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    For those who worked on Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was a little gift given to them when production wrapped. Yes, it’s just a T-shirt, but what a shirt it is! Check out the design on the T-shirt and witness the armor on Batman’s suit as he and Superman have their titular battle!

    Batman v Superman T-Shirt

    The T-shirt design landed on Twitter recently and has us even more excited than any previous piece of news from the set that features The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel in one movie, all while setting up The Justice League that will include Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Green Lantern, The Flash and more.

    What’s fascinating about this shirt design is that there is a quote on the bottom right that reads, “Remind them that giants walk the Earth.”

    That is a direct paraphrasing of one of the most iconic parts of the 1986 story The Dark Knight Returns from Frank Miller, to which we believe much of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be based on. Those “giants” in that comment, why they might just be members of the Justice League.

    Now, Warner Bros., where is that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer?

    Look for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in theaters March 25, 2016. And until then, be sure to watch Man of Steel online.

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

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    We were thrilled for Milla Jovovich and Resident Evil franchise director husband Paul W.S. Anderson when they announced at the end of the summer that they were expecting their second child.

    Milla Jovovich Resident Evil Retribution Picture

    Sure, it meant we still had to wait even longer for that final chapter of their Resident Evil series. But there is nothing like the arrival of a child.

    Now it appears that the addition to the Jovovich/Anderson household has not delayed production of Anderson’s final Resident Evil film by too much!

    We learned the name of the film and it’s perfect: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and now we know when it will start shooting.

    “I’m really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously,” Jovovich admitted recently.

    So when can we see Jovovich as Alice for (supposedly) one last time? Screen Gems has announced that their circling a September 2, 2016 release date after shooting returns to Cape Town, South Africa. Although we don’t know too much about the plot and the cast, we can report that Wentworth Miller is returning to the role of Chris Redfield, last seen in Resident Evil: Afterlife.

    Check out the last time we saw Jovovich as Alice and watch Resident Evil: Retribution online.

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    An unbelievable thrilling true story that we hadn’t heard about is coming to the big screen and given its pedigree, we cannot wait for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken to land in theaters March 6.

    The first Kidnapping Mr. Heineken trailer is here and it stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins (for Silence of the Lambs) as the real life beer mogul who was kidnapped for an enormous sum of money in real life in 1983. 

    It was a group of childhood friends (played by Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten and Mark van Eeuwen.

    When Heineken was kidnapped the ransom demand was the largest in history… and would you believe, they got away with it!

    The film is directed by The Girl Who Played With Fire helmer Daniel Alfredson and promises to be quite the thrill ride.

    The Kidnapping Mr. Heineken poster has also premiered!

    Kidnapping Mr. Heineken Poster

    Why not revisit Hopkins’ Oscar winning role and watch Silence of the Lambs online

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    Luc Besson has a long history of creating fantastic action heroine roles for women. From writing and directing La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element and The Professional, to overseeing movies like Colombiana as producer, Besson knows how to write parts for women that explode of the screen.

    Lucy DVD

    With his latest writing-directing effort, Lucy, arriving on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download, it’s time to meet another tough cookie who goes by the titular name, is played with power and panache by Scarlett Johansson and becomes superhuman in the most extraordinary of ways.

    Besson doesn’t write and direct as much as we wish he would, but when he does it continues to be something truly special.

    We meet Johansson as a love struck American living in Asia. Her boyfriend has volunteered her (against her will no less) to go into a meeting for him where she is subsequently kidnapped, operated on with narcotics inserted into her abdomen and then forced to be a drug mule.

    While she waits to have the drugs removed, she winds up in a scuffle with a baddie and gets kicked in the stomach. The contraband is released and it begins a process of her brain utilizing more of its power than any human in history. She becomes a superhero in all sense of the word.

    For more on the film itself, check out our theatrical Lucy review. But, know this… Johansson and Besson make a terrific tandem. The action sequences are beyond revolutionary and the woman also known onscreen as Black Widow further pushes the envelope of her action skills.

    Lucy may be a revenge tale. It could also be seen as a female, or even human, empowerment film. But above all else, Besson seeks to have his Lucy grounded in reality. We’re sure you wondering how that is possible when it tackles such a fantastical subject.

