Film Face-off: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' vs. 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
It is over. With six films, and approximately 8,754 minutes (if you count the extended editions), Peter Jackson is all done with Middle-earth. First came The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now The Hobbit trilogy. How do we feel, where do we go from here, and what will become of New Zealand now that the hobbits are moving out of the shire? These are all good questions, but before we can answer any of them let's have ourselves a face-off.
This week's Film Face-off is about the thirds. It's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King versus The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. To save us some typing time, we're going with LOTR: ROTK and H:BOFA from here on out.
The Return of the King
Frodo Baggins (Elijah... Read More
Here's Your Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide: Stop Guessing What to Buy Your Movie Lover
Shopping for movie fans can be hard considering most of us tend to buy our own movies, so it's tricky to not only tell if someone already owns a film, but if they'll even like it. Hopefully we can take the guess work out of that with the Movies.com Holiday Gift Guide.
We've put together a list of several dozen movies and movie-related books and TV shows all newly released from the past six months (so the chances are smaller your intended recipient has bought them), and are all good titles that may not be on most people's radars.
That means we've left off major movies, because chances are your sister who is a huge Marvel fan already bought Guardians of the Galaxy. However, your sister who loves action movies starring ladies probably doesn't have a... Read More
Watch: If Marvel Teamed with DC on a Movie, Here's What It'd Look Like
Now that we've seen the big superhero crossover movie, fans are hungry for the superhero crossover to up its game. They want to see studios join forces so more superheroes can team up (like Spider-Man in an Avengers movie), but of course the ultimate fantasy -- the biggest, greatest, most epic of all superhero crossover movies -- would be for Marvel characters to appear in the same movie as DC characters.
It'll probably never happen -- okay, it'll never happen -- but heck yeah we want to see what that sucker would look like in the alternate universe where an entire franchise full of these movies already exists. So here's a taste of what that film's trailer might look like; a fan-made creation courtesy of YouTuber Alex Luthor.
What do... Read More
'Focus' Trailer: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Make Con Games Look Sexy
In 2016, Will Smith and Margot Robbie will be appearing as Deadshot and Harley Quinn in the DC Comics supervillain movie Suicide Squad, but you don't have to wait nearly that long to get your first dose of them together as criminals up to no good. The two star in Focus as seductive con artists who get in way over their head, as all con artists in movies tend to do.
Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Crazy Stupid Love) from their own script, Focus also stars Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney and BD Wong (who also has Jurassic World coming out, so 2015 is a total BD Wong comeback year, right?). The below trailer is more about showing humor and the dizzying world Smith and Robbie play around in, so to make sense of the actual plot we turn to the official... Read More
This Would Make the Perfect Teaser Poster for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'
While it's not an official teaser poster for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange, this image -- recently tweeted by Strange director Scott Derrickson -- reveals a cool, trippy look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel's newest superhero, with his movie due in theaters on November 4, 2016.
Derrickson tweeted the image -- which he later revealed was fan made -- along with a quote from the Talking Heads: "Strange but not a stranger," which is a line from the song "Burning Down the House." Derrickson is one of those filmmakers who finds a lot of inspiration from just surfing through random images online, which was a big part of his research for the movie Sinister and is probably part of his process on Doctor Strange, too.
"What I did was I went... Read More
Watch These Great Fan-Made Teaser Trailers for DC's 'Suicide Squad'
We’re still almost two years away from seeing Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ big-screen version of Suicide Squad -- about a team of supervillains assembled to take on various suicide missions in an attempt to win their freedom -- but that hasn’t stopped a couple of industrious Internet fans from crafting their own homemade trailers revealing what they think the finished film will look like.
The first comes from YouTuber SoylentBrak1. The clip pulls footage from a plethora of other movies and TV shows (from Arrow to Jack Reacher), but looks good despite the disparate sources. Have a peek at it below and see what you think. It feels action oriented, but also a little somber.
The second clip comes from WhiplashDynamo. This one uses some of the... Read More
Watch: Robin Williams and Ben Stiller Help 'Night at the Museum' Actor Ask a Girl to Prom
So what do you do when you don't really have time to ask a girl to prom because you're too busy filming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb alongside funnymen like Robin Williams and Ben Stiller? Well, Skyler Gisondo -- who plays Stiller's son in the film -- figured he'd just get Williams and Stiller to help assist in the prom-asking festivities by staging the following funny video while on set.
Yeah it's a cute video and of course she said yes, but what makes it even more special is the chance to watch Robin Williams do his thing. One of the all-time greatest improvisers, Williams naturally upstages the other guys with a number of one-liners and impersonations -- and man does it just make us miss him even more.
"It turned into this... Read More
Movie News: Jake Gyllenhaal Climbs a Mountain in First 'Everest' Image; Kate Winslet in Talks for Steve Jobs Movie
Everest: Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin are featured in a new image from Everest, covered up against the elements. They star as mountain climbers on an expedition that goes tragically wrong; Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, John Hawkes, Emily Watson, Robin Wright and Keira Knightley also star. The movie is due in theaters on September 18. [Flickering Myth]
Steve Jobs Movie: Kate Winslet (above in this year's Divergent) is the latest star to enter negotiations to appear in the upcoming movie about Steve Jobs, to be directed by Danny Boyle. Her role is described as the female lead; Michael Fassbender will play Apple cofounder Jobs, with Seth Rogen set to costar as fellow Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. [Variety]
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Box Office Report: 'The Hobbit' Prevails While Bollywood Cracks the Top 10
Here are your estimated three-day box office returns (new releases bolded):
1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - $56.2 million ($90.6 million total)
2. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - $17.3 million ($17.3 million total)
3. Annie - $16.3 million ($16.3 million total)
4. Exodus: Gods and Kings - $8.0 million ($38.9 million total)
5. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 - $7.7 million ($289.2 million total)
6. Wild - $4.1 million ($7.2 million total)
7. Top Five - $3.57 million ($12.4 million total)
8. Big Hero 6 - $3.56 million ($190.4 million total)
9. Penguins of Madagascar - $3.52 million ($64.1 million total)
10. P.K. - $3.5 million ($3.5 million total)
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The Important News
The Critics Choice Awards nominations were announced. Meanwhile, President Obama named Boyhood as his favorite movie of 2014.
Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy or Ken Watanabe will play the Ancient One in Doctor Strange.
Viola Davis joined the cast of Suicide Squad.
Tim Burton still plans to direct the Beetlejuice sequel and will bring Winona Ryder back. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is reprising his role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off for a TV show.
Top Five gave Chris Rock his best opening ever, screen average-wise.
Tom Hanks might star in the Dave Eggars adaptation The Circle.
Steven Spielberg cast a 10-year-old newcomer for his adaptation of The BFG. Robert Rodriguez is moving... Read More