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Neill Blomkamp Reflects on Elysium

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With all the news about director Neill Blomkamp taking over the Alien franchise (read our latest article about that here), it's easy to lose sight that his third outing is coming out next week. Yes, Blomkamp's Chappie debuts March 6th, and for a lot of people (including me), this film will cement the level of our excitement for his involvement in Alien. I am already looking forward to his interpretation and I have faith in it, but a lot of other people have to won over. Because right now, Blomkamp had a 50/50 track record. He made District 9, which was an unbelievable movie! It was nominated for Best Picture. It took the sci-fi genre and added new dimensions to it and made a really cool and unique film. Then, Blomkamp made Elysium which I liked, but it was a major step back from District 9. He's 1 and 1 right now, so it can go either way. If Chappie is great (which I'm really thinking it will be), then my excitement for his Alien film raises even more. If Chappie is c…

Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at age 83

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Today, we received the very sad news that actor Leonard Nimoy, known best as Spock from Star Trek, has passed away. He was admitted into the hospital earlier this week as a result of his chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, attributed to his years of smoking thirty years prior. Today, his wife confirmed that he has passed, just under a month before his 84th birthday. 
Leonard Nimoy was born on March 26th, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Boston college and pursued acting. His claim to fame was as Mr. Spock on the television show Star Trek, which became an icon for geek fandom. He also had other parts in TV, one of my favorites being his role in Fringe as William Bell. While Nimoy may have started out on television, he had a large part to play in film. Star Trek went from television to being a successful movie franchise, where Nimoy actually directed two of the films himself, in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He also had cameo roles …

Neill Blomkamp Talks About His New Alien Film (UPDATED)

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Last week, news broke that Chappie director Neill Blomkamp will be directing an Alien film. You can read out article about it here as well as our podcast episodehere. Long story short, I think this could be really good and I'm excited to see where it goes. However, we never heard anything about what the film could be about, other than the published concept art Blomkamp had done, but we didn't even know if that would be related to film. However, now we know a little bit more about where the film may be going.

In a recent interview, Blomkamp talked briefly about his directing the upcoming film, saying:
“It did have to do with having Sigourney on Chappie… Over the years, I came up with a story for a film in that universe that I wanted to make. And then when I talked to her about her experience making those films and what she thought about Ripley and everything else, it informed and changed the film I wanted to make into something different."
“It just sort of stuck with me. A…

Will Richard Linklater Make a Sequel to Boyhood?

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One of the most interesting movies of 2014 was Boyhood. It was masterfully directed by Richard Linklater as it chronicled the life of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) over the course of his childhood. The film was shot over twelve years with the same actors and is a true achievement in film. I loved the movie. You can read my review for it here. While it didn't exactly strike Oscar gold at the Academy Awards, I think it will live on for years to come as a very special movie. But in these months leading up to the Oscars, Boyhood has been getting a lot of attention and praise, which has caused for some questions to come about. 
In a recent interview, Linklater responded to a question to whether we could see a sequel to Boyhood, saying:
“To be honest… this film first met its audience exactly a year ago and for the first six months of the year, my answer to that was absolutely not. This was twelve years, it was first grade through 12th grade; it was about getting out of high school. I had no id…

Avengers: Age of Ultron- Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell and Others Confirmed in New Poster

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With it's release being just a few months away, Avengers: Age of Ultron has been ramping up it's marketing. We already have two trailers and a third will be coming soon. Marvel is preparing to release one of it's biggest and arguably most important films to date, and they don't take something like that lightly. Today, the film released a new poster that, while maybe not the best poster, it looks interesting enough. But the image itself isn't even the most interesting part. It's at the bottom. At the bottom of the poster, they credit all the actors involved, and we learn about some characters returning that we didn't know prior.

New poster
Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig) and Cobie Smulders (Agent Hill) will all be returning to the film. This seems to put to rest any mind I question of whether Clark Gregg will return as Agent Coulson or not. This is very interesting news. I really l…

And the Academy Award goes to...

