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Here are all the movie trailers that aired during the Super Bowl

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Over a dozen new movie trailers debuted during Super Bowl XLIX.

Five studios showed televised spots for upcoming spring and summer movies including "Ted 2" and "Jurassic World."

This year, a 30-second ad cost an estimated $4.4 million - $4.5 million.

If you missed out on any of the ads, here they are below.

Disney

The Mouse House took the opportunity to focus its advertising on non-Marvel films. 

"Tomorrowland"
Release date: May 22, 2015
Tomorrowland

Disney premiered a Super Bowl teaser for its upcoming sci-fi flick starring Britt Robertson (above), George Clooney, and Hugh Laurie. Similar to "Pirates of the Caribbean," the film is based off of a theme park attraction at Walt Disney World. Brad Bird will direct.

"Inside Out"
Release date: June 19, 2015

Disney gave an inside look at its next Pixar animated film during Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl."

20th Century Fox

"Kingsman: The Secret Service"
Release date:
Feb. 13, 2015

Colin Firth plays a spy agent who trains a new recruit to go up against a group of villains led by Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). The film's based off a comic book series called "The Secret Service" and is directed by Matthew Vaughn ("X-Men: First Class,""Kick-Ass").

"Unfinished Business"
Release date: March 6

Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco star in the comedy as coworkers who go on a business trip that goes awry.

Lionsgate

"The Divergent Series: Insurgent"
Release date:
March 20, 2015

MTV debuted the "Divergent" sequel trailer that will air during the Super Bowl pregame show. Shailene Woodley returns as Tris Prior continuing her journey to take down power-hungry leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) in a futuristic Chicago.

Paramount Pictures

"Terminator Genisys"
Release date:
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Paramount and Skydance previewed its new "Terminator" ad spot earlier in the week. The fifth film in the franchise will bring back Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator while uniting him with new stars Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") and Matt Smith ("Doctor Who").


"Hot Tub Time Machine 2"

Release date: Feb. 20, 2015

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Adam Scott ("Parks and Rec") joins Craig Robinson, Gillian Jacobs, and Chevy Chase in the sequel to the 2010 film. The crew will use the time machine to prevent one of their buddies from being killed in the present.


"Spongebob: Sponge out of Water"
Release date: Feb. 6

More than 10 years after the first movie, this time, Spongebob and his friends will somehow be mingling among the living on land.

 Universal

"Fast & Furious 7" aka "Furious 7"
Release date:
April 3, 2015

Universal has been releasing behind-the-scenes footage (coined seven seconds of seven) from the upcoming film ahead of its new Super Bowl spot. 

"Fifty Shades of Grey"
Release date: 
Feb. 13, 2015

The adaptation of the worldwide phenomenon starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan received a new sexy TV spot. The movie should be a big hit next month. It's the fastest-selling R-rated movie in the history of Fandango.

 "Minions"
Release date: July 10, 2015

The loveable yellow minions from "Despicable Me" are getting their own spinoff this summer. "Despicable Me 2" made over $1 billion at the box office.

 
"Jurassic World"

Release date: June 12, 2015

Chris Pratt stars in the new "Jurassic Park" sequel which will take place at a dino theme park. The Super Bowl spot gives our first look at the new dinosaur threat in the sequel.

"Pitch Perfect 2"
Release date: May 15, 2015

The Barton Bella a capella group went head to head with the Green Bay Packers during an unexpected Super Bowl spot.

"Seventh Son"
Release date: Feb. 6, 2015

The fantasy film starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore was pushed back a few times from 2013. After Legendary Pictures moved from Warner Bros. to Universal, the movie finally received another release date. It's uncertain how the movie will perform since it has been in production for so long.

"Ted 2"
Release date: June 26, 2015

Universal revealed the first trailer for the sequel where the vocal teddy is on a mission to become a dad. Mark Wahlberg returns and is joined by Amanda Seyfried. The cut down version during the Super Bowl featured a cameo from the Patriots' Tom Brady.

SEE ALSO: All the commercials airing during the Super Bowl

AND: Katy Perry rode into the Super Bowl halftime show on a giant metallic tiger

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The first full scene from 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was just released

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While "Fifty Shades of Grey" is still 11 days away from its February 13th release, the "Today" show aired the first full scene from the movie Monday morning.

In the scene, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) approaches Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) in the hardware store where she works.

Grey asks Steele for a few random supplies, to which Steele replies: "Rope, tape, cable ties? You're the complete serial killer."

"Not today," he says with a smirk. Watch the full scene below:

SEE ALSO: Here are all the movie trailers that aired during the Super Bowl

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One of the most important lawsuits in the history of Hollywood is quietly happening

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gravity sandra bullockLast February, author Tess Gerritsen received information that would, over the course of a year, fuel a monumental legal action against Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.

That battle pertained to the record-breaking, crowd-pleasing, Academy Award-winning film "Gravity," which, as it happens, shared its title and bits of space terror with a novel that existed over a decade before the film's genesis.

A year after the fact, a decision has been made about Gerritsen's lawsuit. That decision has prompted the author to reveal that information, which has highlighted why this suit is probably one of the most important in Hollywood's history.

