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At 15, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for asserting that girls should be educated. But not only did the bullet fail to silence her, it gave her a more powerful voice than ever before.

The incident attracted international attention to Yousafzai’s cause, and widespread praise for Yousafzai herself. In 2014, at 17 years old, she became the youngest-ever recepient of a Nobel Prize. Now, at 18, she’s the subject of a new documentary by acclaimed director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman). Watch the He Named Me Malala trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Just because Steve Jobs is called Steve Jobs, doesn’t mean it’s just about Steve Jobs. In fact, star Kate Winslet says, it’s “almost not about Steve Jobs at all.” Because really, “The film is about all of us.”

She’s speaking symbolically, of course, but it does sound like the film has much more on its mind than just the man in the title. In a new interview, Winslet dishes on the themes of the movie, her “extraordinary, feisty” character, and much more. Read her comments, and check out the new Steve Jobs poster, after the jump.  Read More »

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Earlier this week, Quentin Tarantino took a moment to critique one of this year’s surprise horror hits, It Follows. “It’s one of those movies that’s so good you get mad at it for not being great,” he started, before going on to explain how he would’ve fixed it. (Short version: Tarantino didn’t think the film did a good job of sticking to its own mythology.)

Now the director of It Follows has responded. And while it’s gotta sting a bit to watch as an acclaimed director picks apart your movie in public, he seems to be handling it pretty well. David Robert Mitchell Quentin Tarantino comments after the jump. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back trailer recut

Yesterday brought some brief new footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday, featuring the first footage of John Boyega wielding a lightsaber (specifically the lightsaber that was Anakin Skywalker’s, passed down to Luke Skywalker by Obi-Wan Kenobi).

But today we have a fanmade trailer for one of the movies from the original trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. YouTube user Dan Flesher has cut a modern trailer for Episode V, using the same music, cuts and cues from the second teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s an extremely well-done edit that uses footage from the movie we all know in a cool teasing way. It makes me wish I could watch Star Wars all over again without knowing anything about it.

Watch The Empire Strikes Back trailer recut in the style of The Force Awakens after the jump! Read More »

Harry Potter as a villain

Just recently, a video essay turned the beloved 80s movie The Karate Kid on its be proposing that protagonist Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) was actually the villain in the movie, not Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). There were some pretty convincing and compelling arguments to be made that LaRusso isn’t exactly a positive figure for a hero. But sometimes that’s how it works in storytelling.

Now a new fanmade trailer has taken a more modern hero and made him look like the villain. It’s no secret that Harry Potter is the hero of the book and film series that bares his name in each and every title, but a new fanmade trailer uses some clever edits to show Harry Potter as a villain instead. Watch below! Read More »

Key and Peele Gremlins 2

Let’s get one thing straight: Gremlins 2 is a very funny film with a hell of a lot of energy, and one of the best jokes on the studio idea of sequel creation that has ever been made. I love the movie. You can’t ding Gremlins 2 for being ridiculous and excessive, because it knows it is excessive. That’s the entire point of the film.

That doesn’t mean this Key and Peele sketch about the creation of Gremlins 2 isn’t hilarious, because many of same jokes within could be applied to a lot of films that aren’t nearly as entertaining as Joe Dante’s 1990 sequel to his original 1984 film. Jordan Peele plays “the hollywood sequel doctor,” who goes from observing the Gremlins 2 writer’s room brainstorming session to taking it over and pushing things in absurd directions that will be familiar to anyone who has seen the film. Read More »

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At this point, every Star Wars reveal just seems to raise more questions. Case in point: We now know what the cover of Star Wars: Shattered Empire #2 will look like — and it’s just making us wonder who the hell the mystery woman is on the cover. Get your first look at this new Star Wars character after the jump.  Read More »

vision featurette

A bit of advice from Ghostbusters applies to many actors accepting gigs as superheroes: “When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say YES.” That’s pretty much Paul Bettany‘s recollection of getting the offer to play Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as recounted in this excerpt from a new Vision featurette on the upcoming Blu-ray.

But there’s also a second piece of advice that applies here, too, as summed up nicely in Ben Affleck’s anecdote about having a Batman conversation with Christian Bale: “Make sure you can piss in that suit.”

It takes a lot of paint, fabric, and rubber to make a mere mortal look like a superhero. Those costumes aren’t always comfortable, but it’s easy to overlook that detail in the excitement of taking the role. Fortunately, the Vision makeup process was pretty brief. The suit was even water-cooled, leading Bettany to quip that “it’s a little like being inside a gin and tonic.”

Check out the Vision featurette excerpt below for a lot more. Read More »

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How long is Viola Davis sticking around the DC Cinematic Universe? Why did Marvel give Guardians of the Galaxy‘s James Gunn a Joker mask? Can Gotham‘s David Mazouz do a Batman voice? Who’s a better dancer, Deadpool or Spider-Man? Did Cara Delevingne get her own Suicide Squad tat? Is this our first look at The Flash‘s new Doctor Light? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »