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A fun joke to have told your friends around the time that "Titanic" came out was, "Spoiler alert: The boat hits the iceberg!" I'm sure many, many people used that joke during the mid to late '90s, and all of them reaped the many benefits which followed, from more friends to more respect to a deeper appreciation of themselves as people.
Hell, making that joke even started Barack Obama's political career!
Indeed, not every movie is enjoyed just for its surprise ending. Some movie endings, in fact, are even built right into the title.
Here are nine that ask you to enjoy the journey, not the destination. Get More »
Star Wars fans: If the exhilaration that came with J.J. Abrams being attached to direct "Star Wars VII" has already worn off, then you clearly don't recognize the extent of Mr. Abrams's talent. You should at least have been excited until around mid-April. That's all we wanted to say. You may now go about your respective days.
Kidding! Please stick around for a bit as we let you in on a secret that our pals at Screencrush discovered: A 30-year-old documentary surrounding the making of "Empire Strikes Back" has been unearthed, and it's already on YouTube in all its early '80s Star Wars-ish glory. And it's embedded above! Give it a click! Get More »
Turns out, maybe we shouldn't have been so darn bamboozled by Disney picking up Lucasfilm and setting "Star Wars: Episode VII" into motion because as it happens, Mickey Mouse has been an integral part of George Lucas' prized intergalactic franchise for quite some time. Make that more than 30 years.
As scoped out by the force-filled folks at the Star Wars Blog, Lucas honored his life-long love of Disney's friendly rodent by incorporating a teensy, blink-and-you'd-miss-it (and, boy, we did) Easter Egg homage to the chap. Get More »
"Yes, he's alive. And in perfect hibernation."
One of the most harrowing images of the entire "Star Wars" universe — and perhaps in the history of sci-fi cinema itself — is that of rogue Rebel hero and part-time scoundrel Han Solo frozen in carbonite, his face contorted in a silent scream, his hands upraised in a desperate last-second attempt to shield himself from the icy blasts of the Cloud City freezing chamber. Get More »
Before the internet, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, movies were able to keep secrets from paying audiences until they actually, you know, went to the theater. Sadly, those days are done, but there's still one segment of the population that has the potential to remain spoiler-free: very young children.
Not-so-tech-savvy, easily fooled and generally oblivious to things happening outside the immediate sphere of their awareness. And it's a good thing this is all true, because then we get to see stuff like this Youtube video of one 4 year-old fan's exposure to one of the most famous plot twists in movie history. Get More »
Despite being hidden underneath that iconic suit of armor, Jeremy Bulloch has carved out a comfortable piece of immortality as the man behind Boba Fett. The ruthless bounty hunter first appeared in cartoon form as the only watchable part of the "Star Wars Holiday Special" in 1978, followed by Bulloch's portrayal in both "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
Since biting the dust in the Great Pit of Carkoon, Boba Fett has lived on in endless merchandising and brought Bulloch the adulation of fans at conventions across the globe. Fett's cult status even inspired Bulloch's autobiography "Flying Solo: Tales of a Bounty Hunter," not to mention a song by MC Chris.
In anticipation of the "Star Wars" saga's release on Blu-ray, we got an exclusive chat with the English gentleman about the enduring legacy of Boba Fett and the possibility of a future solo film. Get More »
It's Cinco de Mayo -- a.k.a. the day where it's socially acceptable for white people to don sombreros and fetch that Tequiza bottle from the back of their fridge. It also reminds us of the countless classic movie posters and lobby cards Mexico released for everything from "Gone With the Wind" to "Hitler's Children."
The format was always the same: Superimpose a still from the film over selected artwork. But the results were always campy brilliance. In the spirit of the holiday, we rounded up some of our favorite Mexican versions of classic movie posters below. Get More »
We here at NextMovie are expecting the new comedy, "Your Highness" to be a big ...hit. This joint venture between Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman looks like the kind of bud picture that will definitely be packing a specific audience into the theaters. Okay, in case you haven't been catching all the subtle puns -- it's a stoner movie -- with dragons.
Finally! Of course, there's a long Hollywood tradition of fantasy characters who may have been stealing a puff between scenes. Well, today we're smoking them out. Here are nine fantasy characters who must be high... Get More »
"This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of waiting for an official Star Wars Blu-ray release date and will soon see the debut of a six-film saga box set."
I imagine that's what ol' Darth would be saying right now if he weren't busy at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Earlier today, Lord Vader joined Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment President Mike Dunn at CES to announce the new Blu-ray release, vowing "The forces of the Empire will be at your disposal to assure the success of this endeavor." Get More »
This is the time of year when critics race to praise, nominate and debate the best of the best. You hear a lot of terms like "instant classic" and "will stand the test of time" thrown around.
But this is also the time of year when the classics are recognized by the Library of Congress, which decides what movies are important enough to be cataloged and preserved for all time. They're not necessarily the best films of all time, but they're the ones judged to be the most influential to culture and cinema.
So, what films did they pick this year? Get More »