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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer Release Gets Trade Confirmation for Mad Max Debut

6 hours ago | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

One of two logical events for Warner Bros. to release the first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer has been confirmed by Variety according to multiple inside sources.

The good news is that the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer release is attached to Warner's Mad Max: Fury Road, set to drive into theaters on May 15. Pencil in that date on your mental calendar as the furthest time frame you'll have to wait to see Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as Batman and Superman, respectively, squaring off against one another.

I suspect Warner Bros. will appease the Internet and immense anticipation and hype for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and release the trailer online a couple days ahead of its theatrical debut attached to Mad Max: Fury Road. If so, I further suspect the Batman v Superman trailer to give the Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens »

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New 'Star Wars' Book Descriptions Inform How Original Trilogy will be Connected to the New

26 March 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Star Wars news is a dime a dozen these days with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens arriving later this year and news of 20 books that will be released between now and then to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and this new trilogy of films. It's this last bit we address today as the plot synopsis for several of the upcoming Star Wars novels and prequel comics have arrived. Let's have a look. amz asin="1484724984" size="small"Book Title: "Lost Stars" Author: Claudia Gray Pages: 304 Synopsis: This thrilling Young Adult novel gives readers a macro view of some of the most important events in the Star Wars universe, from the rise of the Rebellion to the fall of the Empire. Readers will experience these major moments through the eyes of two childhood friends-Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell-who have grown up to become an Imperial officer and a Rebel pilot. »

- Brad Brevet

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Vin Diesel makes a silly comment about how 'Fast 7' should win best picture

25 March 2015 1:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been a long and dramatic road for Vin Diesel and the cast and crew of "Fast 7." The death of Paul Walker, one of Diesel's good friends, delayed the film for almost a year and led to additional work on the picture. The film got a sneak screening at SXSW where HitFix's own Drew McWeeny raved about it.  This pundit was at another screening and is currently embargoed from discussing it in detail, but I will reveal that all the buzz about an emotional ending is very, very true.   "Fast 7" is also reportedly looking at a monster $115 million three-day weekend when it opens a week from Friday which would top "Fast & Furious 6's" $97 million debut in 2013.  Diesel, who is also a producer of the film, recently spoke to Variety about the expected blockbuster and, not surprisingly, made some slightly out there comments. "Universal is going to have the biggest »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Went 'Rogue' Before 'Star Wars' Claimed 'Rogue One'

23 March 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Update: The full trailer is now online, click here to watch it! This isn't a particularly ground-breaking story, but I found it somewhat interesting as I assume a lot of you were instantly reminded of the recently-announced-title for the first Star Wars standalone movie, Rogue One, when the title for Mission: Impossible 5 was revealed yesterday, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. This isn't the first conflict this Mission has had with Star Wars as it previously moved from a Christmas Day release to its new July 31 date in an effort to stay clear of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, but when it comes to the Rogue title, this is more about marketing than anything else. The Hollywood Reporter has the story saying, "Paramount registered and cleared the title with the Motion Picture Association of America in January, well before Walt Disney chairman-ceo Robert Iger announced the name »

- Brad Brevet

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What's in a Trailer Viewc Do Viewing Records Even Matterc

20 March 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

By the end of 2014, the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey was the most viewed trailer of the year with a reported 93 million total views. Second was the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens with 81 million after it was reported earlier in the year the Star Wars trailer had amassed 58.2 million views in its first four days, besting the current record (at the time) held by Avengers: Age of Ultron, which finished 2014 with an estimated 78 million online views. What does all this meanc Well, one thing is for certain, it means if your movie gets a lot of trailer views it's likely to make a lot of money. This is good news for the likes of Jurassic World and Furious 7, but what of the recent press release from Sony announcing the trailer for Pixels was the studio's #1 trailer launch of all timec Sony announced the »

- Brad Brevet

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Star Wars Battlefront Gameplay to Debut at Star Wars Celebration in April

19 March 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Star Wars Battlefront news, or Star Wars Battlefront 3 if you're still calling it that, for PS4, Xbox One and PC has been on hiatus since a snowy cinematic announcement trailer blew onto the scene last E3. At the time Electronic Arts and developer EA Digital Illusions Ce promised another look at the game in spring 2015. Well spring is almost here and now the cat is out of the bag on when that new look will arrive.

Today Electronic Arts announced that Star Wars Battlefront will officially debut at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California from April 16-19. We're talking the same event that will premiere Star Wars Rebels Season 2 and probably a second Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer.

Here's another interesting note about the announcement suggesting that more Star Wars game announcements from EA are just around the corner.

We have a lot of exciting news »

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Oscar Isaac Explains How He Got His Uncle a Role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

18 March 2015 10:12 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Some stars aren't content with simply making their own Hollywood dreams come true. Just look at Oscar Isaac, who made his uncle's Star Wars dream a wonderful reality.

