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    We found such joy in Wes Anderson’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel. And now that it is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download, there’s no excuse for the entire world to not check into the magic!

    The Grand Budapest Hotel DVD

    As teased in The Grand Budapest Hotel trailer, the story follows the famed (and fictional) hotel in a fictional European country. It is run by the world’s best concierge, who goes by the name of Gustave H (a sublime Ralph Fiennes). He takes under his charge a bellhop named Zero (Toni Revolori, and F. Murray Abraham in later life) and the two forge a friendship that goes beyond mentorship.

    Gustave H knows how to service his clientele, and sometimes for the older (and wealthy) lady guests of the Grand Budapest Hotel, that includes attending to their female needs. That becomes a problem when one of the grand dames (an unrecognizable Tilda Swinton) dies and leaves her estate to Gustave. Her family will not have it (especially Adrien Brody and his henchman Willem Dafoe).

    So, Gustave H is set up for murder and that is truly when the brilliant mayhem begins.

    Anderson has his usual super cast of characters and a few newbies along for this fantastical ride. From Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jason Schwartzman to Owen Wilson, they up the ante in Anderson’s latest to reflect the strength of this astounding story. And making their first appearance in an Anderson film is a series of performers who put in their career best work, including Saoirse Ronan and yes, Fiennes.

    The look of Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is nothing short of a miracle. For the entirety of the movie, the viewer feels like you are there, and it is astounding -- as we stated in our theatricalThe Grand Budapest Hotel review.

    Bonus features on The Grand Budapest Hotel DVD and Blu-Ray are equally as compelling.

    As it is a huge part of the narrative, we have to start with the bonus feature entitled The Society of the Crossed Keys. Who knew that concierges across the world have a secret society and each comes to the other’s need when help is required? It’s both fascinating and hilarious.

    Ralph Fiennes The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The featurette Bill Murray Tours the Town is a must-see for Murray fans and is shot in both the Anderson style and delivered with the classic Murray delivery.

    But the piece de resistance in terms of bonus features on The Grand Budapest Hotel is so good, it’s told in four parts and that is The Making of The Grand Budapest Hotel. We particularly loved the last two, Creating The Hotel and Creating A World. We have always been intrigued by the look of Anderson’s films and these two featurettes take us inside that creative process as no other looks have in the past.

    It is mesmerizing. And that is hardly a surprise -- so is the entire film and the home video package.

    We cannot recommend enough you sit down and watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online right now. 


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    You can forgive Joss Whedon for feeling like he’s kind of in a bind as he films Avengers: Age of Ultron. After audiences witnessed his destruction of New York City in The Avengers and then saw Metropolis destroyed at the end of Man of Steel, he feels that audiences have had it up to here with complete and utter destruction -- even in a superhero movie.

    Joss Whedon on The Avengers Set

    “You’re in a constant state of being pulled both ways at all times. You’re trying to make a populist film with fascist iconography that is just bigger, and better, and longer, and trying to break that down and find a weakness and humanity,” Whedon told The Huffington Post recently.

    “People have made it very clear that they are fed up with movies where entire cities are destroyed, and then we celebrate.”

    So, what to do? Well, it appears that Whedon is comfortable with what he’s doing, because frankly, he has no idea who is coming through that cinema door and seeing his film.

    “People come in with a certain amount of emotional baggage. So, whether we’re in our larvae stage or our decadent stage, I can’t really say, but I try to make my superhero movies as if there’s either never been one or there’s only ever been them,” Whedon said.

    “I work with the idea that it’s just a natural way for people to be, so that you still make a movie about people.”

    One thing is for sure, he’s not going too far subliminally in terms of a wider statement on our society as a whole. “Now, I watched The Dark Knight and I thought of that as riffing on the genre. That was a superhero movie as The Godfather,” he said.

    “And I was like, ‘But I just still want to see a superhero movie!’ We had just gotten the technology to make it awesome, and I wasn’t ready to be post-modern about it yet.”

    When it comes to Avengers: Age of Ultron, we know that Ultron will certainly be capable of serious damage, but how will Whedon wield it? We’ll see when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.

    Until then, watch The Avengers online


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    The Wedding Ringer has sent out its first invitations in the form of the comedy’s first stills. What is The Wedding Ringer, you ask?

    Why, it’s a business set up by Kevin Hart (soon to be seen in Think Like a Man Too) to provide a Best Man and all that entails to guys who have no friends.

    That’s good, because Josh Gad just got engaged to Kaley Cuoco and he’s afraid to tell her that he doesn’t have anybody worthy of the Best Man title. 

