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Lucy, The Core, and scientific accuracy in films

19 August 2014 8:19 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Luc Besson’s Lucy may be based on a debunked myth, but does bad science in films matter if the story’s well-told, Ryan asks...

The myth that we only use 10 percent of our brain power appears to date back to the late 19th century. Conclusions by one pair of psychologists at Harvard - who were studying the potential intelligence of child prodigies versus adults - were misapplied and misquoted in the 1920s and 30s, and have lingered in pop culture ever since.

Luc Besson’s new film Lucy is the latest to base its story on the myth, with Scarlett Johansson starring as an ordinary American woman who’s pressed into service as a drug mule by an evil crime boss. When a bag full of an experimental substance leaks in Lucy’s stomach, she’s transformed from a weepy average 20-something into a turbo-charged, super-brained superheroine, first gunning »

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Is Morgan Freeman About to Show Up on Primetime? "One Never Knows"

17 July 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Téa Leoni is the star of CBS's upcoming political drama Madam Secretary, but someone may already be upstaging her. Morgan Freeman is the show's executive producer - or as he referred to himself, "executive executive executive executive producer" - and when asked at the show's Summer TCA panel whether he would appear on the show, he was a bit tight-lipped. "One never knows, do one?" he mused. "Whether or not I show up is going to depend on the opera, and what the idea that comes up is." Can I put in my vote for president? He's already played the commander in chief before (see: Deep Impact, Olympus Has Fallen), so he's definitely prepared for the role. Madam Secretary premieres Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., and you can check out the trailer now. Source: Getty / Frederick M. Brown; Front Page Image Source: CBS »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Slideshow: Morgan Freeman Honored by Gene Siskel Film Center

8 July 2014 5:25 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 4 | Next Morgan Freeman honored by the Gene Siskel Film Center, June 7th, 2014.

Chicago – The sonorous and familiar voice of Morgan Freeman was in Chicago on June 7th, 2014, as the Gene Siskel Film Center presented “A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman” to benefit the theater. The event, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, raised more than $350,000 for the Film Center’s programming budget.

The Academy Award winning actor – for “Million Dollar Baby” – is well known for his authoritative narrative voice and heroic presence in films such as “The Shawshank Redemption”, ”Deep Impact,” “Unforgiven,” “Seven,” “The Dark Knight” and “Last Vegas.” He began his career on stage and on the 1970s PBS TV show, “Electric Company,” and has built his resume after his 1989 roles in “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Glory.” He even recently had an animation voiceover role in “The Lego Movie.”

Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was at the Red Carpet before the “Conversation, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Independence Day: the film that defined modern summer movies

2 July 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...

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In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.

Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »

- ryanlambie

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North Korea set to go to war over a Seth Rogen movie?

25 June 2014 11:14 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman calls Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's upcoming The Interview "an act of war". Really.

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When Charlie Sheen dropped a bomb on Saddam Hussein in Hot Shots! back in the 1990s, we can't imagine that the-then leader of Iraq was particularly amused. However, we also can't quite remember Jim Abrahams' spoof movie being the catalyst for international conflict.

But times have changed. And Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-directors of the upcoming The Interview, seem to have left the North Korean government threatening an "act of war". We are not making this up. The world might end because of a Seth Rogen movie.

The Interview is a comedy, starring Rogen and James Franco, about a fake plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. And on the basis of the trailer, there are some within North Korea who are not amused. »

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The Cheap Sin of Preferring the Wrong Movie in a Dueling Pair

24 June 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In almost every set of “dueling” movies, whether they’re competing biopics or similar-premise disaster flicks out within months of each other, there’s a right one and a wrong one as far as which you’re supposed to prefer. It’s okay to enjoy Michael Bay’s Armageddon, but you should recognize Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact as the better movie. Capote over Infamous. Observe and Report over Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Top Gun over Iron Eagle. Dantes Peak over Volcano. Tombstone over Wyatt Earp. 1492: Conquest of Paradise over Christopher Columbus: The Discovery. The Prestige over The Illusionist. Mission to Mars over Red Planet. Chasing Liberty over First Daughter. Leviathan over DeepStar Six, and The Abyss over both of them. Some pairs are nearly a draw as far as neither actually being worth a preference, such as Lambada and The Forbidden Dance. Here’s a more recent one: Cheap Thrills over 13 Sins. The »

