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Can 'Star Wars' Be Saved?

After the vitriolic fan backlash to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the financial failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars needs saving. Here are some ideas on how to do that without invoking the help of The Force.

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Fans Killed the Magic of Mystery in Hollywood Films

The Force is no longer mysterious. We've demanded to know everything about Logan’s history at the expense of his mystery. Hollywood complies. The magic is dead.

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Turkeys from Turkey: The Best Bad Films on the Globe

Turkey has a rich cultural tradition in film, but lax copyright standards and low budgets led to some very bad rip off films that are funnier than ever today.

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What Happens When Happy Shows Turn All X-Files on You?

From The Brady Bunch to M*A*S*H, what do we do when our favorite TV shows spawn shockingly dark offspring?

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Formulating 'The Hunger Games' Part 1: When Books Catch Fire

Like The Hunger Games? There are a lot of similar books that you'll love. Think The Hunger Games stories are a rip off? Read on; the same applies.

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The Most Unintentionally Terrifying "Love Songs" Ever Written

From Van Halen to Dean Martin, some of the world's most beloved "love" songs are actually hideously sinister when you dig just below the surface.

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Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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'Superman' and 'Superman II': What Is, and What Might Have Been

Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.

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Building the Perfect Bomb: The Numbers Behind Box Office Flops

The biggest "box office bombs" of all time, much like the biggest hits, are not always the ones you're expecting them to be.

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Hollywood Creative Accounting, or, How to Hide a Hit and Still Profit From It

From Batsuits to Lawsuits, Hollywood Studios have a long history of hiding profits to claim that enormous hits were actually flops. How do they do this, and why?

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Deconstructing the Star Beast: How the 'Alien' Saga Went Wrong

Alien was a planned B-Movie that transcended its genre and spawned the rare sequel that is neither imitation nor complete deviation. Then the saga went to hell.

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Great Movies With Terrible Sequels: Laughable Sequels in Action

Not even the combined might of Superman, Batman, Predator and James Bond can save their respective series from sinking like an ocean liner into the Bay of Pigs!

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Great Movies With Terrible Sequels: Sequels so Bad They’re Scary

Sometimes the most successful and acclaimed films are marked and marred by the absolutely worst sequels imaginable.

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The Trials and Tribulations of "Dirty" Harry Callahan

Feeling lucky, punk? The road from obscurity to legend wasn't easy for Clint Eastwood's iconic character Dirty Harry. Think you know the back story? Read on!

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Origin of the Species: 'Planet of the Apes' from Laughing Stock to Box Office Gold

After the best-selling novel La Planète des Singes and the hit film Planet of the Apes, the series found itself in hairy times. How did the saga regain its glory?

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Origin of the Species: 'Planet of the Apes' from Page to Screen

Humankind once laughed at The Planet of the Apes -- until it became a critically acclaimed artistic endeavor and had an Academy Award category created for it. Now who amongst us is laughing?

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The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 3: Our Universe(s) at War

Suddenly, movies from all walks of the Marvel Universe began to rage against the big screen with three distinct universes vying for control of box office gold.

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The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 2: The Road Out of Development Hell

The story is far from over for The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, but what of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What of the incredible saga of all of those also-ran comic book films?

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Drastically Divergent: The Sequels That Strayed Far Too Far

Can a barely recognizable sequel save a franchise? Or is it doomed to mark its epitaph?

Film

Instantly Familiar: Hollywood's Great Duopolies

Ever think Hollywood is making the same films over and over? These many sets of twin films that constitute Hollywood’s Great Duopolies show no signs of stopping.

Film

Cinematic Kaiju: A Worm's Eye look at Filmdom's Biggest Monsters

In the sagas of film's biggest monsters, what qualifies as a Kaiju? And does the giant monster have to be a Japanese creation to be considered Kaiju?

Film

The Icons of Fright and the House That Spawned Them

Universal Studios didn't set out to be "The House that Horror Built", but Carl Laemmle and company created and recreated the ultimate icons of terror, and those icons were very good to Universal in return.

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Celluloid Androids: The Big Screen's Fascination with Robots

Robots and Replicants... Between utilitarian tools and far too human replacements lies the Uncanny Valley. The Next Reel explores Cinema's love/ hate relationship with the automaton.

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Out of Sequence: The Saga of Hollywood's Hidden Sequels

In every successful series there are prequels and sequels that create the long-standing sagas that we love. But what becomes of those orphaned sequels begging for a home?

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From the Zombie Hordes to the Successfully Bankrupt: The First Year of 'The Next Reel'

The Next Reel is PopMatters' exploration of film links and histories that go far beyond the obvious. Looking back on the past year of The Next Reel's adventure is not for the faint of heart.

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What Happens When Hollywood’s Critical Acclaim Fails to Match Box Office Receipts?

Oscar's favorite studios and films often face bankruptcy and financial ruin, while Worst Picture Razzie winners have (more than once) earned billions of dollars at the box office. Why this disparity between financial rewards and Academy Awards?

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Creepy Myths, Curses and Urban Legends of Hollywood

From deep within the shadows of Hollywood's backlots crawl the creepiest rumors and legends: a hanged Munchkin, the Superman Curse and... Ted Danson in a top hat!

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Books of the Dead: The Followers and Clones of 'The Evil Dead'

Initially a disaster of an experimental horror film, The Evil Dead went on to become an acclaimed and influential movie that launched careers and spawned sequels and copycats, not to mention a string of cash in faux-sequels. Who were these pretenders to the Deadite throne?

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A Cirque Du Soleil Performance in Hollywood Evokes Memories of the Circus of Hollywood

What do Dracula, The Pink Panther, Rocky Horror, The Exorcist, Thomas Edison and Danny Elfman have to do with Cirque Du Soleil? The Next Reel explores the 'Two Billion Nickelodeon'.

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Italy's Lost Bellissima Actress, Margie Newton, Re-Appears in The Next Reel

Just before rising Italian star Margie Newton was set to take on Hollywood, she vanished from the public eye. What happened? Where did she go? Is she coming back?

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