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The new Ghostbusters has already attracted more than its share of skeptics and outright haters, despite the fact that it won’t actually hit theaters for another several weeks. But it looks like there are plenty of others who are excited for Paul Feig‘s reboot of the horror-comedy classic. Early tracking numbers indicate Ghostbusters could open to as much as $50 million in North America. It’s not a spectacular number, but it’s not a disastrous one either.  Read More »

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Moonfall

This weekend brings Independence Day: Resurgence to theaters 20 years after the original destroyed the world’s major cities, and while it leads right into the possibility of a third film to follow, that won’t be director Roland Emmerich‘s next movie. And the idea for this new project is just as ridiculous as you’d expect.

Universal Pictures has just thrown down seven figures for Moonfall, a sci-fi spec script that Emmerich wrote with Harald Kloser (writer, producer and composer for his disaster flick 2012) and Spencer Cohen (who wrote the developing Extinction for Good Universe and Mandeville). The plan is for Emmerich to direct the film and also produce with Kloser again. So what’s Moonfall about? Find out after the jump if you haven’t figured it out already. Read More »

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It’s been a good week to be a Star Wars fan, with new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story details arriving at steady pace. Yesterday, we learned the names of the principal cast and a little bit about their backstories. Today, we were given a few key details about Darth Vader’s small-but-vital role in the film. Now, a large of new images from the film have arrived, giving us a new look at many of the film’s characters, a seemingly important new planet, and the black-armored “Deathtroopers” that will undoubtedly inspire a new generation of cosplayers.

UPDATE: More Rogue One photos have been revealed, and you can see them at the bottom of this story.

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There is no fear as primal as fear of the dark. It’s the foundation upon which all other fears are built and the support structure for the horror genre. Bad stuff happens when the lights go out. Human beings have evolved to know this. We don’t have to be taught that stuff goes bump in the night. We understand this in the core our inner selves.

So yeah, Lights Out looks scary, taking our inherent fear of darkness and saying “Yep, there is indeed a gangly ghost-monster that means you harm lurking the shadows.” The new trailer shows off a horror movie that looks creepy and promising, carved out of the same mold as Insidious and The Conjuring (which makes sense, since James Wan is a producer on this film).

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jack bauer dead

Kiefer Sutherland‘s Jack Bauer walked (and continues to walk) a very fine line in American popular culture. The lead character of Fox’s 24 meant many things to many people and personal politics often played a huge role in how you viewed the behavior of one of television’s most brutal antiheroes. For some, he was the hero America needed in a post-9/11 world, a man who would stop at nothing to get the job done and did would no one else was willing to do. For others, he was a monster, a walking, shooting amalgamation of America’s most terrifying flaws. The politically diverse writing staff of the show ensured that both views were often supported, which meant that 24 caused its fair share of Thanksgiving family fights.

24 as we knew it is over, although the upcoming reboot 24: Legacy is on the way. Jack Bauer won’t be on the show (at least not yet), but if Sutherland had his way, he wouldn’t even be capable of showing up. He’d be dead.

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Fundamentals of Caring Review

Note: With The Fundamentals of Caring out this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

Often times at Sundance you see the same stories played out with different characters. This year alone, for example, there are two movies about an estranged New York man returning home when his mother comes down with a debilitating ailment. Familiar indie stories don’t always work on the festival circuit, but sometimes when the right cast comes together, a decent amount of magic happens. Such is the case with The Fundamentals of Caring, a road trip comedy with heart based on Jonathan Evison‘s bestselling novel of nearly the same name and starring British sensation Craig Roberts (Submarine) and the always reliable Paul Rudd. Keep reading the Fundamentals of Caring review after the jump. Read More »

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After helping to launch The Hunger Games franchise with a $700M hit, some would assume writer-director Gary Ross wouldn’t have much trouble making another film. And yet, following that box-office and critical success, Ross still struggled to get a passion project of his made. For a decade, the director behind Seabiscuit and Pleasantville worked on Free State of Jones, which has finally made its way to theaters.

Once the Civil War drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight, acquired financing, Ross still found himself doing whatever he had to do to make the film, including paying a few salaries out of his pocket and working for DGA minimum. The director — who also wrote Dave and co-wrote Big — discussed his latest film and career with us. If you want to know more about Ross’ upcoming Ocean’s 11 spinoff, Ocean’s Eight, click here.

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rogue one reshoots

A few weeks ago, news that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was set to undergo five weeks of reshoots this summer arrived online and the internet reacted as it often does: with mass panic. This surely meant that the movie was in trouble! This surely meant that the movie was doomed! Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria!

Of course, the most extreme rumors (40% of the film was set to be reshot!) were debunked and it quickly become clear that this entire situation wasn’t out of the ordinary. Most major films undergo reshoots because they have the time and money to do so. However, most major movies don’t have Star and Wars in the title, so they’re allowed to get away with this stuff under the radar without anyone noticing. Every filmmaker wishes that they had the time and money for reshoots – they’re a useful luxury. And now, director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have officially gone on the record about these reshoots and what they mean for Rogue One.

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Swiss Army Man

Note: With Swiss Army Man in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the Sundance Film Festival.

About five minutes into Swiss Army Man, you’re faced with a choice. By this point in the film, you’ll have seen Hank (Paul Dano), a man stranded alone on a desert island, try to hang himself. His suicide attempt is interrupted by the arrival of a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that proves to be a prolific farter. Hank opts not to kill himself, and instead rides “Manny” like a flatulence-powered jet ski in the direction of civilization.

The scene is weird, and absurd, and crude, and dark, but kind of beautiful, too, and it’s at this point you have to make a decision: Either you’re willing to go with a movie that delights in all of those unsavory qualities, or you’re not. If you decide you’re not, know that Swiss Army Man will only get stranger and ruder, and you’re probably better off putting it back on the shelf until you’re in the mood for it. If you decide you are, however, you’ll discover a unique, oddly gorgeous adventure anchored by a superb performance from Radcliffe as a dead body (no, really).  Read More »