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    The Academy Awards are merely 10 days away and one of the most difficult categories to predict is the one we’re picking the winner for in today’s Oscar Watch column! 

    This was a category that saw some serious Oscar snubs, most notably Angelina Jolie for Unbroken and Clint Eastwood for American Sniper. But, this is not about who didn’t get nominated, this is about who will win the Oscar for Best Director.

    First of all, here are the nominees for Best Director:

    Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    Richard Linklater made Boyhood over 12 years with Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents of a young man going through Boyhood. It is an astounding effort.

    Many think this is a two person race between the helmer of Birdman and the director of Boyhood. And that makes perfect sense given how it appears the Best Picture race has come down to those two films. Who will win?

    Let’s break it down:

    Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
    A previous nominee for Capote, that pedigree is probably why Bennett Miller is nominated for his work on the true tale Foxcatcher. The man knows how to effectively helm true stories and Foxcatcher only further enhances his reputation. We were frankly surprised that he got nominated this year, given the other talent that was left off this list. He is a supreme talent, but this year he has just got to be happy to be nominated.

    Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    The Grand Budapest Hotel has given Wes Anderson his first Oscar nomination and there is no one who deserves it more. The supremely gifted storyteller has been moving us with his movies for years and his latest is one of his best, if not the best. This first Oscar nod is long overdue, but it will be the first of many. One day he will win an Oscar, but just not in 2015. Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online to see his masterwork. 

    Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
    The balancing act of telling a story that is both the true tale of a man who is largely responsible for cracking the Enigma code that helped win World War II and how that same man’s sexual orientation would get him disgraced in the years after the war had to be one complicated task. Morten Tyldum did that and so much more in The Imitation Game. His film painstakingly chronicles the costs of war and freedom and how that same freedom that was so richly earned does not necessarily apply to all. This Oscar nomination is a momentous moment for Tyldum and we have a feeling we’ll hear his name as Oscar nominee again. But Oscar winner, not this time.

    Alejandro G. Inarritu Directs Birdman

    Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
    Film is a director’s medium and that is no more evident than with Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman. That film may produce a Best Actor Oscar for its lead Michael Keaton (we think it will), but this is truly Inarritu’s film from beginning to end. From his choices for score (percussion only) to the film’s tone, production design and cinematography, the Birdman director will have a tough time topping this triumphant moment. In any other year, we believe he wins the Oscar. But this is no ordinary year. Yes, we’re aware that he won the Director’s Guild honor and that is usually a guarantee. But we think this is the year that breaks with tradition.

    Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    Making a movie over the course of 12 years takes not only an immeasurable amount of patience, but supreme talent. Richard Linklater had both and not only achieved something close to impossible, but did so in a film that is a priceless portrait of the modern American family in a resoundingly riveting story about Boyhood. The Academy loves filmmakers that take risks and there can be no bigger risk than to film the same cast for several weeks a year for 12 years, all in an effort to create art of the highest order. The fact that Linklater is a beloved filmmaker before making Boyhood doesn’t hurt his chances either. After February 22, he will add the title of Oscar winner to his already impressive resume. 

    Watch Boyhood online to see our pick!


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    The first trailer for Hot Pursuit is here and if the pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara seems a bit off, just give the buddy comedy a shot with the first teaser.  

    Vergara is a witness to the trial of a drug cartel leader and one-by-one, his witnesses have been turning up dead.

    Enter Witherspoon’s small town Southern cop who has been charged with bringing Vergara to Dallas so she can testify. I mean, we’re sure she’s safe.

    Comic mayhem ensues and as this buddy road trip comedy is from the director of The Proposal, Anne Fletcher, we cannot wait to see what she does with this built-for-comedy concept.

    And as we’ve seen numerous times in Witherspoon’s life, she is quite adept at playing her Southern roots for laughs. And Vergara is all about the laughs every week on Modern Family. This thing might surprise quite a few people when it lands in theaters May 8.

