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Which Music Legend Wanted To Play This 'Star Wars' Character?

7/24/2015 5:44pm EDT
Jar Jar Binks
Here's a little proof that not all of the decisions George Lucas made with his "Star Wars" prequel trilogy were bad -- Michael Jackson had actually hoped to land the role of the alien Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

Ahmed Best, who played Binks in the series, recounted how he landed the role in a recent interview with Vice.com, revealing that Lucas knew that Jackson wanted it and that thought that if the singer played the part it would be bigger news than the actual movie.

"Me, Natalie Portman, and George's kids -- we were at Wembley arena at Michael Jackson's ...
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Forgotten Friday Flick: Do You Remember 'A Bronx Tale' From 1993?

7/24/2015 12:20pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'A Bronx Tale'
To counteract the bad acting juju of "Pixels" Adam Sandler and cleanse the performance palate the selection this week features top notch work from all involved – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! The movie below has quite a few notables besides being a kick ass five-star gangster flick. It is one of the rare times where a play gets turned into a film without feeling stagnate, it’s the first lead role by one actor and the directing debut of another. It’s definitely one of the great ones – it’s…"A Bronx Tale!"

Calogero Anello is a young Italian boy who lives in the Bronx in New Yor...
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Two Independent Films To Check Out

7/24/2015 10:00am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'Dark Was The Night' / 'Synchronicity'
The two films we’re checking out today both seem to see the importance of character work even within a genre setting – meaning plenty of brooding and bravado within a fantastical setting. Reviews of both "Dark Was The Night" and "Synchronicity" below!

Title: "Dark Was The Night"

Stars: 4

Genre: Horror / Drama

Cast: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich

Director: Jack Heller

Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Release Company: RLJ / Image Entertainment

Website: www.darkwasthenightmovie.com

What’s most impressive about "Dark Was The Night" is that it’s essentially...
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'Sharknado 3' Review: 'Sharknado' Has Officially Jumped The Shark

7/23/2015 6:27am EDT
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No
For a critic, reviewing a Sharknado movie is a dream come true. Today, life says to you that fateful morning, you will watch the movie where a tornado full of sharks threatens to engulf the entire East Coast. Life has led you to this moment. Enjoy it.

I tried, life. I really did. But as much as it pains me to say it, I couldn't bring myself to enjoy Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. It's awful. And not the giggly, inspired kind of awful you'd expect from a movie where tornado-propelled sharks eat Jerry Springer. The kind of awful that catches you yawning and checking your watch in the middle of a ...
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Reviews: 'Lila & Eve,' 'Mad Women,' & '10 Cent Pistol'

7/22/2015 11:55am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'Lila & Eve' / 'Mad Women' / '10 Cent Pistol'
Today’s trio of flicks feature feisty females with more than a few issues on their plates. Gals out for revenge, mothers, and daughters who engage in unnatural behavior and femme fatales who can play their part when it comes to deception all inhabit this week’s cinema selections. We review "Lila & Eve," "Mad Women" and "10 Cent Pistol" – encapsulated opinions below!

Title: "Lila & Eve"

Stars: 1

Genre: Drama

Cast: Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, Shea Whigham

Director: Charles Stone III

Rating: R

Running Time: 94 Minutes

Release Company: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Website: www.lilaande...
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Benicio Del Toro Might Be The Next Big 'Star Wars' Villain

7/22/2015 2:47am EDT
Benicio Del Toro
Benicio del Toro is the latest actor to join the Star Wars franchise. According to The Wrap, the Puerto Rican actor is negotiating to join the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII. It seems he's not a lock just yet- The Wrap reports that del Toro has been offered a major role in the sequel, but he's yet to officially say "yes." Still, it's Star Wars- who'd really say no?

We barely know anything about Star Wars: Episode VIII (heck, we barely know anything about The Force Awakens, and that one hits theaters in a couple months), but we do know the barest of bare bones about the character del Toro...
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Great Movies For A First Date

7/21/2015 8:00pm EDT
20 Awesome First Date Movies That Will Set The Mood
Nothing sets the mood quite like a movie on the night of your big first date with somebody. It's important that the first flick you watch with a potential future partner is a good one, whether it makes you laugh or cry, or just scares the living crap out of you. But there are also some duds out there that can really put a damper on the night; that's what we're trying to avoid here. Sit back, relax, and look through 20 of the best first date movies.

“50 First Dates”

Back when Adam Sandler hadn’t gone completely off the deep end with the quality of his movies, he put out this gem of a r...
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Is 'Trainwreck' The Best Comedy Of The Summer?

7/21/2015 7:44am EDT
'Trainwreck' Is A Hilarious Anti-Romantic Comedy
‘Trainwreck’ (starring Amy Schumer, written by Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow) is the best film of the summer. The script is well written; the lead is well acted and the film is full of cameos/co-starring roles featuring comedy insiders (Tim Meadows, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn, Matthew Broderick). ‘Trainwreck’ is an anti-romantic comedy and commentary on the current post-Millenial focus on physical connection over emotional and intellectual ones.

‘Trainwreck’ follows Amy, a writer for a trendy lad magazine, as she juggles work responsibility with her father’s aging. Along the way, it...
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Did 'Ant-Man' Live Up To Marvel’s Expectations?

7/20/2015 12:12pm EDT
'Ant-Man's Debut Smaller Than Other Marvel Titles, But Still Top
The smallest superhero ever loomed large at the U.S. box office this past weekend.

Marvel's 'Ant-Man' debuted to an estimated $58 million, taking first place over Universal's 'Minions', which brought in $50 million.

Still, that tally is a bit smaller than other recent Marvel films. The debut of 'Thor' and 'Captain America' both brought in $65 million back in 2011. You'd have to go back to 2008's 'The Incredible Hulk' and its $55 million to find a film that performed worse on its opening weekend.

The lower number was expected by some, however, given the less serious nature of the superher...
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Kristen Stewart & Juliette Binoche Star In 'The Clouds Of Sils Maria'

7/18/2015 6:50am EDT
Check Out 'The Clouds Of Sils Maria,' Now On DVD, Blu-ray & More
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous 20 years ago.

But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide.

Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps.

A young Hollywood starlet (Chloe Moretz) with a penchant for scandal is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself o...
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