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If we're to buy into the hype, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is poised to have the biggest teaser trailer of all time. Every day, we hear a new rumor about its impending premiere, though nothing has been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm. While many believe the (very short) trailer will hit soon, no one really knows when or where it will debut. A new rumor claims that it is opening next weekend in 100 theaters nationwide.
Again, this is nothing more than a rumor. The hard truth is that we may or may not even get a trailer this year. Though, its looking more and more likely that we will. While Disney was reportedly going to premiere their Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer in theaters only, attached to prints of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, that was soon debunked. At least according to sources around the Internet. While the trailer will still most likely play with the final chapter in Peter Jackson's fantasy saga, it won't make it's debut there.
What big plan does Disney have? Again, no one really knows. But now ComicBook.com points out that two different Reddit sources are claiming the 90 second teaser (previously said to be 1 minute in length), will be shown on exactly 100 theater screens throughout the country in front of every showtime for every single movie. The stipulation by Disney is that each theater getting the trailer has to show Big Hero 6 as the earliest screening each day, insuring that each show for this Disney animated adventure is sold out with the highest number of people showing up for the trailer to see it first.
This means we're in for one heck of a Thanksgiving weekend at the box office. Not only will this help give Big Hero 6 a much needed push throughout the holiday, it will also boost the entire box office, which has been sagging this year.
Is Disney this generous? Is this even possible? Again, we don't know. This is just a big fat rumor right now. We'll have to wait until early next week to see if this truly is Disney's plan. But if it is, they'll surely announce it soon. Don't get in line for next weekend's first showing of Big Hero 6 just yet.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.
Following the lead of 'Interstellar,' some more films from this year that would benefit from comic book expansions
This has been a somewhat disappointing year at the box office as the numbers continue to sag throughout the end of 2014. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opened this weekend, and it opened big, taking in $55 million. This is 2014's best friday haul thus far, but when compared to previous films in the franchise, this penultimate chapter in Katniss Everdeen's saga is being considered a disappointment.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 didn't manage to surpass, or even live up to, the numbers earned by The Hunger Games in 2012 or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013. It did, however, manage to stomp on Transformers: Age of Extinction and its 2014 opening day record of $41.8 million, which the sequel earned back in July. $17 million of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's $55 million Friday earnings came from Thursday preview screenings.
In comparison, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire brought in $70.9 million on its first Friday, opening on this same weekend in November last year. That included $25 million from Thursday previews. Kicking off the franchise in 2012, the original The Hunger Games earned $67.2 million opening in March, pulling in $19.2 million from Thursday midnight screenings.
Many believed that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was set for a $150 million opening weekend, at the very least, which would have put it in line with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which earned $158 million, and The Hunger Games, which took in $152.2 million. Now, factoring in its Friday take, box office pundits are placing the film at a series low of $130 million for its opening weekend.
Lionsgate also split its finale Twilight movie into two parts, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 opening this same weekend in November back in 2011. It earned $71 million on its opening day, and went onto take $138 million throughout its opening weekend. While many thought The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 would beat this tally, it is now looking to fall short of that. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 fared better being the finale movie in the series. Though it shared Part 1's $71 million opening day take, it eventually went on to take in $141 million during its opening weekend in November of 2012.
When The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 opens this time next year, we can expect it to have an extra added push. But by how much, we'll have to wait and see.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released November 21st, 2014 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.
The early reviews are in, and Paddington is a hit with critics! The Weinstein Company has released a series of new character posters introducing this family adventure's colorful cast of characters, including star Nicole Kidman as the evil Millicent, who is out to capture and stuff the iconic bear.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman ("Harry Potter" films), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
Paddington is directed by cult favorite director Paul King of The Mighty Boosh and Bunny and the Bull fame. These posters also introduce Mr. Brown (Hugh Bonneville), Mrs. Brown (Sally Hawkins), Mr. Gruber (Jim Broadbent), Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters) and Mr. Curry (Peter Capaldi). And then Paddington gets his very own poster courtesy of France.
Paddington comes to theaters January 16th, 2015 and stars Ben Whishaw, Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Samuel Joslin, George Newton. The film is directed by Paul King.
Universal launched the trailer earlier this week, which featured the main cast doing a rendition of Anna Kendrick's hit single 'Miss Me When I'm Gone', as the girls enter their final year at school. The Barden Bellas are hitting the road this time out for an a cappella competition that could possibly bring them global domination in the sport.
This follow-up to 2012's smash hit Pitch Perfect marks star Elizabeth Banks' directorial debut. She produces the movie alongside Paul Brooks and Max Handelman.  Writer Kay Cannon also returns to the team to pen this next chapter.
