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First Trailer for Tom Cruise Sci-Fi Film ‘Oblivion’

8 December 2012 8:51 PM, PST

Yesterday, we shared a new poster for the Tom Cruise sci-fi film Oblivion, and today we have the first trailer. The movie, directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where earth has been ravaged by decades of war with an alien race.

The first trailer gives viewers a good sense of the movie’s grand visual scope, contrasting sleek space technology with the gritty remnants of human civilization. It also reveals a bit of the movie’s mysterious plot, showing Morgan Freeman’s Morpheus-like character and the existence of a world on earth that isn’t supposed to exist.

Here’s the official synopsis for Oblivion:

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, ...

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‘Drive’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn Eyes ‘The Equalizer’ with Denzel Washington

8 December 2012 9:12 AM, PST

We’ve been expecting to hear that director Nicolas Winding Renf has dropped the Logan’s Run remake, ever since his Drive leading man Ryan Gosling officially stepped away. There’s not yet been a concrete update on whether Refn has indeed left the sci-fi project; however, it might be safe to assume as much, given that he’s now in talks to direct The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington.

Sony heads are reported to be quite pleased with the most recent Equalizer script draft penned by Richard Wenk (co-writer of The Mechanic and Expendables 2). Hence, the studio has fast-tracked the project for a Spring 2014 release date – meaning this is going to be the next film Refn makes, following the release of Only God Forgives (which reunites him with Gosling).

Equalizer is based (or, ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is Getting a Sequel

8 December 2012 7:34 AM, PST

Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith is putting together a Beetlejuice 2 script, to tempt back Beetlejuice star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton. Both of those gentlemen have expressed interest in resurrecting ‘The Ghost with the Most,’ as has costar Winona Ryder.

However, if Disney gets its way, Burton’s next film could be a different sequel – namely, a followup to Alice in Wonderland. That Oscar-winning hit was written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Mulan) and features a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, among others.

Woolverton’s Alice screenplay draws from Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its followup “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” However, it abandons the episodic madness of Caroll’s source material for a hero’s ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Gets A 2015 Release Date

7 December 2012 9:25 PM, PST

Twentieth Century Fox – taking a page from the Marvel Studios playbook – hired comic creator Mark Millar as a consultant in September 2012 to offer ideas and help oversee the development of their Marvel properties. That hiring came on the recommendation of director Joe Carnahan who at the time was attempting to revive Daredevil before Fox gave up and let the rights revert back to Disney.

Millar’s job is to make Fox’ remaining Marvel properties embrace a consistent and cohesive, shared universe that takes full advantage of Marvel Comics history, and it begins with two X-Men films over the next two years, followed by Fantastic Four a year later.

James Mangold’s The Wolverine hits theaters next summer followed by Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past the summer of 2014. In the spring of 2015, Josh Trank’s Fantastic ...

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- Rob Keyes

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‘Walking Dead’ Infographic Crowns Rick Grimes King Zombie Killer

7 December 2012 6:21 PM, PST

While we may not know the result of Daryl and Merle’s melee in The Governor’s twisted battle arena (minus a certain little spoiler in the coming attractions), we do know each and every walker that bit the dust from episode one, season one, all the way up to Sunday night’s mid-season three finale.

But not only have we watched zombie after zombie drop, we also know which Walking Dead survivor did the deed and the weapon he or she used to get the job done, and someone out there actually took the time to write it all down.

The National Post (via Bloody Disgusting) unveiled a very informative and rather aesthetically pleasing infographic recording every on-screen kill in a variety of formats. We’ve got the total number of kills for each season in the shape of a ...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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Lee Pace Talks ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Audition

7 December 2012 3:29 PM, PST

The upcoming sequels Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier all have their principal casts locked down, and in some cases, are mostly done filming, but joining them in the next two years of Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is newcomer Guardians of the Galaxy.

James Gunn is rewriting the screenplay and directing Guardians but the casting process is just beginning and there five names up for the lead role of Peter Quill, including Lee Pace.

Pace earned a lot of recognition for his starring role in the short-lived Pushing Daisies and has since being bolstering his profile in increasingly larger film projects, the latest of which include Lincoln, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and next week’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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- Rob Keyes

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TV Picks: Fri, Dec 7 – ‘Fringe’ Returns, ‘Whisker Wars’ & More

7 December 2012 3:17 PM, PST

Friday marks the end of another week! After tonight, many of your favorite shows will be on hiatus until next year. Fortunately, Fringe has made its triumphant return to television and will be playing out the rest of its episodes over the course of the next 6 weeks (barring any Mayan Apocolypse).

Tonight, Nikita uses the Old Spice guy as bait to catch Amanda; Fringe sends Walter to a psychic; Haven has everyone asleep as Audrey continues to investigate the Bolt Gun Killer; Whisker Wars feels the wrath of Jack Passion – and much more.

What will you be watching?

