We don’t want to say too much about X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Okay, it wasn’t great), but at least it did well enough for the character to get another chance at headlining a movie. And heck, who doesn’t want that?
We’ve already had a couple teasers/trailers so far and now there’s another new trailer that’s arrived for The Wolverine. This one will be attached Fast & Furious 6 in theaters this week so for some of you, this may be the only way to see it.
We kid, we kid. Anyway, this trailer continues the tradition of awesome and still makes us excited for the movie. It’s also nice to see a certain, hot, redheaded telepath in this one. Although, we don’t really need Wolverine to be quite so touchy-feely, but I guess you can’t have everything.
Check out the trailer after the break. Look for The Wolverine in theaters on July 26.
Yes, they made another Riddick movie. And yes, it looks pretty good. Yes, we’re kinda surprised too. And yes, we like Vin Diesel. Sue us.
Anyway, there’s a new trailer and poster for Riddick, the fourth film in the Chronicles of Riddick trilogy. We don’t have a lot to say about the trailer except that it showcases pretty well why this character is still popular enough to warrant a new movie.
In this one “the infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.”
Check out the new trailer and poster after the break. Look for Riddick in theaters on September 6.
Horror movies are a staple of Hollywood. So much so that they’re one of the most popular genres of all time. And now an upcoming movie is looking to take its place in the highest levels of the genre.
Said movie in question is I, Frankenstein, which pits gargoyles and demons against each other in the ultimate battle for immortality. From that description, the movie sounds a lot like a recent one that had vampires fighting werewolves.
Guess that could be because the producers of I, Frankenstein and Underworld are one in the same. Anyway, here’s a more complete description of I, Frankenstein‘s plot:
“Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.”
Check out the teaser after the break. Look for I, Frankenstein, which in addition to Eckhart stars Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney and Aden Young, in theaters next January.
Magic is a great subject for movies. Take The Prestige or The Illusionist as recent examples of that. Sadly, it hasn’t been as successful at the box office as it could have been.
A new movie called Now You See Me is looking to change that. It’s got a great cast in Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine and tells the story of a group of illusionists who commit crimes using, of coure, their magic skills.
The twist is they give the money to the audience instead of keeping it for themselves. Interesting.
Check out the trailer after the break. Look for Now You See Me to arrive in theaters on May 31.
I don’t know if it’s the strength of Fitzgerald’s novel or Luhrman’s good understanding of it, but this is a far better adaptation than I was expecting.
In case you weren’t in an American high school, The Great Gatsby follows Nick Carraway (played here by Tobey Maguire), a bond trader moved to New York from the Midwest. He purchases a small house in West Egg, a suburb of New York City, and lives across the bay from his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) and her husband, Nick’s college friend, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Nick’s neighbor is the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), a playboy who’d be notable for the monstrous parties he throws each weekend were it not for the cryptic means through which he funds them.
Nick attends one of Gatsby’s parties, swept up with intrigue and confusion about his host — hearing rumors of his relation to the Kaiser; tales of his work as a spy; whispers of his past at Oxford — many of them from his new acquaintance Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), female golfer and social gossipista.
Eventually he runs into Gatsby, who appears at Gershwin’s moment of climax during Rhapsody in Blue. The two stir a friendship and small details of Gatsby’s history begin to drip out. He came from a wealthy family. He’s a hero of World War I. He’s…story after story. And, years ago, he was desperately in love with Daisy. But the war and school and other things kept them apart, leaving Tom to claim her. Gatsby’s convinced that, given some time with his lost love, he could convince her to leave her husband and marry him. It’s a solid plan, especially seeing as how Tom is not particularly discreet about his own affairs. But buried beneath this romance is…
Say what you will about movies like Aftershock, at least they try to be entertaining and don’t take themselves too seriously. And that should count for something.
In case you missed the trailer for Aftershockwe posted recently, and haven’t seen the movie yet, it tells the “What if? story of a big earthquake hitting a major city. In this scenario people begin to degenerate into a horde of brutal savages ready to kill each other for a chance at survival.
Really, that sounds like pretty much any day on the freeways of LA, but what are you gonna do, right? Anyway, the folks who made Aftershock have released a nice making of featurette that takes us behind the scenes of the filmmaking process and gives us a glimpse of how thing all came together.
Check that out after the break. And don’t forget to watch Aftershock in theaters now.
No two ways about it, this movie looks pretty cool. And speaking of the number two, we’ve got two, count ‘em, two trailers from it to share with you today so you know just how cool it is.
Set in Viking Britain in 871 AD, Hammer of the Gods is “a visceral, intense tale set in a world whose only language is violence. A young Viking warrior, Steinar (Charlie Bewley), is sent by his father the king on a quest to find his estranged brother, who was banished from the kingdom many years before.
Steinar’s epic journey across terrifyingly hostile territory gradually sees him emerge as the man his father wants him to be – the ruthless and unforgiving successor to his throne.” See what we mean?
Magnet Releasing will release Hammer of the Gods on VOD/iTunes May 30 and in theaters July 5. Check out both trailer after the break. Which one do you like better?
