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  1. Today in Movie Culture: Alternate 'Fantastic Beasts' Endings, 'Detective Pikachu' Easter Eggs and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Alternate Endings of the Day: With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald out this Friday, here's an animated look at how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should have ended:   Easter Eggs of the Day: Need a guide to all the Easter eggs and everything else in the new Pokemon: Detective Pikachu trailer? Nerdist has you covered:   Truthful Marketing of the Day: Honest Trailers points out they should have sold The Meg as a movie and its sequel rolled into one:   Film History of the Day: For Vox, Coleman Lowndes looks at how the Victorian mansion became such a staple of horror media, including movie such as Psycho:   Composer in...
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  2. 'The Equalizer 2' Comes Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases
    Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Alpha (action-adventure; Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jens Hultén, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe, Priya Rajaratnam; rated PG-13) The Meg (sci-fi action-thriller; Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Sophia Shuya Cai, Masi Oka; rated PG-13) Mile 22 (action-thriller; Mark Wahlberg, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais...
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  3. Today in Movie Culture: 'Harry Potter' and 'Fantastic Beasts' Recap, a Tribute to Exposition Scenes and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Recap of the Day: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters this weekend, so cram a recap of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies so far:   Video Essay of the Day: For Fandor, Philip Brubaker tells us all we need to know about exposition as it's used in movies:   Movie Parody of the Day: This Studio C comedy sketch pits Pennywise from It against a group of friends using the things adults fear the most (via Geek Tyrant):   Movie Location of the Day: Here's an old tour of the Old West town on the Paramount Ranch, which was used as a shooting location for numerous movies over the last century, including Gunfight at the...
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  4. Watch the First 'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu' Trailer; Here's Everything We Know
    You weren't expecting that the first truly great video game movie would also be a Pokemon movie, did you? All signs point to the former being a possibility, with Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the Nintendo game Detective Pikachu, starring everyone's favorite snarky voice actor, Ryan Reynolds.  The first trailer for the upcoming movie (watch it down below) hints that, thanks to Reynolds voicing the title character, this is sort of going to be Deadpool for kids. But it promises an even more adorable hero and a plot that's closer to the old Looney Tunes classic One Froggy Evening crossed with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Here's everything we know about Pokemon: Detective Pikachu so far: What is the movie about? Assuming you're asking where did...
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  5. In 'Widows,' Crime Gets a New Face; Here's Everything We Know
    Crime thrillers offer audiences the opportunity to live vicariously through the heroes and villians portrayed on screen. Often those characters are brooding and brutal, manly men who have little time for the women in their lives; they are too busy planning spectacular crimes and scheming how they'll spend their ill-gotten gains. Widows flips the book, so to speak, smashing stereotypes and placing a strong group of women at the heart of an intense crime drama. The film has received very positive advance reviews ahead of its wide opening on November 9. Here's everything we know about Widows. What's it about? Set in present-day Chicago, Widows is "a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption," according to the...
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  6. First 'Toy Story 4' Trailer Teases Fun to Come; Here's Everything We Know
    Pixar continues to enjoy great success at the box office, as evidenced by the record-breaking opening this past summer for the critically-acclaimed Incredibles 2. The action-adventure ended up earning more than $1.2 billion worldwide. The next release from Pixar will be Toy Story 4. Though Toy Story 3 appeared to wrap up the series nicely back in 2010, Toy Story 4 will reportedly be a romantic comedy that will stand apart from the first three installments. The delightful first teaser has now been released, featuring the familiar cast of characters, along with a couple of surprises. Here's everything we know about the film; watch the teaser below. What's the story? As far as we know, the story will still focus on Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Bo Peep (voiced by Annie...
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  7. Next 3 Major Family Movies: 'A Dog's Way Home,' 'The Kid Who Would Be King,' 'Dumbo'
    A cheerful comedy about a grouchy creature who doesn't like Christmas, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, opened over the weekend to grand success. Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays the titular character with gruff yet winsome authority, leads the voice cast in the animated holiday adventure, joined by Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Angela Lansbury and Pharrell Williams. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is ideal for families. More family films are coming soon to theaters, including Ralph Breaks the Internet and Mary Poppins Returns. What about next year? Here are three selections that should please all members of the family. A Dog's Way Home Kids love animals and they will love the story of Bella. Voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard, she is a loyal, adorable dog who is adapted by a...
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  8. The Week in Movie News: Spielberg Revisiting 'The Color Purple,' First 'Missing Link' Trailer and More
    Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:   BIG NEWS Steven Spielberg is redoing The Color Purple as a musical: Steven Spielberg is revisiting his first serious drama by producing an adaptation of the Broadway musical version of The Color Purple, partnering again with Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones. Read everything we know about the remake here.    GREAT NEWS Chris McKay is directing the Jonny Quest movie: The big-screen adaptation of the classic animated series Jonny Quest is finally moving forward with The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay. Read everything we know about it here.    SURPRISING NEWS Breaking Bad sequel movie...
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  9. Today in Movie Culture: How 'Fantastic Beasts 2' Connects to 'Harry Potter,' Why the Grinch is Right and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Franchise Recap of the Day: Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law share a look at the ways that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald connect to the Harry Potter movies:   Musical Parody of the Day: Speaking of the Wizarding World franchise, The Warp Zone has written lyrics to the Harry Potter theme:   Character in Close-Up: In honor of the release of The Grinch, SyFy Wire's Dany Roth defends the title character's hatred of the Whos:   Vintage Image of the Day: Also in honor of the new Grinch, here's Ron Howard directing Jim Carrey on the set of the 2000 live-action version How the Grinch Stole Christmas:   Actor in the...
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  10. Today in Movie Culture: 'Boy Erased' Music Video, Christopher Walken's Craziest Performance and More
    Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Music Video of the Day: Singer-songwriter Troye Sivan released a lyric video for his original song "Revelation" from the movie Boy Erased:   Director Commentary of the Day: For Vanity Fair, Fede Alvarez breaks down a fight scene from his new movie The Girl in the Spider's Web:   Charitable Act of the Day: The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald surprised young fans at an Alabama elementary school and brought a check to help the school out:   Movie Science of the Day: Could Gwen Stacy have survived her famous fall, as depicted in Spider-Man comics and The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Kyle Hill explains in the new episode of...
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