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    Hot on the heels of that awesome Guardians of the Galaxy extended TV spot, Marvel Studios has released a behind-the-scenes featurette.

    The crux of the clip is the stars of the film -- Chris Pratt, Dave Bautisa, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel -- talking about their various roles and how they fit into the larger story.

    The above is a brilliant video, because although people are quite abuzz about the film since that first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, this is still a new group of superheroes to introduce to the world audience.

    Director James Gunn has achieved greatness in the casting alone and we cannot wait to see Pratt play Star Lord as the greatest space outlaw/renegade since Han Solo! 

    Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, and remember the first time Marvel had to introduce the world to a superhero? Watch Iron Man online for a refresher. Wonder how that worked out? 

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

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    With a single press release from the Michigan Film Office, we now know what to expect from Beverly Hills Cop 4. Eddie Murphy is returning to the role of Axel Foley, which he originated in 1984, and the story finds his cop leaving his swanky life as a Beverly Hills Cop to go back to Detroit.

    Axel Foley Photo

    Here’s the press release from Margaret O’Reilly, director of the state’s film office.

    "We are excited to welcome Axel Foley and the 'Beverly Hills Cop' franchise back to Michigan. This project will highlight locations throughout metro Detroit that speak to the city's heritage while making significant investments in the community by hiring Michigan workers and local businesses."

    According to O’Reilly, the production will employ 352 Michigan workers to bring the fourth film in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise to life.

    So, it won’t be a Beverly Hills set for Beverly Hills Cop 4? Nope, and here’s why.

    Foley will head back to Detroit after decades as a Beverly Hills detective to solve a case that has him going face-to-face with old enemies and a fresh set of rules that have come over what has become one of America’s most dangerous cities.

    Watch Beverly Hills Cop online and see how the Foley film saga got started! 


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    If you are going to make a Scary Movie-like film that parodies romantic comedies like the Wayans family made fun of horror movies, who better to lead the way than Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd?

    They Came Together Paul Rudd Amy Poehler

    In They Came Together, the two are a dynamic duo of trashing a beloved -- yet tired -- film genre. Rudd and Poehler star as a pair of mismatched fools who find love in spite of themselves, and they utilize every cliché in the book on the way to truly making us laugh with their “love story.”

    The film makes fun of a slew of classics, including You’ve Got Mail with its mom and pop store owner/plucky blonde (Poehler) falling for the corporate suit guy (Rudd), who is the real reason she’s going out of business. Oh, and we cannot leave out the part where Poehler goes to town a la Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally when she and Rudd are out on their first date. You’ve never heard anyone place an order at a coffee shop like Poehler in They Came Together.

    There’s even the cliché of each having previous significant others before they met each other that ended in disaster. Each has lived through the horrible break-up scarred, but with life lessons -- just as everyone in a rom-com has, of course. The film has fun with all the “subtle” hints that not just rom-coms leave throughout, but poorly written movies do in general. “Discovering this information is a huge turn of events,” Poehler’s character even says with the straightest of faces at one point.

    Directed by David Wain, the helmer even has the comedic guts to hit a joke on the head… and then promptly hit that repeatedly ad nauseum. And believe it or not, it gets funnier each time. 

    The entire tale is told as Poehler and Rudd are having dinner reflecting back and telling their “how did you guys meet” story to Ellie Kemper and Bill Hader. Those two are just the beginning of the supporting cast that is game for this type of farce. Jack McBrayer, Kenan Thompson, Ed Helms, Melanie Lynskey and Jason Mantzoukas all shine. It even allows the normally dramatic Christopher Meloni to show his humorous side -- as teased in the They Came Together trailer!

    The thing about this film, our They Came Together review can say, is that this is a parody that firmly knows what it is and doesn’t try to exert one note more than is necessary. Its 83-minute running time is physical proof of that. But, even more so is how the film doesn’t take itself too seriously, as some parodies are guilty of doing. It just charges until it’s done, and then it’s done. 

    Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd Have a Moment
    That walk through New York City that always leads to love in a rom-com -- not quite the same with Paul and Amy!

