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Remember 'Lord of the Rings' Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie With Five of His Best Shots

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When Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy concluded last year, one thing above all that could be said for the three movies is they're absolutely gorgeous. That was a consistent exemption applied to Jackson's work over the past decade, actually. Whatever you think overall of King KongThe Lovely Bones or that second Tolkien set, you have to admit they all feature extraordinary visuals. We have Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie to thank for those prevailing images, the specific likes of which we will sadly never see again. Yesterday, Lesnie died suddenly of a heart attack. While best known for his collaborations with Jackson, particularly his Oscar-winning work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the...

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- Christopher Campbell

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David Heyman Explains How 'Ravenous' Led to 'Harry Potter,' Plus: Casting 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

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Pop quiz: What do the utterly delightful and whimsical Paddington, the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter, and the brutal, bone-crunching cannibalism movie Ravenous all have in common? Producer David Heyman. Most would know Heyman for being the producer who plucked Harry Potter from relative obscurity and brought it to the big screen, in turning making him one of the most important movie producers of the last 20 years. But did you know that were it not for Ravenous, it's possible the Harry Potter movies, as we know them at least, would have never happened? We spoke to Heyman recently ahead of today's home video release of Paddington (read the first part of that interview here), and that's when a shared love for Ravenous revealed the chain of...

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- Peter Hall

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New VOD and Digital HD Releases, Plus: Watch Julianne Moore's Best Actress Performance in 'Still Alice' at Home Now

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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Boy Next Door (cougar-in-peril thriller; Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman; rated R) The Gambler (drama; Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson; rated R) Paddington (family; Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville; rated PG) The Wedding Ringer (comedy; Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting; rated R) Mommy (drama; Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon; rated R)   Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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'Avengers' Countdown: The New 'Captain America' Villain, The Next 'Avengers' Movie and More

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Excited about watching Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters this weekend? Here are 10 things to check out while you wait for one of the year's biggest sequels to land in your neck of the woods. 10. To celebrate an advanced screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron at Disneyland, 300 fans dressed up as their favorite Avengers while chillin' with Captain America, Thor and Hawkeye.   9. We already knew that Daniel Bruh (Rush) had been cast in Captain America: Civil War -- due in theaters on May 6, 2016 -- and we had heard he'd be playing a villain. Well, the cat is officially out of the bag -- Bruhl told the Independent that he will be playing the purple-masked Baron Zemo, a character who tends to work both sides -- assisting the heroes while also working against...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: 'Independence Day 2' Snares 'It Follows' Star; Watch Filthy 'Ted 2' Red-Band Trailer (But Not At Work)

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Independence Day 2: Director Roland Emmerich announced that Maika Monroe has joined the cast of Independence Day 2. Monroe starred recently in the breakout indie horror title It Follows; it's not yet clear what role she will be playing in the blockbuster sequel opposite the likes of Liam Hemsworth and Jeff Goldblum. The movie is set for release on June 24, 2016. [Twitter]   Unfriended: Low-budget horror thriller Unfriended has grossed more than $25 million in box office returns in the U.S., and thus has earned a sequel. The movie unfolds entirely on a young woman's personal computer, as the mysterious revenge story is told through the use of a variety of computer programs. Nelson Greaves will once again write the screenplay. [Bloody...

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- Peter Martin

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Today in Movie Culture: Sesame Street's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Parody, Jared Leto Joker Parodies and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Sesame Street took on the new Avengers movie with a healthy parody titled "Aveggies: Age of Bon Bon":   This tribute to movies based on Marvel comics (including McU, Spider-Man and X-Men franchises) makes you almost believe there weren't any bad ones (via Geek Tyrant):   Sticking with Avengers: Age of Ultron anticipation, this animated video from How It Should Have Ended illustrates the five stages of watching a Marvel movie:   Here are two likeminded Home Alone-based parodies of Jared Leto as The Joker from Suicide Squad (via Wyatt Duncan and Kevin Polowy):   Two British Star Wars fans filmed an X-Wing fighter in actual space using a...

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'Paddington' Producer David Heyman Talks Going From Studio Rejection to a Possible 'Paddington 2'

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When Paddington hit theaters earlier this year, Movies.com sat down with producer David Heyman?, best known for producing the entire Harry Potter series, to talk about his wonderful movie. But you know what? The movie is indeed so darn wonderful, we' chatted with Heyman a second time for this week's Blu-ray, DVD, and DigitalHD release. Directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh), Paddington is a tremendous family film that can easily be appreciated by anyone, young or old. It may star a CGI animated bear, but this isn't your run of the mill movie that's churned out to keep kids entertained for 90 minutes. It's a loving, funny, tender, artful film that has a lot of lessons to teach kids and adults alike. It's also a surprisingly topical film about...

