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New Ben-Hur Trailer: See Morgan Freeman With Hair You’ve Only Dreamed About Him Having

The new trailer for Ben-Hur has everything: horns, horses, fire, men yelling, Morgan Freeman's voice. The upcoming remake of the 1959 Charlton Heston film, Ben-Hur stars Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, and Morgan Freeman's new hair that we can only hope is permanent. The noisy film full of loud noises and sounds was directed by Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov. To sum up, if you really liked The Fast and the Furious, but you were like, "Dang, there aren't enough horses in this," check out this trailer! And if that's not enough horses, yelling, or dreadlocks, check out the film's first trailer, below:

Modern Sal Paradise Shailene Woodley Drove Across America to Get to the DNC

Shailene Woodley has left confusion and nonsense behind and is performing the one noble function of our time: to move. Variety reports that, for the past week, the Divergent star has embraced a life on the road, caravanning from Los Angeles to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Woodley, a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter, traveled the winding country roads until at last she reached Philadelphia a few short hours before she had to speak at a pro-Sanders rally Sunday night, just for a moment reaching the point of ecstasy that she always wanted to reach, which was the complete step across chronological time into timeless shadows, and wonderment in the bleakness of the mortal realm, and the sensation of death kicking at her heels to move on, with a phantom dogging its own heels, and herself hurrying to a plank where all the angels dove off and flew into the holy void of uncreated emptiness, the potent and inconceivable radiancies shining in bright Mind Essence, innumerable lotus-lands falling open in the magic mothswarm of heaven.

  • Posted 7/25/16 at 10:05 AM
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Man Pulls Gun on Child for Kicking His Seat During a Star Trek Screening

Police in Kentucky intend to bring charges against a man who reportedly brandished a gun at a child and his father in a screening of Star Trek Beyond, the Paducah Sun reports. According to the Paducah Police Department, the altercation took place after the boy repeatedly kicked the back of the man's seat: "Witnesses said the man got up and cursed the youth, asking if he was going to continue kicking his seat. The boy's father interceded and a fight broke out between the two men." During the fight, the man allegedly pulled the gun, prompting many theatergoers to flee. Police say the man was eventually escorted from the theater, where he was arrested and banned from the Cinemark chain of movie theaters. He is expected to be charged Monday.

Watch All of the Trailers Released at San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con is sadly coming to an end, ladies and gentlemen. But don't frown because it's over, smile because it happened, and also smile because Comic-Con brought with it the release of a solid amount of trailers for some of the most hotly anticipated films of 2016 and 2017. Hooray! Below you'll find all of the major trailers that premiered over the long weekend, gathered together in one place for your convenience. Happy watching.


Marvel vs. DC: Which Superhero Movies Won Comic-Con?

For all the superhero-on-superhero fights we've watched this year — in films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War — there's one comic-book title bout that still takes the cake, and that's Marvel vs. DC. In one corner, we have seemingly bulletproof Marvel Studios, putting out one hit after another and showing Hollywood how a shared cinematic universe is done; in the other, the fledgling DC unit is leveraging some the most famous comic-book characters ever created, for an interconnected franchise that's just getting off the ground. Both superhero juggernauts came to Comic-Con today, for the two most anticipated movie panels of the weekend. How did they fare when it comes to the measurements that matter most?


Comic-Con: Marvel’s New Logos Will Appeal to the ’80s-Video-Game Enthusiast in All of Us

After a day of trailers, trailers, and more trailers rolling out of Comic-Con on Saturday, Marvel Studios supplemented its new footage with new title cards for its upcoming films — and they’ve got a retro-classic look that will play to the Tron fan in all of us. Here they are, in order of theatrical release:


Comic-Con: In the New Dr. Strange Trailer, All The World Is a Rube Goldberg Machine

“Through the mystic arts we harness energy and shape reality.” That’s how Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One describes her abilities in Marvel’s forthcoming movie, Dr. Strange, which just got a fresh trailer out of San Diego Comic-Con. This new clip shows us Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Karl Mordo and gives us a better look at both The Ancient One and Kaecilius, the villain played by Danish villain-actor Mads Mikkelsen. Strange will kick off Marvel’s "weird" phase in earnest, which will take viewers to different realms and different planes of existence more frequently. With the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has stayed mostly terrestrial and mostly in the same dimension up to this point, but after Dr. Strange we will go back to Asgard for Thor: Ragnorak and into the Cosmos with Guardians 2. So get ready for extra helpings of magic and mysticism in the MCU, and let Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange light your way in the dark.

