Crystal Ball: Superheroes, Senators And Smugglers – 10 Movies You Need To See In 2018

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Run (don’t walk) to your nearest cinema when these movies come out

2018 is now well underway, and that means it’s time to start getting excited about this year’s slate of big screen releases.

With several major blockbusters – including the latest instalments in several of your favourite franchises – and star-studded dramas scheduled for the year ahead, there’s a lot to look forward to.

Here, I’ve pulled together a rundown of the 10 movies I think you can’t afford to miss in 2018 – along with a few honourable mentions you should definitely try to squeeze in, as well!

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Crystal Ball: Superheroes, Senators And Smugglers – 10 Movies You Need To See In 2018

Soapbox: 15 Disney Scandals That Turned Out To Be Fake

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Not even Disney’s most acclaimed films have managed to escape controversy

The Walt Disney Company was founded way back in 1923 – which is more than enough time for the global entertainment conglomerate to have courted its fair share of controversy. Over the last 94 years and counting, the House of Mouse has weathered scandals related to everything from the content of its films to the conduct of its media and theme park businesses.

Although many of the allegations Disney has faced during this time have since proven to be true, a surprising number have also ended up being false. This is especially the case with much of Walt Disney Studio’s animated output, where the brouhaha over certain supposedly immoral or discriminatory material often turns out to have little basis in actual fact.

Given Disney’s family-friendly image, situations like this which tarnish that reputation can be particularly damaging – not to mention frustrating, considering the public backlash involved is unwarranted. It can also be costly, as Disney will often go to the considerable expense of altering a film for its home video release, all to remove content that wasn’t even controversial in the first place!

Let’s take a look at 15 Disney Scandals That Turned Out To Be Fake from the past nine decades.

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Soapbox: 15 Disney Scandals That Turned Out To Be Fake

Soapbox: 16 Movies That Were Canceled Mid-Filming

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It’s true what they say: the good die young

As even the most casual cinema buff already knows, film productions get canceled all the time. A reminder of the colossal effort required to actually make a movie, these aborted projects will typically be announced by their respective studios, a script will be developed and cast and crew hired – only to be scuttled soon after.

There are plenty of reasons why this occurs – the most common causes are creative disagreements between studio executives and the filmmakers, or financial concerns – but regardless, these reasons wind up being sufficient to ensure the plug is pulled. Like we said, happens all the time – but what doesn’t happen that often is that a film actually commences shooting before it’s shut down!

The rationale behind studios scrapping a production after filming is underway vary wildly – although again, artistic disputes and funding-related problems remain the prominent culprits. But there have also been instances of onset tragedies, freak weather conditions, and (allegedly, at least) a voodoo curse resulting in films being scuttled while the director is still calling “action!”

With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of 16 Movies That Were Canceled During Filming.

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Soapbox: 16 Movies That Were Canceled Mid-Filming

Soapbox: 6 Amazing Movie Scenes That Almost Never Happened

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It’s fair to say that this article took a bit of Indiana Jones-style archaelogy!

As even the most casual movie fan could tell you, virtually every frame of a film – even a bad film – takes months of planning and creative development.

Having said that, it’s quite startling just how many memorable movie scenes were either a last minute addition, or were very nearly left on the editing room floor!

From pre-production re-thinks to post-production re-shoots, you wouldn’t believe how many iconic cinematic moments came this close to not winding up on the screen.

With this in mind, here’s a round-up of six amazing movie scenes that almost never happened!

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Soapbox: 6 Amazing Movie Scenes That Almost Never Happened

Crystal Ball: Kings, Cartoons And A Lot More Dragons – Five Fantasy TV Shows That NEED To Happen

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“Put your hands in the air if you want more fantasy TV!”

Whilst we’re all excited to have Game of Thrones back on our screens again, this enthusiasm is tempered with sadness, as this means we are edging ever closer to the fantasy TV series’ 2018 end date.

Among its many achievements, the show can take credit for making converts out of fantasy non-believers. As such, when the last episode of Game of Thrones airs next year, it will leave massive void in the television landscape – where will we all get our fix of sword-and-sorcery-related drama?

If the prospect of a fantasy-free small screen slate leaves you feeling anxious, never fear – in this list, we’ll look at five fantasy TV shows that could (and should) happen soon!

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Crystal Ball: Kings, Cartoons And A Lot More Dragons – Five Fantasy TV Shows That NEED To Happen

Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

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Sorry, Bunnymund – your eggs didn’t make the cut

It’s Easter this weekend, which means that most of us will have eggs on the brain.

Whilst the average punter will probably be hoping for conventional chocolate eggs in their Easter bonnet on Sunday morning, fans of film, TV, books and comics could be forgiven for having their sights set on slightly more…fantastical fare.

With this in mind, I’ve pulled together a list of the five greatest eggs across all of pop culture, to help fuel these (inevitably unfulfilled) Easter-related desires!

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Soapbox: Egg-ceptional Easter Options – The Five Greatest Eggs in Pop Culture

Soapbox: A (Star Wars) Story Worth Watching – Five Reasons Why Rogue One Lives Up To The Star Wars Legacy

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Sadly, Rogue One’s soundtrack does not feature “Back In Black”

If Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a calculated risk on behalf of Disney and Lucasfilm, then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was more of an out-and-out gamble. Could a spin-off film set outside the main instalments in the franchise and not focused on the Skywalker family actually work?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. Director Gareth Edwards’ story of a ragtag band of Rebels and their attempts to steal the Death Star plans has barely arrived in cinemas, and it’s already generating strong buzz among critics and fans alike.

Much like the Death Plans themselves, Rogue One is not without flaws – the beginning is a bit choppy, and the supporting characters are a bit thinly drawn – but its nevertheless a worthy new entry in the Star Wars saga, and here we look at the five main reasons why!

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Soapbox: A (Star Wars) Story Worth Watching – Five Reasons Why Rogue One Lives Up To The Star Wars Legacy