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Wed
Dec 10 2014 1:10pm

Pixar’s New Trailer for Inside Out Gives Us The Parents’ Perspective!

Inside Out

Most movies aimed at kids stay squarely in the kid’s point-of-view, but Pixar has always defied this trope by giving us well-rounded adults, too. (Has there been a more dedicated cinematic Dad than Marlin? A more realistic married couple than Bob and Helen Parr?) This UK trailer for Inside Out is no exception, taking us into the minds of main character Riley’s parents, as well as giving us a glimpse of Riley’s own purple-hued mind! There is also a Brazilian helicopter pilot.

[Check out the full trailer below!]

Wed
Dec 10 2014 12:00pm

We Need a Kink in Our Stories: BDSM Characters in Your Favorite Genre Fiction

Farscape, Scorpius, John Crichton

Look at a beloved genre TV show, movie, or comic book. Is there simmering sexual tension marked by shifting power and the exchange of control? Do the characters strut around in leather corsets and wield whips? Does someone get tied up? You’re looking at BDSM (variously standing for bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) at play. Which really doesn’t come as a surprise, because geeks are kinky as all get out.

Older, more conservative narratives would have us believe that people who engage in BDSM are somehow wrong or depraved. But the sheer presence of kinky characters across so many stories—whether hiding in children’s shows as jokes for the parents, or in the case of Farscape’s Scorpius, hiding in plain sight—simply proves how universal the notion of power exchange is.

Remember your safe words, ’cause it’s time to meet our favorite fictional kinksters!

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Tue
Dec 9 2014 11:30am

Pixar’s Finding Dory Won’t Take Place Just in the Ocean

Finding Dory plot details Disney Pixar

At last week’s Comic Con Experience in Brazil, Pixar president Jim Morris showed some unfinished art from Finding Dory, Disney•Pixar’s sequel to 2003 feels-fest Finding Nemo. He also shared more details about the plot, including the setting: The majority of the movie will take place at the Marine Biology Institute of California.

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Mon
Dec 8 2014 11:32am

Roberto Orci No Longer Directing Star Trek 3

Roberto Orci not directing Star Trek 3

According to Deadline, Star Trek 3 writer-director Roberto Orci is no longer helming the third rebooted film. Orci—who with Alex Kurtzman helped shape the tone of the first two films—replaced J.J. Abrams when Abrams left to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Taking on Star Trek 3 meant that Orci had to drop out of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot; a new director has not yet been announced.

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Fri
Dec 5 2014 11:38am

Ryan Reynolds to Play Deadpool Again

Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie Fox

Once we got confirmation that Fox was moving forward on a Deadpool solo movie based on the test footage that got leaked, we hoped that Ryan Reynolds would reprise his role as the Merc with the Mouth. Because even though everything about Deadpool’s cinematic introduction in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was disappointing, he rocked it in the test footage.

Now, Deadline reports that Reynolds is closing a deal with 20th Century Fox to put on the red bodysuit again. Plus, the actor posted an almost-confirmation on Twitter...

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Tue
Dec 2 2014 10:00am

Naked Singularities and the Art of Science Writing: A Love Letter to Kip Thorne

Kip Thorne Interstellar

You don’t need to read another review of Interstellar, so thank god this isn’t one!

Okay, so, as the guy from True Detective escaped the dust bowl, went into outer space with Fantine, two redshirts, and some not-killer robots, skipped through a wormhole, had a fistfight with Somewhat Moist Jason Bourne, the whole time excitable fourteen-year-old-Max was in the back of my head shouting:

10 I AM WATCHING A MOVIE EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY KIP THORNE

20 WHAT IS THIS WEIRD WONDERFUL FUTURE I INHABIT

30 GOTO 10

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Mon
Dec 1 2014 9:00am

Songs That Did (and Didn’t) Work in Genre Movies and TV

Seal Kiss From a Rose Batman Forever

An animated girl-power narrative undermines its entire message with a cringingly cheesy soundtrack. A way-modern band shatters the illusion of a period film. Two superheroes decide to consummate their relationship in-costume, only for the mournful strains of Leonard Cohen to completely kill the mood. Music choice is everything, but especially in genre stories where you have a specific world and tone to match.

Many unsuitable songs are shoehorned into genre movies and television series, the worst ones coming off so anathema to the scene being set that they make viewers say “huh?” Below, we list songs that did that for us, but we also list instances where the music paired with a movie absolutely kills it. Relive the greatness and badness of these songs! (And add your own!)

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Fri
Nov 28 2014 11:00am

What an Avengers Movie Would Look Like in the 1970s

What an Avengers Movie Would Look Like in the 1970s

So. This is our new favorite thing. An edit of what an Avengers movie would look like if made in the 1970s. Liberal use is made of footage from the Lou Ferrigno/Bill Bixby The Incredible Hulk show, although we’re a bit saddened by the lack of footage from the completely terrible Captain America film from 1990.

See it below! And keep watching the video to see Hawkeye’s note-perfect 1970s onscreen debut.

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Fri
Nov 28 2014 10:00am

Cinema’s Best and Worst Dinosaurs

Cinema's Best and Worst Dinosaurs Land Before Time

For as long as there have been movies, dinosaurs have been roaring and stomping across the screen. Gertie the dinosaur was one of the first popular animated characters, and stop-motion pioneer Willis O’Brien had an unabashed love for prehistoric life that he brought to life in silent shorts as well as classics like 1925’s The Lost World and the original King Kong. Jurassic Park later picked up the spirit of these early forays, presenting audiences with what are still some of the most spectacular movie dinosaurs ever. Since the 1993 blockbuster is briefly back in theaters starting today, it’s fitting to look back at a short list of cinema’s best and worst Mesozoic monsters.

