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With Ron Howard‘s ever-busy schedule, many fans surely wondered when he was going to shoot Inferno. Based on the best-seller by Dan Brown, the film will mark the third time he and Oscar-winner Tom Hanks bring Brown’s work to life. Last summer Sony set a December 18, 2015 release date for the film and have since kept that plan firm. Howard has been attached to at least three or four projects since, however, and with no movement on Inferno, plus another major film opening that day, precisely when Inferno would happen was the subject of questions.

Well, it’s happening in the Spring. A new report states Howard and Hanks have closed their deals and finally scheduled April as the start of production on the film, which once again follows symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) as he travels the globe using his ancient knowledge to save the world from a psychotic maniac. The question becomes: can Howard finish the Inferno movie in eight months? Read More »

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For most cinephiles, there’s nothing more obnoxious than a glowing cell phone screen in the middle of a dark theater. But the fact is that there are plenty of other moviegoers who don’t mind, or even prefer, texting during movies. And now some theaters are experimenting with a new way to welcome them. Certain cinemas in China are rolling out “bullet screens,” which will display text messages from the audience about the film that’s playing. More details after the jump.

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Elsa Frozen

Two years ago, I was at Disney Animation Studios to learn about Wreck It Ralph. At the same time, there were some photos on the wall from this little movie called Frozen. When I asked about them, everyone was very coy. They mentioned the film would be about two princesses and set in the snow, but that was about it. How could I know that behind those walls, animators were making what would become a multiple Oscar-winner and the biggest animated film of all-time?

Now, you too can step into Disney Animation Studios and learn about Frozen. Disney will air The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic on Tuesday September 2 at 8 p.m. on ABC. It’s all new hour of behind the scenes footage about the film, which will also include a sneak preview of their latest, Big Hero 6, and promises to “include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of Frozen and a never-before-seen preview of “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC’s smash-hit Once Upon a Time.” Does that just mean the upcoming books? Or could it possibly refer to a movie? Read more about the Frozen TV special below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode VII Contest JJ Abrams

Several months ago, J.J. Abrams kicked off Star Wars: Force For Change, an initiative to raise money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the prize being a trip to the set of Star Wars Episode VII. The first video revealed a brand new creature from the world. A second video revealed the new X-Wing fighter. And now, Abrams revealed the results of the initiative and winner’s name with another excitingly cryptic photo. Is it a Episode 7 droid hand? Or perhaps Luke Skywalker’s robot hand? Check it out and read more about the Force for Change winner below. Read More »

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Buzz be dammed, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ruled the box office this weekend. The reboot earned an estimated $65 million and Paramount quickly jumped into action. Sunday morning, the studio greenlit the sequel and already set a release date: June 3, 2016. Screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec will once again write with Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes team once again producing. There’s no word if Jonathan Liebsman will direct. Read more about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel below. Read More »

Justice League

The biggest news this week came from Warner Bros, who gave release dates to ten upcoming DC Comics movies through 2020. Nine of those are untitled and the first, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be out March 25, 2016. While untitled, we have a pretty good idea what a few of those movies are going to be. Justice League is a lock. Wonder Woman has a good shot. Shazam is a strong possibility and a few others.

Fortunately Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, spoke to Entertainment Weekly and said some of the titles will officially be announced later this month. He also commented on the seemingly strange strategy of opening a massive blockbuster in March and teased that Justice League might follow Dawn of Justice quickly. Read about the potential Justice League release date and more below. Read More »

The Interview Trailer

Briefly: The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s follow up to This is the End, just got bumped back a few months. Originally scheduled for release October 18, it’ll now open Christmas Day.

The film stars Rogen and James Franco as entertainment journalists who land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and are asked by the U.S. Government to kill him. You can watch the trailer here and read more about the film soon.

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In addition to dating Batman v Superman for March 2016, Warner Bros. has dated not one, but NINE additional DC Comics movies. They’re all untitled for the time being. Now Warner and DC’s plan stretches beyond Marvel’s. They also planted the flag on two untitled event films. Read more about the DC Comics movie release dates below.

Update: WB has dated two animated films, which are rumored to be further Lego movies to follow the Lego Movie sequel already set for May 2017.

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