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Friday, November 28, 2014

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Must Watch: The First 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer

14 minutes ago
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." It's here. It's time. It has been 31 years since we've seen Luke & Leia Skywalker, Han Solo, C3PO and R2-D2 in a movie, but they're back once again. Disney/Lucasfilm have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also know as Episode VII, the continuation of the Jedi story that concluded with the destruction of the Death Star at the end of Return of the Jedi. It starts with a shot of John Boyega and has a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon. From there? Well. This ... by Alex Billington

Our 2014 Netflix Instant Thanksgiving Film Feast to Enjoy on Break

It's that time of the year again when families get together, eat too much food, spend too much money and enjoy an extended weekend that is truly American. This year the usual craziness has been amplified for sci-fi fans as the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits limited theaters this weekend. Otherwise, you can catch a slew of great films in theaters now, including but not limited to blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, new comedies like Horrible Bosses 2, family flicks like The Penguins of Madagascar and some awards contenders like Birdman, Foxcatcher, ... by Ethan Anderton

Our 2014 Thanksgiving Week Movie Guide - 'Rosewater' to 'Penguins'

2 days ago
Continuing our annual tradition of posting Thanksgiving and Christmas Movie Guides every holiday season, our San Francisco contributor, Marco Cerritos, has once again put together a holiday movie guide for Thanksgiving 2014, giving a recap and rundown of what's playing and what's worth seeing (or skipping). Marco has seen everything playing, and while you may not always agree with his opinion, he provides the best reviews he can to make it a bit easier for everyone to choose. There are quite a few wonderful films now playing in theaters, so if you're still a bit unsure of what to watch ... by Marco Cerritos

'Independence Day 2' Gets a Greenlight, Nothing Else Has Changed

2 days ago
Briefly: Draining what little news there is left out of Hollywood as the holiday weekend approaches, Deadline delivered a sparse update on the development of Independence Day 2. The film has now officially been given a greenlight for production with an eye towards shooting in May. As of now, Will Smith is not involved, and likely won't sign on. But that's fine, because you might remember there's a script written just in case he did come back, and one written as if he didn't. At this point, the film is slated for release on June 24th, 2016, though it seems ... by Ethan Anderton

Review: 'Horrible Bosses 2' is Filthy, Funny & Much More Outlandish

2 days ago
Comedy sequels are not easy to pull off. Unlike the horror, action and sci-fi genres, it's seemingly more difficult to improve upon what made the original film so enjoyable to begin with. While all of those genres are able to up the ante with bigger setpieces, explosions, scares and whantot, a comedy can usually only be funnier than its predecessor (or at least as funny) in order to appease audiences. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Dumb & Dumber To fell short this year, but 22 Jump Street stepped up to the challenge magnificently. And I'm happy to say that ... by Ethan Anderton

When Will It Stop? Enough With the Two-Part Finale Quadrilogy Fad

2 days ago
Hollywood loves repeating itself. This week alone we're getting new trailers for brand new Star Wars and Jurassic Park movies, like it's the 90s all over again. But there is a new trend that is becoming increasingly frustrating - the two-part split finale of film-to-book series like Twilight, Harry Potter and now Hunger Games. With the first half of Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games, now playing in theaters (my full review) the unsettling feeling of "why?!" has grown in me. This film once again proves that the quality of the work diminishes in exchange for a desire to ... by Alex Billington

Whoa! New 'Punisher' Comic Kills Cast of the 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

2 days ago
Earlier in the fall, we reported on the tension between 20th Century Fox and Marvel escalating to the point that the comic book company was ending their run of Fantastic Four comics in an effort to dilute interest in the forthcoming feature film reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Indeed, the comic book has been ended for the time being, but there's no indication that this was done with malicious intent. However, you might raise an eyebrow when you see some frames from Punisher #12, the latest issue written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Mitchell Gerads. What unfolds is ... by Ethan Anderton

