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Comic-Con 2014: Batman v Superman Teaser Trailer Description

The trailer has been released to an enthusiastic response by Hall H attendees. We expected Warner Bros. to bring some sweet reveals for their 2016 release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice to Comic-Con, and they certainly did not disappoint. In addition to releasing the first image of Wonder Woman , Director Zack Snyder also presented material from the movie. He was accompanied by cast members Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman). This is the summary as told by "The Batman V Superman teaser footage shown at the event began with Affleck’s Caped Crusader standing atop a Gotham rooftop on a rainy night; his eyes then light up solid white, before he removes a tarp and reveals the Batsignal underneath. Following that, the camera track up towards the sky, revealing Cavill’s Superman hovering in the spotlight; he looks extremely angry, as his eyes light up red, preparing to fire his heat vision. Cue the film’s offic

Comic-Con 2014: Wonder Woman Pic Released!

We've got the story (and the picture) right after the jump! For awhile now, we've been reporting on the steady stream of news surrounding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . First came Ben Affleck and the Batmobile , then Superman standing in what looked like a rainy Gotham . But, we hadn't seen Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, leaving some to wonder whether she could play the part. Until now. On his Twitter account, Director Zak Snyder released this image of the Amazonian princess just a few minutes ago: At first glance, it's hard to tell where Wonder Woman is, except that she's standing on top of wreckage, definitely something made of concrete. Could this Metropolis, Gotham, or a new location? Her uniform is darker - probably for the best - looking more like Xena than Linda Carter. Either way, we now have the Trinity assembled and we're sure to get more today ad Comic-Con 2014 hits its stride. What do you think of the new image? Batman v S

Top Domestic Movies of 2014 - Q2 Report

Who's made the most box dough so far in 2014? Read on to find out! In April, we reported on the health of the domestic box office, reporting that while revenues had dropped 10%, we were already gifted with two $100m pictures: Ride Along and The LEGO Movie . And while we worried that the overall health of the market had declined - with fewer films being expected to carry heavier loads - we hoped that Q2 would right that ship. Note: The Spring Season is defined as the first Friday in March through the Thursday before the first Friday in May. According to our friends at, Quarter 2 of 2014 took in an estimated $1474.1 billion, as compared to 2013's take of $1.4184 billion. That's an improvement of 3.9%, but does that mean we have a healthier overall market? Possibly. Here's a breakdown of the top films as of May 1, 2014 (with reviews included): 1. The LEGO Movie $252,877,964 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $229,381,211 3.

See a Clip from The Penguins of Madagascar!

See the clip after the jump. With the first trailer already released , we've now been given a clip from the November release. Discover the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private now must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then Š you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from taking over the world. The Penguins of Madagascar opens November 25, 2014.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Trailer

Check out the red band trailer from the December release. What do Adam Scott and The Terminator have in common? They're all a part of the red-band trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 , the follow-up to the 2010 comedy. Starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke the guys are back and living the life before Lou (Corddry) gets shot (in a very sensitive place) but an unknown assailant. Faced with a life without Lou, the trio return to the time machine, only to go forward in time to 2024. From there, we get a Terminator reference, a little Adam Scott, and the team's characteristic hijinks. Whether John Cusak Check out the trailer below: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opens December 25, 2014.

Hercules Review: Solidly Entertaining Summer Fare

Dwayne Johnson's Hercules is simply enjoyable, but check your expectations at the door. Director Brett Ratner gets so little respect these days, and who can blame us? After the disastrous X-Men: The Last Stand sent the franchise to ground until 2011, he hasn't exactly won us over with other tripe like Tower Heist . So, it's with a great sigh of relief that I can say Hercules is a highly entertaining, suitably grand, and a well-paced historical action piece, so long as you check expectations at the door. The son of Zeus, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) has made a name for himself, completing the Seven Labors set forth by a jealous Hera and attaining the title of demi-god. But his achievements hide a deep secret. One of them is that he had help in his labors - among them the warrior Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), the seer Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), and the Amazon Atalanta (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal). His travels eventually take him to the kingdom of Thrace where King Cotys (Joh

Open Forum Friday: July 25, 2014

Here's your chance to connect with the SJF community. While you're welcome to comment on any movie or television thoughts you might have, here's a brief rundown of the movies released this week and Blu-rays to be released next Tuesday: Movies - Hercules - Lucy - Magic in the Moonlight Blu-rays - Noah - The Other Woman Also, don't forget to listen to our weekly podcast, where we break down the major news of the week and do our giveaways. No matter what you choose to talk about, a few ground rules: keep it nice, no ads, and no flaming. Other than that, sound off on any movie or television thoughts you have. Feel free to comment on any of the following: 1. What are you watching on television? 2. What's the last film you saw? 3. How can we make the podcast better? These are just some of the questions, but again pick something movie or TV related. Happy posting!

