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New Look. New Features. Same Great Content This Month at Cinelinx

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It seems like only yesterday we were publishing our Summer Movie Preview Guides in anticipation of the oncoming Summer season of film, and now here we are in August.  The final month of Summer is upon us and as many prepare to go back to school, we have plenty of fun and awesome things in store for our readers this month at Cinelinx.  Come inside to find out what!

We’ve had an incredible Summer so far here on the site between our comprehensive coverage on E3 and, most recently, the San Diego Comic-Con.  While August sees an end to the Summer, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.  First of all, let’s get down to some business!

You probably noticed a couple weeks ago that the look of Cinelinx drastically changed.  We overhauled our older layout and went with an all new design that we feel »

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Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Although I’m not a big Marvel Comics fan, I have no problem admitting that they’ve found a successful formula for their cinematic universe and stuck by it justifiably. After testing the waters with the Thor movies and Avengers, they’ve fully committed to the genre and jumped into science fiction territory with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) was abducted by intergalactic mercenaries moments after his mother died of cancer. He grew into manhood searching the universe for valuable items to sell to different collectors of all species. After finding a mysterious orb, it seems like everyone in the known galaxy is hunting him down to take possession of it... including the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin). Quill puts together a team of misfits to keep the object out of the villain's deadly clutches.

Director / Writer James Gunn has captured the magic of Star Wars and mashed »

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Examining the Good and Bad CGI of Immortel

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I am a fan of foreign films and as such I found the movie Immortel (Ad Vitam) a few years back. When I was informed it came to Blu-ray I jumped at the chance and grabbed it.  It is a little slow but still a cool film. As there are only a few paid actors the film relies heavily on CGI to bring it to life, some of which is sub-par, detracting from the feel of the film as a whole.  This article explores the good and bad computer-generated imagery of the French film Immortel (Ad Vitam).

Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we investigate characters in film that are not made of flesh and bone, but »

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Disney's Live Action Musical, Into the Woods, Gets a Trailer

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Disney's upcoming live-action musical film (featuring a ridiculous amount of awesome people), now has it's very first trailer, and you can come check it out and see for yourself if this is something you want to see when it releases.  

I've never been a big fan of musicals, personally.  Nothing about them have ever really appealed to me, but I can get behind just about any movie with a good story behind it.  Let's hope that's the case with Into the Woods!

Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an »

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Interstellar gets an Exciting New Trailer

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Coming from Christopher Nolan, the man who brought us The Dark Knight and InceptionInterstellar is one of 2014's most anticipated films.  Yesterday saw the release of a brand new trailer, and it has us extremely excited!

Information has been pretty scarce on Interstellar so far, and the trailers we've seen up until now haven't shown much.  With this third trailer, we finally get a better sense of the story and some tantalizing visuals.  Check it out:

Personally, I was incredibly impressed.  This trailer proved that the movie should have a strong and emotionally engaging story, while still demonstrating that there will be exciting action.  The fact that Christopher Nolan also showed off some of his impressive visual effects and conveyed the sense of the mystery that will almost surely pervade the film was just icing on the cake.  I was excited before, but now I'll be counting down the days. »

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Interstellar gets an Exciting New Trailer

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Coming from Christopher Nolan, the man who brought us The Dark Knight and InceptionInterstellar is one of 2014's most anticipated films.  Yesterday saw the release of a brand new trailer, and it has us extremely excited!

Information has been pretty scarce on Interstellar so far, and the trailers we've seen up until now haven't shown much.  With this third trailer, we finally get a better sense of the story and some tantalizing visuals.  Check it out:

Personally, I was incredibly impressed.  This trailer proved that the movie should have a strong and emotionally engaging story, while still demonstrating that there will be exciting action.  The fact that Christopher Nolan also showed off some of his impressive visual effects and conveyed the sense of the mystery that will almost surely pervade the film was just icing on the cake.  I was excited before, but now I'll be counting down the days. »

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New Technology Wants You To Control the Outcome of a Film

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Remember those choose your own adventure stories as a kid?  The ones where you make decisions for the character and the story would change depending on the page you turned to.  Well, someone is taking that idea and giving filmmakers the chance to craft movies in the same way, allowing the audience watching to decide what happens next on the screen.  Come inside to learn more about this technology and how to help make it a reality.  

Non-linear Film Technology is what they're calling it, and it's designed to help filmmakers give their viewers a truly unique experience.  Currently the project is seeking funding on KickStarter, but you can learn more about it here: 

We are developing software that will allow filmmakers to produce non-linear movies that will enable audiences to influence the plot – with a simple app, in real-time while they’re viewing them in the theater. The days »

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Kingstone Media Offers More Biblical Epics for Noah Viewers to Explore

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Films based on the Holy Bible are as popular now as they were in the 1950s and 1960s when studios gave us epics like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, King of Kings, Samson and Delilah, and many others. Recently, Son of God made quite an impact in cinemas and there’s plenty more coming our way. Ridley Scott’s Exodus tells the tale of Christian Bale’s Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. Nicolas Cage will help those seeking answers to the disappearances of loved ones and face the disastrous consequences of being Left Behind.

