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As Mad Men prepares to come to an end, Matthew Weiner is taking a moment to look back at its roots. The series creator has offered up a list of 10 films that influenced Mad Men, ranging from Billy Wilder‘s The Apartment to David Lynch‘s Blue Velvet. Click through to read the list, along with descriptions written by Weiner himself.  Read More »

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‘Expendables’ TV Series in the Works at Fox

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The Expendables franchise is based on a pretty simple formula: dump a bunch of action heroes into one picture, and watch the box office dollars roll in. It’s worked out pretty well so far for the series, which has collectively grossed $785 million worldwide. So why should movie stars get to have all the fun?

Fox is developing The Expendables, an action-drama event series which will bring together some of TV’s best loved ass-kickers for a brand new adventure. Get all the details on The Expendables TV series after the jump.  Read More »

Brit Marling in The East

Brit Marling emerged as the darling of Sundance 2011 thanks in a large part to Sound of My Voice, a chiller directed by Zal Batmanglij. The pair continued their professional relationship with 2013’s eco-terrorism thriller The East, and now they’re preparing to reunite yet again.

Only this time, it won’t be for an indie film, but for a new Netflix drama titled The OA. More on the Brit Marling Netflix project after the jump.  Read More »

Toy Story

Toy Story 3 felt like such a perfect capper to Woody and Buzz’s journey that we couldn’t help but wonder why Pixar felt the need to retread old territory with the upcoming Toy Story 4. But it turns out that’s not what Pixar has in mind at all.

In a new interview, studio president Jim Morris reveals that the next film will take things in a very different direction, which may or may not be continued in future installments. More on the new Toy Story 4 details after the jump.  Read More »

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Following the Oscar-nominated District 9, Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore effort Elysium proved a major disappointment. Even Blomkamp himself knows it, and his recent admission that he “fucked it up” by pressing ahead with a script that “just wasn’t there” seemed like an encouraging step in the right direction.

But acknowledging your mistakes isn’t the same thing as figuring out how to avoid them. Unfortunately, Chappie indicates that, like the childlike protagonist that gives the film its name, Blomkamp still has a lot to learn. Read our full Chappie review after the jump. Read More »

Back to the Future

For a story that centers around a woman’s unwitting love for her future son, Back to the Future manages to be admirably non-creepy. Sure, there’s a WTF factor that kicks in the second we realize Lorraine has the hots for Marty, but Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale manage to keep things on the right side of the funny / awful divide.

But getting that balance right apparently took some trial and error. A cut scene reveals one hilarious instance in which they found themselves on the wrong side of that calculation. Watch the bizarre Back to the Future deleted scene after the jump.

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Diablo Cody Is Rewriting the ‘Barbie’ Movie

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The world’s most famous doll is hooking up with one of Hollywood’s most famous female screenwriters. Diablo Cody is set to rewrite Barbie, the upcoming live-action film from Sony Pictures. Jenny Bicks (What A Girl Wants, Rio 2) penned the first draft.

More on the Diablo Cody Barbie movie deal after the jump.  Read More »

Big Game UK trailer

Does Samuel L. Jackson ever not have people trying to kill him? In Big Game, he plays the President of the United States, whose plane goes down over Finnish countryside. Things take a turn from bad to worse when he realizes he’s being chased by a group of baddies who’ll stop at nothing to capture him. And here you thought Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a dangerous job.

This POTUS does have one spot of good luck, though, which is that he’s happened to crash-land in front of a 13-year-old hunter played by Onni Tommila. This kid knows his way around the forest, and apparently develops a touching loyalty toward this frazzled world leader. Watch the Big Game trailer after the jump.

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Oscars Academy Awards

After five to ten years of five to ten Best Picture nominees, the Oscars are eyeing a return to old ways. The Academy reportedly wants to shrink the Best Picture pool back down to five nominees.

The rule limiting nominees to five had been in place since the mid-1940s, but was changed in 2009 to include 10 nominees, and then again in 2011 to include 5-10 nominees. Now it might change again. More on the possible Oscars Best Picture nominees rule change after the jump.  Read More »

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