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DC Screening

See Entourage early and free


Washington DC screening
May 28
// Matthew Razak
You're going to have to insert your own clever references to the original show for this post because, believe it or not, I did not watch it. As someone who had no HBO I never committed the time to watching Entourage exce...
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Avengers plot hole

Kevin Feige answers the most annoying plot hole in Age of Utlron


We should all be watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
May 04
// Matthew Razak
WARNING: Spoilers Did you see Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend? If not, you're probably in the minority as it made a few dollars here and there. If you aren't in the minority than you probably got a little ticked off...
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UNCLE Trailer

First The Man from U.N.C.L.E. trailer is F.U.N.


Say uncle.
Feb 13
// Nick Valdez
Now here's a trailer our Matthew Razak, Bond aficionado and baby daddy, will definitely get a kick out of. When Guy Ritchie's attached to a project, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation of a 1960s spy TV show, you know...

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Billion

Mark Wahlberg will be rebuilt as The Six Billion Dollar Man


I wanna be a billionaire, so f**king bad...
Nov 07
// Nick Valdez
When rumor of a Six Million Dollar Man reboot starring Mark Wahlberg hit the mill a few months ago, it pretty much came and went with little fanfare. Maybe it's due to the weak dollar making "Six Million" pretty much worthles...
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Grumpy Cat Trailer

Trailer for Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever exists


Nov 03
// Nick Valdez
Lifetime movies sure have gone downhill. Let's hope this doesn't involve the domestic, sexual, alcoholic abuse normally found on the station that (not) surprisingly doesn't use the "Television for Women" mantra as much as it...
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Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to premiere during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Time to get back into the show
Oct 22
// Matthew Razak
Look we were all there. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kind of sucked for the first chunk of the season. The Winter Solider happened and damn did it get good. The second season is good too, but if you haven't gotten back on the ...

Review: The Equalizer

Sep 26 // Nick Valdez
[embed]218390:41862:0[/embed] The EqualizerDirector: Antoine FuquaRated: RRelease Date: September 26, 2014 A spiritual successor/reboot of 1980's television series, The Equalizer is the story of Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a man who works in a hardware store with a mysterious past. every night he stops by a diner and talks to Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a strange girl who actually works in a Russian sex ring. When she's sent to the infirmary one day, Robert reveals he's a trained killer and eventually goes to war with the entire Russian mafia before the film is done.  With a synopsis like that, I was expecting a rip roaring good time. And for the most part, Equalizer delivers that action. When McCall kills folks, the choreography is smooth, the scenes are mapped out in interesting ways, and he usually brings a brutality you wouldn't expect at first. There's a nice juxtaposition between McCall's sleek professionalism (he times himself and keeps his movements to a minimum) and the aggressively violent ways he takes his enemies down. Washington plays this up well by hardly changing his expression during these scenes too. You'd think watching a stonefaced gentleman strike folks down would be boring after awhile, but there's a nice fun mined from all of it. When there's action happening, Equalizer is gripping. Too bad you really feel an absence when the action comes to a halt. As almost representative of the larger pacing problem at hand, McCall walks everywhere. He walks through hallways, he walks up stairs, he strolls through streets, he walks, and walks, and walks. While it might seem weird to point out how much a character walks, it's always used as a way to pad out the film. There's no sense of immediacy when McCall's stoic nature goes from calm and cool to lackadaisical. And the lackadaisical main character turns the rest of the film to gelatin.. The Equalizer never seems to have a goal in mind. With random scenes given to flesh out the caricature of a main villain (with a transition so excruciatingly overwrought it feels like ten minutes before it's over), a non-sequitor at Bill Pullman's house, and speeches galore, Equalizer forgets it's a film with a strict deadline. I mean, McCall even takes a bus to an action scene at one point.  Equalizer seems like it could've been a great film had it not taken so long to figure out what it exactly wanted to do. Denzel Washington is fabulous, and I would've loved a full version of his scenes at the hardware store (especially since it leads to a uniquely mapped finale), but the film chooses to highlight everyone else but Washington. For example, the main villain gets far too much screen time. It'd be fine if there were some actual developments for the character and he became more than a cardboard cutout of a Russian guy, but nothing changes. It's a shame too because Washington seems to really enjoy his time as McCall (as his playful badassness seeps out every now and again) but you don't get much from him other than seeing him casually stroll places or sit down when he's not killing folks.  To sum it all up, there's a single scene that captures my views on The Equalizer perfectly. At one point, McCall blows up a thing and then cooly walks away. The scene itself is one of the coolest "men don't look at explosions" I've seen this year, but it wears out its welcome fast. It's hyper stylized to the point where the slow motion is grating, and Washington walking without urgency is likeable for a brief moment before you realize how dumb the whole thing is. And the icing on the cake is how seriously the film takes this scene. It's just a complete tonal mess.  The Equalizer is like walking your grandfather through the park. It seemed like a good idea at first, and you'll enjoy seeing him, but it feels like a chore as the hours roll on. 
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I'm walking here!
I've been looking forward to The Equalizer for some time. The first trailer I sat down and watched featured a cool new Eminem song, Denzel Washington acting like a vengeful badass again, and couldn't stop boasting how it's fr...

