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Newswire: Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth sequel arrives this summer, is probably way too late

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Assuming that the Earth is still around this summer, Al Gore’s follow-up to the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth will hit theaters July 28. The film—fully titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power—premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival.

Even though it’s hard to get doom and destruction off of the mind, the Sundance synopsis makes An Inconvenient Sequel almost sound optimistic. In the film, Gore apparently “pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.” The only catch is that the doc was filmed before the results of the 2016 election came in, as The Hollywood Reporter notes. Per THR, the format of An Inconvenient Sequel, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, will diverge from the PowerPoint presentation style of the first, which was helmed by Davis ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Great Job, Internet!: The new bass drop that’s ruining every trailer

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A new supercut by the short filmmakers and pop culture fans at CinemaRaven displays the criminally excessive use of a particular bass drop in dozens of recent movie trailers. Whether Dominic Toretto is turning his back on his family or Lightning McQueen is leaving racing behind him, nearly every trailer marks the dramatic turn with a similar deep bass tone that dips into an inaudible rumble. Listen for yourself below:

While the musical sting isn’t identical in each clip, the effect the filmmakers (or more likely studio heads) were going for remains the same. Amidst the non-stop action of a modern blockbuster trailer, the audience apparently needs a moment to stop and remind themselves, “This is dramatic and I’m aware of that because of the scary bass noise!” And though it may not be as in-your-face as the Hans Zimmer “Braaaaam” or the hit-you-over-the-head meta jokes of recent »

- Dan Neilan

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Newswire: Miles Morales will be Sony’s friendly animated Spider-Man in a new movie

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Spider-Man remains a white guy named Peter Parker in Sony’s upcoming live-action movie, but that won’t be the case in the animated film due out in 2018. Miles Morales—the half-black, half-Latino hero introduced back in 2011—will be the star of the still-untitled project being executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Sony Animation announced yesterday.

The idea of getting a non-white Spidey on the big screen has been building momentum among fans for some time now. Miles was created for the Ultimate Marvel universe after writer Brian Michael Bendis was inspired by Donald Glover’s campaign to take on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2015, the character officially adopted the Spider-Man moniker. But even as the world of the comics diversified, the big-screen Spider-Man remained the same as always when Tom Holland joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the webslinger. Now Morales is ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Coming Distractions: Netflix’s Sandy Wexler takes Adam Sandler back to the ’90s, when he was funny

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It’s not much, but it’s here—that statement currently applies to the brief teaser that Netflix has released for Sandy Wexler, the latest in its line of Adam Sandler comedic products. We’ll have to wait to see just how prescient it is, though this advance look doesn’t bolster much confidence. It’s just Sandler in glasses as Wexler, a wannabe Hollywood player. He carries a print copy of Variety, which is how you know he’s in the business, and also in the 1990s. There aren’t too many other touchstones of Sandler’s second favorite decade in this glimpse, other than his frames.

Also notably absent are ’90s holdovers Kevin James, Nick Swardson, and Rob Schneider. Jennifer Hudson co-stars as Sandy’s client and improbable love interest, whom he’ll presumably help land a guest role on Friends or something. Or maybe she’ll audition »

- Danette Chavez

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Newswire: Long out-of-print horror classic Popcorn comes home in a box this spring

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The 1991 meta-cult classic Popcorn is finally making its way to Blu-ray thanks to Synapse Films. The film received a barebones DVD release from Elite Entertainment in 2001 that has been out of print for some time, making this a sought-after title that some purists will still prefer on the original VHS. Featuring a cohort of dorky film students hosting an all night horror marathon, Popcorn is a fun, ’80s-style slasher as well as a valentine to schlocky sci-fi of the ’50s and ’60s, featuring thematic elements that sit squarely between Friday The 13th, Part 6: Jason Lives and Wes Craven’s Scream.

Mark Herrier—arguably best known for his role as Billy in the Porky’s Saga—is credited with directing the film, but another Bob Clark protégé. Alan Ormsby, helmed the three films within the film: Mosquito, a riff on Them!; The Amazing Colossal Man-influenced The Attack ...

