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The 2016 SXSW Lineup Features Nic Cage, Jake Gyllenhaal and These Wild New Movies

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:55

[In a Valley of Violence] There are a lot of big names coming to screens at the South by Southwest Film Festival (aka SXSW) this year: Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in a movie about corrupt Vegas cops. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in a violent Western. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in the latest from Jean-Marc Vallee. Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs in a new comedy from Mike Birbiglia. Michael Shannon and Adam Driver in a sci-fi movie about a boy with special powers. As you...

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Nicholas Sparks Movies: What They Should Have Been Called

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 09:00

Okay, let's be honest - we love Nicolas Sparks' movies as much as the next sappy, hopeless romantic. And given the fact that the The Choice will be Sparks' eleventh novel-turned-film, we're guessing we'll be seeing a lot more of his signature romantic-tragedies set against a Carolina backdrop hitting the big screen. And we couldn't be happier. So, in celebration of The Choice, we re-titled the movie of the first ten Nicholas Sparks movies to give a more honest...

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Here's the Real Reason Why Bill Murray Kept Living on Repeat in 'Groundhog Day'

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 07:01

What's not to love about Bill Murray as an ill-fated weatherman who is forced to relive the same day over and over in Groundhog Day? Comedy gold. If you've ever wondered the real reasons why Murray's sourpuss meteorologist was chosen to repeat the same sadistic time loop, voiceover artist Eddie Deezen has your answer. He ponders why Murray's Phil deserved such a hefty punishment and points to the second draft of the script for an explanation. Apparently it has...

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This Villain Was Scientifically Determined to Be the Most Realistic Movie Psychopath

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:53

Are all villains in movies psychopaths? No. But are all serial killers in movies psychopaths? That's also no, as revealed by an actual scientific study of 400 movies released over the past century. Led by a professor in Belgium, the examination of psychopathy in cinema lasted three years and resulted in a final list of 126 characters (105 of them male) that qualified for the diagnosis. You can read the whole report in the latest issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. But here is...

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Watch: Rock Out to the First Crazy Red-Band Trailer for 'Green Room'

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 06:49

What happens when a hard-rock band witnesses a horrific crime inside a neo-Nazi bar? Well, let's just say it ain't pretty... but damn is it wildly entertaining. The first red band (NSFW) trailer for Green Room has arrived online, teasing a fierce thriller about a bunch of kids who get stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time and must somehow find a way to escape before it's too late. Check it out. After Green Room had its United States premiere at...

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News Briefs: James Gunn Shares 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Photos

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 22:29

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Director James Gunn shared new photos from rehearsals for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. One photo features Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Gunn, Dave Bautista and Sean Gunn (squatting), who will stand in for Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) during filming. The other photo showcases Michael Rooker. The movie is heading for release on May 5, 2017. [Collider]   Beyond the Sun: Pope Francis will make his acting debut in Beyond the Sun. He will...

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In Focus: Get to Know ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Directors Joel and Ethan Coen

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 16:48

"In Focus" is our new series that, well, focuses on influential directors, how they got their start and their influence on the industry -- along with a healthy dose of trivia.    Joel and Ethan Coen Ages: 61 (Joel) 58 (Ethan) Born: St. Louis Park, Minnesota Best Known For: Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis The Coen brothers are arguably the most famous directing duo working today. They've known for...

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The Sundance Movies That Need to Be on Your Radar

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:07

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend, with The Birth of a Nation snagging the festival's much-coveted Grand Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award. It follows on the heels of previous winners like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Whiplash, both of which also won the top two awards. (See a full list of festival winners at the bottom of this post.) The Birth of a Nation is one of many 2016 Sundance titles that should be on your radar as we kick off another year...

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Jack Black for All Ages: Has Your Family Seen These Films?

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:00

Just as my son and I are getting ready to select our seats on the Fandango app for the much anticipated viewing of Kung Fu Panda III, I started thinking about the iconic (yes, iconic) lead voice of Jack Black. The first time I saw Jack Black in a film he made me laugh. As record store slacker, Barry Judd, he was completely absurd, goofy, childish, and all over the place. I never would have predicted the actor who crooned “Let’s Get it On” in High Fidelity would go on to...

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'Hail, Caesar!' Yearbook: What if the Cast Went to High School Together?

