Four ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequels Announced

fantastic beasts sequels

It’s no secret that Warner Bros wants to reignite the Harry Potter franchise with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Today at the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them fan event, author J.K. Rowling announced that they were making five Fantastic Beasts movies in total. Hit the jump for more details on the Fantastic Beasts sequels.

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Mulan release date

Disney’s made a lot of money producing live-action remakes of their own animated classics, with recent hits like MaleficentCinderella, and The Jungle Book. Now the studio has just set a date for one more film in that vein. Mulan will be marching into theaters in 2018, 20 years after Disney’s animated version hit theaters. Casting for a Chinese actress to play the lead will get underway shortly.  Read More »

Avatar sequels

We have four Avatar sequels coming over the next seven years, with the first movie hitting theaters in 2017. Writer/Director James Cameron has revealed new details about Avatar 2 and the other Avatar sequels. Find out the details, after the jump.
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Daniel Danger's The Jungle Book print

Earlier this Summer it was revealed that Mondo would be teaming up with ACME Archives to produce licensed prints based on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Today I’m excited to tell you that Mondo has now struck a partnership with Cyclops Print Works, the company behind the amazing Disney prints from the past couple years. And we get to premiere the first collaboration exclusively:

In honor of The Jungle Book‘s Blu-Ray release on August 30th, 2016, Cyclops and Mondo have teamed up to release a print by artist Daniel Danger. We’ve featured Danger’s work many times over the years, and the atmospheric beauty has definitely made him one of our favorites. Hit the jump to see Daniel Danger’s The Jungle Book print and find out how you can get your hands on one of these bad boys.
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Chinese Audiences Are Getting Mad About 3D Gouging

Jason Bourne 3D China release

As the international box office and especially the Chinese box office becomes ever more important to Hollywood’s bottom line, studios and filmmakers have been bending over backward to find ways to pump more money out of overseas audiences. That could mean moving a shoot’s location or teaming with homegrown talents or companies; other times it might take the form of region-specific Easter eggs or additional scenes. And sometimes it’s a matter of charging more for admission by cranking out a 3D conversion.

But that latter strategy can backfire, as Universal Pictures has now learned. Earlier this week the studio released Jason Bourne in 3D in China, and while initial figures were good, audiences are apparently none too pleased with the film. If you guessed that it’s because 3D and shakycam make for a literally nauseating combination, congratulations, you’re already one step ahead of the studio.  Read More »

Kubo and the Two Strings Travis Knight interview

With Kubo and the Two Strings, the CEO & President of Laika, Travis Knight, makes his feature directorial debut. Knight’s 3D stop-motion / CG hybrid follows a brave young hero named Kubo (Art Parkinson), as he goes on an epic quest to retrieve what’s needed to defeat Raiden the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes). Along for the samurai’s emotional adventure are Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey).

The Japan-set film’s style was inspired by ink wash paintings, Noh theater, and period doll making. One of the biggest influences for Knight, besides the famous woodblock painter Kiyoshi Saito, was ukiyo-e (translation: pictures of the floating world). The director was most drawn to the work of Hokusai and Hiroshige, and the former’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa” clearly inspired the film’s opening sequence, which we talked about with Knight.

During our time with the filmmaker, we discussed the work Laika put into crafting some of Kubo and the Two Strings most visually stunning sequences, in addition to why they’ll never make sequels. Below, read our Travis Knight interview.

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Transformers: the Last Knight

The first poster for Michael Bay‘s fifth Transformers movie Transformers: The Last Knight has been released. While that may not sound unusual, it is — the sequel is still in the middle of principal photography. Hit the jump to see the Transformers: The Last Knight poster and let’s explore the escalation of movie marketing.

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Doctor Strange concept art

If you thought the visual effects in that last Doctor Strange trailer were mindbending in 2D, wait until you experience them in 3D. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says that sequences of Doctor Strange require 3D to “tell the dimensional story.” So how will the story translate when downgraded to traditional 2D projection? Find out about the Doctor Strange 3D, after the jump.

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Star Trek Beyond collectors print Cinemark

Paramount Pictures has again teamed up with Los Angeles-based art gallery Gallery 1988 to create a series of collectible posters for their latest film, Star Trek Beyond. The six Star Trek Beyond collector’s posters, created by Jeffrey Everett and Matt Taylor, will be given away this weekend as opening weekend giveaways at Star Trek Beyond 3D screenings in participating locations. Hit the jump to check out a first look at these exclusive Star Trek Beyond collector’s posters and find out which theaters you can see the movie at for a chance to take one of these home.

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Does Star Wars: Rogue One need an opening crawl? This is a conversation I had with friends months ago, but its now come to the forefront thanks to recent comments from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. So let’s dive in and explore the reasons I believe that Rogue One should have an opening crawl.

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