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Bad Trip Exorcism Prank

Bad Trip is the latest Netflix project that pulls shocking pranks on unsuspecting people. Produced by Jeff Tremaine of Jackass and Bad Grandpa fame, the film features a buddy road trip story starring Eric André and Lil Rel Howery, with Tiffany Haddish hot on their trail. The narrative connects a series of wild gags unleashed on the clueless public, taking the road trip on some crazy twists and turns, from Eric André being sexually assaulted by a gorilla to Lil Rel Howery getting stuck in the bottom half of a port-a-potty. But one prank just didn’t fit in the movie, even though it was one of the best they pulled off. Read More »

friends reunion special delayed

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Peacock orders Queer as Folk series reboot
  • Friends reunion special for HBO Max finally sets production date
  • The CW’s Powerpuff Girls live-action series finds its Mojo Jojo
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh joins Hunters season 2
  • MacGyver canceled at CBS after 5 seasons
  • And more.

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This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we get stuck swimming in grain, look into the girlfriend experience as a career option, free ourselves from the small town we live in, escape from Copenhagen, and track down a killer using MySpace.
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Batman: The Long Halloween - Blu-ray Cover

Want to see some set photos from the live-action Powerpuff Girls series that’s in production? What surprising figure is holding Captain America‘s shield on the set of Spider-Man 3? Can you guess what rating Black Widow got from the MPAA? Is Christopher Daniel Barnes voicing Spider-Man again in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2? Will you get the Marvel Legends figure of Baron Zemo? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Music Video

If Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was able to be released safely in theaters, we’re betting it would have become a sleeper comedy hit. Instead, it’s likely the movie is destined to become a cult favorite, gradually finding an audience as more people come around to the delightful goofiness this treasure has to offer. One such piece of pure silliness is Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan hamming it up as he gets his own ballad to sing in a breakout musical moment. Now there’s a whole music video to commemorate it, which you can watch below. Read More »

making cameras disappear

“How did they do that?” There are so many feats of filmmaking that leave us baffled, but there are many more that are so seamless that they are invisible to the eye. One of which is an age-old technique that has only been refined as modern technologies improve: filming mirror scenes. Reflective surfaces are the enemy of the camera, catching equipment and crew members on the screen when they don’t want to be, and calling attention to the artifice of it all. So how do filmmakers go about making cameras disappear? An astute video essay by YouTuber Paul E.T. dives into the intricacies of the techniques to shoot mirror scenes. Watch it below.

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the crime of the century trailer

How did opioids become the center of one of the worst public health crises in U.S. history? That’s what the new HBO documentary The Crime of the Century aims to find out. Directed by Alex Gibney — who won three Emmys in 2015 for his thorough Scientology doc Going Clear and an Oscar for his 2008 look at the U.S. torture and interrogation techniques in Afghanistan, Taxi to the Dark Side — The Crime of the Century is a new two-part documentary that examines how Big Pharma, political operatives, and government regulations led to the opioid crisis claiming half a million lives in this century. Watch The Crime of the Century trailer below.

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superman comic

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a sky-high record set by an iconic Superman comic. The very first, in fact. In 1938, Action Comics #1 would change pop culture history, introducing the Man of Steel to the world. And now, a rare issue of Action Comics #1 has made its own mark on history, setting an all-time record for a comic book sale.

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Ghosts Live-Action Video Game

Back in the 1990s, there was a strange wave of video games that used live-action footage (called full-motion video) instead of traditional graphics. Using actual low resolution video footage, B-movie actors, and shoestring budget sets, the intention was to create a game that offered a little more realism than your average 32-bit cartridge game. It never really caught on, but now the executive producer and cast of Shudder’s hit horror movie Host are trying to bring it back with a new horror video game called Ghosts. And they’re going to get a little help from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to make it happen. Read More »

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josie and the pussycats reunion

The band is back together, and ready for a reunion tour. Though that reunion tour mostly comprises of a (very cheery) Zoom chat. Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid met up for a virtual Josie and the Pussycats reunion on the comedy-musical’s 20th anniversary. Watch the three of them reminisce over the now-beloved movie in the special reunion video below.

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