    So, he hires Hart and hilarity ensues.

    Look for The Wedding Ringer to hit theaters January 16, 2015 and stay with Movie Fanatic for our full report from the set with interviews with the entire cast and filmmaking team.

    The first The Wedding Ringer trailer is due later today -- so stay tuned!

    Check out Hart and his recent work when you watch Ride Along online and of course you know you want to see Gad as Olaf again and watch Frozen online.

    Josh & Kevin Boogie Down
    Hart even teaches Gad some sweet moves!

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    Third Person writer-director Paul Haggis is no stranger to the complexities of weaving multiple storylines into a congruent dramatic narrative that produces greatness. He won two Oscars for Crash, one for his screenplay and the other that saluted his direction with the award for Best Picture.

    We caught up with Haggis for an exclusive video interview to talk about his latest writing-directing effort, Third Person, starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Adrien Brody and Mila Kunis.

    As teased in the Third Person trailer, the story chronicles three very different love stories across three cities in the world. It’s classic Haggis with its interweaving stories that all add up to one big dramatic punch. Amongst our questions for the esteemed auteur, we wondered where the biggest challenge lies in creating such complex stories -- in writing, filming, editing… or where?

    “Writing it, and getting it right and trusting the characters to allow me to take me someplace that I didn’t want to go,” Haggis said.

    Given that this is the man who wrote Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale and In the Valley of Elah, we can see exactly where he’s coming from!  

    Check out one of our favorite Haggis works and watch Casino Royale online!   


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    The rumor mill has been on fire of late that Jason Momoa will be playing Aquaman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We know all too well about Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and given the title of the movie, we all know this is a precursor to a Justice League movie.

    Jason Momoa as Conan the Barbarian

    And a Justice League movie needs an Aquaman!

    Momoa appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Kimmel asked Momoa point blank, “Will you wear the green leotard?”

    “I will answer with the question, ‘Would you like to see me in a green leotard?’” he coyly answered.

    Then Kimmel took out a report from Variety that stated the casting as fact. Still coy, Momoa said, “That would pretty exciting. What do you think?'"

    And then the audience went crazy. We think it’s about as exciting as the news that Lex Luthor will have hair in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!

    We’re thinking this is a real thing, and honestly, it’s pretty darn amazing casting if Momoa plays Aquaman.

    Although we have to say, we still want to see Adrian Grenier as Aquaman in an aquatic superhero solo movie directed by James Cameron like what happened on Entourage! Hey, one can dream!

    As the calendar slowly ticks by until Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s May 6, 2016 release date, check out Zack Snyder’s first chapter and watch Man of Steel online.

    The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Logo
    It's official: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the title of the Man of Steel sequel.

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    As you can see by that hilarious Think Like a Man Too trailer, the all-star cast from the 2012 surprise hit is back!

    We caught up with the men and women from Think Like a Man Too to talk about how their characters have graduated from trying to find love in the first film and are now heading to Las Vegas to celebrate the wedding of Regina Hall’s Candace and Terrence Jenkins’ Michael.

    And you know what that also means… bachelor and bachelorette parties! So, what happened in Vegas, did not stay in Vegas... we got the scoop!

    Hall, Jenkins, as well as Kevin Hart (who can be seen in those new Wedding Ringer photos), Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, La La Anthony, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara and Romany Marco all gave us the goods on the sequel and we present it as 11 things that we learned about Think Like a Man Too.

    They dish getting fit for stripping (wait, what?), performing a video for BBD’s Poison, Hart's Risky Business dance and what they did in Vegas when the cameras weren’t rolling!

    Click through and discover the 11 most fascinating things about this fun comedy, and to get caught up, watch Think Like a Man online and prepare for the sequel to hit theaters June 20.

    Kevin Hart Has Worked Out!
    "I'll be the first to say, I got a good look at my body in Think Like a Man and I said, 'Eww.' So coming into part two, we all wanted to come in looking different, looking better," Hart said. "You always want to up the ante."

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    Hot on the heels of the best Guardians of the Galaxy trailer yet, Marvel has released seven new stills and the headline here is: We get our first look at Ronan the Accuser! 

    Lee Pace plays the Guardians of the Galaxy villain (one of several!) and it is impressive how completely unrecognizable Pace is -- fans of The Walking Dead will surely not even know it's him!

    We've also got fresh looks at Rocket Raccoon in action, Groot being sensitive, Star Lord taking a leap and much more. 

