‘Jaws’ Returning to Theaters for 40th Anniversary

You're Gonna Need a Bigger Screen

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Stephen Spielberg‘s Jaws. And it’s a big deal.

This might sound like hyperbole to you youngsters out there (and yes I realize saying “you youngsters” makes me sound really old), but Jaws totally changed the course of movie history. We use the term “blockbuster” today because, when Jaws came out in 1975, people literally lined up out the cinema doors and around the damn block just to see it. Because the movie was that effing good.

Hell, it still is that effing good. Much like Jurassic Park, Spielberg’s other summer classic, when seen with fresh eyes, Jaws is just as good as when it came out. That’s because Spielberg didn’t rely on CGI to tell his story. He relied on a brilliant actors, an incredible score, beautiful cinematography, and, perhaps above all else, perfect editing.

So why am I going on and on about Jaws? Because to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary, Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies, and Universal Pictures are bringing it back to the big screen. On June 21 and June 24—two days only—you can see the world’s most famous animatronic great white shark at one of 500 theaters around the country, with TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz providing a special introduction.

Wanna see where it’s playing and buy tickets? Yeah, me too. So click right here.

Yep, Batman Is Definitely in ‘Suicide Squad’

Um, Don't you have your own car?

Earlier this week we told you that the Batmobile would definitely be making a cameo in David Ayer‘s hotly anticipated Suicide Squad. However, we stopped short of assuming that this meant the Caped Crusader himself would be in the film. For all we knew it wasn’t even Batman behind the wheel. Maybe it was some crazy plot twist meant to throw everybody off the scent? In fact, that would have been pretty awesome.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Batman is definitely in Suicide Squad in some capacity. On Wednesday night, dozens of bystanders on the streets of Toronto took photos and videos of Batman riding around on the roof of the Clown Prince’s shiny neon Lamborghini.

Honestly, it looks like a pretty badass action sequence. Take a look:

My favorite part of the video is when the film crew guy tells everyone they have no idea how lucky they are.

He’s right! They have NO IDEA…unless they like movies, in which case, yeah, they probably do.

[via Toronto Sun]

Watch the Batmobile Chase the Jokermobile Around the Streets of Toronto—Er, Gotham

Batman v The Joker

We don’t know yet if Batman himself will make an appearance in David Ayers‘ upcoming Suicide Squad. However, thanks to numerous videos taken by bystanders in Toronto on Monday night, we do know Batman’s car will be in it.

Oh, sorry. SPOILER ALERT.

The DC Comics spinoff is currently filming in the Great White North, and pretty much every scene shot in public is finding its way onto social media. Last week it was a scene between The Joker (Jared Leto) and a pre-transformation Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). This week it’s a chase scene between The Joker’s magenta supercar and the aforementioned Batmobile.

We don’t know how important this chase will be to the final movie, of course. It could be part of a flashback, or it could be central to the plot. It doesn’t matter. Any behind-the-scenes footage of a chase scene starring the Batmobile is news in these parts.

Take a look:

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Yep. Awesome.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.

Check Out Some Classic Aaron Sorkin Dialogue in this ‘Steve Jobs’ Teaser

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Nobody really took Ashton Kutcher‘s 2013 Steve Jobs biopic seriously because it starred Ashton Kutcher. On the flip side, everyone has taken Aaron Sorkin‘s 2015 Steve Jobs biopic seriously from the get-go because it was written by Aaron Sorkin.

That’s why it was somewhat surprising when the film encountered early directing and casting upheaval. First frequent Sorking collaborator David Fincher (The Social Network) was supposed to direct, then he pulled out. Then Christian Bale was supposed to star, then he pulled out.

The good news, though, is that they got everything sorted out and all the big jobs for Steve Jobs landed in the laps of capable people. Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours fame is the director. Michael Fassbender of X-Men and your girlfriend’s sex fantasy fame is playing the title role. Both are extremely talented.

Unfortunately, while most “teaser” trailers are actually just slightly shorter versions of trailers, this one really is a teaser. At only 59 seconds, it gives us only the slightest hint of what to expect.

Of course, it’s still pretty compelling. I suspect even Aaron Sorkin’s worst text messages are pretty compelling.

Steve Jobs hits theaters October 9, 2015

One Word Movie Reviews: MAD MAX FURY ROAD

Wicked.

Here’s the Red Band Trailer for the ‘Vacation’ Re-Sequel-Boot, Starring Chris Hemsworth’s Enormous Package

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Some movies just don’t need to be remade, and most people I know would classify the original 1983 National Lampoon’s Vacation as one of those.

That’s probably why the upcoming Vacation, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, isn’t technically a remake. It’s one part remake, one part sequel, one part reboot. It’s a re-sequel-boot.

The premise? A grown us Rusty Griswold (Helms) takes his wife (Applegate) and two boys on a cross country road trip to relive his favorite family vacation—not to Vegas, not to Europe, but to Wally World. Obviously. And judging by the trailer, the movie might not suck. While I personally find it a little hard to believe that Rusty Griswold would know what a glory hole is but not a rim job, on the whole the gags seem pretty solid. (Don’t worry, it’ll make sense when you watch it. As will the part in the headline about Chris Hemsworth‘s package.) I might go see it.

The Vacation re-sequel-boot hits theaters July 31. 

Here’s Everything We Learned About the Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Movies on Star Wars Day

Yesterday was May the Fourth, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. For that reason, everyone expected the folks over at Lucasfilm threw us a few crumbs about their various upcoming projects. And the folks over at Lucasfilm delivered, mostly via a well-timed behind-the-scenes spread in Vanity Fair by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Want the rundown without running around the web reading articles for the next 45 minutes? We’ve got you covered. Here’s what we learned:

  • Adam Driver is playing bad guy Kylo Ren, and yes, he was the dude with the red three-pronged lightsaber in the first trailer.
  • Kylo Ren’s evil secret lair is located on an ice planet, but we don’t know if it’s Hoth.
  • Somewhere in the thirty years between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, the “Rebel Alliance” came to be called “The Resistance.”
  • Also, the bad guys all belong to something called The First Order…the relation of which to the old Empire is unknown, and which may or may not be run by a Sith.
  • That desert planet from the trailers is NOT Tatooine. It’s another desert planet called Jakku, and it’s where the character Rey played by Daisey Ridley is from.
  • Stunningly gorgeous Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo is playing a CGI pirate named Maz Kanata.
  • Gwendoline Christie of Games of Thrones fame is playing a villain named Captain Phasma, i.e. the badass chrome stormtrooper from the second Force Awakens trailer.
  • The second of the two Star Wars spinoffs doesn’t have a name just yet, but it will indeed be a Boba Fett origin story…and over the weekend Disney/Lucasfilm reportedly fired director Josh Trank.

 

You got all that? Okay, good. Now watch this video of Annie Leibovitz taking neat pictures.

 

[via Vanity Fair and Screen Rant]