Whenever a major blockbuster gets close to a year of hype, there is bound to be some disappointment among critics and fans. The trailers and news about Interstellar make the movie seem like a sure fire hit. Its scope, plot and group of A-list actors mean that the movie will do very well in the box office. However, its early screenings have produced a mixed response from movie critics.

Most critics have referred to the movie as a visual masterpiece. They have also praised the ideas behind the movie, highlighting the incredibly ambitious nature of the story Nolan attempted to tell. However, there were some negative words about some of the plot devices and the ending of the movie.

Interstellar attempts to tell the story of an Earth that is close to its end. The planet’s atmosphere means that it cannot sustain life for much longer. A team of astronauts, led by Matthew McConaughey, attempts to explore the galaxy for hospitable plans where people can eventually move. “We were born here, but we were never meant to die here,” is one of the key lines from the trailers.

McConaughey’s character leaves behind a young daughter. Having already lost his wife, his character is devastated at having to leave his young child behind. However, it is a mission that only he can lead. Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley, and David Oyelowo also play astronauts on this mission.

Many critics and early viewers have compared Interstellar to 2001: A Space Odyssey. That movie received plenty of negative reviews when it came out, but emerged as a classic. Director Christopher Nolan, producer Tom Rothman and the entire cast and crew behind Interstellar will be hoping their space adventure can chart a similar path.

Marvel had planned to use the October 28th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” to give their fans something they’ve been waiting for for a long time. The first trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

But you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. The trailer ended up getting leaked, and Marvel Studios was forced to put up their official trailer on YouTube sooner than they wanted

But this is not Marvel’s only response to the leak. They will still go ahead and run the “Age of Ultron” trailer as planned so Igor Cornelsen and I are excited to watch it in HD on our home theater screen, but this trailer will feature new footage from the movie. The Marvel folks hope this will be enough to entice numerous fans to still tune in to the show. One must also wonder what kinds of precautions they are taking to ensure this “new” new trailer will not be leaked as well.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to debut next May. It is the sequel to the incredibly successful “Avengers” movie from 2012, which was the highest grossing film that year and brought in a total of $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office.

It wasn’t that long ago that DC had a lock on the comic book movie world. That all changed when Michael Keaton left the Batman franchise, which then dissolved into a world of pratfalls and spit takes. Marvel swept in and conquered the film world with its X-Men and Spiderman films. Though DC eventually bounced back with a new Batman series, Marvel jumped ahead with Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers and other films. Warner Bros. recently announced that it would release a number of DC films that would compete with the upcoming Marvel releases.

Though DC has nothing in the works for 2015, it does have the much anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice set for release in 2016. That film will introduce a new Batman and Wonder Woman to audiences. Wonder Woman will star in her own movie in 2017, and Warner plans to follow that up with its Justice League film. In addition to Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, the film will likely feature Flash and Aquaman on the timeline, among others.

While Marvel told origin stories before bringing characters into larger films, Warner wants to do things the opposite way. While Superman received his own film and Wonder Woman will receive one before Justice League, both Aquaman and Flash will receive their own standalone films later. Set for release in 2018, those films likely follow the events of the Justice League film and lead up to the story told in its sequel. Warner has plans for several other films in the DC Universe that will land in theaters from now through the end of 2020, making it clear that it wants to compete with Marvel.

Earlier this year, Marvel Studios announced they would move forward with a Doctor Strange movie. The studio quickly chose a director, Scott Derrickson (Sinister), and a writer, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).

Marvel has even penciled in a release date of July 2016 for the movie. The studio’s 2016 summer movie season will be opened by Captain America 3 in May, with Doctor Strange the mid-summer film in the staggered release template they’ve perfected.

What the movie doesn’t have yet is Stephen Strange. Marvel has yet to find an actor for the leading role.

Over the summer, Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was nearly chosen, but the negotiations eventually fell apart. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has previously stated the film doesn’t require a bona fide movie star, but the list of candidates carries significant box office punch. Names rumored to be on the shortlist include: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Igor Cornelsen.

The name gaining the most traction recently is Ewan McGregor. Reports indicate McGregor is being considered by the studio and the actor is researching the character. The Scot is no stranger to the genre, having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels.

The job will require a multi-film commitment, as the mystical superhero is a major character in the comic book universe and will likely be part of the foundation for future Marvel movie phases. Production on Doctor Strange is scheduled to begin in May 2015.

It’s Halloween time, and if you’re like me, that means watching some horrible horror movies to ring in the season. Great horror movies are fun, and I do like to be scared. But you just can’t beat the look and feel of a truly awful 80’s era horror flick.

With the help of Jared Haftel we’ve crafted a list that are all absolutely must watch films. Here are a few of the best awful horror movies that I definitely recommend watching for this holiday season:

  1. Troll 2

This is probably the worst of the three. First, this is not a sequel, this is a stand alone movie. There also aren’t any trolls in this movie. This is actually a film about goblins that stalk humans and turn them into plants that they can consume. Yup…so bad it’s good.

