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    The opening of the sequel to Dumb and Dumber was teased in the Dumb and Dumber To trailer. Now, with the release of the Dumb and Dumber To DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download, we’re getting an alternative opening. We’re seriously intrigued to see it when it lands on Digital HD on February 3 and DVD and Blu-Ray on February 17.

    Dumb and Dumber To DVD

    The alternate opening is just one of many bonus features that promises to have this sequel to those Dumb and Dumber quotes be one of the more hilarious home video releases of this still young year.

    It took 20 years for Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to reunite with the Farrelly brothers for a follow-up to their surprise blockbuster comedy and as we stated in our Dumb and Dumber To review, it is pretty much worth the wait. 

    So, what’s in store for the Dumb and Dumber To DVD and Blu-Ray release?

    Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-Ray

    • Alternate Opening
    • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Gag Reel
    • What’s so Smart about Dumb and Dumber To? From stress relief to providing a new perspective on life, the film’s cast and crew and the author of Psychology for Dummies make the case for why you sometimes need to step back from the seriousness of life and just get dumb.

    Bonus Features on Blu-Ray and DVD

    • That’s Awesome! – The Story Of Dumb And Dumber To
    • Chapter 1 – “I Like it a Lot” – The Beginning: Join Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly Brothers on-set as they give you the hows, whats, whys and huhs behind making dumb magic all over again.
    • Chapter 2 – “Gotcha” – The Cast
    • Chapter 2.5 – “That’s Insane!” – The Cameos: Meet the fan favorites, powerful executives, brilliant musicians, and comedy legends who pop up throughout the film in surprising (and surprisingly dumb) ways!
    • Chapter 3 – “We’re Gunna Need Some Wheels” – The Cars: Take a ride on the Zamboni, go inside the hearse, and discover the story behind the triumphant return of the Mutt Cutts van in this fun piece!
    • Chapter 4 – “That’s Commitment!” – The Stunts: This chapter offers a high-paced peek into just a few of the hilarious stunts involved in the making of this movie.
    • Chapter 5 – “There’s No Diamonds In Here” – The Editorial: Step into the edit bay with acclaimed comedy editor Steve Rasch (Curb Your Enthusiasm) to learn about how some of the movie’s most memorable scenes came together.

    Watch Dumb and Dumber online and get ready for the big sequel.

    That's three hours away. Why can't I check 'em out now?

    Harry Dunne: Whoa, Lloyd. Check out the hotties at 12 o'clock.
    Lloyd Christmas: That's three hours away. Why can't I check 'em out now?

    Lloyd wonders why he cannot look now? Why wait?!

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    We always felt that Guardians of the Galaxy was so good, that it was Oscar good. It ranked way high in our top 15 of 2014 and think it should, on paper, be worthy of a Best Picture nod. But, as you can see from our Oscar Best Picture predictions, we don’t think that will happen.

    Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX Poster

    Superhero movies don’t get those awards. But, in a huge move, the Writers Guild of America announced their nominees for 2014 films and wouldn’t you know it, Guardians of the Galaxy scored a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for James Gunn!

    Now, hopefully that increases the Marvel movie's chances for an Oscar nod in the same category when those nominations are announced on January 15.

    Who else was nominated? The field was led by Oscar favorites Boyhood, The Imitation Game and Foxcatcher.

    The 2015 Writers Guild Awards Nominations:

    Original Screenplay

    • Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater
    • Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
    • Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy
    • Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle

    Adapted Screenplay

    • American Sniper, Screenplay by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and James Defelice
    • Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel
    • Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
    • The Imitation Game, Screenplay by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
    • Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed

    Documentary Screenplay

    • Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
    • The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger
    • Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester
    • Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky

    Watch Guardians of the Galaxy online and see the newly minted WGA nominee! And check out our favorite quotes below from that nominated screenplay!

    I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded...

    I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I would be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.

    Gamora
    We love this quote -- Gamora gets mushy.

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    There was some controversy last year about the rating or perceived rating that the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey was going to get or even what it was going for.

