Following the cover image from the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine has also released 10 more photos from the anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on December 14. You can check them out below!
"An Unexpected Journey" comprises the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy tale which follows the journey of Bilbo, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by Gandalf, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
According to Sony Pictures, The Amazing Spider-Man took in $23.4 million yesterday to bring its two-day total to $59.2 million, at the same time increasing their opening day box office estimate to $35.8 million.
That's a 35% day-to-day drop (or 17% if you remove the midnight screenings) but it's also the second-highest daily gross for a movie playing on the 4th of July.
By comparison, Michael Bay's Transformers actually increased to make $29.1 million five years ago, setting a 4th of July record, while Spider-Man 2 made $22 million on 4th of July in 2004, although that was its fourth day in theaters.
Sony have also upped their internal estimate for the movie's first six days to $120 to 130 million or more.
Check back tomorrow and over the weekend for more box office updates on Sony's superhero reboot.
As we've previously reported to you, The Wolverine will begin filming this August, but according to The Daily Telegraph, Hugh Jackman will be arriving in Austrailia in the next few weeks to get ready for shooting.
Stage work for the film will be done in Australia and location shooting will take place in Japan.
"It's set in Japan," Fox CEO Tom Rothman said previously. "A great number of Japanese actors will be in it and it's based on the very famous run of the comics... I can just tell you on behalf of [Jackman], his goal is to make the ultimate, bad ass, berserker rage Wolverine."
The film will be directed by James Mangold with a script by Christopher McQuarrie and Mark Bomback.
The Wolverine is scheduled to hit theaters on July 26, 2013.
When SuperHeroHype spoke with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach last week, the latter was non-commital about how many movies may follow this week's The Amazing Spider-Man despite already having a sequel in the process of being written.
As Tolmach told us:
"We knew that it was going to be more than one, and at the very least three. We're going to let this movie tell us what the story is."
But now the official Facebook page seems to have decided they may as well go ahead and make another trilogy.
As stated in a post on Monday:
"It's finally here! The Amazing Spider-Man is the first installment in a movie TRILOGY that will explore how our fave hero's journey was shaped by the disappearance of his parents."
That capitalization of the word "trilogy" was our own, because even though Sony has already committed to a sequel before The Amazing Spider-Man opened, scheduling it for May 2, 2014, and even offered a potential tease in the end credits scene, there was no guarantee that having two movies would warrant a third. (Case in point: Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider movies.)
Another sign that a sequel was definitely going to happen was Marvel Studios' recent decision to move their scheduled and still unconfirmed mid-May 2014 release to early August. Presumably that's to give Sony Pictures a bit more room with the Spider-Man sequel and a little more breathing space for their own Captain America sequel, which is being released in early April 2014.
There's still no word on whether director Marc Webb will direct one or more movies or if Sony Pictures will be looking for another director to take the helm.
If you're a fan of Marvel then you've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Marvel Heroes like we have, and if you're going to the San Diego Comic-Con you'll be glad to hear you'll get a first crack at the game:
Gazillion Entertainment, a leading developer, publisher and operator of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, has announced that the eagerly awaited free-to-play online game Marvel Heroes will be playable for the first time during Comic-Con International: San Diego at the Marvel Booth # 2329. Marvel Heroes combines the energy of action role-playing games with the breadth and immersion of the MMO genre.
As part of the San Diego Comic-Con, fans will be able to play one of four iconic Marvel characters and experience Marvel Heroes for the first time! Players will battle through the war-torn streets of Mutant Town and Fort Stryker to defeat Magneto and retrieve William Stryker from his clutches. Along the way, players will also get a taste of the extensive loot and costume options for each hero. Developers of the game will be available at the booth to guide players and answer questions during play.
The all new MMO will draw upon the 8,000-plus heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe. Marvel Heroes allows players to become their favorite Marvel Super Heroes. The list of playable characters (revealed thus far) are Black Widow, Cable, Captain America, Colossus, Cyclops, Deadpool, Emma Frost, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, Storm, The Thing, Thor, and Wolverine.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, author of Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Secret Invasion and countless other successes, Marvel Heroes is inspired by some of the most popular tales and events in Marvel Comics history.
Starting in October and going through February there will be a new comic debuting almost every week. The only confirmed titles at this point are "The Avengers," "X-Men," "Thor," "Iron Man," "Captain America," and an all new series "The Uncanny Avengers." The title will be written by Rick Remender and drawn by John Cassady and will feature Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, Havok, Rogue, and Scarlet Witch. Take a look below courtesy of EW.
There have probably been up to this point about 15 different The Dark Knight Rises trailers, teasers, and TV spots, and if we were to make the decision we'd say this is the best one yet. Check out the new international TV spot for the July 20 release below!
