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Star Wars: Disney Will Never Alter Or Restore Original Trilogy

10 hours ago

Every year or so, the internet is subjected to a round of rumors revolving around the original Star Wars trilogy. As fans know, ever since the films hit theaters in the ‘70s and ‘80s, George Lucas has set to changing them on a consistent basis. Most of the big changes occurred in the ‘90s Special Editions, and since that time, LucasFilm has kept returning to the well, making changes here and there as they see fit. They added CG, updated CG, added random rocks to shots, swapped actors and voices, and everything else in between.

So much has changed since these films first hit theaters, that, to many fans, its lost its filmmaking purity. And I have to say, I somewhat agree. Call me old-fashioned, but there is something to be said about watching an old movie and getting a taste of how filmmaking was accomplished way back when, warts and all. »

- Joseph Medina

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Sleight: J.D. Dillard And Jacob Latimore On Creating On-Screen Magic

11 hours ago

Every year, the Sundance Film Festival introduces audiences to bright new filmmaking talent on both sides of the camera. That was certainly the case in 2016 when J.D. Dillard’s crime-thriller Sleight was picked up at Sundance by Jason Blum’s Bh Tilt and WWE Studios for co-distribution.

The movie stars Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner) as Bo, a young teen living in Los Angeles with his younger sister Tina (Storm Reid), who uses his abilities as a street magician to support them after the death of their parents.  On the side, Bo deals designer drugs for Angelo (Dulé Hill), but Bo’s need to make more money to get himself and Tina out of town leads him to use his magic skills to make extra money without Angelo finding out.

One day while doing magic, Bo meets the pretty Holly (Seychelle Gabriel) and the two start seeing each other, but »

- Edward Douglas

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Why Avengers Worked & Suicide Squad Didn’t, According To Chris Pratt

11 hours ago

Like it or not, we live in an age of shared universes. Yes, it sounds like yet another Hollywood trend, like 3D or superhero movies, but in my opinion it's anything but. Growing up, I dreamed of a time when a Batman movie could work its way into a Superman movie. However, given the limitations of Hollywood at the time, we simply couldn’t make it work at the time. The closest thing we ever got to something like that was seeing Michael Keaton play Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown and Out of Sight. Other than that, all we had to rely on was sequels, and even then, the same actors coming back was an unlikely prospect. The fact that we do it now is a huge plus in living in an era like today, even if they aren't all perfect.

Some studios have had some major growing pains in »

- Joseph Medina

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Mauro Ranallo Out As WWE Smackdown Live Announcer

20 hours ago

Newsweek is reporting that Mauro Ranallo, announcer for WWE Smackdown Live as well as boxing and Mma organizations, has left the company. Last seen on WWE television on March 7th, speculation has run high as to the reason why Mauro had been off the air. Some speculated it was due to his bi-polar disorder, which Mauro has been open about. Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, one of the preeminent wrestling news organizations in the country, has been adamant since the story broke that the reason for Mauro leaving was due to bullying from Jbl. Citing the March 13 episode of Bring It To The Table, starring Peter Rosenberg, he cites that Jbl's verbal jabs at Mauro for winning the Best Announcer Award from the Wrestling Observer were cause for Mauro to leave. Mauro had this to say to Newsweek about his departure.

WWE and I have mutually agreed to part ways. »

- Tim Jousma

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Christian Bale Comments On His Interest In Future Superhero Roles

22 hours ago

Collider recently spoke with Christian Bale about the opening of his new movie, The Promise. Among the topics discussed for the interview, one question that came up was Bale's interest in working in a Marvel movie. His answer may surprise you.

No, I’m not interested in doing that. I’ve never seen — I’m trying to think if that’s correct, I think I’m actually correct, I can’t remember a single superhero film that I’ve ever watched. Apart from the ones I made and like, the Christopher Reeve Superman films.

Interesting comments from someone that defined superhero for an entire generation of movie fans. Yet I think they speak to his skill as an actor as well. Going into the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a long time fan may have preconceived notions as to how to play the character. Bale went into the movies with his own ideas, »

- Tim Jousma

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle Official Trailer Finally Hits!

22 hours ago

For weeks now, 20th Century Fox has been teasing the impending trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Late last week, they released a teaser that was only 15 seconds or so long, but was made up of dozens of quick snapshots. Among those snapshots, we got to see the likes of Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, both making up members of the legendary Statesman, a similar organization to that of the Kingsman.