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Last night was the Academy Awards. Some movies struck Oscar gold. Some walked away with nothing. And the festivities were led by Neil Patrick Harris. So how was the show last night, and who won. Let's get to it.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture Birdman

Best Lead Actor
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Lead Actress
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Animated Film
Big Hero 6

Best Original Screenplay
Birdman

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Imitation Game

Best Original Score
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Original Song
"Glory", Selma

Best Cinematography
Birdman

Best Visual Effects
Interstellar

Best Makeup
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Sound Editing
American Sniper

Best Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Film Editing
Whiplash

Best Sound Mixing
Whiplash

Best Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Foreign Film
Ida

Best Animated Short …

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: BDSM (Bigtime, Dominating, Super Moneymaker)

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This weekend, The DUFF, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and McFarland, USA opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this weekend's box office.
#1 Fifty Shades of Grey- $23,246,000

On its second week, Fifty Shades of Grey came in first place. This film had a significant drop from last week, but is still making really good money. Worldwide it has already crossed $400 million. I think the fact that people are hating the movie if catching up with it, but it will still make a lot of money. I think it's going to be around for a while, even if we don't want it to be.
#2 Kingsman: The Secret Service- $17,525,000

On its second week, Kingsman: The Secret Service came in second place. This is a movie that I'm really rooting for. It deserves to make all the money in the world. Domestically, it has only made around $67 million on an $81 million dollar budget. Worldwide it earned back its budget, but that doesn't include theater expenses, marketing, etc. Everyone needs to go see this …

The Razzies 2015- Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas and Transformers Lead the List of *Winners*

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Every year, the night before the Academy Awards celebrates the stinkbombs of the year. Yes, the Razzies give out awards to the movies that were just God-awful pieces of trash and that we'd all like to forget. You can read our initial report of the nominees here, but we've got the list of "winners" right here. So let's take a look at the official worst films of the year.
Worst Picture Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Left Behind The Legend of Hercules Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Transformers: Age of Extinction
Worst Actor Kirk Cameron, Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas Nicholas Cage, Left Behind Kellan Lutz, The Legend of Hercules Seth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West Adam Sandler, Blended
Worst Actress Drew Barrymore, Blended Cameron Diaz, The Other Woman and Sex Tape Melissa McCarthy, Tammy Charlize Theron, A Million Ways to Die in the West Gaia Weiss, The Legend of Hercules
Worst Supporting Actor Mel Gibson, Expendables 3 Kelsey Grammer, Expendables 3

The Movie Paradise Podcast Episode #3: First Look at Aquaman and What It Means

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In this episode, we take a look at the newly released image of Jason Momoa as Aquaman. We break it down into three parts: the actual image, the text and how much of a role we think the character will have in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. You can read our written article about the image here.
Written by: Nate
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Hugh Jackman Talks About How Much Longer He'll Keep Playing Wolverine

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The big question surrounding the revitalized X-Men franchise after the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past has been how much longer will Hugh Jackman play Wolverine. He has been playing the character since 2000, has starred as a main character in six films with a cameo in X-Men: First Class and is 46 years old. There's only so many years he can keep in the amazing shape he is in. We know he will be in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse and will star in a third stand-alone Wolverine film, possibly with Patrick Stewart (read that here). As to whether he'll do more after that, the impression has been that the role will most likely be recast. Jackman has served us faithfully all these years and if he wants to retire from the role, he sure as hell has earned it.
However, he may not want to retire. In a recent interview, Jackman said that after watching Michael Keaton's performance in Birdman (read our review here), he has become inspired to keep playing the character. He said:
“I s…

Steven Spielberg Wants to do ANOTHER Indiana Jones?

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It's pretty much common knowledge that the Indiana Jones franchise are all-time classics. Harrison Ford may have already been famous from being Han Solo in Star Wars, but his success as Indie cemented his career as an inspiration for fimmakers for years to come. The films are among the many, man iconic movies director Steven Spielberg has made. From Jaws to E.T. to Jurassic Park, Spielberg has had his hands in pretty much every classic movie, and Indiana Jones are among those. However, he less than desirable Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull was supposed to revamp the franchise by a passing-of-the-torch to Shia LaBeouf, which ultimately failed with the failure of the film. Now rumors have been going around that Chris Pratt is the studio's ideal pick to reinvigorate the franchise through a reboot. While we have not gotten any kind of actual conformation that this may be a possibility from the studio, Pratt did say that getting the chance to play the character would be an &qu…

The Movie Paradise Podcast Episode #2: Neill Blomkamp, Sigourney Weaver and Alien 5

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In this episode, I talk about the news of Neill Blomkamp directing a new Alien movie and whether I think Sigourney Weaver will return or not.
Written by: Nate
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The Movie Paradise Podcast Episode #1: Introduction

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In this episode, I explain the purpose of podcast and what you can get out of it. 
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Special Announcement!

