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Watch: A Notorious Version of 'Metropolis' with Music by Pat Benatar, Adam Ant and Freddie Mercury

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Electronic music maestro Giorgio Moroder is a hit maker, megaproducer and all-around cool guy. An icon of ‘70s disco and dance era, Moroder stepped back in time to the ‘20s when he composed a unique restoration and edit of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1984. Moroder’s cut featured color tinting, special effects, subtitles, a faster frame rate and an electronic soundtrack with music by Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Adam Ant and Freddie Mercury. Website Open Culture recently highlighted the film and you can watch it below if you're curious. Lang’s influential film about a class struggle in a dystopian society has timeless appeal, so while Moroder’s blend of pop and art doesn’t exactly fit perfectly with Lang’s vision, it is a truly...

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- Alison Nastasi

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The Geek Beat: The Biggest Hits, Misses and Lingering Questions of San Diego Comic-Con 2014

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This year's Comic-Con International in San Diego is in the rearview mirror, and all that's left is to look back on the show and ponder the highs and lows of another massive celebration of geekery in all its forms. Last year, my very first “Geek Beat” column assessed which studios, projects or other movie-related elements of the show generated the best kind of buzz at Comic-Con, and which elements fell short of expectations. One year and another convention later, here are the biggest hits, misses and lingering questions from the 2014 edition of San Diego Comic-Con:   The Hits Ever since the first time Iron Man streaked across the sky in footage that debuted during Comic-Con in 2007, Marvel Studios has seemingly owned the annual convention &ndash...

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- Rick Marshall

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: The Spectacular 'Noah,' the Surprisingly Sweet 'The Other Woman' and More

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Noah - Paramount Pictures - Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD Director: Darren Aronofsky Cast: Russell CroweJennifer ConnellyRay Winstone,Anthony HopkinsEmma Watson. Full cast + crew Noah is a stunning piece of filmmaking. Of course, that's to be expected when it comes to a movie about the construction of a giant ark intended to survive an apocalyptic flood, but Darren Aronofsky pushes his movie far beyond your standard biblical epic and turns it into a transcendent, engrossing spectacle. Seriously, there are just some downright gob-smacking visuals in this movie, with many of them coming before the big flood even happens. But Noah is also a complex morality tale about the very nature of mankind and they way we often blind...

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- Peter Hall

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Why 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Has the Perfect Movie Soundtrack

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There are many things Guardians of the Galaxy has.  -- It has a great story about believing in who you are and what you can accomplish. -- It has a bunch of cool aliens you've never seen before. -- It has a fantastic lead hero whose charisma radiates above and beyond his intergalactic ass-kicking skills. -- It has a Rocket Racoon and a Groot -- two of the most unique, exciting and memorable characters we've seen in years. I'm talking instant-classic kinda characters. How many of you already own their toys and haven't even seen the movie yet? See. Exactly. -- It has a director (James Gunn) whose passion for the material and love for his main characters is not only shown, but felt. A lot.  -- It has this scene. -- It has a lot of nerdy comic...

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- Erik Davis

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Can You Beat James Franco in a Game of 5-Second Movie Summaries?

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  James Franco stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his recently wrapped performance in the Broadway run for Of Mice and Men — which became a midsummer hit and earned more than a million dollars at the box office last week. The guys played a lightning-fast game called Five-Second Summaries, in which they had just a few seconds to summarize the plots to various movies and make each other guess the titles. After dropping a few F bombs and changing the rules about five times, Franco finally got into the swing of things. Fallon’s one-word clue to the actor about Pineapple Express — Franco’s beloved stoner comedy with Seth Rogen — is pretty great. Play along with Franco and Fallon, below. [via Vulture...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Can You Beat James Franco In a Game of '5-Second Movie Summaries'?

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  James Franco stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his recently wrapped performance in the Broadway run for Of Mice and Men — which became a midsummer hit and earned more than a million dollars at the box office last week. The guys played a lightning-fast game called 5-Second Summaries, in which they had just a few seconds to summarize the plots to various movies and make each other guess the titles. After dropping a few F bombs and changing the rules about five times, Franco finally got into the swing of things. Fallon’s one-word clue to the actor about Pineapple Express — Franco’s beloved stoner comedy with Seth Rogen — is pretty great. Play along with Franco and Fallon, below. [via Vulture]

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- Alison Nastasi

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'Django Meets Zorro': Where to Find the First-Ever Sequel to a Quentin Tarantino Movie

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  Comic book imprint Dynamite Entertainment publishes adaptations of popular cult franchises in other media — including the Army of Darkness, Terminator and RoboCop graphic novels. For the company’s 10th anniversary, the publisher is issuing the first-ever sequel to a Quentin Tarantino movie, called Django Meets Zorro. It'll hit stores this November. Website Collider recently spoke with Tarantino and writer Matt Wagner, of Mage and Grendel fame, to discuss their new collaboration. The filmmaker was keen to see issues of racism and oppression he touched upon in Django Unchained, about a freed slave who faces a brutal Mississippi plantation owner in the Antebellum South, in the comic book. “The thing that I thought was such a great idea was...

