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Jun 20 2014 3:40pm

Looper’s Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX?

Rian Johnson write direct Star Wars Episode VIII IX J.J. Abrams rumor

Deadline is reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm have offered the director and writer's chair for Star Wars Episode VIII to Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the recent time travel movie Looper, as well as high school noir Brick and several episodes of Breaking Bad. He is also to provide a story treatment for Episode IX.

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Jun 19 2014 11:50am

Into the Woods Movie Cuts Its Sexiest Song, Because Disney

With all the casting news and other tidbits around the movie adaptation of Into the Woods, we had nearly forgotten that it’s a Disney film. But some recent insights from Stephen Sondheim make sure we know exactly what’s up—as the movie cuts a major death and a majorly sexy song. (Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen the musical.)

[Find out who doesn’t die and who doesn’t have sex]

Jun 17 2014 6:00pm

New Resident Evil Movie Probably the Last

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter last movie

Do you love your Milla Jovovich kicking ass and taking names (as if there’s any other kind of Milla Jovovich) as Alice in the Resident Evil franchise? Hang on tight, because the T-Virus tour will most likely be stopping at the sixth and—according to the writer/director—last movie. If such a thing is possible to say about a zombie movie franchise.

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Jun 17 2014 1:00pm

8 Great Science Fiction Movies Where No One is Murdered

Star Trek IV

Being the genre of the future, or at the very least, of speculation, science fiction needs to both be awesomely creative and, more importantly, relatable to its audience. As such, sci-fi movies often fall back on plot devices and tropes common across all genres, especially to ratchet up the tension and keep things exciting—and what’s more exciting than death? And murder is even better—the more ruthless the bad guys(s), the more we’ll root for the good guys.

But, just like a good majority of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories don’t have a dead body in them, cool science fiction movies are not required to feature death and killing if they don’t want to. With high stakes expected by mainstream audiences, it’s tempting to kill characters off, but here are a few sci-fi flicks that manage to forego death (almost) entirely.

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Jun 15 2014 11:00am

The Lion King Turns 20 Today… and It Was the Most Unlikely Success Story You Will Ever Hear

The Lion King

You can often separate your generations out by Disney movies, though it seems a strange thing to do. And one of the movies that was absolutely key for mine happened to be The Lion King.

But here’s the kicker—The Lion King wasn’t intended as a golden egg-laying goose. In fact, it was the unloved cousin that Disney wanted swept under the rug from the outset. It was expected to fail. So for its 20th birthday, here are a few tales, a few behind the scenes gems that make it clear why this odd-ball project that was based on no fairy tale whatsoever became something of a classic.

[The horse no one would bet on…]

Jun 13 2014 12:10pm

What Are the Odds This is the Justice League Movie Line-Up?

JL8 by Yale Stewart

Hollywood tipster Nikki Finke has posted a list of the Justice League slate of movies that Warner Bros. is expected to announce at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. (Which is only in a month? Geez.) The list of films is extensive and seems to introduce an Avengers-style shared movie universe, but is it accurate?

[Justice League slate of films]

Jun 12 2014 9:00am

The Perfect Retcon to Star Trek Into Darkness?

Benedict Cumberbatch, Khan, Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness showed up on Netflix recently, and I decided to watch it again (against my better judgement). And there are still some fun moments in that thing, but overall, it’s… really disheartening. Many have said this, so I won’t add to the summit of Mount Critique. We know how it went: None of the shout-outs to former canon were ever earned, Kirk degenerated into a raging frat boy, Carol Marcus was practically an unperson who existed to be RoboCop’s daughter—it’s all been said eloquently and amusingly across various webispheres.

But I did have an idea on how they might fix one of the film’s biggest problems.

[My name is Khan?]