And So It Goes Review

Review by Brandon Wolfe Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is a real estate legend who prides himself on being able to sell anything. Looking to unload the majestic home where he raised his family as his final big score before heading off into the sunset, Oren shows a remarkable insensitivity toward his ethnically diverse potential buyers, transparently decorating the house with photographs of people from the same racial backgrounds as themselves (and even getting that wrong, as when he presents a Korean couple with pictures of Chinese people). And this is after we see him shoot a dog with a paintball gun to shoo it off of the property. For Oren, you see, is a huge jerk, a man who lost his wife some years back and has opted to wash his hands of all good graces ever since. He lives in a charming fourplex that he owns called Little Shangri-La, which he seems to love in spite of the fact that it’s a close-quarters property populated by a friendly, tight-knit community that Oren seems to

Lucy Review: Transcendence Meets Black Widow in a Dark Alley

The well-intentioned but disappointing Lucy goes all weird on us and never looks back. Lately, there's been a lot of talk in films about humans only using 10% of their brain. We've heard this for years, and while this has been proven flatly untrue , Luc Besson's Lucy forms 90 minutes of this pseudo-science into an uneven mess. Lucy (Scarlet Johansson) is a party girl living the fast life in Taipei when she's forced to become a drug mule by the sinister villain Mr. Jang (Choi Min-Sik). Tucked in her lower abdomen is a bag of CPH4, which is eventually broken and begins to leak. As a result, this drug that pregnant women excrete begins to fill ScarJo, increasing her brain power and gifting her with powers such a telekinesis, immunity to pain, and the ability to travel through data streams and electronics. Desperate for what to do with her newfound powers, she reaches out to Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman), who encourages her to further humanity before she disap

Tyrant Review – “Hail Mary”

Tyrant Review - "Hail Mary" Review by Brandon Wolfe ‘Tyrant’ picks up the thread from last week with the public protest against President Jamal still raging on, the flames being fanned by the rebellious Ihab Rashid. Bassam has taken it upon himself to resolve this crisis peacefully, to redeem his family name after the years of violent tyranny perpetrated by his father. He has set a meeting with Rashid to try to talk things out, but Bassam shows some savviness when he cancels the meeting at the last minute, realizing that Rashid would just use it as an opportunity to grandstand in front of his followers rather than engage in a dialogue. Bassam finds a new tack to pursue, or rather a new Rashid. Twenty years prior, Bassam’s father and Ihab’s father, Sheik Rashid, came extremely close to a peaceful resolution before things ended up going south and Sheik went into exile. Who better, Bassam figures, to bring about peace now than the only man who ever came close to pulling it

Woody Allen Casts Two More to Star in His Latest Film

See who the director has hired to star in his next film. Woody Allen added to the cast of his latest film, which is currently shooting in Rhode Island. Starring alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are Parker Posey ( BROKEN ENGLISH ) and Jamie Blackley ( SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN ). The untitled Gravier Productions film is produced by Allen’s longtime associates, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum. Allen’s upcoming film, MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT , was shot in the south of France last year and will be released on July 25, 2014 by Sony Pictures Classics.

The Trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey Has Arrived

See it after the jump. For any of you who find bondage to be of interest, you probably read the E.L. James novel 50 Shades of Grey . Whether the book and the phenomenal response it received is worthy or not is anyone's guess. But it's inspired a movie, and we have the first trailer for it below. Will 50 Shades of Grey walk the same gauntlet that hurt Nymphomaniac or Flith ? Judge for yourself but we warned:

Comic-Con 2014: Avengers 2 Posters Released

Check out the limited edition SDCC posters after the jump. Marvel has released a set of Avengers: Age of Ultron conceptual character posters and is planning to release more during the week. For now, check out the four they've released and we have them below:

13 Movies From 2013 Worth Another Look

We look back at 13 under-appreciated films from the previous year that are worth a second look. Having passed the halfway point of the 2014 movie season, we began to think back on the 2013 movie season and were amazed that many of our Top 30 films didn't exactly hit homeruns with audiences. Rather than blame ourselves for being so wrong, we've sought to bring these back into the consciousness by highlighting them below. Given time away from them, some titles can take on new life, far exceeding their lackluster box office results. Luckily, the home market is more vibrant than ever, and with services like Netflix always adding new content from 2013, it's easier than ever to catch these little gems. In that spirit, we present 13 movies from 2013 that deserve another look. To be clear: these are films which rank 40 or lower according to BoxOfficeMojo's 2013 box office results, and were released before the end of the year. They can also be films that were critic

Comic-Con 2014: Marvel Announces Another 2018 Movie

The announcement brings Marvel's 2018 releases to three. It's early at Comic-Con 2014, but the news is already starting to flow from the event. Ready to make a big splash, Marvel has announced another release date for an untitled film, this one May 4, 2018. This brings the total number of Marvel films in 2018 to three, and that's not counting other studios which own properties like Spider-man and X-Men. The news comes less than a week after Mouse House claimed five additional other dates from 2017-2019. The news is almost as important as the Wednesday news that Sony had vacated that date for The Amazing Spider-Man 4 as part of its reshuffling of the franchise. But what about learning the actual titles to all of these films? It's clear that we'll get news about many of them this week, as it presents in Hall H on July 26. It's possible that the May 4, 2018 could be set as a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, but we're hoping for something more

MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Limited Edition Comic Con Poster

Check out the limited edition SDCC poster after the jump. In the spirit of San Diego Comic Con, Lionsgate has unveiled a limited edition poster, created by artist WK Interact for the film everyone is waiting for: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1. Take a closer look at the stunningly intricate poster below. AND in case you aren't able to make it to SDCC this year, head over to where you can sign up for the chance to win a SIGNED COPY of this poster! THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 opens nationwide November 21, 2014. The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation

NIGHTCRAWLER Poster & Teaser Trailer Revealed!

Check out the newest trailer for the Jake Gyllenhaal thriller after the jump. Open Road Films is pleased to share the POSTER and TEASER TRAILER for their upcoming thriller, NIGHTCRAWLER , starring Jake Gyllenhaal! NIGHTCRAWLER hits theaters October 17, 2014!