- Christopher Campbell

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Amistad Blu-ray Review

11 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A measure of a successful movie need not be limited to its box office take or its number of wins at the end of awards' season, but should also take into account how well the story, cast, and visuals hold up upon subsequent viewings decades later.  For Steven Spielberg's 1997 historical drama, Amistad, the four Oscar nominations took some of the sting out of a poor box office performance, but this 175-year-old tale of a struggle for freedom is, sadly, still very relevant to contemporary times.  Additionally, the film's excellent cast is a treasure trove of both veteran actors and young up-and-comers who would go on to make a big name for themselves in later years.  Now that Amistad is available on Blu-ray, you can revisit the film for yourself.  Hit the jump for my review. Feature: Based on the true story of the 1839 uprising by newly captured Mende slaves aboard the ship La Amistad, »

- Dave Trumbore

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Astrophysicist Tyson's Top 10 Sci-Fi Films

8 June 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been very vocal about his problems with the scientific inaccuracies of Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity". Recently speaking with The La Times, he was asked for a list of his ten favorite sci-fi films.

There's the original versions of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Planet of the Apes," Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," James Cameron's "The Terminator" and the 1985 New Zealand sci-fi film "The Quiet Earth".

The other five were more recent: "Contact," "The Matrix," "Watchmen," and surprisingly "Deep Impact" and "The Island". Tyson offers explanations for each of his choices here and adds "Blade Runner" as a runner-up, sayingL "This story was simultaneously deep and scary. But I never warmed to it the way so many lovers of the genre have. Which makes this comment more of a confession than a review." »

- Garth Franklin

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Neil deGrasse Tyson's Ten Favorite Sci-Fi Films, Gravity Didn't Make the List

8 June 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Astrophysicist and host of "Cosmos" Neil deGrasse Tyson has been very vocal about how inaccurate "Gravity" is. So during a recent interview with La Times, he decided to present his list of top ten (plus one) favorite sci-fi films. Check out his list and reviews below. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951): The story was so strong and compelling that the film did not require heavy special effects or monsters or violence to be simultaneously hopeful and terrifying. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Perhaps the first film to be all about the discovery of alien intelligence yet not show what it looks like, knowing that our imagination could surely do a better job than Hollywood. In any case, it was a visual orgy of space travel and space exploration that we remain far from achieving, even 13 years after the 33 years-in-the-future it portrayed. Planet of the Apes (1968): Saw this »

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'Cosmos' Host Neil deGrasse Tyson -- The Most Scientifically Inaccurate Movie Ever Is ...

5 June 2014 3:55 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

If you thought Neil deGrasse Tyson hated "Gravity" -- and he seriously did -- wait until you hear him shred an obscure Disney sci-fi movie from the 70s that still angers him to this day.The host of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” was outside the Paley Center in NYC Wednesday night ... when we innocently asked him to name the most scientifically inaccurate movie in history. Tyson immediately went Ham on 1979's "The Black Hole." If »

- TMZ Staff

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Parenting, according to 1990s sci-fi movies

4 June 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Fighting interstellar war or saving the world from invaders is tough, but it's nowhere near as hard as raising the next generation...

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Please note: this feature has a big spoiler for Armageddon, and light spoilers for Face/Off, Contact, Village Of The Damned, The Astronaut's Wife and Deep Impact.

One look at the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar tells you that it's offering a meal of science fiction with a side order of parental issues, and there’s nothing new about that. The big franchises all dabble in the maternal and paternal, from Star Wars to Alien, Star Trek to Terminator – they address what it means to be responsible for the next generation, and for all the generations to come.

How come sci-fi has such a connection with the issue of parenthood? Perhaps that’s natural, considering it deals with the future of humanity. But it’s »

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20 Comic Characters That Are Total Rip-Offs‏

28 May 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Comics are stuffed full of colourful characters with amazing abilities, outrageous outfits and other things that can be illustrated with alliteration. But, as some old dude called Ecclesiastes said, what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. To put it another way, comics are lousy with knock-off characters with suspiciously similar skills, analogous attire and other things that can be illustrated with alliteration.

Get ready for a lot of repetition, because we are going to dive into the murky world where inspiration, homage and just plain theft mix together to create the nasty soup of imitation comic book characters. From the bargain bin derivatives to the rip-offs who’ve since taken on a life of their own to the inexplicably similar characters who pop up at the same time, Armageddon/Deep Impact-style, the incestuous world of »

- Tom Baker

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Morgan Freeman on helium

22 May 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

We could tell you that this clip below is from the fifth season of Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole, a documentary series exploring the mysteries of of the universe that returns June 4. But all that does is delay getting to the point, which is that this clip features the show’s distinguished host Morgan Freeman on helium. Yes, the soothing baritone of the Oscar winner who has guided us through a prison incarceration in The Shawshank Redemption, helped us survive a meteor attack in Deep Impact, and convinced us in our weak late-night hours to buy McDonalds or use »

