Superman

Few movies can be credited with setting the stage for the current state of big-budget film making quite like Richard Donner's "Superman." The 1978 adaptation of the Man of Steel starred Christopher Reeve in the role that would define his career, and as the first major superhero film in the post-"Jaws" world of blockbuster films, it created the blueprint for the genre entries that would come after it.

The movie's inclusion on the "Best of Warner Bros" set feels entirely appropriate not only because of its own merits as an inventive, big film, but as a precursor to the superhero revival that would lead to the studio's most recent and biggest hits, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy."

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Grinch

Is nothing sacred? It doesn't seem like it, as "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," one of the best animated Christmas movies around, is reportedly getting remade.

Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment and Dr. Seuss' widow Audrey Geisel are working together to reboot the classic Seuss story. In 1966, Chuck Jones made a version of the tale that has definitely lasted the test of time, and then Jim Carrey starred in a live-action version from Universal called "The Grinch" in 2000.

Apparently two attempts isn't enough, and nothing can just be left alone. It's worth noting that there are plenty of other Seuss tales to cull from ("Hop on Pop," anyone?), but for some reason this seems to be the one that is being brought to the big screen. Illumination is also working on an animated adaptation of "Cat in the Hat."

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Star Wars

Yesterday, Marvel announced a new partnership with book publisher Hyperion on a series of "action and adventure romance novel" targeting a female readership. "The She-Hulk Diaries" and "Rogue Touch" will supposedly explore the female protagonists of the comic book world in a way that's more relatable to the modern woman reader.

While we're not totally shocked by an apparent cash-grab for that sweet, sweet "Fifty Shades of Grey" money, it's a little upsetting to see such a revered brand stooping to that level. But hey, it's just business, and when it's business, nothing sentimental can last.

With Marvel going down the road of the romance novel, it's only a matter of time before we start seeing the same for "Star Wars," so we beat Lucasfilm to the chase. Here's how we imagine a series of "Star Wars" romance novels going down.

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Bullitt

Writing about a movie will always fall short of the experience of sitting down and watching set film in the viewing mode of your choice. I could describe a single scene as elegantly and thoroughly as possible, and I would still be nowhere close to replicating the thrill and the craft of a well-made movie.

That's the problem when trying to write about "Bullitt," Steve McQueen, and Peter Yate's direction.

There's enough mood and style in the opening credits of the 1968 story of a San Francisco cop who's tough as nails and can drive like nobody's business to justify an immediate viewing of "Bullitt," but if you happen to pick up "The Best of Warner Bros" box set and instantly collect the 50 films of the collection, you can do just that.

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Half-Life

Before you get out your crowbar and storm the internet in a fury about potential "Half-Life" and "Portal" games, let's take a breather.

The DICE talk between director of everything J.J. Abrams and Valve co-founder/internet deity Gabe Newell included no explicit talk of developing film projects based on either of the popular video games, but rather an intention to make movies and games together.

But let's say that both "Portal" and "Half-Life" movies ramp up into production today. There are obviously a few things the fans are going to require and things they absolutely do not want to see. These are just a few...

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star wars

By Ryan Rigley

Turns out the galaxy far, far away is actually a lot closer than we thought. Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly broke the news of several "Star Wars" spin-off films scheduled to be released at the same time as Episodes VII, VIII and IX. "I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films," reveals Disney CEO Bob Iger. "Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great "Star Wars" characters that are not part of the overall saga."

Chief amongst these standalone "Star Wars" films are solo movies for fan-favorite characters Han Solo and Boba Fett; with the "Young Han Solo" movie taking place between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope" and the "Bobba Fett" film taking place sometime during the original trilogy. While it comes as no surprise that these two characters in particular are getting their own films, we can't help but wonder what other "Star Wars" characters have bigger stories to tell.

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Singin in the Rain

On the first day of "Intro to Film," the professor walked into the classroom, turned to the class, and said "Hi. Welcome to 'Intro to Film.' Today, we're going to watch 'Singin' in the Rain' because it's perfect and it makes me happy." With that, the movie started, and it was perfect.

There's a reason that given a choice of essentially any movie he could think of the professor chose Gene Kelly's ode to the Busby Berkeley era of musicals in the 1930s. It's because "Singin' in the Rain" is just about everything a movie should be.

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Skyfall

For a while now Screen Junkies has been producing a series of videos called "Honest Trailers" that originally intended to live up to its title and present previews in a way that more accurately represented the actual films. Somewhere along the way, "Honest Trailers" has devolved into a series of nit-picky video essays that seemingly hates every aspect of the movies.

The Screen Junkie's latest declaration of war against fun, "Honest Trailers -Skyfall," takes one of the best Bond movies and attempts to dismantle it, but utterly fails. To show you everything that's wrong with "Honest Trailers," here's a point-by-point rebuttal of their "Skyfall" trailer.

UPDATE: And if you're interested, here is a point-by-point rebuttal to my point-by-point rebuttal from Screen Junkies.

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Anchorman

By Joel Hanek

With the announcement of Kristen Wiig officially on board, the line-up of comedians already slated for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" is starting to make the impressive star-power number of "This is the End" feel small.

The 2004 cult movie "Anchorman" was already chock-full of the best of the best when it comes to comedy with supporting roles from Fred Willard and Chris Parnell to the marquee cameos of Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and many more. There's no telling how much larger the Burgundy-verse will expand — but a boy in polyester suit and mustache can dream, can't he?

Looking at the rogue's gallery of McKay's players, here are some cameos we'd love to see in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues."

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Boba Fett

Probably for as long as he's been lingering in the background and making fanboys' imaginations run wild, Boba Fett has been the dream character for a spin-off in the "Star Wars" universe. One of the people credited with creating him, "Captain America" director Joe Johnston, has even mentioned on numerous occasions that he wants to make a Fett movie a reality.

Now that Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that standalone, character-based "Star Wars" movies are in development alongside the new episodic installments, Fett comes to mind as the most obvious choice for Lucasfilm. He' s an outrageously popular character, small enough to focus a new film on and with enough mystery to not interfere with the main saga. Maybe that's why, as Entertainment Weekly is currently reporting, there's word of a Boba Fett movie in development.

How do you do it? Let me tell you.

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