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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer #1

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 28th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Film News, Movie Trailers, Movies

By Tanya Blake

 Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Goes Online

Star Wars, The Force Awakens Photograph: Disney/Lucasfilms

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This will be a day long remembered by fans of science-fiction fantasies, aficionados of mega-budget movie franchises and viewers who regard the “Star Wars” series with a reverence bordering on the religious.

On Friday morning, Lucasfilm released a teaser trailer online for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first new live-action “Star Wars” film in nearly a decade, which will open theatrically in December 2015.

Though less than 90 seconds long and offering only the barest glimpses of a motion picture that audiences cannot see for more than a year, the “Star Wars” trailer set off an instantaneous wave of online analysis and armchair commentary: a cycle of approval, criticism, and criticism of that criticism after the trailer’s release.

The trailer, which is also being shown in about 30 North American movie theaters over the weekend, represents the first new piece of flesh-and-blood “Star Wars” material since this influential space adventure saga appeared to come to an end in 2005, with “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.” (Despite the Roman numerals, this was actually the sixth film in a sequence that began with the release of George Lucas’s original 1977 blockbuster, “Star Wars.”)

The seemingly dormant franchise was resuscitated when the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and started work on a new series of “Star Wars” films. The first of these, “The Force Awakens,” is directed by J. J. Abrams, and its cast mixes actors made famous by the original “Star Wars” trilogy (including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford) with younger newcomers (like Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley).

Not long after the trailer appeared online around 10 a.m., comment pages and Twitter feeds were filled with diametrically opposed assessments. One YouTube pundit happily wrote that he was “geeking out over here” and experiencing a “code red nerdgasm,” while another complained that the movie’s actors looked “like cheap actors they found in the gutter,” rather than those you expect in “a full-blown expensive film.”

Devin Faraci, a Los Angeles-based writer and editor of the film site badassdigest.com, said in a telephone interview that he was glad the online release of the trailer meant that he did not have to watch it at a 7 a.m. showing of the Disney animated feature “Big Hero 6.” Releasing the trailer in only 30 theaters was an apparent calculation to arouse interest.

Over all, Mr. Faraci said he was glad that the trailer emphasized newer players like Mr. Boyega, a rare black actor in the “Star Wars” series.

“It would have been so easy to make a trailer that was nothing but nostalgic callbacks,” Mr. Faraci said. “But it does capture the feeling of what a ‘Star Wars’ movie is.”

Linda Holmes, a culture writer for NPR, said she also enjoyed the trailer, but expressed dismay at the volume of vehemently negative comments she had seen — remarks directed at the trailer as well as at other commenters.

As often happens in the lengthy buildup to a work of mass entertainment, Ms. Holmes said in a telephone interview: “It’s all about being mad all the time. No matter whether people wind up liking it or not liking it, the conversation becomes negative.”

“There are times when enthusiasm can only be expressed through dissatisfaction with the product that you get,” she said. “Or if you like the product you get, it becomes all about expressing your dissatisfaction with other people’s failure to appreciate it.”

With the “Star Wars” franchise, Ms. Holmes said, some moviegoers already feel burned by the so-called “prequel trilogy,” three follow-up films released between 1999 and 2005, “that people really substantively didn’t like.” Some of the knee-jerk negativity directed at “The Force Awakens,” she said, “is baked-in skepticism from actual experience.”

Whether viewers were commenting on the retrograde aesthetic of the new “Star Wars” trailer or the handle on a new lightsaber weapon, Ms. Holmes said they were really trying to stake out pre-emptive opinions that would still seem insightful many months from now.

Mr. Faraci said that this kind of bickering was a longstanding tradition with “Star Wars” fans: those who regard the original trilogy of films as canonical, those who worship at the altar of the prequels, and those who embrace various films across the franchise.

unRadio from Rhapsody Start Your 14 Day Free Trial Today!“People have their own particular versions of ‘Star Wars,’ and you’re a heretic if you have a different approach to it,” he said.

The release of another round of films, he said, “will just create another schism of the faithful.”

He added, “This will be the new reformed church of Star Wars.”

News Source: NYTimes.com

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Margot Robbie to Play Harley Quinn in SUICIDE SQUAD Movie

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A few weeks ago, we reported that Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was close to signing on to Suicide Squad, a film director David Ayer describes as “The Dirty Dozen with supervillains.”  Hot on the heels of learning that Jared Leto is being courted to play The Joker, we have now learned from sources that Robbie will play Harley Quinn.  For those who don’t know the character, she was introduced in Batman: The Animated Series as the Joker’s girlfriend/henchwoman, and has gone on to become a popular rogue/anti-hero in her own right.  This will be the first time the character has ever been portrayed on the big screen.

Hit the jump for more.  Suicide Squad opens in 2016.

