Ernst Stavro Blofeld

For years, the world has been safe from Ernst Stavro Blofeld (above, played by Donald Pleasence in the first incarnation to show his face) and the evil SPECTRE organization, not because James Bond and his MI6 cohorts are just that good at their jobs, but because legal wrangling prevented recent Bond films from using the two villainous names.

But things have changed. Kevin McClory, who owns the names to those bad guys, passed away in 2006. A deal has now been struck between his estate and the Bond folks, giving Bond film producers rights to all of the McClory estate’s James Bond holdings. In other words, Blofeld is primed for his comeback.

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One of the characters set to debut in Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Beorn, a man who is sometimes a bear (or a bear who is sometimes a man). Beorn is gigantic, and accordingly, he has a home that is of such a size that normal human men look like hobbits when sitting at his table. That’s illustrator and designer John Howe at the table, above.

To shoot the film, Jackson’s crew built the entire outsized home, complete with gigantic furniture and props, so that the characters would look appropriately small in Beorn’s surroundings. A new featurette shows off the house, and as is the case with so many of the behind the scenes videos for Jackson’s tour of Middle-Earth, is a good way to spend a few minutes.  Read More »

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With shots that last less than a second, it’s possible to pack an impressive amount of information into a fifteen-second clip. That’s the case with this preview of the new trailer for the RoboCop remake. The trailer hits tomorrow, and this advance look comes from Entertainment Tonight, but thankfully it is free of talking heads and intrusive voiceover.

Puzzle out what this is really telling us about Jose Padilha‘s remake of the sci-fi satire by watching below.

Update: Additional video, both finished trailer footage and behind the scenes shots, has been added below. Read More »

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Today Peter Jackson and some of the cast of The Hobbit participated in a live-cast fan event, and in addition to all the new posters that hit earlier today, part of the proceedings was the debut of a new three-minute trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

There’s a hell of a lot here: from prophecy and adventure to a strong showing from Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman, more uncertainty from Martin Freeman as Bilbo, and conflicting senses of determination from Gandalf, Smaug, goblins, and more. It looks like things are really going to come to a head here, which leads one to wonder just what will be left for the third movie. Until we get answers to some big questions, enjoy what might be the best look yet at Jackson’s fifth trip to Middle-Earth. Read More »

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Here’s some appropriately gothic news for Halloween: MGM is working on another reboot of The Addams Family, this time as an animated feature. That might sound like old news to those who recall that Tim Burton was working on a stop-motion animated version a few years back, but in fact, this is a new incarnation altogether. Hit the jump to find out what we can expect from this latest take.

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This Halloween, there’s literally only one wide horror release and that’s Kimberly Peirce‘s remake of Carrie. That fact alone should make the film a hit, but this viral video can’t hurt either. A team of filmmakers, actors and stuntmen set up a fake coffee shop in New York City for the lone goal of freaking customers out when a young girl starts moving crap with her mind. And freak people out they did. Check it out below. Read More »

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The teaser trailer for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug showed a great tease of the appearance of the dragon Smaug. This time you get to hear him speak, in rumbling tones provided by Benedict Cumberbatch. This trailer also shows a few of the ways Jackson has extended the basic story of The Hobbit to fill three movies. Most notably there’s a pre-Fellowship romance for Legolas (patterned seemingly after Aragorn’s own difficult love for an elf) and the threat of Sauron’s return. Read More »

Alex Murphy Glows and Glowers on First ‘RoboCop’ Poster

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The first trailer for Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake suggested an interesting mix of old and new, not unlike RoboCop himself. The basic premise hasn’t changed, and the promo contained plenty of nods to Paul Verhoeven’s original. But it’s also clear that, for better or for worse, Padilha’s version is its own thing, with whole new subplots, characters, and themes.

Now the first poster has landed, and it takes a similar approach. There’s a cute little reference to the 1987 film, but the sleek, modern aesthetic is a reminder that this is not your dad’s RoboCop. Or perhaps it’d be more appropriate to say this is your kid’s RoboCop, since those who were old enough to catch Verhoeven’s film when it first came out are probably parents themselves by now. Check out the poster after the jump.

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