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'The Ice Pirates' To 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Why Space-Themed Action-Adventure Movies Died 30 Years Ago

(24) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 8:21 AM

By this point in 1984, “Star Wars” was pretty much dead. George Lucas was still talking about the prequels, but he made it clear that they wouldn’t be released anytime soon. (Lucas, at one point, said that he wanted to take two years off, then start production on “Episode I,”...

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Christian Slater On 'Nymphomaniac' And His Hopeful Next Chapter

(6) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:59 PM

I didn't know quite what to expect before meeting Christian Slater. Over his career, Slater has sure earned his reputation as a "bad boy" (a term he uses), from his on-screen roles in "Heathers" and "True Romance" to his past, off-screen troubles that, kind of surprisingly, the now 44-year-old Slater...

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Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige On The Future Of 'Doctor Strange'

(7) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 8:29 AM

One of the most talked about Marvel Studios properties that still doesn't have an official release announcement is "Doctor Strange." (Eagle-eyed Marvel fans, however, should keep an eye out for an Easter egg in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier.") On Wednesday, we spoke to Marvel Studios president Kevin...

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Scarlett Johansson Confirms There Will Be No Delays In Shooting 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Scarlett Johansson is currently promoting the upcoming sure-to-be blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Though, with rumors of her upcoming pregnancy, there have been some questions about another inevitable blockbuster, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" -- in which, like the new "Captain America," Johansson is supposed to have another large and...

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In Defense of 'Need For Speed,' More Or Less

(47) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:06 PM

I saw "Need for Speed" about a month ago. I mention this because I've already put way too much thought into this movie. The reviews have been pretty unkind to "Need For Speed" and, admittedly, while watching the film I rolled my eyes quite a few times. But since that...

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Your TV Series Finale Sucks (Even Though It Probably Doesn't)

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 8:11 AM

The HBO series “True Detective” on Sunday night finished its eight-episode arc exploring the partnership between one Detective Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Detective Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson). What’s remarkable is just how popular the show became in such a short time -– becoming engrained in popular lexicon in a...

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'SNL' Scorecard: Did Lena Dunham's Show Live Up To The Hype?

(54) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 10:42 AM

The hype that surrounds the announcement of an interesting “SNL” host like Lena Dunham is always odd. Usually the extra noise will come from the fans of that host, as opposed to people who watch “SNL” on a weekly basis. And then the show starts and … well, there’s Lena...

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The 'SNL' Cast Has A Size Problem

(34) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:27 PM

When "SNL" debuted in 1975 with its original Not Ready For Primetime lineup, its cast consisted of nine people. By that November, it was down to the seven actors most familiar to audiences. (Michael O'Donoghue was dropped from the cast but stayed on the show as head writer. George Coe...

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How Eva Green Absolutely Stole '300: Rise Of An Empire'

(22) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:22 AM

It's not unheard of for an actor's performance to define a film so greatly that it lifts that film to another level. It's a little more rare, though, in a big-budget, visual-effects driven vehicle like this weekend's "300: Rise of an Empire." Yet it happens there because of Eva Green....

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'Non-Stop': A Live Blog By Someone Who Is Afraid To Fly

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:13 PM

It’s rare that I don’t see a big budget studio movie before release –- especially a movie that is currently number one at the box office, as is the case with the Liam Neeson thriller “Non-Stop.” Now, I did my best to avoid “Non-Stop” because, frankly, I am terrified of...

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Jeff Goldblum Talks 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' Then Dodges A Falling Table With Cat-Like Reflexes

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:38 AM

There are quite a few things that can make an interview memorable. Sometimes these are subtle moments: Perhaps it's a wry smile during an answer that completely changes the subtext of the conversation. Other times, it's a gesture -- perhaps out of kindness, perhaps out of spite -- that reveals...

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Zack Snyder Strikes Back

(56) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:05 AM

It's safe to say that Zack Snyder is a polarizing director. Snyder is often heralded for the visual imagery that he brings to his films -- it almost feels commonplace now, but when the original "300" was released, its visual style was groundbreaking -- yet, most of his features are...

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'SNL' Scorecard: Did Jim Parsons Poop His Pants On Colin Jost's First Show?

(36) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 9:31 AM

After almost a month off for the Olympics, “SNL” returned last night with a new feel – hey, there’s a new guy hosting “Weekend Update”! – and a fairly disjointed show. It’s almost as if this new cast was really starting to gel, then comes a long break and the...

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Should You See The 'Super-Sized R-Rated Version' Of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'?

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Today, in select theaters, patrons will have the opportunity to see a longer, completely re-cut and R-rated version of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Now, yes, this does seem like a bit of a cash-grab and if you’ve ever watched the deleted-scenes movie, “Wake Up Ron Burgundy,” that came with...

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Jeff Goldblum Hasn't Been Called For 'Jurassic World'

(20) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:36 AM

While doing press for his new film, Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (the full interview will publish closer to the film's March 7 release), the topic of our conversation with Jeff Goldblum drifted toward his illustrious career and the fact that two of his most well known blockbusters --...

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Confessions Of An Adult Who's Addicted To Building LEGO

(10) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:47 PM

“Are these for you?,” asks the woman at the checkout counter of a New York City toy store as I buy eight packs of “The LEGO Movie” characters. Now, my first instinct is to lie. I come close to telling her that they are for my son –- I’m old...

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Remembering Harold Ramis

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 2:02 PM

The first thing I saw online about Harold Ramis' death was Jason Reitman’s tweet, comparing the loss of Ramis to that of losing a Beatle. Which, yeah, to someone around my age, feels about right.

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'Pompeii': A Live Blog

(9) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 1:48 PM

In 79 A.D., the Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. In 2014 A.D., director Paul W.S. Anderson has created a cinematic version of those events that involves gladiators. There was a press screening for “Pompeii,” but it was at the same time as “3 Days to...

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The Return Of Kevin Costner

(93) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Between 2004 and 2012, Kevin Costner appeared in a grand total of seven movies. This includes a memorable supporting role in “The Upside of Anger,” the forgettable “Rumor Has It…,” and the Coast Guard-themed action movie people might not even know existed, “The Guardian.” (His co-star in "The Guardian" was...

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An Interview With The Horse From 'Winter's Tale'

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:24 PM

This past weekend, “Winter’s Tale” opened in theaters and was met with a collective Valentine’s Day yawn by most moviegoers, only grossing a little over $8 million to date. One of the stars of “Winter’s Tale” is a magical, flying space horse named Athansor. We had the pleasure of speaking...

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