Screen Junkies » News http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:58:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘The (British) Office’ Will Get A Spin-Off Film Thanks To Ricky Gervais http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-british-office-will-get-a-spin-off-film-thanks-to-ricky-gervais/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-british-office-will-get-a-spin-off-film-thanks-to-ricky-gervais/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:58:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263787 I wonder if he's still obnoxious.

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In case you’re wondering what happened to incorrigible jerk David Brent since the end of The Office‘s brief run, we’ve got good news: you’ll see him 12 year later. Ricky Gervais and BBC Films have announced that they will be pairing up to give us Life on the Road, the follow-up film to the well-regarded workplace comedy.

The details are awesome. 12 years later, David Brent is still trying to get his music career off the ground with a self-financed tour (hence the title). Bear in mind that this is consistent with a number of David Brent appearances Ricky Gervais has made, giving guitar lessons online and showing up for gigs.

The movie shoots in 2015, which gives us likely over two years to get excited.

*sits in corner, twiddling thumbs and tapping foot*

 

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Now Richard Linklater Doesn’t Want To Make ‘Incredible Mr. Limpet’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-richard-linklater-doesnt-want-to-make-incredible-mr-limpet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/now-richard-linklater-doesnt-want-to-make-incredible-mr-limpet/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:01:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263762 A serious blow to cinema.

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He’s a filmmaker known for taking risks but Richard Linklater has determined that remaking The Incredible Mr. Limpet is an experiment even he won’t attempt. The Boyhood director had been attached to the remake with Zach Galifianakis, and recently Jon Hamm, since 2011. However, now that Warner Bros. wants to get serious and and put their hands under the sweater, Linklater is having second thoughts. After all, he is headed to college soon for the higher education-based spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, the ’80s-set That’s What I’m Talking About. And, as we all know, college can change everything.

The film, based on the original which saw Don Knotts transform into a cartoon fish in order to thwart Nazi U-boats, is still a priority at the studio and they are actively searching for a new director. May we recommend Terrence Malick or the guy who did Space Jam? (THR)

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Chris Pratt Channels Eminem On Command http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/chris-pratt-channels-eminem-on-command/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/chris-pratt-channels-eminem-on-command/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:30:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263759 Chris Pratt and Eminem need to star in a movie together immediately.

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If Chris Pratt is willing to show his penis to Amy Poehler on a whim, do you really think he’ll back down from a rap challenge? It’s good to know that if Mouse Rat (formerly known as Scarecrow Boat) doesn’t hit the big time, he can always fall back on his bizarre Eminem impression.

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Sony Will Give Us A Female Superhero Film In 2017, And That’s As Specific As They Will Get http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-will-give-us-a-female-superhero-film-in-2017-and-thats-as-specific-as-they-will-get/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-will-give-us-a-female-superhero-film-in-2017-and-thats-as-specific-as-they-will-get/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:22:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263752 She'll hail from the realm of Spider-Man.

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Sony recently announced that they were pushing back the next installment of Spider-Man because it’s not doing as well as other Marvel films (my guess), so some bandwidth in the studio will allow for a new film. Of course, this too will be a superhero film, because those are the only films that exist any more.

As the headline so tactfully conveys, there are no further details, other than it will be released in 2017, and it will feature a woman superhero, perhaps in response to the clamor that there are no female superhero movies. Ok. Fine. It will be a superhero from the Spider-Man universe, of which most people know very little. But they’ll be educated. Oh, how they’ll be educated!

Spider-Man‘s answer to The Avengers, Sinister Six, will arrive in theaters in 2016, and will no doubt give us much of the backstory we don’t really need when plopping in front of a superhero film.

THANK GOD.

 

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Megan Fox Tells ‘Ninja Turtle’ Haters To F*ck Off http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-tells-ninja-turtle-haters-to-fck-off/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/megan-fox-tells-ninja-turtle-haters-to-fck-off/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263728 Well, I can't imagine this upsetting anybody.

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Megan Fox, who Michael Bay finally let Michael Bay film her jumping up and down on a trampoline, needs to wash her very attractive mouth out with soap. And then I should get to keep that soap.

While addressing the panel at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles press conference, Fox had choice words for those who hold the popular opinion that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film is a terrible idea.

