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J.J. Abrams is a busy man. Not only did he direct, produce and co-write Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he still found some time left over in his day to produce a follow-up to Matt Reeves‘ POV monster movie Cloverfield.

Dan Trachtenberg‘s 10 Cloverfield Lane might not be a sequel (although Abrams seems to suggest one could still happen one day), so how does it connect to the original Cloverfield movie? Will God Particle be third film in the “Clover-verse”? And might Cannibal Airlines actually become a real movie? We also learn how Abrams found director Dan Trachtenberg, discuss the cleverly minimal marketing campaign, and get the details on Bear McCreary‘s masterful score. And the best thing is this interview is entirely SPOILER FREE, so don’t be afraid to start reading now.
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10 Cloverfield Lane Connections

Just yesterday, Cloverfield producer J.J. Abrams teased that a third film with ties to the original found footage monster movie might be following next month’s forthcoming 10 Cloverfield Lane.

However, today he attempts to keep expectations for the sci-fi flick in check by telling us that despite the connections that are being made between this new movie and the 2008 film, “It’s not Cloverfield 2.” Find out what else J.J. Abrams had to say about the little Cloverfield universe they’re building below. Read More »

10 cloverfield lane trailer images

When the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer appeared out of nowhere, moviegoers around the world were shocked to find out that JJ Abrams had secretly produced a sequel to Cloverfield. But is it a sequel? Abrams has called the film “a blood relative of Cloverfield” and the common thought is that it its the second film in a series of anthology movies (think Twilight Zone) that share the same thrilling mystery box tone and feel. But now it seems that JJ Abrams already has a third Cloverfield film in mind, if this one does well. Find out about the potential Cloverfield 3 after the jump.
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10 cloverfield lane viral marketing

A viral campaign for 10 Cloverfield Lane has begun, and it seems to connect directly with the augmented reality game (ARG) for Matt Reeves‘ original Cloverfield. Earlier this month we explained how Tagruato (the Japanese drilling company that produced Slusho that was likely responsible for unleashing the Cloverfield monster on New York City) had new activity on the interwebs. Well, now the official company website has posted an update that directly connects the backstory for 10 Cloverfield Lane to the original Cloverfield. While I’m pretty sure that this backstory isn’t explicitly explored in the movie, I’ll let you choose if you want to learn more.
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10 cloverfield lane viral marketing

When Matt ReevesCloverfield was released in 2008, it came with a viral marking buildup that engulfed those interested in the films. It was one of the first big ARGs (Augmented Reality Games). And it looks like Dan Trachtenberg‘s 10 Cloverfield Lane will have an ARG/viral marketing campaign, and it appears that the story will continue.

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10 Cloverfield Lane

Paramount surprised audiences by releasing a new trailer attached to Michael Bay‘s 13 Hours:  The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. The trailer is for a movie that had yet to be officially titled, a new thriller from JJ Abrams‘ production company Bad Robot. The trailer is for a film titled 10 Cloverfield Lane. Did JJ Abrams and Bad Robot somehow secretly produce a sequel to Matt Reeves’ found footage sci-fi film Cloverfield?

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JJ Abrams and George Lucas

In a little over a month, the publicity machine is going to be in full swing as we lead up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can bet that the entire cast and director J.J. Abrams will be making the rounds to morning news programs, late night talk shows, and pretty much everywhere else to help promote the movie that simply doesn’t need anymore promotion. But in the meantime, Abrams has gotten a round of questions from some movers and shakers in all sorts of entertainment, and they want answers.

Cloverfield star T.J. Miller, Girls creator Lena Dunham, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto, Netflix’s content acquisitions chief Ted Sarandos, even George Lucas himself and many more have tons of burning questions about The Force Awakens, Lost and just life in general. Abrams gives some pretty great answers for your entertainment. Read More »

best january movie releases

After the jump:

  • Don’t hold your breath for a Sex and the City 3
  • See Chloë Moretz, Selena Gomez and more on the Neighbors 2 set
  • Ouija 2 rounds out its cast with two more actors
  • Drew Goddard discusses the possibility of a Cloverfield 2
  • Jack McBrayer claims to know nothing about Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • Tom Hiddleston promises Kong: Skull Island will answer some questions
  • The stars of Spectre adorn the cover of Empire Magazine

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Summer 78 short film

Summer ’78 is a short film that played at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2015. The filmmaker says the short film is “about the power of imagination.” At its core, the Summer 78 short film is about a young boy growing up in the late 1970s, playing with his favorite Star Wars toys, creating short 8mm movies with elaborate recreations in his backyard. Hit the jump to watch the Summer 78 short film now.

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January Movie Releases That Didn’t Suck

best january movie releases

There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.

Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.

With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »