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'Captain America 3' To Open On Same Day As 'Batman Vs. Superman'


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Marvel and Disney obviously have a lot of faith in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as they position its sequel Captain America 3 to go head-to-head with Warner Bros. and DC Comics mega-blockbuster Batman Vs. Superman on May 6, 2016.

Just todayKevin Feige confirmed that Marvel was standing firm on the May 6 release date for one of its upcoming untitled movies, which he claimed would be announced very soon. Despite having staked out the territory first, Warner Bros. and DC Comics decided to move to that same date when Batman Vs. Superman was bumped from its July 2015 release due to production delays. Neither studio is budging in what has become one of the greatest games of cinematic chicken ever witnessed. And Marvel obviously means business, as it positions one of its biggest franchise titles to go against Kal-El and Bruce Wayne.

This will certainly be one of the biggest superhero box office showdowns in history. It should be noted that not only was Marvel here first, they have built a reputation in releasing their big movies right at the start of summer, while DC has always gone for mid-to-late July. Its possible that shooting schedules and post-production could delay one of the two movies, but for now, both studios are staying put.

Its also possible that DC Comics was waiting to see which movie would be announced in the May 6 slot before moving the Man of Steel sequel a second time. There are still plenty of open weekends the summer of 2016, including the first two weekends after May 6. The film begins shooting in just the next few weeks.

Most box office experts strongly believe that the two movies will not open against each other, as it would be unprecedented. Though at this point, it seems neither studio wants to back off.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are confirmed to return for Captain America 3, and the story is already being worked on. If we're to believe the rumors coming out of DC and Warner Bros. at the moment, the script for Batman Vs. Superman isn't even finished yet, nine months after it was announced.

Captain America 3 comes to theaters in 2018. The film is directed by Anthony Russo,Joe Russo.

Batman Vs. Superman comes to theaters May 6th, 2016 and stars Henry CavillBen AffleckAmy AdamsDiane LaneLaurence FishburneGal GadotJesse Eisenberg,Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

SEE ALSO: Marvel Is Already Working On 'Captain America 3'

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73-Year-Old Frank Sinatra Was Originally Offered The Lead Role In 'Die Hard'


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This 1940s singer might not be the man who comes to mind when you think about the action-packed Die Hard movies.

At the start of his movie-making career, Sinatra was cast mostly in singing roles, though he did manage to break away from being a “singer employed as an actor” and made a name for himself as an actor alone, winning a few Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his performances.

That said, many people these days can’t shake that image of young Sinatra crooning into a microphone—not exactly something you’d imagine the character of John McClane doing.

So, how did Frank come to be considered for the role? It all started with an author named Roderick Thorp. You might not know it, but the Die Hard movie was based on a book called Nothing Lasts Forever by Thorp, which was published in 1979. The LA Times reviewed the book, saying it was “A ferocious, bloody, raging book so single-mindedly brilliant in concept and execution that it should be read at a single sitting.” This book is really what made Thorp a big name, but he was on the publishing scene much earlier.

It turns out that Nothing Lasts Forever is actually a sequel to a book called The Detectivepublished in 1966 which was made into a movie of the same name in 1968. The movie starred—you guessed it—Frank Sinatra as the main character, Detective Joe Leland. The book was extremely popular, remaining on bestseller lists for a while and making a name for Thorp; the movie also did well in the box office. It was described as “gritty” for its time, dealing with issues like homosexuality, but it was decidedly less action-packed than the Die Hard movies we know today.

Die Hard itself wasn’t picked up by producers until 1988, nearly 10 years after the book it was based on was published. Because the movie was technically a sequel, they were contractually obligated to offer Frank Sinatra the leading role. He was 73 years old at the time and gracefully turned the offer down.

After Sinatra turned the offer down, the role was offered to Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the movie was pitched as a sequel to the actor’s 1985 film Commando rather than a sequel to The Detective.Schwarzenegger also turned down the offer, and instead Bruce Willis was cast in the leading role, with the character renamed John McClane instead of Joe Leland.

Willis was not exactly the kind of person the studio was hoping to cast in the role. At the time, he was mostly only known for comedies, not action movies. But they had been turned down by a variety of other actors since offering the role to Sinatra and Schwarzenegger, and they had to settle.

The movie, of course, did extremely well, with a budget of just $28 million, the film grossed about $140 million by the time it was out of theatres (about $268 million today), earned four Academy Award nominations, and was generally well-received by critics.