    Fifty Shades of Grey Dakota Johnson

    Some had reported that the E.L. James page to screen effort starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan was shooting for a PG-13 to put more people in the seats. That was met with a universal “boo” as fans thought that if anything to capture the spirit of the book, Fifty Shades of Grey needed to be rated NC-17.

    The MPAA has seen the movie and given the film teased in this Fifty Shades of Grey trailer an “R” for strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.

    Whew, right? Can you imagine a film about a highly sexualized romance between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey not having any sex?!

    Look for Fifty Shades of Grey on February 13, just in time for the most romantic day of the year -- Valentine’s Day!

    Rita Ora is Mia Grey
    Rita Ora is ready to rock the big screen in this first photo of her from Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    The LEGO Movie world is set to explode big time. We have The LEGO Movie 2, The LEGO Batman movie and of course, Ninjago. Warner Bros. has a lot of faith in the landscape started by filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller in the first film that has gone on to become one of the most beloved of 2014.

    The LEGO Movie Wyldstyle

    Those The LEGO Movie quotes immediately became part of the pop culture lexicon and although they were initially reluctant to do a sequel, they agreed that they would pen The LEGO Movie 2 and produce it, along with the other spin-offs.

    “We’re writing the sequel right now and obviously producing all the other ones. There’s a challenge to make each one feel like its own thing. Part of the fun is finding people like Charlie [Bean], who’s doing the Ninjago movie, and Chris McKay who did so much on the first film,” Miller told Empire.

    “Each of them have their own distinct voices and ideas for tone. So it will each have its own personality and not just be, ‘Hey, remember that last movie? Here’s another one just like it!’ So that’s been a big challenge but so far it’s been going better than I expected.”

    Spoilers here if you have yet to watch The LEGO Movie online!

    Miller also admitted that what drew them back into the world of The LEGO Movie 2 was the idea of catching up with the kid who is in the meta portion of the film (his father is Will Ferrell).

    “We were really interested in what happens to that boy who’s in the meta story in the first movie when he’s four years older. When he’s an adolescent, how does that change his point of view? And it’s nice to have the characters start in a different place from the first movie,” Miller said.

    “Emmet, for example, was in an existential crisis of having seen another dimension and was questioning the whole point of his existence.”

    So, let’s sum up when you can expect what. The LEGO Batman Movie is due sometime in 2017, with Ninjago landing in 2016. In terms of The LEGO Movie 2, look for it May 26, 2017.

    Will Arnett: I Am Batman!
    Will Arnett voices Batman and lets us know it in this clip.

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    Throughout 2015 we will be delving deeper into the films that changed Hollywood 30 years ago in 1985.

    It was an incredible year for movies and you will be amazed how many of these films are celebrating anniversaries this year and don’t worry, we feel a little older too!

    So, which flicks arrived on screens 30 years ago this year?

    Watch Back to the Future online and there’s one. And can you believe those iconic The Breakfast Club quotes are three decades old?

    With all this talk of a sequel to the beloved film you can see when you watch The Goonies online, now that its anniversary is here, we find it hard to believe it could have taken 30 years to produce a sequel to the adored piece of pop culture legend.

    Which flicks arrived 30 years ago this year?

    Click through and discover the movie magic that was 1985. 

    The Breakfast Club
    For many high school kids leaving school behind at the beginning of the summer of 1985, witnessing The Breakfast Club was a revelation. There was someone there in that cast that was us. John Hughes scored again, as did Anthony Michael Hall -- more on that soon -- with a flick that captured the spirit of being a teenager as few films had. We all wanted to be called into detention and have a day like those guys did!

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    Robert Pattinson reteams with director David Cronenberg after their wild work on Cosmopolis in Maps to the Stars.

    The full length Maps to the Stars trailer has premiered and this time out, the legendary director is pointing his camera firmly on the city that makes its mark with… movies! 

    The story is a haunting one. Julianne Moore plays the daughter of a movie star who is clinging to any kind of career. She agrees to remake a movie that her late actress mother (who died tragically) is most famous for. Yeah, that’ll cause some stress.

    Mia Wasikowska stars as the woman who becomes her personal assistant and as we see from the trailer below, she might be a little unhinged too!

