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2016 annie awards nominees

The nominations for the 43rd Annual Annie Awards have been announced and, for the most part, they’re exactly what you’d expect. Organized by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, the Annies celebrate the year in animation, from theatrical releases to television program and everything in-between. With two new movies released in 2015, Pixar dominated the nominations, but there is a dark horse waiting in the wings, just waiting for an upset.

Check out the complete list of the 2016 Annie Award nominees after the jump.

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Tupac Shakur Biopic Picks Up Another New Director


Following a small cameo in Straight Outta Compton this summer, Tupac Shakur may finally get his own big-screen biopic. The long-gestating project has just found a new director in Benny Boom, replacing Carl Franklin (who in turn replaced John Singleton). More details on the Tupac biopic director update after the jump.  Read More »

rambo tv show

A fifth Rambo movie has been in the works for years, with different iterations of the film cropping up every year or so. At one point, it would have been titled Rambo: Savage Hunt, and would’ve seen Sylvester Stallone‘s rogue soldier battling a genetically engineered monster. And then it became Rambo: Last Stand, an Unforgiven-esque tale that would’ve supposedly seen Rambo taking the fight to Mexican drug cartels. Last year, Stallone doubled down on the drug cartel concept, saying that it would be filmed after Creed and would be titled Last Blood.

Anyway, you should always write Rambo news with dry erase markers because the plans have once again changed. Rambo V may not be dead yet, but it’ll now have to compete with Rambo: New Blood, a new television series that will continue the story of John Rambo on Fox. Oh, and Rambo’s long-lost son will be along for the ride.

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I Saw the Light Trailer

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the biopic I Saw the Light about country singer Hank Williams was supposed to be released Thanksgiving weekend. But back in October, the movie was pushed back to a spring 2016 release, with a crowded awards season and Tom Hiddleston‘s busy schedule cited as the primary reasons for the delay.

Now that the film is just a few months away, we finally have the first I Saw the Light trailer, showing that this is undoubtedly Tom Hiddleston’s Walk the Line, with pretty much the same beats and a praiseworthy leading performance. Read More »

Blonde Bonds and Batmobiles: 7 Times Fans Overreacted

movie fan controversies

Fandom is a group of people united by a shared passion. They all love something enough to follow it, to memorize it, to criticize it, and to get genuinely angry when it lets them down. Fans tend to feel a smidgen of ownership over the movie or TV show or book series that has appropriated so much of their time. In other words, fans tend to overreact. A lot.

And can you blame them? After all, you surely know the feeling. You know what it’s like to watch from outside the bubble as something you love is put through the wringer by creatives who have no idea what the hell they’re doing. When you’re not in the room, when you don’t know the reasoning for a certain casting choice or a certain creative decision, it can be nerve-wracking. What are they doing to the thing that you love?

However, not ever knee-jerk fan reaction has been accurate. Movie fans have recoiled against some truly great ideas and they have recoiled against aspects of films that, in the end, simply didn’t matter. You may very well remember these movie fan controversies. You may have tried to do the wise thing and forget these controversies. As these examples show, sometimes movie fans are the absolute last people you actually want making decisions in the moviemaking process.

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lin-manuel miranda star wars

Fans of space operas and historical musicals rejoice! Just when you thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens had achieved mass cultural saturation, the year’s most anticipated film went out and recruited Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star, composer and lyricist of the massively popular Broadway show Hamilton. Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams had the nerds and families locked down tight – now they’ve going after that elusive musical theater crowd.

But in all seriousness, it’s like the folks behind the scenes of the Star Wars machine had a big meeting and wondered “Hmm, how can we get Jacob Hall of /Film more excited in a movie he’s already frothing at the mouth to see?” And they’ve found a way. Damn you, Star Wars. You’ve got me.

Read on for more Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Wars news.

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Zoolander 2 international trailer

It’s a bit surprising to realize now that the first Zoolander actually wasn’t a huge hit when it came out back in 2001. It was the 55th highest domestic grosser of the year, behind such gems as Rat Race and The Animal. Like most good comedies, however, it eventually found an audience, and over the past decade and a half, it’s become so beloved that it’s now spawned a sequel.

Zoolander 2 puts Derek (Ben Stiller), already an old-timer on his way out in the first film, back into the fashion game. This time, he’s wrapped up in a larger investigation of a mysterious killer targeting the world’s most beautiful people (of which Justin Bieber is apparently one). Fortunately, he’s got plenty of help beside him, including his rival-turned-BFF Hansel (Owen Wilson) and an impossibly gorgeous Interpol agent (Penélope Cruz).

Watch the Zoolander 2 international trailer after the jump.  Read More »

zoolander death scene

Not enough modern comedies end with the demise of their characters. At least that’s what writer-director Adam McKay thinks. He’s been itching to kill off some of his characters for years now, including Baxter (Anchorman) and the horrific yet charming leads in Step Brothers, Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Another protagonist McKay would’ve enjoyed seeing perish in pure agony? Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller).

Read about the Zoolander death scene we never saw after the jump.

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gremlins sequel

A part of the charm of Joe Dante‘s Gremlins films is how much hell the little monsters raise. They also don’t cause massive, destruction porn. If the Gremlins reboot/sequel comes to fruition, will it feel the need to compete with the huge monsters we see today?

According to the original films’ star, Zach Galligan, he’d like to see the series go in that direction — and maybe it will. Read more after the jump.

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