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Comic-Con: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez Want 'Sin City 3'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 21:51

The co-directors along with actors Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson teased Hall H with footage from "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" and revealed the gritty details of making the sequel.

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Comic-Con: Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' Gothic Gallery Tour

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 21:49

Fanboy favorite director Guillermo del Toro hit the Hall H stage today to give the fans a first look at his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, which doesn't hit theaters until October 16, 2015. While the footage itself hasn't made its way online yet, Legendary did release a video of the filmmaker giving fans a tour of the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery Experience at Comic-Con, which offers fans a sneak peek at some of the sets being used in the thriller. Take a look at the video below, then read on for a description of the footage.

Guillermo presents the first spine-tingling look at the film.

— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014

The footage starts by showing several different areas of the haunted house, with parts of the floor littered with dead flies. Tom Hiddleston narrates the teaser with the following monologue.

"A house as old as this one becomes in time a living thing. Timber for bones and winds for eyes and sitting here all alone. It starts holding onto things. Keeping them alive when they shouldn't be. Some of them good, some are bad. Some should never be spoken about again."

The footage ends with a sinister voice uttering, "My child," along with a shot of Mia Wasikowska, laying terrified in her bed before a black hand grabs her shoulder.

The filmmaker also revealed why he wanted to return to the horror genre.

"I wanted to make a movie that can blend two sides of my personality."

He added that the film is a "gothic romance," while praising Legendary for allowing him to make the movie he envisioned.

He also teased that next year, he'll be bringing one of the cast members to San Diego.

"Next year you'll get Tom f---ing Hiddleston."

The panel ended with the director trying to get the fans involved, asking them to help convince Legendary that he should make Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness, which resulted in riotous applause from the Hall H crowd.

We'll keep you posted if the footage surfaces online later today, so stay tuned for more updates regarding Crimson Peak.

Crimson Peak comes to theaters October 16th, 2015 and stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Burn Gorman, Jim Beaver, Javier Botet, Emily Coutts. The film is directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Comic-Con: Skull Island Announced

King Kong returns in 2016

The Legendary panel had a lot of surprises today at Comic-Con - not least the unexpected debut of Michael Mann, here to talk about his cyber thriller, Black Hat - but it concluded with the biggest of them all: a trailer announcing Skull Island, and the return of King Kong.

For a while, many people in Hall H thought that the teaser trailer, announced by Legendary Pictures’ head honcho Thomas Tull, was a sneak peek at Jurassic World, and with its lush, dense jungle landscapes and a shot in which a lizard-like creature could be seen cresting the wave of a roaring river, for a while it looked like it was indeed going to be a return to Isla Nublar.

But the portentous British voiceover that accompanied the trailer, talking about raging seas and penetrating deeper into the heart of darkness (steady now), indicated that this wasn’t going to be the case. And then we saw a cave in the shape of a skull, followed by the sound of something huge stomping through the undergrowth. Pan up to reveal… not a T-rex, but a giant ape. And not just any ape, but King Kong.

Yes, King Kong.

For Skull Island, as you no doubt know, is the island on which the greatest of all apes lives. So it seems that Skull Island, which came very much out of the blue, will be a movie about King Kong, without being a remake of King Kong. The reel that was shown today was clearly very, very early doors - but Legendary have announced a release date: November 4, 2016, which indicates that a directorial announcement can’t be too far away. Along with more details about the film itself - is Andy Serkis, for example, playing Kong again?

Of course, the news that Legendary now owns the rights to King Kong, on the same day that they announced Godzilla 2 (with Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan as the monsters Big G will face), raises a very interesting prospect. In this world of shared universes, is Legendary’s big gameplan to bring Godzilla and King Kong together somewhere down the line?

All will be revealed in time. Until then, what are your thoughts on this - excited to see King Kong back on the big screen again?  

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Comic-Con: First Look At Duncan Jones’ Warcraft

For The Alliance! For The Horde!

While no one can deny the appeal of Guillermo Del Toro’s return to horror with Crimson Peak, there was an overriding reason why Hall H was standing-room only this afternoon and it was Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. Jones himself was on hand to introduce the presentation, telling fans a little bit about the context for the film.“There is an awful lot to draw on from Warcraft,” he said. “In this case I think it really merits an origin story. We want to show how the world of Azeroth falls into conflict between orcs and humans.”

