Believe it or not there are still some Blockbuster Video locations that are still open for business. Pretty much all of them are located in Alaska, but there were a couple still open in Texas. Sadly, one of the locations in The Lone Star State closed recently, and that was very bad news for one loyal customer.
Hector Zuniga is a 20-year old autistic man who lives in Sharyland, Texas, and part of his all-important routine was going to one of the last remaining Blockbuster Video stores there at least twice a week. This kind of consistency is very important to someone on the autism spectrum and any disruption to their routine can be a big problem for them. In this case, Zuniga was heartbroken, inconsolable even when his local Blockbuster Video closed. But his parents came up with a wonderful, touching solution to make him feel better. Read More »
Late last summer, we heard that Brad Pitt was hoping to wrangle his Se7en, Fight Club and Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher to get behind the camera for the gestating sequel to the zombie pandemic thriller World War Z. Since the project didn’t really feel like Fincher’s cup of tea, especially after he publicly discussed his displeasure directing Alien 3 all the way back in 1992, we didn’t think this would ever come to fruition. Then we heard the fillmmaker was actively interested in the project earlier this year, and now David Fincher directing World War Z 2 is very close to becoming a reality. Read More »
Anyone who lived through the 1960s might remember a little band called The Wonders. Formerly known as The Oneders, the group from Erie, Pennsylvania skyrocketed to fame when their song “That Thing You Do!” became an instant hit. However, their fame was short-lived, and The Wonders became nothing more than a one-hit wonder.
If you don’t remember this band from decades ago, don’t worry, because they were a fictional band. So while you may not be losing your memory, this means that you didn’t see the movie That Thing You Do! from 1996. Directed by Tom Hanks, the film chronicles the formation, rise and fall of a 1960s rock band that quickly becomes a nation-wide sensation and fades away just as quickly. Now, 21 years later, The Wonders have reunited for a little performance of their hit song.
Watch the That Thing You Do reunion after the jump. Read More »
Did you notice a little tribute to Bill Paxton in this week’s Agents of SHIELD? Would you pay $100 to see Wonder Woman in theaters as many times as you want? When will The Tick debut on Amazon? Did you know that Gamora‘s skin almost wasn’t green in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Where will you be able to see the new season of Young Justice? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Every now and then a new rumor emerges that the original cuts of Star Wars are on the verge of getting a home video release without all the Special Edition modifications George Lucas has made over the years, some of which were made even after the new version of the movies hit theaters in 1997. Sadly, fans are always left disappointed when it doesn’t come true.
Due to issues with the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as the supposed difficulty of getting the original versions in a format that can easily be converted to a high-definition video format, it might be a lost cause. But even if there was the possibility of making it happen, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy seems to indicate that she doesn’t want to mess with what George Lucas has already done to the original Star Wars trilogy. Read More »
You know that we love Cool Stuff here at /Film, and every now and then there’s a story that just makes us say WTF. Today, those two things combine for an item that can only be categorized as WTF Stuff.
Whenever a big blockbuster like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out, there are endless cross promotions and merchandise being sold with the film’s title and characters all over the place. Therefore, we’re not surprised seeing soda cans and bags of chips with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon on them. But we are surprised by these official and totally real Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Doritos bags that actually play the film’s soundtrack in its entirety.
Find out more about this crazy innovation in snacking and soundtracks below. Read More »
In case you didn’t see, /Film was invited to screen a bunch of footage from Cars 3, which is about half the movie. You can read through our detailed reaction to the footage to see how it holds up against not just the rest of the Cars franchise but also Pixar’s body of work in general. But we wanted to call specific attention to a particular new character in the sequel who elevates the movie to a place that the Cars franchise has never reached before, at least from my perspective.
Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) is a yellow 2017 CRS Sports Coupe who works as a trainer at the new Rust-eze Racing Center where Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is hoping to get the same state of the art technological training that has turned his rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) into a finely tuned racing machine who is dominating the track. She’s tech-savvy and upbeat and has no problems telling McQueen how slow and old he is, despite the fact that she’s been a big fan of his for years.
Initially it appears like this character is just a means to an end for Lightning McQueen to win yet another race, but a turn comes when the emotional core of Cars 3 is revealed, and the big beating heart of this sequel is just what the franchise needs. Find out more about Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3 after the jump, but beware of possible spoilers. Read More »
At the end of last month, Pixar Animation invited /Film out to their campus in Emeryville, California to watch footage from Cars 3 and take part in their big press day event with presentations from the filmmakers who are bringing Lightning McQueen to the big screen again this summer.
Pixar Animation showed us roughly 50 minutes from Cars 3, essentially half the movie, starting from the race where Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) has his massive crash that we’ve seen in the teaser trailer up through his attempts to train for a comeback, where he meets high-tech trainer Cruz Ramirez, the breakout new character voiced by comedian Cristela Alonzo.
So how does it stack up against other Pixar movies, and where does it stand with regards to the other movies in the Cars franchise? Find out more in our Cars 3 footage reaction after the jump. Read More »
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This summer brings the third installment of Pixar’s animated Cars franchise. Taking a cue from sports dramas that have come before it, Cars 3 focuses on Lightning McQueen as we’ve never seen him before: the underdog. The red racer voiced by Owen Wilson simply isn’t the hot shot that we’ve come to know, and he’s forced to confront the limitations that come with being the senior car on the track, as well as rediscovering his passion for racing. It just might make for the best Cars movie yet.
Watch the new Cars 3 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Rick and Morty is one of the best television shows on air right now. While the animated antics on the Adult Swim series are undoubtedly crass and vulgar, the writing on the show is sharp, witty and has some of the best sci-fi satire that TV has ever seen.
Many fans of Rick and Morty know that the series originally started as a more direct parody of Back to the Future, following characters named Doc Smith and Mharti McDonalds. But the original idea was actually meant to more directly infringe upon the copyrights of Universal Pictures in an effort to get the studio to send creator Justin Roiland a cease and desist order.
Find out all about the Rick and Morty origin story after the jump. Read More »