December 26, 2011

MOST PIRATED FILMS OF 2011

Fast Five tops the list of 2011's most-pirated movies on BitTorrent, according to data released Friday by TorrentFreak.com

Fast Five was illegally downloaded 9.3 million times this year which actually marks a significant drop from 2010's most-downloaded movie Avatar, which was downloaded more than 16 million times.

In fact, the average number of downloads for the entire top 10 list is lower than 2010, which TorrentFreak attributes to the "increase in legal alternatives" as well as "alternative piracy sources" including cyberlockers and streaming sites.

Coming in second was The Hangover Part II, with 8.8 million downloads, followed by Thor (8.3 million), Source Code (7.9 million) and I Am Number Four (7.7 million).

THE COMPLETE TOP 10

1. Fast Five (9.3 million downloads)
2. The Hangover II (8.8 million)
3. Thor (8.3 million)
4. Source Code (7.9 million)
5. I Am Number Four (7.7 million)
6. Sucker Punch (7.2 million)
7. 127 Hours (6.9 million)
8. Rango (6.5 million)
9. The King's Speech (6.3 million)
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (6 million)


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NEW HOBBIT VIDEO

The first trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was launched last week to much excitement, and now as a follow-up the fifth Peter Jackson production video has also been released.

Clocking in at nearly 12 minutes it's jam-packed with extensive behind-the-scenes footage.

Check it out in the player below!

An Unexpected Journey is set for release on December 14th, 2012 and will be followed up by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13th, 2013.




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ALAN TAYLOR TAKES THOR 2

Marvel Studios has found their new director for Thor 2 in Alan Taylor. The news comes on the heels of original director Patty Jenkins left the project amid creative differences.

Taylor is an accomplished TV director whose recent credits include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie.

This will put the film back on track to meet it's scheduled release of November 15th, 2013. The sequel comes from a script by Thor co-writer Don Payne.

Kenneth Branagh directed the first film which was released this past summer and grossed $448 million worldwide.

Chris Hemsworth will again reprise the role of Thor for the sequel, he will also be seen this summer alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers which hits theatres in May.


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December 19, 2011

FIVE MORE TIMES FOR CRAIG?

Filming is just underway for Skyfall, the upcoming film in the Bond franchise and third film starring Daniel Craig. When Casino Royale came out in 2006 the public was shown a more gritty and human James Bond than they had ever seen, it breathed new life into the franchise and made Craig a star.

Now reports have surfaced that Bond producer Michael G Wilson will start negotiations with Craig on reprising the role five more times.

If all five movies happen Daniel Craig will surpass Roger Moore as longest serving Bond with a total of eight movies to Moore's seven. Wilson said that he plans to open discussions immediately following Skyfall's wrap.

Craig currently stars David Fincher's US adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is potentially a movie franchise in itself with two other stories in the trilogy, both of which Craig is attached to star in if the movies are greenlit.

While shrouded in secrecy, Skyfall remains an Internet speculators dream. Wilson hinted that director Sam Mendes and Craig are taking the movie’s feel back to the 1960s and the Sean Connery era of 007.

Wilson, whose stepfather "Cubby" Broccoli started the franchise in 1962, has been a producer or executive producer for 13 Bond films. He co-produces the franchise with stepsister Barbara Broccoli.

The Hollywood Reporter

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WRATH OF THE TITANS TRAILER

The first trailer for Wrath of the Titans is now online, courtesy of iTunes Trailers. You can check it out in the player below, along with the film's poster for the March 30th, 2012 release.




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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TRAILER

This past weekend moviegoers who saw either Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows or IMAX releases of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol were treated to either the first full length trailer (Game of Shadows) for The Dark Knight Rises or a six minute clip of the movie (Ghost Protocol). The clip hasn't been released online yet but below is the intense first trailer.




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December 06, 2011

COOPER TALKS HANGOVER 3

While promoting the DVD release of The Hangover Part II on Britain's Graham Norton Show, Bradley Cooper unveiled some details about a possible, and probably, third edition of the popular comedy franchise.

"I personally want to do it. I hope we're going to start shooting in September," Cooper said. He also said that Todd Phillips is currently working on the script, which would see a departure from the formula of the first two films.

"I think it will take place in Los Angeles and maybe not adhere to the structure. It might be different." Cooper said. Zach Galifianakis made similar comments in June, telling Rolling Stone that he's heard that the plot ditches the format of the first two films and focuses on his character, the oddball Alan, escaping from a mental institution with help from the "wolf pack."

Though there hasn't been any official word on another sequel, Warner Bros. has made moves to bring the film's creative gang back together -- Craig Mazin, who co-wrote The Hangover Part II, is in talks to come back to help write the new script.

Below is Cooper's interview, he starts talking about Hangover 3 at 5:15.




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December 05, 2011

GAME OF SHADOWS CLIPS

Warner Bros. Pictures has released some clips from director Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows that you can watch using the players below.

Opening next Friday the anticipated sequel stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Fry and Rachel McAdams.

The clips look to promise that A Game of Shadows will have all the elements we loved from the first film.









These and a few other clips can be viewed here.


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PETER WELLER JOINS STAR TREK 2

Entertainment Weekly today confirmed that Peter Weller, best known for playing RoboCop, has signed on for a role in Star Trek 2, which is set to begin filming next month and is slated for release in May 2013.

As is the case with J.J. Abrams he's remaining very secretive as to the nature of Weller's role, but it is said to be significant in size. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will reprise their roles as Captain James Kirk and Spock. Alice Eve is confirmed to join the cast, and Benicio Del Toro is also reported to be in talks for a role.

