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Marvel loves to leave fans wanting more. Thats the reason the credits of every satisfying-on-it’s-own movie from the company contains a tease of what’s next. In that grand tradition, during a fan screening of the new Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King in Los Angeles, CA Monday night, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige thanked attendees by screening the first 10 minutes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As if the film and Q&A with he, Sir Ben Kingsley and Drew Pearce wasn’t enough.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

In May 2012, I was invited to a private screening of the Star Wars prequels that had been edited down into one 85-minute movie by actor Topher Grace. I was one of a couple bloggers that were invited the the screening. My report on the Star Wars re-edit went EVERYWHERE. The actor never expected that news of the screening would have exploded in the way that it did.

“Wanna know how many people it takes to set the internet on fire?” Grace asked Chris Hardwick on a recent episode of the Nerdist podcast. “It’s two bloggers, which we happened to invite. I was trending #1 on twitter [and didn't even have a twitter account at the time].”

It was one of those headlines that had “viral” built into every word. Star Wars fans who were disappointed by the prequels were interested to read just what changes Grace had made to the trilogy. Others were just happy to socially share an article about how some actor took George Lucas’ 7-hour saga and was able to edit it down to 85 minutes.

Last week I received an invite to Topher Grace’s next “remix” private screening, this time a re-edit of Steven Spielberg‘s Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Topher Grace even cut a trailer for his CE3K remix, which you can watch embedded below:

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Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit 1

Jack Ryan isn’t a new character by any means. Between 1990 and 2002, he was played by three different actors across four separate movies. So to keep him fresh, the next installment of the series is going back to the character’s early days, when he was just a CIA analyst who got in way over his head.

As actor Chris Pine explained at a recent footage screening, the Jack Ryan of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is “a man that actually shakes and deals with the repercussions” when he’s thrust into violent situations, “unlike a Bourne or a Bond.” Indeed, the footage shown at a special presentation in New York this week has Jack looking downright freaked out after he’s forced to go mano-a-mano with a baddie.

Hit the jump to read a recap of the scenes we saw, plus some quotes from Pine about his character.

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Monday, November 4 was a fine day for Tolkien nerds. In addition to releasing details on the extended scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and new posters and a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Warner Bros. also hosted a multi-city fan event attended by Peter Jackson and several cast members.

The director kicked off the proceedings with his latest production diary (which you can see after the jump), followed by a Q&A with fans all across the globe. However, the real centerpiece of the event was in the new footage they showed — six scenes’ worth, totaling roughly twenty minutes. We also got to hear the new theme by Ed Sheeran, “I See Fire.” Hit the jump for highlights from the event plus a footage recap.

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Saving-Mr-Banks

Saturday’s live-action panel at D23 closed with the studio’s big awards-season hopeful, the making-of drama Saving Mr. Banks. Directed by John Lee Hancock from a Black List script by Kelly Marcel, the drama depicts Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) in his years-long effort to convince author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to fork over the rights to her Marry Poppins books.

We’ve already seen bits of footage from the film thanks to the trailer, but three new scenes were shown at the event. Hit the jump to read all about them.

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Thor The Dark World Hemsworth Portman

With D23 in full swing, Disney seized the opportunity to show off a new clip from Thor: The Dark World, due out in theaters this fall. Stars Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins were on hand to present the scene, which depicts Jane’s first day in Asgard. “I didn’t check her passport,” joked Hopkins, who plays Odin. “She’s so beautiful, she belongs in Asgard.”

Despite her godly good looks, however, Jane’s introduction to the realm doesn’t go too smoothly. Hit the jump for a description of the exclusive footage screened at D23.

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Toy Story of Terror

Pixar’s second release of 2013 is coming soon to a TV near you. Disney announced today that the 30-minute special Toy Story of Terror will premiere just in time for Halloween, appropriately enough on ABC.

As for what we can expect from the Angus MacLane-directed project, the studio has shown the first ten minutes at this weekend’s D23. Hit the jump to get a recap of the footage, as well as plot details and more.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Concept 3

One year after Guardians of the Galaxy was officially announced at Comic-Con, the Guardians of the Galaxy cast and crew descended upon Hall H with the first footage from the new movie. Guardians is in Day 13 or 14 of shooting in London, but the team took the day off to fly into San Diego for Comic-Con. They were rewarded with an enthusiastic reception.

Director James Gunn and stars Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pratt were at the panel to present the reel, as well as to dish out a few spare details about their characters. Hit the jump to get the details.

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