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Check out the First Image of Superman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

BATMAN V SUPERMAN MOVHere comes our first look at Kent’s alter ego, Superman, courtesy of USA Today. Happy Fourth of July to you, too!

Director Zack Snyder says the movie will be “thicker, denser and more epic” than Man of Steel, with a bunch more characters appearing to help pave the way for an upcoming Justice League movie in 2017. Aside from Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the film will also see Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and reportedly Aquaman (Jason Momoa), though he’s not mentioned in the article. In addition, returning Man of Steel cast members include Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), with Jesse Eisenberg trying on the part of Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.

Snyder also talks about the title, saying the ‘v’ instead of a ‘vs.’ keeps it “from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way,” adding “You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest. I don’t know how you get bigger than that.”

The film hits theaters on May 6, 2016. What do you think about the new rain-soaked image? Feels a little Gothamy, no?

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Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2015

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The year of years. One to remember. By all accounts, 2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years in big Hollywood movies in a long time. From the return of Star Wars, to the return of The Avengers, to the return of Jurassic Park, to the return of Terminator, to the (re-)appearances of Ant-Man, Desmond Miles, SpongeBob, Aaron Cross, James Bond, Jason, Ethan Hunt, Ted & Mad Max. In keeping up with the features on FirstShowing, we’ve (finally) launched our 2015 Release Schedule, with listings that we’ll update as time goes on. For now, we wanted to inform everyone that the schedule is up and up-to-date.

We’re expecting 2015 to be considerably entertaining as we wade through so many of these new movies, and as always we’ll be here to keep you informed and updated on the latest news, trailers & details regarding all of these 2015 releases and beyond. In the meantime, dive into the 2015 schedule to stay current on the latest release dates for the 50+ movies on the line-up. From Star Wars: Episode VII, being directed by J.J. Abrams, to Brad Bird’s sci-fi Tomorrowland, to Jurassic World directed by Colin Trevorrow, to Ant-Man from Edgar Wright, it’s going to be an unforgettable year. What movies are you most excited about?

2015 SCHEDULE

Official theatrical release schedule for all upcoming films in the year 2015. We tediously check and update this list to make sure the dates are 100% accurate. We also list both wide and limited release dates to the best of our abilities. If you find any discrepancies or missing films, just let us know. Please refresh for any updates.

Release dates subject to change. Click each title for project info / to view a trailer (if available).

January 2015

January 2 (Friday)

Amityville

January 9 (Friday)

Kitchen Sink
Taken 3

January 16 (Friday)

Cyber
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Underdogs
The Wedding Ringer

January 23 (Friday)

Black Sea
The Boy Next Door

January 30 (Friday)

Lazarus
Max
Project Almanac

February 2015

February 6 (Friday)

Jupiter Ascending
Mortdecai
Seventh Son (in 3D)
SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

February 13 (Friday)

Fifty Shades of Grey
Poltergeist

February 20 (Friday)

Jane Got a Gun
The Gunman (Limited)

February 27 (Friday)

Focus
Hitman: Agent 47
Little Boy (Limited)

March 2015

March 6 (Friday)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
Chappie
Unfinished Business
The Coup (Limited)

March 13 (Friday)

Cinderella
Heart of the Sea
Scouts vs. Zombies

March 20 (Friday)

Divergent Series: Insurgent
Desert Dancer (Limited)

March 27 (Friday)

Get Hard
Home (in 3D)

April 2015

April 3 (Friday)

Fast & Furious 7
The Longest Ride

April 17 (Friday)

Monkey Kingdom
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
Selfless

Summer 2015

May 2015

May 1 (Friday)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (in 3D)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Limited)

May 8 (Friday)

Don’t Mess with Texas

May 15 (Friday)

Mad Max: Fury Road (in 3D)
Pitch Perfect 2
Pixels

May 22 (Friday)

Spy
Tomorrowland (in 3D)

May 29 (Friday)

Insidious Chapter 3
Monster Trucks

June 2015

June 5 (Friday)

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (in 3D)
San Andreas

June 12 (Friday)

Entourage
Jurassic World (in 3D)

June 19 (Friday)

The Fantastic Four
Inside Out

June 26 (Friday)

Ted 2

July 2015

July 1 (Wednesday)

Terminator: Genesis

July 3 (Friday)

Magic Mike XXL

July 10 (Friday)

Minions (in 3D)

