- Mike Bracken

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Watch: The 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer Is Just Perfect

20 November 2014 1:30 PM, PST

It started out as a small movie about an all-female singing group, but not long after Pitch Perfect hit theaters it became clear this one was going to take on a life of its own. The film became an instant fan favorite, growing in popularity once it arrived on home video, and of course that meant a sequel wouldn't be too far away. Now we have the first trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, due in theaters on May 15, 2015, and... well, they crushed it. Check it... The Bellas are most definitely back, and this time they're going global. Even better... the female-driven sequel is also being directed by a woman, with star Elizabeth Banks stepping behind the camera for her big debut.  Starring Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow...

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- Erik Davis

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Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

20 November 2014 12:36 PM, PST

One of the finest directors of the last half century, Mike Nichols, has left and gone away. The end of that sentence should hopefully remind you of his best known movie, The Graduate, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director in 1968. He had previously been nominated for helming Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and was later recognized for SilkwoodWorking Girl and The Remains of the Day, the last a Best Picture nomination for a James Ivory movie he produced. Nichols began in the theater, and his specialty there was comedy. He and Elaine May, who would later write the scripts to the Nichols movies The Birdcage and Primary Colors, were an award-winning improvisational duo in the early '60s. That background is surely part...

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- Christopher Campbell

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