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    One of the biggest surprises and more enormous cinematic joys of 2014 (yes, it landed on our top 15 of 2014) has arrived on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download for the world to sing its praises. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights is out now on home video and features a star-making performance by both Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker as star-crossed lovers who find a way to make the most extraordinary of romances truly sparkle.

    Beyond the Lights DVD

    Mbatha-Raw is Noni, a woman who has been singing like an angel since she was a little girl. Her mother (Minnie Driver) has guided her career to a place that has found her as an international pop music superstar. Yet, she is not happy. Staring a future in the face that she does not want, she makes a fateful decision and it is in that moment that she meets LAPD officer Kaz. He saves her, and it will prove to be in more ways than one.

    Beyond the Lights is a delight on so many levels. It is wildly romantic. It features one of the more catchy and powerful soundtracks of the year (the track Grateful was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song). The film also shows how love can find a way, even when two people who could not be more different seem to have every hill to climb to make it work.

    Raw and Parker are absolutely electric, as our theatrical Beyond the Lights review reported. For more on the movie itself, be sure to check out our take on the film that we think should be a must-see for people of all ages, backgrounds and places in life!

    Beyond the Lights Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    Given the vision of Prince-Bythewood, we can’t recommend enough the insight provided by the director’s commentary as one of the best bonus features. And before you even press play on that feature, might we recommend the director’s cut of Beyond the Lights. It is an even more sweeping version of something that is already perfection in our opinion.

    One of the more moving parts of the film is the scene of Parker and Mbatha-Raw in Mexico. Imagine our delight when one of the featurettes was called Escape to Mexico 2.0. It is truly a treasure and explores even more of the combustible chemistry between the two leads in the part of the movie where the entire thing truly turns.

    Changing the Conversation is also a fantastic bonus to the entire Beyond the Lights Blu-Ray package. We don’t want to give away too much from this piece that is essentially a documentary short. But it does literally Change the Conversation in a way that is so welcome in today’s movie landscape.

    With the soundtrack being such a gift, the inclusion of the music video for Masterpiece is simply the icing on a sonic-cinematic cake that truly sings in the highest degrees of awesomeness.

    Watch Beyond the Lights online and prepare to sing this instant classic’s praises.


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    The latest Get Hard trailer is by far the most “restricted” teaser we’ve seen in some time. But one thing it does do well is tease the impeccable comic chemistry between its leads that we had hoped would be there.

    Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces for the first time in the upcoming comedy. 

    Ferrell stars as a Wall Street type who gets convicted of bilking his investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and is sentenced to 10 years of hard time in a maximum security prison. What’s a guy to do who feels he will be eaten alive in the prison yard by the hardest of hard criminals? Get hard!

    Lucky for him, his car wash guy (Hart) promises to school him in that art to prepare him for his 10-year stint behind bars.

    Of course, much of the humor comes from the fact that Hart’s character has never been to prison, knows nothing about prison and clearly has kept that from Ferrell because the money he’s throwing his way to tutor… well, that is just too good to turn down.

    Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie and Ewina Findley also star.

    We expect some seriously hilarious quotes from this one as both know how to deliver some serious cinematic quotable comedy. With Ferrell delivering those Anchorman quotes and Hart giving us the Ride Along quotes, look for a whole new slate of memorable lines when Get Hard lands March 27.


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    Ethan Hawke is reuniting with his Training Day director and his co-star from that Oscar-winning movie. When Antoine Fuqua talked The Magnificent Seven exclusively to us last year, he talked about his joy at re-teaming with Denzel Washington in The Equalizer and then in that Western remake.

    Now he has two reasons to be happy about heading out West for the cinematic revival of a classic.

    Ethan Hawke Photograph

    Hawke got an Oscar nod for his work on Training Day and just came off another nomination for his role in Boyhood.

    Also in the cast (so far) are Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett (from The Equalizer, showing that Fuqua is keeping the cast filled mostly with people he’s worked with before).

    The 1960 The Magnificent Seven was a remake of the classic 1954 Akira Kurosawa Seven Samurai. This version will surely push the envelope in terms of scope, action and character development.

    Look for Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven to follow a mining town that is taken over by a less than savory gold baron. Who will play whom is yet to be determined.