Gerritsen took to her blog to comment on the recent decision made by US District Judge Margret Morrow to throw out the $10 million lawsuit that claimed Warner Bros. and director Alfonso Cuaron made a film that bears more than a coincidental resemblance to her 2000 New York Times best-seller "Gravity." Gerritsen is not allowed to make any new claims in the matter, however she has been given 20 days to "revise [her] complaint." This looks to be exactly what the author behind the wildly successful "Rizzoli And Isles" series is about to do, and her statement below is why this case is so important, as she feels the case embodies the following concern: 

It means that any writer who sold film rights to New Line Productions can have those rights freely exploited by its parent company Warner Bros. — and the original contract you signed with New Line will not be honored. Warner Bros. can make a movie based on your book but you will get no credit, even though your contract called for it.

gravity sandra bullockThe big sticking point of Gerritsen's latest revelations is that the adaptation of "Gravity," a project optioned by New Line Productions in 1999, entitled her to "based upon" credit, a production bonus, and a percentage of net profits. However, after 2008's Warner Bros. takeover of New Line Productions, Cuaron allegedly took the idea for his film of the same name from Gerritsen's novel. Even more interesting is that, according to Gerritsen's literary agent, Cuaron was attached to adapt Gerritsen's book before directing the alleged ripoff of the same name. 

The new angle for Gerritsen and her legal team is to explore the exact relationship between New Line and Warner Bros., as well as whether Warner Bros. was right in allegedly assuming that it had no obligation to honor the deal New Line made with Gerritsen. This seems to stem from Gerritsen's claim that in her rewrite for the theatrical adaptation of "Gravity," she rewrote her third act to include "scenes of satellite debris destroying ISS and the lone surviving female astronaut adrift in her spacesuit." The premise for her third act does, admittedly, overlap with the entire premise of Cuaron's "Gravity." 
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This case does point out an important subject that should be taken into consideration when negotiating with a film company. With the rapid pace of buyouts, mergers, and acquisitions that film studios go through, it's hard to keep pace with who has the exact rights to develop which project an acquired studio has in its holdings. Does the dissolution/takeover of a company dissolve previous deals the old company has made under its header? That's up to Gerritsen's team to determine and for the courts to rule. We'll probably hear something new in the next 20 days, so as soon as we hear anything new we'll let you know. 

SEE ALSO: Neil DeGrasse Tyson was not impressed with 'Gravity' and is going ballistic about it on Twitter

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'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' characters may appear in 'The Avengers' sequel

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avengers age of ultron captain america thorThere’s no shortage of rumors purportedly predicting the future of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. However, the latest bunch has been provided by a Reddit user claiming to be a former intern and production assistant for Marvel Studios until being laid-off in summer of 2013.

The poster claims to have been privy to a bunch of supposedly inside information.

However, the most notable tidbits involve familiar characters who you may be very surprised to find ending up in this May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Warning: Potential Spoiler Material Ahead!

According to the claims of a Reddit user going by the unambiguous handle,"the_marvel_intern", it seems that certain cast members from TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be showing up in the impending super-team sequel. Still haven’t quite warmed up to the gang on Agents? Well, our alleged whistleblower of wanton secrets has made the following claim, which we will preface by saying are completely unverified rumors at this point in time.

"In Age of Ultron, cast of Agents of Shield show up. May, Daisy, Coulson, etc."

agents of shield with character descriptions Of course, "May" refers to the show’s resident ass-kicking motherly figure, Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen. "Daisy" is actually an updated reference to the show’s most recent revelation that Chloe Bennet’s resident wise-crackly hacker, Skye is actually seismic-powered Marvel Comics character, Daisy Johnson, aka Quake. Additionally, the implied return of Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson to the Marvel films is hinted, essentially undoing one of the more prolific moments in 2012’s first The Avengers mega film. 

With the addition of "etc," there also seems to be a hint of even more Agents cast members showing up in the film. Could there be a role for Agents Fitz and Simmons? Or, perhaps could this be as good an opportunity as any to introduce Adrianne Palicki’s Agent Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird into the film series? Maybe even Patton Oswalt’s hilarious turn as the Koenig twins could have a place for a few quick "lanyard" jokes in Age of Ultron?

ultron avengers age of ultronIf this rumor proves true, then it is highly unlikely that the Agents cast members will play a significant role in the plot.

However, cameos would be a vitally important gift to serve to the show, which began so auspiciously, only to see its audience start to erode. The show came back for a second season, retooled and refocused and it has managed to utilize its ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe a lot more effectively than it did in season 1. It just might be cool to have hopes in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.again and to have it officially christened with cast member cameos in Age of Ultron would undoubtedly send the message loud and clear that this show IS "Marvel TV."

Again, these are all sordid unconfirmed rumors that statistically end up proven untrue. However, every now and then, a grain of truth tends to slip through the filters, which is why we’re here to report this stuff.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks to recontextualize its characters into far more interesting forms when it returns from its winter hiatus on March 3. 

SEE ALSO: An explanation of everything in the new 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' trailer

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Keanu Reeves' Best Movie Since 'The Matrix' Is Available Today

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"John Wick" is everything you hope an R-rated action flick will be. It's stylish, violent, and has a great sense of humor when Wick isn't too busy shooting people in the head. The movie is a breath of fresh air that skips the long form set-up and gets right down to the nitty-gritty violence that the audience wants and expects. 

The plot is simple — John Wick is a retired hitman. When his wife becomes ill, he gets out of the business to take care of her, but she eventually dies. Before she does, she buys John a dog to remember her by. When some clueless thugs decide to steal John's car and kill his precious dog, it's time for him to come out of retirement and avenge his loved ones.

