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‘Furious 7’ has already made over $800 million and that’s tremendous


fast and furious 7 castThe seventh “Fast and Furious” film, “Furious 7,” dominated the box office for the second weekend in a row. 

After a record debut of $147 million Easter weekend, “Furious 7,” brought in another $60.6 million at theaters. 

Only 11 movies have ever had a better second weekend at the domestic box office. 

The last time a movie performed that well was “American Sniper” with $64.6 million in its second week. 

With $800 million worldwide, “Furious 7” is on track to be the first $1 billion movie of the year. Disney’s anticipated “Avengers” and “Star Wars” sequels are expected to be big hits later this year. 

Here are a few moments highlighting how big of a streak “Furious 7” and Universal Studios is having at the box office: 

"Furious 7" still has two more weekends to rake in even more money domestically until Disney and Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" officially kicks off the summer box office May 1. 

SEE ALSO: Here are the car brands that appear the most in "Furious 7"

AND: Why "Furious 7" is dominating the box office

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New 'Terminator: Genisys' trailer shows Arnold Schwarzenegger back in action


Paramount and Skydance have released a new trailer for a new "Terminator" movie out this summer.

"Terminator: Genisys," the fifth film in the series, will bring Arnold Schwarzenegger back to the franchise in the role he first made famous in 1984.

If you've been following the "Terminator" series, you know John Connor (Jason Clarke) has always been the force to stop Skynet, a self-aware intelligence program, from taking over the world. However, in the new trailer, it looks like Connor may be the biggest threat to mankind.

Here's the synopsis for the film via Paramount:

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

J.K. Simmons and Matt Smith ("Doctor Who") also star. Curiously, we have yet to see Smith in any trailer for the film.

"Terminator: Genisys" is in theaters July 1.

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Marvel's new 'Ant-Man' trailer looks even better than 'Guardians of the Galaxy'


Marvel just released a new trailer for "Ant-Man," its most obscure comic-book adaptation since "Guardians of the Galaxy." Some had doubts about the box-office potential of "Guardians," but it went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies of 2014.

"Ant-Man" stars Paul Rudd as a scientist who miniaturizes himself to fight an evil villain played by Corey Stoll ("House of Cards"). The movie was supposed to be directed by fan-favorite Edgar Wright, but Wright dropped out right before production started because of creative differences. Journeyman director Peyton Reed stepped in to deliver what Marvel hopes will be another breakout hit for the studio.

"Ant-Man" comes out on July 17.

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One of the biggest teases from the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer won’t even be in the movie


Note: I wasn't going to write about this since "Avengers: Age of Ultron" isn't out for several weeks; however, after seeing this pop up on otheroutlets, there's not much point in holding back. The below doesn’t spoil anything in the actual film.

When the first trailers for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" came out, we were left with way more questions than answers.

Particularly, there were a few mysterywomen in the trailers that had fans buzzing. 

We quickly learned the woman in one of the initial trailers was Korean actress Kim Soo-hyun, also known as Claudia Kim. We won't say much about her role or her character's name.

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However, one of the biggest question marks revolved around the character below, who appeared in the second full trailer for the film.

Remember this brief scene?

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Fans online have predicted the woman above is related in some way to Marvel's upcoming Black Panther character. The theories are that she's either Shuri, Black Panther's sister, or one of his bodyguards. 

We imagined it would have been one of the big reveals in the film.


After heading to a screening of the film April 9, the scene with the above character didn't appear in the finished film.

If you're a big Marvel fan who has been pouring over the marketing of "Age of Ultron" for months on end, it will be pretty obvious to you that the scene is missing. 

We figured since Marvel had no issue revealing the full image of Vision nearly a month before the film's premiere that there would be a bigger reveal in the film, such as the one above.



Maybe it will be a deleted scene on a Blu-Ray, but that feels like a pretty big reveal to leave out of the film.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is in theaters May 1.