    Watch Training Day online to see Hawke and Washington from their first pairing.

    Will it be a great remake? Time will tell, but the following in the slideshow below sure are!


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    No stranger to giving us great Will Smith quotes over his career, Smith returned with Focus and the con artist-based thriller scored with audiences.

    Focus won the box office, and gave Smith his latest number one movie! 

    But, how many great lines emerged from that film that saw Smith as a con man who takes a young woman (Margot Robbie) under his wing as they set out to find the ultimate con?

    There were plenty!

    We narrowed down our 11 favorite Focus quotes from the film that firmly puts Smith back on top after the misfire that was After Earth.

    When it comes to top lines from Smith, watch Independence Day online and those might be the best. But, time might put these Focus quotes right up there.

    Click through and discover our 11 finest Focus quotes.


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    Hot off the release earlier of those Jurassic World dinosaur photos that introduced us to all the species entertaining millions at the park, we’ve got a video look at how those extinct creatures were even made. 

    As part of the continuing (and stellar) viral effort to promote Jurassic World, Universal has released this video that chronicles how they even make those dinosaurs in the first place. And yes, we see some T-Rex eggs and a slew of others!

    Remember Mr. DNA from the first film?

    Watch Jurassic Park online and refresh your memory because this lab is a functioning part of the park now. And it’s a highly successful park that has quickly become one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations.

    So, something probably goes a little wrong or we wouldn’t have a movie starring Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson and Ty Simpkins!

    Jurassic World lands in theaters June 12 and even brings back B.D. Wong as the scientist from the first film. Although he’s not in the above viral video, we know he’s working his dino DNA magic!


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    The takeaway from the arrival of the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer today is that a new footage full trailer is coming for The Avengers sequel this Thursday and that alone is enough to get you excited this morning.

    But, there’s a moment in the teaser trailer that has us dropping our jaw. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow share a romantic/passionate glance at each other. Wait, what?

    Now that we have your attention, guess you’ll be eagerly anticipating the arrival of the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer on Thursday during American Crime on ABC at 10 p.m.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron lands May 1 and is easily one of the most anticipated movies of 2015.

    Watch The Avengers online and get all sorts of ready for the teaser trailer and the film itself that now is only two months away!


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    In all those Batman movies, we never really (thankfully) got a peek behind the bat cave to see what the superhero was into sexually.

    Yet, if there were any superheroes out there that could be a kindred spirit to Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, one might think it would be Bruce Wayne and his alter ego.

    Such is the idea behind a YouTube user named Josh Meeter who has given us a fantastic treat this morning, a trailer for Fifty Shades of Batman. And this isn’t the Val Kilmer Batman or Michael Keaton, for that would not quite fit. 

    With his gravely voice and tormented demeanor, his seducer of Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele is Christian Bale’s Batman from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy. Yup, he’s Crazy in Love alright… or maybe it’s just lust.

    Look at it this way: Wayne leads a double life. So does Christian Grey. Wayne is a billionaire, so too is Grey. Wayne enjoys dressing up in leather and using assorted weapons on a daily basis. Honestly, also does Grey.

    It’s actually a match made in heaven.

    Now to get this out of your mind and return Batman to his rightful heroic (non-sexual) place, watch Batman Begins online and check out our favorite Batman quotes in the slideshow below!


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    If there was a filmmaker that was custom fit to bring the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the big screen, it is Oliver Stone (JFK). And if there was an actor born to play the man, it has to be Joseph Gordon Levitt.

    Good thing both are on board for the currently shooting Snowden. Between Open Road Films and Gordon’s social media pages, we have our first photos from the film that just started shooting and was only green-lit this past November!  

    The first two photos from the studio feature Snowden in the military (who knew?) and shows off a Gordon Levitt ready for action. The third photo is a light-hearted moment from the set, thanks to Gordon Levitt, and features him and Stone showcasing why each clearly appreciates working with the other.

    Snowden made headlines for releasing tons and tons of NSA secrets from his time at the agency in protest to how the United States was conducting its foreign policy. He promptly became the target of an international manhunt. Snowden would pop up in a Russian airport, seeking asylum and that is where he still finds himself. 

