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Check Out Elijah Wood and Peter Jackson in This Commercial for Air New Zealand

10 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

You have to be fairly self-confident to title your safety video "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made," but Air New Zealand isn't exaggerating. This "Hobbit"-themed video has everything, from flight attendants dressed up like elves to cameos by Elijah Wood, Peter Jackson, and Sylvester McCoy. Plus, Orcs! The Shire! Cool pipe music! If this is what air travel looks for Kiwis, sign us up.

New Zealand's tourism has enjoyed quite a boost from Peter Jackson's movies, and Jackson's own Weta Workshop has also contributed a great deal to the local economy. There's also a giant freaking Gollum sculpture at the Wellington International Airport in New Zealand, thanks to the wizards of Weta.

The video was directed by Taika Waititi, who wrote the original script for Disney's upcoming (and awesome-sounding!) film "Moana." He also wrote and directed the vampire comedy "What We Do in the Shadows," which stars »

- Jenni Miller

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This Beloved Lord Of The Rings Actor Will Be In The Hobbit 3

21 October 2014 9:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey started to unfurl on screens across the world in 2012, it greeted fans with the familiar faces of Ian Holm and Elijah Wood as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. After an entire trilogy with the Baggins family, opening the new chapter of the story is pretty much the best way you can introduce the continuation of the Lord Of The Rings saga's prequel to fans not so familiar with the books. Much like Billy Boyd's involvement with The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies is the perfect way to bookend the series. Hypable reported that Boyd, known as Pippin in the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, would be singing the latest and final end credit track in the series, entitled "The Last Goodbye." To add some extra coincidental humor to the mix is the fact that the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle Of »

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Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Into the Storm

7 October 2014 2:17 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014

Price: DVD $28.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99

Studio: Warner

Special effects rule in the 2014 action-thriller disaster film Into the Storm.

The story is set in city of Silverton, Oklahoma, which is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters they’ve ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot

Oh yeah, after the furious visual effects, there are a handful of human stars, including Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s The Walking Dead), Matt Walsh (Ted).

Stars and effects notwithstanding, the Steven Quale-directed movie performed tepidly with the critics and at the box office. It garnered a barely-there »

- Laurence

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This Next 'Hobbit' Movie Will Apparently be the Defining Chapter

6 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the "defining chapter" in the Hobbit trilogy as this new poster suggests, what does that make The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugc And is this to suggest each of these time-wasting monoliths are only a single chapterc I would be more likely to call it the "final volume" over chapter, but then again I couldn't really care less about this movie so I'm probably not the right person to make the decision. The final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy hits theaters on December 17 and rumor has it the film will feature a battle between not two, not three and not even four, but five armies! Yes, five. I can only assume there will be swords and monsters galore and perhaps a little magic. I also am willing to bet all the good guys die »

- Brad Brevet

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Predict Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar: Will period and prosthetics dominate?

1 October 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Best Makeup and Hairstyling, a category whose name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling, has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetic makeup, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films ("The Wolfman," "Pan's Labyrinth," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), or to age or transform actors in biopics ("La Vie en Rose," "Frida," "The Iron Lady"). -Break- Top 8 Sci-Fi Films Nominated For Best Picture However, last year's winner was "Dallas Buyers Club," which famously beat "Bad Grandpa" and "The Lone Ranger" despite a makeup budget of only $250. The previous year, Makeup/Hairstyling went to the period musical "Les Miserables," which beat a pair of films that fit the usual criteria: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" with its elaborate creature makeup, and "Hitchcock," which turne »

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Blu-ray 3D, DVD, Digital Release: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

30 September 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014; Digital Release Date: Nov. 11, 2014

Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99, Blu-ray 3D $49.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Gary Oldman (Lawless), Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Keri Russell (Austenland) star in the science fiction action drama Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the second chapter in the recent reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise.

It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Serkis). The two species form a fragile peace but dissention grows and the groups find themselves hurtling toward all-out war.

Fans and critics embraced Dawn, which grossed an ass-kicking $210 million at the domestic box office. »

- Laurence

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Go Bananas For Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Concept Art

23 September 2014 2:01 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Concept Art by Jaime Jones, Nathan Schroeder and Nathaniel West Click Here - Bts Images & More Concept Art A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), »

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Predict Best Production Design Oscar: 'Grand Budapest Hotel'? 'The Hobbit'?

