The Beat’s Annual Guide to Winning the Osca® Pool: Best Animated Shorts 2014

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TweetOnce again, Hollywood confabulates and celebrates the best of motion picture arts and sciences March 2, at the 86th Academy Awards.  Among the many awards will be two showcasing the best in animation: Animated Feature Film and Short Film Animated.  Many people have seen the feature films (or had a chance to…dunno how many actually […]

Cast of Fantastic Four movie reboot revealed

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TweetThe Great Sundering, aka Fox’s Marvel movie line, has announced the cast for their Fantastic Four reboot, to be directed by Josh Trank and scheduled for June 2015. And they are….. Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards! Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm! Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm! And Jamie […]

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer is here…and I’m hooked on the feeling

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Tweet I admit I watched this trailer twice in a row, even though the best parts were in the footage floating around. Finally, a character based “superhero” movie? Is this really a superhero movie? Or an SF comedy adventure? Whatever it is, I’m sold. The trailer debuted on Jimmy Kimmel and USA today has more […]

90s club kid version of Quicksilver from Days of Future Past revealed

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Tweet EMPIRE magazine is having a big cover reveal day showing 25 character covers in 24 hours from X-Men; Days of Future Past, the eagerly awaited period piece X-man movie set to open May 23. So far many of the reveals have been characters we’ve glimpsed before, but Evan Peters as Quicksilver has come in […]

Marjane Satrapi’s new horror film makes a splash at Sundance

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Tweet What could be cuter than the above image of Ryan Reynolds talking to a kitty and a puppy and…a woman’s severed head? Oops. It’s all part of Marjane Satrapi’s directing career. Satrapi’s Persepolis led the way for the Graphic Novel boom of the Aughts, and she could probably coast along as an ink-slinger for […]

Paul Rudd cast as Ant-Man

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Tweet After a few weeks of speculation it’s been confirmed that its extremely likely that Paul Rudd will play the title role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man movie. This is all good, as Rudd is that rarest leading man: the really good looking guy who likes to be a goofball. Given that this is supposed to […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David S. Goyer and a guy named Gaiman are making a Sandman movie

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Tweet Oi vey! My heart! Gotta sit down. The long, long LOOOOOOONG rumored Sandman movie is underway yet again, this time with Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to produce. Deadline had the details but JGL tweeted his involvement: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN. #Prelude […]

Pundits weigh in on LeBeouf-gate

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Tweet This is doubtless just a teensy tinesy sampling of a still evolving story. Public opinion is Urijah Faber, and Shia is Michael MacDonald in this scenario. .@thecampaignbook Ah, naïveté. I mean, except for the 4 other movies you've directed and the 3 you've produced, this was all new, huh? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December […]

Studio Coffee Run: THE FIFTH BEATLE and X-MEN APOCALYPSE are getting movies

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Tweet To the surprise of no one who was paying attention, THE FIFTH BEATLE by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker is being made into a movie. Payton Reed (The Break-Up and Bring It ON) will direct. While many claim to be the Fifth Beatle, this one is about manager Brian Epstein, who […]

Marvel Movies vs The Bechdel Test

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TweetThe good old Bechdel Test has been popping up in the news fairly frequently recently, not least thanks to a few plucky Swedish cinemas, and now Geek Syndicate have put the first phase of recent Marvel movies to the test.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 official trailer with lots of Electro

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Tweet Are they stll making Spider-Man movies? Why yes. Here’s the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2, which comes out on May 2, 2014. It starsAndrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx as Electro (heavily featured in this trailer), Paul Giamatti as The Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as some kind of Green Goblin thing. Seriously […]

Katniss beats Batman at the box office

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Tweet Catching Fire, the second in four planned movies based on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, scored the biggest November debut ever at the box office, and the fourth biggest of all times, with $161.1 million this weekend, and a huge $307.7 million take around the world. It now ranks behind The Avengers ($207.4 million), […]

Affleck and Damon Producing Brubaker and Phillips’ Sleeper

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Tweet SLEEPER, tone of several series by the dynamic duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is in production again, this time with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck producing. Shawn Ryan, of The Shield and David Wiener of The Killing are set to write the screenplay. Set in the Wildstorm universe, the tale involves an […]

Advance Review: Snowpiercer – The Escape

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Tweet The film is already a smash hit in Korea and France, the uncut dystopian thriller earning rave reviews, and in January the award-winning French comic will be published in English for the first time, thanks to Titan.

Titan Unveils Snowpiercer in English

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TweetWith the upcoming film starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Alison Pill and John Hurt due for a US/UK release in 2014 after rave international reviews, the original comic, Le Transperceneige, is due for publication as Snowpiercer on January 29.

X-Men: Days of Future Past full trailer debuts—and it could change the way movies are made

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The full trailer for X-Men DAYS OF FUTURE PAST which opens May 24th, 2014 is finally out! Directed by Bryan Singer, it features a story roughly based on the comics classic which sees Wolverine going back to the past to prevent a dystopian present, and thus we’ll see both the Mckellen/Stewart and Fassbender/McAvoy (swoon) versions of Magneto and Professor X….as well as just about EVERY OTHER ACTOR WHO EVER PLAYED AN X-MAN IN THE MOVIES, except the Toad and Deadpool.