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Where Do Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Come From? Here’s Their Creative Director’s Amazing Theory

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by Matt Singer an hour ago
Pixar
Children’s entertainment is full of anthropomorphized objects and animals. To kids, talking automobiles are no more or less strange than babies who are bosses or teenage turtles who get mutated into ninja warriors. But to the parents and adults who watch the Cars movies with these children, their internal logic and rules are a source of endless fascination.

All Roads Lead to This: The Definitive Ranking of All Eight ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies

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by Matt Singer 7 days ago
In a few days it will finally arrive: Furious 7, the latest and biggest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. And while the death of series star Paul Walker does put a damper on some of the excitement, this is still a great time to celebrate one of Hollywood’s most reliable and inventive franchises. In 15 years, Fast & Furious has evolved from a simple B-movie about a couple of street racers to an international crime epic spanning multiple continents and dozens of characters.

Where Did All the Great Movie Car Chases Go?

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by Matt Singer April 13, 2017 @ 7:35 AM
United Artists
With this week’s release of The Fate of the Furious, we thought it’d be a fun time to do one of our occasional lists of the 25 best films of the last 25 years in a certain category. In the past we’ve done the best sci-fi movies, the best romances, the best sex scenes, and others. This time, for F8, the best car chases of the last 25 years seemed like a perfect fit.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Making the Most Interesting Movies of His Career Right Now

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by Matt Singer April 7, 2017 @ 9:08 AM
Lionsgate
As a box-office draw, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best years were from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s. That overlaps significantly with his biggest years as an action hero, from 1984’s The Terminator to 1994’s True Lies.

10 Ways ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Will Be Different Than Every Previous Spider-Man Movie

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by Matt Singer April 3, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
Sony
In a dark corner of an Atlanta warehouse nestled between an old fish store and a company that buys and sells shipping palettes, two of the biggest media companies in the world are making a movie.

Premakes: 45 Years Before ‘Silence,’ How a Japanese Director Told the Same Story

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by Noel Murray March 28, 2017 @ 7:56 AM
Paramount
Some of the most popular movies of all time are based on true stories or pieces of literature that have actually been adapted before. “Premakes” looks at the similarities and differences between a classic film and the lesser-known work that beat it to the marketplace.

How to Fix That ‘Exclusively Gay Moment’ in ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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by Erin Whitney March 20, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Disney
Aah, remember just three weeks ago when we all thought Disney was about to introduce the studio’s first openly gay character? Director Bill Condon said his live-action Beauty and the Beast remake would feature a character having an “exclusively gay moment,” and described Josh Gad‘s LeFou as someone who both wants to be Gaston (Luke Evans), and kiss Gaston. Then critics saw the movie and found no openly gay character in sight. The investigation continues into what exactly an “exclusively gay moment” is – if anyone has figured it out, please let me know – but it’s certainly not whatever happened at the end of Beauty and the Beast.

15 Lines We Never Want to Hear in a Movie Again

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by Matt Singer March 20, 2017 @ 9:52 AM
Warner Bros.
Last week, I got so sick of hearing a particular line of dialogue — “This isn’t a movie! This is real life!” — that I wrote a piece about it. While finishing it, I teased the article on Twitter by sharing the headline and inviting my followers to guess what line had set me off. I got well over 100 responses, but just one correct answer. But so many of the other replies were also outstanding examples of dumb clichés I decided to collect the best of the best (slash worst of the worst) in their own list.