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- Mike Vanderbilt

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Newswire: Guillermo Del Toro asks Twitter if he should make Hellboy 3

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Guillermo Del Toro does a brisk business in frustrating the hopes of both fans of his work and himself. From aborted passion projects to stymied efforts to continue further adventures worlds he created, Del Toro seems to have worse luck than your everyday, run-of-the-mill directors of massive, hundred-million-dollar sci-fi and fantasy spectacles. And since Konami can go fuck itself after screwing over Del Toro’s planned Silent Hills, the director is looking to see if he should take another crack at the long-gestating conclusion to his envisioned Hellboy trilogy by turning to that fertile source of all creative inspiration: Twitter.

Informal poll (let’s see how many votes we get in 24 hours)

Hellboy III

Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 18, 2017

To the massive surprise of people who don’t understand how the internet works, the response is overwhelmingly in favor of the director making a third film. This ...

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- Alex McCown-Levy

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Newswire: Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ellie Kemper join Smurfs: The Lost Village

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Smurfs: The Lost Village, the third entry in the animated Smurfs film franchise, already has a teaser trailer, and now it has a Julia Roberts, too. According to /Film, Sony Pictures Animation has announced more cast members for the movie about tiny blue creatures, including Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, and Modern Family’s Ariel Winter. Roberts will play SmurfWillow, leader of the Lost Village, a mysterious new land sought out by Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer, replacing Anton Yelchin, who died this summer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello). But the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) also seeks the Lost Village.

The story is based on The Smurfs comic book series, and director Kelly Asbury, who also voices Nosey in the film, said he wanted to return to the look of the original Pierre Culliford comics. Smurfs: The Lost Village also stars Gordon »

- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

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Newswire: Director and star of A Dog’s Purpose disturbed by its apparent animal cruelty

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The humans behind A Dog’s Purpose are responding to the upsetting footage released yesterday, showing a seemingly frightened German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water to film a scene. Both director Lasse Hallström and actor Josh Gad have expressed their own dismay and concern over the leaked video, which casts an unsavory light on a movie that’s meant to celebrate the bonds between people and their pets.

Contrary to TMZ’s initial report, Hallström said he did not see the incident take place, as the shot was being filmed by a second-unit crew. “I am very disturbed by the video released today from the set of my film A Dog’s Purpose. I did not witness these actions, which are unacceptable and would never happen with my knowledge,” he said in a statement released to Variety. “We were all committed to providing a loving, respectful and safe environment »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Coming Distractions: Professor X admits he’s too old for this shit in new Logan trailer

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We’ve been bracing ourselves for the adult language and mature situations of Logan ever since James Mangold’s movie got an R rating. The depressing truth we confronted in the first trailer—that even a man whose cellular structure is constantly regenerating can grow old—was enough to make us wonder whether we’re ready for the feature-length version. The final trailer, which has just been released, takes the edge off a bit with some humor, but there’s no denying the wear and tear on Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart). That’s why it’s for the best that they’re showing X-23 (Dafne Keen) the ropes, since it looks like she’ll be on her own sooner than later. There are obscenities throughout, but again, the most unsettling thing is the air of finality.

Logan snikts into theaters March 3.

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- Danette Chavez

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Coming Distractions: Bryan Cranston puts his best face forward in new Power Rangers trailer

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Perhaps remembering that adolescence isn’t entirely filled with angst, the new Power Rangers trailer shows the powerful teen platoon doing a lot more than just bemoaning the high school hierarchy. All five Rangers appear to dig their powers, but all that bragging just earns one of them a drug test. It’s cool, though—they’ll eventually work out how to juggle homework and saving their home world, especially now that Zordon’s in the picture. Bryan Cranston makes his debut as their extraterrestrial mentor, and right away he’s telling them to get their act together. After all, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) isn’t coming to hang out with them, even if they are kind of an updated Breakfast Club.

Power Rangers will assemble in theaters March 24, but Cranston’s already vouching for it.

