Doctor Who season 8 premiere

Briefly: The new season of Doctor Who has been hotly hyped, as it will bring the world the Twelfth doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Now, we finally know exactly when fans will be able to learn more about him. The BBC, and BBC America, will air the Doctor Who Season 8 premiere on August 23. Below, watch a new teaser. Read More »

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star wars guardians of the galaxy

The music, the pacing, the visuals, Marvel’s first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy was incredibly memorable. In fact, the way the trailer sold the fun, exciting tone of the film was so memorable, Marvel pretty much just recycled the same idea they used at Comic-Con 2013 months before. They’ve since done a few different things with the film, which opens August 1, but that doesn’t mean the formula can’t be repurposed.

Case in point, Star Wars. The Unusual Suspect on YouTube took the full Star Wars Trilogy and edited a trailer that mirrors the tone, style and information from that first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. And it’s a ton of fun. Check out the Star Wars Guardians of the Galaxy below. Read More »

Star Wars musical parody

J.J. Abrams is being careful not to give too much away about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, but there are a few things we can assume just by virtue of the fact that it’s a Star Wars movie. For example, it’s safe to say it won’t look anything like this delightful Star Wars musical parody.

Which is a real shame, because Star Wars: The Musical demonstrates that Disney tunes and lightsaber battles actually go together like peanut butter and bananas: They may not be the most intuitive combination, but they’re a damn good one. After the jump, watch Luke, Han, Leia, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more sing their way through the plot of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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Bourne 5 Changes Release Date to Summer 2016

Bourne Legacy Jeremy Renner

Briefly: The once jam-packed summer of 2015 continues to thin out. In a slow parade, one film after another has bowed out of next year’s summer season. Now another can be added the list. The fifth Bourne film, which is still untitled, has moved from August 14, 2015, to July 15, 2016.

Jeremy Renner is back as Aaron Cross and Justin Lin is directing. Beyond that, we know very little. What we do know is Lin will now have a lot more time to make the movie, which will open against Ice Age 5. Universal will distribute.

The Avengers Group

There are almost two dozen superhero movies scheduled in the next four years. Not all of them will happen, but even that tentative schedule shows Hollywood’s massive continued commitment to the genre that continually brings in hundreds of millions of dollars for studios like Disney, Sony and 20th Century Fox.

That’s a stark contrast to a decade ago when comic creator Rob Liefeld took at meeting at Paramount. Liefeld was pitching a film based on his Image Comic Youngblood, and was told by then president of the studio John Goldwyn that the superehero genre was a fad.

Below, read Liefeld’s account of the meeting where the head of one of the most famous movie studios in the world missed the mark so completely. Read More »

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Briefly: While the odds of ever getting to see a David Fincher version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea are now slim to none, an alternate version of the tale has just been purchased. Sony Pictures has purchased a spec script called Captain Nemo, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The pair are best known for co-creating the hit Superman show Smallville, but also worked on the scripts for films such as Spider-Man 2 (the good one, from Sam Raimi), Shanghai Noon and I Am Number Four.

The script, which will be produced by Maleficent team Joe Roth and Palak Patel, tells a “a new take on the iconic antihero who was first introduced to readers in 1870 in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Captain Underpants

Briefly: DreamWorks Animations just gave release dates to four future animated films, three of which are sequels. First is the new one Captain Underpants. Directed by Rob Letterman, it already has a voice cast and has already started recording. It’ll be released January 13, 2017.

Then there’s The Croods 2, which will hit theaters November 3, 2017, Madagascar 4, out May 18, 2018 and Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves, out Nov. 2, 2018. They previously announced Kung Fu Panda 3 for December 23, 2015 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 on June 17, 2016. [ERC Box Office]

Actress Ruby Dee Has Died At 91

Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee personified class throughout her life. The Oscar-nominated actress, born Ruby Ann Wallace in Cleveland in 1922, began making movies in the mid 1940s and didn’t stop until 2013. In that time she was also was an accomplished playwright, Grammy-award winning poet, social activist and inspiration to millions. Dee passed away Wednesday at the age of 91. Read More »

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