Fascinating First-Look Promo For Hulu’s Counter-Terrorism Series LOOMING TOWER with Jeff Daniels

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Hulu keeps cranking out original content and now we're getting a first look at their new series The Looming Tower, which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. 

The series follows the threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s as the CIA and FBI counter-terrorism divisions travel the world looking for information while working toward the same goal... trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil. However, a rivalry between the FBI and CIA at the time may have inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of September 11th.

The Looming Tower looks like a fascinating series and it stars Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, Bill Camp, Alec Baldwin, and Peter Sarsgaard among others.

The Looming Tower will premiere on Wednesday, February 28th.

Big Actors Playing Tiny Characters in DOWNSIZING Is Only A Little Disappointing – One Minute Movie Review

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Matt Damon makes a big life decision that leaves him only 5" tall in Alexander Payne's social commentary Downsizing. In this comedy drama people shrink themselves in hopes for a better life, but is being tiny all its cracked up to be? 

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How Ridley Scott’s Reshoots Removed Kevin Spacey From ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

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Under normal circumstances, it wouldn't be considered too impressive for Ridley Scott to deliver his newest film All the Money in the World to theaters right on schedule. But Scott defied all the odds by going back with only weeks until release, and reshot several scenes to replace actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. But how did he do it so fast? During an interview with The New York Times, Scott talked about the All the Money in the World reshoots.

After the news broke about sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey, Scott’s All the Money in the World was suddenly facing a huge problem, let Spacey's small, but important part in the film remain and bring a bad association with the film, he could delay release; or, he could replace Spacey entirely with a new actor and still release the film on time. But as Scott tells the New York Times, the third option seemed to be the best decision. “You can sit there and let something kill you, or you can take action,” the filmmaker says. “I took action.”

Apparently, All the Money in the World producers and financiers at Sony held emergency meetings after the Spacey news broke, trying to decide what to do with the movie. Eventually, everyone agreed to release the film on its scheduled release date and brace themselves for a negative audience reaction.

It wasn't long after that two of the films producers, Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas, revealed a new plan for the film that they had come up with director Ridley Scott: reshoot Spacey’s scenes with a new actor and still maintain the planned release date. Sony liked the idea but was hesitant, saying the proposition was impossible because there was not enough time.

But Scott made it happen, he assembled crew and cast members, including Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, and in the span of 9 days re-shot scenes replacing Spacey with Christopher Plummer, an actor Scott says he originally considered for the role before Spacey landed the part. “There was no digital trickery required, either, contrary to the speculation,” Scott told the NYT . “A little bit of good-morning makeup and some front lighting and he was ready to go. It was quite simple.”

Plummer told The Hollywood Reporter that he was about to go on vacation with his family when Scott reached out to him and offered him the gig.

“I’ve always been a fan of Ridley and wanted to work with him. I thought, ‘My God, here’s an incredible chance.’ We talked for a few minutes. He obviously has an extraordinary sense of humor, and that endeared him to me immediately. I told him, ‘Listen, I have to go home and read the script,’ which I did. I kind of knew I was going to do it even if I hated the script. I had a feeling. It was almost insane, so I thought. ‘Great, let’s try it!'”

Plummer credited his theater experience for helping him memorize his lines in a very short period of time. Plummer also said even though the reshoots went quick, he never felt rushed, because “we created our own pace. And Ridley covered it so wonderfully with his cameras that nobody waited; we did it very quickly. Ridley is so quick in shoots — he only does one or two takes because he covers it so well with cameras.”

Scott even offered to let Plummer watch the scenes Spacey filmed, but Plummer declined:

It doesn’t do an actor any good to watch someone else. When you take over a part in the theater, it’s better that you don’t go and see it first so you’re not influenced in any way, the role comes from you. I saw some of the kidnapping stuff, which I thought was very well done, but that’s all I saw. Bits and pieces that didn’t involve J. Paul Getty at all. I hadn’t seen the trailer [with Spacey] either.

It already seems that Scott's gamble on reshoots with Plummer have paid off, Plummer was just nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance. 

All the Money in the World opens December 25, 2017.

President Donald Trump Has Officially Been Added To Disney World’s Hall Of Presidents; Watch Him in Action

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The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has officially joined Disney's Hall of Presidents attraction.