    Everything Lucy does with her ever expanding brain capacity is rooted in science. Morgan Freeman’s PhD character relays that and witnessing the two characters, when they finally meet after she’s blazed a trail of vengeance across the world, is a moment of two actors working at the top of their game.

    Showing how much Lucy is rooted in the scientific possibilities of the human brain that is the crux of the brilliant bonus features on the Lucy DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.

    The featurette Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy delves extremely deep into that subject matter and will give the viewer a new appreciation for the film that manages to give you popcorn movie fun with a large dose of rooted reality. Besson did major research to prepare for Lucy and one can see why it took so long to finalize the script and get it to the screen.

    With his history narrating documentaries that are among the best in that genre, having Freeman as your star also is nice to have him be the narrator of Cerebral Capacity: The True Science of Lucy. If it’s even possible, it gives the documentary short and even higher level of authenticity.

    The other bonus feature that is pure joy is The Evolution of Lucy. This is a journey and character arc that is as rich as they come and hearing from Johansson, Besson and Freeman about the twists in turns in the film itself and its titular character if utterly fascinating.

    Watch Lucy online right now and prepare to be enthralled.

    Lucy Poster
    The Lucy poster has premiered! Is it us, or has Scarlett Johansson never looked so intense?

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    Fifty Shades of Grey has not only dropped a trio of new photos, but also premiered a TV trailer that asks a simple question, “Who is Christian Grey?”

    The newly released photos from the highly anticipated movie include a shot of Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele pondering something serious, all while chewing a “Grey” pencil.

    We also have one that has us wondering, what on earth is Christian Grey doing to Steele?

    We know they get kinky in this thing, but this looks like a strangling!  

    Fifty Shades of Grey is based on the blockbuster book by E.L. James and comes to the screen from director Sam Taylor-Johnson. We’ve also got a new set photo of Taylor-Johnson directing her leads.

    Fifty Shades of Grey was just given an R rating, so all those book fans worried the film would be toned down need not worry. And don't miss the Fifty Shades of Grey track listing for the soundtrack!

    The flick that lands February 13 also stars Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Callum Keith.

    Is He Strangling Her?
    What exactly is Jamie Dornan doing to Dakota Johnson here?

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    Simply the casting alone has us interested in Suicide Squad. Jared Leto as the Joker, are you kidding me? Well, what if we told you that a certain someone who is making his debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is likely to also be in Suicide Squad?

    Ben Affleck Batman T-Shirt

    Yup, word on the street is that Ben Affleck as Batman will make his second DC Comics/Warner Bros. movie appearance in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad where his character will battle an old foe.

    We’re also hearing that it is likely that the Batman presence in Suicide Squad is setting up the next Batman solo movie, which will focus on Affleck’s Dark Knight battling Leto’s the Joker.

    Now, we’ve seen this quite recently with Christian Bale’s Batman taking on, in the most iconic of ways, Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Ledger even won an Oscar for it.

    Is it too soon for another Batman v Joker battle?

    With Leto wielding the crazy as Joker, we’ll watch that thing all over again. Let us know what you think in the comments section below and return to the previous superhero-villain tug of war and watch The Dark Knight online.

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

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    For those who adore The Conjuring, the news that producers were going back in time for a prequel that focused on that haunting doll was good news. Annabelle takes place in the '60s and traces the origins of that horrifying doll and how it came to be so possessed.

    Annabelle DVD

    Annabelle is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download and what is so great about this work is that producers were smart, you don’t have to have seen The Conjuring for the story to work. Of course, we recommend that you watch The Conjuring online, just to have a framework, but producing a stand-alone horror prequel is a stroke of genius.

    The devilish doll enters our story when a young couple is about to welcome their first child into the world. The husband gifts the doll to his wife and “she’s perfect.” When a group obsessed with the occult conduct a home invasion and one of them dies holding the titular doll, her evil power comes alive and the adorable couple’s life turns upside down.

    Our theatrical Annabelle review didn’t find the film half as scary as The Conjuring, but appreciated where creators of the series are going. There’s a world they are building and with the announcement of The Conjuring 2, look for it all to stem from what was started in Annabelle.

    That’s why the Annabelle DVD and Blu-Ray is a fascinating pick-up for fans of the series. The bonus features are enlightening. One can see subtle hints about The Conjuring world of the Warrens (the legendary couple who speak/fight to spirits) come to life in featurettes such as The Curse of Annabelle. Filmmakers delve deeper into how Annabelle became the doll that seems to have death and destruction follow it.

