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After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade

After ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman,’ It’s Time for the Myth of the Fanboy to Fade
Black Panther,” as pop-culture pundits everywhere have been declaring, is more than just another comic-book blockbuster. It’s a movie that symbolizes a shift in possibility. It’s one more sign — like last year’s “Wonder Woman” — that Hollywood can change, that it can welcome new voices to the top level of its image-making machinery. Yet we’ve witnessed these kinds of shifts before, only to see things shift back.

This year, however, the perception of change is bolstered, to an unprecedented degree, by the cultural revolution of the #MeToo movement, which wasted no time in reaching beyond the entrenched pathology of sexual harassment to address one of the key issues at its core: equality in hiring — that is, power-sharing. A zero-tolerance policy toward harassment may be the new law of the land, but the entertainment industry, it was (rightly) said, couldn’t change the way it needed to until it ceased being a boys’ club.

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Todd McFarlane Confirms Casting Is Now Underway On His Spawn Reboot

Back in 1997, covert government assassin Al Simmons was introduced to the moviegoing masses as Spawn, a vengeful, supernatural hero hell-bent on bringing his former employer, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen), down to size.

Helmed by Mark Dippe, the cult actioner proved to be a decidedly different spin on the superhero format, even if it failed to resonate with viewers. But Todd McFarlane’s long-gestating reboot offers Al Simmons another shot at the big time, and it seems the writer, director and all-around comic book veteran has been meeting with potential cast members for Blumhouse’s Spawn movie.

Via Instagram, McFarlane, who is the brains behind Al Simmons and his hellish alter-ego, reaffirmed that casting is well underway. And he even bumped into Mark Dippe this past weekend, too. Taking to the social media platform, he shared the following update:

What..!? I was in Hollywood all day Friday talking casting roles to
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‘Venom’ Trailer Breakdown: Six Major Takeaways From the First Footage of Tom Hardy’s Transformation

‘Venom’ Trailer Breakdown: Six Major Takeaways From the First Footage of Tom Hardy’s Transformation
Venom” is coming, and the first footage previewed in the first teaser trailer suggests fans can rest easy. Tom Hardy steps into the shoes of Eddie Brock, last played on the big screen by Topher Grace in a supporting role in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3.” Now Brock gets a film all to himself, and it looks like “Venom” will be somewhat of an origin story mixed with a scientific thriller.

The movie stars Hardy opposite Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. Ruben Fleischer, best known for making “Zombieland” and “Gangster Squad,” handles directing duties. “Venom” promises to be the next big R-rated superhero film following “Logan” and the “Deadpool” films. The first teaser is light on violence and story, but it provides enough brief glimpses of characters and action to get audiences primed for October.

Watch the “Venom” teaser trailer here, and read below for the clip’s biggest takeaways.
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Netflix and ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Made Exhibition History With Just 4 Words: ‘Only on Netflix Tonight’

  • Indiewire
You’ve probably never heard of “Breakout,” Columbia Pictures’ 1975 prison-break movie starring Charles Bronson. That’s to be expected — it’s a ‘B’ movie at best — but its successful release was one of the most important in film distribution history. Why? Because “Breakout” was released on 1,300 screens simultaneously, with national TV advertising. At that time, TV ads for movies were all but unheard of, and releases tended to be either initially exclusive in downtown theaters, or shown in different territories at different times.

Despite predictions that it was a waste of money, “Breakout” was an immediate hit. That convinced Universal to do the same thing for “Jaws” less than a month later, and that film’s massive success remains the most significant change in exhibition history. By creating the notion of a shared experience for 2 million people, it created the template for how most studio features are released today.

Now,
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Ron Jaworski Predicted Nick Foles In Super Bowl, For Real!!!