If the story details we’d received so far were any indication, this film is sure to be one hell of a ride, in the vein of the first Kingsman film. Of course, as we can expect with any sequel, this film looks to take us to new frontiers, and in this particular case, the American frontier. As the first Kingsman took British spy tropes and amped them up to 11, they look to be doing the same with Americanisms. »

- Joseph Medina

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - A Potentially Significant Plot Rumor Emerges

24 April 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens not only initiated a new Star Wars trilogy, but the film also addressed many open questions that fans have debated for nearly 32 years, since the end of Return of the Jedi in 1983. However, by the end of that film several important questions remained unresolved, including: What became of the ghosts of Yoda, Ben, and Anakin? What has Lando been up to all these years? And what happened to Vader's lightsaber?

Warning: possible *Spoilers* ahead...

According Jason Ward at MakingStarWars, it's possible that this last question might be addressed in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

In the climactic Episode VI lightsaber battle (aboard Vader's Executor dreadnought) Luke defeated Vader, lopping off his hand and presumably sending it down a reactor shaft -- along with the lightsaber it still gripped. Or did it? Rewatching the final battle, it's not clear whether or not this was the actual result. »

- David Kozlowski

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Did Zoe Saldana Reveal The Title Of Avengers 4?

24 April 2017 4:32 PM, PDT

Back in October of 2014, Marvel held a press conference where they announced an ambitious slate of nine films. Perhaps most notable in this slate was the fact that it consisted of not one, but two Avengers films. At the time, they called Avengers: Infinity Wars Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2.

In the time since then, things have changed. Marvel Studios has changed a few movies. They’ve removed Inhumans, added Spider-Man: Homecoming and Ant-Man and the Wasp, and they changed the titles of the two Avengers films. No longer would they be numbered and under the same name. The first one would be called Avengers: Infinity War, and the second would remain untitled as Avengers 4, until Marvel announced the official title.

As far as the reasoning behind the title, one could say it had to do with Marvel’s realization that films with “Parts” in the title don’t do as well, »

- Joseph Medina

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Fast & Furious 8: Dwayne Johnson Celebrates Nearing $1 Billion, Teases Fight With Statham

24 April 2017 2:53 PM, PDT

Everyone at Universal is likely popping a few bottles of champagne, and celebrating the strong performance of Fate of the Furious at the box office the past couple weekends. No, it may not have done anywhere near as well as Furious 7, but when all said and done, no one could have expected it to do as well, given the circumstances surrounding that particular film.

With Fate of the Furious currently at just north of $900 million, it’s pretty much guaranteed to hit $1 billion this week at some point, which is a huge success by any measurement. Even when you take into account the massive $250 million budget, the cost in print and advertising, and the cut for theater chains, the movie will be making plenty of cash for studio.

Related: Fate Of The Furious Wins For A Second Weekend

Actor Dwayne Johnson, social media master, and one of the hardest »

- Joseph Medina

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How American Horror Story Season 7 Will Cover The 2016 Election

24 April 2017 1:50 PM, PDT

When you think of the concept of horror, chances are your mind goes to a haunted house, a killer on the loose, blood, guts, and the like. Your mind may go to witches, freak shows, hotels, or many of the other bits of subject matter that’s been covered in the first six seasons of American Horror Story.

Given their track record, it was logical to assume that the next season of the show would include another take on a well-worn trope — something that horror fans can really sink their teeth into. However, showrunner Ryan Murphy turned a few heads when he revealed last February that Season 7 would, in fact, have to do with the election we just witnessed this past November in the United States.

“Well, I don’t have a title,” he revealed last February. “But the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be »

- Joseph Medina

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Kong: Skull Island Director Likely Won’t Return For Another Film

24 April 2017 12:57 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, Kong: Skull Island hit theaters, and while it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, it did well enough to at least outperform Peter Jackson’s 2005 outing, in addition to continuing the mythology of the MonsterVerse that began with Godzilla back in 2014.

With this in mind, can we expect Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to return back to the director’s chair for another outing with the oversized ape? Not likely. Speaking with Screen Junkies, the director stated:

“I think I'm done with giant monsters for a little bit...I'm really proud of how weird this movie is and I'm really proud of how much people embraced that stuff and actually called out like how strange the movie is. And I wanted it to have a voice and I'm so proud of what we did and how I think it is, like, a nontraditional »

- Joseph Medina

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Free Fire: Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley Talks About Getting Dirty and Growing Facial Hair for the Film

24 April 2017 12:26 PM, PDT

In the action-packed comedy Free Fire, two rival gangs are trying to kill each other merely yards away in a warehouse. They are hitting, missing and most importantly—taunting and hurling insults at each other.

