It’s only twenty months until the as-yet-untitled sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (several sources claim that the words ‘Star Wars‘ will be somewhere in the title) is released, so of course it’s time to start gearing up for it. Star Wars fans should already have their appetites whetted for more information with the recent release of Force Awakens on DVD and Blu-Rey (pun!) and the great-looking trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One that bunched the panties of the kind of misogynists who would be genuinely outraged at being called misogynists. Well, prepare to have those appetites sated and check out the photos that were released by director Rian Johnson below.
Sure, August isn’t even half over yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to the fall. Or December for that matter. Of course, it’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens that we all want to hear about, see footage from, and digest every morsel about, and as luck would have it, Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall Movie Preview arrives this week to fill that gaping void in new Star Wars news that just wasn’t filled by that two seconds of the new footage from the international trailer. Are we spoiled? Absolutely. Do we want more? You’re gosh darn right we do! So get ready for some cool new photos from the biggest film yet to be released in 2015. (more…)
06-03-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
If you live in Cleveland, and you heard what you thought was the sound of gun fire and explosions today, don’t worry, it wasn’t an attack, at least not if you’re name is The Falcon or Black Widow. Yes, they were filming a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the Memorial Shoreway overpass at West 3rd St. in Cleveland, and Cleveland.com (via Comic Book Movie) got some pictures of the shoot.
There’s a full photo gallery below, but what is it that they were filming? Excellent question, and Comic Book Movie did a nice little breakdown that may offer some slight spoilers, so read on at your own mitigated risk:
As you’ve seen in photos earlier today, the Winter Soldier is riding on top of a vehicle and in this vehicle are what appeared to be his personal armed posse. After the vehicle stops the minions get out with machine guns poised to fire and the Winter Soldier gets off the hood of the vehicle.
The Winter Soldier is carrying a grenade launcher and raises is at a vehicle that had both the doubles for the Black Widow and Falcon (or Sam Wilson, whichever way he is called in this film). He let’s off a blast. His fellows-in-arms open fire as well. Sadly, the photo taken of the Winter Soldier with the launcher was obscured and blurry.
Our heroes take cover from the blast and gunshots and it appeared they were preparing themselves for some hand-to-hand fighting versus the Winter Soldier and his armed buddies. Winter Soldier and his posse versus the Black Widow and Falcon?!
05-27-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
Happy Memorial Day everyone. To celebrate go to the official site for Thor: The Dark World. The film comes out on November 8th, but you can go to the website now and see photos, get downloads and other stuff.
But seriously, you want something a little more spoilery than a studio sanctioned website. I hear you. Which is why we now present these new photos from Empire Magazine. I actually lied just then about the spoilers, there’s really nothing resembling spoiler, but unless I’m mistaken, this is our first look at Christopher Eccleston as Dark Elf leader Malekith. Check out the photo gallery below:
Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins, and directed by Alan Taylor comes out in theaters this fall.
As filming continues on Marc Webb‘s Amazing Spider-man 2, the first official images from filming have made their way out from Columbia Pictures. With people having already seen Jamie Foxx‘s Electro, with his blue skin and bald head, Webb decided it was time to show off the powerless scientist Max Dillon with the caption “Day 52. My name is Max.” A far cry from the Navi-skinned person we saw previously, Foxx is much more nerd than Peter Parker ever looked.
Check out the first look after the jump.
A lot of people have been disapproving of Foxx’s look, but they must realize this is a movie and there are make-up departments that specialize in making someone look different. Jamie himself has described Max as a “nobody” so it fits his character has to look the part. You can’t expect him to be all groomed and professional like Harry Osborn, after all. Speaking of which, not long after Webb tweeted his picture Dane DeHaan released a first look at this franchise’s Harry and thankfully he’s no James Franco.
Dane certainly looks like someone who’s the successor of Oscorp and if you’ve seen Chronicle you know how evil he can be on screen. He might finally be the Harry Osborn we’ve wanted for a long time. Now we just need to see Paul Giamatti and we’re all set.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giamatti, Colm Feore, Chris Cooper, Sally Field, and Felicity Jones is slated for theaters May 2nd, 2014.
03-18-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
The Wolverine is one of the mostly anticipated movies of the summer, and fans are hoping a return to form for Marvel’s fiercest merry mutant, and star Hugh Jackman is hoping for the same.
“I’m thrilled the studio called it The Wolverine instead of Wolverine 2, because we’re trying to set it up as a standalone picture,” Jackman says in a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie) magazine. “Tonally, it’s different from the other X-Men movies. It’s got massive action sequences, as people would expect, and it’ll be great fun. But it is a character-driven movie. It’s about a guy completely out of his element, in this world that’s foreign to him, and how he copes with that. I feel like we have the opportunity to deliver that badass, kick-ass Wolverine I know everybody wants to see.”
And don’t think Jackman’s lost much in the 13 years since he first played the character. A lot of people thought there was some Photoshopped assistance in that publicity still, but Jackman’s co-star Will Yun Lee, who’s rumored to be playing the villain Silver Samurai in the film, says believe the hype.
