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- If you lost your mind to that first trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, then this incredibly positive first review from an early test screening implies that you’re probably not going to find it again anytime soon.
- Some of the cast of Big Bang Theory have been in the news lately, as after a bit of a standoff with producers, they’ve renegotiated their contracts to now each earn $1 million per episode. That’s a whole lot of money to be paid for not being funny at all. Somebody should tell Nick.
- Posters of the Day: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 District 13 character posters
- Everybody loves a good Purge, right? I mean what’s not to love about one night a year where you’re legally and morally free to introduce that guy that takes 15 minutes at the ATM (what is he doing?!) to the businesses end of a truck spanner? There’s just the slight problem of the totes awks morning after the Purge.
- That’s it! Samuel L. Jackson has had it with these [email protected]#king Jamie Foxxes on these [email protected]#king Black Phantoms! Deadline is reporting that Jackson is replacing Foxx in the lead of the upcoming action comedy Black Phantom, after Foxx exited due to scheduling conflicts. The “outrageously inappropriate comedy” directed Tim Story (Ride Along, Fantastic Four) also stars Kevin Hart, and follows “an odd partnership formed between a clever double-crossed mob hitman (Hart) and the notorious hit man The Black Phantom (Jackson), who has been hired to kill him.”
- Seems that a lot more actors are taking a certain Pet Shop Boys song to heart and going west. Westworld, that is. The upcoming HBO TV adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 sci-fi classic already has Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood locked in, and now that cast is expanding even further with Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (Dominion), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) all coming aboard.
- While it had it’s moments of levity, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a pretty serious and mature superhero film. At least it was one our side of the camera. On-set was a different kettle of red, white and blue fish it seems, going on this newly released gag reel for the movie.
- Jeff Goldblum and his fiancee attended a friend’s wedding over the weekend, and once the designated wedding photographer realized that he had none other than Jurassic Park‘s Dr. Ian Malcolm in the crowd, he naturally did what any decent photographer would. Congratulations, Adam Biesenthal, you win the Internet for today.
- JK Rowling is just an awesome human being. The Harry Potter creator is the second wealthiest female in the entertainment biz, but has given so much of her fortune away to charity, that she ended up knocking herself of Forbes’ list of billionaires. She once withdrew her Harry Potter novels from contention for certain awards, to give other books a chance to win. There just tons more testimonials like this praising her. And now you can add one more.
15-year old Cassidy Stay experienced unspeakable tragedy when her uncle had a mental breakdown and proceeded to gun down and kill Cassidy’s parents, four siblings and grandparents, all because they wouldn’t tell him where his ex-wife was. Cassidy’s uncle tried to kill her as well, but the bullet ended up just grazing her skull, allowing her to play dead and then secretly call 911 while he went off to slaughter her grandparents. During the funeral for her family the following week, the insanely resilient Cassidy gave a heartbreaking eulogy which ended with a line from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in which Professor Dumbledore tries to give Harry hope by stating that “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Through social media, Rowling got word of this and reached out to Cassidy, sending her a package containing an autographed copy of the book, a replica of Harry’s wand, an acceptance letter into Hogwarts and a lengthy note written from the perspective of Professor Dumbledore himself, extolling all kinds of comforting words in this tragic time. Yes, it’s a small comfort (though with Rowling’s rep, she’s probably also done a lot more that was less publicized), but sometimes these small things make a big impact. Now would whoever’s cutting all those onions in here please just stop it!
- When I first saw the movie Twister, I was just 15-years old, and thus loved it. I mean, dude, flying cows! Since then, my opinion on the movie has lowered somewhat, especially after noticing a number of things pointed out in this video.
- Terminator Genisys (Ow! It hurts my brain just to write that) ain’t the only big movie that wrapped production yesterday. Joss Whedon announced on Twitter that production on The Avengers: Age of Ultron has officially wrapped, seemingly leaving the writer/director with some free time on his hands.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 6, 2014
- Like I mentioned earlier, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a pretty serious and mature superhero movie. Unlike this latest version of How It Should Have Ended.
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Last Updated: August 7, 2014