    And that exploration continues with the documentary short, Bloody Tears of Possession. When you see Annabelle, you’ll notice exactly how her possession took hold in this featurette. 

    If you think that Annabelle doll is frightening, it did not come to be in a vacuum. That is the premise of Dolls of the Demon. And if you are one of those (like us) who think that certain dolls are just downright frightening, the bonus feature Dolls of the Demon will utterly and completely freak you out! Probably more than the movie Annabelle itself.

    Check out our favorite Annabelle quotes and watch Annabelle online and delve deeper into the world of The Conjuring.

    One Horror-able Doll!
    Why would you have this doll in your house? Just, why?!

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    Jennifer Lopez was quite taken by The Boy Next Door script, so much so that she added her name as producer and not just star. She also had a little insight about what it was like to fall for someone like that, albeit a long time ago!

    Jennifer Lopez Stars In The Boy Next Door

    “Actually my first boyfriend was the boy next door when I was like 13 or 14 years old,” Lopez told Movie Fanatic.

    Lopez and her team saw the script and immediately sought out help in producing it. A mainstay in the horror world, the team behind the Paranormal Activity movies and Sinister, arrived and not only did it expand Lopez’s cinematic reach, but the production company as well that can now add psychological thriller to their budding legacy.

    “We produced it with Blumhouse. They’re the ones who got us the financing for it,” she reported.

    At the end of the day it was the role of Claire Peterson that Lopez would play that got her to find room in her busy schedule as American Idol judge and pop princess to return to film.

    “The character for me was something that seemed a perfect fit for right now. I really could relate. I think a lot of people can relate to what she’s been through and what she’s going through and being at the point in your life where your relationship falls apart and you’re left feeling that sense of worthlessness, like you don’t belong anywhere, and that everything you thought was true is not,” Lopez said.

    “People can understand making a mistake in a moment like that.”

    Although it may look glamorous and sexy, Lopez reported that her sex scene with the supremely attractive Ryan Guzman was not simply for titillating purposes. It was the lynchpin of the entire thriller.

    “Scenes like that are always uncomfortable. It’s a very vulnerable position to be in. It’s not something you ever get used to as an actress [and] it’s just as hard to bare your soul emotionally sometimes,” Lopez said.

    “This was a very important scene in this film. If that scene didn’t work, the rest of the film doesn’t work. If it wasn’t intense, passionate, real enough, then the rest of the movie doesn’t make any sense. I’m glad that it was something that people are responding to.”

    As teased in The Boy Next Door trailer, Lopez plays a woman who is grappling with a marriage that fell apart due to infidelity. Guzman’s Noah shows up next door and immediately sparks fly. The only thing is he is half (or more) her age and due to complications, he is a student at the school where she teaches. After one night of passion, Claire pushes Noah away and then the craziness and obsession begins (is The Boy Next Door one of our top 19 stalker movies?).

    Ryan Guzman Jennifer Lopez The Boy Next Door

    Although this is a straight edged thriller, at our screening the audience laughed-out-loud at several scenes and in the final act, cheered as Lopez’s character found her voice and fought back. Lopez said every bit of that was on purpose.

    “We knew that we were making a popcorn thriller. We knew that. That doesn’t mean that you don’t want it to have themes that resonate with everybody or else it just doesn’t matter. Then you’re just making a bad movie. That wasn’t the intention,” Lopez said.

    “The intention was to make a fun popcorn thriller that made people feel something, made you root for the main character. There’s a broken family and it’s about that family coming back together through this terrible thing that happens. It was always about her being broken at the beginning and finding the strength and realizing that her family is worth saving. That’s the most important thing in life and you fight for that to the death.”

    When it comes to movies in general, given her history, when asked what type of movie is her favorite to make -- her answer should not surprise all that much. “I prefer romantic comedies,” Lopez said and chuckled. “They’re just fun. That’s a fun set. You’re just seeing how silly you can make things. They’re romantic and I’m a hopeless romantic as well. So I really enjoy doing that kind of stuff.”

    But the woman who still impresses us with the powerful work she did in Out of Sight is not immune to tackling more thrillers like The Boy Next Door as well.