The franchise of Die Hard is still going strong, though its original writer and main character have since passed away. Sinatra died in 1998 at the age of 82, while Thorp passed away in 1999 at the age of 62. Willis, meanwhile, had his career made by the Die Hard movies and despite now getting up there in years himself (about to turn 59 ) remains involved in the series as well as other action movies.

SEE ALSO: 'A Good Day To Die Hard' Actor Will Star In 'Terminator' Reboot

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The 15 Most Unlikely TV Actors-Turned-Movie Stars


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From Goldie Hawn to Jennifer Aniston, we've frequently seen our favorite TV stars grow up before our eyes and become world-famous after transitioning to film.

Some are simply destined for stardom. But there's another class of actors who, while always talented, weren't exactly predicted to do big things.

Click ahead to see which famous actors emerged from humble beginnings.

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Aaron Paul went from "Big Love" and "Breaking Bad" to trying take over the box office with this weekend's "Need For Speed."

Not even Breaking Bad's most hardcore fans could've predicted Aaron Paul would become such a major star when the series first debuted in 2007.

He was just the skinny white kid from Big Love in wankster apparel. But Paul grew into the actor he is today on the show and, by the final episode, it was clear he had a serious future.

Jennifer Lawrence went from "The Bill Engvall Show" to back-to-back Oscar nominations.

At the time, it appeared The Bill Engvall Show would be sucked into oblivion upon cancellation, but something strange happened. The girl who played Engvall's daughter became one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood.

Credit Lawrence for choosing the path less taken. She won a demanding role as Ree Dolly in Winter's Bone a year after Engvall ended and earned her first Oscar nomination. Two more would follow, including a win for Silver Linings Playbook.

Before Michelle Williams starred in "Blue Valentine" and "Oz The Great And Powerful," she was part of the "Dawson's Creek" cast.

It's next to impossible to break the typecasting mold after appearing on a show like Dawson's Creek (just ask James Van Der Beek).

But Williams did it more successfully than any other actor. Katie Holmes was the one everyone would've picked to be a star, but it was Dawson's other love who would go on to win three Oscar nominations.

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Marvel Still Hasn't Learned Its Lesson About Marketing Black Widow


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In the ever-expanding pantheon of big screen superheroes, Black Widow is positioned as being one of the progressive ones. But after a minor scandal broke out over the way she was marketed in the first Avengers movie, Marvel doesn't seem to have learned any lessons about how to treat her that way.

In her latest character poster for Captain America: Winter Soldier, Black Widow's pose is mostly sexy, and made only slightly action-y by the fact that she's carrying guns.

It's hard to see this as a step up from the infamous hand-out photo that found the Marvel assassin unarmed and sticking her butt out. Here's what I thought of when I saw the new poster: Marianne Faithfull in the biker exploitation movie Girl on a Motorcycle — a movie retitled Naked Under Leather in the U.S. because her character is, as the title implies, naked under her leather catsuit.

The whole thing is kind of weird because you don't see male superheroes posed so suggestively. Back when Avengers was being promoted, artist Kevin Bolk made a parody version of the movie's hand-out image to show what it would look like if they did. 

Gender flipping comic book characters has become a whole thing. The Hawkeye Initiative is probably the most well-known, sustained, and hilarious example. But it was well-known by the end of 2012. You would think that more than a year later, Marvel might forego giving Black Widow the googly-eyed teenager treatment.

Given any opportunity to talk about the character, Scarlett Johansson will explain how Black Widow is more than just a sex symbol. She's smart, too.

"Joss really set the bar in Avengers to celebrate these female characters that are usually bookends or ornaments in films to sort of sell the sex appeal," she said at last summer's Comic-Con. "He was such a pioneer in really fleshing out Black Widow and making her a character who could get punched in the face, and could deliver the blow, and was an intelligent, complex, strong female character. It's been a real pleasure for me to play those multi-layers, and to be able to act and not just pose."

In the movies that's all true. In Avengers, we're introduced to Black Widow in the middle of a secret mission that finds her pretending to be weak while being interrogated. When she's called in to SHIELD home offices she breaks the charade and makes quick work of the men who were threatening to torture her a moment ago. She was in control the whole time, like a true hero.

Unfortunately Marvel keeps marketing Black Widow like a sex kitten. As the father of a 3-year-old girl who loves superheroes, I'm hoping she grows up with more big screen female options than this sexified vision of Scarlett Johansson. While Marvel's comic books are trail-blazingly progressive, its movies lag behind, and the new Captain America ad campaign isn't helping

SEE ALSO: Marvel Studios President Hints At Future Black Widow Movie

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Tyler Perry's Latest Movie 'The Single Moms Club' Bombs


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Tyler Perry's new movie "The Single Moms Club" bombed this weekend earning $8.3 million.