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 10:00am

7 Things I Want to See Happen in Jurassic World

Jurassic World Chris Pratt

I was going to give Jurassic World a pass. I really was. But, you know, it’s one thing to imagine being able to deny the glory of a dinosaur and another to actually watch dinosaurs galloping across fields in that trailer. Suddenly I’m screaming “I want that!” and apologizing to all of my co-workers. (Again.) Dinosaurs are just cool and I can’t explain why and now suddenly here they are again. I want to go to Jurassic World, the park. I want to watch the big snappysaurus eat a shark while I marnch on a $14 raptor-shaped rice krispie treat. (IRONY.) I want to have an apatosaurus look at me dismissively for a moment before going back to slurping in the river. I want to yell “You shouldn’t be!” at a stegosaurus.

I’ll get what I want, probably. Judging from the trailer, Jurassic World the movie looks pretty capable of showing me the small and large wonders of Jurassic World, the park. But here’s what I want to see in Jurassic World, the movie. (Or as we laymen like to call it, Jurassic World: The Park: The Movie.)

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Tue
Nov 25 2014 10:25am

Michelle MacLaren Confirmed to Direct Wonder Woman

Michelle MacLaren confirmed female director Wonder Woman

As rumored, Warner Bros has signed on a female director to helm its 2017 Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Michelle MacLaren—nominated by many outlets for her work on Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad—has signed on to direct the studio’s first standalone female superhero movie.

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Mon
Nov 24 2014 5:39pm

Oscar Isaac Will Be Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Oscar Isaac cast X-Men: Apocalypse

We may not yet know who Oscar Isaac is playing in Star Wars Episode VII, but we do know that he’ll play a major role in another big release! Variety reports that Isaac has signed on to play Apocalypse in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which won’t be out until May 18, 2016.

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Mon
Nov 24 2014 2:00pm

Dear, Star Trek — Please Pay Attention to Doctor McCoy Now

McCoy, Spokc, Star Trek, Wrath of Khan

With the third Star Trek reboot film on the way, fans have their fingers crossed hard. Everyone has been pushing for a film that does what Star Trek has always said on the tin—explore the final frontier. And fans have been promised exploration is part of the bargain. But you know what I’ve been holding out for?

More Doctor McCoy. Because if McCoy is important to the film, then all those other problems kind of solve themselves automatically.

[Just once I’d like to land someplace and say “Behold, I am the archangel Gabriel!”]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 12:00pm

Fire is Catching: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part I

Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence

While the choice to split Mockingjay, the final Hunger Games book, into two movies was clearly a move to make more money (ala Harry Potter and The Hobbit), the real question was always going to be whether or not Mockingjay had enough material to create two films. Interestingly, the filmmakers seem to have pulled it off with very little effort—simply by focusing on the fire that stokes a rebellion.

[And if we burn, you burn with us.]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 9:00am

Are Slowed-Down Songs in Movie Trailers Getting Played-Out?

No strings on me

There’s much to love about the last few trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but is the use of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio really all that great? Slowed down-familiar songs being used “eerily” in movie trailers are becoming an epidemic, threatening to replace the oppressive single-note BRAAAM noise-fad which found its inception in the trailers for, well, Inception in 2010. And while those brassy-slams were bad, are these slowed-down creepy songs any better?

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Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:45am

Watch the First Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action Cinderella

Cinderella trailer live-action Disney Kenneth Branagh Cate Blanchett Helena Bonham Carter

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, being backed by Disney, looks to be a pretty faithful remake of the animated classic. (No songs from the Brandy/Whitney Houston musical, or the complete reimagining of Ever After.) Downton Abbey's Lily James is poor Ella, forced to serve her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett, who looks like she will be delightfully mean) and awful stepsisters. Until, that is, Ella's fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) reveals herself and whips up a pumpkin carriage, blue dress, and glass slippers for Ella to enjoy the ball.

[Watch the trailer]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:00pm

Jurassic World Launches Viral Website With New Images and Plot Hints

Jurassic World viral website photos skeleton

Last we heard of Jurassic World, a “leaked” brochure hinted at which dinosaurs we’ll see in the new film. Now, Universal Pictures has upped its viral marketing game by launching a website for Masrani Global, the company responsible for bringing to life John Hammond’s dreams of a dinosaur theme park.

[Welcome to the new Isla Nublar!]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 12:00pm

Contemplate Your Place in the Universe with Hard Sci-Fi Film Classics!

While thoughtful, far-future science fiction like Star Trek and time travel romps like Back to the Future a great fun, sometimes we just want to sit down with a brain-twisting piece of hard sci-fi and meditate on humanity’s place in the universe. Since we here at Tor.com are still trying to bat Interstellar opinions back and forth, we thought we’d highlight a few of our other favorite hard SF classics. Bring your space faces close to ours, and we’ll stare into the abyss together!

[It’ll be...fun?]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 11:18am

Universal’s Monsterverse Movies Will Be Action-Adventure, Not Horror

Universal Monsters movies not horror action adventure The Mummy Dracula Frankenstein

In news that shouldn't come as a surprise, Universal Pictures’ Avengers-style Monsterverse will not pull from the original films’ horror roots. Instead, the studio is reimagining Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein, and other monsters as action-adventure movies.

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Mon
Nov 17 2014 9:00am

In Defense of Indiana Jones, Archaeologist

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones isn’t that bad of an archaeologist.

I mean, okay, the low relative quality of his archaeological expeditions is so notorious it’s become a bit of a truism. There’s a great McSweeney’s list of the reasons Herr Doktor Jones was denied tenure. Even as I make this argument, I can hear friends of mine who spent their summers on digs cringe inside, across the continent. (Hi, Celia!) But hear me out. This won’t take long.

(Looks at rest of essay)

Um. Maybe it will. Keep reading anyway.

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