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Matt Singer is the managing editor and film critic of the website ScreenCrush.com. For five years, he was the on-air host of IFC News on the Independent Film Channel, hosting coverage of film festivals and red carpets around the world. He’s been a frequent contributor to the television shows CBS This Morning Saturday and Ebert Presents At the Movies, and his writing has also appeared in print and online at The Village Voice, The Dissolve, and Indiewire.
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25 ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Rumors That Turned Out to Be False

This is all James Gunn’s fault. The writer/director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise left so many plot threads dangling in the first movie. Who was Peter Quill’s dad? What was the deal with Yondu? What was Thanos up to next? Would any other Guardians from the original Marvel comics show up? I mean, what did he expect the internet to do? Not spend the next three years speculating wildly (and mostly inaccurately) about his plans? Yeah no.

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‘The Dark Tower’ Trailer Aims for the Heart

By this point in a big film’s marketing cycle, we typically would have seen a couple trailers, a ton of posters, lengthy magazine pieces, the works. In contrast, there has been so little concrete info out there on The Dark Tower, which opens in theaters in almost exactly three months, that some people (like, y’know, me) began to doubt whether the movie would open on time, or even if it existed at all.

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The ‘Rampage’ Movie Plot Sounds Bananas (Because Giant Gorillas)

With the passing of the great James Brown, the title of the hardest working man in show business is up for grabs. We nominate Dwayne Johnson, a superman whose personal Kryptonite is more than 15 straight minutes of relaxation. In addition to headlining the Fast & Furious franchise, rebooting the Jumanji series, spearheading a variety of television projects, and running his own line of athletic wear, Johnson is also working on a big-screen version of Rampage, the classic 1980s arcade game about a bunch of giant monsters leaving a path of destruction across the United States.

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Where Do Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Come From? Here’s Their Creative Director’s Amazing Theory

Children’s entertainment is full of anthropomorphized objects and animals. To kids, talking automobiles are no more or less strange than babies who are bosses or teenage turtles who get mutated into ninja warriors. But to the parents and adults who watch the Cars movies with these children, their internal logic and rules are a source of endless fascination.

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Fate of the Furious
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Universal Quickly Developing a ‘Fast’ Spinoff for Johnson and Statham

It may not have made a lick of sense within the emotional continuity of the series, but it’s hard to argue that the comedic highlight of The Fate of the Furious was Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s snappy banter. Johnson’s Hobbs winds up in jail right across the hall from his old arch-nemesis Deckard Shaw, played by Statham, and their chemistry is immediate and hilarious. Their playful back-and-forth throughout F8 kept things light and fun even as Dominic Toretto sold out his beloved family to work for Charlize Theron’s evil hacker Cipher.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Finally Has a Full Tracklist

I put on Guardians of the Galaxy on my Blu-ray player this morning, and have the movie going in the background while I work. I’m not paying too much attention, but every couple of minutes another great song comes on the soundtrack that sets my toe tapping. That would be the now-famous “Awesome Mix Vol. 1,” the cassette tape bequeathed to Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord by his dying mom. The keepsake, collecting some of the finest pop songs of the late ’70s and early ’80s, formed the spine of Guardians’ soundtrack, and even became a crucial plot point. And at the end of the film, Peter finds “Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” setting up the sequel, coming to theaters next month.

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The Do-Over
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Netflix Says Users Have Watched 500 Million Hours of Adam Sandler Movies

One of Netflix’s biggest deals so far in the original movie space was with Adam Sandler, who signed on to make four films with the streaming service, and then recently re-upped with the online media titan for another four masterpieces. Maybe you have seen some of their collaborations so far, The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and the just-released Sandy Wexler. If the figures Netflix just released are accurate, the odds are you have.

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Everything That Happened at the Star Wars Celebration ‘Last Jedi’ Panel

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters in just about eight months, and we still haven’t gotten a trailer for the eighth movie in the saga from a galaxy far, far away. Presumably, that all changes today at Star Wars Celebration, where The Last Jedi will be teased with a gala panel full of guests, surprises, and (we assume [we hope (we pray)]) some footage.

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Everything That Happened at Star Wars Celebration’s 40th Anniversary Panel

For those of us who are old enough to remember the original Star Wars trilogy in its initial release, the fact that this May 25 marks the 40th anniversary of the first film’s release is absolutely staggering. (Want to feel old? This is what Darth Vader looked like 40 years ago.)

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Some ‘MST3K’ Facts and Secrets From the Not-Too-Distant Past

You know Mystery Science Theater 3000 from ten seasons on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. (They used to spell their name right.) But did you know that MST3K started on a local station in Minnesota named KTMA? The original version of the show ran for 21 episodes before KTMA filed for bankruptcy and the series was sold to the Comedy Channel, which later became Comedy Central. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of the ScreenCrush series You Think You Know TV?

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