The Geek Beat: Five Great, Geeky Moments from Modern Comic-Con History
While pondering potential subjects for this week, I couldn't help noticing that this is the 52nd edition of the column that I've authored. That's a full year of weekly nerdery by my count, and it all began on July 23, 2013, with a roundup of the biggest hits, misses and lingering questions from the that year's San Diego Comic-Con.
With this year's convention kicking off in just a few days, it seems appropriate to bring the column back around to where it all began, and devote this week's installment to the massive, multi-headed, all-devouring beast known as Comic-Con International. After all, with more than 130,000 people expected to attend this year's event, and every major movie studio, television network, game developer and publisher scrambling... Read More
Your Top Three: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Movies
Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks.
This could be a very big week for Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock. He's starring in the latest (since January) version of Hercules, which opens Friday, and he's expected to be (officially) announced at Comic-Con as star of a DC superhero movie, probably playing Shazam, aka Captain Marvel.
After 15 years of acting -- outside of the performances involved in being a professional wrestler, that is -- he's not always taken that seriously as a movie star. A good-luck charm for movie franchises, maybe, but ever since his weird-looking CGI feature film debut in The Mummy Returns, he's had his ups and downs as far as respectability.
Part of this is because for... Read More
'Noah' Behind-the-Scenes Clip Throws Russell Crowe to the Ground
Noah is a stunning piece of filmmaking. Of course, that's to be expected when it comes to a movie about the construction of a giant ark intended to survive an apocalyptic flood, but Darren Aronofsky pushes his movie far beyond your standard biblical epic and turns it into a transcendent, engrossing spectacle. Seriously, there are just some downright gobsmacking visuals in this movie, with many of them coming before the big flood even happens.
Noah is currently available on Digital HD and will hit Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on July 29. And on that Blu-ray you'll find a number of special features that dive into the making of the movie, including this snippet below that shows off some of the stunt work that yanked Russell Crowe and Ray Winstone around a very real, very large set... Read More
See What Big Upcoming Movies Are Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the first wave of its lineup this morning. Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, David Gordon Green, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, David Cronenberg, Antoine Fuqua, Edward Zwick, Mikael Roskam and David Dobkin are just a few of the directors we’re anticipating work from. An opening film hasn’t been announced yet, so we still have something to look forward to, but Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet as a female architect in the court of King Louis XIV, will close the festival.
The tragic story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz, Foxcatcher, which saw tons of buzz at Cannes, is part of the Gala repertoire, but we’re still wondering if... Read More
Exclusive 'Blue Ruin' Clip and Interview Explain the Highs and Lows of Being an Independent Filmmaker
Today one of our favorite movies of 2014 hits home video. It's called Blue Ruin, and it's about a lonely man (the superb Macon Blair) who is given the opportunity to punish the man who wronged him years ago, only to realize that there is no such thing as a simple murder.
That may sound like the premise for your typical revenge thriller, but trust us when we say Blue Ruin is far from your typical indie revenge thriller. The same can be said for the story behind Blue Ruin, which is almost as great as the movie itself. Below is our interview with writer-director-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and star Macon Blair from last year's Fantastic Fest, and it's a pretty insightful look into the cold realities of independent-film production.
After Saulnier... Read More
New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Be Part of the Faction That Watches 'Divergent' at Home Now
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix.
Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods
Heaven Is for Real (drama; Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly; rated PG)
Sabotage (action; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard; rated R)
Transcendence (sci-fi; Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman; rated PG-13)
The Single Moms Club (Tyler Perry-directed comedy; Nia Long, Amy Smart; rated PG-13)
Cesar Chavez (drama; Michael Peña, America Ferrera; rated PG-13... Read More
Special 'The Last of Us' Event May Be the Next Best Thing to a Movie Version
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us was one of the most acclaimed video game releases of 2013. The tale of a man and a young girl trying to traverse the country in the wake of a viral outbreak that turns people into zombielike monsters was far more compelling than the log line led many to believe. In fact, lots of folks who’ve played the game have clamored for a film version of the tale of Joel and Ellie.
While there’s still no word on a cinematic update of The Last of Us, fans in Santa Monica will get a chance to see selected scenes from the game re-created on the stage – with the game’s voice actors bringing the story to life.
Sony reports that this live presentation is a one-time event, and will feature voice actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson... Read More
See the Abandoned, Outdoor Movie Theater Rotting Away in the Egyptian Desert
Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas discovered an abandoned movie theater hidden in the Sinai desert. According to the photographer’s blog, a wealthy man from France purchased vintage movie theater seats from Cairo to build an outdoor cinema. After hauling a massive generator and screen to the site, his dream was brought to life.
However, the cinema was not well received by several locals who sabotaged the generator. No films were ever screened, and the theater was left abandoned in the desert.
For those of you wondering if Kikkas’ story is real or just a creative work of fiction, website Design Boom directs doubters to a Google Maps image that reveals the location of Kikkas’ lost cinema. Regardless, Kikkas’ photographs are stunning and certainly worthy... Read More
Lego Will Unveil Awesome 'The Dark Knight' Tumbler Model at Comic-Con
If you think your Lego version of Gotham City is complete, think again. With Comic-Con starting this weekend, the world's most famous block maker is set to unveil another creation sure to set comic geeks’ hearts a-fluttering: a massive version of the Tumbler vehicle from The Dark Knight.
Lego will display the new 1,800-plus-piece vehicle at the convention in San Diego this weekend, with plans to release it for the masses this fall. The intricately detailed model is 15 by nine inches in size, features a full interior dashboard, is built to scale, and comes with a Batman and Joker mini figure. The Joker figure is based on the late Heath Ledger.
If you want to cruise the streets of your Lego Gotham in style, it’s going to cost you. The Dark Knight Tumbler set... Read More
Better Than Vanilla Ice? Hear the New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Rap
The only way you can forget Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" from the seminal 1991 motion picture about the ramifications of an evil mob's collaborations with a polluting chemical company is if you weren't alive to remember it in the first place. Once you hear "Go ninja, go ninja, go ninja, go!" it's physically impossible to not lose your fool mind to the rhythm of the groove and start searching for a VHS of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.
But because nothing is ever sacred, the new Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is turning its back on the proud legacy of Vanilla Ice by creating an entirely new and wholly original song for the Megan Fox vehicle. And as with "Ninja Rap" 23 years ago... Read More
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