    “But as far as the type of acting, like being more dramatic or being more tough or being more vulnerable, it’s all the same. It’s all about trying to find the reality in the moment, making it real. I’m constantly reminding myself, ‘Okay, your best friend just died. If you walked in and saw this, what would that be like?’ And then, all of a sudden I have this high-pitched scream that I’ve never heard myself do! And that’s when I know I’m tapping into something real,” Lopez said.

    “That’s what it’s about. It’s just about the moment. It’s really, really exhausting on your emotions sometimes but fun when you feel like you’ve done it well.”

    The Boy Next Door Official Poster
    The official poster for The Boy Next Door is here! Jennifer Lopez stars, and looks kinda worried, no?!

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    The casting of Simon Pegg as Scotty could not have been more perfect by Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. Turns out, it was a good move for another reason as well. News arises today that Pegg has been tapped to write the screenplay for the Star Trek 3, along with writing partner Doug Jung.

    Star Trek Into Darkness Scotty Poster

    This news arrives after we heard that Robert Orci was leaving the project. Orci was originally slated to write and make his directorial debut after Abrams went off to make his Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    Pegg is not only a huge Star Trek fan, but is also quite the screenwriter. His work can be seen as co-writer (with Edgar Wright) of The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul.

    More on this as the story arises. Star Trek 3 is set to land July 8, 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Until then, see how it all got started and watch Star Trek online.

    Pegg can be most recently seen in a truly astounding film that has to be seen, Hector and the Search for Happiness -- one of  our top 15 of 2014

    Star Trek is just one of the franchises we adore, click through the slideshow below and discover more!

    Harry Potter
    When your series is based on one of the bestselling book series of all time, that's a good place to start. With the casting of the three leads, fate struck and a movie franchise for the ages was born.

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    Insurgent is celebrating the announcement today that it will not only arrive in theaters March 20, but it is getting the IMAX 3D digital re-master as well. They are marking the occasion by releasing a series of animated posters that are truly stunning on many levels.

    It is an interesting way of promoting the movie, we have to say. The Insurgent trailer was something else, but this is uniquely perfect for the subject matter of the Divergent series. 

    Not only is Shailene Woodley’s Tris, Theo James’ Four and Kate Winslet’s Jeanine featured in the movie posters that come to life, but we get introduced to two new characters – both played by highly revered actresses.

    Check out Naomi Watts as Evelyn and Octavia Spencer as Johanna!

    “After the success of the first Divergent, along with the global hit phenomena of The Hunger Games and Twilight, Lionsgate and Summit continue to prove that they are at the forefront of adapting novels for the worldwide cinema. We believe that The Divergent Series: Insurgent will be an action-packed next chapter for IMAX audiences to experience around the world,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment about the news that fans of Veronica Roth’s books can see the next film in the series on the biggest screens around.

    Without delay, let’s get to those stunning animated posters. Each has music and imagery that is impeccable for the character showcased.

    Of course, we have to start with our heroine, Tris.

    Next up is Four, and yes, his is a bit militaristic. But, were you expecting anything else?

    Our villain now gets the spotlight, Jeanine.

    Now it’s time for our two newbies to the film series. First up, the Oscar winner Spencer as Johanna.

    And who is Watts playing? For those who know the books, it is an incredibly crucial role… Evelyn!

    While we bask in anticipation for Insurgent to hit theaters in March, watch Divergent online and get ready for the big sequel.

    Shailene, Theo & Miles Meet
    These guys didn't necessarily get along in Divergent, wonder how this is going to work in Insurgent?!

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    You know, if you think about it, Ultron and Darth Vader have a lot more in common than you think. Well, they’re robotically engineered and downright evil. We suspect there’s more, but work with us here.

    A YouTube user named The Unusual Suspect has crafted a Star Wars trailer that uses the music and themes of the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer and gives us a view of what Star Wars, circa 1977 would look like in the hands of Marvel and Joss Whedon.  

    It’s a fascinating look and as we await the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens December 18, we can imagine a world where both play together… in some ways.

    Watch The Avengers online and get ready for the big sequel and click through the slideshow below and discover 9 of the most annoying Star Wars characters we’ve ever seen!

    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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    Paramount has released the first clip from their upcoming family comedy SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

    Although much of the The SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water trailer focused on the character’s beefed up versions of what fans are familiar of from the popular cartoon, this clip shows us how the gang arrived in the “real world” in their original animated form. It appears to be a lovely day at the beach. "Appears" is the operative word there! 