    Maps to the Stars also features John Cusack as a masseuse who discovers Wasikowska’s craziness and Pattinson plays a limo driver who seems to be the center of this entire universe.

    Look for Maps to the Stars February 27 and prepare to see Hollywood as never before through the eyes of Cronenberg.

    Focus World has also released a classic-looking poster for the flick. Check it out in the slideshow below along with a slew of stills!

    Maps to the Stars Classic Poster
    This Maps to the Stars poster truly has the feel of one of the classwics.

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    Now that we know that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is truly the beginning of a whole new world for DC Comics and Warner Bros. as they unveiled plans through 2019 for various franchises, now the only question remains: When can we see our first trailer for the Zack Snyder film?

    Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice Henry Cavil

    It may seem a little early in the process, given that the Man of Steel follow-up doesn’t arrive until March 25, 2016. But, we have heard that if you go to see the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, you’ll be treated to the first true official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.

    That word comes from Latino Review, who has a pretty good record of predicting such things. We still think it’s kind of early. For example, that Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer premiered back in October, and that movie hits screens merely months later in May.

    We’re a full 14-plus months away from seeing Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa as Aquaman!

    But, given the attention Warner Bros. would love to draw to the Channing Tatum-Mila Kunis starring Jupiter Ascending, we actually think this makes perfect sense. The latest from the Wachowskis hits theaters February 6.

    Stay tuned and in the meantime watch Man of Steel online and see where our favorite superhero left off.

    Batmobile Close-Up
    Check out the first "true" look at Ben Affleck's Batmobile!

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    Chris Pratt first caught our eye on the NBC comedy hit Parks and Rec. After the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt is set to break big in 2015 with Jurassic World

    For fans of Pratt's, boy, do we have a treat for you today.

    We have a mash-up that takes his persona from Parks and Rec and combines it with his role in Jurassic World

    Ladies and gentlemen, we present you the trailer for Jurassic Parks and Rec

    You can see Pratt in action and watch Guardians of the Galaxy online, and see how it all started and watch Jurassic Park online

    Look for the "real" Jurassic World in theaters June 12. 

    Meet Chris Pratt's Little Friend
    Who is that next to Chris Pratt? Why, it's a Raptor!

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    Hot on the heels of that Ant-Man teaser trailer, Marvel has released a series of fresh photos from the highly anticipated superhero movie that introduces us to the comic book studio’s newest, smallest and mightiest hero.

    Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, a thief who is recruited by Michael Douglas’ Dr. Hank Pym to become Ant-Man in what is being called Marvel’s first heist film.

    Among the shots that Marvel released today include Rudd checking out his Ant-Man suit, the moment where Douglas and Rudd discuss whether Lang will become Ant-Man, and our first true look at Evangeline Lilly.

    The all-star cast also includes Corey Stohl, Judy Greer, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, John Slattery and Martin Donovan.

    Ant-Man hits theaters July 17 and is one of our most anticipated movies of 2015.

    Some have said that Ant-Man is a risk. Few in the masses had heard of the character before this movie got made. But, then again, that could have been said for Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Paul Rudd Sizes Up His Suit
    Paul Rudd takes a look at the suit that will define his character, Scott Lang.

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    We have already established that 2015 will be the best movie year ever. There are a myriad of movie stars who appear in these films that have us making that bold statement.

    But, we found 9 movie stars that are going to have the biggest years of anyone.

    Leading the pack is the guy who is probably best known for the movie that you can see when you watch Thor: The Dark World online. Yup, Chris Hemsworth has a bevy of blockbusters heading your way in 2015.

    Also huge is one of the stars that rivet us when you watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes online. And one of the films that this actor has in 2015 features a co-star who is also on our list!

    Who is it?

    Then there’s that Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. There’s a slew of people who could become big stars or even bigger stars after that highly anticipated film arrives. But, we think there is one who will rise above all the others and look back at 2015 as the year that they broke big.

    Click through and discover the 9 stars that are going to have a huge 2015.