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    Snowpiercer features Captain America Chris Evans as a very different kind of hero. The world has fallen under the spell of a man-made ice age when a chemical was released into the atmosphere to thwart global warming's wrath.

    Chris Evans in Snowpiercer

    The exact opposite happened and now the world’s only survivors are stuck on a train circling the globe. Where they are on the train depends on their position in pre-disaster society. It is not pretty where the poor live -- the back. Director and co-screenwriter Joon-ho Bong has managed to craft a tyrannically run train speeding through a real world Frozen that is a mirror of our caste-like society today.

    A mysterious man runs the whole thing while Mason (Tilda Swinton) is the verbal muscle backed by a brutal police force not held back by societal rules.

    Evans, John Hurt. Octavia Spencer and Jamie Bell are our eyes, ears and taste buds (you'll see) for life in hell on this bullet train of survival. We know they will explode in revolt. And the first wave of tension arrives with the question of when.

    Bong masterfully weaves plot, character development, action and compelling battle scenes that recall Great War dramas -- all in the confines of a train.

    Evans is fantastic. His hero is one who is reluctantly leading, yet seems to be destined for the role. Bong shows us why so brilliantly laid out over the course of Snowpiercer. Evans’ rise is explained in words and action, and when he has his moment of simultaneous clarity and calling, it is powerful and not at all what you would expect.

    The supporting cast rivets. Snowpiercer feels like an Oscar-bait film with its ensemble, message and landscape. Yet, it also firmly belongs with being released in the summer months amongst the thrillers, action fests and feats of heroism that are quite “super.” 

    Hurt plays an old sage, but he portrays him with levels of complexity that will leave you wondering about everything from his backstory to his core motivation. Bell is a fantastic supporting actor, and he does much of the motivation-delivering for Evans and his rise to hero. Spencer brings the humanistic aspect to her role, and fills the back of the train with an emotional current that swells with traditional values, such the human needs of family and community.

    We'd love to tell you about Ed Harris, but that enters spoiler territory!

    Then, there’s Swinton. She finds a whole new level of excellence. We’re afraid Oscar voters won’t think back to late June to rightfully give her another shot at Academy Award gold. She deserves it beyond a reason of a doubt. Her Margaret Thatcher-esque turn as the woman who is trying to stave off a revolution is the stuff of legend. In her mind, she is no villain. She is a realist. And that is just the beginning of her fatal flaws.

    Overall, our Snowpiercer review can report, the film arrives in theaters as an announcement of the filmmaking and storytelling talents of Bong. The Korean-born artist already has a hit on his hands with this film internationally and it’s about time that America caught up and made him a director who always has us asking, “What’s next?” 

    The Cast of Snowpiercer
    The downtrodden cast of Snowpiercer. Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Jamie Bell are ready for war.

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    Think you know the real story of Dracula? Think again.

    The trailer for Universal’s Dracula Untold has arrived and it looks like the real deal origins story for the world’s first true vampire. And the fact that it is from the studio that created the greatest classic monster movies of all time, well, that has us pretty darn excited.

    Luke Evans (who you can see when you watch Fast and the Furious 6 online) stars as Vlad, and he’s portrayed as a man who had little choice but to become the iconic being who lives to walk the night and feast on humans’ blood. 

    Evans’ Vlad is just trying to save his family, his people and his legacy. And when trouble strikes from all corners, he has little choice but to make a deal with some dark souls and become the man who we know as Dracula.

    Dracula Untold hits theaters October 17 and also features Sarah Gadon, Diarmaid Murtagh and Dominic Cooper. Oh, and don't you love the tease of the theme song, Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World, sung by Lorde!

    Dracula Untold International Poster
    The international poster for Dracula Untold. Luke Evans is Count Dracula.

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    Guillermo del Toro recorded a special message for fans and you can see it below. But the headline here is Pacific Rim 2 is coming soon!

    Del Toro revealed that he and writer Zak Penn are busy on a script that will send humans in Jaegers and monsters battling to the death to save the planet once again!

    Pacific Rim Still Jaeger

    We just hope that Charlie Day will be back!

    Look for Pacific Rim 2 to arrive in 3D and IMAX 3D on April 7, 2017 and if del Toro seems excited, that’s because he clearly knows that his passion project is getting some new life.

