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30-Foot-Tall Inflatable Minion Gets Loose, Rampages Irish Highway

In a curious incident of life imitating ... well, yes, let's go with "art," an Irish roadway found itself menaced by a gigantic Minion balloon this week. Thanks to a strong summer wind, the 30-foot inflatable Minion, erected to promote a local fair, was shaken loose from its moorings and fell across Swords Road outside Dublin on Monday afternoon. There have been no reported injuries from the incident, and Dublin city councilor Paul McAuliffe is fighting an uphill battle to get the public to stop giggling. "I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but if that had landed on a cyclist, for instance, it could have been serious," McAuliffe told The Irish Times. "If you take the Minion part of it out, if this was a large inflatable weather balloon that had not been properly tethered, there would be no [humor] in this story at all." McAuliffe is asking the city's planning department to investigate whether the fair broke any safety regulations, or whether this was just another case of Minions messing up again.

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That New Dungeons & Dragons Movie Is Finally Happening

That new Dungeons & Dragons movie fans have long held out for since the panned 2000 version is finally happening. After a ten-month legal battle over ownership rights to the popular fantasy role-playing game, Warner Bros. announced Monday that it can officially move forward with its planned adaptation. News of the film first broke in 2013, but with the lawsuit no longer a hindrance, the studio has the green light to bring Orphan writer David Leslie Johnson's already-written script, set in the Forgotten Realms, to the big screen. Too bad Community probably already did D&D best.

Failing to Realize The Lego Movie Was the Exception, Not the Rule, Hollywood Begins Developing a Pez Dispenser Movie

Hollywood is learning the wrong lesson from the success of The Lego Movie. In this case, it's not "make a charming action comedy about the joy of creativity," but instead, "Make a film about pieces of plastic that people have heard of" — which, in fairness, is much easier. The most recent news comes via Deadline: Envision Media Arts is developing an animated movie based on Pez dispensers, which the company's CEO promises will feature "a world unique to Pez and a story that will touch the hearts of many." It's the latest instance of the post–Lego Movie rush to adapt every last beloved pop-culture concept to the screen — see also the Settlers of Catan movie and the emoji movie. However, we can take solace in the Transformers-era trend of optioning toys, which gave us things like the Taylor Lautner Stretch Armstrong movie and Ridley Scott's Monopoly. Which is all a way of saying that, sometimes, these horrible-sounding movies don't end up getting made! And that's for the best: If Pez dispensers are going to be featured in a movie, it shouldn't be a cartoon, but a Videodrome-style thriller about the horror of having candy come out of your neck.

  • Posted 8/3/15 at 4:19 PM
  • Biopics

Ronda Rousey to Star in Her Own Biopic: Will It Last Longer Than 34 Seconds?

Ronda Rousey will star in a movie based on her recent New York Times best-selling autobiography My Fight/Your Fight, reports Variety. But if it seems a little unorthodox to have the UFC champion play herself, remember this isn't her first acting gig: She's previously appeared in The Expendables 3, the Entourage movie, and Furious 7 (where she duked it out with Michelle Rodriguez, in full evening-gown attire.) The only question is will the movie last longer than Rowdy Ronda's 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia over the weekend? Or maybe it'll best her record-breaking 14-second KO back in March. So long as it includes more unapologetic advice about how to live your best feminist life (as seen in the clip below), we'll be happy however long it runs.

An Open Letter From a Copy Editor to Hollywood Title-Makers

Dear Hollywood,

As Vulture’s resident comma queen, my job is to make sure our writers mind their p’s and q’s and em dashes. While I mostly edit for clarity, accuracy, and house style, lately I’ve been fielding excessive questions regarding movie titles of unwieldy length, and the mechanics that make them manageable. Or, in the case of this weekend’s Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, attempt to do so.