    The flick combines animation and live action and stars Antonio Banderas, along with your favorite characters from the legendary Nickelodeon series.

    The series was created by Stephen Hillbenburg and his involvement in the picture is huge. So, for those worried that the tone or feel will be different, you need not worry.

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theaters February 13, where it will do battle with Fifty Shades of Grey and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

    That’s some pretty solid counter programming if you ask us!

    SpongeBob Poster Has Him Making Waves
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water releases its latest poster!

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    Anthony Mackie has always been one of our favorite guys here in Hollywood. His success from Real Steel to Pain and Gain has been a true joy to cover. You can imagine our thrill when he was cast as Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then we saw it. The man killed it!

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier Anthony Mackie

    With the announcement that Robert Downey Jr. will be in Captain America: Civil War, many of us have wondered whether Mackie’s Falcon will also be in the sequel to his first appearance in a Marvel movie. Our friends at caught up with Mackie and got the scoop on Falcon’s presence in Captain America: Civil War and possibly even if he’ll appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    “When we finished Cap 2, I asked and begged to come back, literally. So I found out when everybody else did. I got a call from my manager. He said, ‘They're going to put you in Cap 3.’ It’s always a surprise with Marvel, man,” Mackie said.

    “If you are not one of those like Thor or Cap, then you have no idea. The only person that had an early version of the script and read the outline was Chris Evans. I talk to him all the time because we are good friends and he would always say, ‘Man, the movie is going to be good.’ I'm like, am I in it? He would say, ‘It's going to be a big movie.’  So he would never tell me if I was in it or not. Even he keeps secrets. It's a dirty business!”

    And when it comes to his costume for the follow-up, Mackie is not shy about what he wants. “I want my bird, man. I want my bird! I've been emailing with people over at Marvel. I've putting it out there in the ethos that I'm going to have a new and improved costume and come out all flashy in spandex,” he said. “Please, dress me up in spandex!”

    Mackie has read the comics that gave us Captain America: Civil War and admitted that it was huge that Downey agreed to do it. Clearly Mackie is eager to get to know the superstar even better.

    Captain America The Winter Woldier Anthony Mackie Chris Evans

    “It's funny, I've met Robert a few times and I didn't know what to expect. I have to say, he couldn't be more of a down to Earth, fun to be around, cool, smart person. Every time you talk to him, it's just mind-blowing the stories he tells, and the way he looks at this Iron Man phenomenon and how it's helping him in the third phase of his career to open doors to do projects that he has wanted to do forever but couldn't,” Mackie said.

    “The great thing about these Marvel movies is that everybody in the world sees them. Not just everybody in California and New York, everybody in the world! That’s something that an actor can only dream of having that opportunity.”

    Now it is called “Civil War.” So, which side does Mackie think Falcon will fall on? “Listen; you would never meet anybody that doesn't want to hangout with Tony Stark. Tony's the man! I have no idea. I have no idea how they are going to use me. I have no idea how they are going to introduce all of those characters,” he admitted.

    There has also been a rumor that Falcon could appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    “They're doing reshoots and that's why I'm letting them know I'm available. So whatever weekend they want me there, I'll fly myself out and shoot whatever scene they want me in. Even if it's like, ‘Oh man, it's Iron Man and Hulk.’ I heard today in one of the interviews that someone thought I was in Ant-Man,” Mackie said.

    “I hope so! I hope I'm in Ant-Man. I hope I'm in Hulk 3, I hope I'm in Thor 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Me and Groot can boogie!”

    Check out Mackie in action and watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier online.

    Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie work out!
    The duo that works out together fights together! Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie star in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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    Mockingjay Part 1 arrived late in 2014 and even in the few weeks that were left in the film fiscal year, it still managed to be one of the highest grossing. By the time it was done, the second-to-last film in The Hunger Games series had passed $333 million at the box office in North America. Now, Lionsgate has announced plans for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her rebels’ story to come home.

    Mockingjay Part 1 DVD

    Look for Mockingjay Part 1 to arrive on digital HD on February 17 and then on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand on March 6.

    Francis Lawrence has directed a perfect film to set up the ending chapter that arrives later this year in November.

