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Best Buddy Cop Movies

The “Buddy Cop” film genre has birthed instant classics over the years, from Rush Hour to 21 Jump Street and beyond. To celebrate Dragged Across Concrete releasing on Blu-ray and DVD 19th August (starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson), we delve into the best “Buddy Cop” movies to grace our screens.

Miami Vice (2006)

A re-invention of the hit series from the 80’s of the same name, Miami Vice sees Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell step into the shoes of Crockett & Tubbs, to take on a Columbian drug cartel. While it might now seem dated, thanks to its soundtrack and wardrobe – Foxx and Farrell’s performances are nothing short of enjoyable in their almost telepathic understanding of each other.

The Other Guys (2010)

A film which leans more on its comedy rather than hard-hitting action (although isn’t that part and parcel of a film directed by Adam McKay?), The Other Guys sees
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Eddie Murphy Plotting Standup Return With Netflix Specials – Report

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Eddie Murphy Plotting Standup Return With Netflix Specials – Report
Eddie Murphy hasn’t performed standup in decades, even though in the ‘80s he was considered one of the finest practitioners of the form: his classic 1987 standup film “Eddie Murphy Raw” grossed $50.5 million on an $8 million budget, making it the most financially successful standup film of all time.

Now, TMZ is reporting Murphy is in talks with Netflix to produce an undetermined number of new standup specials for a $70 million price tag. The move makes sense given that Chris Rock received a $40 million payout and Dave Chappelle $60 million for their own Netflix specials. Rock had two specials and Chappelle had three, putting the individual fee for stars of their caliber at around $20 million per installment – suggesting Murphy would probably create three specials, or maybe just two given the rarity and exclusivity of the enterprise.

Murphy’s been saying for ages he wants to return to standup – he said as much
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Olivia Munn Got Frustrated With How Little Bryan Singer Knew About Her ‘X-Men’ Character

Olivia Munn Got Frustrated With How Little Bryan Singer Knew About Her ‘X-Men’ Character
Olivia Munn worked with Bryan Singer on 20th Century Fox’s 2016 superhero tentpole “X-Men: Apocalypse,” in which she starred as the villainous mutant Psylocke. The movie was a bomb with film critics and fans, and apparently making the film wasn’t exactly pleasant for Munn. During a recent video interview with GQ (via The Playlist), Munn said that it was frustrating working with Singer and “Apocalypse” screenwriter Simon Kinberg because they knew next to nothing about her mutant character.

“When I was doing ‘X-Men,’ I was actually surprised that the director and the writer didn’t even know that Psylocke had a twin brother,” Munn said. “And I had to talk to them about a lot of different things about Psylocke and some other parts of the world that they didn’t even know, and that, as a fan, was very frustrating.”

Munn isn’t the only “X-Men” cast member
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Olivia Munn Criticizes Quentin Tarantino for ‘Pushing Past Abusive Behavior’ Without ‘Earning’ It

Olivia Munn Criticizes Quentin Tarantino for ‘Pushing Past Abusive Behavior’ Without ‘Earning’ It
Olivia Munn’s recent appearance on BuzzFeed News’ “AM2DM” morning show to promote her new Starz series “The Rook” turned noteworthy when she took a moment to call out Quentin Tarantino and the Affleck brothers. The actress was talking about redemption in the #MeToo era and how it’s possible as long as an abuser earns it. In the case of Tarantino and both Casey and Ben Affleck, Munn says they haven’t and have simply pushed their way past their problematic behavior.

“When most people mess up, we have to go to the back of the line and earn our way back up,” Munn said. “But then, there are these certain men who, when they mess up they kind of go, ‘Oops, sorry, my bad,’ and then just resume their place in line.”

Munn continued, “There are going to be people that are hoping they can just push
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All 58 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

All 58 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
We’re only halfway through the year, but somehow we’ve reached the end of the 2019 Marvel movie release schedule. Yes, it’s true — “Spider-Man: Far From Home” is the last one. No more McU this year, no more “X-Men” movies, no more animated “Spider-Man” movies or live-action spinoffs. But it’s hard to be too mad, since the first half of the year has been full of riches, with four new movies to add to the decades-long pantheon of movies based on Mrvel Comics.

