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This was supposed to be the year, the San Diego Comic-Con that blew away all others. A quick look at the movie release schedule shows an epic spread of massive films that will be released in the next year, before the 2015 incarnation of the Con. That list includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Interstellar, Jurassic World, The Fantastic Four, Terminator, Mad Max: Fury Road, Fast and Furious 7, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Tomorrowland, Big Hero 6, Pitch Perfect 2 and Dumb and Dumber To. Not to mention the two big films now in production that were rumored to come out before next year’s event, then moved: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars Episode VII.

The full schedule is now out and – barring any surprises or additions – only two of the above films are confirmed to appear: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max. Others (like Fantastic Four, Interstellar, Terminator, Jurassic World) could still appear because their studios have panels, but are unconfirmed. Most surprisingly though, is that studios which have regularly been at the event, such as Disney, Universal and Lionsgate, don’t even have panels. Comic Con 2014 went from one with the highest expectations to the opposite.

Below we’ll break down which of these massive films are confirmed, and which aren’t confirmed, could appear, won’t appear, and why it’s all happening this way. Read More »

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JC Chandor Deepwater Horizon

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The Hunger Games Mockingjay

The first teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 took the form of a video message from the Capitol, in which President Snow (Donald Sutherland) cloaked his threats to the rebels in platitudes about peace and unity. In the second teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the rebels fight back with a message of their own. Watch it after the jump.

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The Expendables 3

Normally, the rating of a film isn’t particularly important. In fact, ratings can totally fail to represent the content of a film. When the Motion Picture Association of America gives a sweet movie like Boyhood an R and a huge, destructive movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction a PG-13, it’s obvious the association’s judgement is questionable. But every once in a while a rating indicates something significant about a film. Now another big summer franchise is about to go through a potentially telling ratings change.

After part one and two were rated R for “strong bloody violence,” The Expendables 3 has been rated PG-13, which suggests the franchise known for being so brutal might have been toned down. Read More »

They Came Together

They Came Together, directed and co-written by David Wain, is a madcap, off the wall, comedic send-up of the romantic comedy genre that goes so far over the top, you won’t believe it. The cast is a who’s who of comedy, from stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler to supporting actors Melanie Lynskey and Jason Mantzoukas, all the way down to scene stealers like Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper. There are a lot of laughs, an ambitious premise and I think a lot of people are going to like the movie. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people.

I may, however, grow to be one of those people. The brilliance of Wain’s comedy is that it can be so unexpected and off-putting that sometimes time and familiarity can make a movie funnier than it feels on the first viewing. However, on my first viewing, I felt They Came Together tried to be shocking so many times, and failed more often than not, that I couldn’t get into it. It’s so incessantly obsessed with the next joke, it skips everything in-between. Read More »

The Hunger Games Mockingjay teaser

The Lionsgate marketing team continues to knock it out of the park with the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser. Rather than dishing out the usual 20-second melange of explosions and one-liners, they’ve delivered a beautifully creepy piece of Capitol propaganda, read by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) himself.

At first, the video seems innocuous enough, with Snow extolling the virtues of peace and unity and whatnot. Then the camera pulls back to reveal his new friend, and… well, see for yourself. Hit the jump for the full The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser.

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They Came Together clip

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The latest clip from the romcom parody features Poehler as a quirky candy shop owner, and Helms as the accountant who has the hots for her. Obviously, any romance between them is doomed to fail since he’s not the one whose face is on the poster. (Paul Rudd is.) But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the supremely awkward way he makes his move. Watch the latest They Came Together clip after the jump.

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The Expendables 3 trailer

From James Gray’s The Immigrant to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, there’s no shortage of thoughtful, nuanced pictures out this summer. But sometimes, you don’t want thoughtful and nuanced. Sometimes, you just want to turn your brain off for a couple hours and watch famous people blow stuff up real good.

That’s where The Expendables 3 comes in. The latest entry in the summer blockbuster franchise brings together Sylvester StalloneArnold SchwarzeneggerJason Statham, Jet LiHarrison FordMel Gibson, and so many more for a noisy adventure that involves big-ass guns, expensive explosions, gravity-defying motorcycle stunts, and, well, pretty much everything else we’ve come to expect from an Expendables movie. Watch the Expendables 3 trailer after the jump.

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