Taika Waititi Thor Ragnarok characters

I’d imagine that directing a Marvel Studios movie would come with a tremendous amount of pressure, but Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi made it look like a breeze. Not only did he completely overhaul the Thor franchise into an outright comedy (a decision that seemed to work wonders at the box office), but the New Zealand-born Waititi stepped in and played Korg, one of the movie’s funniest supporting characters. No sweat.

But apparently directing and playing one character wasn’t enough: he ended up playing four characters in the movie. Read about all of the Taika Waititi Thor Ragnarok characters below.
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James Franco The Disaster Artist

I am not joking when I say that James Franco should receive serious awards consideration for his performance in The Disaster Artist, a film in which Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director/star of 2003’s The Room, widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. Having seen Wiseau speak in real life following a screening of his most recent movie at Beyond Fest earlier this year, it’s astonishing how perfectly Franco slips into that persona. Not only is the accent spot-on, but the physicality and the way he carries himself is a direct match. It’s a wonderful performance.

But here’s the best part. Franco, a prolific filmmaker who’s directed 30 movies or episodes of TV to date, also directed The Disaster Artist – and he directed the whole movie in character as Tommy Wiseau. You can read all about that in Franco’s own words and learn more about the making of the movie below.
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The Bourne Identity

The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.

Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.

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Superbad trivia

It’s hard to believe, but yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of the theatrical release of Greg Mottola‘s Superbad, the high school comedy that launched the careers of up-and-coming actors like Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Emma Stone.

To celebrate the occasion, Seth Rogen – who co-wrote the movie with Evan Goldberg and co-starred as Officer Michaels – took to Twitter to share some Superbad trivia with fans, revealing the inspirations for many of the movie’s funniest scenes and drawing a strange connection between the film and the MTV reality show Jersey Shore.
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Terminator 2 - Billy Idol as T-1000

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but since James Cameron’s action sequel is coming back to theaters in 3D, there’s a little bit of chatter about the 1991 film making the rounds as publicity for the re-release builds. That includes Robert Patrick, who played the liquid metal villain T-1000 in the sequel, discussing his history with the role, which resulted in the actor revealing that he wasn’t the person who was originally cast to play the part. Instead, that role was supposed to go to none other than rock star Billy Idol. Wait, what? Read More »

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

When the Stranger Things season 2 trailer debuted during San Diego Comic-Con, the energy in Hall H was through the roof. Not only does the return of the sci-fi horror show from the Duffer Brothers look incredible, but it was amplified to the max by the surprising use of Michael Jackson‘s iconic Halloween-themed hit “Thriller.”

Since Michael Jackson himself was always picky about letting his music be used commercially, his estate has also taken on a tough stance when it comes to licensing any of the King of Pop’s tracks for use in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. In fact, they are so picky about how Michael Jackson’s music was used that the Stranger Things season 2 trailer was originally denied the rights to use the song, so much that there’s an alternate version of the trailer that doesn’t use the track. Read More »

Asgard Church

Since Spider-Man: Homecoming is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are plenty of Easter eggs and comic book references for fans. But there’s one that even the most eagle-eye fans never would have noticed, unless they can read Korean.

In an establishing shot of the Thai restaurant that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) go to – after Spider-Man had some trouble foiling the alien weapon wielding ATM robbers – there’s a sign in Korean next to the restaurant’s awning. And what it says brings about a very interesting development for the people living in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Don’t worry, you can keep reading below without worrying about any Spider-Man: Homecoming spoilers. Read More »

Marvel Stars Before They Were Famous

By the time we’re done with The Avengers 4 in 2019, there will have been 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only does Marvel Studios have a massive roster of movies, but they have an insanely huge cast that they have to bring together when it’s time for The Avengers to assemble and save the world from an impending threat.

Most of the superheroes in the MCU are quite recognizable names who had long careers before joining comic book movies like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson, but others didn’t become household names until they starred in the Marvel movies in question. No matter how famous they are now thanks to the MCU, there was a time before these actors and actress were famous, and a new video highlights just what they were doing before you even knew who they were. Read More »

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom PG Rating

Most cinephiles know that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was the movie that finally broke the camel’s back when it came to having movies that were either PG, suggesting parental guidance for younger viewers, or R, movies that were intended for audiences 17 and older. The Indiana Jones sequel (which is actually a prequel) caught flack for being too violent and gruesome for the PG rating to fly, but Steven Spielberg wasn’t prepared to lose the younger crowds by slapping movies like that with an R-rating, and part of the reason for that was because Temple of Doom had the director bit by the merchandising bug.

Find out more about the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom PG rating situation below. Read More »

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Movie Crew Jobs Explained

Nowadays, audiences like to sit through the credits to movies because there’s a decent chance there will be some kind of scene that plays in the middle of them or at the end when all the names have rolled. But there’s a reason all those names are listed, and it’s because they all deserve recognition for the hard work they put into the movie.

However, it can be hard to care about all those names scrolling by when you don’t know what a majority of the jobs listed are. Sure, there are some obvious listings such as the caterer, hair stylist, driver, stunt people and more. But what the hell is a gaffer? What’s the different between the key grip and the best boy grip? What’s the difference between a “written by” credit and a “story by” credit?

You can find all that out and more in the extensive video with movie crew jobs explained after the jump. Read More »