    Katniss is suffering from PTSD from The Hunger Games, but is integral to the revolution against President Snow and the Capitol to succeed. As you can see when you watch Catching Fire online, Peeta is captured in appears to be a reluctant spokesperson for the Capitol and Katniss won’t lead the revolution controlled by President Coin (a stellar Julianne Moore), until they launch an offensive to rescue the man many perceive as a traitor to the resistance

    “The number one theatrical release of 2014 is poised to become one of the biggest home entertainment events of 2015,” said Lionsgate Home Entertainment President Ron Schwartz and Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer.  “With the film’s home entertainment rollout beginning on Digital HD next month and continuing on Blu-ray, DVD and on demand in March, we’re continuing to expand the portfolio of choices we offer to enrich the experience of our consumers.”

    When it comes to bonus features, all of The Hunger Games movies have been simply stellar. What to expect when Mockinjay Part 1 lands?

    Let’s take a look.

    Mockingjay Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack special features:

    • The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of Mockingjay – Part 1: Eight-part feature-length documentary
    • Straight From the Heart: A Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman featurette
    • Songs of Rebellion: Lorde on Curating the Soundtrack” featurette
    • Yellow Flicker Beat -- Lorde music video
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
    • Sneak Peek of 

    See how it all got started and watch The Hunger Games online.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Plutarch Heavensbee
    Plutarch Heavensbee is playing both sides and we like the way this game master has "mastered" the "game."

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    For fans of the Brandon Lee-starring The Crow, we have some good news for you. We’ve gathered by many of your comments as we’ve reported on the remake that is in the works, that you think it borders on sacrilege that they would even try to remake a classic.

    The Crow Comic-Con Poster

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies star Luke Evans was tied to star in it for a few years now and it appears that all the foot dragging that went on behind the scenes has forced his hand and now he’s too busy to even think about being The Crow.

    “Right now I’m not sure where it is, I don’t know what’s happening with it. I think it’s a question probably to ask [distributor] Relativity…they’re the ones who are really holding the strings to this story and this character,” Evans said to HitFix recently.

    “But yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna be something I’m gonna be doing for awhile. I’ve got about four or five different projects which I’m lining up for this year, which will take up the majority of my 12 months. So not in the near future, unfortunately.”

    Fate is a funny thing. Perhaps the universe is trying to tell the people attempting to bring The Crow back to the big screen that this is something that should be left alone.

    Clearly Evans is listening as he has obviously moved on.

    Watch The Crow online and see why this is a classic that no one wants remade. 

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    Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has released a new red band clip that, thanks to some classic voice over narration, truly lays out what to expect from the comedy that lands February 20.  

    The boys who gave us those timeless Hot Tub Time Machine quotes are back and this time out, they’re heading into the future, and of course the past. Nothing is not on the table for this sequel, as anyone knows about the rules of “the sequel.”

    Rob Corddry is back as Lou, and he has still invented the internet, Google and a few other things that has made him filthy rich. Nick is a huge pop star, of course using hits from the “future” that he stole and recorded. And Jacob, well, Jacob’s being Jacob.

    We have some new blood, stepping in for John Cuasck. Adam Scott portrays Adam Jr., Cusack’s character’s son.

    When something goes horribly wrong in their Hot Tub Time Machine altered present, they must go back and forward in time to make it right.

    Watch Hot Tub Time Machine online and get ready for the laugh-out-loud sequel. 

    Go Back to the Future
    The boys are back and this time out, they're heading into the future!

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    Mortdecai has a pedigree that most don’t know about and if the Johnny Depp starring mystery-comedy scores with audiences, there could be more.

    Mortdecai Johnny Depp Gwyneth Paltrow

    Mortdecai is based on the book Don’t Point That Thing At Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli and he was also front and center in four comic novels written in the mid to late 70s. But, enough about the potential future, what about today and what about Mortdecai?

    Depp’s debonair international art dealer has been tasked by MI5 (specifically Ewan McGregor’s Martland) to recover a stolen painting that if it falls into the wrong hands, it could raise a lot of money to cause a lot of problems for the free world. Given that he owes Her Majesty’s Government almost $8 million in back taxes and he faces the possibility of selling inherited valuables from he and his wife’s (Gwyneth Paltrow) estate, what’s a guy to do?

