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Kim Jong Un Death Scene

This scene from Sony's The Interview in which North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is caught in a fiery helicopter, has leaked online. As many already know, this film was pulled by Sony after the studio received threats of violence from North Korean hackers who call themselves Guardians of Peace. Kim Jong-un, played by actor Randall Park, is shown dying in an explosion after a missile hits the helicopter the leader is hanging on to. In the background, you can hear a slowed-down version of Katy Perry's Firework. Continue reading to watch.

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The Interview

Due to the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with several of the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that they would be canceling the December 25 theatrical release of "The Interview." This is a heavy blow to the Hollywood studio that has been shaken by hacker leaks over the last several weeks by an anonymous group called "Guardians of Peace." This unprecedented cancellation came even after officials from the Department of Homeland Security said there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States." Continue reading for the final trailer and more information.

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Star Wars Force Awakens Parody

The official Star Wars Force Awakens trailer has only been out for slightly over a week, but many parodies have already been released, including a Disney-fied version, complete with Mickey Mouse ears. The Force Awakens is produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions, and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Second-unit filming began in April 2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography taking place between May and November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, and Pinewood Studios in England. Continue reading to watch all of them.

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Terminator Genisys

Set for release in July 1, 2015, Terminator: Genisys is the fifth installment of the series and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as a T-800 cyborg. Principal photography began on April 21, 2014 in New Orleans, and ended on August 6, 2014 in San Francisco. Legacy Effects returned to create the Terminator robotic and make-up effects, led by John Rosengrant who had worked on the previous four Terminator films. Continue reading for the trailer with full commentary.

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James Bond Spectre

It's official, the twenty-fourth James Bond film is called "SPECTRE" (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion), and will feature a brand new Aston Martin DB10. Set for release on November 6, 2015, this film will begin shooting tomorrow in these locations: Pinewood, Mexico City, Rome, Tangier & Erfoud (Morocco), as well as in Austria at Solden, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee. Continue reading for the official announcement video and more information.

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Star Wars Episode VII Official Trailer

After all of the teasers, the official Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer has been released. Cinematographer Daniel Mindel stated that the film would rely on the employment of real locations and scale models over computer-generated imagery, in order to make the film aesthetically similar to the original Star Wars trilogy. Rian Johnson, director of Episode VIII, reiterated that Abrams will use little CGI and more practical, traditional special effects, saying, "I think people are coming back around to practical effects." Continue reading to watch.

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Jurassic World Official Trailer Poster

Jurassic World is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The film was in "development hell" for over a decade since the release of Jurassic Park III in 2001. The film was initially scheduled to be released on June 13, 2014, but production was temporarily halted due to a disagreement between writers and Universal Studios regarding the film's script and direction. The film is scheduled to be released on June 12, 2015. Steven Spielberg, director of the first two films in the series, will act as executive producer as he did for the third film. Continue reading for the official trailer.

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Nolan IMAX Camera

Photo credit: John Bierly

Christopher Nolan may have had a $250-million-dollar budget to work with for The Dark Knight Rises, but it probably didn't include the cost of replacing a $500,000 IMAX camera. While filming a scene Mellon Institute, Anne Hathaway's stunt double drove a Batpod directly into one of these pricey camera rigs. IMAX increases the resolution of the image by using a much larger film frame: while a frame of 35mm film offers approximately six thousand lines (6K) of horizontal resolution, an IMAX negative can potentially display the equivalent of 18 thousand lines (18K) of horizontal resolution. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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Real DeLorean Replica

Most people would be happy to get to work on time in any car, but self-employed Ollie Wilkey doesn't even have to leave home to go Back to the Future, or at out in an exact replica of a DeLorean from the movies. Adding to its authenticity, when it reaches 88mph, a series of lights and time travel sound effects are activated. That, however, is not the coolest part, at the push of a button, this DeLorean can be put in a hover conversion mode, complete with fold up wheels. This particular car was built by an ex-NASA engineer and Universal Studios contractor, originally owned by his friend Luke, who then sold it to Ollie earlier this year for a 5-figure sum. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Kissing Real Bear

Photo credit: Darya Kondratyeva

Even trained professionals should not attempt to kiss a bear, but Russian photographer Darya Kondratyeva decided that using computer-generated graphics just wouldn't cut it. So, she creates fantastical photos that bring old fairytales or legends to life, using real animals and models. The scene above looks like it could be straight from a real-life Skyrim movie, or so we think. Continue reading for more.

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