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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In show business, pretty much any publicity is good publicity. And in the case of the marketing for Sausage Party, it looks like Sony Pictures is making some weird choices in their efforts to promote the R-rated animated comedy from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. We’ve seen red band trailers, a Walt Disney inspired promo and an Independence Day PSA, but this latest video promoting the movie is the weirdest as it sees costumed character versions of Frank the hot dog and Brenda with the good buns appearing on a morning talk show.
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It’s been nearly four years since a mass shooting was committed at a movie theater during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the town of Aurora, Colorado. A total of 12 people were killed and another 70 were injured in the shooting, and the victims followed the tragedy with a lawsuit against the Cinemark theater chain, claiming they didn’t do enough to prevent a tragedy like that from happening.
However, a six-person jury ruled in favor of Cinemark back in May, saying the theater chain wasn’t partially liable for what happened. But it’s what is happening now in the aftermath of that trial that’s pretty messed up. Find out more about the Colorado movie theater shooting lawsuit after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Avoiding Game of Thrones spoilers can be a challenge as difficult and unwinnable as the game of thrones itself. If Twitter doesn’t ruin it for you, the headlines the next morning will. If you somehow manage to stay pristine through all that, you’ll probably overhear someone discussing it in the Starbucks line. Or at the office water cooler. Or on the subway. And now, it’s about to get even harder to know nothing.
A new service called Spoiled promises to anonymously text Game of Thrones spoilers to your enemies right after an episode airs. Actually, the company says it’ll send them to “your unsuspecting friends” — but let’s be real, if you hate your victim enough to ruin their favorite show for them, they are probably your friend. Read More »
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There have been some disappointing decisions on the merchandise side of things from Disney and Marvel Studios, specifically with regards to their treatment of female characters. Black Widow, once the only female member of the Avengers, had a rather disappointing shortage of toys, so much that Avengers star Mark Ruffalo lamented that his daughters and nieces couldn’t find many at the store. In fact, Black Widow was even left out of an action figure playset inspired by a key scene for the character in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now some more upsetting details from behind the Marvel machine have been revealed.
Director Shane Black has been out promoting The Nice Guys (in theaters this weekend), and a recent interview saw part of the discussion steer towards Iron Man 3 and some of the difficulties he had on the production. One surprising revelation that came from the discussion was that the primary villain in the movie, played by Guy Pearce, was originally slated to be a female character. But Marvel forced a change in the character’s gender because they believed a female villain action figure wouldn’t sell as well. Wow.
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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 »
Sadly, video rental stores have mostly become a thing of the past as viewers have taken to using streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, or various video on demand services, to bring entertainment into their home. But even with video stores extinct, that’s not stopping one man from having his day, and potentially his criminal record, tainted by a late video rental.
One man in North Carolina has been arrested for not returning a VHS copy of Tom Green‘s critically bashed comedy Freddy Got Fingered, which he rented 14 years ago. We’re not even talking about a DVD rental. We’re talking about a VHS. Get the details below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
George Washington wasn’t just the first American president – he was, and remains, one of the most fascinating figures in world history, a man of numerous contradictions who became a symbol against his will and still managed to operate with grace, strength, and tact. We’ve yet to see a truly great movie exploring the life of this soldier, general, hunter, planter, rebel, politician and total stud who had a knack for wooing ladies on the dance floor. Here’s a man who could have been a king and chose to step down, establishing a precedent that changed the world. The human being beneath the icon, the soul under the portrait on the one dollar bill, is as cinematic as they come.
And director Zack Snyder wants to tell his story. In the style of his smash-hit 300. Oh, boy.
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