The opening scenes in "John Wick" are reminiscent of the opening montage in Disney Pixar's "Up" where you watch a couple's relationship from start to finishBoth sequences get the audience emotionally invested in the characters and their story in mere minutes. While "John Wick" may not leave anybody in tears like the Pixar flick, the scenes with Wick and his adorable beagle pup at the beginning of the film are hilarious and do a great job of setting up the mayhem that is to follow. When the baddies show up and wreak havoc, we root for Wick to take them down because we loved that damn dog as much as he did. 

john wick keanu dog

Wick has quite the reputation. Anytime his name is mentioned, there's a palpable fear associated with it, and for good reason. The audience gets to know Wick mostly through word-of-mouth; we hear other characters mention his name and see the look of terror in their eyes. Some of the biggest laughs in the film (and there are many) come simply from the way people regard Wick in conversation — he is a force to be reckoned with, and everybody knows it. The world-building here is outstanding and by the end, we realize why everyone knows his name. 

Keanu has never been known for his versatility, and his performance is about as 'Keanu' as one would hope. He gets some quality, silly one-liners to spout in between bullets, but what's most impressive about the role is his physicality. The film was directed by two veteran stuntmen who have worked with Reeves in the past and who clearly know their way around shooting impressive action. Reeves reportedly spent months training and learning various fighting styles for the role, and his efforts totally paid off — he's an action hero again. 

The fight scenes are insanely well-choreographed and impeccably shot; there are no confusing quick-cuts to be found here. It borrows from martial-arts style films like "The Raid" in that the ultraviolence is methodically constructed and exciting. Rather than jump from one jarring angle to the next, longer takes are utilized as the camera pans from one kill to another seamlessly as Wick takes out a staggering number of baddies. There are plenty of  "oohs" and "ahhs" that stem from the inventive ways in which he takes them all out. 

john wick martial arts

The biggest surprise of the movie is how funny it is; Michael Nyqvist steals every scene as the crime-boss father of the poor sap who wronged Wick. The ominousness surrounding Wick is consistently played for laughs, and Nyqvist gets the biggest one of the movie with a simple reaction shot and a two-letter word — you'll know it when you see it. The son is played by Alfie Allen, better known as Theon Greyjoy from HBO's "Game of Thrones," and while he isn't given much to do here besides be a jerk, he's perfectly capable in the role. 

"John Wick" isn't perfect. There are some pacing issues toward the end — a big moment happens about 10 minutes too early, and after that it kind of just limps to the finish. There's another satisfying, hyper-violent gunfight to be had, but after such a climatic (and seemingly mission-ending) scene, it feels tacked on and unnecessary.

Besides that minor hiccup, "John Wick" is otherwise very efficient and will restore your faith in both Keanu Reeves and the genre.

Check out a trailer below.

SEE ALSO: Keanu Reeves Wanted To Play Batman And Wolverine In Movies

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The new ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ movie is about to end the incredible box-office run of ‘American Sniper’

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american sniper bradley cooperClint Eastwood's American Sniper has been a true blue monster at the box office.

Since getting a wide release a few weeks ago, the movie has been setting box office records left and right, and it has managed to keep the top spot domestically for three straight weekends.

Unfortunately for the film, if new prognostications are correct then American Sniper's reign as #1 will soon be over. Why? Because The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water is hitting theaters and is expected to steal away all of the conversation. 

The analysts over at The Wrap have taken a close hard look at the new wide releases coming out this week, and have determined that it will be the new Nickelodeon cartoon film that knocks American Sniper off its pedestal. It is being predicted that the new Spongebob Squarepants movie will be able to pull in $35 million this Friday, which means that it should be able to beat Clint Eastwood's film quite handily (considering the war movie only pulled in $31.8 million to win Super Bowl weekend).

Obviously the kids movie is also expected to outpace the other two new releases - Andy and Lana Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending and Sergey Bodrov's Seventh Son - though it's unclear how those to projects are expected to do against the Bradley Cooper-led project. Spongebob movieWhat American Sniper has been able to achieve thus far at the box office is nothing short of spectacular - and it's really only made more amazing by the fact that almost all of the success was found in January (classically one of the worst release months of the year). To date the film has made $248 million domestically, and while it currently sits at #6 on the list of Top 10 movies of 2014 in the U.S., it's actually expected that the movie will surpass titles like Captain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 to become the highest grossing domestic hit of the year. 

But why will it be The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water that winds up taking American Sniper's place at the top of the box office? Not only does the feature have a good deal of franchise history behind it, but it also has the same advantage that all family films have, in that kids going to see the film will be dragging along their parents, ensuring extra ticket sales. Whether or not it will be able to stand up against the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey or Kingsman: The Secret Service in its second week is another question entirely, but also one that will have a much clearer answer in about seven days. 

Will you be going to support American Sniper with your hard earned dollar this weekend or taking in a screening of The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water? Or will you be choosing something else entirely? 

SEE ALSO: 'American Sniper’ is having one of the best box-office runs in a long time

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The visual effects in the new 'Jurassic World' ad look vastly different from the first trailer

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One of the biggest gripes fans had with the initial “Jurassic World” trailer was that the CGI visual effects didn’t look great. 

It wasn’t a make or break scenario for movie fans since CG seen in early trailers isn't usually what viewers will see in the final film. “Jurassic World” isn’t in theaters until June 12, so you can bet there’s a bunch of post-production effects still being added to the movie. 

Proof of that came when a new 30-second teaser for the film debuted during the Super Bowl.

