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It's official, three 'Star Wars' films in 18 months

Posted March 12, 2015, 4:03 PM

Tim and I consider ourselves to be quite lucky to work in the industry that we both love and adore. One of the fringe benefits of working in the film industry is that sometimes we get access to confidential information, but the trade-off is that we are often sworn to secrecy.

It's difficult when we also work on the Internet where information is king and getting it first trumps just about everything else. Most of the confidential information that we get comes in the form of advance street dates for home entertainment release. Sure, it's nice knowing when American Sniper is going to be on DVD/Blu-ray, but it's far from Earth-shattering information.

About a month ago, that all changed when we intuitively figured out that Disney was going to release Star Wars: Episode VIII in May of 2017, a mere 18 months...

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Pixar gets deep with new 'Inside Out' trailer

Posted March 11, 2015, 2:03 PM

There's a bit of a hidden pattern when it comes to Pixar films and I'm not talking about them all being interconnected and part of some secret Illuminati plot. Because duh, that's so obvious.

No, the pattern that becomes pretty obvious when you remove the sequels is that with each film Pixar is dealing with more mature, grown up issues. For a series of animated films aimed at children, it seems that the underlying message is helping children to grow up and tackle life's great milestones in stride.

Toy Story - Fear of growing up. A Bug's Life - Fear of bullies. Monsters, Inc. - Fear of the dark. Finding Nemo - Fear of abandonment. The Incredibles - Fear of being who you are. Cars - Fear of becoming obsolete. Ratatouille - Fear of following your unorthodox dreams. WALL-E - Fear of love and following your heart. Up...

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'Zoolander 2' uses blue steel to announce itself

Posted March 10, 2015, 4:03 PM

Zoolander is one of those films that you either love or hate. There is no middle ground and the sides are convinced they are correct. Tim is very much anti-Zoolander, while I have a fond spot in my heart for this stupid, quirky comedy.

So, when whispers started circulating that Zoolander 2 was getting close to becoming a reality, it became difficult to suppress my joy. Of course, Zoolander being Zoolander, they had to make the announcement with a certain amount of flair.

The said flair come in the way of the Maison Valentino Runway at the Paris Fashion Show where stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson showed up in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel respectively. In true model fashion, the one-time rivals rocked the runway together.

They also took to social media to make the announcement.

Apparently Derek...

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Full Tomorrowland trailer is intriguing

Posted March 9, 2015, 5:03 PM

If there's one film in 2015 that continues to perplex us, it's Tomorrowland. From director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof, he of the Lost TV series, this film has an interesting blend of cool and geek behind it that could make this the next National Treasure or Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Of course, it could also end up being the next Ender's Game.

Adding to the unknown was the fact that we haven't seen anything save for a mediocre trailer and poster from the film that opens on May 22, 2015. These are things that make you go hmm - and usually in a good way.

Is it possible that Lindelof would have back-to-back letdowns in Prometheus and Tomorrowland? It was doubtful, but the longer we waited for a full trailer, the more unease crept in to our thoughts.

You know what...

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Monday Mixer: Uncle Jesse returns to 'Full House'

Posted March 9, 2015, 4:03 PM

As most of the nation thawed out this weekend from Winter's last (?) great blow of 2015, one thing was pretty apparent. People were finally ready to get outside and not sit in a dark movie theater for a couple of hours.

Yeah, you can blame this weekend's lackluster box office performance on the weather, or the studios could finally admit that the reason they like sequels and familiar stories so much is that they don't have a clue how to market something that is completely new and unique.

That's not to say that Chappie is novel, no it seems to be a weird bastardization of Short Circuit and RoboCop, but it's certainly a lot more unique than say The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. How anyone thought that making a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a good idea...

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Owen Wilson is all grown up in 'No Escape' trailer

Posted March 6, 2015, 2:03 PM

Believe it or not, back around the turn of the millennia, Owen Wilson tried his hand at action roles. Sure, he was the comic relief in Armageddon and the Shanghai films, but there's no denying his action presence in those films.

In 2001, he was given the chance to headline a straight action film in Behind Enemy Lines and it was pretty successful, bringing in over $57 million at the box office. That film birthed a slew of direct-to-video sequels, but Owen Wilson changed gears to focus on his comic stylings.

Now known as being primarily a comedic actor, it's a bit jarring to see him play it straight in a heavy action film such as No Escape and yet the first trailer is pretty promising. It also helps that he's got a former James Bond in Pierce Brosnan to blaze the...

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Marvel preps the 'Ultimate Marathon'

Posted March 5, 2015, 11:03 AM

If you're the ultimate Marvel fan boy, you will get your chance to prove it on April 29. On that date, if you so choose, you can embark on a journey that Marvel is calling the "Ultimate Marathon," all 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films shown back-to-back.

Starting with 2006's Iron Man and ending with the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the total film watching marathon will take over 27 hours to complete, but it does come with an Avengers medallion that you can wear as a badge of pride in front of all of your friends. All jokes about hygiene and geeks in the dark aside, this does actually sound like a pretty cool way to get boned up on your Marvel knowledge before the latest film debuts.

Here is the complete schedule:

Iron Man The Incredible Hulk Iron Man 2 Thor Captain America: The...

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