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J.J. Abrams Thanks Fans from Set of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: Force for Change

Long before the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released, our first look at the sci-fi sequel came from vidoes release in conjunction with the Star Wars: Force for Change fundraiser that was created in coordination with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The end of the fundraiser culminated with a single fan being granted the dream of visiting the set and getting a walk-on role in the film. Well, now director J.J. Abrams has returned from the set of Episode VII to thank everyone who donated and helped raise millions of dollars. You just might see a familiar droid and Wookiee. Watch!

 Posted 4 hours ago in Hype, Star Wars, To Watch | Comments

New Photo of Chris Pratt with Raptor Pal in Trevorrow's 'Jurassic World'

Jurassic World

Plenty of people were either freaked out, confused or just furious when they saw Chris Pratt riding his motorcycle with a pack of velociraptors at his side in the first trailer for Jurassic World. The shot basically confirmed that these particular dinosaurs have been tamed. While some think that goes against the principles of evolution and their position as unpredictable animals from the past, I'm betting they're not just flat out "good guy" dinosaurs in the end. Either way, as a treat before the holidays, director Colin Trevorrow has revealed a photo of Pratt on the set of Jurassic World with one of his raptor pals. Check it!

 Posted December 17 in Hype, Photos | Comments

Check Out Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book' Behind the Scenes Photos

The Jungle Book

On Monday, we got a look at the first piece of concept art and the title treatment for The Jungle Book after Disney unveiled it over the weekend. Production is underway on the adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic book, and director Jon Favreau has been posting some cool photos from behind the scenes, both in the sound booth for recording cast members like Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken, and on the set with Mowgli (played by newcomer Neel Sethi, the only actor who will actually be seen on screen). Can't wait to see what the visual effects are like to bring the animals to life. Look below!

 Posted December 17 in Hype, Photos | Comments

Looking Ahead: Alex & Ethan's 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

Beginning this week, we will be taking a look back at the year in cinema that was 2014, from our favorite posters to our favorite movies and more. We've already been featuring some retrospectives of all the movies that came out this year with videos like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014 (and we have more of those coming soon, too). But today, we're ready to look forward to all the new movies coming up next year with a list of our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015. There's a couple Marvel movies, a new Quentin Tarantino flick and of course the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away. Together we chose 20 movies that we just can't wait to see, with explanation for each. Look!

 Posted December 16 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat, Hype | Comments

Do You Dare to Open All the '12 Skills of Christmas' from 'Taken 3'?

Taken 3

There's nothing like taking a classic Christmas carol and making it as violent as possible. If it wasn't enough to endure the endless faux holiday cheer that the stores put on every year, complete with terrible puns and holiday song remixes, 20th Century Fox wants to make it that much more unbearable. The studio has delivered a new version of the "12 Days of Christmas" but they've decided to give it some Taken 3 flare and make it all about Bryan Mills' special skills. There's clever lines like "11 throats a chopping," which doesn't make sense, because the throats aren't doing any chopping at all. Just watch and shake your head below.

 Posted December 16 in Hype, To Watch | Comments

Pac-Man & More Video Game Characters Invade on 'Pixels' Posters

Pixels

The first trailer for Adam Sandler's video game adventure comedy Pixels is coming with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies this week, but before we get a good look at the summer movie coming next year, three teaser posters have arrived showing some familiar video game icons attacking around the world. Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Centipede can be seen attacking San Francisco, Paris and London respectively, and it looks like the aesthetic of the video game invaders from Patrick Jean's original short film has been kept mostly the same, though the giant 8-bit characters do look slightly more polished. Look now!

 Posted December 16 in Hype, Posters | Comments

Buy the Book from 'The Babadook' Horror Film to Scare Your Kids

The Babadook

If you're looking for last minute Christmas gifts for the kids in your family that you want to terrify and scar for the rest of their life, then we have a real treat for you. In case you haven't heard, The Babadook is one of the breakout horror films of the year. The debut feature from Jennifer Kent actually resulted in the director getting a meeting to direct Wonder Woman (even though she didn't get the gig), and now you can own one of the chilling parts of the movie: the storybook crafted specifically for the movie. Complete with terrifying illustrations, this is a cool replica that anyone who loves the movie will want immediately. Look!