You may not have noticed it, but there were a few big changes between the two ads. /Film and Wired first brought attention to some of the changes. 

We've highlighted a few major differences between the two trailers below. 

The ocean looks completely polished and less aquamarine in the new ad.jurassic world oceanNot only is the sky a different shade of blue here, but the shark on the right is incredibly more detailed. Look at his teeth. You can also see the water glistening off him more.jurassic world sharkOne of the biggest changes you may have noticed was to the giant shark-eating dinosaur that pops out of the water at a park attraction.dinosaur eating shark jurassic world There are a lot of differences in these two images. Can you spot them all?dinosaur jurassic world comparisonIn addition to the water change, the image on the right has an altered background. The monorail and mountains have disappeared and shifted, respectively. The splash has been reduced on the dinosaur to show off more of the beast.dinosaur jurassic world differencesAnother big change is the addition of even more dinosaurs.

Remember this scene from the first trailer?jurassic world running

It turns out the park attendees were running from pterodactyls.pterodactyl jurassic world
The new trailer also lightened up a few scenes that were really dark to watch beforehand like this one where the dinosaurs below are easier to make out.jurassic world jungle Most noticeable is the moment where Chris Pratt is riding his motorcycle alongside a small group of raptors.chris pratt jurassic world trailer comparisonHere's the original "Jurassic World" trailer that was released back in Nov.

Here's the new Super Bowl spot:

SEE ALSO: Chris Pratt was originally unhappy with the "Jurassic World" trailer

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Disney is going after a website for posting a leaked 'Star Wars: Episode VII' photo

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The new Star Wars intellectual property overlords at Disney are not screwing around when it comes to people posting leaked material, namely for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In fact, it’s a lesson that one person on ImageShack is learning the hard, potentially expensive way.

The movie company is currently working to expose the identity of the person or persons responsible for leaking an image of villain from the upcoming film, and are taking the matter to court in order to do so.

Disney has already had ImageShack remove the image, but that was just the tip of the legal iceberg. Under the eyes of the law, all of this could snowball into $150,000 damages.

The website Ars Technica is reporting that an ImageShack user by the name of "Darth-Simi" had posted an image of "a villain" from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which apparently also included a glimpse of the much-discussed cross-guard lightsaber (notably wielded in the trailer by the mysterious Kylo Ren). This really set Disney off into a litigious tizzy, as they immediately had the picture taken down and then even went so far as to file a subpoena under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requesting that the Los Gatos, CA-based photo-hosting website turn over the personal information of "Darth-Simi."

Basically, in addition to trying to find this one person, it also seems that Disney is throwing down the proverbial gauntlet when it comes to any other potential leakers. It seems many Bothans will die to bring us bits of info about Star Wars projects from this point on.

star wars the force awakens sithYou may be asking yourself if such a thing is even legal, and the quick answer to that is "yes." While under Title II of the DMCA service providers like ImageShack are given a measure of protection against liability for the posting of copyrighted content, they are also legally obligated to remove it upon request. And yes, they must also adhere to subpoenas requesting users’ personal information when the infringing materials are posted.

However, should the accused infringer in question be able to prove that the material does not breach copyright, then the service provider site can actually exercise a legal safe harbor to the embattled uploader. That being said, from sound of things, presumably never-before-seen "leaked pictures" from a huge motion picture like The Force Awakens will likely have little to no leeway in the old "fair use" loophole.

This is a problematic issue from both perspectives. On one hand, companies obviously should have the right to protect their own intellectual property and not have it finagled by some entitled insider, screwing up PR strategies. However, when big companies come after a random ImageShack user, it just looks elitist and petty; especially if Disney does ultimately pursue some "make an example out of them" strategy, seeking the full $150,000 in damages. From a fan perspective, such a thing could be damaging to the Star Wars brand and chip away at good will the industry has with the people.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens blasts to theaters like a light-speed subpoena when it hits theaters on December 18th. 

SEE ALSO: Disney bought George Lucas’ ideas for the new 'Star Wars' trilogy and then scrapped them

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Forget 'Fifty Shades' — the 'Magic Mike XXL' trailer is out and it's intense

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Channing Tatum returns in the trailer for "Magic Mike XXL," the sequel to his 2012 box-office smash. The first "Magic Mike" raked in $167 million at the international box office and, according to Box Office Mojo, cost just $7 million to make.

When we last saw Mike, he had gotten out of the exotic dancing world to focus on his dream of becoming a custom-furniture designer. The trailer shows Mike hard at work in his studio, but the funky strains of Ginuwine's R&B classic "Pony" are too much for him and he breaks into an intense dance routine.

For the sequel, the first film's director Steven Soderbergh hands the reins to his longtime producer and first assistant director Gregory Jacobs. However, Soderbergh isn't absent by a long shot. The self-proclaimed "retired" auteur serves as both the director of photography and editor on "Magic Mike XXL."

A notable returning cast member is former WWE superstar Kevin Nash as Tarzan. And the movie's IMDB page also lists pro-wrestling legend Ric Flair as a cast member.

The movie opens in July.

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Why 'Fifty Shades of Grey' will be bigger than anyone thought

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fifty shades of greyFifty Shades Of Grey, one of the most highly-anticipated adaptations in recent years, is set to hit theaters later this month. The upcoming steamy romance drama based off of E.L. James' best-selling novel has set big expectations with its announcement that it was being turned into a film. Now, with the film enjoying huge advance ticket sales in unexpected Midwestern and Southern states, it looks like it may even surpass its expected results and become a bigger hit than people thought. 

