What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2015?

Furious 7

Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.

To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.

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avengers 2 deleted scene

I’ve gone the record many times that I’m a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will do so again here: I am a big fan of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I like its weird energy and how jam-packed with stuff it is. I love the banter between these characters and I love watching their relationships put through the grinder. Marvel’s name may be above the title, but this is a Joss Whedon movie thorough and through – you come out of this shiny, colorful, pop culture extravaganza feeling a little roughed up. It’s his way.

Any yet, I’ll be the first to admit that it feels like there are pieces of the story missing and important beats excised. This is especially evident on repeat viewings, where you can really start to see unnecessary, studio-mandated scenes (like Thor’s dumb cave adventure) butting heads with the stuff that actually matters. A new deleted scene from the film has been revealed as part of that new Marvel Cinematic Universe phase 2 box set and it feels like the kind of thing that really should have been in the final cut… and not just because it’s a fight scene between Thor and Vision.

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Avengers Age of Ultron - Natasha and Bruce

Iron Man’s got his high-tech suit, Captain America’s got his super-soldier serum, Hulk’s got his gamma ray-induced rage powers, and Hawkeye’s got his Katniss Everdeen-level archery skills. But the Avengers’ true secret weapon might be bromance.

Any blockbuster can offer city-destroying CG mayhem, and these days most of them do. What makes the MCU the MCU is all the stuff that happens in between — the quips, the bickering, the friendship, the flirting. Take away the superpowers and high-tech gadgets and megalomaniacal robots, and you’re left with the foundation for a solid ensemble romcom.

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The 2015 Summer Movie Wager: Results and Podcast

jurassic world trilogy

David, Jeff, Peter Sciretta, and Germain reconvene to discuss the results of their 2015 box office summer movie wager results. Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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marvel cinematic universe phase two collectors set

Disney Home Entertainment has announced they will be releasing the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two Collection as an Amazon exclusive for this holiday season. Hit the jump for details on this 13-disc Blu-ray set.

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Big Hero 6 Avengers mash-up

Earlier this week, the world of Disney’s animated movies was combined with the studio’s own forthcoming blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens in an impressive trailer mash-up. And now Disney’s recent animated comic book sensation Big Hero 6 meets their live-action cash cow The Avengers: Age of Ultron in another very well done trailer mash-up.

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Captain America FDNY helmet

Who did Jared Leto turn to for advice on the Joker? Is a new Justice League show coming? Which Scarlet Witch storyline does Elizabeth Olsen want to make? What would a Punisher Netflix series look like? How would S.H.I.E.L.D. star Brett Dalton fix Hydra’s image problem? Who would win in a fight, Drax or Black Adam? What do the Marvel Cinematic Universe and War and Peace have in common? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Superman

What’s the latest on Josh Boone‘s New Mutants? Who’s directing Jessica Jones? When will Batman: Arkham Knight return to PC? What happens when Superman oversleeps? Has the Arrow / Flash crossover episode started shooting? What would the Justice League look like as D&D characters? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Want a better look at Jay Garrick in The Flash? Which Batman is Chris O’Donnell‘s favorite? Is Wonder Woman getting her own Batman v Superman statue? Which heroes are coming to Marvel Future Fight? How did the stunts in Avengers: Age of Ultron come together? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Marvel head Kevin Feige and Avengers producer Jeremy Latchem  - the future of the marvel cinematic universe

Disney held an event at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to celebrate the home video release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (which hits stores and VOD on October 2nd 2015). They unveiled a new Tyler Stout print for the film, and Marvel head Kevin Feige and Avengers producer Jeremy Latchem were on hand for an extensive 26 minute question and answer session.

As with most of these Question and Answer sessions, the queries thrown at Feige began at the Avengers sequel but quickly diverted to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, The Avengers: Infinity War and Jon Watts’ Spider-Man reboot. Its so much that we’re going to divide this into two posts. This first post will focus on how Marvel plotted the Infinity stones in phase one and two and the upcoming phase three leading to The Avengers: Infinity War. Here is what is answered:

  • When will we see the final two Infinity Stones?
  • When did they know that they would start introducing the Infinity Gems?
  • Was making the Tesseract an Infinity Stone planned after the fact?
  • Will Avengers: Infinity War be an end of the story told thus far?
  • Has the entire story leading to the conclusion in The Avengers: Infinity War Part II been planned out already?
  • Were the Avengers: Age of Ultron visions a prediction of the future that could come in Infinity War?

After the jump you can check out the Tyler Stout Avengers Age of Ultron poster that premiered at the event. You can also watch the entire question and answer session captured on video. I believe I was the only one in attendance who was recording video, so while you might read some choice quotes elsewhere — this is a bit of an exclusive.

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