The first teaser for the film made its debut, opening on an Alliance armoury, bristling with swords, pikes and lion-crested shields. “I’ve spent more time protecting my king than my own son,” says a voice. “Dos that make me loyal or a fool?” We cut to ranks of Alliance soldiers including Travis Fimmel seated on a throne. We cut away to the Orcs: Big, brawny, with big-ass axes, roaming the plains of Durotar. They’re mean-looking and savage, less caricatured than the orcs of World of Warcraft but not a million miles from the aesthetic seen in the game’s cinematic intro cutscenes. “I’ve lead thousands of warriors into battle,” says an Orc voice. “Does that make me a leader or a coward?” The footage then kicks into montage mode, cutting between men and orcs hoisting weapons. There’s a glimpse of the Dark Portal, hinting at the orcs’ previous home of Draenor. “Is war the only answer?” Cue battles, Fimmel in full Alliance armour riding a gryphon and crashing down into the fight then a soldier climbingg an orc’s back before plunging his blade into its chest. Warcraft!

It’s early days yet (the film only wrapped two months ago) but the footage looked fairly polished. Whether it’s close enough to what fans were expecting to allay the fears of the game’s nine million-odd subscribers is another matter. “We were trying to do the set-building and world-building that was done on Lord Of The Rings but also the technology of Avatar,” Explained Jones. “It was like making both films at once.” The film hits cinemas in March 2016.

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Comic-Con: First Look At Batman V Superman

It's about to kick off

Day 3 of Comic-Con is traditionally the biggest day of the Con, and it kicked off in spectacular fashion today when Zack Snyder dropped by and brought with him the first footage from the currently-filming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

The panel began with concept art from the film - quick shots of Batman standing by his Batmobile, a shot of Superman stumbling out of a ship in what appeared to be an Arctic tundra while carrying someone in his arms - but it was the footage that pretty much blew the roof right off Hall H.

It was short but got right down to the heart of the matter. Set at night, in pouring rain, it begins on a rooftop with Ben Affleck’s Batman – in souped-up armour much like he wields in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, including glowing eyes – pulling a tarpaulin off the Batsignal. It shines into the sky, and then, illuminated against the clouds, flecked with lightning, standing inside the symbol, is Henry Cavill’s Superman. And he does not look happy, his eyes glowing red with burgeoning heat vision ray. The camera tracks in on Batman’s face as he grimaces… And cut to black.

No dialogue at this point, so there’s no idea of what Affleck sounds like as Batman, or indeed a wider sense of the story, but the message is clear: Clark and Bruce are going to face off, and Bruce has enhanced his Batsuit to compensate for the most powerful man alive. 

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After that, Snyder also brought out Cavill, Affleck and Gal Gadot – with the first look at the actress as Wonder Woman flashing around the cavernous arena on screens to say a quick hello. And then, like that – just like the Caped Crusader himself – they were gone. But it’s quite a start for a day that will feature all of the Avengers on stage later on. The gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down.{Batman V Superman Comic Con 2014 Panel}

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Comic-Con: Marvel Unveils Corey Stoll's 'Ant-Man' Villain

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 21:10

UPDATED: The studio revealed more of its cinematic universe during the Saturday Hall H panel.

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Comic-Con: 'Warcraft' Trailer Description and Animated Logo

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 21:01

After Legendary Pictures revealed the first official Warcraft logo earlier this week, many fans believed that the highly-anticipated video game adaptation would make a surprise appearance during Legendary's Hall H panel at Comic-Con. As it turns out, those fans were right, as director Duncan Jones took the stage to show fans the first footage from this video game adaptation. While the footage isn't online quite yet, you can take a look at the animated title treatment below, before checking out a description of the footage.

The film isn't out until 2016, but director Duncan Jones just revealed a first glimpse of WARCRAFT to Comic-Con #WARCRAFT#LegendarySDCC

— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014

The footage is narrated by one of the unspecified human characters, who says, "I've spent more time protecting my king than my own son. Does that make me loyal or a fool?" We then see the Orcs for the first time, with one Orc revealing in a voiceover, "I've lead thousands of warriors into battle. Does that make me a leader or a coward?" Then the question, "Is war the only answer?" is shown before quick glimpses of the massive battle are shown.

