Jurassic World trailer

After last week’s odd tease about “Something Big Is Coming” in the Jurassic Park world, it’s come true. The official Jurassic World Twitter posted a short, awesome, tease of the first Jurassic World trailer, which will premiere Thursday at 9 p.m. EST during the Seahawks/49ers game on NBC, and online everywhere.

In the footage, you’ll see Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, the new park gates and lots of dinosaurs running around. It’s pretty exciting.

Check out the first footage from Jurassic World below. Read More »

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studio ghibli documentary trailer

The best documentaries take a great subject and then get hit by lightning. You’re filming your movie and then, over the course of it, something incredible and magical happens that takes the story in a whole different way. For filmmaker Mami Sunada, unprecedented access into one of the most famous animation studios in the world, Studio Ghibli, was just the beginning. Things got very interesting when their most famous and revered filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, decided to announce his retirement.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is the result of that crazy story. It’s a documentary about the behind the scenes drama at Ghibli and the aftermath of Miyazaki making the bombshell announcement. A trailer for the film has now released in advance of a limited theatrical release November 28 and then a VOD window early in 2015. Check out the The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, a Studio Ghibli documentary trailer, below. Read More »

Hunger Games MockingJay part 1 review

Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters. 

It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more than unattainable love with sporadic action. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes the series to its furthest point from YA stereotypes yet.

However, what’s most interesting about this latest installment — the first part of a two-part finale — is just how different it is from the rest of the franchise. Is that a good thing? Below, read why The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 feels like a different franchise. Read More »

Wolverine Kia

How does Iron Man‘s Arc Reactor work? Was Evangeline Lilly scared to do Ant-Man once Edgar Wright left? What is Jennifer Lawrence‘s favorite superhero movie? Which James Bond actor almost played Batman for Tim Burton? Will Lego do an Avengers Helicarrier set? What’s up with this Wolverine Kia? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Brenton Thwaites Pirates 5

A new cast member will join Captain Jack Sparrow on whatever adventures the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean holds. It’s Brenton Thwaites, a name you may not know, but you will soon. He was recently in Oculus as well as The Giver, The Signal, Malificent and the upcoming Son of a Gun. (Which just released a new trailer. Good timing!) In the film, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Thwaites will play a key British solider. Filming will start in 2015 aimed at a July 2017 release. Read more about the Brenton Thwaites Pirates 5 casting below. Read More »

Star Wars Celebration poster

Several updates on Celebration, Rebels and Lucasfilm are here along with some awesome rumors about The Force Awakens. Below, read about the following:

  • Some new rumors have surfaced about the identity of Lupita Nyong’o‘s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a new location.
  • Has one single line leaked from the script of The Force Awakens?
  • Read a great article on the crazy security measures surrounding the production of The Force Awakens.
  • Lucasfilm is hiring people to work in both physical and digital effects.
  • See a limited edition figure of the Christmas special Boba Fett.
  • Watch a trailer for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and read about the art show.
  • Who is the mysterious Fulcrum on Star Wars Rebels?
  • Star Wars Rebels will go on a holiday break returning in 2015.
  • One site breaks down several of the rumors about the ending of The Force Awakens.

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Diner Live Read Header

Usually when I go to a Live Read, I know the movie like the back of my hand. Ghostbusters, Pulp Fiction, The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, these are all movies I’ve seen dozens of times and know backwards and forwards. However, the November reading was a film I’d never seen until this week: Barry Levinson‘s Diner. It totally deserves to be mentioned among those films, but it somehow fell through the cracks in my years as a film fan. It’s as timeless, funny and poignant as any movie I’ve ever seen.

Watching the film, I began to worry about the Live Read. Sure this was a movie with dynamic characters based on a razor sharp script, but Levinson’s film also created such a perfect atmosphere. The movie was 1959 Baltimore, from the weather to the locations, outfits and the music. Oh, the music. Diner is a jukebox full of awesome tunes and the Live Reads don’t play music during the read. Was it going to work out?

Presenter and director Jason Reitman had an answer for that. To make the script move at a clip worthy of its amazing original cast, and to make the audience forget there was no music or settings to enhance it, he’d need actors who are incredibly familiar with each other. Actors with an ability to deliver filthy dialogue very fast, have perfect chemistry, talk a ton of crap and dish about football. How about the cast of FXX’s The League?

Yes, almost the entire cast of The League read Barry Levinson’s Diner at latest Jason Reitman Live Read, presented Film Independent at LACMA. Below, read what the cast brought to the script and what the script revealed about itself.  Read More »

Empire Strikes Back Mark Hamill Yoda

We don’t know what the Star Wars stand alone movies are going to be about. Initially, there was the belief these films, which Disney will release between the regular episode installments, would be origin story stories. Rumors focused heavily on Han Solo, Boba Fett and Yoda. As time moves on, however, that seems less and less likely. Now, the more rumblings you hear about the Star Wars stand alone films, the more it seems like they’re going to be stories that live between the other films both on the release calendar and in the Star Wars canon. They may tell stories about smaller, tangential characters that expand and enhance the Episodes. They may even solve some of the unsolved mysteries of the Star Wars universe.

Now, to be fair, we can’t be sure this is the case. For all we know, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta will release an origin film as the first stand-alone project on December 16, 2016. But that’s probably not going to happen. No matter what their film or Josh Trank’s 2018 film is, we have a bunch of Star Wars mysteries we think would make good stand alone movies at some point down the road. Read More »

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