16 Films You Need to See in 2013 (PHOTOS)

Hollywood just had its biggest year ever at the box office, raking in a whopping $10.8 billion in ticket sales. Naturally, the town celebrates by challenging 2013 to “top that.”

Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence and Matt Damon are just a few of 2012’s stars returning to conquer the box office in new year, with some help from J.J. Abrams, Ryan Gosling and Iron Man, of course.

There’s a crazy amount of movies vying for your attention in the new year. But don’t worry, Celebuzz is here to help with a guide to the must-see movies of 2013.

From superhero movie sequels to another trip to the Hunger Games, here are 16 films to look forward to this year.

Release dates are included when available, so Sharpie them in on your calendar and let us know in the comments which films you are dying to see.

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‘Man of Steel’ Effects Guru Joe Letteri Says His Superman Owes ‘Nothing’ to Previous Films (VIDEO)

After Superman Returns was released in 2006 to mixed acclaim and modest box office success, even hardcore fans worried they might never see another film following the superhero’s adventures.

But Zack Snyder is set to reboot the character yet again in 2013’s Man of Steel, which Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri says devoted little time to worrying about Superman’s cinematic legacy.

Speaking to Celebuzz at the New York press day for The Hobbit, Letteri said, “It’s no different than doing King Kong and going back and saying, what do we owe to the 1930s version? Well, really, nothing.”

Letteri explained that he seldom feels the pressure of source material or audience expectations when he takes on a new project, no matter how iconic it may be.

“If a director comes to us and wants us to work on a film, we tend to not look at the history, just treat everything as a new project,” he said. “[We] look at the source material and [ask] what would make this film work?”

Meanwhile, Letteri indicated that his team did not work on many of the film’s action set pieces, which at one point were rumored to be populated by an entirely CGI Superman instead of star Henry Cavill in the cape and tights. Rather, he said they worked to cement that material to more identifiable human moments.

“The scenes that we’re working on don’t really require us to get into that aspect of Superman’s character,” Letteri said. “The things that we’re doing are the kind of character moments, the set-up pieces, so we’re not actually having to deal with that aspect of it – what does he look like when he flies and so forth.”

“So for us now, it’s about his performance, and we don’t need to do anything with it.”

The Hobbit opens in theaters nationwide Friday, December 14. Man of Steel opens June 14, 2013. Watch the trailer for The Hobbit below, and let us know how excited you are to see a new Superman movie!

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‘Man of Steel’ Trailer: Henry Cavill’s Superman Takes Flight (VIDEO)

If the original trailer for 1978′s Superman made you believe a man could fly, the new trailer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel will make you believe that that man can fly and kick lots of ass.

A new trailer for Warner Bros. new Superman reboot, produced by The Dark Knight‘s Christopher Nolan and starring Henry Cavill, has arrived, complete with death rays, burning cities, caped figures and soaring superheroes. Also: Kevin Costner. How good is it? Read on to find out…

In addition to the film’s epic scope, the trailer definitely drives home Snyder’s grounded and gritty take on Superman, seemingly going a very Batman Begins route – especially in terms of exploring young Clark Kent’s relationship with his parents, Jonathan (Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane).

Unlike previous Superman movies, the Kents seem to play a more prominent role than usual, one that casts them in a darker-than-expected light when dealing with their adopted son and his powers. Case in point: Following a scene in the trailer where Clark uses his powers to save a school bus full of kids from drowning, Jonathan confronts Clark about the young passenger who witnessed Clark’s heroics.

“Should I have just let him die?!” Young Clark asks.

“…Maybe,” Jonathan grimly replies.

How much darker will Superman get? We’ll find out when Man of Steel lands in theaters June 14, 2013. The trailer arrives on December 14, attached to prints of The Hobbit. Watch footage of Cavill in action as Superman below!

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New York Film Critics Honor ‘Magic Mike’, New ‘Man of Steel’ Poster Debuts

Superman in handcuffs? Superman in handcuffs. That’s the stark, “not your father’s Superman” image that graced Monday’s new poster for Man of Steel. Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, produced by Christopher Nolan, is gunning for a very Dark Knight feel and the new poster only supports that. Click here to see the poster on the film’s Facebook page. [Facebook]

Awards season is officially in full swing. The New York Film Critics named Zero Dark Thirty Best Film of the year and Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director. Lincoln’s Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field walked home with awards fro Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. And Matthew McConaughey won Best Supporting Actor for his work in Magic Mike and Bernie. [NYFCC]

Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro has settled on his next film, months before his current one is released. Del Toro will make the haunted house horror film Crimson Peak for Legendary Pictures, and Lucinda Coxon has been hired to rewrite the screenplay co-written by Del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Plot details are being kept under wraps. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Yes, Jack Reacher and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol producer David Ellison is attached to produce and finance the next Terminator movie. But no, that doesn’t mean his frequent collaborator Tom Cruise will appear in the film. Ellison’s Skydance Pictures will partner with his sister, Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty) to bring the long-gestating fifth chapter in the Terminator series to the big screen. [Deadline]

Ted writer-director Seth MacFarlane has set western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West as his next film. The Family Guy creator will direct and star in the film, co-written by Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Million Ways is said to be in the vein of Mel Brooks’ comedy, Blazing Saddles. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Which bit of movie news are you most excited about? Discuss below in the comments. And when you’re done checking out the Man of Steel poster, watch Celebuzz‘ behind-the-scenes footage of Superman in action!