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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat in upcoming Grumpy Cat movie


Sep 18
// Liz Rugg
Look, the world doesn't need a Grumpy Cat movie. Grumpy Cat was fun for like a week in 2012. Besides, basically all cats are grumpy, that's why they're so great. Anyway, regardless of what I think, a Grumpy Cat Lifetime Chris...
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Watch Pierce Brosnan play GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64


Good luck, Mr. Bond
Aug 20
// Liz Rugg
I'm pretty sure everyone who grew up in the 90s either had or knew someone who had the James Bond videogame GoldenEye 007. I literally have two N64 copies of this game. It's probably one of the most popular games of the Nint...
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"Alpha, Rita's escaped! Recruit a team of teenagers with attitude!"
I've written about this movie as much as I can because I'm just so excited about the possibilities. A big budget Power Rangers movie that might not be terribly written or full of bad CG? Take all of my money now...or in 2016,...

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Ricky Gervais announces Office movie, Life on the Road


All aboard the awkward comedy train
Aug 06
// Matthew Razak
Can't get enough of squirming uncomfortably in your seat pondering whether something was funny or just horribly awkward? Then get excited for the return of David Brent, Ricky Gervais' character from the British The Office, as...
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Spongebob Trailer

First official trailer for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water


Jul 31
// Nick Valdez
It's astonishing that Spongebob Squarepants has made it this long and still has a crazy fandom surrounding it. I remember when it first started as part of the new wave of Nicktoons as Rugrats and the like were growing up. Bu...
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MMPR Reboot

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie gets First Class writers


YES
Jul 15
// Nick Valdez
Ever since it was announced, I've been very excited for the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers reboot. Regardless of how it turns out (whether it ends up like Transformers or like Rise of the Planet of the Apes), I know I'm going ...
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Sharknado 2

First trailer for Sharknado 2, a movie that somehow exists


Jul 08
// Nick Valdez
UGH WHYYYYYYYYYYYY' [via Fandango]
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FFS: Secondary Education

Flix for Short: Secondary Education, a science themed Kamen Rider


May 27
// Nick Valdez
Secondary Education, a short by Jon Truei, takes tokusatsu influences (namely Kamen Rider and Power Rangers) and gives them a science spin to provide a fun, educational adventure. It's sort of like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus became a masked hero and fought a lobster man. You should give it a watch. [via io9]
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The Equalizer Trailer

First trailer for The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington


May 27
// Nick Valdez
Denzel Washington has been on a string of misses lately. I'm not sure if it's because he's past his prime, or can't seem to hone in on the right material anymore, but I've been waiting for something that can bring the big ma...

