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Jacob Hall’s Favorite Movies of All Time

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Hi, /Film. My name is Jacob Hall and my favorite movies are part of me on a molecular level. Cut me open and the films that have defined my life come spilling out in a great, red heap. So when I was asked to introduce myself to you guys, the community, via a list of my favorite movies of all time, I prepared myself for some gritty, Robert-De-Niro-in-Ronin-style surgery. This list is me being cut open for your amusement.

Read on all about my favorite movies after the jump.

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alien: paradise lost

No one in the universe wants a sequel to Prometheus more than director Ridley Scott, who has been talking about a follow-up to his Alien prequel ever since it left audiences baffled and divided three years ago. Now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, the film that once was Prometheus 2 has charted a course for an early 2016 start date and Scott has been slowly spilling plot details to anyone who will listen. The latest news: the survivors of the first film will be joined by a new crew of characters. After all, what good is an Alien movie without a body count?

Everything we know about this so far can be found after the jump.

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Moana first look

Audiences were blown away by the footage shown from Disney’s forthcoming animated adventure Moana at D23 back in August, but at the time, the film from The Little Mermaid veterans Ron Clements and John Musker hadn’t yet revealed an actress for the titular role.

That changes today as the studio has announced 14-year old actress Auli’i Cravalho, a native of Oahu, Hawaii, has landed the part. Along with the announcement, Disney released a Moana first look photo (above) showing her character alongside the legendary demi-god Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson), as well as a featurette introducing Cravalho and explaining how she got the coveted part. Read More »

terminator franchise

The Terminator franchise isn’t dead – it’s resting. At least that’s the message coming out of Skydance Productions, who had to watch Terminator Genisys take a pummeling at the domestic box office this summer. Still, there’s fight left in this ‘ol franchise and Skydance Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg insists that after a few weeks of recuperating at the spa and maybe a little counseling, the series will be back and ready to win over the hearts and minds of the American public once again.

Hit the jump for her full comments regarding the future of the Terminator franchise.

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marvel end credits sequence

Thanks to Marvel Studios, scenes that happen in the middle of or after the credits have become something more often expected than not when it comes to blockbusters with sequel potential. And along with those scenes, Marvel has made a habit of having stylish end credits sequences roll after the end of each of their movies. So how are they made?

For The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a motion graphics company called Perception was brought in to create the end credits sequence, and they’ve briefly detailed a few different ideas they had for the sequence with examples of each potential direction it could have gone. See the alternate Marvel end credits sequence options for The Avengers: Age of Ultron below! Read More »


This year marks the 20th anniversary of director David Fincher‘s (The Social Network) breakout film, Se7en. The thriller not only launched Fincher’s feature filmmaking career, but it also made Andrew Kevin Walker an in-demand writer. Walker’s followup, 8MM, made less of a cultural, critical, and box-office impact. Director Joel Schumacher (Tigerland) turned his hot spec script into a so-so thriller. Walker, personally, wouldn’t mind seeing a 8mm remake. Learn why after the jump.

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Back to the Future t-shirt

The love for Back to the Future is in full swing, and if you’re looking forward to celebrating all the good stuff that’s on the way for Back to the Future Day on October 21st, but you need some cool new threads to show your love for the time traveling franchise, we have good news.

Threadless has just unveiled a Back to the Future t-shirt collection with 21 new, original shirts from a variety of artists. Some of them are simple tributes to the movies while others get a little more creative with their imagery. But the good news is you can buy them all right now. Read More »

Kingsman upgrade

Everyone wants to get in on some sequel action in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The cast of Inside Out fields questions about a sequel
  • A Soul Food sequel is coming with the original cast
  • John Ortiz and Shea Whigham set sail for Kong: Skull Island
  • Kingsman 2 runs into a potential scheduling conflict
  • Geena Davis would like to return for Beetlejuice 2
  • Star Trek Beyond is now shooting in Dubai
  • Get a first look at Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby
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The Hero's Journey

American scholar Joseph Campbell is responsible for identifying the narrative pattern known as The Hero’s Journey. He chronicled the monomyth in The Hero with a Thousand Faces in 1949 and described this story template like this:

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.

There are actually 16 stages in The Hero’s Journey, and motion designer Iskander Krayenbosch from the Netherlands has created an animated short that runs through 12 of them as they apply to some of the most iconic heroes of motion pictures. Read More »