New The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer has Landed

Smaug and Beorn are still elusive, but we finally get to hear Smaug's growling voice, thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch. Out this December 13, 2013.

Christina Aguilera Unleashes 'We Remain' for Catching Fire Movie

Listen and sing-along to the heart-wrenching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack by Christina Aguilera entitled We Remain and know why she's still the best.

Official Cover Art of The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades

Percabeth are in trouble deep down in the chasm of Tartaus. Will they be able to come out alive and save the world at the same time? Find out on October 8, 2013.

Vintage Photos: A Glimpse On The Past Of The City Of Love

A period where nothing's too expensive, the air and rivers were not polluted and gadgets, like cellphones and iPads, were unheard of. Simple living was the height of existence by then.

Spice Up Your October With The Walking Dead Season 4

The unfortunate gang of living humans is back. See these delicious stills and character portraits of this much-awaited season, premiering October 13, 2013.

Updates On Jeff Kinney's Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid all started with Greg Heffley's desire to write a journal and eventually a phenomenal hit. Now, author Jeff Kinney releases the eighth title in the series.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cover Of 'The Heir' (Book 4 Of The Selection Series) By Keira Cass Revealed

Just like in the case of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and many others, their supposed to be trilogies have been so well received that they have to expand the series beyond 3 books.. The trilogies that cease to become trilogies...

Keira Cass has followed on their footsteps and is releasing the fourth book in The Selection Trilogy, which is now officially The Selection Series. How long do you think she'll continue with this fabulous chic lit? For now, I present to you the cover of The Heir By Keira Cass...

Have you fill of the new cover of The Heir By Keira Cass.

The Heir By Keira Cass

Synopsis

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

The Heir By Keira Cass will be available on May 5, 2015.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies Surfaces With An International Poster And Movie Stills

We've already seen some posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but we haven't seen anything for the international market. Now we change that fact, as a new international poster for the final The Hobbit movie surfaces.

And to add to your excitement, we've got some fascinating new still or concept arts that will make you teary-eyed (with joy of course). Peter Jackson brings the hobbit to a close with the talents of Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan Turner.

Be amazed of the new international poster of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

And here are a few image stills or concept arts for you to devour.



Synopsis

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will soar to theaters on December 17, 2014.

Now You Know: 3 Common Movie Stunts Explained

Stunts
Stunt car drivers need years of training and experience. Their lives depend on it. They have to know the mechanics of their vehicles, have excellent hand-eye coordination, know how much movement is needed, and be able to focus on precision driving. They can do amazing things like flip a car, perform a cannon roll, do a pipe ramp stunt, and create realistic and hair raising car chases. Ever wonder how they do it?

The Cannon Roll

To make a car roll over while driving and appear as if the driver has lost control actually takes a lot of control. Before the Cannon Roll was introduced, stunt drivers used tilted ramps to toss the vehicle off the surface and make it roll over. Now the more common method is to push or jump the car with a cannon mounted somewhere under the vehicle, timed to explode and roll the vehicle to look like extreme loss of control.

The cannon roll was invented by pioneering stuntman Hal Needham for the film “McQ” starring John Wayne. He built a 16-inch diameter cannon with walls almost two inches thick and stuffed it with gun powder. The stunt worked, but Needham was badly injured in the stunt, including a broken back, punctured lung, broken ribs, and missing teeth.

The Astro Spiral Jump

One of the greatest car stunts ever, the Astro Spiral Jump, was filmed in the 1974 James Bond movie “The Man with the Golden Gun,” with Roger Moore as James Bond. The difficult stunt involved jumping a car off one ramp into a 360-degree barrel roll across a river, then landing it on another ramp to drive off without any damage. There was no computer generated imagery.

The stunt was developed at Calspan Corporation at Cornell University by Raymond McHenry using a computer simulation. He calculated how to twist the ramps, how to center the weight in the vehicle, and what speed the car would need to be driven during trials before actually performing the stunt at a show in the Houston Astrodome in 1972, before it was done in the film. It has not been filmed since.

Long Jump

When you see those cars in the air in movies, after coming to a construction site where the road is out or perhaps an earthquake that splits the earth’s surface, it may look like the driver is just going for it at high speed. But the reality is that it’s done with ramps.

In film, ramps can be hidden or disguised so the high speed jumps seem to be happening on a city street. The vehicles are modified as well, including centering the weight of the vehicle and tightening the shock casing oil valve to slow the rebound of springs on impact and modifying the hood for better aerodynamics. Stunt drivers need to outfit vehicles with things like quality tires from retailers like TireBuyer to be better able to complete stunts safely and legally.

While legendary stuntmen like Hal Needham gained most of their expertise on the job and by doing things that others wouldn’t, today’s training for stunt work takes place before stuntmen ever get in front of a camera. In the U.K., the British Action Academy trains risk-takers and the British Equity Stunt Register certifies them, usually after time as film extras. In the U.S., apprenticing with experienced stunt people, joining the Screen Actors Guild and working as an extra on movie sets are the normal routes, although there are places like the Stunt Academy that will train people on the basics and specifics of stunt work, according to HowStuffWorks.