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This trippy thriller sees a Hollywood actor meeting a dark drifter in the Mojave desert

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"Mojave" is an examination of the privleged lives of artists, an existential "mind-game" thriller, and a comedy all at once.

Bolstered by terrific performances, it's clearly one of the best (fiction) films at the Tribeca Film Festival.

A famous actor (Garret Hedlund, in easily his best role to date) ventures off to the Mojave desert in an attempt to get off the grid and escape the hellish grip of Hollywood. While stumbling drunk in the vastness, he encounters a drifter (the incomprable Oscar Isaac, who is on a serious roll since his debut in "Inside Llewyn Davis,") and through the mysterious man's existential musings it arises that he may be the devil himself ... or not.

There may be no actor working today as magnetic or fun to watch as Isaac. Early in the film, the Guatemalan-born American channels a burned out Jack Sparrow crossed with Dennis Hopper's character in "Easy Rider" as he gets in the head of the wandering star.

The drifter's physical appearance transforms as the film dives deeper into the story. Isaac is a pure force on-screen, and he is in top form here.

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The film is very talky and contemplative, but that doesn't make it boring. A great deal of the movie actually takes place outside of the desert and becomes a sort of cat-and-mouse game between the two characters. The script isn't exactly subtle, but the philosophical waxing by Isaac expresses the film's themes.

Hedlund (who did solid work in "Tron: Legacy") shows his range when he wrestles with himself and this stranger who is questioning him in the middle of the wild.

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The more metaphyiscal moments are bookended by huge laughs or broad strokes that seem to accentuate the idea that Hollywood is a dangerous cesspool of self-serving ambitions. There's also a great uncredited cameo that expands on this, and it has a hilariously clever payoff.

What's a man to do with the devil inside himself? While the film seems to pose big questions such as this, it's also not afraid to poke fun at these ideas, and that's part of what makes it so enjoyable.

While Isaac's character is certainly the more menacing, it's hard to not be struck when he asks of Hedlund: "Do you know yet which one of us is the bad guy?"

"Mojave" is a confined film full of expansive ideas, and it isn't afraid to keep its tongue firmly in cheek. The film will make you think, make you laugh, and maybe even force you to question your own inner turmoil.

"Mojave" is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday April 19th, Wednesday April 22nd and Friday April 24th. Tickets are available here.

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Mark Hamill felt forced into returning for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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During the annual "Star Wars Celebration" event from April 16-19, actor Mark Hamill told a great story of how he first heard about the new "Star Wars" trilogy.

Hamill said he, his wife, and Carrie Fisher were invited to a lunch by George Lucas' people while at a "Star Wars" event.

It struck Hamill as a bit odd. The actor figured it meant something big was going on; however, he never imagined it was another trilogy.

"George had told me specifically, he wasn't doing anything after the prequels," Hamill told the audience. "He said, 'I don't want to be doing these things in my 70s.'"

Hamill's best guess was that they were re-releasing the films in 3D, and Lucas was asking for the original cast to do press. That, or the films were getting another video release.

mark hamill star wars celebrationHe figured that even if they were to do another trilogy someday that it would be about another generation. The films wouldn't need him back as Luke Skywalker. 

"I had a beginning, a middle, [and] an end. My story was finished," he said.

So you could imagine Hamill's surprise when that was exactly the news Lucas told him.

Here's how Hamill said Lucas broke the news, while doing his best impression of the "Star Wars" director:

"Basically, um ... I'm moving on. I'm going to be leaving Lucasfilm and Kathy Kennedy's going to be taking over. And, uh, we're thinking we're gonna do another trilogy." 

At this point in the story, here's Hamill's expression:mark hamill star wars the force awakensHe continues, as Lucas:

"If you don’t want to be in it, we won’t recast. We’ll write you out of it."

Hamill says though he was wearing a poker face like this while receiving the news ...

mark hamill star wars celebration... On the inside, he was thinking, “Whyyyyyyyyy?”

mark hamill star wars 7 reaction“That’s how I knew I was a good actor. On the outside, I was completely placid," Hamill told the crowd. "The truth of the matter is, I was in a state of shock. I thought, 'How could this be?' I couldn't say yes or no, but what was really interesting was later I thought, 'It's not like a choice, it's like ... it was like I was drafted.'"

"Can you imagine if for some reason I said, 'I don't think I want to do it'? I would have all of you surrounding my house like villagers in a Frankenstein picture," the actor half joked. 

"Angry villagers with lightsabers instead of torches," he added. "I'd sort of be like the most hated person in fandom."

mark hamill star wars celebration 2015"'Oh you're too cool for school,'" Hamill playfully continued."You don't want to come back and do 'Episode VII.'"

According to Hamill,  Carrie Fisher, who played his on-screen sister in the franchise, had no problem signing on for more "Star Wars" films. He says she immediately jumped at the offer exclaiming, "I'm in!" However, she also asked if there was a part for her daughter Billie Lourd in the new film.

carrie fisher billie lourd 2011For the record, Lourd will be in "The Force Awakens." While her role has been kept secret, it's believed she'll play a young version of her mother's character Princess Leia.

