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The Lego Movie will be followed by several big screen sequels and spin-offs. The direct sequel just landed a director and will be out in 2018. A Ninjago spin-off will come out in 2016 and the Lego Batman spin-off will be out in 2017. But we now know that’s not all. We’re going to get a sort-of sequel later this year. Just not on the big screen.

LEGO has announced later this year, their LEGOLAND theme parks and Discover Centers will debut a brand new 4D short film based on The Lego Movie, featuring Emmet and Wyldstyle. Read more about the new LEGOLAND Lego Movie ride below. Read More »

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Sony Pictures and Disney have officially announced that Marvel Studios will produce the next Spider-Man movie. Feel that? Marvel fans around the world are jumping up and down with excitement as they will finally get to see Peter Parker join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and possibly share the screen with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America. Read more about the Spiderman Marvel Studios announcement after the jump.

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Party Down

Aspiring actors, disillusioned suburbanites, and little plastic men figure in today’s edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The Fight Club comic book sequel launches in May
  • China and France will get to see Taken 3 in 3D
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5 adds a few more mates
  • Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a new poster
  • Martin Starr says a Party Down movie is “unlikely”
  • The Lego Movie 2 will introduce Emmet’s sister

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The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1

Katniss is going big for her final blowout. Lionsgate has announced that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 will be released this fall in IMAX and IMAX 3D, as well as plain old normal-sized-screen 2D.

That makes The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 the first Hunger Games film to open in 3D in the U.S. (Mockingjay, Part 1 played in 3D in China.) The news also brings the franchise back to the IMAX format. The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire both hit the jumbo screens, but IMAX opted to show Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar over The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 last year.

Learn more about The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 IMAX 3D release after the jump. Read More »

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Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes on July 17 as the world’s tiniest superhero finally hits the big screen. Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed, is finally coming after years of development, and the first trailer for the film is here.

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a thief who teams up with genius Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to attempt to hide Pym’s incredible technology which can shrink him to the size of an ant. The film co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña and Judy Greer.

The Ant-Man trailer premiered during the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter but you can watch right now, right here.  Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets closer and closer in this edition of Star Wars Bits, where you can read about the following:

  • Star Wars Celebration will feature the first ever 3D screening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
  • They will also screen the Original Trilogy on the big screen.
  • Andy Serkis has high praise for J.J. Abrams and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • See a piece of concept art from The Force Awakens of a new TIE Fighter.
  • A list of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys is vague, but packed with cool tidbits.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys will NOT be show at Toy Fair.
  • Aaron Paul responds to the rumor of his inclusion in a Star Wars standalone movie.
  • See the cover of Star Wars #2.
  • Read fan letters from the original Star Wars comics.

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Star Wars and Jurassic Park aren’t the only classic franchises up for a revival this year. This November brings The Peanuts Movie, the first-ever full-length feature film based on Charles M. Schulz‘s beloved characters.

Though the new film gives the old property a 21st century makeover — complete with CG and 3D — it retains the same timeless quality of the source material. Or it tries to, anyway. We’ll see how that turns out when the movie actually premieres. Watch the new The Peanuts Movie trailer after the jump.

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Grandmaster 3D trailer

There is now a fourth version of Wong Kar Wai‘s most recent film, The Grandmaster. Originally released in 2013 in a 130-minute Chinese version, then a 122-minute “international” version, and finally in a streamlined and substantially-different 108-minute US version, the film has been converted to 3D for re-release in China. This new 3D cut is based mostly on the US version — so it loses entirely some characters from the longer cuts — but also features some new footage. See what you can spot in the Grandmaster 3D trailer (actually, trailers) below. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies review

Note: This review originally ran on December 9. We’ve republished now that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is in theaters.

Every time Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, we expect something special. All of his Lord of the Rings films got Best Picture nominations and while The Hobbit films haven’t lived up to the achievement of the first three movies, they’ve had their moments. In my reviews of An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug I found things to like about each film, despite their flaws.

So, following the trajectory of the first trilogy, I hoped The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be the best of the bunch. Imagine my disappointment to find out it was the opposite. Below, read our Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies review. Read More »

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