    It also stars Robert Kazinsky, Mike Birbiglia and John Carrol Lynch.

    Warner Bros has also released the first stills from Hot Pursuit, check them out below!

    Sofia & Reese Rock the Road Trip Comedy
    Reese and Sofia see something that frightens them. What could it be?

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    It may have taken twenty years, but fans of those Dumb and Dumber quotes finally got their sequel.

    Dumb and Dumber To DVD

    Dumb and Dumber To landed in theaters this past fall and was a box office smash, earning twice as much as the original did in its first weekend of release. Now that the film is coming home on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download, fans can have the latest silliness from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to keep forever.

    Movie Fanatic is celebrating that fact by giving away to one lucky reader a copy of Dumb and Dumber To that features dozens of extras sure to keep you in stitches for quite a while -- although we hope it isn’t another 20 years until we get a third Dumb and Dumber film.

    The Dumb and Dumber To DVD and Blu-Ray (and digital download) arrive on February 17, but you can win yours now!

    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 winner will also receive a decal cling that shows your pride in your student and perfectly fits the Dumb and Dumber To theme!

    Dumb and Dumber To Cling Decal

    Check out our favorite stills from the long-awaited sequel. And watch Dumb and Dumber online to relive the comedic mayhem.

    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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    The Last Five Years is a Broadway musical play that could not have gotten a better translation to the big screen. And for fans of the popular show, that is a good thing. But, be warned, the film version starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan is quite different. Sometimes, necessity creates brilliance.

    Anna Kendrick Jeremy Jordan The Last Five Years

    The stage production would not have worked on the big screen. There needs to be a physical connection between our two leads with the film medium. Kendrick and Jordan not only have that, but searing chemistry that is sorely lacking from another movie out this Valentine’s Day weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Jordan and Kendrick are Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt. Richard LaGravenese’s (P.S. I Love You) film plays with the time period a little bit in that we know where this relationship is headed. Still, we are more than up to venture back to the beginning to see the simultaneously painstaking, romantic and lovelorn journey of how these two meet, fall in love, get married and then drift apart over The Last Five Years.

    This is not just an all-singing musical where all the plot points are delivered via song. It is mostly that way. And normally we’re not the hugest fans of that on the big screen, but here it works. In fact, the soundtrack is something that must be procured. The ebb and flow of a powerful cinematic romance is achieved with the crescendos and decrescendos of the melody and Kendrick and Jordan’s voices are angelic, supremely harmonic and also dramatic. And that last description is the most important.

    There’s an art to acting-singing. It’s not just about belting out songs. In movie musicals (and stage musicals for that matter), it is of supreme importance to transfer the emotion of the moment as finely tuned as the notes that are coming out of a performer’s mouth. Let’s just say that Kendrick and Jordan have a gift.

    The Last Five Years Anna Kendrick Jeremy Jordan

    Aiding them in that department is the screenplay by LaGravenese, based on Jason Robert Brown’s musical play. The man’s talent for storytelling is seen in his diverse screenplays, from Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken to Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. The man knows how to tell a tale and whether his actors are delivering lines or songs, he clearly gets the best out of each one of them.

    Our issue with the film is there is a little bit of a disconnect with the Jamie character. The audience can tell that he is somewhat self-centered and perhaps not as committed to this relationship as Cathy is, and that’s fine. All movie romances do not have to be perfect. But the character glides a bit too over to superficial in his interests, and that makes it a tad difficult for the audience to pull for these two to keep the fires burning.

    Kendrick is impeccable. She has said that after Pitch Perfect 2, she will not do another musical. We hope there’s an end to that sentence that was not uttered, “For a little while.” 

    Hearing her in Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods and now The Last Five Years, it is clear that one (of the many) things that she was put on this planet to do is to entertain with her voice. As strong as she is as an actresses, she may be an even stronger dramatic vocalist.

    Our The Last Five Years review finds that it is an interesting film to release on the February holiday that celebrates romance. Don’t get us wrong, it is romantic.

