Hot Tub Cinema

We’ve seen theaters try to entice moviegoers with big-name guests, luxe chairs, gourmet menus, specialty cocktails, and even etiquette ninjas. But this may be the first time we’ve heard of rooftop pool parties being brought into the mix.

A company called Hot Tub Cinema has begun hosting pop-up events in which — as their name suggests — movie lovers get to watch films from the comfort of a hot tub. Find out how you can attend after the jump.

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Take everything you know about Star Wars, ball it up and throw it in the trash. Darth Vader was never mean; he was a rapper. Obi-Wan Kenobi was never stoic; he did stand-up comedy. Han Solo was never a scoundrel; he was a dancer. The Emperor was never evil; he was a chick magnet. Confused? You will be. You. Will. Be.

Star Wars: Detours is an upcoming animated comedy, created by Seth Green and Matt Senreich of Robot Chicken fame, featuring all your favorite Star Wars characters in situations so totally out of character and tone for the series, it makes the Prequels look good. A trailer has just come online featuring bad references, kiddie humor and the kind of bastardizing, canon-crushing images that’ll make you bow down to the Prequels for their wit, logic and flawless, Star Wars storytelling. It’s this generation’s Star Wars Christmas Special. If you dare, watch it after the jump. Read More »

Kristen Stewart

Not so long ago we learned that Angelina Jolie left Wanted 2 to peruse other projects, basically dumping the movie in development heck. Now E! Online is reporting that director Timur Bekmambetov has met at least once with Twilight star Kristen Stewart to replace Jolie in the comic book sequel. According to the report, Stewart would star alongside James McAvoy, and play “a young, ass-kicking assassin in the Fraternity.”

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For years, guys in high school have barely wondered what the source is to the mysterious glitter found on their clothes for days and months after vacating a girl’s bedroom. Has Etsy finally let the immortal, sparkling, man-shaped, phallic-necked, vampire pillow out of the bag?

This week, photos of $35 Twilight-themed ”manllows” like the nightmarish one above—the Robert “Pasty” Pattison model—made the leap from an Etsy shop to Tumblr, causing the latter site to become more difficult to tolerate. After the jump, we have a deeper look at this troubling trend of male objectification for the sake of fem-geek bedtime fantasy. This just in: the first documentation of a Twilighter manillow sandwich…

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sunny

Wow, what in the hell was that? The third episode in the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia just concluded on FX on the East Coast, and there are already viewer grumblings over what appeared to be blanket-style, integrated product placement. During the second half of the ep, entitled “The Great Recession,” I wondered if I was watching an experimental commercial starring Rob McElhenney and Glen Howerton, with an actual, traditional, (and umm, funny?) new ep to follow. I wasn’t. Compared to the backlash 30 Rock received last season for “witty” integration—which I wrote about (and against) on /Film and was later referenced by Tina Fey and Co. in an ep—I expect Sunny fans to be far more vocal come tomorrow. If you’re one of them, what did you think? Also, I’m going to make a personal policy not to mention the companies involved by name below, because bad press is definitely good press for them in these situations.

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lost3

Let’s throw a wrench into this Lost Boys assembly line, shall we? Filming on the second sequel, Lost Boys: The Thirst, is set to begin in early November (in Capetown, South Africa, no less) with Corey Feldman reprising his role as the moody vampire slayer, Edgar Frog. If you managed to fall into a sewer over the last year, the Crack Fox no doubt introduced you to Lost Boys: The Tribe, the worst vampire film to feature “extreme” skateboard stunts and tribal tatts in history. Death by direct-to-DVD. But wait! Based on the plot of Lost Boys 3, which contains a sparkly nod to Twilight, the next installment sounds even worse…

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For Hunter’s reviews/wrap-ups of the previous two episodes of Breaking Bad leading up to last Sunday’s divisive finale, click here for ep 11 (“Mandala”) and here for ep 12 (“Phoenix”).

Now that most everyone has caught up with the season finale of Breaking Bad, entitled “ABQ,” on their TiVo and what not, let’s take a look at what went…down. Actually, for the sake of disclosure, the mini-delay of this write-up is also due to the episode being a surprising disappointment in my eyes. For a series that is deftly founded on madcap realism, the natural awes of science, and the odds of consequence, I found “ABQ” to stretch way beyond the show’s established believability (and viewers’ trust therein).

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Bazooka Bubble Gum

Has it really come to this?  The search for the a bankable property or popular story started off simple and innocently with adaptations of popular books, sequels, and comic book films. And in the last two decades, we’ve had video game movies, theme park ride adaptations, cartoons/anime turned live-action, tv to film, movies based toys and action figures, and most recently board game film adaptations.

But now Hollywood is sinking to new lows. Tonight it was announced that Michael Eisner is adapting a a film based on bubble gum. That’s right — GUM!
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