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Best of the Week: New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser, 'Doctor Strange' Gets Another Great Actor and More

15 hours ago

The Important News Star Wars Updates:   dropped a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser. New images and info surfaced about the Force Awakens villain Kylo Ren. More The Force Awakens images and rumors and toy details also arrived online. First Look: Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed. New Captain America: Civil War concept art. Casting Net: Mads Mikkelsen might play the villain in Doctor Strange. Lea Seydoux might play the female lead in Gambit. Robert Pattinson is heading to space. Anne Hathaway is heading to space to fight zombies. Haley Bennett will star in The Girl on the Train. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer will co-star in a movie they write together. Jason Mitchell...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Today in Movie Culture: Spider-Man Vs. Deadpool, Silent Cut of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and More

16 hours ago

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Cosplay of the Day: Spider-Man and Deadpool had a little dance-off on a rooftop in L.A. (via Fashionably Geek):   Fan Art of the Day: Graphic designer Shawn Hall made a parody of a recent Batgirl comic book cover instead featuring Kate McKinnon's character in the Ghostbusters reboot and some ladies from the original, too. Paul Feig graciously retweeted it (via Twitter).    Trailer Redo of the Day: Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was heavily influenced by Buster Keaton's The General, so it makes sense to imagine his latest as a black and white silent film (via Live for Films):   Filmmaker in Focus: Speaking of George Miller, here's...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Stars In a Viral Video for 'The Martian'

18 hours ago

One thing sci-fi fans will be expecting this fall is a response from Neil deGrasse Tyson on the scientific authenticity of Ridley Scott's The Martian. But the celebrity astrophysicist is already endorsing the movie in a big way. He stars in a new promotional video as himself, hosting an episode of his show StarTalk that only exists within the universe of The Martian to discuss the fictional spacecraft The Hermes and its dangerous Ares 3 mission to Mars. At the end, after stating that Earth is the planet "to which we owe our creation" but "no longer seems destined to be our final resting place," we see a group image of the Ares 3 crew, characters played by Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie and...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Borderlands' Is The Next Video Game to Get a Movie Adaptation

20 hours ago

Now that The Hunger Games is a few months away from ending, Lionsgate will soon find themselves in need of another big franchsie that already has a built in fanbase. They're hoping they've already got that with their in-development Power Rangers movie, but now they're hedging their franchise bets by going for the gamer market, as Variety is reporting the studio has struck a deal for the Borderlands franchise. Avi and Ari Arad, who produced all of the Spider-Man movies, are overseeing the project for the studio. They don't have any directors or writers officially attached at this point, but now that the news is out there they'll no doubt be getting plenty of calls from some top Hollywood talent. If done right - and there's a big If there - this could be a...

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Comics on Film: Does Superman Need, or Even Deserve, Another Solo Film?

23 hours ago

Look, I’ll admit it: even I find this piece's headline ridiculous, especially considering what made up the bulk of Comics on Film a couple of weeks ago. But, you can't help what people talk about, so this seemed like a good opportunity to address it. The question of whether or not the original superhero deserves another solo effort in movie theaters is something that seems to have come up recently. With the surfacing of a rumor indicating that Mad Max (and one-time Justice League: Mortal) director George Miller would be taking up the next cinematic adventure for the Man of Steel, yet another rumor has cropped up that would seem to say that Warner Bros. is now unwilling to “risk” another Superman...

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- Chris Clow

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Why Is Martin Scorsese in This 'Campus Code' Trailer?

28 August 2015 1:30 PM, PDT

A new trailer for independent movie Campus Code sets up an intriguing premise: how did a young man (Jesse McCartney) survive getting pushed off a tall building? The young man and his friends visit a doctor, who examines the college student and concludes: "Everything checks out alright." Then the doctor turns around and … it's Martin Scorsese! Why is he showing up in a trailer for a low-budget sci-fi flick?   Nowadays, Scorsese is best known for his sprawling, big-budget, award-worthy epics, movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo, and Shutter Island. Long before that, however, Scorsese was a struggling filmmaker in New York who made movies on the cheap. He established relationships with talented people early on in his career, and his loyalty began...

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Movie News: 'Doctor Strange' Eyes 'Hannibal' As Villain; Watch the Glory of 'The Iron Giant: Signature Edition' Trailer

28 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

Doctor Strange: Veteran actor Mads Mikkelsen (TV's Hannibal) is in early talks to play an unspecified role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumbarbatch is set to star as the good doctor, Earth's protector against "magical and mystical threats," while Tilda Swinton will play the doctor's mentor and Chiwetel Ejiofor will portray the doctor's chief nemesis; Mikkelsen would reportedly play a villainous character. Production is expected to get underway later this year, with the movie aiming for release on November 4, 2016. [Variety]   The Titan: Sam Worthington (Wrarth of the Titans) and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger) will star in The Titan, a love story set in the "not too distant" future. The film will revolve around a military...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: What If Harry Potter Was the Bad Guy, the Neuroscience of Zombies and More

