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Marvel Reveals Its Future Movie Schedule Through 2019


Marvel's big press event in Los Angeles is underway and the studio is showing off its future movie schedule through 2019! 

The studio announced nine films that will be a part of Marvel's phase 3 entry into its cinematic universe. 

Here's the full list.

May 6, 2016: "Captain America 3" will be called "Captain America: Civil War."

Marvel trolled fans and reporters by joking the subtitle was "Serpent Society."

November 4, 2016: "Doctor Strange" 

There was no mention about Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. 

Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige said the following regarding casting news: "If it was confirmed, we would have announced it today."

May 5, 2017: "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" has been moved up from a previous July 28, 2017 release date.

July 28, 2017: "Thor 3" will be called "Thor: Ragnarok."

Nov. 3, 2017: The "Black Panther" movie is finally coming!

Chadwick Boseman ("42") is confirmed as the lead. Feige says Black Panther will be introduced to audiences in "Captain America: Civil War."

Here's concept art Marvel showed off to the crowd. Attendees took home a poster version of the artwork.

July 6: 2018: "Captain Marvel," another new character, is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

May 4, 2018: "Avengers: Infinity War Part I"

Check out Josh Brolin as big bad villain Thanos showing off the Infinity Gauntlet.

Nov. 2, 2018: "Inhumans"

May 3, 2019: "Avengers: Infinity War Part II"

Here's a look at all of the film's together. What do you think of the lineup?

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Get Ready For Marvel's First Female Superhero Movie


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Fans have been waiting for a female superhero movie and they're finally getting one!

Marvel Studios announced nine new movies Tuesday that will be released between 2016-2019 and one of the biggest announcements was Marvel's first female superhero movie— Captain Marvel.

While there have been many iterations of the character, Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, confirmed this version will be Carol Danvers.

“This Captain Marvel’s name is Carol Danvers," said Feige. "This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”

The film is expected in theaters July 6, 2018.

Who is Captain Marvel?

Danvers is United States Air Force officer who gains superhero powers including the ability to fly and superhuman strength in an explosion. The character has been known as both Ms. Marvel and later Captain Marvel, eventually becoming a member of a new Avengers team.

While it's great Marvel will be releasing a female-centric superhero film, many were surprised Black Widow wasn't getting her own film. 

During the event, Feige told reporters Scarlett Johansson's superhero isn't getting her own Marvel movie because she is currently working well with "The Avengers" gang, according to Nerdist.

"Her [Black Widow's] part in Avengers: Age of Ultron is very, very big," he said. “Today’s presentation was all about introducing new characters.”

SEE ALSO: Marvel's 9 announced movies from 2016-2019

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'Captain America: 3' Could Be A Gigantic Movie Featuring Tons Of Superheroes


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During Marvel's big press event Tuesday, the studio announced the upcoming "Captain America" movie will be called "Captain America: Civil War," confirming what many already suspected, the next installment in the franchise should be an absolutely huge "Avengers"-like blow-out event.

That's good news. Marvel needs a big hit going into summer 2016.

The movie will be released May 6, 2016, six weeks after Warner Bros.' hugely-anticipated event film "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice," March 25, 2016 in which Bats and Supes are expected to battle it out.

"Civil War" should be a lot of the same.

We've discussed it a little bit before, but the seven-issue comic series pits Steve Rogers/Captain America against Tony Stark/Iron Man as the two go head-to-head over a law, the Superhero Registration Act, which, as you can probably decipher, requires superheroes to register with the government and reveal their identities.

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It shouldn't come as a shock this will divide the superhero community with different heroes siding with Stark while others align with Rogers.

After a lot of speculation and rumors, Marvel confirmed at the event Robert Downey, Jr. will reprise his roles of Tony Stark and Iron Man as he came out on stage with Captain America actor Chris Evans.

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During Marvel's press event, Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige also said Black Panther will be introduced in the film in costume. 

Actor Chadwick Boseman came out and joined the two as he was announced to play the lead in an upcoming standalone "Black Panther" film Nov. 3, 2017.

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The sequel has the opportunity to introduce a long list of superheroes and villains who butt heads over the registration law.

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Who's Pro-Registration 

Via Marvel, the characters who are pro-registration and side with Iron Man include Skyhawk, James Rhodes, Yellowjacket, Black Widow, Maria Hill, Deathstrike, Ronin, Mister Fantastic, Ms. Marvel, Wasp, Sentry, Wonder Man, Thor Girl, Falcon, Deadpool, Hellcat, Captain Marvel, and Beast.

Who's Anti-Registration

The ones against it that side with Captain America include Black Panther, Ant-Man, Sharon Carter, Daredevil, Demolition Man, Jane Foster, Nick Fury, Hercules, Howard the Duck, Jessica Jones, Quicksilver, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Wolverine, and the Winter Soldier.

You can view a full list, here.

The comic revolves heavily around characters including the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Spider-Man. Don't expect to see any of them in the film though. Fox has the distribution rights to the Fantastic Four and X-Men while Sony still has the rights to Spidey. Both movie studios are trying to build up cinematic universes of their own unless Disney is able to snatch one of the properties back in the near future.