So that makes now an exceptionally good time to rank ‘em all, from “Howard the Duck” to last year’s “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Venom” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — and this year’s “Captain Marvel, “Avengers: Endgame,” “Dark Phoenix” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” So let’s get to it.

58. “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

Just a nightmare.
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Olivia Munn Says Stress Amid Brett Ratner, 'Predator' Revelations Caused Her to Break Out in a Rash

Olivia Munn Says Stress Amid Brett Ratner, 'Predator' Revelations Caused Her to Break Out in a Rash
Olivia Munn has opened up about the stress she was under after coming forward with allegations against Brett Ratner and fighting to have a scene with a registered sex offender removed from The Predator.

The actress, along with five other women, came forward with allegations against Ratner in 2017. Munn accused him of masturbating in front of her when she visited him on the set of his 2004 film After the Sunset.

The actress once again tried to fight sex crimes in Hollywood when she learned that she had filmed a scene with a registered sex offender for Shane Black's Predator film. After ...
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New Warner Bros Chief Ann Sarnoff Sizes Up Her “Cross-Pollination” Mission

New Warner Bros Chief Ann Sarnoff Sizes Up Her “Cross-Pollination” Mission
Ann Sarnoff’s selection as CEO of Warner Bros came as a surprise to many media and studio observers. In an interview with Deadline on Monday, she said her three decades working in the upper echelons of media, sports and business distinguished her as a candidate to replace Kevin Tsujihara, even if her name was not on the lips of many in Hollywood.

“The industry is moving at such a rapid pace and John [Stankey, CEO of WarnerMedia] is looking for someone with a track record of building brands and building franchises,” she said.

While leading BBC Studios Americas, Sarnoff expanded the horizons of Doctor Who and Top Gear as well as the BBC Earth natural history brand. (Her career has also included executive stints at the NBA and Dow Jones.) During a 10-year run at Viacom, she was Evp Consumer Products and Business Development, helping build a multibillion-dollar business with the likes of Blue’s Clues and Rugrats.
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Storyboard Art From J.J. Abrams’ Canceled Superman Movie Released After 17 Years

Storyboard Art From J.J. Abrams’ Canceled Superman Movie Released After 17 Years
Long before winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” director Peter Ramsey made a name for himself in Hollywood as a storyboard artist on blockbusters like “Independence Day,” “Men In Black,” “Godzilla,” and “Minority Report.”

One project Ramsey worked on that never saw the light of day was “Superman: Flyby,” one of many failed attempts to bring the DC Comics superhero back to the big screen at the turn of the century. Ramsey recently gave comic book fans a rare look at the axed “Flyby” by sharing some storyboard art on social media (see post below).

“Flyby” was scripted by none other than J.J. Abrams, a rising name in television at the time thanks to hit series like “Felicity” and “Alias.” Abrams had yet to make much of a dent in the film world, and his film credits included the scripts for low level hits like “Regarding Henry,
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Warner Bros. Eyeing J.J. Abrams To Direct A Dceu Movie

J.J. Abrams recently turned heads by closing a $500 million deal with WarnerMedia for his company Bad Robot to exclusively create new projects for Warner Bros. across film, TV and the corporation’s upcoming streaming service. The deal has led fans to wonder if WB is snapping up Abrams to get the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker director to helm a Dceu movie or two and We Got This Covered has now heard that this is indeed the plan.

Our source hasn’t told us that it’s 100% going to happen, but it’s certainly likely as the studio is very keen on getting Abrams onboard the franchise. There doesn’t appear to be a particular project that they’re eyeing him for at the moment and it’s thought that they may actually give him his pick. That remains to be confirmed, of course, but our source is confident
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Brendan Fraser Recalls Almost Playing Superman in Abandoned DC Movie

Brendan Fraser Recalls Almost Playing Superman in Abandoned DC Movie
Brendan Fraser once came very close to portraying Superman in a movie written by J. J. Abrams, and the actor recently revealed what the casting process was like. The star of The Mummy apparently went so far as to put on the actual red-and-blue suit, and couldn't help but admire himself in the mirror when doing so. "You feel kind of invincible, [like] 'I can fly,'" Fraser says. He adds: "The cape actually makes you think you have the power of flight even though you know you don't." Still, while the opportunity to become Clark Kent never came to fruition for Fraser, the actor remains proud about being able to put on the tights, boasting, "I've got that stripe! I did it."

