Thor Dark World Official

Fans so regularly look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe as one huge entity, it’s easy to forget the effort that goes into each individual film. Yes, the narratives tie together and characters jump between films, but the #1 rule at Marvel Studios is make each movie good on its own. They’re not always successful to the same degree, but it’s hard to deny how each new installment raises the bar both in terms of scope.

Last year’s Thor: The Dark World is a prime example. In pure dollars and cents, it wasn’t quite the juggernaut of Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but director Alan Taylor definitely swung for the fences in terms of what the characters go through and the size of the action. Now, a new visual effects video details the final, Portal-inspired mega battle. Check it out below. Read More »

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jean claude van damme predator

You may know that Jean-Claude Van Damme originally had a faceless but significant part in John McTiernan‘s Predator. Specifically, he was going to be the guy in the Predator suit, back before the alien design we all know and love was totally finalized. In fact, Van Damme spent a couple days running around doing tests in a lobster-like costume and feeling pretty pissed-off about the fact that his martial arts skills were going to waste. The costume didn’t work, and eventually it was scrapped for a different design, worn by the much larger actor Kevin Peter Hall.

Stan Winston’s son recently had effects guy Steve Johnson (Ghostbusters, Species, Blade 2) as a guest on the inaugural episode of The Monster Show. Therein, Johnson told the story of the original Predator design and Van Damme’s involvement. It isn’t the most kind retelling of the story, but elapsed decades erase the need to maintain decorum. The story is so weird you’ll probably think it is a joke. You must watch the video below. 

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Watch a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Clip

Guardians of the Galaxy Clip
Here’s the first clip from Guardians of the Galaxy. You’ll see an extended version of the scene in which Peter tQuill, aka Star-Lord, is busted by some sort of interstellar peace officer/bounty hunter (Djimon Hounsou) as he attempts a little Indiana Jones-like maneuver. You’ve seen bits of this in the trailer, but here’s a longer look at the scene, with a nice little action beat at the end. Read More »

Anna Kendrick Little Mermaid

Later this year, Anna Kendrick will playing classic Disney princess Cinderella in the mash-up musical Into the Woods. But first, she got the chance to cycle through a few other Disney princesses during her Saturday Night Live hosting gig this weekend.

For her opening monologue, the Pitch Perfect star channeled Belle of Beauty and the Beast, flitting across the SNL stage as if it were an 18th century French village. Later on, she did her best take on a modernized The Little Mermaid as an Ariel who — much to Ursula’s horror — emulates contemporary pop singers like Britney Spears and Kesha. Hit the jump to watch both videos.

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quicksilver carls jr

Up until now, the X-Men: Days of Future Past version of Quicksilver has been relegated to still images. Even without knowing how he’d look in motion, fans have had plenty to say about the punk metallic look of the character. Now, his movements have been revealed thanks to commercial for fast food burger chain Carl’s Jr. It shows Quicksilver in action, which seems like very odd place to reveal the movement of a character whose design has generated such polarized responses. Check out the Quicksilver Carls Jr commercial below. Read More »

HBO Silicon Valley

HBO subscriptions are expensive, and not all of us have Facebook or Google money. But as long as you’ve got an Internet connection, you can check out the full first episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley for free.

Created by Mike Judge, the half-hour comedy centers around a group of Bay Area techies who want to hit the big time — and then, somewhat unexpectedly, actually do so. Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, and Josh Brener star. HBO has now put the entire premiere episode online, and you can watch it after the jump.

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22 Jump Street clip

The first clip from 22 Jump Street is… let’s be safe and call it a bit insensitive. Here we see the returning cops played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they attempt to talk their way into checking out a load of contraband. To make this happen, Hill adopts the look and accent of a Latino street gang member, leaving Tatum scrambling to catch up. Check out the comic conversation below. Read More »

three new Godzilla spots

Godzilla (the monster, and possibly the film) is gigantic, but at this point Legendary and Warner Bros. are all about revealing new glimpses of the film in the smallest ways. A pair of trailers, teaser and full-length, have been very shy about showing off the monster and how he stomps around the world, preferring instead to illustrate the aftereffects of said stomping. A growing collection of TV spots is following suit, showing new footage in bite-size chunks. Today we have three new Godzilla spots,

A long “extended look” is promised for Saturday April 5, at 4pm EST / 1pm PST, so we’ll have that for you soon.  Read More »

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