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    As you can tell from The Book of Life trailer, this is a vivacious animated feature that takes the Day of the Dead legend and greatly expands it to an even greater audience. It comes from writer-director Jorge Gutierrez whom we caught up with for an exclusive video interview at Comic-Con.

    Gutierrez could not believe his good fortune going from being a kid who saved up all his money to take the train from Mexico to San Diego for Comic-Con to being a first-time director presenting his passion project.  

    Oh, and the fact that it is executive produced by legend Guillermo del Toro is something he is still pinching himself over. “He’s the Mother Teresa of cinema,” Gutierrez told us.

    The helmer also had the joy of getting a star-studded cast into the booth, including Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoë Saldana, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate, Gabriel Iglesias and Danny Trejo.

    In fact, this was the first time Ice Cube had done voice work and Gutierrez told us what it was like to see a recording studio veteran (from his hip hop work) enter a whole new world as a voice actor for an animated film. “In the booth, he was incredible. He improved a whole ton of stuff.” 

    The Book of Life Poster

    The Book of Life made quite an impression this past weekend at Comic-Con, especially with Biz Markie and Channing Tatum singing Just a Friend!


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    Peter Jackson said that his The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer would be ready soon and we thought it would debut at Comic-Con.

    But as we sit here back in Los Angeles, no teaser premiered while we were in San Diego all last week.

    But today, that is a different story as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer has premiered!

    Warner Bros. also premiered a new poster to accompany that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Comic-Con poster that premiered last week and we have it featured in the slideshow below.

    This one-sheet features Bilbo, kneeling, and he looks battle-worn. But as we know, his journey is not done yet. There is still the matter of that dragon Smaug and all the havoc he’s raising.  

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set to storm into theaters December 17, and to get ready, watch The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey online and watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online and you’ll be ready for what they’re calling “the defining chapter.”


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    Soon after Kevin Feige told us about the future of Marvel Studios, we received a treat! Paul Bettany walked in and we got to talk about his joining the Avengers world as the Vision, as well as his opportunity to achieve a Marvel first – the ability to play more than one character.

    Paul Bettany Comic-Con

    As many know, Bettany is the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies and now that it has been announced that he is the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bettany is thrilled, although he did admit sitting in a voice booth and walking out with a “bag of cash” was easy work. This time, it was “(expletive) hot!” in that superhero costume!

    As Bettany sits down at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, his Comic-Con appears to be filled with paranoia over what to say, and what not to say about his role in the Marvel world. “I don’t like sitting near a window with my back to it. It’s like I can see the light glinting off the [sniper's] telescopic lens,” he said and laughed.

    The idea of being the Vision never entered his head, because he never thought he was “allowed” to be more than J.A.R.V.I.S. “I discovered that having played J.A.R.V.I.S., in the Marvel rule book I wasn’t allowed to play another character. Joss Whedon and I got on very well and he looked for a way to make that happen and found one,” Bettany said. “So I’m very happy!”

    The largest difference between being J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision is pretty clear.

    “I used to be in a studio for 45 minutes and be J.A.R.V.I.S. and they’d give a huge bag of cash and go about my way like a burglar with my swag. And now they want me to work for my money, which is great and sweaty and hot, which you’ll realize once they unveil everything,” Bettany admitted.

    “It’s a very sweaty and hot decision that got made, but It’s really (expletive) cool. It’s just been a ball to join this train that is on really clear tracks, and really lovely, funny, creative people. It’s been a joy.”

    As his voice is so distinctive, how he was able to differentiate his vocal performance for J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Vision remains a secret, but he gave us clues of his place in Avengers: Age of Ultron. “I can’t really,” Bettany said of how the characters would be different -- surely for fear of spoiling. “But there are absolute differences clearly. He is not J.A.R.V.I.S. and he is not a child of Ultron, he is the Vision. That weirdly happened on its own.”

    We wondered how the other Avengers feel about him being around? "[They’re] incredibly jealous,” he said and laughed. “It’s been a really lovely working experience. Initially in the plot there was a lot of distrust and that has to be navigated by the Vision and he does it in a quite extraordinarily shocking way. He gains their trust -- it’s a real roof raiser of a moment. Everybody will flip!”

