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Movie News: 'The Expendables' Heading to Small Screen; Watch 'Furious 7' TV Spot and 'Dark Places' Trailer

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The Expendables: Sylvester Stallone is taking The Expendables to the small screen. He will serve as executive producer for an "event series" that Fox is developing for television. The intention is for "iconic TV stars" to form a new team whose mission is take down a terrorist. It's still early stages, but the idea certainly leaves things wide open for a variety of beloved TV action heroes to appear. [Deadline]   Toy Story 4: More details about Toy Story 4 have now been revealed. According to Pixar Animation Studios President Jim Morris, the movie will be a romantic comedy that will stand apart from the first three intallments of the series; also, there won't be as much focus on the interaction between the characters and children. Rashida...

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- Peter Martin

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The Most Unlikely Movie Sequels

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  The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel opens in theaters this weekend and we're still having a hard time believing that this is a real movie. Not because we think it will be bad (the first one is charming enough), but because it's a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. And it's actually called The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Sequels are inevitable. Film is a business, and if something works the first time around, of course the people with the deep pockets are going to try it again until it stops working. That's how it works. But some sequels are just a little more unlikely than others. Some sequels don't seem to have the right to exist. Others are just plain bizarre. Many sequels completely miss the point of the previous film, casting the...

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- Jacob S. Hall

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Today in Movie Culture: Patton Oswalt's 'Unbreakable' Sequels, 'Happy Gilmore' Rematch and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Patton Oswalt shares his ideas for two sequels to M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable followed by fake Trailers for "Unbreakables" and "Broken":   Artist Francois Dourlen creates photographs integrating film stills with real locations and situations, such as the Superman one below. Find more at The Hollywood Reporter.   Adam Sandler and Bob Barker reunited for a Happy Gilmore rematch in this skit for Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars:   The best new tshirt for Star Wars fans is inspired by the board game Monopoly (via Fashionably Geek):   Learn how film piracy originated at the dawn of cinema with...

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Comics on Film: What the Next Avengers Team May Look Like

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Anyone that's been a comic reader for a good length of time knows nothing is forever. The circumstances for the characters, even the most iconic ones, are always changing to meet the times. Certain characters die and others may replace them in a new form. When it comes to superhero teams especially, there's always a roster shakeup on the horizon. Now that one of comics' most identifiable teams have become the same thing on the silver screen, it's natural to ask when that same team is going to be shaken up in the movies as well. In a recent interview with IGN, Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel cinematic universe, was recently asked about the state of the Avengers roster by the time we reach the end of this coming May's...

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- Chris Clow

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See the Real-Life RoboCops Being Used to Police Streets in Africa

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If we're to believe the futurist ideas of last year's RoboCop reboot, robot enforcers will make their debut in Africa before heading to America. The same seems to be the case with the new movie Chappie, which features its own humanoid machines patroling and policing the streets of Johannesburg. Oh, and that same seems to be the case in real life, as there are already robot traffic cops in the Democratic Republic of Congo and have been since 2013. Fortunately these massive mechanical men are not (yet) sentient, nor are they mobile. They're merely stationed in place at intersections in the capital city of Kinshasa, 24/7, waving their arms to keep traffic flowing and monitoring for any illegal activity. Why can't they just stick to normal traffic lights and...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Yearbook: What if the Cast All Went to High School Together?

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To celebrate the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer -- as well as the fact that advanced tickets are now on sale over at Fandango -- we thought it'd be fun to imagine a world where the entire cast of the Avengers sequel all went to school together and subsequently posed for rad yearbook photos.  So here's your totally sweet Avengers: Age of Ultron yearbook page* featuring Earth's Mightiest Teenagers. *Adorable superhero doodles and Kit (keep in touch) scribblings not included.

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- Erik Davis

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See How the Short Film 'Whiplash' Compares to the Oscar-winning Feature Version

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Before Whiplash cleaned house at last year's Sundance Film Festival, bringing home both the Grand Jury and Audience awards while on its way to several more award nominations, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards (eventually winning three Oscars), it was a short film that director Damien Chazelle created in the hopes of obtaining additional funds to make said feature.  That short film also screened at Sundance and it also starred Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as a ruthless music instructor who utilizes some unconventional teaching methods in order to extract the greatness out of his students. While the scenes in the short are almost identical to the ones in the feature, there are some small changes. For example, that's Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...

