Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director

The summer movie season is officially over and that means its time to wrap up our 2014 Summer Movie Wager. If you are unclear, every year a group of us attempt to predict which films will be the top ten of the summer season. You get points for being as accurate as possible.

Like most summers, 2014 was filled with surprises and familiarity. The biggest surprise? Guardians of the Galaxy. In just four weeks, it outgrossed every other film of the summer including massive hits like Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and more. What wasn’t a surprise? Almost everything else. Of the three contestants (myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata) we all got at least 9 of the 10 films in the top ten right. The order was another story and is what finally declared a winner.

Below, check out the final point totals and watch our wrap-up video podcast.  Read More »

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Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy

With Summer 2014 approaching its conclusion, its time to look back and inventory the blockbuster season. For the last few years, the Summer movie season has been filled with a lot of disappointment. This year, however, a lot of great films hit theaters. My top twelve best movies of Summer 2014 list is comprised of a mix of big Hollywood blockbusters and some smaller independent films which played Sundance and other film festivals earlier in the year. Some of these may have flown under your radar. Which films made my top ten movies of Summer 2014? Hit the jump and find out.
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The Expendables 3

Get to know The Expendables 3‘s new recruits and new mission in two new TV spots. Also after the jump:

  • Roberto Orci isn’t 100% set for Star Trek 3 just yet
  • Zachary Quinto drops some Star Trek 3 plot hints
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes writers talk sequels
  • Katherine Heigl wants a 27 Dresses sequel
  • Douglas Smith joins the new Terminator movie
  • The next Hobbit gets a new official synopsis
  • Will we get big Godzilla 2 news at Comic-Con?
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 is flying to China

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The Sound of ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is so awesome. It’s everything you want in a big summer blockbuster. Action, romance, surprises, suspense, yet for some reason it hasn’t struck a cultural chord like many people expected it to. However, it’s not over yet for Hiccup and Toothless.

In its second week at the box office, the film crossed $100 million domestic and will pass $200 worldwide later in its third week. Plus, it was the number one movie on a daily basis in its second week. That indicates staying power. Sure that’ll change thanks to Optimus Prime and the gang but there’s still plenty of time for film goers looking for a dynamite time at the movies to find How to Train Your Dragon 2, a beautiful and rewarding movie in every way.

And when I say “in every way” I mean that. The Soundworks Collection has done a video detailing the sound work in the film. It’s great watch to see some of the small details that can regularly go unnoticed in a film of this size and scope. Read More »

TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas

Gallery Nucleus has once again teamed with Dreamworks Animation for an art show celebrating the company’s How To Train Your Dragon film series. The How To Train Your Dragon art was created as a tribute to the movies by artists on the film’s creative team, curated specifically for this art exhibit. While the show does have some beautiful original works of art, those are a bit pricey — so I wanted to showcase some of the more affordable limited edition prints they have released (available to purchase online). The piece above is my favorite from the series, TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas. Hit the jump to check out my favorite pieces from the How To Train Your Dragon art show.

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Fast and Furious 7 - Vin Diesel and James Wan

It’s theoretically possible that someday we’ll run out of sequel news to discuss. Today is not that day. After the jump:

  • Chef‘s Emjay Anthony also joins Insurgent
  • Cam Neely isn’t sure if he’s in Dumb and Dumber To
  • Here’s how you can be an extra in Pitch Perfect 2
  • Vin Diesel might be slowing down Fast & Furious 7
  • William Eubank has ideas for a The Signal 2
  • What was Guillermo del Toro‘s contribution to How to Train Your Dragon 2?
  • Did you notice the subtle coming-out in HTTYD2?
  • Watch a cute trailer for Dolphin Tale 2

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/Filmcast Ep. 276 – How to Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Artwork

Dave, Devindra, Jeff, and Germain discuss the how dumb the new Dumb and Dumber trailer is, get psyched for an upcoming appearance of Aquaman, and praise some upcoming indie films. Be sure to read up on why Orange is the New Black is the new Hill Street Blues, and The Last Disposable Action Hero.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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We here at /Film love How To Train Your Dragon. In fact, our own David Chen saw it in theaters seven times. Seven. Times. So it’s been a long four years as we waited for director Dean DeBlois to show us the second chapter in his family fantasy story, based on the books by Cressida Cowell.

That day is finally here. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is now in theaters bringing us the return of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Astrid (America Ferrara), Stoick (Gerald Butler) and, of course, Toothless. A few years have passed since the end of the first film and a lot of changed in Berk. Things will get especially different with the gang runs into a group of dragon trappers who open the doors to a wild, expansive story that’s bigger and more emotional than the first one in every way.

Below, we encourage you to talk about How to Train Your Dragon 2. What did you think? Is it better than the first one? What was the biggest surprise? Did the trailer “spoiler” ruin anything for you? Talk all about How to Train your Dragon 2 below. Read More »

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