How did the movie industry get to this point? Why have mid-budget, adult-driven films all but vanished from the multiplexes while superhero movies and franchises reign supreme? Ben Fritz answers these questions, and more, in his addictive new book The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies.

Our The Big Picture review delves into Ben Fritz’s highly entertaining book about Hollywood in the 21st century, and highlights segments about Disney, Marvel Studios, Netflix, Sony and more.

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claude lelouch cellphone movie

Claude Lelouch is the latest director to turn to smartphones as the next step in cinema.

The Oscar-winning French director of the 1967 film A Man and a Woman will shoot a film entirely on his cellphone. But that’s not the only selling point. The Claude Lelouch cellphone movie will be a retelling of the recent theft of the director’s latest screenplay and 50 years worth of handwritten notes.

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Avengers Infinity War - Sideshow Collectibles Infinity Gauntlet

Fans have been waiting to see Thanos sling on the Infinity Gauntlet and wreak havoc across the galaxy ever since he appeared in The Avengers mid-credits scene in 2012. Now he’s finally going to deliver on Marvel Studios’ promise of bringing the Mad Titan to the big screen in Avengers: Infinity War, and you can bring his weapon of mass destruction home for your own vault.

Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled their life-size masterpiece series prop replica of the Infinity Gauntlet, complete with light-up Infinity Stones to display the ultimate power you hold in the palm of your hand. It’s quite the collectible to behold. Read More »

We caught glimpses of Spider-Man’s Iron Spider suit at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and in the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. Now a new image provides us with a new look at the Infinity War Iron Spider armor in all its glory, including a feature that originally appears in the Civil War comics. See it below.

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Shape of Water Funko POP

Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar nominated adult fairytale The Shape of Water is getting the Funko POP treatment. Three new figures inspired by the film will be released: one representing Sally Hawkins‘ character Elisa, one representing Doug Jones‘ sexy-as-hell Amphibian Man, and one representing director del Toro himself. See the Shape of Water Funko POP figures below.

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harry potter hogwarts mystery trailer

Soon, you will have to make the choice between what is right and what is easy.

Just kidding, your time at Hogwarts won’t be quite so dire as that. The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery role-playing video game allows you to become a student at the wizarding school, but without the life-or-death stakes of Harry Potter. Just a normal school year battling killer trees, solving mysteries, and fighting reanimated suits of armor. Casual.

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Batman: Gotham City Chronicles

From time to time we like to cover tabletop games on this site, especially when they are pop culture related. Part of the reason is that I’m a huge tabletop gamer, and so is /Film managing editor Jacob Hall (who is out on vacation this week, probably playing board games). On Tuesday, Monolith Board Games launched a Kickstarter for their newest miniature game based on the Batman comic book universe. Batman: Gotham City Chronicles is an epic game for 2 to 4 players that lets you fight for Gotham City as the heroes or work alone as the villain.

It’s based on a game system introduced by Monolith on the Conan board game, which by all accounts was excellent (right now its rated as the 240 best game of all time, and 60th best thematic game, on Board Game Geek, which is like the tabletop equivalent of IMDb). I own Conan and love everything about it aside from having no connection to the fantasy series its based on. But as a massive fan of Batman, this game is an instabuy.

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luke snoke connection

Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) cut an ominous figure in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Scarred and disfigured, this character had managed to rise to power and amass a tyrannical army in the span of 30 years. That’s astonishing, even in a story as fantastical and far, far away as Star Wars. In the two years between Episode 7 and Episode 8, Snoke spawned countless theories and Reddit threads about who, exactly, he was.

So when fans sat down for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, they expected to see more of this tantalizing villain and his backstory. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite happen. But the official novelization of Last Jedi may explain a little more about who Snoke is. And it may connect to our first Star Wars hero, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

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McDonald’s Happy Meals are about to make kids a little happier.

For the first time in 10 years, the fast food corporation is partnering with Disney once again to bring Disney-themed toys and packaging to the kid’s menu.

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New Blu-ray Releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Time for another Blu-ray round-up for all you physical media fiends out there. There’s so much good stuff here, folks. Thor: Ragnarok comes home, loaded with hilarious features; the star-studded Murder on the Orient Express also arrives, bringing with it one hell of a mustache; then you have Coco, the latest from Pixar; Gary Oldman‘s Oscar reel, aka Darkest Hour; the absolutely wonderful The Florida Project; the Stephen King werewolf flick Silver Bullet; and the home invasion horror movie The Strangers.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week, and beyond.

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