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Don’t Hate Movie Trailers, Hate the Way We Watch Movie Trailers

Star Wars trailer
Lucasfilm

The greatest movie trailer of all time is the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.’ This is not up for debate. This is not a subjective opinion. It just is. The trailer for ‘The Phantom Menace’ is so good that I firmly believe its goodwill bled over to the actual movie, inflating some early opinions of a movie that we all, now, realize isn’t very good. (I readily admit that I loved ‘The Phantom Menace’ the first time I saw it.) Here’s a fun thing to try: Forget everything you know about ‘The Phantom Menace’ and just pretend this is a brand new trailer for a ‘Star Wars’ movie.

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New Amazon Prime Instant Video Titles — October 2014

Lionsgate/Dimension/Sony Pictures
Lionsgate/Dimension/Sony Pictures

Yeah, there's a lot of great content coming to Netflix Instant in October, but if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, don't let that premium subscription go to waste! As a bonus, there's some good horror content hitting the service to provide some thrills and chills leading up to Halloween. And if you're willing to pay a little extra, you can rent or buy a season pass for a handful of some brand new seasons of TV shows. Read on for our guide to the newest titles heading to Amazon Prime Instant Video this October.

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18 Moments That Made Us Unintentionally LOL During This Week’s ‘Gotham’

Fox
Fox

‘Gotham’ is not a good television show. As we discussed last week, it could be a good show, but it needs to embrace the fact that it’s pure camp and stop trying to pretend that it’s a Serious Drama. And, again, it’s been awhile since we’ve had a campy superhero property; it could be fun! (Then again, there technically isn’t a superhero in this show because Bruce Wayne is a little kid. Never mind.) Anyway, for the meantime, ‘Gotham’ does take itself seriously and as long as it does, we will list the “moments that unintentionally made me laugh out loud” in every episode.

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‘Gone Girl’ and the War Against Ambiguity

Fox
Fox

Don’t believe the pre-release speculation – when 'Gone Girl' arrives in theaters this Friday, its original ending is (in spirit, if not exact detail) intact. That’s sure to rankle some of the countless readers who originally objected to Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-seller on the basis of its conclusion.

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Monday Morning Critic: On Shonda Rhimes and the New Shows Debuting This Week

Monday morning Critic
ABC/FOX

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 makes the ratings for ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ so important, and a Q&A about this week’s premieres.

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Comic Strip: Gotham City Cops, Adrianne Palicki’s Mockingbird, ‘X-Men’ Recasting and More

Comic Strip Sept 29 2014
DC Comics/ABC/20th Century Fox

ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, 'X-Men' fans have a lot to look forward to, 'Big Hero 6' gets a great new trailer, and 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' reveals its Mockingbird.

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‘SNL’ Scorecard: Chris Pratt Makes a Great First Impression

Chris Pratt SNL Star Wars marvel
NBC

The 40th season of ‘Saturday Night Live’ has arrived (as well as the fifth season of ‘SNL’ Scorecard -- and I just can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years) and, boy, what a difference a year makes. Last year’s season premiere featured six new cast members and was one of the clumsiest shows in recent memory. (Hey, remember ‘New Cast Member Or Member of Arcade Fire’? Gah.) This season, we have two new cast members and, more importantly, a significantly smaller cast. This was the first ‘SNL’ in over a year where I felt some actual intimacy with the cast. Look at newcomer Pete Davidson: he was everywhere! It was almost as if this incarnation of ‘SNL’ was built just to make us forget about last season. It didn’t completely work (I’ll never forget you, Rick Shoulders), but with a first-time host like Chris Pratt (who is a natural) and what feels like a much more focused show, this was a really great start.

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‘Gone Girl’: 14 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

Gone Girl movie book differences
20th Century Fox/Crown Publishing

Bestselling author Gillian Flynn may have penned the script for the very first film based on one of her novels -- David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' -- but that doesn't mean that the writer balked at slicing and dicing her own work. We've known for a quite some time (since January, when Fincher's film was the cover story on Entertainment Weekly, to be precise) that Flynn had changed her own story for the big screen, with a big emphasis placed on mixing around the feature's third act.

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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — October 2014

Warner Bros./20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company
Warner Bros./20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company

Fall is in the air, and while there are plenty of great new movies to head out and see in the theater, there are also lots of films for you to take home and enjoy from the comfort of your own couch -- like a few of those summer favorites you loved and want to watch again (and again). Get your wallets ready and read on for our guide to the newest movie releases hitting DVD and Blu-ray in October 2014.

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Reel Women: The Women Were Fierce at Fantastic Fest 2014

Reel Women Fantastic Fest

The Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin provides us with tons of genre films every year, and as such, we’re often treated to some grim and violent narratives -- narratives which can typically include violence perpetrated against women and can sometimes skew a bit on the masculine side of things. But this year’s festival was wonderfully diverse and filled with some incredibly fierce female-oriented features, ranging from smart and terrifying horror to darkly comedic and biting family dramas, and a seriously brilliant satire on gender politics.

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