AMC Theaters Allowing Texting

When you’re in the darkness of a movie theater, there’s nothing more annoying than some inconsiderate fool getting our their cell phone for more than just a quick time check. Personally, I’ve seen people get out their phone to carry on extended text conversations, check Facebook, and even take a selfie with the flash on during the trailers. This is the world we live in.

Now Adam Aron, the head of AMC Entertainment, the company behind the AMC Theatres movie theater chain, has indicated that he’s willing to allow texting and cell phone use during some movies in order to appeal to the millennial crowd. Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like this is something that will be allowed in all screenings. Find out more about AMC Theatres allowing texting after the jump. Read More »

Cardboard Home Cinema

Technology has advanced enough to allow us to watch feature length movies on screens that fit in our hands wherever we are. Of course, it’s not the most ideal way to experience a movie, especially for the first time. A movie should be seen in a movie theater. But if for some reason you’re desperate to stay at home but still want that movie theater experience, a weird new product called Cardboard Home Cinema is here to save you from interacting with other people. Read More »

Joseph Fiennes Playing Michael Jackson

UPDATE: We have been informed that this project isn’t a full TV movie but rather a half-hour comedy special for British television. However, that doesn’t make this sound any better. Our original story follows.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the lack of diversity among the Academy Award nominees this year, so much that The Academy is going to be making some changes to how membership and voting works. You would think that would be enough for filmmakers to start making better casting choices that allow for more diversity, but a certain production outfit across the pond doesn’t seem to care as evidenced by a recent casting decision.

A new report reveals that Shakespeare in Love and American Horror Story star Joseph Fiennes, a white actor, will be playing African American pop star Michael Jackson in a decidedly weird movie that takes place after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Find out more below. Read More »

Little Women

The March sisters are coming to The CW, sort of. The network has put into development Little Women, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott‘s classic coming-of-age novel about four sisters in Civil War-era Massachusetts.

In the new show, however, the March girls won’t be sisters but half sisters. Also, they now live in dystopian Philadelphia. And they’re out to uncover a massive conspiracy. Plus, the tone will be “hyper-stylized” and “gritty.” But other than that, it’s totally the Little Women you remember, they swear! Get all the details on the Little Women gritty reboot after the jump.  Read More »


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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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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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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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