This past weekend it was New York's time to geek out. The New York Comic-Con took place at the Javitz Center on the west side, with over 100,000 geeks/nerds/fans of all ages attending. On Friday evening I was invited to participate in a panel called Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans where a small group of "professional critics" sit in front of a room full of fans and argue about what they like/didn't like. This isn't the first time this panel has appeared, as Rotten Tomatoes has been hosting it in San Diego and at conventions like CinemaCon for years, but it was my first time on it. I really wanted to have fun, see what people wanted to debate, and enjoy the experience of being on a panel instead of covering it (for once). ›››
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Ever since Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, fans have been demanding that there be some kind of toy made available for purchase that allows them to bring the adorable dancing, baby, potted Groot home with them. Funko was the first to respond with a Pop! Vinyl version of the growing tree hero, and while it's a cute little guy, it still doesn't dance. But thankfully, Mashable has learned that Marvel has teamed up with KIDdesigns to have a real dancing Groot toy on shelves this December, just in time for Christmas. Groot will dance and wiggle to the tune of Jackson 5's song "I Want You Back." See the dancing Groot in action below! ›››
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"How much trouble can one poet be?" In what feels like an independent, artsy version of Get Him to the Greek, the first trailer from the United Kingdom for Set Fire to the Stars has arrived. The true story focuses on literary sensation Dylan thomas, a rock star poet of sorts who was beloved and revered in the 1950s before his life was cut short all too soon. In the film, we find Elijah Wood as John M. Brinnin, a critic and fellow poet from America who is put in charge of managing Thomas (played by Celyn Jones, who also co-wrote the script) as he goes on tour in the United States. It looks dry, but lively and worth a look. ›››
Following a creative hiccup that resulted in the loss of director Fredrik Bond, the action sequel London Has Fallen is seemingly back on track with Scandinavian director Babak Najafi, director of the Snabba Cash sequel Easy Money II: Hard to Kill, behind the camera. We already knew Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman were all returning from Olympus Has Fallen, and now The Wrap has added a new cast member into the mix with Watchmen and A Nightmare on Elm Street remake star Jackie Earle Haley taking the role of Deputy Chief Mason. What are the odds that he ends up being the main bad guy? ›››
"I couldn't help it. It just popped in there." There's already been a collectible glow-in-the-dark vinyl record released commemorating the 30th anniversary of the classic comedy Ghostbusters for the film's 30th anniversary, but we're not done with the vinyl fun yet. The official Ghostbusters online store (via The Verge) is currently selling The Stay Puft Super Deluxe Edition Vinyl, a limited edition collectible package crafted in the same vein as the marshmallow villain Gozer calls upon to destroy New York City. The vinyl includes the hit single “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. and the “Ghostbusters” rap by Run-DMC from Ghostbusters II, supposedly a fan-favorite. But there's other goodies in the package as well. Look below! ›››
Continue reading Collectible 'Ghostbusters' Stay Puft Vinyl Smells Like Marshmallows
The reboot of National Lampoon's classic road trip comedy Vacation is already in production with Horrible Bosses writing duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley making their directing debut. Well, Vulture recently got a change to catch up with Daley, a veteran of the short-lived but beloved series "Freaks & Geeks," and he teased that a reunion of some of the cast members just might be happening in their comedy reboot, which is also a sequel to the original franchise. Daley also opened up a bit about the pressure of a reboot like this with such iconic source material, and it just might get more people on board. ›››
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Just last month, we learned that the developing Underworld reboot was actually more of a sequel in the franchise that would focus on Divergent star Theo James in the role of David, the vampire ally of Selene who came into play when she united with her daughter and sought out the hybrid Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman) in Underworld: Awakening. There have been rumblings that the film will feature Selene and Michael's hybrid daughter Eve, because Kate Beckinsale wasn't going to return for this film. However, director Len Wiseman spoke to IGN at New York Comic-Con this weekend, and said that wasn't the case. ›››
Continue reading Len Wiseman Says Kate Beckinsale is Returning for 'Underworld 5'
If you're one of those people who is getting a little tired of all the dystopian young adult sci-fi films hitting the big screen, "Saturday Night Live" has just the thing for you. Taking aim at The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Giver and more, the late night sketch series delivered this perfect trailer parody for a fake film called The Group Hopper. Throwing around a bunch of weird terms that have to be explained, especially to the recently arrived hero waiting to be sorted into some kind of group, comedian Pete Davidson finds himself in a world he doesn't understand, but is all to familiar to us. Watch below! ›››
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After being one of the most surprisingly entertaining parts of Guardians of the Galaxy this past summer, wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista has reportedly landed another big blockbuster role. Latino Review reports Bautista has bagged the iconic henchman role in James Bond 24. Talk of the role surfaced in August with MI-6 revealing that this bad guy was going to be crafted in the mold of Jaws or Oddjob, but different than any of the villains who have been created before. The henchman's name is Hinx (that might be a codename), and will reportedly have several altercations with 007. This is such a huge role for Bautsita! ›››
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Along comes a documentary that may change your life by showing humanity in its most honest form. That documentary is called Citizenfour, with that title coming from the username Edward Snowden used to initially contact reporter/filmmaker Laura Poitras, who put this together over the last year. The footage she shows, the story she tells, it's as if they have captured lightning in a bottle. Citizenfour is like watching history unfold in front of your eyes, showing Snowden before and after he was revealed to the public as the whistleblower behind the NSA's mass surveillance conspiracy. Except it's not a conspiracy. It's out there, it exists, it's real. This documentary captures what happens when one person tries to tell the world the truth. ›››
