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Of all the “failicious”, yeah I just made that word up, Spider iterations over the last 8 years that we have dealt with and are set to deal with in the future; this Spider-Gwen trailer puts some fresh-air into the story, that it sorely needed.  But here is the kicker….it’s fan-made. Weep tears as you watch the craftily edited trailer below.

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The Oscar nominations have been announced, and if you’ve been keeping up to date with the awards this season, then there isn’t much surprising news as far as surprises go. However, Birdman (deservedly so), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (really?) lead the pact, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy and Nightcrawler being snubbed big time (in my humble opinion). Also, another glaringly obvious snub was Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic Selma, with the director failing to make the best director category, which, consequently, remains a male dominant group. In the supporting actor category there is conflict brewing within the MCU – with two Hulks battling it out mano-a-mano (Edward Norton for Birdman, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher). Interestingly, it was nice to see Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and also X-Men: Days of Future Past receiving nominations. James Gunn, not being one known to hold back on his opinions, took to his Facebook Page to candidly express his feelings about the nominations. (more…)

The Top 10 Nerdy Movies of 2014

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As we say goodbye to 2014, we also say goodbye to an interesting and provocative year for movies that appealed to the nerd base. Amongst the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, action and horror, there were a number of very excellent contenders for the Best of the Year, all covering a wide range of themes, styles, and ideas which were brought to the screen by some very talented filmmakers, actors and artists. Amongst this year’s top choices was a return to space, both serious and adventurous. We also saw aliens who come to Earth, and future versions of Earth where humans are an endangered species. We saw vivid worlds imagined, and vivid worlds that never came to be. And we took a trip through the crime-soaked back alleys of Jakarta and the possibility-fueled streets of the Great White Way. Before spinning off into 2015, which may be the biggest year for nerdy movies ever, let’s take a look back at the Best Nerdy Movies of 2014. (more…)

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What, with all the news of Paul Feig‘s (BridesmaidsGhostbusters reboot, the planned Ghostbusters Spin-off starring Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt and a potential Ryan Gosling, and also the recent announcement that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returning in Summer 2016 on Showtime, here’s another one been plucked straight out of the 80s nostalgia-vault for you. After nearly 27 years since Tim Burton directed Michael Keaton in the classic Oscar winning (Best Make-up) movie Beetlejuice, and after the long-gestating rumors that have been circulating the past few years of a sequel, Burton has confirmed that they are now closer than ever. (more…)

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Michael Keaton surprised and amazed when Batman came out in 1989. Although he had made his bones as a comedic actor, he was able to fill the role of the Dark Knight with the right amount of darkness and intensity while also bring something more, like the feeling that Batman was just a little bit disturbed and had a hint of malevolence. After two Batman movies, Keaton called it a day and avoided the latter, zanier entries in the series. But as his Batman days are recalled in the semi-true life inspired Birdman, Keaton recalls the reasons why he didn’t continue on in the cape and cowl, and who could convince him to come back. (more…)

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Michael Keaton was never my first pick for the role of Batman, but I was so happy to see my favorite hero on movie screens that I got over it. It was the forehead. And the distinctive voice. And he’s only 5’10. I kept it moving, drank the Kool-Aid, and thoroughly enjoyed myself during both his runs as one half of the ‘World’s Finest.’ A couple decades or so later, he’d trade in his cape for feathers in his newest flick ‘Birdman.’ In promoting the film, Keaton sat down with EW and shared his views on the Christopher Nolan Batman films and whether or not ‘Batfleck’ was a good idea. (more…)

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Birdman is the latest movie from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, Biutiful) and if this newest  trailer is to be believed, it may be one of the best superhero movies in a very long time. Quite a feat, considering there are no superheroes in the movie. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, an actor who was best known for his role as the superhero “Birdman” during his younger years. Time has not  been kind to Thomson as his younger alter-ego continues to follow him even though he has not worn the costume in many-a-year. After careful consideration, he decides to return to his roots as the iconic character by producing a Birdman Broadway play in which he will write, star and direct. (more…)

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My love for Michael Keaton borders on obsession. And, no, I’m not a huge fan of him just because he played Batman. Keaton’s comedic skills and intensity and overall character work is unlike anyone else out there. Often mimicked but never duplicated, Keaton is in a class of his own.

That’s why it’s such a bummer that he’s been below the radar for so long. However, when he does re-emerge in something (even the iffy RoboCop remake) people always say, “Hey, why isn’t Michael Keaton in more stuff? And why isn’t he a bigger star?”

With his new film, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton might be getting that comeback he so rightly deserves. (more…)