Summer is a great time for movies, especially if you’re a geek. With Iron Man 3 and Star Trek: Into Darkness already in theaters, we can next look forward to Man of Steel.
Another new trailer for the Superman reboot has arrived. In this one General Zod issues an ominous message to the people of the Earth: “Your world has sheltered one of my citizens. … To those of you who know his location, the fate of your planet rests in your hands.”
Uh, oh. Does Superman end up kneeling before Zod? What do you think?
Check out the trailer after the break. Man of Steel arrives in theaters on June 14.
For whatever reason, we never seem to get tired of vampire movies. Although, we could do with a few less of the Twilight variety.
Fortunately, the upcoming vampire pic Byzantium looks interesting and also doesn’t seem to feature too many tween vampires or other angsty bits. Instead, it has a mother/daughter vampire team, in the form of Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton, and is directed by Neil Jordan who knows a thing or two about vampire movies.
Although, that doesn’t necessarily mean much considering the last one featured Tom Crusie as Lestat. Still, based on the trailer, we willing to give him another chance.
Look for Byzantium in theaters from IFC Films on June 28th. Check out the trailer after the break.
Now that Disney and Lucasfilm are one and the same, they’ve wasted no time in setting up new projects. One such project is a new animated series for Disney Channel/Disney XD called Star wars: Rebels.
This one takes place in the decades between Star Wars IV: A New Hope and Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith. StarWars.com just released a first look video, showing how the series will be based on the work of conceptual designer, illustrator and legend Ralph McQuarrie.
Check it out after the break. Look for Star Wars: Rebels to premiere in the Fall, first with a TV movie, then as a series.
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.
This week on The Flickcast, Chris and Matt are back at it again. This week they’ve got a whole bunch of new topics, as well as one or two they just can’t seem to let go of.
This week the boys talk about the latest, greatest movie trailers including Ender’s Game, The World’s End and Captain Phillips. They also talk all-things Marvel and give their takes on Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr.’s money problems (hint: he doesn’t have any) and where Marvel goes from here.
They also discussed Sean Bean’s welcome return to TV, the Spock vs. Spock Audi commercial, the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie, the next-gen XBox, the sad passing of special effects pioneer ray Harryhausen and a whole lot more.
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.
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