“Let me tell you something about those people. How much money did Transformers 4 make? Exactly. Those people can complain – they all go to the theater. They’re gonna love it – and if they don’t love it, they can fuck off, and that’s the end of that.”

There you have it. You must like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Megan Fox has deemed it so. But, honestly, how could you not? It’s got Whoopi Goldberg and dialogue focus-grouped to appeal to the young people with their Dre Beat headphones and battery-powered cigarettes. (Cinema Blend)

 

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Marvel Takes A Look Back At How Awesome Their Films Have Been http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvel-takes-a-look-back-at-how-awesome-their-films-have-been/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/marvel-takes-a-look-back-at-how-awesome-their-films-have-been/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:10:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263718 Excelsior!

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With Guardians of the Galaxy breaking box office numbers as I type this and The Avengers: Age of Ultron set to dominate next summer, Marvel has decided to take a moment to breathe, step back, and have a good look at how they got to a film about a machine-gunnin’ raccoon. Posted to their official YouTube page, this recap covers the major events of Phase One and Phase Two (so far) and it cuts together so well.

Marvel made history by creating so many intricate connections between their diverse array of films as that’s pointed out here. The video covers everything from Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy (and even includes footage from Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk because we can’t ignore that those happened) ending on a shot of formerly-teased villain Thanos resting upon his floating throne of rock. Excelsior!

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Yup, ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Made A Metric Sh*t-ton Of Money This Weekend http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-guardians-of-the-galaxy-made-a-metric-sht-ton-of-money-this-weekend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-guardians-of-the-galaxy-made-a-metric-sht-ton-of-money-this-weekend/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:39:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263711 It seems that familiar isn't always better.

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Guardians of the Galaxy marketed itself as a different type of superhero film. It was character driven, as audiences weren’t familiar enough with the source material to fall back on the familiar faces and plots. It was goofy and funny, but not at the expense of action. The film was initially far riskier than Iron Man, The Avengers, or any of the old guard.

But rather than alienating the die-hard fans, Guardians appealed to…well, everyone. It pulled in $94 million its opening weekend, which is just $1 shy of Captain America‘s take earlier this year. It also will likely lend itself better to repeat viewings, so it could prove a little more durable in later weeks.

Good thing they’ve already announced the sequel. America apparently can’t get enough of little raccoons and anthropomorphic trees.

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Paul Feig, Savior Of Funny Women, Might Direct ‘Ghostbusters 3′ With Female Cast http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-feig-savior-of-funny-women-might-direct-ghostbusters-3-with-female-cast/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-feig-savior-of-funny-women-might-direct-ghostbusters-3-with-female-cast/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 02:30:07 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263702 But do women have the physical strength to bust ghosts? I'M JUST ASKING THE QUESTION.

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It’s been far too long since we gave creedence to any rumors regarding Ghostbusters 3: The Sequel No One’s Asking For, so try this on: Paul Feig, the comedic force behind Freak and Geeks, Bridesmaids, and The Heat, is reportedly mulling over directing Ghostbusters 3.

Why? Because, in keeping with Paul Feig’s recent M.O., he would cram the cast full of women and show men a thing or two about comedy!

Or something like that.

This approach might actually be the only viable one, as Bill Murray seems to be steering clear of the entire concept, and Harold Ramis is dead. So unless the world wants to see Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd for 100 minutes (They don’t), then a new cast is probably the move to make.

And this way, he’ll have a viable pretense for casting Melissa McCarthy, which we all know is his real endgame – getting Melissa McCarthy paid work.

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It’s Pretty Clear That ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Is Going To Kill At The Box Office This Weekend http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-pretty-clear-that-guardians-of-the-galaxy-is-going-to-kill-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/its-pretty-clear-that-guardians-of-the-galaxy-is-going-to-kill-at-the-box-office-this-weekend/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:33:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263662 'Guardians of the Box Office' is more like it, right? Sorry. That was stupid.

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All signs point to Guardians of the Galaxy, despite being based on lesser-known source material from Marvel, making an absolute killing at the box office this weekend. And the next weekend. And probably on DVD. And PPV. And merchandising.

While the tools used predict such information are a little “inside baseball” and foreign (focus groups, ouija boards, surveys) we got our first real piece of evidence today when it was revealed that last night the film took in $11.2 million, which is more than Captain America, the year’s high-water mark, did in its first night.