With Fifty Shades Of Grey less than two weeks away, the ticket sales have begun to rack up. According to Fandango, who compared (state by state) the pre-sales performance of Fifty Shades against the average, the film is selling better than expected in more than a handful of states across the country. Among its top ten are Tennessee, where it's selling over 1.5x its prior expectation, Iowa (1.7x) and Louisiana where it's selling twice as good. As good as those numbers sound, their not nearly as great as in Arkansas and Mississippi, where advanced ticket sales have sold 2.8x and 3.9x higher than analysts previously anticipated, respectively. 

Also worth noting is the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey has already sold out hundreds of showtimes during it's debut Valentine's Day weekend in cities like Tupelo, MS., Chattanooga, TN., San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, prompting a slew of new screenings to be added to meet demand. Not only that, tickets are selling so good that the erotic thriller recently took the top spot for fastest-selling R-rated film pre-sales in all of Fandango history.

It can now boast higher advanced sales than Sex and the City 2The Hangover IIThe Hangover III andGone Girl. It's worth mentioning that all of these aforementioned films grossed $300+ million dollars, a number studio execs would most certainly be pleased to see from Fifty Shades

50 shades of greyWhat is the source for all of the hype and positive news of advanced ticket sales you ask? Well for one, the film is based off one of the most popular books to hit store shelves in recent years. It topped charts in the U.S. and UK, and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, where it has been translated into over 50 languages. Secondly, the plot of the book/film has a lot to do with a tiny, little, yet extremely powerful word... "sex." Yes, as we all know, sex sells and while the film only received an R-rating, it promises it in spades. Don't believe me? Check out the trailer from Super Bowl Sunday. 

The script for Fifty Shades Of Grey was written by Kelly Marcel and the film is helmed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. It stars Dakota Johnson (The Social Network) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and hits theaters on February 13. 

SEE ALSO: The first full scene from 'Fifty Shades of Grey' was just released

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The new 'Furious 7' trailer is packed full of cars, explosions, and ridiculous stunts

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Days after Super Bowl Sunday, Universal has released the second full trailer for the next "Fast and Furious" installment — "Furious 7."

In addition to cars parachuting from planes and a car flying across skyscrapers, we get a better look at the sequel's new villain Deckard Shaw, a special forces assassin, who will be played by Jason Statham.

There are also women fighting in cocktail dresses in heels.

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Tyrese, and Michelle Rodriguez all return along with the addition of Kurt Russell to the cast.

"Furious 7" is in theaters April 3 and is expected to be one of the year's biggest movies.

SEE ALSO: This is the car that flies between buildings in the 'Furious 7' trailer

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'Jupiter Ascending' is one of the worst movies you will see this year

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mila kunis jupiter ascending Warning: There are spoilers ahead. 

Last summer, Warner Bros. abruptly pushed "Jupiter Ascending" back 10 months only weeks before it was due in theaters. 

The latest sci-fi movie from the Wachowski siblings ("The Matrix" trilogy) supposedly needed to complete visual effects. It was expected to be the studio's big summer movie after Johnny Depp's $100 million budget "Transcendence" flopped 

I think we know the real reason the reported $175 million Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis movie was moved.

"Jupiter Ascending" is terrible.

Don't take my word for it.  

In addition to press, there was a number of general audience members in attendance who received free advance tickets to the media screening. (This is normal. You can usually get these through websites like GoFobo.) 

Here are some of the things viewers were saying as they headed out of the screening:

"It wasn't bad ... it was horrible."

"It was embarrassing."

"That's what they spent $150 million to $200 million on?"

"I can't even explain the plot. You kill humans … so you can use their genes?" (more on this in a bit)

The movie follows Kunis as Jupiter Jones, your not-so-average looking maid who cleans houses for a living with her obnoxious Russian family. One day, she finds out there's a bunch of other species living outside of Earth and that she's actually the ruler of our planet. Two groups of different people, one led by Titus (Douglas Booth) and another by Balem (Eddie Redmayne), are out to capture and murder her so they can have control of the planet. 

Why do they want control of the planet? To harvest humans. The aliens have apparently been using human cells to create a regeneration serum for some time. 

Yep. That's it. The whole movie is about aliens wanting to preserve their youth by killing humans. 

jupiter ascendingIn a point that's sort of glossed over quickly, but better explained in the film's production notes, Jupiter is what is known as a "recurrence." She's born with the exact genetic DNA as a royal that just passed away and for some reason this now makes her the reincarnation of that person.

But, unless I missed something, it's not clear how anyone knows Jupiter even exists. It's not like her father or mother were royalty. Jupiter has no clue she's royalty, and once she learns she is, she doesn't find out that she has any secret, magical powers. So the basic premise of the film, where aliens are worried about Jupiter, a lowly, humble, toilet scrubber overthrowing all of them, is pretty thin.  

I don't remember the last time I've said "What is going on right now?" (not in those actual words) so many times during a film screening to myself. This isn't because I couldn't follow the movie's plot, it was just because what was occurring on screen: the dialogue, the acting, the strange-looking characters were all so bizarre at points that there was no other way to react. 

Here are a few of the things I'm talking about: 

1. There's a ridiculous bee scene

jupiter ascending beesEarly on, when Jupiter is learning she's royal, there's a scene where a group of bees start to follow her. (Why are there bees hanging around? Why not?) The group slowly builds until there's a giant swarm surrounding her, but not stinging. When she moves her arms, they move with her. When she asks why they do that, you're sitting there waiting for a good response. Instead, the answer we receive is that the bees sense royalty. The audience cracked up at this in disbelief. To add insult to injury, this was followed up with the line, "Bees don't lie." 