July 17 (Friday)

Ant-Man
Pan

July 24 (Friday)

Trainwreck

July 31 (Friday)

Grimsby
Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars

August 2015

August 7 (Friday)

Assassin’s Creed
Goosebumps
Point Break

August 14 (Friday)

Loomis Fargo
Straight Outta Compton

August 28 (Friday)

Regression

September 2015

September 18 (Friday)

Everest
Whitey Bulger Movie

September 25 (Friday)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (in 3D)
The Intern
Untitled Blumhouse Horror

October 2015

October 2 (Friday)

Frankenstein
London Has Fallen
To Reach the Clouds

October 9 (Friday)

The Jungle Book (in 3D)

October 16 (Friday)

Crimson Peak
Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller

October 23 (Friday)

The Conjuring 2

November 2015

November 6 (Friday)

Bond 24
Peanuts Movie

November 13 (Friday)

Friday the 13th

November 20 (Friday)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

November 25 (Wednesday – Thanksgiving)

The Good Dinosaur (in 3D)
Midnight Special

December 2015

December 11 (Friday)

Untitled Christmas Eve Project

December 18 (Friday)

Inferno
The Nest
Star Wars: Episode VII (in 3D)

December 23 (Wednesday)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (in 3D)

December 25 (Friday – Christmas)

Joy
Mission Impossible 5

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Why ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Is the Best Sequel Since ‘The Dark Knight’

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This past weekend the Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest held a special screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with a Q&A after featuring Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves. Seeing this incredible film and then hearing the Q&A, one thing became crystal clear: Matt Reeves saved this movie from being like every other sequel.

At several points Reeves mentions his initial contact with the studio and how the movie they presented to him wasn’t exactly the movie he was interested in making. It didn’t focus on the apes in the right ways, and it needed to tone down how much they had advanced since the last film. So the studio let him bring on a new writer to work with (Mark Bomback) and make the movie his way, so long as he could still get it done on time.

But asking for a rewrite isn’t the real reason Matt Reeves saved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

What really brought this movie away from the brink of being just another sequel is how much reverence Reeves clearly has for not only the old Planet of the Apes series, but what was laid out in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He points out a number of times during the Q&A how much admiration he had for Rise, and how many scenes influenced him, but what’s great about this isn’t that he saw what worked and did it again– which is exactly what you’d expect from a sequel. Rather, Reeves truly thought about and figured out why certain themes and ideas worked, what motivated them, and how those could be played out on a grander scale.

It’s odd that such simple extrapolation — of looking at an idea, understanding why it worked, and then applying those principles to new and different ideas — is rare for Hollywood sequels, but it unfortunately is. Just look at a sampling of big studio sequels from the last decade and you’ll see they pretty much only tackle what the first one did, but with bigger action scenes. Star Trek Into Darkness has Kirk battling with being a Captain again. Transformers 2 is just more bumbling humans as Optimus Prime fights Megatron again. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Peter Parker still dealing with his daddy issues. Thor: The Dark World threatens to change the game, but then presses the just kidding button and ends up being all about Loki’s continued desire to dethrone daddy. The Hangover 2 is just the first movie in a different city. The list goes on.

dawn-planet-apes-trusthat’s not to say that all of those sequels are bad movies (though some are), only they exist to tread water and maintain status quo. There’s no sense of development or forward progress from the first film. The circumstances haven’t changed. Nothing has been truly learned by the characters. And so what saves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from the fate of all these other sequels is Reeves’ awareness of progress, of understanding how the world of the first film has changed while the audience has been away. There’s a sense of intellectual continuity to it that’s pretty remarkable. The world kept spinning while we weren’t watching, and Reeves simply figures out a good point to jump back in and show us where things are now.

And not only is that how Reeves saves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from being like most other sequels, it’s how he elevates it to the same level as the recent benchmark for ambitious sequels: The Dark Knight.

Now Bat-fans, before you start throwing Batarangs at me for daring to put another movie on The Dark Knight’s pedestal, I am not arguing one way or another that Dawn is better or worse than Nolan’s film, simply that everything that makes TDK great is present in Dawn. It respects what happens in the first movie, it respects the audience’s intelligence, and with those crucial things under its belt, it is allowed to take risks, to have consequences.