Jun 6 2014 10:00am

No One Ever Made Them Like This! 7 Little Known Facts About Ghostbusters


With its 30th anniversary looming just around the corner (this Sunday, in fact!), we got to thinking about Ghostbusters even more than usual. In our view, its still one of the most perfect films of all time, and easily the best science fiction comedy. But sometimes what happened behind the scenes on a great film like this is almost as interesting as what we ended up seeing. Derived from the excellent director’s commentary track on the Ghostbusters DVDs, here are seven things you might not know about the boys in grey and the strange things going on in your neighborhood.

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Jun 5 2014 1:30pm

Indiana Jones Reboot? Robert Pattinson!? This Casting Rumor is Freaking Us Out

Robert Pattinson

With Harrison Ford officially occupied with Star Wars for the foreseeable future, it would seem that Disney has gotten impatient with the status of Indiana Jones and thrown around the “R” word—reboot.

But it’s this Robert Pattinson casting rumor that has our attention.

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Jun 3 2014 12:05pm

The Millennium Falcon is Being Built Right Now

You know what this is, don’t you? You’re already giddy and we can’t exactly blame you. TMZ has some super secret set pictures from Star Wars: Episode VII, and it’s clear that the Millennium Falcon is getting a second life... and there’s more!

[She’ll make .5 past lightspeed.]

Jun 2 2014 11:30am

Maleficent is Too Busy Taking Names to Worry About the Haters

Maleficent, Angelina Jolie

So... Maleficent has been panned by a lot of people. And while it is lacking in certain technical and structural merits, I’m not going to deny it—it’s lovely. Got some flaws, but if you’ve been holding out for a fairy tale retelling that manages to truly empower, this is where it’s at.

You’re just going to have to get over any issues you might have with Angelina Jolie. Yes, you.

Major spoilers for the film below.

[There is no such thing as True Love’s Kiss]

May 28 2014 9:30am

X-Men: Days of Future Past Saves Mutantkind By Teaching Professor X to Respect Women

X-Men Days of Future Past, Charles Xavier, James McAvoy

At the end of X-Men: First Class, Charles Xavier lies paralyzed on a beach while Magneto makes a stirring speech about mutants and their need to separate themselves from humanity. Erik is trying to win others over to his cause, and he succeeds—half of the youngsters take his hand and vanish from sight. It’s hard not to notice that Magneto has taken with him all the female mutants and mutants of color… while Charles is left there with three white male mutants and a human.

It’s impossible to leave unnoted because X-Men Days of Future Past is concerned with precisely this dialogue, and how it might have impacted the future of mutants and humans alike. Because despite Charles Xavier’s experience and affability, he is far from infallible. And it turns out he had one more essential lesson to learn.

Spoilers ahead for X-Men Days of Future Past.

[Are you Charles’ Raven?]

May 23 2014 11:00am

“You’re afraid. I remember.” X-Men: Days of the Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

When X-Men Days of Future Past was announced at San Diego Comic Con, and every single X-Man was brought out on stage to take a bow, it was hard not to be excited at the prospect of such an ambitious film. But it was also a little frightening to conceive; could this melding of generations possibly work? Could this many X-Men on screen at the same time even make sense? What is a day of future past anyhow?

Springboarding off of 2011’s First Class and the aftershocks of the contemporary movies, DoFP brings together a decade and a half of X-films without breaking a sweat. And not just by putting all the actors in the same film, but by unifying these stories on the same front to teach a powerful lesson about how history might be righted in the face of an untenable future.

Minor spoilers for the film below.

[It was supposed to be you.]

May 22 2014 12:30pm

Check out the Trailer for the Disney/Marvel Collaboration, Big Hero 6!

Big Hero 6

We have the first trailer for Big Hero 6! What is Big Hero 6? It’s the next effort from the Disney team that gave us Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen (so...good pedigree there) and is theoretically based on a Marvel comic from the 1990s of the of the same name, although if you blinked back then you probably missed it.

Big Hero 6 is a superhero team led by 13-year-old supergenius Hiro Takachiho, and his robot bodyguard, Baymax. The original storyline of the comic is a pretty eye-popping combination of superhero arcs, nuclear anxiety, and family angst, so we’re really excited to see how it translates into a film.

