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The Geek Beat: 'Star Wars' Rumors, 'Spider-Man' Buzz and About That 'Ninja Turtles' Movie

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It seems like the last few weeks have had more news than usual from the geekier side of Hollywood. Not only have there been multiple comic book movies arriving in theaters in short order, but we've had studios announce some far-reaching plans for their cinematic universes, a few high-profile project and casting announcements, and even a few peeks behind the curtain – both official and unofficial – at one of the most anticipated movies on the horizon. In short, if you're the sort who enjoys – or is professionally obligated to be – keeping up with all of this stuff, it's been a pretty crazy time to be a geek. With that in mind, it seemed like a good opportunity to run through some of the recent news and offer up some of my own thoughts about...

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- Rick Marshall

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: It's a Great Week to Like Genre Movies

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Sony - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Marc Webb Cast: Andrew GarfieldEmma StoneJamie FoxxDane DeHaanChris Cooper. Full cast + crew The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is certainly the biggest punching bag of this year's superhero movies. It's silly, it's simple and it's glossy. And while I'd never argue that it's better than Captain America 2 or even X-Men: Days of Future Past, it's an acceptable, occasionally exceptional, overall enjoyable comic book movie that isn't afraid to be absurd. There's a reason younger crowds will embrace this more than adults, because it is indeed that much closer to a Saturday-morning-cartoon vibe, but for the grown-ups out there, there...

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- Peter Hall

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Comics on Film: Walking Back Through 'Sin City' Before This Weekend's Sequel

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The original Sin City, released in 2005 with an all-star cast featuring the likes of Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Mickey Rourke and Benicio Del Toro, was largely positively received and a box office success. On a relatively small $40 million budget, the film managed to take in nearly $160 million when its theatrical run was all said and done. With talk of a sequel having loomed for years, it's finally coming this weekend in the form of Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and looks to be just as unique, if not more ambitious than the original.   The Original's Unique Formula When the original Sin City was released, director Robert Rodriguez would attempt to distance himself from characterizing...

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- Chris Clow

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See What Happens When James Bond Plays His Own Video Game

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Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon got to fulfill a childhood dream and play the 1997 Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 with former Bond star Pierce Brosnan. Sometimes life just isn’t fair. GoldenEye 007 was one of the games that helped elevate the platform to a realistic style, popularizing the first-person shooter, creating an immersive atmosphere. Brosnan only appeared in four 007 films, between 1995 and 2002. He had the good looks and charm of James Bond, but some audiences felt he lacked a lethal side. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling,” the Irish actor told the Telegraph in April. Unfortunately for Brosnan, Fallon kicks his butt in this video — but...

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- Alison Nastasi

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'Toy Story of Terror' Toy Giveaway: Win the Movie, Plus: Buzz, Jessie and Combat Carl Toys

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Toy Story of Terror picks up after the events of Toy Story 3, following everyone's favorite gang of animated inanimate objects as they endure a spooky night in a motel where a mysterious figure keeps picking them off one by one. The longest Toy Story short film to date, it first aired on TV last fall as a Halloween special and now it's finally hitting home video for us collectors out there. Not only is it a treat just to see some old friends again, but Toy Story of Terror also introduces us to a few new characters, most notably a one-handed action figure named Combat Carl (voiced by Carl Weathers), who we are definitely hoping pops back up in the Toy Story universe at some point in the future. The disc also comes with three other short films (Small Fry, Hawaiian Vacation...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch: The Foo Fighters Re-create a Classic Horror Movie for Their Als Ice Bucket Challenge

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  Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head to promote awareness about Als — the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Thankfully some very creative people have made the #IceBucketChallenge more engaging — like Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. The band has re-created the bloody prom scene from Carrie in their video. Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, Carrie was directed by Brian De Palma and brought the story of a tormented young woman who unleashes her telekinetic powers on her high school class to the big screen. Kudos to singer Grohl who does a wicked Sissy Spacek cry-face in the video. We're just glad we didn't have...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Why We Could Soon See Movies Based on the Video Games 'Call of Duty,' 'Skylanders' and More

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The line between the worlds of movies and video games could be getting even blurrier now that publisher Activision is eyeing the idea of launching its own studio. Boss Bobby Kotick is reportedly looking to hire executives to form a new internal studio with the idea of turning some of their popular properties into cinematic features or television shows. Should Kotick follow through with the idea, it would have Activision traversing the path now tread by UbiSoft, which is already hard at work developing films based on popular gaming franchises Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. At first glance, this looks like a good idea. Activision has a huge stable of titles that could easily make the transition to the screen. The catch is that a lot of those...

