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Titans Peter Jackson and George Miller Take Over the Con with 'Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road' (POSTERS & TRAILERS)

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel on Saturday was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the "The Hobbit" finale and the re-imagined "Mad Max."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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Comic-Con Movie Preview: Warner Bros., Sony, Legendary, Paramount, Marvel, 'Sin City' and More

Details are arriving on what movies the studios will showcase at Comic-Con, which launches in San Diego on July 24. Not all of them will be in Show H--more and more, they are traveling off-site to play to press directly, away from the fan hordes.
  • By Anne Thompson and Nick Newman
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  • July 23, 2014 1:41 PM
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'Sherlock' Season 4 Will Film Next Year

In an exciting bit of news for "Sherlock" fans, the BBC announced today that the show's fourth season will be filmed next year.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 2, 2014 11:31 AM
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Want to Know How Many Characters Died in Your Favorite Films? This Website Has the Answer (CLIPS)

These days, deaths in Hollywood movies are, quite literally, dime-a-dozen, and we're left with a feeling once articulated, unfortunately, by Stalin: "One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic." Well, website Movie Body Counts has evinced this feeling to a T. The folks behind the site have dedicated an inordinate amount of time to tallying the exact number of deaths in some of Hollywood's biggest movies.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 21, 2014 1:38 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: 'Frozen' Returns to #1 in 7th Week; 'Wolf of Wall Street' Shows Strength

´╗┐Even with inclement weather in the eastern half of the country cutting into attendance, the top 10 came in $4 million ahead of last year. This despite the relative shortfall from this year's standard first weekend opening of a new horror film. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" failed to land the #1 spot, unlike two similar films in the last two years, while grossing far below the level for previous entries in its series. This allowed Disney's "Frozen" to return to the #1 spot for the second time in its seven-week run.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 5, 2014 12:58 PM
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Box Office Top 13: Holiday Business Spreads the Wealth, Led by 'Hobbit' and 'Wolf of Wall Street,' '47 Ronin' Flops (CHART)

A wide swath of movies shared the Christmas wealth this year. The box office took a distinctively different turn from 2012, when two new wide releases initially dominated the initial business. This year's holdover "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Warner Bros.) led both Wednesday and Thursday, unlike last year, when the first "Hobbit" placed third for those two days, behind both "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained," which grossed $30 and $25 million respectively. No film grossed as much this year -- "The Hobbit" this time around did $19.8 million.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 27, 2013 3:57 PM
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Box Office Top Ten: Pre-Holiday Weekend Brings Two Joyful Sequels

The Top Ten surged this pre-holiday weekend, led by two films topping $25 million during a time period that is usually hurt by pre-Christmas shopping. "The Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug" led the way, vaulting easily ahead of #1 Friday grosser "Anchorman 2." But both are very solid.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 22, 2013 1:27 PM
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EXCLUSIVE Video: Go Behind the 3-D Scenes with 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' (Plus Best Song Contender 'I See Fire')

As Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" arrives in theaters December 13, a new video has landed with a behind-the-scenes look at the 3D wizardry in the film. Watch below. Plus, read Jackson's letter explaining how he brought singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran on board to pen and perform "I See Fire," which is getting a Best Song Oscar push from Warner Bros. (Sheeran's "I See Fire" video, posted by Jackson, below too.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 12, 2013 12:58 PM
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' a Thrilling Middle Episode of Middle-Earth (REVIEW AND ROUNDUP)

Peter Jackson continues his lighter, more swashbuckling tone with the second Hobbit movie, "The Desolation of Smaug," which serves as a bridge to the much darker and apocalyptic "The Lord of the Rings."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 6, 2013 1:01 PM
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Watch: Peter Jackson Previews 'The Desolation of Smaug,' Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek and New Characters

Those who purchased the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received a special access code to watch Peter Jackson previewing the second installment in the franchise, "The Desolation of Smaug" (December 13). Six minutes of that preview have now been released online -- watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2013 1:52 PM
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