It’s funny how many sequels don’t allow that last part. They’re afraid that if they make any permanent decisions or mess with the formula of the first movie, audiences will be confused and frightened away in droves. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes doesn’t think that at all. It delights in making decisions. The entire movie is about decisions being made — both by the apes and the dwindling number of humans — and wow is that refreshing. And none of it would have ended up on the big screen were it not for Matt Reeves essentially telling the studio, “What if we…” instead of just going along with the status quo that was presented to him.

Having said all of that, it needs to be stressed that 20th Century Fox’s willingness to engage with Reeves’ ambitious plan is also what saved this movie. The studio folks could have simply said no to his counterpitch, but instead they had a dialogue with him. They selected a leader and they put their trust in him, echoing one of the movie’s biggest themes: a leader is only as strong as the community who enables them. And the result is a rich, complex movie unlike any of the other tentpole films that have hit theaters in years.


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Box Office Landmark: ‘Transformers 4′ Crosses $200M in China, Set to Pass ‘Avatar’

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Michael Bay’s tentpole, grossing $575.6 million globally in its first 12 days, will become the No. 1 film of all time in China sometime this week.

Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand.

And by midweek, the movie should eclipse James Cameron’s Avatar ($221.9 million) to become the top-grossing movie in history at the Chinese box office, not accounting for inflation.

Worldwide, Age of Extinction has earned $575.6 million in its first 12 days in release, including $400.0 million overseas. The international number is especially impressive considering it won’t launch in Latin America or most European countries until after the World Cup soccer championships.

China is the biggest market, where Age of Extinction grossed $50.9 million in its second weekend for a cume of  $212.8 million, followed by North America, where the fourth installment in the action franchise grossed $36.2 million in its second weekend for a total of $174.6 million.

That’s followed by Russia ($35.7 million), South Korea ($34.2 million), Australia ($17.7 million), Taiwan ($14.7 million) and Hong Kong ($10.3 million).

Age of Extinction has generated sizeable returns for Imax, becoming the fastest movie in history to reach $50 million in ticket sales. In China alone, Imax theaters have notched up $20 million in ticket sales, a record.

In North America, Age of Extinction is pacing behind the last two films in the series, the reverse of overseas. Box office observers believe the movie has a strong shot of reaching $800 million globally, the best showing of the year so far. Transformers: Dark of the Moon took in a franchise-best $1.123 billion worldwide, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836 million).

Paramount considers Age of Extinction a reboot, considering it features a new leading man (Mark Wahlberg) and cast.

 

 

 

Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-transformers-4-716839#sthash.1Oikqea1.dpuf
Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-transformers-4-716839#sthash.1Oikqea1.dpuf
Paramount’s summer tentpole Transformers: Age of Extinction continues to amaze in China, where it zoomed past $200 million over the weekend to become the No. 2 grossing film of all time ahead of local hit Lost in Thailand. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-milestone-transformers-4-716839#sthash.1Oikqea1.dpuf

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Box office news: ‘Transformers 4′ crushes ‘Tammy,’ ‘Earth to Echo’

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ammy is no match for the Transformers. The Melissa McCarthy comedy had a slight shot at snagging the top spot over the holiday, but the Autobots managed to stave off extinction for one more week — at least till the Apes take over next weekend.

Michael Bay’s fourth installment in the toy-based franchise pulled in an estimated $10.6 million Friday, while the R-rated Tammy (C+ Cinema Score) took in $6.44 million from 3,400 theaters. In other words, there were no box office fireworks this weekend.

This isn’t a great showing for McCarthy. Poor reviews and a rotten C+ Cinema Score do not bode well for Tammy’s long-term legs, but Warner Bros.’ raunchy comedy cost a mere $20 million to produce and is on track to make $22 million across the weekend and a $33 million on the five-day. Still, it’s the one of her lowest openings ever. In 2013, McCarthy’s The Heat opened to $39 million and Identity Thief made $34.6 million in its first three days in theaters.

elativity’s found footage kid pic Earth to Echo (A- Cinema Score) debuted in 3,230 theaters and snagged the fourth place spot Friday with $2.63 million. The $13 million, PG-rated movie should get a bump over the weekend from families.

Screen Gems’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Deliver Us From Evil (B- Cinema Score) opened wide this weekend too. Inspired by the accounts of a real NYPD sergeant, the supernatural horror starring Eric Bana took in an estimated $2.54 million Friday, from 3,049 locations ($831 per-theater average). The first horror of the summer season took in audiences that were 49 percent female and 49 percent under the age of 25. It’s on track for a $8-9 million weekend and $14 million five-day.