The audio-animatronic figure joins the other 43 cyber-presidents. The exhibit, which premiered in 1971, has been closed for the last year for renovations, and will re-open on December 19.

Trump's figure stands at the center of the stage and is mounted next to a seated Abraham Lincoln. During the 25-minute show he recites the following speech:

"I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God," the Trump figure says in a longer video shared by WDWMagic.
"From the beginning, America has been a nation defined by its people. At our founding, it was the American people who rose up to defend our freedoms and win our independence," says the animatronic in its speech.
"It is why our founders began our great Constitution with three very simple words: 'We the people.' Since that moment, each generation of Americans has taken its place in the defense of our freedom, our flag, and our nation under God."
“Above all, to be American is to be an optimist — to believe that we can always do better — and that the best days of our great nation are still ahead of us.” 

The animatronic features allow for smoother and more lifelike movements. President Trump actually recorded the dialogue exclusively for The Hall of Presidents, a tradition fulfilled by each sitting president since the early 1990s.

Walt Disney World's Hall of Presidents re-opens to the public December 19.

Watch The Trailer for LADDIE, A Documentary About The Man Who Made STAR WARS Happen

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George Lucas may be known as the father of Star Wars, but Lucas may have never had the chance to make the movie the way he did if it weren't for Alan Ladd, Jr.(known as “Laddie” to his friends). Now a new documentary dives into Ladd’s career as an agent, producer, executive, and studio head, where he worked on movies ranging from Blade Runner to Young Frankenstein

Check out the Laddie trailer:

The documentary is made by Ladd’s daughter, filmmaker Amanda Ladd-Jones. She was able to speak with some of Hollywood's elite including Ridley ScottMorgan Freeman, and Sigourney Weaver to talk about their interactions with her father. 

When Ladd was at Fox, he saw potential in Lucas where others did not. Lucas credited Ladd by saying that he “invested in me, he did not invest in the movie,” and Ladd’s foresight is ultimately the reason fans have spent the past forty years celebrating stories from a galaxy far, far away.

Ladd also produced massive movies like AlienChariots of FireThelma and LouiseThe Omen, and Gone Baby Gone. In the trailer, he is referred to as “the most influential movie executive you’ve never heard of.”

Laddie doesn’t have a release date yet, but you can check out the trailer and the movie's official Facebook page for more information.

Apple Orders a Sci-Fi Space Series by BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Developer Ronald D. Moore

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Ronald D. Moore is taking another show to space. Deadline reports that Apple has ordered the drama straight-to-series. This is is the third original scripted series ordered by Apple. 

The untitled sci-fi project is created and written by Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The show will explore what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. 

Moore is a very talented TV writer. He started his career in the space genre with stints on three Star Trek series (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager), before he created the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. 

Kevin Smith Was Offered To Direct The TOXIC AVENGER Remake But He Turned it Down

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It's easily one of the biggest cult classic films of all time and Troma Entertainment's The Toxic Avenger has been in the process of being remade for a long time. Producers first got the remake rights back in early 2010, but by the end of that year, director Steve Pink (Hot tub Time Machine) had been hired to write and direct a PG-13 action comedy take on Troma's very R-rated original. Pink wrote the screenplay with Daniel C. Mitchell, their story followed an average teen who joins an environmental club in hopes to impress his crush. Then while investigating a waste plant, he falls into a tub of waste and transforms into a radioactive hero.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was even offered a role in 2013, but it wasn't clear if he would play, and John Travolta was even rumored to be up for a role.

Then last year, it was announced that Pink was out as director, with Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon coming on to direct and Archer's Mike Arnold and Chris Poole did a rewrite of Pink and Mitchell's first script.

Recently director Kevin Smith mentioned in an episode of his podcast Fatman on Batman that he was at one point offered the director job. When asked a question about receiving notes from producers or executives, Smith explained: 

I don't really deal in that world that much anymore, I don't have to sit with people that are corporate and have interests to protect, like, I'm in the walrus movie phase of my career. The last thing, and it wasn't even a big deal, it wasn't like 'I'm outraged!'... somebody asked me, 'Hey man, we've got THE TOXIC AVENGER and we're gonna remake it, do a reboot, and hey, you're from Jersey.' And you know, I always kind of dug what Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma people do, it was right in Jersey, I remember seeing them on the news all the time - 'Hollywood, motion pictures in New Jersey? Right here at Troma!' And TOXIC AVENGER was insanely well known. So I always respected the Troma world and Toxie franchise. So I was like, all right, I'll go down the rabbit hole a bit and see what's what. 

