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Jupiter Ascending

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On the cusp of the all important Oscar nominations tomorrow morning, the nominations for the highly-influential (though for entirely different reasons) 36th annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. The “Razzies,” as they’re more commonly known, seek to honor (sarcastically) the worst movies of the year, and the 2016 race features a log-jam of frontrunners including a sci-fi opus, a mall cop comedy, an erotic drama based on Twilight fan fic, and the ubiquitous Adam Sandler entry. As usual, this year’s Razzie noms include previous Oscar winners, those currently in contention for Oscars, and those who just continually make bad decisions when choosing movies to make. (more…)

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In “alternate reality” science fiction, one of the few tropes more engaging than alt-history – which shows us how things might have been changed if a historical lynch-pin event had a different outcome than that which we already know – is perhaps best described as alt-future: showing how our society would handle something that could conceivably happen based on our current world, even if the likelihood of that happening is extremely slim.  That’s the premise we are given in We Stand on Guard, a planned 5-issue mini-series. The United States and Canada share the longest international land border in the world… what if our two countries went to war against each other?

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I saw The Fifth Element during it’s opening week in the theater, and unlike the relatively small crowd who were also there in the cinema to watch, I got it! I read critical reaction and saw the box office returns. Words like “train wreck,” “flawed,” “overblown” and “misfire” were thrown around, but none of that sounded like the film I had watched and enjoyed from beginning to end. Was I crazy? It turns out I wasn’t so much because almost 20 years The Fifth Element – like The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Blade Runner – it’s got more fans than detractors now. Time, as John Lennon once said wounds all heels. Does the same fate await Jupiter Ascending? I don’t want to speak too soon, but I would argue that it’s not as bad as everyone is letting on. (more…)

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Surely by now those of you back home have heard about the insanely long line for San Diego Comic-Con‘s Hall H. It began forming about mid-afternoon yesterday and soon stretched three miles long (according to the convention gossips, that is). Yet–friend of the site, Rush Urbalejo has managed to grab a spot in the room and will be doing his best to recap today’s announcements. First up, Warner Bros.

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Obviously when you release the schedule for the first half of a con, you’re going to release the schedule for the second half sooner rather than later. To wit, San Diego Comic Con has now fully disclosed the goings on of their 2014 edition, and the weekend line-up promises the bulk of the con’s big movie panels and some of the TV shows it didn’t have time to get to one Friday. So what’s in store? Read on to find out. (more…)

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After the staggering scope of Cloud Atlas, you’d think that the Wachowskis would be scaling back their massive sci-fi ambitions a bit (especially since that movie didn’t exactly set the box office on fire). Yet Jupiter Ascending, their latest bit of insane-looking spectacle, seems to be just as heady and weird, fitting easily into the singular body of work they’ve created for themselves since The Matrix in 1999. Today, a third trailer for the film gives us a glimpse of the action contained within their latest opus and it looks as if the Wachowskis aren’t putting away their “pew pew” guns away any time soon.

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For most folks out there, it’s a love-hate relationship with the Wachowskis and the movies that they put out. We were blown away when The Matrix arrived and V for Vendetta was done about as good as a movie adaptation was going to get, but they’ve had more than a few stinkers in their career (even beyond the atrocious two follow-ups to The Matrix). But, like it or not, they still keep making movies. And next to hit the big screen courtesy of the Wachowski team is Jupiter Ascending. We’ve already had one look at it, but you can now check out the second big trailer for this flick below. (more…)

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There’s a new Jupiter Ascending trailer hitting today, but until we get our latest glimpse of the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas follow-up in motion, we have two “side of a van” worthy character banners to whet our appetite. One has Channing Tatum flashing his beefy tattooed arms, while the other features Mila Kunis looking like she’s waiting to get admitted into a free Ben Kweller show at SXSW.

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