27 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Character Reinvention of the Day: Every hero can be reimagined as a villain. Here's what it looks like when Harry Potter is reworked as the bad guy (via Geek Tyrant):   Fake Film History of the Day: Key & Peele imagines what the writers room was like for Gremlins 2: The New Batch. It sounds a lot less conceivable before you see the actual sequel. Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows   Movie Science of the Day: Do you prefer movies and TV shows with fast zombies or slow zombies? Either way, here's Kyle Hill on the scientific difference between the two for Nerdist:   Star Wars of the Day: Fans like...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The Last Sci-Fi Blog: 'The 100' Will Scratch Your Hard Science Fiction Itch

27 August 2015 9:30 PM, PDT

Every so often, we get a year like 2014, where there's so many good science fiction movies hitting theaters that your faith in the genre becomes newly renewed. And then a year like 2015 rolls around, where you remember why those bountiful harvest years of great genre cinema are truly rare. In this arid desert, there is only one thing left to do: turn your attention to the small screen, where science fiction always thrives. The medium that gave us The Twilight Zone and Star Trek and Quantum Leap and everything in-between always has something worth your time, even when it comes from an unlikely source. So, without further ado, direct your attention toward The 100, your latest sci-fi obsession. Don't look at me like that. Yes, The 100 is a teen show on The CW and yes, at...

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- Jacob S. Hall

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Check Out Google's New Shortcut to Finding Out if a Movie Is Good Or Bad

27 August 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

Movie review aggregate sites are often blamed for ruining film criticism. They don't just unfairly break down a bunch of opinions into one simple consensus, people say, but they also allow numerical ratings to be affixed to that consensus as if to assign it a be-all and end-all stamp of measurement determining a movie's worth. It can be argued that it's not really the fault of the sites that do this so much as it's the fault of people who visit the sites and only look at those scores. Still, the sites themselves can wind up an easy target, as in the case of a rant by writer and Stephen King offspring Joe Hill, who is angry about the Rotten Tomatoes aggregation of a couple new movies he likes.  Well, for Hill and other critics of those review-melding sites...

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- Christopher Campbell

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New 'Captain America: Civil War' Concept Art Reveals Two Badass Superhero Teams

27 August 2015 6:06 PM, PDT

What we know about Marvel's next film, Captain America: Civil War (in theaters May 6, 2016), is that it'll feature a divided group of superheroes, with Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides of a government mandate to have more control over where they go and who they save. Some new concept art has arrived online, and it finally reveals who is on Team Iron Man and who is on Team Captain America. Take a look below, via Jeremy Renner's (Hawkeye) Twitter feed.   Cool poster. What do you think? #avengers #captainamerica #civilwar #hawkeye #ironman pic.twitter.com/gU4KfXBDWo — Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) August 27, 2015 Yeah. I'm diggin this. You? #avengers #captainamerica #civilwar #hawkeye #ironman pic.twitter.com/uTNrgdS5bg &mdash...

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- Erik Davis

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Watch: Stop Everything! They Just Dropped a New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser

27 August 2015 4:12 PM, PDT

The official Star Wars Instagram account just dropped 15 seconds of what looks like the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. Could this be the beginning of a lead-up to the full-length version, perhaps arriving online to coincide with the launch of the new toyline on September 3? Check out the 15 seconds below. Some of the shots we've seen, but there a couple -- like one of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Bb-8, as well as a big reveal showing us it's Finn (John Boyega) with a lightsaber on the other end of a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) in the deep, dark woods -- that are brand spankin' new and sure to fire you all up for what's about to come next. Stay tuned and may the Force hurry up and just get here already! There has been an awakening...

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- Erik Davis

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The First Pic of Michael Fassbender In 'Assassin's Creed' Looks Straight Out of the Game

27 August 2015 3:23 PM, PDT

The next high profile video game to hit movie theaters will be Assassin's Ccreed, an adaptation of the franchise that has spanned multiple console generations and spawned at least eight games so far, and that's not even counting all of the mobile tie-ins, comics, books, and even short films. It's kind of a big deal on the small screen. Michael Fassbender is hoping to make it a big deal on the big screen, too. He's producing and starring in the Assassin's Creed movie, and Yahoo just released the first image of him in full wardrobe as Callum Lynch. Looks straight out of one of the games, right? However, don't expect that to be the same case with the plot. The movie version, which also stars Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, and Ariane Labed, is...

