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There’s an entire generation of moviegoers who only know the character of Van Helsing from the abysmal 2004 movie starring Hugh Jackman, and that should be a recognized as one of our great international shames. Introduced in the pages of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing is one of the horror genre’s greatest heroes, a character who has endured as long as the titular vampire himself. Before he was reimagined as a globetrotting 19th century James Bond, Van Helsing was a scientist and a scholar, a professor whose greatest weapon against the supernatural was his vast knowledge of science and the occult. Although his presence in the public domain has allowed any number of actors to play him (Casper Van Dien, anyone?), Van Helsing has been memorably portrayed by brilliant actors like Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence Olivier, and Peter Cushing, who built a cornerstone of his magnificent career around hurting Christopher Lee’s Dracula.

My fondness for this character made the Hugh Jackman movie hurt even more, but it also gives me hope that the new solo outing for the character being planned as part of Universal’s new cinematic monsters universe could be good. There have been incredible cinematic Van Helsings before and there is always room for more…and screenwriter Eric Heisserer is saying some very interesting things.

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Michael J Fox and Coldplay Back to the Future

The British alternative rock group Coldplay is one of those bands that people either love or hate. However, even if you’re one of the people who just can’t stand the vocal stylings of frontman Chris Martin and the sounds the rest of the band plays, I think you’re going to love them for a little bit after to see a video recorded at a recent concert.

Chris Martin has a son named Moses who is 10 years old. And while the lead singer is out on tour, his son had just one request, and that was for him to play a song from their favorite movie, Back to the Future. Not only did Chris Martin make his son’s dreams come true, but he came through in a way that makes all other fathers look bad by having Michael J. Fox come out and play “Johnny B. Goode,” just like he did in the movie.

You can watch the Michael J Fox and Coldplay Back to the Future duet after the jump. Read More »

How Many Lines Does Matt Damon Have in Jason Bourne?

In 1991, Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $15 million to star in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a movie where he only speaks 700 worlds in 137 minutes. That’s roughly $21,429 per word. Earlier this year, everyone slowly realized that Henry Cavill’s Superman had very little to say in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though his character’s name was in the title. He only has 43 lines of dialogue in the whole movie.

So the news that Matt Damon apparently only speaks about 25 lines of dialogue in the upcoming Jason Bourne isn’t completely out of the ordinary. Heroes who speak little and let their actions do the talking for them have been staples ever since Clint Eastwood put on a cowboy hat and squinted his eyes at the desert heat. So just go ahead and consider this your cool trivia of the day.

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The Girl on the Train Trailer

Before Gone Girl arrived not too long ago, it had been awhile since there was a juicy, quality thriller of that kind. Now The Help director Tate Taylor is adding another entry in the revitalized field of movies geared towards adults with The Girl on the Train, and it looks like the kind of movie that will keep you guessing right up to the very end.

Emily Blunt plays Rachel Watson, a recently divorced woman who attempts to help the police find a missing woman after witnessing certain activities that she believes may help find her. However, Rachel isn’t the most stable, emotionally or mentally, so when the missing woman ends up sharing a connection with her ex-husband, Rachel may also turn out to be a suspect.

Watch The Girl on the Train trailer after the jump. Read More »

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UPDATE: The chief question I proposed below has been answered by Variety’s Justin Kroll on Twitter:

The original article continues below.

If there was any doubt about whether or not Universal was viewing their new monsters cinematic universe as something that should be taken very seriously, just look at the talent they’ve been assembling: Tom Cruise will battle the title creature in The Mummy, Russell Crowe is playing a new version of Dr. Jekyll, Johnny Depp is on board to portray the Invisible Man, and Dwayne Johnson is rumored to be the top choice for the Wolf Man. Okay, so that last one is a little weird, but at least everyone loves The Rock.

And now, we can add another name to the mix: the great Javier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein.

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Jason Bourne Clips

The summer of sequels is coming to an end later this month with Star Trek Beyond and Jason Bourne arriving late this month. However, we could probably call Suicide Squad as much of a sequel as it is a spin-off to start a new franchise, so maybe it’s coming to an end at the beginning of August. Anyway, closing out July will be the return of Matt Damon as the covert operative with the worst memory ever, and three new Jason Bourne clips give us a taste of what’s in store for the Treadstone assassin this time. Read More »

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Jurassic Park Animated Series

There was a time when the next logical step for successful live-action movies was to have them turned into animated series. Back to the Future, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dumb and Dumber, Jumanji, Men in Black,The Karate Kid and plenty more all became animated series. But there was one movie that never made it to television in the form of an animated series, though there were a couple attempts, and it’s one that probably could have made for some great Saturday morning cartoon programming.

Jurassic Park is a modern classic, and the Steven Spielberg film almost brought dinosaurs to the small screen in the form of an animated series. This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about the existence of this show since some concept art surfaced last August. But now some new details about the abandoned creation of the show have surfaced, revealing this would have been unlike any other animated series adaptation of a movie we had ever seen. Read More »

The Secret Life of Pets Review

Pixar Animation has set the bar pretty high when it comes to storytelling for the whole family. Their movies consistently have interesting, funny characters that have undeniable chemistry, and the story comes with a heart full of a myriad of emotions. Meanwhile, Illumination Entertainment seems to be more focused on just making kids laugh rather than telling a story with substance. It’s not that an animated movie can’t have childish humor, but when a movie like The Secret Life of Pets essentially links a series of wacky animals and vignettes together without effectively making you care about the characters, then we have a problem.

Read our full Secret Life of Pets review after the jump. Read More »

Sing Trailer

If you’re a big fan of movies about animated animals doing stuff, 2016 must be a banner year for you. We’ve already seen Kung Fu Panda 3ZootopiaAngry Birds, and Finding Dory, and The Secret Life of Pets and Ice Age: Collision Course still on the way this summer. Then the end of the year brings Sing, Illumination Entertainment’s take on an American Idol-style show.

Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow) directs an all-star cast that includes Matthew McConaughey as a koala who launches a singing competition to save his failing theater, while Scarlett JohanssonReese Witherspoon, Taron EgertonSeth MacFarlane, and Tori Kelly give voice to the contestants. Although they’re all animals living in an all-animal world, they seem to enjoy many of the same pop hits we humans do, including Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (or maybe it’s Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back”), Digital Underground’s “The Humpty Dance,” and at least 80 more. Watch the supersized four-minute Sing trailer below. Read More »