Ballers

Is there a movie star more universally beloved right now than Dwayne Johnson? The guy is so powerfully charismatic, he’s been dubbed “franchise Viagra.” He can rock the hell out of a Taylor Swift anthem and make a gritty Bambi reboot seem like a good idea. He’s such a likable figure, in fact, that even Steven Spielberg can’t resist sending him fan mail.

Johnson revealed that he recently got an admiring letter from the iconic director, which he said made him “grin like a big ass kid.” Read the Dwayne Johnson Steven Spielberg letter, and see Johnson’s reaction to it, after the jump.  Read More »

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Inside Out

“We’ve done outer space, we’ve done the ocean, but the biggest set we’ve ever created is inside the mind of an 11 year old girl.” That’s Pete Docter, the co-writer and director of Inside Out, the latest film from Pixar. As Docter says, the film is set in the mind of an 11-year-old girl, giving the filmmakers an infinite canvas to work on, which was both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is the absolute creative freedom. The curse is there’s so much freedom, it’s hard to keep things focused, and one small change can affect the entire movie.

Over the course of the better part of a decade, Inside Out took many forms before the final version that hits theaters this weekend. And below, Docter, along with producer Jonas Rivera and star Bill Hader, told us about some ideas they had for the film, but then never made it in. Read about the alternate Inside Out ideas below. Read More »

Jurassic Park gate

In the first Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum’s character criticizes the scientists behind the attraction for being “so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” As the events of the rest of that movie, and now the events of Jurassic World, have proven, the answer to that question was “no, they should not.”

But a new fan video has a slightly different, more pragmatic question in mind. Namely (once you got past all the could-should stuff), how much would it cost to build Jurassic Park? As you might imagine, it’s not for the faint of heart or the low of funds. Find out the answer after the jump. Read More »

Hogwarts wizard school in america

Everyone knows the best school for witchcraft and wizardry is Hogwarts, which is in England. But wizards aren’t only in that country. As we saw in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, there are wizarding schools all over the world. In fact, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling recently said there are 11 across the globe. She’s confirmed a few more beyond the obvious ones but never one in the United States. That may change, however, when audiences see Rowling’s latest work, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The author, who wrote the screenplay for 2016 adventure film set in the same world as Harry Potter, has teased that the film will reveal the name and locations of the American school of witchcraft and wizardry. Read More »

Vincent Chase Entourage

The career of mega-star actor Vincent Chase can be traced back to a single word: “Mentos.” Mega-agent turned studio head Ari Gold saw the fresh-faced young Queens actor in a commercial and instantly knew he’d be a star. Fast-forward 15 years and Chase, who has become one of the most notorious, controversial and famous actors in the world,  is starring and directing in the first film Gold has put together as studio head. Hyde is a modern day, cyber retelling of the Jekyll and Hyde story that has gone way over budget for the first time director and threatened the career not only of Gold, but Chase as well.

How did Chase get to this point? How does an actor in a Mentos commercial become one of the most polarizing and popular presences in Hollywood? We’ll tell you, going from his first major studio film Head On, to his Sundance darling Queens Boulevard, his James Cameron mega-hit Aquaman, moving into a producer role for Medellin, a Martin Scorsese driven-comeback in Gatsby and so much more. Join us for the insider ride through the entire Hollywood career of mega-star turned first time director Vincent Chase. Read More »

damon lindelof star wars

By now you’ve heard it a million times. After J.J. Abrams passed on the film a first time, Brad Bird was given the opportunity to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Bird, however, had to choose between Star Wars and Tomorrowland, a film he was also passionate about which was already in pre-production, and had a star attached. Obviously, Bird chose Tomorrowland, Abrams reconsidered and both are very happy with those decisions. However, fellow Star Wars fan and Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof recently said he was sure Bird was going to leave their project. In fact, he told Bird to do so and Bird happily surprised him.

Below, read what Lindelof thought about Bird’s choice, if Lindelof would do a Star Wars movie, and Bird’s quote when he’s reminded there’s an opening for a Star Wars Anthology film.  Read More »

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Even within the crazy world of Mad Max: Fury Road, Coma the Doof Warrior stood out as a particularly crazy creation. Which was all the more remarkable because he doesn’t have a single line in the film. In fact, there’s a good chance you don’t even recognize him by name. But if you’ve seen the movie, you definitely remember him: he’s the guy rocking the combination flamethrower/guitar.

Though the movie doesn’t spend a lot of time delving into Coma’s history, director George Miller and actor iOTA devised one for him anyway. Hit the jump to read the Mad Max Doof backstory.  Read More »

Brad Bird Tomorrowland walt disney

The Japanese trailer for Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland had a very explicit reference to the Walt Disney theme park the film is named after. While investigating a mysterious pin, Casey (Britt Robertson) ends up at a geek store called Blast from the Past. There, the clerks played by Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn explain the link between the Disney theme park and the real life Tomorrowland of the movie. But when the film hits theaters on May 22, that exchange won’t be there. In fact, the name “Disney” isn’t mentioned in the film once. While we see some of his creations, the character and theme parks are pretty much a non-entity.

In a new interview, Tomorrowland producer and co-writer Damon Lindelof explained why the above scene was cut along with other references to the visionary filmmaker. Read about the Tomorrowland Walt Disney references below. Read More »

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Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland is a celebration of dreamers and thinkers of all kinds. A few famous dreamers and thinkers, like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and Jules Verne, even make it into the film in a roundabout way. And originally, there was at least one more that Bird wanted to include.

The filmmaker reveals he initially had plans to include a Stanley Kubrick cameo in an early scene set at the 1964 World’s Fair. Hit the jump for more on the Tomorrowland Stanley Kubrick cameo that never was.  Read More »