    And what about that costume? Will there be a yellow cape like in the comics? “Can’t discuss that. There is a cape, and it is fabulous,” Bettany said.

    When he donned the outfit, one thing became immediately clear -- that it was hot. “We spent a lot of time thinking about how to keep me cool in that costume. In all the work that I’ve done, it’s just an extraordinary achievement that has nothing to do with me. It’s just a really beautiful piece of design, then manufacturing this thing out of a lot of materials that haven’t existed for a long time. It’s really cool looking. The consequence is it’s (expletive) hot!”

    Avengers: Age of Ultron Logo

    When it came to what powers the Vision has, Bettany was eager to explore them in full. “He’s incredibly good at punching, which is key,” he said and laughed.

    “He has the ability to change his density and that is awesome and exploited brilliantly by Joss in terms of just really cool moments when Vision is able to do something that is otherworldly. And he’s discovering all as he goes along.”

    As we can see in those Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art posters, the Vision has the power to levitate. But Bettany cautions that it is not the most glamorous thing in the world to do as an actor.

    “Have you ever been hung in the air by your genitals? I have. It’s great. There’s a lot of wire work, and I enjoy it. They make it as comfortable as they can possibly make it, which is really uncomfortable. It’s as hard as doing something really uncomfortable for a lot of money,” Bettany said and smiled.

    “But the results are so cool. Forget my genitals for a second -- I know you were thinking about them -- for me the problem is it’s another layer of clothing I have to wear!”

    Lastly, we know the Vision has some important scenes with James Spader as Ultron, our main villain, which were teased in that Comic-Con footage. It was, in fact, with Spader as Ultron that was Bettany’s first scene on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    “We have a scene and it was the first scene we shot together. [Even with] these very far-fetched ideas, he managed to find something that was very human about our relationship and it was really amazing,” Bettany said.

    “You look into his eyes and it doesn’t matter what he was talking about, you believe him. It was a great scene to work on. He was just so present, which is very difficult when you’re in a fractal suit. He’s got very arresting eyes and you believe everything he says.” 

    Check out Bettany in his last turn as J.A.R.V.I.S. and watch Iron Man 3 online, and then get ready for Avengers: Age of Ultron and watch The Avengers online.

    Thor & Cap Reunited (And It Feels So Good)
    Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans are back as Cap and Thor each for their fourth time!

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    Ben Stiller is back as the museum guard who seems to have more fun than anyone else ever has in that job! The first photos from Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb are here and we have them in the slideshow below!

    This time out for Night at the Museum 3, filmmaker Shawn Levy promises they’re going to blow the roof of the museum and get these historical figures (and Stiller of course) out into the world, far from what we saw in the first Night at the Museum.

    "We have brought museums to life, but we have never really explored the idea of taking the magic into the world,” he told USA Today where these photos debuted.

    “This movie really goes beyond the museum walls. We are out in London, on a double-decker bus, in Trafalgar Square. It's a juicy idea we haven't explored."

    Look for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in theaters December 19 featuring returning favorites Robin Williams and Owen Wilson, along with newbies Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson and Sir Ben Kingsley.

    Check out how this whole world got started and watch Night at the Museum online.

    Ben Stiller Escorts a Royal
    This guy look like a serious VIP at the museum!

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    Faith based movies have been doing quite well of late at the box office and that could easily explain the success of Heaven is For Real.

    The true story of the Burpo family and their experiences when there four-year-old son had a brush with death and came back insisting he had visited heaven firmly knows its audience. That viewership should greatly expand as Heaven is For Real is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download.

    Heaven is For Real DVD

    As teased in the Heaven is For Real trailer, Greg Kinnear plays the Burpo patriarch, who is a minister in their small town and is the perfect person to anchor a film about questioning and exploring one’s faith. Kelly Reilly plays his wife and collectively they have quite different and compelling reactions to their son’s announcement and everything that it means.

    Our theatrical Heaven Is For Real review found the story a little light for such a heady subject, but one thing is for sure, families will cherish a movie that they can watch together and have a nice discussion after.