SEE ALSO: Here's the mysterious character teased at the end of the new "Avengers" trailer

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8 movies you need to see at the Tribeca Film Festival



The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off Thursday with 11 days filled with flashy red carpet premieres and under-the-radar indie gems.

But what if you’re not in the New York area to take part?

The good news is a handful of titles from this year’s fest will be coming to a theater near you in the coming months.

Let’s take a look.

1. “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

KurtCobain_HBODocumentaryFilmsThough there have been a few films about the life and music of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Brett Morgen’s documentary is being touted as the first authorized film on the iconic musician. Morgen uses home movies, recordings, photography, artwork, and journals to chronicle the face behind 90s grudge rock.

Why you should see it: Brett Morgen has wowed audiences for years with his fresh approach to docs. Just look at the dazzling effects in "The Kid Stays in the Picture" or the animated doc "Chicago 10." It’s safe to say his look at Cobain will be full of originality.

In Theaters: April 24 (on HBO May 4)

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2. “Good Kill”

GoodKill_VoltagePictures“Gattaca” director Andrew Niccol reteams with Ethan Hawke to make a different kind of war movie. In “Good Kill” Hawke plays Major Tommy Egan, a veteran of air combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan who now is a drone pilot. Egan does missions daily from inside a trailer in Nevada and spends his evenings at home arguing with his wife (January Jones) and pondering the ethics of his current role in the military.

Why you should see it: Hawke is tailor made for these kinds of roles and the film sheds light on the anxiety drone pilots endure.

In Theaters: May 15

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3. “Angry Sky”

AngrySky_RavenIndustriesLong before Felix Baumgartner skydived from space, a pet store owner from New Jersey had dreams of breaking the world record for highest parachute jump. At the height of the cold war, Nick Piantanida convinced investors, engineers and even the US Army to let him attempt this insane stunt. "Angry Sky" chronicles this bizzare moment in history.

Why you should see it: Since the director of this documentary is Jeff Tremaine, one of the creators of “Jackass,” you know you’re in store for a gonzo trip.

Airs On: ESPN’s 30 for 30 series June 8

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4. “Grandma”

Grandma_SonyPicturesClassicsLily Tomlin is known best for her comedic work, which is what makes her performance in this grandmother/granddaughter road trip dramedy so great. In it she plays Elle Reid, an aging poet mourning the loss of her longtime partner. But when her teen granddaughter (Julie Garner) shows up unannounced and asks for $600 and a ride, the two embark on a powerfully emotional journey.

Why you should see it: If Tomlin’s performance isn’t enough, the film is directed by Paul Weitz (“About A Boy”) and has a great supporting cast that includes Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, and Sam Elliott.

In Theaters: TBA 2015

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5. “Hungry Hearts”

HunryHearts_ChristieMullenMina (Alba Rohrwacher) and Jude (Adam Driver) quickly fell in love after meeting in the bathroom of a Chinese restaurant, and soon after Mina became pregnant with their child. Juggling a relationship, family, and being pregnant leads Mina to go to a psychic. What she’s told quickly changes her relationship with Jude and the child they're about to have.

Why you should see it: The gripping performances by Rohrwacher and Driver led them to receive Best Actor awards at the Venice Film Festival.

In Theaters: June 5

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6. “Maggie”

MAGGIE_LukasEttlinOne of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, this look at family loyalty during a zombie outbreak has all the makings of a cult hit. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father who tracks down his teen daughter (Abigail Breslin) at a hospital and learns she’s been infected. He takes her home but her progression into a zombie soon makes things very challenging for family life.

Why you should see it: Schwarzenegger delivers one of his first dramatic performances. This could be a turning point for the actor who has been trying to make a comeback on screen unsuccessfully in action-centric films.

In Theaters: May 8

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7. “Sleeping With Other People”

SleepingWithOtherPeople_Linda KällérusJake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lost their virginity to each other many years ago and since then have each gone through disastrous relationships. In a chance encounter at a counseling group, they decide to reconnect, but just as friends. Will this lead to a new path in finding “the one?”

