moviefone bankrupt

Truth is often stranger than fiction, and the real-life saga of Moviefone certainly is a strange one. The entertainment brand has been kicking around since the ’80s, reaching its zenith in the ’90s as the hottest call line in town for listings of local movie showtimes. But following its acquisition by the parent company behind the also-doomed MoviePass, Moviefone is no longer. Helios & Matheson have declared Moviefone bankrupt, laying off all employees of the once-popular telephone service — except one. But no, Seinfeld fans, it’s (probably) not Kramer.

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seeing movies is a workout

Time to hit the gym — er, your nearest local movie theater. According to science, those two are basically the same, as a new study says that going to the movies “could be as good for your health as a ‘light form of cardio’ exercise.” Now you’ve solved how to get going on those New Year’s resolutions. Read More »

lightsaber dueling

France is light years ahead of the rest of the world. The country has now recognized lightsaber dueling as an official sport, in an attempt to bring fencing to a younger generation raised on Star Wars. But France may get more applicants to lightsaber duels than they bargained for — young and old generations alike are probably eager to wield those special illuminated blades.

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dating around trailer

There’s nothing like spending Valentine’s Day on your couch watching unrealistically beautiful people navigate the pitfalls of dating. But that’s what Netflix is giving us with its latest foray into reality television, Dating Around. The reality series follows six real-life singles through a series of blind dates, looking and sounding better than you ever will. Watch the Dating Around trailer and feel good about your love life below.

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Bambi punishment

We know the CIA has used “enhanced interrogation techniques” like playing songs at loud volume to torture detainees, but has a judge ever ordered a prisoner to repeatedly watch a movie as a form of punishment? I guess there’s a first time for everything, because Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered a convicted deer poacher to watch the Walt Disney Animation movie Bambi as part of his sentence – and the prisoner has to watch it more than once. Get the details below.
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Robert Durst trial

America’s obsession with true crime stories continues today, but the genre may have peaked back in 2015 with The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the HBO limited series that made headlines because of the show’s extraordinary ending. I won’t spoil it (yet), but suffice it to say that the final seconds contain one of the most astounding moments in television history.

Now there’s a new development in the case: the prosecution have asked the judge handling Durst’s case to allow them to use the DVD commentary track for a movie called All Good Things as evidence. Read the latest about the Robert Durst trial below.
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I have never seen an episode of Rick and Morty. The only impression I have of this series (which plenty of people with great taste have told me is “really good, you should watch it!”) is an unfortunate one involving Szechuan sauce and a viral McDonald’s video. You know the one I’m talking about.

But a few bad fans don’t a bad show make, so when I heard that a Rick and Morty-themed pop-up bar was opening in Washington, D.C., I was curious enough to check it out. Any series that inspires its fans to scream about pickles and tear off their shirts must be doing something right. Right? Besides, I was curious as to what a Szechuan-style cocktail would taste like (spoiler: it was delicious).

Here’s my story of how I walked into a Rick and Morty-themed pop-up bar, and walked out more confused than ever.

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jeff goldblum statue

If erecting a 25-foot Jeff Goldblum statue in the middle of London was ever a question of whether we should or could, the answer will always be yes.

Science finally does something right and gives us the greatest tourist trap that has ever existed (Seven Wonders of the World, eat your heart out): a giant, half-shirtless Jeff Goldblum statue standing — or rather, reclining — on the banks of the River Thames in honor of the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park.

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Movie Theater accident

Going to the movies just got a whole lot more dangerous.

A movie theater is supposed to be a safe haven for cinephiles — a place where you can sit back, gorge yourself on popcorn, and not worry about any freak accidents. But dangers lurk around every corner, and apparently, even the nice, luxurious seats offer their own dangers. A Birmingham, U.K., man has died in a freak movie theater accident.

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DC Extended Universe

Why so serious? Because we’ve all been duped for years, that’s why.

When word came out earlier today about Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s revamped take on their cinematic universe, you may have noticed that we didn’t refer to it as the DC Extended Universe, or “DCEU,” in our article. That’s because we’ve discovered that we’ve all spent the past few years looking like fools: it turns out that term is an unofficial name that was literally made up by a reporter as a joke and was somehow adopted into mainstream usage by every outlet that writes about movies.
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