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    The virtual console feature that has been with Nintendo since the Wii era will not be available at launch on the Nintendo Switch. The company stated the following in a press release...read more on GameTyrant

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    It looks like the big screen adaptation of the hit video game Uncharted could end up being an awesome hardcore action film that no one was expecting! Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces, The Grey) wrote the script for the film, and he didn't hold back.

    In an interview with Comingsoon, the filmmaker reveals that the script for the film is definitely rated R, he explains how he broke the Indiana Jones mold, and also says that there are "four of the biggest, f***in’ craziest action sequences" in the movies. I think fans of the game are going to be very happy with what he has to say about his script:

    "When I wrote Uncharted, I didn’t spare the rod. I wrote it the way the video game is. They swear in the game, they’re kinda foul-mouthed and I kept all that stuff intact and I definitely didn’t write it as a PG-13 movie, I wrote it the way that movie should be written."

    He also says that he never understood the whole idea behind making a movie PG-13 so that it makes more money. He says that a "cop out" and that "it's been exposed as such." He goes on to explain how he broke out of the Indiana Jones mold in developing the story and script and how the character Drake is different:

    "Listen, I’m a huge Indiana Jones fan, which was one of my interests in it and you have to remember you’ve got Sully as well, so it’s more of a buddy situation than just Drake solo. You have this kind of Hope & Crosby, 'Road to Morocco' kind of thing, so it’s not a straight Indy lift. Drake is not a guy who likes museums. He thinks they’re all crooked. Curators are 'thieves,' the guys in the Louvre and The Met are thieves and despicable. He’s a treasure hunter, not an archaeologist. He doesn’t have Indiana Jones’ idea of pure faith in archaeology. That’s not the way he thinks. It differentiates, and in the script there are deliberate differentiations. He has a line where he says, 'They’re gonna be looking at real booby traps, not rolling boulder bullsh*t.' (laughs) ['Raiders of the Lost Ark'] is still arguably my favorite movie of all-time, but it was necessary to create those distinctions. I think Amy Hennig did it when she wrote the game. She made Drake very much an anti-Indiana Jones, you know? Don’t forget, for that first game after that pirate attack, Drake and Sully leave Elena behind, they dump her. Indiana Jones would never do something like that. That’s a rogue act, so she was declaring very early on who that guy was. He was not Jones, he was not to be confused with that guy."

    Carnahan seems to have a solid handle and understanding of the Uncharted franchise and the characters that make up the story. He's also got the action and adventure aspect of it down as well. Apparently, he's put some insane action sequences in his script! After saying that the studio let him do his thing, he says:

    "I probably wrote four of the biggest, f***in’ craziest action sequences I think I’ve ever written in that movie. I used the 'Uncharted' games as a template but not using any one specifically, because those sequences have already been done beautifully. There’s no point in just transposing them to film, you’ve gotta come up with new sh*t, so that’s what I did. It was a great challenge but it was a lot of fun."

    After reading what Carnahan had to say about his Uncharted script, I certainly hope that the studio takes it and runs with it because it sounds like the film will be an absolute blast! I would love to see a hardcore, r-rated, action-packed Uncharted movie! Hell, what fan of the game wouldn't!? 

    With films like Daredevil and Logan paving the way for R-rated comic book movies, maybe that will inspire Sony Pictures to take advantage of the script that Carnahan wrote and use if for Uncharted


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    We're only a week away from Logan being released in theaters, and the excitement is eating me up. I just keep hearing about how amazing the film is. To help us get through this final stretch before the movie is released, I've got a wonderful, somber, black and white international promo from Korea for you to watch. It gives us a very different tone that what has previously been released, especially with the music that it used. I kinda dig it, though. 

    Logan takes place in the year 2029, where mutant births have become extremely rare. The defenders of mutant kind, the X-Men, are long gone, and the only remains of them are an old and struggling Charles Xavier and a weary Logan. Logan's vaunted healing factor has slowed, and at times doesn't seem to work at all. When a young mutant needs his help, Logan has to unsheathe his claws once more. His job isn't over yet.