"Everybody tries to create their idealized image of how they want to be seen and who they want to be..." Today's trailer is for a riveting documentary about humanity called Point and Shoot, the latest work from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry (of Street Fight), telling the fascinating story of a young American who ends up fighting in the Libyan revolution while on a motorcycle adventure through Northern Africa and the Middle East. Described as a "wild and dangerous coming-of-age tale", this doc looks like it's so much more than just a story about one lone fighter, and I'm intrigued to delve into this and learn more about his story. This is a beautiful trailer that should make you interested in catching this doc soon. ›››
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While attending a film festival it's always exciting to hear buzz about films that may not have been on our radar before. One film in particular at Sundance 2014 that I kept hearing my colleagues raving about was actually a documentary, one called The Overnighters. It took a little while but I finally caught up with the film after the fest and was so taken aback, so impressed and surprised and genuinely moved by what I saw, I couldn't help but write about it. Overnighters is a refreshingly modern documentary, an utterly compelling, nuanced film that precariously balances the big questions of one of the great dilemmas of this day and age. ›››
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While it sounds like The Trials of White Boy Rick could easily be an alternate title for the sequel to Joe Dirt that's inexplicably happening with David Spade, it's just a true crime adaptation being set up at Universal Pictures. THR reports the studio has optioned the article of the same name by Evan Hughes which focuses on Rick Wershe, a teenager who lived in Detroit in the 1980s and ended up becoming a notorious drug kingpin on the East Side of the city, as well as a cocaine trafficker with the nickname of, you guessed it, White Boy Rick. But the twist is that Wershe was actually an undercover informant for the FBI and DEA. ›››
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Defend your Honor. Now playing in theaters nationwide is David Dobkin's (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, Fred Claus) dramatic turn The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. RDJ plays a city lawyer named Hank Palmer who returns to his small hometown where his father is suspected of murder. He then gets involved in the case and sets out to discover the truth. The ensemble cast includes Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Leighton Meester. So how is the film? Smart change of pace for Dobkin or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on The Judge. ›››
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"I ask only that you ensure this information makes it home to the American public." HBO, Radius-TWC & Participant Media have premiered a trailer for Laura Poitras & journalist Glenn Greenwald's documentary Citizenfour. Described as an "utterly riveting first-person look" at how they "first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong", the doc is a highly anticipated expose on Snowden's decisions and implications, captured as an "unprecedented fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most groundbreaking moments in recent history." The trailer is more of a tease with a grating slow-read voiceover to start, and right when it gets to the interesting part with Snowden it cuts to the title. I'm definitely seeing this doc, but I wish they gave us a bit more to view here. That said, this may still capture your attention. Take a look below. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Teaser Trailer for Edward Snowden Doc 'Citizenfour' Debuts
If you're not already aware of Star Wars Uncut, allow us to educate you. Star Wars Uncut is a fanmade mash-up remake of the original Star Wars trilogy, beginning with A New Hope. Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web, came up with the idea of crowdsourcing fans to shoot small 15-second clips that would be used to recreate the entirety of the Star Wars films. The first feature-length mash-up was created in 2009 and won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media - Fiction. Now it's time for The Empire Strikes Back Uncut. Watch! ›››
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You may remember this past spring that David Spade revealed in a Reddit AMA that he was developing a wholly unnecessary sequel to the 2001 comedy Joe Dirt. But rather than hitting theaters, the film was going to be the first to be distributed by Sony Pictures' streaming video service Crackle, which is where Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" can be found. Now Crackle has officially announced that Joe Dirt 2 will begin shooting next month with Spade also executive producing and co-writing the film again with Fred Wolf, the original film's co-writer, who will be directing the film too. ›››
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There's already a sequel to The LEGO Movie arriving in 2017, and the LEGO-inspired movie Ninjago coming in 2016, but Warner Bros. is going to milk the success of that first building block adventure comedy for all they can. One of the most popular characters from the film was LEGO Batman, voiced perfectly by Will Arnett, and now THR reports the Dark Knight mini-figure will now be getting his own big screen spin-off, and they're working quickly to fasttrack the film. Little details are known about the film, but Arnett will reprise his role as Batman and Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee will all return to produce too. ›››
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Though he's one of the most iconic comedy stars of all-time, Billy Crystal has laid pretty low key over the past decade. With the exception of voice work in Monsters University, the actor has only starred in a handful of films. We would say that he's picky, but those films have been the terrible comedies Parental Guidance and Small Apartments. But we're rather interested in a new project Crystal has lined up as Variety reports the When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers star will write, produce and star in Which Witch, a new animated film at The Jim Henson Company with Brian Henson in the director's chair. More below! ›››
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It's been a big week for news regarding the future of the Ghostbusters franchise. It's been officially confirmed that the percolating project at Sony Pictures from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and The Heat writer Katie Dippold will be a hard reboot featuring an all-female team of paranormal investigators (teaser image from Mashable). That means there won't be any ties to the first two Ghostbusters films. In addition, Feig also said yesterday this wouldn't be a remake of the original Ghostbusters, and would have a completely new approach to the concept that wouldn't duplicate the original characters and simply adapt them for female actresses. That means anything is possible. So who do you want to star in the film? Discuss! ›››
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