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In a couple hours, the ScreenCrush staff will head down to Austin, Texas for the annual celebration of movies, music, and smoked meats known as South by Southwest. The 2015 lineup is one of the strongest in years, and we’ll only be in town for a couple days, so we’ve spent way too many hours studying the lineup and trying to figure out the best way to maximize our time, see as many great films (and eat as much barbecue) as humanly possible. Our extensive research yielded the following list of ten movies we’re dying to see at SXSW 2015; click the link in each title to go to each’s page at SXSW.com, where you’ll find all the details on screening times and locations. In alphabetical order, here’s Screencrush’s 10 most anticipated movies at South by Southwest:
We’ll be down at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin later this week and one of the film's we're looking forward to is Unfriended, the new horror film from producer Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious). The film is unique because it takes place entirely within one teen's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure seeking vengeance for a video that led a girl to kill herself a year earlier. Unfriended is having its world premiere at SXSW, and we want you to join us at the exclusive afterparty!
In addition to being an Oscar-winning actress and the lead of a billion-dollar movie franchise in The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence can now add best-selling singer to her resume. The song “The Hanging Tree” was performed by Lawrence in Mockingjay — Part 1 and later released to radio stations where it debuted at #12 on the Hot 100, and on iTunes where it sold over 1 million copies. This are just some of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which travels to District 13 for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay!
When looking to adapt How to Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks looked to one of the greatest movie trilogies for inspiration: Star Wars. While animating the sequel, the creative team was heavily influenced by The Empire Strikes Back. These are just some of the fire-breathing facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which focuses on How to Train Your Dragon 2!
There’s only 58 days until the premiere of Avengers 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2012’s beloved superhero epic. But that means there’s still 58 days until the premiere of Avengers 2. Two freaking months! When you’re as excited for a movie as we are for this one, that’s a long time to wait. To pass the time, we made a whole mess of GIFs of all the best moments in the new (and supposedly final) trailer for Age of Ultron.
The Oscars can be very confusing and frustrating. So, if you're looking for an alternative, look no further than the MTV Movie Awards, which unveiled their 2015 nominations today. Oddly, they too are confusing and frustrating, albeit for completely different reasons.
Nicolas Cage in a Lord of the Rings film? It almost happened, if you can believe that. Cage was offered the role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's trilogy but eventually turned it down. He would later explain, “[It] shot for a great quantity of time. I had family obligations, so I’m glad I stayed and had those experiences with my family.” This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which travels to Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings trilogy!
The late, great Leonard Nimoy, who died earlier today at the age of 83, will always be Mr. Spock, second-in-command of the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. For a long time, Nimoy was not okay with this. And then, over the years, he embraced the character that defined his career and inspired an entire generation of fans (many of whom became scientists, engineers, and astronauts). But Nimoy didn't just sit back and rest on his Vulcan laurels. When he wasn't wearing those pointy ears, Nimoy was acting, directing, writing, singing, and lending his likeness and distinctive voice to commercials and TV specials. He was a real Hollywood renaissance man, dabbling in high art, low art, and everything in-between.
If you saw Big Hero 6, you fell in love with Baymax, there's just no way around it. He doesn't just save the day, he’s also lovable and sweet and cuddly. And, that's no accident. Disney animators based a lot of Baymax’s look on a young child. His walk was specifically modeled after a toddler with a full diaper. These are just some of the super duper facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which returns to Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6!
If you've ever been on IMDb, you know that their movies are rated by readers on a scale of 1-10. Except for one movie. Rob Reiner's classic rock mockumentary This is Spinal Tap is the only movie on IMDb that is rated on a scale of 1-11, the fictional level Spinal Tap sets their amps to. Now crank it up to eleven in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!