    Chris Hemsworth
    If there is anyone who is going to have a bigger 2015 than Chris Hemsworth, we don't see it. The man who is Thor has Michael Mann's Blackhat arriving in January, In The Heart of the Sea (reteaming with Ron Howard after Rush) in the spring and then there's that little independent movie called Avengers: Age of Ultron this summer. Oh, and then there's that small role of Stone Crandall in the Vacation reboot in October.

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    The Golden Globes are set to be handed out January 11 and we know who will win! When the Golden Globe nominations were announced it was a varied group of films set to compete for the highest honor from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

    Golden Globes Awards Logo

    Some would argue that it is a window into the world of who will win Oscars, but we don’t necessarily subscribe to that belief. The Golden Globes are a unique animal and their choices are sometimes baffling, surprising, but always entertaining.

    We went through the nomination list and have made our predictions. Without further ado, here we go!

    Best Picture, Drama

    Here are the nominees… who will win?

    The Imitation Game
    Benedict Cumberbatch rivets in the true tale of the man who broke the Nazi Enigma code.

    Winner: Boyhood
    Why: Richard Linklater’s 12-year effort to bring a true family movie to life will be rewarded with a victory at the Golden Globes. It is universally adored and has the momentum to clean up.

    Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

    Here are the nominees… who will win?

    Birdman
    Michael Keaton soars and his comeback is now complete.

    Winner: Birdman
    Why: Besides having an international director behind the film, this is simply the best picture of the group! Period.

    Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama

    Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    David Oyelowo, Selma
    Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

    Winner: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
    Why: The HFPA adores a true story, especially one about someone who dealt with the issues that Stephen Hawking dealt with and still became one of the great, if not the greatest mind of our time.

    Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama

    Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    Reese Witherspoon, Wild
    Felicity Jones, Theory of Everything
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    Jennifer Aniston, Cake

    Winner: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    Why: Since Still Alice premiered at Toronto, it was almost a given that Moore was on her way to her first Oscar. The Golden Globes will easily reflect that.

    Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical

    Michael Keaton, Birdman
    Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Bill Murray, St. Vincent
    Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
    Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

    Winner: Michael Keaton, Birdman
    Why: He’s got the momentum and the comeback story that is reflected in a Meta way in the movie itself. There’s no way to say it other than: This is Keaton’s year from top to bottom.

    Big Eyes Amy Adams

    Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical

    Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
    Amy Adams, Big Eyes
    Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
    Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
    Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie

    Winner: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
    Why: The HFPA loves Adams, and she gave a stunning performance in Big Eyes that is the stuff of legend. She outfoxes Christoph Waltz for one, and that is not easy to do.

    Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture

    Robert Duvall, The Judge
    Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    Edward Norton, Birdman
    Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
    J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

    Winner: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
    Why: As soon as we saw Whiplash, we knew that Simmons was going to sweep awards season. Let the sweep begin.

    Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture

    Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
    Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
    Emma Stone, Birdman
    Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

    Winner: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    Why: What Arquette accomplished in Boyhood is nothing short of a miracle. Being able to channel a character over 12 years of filming and emit the emotions she did is a true gift to us all.

    Boyhood Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke

    Best Director – Motion Picture

    Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Ava DuVernay, Selma
    David Fincher, Gone Girl
    Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
    Richard Linklater, Boyhood

    Winner: Richard Linklater
    Why: Filming a movie over 12 years, and it’s one of the best of the year, if not the best? Yeah, this is Linklater’s year; everyone else should just enjoy the free drinks.

    Best Foreign Language Film

    Force Majure
    Gett: The Trial of Viviane
    Ida
    Leviathan
    Tangerines Mandariinid

    Winner:Force Majure
    Why: Have you seen it? If not, then run, don’t walk, and check out this stunner.

    Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

    Birdman
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Gone Girl
    The Imitation Game
    Boyhood

    Winner: Boyhood
    Why: The “gimmick” of making a movie over 12 years does not work without a stellar story. And that is exactly what they have with Boyhood. It is charming. It is heartwarming. It is life itself.

    Best Original Score – Motion Picture

    The Theory of Everything
    Gone Girl
    The Imitation Game
    Birdman
    Interstellar

    Winner:Interstellar
    Why: Hans Zimmer’s score for Interstellar has divided many in a debate about its effectiveness. But, there is no arguing that it is compelling, powerful and fits the epic scope of Christopher Nolan’s flick.

