Rise of the Guardians Featurette: The Sandman Cometh

The Sandman gets the featurette treatment in this new video for Rise of the Guardians. Hear the filmmakers discuss the new technology they used to create the silent character’s “golden sand.”

Rise of the Guardians tells the story of all the most beloved mythical characters of childhood lore, who band together to save the world from the evil Boogeyman, voiced by Jude Law.

Alec Baldwin is Santa Clause, with Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as the Tooth Fairy, Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) as the Easter Bunny, and Chris Pine as Jack Frost. Peter Ramsey directs the film, which is based on the book series by William Joyce.

Rise of the Guardians will open November 21.

Star Wars Disney Merger Money Going to Charity: Lucas Will Donate Most of the $4 Billion

The internet was abuzz yesterday with the news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, with the intention of releasing Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015. Today, a representative from Lucasfilm told The Hollywood Reporter that George Lucas plans to donate the majority of the $4.05 billion transferred in the merger to charity.

With questions about the significance of the Disney/Lucasfilm merger abound, Lucas’ decision to use such a high-profile, culturally significant business deal as a way to advance his philanthropic endeavors is a welcome change for the usual cash-obsessed mentality of Hollywood.

The only question left is: How will the next Star Wars trilogy be? Let us know what you think of all the Star Wars-related events of the last few days in the comments section below! Are you excited? Apprehensive? Or do you not care at all?

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Who is Your Favorite James Bond?

Welcome to the first day of Movie Fanatic’s 007 Days of James Bond! As the new film is merely a week away, we will spend the next seven days exploring the best moments in the film series, from best Bond girls, best gadgets (check out the Movie Fanatic Round Table Best Bond villain!) and of course we start off determining who was the best Bond!

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James Bond is back to save the day in Skyfall and as the franchise celebrates 50 years of thrills — we turn to our readership to once and for all anoint which actor is the best Bond. Each performer put their own stamp on the character, and thus the films that they starred in.

Sean Connery famously originated the role with a brash toughness, George Lazenby gave emotion to the role for his one-off, Roger Moore went kitsch, Timothy Dalton gave a Shakespearean Bond, Pierce Brosnan brought back the tuxedo-sporting swagger and Daniel Craig has managed to incorporate all of the above while still carving out a stellar turn as the man with a license to kill.

Be sure to come back tomorrow as we announce the Top 10 Bond Girls as Movie Fanatic’s 007 Days of Bond continues!

Who is the best Bond?

Rise of the Guardians Featurette: An Entirely Different Breed of Bunny

This new featurette from Rise of the Guardians focuses on Bunnymund a.k.a The Easter Bunny. Check it out:

Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) voices the character, who along with Santa Claus, voiced by Alec Baldwin, the Tooth Fairy, voiced by Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers), Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, and the Sandman, who doesn’t speak, comprises “the Guardians.”

The Guardians must band together to ward off the evil Boogeyman, voiced by Jude Law.

Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21. Head to our Rise of the Guardians character posters page for another look.

The Shining Wins the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket!

All this month, leading up to this day, you have been casting your votes for your favorite horror films of all time. Today, Movie Fanatic is excited to announce the winner of the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket: The Shining!

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The Shining joins Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which won best comedy, as the second ever winner of the Tournament. Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick, and Stephen King fought a long, hard battle together, beating The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, and Halloween to reach yesterday’s finals matchup. Then, in a final epic battle of first-seeded horror classics, The Shining inched out what may be the narrowest victory we’ve ever had, beating Poltergeist by a margin of 50.6% to 49.4%!

Take a look at the final bracket, then scroll down to read through some of our favorite The Shining quotes! Have an amazing Halloween, and thank you for being a part of the Tournament of Movie Fanatic Horror Bracket!

Horror Bracket Winner

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Grady daughters: Come play with us, Danny. | permalink

Jack Torrance: Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said, I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in. | permalink

Danny Torrance: Redrum. Redrum. Redrum. | permalink

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