In the Christopher Nolan film, Oscar winner Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy as Bane; Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar winner Michael Caine plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman reprises the role of Lucius Fox.
We're just two weeks away from The Dark Knight Rises - are you excited yet? It's no surprise that even more material on the tight lipped film is coming out as we get closer to the release date and this time it was in the form of almost 50 pages of production notes from the official webpage.
Some of the highlights from the notes include:
Director Chris Nolan on the time lapse between films: "Our story picks up eight years later, when it seems that Batman and Commissioner Gordon have succeeded—the Dark Knight is no longer needed in Gotham. In that regard, Bruce Wayne has won the battle, but he is traumatized by what happened and doesn’t know how to move on from being the figure of Batman. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ very much deals with the consequences of his and other characters’ actions in the previous films."
Christian Bale on Bruce Wayne's journey throughout the series:"In ‘Batman Begins,’ you see the tragedy and the pain that motivates this angry young man, who feels useless and is searching for a path—who wants to find out who he is and what he can become. Then in ‘The Dark Knight,’ he’s discovered that path. He is useful; he is doing what he imagines is the best thing for him to be doing in his life. Now, we are eight years on and he has lost the one thing that gave him a purpose…until he is forced to deal with a new threat to the city and to himself."
On Bane: "While the Scarecrow was a madman and the Joker an anarchist, “Bane is a terrorist in both his mentality and his actions,” says actor Tom Hardy, who plays Batman’s new arch-nemesis. “He is physically intimidating and he’s also very intelligent, which makes him even more dangerous.”
Nolan relates: "In deciding on who the next villain would be, it was imperative that it was someone completely different from the Joker—that he be a brute force. The physical component of what Bruce Wayne does as Batman is of extraordinary importance, and we had not truly challenged that in the first two films. I really wanted to see Batman meet his match physically, as well as intellectually. Bane is raw strength with a fanatical devotion to duty, and that combination makes him unstoppable."
"This is the first time it appears highly unlikely that Batman will come out on top in a physical altercation,” Bale allows. “He has been dormant for years, so he’s in a weakened condition to begin with, and Bane is not only incredibly strong but ruthless in terms of his sheer militancy and the ideology that drives him."
Tom Hardy attests: "Bane has come to do a job and has no feelings of remorse."
On Catwoman, Anne Hathaway admits: "It’s hard to reveal anything about Selina Kyle because she is intensely private and very mysterious. She has her own code of ethics, which sometimes involves doing things that other people might consider questionable."
Screenwriter Jonathan Nolan says: "Something about her morally ambiguous philosophy finally gives Batman someone he can relate to. In a weird way, she’s the yin to his yang. The dynamic between them is so fresh—the playful way she kind of pokes fun at him—it sparks a connection between them and takes some of the somberness away from his character."
"I think Selina does what is necessary to survive," relates Hathaway, "and that includes crossing a few lines that others might find unforgivable. Even if she wants to change, it’s hard to escape your past…and she does have a past. That makes her vulnerable, especially these days when anyone with a computer or smartphone can look up almost anything about you. Everybody has moments in life when they think, ‘If I knew then what I know now…’ Selina might like the opportunity not to have to live by the choices she was forced to make up to this point."
On the IMAX cameras: The director also raised the bar for “The Dark Knight Rises” in expanding on hisuse of IMAX cameras. Nearly half of the movie was shot with the large-format cameras, utilizing ultra resolution 15 perf/65-millimeter film. Nolan states, “We got great results with the IMAX cameras on the last film. I appreciate what it offers from the technical side, but I’m most interested in what it can give me as a storytelling tool. How can it help me pull the audience deeper into this world? IMAX provides the broadest possible canvas, creating the most immersive experience.”
On Commissioner Gordon: "Gordon was more useful to the political leaders of Gotham when the city was overrun by organized crime,” Nolan points out. “Now that is under control, so there are people eyeing his job, presuming he’s no longer needed. But Gordon has been struggling with the fact that all of this is based on a false foundation.”
“It’s a secret that’s eaten away at him for years,” confirms Gary Oldman. “Crime is at an all-time low in Gotham, but Gordon knows that it’s tainted. Now he’s ready to come clean, but there doesn’t seem to be a right time or place, and he also questions if the city is ready for the truth. Then, because of Bane, he’s in the field again. I think he’s like a soldier who likes to be on the front lines, getting his hands dirty. He’s probably been doing a lot of paper pushing in the intervening years and that has dampened his spirits. Now you really feel like the old Gordon is back.”