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- Erik Davis

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These Movie Theaters Are Hosting a 27-Hour Ultimate Marvel Marathon

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Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1 (have you watched the awesome new trailer?), and that means it's time to brush up on all the Marvel Studios movies that have lead us to what may be the biggest, most anticipated superhero sequel of our time. And those Marvel geeks who want to do it right will get a chance to watch all of the movies -- we're talking Iron Man right through Avengers: Age of Ultron -- on the big screen during one massive marathon happening on April 29 in select AMC and Regal theaters. (Other theaters are screening Avengers double features, so definitely check in with your local moviegoing hub to see what they've got planned.) Tickets will run around $65 for all 11 movies, totaling something in the area of 27 hours of Marvel movie-watching...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: 'Beauty and the Beast' Nabs Its Beast and Villain; 'Barbie' Movie Secures 'Juno' Writer

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Beauty and the Beast: Dan Stevens (The Guest, TV's Downton Abbey) will star as the Beast in Disney's upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, joining Emma Watson as Belle, aka Beauty. Luke Evans is in talks to play the vain, villainous Gaston. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is set to direct; what's not yet known is whether the new version will feature song and dance numbers, as in Disney's 1991 animated musical edition. [Heat Vision/Variety]   Barbie: Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody (Juno) will rewrite the screenplay for Barbie, inspired by the much-beloved doll. Sony Pictures hopes that the live-action movie will become a franchise; producer Walter Parkes says the hire "signals we're going for a legitimately contemporary tone.&quot...

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Today in Movie Culture: Avengers Formal Wear, Wes Anderson's 'X-Men' and More

4 March 2015 11:00 PM, PST

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   What do The Avengers wear to the office when they're not saving the world? Maybe the special suit-and-tie sets, such as Thor's seen below, designed by Zi Wei Tan. See the rest of the heroes' digs at Behance.   The latest Wes Anderson parody imagines the filmmaker taking on the X-Men franchise:   Whether or not this is official concept art, the below image of Battle Cat from Masters of the Universe tweeted by producer DeVon Franklin is still pretty cool (via Live for Films):   The below idea for an easy homemade R2-D2 masquerade costume comes courtesy of an extensive infographic filled with some more normal-looking getups and even some less...

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- Christopher Campbell

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'Mr. Holmes' Trailer: Ian McKellen Gives Sherlock One Last Hurrah

4 March 2015 9:00 PM, PST

Sherlock Holmes is seemingly everywhere these days. Robert Downey Jr. plays him as an action hero on the big screen. Benedict Cumberbatch plays him on the small screen over on the British side of the pond; on the American he's played by Jonny Lee Miller. He's in goofy straight-to-video movies. People still write new books with the character. He's in comic books. He's basically all around us. So how do you tell a story with Sherlock Holmes that's going to stand out in a sea of other Sherlock Holmes? Apparently you cast Ian McKellen and make it about an elderly Holmes toward the end of his life. Directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls), Mr. Holmes tells the story of the eponymous crime solver teaming up with a neighboring boy to investigate the...

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- Peter Hall

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Here's Why Yale University Is Collecting a Ton of VHS Tapes

4 March 2015 7:20 PM, PST

There is a growing appreciation of VHS among certain movie fans, and documentaries like Rewind This! (see the trailer below) and Adjust Your Tracking have already given some validation to that subculture as something worth paying attention to. But now comes the academic acknowledgment, as Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library is amassing a collection of old video tapes in order to provide historians access to the mostly obsolete and quickly disappearing format. “VHS has been a major film format in the last quarter of the 20th century, and no one is taking it seriously as a medium [in academia],” librarian Aaron Pratt told the Yale Daily News. “We got to talking about why this gap in film exists and how we could remedy it.” He and partner...

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- Christopher Campbell

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MTV Movie Award Nominations: Best Fight, Best Kiss, Best Wtf Moment and More

4 March 2015 6:00 PM, PST

If you thought the Oscars brought an end to another busy awards season, think again. The 2015 MTV Movie Award nominations have dropped, and while many of the familiar Oscar nominees are back for another go at snagging an award, they're joined by more popular movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and The Fault in Our Stars. In fact, Guardians of the Galaxy -- one of 2014's highest-grossing films -- nabbed seven nominations, tying The Fault in Our Stars and Neighbors for the most amount of nods. Of course, this being the MTV Movie Awards, we also have categories like Best Fight (we're rooting for Jonah Hill vs. Jillian Bell in 22 Jump Street), Best Kiss (Ansel Elgort & Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars is the most...