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- Peter Hall

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'Descendants' Trailer: What If Disney Villains All Had Kids?

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What if all of the biggest villains from classic Disney animated movies had children? And what if all of those kids ended up getting sent off to school together? That's the premise of Descendants, the Disney Channel's newest bet at a small screen franchise. It will probably be immediately obvious as soon as you press play on the below trailer, but Descendants will not be appearing on a big screen near you. Instead it will be making its premiere on the Disney Channel later this summer. And that's fine, because this looks like it fits right in with the Disney Channel Original Movies like Halloweentown, High School Musical, and Phantom of the Megaplex. And that may sound like we're knocking those movies, but if you think that's the case, then you haven't...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch Two Sequels Become One Movie in 'Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2' Trailer

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The inevitable next step in Hollywood trends is for major franchise crossovers. We're almost there already with shared-universe mega-franchises from Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment. Avengers: Age of Ultron is basically a collective sequel for the separate Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor movie series, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is technically Man of Steel 2, but also sort of a prequel to a planned solo series for the characters Wonder Woman and Aquaman, as well as to the crossover Justice League movies.There's also been talk of 23 Jump Street possibly being the same movie as Men In Black IV.  And now it's time for Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2. Watch the preview below. Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2 with Sean Combs and...

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- Christopher Campbell

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The 5 Best Moments from the 'Goodfellas' Anniversary Reunion Screening

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One look around New York's Beacon Theatre this past Saturday night told you it wasn't just another night at the Beacon. To close the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, much of the cast and crew of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas reunited for a remastered screening of the film followed by a Q&A (hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart) featuring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino and screenwriter Nick Pileggi.  The Beacon was packed with fictional big-screen wiseguys, many of whom played a role in Goodfellas, as well as The Sopranos and other mob-related movies and TV shows that have filmed in New York over the years. The room was buzzing, and when Robert De Niro (who played wiseguy Jimmy Conway in the Scorsese classic...

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- Erik Davis

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See Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

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To celebrate the first official day on set filming X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has released this first look at the new Nightcrawler, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, via Instagram, which has since been taken down and replaced with the cleaner reveal seen up top. Last time we saw Nightcrawler (no relation to the recent Jake Gyllenhaal movie) in an X-Men film, it was X2 and the shape-shifting mutant was played by Alan Cumming.  See him in action below in one of our favorite scenes from the film, featuring Nightcrawler storming the White House. X-Men Apocalypse, which will also feature X-Men newcomers like Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Ben Hardy (Angel) and Alexandra Shipp (Storm) -- in...

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- Erik Davis

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Box Office Report: 'Furious 7' Is Now the Fifth Highest-Grossing Movie of All Time

27 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Furious 7 - $18.2 million ($320.5 million total) 2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $15.5 million ($43.9 million total) 3. The Age of Adaline - $13.3 million ($13.3 million total) 4. Home - $8.3 million ($153.7 million total) 5. Unfriended - $6.2 million ($25.1 million total) 6. Ex Machina - $5.4 million ($6.9 million total) 7. The Longest Ride - $4.3 million ($30.3 million total) 8. Get Hard - $3.9 million ($84.0 million total) 9. Monkey Kingdom - $3.5 million ($10.2 million total) 10. Woman in Gold - $3.5 million ($21.6 million total)   The Big Stories It's calm-before-the-storm week at the box office. You know it, I know it -- we all know it. How interesting can the numbers be...

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Movie News: First 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles 2' Photos; Watch Hailee Steinfeld in 'Barely Lethal' Trailer

27 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Courtesy of producer Michael Bay, the first official images from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 feature vehicular stars from the upcoming sequel. Will Arnett and Megan Fox are reprising their roles, with Stephen Amell and Tyler Perry joining the cast. The movie will hit theaters on June 3, 2016. [Den of Geek]   The Deep Blue Good-bye: Christian Bale was all set to play hard-bruising 'salvage recovery expert' Travis McGee in The Deep Blue Good-bye, but a leg injury he suffered a while ago has not healed sufficiently for him to be able to start filming the action drama next month, as originally planned. It's not known when the project, a possible begining to a new franchise, can resume; director James Mangold is turning his...

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