On Batman and Bane's epic fights: Nolan affirms, “This was very much a toe-to-toe, blow-to-blow physical clash, and Christian and Tom put an incredible amount of work into it. Just the demands of the costumes—one character has the lower half of his face obscured, the other the upper half—posed problems. They had trouble hearing each other because they were wearing those masks and working in very noisy environments while performing these feats."
“It required very intense preparation,” the director continues. “And when it came time to shoot, Christian and Tom worked extremely well together. It was frighteningly real, and quite intimidating to see these iconic, larger-than-life characters really go at it. There are plenty of other large-scale action scenes in the film, but that face-to-face confrontation between these two adversaries was something I really felt was the centerpiece of the film.”
On the prologue of the film: Tom Struthers went to great measures to eliminate risks to the aerialists who would be dropping from the C-130 onto the turboprop. The stunt coordinator recounts, “To my knowledge, it’s never been done—where four people flew out of the back of an aircraft on separate lines and land on another plane. So we did a great deal of testing with dummies and different kinds of rigs before we ever put an actual person up. We had emergency procedures in place to allow them to cut away and parachute to the ground, which thankfully were never necessary. The guys who did it were fantastic.”
There were also preparations being done on the ground, where the fuselage of the CIA plane would eventually fall to earth. Everything was cleared from the area, to ensure that there was no threat to people or wildlife. The weather also cooperated, giving the filmmakers clear skies.
When everything was in place, Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister caughtall the action from a helicopter that had to match air speeds with the two planes. The best testament to the efficiency and expertise of those involved was that the entire sequence—which was originally scheduled to take up to nine days—was accomplished in two. “It was a ride for us, and I think it will be for the audience as well,” Nolan says.
The struggle unfolding inside the turboprop plane was filmed at Cardington, a converted airship hangar north of London. Corbould’s team constructed the fuselage of the plane on a gimbal, which was able to tip the aircraft from horizontal to vertical and rapidly roll it from side to side, severely testing the equilibrium of the cast and crew. “I don’t know why on Chris’s sets we always end up tumbling around or turning upside down,” Pfister says, only half-joking. “Logistically, it makes for quite a challenge when you’re shooting it, but it also makes for a great bit on film.”
On the Batcave: Nathan Crowley, who teamed with fellow production designer Kevin Kavanaugh on this film, explains, “Chris and I pondered how to mix the Batcave and the Bat-Bunker, which is incredibly geometric and modern and everything is cleanly recessed into the walls. It occurred to us that we could carry over the same idea by flooding the Batcave so everything is hidden underwater. When you enter, it’s just a cave, but you press a button and up come these perfect cubes that hold different objects, from the Batsuit to a super computer.”
Nolan offers: “It’s a terrific combination of the tactile reality of the Batcave and the functionality of the Bat-Bunker.”
On the music of the film: For this final installment, Zimmer included echoes of the earlier scores, but, he says, “We went in a completely different direction for Bane. I wanted to use a big symphony orchestra, but I said to them, ‘I’m going to make you unlearn everything you’ve learned. I’m going to treat you as if you were a primeval drum circle.’ And it turned out to be very liberating for them, like a musical adventure,” he smiles.
Zimmer says that, like the character, the theme accompanying Selina Kyle is “full of ambiguity, which is far more interesting than just being bad or good. Chris’s movies always contain a certain amount of ambiguity, and I try to put some of that into the music.”
You can read all of the production notes for the film here.
The Dark Knight Rises opens in theaters and IMAX on July 20.
A brand-new IMAX exclusive poster for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises has just been revealed and you can check it out below!
Opening in theaters and IMAX on July 20, the final chapter in Nolan's trilogy stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.
Peter Jackson has announced on his Facebook page that filming for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again has wrapped. "An Unexpected Journey" will hit 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on December 14 and will be followed by "There and Back Again" on December 13, 2013.
The filmmaker posted the following note and photo:
We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con! Cheers, Peter J
A promo image for The Walking Dead third season hit the web and it's featuring new looks at the characters "Michonne" and "The Governor." The poster you'll find within highlight's the series' forthcoming presence at the San Diego Comic-Con. Yes, there will be a big ol' panel with the cast and crew, and there's no doubt in my mind that they'll be bringing some footage with 'em. Check out the pic within.
With The Amazing Spider-Man already breaking some box office records and impressing fans around the globe we thought it fitting to take a look at what went into the making of the flick. Concept art can be some of the coolest aspects of pre-production on films, especially for these expensive tentpole movies.
Two classic Capcom fighting games will hit the Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network this September. The titles will include the original Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel Super Heroes games and will cost $14.99/1200 Microsoft points.
The games have also been updated to include regular one on one matches as well as paired combat. They will be available for the first time in HD and will feature online playablitiy.