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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Sailing in 2017

1:50 PM 7/23/2014 by Jeff Giles
Pirates
It had to navigate some awfully stormy seas to get here, including reported script problems that bumped it off Disney's schedule and away from its original summer 2015 release date, but Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is finally in the dock, and with new directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg at the helm, it's now scheduled to set sail on July 7, 2017.

J.J. Abrams Reveals 'Star Wars: Episode VII' X-Wing

1:14 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
Xwing
We can't (yet) see what our old friends Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca are up to on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, but we've already been granted a sneak peek of R2-D2 -- and now, director J.J. Abrams has thrown back the curtain on our first look at the return of the X-wing fighter. The ship, piloted by Rebel insurgents in their battle against the Empire, seems set to be making a return to action in Episode VII, at least judging from the glimpse we get via Abrams' new "Force for Change" video.

Marvel Isn't Moving 'Captain America 3'

1:00 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
Cap 3
Ever since it was announced that Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would be sharing the same crowded release date on May 6, 2016, we've all been wondering who'd blink first -- Marvel, hoping to avoid sequel fatigue with the third installment in its Captain America franchise, or Warner Bros., seeking to dodge having a Marvel-sized bite taken out of the most important release on its calendar for the year.

Marvel Adds Five Films to Its Release Calendar

12:50 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
Marvel
Marvel plays the information game about as well as any studio in Hollywood, parsing out tidbits at their leisure and generally getting everyone worked up over the smallest possible amount of news at any given time. We can now add a fresh chapter to their ongoing story of press mastery:

Dwayne Johnson Starts New 'Shazam!' Rumors

12:37 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
The Rock
A few years ago, it seemed like Dwayne Johnson was set to star in a film adaptation of the DC-owned comic Shazam, about a kid named Billy Batson who's granted the cosmic power to transform into the well-muscled titular superhero. The project fell apart, but maybe not forever.

Vin Diesel Still on Board for 'xXx 3'

12:24 PM 7/21/2014 by Jeff Giles
XXX
It's been years since we've heard any kind of update regarding that long-mooted third installment in the xXx franchise -- you know, the one that'll bring Vin Diesel back to the fold after yielding the starring role to Ice Cube for 2005's xXx: State of the Union. But as easy as it's been to assume that the project is in development limbo, it looks like Diesel hasn't forgotten.

Joss Whedon Reveals the Vision's 'Avengers' Origins

4:10 PM 7/17/2014 by Jeff Giles
Vision
We know that Ultron, the main baddie in Marvel's upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, has had his comics origin retrofitted to square more comfortably with the studio's cinematic universe. But what about the Vision, the android created (in the comics, anyway) by Ultron?

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Adds Christina Chong

3:54 PM 7/17/2014 by Jeff Giles
Christina Chong
For a film that initially looked to be something of a sausage fest, Star Wars: Episode VII is shaping up to be a rather distaff-friendly slice of sci-fi. In the latest of several recent casting announcements, British actress Christina Chong has been added to the mix. Chong joins a growing list of new faces in the upcoming sequel, including Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Crystal Clarke; her recent credits include an appearance in the Fox miniseries 24:

'Annabelle' Debuts First Full-Length Trailer

3:42 PM 7/17/2014 by Jeff Giles
Annabelle
In awful news for anyone still plagued by memories of that poor kid being terrorized by his freaky clown doll in the first Poltergeist movie -- or anyone who remembers when the Child's Play series was still vaguely scary -- toy-based horror is set to take another chilling lurch forward with Annabelle this October, and the first trailer is here to prove it.

'Ouija' Debuts First Trailer

4:19 PM 7/16/2014 by Jeff Giles
Ouija
Of all the tenuous tie-in properties pitched by Hasbro over the last few years, a movie "based on" the Ouija board game is one of the few that seems to make a certain small amount of sense.
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Jeff is an entertainment writer and editor whose work currently appears at a variety of sites, including Rotten Tomatoes, Paste, American Songwriter, Popdose, Dadnabbit, Diffuser, and Ultimate Classic Rock.

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