    Mockingjay Part 1 Theme Lord Yellow Flicker Beat

    Best Original Song – Motion Picture

    Big Eyes from Big Eyes
    Glory from Selma
    Mercy Is from Noah
    Opportunity from Annie
    Yellow Flicker Beat from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

    Winner:Glory from Selma
    Why: This may be one of the toughest categories to pick. We love Yellow Flicker Beat and Big Eyes, but it is hard to win against the glory that is Glory.

    Best Animated Feature Film

    The Boxtrolls
    How To Train Your Dragon 2
    Big Hero 6
    The Book of Life
    The Lego Movie

    Winner:The LEGO Movie
    Why: Were you expecting something else from us?

    Check out our favorite The LEGO Movie quotes below while we’re talking about the best animated movie of the year.

    I only work in black. And sometimes, very, very dark gray.

    Batman: Relax, everybody. I'm here.
    Emmet: Batman? Awesome! Could you make one of these in orange?
    Batman: I only work in black. And sometimes, very, very dark gray.

    Batman only works in black? Does he?

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    No one had to be more surprised with the success of 2008’s Taken than its star, Liam Neeson. The thriller was credited with creating a new chapter in the veteran career’s resume, that of action hero. Audiences adore him in that capacity as we’ve seen with most of his movie choices since, which also included the sequel, 2012’s Taken 2.

    Liam Neeson Stars Taken 3

    Neeson is back in Taken 3 and if you believe the poster, this is where it ends -- but never say never, right?

    Neeson’s Bryan Mills has been framed for the murder of his wife (Famke Janssen, we’ll miss you), as teased in the Taken 3 trailer. Hot on his trail is LAPD Inspector Franck Dotzler (Forest Whitaker, a terrific addition to the series). Mills knows there’s something else going on and his “special set of skills” will find those responsible, all while clearing his name.

    Even though they are in few scenes together, Whitaker and Neeson achieve a terrific cat and mouse chemistry that works. Often times in a thriller like this, that can be tough to pull off when the performers don't share the same space. But, with actors as esteemed as these two, it is electric. Watching Dotzler one step behind Mills over the course of the film is well crafted by screenwriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, and executed by director Olivier Megaton.

    See what Dotzler lacks in international spy savvy pursuing Mills, he makes up for intelligence and finally over three films, we have a foe for Mills that is at his level in many ways. But, he may also be an ally!

    Taken 3 is better than Taken 2, although not by too much. There is something about The Fugitive nature of the story that totally had us riveted more so than the European adventure the last time out. And having Mills evading the law while seeking justice on his own turf of Los Angeles has its benefits too (no spoilers here, but he has help -- logistically and personally).

    Taken 3 Banner

    Besson and his partner Kamen are terrific at orchestrating action sequences on the page the come to life onscreen with such electricity. It fits Neeson like a glove. Their talents of weaving a web of intrigue are also well documented. But, there are a few moments where the dialogue is lacking and even a tad unbelievable. Let’s be honest, though, you’re not watching Taken 3 for the chit chat. It’s to see Neeson kick ass. And he takes care of business and then some.

    What we also appreciated this time out is there are a few less hand-to-hand combat scenes -- versus what we saw in Taken 2. They’re fine and all, and seeing Neeson execute his moves utterly unlike someone nearing 60 is quite life affirming in a weird way. In Taken 3, filmmakers have dropped a few brutish fights in favor of some fantastic car chases. One even has us recalling one of our top 10 car chases from To Live and Die in L.A. Yup, driving at high speeds on the Los Angeles freeway… the wrong way!

    Our Taken 3 review finds that it’s hard to capture what was lightning in a bottle, i.e. the first film. This is squarely a case of watching a character we adore doing what he does best. And we’re just fine with it not being much more than that.

    Is this the end? We think it is highly unlikely this is the last we’ll see Neeson as Mills, and we’re just fine with that too.

    Watch Taken online and see how it all got started.

    Taken 3 Poster
    The official "American" poster for Taken 3.