    CITIZENFOUR recently won the Oscar for Best Documentary about this very subject, and it quickly became one of the best moments from the Oscars when host Neil Patrick Harris made the most perfect of jokes!

    Snowden is based on several books that Stone turned into his script. They are Time of the Octopus and The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.

    Look for Snowden in theaters December 25 and it also stars Shailene Woodley, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo and Zachary Quinto -- yeah, quite a cast.


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    Marvel has been character poster crazy, slowly but surely releasing all of its superheroes from Avengers: Age of Ultron in their own character posters for days now.

    And this will all lead to the latest video tease from the film that lands Thursday (teased in this morning's Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer!). 

    Today the spotlight lands on the "First Avenger," Captain America. 

    Chris Evans is back in Avengers: Age of Ultron for his fourth tour as Captain America, after Captain America: The First AvengerThe Avengers and then Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    Watch The Avengers online and get all sorts of ready for the sequel to land on May 1. 

    We know one thing about this next flick, the guy getting the poster spotlight today will finish the Joss Whedon written and directed movie with a not so great relationship with Tony Stark/Iron Man. We think it has everything to do with the fact that it was Stark that truthfully gave us Ultron and this will clearly lead to Captain America: Civil War. Which side will you be on? 


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    The Ex Machina trailer is here and there are several reasons to be excited about this one.

    First, it features two Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac. Second, it is from writer-director Alex Garland, the man who wrote 28 Days Later!

    The film’s premise is intriguing to say the least. 

    Isaac is Nathan Bateman, a reclusive head of an internet search company who rules the world, but is seeking so much more. He has pushed the boundaries of AI and has given one of his employees the chance of a lifetime. Caleb Smith (Gleeson) is a programmer at Bateman’s company and has given his employee the opportunity to come to his estate to spend a week and explore what the tech savant has created. 

    Smith is there to study, but soon learns that this experiment in AI firmly involves him. Is he there to test this creation or is he the one who is to be tested?

    Soon, it appears from the trailer, that neither man is mentally or physically equipped to handle what happens when the attractive robot decides she has had enough.

    Ex Machina lands in theaters April 10 and will have its premiere at the SXSW festival. The sci-fi thriller has also released its first poster.

    Ex Machina Poster

    Watch 28 Days Later online to get inside the mental magic of Ex Machina's creator!


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    Vince Vaughn is back in the funny business with the release of Unfinished Business. Over his career, he has been a large part of a number of comedy movies that have gone down in history as some of modern Hollywood’s best.

    In honor of his return to the big screen, we looked back at the movie career of Vaughn and found 11 of his best comedies and ranked them all the way to number one.

    Watch Old School online and you know that gem has to be there!   

    But as you can see with our Wedding Crashers quotes, his character’s journey from wedding crasher player to potential groom is another reason why we love the guy. His comedies can also be resonant.

    Let’s be real, like these Dodgeball quotes, Vaughn is most known for being utterly silly.

    Which type of Vaughn comedy do you think will be our number one? Will it be silly, sentimental or a hybrid of both which Vaughn has been doing a lot of lately?

    Click through and find our top 11 Vince Vaughn comedies!


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    John du Pont led the most unusual and subsequently criminal of lives, chronicled in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. The film features Oscar-nominated turns by Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo and a career moment for Channing Tatum.

    Foxcatcher DVD

    Foxcatcher arrives on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download and it is a chance to delve into one of the less talked about sensational crimes of the last 30 years and try to make sense of the senseless.

    Carell scored a Best Actor nod for his turn as du Pont, an eccentric heir to the chemical family fortune who took a passion for wrestling and shook the U.S. Olympic wrestling world upside down.

    Mark Shultz (Tatum) and his brother Dave (Ruffalo) are the Schultz brothers, Olympic gold medal winners in wrestling. They have a collective desire to get Mark back to the Olympics for another shot at golden glory.

    After du Pont reaches out to Mark and invites him to train at his Pennsylvania-based Foxcatcher ranch, the younger brother sees it as an opportunity to escape from his sibling’s shadow. Little did he know that it would ensnarl his entire family in one seriously terrible murderous tragedy.

    As we stated in our theatrical Foxcatcher review, Miller directs with a powerful even hand. It’s no wonder he scored one of those highly competitive spots this year as a Best Director nominee at the Academy Awards.

