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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a large burden on its shoulders. The 2017 film is not only the highly anticipated follow-up to J.J. Abrams’ rousing and wildly successful 2015 revival of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, it also has The Empire Strikes Back looming over its head. The 1980 film has long been held up as the high watermark of sequels, let alone the peak of the Skywalker saga. How can any new Star Wars movie hope to measure up to such a pinnacle? The answer arriving this weekend presents a self-aware mirror image of the 1980 film, and pushes its familiar characters further than ever before. The Last Jedi, amazingly, moves above and beyond its predecessor, just like The Empire Strikes Back did decades ago.

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insidious: the last key trailer

Insidious: The Last Key is the sequel to Insidious: Chapter 3 and a prequel to Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2. That should be confusing, but these movies are ultimately about one thing and one thing only: scaring the crap right out of you. As long as they get that done, audiences will probably forgive a somewhat chaotic chronology.

The new Insidious: The Last Key trailer is here and it delivers what you’d expect from an Insidious movie: people slowly walking around dark rooms before something with an awful face appears suddenly. By now, you probably know if these movies are for you or not.

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Ready Player One Trailer breakdown 20

If you’ve read Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, you know that it’s absolutely steeped in pop culture references. The lead character is a pop culture junkie and there’s barely a page that doesn’t contain some sort of explicit reference to a geek property. While in the book the main character is all about the 1980s, the latest trailer for the film adaptation shows that director Steven Spielberg has eased up on the references to the movies (some of which were references to his work!) and used other, more current media instead.

It works either way, as Ready Player One is set almost entirely inside a virtual world where anything is possible. We all know from experience (and Minecraft) that when given a sandbox nearly every person will use that power to recreate something else someone has already made.

There is a staggering amount of references here, and we scoured the latest trailer to find every single reference and character we could, although there are undoubtedly more.

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lady bird rotten tomatoes

Lady Bird is no longer the best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes — that title goes back to 1999’s Toy Story 2. And it’s because one measly review brought the gorgeous coming-of-age movie down from 100% to 99%.

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Disney Fox

Update 2: Variety reports that the deal between Disney and Fox will be announced on Thursday. 21st Century Fox will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1 while Disney will acquire Fox’s movie and TV studios. The deal is expected to cost Disney $60 billion.

Update: CNBC reports that Disney and Fox are “closing in on a deal” and that details could be announced as soon as next week. Their sources claim that Fox’s assets are worth north of $60 billion. We will update you accordingly as more is revealed. Our original article follows.

Weeks ago, news broke that Disney might be interested in buying parts of 21st Century Fox (whose assets include the 20th Century Fox film studio and television networks like FX). By the time the news broke, the talks were considered over and the deal was thought to be dead. But perhaps reports of the deal’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The Disney/Fox deal might still be on, and to add fuel to the fire, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is keen to bring the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could that happen if the Disney Fox acquisition becomes a reality?

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bright trailer

Honestly, I’ve had a hard time telling the two main female characters in David Ayer‘s upcoming urban fantasy film, Bright apart from one another. They both have straggly white hair, pale wan skin, and those creepy contacts that give them wide black pupils. It also might have to do with the fact that neither have said a single word in the past few Bright trailers.

In terms of the plot, they couldn’t serve more different roles. Lucy Fry plays the helpless naif Tikka who Will Smith and Joel Edgerton‘s cops stumble upon, embroiling them in a war for a magic wand. Former Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace, however, plays the villainous dark elf who sets out to acquire that wand — at any cost. The past two trailers have shown flashes of both characters, relatively indistinguishable for their silence. But Noomi Rapace finally speaks in this trailer. And naturally, she steals the show.

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Wolverine in the MCU

Any day now, we’re going to find out if the Disney-Fox deal will actually happen, possibly resulting in Disney buying a large chunk of Fox. When and if that deal goes through, there’s going to be a lot of questions about all kinds of moving parts, but all anyone on the internet seems to really care about is the prospect of Fox’s Marvel properties finally interacting with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, there’s one Fox/Marvel player who says to count him out of the whole thing: Hugh Jackman. Jackman recently revealed that even if the Disney-Fox deal goes through and creates the opportunity to see Wolverine in the MCU, his time as the character is still over.

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ryan reynolds detective pikachu

UpdateDetective Pikachu will hit theaters on May 10, 2019, according to Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

If you ever wanted Deadpool to provide the voice of a Pokémon character, today is your lucky day. Ryan Reynolds is going to be Detective Pikachu, because this is the age we live in. The live-action Pokémon film adapted from the video game Great Detective Pikachu will have Reynolds providing the voice of the monster detective. The film will have Pikachu teaming up with some human characters played by Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton for a mystery centered around a kidnapping. Long live cinema!

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Rick and Morty Christmas Stuff

There are only two weeks until Christmas arrives, but that’s plenty of time for you to get schwifty with some killer new holiday gear courtesy of Adult Swim’s fantastic animated series Rick and Morty.

Under normal circumstances, there’s no good reason to go into a Spencer’s gifts unless you need to get something for your dirtbag friend, or you just need a tacky white elephant Christmas gift. But since Spencer’s has some cool, exclusive Rick and Morty holiday gear that is only available for the next couple weeks, it might be time to bite the bullet and head to your local shopping mall.

Check out the Rick and Morty Christmas stuff below. Read More »

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Ready Player One - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, check out the extensive number of Easter eggs from the most recent trailer for Ready Player One. Plus, if you’ve got a friend in your life who needs to learn all about Star Wars before The Last Jedi hits theaters, you can cram with an entire saga recap. And finally, see Kylo Ren cut a little Force Loose as he rage dances his anger out. Read More »