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- Danette Chavez

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Newswire: People’s Choice Awards confirm that America still loves Tom Hanks, Ellen, Johnny Depp

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CBS’s annual People’s Choice Awards are one of the few big-name award shows in which average citizens get a voice, with online voting determining the winners of the ceremony’s 64 categories (ranging from Favorite Movie all the way over to Favorite YouTube star). As such, the PCAs present a somewhat different picture of America than the one we get from the Oscars, the Critics’ Choice Awards, or the Emmys, one in which Tom Hanks is king, Ellen DeGeneres is queen, and Johnny Depp is still invited ‘round to dinner.

DeGeneres was the big winner at this year’s awards, winning Favorite Animated Movie Voice and Favorite Movie for her Pixar sequel Finding Dory, and Favorite Daytime TV Host for Ellen. (Jimmy Fallon, meanwhile, was the People’s Choice for late-night, hair-tousling fun.) Certifiable charm monster Tom Hanks earned Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor for Sully, but lost out ...

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- William Hughes

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Oscar This: Academy elitism will keep American Honey’s ragtag costumes out of the race

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This year’s Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24. Will the Academy uphold conventional wisdom or think outside of the box? With Oscar This, we highlight unlikely candidates—the dark horses we’d love to see compete.

When it comes to awarding costumes, the Academy tends to prefer fantasy to reality and the past to the present. Last year the nominees were either dystopian (Mad Max: Fury Road), historical (Carol, The Danish Girl, The Revenant), or Disney (Cinderella). Elitism has always seemed to rule the category, going back to the days when Edith Head was dominating it with her sumptuous gowns. In fact, Fury Road’s eventual win came almost as a surprise given that the victorious designs don’t usually feature that much dust—though one can’t exactly claim that Jenny Beavan’s costumes, so integral to George Miller’s futuristic world, are rooted in everyday ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Movie Review: The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone can’t find humor in good faith

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Like a lot of bad comedies, the David Spade vehicle Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star has a good premise that the movie doesn’t exploit to its fullest potential. So it’s not meant as any kind of affront to say that The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone repurposes the general idea of that movie, sending debased has-been former kid performer Gavin Stone (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Brett Dalton) from the outskirts of Hollywood to a stint interacting with “normal” people who couldn’t care less about his faded career. It’s not even a terrible idea for a Christian-themed comedy; it’s easy to see how a damaged former child star might be better off doing community service for a church. But like so many movies designed for believers first and ordinary sinners second, if at all, Gavin Stone has trouble approximating the sensibility of »

- Jesse Hassenger

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Run The Series: The Underworld series just keeps showing up, especially in January

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With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

It’s not unusual for a movie series to essentially retell the same story over and over—origin stories, endlessly restaged battles, suspiciously similar blackout-drinking episodes, and so on. But even within those big-studio franchise restraints, the Underworld saga feels especially like a single, heavily footnoted story needlessly expanded to sprawl across 14 years and five movies. The conflict between ruling-class vampires and more raffish, less architecturally blessed Lycans (that’s Underworld fancy talk for werewolves) has already raged on for centuries at the beginning of the first movie. But for all their mythological ins and outs, these movies do not depict or even hint at a rich, detailed history so much as explain some convoluted, clustered, yet essentially same-sounding plot points repeatedly, to the degree that even the ...

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- Jesse Hassenger

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Movie Review: Michael Fassbender can’t make something fresh out of Trespass Against Us

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Maybe it’s just a side effect of first appearing on screen as a glistening mountain of Spartan beefcake, but arrogance is probably the trustiest tool in Michael Fassbender’s arsenal. As an actor, he’s often most enthralling when portraying characters—a tech guru, a master of magnetism, a haughty android—with serious superiority complexes. That’s not an accusation you could really lob at Chad Cutler, the illiterate small-time outlaw Fassbender plays in Trespass Against Us. It’s hard to be too arrogant, after all, when you’re just one of a whole unruly brood, born into a life of scrounging, shit-kicking, and low-stakes crime. Fassbender doesn’t leave his charisma at the door—his Chad has a mischievous streak, conveyed through the star’s trusty tiger’s grin, and a way with an English curse word. But even a flush of rakish charm can’t hide the »

- A.A. Dowd

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My World Of Flops: Elmo loves you, but isn’t crazy about this box-office case file #78 The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland

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My World Of Flops is Nathan Rabin’s survey of books, television shows, musical releases, or other forms of entertainment that were financial flops, critical failures, or lack a substantial cult following.