    Chris Pratt is Star Lord and he leads this band of unlikely heroes against a threat that could bring the entire universe to its knees.

    We also know now that Josh Brolin as Thanos will join Ronan the Accuser in the evil ranks of this Marvel flick and that this will all add up to something pretty spectacular when Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters August 1. 

    Click through and check out all of our stills from one of our must-see movies of summer!

    Meet Our Villian, Ronan the Accuser
    Ronan the Accuser first look! Lee Pace is the evil doer!

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    The BBC has run an update on the Star Wars: Episode VII injury to star Harrison Ford. What was once thought was a broken ankle is actually much worse. Han Solo has a broken leg!

    Harrison Ford Injury Photo

    The good news is that Ford will not miss any more than the previously announced eight weeks and that the film’s December 18, 2015 release date will still be met by director J.J. Abrams.

    Ford’s publicist released a statement reflecting how her client did with his surgery to repair the leg.

    "His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly," his publicist said in the statement.

    "He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work."

    We wish Ford a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see him back in the Star Wars: Episode VII cast alongside old mates Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher -- oh, and those newbies that you can meet below in our slideshow!

    Adam Driver in Girls
    One girl from Girls may have loved him, but Adam Driver is going to be a villain in Star Wars: Episode VII.

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    Last week we reported on the full DC Comics/Warner Bros. slate of superhero films that will feature everyone from The Flash and a return a Ryan Reynolds-less Green Lantern. Now, word arrives today that we have one more entry to add to that list: Batman!

    Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros. is planning a Ben Affleck as Batman solo movie for 2019 that will be his first in a newly recharged franchise that truly begins with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Its tentative title will be The Batman.

    Batman vs. Superman Batsuit & Batmobile

    Now, Affleck is set to get behind the camera again after winning an Oscar for his last effort Argo for Live By Night. He’s filming that flick in the summer of 2015, so for him to be Batman again, timing wise, the 2019 release date sounds perfect. You can next see him acting in Gone Girl

    The only thing we have to mention is that by 2019, Affleck will be 47 years old. That will make him the oldest actor to play Batman ever and given that in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman is supposed to be a rundown, older superhero – this works. But, what kind of solo movie will that be? Will he need a walker? We kid!

    Watch The Dark Knight online to see our favorite Batman movie while you contemplate Affleck as Batman in 2019. 

    I'm Batman.

    I'm Batman.

    This line has become iconic and even used by Will Arnett as Batman in The LEGO Movie!

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    If Guy Pearce looked like he was melting under the scathing Australian Outback sun in The Rover -- that is because he was. And he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

    The Rover Guy Pearce Robert Pattinson

    “It was great being out on location. It was great. The heat, obviously, is one of the big things we were experiencing in the story anyways. So it was grueling and it was hot, but it was mixed with those incredible locations,” Pearce told Movie Fanatic. “So it was all part of the experience. It’s kind of amazing being out there.”

    Pearce was impressed with director David Michod’s previous work Animal Kingdom, and knew that the man knows how to create a tenor in a movie -- and to him, that appears to be the most important cinematic trait.

    “One of the things I really respond to is the tone of a movie,” he admitted.

    “I think it’s one of those things you really feel through your skin. In a sense that enables you to understand the rhythm of the character. It’s the kind of stuff you are aware of to a certain degree even if you don’t necessarily talk about it everyday.”

    As told to us in our Robert Pattinson interview, the actor uses a gun quite regularly in The Rover, and had difficulty with it. Pearce mirrors his co-star's feelings on the subject.

    “I've done tons of movies with guns. I've shot a lot of people,” Pearce said and laughed.

    The Rover Robert Pattinson Guy Pearce

    “I think I've been shot a few times. I, too, have a real issue with guns. I find they should just be banished off the face of the Earth. They're awful things. I feel really comfortable with them now, as a prop, because I've done so many things with guns. It's ridiculous, and it's enticing, and it's awful all at the same time. It just astounds me that so many people own guns in the world.”

    As seen in The Rover trailer, this is a film that follows Pearce’s effort to get his car back that was stolen by Robert Pattinson’s brother. There is a lot that isn't said in this film, and that too was a challenge and an appeal for Pearce.

    “It's interesting as an actor, because you're half thinking about what your character should be thinking about, and you're half thinking about the technical stuff -- camera position, and which way is gong to evoke more of the emotion,” he said of the movie’s quieter moments.

    “I like not to think about that stuff too much, but sometimes you can't help it. It changes all the time, but I think, particularly with a movie like this -- it's so subtle, but heavily laden with deeply rooted emotional stuff. You're just trying to sit in that emotional place, because that's what's going to translate the most honestly." 