    Logan will be released on March 3rd. Enjoy the video.

    Via: CB


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    I've never seen a Star Wars LEGO build of Princess Leia choking out Jabba the Hutt, but here it is in all its hilarious glory! The build was created by Orche Jelly, a.k.a. Iain Heath, and he did a great job. I love that he used croissants for Leia's bikini top. The way this whole scene looks in LEGO form just made me laugh! The creator said:

    Carrie Fisher had been scheduled to appear at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle this year, so I decided to make a LEGO tribute to her character from Star Wars, for the Brick Nation display that I'm involved in at that event. I had already seen LEGO tributes showing a demure Princess Leia shoving a floppy disk into some poor hapless droid, but I wanted to reimagine a moment from the original trilogy that really captured Fisher's feisty character!

    He definitely captured that feistiness! 

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    Via: Neatorama


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    Matthew Broderick is joining the Ryan Murphy party and is set to star in the next installment of the American Crime Story anthology series. The first season of the show focused on the trial of O.J. Simpson. Season two is called American Crime Story: Katrina and will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

    According to THR, "Broderick will star as Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina." The actor will join Annette Bening, who was previously cast in the anthology, along with Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, and Cuba Gooding Jr., all of whom starred in The People v. O.J. Simpson.

    I've been a fan of Broderick ever since I first saw him in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He's done a hell of a lot since then and it's great to see that he'll be the American Crime Story series. 

    Katrina won't premiere until 2018. Murphy is also developing a third and fourth installment of franchise. One will tackle the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace, which is set to star Darren Criss and Edgar Ramirez, and the other is going to focus on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.


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    A new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been cut and is ready to go! According to Trailer Track, the new trailer will be released soon, but there's no exact date given. Alberta Film Ratings adds that the new trailer will be two minutes and twenty seconds long. That two minutes and twenty seconds of absolute awesomeness that awaits us! 

    I'm going to go ahead and speculate that the trailer will be released with Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which comes out on March 17th. That's going to be a huge film that everyone's going to see, so it makes sense to me that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer would be attached to it.

    Whenever the next trailer is going to be released, we know that James Gunn is going to load it with all kinds of great footage to get fans even more pumped for the film. Maybe it will even feature our first look at Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet. 

    Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

    The James Gunn-directed film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki.

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5, 2017.


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    Anyone who's a true fan of the animation medium knows that there's much more out there than just Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, and those damned Minions films — you just have to dig a little deeper to find them. But thankfully, a new unconventional new animated movie is getting a pretty respectable release. It's called My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, and it's the debut feature from graphic novel writer Dash Shaw. The title doesn't lie on this one, peeps — it's about a group of kids who realize their school is built on a fault line and how they handle it when it slips into the water.

    The big draw, aside from the unconventional animation style, is the voice cast, which includes Jason Schwartzman, Susan Sarandon, Reggie Watts, Lena Dunham, and more. The film arrives in theaters on April 14, 2017. Check out the trailer below.


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    Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is also attached to helm the long-awaited big screen adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. He recently gave an interview in which he talked about his approach on the film and the trickiness of capturing the tone of the game. 

    It seems like Vogt-Roberts has a handle on things, and in another interview with /Film, he discussed video game films in general and explained why he thinks most video game movies fail the fans. He chalks it up to the filmmakers and why many of them just aren't wired to make these kinds of movie. He said:

    "I think that most filmmakers who have tried to adapt them…you know, much like there was not a good comic book movie for a long time. And then it took directors who had grown up with comic book influences like Sam Raimi [who] legitimately loved Spider-Man. Right? So it took guys who grew up with comic book influences and were good filmmakers to tackle that. I think that like you’ve got guys like [Dan] Trachtenberg and a handful of people like me now who are growing up having our brains rewired by Zelda and Metroid, ’cause there’s a logic to videogames. Right? There’s a language to them. And I don’t think that there’s been a wave of directors who have come up who are filmmakers who were rewired like that."

