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Teaser Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

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Details, pictures or footage surrounding the last entry into the Middle-earth franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, has been elusive... until Comic-Con, that is. Director Peter Jackson released the first teaser trailer for the film.
The main problem people have had with the Hobbit films, (my self included, though I have enjoyed them), it that they are not nearly on the same level as The Lord of the Rings, tone-wise and quality-wise. Though they have been good, they have not been LOTR great. However, based on this trailer alone, it looks as if this final entry will capture that same tone and quality as LOTR. It seems as if The Battle of Five Armies will have battles on the same scale of epicness as Helm's Deep in The Two Towers and the battles in Return of the King. It also looks as if it will capture the same emotional depth that made Return of the King so great. I also thought that the inclusion of Pippin's song was brilliant in capturing the tone of the trailer.…

First Image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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A lot came out from San Diego Comic Con in regards to DC this past week. A teaser trailer from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was shown. The pilot for the TV show Gotham was shown, as well as new things for more DC shows such as Constantine, Arrow and The Flash. On of the biggest things, though, was the reveal of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Many have been skeptical and some even angry (including myself) of the casting of Gadot as Wonder Woman, mainly that she is not an actor and just eye-candy, which is not what DC needs to begin an entire franchise with the character. However, I will be first to say that her costume is fantastic. It takes the iconic elements from her comic book costume (tiara, metal bracelets, lasso, eagle shaped top) but makes her look more grounded and realistic, which is what Batman V. Superman is seemingly going for. Though, my one complaint is that, even though she has been putting on muscle working out, she still loo…

Hercules SPOILER FREE Review

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Hercules is a fun, action-packed summer blockbuster. I was originally hesitant about seeing the movie. I am not a particularly big fan of director Brett Ratner after how utterly horrendous X-Men: The Last Stand was and how it almost single-handedly killed the X-Men franchise. Yet, I am a fan of medieval movies, The Lord of the Rings being some of my favorite movies ever. I also really like Dwayne Johnson. So, I ended up seeing it, and I'm glad I did. Hercules lacked a decent story, which was expected, but the visuals and action-filled battle sequences made up for that. Plus, it fully utilized its 3D. There's nothing that makes me more frustrated when a movie is 3D just because they can. Hercules had me jumping in the my seat when arrows came flying at me as well as pieces of wood and Hercules's club.

The movie focuses on the titular character, who struggles from the death of his family as many believe he was their killer. Legends exist of him being the son of Zeus and his …

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Lucy Kicks Ass!

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This week, Lucy and Hercules opened at the box office. Let's take a look at the top 5 at the box office this past week.
#1 Lucy- $43,899,340

On its opening weekend, the Scarlett Johansson led action film Lucy took first place. Coming off of the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we all knew everyone wanted to see a Black Widow film even if it wasn't Black Widow... if that makes any sense at all. However, negative reviews may hurt its continual success at the box office the next few weeks.
#2 Hercules- $29,800,263

Dwayne Johnson led the swords-and-sandals film Hercules (read our review here) and, on its opening weekend, took second place. While the film was, and was only meant to be, mindless fun, its mixed reviews may bring it down over the next few weeks. But nothing denies the awesome presence the Rock has in it.
#3 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- $16,767,260

On its third week, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (read our review here) is still in the top 3, proving tha…

Is Dwayne Johnson Playing Shazam in the DC Cinematic Universe?

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Dwayne Johnson confirmed long ago that he was going to be involved in the new DC Cinematic Universe. He was originally cast as Black Adam in a Shazam movie yet the movie didn't go anywhere. He was then rumored to be Lobo (think alien Rob Zombie) and then the Internet thought of every single character he could be ranging from the John Stewart Green Lantern to Doomsday. Now, Johnson has shed some light as to who he will be playing.
"I will say this. There's a character out there that we're going to announce very soon that I'm going to play, and I'll just say this... this character has the power of Superman, he can throw down. Just say the word. That's all I'm going to say."
This comment is filled with direct references to the character of Shazam (previously called Captain Marvel yet renamed). Shazam, in the comics, is a young boy named Billy Batson who is granted the power to turn into a man with super powers. His powers are rival to those of Superma…

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Apes. Still. Strong.

