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Christmas Again trailer

Factory 25 has released the trailer for Christmas, Again, the romantic indie drama which played the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. I wasn’t able to catch this movie while I was in Park City, but the film got some favorable reviews and is headed for MoMA in New York City on December 3rd and Los Angeles on Friday, December 11th 2015 before hitting iTunes and select digital and cable platforms. The film tells the story of a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman who “returns to New York City hoping to put his past behind him” but “living in a trailer and working the night shift, he begins to spiral downwards until the saving of a mysterious woman and some colorful customers rescue him from self-destruction.” Hit the jump to check out the Christmas Again trailer now.
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Gods of Egypt

Gods of Egypt just can’t catch a break. The buzz surrounding the film is currently toxic, following the garish posters and a trailer that left people scratching their heads. Then, the film was criticized for its prominently white cast. Considering Gods of Egypt is, you know, based in Egypt, it’s a puzzling, if not completely surprising, choice that all the major leads — Gerard ButlerNikola Coster-Waldau, and Brenton Thwaites — are white.

After the jump, read what Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have to say about the Gods of Egypt whitewashing.

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the conjuring 2 photos

Director James Wan has posted a new batch of photos from the set of his sequel to The Conjuring and now we can’t help but wish this movie was titled An American Exorcist Couple in London.

Dumb jokes aside, these images do give us a tiny taste of the upcoming sequel, which is actually called The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and is set in England in the mid-1970s. Originally shared on Wan’s Twitter and Instagram pages, these photos show off the cast in period costume, Marylebone Station transported a few decades into the past, and even a tease of the film’s Christmastime setting.

You can check out the Conjuring 2 photos for yourself after the jump.

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the force awakens details

Remember when we were begging for any kind of news about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Now we have to beat new stories and details and rumors and spoilers and trailers and TV spots with a stick. If you want to know the latest about the mysterious Supreme Leader Snoke, the complex nature of Kylo Ren, and a little more about the still-absent Luke Skywalker, this is the place to be. Oh, and J.J. Abrams discusses his cinematic influences and throws just a teensy bit of shade at the prequels while taking about lightsaber duels.

You know if you want this and if you do, you can find everything after the jump.

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sight and sound best of 2015

Of the hundreds of “best of the year” lists assembled by various publications around the world, Sight & Sound magazine’s top 20 always tends to be the most fascinating. This year is no different. It’s hard to argue with any list that finds room to contain brutal holocaust immersions and artful LGBT romances and post-apocalyptic action adventures and tear-jerking animated family movies and stirring stop-motion animated dramas and high-concept horror movies and unrelenting documentaries about genocide and stoner film noir.

As usual, the list skews arthouse (there are a few titles here that we aren’t familiar with at all), but consider this list a homework assignment – if it’s on this list, it’s surely going to be worthy of any serious movie fan’s time. Check out the complete Sight and Sound best of 2015 ranking after the jump.

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Barbie and Ruth

There’s already a live-action Barbie movie in development at Sony Pictures with a script from Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2), rewritten by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), and slated for release on June 2nd, 2017. But now a movie about Barbie’s origins is in the works, focusing on how the creator came up with the idea for the iconic doll.

Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea are developing a film based on Robin Gerber’s book Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her, chronicling “how one visionary woman and her product changed an industry and sparked a lasting debate about women’s roles.” Read More »

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gremlins 3

We’ve been hearing rumors of Gremlins reboot for quite some time now and while a significant portion of movie fandom would rather the Powers That Be leave this one alone, the massive success of Jurassic World seems to have galvanized everyone involved. “If one beloved franchise can get away with a sequel that is also a reboot set decades after the original film, why not Gremlins?” is the line of thinking on display.

The latest news on the project comes from Zach Galligan, the star of the first two movies. You should grab the requisite pinch of salt before reading his new statements on the subject of Gremlins 3 – this would be like asking Mark Hamill about the plot of a new Star Wars movie in 2012.

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Chewie, get us Star Wars Bits! This edition of news from a galaxy far, far away includes:

  • Japan has a Star Wars train to go with their Star Wars plane
  • The Star Wars monorail is also up and running at Disney World
  • Apple bought the motion-capture company that worked on The Force Awakens
  • Watch the trailer for The Force Awakens playset for Disney Infinity 3.0
  • French arthouse theaters want more copies of The Force Awakens
  • A new look at the Anakin & Obi Wan comic coming in January 2016.
  • A glimpse of a possible new wookiee in Rogue One or Episode VIII?
  • Details on Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars Battlefront
  • What is the first word spoken in The Force Awakens?
  • Read a memo sent to executives about Star Wars in 1976
  • See a new image of Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens
  • A video runs through every Jedi in Star Wars canon
  • A Chrome extension can block Star Wars spoilers for you
  • Fox News reporter received death threats after making a Star Wars joke
  • Omaze launches a new charity contest to win trip to The Force Awakens premiere

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Ecto Cooler Coming Back

If there’s one thing to be thankful for this weekend besides friends, family and that new Star Wars: The Force Awakens extended TV spot that arrived yesterday, it’s the potential return of one of the most wonderful drinks from the late 80s and early 90s.

Even for kids who were inexplicably not fans of Ghostbusters in the 90s, the Hi-C juice flavor Ecto-Cooler was a staple in lunchboxes and sleepovers, featuring Slimer on the box as the drink’s mascot. It was all the rage from when The Real Ghostbusters series started and lasted well past the cancellation of the animated series. But it’s been gone for years. However, there might be hope of a comeback as Coca-Cola just recently re-registered the trademark for Ecto-Cooler back in September. Read More »