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the fate of the furious clip

My favorite thing about the Fast and Furious series at this point is not how insane, outrageous and impossible the action sequences have become. My favorite thing about the Fast and Furious series at this point is how the characters tend to react to those insane, outrageous, and impossible action sequences – they are usually only a little perturbed and often barely react at all. This is just life, man. This is what you do between Coronas. This is what family is all about!

So as you watch this new The Fate of the Furious clip, feel free to concentrate on the nutty car chase. That’s fine. But also slow down to appreciate how Vin Diesel is treating this sequence as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. Movie magic.

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When the gang over at How Did This Get Made? gave me the heads up that we were covering Body Parts — a 1991 movie whose premise is as silly as it is strange — I was expecting something schlocky. And while the movie itself isn’t my cup of tea (full disclosure: no horror film is), I was surprised to find a film that had such a unique voice. There’s a craft to Body Parts, and a compelling, noir-ish sensibility.

I mention all this because it made me really eager to speak with the film’s director, Eric Red; to find out what kind of a storyteller would make a movie like this.

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Playground

French filmmaker Luc Besson may be best known for directing visually dazzling sci-fi films like The Fifth Element and the upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but he’s also built up quite a career as a writer. He’s written screenplays for a handful of movies he didn’t direct, including Taken, The Transporter, and Colombiana. His latest scripted foray is a web series called Playground, and it’s described as a mixture between Nikita and Kick-Ass. Watch the first Playground trailer below. Read More »

Saturday Night Live Make-Up Transformation

Saturday Night Live is one of the most unique shows on television because of the fact that every new episode is created in a single week and performed live with just minutes between commercial breaks for new sketches to be set up. It’s always impressive what SNL is able to pull off live on the air.

For those who have wondered just how SNL is able to pull off some of the more technically impressive aspects of the show, some video featurettes have given us a glimpse behind the scenes of Studio 8H when the live show is going on. We’ve seen how quickly a set can be torn down from the cold open to the monologue, and now you can see what a fast-paced make-up transformation is like when Kate McKinnon has to go from playing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Shud the Mermaid.

Watch the Saturday Night Live make-up transformation after the jump. Read More »

Domino's Ferris Bueller's Day Off Commercial

Most commercials are awful. That’s just the reality of the advertising world. But every now and then, a solid commercial comes along that almost makes you forget that a company is trying to sell you something. Such is the case with a new Domino’s commercial that takes more than a cue from the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Stranger Things supporting actor Joe Keery (aka the son of Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz) stars in the commercial that puts him in the shoes of a cool Ferris Bueller type teen who is trying to make it home before his Domino’s pizza arrives. It’s quite the loyal, albeit abridged recreation of Ferris Bueller’s race against the clock to get home before his parents get back from work.

Watch the Domino’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off commercial after the jump. Read More »

Justice League Banner

Have you ever wanted to see Deadpool sing in a bar just like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast? Which Supergirl guest star just got upgraded to a series regular? When is the next trailer for Justice League arriving? What would Michael Shannon look like as Cable? Is Chris Evans up for more Captain America after Avengers: Infinity War? Will Guardians of the Galaxy 2 get you pregnant? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Brie Larson Victoria Woodhull

Brie Larson has fought all manner of villain, from her kidnapper in Room, to depression in Short Term 12, to the biggest beast of them all in Kong: Skull Island, and soon, supervillains in Captain Marvel.

Now, the Oscar-winning actress will be battling the political system in Amazon Studios’ Victoria Woodhull, a film about the first female presidential candidate.

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The ‘Barbie’ Movie Loses Amy Schumer

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Late last year, comedian Amy Schumer, the star of Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck, and a number of stand-up comedy specials, was cast in a movie based on the ever-popular Barbie toy line. Now, it looks like the film is going to need to find a new leading lady, as Schumer has departed the film.

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Riz Ahmed's original rogue one character

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story available for digital download, we have been learning a lot more about John Knoll‘s original pitch for the film, Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, and the pre-reshoots cut of Gareth Edwards‘ movie. The latest bit of trivia gives us some insight on who Riz Ahmed‘s character, Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook, was in the original plans for the movie.

Let’s run down the details about Riz Ahmed’s original Rogue One character and how/why the story evolved to what we saw on the big screen.

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Bobby Farrelly on Modern Comedy and touch Audiences

The art of comedy is one that is constantly evolving. While there is some consistency in what people find funny, the style of comedy fluctuates and changes over the years. But if there’s one thing that is having a big impact on the state of comedy right now, it’s how people react to it. In the age of Twitter, it’s easy for people to get outraged about something and suddenly have an army of people vocalizing their anger online. Some of these movements are justified and can have a significant impact on society’s behavior while others are just people who take every opportunity to be offended.

There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber co-director Bobby Farrelly recently participated in a panel at the Sun Valley Film Festival where he talked about the state of modern comedy, which involves thin-skinned audiences and a lack of mid-budget feature comedies. There’s a lot to chew on here. Read More »