    The cast beyond the two leads is fantastic, led by Thomas Haden Church and Margo Martindale -- who we’d watch in anything. 

    Directed by Braveheart writer Randall Wallace (who also directed Secretariat and The Man in the Iron Mask) helms it with an even hand, but for a film that carries a weighty issue, we just wanted a little more weight to the drama.

    The Heaven is For Real DVD and Blu-Ray contains deleted scenes that we could take over leave.

    The Making Of Heaven Is For Real bonus featurette is especially fascinating for us as we are fans of Wallace as it is good to see how the auteur works. And what also compels is how the director and his team got together for how they would shoot the scenes in “heaven.” It was a great big discussion and it’s truly a study in filmmaking to see how they made it come to life.

    Speaking of that aspect, the Colton Goes to Heaven featurette is also a treat as it gives viewers an inside look into how that somewhat small scene in the movie permeates throughout the entire story.

    Watch Heaven Is For Real online to catch this flick! 

    Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum
    Greg Kinnear comforts his onscreen son, played by Connor Corum in Heaven Is For Real.

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    Zoe Saldana is one busy actress with all her franchises! This Friday she has Guardians of the Galaxy coming out and we already know from that Comic-Con announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is coming soon. And then there’s Star Trek -- she will be shooting Star Trek 3 in the coming years for a director who is not J.J. Abrams (as he’s a little busy with that Star Wars: Episode VII movie).

    Then, she has Avatar.

    Neytiri in action

    Saldana has that next on her plate as she was talking with the Daily Mirror and admitted that she is thrilled for the shoot because she lives in Los Angeles and all three films will be shooting back to back to back in that city.

    "James Cameron is still working on the final drafts of the script and then everyone in the cast will get the call,” Saldana said.

    “We're going to be shooting mainly in Los Angeles and that will make things easier for me since I live there, because we're doing the sequels back-to-back and it's going to take at least eight or nine months or more to finish the (three) films."

    Stay tuned as the sequels get shooting, and until then, watch Avatar online


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    Hitman: Agent 47 is coming to the big screen and anticipation could not be higher. The award-winning and bestselling videogame franchise Agent 47 is now a movie starring Rupert Friend as the title character.

    Fox has released a series of photos from Hitman: Agent 47, arriving February 27, 2015. The film also stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek franchise), Ciaran Hinds and Hannah Ware. Many of the shots will be super familiar to anyone who adores the video game. Check out the first shot alone in the slideshow below and that is taken right from the blockbuster game!

    Agent 47 is what he is known by, because of the only visible numbers seen on the barcode tattooed on his back. He is a genetically engineered assassin who is the most gifted at what he does. When he embarks on a mission that reveals things about his past, his history and his present will collide and, yes, it will be explosive.

    Rupert Friend Strikes a Classic Pose
    Rupert Friend strikes a classic pose from the video game Hitman: Agent 47 as it comes to life on the big screen.

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    Fight Club was released in October, 15 years ago, and it still is as resonant today as it was back then.

    Director David Fincher and author Chuck Palahniuk came to Comic-Con for the anniversary and talked about the making of the film. We came away with a bevy of information that we never knew about the classic film that stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. 

    Most people say that you don't talk about Fight Club, after all, that was the main rule of Fight Club.

    But, Fincher and Palahniuk are talking about Fight Club, and so are we!

    Watch FIght Club online and you'll notice how powerful those Fight Club quotes are and then you'll surely find it fascinating all the behind-the-scenes info we got from Fincher and Palahniuk at Comic-Con! 

    Click through and enjoy our 11 fun facts about Fight Club!

    Fight Club Origins
    Chuck Palahniuk shared how he even got the idea for Fight Club. It seems that he got into a fight when he was camping with a group that was playing their music too loud next to his site. He was beaten so badly that when he went into work that Monday, no one said a word. He had an idea!

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    Forrest Gump landed 20 years ago and would go on to not only win Best Picture and Best Actor for lead Tom Hanks, but it would permeate into our society as few movies have. And who could forget those iconic Forrest Gump quotes?!