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 09:00

Hail, Caesar! has a truly incredible ensemble cast of not only some of the best actors around, but some of the funniest. And one of the most inspired things about the Coen brothers' latest cast is that it's fairly multigenerational. It's got George Clooney and Josh Brolin, but then it's also got Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and, wonderfully, Dolph Lundgren. It's a mix that might seem a little weird and yet perfectly logical. So naturally we wondered what...

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'Star Wars' Buzz: Is This Rey's Father in 'The Force Awakens'?

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 05:24

We've seen all sorts of theories with regards to who Rey's parents are in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and who, exactly, left her on the planet Jakku to live out her days as a scavenger only to be whisked away on a new adventure on board Han Solo's Millennium Falcon.  We've written about one of our favorite fan theories, which goes in depth on why Rey is Obi-Wan Kenobi's granddaughter, and we've heard everything from she's Han and Leia's daughter to a...

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Watch the Hilarious New 'Zootopia' International Trailer

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 05:16

In recent years, Walt Disney Animation Studios has been on a roll. Since 2010, the company has enjoyed both critical and popular success with its computer-animated films -- Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen and Big Hero 6 -- and that track record looks to continue with its next release. Set in a large city inhabited entirely by talking animals, Zootopia follows a new police officer, Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), as she investigates the case of a missing otter. Recognizing that she...

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News Briefs: Vin Diesel Shares First 'xXx' Images; New 'Fantastic Beasts' Video

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 18:56

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage: Vin Diesel has shared the first images from xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third installment in the series. One of the images features Diesel entangled with an unidentified woman on the soundstage, while Diesel says the other shows "the director, producers and myself sitting in wonder as we take in the artistry of the many craftsmen that have built these amazing sets." The movie is aiming for theatrical release next year. [CinemaBlend]...

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SAG Awards: Idris Elba Makes History and 'Spotlight' Takes Best Ensemble

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 19:55

Idris Elba becomes the first ever individual SAG Award winner without an Oscar nomination, and Spotlight finally gets a well-deserved win for Best Ensemble during a SAG Awards that featured at least one adorable Jacob Tremblay moment and even more momentum for Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room), Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor, The Revenant) heading into the Oscars on February 28. Check out the full list...

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EXCLUSIVE CLIP: 'Fifty Shades of Black'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 09:00

A young student gets caught up in a sadomasochistic relationship with a wealthy young businessman. Sound familiar? Guess again, because Fifty Shades of Black is anything but an erotic drama. Writer-producer Marlon Wayans is back skewering Hollywood's biggest box office genres like he did with his successful Scary Movie franchise. In this parody, Wayans, along with Rick Alvarez and director Michael Tiddes, brilliantly send up Fifty Shades of Grey, the popular novel turned movie that had...

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Watch Kevin Spacey As a Cat in 'Nine Lives' Trailer

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 08:06

The very silly comedy Look Who's Talking became an unexpected hit back in 1989. Produced for less than $10 million, the movie ended up earning nearly $300 million at the box office worldwide. Much of that success can be credited to the brilliant idea to have Bruce Willis as the incongruous voice of the newborn baby Mikey. Hearing Willis wisecracking throughout the movie, much as he did in 1988's Die Hard, made it a memorable experience. Since then, many movies have endeavored to...

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6 Movies for a Valentine's Family Date Night

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:37

Each year, my husband and I try to plan our Valentine’s Day to include our kids for at least part of the time. We think it’s important that they know they are our valentines too - and the makings of a family date night are always a welcome change of pace. Below are a few movies that can genuinely be enjoyed by movie viewers of all ages. The Sound of Music Rated G Julie Andrews plays the governess who falls for a widower with six talented kids and turns them into the...

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Are the Kids Asleep Yet? Valentine’s Movies for Moms and Dads

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:29

  It’s Valentine’s Day and it's a weekend -- time for a little romance for mom and dad. You'd like to go out on the town, but there's one little problem: you’ve got little ones and no babysitter. Don't give up! Here are some ideas for a romantic movie night in after the kids go to bed, with titles ranging from sweet and innocent to a little more spicy. Three Sweet Options: These films won’t turn a sleepy request for a glass of water into...

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News Briefs: 'Star Wars IX' Will Be Shot on Film, Not Digital, Says Director

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 22:16

Star Wars: Episode IX: Director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) says that Star Wars: Episode IX will be shot on film stock rather than on digital equipment. "It’s a period film,” he joked. “It happened a long time ago." He added: "There’s something in my brain that says, Well, they didn’t have video cameras then." The movie is scheduled for release in 2019. [Variety]   Mama Sequel: A sequel to horror thriller Mama is on its way...

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