How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot

May 15 // Nick Valdez
1. Start over from the beginning. In the press release, the new film is classified as a "re-imagining" of the old show. This makes perfect sense given most of the audience of the first couple of seasons have now grown up and are willing to thrown down major cash on a nostalgic property. The problem with this is, those same people have too fond memories of the show. They've built it up to some pedestal, so any new film is already needing to prove itself. What most of you all out there need to remember is, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is really, really bad. Bad dialogue, bad acting, and some of the most 90s situations you'll find on children's television.  But that's also not a bad thing. If we go into this new movie with an open mind, and the new film starts over from the beginning,  then we're in for a good time. So to be successful, the reboot needs to use the bankable names of the original five (maybe six) "teenagers with attitude" (Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, Jason) because those are the names we'll remember. Most old fans won't remember who played those characters, so it's not important to bring the actors back, but we will remember the names. Start over from the beginning, tell the same simple origin story (teenagers are chosen by a floating space man to fight monsters), and we're golden. No need to reinvent the wheel.  2. Don't bring back old actors from the show.  When movie studios "reimagine" properties, they cast an entirely new set of people to play the characters we all know and love. That's going to be the case here. In order to completely separate itself (and thus create a new universe of movies), keep the television actors away. For example, Jason David Frank (who played Tommy in over 242 episodes of Power Rangers, and is arguably the most popular actor in the series) is already lobbying his fans to write to "lion gates" in order to get in the new movie. If they have to bring him (or anyone) back, and chances are they will, make sure it's only in a cameo capacity. Maybe have Tommy run the juice bar (like in the Wild Force episode, "Forever Red"), pass the torch to the new kids, and then disappear forever. As much as we might like the guy, seeing a thirty year old man run over in a tight spandex suit for a kid's show (like he is in the upcoming Power Rangers Super Megaforce finale) is kind of sad. Besides, the new kids watching this movie won't really know or care who Jason David Frank or any of these older actors are.  3. Use actors who can believably do their own stunts (and real suits!) One of the reasons Power Rangers became such a hit was because it delivered on things we've never had before. Although the acting and dialogue were bad, it had great action. It had cartoon action brought to real life, and it was pretty f**king cool. The series also still has some of the best fight choreography around. It's important to bring that back. Can you imagine what the fight effects could look like with a larger budget? Remember what the fights looked like in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie? Never mind, those were terrible. But a bigger budget could lead to bigger things. It's simple. Keep the suits real, but CG everything else. Like any other superhero, it's all about tangibility.  And that comes from the actors too. In the show, the teens would still kick butt out of the suits. Story wise, it shows the audience the effect of the power coins, and quality wise, it helps the audience attach the person to the hero. It's very important for us to remember who's in the suits. It's not enough for people to put them on, we have to believe people are in them.  4. Have a good villain.  Whether the new film goes with Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd or even Ivan Ooze, it's important to have a memorable bad guy. Once again, don't reinvent the wheel. Don't create a new, generic villain for the film unless the right person is behind it (Paul Freeman was the only reason Ivan Ooze worked in the movie), and there's plenty of material to draw from so there's no reason to create a new one anyway. If I could have it my way, I'd go for Rita Repulsa. She's the greater villain since she posed a threat, her powers led to the "Green With Evil" storyline which introduced a sixth ranger, and she has some of the best catchphrases ("You're giving me a headache!" "Magic wand, make my monster grow!").  If they went that route, they could introduce Lord Zedd for the sequel (just don't make him overtly dark or scary, remember it's for kids!), lead in to their wedding, Serpentera, and the possible stories are endless. All I'm saying is the material is there, so Lionsgate would be wise to use it.  5. Do it for the kids.  This is hardest thing to say, but this new movie isn't going to be for me or you, it's for the kids. Although the name is there to get butts to the seats, Saban's probably trying to make this work into a children's franchise. It's going to be an all ages affair, so don't expect a dark and gritty take on these heroes. No blood, no adult situations, and the word "kill" will be replaced with "destroy." But that's the way it's always been, and it's always worked, so no reason to be worried about that now.  As long as the new movie gets the tone right. That's actually the most important thing on this list. Please don't take this movie seriously as nothing about the Power Rangers is serious. And even when the show decides to lean toward heavier subjects, it's only because they're destroying all of the current zords to introduce a new line of zords/toys to kids.  6. Don't forget to have fun.  With the rising amount of gritty reboots these days (just look at Man of Steel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider-Man, and Transformers), I'm a little worried about how this'll turn out. Power Rangers has survived all these years despite its bevy of bad decisions because it's so lovably goofy. It's always so sincere about its laughably bad puns, heavy handed messages of protecting the environment and teamwork, and telling its stories with a half baked seriousness. Although every week a new monster threatens to destroy the world, there's still time to ride dirt bikes as part of the high school dirt bike club or something. It just all meshes together in a tone that works for everyone.  There's action, comedy, giant robots punching other giant things in the face, and lots of attractive men and women. If the new movie gets even one of those right, that'll be morphinominal.  How do you think a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Movie should be done? Agree or disagree? Leave a comment below!  
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There's a wrong way, and there's a Morphinominal way
The Power Rangers series is an odd one. It started out as one of Saban Entertainment's many attempts to re-dub a Japanese kids show for American audiences and turned into a juggernaut spanning 21 seasons, comics, videogames, ...