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Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)

Last Man Standing (ABC)

Nikita (CW)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

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Malibu Country (ABC)

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CSI: NY (CBS)

Fringe (Fox)

Gold Rush (Discovery)

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- Anthony Ocasio

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‘Skyfall’ & ‘Star Trek 2′: Are We Seeing the Christopher Nolan Influence?

7 December 2012 2:26 PM, PST

It’s undeniable that Christopher Nolan has changed not only the face of superhero movies with his acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy, but the face of blockbuster movies as a whole. With a potent mixture of auteur filmmaking technique; ambitiously-designed set pieces that often utilize practical visual effects; and stories that are not afraid to be as philosophically sophisticated as they are entertaining, Nolan has classed-up the American movie blockbuster in a way that few in Hollywood ever thought possible (that is, if one wanted to make megabucks at the box office).

However, Hollywood is a place where few brave big risks – and even fewer dare to stray from the well-blazed path left in the wake of a big risk that has paid off. That is to say: more and more big-budget blockbusters are ...

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- Kofi Outlaw

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Tom Cruise’s ‘Oblivion’ Gets a Poster; Trailer This Weekend

7 December 2012 12:24 PM, PST

The post-apocalyptc science-fiction genre is alive as ever (ironically), and next year will see the release of two new installments anchored by aging (but still massively-popular) A-listers: After Earth, starring Will and Jaden Smith – with M. Night Shyamalan directing – and Oblivion, featuring Tom Cruise in the lead and Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) at the helm.

Unfortunately, we had to pull conceptual artwork for Oblivion that was posted earlier this week (at studio’s request). However, on the plus side, we can now offer the official poster; not to mention, an update on when the first trailer will be available for viewing online.

Here is the official synopsis for Oblivion (which is based on the unpublished graphic novel created by Kosinski):

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Will ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Shoot in 3D and 48fps?

7 December 2012 11:39 AM, PST

While we await the official announcements (and signings) of returning actors Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan and Hugh Jackman for X-Men: Days of Future Past we also await news on what format the film will release in.

The followup to X-Men: First Class begins production in April and it’s possible that like The Hobbit, it could be shot in 3D and 48fps.

With next year’s The Wolverine representing the first X-Men film to release in 3D, it’s practically a certainty at this point that all X-Men films going forward will utilize the format, whether shot that way or post-converted.

The boost to ticket prices and hence, box office revenue, 3D a no-brainer business decision for studios. And with the competition utilizing the format as well, it’s expected from the mainstream moviegoer for ...

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- Rob Keyes

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Sr Geek Picks: ‘Dark Crusader Rises’, Bradley Cooper’s Impressions, Michonne’s Holiday Cheer & More

7 December 2012 11:26 AM, PST

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web for you. Today you’ll find an anime version of Finding Nemo; Bradley Cooper doing celebrity impressions; a holiday wish from Michonne; a mashup of Batman and Indiana Jones; and Donkey Kong meeting with his agents. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

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Bradley Cooper’s Impersonations

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNVxTynX4Y0

A collection of clips of Bradley Cooper impersonating other actors.

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Happy Holidays from Michonne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyMjekuezfc

Via Bamf Girls Club.

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Kreepy Kids!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YYVXcRsNvw

We find out where horror movie children come from!

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- Justin Vactor

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Complete ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome’ Webseries Now Online

7 December 2012 11:10 AM, PST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMcLF9V0_6o

The first episode of Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome has drawn over 2.4 million views since the webseries debuted at the beginning of November. Unfortunately, subsequent installments have shown a steep decline in viewership – even after Syfy repackaged standalone episodes into weekly two-part chapters (starting with episodes 3 and 4). Still, at the time of this writing, last week’s release has only garnered 350,000 views – nearly an 85 percent drop from the premiere.

Despite rapidly declining numbers, Blood and Chrome is hardly a misfire and, week to week, has delivered plenty of slick visuals as well as a thin (but still competent) addition to the reimagined series canon. Could it be that the episodic webseries format actually hindered interest in this bonus Battlestar story and, as a result, will a chunk of those 2.4 million premier viewers return now that Syfy has released the Blood ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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‘Supernatural’ Season 8, Episode 9 Review – Moving on From the Past

7 December 2012 10:54 AM, PST

In this week’s episode of Supernatural, “Citizen Fang”, Sam puts Dean’s vampire friend, Benny, in the cross-hairs of a crazed hunter who threatens the life of one of his descendants, forcing both Winchesters to come to terms with the past and, in some cases, move on from it.  Is Supernatural beginning to leave behind its flashback storylines?

After being released from a mental hospital, Martin Creaser, an old friend John Winchester, is tasked by Sam to keep an eye on Benny and his thirst for blood. When a string of murders point to a fanged attacker, Sam and Dean disagree about who could behind the attacks. As Benny and Dean team-up to track down the real vampire attacker, Sam and Martin still believe that it is Benny who is behind the murders. But when a message from “Amelia” ...

