The Princess Bride Honest Trailer

ScreenJunkies is continuing their Fan Appreciation Month with the next installment of Honest Trailers as voted on by their viewers. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was the first one to get the Honest Trailer treatment this monthafter coming in at #5, and now we have the movie that landed the #4 spot.

The Princess Bride is one of those movies that you either watched endlessly as a kid and have an unwavering nostalgic love for it now, or you didn’t see it until you were an adult and you just don’t get why everyone rants and raves about it. And as Honest Trailers points out, even though it makes fun of the sappy, swashbuckling, medieval love stories of decades past (such as Robin Hood and Zorro), it actually turns out to be the best in that same niche genre.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Ariana Grande & John Legend song

It’s a tale as old as time, or at least as old as Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 film kicked off Disney’s long-running tradition of commissioning pop versions of their own songs for their soundtracks — think Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go” on the Frozen soundtrack, or Alessia Cara’s “How Far I’ll Go” on the Moana one. Now the studio’s coming full circle with their new live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, bringing in John Legend and Ariana Grande to record a new take on the title song.  Read More »

Matt Ferguson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy Print Set
Artist Matt Ferguson has created a Lord of the Rings trilogy print set that is beautiful. Bottleneck Gallery is releasing the set in a timed edition, which means anyone who wants to buy these will have an opportunity, unlike most limited edition screenprint releases. See the prints in full and find out where and when you can purchase them, after the jump.
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Game of Thrones season 6 blooper reel

It’s been a year since George R.R. Martin offered an update on the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Since then, the television adaptation has sprinted past the events of the books, taking fans into unexplored territory far beyond the events of A Dance With Dragons, which was published back in 2011. And since the last update essentially amounted to “the next book isn’t coming out soon,” maybe we can take comfort in Martin’s new update, which amounts to “Maybe this year?”

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new alien covenant photo

Considering how battered and bruised 2016 left the world in general, the only sane thing to do is look at 2017 with caution and fear. Except for the movies. The movies look pretty cool. A bunch of new images from the year’s biggest movies have arrived online, suggesting that we may get to see some pretty cool movies before civilization completely collapses.

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j.a. bayona interview

J.A. Bayona‘s latest film packs a heavy punch. Bayona’s adaptation of author and screenwriter Patrick Ness‘ novel is a pure tearjerker, a movie that mixes the grand with the intimate. The film follows a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s terminal illness. In need of help, he calls upon a monster (Liam Neeson), a talking tree that promises to tell Conor three stories as long as the boy reveals his deepest, darkest secret.

A Monster Calls deals heavily with the power of storytelling. After making only three films, Bayona has established himself as a very emotional storyteller. “Cold” is not a word that applies to the visual splendor of his work. We recently interviewed the filmmaker for his latest drama, which was originally based on an idea by the late author, Siobhan Dowd. Bayona discussed with us the music on set, King Kong, the silent moments in A Monster Calls, and his reaction to seeing Jurassic Park for the first time.

Below, read our J.A. Bayona interview.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales synopsis reveals a new detail.
  • Michael Fassbender talks about his Alien: Covenant characters.
  • New VR experiences built around Alien and Planet of the Apes are on the way.
  • The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book is getting a new edition.
  • Anna Kendrick shares a Pitch Perfect 3 cast photo as a new singer is cast.
  • Director J.A. Bayona talks about Jurassic World 2.
  • Lindsay Lohan really wants to make a Mean Girls sequel.

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the shape of water story details

What’s one movie to look forward this year? Director Guillermo del Toro‘s (Pan’s Labyrinth) cold war fantasy film, The Shape of Water. Fox Searchlight is behind the project, which del Toro started shooting late last summer in Toronto, Canada. We know a decent amount about the love story, but actor Doug Jones (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) recently revealed more information about the film and the creature he’s playing.

Below, learn new The Shape of Water story details.

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the lure trailer

What’s this? Another musical about bloodthirsty mermaids forming a pop band in 1980s Poland? Ugh. The film industry is entirely bereft of original ideas. Time to pack it all up.

But in all seriousness, the trailer for director Agnieszka Smoczynska‘s The Lure is here and this is the kind of thing every single adventurous movie fan should put on their radar. Even if the film’s singular flavor doesn’t quite work for you, it’s the kind of experience you’ll never really forget.

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game of thrones season 7

The stellar sixth season of Game of Thrones helped provide a soft cushion for the news that followed that blood-soaked season finale: HBO’s flagship series was coming to an end, the seventh season would air later than usual, and the final two seasons would be shorter than the usual ten episodes. I’m a big fan of the “let the storytellers do what they need to do” approach to thinking and writing about popular culture, but that doesn’t make the extended wait for our final, abbreviated visit to Westeros feel any less unbearable.

But while the final seasons won’t have as many episodes as the others, a member of the show’s cast says that seasons six and seven may be a little longer than expected.

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