Since Spider-Man plays a big role in the "Civil War" storyline — he's caught between both Iron Man and Captain America — we imagine that may be where the introduction of Black Panther may come into play. Deadline reports Boseman is signed to a five-film deal with Marvel so expect to see a lot more of him.

With many new characters announced at Marvel's press event, we wouldn't be surprised to see Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, and others make their debut in "Civil War" to make it an even bigger potential blockbuster for Disney and Marvel in 2016.

SEE ALSO: Marvel's nine new movies that will debut between 2016-2019

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Here Are The Release Dates For All The Superhero Movies Coming Out Between Now And 2020


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Saying there are a lot of comic book movies coming out in the next few years is a massive understatement.

More than 30 superhero movies are expected to released by Disney, Warner Bros., Fox, and Sony Pictures as nearly every big studio attempts to build its own cinematic universe.

Will they all be successful? Probably not. Will we be in superhero fatigue? Maybe.

If you can’t keep all of the release dates straight in your head, Comics Alliance's graphics guy Dylan Todd has put together an immensely thorough infographic breaking down all of the future dates. And yes, they’ve updated it to include the new movies just announced at Marvel’s press event Tuesday.

Bookmark this. It’s sure to come in handy.

Here's a larger version of the map.superhero movie release dates

SEE ALSO: Marvel just announced 9 new movies at a press event

AND: Get ready for Marvel's first female superhero movie

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Here’s What’s Being Added To (And Removed From) Netflix In November (NFLX)


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Ready to acquaint yourself with some new Netflix titles? As with every month, a new barrage of films will be introduced to the streaming service’s library, giving you plenty to do during these wintery days. The movies being added in November aren’t quite as strong as months past but, then again, you have 1990’s Total Recall leading the charge, which to this day is still one of the goriest, most vulgar movies to ever be released—not that we’re complaining. 

The list is broken down into chunks, with ten or so being added every week. Total Recall, for example, will hit Netflix on Nov. 1, while 2013’s Nebraska, which stars Bruce Dern, won’t be available until after Nov. 3. (but before Nov. 14). Again, this isn’t the most amazing month of Netflix newcomers we’ve ever seen, though there are still some standouts like KingpinSnowpiercer and VeggieTales in the House (kidding).

Of course, movies will also get removed from Netflix when November rolls around, which means you only have a few more days to get your fill. There are actually a lot of good movies leaving the streaming service, such as Apocalypse NowAmerican Psycho and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Because October ends on a Friday, maybe consider taking a sick day to watch some of the movies being removed from Netflix (not that I would condone such a thing).

Here’s what’s being added:

  • Artifact (2012)
  • Babes in Toyland (1961)
  • Bali: Season One
  • Hell is for Heroes (1962)
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season Nine
  • Kingpin (1996)
  • Portlandia: Season Four
  • The Rocketeer (1991)
  • Trading Mom (1994)
  • Spike (2008)
  • Altman (2014)
  • Doug Benson: Doug Dynasty (2014)
  • Fading Gigalo (2014)
  • The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
  • Louder Than Words (2014)
  • Nebraska (2013)
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
  • Virunga (2014)
  • Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014)
  • Helix: Season One
  • La Bare (2014)
  • Not Yet Begin the Flight (2012)
  • Quartet (2012)
  • Small Town Santa (2013)
  • Doc Martin Series Six
  • Dream House (2011)
  • Lilyhammer: Season Three
  • Sabotage (2014)
  • Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (2014)
  • Trailer Park Boys Live at the North Pole (2014)
  • Wolfblood: Season Two
  • Beyond the Edge (2013)
  • Happy Christmas (2014)
  • Ida (2014)
  • Love is in the Air (2013)
  • Nikita: Season Four
  • Running from Crazy (2013)
  • Snowpiercer (2013)
  • War Story (2014)
  • About Cherry Cherry (2012)
  • Bill Cosby 77 (2012)
  • Bomb Girls: Season Three
  • The Grand Seduction (2013)
  • The One I Love (2014)
  • Trailer Park Boys 3: Don’t Legalize It (2014)
  • VeggieTales in the House (2014)

And taken down:

  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • American Psycho (2000)
  • Barney: Imagine With Barney (2013)
  • Barney: Let’s Go To the Beach (2005)
  • Barney: Planes, Trains and Cars (2011)
  • Barney: Play With Barney (2013)
  • Barney: The Best of (2008)
  • Barney: The Night Before Christmas—The Movie (1999)
  • Bob The Builder: Bob’s Xtreme Adventures (1999)
  • Bob The Builder: Built To Be Wild (2001)
  • Bob The Builder: Can We Fix It (2002)
  • Bob The Builder: Here To Help (2012)
  • Bob The Builder: Legen of the Golden Hammer—The Movie (2010)
  • Bob The Builder: On Site—Roads and Bridges (2008)
  • Bob The Builder On Site—Trains and Treehouses (2010)
  • Bob The Builder: The Big Dino Dig—The Movie (2011)
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)
  • Broadcast News (1987)
  • Bulletproof Monk (2003)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Caveman (1981)
  • Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
  • Flick: Country Pride (2012)
  • Footloose (1984)
  • Hannibal (2001)
  • My Own Love Song (2010)
  • 101 Dalmatians (1996)
  • Out of the Blue (2002)
  • Prince of Broadway (2008)
  • Red State (2011)
  • Say Anything (1989)
  • Serenity (2005)
  • Steel Magnolias (1989)
  • The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
  • The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)
  • The Dark Sea (2006)
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966)
  • The Great Outdoors (1988)
  • Thelma and Louise (1991)
  • The Ninth Gate (199)
  • Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Blue Mountain Mystery (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Calling All Engines (2005)
  • Thomas & Friends: Creaky Cranky (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: Day of the Diesels (2011)
  • Thomas & Friends: Engine Friends Classic Collection (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Fun on the Rails (2013)
  • Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails—The Movie (2009)
  • Thomas & Friends: School House Delivery (2010)
  • Thomas & Friends: Sticky Situations (2012)
  • Thomas & Friends: Up, Up and Away (2011)
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
  • Wish Me Away (2011)

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Here's The 'Avengers 3' Teaser Trailer That Made Fans Go Wild At Marvel's Press Event


Marvel Studios unveiled the release dates for nine movies at a press event in Hollywood Tuesday.

The announcement that sent fans into a tailspin was the reveal of "The Avengers 3," which will be split into two parts. Marvel announced the movie with a teaser trailer which has surfaced online.

The trailer revisits a lot of footage from previous Marvel movies we're familiar with narration from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Odin (Anthony Hopkins), and Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) before culminating on a shot of future villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) showing off the Infinity Gauntlet.

We're surprised the usual Marvel suits weren't on hand to prevent any video footage from leaking online.

"The Avengers: Infinity War" parts one and two will be in theaters May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively.

We don't expect this to stay online long.

SEE ALSO: The release schedule for all of Marvel's new movies

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Here's The Extended 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer


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Marvel promised more "Avengers: Age of Ultron" material, and it's here.

The studio premiered an extended trailer for next year's "Avengers" sequel Tuesday evening after a new episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC. Originally, the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer was supposed to debut during the show, but when it leaked online Marvel decided to reveal the footage a week early.

The extended trailer has a longer beginning, which shows the Avengers gang together at a party trying to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, to no avail. 

This version of the trailer sounds much more like the footage shown to San Diego Comic-Con attendees this past July.

The trailer reveal comes after a long day of Marvel announcements in which the studio unveiled the release schedule for nine films including a two-part "Avengers 3" sequel.

"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will be in theaters May 1.

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Marvel's Movie Announcement Blew Warner Bros.'s Out Of The Water


robert downey jr thumbs up marvel event oct. 28 2014Marvel pulled out all the stops to unveil a lineup of nine new movies Tuesday in Hollywood.

Friday, the studio caused a stir when press invitations were sent out for a mysterious, secret announcement. Marvel then invited fans in Los Angeles to nab tickets for the event as well. 

If you weren't able to make it, you weren't left out. Marvel ran a live blog of the event for fans to follow. Those at the event were encouraged to use the hashtag #MarvelEvent when sharing photos and tweeting.

A Marvel team live-tweeted and blogged during the event so when "Avengers" director Joss Whedon showed up, fans knew. When Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) took the stage with Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman the public saw it as well.

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As soon as a movie was announced images that appeared on screen in Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre simultaneously hit the web both on Twitter and on Marvel.com as the site released individual stories about each film. 

No sooner than the event was over did Marvel introduce Twitter accounts for new individual superheroes, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans.

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In short, Marvel crushed it.

In stark contrast, when Warner Bros. announced a lineup of 11 superhero movies, plus standalone Batman and Superman movies, earlier this month, they did it at an investors' conference.

No fanboys were in attendance. No big actors came out to surprise anyone. 

Instead, Warner Bros. bunched up its superhero movie releases with all of the studio releases ranging from "The Lego Movie" to three "Harry Potter" spinoff movies.

Soon after a press release hit the wire. 

Here's how it read:

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You wouldn't know new movies were announced unless you knew what to look for and scrolled down to the bottom for a quick list.

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The only photo that made its way online was a small shot from David Lieberman at Deadline that shows the entire upcoming film schedule. 

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Unlike Marvel, there were no logos on display for any of the other movies. It was just standard text on blank, colored backgrounds. That's a slightly worrisome sign that gives a hint that Warner Bros. may be rushing to roll out these superhero movies as fast as possible to compete with Disney's Marvel superhero films.

Every single one of Marvel's upcoming movie title reveals was well-polished. Concept art for "Black Panther," a film that won't be out in theaters until Nov. 2017 was readily available for fans. 