The film starring Nia Long ("Big Momma's House") and Amy Smart ("The Butterfly Effect") was predicted to take in nearly double.

It's Perry's first movie to debut at under $10 million, making it his worst opening ever at theaters.

"The Single Moms Club" is the last film Perry will release with Lionsgate as he focuses on his television deal at Oprah's OWN network.

He already has three successful series on the network — "The Haves and the Have Nots,""For Better or Worse," and "Love Thy Neighbor"— all of which have helped propel ratings on OWN.

His next series will be based on "The Single Moms Club" film.

SEE ALSO: Video game movies that bombed at theaters

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A Cartoon Beat Out 'Need For Speed' At Theaters This Weekend


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Audiences did not have the "Need for Speed" this weekend.

DreamWorks' adaptation of the popular video game franchise starring Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") didn't finish first or even second this weekend.

The new film debuted under $20 million behind last week's new releases.

Instead, DreamWorks Animation's "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (separate from DreamWorks) and Warner Bros. and Legendary's "300" ruled the weekend.

"Need for Speed" certainly won't be a bust. The estimated $66 million film is playing well overseas. So far, it's made $45.6 million overseas.

Overall, it wasn't a good week for new releases as Tyler Perry's latest movie, "The Single Moms Club"bombed over the weekend becoming the director's lowest opening in theaters.

The limited opening for Kickstarter-funded "Veronica Mars" starring Kristen Bell debuted to $2 million in nearly 300 theaters.

The big winner is Wes Anderson's latest movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" which made $3.6 million in just 66 theaters. Last weekend, the movie premiered in just four theaters to $2 million.

Here's a full look at the box-office weekend:

10. "Veronica Mars": $2 million
9. "Frozen": $2.1 million
8. "The Grand Budapest Hotel": $3.6 million
7. "Son of God": $5.4 million
6. "The Lego Movie": $7.7 million
5. "Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club": $8.3 million
4. "Non-Stop": $10.6 million
3. "Need for Speed": $17.8 million
2. "300: Rise of An Empire": $19.1 million
1. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman": $21.2 million

SEE ALSO: "Need for Speed" feels like a giant ad for Ford's new Mustang

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'Fantastic Four' Studio Was Reportedly Looking To Hire New Director, Writer, And Cast


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In a rather shocking yet unconfirmed development, 20th Century Fox has reportedly fired director Josh Trank from The Fantastic Four, while also discarding the screenplay from writer Simon Kinberg, less than six months before production is scheduled to begin.

Bleeding Cool reports that the studio is actively searching for a new writer and director, and that there are also casting issues as well. We reported last month that Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch), Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm/The Invisible Girl) and Jamie Bell(Ben Grimm/The Thing) officially signed on after months of casting speculation.

It isn't known if these "issues" refer to these actors who have already signed on, or other characters that have yet to be cast. We reported earlier this week that Domhnall GleesonEddie RedmayneSam Riley and Toby Kebbell were the front runners to play the villainous Dr. Doom.

We'll have to wait and see whether the studio will confirm this report or not. If it does turn out to be true, the June 19, 2015 release date will likely have to be pushed, since there may not be enough time to develop a new script in just six months.

The Fantastic Four comes to theaters June 19th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan,Miles TellerKate MaraJamie Bell. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

UPDATE: 20th Century Fox has since denied the reports with Bleeding Cool posting an article this morning saying:

"Our sources were impeccable. By which we mean those who had actually been approached by Fox for this gig.

We ran the story and there was a pretty much immediate spinback from Fox via Screen Crush. Massive denial. Covered by all sorts of folks.

We are in no doubt that Fox are going ahead with their current production plans with Fantastic Four.

Right now. But, last week we were also in no doubt that they’d been looking to junk it all. And these aren’t mutually exclusive notions."

SEE ALSO: These 4 Young Actors Were Just Cast In The 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

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Lupita Nyong'o Met With J.J. Abrams About A Role In The New 'Star Wars' Movie


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Fresh off her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win, Lupita Nyong'o is the latest actress to have ties to the new "Star Wars" movie. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "12 Years A Slave" star met with director J.J. Abrams weeks before the Academy Awards about a possible role in the film.

The news follows reports last week of five actors up for a lead male role in the sequel.