    "The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau -- but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles,” del Toro said in a statement.

    “The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast."

    Watch Pacific Rim online and see what all the fuss is about! 


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    The calendar is about to say July and that means some of Hollywood's biggest movies of the year are about to hit your local theater.

    From Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to Dwayne Johnson in his born-to-play role of Hercules, Hollywood is heating up.

    We've gone through the dozens of movies hitting screens and narrowed them down to 13 must-see movies that you can put on your calendar and circle with a red pen!

    Several films are sequels, like the previously mentioned Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Purge: Anarchy. To get ready for those two, watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes online and watch The Purge online

    And the comedy trio of Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and director Jake Kasdan reunite after giving us those Bad Teacher quotes for another comedy with an intriguing title -- Sex Tape

    Click through and discover our 13 July must-see movies!

    Deliver Us From Evil
    Eric Bana stars as real-life NYPD detective Ralph Sarchie, and Deliver Us From Evil tells his tale of fighting evil that comes in the form of demonic possession. Look for this horror-thriller July 2.

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    Director Roberto Orci, who was recently named to take over for J.J. Abrams with the Star Trek franchise, has let us know what his plans are for the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Finally, Captain Kirk, Spock and the gang will be heading into the nether regions of the universe -- like they did on the hit TV show.

    Star Trek Into Darkness Star Chris Pine

    After two movies of setting up our heroes as the crew that can handle anything, Orci will send Chris Pine and his lot where no man (or woman) has gone before.

    "In this movie they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen," Orci said on the Humans From Earth podcast.

    "They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space."

    Orci (who helped write the first two) will be paired in the screenwriting duties with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

    Look for Star Trek 3 in theaters sometime in 2016, which coincidentally is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Good move!

    Until then, watch Star Trek online and watch Star Trek: Into Darkness online.


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    Tammy stars Melissa McCarthy in the title role and to say she's having a tough time is a gross understatement. As teased in the Tammy trailer, Tammy loses her job, comes home to find her husband having an affair with a neighbor and her car decides that's the day to die beyond repair.

    To celebrate the return of a comic wunderkind in McCarthy, Movie Fanatic is presenting a Tammy prize pack that includes movie-related swag (love the "Coming in Hot" Tank Top inspired by this Tammy movie trailer) and a $150 major credit card gift card!

    Tammy Prize Poster

    McCarthy is not alone in the awesomeness in Tammy. An all-star cast is led by Susan Sarandon, who plays her grandmother who agrees to let her use her car to get out of town, as long as she can come along. It's a grandma-granddaughter road trip! 

    Tammy also stars Mark Duplass, Gary Cole (of those awesome Office Space quotes), Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Dan Aykroyd! And the best part is it also stars McCarthy's husband Ben Falcone, who McCarthy co-wrote the script with and who is making his directorial debut with the comedy.

    Look for Tammy in theaters everywhere July 2.

    Tammy Logo

    Our Tammy grand prize winner will receive:

    • Leather Covered Flask
    • Tammy 'Coming in Hot' Orange Tank Top
    • Compact USB Car Charger
    • $150 Major Credit Card Gift Card

    Use the widget below to enter on Facebook or Twitter. There are three unique ways to enter, and by entering all three ways you can increase your chance at winning!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Our prize winner will be selected at random on July 7. Good luck!

    Tammy Prize Pack

    Don’t forget to visit the Tammy official site for more on the new film. And to further stay informed on all things Tammy, check out the Tammy Facebook page and follow @wbpictures on Twitter.

    Be sure to enter now as the sweepstakes runs through July 7.

    You can also sign up for Warner Bros. special offers, be the first to know movie news, updates and more at:

    Warner Bros. Special Offers

    Tammy Synopsis:

    Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) star in New Line Cinema’s comedy Tammy, marking Ben Falcone’s directorial debut.

    After losing her job, husband and car in one day, Tammy Banks (Melissa McCarthy) wants out of her small town existence. With no money or transportation, her only way out is with her hard-partying grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Their misadventures and brushes with the law lead them on a funny and heartfelt road trip to remember.

