AMC Theatres Banning MoviePass

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about about anything and everything. In this edition: AMC’s plan to block MoviePass is utterly moronic.)

Yesterday, some great news came for moviegoers. MoviePass announced that their movie theater ticket subscription service that has flown mostly under the radar since launching in 2011 was looking to increase its customer base in a big way by only charging $9.95 a month, regardless of where you live or how many movies you see using the service.

However, if you frequent AMC Theatres locations, MoviePass might not be beneficial to you for very long. At least if the executives behind the United States’ largest chain of movie theaters has their way. Not long after MoviePass announced their new price point and intentions to grow their customer base, AMC Theatres released a scathing statement saying, “AMC is consulting with its attorneys to determine if or how AMC can prevent a subscription program offered by MoviePass from being used at AMC Theatres in the United States.”

The long and short of it: AMC Theatres banning MoviePass is stupid. Let’s dig in. Read More »

Captain America Civil War VFX - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, we have an extensive Captain America: Civil War visual effects breakdown revealing all the impressive post-production work on display, which includes most of Iron Man‘s suit. Plus, we have a video essay looking at how the scene transitions in The Matrix enhance the movie, and another about the intricate details of costume design that you may not have noticed. Read More »

Anomalisa Vinyl

Mondo has been knocking it out of the park lately when it comes to their line-up of exclusive, collectible vinyl soundtrack releases. In the past few weeks alone, they’ve featured outstanding vinyl releases for the soundtracks to Atomic Blonde and Hot Fuzz, but now they’ve got a vinyl release with one of the coolest album covers and gatefolds that I’ve ever seen.

Charlie Kaufman‘s stop-motion animated masterpiece Anomalisa has a beautiful score by composer Carter Burwell, and now that score is getting a vinyl release with an incredible pop-up style jacket design. Check out this amazing Mondo Anomalisa vinyl release below. Read More »

Deadpool - The Shining

Where are the stars of the failed Justice League of America TV series at today? Who would Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi want to score the move if they were still alive today? Which former Marvel movie villain has joined the cast of Marvel’s new Hulu series The Runaways? Will Cable time travel in Deadpool 2? What did Kurt Russell keep accidentally calling Star-Lord during Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 production? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Louis CK Movie

Last year, Louis CK delivered a surprise project in the form of the webseries Horace and Pete. It was created in secret and made an online debut that wasn’t publicized until after it was finished. Now the comedian has done the same thing with a new feature film.

Now, Louis C.K. has quietly shot a black and white movie called I Love You, Daddy, and it’s just been revealed as one of the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Find out more about the new Louis CK movie below. Read More »

The Meyerowitz Stories Trailer

Netflix is already full of Adam Sandler movies. The only problem is that most of them are downright terrible, with the only exceptions being Big Daddy and Punch-Drunk Love, the latter of which showing us what the comedian can do when he really puts the effort into giving a great performance. Thankfully, it looks like Netflix is about to get another one of those movies.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, and Adam Sander received some of the best reviews ever, with some critics even saying that the film marked the finest performance of his career. It helps that the movie also features Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, and you can get a preview of the movie by watching The Meyerowitz Stories trailer below. Read More »

MoviePass Subscription

MoviePass has seen plenty of changes to its subscription service over the years since launching in 2011. For those who don’t know, MoviePass lets users pay a monthly price that allow them to see a single movie each day. Users check into a location-based app, pick the movie they’re seeing, and pay with an official MoviePass debit card. Over the years there have been changes in the pricing model depending on where you live and how many movies you see, ranging anywhere between $15 a month to almost $50 a month. But soon, everyone will be paying the same low price for the subscription service.

A majority stake in MoviePass has been bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., and they will be changing the monthly subscription fee to just $9.95 a month, regardless of where you live or how many movies you see. Find out more about the MoviePass subscription changes below. Read More »

Nick Fury in Avengers Infinity War

Without Nick Fury, there would have been no assembly of The Avengers. In a credits scene after Iron Man hit theaters in 2008, Samuel L. Jackson appears in Tony Stark’s mansion to chastise his cockiness and talk to him about something called The Avengers Initiative. After that came four more movies leading up to the debut of Marvel’s superhero team on the big screen and an entire cinematic universe that is still growing. But it appears Nick Fury isn’t as important to the future of the MCU as he was in the beginning.

Samuel L. Jackson recently sat down for an interview to promote the upcoming release of The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which hits theaters this weekend, and he revealed that he wasn’t asked to make an appearance in either Black Panther or Avengers: Infinity War. Find out what the actor had to say about the lack of Nick Fury in Avengers Infinity War and more below. Read More »

A Nightmare on Elm Street and Critters Reboot

This past weekend saw audiences flock to theaters for some terror in the form of Annabelle: Creation. The prequel to Annabelle, which was a spin-off of The Conjuring, took the top spot at the box office with over $35 million, which isn’t bad for the second weekend in August. That’s the second satisfying horror flick that director David F. Sandberg has delivered, and he hopes to deliver more, perhaps with some recognizable franchise titles from decades passed.

While partaking in a discussion about Annabelle: Creation, Sandberg was asked which franchises he’d like to tinker with if an opportunity was available. Sandberg picked A Nightmare on Elm Street, a franchise that was rebooted with disappointing results, and Critters, a franchise that hasn’t been touched since 1992. Find out more below. Read More »

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