What Happened To High School Teen Comedies?

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With high school comedy The DUFF releasing this weekend, the Now Conspiring podcast team thought it would be useful to discuss how the whimsical teen comedies we love from the 80s and 90s basically went instinct as we entered the early 2000s.

There’s a conspiracy afoot.

We have a special guest this week! Luis Rodriguez joined us this week to discuss his experience at the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 world premiere, and of course a review. We also review The DUFF and chat about McFarland USA briefly.

Later in the show, we discuss our personal picks for the Oscars, including a lengthy discussion about Aquaman’s new look as released this week for the Justice League movies. Also, what is the hidden meaning behind “Unite the Seven?” Theories!

Stick around for our Netflix Recommendation of the Week, as well as our preview of the new movies coming out this weekend that you should check out.

That song you hear during the top of the show is Passion Pit’s latest single, “Lifted Up (1985).” Their new album, Kindred, comes out April 21st.

Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to rate and subscribe to the show on iTunes if you like us alright!

Cool Things We Mentioned:

7 Epic Aquaman Moments That Need to Be in a Movie

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The New ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Story Actually Sounds Promising

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From Comingsoon:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

The movie just started production today, and this is apparently the direction it’s headed in. Honestly, I find the story vastly more intriguing since it focuses on lesser-known pirate lore (unlike the Blackbeard-infested blockbuster from 2011). I’m actually intrigued to see how Disney handles the film as Johnny Depp becomes increasingly more stagnant as a box office draw.

Also, the film is pulling in some great names, including Skyfall‘s Javier Bardem and “Skins” star Kaya Scodelario, who you saw (sort of) in The Maze Runner. That’s not even mentioning that Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa), Kevin R. McNally (Gibbs), and Stephen Graham (Scrum) will be reprising their roles.

Color me hopeful.

10 Facts About ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ That Make The Movie Even Better (PODCAST)

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This week on Now Conspiring, we review Kingsman: The Secret Service and explore the hard-to-believe secrets behind the epic film. For example, did you even know the movie is based on a comic book? OK, maybe that’s not one of the more “mind-blowing” facts we explore, but that’s why I’m saying it here.

That opening song you heard in the show is “I’m Good” by The Mowgli’s. Their new album, “Kids in Love,” is set to release April 14.

We also talk about the critical and box office reception for Fifty Shades of Grey. If you were expecting a review, well, sorry. Stick around for News this Week, where we delve into the massive news craze surrounding Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, Adonis and I used this episode to market our latest campaign, #Maguire2018.

Later in the show, we have our Netflix Recommendation of the Week, so you can fill your list with less risk. And as always, we finish the show with Movie Releases, where we delve into the new movies you should check out this weekend.

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Question of the Week: Besides Samuel L. Jackson, which of these actors would you have preferred as the villain in ‘Kingsman?’

  1. Leonardo DiCaprio
  2. Tom Cruise
  3. Idris Elba

Seriously, though. These guys almost got the role instead of Jackson.

Cool things we mentioned:

3 Famous Movie Plots Used Shamelessly by Fifty Shades of Grey.

5 Reasons Why Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man Makes Perfect Sense For Marvel.

Vote Now For Who You Want As Spider-Man!


Everything We Know About Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man’ Movie, Including Who’s In It.

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From Moviepilot: 

According to Marvel, the deal is that they get to have Spider-Man for one movie first (most sources say it will be Civil War), and then Sony will continue the franchise with their standalone movie in 2017 (see above). They’ll control the financing and distribution of all future Spider-Man films from then on. 

But this also means that Sony and Marvel are essentially collaborating on the same character within the same universe.

This is unprecedented, especially for a $4 billion franchise.

You can read the rest of my write-up on this subject via the link above. I get into the subject of Andrew Garfield and where Sony apparently stands on casting. We don’t know a lot of the details yet, but we can make some pretty reasonable assumptions.

What Can The Wachowskis Do Next?

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This week on the Now Conspiring Podcast, we review Jupiter Ascending and share our thoughts on the future of the Wachowski’s style of filmmaking. From The Matrix and V for Vendetta to Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, we talk about what we hope they do next.

We also review The SpongeBob MovieSponge out of WaterSeventh Son, and The Voices (starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick).

Later in the show, we discuss the casting news around the live-action Teen Titans show, the new Daredevil trailer, and more. Plus, we share our Netflix Recommendation of the Week in case you’re in a rut. And as always, stick around for our preview of this weekend’s new movie releases.

Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to rate and subscribe to our show on iTunes if you have a few seconds!


Video Review – Jupiter Ascending

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Chris Stuckman is rapidly becoming one of my favorite critics, period, even though he’s not really a critic. He’s really just an awesome movie fan who happens to be great at talking about movies.

Anyway, there’s few other reviewers I trust to have opinions shared on this site, so here’s the Stuckman review for Jupiter Ascending, which gets a limited release this weekend.

If you enjoy Chris’s video, please follow him everywhere he has a following. Enjoy.

Disney Will Soon Reveal Its Huge Theme Park Plans For ‘Star Wars’

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Marc Graser | Variety: 

Disney chief Bob Iger told Wall Street analysts that there’s “a fair amount of design and development (taking place by the company’s Imagineers) to greatly increase ‘Star Wars” presence in multiple locations around the world,” shortly after the Mouse House announced another strong financial quarter. “The plans are ambitious, so it’s going to take some time for them to be built and opened.”

In a separate interview with Bloomberg Television, Iger said, “Fairly soon, I’m sure we’ll be ready to go public with some specifics. But it’s safe to say that you’ll see a lot more ‘Star Wars’ at Disney and at Disney parks in the near future.”

I’m already picturing myself flying with Rogue Squadron in an Epcot-esque Death Star.