Why you should see it: It will be filled with raunchy humor from director Leslye Headland, who brought us “Bachelorette.”

In Theaters: TBA 2015

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8. “Slow West”

SlowWest_RobbieRyanSet in the American West of the 1800s, this period piece follows Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a Scottish aristocrat who sets off to the brutal Colorado frontier in search for his love. The travel soon becomes too much for him and he's rescued by passerby Silas (Michael Fassbender), who we quickly realize has a connection to young Jay.

Why you should see it: Fassbender was born to play a cowboy.

In Theaters: May 15

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Jimmy Kimmel perfectly captures how fans will feel if they sit through the 'Avengers' sequel credits


For years, fans have been staying through the lengthy credits that roll at the end of Marvel movies for a brief sneak peek at what's next from the Marvel cinematic universe.

More recently, some of the films started adding two scenes, one that appeared early on, which is referred to as a mid-credits sequence, and, another, post-credits sequence, at the end which usually is more comical.

It's become a sort of staple for Marvel viewers. So it was a bit of a shock when "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon confirmed to Entertainment Weekly there won't be any extra scene for fans sitting through the film credits when it debuts in theaters May 1.

On Monday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", the host mocked how fanboys probably reacted to the news after watching the end-credits to his "Avengers"-themed episode alongside "Ant-Man" actor Paul Rudd. 

The two proceeded to tear apart the living room in which they sat.

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As one of the fanboysgirls, I can attest that this is pretty spot on.

Check out the funny clip below:


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Why Artificial Intelligence in movies has been elevated thanks to this sci-fi must-see


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Artificial Intelligence has fascinated filmmakers as far back as the 1920s with Fritz Lang's dazzling "Metropolis.” Recently, AI has found its way more frequently into movies.

Look at "Her,""Big Hero 6,""Chappie," and the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and it seems there's no limit to how storytelling can implement our curiosity towards soulless devices programed to have all the (good and bad) traits of humans.

So when screenwriter Alex Garland ("28 Days Later,""Dredd") decided to examine this fertile ground with his directorial debut, "Ex Machina," he knew his AI had to be different.

The film follows a young programmer named Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) who wins a contest to meet Nathan (Oscar Isaac), the famous CEO of the Google-like company where he's employed. After a helicopter leaves Caleb on Nathan's secluded compound, he learns that Nathan has created an AI and wants him to conduct the Turing test on it; which determines whether it can pass as a human. 

The AI is named Ava, and though there's no mistaking she's a robot with her visible metal skeletal structure and exposed inner workings, newcomer Alicia Vikander gives her such an emotional presence that at times Ava comes across as a living, breathing human.

em machina leadThe physical presence of Ava was something Garland took a lot of thought in. The challenge he saw was not just making Ava look more robotic than humans but also create a fresh robotic look to present to movie audiences.

"There was this huge danger the first time Ava walks onto the screen that the first thing you do is think about another movie," said Garland.

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In creating concept art with UK artist Jock, Garland pushed aside any iconic look that would make you think of another movie bot. They couldn't use a gold color because it brought up too many recollections of C-3PO from the "Star Wars" saga. They also decided not to use white as it made them think of the robot in Björk's music video for “All is Full of Love” or the robots from Will Smith’s 2004 movie "I, Robot."

irobot robotFinally they landed on mesh, and it just fit.

"Under certain lighting conditions it would give a kind of glimpse of the female form but almost drew your attention to the machine's skeleton structure inside Ava," said Garland.

ex machina“I looked like Spider-Man,” said Vikander, who spent four-and-a-half hours in hair and makeup before each shooting day to become Ava.

“The silver mesh covered my whole body and went up to a ball cap. So my forehead in the film was actually built into the suit,” she tells BI. “I would get there at 3:50am, so they built for me a little stick with a tennis ball at the end, because I couldn’t have a headrest. So when they finished getting my hair and forehead all made up I would prop my head on that and went back to sleep while they did the rest.”

