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    When Pitch Perfect landed in theaters, it was a surprise hit. Who thought that a film about a college a cappella group would not only be a box office smash, but also spawn a successful soundtrack and even a single (Cups) that would give its star Anna Kendrick a chart-topping hit? Naturally a sequel was green lit and one of the first film’s stars, Elizabeth Banks, was given the chance to make her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.

    Pitch Perfect 2 Anna Kendrick Rebel Wilson

    The action in Pitch Perfect 2 picks up three years after the first film. Our Barden Bellas are three-time national champs and living large as the best university singing group in the country. As shown in the Pitch Perfect 2 trailer, they even perform for the president of the United States. But, things go slightly wrong when Fat Amy descends from the rafters singing Wrecking Ball and proceeds to have her uniform tear. Thanks to gravity, she flashes the president not wearing any underwear.

    The Bellas are banned from all competition, but Anna Kendrick’s Beca finds a loophole. If they can win the international competition, which they are invited to as U.S. champs, they could be reinstated. But, no U.S. team has ever won. Good luck with that, Bellas, you’ll need it.

    So, our crew, without the ability to recruit new singers or formally perform anywhere due to their suspension, has to find a way to jazz up their program in order to have a serious chance of dethroning the reigning champs from Germany, Das Sound Machine. Oh yeah, that German group has taken over the Bellas' role in a national tour thanks to the presidential scandal.

    It is hard to capture lightning twice and we were quite skeptical of how everyone involved in Pitch Perfect 2 would manage to replicate the charm and pure joy that the first movie evoked without completely repeating themselves or treading in the same water they swam in the first time around.

    Pitch Perfect 2 Das Sound Machine

    To our complete surprise, Pitch Perfect 2 manages to find higher notes to hit and does so in a manner that has us feeling sentimental and sincerely hoping that this is not the end of the road cinematically for the Barden Bellas.

    Banks makes a solid debut as a director. She clearly has a passion for this world, as she was also a producer on the first film (and is again on the sequel). It’s got a fantastic pace and the song choices this time around are top notch and emotionally fit each particular moment. And, you know what? It's also quite funny. 

    There is one moment that feels replicated from the first film and that’s the sing-off. But then again in a movie about singing groups who compete, why not have another one? And this time out, it’s hosted by David Gross, who is utterly hilarious. And with all of the groups having their moment to shine, it works even better than it did the first time around (even the Green Bay Packers get a shot!).

    The Bellas themselves are tighter than ever, both in sonic terms and ensemble chemistry. Where the first film was clearly mostly about Kendrick’s Beca, this time out Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), Brittany Snow’s Chloe and Ester Dean’s Cynthia all get their moment to shine.

    A new addition arrives in the form of a legacy (thus why they’re able to take in a freshman even though they’re under suspension) named Emily (Hailee Steinfeld). Boy, can the Oscar nominee for True Grit sing, and the film appears to be setting her up as the “next generation” of Bellas should this series continue. Our Pitch Perfect 2 review hopes, above all else, that this is not the last we hear from these singing sisters.

    Watch Pitch Perfect online and see how this world got started.

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    It is not every day you get a piece of news that involves the subject matter, “Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie.” Wait, what?! Yup, a The Lonely Island Movie is coming to theaters from Universal and we could not be more excited to see what Andy Samberg and his cohorts Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone do with the opportunity to bring their larger than life musical group to the big screen.

    The Lonely Island Photo

    The film will be co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and will be produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, and the upcoming Trainwreck).

    Much of the details about the movie are top secret, after all, that is in the title, but we do know that it will be set in the world of music. And if that isn’t ripe for parody, we don’t know what is.

    The Lonely Island first came on the scene through a series of SNL Digital Shorts and eventually the trio gave us a slew of hits, including D**k in a Box, YOLO, and I’m on a Boat. We even once asked Selena Gomez her favorite The Lonely Island song and her answer was shockingly awesome!

    “Not to be hyperbolic, but we are seriously zazzed about this movie,” said The Lonely Island in a statement.

    “I have begged these fine gentlemen to allow me to produce one of their films since day one,” added producer Apatow, “and finally they decided my whining needed to come to an end.”

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    We knew that Theo James’ Vampire David would be an integral part of Underworld 5, but whether Kate Beckinsale would return to the role of Selena had, until now, remained a mystery.

    Kate Beckinsale Stars as Selene in Underworld Awakening

    The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Beckinsale has signed on the dotted line and that she will reprise the role of Selena one more time in the series that started with the first Underworld directed by her husband Len Wiseman in 2003.