With Brett Ratner at the helm, the planned project would have been titled Superman: Flyby. The story would have been set in an alternate version of the Superman
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Writers Talk Aborted ‘80s ‘X-Men’ Films Featuring Kitty Pryde, Proteus, A Japanese New Wave Pop Star & A Human Named Bernie

After almost 20 years of ‘X-Men’ films ended with a whimper, thanks to the tragically mediocre “Dark Phoenix,” it’s hard to believe that there was almost a time, decades prior that could have ruined the X-Men brand more than the combined efforts of Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, and Simon Kinberg. But after reading a new report from Polygon, it’s absolutely true that well before the X-characters donned tight black leather costumes in 2000, the Marvel heroes were almost featured in a terrible film that would have likely been that decade’s “Batman & Robin.”

In a new profile, writers Chris Claremont and Gerry Conway, along with producer Michael Hirsh, detail the series of scripts that were dangerously close to production during the ‘80s, which would have seen the ‘X-Men’ franchise (hopefully) kickstart an era of Marvel films.

Continue reading Writers Talk Aborted ‘80s ‘X-Men’ Films Featuring Kitty Pryde, Proteus, A
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Hero Nation Index: ‘Dark Phoenix,’ ‘Swamp Thing,’ Anton Yelchin, ‘Terminator’

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Hero Nation Index: ‘Dark Phoenix,’  ‘Swamp Thing,’ Anton Yelchin, ‘Terminator’
It says Dark Phoenix on all the theater marquees but the latest installment in the hot mess of Hollywood superhero franchises should have been called X-Men: The Second Last Stand.

I had hoped that Simon Kinsberg’s directorial debut would reclaim the Dark Phoenix mythology that had been squandered by Brett Ratner’s relentlessly irksome X-Men: The Last Stand back in 2006 but instead the new chapter doubled-down on Ratner’s failings. The only good news is that the keys to this well-dented Hollywood vehicle (as well as the dead-battery Fantastic Four franchise and the turbo-charged Deadpool series) will be handed to Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios in short order. Publicly, Feige has shown only mild interest in driving away with these pre-owned properties but I suspect that he is far, far more excited than he’s letting on for reasons of propriety and expectations management.

If you missed it earlier
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Movie Review – X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 2019.

Directed by Simon Kinberg.

Starring Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Jessica Chastain, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Alexandra Shipp.


Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.

Not since the release of Justice League has a major superhero tentpole had as tough a time making it to the big screen as Dark Phoenix.

First and foremost, Bryan Singer’s public disgraces required a changing of the directorial guard prior to shooting (with long-time writer-producer Simon Kinberg filling in), and the film’s release was delayed significantly to allow the majority of the third act to be re-shot (reportedly due to excess similarities to Captain Marvel‘s
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‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ Review

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Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jessica Chastain, Halston Sage | Written and Directed by Simon Kinberg

X-Men: Dark Phoenix holds two distinct records on its quiet and understated release. Firstly, it stands as the directorial debut for franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg. Secondly, it signals the end of an era for the Fox & Marvel charter and the last entry in this franchise that has lasted a staggering nineteen years, only for 20th Century Fox to be acquired by Disney Studios earlier this year. So, if this signals the true end of a fruitful era of comic book creation for Fox, it should end on quite the compelling note, well, the result is not quite the same captivating ballpark, with quite underwhelming results.

While this film may perhaps infer it’s the beginning of the end with the trailers released,
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Review: Simon Kinberg's 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Goes Down in Flames

Written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by John Byrne, the "Dark Phoenix" saga is one of the most enduring storylines in the history of Marvel Comics. First published in Uncanny X-Men #129-138 (1980), the iconic story follows Jean Grey's transformation from gifted mutant into a god-like cosmic entity known as the "Phoenix". In 2006, screenwriters Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn adapted elements of the story for Brett Ratner's sequel X-Men: The Last Stand with mixed results. Now thirteen years later, Kinberg is taking another stab at adapting the classic tale with Dark Phoenix, the twelfth installment in Fox's seemingly-never-ending X-Men film series. A direct sequel to Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), the film is the final installment of the main X-Men saga after The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of 20th Century Fox. It's 1992 – the same year that X-Men: The Animated Series debuted on Fox Kids – and the X-Men are
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Director Simon Kinberg Reveals Why Wolverine Wouldn't Have Appeared in X-men: Dark Phoenix

The reviews for X-Men: Dark Phoenix have been rolling in and as expected, it’s crashing and burning with the critics. A lot of fans didn’t think that this movie was going to be good and it looks like the movie is living up to those low expectations.