The predictors are expecting $40-$50 million tonight, with the weekend totaling $80-$90+ million.

In any event, the film is all but guaranteed to have the biggest August opening ever for a film, eclipsing The Bourne Ultimatum’s $69 million.

Yay, Hollywood revenues. It’s nice to know that these studio execs will finally see some money from their hard work.

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‘Sharknado 2′ Clears The Low Bar Of ‘Highest-Rated Original SyFy Film’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/sharknado-2-clears-the-low-bar-of-highest-rated-original-syfy-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/sharknado-2-clears-the-low-bar-of-highest-rated-original-syfy-film/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:24:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263655 It's a wonderful day for the world!

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In what’s shaping up to be tremendous news for people who like inconsequential news stories, Sharknado 2 has officially been deemed the highest rated original film ever on SyFy network. Is that an accomplishment?

Yes. It is because we say it is.

The stupid film starring Tara Reid managed to use the suggestibility of weak-willed audiences to garner 3.9 million viewers, which is far more than needed to watch a low-budget film about weather patterns consisting of sharks. The 3.9 million viewers generated 500,000 tweets meaning that very few people that watched Sharknado were doing so without asking for attention in their Sharknado watching.

And yes, this means there’s going to be a sequel. Good for Tara Reid, good for fledgling CGI shops, bad for people who watch things non-ironically and with sincerity.

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Vin Diesel Records “I Am Groot!” In Several Languages http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/vin-diesel-records-i-am-groot-in-several-languages/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/vin-diesel-records-i-am-groot-in-several-languages/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:17:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263651 Yo soy Groot!

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Here’s a peek behind the curtain into the riveting world of voice-over recording. Vin Diesel’s role as the tree man, Groot, in Guardians of the Galaxy may not have involved a lot of line memorization but that isn’t any reason why Diesel shouldn’t approach the part with the same care and consideration that he gives every role. The result is this video of him recording “I am Groot!,” in several different languages for international release.

Meanwhile, the rest of the cast has opted to just have the guys looking for work outside Home Depot do it.

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The Director Of ‘Con Air’ Wants To Discuss A ‘Con Air’ Sequel In Space http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-director-of-con-air-wants-to-discuss-a-con-air-sequel-in-space/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-director-of-con-air-wants-to-discuss-a-con-air-sequel-in-space/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:13:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263652 And we will let him...

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We should take director Simon West‘s offhand comment about a Con Air sequel in space with a grain of salt, but we should ALSO take it extremely seriously because we just want it so damn bad. West said that he’d be up for revisiting the story if “it was completely turned on its head. Con Air In Space, for example. A studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys.”

Well, the first one was pretty ridiculous, so I don’t know if we need to consciously make it more ridiculous. I mean, just casting Nic Cage in ANYTHING these days is de facto over-the-top behavior.

However, let’s not rule out a return to a plane (or spaceship) full of fugitives. After all, as the A.V. Club points out, Simon West was the guy who directed the Rick Astley video for “Never Gonna Give You Up,” so his ridiculousness knows no bounds.

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‘Shark By Tara’, A Fragrance From Tara Reid http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shark-by-tara-a-fragrance-from-tara-reid/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shark-by-tara-a-fragrance-from-tara-reid/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:28:18 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263648 Tara Reid has developed a chemical she would like you to rub on your skin.

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If the words “a fragrance from Tara Reid” didn’t scare you away from this article, congratulations. Hot on the heels of her Sharknado 2 success, Tara Reid has developed a chemical that she would like women to rub on their bodies. This is even weirder than the underwear that Tommy Wiseau is hoping to sell.

Shark by Tara is a light and refreshing perfume perfect for day-to-day wear. It also incorporates a plethora of “lavender” colored flowers, which is Tara’s favorite color, making them a true fit for Shark by Tara.

Shark by Tara perfume is a complex scent with three different levels of nodes that embrace our fresh, light, and fun feel. Our top-level node is clad with iced mint, violet and lemon, while our middle node is complete with jasmine, tuberose and muguet. The last dry node is cool blue rose, amber and musk. [TaraReid.com]

Whoever the copywriter working for Tara Reid is just earned their wage. So elegant. I’ve also imagined Tara Reid smelled like coconut, cigarettes, and what one hopes is bleach. Please be bleach.

