Yes! The Monkey King is #1 at the global box office

Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I checked out the trailer for Monkey King, and it is some really wild sh*t. While one early review considered it a mixed bag, it’s already doing gangbuster business in China, where the myth of the story takes place.

Philip Seymour Hoffman R.I.P.

Many times I’ll learn of a celebrity’s passing on Facebook, because a lot of my Facebook friends are film buffs, and they’ll post about it there first. When a good friend posted, “No, not Philip Seymour Hoffman,” it took a while for the news to sink in, just like any death, and cliché as it is to say it, it is truly a terrible loss.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. The reviews are in.

It was first released early last year, a reboot of a 90s classic given the next-gen treatment by Square Enix. Well, it wasn't quite next-gen enough because, by the end of last year we got the PS4 and Xbox One. Now, the new Lara Croft adventure is even newer. But is it worth another $60?

Who is Playing Lex Luthor Again?!

Okay, okay, we know…We were really hoping there wouldn’t be any news on Batman Vs Superman anytime soon, especially with the release date getting pushed back nearly a year. Still, the hits keep on comin’ with this one, and here’s the latest mist-step in what could end up being the next Batman and Robin…

The Holiday Magic of Rankin Bass

Even if you don’t know the name Rankin Bass, you’re certainly familiar with the stop motion puppets they pioneered, and how they told delightful holiday stories that generations of kids have grown to love. In addition, Rankin Bass made one of the coolest Halloween movies for kids, Mad Monster Party, not to mention they also produced the Jackson Five cartoon, an animated version of The Hobbit, as well as the Thundercats series. 

Kurt Russell Looks Back on His Baseball Days

Kurt Russell is one of the great icons in geek culture. He started out as a child star for Disney, and went on to play Elvis, as well as star in the John Carpenter classics The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. Now he’s recalling his days as a minor league baseball player in a new documentary, and it’s gotten rave notices at Sundance.

When Punk Exploded in the Mainstream Twenty Years Ago

Being a big punk fan from back in the eighties, I loved the music, and really got off on the insane energy of the live shows. But who ever thought it could crossover into the mainstream? Back in the day, punk was a very violent, dangerous genre, and it was tough to book gigs because the mosh pits and fights were too out of control.

Transformers 4 is Tracking Strong

We just reported here on TGD that Godzilla is currently the most watched coming attraction on YouTube, and it looks like the advance anticipation for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is very strong as well. On this front we’re not surprised, especially considering the Dino-Bots will be in the next installment. 

Guillermo Del Toro's Next Is Coming in 2015

It took him a long time to return, but it was great to see Guillermo Del Toro back in action after being off the big screen for four years. Whether you loved Pacific Rim or thought it was just okay, it was cool to see Del Toro deliver a big, fun sci-fi adventure that rekindled our love for giant robots battling giant monsters.

Back to the Future Musical Coming in 2015

We all still have mad love for Back to the Future, not just because of the nostalgia for when we first saw it, but because it still holds up very well. Thankfully rumors of a remake are unfounded - the fans would revolt over that, big time - but there is a musical in the works, and it’s slated to debut in London in 2015.

Gravity and Through the Never Sweep 3D Awards

While so many of us are probably sick and tired of 3D already, Gravity gave the technology another fifteen minutes of fame, along with being a big step forward for Imax. Metallica tried to break new ground with 3D Imax with their concert film, Through the Never, but it was a big loser at the box office.

Sharknado: The Sequel, Coming This Summer

Sharknado was one of the funniest pop culture hiccups of 2013. A silly B movie that in normal cases would have been buried in the horror aisle of Blockbuster, it became one of the biggest jokes on television, and it got monster ratings. 

Godzilla Top Viewed Trailer on YouTube

We at TGD have high hopes for the next Godzilla movie because the 1998 American version really blew it, and we’re hoping an American version of the big green guy can finally get it right for once. While there’s no word yet on how good or bad the movie could be, there’s a promising sign that audiences are really looking forward to the famous firebreather’s return on May 16. 

M Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis May Work Together Again

It’s amazing to think it’s been fifteen years now since three huge movies were released that were considered major game changers: The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project, and The Sixth Sense. While many thought the filmmakers behind these movies would go on to great heights, it turned out to be the peak for all of these directors, with M Night Shyamalan especially becoming a major joke in Hollywood. 

Good News, Bad News For Metal at the Grammys

The Grammys is one of those events that are a lot like the Academy Awards. Often times the right people win, and many times it’s obvious the voters don’t know sh*t from shinola. This is what happened back in 1989 when Metallica’s first opportunity to win a Grammy went to Jethro Tull instead, which caused significant booing from the fans in the audience.

From X-Men To Peter Pan

We just reported here on TGD about Ant-Man moving into the July 17, 2015 release that’s been vacated by Batman Vs Superman. As you probably know by now, the release date of B V S has been pushed back nearly a year, and the only other competition that day is a reboot of Peter Pan.

The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Almost Here

Some time back, the frightening news hit that Michael Bay was going to ruin a major childhood favorite of many: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The net erupted in fury over this, and Bay tried to keep the haters calm and convince them he wouldn’t f*ck it up.

Can Public Demand Get Justin Bieber Deported?

Usually we don’t cover nonsense like Justin Bieber on TGD, and we think the current media frenzy surrounding this kid is pretty ridiculous. You’d think there’s nothing important going on in the world that we see this punk all over the news for drag racing, drunk driving, and egging his neighbor’s house. A young pop star makes too much money, his ego goes totally out of control, and he repeatedly makes a fool out of himself in public. Gee, never heard that story before. 

Movie Trailers to Finally Get Time Limits?

If this indeed comes to pass it will be a big boon to mankind…apparently trailers are going to have time limits on them in the future.

JJ Abrams Reveals Star Wars Screenplay is Finished

So JJ Abrams is finally talking a little bit about Star Wars because it’s getting closer to the start date, which will reportedly be in May. Abrams confirmed the screenplay is finished, and official casting decisions should hit the news soon.