ExMachina5Though Garland feels there's more to the film than just AI — specifically, the control major technology companies have on our daily lives — he knew that Ava needed to be that bridge to take you deeper into the story, and for it to work she had to look unique. 

"You need to be locked into the same experience Caleb [the main character] is having," Garland explains. "Anything else takes you out of the moment you should be in."

"Ex Machina" is now open in limited release and will be out nationwide April 24.

SEE ALSO: Some AI robots can already pass part of the Turing test

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The first cut of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' was more than 3 hours long


Avengers Age of Ultron Behind the Scenes

When the highly-anticipated "Avengers: Age of Ultron" comes to theaters in May, it will be just under two-and-a-half hours long. 

But it didn't start out that way.

According to a lengthy article in Vulture, director Joss Whedon's first cut of "Age of Ultron" clocked in at a lengthy three and a half hours. Whedon and producer Kevin Feige then had to whittle it down to 142 minutes. (Disney told us at a press screening the film has a 141-minute runtime.)

Nobody knows exactly which scenes were lost in the 68 or so minutes that were removed from the final cut. 

However, one notable scene that we know was removed is one that may have predicted the arrival of Marvel's upcoming Black Panther character. The below, brief shot featuring a mysterious woman was included in the trailer, but not in the theatrical version of the film.

avengers ultron mystery womanMarvel president Kevin Feige also told MTV News a scene with future superheroine Captain Marvel was cut from the film.

"We didn’t want to introduce her fully-formed flying in a costume before you got to know who she was and how she came to be," said Feige.

The final "Age of Ultron" runtime is lengthy, but still not that long when compared to other popular summer blockbusters. For instance, "The Dark Knight Rises" clocked in at 165 minutes.

In fact, "Age of Ultron" is even shorter than than the first "Avengers," something which Joss Whedon surprisingly envisioned but thought would never actually happen. 

"I said to [Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige] before we started, 'My secret fantasy that'll never come true is that the second one is shorter than the first,'"Whedon said, "and we're shorter by a minute."

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THEN & NOW: The cast of 'Mortal Kombat' 20 years later


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This week, "Mortal Kombat X," the highly-anticipated new "Mortal Kombat" game, will be released on most major gaming systems. 

After becoming a hit videogame, "Mortal Kombat" was made into a movie in 1995, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil,""Alien v. Predator").

The movie was a big success, grossing over $122 million worldwide and later launching a sequel ("Mortal Kombat: Annihilation") two years later as well as two spin-off TV series. 

In honor of "Mortal Kombat X," we've decided to take a look back at the cast of the "Mortal Kombat" movie, which ranges from martial arts stars to Batman stunt doubles.

THEN: Robin Shou played Shaolin monk-turned-warrior Liu Kang.

NOW: He reunited with director Paul W.S. Anderson for 2008's "Death Race" as well as its two sequels, one of which is called "Death Race 2: Frankenstein Lives."

THEN: Everyone bowed down to Christopher Lambert, who played the god of thunder Raiden.

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' has one brief mid-credits scene


avengers age of ultronDon't worry: There are no spoilers ahead.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon was very clear when he told Entertainment Weekly there won’t be an end-credits scene after the film. 

While that may be the case, don’t leave the theater as soon as the movie ends when you head out to see it. 

After an initial credits sequence, there is a very brief mid-credits scene. 

I won’t tell you what it is now, but come back after the film’s release, and we’ll have a full explainer breaking the scene down.

You won’t want to miss it. 

This is the one that really matters, and teases where the future of the Marvel franchise is heading.

Wait. So, there is an end-credits sequence ... sort of?


But, Whedon said there wasn't one?

Yes, technically, that's true. You won't have to sit through the black and white credits that roll for another 10 or so minutes.

So ... I freaked out over nothing?

Kind of. (It's okay. We freaked, too, at first.)

Since 2008, Marvel has been adding these fun tags to the end of its films. Sometimes, they tease something big. In "Iron Man," we saw Samuel L. Jackson step onto the screen as Nick Fury to approach Tony Stark about "The Avenger Initiative."Thor" was hinted at after "Iron Man 2." You get it.