The movie is a reunion of sorts for Weller and the Star Trek franchise as the actor had a recurring role in the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise. In recent years, Weller has acted on 24, Dexter and Fringe, in addition to going behind the camera as a director.


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24 MOVIE TO FILM IN SPRING

Some long awaited news surfaced today for fans of 24. The series which ended in 2010 will finally get a big screen version, something that's long been talked about but until today wasn't seeing the light of day.

Deadline reported today that the movie is targeting a start date of spring 2012. Kiefer Sutherland would reprise his role as Jack Bauer, Mark Bomback who wrote the script for The Wolverine, the next installment in the Wolverine franchise, is working on the final draft of the script and intends to have it in to Fox by year end.

Fox and Brian Grazer have five directors in mind for the project, Tony Scott was once rumoured to be in the running but that is no longer the case.

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November 27, 2011

SKYFALL WILL HAVE A Q

The 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall will bring back to the screen one of the franchise'sbeloved characters, Q. The casting of Ben Whishaw has been known has been known for some time but until now his role wasn't, it was announced Friday that he will indeed be Q.

The casting of Whishaw in the role is unique in that this will mark the first time that Q will be younger than James Bond (Daniel Craig). Q was previously played by Desmond Llewelyn, when he passed away John Cleese took over the role. The last time Q was seen in a Bond film was in Die Another Day.

Skyfall mark a reunion of sorts between Whishaw and Craig. Whishaw previously starred in two movies starring Daniel Craig; 2004's Enduring Love and Layercake, although they were small parts.

Skyfall is filming now and is set for release November 9th, 2012. The cast includes Javier Bardiem, Albert Finney, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes.

Sam Mendes is directing.


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November 15, 2011

UNIVERSAL REDESIGNING LOGO

In an e-mail to studio employees, Universal chief Ron Meyer revealed broad plans that are in the works to celebrate the studios centennial birthday next year which includes a redesign of their logo.

The new logo will be unveiled in early 2012 it will include both the audio and visual components, other celebrations will be unveiled throughout the year. Other plans outlined in Meyer's e-mail include restoration of some of the studio's classic movies, theme park activities and promotions, and engagement with fans through special events and social media initiatives.

Below is the entire e-mail:

Dear Co-Worker,

As many of you already know, Universal will mark its 100th Anniversary in 2012. This is a proud and exciting moment for our company, which celebrates the studio's rich history and cultural impact. In January, we're going to be unveiling an extensive year-long campaign that includes a significant restoration commitment for some of our most beloved films, fan engagement through special events, a home entertainment offering, theme park activities, promotions, and fun social media and web outreaches. All of this is designed to connect a new audience to our extraordinary library of films, as well as bring these memories back to longtime movie lovers. Part of our centennial celebration includes the launch of a new audio visual and print logo which we will unveil early next year.

Throughout Universal's hundred years, we've created films that have touched the hearts of millions, and fostered our culture's love affair with cinema. Some films have been more successful than others, but all of them have a place in our history.
The strength of Universal, as with any company, is the talent of its team. We're fortunate to have an incredible group of individuals as well as gifted filmmakers who are at the heart of this studio.

We want to thank all of you—from our longest serving employees to our newest employees—as all of us have a role to play in preserving and continuing the iconic legacy of this studio.

In 2012, we will be honoring our past, and celebrating our future.



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OSCAR ADS TO COST $1.6 MILLION

Ad time for the 84th Annual Academy Awards could cost advertisers between $1.6-1.7 million for the February 26th telecast airing on ABC and which will be hosted by Billy Crystal.

The spots will be 30 seconds long and could cost as low as $1.6 million per ad. This year's ads cost $1.7 million each; the lowest price in recent memory was the 2009 telecast which cost $1.3 million per ad.

2011's widely-criticized show, hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, may be partly to blame for the decrease, which also saw a nine percent drop in ratings from 2010's telecast. 37.9 million people tuned in this past year while the 2010 telecast had 41.2 million viewers.

In comparison, a 30-second spot for the Super Bowl commanded $3 million each in 2011.

The Hollywood Reporter

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PRIME SUSPECT PUT ON HOLD

When production on NBC's rookie drama Prime Suspect ends this month, it may likely be a permanent goodbye for the cast and crew.

A day after the struggling Maria Bello drama was left off NBC's midseason schedule, a source confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that production on the series will indeed close at month's end.

While the network in October ordered six additional scripts for the drama, a reboot of the BBC franchise that starred Helen Mirren, the series will likely complete its run before the network considers its options.

Prime Suspect thus far has consistently registered a last-place finish in its Thursday at 10 p.m. slot against CBS' The Mentalist and ABC's Private Practice.

NBC's experiment in sampling Prime Suspect on different nights on its schedule has also not proven fruitful enough.

To date, the reboot is averaging 4.97 million viewers and a 1.4 rating following the NBC comedies.
Freshman drama The Firm, a series based on the John Grisham novel, will take over Prime Suspect's Thursday at 10 p.m. slot starting January 12th.

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November 14, 2011

HUNGER GAMES TRAILER

Touted to be the next Twilight franchise, the first trailer for The Hunger Games was released today and it looks dark.

Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, the story tells of a near future where what was once North America has been divided into twelve districts. Every year each district sends out two teenagers (a boy and a girl) to battle to the death and bring home a year's rations of supplies. Called The Hunger Games they are a nationally televised event and are used as a punishment to the people for an uprising against the government.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. It's set to hit theatres on March 23rd, 2012.




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