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The Important News We got our first look at and details on Andy Serkis's Star Wars: The Force Awakens character. Tilda Swinton is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Pine is joining the DC Cinematic Universe. Dheepan and Rooney Mara were among the big winners at the Cannes Film Festival. Fox is rebooting The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. M. Night Shyamalan wants Unbreakable to continue as a TV series. Amy Schumer is making an action comedy with Paul Feig. Vincent D'Onofrio will play the villain in the CHiPs movie. George Miller's almost-made Justice League movie will be the subject of a documentary. Alicia Vikander may co-star in the next Bourne movie and Assassin's Creed. Joe Wright will direct Anne...
- Christopher Campbell
The latest trailer for J.J. Abrams. Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be awesome, and by this point you.ve got every frame committed to memory, but you probably wouldn.t describe it as adorable. At least not until you watch this video of small children dubbing all of the dialogue. Now it.s a whole different ball game. This video comes from Mashable, who apparently have their own stable of child voiceover actors to rerecord all of the dialogue, narration, and sound effects. It.s damn near impossible to watch this and not crack a giant smile as the kids recreate the beep boop beeps of R2-D2, the whoosh of a squadron of X-Wing Fighters soaring past, the pew pew pew of blasters firing, and Chewbacca.s signature Wookiee groan. Everything except the music. You may have noticed that things are definitely less ominous here, as these »
Did Memorial Day weekend throw you off enough that you missed some of the bigger entertainment stories this week? Well, don’t fret, because it’s time to take a look at the Best Stories of the Week. This week we’ve got updates on Gambit with Channing Tatum, Marvel’s developing Doctor Strange, an interview with Pete Docter […]
- Ethan Anderton
"You want to get out of here? You talk to me."
Following our look at the first Mad Max movie in the wake of Fury Road's frenzied rampage, our attention turns to its sequel. Just how could George Miller top such a scintillating and thrilling action movie that left so many noses bloodied and hearts broken? By making it a much bigger visual voyage for the audience and reversing the emotional journey for Mel Gibson's wounded hero.
The wastelands we encounter at the beginning show how the post-apocalyptic world has crumbled further since the end of Mad Max. The trees are now dead stumps sprouting from the barren earth, a lifeless look that Max Rockatansky tries to project from behind his embittered eyes. The trauma of losing his wife and child has caused him to shut off his own humanity and empathy, or at least try to, in a »
A new batch of emojis is coming, and they're all very necessary: Why wouldn't you need to text a photo of an avocado or bacon or Prince? In this episode of The Snap, we discuss the nominated new emojis and tell you what we'll be using them for. Check out all our episodes of The Snap below. Ep. #48: Oh, Britney. Ep. #47: How Robin Thicke ruined everything Ep. #46: The 5 Worst Disney Princesses Ep. #45: Why "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality show that matters Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. #38: The Biggest Flaws in the Best Movies of 2014 Ep. #37: Why Madonna is »
- Louis Virtel
Harrison Ford has returned to the skies!
Harrison Ford at the Santa Monica airport in a helicopter on May 28, 2015 (Pacific Coast News)
The 72-year-old "Star Wars: Force Awakens" actor flew for the first time since his March crash, on Thursday.
Photos: The Cast Of Star Wars: Then & Now
He was spotted at the Santa Monica Airport where he co-piloted his Bell 407 helicopter.
According to a People source, the actor was thrilled to be back in the air.
"Harrison was very, very happy to be back at the airport," a source ...
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Madison Avenue is moving more quickly than anticipated to ensure pitches for electronic toys and holiday movies get put in front of the consumers most likely to be interested in them – kids and teens.
The so-called “kids’ upfront,” when TV networks try to sell approximately $800 million in TV advertising for programming aimed at children and pre-teens, has begun to move in more robust fashion than might have been anticipated this year, according to ad buying executives and other people familiar with the tone of negotiations.
