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    For those of us that were fans of the UK version of The Office, Martin Freeman was incredible. Now that he has gone on to fame as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy of Peter Jackson’s, some people may have forgotten that.

    The people at SNL did not as they had Freeman on as host this week, where he is promoting The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

    One of the skits they did was brilliant. It was a The Hobbit meets The Office video short and it even features Taran Killam rocking it as Gollum, plus Bobby Moynihan slaying us as a Ricky Gervais/Steve Carell hybrid of Gandalf/David Brent.

    Don’t miss the above video, and to get ready for Wednesday’s release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online.

    And here are a slew of photos from the last The Hobbit flick!  

    Gandalf Sees Something Wicked This Way Comes
    From the look on his face, what Gandalf is seeing is not so good.

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    Although that Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer still has us buzzing, one thing had longtime fans a little bit underwhelmed: The lack of the original three being in it in any form.

    Empire Strikes Back Mark Hamill

    We said at the time that this J.J. Abrams film is truly about the new characters, as we saw revealed with those Star Wars: The Force Awakens trading cards that introduced us to Oscar Isaac’s X-Wing fighter and that adorable droid named BB8.

    Mark Hamill clearly agrees. “This is about the new generation of characters. I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling,” Hamill told Yahoo Movies.

    The man who was made an icon, thanks to those first three Star Wars films, went on to admit that deep down he never dreamed he'd be donning his lightsaber ever again.

    “I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George Lucas said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original,” Hamill said.

    He then became, as usual, quite self-deprecating. “That didn’t surprise me. And I mean, I’m one of those people where I just think, ‘Keep me out of it. I’ll ruin it, I’m sure!’ I’ll show up and just ruin the whole thing.”

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015.

    John Boyega Questions
    Is John Boyega on Tatooine? We think yes. Is he a Storm Trooper? We think no. We believe that Boyega has been undercover and he has landed on Tatooine looking for Luke Skywalker and, yes, he looks deathly serious. Something wicked this way is coming.

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    We have been intrigued by the idea of Colin Firth’s latest film since that first footage appeared in the Kingsman: The Secret Service trailer. Firth is a super secret agent (a Kingsman) that makes James Bond appear like a wallflower. He sees something in a street punk (Taron Egerton) and thinks he could be the next great Kingsman.

    Fox has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette that doesn’t really show us how the film was made, but has the stars -- including Firth, Egerton and Mark Strong -- discussing the overall idea of the film and the plot for the February 13, 2015 arriving film.

    We love this featurette as it shows off some incredible looking footage and the story from the man who gave us Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn.

    Kingsman: The Secret Service was a comic book series from Mark Millar (also Kick-Ass) that featured stunning artistry from Dave Gibbons, and if there is a person that is impeccable to bring it to life, it is Vaughn. And how perfectly cast is Firth?

    Watch Kick-Ass online and get ready for Vaughn’s latest comic book to big screen adaptation! 

    Colin Firth Character Poster
    Colin Firth's leader of the Kingsman gets his own poster.

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    It’s true what they say -- comedy is much harder to achieve than drama. That’s why it’s been an incredible year for funny in film.

    We normally post a top 10 comedies of the year, but this time out, we had to do a top 14 comedies of 2014.

    The sequel to the film that gave us those 21 Jump Street quotes got us laughing that is for sure, but is it one of the best of the year?

    What about when you watch Ted online?

    You know that Seth MacFarlane delivered one of the funniest films of the decade with that dirty-mouthed bear. But, did his A Million Ways to Die in the West make the cut?

    Seth Rogen has had a banner year for funny films, watch Neighbors online and, yes, that’s on our list. But, he has another one on our top 14 as well.

    Click through and discover the Movie Fanatic top 14 comedies of 2014!  