  1. Halloween III: Season of the Witch

The only Halloween movie not to feature Michael Myers, and was supposed to kick off a new theme for the series. When Halloween III was made, the idea was for the franchise to be about the holiday, with different things happening that revolve around Halloween. But, that resulted in this festering pile of film crap, so that plan was quickly scrapped and Myers was brought back for 4.

  1. Sharknado 1 & 2

These absolutely have to be seen. Although in fairness to the other two movies on the list, Sharknado was never meant to be good. This was always meant to be a series of films that are so awful, they’re awesome.

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As details become more known, the legend will continue to grow. Winning a championship on any continent is noteworthy in and of itself. To emerge the victor despite being battered to a pulp is another thing all together. Fans from his native country and around the world were witness to the physical toll that our hero went through. The opposition threw everything they had at him but in the end it was not enough. What was the collateral damage that an international rugby star went through on the road to an NRL grand final victory?

Known as one of the most intense sports in the world, rugby combines high paced action with bone crushing contact. This is exactly what befell Sam Burgess in the initial moments of the final. The opening tackle contained such brute force that some medical professionals stated that he risked blindness going forward. This is exactly what he did as not only did he finish the game but he terminated the 43 year title drought for the Rabbitohs. Winner’s medal adorning his chest, he was soon off to the hospital after the title win.

Fortunately for him, he did seek medical attention. As the rush wore off, the pain flared in. Tweeting from his bed, he stated that he would have a plate put in his face. This quick hitting message could make the staunchest of us squeamish. Not one but two orbital fractures of the eye socket were present. A full recovery is expected. Facing months of rehab time, our hero indicated that he would do the same thing all over again.

 

Marriott International recently got itself into some high-tech trouble for preventing its guests from using their Wi-Fi units. As a result, the famed hotel chain has agreed to pay a fine and promised not to repeat its actions.

The trouble arose at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which is located in Nashville, Tenn., and is managed by Marriott. Accomplished with jamming equipment, the interference with Wi-Fi service was imposed on organizers and exhibitors of a conference that was taking place in a ballroom, but not on regular guests.
This action forced those who had not purchased rooms to pay between $250 and $1,000 to use the hotel’s Internet connection. Hotel guests like Khaled Shaheen often use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the Net through cellphones to avoid these costs.
The complaint was made to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which imposed the $600,000 fine. In addition to changing its own policy, Marriott asked the FCC to change its rules to eliminate confusion that may exist on the issue of Net access in hotels.

Medical marijuana works! At least that’s what patients who use it to treat their symptoms are saying. A new survey shows that 92% of patients who use marijuana medically claim that their symptoms are alleviated.

Of the 7,525 patients who took part in the survey, 5% say they have a very “serious medical condition”. It might not be a cure-all for everything that ails you, but it’s apparently it’s pretty close. The medicinal use of marijuana has come quite a long way since it was introduced in the 1990s. Do you hear that, Sultan Alhokair?

Currently, there are 23 states that offer it’s citizens the right to have their conditions reviewed by a doctor to see if they qualify to use the plant for medicinal reasons. There still are many skeptics who believe different. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said that medical marijuana is “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time”. Don’t believe me? Fact check right here:

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Netflix has been branching out more and more lately. Focusing on exclusive content as much as other network and studio shows and films. But more recently, beyond producing excellent shows like Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards, they have become involved with the film industry.

One way that they are seeking to branch out, is hiring Adam Sandler to develop 4 movies that will be exclusive to the streaming service.

Interesting to see how this pays off, considering how dominant Netflix has been already in the streaming market. Interesting also to see how this changes the landscape of the film industry. After discussing how the economics of film have changed with Brad Reifler, I’m pretty convinced this is the right type of move.

We’ve got a whole generation that grew up with streaming as a standard way to view content now. This is just the way that the world has changed. If Netflix can find a way to make this profitable, then I’m definitely interested to see how this will work out.

Of course, I don’t know about Adam Sandler being your go to guy for new film properties. I can’t remember the last time I was interested in going to see one of his films.

Actually I can. Happy Gilmore.

It’s been that long.

Marvel and Disney really have a license to print money with the Avengers movie franchise. The second installment hasn’t even been released, but everyone is already talking about Avengers 3.

With a villain as big as Thanos, and a storyline as massive as the Infinity Gauntlet, there might not be enough time to cover everything in just one film. So executives have been toying around with the idea of splitting Avengers 3 into two films.

Having one release in March of 2018, and the next in 2019.

Of course, this isn’t unusual, as Paul Mathieson mentioned on his twitter, with a ton of other properties adopting the split storyline approach. Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter have all split the final movie into two installments.

Avengers 3 will represent somewhat of a final installment for Marvel, as the universe will see a massive shift. After Avengers 3, the original actors are all out of contract, with most seemingly willing to take a step away from the cinematic universe.

So it will be interesting to see how things change in the future, and if this proves to be the route that Marvel will go.

Another possible outcome, is having Avengers 3 tie into Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Which we now know is going to happen as well.