    What the film does more than anything is serve as a lesson in looking at one’s own place in and contribution to a relationship. It is a two-way street. There isn’t a soul who witnesses this production, whether on stage or on screen, who won’t leave the theater wanting to be a better partner. And that is truly something to sing about.

    Anna Gets Married!
    The Last Five Years does have a wedding, in case you were wondering if this musical love affair works out.

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    The pandemonium over Fifty Shades of Grey has started. The film banked an impressive $8.6 million in Thursday night showings, giving insight into the type of weekend the EL James page-to-screen effort could have before all is said and done.

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

    What’s fascinating is that it was predicted that Fifty Shades of Grey would be the highest grossing R-rated movie debut. Yet, its Thursday showings found it in second place. It came in several million behind The Hangover Part II and its $10.4 million.

    But it should easily break box office records once it “officially” goes large today and debuts on 3,646 screens (a record for an R-rated movie), including 75 IMAX locations.

    Could it break the Valentine’s Day record held by Valentine’s Day? That is likely. That ensemble rom-com banked $63.1 million in 2010 and we think Fifty Shades of Grey is likely to surpass it, because you know, it’s so much more romantic.

    The film is whipping the competition and this is all despite lackluster response from critics (check out our Fifty Shades of Grey review). Clearly what movie experts think does not matter to this phenomenon. With 70 million books sold in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, that’s a lot of eyes who are ready to see Christian Grey make Anastasia Steele his sex slave.

    What is interesting is the movie series that inspired Fifty Shades of Grey will keep its Thursday night showing record. Fifty Shades of Grey didn’t even come close. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 earned $30.4 million in one night!

    Dakota Johnson Is a Find
    The doe-eyed actress could not have been better cast. So much about Anastasia Steele could have been cliched and something we’ve seen in a million other movie characters. And given that Dakota Johnson was provided with so little in terms of true character growth in the Fifty Shades of Grey book or on the screen, Johnson truly nails it. Might we say, a star is born.

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    One of the most impressive sequences when you watch Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol online are the scenes in Dubai that were shot with IMAX cameras. Therefore, it is not a surprise, although we are thrilled, that Paramount, Skydance Productions, Bad Robot and IMAX Corporation collectively announced today that Mission Impossible 5 will land on IMAX screens when it hits theaters July 31.

    Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise and Paula Patton in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

    Christopher McQuarrie is directing this time out, and we could not be more thrilled to have Tom Cruise re-teaming with Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames (who’s coming back!). Although, we do wish they could have found a way to bring back Paula Patton.

    New to the team will be Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin.

    Cruise cannot wait for audiences to see his latest, and we’re right there with him. After all, his Edge of Tomorrow was one of our top 15 of 2014.

    “IMAX is so important in giving the audience the best experience of the film we have made. I am very happy to have this partnership on the next ‘Mission,’” said Cruise.

    The Mission Impossible franchise has banked more than $2 billion so far, easily making it one of the most profitable movie series in the history of Hollywood. It is also one of our favorites, what others make our list?

    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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    Chappie is one of our most anticipated movies of March and we couldn’t be happier that it arrives on the first weekend, March 6.

    The latest film from Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) introduces us to Chappie. He’s a robot with the intelligence of a small child. But, he’s learning and with the help of his creator, scientist Dev Patel, he could become something truly special.

    Hugh Jackman has other ideas.

    Sony has released 11 new stills from the sci-fi flick that follows what happens when Jackman and the company he represents feel that Chappie is a threat and that robots like him could wipe the human race off the planet.

    Chappie, the character and the film, has a whole lot of heart -- as teased in this Chappie trailer.

    The film features Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, and Sigourney Weaver as a cohort of Jackman’s mullet-sporting baddie!

    Click through and prepare to enter the world of Chappie. And check out Blomkamp's most recent film and watch Elysium online.

    Chappie Chills
    Chappie chills with some new friends.

