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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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 »
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 »
Gather ’round the campfire, young ones, but be silent and remain nimble. For the Hunter Killers are on patrol tonight and their motion sensors can detect movement. It is time we told ya a story. It was time we told ya how the world ended. For first, the machines came for our movies. And then they came for us. And we let it happen ’cause we got greedy. We got too lazy to read our own screenplays, so we let them do it for us. Let me read to ya from an ancient document, a “movie news post,” to show ya how the end of the world began…
A new start-up claims that its new algorithm can examine a screenplay and predict its financial viability before a single frame is shot. The ScriptBook program, which is expected to make its debut sometime next year, wants to be the best friend to movie studios and producers, helping them determine whether or not a movie is hit before they commit to actually making it. In other words, here’s an early contender for one of the worst-sounding ideas of 2016.
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Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The last Star Wars: Battlefront trailer was a masterpiece of emotional manipulation. It was the lion lurking in the tall grass, watching your helpless nostalgia sneak away from the pack for a drink at the watering hole. It saw the weak spots in your armor, it knew how to break through emotional malaise, it was well aware that your defenses were already down because Star Wars: The Force Awakens actually looks like it could be the movie you’ve been waiting for. And then it struck. Even if you were prepared to see through its emotionally manipulative tactics, it forced a lump into your throat and a tear into your eye. You must play this video game. It’s effective advertising.
The new trailer tries something, uh, a little different. Whereas the first trailer was all about the joys of Star Wars (the joys of childhood!) rescuing you from your adult responsibilities, this one seems to have a slightly darker tone. To be fair, that dark tone is probably unintentional, but it represents the exact wrong Star Wars iconography to borrow and the effect is really, really weird.
But hey, it also features Anna Kendrick. Watch the new Star Wars Battlefront trailer for yourself after the jump.
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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Chris Pratt jokingly predicted that he would star in the fourth Jurassic Park film back when he was working on Parks and Recreation in 2009. We posted the video last year, but now Pratt has commented publicly about his prediction. Watch him talk about it after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
You may know it as Mafia or you may know it as Werewolf, but chances are strong that you’ve played it. It’s one of the simplest and best known card games ever created. A group of people play as the citizens of a city. Most players are innocent bystanders. A few randomly selected players are villains out to kill off the good guys. These bad guys know who each other are, but the good guys know nothing. It’s a classic game of bluffing and mistrust and a great way to add flavor to a social gathering.
And it is now the inspiration for a not-inexpensive Russian science fiction action movie. Yes, not only has someone decided that adapting this simple game of social deduction into a movie was a good idea, but they’ve decided that it should look like Blade Runner, The Running Man, and Tron got tossed in a paint mixer. This is somehow crazier than Monopoly being transformed into a Goonies-esque family adventure. The creative minds behind Mafia had to take at least a dozen absurd left turns and leaps of judgment to arrive here. This movie sounds like a crazy joke. How does this exist? Who made it? What is man? Why are we here? Is there a God?
Prepare to have your brain boiled by the Mafia trailer, which you can watch after the jump.
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