05-02-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Is it June 14th yet? With Iron Man 3 opening wide tonight, it seems that all eyes are now on the next big superhero effort, Man of Steel. The below TV spot features, by my calculation, about 85 to 90 per cent new footage, include a shot of Superman (Henry Cavill) looking pissed, or constipated, or something… But hey, this film just keeps looking better and better. Fingers crossed it doesn’t turn into a world-crushing disappointment.
Click play on the new video below:
There’s also a new movie poster out for Man of Steel:
An epic rematch more than 45 years in the making, actor and original Captain Kirk William Shatner comes face-to-face again with The Gorn as they play the new Star Trek video game in this viral video from Namco Bandai.
In the spot, The Gorn (taking a break from haunting Sheldon’s dreams) takes on against Shatner as they play the game. One misunderstanding leads to a fight and… Well, you can see the results for yourself. The video pays tribute to the classic original series episode “Arena,” which featured the first appearance of The Gorn and his often discussed and parodied showdown with Captain Kirk. The Gorn reappears in the new Trek video game as an enemy. In the game, they attack the new Vulcan colony and Kirk and Spock have to stop them.
“What better way to spotlight the adventure and fun everyone can have actually playing as Capt. Kirk in the new game, than to team up the legendary former captain himself to play one of his old foes,” said LeeAnne Stables, President of Consumer Products at Paramount Pictures, in a press release. “Mr. Shatner is such a great sport and that Gorn had absolutely no chance of coming out on top this time.”
“It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask me about that scene,” added Shatner. “It’s 46 years later, and he hasn’t aged as well as I have.”
The Star Trek video is available for pre-order now and will released on April 23, 2013 on X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The promotional video is below along with the original Kirk/Gorn face-off from 1967.
In a few more weeks we’ll see the fruit of studio demands to add more action, more 3-D, and more Channing Tatum to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the meantime, here’s some action-packed footage featuring Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.Curiously, a lot of Palicki’s action scenes seem to be more about her looking hot than kicking ass, but hey, whatever.
Here’s the action reel:
Here’s the lot synopsis in case you’ve forgotten:
In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.
One does not walk into a showing of Taken 2 expecting high art or even a technically proficient movie — one walks into a showing of Taken 2 expecting a thrilling rain of ass-kickery by the Nazi-thwarting Jedi wolf-puncher. Unfortunately, one may be disappointed this time out as this Taken fails to grab us by the throat and hold our attention in the way that the previous one did. (more…)
After the tremendous splash it made at San Diego Comic Con, Guillermo del Toro is trying to build on that hype to create a proverbial Tower of Babel of hysteria for his next film, Pacific Rim.
As mentioned in this interview with the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex blog (in partnership with Nerdist), by the time Pac Rim comes out next summer, it will have been five years between films by del Toro, the last one being 2008′s Hellboy: The Golden Army. That’s a lot of time between projects, not Terrence Malick long of course, and it’s not like he was idle that whole time (*cough*TheHobbit*cough*), but the giant aliens versus giant robots premise of the film sounds right up del Toro’s alley. And the Comic Con crowd seemed to agree.
The remake of Red Dawn has been in the pipeline for, like, ever. But aside from a couple of photos we haven’t really seen anything from it…
Entertainment Tonight has the pre-trailer trailer footage, which conveniently found its way to You Tube (embedded below) which saves you the shame of having to watch Entertainment Tonight. Based on the 1984 film of the same name, Red Dawn stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and Connor Cruise (son of Tom) as a group of American teens in the Pacific Northwest who form an insurgent force to defeat a North Korean invasion of America.
The film’s been jammed up in the financial plumbing of MGM’s recent money trouble, but it’s now set for release this November 21. In the meantime though, cast your eyes on this new, surprisingly compelling, first footage.
The semi-historical vampire action movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter opens this weekend. The reviews are coming in, and boy are they mixed. What’s interesting though is that these critics below are praising the filmmakers for their dedication to historical accuracy, and Lincoln portrayer Benjamin Walker is also receiving praise for his performance.
Below are some initial thoughts on the movie. Interestingly there’s none from major critics like Hitfix, Rolling Stone, EW, et al, but chances are we’ll hear from them before Friday.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a strange film, but then it was always going to be. It diverges wildly from the book and mostly for the better, adding more humour and some sense of its own ridiculousness, while also delivering some top notch action scenes. But the story is half formed and the final battle unsatisfying, while the use of the character of Lincoln never really feels essential. And you’d be well advised to catch it in 2D, if you can.2.5/5
There are a lot of amusing nods to historical events and characters that anyone with a high school diploma will find entertaining. But it’s the overall feel of the film that I loved most. Beside’s Walkers spot on Abe, it’s a very dark and violent film. Initially I was sure the studio would want to sell as many tickets as possible to a film that had vampire in the title and slap a PG-13 rating on it. However, Fox, trusting a successful R-rated director in Timur, held nothing back and the film is better for it. It’s incredibly violent and features vampires in the correct and demonic light with which they should be seen. It’s not overly campy but it’s just enough to smirk at and you’ll find yourself saying “Really?” only a few times. The action is far too much fun and grabs you from the first axe swing till the last twirl. Abe’s axe is the new bending bullet.3.5/5
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’s heart may be in the right place — and any film that makes people interested in reading up on the real Lincoln must be commended — but overall the film is, ironically, bloodless, chugging along from Great Lincoln Historical Moment to carefully choreographed action set-piece without ever generating much energy or enthusiasm.5.5/10
The fine people at Universal have brought us another look at the upcoming re-launch of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. There are also some new indications as to where the plot’s going in this new film, which subs Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne for Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross.
Combining old and new characters, it seems that The Bourne Legacy follows Cross as he tries to outrun the government’s attempt to wipe out the last dregs of Treadstone. There also seems to be some significant overlap between Legacy, and the last film, The Bourne Ultimatum, with some clips and scenes from the previous film edited into the story.
So what’s next with the story of Bourne and friends? Let’s role the video tape…
Synopsis: The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
The Bourne Legacy will be out in theaters on August 3rd.
When they started sewing the seeds for The Avengers back in 2008′s Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson was there helping to lay the ground work as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. And ever since, Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have become a bigger and bigger presence in the Marvel films, from The Incredible Hulk to the finale of last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
According to Jackson, the reason for that has as much to do with making S.H.I.E.L.D. feel like a real, functional organization as it does with being a cool Easter Egg.
“We do know that his organization is a real organization. His paranoia is not paranoia but a real founded fear,” says Jackson of Fury’s motivation in The Avengers. Apparently, one of the subplots of the film is Fury’s attempt to justify the necessity of the super-team. “There is a need for the Avengers Initiative, and that [puts him] at odds with the powers that be. Which we assume anyway, because he bucks against the system in an interesting way.”
Of course, The Avengers is the result of years of work and planning, but is there anyway that a “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could be its own movie? Jackson says it can, but with conditions.
“Natasha [Scarlett Johansson] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn’t do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They’re essential elements of what’s there,” he explains. “I don’t know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose … I mean, we’re not superheroes. We’re more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with good toys—closer to a Bond movie than a superhero movie.”
Well that sounds provocative.
You can get a load of all of Jackson’s comments for yourself, via this video interview courtesy of MTV
It’s close to that time: the release of Diseny’s John Carter! If your whistle hasn’t yet been made wet for this long awaited adaptation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, click on the player below to see the clip which involves some running, jumping and a lot of aliens being bossed around by Mark Strong:
Synopsis:From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”–a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
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