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If you are someone who uses Netflix Instant as your sole source for TV and movie entertainment, then you know how easy it is to fall into a rut. It can be so hard to find quality movies after a while and you end up watching the same stuff over and over. Well, search no more! Here are 6 often overlooked movies that you may not have seen or had a chance to watch yet. (Or you may not know whether they are worth your time but trust me they are!)
Starring Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame and Mark Duplass from “The League.” This film is… surprising. I can’t give too much away because the film was specifically advertised with misdirection. The actual premise sneaks up on you and you is one of the most clever films released in 2014. Also these two actors are the »
- Sarah Sommer
Each year, pop culture fans from around the world make their way to San Diego Comic-Con to bask in the glow of the largest convention of its kind, a singular experience that brings well over 100,000 people together to celebrate comics, film, TV, gaming, and much more. Most attendees differ in their primary interests, but one doesn’t make the trek to Sdcc without being a fan of something, and that shared enthusiasm is a big part of what brings people back again and again. This year, SoS’s Elizabeth Rico and Whitney McIntosh joined TV Editor Kate Kulzick at the Con.
Kate Kulzick: Another Sdcc has come and gone and finally, a week after it ended, I’ve recovered. It was an exhausting experience for me this year, and this was my fourth year attending—how was it for you guys? This was your first times, right?
Elizabeth Rico: Oh good, »
- Kate Kulzick
Sean Gunn will be familiar to many for his role as village eccentric Kirk in television series The Gilmore Girls. What some might not realise is that he is indeed the brother of James Gunn, the director of the fantastic Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gunn has been appearing in his brother’s projects for years, is featured in Super, and even turned up for an episode or two of reality competition Scream Queens on which James was a judge. He also starred as not one but two characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, the first was Kraglin, one of Yondu’s henchmen, the second was Rocket Raccoon.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Bradley Cooper played the part, but in actuality he only voiced the character and there were several other key members that bought »
- Kat Smith
From The Office to Super to, now, The Boy Rainn Wilson has sure shown he's gone range. Here he plays the father of the titular "boy" in the new psychological thriller produced by Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision.
The film, based on Clay McLeod Chapman’s novel “Miss Corpus," hits select theaters and VOD on August 18th.
It’s the summer of 1989. Nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mtn. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—becoming a living ghost, haunting the motel—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s [Continued ...] »
Oh, if the walls of Maison Sur Mer — the home-furnishings oasis owned by Mistresses‘ April Malloy — could talk. They’ve already seen a ne’er-do-well husband fake his death; an ab-tastic FBI agent deliver an oversized canvas that, by all scientific measures, should’ve burst into flames from the glistening bodies (and acrylic colors) that painted it; and some light blackmail, adultery and overzealous day drinking for good measure.
RelatedBlind Item: Crossover Event Eyed for Fall — and It Will Blow. Your. Mind.
Now, thanks to Dr. Karen Kim (University of Blind Optimism, Class of ’90), the lush tablescapes and 1,000-thread-count sheets »
Cosplay costume: Jacket from ‘Hotline Miami‘
The 7th annual Montreal Comiccon, was held at the Palais des Congrès this past weekend and for the first time in seven years, I was able to attend the event. Past Cons were held in early September, conflicting with my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, but this year, the organizers decided to change the date allowing me to geek out to a variety of attractions catering to fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, games, television and film. I’m pleased to announce that I was pleasantly surprised with the event as a whole. Montreal’s geek extravaganza is extremely laid back. There was little time spent waiting in line and everyone seems to be having a good time. I counted over two dozen booths filled with comic book artists ready to draw up an original piece on the spot, sign an autograph »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been promising new and exciting changes ahead for the franchise. As progress is made on the sequel to his Marvel Cinematic hit, the director loves to tease fans with news on what.s to come. And this time around, the director emphasized just how different Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be from its predecessor, calling it an overall more emotional movie. James Gunn has always been closer to the side of indie movies than big blockbusters. With smaller budget films like Slither and Super at the core of his resume, Guardians of the Galaxy was an entirely new territory for the filmmaker. That.s why, when he claims that Guardians 2 is going to be much more emotional, we can trust him. He explained what .more emotional. meant while quizzed by the press at the Saturn Awards on Thursday (via Collider): Well »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
For the early part of last year, most fans saw Guardians of the Galaxy as a giant gamble for Marvel. It was a sprawling space epic with little known characters and a director mostly beloved for his cool, hip cult movies such as The Specials, Slither and Super. But Marvel and Disney knew they had a hit earlier on, announcing a sequel at last year's Comic-Con before the movie even opened, confirming a May 5, 2017 release date. Thing is, they had no idea just how big of a blockbuster hit Guardians of the Galaxy would prove to be, or how prophetic that news was. Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into one of the biggest stars in the galaxy. And it excelled at giving us a group of characters who all 'stole' the show. Now, more than possibly any other Marvel movie planned to hit over the next five years, »
James Gunn made the announcement Thursday on his Facebook page. He’s also revealed castings last week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“You may recognize him from one of my other films — Kraglin in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Alien Orphan in ‘The Specials’ (film), Toby in ‘Super,’ Humanzee in ‘Humanzee,’ or numerous characters in our James Gunn’s PG Porn series (which Sean co-created with me and our brother Brian),” James Gunn said.