During the panel, Hamill continued to discuss how he feels about the new film, joking he was originally a tad suspicious of director J.J. Abrams since he worked on the rebooted "Star Trek" films.

However, Hamill spoke fondly about the young director, saying he's receptive of others' ideas on set in addition to calling him "lovable."

"Here's the thing that I love. This film is the first of the 'Star Wars' films that's actually in the hands of someone who grew out of fandom," explained Hamill, referring to Abrams, a self-proclaimed "Star Wars" fan. "So he [Abrams] feels the way you feel in terms of wanting practical effects, real sets."

If you have a chance, check out the entire panel. Hamill's incredibly entertaining as he discusses doing voice over work and his time on set of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" with both Alec Guinness and Yoda puppeteer, Frank Oz.

You can view it here starting at the 9 hour and 34 minute mark. (Yes, you're reading that right.) If you want to skip ahead to the part where Hamill discusses finding out about the new "Star Wars" trilogy, that's at the 10 hour and 5 min mark, here.

SEE ALSO: Mark Hamill didn't know the name of "Star Wars: Episode VII" until he saw it online

AND: George Lucas was convinced "Star Wars" would be a disaster until a phone call in 1977

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The new 'Jurassic World' trailer shows why it took $190 million to make this summer blockbuster

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Universal Pictures released a new trailer for its Summer tentpole "Jurassic World." This is the third trailer we've seen so far and it definitely reveals more footage than we've seen up to this point. The visuals are pretty stunning and one can easily see where the $190 million budget went to. 

Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on the movie, which is directed by Colin Trevorrow. 

"Jurassic World" hits theaters on June 12.

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This indie comedy is the funniest movie so far this year — and it now has a trailer

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Raunchy sex comedies are a dime a dozen, but the hysterically funny "The Overnight" is far from a typical film of the genre. Rather than depicting the exploits of horny teenagers, "The Overnight" is a decidedly adult film, and the filmmakers make sure we know that from the opening scene.

The film opens with workaholic Emily (Taylor Schilling from "Orange Is the New Black") and her husband/stay-at-home dad, Alex (Adam Scott from "Parks & Recreation"), having awkward sex, doing all they can to finish before their kids burst in and ruin the fun.

They just moved from Seattle to Los Angeles and don't know anybody in the area, and they joke about how they could use some friends their own age.

Enter Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), an organic, artisanal, juicing LA hipster father who practically reeks charisma. After Kurt's kids hit it off at the park with Alex and Emily's, Kurt invites the couple over for dinner and they graciously accept, and that's when things get a little weird.

As you may have guessed from the title, the exploits in "The Overnight" take place over the course of one evening. It becomes clear pretty quickly that Kurt and his (very French) wife, Charlotte, did not invite Alex and Emily over for a traditional meal — they have other, dirtier plans.

Once the kids are put to bed and the drinks start to flow, Kurt and Charlotte's flirtation sparks Alex and Emily's intrigue, and the comedic tension and number of laughs escalate until the film reaches its wildly satisfying finale.

While the story may sound unremarkable on paper, the chemistry among the film's stars makes it stand out. Schwartzman gives undoubtedly the funniest performance of his career, and huge laughs stem from the sheer ludicrousness of his character.

Even though his role is not as outwardly comical as Schwartzman's, Scott is also hilarious and gets plenty of great lines. Schilling plays it pretty straight, but everyone truly gets a chance to shine. It's a real ensemble piece, and the interplay between everyone is so much fun to watch.

taylor schilling the overnightAmong the poignant deconstruction of modern relationships, "The Overnight" peppers in a lot of lowbrow humor. Running gags involve a prosthetic penis, paintings that look more like colonoscopy results, and a bizarre massage sequence.

What's amazing about these moments is that in context they totally work and are genuinely funny. The jokes are there only because they help add to these character's identities — the laughs are earned.

There's a real vulnerability to the film and these characters that gives it a certain charm. It's a testament to the sharp writing and unique perspective that, despite their outlandishness, even the film's raciest scenes are rendered completely natural and real in the moment.

Great films often engage with ideas outside of the status quo, but rarely do they do so with a grace that makes the audience question their own inhibitions.

Ultimately, the element that keeps "The Overnight" so fun and engaging is the careful, steady reveal of information. We spend just the right amount of time soaking up these characters and their beliefs that when caution is thrown to the wind, it's impossible to not just smile and watch how they deal with it.

Watch the trailer below.

"The Overnight" plays the Tribeca Film Festival, April 21-23.

Wide release TBA.

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This brilliant sci-fi film is one of the best movies you'll see all year

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So many science fiction films have tried, and some have succeeded, in creating a unique dystopian vision of the future. Where "Ex Machina" stands out from the rest, however, is in the way that it portrays a future that sometimes seems hellish, but only sometimes feels like a nightmare.

One of the main reasons “Ex Machina” is unique from all futuristic sci-fi films is because it takes place not in a crowded dystopian city, nor a space station, but rather somewhere deep in the wilderness (in reality, the film was shot at a hotel in Norway's Valldal valley).

Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) stars as a skilled computer coder who wins a chance to spend a week with Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the reclusive CEO of the company Caleb works for. What Caleb doesn’t know is that he’s about to be part of Nathan's pioneering experiment in the future of artificial intelligence.

