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Watch Vin Diesel’s Emotional Introduction to a ‘Fast and Furious 7’ Screening

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by Mike Sampson March 19, 2015 @ 7:47 AM
Earlier this week, we were among those in the audience for the first ever Fast and Furious 7 screening at SXSW. It was an emotional affair, to say the least. It's not often you watch a movie where The Rock walks down a street shooting a helicopter out of the sky with a massive gatling gun that ends with everyone in the audience crying, but there we were. An entire audience still processing the grief and sadness of the death of Paul Walker. A few days after that screening, Vin Diesel hosted a similar screening in Los Angeles and introduced the film to the crowd. It was about as sad as you can imagine.

J.J. Abrams Returning to Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’?

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by Mike Sampson March 18, 2015 @ 7:11 AM
Lucasfilm
When Rian Johnson was officially announced as the Star Wars: Episode 8 director last week, one name was conspicuously absent from the initial press release: J.J. Abrams. Among the producers listed — Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman (Looper) and Johnson — Abrams was nowhere to be found. An updated release was later sent with Abrams noted as an Executive Producer, but it only fueled the flames that J.J. Abrams may be one-and-done with the Star Wars franchise. Not so fast.

‘Pixels’ Trailer: It's On Like Donkey Kong

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by Mike Sampson March 17, 2015 @ 8:11 PM
Lately there haven't been many video game movies that have been very good. There also haven't been many Adam Sandler movies that have been very good. So, how about this Adam Sandler video game movie?... Wait, where are you going?! Pixels is not your standard Adam Sandler or video game movie and, based on this trailer, you might want to give it a chance.

First Look at Michael Fassbender in the Steve Jobs Biopic

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by Mike Sampson March 17, 2015 @ 2:32 PM
Instagram/Apple
From Leonardo DiCaprio to Christian Bale, the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic Steve Jobs had a long road to finding the right actor to star as the former Apple CEO. Eventually director Danny Boyle hired Michael Fassbender for the part, and now we have our first look at how Fassbender as Jobs and, well, he doesn't really look anything like Steve Jobs.

Miles Teller Says the Fantastic Four Will Wear the Classic Costumes in the Upcoming Reboot

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by Mike Sampson March 17, 2015 @ 1:12 PM
Fox
After the Fantastic Four trailer debuted online, and with the subsequent images from the film, many people have remarked that the costumes seen in the trailer looking nothing at all like the outfits worn in the comics. Star Michael B. Jordan has previously described these new suits as “containment suits” because they were looking for something different for this “gritty” take on the film. But, fear not True Believers: we spoke to Fantastic Four star Miles Teller and he told us that you can expect to see something more traditional as well.

Comedy Central to Cut Paul Walker Jokes From Justin Bieber Roast

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by Mike Sampson March 17, 2015 @ 11:49 AM
Michael Tran, Getty Images
Most comedians consider a roast the kind of place where you can joke about anything. Everything is fair game, as they often say. But, a number of controversial jokes about the death of actor Paul Walker at Comedy Central's Roast of Justin Bieber will be cut before the show's broadcast on March 30.

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Star Jason Momoa Signs ‘F--- Marvel’ on Aquaman Poster

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by Mike Sampson March 16, 2015 @ 9:40 AM
Warner Bros.
There has always been a friendly rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics, and their devoted legions of fans. This has been true for the years and years of comic books and is just as much true now as both look to dominate the superhero movie landscape. But, that friendly rivalry may have gotten a little more heated over the weekend as Aquaman himself threw down his trident to let everyone know how he really feels: “F--- Marvel.”