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- Mike Bracken

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The Year's Best Date Movie Is Returning to Theaters Next Week

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Fact is, any movie these days can be a good date movie, depending on the various eclectic moviegoing tastes of you and your significant other. You both like comedy? See something funny. You both like horror? See something scary. But in our opinion, the perfect date movie is one that fuels the entire date night. If you plan to grab a bite to eat before or after the movie, it's great when the actual movie can be a part of that experience too. This is why Jon Favreau's Chef is a bit of a special movie, and it's not just us who think that. After its debut in early May, Chef inched across the nation and slowly grossed $30 million, which is pretty spectacular for a small indie flick in a season full of giant, explosive moneymakers. It's become such a fan favorite that...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: Sigourney Weaver in New 'Exodus' Photo; Johnny Depp and Daughter to Star in Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers'

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Exodus: Gods and Kings: Sigourney Weaver is featured in a new photo from Exodus: Gods and Kings. Weaver costars as the mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton), though her costumes are anything but matronly. Christian Bale stars as Moses in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, which is heading for theatrical release on December 12. [EW.com]     Yoga Hosers: Johnny Depp will play a "legendary man hunter" alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp in Kevin Smith's upcoming "comic book movie" Yoga Hosers. Depp's daughter will be teamed again with Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith as 15-year-old yoga nuts who must deal with "an ancient evil." (They previously worked together on Smith's upcoming horror movie Tusk, above...

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- Peter Martin

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Director’s Notebook: Ti West on the Most Important Scene in ‘The Sacrament’

20 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT

In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Ti West about his latest horror, The Sacrament (on sale August 19, 2014). Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ti West’s latest film, The Sacrament, is perhaps his most audacious endeavor yet as he goes down the mock-documentary rabbit hole to create a chilling first-person thriller that won’t leave you anytime soon. Inspired by the horrific Jonestown Massacre in 1978 where over 900 people committed suicide while living in a religious community in Guyana under the leadership of Jim Jones, we follow Sam (Aj Bowen), a journalist from Vice, and his cameraman (Joe Swanberg) as they are...

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- Jason Guerrasio

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Marvel Countdown: Will Disney Ignore Marvel's Horror Legacy?

20 August 2014 12:00 AM, PDT

Disney’s upcoming Big Hero Six is interesting in that it opens up the possibilities of what kind of Marvel movies Disney is interested in making with properties already under its control. This animated adventure-comedy is the first bit of cinematic diversification since Marvel came under the Disney banner in 2009, and the studio's got more planned for 2015. Street-level heroes like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones (of the comic Alias) will soon have their own live-action Netflix original series and word is that these will be a touch more gritty and adult than what we’ve been offered by Marvel Studios up to this point. Could we see an eventual return to Marvel horror? Marvel Studios came into its own with 2008’s Iron Man and it...

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- John Gholson

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Watch: Are These the 10 Greatest Improvised Scenes in Movie History?

19 August 2014 11:00 PM, PDT

Film is a collaborative medium, one wherein a vast and diverse group of people come together with a plan that must gel into a cohesive (and entertaining) whole. Screenwriters create a skeleton that a director and actors build upon, but sometimes the blueprint is merely a guide – and not an etched-in-stone plan to be followed to the letter. Improv plays a huge role in cinema, and the guys at Cinefix have crafted this video highlighting 10 of the greatest improvised scenes in movie history. From Apocalypse Now through to Bridesmaids, this 10-minute-long clip covers some great scenes that weren’t in the shooting script of their respective films. It’s a cool piece of movie history for fans who may not have realized that some of cinema’s most enduring...

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- Mike Bracken

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Home Now

19 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (superhero sequel; Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) The Quiet Ones (horror; Sam Claflin, Jared Harris; rated PG-13) Fading Gigolo (comedy; John Turturro, Woody Allen; rated R) Only Lovers Left Alive (stylish Jim Jarmusch-directed vampire drama; Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin; rated R) The Zero Theorem (sci-fi; Christoph...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Home Before Disc

19 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (superhero sequel; Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx; also available in 3D; rated PG-13) The Quiet Ones (horror; Sam Claflin, Jared Harris; rated PG-13) Fading Gigolo (comedy; John Turturro, Woody Allen; rated R) Only Lovers Left Alive (stylish Jim Jarmusch-directed vampire drama; Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin; rated R) The Zero Theorem (sci-fi; Christoph...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Is This the Best Way to Integrate Texting into Movies?