“I’ve seen playbacks of Hugh fighting different characters in the movie he’s no joke! He’s probably in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in all the X-Mens,” he says. “The fighting style in the this movie is very Japanese-specific. The movie’s stunt team 8711 is probably one of the best in the business. In training they beat me up all day and I could barely even walk home! Because we’re dealing with weapons like swords and Wolverine’s claws, even though they’re fake, you’re still just a fraction away from getting hurt or getting hit in the eye…I was like, ‘Oh my god, I better not miss my timing.'”
But is the viciousness of the fight going to be a pain for The Wolverine once the ratings board gets a hold of it? Director James Mangold doesn’t think so. “I don’t tend to think of that per se,” he says. “But I do want the movie to have an intensity. I don’t want it to feel just like a CG fest. I think so much of what’s badass about Wolverine is his physicality: the sweat, blood, passion and anger. What we trying to do in terms of the action is restore, or even for the first time kind of explore his physicality on a more visceral level.”
In other news, Mangold confirmed through his Twitter account (via Geek Tyrant) that The Wolverine trailer will be coming out in front of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on March 27.
Meanwhile, to tide you over, here are some more images from film.
The Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Brian Tee. It’s set to hit theaters on July 26th, 2013.
It’s another early Christmas present for Star Trek fans as Empire magazine features a big spread of new photos from Into Darknessas the cover story for its 2013 preview issue. Meanwhile, in other areas of the internet, Benedict Cumberbatch talked to GyaO! in great detail about his villainous role as John Harrison, the catalyst for the action in the sequel who right now may or may not be identified by a Miranda Tate-like alias to mask his true identity.
Let’s do words first. Cumberbatch, with some support/supervision by director J.J. Abrams, enlightened GyaO! (via Coming Soon) as to the methods and motivations of the Harrison character. I don’t think there’s anything below that might answer fan questions about potential secret identities, but its actually nice to hear both Abrams and Cumberbatch finally shed some light on character with so much mystery built in.
Here’s what they had to say:
“When J.J. described the role to me, he described someone who was, in movie terms, a mixture of Hannibal Lecter, Jack in ‘The Shining,’ and the Joker in ‘Batman,'” Cumberbatch said. “…He’s someone who has enormous physical strength. He’s someone who is incredibly dangerous, both as a physical entity and through the use of various technologies and weapons and who performs acts of what I would describe as terrorism. He’s also a psychological master. He manipulates the minds of those around him to do his bidding in a very, very subtle way.”
“His name is John Harrison and he is sort of an… average guy who works in an organization called Starfleet,” Abrams added, “and he turns against the group because he has got this backstory and this kind of amazing secret agenda. After two very violent attacks, one in London and one in the US, our characters have to go after this guy and apprehend him. And it is a far more complicated and difficult thing then they ever anticipated. ‘Into Darkness’ is very much about how intense it gets and really what they are up against.”
Now here’s the goodies. A veritable ton o’ never-before-seen shots from Into Darkness feature much of the major cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and Cumberbatch. Select an image and click to embiggen. (Thanks to Coming Soon for doing all the tedious scanning.)
Star Trek Into Darkness comes out in theaters everywhere May 17, 2013.
At this past weekend’s Comic-Con fans eagerly awaited the debut footage of Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful and it did not disappoint. The fantastic opening, the transition from black and white to vibrant color, an ending that made you scratch your head, it all looked marvelous. Now Disney has released several images showing off the world of Oz designed by Robert Stromberg.
Having worked on James Cameron’s Avatar and the upcoming Maleficent, Stromberg knows how to bring a story’s visual components to life. And in these half dozen images Disney shows off exactly what their production designer can do. Sure, we’ve already seen much of this in the trailer, but it’s still pretty cool to see more of the colorful and intricate set pieces.
Oz: The Great and Powerful imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. 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 and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
Oz: The Great and Powerful opens in theaters everywhere March 8, 2013.
An epic journey across the ocean, sets the premise for our next wonderful bit of nerdy news surrounding the most anticipated prequel to hit the big screen “The Hobbit”. This tidbit of news is part of Ain’t it Cool News‘ weekly column on all things Tolkien, and on this week’s adventures in New Zealand we get to see all the behind the scenes photos and some excerpted highlights of adventures on the set.
The first exciting siting in the movie was none other than… Frodo Baggins!
“Ain’t it Cool News” reporter states:
“The crew was setting up a crane out on the narrow walkway in front of Bag End for their first shot actually in Hobbiton in over 10 years. Because of the narrow and steep path down, the crew had to bring crane parts down and assemble much of it there. It took a little while, but before too long the familiar circular green front door of Bag End cracked open and out stepped an even more familiar face.
Munching on jellied toast, Frodo Baggins sauntered out and hopped down the steps leading to the mailbox, grabbed some mail and headed back inside.What’s Frodo doing in The Hobbit? I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can say that Frodo is part of the connecting tissue between The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring.”
With the somewhat controversial yet no less exciting Blu-ray releaese of the entire Star Wars saga the internet has been hit with a treasure trove of never before seen extras. The first batch of goodies which cropped up today is this gallery of rare, behind-the-scenes photos from the original trilogy.
The photos are cute, funny and completely nostalgic of time when puppets and scale models were the height of special effects technology. CGI ruined my childhood! Well, except for all those incredible films that could never have happened with out it…umm… Check out gallery below.
Anyone pick up the Blu-ray of any of the Star Wars films today? What d’ya think? Totally worth the hype?