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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Wolverine Officially Joins

It appears that upcoming prequel-sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature the claws and fury belonging to the one and only Wolverine!

A few weeks after it was reported that actor, Hugh Jackman was in talks to yet again reprise his role as the adamantium-braced, buff beserker, director, Bryan Singer has just given the official stamp on that bit of news by way of tweet.

Of course, Jackman's Wolverine is already bracing for a return to theaters everywhere on July 26, 2013 when the character's second solo shot, The Wolverine slices and dices the baddies of Japan. Prospectively, Wolverine's appearance in Days will mark (counting the cameo in X-Men: First Class,) the seventh appearance of Jackman's rendition of the now-iconic antisocial hero.

With Jackman's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just secured last week, you can bet that his addition to the cast will bring some new box-office pull to the time-bending sequel to a low key franchise relaunch previously lacking bankable stars. Additionally, more pull will come with a post-Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence returning as Mystique, plus Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart returning as the older counterparts of Magneto and Charles Xavier.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters to maim massive mutant-hunting Sentinels from the future on July 18, 2014.

The Expendables 3: Jackie Chan Jumps On Board

While plans are still in the early stages for The Expendables 3, it appears that the third entry in Sylvester Stallone's action all-stars franchise has nabbed yet another A-list entry in martial arts legend, Jackie Chan.

At the Kuala Lampur premiere press conference for his film, CZ12 (aka, Chinese Zodiac,) the actor confirmed that he will join Stallone in the next cavalcade of action icons. However, Chan's involvement in the third film will not be without a caveat. According to Chan:

"Sly had invited me to be in "Expendables 2" but I was too busy filming "CZ12" and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes."

While its doubtful Chan will make the same drastic turn that Jean-Claude Van Damme did when he played the villain in the last film, the signature chopsocky stylings and age-defying gymnastics of Chan will no doubt provide plenty of memorable highlights for the upcoming threequel of the unapologetic action series.

When asked of his own popular action franchise, Rush Hour, Chan's outlook was not quite as hopeful. Plans for another buddy action film series, Skip Tracer are in the works. While it's possible that film could still morph into Rush Hour 4, Chan seems keen on the idea of 2007's Rush Hour 3 being left as the final entry.

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Star Trek Into Darkness Theatrical Trailer Hits

The second trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, which premiered this past weekend with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, has made its online debut.

A few weeks after hazy hints from the first teaser trailer made us scratch our heads even more about the identity of the film's irascible enemy played by Benedict Cumberbatch, we're given a trailer that's seemingly more about the evolution of Chris Pine's Captain James T. Kirk.

Could the carnage caused by Cumberbatch's malevolent misanthrope, currently being referred to as "John Harrison," be the result of a cocky young captain's complacency? Check out the trailer below! 

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has released the 10th and last of its traditional video production blogs.

Now that the first part of the Tolkien-inspired trilogy is at a theater near you, this video takes us behind the scenes of the most satisfying stage of the filmmaking process: the premiere event. (Although, according to Yogurt from Spaceballs, the satisfying step would be "merchandising, merchandising.")

Watch as director, Peter Jackson enjoyed the fruits of his labor at the film's big premiere in his home country of New Zealand back on November 28. Besides the overwhelming fanfare, it serves as visual evidence as to how much one film series has affected the economy of an entire country.

Kiwi national treasure, Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House fame was also on hand to sing theme, "Misty Mountains (Cold)." From a financial standpoint, Jackson and company should hope that, unlike the title of one of Finn's signature songs, history WILL repeat.

A Good Day To Die Hard: Fiery New Poster

Upcoming sequel, A Good Day To Die Hard has released a new poster featuring heroes, John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his son, Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) looking armed and angry, surrounded by FLAMES!

Indeed, for a fifth time, NYPD's John McClane finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. In this instance, the wrong place is Moscow, Russia, and the wrong time is Valentine's Day 2013, when the film hits theaters.

However, he will have the help of his own flesh and blood in son, Jack; a CIA operative who happens to be in town investigating the theft of nuclear weapons, which either occurred at the hands of terrorists, or vodka-infused Russian farmers who wanted to film something unique to upload on YouTube.

