Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s no secret that fraternity hazing can be an nasty and demeaning experience. Even films and TV series that show Greek life in an affectionate light feature at least a few scenes of pledges undertaking painful or humiliating tasks. But Andrew Neel‘s Goat, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, reveals just how ugly it can get.
Based on a memoir by Brad Land, the drama stars Ben Schnetzer as a 19-year-old college student recovering from a brutal assault. He decides to rush a frat that his slightly older brother (Nick Jonas) already belongs to, and soon finds himself surrounded by a toxic stew of violence, aggression, and abuse even more traumatizing than the earlier attack. David Gordon Green helped with the script, James Franco has a cameo as an alum who can’t let go of his frat boy days, because it’s not a real indie drama unless James Franco is rattling around in there somewhere. Watch the first Goat trailer after the jump. Read More »
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The Star Trek franchise has been progressive since its earliest days, when it was bold enough to feature a starship crew composed of various ethnicities and backgrounds working together to explore the galaxy and better humanity. The portrait of a universe where people embrace each other’s differences and just work together to get the job done has always been as much of a draw for Trek fans as all of the weird science fiction and planet-hopping adventuring.
However, fans have spent years wondering when Star Trek would boldly go where it has never gone before and finally introduce a major gay character. Now, we’ve learned that Star Trek Beyond has broken through this barrier by revealing that Hikaru Sulu, the Enterprise helmsman played by John Cho, has a husband (and a young daughter) waiting for him back on Earth.
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The sad truth about Star Trek is that it took original creator Gene Roddenberry stepping away for the series to find its second wind. Although he will always rightfully be considered the genius who shepherded the finest science fiction franchise in history into existence, his later vision of what Star Trek was clashed not only with other creatives, but with much of what made the original television series so great in the first place. It’s no accident that he was forced out of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which remains arguably the best of the twelve films made so far.
But those twelve films will soon be thirteen, so it’s no accident that the new book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek – The First 25 Years is in stores right now (the second volume arrives in August). While I’m anticipation Star Trek Beyond, this book is what is currently grabbing my attention… mainly because it reveals that Gene Roddenberry wrote a Star Trek movie where Captain Kirk fights Jesus Christ.
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Several titles that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year are making their way to limited releases and VOD this summer. One of the more charming offerings is The Intervention, a relationship dramedy fueled by an incredible cast, some sharp writing, and one intervention that turns into multiple cries for help among a group of four couples on a weekend getaway.
Watch The Intervention trailer after the jump. Read More »
While everyone tends to turn their noses up at movie remakes, the world seems to be at peace with films journeying to the small screen. Sure, we occasionally have to put up with shows like that ill-fated new take on Rush Hour, but that’s a small price to pay for the likes of Friday Night Lights and Fargo, shows that use a familiar name to build something big and beautiful and carefully constructed for serialized storytelling. It’s reached the point where a television version of a beloved movie feels like a creatively safer proposition than a big screen remake.
So the news that Walter Hill’s classic film The Warriors is being developed as a television series for Hulu doesn’t fill me with instant dread, especially since it’s in the capable hands of Joe and Anthony Russo.
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Yesterday plenty of United States citizens celebrated Independence Day by lighting off some fireworks, because there’s nothing more American than blowing some stuff up after you’ve had every meat known to mankind. However, I’m willing to bet that your fireworks were nothing compared to the kind of explosions that happened on the set of Transformers: The Last Knight. Thanks to Michael Bay‘s Instagram, you can get a glimpse of what they were shooting on set yesterday, and there’s just as much firepower as you’d expect.
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One of the biggest draws of the Transformers franchise are the cool vehicles that turn into the Autobots and Decepticons and the toys they will become. Since Paramount Pictures strikes deals with various automobile manufacturers to have their latest cars and trucks featured in the latest installment of the Hasbro toy film series, Transformers: The Last Knight has plenty of new vehicles entering the fray and one more has just been revealed.
Director Michael Bay has just shown off the new vehicle that the Autobot Drift will take the form of this time, and it’s a pretty stylish Mercedes. Check out the new Transformers The Last Knight Drift vehicle after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a brutal summer at the box office. We’ve seen one high-profile studio release after another open to disappointing figures, if not outright awful ones, prompting concerned conversations about “sequelitis” and “superhero fatigue” and the like. So will this trend extend into the rest of the season? Or could July be the month that Hollywood turns its fortunes around?
Well, only time will tell. But one of the next big-budget sequels to try its luck will be Star Trek Beyond. Early tracking indicates the sci-fi adventure is on track for a domestic opening in the $48-60 million range, which puts it behind the two previous Star Trek films but ahead of a lot of other movies that have hit so far this summer. Read More »
In J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek films, Bones (Karl Urban) mostly interacts with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine). Now and then he’ll have a tense or fun side conversation with Spock (Zachary Quinto), but in the upcoming sequel, Star Trek Beyond, the two clearly have more to do together — which is a good thing, since Quinto and Urban are consistently reliable comedic relief in these films.
The new Star Trek Beyond clip also features Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Her words with Spock may qualify as a spoiler, but if you’re not particularly spoiler sensitive, then check out the latest look at director Justin Lin‘s film.
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