passengers clip

It’s a grand tradition for the first clip released from an upcoming movie to be an odd choice, selected for reasons that we mere mortals cannot comprehend. This applies to the first Passengers clip, which feels like it was selected by a computer program that searched the film for keywords like “Jennifer Lawrence,” “special effects set piece,” and “bathing suit.” So here you go: the first clip from Morten Tyldum‘s upcoming science fiction tale involves Jennifer Lawrence in a bathing suit attempting to survive during a big special effects set piece.

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starship troopers

I used to think about Starship Troopers every single day because it’s one of my favorite movies and I quote it often and I find its satiric look at a fascist future society both hilarious and chilling. It put a babyfaced Neil Patrick Harris in a Nazi SS uniform. It’s director Paul Verhoeven‘s scathing masterpiece.

But now I think about it every hour or so, not just because it’s being remade as version that will be more faithful to Robert Heinlein‘s original novel, but because the current state of American politics has me pondering Verhoeven’s cynical, authoritarian vision of the future (see: his other genre masterpiece, RoboCop). And it turns out that Verhoeven is inviting comparison himself, explaining that Starship Troopers without the satire “would fit very much in a Trump Presidency.”

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don't breathe 2

2016 has been a banner year for awful things happening to the world in general, so maybe it’s appropriate that it’s been a banner year for horror cinema. After all, this is a genre that takes great pleasure in chewing up our miseries and spitting them out, allowing us to cackle at our misfortunes or comprehend our personal dread. A wave of great horror movies was exactly what we needed this year.

And one of those great horror movies was Fede Alvarez‘s Don’t Breathe, a vicious, hard-hearted thriller about a the criminals who break into the home of a secluded blind man and learn the hard way that he’s not someone to be underestimated. It turns out that the film’s conclusion, which left the door for further horror wide open, was a promise as Don’t Breathe 2 is currently in the works.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Love Interest

Rumors have pegged the actress/singer Zendaya as playing Peter Parker’s usual love interest Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the name Michelle that she’s been given on call sheets and by director Jon Watts has been deemed to be nothing but misdirection. However, for those who don’t buy the overt cover-up, Zendaya has just thrown out more details about her character that certainly don’t make her sound like the Mary Jane Watson we know. And to go along with these new details, a rumor has surfaced pegging who might actually be Peter Parker’s love interest in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Honestly, when word came that Zendaya could be playing Mary Jane Watson, I was a little disappointed. No, I wasn’t upset because a traditionally white character may be played by a black actress, because that’s ridiculous. But I was disappointed to hear that Mary Jane was going to end up becoming the Spider-Man Homecoming love interest again so soon. However, if Zendaya’s statements from yesterday are to be believed, that might not be the case.

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uncharted star

Uncharted fans have some ideas for who they’d like to see play the video game series’ beloved hero, Nathan Drake. A fan once even approached David O. Russell (Three Kings), a multiple Academy Award nominee, to tell him who he thought should play the explorer and treasure hunter. Some fans have more restraint than that, and Uncharted‘s new director, Shawn Levy, is aware of who those fans want to see as Nathan Drake — but that’s not going to influence his decision, as it shouldn’t.

Below, Levy discusses looking for his Uncharted star.

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Rami Malek Freddie Mercury

The long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic has seen plenty of talent come and go over the years. Sacha Baron Cohen spent a good amount of time developing a hard-R, warts-and-all biopic that ultimately led to creative disagreements between him and Queen guitarist Brian May, who even rejected the idea of David Fincher directing the biopic. Now, it looks like the project has may have nailed down Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse) may be directing.

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bad boys 3 villains

“What becomes of Bad Boys when they’re not boys anymore?” is a question writer-director Joe Carnahan (The Grey) wants to ask with Bad Boys for Life. Carnahan’s sequel was originally scheduled to open in theaters next summer, but Sony pushed the release date back, giving the director more time to polish the script. Carnahan is still hard at work on the script, and thankfully he’s still sharing details about it.

Below, learn more about the Bad Boys 3 villains.

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Ghostbusters Gates of Hell Concept Art

At one time, there was a concept for a third Ghostbusters movie that would have taken the paranormal exterminators to an alternate version of Manhattan called Mahelltan, a dark twisted version of the New York borough. However, the Ghostbusters almost had another hellish encounter in the original movie from 1984.

There was once an idea for the ending of Ghostbusters to take Venkman, Ray, Egon and Winston to the gates of hell. Now fans can check out some of the concept art for this sequence that didn’t make the final cut of the movie, and was never actually even filmed. Read More »

sausage party alternate ending

It’s hard to believe that the final twenty minutes of Sausage Party actually exist. Up until that point, Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan‘s R-rated talking food comedy is ambitious and weird and uneven, often hitting scenes of genuine brilliance and occasionally getting bogged down in material that doesn’t quite work. But then the ending happens and your jaw hits the floor and you start to wonder if someone has been pumping noxious fumes into the room for the past hour and you’re just in the midst of a pre-death hallucination because how else could this possibly exist.

And as newly released featurette reveals, that ending originally went on a little longer and went to another, even weirder place.

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jumanji release date

Sony is reorganizing its release calendar, and that means a few big titles are getting shifted around. First off, The Dark Tower has been postponed from February 2017 to summer 2017, as we reported earlier today… and it’s taking over Jumanji‘s slot, which means Jumanji is now getting pushed to Christmas 2017.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has gone from being a spring movie to being a summer movie, and The Equalizer 2 — the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s entire career — is getting delayed one year to fall 2018. Get full details on the Jumanji release date and more below.  Read More »