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Peter Jackson Directing The Hobbit

What do you do when your years-in-the-making passion project has finally, at long last, come to an end? Well, if you’re anything like Peter Jackson and Matthew Weiner, you turn to other people’s TV shows.

Mad Men creator Weiner is directing an upcoming episode of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, while Hobbit / Lord of the Rings director Jackson seems, at long last, to be coming to Doctor Who. Get the Peter Jackson Doctor Who and Matthew Weiner OITNB news after the jump.  Read More »


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khan in star trek into darkness

The Khan reveal landed with a thud in Star Trek Into Darkness. We all knew Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Khan going into director J.J. Abrams‘ sequel. The film was heavily criticized for its twist, and co-writer Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers), echoing Abrams’ thoughts, admits it was a mistake to hold off on revealing Khan.

Read Lindelof’s comments after the jump.

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steven Spielberg force awakens

Over the weekend actress Daisy Ridley revealed that Steven Spielberg has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times. This isn’t surprising as Spielberg is a mentor of Episode VII filmmaker J.J. Abrams and a longtime partner of Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. I’m sure the legendary director was brought in by Abrams and Kennedy to give notes during the editing process. But what did Steven Spielberg have to say about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Read the Steven Spielberg Force Awakens comments after the jump.

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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.

Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.

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creed single shot

I think most of us can agree that Creed is one of the best movies of this Holiday season, if not the entire year. Its not just a nostalgia sequel/spin-off as some have written it off as, but a great movie. And since seeing the film two weeks ago there is one sequence which I can’t get out of my head, Adonis’s first professional match as a boxer which is presented in one single shot. Was it really one single take, or was it cleverly stitched together like the scenes were in Birman? Find out how the Creed single shot boxing sequence was accomplished, after the jump.

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Angry Birds Hatchlings

There are people who put off their holiday preparations until the very last second, leaving them to screech into the shopping mall 15 minutes before closing on Christmas Eve. And then there are people who have all their holiday cards sent out and all of their gifts tied up before they even turn their calendars to December. The Angry Birds, it turns out, belong to the latter camp.

Though The Angry Birds Movie won’t open for another six months — and though Christmas isn’t for another three and a half weeks — Sony Pictures has released an extra-special, extra-adorable holiday teaser featuring the fuzzy little Hatchlings. Watch the Angry Birds Hatchlings teaser after the jump.  Read More »

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Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Announced

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Disney has announced they will be renewing the acclaimed Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels for a third season. As someone who never quite got into The Clone Wars, Rebels has been a fun trip back to our favorite galaxy far far away. And what started out as a story about a small ragtag group has grown into something bigger in the second season. And I’m glad to see the story will go a bit further, but don’t expect this series to go on much longer.

We will at some point catch up to the timeline shown in previous and future live-action movies — Star Wars: Rogue One tells the story of how the Rebellion gets the plans for the Death Star, which leads into the events of A New Hope.  We heard from a very good source last year that Star Wars Rebels would last only three or four seasons before Disney launched a whole new Star Wars animated series, with all new characters, set in the timeline of the current movies (the Star Wars sequel trilogy).

Hit the jump to read the Star Wars Rebels season 3 press release, but as the second season is still in full swing, we get no additional details.

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How Did This Get Made: Hackers (An Oral History)

hackers oral history

Hackers + Revolution + Rollerblades = How Did This Get Made?

On September 15, 1995, MGM released a stylish, cyberspace thriller called Hackers. Two weeks later—following mixed reviews and poor box office numbers—the film was gone from theaters. Yet despite inauspicious start, Hackers has grown to become one of the most beloved films of the 90s. This is a story about the making of that movie and the ambitious filmmakers who, over time, have been vindicated by their hyperkinetic vision.

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Avengers Age of Ultron - Natasha and Bruce

Iron Man’s got his high-tech suit, Captain America’s got his super-soldier serum, Hulk’s got his gamma ray-induced rage powers, and Hawkeye’s got his Katniss Everdeen-level archery skills. But the Avengers’ true secret weapon might be bromance.

Any blockbuster can offer city-destroying CG mayhem, and these days most of them do. What makes the MCU the MCU is all the stuff that happens in between — the quips, the bickering, the friendship, the flirting. Take away the superpowers and high-tech gadgets and megalomaniacal robots, and you’re left with the foundation for a solid ensemble romcom.

Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe romantic comedy remix after the jump.  Read More »