fifty shades darker bears star wars

Earlier this week, Universal released the trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter in the Fifty Shades franchise. When the first film was released in 2015, it hit at the exact right time to capitalize on the success of the book series. I had always assumed that the excitement for the series would die down. I could never have anticipated that the sequel trailer would beat out Star Wars: the Force Awakens to become the most-viewed trailer in the first 24 hours of release. Find out how many more views Fifty Shades Darker beats Star Wars by, after the jump.

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Jaws Book Cover - Jaws Movie Compared to the Book

Jaws is one of the most well known movies of all time, right down to the iconic theme music composed by John Williams. However, there are likely plenty among general audiences out there who don’t know that the 1975 thriller directed by Steven Spielberg was based on a book by Peter Benchley. The book is also called Jaws, but there are quite a few differences between the book and what ended up on the big screen.

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The Rundown sequel

Fans of The Rundown have had their hearts played with more than once over the past few years. Ever since it was first talked about, a sequel to Peter Berg‘s excellent popcorn movie has almost sounded too good to be true. There’s never been any concrete news to make us think we’ll see Beck (Johnson) go on another adventure. That’s still the case, but at least Peter Berg remains interested in directing a sequel, especially if it co-stars Jonah Hill.

Below, read what Berg said about The Rundown sequel.

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Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

Yesterday, Universal released a 20-second teaser for the Fifty Shades Darker trailer. Now, you can watch the full trailer, which features “Crazy in Love” performed by Miguel, fine supporting actors you hardly see any of, and plenty of more drama between Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). It’s, for the most part, what’s expected for a trailer for the sequel to the hit 2015 film.

Below, watch the Fifty Shades Darker trailer.

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jurassic world trilogy

It’s been over a year since Jurassic World arrived and shattered every box office expectation, grossing an absurd amount of money and proving that yes, there is still a healthy audience for movies where dinosaurs run amuck and eat tourists. And it’s been five months since director J.A. Bayona was hired to take over the revitalized series for Colin Trevorrow, who was turning his focus toward some movie called Star Wars: Episode 9 (whatever the hell that is). Otherwise, things have been awfully quiet on the Jurassic World 2 front aside from a few comments here and there.

However, Bayona has a new movie arriving in theaters in a few months, a movie that just-so-happened to just screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. And you know that means: he’s fielding questions about the next Jurassic World and he’s confirmed what we’ve heard before. Yep, it will definitely be chapter two of a planned trilogy.

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Sing Review

Since Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has established itself as a go-to source for sturdy family entertainment. Their films may not reach the artistic heights of Pixar or Disney, but you can generally count on them to be perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, able to entertain the kids without annoying the parents.

Sing is Illumination’s first musical, but otherwise it’s cut from the same cloth as the company’s other films. While not especially deep, the combination of a star-studded cast and an equally star-studded music catalogue make for a fun time. It’s light and sweet and pretty as cotton candy, and it dissolves from memory just as quickly.  Read More »

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If you had asked me ten years ago if Kevin Smith would ever have a chance to make a Mallrats sequel, I would have bet against it. And that’s coming from someone who loved the movie and still has a special spot for Smith’s “sophomore bellyflop.” But Smith has not only written Mallrats 2, but it’s also now five hours long and takes the form of a television series (which will probably end up on a cable or streaming network due to graphic language). What will the 10-episode half-hour comedy series be about? Learn details about the Mallrats 2 plot and find out why it became a television series rather than a movie, after the jump.

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The Thing Monster

John Carpenter‘s remake of The Thing is one of the best sci-fi horror films ever made. It has a simple story, an isolated setting, incredible, grotesque practical effects and endless suspense. It’s been watched and rewatched countless times since it hit theaters in 1982, however, there may be one secret of the film that you’ve never noticed before, and it involves the shape-shifting identity of the mysterious monster at the center of the story.

The suspense and tension in The Thing comes from the fact that the titular monster can imitate anyone it comes into contact with almost flawlessly, allowing it to lure in more victims. But if you look into the eyes of any of the characters, you can determine whether or not they are truly human. Find out this interesting tidbit about The Thing monster after the jump. Read More »

ouija origin of evil tv spot

I recently caught up with 2014’s Ouija and I was simply bowled over by its badness. My standards are low enough that I enjoyed the (underrated?) but poorly received Annabelle that same year, so that probably says something about the languid, overly lit, predictable, and just plain not scary Ouija. However, the film did well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel and Universal has made a bold move with Ouija: Origin of Evil. Rather than simply churn out another movie in the same mold, they’ve hired a strong director who filmed a screenplay that seemingly has nothing to do with the first movie beyond its title.

You can check out this course correction in a new extended TV spot and it’s remarkable just how different this movie looks from its predecessor.

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