    The film also stars Allison Janney (The Help), playing Tammy’s world-weary mom, Deb; Gary Cole (TV’s VEEP) as ladies’ man Earl; and Mark Duplass (HBO’s Togetherness) as his son, Bobby; with Dan Aykroyd (The Campaign) as Tammy’s dad, Don; and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery, Midnight in Paris) as Pearl’s fun-loving cousin Lenore. Rounding out the cast are Sandra Oh (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) as Lenore’s partner, Susanne; Oscar nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense) as Tammy’s neighbor, Missi; and Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher) as Tammy’s husband, Greg.

    The screenplay is by Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced the film with McCarthy. Rob Cowan, Falcone, Chris Henchy, Kevin Messick, Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener and Michael Disco served as executive producers.

    The behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Russ Alsobrook (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), production designer Jefferson Sage (This is 40), and editor Mike Sale (Bridesmaids). The music is by Michael Andrews (Bad Teacher).

    New Line Cinema presents, a Gary Sanchez/On the Day production, Tammy. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

    This film has been rated R by the MPAA for language, including sexual references.

    Tammy Prize Pack Release and Indemnification:

    By entering the sweepstakes, entrants release and hold harmless Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and each of its respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and advertising agencies (collectively,  “WBEI” ) from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the sweepstakes or participation in any sweepstakes-related activity (including without limitation the removal from the site of, or discontinuation of access to, any materials), or resulting directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize awarded in connection with the sweepstakes, including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage, as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, and/or invasion of privacy.

    Tammy Melissa McCarthy Susan Sarandon

    Limitation of liability:

    In no event will the WBEI be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including without limitation direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, arising out of any access to and/or use of the sweepstakes site, the downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from the sweepstakes site, the removal from the sweepstakes site of, or discontinuation of access to, any materials, or the acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or participation in, any prize awarded in connection with the sweepstakes. Without limiting the foregoing, the sweepstakes, all prizes, and all materials provided on or through the site “are provided as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

    Tammy Credits

    Be sure to check out how we first discovered McCarthy and watch Bridesmaids online. And check out the terrific Tammy posters in our slideshow below.

    Melissa McCarthy "Flies" over Water!
    Melissa McCarthy will do anything to get away from her life, including ride a jet ski she is clearly not prepared for.

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past came out to huge success and has banked nearly $700 million at the international box office. We know that the sequel, which is called X-Men: Apocalypse is set to be released May 22, 2016 and is already in pre-production. What we don’t know, is whether director Bryan Singer will be back.

    X-Men Days of Future Past Patrick Stewart Bryan Singer

    The scandal that kept him from press opportunities to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past seemed to have him put on hold in terms of all future projects. But in a country where innocence is presumed before guilt, it appears that Singer will in fact be on board for X-Men: Apocalypse when cameras start rolling.

    Singer should feel good about his chances, because you can’t go any higher in the 20th Century Fox food chain of authority than 20th Century Fox's President of Production Emma Watts. And given what she just told The Hollywood Reporter, Singer’s safe.

    "Right now we are totally at the outlining phase," Watts said of where X-Men: Apocalypse is at. "But nothing would make me happier than if it all worked out. It's always been the intention for him to do it."

    There’s the operative phrase Singer had to be thrilled to hear: “Always been the intention for him to do it.”

    We, for one, could not be more excited as his X-Men: Days of Future Past was in our minds, the best of the series. 

    Check out Singer's first work in this world and watch X-Men online

    Beast and Mystique Get Beastly
    Who knew that Mystique and Beast hook up? Considering the pair who play them in real life are together, that ought to work.

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    Edgar Ramirez stars in Deliver Us From Evil as a priest who has on more than one occasion had his faith challenged after witnessing a horrific moment or two. We caught up with Ramirez for an exclusive interview where the star talks about what most surprised him in his research about the real people who perform exorcisms.

    “The contradiction between divinity and profanity,” Ramirez said without missing a beat.

    “There’s an inherent clash of forces in these people when it comes down to dealing with the divine and the profane. There is a constant contradiction.”

