Blade Runner 2049 Whiskey

This year we’ve already heard about two different whiskeys being released by Old Forester and Glendronach distilleries as a cross-promotion with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. But there’s one more movie-themed whiskey on the horizon inspired by another major fall blockbuster.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters in under three weeks, and along with it will be a special limited edition whiskey from Johnnie Walker, inspired by the liquor’s own appearance in both the original Blade Runner and the forthcoming sequel. Find out more about the Blade Runner 2049 whiskey below. Read More »

darren aronofsky batman

Darren Aronofsky‘s Batman pitch was one of the famed projects stewing in development hell for years, cast aside by Warner Bros. executives for being too dark a take on a property that generally attracts families. The project, which Aronofsky worked on with Batman: Year One writer Frank Miller in 1999, envisioned an R-rated Batman who grew up on the streets, fighting villains in a ski mask and wielding brass knuckles.

But Aronofsky didn’t get his chance to do his “Travis Bickle”-style Batman, and the Caped Crusader got his gritty, realistic reboot with Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins instead. But with Aronofsky on his mother! press tour, questions about his Batman project keep coming up, and he revealed who he would have cast if his film had come to pass.

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The LEGO Movie Sequel

The LEGO Movie was an incredible and imaginative movie, and a big part of that came from the surprising journey from the animated world of the building blocks to the real world that was the source of the LEGO city known as Bricksburg. But as we saw at the end of The LEGO Movie, that city is about to get shaken up by the arrival of characters from the planet Duplo.

As anyone who ever had toys as a kid knows, Duplo is the LEGO line of toys made explicitly for younger kids. The sets are more elementary and the pieces are too big for little ones to choke on. Those toys arrived at the end of The LEGO Movie when The Man Upstairs (Will Ferrell) allowed his son to play with his highly sophisticated inter-locking brick system, followed immediately by suggesting that his little sister could get in on the fun as well.

Thankfully, that ending wasn’t just a gag played for laughs. Instead, that will be a key part of how The LEGO Movie Sequel continues the story of Bricksburg and its residents.  Read More »

It Chapter 2 turtle

Anyone who read Stephen King’s It probably noticed a couple of small references to a turtle in director Andy Muschietti‘s record-breaking movie adaptation, but the nods were so small that they almost certainly went over the heads of anyone coming into the story fresh. But according to the filmmaker, he’s planning on incorporating the turtle (a major figure in the novel’s bonkers mythology) in a much bigger way into It: Chapter 2. Buckle up: things are about to get interdimensional up in here.
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wonder woman boat scene

One of the many reasons why Wonder Woman worked so well was because it was unafraid to make a joke. Gal Gadot wasn’t just an inspiring superhero, but a surprisingly deft comedian, delivering lines like, “My mother sculpted me from clay and I was brought to life by Zeus” with an admirably straight face.

Given the job of acting off Gadot was Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, whose debonair spy often found himself hilariously fumbling for words around Diana. This meet-cute relationship felt like it was airlifted straight out of a romantic comedy, and in no sequence was it more apparent than the boat scene. One of the comedy highlights of the movie, it featured Steve trying to explain the world of men to a bemused Diana. It’s flirty, thriving, and mostly improvised. Pine’s improvised lines were enough to create an alternate version of the Wonder Woman boat scene, which was recently released online in anticipation of the DC film’s Blu-ray release.

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stephen king's it

The new It has become one of the biggest blockbusters of 2017, and has reinvigorated the box office for the fall. Much of that success comes from the amazing performance of Bill Skarsgård, who transformed himself into the monstrous Pennywise.

Pennywise has been a horror staple for years, thanks both to Stephen King’s original novel and Tim Curry’s performance as the character in the 1990 TV miniseries. But this Pennywise has definitely been reinvented to match today’s times and our struggles, chief of which being our struggle to get over the past. It would seem that for all of our technological advancements, the 21st century is still full of confusion and fear about the future.

On the surface, Pennywise’s popularity comes from an almost universal fear of clowns, fears that stem from childhood. But looking deeper, you can see that these fears only still retain their power because of how connected they are to our nostalgia for our childhoods. We closely identify with these fears because they came to us during a time when we felt the most protected and secure. Characters like Pennywise play on this strong connection and exploit it. But when we put Pennywise in today’s time, we can see that the character, through his makeup and costume, also says a lot about how our lives currently are being exploited by the strong pull of nostalgia’s lies.

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It director's cut

Andy Muschietti’s It feels like it’s running a well-deserved victory lap right now and the film has only been out for a week. But it’s already a bonafide smash hit, crushing box office records and the film, which is unquestionably a horror movie, provides a whole new generation with a different incarnation of Pennywise to fear. And now there’s good news for those of you who loved this movie as much as we did: an It director’s cut is on the way with 15 minutes of extra footage. Read about which restored scenes will be included, and also find out why Muschietti axed the idea to have horror film icon Freddy Krueger pop up in a cameo.
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Non-Horror Fan Reviews It

(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. First on the list: Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel, It.)

I walked into the showing of It with a feeling of dread, making my way as slowly to my seat as I could with the hopes that I could miss a few of the inevitable horror movie trailers that would precede the Stephen King adaptation. No such luck. I got a face full of a Blumhouse Studios trailer of Happy Death Day, a standard, somewhat schlocky slasher flick that fits a lot of my uneasy expectations of horror movies: ultra-violent, senseless, and sadistic.

Because you see, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. You could go as far to say that I’ve tried to avoid them with my entire being — though like that bloody Happy Death Day trailer, I’ve had no such luck. So why was I on my way to see It, a horror movie based on a novel by one of the most infamous horror writers of the past century? Because sometime in the last few years a switch flipped and I’ve started to become more curious about the genre. And this felt like a good place to start.

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blade runner 2049 short film prequel

Blade Runner 2049 is less than a month away and it’s fairly remarkable how little we actually know about this movie. Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel to Ridley Scott’s science fiction classic has been holding its plot cards close the vest, with the trailers offering up stunning imagery and a vague shape of a story instead of telling us exactly what to expect. It’s a breath of fresh air, to be perfectly honest.

With only a few weeks left before it hits theaters, expect to start seeing more Blade Runner 2049 headlines as Warner Bros. enters full marketing blitz mode. For now, let’s take a look at a new prequel short highlighting the character played by Dave Bautista, the current box office tracking for the film, and IMAX’s big plan to sell you on paying premium prices to watch this on an enormous screen.

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joker batman

Before Christopher Nolan gave Batman a gritty makeover and Zack Snyder doubled down on the grimdark take, there was Darren Aronofsky and his shelved Batman: Year One project.

The project, which drew inspiration from Frank Miller‘s similarly-titled comic book, envisioned a Travis Bickle-like Bruce Wayne who grew up an orphan in the crime-ridden streets of Gotham, donning a ski mask, cape, and brass knuckles to fight criminals. The project languished in development hell for years before Warner Bros. pulled the plug, but it seems like traces of the idea may still be floating around. Aronofsky, who is currently doing the press rounds for his newest bonkers film mother!, says that he sees more than a few similarities between the description of Todd Phillipsupcoming Joker origin movie and Aronofsky’s own Batman pitch.

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