Duncan Jones went on to explain that Warcraft will be an origin story that shows how Azeroth perpetuates the brewing conflict between humans and orcs.

He also talked about working with Blizzard, the company who puts out the video games, and Legendary Pictures.

"This has been a dream of theirs for a long time and I'm in a unique place and lucky to work with Legendary and Thomas Tull to make a Warcraft movie."

Principal photography recently wrapped, but the movie won't be hitting theaters until March 2016. Are you excited to see this Warcraft footage? We'll keep you posted if Legendary posts it online, so stay tuned.

Warcraft comes to theaters March 11th, 2016 and stars Paula Patton, Anson Mount, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Travis Fimmel, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell. The film is directed by Duncan Jones.

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Comic-Con: Legendary Announces 'King Kong' Movie 'Skull Island'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:45

Shortly after Legendary Pictures announced its monster line-up for Godzilla 2, which includes Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan, they announced that they will also be bringing King Kong back to the big screen in Skull Island.

Could a new Godzilla vs. King Kong movie be far behind?

Skull Island will travel back to Kong's home island and show his origins, along with some of the other fantastical creatures and monsters that live there. The film will be released on November 4, 2016.

Legendary had this to say about the movie:

Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.

Skull Island comes to theaters November 4th, 2016.

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Character Posters Debut at Comic-Con!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:35

Following the Hall H panel just a few hours ago, Warner Bros. has released four new posters for the highly-anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road. These one-sheets feature the four main characters, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), Furiosa (Charlize Theron), Nux (Nicholas Hoult) and the villainous Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). Take a look at the one-sheets below, and in case you missed it earlier, clickHere for a description of the footage that was shown at Comic-Con earlier today.

The fourth film of George Miller's Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order... There's Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And... Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Comic-Con 2014

Mad Max: Fury Road comes to theaters May 15th, 2015 and stars Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Josh Helman, Nathan Jones. The film is directed by George Miller.

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Comic-Con: Stephen Colbert Kicks Off 'Hobbit' Panel

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:31

The comedian's remarks referenced his love of J.R.R. Tolkien and his hopes and fears about first learning of the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

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Comic-Con: 'Book of Life' Interviews with Biz Markie and Channing Tatum

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:28

When 20th Century Fox was planning its big Hal H presentation that debuted yesterday at Comic-Con 2014, they probably didn't realize iconic rapper Biz Markie would still the show with a rendition of 'Just a Friend', but that's exactly what happened when he came out to promote the new animated movie The Book of Life from producer Guillermo del Toro. Even Channing Tatum, who voices one of the characters in the movie, had to get out of his seat and dance along. We have interviews from the event with Channing Tatum, Biz Markie, Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge R. Gutierrez. Check them out:

The Book of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

The Book of Life: Comic-Con 2014

The Book of Life comes to theaters October 17th, 2014 and stars Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, Gabriel Iglesias, Diego Luna. The film is directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez.

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Comic-Con: 'Goosebumps' Movie Panel Video and Jack Black Interview

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:22

Jack Black channeled iconic horror author R.L. Stine at Comic-Con yesterday, bringing his gruesomely funny Goosebumps to Hall H, where he showed off the first footage from this comic horror caper. We have highlights from the panel, as well as an interview with Jack Black and director Rob Letterman, whom he reunites with after working together on 2010's Gulliver's Travels.

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, 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, 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.

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Goosebumps comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Jack Black, Amy Ryan, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell, Steven Krueger, E. Roger Mitchell. The film is directed by Rob Letterman.

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Comic-Con: Legendary Sets King Kong Film 'Skull Island' for 2016

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:22

The studio made a surprise announcement at the end of its Hall H panel.

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Comic-Con: 'Hitman: Agent 47' Interviews with Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:20

One of the more anticipated movies 20th Century Fox brought to Hall H for Comic-Con was Hitman: Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend in the title role. While the actor wasn't there himself, the studio did tease a few scenes from the action-packed thriller, which received a warm reception from the crowd. On hand for interviews were Zachary Quinto, who plays a mysterious and deadly bad guy named Johnny Smith, and Hannah Ware who plays leading lady Katia. Here they are, directly from the convention center floor.

Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, Hitman: Agent 47 is an all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits - 47 - of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck.

Hitman: Agent 47: Comic-Con 2014

Hitman: Agent 47 comes to theaters February 27th, 2015 and stars Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann, Ciarán Hinds. The film is directed by Aleksander Bach.

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Comic-Con: Damon Wayans Jr. Talks 'Let's Be Cops'

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:19

Laughs definitely weren't left off the table yesterday, when 20th Century Fox brought its slate of movies to Hall H for Comic-Con 2014. In tow was the upcoming comedy Let's Be Cops, which follows Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two loser friends who decide to impersonate police officers. Jake Johnson wasn't able to make it, as he was away shooting Jurassic World, which he teased in a special message to the crowd. But his on-screen partner, and New Girl co-star, was there... And we have an interview with Damon Wayans Jr. direct from the convention center floor.

It's the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they're not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted "heroes" get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Let's Be Cops: Movie Pictures Gallery

Let's Be Cops comes to theaters August 13th, 2014 and stars Nina Dobrev, King, Angela Kerecz, Jake Johnson, Andy Garcia, James D'Arcy, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle. The film is directed by Luke Greenfield.

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Comic-Con: 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' Interviews with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:16

Comic-Con 2014 is full of upcoming comic book adaptations, but one of the more unique movies based on an existing title may be Mark Millar's Kingsman: The Secret Service, which finds a rough and tumble street kid being groomed for a super-secret spy organization. Kingsman showed up at Hall H, and we have interview with the entire cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, writer Dave Gibbons and creator Mark Millar all making an appearance on the convention floor.

Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Kingsman: The Secret Service: Movie Pictures Gallery

Kingsman: The Secret Service comes to theaters October 24th, 2014 and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Sofia Boutella, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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Comic-Con: 'Godzilla 2' Will Feature Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 20:07

Legendary Pictures kicked off their Hall H Comic-Con panel with some exciting news, confirming that Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards will be back to direct Godzilla 2, which will also feature classic Toho monsters Rodan, Mothra and King Ghiodrah! Take a look at the announcements from Legendary's official Twitter account, then read on for more details.

Gareth Edwards confirms he will be back to direct Godzilla 2! #LegendarySDCC#SDCC

— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014

Classified Monarch footage being revealed... #GODZILLA#LegendarySDCC#SDCC

— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014

It's the news you've been waiting for. Monarch confirm Godzilla is not alone. Rodan! Mothra! King Ghidorah! #LegendarySDCC#SDCC

— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014

Joining #Godzilla in future franchise installments will be several other classic monsters from Toho Co. #LegendarySDCC#SDCC

— Legendary (@Legendary) July 26, 2014

While director Gareth Edwards wasn't at the panel in person, the studio showed a video of the filmmaker in San Francisco, who joked that he was there to "rebuild" the city after the destruction Godzilla created. He confirmed an earlier report that he was coming back to make the sequel, but it isn't clear when that may happen, since he talked about "taking a break from franchises," even though he is making one of the Star Wars: Episode VII spin-off movies.

He teased that he wanted to reveal the creatures that will be used in Godzilla 2, but this revelation was bleeped out. Instead, Thomas Tull took the stage to introduce a Monarch video that revealed newsreel footage similar to the opening of Godzilla, which featured the following revelation.

"There is still one secret that remains hidden. There are others."

The video ended with a shadow of Rodan, with the tag "Codename: Rodan," followed by more vague images that reveal "Codename: Mothra" and "Codename Ghiodrah."

Are you excited that these classic monsters will be a part of Godzilla 2? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Godzilla 2 is in development . The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Will Deal with Star-Lord's Daddy Issues

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 19:58

With less than one week left until Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters nationwide, many fans are already looking ahead to the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. We reported yesterday that James Gunn will return to write and direct the sequel, and the filmmaker revealed in an interview with FilmDivider that he already has some ideas for the follow-up, but be warned, there may be some spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy below, so read on at your own risk.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) was taken from Earth as a young boy and raised by Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his group of Ravagers. The writer director revealed that he wants the follow-up to include new details about Peter Quill's real father, along with background on Yondu and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista).