Comic book fans know Harley Quinn by name, but the average moviegoer might look at her and wonder, “Why did they create a female Joker?”  Her origin is tied in with the Clown Prince of Crime, and while I don’t know how far Suicide Squad will delve into their history, it’s necessary to have the two together.

I’m a big fan of Harley Quinn, and I’ll be the first to admit that’s kind of fucked up since she relishes her an abusive relationship.  She’s another one of the Joker’s sick jokes since she was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum (her real name is “Harleen Quinzel”) who tried analyzing the Joker, and he psychologically manipulated her into being infatuated with him.  The best Harley Quinn stories have managed to balance both the tragedy of her situation with the character’s lighthearted nature.

As for Robbie, I don’t know if she’s a good fit because I don’t know how they’re writing the character for the movie.  Is she supposed to be “grounded”?  How do you re-dress a character who first appeared wearing a jester’s hood, white pancake makeup, and a black-and-red leotard?  I’m sure it’s possible; I’m just curious to see how they’ll handle it.

No matter the depiction (and I assume it will be reasonable and not this), casting Robbie is a smart move on the production’s part.  She got people’s attention with Wolf of Wall Street, and with upcoming roles in Focus, Tarzan, Z for Zachariah, and The Taliban Shuffle, she should be a bigger name by the time Suicide Squad rolls around.

Read more via Collider.com.
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Left Behind – New Movies

Published by EOTM News Editor on October 4th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Film News, Movie Trailers, Movies

In the blink of an eye, the biblical Rapture strikes the world. Millions of people disappear without a trace. All that remains are their clothes and belongings, and in an instant, terror and chaos spread around the world. The vanishings cause unmanned vehicles to crash and burn. Planes fall from the sky. Emergency forces everywhere are devastated. Gridlock, riots and looting overrun the cities. There is no one to help or provide answers. In a moment, the entire planet is plunged into darkness. – Read More via Leftbehindmovie.com.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Trailer – WATCH NOW!

Published by EOTM News Editor on September 15th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Movie Trailers, Movies, Pop Culture

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The latest trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is jam-packed with action as Katniss Everdeen begins to understand that she is the titular symbol of the rebellion in Panem, whether she likes it or not!

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise - Screenshot

Here it is! Mockingjay Part 1, In Theaters 11/21. Tickets on sale 10/29!

SEE ALSO:‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Brings in a Whopping $25.6M – Box Office News

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10 Celebrities Who Look Like Other Celebrities – Cloning in Hollywood??

By Carla B.

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Clones? Stepford husbands and wives? Most of you may really miss the point. Please note, this is not a belief system nor is it a conspiracy theory. It happens, dare I say, often in Hollywood. It’s, what many call their real life.

Interestingly, a company in the U.S. is offering celebrities ‘copyright’ protection against fans who might want to clone them. Seriously folks, the DNA Copyright Institute predicts a time when admirers may want more than an autograph from their idols.

But what happens when the industry stakes a claim in a Celebrities likeness and NOT their fans?

Purchasing your most favorite fallen idols “image” for a lifetime — which just happens to be the script of a movie released in 2013 called, “The Congress.” A sci-fi thriller whereas actress Robin Wright receives an offer she can not refuse.

The film has it’s view of Hollywood surfeited by imagination and distracted from its realities, presenting entertainment as a psychotropic palliative for real-world woes, and suggests that the resources and the brain power devoted to creating entertainment would be better used in search of a cure for cancer or other disorders. “

Deep.

But, I can dig it….

Talk about truth in Hollywood. {shrugs}

Gotta love the beauty of Holly weird, eh? But I digress… oh, wait!

Beauty is the word!!!  Stunning faces transformed and digitally transplanted onto bodies in the interest of a grand and tragic fantasy of history, time and back again…the looper.

Don’t sweat the small stuff…Ijs…You really have no idea.

Check out my picks of surefire celebrity look-alikes below and share your thoughts in the comments!


1. Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard

Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard -- Image credit: GETTY

2. Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer

Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer - Image Credit: GETTY

3. Chace Crawford and Ian Somerhalder

Chace Crawford and Ian Somerhalder - Image credit: GETTY

4. Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel

Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel - Image credit: GETTY

5. Ellen Barkin and Cameron Diaz

Ellen Barkin and Cameron Diaz - Image credit: GETTY

6. Sarah Hyland and Mila Kunis

Sarah Hyland and Mila Kunis - Image credit: GETTY

7. Jai Courtney and Phillip Phillips

Jai Courtney and Phillip Phillips - Image Credit: GETTY

8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger - Image Credit: GETTY

 9. Drea de Matteo and Portia de Rossi

Drea de Matteo and Portia de Rossi - Image credit: GETTY

10. Chandra Wilson and Alex Newell

Chandra Wilson and Alex Newell - Image credit: GETTY


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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Brings in a Whopping $25.6M – Box Office News

