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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Debuts a Japanese Trailer

April 24, 2014

A new Japanese trailer has come online for Michael Bay's latest robots-of-mass-destruction film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, featuring an intro from star, Mark Wahlberg. Check it out below!

In U.S. theaters June 27th, Transformers: Age of Extinction stars Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing.

As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.

Source: CBM

New Title for Third 'Hobbit' Film Revealed as 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

"There and Back Again" is no longer the subtitle for Peter Jackson's third film in the "Hobbit" trilogy. Jackson broke the news on Facebook, telling fans that the film will now carry the subtitle "The Battle of the Five Armies."

Here's Jackson's statement:

Inside Information...

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we've gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the "Desolation of Smaug".

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will arrive in theaters December 17th, and stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Ian Holm, Billy Connolly, Lee Pace, and James Nesbitt.

Source: Peter Jackson (Facebook)

New 'Godzilla' Imax Poster and Japanese Trailer

IMAX has debuted a new poster for director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot, stomping into theaters nationwide on May 16th. In Addition, a new Japanese trailer has made its way online as well. Though it does contains much of what we have already seen, there is one scene at the end of the trailer that brings new footage.

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Akira Takarada, and Sally Hawkins.

Godzilla IMAX poster

Source: CBM, IMAX

First Trailer and Poster for the Thriller 'As Above, So Below'

Universal and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer and poster for As Above, So Below, the new psychological thriller from director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil).

In the film, miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.

Arriving in theaters August 15th, As Above, So Below stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, Fran├žois Civil, and Marion Lambert.

Source: Universal Pictures, Legendary Pictures

New Japanese Trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

A new Japanese trailer has come online for director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most of what is in the trailer we have seen before, with the exception of a couple brief scenes.

In theaters May 23rd, ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Booboo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Lucas Till, and Evan Jonigkeit.

Source: CBM

Rebel Wilson Shares 'Pitch Perfect 2' Cast Photo

April 23, 2014

In announcing that rehearsals were underway on the Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, star Rebel Wilson shared with fans on Twitter, the below photo featuring the film's primary cast, including Hana Mae Lee, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Brittany Snow and Kelley Jakle. Anna Kendrick (not pictured) is also returning for the follow-up.

A sequel to the 2012 musical comedy, Pitch Perfect, this next installment marks Banks' feature directorial debut, and is slated for release May 15, 2015.

Source: Rebel Wilson (Twitter)

A Third 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Movie is Coming

Alloy Entertainment is developing Sisterhood Everlasting to follow the two previous motion pictures based on "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" novels from the New York Times best-selling author Ann Brashares, it was announced by Alloy President Leslie Morgenstein.

Liz Garcia (The Lifeguard, "Cold Case," "Dawson's Creek") will adapt the novel and Ken Kwapis, who directed the original film in 2005, will return to helm once again. Les Morgenstein, president of Alloy Entertainment, and Elysa Dutton, vice president of Alloy Features, will produce along with Christine Sacani.

Now ten years later, after the Sisterhood friends have grown apart, Tibby tries to bridge the distance in Sisterhood Everlasting by reuniting the girls for a trip that will change their lives forever.

Alloy, along with Alcon Entertainment, were responsible for the first two "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" films that starred Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrara and Amber Tamblyn. The first film was released in 2005 and the sequel followed in 2008.

"The Sisterhood series is one of Alloy's most cherished properties and we are looking forward to continuing its legacy with 'Sisterhood Everlasting' nearly a decade after the first film was released," stated Morgenstein. "The original film brought together an incredible group of talent who we hope to unite for fans once again."

Source: Alloy Entertainment

Filming Begins on 'Goosebumps' Movie Starring Jack Black

Principal photography has commenced on Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. Rob Letterman directs the film from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White and a story by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on the "Goosebumps" book series published by Scholastic and written by R. L. Stine. The producers are Neal H. Moritz and Deborah Forte. Executive producers are Bill Bannerman and Tania Landau. The film will be released on March 23, 2016.

Also starring in Goosebumps are Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee, and Ken Marino.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

The production films in and around Conyers, Madison, and Atlanta, Georgia, notably in the counties of Morgan, Rockdale, Cobb, and DeKalb.