I've never wanted to relive the Nicolas Cage bee scene from the 2006 "Wicker Man" remake, but this was all I could think of: 



 2. Random egg selling

jupiter jones mila kunisThere's a crazy subplot early in the film where Jupiter considers selling her own eggs at the behest of her sleazy cousin (you can't make this stuff up) to make some easy cash. He wants to buy a big flat screen TV and Jupiter has her sights on a $4,000 telescope on eBay. What? 

3. Mila Kunis slaps a sanitary pad onto Channing Tatum to patch up a wound.

I guess this was supposed to be humorous. It's not. It's kind of just gross, especially when Sean Bean, who plays a secondary character, later tears it off on screen, waving it at Kunis.  

4. Channing Tatum is a half-human, half-wolf

channing tatum jupiter ascendingYou read that right. He doesn't have a tail, but he does have a keen sense of smell, some pointed ears, and, yes, he does growl a few times in film. Honestly, he looks ridiculous, and because of that, and some added eyeliner, it's difficult to take Tatum, seriously. Even his name is Caine, an obvious reference to canine. 

5. Kunis' character continually hits on half-wolf Tatum, and it makes for the most awkward screen time and dialogue ever

jupiter caine jupiter ascendingThe two actors have chemistry; however, the romance between the two feels so overtly forced, even the audience could tell. There's a scene in the movie where Jupiter says she's into Caine. Here's how that conversation goes down.

Caine: "I have more in common with dogs than I do with you."

Jupiter: "I love dogs."

The audience burst out laughing at this. Later in the film, there's even an overt reference to "Beauty and the Beast," to describe their relationship.

6. The creatures are terrifying.

jupiter ascending aliensAn early scene in the film shows a group of short aliens trying to abduct a woman. These are some of the creepiest things I've ever seen on screen, and it's probably why you haven't seen a trace of them in marketing. The film's production notes say they're supposed to "resemble classic grey ETs."  

The same goes for a bizarre lizard/dragon mashup with wings.  jupiter ascending monster

Some of the characters just look like knockoffs of other sci-fi animals. There's an elephant-looking creature that pops up a few times that looks like a mix between Ten Numb and Max Webo from "Star Wars."

You can sort of see him here in the background.jupiter ascending elephant creature

7. And then there's Eddie Redmayne's character, Balem Abrasax, who is on a completely different level of crazy in this film.

eddie redmayne jupiter ascendingAfter a masterful Oscar-nominated performance in 2014's "The Theory of Everything," Redmayne gives a pitifully poor performance as a spoiled brat. He comes across as a fragile, strange creature, who speaks in eerily calm, creepy whispers. Then there would be these disjointed moments when he would scream out loud at people. Audiences laughed every time this occurred.  

It was as if Redmayne was actually channelling the awkwardness of Michael Sheen's vampire character Aro in the "Twilight" movies. It was essentially the same role. 

 

The Wachowski siblings said they wanted to put together a bunch of genres — a sci-fi film mixed with a thriller, an "action epic," and a "love story"— but in doing so, it's hard to figure out what this film wants to be.

There's no question that it's a sci-fi flick, but other than the ridiculous premise, the entire film doesn't feel original. It has the feel of "The Fifth Element," for its elaborate and outlandish space creatures and ship designs, and "Ender's Game" (for same space visuals). However, unlike "The Fifth Element," I doubt we'll be seeing re-runs of this on cable television anytime soon.

There were three good things about this film:

1. There's a point near the end where Kunis (sort of) beats the crap out of Redmayne's character. 

I was waiting for Kunis to be this break-out strong female character, and other than a few small parts in the film, she's not. She's whiny (she complains about how she hates her life in the beginning of the film), she's insanely gullible (she's convinced to marry a guy she just met in practically seconds even though he plans to kill her), and, except for a brief part in one of the film's climactic moments, she plays the D.I.D. (damsel in distress) to Tatum's character for most of the film. Sigh.

2. Channing Tatum's gravity boots

jupiter ascending gravity bootsCaine soars through the streets and skies of Chicago and other worlds with these special anti-gravity shoes. Imagine using a hoverboard turns your shoes into flat roller skates and you have the idea. It was probably the most entertaining part of the film. 

3. The visuals.

jupiter ascending sceneryThere's no question that there was an incredible amount of time devoted to making sure the film was visually beautiful. The film's production notes mention that to get the right shades of purple, indigo, and gold into the film's background at one point, they shot the film at a specific point of the year in Chicago between 5:15 and 5:45 a.m. That's dedication, but it's something viewers won't appreciate because most moviegoers aren't going to know that going in to the film.

18 months were spent visualizing costumes and hundreds of alien looks and hybrid human/animals for the movie before filming began. mila kunis jupiter ascendingHowever, this is the downfall of "Jupiter Ascending." There's too much attention to detail and too little focus on the big picture. If the Wachowski siblings spent as much time on the story as they obviously did on the film's aesthetics, the movie may have had some potential. However, the visuals alone are not going to sell me on a movie. There needs to be some meat and potatoes with my gravy. 

Right now, BoxOffice.com is tracking the film to make $19 million opening weekend. The duo's last film, 2012's "Cloud Atlas," starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, debuted to $9.6 million. Instead, Paramount's "Spongebob Squarepants" sequel, which has been over a decade in the making, is expected to dominate the weekend making $35 million.