Here’s the top five:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction $10.6 million Friday ($148.95 million domestic)
2. Tammy – $6.44 million Friday ($18.18 million domestic total)
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $2.78 million Friday ($134.03 million domestic total)
4. Earth to Echo – $2.63 million Friday ($7.9 million domestic total)
5. Deliver Us From Evil — $2.54 million Friday ($8.04 million domestic total)

Check back in tomorrow for weekend estimates.

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Box office preview: ‘Tammy’ takes on the Transformers

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Melissa McCarthy’s over-the-top comedy Tammy (C+ Cinema Score) bursts into theaters this long Fourth of July weekend to challenge Michael Bay’s over-the-top Transformers: Age of Extinction for the No. 1 spot. Will Americans choose an original comedy or the latest summer blockbuster to escape the heat and barbeques? It could be close.

Also opening wide is the E.T.-like Earth to Echo (A- Cinema Score) and the horror pic Deliver Us From Evil (B- Cinema Score). It’s the rare summer weekend without any sequels or franchises, and it won’t hold a candle to the same weekend last year which saw Despicable Me 2 take in $143 million across the Wednesday to Sunday time frame.

Here’s how things might play out.

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction – $40 million ($55 million five-day)
After a nearly $100 million opening weekend, the Transformers will likely retain control of the No. 1 spot across the five-day. We can expect a 60+ percent weekend drop-off for the Michael Bay-directed epic.

2. Tammy – $25 million ($45 million five-day)
Box office force Melissa McCarthy stars in this raucous, raunchy comedy which she co-wrote with her husband Ben Falcone (who directs) about a down-on-her-luck woman who embarks on a road trip with her grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Warner Bros. debuted the $20 million, R-rated comedy in 3,400 theaters, Wednesday, which has already grossed a solid $6.2 million in one day. Reviews are mixed and the Rotten Tomatoes score is currently a weak 28 percent. EW’s Leah Greenblatt gave it a B, writing: “It’s a broad, helter-skelter farce whose best bits hinge almost entirely on the considerable charms of its star.”

3. Deliver Us From Evil – $16 million ($20 million five-day)
Screen Gems’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Deliver Us From Evil opened in 3,045 locations, Wednesday and tells the story of Eric Bana’s NYPD officer’s investigation into some disturbing and seemingly supernatural crimes. He teams up with a priest (Edgar Ramírez) who helps enlighten him in the ways of exorcisms and they set out to defend the city from whatever evil forces are lurking. Critics have been harsh on the first horror pic of the summer season. It’s currently at a 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and EW’s Kyle Anderson gave it a D+ writing: “Somewhere buried deep beneath the murky photography, lazy mirror gags, sound-based jump scares, and deeply unnecessary cruelty to cats that make up the bulk of the dire Deliver Us From Evil is a not-uninteresting story about an on-the-edge cop hunting down a group of PTSD-suffering former soldiers. Not to say that movie would be any good, but it would certainly be better than this rote exorcism-is-real claptrap.” It brought in $2.85 million from Wednesday showings.

4. Earth to Echo – $14 million ($18 million five-day)
Currently resting at a 53 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Relativity’s kids-find-a-cute-alien pic Earth to Echo hit 3,229 theaters, Wednesday, where it picked up $2.7 million. There is a lack of new kids fare on the market so it will be interesting to see how this property, boasting no known stars, fares with the stiff, recognizable Transformers competition. EW’s Joe McGovern gave it a C-. He writes: “The mildewed found-footage technique allows some tension to build from off-screen action, but also renders the knockoff John Williams score inexplicable.

5. 22 Jump Street — $8 million ($12-million five day)
Tammy will probably help knock the boys of 22 Jump Street even further down on the rankings. But don’t be too concerned about Channing and Jonah. As of Wednesday, the $50 million Sony pic has already made upwards of $146.97 million and surpassed the total earnings of the first.

Dinesh D’Souza’s America also expands to over 1,000 theaters this weekend. It could be a surprise weekend hit.

Finally, in the specialty box office world, Magnolia Pictures is releasing Steve James’ Roger Ebert doc Life Itself in 24 theaters. Also, Emerging Pictures debuts Bernardo Bertolucci’s Me and You, and Janus Films rolls out a re-release of A Hard Day’s Night in 105 theaters.