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    The first real look at Guillermo del Toro’s “masterpiece” has arrived.

    That high honor was put on the film within the first Crimson Peak teaser trailer that has premiered below. And given that del Toro has crafted many a film, we suspect they did not use the term masterpiece lightly. 

    Del Toro’s passion project (or another one of his, he has many!) features as true of a haunted house story as we’ve gotten in some time.

    Mia Wasikowska believes she has met the man of her dreams with Tom Hiddleston. When they marry and she moves into his family estate, she meets Hiddleston’s sister, Jessica Chastain. She reveals in no uncertain terms, that there are parts of the house that are not safe. Okay…

    Wasikowska’s man of her dreams may have led her into a world of nothing but nightmares.

    Del Toro wrote and directed the film that also features one of his stars from the film you can see when you watch Pacific Rim online, Charlie Hunnam.

    When we spoke to del Toro exclusively about Crimson Peak, it was clear that this one was special to him. And if it is deeply meaningful to the master, then prepare to have it rock our worlds when it lands October 16.

    Finally a Halloween horror movie with some gravitas!

    Universal and Legendary also released the first Crimson Peak poster. Click through the gallery below for that and all of our haunting stills.

    Crimson Peak Poster
    The first official poster for Crimson Peak. If the film is half as haunting as this one-sheet, del Toro does have his masterpiece.

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    Colin Firth is not only one of the most talented actors working today, but he is among the most popular. His fan base dates back decades to when he made his announcement in the version of Pride and Prejudice that many cite as the best version of Jane Austen’s classic.

    Yet he has bookended that career blow-up with the most extraordinary of action films that arrives now in theaters, Kingsman: The Secret Service.

    Movie Fanatic looks back at the Oscar-winning and blockbuster filmography of one of our favorite performers and present 19 of the most must-see Colin Firth films. 

    Watch Love Actually online and you have to know that romantic classic is on there. But, what else charms us?

    His quips are some of the best Mamma Mia quotes, so there’s a good chance that musical is on our must-see-Firth-films list!

    Click through and discover a life on film from the man who has, is and will continue to do it all.

    1989 Valmont
    Got to give Colin Firth some props, after the success of Dangerous Liaisons, not many thought there would be need for another story with the same character Valmont played by John Malkovich in the American-produced hit movie. But, as he showed us in his first role to catch our attention in Milos Forman's movie, not everyone has Firth's charm, talent and screen presence.

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    It's Valentine's Day weekend so this time out the Movie Fanatic weekend movie preview is feeling the love. 

    The highly anticipated love of S&M flick Fifty Shades of Grey leaps from the pages of EL James to the big screen. We love the Matthew Vaughn actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more accurate portrait of modern love than the movie musical The Last Five Years with Anna Kendrick. 

    Let's break it down...  

    Fifty Shades of Grey: The wait is over for fans of the Twilight fan fiction turned literary sensation! Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele head into the cinematic play room in this tale of an innocent college student who finds "love" with a 27-year-old billionaire. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan tackle the leads and unfortunately, they don't have the chemistry needed to make this work. 

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

    But as our Fifty Shades of Grey review points out, even the best performers in the world couldn't save this hot mess. The dialogue is terrible. The sex is laughable. There is very little to like about this movie. But, we do know that fans will still line up to take it in. We think it will break the February box office record.

    Kingsman The Secret Service: The best movie out this weekend is the Matthew Vaughn-directed action thriller, based on the comic book miniseries by Mark Millar. Colin Firth stars as the leader of the Kingsman, a super spy agency who operate without any control by any government. They do what no one else will do and they're also incredibly good at it. 

    Colin Firth Character Poster
    Colin Firth's leader of the Kingsman gets his own poster.

    Firth's agent sees something in a young punk and takes him under his wing to train him in the ways of kicking serious ass for the betterment of the world. For more, don't miss our Kingsman: The Secret Service review. It is simply one of the best movies you will see all year. Yup, we said it. 

