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The REAL 'Batman vs Superman' Has REALLY Arrived

Warner Bros. releases the trailer less than a day after its leak. Story by Matt Cummings Thursday night was an interesting one for Warner Bros. Studios. The home of the DC Cinematic Universe, interest had been building for awhile with their plan to release an extended trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice on Monday April 20th. Seats had been reserved, Zack Snyder "swag" had been hinted at by the director, and fans were ready. That is, until a Portuguese version of the same trailer popped up online that same Thursday night . Although WB did its best to knock down sites that distributed the grainy cam-capture, it was clear they were fighting an uphill battle. But this is The Internet afterall, and no one will keep a trailer down. That's why Warner decided late Friday afternoon to release the trailer, featuring a much clearer cut: Snyder isn't letting the leak deter him. On Friday, he Tweeted this message out, giving fans some hope

New Trailer for #DOPE Has Arrived

This summer, welcome to a day in the life of a geek in the Bottoms. The hit movie out of the Sundance Film Festival, DOPE tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Produced by Forest Whitaker, Executive Produced by Pharrell Williams and Co-Executive Produced by Sean Combs. Dope stars Shameik Moore (@meaksworld), Tony Revolori (@TonyRevolori), Kiersey Clemons (@KierseyClemons), Blake Anderson (@UncleBlazer), Zoe Kravitz (@ZoeKravitz), A$AP Rocky (@AsvpxRocky), Chanel Iman (@ChanelIman)and Quincy Brown (@Quincy). The movie features four new original songs by Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell). A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE , Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviv

New #JurassicWorld Poster Featuring Bryce Dallas Howard

Click below to see Indominous Rex! Director Colin Trevorrow has debuted a new JURASSIC WORLD poster featuring Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing face to face with the Indominus Rex. In addition, we've received several other images from movie, all of which you can see below. First up is the Bryce Dallas Howard poster: Next up is a ton of other new images: Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. The movie stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer. THE PARK IS OPEN JUNE 12, 2015.

(Exclusive) What the Batman/Superman Trailer Tells Us

We analyze the footage for clues in this superhero throwdown. Story by Matt Cummings Warner Bros. is moving forward with a huge expansion of its Justice League universe, hiring a replacement director for Wonder Woman , prepping for a Suicide Squad film, and revealing their possible choice to direct Aquaman . At the center of this is the highly-anticipated Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice , a film designed to officially launch the entire ship of DC's greatest superheroes. In anticipation of that event, Director Zack Snyder is hosting an exclusive event at nearby IMAX theaters , whereby fans were promised a view of the trailer on Monday, April 27th. And then the Internet happened. It was revealed on Thursday that a subtitled Portuguese version of the trailer was leaked using a handheld camera or cellphone and eventually uploaded to YouTube. The trailer was quickly removed, but not before companies like CNET and others posted it, causing immediate fan reaction. Wh

Movie Review: True Story

True Story 's manipulative nature betrays itself at the bitter end. Review by Matt Cummings In Rupert Goold's True Story , NY Times writer Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) is disgraced when news of his embellishment of a featured piece leads to his dismissal and blackballing. While desperately searching for another patron, he receives a call that the murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) has been using Finkel's name and title during his run from the law. He's accused of the heinous 2001 crime of strangling his wife and dumping his three young children into suitcases, all of whom were found floating in an Oregon channel. Finkel believes this story will signal his comeback, agreeing to help Longo write a book about the murder trial and his involvement in the crime. But lies and deception are never far behind, as Finklel gets dragged into Longo's web, placing Mike and wife Jill (Felicity Jones) at emotional and professional odds. As the trial ends and a decisi

Movie Review: Monkey Kingdom

Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom is delightful but still doesn't earn all of our respect. Review by Matt Cummings Disneynature, the bastard stepchild of Mouse House, is like a well-meaning aunt or uncle whom the family conveniently forgets about until the holidays. Started in 2008, the studio has never found its core audience, posting huge losses in an already crowded "Wow, Nature!" market. Perhaps part of the problem is that others do it so much better, as evidenced by PBS Nature's spectacular Earthflight . There, the animals sell the story: no need for fancy trickery, creative edits, or propped-up story beats. And although Money Kingdom is perhaps the best Disneynature doc we've seen, it still doesn't earn the total respect it thinks it deserves. Hidden within the jungles of Sri Lanka lies Castle Rock, a long-abandoned city that's become home to the Macaque monkeys, whose rigid hierarchy sees some living the high life with others like Maya