THR reports the Nyong'o role could possibly be for a descendent of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness/Ewan McGregor). alec guinness star wars obi wan"Star Wars" is set to begin filming in May and will be released December 2015.

SEE ALSO: The five actors up for the lead in "Star Wars: Episode 7"

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Legendary Pictures Took Advantage Of LA Earthquake To Market 'Godzilla'


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This morning, Los Angeles was hit by a 4.4-magnitude earthquake.

While Hollywood reacted to the shock of being awoken by the tremor, Legendary Pictures used the natural disaster to market its upcoming summer reboot, "Godzilla."

The response to the tweet has been pretty positive.

"Godzilla" is in theaters May 16, featuring "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston.

SEE ALSO: Check out a trailer for the film

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Tyler Perry’s Latest Box Office Bomb Shows A Terrible Trend In His Movies


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Tyler Perry's newest movie, "The Single Moms Club,"bombed over the weekend, making just $8.3 million at the box office. 

By far, it was Perry's worst opening yet.

The film, about a group of women who form a support group, follows a recent trend of Perry films that have debuted poorly.

We took a look back at the director's 15 films ranging from "Madea's Family Reunion" up until his latest movie out this weekend.

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Time after time, Perry's "Madea" series has repeatedly been the director's one successful box-office hit; however, the franchise's latest installment, "A Madea Christmas," may prove it's wearing its welcome.

The sequel debuted to $16 million and has made $52.5 million worldwide.

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Perry's box-office success began a descent after "Madea's Witness Protection" in 2012.

His films aren't exactly huge risks as the production costs for most of his movies hover around $20 million.

"The Single Moms Club" is Perry's final film with Lionsgate as the director heads to TV to focus his full attention on Oprah's OWN network where he heads multiple successful series including ratings winner "The Haves and The Have Nots."

His next project will be an adaptation of "The Single Moms Club" for the network.

SEE ALSO: "The Single Moms Club" bombs at theaters

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Here's The First Trailer For Dystopian Thriller ‘The Maze Runner’


the maze runnerWith the success of "The Hunger Games," studios are constantly in search of the next big young adult novel to adapt for the big screen.

The next book series Hollywood will bet on is James Dashner's sci-fi dystopian "The Maze Runner."20th Century Fox released the first trailer for the film today. 

The film stars Dylan O'Brien ("The Internship,""Teen Wolf"), Will Poulter ("We're the Millers"), Thomas Brodie-Sangster ("Game of Thrones,""Phineas and Ferb").

Here's the plot via 20th Century Fox:

"When Thomas ( Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape."

"The Maze Runner" hits theaters September 19.

SEE ALSO: Tyler Perry's latest box-office bomb shows a terrible trend in his movies

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'Entourage' Movie Casts Quarterbacks Tom Brady And Russell Wilson


The NFL is currently kneepad-deep in free agency, and the trades are coming as fast as the bulls--- flows from one superagent Ari Gold’s mouthpiece. His portrayer, actor Jeremy Piven, is full of a few things himself, but none of it is the Super Bowl-winning pride of superstar young quarterback Russell Wilson, who played a huge role in bringing the Seattle Seahawks back into the spotlight with a ridiculously huge upset over the Denver Broncos just last month. But does Wilson have what it takes to make a TV series-turned-movie into as big of a success? 

While nobody actually came out and said that Wilson will have a cameo in Doug Ellin’s feature take on his hit HBO series Entourage, Piven posted the above picture to his Instagram account, so that’s about as solid proof as the industry gets these days.

Wilson has been an outspoken fan of the show, so it’s no surprise that they’re pulling him in to give the flick that added boost of celebrity currency. Take a look at the athlete’s recent David Letterman appearance below. 

And Wilson probably isn’t the only Super Bowl winner to get some screentime in the film, as Ellin himself recently posted a picture to his own Instagram page where he’s standing next to the New England Patriots future legend Tom Brady.

Brady, for what it’s worth is rocking the movie star set look, trading in his usual sweater for something with a zipper, as well as the expected sunglasses and flat cap. 

Entourage fans will remember Brady showing up for the Season 6 episode "Fore" back in 2009, where series executive producer Mark Wahlberg also shows up for a charity golf event. Spark your memory up below. 