22 September 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The Oscar for Best Production Design -- often associated with lavish sets, interiors, and settings -- is usually awarded to period films or fantasies. The most recent winner was "The Great Gatsby," set in the opulent Long Island homes of the wealthy, and other recent winners include period pieces "Lincoln," "Hugo," "Memoirs of a Geisha," and "The Aviator," as well as fantasies "Alice in Wonderland," "Avatar," and "Pan's Labyrinth." -Break- Predict Best Costume Design Oscar: Will period and fantasy continue to dominate? "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was nominated in 2012, and the final chapter of Peter Jackson's trilogy, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," could earn a return bid; production designer Dan Hennah previously won for Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Other previous winner...' »

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Is James Cameron Prepping To Film Avatar Sequels In 4K 3D?

16 September 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In cinematic circles, James Cameron and bleeding-edge technology go hand in hand. Whether it’s overseeing the construction of the world’s largest indoor water tank for Titanic back in 1997 or pushing the envelope for Avatar with ultra-realistic motion capture, the filmmaker likes to establish his own filmic parameters.

And now, it seems as though Cameron is eyeing up the possibility of shooting the Avatar sequels in full 4K resolution through the use of Douglas Trumbull’s patented gizmo, Magi — an experimental process that renders the image in 4K 3D at 120 frames per second.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Trumbull states that discussions are currently ongoing with Avatar producer Jon Landau. Here’s what the visual effects maestro had to say:

“I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame rates [HFRs]. The use of HFRs for Avatar would be very appropriate and very successful. »

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James Cameron To Film ‘Avatar’ Sequels At 120fps?

16 September 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Remember when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey came out? Remember the while who-ha in regards to film being shot at a whopping 48-frames-per-second? The world was in uproar as to why the new technology was being used, despite the fact that you could march on down to your local multiplex and still have the choice of viewing the film in the new higher frame rate format or the old 24-frames-per-second one. Very much like you have a choice of viewing a film in 2D or 3D. Well, as much as Peter Jackson got excited about projecting at a higher frame rate, another has gone one step further? James Cameron.

The word around the campfire is that Cameron’s people are holding meetings with tech folk about potentially screening the two planned Avatar sequels at a huge 120-frames-per-second. Take that Internet. A guy named Douglas Trumbull has developed a new way of projecting a 3D, »

- Paul Heath

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James Cameron May Shoot 'Avatar' Sequels at 120 Fps

15 September 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Peter Jackson helped push the envelope of frame rate technology by presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in the high frame rate (Hfr) of 48 frames per second, double the industry standard of 24 Fps. Now it seems filmmaker James Cameron may go even further with his upcoming Avatar sequels, Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 by filming at 120 frames per second.

Douglas Trumbull, who developed a 4K 3D system that is shot at 120 Fps dubbed Magi, revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he has spoken with James Cameron's producing partner Jon Landau about using this technology on the Avatar follow-ups. Here's what Douglas Trumbull had to say about setting up a screening of his short film Utofog, which showcases the Magi technology.

"I know that Cameron admired Showscan [Trumbull's earlier invention of a large-format high-frame rate projection system] and that he is a huge advocate of high frame »

- MovieWeb

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Former MGM Marketing Exec Lands At Saban Brands

9 September 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

After ramping up the exec ranks of its newly launched film division this spring, Haim Saban’s Saban Brands has hired Doug Finberg to lead brand marketing across its portfolio of properties. The former Evp Marketing at MGM Studios will step into the newly created role of Svp Marketing, heading marketing, publicity, creative, promotions, and digital initiatives at Saban. Those brands include Power Rangers, which Saban is rebooting with Lionsgate as a big-screen franchise, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Popples and Emojiville. Saban Films launched in May with an ambitious plan to release 8-10 commercial, talent-driven features per year, then hired Jonathan Saba as VP Marketing and Azniv Taschyan as VP Finance.

