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Hasbro Cinematic Universe

The Hasbro Cinematic Universe, which is a real thing, is taking a step or two backwards. After a big recent announcement setting dates for a whole slew of Hasbro-related films, two properties – M.A.S.K. and ROM: The Space Knight – have been officially omitted from the line-up. But don’t worry: the Transformers franchise will remain unaffected. Thank heavens. I know you were all very concerned about that.

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Star Trek: Discovery, you wild minx! How could you make me first suspect Lorca, and then learn to trust him, and then tell me I was right all along? I’ve been bamboozled in the best possible way! May the gif of Charles Foster Kane forever clap forcefully from the balcony for you.

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Inhumans canceled

ABC has not officially canceled their Inhumans television series, but the writing is on the wall. Despite an ambitious premiere plan that blurred the lines between film and TV and the word “Marvel” above the title, the show crashed and burned upon arrival. Ravaged by critics and ignored by audiences, it’s something that the folks at ABC probably want to sweep under the rug and forget about.

But when rumors that that the network has quietly canceled the series began to arrive online, the handful of Inhumans fans on the planet organized and did what every group of geeks does these days: they launched a petition to save the show.

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dundee 2

Last week, the first Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home trailer arrived and the /Film staff had a good laugh because this surely had to be a joke. A Crocodile Dundee sequel starring Danny McBride as the long lost American son of Paul Hogan‘s semi-iconic Australian movie character? Someone was pulling our leg. This was a prank. A joke. A tease for some other project, possibly involving McBride’s gaggle of gag-prone comedy buddies.

But here we are, a few days later, and a second Dundee trailer has arrived. And this one features Chris Hemsworth, rocking his natural Australian accent. What is this? When did they make this? What reality have we fallen into? Is this just a big prank and are we playing into someone’s hands?

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Phantom Thread dressing

At any given moment within Phantom Thread, the newest film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, it’s amazing to consider how far the filmmaker has come in the past 20 years. Earlier this fall, I wrote about Anderson’s masterful, sprawling tragicomic epic Boogie Nights upon its 20th anniversary and how so many of his films focus on the creation of a makeshift family when biological family members simply won’t do. However, while that theme recurs in many of Anderson’s films, it’s utterly remarkable to consider how much he’s pushed himself upon the release of his eighth feature. Phantom Thread is perhaps his most compelling, maddening, entrancing story to date.

The pattern that Anderson’s earlier films, the ones from the late 1990s, seemed to fit within began to evaporate with the release of Punch-Drunk Love in 2002. Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, and Magnolia are all talkier films, the latter two owing visible debts to Anderson’s inspirations, directors like Martin Scorsese and the late Robert Altman. Punch-Drunk Love does have a few aspects that seem to tie it to Anderson’s previous films: a Jon Brion score, a present-day California setting, the appearance of Philip Seymour Hoffman (a PTA regular), and a tie to Altman’s filmography (in the use of a song from Popeye). But Punch-Drunk Love is the start of two notable elements that have recurred in a few other PTA films, including Phantom Thread: implacably mysterious lead characters, and the battles of wills that occur between them and others.

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‘Black Panther’ Clip: The Chase is On!

Black Panther clip

Chadwick Boseman stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and he brought with him one killer Black Panther clip. The exciting film clip shows off a visually stunning chase sequence from the upcoming Marvel movie. Watch the Black Panther clip below.

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Incredibles 2 Voice Cast

The Incredibles 2 has just revealed its official voice cast line-up, full of returning actors and some fresh faces (er, voices). The line-up includes the film’s original family of superheroes while also revealing new plot details and brand new characters. See the Incredibles 2 voice cast below.

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Snowpiercer TV series

Looks like Snowpiercer needs a new conductor. Less than two weeks after the Snowpiercer TV series got the greenlight at TNT, showrunner Josh Friedman has departed. Friedman, who also wrote the pilot and served as executive producer, has allegedly left the series due to creative differences.

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Cloverfield Sequel Title

The next Cloverfield sequel has kicked off a cryptic viral marketing campaign, which includes at least two websites that fans can scavenge for clues. A release date for the film has also been confirmed for the spring, after being pushed back from February. But the one thing the third Cloverfield film is missing is a title.

The Cloverfield movies have always been veiled in secrecy, but the mystery of the third untitled Cloverfield has been the most infuriating, if only because its tentative title, God Particle, was already pretty darn good. But thanks to some eagle-eyed Reddit sleuths, we may have just found out the official Cloverfield sequel title.

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2018 Razzie nominations

Ugh, here we go. The “funny” Razzie Nominations have been announced, and as usual, they’re bad. Since 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have been leading the way in nominating movies they consider to be the worst of the worst Hollywood has to offer. These nominations are meant to be both tongue-in-cheek and “reward” bad films and bad performances, but often, they target movies that are misunderstood or simply bold. If anything, the nominations continually prove that the Razzies are kind of useless. The 2018 Razzie Nominations are below.

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