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The cast and crew of Jumanji seem to be having a good time in the jungle, posting pictures and videos to social media. Dwayne Johnson is as ever, the social media darling, the guy just gets it. Jack Black isn’t one to take a back seat so he’s upped his game by simply eating lunch. Check out both videos below. (more…)

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Fans are still a little apprehensive about the Jumanji sequel starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and it’s hard not to blame them for those feelings. Would Johnson and Hart turn a much beloved movie into something that didn’t honor the original? Hart posted the first on set image to Instagram late last night. Take a look at Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black in Jumanji jungle costume. (more…)

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It took almost 20 years, but Sony finally did it last fall when Goosebumps arrived in theaters. The anthology of YA horror stories by R.L. Stine was a license to print money in the 90s with several dozen books published, a TV series that ran for four seasons, and lots of spin-offs in the form of games, puzzles, and other merch, but filmmakers just couldn’t crack the formula to turn it into a movie. That changed last year, and the movie was successful enough for Sony to want to invest in a sequel. Now, they’re close to get all the key talent on board to make it happen. (more…)

Bad Lip Reading Star Wars

No doubt many of your are mere hours away from seeing Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, and a very good percentage of you have probably re-watched the the original 3 movies in preparation for this cinematic event. Of course that leaves a great many of us scrambling to find time to get a good solid recap in before the new movie and since Episode VII starts nationwide in just a few hours we don’t really have the time, now do we?

So, rather than blaming our poor time management skills (but seriously, we have to reevaluate how we spend our time,) we can breathe sigh of relief and bang out a full review of the only Star Wars movies that matter in a little more than 20 minutes thanks to the folks over at Bad Lip Reading.  You can relive all the high points of the saga like Old Ben’s endless quest for the Pickaxe of Cortez, Vader’s surprise tear jerking emotional reveal at the end of Empire, and of course the songs… Oh all the songs. (more…)

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These days, it seems every old TV show, movie, and book series is getting the Hollywood “let’s throw some CGI at it and make a movie out of it” treatment.  It seems especially easy for movie-makers and the studio powers-that-be, because no matter how much fans complain about the “bastardization” of the classic properties that we know and love… people still go see the new stuff.  They still toss money at it, which in turn lets said movie-makers make a profit, which validates their decision to remake/reboot an old property, which gives them the gumption to go remake/reboot another old series.  It is, quite frankly, a vicious cycle.

One of the side effects, of course, is that new movies “based on the original [insert media type here]!” usually get the “this probably won’t be that great” mentality from the audience.  Is that unfair?  Tough to say for sure; for every “good” reboot we’re given (the newer Star Trek films, to use a popular example) there seems to be an equal number of, shall we say it politely, “not-so-good” products (who on the good green Earth was asking for a Karate Kid remake, really?!).  So, it was with more than a little trepidation that I went to my advance screening of the latest old-product-turned-new movie offering, Goosebumps.  While it didn’t exactly blow me away, I was pleasantly surprised and largely entertained, and I suspect kids and twentysomethings that grew up with the books will find even more to enjoy.

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If you grew up reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street YA horror novels, the thought of one of the author’s career defining series finally being made into a movie probably seems like a strange proposition. It’s not that the books are bad or unadaptable (quite the contrary), but instead are simply old; an anthology that has been continued long enough that the stories have become multi-generational. Goosebumps has already been turned into a Canadian TV series (which ran from 1995 to 1998) and Tim Burton first attempted to get a film adaptation off the ground fifteen years ago.

So here we are, with a Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters on October 16, only to find that it stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine. Yes, that Jack Black. Below is your first look at this monster cash grab with the Goosebumps trailer and poster.  (more…)

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Celebrities don’t always walk the San Diego Comic Con convention floor (for obvious reasons), but when they do, they do so incognito. Trotting around the exhibit floor in disguise, passing unsuspicious fans, some of which even ask to take a photo and being none the wiser. Can you imagine taking some goofy thumbs-up photo with what you thought was a fan like you in cosplay, only to find out later you stood mere inches from greatness. Missing the chance to engage and inquire with a celebrity whose work you’ve loved and been inspired by? Blasted! Either way you’re certainly left with a story to tell.

For SDCC 2014, we reveal Comic Con’s biggest celebrities who dared to dance amongst fans cunningly disguised by a mask. (more…)

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This takes me back. I remember arguing with my sisters about what to watch on Saturday night on the family TV, their choice was the anthology series Goosebumps, based on the R.L. Stine book series of the same name, on YTV. Goosebumps was paired well with that other YTV chestnut Are You Afraid of the Dark? in the TV block “Kids are Easily Scared.” Of course it was effective, and in this day and age of re-branding and rebooting, it’s almost surprising that it’s taken this long to get Gossebumped again. (more…)

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If you grew up reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street YA horror novels like I did, the thought of one of the author’s career defining series finally being made into a movie probably seems like a strange proposition. It’s not that the books are bad or unadaptable (quite the contrary), but instead are simply old; an anthology that has been continued long enough that the stories have become multi-generational (to give you and idea —Welcome to the Dead House, the first Goosebumps title, was published twenty-two years ago!). Goosebumps has already been turned into a Canadian TV series (which ran from 1995 to 1998) and Tim Burton first attempted to get a film adaptation off the ground fifteen years ago.

So here we are, with a Goosebumps movie finally going into production, only to find that it stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine. Yes, that Jack Black. Where most nerd-boys get themselves worked up into a furor over Michael Bay messing with their precious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I choose to fret over a long-gestating YA adaptation of silly horror novels aimed at children. We all have our defects, it seems.

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