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‘50 Shades of Grey’ Manages to Elevate the Source Material, Yet Still Falls Short

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by Britt Hayes February 12, 2015 @ 11:50 AM
Universal
Based on the best-selling novel by E.L. James, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ comes with its baggage packed and our expectations loaded. James’ source material is, inarguably, poorly-written, with nearly-to-entirely offensive characterizations of both its leading lady and the kink community. But ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ pulls off the seemingly impossible, elevating James’ material to something more nuanced and human. And that’s largely due to the performance of Dakota Johnson, who carries the weight of all that baggage and our expectations on her back, so to speak.

Chill Out With Even More Fascinating ‘Frozen’ Facts!

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by ScreenCrush Staff February 12, 2015 @ 7:52 AM
What's that? You need even more ‘Frozen’ facts? If our last video wasn't enough for you, we’re back with a sequel, delivering even more little known bits of trivia from the land of Arendelle. Elsa has become known for her trademark braid, which she dramatically unfurls while singing “Let It Go”, but did you know that Disney animators had to individually create over 420,000 CGI strands of hair? Compare that with Rapunzel, known for her massive head of hair, who only had 27,000. These are just some of the cold, hard facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which returns to Disney's modern classic ‘Frozen’!

The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies, Chapter 4: ‘Captain America’

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by Matt Singer February 10, 2015 @ 11:12 AM
Republic Pictures
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: Welcome to the prehistoric Marvel Cinematic Universe.

10 Directors Who Could Save the ‘Spider-Man’ Franchise

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by ScreenCrush Staff February 10, 2015 @ 7:43 AM
Sony Pictures
Just the other day came word that Sony was developing an animated 'Spider-Man' movie with 'The LEGO Movie' directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Which would be great, and we would very much look forward to that movie! But, buried in that same piece of news was word that Sony still has no idea what to do with the live-action films. Do they make an 'Amazing Spider-Man 3' or just completely reboot (again)? High-level executives and 'Spider-Man' producers are set to meet at a "Spider-Man Summit" in January to decide the fate of the franchise. Since our invitation to this summit was strangely lost in the mail, Managing Editor Matt Singer and Editor-in-Chief Mike Sampson put their heads together and came up with a list of ten directors that Team Spidey should be considering.

Monday Morning Critic: Why ‘Arrow’ is Suffering This Season

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by Ryan McGee February 9, 2015 @ 12:12 PM
TheCW
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: what is holding this season of ‘Arrow’ back, and what the film ‘Boyhood’ says about the state of television.

The Most Painfully Awkward Movie Sex Scenes of All-Time

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by Britt Hayes February 9, 2015 @ 8:27 AM
We're tired of these glamorized sex scenes in movies -- the truth is that sex is awkward and weird sometimes, and we love when movies get it right. There's nothing quite like a painfully awkward sex scene in a movie, whether it's played for laughs or for discomfort. We've collected a list of the most awkward sex scenes in movies, ranging from the hilarious to the embarrassing, cringe-worthy, and hard to watch. Read on to see if your favorites made the cut. We've included video clips for some, but others were just a little too NSFW.

Get Schooled in Slime With These ‘Ghostbusters’ Facts

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by ScreenCrush Staff February 9, 2015 @ 8:03 AM
‘Ghostbusters’ was a huge hit, spawning a sequel and an all-female remake, but it almost was never ‘Ghostbusters’ at all. The film was originally called ‘Ghost Smashers’ before someone realized that's a horrible title. Needs some more phantastic facts? Who ya gonna call? You Think You Know Movies! Grab your proton pack and get ready to get slimed with these gooey facts.

A Definitive Ranking of Movie Titles Named After Their Main Character

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by Jacob Hall February 6, 2015 @ 12:48 PM
This list is not about quality. In fact, it will be only time you ever see ‘Corky Romano’ ranked above a Steven Soderbergh movie on any list. This list is about knee-jerk reactions to names. If you name your movie after your main character and only your main character, you are immediately assuming the name is compelling enough to command your attention. This is not about whether or not a movie is good; this is entirely about whether or not a simple character name can, by itself, get your butt in the theater.

20 ‘Iron Man’ Facts About Your Favorite Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist

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by ScreenCrush Staff February 5, 2015 @ 11:36 AM
We know that Tony Stark's Iron Man suit is powerful—when fully charged, it can lift over 100 tons—but, we probably didn't realize just how heavy it is. The original suit in the first ‘Iron Man’ movie weighed over 90 lbs. That's big, hot costume to have to act in all day. And, to think, it was almost not even Robert Downey, Jr. underneath all that armor. Find out which other actors made the cut, and a lot more, in the latest invincible installment of You Think You Know Movies!

Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Trailer Breakdown: What Can We Sense About Netflix’s Man Without Fear?

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 4, 2015 @ 2:41 PM
Marvel / Netflix
Marvel’s Netflix ‘Daredevil’ finally blinded us with its action-packed first trailer, but with all 13 episodes debuting as far away as April 10, we couldn’t resist feeling our way through the full promo frame by frame, and sensing every spoiler within. Get an eyeful of everything you missed in the first official trailer for Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ series, only on Netflix!