In space, people can hear you scream. That’s especially true if the “you” in this scenario is Sandra Bullock and you’re with George Clooney in space and your shuttle has just been destroyed. Yeah, that would suck.
Fortunately, it’s just a movie. . . for now. Said movie in question is Gravity, director Alfonso Curon’s followup to Children of Men. Some footage screened for folks at CinemaCon recently, and now it’s being released for all.
Check it out after the break. Look for Gravity to arrive in theaters on October 4.
Well, well, how things are changing. Not to be left behind as the paradigm shifts from traditional cable and satellite networks towards what paid subscription services like Apple, Hulu and Netflix are doing, YouTube today announced the first channels that it will offer via monthly subscriptions.
Following a 14-day free trial period, channels such as Sesame Street, Baby First Plus, Cars.tv, HD Net, Coreman’s Drive-In and UFC Select will be available for monthly fees raging from $2.99/Month to as little as $.99/Month. Payment will be accepted via credit card or Google Wallet.
According to the announcement, some of the programs will feature ads, but a majority won’t, with most of the content being available as on-demand. Google will reportedly collect about 45% of the subscription ad revenue.
While this list of channels and programming is not that extensive yet, Google expects other channels and networks to launch subscription services on YouTube soon and will roll them out over the coming months. For the full list of content available now, go here.
With the current amount and diversity of content, it will be very interesting to see if people actually decide to subscribe to some of these channels or wait until there’s more to choose from. Will this development end up being the digital straw that breaks the virtual camels back and starts the mass exodus from more traditional cable and satellite providers? It just might be.
Let’s just state for the record that Tom Hanks is a national treasure. No, he wasn’t inNational Treasure, that was Nic Cage. Tom Hanks is the guy who started out his career with an RPG movie and then a TV series where he wears a dress and is now, after two Academy Awards, one of the finest and most highly regarded actors of our times.
Sure, he doesn’t always make the best movies (Larry Crowne comes to mind) but still, he’s always likable and, more to the point, always interesting. His latest is the biopic Captain Phillips, wherein Hanks plays Captain Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009.
The movie is directed by Paul Greengrass and also stars Catherine Keener as Andrea Phillips, Max Martini as the Seal Commander, Yul Vazquez as Frank Castellano and Chris Mulkey as John Cronan. It is scheduled to be released on October 11.
Check out the first trailer for Captain Phillips after the break.
When we need a good laugh around the office, or at home, we often watch one of two movies: Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Both of these are highly amusing and also filled with action, great characters, extensive pop-culture references and excellent performances. Did we mention they’re also damn funny? They are.
So, when the team behind those two movies gets together to make a new one, we get very happy. The new one in question is The World’s End, directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Rosamund Pike, it’s the the story of childhood friends who come together after 20 years to stage an epic pub crawl.
Of course, things do not go quite as planned. And thank goodness for that.
Check out the trailer after the break. Look for The World’s End to hit the U.S. on August 29th.
This should be happy news, but I don’t think it is. Warner Bros. has aquired the movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons and are developing a feature film version.
I’m trying to be optimistic here but this development brings up several important questions, especially this one: what’s the story? If you know anything about D&D, and I would bet most Warner execs don’t, it’s not a game with one, set story. It’s a game where players basically make up the story as they go along.
Sure, there’s some common elements like the various character races, occupations and such, and the Dungeon Master certainly plans out some of what might happen during the game, but the rest unforlds on it’s own as the game progresses. In other words, simply saying “We’re making a D&D movie” doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense.
But that doesn’t really surprise me. Warner Bros. just wants its own Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings and to them D&D is the same thing and a name they can exploit.
To answer the story question (and this doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence either), the studio is apparently going to use an existing script by Wrath Of The Titans and Red Riding Hood writer David Leslie Johnson. That script is called Chainmail and is reportedly based on the game Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson thought up before they created D&D.
Of all the military sci-fi novels out there yet to be made into movies, I’ve always wanted to see an adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War. I would also like to see John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War made into a movie or heck, even another try at taking Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers to the big screen.
That said, in spite of Orson Scott Card’s ridiculous personal opinions, his Ender’s Game is also a pretty great sci-fi novel it its own right, so a big screen adaptation of it is still a welcome development. That’s just what Summit Entertainment has done and to kick things off they’ve released the first trailer for the movie.
In it we get our first real look at Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, complex and conflicted boy who turns out to be a military genius, and the rest of the supporting cast including Harrison Ford as Colonel Hyrum Graff and Ben Kinsley as Mazer Rackham. Truth be told, this looks pretty good and I look forward to seeing more.
Check out the trailer after the jump. Look for Ender’s Game in theaters on November 1.
One of the great special effects pioneers of cinema, Ray Harryhausen, has died. He was 92.
Fortunately, we can remember him through his amazing body of work including The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, One Million Years B.C., The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans and my personal favorite, and one of the greatest films of all time, Jason and the Argonauts.
Rest in peace Mr. Harryhausen. You’ve done those of us coming after you, and movie fans, a great service, and we thank you.
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