There’s still not a lot to be known about where the film’s plot will be headed, other than Vincent (Adrian Grenier) is still a movie star, and Ari is a studio head. Otherwise, we just know the cast will include Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Scott Caan, Debi Mazar, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Kid Cudi and Martin Landau, with cameos from Piers Morgan, Emily Ratajkowski and Liam Neeson. Find it in theaters on June 12, 2015, unless they talk Warner Bros. into letting it go a little early. Now when are they gonna get Drew Brees in this thing? 

SEE ALSO: 'Entourage' Movie Begins Shooting In Los Angeles And Miami

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Cinemark Theater's App Will Reward You With Free Snacks If You Keep Your Phone Off During The Movie


Cinemark theaters may have finally found a way to quash the obnoxious sounds of people talking on their phones during a movie. 

Download the theater chain's official app and activate the "Cinemode feature" when you see a warning appear on the screen.

You'll earn rewards points through your Cinemark account if you don't touch your phone, but they will vanish if you touch your phone just once. 

Lifehacker was the first to post this deal.

The rewards will be good for things within the theaters like free sodas and discounts on other concessions. But one commenter on Slickdeals pointed out the possibility of using these points elsewhere:

"It seemed odd that they would be able to tell that you were actually at the movie. So I tried to put the app in Cinemode before going to bed, and woke up the next morning, turned it off and got a reward. So apparently it doesn't know that you're actually at the theaters or not."

You can download the app for iOS and Android

Here's what it looks like:

This is the main page of the app. Click Cinemode.

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Turn the Cinemode on when the warning appears on the screen. 

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When the movie is over, turn off the feature and collect your reward. 

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7 Films That Inspired Quentin Tarantino


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Quentin Tarantino may be one of the best-known and most influential filmmakers in contemporary American cinema.

The director became a household name after his highly-successful 1994 crime film, "Pulp Fiction." It is considered by many critics to be Tarantino’s masterpiece, and the film’s disjointed narrative structure, multiple pop culture references, and over-the-top violence exemplified his filmmaking style.

Tarantino’s films also typically contain countless hat tips to other films that have somehow inspired the director. While documenting every single film reference in Tarantino’s entire body of work would be a daunting task, there are several films that clearly influenced some of this famed director’s most popular films. Not surprisingly, many of these films feature themes of crime and violence.

Here are seven killer movies that inspired Quentin Tarantino.

1. "City on Fire" (1987)

This Hong Kong crime thriller directed by Ringo Lam is perhaps best-known as one of the primary influences on Tarantino’s "Reservoir Dogs." Like Tarantino’s 1992 film, "City on Fire" is the story of an undercover cop who has infiltrated a gang of thieves. Like Tim Roth’s character in "Reservoir Dogs," Chow Yun-fat’s character in "City on Fire" is also torn between his duty as a police officer and the growing sense of friendship that he feels with one of the members of the crime gang he has infiltrated.

Besides borrowing some of "City on Fire’s" themes and character types, Reservoir Dogs also employs a similar “Mexican standoff” scene that is found in this Hong Kong movie. However, despite some obvious and superficial plot similarities, no one would mistake "Reservoir Dogs" as a "City on Fire" clone. "Reservoir Dogs’s" cut-and-paste narrative timeline and pop culture-laden dialogue make the film an unmistakable Tarantino creation.

2. "Kiss Me Deadly" (1955)

As its title suggests, "Pulp Fiction" was partially inspired by the pulp crime fiction written by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, and Dashiell Hammett, as well as the associated film noir genre. Although there is no single major film noir work that was the primary inspiration for "Pulp Fiction," it is widely believed that the mysterious glowing briefcase pursued by the hit men in "Pulp Fiction" was Tarantino’s homage to a similar briefcase featured in the 1955 film noir classic "Kiss Me Deadly.""Kiss Me Deadly" was adopted from Spillane’s detective novel of the same name.

Like the briefcase in "Pulp Fiction," the briefcase in "Kiss Me Deadly" functions primarily as a MacGuffin, or plot device, to propel the story. However, unlike "Pulp Fiction," the contents of the briefcase in "Kiss Me Deadly" are eventually revealed to be nuclear material. "Kiss Me Deadly" currently holds a 97 percent “Fresh” rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as an 85 percent audience approval rating.

3. "The Game of Death" (1978)

Quentin Tarantino’s "Kill Bill" series of movies that kicked off with Volume 1 in 2003 drew inspiration from a wide variety of film genres, including Japanese samurai films, Italian giallo films, and Hong Kong martial art films. However, perhaps the most obvious motif that Tarantino recycles in this film is the yellow-and-black tracksuit worn by Uma Thurman’s character, The Bride. The same outfit was famously worn by Bruce Lee in "The Game of Death" the last film the iconic martial arts movie star was working on when he died unexpectedly in 1973. Although "The Game of Death" was never completed, a film using lots of footage of a Bruce Lee stand-in was released five years after his death.