    Forrest Gump Picture

    To celebrate its anniversary, Paramount, IMAX and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that the Robert Zemeckis classic will return to theaters for a one week only IMAX theater run starting September 5.

    The film would go on to win six Academy Awards, and after it finishes its one-week IMAX run, it will land on home video in a special Diamond Luxe Blu-Ray release on September 30 that will feature collector-style packaging and a new design.

    "As a ground-breaking achievement in both cinematography and visual effects for its time, Forrest Gump has become a modern American movie classic," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment.

    "We're thrilled to once again collaborate with our longtime friends and partners Bob Zemeckis, Tom Hanks and Paramount. This film deserves a platform like The IMAX Experience to help make its 20th anniversary one to remember."

    Forrest Gump went on to make $675 million at the box office, with $330 million coming from here in the States.

    Watch Forrest Gump online and relive the magic, and then head to the theaters in September to witness it on the largest screens available!

    Click through our slideshow below and enjoy our 11 favorite quotes from Forrest Gump!

     My momma always said, Life was like a box of chocolates. You ne...

    My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

    Forrest Gump
    Forrest Gump's most iconic line has to be this one.

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    The full Horns trailer has debuted and it is safe to say you have never seen Daniel Radcliffe like this. The man who was Harry Potter has truly left that role far behind with his latest.

    In Horns, he stars as a man who is deeply in love with his girlfriend. One morning after the two party a bit too much, he awakes and she’s been brutally killed. The entire town believes that he did it, even as he professes his innocence. 

    Soon after, he awakes and has horns growing out of his head. That, needless to say, does not help his case in the court of public opinion in this small town. Is he the devil? Is he becoming the devil?!

    Horns lands October 31, and as told to us in our Daniel Radcliffe Comic-Con interview, the young star is probably more proud of this work than any other. And we are impressed with him too -- he stuns in this movie!

    Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns also stars Juno Temple and is directed by Alexandre Aja.

    Check out how we first discovered Radcliffe as the Boy Who Lived and watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone online.

    A Horn-y Fellow
    Daniel Radcliffe proudly sports his Horns.

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    Hot on the heels of that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies teaser trailer, Warner Bros. is keeping the heat up on their December 17 release by releasing five new photos.

    Peter Jackson’s final chapter in his The Hobbit trilogy is also his final foray into the Middle Earth world he started with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

    We’ve got five new photos from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and the highlights have to be Luke Evans’ return as Bard and his emerging role as leader, a look of worry from Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and Smaug unleashing fire and brimstone on the world below.

    Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online to get ready for the big December release that brings a close to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien and his story of the amazing Hobbit and his extraordinary journey.

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies also stars Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Stephen Fry, Hugo Weaving and Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Luke Evans Stands Tall
    Luke Evans is ready to lead in a still from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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    When Chris Pratt took the role of Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, in Guardians of the Galaxy, he had to hit the gym. He was now a Marvel superhero! But, he’s gained and lost weight before for a role. Does he think he’s setting a bad example? “Are you saying that I might be responsible for giving men body image issues?” Pratt asked Movie Fanatic with his trademark humor firmly in tow.

    Chris Pratt Guardians of the Galaxy Photo

    “Because if that's what you're saying, that's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.”

    He gets serious for a moment and flirts with the subject of what actresses deal with all the time in the entertainment biz. “I'm sure I can't relate to what females go through in Hollywood. But I do know what it feels like to eat emotionally and to be sad and make yourself happy with food,” Pratt said and laughed.

    “And then be almost immediately again sad and now ashamed and then to try to hide those feelings with more food! It's a vicious cycle and it's a very real thing. I know what it's like to have body image issues. And I also know that if you just work hard, enlist the help of good coaches and be coachable and be willing to work hard, you can actually change that. And I offer a course -- it's like $4500 up front.”

    As you can tell from this interview, Pratt can be funny and serious all in one answer. That made him the perfect choice to play Quill, the leader of an unlikely band of heroes who have to save the universe, teased in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.

    “In terms of the attitude of the character, that was a whole process for me on this one and just trusting James (Gunn, director), really. And taking big swings and sometimes falling flat on my face,” Pratt said.