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Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson In An Upcoming Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jamie-foxx-will-play-mike-tyson-in-an-upcoming-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jamie-foxx-will-play-mike-tyson-in-an-upcoming-biopic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:08:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263596 Better get that dialect coach on the phone.

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Jamie Foxx has reportedly signed on to make a film about beleaguered former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. The film will be directed by Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire producer/director Terence Winter. It’s unclear what the scope of the film will be, as it seems most every chapter of Tyson’s life is pretty cinematic.

Given Jamie Foxx’s age, it’s unlikely that Foxx roles would focus on his troubled adolescent years in the Bronx and Catskills. But stranger things have happened. I hope that at least some of the film tracks against Tyson’s fighting days, so we can see what Foxx does to resemble the bulldog-sized Tyson in the late 80′s and early 90′s.

Despite Winter’s ties to HBO, and that networks release of its own Tyson film a few years back, this one is slated for a theatrical release, so expect some starpower behind it.

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‘Office Space’s Ron Livingston To Play Paul Revere In AMC Comedy ‘We Hate Paul Revere’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/office-spaces-ron-livingston-to-play-paul-revere-in-amc-comedy-we-hate-paul-revere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/office-spaces-ron-livingston-to-play-paul-revere-in-amc-comedy-we-hate-paul-revere/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:16:07 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263571 Maybe we just need to get to know Paul Revere better.

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Don’t you hate how there aren’t any good comedies set in the colonial period? Yeah, you do. Even if you didn’t even know you did. AMC sure does, and that’s (presumably) why they’re stepping out with We Hate Paul Revere, one such comedy that follows two guys who sure do hate Paul Revere.

Of course, it would have been fairly predictable for AMC to cast some d-bag in the role of Paul Revere, like one of the Workaholics, or maybe Ed Helms. Nope. They got one of the more likable people in the world, Ron Livingston, to play Paul Revere.

Why do those two guys hate Paul Revere so much? Especially if he’s played by affable everyman Ron Livingston? Maybe they’re jerks. Or maybe Paul Revere is a jerk. Sometimes people just don’t get along. It’s not necessarily a testament to their personalities. Whatever.

Just watch the show. It’s rare that networks take such a high-concept risk that doesn’t sound stupid right off the back. With any luck, we’ll ALL be hating Paul Revere for years to come.

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Simon Pegg Will Probably Appear In The New ‘Star Wars’ (But Maybe Not His Face?) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-will-probably-appear-in-the-new-star-wars-but-maybe-not-his-face/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/simon-pegg-will-probably-appear-in-the-new-star-wars-but-maybe-not-his-face/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263532 He did everything but hire a skywriting plane to tell us. (Not really)

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In case you haven’t heard, J.J. Abrams is directing the new Star Wars film. Also in case you haven’t heard, J.J. Abrams likes to use the same actors in different films. So at Comic-Con, when Benedict Cumberbatch (who starred alongside Pegg in Abrams’ Star Trek into Darkness) mentioned that Simon Pegg is among the unannounced cast in the next Star Wars, no one was too taken aback.

In short order, Pegg was asked about his participation by Vulture, and his answer was non-committal enough that he’s almost certainly doing it. When asked, Pegg responded:

“Well, J.J. uses me in different roles, and we’re good friends. I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face. The film is cleverly cast with these amazing, unknown actors.”

Jeez, Simon. We get it. You’re going to be in it, but your face isn’t. HE’S THE NEW C-3PO!

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Legendary Wants Director Joe Cornish For Its ‘King Kong’ Prequel ‘Skull Island’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/legendary-wants-director-joe-cornish-for-its-king-kong-prequel-skull-island/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/legendary-wants-director-joe-cornish-for-its-king-kong-prequel-skull-island/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263529 It's between him and Spike Lee. Just kidding. No one's asked Spike.

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While King Kong did pretty well for itself at the box office, many remember it as an oddly humanized epic film that never really seemed to end. However, ask people what stand out most about the film, and they’ll likely tell you it’s the scene where the gang goes to Skull Island to capture Kong and encounter about million interesting animals on the way.

Legendary Pictures ain’t no dummies, so they’ve chosen to focus on this aspect of the King Kong origin story (assuming there even ARE other aspects) with Skull Island, having given the world its first glimpse at Comic-Con. However, the teaser didn’t convey much, and didn’t have a director. Now, Deadline is reporting that Legendary wants Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish to step up and helm this thing.