4. "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" aka "They Call Her One Eye" (1973)

Like he did with "The Game of Death," Tarantino also borrowed costume ideas from this little known Swedish exploitation film starring Cristina Lindberg. Like Uma Thurman’s character of The Bride in the "Kill Bill" series of films, Cristina Lindberg’s Frigga character becomes a trained killer in order to exact revenge on criminals who have wronged her. Although "Thriller: A Cruel Picture" has little in common with "Kill Bill Vol. 1" besides featuring a wronged woman hell bent on revenge, fans of Tarantino’s film will instantly recognize the visual similarities between the Elle Driver character played by Daryl Hannah and the Frigga character played by Cristina Lindberg. Both characters wear an eye patch and share a propensity for color coordinating their eye patches with their outfits.

5. "Lady Snowblood" (1973)

Like "Kill Bill Vol. 1, Lady Snowblood" is also about a woman seeking revenge on a gang of criminals. However, besides sharing the same broad theme as Tarantino’s film, "Lady Snowblood’s" Yuki character also served as the inspiration for one of "Kill Bill Vol. 1’s" main characters, O-Ren Ishii. Played by Lucy Liu, O-Ren Ishii’s resemblance to Yuki — the lead character in "Lady Snowblood" — may be most apparent during the duel in the snow between O-Ren Ishii and The Bride. Tarantino has made no secret of his admiration for this bloody Japanese samurai revenge film and he even borrowed some of the film’s music for the soundtrack of "Kill Bill Vol. 1."

6. "Foxy Brown" (1974)

Although Quentin Tarantino’s "Jackie Brown" doesn’t borrow the storyline of this classic blaxploitation film starring Pam Grier, the film does borrow various stylistic elements. "Jackie Brown" also pays homage to the strong characters that Grier portrayed in both "Foxy Brown" and 1973’s "Coffy." However, the influence of "Foxy Brown" may be the most apparent since the title’s font and half of the title name is borrowed for Tarantino’s "Jackie Brown." Although the storyline of "Jackie Brown" is far more complex and subtler than the straightforward revenge storyline of "Foxy Brown," Tarantino still manages to work in several direct references to "Foxy Brown" throughout his own film. For example, Sid Haig, who starred in "Foxy Brown" and several other similar blaxploitation films, plays a judge in "Jackie Brown."

7. "Django" (1966)

"Django Unchained" brought renewed attention to "Django," the Sergio Corbucci-directed “Spaghetti Western” that was one of the primary inspirations behind Tarantino’s 2012 movie. Although both films feature deadly gunslingers named "Django," racist antagonists, and over-the-top violence, there is little else to tie these two films’ plots together. However, Tarantino was obviously inspired by some elements of the 1966 film and he even borrowed its unforgettable title song for "Django Unchained." Franco Nero, who played Django in the 1966 original, also makes a cameo appearance in "Django Unchained" as a minor character watching the brutal "Mandingo"-inspired slave fights. After Django, played by Jamie Foxx, tells Franco Nero’s character that the “D” in his name is silent, Nero’s character tells him, “I know.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Says The Next 'Terminator' Will Feel A Lot Like 'Terminator 2'


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He will be back.

Yes, a fifth "Terminator" film is coming to theaters next summer with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the titular character. 

Called "Terminator: Genesis," the next film will star Jai Courtney ("A Good Day to Die Hard") as Kyle Reese and Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones").

Ahead of the actor's new release "Sabotage" out later this month, Schwarzenegger spoke with Collider about his return to the "Terminator" franchise.

It sounds like the series may be heading back to its roots. 

"The way it reads, it has the same feel of Terminator 2," says Schwarzenegger. "It’s big.  There’s hardcore action and it has some really great visual effects in there, but not over the top."

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" featured Schwarzenegger as a good guy trying to protect the son of Sarah Connor and was well received critically and at the box office. The 1991 film made more than $500 million worldwide. 

"Genesis" has been in production for awhile and while there aren't a lot of details out plotwise, you can probably bet it won't have many ties to 2009's "Terminator Salvation." (That film, starring Christian Bale was supposed to start up a new trilogy.)

Skydance Productions and distributor Paramount will be financing the film.

"Terminator: Genesis" begins filming at the end of April in New Orleans and is set for a July 1, release.

