When many of us think of Sir Ian McKellen, two iconic roles come to mind: Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings and Magneto in X-Men. And vice versa — it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing those characters on the big screen (well, Michael Fassbender also plays Magneto, very well, but we’re talking the older version of the mutant… Continue reading The Surprising Ways 'Mission: Impossible 2' Affected the Course of Movie History
The potty-mouthed stoner teddy bear at the heart of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted movies isn’t that radical of a concept. Movies have made a habit of taking childhood imagery and contorting it for decades. After all, there’s nothing more shocking than seeing something from your youth transformed into something adult. That thing you knew when you were innocent is now not-so-innocent. That shock occasionally… Continue reading The Funny, Scary, and Weird Ways Movies Try to Corrupt Your Childhood
On Saturday June 20, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws — well regarded as the film that helped give birth to the Summer Blockbuster Season — will turn 40 years old. So Happy Birthday, Jaws!
A couple of years back we dedicated an entire week to the iconic shark movie, with several stories about the film, how it was made, and the wild merchandising frenzy… Continue reading 10 Ways To Geek Out on Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' Right Now
Happy Rex Manning Day!
In case you aren’t familiar with Rex Manning Day, it’s a momentous day in the cult hit Empire Records because it’s the day fictional recording artist (and icon) Rex Manning comes to the record store for a signing.
It’s also a day Empire Records fans like to celebrate because… they can? (And because it’s the date listed… Continue reading 5 Ways 'Empire Records' Fans Can Celebrate Rex Manning Day
Why have this summer’s box office behemoths been dropping like flies after their first weekends?
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Neighbors,” “Godzilla,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all opened at No. 1 and then plummeted, losing half or two-thirds of their business the following weekend. One possible reason: they all have too much testosterone.
Yes, summer tentpole movies (note the standard… Continue reading Box Office: In 'Maleficent' vs. 'Million Ways,' It's Girls 1, Guys 0