Sylvester Stallone became a star playing Rocky Balboa, but did you know that United Artists wanted to buy Stallone’s script for Rocky and cast another actor in the title role? Before they finally agreed to let Stallone have the part, they tried to cast actors like Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, and James Caan. That’s just one of the facts crammed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which goes the distance on the original 1976 classic, Rocky.
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The DMV is run by sloths. This is the comic premise of one scene from Disney’s upcoming animated movie Zootopia, and not a fact of life from our own real world. Although I guess the two things aren’t mutually exclusive.
Chris Hemsworth certainly looks the part of a man who’s been stranded at sea; at least 30 pounds lighter than his Thor physique. The shabby clothes hang off him like a kid playing dress up with his parents’ clothes. Don’t get me wrong: behind the beard, the dirt and the sackcloths, Chris Hemsworth is still a pretty handsome dude (it’s almost not fair). I was able to speak with Hemsworth for a few moments about what it was like to build up all that muscle, lose it again, and then have to build it all back up.
It’s rare for a movie trailer to give me chills. But the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens did.
On the indie-film circuit, Sundance Film Festival is the most important ten-day period of the year. Every winter in Park City, Utah, earnest independent picture jockey for buzz around the festival in the hopes that enough positive murmurs, maybe a...
Up until this point, Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage has been doled out in bite-size increments — two seconds here, one second there — but last night on the American Music Awards, Lucasfilm debuted the first full Star Wars clip, giving you a longer and better sense of how these new characters interact on screen.
You guys are going to stay pretty busy next month with all the exciting new releases hitting theaters, but if you’re looking for a more low-key experience, there’s plenty of great stuff for you to take home and watch. Whether you’re looking to rent or own, there’s something for everyone in our guide to December’s new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
To be fair, every film with Jeff Bridges is a magical journey, but perhaps none more enchanting than The Little Prince. The official trailer for the long-developing animated film based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s acclaimed children’s novella has landed, promising a lovely, sweet and sometimes funny adventure, with exceptionally beautiful animation.
John Wick 2 cannot get here fast enough. Last year Keanu Reeves and co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski delivered one of the best action films in recent years, eclipsed only by Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year. Reeves is (thinking he’s) back as the eponymous hit man in the highly-anticipated sequel, and you can get your first sneak peek at the film via some new set photos.
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 topped the box office charts this weekend. But like the war in the movie itself, it all feels like something of a hollow victory. That may seem like a weird thing to say about a movie that broke $100 million in its opening weekend, but this is a new low for the series’ box office receipts…and it’s not even close.