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‘Man of Steel’ Movie Poster: Henry Cavill Sports a Pair of Handcuffs (PHOTO)

Looks like kryptonite isn’t the only thing stopping Superman.

As seen in the Man of Steel‘s latest poster, Henry Cavill‘s superhero alter-ego is donning a questionable addition to his blue suit and red cape — a pair of handcuffs, and he’s being led away by several intimidating soldiers.

Along with possible casting rumors coming to surface, the recent buzz has raised questions about Superman’s destiny in the upcoming reboot, which hits theaters on June 14, 2013.

But fans might be getting some answers very soon: the official, full-length trailer of Man of Steel will be featured during the Dec. 14 release of director Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated fantasy film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

What do you think of the new poster? What does this mean for Superman’s fate in Man of Steel? Sound off in the comments!

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Josh Hutcherson Teases ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’; ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Synopsis Revealed

Fans of The Hunger Games will have to wait till next November for the sequel, Catching Fire, to hit theaters, but star Josh Hutcherson recently spilled some production details to tide fans over.

When asked what portions of the film director Francis Lawrence will shoot in IMAX, Hutcherson said: “They’re shooting, I think, all the stuff in the arena is going to be IMAX. So when you go see it in IMAX, you’ll see the regular movie when we’re in the Districts and in the Capitol. When you see us go up in the pod in the games, it will open up into IMAX. It will be amazing. It’s very cool.” [MTV]

Meanwhile, the veil of secrecy surrounding J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness has also been lifted…ish.

Paramount Pictures, via their press site, released the film’s first official story synopsis. Here it is:

“In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

“When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

“With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.” [TheFilmStage.com]

Marvel’s Kevin Feige teased plot details about another much-anticipated sequel, Iron Man 3. When asked how the film, starring Robert Downey, Jr., will link back to The Avengers, Feige said: “Iron Man 3 doesn’t feature any of the other Avengers, or Nick Fury showing up, or any of those world-blending conceits that the Phase One films had… We’re sticking to the vision for these films, and showing once again that these characters are just as interesting alone as they are together.” [Empire]

Frankenweenie screenwriter John August is in talks to adapt author R.J. Palacio’s bestseller, Wonder, for Lionsgate. The New York Times bestseller centers on a 10-year-old boy with an unusual deformity on his face, as he struggles to fit in with the kids at school. In addition to this year’s Frankenweenie, August also worked on the script for another 2012 Tim Burton film, Dark Shadows. [Variety]

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is adding fuel to the fire that his take on Superman may indeed have a link to Warner Bros.’ Justice League. Speaking with The New York Post, Snyder danced around the subject of how Justice League will handle Superman’s involvement. When prodded further, Snyder said: “I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.” While it’s not exactly a confirmation that Snyder’s Superman will appear in Justice League, it’s not exactly a denial either. [The Playlist]

Who – or what –  are Captain Kirk and his crew are up against in the Star Trek sequel? How badly do you want Hunger Games: Catching Fire in your eyes right now? Discuss with fellow movie fans in the comments below! And all you Iron Man fans can watch the trailer for the threequel right now!

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Movie Buzz: ‘Catching Fire’ Logo Unveiled, ‘Star Wars’ Sequel Writers Announced

Someone forgot to tell Hollywood to shut down for the holiday.

The news cycle was in overdrive on Tuesday, providing updates on two of the biggest franchises out there – The Hunger Games and Star Wars.

So puff on your inhalers, movie nerds – this S is about to get R.

1. Disney Finds Writers for 2 Star Wars Sequels

There was a great disturbance in The Force on Tuesday, when The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan will write and produce Episodes VIII and IX.

Celebuzz has the full story – Click here for more details!

2. First Poster for Hunger Games: Catching Fire Revealed

Like the first Hunger Games movie before it, Lionsgate has released a motion poster unveiling the title treatment and logo for Catching Fire.

The much-anticipated sequel, starring Jennifer Lawrence as archer Katniss Everdeen, hits theaters November 22, 2013.

Click here to see the poster in action!

3. Man of Steel: New Trailer Announced

On December 14, Superman fans can expect a new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel to run before prints of The Hobbit.

The Watchmen director confirmed the trailer’s release to MTV News on Tuesday, saying that he can’t wait for audiences to see “our crazy Man of Steel trailer”.

The trailer will be attached to both 2D and 3D prints of The Hobbit. The second Superman reboot in less than ten years, starring Henry Cavill as the popular DC hero, arrives June 14, 2013.

4. Fox Shuts Down Plans for Independence Day 3D

Those wanting to see Jeff Goldblum stop an alien invasion with a 1996 PowerBook, in 3D, are going to be disappointed.

Exhibitor Relations took to Twitter on Tuesday to report that 20th Century Fox will no longer re-release Independence Day in 3D.

The post-converted project was scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 3, 2013, but it seems that the studio has changed their mind.

No specific reason for the cancellation was given, but Celebuzz will keep you updated as soon as word comes in.

5. Watch the New Trailer for Epic

Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age) released a new trailer Tuesday for their next animated title, Epic.

The film, described as Avatar by way of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, centers on a shrunken girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who is forced into a forest battle between Leafmen and their enemies.

Hunger GamesJosh Hutcherson also lends his voice. Epic is scheduled for release May 14, 2013. Watch the trailer via YouTube below!

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Star Wars and Hunger Games enthusiasts? Two things: Weigh in on the above stories in the comments section, and watch Celebuzz’ interview with Katniss herself below! 

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