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Did Quentin Tarantino just pull off the greatest punk ever?

Posted August 14, 2014, 5:08 PM

There's no doubting the brilliance of Quentin Tarantino. But does Tarantino have a little Ashton Kutcher inside of him?

The director may have channeled the Punk'd star's abilities when it comes to his forthcoming film The Hateful Eight. You all know the story by now. Quentin Tarantino wrote the script for The Hateful Eight and shared it with a few friends only to see it show up online in its entirety. Lawsuits were filed and withdrawn while the filmmaker made statements that left the future of his eighth feature film ambiguous at best.

And then, this happened.

Quentin Tarantino directed a live reading of The Hateful Eight and it was perfectly cast. No, it was cast perfectly, perhaps too perfectly? After the reading, Tarantino softened his stance on the shelving of The Hateful Eight and then two weeks ago we get the poster...

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Retro-inspired 'The Thing' read-along record passes the test

Posted August 14, 2014, 3:08 PM

Nostalgia is a great thing. We all enjoy reminiscing about the good ol' days. That's one of the reasons why the "Throwback Thursday" trend has become so popular. We can rekindle those past memories in something we enjoy today.

Hollywood frequently relies upon nostalgia. Current hit films like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Marvel adaptations all evoke childhood memories for a key, movie-going demographic. When done right, the result is powerful.

Movie studios aren't the only ones to draw upon nostalgia to create something amazing. Rob Lammle has done exactly that with a new read-along record book for The Thing.

If you grew up in the '70s or '80s, you probably remember listening to audio programs as you followed along with a storybook. "When you hear this sound... BEEP! ...turn the page in your book," the record or cassette would say...

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'Mortdecai' looks to start 2015 off with a bang

Posted August 13, 2014, 5:08 PM

Everyone knows that 2015 is shaping up to be one of the biggest box office years ever, but will the entire year be massive or just the Summer months? Well, we know that with Episode VII anchoring December, 2015 is going to end strong, but what about the start of the year?

There are a few sleepers in the first three months of 2015 and films that we don't know enough about yet to make any sort of reasonable guess. One of those films is Mortdecai and up until now all that we knew about it was that it stars Johnny Depp and has a great cast.

Well, with today's trailer debut, we no longer have to wonder. Mortdecai looks great and should help to kick off 2015 in grand fashion. In particular, Gwyneth Paltrow looks like she's regained her earlier form...

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Tears & laughter: A look back at life & Robin Williams

Posted August 12, 2014, 11:08 AM

Because we are food for worms, lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold, and die.

Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past. You've walked past them many times. I don't think you've really looked at them. They're not that different from you, are they?

Same haircuts, full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable?

Because you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils...

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Monday Mixer: Cowabunga! 'TMNT' rules the day

Posted August 11, 2014, 2:08 PM

Say what you will about Michael Bay (and I've said many things), there is one thing that you cannot deny, the dude can open an action movie. And so it happened again this weekend with the debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it also marked another nail in the coffin of my childhood, but we will get there soon enough.

First, I want to talk about a terrible movie from 2007 called Good Luck Chuck. It stars Dane Cook who is cursed as a child (aren't they always?) and now he is unable to sustain a romantic relationship. What's worse is that the hex works so that his exes all find their true love in the very next man that they date. Hence, he's the good luck charm.

I bring it up because it seems that Caroline Wozniacki is the female version...

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'Theory of Everything' trailer proves that love ends in a big bang

Posted August 7, 2014, 5:08 PM

You know, I will watch just about any film for just about any reason. Case in point, now that I'm starting to get settled into our new house, I've actually watched three movies in the last week (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Elysium and About Time).

I know what you're saying, other than commenting about my eclectic taste in films. You're saying to yourself, "Why would he watch About Time?" That's a very good question and two hours after I started the film, I asked myself the same question. It was like the film was mirroring the plot and never wanted to end.

But to more accurately answer your question, I watched it for one singular reason and that was to check out the acting chops of Domhnall Gleeson. Yes, I'm that much of a Star Wars geek that I wanted to check...

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Two videos catch you up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Posted August 5, 2014, 4:08 PM

Since Guardians of the Galaxy is the top film at the box office and everything is coming up Marvel in Hollywood, it's only fitting to play catch up if you haven't seen all of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Even if you have seen each film a couple dozen times, I'm willing to bet that the videos below will include a few things that you may have missed.

Up first is the reel that Marvel showed at SDCC that basically summarizes Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the MCU. Phase 2 concludes with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only is it a kick ass clip from all of the movies that you've already seen, pay close attention and you might get a first look or two at a couple of upcoming characters.

While that video is...

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