Five sci-fi, comic-based and action films to look forward to in fall (and beyond)

Ah, fall. Autumn. That thing before the slew of horrific winds, terrifyingly low temperatures and an absurd amount of layers of clothing that must be donned before you can step outside. It is the hallowed season of sweaters, colored leaves and the controversial enjoyment of warm beverages named after a certain orange fruit. With the advent of chilly weather comes the desire to curl up with someone or something cute and veg out. Here are five movies coming out near the end of 2014 and afterwards to get your to-watch list going — or even give you an excuse to put on actual pants, join the realm of living humans and shell out for popcorn.

1. Interstellar (November 5, 2014)

The plot: Space travelers journey through an intergalatic wormhole. Cosmic chaos ensues. But almost unbelievably, that’s not even the best part. Written by Johnathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan (who spearheaded Dark Knight trilogy), Interstellar will showcase some of the non-linear narrative that has made Nolan’s mode of storytelling so renowned. Or we hope, at least! Filmed in Alberta, Iceland, and Los Angeles in 2013, it will star forces-to-be-reckoned-with Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne was brought on to ensure correctness and accuracy in the plot, which is much appreciated. Details matter, people! Nevertheless, if you find yourself in need of a quick trip to outer space and back somewhere around November, Interstellar‘s your flick.

2. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (December 17, 2014)

Our man Peter Jackson is back. This adventure-fantasy work will be the third and last installment in the J.R.R. Tolkien novel-based (duh) Hobbit trilogy. The teaser trailer was just released in July at the ever-epic San Diego Comic Con, and it looked tasty. Basically Smaug is pissed and unleashing his Smaug-y rage on all of Middle-Earth like someone ate the last orange creamsicle in his freezer. Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves must save the world as they know it. Except Thorin is dumb and values wealth over friendship (classic), so Bilbo has to figure stuff out pretty much all on his own. Poor guy. At least we still get to watch the fingernail-biting Battle of Five Armies that will deal a definitive blow to it all!

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)

The 11th installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and the much-awaited sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers, Age of Ultron might just be worth the wait. Joss Whedon, who directed the first film, scripted this one, too — and will be coming back to serve as director, of course. Age of Ultron sees a post-S.H.I.E.L.D. universe in which the ever-valiant Avengers will have to collaborate to take down Ultron, artificially intelligent supervillain and Avengers arch-nemesis. Here, he will attempt to wipe out humanity with his adamantium-wielding claws. It’ll be coming out in IMAX 3D, of course, and something makes us think that that’ll be worth coughing up extra coin for the most up-to-date Avengers experience. As far as we know, all of the Avengers from the first film will be reprising their roles, and with a cast that includes formidable talent such as Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, we’re in for a treat. Word on the street is that Stan Lee will be making a cameo, too. There are also rumors that a third Avengers film will be in the works for 2018, but now we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

4. Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly will be starring in this future American superhero classic based on Marvel’s Ant-Man (AKA Scott Lang) and Hank Pym. By the time it’s released, the film will have been in development for a whopping ten years. Hopefully it’s worth the wait, and this labor of love by director Peyton Reed will jump out of the screen and right onto our eagerly waiting, popcorn-littered laps. In Ant-Man, Lang and his mentor Pym work to conceal the Ant-Man secret, which enables humans to decrease in size while increasing in strength. And of course, they must keep the earth safe while doing so. What kind of superhero film would this be if they didn’t?

5. Star Wars Episode VII (December 18, 2015)

Director J.J. Abrams is still at it, bringing the seventh installment in this series to screen-life next winter. This epic cosmic drama is visioned to be the first of a third trilogy of Star Wars films, and will take place approximately 30 years after the events in Return of the Jedi. It’s filmed mostly in Abu Dhabi and Iceland — how rad is that? John Boyega, Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley star alongside recently acclaimed actors like Lupita Nyong’o, as well as tried-and-true staples like Harrison Ford. The plot is being kept pretty hush-hush as of now, but we do know that the three leads will grapple with the challenges their post-Vader world faces.

Go forth, movie buffs! Plan your next year. We’ll save you a spot next to us on the velvet seats.

Advertisements

Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Movie News

Source: Empire

Empire sat down with director Peter Jackson to talk about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. One of the things he revealed to them was the running time for the first film and the magazine also revealed all of the covers for their December issue, one cover is pictured below.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be about ten minutes shorter than Fellowship was,” said Jackson. “So it’s going to be officially our shortest Middle-earth yet. I mean, Fellowship was just under three hours and this is about 2 hours 40 minutes at the moment.”

That time also doesn’t include the ending credits which haven’t been added yet, plus some effects shots remain to be finalized which could alter the time once again.

The film follows the titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis and many, many more star in the December 14 release.

Hobbit Movie Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson wows crowd with ‘Hobbit’ Movie Preview at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

The Hobbit at the Comic Con 2012

Peter Jackson brought about 12-minutes of footage from his upcoming “Hobbit” movie to an enthusiastic crowd at Comic-Con on July 14. The crowd gave the footage a standing ovation.  I will let the trailer speak on its own.

