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The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: September 30th

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 
The News

It is being reported that Michelle Williams will be joining Tom Hardy as the female lead in Venom. What this says to me is that Sony is really go…

The Movie Paradise Podcast Episode #1: Underappreciated Films

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Welcome to our new weekly podcast! Here, we'll be talking about the latest news in the film industry, as well as getting into deep discussion about different movie issues. Each episode will have roughly 2-3 guests, as well as me, the host. This is not a replacement for our written site; instead, it will work alongside the website to keep you up to date on what's going on the the world of movie news! Episodes will be uploaded weekly on YouTube, and will subsequently be shared here. Please check us out, and enjoy the podcast!

This week's guests: Connor, Matt, and Tyler.


Films discussed: Begin Again, CBGB, Patch Adams, Contact, Following, Reign Over Me, 1,000 Words, The Happening, The Babadook, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Frank.
What do you think? Did you like the podcast? Do you have any suggestions of how we can improve the show? What are some films you think are underappreciated? Leave your though…

First Trailer for Annihilation

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I remember hearing about Annihilation being developed a while ago, and the premise sounded interesting. It centers around a biologist (Natalie Portman) who discovers this area on Earth where the laws of nature do not apply. Simply as a concept, it sounds absolutely fascinating, and it seems like something that would be very rich to explore on screen. But what caught my eye the most, however, was the fact that it was coming from Alex Garland, who wrote and directed Ex Machina. I thought that film was fantastic, and a lot of that movie's strength came from Garland's writing and direction. So the idea of seeing his sophomore effort naturally excited me. Ex Machina was certainly a science fiction film, but it dealt more with social issues, using science fiction as a back-drop. Annihilation sounded like it would be full-on sci fi, and I was excited to see what Garland would do with that. He has explored the genre a lot with his scripts, but to see him delve into a rich sci fi worl…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: September 23rd

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 
The News

Out of the three FoxX-Men movies hitting theaters next year, the most mysterious one has to be New Mutants. While we know what to expect from Dea…

Independent Corner: An Interview with Director Michael Wong About "The Story of 90 Coins"

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Since its inception a few years ago, this website has really only focused on big budgeted, wide-release films. Sure, we would cover smaller movies, but only if they were in the race to perhaps be nominated for an Oscar. But what we have failed to do is cover the independent films. When I say independent, I mean shoe-string budget, filmed in your backyard kind of movies. Before, I was hesitant to cover these kinds of movies, because they kind of went against what I believed to be the platform of this website. Now, I realize that was a little bit ignorant of me. So I now happily present to you Independent Corner, where we will spotlight independent films, and talk with the creative minds behind these projects.
For the third installment in this series, I will speak with director Michael Wong about his short film The Story of 90 Coins. You can watch the film for yourself here.

Your short was filmed in China, making it foreign to American viewers. But yet, it is so universally relatable, a…

Terminator 6- Linda Hamilton Returns in Direct Sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Ever since Terminator: Genisys made a mockery of itself a couple years back, we've been hearing about a mysterious Terminator 6 that would be produced by James Cameron. Deadpool director Tim Miller was lined up to direct, and that was the last we had heard about the project until recently, when Arnold Schwarzenegger joined the cast (you can read more about that here). With that announcement, we've been hearing mixed things. We've heard that Terminator 6 would go back to the scientist that the Terminators were modeled after, which would explain Schwarzenegger's return. But this is also coming from the same studio and same producers as Genisys, so there was confusion as to whether this was separate from that, or if it fell into the same line of continuity. With all of this going on, it was hard to really get excited for Terminator 6. However, Cameron may now have explained some things in terms of where this new film takes place in the timelines, and has dropped a major …

First Trailer for Tomb Raider

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I've always been a fan of the Tomb Raider video games. They were fun, Indiana Jones-esque adventures that I usually tended to enjoy. I never got around to seeing the movies with Angelina Jolie, but from what I've heard over the years, they're not exactly worth checking out. But since we've known that they were rebooting the movies, this time with Alicia Vikander, I have been incredibly on board. Vikander has really broken out into the scene over the past couple of years, and has proven herself to be a fantastic actor. And the fact that she won an Oscar doesn't hurt either. The film seems to be going in the direction of the recently rebooted games, going for a darker, more lifelike take on Lara Croft. And I do think that is the best way to go. The one thing really standing in the way of Tomb Raider being great is the fact that its a video game movie adaptation. We have not had a good video game movie yet, and until we get one under our belt, we will always have to …

Weekend Box Office: It Scares its Way to the Top Spot Again

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Welcome to Weekend Box Office, where we will be---you guessed it--- breaking down the past weekend's box office. We will look at what new films opened that weekend, how big their openings were, what the movies' total grosses are, and so forth. Please note that all numbers are in fact domestic intakes, and come from Box Office Mojo. Most Weekend Box Office articles will be written on Sundays, so all numbers will be estimates. The articles will be updated should there be any major changes from Sunday estimates to Monday actuals. This is a series we used to do, but I ended up cancelling it because the effort I put into it wasn't worth the hits it got. So if you want to see me continue to break down the box office numbers each week, please share it around. But now, without further ado, let's get into this past weekend's box office!
Opening this Weekend: mother!, American Assassin
#1 It- $60 million

In its second week of release, It came in first place at the box office…

mother! SPOILER-FREE Review

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When I first saw the trailer for mother!, I wasn't super on board with it. It looked like a completely conventional haunted house horror movie. But I knew it was going to be something more than that, because of who was involved. It's directed by Darren Aronofsky, who is far from a conventional filmmaker. With him behind the camera, I knew it was going to be far more than just a simple horror movie. Plus, you have incredible talents involved, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. So while it looked to be completely stereotypical and ordinary, I knew it wouldn't really be that. But I wasn't prepared for how impactful and stunning this film was going to be. This movie grabbed and absolutely floored me. I am going to be seeing it again very soon, because I am sure there are bits and pieces that I missed. Right now, I am very close to calling it a masterpiece, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite movies of the year!
A wife (Law…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: September 16th

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 
The News

The Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour and directed by Neil Marshall, has been in the news a lot lately. From story details, to casting decis…

The Movie Paradise Trailer Talk: Downsizing, Red Sparrow, All the Money in the World

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With the amount of trailers that come out each week, it's nearly impossible for me to talk about every single trailer I want to highlight. The sheer volume of trailers make it hard to watch them all, let alone review and talk about them. I've been meaning to do something about it for awhile, but I've never known exactly what to do. But now I've finally come up with a good idea on how to handle this. So, in this new weekly series, "Trailer Talk", I will take three new trailers to highlight and talk about. Normally I wouldn't have gotten to these if I were writing about them individually, in their own articles. But here I can go into full detail on them, and discuss them as thoroughly as I want to. Now, I will always do individual articles for some of the big trailers, like for Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies. But some of the smaller film tend to get lost in the shuffle, and now I have a chance to change that. So tune into "Trailer Talk" every wee…