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Putting The "F" Back In Freedom. It is a sad day for movie fans in the United States, as Sony has officially cancelled the release of Seth Rogen & James Franco's new comedy The Interview thanks to hacker terrorist threats. Everyone has been following the Sony Pictures Hack story for weeks, as the studio was hacked and files have been leaking non-stop. Today, after movie theaters backed out due to an actual threat of harm to anyone attending screenings of the movie, the studio has decided to pull the release entirely. In response, James Wallace of the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas / Fort Worth will be showing Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 2004 puppet comedy, Team America: World Police, instead. Take that, North Korea!
"What were you expecting, a grasshopper with a top hat?" Take a moment to watch this short film if you're in the mood for a darkly humorous laugh. The Grey Matter is a dark horror comedy directed by Peter and Luke McCoubrey, known as the "McCoubrey Brothers", who explained via e-mail this week that they started making music videos for a friend's band and eventually challenged themselves to make a narrative short. After premiering at film festivals throughout the year, including Brooklyn, Show Me Shorts and the Nitehawk Shorts Festival, it's now online earning a recent Short of the Week feature. There are some solid practical FX in it, and the dialogue is fun which helps keep the film interesting. It's a great short, have fun.
If you didn't get enough of Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on "That 70s Show," or knowing that they're married just isn't doing the trick, maybe seeing them in the same movie will tickle your fancy. That's where the trailer for MoonQuake Lake comes into play. The fantasy romance features Kunis and Kutcher as two lovers whose relationship is made all the more complicated by the fact that one of them has to return to the moon every night and cries sparkling, silver tears. Yeah, we're not sure what any of that means either, but this is bound to get those who ranted and raved about The Twilight Saga fired up all over again. Watch it!
"The brave hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, now works at a paper company." Last night, the star of The Hobbit trilogy, Martin Freeman hosted "Saturday Night Live," and some kind of parody of Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth epic was inevitable. However, we didn't think it would also crossover with a spoof of Freeman's work on the original British version of "The Office." Complete with an awesome opening title sequence of the show that airs on the JRR network (get it?), this was one of the funniest sketches in an episode where Freeman felt like he belonged amongst the cast of live sketch comedians. Watch below now!
After posing for a photoshoot inspired by Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, late night satirist and future inheritor of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Stephen Colbert, continued his love for all things J.R.R. Tolkien by interviewing the one and only Smaug the tyrannical, the dragon under the mountain. And this isn't just an interview with a puppet, but rather a fully animated version of the dragon, or at least as much as would fit in the small space of Colbert's studio. I wonder how much it cost to get this feature together, especially since Benedict Cumberbatch clearly recorded his voice for it. Watch!
There's already been a slew of re-edits of the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the hilarious "Special Edition" by George Lucas to the trailer presented in the style of director Wes Anderson. But since they're all just re-purposed footage from the original teaser trailer, we've still been missing Han Solo, Princess Leia and other familiar heroes. But "Saturday Night Live" has us covered in their trailer parody that pokes fun at the older versions of the characters. If the cross guard lightsaber wasn't different enough for you, Luke Skywalker gets a new one that fits his namesake and age a little better. Watch below!
If you don't happen to like the title for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you can already make your own title card and call it whatever you want. But if you don't like the teaser trailer that everyone's been talking about, well, that's a bit harder to fix. However, some clever editors have already delivered some new versions, including that hilarious "Special Edition" of the trailer that probably met the approval of George Lucas. Now we have another awesome spin on the trailer comes from Jonah Feingold, who has reimagined the trailer as a sci-fi adventure from The Royal Tenenbaums director Wes Anderson. Watch!
This past fall, the celebrated Sundance entry The Skeleton Twins came and went without grabbing as much attention as it should have. It's hard for indies to compete with the blockbusters, but everyone should be seeking out this fantastic film starring "Saturday Night Live" veterans Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged and struggling siblings coming to terms with their seemingly disappointing lives. However, you should know the film is much funnier than the logline lets on, and it's the perfect blend of drama and comedy. And just to show you how funny the film can be, we have some hilarious outtakes for you. Watch!
It's only been a couple days since the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted, but everyone is still talking about it (sorry to all you people who don't care about a galaxy far, far away). With the latest installment of the sci-fi saga, creator and eventual destroyer George Lucas doesn't have his grubby little paws involved creatively now, but that hasn't stopped the unveiling of a "Special Edition" of the Episode VII teaser. Now the trailer features all the stuff that was missing the first time around like dewbacks, Temuera Morrison, and way more TIE Fighters. We don't want to spoil everything, so just watch!
At 7AM Pacific time this morning, Disney/Lucasfilm unveiled the very highly anticipated first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Die-hard geeks waking up too early after eating a massive Thanksgiving meal lead to a wonderful selection of hilarious, goofy, smile-inducing tweets on top of all the compliments and serious discussion about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We've collected a few of our favorite tweets, including one amazing Photoshop (seen above) of the crazy new Sith lightsaber, for your amusement. So take a look, laugh, smile, and share your Star Wars jokes with us.
We've had some time for the hype surrounding The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer to die down, and now the focus is on this week's first trailers for Jurassic World (watch a teaser for the trailer here) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (see where you can find it this weekend here). But how about we revisit the trailer for the Marvel superhero assembly sequel, but with a couple twists. First of all, there's a fun sweded version of the trailer that just came online today. And second, there's an adorable video showing kids reacting to seeing the trailer for the first time, some of the interested, others not so much. Watch below!
You might be thinking to yourself that we've already seen a version of Big with a female in the lead, and it was called 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner (a film that I genuinely love). However, Funny or Die wanted to go in a different direction with their female version of Big. This time it's Evan Rachel Wood in the lead, and while this faux trailer for the new version of the Tom Hanks classic hits the finer points of the original film, things take a darker turn when Wood's love interest ("Glee" star Darren Criss) realizes that he's actually been sleeping with a 13-year old girl this entire time, and it ruins his life completely. Watch!
Though some might argue that The Expendables 3 was one big movie flub in itself (sure it has its moments, but the sequel fell flat), there were some real bloopers on the set of the action flick. We're used to seeing gag reels for comedies, especially with all the alternate takes many directors try out, but there's something even more endearing and fun about seeing stars like Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford laughing after messing up a take during production. There's a lot of downtime on action films, so it's good to see not everyone is dead serious all the time while filming. Watch!
Though there are plenty of people out there who have some discrepancies with Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, one of the more unanimous points of praise has been for the block robot TARS and his colleague CASE, both of which assist Matthew McConaughey on his mission to save the planet. The robots are fitted with incredible artificial intelligence which allows them to have a sense of humor and even a judge of how honest to be (though it's all regulated by the astronauts themselves). Well, Vulture liked the robots so much that they imagined what it might be like if TARS was a movie star, and it's great. Look now!