    “It's a pretty embarrassing thing to do and you got people pointing cameras at you and hundreds of people watching you as you're trying to be great and often -- almost every time -- you're not! Then, there's one moment where you are and the editor will dig through all the (expletive) to find it and then put it in the movie. So the challenge is not finding the attitude, it's really just like being open and willing to go for it.”

    People might be surprised to see Pratt in a role like this, and honestly, so is he. “I'm not sure I even saw myself in this kind of a role,” he said and smiled.

    “But what's really nice about this movie is that we did something with this movie that's never been done before and I think anyone who has seen this movie would agree.” 

    He and director James Gunn got on like gangbusters and it turns out each find similar things funny. “We have a pretty sick sense of humor -- the kind of sense of humor that like if someone were a fly on the wall, they would think that we're maybe mass murderers or sociopaths or something,” Pratt said and laughed.

    One thing he requested of Gunn was the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. It’s integral to the movie and as anyone knows who has read the comics, it’s a huge part of who Peter Quill is. Quill leaves Earth at an early age and all he has is a Walkman with an “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” in it. And he’s listened to it over and over for two decades.

    Chris Pratt Zoe Saldana In Guardians of the Galaxy

    “That was one of the first things I requested. This tape is such the emotional center of the character and of the movie. Peter Quill has been listening to this thing nonstop his entire life,” Pratt said.

    “So I wanted to be that familiar with the music by the time we shot the movie. While I was working out, I just listened to it in order on repeat over and over. So some of the songs I really love and some I really (expletive) hate because I've heard them so many times!”

    In the film, Pratt’s Star Lord has a unique relationship with Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. It is someone he thinks he can be romantic with, even if she has other ideas. “She whacked me really good a lot of times -- she can knock you out,” Pratt said.

    “She can knock just about anybody out. She’s a serious athlete. She's got a very strong kick and she's not even afraid to use it, too.”

    And she uses it quite a bit, especially in this Guardians of the Galaxy extended trailer. She, Dave Bautista’s Drax, Pratt’s Star Lord, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel’s Groot make up this quintet of unlikely heroes that will surely charm audiences when it lands August 1. 

    The Ronan Poster
    Ronan the Accuser gets his own character poster!

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    We all know that the next project for Quentin Tarantino will be The Hateful Eight. But, what will he do after that?

    Quentin Tarantino Oscar

    Tarantino was at Comic-Con to discuss his Django Meets Zorro comic book that is a spin-off of the Oscar-winning Django Unchained.

    As The Hateful Eight is a Western and it is clear that Tarantino is currently fascinated with the genre, the question was posed at Comic-Con if he would ever consider doing any kind of sci-fi movie.

    "If you had asked me a few years ago, I would have said, 'Nah, not really, I don't know.' But i have a little idea right now. It's a little flower, you know, like a bean sprout, but those tend to grow into stalks,” Tarantino said.

    “So this is the first time I'll be able to say 'maybe.' It won't be a spaceship sci-fi. It'll be Earthbound.”

    Then he did explain his thoughts on a certain sci-fi legendary series that has had its own few remakes over the years. Perhaps that is where we’ll see Tarantino’s first foray into sci-fi?

    "A series that I would like to put a spin on is the Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Tarantino admitted.

    “I want to take it from the pod people's perspective, so you're actually rooting for the pod people. I don't think they're so bad.”

    In the meantime, check out a few of Tarantino's classics and watch Django Unchained online and watch Pulp Fiction online


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    As Above, So Below filmmakers John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle caught up with us this weekend at Comic-Con for an exclusive video interview that takes us inside the origins of this wildly original horror movie idea. 

    As you can see in the As Above, So Below trailer, the Dowdle brothers (John and Drew wrote, John directs and Drew produces) have come up with the most original of ideas. Their protagonist is a female archeologist who goes with her team deep underneath Paris to the haunting and legendary catacombs and what they discover is simply horrifying. 

    “We always thought it would be great to do an Indiana Jones-esque movie with a female lead that is done in a found footage style,” John said. “Thomas Tull, head of Legendary Pictures, called us and said he’d love to do something with the Paris catacombs and the two ideas perfectly clicked together.” 