  • Posted 7/23/16 at 4:17 PM

Comic-Con: Suicide Squad Brings More Laughter and Insanity in This Chopped-and-Screwed Trailer

It's Comic-Con Christmas on Saturday at Hall H. After releasing the first trailers for both Justice League and Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. gave audience members another little gift in the form of an extended Suicide Squad trailer. It plays like a music video, and is laced together with the same quirkiness and humor that the movie's trailer campaign has made its signature over the past year. Squad fans have just a few more weeks to wait for the theatrical debut — and considering that everyone involved has been stumping for this thing for two Comic-Cons in a row now, it was sure nice of them to find some remaining extra footage for a fan surprise.

Comic-Con: Check Out the Brand-New Wonder Woman Trailer

Just now at Comic-Con, director Patty Jenkins premiered the trailer for Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the iconic DC Comics heroine. Fortunately, the teaser went online almost immediately, so you can check it out now: Wonder Woman in a ballgown with a sword! Robin Wright on horseback in battle armor!  And the key line, from Diana Prince to Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor: “What I do is not up to you.” At Comic-Con, Gadot was awestruck by the trailer, and said it got her “dancing samba from within.” Now it’s your turn!

Party Like It’s 1999, Because There’s a Trailer For a New Blair Witch Movie

Did you think that you were done with the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland, yet? Surprise! Lionsgate has revealed that its forthcoming found-footage horror movie The Woods is actually wait for it a top-secret follow-up to the 1999 cult sensation The Blair Witch Project. Titled Blair Witch, the film follows a new group of young adults (led by the brother of one of the campers in the original film) who return to the woods in the hopes of discovering what really happened to the leader's sister and her fellow campers all of those years ago. Directed by Adam Wingard, you have until September 16 to mentally prepare yourself for the sequel's frightening release. (We're just pretending that Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 never happened.) Witches are very in right now, after all.

Comic-Con: Joss Whedon on the Problem With Modern Movies and How to Solve It

"Thank you guys for coming out to watch my nervous breakdown," Joss Whedon said, on a platform by himself in a 7,000-seat auditorium. 


Lights Out Is a Low-Wattage Horror That Delivers the Occasional Charge

The gimmick of Lights Out — a C+ ghost picture that once or twice rises to the heights of a B- — is that the female demon can only manifest herself when it’s dark. This produces one good, shuddery effect, repeated throughout the film: Lights on and there’s nothing. Lights out and across the room you see the vague outline of a mottled, long-haired wraith. Lights on and again there’s nothing. Lights out and the creature is suddenly on top of the poor innocent who’s trying to keep the lights on.


The Best Movies About Hollywood to Stream Right Now

When Hollywood turns the camera on itself, the results can sometimes feel masturbatory and shallow. But there are plenty of movies that dig beneath Tinseltown's slick, artificial veneer — unearthing the insecurities, the desperation, and the wide-eyed aspirations of those who venture west to make something of themselves. With Woody Allen’s Café Society expanding to theaters across the country this weekend, the dazzling trailer for La La Land transfixing the internet, and season three of BoJack Horseman now on Netflix, we’ve assembled a list of the best movies about Hollywood currently streaming on Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime. 


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Is Only Semi-Fab

Turning a TV show into a movie is a dicey proposition. When the series in question has not regularly aired in a decade or two, adaptations often skew toward the satirical and/or meta in order to inject new relevance into the material. (See 21 Jump Street or, for that matter, 22 Jump Street.) Translations that attempt to more accurately capture the sensibility of the original source material — say, The Simpsons Movie or the X-Files films — can work, too, but tend to resonate more when the program in question still feels like an active part of the Zeitgeist.


Here’s What the Real Edward Snowden Thought of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Snowdenvoice in Snowden

While hordes of adult humans co-splaying their favorite characters doesn't exactly scream "sophisticated political discussions" — and I'm not even talking about Cleveland! Hey-o! —  Oliver Stone's Snowden has been doing its best to bring a bit of ripped-from-the-headlines severity to this year's Comic-Con.