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While Warner Bros. has an impressive, packed film schedule through 2020, the studios' nonchalant reveal shows they still don't quite grasp how to correctly unveil these films for maximum attention. 

They had an incredible wealth of news to break and they decided to deliver it all in one short news dump. Are audiences and investors even familiar with all of these characters? I may know who makes up the "Suicide Squad" but a majority of people probably don't. Marvel went through each film briefly Tuesday telling a little background on the new characters before moving on.

batman statue nycc 2014It's mind boggling because Warner Bros. had a huge opportunity to make all of this news even bigger. They easily could have unveiled it at New York Comic Con a few days earlier where many of the studios' Batman and Superman fans were celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight.

DC Comics had various celebrations of the Caped Crusader at the Con unveiling new postage stamps and showing off an upcoming video game, "Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham." One of the original Batman actors, Adam West, was even there. It seems like a huge miss.

Marvel's announcement Tuesday came across as a mini Comic Con event. It was Disney and Marvel's answer to DC and Warner Bros. unveiling a huge film schedule. In the months and years to come, I'm sure we'll see a lot more of this back and forth between the movie studios as they continue to compete for fans' attention with comic book adaptations.

Bottomline, there are more than 30 superhero movies heading to theaters between now and 2020. Audiences are not going to want to, nor do they have the means or time to head out to every single one. Right now, Marvel comes across as the place where the party's at. Warner Bros. can roll off as many movie titles as they want, but at the end of the day, the studio may want to step up its game.

SEE ALSO: Here's "The Avengers 3" teaser traielr that made fans go wild at Marvel's press event

AND: "Captain America 3" could be a gigantic movie featuring tons of superheroes

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The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Trailer May Be Coming Soon


carrie fisher mark hamill star warsWith production on Star Wars: Episode VII winding down, a new report reveals that a trailer has already been cut for this highly-anticipated sci-fi adventure, with composer John Williams reportedly set to record new music for the footage on November 15. Here's what a source close to John Williams had to say.

"A reliable source just said JW received a trailer from J.J. Abrams on Monday, Oct 20. JW has already written new Star Wars music to accompany this trailer. This new trailer music will feature new music and will be recorded on November 15 in LA with full orchestra. Still determining if the score will be recorded in London due to advanced age of composer/conductor. 14 hour flight to LA not too kind on 82 year old. This is all a secret and this message will be deleted shortly."

It shouldn't be terribly surprising that a trailer has already been assembled, since producer Kathleen Kennedy revealed two weeks ago that there is just three weeks left of principal photography, meaning this is the last week of shooting. Production began on May 15 in Abu Dhabi, with a majority of the filming taking place at Pinewood Studios in London.

Even if this news is true about the first trailer already being cut together, it isn't known when it will actually debut. It's possible that Disney could attach the footage to its highly-anticipated musical Into the Woods, which hits theaters on Christmas Day, or they could even be saving it to run during the Super Bowl next year.

Do you think we will get our first look at Star Wars: Episode VII before the end of 2014? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Peter Jackson Explains How The Crazy Barrel Scene In 'The Hobbit' Sequel Came Together


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There's a scene about an hour into "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" where hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) saves a group of dwarves after they're captured and imprisoned by the Elvenking Thranduil (Lee Pace). 

Bilbo sets the dwarf clan free so they can continue on their three-movie journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. The jailbreak involves the dwarves stowing away into empty wine barrels that drop out of the floor and into the water.

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Ahead of the release of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"on Blu-Ray and DVD on Nov. 4, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment shared an exclusive clip with Business Insider on how the popular barrel scene came together. 

In the film's commentary, director Peter Jackson describes the challenge that went into putting the scene together.

"It was hard getting a head around this because in the book, they go into barrels," says Jackson. "Bilbo kind of rolls them into a room and the tops are on the barrels which makes total sense because otherwise 'How would the barrels float?' In the movie, visually, it didn't seem that exciting to have a bunch of barrels — sealed barrels."

"I think you almost visually get away with it," he added.

Check it out below.

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Early 'Interstellar' Reviews Are Much Worse Than Expected


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Director Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway on a space mission to save the future of the human race  is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year.

The film doesn't hit theaters until Nov. 7, but the handful of lucky fans and entertainment insiders who saw the movie during a few private screenings last week all raved about it:

Even directors like Brad Bird had only praise for the project:

But the minute critics finally saw the film earlier this week, the rave reviews came to a halt. It turns out "Interstellar" may not be the Oscar-sweeping movie everyone thought it was going to be.

"'Interstellar' Lifts Off, But There's Still No Oscar Frontrunner," The Wrap writer Steve Pond titled his recent review of the flick.

Pond explains: "'Interstellar' is a big, extravagant film that will clean up when it comes to below-the-line nominations, and a touching movie that could figure into the Oscar acting races. But it isn't the one thing that this year's race has been missing: a frontrunner."

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In Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson's review "'Interstellar' Gets Lost In Space," he writes that "Christopher Nolan’s ambitious outer-space adventure is more admirable for its intentions than for its overall execution."