    This Is Where I Leave You
    Jason Bateman and Tina Fey headline as siblings in a family comedy and already you have our attention. Toss in Jane Fonda as an overbearing mother and a cast that also includes Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn and Dax Shepard and we're sure you have a winner. What if we told you it was also about a family gathering for their patriarch's funeral and they have to honor his dying wish that they sit for the Jewish mourning ceremony (which involves a week of sitting at home together)... even though they're not Jewish! Oh, and Ben Schwartz plays a Rabbi whose childhood nickname is Boner. Yeah, it's a winner in the comedy department that also has heaps of heart.

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    The critics have spoken as the Critics Choice have revealed their nominations for the best in film, circa 2014. And a trend seems to be emerging in terms of Oscar and which films are favorites to score big when those nominations are announced January 15.

    Boyhood Stars Ellar Coltrane Ethan Hawke

    Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and the Michael Keaton comeback vehicle Birdman are the front-runners to fight for Best Picture. But, Selma is quickly creeping up as its release date inches closer and more and more people see it.

    Birdman scored 13 nominations, including ones for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. Meanwhile, Boyhood earned eight nominations, including spots in the same big categories as Birdman.

    And in what can be described as a late surge, The Grand Budapest Hotel proved its mettle with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director for Wes Anderson. We’ve been hoping that the summer release date of The Grand Budapest Hotel does not hurt the film, and it appears from its SAG Award nominations, this film is a serious Oscar contender.

    Here are the nominations for the 2014 Critics Choice Movie Awards:


    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • Gone Girl
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • The Imitation Game
    • Nightcrawler
    • Selma
    • The Theory of Everything
    • Unbroken
    • Whiplash


    • Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
    • Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
    • Michael Keaton - Birdman 
    • David Oyelowo - Selma
    • Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything


    • Jennifer Aniston - Cake
    • Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
    • Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
    • Julianne Moore - Still Alice
    • Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
    • Reese Witherspoon - Wild


    • Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
    • Robert Duvall - The Judge
    • Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
    • Edward Norton - Birdman
    • Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
    • J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
    JK Simmons Stars in Whiplash


    • Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
    • Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
    • Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
    • Emma Stone - Birdman
    • Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
    • Tilda Swinton - Snowpiercer


    • Ellar Coltrane - Boyhood
    • Ansel Elgort - The Fault In Our Stars
    • Mackenzie Foy - Interstellar
    • Jean Liberher - St. Vincent
    • Tony Revolori - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie
    • Noah Wiseman - The Babadook


    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • The Imitation Game
    • Into the Woods
    • Selma


    • Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Ava Duvernay - Selma
    • David Fincher - Gone Girl
    • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
    • Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
    • Richard Linklater - Boyhood


    • Birdman
    • Boyhood
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Nightcrawler
    • Whiplash


    • Gone Girl 
    • The Imitation Game
    • Inherent Vice 
    • The Theory of Everything 
    • Unbroken
    • Wild 


    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Interstellar
    • Mr. Turner
    • Unbroken
    Interstellar Still Photo


    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Inherent Vice
    • Interstellar
    • Into the Woods
    • Snowpiercer


    • Birdman
    • Boyhood 
    • Gone Girl
    • Interstellar
    • Whiplash


    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Inherent Vice
    • Into the Woods 


    • Foxcatcher
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies
    • Into the Woods
    • Maleficent


    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
    • Interstellar


    • Big Hero Six
    • The Book of Life
    • The Boxtrolls
    • How to Train a Dragon 2
    • The LEGO Movie
    The LEGO Movie Chris Pratt Is Emmet


    • American Sniper
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Edge of Tomorrow
    • Fury
    • Guardians of the Galaxy


    • Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
    • Tom Cruise - Edge of Tomorrow
    • Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Brad Pitt - Fury
    • Chris Pratt - Guardians of the Galaxy


    • Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
    • Scarlett Johansson - Lucy
    • Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
    • Zoe Saldana - Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Shailene Woodley - Divergent


    • Birdman
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • St. Vincent
    • Top Five
    • 22 Jump Street


    • Jon Favreau – Chef
    • Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Michael Keaton - Birdman
    • Bill Murray - St. Vincent
    • Chris Rock - Top Five
    • Channing Tatum - 22 Jump Street
    22 Jump Street Channing Tatum Football Gear