Isaac, who appears on the cover of the April issue of Details magazine, explained how he won the title of Nephew of the Year.

According to the 35-year-old star, when he was cast in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, his uncle -- a huge Star Wars fan -- absolutely freaked out, and made T-shirts that read, "Estar Guars: Episode VII."

News: 'Star Wars: Episode VII': Who's Playing Who?

"I gave them to everybody and told J.J. Abrams, who was like, 'Does he wanna be in the movie?'" Isaac said. "He's an extra in a scene with me. How amazing is that?"

Star Wars isn't the only big-budget blockbuster Isaac has on his plate. The Golden Globe-nominated actor is also set to »

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Hard to believe: John Williams is not scoring Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies'

18 March 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For the first time in almost 30 years a Steven Spielberg film will not be scored by John Williams.  That was the sad news DreamWorks Studios tried to avoid making headlines with this morning with the announcement that Thomas Newman would compose the music for Spielberg's upcoming thriller "Bridge of Spies." According to a release from the studio through distributor Walt Disney Pictures, Williams work schedule "was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected."   The 83-year-old composer has enjoyed a remarkable career winning five Academy Awards including three Oscars for Spielberg films "E.T.," "Schindler's List" and "Jaws."  The duo most recently collaborated on 2013's "Lincoln" for which Williams also earned an Original Score nomination. Williams' last theatrical work was 2013's "The Book Thief" which was his 49th nomination. He has also won a remarkable 22 Grammy Awards. Williams is still expected to »

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J.J. Abrams Rumored to Return for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

18 March 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's an interesting time in the world of Star Wars. I remember when I first started this job back in 2003, and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith was on the near horizon. The big difference then being that Revenge of the Sith was the only thing going on in the cinematic world of Star Wars. Now, not only due we have Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens on the horizon, but we have Rian Johnson writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII and Gareth Edwards already beginning work on Rogue One, the first of several standalone Star Wars films. On top of that we have the 20 books that will come between now and the December release of The Force Awakens, which is to say Disney and Lucasfilm have more than enough to keep fans interested so it will never seem like there is a lack »

- Brad Brevet

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'Star Wars', What Happens Between 'Return of the Jedi' and 'The Force Awakens'c

18 March 2015 7:02 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We've already learned there will be upwards of 20 books released between now and this December when the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, hits theaters. These books will connect the original trilogy, which ended with Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi with this new batch of films, the first to be directed by J.J. Abrams and the books will fill the timeline between features. So what happens in these booksc Well, that information is beginning to be released as StarWars.com has revealed the plot to one of the books, "Star Wars: Aftermath", which will begin on Endor, where Return of the Jedi ended. Here's the official plot: "The second Death Star has been destroyed. Rumors are flying that the Emperor and his enforcer, Darth Vader, are dead. A new government is forming to replace the Empire. »

- Brad Brevet

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New Picture from Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies', Newman Replaces Williams on Score

18 March 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Dreamworks has announced today that Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition) has replaced John Williams (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) as composer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie, Bridge of Spies. As much as it would seem like Williams had to cancel due to his work on the new Star Wars film, the announcement says Williams had to step down due to a minor health issue, which has since been corrected. Williams will, however, return to work with Spielberg on his next film, the Roald Dahl adaptation, The Bfg. Meanwhile, the studio sent over the above new picture of Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies where he stars as James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The film is set »

- Brad Brevet

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Alexandre Desplat Will Score 'Star Wars: Rogue One'

16 March 2015 8:23 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Alexandre Desplat was nominated last year for his scores for The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel, the latter of which he won the Oscar for. His work last year didn't end there though, scoring The Monuments Men, Unbroken and Godzilla and Film Music Reporter has learned via an interview with Desplat on Radio Classique's Culture Club that Desplat will be returning to work with Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards on his next feature, Rogue One, the upcoming standalone Star Wars film set for release on December 16, 2016. This will mark the first live-action Star Wars score that will not be composed by John Williams who is already confirmed to be returning for this year's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. »

- Brad Brevet

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'Furious 7' Eyes $100+ Million Opening, Plus New International Trailer

15 March 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez introduce a new Furious 7 international trailer below, but before we get to that, early tracking for the upcoming April 3 release has the film targeting as much as a $100 million opening with others going as high as $115 million. The reasonc "It's the groundswell of love for the late Paul Walker that is driving pre-release projections," writes Todd Cunningham at The Wrap. "I think it could go even higher than $115 million," Rentrak's senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian told The Wrap, "and that's because of the X factor that Walker's fans provide." I wonder, is it an "X Factor" or is it a morbid curiosity and interest in seeing Walker on screen as well as seeing what Universal and director James Wan did, bringing in Walker's brothers to help complete the filmc I know I'm personally interested in seeing that, though I'm also in the bag for these »

- Brad Brevet

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First Star Wars Spin-Off Movie Has a Release Date and Leading Lady Cast

12 March 2015 7:07 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger shed some new light on the expanding Star Wars cinematic universe's first spin-off movie today during an investors presentation at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.