“Even more of you might recognize him as Kirk from ‘Gilmore Girls. ‘In addition to being my brother, he’s also my favorite actor in the world to work with so I’m excited to welcome him aboard ‘Belko’ as Marty Espenscheid, »
- Dave McNary
It’s hardly the most surprising piece of casting news given their long professional association, so we’re more shocked it took this long for James Gunn to announce. But announce it he has: Michael Rooker will be part of the cast for horror thriller The Belko Experiment. Rooker, who has worked with Gunn on the likes of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Slither and Super, is set to play Bud Melks, the head of maintenance for the Belko building in the film, who is concerned when mysterious forces make his colleagues start killing each other lest they die themselves.Wolf Creek’s Greg McLean will be directing Gunn’s script for the film, which already features John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Melonie Diaz and John C. McGinley in its cast. The cameras are set to start rolling in Bogota, Colombia, next month. Rooker will next be seen in a drama called Bolden! »
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101). As usual, Wizard World has an impressive line-up of celebrity guests including Elvira, Christian Kane, and George Romero, but the star I’m most excited to meet is actor Michael Rooker.
Michael Rooker was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1955. He has eight brothers and sisters. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and he moved with his mother and siblings to Chicago, Illinois, where he studied at the Goodman School of Drama. Rooker made his feature film debut by playing the title character in the gritty 1985 horror classic Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer. He followed this with significant big-screen roles in Tombstone, Days Of Thunder, Cliffhanger, JFK, Mississippi Burning, Sea Of Love, The Dark Half, Mallrats, »
- Tom Stockman
*Updated 5/12 with new events and guests* There are dozens of horror and comic events every year, and that gives fans plenty of opportunities to meet Robert Kirkman or one of the many cast members from The Walking Dead. Although it's a bit early for some of the bigger conventions to announce their full guest lists, we put together an initial list of stops so you can start making your travel plans.
New to the The Walking Dead convention circuit in 2015 are Tyler James Williams, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Seth Gilliam, along with some of the other new cast members we've seen in Season 5. If you're looking to catch most of The Walking Dead cast together at once, your best chance will be at the San Diego Comic-Con in July and the New York Comic Con in October. Those looking to meet Norman Reedus will have plenty of opportunities, as he is »
- Jonathan James
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.
With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.
10. Iron Man 2 (2010)
If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »
According to Production Weekly, Marvel’s upcoming follow-up to last year’s smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy is going under the working title of Guardians 3000, which – if true – suggests that we might be seeing some of the original line-up of the cosmic superhero team in the 2017 sequel.
See Also: James Gunn: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be about “fathers”
For those unaware, Guardians 3000 is also the name of an ongoing Marvel Comics title, which revolves around the characters of Yondu, Major Victory, Charlie-27, Martinex and Starhawk – the original Guardians of the Galaxy line-up, who made their first appearance in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 back in 1969.
Would you like to see the original Guardians appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
- Gary Collinson
It may not be immediately obvious from watching Guardians of the Galaxy, but writer-director James Gunn is a horror guy in his heart. Granted, Guardians is a bit edgier than most of the Marvel movies, but it's certainly not nearly as violent as his past films like Super, as gory as Slither, or as grungy as Tromeo and Juliet. We love the more family-friendly movies Gunn's plenty capable of (he wrote the live-action Scooby-Doos, which are actually pretty clever), but we also dig those movies, so we're relieved to hear that he hasn't hung up his horror hat just yet. Gunn revealed on Facebook that The Belco Experiment, a script he wrote a few years, has finally found new life. Unfortunately he's not directing (Guaradians of the Galaxy 2 has him...
- Peter Hall
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