Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer to Play Exclusively in Select Theatres This Friday

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Update: The full list of theatres has been expanded to include 30 theatres, including two in Canada. Also the trailer will start playing in theatres worldwide in December.

In addition to the impending release of the first trailer for Jurassic World, there is another big trailer expected to be unveiled later this week. According to reports, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will premiere this Friday, however, it looks as though the trailer will not debut online… at least not initially. Instead, Disney and Lucasfilm are trying to recreate the pandemonium surrounding the release of the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode I. Back in 1998, moviegoers packed into screenings of Meet Joe Black just to watch two minutes of footage from the first of the prequels. This time around, there will be even fewer screenings available, as the trailer will be playing in just nine thirty theatres across the U.S. North America. The participating theatres are as follows:

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Jurassic World First Look Teaser

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I really hate posting teasers for trailers, but I know everyone is dying to see footage from Jurassic World, so here you go. The full trailer will be premiering this week during Thursday Night Football on NBC, but for now you can get a brief glimpse of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters, plus the dinos and also the park itself (the movie takes place on the original Isla Nublar). Oh, and apparently they have bubble cars now too. If that’s not enough, you can also explore the new viral website that launched last week to glean some additional info about the film. Does this look like everything you’d hoped it would be? Jurassic World hits theatres on June 12, 2015; check out the short teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Mockingjay is the Biggest Debut of 2014 But Still a Disappointment

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It’s no surprise that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 wiped out the competition over the weekend, easily notching the biggest opening so far this year. The film pulled in an estimated $123 million, a fair bit more than Transformers: Age of Extinction which earned $100 million back in July. Still, it’s being seen as a slight disappointment by many as that is still about 20% less than the previous two Hunger Games movies made. While some are pointing to the lack of IMAX screens (which are still occupied by Interstellar), it’s possible that the decision to divide the final installment into two parts has soured some audience members. Either way, that’s still the 15th best opening weekend ever and it’s certainly nothing to sneeze at. Elsewhere, Dumb and Dumber To fell all the way from first to fourth while Big Hero 6 and Interstellar remained in second and third respectively.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 — $123M
2. Big Hero 6 — $20M
3. Interstellar — $15.1M
4. Dumb and Dumber To — $13.82M
5. Gone Girl — $2.82M
6. Beyond the Lights — $2.63M
7. St. Vincent — $2.35M
8. Fury — $1.9M
9. Birdman — $1.86M
10. The Theory of Everything — $1.5M

New on Netflix: Sabotage, The Ides of March, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1

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There may not be a ton of new movies and TV shows on Netflix Instant this week, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find something here that’s worth a look. The biggest titles added in the U.S. include David Ayer’s Sabotage starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dream House starring Daniel Craig, and the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, looking beyond that we also have Joe Berlinger’s latest documentary Whitey: U.S.A. v. James J. Bulger, Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed drama Ida and the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari plus Leos Carax’s first film Boy Meets Girl and a documentary about Carax called Mr. X. In Canada, we get George Clooney’s The Ides of March, Blue Ruin, Fading Gigolo and Samsara, while both regions get the third season of the Netflix original series Lilyhammer. Will you be watching anything on Netflix this week? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Strange Magic Trailer: George Lucas Makes an Animated Musical

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Although one might assume that Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm meant that George Lucas was looking to retire from filmmaking altogether, that does not appear to be the case. He has been hinting for years that he wants to start making more experimental art films, but he just can’t seem to help himself when it comes to fantasy / sci-fi blockbusters. His latest project is a CG animated film called Strange Magic, a fairy tale of sorts that involves goblins, fairies, elves, imps and many other mythical creatures. But here’s the weird part: it’s also a musical.

Lucas came up with the story (which is loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and served as executive producer, but the project is being directed by Gary Rydstrom, a sound designer who directed a few shorts including Pixar’s Lifted. Rydstrom compares the movie to Labyrinth, but if you ask me it looks a lot more like the recent Fox animated film Epic. The voice cast includes Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Stormare, Alfred Molina and Maya Rudolph, all of whom are called upon to sing versions of well-known pop songs. Strange Magic hits theatres on Jan. 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Sony Drops Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Biopic

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Update: According to THR, Universal has acquired the project for more than $30 million with Danny Boyle and Michael Fassbender still attached.