Here is the official text from the movie studio of:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in theaters December 14th, 2012.

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Stephen Fry, Aidan Turner, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Evangeline Lilly, Bret McKenzie, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch and Barry Humphries

“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever.

Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities

A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Peter Jackson Debuts The Hobbit Footage

The Hobbit Movie

Article by Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter

Warner Bros. showed 10 minutes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey clips in 3D at 48 frames per second (fps)—after director Peter Jackson said in a videotaped message that he hopes his movie can be played in 48fps in “as many cinemas as possible” when it opens on Dec. 14.

The Hobbit—the first major motion picture to be made at the high frame rate of 48fps–closed the Warner Bros. slate presentation on Tuesday at CinemaCon.

Frame rate refers to the number of images displayed by a projector within one second. The cinema standard has been 24 fps for many decades. Jackson explained that in the early days of film, silent pictures were shown at an even lower frame rate—reducing the amount of film used—but it was bumped to 24 to support the requirements of sound.

Jackson asserted that with digital, there’s “no reason” to stay with 24, noting higher frame rates can result in smoother, more lifelike pictures while producing fewer motion artifacts.

In his message, Jackson stated that higher frame rates could make cinema “more attractive,” especially in 3D as it is “more gentle on the eyes.” He added that 2D at 48fps also looks “fantastic.”

The clips ranged from action sequences to quieter moments—includng a dialog sequence between Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and Gollum (Andy Serkis). The CinemaCon audience also saw the return of castmembers from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas).

The clarity Jackson described was visible in the presentation, but since the clips were described as “a work in progress” Warner did not screen footage that was fully color-corrected, or featuring completed VFX work.

During CinemaCon, digital cinema equipment manufacturers are on hand talking about plans to support 48fps exhibition.

Between Cinemark and Rave, there are nearly 4,000 screens in North America that have Barco Series 2 projectors with the required software update and a Doremi Integrated Media Block with beta software to make it capable of playing 48fps, Barco vp digital cinema entertainment Patrick Lee told The Hollywood Reporter.

On Tuesday, Sony announced that a software update for its digital cinema projection systems would support 48fps and be available in the Fall. Sony expects the majority of its 13,000 installed 4K digital cinema projectors to support high frame rates by the time The Hobbit is released.

Peter Jackson’s Rings trilogy resulted in an estimated $2.9 billion at the global box office and a total of 17 Academy Awards.

Part two of The Hobbit, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is slated for a Dec. 13 2013 release.

Buy Lord of the Rings Action figures online at www.cmdstore.com

Lord of the Rings figures

Lord of the Rings Lego Toy Line Coming Soon

Lord of the Rings Dwarfs and Hobbit photosLego and Warner Bros. Consumer Products today unveiled images of its construction toys based on Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

The two companies signed a licensing deal late last year to giving Lego full access to the characters and stories and setting to not only the LOTR trilogy but also the two upcoming Peter Jackson adaptations of the J.R.R. Tolkien classics, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The first wave of LOTR toys will start appearing in June with the Hobbit line closer to Unexpected Journey’s December 14 release.

The first line features the heroes of LOTR, ranging from Frodo and Aragorn to Gandalf the Grey and Gimli. Line two, whose images were unveiled today for the first time, features the baddies such as Orc and Ringwraiths…and of course Gollum.

Lord of the Rings Lego

Lord of the Rings Lego click here

The Hobbit Movie Trailer in HD

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lily, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage

Lord of the Rings The Hobbit Action Figuresclick here

Elijah Wood: ‘The Hobbit’ Is Going to Be an ‘Amazing Reunion’

Article by Bryan Alexander from The Hollywood Reporter.

For Elijah Wood, shooting Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit is going to be like a Middle Earth family reunion.

Many of the actors who shot the original Lord of the Rings saga with will be returning to New Zealand for the Hobbit shoot this winter. Wood himself confirmed he was reprising his character Frodo.

“(Ian) McKellen is back, Cate Blanchett is back, Andy Serkis, and Orlando (Bloom),” Wood tells The Hollywood Reporter at the Art of Elysium ‘Heaven’ gala on Saturday evening. “It’s going to be like going back in time.”

As for who else might be joining the cast, Wood insists he doesn’t know. He wouldn’t even say if his Rings onscreen sidekick Sean Astin was coming back. “I haven’t even read the script,” he says.

Wood does know his part will be small and it will be shot in February. Wood’s character Frodo doesn’t officially appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, He did not say how Frodo would be worked into the movie. But Wood assured fans that he only took the part knowing that it would respect the work.

“There only would have been reservation about taking the part if there had been something that had infringed upon the integrity of the original book,” he says. “But that was never going to be the case.”

While the ‘Rings’ reunion is happening, the actor does not believe it will be a repeat session where the main actors opted for bonding tattoos during the filming of the original series.

“This time around, I don’t think so,” says Wood. “But you never know.”

Lord of the Rings The Hobbit