Fin: Metrodome trutherism, ‘Mad Men’ roads not taken and first they came for Chuck Johnson

This Boston Red Sox broadcast of video of the implosion of the Metrodome- which didn’t actually happen- may be my favorite sports news story of the year. It turns out the video came from a comedy bit on the broadcast of a different team- the White Sox, in fact- and I’m guessing they had it more »

DVD Review: The Poltergeist of Borley Forest

Haunted forests are nothing new, really. Nor are ghost movies. But the combination of a poltergeist and the woods, now that’s something a little different. Our friends out at Image Entertainment sent out a copy of “The Poltergeist of Borley Forest” for us to review, and the concept is certainly unique enough…but can the execution more »

Cary Fukunaga no longer directing ‘It’ adaptation

New Line swears its remake of Stephen King’s “It” is still happening, but it has taken a step backward. According to The Wrap, director Cary Fukunaga is off the project. Reportedly there were budget concerns, including the casting of Ben Mendelsohn. New Line wanted him to take a pay cut to keep things under budget more »

Fox rebooting ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’

There may be no better example of “brilliant comic book, subpar movie adaptation” than 2003’s “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”  It’s best known for being Sean Connery’s last film. I think that had more to do with him being ready to retire than the quality of the movie. But Connery was far from the only person more »

15 people who made Aladdin jokes about FIFA candidate Prince Ali

As you may have heard, an election is going on right now for the presidency of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, still reeling from the shocking indictment earlier this week by the U.S. Department of Justice. The two leading candidates are longtime incumbent Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali bin Hussein, a Jordanian prince, and brother of more »

Tilda Swinton may play Doctor Strange’s Ancient One, changing character’s race and gender

Each day in comic book movie casting brings a new controversy as studios try to make up for decades of predominantly white male characters. Making matters worse, the few diverse faces in the books were often cringeworthy stereotypes. Into all this is the apparent casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in Marvel’s upcoming more »

No more searching for Bobby Fischer: Pawn Sacrifice trailer is here

If next month’s Brian Wilson biopic doesn’t give you your fill of a famous guy in the 1960s juggling genius and mental illness, a Bobby Fischer biopic is on the way not long after. The first trailer debuted Wednesday for “Pawn Sacrifice,” a biopic that stars Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schrieber as his more »

DFW lives in “End of the Tour” trailer

“The End of the Tour,” the upcoming movie about the late author David Foster Wallace starring Jason Segel as Wallace, has quite a few strikes against it: Wallace hasn’t been gone that long, it’s not an overarching story of the man’s life, and Wallace’s family is said to disapprove. However, there were more positive feelings more »

Movie Review: “San Andreas”

Earthquake movies are hard to do. Earthquakes only last a short time, and one big quake followed by a bunch of aftershocks tends not to add up to the most exciting action film structure. There were a couple during the disaster movie craze of the ’70s, but but the genre’s big revival in the 1990s more »

First trailer for the remake of Point Break is extreme, has whooshing

In this age of remakes, will the remake of Point Break be as extreme as a fan of the original needs it to be? The previous question will not keep me awake tonight, for I have an answer, provided to me via the trailer for the new Point Break, which is extreme in a way more »

Fin: Fenway over ‘Entourage,’ cancel TLC and the right vs. Lena Dunham

Following up on that ‘Entourage‘ piece earlier: Monday night, rather than the ‘Entourage’ movie press screening, I’ll be watching the Red Sox and Twins play at Fenway. I haven’t been this happy about missing a movie screening for better reasons since the night in the summer of 2011 when I stayed home from the “Transformers more »

Blu-ray Review: Scarecrows

This is a bit of a treat for me, because when I was a younger man, this was one of my personal favorite horror movies. To see Scream Factory bring back “Scarecrows” on Blu-ray–and send one out for review as well–is a particular treat, and this one shows off exactly why. “Scarecrows” is like “A-Team”, more »