    • Rose Byrne - Neighbors
    • Rosario Dawson - Top Five
    • Melissa McCarthy - St. Vincent
    • Jenny Slate - Obvious Child
    • Kristen Wiig - The Skeleton Twins


    • The Babadook
    • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
    • Interstellar
    • Snowpiercer
    • Under the Skin


    • Force Majeure 
    • Ida 
    • Leviathan
    • Two Days, One Night
    • Wild Tales


    • Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me
    • Jodorowsky’s Dune
    • Last Days in Vietnam
    • Life Itself
    • The Overnighters


    • Big Eyes– Lana Del Rey - Big Eyes
    • Everything is Awesome– Jo Li and the Lonely Planet - The Lego Movie
    • Glory - Common/John Legend - Selma
    • Lost Stars– Keira Knigthley – Begin Again
    • Yellow Flicker Beat– Lorde - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1


    • Alexander Desplat - The Imitation Game
    • Johann Johannsoon - The Theory of Everything
    • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross - Gone Girl
    • Antonio Sanchez - Birdman
    • Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

    Several of these movies are available on digital download to catch up on right now! Watch The LEGO Movie online, watch The Grand Budapest Hotel online and watch Chef online!

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    There has been a whole lot of controversy when it comes to the latest film from good friends and co-stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. After seeing The Interview, we’re not sure what the big deal is, in terms of one country’s (North Korea) angry response. After all, for two-thirds of the movie, the Kim Jong Un character is portrayed as someone who is completely misunderstood.

    James Franco Seth Rogen The Interview Poster

    Perhaps it’s that last third of the film that has that country up in arms. But, then again, let’s remind ourselves of something that should not have to be stated -- it’s a movie, people! You think that the Nixon family was thrilled with his portrayal in Dick? It’s a real person in a fictional movie. 

    Yet knowing the undertones of what is happening in the world -- in terms of the threat of North Korea and the madman at the reins of what we suspect is a nuclear arsenal -- well then, The Interview hits a pitch perfect tone that reminds us of some of the great films in that realm, such as Dr. Strangelove.

    As you can see from The Interview trailer, Franco is Dave Skylark, a wildly popular and successful celebrity interviewer that, as the film begins, scores a huge scoop from Eminem (no spoilers here, it’s just one of many, many laugh-out-loud moments in the latest Franco-Rogen righteously raucous flick).

    Skylark and his longtime producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen) are celebrating that journalistic coup, along with their 1,000th episode when Rapoport makes a startling confession to Skylark -- he wants to do more serious news interviews.

    This wish is granted when it turns out that the leader of North Korea is a huge fan and wants the duo to fly to his country and conduct an interview with one of the most hated men in the world. Pretty cool, no? Well, except the CIA comes a-calling and wants the pair to “take him out.” And we’re not talking to lunch, as teased in this The Interview red band trailer!

    So, it’s off to North Korea and it is there that The Interview truly cooks on the levels that make it something truly special. For those who adore politically sharp comedy, once in the Asian country, The Interview takes flight and becomes one of our top 14 comedies of 2014.

    The Interview Seth Rogen James Franco Still

    Evan Goldberg co-directed The Interview with Rogen after their triumphant work together on This Is The End. The fact that the script is written by a former Daily Show and The Office writer, Dan Sterling, is not a surprise either. The prose, the humor... it is all so whip smart that it recalls those two shows, but it's exponentially more powerful with the medium that is film. Sterling's canvas has greatly expanded and he not only rises to the occasion, but we think this is where his future should squarely lie.

    Franco and Rogen also show why they work together so much. The pair have not only a comedic shorthand that is a joy to watch, but they collectively compliment each other as actors. You believe these two are friends (because they are off screen) and that does nothing but help their cinematic camaraderie that is paramount to The Interview working.