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_93aocf20"]] No One thought Nick Foles had a serious shot at taking Philly to the Super Bowl -- except for one man ... Ron Jaworski!!! Seriously ... when Carson Wentz went down, Jaws told TMZ Sports not to worry, Foles was completely capable of keeping Philly's season alive. In fact, he told us straight-up Foles would play in the Super Bowl.  [[tmz:video id="0_rryfnfu1"]] Well, after Foles Won the Super Bowl on Sunday, it was Jawstradamus' time to revel in his prescientness!
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Richard Dreyfuss Accused Of Groping Fans Backstage After 2004 Broadway Show

  • ET Canada
Two women have accused Richard Dreyfuss of groping them after they went to see the actor in the 2004 Broadway production of “Sly Fox”. The friends from Long Island have shared a series of photographs with the New York Daily News which show the “Jaws” actor seemingly grabbing one woman’s backside. The women also claim
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February 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Grizzly, Victor Crowley, Welcome To Willits, Day Of The Dead: Bloodline

  • DailyDead
February 6th is shaping up to be a busy day for horror and sci-fi fans, as there are a bunch of great films heading home on Tuesday. The highly anticipated Hatchet sequel, Victor Crowley, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week courtesy of Dark Sky Films, and Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have the slasher comedy Welcome to Willits on their release slate.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is keeping busy this week with a slew of titles, including House of Demons, Keep Watching, and Family Possessions, and cult film fans will definitely want to pick up the brand new Blu-rays for Grizzly and The Gruesome Twosome.

Other notable releases for February 6th include Day of the Dead: Bloodline, Inoperable, the Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection, The Diabolical Dr. Z, and the Stephen King 6-Movie Collection.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)

In this terrifying retelling of George A. Romero's zombie horror classic,
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How Blade Runner 2049 expands on its predecessor

Ryan Lambie Feb 7, 2018

With only mild spoilers, we look at the key way in which Blade Runner 2049 expands on Ridley Scott's 1982 classic...

Lieutenant Joshi: “You've been getting on fine without one.”

K: “What's that, ma'am?”

Lieutenant Joshi: “A soul.”

Bigger, louder, more violent: sequels almost seem duty-bound to one-up what came before. Unfortunately, history's also littered with film sequels that, for all their sound and fury, soon slip from memory. Even if they deliver on the higher bodycount or more over-the-top action, they often lose the character and storytelling of their predecessors. Jaws and RoboCop are examples of classic movies with less than stellar sequels. Blade Runner 2049, on the other hand, arguably ranks alongside Terminator 2, Aliens and Mad Max: Fury Road on the list of best sequels ever made.

Blade Runner 2049 succeeded, in no small part, because of the specific way it expanded on the 1982 original.
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The Four Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Gaffes

The Super Bowl game has had many stellar gaffes over the years, including Dallas Cowboys tackle Leon Lett getting the ball knocked away just as he was crossing the goal line in 1993, and Miami Dolphins’ kicker Garo Yepremian’s blocked kick — after which he showed why he was a kicker when his attempt at a pass slipped out of his hands straight into those of an opponent, who raced downfield with the ball for a touchdown.

The Super Bowl Halftime Show has also had its share of memorable mishaps over the years.

1. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake

Unquestionably the greatest was the accidental (?) baring of Janet Jackson’s breast by Justin Timberlake as they performed together in 2004. Countless words — and the term “wardrobe malfunction” — have been expended upon the incident, which Timberlake claimed was an accident. The end result was thousands of outraged letters from viewers; a serious sidelining of Jackson’s career and not much damage
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Deep Blue Sea 2 Trailer Features the Return of Genetically Altered Sharks

  • DailyDead
Nearly 20 years after its initial release, Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea is still regarded as one of the most fun and intense entries to the cinematic shark pool. While Steven Spielberg's Jaws remains the apex predator in the eyes of many film fans, Harlin's 1999 movie—like its genetically enhanced sharks—cannot be ignored, and Warner Bros. is diving back into shark-infested waters with Deep Blue Sea 2.