 Posted December 15 in Cool Stuff, Horror, Hype | Comments

Extended UK TV Spot, Four Character Posters for 'Jupiter Ascending'

Jupiter Ascending

With all the love for Guardians of the Galaxy this year and the excitement for Star Wars: The Force Awakens next year, Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping that you don't forget about their space adventure Jupiter Ascending coming in February with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. The film hails from The Matrix masterminds Andy & Lana Wachowski, and this looks like a big helping of sci-fi fun from the new extended TV spot from the United Kingdom (there's also four character posters). It may not be quite as smart as the aforementioned, groundbreaking sci-fi flick, but maybe that's the idea. Frankly, I see this film bombing pretty hard, but I think those who do give it a chance may just enjoy themselves. Watch below!

 Posted December 12 in Hype, Posters, To Watch, TV Spots | Comments

Watch: Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug from 'The Hobbit' Trilogy

Stephen Colbert & Smaug

After posing for a photoshoot inspired by Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, late night satirist and future inheritor of "The Late Show with David Letterman," Stephen Colbert, continued his love for all things J.R.R. Tolkien by interviewing the one and only Smaug the tyrannical, the dragon under the mountain. And this isn't just an interview with a puppet, but rather a fully animated version of the dragon, or at least as much as would fit in the small space of Colbert's studio. I wonder how much it cost to get this feature together, especially since Benedict Cumberbatch clearly recorded his voice for it. Watch!

 Posted December 12 in Hobbit, Humor, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Character Names Finally Revealed for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally released, we got to see plenty of new characters in action, but we still didn't know their names. But finally, Lucasfilm has officially revealed the names of the main characters in Episode VII, and they've done it in a pretty cool way. Today's generation may not remember, but trading cards used to be pretty popular for movies, not just for sports. And so, the names of our main characters have been revealed with Topps trading cards, and they're made with an awesome retro style too. So find out the names of all of our main characters right now. Look below now!

 Posted December 11 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

'First Contact' Director Jonathan Frakes Wants a Shot at 'Star Trek 3'

Jonathan Frakes

Just before last weekend, we learned that Star Trek reboot franchise producer and writer Roberto Orci would no longer make his directorial debut on the Paramount Pictures sequel Star Trek 3. The studio is currently trying to wrangle a new director with names like Edgar Wright on a shortlist of potential replacements, but Trekkies have a different idea as to who they'd like to see get behind the camera. Komo News (via Empire) spoke with Jonathan Frakes about a Twitter trend using the hashtag #BringInRiker to get the star and director of various Star Trek series episodes and film's the vacant position. More below!

 Posted December 11 in Development, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Disney Only Released 'Star Wars' Teaser Trailer Due to Fan Demand

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

There's been plenty of buzz and obsession over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, so much that there's a chance that the extent to which we examined certain aspects of the trailer probably seems a little overboard. However, it's this level of fandom that resulted in Disney making the decision to release the trailer to begin with. Speaking with Variety about the business of the iconic sci-fi saga, Disney CEO Bob Iger explains that they almost didn't release a teaser trailer this early at all. However, it was the "rabid" fanbase of Star Wars that prompted the House of Mouse to give the slightest tease of the movie.

 Posted December 10 in Hype, Movie News, Star Wars | Comments

Christian Bale's Thoughtful Remarks on 'Exodus: Gods & Kings' Cast

Exodus: Gods & Kings

When director Ridley Scott was asked about the whitewashed cast of his Biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings, hitting theaters this weekend, his answer didn't really address the large complaints that people had with casting white actors like Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in the role of Middle Eastern characters. However, he had a pretty blunt response when speaking to the Associated Press about the issue, "I say, 'Get a life.'" Speaking from a business standpoint, Scott said he put together the "best possible cast" for a film with "a budget of this scale." Thankfully, Christian Bale was more thoughtful and diplomatic on the matter.

 Posted December 9 in Hype, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Fanmade Trailer Follows Complete Journey of 'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit: The Complete Journey

"I'm not the same hobbit I once was..." Though we've already featured an official retrospective trailer that looks at the entire Middle-Earth legacy that has spanned The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy adaptations, one fan decided to focus only on the journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman/Ian Holm). Los Angeles-based editor Joel Walden has crafted a trailer for The Hobbit: The Complete Journey, which treats the entire trilogy as a single epic film. Obviously, it's pretty heavy on footage from An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug, so we'd like to see an updated version once The Battle of the Five Armies is available on home video to make more footage available to throw in the mix. Watch below!

 Posted December 8 in Hobbit, Hype, To Watch | Comments

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