“The kids’ upfront is healthier than many people had expected,” said Jeff Lucas, who oversees all ad sales for Viacom, owner of Nickelodeon, in a brief interview. He declined to comment on how much inventory had been sold or the terms around any sales. Time Warner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang have moved “significant” inventory, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Buyers caution »
- Brian Steinberg
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Disclaimer: This essay contains Spoilers for all three Human Centipede films. Also, in order to accurately discuss the films mild descriptions of extremely graphic scenes exist within, so read at your own caution and have a wonderful day!
In 2009, the horror genre was in one of its many frequent transitions. The Saw franchise was wrapping up, Hostel Part 2 landed with a redundancy, and Paranormal Activity had taken the country by storm thus cementing the evolution from "torture porn," to the bloodless Blumhouse fare that is still being released monthly to this day. The 'gore hound' faction of the horror audience was settling back into the comfortable "been there done that" zone. It seemed as though the only way we would be able to spend our Friday nights looking at blood splatter on a wall was with casual reboots of franchises long past their prime such as »
- Bryan Baca
With more plush, modern theaters, as well as local producers catering to the crowd, Mexico is becoming an emerging powerhouse at the box office — and that’s good news for the U.S. studios.
In the first quarter of 2015, Mexico turnstiles registered a 15.2% rise over the same period in 2014, totaling some $65 million. A more important number is ticket sales, which rose 9%, to more than 89 million in the first three months of the year, with Hollywood hits “Furious 7,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” and “Cinderella” accounting for 25 million of those admissions.
The nation has proven to be a strong outlet for tentpoles. “Furious 7” leads Mexican wickets this year, with $48 million. But the week’s top draw, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” is gaining fast, knocking on the 700 million peso mark ($46 million). And “Mad Max: Fury Road” sped out to just under $3 million in its first week, on sales of nearly 800,000 tickets. »
- James Young
Following in the vein of previous games like Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman and Lego Harry Potter, Lego Jurassic World promises to combine the family-friend aesthetic of the Lego universe with the hit Jurassic Park film franchise. The game’s previous trailer highlighted the three campaigns based upon the first three Jurassic Park films, and now a new trailer gives fans a glimpse of how the game will adapt the upcoming Jurassic World.
Seen in the footage here is the Jurassic World-themed campaign, as well as a look at the Jurassic World Creation Lab, where gamers will get the chance to create their own playable dinosaurs. The trailer also offers a first look at the Lego versions of the new Mosasaurus and Indominus Rex dinosaurs.
In addition to the trailer, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment also revealed two pre-order bonuses for the game, which you can check out below:
- Cody Smith
The first official image of Andy Serkis filming his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived online, revealing his part will be done entirely with motion-capture technology, a la his previous work in the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes movies. Remember these two? Yup, same guy. Serkis is pretty much the king of motion-capture technology. The new image, via the Star Wars website, is part of a longer interview with famed photographer Annie...
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As busy as he is, multi-tasker Duplass ("The League," "Cyrus," "Your Sister's Sister") enjoys collaborating with young filmmakers--in this case recent Cal Arts grad Patrick Brice, whose thesis film "Maurice" played Rotterdam and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Doc at the Florida Film Festival. They co-wrote and filmed this found-footage two-hander off a ten-page outline. Instead of writing a long script, they skipped to the shooting phase, spending a few weeks at a remote cabin near Big Bear, California. Their first footage was "terrible," admits Duplass. And then they reshot. And reshot, "shooting as we go." Obsessed with watching the odd behavior of real people, Duplass never forgot his own three-hour experience dealing with breaking down a loft bed that he was buying that was supposed to be unassembled: "This guy talked about his divorce, how 'Star Wars' »
- Anne Thompson
One of Hollywood's greatest special effects artists has retired, citing CGI as one of the reasons.
Rick Baker has been behind many classic moments and characters in films such as An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black and The Nutty Professor, but he has decided to end his career at the age of 64.
Speaking to California public radio station Kpcc, Baker said he will now consider consulting and design work, but decided not to "have a huge working studio any more". He also sold his creature shop in Glendale last year.