Coming soon to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital platforms from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Deep Blue Sea 2 is teased in its first trailer (see below) that premiered exclusively on IGN.

While it has a similar plot to the original movie, the rated-r Deep Blue Sea 2 doesn't seem to have any ties to the first film when it comes to surviving characters, so it doesn't look like any familiar faces from the 1999 movie will pop up in this one. The trailer definitely channels
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Wiser & deadlier sharks devour humans in Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer

  • JoBlo
The original Deep Blue Sea with Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane and Samuel L. Jackson is a hallmark of absurd, over-the-top, inconceivable, brilliant B-movie thrills. We owe all of the campy chaos to genetically-modified sharks who swim amok and terrorize humans, proving that the shark in Jaws had no idea how to have fun. The sharks are back in the trailer for the straight-to-dvd Deep Blue Sea 2, which features deadlier and wiser sharks. We have the new trailer for the new movie here... Read More...
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Horror Equity Fund fast-track Eric Red horror ‘White Knuckle’

The Horror Equity Fund have announced the latest horror-related project they have fast-tracked: White Knuckle, from one of my favourite writer/directors Eric Red, who is also the author of the action-packed novel of the same name. White Knuckle tells a gripping story of female empowerment about a woman who survives an attack by a serial killer, and then takes it upon herself to stop him from hurting anyone else.

Perhaps best known as the creator of The Hitcher and Near Dark, and the writer/director of Cohen and Tate, Body Parts and Bad Moon, Red’s previous directorial effort, 2015′s Night of the Wild, has recently been released on iTunes. Says Red:

I’m very excited to be joining forces with Marlon Schulman, Brian Herskowitz and Tony Timpone at Horror Equity Fund for my new film, White Knuckle. It’s a great team to be working with making a
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Good Concept, Bad Delivery

Tom Jolliffe takes a look at when good concepts are badly executed…

Occasionally you’ll see a film or a TV show and you wonder why they bothered at all. Everything goes wrong. Sometimes it starts from the very concept. In the case of remakes for example, you know right off the bat that some films don’t have a demand to be remade, and the very notion of remaking said film (case in point, Point Break) is nailed on disaster. Or you have something like Jupiter Ascending that sounded terrible from conception to delivery (not least because how the Wachowski’s output had been since the first Matrix).

However, occasionally there’s a concept that could work. A good concept with bad execution is particularly galling as it wastes the potential of an idea with great possibilities. By the same token you can take something deceptively simple, that perhaps shouldn’t work,
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Oscar Winners: The Overlooked and the Overrated

With so much already written, so many entertainment show discussions and pub debates raging each year about who should have won an Oscar for what, here’s a slightly different take on Hollywood’s big night out. What about those who have actually won – specifically in the Best Picture category – even those who’ve done so deservingly? Isn’t it time they came under the microscope for the wrong reasons? Being the Mark Kermode of the East Midlands, there aren’t too many winners that I haven’t cast my critical eye over, and yet there remains a select few I’ve yet to see purely out of choice. The entries on this shortlist are nothing personal, but if you think I’m being unfair then feel free to leave your comments near the bottom of the page.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Picture Winner, 1976)

This may
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Trump's Reported 'I Hope All the Sharks Die' Comment Causes Surge in Shark Charity Donations

The fins win, at least for now.

Following claims that President Donald Trump told adult film star Stormy Daniels that he hopes “all the sharks die,” during their alleged sexual affair, there has been a surge in donations to shark conservation charities, reports MarketWatch.

In a recently revisited 2011 In Touch Weekly interview, Daniels told the magazine that Trump said, “I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die.”

The alleged comment has led to an outpouring of shark love according to shark-related non-profits Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
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John Williams Conducts The Opening Theme Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi In New, Must-Watch Video

“Aside from George Lucas, nobody deserves more credit for the success of Star Wars than John Williams.”