While most filmmakers would have settled for a long period of exposition early on, Caleb is selected by Nathan and then immediately flown to his estate without much explanation. Story sometimes doesn’t even matter much here, so this film works best if you know as little about the plot as possible. Writer-director Alex Garland is less interested in spoon-feeding the audience information and more interested in exploring the relationship between humans and machines. 

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The problem with films about robots is that they sometimes get, well, robotic, and leave emotions at the door. “Ex Machina” focuses on its human characters as much as its central robot Ava (Alicia Vikander), who seems to have more of a conscious than the actual people that surround her. 

Unlike other onscreen robots, Ava may have a lot to learn, but she is both intelligent and curious from the start. That is partially what makes her so compelling to watch: she seems to have a lot of knowledge, but no idea how to apply it when trying to act like a human. 

At the film's start, Nathan tells Caleb to conduct a Turing test on Ava to see how much her mind resembles that of a human. As an audience member, you'll forget at times you're watching a machine. If you're into two-fold psychological mind games, then "Ex Machina" is for you.

As the mad, yet brilliant Nathan, Oscar Isaac proves why he’s one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood today. Living in an isolated mansion filled with expensive toys, artifacts, and people who will always bend to his will, Isaac plays Nathan like Bruce Wayne meets Colonel Kurtz, with a dash of Steve Jobs. (by that i mean) He's a well-read, paranoid man with a lot of money who thinks he is saving the world. 

Ex Machina Oscar IsaacWhile Nathan may be reclusive, he is far from introverted.

Isaac and Gleeson share a consistently entertaining back-and-forth throughout the film. For most of the film, watching the two of them is like watching two friends have a discussion over a couple of beers. Luckily, we can all look forward to Isaac and Gleeson together again later this year in a high profile sci-fi film that you might have heard of: “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.”

Ex Machina“Ex Machina” mixes philosophical questions with scientific intrigue. This is the kind of film where knowledge of the Bible and Greek tragedies aren't necessary, but are definitely an added bonus. This is a philosophy lesson that is filled with absurdity, like a hilarious disco scene that comes out of nowhere.

The film feels like a sequel to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning “Her,” which is about a man who falls in love with his human-like operating system, and a huge step forward in science-fiction for Hollywood. Rather, “Ex Machina” accurately portrays a robot that is created by us for us. Ava is somebody who could be our friend and blend in with the rest of human society.

This is what makes “Ex Machina” so interesting. This is a world where the humans, and not the robots with limitless capabilities, are the villains. It is an idea that “Chappie” tried (and somewhat failed) to communicate earlier this year. Garland said that he wanted this film to feel like it could take place 10 minutes from now. This whole film feels like an idea Tim Cook might briefly mention during the next iPhone press conference.

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This is thanks in part to Garland, who, despite never having directed a feature film before, might as well be a seasoned veteran at this point. Switching between glowing red and blue, stunning mountain vistas and claustrophobic white hallways, this is the sort of plunge into madness that would make the likes of Stanley Kubrick proud. 

Anybody who is a fan of "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining" will feel right at home with Garland's sense of paranoia and claustrophobia. There are a lot of scenes here that feel like they were put in here just for cinephiles. But just like the philosophy, you don't need to have seen every dystopian film to enjoy this one.

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The world of “Ex Machina” is both minimalist and incredibly detailed and well-thought out. “Ex Machina” works well on its own, but I almost wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel for it. There just seems to be infinite possibilities for where Ava can go from here. 

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The future that is presented in "Ex Machina" can sometimes be a frightening place, but it is also overstuffed with ideas and possibilities. Garland has gone on the record as believing that it is a "good thing" that robots might surpass humans. This explains why he is able to strike a rare balance of being cynical about the selfish nature of people, yet still optimistic about where this planet is heading.

If the creation of Ava is a distinct possibility, then I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

Watch the trailer for "Ex Machina" here: 

SEE ALSO: Here's the concept art that inspired the robot from the year's best sci-fi movie

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HBO's new Kurt Cobain documentary is filled with home video footage, including a Courtney Love sex tape

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Sunday night the Tribeca Film Festival screened the documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” a powerful look inside the troubled yet beautiful mind of deceased Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

Through the full support of Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, Cobain’s family, and bandmates, director Brett Morgen (“The Kid Stays in the Picture”) spent seven years engrossed in cassette tapes, videos, and Cobain’s journals to make the first authorized film on the face of '90s grudge rock.

Morgen dug so deep, in fact, he uncovered something Love thought no longer existed.

“Somehow Brett found the sex tape,” Love admitted to the audience when she took the stage with Morgen following Sunday's screening.

KurtCobain_HBODocumentaryFilmsThe portion of “Montage of Heck” that explores the relationship between Cobain and Love is predominately of recordings Love's ex-boyfriend would shoot when he was over their house and home videos Cobain and Love shot themselves. And there’s a half-minute or so of Cobain and Love in bed together. There’s nothing graphic, but Love was shocked Morgen found it.

“Me and Kurt only had this one tape,” she said, “so we recorded over and over [on the same tape]. Everyone makes one sex tape once in their lives and we did.”