No word yet on what he thinks, but this would certainly be a great stage to prove that he can make the leap from cute indie director to blockbuster God, like both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb have done with Spider-Man.

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The Walking Dead is back for its fifth season this October and it looks like they’ve finally got a good budget for blowing zombies up. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed the various decapitations, impalings, grinding to sludge beneath tires we’ve been treated to. It’s just nice to see a mushroom cloud of the undead every once in awhile.

It also seems like the gang doesn’t hang around Terminus for very long which makes it easy to predict who does and doesn’t make it out of there alive. Hint: if they’re walking down the tracks in bad-ass slow-motion, they’ve made it out.

 

 

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Woman Hit By Car At Comic-Con ZombieWalk, Gets A Little Closer To Being Actual Zombie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woman-hit-by-car-at-comic-con-zombiewalk-gets-a-little-closer-to-being-actual-zombie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woman-hit-by-car-at-comic-con-zombiewalk-gets-a-little-closer-to-being-actual-zombie/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:03:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263467 This goes from upsetting to very upsetting when learning kids were scared by the fake zombies.

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It wouldn’t be Comic-Con unless someone got run over by a car. Normally, it’s just Twilight fans, or some guy dressed in a goofy costume, but it stings a little more when you learn it’s a 64 year-0ld woman. Fortunately, her injuries are not being reported as life-threatening, and the common thought is that she may have a broken arm.

And yes, she was participating in the ZombieWalk, in which people dress up like zombies and…walk.

She was hit by a 48 year-old deaf man driving with his deaf family, who were apparently very scared by the sudden presence of hundreds of zombies (JESUS), and his children’s reaction may have led to the crash. Ugh. It gets worse.

According to reports, the kids were freaking out by the presence of zombies, so despite the fact that the driver had to stay put to allow the throng of zombies to pass, he started to inch forward to get his kids out of there. The mob turned against him, punching windows and jumping on his hood (DOUBLE JESUS). No charges have been filed against the poor dad. Poor kids. Poor lady. Poor everyone.

 

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Yup, Quentin Tarantino Revealed At Comic-Con He Is Making ‘The Hateful Eight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-quentin-tarantino-revealed-at-comic-con-he-is-making-the-hateful-eight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/yup-quentin-tarantino-revealed-at-comic-con-he-is-making-the-hateful-eight/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:49:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263463 Then it's settled.

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After lots of speculation and discussion on our end (see here, here, and here) Quentin Tarantino finally owned up to what we all assumed and admitted he’ll be making The Hateful Eight after all, leaked scripts be damned. The film will be an out-and-out western, as we knew all along.

So, we can stop the contrived speculation, and just start reporting developments. That’s good for those who don’t like writing and reading small pieces of conjecture or having to read into weird little developments in the world of QT.

Tarantino made the announcement during a panel for the upcoming Zorro-Django crossover comic, which Tarantino did so that he could control the mythology of Django without having to keep making movies. I think we can all get on board with that.

One of the most uproarious moments on the panel came when Tarantino was asked if he would ever make a film that wasn’t rated R.

“Fuck no,” he replied.

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Comic-Con Teases Cryptic ‘King Kong’ Sequel, Leaves Everyone Confused http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-teases-cryptic-king-kong-sequel-leaves-everyone-confused/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/comic-con-teases-cryptic-king-kong-sequel-leaves-everyone-confused/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:21:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263458 Is it a prequel? A sequel? A gritty reboot with King Kong as a troubled loner?

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We don’t have the trailer for this one, as it hasn’t been shared online, but from the responses at Comic-Con, the trailer itself wouldn’t help you understand this project any better anyway. During the Legendary Pictures panel, after Guillermo del Toro had left the stage, the production company ran a brief clip that showed a tropical island.

Many thought it was a teaser for del Toro’s long-gestating At the Mountains of Madness, and some others thought it was Jurassic World for some reason. Nope. Cue the roar of the mighty King Kong, then show the title…

Skull Island.

Then end the trailer, with no one knowing what they just saw, but they know that it’s coming November 4th, 2016.

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James Gunn, Writer And Director Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Signs On For The Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-writer-and-director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-signs-on-for-the-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-writer-and-director-of-guardians-of-the-galaxy-signs-on-for-the-sequel/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:48:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263435 We'll call it 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' until we get more intel. ("Intel" is short for "intelligence.)