    Ramirez stars as the partner of Eric Bana’s NYPD Officer Ralph Sarchie, who gets pulled into the world of demonic possession after a series of crimes grip the city. The film is based on a true story -- more on it can be seen in this special Deliver Us From Evil clip.

    We were fascinated with Ramirez’s opinion as to why audiences adore films that have exorcisms in them, as teased in the Deliver Us From Evil trailer, and what it is about them that keeps audiences coming back.  

     “The ongoing battle between good and evil is inherent to human nature,” Ramirez said. “In the end we are always trying to control our circumstances. When you lose that… it’s very scary.”  

    Deliver Us From Evil Poster
    The official poster for Deliver Us From Evil. Eric Bana stars as a NYPD detective hot on the trail of the... devil!

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    The wait is over, Transformers fans. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters with a new star (Mark Wahlberg) and high expectations. But, it is not alone in the new-to-the-theaters department this weekend. 

    Joining that monster of a movie are two smaller flicks. Chris Evans stars as a hero of a different kind in Snowpiercer, and Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler make fun of rom-coms in They Came Together.

    Let's break it down:

    Transformers Age of Extinction: The latest Michael Bay explosive blockbuster takes place years after the Battle of Chicago in the last flick. And certain people (led by Kelsey Grammer) are trying to rid the world of all the Transformers. When Walhberg stumbles on Optimus Prime, he sets off a series of events that lead to a climactic conclusion in Hong Kong. For more, check out our Transformers: Age of Extinction review. For fans of the series, they'll love it. For all others, well...

    Snowpiercer: Evans is back in the hero role in this thriller, but it could not be more different than his work in Captain America. A new ice age has taken over the planet and the roughly 1,000 survivors that are left are on a train that is circling the globe. A strict class system is in place, enforced with an iron hand by Tilda Swinton. The film is a surprise thriller with lots of societal messages, as we stated in our Snowpiercer review

    They Came TogetherPoehler and Rudd are the perfect team to lampoon the rom-com, and if there is a genre that is ripe for the Scary Movie treatment, it is the romantic comedy. As reported in our They Came Together review, it's not the most incredible movie of all time, but you will laugh out loud many, many times as they make fun of everything from When Harry Met Sally to You've Got Mail

    Feel like staying in this weekend? A few great titles have landed on digital download. Watch 300: Rise of an Empire online or watch Winter's Tale online.  


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    Ridley Scott’s latest epic takes him back to ancient Egypt and tells the story of how Moses led the Jewish people out of slavery and into the promised land of Israel.

    Christian Bale is Moses and he is just the tip of the iceberg of all-star talent inhabiting this biblical tale.

    Sigourney Weaver re-teams with her Alien director, and is joined by Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, John Turturro and Joel Edgerton.

    20th Century Fox just released a series of stills from the film, via EW, and we have them below in our slideshow!

    Exodus: Gods and Kings will land December 12. In the meantime, check out Bale in his Oscar-winning role and watch The Fighter online.

    Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
    Christian Bale rides again! This time out, as Moses!

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    James Cameron is driven, that is for sure. While we wait for his Avatar 2, we get a little bit of a taste for the movie magic this man can make with the trailer arrival for his documentary James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.

    The film follows Cameron’s efforts to go to the deepest spot in the ocean, and thus the planet. It is a journey filled with danger around every turn. The trailer has arrived and it sure paints a picture of a man driven to push the boundaries of what humans have done before.

    James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D lands in theaters August 8. Why not check out a few of Cameron’s classics and watch Titanic online and watch Avatar online.  


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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has released a behind-the-scenes featurette that truly paints a picture of a film with a massive scope, but one that never loses focus on its heart. 

    Director Matt Reeves, as well as stars Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis (back as Caesar!), talk about how the real-life set gave the actors an inspirational feel that what they were working on was something truly special. 

    Reeves also talks about filming in 3D and on location and how difficult it was, yet how it paid off, to put audiences firmly in the seat of this world where apes rule the day. 

    Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer and you'll see how masterfully they crafted this world. It's also easy to see from the above featurette why this film is one of our must-sees of summer.

    And to get ready for the big sequel, watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes online!

    Apes with Shotguns!
    You know, humans pretty much should throw in the towel when the apes master the art of shooting a shotgun!