    There are far too many funny and serenely sensational moments to mention in our The Interview review. We just have to recommend you see it, wholeheartedly, and then stay with Movie Fanatic because we have a feeling that this flick will have some of the best movie quotes of recent memory that will rival some classic comedies, such as those Dumb and Dumber quotes, but for entirely the opposite reason.

    As stupid as Dumb and Dumber is in its delivery of the funny, The Interview goes to the other end of the spectrum. It is smart satire at its best. 

    Franco & Rogen Together Again
    Franco and Rogen team up for their latest movie together in The Interview.

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    One of the most surprising things when we took in Annie (our review is coming soon), is how Jamie Foxx’s character takes Quvenzhane Wallis’ Annie to a movie premiere. The film is called MoonQuake Lake and it stars Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Rihanna!

    And we’ve got the film within the film’s trailer!

    When the Annie soundtrack was released a few weeks back, some were confused by the inclusion of a track by Sia and Beck called MoonQuake Lake. Turns out it was a full blown song written and recorded for the teaser trailer above, that is included in the actual movie Annie!

    Now, when can we get this MoonQuake Lake movie really released?!

    It features Kunis as a half fish, half girl and Kutcher as just a regular ole boy, who find love and all is well, except for one thing. An evil looking Rihanna has them doing something terrible, that they cannot say no to.

    And if this type of humor seems hilarious, it is because the movie within a movie is written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller -- yup, the guys behind 22 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie, two of the biggest movies of the year, and both find themselves on our top 14 comedies of 2014!

    Annie lands in theaters December 19 and, yes, the sun does come out tomorrow! 

    The Annie Official Poster
    The official poster for Annie features the entire cast!

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    The release day for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is only two days away and the cast and filmmaker Peter Jackson are talking about leaving Middle Earth behind in a new featurette from Warner Bros.

    For Jackson, it’s been a six-film journey through Middle Earth that began with The Lord of the Rings trilogy and now has concluded with The Hobbit trilogy, and to hear him talk about how he will “never be able to do that again,” well, that gets us kind of misty eyed.

    Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Evangeline Lilly all chime in about why this experience was so special, as well as why this final film -- teased in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer -- must be seen in IMAX. We’ve seen it, and cannot agree more.

    Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online to get ready for the final Hobbit movie and stay with Movie Fanatic all week as we chat with Pace for an exclusive interview tomorrow and then bring you our review of the final Middle Earth movie on Wednesday!

    Gandalf Sees Something Wicked This Way Comes
    From the look on his face, what Gandalf is seeing is not so good.

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    The big winner this weekend at the box office was Exodus: Gods and Kings.

    The Ridley Scott-directed biblical epic features Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, his adopted Egyptian brother.

    As we all know from the bible story, this is one epic tale and Scott did not disappoint in the sensational scope department -- particularly with that parting of the Red Sea!  

    But what else got us were those riveting quotes that Bale, Edgerton and even Oscar winner Ben Kingsley delivered in the story of how Moses led the Hebrews to freedom after four centuries of bondage in Egypt.  

    The last time Scott went sword and sandals, we got some great Gladiator quotes, as you can see when you watch Gladiator online.

    Scott has done it again. Don’t miss all of our Exodus: Gods and Kings quotes and be sure to click through the slideshow below to see the 11 most epic of those legendary lines!

    Moses, Ramses, when I look at you I still see the two boys who grew up together close as...

    Moses, Ramses, when I look at you I still see the two boys who grew up together close as brothers. Keep each other safe always.

    This... well, this will be a huge problem.

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    In a stunning stroke of editing genius, we’ve got our hands on an eight-minute video that encapsulates the entire year in movies in 240 seconds. From Guardians of the Galaxy to Interstellar to The Grand BudapestHotel and Whiplash, it’s all here. All of the films that will be in our top 14 of 2014 (due next week!) are here… and so much more.

    It’s been a banner year for film and we do not envy those Academy Awards voters who have to narrow down the pack to 10 Best Picture nominees and a quintet of best performers in those four big categories.

    Check out the incredible editing work of the folks at JoBlo, who put together this video. From the pacing, to the music, to the imagery, this is something truly special.