    That actually makes a lot of sense to me. People who grew up with these games in their lives would definitely have a better understanding of them and have a better vision of how to bring them to life. I know that's not true with every filmmaker who grew up playing video games, but it certainly would help. The director also said:

    "I think that they fundamentally don’t understand the difference between an active experience and a passive experience and how you translate a active experience into a compelling, passive experience. Because there are things that you can get away with in an active experience in a video game that would not fly in a movie in terms of storytelling, in terms of a lot of different things, in terms of characters. In terms of set pieces. There are things that, when you take [it] out the active experience, suddenly it’s not compelling anymore. Suddenly it doesn’t do anything. And so I think like that core conceit of understanding the difference between an active and a passive experience is one of the core things that people haven’t quite unlocked yet. And, you know, I think that we’re getting close, you know, we’re getting to the point where I think that there’s going to be a great one soon."

    He then brought up Metal Gear Solid and talked about his goal for the film:

    "And to me Metal Gear Solid is not just a great video game. Like I said I think it’s a great story. I think it’s a great story and a work of art. And a great like singular voice on this planet in terms of media. So my goal right now is to sort of work and make sure that we’re having the best version of that. So that fans and everyone can sort of experience the brilliance of [Metal Gear creator Hideo] Kojima’s work."

    Well, I think he makes some great points here, but the real test will be to see how his Metal Gear Solid movie turns out. I really hope that he pulls it off and gives us a brilliant movie! 


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    DreamWorks Animation's Voltron: Legendary Defender is one of the best animated series, and if you aren't watching it, you missing out on some great entertainment! If you already are watching it, then you'll be happy to learn that Netflix isn't wasting any time on getting season three to the fans!

    According to Den of Geek, who saw a Voltron: Legendary Defender poster at New York City Toy Fair, Netflix will release 13 brand new episodes in September of this year. It was also revealed that Netflix has a 78 episode commitment, which means there's going to a least be a solid six seasons, which is rare. How cool is that!? 

    If the series is doing well, I imagine Netflix and DreamWorks Animation will continue the series after the commitment is up, unless the series creative team already has an end game that they are leading up to that will conclude the story they set out to tell.

    It was also confirmed that "ten episodes of Classic Voltron would premiere on Netflix in March with 'new content added.'" I have no idea what that added content will be, but I'll definitely be watching to find out. 

    I've been a fan of the Voltron series ever since I was a kid, and it's been a blast watching this new series. I love that Netflix has put so much support behind the series. I'm ready to watch the next chapter in the Voltron saga!


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    Captain Fantastic director Matt Ross has signed on to direct a new sci-fi crime thriller for Tristar. The film will be an adaptation of the novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Tom Sweterlitsch. Set in the near future, Tomorrow and Tomorrow is set in a near future in which the city of Pittsburg has been destroyed but recreated digitally in a virtual reality called the Archive. A survivor who lost everything spends his time in the Archive solving old murders. When he finds a murder victim who someone has tried to erase from the Archive, the mystery leads him into “the heart of a nightmare more horrific than anything he could have imagined.”

    Captain Fantastic was Ross’s directorial debut, and it was, well, fantastic. It was one of my very favorite movies last year, and it scored Viggo Mortensen a very well-deserved Oscar nomination. I am pretty much excited to see anything Ross is interested in directing. If you haven’t seen Captain Fantastic yet, you may be familiar with Ross’s work as an actor, particularly as Gavin Nelson on Silicon Valley. He is an all-around talented guy, and in a statement he said of this new project:

    "Tomorrow and Tomorrow is prescient, it posits a world not so dissimilar from today, a direction we are all clearly headed, where technology has altered the ways in which we interact with each other and the world around us. I hope to examine, following the book's lead, the degree to which our lives are enhanced, and deeply compromised, by the technology that is already an inseparable part of our daily existence."

    Tri-Star’s Hannah Minghella explained why Ross is the right choice for the project: 

    “The triumph of Captain Fantastic is that it is at once funny, emotional and thought provoking. It's this ability to explore a thematic idea in a way that is both intelligent and entertaining that makes Matt such an exciting director for Tomorrow and Tomorrow. As a futuristic crime thriller, the book uses the near future to reflect on timely questions about our world today and how virtual reality impacts actual reality. It’s Matt's interest in exploring the complex intersection of technology with morality and love that makes his vision for Tomorrow and Tomorrow especially compelling."

    CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Director to Adapt Sci-Fi Thriller TOMORROW AND TOMORROWCAPTAIN FANTASTIC Director to Adapt Sci-Fi Thriller TOMORROW AND TOMORROW

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    Back in 2013 Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement after he made the beautiful anime film The Wind Rises. At the time, he said, “This time is for real.” He has since worked on little short personal projects, one of which is called Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar) that he is developing for the Ghibli Museum.

    A few months ago it was reported that Miyazaki wanted to turn that short into a feature film because he wasn't satisfied with the project as a short film. Miyazaki has been planning this story for almost 20 years, and he described the short as "a story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers."

    At the time of the initial report that Miyazaki wanted to develop this as a feature film, the project had not been greenlighted by Studio Ghibli. It was recently confirmed by Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki in a pre-Oscars interview for the Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle that Miyazaki is officially working on his next feature length film for the anime studio. The Red Turtle is nominated for Best Animated Film. 

    According to Kyodo, Suzuki said that Miyazaki has come out of retirement and is currently doing prep work for the project. “Right now in Tokyo, he’s putting all his effort into making it [the feature].” Suzuki previously stated that Miyazaki will draw up the storyboards for the film "until he dies," if that's what it takes to get it made.

    The production team will be aiming to finish the film and release before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As a fan of every beautiful film that Miyazaki has made in his career, I'm happy that he's come out of retirement to give the world one more story to enlighten and inspire us.

    Via: Kotaku


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    Way back in 2003 filmmaker Eric Fensler made a hilarious series of G.I. Joe PSAs in which he recut the original footage of classic safety lessons and added some weird and silly dialogue. I'm sure you've seen some of these fake, goofball G.I. Joe PSAs over the years on the internet.

    In 2012, musician Jose The Bronx Rican, took those videos and updated them in a higher quality thanks to the show's uncompressed DVD release. They were still only standard definition at the time.

    Now, the PSAs have been given the ultimate remastered edition thanks to YouTuber L33T GUY, who upscaled the videos to 1080p and bundled them together into one video compilation.

    It's pretty amazing that there's such a love for these fake amusing PSAs that fans just want to keep updating the quality of them! Maybe in a couple years we'll see a 4K remaster! Hell, I don't even think the original G.I. Joe PSAs have a 1080p upgrade.

    Anyway, I've always enjoyed watching these, and if you've never seen them before, you're in for a real treat.

    Via: AV Club


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    A new international trailer has been released for The Fate of the Furious, and it features a ton of fun new footage. This film puts a whole new spin on the franchise as Dom (Vin Diesel) goes on a destructive binge of betrayal against "his family." A mysterious woman played by Charlize Theron lures him away from them. She obviously has something on him, and I'm sure we'll find out when we see the film. Knowing Dom, maybe he's doing what he's doing to protect his family from harm? However the story plays out, it sure looks like it's going to be a wild, action-packed ride full of explosions. 

    Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

    From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

    The Fate of the Furious opens in theaters April 14th.


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    What does The Rock mean when he says that Black Adam is a hero to him? That's an important question to ask as, historically, the DC character Dwayne Johnson will be portraying has been known as a villain. Is this another one of those weird DC movie switcheroos that will have fans groaning? Luckily, no. Johnson took the time to go to Instagram and explain the character's origins and share his personal philosophy on the character in the video below.

    Great BLACK ADAM⚡️questions from our Q&A. All depends on how you interpret the word "hero". Growing up the DC villains were always my "heroes". As evil as they were, they were always my favorite. Still are. Luthor, Joker, Brainiac, Sinestro etc.. and of course the ruthless one, Black Adam. Cooking up some cool, bad ass and fun plans with DC to introduce Black Adam into the Universe. More to come. Great questions. #RockQAndA #BlackAdam⚡️ * link in my bio.