Scholastic has sold over 350 million "Goosebumps" books worldwide in 32 languages since the series introduction in 1992, earning critical acclaim and dominating global best seller lists. R.L. Stine has been recognized as one of the bestselling children's authors in history.

The production's creative team also includes director of photography Javier Aguirresarobe, production designer Sean Haworth, editor Jim May, and costume designer Judianna Makovsky.

Source: Sony Pictures

Set Photos: Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo Tease 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

With production currently underway, stars Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo have taken to social media over the past couple days, posting several photos from the set of their latest Marvel adventure, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check them out below!

Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters May 1, 2015. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the film also stars Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Thomas Kretschmann, and Paul Bettany.

Source: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo (Twitter)

Sony Pictures Preps Live-Action 'Barbie' Movie [Updated]

Update: Sony Pictures has released a press release, which you can read following our original story.

According to Deadline, Sony Pictures has struck a deal with Mattel to bring to the big-screen, a live-action comedy centering around Barbie, the manufacturers multibillion dollar a year toyline. The plan is for the film to be the studio's next global franchise.

Jenny Bicks, who has penned TV scripts from "Dawson's Creek" to "Sex and the City" and feature films such as What a Girl Wants and most recently, Rio 2, is writing the Barbie screenplay and the intention is to begin production before year’s end.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce, with Marc Resteghnini exec producing alongside Julia Pistor of Mattel’s Playground Productions.

Though various animated, direct-to-DVD versions of Barbie have been produced over the years, Mattel has been long resistant to a movie based on the uber-successful brand. However, a pitch from Bicks, Parkes and MacDonald was, apparently, good enough to sway Mattel to grant the rights.

We'll have more on this as details become available.


Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation today announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring the beloved and dynamic icon Barbie. The studio sees this as its next big, global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. Written by Jenny Bicks and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the film will be executive produced by Parkes+MacDonald's president Marc Resteghini alongside Julia Pistor, who will executive produce for Mattel's Playground Productions.

From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie® has done it all – through her more than 150 careers, she has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman. In her live-action big screen debut, Barbie will inhabit many of these roles, utilizing her personal and professional skills to inspire change in the lives of everyone around her. This comedic and contemporary film marks the second collaboration between Sony Pictures and Mattel, which are currently developing a film adaptation of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel's popular action figures.

Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Minghella, Columbia Pictures' president of Production, said "We've always thought that the Barbie story had great potential, but a universe of possibilities opened up when Jenny, Walter and Laurie brought us their unexpected, clever, and truly funny concept. It captures everything that has made Barbie a classic for generation after generation while also standing on its own, establishing Barbie as a truly original screen character. We're confident that Barbie will delight audiences, no matter where her adventures take her."

Parkes and MacDonald added, "While it's an overused word, Barbie truly is a legend, a cultural symbol whose career choices have been as unlimited as her wardrobe. She is about empowerment, but never at the expense of fun. Our hope is to capture all of these aspects of Barbie in a modern take of the character that can appeal to moviegoers of all ages."

"Barbie has entertained children and inspired their imagination and creativity for more than 50 years. Now is the right time in Barbie's celebrated history for her to star in a live-action, contemporary comedy that brings her playful personality to life for generations of fans," said Tim Kilpin, EVP Global Brands, Mattel.

The deal was brokered by CAA on behalf of Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald, by UTA on behalf of Jenny Bicks and by Michael Marshall for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

JENNY BICKS most recently served as a writer and executive producer of the Showtime series "The Big C." She was also a writer/executive producer of the series "Men in Trees" and writer/co-executive producer of "Sex and the City." She most recently co-wrote Rio 2 and also wrote the feature film What a Girl Wants.

WALTER F. PARKES and LAURIE MacDONALD are the husband and wife team who hold the unique distinction of having helped to create DreamWorks, the first new studio in five decades, as well as being two of the most active producers working today. Films produced or executive-produced by Parkes & MacDonald include Gladiator, Amistad, Men In Black I & II, Minority Report, The Mask of Zorro, Catch Me If You Can, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Terminal, Road to Perdition, The Ring, The Kite Runner, and Stephen Sondheim's musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, among many others. In total, films produced or executive-produced by Parkes and MacDonald have earned in excess of $6 billion in worldwide box office. They most recently produced Men in Black 3 and Flight.

Source: Deadline, Sony Pictures Entertainment

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