The first Star Wars film is now officially titled Rogue One and is based off a story by Ilm visual effects chief John KnollSimon Emanuel (The Dark Knight Rises, Fast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) will executive produce the film alongside Knoll, while Kathleen Kennedy, Tony To (Band of Brothers, The Pacific) and John Swartz (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) will produce.

As rumored for several weeks now, Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is now confirmed as the female lead in Rogue One. Her role, and any information regarding the film's plot, are being kept a secret for now.

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Spin-off & Sequel! Big Star Wars News Revealed

12 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's been a disturbance in the Force. Star Wars fanatics got a double dose of news Thursday when Disney revealed the title and release date of the first stand-alone film in the saga, as well as when Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholders meeting that the stand-alone film, starring The Theory of Everything actress Felicity Jones, will be titled Rogue One, according to a statement on the official Star Wars website. The movie, which will follow new characters and adventures in the Star Wars universe, will begin shooting this »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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Spin-off & Sequel! Big Star Wars News Revealed

12 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

There's been a disturbance in the Force. Star Wars fanatics got a double dose of news Thursday when Disney revealed the title and release date of the first stand-alone film in the saga, as well as when Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at a shareholders meeting that the stand-alone film, starring The Theory of Everything actress Felicity Jones, will be titled Rogue One, according to a statement on the official Star Wars website. The movie, which will follow new characters and adventures in the Star Wars universe, will begin shooting this »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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6 Things We Now Know About Star Wars: Episode VIII and the Spinoff

12 March 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Though all eyes are on the next Star Wars movie, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, we are already getting some big news about the following installment, Episode VIII, and the standalone movie that's a spinoff of the franchise. At a shareholder meeting this week, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed info about both movies, like release dates and the talent behind the films, which we have broken down for you below. Star Wars: Episode VIII The release date will be May 26, 2017. Rian Johnson (Looper) will write and direct the film. The Standalone Film It has a title: Rogue One and a release date: Dec. 16, 2016. Felicity Jones, whose name was floated around as the star, has been confirmed. It will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Chris Weitz (About a Boy). There are no plot details yet, but Disney confirms that it will be »

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'Rogue One' is the Official Title for the First 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

12 March 2015 10:53 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Disney announced today the official title for the first Star Wars spin-off feature will be Rogue One with Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directing, Chris Weitz (Cinderella) scripting and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) confirmed to star. The film will arrive almost a year to the date after this December's Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens as it has been set for a December 16, 2016 release. Filming on Star Wars: Rogue One begins in London this summer. There are no official plot details as of yet other than to say the film is just the first in a "unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga." John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, is credited with the story idea. Rumor has it the story will center on a group of bounty hunters, »

- Brad Brevet

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'Star Wars' Updates: 'Episode VIII' Release Date, Spinoff Title Announced

12 March 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The Force is strong with "Star Wars" news today.

"Star Wars: Episode VIII" now has a release date: May 26, 2017. As StarWars.com noted, that's 40 years and a day after the release of "Star Wars: A New Hope" back in 1977. Most impressive.

It was already revealed that Rian Johnson will be writing and directing that film, but it was further confirmed at Disney's annual shareholders meeting. At the event, it was also revealed that the standalone "Star Wars" movie starring Felicity Jones and directed by Gareth Edwards will be titled "Rogue One." That starts filming this summer in London and it will be released December 16, 2016.

Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" hits theaters December 18, 2015.

Mark your "Star Wars" calendar now, and try do make sure not to miss each premiere. »

- Gina Carbone

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Projected to Open at $217 Million, Can 'Star Wars' Beat Itc

11 March 2015 3:50 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The highest opening weekend of 2015 so far was the mid-January result tallied by American Sniper when it brought in $89.2 million in its wide expansion. Fifty Shades of Grey wasn't too far behind with its $85.1 million. Last year it was the $121.8 million opening for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 that ended up the highest opening of the year followed by Transformers: Age of Extinction ($100m), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($95m) and Guardians of the Galaxy ($94.3m), but 2015 looks as if it may have a juggernaut no one can compete with, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Back in 2012, The Avengers opened to the tune of a record-breaking $207.4 million, more than $33 million more than second place held by Iron Man 3, but now Bloomberg is reporting the sequel is likely to top that figure once it arrives on May 1, predicting an opening around $217 million. Of course, this isn't much of a surprise. »

- Brad Brevet

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