In more recent years, the end-credit scene became more lighthearted as Marvel started putting out two end-credit sequences starting with 2012's "The Avengers."

The first came midway through the credits (hence mid-credits sequence) and introduced Josh Brolin's future villain Thanos. Some fans may have left theaters afterward thinking that was it! Good show! However, those who stayed around until the end of the film found a fun additional scene continuing the flow of the actual movie where the Avengers gang went out for shawarma.

the avengers end finalThis didn't become the norm moving forward as "Iron Man 3" still had one end-credit scene. However, the mid-credits sequences started to become more important teasers for viewers than those at the very end of the film.

The only film that really hasn't followed this formula was 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which had two fun end-credits scenes. (Both of the scenes in "Captain America: The Winter Solider" were pretty important to the continuation of the "Captain America" franchise and the larger MCU as a whole.)

The post-credits scene we won't see at the end of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" would have been one of those lighter, more comical tags. Whedon even hinted at this himself when speaking with EW.

Via EW:

Whedon says they tried to come up with something worthy of the end-credits shot but ultimately couldn’t top shawarma. “It didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way, and we wanted to be true to what felt right,” Whedon says. “The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else. Don’t do the Indiana Jones gun trick again differently. Just go somewhere else. Don’t try to hit the same highs, because people will sense it.”

So, no need to get worked up. 

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is in theaters May 1.

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Fans can sign up to see the 'Batman V Superman' trailer in theaters Monday


batman suit batman v supermanThe first trailer for next year's highly-anticipated "Batman V Superman" movie is coming Monday.

If you want to see it first, it won't be online. You'll have to head to a theater.


Fans can sign up on the film's site to be among the first to see the full trailer in select theaters.

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If you want to see the trailer in theaters, head here for the chance at a free ticket. 

We're sure they'll be gone quickly.

Director Zack Snyder tweeted out a brief teaser for the trailer. There's not much here except a quick look at the suits.


The event feels similar to previous marketing for Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. 

Ahead of the release of 2008's "The Dark Knight," fans were invited to sign up for screenings previewing the first six minutes of the film in IMAX. The preview then played in front of select IMAX screenings. Similar screenings for six minutes of "The Dark Knight Rises" were released in IMAX theaters ahead of the 2012 film's theatrical debut.

"Batman V Superman" is in theaters March 25, 2016.

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This indie comedy is the funniest movie so far this year


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Raunchy sex comedies are a dime a dozen, but the hysterically funny "The Overnight" is far from a typical film of the genre. Rather than depicting the exploits of horny teenagers, "The Overnight" is a decidedly adult film, and the filmmakers make sure we know it from the very opening scene.

The film opens with workaholic Emily (Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is The New Black") and her husband/stay-at-home dad, Alex (Adam Scott, "Parks & Recreation"), having awkward sex, doing all they can to finish before their kids burst in and ruin the fun. They just moved from Seattle to Los Angeles and don't know anybody in the area, and they joke about how they could use some friends their own age.

Enter Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), an organic, artisanal, juicing LA hipster father who practically reeks charisma. After Kurt's kids hit it off at the park with Alex and Emily's, Kurt invites the couple over for dinner and they graciously accept, and that's when things get a little weird.

As you may have guessed from the title, the exploits in "The Overnight" take place over the course of one evening. It becomes clear pretty quickly that Kurt and his (very French) wife, Charlotte, did not invite Alex and Emily over for a traditional meal — they have other, dirtier plans. Once the kids are put to bed and the drinks start to flow, Kurt and Charlotte's flirtation sparks Alex and Emily's intrigue, and the comedic tension and number of laughs escalate until the film reaches its wildly satisfying finale.

While the story may sound unremarkable on paper, the chemistry among the film's stars makes it stand out. Schwartzman gives undoubtedly the funniest performance of his career, and huge laughs stem from the sheer ludicrousness of his character.