    The Dowdle brothers also tell us exclusively the challenges of making a found footage film, or any film for that matter, in the tight spaces of the Paris catacombs.

    Also, as their characters get deeper and the horrors intensify, the difficulty for them to make the movie mirrored that as well.  

    As Above, So Below Photo
    A scary tease into the world of As Above, So Below.

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    As teased in that first The Maze Runner trailer, Dylan O’Brien plays a young man who awakes in an elevator that is taking him up to the surface. As he gets there, he has no memory of how he got there, where he is or who he is. But one thing is immediately apparent on this landscape: The maze!

    20th Century Fox released a whole series of The Maze Runner posters that reminds us why we fell in love with movie posters in the first place. They’re artistic, informative and several are downright trippy!

    O’Brien (fresh from his scene-stealing turn in The Internship) is a perfect choice to take the lead of the cast that includes Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Ki Hong Lee and Patricia Clarkson.

    The Maze Runner lands in theaters September 19 and is based on the riveting novel by James Dashner that follows Thomas (O’Brien) who awakes in the middle of a maze, along with a handful of other boys. They tell him they have spent their days at this place trying to figure a way out. It appears, that one does not exist. 

    A Maze-Like Figure
    A maze-like figure is a beauty of a poster idea for The Maze Runner.

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    Dave Bautista could not have been a better choice by director James Gunn to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy. We met Bautista for an exclusive interview on the Disney lot in Burbank, and after witnessing the incredible magic that is Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the world should be ready for a whole different kind of actor in the form of this former wrestler.

    Dave Bautista Is Drax In Guardians of the Galaxy

    Drax requires a deep emotional performance. He is one of the five misfits that become the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight the evil Ronan the Accuser. Drax is joined by Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).

    Bautista talks about the pull of the role, his excitement for the audience to see Pratt announce himself as a bona fide movie star and how filming in London brought together a real life group of souls who would become the most unlikely group of friends, on screen and off.

    Movie Fanatic: The effort by James to bring this all together and conquer with it is so unbelievably impressive. When you take away one thing from him and this entire experience, what would it be?

    Dave Bautista: I felt the whole way along, from the audition to the moment we wrapped -- I had the last shot of the film with James, so we wrapped it together -- what I took away was that this is fun. We have this dream job to have fun. Are we really getting paid for this? It was like we were little kids playing in a make-believe world making a movie about superheroes. It was so much fun, and with James, we were laughing like every other second. A lot of times when you get two-three hours of sleep, you don’t want to wake up and go to work. That was not the case here. I got up and was excited. I got to hang out with guys like Chris, who is just hysterical and he always set the tone and he’s really a group leader.

    Movie Fanatic: What struck me in Guardians of the Galaxy is that Drax is a character with a surprising amount of emotional layers. He’s really deep. Was that one of the big draws for you playing him? He’s not just the muscle.

    Dave Bautista: That was the total draw. That’s what made me fall in love with him. It also made me love it from a career standpoint because it’s been hard for people to see me after wrestling as anything other than that guy beating people up with chairs [laughs]. Drax, even in the first Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, people thought he was going to be the shirtless muscle that was cutting everybody’s heads off. I don’t think they thought that he would be anything more. I think when more people see it, they’ll see that there is much more to him. It’s really all heart. He’s dealt with a lot of pain. I think it makes him interesting.

    Movie Fanatic: What also makes him interesting is his actual dialogue. It’s English, but it’s almost intergalactic Shakespearean. Was that a challenge to wrap your tongue around?

    Dave Bautista: That was a huge challenge for me. It sounds like a simple thing, but it wasn’t. There are certain words he uses that just don’t pop in my head. There’s a point in the movie where I have to say “behold.” I don’t think before that I have ever actively used that word [laughs]. I had to get it out and make it feel natural. Even when he refers to Star Lord as “companion,” it’s such an odd thing to say, man.

    Movie Fanatic: I have a feeling to get that look -- you had to spend hours and hours in a makeup chair. Was it zen-like? Was it relaxing? Or was it a chore and a royal pain in the butt?