    The plot wavers at times and certain things you have to take with a grain of salt as well as just shrugging your shoulders and just go with it. But, this is not a Bond movie. All of the dots don’t have to match up. They just have to form a straight enough line, have a slew of laughs (which Mortdecai does) and feature a few uber-talented performers basking in the joy of the madcap fun.

    Mortdecai does that. Our expectations may have been low because this is a January release and it hasn’t been promoted all that much. It is surprisingly enjoyable with plenty of action. The big selling part should hardly be a surprise. It’s the palpable panache of its titular character and the star that was born to play him.

    Depp has his first great role in years and chews the scenery around every corner. Sometimes that doesn’t work so well in terms of one actor commanding the effervesce from a scene.

    But Mortdecai is a movie that requires it and between Depp’s delightful accent, his silly suaveness and his fantastic comedic chemistry which each and every co-star, Depp delivers exactly as he should. And frankly, we hope the film does find an audience as there are more Mortdecai stories to tell and we wouldn’t mind seeing Depp back as the mustached mystery solving art dealer.

    Mortdecai Johnny Depp Jeff Goldblum

    Directed with an even hand by David Koepp, the man has cast well and his touch is perfect for this kind of farce. The man who gave us Premium Rush and Stir of Echoes has his first comedy and it turns out, his timing was spot on.

    It’s terrific to hear Paltrow in a British accent yet again and Depp too. She and he have a sensational sparring nature that also works for their roles and in this flick. McGregor is perfectly cast as well, although he seems to be trying to chew a few scenes with Depp. The only problem is there is only room for one scene chewer in this particular film.

    Paul Bettany has a blast as Mortdecai’s man servant/body guard, Jock. We haven’t seen the man who will be The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron does that much comedy. Judging by what he gives us in Mortdecai -- Bettany needs to explore his innate buffoonery more in the future!

    Our Mortdecai review feels that both Koepp and Depp do the best with the script they’re given by Eric Aronson. The plot gets quite convoluted at points and there is a moment or two that may have you scratching your head. But, we did leave with a smile on our face.

    Mortdecai Official Poster
    The official poster for Mortdecai has landed! Johnny Depp stars as the title character.

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    The Boy Next Door is one of those films where it’s so bad it’s good. Do you know what we mean? It is a movie that needs to be seen with a crowd. There are numerous laugh-out-loud moments and it all leads to a thrilling conclusion where the audience is yelling and cheering at the screen.

    Ryan Guzman And Jennifer Lopez The Boy Next Door

    Jennifer Lopez is Claire Peterson and she an almost-divorced mother raising a teenage son in the normally peaceful suburbs. Her husband (John Corbett) has cheated and it tore apart their once happy family. They’re working their way back, but when Noah (Ryan Guzman) moves in next door to help his ailing uncle, Claire cannot keep her eyes, and eventually her hands, off of him.

    Sure, he’s of age, but due to some trouble in his past, he is still in high school. And guess what? Claire is a high school teacher and this affair cannot continue and she insists it was a one-time mistake.

    That does not sit well with Noah, who slowly but surely turns in to one seriously creeped-out and lovelorn stalker. Kind of hard to avoid the guy, he’s next door!

    Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, Alex Cross) directs and he knows he has a popcorn thriller that has cheesy lines that will have the audience chuckling. He also knows that he has two charismatic leads that can, if done with the right touch of schlock and soap opera level emotional power, The Boy Next Door could work.

    What else that is fascinating about the latest entry into the Jennifer Lopez filmography is that it never tries to be something that it is not. Everyone involved in this thing knows that this is a B-rate thrill ride that with the right touches of hubris and self aware humor, they could have a film that, yes, lands in the wasteland of January. But it does what most basic movies are supposed to do -- entertain.

    Jennifer Lopez Ryan Guzman The Boy Next Door Still

    Lopez does her best with a script that features a scene where Noah gives Claire a “first edition” of The Iliad and has her replying with all seriousness, “You shouldn’t have.” Well, we all know that he couldn’t have! A first edition Homer… this guy is sexy as all hell, but he can time travel back to ancient times to pick up Homer’s work?

    That is talent.

    And so is Guzman’s ability to play the part of the deranged neighbor, without ever falling into the cinematic land mines that other performers have done in stalker films (what are our top 19 stalker movies of all-time?) that push it fast fun farce and into campy crap. He is obsessed. He clearly is deranged. But, all the time Guzman plays Noah with a level headedness that when he does explode, it doesn’t feel like something we’ve seen a million times before.