Check back in this weekend for estimates and analysis.

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Highest Grossing July 4th Weekend Releases

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How many of these money makers do you actually enjoy?

 

This weekend we might see Transformers: Age of Extinction make somewhere around $47 million or so, but that won’t be enough to make it one of the highest grossing July 4 weekend totals. Using data from Box Office Mojo, directly below are the highest July 4 weekend box office results, both actual dollar figures and adjusted for inflation.

Perhaps most interesting, to me, is the fact not a single release has ever topped $100 million for the July 4 weekend, though, I guess when you consider a lot of these are actually released a few days before it’s not really a fair barometer. After all, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon may have made $97.8 million on July 4 weekend, by the end of said weekend its domestic total was already up to $162.6 million.

I guess the biggest question is to wonder how many of these massive money makers are actually good? See anything you truly love?

  1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – $97.8M opening / $352.3M cume
  2. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – $88.1M opening / $373.5M cume
  3. Despicable Me 2 (2013) – $83.5M opening / $368M cume
  4. Transformers (2007) – $70.5M opening / $319.2M cume
  5. War of the Worlds (2005) – $64.8M opening / $234.28M cume
  6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) – $64.8M opening / $300.5M cume
  7. Hancock (2008) – $62.6M opening / $227.9M cume
  8. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – $62M opening / $262M cume
  9. Superman Returns (2006) – $52.5M opening / $200M cume
  10. Men in Black II (2002) – $52.1M opening / $190.4M cume

Adjusted for Inflation

  1. Spider-Man 2 (2004) – $112.9M opening / $478.8M cume
  2. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – $98M opening / $352.3M cume
  3. Independence Day (1996) – $90.4M opening / $551.3M cume
  4. Men in Black (1997) – $88.5M opening / $434.7M cume
  5. Despicable Me 2 (2013) – $84.7M opening / $373.2M cume
  6. Transformers (2007) – $81.5M opening / $369.3M cume
  7. War of the Worlds (2005) – $80.5M opening / $290.9M cume
  8. Men in Black II (2002) – $71.4M opening / $260.8M cume
  9. Hancock (2008) – $69.4M opening / $252.7M cume
  10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) – $66.9M opening / $300.9M cume

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New Villains Rumored for ‘Batman v. Superman’ and Snyder Talks about the Film’s Title

batman-vs-superman-dawn-of-justiceNew rumors suggest four more villains for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice while Zack Snyder discusses the film’s title and bringing Batman into the fold.

This morning Warner Bros. released the first look picture of Henry Cavill as Superman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and given the nature of the picture it would only stand to assume the next first look we get will be of Ben Affleck as Batman on an opposite rainy rooftop staring back at Superman. However, in a new piece at USA Today, director Zack Snyder doesn’t necessarily want the film to be considered a “versus” type movie.

“[S]uffice it to say there is a ‘v’ in between their names [in the movie's title], Snyder says, “to keep it from being a straight ‘versus’ movie, even in the most subtle way.” See and here I was thinking it was merely because other social media names such as @BatmanvsSuperman were already taken while @BatmanvSuperman was readily available.

The USA Today article reiterates how we aren’t getting a Batman origin story, but instead “an older, road-weary take on the Dark Knight” with Snyder saying, “[I]t’s cooler to see a crusty old Batman beating the snot out of guys.”

However, he does address bringing Batman into the fold so quickly after Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight trilogy which ended only two years ago with The Dark Knight Rises. “I was in no rush to put Batman in the movie,” Snyder said, “but on the other hand it seemed organic the way our story was unfolding to start to feather him in.”

All said, he recognizes the anticipation for a film with both Batman and Superman in it saying, “You can talk all you want about other superhero movies, but it’s Batman and Superman, let’s just be honest. I don’t know how you get bigger than that.”

Well, I guess one way of getting bigger than that is by creating a film that doesn’t only have Batman and Superman, but also Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and now three more villains rumored over at Latino Review.

The site says you can expect Victor Zsasz, Morgan Edge and David Cain. Who are they? Well…

Zsasz is apparently a serial killer that will be seen battling Batman in an early scene set in Gotham City, Edge is “a total slimeball and a public relations exec for Lexcorp” whom we’ll meet going toe-to-toe with Lois Lane (Amy Adams) on a talk show early in the film and Cain is an assassin who teams with Lex Luthor’s bodyguard Mercy Graves to set up a little death dealing.

