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It takes a village to make a movie. A director needs a producer or two with good heads on their shoulders. The cinematographer needs a team of dedicated electricians. Grips and script supervisors and production assistants and caterers and countless other professionals all contribute to the finished product. A film crew is an army and in some cases, a family.

But what happens when a director opens the doors to his village and lets the population explode? Paul Verhoeven‘s Tricked looks like a very traditional thriller, but it’s actually an ambitious and bizarre experiment. Only four pages of the screenplay were crafted by Verhoeven – the rest were cobbled together by crowdsourcing, allowing countless other writers to submit thousands of their own pages. So what does a movie written by a literal mob of contributors look like? The new trailer gives us a clue.

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The Brothers Grimsby, or Grimsby, depending on which side of the Atlantic you call home, certainly sounds amusing enough. Mark Strong is England’s top spy, an unstoppable James Bond type with all of the skills you’d find in a movie action hero. Sacha Baron Cohen is his loser brother, a disgusting soccer hooligan. Naturally, the two of them are thrust together to save the world from a villainous plot of some kind. But in terms of execution… Well, let’s just say that the marketing hasn’t been particularly inspiring.

Sony has released a batch of new clips from the film, as well as a few “red band TV spots” (how is that a thing?), to promote the film’s U.K. release. Hence the Grimsby instead of The Brothers Grimsby. You can check them out below, if that sounds like your kind of thing.

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What new superpower does Superman have in one of the latest issues of his comic book series? What do Marvel and Coca-Cola have in store for Super Bowl 50? What lines were too dirty for the final cut of Deadpool? Who is voicing The Hulk in the Avengers Academy mobile game? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Brooklyn

It seems like every day we get news of yet another TV series based on yet another hit movie. Not all of them pan out so well (remember when they tried and failed to make a Beverly Hills Cop show?) but that doesn’t seem to discourage TV execs from continuing to try. Why, just in the past week, we’ve reported on developing shows inspired by pictures as varied as Cruel IntentionsTaken, and The Exorcist.

Even so, this latest film-to-TV project may come as a bit of a surprise. The BBC is working on a new drama adapted from Brooklyn, the Sundance smash turned Oscar nominee. But it won’t pick up with Saoirse Ronan‘s main character. Instead, it’ll revolve around Mrs. Keogh, the shrewd boarding house matriarch played by Julie Walters. More about the Brooklyn TV series after the jump.  Read More »

Hasbro and Mattel merger

Hasbro and Mattel, two of the biggest toy companies in the world, are reportedly in talks to possibly merge into one mega toy company. But what might this mean for there future of movies?
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general leia

Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) returned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a general. She was mostly left on the sidelines during J.J. Abrams‘ sequel, but she still played a pivotal role in the film. The former princess was wiser and more confident, filled with grief and regret. Author Claudia Gray plans to explain that evolution in her book, Star Wars: Bloodline.

Read an excerpt from the novel below.

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Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, which will continue to provide you with Star Wars: The Force Awakens news until Rogue One shows up and diverts our attention completely. In today’s edition:

  • The Force Awakens performs quite well at the Visual Effects Society Awards.
  • John Boyega and Daisy Ridley get the Most Important Nominations of Them All.
  • American Cinematographer puts The Force Awakens on its cover.
  • The mysterious writing on Poe Dameron’s flight suit, revealed!
  • The Force Awakens nears its next box office milestone.
  • And a whole bunch of new stuff related to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Last year was a bit of a comeback for M. Night Shyamalan. The director of The Sixth Sense and The Lady in the Water scored some points with audiences and critics with The Visit and Wayward Pines. The latter, ran by Chris Hodge, ran for 10 episodes on Fox and starred Matt DillonShannyn Sossamon, and more. Much of the original cast will not return for Wayward Pines season 2, but it’s just been confirmed Jason Patric will headline the next season.

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Eddie the Eagle Super Bowl Spot

This weekend brings Super Bowl 50, and just as with every Super Bowl before it, advertisers will be pulling out all the stops to spend big bucks on commercials that millions will see. Even though there will be more than just hardcore sports fans watching, advertisers still know their audience. That’s why a new tease for the inspiring sports drama Eddie the Eagle, starring Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout actor Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, uses respected football players who caught an advance screening of the movie to help hype it up to the masses. Read More »