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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Age of Ultron trailer release

If you’re breathlessly waiting to see real footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron, directed by Joss Whedon, you’ve only got one more week to go. The Age of Ultron trailer release is set to take place during Agents of SHIELD on Tuesday October 28.

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Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2 has been discussed for years, despite the fact that original writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have moved on to their own directing career and there’s no indication that original director Terry Zwigoff will return. Rather, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink was linked to the film, both as writer and director, then Doug Ellin (Entourage) was said to be a potential writer/director. Now star Billy Bob Thornton says the project is still developing. Read More »

Pee-Wee Herman

The back and forth surrounding a new Pee-Wee Herman movie feels like an elaborate prank Pee-Wee himself would be proud of. We hear it’s coming, we hear they’re close, star Paul Reubens comments, producer Judd Apatow comments, but we still don’t have anything concrete. That could change soon. Reubens is promoting the new release of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on Blu-ray and said that news on a new Pee Wee Movie is “very imminent.” Read his full quote below. Read More »

John Carter rights

John Carter wasn’t the franchise-launching film that Disney hoped for, and now we know for certain that it will be Disney’s only effort to exploit the Mars-set stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The studio no longer has the rights to the John Carter character, as that package has been regained by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the publishing company created by the author in 1923. With the John Carter rights back in hand, the company hopes to get the character out to a new studio for more films. Read More »

Hobbit Battle Five Armies character posters

So many sequels, so little time. So let’s get to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum isn’t so sure about 23 Jump Street
  • Magic Mike XXL could be in 3D (but probably won’t be)
  • Adam McKay is still planning to make Step Brothers 2
  • Producer Malek Akkad has a Halloween 3 update
  • Rumor has it Frank Grillo will lead Skyline 2
  • Jason Reitman offers a suggestion for Ghostbusters 3
  • See the Lorde-curated soundtrack list for Mockingjay
  • Billy Boyd will sing the final Hobbit credit song
  • Check out the new banner for Horrible Bosses 2

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drumline 2 trailer

Twelve years has passed since a young, cocky freshman named Devon Miles showed up at fictional Atlanta A&T University to be part of their marching band. That’s the set up of 2002′s cult hit Drumline, which starred Nick Cannon as the main character. Now, in real time both on screen and off, the character and actor are back for Drumline: A New Beat. Cannon is a producer and has a small role in the TV sequel, which follows the Atlanta A&T bands latest crop of students, now lead by star of the first film, Leonard Roberts.

We’ve seen a few clips from the film, but with the premiere coming up in less than a week, a full trailer is now out. Check out the full Drumline 2 trailer below. Read More »

James Wan to Direct ‘The Conjuring 2′

Conjuring 2 Director

Last night the news broke that New Line had pushed The Conjuring 2 out of 2015 and into an un-dated 2016 release window. We wondered if that had anything to do with the success of Annabelle, and if New Line might be thinking of making more spin-off movies based on the Warren case files, instead of doing a proper sequel. Turns out we were totally wrong — the delay is so that New Line could accommodate the Conjuring 2 director: a returning James WanRead More »

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