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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Gets the Honest Movies Trailer Treatment

Honestly not that great a movie.

If there were Academy Awards just for movie trailers, Marty Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street trailer would have cleaned up. Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Original Song (thanks, Kanye)—the first Wolf of Wall Street trailer was just fantastic. And that got people such as myself pretty excited.

Unfortunately, the actual film proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the acting was great, and there were some excellent scenes. But holy Last Temptation of Christ, the thing was three hours long—nay, three fucking hours long. And I don't know about you, but didn't have any illegal narcotics to help me sit through it.

Did I hate Wolf of Wall Street? Not at all. I just didn't love it. And I think the Screen Junkies honest trailer is probably a more accurate representation of the film that the actual trailer.

What do you think?

Paul Walker’s Brothers Hired To Fill In For Him On ‘Fast & Furious 7′

When Paul Walker died back in November, he was right in the middle of filming Fast & Furious 7. Thus, whether people wanted to admit it publicly or not, almost immediately everyone started wondering what would happen to the film and the franchise. After all, Walker had filmed the majority of his scenes, but he hadn't filmed everything. Were they going to rewrite the script and kill his character off? Were they going to hire a stunt double and use a computer to add Walker's face? 

Well, as it turns out, the producers have turned to genetics to solve their problem. And no, I don't mean they used a strand of Walker's hair to create a genetically modified clone, a la the storm troopers in Star Wars. I mean they've hired Paul Walker's brothers, Caleb and Cody, to fill in. 

The move was announced on the official Fast & Furious 7 Facebook page. Here it is...all 257 words of it:

The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans.

Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film.

We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.

We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.

We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role.

We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.

Fast & Furious 7 hits theaters April 10, 2015.

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Jerry Bruckheimer Reveals Details For ‘Top Gun 2′—And Oh By The Way, They’re Making ‘Top Gun 2′

Guess what, internet? The Goonies isn't the only 30-year-old movie getting a new sequel some time in the near future. Apparently 80s classics are hot right now, so Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise are finally bringing Maverick back to the big screen for Top Gun 2. 

This project was actually in the works several years ago, but it got put on hold indefinitely when original director Tony Scott committed suicide. However, after Bruckheimer broke up with Disney last year he started going out with Paramount, Top Gun 2 got going again.

So what's the sequel going to look like? Bruckheimer offered up a few details in an interview with The Wrap. Here they are:

Technology has changed, obviously, since we made the first one. So I think we're going to take advantage of what the world is like today with the drones really taking over in a lot of our wars. Is the pilot obsolete? Are those guys, those jet jockeys, are they gone from now? No I don't think so…because you still have to make quick decisions. We're hopefully going to highlight both worlds.

What this means exactly is not clear. Are we going to see Maverick take the controls of some kickass robot fighter jets and bomb the hell out of terrorists? Are we going to see Maverick get back in the cockpit and show the whippersnappers that robots can't take the place of badass jet jockeys? We'll have to wait and see.

To be honest, though, I don't really care what Top Gun 2 is about. As long as they get Kenny Loggins to write the theme song, I'm in.

 

‘Game of Thrones’ Soars, ‘Man Men’ Sinks in Epic Sunday Night Heavyweight Showdown

When did Sunday night become best night on television? When I was a kid, Sunday night was for crappy made-for-TV movies and mini-series. But these days, if your show isn't on Sunday night, it probably sucks.

The top tier, of course, is (or rather, was) Breaking BadWalking DeadGame of Thrones, and Mad Men. Then comes a strong second tier of The Good Wife (which your mom loves) and Californication, plus a premium cable comedies Veep and Silicon Valley. And let's not forget The Amazing Race or Sunday Night Football, which has basically supplanted Monday Night Football. 

So yeah, Sunday night is now TV's ultimate battle royale, and last night saw two heavyweights in action—one in its prime, and one on the decline.

The Sunday night heavyweight in its prime, of course, is Game of Thrones. The second episode of Season 4—the Purple Wedding episode—drew a whopping 6.3 million viewers for the first airing and another 1.7 million for the 11pm encore, bringing the total up to 8 million. Meanwhile, over on AMC, the premier of the seventh and final season of Mad Men failed to get the kind of "final season" bump Breaking Bad got. Don't get me wrong, 2.3 million viewers ins't terrible, but it is more than a million shy of last year's premier.

Sorry, Don Draper. Game of Thrones is the king of Sunday night right now.

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The Trailer for Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Movie Starring Zach Braff Is Here, and It’s Very Zach Braffy

Yes, the trailer IS set to a Shins song. How did you know?

Remember when wealthy actor/director Zach Braff went on Kickstarter and asked for your money so he could direct and star in the new movie he wrote? Well, that movie is called Wish I Was Here, it's basically finished, and today Focus Features released the first trailer.

So what is it about? Well, it's more or less about about the same guy we saw in Garden State, only instead of a numbed twenty-something coming to terms with his post-modern disillusionment and the death of his mother, he's a thirty-something father full of sage-like wisdom on some sort of spiritual journey of self-discovery...dealing with impending death of his father.

Are there are some pretty significant departures from Garden State? Of course there are. For example, in Wish I Was Here, Braff gets to make out with Kate Hudson instead of Natalie Portman. That's different.

Don't worry, though. Wish I Was Here does has a soundtrack curated specifically with hipsteresque yuppies in mind, so you'll still feel like the coolest parent at your kid's soccer game.

Wish I Was Here hits theaters July 25, 2014.

‘Goonies 2′ Is in the Works. Seriously.

These days pretty much every popular movie and television show from the '80s and '90s is getting a remake or a reboot.

Not The Goonies, though. Although a remake of the 1985 cult classic would make all kinds of sense, according to director Richard Donner, they're not doing a remake. They're doing a sequel. And I'm not talking one of those sequels that aren't really sequels because they have entirely new casts, like Home Alone 3. Donner says he hopes to get everyone from the original Goonies to return.

Of course, reuniting the original cast 30 years later may prove to be a slight challenge. Jonathan Ke Quan (Data) and Kerri Green (Andy) have barely acted since The Goonies, so they might be a little rusty. Meanwhile, Jeff Cohen (Chunk) hasn't acted at all and is now a lawyer, Corey Feldman (Mouth) is playing hard to get—because he's got so many things going right now—and John Matuszak (Sloth) is dead.

But hey, at least Sean Astin (Mikey) is game.

 

Needless to say, if Goonies 2 actually does happen, it will be huge. After all, who wouldn't want to see the Truffle Shuffle brought into the 21st century?

‘Captain America 3′ Will Go Head-to-Head with ‘Batman vs. Superman’ in 2016

In case you haven't heard, Captain America: The Winter Soldier did pretty well at the box office in its opening weekend. And by pretty well I mean it was only the top-grossing April release of all-time.

The previous record belonged to 2011's Fast Five, which raked in $86.2 million in its opening weekend. Captain America 2 beat that by $10 million, raking in $96.2 million. When you add that to the $207.1 million the film has already earned internationally, right now this $175 million superhero flick is on pace to gross $700 million. And though I may not be an accountant, that seems like a pretty good profit to me.

Is Marvel Studios feeling pretty confident about Captain America 3? Yes, I'd say so. In fact, they're feeling so confident about it that today they announced that the finale of the Steve Rodgers trilogy will go head-to-head with Warner Brothers' Batman vs. Superman, or whatever they end up actually calling the sequel to Man of Steel.

So can Marvel's Captain America really stand up to DC's Batman and Superman at the box office? Well, circle May 6, 2016, on your calendar. We're going to find out.

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