    Foxcatcher Channing Tatum Steve Carell

    These Foxcatcher quotes also show off the strength of the E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman screenplay that takes what could have been some one-sided caricatures of real people and flushes them out with life. In fact, don’t be surprised if you seek out the documentary that is shown being filmed in the movie itself that du Pont had commissioned. Audiences will just want to see this real guy to delve further into this haunting and utterly creepy story.

    The bonus features are not high in quantity, but are in quality.

    The making-of featurette The Story of Foxcatcher​ features conversations with Tatum, Carell and Miller. Getting their insight while simultaneously learning about the film’s shoot adds layers to the entire Foxcatcher experience. Although Ruffalo may have been the best actor (by a hair) in the film, this story is truly centered on Carell and Tatum’s characters.

    Hearing the pair explore their cinematic chemistry, ultimately realizing that whether the film worked or not was firmly on their shoulders, is a study in acting with a partner for film.

    Watch Foxcatcher online and enjoy a Best Picture nominee.


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    The Saturn Awards revealed their nominations and Captain America: The Winter Soldier dominated with 11 nominations. The Marvel movie scored nods for the sci-fi awards for Best Comic-to-Film Release, Best Actor for Chris Evans and Best Director for the Russo brothers.

    Chris Evans Stars in Captain America The Winter Soldier

    The annual event salutes the best in sci-fi, fantasy and horror and Captain America: The Winter Soldier was not alone in scoring multiple nominations. Watch Guardians of the Galaxy online and there’s another flick that rocked from Marvel with its nine nominations. Sandwiched in between those two comic book movies were the 10 nominations for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

    The nominee we’re most thrilled about is Jake Gyllenhaal. After being snubbed by the Academy Awards for his role in Nightcrawler, Gyllenhaal bounced back with a Best Actor nominee for the powerful film.

    The Saturn Awards are handed out June 25. To celebrate the nominee leader, don’t miss our favorite Captain America: The Winter Soldier quotes after the nominations list!

    Best Comic-to-Film Release

    Best Science Fiction Film Release

    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Godzilla
    • The Hunger Games:  Mockingjay - Part 1
    • Interstellar
    • The Zero Theorem

    Best Fantasy Film Release

    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • Into the Woods
    • Maleficent
    • Paddington

    Best Horror Film Release

    • Annabelle
    • The Babadook
    • Dracula Untold
    • Horns
    • Only Lovers Left Alive
    • The Purge: Anarchy

    Best Thriller Film Release

    • American Sniper
    • The Equalizer
    • Gone Girl
    • The Guest
    • The Imitation Game
    • Nightcrawler

    Best Action/Adventure Film Release

    • Exodus: Gods and Kings
    • Inherent Vice
    • Lucy
    • Noah
    • Snowpiercer
    • Unbroken

    Best Actor in a Film

    • Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow
    • Chris Evans, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    • Michael Keaton, Birdman
    • Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar
    • Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Dan Stevens, The Guest
    Chris Pratt Zoe Saldana In Guardians of the Galaxy

    Best Actress in a Film

    • Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
    • Essie Davis, The Babadook
    • Anne Hathaway, Interstellar
    • Angelina Jolie, Maleficent
    • Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
    • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

    Best Supporting Actor in a Film

    • Richard Armitage, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
    • Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Anthony Mackie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Andy Serkis, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

    Best Supporting Actress in a Film

    • Jessica Chastain, Interstellar
    • Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Evangeline Lily, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
    • Emma Stone, Birdman
    • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

    Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film

    • Elle Fanning, Maleficent
    • MacKenzie Foy, Interstellar
    • Chloe Grace Moretz, The Equalizer
    • Tony Revolori, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Noah Wiseman, The Babadook

    Best Film Director

    • Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman
    • James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow
    • Christopher Nolan, Interstellar
    • Matt Reeves, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Bryan Singer, X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Best Film Writing

    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • Whiplash

    Best Film Editing

    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Interstellar
    • Unbroken
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Ape Still

    Best Film Production Design

    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Interstellar
    • Into the Woods

    Best Film Music

    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Godzilla
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2
    • Interstellar

    Best Film Costume

    • Dracula Untold
    • Exodus: Gods and Kings
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Into the Woods
    • Maleficent
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Best Film Makeup