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    Makes sense, as Black Adam has been described as an antihero in the past. There's definitely some grey in his mythos when you put him up against guys like Brainiac or Joker or Sinestro. It'll be nice if Johnson portrays a hero that we can all sympathize with, if even a little bit. DC still has plans for a Shazam! movie to release sometime in 2019. 


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    The Power Rangers are kicking ass to Kanye West in this awesome international trailer! Before I jump in, can I just say that "Power," while proven an awesome choice for any trailer movie or television, is probably one of the worst mainstream songs he's ever released? I get that it's easy to fit the theme into literally any action film, but damn, do "Stronger," or something like that. 

    Now let's talk about the trailer, which features Rita Repulsa strutting her stuff with the new putties, and looking damn good too! I have a feeling I'm going to love the flair Elizabeth Banks brings to the role. Just watch the hips swing as she walks amongst the invading Putties and what looks like a rebooted Goldar above her! I'm also loving the sparkling look of the new Rangers and the general aesthetic of this film. I'm really getting the sense I'm going to like this film a lot more than I initially thought. Check out the new trailer below. 


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    The Starz television adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods finally has a release date! Fans of the novel will finally get to see the series April 30th, which is much sooner than I think a lot of us anticipated. Then again, I feel like we've been waiting for this thing for what feels like years, so maybe sooner is better in regards to this. You would think we'd see a trailer or something here soon with only two months to go until the series premiere! We do have a poster for you to look at, which means nothing to someone like me who never read the series. I do know this book is a blending of American living meets modern mythology, so that at least explains the White Buffalo. Should I be excited for this show to air? 


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    This review was originally posted on June 10, 2016 as part of our L.A. Film Fest coverage. We're republishing it now because Dying Laughing is currently available in theaters, on demand, and on iTunes.

    A poetic, brutally candid examination of stand-up comedy, Dying Laughing features a murder’s row of famous comedians telling honest, genuine stories about the art form they love. 

    As someone who is borderline obsessed with interviews — listening to them, reading them, watching them, even conducting them — I’m predisposed to like this movie, because it’s comprised almost entirely of conversations with stand-up greats. (There are a handful of shots of the American landscape and a few of the interiors of comedy clubs, but it’s mostly comedians sitting in front of a backdrop addressing the camera.) Fair warning, though: a movie featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and a dozen other comedy superstars might come with expectations that you’re going to spend the whole time laughing, and that’s far from the truth here. Instead of a laugh riot, Dying Laughing is basically an instruction manual of all the key moments in a stand-up’s life. It’s a step by step guide of what to expect during your first time on stage, a description of the unique rush of getting laughs, a depressing explanation of life on the road, and a heartbreaking layout of what it feels like when you inevitably bomb.

    Those who don’t have any personal desire to be a stand-up may glaze over at times because these stories are extremely specific, and I’m not sure a majority of the messages have applications in other areas of life. If you do happen to have that dream, this movie is a clear roadmap of what to expect; if you’re not really that into comedy, you won’t find much to engage with here.

    The movie goes to some unexpectedly dark places, and there’s the sense that talking through what it’s like to be a comedian is a form of therapy for some of the subjects. Many touch upon how comedians are traditionally damaged people, and they comment on the ridiculousness of needing approval from strangers in order to feel good about themselves. The topic of depression comes up more than a few times, and a couple grapple with the existential crisis of how being booed off a stage doesn’t just mean the audience didn’t like their material, it means they didn’t like the comedian since the material reflects the very core of the performer. Some even break down in tears discussing the memory of their worst nights on stage or the joy of finding a community of like-minded people.

    Not content with being a breezy fluff piece about what it’s like to be a comedian, Dying Laughing cuts to the core of what these often-iconic performers truly think and feel about their profession. It’s catnip for comedy nerds, and an invaluable resource for those dreaming of standing on stage one day.


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    The Hydraulic Press Channel has been one of those YouTube oddities that has not seemed to lose steam after its initial novelty was replicated by several others. I guess people really love listening to a man from the Netherlands scream while stuff gets crushed! I can't hate because I keep up with every episode, and this latest one threw me for a loop! 