    Guardians of the Galaxy Chris Pratt Dave Bautista Zoe Saldana

    Dave Bautista: You would think I would have been productive with the time [laughs]. But, I just zoned out!

    Movie Fanatic: I would think you would!

    Dave Bautista: I didn’t think about much at all. I just meditated. My makeup team, there were five of them and the conversation was going all over the place with them. Hearing five very creative minds talking about what is on their mind, that’s entertaining!

    Movie Fanatic: You mentioned Chris Pratt and I think a lot of people are going to be really impressed with him in this role. What most impressed you about Chris?

    Dave Bautista: People are going to be amazed with Chris in terms of the physical transformation because it was pretty impressive. I had only known Chris as a funny guy. But, when he did the rally-the-troops speech, that was the moment that Chris is really a (expletive) movie star. He has chops. We were doing the scene, and he got me choked up to the point of tears! They're going to get sucked into his performance and he carries the film in the most amazing ways.

    Movie Fanatic: Lastly, did filming Guardians of the Galaxy in London help bond you all? It’s a cast full of Americans and you’re off in a foreign country.

    Dave Bautista: I think so, particularly with Chris and I. We were among the first to get there and we just had each other. He left his family behind and I left my girl, we lived in the same area in London. We would go out to eat, go to the gym, we really bonded. And I think you can tell when people have an organic chemistry off screen on the screen. We had that.

    The Ronan Poster
    Ronan the Accuser gets his own character poster!

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    The first trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has landed!

    Hot on the heels of those first Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb photos, Ben Stiller and his gang of historical figures return and this time out, they’re heading to London.

    It seems that the tablet that magically brings Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) and the other cast of historical figures to life each night is running out of juice.

    So, Stiller packs up his team and heads to London to get to the source of the tablet and to find the secret to its power in hopes of keeping the history comes alive situation going.

    We also meet Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who proves to be quite the man to have on your side in the debut trailer for the third movie in the series that gave us those Night at the Museum quotes back in 2006!

    Williams and Stiller are joined by Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais once again, and newbies Rebel Wilson as a British museum guard and Sir Ben Kingsley as a Pharaoh!

    Look for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb in theaters December 19, and in the meantime, watch Night at the Museum online!

    The poster for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has also debuted. Check it out in the slideshow below! 

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Poster
    The movie poster for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is here!

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    Fresh from Quentin Tarantino saying The Hateful Eight would definitely be his next picture during his appearance at Comic-Con that Movie Fanatic attended, we’ve got the poster to prove it! Yes, folks, The Hateful Eight poster is here and it is absolutely stunning and pure Tarantino!

    The Hateful Eight Poster

    Sure, Tarantino said he might do sci-fi later in the conversation in San Diego, but it was clear that he is all about the Western that brings him back to the genre he first explored when you watch Django Unchained online.

    Tarantino also promised to shoot the film in “Super CinemaScope” and the poster also confirms that fact. Expect the helmer to be wielding cameras in 70mm and for this Western to look nothing short of exquisite. And given the premise, it should be a stunner on many levels.

    The Hateful Eight stars Bruce Dern, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, James Remar, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, and Zoe Bell and follows what happens when a stagecoach crossing the plains gets caught in a deadly blizzard that sends its “mistrustful” group off its path.

    And what a group it is… it includes a pair of bounty hunters, a female prisoner and a renegade Confederate soldier. Yeah, that sounds like the group of people you want to be stuck in a blizzard with!

    The poster above also confirms the film’s 2015 release date, so that may be the best news of all – we don’t have to wait too long!


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    Into the Storm firmly puts the spotlight on storm chasers and this world we currently live in where there seems to be more and more violent storms arriving with each passing year.

    Into the Storm Prize Poster

    As teased in the Into the Storm trailer, a small town is hit with a series of tornadoes that are almost biblical and it is on this one day where locals (led by The Hobbit's Richard Armitage) and a team of storm chasers (led by The Walking Dead veteran Sarah Wayne Callies) come together and try to survive. 

    To celebrate the late summer arrival of the film that has mind-blowing special effects meets emotional powerhouse, we are presenting a prize pack that will help you in the event of a disaster, as well as simply enjoy the movie itself! 