Check out this badass new poster, exclusive to Entertainment Weekly, below as the McClane boys find themselves out of the pan and literally in the fire. They're clearly ready to show Mother Russia that "yippee-ki-yay" is not just an interjection, but a life philosophy.

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Star Wars: Episode 7 Could Have Its Director Next Month

It appears that as soon as January, we could know who will take the helm in the upcoming first film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which has already targeted a 2015 release date.

With the announcement of Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of George Lucas' own Galactic Empire (also known as "The Ultimate October Surprise") still sinking in for fans, the spigot of news had seemingly shut for the holiday season. Well, come New Year, the news should start flowing faster than a certain Corellian freighter making the Kessel Run.

Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy briefly talked with ComicBook.com, and while she claimed to have "no immediate update," she did reveal that the script by Toy Story 3 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scribe, Michael Arndt is being worked on as we speak and pre-production for the film will kick-off in the spring.

However, she also concluded that "hopefully in January" there could be an official announcement of some kind to make. -- An announcement that, with two short years until the film's release, would likely regard the much-speculated identity of the director.

Names like Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, David Fincher, and even Steven Spielberg seem to be in circulation for this directorial dream job of all dream jobs. However, only one will get to raise this proverbial X-Wing from the swamp.

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It seems surreal that at the strike of midnight, the long-awaited release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will finally be here. Because of that, it's a perfect time to go back, one decade removed, and reexamine the set of films that left fans desperately screaming for more, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The folks at Screen Junkies have done just that, giving us an analysis of the Rings films which remind us that heartfelt sacrifices lose some significance when they get reversed with a white wardrobe makeover and that the people of Middle Earth win wars with an unseen powerful weapon that annihilates stuff inconvenient to the plot.

Those who are uninitiated with director, Peter Jackson's Tolkien films should not expect a 90 minute tour de force of disposable action. Instead, these films require a love for fake languages and mythology, artful shots of people walking in grandiose landscapes all over Kiwi country, and, most importantly, a strong bladder. The Hobbit should be no different, so sip those giant sodas at a reasonable pace.

Let us all not forget that in this holiday season, every time a bell rings, Sean Bean dies in something again.

The Wolverine Releases New Motion Poster

There's still quite some time before Hugh Jackman unleashes his adamantium instruments once again in next summer's The Wolverine. However, a new international motion poster has been released showing a somber, sword-wielding Logan who clearly isn't afraid of catching a cold in the Japanese night rain.

Despite its high profile, The Wolverine has been rather secretive when it comes to footage and photos. That may soon change, since director, James Mangold is looking to drop the first teaser trailer sometime in February 2013, which seems like a long time down the road, but in actuality is only about a month and a half away.

Until then, fans barely containing their beserker rage and end all sentences in "bub," can check below for the motion poster below, as well as some non-animated versions of it.

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Angry Birds Movie Slings Forward

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Posted December 12, 2012 - By Joseph Baxter

Angry Birds Movie Slings Forward

It appears that the Angry Birds phenomena will take its war against the hideous army of stationary green pigs to a theater near you. The game's creators, Rovio Entertainment have hired producers for what will be a 3D computer-generated full-length film.

After an explosion of merchandise and even a union with the monolithic Star Wars brand, Rovio's app-attacking avians will have the summer of 2016 targeted for their inevitable collision with the big screen. The Finland-based company has reportedly brought Despicable Me producer, John Cohen on board and executive producer, David Maisel, who has worked on Marvel's Avengers solo films like Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

While your touchscreen finger will thankfully get a rest, what could Angry Birds bring to the box-office? (Without smashing it.)

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G.I. Joe Retaliation Reenlists With New Trailer

The hype machine for the delayed release of sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is slowly powering back up.

A week after a new poster touting its 3D-converted status appeared, a new trailer has now emerged with minor (and I stress "minor") bits of new footage from the film as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Roadblock and company get ready to take Cobra's plot for world domination, shine it up real nice, turn it sideways, and stick it straight up their candy asses.

Check out the trailer below to see Die Hard, The Tooth Fairy, and Magic Mike decimating bad guys with extreme prejudice.

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Superman: Man Of Steel Unleashes New Trailer

A new trailer for Man of Steel has hit faster than a speeding bullet. Next summer's big screen return of the baddie-beating blue bomber who can't help being mistaken for either a bird or plane appears even more intense and drama-packed than we thought, which is always a good thing.

