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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer is out

- July 24th, 2014

After months of casting speculation and rabid fan hype – the wait is finally over.

The trailer for 50 Shades of Grey has arrived.

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The teaser of the film adaptation of E. L. James’ 2011 erotic novel, starring  Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, debuted this morning on the Today Show, with the full trailer posted online moments later. It includes a few obligatory scenes of a cut Dornan without his shirt and a sneak peek at those S&M romps his character Christian Grey is famous for.

The trailer opens with Johnson, who plays the innocent Anastasia Steele, inside a stark white Grey Enterprises, decked out in her finest frumpy cardigan before meeting the man who will, ugh, rock her world?

The movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, hits theatres February 13, 2015.

And for all the Beyonce fans out there, the trailer features a very slowed-down version of Crazy In Love. It’s barely  recognizable.

‘Avengers 3′ release date set?

- July 23rd, 2014

Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.

All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.

It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.

Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.

The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.

Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.

The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.

With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.

Let the games begin.

San Diego Comic-Con: Early bird round up

- July 23rd, 2014

Christmas has come early once again for comic book, gaming, superhero movies, anime, and science fiction fans everywhere – San Diego Comic-Con is back.

While the convention is kicking off officially tomorrow, studios have already begun to release exclusives and first looks, not helping at all with the anticipation for Saturday’s biggest reveals.

As news trickles in, we’ll try to keep you updated as quickly as possible. Without further ado, here are some of the stories already coming out of SDCC 2014.

Sony sets release date for ‘Sinister Six’, ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′, and ‘Uncharted’ movie

In a less than subtle attempt to jump on the success of Marvel’s Avengers and DC’s Justice League (we all know it’s going to be successful) Sony has announced the release date for its first collaborative superhero movie.

Sinister Six, which focuses on six of the most popular villains in the Spider-Man franchise, will be released on Nov. 11, 2016.

The decision to bump the release date of the film comes as a slight cost to the studio, however, who have pushed back the release date of The Amazing Spider-Man 3 until May 4, 2018, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Genre veteran Drew Goddard (World War Z, Cabin in the Woods) will be writing and directing the spin-off series, his first for the studio. Let’s hope after working on both Cabin in the Woods and Lost, Goddard will pull his influence from Joss Whedon and not J.J. Abrams.

The less lens flare on Doc Ock’s metallic tentacles, the better.

Sony also announced their live action adaptation of Naughty Dog’s popular video game franchise Uncharted (Note: Naughty Dog is owned by Sony Studios) will release on June 10, 2016.

Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) will direct the movie, while David Guggenheim (Safe House, Stolen) is set to pen the script.

‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’ gets exclusive Comic-Con poster unveiling

You can never have too much Hobbit news.

Unless you’re Peter Jackson, of course. Then mum’s the word.

All of which is the reason why the internet has just about exploded with the unveiling of the first poster for the last movie in the Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of Five Armies.

In the poster, we can see the devilishly charming, yet totally maniacal treasure obsessed dragon Smaug looming above the desolate city of Laketown.

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The only other figure on the page is a silhouette of Luke Evans’ Bard the Bowman, the handsome protagonist from the second installment of the series, The Desolation of Smaug.

Jackson unveiled the poster on his Facebook page with one single line of text: “Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con?”

Oh yes, Tolkien nerds, prepare for a trailer to be shown during the official Hobbit panel. “The defining chapter” may be upon us.

Hopefully, the defining chapter is also the last chapter. Seriously Jackson, you need to start scheduling intermission breaks during your movies.

Disney announces ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales’ and gives it a release date

This is probably the most unexpected news to come out of Comic Con, and probably the least wanted.

Johnny Depp will reprise his roll as the swashbuckling Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of the franchise, set to release on July 7, 2017.

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Not much else is known about the film other than it has the entire weekend to itself upon release (avoiding Marvel’s unannounced movie due out on July 27, 2017)

The movie is being directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), and will once again be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Disney, stop trying to make Pirates of the Caribbean happen. It’s not going to happen.

X-wing fighter shown off in new ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ video

- July 21st, 2014

Just like that, the internet exploded.

J.J. Abrams has finally figured out the internet and is using his incredible powers for good this time around.

In a recent video shot from the London set of the new film, Star Wars director Abrams appears to be standing in front of an X-wing fighter, an almost exact replicate of the ones used in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy.

Even the uniform worn by the Rebel pilot who rudely interrupts Abrams’ speech looks identical to the revered one sported by Luke Skywalker.

Before the commenters begin raging about the lack of attention paid to the crucial changes made that we can obviously see on the ship, let me digress.

The most eye-catching change is the use of mostly blue paint to highlight the aircraft as opposed to the striking redish orange used in the original trilogy by the Red Squadron. There are also only half of the thrusters, with each side sporting one instead of two.

One significant change I completely missed that Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican pointed out (and it is a doozy) is the lack of compartment space made for an R2 of some sort to travel in. Are we meant to believe the new squadron of fighter pilots will be flying sans robot? Let’s hope not.

There’s been some talk on the internet (naturally, it comes with the Star Wars territory) the gigantic vehicle towering over Abrams isn’t an X-wing, but is in fact a Z-95 Headhunter ship.

According to the official Star Wars account, which was verified by the people at Twitter, “It is in fact an Episode VII X-wing, not a Z-95.”

 

The entire video was created in support of the “official” charity Abrams and his production crew have become a part of, Star Wars: Force For Change. The charity works in partnership with UNICEF’s Innovation Labs, a subdivision of the world wide charity that helps develop technology for third world countries.

Those who donate to the charity can win a visit to the set of the film, an advanced screening, or if you’re really lucky, a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

You couldn’t brag about that twenty years ago, but in the age of 2014, that’s most definitely worth an Instagram post.

Marvel sets dates for five movies over next five years

- July 18th, 2014

Do you hear that buzzing?

That’s the sound of fanboys and girls everywhere collectively trying to figure out what the next five movies are that Marvel could have planned for their cinematic universe.

Marvel Studios made headlines once again Friday evening when they released the dates for five unannounced films that have already earned set release dates.

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Here we go Marvel fanatics, prepare to scratch these dates off on your electronic calendars:

  • July 28, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • July 6, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • May 3, 2019

Although it’s difficult to speculate what these films may be at this current moment in time, I’m going to hazard at least one will be a Captain America title, one will be a third Avengers title, and one will most likely be a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.

We already know Chris Evans has at least one more Captain America film left in his contract, and most of the Avengers cast have confirmed they’d be willing to do a third title in the series.

While I don’t have any proof to back up my Guardians of the Galaxy theory, I’d like to think that considering Marvel hasn’t released a one-off title in quite some time, Chris Pratt and friends are going to stick around for at least a second film.

The July 6 spot is the least mysterious of the bunch, however. Marvel already announced the highly anticipated Doctor Strange film would be released in 2017, and if speculation rumours are true, July 6 will be the day Doctor Strange makes his debut on movie theater screens around the world.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what your hypotheses are in the comment section below!