Ben-Hur will be Summer 2016's Biggest Box Office Bomb

Summer 2016 has seen a fair share of box office disappointments and bombs, but the biggest loser is Timur Bekmambetov‘s remake of Ben-Hur which will see a projected loss of over $120 million. Learn more about the biggest money losers of this summer, after the jump.
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Michael Fassbender in Prometheus

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Michael Fassbender teases the return of David in Alien: Covenant as set pictures arrive online.
  • Vin Diesel mourns Paul Walker and confirms the return of another cast member i Fast 8.
  • Sia covers “Unforgettable” for Finding Dory.
  • Justin Lin takes responsibility for blowing up the Enterprise in Star Trek Beyond.
  • Disney releases two new Alice Through the Looking Glass Clips.

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Johnny Depp Mad Hatter Disneyland

Looking to get some promotional mileage for Alice Through the Looking Glass, hitting theaters in a couple of weeks, Disney staged a pretty cool stunt at Disneyland in Anaheim, California involving Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter.

Around the park there are plenty of advertisements for the forthcoming sequel, but one particular screen that was circulating through character posters was given a little modification. Johnny Depp was put into full wardrobe and make-up as The Mad Hatter and surprised fans by being livestreamed to the attendees of Disneyland as a living movie poster that could interact with the fans in real time. Watch the Johnny Depp Mad Hatter Disneyland stunt after the jump. Read More »

Alice Through the Looking Glass Trailer

This month (and the rest of the summer) is chock full of sequels. Captain America: Civil War just kicked off the blockbuster movie season with over $181 million at the box office for the fifth highest opening weekend of all time. Another comic book sequel is on the way with X-Men: Apocalypse arriving later this month, but the film will face some pretty big competition with Disney’s sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Through the Looking Glass finds the title character, played by Mia Wasikowska, away from Underland for a long while. And by the time she has returned from sailing the high seas, the magical place she saved and loved is being destroyed by Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). Not only that, but The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), her truest friend, seems to have forgotten all about her. It’s all explained in the new Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer and clips after the jump. Read More »


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Alice Through the Looking Glass

It’s been over six years since our last trip to Underland. In 2010, director Tim Burton reimagined Lewis Carroll‘s classic story with his box office hit, which made over a billion dollars worldwide. Burton decided not to return for the upcoming sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Instead, director James Bobin (The Muppets Movie) has stepped in to show a new side of both Alice and Underland.

We were recently invited to see footage from the sequel, in addition to participating in roundtable interviews with the filmmakers. Check out our Alice Through the Looking Glass preview below, and watch the latest trailer, below.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass spot

This weekend marked the start of Daylight Savings Time in the U.S., and that means the past 36 or so hours have been rough for a lot of folks. At some point in the wee hours of Sunday morning, an hour simply vanished into thin air, leaving us with one less hour to sleep, or work, or spend time with our families, or binge-watch House of Cards, or whatever else we’d normally do with that time.

Now a new Alice Through the Looking Glass spot wonders where that time went, and suggests Sacha Baron Cohen, as the embodiment of Time itself, might have had something to do with its disappearance. Check out the newest footage from the James Bobin-directed fantasy adventure below.  Read More »

Alice Through the Looking Glass TV Spot

Last night, ABC aired The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. The two-hour special was a star-studded celebration of Disney’s storied past, from Mickey Mouse to Beauty and the Beast to Star Wars: The Force Awakens… but the studio also took the chance to look forward at some of its upcoming offerings. In addition to new concept art for Star Wars Land, the studio also served up new footage from its three live-action fairy tales due out this year: Pete’s DragonThe Jungle Book, and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Mia Wasikowska returns for that last one as Alice, who get caught up in a race against Time — literally, since Time turns out to be a man played by Sacha Baron Cohen. The Alice in Wonderland sequel also features the returns of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, and the voice of Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, in what has turned out to be his final film. Watch the latest Alice Through the Looking Glass TV spot below.  Read More »

Alice Through the Looking Glass TV Spot

There are still another three months before Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in theaters, but Disney knows it can’t afford to be late for its very important date. So it’s wasting no time getting the word out for the fantasy sequel, which brings Alice (Mia Wasikowska) back to Wonderland.

James Bobin replaces Tim Burton in the director’s chair this time around, and Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans join returning stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny DeppHelena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Anne Hathaway in the cast. Watch the latest Alice Through the Looking Glass TV spot after the jump.  Read More »

Which Movies Will Have Ads at the Super Bowl?


The Super Bowl has to be the only television broadcast of the year where the ads are almost as eagerly hyped as the event itself. Even those who don’t know a touchdown from a tackle often tune in for the commercials, and with good reason: companies spend millions just staking out ad space during the game, and millions more to produce some of the slickest, funniest, weirdest, and generally most attention-grabby spots you’ll see all year.

That includes the major movie studios, which annually seize the event to pitch their biggest pictures to millions and millions of viewers. So which movie Super Bowl commercials can we expect to see this Sunday? Find out after the jump.

UPDATE: Since we first published this story, both Captain America: Civil War and Eddie the Eagle have teased Super Bowl spots. Read More »

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Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer

At last year’s San Diego Comic Con, I was shocked by the amount of people dressed up as Johnny Depp‘s loud and frightening take on the Mad Hatter. I’m always surprised by how much some people love the character, but then again, Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s book made over a billion dollars at the box office, so audiences clearly have a fondness for this world.

Burton didn’t return to direct the sequelAlice Through the Looking GlassJames Bobin (The Muppets) took over the reins, and we’ll what he’s come up with this summer.

Below, watch a Alice Through the Looking Glass TV spot.

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