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10 Reasons Why My Favourite Movie Is Better Than Yours

Ok so starting with number one...

Well actually the title is purely satirical and I donít claim, nor do I actually believe, that my favourite movie is somehow in a different league then yours. In fact, I don't really care what your favourite movie is. So why bring it up? Good question.

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May 25

Finding Dory Trailer Introduces New Characters and Reminds Finding Nemo Fans to "Just Keep Swimming"

by Zach Johnson

To build anticipation ahead of its release, Disney and Pixar released a new trailer Tuesday. Set six months after the events of 2003's Finding Nemo, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is living in the Australian reef with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) when she suddenly remembers that she has a family. With her clownfish friends by her side, Dory sets off on an adventure across the ocean to California's Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. On her journey to find her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three MLI residents: Hank (Ed O'Neill), a slightly crabby octopus; Bailey (Ty Burrell), a beluga whale with sonar issues; and Destiny (Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark.

Other Finding Nemo favorites are back, including Willem Dafoe as Gill, a moorish idol; Vicki Lewis as Deb (and her sister "Flo", Deb's reflection), a 4-striped damselfish; Bob Peterson as Mr. Ray, a spotted eagle ray; John Ratzenberger as the school of Moonfish; and director Andrew Stanton as Crush, a Green sea turtle. The trailer also introduces two sea lions, voiced by Idris Elba and Dominic West, as well as Bill Hader and Kate McKinnon, who cameo as fishes.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: E! Online

May 24

'Apocalypse' is shaping up to be the worst-reviewed film ever in the X-Men franchise

Magneto (Michael Fassbender) in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' (image courtesy 20th Century Fox / Marvel)
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By Michael Cavna Jethro Tull THERE IS a moment in the '80s-set film "X-Men: Apocalypse" when teenage mutants are exiting a screening of the then-new Star Wars release "Return of the Jedi." One of them notes that the third film in any trilogy is "always the worst." The line registers like a direct dig at the widely derided "X-Men: The Last Stand," the third film in the earlier iteration of the X-Men franchise.

Yet while "Apocalypse" director Bryan Singer might be meta-heckling Brett Ratner's 2006 movie, let's hope he's also aware enough to be self-deprecating there: According to critics, his own "Apocalypse" - yes, the third film in this X-Men prequel trilogy - is even worse.

The latest X-film, which arrives Friday, is being deemed so mediocre by critics, it currently ranks below even Ratner's "The Last Stand," which has a score of 58 on Metacritic; Singer's "Apocalypse" now sits at a Metascore of "51."

So where does "X-Men: Apocalypse" fit in among similar flicks this year? If early reviews are to be believed, it's not as controversial as "Batman v Superman," but it doesn't measure up to "Captain America: Civil War" either.

The reviews may be decidedly mixed, but the critical reception registers as more disappointing because it suffers by comparison, landing right on the heels of the mostly lauded "Civil War." The reviews also bear particularly disheartening news when you consider that every prior superhero film directed and/or written by Bryan Singer had received a "positive" aggregate score on Metacritic.

Continue Reading at: The Washington Post

May 24

Priyanka Chopra won't play Bond girl, wants to be next 007

Could the next Bond be female? Maybe Prinyanka Chopra? (image courtesy The American Bazaar)
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by AB Wire

Since the reports started appearing about Daniel Craig turning down the offer to act as James Bond in the next two series of the world's oldest franchise, there's been an intense amount of rumors over who will replace him as the next 007.

Names of Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, to BBC's War and Peace fame James Norton were discussed as possible candidates for the role of 007.

But now the speculations are at its peak with Priyanka Chopra's reply to 'Complex' magazine. Reports say that, if fan sentiment is an indication, the new Bond could very well be a woman. And that woman could very well be Priyanka Chopra.

The Baywatch actor, who features on the cover of Complex magazine this month, was asked about the rumors that she will be the next 'bond girl'. "I get that all the time. F*** that. I wanna be Bond." She replied.

After playing the villainous character Victoria Leeds in Baywatch, which was originally written for a man, being bond seems like an appropriate step and there's been a lot of talk about the next Bond moving away from the white or British type.

Apart from Priyanka names of a few other actresses like Emilia Clarke and Rosario Dawson have also been proposed as the next Bond. Last week, X-Files actress Gillian Anderson's poster as 'James Bond' went viral on twitter and other social media platforms.

Continue Reading at: The American Bazaar

May 23

Almost Everything That Happens In Independence Day 2 Seems To Be In This Trailer

By Conner Schwerdtfeger, CinemaBlend

We here at Cinema Blend love movie trailers. That being said, some trailers can get overwhelmingly infuriating at times. They donít just give us a glimpse at the coming attraction, they can telegraph every single major event from a highly anticipated movie. A new trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence has just hit the web, and it pretty much lays out the entire plot of the film. Check it out below. Or, maybe, don't... if you plan on seeing this movie in theaters!

