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'Power/Rangers' short film is 'Mighty' impressive

Posted February 26, 2015, 1:02 PM

Until this morning, I had no clue who Adi Shankar was. Sure, the name sounded familiar in that way that names you see over and over again do, but I didn't have an anchor for his name until I watched this incredibly awesome viral short "POWER/RANGERS."

Basically, he's the 30-year-old version of ourselves that we always aspired to be. He's a successful film producer with enough money to throw around that he can create amazing "fan fiction" films that will literally blow your socks off. No really, it will knock your hair back, just take a look below.

What you are about to experience is something that every child of 1990s has dreamed of, a gritty take on The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. What this short fan edit does is imagine a dystopian future where these Power Rangers have grown up and...

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A tale of two Brian Wilsons in 'Love & Mercy' trailer

Posted February 25, 2015, 4:02 PM

If you recall back to last month, Tim singled out the film Love & Mercy as one of those potential sleeper hits for 2015. At the time, all he had to go on was a strong cast and a shot of Paul Dano looking like a dead ringer for the young rock legend.

A month later, the first trailer just dropped and I realized that I really don't know anything about The Beach Boys or Brian Wilson. I do know that my parents were pretty big fans so I grew up with their music in a way, but I was too young to really understand anything else that was going on with the group or Brian Wilson himself.

Apparently, like many musical icons, he suffered from mental health issues that were so serious they forced him to part ways with the band...

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Monday Mixer: A new direction for 'Spider-Man'?

Posted February 23, 2015, 3:02 PM

Last night was all about the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out their Oscars. It dominated the weekend as one would expect, but it wasn't the only story in town.

At the box office, people still couldn't enough Shades of Grey and the movie's star made social media purr as she bickered with her famous mom on the red carpet.

The Oscars aside, there was still plenty of interesting tidbits to make its way out of Tinseltown this weekend. So, sit back, grab a brew and join our mixer.

Box Office 411

Well, it turns out that we should have been worried about turnout for Fifty Shades of Grey, but on the wrong weekend. The film opened strongly last week, but it seems like it completely spent its wad because it flopped a massive...

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'Birdman' soars high at the Oscars

Posted February 22, 2015, 11:02 PM

In what was one of the most anticipated Academy Awards show in many years, Hollywood did not disappoint. Of course, the curiosity was not about the actual winners as there were truly very few surprises, but in what to expect from first-time host Neil Patrick Harris.

In a nutshell, NPH started out with a bang, hit a few lulls in the middle, but finished strong. It seems that much like the show as a whole, the reviews were quite mixed. You either loved NPH or hated him and through a very informal sampling of responses on Twitter, the reaction was mixed throughout the show. Of course, what else do you expect when you get such a diverse crowd of people turning in to see the biggest awards show of them all?

The big winner of the night was (unsurprisingly) Birdman with four...

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Make the Oscars more enjoyable with your own BINGO card

Posted February 19, 2015, 6:02 PM

The biggest night in movies is this Sunday. The 87th Oscars will be presented to the year's best in film. Some may find the three (or more) hour telecast to be a bore, I kinda like seeing the Hollywood spectacle.

I have something for those of you who tend to doze off while the winner for Best Documentary Short Film thanks their third grade school teacher. Popular website Reddit is doing a fun little BINGO game to play while you watch.

All you have to do is visit a special location to retrieve your unique BINGO game card. You'll have to complete a CAPTCHA to prove you're not a robot but that's a small chore. You will be given a card with a unique serial code.

Each square on your BINGO -- I mean, OSCAR -- card mentions a unique event that may...

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The evolution of Batman in 10 minutes

Posted February 19, 2015, 5:02 PM

We had a fun meeting this morning with Warner Bros. As you can imagine, the huge point of emphasis for them going forward is all of the DC property films that they will be releasing over the course of the next decade.

First up is next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and they were really excited about the prospects of finally getting into a comic book film universe with multiple interconnected films. It's worked out quite well for their adversaries Marvel and there are no indications that they won't also enjoy the fruit of our insatiable desire for comic book films.

It just so happened that I came across this video that does a great job of summarizing the various incarnations of Batman over the years. It's a great video that really does do a pretty exhaustive job of showing...

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New international 'Mad Max' trailer is wild

Posted February 19, 2015, 12:02 PM

There's one wildcard film for me in 2015 and among those of us here at the site, it seems that I'm the only one with much faith in it. That film, of course, is Mad Max: Fury Road.

I've preached about the merits of it and yes, the May 15 release date does put it up against some stiff competition, but I just have a feeling that this film is going to be a surprise big hit. Tim, Dannette and I are at our annual studio convention and we're getting to see some pretty cool stuff. The footage we saw from Ant-Man last night was incredible and this morning we got to look at some stuff from Mad Max that included a bunch of things that you will find in the new international trailer below.

The one thing that Mad Max: Fury...

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