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Today in Movie Culture: 'Ghostbusters' Ruling Halloween, Rob Zombie the Auteur and More

19 October 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Musical Mashup of the Day: Characters from 49 movies sing the theme song to Friends in this musical montage from The Unusual Suspect:   Bad Movie Analysis of the Day: Watch an alien from the future describing the plot of Batman Begins in the latest episode of Earthling Cinema:   Adorable Cosplay of the day: Kids are doing a great job representing Ghostbusters costumes this Halloween, as seen in the below Ghostbuster and Ecto-1 getup for a boy and his wheelchair (see a full video at io9) plus a little girl inspired by Leslie Jones in the new movie:   @Lesdoggg inspiring a new generation of #Ghostbusters with a mini Patty...

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Horror Highlights: Abbey Grace, The Mummy #1, Razors, Q&A with Stray Director Nena Eskridge, Tabloid Vivant

18 October 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In Stephen Durham's Abbey Grace, Stacy and Ben discover that their childhood home has a secret, and you can find out what that secret is on November 8th. Also in today's Highlights: we have a variant cover for The Mummy #1, release details for Razors and Tabloid Vivant, and a Q&A with the director of Stray, Nena Eksridge!

Abbey Grace Release Details and Trailer: Press Release: "Director Stephen Durham (The Butchers) unleashes a new tale in terror with Abbey Grace, premiering on Demand November 8 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

When Stacy's mom dies, Stacey puts her life and career on hold and returns to her childhood home to take care of her Ocd, agoraphobic, brother Ben who hasn't been out of the house for 23 years only to find out the house they grew up in harbors a disturbing secret.

Debbie Sheridan, Jacob Hobbs, Amber Gallaway, and Semi Anthony star in »

- Tamika Jones

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Are we witnessing the end of the movie trilogy?

17 October 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Oct 19, 2016

Fantastic Beasts is now five films. There's a further Planet Of The Apes movie planned. Whatever happened to the traditional movie trilogy?

(Light) spoilers lie ahead for Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse

Amongst the flood of movie news that arrived in our inbox last week, two stories in particular caught my eye.

The first was that War For The Planet Of The Apes, the eagerly-awaited continuation – and assumed conclusion – of the story thus far told in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – would be the conclusion of that particular story. That the new trilogy of films would be complete upon its release.

Only that’s not the case: director Matt Reeves has now revealed that conversations are taking place regarding a tenth Planet Of The Apes film, and the fourth in this particular narrative line. That »

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Smallville 15th Anniversary: A Retrospective Look

17 October 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As it celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, Ricky Church looks back on Smallville

When I was a young teenager, I had actually been drifting away from comics and superheroes a bit. After Batman & Robin it became clear no more Batman movies were going to be made for a while and cartoons like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond were winding down while the late 90s and early 00s weren’t particularly great for comics. Three things over the course of my high school years reignited my passion for these characters. Starting backwards, it was Batman Begins, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films and Smallville.

15 years ago today, one of the longest running science fiction shows aired on television. Smallville set out to explore Superman’s youth in the titular town, but its real objective was to humanize Clark Kent and his journey to becoming the world’s greatest superhero. »

- Ricky Church

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‘Shin Godzilla’ Critical Roundup: The King of Monsters Reclaims His Throne, But Only Just

12 October 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After making beaucoup bucks in its native Japan, where it’s the highest-grossing film of 2016, “Shin Godzilla” (Aka “Godzilla Resurgence”) has made its way across the Pacific and is now making landfall in America. The reviews so far are mostly favorable: Joe Leydon, writing for Variety, says that the king of monsters “gets a largely satisfying reboot in ‘Shin Godzilla,’ a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the ‘Batman Begins’ of Zilla Thrillers.”