Finberg left MGM last September when his contract ran out, and the studio boosted TV/home entertainment Evp Michael Brown to a worldwide marketing post, where he assumed many of Finberg’s former responsibilities. Finberg now will bring »

- Jen Yamato

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Awesome Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Concept Art

19 August 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Concept Art by Justin Goby Fields A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast includes: Andy Serkis (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Public Enemies, The Great Gatsby), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Harry Potter film series), Keri Russell (The Americans, Mission Impossible III), Toby Kebbell (The Prince of Persia, Wrath of the Titans, Rock N Rolla), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, »

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'Thor' Star Tom Hiddleston Wanted for the Lead in 'Ben-Hur'

12 August 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Hiddleston is reportedly the top choice for MGM, Paramount Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov to star in their Ben-Hur remake as the title character.

While it isn't known if an official offer has been extended to the actor yet, Tom Hiddleston is reportedly mulling over other projects such as MGM's Me Before You.

We first reported on the project back in January 2013, when MGM picked up the spec screenplay by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back) after the studio emerged from its bankruptcy troubles with hits such as Skyfall and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The script is reportedly much more faithful to the 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, which is currently in the public domain, centering on the early years of Judah Ben-Hur and Messalla, who were best friends as children before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem. After Messalla leaves for five years to be educated, he mocks his former friend's religion, »

- MovieWeb

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Into the Storm - The Cast and Crew Speak!

6 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last year in Oklahoma a famous father-and-son team of storm chasers were heard screaming, “We’re going to die! We’re going to die!” on a Highway Patrol radio moments before they were indeed killed by one of the savage twisters they’d devoted their lives to following.

Storm chasers are single-minded in their pursuit of danger, willing to risk all for the thrill of the hunt, and in the new movie Into the Storm, Matt Walsh plays just such a character. He’s Pete, a TV reality star who endangers his crew when one of the biggest storms of all time hits the rural town of Silverton.

While the subject matter is serious, behind the scenes Walsh was dealing with a comedy of errors he couldn’t help but laugh at. In the film his fortress on wheels is Titus, a storm-proof tank that can roll its way through anything. »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass' Begins Filming with James Bobin Directing

4 August 2014 8:46 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.

Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay. Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

The all-star ensemble »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass Kicks Off Production

4 August 2014 8:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At long last, the sequel to Disney’s massively successful, if narratively weak, Alice in Wonderland is starting to roll cameras, with James Bobin replacing Tim Burton in the director’s chair. It took a suprisingly long time for this next chapter of the planned franchise to get off the ground, considering the first film broke $1 billion at the box office, but a press release indicates that filming is now underway.

Officially titled Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up finds the original actors returning to their roles, with a bevy of new stars joining both the live-action and voice casts. What the sequel is exactly about is still foggy, but the story is said to “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”

Check out the official press release below:

Disney’S “Alice In Wonderland »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass' Begins Shooting in England

4 August 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney's Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter. James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) helms the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll's beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland-and back in Time.

Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland ) Jennifer Todd (Alice in Wonderland), Suzanne Todd ("Alice in Wonderland) and Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland). John G. Scotti (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) penned the screenplay.

Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

The all-star ensemble cast includes:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen »

- MovieWeb

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Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Officially Starts Production

4 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Disney met with some success in their live-action version of Alice in Wonderland (with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), and since the film released, talk of a sequel has been on-going.  Now, it's finally moved into production as the cast and crew have gathered together in anticipation of it's May 2016 release.  Disney announced cameras have started rolling with a new cast list confirming both old and new members of the cast coming to the production.  

I wasn't all that thrilled with Alice in Wonderland when it released.  Not that it was a bad movie, I just didn't find it all that special or great.  So it's tough to muster up much enthusiasm for this sequel, despite the impressive cast coming back for it.  From the press release: 

Disney’s “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Huge Cast Lines Up For Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass

4 August 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Disney’s Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass begins principal photography this week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

James Bobin (“The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted”) will direct.

The Disney movie revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.

Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass is produced by Joe Roth (“Maleficent,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Jennifer Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”), Suzanne Todd (“Alice In Wonderland,” “Memento”) and Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Frankenweenie”). John G. Scotti (“Muppets Most Wanted,” “The Muppets”) is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,” “Beauty and the Beast”) penned the screenplay.

Shooting on location and at Shepperton Studios in England, the film is slated for release on May 27, 2016.

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- Michelle McCue

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