The Guardian's Henry Barnes agrees, saying: "Christopher Nolan’s post-Batman epic gens up on the physics, gets down with the grandeur, rattles down a wormhole and gets lost in space."

In his review, Barnes writes of the film: "It wants to awe us into submission, to concede our insignificance in the face of such grand-scale art. It achieves that with ease. Yet on his way to making an epic, Nolan forgot to let us have fun."

"Interstellar" has just a 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is fairly low compared with Nolan's past films like 2010's "Inception" (86%), or 2008's "The Dark Knight" (94%).

It looks as if "Interstellar" star McConaughey, who won last year's Best Actor Oscar for "Dallas Buyer's Club," may not be bringing home that statue two years in a row.

But the negative reviews aren't hurting box office projections.

"Interstellar" is slated to rake in an estimated $76 million opening weekend, per BoxOffice.com, which also projects that the film will earn $340 million total domestically.

Despite the negative reviews, there are still a few positive posts out there, like Variety's, which says: "Christopher Nolan hopscotches across space and time in a visionary sci-fi trip that stirs the head and the heart in equal measure."

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The Intense, 4-Month Training Eddie Redmayne Went Through To Play Stephen Hawking


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Actor Eddie Redmayne landed the coveted role of famed physicist Stephen Hawking in the upcoming biopic, "The Theory of Everything."

But getting into character wasn't exactly easy for the 32-year-old "Les Misérables" and "My Week With Marilyn" actor.

Redmayne spent four months studying Hawking’s life, which he recently explained to Variety was "a process that required so much research, it was like writing a doctoral dissertation."

Since the role called for Redmayne to portray the now 72-year-old Hawking at different ages of his life and stages of his motor neurone disease, the actor watched every single documentary and YouTube video he could find on the man.

“I tried to read literally everything I could get my hands on,” Redmayne told Variety. “It became hilarious, because I would get 40 pages in, and I was like — ‘Eddie, none of these words make any sense to you.’ ” So the actor began to work with a physics teacher at Imperial College London who was able to explain things more simply.

Redmayne also worked with a choreographer, Alexandra Reynolds, for four hours a day. “We put what we knew into picking up a pen, drinking, walking, existing,” Reynolds told Variety, adding that she would film the young actor on an iPad and they would then study the footage.

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To better understand Hawking's paralyzing motor neuron disease, Redmayne visited a neurology clinic in London every two weeks, where he spoke with over 30 patients. 

Redmayne compiled his findings on a sheet of paper he carried with him everywhere during shooting. “It was like the Magna Carta,” the film’s director, James Marsh, told Variety. “It became the most important document beyond the script.

Redmayne's physical transformation became more intense when he played Hawking during the later years of his life.

The theory of everything eddie redmayne stephen hawkingMarsh said that Redmayne was "really suffering, but he never complained" when he was forced to sit in a wheelchair for hours with his legs crossed and his head tipped over, in a position that made it harder for him to breathe. 

Large prosthetic ears were used to make Redmayne appear smaller and older.

"When we wanted to get him thinner and smaller, do you know what we did?” revealed screenwriter Anthony McCarten. “You make the ears bigger and the whole body seems smaller.”

Redmayne took every detail seriously, down to his fingernails.

"I learned when he [Hawking] was 21 he decided to grow his nails as an act of defiance," Redmayne told E! Online, adding that he kept his nails long throughout filming despite "only one shot in the film where you see the nails."

Ultimately, the intense mental and physical preparations paid off for Redmayne.

After Hawking first screened the movie, he was moved to tears.

"The Theory of Everything" hits theaters November 7th. Watch the trailer below:

Read Variety's full interview with Eddie Redmayne here >

SEE ALSO: 'The Theory Of Everything' Trailer Tells The Incredible Life Story Of Stephen Hawking

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The Next 'Terminator' Movie Is Going To Rewrite The Franchise's History



Next summer, we're getting our first new "Terminator" movie in six years.

Paramount is relaunching the franchise with "Terminator: Genisys," starring Jason Clarke ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"), Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Matt Smith ("Doctor Who"), and the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who started it all.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the new film and it sounds like the fifth installment of the ever-ongoing war of humans versus machines will completely rewrite the origins of the first film ... somewhat.

If you've ever seen James Cameron's "The Terminator," you're familiar with the basic premise: A cyborg Terminator played by Schwarzenegger is sent back in time to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) to prevent her from giving birth to a son named John who is predicted to lead a resistance against the bots in the future.

Well, that's all about to change.

According to EW, a plot point from the film imagines Schwarzenegger's Terminator as a father figure to Sarah Connor:

"Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero-body-fat warrior in 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day.' Instead, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator—an older T-800 she calls 'Pops'—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who's great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion."

EW also says 'Genisys' plans to re-imagine the iconic scene from "The Terminator" when a naked Schwarzenegger lands in 1984 Los Angeles. 

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"To achieve that, the special effects team has created a 'synthespian,' or synthetic thespian, using a body double plus scans of Schwarzeneggar's face from the first film merged with what his face looks like now."