This star-studded film has Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley and Armie Hammer in this shoot-em up style film. It is directed by Ben Wheatley.

Lrm had a sit-down interview with actors Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley for Free Fire. We had a fun discussion about the uncomfortable atmosphere of acting on the ground with bullets and explosions. And most importantly, growing the 1970s facial hair to fit the part.

Free Fire is in theaters everywhere.

Check out the interview below.

Source: Exclusive to Lrm »

- Gig Patta

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La La Land's Blu-Ray Features Bring More Song And Dance To An Already Excellent Movie

24 April 2017 11:13 AM, PDT

Winner of 6 Academy Awards® and a Record-Breaking 7 Golden Globes®

From Academy Award®-Winning Director Damien Chazelle and Starring Oscar® Best Actor Nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar® Best Actress Winner Emma StoneLa La Land, Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on April 25 from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment Label

You can read our interview with Director Damien Chazelle here. and Ed Douglass's thoughts about the movie on his Weekend Warrior article back in December.

The La La Land DVD features audio commentary with Chazelle and Hurwitz, “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles,” and “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm.” All releases include song selection.  La La Land will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

4K/Blu-Ray/ Digital HD Special Features

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- Michael Connally

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Avengers: Infinity War - Thanos Will Have Similar Motivation As In The Infinity Gauntlet Comic

24 April 2017 11:10 AM, PDT

Fans have been anxious to see galactic baddie Thanos go head-to-head with the Avengers ever since we saw him at the end of the first Avengers film. Of course, readers of The Infinity Gauntlet comic book were especially drawn to the line “to challenge them is to court Death.”

In the Infinity Gauntlet comic, following his attaining of the Infinty Gems and Gauntlet, Thanos is given the cold shoulder by Death, who resurrected him for her own means. When he snatches the gauntlet for herself, he goes on a mad tirade to win back her affections, resulting with the clash with the Avengers and the Celestials.

Up until this point, fans have been wondering whether or not we can expect Thanos’ motivation to be similar to the comics. While the films have always used the comics as a jumping off point, they’ve never been beholden to them. So what »

- Joseph Medina

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Avatar Sequels Finally Get Release Dates…Again…Maybe These Will Stick

24 April 2017 8:21 AM, PDT

These Avatar sequels have had a long road to production. Following the 2009 release of the highest grossing film of all time, director James Cameron set to teasing audiences about future adventures that awaited them. First it was assumed there would be two sequels to make up a trilogy (we even got 2014 and 2015 release dates for them), then it was revealed that there were three sequels planned (and we got 2016 to 2018 release dates for those), and finally, we learned that there were to be four sequels set to hit theaters (the first of which should have been coming out this December).

As you can likely tell from the complete absence of Avatar sequels as of this writing, this didn’t quite work out as planned. Cameron even stated that they were likely not going to make their December 2018 release date. So when in the hell are these movies coming out already? »

- Joseph Medina

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X-Men: Deadpool 2, New Mutants, Dark Phoenix Release Dates!

24 April 2017 7:34 AM, PDT

This past year and a half has been a pretty solid one for 20th Century Fox. February 2016 saw the release of the R-rated hit Deadpool, that May saw the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, and most recently, we saw another R-rated flick in the form of Logan, which brought Wolverine’s story to an end. While X-Men: Apocalypse wasn’t the biggest hit ever (it took in less than $600 million worldwide), the other two really seemed to solidify the studio’s approach of taking big risks with their properties.

While 2017 sees the release of only just one film, Fox has never been the studio to shoot for a regular, consistent, and ridiculous number of films each year. But that may be set to change next year. According to a report, Fox is releasing three films in 2018.

First on the list is the teen-focused spinoff, New Mutants, from director Josh Boone. This »

- Joseph Medina

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Cosplay Etiquette: Five Convention Rules to Live By

24 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT

Credit: Emmanuel Gomez

Conventions are rapidly growing social trends, as places where fans of all sorts of movies, shows, animes, mangas, and video games can gather. Over the past ten years Cosplay has grown in popularity all across the world and made themselves a part of the conventions.  Cosplay has grown over the years that the price of a costume can range from a couple hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Attending conventions with cosplay can be entertaining for everyone but there has become some rules to follow when interacting with cosplayers. Here are some rules to remember if you’re going to attend one.

1.  Ask before taking pictures

Credit: Mike Connally

It’s early in the day. The doors have just opened and you’ve got your pass. As you’re walking through the main hall, you see an amazing cosplayer who is dressed as your favourite Avenger and »

- Dayna Verhey

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