That’s a quote from Mark Hamill (Aka Luke Skywalker) describing John Williams and his immense, record-breaking contribution to the Star Wars franchise. It’s a legacy that was once again honored during yesterday’s Oscar nominations, when the Academy short-listed The Last Jedi for Original Score – along with Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects – making Williams the most-nominated living person in Oscar history with 51 nods. Fifty. One.

Out of that eye-watering total, the industry giant has collected five golden statuettes for Jaws, Fiddler on the Roof, E.T., Schindler’s List, and A New Hope back in ’77. Will The Last Jedi become the sixth?

It’s up against strong competition, given Academy voters also recognized the likes of Dunkirk, Phantom Thread, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water,
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Jason Statham Leads His Crew in New Look at Giant Shark Thriller The Meg

Jason Statham Leads His Crew in New Look at Giant Shark Thriller The Meg
When The Meg was announced back in January of 2017, nobody really knew what to think about it. However, as the months went by, a clearer picture of what the movie is going to be started to take shape. We've since learned that Jason Statham is calling the movie a cross between Jurassic Park and Jaws, which sounds pretty intriguing, but also adds quite a bit of extra pressure on the project as well, since he name dropped two of the biggest movies in Hollywood history. We've seen a picture of The Meg in murky water, and now we're getting a look at the crew in this brand-new image.

The new picture from The Meg has Jason Statham front and center, surrounded by the crew and things don't look like they're going very well. The crew includes Page Kennedy (DJ), Li Bingbing (Suyin), Ruby Rose (Jaxx Herd), and Cliff Curtis (James
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‘The Other Side of the Wind’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Rian Johnson Attend First Screening

‘The Other Side of the Wind’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, and Rian Johnson Attend First Screening
The Other Side of the Wind,” Orson Welles’ final unfinished film, is finally approaching completion. According to Welles fan site Wellesnet, a cut of the film screened for a select group of Hollywood elite Tuesday in Santa Monica, 42 years after principal photography finished. An attendee at the screening described it as more than a rough cut, but not a final product. Filmmakers in attendance at the screening included Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Bogdanovich, and Rian Johnson.

Last year, Netflix announced it was acquiring the movie and funding its completion, which has been overseen by producers Frank Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza. Bogdanovich, who was charged by Welles with finishing the film in the event of his death, is an executive producer.
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Oscars 2018: Why Steven Spielberg (‘The Post’) shouldn’t be counted out after DGA snub

Oscars 2018: Why Steven Spielberg (‘The Post’) shouldn’t be counted out after DGA snub
Those ready to discount Steven Spielberg‘s chances of reaping an Oscar nomination for directing “The Post” after his surprising DGA snub should take a deep breath. He could still be recognized by the notoriously esoteric directors branch of the academy, which often diverges from the choices of the more populist guild. One of the DGA slate — Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) — could easily find themselves left out of the Oscar race in place of Spielberg.

Spielberg’s omission was especially shocking given his popularity at the guild. He’s won their Best Director prize three times (“The Color Purple” in 1985, “Schindler’s List” in 1993, and “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998) and contended for “Jaws” (1975), “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T.: The
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What Happened to Boogie Nights Most Famous Prop?

What Happened to Boogie Nights Most Famous Prop?
Elijah Wood was able to keep the One Ring after Lord of the Rings wrapped and now Paul Thomas Anderson says that Mark Wahlberg was able to keep his prosthetic from Boogie Nights. The director recently conducted a Twitter Ama to promote Phantom Thread, but he also delved deep into many other subjects as AMAs tend to do. In addition to talking about Boogie Nights, Anderson also revealed that he would one day like to direct a children's movie and said that Teen Titans would be his first choice for a superhero adventure, which sounds pretty awesome, so DC, get in touch with Paul Thomas Anderson's people.

Paul Thomas Anderson has frequently said that Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler character's giant penis was much like Jaws, in the way that the wait to see it made it even more powerful. Say all you want, but the scene is iconic and apparently
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