“Your fate is in your hands!”

So warned AMC Theatres’ ad copy for the The Ultimate Marvel Marathon, a 27.5-hour screening of all 11 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, capped with a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the newest installment in the franchise. Tickets were $70. Popcorn and soda were unlimited. Sleep was discouraged.

Since I had seen only seven of the 10 Marvel films that have been released since 2008, and being in possession of a fairly comprehensive shelf of superhero comics, The Ultimate Marvel Marathon presented a unique challenge: Could the self-described Nerd King of Nerd Mountain survive nearly 28 hours of shrieking fans, violent robots, deafening explosions and Gwyneth Paltrow? There was only one way to find out.


Annie Leibovitz’s official portraits of the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From top to bottom:

Gwendoline Christie in full armor as Captain Phasma aka the Chrometrooper.

Lupito Nyong’o being mocapped for her character space pirate Maz Kanata.

Adam Driver, who’s officially revealed as Kylo Ren, leading snow stormtroopers of The First Order (the new Empire) on their hidden snow base. Could it be Hoth?

Dashing Resistance pilot Poe Dameron standing on his X-Wing spaceship.

J.J Abrams directs Daisy Ridley aka Rey as she rides her speeder through a marketplace on planet Jakku.

Pirates and smugglers in Maz Kanata’s castle.

via Vanity Fair.

We’ve all heard at least one story about something unsavory happening in a movie theater. Maybe you’ve even smuggled in a flask of rum, added it to your liter and a half of Coke (aka the small), and cried while watching Finding Nemo and whispering to Marlin about how he’s so much better than the father who never looked for you when you were lost (to name a purely hypothetical example that we completely made up just now). But it turns out that what goes on behind the scenes at your local multiplex is far more disturbing.

We talked to theater managers Donovan King and Olga Lexell to learn about cinema’s seedy underbelly. And they told us …

5 Job Secrets Of A Movie Theater Grosser Than The Floor

Full Major Cast for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:

Emma Watson as Belle

Dan Stevens as Beast

Luke Evans as Gaston

Ewan McGregor as Lumière

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette

Ian McKellan as Cogsworth

Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts

Josh Gad as LeFou

Audra McDonald as Garderobe

Kevin Kline as Maurice

Stanley Tucci as Cadenza



My Top Ten School Revenge/School Shooting Movies

Honorable Mentions: State’s Evidence (2006)  and White Rabbit (2013)

10. The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)

“A woman’s survivor’s guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day idyllic life to fall apart.“

9. Home Room (2002)

“A high school shooting has repercussions on the town and students.“

8. Duck! The Carbine High Massacre (1999)

“Derwin and Derick, Neo-Nazis, plan to commit a school shooting and kill themselves after a sick joke by the school jocks.“

7. The Dirties (2013)

“Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn’t joking.“

6. Klass (2007)

“An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers’ honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.“

5. We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

“Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.“

4. Elephant (2003)

“Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.“

3. Zero Day (2003)

“Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school.“

2. April Showers (2009)

“A look inside a tragedy through the eyes of a survivor. Based on actual events, April Showers is about picking up the pieces in the direct aftermath of school violence.“

1. Bang Bang You’re Dead (2002)

“Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free.“


9 portraits of Marvel super fans that shatter the stereotypes about comic book nerds 

“If there wasn’t a group like this, there probably wouldn’t even be the movies to begin with,” said Steven, a theater tech professional, as he waited in line on Wednesday. We spoke with some of the people whose love for the Marvel films prompted them to spend two whole days watching them back-to-back. They come from all walks of life, from students to health care professionals to a city worker who helps hurricane victims — but they all have one thing in common.


Week Ending May 4th, 2015

  1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  3. Thor +3
  4. Iron Man +6
  5. 50 Shades of Grey −1
  6. Star Wars −3
  7. Back to the Future
  8. Big Hero 6 −3
  9. The Hobbit −2
  10. Lord of the Rings −1
  11. The Maze Runner
  12. Frozen −1
  13. The Hunger Games +1
  14. Cinderella +4
  15. The Mortal Instruments −7
  16. Guardians of the Galaxy +1
  17. Suicide Squad
  18. Almost Adults
  19. Divergent
  20. Spirited Away

The number in italics indicates how many spots a title moved up or down from the previous week. Bolded titles weren’t on the list last week.