    What’s your favorite of the 330 movies featured in the above clip? Let us know in the comments below and stay with Movie Fanatic as we continue to reveal our “best of” 2014. Today’s edition… the top 14 comedies of 2014.

    Here are the best movie posters of 2014!  

    Mad Max: Fury Road
    It’s a lovely day for a ride in the first poster for Mad Max: Fury Road. Given how desolate and God-awful the landscape looks, why are we so compelled to hop in the car with Tom Hardy? Because the poster’s that good, that’s why!

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    The international trailer for Cinderella has arrived, hot on the heels of those five new Cinderella photos of star Lily James as the titular heroine. 

    This latest teaser from Disney for Kenneth Branagh's live action retelling of the Mouse House classic lands March 13, 2015, and for us the biggest selling point is.... well, there are two:

    Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the Wicked Stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. 

    With the success of Maleficent, look for more live action retellings of Disney classics in the years to come. Jungle Book, anyone?

    Cinderella is just one of dozens of reasons why 2015 is shaping up to be the best movie year ever.  Lily James Cinderella Still Photo

    Cinderella Ready for a Ball!
    Cinderella is ready for the ball... for only 'till midnight!

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    Universal has (cleverly) released a trailer for their upcoming thriller Taken 3 that borrows from that Christmas classic and makes it uniquely suited for Liam Neeson and his special set of skills.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we present the 12 Skills of Christmas!

    We especially enjoy “Five Broooooken Necks!” 

    Neeson returns as the ex-CIA one man killing machine Bryan Mills, and this time out, things go really dark. And all that means is Neeson is going to be busting more heads and more viciously than he did in Taken or Taken 2. See, his wife is murdered and he’s framed for her killing.

    Mills knows that it’s payback for some of his past life dirty deeds, but the LAPD doesn’t know that and they want to bring him in. But, before he’ll let that happen, he’ll find his wife’s killer and also get revenge.

    Look for Taken 3 January 9, 2015, and to see how it all got started, watch Taken online.

    Taken 3 Poster
    The official "American" poster for Taken 3.

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    Tim Burton could not have been too surprised that while he’s out promoting Big Eyes (out December 25), the director would get a whole lot of inquisitive people wanting to know the status of Beetlejuice 2. So, with the news that Michael Keaton will return to Beetlejuice and Winona Ryder is more than up to return to her role, what did the esteemed director have to say when asked if it is indeed coming?

    Michael Keaton Stars as Beetlejuice

    "Oh yeah," he told MTV. And what about that rumor that Miss Ryder will be returning?

    "Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah, yeah, oh yeah."

    Looks like by all those “yeahs” that Beetlejuice 2 is happening and that it is on the busy director’s docket for the future. He’s got that Alice in Wonderland sequel that he’s producing (not directing), and we all know that that leaves room to work on that Keaton follow-up to one of his most iconic characters (we’d put him up there with Batman, no?).

    And it appears that Burton agrees as he will not make a Beetlejuice movie without the recent Golden Globe nominee for Birdman.

    "Let’s put it this way, there is only one Beetlejuice for sure. And [the script] is pretty good. And I haven’t really yet spoken to [Michael Keaton] because he is out on his awards campaign so you can’t get to him now."

    Watch Beetlejuice online and get ready for that sequel, whenever it does appear.

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    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returned and “Shredded” the competition when they landed on screens this past summer. And now that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download have arrived, the holiday home video market is probably going to suffer the same fate. Sure, your kids (and, yes, longtime fans) will demand this release, but is it worth it?

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD

    What we thought was such a nice surprise, as we stated in our theatrical Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review, was how far the CG has come since we first saw these guys on the big screen in the early '90s. Back then it was an impressive special effects feat, but this Michael Bay-produced action flick will leave your jaw dropping at what they’re able to realistically accomplish with four superheroes that are really just jacked-up teen turtles who are expert ninjas.