One thing's clear. 

There's one must-see Channing Tatum movie this year from Warner Bros., and it's not going to be "Jupiter Ascending."

"Jupiter Ascending" is in theaters Fri. Feb. 6.

Watch a trailer below.

 

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Here's who this 'Game of Thrones' actress may play in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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brienne of tarthWhen Game of Thrones’ superbly-statured female knight Gwendoline Christie was added to the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, it generated a great deal of speculation regarding the identity - or at least, general allegiance - of her character.

However, if the latest anonymously sourced array of rumors proves true, then it seems that a great portion of the Internet actually got this one right... maybe.

SPOILER WARNING: The following article may contain information about Star Wars: The Force Awakens that you may not want to know until you actually see the film. Proceed with caution!

In a bit of news that should be taken with a grain of salt, a source has told MakingStarWars.net that Gwendoline Christie’s character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be an agent of the Empire; namely a "shock trooper" sporting a chrome costume and rocking a red and black cape. (You know, to avoid completely looking like a walking set of expensive rims.)

It’s a look that seems to be consistent with what was seen with some of the ultra-blurry figures appearing in leaked set photos. While no name has been given, the details of her occupation have her pegged as the bellicose, facially-scarred, lightsaber-swinging right hand of a high-ranking Imperial that will be played by Domhnall Gleeson. What's more, she is apparently on the hunt for Finn, the character played by John Boyega.

We kind of guessed that Game of Thrones typecasting might have Gwendoline Christie playing a soldier character desperately looking for glory by fighting honorably in a war that she doesn’t quite understand - but if the veracity of this report is on the money, then this Star Wars role will (barring the arrogance and murdering,) resonate a lot more Brienne of Tarth vibes than we previously thought. (Especially if Gleeson’s character ends up getting shanked by a shadow creature that pops out of a wanton witch’s who-ha.)

gwendoline christieWe’re still not sure exactly how or why the Empire exists in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or whether it still has a hold over certain star systems in the post-Battle of Endor period, but these new rumors suggest that whatever vestiges of the Empire do still exist are starting to be seen as an alternative the Rebel leads - who may be perceived by a number of its citizens as increasingly corrupt. Knowing this, it will be interesting to see if Gwendoline Christie is really fighting for the bad guys, or if things just aren't as black and white as they have been in past Star Wars saga chapters.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens looks to disenchant you from the false optimism of "Rebel Scum" when it hits theaters on December 18th. 

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There's a 'Poltergeist' remake out this summer and the first trailer is absolutely terrifying

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The trailer for the remake of the classic 80s horror movie "Poltergeist" just dropped, and it actually looks pretty scary.

Steven Spielberg, who produced the 1982 original, is absent from the production. Giving it some extra credibility is the involvement of producer Sam Raimi, who directed the horror classic "Evil Dead" and its sequels.

The remake is helmed by Gil Kenan, whose previous credits include the animated, Spielberg-produced horror- comedy "Monster House" and the little-seen sci-fi adaptation "City of Ember, " which co-starred Bill Murray.

The remake of "Poltergeist" is scheduled for release on July 24.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' banned in Malaysia

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" will not be released in Malaysia, reports Variety. The highly anticipated and controversial S&M-themed movie was not granted a certificated by the LPF, which is the Malaysian Censorship Board.

Chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said in a statement:

"[The film is] more pornography than a movie ... The board made a decision in view of the film containing scenes that are not of natural sexual content. The content is more sadistic, featuring scenes of a woman being tied to a bed and whipped."

50 shades of grey"Fifty Shades of Grey," which stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as the mysterious Christian Grey and his sexual protegé Anastasia Steele, is based on the best-selling and wildly popular E.L. James novel. 

The Cut reported that the movie features 20 minutes of sex out of its 100-minute running time.

However, it notably contains much less explicit sex than in the book. Gawker's Kelly Conaboy points out that director Sam Taylor-Johnson and E.L. James have been fighting over how much sex to feature in the film.

dakota johnson 50 shades of greyBut even 20 minutes of sex is enough to encourage sexually conservative countries to ban the film.

Time also reports that domestic violence activists are boycotting the film.

"Fifty Shades of Grey' hits theaters on February 13, 2015. 

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Over 1.3 million Swarovski crystals were used to create the costumes in 'Jupiter Ascending'

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Warner Bros.’ $175 million “Jupiter Ascending” is in theaters this weekend.

Bad reviews aside, there's one thing we can't deny. The costumes in the film, especially the gowns worn by Mila Kunis' character, are pretty gorgeous.  

According to InStyle, more than 1.3 million Swarovski crystals were used to create 34 costumes in the film.

Production notes say it took nearly two years to create costume concepts for the sci-fi movie before principal photography even started on “Jupiter Ascending.” 

The work shows. 

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The most elaborate dress in the film, a red and white gown worn by Kunis is comprised of hundreds of handmade flowers and is covered in Swarovski dew-drop crystals that are sewn onto the fabric. 

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Here it is from the back:

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In addition to the many crystals, the dress above was also partially 3D printed. 

Here’s a quick list of some of the other uses for the Swarovski crystals in the film. 

- a “few hundred” Swarovski stars were strewn across a field 

- a necklace and earrings seen in the film

- Much of the wardrobe worn by actors who play the Abrasax including Douglas Booth and Tuppence Middleton, below.

