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Editorial: Ten Greatest Marvel Movies

15 December 2013 1:56 PM, PST

Hello again, my dear friends. Since the year 1998, there has been around thirty comic book movies based off of Marvel Comics characters. There has been a total of six film companies producing these films, three major studios and three minor ones. The three major ones are Marvel Studios (they have produced a total of eight films with many, many more in the future), 20th Century Fox (they have produced a total of ten films with at least three more on the way), and Sony Pictures (they have produced a total of six films with five more on the way). The minor ones are New Line Cinema (they have produced a total of three films, and no more in the future), Lionsgate (they have produced two films with no more in the future), and Universal (they have only produced one film with a potential Namor franchise on the way If they »

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Sunday To Sunday - War Machines The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Return

15 December 2013 1:23 PM, PST

Check out the embedded video below for a comprehensive and light-hearted look at the week gone in movie news. If you liked this check out the official Comic Book Movie Podcast The Weekly Planet below, the latest episode of which looks Wonder Woman, X-Men: Apocolypse, The Amazing Spider-man 2 and the bizarre history of failed Spider-man films. Subscribe to it on iTunes or download it directly here. This Week In Trailers & Clips. The Amazing Spider-man 2 International Trailer Interstellar Teaser Trailer Edge Of Tomorrow Trailer Godzilla Teaser Trailer »

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Poll: Who Do You Want To See Wearing The Symbiote In Alex Kurtzman's Venom?

15 December 2013 12:29 PM, PST

Eddie Brock was the first man to wear the Venom symbiote after Spider-Man managed to separate himself from the alien with the use of church bells. Both Eddie and the costume were desperate for revenge and have made the life of Peter Parker a living hell over the years, although they did at one point come to a truce when battling Carnage and in Venom's role as a "Lethal Protector" and vigilante. Eddie eventually rejected the symbiote, selling it auction to the highest bidder... That bidder wasn't Mac Gargan, but the man once known as the Scorpion did eventually bond with the symbiote. However, the weak minded former P.I. pretty much lost all control of Venom, becoming a cannibalistic hulking monster in the process. He worked closely with Norman Osborn during this time, both in The Thundrbolts and as a member of The Dark Avengers. Ultimately however, he was »

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"For Your Consideration" Posters For Gravity And The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

15 December 2013 11:31 AM, PST

Thanks to a heads up from @_NerdyGeek_, we have a first look at the "For Your Consideration" posters for Warner Bros.' Academy Award campaign. While there are currently no posters for it, Man of Steel also looks likely to get an awards push from the studio as their official site has it listed for "Best Picture", "Best Director", "Best Adapted Screenplay", "Best Cinematography", "Best Production Design", "Best Film Editing", "Best Original Score", "Best Visual Effects" (which we already know it hasn't made the short list for) and several others. What do you guys think of its chances? How about the movies below? Be sure to sound off in the usual place! »

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Green Lantern Pre-Viz & Post-Viz Showreel

15 December 2013 11:00 AM, PST

Raffael Dickreuter - Green Lantern - Previs & Postvis Showreel from raffael dickreuter on Vimeo. In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite force of protectors for peace and justice has existed for centuries. They are the Green Lantern Corps. When a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of the Corps' newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds). Bringing the popular superhero to the big screen for the first time, Green Lantern also stars Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Peter Sarsgaard (Orphan), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett* and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins**. Green Lantern was directed by Martin Campbell, from a script written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Michael J. Green, and Michael Goldenberg. The film starred: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, »

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Actor Peter O'Toole has died

15 December 2013 10:55 AM, PST

Eight time Academy Award nominated actor Peter O'Toole has died. BBC News reported that the actor had died yesterday at Wellington hospital after suffering from a long illness. He was 81. Mr. O'Toole had a long list of movie credits in his career, from "Laurence of Arabia" (1962), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "High Spirits" (1988) and "Troy" (2004). He was better known to comic book movie fans as Zaltar from the 1984 superhero film "Supergirl", for which he was nominated for Worst Actor at the Golden Raspberry Awards. However, he also won an Emmy, a BAFTA, four Golden Globes and received an honorary Academy Award in 2003. R.I.P. Peter O'Toole. You will be missed. »

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Batman Forever Gadget & Weapon Designs

15 December 2013 10:40 AM, PST

Riddle me this, riddle me that, you'll adventure on the wings of bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (the Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O'Donnell (Robin) star in the third spectacular film in Warner Bros.' Batman series. Joel Schumacher (The Client) directs and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on! Actors: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell Director: Joel Schumacher Writers: Akiva Goldsman, Bob Kane, Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler »

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Comics: The Battle With Malekith Concludes In Thor: God Of Thunder #17 Preview

15 December 2013 10:12 AM, PST

This January, Malekith meets his match in Thor: God Of Thunder #17 – the grand finale of ‘The Accursed’! From critically acclaimed creators Jason Aaron and Ron Garney – Thor and the League of Realms desperate chase across the Nine Realms has finally come to an end. Malekith and his Dark Elves prepare to make their final stand against the forces of good. Prepare for the knock-down, drag-out fight you’ve been waiting for as Thor and Malekith battle to the finish as Earth hangs in the balance! Thor and his companions stand ready to defend Midgard – except for the traitor among them! But even as the final battle begins – has Malekith already won? All will be revealed in the climactic Thor: God Of Thunder #17 this January! Thor: God Of Thunder #17 Written by Jason Aaron Art by Ron Garney Cover by Esad Ribic »

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Geek Deals: Man Of Steel, The History Of The Batmobile, Uncanny X-men & More

15 December 2013 9:18 AM, PST

Books The Animal Man Omnibus (hardcover) $46.93 [37% off, save $28.07] Batmobile: The Complete History (hardcover) $25.42 [27% off, save $9.58] Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1 (paperback)$6.80 [60% off, save $10.19] Thunderbolts: Luke Cage $6.00 [60% off, save $8.99] Video Games The Last of Us $35.00 & Free Shipping [42% off, save $24.99] Beyond: Two Souls $35.00 & Free Shipping [42% off, save $24.99] WWE 2K14 - Playstation 3 $39.96 [33% off, save $20.03] Angry Birds Star Wars - Playstation 3 $19.99 [50% off, save $20.00] Spider-Man: The Edge of Time - Xbox 360 $14.50 [50% off, save %15.49] Also, Amazon will refill their stock on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on December 23rd so no need to pay those crazy mark-ups in the mean time. Movies (blu-ray, dvd and more) Elysium (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) $22.99 [44% off, save $180.00] 007: Daniel Craig Collection (Casino Royale / Quantum of Solace / Skyfall) [Blu-ray] $19.99 [64% off, save $35.00] Man »

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Back When The Hobbit Prequel Was Originally 2 Films, Where Was It Going To End?

15 December 2013 9:12 AM, PST

Speaking on Entertainment Weekly's Xm Radio Show, director Peter Jackson discussed where the first film was going to end back when The Hobbit prequel series was still just two films. Naturally, that initial film would have covered all of the events in An Unexpected Journey and a bit of what occurred in The Desolation of Smaug. According to Jackson, "The split was going to occur where Bard appears on the river bank as a silhouetted figure with a bow, so the whole barrel sequence was going to be the climax." Jackson added that ending there bothered him because that left a lot of material to get through in the second film. For those that saw the first film and the sequel, would you have preferred the prequel series remained just two films or are you glad it was split into three installments? Peter Jackson's cameo's in The Lord of »

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Jim Carrey & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Featured In New Kick-ass 2 Extended Scenes

15 December 2013 7:57 AM, PST

Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010's irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. The holidays will pack an extra punch this year as Kick-Ass 2, the second installment in the irreverent action-comedy franchise, comes to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on December 17, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD on December 3, 2013. In addition to more than an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, filmmaker commentary, and extended scenes, the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also comes »

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New Captain America: The Winter Soldier Hasbro Figures And Assault Vehicles

15 December 2013 7:56 AM, PST

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy »

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Box Office: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug Takes #1 With $73.6M; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Passes $700M Worldwide

15 December 2013 7:19 AM, PST

The Desolation Of Smaug debuted with $31.1M on Friday, the original Hobbit kicked off with $37.1M.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 14, 2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug scored $3.9M from IMAX screens in its 1st day of release.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 14, 2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug was king of the box office mountain, hoarding $73.6M in its domestic debut.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 15, 2013 Hobbit 2 scored $9.1M on 344 IMAX screens ($26,610 per) and received an 'A-' CinemaScore.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 15, 2013 For a huge action epic like The Desolation Of Smaug, it's a bit surprising that 3D represented just 49% of the opening gross.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 15, 2013 Overseas, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire lit up $19.5M, $372.9M total. UK ($47M) Ger ($34M) Oz: (28M) Chn ($27M) Mex ($22M)— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) December 15, 2013 Catching Fire has now amassed $739.9M worldwide, surpassing Hunger Games, »

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Poll: The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - What Did You Think?

15 December 2013 6:26 AM, PST

I loved The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (as you can see from my review of the movie by clicking here). Just like the first instalment, the sequel is very different to The Lord of the Rings, and for good reason; they are after all based on two very different books and take place at quite different eras in Middle-Earth. Regardless, it's been clear from the comment sections here on Cbm that you all have some very passionate feeling about Peter Jackson's middle part of his trilogy, so here's your chance to let us know how you all rated The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug! As usual, be sure to sound off with your thoughts below after casting your votes. The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title »

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Comics: Forever Evil Concludes In March; Cover Art And Solicitation Text Released

15 December 2013 5:51 AM, PST

It’s evil versus evil in the shocking “take-no-prisoners” conclusion to Forever Evil! What will be the fate of Lex Luthor and his Injustice League? Who will live – and who will die? And why is The Hooded Man the most feared being from the Syndicate's world? Do not miss this startling finale that will leave the DC universe reeling and reveal the secrets to the future! Forever Evil #7 Written by Geoff Johns Pencils by David Finch Cover by David Finch The Crime Syndicate couldn't kill him, but will Grid destroy him? Cyborg heads directly for the Syndicate with the Metal Men at his side. But can Vic Stone stop his cybernetic half? And how will this battle against the most brutal and evil beings in the universe change Cyborg and the Justice League? Justice League #29 Written by Geoff Johns Pencils & Cover by Ivan Reis The fate of the Justice League revealed! »

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Micro-News: Chris Evans Nearing End On Winter Soldier, Cobie Smulders On Wonder Woman & Colin Farell On Warcraft

15 December 2013 4:44 AM, PST

Total Film spoke to Cobie Smulders prior to Gal Gadot being revealed to have landed the role of Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman. Smulders is voicing Wonder Woman in The Lego Movie but would she be up for playing the Princess of Themyscira in a live-action movie? Said Smulders, "Wonder Woman is such an amazing character. But she's very iconic, so it's scary stuff. It's scary stuff with big shoes. I'm open to everything. I think it would be awesome, but who knows. I'm happy doing these great films like Delivery Man and being Maria Hill [in Avengers]. If Wonder Woman comes up, I'll think about it then. Obviously I'd love to be a part of it if anything ever happened. But there's nothing going on." Obviously, Gadot went on to win the role and it's unlikely Smulders was ever even considered. Still, »

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New "Now Playing/Critics" TV Spot For The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

15 December 2013 2:56 AM, PST

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Starring: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Graham McTavish as Dwalin Ken Stott as Balin Aidan Turner as Kíli Dean O'Gorman as Fíli Mark Hadlow as Dori Jed Brophy as Nori Adam Brown as Ori John Callen as Óin Peter Hambleton as Glóin William Kircher as Bifur James Nesbitt as Bofur Stephen Hunter as Bombur Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman Hugo Weaving as Elrond Cate Blanchett as Galadriel Orlando Bloom as Legolas Evangeline Lilly as »

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Man Of Steel Pre-Viz & Post-Viz Showreel

14 December 2013 8:34 PM, PST

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question 'Why am I here?' Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman. Man Of Steel was directed by Zack Snyder, from a script written by David Goyer. The cast includes: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, »

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Costume Designs For G.I. Joe: Retaliation & G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra

14 December 2013 8:09 PM, PST

In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe® characters. On Blu-ray & DVD! Director Stephen Sommers adapts the beloved Hasbro G. I. Joe toy line with this Paramount Pictures production that pits the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity against the evil forces of the organization known as Cobra. Dennis Quaid and Channing Tatum star as General Hawk and Duke Hauser, respectively, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marlon Wayans leading the rest of the cast, including Sienna Miller, »

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Comics: Marvel Reveals That Batwoman's Haden Blackman Will Write New Elektra Ongoing

14 December 2013 4:34 PM, PST

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the addition of Haden Blackman as series writer for Elektra beginning with an All-New Marvel Now! #1. On shelves this April, the perilous and dangerous adventures of Elektra Natchios – simply known by her enigmatic moniker of Elektra – will be orchestrated by critically acclaimed writer Haden Blackman (Batwoman). Previously announced with Zeb Wells writing the series, Haden is prepared to take Elektra down the dangerous paths of the Marvel Universe. “I’m extremely excited about this series,” says Blackman. “Elektra is a complex character who is still searching for her identity and purpose. My goal is to put Elektra into new situations facing terrifying enemies and hard moral choices she hasn’t encountered before. All the while exploring her evolving motives and personality.” Series Editor Sana Amanat teases, “Elektra sets off on a treacherous trek through the far corners of the Marvel Universe on a mission »

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