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Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton
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Straight Outta Compton
Director: F. Gary Gray
Screenwriters: Johnathan Herman, Andrea Berloffk
Cast: Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge
Universal Pictures
Rated R | 147 Minutes
Release Date: August 14, 2015

On the surface, many biopics based on a music artist or group will probably follow the same old Behind the Music narrative of the successes, hardships, and downfalls of said career. Of course, the subject of those episodic documentaries have had some sort of significance, but few have had as much of an impact both in the music industry and culturally as NWA.

In F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton, we see a dramatized version of the rise and fall of the rap group whose significance resonates even 30-plus years after their first studio album of the same name. It was because of NWA’s groundbreaking music that the world learned about Compton, CA, and South Central Los Angeles. But the film also covers what went on when the music stopped, revealing that meteoric success can’t stop an inevitable disbanding.

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New ‘San Andreas’ Trailer “California Dreamin'”
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San Andreas Trailer "California Dreamin'"

Warner Brothers has released a new trailer for the earthquake disaster movie San Andreas, which is set to be released in theaters later this week. The new preview is titled “California Dreamin’,” the name of the cover song by Sia used in the trailers. You can check out previous trailers right here if you missed them.

The movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, and Art Parkinson. It’s being directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).

You can watch the new trailer for San Andreas below.

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Final ‘San Andreas’ Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson
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There are some real world issues that some studios cannot foresee. For instance, the recent devastating Nepal earthquake death toll has exceed 7,000. Unfortunately, Warner Bros. would be releasing San Andreas, whose subject matter is dealing with a fictionalized account of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake centered along the infamous fault line.

Dwayne Johnson plays a helicopter rescue pilot who now must save his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) and his daughter (Alexandra Daddario) from the aftermath of the quake and the following aftershocks. We’ve seen a bit of the destructive force in the previous trailer, but this latest one is sure to reinforce the idea that there is no way of hiding from an earthquake. Check out the latest trailer below.

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New Trailer For Earthquake Thriller ‘San Andreas’ Starring Dwayne Johnson
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The second official trailer for San Andreas has been released online by Warner Brothers Pictures. You can check out the first trailer right here if you missed it.

The movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a search and rescue helicopter pilot who’s searching for his daughter with his estranged wife after a monster earthquake devastates the west coast.

Click on over to the other side to read a full synopsis and watch the second trailer for San Andreas now.

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‘San Andreas’ Trailer: The Rock Takes On Devastating Earthquake In New Disaster Flick
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San Andreas Movie Trailer

The first trailer for the upcoming disaster flick San Andreas has been released. The movie follows a helicopter pilot (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) desperately trying to get to his daughter after a devastating earthquake hits.

The movie also stars Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, and Art Parkinson, and is directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).

You can read a full synopsis and watch the trailer for San Andreas below.

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Sony Sets Release Dates For ‘Sinister Six,’ ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3,’ ‘Uncharted’
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Sinister Six

A year ago Sony Pictures Entertainment had such high hopes for their rebooted Spider-Man franchise. Production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was moving forth without a hitch and early footage from the blockbuster sequel screened at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con to an enthusiastic response. Back in December the studio was so certain that it was going to be the biggest movie of this summer, if not 2014, that they announced plans to exploit their ownership of the movie rights to the Spider-Man universe by developing spinoffs that would star Spidey villains Venom and the Sinister Six.

The plan originally was for Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner to collaborate on the Venom feature, while Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard would write and eventually be called upon to direct the Sinister Six movie. Then Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened to withering reviews from critics and less box office than the studio had initially projected. I haven’t seen the second movie in the rebooted series yet but the consensus is that the gluttony of villains, lack of attention paid to the main characters, and an anti-climatic ending that was to have paved the way for the spinoffs are what hurt its chances at the box office. A $706 million worldwide haul is hardly anything to sniff, but Sony was hoping that Amazing Spider-Man 2 would top out at a solid billion and change at the very least.

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Deleted ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Post-Credits Scene Reveals Possible Villain Resurrection
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The mega-budget web-slingin’ sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was crammed from one end of the 35mm film frame to the other with reimagined villains like Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Sony Pictures Entertainment has made crystal clear its intentions to expand their rights to Spider-Man and the various characters in his universe into a cornucopia of spin-offs, including films based on the villains Venom and the Sinister Six.

The studio and director Marc Webb embedded clues in Amazing Spider-Man 2 hinting at the future of the main franchise and its possible side-quels, but the comic book blockbuster’s end credits sequence was originally supposed to include a scene implying that yet another of Spidey’s adversaries could make a return to terrorize the superhero and the people of New York.

SPOILER WARNING…

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Final Trailer Wants To Catch A Spider
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With the massive marketing that is going into The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one has to ask: is there anything left to see in the theater? The trailers, the clips, the Super Bowl spots, the TV spots, not to mention the viral marketing, makes it feel as though Sony has burned through everything stopping short of showing the entire film.

The third and supposedly final trailer lays down the gauntlet by revealing the three villains that will appear in the film. But before you think being inundated with three villains is going to be Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 all over again, director Marc Webb has said that Rhino (Paul Giamatti) will appear in the film for only a few minutes, and that Max Dillion aka Electro (Jamie Foxx) will be the main villain. The trailer actually does a great job of digging deeper into Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Harry Osborn’s (Dane DeHaan) complex friendship.

Hit the jump to watch the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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Disney In Depth: Why Did The Oscars Overlook ‘Saving Mr. Banks’?
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Saving Mr. Banks was destined to be the first Disney film since perhaps Mary Poppins to accrue countless Oscar nominations across a multitude of categories. Unfortunately, the brilliant drama that explores the roots of how Mary Poppins evolved from page to screen failed to score more than one Academy Award nod. Why so?

This Disney In Depth aims to identify why Saving Mr. Banks may not have resonated with certain critics, despite the warranted buzz it received prior to its release. I also share how Banks should have been recognized at the forthcoming 86th Academy Awards.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Super Bowl Spot Part 2 (Video)
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The Amazing Spider-Man Electro

Earlier this week, Sony Pictures released Part 1 of their Super Bowl ad spot for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now, the studio has released the second part, which you can watch here below.

Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Martin Sheen, and Colm Feore. The film opens in theaters May 2, 2014.

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