"I said the time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast, »
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At the end of the day, all we do is make videos we are proud of and we think celebrate film in fun ways. We cross our fingers that other people will like them. So, if there's »
- Sam Gutelle
“Star Wars” actor Harrison Ford took to the skies on Thursday for the first time since his airplane crash in March — this time opting to co-pilot a Bell 307 helicopter. People magazine reported that Ford was in the air for a few hours and seemed understandably happy to be back to his top hobby. One of Ford’s planes went down a Santa Monica golf course on March 5, causing a scary scene and immediate uncertainty about the star’s well-being. Eventually he was deemed to be in “fair to moderate condition.” Following engine failure, Ford had been forced to crash-land his World War II-era. »
- Tony Maglio
Sad news today for fans of old school visual effects, as seven-time Oscar winner Rick Baker has announced that he’s set to retire from the industry, having contributed to some of the most memorable special effects of the past four decades.
“First of all, the CG stuff definitely took away the animatronics part of what I do,” Baker told 89.3 Kpcc (via SlashFilm). “It’s also starting to take away the makeup part. The time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now. I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out. I would consider designing and consulting on something, but I don’t think I will have a huge working studio anymore.”
Baker’s hugely impressive CV includes the likes of Star Wars, »
- Gary Collinson
Venture deep into the strangest domain of them all as a lone warrior embarks on a savage quest. It is a world of swords, sorcery and all things bizarre. A land of gods and monster. Where perverted science and arcane magic run rampant. It is Weirdworld, the land where lost things go. Among its twisted and crazed landscapes walks Arkon, the barbarian king. With a sword in one hand and a battle bolt in the other, he ventures through Weirdworld in a desperate attempt to get back home. Yet each bend in the road brings new horrors, new monsters, new awful ways to meet your end. If Arkon is to find his way back to his homeland, he must first survive the Secret Wars! »
- Phil Wheat
Michelle Obama shows how to workout, a Supernatural spoof, welcome to the world of the Simpsons and mobile phones make popcorn go pop
Calling all Coldplay and Game of Thrones fans! We’ve got a treat for you – a musical written and performed in aid of Red Nose Day in the Us. With contributions from Diana Rigg, Mark Addy and Emilia Clarke, and a voiceover from Liam Neeson, this is a hoot of a spoof from Chris Martin and co, who are huge fans of the series.
The tunes continue in our second clip, as Justin Bieber joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke. And if that hasn’t reduced you to tears, you will be weeping into your cupcakes when you watch Jamie Oliver’s workforce create a 40th birthday surprise for the celebrity TV chef, complete with Star Wars characters, a huge birthday cake, a robot, and teams wearing his trademark plaid shirts. »
- Janette Owen
Monster maker and make-up genius Rick Baker is calling time on his career - and the dominance of CG is heavily to blame.
Now this is sad news. For the past few decades, Rick Baker has been the leader in special effects make-up in particular, with his work covering the likes of Star Wars, An American Werewolf In London, Videodrome, Men In Black, Gremlins 2 and even - yes! - Flesh Gordon (crikey, remember that?)
He also, of course, sprung to prominence in many people's eyes for his incredible work on the video for Michael Jackson's song, Thriller.
Baker, though, with seven Oscars standing on his mantelpiece, has now announced his retirement, at the age of 64. He broke the news on the Us radio station 89.3 Kpcc, saying "I said the time is right. I am 64 years old and the business is crazy right now".
He continued, adding "I like to do things right, »
No, this is not the final look for Andy Serkis’s gravel-voiced character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The picture, as you’ll have guessed, shows him in his performance-capture rig. But we do at least now know his character’s name thanks to Vanity Fair and the official Star Wars site: Supreme Leader Snoke.We’ll have to wait to see what Snoke actually looks like once Ilm have worked their industrial light-based magic on his performance, but it’s safe to say that Snoke is probably not the friendliest sort. It’s not mentioned in the piece on the site, but we’d wager a hefty bag of credits that he’s the top dog in the First Order, born from the ruins of the Galactic Empire. That's his voice talking over the original teaser for the film.The image is a shot that was never »
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