    As teased in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer, this reboot finds their fair city of New York under attack by the evil Shredder. If there’s anyone who can handle what he dishes out it’s Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello. Someone who is not sure they are ready is the very large rat, Splinter, who has raised them since they were orphaned (a fantastic Tony Shalhoub).

    While out (without Splinter) fighting crime, they run into reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), and together they will do what they do best to make the city safe.

    Director Jonathan Liebesman has filled out his cast with a solid group, including Whoopi Goldberg and William Fichtner. They all manage to deliver a solid dose of action and humor, worthy of the franchise’s long history.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Still

    When it comes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download bonus features, our favorite has to be Evolutionary Mash-Up. How did we get to where we are in the Turtles' world, cinematically and technically? This featurette is a treat for longtime fans and new ones alike as it delves into the mythology and technical leaps and bounds that make the Turtles what they are today.

    In Your Face! The Turtles in 3D explores how Liebesman shot the film so that it would literally pop off the screen in 3D. As Hollywood seems to be releasing more and more titles in 3D, for those fascinated with the “how did they do it” aspect of this trend that is going nowhere, this bonus feature is an utter treat.

    See, that’s the thing about this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles package... besides those awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quotes. It knows its audience. There are a legion of fans who have followed these cartoon characters from their first days on the comic pages to the big screen in their various incarnations. The remainder of the bonus features also plays like a “get the fans excited” greatest hits, from Turtle Rock to the Extended Ending which, might we say, is even more thrill-packed than the one seen in theaters.

    Watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles online now and prepare to be Shell Shocked (also included on the home video package, the music video for that song!).

    Leonardo Character Poster
    Leonardo is living large in his own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster!

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    The second we heard that the fifth go-around for Johnny Depp as Captain Jack would be called Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales, we were honestly excited. That phrase has a long history in the Pirates world, and with the return of Orlando Bloom, that excitement meter inched ever higher. But, with comments that Bloom recently made about the franchise, we’re not sure what to think.

    Pirates of the Caribbean Johnny Depp Orlando Bloom

    Is it a reboot?

    “Basically they want to reboot the whole franchise, I think, and do something with me and the relationship with my son… I’m of course Davey Jones now, so I’m down the bottom of the ocean,” Bloom told IGN.

    Clearly the actor, who you can see next in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is looking forward to it.

    “It might be kind of fun to do something where I’m rumbling round the bottom of the ocean, because I won’t look anything like me. [Gestures to face] Get all gnarly.”

    Look for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales on July 7, 2017 with Depp returning as Captain Jack, but also with Geoffrey Rush back as Captain Barbossa and Javier Bardem joining the fold as our villain, Captain Brand. And it seems that Brand’s a little upset about the death of his brother at the hands of good ole Captain Jack.

    Watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl online to see how it all got started.

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    Lee Pace has had one of the better years an actor can have, what with Guardians of the Galaxy and now The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. “I have to pinch myself right now,” Pace told Movie Fanatic in our exclusive interview for the final The Hobbit movie.

    The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Lee Pace Photo

    We caught up with Pace and he talked about his joy, as a longtime fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, playing the Elven king Thranduil and how the effervescence of Peter Jackson is the most contagious thing about the legendary filmmaker.

    Pace also chimes in about the addition of the Evangeline Lilly character, Tauriel, and having Orlando Bloom’s Legolas in The Hobbit trilogy when neither were in the books. His front row seat to how they added to this story is priceless.

    Movie Fanatic: What will you miss most about playing in Middle Earth?

    Lee Pace: We’re just celebrating this falling into place and it’s important to complete things and it’s been so much hard work for such a long time. Right now, it’s just kind of a moment of celebrating. But there will be a time when I will be sad about not flying to New Zealand and not being immersed in Middle Earth again. That’s exactly what it was. We were there. We were at this place where I can look across the set and there’s Ian McKellen dressed as Gandalf the Grey and you go to lunch and there are all the dwarves sitting around the table and they let the elves squeeze in [laughs]. There’s such a magic to the whole experience that none of us took for granted. We had such a good time making these movies. As artists, it was a unique experience and the real magic of it is it's a rare thing to have that.

