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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.
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.
"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!
Just last week, we learned that the next adventure in the long-running James Bond franchise would be titled Spectre, and fans of 007 know why it's a pretty big deal (if you want to know more, check out Alex's piece on the evil organization right here). Well, production on the film from director Sam Mendes officially began today across the pond, and will continue with shooting locations in Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud, Morocco, Sölden, Obertilliach and Lake Altausee, Austria. We thought we'd show off the first slate from production on the film bringing Daniel Craig back as 007, mainly because it's a fun tease for the film coming next fall, and it shows that cute little Union Jack porcelain pup. We can't wait to see a real first look!
Now that Edgar Wright has chimed in with his Top 10 Films of 2014, that's opened the flood gates for others to start delivering their lists of what they believe are the best films of the year. The latest contribution comes from TIME Magazine, who always delivers a rather eclectic and strange list. Last year they included Fast & Furious 6 on their Top 10 list, naming it better than some heavy awards contenders that year. This year, their list has a couple surprising inclusions, making for a very weird collection of movies being dubbed the best of 2014. And for those interested, they also delivered a spot-on list of the worst films of the year.
It's official! The James Bond series continues on by re-introducing the evil organization known as SPECTRE in the next installment titled "Spectre". On Thursday morning at an event held at Pinewood Studios, Eon Productions officially announced the titled of Bond 24 as well as the starring cast of the 24th Bond movie, including Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, 007, along with Christoph Waltz as a villain named "Oberhauser". The title, simply Spectre, alludes to the return of legendary villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who has appeared in a number of classic Bond films as the white-cat-stroking bald villain. No confirmation of the name "Blofeld" yet, but all signs seem to indicate it will indeed be the long-awaited return of the character.
Right now the cast of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is making publicity rounds since the film is just two weeks away from hitting theaters. And that's why Buzzfeed caught up with Evangeline Lilly, where the conversation eventually turned to Marvel's Ant-Man. The actress, who's playing Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), actually had some pretty interesting insight on the publicized departure of director Edgar Wright, a big part of the reason much of the cast signed on to the comic book film. In short, Lilly says that what Wright wanted to do with the film was great, but she says that it might have been too far out of Marvel's wheelhouse to mesh with the grand scheme of their cinematic universe.
Following yesterday's motion poster for Terminator: Genisys, a teaser for tomorrow's first trailer for the franchise reboot has arrived. Now we normally hate teasers for trailers, but since this one shows some surprising stuff, we figured it was worth tossing up for discussion before the full trailer arrives tomorrow. Right off the bat, you'll see the return of the liquid metal T-1000 (we presume Robert Patrick came back for this?), and a much better shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the aged T-800 model Terminator. And finally, for the first time, we get a glimpse at the time machine that sends them back to the past. None of the new cast members like Jason Clarke pop up yet though, so it's purely a nostalgia trip for now. Watch!
We've seen plenty of the superhero team assembled in The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer, including new faces like Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver respectively. However, we've yet to really get a good glimpse at Paul Bettany as The Vision (though he can be seen in one of the Comic-Con posters from the summer). A piece of promotional art popped up online earlier in the fall, but it looked more like a poster for a kids' room. Now a much better piece of promotional artwork has surfaced at some sort of international Disney event, and it gives us a solid look at how badass this new character is going to be next summer, especially with all The Avengers surrounding him. Look now!
Yesterday, I had some fun proposing a theory about the hotly debated new lightsaber from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, which has been dubbed a cross guard lightsaber, and a little easter egg from the end of the trailer that was revealed. But now one of the big guns has stepped forward to talk about this new version of the elegant weapon. Stephen Colbert was off last week, but he returned in full force last night with a whole segment focused on the new lightsaber. But rather than coming up with geeky theory, his nerdity is focused on proving the new lightsaber hilt is practical and works fine. Watch!
Our first impression of Terminator: Genisys wasn't anything to write home about, mainly because the promotional images from Entertainment Weekly were poorly staged and looked like a TV show premiering on the SyFy Channel. But perhaps the first trailer for the film will tickle our fancy when it arrives on Thursday. In the meantime, a motion poster has arrived to tease the movie, and it sends a clear message as to what this reboot will do to the franchise. It shows one of the classic T-800 cyborgs skulls, and then it disintegrates into a pile of sand. Or maybe it's being taken apart by nanobots? It's hard to say. Look below!
In just over a couple weeks, the final chapter of The Hobbit trilogy arrives in theaters with The Battle of the Five Armies (watch the final trailer for the film). And while this is being touted as the defining chapter of the Middle-Earth legend, one of the franchise's stars who has been in J.R.R. Tolkien's world brought to life on the big screen since The Fellowship of the Ring thinks that director Peter Jackson may return to this fantasy world. Sir Ian McKellen, who plays the wise wizard Gandalf the Grey, told BBC (via THR) that he doesn't necessarily think this film will be the end of Jackson's playtime in Middle-Earth. Read on!
Now that the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been revealed and dissected over and over again (we've even got our own theory about the lightsabers that is nerdy as hell), fans are already looking forward to when we might see the next trailer. Well, SlashFilm has confirmed that there will be a trailer attached to The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which isn't really a big surprise at all. It's a Disney movie, it will likely be the biggest movie of 2015 leading up to the release of Episode VII, and the audience there will be prime for Star Wars hype. But is there a chance we get another trailer between now and then?
Briefly: We've been waiting patiently for the title and official cast reveal for James Bond 24, the next installment in the long-running spy franchise, and we won't have to wait much longer. EON Productions, MGM and Sony Pictures announced that a live event will be happening on Thursday at the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios across the pond where the title and cast will be revealed before production on the film begins on Monday, December 8th. The even will stream live on 007.com, beginning at 6am Eastern time (that's 3am Pacific time). We'll have all the details as soon as they're announced to come back in two days!