And we parted ways fundamentally on the budget, because I was just like, 'Part of the charm of the TOXIC AVENGER is that it was made for two nickels. If you're gonna do it again, don't spend a lot of money.' But they were like, 'No no no, it's a 35 million dollar movie.' And I was like, 'It's a f*ckin' remake of THE TOXIC AVENGER, the guy in a tutu with a bad makeup job, what are we gonna spend all the money on?' So right then and there, I'm clearly not on the same page. In my head, if I need to see a TOXIC AVENGER remake, it should be done in the spirit of the original. Instead, they were literally trying to start a franchise, Marvel-ize it and stuff like that. And I'm like, 'I don't know if you guys saw that movie.' So I just quietly stepped away. I understand what they were going for, but I would never want to see that version of the movie. It would be like somebody doing a 35 million dollar version of CLERKS. Why would you bother?"

At this point it doesn't seem like the remake will be happening anytime soon, but the idea of a family-friendly Toxic Avenger movie starring Schwarzenegger and/or Travola would be something that even the most imaginative person would struggle with envisioning. 

What do you say? Do you even want a remake?

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Do The Big Risks Taken By STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Help Or Hurt? – One Minute Movie Review

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Rian Johnson's follow-up to 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of, if not the most, anticipated movie to arrive in theaters this year, but does Star Wars: The Last Jedi live up to all the hype? 

Episode VIII definitely takes more risks than episode VII did, but with every risk comes the chance that fans will either love what they're seeing or hate it. So was the force strong with this one?

The Last Jedi arrives in theater on December 14.

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Jury Sides With San Diego Comic-Con in Trademark Lawsuit Against Salt Lake Comic Con

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The heated battle over the phrase "Comic-Con" has come to an end. On Friday a jury sided with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with Utah's rival pop culture convention over rights to use the phrase "comic con."

THR reports the panel decided that Salt Lake Comic Con used the trademarked phrase without SDCC's permission, but it did not do it knowingly. SDCC was asking for $12 million in damages, but ultimately the court awarded the San Diego event $20,000. 

In a statement San Diego Comic-Con said: 

"From the beginning all that we asked of the defendants was to stop using our Comic-Con trademarks. Today we obtained a verdict that will allow us to achieve this."

But Salt Lake Comic Con is not happy with the outcome, The Utah convention's co-founder Dan Farr told a Salt Lake City TV station that he plans to appeal the decision.

Lawyers for SDCC argued during the trial that Utah's event stole the conventions name to have instant success built on the reputation the San Diego Con has built over years of hard work.

"This case is about stealing, taking something that is not yours, something you have no right to. It's about right, and it's about wrong," Callie Bjurstrom, an attorney for San Diego Comic-Con International, said during closing arguments.

Salt Lake says the phrase is a generic shortened form of "comic book convention" used by 140 other events around the country. They said they saw dozens of other unaffiliated events using the same phrase and thought it was 100% usable.

Salt Lake Comic Con has made nearly $3 million since it started in 2013.

San Diego Comic-Con has grown into the biggest event of pop culture, since its start in 1970 and now has an annual attendance of more than 135,000.

This Fan-Made GREMLINS Short Is Perfect To Get You Into The Christmas Spirit

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For many Gremlins is the perfect film to watch to close out the Halloween season and kick off the holidays. The 1984 classic is loved by horror fans and is considered by many to be one of director Joe Dante's funnest films.

Now Gremlins fan Ryan Patrick has made an unofficial sequel, Gremlins Recall which picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 film, and imagines a world where Mogwai have been domesticated enough to be sold as exotic pets. The catch is that the Mogwai have to be kept medicated so that they don’t turn into the dangerous creatures that terrorize the innocent.

Gremlins Recall was shot in just three days, and uses pretty impressive puppets designed by former Face Off contestant on Syfy, Eric Fox. This short skips over the events of Gremlins 2:

“Making a Gremlins film is an idea that’s been on my mind for over a year. It’s one of those films you want to see a good sequel to—but Hollywood just hasn’t done it yet. Everyone on this crew is a Gremlins super fan. We just wanted to take people back to that world, and show some cool Gremlin kills along the way.”

Check out Gremlin Recall below: