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How long is the Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl spot? Is there a chance we’ll ever see Deadpool vs Wolverine in the movies again? How big are the roles of the other Justice League members in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Michael Pitt in Boardwalk Empire

It took several years for Ghost in the Shell, the English-language adaptation of the Japanese manga, to settled on Rupert Sanders to direct, and another year before it landed on Scarlett Johansson to star. In the past few months, though, the project has started to gain some real steam, picking up a new screenwriter, a new co-star, and now a new villain in Michael PittRead More »

Moon

Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick worked on Deadpool for over five years, and the very R-rated superhero picture finally opens in theaters next week. We can’t say what we think of the film yet, but the early buzz suggests the wait was worth it.

Deadpool hasn’t been the only project to take its sweet time getting to the big screen for Rheese and Wernick, though. Back in 2009, we reported on a rather inspired and wild idea of theirs, Earth vs. Moon. According to the screenwriters, not much has happened with the project since we first heard about it.

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Ethan Hawke in Training Day TV Series

Just a few days ago, the folks over at The AV Club wrote some more than kind words about Ethan Hawke, proclaiming him to be our greatest genre star right now, simply because he puts in admirable work into every performance. When you look at his body of work, it’s hard to argue with that. Even if the film she has chosen to make don’t turn out to be stellar, you’d be hard-pressed to find a performance where Hawke doesn’t give 100%. And now we may have the pleasure of seeing him reprise one of his more praiseworthy roles.

Ethan Hawke has been approached to reprise his role as detective Jake Hoyt from the 2001 crime thriller Training Day in the developing CBS television series adaptation of the film. This would turn the series into a sequel of sorts instead of just a reimagining of the film for TV. In addition, he’s also landed himself another genre role in an action thriller called 24 Hours to Live. Find out more about the potential of Ethan Hawke joining the Training Day TV series and this new movie role below. Read More »

Channing Tatum in Hail Caesar

One of the many themes floating around in the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! is the transcendent power of cinema — the way a really good film can mesmerize, delight, make all your troubles melt away, and awe you with its artistry. And few scenes in the film make a better case for it than the snippet we get to see of “No Dames,” an Anchors Aweigh-style musical number starring the Gene Kelly-esque Burt Gurney, played by Channing Tatum.

It’s a fantastic showcase for Tatum’s talents as a song-and-dance man, and it’ll leave you wishing we could get an actual, full-length musical with him. Now, the good news is that we will. And the even better news is that it’ll also star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, another actor who’s demonstrated some serious moves in the past.  Read More »

Cooked Trailer

In today’s fast-paced information age, people are constantly in a hurry, and our attention spans are smaller than ever. While technology has made it easier than ever for us to connect with each other, in a way, more distance has sprouted between not just our interpersonal connections, but our very nature as humans.

Documentarian Alex Gibney (fresh off his stellar Scientology doc Going Clear) thinks that in this world, we’ve lost touch with our primal need to cook and the more meaningful and satisfying way that humans used to prepare food. And that’s where his four-part Netflix documentary series Cooked comes into play, taking a look at the evolution of food and what cooking and the human institution of a meal should still mean to us.

Watch the Cooked trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Star Wars

If you’re one of those people who has always wanted your own lightsaber, and you’re not scared of potentially blinding yourself with science, then you might want to pay attention. Allen Pan, the engineering whiz who built a version of Thor’s hammer that only he could lift, has constructed himself a real lightsaber. He shows off the power of this custom creation by first lighting a cigarette with it, and then setting one of his friends on fire. See the real lightsaber in action below. Read More »

mad max fury road visual effects

Countless gallons of digital ink have been used to write about the special effects of Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller‘s masterpiece is a throwback in many ways, utilizing practical effects, old school stunts, and some seriously deranged working vehicles to craft action set pieces that are just plain jaw-dropping. However, not enough time has spent praising the special effects that are often hidden in plain sight. Like any modern blockbuster, Fury Road is filled with digital effects, the most impressive of which can’t be seen until you know what to watch for.

A new special effects reel has appeared online, offering a very cool look at the digital stitches that hold the practical elements of Mad Max: Fury Road together. There is more CGI than you think – the real magic trick is how it works to enhance the practical and physical work.

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Best Closing Shots

Just last month, we called your attention to a countdown of what CineFix believed were the Top 10 Opening Shots of All Time. But every movie that starts with an iconic shot must also come to an end, and now we have a list of what CineFix thinks are the Top 10 Closing Shots of All Time. The closing shot of any film can be even more important than the opening shot as it’s the last impression the film gives you before you leave the theater. So let’s see if you agree with these picks for the best closing shots in cinema. Read More »