    Movie Fanatic: When you were growing up, or in college, did you read The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit?

    Lee Pace: Oh, yeah, I read The Hobbit when I was a kid and I read The Lord of the Rings when I was in high school. I have a distinct memory of that time in my life when I was reading those books. It’s interesting now, I wish I could remember how I pictured the story -- the way I pictured my character, for example. Now, it’s been replaced by the way that Peter Jackson imagined it. The thing that we came up with together with the character... it’s such a collaborative process making that character come to life. I really wish I could have taken a snapshot of my imagination to see how it was different and how it was the same.

    Movie Fanatic: Tell me about that first time that you looked in the mirror in full makeup and costume for Thranduil. Given that you had a history with the pages of Tolkien, what were your initial thoughts seeing yourself in that world?

    Lee Pace: So much of this movie is done in Peter’s kitchen where we all get together and talk through the character and what we think is interesting about it. The Elven king, on the page in Tolkien’s book, is thinly sketched in. But Tolkien continued to work on that story and we know now that Legolas was likely at that place and that there was growing evil around Middle Earth. The first scene I shot was in TheDesolation of Smaug where the dwarves are brought into my throne room. And I think that me and Richard (Armitage, Thorin) shooting that incredible stand-off between these two kings, I was sitting in that incredible throne and incredible clothes, all the pieces come into place as to who this icy, complicated, isolationist elf is. It was like wearing a mask. I really enjoyed that and I hope I get the opportunity to do something like that again. I mean, it was like that for Guardians of the Galaxy too – feeling that feeling of characterizing something that is so different from yourself.

    The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Lee Pace Evangeline Lilly Orlando Bloom

    Movie Fanatic: You had a front row seat to this and I was blown away by Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel. Now, before people saw it they were taken aback by the addition of a new character to Tolkien’s world. But, what did you see that made it so special?

    Lee Pace: I enjoyed that character and what I enjoyed most was that it wasn’t like she’s a woman elf. It’s just another character in this story. That’s important. She’s an assassin and she’s falling in love with someone she shouldn’t fall in love with and she’s a character that forces my character to look at the bigger world. The fact that they march off to battle this looming evil is completely at odds with what the Elven king desires to do. He’s a very old elf. He’s an elf that has fought in the great battles. He’s an elf that fought dragons, killed them and survived. In this moment, he is choosing to hide in this dark, corrupted forest and his son and Tauriel are reaching out into this world. You can’t tell a story with one character. For the Elven story to make sense you need this trio of characters who are at odds with each other. The Elven story is about unrequited love. It’s about heartbreak and each of these characters feels it in different ways. 

    Movie Fanatic: It may be hard to quantify. But, with the power and magic of Peter Jackson that we’ve seen on screen, what most impressed you as a collaborator, as a fellow artist, working together to achieve such an enormous goal?

    Lee Pace: He makes it look easy [laughs]. He’s a fan of these stories. He’s a fan of these movies. He’s a fan of the fans. He’s very open with the process with the Peter Jackson video blogs that he made while we were filming. It’s like he’s having the best time making these movies. That’s the big secret to him. He just enjoys it. 

    Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online to get ready for the big finale! 

    Gandalf Sees Something Wicked This Way Comes
    From the look on his face, what Gandalf is seeing is not so good.

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    One of 2015’s most anticipated movies for us here at Movie Fanatic is Pixels.

    The idea that some of the most popular classic video arcade games would invade earth and only classic video gamers could save the day is a unique story in a world of remakes, sequels and plots we’ve all seen before.

    Just check out that Pixels video short that inspired the flick and admit this thing isn’t out of this world original.

    Sony has released a series of five Pixels posters for each of the five games that alien forces deem our greatest threat and build to invade the earth.

    See, as transmissions to and from space take a lot of time, aliens received messages from earth that arrived in the form of code from video games such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders. So, they design weapons of mass destruction in the form of those games and attack the earth.

