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Primeval Scary First Look At The Meg Starring Jason Statham

Director Steven Spielberg’s penultimate shark film Jaws spawned Deep Blue Sea, The Shallows and Open Water, just to name a few. Mankind has been chum in the cinema water for these sharp toothed beasties for decades.

Now comes the latest terror The Meg. In their recent 2018 preview, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a chilling first image from the film starring Jason Statham. Expect a first trailer to hit soon.

Statham plays Jonas Taylor in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Gravity Pictures’ action adventure. It is slated for release on August 10, 2018.

Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) star in the science fiction action thriller, directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct,
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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House Debuting on Digital, Blu-ray & DVD January 9th

Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (Best Actor, Schindler’s List, 1993) heads an all-star cast as the Watergate whistleblower in the gripping drama Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, debuting on digital, Blu-ray and DVD January 9 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Peter Landesman (Concussion), the film tells the story of “Deep Throat,” the G-Man who leaked information to journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal and bring down the President. Mark Felt also stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane (Best Actress, Unfaithful, 2002), Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Josh Lucas (J. Edgar), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Brian D’Arcy James (Spotlight), Maika Monroe (It Follows), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Bruce Greenwood (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars”), Kate Walsh (“13 Reasons Why”), Noah Wyle
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Mortal Engines Trailer: Peter Jackson Presents an Epic New Saga

Mortal Engines Trailer: Peter Jackson Presents an Epic New Saga
A thousand years in the making! Today we have the first trailer for the epic new saga Mortal Engines, which comes from the team behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Peter Jackson is the mastermind behind this apocalyptic view of the future. And the first footage is jaw-dropping.

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London, finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure
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Should cinema audiences stay put for the credits?

Juliette Harrisson Dec 11, 2017

Getting up to leave as soon as the end credits start: is that a bad thing?

The recent piece on this site about 'credit offset' brings up an important issue that has been the cause of some heated debate among my friends and dearly beloved recently: should cinema audiences stay put for the end credits of a movie? Should people stay in their seats while anything up to 10 minutes of credits sweep by, or should people get themselves up and vacate the cinema so that the hard-working cinema employees can sweep up their rubbish in time for the next showing?

Now, being a Wittertainee and a cinephile, I am anticipating a stream of irate responses along the lines of “Of Course cinema audiences should stay put for the credits! How is this even a question?!”

There are two main reasons for cinema fans’ passionate advocacy for staying in your seats.
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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The Cast of 'Titanic,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'Titanic,' Then and Now
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the James Cameron-directed film Titanic. The movie ranks as the No. 2 highest-grossing film of all time (behind Cameron's Avatar) with $2.2 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo, and won 11 Oscars, tied with Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for the most wins ever.

While it marked breakout roles for Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the movie also featured a cast of actors and actresses who were not only seasoned in their careers, but have gone on to appear in other...
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H1Z1 update adds combat mode and daily challenges

Matthew Byrd Nov 22, 2017

Multiplayer zombie game H1Z1's getting a pile of new challenges and an additional combat mode. Details within...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may be the king of the battle royale genre at the moment, but that doesn't mean that it's the only game in town. In an effort to keep their own last man standing game in the running, developer Daybreak Games has revealed the next suite of updates scheduled to be released for H1Z1. 

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Most of the additions in this next content release seem to have been inspired by requests from the game's large community. Alongside tweaks like weapon changes - shotguns should be much more devastating at close
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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - new trailer

Matthew Byrd Nov 22, 2017

One of BioWare's greatest titles is looking better than ever, as the first trailer and details emerge for Neverwinter Nights...

BioWare's 2002 RPG epic Neverwinter Nights is receiving an enhanced edition from developer Beamdog. 

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Beamdog is a publishing studio founded by BioWare lead programmer Cameron Tofer. Thus far, they've primarily published and developed enhanced editions of classic BioWare titles like Baldur's Gate and Planescape Torment. 

This time, they've set their eyes on a game that unfortunately sometimes gets overlooked by a large chunk of modern gamers. Neverwinter Nights had the great misfortune of being released between two bigger BioWare hits, Baldur's Gate and Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic.
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Marvel Strike Force: first trailer for mobile strategy RPG

Matthew Byrd Nov 22, 2017

It's an RPG that places the likes of Hulk and Iron Man in the palm of your hand. Here's the first trailer for Marvel Strike Force...

Marvel Entertainment and developer FoxNext Games have released the first trailer for their upcoming mobile strategy RPG, Marvel Strike Force

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This mobile title will ask players to assemble a team of Marvel superheroes and do battle against a Kree warlord named Ultimus and other, lesser, forces of evil. Ultimus is quite fond of going from dimension to dimension and taking over planets. He's recently arrived on Earth and is hoping that nobody minds if he continues to destroy planets. Naturally, Marvel's mightiest heroes are there to stop him.
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Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?

Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?
Everyone is curious about how Oscar voting will be affected by the Academy’s new members, with 1,700 individuals (or 23%) invited in the past three years.

For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?

Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.

This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”

But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.