It’s a shame because the story from the comics is so freakin’ good! All they had to do was tell that story! One of the big elements of the Dark Phoenix story was the relationship between Wolverine and Jean. But, with the age difference between Hugh Jackman and Sophie Turner, it was obvious that there was no way that was going to happen.

During an interview with Rolling Stone, director Simon Kinberg talked about Jean being the focus of the story and explains why Wolverine wouldn’t have been included in the story even if Hugh Jackman was available to it.
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Film Review: ‘Dark Phoenix’

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How powerful is Phoenix, a.k.a. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), the dark and stormy heroine of “Dark Phoenix”? It’s 1992, and on one of her first missions as an X-Woman, she is sent up on the X-Jet, along with the scarlet-haired hellion Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) in his Bono wraparounds, the chivalrous Beast (Nicholas Hoult), the fearsome Storm (Alexandra Shipp), and all the rest of them. Their job is to save the astronauts who are traveling on the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.

The ship is caught in one of those centrifugal movie thingies that cause a spacecraft to go into a fatal spin cycle. After several of her comrades fail to stabilize the situation, Jean gets beamed out there, and what happens — be warned, this is very scientific — is that she absorbs all the force and light and energy and mojo from the solar
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How Dark Phoenix Fixes X-Men Continuity

David Crow Jun 10, 2019

We examine how Dark Phoenix did the most unlikely of things: It sorted out some of the continuity issues between X-Men movies.

This article contains major X-Men: Dark Phoenix spoilers. We have a spoiler free review here.

The end of the modern superhero era as we know it has arrived. With the release of the seventh and, according to Disney’s CinemaCon presentation, “final” mainline X-Men movie, the franchise that kicked off the superhero movie craze of the 21st century concludes in Dark Phoenix. While some of the franchise’s recent entries have been overshadowed by the glitzier and more coherent Marvel Cinematic Universe it helped pave the way for, the X-films nevertheless were the ones to open the door for “serious” superhero fare and spanned 19 years and 12 films of wildly varying quality and continuity..

Thus it was left to Dark Phoenix producer, writer, and now first-time
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‘Aladdin’ (2019) Film Review: Guy Ritchie Delivers Chintzy Live-Action Remake With Will Smith

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‘Aladdin’ (2019) Film Review: Guy Ritchie Delivers Chintzy Live-Action Remake With Will Smith
Halfway through Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” the title character sits uncomfortably on a Rose Parade float while Will Smith leads a ramshackle chorus in a spirited but mediocre rendition of the beloved tune “Prince Ali.”

It’s not the best scene that this new “Aladdin” has to offer, and it’s not the worst, but it’s probably the key to decoding the entire production. This isn’t a movie. It’s a chintzy revival, specifically designed to appeal to audiences who think “that looks familiar” qualifies as entertainment.

Ritchie’s “Aladdin” looks so familiar that, if anything, it’s hard to imagine why Ritchie wanted to make it. Disney seems to have smoothed out all the wrinkles in the director’s familiar, if sometimes oppressive style. Gone are the textured lighting schemes, the dynamic speed-ramps, and the energetic montages. In their place are flat pastels, straightforward action and long-take musical numbers.
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Long Shot Review

Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron are an improbable couple in a confused political rom-com.

In Long Shot, Seth Rogen plays Fred Flarsky, an idealistic, crusading journalist who works for an independent newspaper called the Brooklyn Advocate. When Flarsky learns that the paper is going to be sold to Parker Wembley and Wembley’s nefarious media conglomerate (a thinly disguised stand-in for Fox News), he quits--and finds himself unable to land any other work.

Through a meet-cute-by-falling-down-a-flight-of-stairs at a party, Fred runs into Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), who was once his neighbor and babysitter a long time ago. The two get reacquainted and, after reading some of his work online, Charlotte decides that she wants to hire Fred to “punch up” some of her speeches--her political team has ascertained that she needs to be funnier if she wants to make a planned run at the presidency. As she
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