    With little option for success, the president of the United States (Kevin James) turns to a group of classic video game kings (Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) as our last hope to save the world.

    Check out the five video game posters below in the slideshow, including ones for Donkey Kong and Centipede!

    Pixels arrives in theaters July 24, 2015.

    Pac-Man Chews Up San Fran
    Pac-Man is hungry, look out Bay Area!

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    It was a great year for being bad in the movies. Heck, even a LEGO made us cringe (just check out those The LEGO Movie quotes and see what we mean!).

    Villainy came in all forms this year from evil monsters to animated exterminators to business leaders and even a war veteran who supposedly was visiting a family of a fallen comrade.

    Watch X-Men: Days of Future Past online and there’s one who makes our list of the top 15 sinister souls of the year. But, which one?!

    No matter how many actors and actresses we talk to, they say that being bad is more fun than going good. And judging by this year’s performances, they are right because these thespians are having the time of their lives.  

    Heck, watch Guardians of the Galaxy online and tell me Lee Pace is not losing himself in giddy god-awful joy as Ronan the Accuser?!

    So, who makes the list of the worst possible evil characters of 2014?

    Click through and discover our 15 best movie villains of 2014.

    Lord Business in The LEGO Movie
    We know he was just a stack of LEGO bricks in all practicality, but there was something so downright scary about Lord Business in The LEGO Movie. And the way that Will Ferrell played him, he was like a spoiled brat, which made it even more frightening.

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    Michael Keaton is out promoting his Golden Globe (and sure to be Oscar) nomination for Birdman. In the film, Keaton plays a man who walked away from a superhero franchise after several successful movies (sound familiar?) and is trying to make a comeback via a Broadway play that finds him as writer, star and director.

    Judging by our Birdman review, Keaton is practically a lock to win those Best Actor trophies, but in a recent interview, he’s still thinking about his past life and those who came after him portraying The Dark Knight.

    Michael Keaton as Batman

    Keaton was asked about the Christian Bale comments on Ben Affleck being Batman and how it hit Bale hard that someone else was playing the superhero. Keaton has no such feelings.

    Does Keaton have any regrets? “No. Do you know why? Because I'm Batman. I'm very secure in that.”

    Well, that just about nails it. For many fans, when you watch Batman online, he is Batman. Although it’s hard to remember, when Tim Burton announced Keaton as Batman, it was met with huge controversy.

    The actor was known more for comedic roles and the idea of him being the suave Bruce Wayne and the swooping in to save the day Batman was completely foreign.

    What do you think? Was Keaton the best Batman?

    I'm Batman.

    I'm Batman.

    This line has become iconic and even used by Will Arnett as Batman in The LEGO Movie!

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    Although much of the focus, we hear, of X-Men: Apocalypse will be on the cast introduced with X-Men: First Class, there is still room for you-know-who to be in it. Who’s that, you ask? Only the most popular X-Men there is, Wolverine!

    Wolverine X-Men: Days of Future Past

    Although Jackman admitted that he cannot say too much about the film that will be shooting soon, he reported that he’s impressed with what he’s heard so far.

    "There's still a lot unknown about that, actually. I have been speaking to the guys and I'm not at liberty to say exactly what's going on, but there are some very exciting things about integrating the whole X-Men world, including the Wolverine movie,” Jackman told MTV.

    “There are some really cool things going on."

    He also confirmed that there will be a third Wolverine solo movie coming that will surely shoot right after X-Men: Apocalypse shoots. "[I’m] very, very excited," Jackman said and also admitted that writer David James Kelly and him are working closely to follow up the greatness that was The Wolverine.

    For fans of the series, it is fantastic news that Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Apocalypse, which is due in theaters March 3, 2017.

    Until then, watch X-Men: Days of Future Past online to see where we left off before Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse terrorizes our favorite mutant heroes.

    Beast and Mystique Get Beastly
    Who knew that Mystique and Beast hook up? Considering the pair who play them in real life are together, that ought to work.

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