While the trailer doesnít provide every conceivable spoiler for Independence Day: Resurgence, it seems to come pretty damn close. The video showcases how humanity has evolved its perception of its place in the universe in the twenty years since the original Independence Day. We used the technology from the downed alien mother ship to strengthen the defense of our world, but a distress beacon allegedly sent during the climax of the first film has now been received by some understandably angry reinforcements. What follows is a narrative that mirrors the events of Independence Day, with an even greater alien threat looming, and the people who achieved victory last time using their experiences to try and guide a new generation.

Check it out if you are okay with being spoiled:

Continue Reading at: CinemaBlend

May 22

Box Office: 'Angry Birds' Hatches $39M Debut; 'Neighbors 2' Nabs $21.8M

A scene from 'Angry Birds', this weekend's No. 1 box office draw (image courtesy Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation)
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by Rebecca Ford

Angry Birds, directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, beat expectations to take the top slot over Disney and Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which is now in its third week in theaters. Civil War earned another $33.1 million (54 percent drop from its third weekend) to bring its domestic total to a huge $347.4 million. Worldwide, the superhero film passed the $1 billion milestone on Friday to become Disney's tenth billion-dollar club member and the 19th highest-grossing movie of all-time globally.

Worldwide, Angry Birds (which features the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph) earned an estimated $94 million this weekend, bringing its total to $150 million. It flew to No. 1 in 48 markets around the world. Plus, with summer kicking off and children out of school, the 3D animated film will likely have strong multiples in the weeks to come as families head to theaters.

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Universal's follow-up to its 2014 comedy hit, took in an estimated $21.8 million for its domestic debut. That's a 56 percent drop from the first film's tally of $49 million when it hit theaters in 2014. Going into the crowded weekend, tracking had the pic (which earned a B CinemaScore) landing higher, in the low $30 million-range.

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Nice Guys, which stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, also had a soft opening (although slightly ahead of initial tracking) to earn an estimated $11.3 million from 2,865 theaters, enough for a No. 4 finish. Warner Bros. acquired the film as a pick-up, shielding the studio slightly, but it's still a disappointing start for a movie with name stars and favorable reviews.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

May 21

'Star Trek Beyond' trailer brings us the destruction of the Enterprise

by Larry Carroll

With so much talk around Star Wars every day, it's easy to forget that Star Trek has a movie coming out this July. The explosive new clip promoting this summer's epic adventure, however, might do the trick.

This latest trailer for "Star Trek Beyond" seems to be taking fans on a much more pleasing path than the previous one, showing us a conflicted Kirk, scary-looking baddies -- and a USS Enterprise under siege.

"My dad joined Starfleet because he believed in it," says Kirk (Chris Pine), confiding to Bones in a scene from the third film portraying the "alternate timeline" cast. "I joined on a dare."

The movie hints at a major theme surrounding James T. Kirk's quest to find an identity of his own, and is filled with action and space exploits. Oh, and of course, there's also a lens flare to remind you of JJ Abrams' involvement (he serves as producer this time around, with Justin Lin in the director's chair). As the Enterprise crew flees and their signature ship is torn to pieces, you may fear for the safety of Sulu, Uhura and the rest -- but by the end of the trailer, it looks like they'll be fighting back by meeting force with more force.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: zap2it.com

May 19

Daniel Craig 'done' with James Bond franchise

Daniel Craig, seen here in "Skyfall", turns down a huge payday to do more Bond films (image courtesy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
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by WENN.COM

Daniel Craig has reportedly turned down a £68 million ($130 million Canadian) offer to reprise his role as James Bond.

The 48-year-old actor played the spy in 2006's Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012 and last year's Spectre.

However, amid speculation as to whether he would return to playing 007, it has now been claimed the actor has decided he is "done" with the franchise.

"Daniel is done - pure and simple - he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn't what he wanted," a movie source in Los Angeles told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

"He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal."

The deal allegedly saw Daniel offered a staggering £68 million ($130 million Canadian) - which included profit shares, endorsements and a co-producer role - to return to another two films.

But after suffering a knee injury while filming a fight scene in Spectre, Daniel is said to have decided that he would bid the role farewell.

"With knee problems and general exhaustion, he felt it was a journey with an ending," the source added.

Continue Reading at: Toronto Sun

May 18

Movies aren't really getting longer, so why does it feel that way?

Average feature film length, 1906 - 2013 (based on all feature films in IMDb) [courtesy of and compiled by Randy Olson]
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by Christopher Hooton

After sitting through 151 fairly intolerable minutes of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you might have found yourself cursing modern films being so damn long as you left the theatre, and it's a pretty pervasive notion these days.

The data doesn't support it, however.

Statistician Randy Olson decided to crunch the numbers in 2014, and came up with the [above graph].