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- Peter Hall

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More 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Images, Toys, Rumors and a Glorious Bb-8-centric Magazine Cover

27 August 2015 1:30 PM, PDT

It's a new day, and of course that means there's new Star Wars info to share. Here's the latest. New images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens As part of Empire Magazine's behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they have released two new images featuring John Boyega's Finn and a beautiful cover of the film's new droid, Bb-8. Check 'em out, and click on the images to enlarge.   Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt snag a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII? We've still got a couple years before Rian Johnson's (Looper) Force Awakens sequel hits theaters, but fans are already buzzing that Johnson has saved a role for his Looper and Brick star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  While speaking to Vulture about his upcoming movies...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: Robert Pattinson Will Go to Space; Watch Trailer for All-Star Holiday Comedy 'Love the Coopers'

27 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

Robert Pattinson: Ever since concluding The Twilight Saga, Robert Pattinson has focused on working with indie filmmakers, and that trend continues with a movie in which he will play an astronaut. French auteur Claire Denis is writing the screenplay with British novelist Zadie Smith and Smith's writer/husband Nick Laird; the story is said to "take place beyond the solar system in a future that seems like the present." Production is expected to get underway on the not-yet titled project early next year. [Screen Daily]   Escaping North Korea: Daniel Dae Kim, best known for his roles on TV series Lost and Hawaii Five-o, will produce and star in a feature-film version of Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country, a...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: Homemade 'Batman v Superman' Trailer, 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Real Life and More

26 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Trailer Redo of the Day: Get pumped for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice all over again with this sweded version of the movie's trailer:   Star Wars of the Day: Here's another trailer redo, this one for The Empire Strikes Back made in the style of the Star Wars: Force Awakens spot (via Live for Films):   Movie Memorabilia of the Day: Forget real-life or replica hoverboards, wouldn't you rather have a replica of Marty's '80s skateboard from Back to the Future? Now you can (via /Film):   Classic Movies Up Close: Film-Drunk Love has isolated all the shots of streets in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver "to explore New York from...

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- Christopher Campbell

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Citizenfour,' 'Big Game,' 'The Last Dragon' and More

26 August 2015 10:30 PM, PDT

A true must-see movie Citizenfour: The story of Edward Snowden is a complicated one, but regardless if you think he's a hero, a patriot, a traitor, or some combination of all three, you owe it to yourself to see Citizenfour. This is a nuanced, measured, infinitely insightful look at one of the most important news events of the last several years.  However, what makes Citizenfour such a must-see documentary isn't that it further blows the lid off of the Nsa's massive surveillance programs that Snowden revealed to the world, it's how it captures a truly fascinating relationship between a whistleblower and the journalists he is entrusting. If you've grown jaded and think there are no true journalists left in the world, what's witnessed in Citizenfour will...

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- Peter Hall

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Anne Hathaway's New Movie Sounds Like 'Bridesmaids' Versus Space Zombies

26 August 2015 9:00 PM, PDT

What happens when a monster-creating meteor crashes a baby shower?  You get The Shower, starring Anne Hathaway. The wild genre-bending sci-fi comedy, now being produced by and starring Hathaway [via THR], sounds like the next evolution of the Bridesmaids phenomenon. It's follows a group of women at a baby shower who find themselves in the middle of a space-zombie attack when a meteor drops in their backyard and its debris turn all males into ferocious monsters. Cue: the women banding together and saving their town... and the world! It sounds nuts and really cool, and it's another sign that Bridesmaids -- along with films like Ghostbusters on the horizon -- are truly paving the way for some fun, exciting, female-driven ensemble movies. The Shower also sounds like...

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- Erik Davis

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M. Night Shyamalan and Joaquin Phoenix to Chase Their 'Signs' Magic Again

26 August 2015 7:30 PM, PDT

It's not much of a leap to say that M. Night Shyamalan is at his best when he's telling small, contained stories. Give him a family, a farmhouse, and some lights in the sky and he can do some amazing things. Give him a huge budget and an anime to adapt, and, well, it doesn't turn out quite so well. That's why we're so excited for Shyamalan's next movie, The Visit, that sees him partnering with low-budget horror maestro Jason Blum. Not only does the trailer look plenty freaky, but early buzz on the movie is fairly strong as well. And apparently Blum and Shyamalan are both happy with the result, too, because they're already planning their next movie together. But wait! It gets better! Not only are Shyamalan and Blum making another low budget genre...

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- Peter Hall

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This Million-Dollar 'Star Trek' Movie Is a Fan Film on Steroids

26 August 2015 6:00 PM, PDT

What's the definition of a fan film? Apparently anything involving copyrighted material produced by filmmakers at any cost whatsover, so long as they don't profit. They're not necessarily low-budget amateur works funded by fans' spare income anymore. Not in the age of crowdfunding. Today, a team can go on Kickstarter and Indiegogo and raise more than a million dollars for something that will wind up online, as free as those lesser-quality works. But the line between fan film and professional production is being blurred in the process. As profiled at The Wrap, a new fan-made project called Star Trek: Axanar has raised $1.13 million over multiple campaigns, and while they have neither the permission nor even the blessing of CBS/Paramount, the filmmakers behind the...

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