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‘The Iron Giant’ Is Returning To Theaters, Sequel Possible

If there was an animated film that never received the respect or universal adoration it deserved, Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant would be it. Released in 1999, the film received critical love, but failed to bring in the kind of major box office receipts expected of top tier family films. It was still a success though, and now after nearly two decades of underground fanfare the film is getting an incredibly rare second chance at life.

Warner Bros. recently revealed plans for a brief new theatrical release for a version of the beloved film dubbed The Iron Giant: Signature Edition

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As many of you know, UTG recently launched a Patreon page to help fund the future of our site. We are very appreciative of the contributions that have been submitted so far, but there is still a need for additional funds that we hope, in time, you will help us alleviate.

One of the cool aspects of Patreon is that it allows us to turn various donation rewards into makeshift clubs for the more dedicated UTG readers. If you look now, there are four clubs that can be joined, including the Stonecutters Club, the Kitty Kat Club, and our personal …

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Vin Diesel Confirms Starring Role In Third ‘xXx’ Film

Thirteen years after he first took on the role of Xander Cage in 2002’s xXx, Vin Diesel has revealed plans to return to the once thriving action franchise that helped make him a household name.

Anyone who follows Vin Diesel online knows the Fast And Furious star loves his fans. So much so, in fact, that Vin has often revealed major details regarding his future film projects on social networks before sharing any details with the press. This seems to be the case once more, as Diesel took to Instagram over the weekend to share some big news regarding …

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‘Kill Your Friends’ Trailer Teases 90s Music Industry Chaos

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

The above quote from Hunter S. Thompson is one I’ve seen shared more than a thousand times in my life, typically from music professionals who have reached their wit’s end with whatever project they have currently been tasked with making a success. It’s a funny line, but it’s not necessarily untrue. There are problematic areas of the music industry, as well as areas where far more partying happens than …

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Despite Rumors, Universal Has No ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Sequel Plans

Forget what you may have read on Facebook or Twitter because Universal Studios currently has no plans for a sequel to Straight Outta Compton.

Last week, in the immediate aftermath of Straight Outta Compton‘s monstrous opening weekend, rumors quickly began to spread online regarding a potential sequel that would follow the careers of Tupac and Snoop Dogg, as well as the rest of the Death Row Records empire. The would-be film was allegedly titled, Dogg Pound For Life.

That may be a cool idea, but it’s apparently not something Universal is currently working on. Entertainment Weekly dug …

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First ‘Hateful Eight’ Trailer Is Everything You Could Want

The world has been impatiently awaiting the arrival of Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight for over a year, and earlier today we finally got our first glimpse at the upcoming winter release.

Offering just enough to make you want the full film, the first trailer for Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight does little more than introduce cast and premise. A bounty hunter known as The Hangman has captured a woman currently wanted by authorities, dead or alive. Unfortunately, rough winter weather has forced them to seek shelter in a building occupied by a group of questionable individuals who each seem to have …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Runner’ Won’t Win Any Awards

Film: The Runner
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda
Directed by: Austin Stark

Despite a strong performance from Nicolas Cage, The Runner fails to capture the tension and excitement of political turmoil in an original light.

The Runner is a rare breed of film that places fictional characters amidst real world tragedies to tell a made-up story about the human experience. The setting in this instance is New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, which forced countless members of the regional fishing and boating industry to fall on hard times. Many lost their jobs, and those …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dope’ Is A Fittingly Titled Teen Masterpiece

Film: Dope
Starring: Shameik Moore, A$AP Rocky
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

Every year audiences are given numerous coming-of-age tales based around themes of self-discovery and love, but what ever happened to growing up in response to the stupid decisions we make when we’re young? Dope, the latest feature from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, has the answer.

Malcolm is a promising young teen growing up in a rough neighborhood who, along with his two equally nerdy best friends, has a punk band and dresses as if he fell out of an early ’90s hip-hop video. Every decision Malcolm has made up …

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New ‘Peanuts’ Trailer Introduces Charlie Brown’s Crush

We may still be five months away from the release of the Peanuts movie, but that isn’t stopping Blue Sky from sharing a fourth trailer for the highly-anticipated animated film.

Having now introduced the animation style of the Peanuts movie, as well as the return of Snoopy and Charlie Brown, the latest trailer for the adaptation of Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip explores a bit of the film’s plot. We learn that Charlie Brown is still trying to be something more than the butt of everyone’s jokes, but he completely forgets about everything negative they have to say when a …

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Six Documentaries On Netflix You Should Watch This Month

Summer is a time when studios churn out a new big budget blockbuster or two every single week, and though we’re only two weeks into June you can already feel the exhaustion that comes from a constant barrage of two-hour destruction porn spectaculars. It’s a common feeling every movie buff experiences this time of year, but lucky for us the cure is very simple and affordable. In fact, it’s so easy you don’t even have to leave your home. Just pull the shades, crank the AC, and turn on Netflix.

If you have not been paying attention to the world …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Love And Mercy’ Is The Best Film Of 2015 So Far

Film: Love And Mercy
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

A tale of one man told with two actors and more heart than any other film in theaters today, Love And Mercy may be the movie to beat in 2015.

You may think you know Brian Wilson, the iconic musical genius behind The Beach Boys, but the new film Love And Mercy reveals to us that even he struggles to know the man whose name is now synonymous with the history of American pop culture. He’s an enigma wrapped in flesh, both complex and shockingly simple, with …

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‘The Martian’ Trailer: Matt Damon Is Left Behind On Mars

Ridley Scott is taking audiences to Mars for his latest film, and so far the results look far more promising than Prometheus.

Earlier today, June 8, the first trailer for The Martian found its way online. The film tells the story of a man (Matt Damon) who must fight for survival on Mars after being left behind when the astronauts he was traveling with were forced to leave the big red planet in a hurry. His desperation is palpable from the opening moments, but soon he finds the strength within to push forward. He eventually makes contact with the …

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