Oh and the site says a “very powerful antagonist” has yet to be cast or even mentioned already leading people to suspect the likes of Doomsday or Darkseid. This sounds like something that will lead directly into the Justice League film.

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The First look: Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’

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Thou Shall Not Attempt to Outdo Charlton Heston. Okay, so that’s not an official Hollywood commandment, but the prospect of taking on the role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings (in theaters Dec. 12) did give Christian Bale pause. “Charlton Heston does Charlton Heston better than anyone,” says Bale. “But the biblical account of Moses is extraordinary, and there was lots of room for us to go to places that [Heston’s movie] The Ten Commandments never dreamed of going.” (Bale’s biggest stipulation before signing on? “No fake beards,” he says with a laugh.)

A pivotal figure in the Old Testament, Moses was a prophet who fought against Pharaoh Ramses to free 600,000 slaves, whom he then led through the desert to escape from Egypt and its 10 deadly plagues. (Along the way he parted the Red Sea and unveiled the Ten Commandments.) But the biblical journey was even more epic than the director remembered. “What I thought I knew about Moses I didn’t really,” Scott says. “Either I wasn’t paying attention in Sunday school or I had forgotten. I was knocked out by who he was and the basics of the story—it has to be one of the greatest adventures and spiritual experiences that could ever have been.”

For his 22nd film, Scott assembled an IMDb-busting cast, including Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, and Aaron Paul. “When you’re Ridley, you pick up the phone and people will turn up,” says Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), who plays Ramses. “I had to battle demons of self-doubt to feel like I belonged in this club.”

Production took the cast to Spain, for filming in Almería, along the Mediterranean Sea, and Fuerteventura, one of the Canary Islands. “It has these stunning beaches,” Bale says of the picturesque coast. “It looks like a Tyrannosaurus rex could come running around a corner.” Edgerton recalls how Scott would whip out a pen and paper on set to draw the complex backdrops that would eventually replace the working greenscreen. “It would be a quick, one-minute sketch, but you’d suddenly see what’s out there,” Edgerton says. “Filmmaking for him must be like breathing.” Bale also has nothing but praise for the veteran director: “He’s got all the passion of a young filmmaker. He’s not jaded.”

While the movie delves into rather dark subject matter—“There’s nothing mild about the Exodus or Moses,” says Bale—the actors managed to keep their senses of humor. Like when they discovered during the iconic crossing of the Red Sea that Breaking Bad’s Paul has a rather sensitive gag reflex. “Over a series of takes, some of the camels had taken a dump in the sea,” says Edgerton. “I guess it didn’t smell so good and it kind of wafted up… It became a real problem for him.” He laughs. “And you don’t want me or Christian to have that to hold over you!”

So, yes, the shoot was camel-filled and intense, but even with its elaborate battle sequences, it clocked in at an efficient  74 days. “I still privately don’t know how we did it, but we did,” Scott says. “I haven’t had that much fun in a while.”

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“He’s one of the most fascinating characters that I’ve ever studied,” says Christian Bale of playing Moses. “I think Achilles is described as the most passionate man alive but I think Moses would give him a very good run for his money.”

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (2014) Pictured: Joel Edgerton as RamsesImage Credit: Kerry Brown

Joel Edgerton certainly looks dramatically different than he has in previous film such as The Great Gatsby or Animal Kingdom. “You take the hair off a man you never know what he’s going to look like. It’s like when you throw a bucket of water on a little dog,” jokes the actor. “When Ridley first called me I have to admit I was like, ‘Really, me—Pharaoh of Egypt?’ But he made it work.”

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Weaver and Scott’s first collaboration was 1979?s Alien. They re-teamed in 1992 in 1492: Conquest of Paradise and for their third outing, Exodus, Weaver plays Tuya, mother of Ramses.

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Ramses and Moses begin our story as close allies, having grown up together almost like brothers. “There’s a deep connection between the two of us,” says Edgerton. “It becomes a really complicated relationship that starts with a lot of love and companionship and ends with destruction.”

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Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) Movie Trailer

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Planes: Fire & Rescue Official Extended Trailer (2014) – Disney Animation Sequel HD

Dusty Crophopper returns in the sequel to Planes.


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