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New 'Star Wars' Sequel Will Take Place 30 Years After 'Return Of The Jedi'


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We finally know when the next "Star Wars" movie will take place — 30 years after "The Return of the Jedi." 

CEO Bob Iger made the "Star Wars" news update during the company's annual shareholder meeting this afternoon.

While Iger said it's too early to reveal any details about the film, he did confirm that R2-D2 will be in the film.

Carrie Fisher previously spilled that she would reprise her role of Princess Leia in the sequel.

Iger also confirmed the film will begin shooting in May, news that was first reported back in February.

"Star Wars: Episode 7" is set for a December 2015 release.

Iger also announced that Pixar is working on "The Incredibles 2" and "Cars 3."

You can listen to the shareholder meeting live HERE.

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Popcorn Time: Hollywood's Nightmare Is Only Just Beginning


While nerds who already regularly use pirating software were unimpressed by Popcorn Time, branding it "simply a fancy bittorrent client", they were missing the point. This is an easy-to-use interface, that anyone can use to pirate any film. In particular, it offers a huge wealth of classic movies. Unlike torrenting, Popcorn Time – created by an anonymous group of Argentine software developers – doesn't require any tech skills, it doesn't force you to navigate a ton of scummy ads and it doesn't take hours to work; it's just point and click.

It's easy to forget how important this ease of use is: 91 per cent of EU citizens haven't illegally downloaded anything in the last year, partly because the blocking of sites like Pirate Bay means it's become harder, and partly because legal downloading methods like Netflix and Lovefilm are becoming more common.

Make no mistake, legal streaming is vital to the movie business. Hammered by falling DVD revenue, studios need a new way to consistently make money from old films. The rise of legal streaming service like Netflix seemed like a godsend – here was a way to make cash out of the back catalogue, and beat piracy at the same time.

Most people don't realise, but a movie's box office return is only a fraction of the value it can generate; indeed, many famous failures – notably the 1963 mega-flop Cleopatra – have actually been generating a steady profit year after year for decades (it broke even in 1986), mostly thanks to selling international rights.

Part of the reason Popcorn Time is such a threat is the international nature of the service: there's no more carving up of rights by territory, no more doing a deal in every nation. Popcorn Time shoots that out of the water – the very existence of the service makes it much harder for anyone to calculate the long-term value of a film, or sell film rights at all. It's much worse than torrents because it's so much easier to use, and what's more, being coded into innumerable languages by opportunistic coders.

Popcorn Time blows a huge hole in the Netflix/Lovefilm model. Both of them operate on the basis of having a limited catalogue of films and TV available at any given time; they can't keep everything online or they'd end paying far more for rights than they could afford.

Last week Popcorn Time launched with an infinitely bigger library than both Netflix and Lovefilm combined, because it wasn't paying a penny for rights. This means it could show brand new films (which won't be out legally for months) and old classics (which only occasionally rotate through legal platforms).

While the original founders of Popcorn Time naively thought they were legally safe because they weren't making any money, Hollywood lawyers of course came down on them like a ton of bricks.

In a statement closing the service on Saturday, the anonymous developers said: "Piracy is not a people problem. It’s a service problem. A problem created by an industry that portrays innovation as a threat to its antique recipe for collecting value."

To repeat: the genie is out of the bottle. While the original service was officially closed, it's live and easy to find on the net, with a community vowing to keep developing for it. As I wrote in this piece on music streaming, the constant innovation of pirates will push a better service from the labels and studios. It can only be a matter of time before we see a paid-for service with a virtually unlimited catalogue – a Spotify for films, if you like.

While this is all very well for the downloading public, I must say I'm a little uneasy at the constant pressure from the hacking community for absolutely everything to be free. They can't bear the fact that  free online services like Spotify have ads or collect data from users. (And, it should be pointed out, the returns to artists on open platforms like Spotify are pathetic.)

It's not just big film companies and media moguls being ripped off: piracy has an impact on the ability and willingness of people to create art.

For example, a prominent Spanish literary novelist quit writing after discovering that her latest book was illegally downloaded far more often than bought; comic book creators bemoan the fact that between five and ten times as many comics are pirated as bought; the writer of Sons of Anarchy recently penned a fulminating article attacking the way "Convicted felons like Kim Dotcom generate millions of dollars in illegal revenue off our stolen creative work".

Ultimately, you can dress it up any way you like, but free downloading is stealing from someone. If you think creative work has a value, you should probably pay for it. Have a think about that before you next pirate something.