With an embarrassed look, Love added of Morgen, “I thought he’d never catch this and he caught it.”

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” is currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival and will air on HBO May 4.

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The new 'Jurassic World' trailer made me much less excited for the movie

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A new trailer for "Jurassic World" arrived Monday.

We learn much more about the movie's plot line, but unfortunately it seems rather predictable and goofy, not to mention extremely reminiscent of the original 1993 film.

Chris Pratt plays Owen Grady, who looks like a dino trainer, or maybe just a "tamer." Training dinos "is not about control; it's a relationship based on respect," he says.

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A female voiceover — likely Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays geneticist Claire Dearing — tells Grady that every time Jurassic World has unveiled a new attraction, attendance has spiked. "Corporate felt genetic modification would up the wow factor," she says. Grady's response: "They're dinosaurs, [that's] 'wow' enough."

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First of all, are we really pinning the whole plot of this movie on a nameless, faceless, "corporate" moniker? And why does Grady sound so much like Indiana Jones here?

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Of course, it wouldn't be a "Jurassic Park" movie without a giant dinosaur escaping its pen.

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A military group finds a tracking implant, which the giant diano clawed out of itself. "How would it know to do that?" someone asks. Grady: "She remembered where they put it in."

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"She's killing for sport."

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Did you like the scene in "Jurassic Park" where those two kids were trapped in a vehicle under attack from the T-rex? "Jurassic World" has the same thing.

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And in classic "Jurassic Park" form, the military is absolutely useless against just one dinosaur. jurassic world 8

"If we do this, we do this my way." I guess Grady's way involves a pack of trained velociraptors.

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Grady's friend: "Something's wrong... they're communicating." Based on the trailer, it seems like the "villain" dinosaur starts recruiting other dinosaurs to do its bidding. You see the big dino roar at several flying dinosaurs that, in turn, start attacking the screaming tourists.

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The trailer closes with some foreshadowing: There's always a bigger dino.

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Based on the latest trailer, "Jurassic World" looks like a rehash of all the popular bits from the original "Jurassic Park," but bigger: More and bigger dinosaurs, more CGI, more futuristic vehicles, more action, and plenty of Chris Pratt. It doesn't feel original, and it feels like the trailer gave away many important plot points. Hopefully there are some surprises when the film hits theaters on June 12.

"Jurassic World" might not be the best action movie this year, but if there's one thing to get excited for, it's the music.

 

 

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A new documentary blows the lid off the shady underpinning of the Taser industry

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You won't find a more timely and relevant film at this year's Tribeca Film Festival than "Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle."

Nick Berardini's debut feature explains how two brothers built the world's largest Taser manufacturer, armed and help train most of America's police departments, and became millionaires in the process.

Rick and Tom Smith founded Taser International in 1993 and have sold their device to almost all of the US 18,250 law-enforcement agencies (only about 450 police departments do not deploy the Taser), according to the company.

As the film progresses, these seemingly innocuous figures appear more and more sinister as we see them jump through hoops to avoid taking responsibility for the potential harm their product inflicts.

smith brothersThe film makes a salient point when it juxtaposes the Smith brothers' apathetic depositions and the upsetting police dash-cam footage showing the death of Stanley Harlan. The 23-year-old died after he was stunned for a total of 31 seconds outside of his home.

In 2008, Harlan was pulled over by officers from the Moberly, Missouri, police department either for speeding or drunk driving (the reason remains unclear). Harlan appears to cooperate with police, but within seconds multiple cops grab him and walk him off camera. He is then stunned three times and goes into cardiac arrest, according to a police handout obtained by CBS News.

Moments later, Harlan's body is dragged back into the dash-cam's view. For the next 14 minutes, officers attempt to wake him up, but it's too late. Harlan died of cardiac arrest in front of his home and his screaming parents.

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Still, the Smith brothers contend in the film that the Taser is perfectly safe and simply cannot do any serious harm. In their depositions, as well as in a Canadian Parliament hearing on the matter, the brothers assuredly deny all assertions their product can kill.

When asked about a specific instance involving a death by Taser, Rick Smith responds, "What I'm saying is that to the best of our knowledge it does not appear that the direct electric effects of the Taser would be the most likely cause of the cardiac arrest."

Rick's brother echoes this later on: "In terms of the studies that have been done we have not seen anything conclusively that has come back scientifically that has said a Taser has killed."

According to the company's running tally, of the 2,741,934 Taser deployments, about 141,198 lives have been saved.

In 2009, however, Taser International updated its training procedures to include that officers should not aim for the chest.

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After issuing the update, the company scheduled a nationwide call, featured in film, with their police department clients to explain the need for the adjustment. Then-CEO Rick Smith is heard on the call telling officers, "Are chest hits with a Taser dangerous? The answer to that is definitively no."

There are a few other unfathomable moments in the film that truly have to be seen to be believed. "Tom Swift" highlights the ineptitude not only of Taser International but also the governing bodies and police departments that have allowed this organization to essentially have a monopoly over the training and safety of the device.

"Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle" is a painstakingly researched and compelling film that demands to be heard. It's bigger than some true-crime story that affects the lives of a handful of people — the horrors brought to light in the film have an effect on every American citizen.

"Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle" is playing at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday April 21st and Sunday April 26th. Tickets are available here.

Disclosure: Brett Arnold and Amanda Macias are former classmates of the filmmakers.

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Warner Bros. surprised fans with free tickets to see 'Batman V Superman' before it comes out

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Warner Bros. just turned up the dial on the impending DC vs Marvel movie battle for dominance at the box office.

If you were among the fans who turned up at Imax theaters across the country Monday night for a "Batman V Superman" trailer event, you were in for a treat. 

Not only did you get two exclusive posters of the Dark Knight and Man of Steel, but those in line were surprised with free passes to see the movie at a screening a week ahead of the film's debut next year!

Since we're big Batman fans, Business Insider headed to the event Monday night.

Interestingly, but maybe not surprisingly, I was one of the few females in line for the event when I arrived at 6:20 p.m. for the 7 p.m. showing.

Here's how the tickets looked:

batman v superman fan ticketAccording to the ticket, fans will get to see the film the week before the film comes out in March 2016. (Interesting, it doesn't say the film's actual date March 25, 2016.) Fans will have to return to the theater they showed up to Monday evening to see the film.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to keep the ticket. 

Attendees had to sign their names on the back of the ticket along with their email addresses and hand them over to staff in order to get their free tickets. Fans will hear back in February 2016 about the screening date and time.

The trailer event itself was only about five minutes long. In itself, that was kind of disappointing, especially if you came from far off to view a trailer that was already online. People at the end of our screening actually asked aloud whether that was it in slight disbelief.

"Batman V Superman" director Zack Snyder came on screen with the new Batmobile behind him to thank fans for coming to the event. 

He asked fans not to record the trailer, something that was a moot issue, since the trailer had leaked late last week online.

The trailer itself was the same one that Warner Bros. released online Friday evening with one little addition at the end. 

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The version of the trailer we saw added a brief scene of Superman and Batman charging at one another. Batfans will recognize it as a pivotal scene from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel when the two superheroes face off in a longwinded battle.

The crowd loved it.

Snyder returned on screen again once more to explain that the version of the trailer fans saw will not appear online or in theaters. It was exclusive to the Imax event only.

After showing the trailer once more, the hashtag #BatmanVSuperman appeared on the screen and that was it!

Personally, we thought we may have seen a few more clips or shots from the film. 

Marvel held a similar event last year ahead of "Guardians of the Galaxy"; however, that event lasted 17 minutes and showed off a few scenes from the film. Fans didn't get free tickets to the film though.

After the event, fans turned in their signed "BvS" coupons to Warner Bros. staff on hand in exchange for two exclusive "Batman V Superman" posters. 

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If you weren't able to attend the event, you can watch the official trailer right now below.

"Batman V Superman" is expected to be released March 25, 2016.

 

SEE ALSO: It looks like "Batman V Superman" will address the big problem many had with "Man of Steel"

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Here's the scene from the 'Batman V Superman' trailer you won't see online or in theaters

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Monday night, Warner Bros. hosted a trailer event for "Batman V Superman" at Imax theaters

The trailer was previously released Friday evening after the trailer leaked online last week.

While the trailers are virtually the same, those in attendance were treated to an ever-so-slightly extended trailer featuring a few short seconds of footage after the trailer ended. 

The footage won't be online or in theaters.

What happens in the brief scene? 

It makes more sense if you re-watch the trailer. 

 
All caught up?

So, here's where the "Batman V Superman" teaser trailer ends. Superman pops down from the sky to face Batman. The Caped Crusader has just told him he's going to make him bleed.

batman superman trailerAudiences next saw Henry Cavill's face on screen. He started to rise up and charge toward the camera. The scene then cut to Ben Affleck's Batman in full Batgear charging toward the camera from a far off distance. The next shot showed both of them running toward each other, Superman from the left and Batman from the right. The scene cut to black as they were about to hit.

Great stuff.

You can read about what else happened at the event here.

"Batman V Superman" is scheduled for release March 25, 2016.

SEE ALSO: Warner Bros. gave fans free tickets to see "Batman V Superman" before the film comes out

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Here's how Batman's suit will look in 'Batman V Superman'

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Finally! We have our first good look at the new Batsuit in the "Batman V Superman" film. 

Director Zack Snyder shared the image on Twitter shortly after an Imax trailer event around the country for the upcoming 2016 film.

Here's a bigger version of the image.

batman v superman batsuitLittle dark, right? We brightened it up a bit so you can get a better look at the cape and cowl.

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It sure looks worn, but it also looks like we may get a traditional black and grey Batsuit.

It reminds us of a mix between Frank Miller's suit from "The Dark Knight Returns" and the more recent "Arkham" video game series from Rockstar. 

Here's the "The Dark Knight Returns" suit:

The Dark Knight ReturnsHere's the Caped Crusader in Rocksteady's "Batman: Arkham City":

batman arkham cityWhat do you think?

"Batman V Superman" is in theaters March 25, 2016.

SEE ALSO: Here's the scene from the "Batman V Superman" trailer you won't see online or in theaters

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The next ‘Transformers’ movie may be coming in 2017

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Following the monster release of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” last spring, in which it made over a billion dollars worldwide and became the biggest-opening film ever in China, fans will be happy to hear that the fifth installment in the franchise is coming soon.

