Fin: Harry loves “Lucy,” Kid Rock and ICP’s glass dildo dispute and strippers for Jeter

An essay about Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” which is my second-favorite song from 1977 told from the point of view of a teenage boy trying to convince a teenage girl to have sex with him (#1- Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young.”) (AV Club) I guess I’m not the only one more »

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay to resurrect ‘Manimal’ as a film

When I first heard talk of bringing ’80s bomb Manimal to the big screen, I thought it might be the worst idea I’ve heard since “Battleship.” Now Deadline is reporting that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will produce this movie along with Glen A. Larson, creator of the original NBC series. This might be the more »

Jessica Chastain plays with fire, Colin Farrell in ‘Miss Julie’ trailer

With dozens of obvious Oscar contenders, and perhaps as many not so obvious, on the official slate for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, getting noticed and building healthy buzz ahead of the fest’s debut isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But if a steamy, provocative, riveting trailer starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell more »

Join the fight with this ‘Star Wars Rebels’ trailer

Disney is moving all over the Star Wars timeline to bring us some new heroes. Star Wars Rebels takes place in between Episodes III and IV, with the Jedi Council and the Republic in ruins. It focus on two new characters: Kanan Jarrus, a sort of “cowboy” Jedi, and Twi’lek pilot Hera Syndulla. The voice more »

Marvel sets five future release dates for yet-to-be-named film projects

It’s time to let the rampant, uneducated speculation begin. As it heads to Comic-Con (where are least a few people are predicting another mammoth, every character under their banner Hall H appearance), Marvel made waves again recently, announcing five more future film projects. Or perhaps a better way to put it is that the comic more »

Blu-ray Review: Open Grave

It may not seem like the greatest time for horror film, especially given that horror’s big season won’t start for another three months yet, but there’s seldom a bad time to get ready and build up a backlog for the long, cold, dark months ahead, and that’s where Cinedigm comes in, who sent out a more »

Edgar Wright jumps from ‘Ant-Man’ to ‘Baby Driver’

There’s no denying that director Edgar Wright marches to the beat of his own unusual drum kit. Every film he’s made, from the brilliant Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (‘Shaun of the Dead,’ ‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘The World’s End’) to his sole big screen adaptation (the video game-tinged epic ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’) merges contemporary meta more »

WTF: Trailer for the controversial SLC Punk sequel is incomprehensible, and that’s the point

Spoiler alert: the whole point of the newly released trailer for SLC Punk 2 Punk’s Dead is to not spoil the movie for you. I am not joking, as the source of this is none other than the Facebook presence of the movie itself (maybe even posted by writer-director James Merendino himself?), which recently posted more »

Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ prepares for awards season with first trailer

He’s one of the few filmmakers who can claim that every movie that he’s made (so far) has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Indeed, from the Tony and Laurence Olivier award winner’s initial foray onto the big screen – ‘Billy Elliot’ – to ‘The Hours,’ ‘The Reader,’ and ‘Extremely Loud and more »

Loaded Toronto Fest lineup includes ‘The Judge’, ‘The Drop’ and ‘Good Lie’

As much as on-the-rise, smaller shindigs like Telluride or New York continue to chip away at Toronto International Film Festival’s prominence and relevance in the build-up to the Oscars, TIFF remains a barometer of often low-budget cinematic excellence and virtue. Case in point, the just-announced 2014 roster, consisting of no less than 37 (mostly) high-profile world more »

“Get off my plane,” and the many other deaths of Gary Oldman

In the funniest Conan O’Brien bit of the year that doesn’t involve Triumph the Insult Comic Dog or Tinder, Conan Tuesday night hosted actor Gary Oldman, and showed the actor a supercut of his many on-screen deaths, in everything from “The Fifth Element” to “Harry Potter” to “Hannibal” to, of course, “Air Force One.” Here’s more »

Fin: Ned Stark ruins Season 7, Ted Cruz vs. True Blood, and the persecution of “The Persecuted”

Sean Bean accidentally dropping a major Game of Thrones spoiler reminds me of the time Kyle MacLachlan hosted Saturday Night Live and blurted out, in the monologue, that the killer of Laura Palmer was actually Shelly the Waitress (Gawker) The new movie about “persecution” of Christians in America- which is called, you guessed it, “The more »