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    We were hoping that The Purge: Anarchy would not be it for the successful series that started with Ethan Hawke defending his family in the first movie. News has arisen that The Purge 3 is a go and that we can expect the flick on July 1, 2016.

    The Purge Anarchy Picture

    Blumhouse Productions, Universal Pictures and Platinum Dunes made the announcement as many a horror fan has now added this date to their calendars!

    The Purge movies have made over $200 million and follows what happens in a near-future United States where crime is an all-time low since the establishment of the titular night. For one 12-hour period a year… all crime -- even murder -- is legal.

    The creator of the series and director of the first two, James DeMonaco, is set to return to direct The Purge 3 -- which we think will have some other name by the time July 2016 rolls around.

    See how it all started and watch The Purge online and check out the terrifying photos from The Purge: Anarchy below!

    A Purger Does His Thing
    What's with the masks on The Purge? I mean, if murder and mayhem is legal, why you hiding behind a mask tough guy?!

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    Lucasfilm and Touchtone Pictures has released a featurette that introduces us to the unique cast of characters that debuts when Strange Magic arrives in theaters January 23.   

    The film is from the mind of George Lucas and is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will feature a pulsating soundtrack filled with hit songs from the last 60 years.

    The above clip not only introduces the cast of characters, but the voice actors behind the movie magic. Among the cast is Maya Rudolph, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Alfred Molina and Evan Rachel Wood.

    If the above pedigree doesn’t get you excited to take the kids to see this winter holiday film, how about the fact that it is from the same animation studio that brought us the Oscar winning Rango?!


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    The BAFTA nominations have been announced and the British version of the Oscars have added a huge twist to this year’s Academy Awards race. With 11 nominations, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has officially found its awards season mojo.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel Ralph Fiennes

    When it arrived back in the summer of 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel was seen as one of the best pictures of the year. But would movie award voters remember it come January?

    Looks like they have, as the film has done quite well with Golden Globe nominations, SAG nominations, Producers Guild nominations and most recently Writers Guild nominations.

    With the announcement of The Grand Budapest Hotel’s 11 nods for BAFTA, don’t be surprised if the film hears its name called quite often when Oscars’ nominations are revealed January 15. 

    Host Stephen Fry announced the BAFTA nominations and he will over see the awards show on February 8.

    Here is the list of the major category 2015 BAFTA awards nominees:

    BEST FILM

    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • The Imitation Game
    • The Theory of Everything

    OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

    • ’71
    • The Imitation Game
    • Paddington
    • Pride
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Under the Skin

    ANIMATED FILM

    DIRECTOR

    • Birdman, Alejandro G. Inarritu
    • Boyhood, Richard Linklater
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson
    • The Theory of Everything, James Marsh
    • Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Nightcrawler
    • Whiplash

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    • American Sniper
    • Gone Girl
    • The Imitation Game
    • Paddington
    • The Theory of Everything

    LEADING ACTOR

    • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
    • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    • Michael Keaton, Birdman
    • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

    LEADING ACTRESS

    • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
    • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    • Reese Witherspoon, Wild
    • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

    SUPPORTING ACTOR

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    • Emma Stone, Birdman
    • Imelda Staunton, Pride
    • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
    • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    • Rene Russo, Nightcrawler

    ORIGINAL MUSIC

    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Interstellar
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Under the Skin

    CINEMATOGRAPHY

    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Ida Lukasz Zal
    • Interstellar
    • Mr. Turner

    EDITING

    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • The Imitation Game
    • Nightcrawler
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Whiplash

    EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

    • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    • Jack O’Connell
    • Margot Robbie
    • Miles Teller
    • Shailene Woodley

    Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online and see what all the fuss is about! And be sure to check out our predictions for who will get nominated for the 2015 Oscars in the slideshow below!

    Boyhood
    Boyhood is currently our front-runner, so there is no doubt that Richard Linklater's astounding 12-year journey with Boyhood will win a Best Picture nomination.

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    We love Liam Neeson in action flicks, as you can see from our Taken 3 review for his film that premieres today. So, you  an imagine our joy at how we’ve gotten our hands on the trailer and first photos for his latest, Run All Night.   

