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The snow glowed white on Buell Theatre’s stage Thursday night as the Frozen musical adaptation made its world premiere in a week-long preview in Denver, Colorado before heading to Broadway in February.

Early reactions to the sold-out premiere are rolling out, and it sounds like Disney Theatrical Productions have built themselves another hit. We’ve compiled some of the Frozen on Broadway early buzz below.

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logan lucky easter egg

In addition to making an astonishing variety of high-quality films, director Steven Soderbergh also works in the booze industry. Since 2010, he’s been importing and distributing Singani 63. It’s a distilled Bolivian spirit he went nuts for while shooting Che in South America. The drink has previously appeared in David Fincher’s work, and now it’s in the new Steven Soderbergh film, Logan Lucky.

Below, learn more about the Logan Lucky easter egg.

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It box-office

The next Stephen King adaptation is on track to fare a whole lot better at the box-office than The Dark Tower. While the tale of the gunslinger, the man in black, and some kid floundered at the box office, the story of the Losers’ Club trying to survive in Derry, Maine is both a cheaper production and has generated far more advance buzz. A few weeks from its release date, It has a lot going for it, including some great marketing, nostalgia for the 1990 miniseries, and the King name. It’s no wonder the horror movie is expected to make a killing opening weekend.

Below, read more about the It box office tracking.

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son of shaft

The new Shaft movie won’t be another reboot. In fact, it’s going to be a family affair. The newly titled Son of Shaft has cast Jessie T. Usher in the title role, but he’s not coming alone. He’s going to have a little help from his father. And his great uncle. Because it seems that previous Shaft actors Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree have also signed on to join director Tim Story‘s action/comedy.

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starship troopers

Depending on how cute you get with your math, there are no less than four separate universes focused upon Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. First, of course, came the original novel itself, then the 1997 blockbuster film by Paul Verhoeven. From there, things get a little dicier. There was Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, an animated television series based on Verhoeven’s film that ran for two seasons back in 1999 and 2000. Then there’s Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, the live-action and direct-to-video sequels to the 1997 release. Finally, there’s Starship Troopers: Invasion, a 2012 release that rebooted the cinematic universe and refusesd to acknowledge the second and third movies. For one of Hollywood’s most notorious flops, Starship Troopers has had some pretty long legs in its theatrical afterlife.

Of course, that’s not all. This Monday marks the one-night release of Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars, the latest animated adaption of the original movie. And since some diehard Starship Troopers fans out there might be in desperate need of a franchise refresher, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to revisit the first four movies – canonical or otherwise — in the Starship Troopers universe.

Some of these films are good, some are not, but their willingness to deconstruct the source material and find a narrative (and genre) that works for them is what makes the Starship Troopers franchise the gift that keeps on giving.

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star wars legion 5

(Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.)

Fantasy Flight Games and the Star Wars license are a match made in heaven. The company behind some of the biggest, glossiest, and most thematic tabletop games in the world paired with the most popular science fiction universe in pop culture? It’s a license to print money. And a license to make great games, since FFG’s Star Wars-related output has been downright startling in its quality so far.

And now, they’ve announced their next game set in a galaxy far, far away: Star Wars: Legion, a new miniatures game focused on combat between the ground forces of the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.

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marvel cosmic universe

Guardians of the Galaxy was a universe apart from the rest of the Marvel movies. While the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were subject to the control of the #ItsAllConnected mantra, with tons of world-building and cameos implemented into the separate films, Guardians of the Galaxy had the freedom to be a wholly separate story unto itself.

But as the MCU expands, so does Guardians of the Galaxy‘s role in it. The third film in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, helmed again by director James Gunn, will play a pivotal role in introducing the Marvel cosmic universe. But Gunn assures that although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the first in this cosmic era, every film that follows it won’t follow the Guardians template.

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What Happened to Monday Interview

Netflix has another original movie premiere this weekend. What Happened to Monday stars Noomi Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Noomi Rapace, Noomi Rapace and Noomi Rapace as septuplets in a dystopian future with a single child limit. As a young girl (Clara Read), her father (Willem Dafoe) came up with a plan to make all seven siblings live one life. Named after each day of the week, they take turns living one life.

Tommy Wirkola directed What Happened to Monday and spoke to /Film by phone this week about the film. The director of Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters talked us through turning the siblings from men to women, learning visual effects tricks from Orphan Black and what exactly his future looks like.

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How Logan Lucky and Ocean's Eleven Compare

“They’re calling it Ocean’s 7-11,” a character says near the end of the goofy and wonderfully charming new film Logan Lucky, marking a welcome return for filmmaker Steven Soderbergh to the big screen. The winking in-joke, nodding to the 2000s-era trilogy that Soderbergh directed with a slew of massive movie stars making up the eponymous crew, might seem like it’s gilding the lily just a bit. But the reference works, both because it helps cement the fact that the filmmaker has a good sense of humor about his own work, and because it genuinely fits the story preceding the quip. On the surface, Logan Lucky has more than a few elements in common with the Ocean’s trilogy, but just underneath, this film represents an inversion of those slicker heist movies.

This post contains minor spoilers for Logan Lucky.

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Nathan for You Season 4 Trailer

Even if you don’t know the name Nathan Fielder, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered at least one of the viral stunts the comedian has executed through his Comedy Central TV series Nathan for You. The series is a parody of reality TV shows where small business are helped by consultants who are experts in entrepreneurship, with Nathan Fielder offering up terrible ideas to help drum up interest in various small businesses.

The most famous stunt pulled off by Nathan Fielder has to be either his Dumb Starbucks, which found coverage all over the country by the media, many unsure as to why it existed. Some thought it was an art installation offering commentary on consumerism, others thought Banksy might be responsible. Fielder was also behind the famous viral video of a pig rescuing a goat at a zoo. Those two stunts alone are enough to proclaim Nathan Fielder a comic genius, and thankfully, he’s back with more.

The trailer for the fourth season of Nathan for You has arrived, and we’re happy to see Nathan Fielder getting back to business, especially when it involves smuggling chili and taking down Uber. Read More »