    We also know that Wiseman will not return to the director’s chair for this fifth Underworld. That gig instead went to Anna Foerster, who was most recently tapped as director of photography for White House Down.

    The war between vampires and Lycans continues, but specifically what the plot will be has yet to be revealed -- same with a shooting date or release date. So stay tuned for more.

    Until then, watch Underworld online to see how it all got started. 

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    One of the dreams of Walt Disney for his world of the future was fully operational jet packs. There are about a million other aspects of Disney's imagination that are all over Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, but it’s hard to argue that a highlight isn’t the contraption that you strap to your back and fly through the air with.

    Disney has released a clip from the upcoming May 22 release that shows off Clooney’s character Frank as a child. The science prodigy has invented a jet pack and up until this point in the movie, the contraption hasn’t fully worked. Suddenly, it does! 

    Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie also star in the film from Oscar-winning director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles).

    Tomorrowland follows Robertson’s teen, who finds a small pin that transfers her to another world, known as Tomorrowland. She seeks out Clooney’s character (who is now a fully grown adult) because he’s supposedly been there before. And soon after she finds him, the two are on the run as killer robots are tracking them for elimination. What have they discovered and why are they a threat?

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    We’ve got a series of 10 new photos from the Entourage movie that picks up where the HBO smash hit left off. Vince (Adrian Grenier), E (Kevin Connolly), Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) are four friends navigating the minefields of Hollywood as they try to find fame and fortune.

    In the film, as teased in the Entourage trailer, Vince is not only starring in, but also directing the film Hyde, and everything they’ve worked for rides on its success.

    Meanwhile, Ari (Jeremy Piven) is back from his forced retirement and now he’s running a studio. He’s put a ton of money into Vince’s film, but he’s not worried. Who are we kidding? He’s a wreck! Causing problems is a father-son pair of investors from Texas (Billy Bob Thornton and Haley Joel Osment) that are demanding to see something for their money sooner than later.

    Oh, did we mention that Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is pregnant? Yup, E is going to be a dad!

    It all adds up to one heck of a ride (we’ve seen the film and can’t say anything yet due to the embargo!). But you don’t want to miss our Jeremy Piven interview from our set visit for clues!

    Look for Entourage June 3 in theaters.

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    The middle weekend in May has brought not one, but two highly anticipated movies from the summer movie canon. First up is Mad Max: Fury Road, which finds writer-director George Miller bringing us his fourth Mad Max movie and his first in decades.

    Next up is the film that has Pitch Perfect fans all sorts of aca-excited, Pitch Perfect 2.

    Let’s break it down… 

    Mad Max Fury Road: Tom Hardy steps into Mel Gibson’s boots in Miller’s fourth Max film that is easily his best. Max joins Charlize Theron’s Furiosa’s effort to free a group of women who have been held captive by an evil warlord in Australia’s post-apocalyptic Outback.

    As our Mad Max: Fury Road review stated, you will be hard-pressed to find a better movie out this summer. In fact, it may just be one of the best action movies ever made. It is stunning to look at, and it packs an emotional punch, all while the action comes at you at 80 miles-per-hour. Hardy makes a great Max and is a worthy successor to Gibson. And Theron is nothing short of a movie miracle.

    Pitch Perfect 2: It is hard to capture lightning twice, but somehow, the folks behind Pitch Perfect 2 have done it. Anna Kendrick and her Barden Bellas are back, and the action picks up three years after the last film. They are three-time national champs, and after a little scandal gets them banned from competition, they find a loophole. Win the international competition and they can be reinstated.

    Our Pitch Perfect 2 review reported that for fans of the first film, you should be more than aca-excited for the directorial debut of Elizabeth Banks. The ensemble is tighter than ever. The heartwarming moments are as strong as ever and don’t get us started on that soundtrack!

    Watch Pitch Perfect online to get ready for the big sequel. And if you feel like staying in this weekend, a so bad it’s good flick has arrived on digital download -- watch Fifty Shades of Grey online

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    The mistakes of the past are firmly in the past, this from a viral video released today from InGen, the company who has made all those fantastic dinosaurs at Jurassic World.

    The science behind DNA and building those dinosaurs has changed since the events of Jurassic Park, they swear, because of their ability to isolate certain genes that can cause the havoc that those dinos caused in the first film. Or, so they think! 