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Godzilla Commercial

Godzilla "craves Italian" in this FIAT 500 commercial


lol
May 08
// Nick Valdez
Oh Godzilla, you big ole' car eatin' goofball.  [via YouTube]
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Green Acres will be a movie


Official confirmation of remakes dying a slow death incoming
May 05
// Matthew Razak
Did you grow up with fond memories of the sitcom Green Acres gracing your television screen? Maybe as a kid you caught it on Nick at Night and thought it was kind of funny. It really wasn't. It was terrible, and now it's...
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Watch: Jon Stewart takes on FOX News Noah critics


Apr 10
// Liz Rugg
I don't think anybody really expected the talk shows on right-wing news organization FOX News to love Darren Aronofsky's bible story inspired movie, Noah. However, it appears they have gone as far as to criticize the movie w...

SXSW Review: Veronica Mars

Mar 08 // Matthew Razak
[embed]217402:41314:0[/embed] Veronica MarsDirector: Rob ThomasRated: PG-13Release Date: March 14, 2014  Despite writer/director Rob Thomas's fervent statements to the contrary this is a movie for (and by) the fans. While the opening does a quick job of recapping three seasons of mystery solving greatness if you have never watched the show this movie is not going to play as well for you. It's simply impossible to recreate the three seasons worth of character building and relationships in two hours and so plenty of major emotional moments unfortunately mean a lot less to non-fans despite hitting perfectly with fans. There's an easy solution to this issue though: go watch Veronica Mars. Now that you're a fan this is your movie and you're going to love it. (Warning if you want to go into this completely blind read no further as the review fills in some of the history since the show ended but there are no big plot spoilers.) Now that you're all caught up the film finds Veronica (Kristen Bell) working in New York and about to become a high powered lawyer having abandoned her private eye days. Her and Piz (Chris Lowell) have rekindled their relationship and things look good. Then Logan Echolls (a constantly smoldering Jason Dohring) gets accused of murder (some things never change) and Veronica rushes back to Neptune to help him find a good lawyer. Of course she can't stay away from a good case, especially one involving Logan, so she dives back in despite the worry of her father Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) and with the help of best friends Wallace (Percy Daggs III) and Mac (an incredibly grown up Tina Majorino). Oh, and everyone else ever from the show. Like... ever. Since you took my advice above and watched the show you'll be happy to know that despite a 10 year break this is the Veronica Mars you fell in love with. Rob Thomas's writing for Veronica is just as sharp as ever and Kirsten Bell delivers it just a bitingly as she did ten years ago. The screenplay flows wonderfully from past references to great one liners to "epic" moments. Fans won't be disappointed with how the movie feels because it feels like an extra long episode of Veronica Mars.  Part of that credit has to go to the cast, who it appears has been rehearsing their parts for the past ten years. Everyone falls right back into it effortlessly, especially Bell and Colantoni, whose father daughter relationship is as wonderful as ever even if it isn't on screen for enough time, begging the question of why the movie isn't four to five hours long so that all our fan dreams can come true. As for the romance of the film Dohring and Bell are still as electric together as ever. Even a die hard team Piz member such as myself can see the two spark on screen and their relationships is one of the few that should have all the same feeling whether you're a fan of the show or not. Dick (Ryan Hansen) is just as wonderfully horrible as you remember with Hansen clearly ravishing every insult he gets to toss. The only weak link is Jerry O'Connell's Sheriff Lamb (older brother of the not so dearly departed original Sheriff Lamb), whose character feels forced and undeveloped -- basically there to make sure the cops of Neptune are still idiots.  He's a minor bump for any fan, though. If you're not a fan, however, this film is just not going to play as well. It probably really shouldn't considering how it was made, but if you get brought to this by a fan it's going to be hard to connect. Outside of the Logan/Veronica relationship some of the cameos and returning characters can feel forced. They're amazing if you know who and what people are, but if you don't you might just be scratching your head. I'm sorry to say that Wallace is horribly underused and Eli Navarro (Francis Capra) could pretty much be entirely removed from the film without much consequence plot wise. This also isn't one of Veronica's strongest mysteries. Thanks to all the awesome fan service and rebuilding of character's relationships the mystery itself comes a distant second. Figuring out who actually killed Logan's ex-girlfriend (yes, again) isn't one of Veronica's toughest cases and it plays out relatively predictably. It's definitely the sacrifice the film makes in order to be more about the character's people love. If you're a fan you're not going to care one bit about this, because that sacrifice is what you want, but outside of the fan base you won't be as pleased. This isn't to say that Veronica Mars fails as a mystery. Thomas's writing is still smart and crisp enough to keep the film running at a great and intriguing clip, and it must be remembered that the mystery is coming in second to the wonderful development of characters that people already love. For fans Veronica Mars is everything you could want out of a Veronica Mars movie. It's amazing that the film feels like it was made the day after filming on the show stopped and not 10 years later. This is the Veronica Mars you've been dying for, and if that means non-fans aren't going to have as good a time as fans at the movie then screw them, they should be fans in the first place. Hopefully after catching this they'll be prompted to go back and watch the show.
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Dear fans, your movie is here
I'm going to open this with one thing: the Veronica Mars movie was a triumph before it debuted today at SXSW. A historic film that showed that crowdfunding can launch a movie and that film distribution can be done in a d...

