I saw The Fifth Element during it’s opening week in the theater, and unlike the relatively small crowd who were also there in the cinema to watch, I got it! I read critical reaction and saw the box office returns. Words like “train wreck,” “flawed,” “overblown” and “misfire” were thrown around, but none of that sounded like the film I had watched and enjoyed from beginning to end. Was I crazy? It turns out I wasn’t so much because almost 20 years The FifthElement – like The Wizard of Oz,Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Blade Runner – it’s got more fans than detractors now. Time, as John Lennon once said wounds all heels. Does the same fate await Jupiter Ascending? I don’t want to speak too soon, but I would argue that it’s not as bad as everyone is letting on. (more…)
With less than two months until the release date of the Wachowskis‘ brothers latest sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, Warner Brothers has announced that the film’s release date has been moved to February 6th, 2015. Why the change? (more…)
After the staggering scope of Cloud Atlas, you’d think that the Wachowskis would be scaling back their massive sci-fi ambitions a bit (especially since that movie didn’t exactly set the box office on fire). Yet Jupiter Ascending, their latest bit of insane-looking spectacle, seems to be just as heady and weird, fitting easily into the singular body of work they’ve created for themselves since The Matrix in 1999. Today, a third trailer for the film gives us a glimpse of the action contained within their latest opus and it looks as if the Wachowskis aren’t putting away their “pew pew” guns away any time soon.
There’s a new Jupiter Ascendingtrailer hitting today, but until we get our latest glimpse of the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlasfollow-up in motion, we have two “side of a van” worthy character banners to whet our appetite. One has Channing Tatum flashing his beefy tattooed arms, while the other features Mila Kunis looking like she’s waiting to get admitted into a free Ben Kweller show at SXSW.
There’s a new International trailer for the Wachowski brother’s Jupiter Ascendingmaking the Internet rounds. Is it just me or is there something terrifyingly disturbing about Channing Tatum with elf ears? (more…)
We’ve all seen our fair share of fake posters for movies that fans would like to see, courtesy of the almighty Internetz (and the wonders of Photoshop). Just a little while ago, however, came an actual poster that, while it’s true intentions remains unknown, has sparked a bit of speculation. Check out the one-sheet in the pics below. (more…)
Sam Raimi‘s Oz the Great and Powerful hasn’t even opened yet and the sequel is already in the works. Disney has hired Mitchell Kapner (The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards) to write the follow-up script, which continues the adventures of James Franco’s Oz. Disney is betting that the movie will do blockbuster numbers and are eager to keep the ball rolling.
The movie stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the film, which, despite lukewarm critic’s reviews, is looking to earn $80 million to $90 million in it’s opening weekend. Oz the Great and Powerful needs a strong opening to help recoup the Government sized budget, reportedly over the $200 million mark.
In a related story James Franco got a star on the Hollywood Walk 0f Fame yesterday.
Sam Raimi spoke at the ceremony:
“Working with James over the years, I’ve learned many things about him. James is a teacher, a poet, a sculptor, an actor, a director, a writer, a producer, a basket weaver – the thing goes on and on for days! Seems like we’re always discovering James’ next endeavor.
“Today we join the rest of the world to honour you in your achievements with a much-deserved star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame, a star made from marble – which you yourself have hewn from a mountain, from brass that you have smelted!”
Franco teared up during his speech and said:
“I wish that I could put a bunch of names on this star because this is a collaborative business… The people behind the scenes, the people who have been there for me, all the way through, if I could, I’d put all your names on there. Thank you, and I’ll always remember this.”
In a few more weeks, we will behold Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful, the modernized, updated prequel to the MGM classic film. Naturally, as we get closer to the release date we’ll see more and more clips, like this one, which features Rachel Weisz as Evanora and Mila Kunis as Theodora arguing over the veracity of the Wizard’s claims when he arrives in Oz from Kansas, and it ends with explosive results. Watch the clip below:
The film co-stars James Franco as the Wizard and Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.
By now you may have already figured out which witch goes green come the end of Oz the Great and Powerful, but it’s a mystery they’re desperately clinging to for the film’s promotion, as you can see in the teaser below. If you’d like to remain unspoiled about whether it’s Rachel Weisz‘s Evanora or Mila Kunis‘ Theodora then wait until Oz releases on March 8th, otherwise check out these pics posted to Comic Forum. They leave no question as to which witch is the Wicked Witch.
Obligatory SPOILER WARNING goes here. Do not continue below the video if you’d like to keep her true identity a secret.
Actor Sean Bean has already made a solid name for himself in the realm of fantasy movies. Tackling two major franchises in the form of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones definitely provides you with some geek-cred. Now it looks like he’s ready to move to the sci-fi genre, as he’s just been confirmed as cast in the new Wachowski project, Jupiter Ascending.
If you haven’t heard of the flick, it revolves around a world where humans basically suck. We are at the bottom of the evolutionary scale as far as the rest of the universe in concerned. But one human lady attracts the ire of a jealous alien queen, who then sends an assassin to kill her. The inevitable cliché sets in at this point and the assassin falls in love with his prey.
Where Bean comes into the film is unknown, though rumors place him in the role of Stinger, your classic charming, handsome, roguish mercenary type. Who no doubt will die at the end…
Bean will be joining up with Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne. Jupiter Ascending is slotted to begin shooting sometime this year.