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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ name of final installment

- April 24th, 2014

Peter Jackson has declared the final Hobbit film will not be called There and Back Again or Into the Fire, so internet meme creators can stop mashing up Johnny Cash and Bilbo photographs now.

Originally, the third film was supposed to be called There and Back Again, but in a Facebook post Thursday, Jackson explained the title didn’t quite capture where Bilbo was currently situated in his journey. Instead, the director said, he and his production team decided upon The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

“Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along,” Jackson said. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there.”

Jackson explained he had wanted to change the name since late last year, and when he approached the studio with the possibility, they unanimously decided to wait until the final cut of the film had been seen.

“We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate. And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is,” he wrote.

The change has divided people online, who began tweeting about it as soon as the news dropped. While some welcomed the change, others were adamant Jackson’s original title was the best and only choice.






Then there were legions of Tolkien fans who were just overjoyed that Jackson and the studio had decided against using the hilariously ominous Into the Fire title that had been spread around as rumour last week.





Jackson added that although the film is a little ways off and their team is still in the editing stages, fans should stayed tuned for more information on the final film soon.

“…Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.”

Who’s got money down on a trailer announcement within the next couple of months?

‘Jurassic World’ getting sequels

- April 23rd, 2014

Paleontology pop culture connoisseurs can look forward to more than one Jurassic World movie.

Sitting down with Empire magazine, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow announced that Universal Studios has budgeted for more Jurassic World movies down the line.


“We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot,” Trevorrow told Empire. “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

Not only did Trevorrow basically confirm a new trilogy for the beloved franchise, but he also added some important hypothesis’ of which characters he thinks are going to stay around for a while.


Concept art for the original Jurassic World.
(Courtesy Universal)

In respect to unspoken internet etiquette, here is your official spoiler warning about the future of Jurassic World characters.

Omar Sy, one of the newer faces in Hollywood, will more than likely be saved for the next film.

“He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend. They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films,” Trevorrow said.


Concept art for Jurassic World welcome atrium.
(Courtesy Universal)

Basically, Trevorrow has surreptitiously confirmed Chris Pratt would be the main protagonist for at least the first two movies through his announcement about the lesser known Sy.

Jurassic World, which stars Judy Greer, Chris Pratt, and Vincent D’Onofrio among others is set to release on July 12, 2015.

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ set photo shared

- April 23rd, 2014

Marvel fans, has Robert Downey Jr. got a treat for you.

On Tuesday, Downey Jr. tweeted a picture of himself on the set of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

It’s a shot of Downey and executive producer Jeremy Latcham:

Even with the intense hype surrounding the new film, this picture isn’t the most interesting. At least, it’s not as cool as the set pictures of Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and on April 11, he brought his viral popularity to the world of Twitter.

He has tweeted 10 times since then, but it was his 10th tweet that had nerds of all kinds frantically adjusting their bow ties and thick rimmed glasses.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015, and is the sequel to the hugely successful “The Avengers” that grossed $1.51 billion world wide and became the third highest grossing film.

(h/t to Metal Arcade for the photos)

First look at Paul Walker’s brothers in ‘Fast and Furious 7′

- April 21st, 2014

James Wan and his Fast and Furious 7 team may just pull off using Paul Walker’s brothers as stand-ins.

Following the death of Walker, director James Wan postponed production of the film as he and his team tried to figure out how to wrap the film up without their main star.


Older brother Caleb (L), Vin Diesel (C), and younger brother Cody (R).
Courtesy Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.

After weeks of conversation and pitched ideas, Wan announced they would be bringing in Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb as stand-ins for the final moments of the seventh installment.

The announcement was met with mixed reactions, but most agreed the idea seemed ludicrous and impossible to pull off.

Although, those hesitant concerns may be slightly eased after seeing the photo Vin Diesel, the franchise’s biggest actor, posted to Facebook early Monday morning.

In the photo reported by Badass Digest, Diesel can be seen talking to both brothers on the set of the new movie. Although younger brother Cody has more distinguished features, older brother Caleb is practically an identical twin.

He’s got a little more body fat on him than his late brother, but with some good old fashioned Hollywood exercise regime, Caleb may just be able to believably work some of his brother’s scenes.

Of course, we still don’t know just how much acting the two will actually have to do in the film, nor do we know just how much CGI will be used to make them look as eerily similar to their brother as they can.

Even amidst all of the speculation, it’s impossible to say how the movie’s going to turn out until we have the final product in our hands, so to speak. It could be a monumental moment in cinematic history, but it could also be one of the worst decisions made.

The question that really needs to be asked is what Wan plans to do for the future of the series? We can safely assume this is the end of Brian “The Buster” O’Connor, but what does that mean for Mia and their son? Are they out of the game completely? Is this the beginning of the end for the massive action franchise?

Only time will tell, unfortunately.

The seventh Fast & Furious movie is slated to be released on April 10, 2015.

‘Godzilla’ TV spot gives first look at monster

- April 20th, 2014

Ain’t she a beaut?

With Godzilla being released globally in just under a month, it’s about time director Gareth Edwards and his team over at Warner Bros. gave audiences more than just a shadowy glimpse of cinema’s biggest monster.

In the new TV spot for the film, we’re treated to exactly one second of Godzilla and its thunderous roar, but is that one second ever worth it.

Here’s what we can take away from the first official view of the monster: Edwards and his design team got it right.

They’ve clearly decided to style the 2014 monster after Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 Gojira instead of Roland Emmerich’s god awful 1998 remake tyrannosaurs-Rex looking abomination.

Edwards’ monster has stumpier legs and thick, tiny arms with a tiny head attached to a massive neck, similar to the original Gojira. It’s also been outfitted with numerous small scales that line its entire back and neck, instead of being spread out sporadically like its 1998 cousin.

The one second clip has single handily removed any lingering doubt still hovering around monster movie fans and summer blockbuster devotees.

Even though the first true appearance of Godzilla steals the entire commercial, it’s also the first time we’re getting some more information on the plot line.

godzailla-first-01We’re introduced to the intimate relationship between Elizabeth Olsen’s character Elle Brody and her husband Joe, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

From the way it’s being set up, chances are Joe’s not going to make it to the end of the movie, but that’s just a guess and I could be completely off base.

Although, it is a Godzilla movie, and someone crucial to the plot line is going to have to bite the bullet, right?

We’re also introduced to Joe Brody, played by Bryan Cranston, and his relationship to his wife, Sandra Brody, played by Juliette Binoche.

At the beginning of the trailer, Cranston starts off by saying that he couldn’t even say goodbye to her, that he couldn’t even find a picture to take with him, before the scene cuts to Sandra being placed in a space shuttle of some sort and evacuated from the immediate danger zone.

If Godzilla lives up to its hype, this could be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and most importantly, the revival the monster genre has been in desperate need of for years.

Oh, and it looks like you’ll need tissues if you’re a crier. It’s going to get sad.

Godzilla will hit theaters on May 16.