What Was President Obama’s Favorite Movie of 2014?

Obama on Between Two Ferns

As President of the United States, Barack Obama has enough on his plate without trying to keep up with the latest films. Nevertheless, he makes time for a movie night now and then. As the year draws to a close, he’s revealed his favorite movie of 2014.

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Mark Hamill Episode VII Set

Lucky for us, Mark Hamill has a lot of other things going on besides returning to Star Wars. It means there’s plenty of opportunities to ask him about Star Wars! The actor recently completed shooting on J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens and gushed about how it made him feel to see such a huge reaction to the first trailer. Now, in yet another interview, Luke Skywalker himself talked about how he did not like growing a beard for the new film but how much he loved playing with the new droid BB-8. And yes, that droid is a practical effect.

He also talked about being hesitant to come back and surprised at Harrison Ford‘s enthusiasm. There are really some great quotes here, so check them out below. Read More »

Aaron Sorkin Wanted Tom Cruise for Steve Jobs

Lions For Lambs

That Steve Jobs biopic has been through a quite a few potential Steve Jobs-es already. Christian Bale was one of the first names we heard, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Bale again, and now Michael Fassbender. But we’ve now learned there was yet another A-list actor in contention as of a couple months ago.

Sony apparently wanted Tom Cruise for the part, as revealed by emails from the Sony hack. In addition, Tobey Maguire and Matthew McConaughey reportedly also lobbied for the part. More details after the jump on the Tom Cruise Steve Jobs casting that never happened.

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Whiplash

Part of what makes Whiplash so interesting is the uneasiness it imparts. It’s inspiring to watch young jazz drummer Andrew (Miles Teller) push himself to new heights, but also disturbing to see the path he takes to get there.

Ultimately, we’re left to wonder if all the abuse he suffered at the hands of Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) was worth it. And while all viewers will have to determine that for themselves, writer-director Damien Chazelle, for one, has a pretty clear idea of what happened next. Hit the jump to read Chazelle’s comments on the Whiplash ending. (Spoilers follow, obviously.)  Read More »

Why Was The Triceratops Sick In Jurassic Park?

I was watching Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film Jurassic Park over the weekend and my friend Reza had a question that I never actually thought about before: Why was the triceratops sick in Jurassic Park? Did it tie into the bigger plot of the film? We researched the answer, and I thought you might enjoy the result. Find out why the Triceratops was sick in Jurassic Park after the jump.

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Villain Star Wars Force Awakens header

There’s a lot to talk about in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, but there’s only so much talking. Two short little phrases: “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” Followed by “The dark side…and the light.” With all the visuals that we can break down, there’ are only these two brief snippets of actual dialogue to consider. The first and most important question may be, who is speaking?

The identity of the narrator was a big topic of discussion Friday after the trailer hit. Speculation about the person’s identity ran from Max Von Sydow to Adam Driver, Andy Serkis and even Benedict Cumberbatch. The last one isn’t even in the movie, but it sounds a bit like him. Because he was at the center of J.J. Abrams’ last big mystery, it was a fun option to consider.

There will be no more considering. The identity of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer voice has been revealed.

Update: Andy Serkis has given a brief radio interview confirming that it is his voice in the trailer. Watch that below. Read More »

Jurassic World Chris Pratt up

Universal Pictures gave fans a nice little holiday gift Tuesday with the early release of the Jurassic World trailer. It was the first big look at what director Colin Trevorrow has in store for the iconic Steven Spielberg/Michael Crichton franchise. The answer is the fulfillment of John Hammond’s dream: a dinosaur theme park where no expense is spared. However, after years, things are getting a bit stale. So the Jurassic World scientists create a new dinosaur. And we know that’s a big no-no.

As expected, reactions to the Jurassic World trailer ran the gamut from wide-eyed wonder to eye-rollingly dumb. People in the latter camp cited some of the new ways dinosaurs are being used at the park as an argument, as well as some of the computer generated effects. Now, the movie comes out in seven months so all of the effects will be finished and look better by then, but one shot in particular won’t. In fact, one shot in particular was made only for the trailer and will not be in the movie. Find out which below. Read More »

big hero 6 end credits

When I interviewed Big Hero 6 directors Don Hall and Chris Williams, I mentioned to them their Marvel adaptation was missing an end credits scene like other Marvel movies. As I walked out the door, Williams stopped me and said, “See it again once the film is in theaters.” Which I did. And lo and behold, Disney Animation held back an awesome end credits scene just for paying audiences — most screenings right up until the release of the film did not have the tag.

The scene not only potentially sets up a sequel, it features a world class voice cameo. We won’t spoil it above the jump, but below, we will do so, and even show you some footage. Learn about the Big Hero 6 end credits scene below. Read More »

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