During a Hasbro earnings call on April 20, CEO Brian Goldner confirmed that the next “Transformers” is slated for a 2017 release.

Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.

"Our plan right now with the studio and film makers, you may have read something about some writers being hired and we have, in fact, brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers,"said Goldner. "We think there's any number of stories to be told, that's a brand that's been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. And we would expect the sequel to Transformer movie to happen in 2017."

It was announced last month that Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”) would come on to lead a group of writers to expand the "Transformers" films into more sequels and spinoffs, a la "Star Wars."

At one point, Paramount Pictures was hoping director Michael Bay could churn out the fifth film for next summer, but that’s not possible. As EW notes, Bay is currently preparing to direct “13 Hours,” which is based on the 2012 terrorist attacks on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, starring John Krasinski.

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'The Little Prince' trailer looks better than anything Pixar has made in years

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We just got the trailer for the star-studded animated feature "The Little Prince," based on the 1943 novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The movie combines computer-generated animation with traditional stop-motion animation techniques. Judging by the trailer, the movie promises to be a strong contender in the category of Best Animated Feature at next year's  Academy Awards.

Directed by Mark Osbourne ("Kung Fu Panda"), "The Little Prince" features a cavalcade of stars including Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Jeff Bridges. It is produced by On Animation Studios.

The movie looks like the first animated feature since Pixar's "Up" that promises to widely appeal to both children and adult audiences. In the last few years, the famous animation studio has invested heavily in sequels to previous hits, despite a promising upcoming slate of originals such as "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur."

There's still no official North American release date, but the movie will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

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You'll be able to buy a toy version of that cute little ball droid from the new 'Star Wars' movie (DIS)

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BB-8 is one of the new droids in the next "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens."

He's only appeared in two trailers and a live "Star Wars" event so far, but BB-8 is quickly becoming a new fan favorite.

BB-8 looks like this:

star wars bb-8Sphero, a startup that makes smartphone-controlled ball toys, announced this week that it helped develop the BB-8 puppet used in "The Force Awakens."

This one:

BB-8 GifThe company also teased that it'll have a new BB-8 toy coming soon. So far, you can only sign up on Sphero's website for more information.

star wars sphero bb-8 toyAccording to a leaked product page spotted by Gizmodo, the BB-8 toy from Sphero will cost $150 and look like this:

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Here are two new Stormtroopers that will be in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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Fans at last week's "Star Wars Celebration" in Anaheim, California, were able to get a good look at the next generation of Stormtroopers from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" up close and personal. 

However, if you were at the event in Anaheim, you also got a sneak peek at some of the other Stormtroopers that will be in the movie.

First up is the Flametrooper, who, yes, has a flamethrower!

Flametrooper StormtrooperStormtrooper FlamethrowerThe Flametroopers are described as "specialized Stormtroopers of the First Order. Flametroopers carry incendiary weapons that can transform any battlefield into an infernal blaze."

 
Here's a look at the concept art:
 

Snowtroopers were also present.

They "wear advanced insulated armor and helmets that reduce the glare of icy terrain."

 Here is an even more detailed look at the Snowtrooper and its concept art:

Of course, Snowtroopers aren't new to the "Star Wars" universe.

Here's what the Snowtrooper used to look like in 1980:

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is great, but it’s not better than the original

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There are minor spoilers below.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is almost as good as "The Avengers," but not quite.

The sequel gets a lot of things right. It expands on characters who weren't spotlighted last film, introduces a few new characters to the bunch, and delivers a lot of big action sequences.

Director Joss Whedon juggles that big cast masterfully, even if pulling it off almost broke him.

However, the film feels a little formulaic. As in the first movie, "Age of Ultron" features a team of superheroes that bickers and fights amongst each other, an enemy who takes advantage of that weak spot, turning the heroes against each other, before a moment of clarity brings the team together in the final act.

Regardless, it will probably be the best action film of the summer, and may even beat the first movie's $1.5 billion gross.

Some highlights:

The opening sequence is awesome.

avengers age of ultronAfter three years away from the big screen, this is what you've been waiting for, to see the Avengers team back in action, working side by side.

The film picks up right where the end-credits for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" left off. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) reunite in a big opening action sequence to take down terrorist organization H.Y.D.R.A., which is in possession of the all powerful sceptre that caused the mayhem of the first film. 

The team makes it look like another day at the office as they easily take down an organization that has managed to cause nothing but grief for the cast of ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." We see that Captain America and Thor make quite the tag team as well as Black Widow and the Hulk.

It's here where they also come across two new additions Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), superpowered twins orphaned at 10 with a huge gripe against the Avengers (more on them in a bit).

After the opening, Whedon shows what the superheroes do when they're not saving the world. This includes a big party scene that's been showcased in trailers and TV spots. There's also a romantic plot thrown into the mix that feels like something out of “Beauty and the Beast.” Is it necessary? No, but it works, and character depth is some of what the director does best.

James Spader’s Ultron is delightfully evil.

ultron lasersThe big bad villain who wants to annihilate the human race comes out guns blazing. As in the trailers, Spader's a scene-stealer whenever he's on screen.

