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Comics on Film: Don't Like Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman? Get Over It!

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This year's San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. All of the reporters that were on the floor could likely use a vacation, studios laid bare several major announcements related to new and returning TV and film, and comic book fans were treated to a lot of news about the medium they love.  DC Comics fans in particular got quite a bit out of the convention this year, not only from upcoming DC-related TV shows, but there was also a great bit of excitement surrounding a little movie called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fans in Hall H were treated to just under a minute of really cool footage promising a square-off between the World's Finest heroes, but we also got our first-ever look at Gal Gadot in costume as the third leg of DC's...

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- Chris Clow

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Discussion: What Was the Last Trailer to Change Your Mind About a Movie?

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Do movie trailers really have an effect on whether or not we see a movie? I’m not talking about the trailers that confirm for us that an anticipated movie will be worth seeing. And I’m not talking about a trailer that simply alerts the mainstream, non-movie-site-following public to the existence of a movie they immediately deem worth seeing. I mean a trailer that can truly make or break a movie by changing minds for the better or worse on a particular title. The answer is yes. We see it time and time again, and every positive is an exciting surprise. Recall last year when Fast & Furious 6 revealed its most insane action sequence during a Super Bowl spot. It not only changed many minds about that sequel but about the entire Fast and Furious franchise...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The Most Badass Talking Animals In Movies

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With Guardians of the Galaxy about to arrive in theaters, Marvel and James Gunn are about to introduce one of the strangest major characters to ever appear in a movie to an unsuspecting populace. Yes, we're talking about Rocket Raccoon, the genetically modified creature voiced by Bradley Cooper. However, Rocket is not alone! In fact, he joins an established pantheon of talking animal characters. However, he belongs to a more specific subsection: he's one of cinema's few truly badass talking animals. And that brings us to today's subject: the 10 most badass talking animals in the movies. The rules for this list were simple enough. First, the animal had to interact with human characters (so they're actually "talking" and not just speaking their own...

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- Jacob S. Hall

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'Dark Side of the Moon' Pokes Fun at Kubrick Conspiracy Theorists

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Last week, we celebrated both the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, and what would have been the 86th birthday of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. While those things might seem completely unrelated to most of us, conspiracy theorists have seen a link for years, claiming we never actually landed on the moon and that the government hired Kubrick to film the fake moon landing here on Earth. While French filmmaker William Karel is not a moon-landing denier, he’s not above having a little fun with the idea of Kubrick being the visual genius who duped the entire world into believing that we actually walked on the surface of that floating white orb in the sky. Karel’s Dark Side of the Moon is a 2002 parody that posits that Kubrick did indeed film the fake moon...

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- Mike Bracken

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Watch: Meet the Man Who Writes All Your Favorite Movie Novelizations

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It’s controversial opinion time. If you want ham and cheese, there’s Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. If you want a quietly menacing (and believable) depiction of a cannibalistic serial killer, there’s Brian Cox’s Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter. With his sonorous voice, gleaming wit and Scottish brogue, the versatile actor has has made his mark in a number of films, from popcorn flicks (X2: X-Men United) to Oscar winners (Braveheart). In this Funny or Die skit, Cox plays esteemed author William St. Bromms, who teaches a master class on how to write the perfect novelization of a film. He recites excerpts from some of his greatest novelizations to inspire his students, which also leaves us in hysterics. “Indiana Jones...

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- Alison Nastasi

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New 'Interstellar' Trailer Will Steal Your Heart to Another Galaxy

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With a November 7, 2014 release date, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is set to seal the deal on 2014 being the best year for sci-fi movies in a long, long time. So far the plot details have been (thankfully) pretty vague. All we know is that it takes place in a future where Earth has become unsustainable for life, and so mankind finally turns to the stars to hopefully colonize another world so that humanity doesn't die trapped on this pale blue dot. And apparently the man for that job is Matthew McConaughey. Well, the new trailer (the one that was revealed at Comic-Con just days ago) just hit online, and while it doesn't show off anything all that extra in terms of plot, it does dial up the emotions to 11. In particular, Mackenzie Foy is just crushing it out of the...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Trailer Likes Monkeying Around

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Ben Stiller and his gang of historical figure friends are back for another adventure in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and this time the crew is going on a road trip. Watch the first trailer below. The second sequel in the wildly popular franchise (the first two installments have grossed almost a billion dollars in worldwide box office) finds Stiller’s security guard and his band of misfits traveling to London to solve a mystery in the Egyptian wing of the British Museum. Since all sequels have to up the stakes in some way, this third feature will find the ensemble cast outside the museum and prowling the streets of London. “We have brought museums to life, but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world...

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- Mike Bracken

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See the Roman Epic Martin Scorsese Created When He Was Only 11 Years Old

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  At age 11 in New York City, Martin Scorsese’s imagination was already deeply entrenched in the cinema. The future director suffered from asthma and was unable to play sports or run around like the rest of the children in his neighborhood. Instead, he spent countless hours at his local movie theater with his family, where he developed an abiding love for film. It was during this time that Scorsese developed an epic Roman film called The Eternal City, which he imagined would star Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo, Alec Guinness and others. Scorsese even drew a series of storyboards for the drama, which Open Culture describes as a “Cecil B. Demille-like production.” The filmmaker called it “a fictitious story of Royalty in Ancient...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Read: Tom Hiddleston Wrote This Great Letter to Joss Whedon After Reading 'The Avengers' Script

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There's a reason why Loki is one of the most popular Marvel characters, and much of that has to do with Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays him. Not only is he insanely talented, but he's charming and friendly, and it's pretty impossible to find anything bad to say about him. So it's no surprise he wrote Joss Whedon this really great letter after reading a draft of the script for The Avengers. In it, the British actor gushes over the screenplay for the film, comparing Loki’s part to Die Hard’s Hans Gruber, and referencing both Willy Wonka and James Mason. The letter (sent via e-mail) is featured in the prerelease excerpts of Amy Pascale’s upcoming Joss Whedon: The Biography – which will be in stores on August 1. Check out the...

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- Mike Bracken

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See the First Official Poster for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'

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It's quite fitting that the eighth film from Quentin Tarantino have the number eight in its title, and after a long back-and-forth that included leaked scripts and staged readings, this newly released (and official) poster finally confirms for certain that The Hateful Eight is heading to the big screen in 2015. The poster also confirms a couple of other things, too, like how the film will be presented in 70 mm Super Cinemascope along with a special road-show engagement, which means it will probably tour the country before settling down in theaters nationwide. It'll be fun to see where those special engagements take place and who from the movie shows up. And about that movie! Well, a bunch of Tarantino regulars have already been confirmed, many of whom also took part in...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: Rian Johnson Talks 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'; LeBron James Shares 'Trainwreck' Photo

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Star Wars: Episode VIII: Rian Johnson (Looper), who was recently confirmed as the writer and director of Star Wars: Episode VIII, is already working on the film, which is set for release in 2017. "I wanted to to play in this world, literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see," he said. The filmmaker joked about how he got the job: "I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie Brazil. There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.” To prepare, he said he and his crew are watching movies nightly. [Chicago Sun-Times]   Trainwreck: A new photo from Judd Apatow's comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, has unexpectedly emerged from an NBA superstar. LeBron James, who recently announced he...

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- Peter Martin

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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

29 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT

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

29 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

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 the way we often blind...

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- Peter Hall

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

29 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

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?

29 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

  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'?

29 July 2014 4:00 PM, PDT

  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

29 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

  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

29 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

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

29 July 2014 1:00 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 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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