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- Alison Nastasi

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'The Maze Runner' Trailer: Finally a Different Kind of Young-Adult Movie

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Twilight was not the first so-called young-adult book to ever become a movie franchise, but it was most definitely a game changer. Once it started making money hand over sparkly fist, every studio in town started snapping up everything in the best seller section of the nearest Barnes & Noble, and the result has been a rash of movies like I Am Number Four, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, Vampire Academy, The Host and The Hunger Games. They're all about attractive teenagers with some kind of special talent that makes them a unique part of a world-changing story. Usually there is a love triangle, and a handful of supporting friends, and the bad guys are never singular villains, they're cogs in some larger, institutional structure...

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- Peter Hall

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Conjure Up 'Oculus' at Home Before Disc

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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 Noah (biblical action directed by Darren Aronofsky; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly; rated PG-13) Rio 2 (animated family flick; voices: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway; rated G) Dom Hemingway (obnoxious crime comedy for cockney enthusiasts; Jude Law, Emilia Clarke; rated R) War Story (drama; Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley; premieres 7/30 on Mod and in theaters; not rated) The One I Love (comedy; Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Watch: 'Atari: Game Over' Trailer Profiles the Worst Video Game of All Time

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Video games are everywhere these days – a multibillion-dollar industry that rivals the movie business in terms of earnings. But just a few decades ago, the future of electronic gaming was in serious jeopardy. Atari, the king of the video game hill in the early 1980s, nearly destroyed the industry it helped make relevant with the release of a single title: E.T. Zak Penn’s new documentary Atari: Game Over will look back at how hubris, greed and one really subpar licensed game almost killed video games as a form of entertainment. Most people will instantly recognize Penn’s film because it was in the news earlier this year when the crew traveled to a New Mexico landfill where millions of unsold copies of E.T. were buried. The dig was a successful one, proving once...

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- Mike Bracken

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'Avengers 2,' 'Batman v Superman' and More: Watch All the Big Movie Panels from Comic-Con

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If you missed all the madness out in San Diego this past weekend, good news is technology has your back. All of the big movie panels are now available to watch online, sans exclusive-footage reveals. Got some time to kill today? Here's what we think you should check out. Check out all of our 2014 Comic-Con coverage right here.   The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (hosted by Stephen Colbert)   Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice   Avengers: Age of Ultron   Ant-Man   Mad Max: Fury Road   Bonus: Mad Max Press Conference   Interstellar   Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak   Kingsman: The Secret Service   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles   The...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: First Look at Third 'Night at the Museum'; 'Skull Island' Seeks Director

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: New photos have debuted for the third installment of the family-friendly series Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, set in and around London's famed British Museum. Ben Stiller stars, along with familiar faces (such as Robin Williams) and new characters (like Dan Stevens); the movie hits theaters on December 19. [USA Today]   Skull Island: Officially announced at Comic-Con last weekend, the King Kong prequel Skull Island is heading toward a release date of November 4, 2016 -- but first, it needs a director. Production outfit Legendary Pictures has reportedly offered the position to Joe Cornish, who gained lots of heat after directing the low-budget creature feature Attack the Block and cowriting early versions of...

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- Peter Martin

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Watch: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Calls Up Some High School Bullies During an Interview

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  They don’t get more down to earth in Hollywood than Dwayne Johnson (aka the Rock), the star of Hercules — Brett Ratner’s adaptation of the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars. Johnson plays the mythological hero, whose adventures have been the subject of numerous stories through the ages. Ratner’s film opened last weekend and focuses on Hercules' battle against a tyrannical warlord in order to help the King of Thrace and his daughter. The film picks up after Hercules completes his legendary Twelve Labors, a series of tasks the demigod endured as penance for slaying his wife and sons in a fit of madness. Since Hercules had to overcome some difficulties in his past, writer and actor Nick Mundy (for Screen Junkies) wanted to discuss his...

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- Alison Nastasi

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What Movie Won Comic-Con 2014?

