What Are the Most Pirated Movies of 2015?

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Generally speaking, studios, filmmakers, and stars are happy to see their films land on awards shortlists or critics’ top 10s. But then there are the lists they’d probably rather not be on, like this one of the most pirated movies of 2015.

To be sure, most of these movies did just fine even without the pirates’ box-office dollars. This year’s #2, Furious 7, was a favorite of pirates basically from the moment it opened, and it still managed to set records. (Records which were later broken by Jurassic World and then Star Wars, but never mind that.) Still, it’s gotta be annoying to think of all the money they didn’t make because some people didn’t feel like paying. Especially since a couple of these titles could’ve used that extra boost. Find out what the most pirated movies of 2015 are after the jump.

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Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.

And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.

Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.

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The Hobbit rated R

When we heard an extended version The Hobbit trilogy would be coming to theaters in the fall with the unveiling of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition, it wasn’t all that exciting of news, if only because the new trilogy just isn’t as good as Lord of the Rings and the last thing anyone wanted was for those movies to be longer.

However, our interest in at least the third film in the longer version of the franchise might be piqued as The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition has reportedly been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. Find out more about The Hobbit rated R after the jump! Read More »

The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition

If you thought you were done with Peter Jackson‘s trilogy adaptation of The Hobbit, think again. The Hobbit trilogy will be returning to theaters this fall, but in the longer extended edition format that until now has only been available on home video.

Hit the jump to find out when you can catch The Hobbit trilogy extended edition theatrical release! Read More »

Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies honest trailer

Screen Junkies couldn’t simply end their series of Honest Trailers for The Hobbit Trilogy with an Honest Trailer. They’ve teamed up with the How it Should Have Ended animation team for a mega-takedown of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Check out The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies Honest Trailer below. Read More »

hobbit fan edit

For some fans, interaction with films they love (or want to love) has become a full-on interactive thing. For various reasons — love, hate, curiosity, education — we see fans cutting their own versions of films more and more often. Even Steven Soderbergh is getting into the act of recutting favorite films.

One obvious candidate for active reappraisal is Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy. One new Hobbit fan edit has shorn the series of hours of footage, leaving a roughly four-hour story that omits many of Jackson’s inventions and digressions in an attempt to get closer to the heart of the novel. It this legit? Not at all. It is, however, inevitable, and potentially a good illustration of how some of the films’ meandering added little to the adaption. Read More »

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When’s the last time you rolled your eyes and scoffed “oh, that’s rich”? Has it been a while? Would you like to do it now? Because if so, we have the perfect occasion for you.

Peter Jackson, director of three Lord of the Rings movies and three Hobbit movies, has gone on the record criticizing Hollywood for being too “franchise driven.” He also thinks the advent of technology has helped the industry lose its way. Say it with me now: “Oh, that’s rich.” See, wasn’t that satisfying? Read the Peter Jackson franchise comments after the jump.  Read More »

The Best Performances of 2014

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The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »