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Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

Idea Channel Asks: Can You Make So-Bad-It’s-Good Art on Purpose?

I spent most of this video wondering when they were going to mention Manos: The Hands of Fate, but by the end I’d realized that it doesn’t really fit the bill. Unlike other films named dropped in the video, Manos doesn’t have a cult following (independent of Mystery Science Theater 3000, that is). And I’m not even sure I could say it’s so bad that it’s good. Even with MST3k, there are only so many minutes of poorly choreographed, non sequitur, night-gowned, wife-on-wife wrestling that a person can take.

Let this video stand as reassurance to all the artists out there: if you think you might be making bad art, at least you can’t be making another The Room.


Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

Movie Posters With Quotes From Dumb Amazon Reviews Instead of Reviewers

The Tumblr Awful Reviews is a brilliant idea. When you hate a movie, you can be amused by a quip taking it down. When you don’t, you can be amused by feeling superior to the sort of person who could watch The Professional and not be totally into Gary Oldman‘s performance as another scene stealing villain. I mean, everyone loves him in that movie.



May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags.

The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention).

The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or…ah…have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.


Oh Hollywood

The Final Book In The Divergent Trilogy Will Be Split Into Two Films

News like this always makes me think of a quote from the movie Contact: “Why build one when you can have two at twice the price?”

As with The Hunger Games and the Twilight saga, Lionsgate/Summit has made plans to split the third book in the Divergent trilogy in twain. Allegiant, Part 1 is on track for release on March 18, 2016, with Part 2 hitting theaters March 24, 2017. Though Divergent didn’t open as strongly as its predecessors, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger are confident that the tetralogy model will be a success once again.


Officially Official

To No One’s Surprise, Frozen Is Now The Highest-Grossing Animated Movie Of All Time

$1.072 billion to date. That’s billion with a B.

Four months and two Academy Awards after its release, Frozen has officially surpassed Toy Story 3 as the top-grossing animated film to date. This makes it the first billion-dollar movie to come out of Disney Animation Studios. I’d say that’s worth building a few snowmen over.


Officially Official

Divergent Leads The Box Office This Weekend, Is Officially Getting A Sequel

I think it’s fair to say at this point that moviegoers are totally cool with female-led action films.

The weekend isn’t over yet, but box office reports put the film on track for a $60 million (or so) debut. By comparison, Muppets Most Wanted took second place this weekend, earning an estimated $18 million. Well done, Divergent. Well done.



Meet Black Widow In This New Winter Soldier Featurette

“Cap and Black Widow are very different people,” says Chris Evans. You heard it here.



Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham Set To Join Forces In Spy Comedy Susan Cooper

Watch carefully. I’m about to progressively add words to a statement. Every time I do this, the awesomeness of said statement will increase.

Melissa McCarthy.
Melissa McCarthy in a movie.
Melissa McCarthy in a spy movie.
Melissa McCarthy as the leading role in a spy movie.
Melissa McCarthy as the leading role in a spy movie, with Jason Statham as her co-star.


And So It Begins

The First Two Minutes of The Veronica Mars Movie [Video]

The Kickstarter-funded feature-length film will be making its premiere at SXSW next Saturday, followed by a worldwide release — both in theaters and online — on March 14. If you can’t wait that long, whet your appetite with this short peek at the opening scene. Don’t worry, there are no big spoilers here. It’s just a bit of exposition to bring you up to speed.



And Now, The International Trailer for Jupiter Ascending

The Japanese trailer for Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi film hit the internet this week. It’s got spaceships, planets, condescending aliens, which is all I really need to know. That said, am I the only one who gets a deep sense of foreboding whenever I see Sean Bean on screen?