Discussion: What Was the Last Trailer to Change Your Mind About a Movie?
Do movie trailers really have an effect on whether or not we see a movie? I’m not talking about the trailers that confirm for us that an anticipated movie will be worth seeing. And I’m not talking about a trailer that simply alerts the mainstream, non-movie-site-following public to the existence of a movie they immediately deem worth seeing. I mean a trailer that can truly make or break a movie by changing minds for the better or worse on a particular title.
The answer is yes. We see it time and time again, and every positive is an exciting surprise. Recall last year when Fast & Furious 6 revealed its most insane action sequence during a Super Bowl spot. It not only changed many minds about that sequel but about the entire Fast and Furious franchise... Read More
The Most Badass Talking Animals In Movies
With Guardians of the Galaxy about to arrive in theaters, Marvel and James Gunn are about to introduce one of the strangest major characters to ever appear in a movie to an unsuspecting populace. Yes, we're talking about Rocket Raccoon, the genetically modified creature voiced by Bradley Cooper. However, Rocket is not alone! In fact, he joins an established pantheon of talking animal characters. However, he belongs to a more specific subsection: he's one of cinema's few truly badass talking animals.
And that brings us to today's subject: the 10 most badass talking animals in the movies. The rules for this list were simple enough. First, the animal had to interact with human characters (so they're actually "talking" and not just speaking their own... Read More
Comics on Film: Don't Like Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman? Get Over It!
This year's San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. All of the reporters that were on the floor could likely use a vacation, studios laid bare several major announcements related to new and returning TV and film, and comic book fans were treated to a lot of news about the medium they love.
DC Comics fans in particular got quite a bit out of the convention this year, not only from upcoming DC-related TV shows, but there was also a great bit of excitement surrounding a little movie called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Fans in Hall H were treated to just under a minute of really cool footage promising a square-off between the World's Finest heroes, but we also got our first-ever look at Gal Gadot in costume as the third leg of DC's... Read More
'Dark Side of the Moon' Pokes Fun at Kubrick Conspiracy Theorists
Last week, we celebrated both the 45-year anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, and what would have been the 86th birthday of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. While those things might seem completely unrelated to most of us, conspiracy theorists have seen a link for years, claiming we never actually landed on the moon and that the government hired Kubrick to film the fake moon landing here on Earth.
While French filmmaker William Karel is not a moon-landing denier, he’s not above having a little fun with the idea of Kubrick being the visual genius who duped the entire world into believing that we actually walked on the surface of that floating white orb in the sky.
Karel’s Dark Side of the Moon is a 2002 parody that posits that Kubrick did indeed film the fake moon... Read More
Watch: Meet the Man Who Writes All Your Favorite Movie Novelizations
It’s controversial opinion time. If you want ham and cheese, there’s Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. If you want a quietly menacing (and believable) depiction of a cannibalistic serial killer, there’s Brian Cox’s Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter. With his sonorous voice, gleaming wit and Scottish brogue, the versatile actor has has made his mark in a number of films, from popcorn flicks (X2: X-Men United) to Oscar winners (Braveheart).
In this Funny or Die skit, Cox plays esteemed author William St. Bromms, who teaches a master class on how to write the perfect novelization of a film. He recites excerpts from some of his greatest novelizations to inspire his students, which also leaves us in hysterics.
“Indiana Jones... Read More
New 'Interstellar' Trailer Will Steal Your Heart to Another Galaxy
With a November 7, 2014 release date, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar is set to seal the deal on 2014 being the best year for sci-fi movies in a long, long time. So far the plot details have been (thankfully) pretty vague. All we know is that it takes place in a future where Earth has become unsustainable for life, and so mankind finally turns to the stars to hopefully colonize another world so that humanity doesn't die trapped on this pale blue dot. And apparently the man for that job is Matthew McConaughey.
Well, the new trailer (the one that was revealed at Comic-Con just days ago) just hit online, and while it doesn't show off anything all that extra in terms of plot, it does dial up the emotions to 11. In particular, Mackenzie Foy is just crushing it out of the... Read More
Watch: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' Trailer Likes Monkeying Around
Ben Stiller and his gang of historical figure friends are back for another adventure in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and this time the crew is going on a road trip. Watch the first trailer below.
The second sequel in the wildly popular franchise (the first two installments have grossed almost a billion dollars in worldwide box office) finds Stiller’s security guard and his band of misfits traveling to London to solve a mystery in the Egyptian wing of the British Museum.
Since all sequels have to up the stakes in some way, this third feature will find the ensemble cast outside the museum and prowling the streets of London.
“We have brought museums to life, but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world... Read More
See the Roman Epic Martin Scorsese Created When He Was Only 11 Years Old
At age 11 in New York City, Martin Scorsese’s imagination was already deeply entrenched in the cinema. The future director suffered from asthma and was unable to play sports or run around like the rest of the children in his neighborhood. Instead, he spent countless hours at his local movie theater with his family, where he developed an abiding love for film.
It was during this time that Scorsese developed an epic Roman film called The Eternal City, which he imagined would star Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Virginia Mayo, Alec Guinness and others. Scorsese even drew a series of storyboards for the drama, which Open Culture describes as a “Cecil B. Demille-like production.” The filmmaker called it “a fictitious story of Royalty in Ancient... Read More
Read: Tom Hiddleston Wrote This Great Letter to Joss Whedon After Reading 'The Avengers' Script
There's a reason why Loki is one of the most popular Marvel characters, and much of that has to do with Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays him. Not only is he insanely talented, but he's charming and friendly, and it's pretty impossible to find anything bad to say about him. So it's no surprise he wrote Joss Whedon this really great letter after reading a draft of the script for The Avengers. In it, the British actor gushes over the screenplay for the film, comparing Loki’s part to Die Hard’s Hans Gruber, and referencing both Willy Wonka and James Mason.
The letter (sent via e-mail) is featured in the prerelease excerpts of Amy Pascale’s upcoming Joss Whedon: The Biography – which will be in stores on August 1. Check out the... Read More
See the First Official Poster for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight'
It's quite fitting that the eighth film from Quentin Tarantino have the number eight in its title, and after a long back-and-forth that included leaked scripts and staged readings, this newly released (and official) poster finally confirms for certain that The Hateful Eight is heading to the big screen in 2015.
The poster also confirms a couple of other things, too, like how the film will be presented in 70 mm Super Cinemascope along with a special road-show engagement, which means it will probably tour the country before settling down in theaters nationwide. It'll be fun to see where those special engagements take place and who from the movie shows up.
And about that movie! Well, a bunch of Tarantino regulars have already been confirmed, many of whom also took part in... Read More
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