Halt and Catch Fire teaser

The title Halt and Catch Fire makes this new AMC show sound like a strange thriller, but it’s really about the expansion of the PC market after IBM rose to prominence. That said, the show does look like a thriller to some extent, as a set of characters — primarily Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark, and Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe — exploit particular aspects of IBM’s design to create their own personal computer. Check out a Halt and Catch Fire teaser trailer below.

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The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

The second of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, both improves on the previous film, and regresses from some of its achievements. In 2012′s An Unexpected Journey, Jackson stretched the story of The Hobbit to a breaking point. Sequences that were mere blips in the book became much longer, hurting the pacing immensely. At the start of this second film, Jackson picks up the pace considerably and, in just over an hour, our characters are at their final destination: The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, there’s still an hour and a half to go (plus another movie) which means that briefly improved, upbeat pace comes to a screeching halt. Plus that rushed first hour glosses over some of the most famous scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book.

Besides the major pacing problems, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has lots of good things going for it, including more rousing action, great performances by new characters, and several beautiful new settings. But all of those don’t save the film from being considerably divisive.

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The page has turned from October to November and that means the Fall movie season is really kicking into high gear. Besides all the Oscar-hopefuls, Hollywood releases a whole other block of potential blockbusters, and one of the biggest this year will be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson‘s second part of The Hobbit opens December 13, and will continue the story of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and a team of dwarves on their way to reclaim the riches of the Lonely Mountain.

One new theatrical poster and seven character posters for the sequel have just been released showing the principal actors — including characters played by Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace and Luke Evans – ready for action. Check them out below. Read More »

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Next week, Hobbit fans can head to theaters to see brand new footage from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. On November 4, Warner Bros. is hosting a worldwide theatrical fan event to celebrate the upcoming sequel, which will include a Q&A with several of the film’s stars. While the event will take place in cities all over the world, the four host cities – New York, Los Angeles, London and Wellington – will have stars in attendance, all linked by satellite, answering your questions.

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Bilbo’s unexpected journey continues this winter with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Warner Bros. has a new banner out to show off some of the sights to come.

Whereas the last film’s marketing campaign was stuffed with dwarves, only the prettiest and most popular make the cut this time around. (Though you can barely make out a few of the others in the background, if you squint.) Instead, the artwork makes room for a couple of new characters, like Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans), along with old favorites like Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Check it out after the jump.

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UPDATE: We’ve added a secondand  banner featuring Lee Pace as the Elvenking, Thranduil and Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman

Coming out of Telluride, Toronto, Fantastic Fest and now the New York Film Festival, most of the Fall movie talk has been focused on awards contenders. Among film fans, films like Rush, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave have all the buzz moving into the Fall. But the people who don’t follow festival coverage are still probably focused on the big blockbusters, and one of the biggest will have a new trailer Tuesday.

That movie, of course, is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opening December 13. In anticipation of the trailer, which should drop at 9am EST Tuesday, Warner Bros. has released three cool new banners. Check it out below. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy

During Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man, Black Widow and Captain America are dealing with villains on Earth, Thor is back on Asgard and we assume Hulk and Hawkeye are around somewhere. But James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy also falls in the pre-Avengers: Age of Ultron release window. Just how connected its story is to The Avengers will be a big topic of discussion all the way up to August 1, 2014.

Based on comments and the Comic-Con panel, the prevailing belief is that Guardians (obviously) takes place in the same universe, but might not intersect with the Avengers gang before they tangle with Ultron. Now Marvel President Kevin Feige gives us a bit more information on that, revealing exactly when Guardians of the Galaxy takes place as well as who the main bad guy is. Read More »

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One year after Guardians of the Galaxy was officially announced at Comic-Con, the Guardians of the Galaxy cast and crew descended upon Hall H with the first footage from the new movie. Guardians is in Day 13 or 14 of shooting in London, but the team took the day off to fly into San Diego for Comic-Con. They were rewarded with an enthusiastic reception.

Director James Gunn and stars Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Benicio del Toro, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pratt were at the panel to present the reel, as well as to dish out a few spare details about their characters. Hit the jump to get the details.

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