Like seemingly all Americans over the past half-century or so, I grew up with the puppet oddballs of Jim Henson and company. Kermit The Frog, Fozzie Bear, Big Bird, Cookie Monster: These were my beloved childhood companions. Yet I didn’t truly understand the magic of the worlds Henson created until I became a parent myself.

In the past year or so, I have developed a fondness for Sesame Street that borders on obsessive. I may actually enjoy Sesame Street more than my 2-and-a-half-year-old son does at this point. I am particularly enamored of the furry red menace known as Elmo. So I was shocked to discover, deep into my Sesame Street addiction, that he’d actually »

- Nathan Rabin

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Movie Review: The deliriously entertaining Split is M. Night Shyamalan gone wild

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At last, M. Night Shyamalan has decided to let his freak flag fly, and made the sort of unapologetic B-movie one always suspected he had pent up inside of him; it swerves from dark comedy to 1970s-esque psycho-horror as the irresistibly preposterous script struggles for attention against a delirious lead performance by James McAvoy. Split is funnier, campier, and more freewheeling than anything its writer-director has done—slightly overlong, but reminiscent of Brian De Palma films like The Fury and Femme Fatale in its refusal to be boring. Shyamalan pulls out one ingenious camera move after another with the help of Michael Gioulakis, the cinematographer of It Follows, echoing Split’s subterranean setting and subconscious concerns through creative and formalist thrills. Self-reflexive, maybe even therapeutic, it twists the themes of fate and trauma that have been his stock-in-trade since The Sixth Sense into a very entertaining genre exercise—some of »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Newswire: Lisa Frank sticks brightly colored movie onto its Trapper Keeper

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In a move that we’re honestly surprised hasn’t happened earlier, Lisa Frank is channeling its weapons-grade cuteness into a feature film, as Deadline reports. Company founder Lisa Frank herself is spearheading the project, which means that those looking for a mud-slinging expose of the company‘s history of shady business dealings and employee abuse a la The Founder will almost surely be disappointed. Instead, the film will be a blend of live action and animation featuring “iconic” Lisa Frank characters like the optical-illusion leopard, the panda who gets paint everywhere, and the bear who kind of looks like a kid-friendly Flavor Flav familiar from decades’ worth of scented stickers and Trapper Keepers.

Of the project, indie producer Jon Shestack says, “Lisa Frank’s world is cheerful, it’s optimistic, it’s hip, but it is without snark. It’s just sort of impossible to scowl when you’re »

- Katie Rife

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Newswire: You can rent Vin Diesel’s xXx car for just $1000 a day

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Ensuring that no one—except, possibly, The Rock—will ever call you a candy ass again, Jalopnik reports that Vin Diesel’s bright purple Pontiac Gto from the latest xXx movie is currently available for rent. A day with Vin’s baby will set you back $999, courtesy of Turo, and comes complete with the knowledge that your butt and Vin Diesel’s have occupied the same space at vastly different points in time.

The Turo ad for the car reads more like an ad for the new movie, touting various features—like a flamethrower, an arsenal of weapons, and “rocket-launching headlights”—that presumably won’t be available for the consumer renter to play around with. That being said, the car does come with a 335 horsepower, 400 cubic inch V8 engine, and so many apparently useless gauges on the dashboard that you’ll feel like you’re in a ...

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- William Hughes

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Great Job, Internet!: This breakneck supercut breaks down the many mysteries of Rogue One

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Despite still being pretty good, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story upset a good chunk of fans by presenting a final product that didn’t really sync with what was in the trailers. Sure, footage is always getting cut as a film’s opening approaches, but why would it remain in the marketing? This new supercut from the website Looper helps explains not only the whys of that situation but also of several other behind-the-scenes curiosities.

In just six minutes, the video reveals the truth behind the film’s origins (a visual effects supervisor came up with the idea), its lack of an opening crawl (it would be redundant), and just how exactly it matched the dusty visual tone of A New Hope (thank Quentin Tarantino). Watch the whole thing below.

There’s also an extended section on K-2So actor Alan Tudyk’s work on the film, which included »

- Randall Colburn

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