Even though his role is not as outwardly comical as Schwartzman's, Scott is also hilarious and gets plenty of great lines. Schilling plays it pretty straight, but everyone truly gets a chance to shine. It's a real ensemble piece, and the interplay between everyone is so much fun to watch.

taylor schilling the overnightAmong the poignant deconstruction of modern relationships, "The Overnight" peppers in a lot of lowbrow humor. Running gags involve a prosthetic penis, paintings that look more like colonoscopy results, and a bizarre massage sequence. What's amazing about these moments is that in context they totally work and are genuinely funny. The jokes are there only because they help add to these character's identities — the laughs are earned.

There's a real vulnerability to the film and these characters that gives it a certain charm. It's a testament to the sharp writing and genuinely unique perspective that, despite their outlandishness, even the film's raciest scenes are rendered completely natural and real in the moment. Great films often engage with ideas outside of the status-quo, but rarely do they do so with a grace that makes the audience question their own inhibitions.

Ultimately, the element that keeps "The Overnight" so fun and engaging is the careful, steady reveal of information. We spend just the right amount of time soaking up these characters and their beliefs that when caution is thrown to the wind, it's impossible to not just smile and watch how they deal with it.

"The Overnight" plays the Tribeca Film Festival Tuesday 4/21 — Thursday 4/23. Wide release TBA.

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JJ Abrams brings pizza to hundreds of fans waiting to see the premiere of a new ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ trailer


This is really cool.

"Star Wars Celebration," an annual event celebrating all things about "Star Wars," kicks off today in Anaheim, California. For the next four days, "Star Wars" panels with original actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels and footage from EA's upcoming "Battlefront" video game will be among the sights that eager fans will get to see.

Thursday, the celebration kicks off with a massive panel hosted by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

It's the panel any and every "Star Wars" fan present will want to see. It's expected that the next new trailer for the film will be debuted for fans.

Unsurprisingly, fans lined up early to get in line to be the first inside.

Here's how the scene looked at the Anaheim Convention Center before the crowd showed up.


 A few hours later, here's how the scene looked:




Waiting in line for hours on end can get a bit restless. You usually can't get out of line once you're in place, so you better have packed some snacks.

Luckily, director J.J. Abrams stopped by to bring the hundreds of fans pizza.

/film editor Peter Sciretta and a few others snapped photos of the scene.

Expect more on "Star Wars" throughout the day.

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Disney just released a new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' trailer and it's incredible


The second teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" just premiered in Anaheim, California, at the annual Star Wars Celebration event. 

It needs no further introduction.

Check it out below! 

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters December 18, 2015.

SEE ALSO: The new "Star Wars" trailer appears to confirm one of the movie's first big plot leaks

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Will Ferrell thinks his 'SNL' portrayal of George W. Bush influenced the 2000 election


will ferrell as george w bush 6The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off Wednesday night with the world premiere of “Live From New York!,” a documentary which looks back on 40 years of “Saturday Night Live” history.

The film, directed by Bao Nguyen, was full of revealing moments through interviews with the show’s creator, Lorne Michaels, and the “Not Ready For Primetime” alums.

One moment that especially stood out was Will Ferrell’s thoughts on his portrayal of George W. Bush on the show.

Ferrell said in the doc that he believed the popularity of him playing Bush on the sketch show humanized the real George W. to the country. He implied that this may have influenced voters to choose Bush in the 2000 election — in which Bush won over Vice President Al Gore by only a few hundred votes — and his re-election in 2004.

Throughout Bush’s presidency, Ferrell played Bush as a dim-witted, hard-partying, good ol’ boy.

will ferrell bushFerrell as Bush was so popular, in fact, that he played the character on Broadway in the one-man show titled “Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush” towards the end of the real Bush’s presidency.

will ferrell george w bush broadwayIn “Live From New York!” Ferrell also notes that Darrell Hammond’s rigid, robotic-like portrayal of Al Gore in the 2000 election sketches didn't help people's perception of the politician.

hammond as gore Here’s the first “SNL” Bush/Gore debate sketch from 2000.

