(BREAKING) Roger Ebert Gets His Ticket Stub for that Great Big Movie Theater in the Sky

As reported by TMZ, it’s very sad to hear that film critic Roger Ebert has died today after an 11-year-battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Ebert was first diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and after a series of treatments eventually had to have his lower jaw removed, permanently taking away his ability to eat or speak.

This handicap inspired Ebert to throw himself into his work, becoming a major social media presence online through his movie reviews, website and Twitter account. His film reviews are some of the most trust-worthy in the business and aside from Pauline Kael, he was arguably the most influential film critic of modern time.

Ebert joins his At the Movies partner Gene Siskel, who also succumbed to cancer in 1999.

I will definitely miss his writing, his wit and his unflinching ability to call a spade a spade and very point blankly tell someone, ‘Your movie sucks!’

‘Mad Men’ Returns This Weekend and Brings ‘Work Hot’ Back With It

You guys all know what ‘work hot’ is right? Of course you do. But if you don’t, here’s how you figure it out: If you’re sitting in a cubicle right now then all you have to do is look to the girl working on your right. If you met her at a bar or party on a Saturday night, you probably wouldn’t give her a second look. But after three months of being stuck in that shitty office together, suddenly she begins to look good. She begins to look pretty damn good. And there–BAM! Work hot.

That doesn’t seem to be the case for people who work at the advertising firm of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce. For the skirts that walk through the halls of the Mad Men set tend to belong to women who’d be considered hot in the office or out. Or maybe it’s just that after six years of watching them every sunday, the work hot phenomenon has infected even TV viewing. Wait, there’s a tight-sweatered Christina Hendricks–Nope, actually genuinely hot. So we pay homage to these 60s vixens in honor of the show’s 2-hour return this Sunday on AMC.

It’s Spring Break But Ben Kingsley Still Has a Lesson Plan in ‘Iron Man 3′ (VIDEO)

The Mandarin

Is that a shot from an HBO promo for Game of Thrones. No, it’s Ben Kingsley delivering a badass message as the Mandarin in a new TV spot for Iron Man 3 (though it does look suspiciously like he’s claimed the Iron Throne). This new spot is pretty crazy as it’s made up almost completely of things being blown up. Plus a shot of Gwyneth Paltrow in her underwear just to make sure to put those last few asses in the seats who maybe weren’t thinking of seeing the movie.

Iron Man 3 is being referred to as the beginning of Phase II of the Marvel film universe, which culminated Phase I with The Avengers last year. I think every time they pass a new phase, they collect a billion dollars. It’s a lot like ‘Go’ in Monopoly, only…you know…with real money.

‘The Purge’ Trailer Gives You Another Reason to Hate Annoying Emo Teen Girls (VIDEO)

The Purge
Binge & Purge

Home invasion movies terrify me. Probably because for years I lived in a ramshackle cabin outside the college dorms with only a simple chain lock keeping my pizza box-formed door shut from the elements. Somehow I made it through all four years with only one simple B&E. But I genuinely have trouble watching movies like The Strangers and Funny Games, but there’s been so many bad ripoffs of those movies that the genre was kind of run into the ground.

But someone found a new interesting dystopian twist to add into the mix and have come up with The Purge a thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Game of Throne’s Lena Headey as parents stuck protecting their home during the one night of the year that America allows for crime to be legal in order to keep order the other 364 of the year.

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

The Purge opens May 31st.

Stop-Motion Puppet ‘Doctor Who’ Is Still More Clever Than Most Things on American TV (VIDEO)

Doctor Who
No Strings Attached

For those anglophiles out there, or Whovians, we jump at anything Who-related we can get our hands on. And with last Saturday’s premiere of the latter-half of this season, everyone is on high alert. And one of the coolest things I’ve come across is this stop-motion puppet eleventh Doctor serial (which thankfully keeps Matt Smith in his old costume and not that new, ridiculous Victorian jacket he wears). Done by Youtuber HelloDoctorPuppet, the web-series follows a puppet Doctor and some familiar faces through time and space. And while I’m stoked to see Clara Oswin Oswald cooking her souffles (where did she get the milk?), I can always use a little more puppet Amy Pond in my life. Watch Episode 1 above and Episode 2 below. Enjoy!

Marvel Gives You a Glimpse Into Their Next Phase. My Advice: More Scarlet Johannson (VIDEO)

Entering Phase II

When the original Iron Man came out, I don’t think anyone–especially Marvel–thought it was going to become what it did, which is basically the first cog in a giant machine known as Phase I. Phase I involved setting up a cast of characters that would be shoe-horned into each other’s movies and lead up to the eventual Avengers film. Well that happened and everybody made a dump truck full of money (despite the fact that no one really likes Captain America all that much). Which now brings us to Phase II, which begins in exactly one month when Iron Man 3 hits theaters.

In the above video, check out the cast and crew of these movies lay out their plans for what Phase II will bring to audiences. ANd while I’m hoping this is the last time Gwyneth Paltrow will be talking about being in a Marvel movie, from what we’ve gleamed from the trailer, it looks like she’ll be sticking around for awhile. Damn. And be sure to check out the entire Marvel release calendar for the next three years of your life after the jump. Read more… »

Stephen King Adaptations Are Back from the Dead in ‘Under the Dome’ (VIDEO)

No Place Like Dome

Back in the 80s and 90s, studio execs got in their heads that as long as they slapped Stephen King’s name in front of whatever project they were making, people would go to see it. And they were usually right. Then people kind of went a little mad and starting just churning out dreck based on any cocktail napkin King may have written a sentence on. Though to be fair, a lot of the blame falls on King’s shoulders for being such a cool guy that he options his short stories for only $1 a piece, allowing schlocky filmmakers a chance to ruin his work.

But the big budget King adaptations are back with a new summer series on CBS based on his epic novel, Under the Dome, a story about a town that suddenly finds itself covered by a giant, impenetrable, invisible dome (So basically The Simpsons Movie but with aliens or a government conspiracy or whatever). The show stars Mike Vogel (aka almost Capt. Kirk), Rachelle Lefevre (aka the ginger from Twilight who they replaced) and Dean Norris (aka Hank Schroeder). Take a behind-the-scenes look at the show in the video above and celebrate King’s return with his 10 Best Adaptations.