A hot-headed robot created by an overzealous billionaire genius Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), Ultron is supposed to be the next step in a robotic police force, the Iron Legion, which Stark has been working on to sub in for the Avengers. Unfortunately, the A.I. project goes awry when Ultron winds up being a psychotic killer bent on destroying both the Avengers and the Earth.

Because Ultron is modelled with his creator's personality quirks, scenes between the two feel like you're watching Stark go up against himself. Stark's usually the one to get the last word in edge-wise on screen, so it's exciting to watch Ultron deliver some verbal punches before Stark can even muster a pitch.

When the two go head to head, Ultron gives Iron Man a run for his money. Made out of vibranium steel, the same material as Captain America's unbreakable shield, he's virtually unstoppable.   

Hawkeye is one of the best parts of the film.

hawkeye avengers age of ultronSeriously. This was probably one of the biggest and most welcome surprises of the film.  

After spending most of the time as one of Loki’s mindless drones last film, Clint Barton (Renner) is very much front and center, and he gets not one but probably two of the best lines in the entire film. You’ll know them when you hear them.  

By now, we’re well-versed about Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. Here, Whedon does a great job at bringing not only Barton, but the rest of the Avengers including Black Widow and the Hulk/Doctor Banner to the forefront. 

If you go back to the “Avengers,” you can see Whedon planted the seeds for some of their current backstory long ago. 

The only better part? Vision 

paul bettany visionThe only actor to play two roles in a Marvel film, it’s incredibly exciting to see Paul Bettany, who has voiced Tony Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. since 2008's “Iron Man,” as a physical presence in the sequel. 

It takes a while for Vision to show up, but when he finally appears, he’s all you’ll want to see. I don’t want to give much away here, but his character delivers a few great lines and surprising moments pretty much every time he’s on screen — one early moment in particular will have Marvel fans flipping out.

The new additions aren’t going to be your new favorite characters.

avengers age of ultron scarlet witchThere’s a reason you don’t hear much of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in any of the teasers.

While Olsen gives a lively performance as Wanda Maximoff, Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver is nowhere near as cool as Evan Peters's portrayal of the same character in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

The super-powered siblings also have a few awkward moments. To start there's the strange Eastern European accents they made up.

Then there's the silly one liner, “You didn’t see that coming?” which is traded back and forth between Quicksilver and Hawkeye throughout the film.

Finally, there's the eye-roll-inducing workaround Disney uses to avoid calling them "mutants"— which is originally how the siblings received their powers in the comics. Though 20th Century Fox owns the film rights to Marvel's X-Men and all mention of mutantsthese two characters are allowed to appear in both franchises. Expect a few chuckles in theaters when Captain America tells you the twins are simply "enhanced" beings that H.Y.D.R.A. experimented on.

The movie feels pretty predictable without big surprises. 

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If you’ve watched all the trailers you won't be surprised by the first 40 or so minutes of the film. It's all a lead up to the first time you see Ultron on screen. After that, you're anxiously awaiting Vision's entrance since his big reveal online.

Many fans had this grand expectation that other characters would be introduced into the mix since 1. Marvel unveiled plans for a new group of superheroes who will soon get their own films 2. A mysterious character was teased in a trailer.

Nope.

Other than Vision, there are no other surprises. So it’s a bit of a bummer that Marvel decided to go ahead and spoil the biggest part of its sequel before release.

When the movie takes a big risk, Marvel blows it 

Without saying too much, Marvel had a chance to make a really big, shocking statement in "Age of Ultron" during one of its climactic scenes. However, it seems like it would have went against Disney's family-friendly vibe.

If you want to know what happens, highlight the text below. I don't mention any names.

*Huge spoiler*There's a big, unexpected death. For the longest time, you get the sense it's going to be a certain big character. Much of the entire sequel builds to this; however, at the last moment, Marvel pulls the rug out from under us, sparing us a huge death for a more minor character fans aren't as attached to yet. *Huge spoiler*

It's impossible for some of the scenes to top "The Avengers"

the avengers tony starkNothing in this movie can beat the climactic scene in "The Avengers" where Stark sacrifices his life to rescue the citizens of Manhattan from a nuke. You’re strapped to your seat the entire taking hit after hit. First when Stark can’t get through to his girlfriend Pepper to bid a potential farewell, then again when he nearly doesn’t make it back through the closing of the hole to another dimension (just go with it), and finally when he’s falling down to Earth and no one’s immediately diving in to save him (we’re looking at you Thor). 

In addition, it's difficult to match moments in the first movie like when Hulk crushes Loki into the floor of Tony Stark’s tower or when Hulk punches Thor out of the frame. And nothing compares to Loki as he relishes in extracting an eye from a man to the overture of Franz Schubert's String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor.

As good as "Age of Ultron" is, it just leaves something to be desired.

Still, you’ll get the action you crave, you’ll get some witty one-liners, and you’ll have a really good time.

From a summer movie, that’s all you really want. 

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in the US May 1. 

 

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This awesome supercut shows the best driving scenes from Quentin Tarantino movies

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If there’s one thing Quentin Tarantino loves more than blood-soaked fight sequences (and filming women’s feet), it’s shooting great driving scenes.

