Have you ever sat in a theater and glanced left, and then right, and then cradled your chin in thoughtful contemplation and wondered if the moviegoing experience would be improved by playground equipment? Well, wonder no longer! Thanks to one theater chain, full-blown play areas for children are now a thing in a handful of auditoriums around the world, including a few in Southern California. Come for the majesty of the communal experience of watching stories projected in dark room, stay for the sounds of the child sliding down the plastic tube built next next to your head!
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If you didn’t like the most recent big screen adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the many fans who preferred the original franchise iteration from the 1990s. The original movie from the beginning of the decade was surprisingly dark and gritty for a movie that ended up being a favorite of kids, but that tone changed a bit when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze was made the following year.
Since there were millions of kids who became obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, largely because of the popular animated series that came out even before the first movie did, New Line Cinema decided they needed to make the franchise more child friendly. You may never have realized this before, but that’s why the turtles rarely use their signature weapons to thwart bad guys. In fact, there was one key moment in when Michelangelo uses a pair of sausages strung together as some makeshift nunchucks. However, even that was deemed too much for audiences in the United Kingdom.
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While we cinephiles love sitting down in a dark theater to watch a new movie with a score from John Williams, the composer himself doesn’t feel the same way.
In a new interview about his work in the composition of scores for major motion pictures, the man responsible for the iconic scores from movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and countless more, revealed that once he’s done with a score, he’s done with the movie, and that means not even sitting to watch the final cut. We’re not sure if that’s the case with every single movie Williams has composed the score for, but when it comes to Star Wars, he hasn’t watched a single one of those movies. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Something very peculiar happened last night. The IMAX trailer for Universal’s upcoming remake of The Mummy, which looks pretty close to the normal trailer for The Mummy, was uploaded to YouTube. But while the visuals were familiar, the audio was not. What originally looked like a baffling creative choice eventually revealed itself to be a truly strange technical error – they had uploaded a trailer without a finished sound mix, leaving the actors’ vocal tracks, a little bit of ambient noise, and not much else.
The results are hilarious, bizarre, and, in the end, a vital reminder of the vital work Foley artists and sound mixers do for every single movie you have ever watched. Come for the silliness of it all, leave with a proper appreciation for hardworking sound people!
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Have you ever wanted to walk into a video store filled only with VHS tapes of Cameron Crowe’s 1996 hit Jerry Maguire? Well, Everything Is Terrible is making your dream into a reality.
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It’s no secret that merchandise is the bread and butter of the profits that come from owning the rights to the Star Wars saga. Anything and everything has been branded with the Star Wars logo, aliens, vehicles and all sorts of things from a galaxy far, far away. And just when we thought we’d seen it all, one company delivers something that has no good reason for existing.
The office supply company Quill is now selling Star Wars branded photocopy paper. What’s so special about this Star Wars paper? The answer might surprise you. Read More »
By now you’ve probably watched the most recent trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story several times. Thankfully, we’ll be getting a new trailer in the near future before Doctor Strange hits theaters (there’s a rumor it could come as early as this week), but in the meantime, YouTuber Aldo Jones has decided to turn that Rogue One trailer into something so weird that you have to see it to believe it.
In what has been dubbed the Rogue One Weird Trailer, the creator has inserted things like ALF, Hulk, and the Planet Express from Futurama into the film’s footage. But this isn’t just a random assortment of sci-fi mash-ups, because Aldo Jones does weird things like give Jyn Erso a bunch of extra eyes, turn a Star Destroyer into an alligator mouth, and have K-2So killing people left and right. It’s just weird. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: The Denver Post is reporting that Cinemark has agreed to drop the request for the victims of Aurora theater shooting to pay for their $700,000 legal fees. The theater chain’s lawyers have issued a statement saying that the company’s goal “has always been to resolve this matter fully and completely without an award of costs of any kind to any party.” Although the details have not been disclosed, it appears that Cinemark has waived their demand for payment in return for the victims officially dropping their suit and not pursuing an appeal.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I may be a secular heathen these days, but I still vividly recall walking the Stations of the Cross as a young Catholic, reliving the betrayal, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth through grim art and the words of my priest. It was equal parts captivating and horrifying and it sticks with me, years after I succumbed to the devil and started living a life of sin and blasphemy and writing about movies for a living.
Of course, other churches have taken this a step further, with members attending elaborate Passion Plays to celebrate Easter. Others have taken it further yet – are you familiar with The Holy Land Experience, located a short drive from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? The suffering of Jesus Christ, as the box office returns of The Passion of the Christ attest, is a big business! And like many other businesses, this one is dipping its toe into the latest technology on the horizon. Are you ready for a virtual reality movie about the life of Jesus? Because one is on the way.
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Today I want to share with you a trailer for one of the latest faith-based movies, I’m Not Ashamed. Masey McLain stars as Rachel Joy Scott, a Colorado high school student whose “life and testimony changed the world for God.” I don’t want to spoil this trailer, and urge you to watch the whole thing for yourself. And I know you may be tempted to click the back button on your browser 40 seconds into this film advertisement but please, keep watching until the end.
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