    This is another piece of proof that the Colin Trevorrow-directed next chapter of the Steven Spielberg-started series is pulling out all the stops. These viral videos add layers to this world (such as the one introducing Vincent D’Onofrio’s character).

    Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, BD Wong (who reprises his role from the first film -- and is in the above viral video!), Jake Johnson and Ty Simpkins.

    Watch Jurassic Park online and get ready for Jurassic World on June 12.

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    Elizabeth Banks chose wisely when it came to what movie she would make her directorial debut with – Pitch Perfect 2. She starred in Pitch Perfect and served as one of the film’s producers. After years as an actress, she knew to go in humble from the earliest of the film’s shooting moments.

    Pitch Perfect 2 Elizabeth Banks Set Photo

    “I went on set with a true attitude of gratitude. I really was grateful for the work of the crew and the cast making the vision I have for the movie come true,” Banks told Movie Fanatic.

    “Lead by example... I tried to be really serious about the work, but also leave a lot of room for play. We are pretending for a living, it should have a sense of playfulness about it.”

    One of the keys to the success of a Pitch Perfect movie has to be the song selection. Banks took that part as seriously as any other element of filmmaking. “It’s all really deliberate. Music is sort of a universal language -- and not everyone knows Miley Cyrus,” Banks said.

    “We really wanted to feature as many genres and fun songs, classics, sing-along type songs that we can have in the movie. One of the themes of the film is legacy. The girls are joining a long legacy of singing. Thematically it makes sense to put in the classics and also just speak to the future with our original song.”

    When it comes to whether there will be a follow-up toPitch Perfect 2, Banks is firmly set on staying in the now.

    “We don’t know what the future holds. We’re really focused on putting out Pitch Perfect 2. I think what we found for this film was that it was really important to all of us that we find a story that felt very organic and authentic to this group of women and to the world that we created in the first film,” Banks said.

    “We really build on that story -- the relationships we established in that movie. We want to put this movie out and let the fans embrace it. Then see what the future holds.”

    Watch Pitch Perfect online to see what all the fuss is about.

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    It was a banner weekend for Hollywood at the box office with Pitch Perfect 2 soaring to an incredible $70.3 million and Mad Max: Fury Road arriving in second with an impressive $44.4 million.

    Pitch Perfect 2 The Bellas

    What makes Pitch Perfect 2’s debut so astounding is the first Pitch Perfect made $65 million during its entire theatrical run. Kudos to Elizabeth Banks for a stellar directorial debut and it looks like we’ll be seeing a third one in the near future.

    We suspect that Mad Max: Fury Road will have a little more legs than Pitch Perfect 2, and when its run is complete, it will remind us of the numbers that Kingsman: The Secret Service turned in where it continued to produce high box office figures for over a month.

    The third place film also made a lot of bank and that was the former number one, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Joss Whedon sequel earned another $38.8 million to bring its domestic total to $372 million.

    Fourth belonged to the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara crime comedy Hot Pursuit with its $5.8 million haul. And closing out the top five was Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with $3.6 million.

    Box Office Top 10:

    1. Pitch Perfect 2, $70.3 million
    2. Mad Max: Fury Road, $44.4 million
    3. Avengers: Age of Ultron, $38.8 million
    4. Hot Pursuit, $5.8 million
    5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, $3.6 million
    6. Furious 7, $3.6 million
    7. The Age of Adaline, $3.2 million
    8. Home, $2.7 million
    9. Ex Machina, $2.1 million
    10. Far from the Madding Crowd, $1.3 million

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    The first trailer for Steve Jobs has landed and it is a fantastic way to give us our initial look at the highly anticipated biopic of the legendary Apple founder.

    Michael Fassbender stars as Jobs and the teaser shows him taking the stage for one of his iconic addresses, dressed in his trademark black turtleneck with that smile that is about to reveal something huge that will change the world.  

    Meanwhile, the only dialogue we hear is a slew of different people talking about Jobs and what he does, including co-stars Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterson and Michael Stuhlbarg and, of course, Fassbender as the man himself.

    The behind-the-scenes talent on this film has us thinking this is an Oscar contender if there ever was one. The film is written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and is directed by Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire).

    Look for Steve Jobs October 9. 

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    One of our most anticipated movies of summer 2015 is the biopic of NWA, Straight Outta Compton.

    Since that first Straight Outta Compton trailer bowed, anticipation could not be higher for this Movie Fanatic to get inside the legend that is the hip hop group that changed everything when they busted out of their Southern California neighborhood and helped put a new art form on the pop culture map.