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    Earth to Echo is the most unique of movie concepts. It reminds us of E.T. in the sense that it features a group of young kids who find an alien who is desperately trying to get home. But, that is about where the comparison begins and ends. We caught up with the young and fearless four-member cast for an exclusive chat to take us inside the making of Earth to Echo and to also have them share their favorite alien movies -- their answers will surprise!

    Cast of Earth to Echo

    The film follows Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig, Astro and Ella Wahlestedt as the four early teens are about to be forcibly moved from their homes in Arizona. The state is putting a highway through their neighborhood and they must relocate. Lifelong friends will separate and they are eager to do something special in the few remaining nights they have.

    When their cell phones start getting mysterious messages, it leads them to the cutest of abandoned aliens and they must band together to help the little guy (whom they name Echo) find his way home. What is also so fascinating about this flick is it is shown from the point of view of the kids as it is them wielding the cameras.

    Movie Fanatic: When you guys look back on this life-changing experience decades from now, what one moment will you remember the most?

    Astro: It’s hard to choose for me because it’s my first movie so everything was awesome to me. I remember everything, man.

    Reese Hartwig: I think once the movie comes out, July 2, and I’m sitting with all my buddies and people I don’t know watching it on the big screen, that’s going to be the best moment.

    Ella Wahlestedt: The premiere is tomorrow, which we are all excited about. It’s all of our first movie premiere, it’s a first for us. It’s going to be about the movie and about us and I’m excited to spend that day with friends and family.

    Teo Halm: I don’t want to give any spoilers out, but the last scene we filmed was the last scene in the movie. It’s the scene where I’m saying goodbye to Echo. That was definitely the only scene where I had to bring major, major emotion into it. I’m probably going to remember that. It was a hard scene to do, but it’s very memorable.

    Movie Fanatic: I know it’s not on purpose, but Earth to Echo has shades of E.T. And that goodbye scene with E.T., it mirrored yours with Echo.

    Teo Halm: I’m honored that we’re being compared to E.T. -- it’s such a legendary movie. I think that Dave Green, the director, his goal that he was trying to get across was not to cross storylines with any of those '80s movies, but to bring back the feel of those movies -- not a family movie, but a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family. There’s cute little Echo for the little kids and there’s edgier, exciting moments for everyone. It is a movie that, hopefully, everyone will enjoy. That’s how those movies were, like Jurassic Park, E.T., Goonies, Stand By Be -- those are movies that will be forever loved by everyone of all ages.

    Ella Wahlestedt: But Earth to Echo has a different spirit to it because of technology. It’s more modern, it’s for this generation. That’s what we’re trying to do.

    Earth to Echo Teo Halm

    Movie Fanatic: It’s also timely. As we see in the Earth to Echo trailer, the story is set in motion because all of you are best friends and you all have to move. I think that’s something people can relate to now with people changing jobs so much. Of all the moments in the movie, what hit you most personally?

    Ella Wahlestedt: We originally auditioned for a project called Untitled Wolf Project. So, we thought it was an adventure movie involving wolves [laughs]. Not until after we were cast did we get to read a script and find out it was about aliens. I realized how lucky I was to be a part of it because it was such a cool idea.

    Reese Hartwig: We didn’t know it was going to be about aliens and so as soon as we saw it was going to be about aliens, I was like, “No way! I love sci-fi! I love alien movies!” That was cool – it made it more interesting than it already was.

    Movie Fanatic: Speaking of alien movies, what are each of your favorites?

    Teo Halm: I think Independence Day. I’d say E.T., but Independence Day (one of our 21 most patriotic movies!) because it was the opener of sci-fi movies that showed that aliens weren’t cute and friendly. Independence Day was really violent and the screenplay was amazing. It opened a new era of crazy, hectic, violent alien movies.

    Ella Wahlestedt: I have to say Wall-E. I loved that movie. It’s so cute.

    Reese Hartwig:Alien is my all-time favorite movie, period. It was the first time where they really did it right where they mixed action and horror together perfectly.

    Movie Fanatic: How old were you when you saw that scary movie?!

    Reese Hartwig: I was about nine-ish? Sure, there are scary parts. But, the movie is such a great movie, I did enjoy it. I just liked it.