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In order to keep feeding the beast of high-profile release dates that Marvel/Disney has staked out for the next four years or so, there’s no time for annual evaluations and strategic meetings. There’s your gut, and there’s following what it has to say. And Marvel’s gut is saying that Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be huge, that James Gunn did a great job writing and directing, and that he should be hired for the second one with no more discussion.

And so it shall be.

Gunn has been picked up to write and direct the next installment of the film (release date July 28, 2017). I don’t entirely understand the virtue in making this announcement now, before the first one premieres. I mean, it’s not like he won’t have three years to film and edit the sequel. My guess is this is something of a marketing move, with Marvel demonstrating just how confident they are that this movie is going to kick ass.

It’s like booking a Super Bowl trip while your team is in the Wild Card hunt. Only the Wild Card hunt is a raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. Or the Super Bowl is voiced by Bradley Cooper. Shit. I think I screwed up this analogy.

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How Many Of These 300 8-Bit Pop Culture Figures Do You Recognize? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/how-many-of-these-300-8-bit-pop-culture-figures-do-you-recognize/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/how-many-of-these-300-8-bit-pop-culture-figures-do-you-recognize/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:26:42 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263405 16-bit would have been overkill.

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God bless Paul Robertson. On a day that’s normally brimming with niche Comic-Con news that is only newsworthy because it happened at Comic-Con, we’re given something a little more permanent. A little more fun. We’re given, courtesy of Mr. Robertson, an animator by day, 300 pop culture figures imagined as 8-bit NES-type characters.

Go through the following three pics and see how many you can get, then determine which one is the most obscure. BOOM. Carl Winslow. Top left of page 2.

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In Lesser News: ‘Blossom’s Mayim Bialik To Host TV Land’s ‘Candid Camera’ Reboot http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/in-lesser-news-blossoms-mayim-bialik-to-host-tv-lands-candid-camera-reboot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/in-lesser-news-blossoms-mayim-bialik-to-host-tv-lands-candid-camera-reboot/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:07:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263394 Don't call it 'Punk'd'. The producers hate when you call it 'Punk'd.'

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Wow. I can’t even believe this one came up on my newsfeed. In a move that’s bound to have ripples across the entertainment industry for the balance of eternity, former teen star Mayim Bialik, most recently having appeared on The Big Bang Theory as a nerd, will now be hosting a reboot of the iconic TV prank show Candid Camera.

Wait for it…

On TV Land.

I understand TV Land shoots for a slightly older crowd, possibly one nostalgic for shows like Candid Camera and even the girl who played Blossom, but this is still a very odd move. Like a pop-culture Mad Lips. What are the odds of a Joey Lawrence cameo? I would say even money. It gets even weirder, as she’ll be hosting it alongside Peter Funt, the son of the show’s original host, Allen Funt.

Man, the nostalgia and sentiment is strong with this one!

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Kristen Bell Does A Good Mary Poppins http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kristen-bell-does-a-good-mary-poppins/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kristen-bell-does-a-good-mary-poppins/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:54:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263375 The rising costs of birds forces Mary to seek more gainful employment.

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Kristen Bell charms as Mary Poppins and almost sells me on the Minimum Wage debate. However, let’s not forget that Mary Poppins is unfit for the job. I’d prefer a nanny that doesn’t involve my children in perilous situations like dancing on rooftops.

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Andy Samberg And Jon Snow To Mock The Great Sport Of Tennis http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/andy-samberg-and-jon-snow-to-mock-the-great-sport-of-tennis/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/andy-samberg-and-jon-snow-to-mock-the-great-sport-of-tennis/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:27:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263370 They'll star in an HBO Wimbledon mockumentary.

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Although Clear History kinda sucked balls, HBO has announced they’ll once again dip their toe in comedy feature waters with 7 Days in Hell, a Wimbledon mockumentary written by the co-executive producer of Girls. It will star Andy Samberg as a cocky badboy of tennis and Game of Thrones’s Kit Harrington as his humble rival as they face each other for a seven-day match at the famous tennis tournament. Fueling this rivalry is Karen Gillan as the supermodel that comes between them.

