Being the First Fan In The World To See The ‘Fantastic Four’ Teaser.

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The ‘Fantastic Four’ Teaser Just Dropped, And It’s Surprisingly Epic:

Simply put, The Fantastic Four is a superhero science fiction movie. And I think it might be the first one…

In the same way I fell in love with the lore behind Panem and Katniss Everdeen, I’m starting to really enjoy this new take on a familiar, but entirely different universe. 

Seriously, the parallels are there. A group of young adventurers with one-in-a-million powers rising above obstacles? Got it.

This is an excerpt from my teaser breakdown of The Fantastic Four, which was released alongside the teaser on Moviepilot. I was the first fan in the world to watch it, or so I was told by 20th Century Fox.

On Monday, I flew to Los Angeles to visit the 20th Century Fox lot. At my side was Aaron Kelly, the Director of Community at MP, along with Andrew Marco, Josh Weinstock, and Britt Frizzell (all MP staff and good friends of mine).

It was a fun time. I met a few of the people in charge of Fox’s marketing, including George Dewey. They invited us to a private screening room (remember, this is Monday afternoon) where we could sit down and watch the teaser a few times.

They didn’t tell me what to say, or lead me into making nice comments about the teaser. The representatives there simply wanted to gauge my reaction. I can’t blame them considering the amount of vitriol surrounding this movie’s sheer existence. They must have been quite curious.

I wrote the breakdown that evening, which was a surprisingly short process. I’m not used to being harshly edited when I write about movies, so what you’re reading above is quite close to the first draft. My breakdown was released in the morning, shortly after the trailer dropped, and to my chagrin, it was retweeted by a few of Fox’s Twitter accounts.

This was definitely a memorable experience, and it makes me excited about this new trend in fan empowerment. Movie studios can only benefit from allowing fans a chance to see how the shawarma is made.

I’ll be sharing more of this experience (and other thoughts on the teaser) on Monday’s episode of Now Conspiring. Also on the show, fellow MP writers, Maria Garcia and Adonis Gonzalez will share their own experiences this week at Sundance and the world premiere of Project Almanac. It’s going to be a great episode.

And yeah, we’ll talk about how you can get the opportunity to do cool things like this, as well.

What Happened to Johnny Depp?

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Johnny Depp’s latest movie, Mortdecai, was released this past weekend, but that’s not good news. Critics and audiences unanimously agree that the film is a huge misfire for the once celebrated actor.

So this week on the Now Conspiring podcast, Maria and I welcome guest writer Adonis Gonzalez to talk about the truth behind Depp’s tumultuous career over the last five years.

Later in the show, we review the latest movie from George Lucas’s mind, Strange Magic, and we review some of the biggest headlines of the last week, including the casting announcements for X-Men: Apocalypse and Supergirl.

Stick around for our Netflix Recommendation of the Week, as well as our overview of the new movies coming out this weekend (and which ones you might actually like).

Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to subscribe and rate our show on iTunes!

Question of the Week:

What do YOU think happened to Johnny Depp? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Cool things we mentioned:

Star Wars rumor: Han Solo and Boba Fett get their own prequel?

CBS has found their Supergirl!

X-Men: Apocalypse has cast Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm!

The Hobbit has been supercut into just one movie...

YES. The Captain Underpants movie is still happening!

We Finally Know What ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ Will Be About (Sort of)

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Sandy Schaefer | Screenrant:

Johnny Depp is, of course, reprising as pirate Jack Sparrow, while Orlando Bloom says he’s been approached to return to the Pirates franchise for Dead Men Tell No Tales, as part of a story that would revolve around his character, Will Turner, and Will’s son. Actor Brenton Thwaites (The Giver), who is playing the movie’s young male lead (who may or may not be Will’s son), has now shed a little more light on that matter.

Another recent development is that Kaya Scodelario (that one girl in Maze Runner and Effy from Skins) has been cast for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

If the movie really does feature Will Turner/Davy Jones’s son, then it will obviously be hard to tell the story without even a glimpse of him, but I suppose it’s possible. Plus, a return to the franchise’s roots is certainly best.

Pirates has always been best when mismatching Jack Sparrow with a straight man like Turner, so his son is the next best thing for now.

How to Make It as a Movie Writer

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Are you trying to make it as a movie writer? Are you trying to separate the great from the clickbait?

A movie writer, as you can imagine, is someone who writes about movies. Not to be confused with screenwriters, who are actually writing movies.

Anyway, on this special episode of the Now Conspiring podcast, Maria decided to take the reins as host and address what it takes to make it as someone who, well, writes about movies.

We’ll talk about tips, tricks, and little-known secrets to avoiding the most dreaded of article types: clickbait. 

And we’ll also discuss how we’ve gotten to where we are as bloggers, as well as all of the mistakes we’ve made along the way.

Enjoy the show, and feel free to rate and subscribe to our show on iTunes! We super crazy appreciate it.

[SIDE NOTE: The movie for the image above is James Franco playing Allen Ginsberg in 2010’s Howl. For whatever reason, he was the first person I thought of when putting this podcast together. Go figure.]

‘The Interview’ Is Coming To Netflix Sooner Than You Think

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Seth Feigerman | Mashable:

Netflix is the latest company to offer up The Interview on demand. 

The online video service announced Tuesday that it will offer The Interview, which it dubbed “the controversial comedy,” to its subscribers in the United States and Canada for no additional charge starting on Jan. 24. Google Play, Xbox and Apple TV previously offered the movie for purchase after the movie was pulled from many theaters following threats from hackers.

That’s this weekend.

Glad I waited to watch this, then. From what I’ve heard, paying for this movie would have probably felt like a waste.

 

Why Do Movie Trailers Suck?

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We’ve all watched that trailer. It gives away the whole movie, including key plot twists. Sometimes you watch a trailer that isn’t even close to what you get in the real movie (we’re looking at you Frozen and Kangaroo Jack).

And sometimes, a movie trailer is just plain bad, even though the movie itself is quite good. Well this week on the Now Conspiring Podcast, Maria and I delve into what makes our trailers, well trailers. Is it money? Greed? Power? Greedy power? We discuss.

Later in the show, we quickly review PaddingtonAmerican Sniper, and Blackhat. And we also cover this week’s movie news, including our thoughts on the Oscars, the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, and more.

Stick around for our Netflix Recommendation of the Week, and as always, we finish the show with new Movie Releases coming this weekend.

Question of the Week: 

Why do movie trailers suck? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe to our show on iTunes for updates on every episode!

Links to cool things we mentioned:

My American Sniper review. 

How George Lucas almost directed Star Wars: Episode VII.

The second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron (which Maria hates for some reason).

All of the Oscars nominees in one place! 

10 Impossibly Good Things That Happen When You Watch ‘Paddington.’

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Reviews bore me these days, so I instead wrote a list of the things that make Paddington the miracle movie that it is. You can read the published article here. 

The main thing I explore in this list is how bold and unique the movie ends up being. It has its own set of fantastical rules that make the world of Paddington feel like home. And of course, it’s a brilliantly funny movie complemented by a memorable soundtrack.

Oh, and its charm is unrelenting.