As you can see, film lengths increased drastically between the turn of the 20th century and 1960, as technology improved and film narratives were first explored.

They've remained fairly steady since then however, apart from a slight dip during the 1970s, which is interesting given the decade is often considered a golden age for film. I think it was David Cronenberg who said a good script should only be 72 pages, and Woody Allen has consistently stuck to an hour-and-a-half-ish run-time, but more concise auteurs such as these who are still operating aside, the two-hour-plus film isn't anything new.

So why the sudden viewer exhaustion?

Click the Continue Reading at link to read Christopher Hooton's thoughts on viewer exhaustion.

Continue Reading at: Independent UK

May 18

Ghostbusters Are Desperately Trying to Save New York City, Chris Hemsworth and Their Reputations in Third Trailer

by Francesca Bacardi

They've almost arrived!

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are getting ready to drive into theaters in their Ecto-1 this July, but first fans of Ghostbusters are getting a closer look at what's to come when ghosts start taking over Manhattan once again in the newest trailer. Even though ghosts are clearly taking over the city, the people seem to be skeptical about the women's efforts.

"What do we think of these Ghostbusters?" a newscaster asks. "Are they to be taken seriously?"

Based on their wild, clumsy antics, we can see why they wouldn't want to.

In previous trailers we've seen Chris Hemsworth be hilarious (and hot) as the group's new receptionist, who eventually straps on the Ghostbusters' uniform after realizing they could use an extra pair of hands. Unfortunately, Hemsworth's fate doesn't seem to great. While showing off his new motorcycle to his partners, a ghost takes over his body and causes him to transform into something evil. Save him, Ghostbusters! At least they have a car, courtesy of Jones' character, to go after him when he drives off into the unknown.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: E! Online

May 17

Marvel Entertainment Changed Iron Man 3 Villain from Female to Male to Sell Toys

Iron Man 3 mash-up (image courtesy Marvel / ComicBook.com)
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by Lucas Siegel

Shane Black still thinks about Iron Man 3, and while he's proud of the movie [that] eventually got made, he has some regrets. One is quite the revelation: the villain changed drastically from the script they were originally going with.

"There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft," Black told Uproxx. "We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and weíve changed our minds because, after consulting, weíve decided that toy wonít sell as well if itís a female."

Yes, because of potential toy sales, they had to change the main villain from female to male. Rebecca Hall's character Maya Hansen, Black implied, had a larger role - perhaps being revealed as the villain behind it all.

"But New York called and said, 'Thatís money out of our bank.' In the earlier draft, the woman was essentially Killian Ė and they didnít want a female Killian, they wanted a male Killian. I liked the idea, like Remington Steele, you think itís the man but at the end, the woman has been running the whole show. They just said, 'no way,'" Black said.

Continue Reading at: ComicBook.com

May 15

'Captain America: Civil War' conquers box office again with $72.6M

by Brian Truitt

The A-list money team-up of George Clooney and Julia Roberts couldn't foil the monster duo of Captain America and Iron Man.

The superhero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War conquered all at the box office for a second weekend in a row, pulling in $72.6 million and running its domestic total to $295.9 million.

Globally, Civil War zoomed past $940 million, making it the third consecutive Disney release this year (after Zootopia and The Jungle Book) to surpass $800 million. It also helped the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach a combined $10 billion in eight years from 13 movies.

The latest Marvel movie's second-weekend drop of 59% is in line with last summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, though a little surprising given the critical acclaim for Civil War, says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for tracking service comScore. "I figured more people would figure out itís an Avengers movie. Some people are just really into the whole notion of Avengers, and if they just look at the title Captain America, that may not be as big of a draw."

But "it should continue to play very, very well," he adds. "As word of mouth continues to build, itíll just sustain itself in the marketplace."

The Jungle Book held tightly to second place, where it also finished last week, with $17.8 million.

Continue Reading at: USA Today

May 15

Oasis doc Supersonic set for October release

Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame (image courtesy Noel Gallagher)

Oasis' documentary will be called 'Supersonic' and is set for release in October.

The film - made by the team behind the Amy Winehouse doc 'Amy' - takes its name from Oasis' 1994 debut single and filmmakers have been given unprecedented access to the group.

Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher and their fellow band members have given numerous interviews for the film, along with people who were integral to the Manchester group's incredible rise to become the biggest band in the world.

The film has been made by James Gay-Rees of production company On The Corner, executive director Asif Kapadia and director Mat Whitecross.

The movie focuses on the band's formation in 1991 and journey to their historic concerts at Knebworth Park in 1996 at which they played to 250,000 people following the runaway success of their second LP '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?', which went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

At the time, 2.6 million people applied for tickets for the concerts, and the band could have played 20 sold out nights at the venue.

Continue Reading at: The Hamilton Spectator

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