    It was the mid-'80s and a group of friends came together and would create something that simultaneously reflected what they experienced on the rough streets of Compton, and also enlightened the world as to the daily life of some of our country’s most disenfranchised citizens.

    Check out the film's first TV spot!  

    Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre are portrayed by O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Cube’s real-life son), Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell in the film that is due August 14. The biopic is helmed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) and also stars Paul Giamatti as the group’s legendary manager.

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    After the blockbuster success of Furious 7 (it’s become one of the top 10 highest grossing of all time!), it’s hardly a surprise that Furious 8 is coming. But, will Dwayne Johnson’s Agent Hobbs be in it?

    Furious 7 Dwayne Johnson

    “Of course, it can’t go on without Hobbs,” Johnson told us at the press conference for San Andreas.

    That’s good news to all those who adore the Johnson character that first arrived in Fast Five and has become an integral part of the Fast family.

    The character has quickly become so beloved, that rumors started swirling that Agent Hobbs would be getting his own explosive spin-off sooner than later. There was even initial talk that that Hobbs solo film could appear between Furious 7 and Furious 8. That’s unlikely, but it seems that Johnson believes that a Hobbs spin-off is more likely to happen than not.

    “We all are interested in it. I just had a big conversation with the studio. So we’ll see. I still think for me personally we’ve created a little bit of space for him in 7 and the gauge is set for what the audience will want. That’s my take on it, you know, but a lot of other people have to have input.”

    Would you like to see a Hobbs solo film? Let us know in the comments section below and watch Fast and Furious 6 online to see Hobbs in action right now!

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    Disney Pixar has released a series of short clips from their upcoming Inside Out that introduces us to the five major players. Inside Out follows the emotions that run wild inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley. She’s moved from the Midwest to San Fransisco and is none too happy about the sudden change.

    But if Amy Poehler’s Joy has anything to say about it, they’re going to make the most of this awesome opportunity.

    Then again, Bill Hader’s Fear will do his best to put his scary foot down to keep Riley from fully embracing her new life. 

    See, as teased in the Inside Out trailer, five major emotions are our main characters and filmmakers could not have cast more perfectly. Let’s meet the cast in this quintet of short clips from the June 19 release of the first Pixar movie in two years!

    First up, we have to start with Joy. Amy Poehler talks about the joy of being Joy.

    Phyllis Smith is Sadness, and the former The Office star talks about diving into a role that likes a good cry.

    Next up, Lewis Black is Anger. If you’ve ever seen his stand-up or even his TV show, Black as Anger… that may be the best casting of all.

    Mindy Kailing nails Disgust.

    Bill Hader talks about the finer points of being Fear.

    Inside Out premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and its arrival here on US screens is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer.

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    Mad Max: Fury Road has debuted and received some of the most universally glowing reviews of any movie this year. Our Mad Max: Fury Road review even went so far as to guarantee that the film will easily make our top 15 of 2015 and the year isn’t even half over!

    Tom Hardy Stars In Mad Max Fury Road

    For those who expected more from the film than the $44 million, don’t fret, a sequel is in fact on its way. The film will have serious legs and look for it to at least triple that first weekend take before it’s done in the States. And as most of you know, international box office should make this thing a bona fide blockbuster before all is said and done.

    Most who felt disappointed in the American debut did so because they worried that we wouldn’t get another chapter with Tom Hardy as Mad Max. Not only will there be a sequel, but writer-director George Miller has announced what it will be called.

    Miller was on The Playlist podcast and said that the title would be Mad Max: The Wasteland. “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road] and writing all the backstories, they just expanded,” he reported.

    Whether Charlize Theron will be back is somewhat doubtful. She has said repeatedly that it was a grueling shoot and that although she adored the experience, the Oscar winner is unlikely to return to Miller’s world. For those clamoring for a more Max-centric movie, that’s not a bad thing.

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    Pitch Perfect 2 made more at the box office in its opening weekend than Pitch Perfect did during its entire theatrical run.

    To say that audiences were aca-excited to see what happens next to their favorite singing group, the Barden Bellas, appears to be a gross understatement. There were 70 million reasons to be thrilled with the next chapter. 

    One of the reasons for the lingering success of the first film was those heartwarming and timeless Pitch Perfect quotes. They reminded us how terrific it is when a movie brings women together towards a common goal instead of having them as competitors. 