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This week, the big new releases were Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy and Planes: Fire & Rescue. Let's take a look at this week's box office:
#1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- $36,254,310

On its second week, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (read our review here) has taken first place again. Even though its been dominating the box office, it still hasn't broken even. It'll will have to take in a lot more to break even and hopefully the good reviews will let it have legs at the box office.
#2 The Purge: Anarchy- $29,816,675

On its first week at the box office, The Purge: Anarchy came not too far behind Dawn. For a very low budget movie, it sure turned up a good opening week in take. What will be interesting is how it fares these next few weeks as bigger films open, yet not many films of its genre. Perhaps its uniqueness will help it as bigger summer movies begin to open.
#3 Planes: Fire & Rescue- $17,509,407

For an animated movie, Planes: Rescue & Fire didn't d…

Marvel Schedules Five New Release Dates

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Marvel is ambitious. There's no doubt about that. Next month we will be getting Guardians of the Galaxy that will have a talking raccoon and a living tree. Next year we will be getting Ant-Man. But with the success of their films so far, they can afford to take chances and continue to dominate the world even further. Kevin Feige today confirmed five more release dates for movies. As of right now, this is the schedule here on out.
August 1st, 2014- Guardians of the Galaxy May 1st, 2015- The Avengers: Age of Ultron May 6th, 2016- Captain America 3 July 8th, 2016- (Doctor Strange?) May 5th, 2017 July 28th, 2017 November 3rd, 2017 July 6th 2018 November 2nd, 2018 May 3rd, 2019- (Avengers 3?)
Feige has said that they were considering doing three movies a year and that's exactly what we're getting in 2017. Captain America 3 is already confirmed for the May 6th, 2016 date (currently going up against Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) and we know that we will be getting a Doctor Strange m…

Movie About the Friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Confirmed

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We've known for a while now that Fox Searchlight had plans to make a biopic based on the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books, J.R.R. Tolkien simply called Tolkien. Now, news has come out that a movie called Tolkien & Lewis will be released, directed by The Expendables 2 director Simon West, focusing on the friendship between Tolkien and the author of The Chronicles of Narnia books C.S. Lewis. The film will focus during the World War II era when both authors were hard at work on their most famous pieces of work and the relationship they had in helping to complete the other's novels.
What do you think? Are you excited to see a movie based around J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis? Which Tolkien biopic are you most interested in? Is Simon West a good fit as a director? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Written by: Nate Email us your questions at: themovieparadise999@gmail.com Like us on Facebook!

First Pictures for Goosebumps- Jack Black talks about the movie

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I used to read Goosebumps books. I read a lot of them and they were fun because you could be a kid and get scared appropriately. So, I was interested when I first heard they were developing a Goosebumps movie. Then, I became even more interested when I heard that Jack Black was attached. In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly (where we got our first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultronhere and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armieshere) we got a couple of stills from the new movie and some comments from Black about the movie.


From these pictures, we get a sense that the movie will have a good blend of humor and horror. The plot revolves around a kid moves in next door to R.L. Stein, the author of the Goosebumps books played by Black, and falls in love with his niece. The kid soon learns that the creatures of Stein's books are real and he keeps them trapped in his books. When the kid accidentally unleashes the monsters trapped in the books, he must team up with Stein and h…

Venom Movie Being Released After Sinister Six- When Are We Getting The Amazing Spider-Man 3?

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We've known for a while that Sony had plans to expand their Spider-Man universe by giving us Venom and Sinister Six spin-offs. I've always said that if you make a Sinister Six movie with a Expendables/A-Team feel, it could be really cool. But with the departure of writer Roberto Orci in favor of making his directorial debut in Star Trek 3, the rapidly expanding Spider-Man franchise has slowed down. The other main writing credit, Alex Kurtzman is also now working on remaking the original Mummy and creating a monster cinematic universe. He talked a bit about the feel of the Sinister Six movie:
"I am a crazy fan of movies like The Wild Bunch or Wages of Fear, where you're rooting for the bad guys. I think that's the opportunity that Sinister Six has to provide."
This goes along with what I have been saying that Sinister Six could benefit from. But with mixed reviews on the lasted outing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and mixed is putting it lightly), the third instal…

The Avengers: Age of Ultron- First Pictures and Plot Details Confirmed

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In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, front and center, we got The Avengers: Age of Ultron. With over half a dozen pictures of the film, we also got our first look at Ultron on the cover, alongside Iron Man and Captain America. The design of Ultron looks great and true to the comics. Let's take a look at the pictures and analyze them. 

Here we have Chris Evan's Captain America and Chris Hemsworth's Thor. The new Captain America costume looks great, taking the best elements from his World War II suit (his best suit, in my opinion) from Captain America: The First Avenger and his Secret Avengers suit from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Although Thor's suit hasn't really changed, they both look great.