Early Thursday, Stone declared Pokémon Go "totalitarianism" during the film's Hall H panel, because it's a law at this year's convention that every poor, unsuspecting person in attendance must be asked about Pokémon Go. (You literally can't walk more than six feet without bumping into someone who's playing it.) But that night, the stakes were raised when, following a screening of Snowden for a small audience, the real Edward Snowden beamed in from his ongoing exile in Moscow to join a Q&A with Stone and the movie's stars: Shailene Woodley, who plays Snowden's girlfriend Lindsey Mills; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Snowden himself.


Snowden Comic-Con Trailer: The World Isn’t Ready for the Truth, or for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Reedy Snowden Voice

Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic was set to compete in the Oscar race last fall, until it was bumped back to September 2016, probably so Joseph Gordon-Levitt could watch a few more YouTube video-game tutorials, which, one assumes, is where he's getting that accent. Stone met with the real-life Snowden for this project, which follows the former CIA employee and NSA contractor as he leaks information about the government's surveillance programs to the press. Zachary Quinto plays reporter Glenn Greenwald, Melissa Leo is Laura Poitras (who directed the Snowden documentary Citizenfour), and Shailene Woodley is Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills. Nicolas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Olyphant, and Tom Wilkinson all star as various angry men in nice suits. Put your cell phone in the microwave and watch the film's Comic-Con trailer above — which was not the most interesting thing to happen at the Snowden panel — and its first trailer below.


After Racist Trolling, Leslie Jones Is Back on Twitter

After being driven from Twitter by a wave of racist abuse earlier this week, Leslie Jones is back. On Monday night, the Ghostbusters star was the target of trolls egged on by alt-right gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos, an attack that spurred a discussion of Twitter's ineffective response to online harassment and eventually led to Yiannopoulos being banned from the service permanently. That was apparently enough for Jones, who made a triumphant return to Twitter Thursday afternoon. In this one very specific case, Twitter harassment has a happy — or at least, not 100 percent horrifying — ending.

A Tale of Love and Darkness Trailers: Natalie Portman’s Haunting Directorial Debut Is About the Creation of the Israeli State

Natalie Portman's directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, premiered at Cannes last year and was relatively well-received. Based on Israeli author Amos Oz's 2002 autobiography of the same name, the Hebrew-language drama tells the story of the formation of the state of Israel in the late '40s through the eyes of a young boy and his mentally ill mother, played by Portman (who also wrote the film), in war-torn Jerusalem. The film has a U.S. release date set for August 19, and you can either watch the new trailer above or the international trailer below with or without English subtitles — not that the language barrier makes the film's emotional gravity any less moving. You think Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer discussed the film at all? (Obviously.)

Margot Robbie to Produce and Star in Adaptation of the Book Bad Monkeys

Everything’s coming up Margot! As the Australian actress does the final press rounds for Suicide Squad, which opens August 5, she will have a little more to talk about now that she’s set to star in and produce an adaptation of Matt Ruff’s 2007 book Bad Monkeys. Robbie will play the role of Jane Charlotte, a woman who gets tossed into the psychiatric wing of a jail after being arrested for murder and telling the police she’s actually part of an evil-quashing organization called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. For short, they go by “Bad Monkeys.” The cops don’t buy Jane’s yarn, and the story becomes a psychological thriller that forces viewers to sort out whether she’s lying, crazy, or executing some kind of greater plan from behind bars. This is just the most recent film brought under the banner of Robbie’s production company, LuckyChap Entertainment, which is also developing I, Tonya, the story of disgraced Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding, and the noir thriller Terminal. Robbie is set to star in both — just as God intended. 

Legendary Entertainment Will Fulfill Your Pokémon Go Big-Screen Dreams

Breathe easy, Pokémon Go fans, because Legendary Entertainment has just acquired the film rights to develop your current all-consuming obsession into a big-screen spectacle centered around a new character called "Detective Pikachu". And even though the augmented-reality game only recently exploded into the American consciousness, Legendary Entertainment, which is actually a division of the Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group, has reportedly been in talks with the Pokémon Co. for months, trying to land the property in a “top-secret auction.” Companies like Sony, Netflix, and Warner Bros. were also said to be aggressively pursuing Pokémon (just like the rest of us), but the studio that brought us Godzilla and Warcraft won out in the end. And because fads don't last forever, Legendary is said to be fast-tracking production to start next year. Since the studio is already working on Godzilla vs. Kong, maybe one day we can look forward to Charmander vs. Mothra.