    Of course, one of the reasons Pitch Perfect 2 is so fantastic is the international competition that the Bellas must win in order to be reinstated into collegiate competition and that involves taking down the mighty German Das Sound Machine!

    Time will show that the Pitch Perfect 2 quotes will be as popular as the first movie’s were and we’ve even narrowed down our 13 favorite.

    Click through the slideshow below and discover what our 13 favorite Pitch Perfect 2 quotes are and then be sure to watch Pitch Perfect online as we’re sure you’ll be in the aca-mood to witness how this world got started!

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    The latest Jurassic World teaser trailer is narrated by none other than Jurassic Park founder John Hammond (played by the late legend Sir Richard Attenborough).

    The park is open and the events of Jurassic World take place 22 years after what occurred in Steven Spielberg’s first film, Jurassic Park. The original film was based on Michael Crichton’s book and this time out Spielberg is just producing, with director Colin Trevorrow doing the helming. 

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio and Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) star in the thrilling film.

    Things have been going great at the park and it has been seeing 20,000 visitors a day since it opened. The attractions include a varied level of involvement with dinosaurs from a petting zoo to spheres that allow guests to ride alongside a herd of dinosaurs.

    But, Howard had to go and make a dinosaur that is bigger than the T. Rex. I’m sure that will work out just fine.

    Watch Jurassic Park online and see how it all got started.

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    The blazing hot trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has premiered and it shows us how to do a teaser right. The spot gives us a slew of fantastic footage to feed the appetite of those The Maze Runner fans eager for the sequel, but it doesn’t give anything enormous away. Imagine that?! 

    Dylan O’Brien is back as Thomas and he and his cohorts have survived The Maze, only to discover that that was just phrase one. Phase two involves something called The Scorch Trials and if they are going to survive this chapter in their journey, they better be ready to go to the extremes.

    Will Poulter is also back, and so are Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

    The Maze Runner series is written by author James Dashner and The Scorch Trials is the second book in the trilogy to be adapted for the big screen. The first film banked over $340 million and has fans beyond eager to see where The Gladers go next!

    Watch The Maze Runner online to get ready for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials to hit theaters on September 18.

    A new poster for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has also premiered -- check it out in the slideshow below, along with all our Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials stills!

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    The first official full-length trailer for Pan has arrived from Warner Bros. For those who thought we didn’t need an origins story for the legend of Peter Pan, watch the below teaser and try to admit this film from Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) doesn’t have you a little eager to dive into the world of Neverland and the magic of the legendary boy who could fly.

    Wright and his team offer a new take on the iconic characters created by author J.M. Barrie which follows Peter from his days of being dropped off as a baby at an orphanage to being taken away by the pirate Blackbeard (a fantastically cast Hugh Jackman) into the world of Neverland.

    Peter will learn about much more than flying in Neverland and you will believe in magic by the end of Pan’s two minutes of fantastical adventure. 

    Levi Miller stars as Peter, with Garrett Hedlund tackling the iconic role of Hook (who is a Peter ally in this origins story!). Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is Tiger Lily and Amanda Seyfried is Mary.

    Look for Pan in theaters October 9.

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    The photo below from Wired magazine would be enough to send jaws dropping. But the story that accompanies it about the 40th anniversary of iconic special effects house Industrial Light and Magic is equally as astounding.

    ILM 40 Years Photo

    The team at George Lucas’ ILM has been responsible for some of the most memorable movie special effects moments of all time, as evidenced by some of the non-human guests on the above photos, from the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and BB8 of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the Ghostbusters' ghoul, E.T. and Yoda.

    And the “who” of the who’s who that is on the cover and quoted in the article is equally as stunning. Lucas is joined by Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, J. J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Ron Howard and more.

    Check out the video below of the short history of ILM and prepare to be amazed.

    Watch Jurassic Park online and watch Ghostbusters online for just a few of the amazing works of ILM.

    And here’s to another 40 years of movie magic! 

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    The full length trailer for Pixels is here, and boy, do we get a good look at the comedy-sci fi flick that follows what happens if our favorite '80s video games came back to Earth as invading aliens. Wait, what, you ask? 

    Yup, that’s the premise of this wild-looking film from Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) that stars Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage.

    They're video game experts from back in the day who are recruited by our president (Kevin James) as our last hope when aliens mistake a signal we sent into space in the '80s that included videos of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and others as a threat. So, the aliens manufactured these games as invaders and we’ve got a real life Space Invaders!

    Brian Cox and Michelle Monaghan also star in Pixels. Look for it in theaters July 24.

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