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Black Mirror: 5 Filmmakers Who Need To Make The U.S. Version

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Black MirrorHere at Giant Freakin’ Robot, our love for the British anthology series Black Mirror is almost as unhealthy as its characters’ connections to the world around them. So when it was announced that the show would be getting a U.S. remake down the line, internal jubilation and despair duked it out, with optimism coming out ahead in the end. But only if the right person is doing it.

Part of what makes creator Charlie Brooker’s future so constantly intriguing is that each of the show’s seven episodes so wholly exudes his singular vision of madness’ trickle effect through gadgetry and pop culture. (Even in the episode he didn’t write.) And so here are five creative minds that we would love to see get behind a domestic Black Mirror, where their own versions of dystopian progress could haunt the world in proper fashion. Fingers crossed.

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That Fantastic Four Trailer Is Just An Interstellar Trailer In Disguise

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It’s no secret that there is a certain level of specified talent needed to cut a film trailer, whether you’re going for mysterious thrills or in-your-face action. It’s like math. As such, the amount of overlap in techniques is getting all the more recognizable as time goes on. Never has that been more clear than in the Fantastic Four trailer below, which matches up perfectly with audio from the Interstellar trailer, in a way that seems to defy reality.

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WTF? Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Is Making A Zombie Western

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nick carterNick Carter is the kind of guy who has known fame for more of his life than he hasn’t. He’s performed in front of bazillions of people with the Backstreet Boys (and as a solo artist) and has been a prominent part of reality TV, to name but two of his life’s paths. What’s he doing next? Oh, just making a horror western movie for The Asylum is all. And you thought Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a zombie’s father would be the weirdest undead-related pop culture phenomenon this year.

Let’s get into this a little deeper, because there’s no backing out now. Carter shared this amazing news—it IS amazing, dammit!—with Vice’s Noisey, and it doesn’t just stop with him starring in the movie. It also came from his own “creative brain.” That part kills me in the best way. Let me allow Carter to explain it. He says:

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Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy Is The B Movie For People Sick Of Screaming Teenagers

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frankenstein vs the mummyLet’s not bullshit each other, readers. An independent movie called Frankenstein vs. The Mummy, with poster/cover art that looks like this, is probably not going attract mainstream audiences in droves. This is a movie that appeals to genre hounds who want to see two iconic monsters face off against one another. And it is at this fork in the road of expectations that director Damien Leone’s second feature can exist as both a success and a failure, doing more to win over viewers that will probably never get their eyes on it, rather than people who exist to watch things fight.

If that sounds a little confusing, it’s probably because I’m sitting here, waiting for the movie to introduce a bunch of annoying teenagers. Frankenstein vs. The Mummy isn’t an amazing film, but it’s also not often a dumb one, which is where my own confusion set in. It sounds like a backhanded compliment, but it’s a bald-faced one.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2’s Super Bowl Spot Improperly Inflates The Balls

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Hot Tub Time Machine is one of those concepts that, on the surface, is so stupid that it couldn’t possibly be worth 90 minutes of your time. Sort of like Snakes on a Plane, it sounds like the exaggerated punchline to a joke about the horrible dross Hollywood groupthink too often shits out. But by god, Hot Tub Time Machine stared those preconceptions right in the face while its buddy sneaked around behind us for a truly vicious wedgie in the form of excellent casting and schadenfreude involving Crispin Glover’s inevitably severed arm. Now Hot Tub Time Machine 2that sounds like a really bad idea. Let’s see what the sequel’s Super Bowl TV spot has to offer…

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The Force Awakens And Guardians Of The Galaxy Get An 8-Bit Makeunder

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With Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a new era for George Lucas’ beloved galaxy far, far away will begin, one which will define the franchise’s legacy as it extends into the 21st century. And with the Force Awakens trailer having racked up an insane number of viewings, it’s no surprise that fans have been riffing on it pretty much from the instant it went online. We’ve seen the trailer sweded and mashed up and even redone in neon. So why not reimagined in the style of an 8-bit ‘80s video game?