SNL Does Hilarious Parody Of Independent Short Films Shown At Festivals, Watch The Clip Inside!

We make fun of big Hollywood sequels all the time on this site, and we will continue to do that. But we also like to keep things fair.

Independent filmmakers can jump the shark as well. Plot matters. You can’t just film two dumpsters talking about The Smiths for 10 minutes and call it art.

Saturday Night Live created a pretty hilarious parody of the independent short film with a little help from their guest host, Emily Blunt.

You got the black and white shots, French subtitles, obscure ending…it’s all there, folks. Check it out below. SNL is on fire this year.

Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel Gets A Release Date And A Batman-Style Title!

It’s a super-cali…ah you get the joke. It’s a good day for fans of Mary Poppins. On Tuesday, Disney announced that the Mary Poppins sequel will be released in a theater near you on December 25, 2018.

In addition to the release date, Disney also revealed the title of the sequel: Mary Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator/genius Lin-Manuel Miranda will star in the film. It will be directed by Rob Marshall, and he’ll be working with a screenplay written by David Magee.

So, yeah…the studio has some impressive names working on this film. It will be difficult for them to screw this up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story will be set in Depression-era London, “where a now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by their former nanny following a tragedy in the family that leaves them numb and joyless.”

In a statement released after securing the directing job, Marshall had this to say about the original story/film…

“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring P.L. Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.”

We look forward to it as well. Waiting is the hardest part! Two more years…

 

Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War – Bad Pacing, Poor Acting and a Confusing Plot

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If I saw the first Huntsman movie, I couldn’t tell you. I will tell you after seeing its sequel, I doubt I ever will. One dimensional storytelling and two of the worst accents I’ve ever heard turned this into a miss for me.

This story follows Snow White and The Huntsman, though apparently Kristen Stewart was in the last one and doesn’t appear here. This sequel kind of tries to pull in some Frozen by sticking in an evil Snow Queen played by Emily Blunt. Chris Helmsworth reprises his role as The Huntsman and this time is dealing with her, and her desire to revive her sister.

Yeah, they actually tried to shamelessly cash in on two movies, by slipping a little Frozen in, though a decidedly more adult version. It’s really attacking that mass consumer index from all angles.

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I think an accountant may have written this movie. At least I would think that, if it wasn’t so damn pretty. Because it is a good looking movie. Every single inch of it, from the cast, to the CGI, fight scenes, backdrop and lighting is gorgeous to look at.

Then, Chris Helmsworth spits out line after line with a Scottish accent only a cartoon character would sport. Its painful to listen to. The first time he did it, I laughed in surprise. The accent was so distracting that I decided to look into the first movie, and watched a few clips.

Why was he Scottish in this movie, but not that one? Can you do that? Suddenly just become Scottish? Is that like The Huntsman’s superpower? The sudden, inexplicable ability to sound like the Scottish version of Yosemite Sam?

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Also, I was so confused as to what was going on. I mean, seriously lost through the vast majority of it. I think this is supposed to be one of those sequel/prequels, where they slip in the backstory through the story, but the pacing was off and most of the time, I was too busy laughing at that bad accent to care.

If this was on mute, I might think it was a different movie. They invested a lot into effect, but feels like they threw together a script over a weekend and decided to let Helmsworth try out his new accent just because. The attempt to squeeze every little coin out of this franchise is sad.

It got some disappointing results at the box office. It hit number 2 in the box-office at its debut and has earned about $19 million, but I’m guessing that’s not nearly what the first one made. I think they tried to get too much out of the movie and as a result, lost the magic that likely drew viewers to the original. But I have to admit, seeing this gives me no desire at all to see the original. Bad pacing, poor acting and a confusing plot made this too much trouble to watch, despite how pretty it was to look at.

WE GAVE IT: 2 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

2 Stars

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Thriller Fans? We Have The First Trailer For ‘The Girl On The Train’ And You Need To Watch It! (VIDEO)

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When thriller films are done right, they are freaking magical. You leave the theater with your friends and you talk about the movie for hours.

“Did you see that coming? But what about that one scene, what do you think that was about?” And of course, you always have that one friend who claims to have seen every little twist coming. You want to slap him, but the greatness of the film has caused this peaceful feeling to enter your soul.