    Into the Storm lands everywhere August 8, but you also can catch it at 8p.m. Thursday, August 7 screenings! 

    Into the Storm Logo

    Our Into the Storm grand prize winner will receive:

    • Emergency Waterproof Blanket
    • ETON American Red Cross Hand Cranked Weather Radio
    • Ogio Backpack
    • Aluminum Survival Tool
    • Next Level Terry Dolman Tee
    • Alternative Apparel Destroyed Black T-shirt
    • Waxed Cotton Canvas Cap
    Into the Storm Backpack

    Use the widget below to enter on Facebook or Twitter. There are three unique ways to enter, and by entering all three ways you can increase your chance at winning!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Our prize winner will be selected at random on August 11. Good luck!

    Don’t forget to visit the Into the Storm official site for more on the new film. And to further stay informed on all things Into the Storm, check out the Into the Storm Facebook page and follow @wbpictures on Twitter.

    Be sure to enter now as the sweepstakes runs through August 11.

    You can also sign up for Warner Bros. special offers, be the first to know movie news, updates and more at:

    Warner Bros. Special Offers

    Into the Storm Synopsis:

    From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film Into the Storm. Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (Zookeeper, Knight and Day).

    In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

    Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

    Quale is directing the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein and Bruce Berman.

    The film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s The Walking Dead), Matt Walsh (Ted), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Where the Devil Hides), Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5), Max Deacon (Hatfields & McCoys), Nathan Kress (TV’s iCarly), and Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer, TV’s Friday Night Lights).

    Quale’s behind-the-scenes creative team consists of several members of his Final Destination 5 roster, including director of photography Brian Pearson, production designer David Sandefur, editor Eric Sears and composer Brian Tyler, as well as costume designer Kimberly Adams (associate costume designer the Chronicles of Narnia films).

    New Line Cinema presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Broken Road production, Into the Storm. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

    The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of intense destruction and peril, and language including some sexual references.

    Into the Storm Prize Pack Release and Indemnification:

    By entering the sweepstakes, entrants release and hold harmless Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and each of its respective parents, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and advertising agencies (collectively,  “WBEI” ) from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the sweepstakes or participation in any sweepstakes-related activity (including without limitation the removal from the site of, or discontinuation of access to, any materials), or resulting directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize awarded in connection with the sweepstakes, including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage, as well as claims based on publicity rights, defamation, and/or invasion of privacy.

    Into the Storm Disaster Picture

    Limitation of liability:

    In no event will the WBEI be responsible or liable for any damages or losses of any kind, including without limitation direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, arising out of any access to and/or use of the sweepstakes site, the downloading from and/or printing material downloaded from the sweepstakes site, the removal from the sweepstakes site of, or discontinuation of access to, any materials, or the acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of, or any harm resulting from the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of, or participation in, any prize awarded in connection with the sweepstakes. Without limiting the foregoing, the sweepstakes, all prizes, and all materials provided on or through the site “are provided as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

    Into the Storm Credits

    Be sure to check out how we first discovered Armitage and watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online. And check out the terrific Into the Storm photos in our slideshow below.

    Into the Storm Star Richard Armitage
    Richard Armitage is trying to help out, but what can you do when your town is hit by tornado after tornado?!

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    August is bringing a whole new slate of films to the nation's cinemas and if this first weekend of the last month of summer is any indication, the heat is remaining high for summer movies 2014. 

    Guardians of the Galaxy introduces us to the latest group of superheroes from Marvel that may be one of their best movies yet! Yes, I said that! We also get the riveting and toe-tapping biopic of James Brown, Get On Up.

    And that is just the beginning.

    There are a few sequels that make our August must-see movies list, just watch The Expendables online and watch Sin City online and you're ready for those films' next installments which promise to be bigger and more explosive than ever.

    See, told you it was getting hot in here. 

    So click through and enjoy our 15 must-see August movies and see who makes our list!

    Guardians of the Galaxy
    August 1 brings us the newest batch of superheroes from Marvel, and it may just be their best one yet. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, but it may just be the voices of Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel as Groot that steal the show.

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