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Richard Linklater is defined by his empathy. Few filmmakers love their characters quite as much as he does, and his affection fills his low-key dramas and broad comedies alike. Linklater’s affection for the young men at the core of his new film, Everybody Wants Some, is evident in every frame. These guys, young, dumb, and prepared to make all kinds of bad decisions because they’re obviously going to be 18 forever, are as realized as any comedic characters of the past decade. To watch their movie is to get to know them, to hang out with them, to join their party.

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The Little Prince Release Date

One week before the animated film was slated to hit theaters in the United States, Paramount Pictures has pulled The Little Prince from its schedule release date of March 18th, 2016. The film has been waiting to hit theaters in the US since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year and hitting various international markets afterwards. It’s already grossed $80 million overseas, but now it will have to wait a bit longer for a debut in the United States. However, the good news is that it sounds like we’ll still see the movie this year. Find out more about The Little Prince release date after the jump. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond Reshoots

With just four months until the film hits theaters on July 22nd, it appears Star Trek Beyond needs some adjustments before it hits the big screen. The sequel from director Justin Lin will be undergoing some reshoots, and along with that a new cast member is being added to the mix. Find out what’s going on with these Star Trek Beyond reshoots and who is joining the cast after the jump. Read More »

Terminator Genisys Visual Effects

It’s no secret that Terminator Genisys wasn’t the movie that most of the franchise’s fans were hoping for and it certainly wasn’t the box office hit that Paramount Pictures hoped that it would be. The previously planned sequels were put on indefinite hold, supposedly so a readjustment could be made to the future of the film series, but then any follow-up was seemingly canceled back in January. It’s certainly a bummer that we won’t see the franchise continue, but that’s what happens when the studio makes a mediocre movie.

However, there was some decent work done on the movie in the visual effects department, especially when it comes to recreating a younger version of Arnold Schwarzenegger to fight the aged Terminator who has been taking care of Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) in this wholly confusing alternate timeline. A new Terminator Genisys visual effects breakdown has just debuted online, showing how much work went into the sequel. Read More »

10 Cloverfield Lane spoilers discussion

Two months ago, it was revealed Dan Trachtenberg‘s directorial debut was a “spiritual” sequel to Cloverfield. The audience I saw 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi with were left both confused and excited by the trailer‘s title card. The question all along — well, actually just for the past two months — has been: how much of a sequel is this movie? Now we know. Kind of.

Please note that spoilers are encouraged in the comments section for this post. If you have not seen 10 Cloverfield Lane, we encourage you to return once you have.

FINAL WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN THE COMMENTS.

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When the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was unleashed, everyone was wondering how JJ Abrams somehow snuck a new Cloverfield movie into production without anyone noticing. Later the mega producer set the record straight confirming that the film was not a sequel, not Cloverfield 2, but a blood relative that shares some thematic and genre connections, but functions as an anthology film which isn part a larger idea (that may involve more Cloverfield movies).

Then came rumors (originating on reddit) that the film was actually a low budget contained thriller that’s slapped with a Cloverfield title as an afterthought and that director Dan Trachtenberg and crew went back to reshoot a different ending for the film which would connect it to Matt Reeves‘ original film Cloverfield. I can now confirm on the record this is just not true.

I interviewed 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg this afternoon and he revealed the origins of the project, how an Academy Award-nominated writer/director almost made the movie before he got involved and puts some of the internet rumors to bed.

Note: the following story contains NO spoilers for 10 Cloverfield Lane beyond whats seen in the first trailer. So feel free to read it before you see the movie.

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J.J. Abrams is a busy man. Not only did he direct, produce and co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he still found some time left over in his day to produce a follow-up to Matt Reeves‘ POV monster movie Cloverfield.

Dan Trachtenberg‘s 10 Cloverfield Lane might not be a sequel (although Abrams seems to suggest one could still happen one day), so how does it connect to the original Cloverfield movie? Will God Particle be third film in the “Clover-verse”? And might Cannibal Airlines actually become a real movie? We also learn how Abrams found director Dan Trachtenberg, discuss the cleverly minimal marketing campaign, and get the details on Bear McCreary‘s masterful score. And the best thing is this interview is entirely SPOILER FREE, so don’t be afraid to start reading now.
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10 Cloverfield Lane Early Buzz

There has been plenty of mystery surrounding Dan Trachtenberg‘s feature directorial debut, 10 Cloverfield Lane. The first trailer revealed the project is related to Matt Reeves‘ found footage monster film, but producer J.J. Abrams has clarified it’s not a direct sequel. We’ll soon learn how much 10 Cloverfield Lane shares in common with Cloverfield, considering the film opens in theaters this weekend. Early reviews for the thriller have hit the web, and much to our delight, they’re all very positive thus far.

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10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

The Cloverfield connection is definitely helping build buzz for 10 Cloverfield Lane, even if it’s more of a spiritual link than a narrative one. But in truth, we were sold on this movie long before we knew what it’d be called. Dan Trachtenberg‘s directorial debut brings together three top-notch talents — John GoodmanMary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. — into one cramped underground shelter. With that cast, it’s pretty much a given that sparks will fly, no matter where the story takes them, what the film ends up being called, or what’s really lying outside that doomsday bunker.

At a recent press day in New York, I got the chance to sit down with Goodman and Winstead to discuss their new movie — its ties to Cloverfield, its feminist slant, Goodman’s terrifying character, and what it’s taught them about prepping for doomsday. Check out our 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead interviews after the jump.  Read More »