For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many
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The Lord of the Rings: Amazon Orders Multiple Seasons of New TV Series

Because the movies aren't quite long enough, Amazon has ordered The Lord of the Rings TV show to series. According to the press release, the series order is for a multi-season adaption of the Jrr Tolkien fantasy novel series, and some storylines will precede the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring. As reported last week, Warner Bros. had been shopping the series around and Amazon's Jeff Bezos was personally involved in the negotiations. Originally a sequel to Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings book series is divided into three novels, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The feature film trilogy, from director Peter Jackson, stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchette, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto,
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How 'Thor' Production Designers Created a "Hulk-Sized" Bed

How 'Thor' Production Designers Created a
Thor: Ragnarok, the colorful new planet Sakaar may have felt strangely familiar to fans of comic books. "Sakaar is retro and strongly influenced by the comic book art that Jack Kirby did in the '60s, '70s and '80s," says production designer Dan Hennah, a five-time Academy Award nominee who claimed an Oscar for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Kirby, who died in 1994, didn't actually dream up Sakaar himself — the planet wasn't conceived until 2006 for the Planet Hulk comic book...
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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works at Amazon, Which Wants the Precious All for Itself

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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series in the Works at Amazon, Which Wants the Precious All for Itself
The one trilogy to rule them all could be headed to the small screen. Variety reports that Amazon is in talks with Warner Bros. to develop J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” novels for television, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said to be personally involved with the negotiations — a rarity, and one apparently inspired by his enthusiasm for the science-fiction/fantasy genres.

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While most of Amazon’s original series lean toward the “Transparent” and “Red Oaks” end of the spectrum, Bezos began a push for more mainstream fare in the vein of “Game of Thrones” earlier this year. A new take on “Lord of the Rings,” Peter Jackson’s adaptations of which grossed nearly $3 billion at the box office, would certainly qualify. The films also proved hugely successful with the Academy,
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The Lord of the Rings may live again as an Amazon TV series

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I had serious doubts that J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" series could ever successfully make the transition to the big-screen, but what Peter Jackson was able to achieve with The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King was absolutely astounding. It would certainly be tough to follow up that achievement, even Jackson himself wasn't quite... Read More...
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'Lord of the Rings' TV Series in the Works

'Lord of the Rings' TV Series in the Works
A television series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is currently in the works, with Amazon Studios reportedly the frontrunner to bring the classic fantasy novel to the small screen.

Variety reports that the Tolkien estate has been shopping a new series about the 1954 novel to networks with help from Warner Bros. Television; the production company is also the home of New Line Cinema, which distributed director Peter Jackson's big-screen Lord of the Rings trilogy in the early 2000s.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is also
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31 Movies That Have Grossed $1 Billion Worldwide (Photos)

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31 Movies That Have Grossed $1 Billion Worldwide (Photos)
Films That Topped $1 Billion (Photos) The coveted billion-dollar club continues to grow with films like “Jurassic World,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and more surpassing $1 billion at the box office. In the so-called club are older films, too, like “Avatar” and “Titanic” — both directed by James Cameron — along with 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and 2003’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” Other films to join the ranks of features that have topped $1 billion globally are Marvel movies, distributed by Disney: “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Avengers: Age of...
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Looking back at the early films of Peter Jackson

Mark Allison Sep 29, 2017

He conquered the world with The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. But what about the first few films from Peter Jackson?

At the 2004 Academy Awards, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King swept the board with 11 statuettes, equalling the records previously set by Ben-Hur and Titanic. When collecting the award for Best Picture, director Peter Jackson made a passing reference to the two films with which he had started his career in the late 1980s - Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles - commenting that they had been “wisely overlooked by the Academy at the time”.

Despite Jackson’s dismissal of his own early work, these films represent more than a curious historical footnote; they are the first steps from one of the most important blockbuster film-makers of the last two decades. When viewed from the lofty gaze of hindsight, they are not only
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Visual Effects Society: The Top 70 VFX Films of All Time Include ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Citizen Kane’

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Visual Effects Society: The Top 70 VFX Films of All Time Include ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and ‘Citizen Kane’
In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society polled its membership to list the 70 most influential VFX films of all time. James Cameron led the pack with six entries (“The Abyss,” “Aliens,” “Avatar,” “Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and “Titanic”); Steven Spielberg followed close behind with five (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Jurassic Park”); and Peter Jackson had four Oscar winners (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “King Kong”).

“The Ves 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling,” said Ves board chair Mike Chambers. “We see this as an important opportunity for our members, leading visual effects practitioners worldwide, to pay homage to our heritage and help shape the future of the global visual effects community. In
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Ranking the endings of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

Andrew Blair Sep 8, 2017

Spoilers! Quality digital content chums, as we rank the many endings of Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King...

At the 2012 Golden Globes, Jack Nicholson told Elijah Wood that he left the cinema before The Return Of The King was finished. "Too many endings man", said Nicholson, who has since found internet fame as popular tweetist @dril.

Even amidst the acclaim the film received upon release, its length was commented upon (as can happen with long things, I’m told). Due to the ongoing waves of content crashing over our heads, it is important to save time wherever you can. Plus, as you know, everything is to be judged and ranked accordingly.

It falls to we blessed few to bestow these judgements, because we have the mental and physical resilience required to chew individual Quavers all day, watching films we’ve already seen twenty times
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Fox Planning Big Oscar Push For War For The Planet Of The Apes

Earlier this year, Fox released War for the Planet of the Apes to massive critical acclaim. The film settled in at an amazing 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and an astounding 82 percent on Metacritic, the latter of which averages the scores of all the reviews of the films. So, it wasn’t just that 93 percent of critics gave the film a favorable review, but that they generally gave it high scores, to boot.

On the whole, critics saw the film to be the perfect capper to the trilogy that began with Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Unlike other trilogies that maybe went too big at the conclusion, this film keep things personal, resulting in a film that was decidedly less epic than its predecessor, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and substantially less epic than its title suggests. It kept the narrative tight and the stakes closer to the leads,
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