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You know that meme where the dog is in the house that’s burning to the ground and the dog says, “This is fine?” That’s Warner Bros. Studios right now. Warner Bros. is planning an overhaul of their movie release schedule in response to a $400 million dollar movie only making a pathetic $800 million at the global box-office (What a dud, right?), according to The Hollywood Reporter, . Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was supposed to be a beloved blockbuster and the kick-off to a series of films based off DC Comics’ superheroes. Unfortunately, critics panned it (28% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences fled theaters after opening week (a 69% drop in attendance). Because of this, rumors are swirling that Warner Bros. is planning to release fewer original live-action films, focusing instead on their three franchise tentpoles: DC Comics films, spin-offs of the Harry Potter franchise and movies based…

“What is it, to be a hero?” This is the opening statement in Karen Page’s (Deborah Ann Woll) article on vigilantes, but it’s also the overarching theme of season two of Daredevil. What truly defines a hero? Is it the decision to sacrifice one’s humanity to protect a city, the choice to be cold and unforgiving in the pursuit of revenge or the act of defying destiny to find happiness? Conveniently enough, these three issues plague Daredevil’s title character and the two new players in the war between heroes and villains in Hell’s Kitchen. At the end of the new batch of 13 episodes streaming on Netflix, Daredevil closes out with admittedly less of a punch than season one but something that changes Karen’s question to something more specific: what is it to be Matt Murdock AND Daredevil? Mr. Murdock (Charlie Cox) seems to be balancing himself out well: he…

The DC Cinematic Universe is getting ready to make its next big move. After getting its foot in the door with 2013’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has been gearing up to compete with Disney and Marvel’s cavalcade of superhero movies with their own cinematic universe featuring DC Comics’ iconic characters. Their next step to the master plan comes this March with the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Notice the last word of that movie title as it’s the catalyst for the pièce de rèsistance of DC/Warner Bros.’ turf war against Marvel/Disney: A two-part live-action Justice League movie bringing all of DC’s’ superheroes together. Details have been slow and sparse, but new information indicates, in the words of the immortal Jim Ross, business is about to pick up. Entertainment Weekly reports that The Justice League Part 1 will begin filming on April 11 at Leavesden Studios in…

Coachella is one of music’s biggest melting pots, hosting everyone from Arcade Fire to Wu-Tang Clan. This California-based music and art festival is setting up for another big showcase this year, with EDM megastar Calvin Harris closing the three-day festival and indie-dance heroes LCD Soundsystem reuniting to cap off the first day. But the music world has been focusing on the  second day, which will close out with a “reunion” from another iconic rock band:  Guns N’ Roses. I use “reunite” loosely because the group will take the stage with only three of its original members: bassist Duff McKagan, guitarist/hat enthusiast Slash, and lead singer/occasional asshole Axl Rose. Original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and original drummer Steven Adler have been left out of the reunion  leaving fans to speculate  about who will take their place (perhaps Adler’s original replacement, Matt Sorum?). Regardless, the rock music community has set the Internet…

In the past seven years, writer/ director/ producer Ryan Murphy has made an ace career out of over-the-top television. Whether it’s a high school drama (Glee), a scary story (American Horror Story) or a catty mean girl whodunit (Scream Queens), Murphy has taken what could’ve easily been overcooked American soap operas and made them deliciously dramatized cheese. But how does one apply that Midas touch to one of the most infamous American news stories of the last 25 years? Come out with guns blazing and keep people guessing. Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book, The People v. O.J. Simpson is a limited series running on FX with Murphy as the executive producer and director of the first two episodes. It’s an ensemble drama following the trial of the once-beloved athlete/ superstar for the murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. The pilot, “From the Ashes of Tragedy,” premiered this past Tuesday…

Movies can be a lot of different things. They can be a bombastic form of commercial entertainment, a statement on current societal conditions, an exploitation of a hot topic in culture or a shameless advertisement for something marketable. However the films that stay with people are the ones that are an expression of passion and love of the craft. People remember great movies because they can feel the effort and imagination put into them. Someone who knows that all too well and has been proving it for over 40 years is director Steven Spielberg. The ambitious dreamer has dove in and out of film genres since the start of his career. He’s used an 18-wheeler and a sharp-toothed fish as a terrifying antagonist, showed the wonder of aliens and dinosaurs, journeyed from the whip-cracking past to the robotic future and even brought history’s darkest moment to light. With his latest…

*Sigh* Alright, this is one of those times when I have to be a parent to Hollywood’s annoying, childish desire to have too much of what it already has. I have to take Hollywood by the wrist, drag it to the corner and start wagging my finger at it until it knows what it did was wrong. It’s a tough job, but that’s all part of growing up. So do not listen to Hollywood hyping it in the press, do not listen to Bruce Willis thinking it’s a cool idea and do not listen to reporters discussing the different story possibilities. A prequel to Die Hard is a HORRIBLE idea. In case you missed it, 20th Century Fox announced plans for a prequel to the Bruce Willis-starring action franchise recently. The project, titled Die Hard: Year One, will be the origin story of go-getter cop John McClane (Willis) before the…

If there’s one person in Hollywood who knows how to weave a fantasy movie, it’s Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican writer/director has gained critical praise and a passionate following for making movies with dark atmosphere but great imagination, whether it’s the adventures of a big red demon (Hellboy), an imaginative young girl (Pan’s Labyrinth) or giant fighting robots (Pacific Rim). With his attention to detail and expansive creativity, one would think it’d be a walk in the park for del Toro to make a ghost story. That’s what makes his latest feature, Crimson Peak, all the more interesting and disappointing at the same time. Del Toro sets Crimson Peak in Buffalo, NY at the turn of the 20th century, where Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is living with her wealthy father (Jim Beaver) and trying to publish a fictional love/ghost story. She catches the eye of British entrepreneur Thomas Sharpe (Tom…

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Carly Rae Jepsen was the lead singer of New Order, you’ll probably really like Chvrches. The Scottish trio’s 2013 debut, The Bones of What You Believe, was a smooth and atmospheric burst of synthesizers and coolness. It had lyrics of gothic love and brashness that entranced romantics along with advanced beats beyond dumb-EDM that earned them their indie-alternative cred, but something beneath songs like “The Mother We Share,” “We Sink,” “Night Sky,” and “Recover” signaled a deep passion for pop. Singer Lauren Mayberry came off as a forward-thinking feminist and has a commanding presence onstage, yet she sounds like a mall-pop singer from the 80s, like Robin Sparkles from How I Met Your Mother if she took herself seriously (and switched accents from Canadian to Scottish). No matter how cool alternative and indie bands try to be or for how long, the…