New image from I, FRANKENSTEIN, trailer arrives Friday!

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Lionsgate has released a new image from the action flick, I, FRANKENSTEIN. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the story takes place in the present day and finds Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), being hunted by demons that want to learn the secret of his creation. In the image, we see Adam wielding two blades, which are really the only things that are missing from Mary Shelley’s classic novel. All classic monsters could use hand-blade-thingies (seriously, what’s the name for that kind of weapon? Hand-axes? Razor knuckles?)

Check back on Friday for the first trailer. The film also stars Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, and Jai Courtney. I, FRANKENSTEIN opens on January 24, 2014!

New THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG banner, trailer tomorrow!

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Warner Bros. has announced that THE HOBBIT fans will get another look at the middle chapter in the trilogy, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, tomorrow. In the meantime, those fans can enjoy Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the dwarves fighting through a tangled web of Mirkwood spiders. It could be a really fun sequence that plays like an expanded version of the Shelob scene from RETURN OF THE KING. Or it could be something completely different. Either way, it’s dwarves battlin’ giant spiders. Sounds good to me.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Come back tomorrow morning to watch the new trailer! The film also stars Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX HFR 3D on December 13, 2013!

New poster for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE!

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With pre-sale tickets becoming available tomorrow, the advertising campaign for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is really starting to ramp up. This newest poster focuses on recent Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss and her signature bow and arrow. The tagline “Remember who the enemy is” is quite an important insight into the events of the story, and I can’t wait to see how it plays on the big screen.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE lands in IMAX and regular screens on November 22, 2013!

Hugh Jackman cast in Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPIE!

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It was recently announced that CHAPPIE, Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up to ELYSIUM, is scheduled for release 18 months from now March 27, 2015. So it’s time for details on the secretive project to surface. We know the basic plot: “A robot imbued with artificial intelligence… is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.” Blomkamp favorite Sharlto Copley voices the robot, Ninja and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord play the gangsters. Dev Patel is linked to the role of “a young man in the impoverished town,” but his casting is not official.

Hugh Jackman was at the Zurich Film Festival promoting PRISONERS, and announced that he will take on a role in CHAPPIE, too. Screen Daily passed along Jackman’s message from Zurich:

“I am doing a role in Neill’s new film, called Chappie, which we shoot in Johannesburg. I’m there for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next year.”

Based on their knowledge of the story, Bleeding Cool adds, “It would seem that Jackman is playing a CEO who ends up on the wrong side of the gangsters.” The character is “apparently quite resourceful.” Two weeks of shooting should not amount to a major role, but Jackman is a valuable piece to fill out a diverse cast.

Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell wrote the script based on Blomkamp’s short Tetra Vaal, a parody commercial for a robotic police force in the South African slums. Check out the short below:

Box Office: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 devours competition!

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Sony is reporting an opening weekend estimate of $35 million for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2. That represents a nice bump from the $30.3 million debut of the original in 2009 (when 3D animation was still a hot trend) but is far from the record-breaking run that many expected. The weekend’s other new titles stuck closer to their very modest projections: RUSH was edged out by PRISONERS for second place, and neither BAGGAGE CLAIM nor DON JON managed to distinguish itself on September’s final frame.

1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 $35M
2. Prisoners $11.27M
3. Rush $10.31M
4. Baggage Claim $9.3M
5. Don Jon $9M
6 Insidious Chapter 2 $6.74M
7. The Family $3.6M
8. Instructions Not Included $3.38M
9. We’re the Millers $2.86M
10. Lee Daniels’ The Butler $2.41M

Source: Collider

DUMB AND DUMBER TO cast: Riggle, Sea Bass, Billy in 4C and Jen Lawrence?

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Though production is already underway in Atlanta, the cast continues to fill out for Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s sequel DUMB AND DUMBER TO. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles from the 1994 comedy classic in a story that finds them searching for Harry’s long-lost daughter in the hopes of having her donate a kidney. In the past few days, we’ve seen that the follow-up will feature returns from Billy (pretty bird, pretty bird) and possibly Sea Bass (kick his ass!), but THR reports that Rob Riggle is also poised to join the cast as two new characters. Riggle will play twins, “a handyman named Travis and his unstable brother, Captain Lippencott.”

Other actors onboard to play new characters in the follow-up include Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvn, Steve Tom, and female lead Laurie Holden. DUMB AND DUMBER TO is headed towards a likely summer 2014 release. Now word has come that a very popular Oscar winner has shot a secret cameo in the film.

THR reports that Jennifer Lawrence spent one day on the set and shot a cameo for the film as a young version of Turner’s character. Lawrence is currently also in Atlanta filming the two-part finale THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2, and THR adds that the millennial cast of the HUNGER GAMES film visited the DUMB AND DUMBER TO set in what I can only imagine was a moment of pure glee. Details regarding Turner’s character are currently unknown, but it’ll definitely be fun to see Lawrence show up onscreen in the comedy follow-up.