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The Lion Stalks Tonight: ‘Roar’ Is the One of the Craziest, Most Misguided Movies Ever Made

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by Matt Singer April 17, 2015 @ 12:49 PM
Drafthouse Films
Almost every Hollywood movie ends with a disclaimer from the American Humane Association promising that “no animals were harmed” during its production. The new re-release poster for Roar, a shocking 1981 oddity about a family whose house is overrun...

The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies, Chapter 9: ‘Batman and Robin’ (1949)

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by Matt Singer April 15, 2015 @ 10:37 AM
Columbia
ScreenCrush editor, comic-book lover, and undiagnosed masochist Matt Singer is systematically watching every single (American) comic-book movie ever made in the order in which they were released. This week in The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies: The Dynamic Duo return, in decidedly less than dynamic fashion.

The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies, Chapter 8: ‘Congo Bill’

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by Matt Singer April 7, 2015 @ 8:25 AM
Columbia
ScreenCrush editor, comic-book lover, and undiagnosed masochist Matt Singer is systematically watching every single (American) comic-book movie ever made in the order in which they were released. This week in The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies: A dude name Bill who hangs out in the Congo.

The Man Without Fear (Or a Network): The First, Failed ‘Daredevil’ TV Show

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by Matt Singer April 6, 2015 @ 10:58 AM
Image Entertainment
He’s called “The Man Without Fear”: Blind New York City attorney Matt Murdock, who secretly lives a double life as Daredevil, the vigilante who protects the brutal streets of Hell’s Kitchen. On Friday, The Man Without Fear comes to Netflix in a brand-new original series that brings Marvel and its hugely successful Cinematic Universe to streaming television. Daredevil is the first of several Marvel shows on Netflix — but it’s not the first Daredevil show on television. In fact, The Man Without Fear made his TV debut over 25 years ago in a forgotten film that was nonetheless a significant moment in Marvel’s transformation from comic-book publisher to one of the most powerful studios in Hollywood.

The 25 Best Comedy Movies of the Last 25 Years

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by ScreenCrush Staff April 1, 2015 @ 9:19 AM
April Fools’ Day is an occasion marked by silliness. Many websites choose to celebrate by tricking their readers with goofy pranks. But for every one of these hoaxes that’s funny, there are ten more that are terrible (plus our budget would not allow us to turn the site into ScreenFlush, the #1 place on the Internet dedicated to movie toilets, for a single day). So instead, let’s honor some humor professionals; the men and women who’ve made the best comedies of the last 25 years.

Going Behind the ‘Age of Miracles’ With Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on the ‘Avengers 2’ Set

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by Mike Sampson March 30, 2015 @ 11:57 AM
We presume you know all about Ultron by now. He's big and shiny and angry. But, what of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? In the trailers and posters we see them fighting alongside both Ultron and The Avengers. Are they good? Bad? Who are these guys?

The Man Who Saved the ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise: An Interview With ‘Furious 7’ Writer Chris Morgan

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by Matt Singer March 30, 2015 @ 9:14 AM
Kevin Winter, Getty Images
There are a lot of heroes in the Fast & Furious movies, but the unsung hero of the Fast & Furious movies is screenwriter Chris Morgan, who joined the franchise at its lowest point and helped transform a dying property about a couple of street racers into one of the most popular series (with one of the most cleverly complex mythologies) in all of Hollywood. It was Morgan’s idea to take the series international for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and to bring back the original franchise stars, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, which happened in the fourth film, 2009’s Fast & Furious. Six years later, Furious 7 is primed to open in theaters, and even after the tragic passing of Walker in 2013, the series now shows no signs of slowing down. Diesel’s so confident in the movie that he’s already predicted it will win the Best Picture Oscar at next year’s Academy Awards (Morgan’s reaction when I asked if he wanted to double down on Diesel’s bet: “Uh ... [laughs] no comment.”)

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

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by Matt Singer March 25, 2015 @ 12:38 PM
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.

You’re Caught: On The Bombshell Finale of ‘The Jinx’

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by Matt Singer March 17, 2015 @ 9:46 AM
Bill Turnbull, New York Daily News Archive via Getty Images
When I first wrote about the true-crime documentary series The Jinx a couple of weeks ago, I was the only person I knew who was watching it. A few weeks later, it’s all anyone is talking about. It’s been one of the top trending topics on Twitter for three days straight, and my personal feed is clogged with debates about the case and the ethics of the filmmakers’ behavior. As I left my hotel in Austin yesterday morning, pundits were discussing the show on CNN; as I wrote most of this piece at the Austin airport, two men at the table next to me in the food court were talking about it as well. I spent a month recommending the show to people who looked at me like I was crazy (“The Jinx? Like the kid’s game?”). The show went from total obscurity to inescapable pop-cultural phenomenon in a matter of hours.