Hobbit Unexpected Journey Bilbo

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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Todd PhillipsThe Hangover Part III hits theaters soon and… wait… it came out already? And I saw it? I literally have no memory of that. Are you sure? The Blu-ray is already out? Wow.

Yes, The Hangover Part III did come out this summer and the Blu-ray is now in stores. It’s an odd, flat finale to the hugely popular comedy franchise, which may be part of the reason audiences didn’t embrace it like the first two. However, just because the film wasn’t particularly memorable doesn’t make its stars any less awesome. Case in point, a short clip of outtakes just came online featuring Zach Galifianakis being flat-out hilarious in two moments that would have fit in the first two films, but didn’t make it into the third one. Check it out below. Read More »

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The Hangover Part III isn’t much of a comedy. It wants to be funny (I think) but there are stretches without even an attempt at a joke. It’s closer to a hallucinogenic drama, decorated occasionally with an bloom of laughter. There are wild moments, but compared to the first two movies this one pushes the needle towards a different form of “outrageous.” (The most conventionally extreme jokes come when a mid-credits stinger scene goes straight for what viewers of the second film jeered: a flat-out reprise of the scenario from the original film.)

The focus this time is Zach Galifianakis as the damaged, nearly deranged Alan. Entitled and abusive, Alan is domineering at home and ever more reckless in the wild. His grossly disastrous attempt to domesticate a giraffe leads to horror at home; soon his wolf pack “friends” from the previous two films unite to stage an intervention. The Hangover Part III doesn’t go very far with the intervention idea, because further trouble takes precedence. A gangster once robbed by Lesley Chow (Ken Jeong) coerces the guys into tracking Chow, and life goes off the rails once more.

Director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote with Craig Mazin, seems stuck halfway between two extremes. On one side there’s a super-dark movie about mental illness; on the other there’s an Id-indulging comedy. In a way that is almost perversely appropriate for a film series about hijacked plans, The Hangover Part III never gets close to either point.

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Four years after The Hangover blew up their careers in a big way, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are circling back to close that chapter of their careers once and for all. Or at least until Warner Bros. realize these movies are still making a ton of money and they need to make more of them.

A new red-band trailer has dropped for The Hangover Part III, the last planned installment of the comedy franchise. As always, red-band means NSFW, so take a look around before you hit the jump to check it out.

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Briefly: The biggest box office battle this summer is on Memorial Day, when The Hangover Part III battles Fast and Furious 6. (With Blue Sky’s Epic bringing up the rear.) Well, the Wolfpack has just fired the first shot across the bow, as it’ll now open on Thursday May 23 instead of May 24. That should give it a slight head start on winning the competitive weekend. [ERC Box Office]

Antonio Banderas Haywire

Posters, quotes, casting and replacements are all part of this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Sam Worthington discusses the Avatar sequels and a possible third Clash of the Titans film.
  • The Hangover Part III Twitter account has revealed some more character posters.
  • Is Antonio Banderas joining The Expendables III?
  • Benjamin Bratt replaces Al Pacino in Despicable Me 2.
  • Listen to Star Trek Into Darkness writers Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci talk secrets, fan influence, and villains.
  • The poster for Grown Up 2 is a throwback.
  • Actress Sophia Myles joins Transformers 4.
  • Michelle Rodriguez confirms the villain for Fast and Furious 7.
  • Check out an image of FEMA’s role in Godzilla.
  • Check out the cover of the Art of 300: Rise of an Empire book.

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2013 Summer Wager

Did you think the end of the Totally Rad Show would mark the end of the annual Slashfilm/Totally Rad Show Summer Movie Box Office Wager? Well, you were right! The wager, as you once knew it, is gone. But we always have so much fun with the contest that Peter Sciretta, Jeff Cannata and I decided we had to keep the tradition alive in some way.

Which brings us to the latest bonus episode of the /Filmcast: The 2013 Summer Movie Wager between me, Peter, and Jeff, formerly of the Totally Rad Show and soon to be host of Newest Latest Best.

We discussed which films we felt would be the top ten highest grossing films of the summer and, oddly enough, our opinions varied wildly. Below, you can listen to the full episode, download it, and see our lists. Read More »

Michael Bay Dark Of Moon

Watch out, Texas: Michael Bay‘s Autobots and Decepticons are coming to destroy your towns. Also after the jump:

  • Woman in Black: Angels of Death adds two young Brit stars
  • Sorry romcom fans, Bridget Jones 3 isn’t coming anytime soon
  • Transformers 4 continues casting; Bay talks character redesigns
  • Ray Liotta chats about the Sin City and The Muppets sequels
  • Paul Verhoeven had fun watching the Total Recall remake fail
  • Cozy up to the cutest cast member from The Hangover Part III
  • Disney parks reveal big summer plans for Monsters University

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