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The countdown is on: One year until 'The Force Awakens'

Posted December 18, 2014, 12:12 AM

Fill in the blanks Mad Libs-style.

It's one ______ until _____.

True, if you said that it's one week until Christmas, you would be absolutely correct. Also, one day until the weekend works as well, but that's not what I was going for.

If you've been keeping up with certain important countdowns (especially those that are hidden in an Easter Egg on this very site), then you will know that today officially kicks off the one year countdown to the release of The Force Awakens.

You know, the film that released this trailer and just about broke the Internet.

Well, since the one week until Christmas thing is also true, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to combine the two with this awesome Christmas lights display.

Only 364 more days to go.....

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Sony playing dangerous game with 'The Interview'

Posted December 17, 2014, 4:12 PM

Oh Sony, what are you doing?

I've sort of let the whole Sony hack mess play out without getting too involved, but things took a turn for the insane today. Sony, a multi-billion dollar worldwide company, is basically admitting that they are powerless to a faceless, anonymous faction of computer hackers.

This isn't David vs. Goliath, this is the bacteria living under David's fingernails vs. Goliath. Of course, I don't mean to belittle bacteria. Anyone who has seen War of the Worlds knows just how powerful a microscopic organism can be, but Sony is waving the white flag before it even steps on the battlefield.

Allow me to summarize the Sony hack so that we are all on the same page here.

On November 24, a group of hackers calling themselves #GOP (Guardians of Peace) took over Sony's systems and alerted the company that...

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'Insurgent' trailer diverges from book in major way

Posted December 16, 2014, 3:12 PM

We all know that J.J. Abrams loves his mystery box, but it appears that the writers who adopted Veronica Roth's second book Insurgent also love their mystery boxes. As you will see in the trailer below, a quite literal mystery box is the MacGuffin upon which the whole trailer and by extension the whole film revolves.

What's in the box? Why is Jeanine obsessed with it? Why does she think that only Divergents can open it? And why does Tris suddenly have pixy short hair? All of these questions are important and they also share another commonality, none of them are in the book.

That's right, it seems that while Divergent was mostly faithful to the first film, this second film is going back to the drawing board. And what they've come up with is basically The Matrix with kids. Heck, they...

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'Birdman' soars with seven Golden Globe nominations

Posted December 11, 2014, 4:12 PM

I woke up this morning and something odd happened. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) decided to announce their nominations for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Did I know this was coming? Did I miss a reminder somewhere?

I mean, I should have at least expected it was coming up, right? It's not like the Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominees yet or anything. Oh, what's that? They did?

Huh, well, don't I feel a bit sheepish?

If yesterday's appetizer was any indication, then Bird would be today's main course. As in Birdman, which led the SAG announcement with four nominations. The HFPA did not disappoint as Birdman was clearly the winner when all of the Golden Globe nominations were announced. The film led the way again with seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Actor...

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Something for everyone in three new 2015 trailers

Posted December 10, 2014, 4:12 PM

In our last podcast, I quipped, "Tis the season." That season, of course, is trailer season.

With all of the high profile films hitting theaters in the coming weeks, studios are scrambling to get the first looks at their 2015 tentpole pictures in front of as many eyes as possible. We've mentioned before and will continue to do so for the next 10 months or so, but 2015 is very likely to go down as the highest box office grossing year of all time.

The only problem with so many amazing films is that there won't be enough money to go around. For every Avengers: Age of Ulton, there will be a Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Every Star Wars: The Force Awakens is off-set by a Wedding Ringer.

Yin and Yang.

The interesting thing is that right now, they are all full of...

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' gets the Honest Trailers treatment

Posted December 9, 2014, 3:12 PM

Hey, guess what? Guardians of the Galaxy debuts on DVD and Blu-ray today. That's sort of a big deal for 2014's highest grossing film (to date, although I don't think Mockingjay Part 1 has enough gas in the tank to overtake it).

How do we celebrate such an event?

You mean other than going out and getting that "immaculate Blu-ray"? Well, the folks over at Screen Junkies have a pretty good idea. They released their Honest Trailer for the film and let's face it, sometimes it is hard to poke fun at a film that you really enjoyed but the fine folks over at Screen Junkies gave it their best shot.

The result is, well see for yourself below.

Here are some extra shots of the artwork in case you need a primer when you're at your local movie store...

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Monday Mixer: 2015 is huge, now with moving pictures

Posted December 8, 2014, 4:12 PM

This will be a MM told in two parts.

Today, I am a young man and I look upon this world in much the same way that I've always looked upon it, with the reckless abandonment of youth. Next week, I will be old and my perspective may change.

Is it really possible to change your perspective and outlook on life in a mere seven days? I'm sure that it is feasible, but I would imagine that one would have to go through a pretty significant life event to make this possible. For instance, I'm sure that those boys who stormed the shores of Normandy back in World War II looked upon themselves as men by the time they arrived in Germany.

Alas, I don't have any plans to put myself in mortal danger this week, unless you count the killer commute each...

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