Warner Bros

The Hollywood winds have been blowing in the direction of franchises and cinematic universe for a while, but it’s still surprising to see a studio make such a transparent move towards them and away from the creative forces that helped build the backbone of its modern era.

A regime change at Warner Bros. may spell trouble for any movie that’s not under the DC Films, Harry Potter, or Lego Movie flagships. The studio, which has admittedly been struggling to find the balance between director control and franchise loyalty, will reportedly avoid working with auteur directors “who want final cut” altogether. Yeah, it sounds like a bad idea to me too.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Retiring

After winning three Oscars for his performances in My Left Foot in 1989, There Will Be Blood in 2007 and Lincoln in 2012, not to mention landing nominations for Gangs Of New York in 2002 and In the Name Of The Father in 1993, acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, as indicated in an official statement released by one of his representatives.

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Wonder Woman Trailer

The difference in tone between last year’s grim and dour DC Extended Universe movies Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad and this year’s far more uplifting Wonder Woman couldn’t be more clear, and fans and critics around the world have spoken: they prefer positivity to seeing heroes mope around. The executives at DC Films, to their credit, have heard that response loud and clear, and the company’s co-chairman, Geoff Johns, says that their plan is to make DC movies fun again moving forward.
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Los Angeles Alamo Drafthouse Opening in 2018

Living in Austin has left me spoiled when it comes to the moviegoing experience. After all, the Texas capital is the hometown of the Alamo Drafthouse, which has frequently been named the best theater chain in the world. I’m of the opinion that every single movie fan in the world deserves to have a local Drafthouse – nobody does it better.

And after years of rumors and false starts and crossed fingers, it’s official: the Alamo Drafthouse is coming to Los Angeles in 2018.

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Spongebob Squarepants Musical

Despite any nostalgia ’90s kids may have for characters from Doug, Rugrats, or Hey Arnold!, it’s hard to argue that there’s any bigger or more popular character in the history of Nickelodeon than SpongeBob SquarePants. Don’t believe me? As of 2015, the property had generated a staggering $12 billion for Nickelodeon in merchandising alone. Whoa.

Now it looks like the character is going to be responsible for putting even more cash in the company’s pockets, because a SpongeBob SquarePants musical is heading to Broadway later this year – and the list of talent the producers wrangled up to write songs for this is one of the most random collections of musicians this side of “We Are The World.”
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Sony clean version

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: Sony’s new clean version initiative is a stupid and bad idea.)

Sony Pictures has announced a “Clean Version” initiative that will present edited versions of some of the studio’s films for home video purchases. To be fair, the new censored version won’t replace the regular theatrical version, but will instead be added on as an extra bonus feature. But you know that slippery slope you’re always hearing about? Editing content to make it more appropriate for families is teetering right on the edge of it.
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Chloe Moretz trashes her own movie

We’re inundated with a constant stream of content from all angles these days, and the law of averages says that a majority of it is going to be crap. But sometimes I’ll see something so baffling, it makes me stop and think about the dozens of meetings that must have taken place before this thing reached audiences, and I’ll wonder how the hell an idea so terrible was ever given approval.

The latest example: the godawful marketing campaign for a new animated movie called Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs, which is so bad it’s drawn the ire of the movie’s star, Chloë Grace Moretz. Think about that. How bad does it have to be for the film’s star to put the marketing team on blast? Find out below.
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Wonder Woman Clips

Warner Bros. is riding high on a picture-perfect wave of positive early buzz for the studio’s long-awaited big screen take on Wonder Woman, but if you’ll allow the metaphor to continue, consider this latest development to be an ugly piece of driftwood floating right in the path of that sweet curl. The country of Lebanon has banned all screenings of Wonder Woman nationwide, due to the fact that star Gal Gadot is Israeli.
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neill blomkamp oats studios

Neill Blomkamp broke into the scene with shorts like Landfall and Alive in Joburg, a gritty sci-fi documentary that became the basis for his feature film debut and biggest hit to date, District 9.

After making the modestly-to-poorly received sci-fi films Elysium and Chappie, Blomkamp may be stepping away from trying to live up to early praise of him as the next exciting sci-fi director, and going back to his roots: short films. Blomkamp has been teasing his mysterious Oats Studios project for a while, but a new teaser reveals a hint of what the director’s experimental short film initiative will look like.

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pixar experimental shorts

Pixar has a problem.

It’s a problem that’s well-detailed in The Atlantic article, “Did Disney Ruin Pixar?” which proposes that the once-great animation studio has reached the end of its golden age, weighed down by halfhearted sequels and poorly received original films. But maybe with the recent announcement of a new experimental shorts division, Pixar can recapture the spirit of its early days and make a comeback.

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