    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Dracula Untold
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Best Film Special/Visual Effects

    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • Interstellar

    Best Independent Film Release

    • Grand Piano
    • I, Origins
    • A Most Violent Year
    • The One I Love
    • The Two Faces of January
    • Whiplash
    JK Simmons Whiplash Photo

    Best International Film Release

    • Bird People
    • Calvary
    • Force Majeure
    • Mood Indigo
    • The Railway Man
    • The Theory of Everything

    Best Animated Film Release

    • Big Hero Six
    • The Boxtrolls
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2
    • The LEGO Movie
    • The Wind Rises


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    Still worth billions, the 2014 box office in the United States was the lowest since 1995. Hollywood raked in $10.35 billion last year and, yes, that is an enormous sum of money, but audiences -- as a whole -- are not as satisfied with the product that studios are giving them, now more than ever.

    So, how to fix it?

    We hear it from our hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook every time we report on a sequel, or TV show or remake being made as if it is huge news. For the average moviegoer, they are screaming on social media pages that they want more originality.

    Cleary, audiences are also letting their voices be heard at the box offices.

    Check out The Interview quotes and there’s a movie that could not have been more original, subversive and successful (albeit controversial!).

    Watch John Wick online and that action flick starring Keanu Reeves pushed the boundaries of a thriller, as well as introduced the world to a fresh face in filmmaking and a story that was original, even if it was in a genre we all know (and love). And it was a huge hit!

    The success of the Luc Besson film that you can see when you watch Lucy online is further proof that audiences want something that pushes the envelope on the fresh factor. We don’t necessarily need to see Scarlett Johansson kick ass as Black Widow in her own movie. Film fans were thrilled to see her do it as a character we’ve never seen before.

    We have seven suggestions for those in Hollywood who green light projects. Let us know if you think that these thoughts will help the opinion that audiences have that there is no creativity in the land of make believe.


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    There has been a whole lot of casting news emerging from Independence Day 2!

    Now, we knew that there was no way that Will Smith would be in Independence Day 2, But, we always wondered whether Jeff Goldblum might be back to reprise his role as David Levinson, the man who seemed to know all along that the alien invaders from Independence Day were not here for a good time.

    Independence Day Jeff Goldblum

    Director Roland Emmerich took to his Facebook page and made the announcement that Goldblum would return and that he had some other casting news as well.

    Remember the little boy who was the son of Smith in the first film? Well, he’s all grown up and will be one of our leads in Independence Day 2 and he will be played by Jessie Usher.

    “My producing partner Harald Kloser noticed Jessie in between sets of pushups at the gym and gave him an audition,” Emmerich said on his social media page. “As they say, the rest is history!”

    Another actor who is no stranger to franchises has also signed on to the follow-up that is 20 years in the making. Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games movies has also accepted a role as one of the leads. It is rumored that he will play the son-in-law of President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) from the first movie.

    Watch Independence Day online and get ready for Independence Day 2 in theaters June 24, 2016. The first film banked over $817 million.

    Will Independence Day 2 be one of the great sequels…or will it be one of the worst sequels? Time will tell...


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    Zootopia looks to keep the trend of awesomeness coming from Disney Animation. After Big Hero 6 and Frozen won back-to-back Oscars for Best Animated feature, we might have an early favorite for the award in 2017. That is solely from the first images to be released from Zootopia.

    The concept art landed and between the outrageously gorgeous landscape shot and our first look at a character from the film that is due March 4, 2016, we see immense promise in these early animated images.

    Zootopia is a mammal metropolis that is supremely modern. It is described as a “melting pot where animals from every environment live together – a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything.”

    One of our main characters is Officer Judy Hopps. She is the first bunny to take a job on the city’s police force. Not only is she the first rabbit to sign up to fight crime, but she’s drastically smaller than every other law enforcement officer that comprises Zootopia’s finest.

    She is determined and ready to show that she belongs. So she jumps (pun intended) at the chance to work a case with one of the smoothest foxes in town, Nick Wilde.

    Zootopia is helmed by the guys who brought us Tangled and Bolt, Byron Howard and Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph), and co-directed by Jared Bush.