The film will cost a reported $170 million to make and will be directed by Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World"). "Terminator: Genisys" is in theaters July 2015. 

You can read more from the EW cover feature here.

SEE ALSO: Arnold Schwarzenegger says "Terminator : Genisys" will feel a lot like "Terminator 2"

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Stephen Hawking Gave Filmmakers A Priceless Gift After Watching The New Movie About His Life


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Actor Eddie Redmayne, 32, was lucky to get the role of famed physicist Stephen Hawking in the upcoming film, "The Theory of Everything" but it came with a lot of pressure.

Hawking himself , now 72, would be judging the young actor's performance. 

Hawking trekked to London to screen the film ahead of its November 7th release. Before watching the movie, Redmayne told Variety the cosmologist warned: "I’ll let you know what I think — good or otherwise.' I said, ‘Stephen, if it’s otherwise, you don’t need to go into details.'"

When the film screening was complete, Hawking was overcome with emotion (via Variety):

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After the lights came up, a nurse wiped a tear from Hawking’s eye. He called the film “broadly true,” and even celebrated with the film’s director James Marsh and screenwriter Anthony McCarten at a bar where he sipped champagne from a teaspoon. “He emailed us,” Marsh says, “and said there were certain points when he thought he was watching himself.”

Hawking was so happy with the movie that he told filmmakers he would allow them to swap the synthetic voice they had been forced to create and replace it with his own, trademarked computerized version. “We spent a lot of time and money trying to reproduce the voice, but we never got it,” McCarten told Variety.

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Redmayne was thrilled after he heard about Hawking’s offer, believing it was a stamp of approval on a performance he still questioned.

“You’re just hoping to get there,” Redmayne said. “Yet there’s this constant frustration — it’s always underwhelming, because you never quite make it. But with his specific voice, it’s an actor’s dream. You’re one step closer to the truth.”

Hawking's "voice," as he explains on his website, is a computer-based communication system that has been provided by Intel since 1997. To learn more about how it works, click here.

Watch "The Theory of Everything" trailer below:

SEE ALSO: The Intense, 4-Month Training Eddie Redmayne Went Through To Play Stephen Hawking

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Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Psycho In His Dark New Movie 'Nightcrawler'


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In addition to being dark, ugly and in your face, "Nightcrawler" is a hilariously scathing examination of journalistic integrity. Bolstered by a career-best performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" functions as both a send-up of the "if it bleeds it leads" mentality as well as a fascinating character study of a complete sociopath.

We meet Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) as he breaks, enters, and steals as his only means of making a buck. One night after witnessing a traffic accident, Bloom notices video producers shooting the grisly scene and almost immediately decides to get himself a camera and a police scanner and become a freelance video producer. It's not long before he crosses the line and starts setting up crimes just so he can get some quality coverage.

nightcrawler posterGyllenhaal shed 30 pounds for the role, and his usually charming smile comes off a bit more sinister when it's plastered on the face of Lou Bloom, the film's deranged lead. Bloom is just as psychotic  as some of cinema's most memorable anti-heros — comparisons to Travis Bickle ("Taxi Driver") and Patrick Bateman ("American Psycho") are easy to make. 

Bloom is despicable right from the start and only becomes more depraved as he ascends the journalistic food chain by any means necessary. The dramatic weight loss adds to his character by further detaching Lou from the rest of society — his ethics barely register him as human, and his physical appearance matches this inhumanity. When his intern chastises him for not "understanding" people, Bloom later responds with the distinction that he understands people just fine — he just doesn't like them. 

Rene Russo and Bill Paxton both turn in great performances in their supporting roles, and it's a shame neither of them got more screen time, but the movie truly belongs to Gyllenhaal. Russo plays Bloom's news director who tells him that "a screaming woman running around with her throat cut" is the type of footage the network is interested in, and he takes that to heart.  

There are some incredibly memorable scenes between Nina, Russo's character, and Bloom. There's a sequence in which the two negotiate that will make you howl with laughter while also forcing you to ponder how much of what we're seeing actually goes on behind-the-scenes — the idea of monetizing tragedy is really brought home here. 

What makes "Nightcrawler" a cut above the rest is how it approaches its subject matter. Satirizing the media seems to be a hot trend in Hollywood (the recent "Gone Girl" and "Birdman" both tackle similar topics), "Nightcrawler" often plays like Sidney Lumet's "Network" if it starred Patrick Bateman from "American Psycho."

nightcrawler russoWatching Bloom rise to the top via his own obsession with business strategies and corporate thinking gives the movie an extra layer of scorn and offers a compelling look at the mind of a sociopath.  Since his obscene behavior only increases his salary and helps his career, the audience is left to their own devices to figure out the moral of the story — is this what it takes to rise to the top in our corporate-minded world? Bloom can be viewed as an embodiment of corporate America, and that's pretty a horrifying indictment. 