The 'Minions' Deliver a Musical Holiday Greeting for AMC Theatres

2 days ago
Just after the inventive and fun trailer for Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me spin-off Minions arrived at the beginning of the month, a special holiday greeting can be seen if you happen to be seeing movies at any AMC Theatres locations leading up to Christmas. Those lovable little henchman give their own rendition of a classic Christmas carol, but in that weird, gibberish language they all speak. You're bound to find kids cracking up to this in theaters, and maybe some adults too, but we've still got awhile before the actual movie hits theaters since it doesn't arrive until it gets ... by Ethan Anderton

Natalie Portman Now in Talks to Join Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic

2 days ago
Now that Universal Pictures has grabbed the Steve Jobs biopic from Sony Pictures, the studio is starting to round up a supporting cast to surround star Michael Fassbender in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Deadline has word that Natalie Portman is now in talks for a role in the film, and while specifics of her character have not been revealed, it's said to be a major role for the Oscar winner. The script from Aaron Sorkin has been said to focus on the launch of three separate Apple products, which will end up spanning 16 years in ... by Ethan Anderton

Watch: Visual Effects Reel Shows Off the Magic of the New 'Godzilla'

2 days ago
The reboot of Godzilla has come and gone on the big screen, and it's now available to purchase on Blu-Ray & DVD, and while the film didn't impress some audiences, it still ended up landing director Gareth Edwards a gig directing the first Star Wars spin-off (which may be about a heist obtaining the plans to the original Death Star). While some might have a problem with Godzilla as a movie, you can't deny that the King of Monsters and all the creatures he fights have never looked better, thanks to some truly spectacular visual effects by the company MPC. ... by Ethan Anderton

There's More Going On Than We Know - Insights on 'Jurassic World'

2 days ago
Up until this week, many of the most secretive projects in development at Hollywood have been kept very private, with few details and even less imagery. A few Star Wars tidbits have leaked out, but in regards to Jurassic World, a number of major details were finally revealed in the footage in the first official trailer. It's hardly a teaser trailer, even though it is labeled as that, but it does show quite a few shots of dinosaurs, the full theme park, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and raptors. So what do we know? It's not a story about dinos ... by Alex Billington

Vince Vaughn Hits the Road in 'Unfinished Business' Red Band Trailer

2 days ago
In case you didn't know, Vince Vaughn is officially part of the cast of "True Detective" for the anthology show's second season next year. But for those of you who prefer the fast-talking actor in comedy roles, you still get what you want too. Unfinished Business is an R-rated comedy that sees Vaughn playing a businessman who heads overseas to land a big deal, but he doesn't have the best comrades on his endeavor with Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson at his side. Plus, there's James Marsden and Sienna Miller as a competing duo going after the same deal. It ... by Ethan Anderton

James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You 'Sh*t Yourself'

2 days ago
With all the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens lately, plus all of the films coming from Marvel Studios and also Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment, it's easy to forget that James Cameron is working on three sequels to his 2009 blockbuster Avatar. Thankfully, Empire caught up with the filmmaker to find out how the back-to-back sequels are coming along. Production will begin soon with the first film scheduled to arrive late in 2016, and Cameron couldn't reveal much but did say, "I can tell you one thing about them. They’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself ... by Ethan Anderton

Snoopy Dreams Big on 'Peanuts' Poster for Charles Schulz's Birthday

2 days ago
After Snoopy "leaked" the latest trailer for Blue Sky Animation's adaptation of the classic Peanuts comic strip, a teaser poster has arrived with the iconic beagle and his bird friend Woodstock sleeping the Thanksgiving holiday away on the dog's trusty red doghouse. And in case you didn't know, it just so happens to be the birthday of the late Charles Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown and the whole gang. Honestly, this is a gorgeous teaser poster, simple in execution, and it doesn't try to sell Peanuts as something that it's not. Can it shake a stick at the classic cartoons ... by Ethan Anderton

'The Hobbit' Retrospective Trailer Relives Entire Middle-Earth Legacy

2 days ago
While the music video for Billy Boyd's credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies proved to be a touching retrospective look at both the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy (concluding next month), a legacy trailer has just debuted looking back at both of these long adventures across Middle-Earth. Even though the prequel trilogy hasn't lived up to the quality of Peter Jackson's original ambitious jaunt into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, there's no doubt that the filmmaker has achieved something massive and grand by giving fans the adaptations that most of them ... by Ethan Anderton

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