Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games Catching Fire

There aren’t many who could beat Tony Stark in a fair fight, but Katniss Everdeen is one of them. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has just become the highest-grossing release of 2013, narrowly beating out Iron Man 3. Which is pretty remarkable in itself, but is even more impressive when you consider that it’s the first female-led film to come out on top since The Exorcist in 1973. Hit the jump for more on Katniss’ box office supremacy.

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What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.

But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.

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For illegal downloaders, the biggest film of 2013 wasn’t a 2013 film at all, but a big-budget fantasy epic from late 2012. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the list of the most pirated movies of the past twelve months, beating out the likes of Django Unchained, Fast & Furious 6, and Iron Man 3.

The massively budgeted, insanely popular Hobbit is a far less surprising “winner” than last year’s champion, the found-footage party comedy Project X. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few unusual results among the top 10 — like Gangster Squad, the little-seen, little-talked-about crime drama from January. Hit the jump to check out the list.

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What’s the latest update from the costume designer of Batman vs. Superman? How is Norman Osborn being introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Is there a new bad guy being introduce into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Did Scarlett Johansson think The Avengers was going to work? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

The Top 5 Action Scenes of 2013

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All things considered, 2013 was a pretty great year for cinema. But it was a particularly good year for action film fans. With a few exceptions, most action that I saw in movies was pretty competently shot and edited. I was dazzled by the martial arts of Man of Tai Chi, gripped by the boat raiding of Captain Phillips, and temporarily entertained by the barrel-riding of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But even beyond those moments, there were a few action scenes that really stuck out to me. I think of them as the scenes that gave me a “holy shit!” moment, prompting me to exclaim (internally or verbally) disbelief at what I’d just witnessed.

After the jump, you’ll find my personal top 5 Action Scenes of 2013. You will disagree with them! I know the other guys at /Film already have. Thus, I heartily encourage you to share your own choices in the comments, and celebrate the year of action films with me.

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Why are the voice actors of Batman and Superman fighting? How did Jimmy Kimmel reedit Thor: The Dark World? Does Christopher Nolan show up in the Man of Steel extras? Who is reportedly the front-runner for the lead in the Batman vs. Superman movie? Want to learn more about The Defenders? How about see a new Iron Man 3 effects reel? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Last week, Ben Kingsley got the attention of Marvel fans everywhere when he revealed he’d filmed a “secret project” for the studio. Kingsley had seemingly finished his role as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, but this new information brought up a plethora of possibilities regarding the character. Studio President Kevin Feige wouldn’t comment on the quote, but basically acknowledged Kingsley had filmed something.

Well now, the Marvel masters at Latino-Review claim to have information on the “secret project.” First of all, it’s a One-Shot. That’s the non-spoiler. For more spoiler-filled information that’ll make your head spin, read below. Read More »

Ben Kingsley Shot a “Secret Project” for Marvel

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Marvel hired Sir Ben Kingsley to play The Mandarin, and wrote for him a character that was one of the most ballsy and brilliant (and therefore, to some, horrible) treatments of a Marvel character to hit film. Kingsley’s Iron Man 3 role certainly got people talking, and for my money the crux of the character was one of the most effective blockbuster moments of the year so far.

So it’s good to hear that the actor might not be done with the character just yet. While doing the press rounds for Ender’s Game, Kingsley told one outlet that he’s already shot something else for Marvel. But what is the project? Read More »

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