    Check out Pearce in two of our favorite roles of his and watch Iron Man 3 online and watch L.A. Confidential online.

    The Rover Poster
    The official theatrical poster for The Rover. It doesn't paint a good picture for Robert Pattinson in his dealings with Guy Pearce.

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    One hit wonders are not something that people aspire to become. Whether it's pop music or even movie directors, to score a pop culture-shaking smash and then never meet it or top it, has got to be disappointing. 

    We found 9 helmers that have produced some of our favorite films, but never even came close to achieving that success once again. Watch Remember the Titans online and there is one!

    Another one of our choices may be controversial, but there is no denying the fact that when you watch The Matrix online, you see that that level of awesomeness is something that the Wachowskis never achieved again -- even with the two sequels. We adore Speed Racer and can appreciate Cloud Atlas -- but there will never be another The Matrix.

    Click through and check out our 9 director one-hit wonders and let us know in the comments section below if you agree!

    The Wachowskis -- The Matrix
    We love the Wachowskis' work. But, sadly, they never have been able to match the success or impact of The Matrix. Sure Speed Racer is greatly underappreciated and Cloud Atlas is a love it or hate it movie, but as we look back over their career, they will never match or exceed what they achieved with The Matrix.

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    What is not to love about Quentin Tarantino’s title character in Django Unchained? He’s so beloved he even made a cameo in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

    Django Unchained Star Jamie Foxx

    There’s even word that Tarantino has so much extra footage that we can expect a Django Unchained mini-series soon.

    But, that’s not even all there is when it comes to Tarantino and the character that led him to a Best Director Oscar.

    Tarantino is busy writing another Western, The Hateful Eight, but he’s still also stuck in the world of Django Unchained as word has arrived that we can expect the hero to ride again in a series of graphic novels.

    The auteur will come up with the concept and the storyline and hand it off to a man who knows his way around graphic novels, author Matt Wagner. And why is Wagner so perfect?

    It is because Tarantino is not having Django alone in saving the day. He will be joined by none other than Zorro! And Wagner has crafted a slew of Zorro tales, so the combination of Tarantino’s vision and Wagner’s storytelling skills has us just a little excited.

    Stay tuned as more of this story emerges.

    Until then, watch Django Unchained online and see why we all love Django! 


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    Jersey Boys became a Broadway musical sensation filled with electricity and verve that jumped off the stage and riveted even those in the back row. The story of how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons went from the streets of New Jersey’s toughest cities to the top of the pop charts is an American musical classic presented as the purest form of joy. So, what happened on the way to the big screen?

    Jersey Boys Cast Pic

    Central to the movie version (from director Clint Eastwood) of one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time is that the story of the Four Seasons is different depending on who in the group you ask.

    That’s an element of the stage production, but it just fades into the storytelling as the show takes you away. On screen, it became a narrative tool that Eastwood goes to right until the end. As such, it feels broken, disjointed and completely uneven.

    The audience gets the various angles on the history lesson that is the Four Seasons, and then there are the musical moments. Instead of some of the greatest pop songs of the 20th century feeling like they are taking the story ever higher, Eastwood all but stops the progress of his film so we can enjoy the tunes.

    But, we have to be honest -- the key to the success of the Broadway show is the music. And no, it’s not enough to feature a movie built around several amazing musical numbers, but we can find the joy in simply hearing how the songs came to be and hearing them in all their glory.

    Jersey Boys Picture

    And the cast does its best to make it work. The four guys who play the band -- John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda -- all rivet. And there's a Supporting Actor Oscar-worthy performance from Christopher Walken.

    Perhaps, and we feel that this is sacrilege as we are huge fans of his, but maybe Eastwood was the wrong choice to helm this musical.

    Eastwood was ready to make A Star Is Born musical with Beyonce and then she got pregnant. We guess that Eastwood got it in his head he was in musical mode, and put his name in the hat for Jersey Boys. And if Eastwood wants to direct, you let him.

    Our Jersey Boys review wonders how a show that explodes with energy can produce a film that feels so mundane. The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is one of the greatest in American popular music.

    And this gets to one of Movie Fanatic’s biggest pet peeves in cinema. You only get one chance to make a biopic. Nobody ever remakes one! So therefore, when one gets it wrong, it is truly sad. A life story is always worth telling and it deserves the highest respect. In this case, it just feels drab except when those four angels are making music. 