- James Hibberd

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5 reasons why Tea Leoni looks perfect for 'Madam Secretary' in the new trailer

14 May 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I first saw the trailer for CBS' new fall show "Madam Secretary," my first thought was, hey, Tea Leoni! I love Tea Leoni! My second thought was, man, have not been seeing much of her in recent years. Sure, she was just in "Tower Heist" in 2011, but no one saw that, and it's been a whole lotta years since "Flirting with Disaster." There have been many projects in between, but not enough of them have been ideal showcases for Leoni's talent, plus movies like "Jurassic Park III" and "Deep Impact" weren't really about the actors, and plenty of other stars dominated hits like "A League of Their Own." Here are five reasons why I'm really hoping this is the hit Leoni has long deserved.  1) She's smart by any standard Yes, she dropped out of Sarah Lawrence, but let's remember that she got into Sarah Lawrence. Watching her on screen in any role, »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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Why We Still Love Godzilla

13 May 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a creature who's been asleep for hundreds of millions of years, Godzilla is surprisingly adept at changing with the times.

Across 60 years and 30 movies, from his first appearance in 1954's "Godzilla" to the second American reboot "Godzilla" opening this week, the Lizard King has reflected the anxieties of his times, from World War II to the War on Terror, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the atomic reactor disaster of Fukushima., and from Japan to the rest of the world.

Even in that first film, the linkage of the radioactive-breath monster with the atomic anxieties of the only nation ever attacked by nuclear weapons was explicit. "First Nagasaki, now this!" cries a woman in anticipation of Godzilla's imminent arrival. Less then a decade after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan's surrender in World War II, and just months after U.S. hydrogen bomb testing »

- Gary Susman

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Why We Still Love Godzilla

13 May 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

For a creature who's been asleep for hundreds of millions of years, Godzilla is surprisingly adept at changing with the times.

Across 60 years and 30 movies, from his first appearance in 1954's "Godzilla" to the second American reboot "Godzilla" opening this week, the Lizard King has reflected the anxieties of his times, from World War II to the War on Terror, from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to the atomic reactor disaster of Fukushima., and from Japan to the rest of the world.

Even in that first film, the linkage of the radioactive-breath monster with the atomic anxieties of the only nation ever attacked by nuclear weapons was explicit. "First Nagasaki, now this!" cries a woman in anticipation of Godzilla's imminent arrival. Less then a decade after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki forced Japan's surrender in World War II, and just months after U.S. hydrogen bomb testing »

- Gary Susman

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Jaws' is No. 1

29 April 2014 2:50 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

When I was growing up on the Jersey Shore, mere miles from the 1916 shark attacks that Peter Benchley used as inspiration for his best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws had a profound effect on my summers. Whenever I was alone in the water, I inevitably began to fear that I was being stalked by something beneath the surface. The panic would grow and grow — as John Williams’ daaa-dum music grew louder in my head — until I finally felt compelled to make a break for it. Swimming for my life, my flailing arms furiously pounded the water and my lungs felt »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Jurassic Park'

25 April 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

More than two decades later, and we still can’t look at a cup of water the same.

Just as the rippling water in that now iconic scene signaled the T. rex’s grand entrance, so did Jurassic Park usher in a new era of cinematic innovation. Making a reality of so many childhood dreams, it marries moviemaking wizardry and emotional complexity to electrifying effect. Park also straddles a number of genres (action-adventure, family, thriller, and sci-fi, to name a few) on top of its ready-made merchandising and theme-park ride potential, ultimately offering something for everyone. But the leaps and »

- Lanford Beard

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

23 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

In 2014, it’s difficult to appreciate the awe felt by uninitiated audiences who saw Raiders of the Lost Ark in theaters in 1981. Think about the film’s opening scenes, which introduce Indiana Jones and his now-iconic fedora in the jungles of South America. He narrowly avoids getting shot in the back by his mutinous guides, proves his Zorro-esque expertise with a whip, cleverly maneuvers through the deadly booby-traps of an ancient Peruvian temple, flicks away tarantulas like they’re gnats, nabs the prized golden idol but sets off a chain-reaction of destruction that includes a giant boulder chasing him back out into the sunlight, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'

22 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

There were movie aliens before E.T., and there were movie aliens after E.T., but none were as memorable (or weirdly adorable) as Steven Spielberg’s 1982 creation.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial told the story of a young boy who discovers an extra-terrestrial — often referred to as a goblin before they find out its true origins — and forms a loving, brotherly relationship with it as he struggles with his parents’ recent separation. Between the amazing child acting in the film (more on that later), the wonders of an animatronic alien with facial expressions as real as mine or yours, and the tear-inspiring story, »

- Ariana Bacle

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