'Call Me By Your Name' is the rare case where you should watch the movie before reading the book


It’s officially Hollywood awards season, which means anxious moviegoers around the world can finally watch and compare the movies we’ve been hearing about for ages. 

Perhaps the most elusive is Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The film is currently only playing in New York and Los Angeles and awaiting a wider release, which means that you have time to read the book while you wait for it in another city or part of the world. 

But contrary to all instinct, you may want to wait before readingCall Me By Your Name is deeply fulfilling on both page and screen, but Call Me By Your Name may just be the rare case where you should watch the movie first before reading the book.  Read more…

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Save $5 on movie tickets selected on Fandango and paid for using Apple Pay

Remember when movie tickets were $2? Those were the days when the front of the local theater would have a banner promoting the air conditioning inside. Today, there are so many expensive premium theaters. Some seat you in a Lay-Z-Boy recliner, others offer 3D images, snacks delivered by a waitress, and others have moving seats synced to the action on the screen. As you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Those amenities are going to cost you a pretty penny.

But Apple is teaming up with movie ticket buying firm Fandango to save you $5 on the purchase of movie tickets from the Fandango.com …

'Die Hard' screenwriter confirms that it is, in fact, a Christmas movie, as if there was ever any doubt


You can finally settle that never-ending debate around your Christmas dinner table, once and for all: Die Hard is definitely a Christmas movie. 

Or at least that’s what the classic action movie’s writer says. 

When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked screenwriter Steven E. de Souza about it on Twitter, he confirmed that he sees Die Hard as a Christmas flick, right down to the fact that “a woman about to give birth features prominently.”

Yes, because the studio rejected the Purim draft #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie

— Steven E. de Souza (@StevenEdeSouza) December 24, 2017 Read more…

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere left the first audience to ever see the movie visibly stunned



Cheers, chills, and Chewbacca, too.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a movie of massive moments, jaw-dropping decisions, and megatons of involuntary audience participation. There is no fighting it: Every crowd — not just the first to see it — is going to devolve. Loudly.

“You guys are the first audience ever to see this,” director Rian Johnson said from the stage, where the entire cast — even flight-dayed John Boyega — had assembled on Saturday night. “You ready to see a Star Wars movie?”

The roar of agreement was as deafening as the engines of a Star Destroyer. Read more…

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There's a Netflix original horror movie you haven't heard of — and you need to watch it now


You’ve never heard of 2016’s I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. But you should have. 

The lapse in coverage on it may come from Netflix’s inability to promote its Originals, with niche art house films like this one getting buried beneath the never-ending barrage of new content. Or maybe it’s because this ghost story is often categorized as a horror movie, but better suited to suspense lovers. Perhaps it’s the sentence-long title which, while intriguing, is not very search friendly.

For whatever reason, you’ve missed out on one of Netflix’s most daring experiments, and one of the most evocative atmospheric horror films exploring the female psyche since Polanksi’s Repulsion. Read more…

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Samsung and LEGO unveil the obsolete, overpriced NINJAGO MOVIE Edition tablet for kids

Not all tablets launched in the US are meant to compete with Apple’s iPad (regardless of the model). As a matter fact, any Android tablet that’s priced to sell for less than $300 will surely have a much easier time avoiding any competition from Apple.

Still, launching a tablet with specs that make it look like a three-year-old product is not alright, even if it’s positioned in the low-end tier price-wise. That being said, it appears that Samsung and LEGO have teamed up to launch a tablet aimed at kids.

The so-called NINJAGO MOVIE Edition tablet can now be pre-ordered in the US via …

‘The Florida Project’ is the best 2017 movie that you haven’t heard of


This world has never suffered from an overabundance of empathy. Even when we’re trying to be kind, we have a bad habit of falling back on judgment and condescension, of projecting our own issues and beliefs onto the decisions of others. 

So when something like The Florida Project comes along, it feels all the more remarkable. 

In his last film, Tangerine, director Sean Baker chronicled a night in the life of two trans sex workers, just blocks away but a world removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. 

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Eddy Cue steps away as head of Siri to help Apple buy a movie studio

Eddie Cue, who had been running Apple’s internet services and software, is about to give up the reins on some of the businesses he watched over for Apple, and focus instead on growing a media empire for Cupertino. An updated leadership page reveals that Cue is no longer in charge of virtual assistant Siri. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, will take over responsibility for the virtual personal assistant.

Turning over responsibility of Siri to Federighi could be an indication of the growing importance of Siri to Apple. The executive already is in charge …

It's not a Vin Diesel movie: iPhones worth more than half a million stolen from a moving truck

Dutch police have arrested five men suspected in the theft of iPhones worth more than half a million US dollars, but it’s not just the sheer amount of iPhones stolen: the men have allegedly pulled off a Fast and Furious stunt to make it happen. Driving a modified van near the truck loaded with the iPhones, one of the men broke into the truck while it was moving and started throwing boxes with iPhones into the van.
The five man, all with their origins in the Eastern European country of Romania, were arrested at a holiday park in central Netherlands …

The Rock stars with Siri in new iTunes movie that launches July 24th

In his career as a movie star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson never worked with a co-star as unique as the one he acts with in a new iTunes movie that debuts tomorrow, July 24th. The film is called The Rock x Siri, and yes that is Apple’s voice activated personal assistant sharing top billing with one of the world’s biggest movie stars. Johnson disseminated a tweet earlier today in which he called the picture the “biggest, coolest, sexiest, funnest (is that a word?) movie ever.”

This year has become the year of the personal assistant as Amazon’s Alexa has come out of obscurity to become one …