"Live from New York!" is currently playing at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be out in theaters on June 12.

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Awesome photos from the set of the next 'Star Wars' movie


Star Wars Celebration kicked off Thursday at the Anaheim Convention Center with a huge panel for the next film.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy opened up the celebration with a panel highlighting the next chapter in the "Star Wars" saga, which will be released in theaters come December.

Cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew joined together on stage before the debut of a brand new trailer for "The Force Awakens."

Throughout the panel, images of Abrams and the new cast were shown on set of the new film.

Check some of them out below.

Here's director J.J. Abrams.jj abrams star warsThe team filmed on the hot desert sands of Abu Dhabi. Abrams said it would get to be 128 degrees while shooting.

abu dhabi star warsDaisy Ridley, who plays Rey, is seen below with the new droid BB8. Ridley gave a few more details on her character, saying she’s a scavenger who we will first see in a ship graveyard.

daisy ridley star warsBB8 is a lot smaller than we imagined.

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Here are a few shots of Oscar Isaac's X-wing pilot.

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We also saw a few images of John Boyega's mysterious character, Finn.

It's still not confirmed whether or not Finn is a stormtrooper or is just dressed like one in the film.

star wars john boyegajohn boyega star warsHere's another look at the three actors.

star wars actorsThis photo of Abrams with Chewbacca on set is great.

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Here's another good one of Abrams with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is in theaters December 18, 2015.

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An explanation for everything you see in the latest 'Star Wars' trailer


The second teaser trailer for the new "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens," is out.

It's short, but packed with a lot of stuff. Here's an explanation for everything you see in the new trailer.

We start out on this desert planet. A speeder rolls across the landscape. There's a crashed X-Wing in the foreground and a crumbling Star Destroyer in the background. At a "Star Wars" even Thursday, Daisy Ridley, a lead actress in the movie, said her character Rey starts out on a desert planet where she scavenges parts. This is probably that planet. It appears a lot of the old junk from the war between the Rebels and the Empire ended up here.

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Next, we see Darth Vader's scorched helmet. Remember, Luke Skywalker burned Darth Vader's body at the end of "Return of the Jedi." We hear Luke's voice say: "The Force is strong in my family..." This is also a line from "Return of the Jedi."

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Then we see this mysterious cloaked figure touch R2-D2. He has a robotic hand. There's a good chance this is Luke. (Luke lost his hand in "The Empire Strikes Back.") The voiceover continues. "My father has it..."

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Luke continues: "I have it... my sister has it..." We see someone hand a lightsaber to someone else. This is the same lightsaber Luke lost when Darth Vader cut off his hand at the end of "The Empire Strikes Back." It's also the lightsaber Luke's father Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader had when he was younger. Obi-Wan Kenobi gave the lightsaber to Luke in "A New Hope."

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Finally, Luke's voiceover says: "You have that power too." It's unclear who he's talking to though. Could it be his son or daughter? Could it be someone else? We have no idea. If we had to speculate, we'd say Luke is talking to one of the three new main characters of the movie: Poe Dameron, Rey, or Finn. We see Poe Dameron in the next shot, yelling with glee as he pilots his X-Wing. All we know about Poe so far is that he's an X-Wing pilot with a mission from Princess Leia.

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Next we see Kylo Ren, the villain, swinging his lightsaber. His lightsaber has three blades.

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Then the trailer cuts to a quick shot of Rey (the woman on the left), Finn, and the droid BB8 running away from an explosion.

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Then the trailer cuts to Kylo Ren again. This is the first time we see him from the front and get a clear view of his creepy mask. We don't know much at all about this character. The rumor is that Adam Driver plays him though.

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Next, we see a bunch of stormtroopers at some sort of rally. It has a creepy Nazi vibe. It appears what remains of the Empire have reorganized and are up to no good.

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During the event on Thursday, John Boyega, the actor who plays Finn, confirmed that Finn is a Stormtrooper when the movie begins. The trailer shows this scene of a TIE fighter blowing up a bunch of stormtroopers and their fighters.