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(Forbes) Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turtle-powered its way to a terrific $25.6 million opening Friday, including $4.6m on Thursday. Brief digression: For a summer box office that’s allegedly in some kind of slump, this is the fourth week of terrific debuts for the would-be new release. Will pundits still cry foul if this August turns out to be the biggest on record?  Anyway, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the $125m franchise reboot produced by Michael Bay, directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and starring Megan Fox, was projected to open at around $40-$45m over its debut weekend. But even with poor reviews and Guardians of the Galaxy offering buzz-stealing competition, the TMNT revamp is on track to earn around $60m-65m for the weekend. This is frankly the kind of “We should have seen this coming!” box office surprise that makes this game fun.

Left to right: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

The big question for the weekend is how much the film plays like a kid-centric hit (with really strong Saturday matinee business and thus a higher multiplier) or a general hit (with the now standard 2.5x multiplier). 2.5x gives the film a robust $64m while 2.75x gives the film a somewhat insane $70m for the frame. But either way this is a dynamite debut weekend for a project that was the object of scorn from the moment of its inception. What was Paramount’s marketing strategy?  No Fear. They didn’t respond to critics and pundits decrying Michael Bay as the ruiner of childhoods, the weird new designs, or who was or wasn’t playing Shredder and if the turtles were or were not aliens. Paramount knew that the vast majority of moviegoers (and in this case younger moviegoers who discovered the title characters through the newest animated incarnation) weren’t going to care about that stuff, even if a clearly “tinkered and re-shot in post production” final product implies that someone did.

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Paramount also deserves kudos for a relatively restrained and exquisitely timed campaign. They dropped the first teaser on the opening weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, guaranteeing that most of the $95 million-worth of ticket buyers saw the teaser to the upcoming TMNT movie. Then they waited, not dropping another wholly new trailer until the end of June right in time to be attached to their own Transformers: Age of Extinction, guaranteeing that every single ticket-buyer to Michael Bay’s fourth robot-smashing adventure would see the second TMNT trailer. Other than that, it was just a few TV spots and a well-timed “Shell Shocked” rap video that brought back nostalgic memories (and thus free advertising surrounding the new film) for Vanilla Ice “Go Ninja, Go!” rap video for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze back in 1991.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) - Image Credit: Industrial Light & Magic

Paramount knew the characters are iconic enough to drive the curious, the fanatic, and the general movie goer into the theater with the same indifference to critical notices that drove Transformers 4 to a $100m debut. The only “flaw,” is that the film needlessly ended up with a PG-13, as the picture could have played even stronger to even younger children with a mostly-appropriate PG rating. Still, it was a pretty terrific campaign, certainly out in full force via various tie-ins (Pizza Hut, Pringles, etc.) and cross-promotions, but it was able to saturate the demographics and make everyone aware of the film without blatantly revealing much of the film’s plot or visual beats. The film played 61% male and 55% over-25 years old.

There were three other wide releases this weekend. The next biggest debut was Warner Bros.’ (Time Warner, Inc.) Into the Storm. The $50 million New Line Cinema/Village Roadshow tornado drama, positioned as a found footage Twister for the YouTube era, earned a relatively solid $6.5m on its opening day, including $800k worth of Thursday previews. The film should end the weekend with around $17m, which isn’t remotely shabby considering what a low-profile release it is. The Hundred-Foot Journey, from Walt Disney, earned $3.65m on is opening day. The Helen Mirren foodie drama is set to earn around $10m over its debut weekend, which isn’t terrible for the $22m Lasse Hallstrom picture. Disney was arguably hoping this one would be the proverbial Jules and Julia or Hope Springs of summer 2013. Although Helen Mirren isn’t quite the box office draw of Meryl Streep, we could still see a 4x weekend-to-final multiplier which would give the film around $40m by the time it leaves domestic theaters.

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Step Up: All In earned just $2.84 million on its opening day for a probable $8m debut weekend. The fifth entry in the long-running dancing-and-drama series (the first three were Disney, the last two were distributed by Lionsgate) has sadly failed to build its audience over the last eight years, with each film opening less and earning less domestically than the prior installment. The good news is that this series is the kind that burns up the box office overseas, as the last three entries earned $140m+ worldwide without breaking $60m stateside. It’s the Resident Evil of hip-hop dance adventures. These films are a lot of dumb fun showcasing some stupidly talented dancers, and this fifth one is one of the best of the franchise (Step Up 3D is still the Empire Strikes Back of Step Up films). I don’t know the budget this time around (Step Up: Revolution cost $33m), but the film has already made $26m overseas prior to its US debut. In a world of mega-budget franchises, I’m quite glad a true B-movie franchise like this exists. I hope we still get Step Up: The Way of All Flesh in summer 2016.