19 August 2014 8:30 PM, PDT

Tony Zhou, who heads up the Every Frame a Painting series on Vimeo, recently wondered how filmmakers can better depict text messaging and the Internet in cinema. In a new video essay, he explores the ways television series like Sherlock and films such as The Fifth Estate have done away with the cell phone-screen cliché to depict text messages between characters. These films and TV shows are using a simple, but artfully designed “beyond screen” method where floating text suggests the act of texting without all the obnoxious and outdated cutaways. As Zhou explains, it’s not only cheap and easy, since filmmakers can add the effect after shooting, but it also offers an uninterrupted view of the action on-screen. Thanks to these savvy filmmakers, we no...

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- Alison Nastasi

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Director Explains Differences from the Books

19 August 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

Don’t expect any major changes from Suzanne Collins’ 2010 novel in the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but there will be a few new details presented to audiences. “Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book,” director Francis Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “For us it’s world expansion instead of changing things. I think it’s exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we’ve been able to open the world up in this and see some new places. We get to see some new districts this time and the scope gets quite large.” In Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss struggles...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Watch: David Letterman's Great 10-Minute Tribute to Robin Williams

19 August 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

When we wrote about the passing of Robin Williams last week, one of the things we touched on was just how incredible the comedic star was as a guest on late-night talk shows. Williams was always at his most hilariously unpredictable when he strolled onto a late-night stage, with his appearances (almost 50!) on The Late Show with David Letterman ranking among our personal favorites. The Late Show was off last week, and so host David Letterman returned on Monday to say a few words about a guy he was friends with for 38 years. Letterman's tribute lasted a little more than 10 minutes, and included some great stories about first meeting Williams at the Comedy Store when they were both just starting out. There's a tale about a Mork & Mindy cameo Letterman shouldn't have...

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- Erik Davis

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Get a First Official Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

19 August 2014 4:39 PM, PDT

What you see above is the first official image of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Marvel's next big stand-alone movie, Ant-Man. Now, if you were expecting him to be riding on a giant ant, you're probably a little disappointed, but just remember we're at the earliest stages of filming now. In fact, production didn't officially start on the project until this week. In the movie, now being directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On), Rudd's Lang character is a con man who meets a genius inventor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who helps him get back on the right track. One of Pym's employees (Corey Stoll) wants to use Pym's incredible shrinking technology to somehow harm the world, and so Pym gifts his Ant-Man suit and technology to Lang in order to help him stop it...

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- Peter Hall

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Reel TV: 'Star Wars Rebels' Premiere Dates, 'Shaun of the Dead' Reunion, and 'Devil's Advocate' TV Show

19 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

While we tend to focus on the big screen here at Movies.com, we’re no stranger to enjoying things on television as well. Today, we’ve got the latest on some horror flicks headed to a TV near you, plus the date when you can finally see Star Wars Rebels on the Disney Channel. First up, we’ve got some exciting news about a Shaun of the Dead reunion in the most unlikely of places. Star Simon Pegg revealed that he and Nick Frost will be reprising their roles as Shaun and Ed in this year’s Halloween episode of Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb. Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!! — Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014 Are...

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- Mike Bracken

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Movie News: Dwayne Johnson to Star As DC Superhero - or Villain; Brad Pitt in New 'Fury' Trailer

19 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Dwayne Johnson: It's good to have choices, isn't it? Dwayne Johnson (above in Hercules) says he will star in an upcoming DC Comics adaptation for the big screen, but he hasn't decided between playing superhero Shazam or Black Adam, Shazam's nemesis. Johnson also said Black Adam has been one of his favorite DC characters, which may give us a hint about his inclinations. It's not clear if this would be for a stand-alone project or a superhero team-up. [The Associated Press via USA Today]   Mack Bolan: Bradley Cooper (in American Hustle, above) is set to produce Mack Bolan, and may star as the antiterrorist operative, whose fictional exploits have been detailed in a series of more than 900 (?!) novels. Shane Salerno (cowriter of Avatar 4) acquired the...

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- Peter Martin

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