everything wrong with guardians

A filmmaker would be the first to admit that sometimes, there are leaps of logic in their movies. The main response is, “It’s a movie.” The whole point is to show you things that are impossible and exciting, logic be dammed. But that’s not the place CinemaSins lives in. Their “Everything Wrong With” videos thrive in that space between fun and logic, nitpicking even the most stupid little thing.

This time though, it just so happens their latest video – Guardians of the Galaxy – is timed with the film’s director, totally independently, explaining one of the “sins” of Guardians of the Galaxy. That being the fact Peter Quill’s Walkman and the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 still works after 26 years. Below, see the video and read Gunn’s response – which also includes some clarification of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Infinity War quotes. Read More »

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The Ten Most Overpaid Actors of 2014

most overpaid actors 2014

Actors have been “overpaid” for a long time. For the past few decades the biggest stars were getting 10, 20, 30 million dollars for a movie that maybe wasn’t even that good. Recently, things have begun to go away from that huge upfront sum. No, stars are taking less money upfront for more options on the back end. That encourages a better product, but also creates much bigger pay days. Sandra Bullock made around $75 million for Gravity. Robert Downey Jr. around $100 million for The Avengers. But somehow, you’re okay with that because the movies are good and they took a gamble at the beginning.

Most of these stars did not take a gamble and, in most cases, you can’t blame them. Forbes has complied their list of the ten most overpaid actors of 2014. They look at the “last three films each actor starred in before June 2014,” add the grosses, then divide by the total salary. What’s left is a return on investment number. The amount of money each actor grosses for every $1 paid. None of them lose money, but some make less than others. Read the most overpaid actors 2014 list. Read More »

the interview on VOD

UPDATE: The Interview is now available to watch on YouTube, Google Play and XBox. Links for each are below.It will also become available on Netflix, though not day and date with this week’s release.

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Jason Edmiston - Rocky 4 header

There’s little debate that the first Rocky is the best Rocky. To this day, Sylvester Stallone‘s Oscar-winning underdog story holds up because of its unpredictable nature and great, unique characters.

The bigger question is, what’s the most beloved film of the franchise? The one fans will watch time and time again no matter what else is on. For my money, that’s Rocky IV, the montage-mad 1985 film that pitted the Italian Stallion against the unstoppable Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren in his prime. Rocky IV is by far the cheesiest of the series (squeaking out a win over Rocky III by a close margin) but it’s so unabashedly ’80s, from the music to the Cold War narrative, that’s it’s hard not to enjoy.

Rocky IV has gotten some poster love in the past but Jason Edmiston‘s newest gem takes the cake. It perfectly represents the film’s over-the-top tone while also being just a damn good looking poster. Skuzzles will release the poster on Boxing Day, December 26, and /Film is proud to exclusively give you a glimpse at the gorgeous Rocky IV poster by Jason Edmiston. Read More »

‘Jurassic Park:’ The Evolution of a Raptor Suit

Jurassic Park Raptor Suit

Stan Winston School has released a video showing how the Raptor suits were developed and created for Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 classic Jurassic Park. While the movie will be remembered for its innovation and inclusion of computer generated visual effects, only 4 minutes of the 14 minutes of the film featuring dinosaurs were entirely created using CG.

The rest was a mix of animatronics and “man in suit” puppets. Notably, the raptors were created using a man in a suit puppeteering the head. All of the tests were videotaped and have been compiled into this video showing how the raptor effect evolved before making it into the final film. Hit the jump to see Stan Winston’s Jurassic Park raptor suit evolution video, narrated by John Rosengrant, which reveals the magic behind this amazing practical effect.

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Home Alone trivia
CineFix has released a video listing 9 things you didn’t know about the John Hughes/Chris Columbus Christmas classic Home Alone. The video is a mix of visible mistakes, an explanation of how they pulled of some of the film’s trademark stunts, the story behind that photo of Buzz’s girlfriend, an injury that left star Macaulay Culkin physically scared and much more. Like for instance did you know they only had John Candy on set for one day — due to schedule issues they shot all his scenes over the course of one 23-hour day. Hit the jump to watch the Home Alone trivia video for yourself.

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Interview Theatrical Release

The Plaza Theater in Atlanta made news last night by claiming it would be screening The Interview beginning on Christmas Day. Initially there was no confirmation that Sony was going allow an Interview theatrical release – and since the film is likely only available as a DCP, showing The Interview without Sony’s cooperation at this point would be basically impossible. But then other reports started to trickle in saying that Sony indeed plans to authorize screenings of the film, and at this point it seems that audiences will have multiple options to see the film in theaters and on VOD later this week.

UPDATE: Sony has issued an official press release, which you can read after the jump. It confirms the limited theatrical release but not the VOD plan. As of Tuesday night the VOD plan still remains tentative, though it seems as if it remains a likely option. Just how that will go down with major theater chains who scrapped the film remains to be seen, but the short phrase would probably be: “not well at all.”

UPDATE 2: Director and star of The InterviewSeth Rogen has finally commented on the situation as has James Franco.

Update 3: We’ve got a partial theater list, but at this point the list has grown to between 200 and 300, so we may not be able to list every one.

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Kim Dickens Cast in ‘The Walking Dead ‘Spinoff

Kim Dickens in Walking Dead spinoff

Kim Dickens, whose standout work was one of the best parts of Gone Girl, has been cast in one of the lead roles in the Walking Dead spinoff series. The show, code-named Cobalt, also features Cliff Curtis as another one of the lead roles in a story that will follow other characters at the beginning of the zombie outbreak seen in The Walking Dead, but here most likely set in and around the Los Angeles area. Read More »

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