    See the latest Disney Animation Oscar winner and watch Big Hero 6 online.


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    While we wonder whether there will be a third Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr., we have something that will more than satisfy your hunger for a mystery involving one of literature's great detectives.

    Ian McKellen stars as Mr. Holmes, a late in his years Sherlock Holmes who is enjoying his retirement… for the most part.

    See, there’s one unsolved case that is haunting him and although his memory is fading, Holmes feels he must solve this murder before death calls him too. 

    The first trailer for Mr. Holmes has landed and we cannot think of a better actor than McKellen to tackle the legendary sleuth.

    Mr. Holmes reunites McKellen with his Gods and Monsters director (a role that earned the actor an Oscar), Bill Condon. The film takes place in 1947 and centers around Holmes at his country estate, being cared for by his housekeeper (the always awesome Laura Linney) and her young (and inquisitive) son -- who takes up a great interest in the legendary detective.

    McKellen is just so impressive. First he was Magneto, then Gandalf, and now Sherlock Holmes? Simply wow… and check him out in his recent work as Magneto and watch X-Men: Days of Future Past online.


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    When The Dark Knight failed to be nominated for Best Picture, even though it was clearly Oscar-worthy (it won a Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger as The Joker), the Academy famously expanded the field of Best Picture nominees from five to ten.

    Oscars Picture

    Then the institution subsequently slightly altered that to say that it could be anywhere from five to ten nominees. Now, after the expansion failed to get the big budget blockbusters that are also critical darlings (like Guardians of the Galaxy and Gone Girl) nominated for the film world’s top prize, word is the Academy is looking to return to the five nominee format.

    The Academy had also hoped that if films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Dark Knight (the film that spurred the idea in the first place) were nominated, it would result in more people actually watching the Oscars broadcast to see if their favorite movie would take home the gold.

    That didn’t happen. Ratings have remained stagnant, or dropped in recent years.

    We think that the ten picture format is not a bad idea at all, as long as ten films are nominated.

    Why, oh why, did they only nominate eight films this year for Best Picture (of which only one was a blockbuster and that was the $300 million-earning American Sniper, which only took home one award)? As we have repeatedly stated, Guardians of the Galaxy was totally worthy of a nod -- so too was Nightcrawler and the film you can see when you watch Edge of Tomorrow online, Tom Cruise’s biggest hit in years.

    The old adage of use it or lose it comes to mind with a potential rule change like this. If the Academy is not going to nominate the very types of movies it sought to by expanding the Best Picture category, then why even have it in the first place?

    We hope they do not return to the five picture nominee format, but if they do, it’s not like much was missed in the first place.

    What do you think?

    Should the Oscars go back to nominating only five movies?

    Here are the best moments from this year’s Academy Awards!


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    Patrick Willems should be contacted immediately if Wes Anderson needs a new cinematographer. The man published a love letter to what seems like it would be bitterly opposite film worlds with one fantastic video.

    Willems wondered what would happen if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men movie! 

    The “trailer” is below and it is fantastic. We get Willems’ own version of “Magneto,” “Professor X” and even “Wolverine.” For fans of both The Grand Budapest Hotel filmmaker and the Marvel comic book/movie series, prepare to marvel at this guy’s talent.

    Watch X-Men online and be sure to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online and it’s easy to see that his take on what would happen if Anderson helmed an X-Men movie is nothing short of sublimely perfect.

    Willems gets Anderson’s look, feel and even his quirky characters thrust in the most unusual of plot situations mojo that has fueled his filmmaking since Bottle Rocket.

    Anderson is one of those directors who we would watch anything he does. Who else is on that list?


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    They say to save the best for last and when it comes to the latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, they have done just that. 

    In the final moments of the new (and best) trailer for the sequel to The Avengers, we get our first look at Paul Bettany as The Vision. And it is something to behold.  

    How he will play into this film is a mystery, so far, but if we were to bet, he is the key to defeating the James Spader-voiced Ultron... a "peacekeeper" that Tony Stark built that has come back to bite him in the behind.

    There are numerous moments to explore (which we will at length today), click through the slideshow below and see what we think are the highlights. 

    Watch The Avengers online and get ready for the big sequel that brings back all our favorite Marvel movie superheroes on May 1. 


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