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New Line Cinema and Warner Bros Pictures have released the first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. This comes in advance of the San Diego Comic-Con presentation for the Peter Jackson threequel this Saturday, July 26th 2014 in Hall H. See the full The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies poster after the jump.

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Thought we were finally past the vampire trend? Dracula Untold tries to prove there’s life in it still. As the title suggests, this isn’t just the story of a vampire but of the most iconic vampire who ever existed. And like most vampires, it turns out, he was a human once.

Specifically, he was a prince named Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) who just wanted to protect his family and his people from invading Turkish hordes. In desperation, he turns to dark forces and then becomes one himself. Hit the jump to watch the first Dracula Untold trailer.

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Luke Evans is one of those actors who constantly seems to be on the verge of breaking out, without quite getting there. He’s appeared in lots of high-profile projects (Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers, Immortals, The Raven) and even a couple of pretty good high-profile projects (The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6), without achieving household name status.

But he continues to try, and his next stab at superstardom will be this fall’s Dracula Untold. Directed by Gary Shore, Dracula Untold chronicles the origin story of the world’s most iconic vampire. As it turns out, he wasn’t always evil incarnate. In fact, the new Dracula Untold poster and image, released today, have a strong Dark Knight vibe to them. Get your first look at Dracula Untold after the jump.

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Patrick Hughes‘ remake of The Raid has been delayed. According to Variety, production was scheduled to start in September but that date has now been pushed to at least the first quarter of 2015. However, the film has not been put in turnaround, it just needs some time to get ready.

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Right around the time of Comic-Con 2012, Peter Jackson and his team decided The Hobbit was going to be three movies instead of two. Originally, the movies were called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but when another movie was added the third movie took the title of the second and the second one was named The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It’s in theaters now.

Obviously a third movie completely changed how Jackson and fellow writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh had to structure the films. Jackson has now revealed where the initial split between the two films would have occurred. Read More »

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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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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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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