Editors note: I got a little ranty with this post. Feel free to skip my “oh those were the days” grumblings and jump straight to images of Prometheus, G.I. Joe, Riddick, The Hobbit and more!
Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, I remember when movie studios would release trading card sets featuring an early look at their films. Short of a movie trailer, these assorted packs of still frames from anticipated movies were the only thing to wet the appetite of eager movie viewers. Plus, the lone stick of gum in each pack offered sugary nourishment (Yummo).Oh those were days, but now with the rise of the Internet the collectible value of these cards have been ruined. Movie images are now plastered all over the internet. Instant and constant gratification. My precious cards have been reduced to mere bicycle noise makers. Curses! But, the internet gives me a job, porn and easy ways to order cupcakes. So, I really can’t complain.
There’s a bunch of movies coming out this summer. You know this. While we count down the days to each respective release, studios our teasing us with image after image. Today we’ve got a whole bunch to ogle over. We’ve gathered images from this summer’s action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Ridley Scott’s Alien-verse flick Prometheus, Peter Jackson’s LOTR precursor The Hobbit, along with a few alien creatures for Will Smith’s Men In Black 3.
WARNING: Instead of putting all these images into a easy to navigate gallery (which actually isn’t easy to categorize), we dumped them all in-line, one after another. So, be prepared for lots of scrolling.
Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.
Men in Black 3 is directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, based on the Malibu Comic written by Lowell Cunningham. The movie stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, Emma Thompson, Bill Hader, Nicole Scherzinger and Michael Stuhlbarg. MIB3 will be released in theaters on May 25, 2012.
Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Images Courtesy of UK Starmap App
Prometheus was written by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron,Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, and Patrick Wilson. Prometheus opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation
Virtually none of the characters from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra are returning for the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee) made the cut (duh, he’s a ninja). A new image of the evil ninja has hit the net, and the image shows him holding a guard hostage.
Image via Stark Industries.
The film also stars D.J. Cotrona, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, and Dwayne Johnson. G.I. Joe: Retaliationopens June 29th.
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.
Image courtesy of screenrant
Riddick stars Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo. Nolan Funk and Keri Hilson co-star in the film, written and directed by David Twohy.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The second film will be The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Images via Peter Jackson
The ensemble cast also includes (in alphabetical order) Richard Armitage, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Barry Humphries, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Evangeline Lilly, Sylvester McCoy, Bret McKenzie, Graham McTavish, Mike Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Lee Pace, Mikael Persbrandt, Conan Stevens, Ken Stott, Jeffrey Thomas, and Aidan Turner.
The screenplays for both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson. Jackson is also producing the films, together with Fran Walsh and Carolynne Cunningham. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D screens in the U.S. on December 14th, 2012.