Director, Zack Snyder seemed to have no other choice than to take us through the motions of the many-times-told origin story of the super-powered space orphan who grew up on Earth in the sparsely-populated Smallville. However, the conflict and pure pathos that's being exuded by Henry Cavill as the new Clark Kent/Superman is quite in line with the tone of superhero films one would expect to find in a post-Nolan-Batman kind of world.

While the set of teaser trailers we got back at Comic-Con in July seemed to hint a film more centered around the struggles of young Kent coming to terms with his powers and what place he has in the world, this trailer sets that into the broader context. -- The broader context of becoming a world class yellow-sun-soaked ass beater!

Check it out below and see if the world is ready!

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The Lone Ranger: New Trailer Returns From The Other Side

Next summer's revival western, The Lone Ranger has released a new trailer showing a much different side of the film than we got back in October with its debut trailer.

We were previously treated to a reinvention of the classic tale featuring the voiceover manifesto of a greedy robber baron played by Tom Wilkinson who plans to use the newly-laid railroad system to control the new world. This trailer, however, is more spiritual and delves a bit into the origin of the titular masked marauder of morality played by The Social Network's Armie Hammer. 

Our hero is a man who lost everything that he cares about in the world. After cheating death, he plans to devote his second life to the cause of justice with the help of his newfound ally, Tonto, played by Johnny Depp with a wig, a lot of white facepaint, and a pseudo-Native American accent that could potentially raise the ire of some.

Check out the trailer below to see, among other cool things, the worst hangover wake-up ever.

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After Earth: Debut Trailer Evolves To Kill Humans

The debut trailer for next summer's sci-fi survival epic, After Earth has arrived with a planet full of pushy primates and dreadful dinosaurs who aren't so keen on welcoming a pair of the human species back to Earth. -- Even if that pair happen to be Will Smith and his son, Jaden.

While serving as a father-son vehicle for the Smiths, it also marks the directorial return of the notoriously-twist-happy taskman, M. Night Shyamalan. Having tried his hand (unsuccessfully) at big-budget popcorn fare with the live-action anime adaptation, The Last Airbender back in 2010, Shyamalan takes us to a genre-jumbled mashup of space sci-fi and Jurassic Park.

Will it work? Acknowledge that fear is a choice and check out the trailer below.

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The Hobbit: First Look At Bilbo In Second Film

While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits in just one week, a new photo has given us our first look at the next installment in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Entertainment Weekly's Hobbit-riffic coverage this week debuted a number of photos, including this first look at Martin Freeman's Bilbo Bagins laying on a giant hoard of gold, which I assure you isn't there because of his wariness of the U.S. Dollar.

What does this photo reveal about the events in store for Bilbo and his dwarven companions when Desolation hits on December 13, 2013? Well, quite a bit, actually.

Also check below for another preview photo jumping to the trilogy's final installment with our first look at Orlando Bloom returning as Legolas hanging out with Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman!

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Tron: Legacy Sequel In The Works

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Posted December 6, 2012 - By Joseph Baxter

Tron: Legacy Sequel In The Works

It appears that the 2010 franchise reboot, Tron: Legacy will be getting a sequel after all.

Disney is reportedly negotiating with screenwriter, Jesse Wigutow to pen the script after an earlier draft by David Digilio was scrapped. With that set, Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is reportedly returning to the helm.

A rather unknown commodity, Wigutow was previously tapped to script the currently-sidelined remake of The Crow earlier this year and is already working with Disney on an update of the Peter Pan mythos called Peter and the Starcatchers. Now, the sequel to the $400 million-grossing Legacy could serve to raise his profile.

With the news that Disney is moving forward with the third feature installment in its classic eye-popping, philosophically-Trojan-horsed techno-thriller, you can bet that loads of Daft Punk-listening fans will be practicing their disc-tossing techniques and revving their imaginary light cycles for an impending return to the Grid.

Thus far, no details have been revealed on the "whens" or "whats," but it does seem that Garrett Hedlund's Sam Flynn and Olivia Wilde's AI-turned-real love interest, Quorra have unfinished business at the arcade.

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