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Free Market Beats Porn at Hilton

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 - by Tyler O'Neil

Hilton Hotels agreed to remove pornography on demand from their locations worldwide this month, due to pressure from consumers and the National Foundation on Sexual Exploitation (NFSE). In a victory against sexual exploitation and for the free market, a worldwide business listened to the concerns of consumers and changed its ways. “We have listened carefully […]

Here’s the Real Reason We Don’t Need a Black James Bond

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

A new author has taken over the James Bond franchise. Anthony Horowitz has a new Bond novel due out this month. He’s generated some controversy leading up the September 8th release with some comments regarding the potential casting of Idris Elba to replace Daniel Craig in future Bond films. From Collider: [Elba] came to prominence […]

Two Hot Flicks Feature Black Leads, But #2 ‘War Room’ Out-Shocks ‘Compton’

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 - by Scott Ott

The top two movies in the U.S.A. this weekend both feature African-Americans prominently. The R-rated one about rap music (‘Straight Outta Compton‘) raked in $13 million at the box office. The PG-rated one, about an upper middle-class broken marriage and the power of prayer, brought in $11 million. “War Room” features no movie stars, no […]

Christian Film War Room Shocks Hollywood with #2 Box Office Open

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The experts didn’t see this coming. Each Friday, the folks over at Collider Movie Talk predict which films will place in the top five at the box office over the weekend. The Christian film War Room didn’t make anyone’s list last week, yet came in number two once the cash was counted. Collider Video senior […]

Star Wars May Be About to Resurrect a Dead Actor

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s called the uncanny valley, the final frontier in digital imagery, the point beyond which artists will be able to create digital human beings which audiences cannot distinguish from the real thing. Inanimate objects are relatively easy to recreate in the computer, and artists have become very good at creating them. Live non-human creatures like […]

4 Takes Explaining Why Spy Movies Move Us

Friday, August 21st, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

There is a hot new spy movie coming to a theater near you.  In Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks will go from winning World War II to whipping the Cold War. Odds are the film will do very well—in part because the nation that loves liberty also appreciates a little espionage. Nothing says more about us […]

Zorro to Ride Through Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

A script has been percolating in Hollywood that re-imagines the legend of Zorro with a dystopian spin. The Hollywood Report claims the project has now been greenlit for a 2016 production. Collider expounds: Reborn takes place in the near future and moves the mythic hero into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, where he takes on tyrants. The project […]

Abrams on New Star Wars: ‘Telling a Solid Story’

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

In a newly released video from Variety, featuring interviews with the cast and crew of the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams offers insight into his creative approach. “We really focused on how do we tell a story and incorporate what people know in a way that won’t feel like we’re just […]

Star Wars News Floods the Internet

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Alongside the first international television spot for the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the folks at Entertainment Weekly have released a ton of new pictures and character details. Here’s a breakdown of the revelations (minor spoilers follow): There’s more to the character names than we’ve seen thus far Here’s our first glimpse of Domhnall […]

Expect No More Star Wars Trailers in the Near Future

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Many fans anticipated that Disney would release a new trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens at their propriety convention D23, which commences this weekend. The belief was bolstered by the absence of a trailer at the recent San Diego Comic Con. However, those expectations were smothered by director J.J. Abrams in […]

Debate Wars: the William Buckley-Gore Vidal Debacle Revisited

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Way back, when ABC News was a distant third in a three-horse race for ratings, there were only three national broadcast television stations in 1968, and the news team truly had nothing to lose. So while CBS and NBC opted for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the presidential conventions, the suits at ABC performed a programing backflip. […]

No Midi-Chlorians in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Resonate throughout Disney’s revival of the Star Wars franchise has been a call back to the original trilogy. References to the prequels have been far and few between. Director J.J. Abrams has frequently boasted of his use of practical effects. Even the forthcoming Battlefront video game draws exclusively from the original Star Wars films. It’s […]

