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Cocaine Hippos

I don’t know about you, but when I see the words “cocaine” and “hippos” next to each other, I pay attention. And when the context is that a major company is developing a movie called Cocaine Hippos, I perk up even more. So Netflix certainly has my attention with its new upcoming comedy, which, oddly enough, is based on a true story.
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VFW trailer

VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is a non-profit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. Part of their mission is ”to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts”. Writers Max Brallier and Matthew McArdle along with Director Joe Begos (The Mind’s Eye, Bliss) take a blood-spattering approach to brotherhood and camaraderie in their latest feature VFW

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Is Han Solo a Force Ghost

Harrison Ford is famous for not getting caught up in the minutiae of the Star Wars universe. When it comes to playing Han Solo, he’s there to deliver his lines to the best of his ability, but don’t expect him to know what a moof milker is or anything like that. Just in case you needed some more evidence as to how little Harrison Ford cares about anything that doesn’t involve Han Solo, a new interview drives the point home. Read More »

Sonic the Hedgehog Box Office

Sonic the Hedgehog has gone from receiving extremely unfavorable reactions from fans to earning the biggest box office opening weekend ever for a video game movie. The Blue Blur had no problem topping the box office, speeding past Birds of Prey with a $57 million three-day weekend, and a projected $68 million for the Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day holiday weekend. But how did Birds of Prey hold up in second place? Get the rest of the box office results below. Read More »

The Night Clerk contest

Ana de Armas recently played a key role in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out, but now she’s back in an entirely different type of part in a new murder mystery called The Night Clerk. We’re giving away two iTunes download codes for the film, which comes out this week and stars Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One, Dark Phoenix) as a hotel employee who gets tangled up in a bad situation. Check out the trailer and find out how to win below. Read More »

Return to Oz Revisited

(Welcome to Out of the Disney Vault, where we explore the unsung gems and forgotten disasters currently streaming on Disney+.)

Picture it: a time when the head of Walt Disney Productions said, what if we tried to appeal to more than just families? What if we make a series of boldly innovative films that challenge the notion that we only do one type of film? If that sounds incompatible with the company today, you’d be right, but this was when Ron Miller was in charge during the ‘80s, as he set out to expand the sort of films Disney produced, trying to appeal to a broader and older market. The result was a terrible decade for Disney’s box office, but a fascinating time for filmgoers.

We’ve covered how The Black Hole was sort of the beginning of a series of Disney’s dark, strange movies with a lot of ambition but poor audience reception. This came to a head in 1985 when Disney released two box office bombs that nearly ruined the company. One is an animated movie we’ll cover at some point. The other was a sequel to one of the most famous and beloved movies of all time. That’s right: it’s time to face the wheelers, tap our heels and say ‘There’s no place like a Victorian mental hospital’ as we revisit Return to Oz

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Amazing Stories trailer

If you’re an AppleTV+ subscriber who’s been slightly underwhelmed by the new streaming service’s lineup of original programming, here’s a show that just might turn the tide. Steven Spielberg is executive producing a modernized version of Amazing Stories, his sci-fi anthology series that originally aired in the 1980s, and the first full trailer has arrived. Check it out below. Read More »

(Infinity and Beyond is a regular bi-weekly column documenting the 25-year filmography of Pixar Animation Studios, film by film. In today’s column, writer Josh Spiegel highlights Monsters, Inc.)

Thursday, November 1, 2001 ought to have been a very exciting day for Pete Docter. The stalwart Pixar animator, writer, and director was just hours away from a true milestone: the first feature film bearing his name as director was going to be released in theaters nationwide. It would be the fourth feature film from Pixar Animation Studios, and a milestone for the Emeryville, California studio: this was going to be their first film not directed by John Lasseter. It was going to be another wholly original story with an incredibly high-concept hook, big-name stars, and solid interest from audiences.

The day should have been exciting. But Pete Docter was nowhere near Hollywood, or even Emeryville, that day. He was stuck in a courthouse in Wyoming, where lawyers representing Pixar would have to convince a judge to allow Monsters, Inc. to be released at all.

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escape from new york remake wyatt russell

Leigh Whannell is about to unleash The Invisible Man on audiences, but that’s not the only big genre title he has up his sleeve. Whannell is also attached to write (and possibly direct) an Escape From New York remake, based on John Carpenter’s 1981 classic starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. The original Escape is one of Carpenter’s best-loved films, which means any remake is going to immediately inspire some suspicion from fans. In a new interview, Whannell talked a bit about the Escape remake, and also offered up a great casting suggestion for the new Snake Plissken.

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I Am Not Okay With This Trailer

If you’ve had enough of big screen superheroes lately, maybe you’d like an origin story for one that feels more like a John Hughes high school movie with all the teenage trials and tribulations you can handle. That’s what Netflix is hoping with their new series I Am Not Okay With This, based on Charles Forsman‘s graphic novel of the same name.

IT franchise star Sophia Lillis leads the series as Sydney, an introverted, disaffected teenage girl who not only has to deal with all the nonsense of high school, but suddenly starts developing superpowers. You know, that old chestnut. See how that goes for Sydney in the new I Am Not Okay With This trailer released by Netflix below. Read More »