In holdover news, we might want to put a moratorium on think pieces about all the wonderful lessons from Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite rave reviews and white-hot buzz, the Marvel adventure is still set to take a now-standard 55-60% tumble in weekend two. The film earned around $12.33 million on its second Friday, down 67% from last Friday (down 53% not counting the Thursday preview grosses) and bringing the film’s domestic total up to $146.7m. At best the film ends up with $40-$43m (-54% to -57% from last weekend’s $94m debut) for the frame, although that presupposes that the unquestionably overperforming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles won’t leach the family audience today.

The opening last weekend was still a triumph of marketing and I still adore the film, but the fact that it didn’t hold much better than the likes of Amazing Spider-Man 2 (-61%) or Transformers 4 (-63%) may mean its merely another triumph of front-loaded interest and top-notch marketing as opposed to hitting any kind of cultural zeitgeist. But, and this is a very big “but,” it’ll still be at around $175m by tomorrow and it still may end up the year’s biggest-grossing domestic hit. That is nothing to sneeze at in any way, shape, or form. Yet the fact that the film didn’t display much staying power and the fact that we’re celebrating a film that debuted with $94m presumably hitting $250m-$260m domestic says something about the current marketplace.

Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy is falling pretty fast, having earned $2.8 million on Friday, setting itself up for a $9m weekend (-51% from last weekend). Still, the $40m Luc Besson thriller will cross $100m sometime in the middle of next week. Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules is falling hard too, with Paramount’s Brett Ratner-helmed project earning just $1.3m on its third Friday as it bleeds 662 screens in its third frame. Expect a $4m weekend and a $62m 17-day total, although the $110m picture was at $114m worldwide heading into the weekend.

Get On Up is falling hard too, with not enough buzz to hold strong after a somewhat weak opening weekend. The $30m James Brown biopic from Universal earned $1.5m on its second Friday (-66% from last Friday) and should earn $5.5m for the frame to push the film to $23m.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should earn around $4.5m on its third weekend (-48%) after earning $1.25m today.  Expect a new $198m domestic cume. It’s also at $451m worldwide going into the weekend, so I’m sure Fox isn’t too upset. The $170m sequel may even surpass the $480m global cume of Rise of the Planet of the Apes by tomorrow. Finally Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue should earn about $2.6m for the weekend to bring its domestic cume to $53m. No great shakes, but not a disaster either.

News Source: Forbes

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ teaser trailer (WATCH NOW)

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The trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif., Friday, giving fans a glimpse of the two-part finale.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Poster: LionsGate

The trailer begins with President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), Beetee Latier (Jeffrey Wright) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) debating whether Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is too damaged to be the leader of the rebellion. President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) is furious over the events that took place during the 74th Annual Hunger Games and the Quarter Quell, and he warns Panem’s citizens, “Any association of the Mockingjay symbol is forbidden.”

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on Nov. 21.

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Scarlett Johansson as “Lucy” – More Transhumanist Propaganda (VIDEO)

By Carla B.

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There has been no shortage of super heroes, they are everywhere. Captain America, Spider-man, Superman, The Fantastic Four, Thor and you can now add Scarlett Johansson as Lucy to the list. A devilish woman that turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic, according to IMDB.



Another film that allows us to take a cautious look at transhumanism — by placing it in a cautionary tale.  A superb masterful attempt at preparing the masses for the elites, new world order.

I can dig it.

What would you do if you could access the other 98% of your brain’s potential processing power? Something to think about, indeed.

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Notably, I am not the only one that isn’t a fan of these types of propagandist films. We also have Mark Dice!

Check out his breakdown of the flicks evident propaganda and mind control manipulation in full effect.

 SEE ALSO: The Creepiest Posters of Comic-Con 2014: Berry Scary


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What are your thoughts? What are we being prepared for is the real question. Share with us in the comments below.


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The Creepiest Posters of Comic-Con 2014: Berry Scary

By Dorothy Frazier

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The hype for Comic-Con 2014 continues with just two days before the pop culture convention launches once again in San Diego.

2014 Comic-Con Scariest Posters -- Credit: Marvel/Getty/AP

Some of this years perks, well folks they feature berry scary creatures perched on the remains of one of the old Jurassic Park vehicles…a pretty good depiction of the new age park better known as, the Jurassic World.

Ah, Lookie Lookie.

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I am sure fans of Jurassic World will simply love this one. Oh, and if you’re a fan of the ‘Ant Man,’ well it gets real good, really fast!

The Ant-Man is riding on a flying ant, it doesn’t get any better than this! What more can you ask for?

Take a peak at some of the creepiest movie posters featured at  Comic-Con 2014, they made our Pic of the Day. Talk about being excitingly afraid. Below, we’re rounding up some of the best posters that we see heading to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.

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