Our first "official" look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. A lot of people are claiming that Taylor-Johnson looks bad a Quicksilver and I completely disagree. I think it is a complete improveme…

First image for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

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This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly has revealed a lot. Not only did we get our first true look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron (read our article here), but we got our first official picture from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. The picture doesn't reveal much: just Gandalf and Bard standing a midst the epic battle, but this is the first thing we have gotten from the film other than the name change. Director Peter Jackson has said that a teaser trailer is coming soon (most likely at San Diego Comic Con), but this picture does show what will probably be the most epic battle of Middle-earth and our final visit (probably). 
What do you think? Do you like the picture? Are you excited for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Written by: Nate Email us your questions at: themovieparadise999@gmail.com Like us on Facebook!

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Apes. Together. Strong!

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In this week's box office round-up, we're taking a look at how the box office handled the opening on the summer's latest blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I said I was unsure of how it would fare against the monster that is Transformers: Age of Extinction. Well, this week my prediction was off... by a lot. Let's take a look:
#1 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes- $72,611,427

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the lead this week on its opening weekend pulling in an impressive $73 million (read our review here). It's predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, took in $55 million its opening weekend, so the trajectory is without a doubt going up. I think it's safe to say Dawn will make a lot of money by the end and I think it will have legs in the box office, especially with the next big blockbuster not being until the beginning of August with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy
#2 Transformers: Age of Extinction- $16,302,415

The past two weeks Transfo…

Teaser Trailer for Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe

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It's pretty much a universally known fact: Daniel Radcliffe has been cemented in our heads as Harry Potter. While I personally am not a fan of the Harry Potter franchise, there's no denying Radcliffe's continual association with the role. Since the last movie in the franchise, Radcliffe has done two films: The Woman in Black which I thought was okay and Kill Your Darlings which I did not see. Now, he is the star of Horns, which focuses in on Radcliffe's character, after the mysterious death of his girlfriend, who has sprouted devil horns from his head.


The teaser trailer is very interesting in its approach to the story. In a way, it is a true teaser trailer. It gives us a quick glimpse at the movie. It shows a brief idea of what the story entails and what is going on in the movie, but does not at all give anything major away. It is a taste as to what the movie will be, which is what a teaser trailer should be. Since it's only a teaser, we don't get a good look…

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes SPOILER FREE Review

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I remember going to see 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I wasn't as familiar with Andy Serkis as I am now but I knew that he was Gollum and King Kong and I had a general understanding of what motion-capture was and how it worked. I saw the movie because I had seen the original 1960's Planet of the Apes and I was a fan of the franchise. The trailers also looked pretty good, too. I saw Rise and was absolutely blown away by the film. Serkis' performance was so exceptional that I will always defend that he should have at least been nominated for an Oscar. What he was able to convey with just his face, not even talking, is incredible. Without any words he is able to carry an entire film (because in my opinion, he is the lead actor and James Franco is a supporting character) and have you feel for a monkey! You feel and understand Caesar's pain without him saying a single word ("Noooo!" comes later in the movie). For the record, I rate Rise of the Planet…

First Trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Ridley Scott has been having some trouble with his films lately. His last film, The Counselor is regarded as the director's worst film. Prometheus is also hated by many (although I liked it). Before that was Robin Hood which is also held to be a poor film. Scott's latest film, Exodus: Gods and Kings comes out in December and the first trailer has hit.

While his past few films haven't been great, this movie looks as if it could be. The visuals are fantastic and even though it has a white cast for a film taking place in Egypt, no one can doubt how talented the cast is, which includes Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Aaron Paul. The story definitely has a Thor feel to it with the relationship between Moses and Rhamses, as in that they were close brothers but slowly become enemies. Whether the movie will go full out on its biblical connection or if it will try to sweep it under the rug like Noah, it wasn't clear what direction they were tak…

Director's Cut for X-Men: Days of Future Past confirmed

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Ever since the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past (read our review here), we've known that there was more filmed that never made it into the movie. An entire sub-plot focusing on Rogue (read about it here) was cut out along with other segments and clips. It has now been confirmed that the movie will have a director's cut released later this year, including the Rogue scene. 
What's interesting is that before director Bryan Singer said that the entire reason the scene was cut out initially was because it slowed the movie down and took away some of the suspense. He told us it was a great scene but it just didn't work in the movie. So why is he all of a sudden putting it back in the movie in a director's cut? It doesn't really make sense but perhaps they found some way to edit the movie to fix the problem. 
What do you think? Should they leave the film as it is? Do you like the idea of a director's cut? Leave your thoughts in the comment's section.
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