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‘Hush, Hush’ Book Series to Be Adapted by Ld Entertainment

7 December 2012 10:35 AM, PST

Even before the Twilight Saga wrapped up with Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Hollywood found itself struggling to cash in on the craze for young adult supernatural romance. Pointed attempts such as Beastly and Red Riding Hood have been met with mixtures of disinterest and derision, and no one has yet recreated the strange alchemy that sent Twilight to the top of the charts.

Now, production company Ld Entertainment has cast its hat into the monster-lovin’ ring with an adaptation of the popular Ya novel series Hush, Hush. Detailing the courtship between a high school girl and a fallen angel, Hush, Hush looks to rather explicitly borrow from the mold of Twilight in its combination of teen romance and otherworldly themes.

Ld Entertainment has purchased the film rights to the Hush, Hush Saga, written ...

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- Kyle Hembree

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First Look at ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’: Bilbo Enters the Dragon’s Lair

7 December 2012 10:07 AM, PST

There’s no avoiding the ongoing discussion about the impending release of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next Friday. Current hot topics include the mixed (yet overall positive) early reviews, controversy over the film’s high frame-rate 3D - and background information on the J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, for those still getting up to speed on this Middle-earth madness.

We’ve even started to look ahead to the second and third installments in Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy. Last night, the first image from Part 3 (subtitled There and Back Again) was unveiled – teasing the return of Lord of the Rings alum Orlando Bloom as Legolas - and today, we have a sneak peek at Part 2, The Desolation of Smaug.

‘The Desolation of Smaug’ refers to the unpopulated lands around Erebor (a.k.a. Lonely Mountain) and the city of Dale, which were left scorched ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Seeing the Film

7 December 2012 8:49 AM, PST

It’s been nine years since the final Lord of the Rings film hit theaters, but the time has finally come to return to Middle-earth. Much will be the same, but there have also been some big changes happening during director Peter Jackson’s 266 days of filming on the Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the novel puts the focus on the character of Bilbo Baggins, the uncle of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) in LotR. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, a much younger Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman) is recruited by Gandalf the Grey (again portrayed by Ian McKellen) to join 13 dwarves – including the warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) – for an adventure filled with Goblins, Orcs, Wargs and more.

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- Perri Nemiroff

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‘Iron Man 3′ Japanese Trailer: More Story Hints and Footage

7 December 2012 8:42 AM, PST

The Marvel hype machine is up-and-running for Iron Man 3, following the official trailer premiere two months ago. Since then, intriguing promotional images and rumors about which comic superheroes could make their live-action debut in the film have kept the fire burning.

Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige has been doing his part to help, praising Sir Ben Kingsley’s ‘chilling’ performance as The Mandarin and promising that Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) new adventure won’t aim to be the same mix of big thrills and self-aware humor that The Avengers is; rather, it’s going to be (and I quote) “different and fresh” and not too serious, despite what the trailer might have you believe.

One aspect that Feige has emphasized over and over is the IM3 script (co-written by director Shane Black) metaphorically takes Stark ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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‘Wreck-It Ralph 2′ In Development; Director Promises Mario in the Sequel

7 December 2012 7:08 AM, PST

Wreck-It Ralph combines Pixar-esque storytelling with modern and nostalgic video game influences – and even subtle jabs at less-admirable aspects of gaming culture – giving rise to a film that’s managed to impress hardcore gamers, CGI-mation fans and even some of those ‘snobby critics’ who wouldn’t be caught dead playing something like Call of Duty (much less, an old-school arcade title such as Pac-Man or Donkey Kong). So, why wouldn’t Disney want to make a sequel?

Well, it turns out that studio “muckety-muckets” (as Ralph voice actor John C. Reilly calls them) and director Rich Moore have indeed begun to toss around ideas for Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Ralph opened here in the States over a month ago, but remains in the top 10 at the box office and could match its $165 million budget as soon as this ...

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- Sandy Schaefer

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First Look at Legolas in ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’

6 December 2012 10:41 PM, PST

Though The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey doesn’t hit theaters until next week, reviews are already starting to pop up – and they’re not exactly “glowing.” Some of the criticisms (48fps aside) have been that it’s overstuffed, overlong, and that it includes too many references to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings.

On a related note, the first image of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) from The Hobbit: There and Back Again – that is, the third film in the trilogy – has been released, along with an explanation from Jackson as to why the blond elf is appearing in the Hobbit movies when he did not appear in the source material.

Check it out below, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:

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- Ben Moore

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‘Stranger Than Fiction’ Writer Zach Helm Hired to Script ‘Jumanji’ Remake

6 December 2012 8:31 PM, PST

This past summer, Columbia announced plans to remake the hit 1995 family film Jumanji, which was based on an award-winning 1981 book of the same name. The first film,  starring Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst, revolved around a unique and deadly board game that brings a magical jungle into the real world.

At the time, Columbia co-head Doug Belgrad said that the plan was to “try and reimagine ‘Jumanji’ and update it for the present.” Now, the studio has found a writer to help them bring their new vision of the classic children’s book to life.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm has been hired to script the film. Most recently, Helm was hired to rewrite the Ben ...

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