"I know a lot of where I want to go. I have a lot of ideas for stories and characters that are going to appear, and there are documents written up, that some people have, about Peter Quill's father and his relationship, a lot of stuff about Yondu and a lot of stuff about Drax that nobody knows. There are a lot of things that are part of the overall schematic that already exist, not to mention a lot of stuff about all of the cultures. There's a lot of stuff about Xandarian and Kree culture that I've written down or I have in my head, as well as Krylorians and Ravagers."

He also teased that Nebula (Karen Gillan) will also be featured in his follow-up.

"Kevin Feige has stuff. I wrote up a lot. He knows all the stuff and if I died tomorrow they could go make a movie. They could write the story of Peter Quill's father and it would all be there. I think Yondu is a very important character, a really important character in this universe, and I think Nebula is really important too and so I think we'll see more of both of those characters."

As you may know, Guardians of the Galaxy initially came through Marvel's writer's program, where Nicole Perlman turned in the first draft, before James Gunn was brought in to rewrite the script and direct. James Gunn touched upon some of the differences between his script and Nicole Perlman's for Guardians of the Galaxy.

"Really, in Nicole's script everything is pretty different. I mean the story is different, there's no Walkman, the character arcs are different, it's not about the same stuff. But that's how the WGA works. They like first writers an awful lot."

Are you excited to see what James Gunn can do with Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes to theaters July 28th, 2017.

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Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro Wows With First Look at 'Crimson Peak'

Movie News from Hollywood Reporter - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 19:57

The creepy footage from the film showed stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam slinking around an old Victorian mansion.

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Comic-Con: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies' Debuts First Trailer!

Hollywood News from MovieWeb - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 19:39

Warner Bros. is closing out their massive, two-hour Hall H panel with the highly-anticipated The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert took to the stage as the surprise moderator for this panel, dressed in his Laketown costume from his cameo appearance in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson was joined on stage by director Peter Jackson and cast members Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Benedict Cumberbatch (voice of the dragon Smaug), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Lee Pace (Thranduil), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Graham McTavish (Dwalin) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas).

At the end of the Q&A discussion, they released the brand new trailer, which you can take a look at below, along with some of the photos from the panel, via Warner Bros.' official , then read on for more details.

Who's moderating @TheHobbitMovie panel? @StephenAtHome in his Lake-town costume!

— Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures) July 26, 2014

The cast of @TheHobbitMovie is here!

— Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures) July 26, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett sit next to each other despite never having met on set.

— Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures) July 26, 2014

.@EvangelineLilly on Legolas dating down: "I'm a low-class elf, but my sh*t sparkles."

— Warner Bros Pictures (@wbpictures) July 26, 2014

While it doesn't seem that Warner Bros. will be releasing this trailer to the public right away, the footage is set to a musical version of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Walking Song, which shows the intense preparations as the main characters prepare for battle, along with groups of Orcs and Elven warriors. We also see Galadriel walking barefoot across a battlefield to kiss a wounded Gandalf on the head, along with a scene where Smaug passes over Laketown. The footage ends with Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) asking Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to stand with him one last time. We reported earlier this month that the full trailer won't be ready until October.

The presentation started with a gag reel, than included Hugo Weaving switching from his Elrond character to Mr. Smith from The Matrix, along with Ian McKellen dancing in his underwear and Gandalf beard and numerous flubbed lines and practical jokes.

Peter Jackson also revealed that he originally planned on shooting The Hobbit as one single movie for Miramax in 1995, and if that would have been successful, he would have went on to make two more The Lord of the Rings movies.

The director added that his goal was to have The Hobbit trilogy match the tone of The Lord of the Rings by the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and that he had his eye on Cate Blanchett for Galadriel way back in 1995, when she was a virtual unknown.

When asked if Galadriel will actually enter the battle in this final Middle Earth movie, Peter Jackson had this to say.

"We do get to see Galadriel 'losing it a bit' in this movie."

Peter Jackson also added that, one day, he hopes to build a museum that will house all of the props from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, while teasing a massive six-movie Blu-ray and DVD set in the near future.

The presentation ended with the announcement of a new contest at, where fans will get a chance to win a trip to New Zealand. There will be 75 winners total, who, along with a guest, will be flown to New Zealand for the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies.

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes to theaters December 17th, 2014 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elijah Wood, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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