From "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" to "Death Proof," Tarantino has found a knack for placing memorable sequences on the road.

tarantino driving 4At times they are filled with drama, like when Vincent Vega (John Travolta) drives home Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) after reviving her from a drug overdose in "Pulp Fiction." Or they're thrilling, like in "Death Proof," in which the director had the plot focused on a crazed stunt driver (Kurt Russell) and his indestructible car.

tarantino drive 5Now we can enjoy Tarantino's work in all its glory, thanks to editor Jacob T. Swinney, who has put together a supercut of the director’s best driving scenes.

And to make it better, he cut it to the classic surf-rock song from "Pulp Fiction," The Cenurians' "Bullwinkle Park II."

Watch the video below:

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's new movie tries to reinvent the zombie genre and fails miserably

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"Maggie" may have sounded like a fun idea on paper, but as the Tribeca Film Festival audience found out Wednesday night at the film's world premiere, its execution leaves a lot to be desired. 

It's a zombie melodrama where nothing really happens. The film opens with NPR radio vaguely explaining how a viral outbreak has started turning people into zombies. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Wade, father of the titular Maggie (Abigail Breslin), who learns the hard way that there are rules laid out about quarantines and how to deal with an infected loved one, as his daughter has already been bitten prior to the opening scene.

"Maggie" chugs along at a snail's pace and there is absolutely zero payoff for its immense amount of set-up. Everything is so bleak and brooding, which would be fine if there was some actual weight to it — all we get is broad strokes of impending doom and melancholic solilioques. You know how some horror movies have eerily quiet moments, where the tension builds and builds until something crazy happens? That's "Maggie" in its entireity, except it never builds to anything. 

The film is supposed to be an emotional, character-driven drama, but there's never a reason for the audience to care. There's no hook. The audience is thrown into the (lack of) action with no character or world building. The movie is decidedly more "melodrama" than "zombie," and there are only a couple of "action" moments in which Arnie takes on the dead. Most of the screentime is used to show close ups of Schwarzenegger looking pensive, pondering what to do in his tough situation. 

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Simply put, Schwarzenegger has never been some Academy Award worthy thespian — he's an over-the-top action hero. Just because "Maggie" puts some pain behind his eyes and a tear on his cheek doesn't suddenly make him a dramatic force. A majority of the movie is Arnold meandearing around, frowning, often not even saying anything. When dialogue does actually make it out of his mouth, you will wish it hadn't; it's painful to watch him try to emote. He has the subtly of an 18-wheeler. 

Unfortunately, "Maggie" makes the case for Schwarzenegger sticking to what he knows. There's a reason he has yet to star in something this "heavy"— he simply can't pull off the material. Breslin is fine as the zombified girl, but there's not much for her to do here, either. She just mopes around, dealing with her own mortality, and the role just doesn't allow her the chance to really transcend it.

Some are already calling "Maggie" a "slow burn," but in order to burn, something needs to have been ignited in the first place. 

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2015 is going to be the best year ever for action movies

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The biggest year for action movies is about to begin, starting with next week's release of "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Though Marvel will kick off the blockbuster movie season, a ton of incredible-looking action and adventure movies are coming this year, according to "coming soon" lists from IMDB and Metacritic.

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Summary: "When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure."

Release date: May 1



2. Mad Max: Fury Road

Summary: "In the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and everyone is fighting for the necessities of life, there are two rebels who just might be able to restore order — Max (Tom Hardy), a man of action and few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos, and Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland."

Release date: May 15



3. "Tomorrowland"

Summary: "Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland.'"

Release date: May 22



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Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to do a 'Twins' sequel with Eddie Murphy

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The new Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie drama "Maggie" had its world premiere Wednesday night the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film was a departure for Schwarzenegger, and lovers of zombie movies, as director Henry Hobson focused on the somber relationship between a father (Schwarzenegger) and daughter (Abigail Breslin) in the final weeks before she turns into a zombie after being bit.

Following the screening, Schwarzenegger, Hobson, and actress Joely Richardson took the stage for a brief Q&A.

Schwarzenegger discussed what's next on his plate: There's the upcoming Terminator film, “Terminator Genisys” (opening July 1), and he’s also hoping to do another film in the “Conan the Barbarian” franchise. And then the 67-year-old star dropped this bomb:

“I’m doing a sequel to ‘Twins’ called ‘Triplets’ with Eddie Murphy.”

twins 1 copyThat certainly grabbed the attention of the audience.

But digging deeper, it sounds like the project has been in the works for a while.

“I have been trying to do it for 10 years,” Schwarzenegger said while doing press for his film “The Last Stand” in 2013. 

In “Twins,” Julius (Schwarzenegger) and Vincent (Danny DeVito) are fraternal twins from the result of a secret experiment carried out by the government to create the perfect child. In “Triplets,” the plot will revolve around Julius and Vincent discovering they have another brother from the experiment. That brother will be played by Eddie Murphy.

According to the “Triplets” IMDb page, “Twins” director, Ivan Reitman, will return to direct the sequel. Devito is also signed on to return, but there’s no word yet of a start date on production.

“Twins” was number one at the box office when it opened in the winter of 1988, and had a whopping worldwide gross of $217 million. 

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