Read More: ‘Godzilla: Resurgence’ Trailer: The Beloved Monster Returns In Toho’s First Godzilla Movie In A Decade

Over at The Wrap, Alonso Duralde is similarly favorable in his review:

“‘Shin Godzilla’ feels very much like a post-9/11 movie that ventures into nearly ‘Veep’-ian levels of political satire…And when Godzilla does his thing, it’s always terrifying — the destruction here is chillingly realistic and far removed from the crumbling cardboard skyscrapers of yore. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Accountant’ Review: Ben Affleck Excels at Math and Murder in Oddball Origin Story

12 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Call it “H&R Batman Begins”: Ben Affleck stars in “The Accountant” as a man with a beautiful mind for bookkeeping, fists of fury in hand-to-hand combat and an American sniper’s skill with a gun. And if that combo sounds bonkers, rest assured that this thriller is completely aware of the silliness of its premise, not that it ever allows that ludicrousness to get in the way of the fun. Audiences willing to just go with the movie’s outlandish lead character will find laughs and thrills along the way, as well as that rarest of studio properties: a tentpole that actually. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Syfy Casts Lead in Superman Prequel Pilot ‘Krypton’

3 October 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Syfy has found the lead for Superman-origins pilot, “Krypton,” Variety has learned.

British newcomer Cameron Cuffe has been cast in the starring role of Seg-El. Destined to be the ancestor of Jor-El, the future father of Superman, and Kal-El, the future Superman,, Seg-El is the scion of the once prosperous El family and is blessed with an intuitive brilliance for all things technical. He is now living in Krypton’s lowest caste after his family was stripped of its rank.

Cuffe, born in London, recently appeared in Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant’s “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and has a recurring role on ITV’s upcoming drama “The Halcyon.” He is a graduate of Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art, The Lir Academy. Following his graduation, he appeared in the Park Theatre production of David Hare’s play “The Vertical Hour” and in the Donmar Warehouse production of “City of Angels.”

“Krypton »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Voyage of Time’: How Terrence Malick’s VFX Team Achieved Truth and Beauty

29 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience” (narrated by Brad Pitt) ambitiously picks up where he left off in the trippy prologue to “The Tree of Life”: documenting the birth of the cosmos and humankind. It’s his first doc and, if nominated for the VFX Oscar, that would be a first for the category.

As with “Tree of Life,” the VFX were overseen by Dan Glass (“Batman Begins,” “The Matrix” sequels) , creative director of Method, which served as the lead VFX studio. In fact, “Voyage of Time” was made in parallel to its 10-year journey to the big screen (the feature version, “Life’s Journey,” narrated by Cate Blanchett, contains broader appeal than the IMAX educational market).

Read More: Enabling Terrence Malick: What It’s Like to Be His Producers 

Leveraging R&D from “The Tree of Life” outfit in Austin called Skunkworks, Glass and »

- Bill Desowitz

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Film Review: ‘Shin Godzilla’

29 September 2016 5:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Original Gangsta Lizard gets a largely satisfying reboot in “Shin Godzilla,” a surprisingly clever monster mash best described as the “Batman Begins” of Zilla Thrillers. Co-directors Hideaki Anno (the cult-fave “Evangelion” franchise) and Shinji Ishihara (“Attack on Titan”), working from Anno’s genre-respectful yet realpolitik-savvy screenplay, draw basic elements from Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 “Gojira” and its many follow-ups — to the point of including a wink-wink, nudge-nudge reference to Goro Naki, a character who loomed large in two sequels — but update the familiar kaiju mythos to a 21st-century world where the sudden appearance of an immense, fire-breathing reptile in Japan can generate all sorts of inter-agency political wrangling, revive terribly unpleasant memories of the country’s militaristic past, and really, really wreak havoc on the value of the yen in global monetary markets.

