Captain America: Civil War Movie Theater Shops

For years, people have been suggesting that there’s an opportunity to sell more items to fans of superhero films in movie theaters. Finally, someone’s taking up the idea — but it’s not comic books they’ll be selling. Marvel has announced that The Araca Group, “a renowned live entertainment merchandising company”, will be operating pop-up shops in 88 movie theater lobbies in conjunction with the release of Captain America: Civil War on May 6. They’ll sell 11 different products, including limited […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Releases Trailer

I can’t think of a better match for a movie based on the odd novel about a group of children with exceptional abilities than Tim Burton. On one level, the movie of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children could be looked at as a kind of superhero story (since they, like the X-Men, are unusual but want to be left in peace), but the tradition is so much older. It’s a fantasy adventure involving wonders and mysteries and the chance […]

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Is the Good Dinosaur a Bad Pixar Movie?

Pixar’s been on a roll for a long time, making some of the best ever animated films about meaningful subjects. Inside Out, newly out on home video, even managed to dramatize pre-adolescent emotions in an entertaining way. However, their latest, The Good Dinosaur, in theaters now, may break their streak. Cars 2 was previously poorly reviewed, but The Good Dinosaur is the only one that sounds boring. It was delayed a year and a half from the original release date, […]

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Watch Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, Other Paramount Classics, on YouTube

Thanks to cinematically insane, I found out that the Paramount Vault is now a thing. Paramount Pictures has put a number of their movies on YouTube in full for free (with some ads). These include 91 full-length feature films originally released between 1941 and 2014, which makes for quite the range. You can catch action films, 60s dramas, and a couple of my favorite comedies. If you’ve never seen The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, you’re in for a treat! It’s […]

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Iron Giant Returns to Theaters With New Footage

The 1999 animated classic The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird and with Vin Diesel as the robot, will be back in theaters on September 30 and October 4. Warner Bros. has dubbed this the “Signature Edition”, and they’ve remastered the film and added two all-new scenes. This was Bird’s first film, before The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and this year’s Tomorrowland. The screenplay for The Iron Giant was written by Tim McCanlies based on the book by Ted Hughes. Jennifer Aniston […]

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Amazon-Exclusive Miyazaki Blu-ray Set Announced

On November 17, in time for the holiday shopping season, Disney will be releasing The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki, a 12-disc collection exclusively available for purchase on Amazon.com. Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli, has become a brand name for excellent, imaginative anime fantasy films. The collection consists of these 11 movies, which he wrote and directed. Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbor […]

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Paramount Works With AMC to Bring Movies to Home Video Faster

Traditionally, there’s at least 90 days between the time a movie plays in theaters and it’s available for DVD/Blu-ray/digital purchase. That’s because theater owners get very angry if they feel they’re being competed with as a viewing option. However, Paramount is trying something different. They’ve reportedly cut a deal with AMC theaters to share revenue in return for playing the film even though it’s planned to go to home video earlier than the usual time period. The first two test […]

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Man From U.N.C.L.E. Trailer Shows Retro Spy Movie

There’s an awful lot that can be unpacked from the new The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer, as shown below. We still have a fascination with the 1960s, a decade 50 years ago, particularly when it comes to clothes and strong-jawed leading men. Perhaps it’s easier to contemplate clear-cut good and bad guys back then, when the world was simpler. The clothes were more defined (both in terms of lines and in terms of what was acceptable to wear), and that […]

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