Dwayne Johnson Stars in Home Alone

Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest stars in the world right now. Not only is he known for invigorating franchises, but he’s just an all-around good guy that everyone seems to want to work with. Dwayne Johnson could probably make any movie he wanted to right now, and he’s probably been offered plenty of projects that he’s turned down.

Now we get to see what some of those projects might have been like thanks to a video from GQ revealing a meeting with his agent where he was pitched sequels to movies like Home Alone and GoodFellas. Needless to say, The Rock could not smell what these movies were cookin’ at all.

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Alien Covenant Spacesuit

The set of Alien: Covenant was explored by Adam Savage as part of a sponsored series of videos from the folks at Tested, and today brings another glimpse behind the scenes of the sequel to the prequel that was Prometheus.

This time, the former Mythbusters co-host checks out one of the new Weyland-Yutani space suits that our intrepid cosmic explorers will strap on in the movie. In strapping on the gear for this suit, it’s impressive to see what a sleek and well-constructed piece of wardrobe this suit is. You know it’s good when even someone like Adam Savage, who has built stuff like this for a living, is floored by how flawless the design is.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi 8-Bit Trailer

Last month Star Wars fans were rocked with the arrival of the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was the first real footage from the movie we’d seen, and now we’re left wondering when we’ll see the next trailer for the movie (our gut tells us around the time D23 or San Diego Comic-Con is happening in July, but we can’t be sure). In the meantime, why not enjoy the first trailer that you’ve watched dozens of times by now, but in a whole new way: in the form of an 8-bit video game trailer.

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Fifty Shades Darker Honest Trailer

The phenomenon that was the Fifty Shades of Grey book series doesn’t seem to be faring quite as well as a film franchise, at least not with all the readers who touched themselves while reading this book written by a Twilight fan fiction writer. Though the first film was a massive success that pulled in over $571 million worldwide, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker made significantly less with just $378 million raked in at the global box office.

Basically, once viewers saw that most of the kinky sex didn’t make the cut in the first movie, plenty of them lost interest. And once you watch the Honest Trailer for the sequel, it’s not hard to see why. This movie is decidedly not sexy, no matter how hard it tries to be, and it feels more like some kind of joke than a legitimate erotic romance. Is this really the kind of stuff that turned on millions of women around the world?

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Actor Adam Scott appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (which was guest hosted by Kirsten Bell). Since it was Star Wars Day (May the 4th), he told the story of how he was obsessed with Star Wars as a kid and invited Mark Hamill to his birthday party, but he never showed up. The late night show took the opportunity to surprise the Parks and Recreation star with Luke Skywalker himself and I think the short three-minute video is worth watching.

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The Fifth Element - Born Sexy Yesterday Video Esssay

Every film genre has tropes, recurring themes or elements that sometimes help define the kind of movie we’re watching. They can be portals in the sky, training montages, the final girl, or as a new video essay called Born Sexy Yesterday explains, a naive but mature, sexualized female character with the mind of a child.

Jonathan McIntosh, aka Pop Culture Detective on YouTube, put together this video essay to explain a trope that you might not have even realized was so prevalent in sci-fi. But it’s right there in movies such as TRON: Legacy and The Fifth Element, not to mention other sci-fi-esque fantasy movies Splash or Enchanted. Watch the Born Sexy Yesterday video essay after the jump to see what we’re talking about. Read More »

La La Land Opening Sequence

La La Land is now available on home video for you to watch over and over again if you like being lifted up with “Another Day of Sun” and then having your heart torn out by the final, romantic but tragic musical sequence. But today, we’re going to stick with the brighter side of La La Land with an extensive breakdown of the lively, bright, upbeat opening musical number that takes place on a real Los Angeles highway.

Choreographer Mandy Moore (no, not the star of Tangled) participated in a detailed, close look at the “Another Day of Sun” musical sequence, talking about what went on behind the scenes, providing insight from what director Damien Chazelle was trying to achieve, and even telling where there are some hidden cuts. Watch the La La Land opening sequence breakdown after the jump. Read More »

Mark Hamill Pranks Star Wars Fans

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you and all that jazz! In honor of today’s makeshift holiday that celebrates the saga from a galaxy far, far away, we have a new video to share as part of Omaze’s ongoing Star Wars: Force for Change campaign, this time benefitting Starlight Children’s Foundation.

For Star Wars fans, there’s nothing more rewarding than meeting the actors who played the heroes (and even the villains) that they grew up loving. So imagine being asked to record some memorable Star Wars lines as part of some montage of fans showing their love for the saga or something silly like that, and then suddenly being interrupted by none other than Luke Skywalker himself. That’s exactly what happens in this video where Mark Hamill pranks Star Wars fans by surprising them in some pretty hilarious ways, including appearing as a cheap Darth Vader stand-in and more. Read More »

La La Land Honest Trailer

La La Land became the most Oscar nominated film of all time this year, but it made an even bigger splash at the Academy Awards when it was mistakenly given the award for Best Picture when it should have gone to Moonlight. That’s something that the folks at Screen Junkies didn’t forget when they put together the Honest Trailer for the musical sensation, which takes an interesting twist about three-fourths of the way through and doesn’t waste any time leaning into Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s characters for apparently not knowing how to compromise.

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Rogue One vs. The Force Awakens

When I got out of the premiere for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the first questions I got was: how does the first Star Wars standalone film compare to JJ AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens? And for me the answer was simple, while both movies are good, The Force Awakens is better because it offers better-written characters and a story in which I became more emotionally invested in.

One of my favorite YouTube channels, Lessons From the Screenplay, has just published a video essay taking on this exact topic and I want to share it with you since it says everything I have felt about the differences between these two stories.
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