    Jersey Boys Poster
    This poster impeccably captures the spirit of Jersey Boys. Just four guys, singing on a street corner.

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    Anyone who has seen David Michod’s Animal Kingdom knows what a talented filmmaker he is, and those who haven’t seen it can discover that now with the release of his writing and directing effort, The Rover.

    The Rover Final Poster

    The film stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as two characters that are supremely explosive all on their own in this post-End of Days world. But, it is when they come together that the entire barren landscape of the Australian Outback becomes even more searing than the sun beating down on the desolate ground.

    All Michod tells us as his movie begins (from a story by Michod and Joel Edgerton!) is that it has been a decade since “the collapse.” And judging by the surroundings, Pearce’s Eric is living in a world where anarchy rules supreme, while an Australian military tries its best to maintain some semblance of order.

    Eric stops in for a drink at the most eerie of “bars.” Meanwhile, a car full of thugs is racing towards his locale when they crash. Desperate to keep moving, they rush across the street and steal Eric’s car. That was not a wise move.

    Pattinson’s Rey is stumbling around after being shot during whatever it was that those guys in the speeding car did. Eric knows he is his ticket to getting his car back. You get the sense that there is something in that car that he is willing to die for to retrieve. Eric swings into action in pursuit and that is the tip of the iceberg of the tension that oozes through the film’s next two hours.

    Pearce and Pattinson are a dynamic duo. We already know that Pearce is capable of greatness, something you can see when you watch L.A. Confidential online or any number of his films. And this is a part, a narrative and physical landscape that fits him like a glove.

    The Rover Robert Pattinson And Guy Pearce

    The surprise here is Pattinson. He plays an American and nails the accent. He also is a bit slow, and his moments of lack of clarity could have been played formulaic. Instead, it is a revelation of talent from the man who is desperately trying to have audiences take him seriously as something more than Edward Cullen. And he achieves that with this riveter. That is even seen in The Rover trailer.

    But, it is Pearce and Pattinson working together that is so compelling in The Rover. They make their way through the most unforgiving of landscapes and it truly shows that two thespians in tandem, with a fantastic script loading their weapons of talent, can produce a jaw-dropping cinematic experience that breathes life into a world that is all but lifeless.

    Our The Rover review finds that Michod has now joined that short group of directors for us where the mere mention that their name is attached to something shoots that project to the top of our must-see list.

    The way Michod plots his drama, weaves in societal questions as to what drives us and how we would respond to a world drowning in utter desperation, is nothing short of brilliant. 

    The Rover Poster
    The official theatrical poster for The Rover. It doesn't paint a good picture for Robert Pattinson in his dealings with Guy Pearce.

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    The first trailer for The Wedding Ringer has arrived, starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad. Gad is about to marry Kaley Cuoco and he realizes that she is way out of his league and is always doing whatever he can to keep up appearances that he’s cooler than he really is.

    That includes the fact that he even has friends!  

    So, when the two get engaged and he has to pick a Best Man, not to mention seven groomsmen, what can he do? Hire Hart (who can be seen today in Think Like a Man Too)!

    The film imagines what happens if a business existed where a person could be hired to be your best friend and he is so good at it, that no one in the wedding would ever know the difference.

    The Wedding Ringer arrives January 16, 2015 and also stars Jorge Garcia, Ken Howard, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers and Olivia Thirlby.

    You can check out Hart’s recent work and watch Ride Along online.

    Also, stay with Movie Fanatic for a full report from the set in the coming weeks, including interviews with the entire cast!

    Josh & Kevin Boogie Down
    Hart even teaches Gad some sweet moves!

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    There’s a lesson in the first clip from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. When an ape comes up to you, and he’s all playful and trying to do shots of booze with you, don’t trust it. And most importantly, don’t let him get your machine gun away from you while you laugh at him!

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has released this first clip and up until now, from the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, you get the idea that Gary Oldman’s character wants to wipe all apes off the planet.

    Meanwhile, we know that Caesar (Andy Serkis) is reluctant to start a war and with his friendship with Jason Clarke and Keri Russell, he hopes to wage a peace.

    But, what this first clip truly shows is that there is an element in the ape community that wants to wipe all humans off the map. I’d say this guy is off to a good start.

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also stars Judy Greer and is from director Matt Reeves. Look for it July 11 and until then, watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes online to be all sorts of ready for the big sequel.  

    It Takes Place 10 Years After Rise
    The film takes place 10 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And a lot has happened to say the least.

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    The first trailer for The Judge is here and we are seriously intrigued by the upcoming legal-family drama starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.