[Click through for robots!]

May 22 2014 9:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Philosopher’s Stone Film

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Ron, Hermione

The Harry Potter Reread has morphed into a rewatch briefly, which means that it probably sprouted some feathers and gained surround sound hearing, and is fuchsia rather than it’s usual cheery cherry color. (I don’t know, rereads are probably colorful. At least, they are in my head.)

So… what is there to say about Chris Columbus’ first outing into the Potterverse? While it took decades for Lord of the Rings to become a live action trilogy, they were banking on Potter when we were barely halfway through the series. And it was strange. Sort of like this first film.

[Yer a wizard, Harry.]

May 21 2014 2:40pm

Official Title of Batman Vs. Superman is... Sort of What We Thought?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

That Batman-and-Superman-are-gonna-fight-now movie now has an official title and logo! Get yourself ready for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. (Presumably referencing the beginnings of the Justice League, naturally.)

Gets the job done, right? Not that we haven’t already started putting on our best Bale-Batman voices and shouting “Dawn... of JUSTICE,” at each other. Because it’s also pretty hilarious.

May 20 2014 9:30am

The Guardians of the Galaxy Answer All the Questions!

Guardians of the Galaxy

In celebration of the (awesome) second trailer, most of the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, plus director James Gunn and Marvel EIC Kevin Feige hosted a Q&A on Facebook! As you would imagine, the cast is pretty hilarious, James Gunn answers most of his questions in full ecstatic CAPS LOCK mode, and Vin Diesel proves that he is the sweetest sentient tree on the face of the earth. We’ve grabbed some of the best answers for you here!

[No spitting raccoon, unfortunately...]

May 19 2014 12:00pm

Godzilla Banks on Nostalgia, Keeps Other Monsters From Having Babies

Godzilla 2014 movie review

It’s not exactly The Blair Witch Project, but the new Godzilla is initially a little hesitant to give you a full, proper ogle at its titular monster. There he is on a TV. There he is out of the corner of someone’s eye. Wait, I think I saw part of him from the window of this air-train taking the protagonist to a flight I’m sure won’t get delayed because of Godzilla. Wait, is Godzilla late to his own movie? Fortunately, when you do see the big G in all his tall swinging, blue-fire-breathing action, you can’t help but think to yourself “Whoo-hoo! You show em’ Godzilla!” Actually, maybe I said that out loud.

But who are these other creatures he’s battling and is this movie really positing Godzilla as global monster-buster?

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May 19 2014 11:05am

Hey, Conan Didn’t Become King By Just Punching Camels

King Conan Arnold Schwarzenegger 2015 movie posterSo, Conan might be back? Arnold Schwarzenegger first started rumbling about a sequel last summer, and since then Legend of Conan has gained some traction, talk of a trilogy, and this snazzy poster, which debuted at Cannes last week! The poster even has a release date of December 2015, because clearly what is best in life is going to watch a sword and sorcery epic immediately after Christmas dinner.

So far all we know is that the movie will pick up with an aging King Conan wanting to get back to his old skull-crushing glory days! Producer Chris Morgan “is hoping to do for Conan what he did for the Fast and the Furious franchise” which, honestly, we’re not sure what that means. The film is being written by Andrea Berloff, who previously worked with Oliver Stone on World Trade Center. How do we feel about a new Conan trilogy? Is there a role for Brigitte Nielsen? Will this be the break from Star Wars news that we’ll all want by 2015? 

May 16 2014 1:40pm

Check Out the First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar!

Christopher Nolan Interstellar trailer

The world has run out of food in Christopher Nolan’s latest epic of epicness, Interstellar, and only pilot/engineer Matthew McConaughey can...well, we don’t know. The first trailer for Nolan’s highly anticipated sci-fi movie is vague on plot but heavy on the feelings and we want to see it now. We want to see the super sad true space movie now!

[Click through for the latest volley of the McConnaissance!]