"Nightcrawler" is an extremely efficient thriller that is also stimulating on an intellectual level. Gyllenhaal has never been better and the role already has somethrowing his name around for the Oscar race.

Watch the trailer here. 

SEE ALSO: Here's How Jake Gyllenhaal Lost 20 Pounds For His New Movie 'Nightcrawler'

MORE: 'John Wick' Is Keanu Reeves' Best Movie Since 'The Matrix'

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The 10 Scariest Cars Of All Time


batmobile batman v supermanAs Halloween rolls around once again, Business Insider has put together a list of Top 10 Scary Cars — cars that strike fear into the hearts of drivers, onlookers, and society at large.

Be afraid! Be very afraid!

And here they are — enjoy!

10. The Lamborghini Veneno looks like an alien warship on the prowl for unsuspecting planets to colonize. Is it cool? Absolutely. But it's kind of terrifying, too.

9. The "Deathmobile" is one of the most memorable relics of the 1978 comedy classic, "Animal House." The car's angry fangs, skull-and-crossbones, and prominently mounted bust of Lenin summarize the type of mayhem unleashed at Faber College by the men of Delta Tau Chi.

8. The Maybach Exelero is dark and menacing. This car has only one rightful owner ...

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Why 'Psycho' Is Still Scary After All These Years


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Few films have ever held the lofty reputation of changing a country’s daily habits. But whether it’s moviegoing or the preferred choice of bathing, Psycho left an impact when it slashed across the screen.

This might not have been the first slasher (that honor likely goes to Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom of the same year), but none before Psycho, and few since, have been so meticulously orchestrated in their vicious, mean-spirited, and playfully cruel dominance over the audience’s emotions. Psycho is the picture that mainstreamed conceivably low-rent serial killing in the everyday world as an entertaining pastime. It also did this at a time when a gushing knife wound in the shower wept for its victim, as opposed to mocking her, making the hideous “Other” in this film’s killer all the more terrifying than almost any that followed.

Infamously shrouded in secrecy during its promotion, which centered on director Alfred Hitchcock loping around the film’s set to the score of one of his few comedies (The Trouble With Harry) and insisting audiences must be seated within the first ten minutes of the film’s screenings, Psycho ensured that nobody who hadn’t read Robert Bloch’s novel would realize that Janet Leigh’s protagonist, Marion Crane, wasn’t the real star. The face on the marketing, and the biggest name by far on the casting bill, Leigh’s Marion seduces audiences early as one of Hitch’s cool blondes on the run with a bag full of money. The unsuspecting think the film is going one way, and then it decidedly goes another when Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) appears in her motel bathroom adorned in drag and a very big knife.

psycho norman batesInitially poorly received by critics upon its release, Alfred Hitchcock summed up why Psycho worked in his trademark sardonic condescension: “It wasn’t a message that stirred the audiences, nor was it a great performance or their enjoyment of the novel. They were aroused by pure film.”

The choice of the word “aroused” is not a coincidental one. A cigar may be a cigar, but a long knife penetrating a Hollywood sex symbol in the shower is another matter entirely. Hitchcock essentially used the premise of Psycho to mingle sex and violence on the screen in a way American audiences had never known, and in doing so, he cut to a primordial terror that lesser filmmakers would later emulate in the hopes of titillation, misogyny, and true perversion.

However, the death of Leigh’s Marion Crane is not only iconic because it was the first time a protagonist was slaughtered in a Hollywood picture—particularly less than halfway through the film—it was committed in a sacred place: a bathtub. Prior to Psycho, horror was the stuff of gothic castles and haunted mansions. Conversely, Psycho placed it potentially in your home and on the other side of that curtain you never see around when the water is dripping.

The pivotal scene of the bloodbath took 77 different camera set-ups and was filmed over six days. Shot mostly in extreme close-up, the vision feels subjective, disjointed, and like a sensory violation. With over 50 cuts in three minutes, the sequence forces Marion’s terror to be shared by her audience. Unlike the subgenre it birthed, Marion’s passing feels tragic and wasteful of a beautiful soul (and body) that was literally in the process of being cleansed. This culminates in a prolonged extreme close-up of a solitary tear in Leigh’s eye. The blood in this famous black and white sequence might have been made of chocolate (a thicker residue than stage blood), but the pain was excruciatingly real. The fact that the knife was never seen penetrating the skin only made it worse.

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This entire scene was the reason Hitch made the movie. Coming off the box office disappointment that was Vertigo, the auteur had soured on working with movie stars and making their luxury vehicles. When his long-time assistant Peggy Robinson handed him Bloch’s book, it was love at first sight. Paramount Pictures didn’t see the movie in this lurid Ed Gein-inspired tale, but Hitch did, to the point where he financed the movie himself with the understanding that he would get a 60 percent stake in the film’s negative.