Beyond those roles, it looks like HBO is going the ensemble route again. The film also stars Nebraska brosefs Will Forte and June Squib, Michael Sheen, Fred Armisen, Mary Steenburgen, Soledad O’Brien, Howie Mandel, and Girls star Lena Dunham because it would probably get awkward in the HBO cafeteria if they hadn’t.

The film will look something like this:

(Deadline)

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‘Official’ Tweeted Photo Of Zack Snyder’s Superman Holding A Lightsaber Is Bound To Get The Fanboys Going http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-tweeted-photo-of-zack-snyders-superman-holding-a-lightsaber-is-bound-to-get-the-fanboys-going/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/official-tweeted-photo-of-zack-snyders-superman-holding-a-lightsaber-is-bound-to-get-the-fanboys-going/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:42:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263348 Calm down, geeks. CALM DOWN!

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In this age of superhero blockbuster decadence, it doesn’t even seem possible to make things too big. The Avengers represents like five franchises, Batman is fighting Superman, and the crossover opportunities seem endless.

However, could worlds really collide to bring us Superman in a Star Wars world? Or, far less likely, vice versa?

Almost certainly not, but when Zack Snyder Tweeted out this image of the Man of Steel holding a lightsaber, it sure did get people talking about what’s to be discussed at his upcoming panel at Comic-Con.

Of course, Warner Bros works with DC, and Disney owns Marvel (and Star Wars), so there’s no natural fit, nor is there much incentive for Disney to play nice with the enemy.

But still, you’ve got our attention you crafty marketer, Mr. Snyder. So what the hell does this represent, other than our gullibility?

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It Looks Like Someone Just Farted On ‘Ant-Man’ Comic-Con Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ant-man-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ant-man-poster/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:33:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263347 "Dude. Michael Douglas, light a match."

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Thanks to Comic-Con, the prospect of seeing Paul Rudd sarcastically mouth-off to an ant feels that much closer. Marvel had some trouble getting Ant-Man out of the gate but now we have a first look at the film. In hand-drawn poster form.

The poster by artist Andy Park confirms suspicions that the film will feature Ant-Man riding an ant and Paul Rudd will make that face he makes before he infers that someone or something is gay.

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Disney And Marvel Announce Yet Another Superhero Film To Their 2017/2018 Slate At Comic-Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-and-marvel-announce-yet-another-superhero-film-to-their-20172018-slate-at-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-and-marvel-announce-yet-another-superhero-film-to-their-20172018-slate-at-comic-con/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263339 Rather than adding more untitled films, perhaps they could reveal a plot or premise to one of them?

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Disney knows that they’ve got a good thing going with Marvel, and, rather than exercise their usual restrain when it comes to scheduling releases, Disney/Marvel has taken to announcing one superhero movie after another, with little to no plot details or even a title.

And we got one more at Comic-Con yesterday, as they politely asked attendees to clear their schedule for May 4th, 2018. I have an aromatherapy appointment that day, but I should be free by 4:00 or so if anyone wants to go see the last matinee.

Seriously, nothing beyond that is known, just like with their other 5 (FIVE!) TBA blockbusters dates. So to summarize, leave open (courtesy of Jen Yamato from Deadline): July 28 and November 3rd, 2017, July 6 and November 2nd, 2018, the above May date, and then May 3rd, 2019.

You’ll know more about these mystery films when we do.

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New York Paid $16 Million To Keep Colbert And The ‘Late Show’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-york-paid-16-million-to-keep-colbert-and-the-late-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-york-paid-16-million-to-keep-colbert-and-the-late-show/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:17:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263311 Yes, but how much will they spend to acquire Carson Daly?

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The Ed Sullivan Theater, David Letterman, and the Late Show have all been ingrained in the fabric of New York City, but the relationship came into question when it was announced that Letterman was retiring and Stephen Colbert was taking over.

Never to worry, though. New York through a bunch of cash at CBS and the show is staying where it is. The report is $16 million, as the headline states, but it’s actually a $5 million grant to improve the theater, some tax breaks, and a bunch of other convoluted mechanisms. That’s too bad, because I would have really liked to see Governor Andrew Cuomo hand Colbert a trash bag full of cash as they both smiled for the cameras.

In any event, LA won’t be getting Colbert or his show. Oh well, WE STILL HAVE THE BECKHAMS AND NIC CAGE.

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