    Neeson plays a Brooklyn mob hitman who has to save his son from his bosses’ (Ed Harris) ire. See, Harris’ son tried to kill Neeson’s son, but Neeson was there and took him out. That didn’t play too kindly for Harris’ gangster and all of Brooklyn’s underbelly will be out all night looking for Neeson and his son (played by Joel Kinnaman).

    Run All Night re-teams Neeson with the director from his film you can see when you watch Non-Stop online, Jaume Collet-Serra.

    We love the use of the classic O Danny Boy that accompanies this teaser and also adore the fact that Neeson appears to be having the time of his life in these action hero roles that shine a spotlight on middle-aged men who have a right to wrong, or even simply just a family to protect.

    Look for Run All Night April 17!

    Liam Strikes a Violent Pose
    Liam Neeson is back in action!

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    Our Oscar Watch has predicted the Best Picture Oscar nominees, and now as we march towards the January 15 nominations announcement, we shine the spotlight on the leading men.

    There are five spots for Best Actor nominees and it is one of the more competitive in recent years. There are easily 10 actors who could vie for the coveted quintet of spots. 

    But, Movie Fanatic’s Oscar Watch believes that these five stars below are locks to hear their name called at 5:30 a.m. PST this upcoming Thursday. One of them, we had a fantastic chat with in our Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal exclusive interview!

    You may think there’s a huge snub here, but we think that the Academy will agree with us and we’ll delve further into that when we publish our Oscar Watch: Snubs and Surprises in the hours after nominations reveal!

    So click through and discover who we believe will be your Best Actor Oscar nominees and stay with Movie Fanatic as we predict Best Actress nominees on January 12, Best Supporting Actor on January 13, Best Supporting Actress on January 14 and we're all over those nominations on January 15!:

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    As soon as we walked out of Nightcrawler, we felt that we had seen the best male performance of the year. Now, there’s no way that the Academy will give Jake Gyllenhaal the Best Actor trophy for his performance as a sociopathic camera man who films the utter worst of LA for the morning local news. It’s just too out there. He deserves it, believe you-me. But, it is a turn that is impossible to ignore and we think it will be one of the Fab Five Best Actor nominees come January 15.

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  • 01/10/15--09:00: Chappie Trailer: I Am Alive!
  • We are enthralled with anything that director Neill Blomkamp does.

    His Oscar nominated District 9 is about as perfect of a movie as they come. And his Matt Damon starring Elysium is a thrill ride that pops visually.

    His latest, Chappie, looks to combine aspects of both those films in the most original of ideas and the film’s trailer has premiered.  

    Chappie (voiced by longtime Blomkamp friend Sharlto Copley) is a self-aware robot designed by Dev Patel. He is childish and must learn as any child does.

    But, in the world he is living in, he may not have that opportunity.

    There are forces at work that want to see him destroyed, led by Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman (as a villain!).

    Blomkamps’ latest lands in theaters March 6 and is easily one of the most anticipated of early 2015. In the meantime, watch Elysium online and prepare to be amazed.

    Chappie Poster
    The official poster for Chappie.

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    This second weekend in January, the Movie Fanatic Weekend Movie Preview is all about Liam Neeson kicking ass and taking names! Taken 3 arrives on screens, but it is not alone as several films that opened in a limited capacity for awards consideration at the end of 2014 are opening wide this weekend -- Inherent Vice and Selma

    Let's break it down...

    Taken 3: Neeson is back for his third tour of Taken and this time out, he's been framed for the murder of his wife. You might think that this is a part of his past coming back for retribution, but you'd be wrong. This is an enemy that is far too close to home! 

    Taken 3 Poster
    The official "American" poster for Taken 3.

    As our Taken 3 review reported, this flick is better than the last installment, but nothing can touch the original. And there is something about Neeson as Bryan MIlls and his "special set of skills" that we could honestly watch over and over and over. Let's hope there's more to be Taken!

    Inherent Vice: Paul Thomas Anderson's latest is right up there with his greatest. It is a visual stunner. Joaquin Phoenix gives the performance of his life, which is saying something. And don't get us started in the brilliant and layered turn by Josh Brolin. Our Inherent Vice review proudly gave the film five stars, and now that the film has expanded to a nationwide release, run, don't walk to see this flick.

