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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Purge' and More

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This week: All crime, including murder, is legal for one 12-hour period a year in "The Purge," a horror thriller in which Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey play a married couple that tries to keep their family safe during the annual event after an intruder gains access to their fortified home.

Also new this week is the trilogy-ending "The Hangover Part III," M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" starring Will Smith and son Jaden and the impressive sci-fi indie "Europa Report." Get More »

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Will and Jaden Smith Share a Totally Appropriate Kiss on Thai TV

Will and Jaden Smith were just doing a routine interview for their new film "After Earth" on Thai TV's "The Woody Show." You know, answering questions about the flick, making jokes, a casual lip lock — wait, what was that last one?

Yep, you heard us right. In a cringe-worthy attempt to prove to viewers he is Father of the Year (unlike the tough-love general he plays in "After Earth"), Will surprised his son Jaden by laying a fat, slobbery kiss on his 14-year-old lips. Saucy. Get More »

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Is 'After Earth' a Scientology Movie?: Church of Scientology Responds

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UPDATE (6/12/13): The Church of Scientology's media center emailed us with this reaction to the piece:

The myth launched by a handful of self-promoters that After Earth is about the Scientology religion and its tenets is silly nonsense. After Earth has as much to do with Scientology as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Moby Dick, King Arthur, Homer’s The Odyssey or countless other stories about protagonists overcoming fears and opponents. The Church’s website, www.scientology.org, contains accurate information on the Church and the many social programs it supports.

When the first trailer for the new Will Smith sci-fi epic "After Earth" came out, pundits immediately noticed the surface similarities to the Tom Cruise sci-fi epic "Oblivion," as both films deal with solitary heroes trying to survive on a future version of our own ravaged homeworld. Now, though, a somewhat less obvious parallel is being drawn by some critics who are suggesting that "After Earth" is actually heavily based on Scientology, the religion that Cruise helped make famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view). Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Matt Patches

Infographic: Films of the Future Part 2: Predictions

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"We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives ..." — Criswell, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959)

Some (actually quite a few) sci-fi films are more than just pieces of escapist entertainment. Some of them are freakin' prophets, don'tcha know, making predictions about what life will be like once we reach the year in which the particular film takes place. Get More »

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Posters: If Carlton Had Will Smith's Career

Alfonso Ribeiro was always a good sport on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," usually allowing his fame-hungry co-star to steal every scene all to and fro like he was bound and determined to soon become one of the biggest celebrities on the planet or something. But what if Carlton Banks had been a bit more alpha male and grabbed some if not all of the spotlight for himself?

Upon the aftermath of "After Earth," here we imagine a Hollywood in which Ribeiro became a movie star of, well, Will Smith proportions. Hey, at least Martin Lawrence would've had a partner who was more his size.

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'Fast & Furious 6' Spells Box Office Armageddon For 'After Earth'

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According to Film.com, Will Smith's new sci-fi epic "After Earth" took a massive header at the box office this weekend, allowing Vin Diesel and company to slip into the number one spot for the second weekend in a row, as "Fast & Furious 6" earned an estimated $34 million.

How bad was it for "After Earth?" The team-up between Smith and son Jaden proved to be the latest flop by director M. Night Shyamalan, bringing in $27 million. That doesn't sound too bad, but the film cost over $120 million to make and had been expected to top the box office. Instead, it had to settle for third place behind fellow newcomer "Now You See Me," which earned $28 million.

For a full run down of the weekend's box office top ten, including figures for returning favorites "Iron Man 3," "The Great Gatsby" and "The Hangover Part III," head to Film.com.

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Film.com

The 25 Worst Movie Character Names Ever

After Earth Will Smith as Cypher Raige in After Earth (Sony)

You're at a bar and some fictional movie character comes up and introduces her or himself. How long will it take before the subsequent conversation trends toward anything other than some form of, "But, seriously, what's your real name?"

And that's how we created this collection of the 25 worst movie character names ever. If the answer to the above hypothetical scenario was "30 seconds flat," that character made our highly-researched, scientifically-ranked list. Get More »

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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'After Earth' & More

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"I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived." –Will Smith

Greetings from the apocalypse! It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll, but if you're Will Smith's kid it ain't that long. The thoroughly Thetan-free father-son gods among us will be exemplars of human perfection on screen this weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to give them your money. There's plenty to see, do, touch, taste, smell, snort and vomit with the fully stocked weekend of entertainment I have lined up for ya, kiddos. Get More »

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Dear Hollywood: Whatever Happened to a Bright Future?

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Once upon a time, the future was going to be awesome. We were promised flying cars, robots that would wait on us hand and foot and possibly jet packs, just for the hell of it.

And now that we're actually living in that future, it is, in fact, awesome. Sure, we might not have any of those specific things, but we do have smartphones, the Internet and Video On Demand, allowing us to watch movies in high definition at our own convenience. Yes, the future is awesome.

Except in the movies. Because in the movies, man, the future royally sucks. Get More »

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Infographic: Films of the Future Part 1: Timeline

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There have been many visions of many possible future worlds throughout the years in cinema, from the dystopian totalitarian hellhole of, uh, "1984" to the deceptive Eloi-inhabited 'paradise' of "The Time Machine" (which took place in the year 802,701, for the record). Most of these visions of the future have been bleak and aggressive — and some even eerily prophetic (though thankfully not "The Terminator" — for now, anyway). Get More »

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