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hits Blu-ray and DVD giving those who didn’t watch the movie in theaters an opportunity to see the latest Hollywood Biblical saga. Many might not know that it was actually based on a graphic novel Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel made with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon. »

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Top Filmmakers Band Together and Managed to Save Film

31 July 2014 6:53 AM, PDT

By and large the movie business has been transitioning to a more digital era of filmmaking.  As more filmmakers have taken to using high-end digital cameras, fewer movies have been shot using actual film stock.  So few in fact, Kodak, who's provided film for movie projects practically since the start of the business was on the verge of shutting down production on film.  For many, this was a sad thing, an end of an era and the loss of something great.  Now, it looks like it's been save (for now).  Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Jj Abrams, and Judd Apatow have banded together to save it.  

For the longest time, the only way to film and watch movies was on actual film stock (with Kodak being Hollywood's top/primary supplier).  It's just a part of the industry, and still was even when I was in film school.  Now, however, the digital »

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New SpongeBob Movie Gets its First Trailer

31 July 2014 6:20 AM, PDT

Paramount and Nickelodeon have released the very first trailer for the all new SpongeBob SquarePants movie, Sponge Out of Water.  While we saw some images from the film come out of Sdcc, this is our first chance to see the film in action, so come inside to check it out!

I've never been a fan of SpongeBob...like, not even a little bit. I know it has a massive following and plenty of fans to go around.  Still, I could never enjoy the show.  The movie looks okay, but I'm sure it's more of a treat for fans than misers like me.  What do you think of this first trailer?  Let us know in the comments below!

SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water 3D in »

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Con Air director Simon West stated he would like to direct Con Air 2

30 July 2014 8:13 PM, PDT

 Not exactly one of Jerry Bruckheimer crowning achievements but a beloved cult classic none the less (like Patrick Swayze's "best" film in the fictional town of Jasper, Missouri). Love it or hate it, Con Air did rake in $223 million at the box office worldwide. Regardless of the critics, director Simon West wants to direct a sequel...in space.

In an interview with Screen Daily he says: There are always rumors about a Con Air 2. I would do it if it was completely turned on its head. Con Air in space, for example – a studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys. Something shocking. If it was clever writing it could work.

This type of mindset should not come as complete shock considering he has been entertaining audiences with »

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Teaser Poster for Tarantino's The Hateful Eight Released

30 July 2014 7:36 PM, PDT

Quentin Tarantino has released the official movie poster of his latest project called The Hateful Eight. However, what makes this movie standout is how old-school Tarrantino is going with this one. He will be shooting it in Super CinemaScope : a type of anamorphic lens series used between 1953 to 1967 before it was replaced later by Panavision.

The artwork is reminiscent of the old movie posters from the 1960s and 1970s. The date does confirm a 2015 release but not exactly when. The story tells of a group of passengers on a stagecoach who find themselves trapped in a blizzard in the middle of nowhere. These passengers naturally all have conflicting personalities which they must learn to deal with.

The current cast line-up includes Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell

Movie Newsmovie POSTERSQuentin TarantinoTHE Hateful EIGHTwesternCINEMASCOPE »

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Is Warner Brothers Considering Dragons of Pern Their Next big Franchise?

30 July 2014 7:01 PM, PDT

Before anyone asks, no this is not another series in the How to Train Your Dragon TV serial on the Cartoon Network that take place between the two movies. However, given the runaway success Dreamworks has had with the Cressida Cowell books, it doesn't take a movie studio to see an opportunity when it's flying right in your face.

While the studio has yet to see the kind of success brought to them post Harry Potter, the Hobbit movies have at least prevented them from going in the red. What about DC you may ask? Warner Brothers owns all the rights to the DC Universe but can only budget a number of projects for that particular franchise so that other genres can get green-lighted. What they need is a project with a long series to work with and loyal fanbase. Author Anne McCaffrey has been writing the series since 1968 (35 years »

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Warner Brothers considering Dragonriders of Pern their next big franchise?

30 July 2014 7:01 PM, PDT

Before anyone asks, no this is not another series in the How to Train Your Dragon TV serial on the Cartoon Network that take place between the two movies. However, given the runaway success Dreamworks has had with the Cressida Cowell series, it doesn't take a movie studio to see an opportunity when it's flying right in your face.

While the studio has yet to see the kind of success brought to them post Harry Potter, the Hobbit movies have at least prevented them from going in the red. What about DC you may ask? Warner Brothers owns all the rights to the DC Universe but can only budget a number of projects for that particular franchise so that other genres can get green-lighted. What they need is a project with a long series to work with and loyal fanbase. Author Anne McCaffrey has been writing the series since 1968 (35 years »

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Alex Kurtzman Will Helm Universal's The Mummy Reboot

30 July 2014 4:40 PM, PDT

Hopefully the third time turns out to be the charm for Universal as they've brougth on yet another director (after two backed out) for their upcoming The Mummy reboot.  Alex Kurtzman will be taking the helm of the film, though that seems to throw some of his other projects into question.  Come inside to see the full report!