    See, our The Boy Next Door review can report that this flick is never serious. It’s impossible to take it seriously. And for the same reasons that audiences have lapped up four Transformers movies to the tune of billions of dollars, they too should enjoy the idea of Lopez being stalked by Guzman in a movie that has multiple moments where the cops would have been called and charges pressed. Yet, we don’t see a single police officer until literally the last shot of the film.

    This isn’t even remotely close to reality. And isn’t that why sometimes we go to the movies?

    The Boy Next Door Official Poster
    The official poster for The Boy Next Door is here! Jennifer Lopez stars, and looks kinda worried, no?!

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    George Lucas had the right idea. Present an animated story, loosely based on A Midsummer’s Nights Dream by Shakespeare, give it the Moulin Rouge treatment with popular songs from the last six decades mashed up and you’ll have a family movie that the entire clan can get behind.

    Strange Magic Animation Still

    Unfortunately, this is an animated film that truly only works for the youngest of audiences. For everyone else, there are simply too many eye-rolling producing opportunities and a series of glance at your watch moments.

    As teased in the Strange Magic trailer, Lucas’ world (directed by Gary Rydstrom, screenplay by David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi and Rydstrom from a story by Lucas) is a fantastical land where the light and dark of the world are literally separated by a prim rose border that neither dares to cross.

    Marianne is a fairy princess who appears to be living the dream and about to marry the fairest and (supposedly) bravest in the land. Things happen and that doesn’t quite work out. Soured on love, Marianne (Evan Rachel Wood) is determined to live her life without finding a hand in matrimony, all to the dismay of her royal father.

    Leading the dark side of the forest is a monstrous looking creature named Bog King (Alan Cumming). His wish is to see that love is removed from the entire land, including where the light does shine with hope. But when an elf (Elijah Kelley) wanders into the dark land in search of an item that when made into a potion will send love everywhere (borrowed heavily from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the two worlds will collide, songs will be sung and love found, lost and perhaps even found again.

    Strange Magic Animated Photo

    The song selection is quite solid and entertaining. Imagine a soundtrack where Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love exist side by side with Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger. Finding songs from the landscape of pop music of the last six decades that have lyrics that drives Lucas' story had to be the supreme challenge.

    We just wish that as much attention was paid to the story itself. It’s kind of all over the place and one can see how it was inspired by Shakespeare’s romantic farce. Yet, Strange Magic strays from that path more often than not. Other than the use of fairies, the love potion and mystical creatures messing with the hearts of those who inhabit our story, we felt little connection to the Bard’s classic.

    Wood is perfectly cast as the strong female heroine who doesn’t need a man to feel fulfilled (not a bad message to all you parents of girls) on any level. And she can sing brilliantly. Cumming matches her in that vein but manages to do a simultaneous juggling act of maniacal villain, frustrated leader and one who lives for the supreme existence of order. Of course as we all know, love is anything but orderly. And when he sings, Cumming also does a balancing act. He triumphantly emits sensitive balladeer as well as arena rock power vocalist.

    So, how is Lucas as a storytelling, circa 2015? Let’s just say that his heart is in the right place. Our Strange Magic review just finds that the entire effort is misguided. 

    Singing Sisters
    Marianne and Dawn sing it out.

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    Bryan Singer took to Twitter yesterday and rocked our world. We’ve got a new Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops, people!

    X-Men: Apocalypse will feature young versions of the mutant mainstays and they will be stepping into some pretty big shoes left by Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and James Marsden.

    X-Men Jean Grey and Cyclops

    Singer said in his tweet, “Meet our new and brilliant young mutants: @Alexshipppp as #Storm @SophieT as #JeanGrey and @TyeSheridan as #Cyclops.”

    For those who don’t follow those performers on the social media site, it’s going to be Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey and Tye Sheridan tackles Cyclops.

    Turner is widely known in fantasy circles for her role as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. Sheridan has impressed immensely with his work in Mud with Matthew McConaughey and The Tree of Life with Brad Pitt. KT Rush survived the “eh” reviews of the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B and is now joining the comic book movie world!

    X-Men: Apocalypse lands in theaters May 27, 2016. Until then, see where we left off and watch X-Men: Days of Future Past 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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