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Godzilla Commercial

Why wait for the Oscars when Godzilla is in a Snickers ad?


Hungry? Grab a Godzilla.
Mar 01
// Nick Valdez
I don't know how this marvel of marketing came to be, but I don't care. Because the awesomely looking Godzilla reboot (Did you see that trailer, son?) hits theaters in May, Snickers is now running an ad campaign featuring ev...
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A TWO WAY TIE

Nick Cannon developing Drumline sequel for VH1


lol
Feb 06
// Nick Valdez
Unbeknownst to me, 2002's Drumline, a film about a college marching band starring Nick Cannon, has a huge following. In fact, when this news hit our tip line, a good amount of our own editors perked up and shouted their love ...
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Kristen Bell, so adorable
After getting its start on Kickstarter thanks to an overwhelmingly positive fan response, the Veronica Mars movie is finally releasing this March and we now have the first trailer for it. The thing about this first trailer, ...

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Ghost-ly TV

Ghost is getting turned into a TV series for some reason


Nov 13
// Nick Valdez
Ghost may not be my favorite Patrick Swayze flick (that honor goes to To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Juile Newmar), but it is one of my favorite romantic comedy/dramas. It's dark, scary as all get out (tell me those shad...
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Marvel's Netflix series could become movies


Nov 08
// Matthew Razak
You've probably heard by now that Netflix announced a deal with Disney/Marvel for four new TV shows. If you haven't, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones will all be getting shows on Netflix that will culminate i...
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Ender's Game sequel in question, TV show possible


Nov 08
// Matthew Razak
Anyone who saw Ender's Game knows it left off with a pretty perfect set up for a whole host of sequels, and anyone who has read the book series knows there is plenty of (increasingly odd) content for them to adapt. Howev...
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Agents of MARKETING

Agents of SHIELD gets Thor: The Dark World crossover


Which is pretty much what the show was made for.
Nov 04
// Nick Valdez
If you haven't watched Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show on ABC, you're not missing out on much. It's full of bland characters in bland action scenes speaking blandly as they bland their way through bland dialogue. And ...
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The Simpsons

The Simpsons also did a Hobbit couch gag


Simpsons did it.
Nov 01
// Nick Valdez
Now that I'm News Editor of this fair site, expect a lot more plugs for The Simpsons than usual (although it still won't be for just anything). For instance the last time a cough gag was featured here, it was directed by Gui...
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First images of Mr. Peabody & Sherman warp in


Oct 17
// Matthew Razak
Sometimes I forget movies are being made, and then when I remember I get really excited. This is not one of those times. I forgot Dreamwork's was taking Rock and Bullwinkle's time traveling dog, Mr. Peabody, and his assi...

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