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As we grow bigger, I have thought of new ways to change things up and innovate the way we report on movie news. We are approaching three thousand page views, which is a personal victory for me. I have been wanting do to something new with the blog for a while and now, I am happy to report, I can. Start now, The Movie Paradise will have a weekly podcast that corresponds with the written blog. On this podcast, we will take news topics and go deeper into them, doing things that we naturally couldn't do with writing. This is a very exciting new opportunity for us and hopefully you'll tag along.
You can listen to our podcasts here on Podcast Garden:  http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/themovieparadise
And you can also listen to them on YouTube with graphics:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeWJBTxo8N7ok_kNAApNixg
And the podcasts will be up on iTunes shortly for people to listen to for free, but Apple has to proof-listen to them and such, so it takes a couple days for them to …

Birdman SPOILER-FREE Review

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Birdman is a movie I have wanted to see for a while. The first trailers looked interesting but my interest really peaked when it began getting Oscar buzz. The film is currently nominated for nine Academy Awards. I got the chance to see the film and I'm really glad I did because this is a great movie.

It tells the story of Riggan (Michael Keaton), a washed up actor who used to play a superhero called Birdman, who is desperately trying to revamp his career by writing, directing and starring in his own Broadway play. From right of the bat we see that Riggan isn't exactly sane. He struggles with the duality of Birdman, who constantly feeds him with false knowledge. He also imagines himself actually having the powers Birdman has. It's clear Riggan hasn't gotten over his past stardom, which is brilliantly portrayed through subtlety rather than flat-out explained in dialogue. Riggan's leading man is hospitalized early on and he needs to get a new actor. That's when he…

First Look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman

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It seemed like, for a while, if someone mentioned Aquaman it would kill a party. He was always the butt of every joke and pretty much made out to be a really ridiculous character. And in some comic book iterations, he is. However, Aquaman can also be a complete badass. If you have not played the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game or read the corresponding comics, I highly recommend it. Aquaman is recreated as a player on Superman's level and is one of the best characters there. He is also well done in the New 52 DC comics, where you really get to see how great he can be. But still, there are people who laugh when you mention Aquaman. With the DC Cinematic Universe taking form, Aquaman has already been confirmed to not just have his own movie, but he will be in next year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.When actor Jason Momoa was cast as the hero, it was clear that they were going for the badass Aquaman, instead of a lonely guy who's only friends are fish.

Now we kn…

Neill Blomkamp Will Direct an Alien Movie

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Neill Blomkamp is a very interesting director. He made his directorial debut with District 9, which I thought was a fantastic film. He then did Elysium, which I thought was good, but on the same level as its predecessor at all. Next month, his third film, Chappie comes out, which looks like it could be really good. If this movie isn't good either, then my faith in Blomkamp as a director is shaken a bit, but I have a good feeling that Chappie could be something special. And now I'm really hoping, because Blomkamp has now confirmed that the movie he'll be working on next is an Alien film.
On his Instagram, Blomkamp posted a drawing of the Xenomorph design, saying "I think it's officially my next film." (You can see it here). Alien is a franchise that I absolutely love, well, the first two anyways. I would be very interested in seeing what Blomkamp would do with an Alien movie, as gritty, gory sci fi is his wheelhouse. For those of you who didn't know, Blomk…

Deadpool Update- Colossus to Join, Female Roles Cast

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For a long time it was in question whether a Deadpool movie was ever going to happen. Then, a month or so ago, Fox confirmed that it would in fact be coming out next February, with Ryan Reynolds as the lead. Just a few days ago, Reynolds tweeted out a picture revealing the design of the mask (see that here). but other than that there hasn't much news about the movie, considering they are going to start shooting very soon. However, this week saw the announcement of several little news bits about the Deadpool movie, so this article will tackle them in an update on the film.
Colossus is coming, but...

It's confirmed that the metal-skinned mutant Colossus, played by Daniel Cudmore, will be joining the movie, but the actor has now officially announced he will not play the part. Via Twitter, Cudmore said that he will not return for the film. I don't really have a reaction to this, simply because Colossus was never a central figure in the movies. He was there for a few films but …