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San Diego's Comic-Con Sold Out In Less Than 75 Minutes


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It isn’t exactly news that admission to San Diego Comic Con 2014 is a hot commodity, but you can put a number to how quickly this year’s badges sold out after becoming available during open registration Saturday: 72 minutes.

According to a rundown from the Unofficial SDCC Blog, the queue of registered buyers was sorted and badges officially went on sale at 9:12 a.m. Pacific Time. The badges were completely gone by 10:24 a.m. That was considerably faster than the preregistration sale last month, which took nearly 2 1/2 hours.

The Unofficial SDCC blog speculates that the longer preregistration could have led to the quick sale of badges under open registration: “It could also mean that CCI sold the majority of the available badges during preregistration, and therefore a lower inventory of badges were available during [Saturday]’s sale.”

The blog also documented a handful of site crashes and other problems that people who wanted to buy badged encountered, though the number of errors actually seemed to have decreased from last year.

For those users who weren’t able to get their badges Saturday, there remains some hope, the blog reports:

Every year CCI has put for sale badges which have been returned or cancelled, generally in May or June. Quantities are limited, and CCI has stated that it’s not even a guarantee it will happen, but history says it should. The SDCC 2014 badge refund deadline is May 23, so expect a sale date shortly afterwards based on the remaining inventory of badges.

Keep your fingers crossed, hopefuls.

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Bryan Cranston Wants You To Know He's Not Crazy In New 'Godzilla' Trailer


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Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures released a new international trailer for "Godzilla" that teases a lot of new footage for the reboot.

Bryan Cranston stars in the film, along with Ken Watanabe and Elizabeth Olsen. We won't spoil much because the trailer speaks for itself, but it sounds like the government is trying to cover up the monster's existence as a natural disaster. Naturally, Cranston's character, Joe Brody, isn't too happy about that.

Overall, the movie looks pretty awesome so we're hoping it doesn't disappoint.

"Godzilla" is in theaters May 16.

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14 Movies That Used A Lot Less CGI Than You Think


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If you headed to theaters this weekend to see "Need for Speed," the film included some crazy stunts.

Audiences saw a Ford Mustang jump three lanes of traffic in Detroit and get airlifted by a U.S. Army helicopter.

One thing you may not have realized was that the DreamWorks' film was made entirely without any computer-generated imagery, commonly known as "CGI."

Director Scott Waugh — a former stuntman — wanted to make the action look as real as possible.

“My philosophy has always been that you can’t break physics because if you do it hurts the story because then the characters don’t apply to physics either,” said Waugh

In Hollywood, while most films employ CGI, you may be surprised by the movies that opt out of using digital enhancements.  

The weightlessness in "Apollo 13" was thanks to a military plane that recreated zero gravity.

When it came to achieving weightlessness on screen, Tom Hanks and the rest of the crew in 1995's "Apollo 13" had less help from Hollywood and more from NASA.

The cast and crew used NASA's "Vomit Comet," a Boeing 707 "that climbs to 30,000 ft. and then arcs into a steep dive, creating a 23-second period of weightlessness." Director Ron Howard liked it so much he put the set of the film right into the plane itself.

"If we’d had to do it with wires — if we really would’ve had to try to create the weightlessness with wires, I shudder to think what the movie would have looked like," said Howard.

Tom Cruise actually climbed the Burj Khalifa for "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

Even more astounding than Dubai's Burj Khalifa's height (2,722 feet) is that Tom Cruise actually scaled the upper levels of the building in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

"When you’re on top and you look out, people are going to think it’s CG [computer-generated], and it’s not," Gregg Smrz, the film's stunt coordinator, told the L.A. Times.

While a green screen would have been a lot easier and safer, Cruise insisted on climbing with special harnesses and rigging about 1,700 feet off the ground (that's 250 feet higher than the Empire State Building) in order to pull off the seemingly impossible scene.

The face-melting ending from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was done using melting wax sculptures.

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" won the 1981 Oscar for Best Visual Effects, but the iconic "face-melting" ending used nothing more than practical effects.

"The melting of Toht, the Nazi villain’s head in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' required an innovative approach," visual-effects artist Dennis Muren told Vanity Fair. "It was decided that the head would be sculpted in wax ... filmed at a speed slower than normal, high heat was applied and the head appears to melt rapidly revealing layers of skin, muscle, and bone when played back at normal speed."

In addition, the ghosts that float during the Lost Ark ceremony were silken puppets floating in a tank of water.

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