Not too long ago, word came out that Universal had brought on Kurtzman and Chris Morgan in order to created a combine universe, utilizing their stable of classic movie monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, etc).  Somehow all of these films would interconnect with one another while rebooting them for a new generation.  When the announcement came out, Universal made it clear that the reboot of The Mummy would be the film to kick things off.  The only problem with that, however, was that not one but two directors had already been attached and passed on the film. »

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Official Poster for Horror Film The Divine Tragedies Revealed

30 July 2014 1:53 PM, PDT

In today's Indie Beat, the upcoming horror film, The Divine Tragedies, has completely wrapped production and is on schedule to start its festival circuit later this year.  In celebration of moving on to post-production, the filmmakers have released a new poster for the movie.  Come inside to check it out and learn more!

Here at Cinelinx we like to talk about all aspects of filmmaking and movie news. To that end, we have Indie Beat where we highlight some of the latest news, trailers, and PR releases from the indie filmmaker scene.  So if you're an independent filmmaker and want some coverage on our site, be sure to drop us a line at jordan@cinelinx.com .

Film production company Dual Visions has completed the official artwork for the serial killer fever dream The Divine Tragedies. The artwork shows a partially disguised character from the film. As well, this horrifying crime »

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Sean Sheamus to Play Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode VII?

30 July 2014 9:41 AM, PDT

Well, this is an unexpected rumor.  According to a new report, the WWE superstar Sean Sheamus (who's portrayed the iconic Sith Lord in various promotional tours and events) has been brought on to don the costume officially for the new Star Wars movie.  Come inside to learn more on this and even the reaction from Sean himself!

Of all the Star Wars rumors that could have landed...this isn't one I was expecting.  Not even a little bit.  According to an Irish Mirror publication, the professional wrestler Sean Sheamus has been hired to portray Darth Vader in the new Star Wars films, and has reportedly even shot scenes already for Star Wars: Episode VII.  The speculation stems fromt he fact that the movie is currently shooting in Ireland (on a small isalnd), and that Sheamus posted a picture of himself near the production claiming he was heading towards the island. »

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More Than 4.6 Million People Played the Destiny Beta

30 July 2014 6:47 AM, PDT

Over the weekend, the Desitny Beta came to an end, but while it was going on, it seems that's all anyone was talking about.  Now we know why, as stats have come out as to how many people logged in to take advantage of Bungies upcoming shooter Mmo for the current generation platforms.  Here's a hint, it was a Lot of people. 

In short, the Destiny beta was a huge hit, providing the largest number of users on a beta so far during this generation.  That's a pretty good indication of how many people want this game and will likely pick it up upon release.  Our own team here at Cinelinx (myself included) got in on the fun during the beta and came away largely impressed.  

Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: Atvi), and Bungie today confirmed millions of people have played their upcoming »

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Emily Hampshire Takes on Brad Pitt's Role in Syfy's 12 Monkeys

29 July 2014 1:21 PM, PDT

Well this is interesting.  Syfy has said repeatedly that they didn't want a simple re-tread of the classic Terry Gilliam film in their 12 Monkeys TV series, and even though their first trailer looks exactly like it, they're at least changing up our perceptions of the characters.  It's been announced that Emily Hampshire (a female if that was unclear) has snagged the role originally played by Brad Pitt (not a female).  

I'm never opposed to seeing some creative casting choices for roles, even for well known properties.  I've always been a big proponent of giving the best actor for the job the role (regardless of appearances).  So hopefully, that's what Syfy is doing here by casting Emily Hampshire in the role Brad Pitt occupied in the film, and not some PR stunt to gather attention:

Emily Hampshire (Cosmpolis, All The Wrong Reasons) has been cast in a major role in the Syfy series 12 Monkeys. »

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EA Launching Xbox Exclusive Monthly Game Service

29 July 2014 11:31 AM, PDT

EA and Xbox have teamed up to offer a service that seems to rival that of PlayStation Now. 

If you have ever paid for Zune subscriptions (Now Xbox Music) you would know you pay monthly and basically "rent" their entire library for the month. At the end of the month all the music locks unless you sync it again and pay another month. 

Well EA and Xbox are doing that with games. According to a recent partnership, EA is offering Xbox One owners a monthly subscription to access their "vault" of titles. Currently that vault includes Battlefield 4, Fifa, Peggle 2, and Madden. Lackluster lineup? Don't worry, EA "promises more will come." 

The vault also gives users access to the EA early bird promotion that came for their sports titles a while ago. This program allows you to access their games 5 days early. Users buying the game on Xbox Live will also get a 10 percent discount. »

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