Anyway, you get the point. Thriller films can be awesome, and we’re hoping The Girl On The Train is one of the greats. Universal has released the first trailer for the film, which is based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel of the same name. Emily Blunt stars in the movie as Rachel Watson, an unemployed alcoholic who must deal with the mysterious disappearance of her ex-husband’s nanny played by Haley Bennett.

The Tate Taylor-directed film also stars Justin Theroux, Luke Evans and Rebecca Ferguson. It’s scheduled to hit theaters October 7, so you still have time to read the book if you want to ruin the surprise.

Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.”

 

John Krasinski Talks About His Intense Training For His New Movie, ’13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’

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Are you one of those people who believe movie stars have it easy? They read a few lines, throw some fake punches and then go home to count their money? Well, maybe you’ll change your mind after hearing about what John Krasinski had to go through for his new movie.

The 36-year-old actor plays Jack in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which is scheduled to hit theaters January 15, 2016. He’s been busy promoting the film this month, and during a recent interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Krasinski talked about how difficult it was getting that ripped body.

He had just eight weeks to get in the best shape of his life. Two intense workout sessions a day with trainer John Walsh, the same trainer who worked with Bradley Cooper for his American Sniper role.

“And it’s real work, too. I thought it would be like, ‘Yeah, let’s eat a couple Power Bars and do push-ups.’ And he was like, ‘No. It’s going to be a living hell for six to eight weeks.'”

Krasinski told Colbert that Walsh had him doing “two-a-days, pulling sleds, pushing weights” and doing an insane amount of push-ups. And while this might not sound like a big deal to some people, the former star of The Office revealed before the training he wasn’t able to do one pull-up.

One might think his wife, Emily Blunt, would be loving his new body; however, he claims she wants the old, doughy John back, “She hates it. She would way prefer to have doughy guy back.”

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Find Out Which Actress Disney Is Considering For The New Mary Poppins Film!

We told you earlier this week that Disney is developing a new Mary Poppins musical. Into the Woods director Rob Marshall is reportedly attached to the controversial project. We say controversial because there is a heated debate going on between fans online.

Some people love the idea of making a sequel, which will reportedly be set 20 years after the first film, and some people absolutely hate the idea. But even those against the project, still have to admit casting a new Mary Poppins movie sounds like a fun process.

And the casting rumors have already started. Den of Geek is reporting that Disney really wants Emily Blunt to take the lead role in the sequel. A lot of fans were throwing out Anna Kendrick‘s name, but honestly Blunt makes a little more sense. It keeps Mary Poppins English. You want to keep things as authentic as possible.

Plus, we already know Blunt has a pretty neat singing voice. It seems like she would be a perfect fit. Of course, this is all just speculation right now. We don’t even know if she would want the role. After all, she has admitted in the past to being “terrified” of sequels.

We’ll see what happens. Who do you want to see in the movie? Who are you replacing Dick Van Dyke with?

Emily Blunt Is The New Badass In Hollywood, See Her In Action In The New ‘Sicario’ Trailer!

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For those who still haven’t purchased their ticket to ride the Emily Blunt train, we suggest you do that now. The actress, who once starred as Meryl Streep’s snooty assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, is now one of the hottest action stars in Hollywood.

After the success of Looper and Edge of Tomorrow, the 32-year-old actress hopes her new film Sicario will be just as successful. And after watching the trailer, we think it’s safe to say she has nothing to worry about. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) also stars Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin.

The film premiered last month at the Cannes Film Festival, and the early reviews have been extremely positive. There were a few critics who weren’t impressed, but we’re just going to ignore their comments. They were probably just in a bad mood when they watched it.

Sicario hits theaters September 18 for a limited release, followed by a wide release just one week later. Check out the official trailer and synopsis below…

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

 

Movie Review: Into the Woods (2014) – a surprisingly well done film!

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Into the Woods is one of the highest budget fantasy movies of the winter and it’s already grossed about $31 million, while holding the number 2 spot at the box office. In addition to that, it’s also pleasing critics and is certified fresh on the popular movie site Rotten Tomatoes, which is high praise indeed.

Into the Woods is a retelling and modernization of multiple fairy tales. This heartfelt musical follows Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone) and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) as they help a baker and his wife fight an evil witch played by Meryl Streep.