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- And a water-themed dress worn by Middleton.

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SEE ALSO: "Jupiter Ascending" is one of the worst movies you'll see this year

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The 10 best edited films of all time

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faye dunaway bonnie and clydeWhile it’s typically actors and directors who get to enjoy the greatest amount of praise through any year in cinema, certainly one of the greatest aspects of the award season is the opportunity to take a deep look at the below-the-line work that’s done to make the great films as great as they are.

In this spectrum, editors play an incredibly vital role, as many filmmakers would tell you that it’s in the cutting room that a movie is truly uncovered for what it is. A result of this is that the distinction of being considered the Best-Edited Movie Of All Time is quite an impressive one – which makes this recently discovered Top 75 ranking list all the more interesting. 

Though it actually originates from 2012, HitFix has recently uncovered The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 Best-Edited Films Of All Time, and, as you might imagine, it’s a rather impressive list. 

10. "The French Connection"

It’s pretty damn difficult to have a conversation about William Friedkin’s The French Connection without a discussion of its epic, incredible chase sequences, and while there are certainly many people responsible for the thrills – from the actors, to the cinematographers to the stunt drivers – but it was Gerald B. Greenberg (who you’ll see again on this list) who took all that work and stitched it together to make some of the most electrifying sequences ever to be put up on the silver screen. There are surprisingly few action movies that wound up making this Top 10 list, but The French Connection certainly belongs ranked among the greats. 



9. "JFK"

Controversial as the subject matter may be, Oliver Stone’s JFK is a shining example of excellent filmmaking in all of its parts. It has what can easily be considered one of the greatest casts of the 20th century, and weaves an utterly fascinating conspiracy tale and chronicles everything from history-changing, shady backroom dealings to courtroom drama.

It’s a hell of a lot of material and packed into a nearly 200 minute movie, but Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia’s editing work keeps it a seamless, tight narrative that enhances both the cinematography and the incredibly drama. Movie-goers can argue all they want about the veracity of Jim Garrison’s findings and beliefs, but one can’t argue just how well put-together JFK is. 



8. "Jaws"

For what really should be rather obvious reasons, editing is an immensely important part of filmmaking in the horror genre. It takes an expert hand to know exactly how long or short a particular shot should be in order to maximize the shock factor, and for that reason Verna Fields deserves an incredible deal of credit for making Steven Spielberg’s Jaws just as effective as it is.

The use of switching perspectives during the shark attack sequences is brilliant and terrifying, and the back and forth cuts in this sequence in particular is utterly mesmerizing. 



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2 big budget movies just bombed at the box office this weekend

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jupiter ascending mila kunisThis hasn’t happened in a while. 

Two big-budget movies out this weekend, Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” and Universal and Legendary’s “Seventh Son,” both bombed at theaters this weekend.

 "Jupiter Ascending," starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, made $19 million at theaters, while "Seventh Son," featuring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, brought in $7.1 million.

This isn’t a big surprise. 

Both movies have been long delayed, and reviews for the two movies were collectively awful. 

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“Jupiter Ascending,” the latest from the Wachowski siblings ("The Matrix"), was pushed back 10 months right before its summer release date last year. The film was originally set for a July 18 release, and cost a reported $175 million to make.

This is the latest box-office flop for the Wachowski siblings. Their last movie, 2012's "Cloud Atlas," debuted to $9.6 million. 

"Seventh Son," a fantasy based on Joseph Delaney's novel "The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch," has been completed for the past two years. 

The $95 million Legendary film was also originally supposed to be distributed by Warner Bros. However, Legendary and Warner Bros. ended their eight-year working relationship last June. Soon afterward, the film went over to Universal Pictures after Legendary struck up a partnering deal with the studio.

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The film moved release dates a few times from Feb. 2013 to Oct. 2013 and then Jan. 2014 before finally getting a wide release Feb. 6.

Interestingly enough, the film is performing well overseas. "Seventh Son" has made $82 million internationally.

Instead, the failure of the two big-budget weekend movies paved the way for Paramount’s new “Spongebob” movie, “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" to dominate the weekend.

The sequel to the 2004 film brought in $56 million. Analysts expected the film to hit $35 million over the three-day weekend.

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'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' star Zhang Ziyi had her engagement ring flown to her by a drone

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Zhang Ziyi, the star of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," has accepted a marriage proposal delivered to her by drone.

At Zhang’s birthday party yesterday, her Chinese rocker boyfriend Wang Feng took her hand behind a huge birthday cake. A white drone appeared, accompanied by romantic music.

Reaching into a basket carried by the drone, Wang, 43, pulled out a “flawless” 9.15 carat diamond ring created by London’s Moussaieff Jewellery.

According to The Straits Times, Wang told his girlfriend:

“We have experienced happy times and bitter times. I hope Ziyi will always have happy times. If we grow old, I will still be able to look after you.”

A surprised Zhang, now 36, answered “Yes” as friends cheered and applauded.

This morning she posted a picture of fireworks from the party and more details of the proposal on her Weibo account, adding a public message to Wang:

“Thanks for completing my life. All the hardship is past. From now we are together till we’re old.”

The couple’s relationship, which first became public knowledge in July, 2013, has endured huge media coverage in China.

Wang has been married twice before and has two daughters. Zhang has in the past dated Chinese TV host Sa Beining and Israeli billionaire Vivi Nevo.

See more pictures of Wang Feng’s drone proposal to Zhang Ziyi here.

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