    The Last Five Years: Kendrick does another musical and this one is a romantic winner. Jeremy Jordan and Kendrick have serious chemistry, unlike our other "romantic" couple in a movie arriving this weekend. The musical is based on the Broadway hit that has legions of fans eagerly awaiting its arrival on the big screen. 

    Anna Gets Married!
    The Last Five Years does have a wedding, in case you were wondering if this musical love affair works out.

    Our The Last Five Years review promised that those fans will not be disappointed. This movie sings and doesn't miss a single emotional high note.

    If you feel like staying in this weekend, there's plenty to love about this week's arrivals on digital download.

    Watch The Best of Me online for a classic Nicholas Sparks romance this lovey-dovey weekend. Also out is the incredible film that gave Jake Gyllenhaal the best role of his life. Watch Nightcrawler online and see what we mean. 


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    After the release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, the J.J. Abrams flick has been kind of quiet. Now, before the release of the film on December 18 there are a few moments on the calendar that we suspect will feature some serious Star Wars presence. There’s the Disney fan fest D23 and of course July’s Comic-Con.

    J.J. Abrams on Star Wars: Episode VII Set

    But, there is also an event called Star Wars Celebration. This year it promises to be a bit more exciting than past years, simply because there is the first Star Wars movie in years and years to dominate the topics at the fest.

    J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Marshall have promised that they will “kick off the show in a big way.”

    Now, does that mean trailer? Does that mean footage? Or maybe, a bit of both with what would be the first true public appearance by members of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast?!

    Star Wars Celebration takes place in April in Anaheim and Movie Fanatic will be there to bring you anything and everything Star Wars as it happens.

    The Falcon Flies Again
    What more needs to be said to make our day?!

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    Russell Crowe waited a long time to make his directorial debut. With the premiere of The Water Diviner trailer, we can see he found the right story to launch that part of the Oscar winner’s career. 

    The true story follows an Australian father of three boys who raises them into adulthood, only to loose them to the battlefields of Tripoli in World War I. When his wife passes, he vows to go to Tripoli and find them so he can bring them home to be buried next to her.

    Crowe is joined in the powerful cast by Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Jai Courtney (of the upcoming Terminator: Genisys).

    Look for the multi-Australian Academy Award nominee The Water Diviner in theaters from Warner Bros. on Aptril 24.

    The film’s poster also premiered, check it out below and check out Crowe in one of our favorite movies when you watch Gladiator online!

    The Water Diviner Poster

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    With the announcement of J.J. Abrams bringing something “big” to Star Wars Celebration in April in Anaheim, the organizers of the fest have released a series of fan art.

    These Star Wars inspired masterpieces will all be on display at the event that kicks off on April 16 at 10 a.m.

    There will be over 30 pieces of Star Wars fan art that, as you can see in many of those that are teased in the slideshow below, are all simply stunning.

    Movie Fanatic found our favorite 16 insanely awesome pieces of art for you to check out that pay tribute to (chronologically) Star Wars: A New Hope through Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

    While that Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser trailer has kept us going as we eagerly await the arrival of the latest Star Wars movie on December 16, these pieces of artwork have greatly added to our excitement to see a fresh and new chapter in the series that inspired us to adore the film genre in the first place.

    Click through and enjoy some jaw-droppingly awesome Star Wars fan art.

    Star Wars Cast Mural
    This "mural" type painting of the Star Wars cast might just be our favorite.

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    You know when a movie’s release date is getting close? The TV spots start showering on us and that is the case as the first Furious 7 TV trailer has landed. 

    Fresh off that stellar Furious 7 Super Bowl trailer, Universal has unleashed the TV teaser that does just that: teases about the April 3 release of the seventh film in the Fast and Furious series.

    Paul Walker’s final film features him reunited with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.