I’m not usually one for musicals. In fact, I’m pretty sure the only musical I’ve ever liked is The Book of Mormon and that hardly counts. Regardless, I decided to give this one a shot and I have to say I was more than pleased.

The acting was first-class. There is literally no one in this movie that didn’t pull their weight and really drag watchers into the story. Little Red Riding Hood is precocious, Cinderella is idealistic and Meryl Streep is delightfully evil and quirky. It’s Johnny Depp’s Wolf that’s the real scene stealer in this one though.

As for the music, let’s admit that the majority of this cast is not known for their musical talents. While everyone gets an A for effort, there was clearly a lot of auto tune needed to make a few of the musical numbers work. For the most part, it isn’t the singing that shines, but the delivery of the music that makes it stay with you.

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The score was well done and quirky, though I doubt we’ll be seeing a lot of number 1 hits come out of this. The musical numbers were still foot tapping good though, despite the fact that there really isn’t anything you haven’t heard before in it.

The scenery, costumes and backdrops were all beautiful and stunning to look at. They really did a good job of world building and creating a fairy tale worthy land. Streep’s makeup alone must have taken hours, but was well worth the effort. For much of the movie, she was completely unrecognizable.

It was a well-written film. Despite that fact that there are multiple storylines going on, they are all interwoven seamlessly and you will never find yourself wondering what is going on. It’s a fast paced move and none of the 2 hour run time is wasted. Usually, that’s something I can’t say, as only the most epic movies can take up two hours and not drag at some point. This is clearly an epic movie and despite the fact that it is a musical, did not feel padded with music.

This is a film that is worth the watch. If you’re looking for something unique and interesting to bring the family to this winter, then it might be worth heading Into the Woods.

WE GIVE IT: 4.5 STARS!  Official Movie Trailer and Movie Poster Below.

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Movie Review: The Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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Oh, Tom Cruise, you will never give up will you? At the tender age of 51, you just keep trying. Sometimes, you hit the nail on the head, like “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” while other times you leave me staring at the screen going WTF? (see Oblivion). But this time, you might have just proven that you are not too old to keep playing angst filled action stars. It must be those boyish good looks.

The “Edge of Tomorrow” is a near future alien flick where an alien race is attacking earth and just giving it a good old fashioned smack down. Enter Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) a completely unseasoned military officer who has never seen a day of combat. Seeing how useless he is, the military sends him on a suicide mission, where he is almost instantly killed. Then starts a kick ass Groundhog Day premise, where Cage is forced to live out the same battle over and over and over again, getting increasingly better every single time. He is assisted in his mission by butt-kicking chick Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who is stuck in the same time loop with him. The only way they can escape it is to defeat the enemy.

Cruise seems to have gotten out of his ‘high-intensity all the time’ mold and has made this character more human and relatable. In most movies I’ve seen him in; he seems incapable of showing fear. In this one, he actually seems the best when he’s most afraid.

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The premise is a good one and Cruise shines in these sci-fi style movies that he’s grown so much in. This is not your Cruise of Top Gun fame anymore. Instead, he’s a flawed captain who you want to see triumph.

I liked the fact that the female lead was tougher than the guy in this one and Blunt shines as Special Forces Warrior Rita. She isn’t just ‘the girl’ as often happens to females in action roles. Instead, she is a fully fleshed character in her own right, whose story unfolds throughout the movie.

Usually with these Groundhog Day movies, the repetition can become too drawn out and make you a bit sick of the movie. In this one, because Cruise gets a bit further each time, you never feel like you’re watching the same tedious scene over and over and over again. Instead, each new trip in the loop is filled with new revelations and new excitement. Cruise’s character goes through his own gradual transformation during these trips, no matter how many times he’s brutally killed.

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As for my complaints on the movie, the special effects really weren’t that special. The aliens were giant metal space bugs…so overdone. Cruise has a scene where he has to make it to the bottom of the fully submerged Louvre. The scene is reminiscent of The Davinci Code…which is something that all movie makers should avoid under all circumstances.

Also, cruise in a giant metal suit is too overpowering. He looked like a little boy dressing up in his big brothers’ Transformer’s uniform.

But other than that, the movie is tense, exciting and full of surprises. If you every wanted to see what would happen if Groundhog Day had Transformers and giant metal space bugs, the Edge of Tomorrow is worth the watch.  Watch the official Trailer Below

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