Ryan Gosling Joining Blade Runner Sequel

Drive star will get behind the wheel of a Spinner. By Brandon Wolfe Big day for Harrison Ford. In addition to heading home with Chewie , he’ll next face down Ryan Gosling in the long (and I do mean long) delayed sequel to Blade Runner . Gosling is presently in negotiations to join the follow-up to the classic sci-fi film, which is set to be directed by Denis Villeneuve ( Prisoners ) and produced by original Blade Runner helmer Ridley Scott. No word yet on Gosling’s role (or Ford’s, for that matter; there’s still that pesky “replicant or human?” question lingering about), but filming is scheduled to begin in Summer 2016. Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook . On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms , and follow author Brandon Wolfe at @BrandonTheWolfe .

Movie Review: Unfriended

Where's my Dislike button? Review by Brandon Wolfe The runaway success of Paranormal Activity was the point where the found-footage format crossed over into the mainstream ( The Blair Witch Project was obviously the subgenre’s first hit, but it spent the decade following its release as a one-off curio rather than a trendsetter), spearheading the opportunity for filmmakers to crank out cost-effective horror films that didn’t require slick production values or expensive equipment. They could be produced with recording devices you could get at Best Buy and were expected, even encouraged, to look like they were shot by shaky-handed amateurs. Given its low-overhead accessibility, the subgenre has become so ubiquitous that filmmakers are now having to figure out ways to make the achingly familiar seem new again. So instead of horror films shot on consumer-based cameras, how about one shot entirely on Skype? That’s something new, yes? Unfriended sure wants you to think it is.

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Images Released

We take a look at the various images released today from Star Wars Celebration. Story by Matt Cummings Disney is upping its media push for The Force Awakens , hosting a giant media event in Southern California and releasing a second trailer as well as interviews with Actor Mark Hamill and Director JJ Abrams. Now comes a variety of images, which are screencaps from the trailer. Click on each to view hi-res versions: Discuss this story with fellow SJF fans on Facebook . On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms , and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125 .


Watch the next trailer in the long-anticipated series. Today in Anaheim, California, J.J. Abrams (writer/director/producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film and, to the surprise of fans around the world, debuted a brand new teaser trailer. Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

'Batman v Superman' Preview Hits IMAX On April 20th - Register for Tickets

See how you can watch scenes from the upcoming film. Story by Matt Cummings With comic book news happening almost every week, Marvel Studios is no longer the keeper of the key. DC and Warner Bros. now offers a series of animated films, including the recently-released Batman vs. Robin and the upcoming Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman , and Aquaman . With the live-action Man of Steel released to mostly-favorable reviews and television's The Flash and Arrow, DC has firmly established themselves. Of course, that's not all, with their cinematic universe officially kicking off with the 2016 release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice . The rumor mill has been churning with reports suggesting that a trailer could be dropped within the next few months. However, it seems Warner Bros. is following their route with The Dark Knight Rises and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy by showing an extended trailer of BvS . Variety is reporting that audiences will be able t

'Star Wars' Comics Now Available Through Marvel Unlimied

The online subscription adds a galaxy far, far away. Story by Matt Cummings For years, the only way to determine if you liked a comic book was to actually go to your local story, peruse the selection, and perhaps read a few pages. Some shops, wary of people reading for free, found it difficult to help potential readers with selections without encouraging them to visit on the shops' dime. The same goes with classic comics: those editions were long-since retired and are only available in Trade Paperback or Hardcover editions. Therefore, choosing a line was a roll of the dice. In 2007, Marvel Comics tried to solve that problem by creating an online subscription service called Marvel Unlimited. Their mission was to solve the conundrum that both subscribers and dealers were experiencing by placing a large amount of their classic issues online. The deal was simple: choose any comic(s) in their digital library, read it on your computer, and keep it and any others they