    Astro: I don’t watch alien movies actually. I’ve never even seen E.T., but I’m going to watch it now!

    Ella Wahlestedt: There’s Earth to Echo, that’s the only alien movie you need to see!

    The Earth Kids Find Something
    What is it? Something tells us it's alien related!

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    Universal has released a fantastic featurette that takes us inside their July 18-arriving thriller The Purge: Anarchy. As you can tell from that recent The Purge: Anarchy trailer, what was teased in the first film -- The Purge -- is greatly expanded in this latest movie.

    The first flick, starring Ethan Hawke, focused on the wealthy suburbanites and their effort to survive the once-a-year night where all crime is legal. Since the start of the Purge, the government has seen an enormous reduction in all violent crime… so the Purge is a success.

    In The Purge: Anarchy, we get to see how the annual night of mayhem affects everyone else. There are three intertwining stories, and the below featurette previews how Frank Grillo’s lead character winds up connecting with the other two storylines.

    Grillo is a grieving father out to Purge in the name of vengeance. The mother-daughter pair of Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and Cali  (Zoe Soul), live in a rough part of town and have no money to try to protect themselves. And then there’s Liz (Kiele Sanchez) and Shane (Zach Gilford), who get caught in the middle of the Purge when their car breaks down.

    All three of their worlds will collide on a night that is all about violence, and in the middle of all that chaos, these five souls will find much more than survival… or will they?  

    Watch The Purge online to get caught up for the big sequel’s arrival!

    The Purge Brings Out Our Best
    Of course, we're kidding about the "our best" part. This guy doesn't look like he's up to any sort of good.

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    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has given us plenty to tease when it comes to the release of the sequel to Sin City. 

    Those Sin City: A Dame to Kill For character posters were eye-popping, as was that visual marvel that is the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For trailer

    But throughout it all, we have yet to get a good glimpse of returning star Rosario Dawson, and also Jamie Chung. Well, both get a good look today as the Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller film has released two stills, one of each actress. 

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For lands in theaters August 22 and is sure to close out the summer movie season with a big old bang!

    Watch Sin City online and get ready for the big sequel and then be sure to to check out our Dawson and Chung stills, as well as all of our photos from the film in our slideshow below.

    Rosario Dawson is Smoking
    Rosario Dawson is back in the sequel to Sin City.

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    Ben Falcone is making his directorial debut with Tammy, but he has some company that has helped the process immensely.

    Tammy Ben Falcone Melissa McCarthy

    Falcone and his wife, Melissa McCarthy, wrote the Tammy script about a woman who feels trapped in her Illinois small town. As teased in the Tammy trailer, she has a chance to go on a road trip, but must bring her alcoholic, promiscuous grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Tammy feels it's worth it and the duo hits the road.

    “We sought to make a comedy that’s really funny and has a lot of heart,” Falcone said in our exclusive interview.

    We talked with Falcone about whether he and his longtime love, McCarthy, ever had a chance to stop in the middle of filming and take a moment to realize how far they’ve come as a family. Plus we chatted about his all-star cast as well as how his wife made him a better director.

    Movie Fanatic: How did anticipation about directing a big Hollywood summer movie compare to the reality of what you experienced?

    Ben Falcone: It was actually one of those strange times in life where it was very similar to what I had imagined it would be. The build-up... I was definitely nervous when we got the cast we got, all these people with all these awards. Sometimes, I was looking at them and I got nervous. That scene at the lake house, there was Susan Sarandon, obviously Melissa, Kathy Bates, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass and Sandra Oh. I was like, "This is like a freakin’ all-star team." The lucky thing for me was that everyone was so nice and so wanted to do a good job that they were open to me giving suggestions. They were open to me not knowing the answer. I’m going to be as prepared as I can be. I know the script really well. And if I don’t know the answer, I’m not going to pretend that I do. I’ve gotten into trouble with that in the past.

    Tammy Ben Falcone

    Movie Fanatic: What did you learn from some comedy people like Judd Apatow you’ve worked with before?

    Ben Falcone: Well, those guys always have writers around on set whose only focus is, how can we make this funny? They only stay for a week at a time. They can’t get too wrapped up into everything. You get a fresh perspective from people that you usually know really well. You also have Susan and Melissa and all these other funny actors -- something is always going to work. You stay calm and have patience, and you get there. It was an embarrassment of great stuff to pick from.

    Movie Fanatic: You and Melissa have been married for a while now and have truly come up through the Hollywood ranks together. You two have really made it with Tammy. Did you ever have a moment where you could just stop and look at each other and say, “Wow?”

    Ben Falcone: We did. We’re really grateful about being able to be in this spot, to be doing what we’re doing -- making movies that we wrote. It’s an incredible gift. We’re very aware of it. With that, we’re also really big workers. How do we get to the next thing? People think she’s loose and free, and she is, but she’s also someone who has worked so much to get to a place where she can be so free. On set, when she was singing in the car and we had to reset the scene, I was strapped on a giant camera truck and there’s Melissa singing her heart out. We’re on a beautiful country road and we just looked at each other and said, “This is incredible. This is so neat.” We’re trying to do the same thing with this process. Yesterday, like a dork, I went to the Grove and looked at all the Tammy stuff and took selfies and it was so fun [laughs]. Melissa was working and I’d text her these pictures. So, we were still enjoying it together. I’m going to make her do it too.

    Movie Fanatic: I’ve loved you guys since the Groundlings. What is it about that fertile training ground that produces so much talent? Is there something in the water?

    Tammy Melissa McCarthy Susan Sarandon

    Ben Falcone: [Laughs] They do have weird water! I think the thing is it engenders the people that come there, usually, to be really patient. The first thing you’re told is that you’re probably not going to get in -- which is the same thing that this town is telling you. Then, they tell you that they have some good techniques to help you learn how to get better. I think the Groundlings are a group of people who have been told over and over again you can do better. Even when you’re moving forward and moving up the ranks, you’re always told you can do better. It’s life. There’s something about the Groundlings that is a constant constructive criticism, which is very emblematic of what Los Angeles and this industry is.

    Movie Fanatic: You’ve known Melissa for so long. And now you got to direct her in Tammy. Does she still surprise you?

    Ben Falcone: She’s always surprising me. On Bridesmaids, I was there for a week, maybe less -- the other things, a day. I see her at home, reading her scripts. She plays with the kids and puts them to bed. And then she takes a bath and looks at the next day’s work. What surprised me was how prepared she was. She ups my game.

    Movie Fanatic: Sounds like she made you a better director.

    Ben Falcone: They all did, but especially Melissa.

    Be sure to check out Falcone's crazy chemistry with McCarthy and watch Bridesmaids online.

    Melissa McCarthy "Flies" over Water!
    Melissa McCarthy will do anything to get away from her life, including ride a jet ski she is clearly not prepared for.

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    One of the things that has been the most impressive about the marketing of Guardians of the Galaxy is its use of classic songs in its teasers.

    Whether it was the use of Hooked on a Feeling in the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer or even the use of Spirit in the Sky in the fantastic Guardians of the Galaxy UK trailer, song choices by director James Gunn have been superlative.

    The thing is that if you’re a fan of the comics that Guardians of the Galaxy is based on, you know that Star Lard, aka Peter Quill, has a mix tape that he has with him at all times and it features some of the most important music to him. If you ever wanted a copy of that mix tape, you can have it and it comes in the form of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack Cover

    And it turns out those songs in the trailers aren’t just for teasing purposes, they’ll be part of the soundtrack. Also included is the recent use of Cherry Bomb in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

    And that is just the beginning. We’ve gotten our hands on the soundtrack list. Or, as we like to call it, Star Lord’s Mix Tape!

    1. Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
    2. Raspberries – Go All the Way
    3. Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
    4. David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
    5. Elvin Bishop – Fooled Around and Fell in Love
    6. 10Cc – I’m Not in Love
    7. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
    8. Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
    9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
    10. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
    11. The Five Stairsteps – O-O-H Child
    12. Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

    Rocket Raccoon Gets the Spotlight
    Rocket Raccoon's character poster debuts! Bradley Cooper voices the crazy 'coon.

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