28 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT

They don't actually give an award out at Comic-Con for this, but every year one movie deserves a prize for "winning" the whole event. In the past, such champions have included The Avengers, which exploded in Hall H in 2010 by assembling the superhero cast together on stage. Last year, the Avengers may have won again with the announcement of Age of Ultron -- but it was a toss-up then between that and the announcement of a Batman v Superman movie. Comic-Con 2014 was almost a repeat of 2013 given that last weekend saw the first footage of both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the fans were blown away by each. Once again, there may have been a tie between the comic book adaptations, each an enormous, highly anticipated tentpole from...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Writer Ari Handel Tells Us What Movie Was Harder to Get Made, 'Noah' or 'The Fountain'

28 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

Ari Handel was studying to become a neuroscientist when he met a young man named Darren Aronofsky at college. Fast-forward a decade or so, and now Handel is Aronofsky's most frequent collaborator, having coproduced The Wrestler and Black Swan, as well as having cowritten The Fountain. Their latest film together is Noah, starring Russell Crowe as a man tasked by visions from his God to build an ark before mankind is swept off the planet by an unrelenting flood. The visionary film hits Blu-ray and DVD this week, which afforded us the opportunity to chat with Handel about the movie, the pressures of expectations and biblical adaptations, and if it'll take another eight years before we see a script written by him on the big screen.   Movies.com: Were there any overt...

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- Peter Hall

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Film Face-off: Scarlett Johansson vs. Dwayne Johnson

28 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

Let's talk about bodies of work. As in an entire career versus another entire career. Come on. Focus on the acting. Focus on the movies. Fine, both Scarlett Johansson and Dwayne Johnson get most of their attention from being really, really good looking. Each actor had a new movie out this past weekend; Johansson in Luc Besson's Lucy, Johnson with Brett Ratner's Hercules. What happens when these two get into the ring and battle it out? Let's find out in this week's Film Face-off with Scarlett Johansson versus Dwayne Johnson.   The Box Office Scarlett Johansson Johansson's three biggest films are Marvel's The AvengersCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man 2, in which she plays...

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- Jeff Bayer

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'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' Trailer Marches into War

28 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

Originally the last film in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit series was to be called There and Back Again. However, Jackson and the studio decided to add in a third movie to the franchise, and that title was dropped because it no longer represented the last movie. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was declared to be a more fitting title. It's also a rather bold way to declare your movie is going to have some serious action in it. Well, the first teaser trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies has hit online today, and it most certainly promises to be a solemn affair where Middle-earth is ravaged by war. It looks like the movie picks up right where The Desolation of Smaug left off: with the terrifying beast soaring toward Lake-town to burn it to the ground. From there...

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- Peter Hall

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Things Get Dirty in This 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Red-Band Comic-Con Trailer

28 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

The long wait is almost over, and we’re less than a month away from the August 22 release of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. To celebrate, we’ve got the brand new red-band trailer from Comic-Con for your viewing pleasure. The new clip is a lengthy three-and-a-half-minutes of ultra-stylish visuals accentuated with a pulse-pounding soundtrack. The trailer shows off the expansive cast -- from tough guy Marv to newcomer Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- while literally oozing style with each frame. Miller and Rodriguez have gone to great lengths to create a film that apes the style of a comic, just like they did in the original Sin City, and it really looks like a graphic novel has come to life. With multiple story arcs (including two...

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- Mike Bracken

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Watch: Guillermo del Toro Tells Robert Rodriguez How to Design a Movie Monster

28 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Guillermo del Toro is a hard person to not like. We're not even talking about his movies here (though most people do love them), but strictly his personality and credentials as a grade A, bona fide film geek who truly, deeply loves the things he does. That kind of passion is infectious, and it's hard to not end up on his team when he starts talking about how and why he brings to life all the creepy, crawly, impossible things in movies like The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth. Speaking of infectious del Toro passion, writer-director Robert Rodriguez launched his own television empire called El Rey Network earlier this year, and one of the cool things he's doing is running in-depth interviews with fellow filmmakers in an ongoing, hour-long series called The...

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- Peter Hall

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

28 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

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. Nightcrawler That quick teaser for Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler caught our eye and now the film’s first official trailer locked it in. We need to know more about Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal). The two pieces work exceptionally well together. The first introduces you to the idea that Lou’s a guy in desperate need of a job and the second builds upon that by showing you how he winds up making that happen. Getting the opportunity to watch a guy navigate the world of L.A. crime journalism is inherently fascinating, but rather than lean on that appeal, these pieces put the focus on what could make Nightcrawler a true...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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