Paddington

Paddington hit a snag this summer when lead voice actor Colin Firth dropped out, with both sides mutually agreeing that he “didn’t seem to fit.” After a few weeks of searching, Ben Whishaw was brought on as his replacement. Today, we finally have our first listen at Whishaw’s take on the beloved Brit bear thanks to a new Paddington trailer. Check it out after the jump.

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William Eubank The Signal

The Signal director William Eubank (above, left) is switching gears. After turning in two well-regarded sci-fi films, he’s diving into a period drama called World Breaker, about a medieval Scottish warlord defending his castle. Warner Bros. will distribute. Hit the jump for more on the William Eubank World Breaker project.

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Battle of the Five Armies length

Peter Jackson doesn’t shy away from the idea of making epic-length stories, and of creating conflicts within them that match the overall scope of his Middle-Earth films. The Lord of the Rings films are known for absolutely massive battles, but the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one which actually features the word “battle” in its title. Accordingly, the actual Battle of the Five Armies will be truly massive: 45 minutes long.

Along with a bit of info on the battle, we’ve got the film’s final poster, a couple other great pieces of art, and one more detail. When the final Hobbit film hits theaters, it will be accompanied by a theatrical preview of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read More »

Man Who Killed Don Quixote casting

Jack O’Connell may well be the next big guy to watch. After his stint on Skins, he showed up in 300: Rise of an Empire and ’71, and received rave notes for his work in Starred Up. Holding the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken means that half the families in the US are going to know his face after that film opens at Christmas. And now he might be the man for Terry GilliamThe Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He would play, according to the most recent draft of the script, a guy who is connected to a Don Quixote movie which has had a fairly undesirable effect on some audiences. Read More »

Last Witch Hunter release

Briefly: Vin Diesel has your Halloween entertainment all covered for next year. Lionsgate has set his fantasy actioner The Last Witch Hunter for October 23, 2015, where it’ll be up against Jon M. Chu’s Jem and the Holograms and an untitled horror film from Warner Bros.

Directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), The Last Witch Hunter stars Diesel as an immortal witch hunter who is the last of his kind. (You know, like the title says.) When a group of covens in modern-day New York threaten to unleash a plague on humanity, he must join forces with his natural enemy, a female witch played by Rose Leslie.

Julie Engelbrecht plays the villainous Witch Queen. Elijah Wood and Michael Caine also star in the film, which will wrap shooting in December. [Lionsgate]

‘The Crow’ Reboot to Shoot in Early 2015

The Crow

With Devil’s Night just around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to check on The Crow reboot that’s been brewing for the past couple of years. In a recent interview, producer Ed Pressman revealed that the revenge thriller (which he describes as the “anti-Spider-Man”) was aiming to shoot early next year.

However, they have a few pieces they have to get in place first, including a lead actor. Hit the jump for the latest updates on The Crow remake.

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Hobbit in-flight video

We’ve all slept through in-flight safety videos dozens (if not hundreds) of times. But most don’t have Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and other Hobbit cast members. Few feature the scenery of Middle-Earth, and effects that would make a micro-budget film weep. In fact, only one other video does: the last in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand. Now the company has a new video, dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Watch this new Hobbit in-flight video below. Read More »

Smaug mo-cap

We’re pretty familiar with the sight of good actors jumping and rolling about in mo-cap suits while doing performance capture work for effects-based films. We’re especially familiar with that image when it comes to Peter Jackson‘s Middle-Earth movies. And yet there’s something special about seeing Benedict Cumberbatch, whose on-screen presence radiates control and composure, crawling on his belly and fire-breathing dialogue for the worm Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. A few short featurettes about the creation of the dragon, and the Smaug mo-cap work, have gone online. They’re probably more fun than at least half the other stuff you could be watching. Check out a few below. Read More »

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