    Jason Statham joins the series as our villain, the brother of Luke Evans’ character who the gang brought to his demise in the last film, which you can see when you watch Fast and Furious 6 online. Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou and Tony Jaa also make their Fast and Furious debuts.


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    It was a given that Fifty Shades of Grey would win the weekend box office, but it was just a question of “by how much?” and would it beat the previous holder of the record for a February debut? Ironically, the film that has that record could not be more of a moral polar opposite, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.

    Dakota Johnson Stars In Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey made an astonishing $81.7 million in its opening weekend, and nope, that was not enough to surpass the previous record holder’s $83.8 million from 2003.

    Look for Fifty Shades of Grey to drop off immensely in its second week of release as all of the book’s fans have packed into seeing the flick on opening weekend. We suspect the film that came in second place, Kingsman: The Secret Service, will capitalize on good word of mouth and great reviews (check out our Kingsman: The Secret Service review) and take that top spot.

    The Colin Firth-starring graphic novel turned big screen actioner made an impressive $35.6 million in its first week of release. That film was followed by last week’s top movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It added another $30.5 million to its haul and now has a total of $93.6 million.

    Fourth place belonged to American Sniper with a $16.4 million box office take, which pushed it over the $300 million mark, specifically $301.1 million.

    Closing out the top five is the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. Adding another $9.4 million to its box office total brings it to only $32.5 million in two weeks. It has a long way to go before it makes the $170 million back it cost to make it.

    Box Office Top 10:

    1. Fifty Shades of Grey, $81.7 million
    2. Kingsman The Secret Service, $35.6 million
    3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, $30.5 million
    4. American Sniper, $16.4 million
    5. Jupiter Ascending, $9.4 million
    6. Seventh Son, $4.2 million
    7. Paddington, $4.1 million
    8. The Imitation Game, $3.5 million
    9. The Wedding Ringer, $3.4 million
    10. Project Almanac, $2.7 million


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    Disney and Pixar’s latest, Inside Out, has the most fascinating of premises and we can wait to see how it all comes together when the film debuts June 19.

    Inside Out has released a short new trailer that illustrates why this is one of our most anticipated movies of 2015.

    The film follows the goings-on in the mind of a young girl, specifically her emotions. Each emotion is a character from Amy Poehler’s voicing Joy to Bill Hader voicing fear and Lewis Black perfectly cast as Anger.

    We also get a view inside the head of her parents! 

    Riley, the 11-year-old at the heart of our story, is having a tough time adjusting to life in her new city, San Francisco. That age can be difficult normally, but living a new city makes it even more challenging.

    Other emotions getting a voice include Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

    Check out Pixar’s most recent flick and watch Monsters University online.


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    Audiences answered the tag line (Are you curious?) of the EL James page-to-screen effort in a big way. Fifty Shades of Grey is a box office hit as it arrived in theaters this past weekend and steamed up fans of the book about Anastasia Steele and her man with singular tastes, Christian Grey.

    The movie finally came out for the million of fans who were whipped into a frenzy and it wasn’t all just about the sex scenes. The film had dozens of super hot lines that teased the action between our two leads and we have chosen the 13 hottest quotes.

    The Fifty Shades of Grey sequels have already been given the go-ahead, so we won’t need to wonder how this thing will play out, because the two subsequent books that chronicle Anastasia and Christian’s love story will get to see the silver screen.

    Check out all of our Fifty Shades of Grey quotes and then click through and discover our 13 hottest Fifty Shades of Grey quotes from the box office smash.


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    For those of us who are fascinated by the announcement that Robert Downey Jr. is in Captain America: Civil War, we cannot get enough of the ideas that are spilling out there from those who are involved. What exactly will this world look like?

    Iron Man 3 Tony Stark

    We know from the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer that there is a rift starting between Tony Stark/Iron Man and the rest of the heroic conglomerate. But, is Stark going to be the bad guy in this brewing Civil War?