Fantastic Four Falling Flat Before Release

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Things had been looking up for the rebooted Fantastic Four franchise. On paper, it looked like a project that couldn’t fail. Chronicle director Josh Trank, X-Men: Days of Future Past scribe Simon Kinberg, a cast of talented up-and-comers including Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan — all signaled good things. Despite rumors of […]

The Benghazi Movie 13 Hours Looks Incredible

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

A theatrical depiction of the September 11th attack in Benghazi will land in January. The month doesn’t typically see a lot of competition, which contributed to the commercial success of American Sniper. Watching the trailer, it’s hard to believe this is helmed by Michael Bay. The Transfomers director appears to have muted his trademark bombastic […]

15 Easter Eggs in Marvel’s Ant-Man

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Duane Lester

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than watching my favorite stories come to life through Marvel Studios’s fantastic movies, it’s watching for the little things, the “Easter Eggs” added to the movie for fanboys like me. Sometimes they are there as foreshadowing, sometimes they are there just as a nod from Marvel to me, […]

From First to Worst: NBC’s “Hannibal” Goes from Broadcast’s Best Crime Drama to a Sick Mess

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by David Forsmark

“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” – Jack Crawford, The Silence of the Lambs That sage advice has been ignored by every writer and director to use the character of Hannibal Lecter ever since the huge popularity of Jonathan Demme’s great film and Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar winning portrayal—including Thomas Harris, the […]

Here’s Why You Should Be Watching Amy Schumer

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Amy Schumer’s debut film Trainwreck opened in theaters this past Friday. As the weekend drew to a close, Variety made the bold declaration that Schumer has catapulted onto “Hollywood’s A-list:” “This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “She’s going to get tons of […]

Amanda Seyfried Claims She’s Underpaid for Films

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

In an interview with the Sunday Times, actress Amanda Seyfried took aim at so-called wage inequality between men and women. By way of example, she cited her own experience. Variety reports: “A few years ago, on one of my big-budget films, I found I was being paid 10% of what my male co-star was getting, […]

Latest Batman v Superman Trailer Promises Big

Monday, July 13th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The last week saw this year’s annual San Diego Comic Con, typically a huge event for the unveiling of movie news. There, Warner Bros. dropped a new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Zack Synder, who previously helmed Man of Steel, returns to direct this follow-up. Trailers don’t always present an accurate portrayal […]

Are You Ready for a Christian Streaming Service?

Friday, July 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

If the name Pure Flix rings a bell, it may be in connection with the Christian production company’s standout commercial hit God Is Not Dead. They also have a film in theaters right now, Faith of Our Fathers. Pure Flix has recently jumped into the streaming entertainment space, creating a Netflix-style service featuring “faith and […]

Judgment Day Arrives for Terminator Genisys

Monday, July 6th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Anticipating the latest installment of the Terminator franchise, I again watched the original. Born from a fever induced nightmare suffered by writer/director James Cameron, the 1984 film follows a machine sent from a dystopian future to murder the mother of an unborn resistance leader. It’s a simple and well-executed concept that plays out like a horror film. Despite its much-imitated conventions and dated style, […]

5 Comedies to Get You Ready for Campaign 2016

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

1. The Distinguished Gentleman There isn’t an Eddie Murphy classic I wouldn’t recommend watching — and by los clasicos, I mean Coming to America, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop and even The Golden Child. But The Distinguished Gentleman, in which he plays a con artist who gets elected to Congress solely on name recognition, is […]

Top Gun 2 Will Be Terrible

Monday, June 29th, 2015 - by James Jay Carafano

Word is out that Tom Cruise will reprise his role as the reckless combat-ace Maverick in a Top Gun redo.  This must end badly. Cruise is long past the day when he could deliver a film performance worth watching. Recently, in Edge of Tomorrow  and Oblivion,  he delivered two back-to-back performances that were as lackluster […]

Marvel Studios Clarifies Spider-Man Deal with Sony

Friday, June 26th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Ever since the improbable news dropped that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had struck a deal to include Spider-Man in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, questions have swirled regarding how the two studios would interact. Who has final say regarding how the character is used? Can we expect other Marvel characters to appear in stand-alone […]