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Then we see Finn looking panicked. Speculation: Finn somehow has a change of heart about being an evil stormtrooper and escapes.

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The next shot gives us a look at the new Star Destroyer design. These are the big ships the bad guys use.

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Here's a crazy one. We see a stormtrooper in shiny metal armor. Stormtroopers usually wear white armor. We have no clue who this guy is or what's so special about him.

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There's BB8 again. He's so cute. It's safe to say he'll be the comic relief of the film. It also looks like he's inside Han Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon, in this shot.

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Back to the desert planet. We see Rey ...

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...help Finn to his feet. It looks like the two of them got caught up in some serious trouble.

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The trailer cuts to a TIE fighter chasing after the Millennium falcon on the desert planet.

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Han Solo flies the Falcon inside a giant crashed ship. If we had to guess, we'd say Han somehow ends up rescuing Finn and Rey from the bad guys and they have to make their escape.

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And, finally, we see Han Solo and Chewbacca. "Chewie, we're home," Han says. And that's the end!

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We may see blood in the new ‘Star Wars’ movie


A new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens' was released Thursday afternoon.

While we've been poring over the new trailer, one of the things we caught is that it looks like Finn (John Boyega), who may be one of the main characters in the film, has a bloody hand mark on his stormtrooper helmet when he takes it off.

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The sight of blood in a "Star Wars" movie is chilling as it's rarely ever seen in the saga.

Though there have been countless limbs chopped off by lightsabers, and a scene from "The Phantom Menace" where Darth Maul impaled Qui-Gon Jinn with his dual-bladed lightsaber, there's hardly ever blood.

the phantom menace8Perhaps director J.J. Abrams is taking the saga into more mature territory.

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The first teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' is finally online


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Over the summer a teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s next project, “The Hateful Eight,” popped up in theaters before showings of “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” and was quickly leaked online.

Thursday, The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the film later this year, finally released the official teaser online.

Outside of some blood splatters going across the screen there really isn’t much to it, other than the basic plot, which is that the story is set in post-Civil War Wyoming during a blizzard.

But the teaser gives us the character names of the hateful eight. If you’re not up on your Tarantino news you might not be aware of the great cast he’s got lined up. Here they are:

Samuel L. Jackson - Marquis Warren aka “The Bounty Hunter”
Kurt Russell - John Ruth aka “The Hangman”
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Daisy Domergue aka “The Prisoner”
Walton Goggins - Chris Mannix aka “The Sheriff”
Demian Bichir - Bob aka “The Mexican”
Tim Roth - Oswaldo Mobray aka “The Little Man”
Michael Madsen - Joe Cage aka “The Cow Puncher”
Bruce Dern - General Sandy Smithers aka “The Confederate”

Here’s the teaser.

And here’s the poster.

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The first ‘Batman V Superman’ trailer leaks online


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Well, this was unexpected. 

The first “Batman V Superman” trailer has leaked online in full. 

Warner Bros. can’t be too pleased. The studio had plans to debut the trailer Monday evening at fan events in Imax theaters across the country. 

It's believed the leak may have stemmed from a showing of the trailer ahead of an "Avengers: Age of Ultron" screening for media.

Check out the video before it's pulled.


The trailer itself is pretty dark, and not just visually. The film appears to pick up exactly where 2013's "Man of Steel" ended.

Superman is put on blast by essentially everyone, including Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Batman (Ben Affleck), for all the death and destruction he caused in the last film.

Earlier on Thursday afternoon, images began to leak online from what appeared to be a trailer to the film before quickly being pulled.

This is the second time footage from "Batman V Superman" has leaked online. 

Following last year's San Diego Comic-Con, footage shown during a panel for the film quickly spread on YouTube before being pulled by Warner Bros.

"Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" is in theaters March 25, 2016.

SEE ALSO: It looks like "Batman V Superman" will address the big problem many people had with "Man of Steel"

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