Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s already controversial film, The Interview, was recently pushed back a few months but we’ll get a nice tease this weekend. Tied into the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, stars of the film James Franco and Rogen will do a full 30 minute special, in character, interviewing popular musicians Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Jason Derulo.
In the film, Franco plays Dave Skylark, the host of a popular entertainment interview show run by producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). They’re then granted an exclusive interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and are asked to kill him. There will be no killing on the MTV special, which airs Sunday August 17 at 9 p.m., but you’ll get a sense of the film’s tone and humor. Below, read more info, see more photos and even watch a quick video of The Interview MTV Special. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Understandably, Captain America 3 scribe Christopher Markus hasn’t been very forthcoming about the overall plot of the new film. But he has been happy to discuss a certain baddie he really wants to introduce to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even if he willingly admits it’s not likely to happen.
Asked about Captain America characters he hoped to use, Markus singled out MODOK — as he has been doing for the last three years. Hit the jump to read the quote, and get the details on his long and loving history with the oddball villain.
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Entertainment Weekly has released a faux public service announcement with character actors explaining why you should care about “that guy from that thing” more than “that guy on the billboard.” Character actors are supporting actors who are usually skilled at playing interesting or unusual characters, but not usually the lead roles in a film. They are the unsung heroes of Hollywood. Watch the character actor PSA video embedded now after the jump.
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Normally, I like the How it Should Have Ended series. They make smart points about movies while also being funny and respectful of the original material. These people don’t actually think these movie should end in a different way. It’s just a joke, and they put a ton of work into the product.
That balance is a little different when it comes to a Marvel movie. The whole, “Why don’t they call the Avengers?” angle is so played out that I was disappointed it became a big part of their latest video, How Captain America The Winter Soldier Should Have Ended. Of course, in reality, every one of these characters would call in reinforcements. But this isn’t reality. It’s a comic book story, and in a comic book that doesn’t happen. To say it should feels lazy.
On the other hand, they do make a fun point about Black Widow’s disguise technology and you get to see Batman and Superman grill Captain America and the Black Widow. Check out how Captain America: The Winter Soldier should have ended below. Read More »
For the second time in as many weeks, Zack Snyder tweeted a photo linking his movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to Star Wars. During Comic-Con, Snyder posted a photo of his Superman, Henry Cavill, dressed as a Sith. Then weekend, he did it again, tweeting a photo of Batman walking on sand dunes with R2-D2. It looks great, almost like Ben Affleck dressed as Batman was posing with the droid. But a second tweet pulled back the curtain to reveal the truth. Check out the Batman Star Wars info below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
As Big Two superheroes go, the Guardians of the Galaxy are a pretty obscure bunch. So much so, even the trailers for the movie poke fun at that fact. Still, you’d think they’d be pretty well known now, what with a $100+ million budget and the power of the Marvel Studios marketing machine to back them up.
And yet, that didn’t stop a few cinemas from getting these Guardians mixed up with a different ragtag group of world-saving Guardians. According to reports, some theatergoers bought tickets to Guardians of the Galaxy last night… only to be treated to a screening of Rise of the Guardians instead. Hit the jump to learn how it all went down.
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Does anyone read movie novelizations any longer? Before the Internet, before DVD and all the myriad other ways we consume movie stories, film novelizations were the quickest way to take a film home. Many featured extended characterizations and new scenes and concepts, some drawn from the original screenplays, some invented by the authors. At 10 years old, I loved the Poltergeist novelization as it featured scenes with Carole Anne wandering around in the realm of the Beast.
Here, Funny or Die both honors and (mostly) skewers the movie novelization in The Novelizationalist. The short film features Brian Cox as an author who specializes in the unique alchemy that joins film and the printed page. The novelizations for Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T., written by Cox’s character, capture each film’s magic with shocking clarity. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sure, Richard Linklater might be the first to make a coming-of-age movie by shooting a single actor over a twelve-year period. But even as he was shooting his ambitious Boyhood, audiences around the world were breathlessly watching a different boy sprout up, fill out, drop his voice, fall in love, and endure a veritable parade of misguided father figures on the big screen.
That boy of course was Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Over ten years and eight films, we saw him grow from an innocent kid, into a gawky adolescent, and finally into a brave man. (And then into a brave man terrorized by bad old-age makeup, but let’s try to forget about that.) It seems only fitting that he should get his own Boyhood, so here’s the Potterhood parody trailer to help remedy that.
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