    The channel teamed up with the crew from Logan to "crush" a ball of adamantium and then Wolverine's claws. See how it all worked out below. Btw, adamantium isn't a real thing. 


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    Yesterday it was reported that Netflix is going to back Martin Scorsese's $100 million gangster film, The Irishman. That's pretty incredible. The project was originally was supposed to be produced at Paramount Pictures, but they passed on it, so the filmmaker and his team shopped the project around. Netflix was the one that stepped up and offered to bring Scorsese's vision for this film to life.

    An inside source told IndieWire, "Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks. This way, he can make the project he wants."

    When a legendary filmmaker like Scorsese can't get a movie picked up by a major studio, you know Hollywood's priorities have completely changed. That's just crazy to me! Hell, the film even has a legendary cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and a possible supporting cast of Joe PesciBobby Cannavale, and likely Harvey Keitel!

    The Irishman is based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 book, I Heard You Paint Houses, which focuses on the life of the mob hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Today, he's best known for a supposed involvement in the death of Jimmy Hoffa. 

    This movie is a film geek's dream come true! So, what are those priorities that have changed in Hollywood? They are putting their focus on sequels, remakes, reboots, and reimaginings. Original stories have been taking a back seat for awhile now, and fewer and fewer of them are getting released. Now, even the greatest of filmmakers can't even get the support they need from the big Hollywood studios. That's sad.

    Thanks to Netflix, though, Scorsese will get to make The Irishman. It's awesome that they are in a position to do that. Netflix has been releasing a lot of great programming, and we've previously seen Netflix save certain TV series from ending on their networks. Now they are saving big budget films that the studios don't want. They are also buying up films from film festivals such as Sundance. 

    Speaking of which, Robert Redford is another legendary filmmaker Netflix stepped in to help out. They have a great film coming out soon called The Discovery, which also stars Jason Siegel and Rooney Mara. Think about it, if Scorsese and Redford are having problems with the studios, who's to say that other legendary filmmakers won't be next.

    It seems to me like Netflix is ushering in a whole new era of entertainment, and they could be the hero that saves great filmmakers and the films they are passionate about making. It seems like they are giving their filmmakers the creative freedom to tell their stories their way. 

    There will always be a place for movies in movie theaters, but again, these days they are mostly being filled with sequels, remakes, reboots, and reimaginings of films that have already existed. Don't get me wrong, I love the experience of going to the movie theater and watching movies. I'm at the theater at least once or twice a week. I enjoy the big budget spectacle films, but I also enjoy watching the smaller character-driven stories from filmmakers like Scorsese.

    There are also so many original stories out there that big studios won't touch because they are too much of a gamble. Thanks to what Netflix is doing, those films have a better chance of getting made and being seen. That's awesome! Who would have thought Netflix would grow into this major Hollywood player?

    With the way things are headed, I believe that Netflix will be producing more and more high-quality films that will eventually end up putting the films that Hollywood produces to shame. Who knows, maybe even one day they will offer their very own unique big screen theatrical moviegoing experience.

    Do you think Netflix is helping save great filmmaking and storytelling? 


    Is Netflix the Hero That Will Save Great Filmmakers and Their Is Netflix the Hero That Will Save Great Filmmakers and Their "Risky" Films?

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    Master filmmaker James Cameron recently appeared in a commercial for Rolex. In the commercial we see the director revisit several of the props from the previous films that he's worked on such as The Terminator, Avatar, Aliens, and Titanic. In the process, he talks about the art of storytelling and filmmaking. It's really a great little ad that also offers a bit of inspiration to any aspiring filmmakers out there. 

    James Cameron represents the pinnacle of film-making, with a boldness of vision and focus on technical innovation dominant throughout his many movies. Titanic, which won 11 Oscars®, is tied for the most awards ever, and Avatar holds the record as the highest-grossing film in history. Discover the details that make Cameron’s films come to life. 

    I also included another video in which Cameron talks about his Rolex watch and what the brand means to him. 


    James Cameron Revisits His Past Films and Talks About the Art of Storytelling in Rolex CommercialJames Cameron Revisits His Past Films and Talks About the Art of Storytelling in Rolex Commercial

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