    Downey portrays a wildly successful defense lawyer who has made a fortune defending some of the lowest of the low. He gets a call that will change his life when he learns that his mother has passed away and he has to head home to Indiana for the funeral.

    One thing, he and his father (Duvall) do not get along… like, at all!  

    While there, his father is arrested for murder and the son must put aside all his resentment for his tough as nails dad and defend him in a case that Duvall claims is an accident being blown way out of proportion.

    The Judge lands October 10 and also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Balthazar Getty and Dax Shepard.

    The film's poster and a few stills have also premiered, check them out in the slideshow below! In the mood for some delicious Downey, watch Iron Man 3 online!

    Robert Duvall "Judges" Robert Downey, Jr.
    Robert Duvall is one tough father to Robert Downey Jr. No wonder Downey never came home once he left.

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    J.J. Abrams is busy filming his Star Wars: Episode VII and we already know who will be doing the follow-up. Nope, it’s not Abrams!

    Looper helmer Rian Johnson has been tapped to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII!

    Rian Johnson Directs Looper

    It’s a fantastic hire as Johnson is a huge fan of the series and it is largely why he became a filmmaker.

    This is breaking news, and this story is still in its infancy. So, stay with Movie Fanatic as we bring you more.

    Johnson joins Abrams, along with Gareth Edwards who will helm a Star Wars spin-off and Josh Trank. Looks like Disney and Lucasfilm are going with a different director for every film.

    Heck, that worked pretty well for Star Wars Episodes IV, V and VI

    Ani Skywalker
    Maybe it was how it was written. Perhaps, it was how it was played by Jake Lloyd... and maybe it was both. But young Anakin Skywalker, known as Ani, was just plain awful. .. and annoying!

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    They say in Hollywood that casting is everything. Getting the right actor or actress for the part can make or break a movie's chances. 

    So, how do we explain these 15 performances that were turned in by people who never should have been cast in the roles in the first place? 

    Sure, watch Lee Daniels' The Butler online and it is an all-star cast bringing their A-game. But, there's someone who sticks out like a sore thumb. And we love this actor, but he's just not right for this role. 

    And that can happen all the time. We compiled a list of 15 horribly miscast roles, and many of them are filled by performers we absolutely adore. I mean, Ralph Fiennes can do no wrong. But, he did when he uttered these Maid in Manhattan quotes to woo Jennifer Lopez.

    Yes, we love the Batman franchise, but just watch Batman and Robin online and there's another huge part that should have been played by someone else. 

    Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker
    Some say it was the direction of George Lucas, but we just think that the casting of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skyalker was all sorts of wrong from the get-go. This is the guy who would wind up being Darth Vader. No, no way.

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    This weekend movie preview is about being taken away, fitting for the vacation season!

    First we look at the Think Like a Man crew who head to Las Vegas for bachelor and bachelorette parties in Think Like a Man Too. Then, Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce take us to the Australian Outback in The Rover. Finally, Clint Eastwood takes us away to another time where Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ruled supreme in Jersey Boys

    Let's break it down...

    Think Like a Man Too: Sure, the film is still truly an ensemble, but one thing is clear: Kevin Hart has become a huge star since his bit part in the first one. This time out, he is a main character and even narrates our entire movie.

    The guys and girls from Think Like a Man head to Las Vegas to celebrate the wedding of Regina Hall and Terrence Jenkins. But, first, there is going to be an off-the-chains bachelor and bachelorette party. As our Think Like a Man Too review stated, the film is hilarious and has some touching moments too, but for fans of the first, be warned that this is a different feel altogether. 

    Jersey Boys: Fanki Valli and the Four Seasons were one of the most successful pop acts in music history. Their story is told in the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys. Director Clint Eastwood brings that electrifying show to the big screen and unfortunately -- as we sadly reported in our Jersey Boys review -- it falls flat. We wonder how a live show with such power and electricity could be so drab on the silver screen? 

    The Rover: Pattinson turns in the performance of his career opposite the always awesome Guy Pearce in this post-apocalyptic tale of a man whose car is stolen. That act sets off a kidnapping and a chase across the desolate Australian landscape that is thrilling, powerful, riveting and simply a ticking time bomb of drama. Our The Rover review delves deeper, but let's just say this: Pattinson has arrived!

    Feel like staying home this weekend? Some fantastic titles have arrived on digital download. Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online and witness Wes Anderson's greatest or watch The LEGO Movie online and check out one of the best (and most surprising) movies of the year!


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