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Gamers rejoice, others confused by 'Assassin's Creed' trailer

Posted May 12, 2016, 4:05 PM

If you're a gamer, then there's a good chance that you were drooling today at the first trailer for Assassin's Creed. If not, you were probably scratching your head in confusion.

While no longer a die-hard gamer (another sacrifice to having children), I have enough of a foot still in that world to know more than the average movie-goer about the Assassin's Creed franchise. So, given that, I know enough to give the trailer the benefit of the doubt, but I don't think others will be so generous.

Let's be honest, this first trailer is a convoluted mess. I don't envy the filmmakers because they only have two minutes to sell the movie to the uninitiated and satiate the rabid fans. And yet, their result is something that fails on both accounts. They spend too much time up front trying to set...

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Exclusive Clip: Iggy Pop goes off in 'Blood Orange'

Posted May 11, 2016, 4:05 PM

I saw Iggy Pop open for Pearl Jam in 1998. I remember then how impressed I was that this living legend was out there rocking and despite being 50 back then. So, imagine how impressed I was when I saw him in this week's new film Blood Orange.

As a vital part of the American punk scene, it's rather surprising that the rocker has lived to 70 while many of his peers succumbed to the lifestyle. Much like contemporary Keith Richards, he is ageless in spirit and his passion for film is evident in his portrayal of Bill. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Bill is an aging rock story himself, so Iggy is perfectly suited for the role.

What you don't expect though is the sudden right turn that his character takes and the lengths to which he will go to...

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Tom Hanks returns with 'Inferno' trailer

Posted May 11, 2016, 4:05 PM

It's not that Tom Hanks really went anywhere. He's been here and there and popping up in films the last few years, but can you name the last big, even film that he has toplined?

After 2009's Angels & Demons, Tom has opted for smaller films and personal projects, but later this year he will slide back into Robert Langdon's shoes and get back to cracking symbols and breaking codes in order to save the world. Inferno is Dan Brown's fourth book, but the third film adaptation. Director Ron Howard has joined Hanks for each outing and they wisely chose to skip Brown's third book, "The Lost Symbol."

It's not that "Lost Symbol" is a bad story, but it's based in Washington D.C. and centers on the freemasons. To be honest, a film adaptation would look a lot like National Treasure and...

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Monday Mixer: We all won the 'Civil War'

Posted May 9, 2016, 11:05 AM

Let's take a little survey, shall we? How long before Disney owns all of the box office records? Between Marvel, Star Wars and the Pixar films, Disney has had quite a lucrative hold on the box office that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.

Consider this. Disney currently has half of the slots in the top 10 highest openings of all time and seven through ten are all Warner Bros. films that are ripe for tumbling out of the top 10. Between its yearly arsenal of multiple Marvel films and a Star Wars film for the foreseeable future, it won't be long before Disney completely owns the box office.

While Disney is cornering the market in opening weekends, they haven't seen that success translate to the total box office chart... yet. They only own three of the top 10 spots...

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Who is Alden Ehrenreich? Han Solo, that's who

Posted May 6, 2016, 11:05 AM

What do they say about best-laid plans and all that? The plan was to curate all of the previous month's best Star Wars news and present it to you in a neat little package on the 4th of every month. Go figure, that not two days go by and the plan is already out the window.

Well, sometimes, the news is just too big to sit on for three weeks. The casting of a young Han Solo is just the type of breaking news that will necessitate it's own stand alone story. So, who is Alden Ehrenreich?

Well, for starters, he has been cast as Han Solo in the anthology film Han Solo: A Star Wars Story according to various reports. But, who is he?

Well, considering that my wife and I count ourselves among the handful of people to have actually seen...

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Happy Mother's Day from 'Bad Moms'

Posted May 5, 2016, 5:05 PM

Granted, no one in their right mind wants to release a movie this weekend opposite Captain America: Civil War, but I was sort of hoping newcomer STX would have had the cajones to position Bad Moms for a Mother's Day release. The film which follows three moms who rebel against the PC state of motherhood these days looks hysterical.

This week, STX capitalized on the upcoming holiday by debuting the first look at the film with a couple of trailers and a special message to all moms this Mother's Day. Bad Moms has an all-star cast including Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate and Jada Pinkett Smith. While the trailers are pretty similar, the red band version is the way to go, naturally.

While the premise looks to be hilarious, we can't forget that we would be nowhere without our moms. So...

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May the Fourth be with you... always

Posted May 4, 2016, 4:05 PM

Happy Star Wars Day!

May 4th. May the Force be with you. May the Fourth, get it? Yeah, if you're reading this, there's a pretty good chance that you're already a part of the cult of Lucas and this is pretty basic. For the minority of you out there, Star Wars day has been the unofficial holiday dedicated to the iconic film franchise for as long as anyone can remember.

Of course, May the Fourth really took off in the popular consciousness thanks to the Internet and the ease of human interaction that social media provides. Of course, it doesn't hurt that last year's Force Awakens served as the fuse to a powder keg that is taking even Disney to new levels of cultural nirvana.

With the general plan to release a new Star Wars film each year until the end of time...

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