In short, Anno and Ishihara operate according to a classic sci-fi game plan: This couldn’t happen. »

- Joe Leydon

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Comic Books 101: DC Comics-reading Batman PT2

22 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Comic Books 101: DC Comics-Reading Batman Pt 2

Previously I wrote an article helping new readers figure out the best places to pick up Batman from DC Comics . For those confused or still uncertain about major events in DC Comics (which connect to various “jumping on” points for Batman) I wrote an article detailing the big company altering stories in my history of the DC Universe article. This time around I am going to open up a bit more on the adventures of The Dark Knight, and take a look at some of the bigger, and in my opinion, best stories for potential Batman readers. This will include small and big story lines that exist in various continuities within the DC Comics publication history for the character. There won’t be any set “this is better than that” to the stories listed, simply moments in the characters publication where a »

- Jeremy Scully

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8 Great Comic Book Characters Who Were Completely Wasted In DC Comics Movies

22 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

var l_ttlPages = 8; var l_url = location.pathname.replace(location.hash, ""); var qs = (function(a) { if (a == "") return {}; var b = {}; for (var i = 0; i 2 && l_page The DC Films Universe may be getting a tough time of it thanks to the mixed response to movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but Warner Bros.' adaptations of DC Comics properties have always been pretty hit and miss. For every Batman Begins and, er, Batman, there's a Superman Returns and Green Lantern. As a result, a lot of characters have been let down in a big way. For whatever reason, it seems like the studio just struggles when it comes to the best way to portray their most iconic heroes and »

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8 Great Comic Book Characters Who Were Completely Wasted In DC Comics Movies

22 September 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

var l_ttlPages = 8; var l_url = location.pathname.replace(location.hash, ""); var qs = (function(a) { if (a == "") return {}; var b = {}; for (var i = 0; i 2 && l_page The DC Films Universe may be getting a tough time of it thanks to the mixed response to movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but Warner Bros.' adaptations of DC Comics properties have always been pretty hit and miss. For every Batman Begins and, er, Batman, there's a Superman Returns and Green Lantern. As a result, a lot of characters have been let down in a big way. For whatever reason, it seems like the studio just struggles when it comes to the best way to portray their most iconic heroes and »

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John Lithgow Was Almost the Joker in Joe Dante's Canceled Batman Movie

14 September 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

There are many stories in Hollywood of potentially great superhero movies that never got made, and now we have yet another one to add to that list. Gremlins director Joe Dante, as it turns out, had been approached prior to Tim Burton to direct a Batman movie for Warner Bros. Not only that, but he revealed that he had plans to make John Lithgow The Joker in what would have been his version.

Joe Dante recently talked a bit about the project in an interview with Psychotronic Cinema. The screenplay for this Batman movie that never was would have been based on a screenplay written by Tom Mankiewicz, who wrote the Roger Moore Bond movie Live and Let Die. In terms of tone, the movie would have been darker than the 1960s Batman TV series, but not as gritty as the Christopher Nolan movies. Here is what the director had to say about it. »

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Could Catwoman Appear In The DC Universe? Anne Hathaway Entertains Thought Of Reprising Role

10 September 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a strategy that in many ways defined Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the prestigious filmmaker brought Catwoman to the big screen for The Dark Knight Rises in a way that felt grounded, tangible and ultimately, consistent with both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Slinking into the role of Selina Kyle circa 2012 was Anne Hathaway, who has now entertained the thought of one day reprising the Catwoman role in an interview with Variety (via Cbm). First and foremost, the actress acknowledged that there would be certain creative roadblocks to overcome, given that Nolan’s tenure in Warner’s DC toy box has drawn to a close following the release of Tdkr.

“I loved that character and I had such a blast playing her. I’m not sure how it would work because I think the Chris Nolan chapter of the Batman story has been wrapped up and I’m part of that, »

- Michael Briers

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Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire: the first trailer

9 September 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tony Sokol Sep 12, 2016

Ben Wheatley's new film, Free Fire, opens the London Film Festival next month. Here's the first trailer...

The first (red band) trailer for Ben Wheatley’s (Kill List, High-Rise) upcoming crime film Free Fire has been released, and it promises to be a violent and brutal film.

“It's all guns, no control in the electrifying first trailer for Ben Wheatley's Free Fire.,” reads the official synopsis. “A broker, Irishmen, and a gang are thrust into survival when shots are fired during a transaction of guns, forcing them to band together to survive.”

Free Fire, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening Midnight Madness screening.