Hitchcock of course got his movie, even if he had to shoot it at Universal’s back lot and mostly with the TV production team of his concurrent Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It was all the wiser for Hitchcock to make his first lived-in horror for which cheap black and white film stock was a bonus, and for whom a less glitzy production pedigree allowed him to shoot the movie in 50mm lenses on 35mm camera—giving the picture the closest possible approximation to unsettling human vision.

psycho bates motel logoThe result is a movie that digs deep into both horrifying audiences, and implicating them in murder. Beyond the twist of Anthony Perkins’ boy next door turning out to be a serial killer dressed as his dead mother, Norman Bates presented the chance to fool audiences into condoning the slaughter of their lead character. To intensify the effect, many changes were made from Bloch’s book. In the novel, Marion Crane (there simply named Mary) is the focus of two chapters in what is inarguably Norman’s story. But on screen, Norman, who opens the novel, doesn’t appear until the 28-minute mark when Marion meets him. And instead of being the overweight, old, and heavy drinker that readers knew, Norman is sweet, considerate, and the perhaps just a little too shy as the gangly Anthony Perkins.

So, when he has to clean up “mother’s mess” in the shower, it is there that audiences begin rooting for a serial killer, even if they don’t realize yet what details filled out Mama Bates’ silhouette in the earlier murder.

The movie continues on until its ultimate and terrifying reveal, but this is a film about gashing the audience’s sense of safety away from where they feel the most vulnerable. Whether it’s 1960 or 2014, the shower has never seemed any less menacing than when Norman ripped apart that curtain. The piercing score in these scenes of screeching violin strings was at Bernard Hermann’s insistence. Hitchcock wanted a jazz score overall and no music in the murder or motel sequences—after hearing Hermann’s treatment, the director whose ego was as ponderous as his reputation gave the composer penultimate credit during the opening titles, second only to Hitchcock’s own.

It was the perfect collaboration in ruining shower time for every generation since.

SEE ALSO: The Highest-Grossing Horror Movies Of All Time

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Why Christopher Nolan Has Refused To Watch 'Gravity'


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Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney won seven Oscars including Best Director and received overwhelmingly positive reviews, but there's still one surprising person who hasn't seen it.

Director Christopher Nolan, who has been working on this year's space adventure "Interstellar" featuring Matthew McConaughey, told Time Out he has yet to see Cuaron's movie and it was a little weird when he ran into him last year.

"I sheepishly admitted to Alfonso [Cuarón, the director of Gravity] when I had dinner with him during the awards season last year that I was probably the only person on the planet who hadn't seen it," Nolan told Time Out.

The "Interstellar" director explained his reasoning behind putting off seeing the Oscar winner.

"I said to him: I can't watch another great sci-fi film while I'm trying to do my own thing. I'm looking forward to seeing it in a month or two," added Nolan. "To me, I'm still making this film, and getting it out there is the last stage."

Nolan explained "Gravity" isn't the only recent film he hasn't seen. While working on his own movies, he explains he likes to stay focused on the task at hand. 

"I go through a fallow period when I'm working. I can't watch new films when I'm working. All I see is process," said Nolan. "It falls apart on me. I'm okay watching old movies, but still everything becomes a bit mechanical. It's very hard to enjoy a film when you're constructing one. So I'm very much looking forward to getting back out there and catching up what with what I've missed."

"Interstellar" is in theaters Nov. 7.

SEE ALSO: "Interstellar" reviews are not as great as expected

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We Finally Know The Identity Of The Mystery Woman In 'The Avengers' Sequel Trailer


When Marvel released "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer, fans were left with a lot of questions about the anticipated sequel. 

The biggest mystery revolved around an unidentified actress spotted at the 37 second mark of the trailer. We finally know her identity!

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She popped up again in a new clip that premiered earlier this week during ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but once again, the actress's view was still obscured. avengers age of ultron mystery woman claudia kim

Many were convinced she was Thor's girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) because of her close proximity to the superhero in the first trailer.

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Yahoo Movies confirmed with Disney the dark-haired mystery woman is indeed Korean actress Kim Soo-hyun who is also known as Claudia Kim.

Kim has previously tweeted an image with "Avengers" director Joss Whedon which shows her name displayed on what appears to be the set of the film.

Disney wouldn't say anything more on the character Soo-hyun is playing.

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Reports have pegged Kim as someone working with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in either a doctor or scientist role.

You can watch the latest trailer below. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is in theaters May 1, 2015. 

SEE ALSO: Marvel had the best response to the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer leak

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Cars Drop From A Plane In First Action-Packed 'Fast & Furious 7' Trailer


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The first trailer for "Fast & Furious 7," titled "Furious 7," is here!

Cast members Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyreese, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, and Jason Statham premiered the trailer at a fan event hosted by E! in Los Angeles and it's full of fast cars dodging bullets and skydiving from a plane (why not?).

Statham will join the "Fast and Furious" franchise as the antagonist of the next film. Kurt Russell will also star while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will reprise his role from the last movie. The seventh installment will be the final onscreen appearance of Paul Walker who was killed in a car accident last November.

"Fast & Furious 6" made over $788 million worldwide"Furious 7" will be in theaters April 3, 2015.

SEE ALSO: Some of the cars that will be featured in "Furious 7"

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