Edgar Wright directing Hot Fuzz

Edgar Wright is set to make Baby Driver for his next project, but his next film beyond that is an adaptation of Andrew Smith‘s YA novel Grasshopper Jungle. It’s a doozy of a tale: at the center is a teenager who accidentally unleashes a plague of hungry, horny, six-foot-tall preying mantises on the world.

The material sounds right up Wright’s alley, with its mix of sci-fi, humor, and heart. But how did Wright even find his way to such a strange story to begin with? Apparently, it all comes down to Facebook. More about the Edgar Wright Grasshopper Jungle Facebook connection after the jump.  Read More »

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Fifty Shades of Grey - Jamie Dornan

Any time a beloved book gets adapted for the screen, there’s bound to be some grumbling over the casting choices. Each of the millions of readers will have a slightly different look in mind, and there’s simply no way to satisfy all of them. And Fifty Shades of Grey may have had it even worse than most, because the character of Christian Grey is designed to be every fan’s ultimate sexual fantasy.

It wasn’t surprising, then, that not everyone loved the choice of Jamie Dornan. But the latest Fifty Shades of Grey trailer tries to make a case for him through the words of one supporting character: “You have to admit, he’s ridiculously hot.” And Dornan tries his best to live up to that promise. Watch the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 4 - Arya (Maisie Williams)

Pack up your finest chainmail and broadswords, because we’re due for another trip to Westeros. HBO has announced a spring 2015 premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 5, as well as for Veep Season 4 and Silicon Valley Season 2.

Additionally, the premium cable network has just renewed Real Time with Bill Maher for two more seasons, which will be the show’s 14th and 15th. More details on the Game of Thrones Season 5 premiere date and Real Time with Bill Maher renewal after the jump.  Read More »

Fifty Shades of Grey header

The question was never whether Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s Fifty Shades of Grey would feature lots of sex, but how much sex and what kind. Now we have a better idea, thanks to the MPAA.

The board has just given Fifty Shades of Grey an R, which is possibly disappointing but not terribly surprising. More interesting is the group’s “unusual” justification for that rating. More about the Fifty Shades of Grey R rating after the jump.  Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Stephen Hawking

Science was big at the movies late in 2014. At one point, Interstellar, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything were all playing simultaneously, representing three different eras -well, two eras and one potential – in science. Removing the big budget film, you’re left with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the man who invented the computer as a way to break code in World War II and Eddie Redmayne in a biopic of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

With all that in mind, fast forward to this weekend. Both The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, as well as Redmayne and Cumberbatch, will be competing for the same Golden Globe awards on NBC. The night before, over on Discovery, a 2004 made for TV movie called Hawking will air. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Watch the trailer or, if you like, the full movie below. Read More »

Idris Elba for Smartwater

Idris Elba has long been a fan-favorite pick to play the next James Bond, whenever Daniel Craig decides to hand over the mantle. But one of the more interesting reveals from the Sony hack was that fans weren’t alone in their support of Elba. Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal reportedly wanted Elba for Bond as well.

Now the actor has weighed in with his two cents on the matter. Hit the jump to see the Idris Elba Bond rumors response. Read More »

‘Jurassic Park:’ The Evolution of a Raptor Suit

Jurassic Park Raptor Suit

Stan Winston School has released a video showing how the Raptor suits were developed and created for Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic Jurassic Park. While the movie will be remembered for its innovation and inclusion of computer generated visual effects, only 4 minutes of the 14 minutes of the film featuring dinosaurs were entirely created using CG.

The rest was a mix of animatronics and “man in suit” puppets. Notably, the raptors were created using a man in a suit puppeteering the head. All of the tests were videotaped and have been compiled into this video showing how the raptor effect evolved before making it into the final film. Hit the jump to see Stan Winston’s Jurassic Park raptor suit evolution video, narrated by John Rosengrant, which reveals the magic behind this amazing practical effect.

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In the Heart of the Sea trailer 2

The Rush team of director Ron Howard and star Chris Hemsworth reunite for In the Heart of the Sea, which tells a variation on the Moby Dick story by adapting a novel that recounts one story which inspired Herman Melville to write his landmark novel. A large and particularly determined whale features in this story, too, and then there’s everything that happens around the encounter with the animal, which causes the crew of the whaling ship Essex to deal with multiple forms of crisis at sea. Check out the new In the Heart of the Sea trailer below.

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