J.J. Abrams Star Wars Force Awakens

Wednesday, a very credible sounding rumor began to circulate that the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Well, we’ve heard from a very credible source that, with 100% certainty, the Star Wars 7 trailer won’t debut with Peter Jackson’s latest The Hobbit film. There’s a very strong likelihood it will play with that film but according to the source, Disney has “bigger plans” for the trailer debut than a simple attachment. What does that mean? When will it happen? We honestly don’t know. But we’ll offer up a few suggestions about the Star Wars 7 trailer release below. Read More »

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Star Wars The Force Awakens

The number one question fans have been asking over the past few weeks is when we’ll see a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That mystery may have now have an answer. One site has heard multiple reports, including one from the film’s assistant director, that it’ll be released with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which opens December 17. That would give Star Wars three straight December events on the same weekend from 2014-2016. Read More »

Hobbit Desolation Of Smaug header

Briefly: Peter Jackson‘s final journey to Middle Earth, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, opens December 17. Much like Warner Bros. did with the final Lord of the Rings film, they’re going to be hosting in theater trilogy marathons leading up to the opening.

Reports are The Hobbit Trilogy marathon is going to happen in select IMAX theaters on December 15 with tickets going on sale in the US Friday, November 14 (Other parts of the world have them already on sale). The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey would play at 1 p.m., The Desolation of Smaug at 4 p.m. and then The Battle of the Five Armies at 7 p.m. They’re all theatrical editions. Beyond that, no official details have been revealed, but we’ll update this post when that happens. For now, check your local theater. [The One Ring]

Final Hobbit trailer

Here’s the final trailer for Peter Jackson‘s final Middle-Earth film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We find Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) in control of his goal, the Lonely Mountain, and facing problems that might be even greater than the dragon Smaug. Specifically, forces from the re-awakened Sauron are tramping towards the Mountain, and Thorin and Bilbo (Martin Freeman) find themselves at the focal point of a titanic battle. Check out the final Hobbit trailer below.

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bond-car-skyfall

Get the latest updates on several sequels that are definitely happening, one that definitely is not, and one more that could really go either way. After the jump:

  • Bond 24 gets a polish from Edge of Tomorrow writer
  • Seriously, Michael Bay is not directing Transformers 5
  • Elijah Wood will not be in the next (and last) Hobbit movie
  • Don’t hold your breath for a Titanic sequel, says James Cameron
  • Guillermo del Toro says Pacific Rim 2 will have a script by spring
  • Bob Odenkirk describes Better Call Saul as “a total drama”
  • Noomi Rapace drops some hints about Prometheus 2
  • Could there be more Hunger Games movies after Mockingjay?

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Battle of the Five Armies length

Peter Jackson doesn’t shy away from the idea of making epic-length stories, and of creating conflicts within them that match the overall scope of his Middle-Earth films. The Lord of the Rings films are known for absolutely massive battles, but the final Hobbit film, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the only one which actually features the word “battle” in its title. Accordingly, the actual Battle of the Five Armies will be truly massive: 45 minutes long.

Along with a bit of info on the battle, we’ve got the film’s final poster, a couple other great pieces of art, and one more detail. When the final Hobbit film hits theaters, it will be accompanied by a theatrical preview of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read More »

Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser

A movie’s budget has little correlation to success or quality. Films that costs just tens of thousands of dollars have gone on to great success; probably more films that cost tens of millions of dollars have failed horribly. It’s when films that cost hundreds of millions of dollars fail horribly that studios start worrying about their well-being.

But you have to spend money to make money and audiences today demand spectacle. Despite that demand, they also need it to be sold to them. So a film that costs $250 million might end up costing $500 million once the studio pays for TV commercials, billboards, press junkets and more. It’s a crazy, crazy business and there’s always a gamble even on the biggest properties.

When Warner Bros. decided to make J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit into movies, the gamble was a little smaller. Peter Jackson had already turned three Lord of the Rings movies into massive hits and a return to Middle Earth would certainly attract audiences. However, with a decade or so of new technology to work with, those movies were going to be expensive. They were going to be even more expensive when the decision was made to do not two, but three films in the series. Now, with the third film on its way to theaters, we have an idea of what that commitment cost. It is historically staggering. Read more about The Hobbit budget below. Read More »

Hobbit Battle Five Armies character posters

So many sequels, so little time. So let’s get to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum isn’t so sure about 23 Jump Street
  • Magic Mike XXL could be in 3D (but probably won’t be)
  • Adam McKay is still planning to make Step Brothers 2
  • Producer Malek Akkad has a Halloween 3 update
  • Rumor has it Frank Grillo will lead Skyline 2
  • Jason Reitman offers a suggestion for Ghostbusters 3
  • See the Lorde-curated soundtrack list for Mockingjay
  • Billy Boyd will sing the final Hobbit credit song
  • Check out the new banner for Horrible Bosses 2

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