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Deadpool Finally Made a Trailer for a Trailer That Doesn’t Suck

Deadpool will finally unveil its first trailer tomorrow, but in the meantime, enjoy its ultra-meta trailer for a trailer, which features Ryan Reynolds ripping Fox for stupidly underusing his character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Thankfully, the New Spider-Man Movie Won’t Be an Origin Story

We suspected as much when news broke that Spider-Man would show up in Captain America: Civil War, but now it's basically confirmed: When Peter Parker returns to high school, he won't be running into any radioactive spiders. As Spider-Man screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley told Grantland, their upcoming Spidey film probably won't be an origin story. "I think that everybody feels like, you know he got bit by a spider and you know Uncle Ben died," Goldstein told Andy Greenwald's podcast. "We probably don't need to revisit that." We'll see what happens once Kevin Feige gets his hand on the script, but right now that's welcome news for those of us who were sick of seeing the same superhero origin stories play out over and over, and incredibly disappointing for the legions of middle-aged character actors who were hoping to get to play Marisa Tomei's husband.

The Intern Trailer: You Would Hire a 70-Year-Old Intern, Too, If He Were As Cute As Robert De Niro

Don't ask how or why Anne Hathaway's high-powered fashion entrepreneur decided to hire a retiree as her intern. Just bathe yourself in Nancy Meyers's heavenly interiors, and chuckle at the good-natured jabs at millennials. Why do they use so many emoticons?

Watch the Fantastic Four Cast Weather These Ignorant Interview Questions

Fantastic Four actors Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan (sans Miles Teller) are the latest celebs to have to put up with painfully awkward, offensive interview questions. In a recent conversation with the Rock 100.5 Morning Show in Atlanta, interviewers first couldn't suspend their disbelief to see Mara and Jordan playing onscreen siblings (because of their different skin color), and then couldn't understand why the former would ever cut her hair. Instead of outright bristling at the questions lobbed their way, Mara and Jordan attempt to laugh the questions off, but, unfortunately, the interviewers keep digging themselves into a deeper hole. Here's footage from the incident:

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The Kindergarten Teacher Goes Beyond Simple Allegory

The Kindergarten Teacher could easily have been a comedy — a broad satire, maybe — but Israeli director Nadav Lapid has chosen to make it a surreal drama. It’s a brave decision, given the setup: Nira (Sarit Larry), an aspiring poet and kindergarten teacher, discovers that one of her students, a 5-year-old named Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), enters weird trances and creates beautiful poetry on the spot. Convinced that she’s discovered a prodigy, Nira tries to find a way to promote Yoav’s talent — appealing to his restaurateur father, his journalist uncle, and others — but at every turn is met by a world consumed with the vulgar and mundane. Nira recalls the young Mozart, writing symphonies and concertos while being fostered by kings. But Yoav, she says, “is a poet in an era that hates poetry.”

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Secret Agent Tom Cruise Kills His Competitors at the Box Office

After the disappointing performance of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the Terminator franchise and the dismal turnout for Adam Sandler’s Pixels, a lot of people have been bringing up the perennial question of whether the age of the marquee-name movie star is over. Tom Cruise has answered that question. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth entry in the series that Cruise himself engendered as producer and star in the mid-’90s, pulled in $56 million for its opening weekend. Cruise essentially murdered the critically maligned Vacation, which came in a distant second place with $14.8 million, despite Chris Hemsworth's huge appendage. Cruise is also a throwback to a bygone era of mega-wattage stars: The man strapped himself to a flying plane — eight times — just to get a shot right. And he's already working on another Mission: Impossible, because he's immortal.

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Zoolander 2 Trailer Is So Good-Looking, It’ll Make You Throw Up and Feel Bad About Yourself

"If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?" Hopefully Zoolander 2 will have an answer for that question.

  • Posted 8/1/15 at 5:35 PM
  • Movies

Simon Pegg Ranks the Star Wars Movies

Speaking with MTV, Simon Pegg (looking super trendy with his thick-frame glasses and rolled-up shirt sleeves) was given one minute to rank the six Star Wars films. Though he has only ten seconds to justify each film (he speaks really quickly), Pegg expounds on his decision to rank Revenge as the best of the hated prequels: "It had at least some connection to the first three films, which saved it for me, even though it was another … uh … mess."

