The Genie (Aladdin)

The internet is bursting with fan theories about popular films, some more plausible than others, and it seems like new ones get added to the pile every day. But it’s not often one actually gets verified by someone who should know. 23 years after Aladdin‘s theatrical release, directors Ron Clement and John Musker have finally confirmed one of the most enduring theories surrounding Robin Williams‘ Genie. Find out what it is after the jump.  Read More »

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Joss Whedon directing The Avengers

With $1.5 billion in worldwide gross, 2012’s The Avengers was one of the biggest films of all time. But it wasn’t nearly as lucrative for Joss Whedon as it was for Marvel Studios. According to Whedon, he made less money for writing and directing the mega-budget smash hit than he did for making Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a web-only miniseries shot on a shoestring budget.

Nevertheless, Whedon came back to direct this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. So now that that’s over, could he also return for another Dr. Horrible? Read the Joss Whedon Avengers salary comments and Dr. Horrible sequel update after the jump.  Read More »

Presidents Watching Movies

While the President of the United States of America is one of the most powerful leaders of the free world, it’s important to remember that each and every person who has and will hold that office is a person just like the rest of us. And most people love movies. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to hear of presidents watching movies at the White House to unwind a bit, many times with other world leaders.

And now you can get a little insight into what a couple of America’s leaders were watching during their time in office as the lists of films screened by presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter during their tenure have recently been publicized online. Each of them actually watched more movies than you might otherwise have thought. Read More »

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

We know quite a bit about Harry Potter at this point — enough to fill, oh, about seven books — but a lot less about his family. For that matter, not even Harry seems to know much about the Potters, since all of them are long dead by the time we meet him in Sorcerer’s Stone. Fortunately, author J.K. Rowling has remedied that with a new essay outlining the Potter family history. Find out three things we learned after the jump. Read More »

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What DC role did Gal Gadot turn down before Wonder Woman? Could Thor: The Dark World‘s Zachary Levi return as a different Marvel character? Does Elizabeth Olsen want a Scarlet Witch standalone? Who’s the rumored villain of Man of Steel 2? How long has Spider-Man been around in Captain America: Civil War? Is Justice League Unlimited finally coming to Blu-ray? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino's Original Pulp Fiction Cast Wish List

Quentin Tarantino has always been praised for his casting choices, and its obvious that the filmmaker puts a lot of thought into which actors might be good for which characters. The writer/director even seems to write certain roles for particular actors.  Now a copy of Quentin Tarantino’s cast wish-list for Pulp Fiction has made its way online, showing the filmmaker’s original choices for the film’s cast, from first choices to back-up/alternate choices.

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Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future

Among Back to the Future fans, it’s a well-known fact that Michael J. Fox wasn’t the first actor cast as Marty McFly. Eric Stoltz had already shot a significant portion of the film before producers decided it wasn’t working out. They fired him and went back to their first choice, Fox, who’d been unavailable due to scheduling conflicts.

You wouldn’t know that just by watching the film, as all of Stoltz’s scenes were re-shot with Fox. However, if you were looking really, really carefully, you may have noticed a tiny bit of Stoltz’s footage remains in the finished film. Find out where you can see Eric Stoltz in Back to the Future after the jump.  Read More »

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION

As it stands, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation has no shortage of crowdpleasing stunts, twists, and turns. But as happens with every movie, there were some bits that just couldn’t make it in the final cut. During a recent interview in New York City, director Chris McQuarrie dished some details on a big moment for Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) that sadly didn’t make the cut.

Read all about the Mission Impossible 5 Benji deleted scene after the jump. Read More »

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These days, Jake Gyllenhaal can get just about any role he wants, whether it’s a broken bruiser in Southpaw or a ruthless reporter in Nightcrawler. But back when he was first starting out as a child actor, he had two big obstacles standing between him and one particular dream job.

Gyllenhaal revealed that he cried when his parents, director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, forced him to turn down a role in 1992’s The Mighty Ducks. Hit the jump for the Jake Gyllenhaal Mighty Ducks quote. Read More »