Free Fire stars Brie Larson, who won an Oscar for her turn in Room and was recently cast in Captain Marvel. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Sharlto Copley »

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See Captain Marvel's Brie Larson In A Very Different Kind Of Role In This First Red Band Free Fire Trailer

9 September 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Before Brie Larson suits up as Captain Marvel, she'll play a far more ruthless character in British director Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, with the likes of Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), and Jack Reynor (Transformers) along for the ride. Wheatley's (High Rise, A Field in England, Kill List) films are certainly an acquired taste, but they are always interesting at the very least. His latest star-studded effort is a '70s-set shoot 'em up with a comedic tinge, and knowing Wheatley you can probably expect quite a few twisted surprises. Check out the first red band trailer below, and let us know what you think. Free Fire premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will serve as the closer of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival on 16 October 2016. The film is then scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 31 March, »

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Why Dark Knight Rises Ending Is Perfect According to Joseph Gordon-Levitt

30 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Before the term "cinematic universe" was born, Christopher Nolan delivered the Batman movie fans had been waiting years for with 2005's Batman Begins. When the sequel The Dark Knight broke box office records in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just getting started, and the finale The Dark Knight Rises hit theaters just a few months after The Avengers shattered box office records left and right. The Dark Knight Rises was still a hit, taking in $448.1 million domestically and $636.8 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $1.08 billion, but many fans were disappointed with the ending. According to one of the film's stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this franchise finale had the "perfect ending."

When Joseph Gordon-Levitt first signed on as John Blake, many fans thought he would eventually be revealed as The Dark Knight's sidekick, Robin, which was proven to be true, since his full name was revealed to be Robin John Blake. »

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Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 Review – 31 (2016)

28 August 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

31, 2016

Written and directed by Rob Zombie

Starring Sheri Moon ZombieElizabeth Daily, Meg Foster, Richard Brake, Torsten Voges, Lew Temple, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, David Ury, Pancho Moler and Malcolm McDowell


Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.

Rob Zombie has certainly had a fairly up and down track record when it comes to his movies, but you can’t argue that he doesn’t have a style. The second a movie starts, you know it’s directed by Zombie. 31 is absolutely no different, but is it at the higher end of The Devil’s Rejects, or the lower spectrum of Halloween II?

In typical Zombie fashion, 31 sees a group of carnies in the 1970s captured by »

- Luke Owen

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Comic Books 101: Batman -- Where To Begin Reading (Part 1)

25 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

So, you want to start reading Batman but are completely lost due to the character being around for over seventy-five years, and hundreds of issues and iterations on the character.

Where do you start? What If you only like some of the movie versions? Or maybe the video games?

What’s the New 52? What’s Rebirth?

It can be daunting if you are completely new to the world of comic books or maybe a returning fan that’s been away for a long time. While hardcore fans have probably stuck around for all the various Bat books, most maybe only keep up via Wiki or maybe random postings on sites like Cbr or IGN. Well, fear not, as I will be doing my best to give some insight on iconic Batman storylines essential to the character, along with a brief update on the current state of the character!

So without further ado, »

- Jeremy Scully

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Great Job, Internet!: Batman Begins is just a darker, more violent remake of Richie Rich

23 August 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

When they were crafting a screenplay for 2005’s franchise-rebooting Batman Begins, writer David S. Goyer and director Christopher Nolan drew heavily on such DC-published titles as Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One as well as Batman: The Long Halloween and “The Man Who Falls” from Secret Origins. But a new YouTube video suggests that maybe the blockbuster’s biggest inspiration was something else entirely, something completely outside of the canon: 1994’s Richie Rich, directed by journeyman Donald Petrie and starring Macaulay Culkin as an impossibly wealthy child.

The video, “24 Reasons Batman Begins & Richie Rich Are The Same Movie,” comes to us courtesy the YouTube channel Couch Tomato, which specializes in comparing films point by point and discussing their similarities and differences. Its series 24 Reasons is devoted to the former. “All movies are the same,” the channel claims, “so you can’t hate a movie for ...


- Joe Blevins

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