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- Erik Davis

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Watch: New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer Unleashes More Awesome

4 March 2015 4:22 PM, PST

The last week has brought us a flurry of Avengers activity, from new character posters to various cast interviews, and now it looks to conclude with a massive new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, due in theaters on May 1. Check it out below...   So...um, wow. Yeah, that definitely kicks things up a notch. Plenty more action on display in what's being billed as the final trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, with new scenes and a strong sense that Ultron will not only be one of the toughest villains the heroes have ever faced, but also one of the most fascinating, too.  Wait, let's just pause to admire this shot. Whereas the first Avengers really only had that final sequence to tout when it came to all the heroes fighting together, Age of Ultron...

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- Erik Davis

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'Self/less' Trailer: Ben Kingsley Gets to Live Forever... as Ryan Reynolds

4 March 2015 2:59 PM, PST

Your new future is here. At least that’s what Phoenix Biogenic wants you to believe. But that’s where the mystery begins in the new provocative psychological science fiction thriller Self/less starring Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley as a wealthy man dying of cancer who turns to the company and its radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin – and the secrets behind Phoenix Biogenic. Phoenix Biogenic Campaign Imagine receiving a mysterious hand-delivered package from Phoenix Biogenic and discovering a cell phone with a personalized text message that reads: “Welcome to Phoenix Biogenic...

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Should the Academy Awards Return to Only Five Best Picture Nominees?

4 March 2015 1:30 PM, PST

In the wake of this year's Oscars ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is seriously considering returning to the previous format that only allows for five Best Picture nominees. A few years back they opted to change the rule, allowing for up to 10 Best Picture nominees (a throwback to the '30s and '40s when up to twelve films received Best Pic nods), with the thought being that the larger playing field would make room for other films to slide in -- perhaps movies that were more popular and/or did better at the box office, which would in turn help boost the show's ratings. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, enough Academy members are voicing concern that this debate may become a pivotal one as organizers look ahead to next year's...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: Bryan Singer Declares 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress'; 'Monsters: Dark Continent' Trailer Goes to War

4 March 2015 12:00 PM, PST

Uprising: Director Bryan Singer (X-Men) is ready to take on a new challenge: transforming The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress into Uprising for the big screen. The 1966 novel by science-fiction master Robert A. Heinlein examines a revolt by a large colony on the moon against human rule on Earth. Marc Guggenheim (TV's Arrow) will write the screenplay for the retitled project. [Heat Vision]   Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Steve Martin will join director Ang Lee for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, an adaptation of a novel by Ben Fountain. Newcomer Joe Alwyn will star as the titular character, a soldier who comes home with his unit for a promotional tour after a well-publicized battle in Iraq, all the while knowing that further combat awaits. Garrett Hedlund is...

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- Peter Martin

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Foxcatcher,' 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' 'Tinker Bell' and More

3 March 2015 10:30 PM, PST

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer LawrenceLiam HemsworthJosh HutchersonJulianne MooreSam Claflin. Full cast + crew When it hit theaters, a lot of people complained that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 felt like only half of a movie. And while that may be technically correct (Part 2 hits theaters on November 20, 2015), I just never understood why people were writing it off. It doesn't feel stretched thin. It doesn't feel compromised. It's a consistently intense story that roots you deep in the underground of the surprisingly engaging conflict between the oppressed and the oppressors of Panem. As someone who didn't really care for the first...

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- Peter Hall

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy, David Carr, Bruce Sinofsky and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in February

3 March 2015 9:00 PM, PST

Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Sam Andrew (1941-2015) - Guitarist. As a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, he appears in the films Monterey Pop (see below), JanisFeed Your Head and Ball and Chain. He died on February 12. (THR) Richard Bakalyan (1931-2015) - Character Actor. Best known as Detective Loach in Chinatown (see below), he also appears in Robin and the 7 HoodsThe Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Shaggy D.A., The Computer Wore Tennis...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Today in Movie Culture: Lego 'Back to the Future,' Diy 'Iron Man' Armor and More

3 March 2015 7:30 PM, PST

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Watch an exact reenactment of the climactic clock tower scene from Back to the Future using Lego bricks (via Slashfilm):   Now watch an exact reenactment of a scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel using Lego bricks (via Screen Crush):   An English Iron Man fan made this replica armor with his 3D printer (via Yahoo! Movies):   Honest Trailers takes on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, hilariously as always:   A makeup artist draws cartoon characters around her mouth for images like the Lion King one below. See others at Design Taxi:   This video compares Birdman to Black Swan with side by side scenes (via Film School...

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- Christopher Campbell

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