Other cast members include Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld. Enjoy the first character poster, which comes with new images from the movie as well.
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Pitch Perfect 2 comes to theaters May 15th, 2015 and stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin, Anna Camp. The film is directed by Elizabeth Banks.
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Set on a research vessel en route to the icy wastes of Antarctica, Peter Harrison (Vincent Kartheiser) is a writer sharing his dream of going to the ends of the earth with his wife (Olivia Thirlby ). The confines of the ship and the wide open spaces of the southern ocean set the stage for an unraveling marriage encountering their first rite of passage as a couple. Red Knot is a narrative feature film that invites a broader conversation around themes that are at once universal and personal: our closest relationships and the wilderness that lies between us.
Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Scott Cohen, Red Knot co-stars Billy Campbell, Lisa Harrow, Roger Payne and Larry Pine, debuting in New York City December 5. Check out the first footage below.
Last month, we reported that actor/singer Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin Took in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is singing the end credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. While the song itself debuted last week, Warner Bros.' WaterTower Music has released an official music video.
This four and a half minute video features plenty of footage from director Peter Jackson's final Hobbit adventure, along with Billy Boyd signing and playing guitar in the recording booth. The actor/musician co-wrote the song with filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
"We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could. But I don't think it was until I was sitting on the long flight down to New Zealand that I started to really think about what the song would be. Luckily all the Middle-earth movies were on the flight so I could remind myself of them as I flew south."
He also spoke about the process of coming up with the song with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
"After seeing the film, I went to my room and I started to put down some ideas, and along with Fran and Philippa, we started to sculpt the song we thought the movie needed. A lot of ideas took us to dead ends or we found the tone wasn't just right. I think we discovered very quickly this wasn't just a song to end The Battle of The Five Armies - it was a song to say goodbye to Middle-earth."
"The Lord of the Rings films were such a special time for me in many ways-working with Pete, Fran and Philippa, being in New Zealand, being part of Professor Tolkien's work or even just the incredible friends I made. And being asked to go back to that, to work in that wonderful fantasy world again and to be singing the song that says goodbye to Middle-earth for everyone involved and the fans who took this beautiful journey with us is truly a great, great honor."
Take a look at the music video below for "The Last Goodbye."
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies comes to theaters December 17th, 2014 and stars Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Manu Bennett. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Interstellar still has fans talking two weeks after first hitting theaters, with many continuing to overthink the ending. During an interview with The Daily Beast, the filmmaker shed some light on a pivotal scene.
There will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
One of the biggest surprises for audiences was the reveal that Matt Damon portrays Dr. Mann, one of the original astronauts sent out during the Lazarus missions to find a new home for humanity. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and the rest of the Endurance crew head to Mann's planet because the data from beacon readings were promising, but they come to realize that Mann faked the data so he could be rescued. Mann ultimately attacks Cooper and leaves him to die, leaving to set up "Plan B" on Edmunds' planet.
When asked about Mann's motivations for this actions, Christopher Nolan had this to say.
"It's very straightforward: selfishness and cowardice. It's very human, and I love what Matt did with that; he found the reality of it. It's the kind of sequence where you loathe the guy because he's doing something that you feel you might wind up doing in a similar situation. It's very logical, but the rationalization of it is extraordinary-the way he was able to rationalize his own cowardice into a positive thing. Loneliness and desperation will make us do crazy things."
When asked if Mann had gone crazy on his desolate planet, the filmmaker added more about his state of mind.
"[Mann is] not exactly crazy. It's weirdly logical, but appallingly selfish. The only outcome to the mission for him was [a colony]. I think, and it's something we talked a lot about - and it's something he says in the film - that there was no doubt in his mind that his was going to be the planet, his was going to be the mission. So whatever the risks, he felt very confident. And when he's confronted by the bleak reality of just dying out there alone, it all starts to unravel."
When pressed for more details on the highly-discussed ending, though, Christopher Nolan had this to say.
"No way, man! You're just going to have to go back and see it again. It's there for you to make what you make of it. People do always have radically different interpretations of things I put in there, but I know what I think and I don't like it to have any more validity than the experience you have watching it."
Like most of Christopher Nolan's films, Interstellar certainly requires multiple viewings, as explained in our breakdown of the ending. Thankfully, Paramount announced earlier this week that fans can purchase an "unlimited ticket," which allows viewers to see Interstellar as many times as they want at AMC Theatres.
Interstellar was released November 7th, 2014 and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.