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10 hidden easter eggs in Captain America: The First Avenger

Ever since the release of the first X-Men movie back in 2000, there has been an intelligent attempt to build up the layers of the Marvel film universe. With thousands of characters created throughout the years, and millions of people now familiar with the heroes that populate the Marvel universe, the creators of the modern Marvel movies, as well as the executives running Marvel Studios, are trying to appease fans by giving them quick cameos or mentions of characters and equipment from the comic books.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fox cans Independence Day 3D, moves up Star Wars 3D prequel releases

I can't determine whether it's a sign of little interest or high expenses that caused 20th Century Fox to cancel its plans to re-release Roland Emmerich's first end of the world FX extravaganza, 1996's Independence Day, in 3D. That's just what the movie studio has done, scuttling plans to post-convert the 16 year old sci-fi/action film into 3D and release it to theaters on July 3, 2013.

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Paranormal Activity 5 confirmed

Paramount Pictures has announced that Paranormal Activity 5 will indeed happen, and the movie will come out in theaters on October 25, 2013. The studio has had very good success releasing a new Paranormal Activity every Halloween, with its last installment in the found footage horror franchise grossing $53 million dollars domestically.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Twilight's final Breaking Dawn nearby breaks box office record

The final Twilight movie is now out in theaters and on track to be one of the highest-grossing installments in the five movie franchise. Breaking Dawn Part 2 opened with early showings on Thursday evening totaling $30.4 million dollars, giving a positive notice to its three stars, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. When the additonal Friday day-evening ticket sales were added up, Breaking Dawn Part 2 had an estimated opening day total of $71.2 million dollars.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

See the Skyfall opening title sequence

Now that the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall is in theaters in North America, we're able to share in the enthusiasm that the lucky people in the U.K. had a couple of weeks back when the movie was released in European cinemas. With a crushing $88.4 million dollar opening weekend (the best ever for a Bond film) and very strong weekday grosses, Skyfall will almost certainly pass the highest grossing 007 picture to date, Quantum of Solace, which enjoyed a total accum of $168 million dollars at the domestic box office.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Could Darth Vader return in Star Wars Episode VII?

Longtime readers of Coming Attractions will remember the days that I kept track of the rumors tossed about for Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace. Looking back and reading some of those posts, it amazes me how many unconfirmed reports and stories I kept track of, as well as surprisingly how many turned out to be 100% real.

More often that not, they were bunk.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Trailer: Les Miserables

Les Misérables has its legion of worldwide fans anxiously awaiting the movie's holiday release (December 25 for North America and January 11, 2013 for those in the U.K.) While those fans in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will have to wait two weeks longer to see the film, please note that they are the land that delivered us this new trailer for the Les Misérables movie today.

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Mark Wahlberg cast as lead in Transformers 4

There was a rumor floated on the internetz a week about that Mark Wahlberg was going to headline Michael Bay's Transformers 4. However, the story was soon quashed by Bay's spokesperson who said that it was false.

But that was before we lived in the era of Star Wars Episode VII, which was supposed to never happen, right team?

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Trailer: World War Z

Although it was originally slated to come out next month, Paramount Pictures decided to push back their zombie apocalypse movie World War Z to next summer. Today, the first trailer for the film was released. See what it looks like below when Brad Pitt runs for his life from flesh-eating ghouls and the world goes to hell:

 

 

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Editorial: Why selling Star Wars to Disney was a good thing

It’s hard to believe that less than a week has gone by since we learned George Lucas was selling Star Wars to Disney, and that more Star Wars movies will be made. Until that announcement I had figured that, one day a decade or two from now, we would see Star Wars Episode VII get made. If you had asked me one week ago if we would be planning on watching Episode VII in theaters by 2015, I would have called you crazy.

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Wreck-It Ralph gets a high score at the box office

The video game action-action of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph captured the imaginations of movie audiences this weekend, elevating the CG 'toon to the top of the box office. Although Wreck-It Ralph had a considerable budget (it was estimated to cost the movie studio around $160 million dollars to make), Wreck-it Ralph opened with a domestic theatrical gross of $49.1 million dollars. With that kind of splash, Wreck-It Ralph will almost certainly recoup its production cost from domestic screenings.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Editorial: George Lucas, Inc.

When George Lucas handed an early draft of Episode II: Attack of the Clones to his marketing team to vet – itself an interesting note – the response he got back on one specific point is rather telling.  His merchandising masterminds took issue with the character of Dooku, a former Jedi Master who had turned count, being portrayed as the latest member of the so-called Lost 20, the only 20 Jedi to have ever left the Order (typically to pursue such flights of fancy as marriage or childrearing).

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lucasfilm bought by Disney for $4 billion dollars, Star Wars Episode VII coming in 2015

The Walt Disney Company has made an agreement to purchase Lucasfilm, the company created and built by Star Wars creator George Lucas, for $4.05 billion dollars. Furthermore, Disney is planning to create and release Star Wars Episode VII, the sequel to Return of the Jedi, for release in 2015.

This is big news. Furthermore, it seems to fly in the face of what Star Wars creator George Lucas has said throughout his filmmaking career: to keep Lucasfilm an independently run film business and to never make another Star Wars sequel.

So what changed Lucas' mind?

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger agrees to make third Conan movie

While I didn't see this one coming, the signs were pointing in that direction: Arnold Schwarzenegger will portray his first iconic movie hero role again, that of Conan the barbarian, in a new movie titled The Legend of Conan. This is a done deal and Universal Pictures, the company who now has the rights to release Conan movies, wants this new picture out in the summer of 2014.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is a movie that comes along infrequently, a product of the commercial Hollywood system but done with a definite art house style approach to its creation. Clocking in at nearly three hours long, this ambitious movie tries to tell multiple stories that weave across a tapestry of five hundred years of human history, from the 19th century to the 24th. Throughout all of the eras the same ensemble of actors return to play different characters in the different time periods, sometimes swapping roles between hero and villain, black or white or Asian, and even male or female.

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Johnny Depp to star in Wally Pfister's first movie, Transcendence

If you spend time following the business side of film, then one of the people whose career you may have been paying attention toward is cinematographer Wally Pfister. Pfister has been the director of photography for Christopher Nolan throughout his career, from Memento right through The Dark Knight Rises. Pfister won an Oscar for his photography for Nolan's Inception.

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