    Inherent Vice
    The poster for Inherent Vice. The Paul Thomas Anderson movie has an all-star cast.

    Phoenix is a private eye who is hired by an ex-flame to look into the possible kidnapping of her current beau. While he tries to figure out the mystery, he wiil run into a nefarious group of individuals that may find him just a little over his head. The 70s never looked, sounded or felt so good.

    Selma: The most important movie you will see this year. It's that simple. The story of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. showed great faith in what is right and looked danger in the face and still marched forward is a stunner of a movie. 

    Selma Poster
    The poster for Selma has arrived! The MLK story finally comes to life.

    As our Selma review stated, the entire cast delivers, but it is David Oyelowo who must deliver in his turn as King. And he is a miracle on so many levels. He captures the heart and power of this great leader, but also his great sense of humor.

    Feel like staying in this weekend?

    There are some outstanding titles that are now available online. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy online and witness 2014's biggest movies. Also, watch The Equalizer online and you can't go wrong when Denzel seeks justice! 


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    Boyhood is something truly special and now that Richard Linklater’s masterpiece is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download the entire world can cherish it, own it and enjoy it forever.

    Boyhood DVD

    Linklater made Boyhood over the course of 12 years, filming a little bit with each passing year to capture the entity that is boyhood as no film possibly could. Ellar Coltrane is Mason, and we first meet him at six-years-old. His mom (Patricia Arquette) is a single mother and his father (Ethan Hawke) is in the process of moving back to Texas to live near him and his sister Samantha (Linklater’s real life daughter Lorelei Linklater).

    What follows next over the next 12 years is a masterwork of moviemaking -- as we first reported in our theatrical Boyhood review.

    No film in the history of the medium has captured the family drama (with a whole slew of laughs as well, just like life!) as Linklater has with his Boyhood.

    There are so many things that could have derailed this project. From the independent studio behind it going out of business (IFC is still brilliantly with us) to his lead actors deciding acting wasn’t for them anymore. Fate is a funny thing, and someone out there in the universe wanted this gift to reach humankind and thank goodness it did because it is something to treasure. And like we said before, this is a film to own so you can revisit its magic repeatedly over your life.

    Coltrane is a revelation. He manages to capture all the pratfalls of growing up. The highs, the lows, and everything in between that is the singularity of Boyhood that is truthfully different for every boy. Linklater could not have done better with his star and it is largely why this film that could have been a gimmick, is in fact one of the cinematic masterpieces of the last several years.

    Hawke, as usual, is brilliant. His character arc over the 12 years is stunning. He goes from lost soul to incredible paternal presence in the span of the film that is one of the actor’s greatest works to date. And Arquette, let’s just say we think she should not just be nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, but she should be grasping that gold bald guy as victor.

    Yet, in many ways, the true star in this flick is Linklater. Boyhood is his concept. It is his vision and it is his execution and malicious planning that saw this thing to brilliance. He made several other films while he has making this gem and we cannot imagine how he pulled it off.

    Boyhood Richard Linklater Ethan Hawke

    Luckily for us, insight into that effort is captured in the bonus features for the Boyhood DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.

    The 12 Year Project is an inside look into the film from conception to reality and how Linklater managed to get his actors together for a few weeks a year and how he wrote, edited and scored this piece of work -- that as time goes by, should prove to be his greatest contribution to the world film. It is not just a marvel to see this cast grow and age (or is it get wiser?) over the 12 years, but how they became like a true family. They’re close, and that comes through on every frame of Boyhood -- and also why it works so masterfully.

    The other bonus feature is a Q&A with Linklater and the cast. Where The 12 Year Project is a joy watching the work come together, this Q&A allows us to see how the filmmaker and his cast feel now that the finished product is out there in the world. To say it’s joyous, well, that just minimizes the entire experience.

    This entire home video package is a gift to us all.

    Watch Boyhood online now and prepare to be astounded.

    A Boyhood Family
    Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane and director Richard Linklater's daughter Lorelei star in Boyhood.

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