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After shaking the internet to its very firmament with its big Phase 3 announcements last week, Marvel Studios is now reminding everybody that there's plenty to be thrilled about before 2016.

Marvel has unveiled the first official footage from behind the scenes of next July's Ant-Man, the final movie in Phase 2, giving a first look at Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and Paul Rudd in full-on hero mode as Scott Lang.

Olympus Has Fallen was built on a simple premise: Die Hard in the White House.

The sequel, which officially kicked off production, abandons the land of the free, the home of the brave, and even the Die Hard in a _____ premise.  This time, Gerard Butler is going to be snapping necks across the pond in London Has Fallen.

Writer and director Dean DeBlois is the mastermind behind the extremely popular animated film franchise How to Train Your Dragon

DeBlois began his career working on such animated projects as Mulan and Lilo & Stitch, but it was the Dragon series that put him on the map. ‘2010s How to Train Your Dragon earned almost $500 million at the box office and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Its sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2 earned over $600 million at the box office and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning November 11th. DeBlois is currently writing the conclusion of his trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon 3, which is scheduled for release on June 9th, 2017.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place several years after the events of the first film. When Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Hiccup also discovers his long lost mother Valka, voiced by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett. In addition to Baruchel and Blanchett, the film also features the voice talents of Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (Brave), America Ferrera (Cesar Chavez), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (ParaNorman), T.J. Miller (Big Hero 6), Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins), Kit Harrington (Pompeii), and Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy). 

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with writer/director Dean DeBlois about his work on How to Train Your Dragon 2, as well as an update on How to Train Your Dragon 3. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his latest movie, making the sequel darker than the original, why the audience is growing with Hiccup, Toothless and Hiccup’s relationship, the fate of Hiccup’s father, casting Cate Blanchett as his mother, concluding Hiccup’s journey in How to Train Your Dragon 3, its dragon-centric story, and when DeBlois will be done writing it. 

One last theatrical trailer for December's Annie reminds us of the comforts of musicals and remakes.

A few familiar musical numbers, some bubbly exuberance, an adorable little moppet in the title role, and a cast of ringers in supporting roles all contribute to the sense that Annie could be a big hit that brings the warm and fuzzy feelings this Christmas.

Chappie looks like Short Circuit meets District 9.

Sony Pictures has unveiled the very first teaser trailer for Neill Blomkamp's upcoming scifi movie, and in case that opening declaration didn't make it clear enough, Chappie looks pretty great.

World-class composer Hans Zimmer has found a way out of his Batman conundrum.

As the co-composer of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, Zimmer defined the sound of the Caped Crusader in the 21st century, then for Man of Steel, he applied a similar soaring bombast to Superman.

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though, Zimmer faced the peculiar task, coming up with a new sound for a new Batman, this one played by Ben Affleck.  How was he to provide musical accompaniment for the rebooted Batman without repeating himself or inviting comparisons to the themes he and James Netwon Howard drummed up for Batman Begins?

By getting someone else to compose to "Batman" parts of the Batman v Superman score, it turns out.

The very first teaser trailer for next summer's Minions goes all the way back to the dawn of time.

Yes, the Despicable Me spinoff is a prequel, a history of the adorable little yellow henchpersons who try so hard yet fail so spectacularly.

We've harvested a bumper crop of clips from Dumb and Dumber To.

Unfortunately, there's not much sustenance to be found in these excerpts from the upcoming sequel.

Christian Bale has abandoned the high profile role of Steve Jobs in the Danny Boyle-directed biopic.

The news comes less than two weeks after screenwriter Aaron Sorkin confirmed that Bale would play the late Apple co-founder and venerated tech billionaire.

The first teaser poster for Chappie features our first look at a robot who, like Johnny 5 and Wall-E before him, is a potent mixture of mechanical sophistication and childlike naivete.

It also shows the great Sharlto Copley as you've never seen him before.

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