    “I wouldn’t put it that way. Ultimately it’s Steve’s story. It doesn’t say Iron Man 4: Civil War. I think that’s great too,” Downey Jr. told Empire.

    “I think Chris [Evans] has been hungry to bring even more of an underside and some shadow to that. I remember the comics – on the surface you got the sense that Cap was baseball and apple pie, but underneath there was all this churning stuff of being a man out of time. Now we know he’s made his peace with that. What’s the bigger issue? It can have a little something to do with the past, but it can be about someone becoming more modernized in their own conflict.”

    Downey promised that the seeds of Captain America: Civil War are going to be teased in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    “The main thing to me is, and this is where I think the Russos are quite brilliant and where Kevin backed the play, is what sort of incident could occur and what sort of framework could we find Tony in? The clues are in Ultron about where we might find (Tony) next,” Downey said.

    What would it take for Tony to completely pull a 180 and march to the beat of his own drum, thus challenging him and Cap, specifically?

    “He was the right-wing guy who could still do his own thing. There’s always the bigger overarching question, that Joss brings up all the time -- it’s kind of weird that these guys would have all these throw downs all over planet Earth and it looked like a little collateral damage happened over there, and yet when the movie’s over, it’s like nobody minds. You have to figure, ‘Were you to ask the question, “What would the American government do if this were real?’ Wouldn’t it be interesting to see Tony doing something you wouldn’t imagine?”

    Check out Downey in action in Iron Man’s latest and watch Iron Man 3 online.


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    When it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris was hosting the Oscars, Movie Fanatic was giddy. 

    After seeing what he did with the Tony Awards in recent years, the longtime movie fan is going to bring as much sass and sizzle to the Dolby Theatre stage as he did lighting up the best and brightest night of the Broadway year.

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a fantastic behind-the-scenes look at Harris as he gets ready for the biggest night in Hollywood.

    We always knew that much went into hosting the Oscars, but from this video sneak peek, what we thought barely scratches the surface of the time, talent and commitment it takes to bring the world the Oscars.

    The Oscars take place on February 22 and Movie Fanatic will be with you every step of the way. We’ve already predicted Best Actress and Best Actor, and we will predict Best Picture tomorrow, February 17, and then reveal our predictions for all 24 categories on February 18.

    It’s our favorite time of year here!


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    Although somewhat similar, Matthew Vaughn’s vision for X-Men: Days of Future Past might have been different due to taking Quicksilver out and replacing him with an entirely different character.

    X-Men Days of Future Past Evan Peters

    Given our thoughts on Kingsman: The Secret Servicewe're glad Vaughn went off to make that flick and left the latest X-Men movie to Bryan Singer. Given this newly revealed information, there's another reason why we're thrilled things worked out the way they did. 

    It seems that Vaughn’s plans for breaking Magneto (Michael Fassbender) out of prison involved another X-Men character and not the one that would end up as being an audience favorite. Yup, Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones) was going to drop from the sky and break Magneto out of the deep below the White House prison cell. Yup, originally Magneto was going to be held deep inside the White House. That too was changed to the Pentagon, which also makes a whole lot more sense.

    His Pentagon prison rescuer (Quicksilver, and as played by Evan Peters), he was the best part of the movie!

    “I had Juggernaut being thrown out of a plane at 20,000 feet and using his head to go down a hole to get to the bottom of [The White House]. I had Beast saying, ‘I have a plan,’ and him replying, ‘What’s the plan? What’s the plan?’ and they go higher and higher and Beast was going to go, ‘This is it!’ and chuck him out the window. Then he goes smashing through [The White House]... and Magneto goes, ‘Who the (expletive) are you?’” Vaughn told the Empire Magazine Podcast.

    Although interesting, we think going a different way worked much better. I mean, that entire sequence with Peters’ Quicksilver is the stuff of legend. Watch X-Men: Days of Future Past online and relive it, or see what we mean.

    Meanwhile, we wait for X-Men: Apocalypse and could not be more thrilled that Singer will return.


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