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  • Posted 8/1/15 at 2:17 PM
  • Movies

So, Channing Tatum Is Officially Gambit Now

Rumors of Channing Tatum’s departure from Gambit have been greatly exaggerated, it turns out: The Magic Mike XXL star will definitely, totally, officially portray the Cajun superhero in Rupert Wyatt’s upcoming film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Roddy Piper’s Anti-Epic Fight Scene in They Live

Nearly an hour into John Carpenter’s They Live (1988), the gum-chewing, ass-kicking Roddy Piper engages Keith David in one of the most ridiculous bouts of fisticuffs in movie history. The fight lasts for six minutes and purportedly serves no purpose; its incomprehensible duration is the joke, and in lieu of a punch line, Carpenter gives us punches. Lots of punches. It is, as philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek puts it, totally irrational, and totally brilliant.

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Best of Enemies Is the Saddest Film of the Year

You might see a film about William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal’s ten televised debates during the 1968 presidential conventions as an opportunity to bask in eloquent, pointed repartee. You might also enjoy the spectacle of two of the foremost intellectuals of their time coming very close to physically beating the crap out of each other. You might not expect, however, to find yourself weeping — for the state of the republic and the poisoned media landscape, for the decay of the American social contract. Yet here we are. Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville’s masterful Best of Enemies leaves you with an overwhelming sense of despair. It’s not just a great documentary, it’s a vital one. 

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  • Posted 7/31/15 at 3:26 PM
  • Video

Watch Katherine Heigl Tearfully Come Out As a Lesbian in This Jenny’s Wedding Clip

You might never have thought to pair TV veterans Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel as big-screen love interests, and you're not alone: In the new movie Jenny's Wedding (out today), Heigl's family has no idea she's even a lesbian, even though she's been living with Bledel for years. Even though Heigl senses that it's time to come out to her family and come clean about the girlfriend she now wants to marry, to judge from this exclusive clip, it's not going to be easy. Watch as she breaks the news to her mom (Linda Emond), who takes the truth bomb tearfully and, instead of offering support, has only a painful accusation.

Roland Emmerich Discusses His Gay-Rights Drama Stonewall and Debuts the Exclusive Poster

As the action-movie auteur behind films like Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and White House Down, Roland Emmerich tends to spend his days on set managing explosions and working with tricky special effects. But when Emmerich recently changed gears to make the intimate, low-budget gay-rights drama Stonewall, he found himself faced with a whole new set of problems. "It was a huge challenge to make this movie, and if I had not absolutely wanted it, it would not have happened," he told Vulture this week.

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J.J. Abrams Literally Broke His Back for You, Star Wars Fans

Last night on The Daily Show, J.J. "Don't Call Me Jar Jar Abrams, Please, Seriously, Guys, Please" Abrams told the story of when a space-door fell on Harrison Ford while shooting a scene for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (practical effects, baby!) and he rushed over to try and save the day. Abrams, who was not hired for his ability to lift things, broke his back in the process. There you go, Star Wars fans. He's given all he could give. What else do you want? Do you want your opening-day midnight screening ticket to come with a vial of his blood, sweat, and tears? Because he'll do it, but you're gross for asking.

The End of the Tour Is Like Spending Two Hours With David Foster Wallace

The tour in The End of the Tour is David Foster Wallace’s 1996 multicity promotion for his epic novel Infinite Jest, a fractured portrait of a manic culture and the biting loneliness at its heart. The movie, directed by James Ponsoldt from a script by the playwright Donald Margulies, depicts what happens when Wallace (Jason Segel) becomes a cog in the machine he’s attempting to deconstruct. He’s seen through the eyes of the writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg), who tags along to the last city, Minneapolis, for a Rolling Stone profile. Lipsky has just published his own novel to resounding crickets, and he oscillates between jealousy of Wallace’s sudden celebrity and a desire to live vicariously through it — to know what it’s like to be a literary sensation. Wallace, meanwhile, is visibly uncomfortable with his stardom, partly because he doesn’t want to be seen as comfortable with it and partly because he’s afraid he’ll be weakened by it existentially. He’s especially frightened of being on TV, which riveted him as a child and instilled in him the conviction that mainstream culture is evolving into an ever more efficient drug. He does, however, admit that he’d like to get laid more easily.

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