Just a few weeks after Christian Bale officially passed on the lead role in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s upcoming Steve Jobs movie, the project appears to be in a bit of trouble. Word on the street is that Sony Pictures is now bowing out of the project, although there is still a chance that another studio will pick it up instead. We had been hearing that Michael Fassbender was being pursued as Bale’s replacement, but it is unclear if any offers had actually been made. Seth Rogen and Jessica Chastain were also reportedly attached to star. Ultimately, it would seem that perhaps Sony agrees with David Fincher, who said he would not make the movie without Christian Bale as Jobs.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Review

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Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Written by: Peter Craig, Danny Strong and Suzanne Collins
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright and Sam Claflin.

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Last year Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games franchise, went out with a bang when heroine Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) abruptly put an end to the games with a well-executed arrow shot. Shortly thereafter she learned that drastic measures had been taken in District 12 (her home district) and that Peeta was in danger. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 picks up right where things left off.

Katniss is tucked away in a bunker under the charred remnants of District 13. The bunker is home to the rebellion movement, and they want Katniss to serve as a spokesperson for the insurgence. She reluctantly takes on this role for the sake of the movement.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, V/H/S: Viral, Happy Valley

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There is just one major release hitting theatres this weekend and all others will fall by the wayside as the beginning of the end of The Hunger Games saga descends on multiplexes. It should easily score the biggest debut of the year, and if it doesn’t, it will be considered a major disappointment. If you’re looking for alternatives, there really isn’t a whole lot to choose from in terms of new releases. The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything is expanding to a semi-wide release, while in select theatres we have the latest found footage horror anthology installment V/H/S: Viral and the Penn State / Jerry Sandusky documentary Happy Valley. What will you be watching this weekend?

Quantum Entanglement: How Interstellar Got the Science Right But the Human Math Wrong

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Warning: This article contains light spoilers for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

“So Mr. Nolan you want to make a movie about a father and daughter who share a powerful love for each other but time dilation turns it into a real bummer? Hmmm. Love meets general relativity, you say. Well nobody’s done that before.”

When you learn a little about the quantum (sub-atomic) world, it’s easy to understand why Nolan and his physicist buddy, Kip Thorne, could get so inspired. These theories about the tiny stuff everything is made of are so tantalizing (and overwhelmingly counter-intuitive) that when melded with great human themes, the artistic potential is legitimately and (maybe literally) mindblowing. But creatively the two elements of humanity and quantum physics are not an easy fit as Nolan finds out in Interstellar.

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Mike Nichols 1931-2014

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Both Broadway and Hollywood have lost a legend this week as celebrated director Mike Nichols has passed away. Nichols is best known for helming the 1967 Best Picture winner The Graduate (for which he also won Best Director), although he also has plenty of other well-regarded films under his belt including Catch-22, The Birdcage and Charlie Wilson’s War. He also directed over 20 Broadway productions including Monty Python’s Spamalot and won a total of 9 Tony awards. James Goldston, the president of ABC News, announced that he died of a cardiac arrest on Wednesday night. He was 83 years old.

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Pitch Perfect 2 Trailer

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The musical comedy Pitch Perfect was a bit of a surprise hit back in 2012, earning $113 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. At the time, it definitely capitalized on the popularity of Glee, but it has since made a name for itself… which explains all the hype surrounding the first trailer for the sequel. Pitch Perfect 2 has most of the original cast returning including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Alexis Knapp and Anna Camp, but this time they have also added Hailee Steinfeld, Katey Sagal and Elizabeth Banks (who is also directing, believe it or not). There’s not much more to say except that it looks like more of the same. Pitch Perfect 2 hits theatres on May 11th, 2015; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Paul Greengrass to Direct 1984 Remake

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Although we now know that Paul Greengrass will be returning to direct a new Bourne movie with Matt Damon, that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to line up more additional projects in the meantime. Last month he signed on to direct a Berlin Wall escape thriller called The Tunnels, and now this week we are hearing about an even more intriguing project being added to his plate. Greengrass is currently contemplating his first foray into science-fiction with a new take on George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984. But will it come before or after Bourne? Hit the jump for more details.

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