Trailer for Luc Besson’s ‘Lucy’ Might Be Better Than the ‘Black Widow’ Movie We All Have Locked in Our Heads

- 04-02-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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So that might be an exaggeration (as I’m sure your Black Widow fan films are PER-VER-TED!), but I’ve got to hook you somehow, right?

Luc Besson is the king of creating badass, female action leads, and his latest, Lucy, seems to be no different, pitting Scarlett Johansson as a “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic” (the press release’s words, not mine) against what seems to be the entirety of China’s organized crime syndicate. There’s a rocket launcher wielded against her at one point, so I’m probably going to watch it.

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Crom’s Sweaty Mountain Balls!!! Andrea Berloff Hired to Script ‘The Legend of Conan’

- 10-01-13Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Arnold-as-King-ConanI’ve got to start this post with a quick prayer:

Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if this choice of script writer is good or bad. Why she was chosen, or why our fandom died a little inside. All that matters is that fans stood against the Hollywood Many. That’s what’s important! Valor pleases you, Crom . . . so grant me one request. Grant me the words to make people listen to my rant, and if they don’t listen, then to HELL with you!

Why the prayer? Word around the Internet water cooler is that Universal Pictures has hired Andrea Berloff to write the script for what we hoped would be the triumphant return of Arnold Schwazenegger as Conan in, The Legend of Conan. Why am I concerned about this bit of news? Look at Berloff’s past work and tell me where she has shown any capability to handle bringing a sword swinging barbarian to the big screen.

World Trade Center is her best known work to date and I just can’t see how she’s going to make the transition from WTC to the land of Hyboria. I want some “R” rated barbarian king action that embodies Conan’s theory on what is best in life.

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

I fear The Legend of Conan is going to turn into some watered down PG-13 Care Bear fest. It’s Conan the Adventurer all over again. I was excited when I heard that the producers planned to ignore everything that happened after the first movie. No Conan the Destroyer or Momoa Conan reboot to explain, those were only Black Lotus dreams we all had while enjoying the pleasure domes of Kubla Khan.

Marvel Comic’s King Conan series was one of my favorites, I’ve still got the complete run, backed and mylar bagged in my comic collection. Right next to The Savage Sword of Conan set I’m working to complete. When Arnold announced he was finally going to play King Conan, I’ll admit I let out my most manly schoolgirl squee. Now, I’m having some serious issues with where the whole project is going.

What do you think? Of course I am over-reacting, but am I over-over-reacting?

’12 Monkeys’ is Coming to the Small Screen

- 08-26-13TV Posted by NickBungay

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It looks like Hollywood is looking towards the past for the future of television by pillaging movies of the 90s’. A few weeks ago we told you that From Dusk till Dawn would be shooting as a television series in October and now another movie has just been green lighted for a pilot.

In an announcement made earlier today by Syfy, a 60-minute pilot will be shot based on Universal Pictures12 Monkeys. Originally based off of the 1962 short “La Jetée” by Chris Marker, this adaptation from director Terry Gilliam saw Bruce Willis, as convicted criminal James Cole, sent back in time to earn a pardon by collecting a pure sample of a virus that wipes out human life on the surface of the planet. The film grossed $168 million on a budget of $29.5 million and earned co-star Brad Pitt a Golden Globe award and nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.

Shooting is set to begin in November, but is it currently listed as “Cast Contingent” meaning that until the roles played by Bruce and Brad are cast there will be no pilot. The series will be produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment - producer of the original film – and will be scripted by Terra Nova writers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett.

So what do you think? Will this pilot take off next year or is it just another waste of time? Which of Hollywood’s TV “A-list” do you think should be cast in the leads?

Source: Coming Soon

‘Seventh Son’ Release Date All Over the Place

- 08-16-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing the upcoming fantasy flick Seventh Son. Adapted from The Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney, the trailer makes it look interesting enough that there could be the potential for something great lurking within. That is, of course, if audiences get a chance to see the damn thing.

The recent break-up of the relationship between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures has been causing havoc with all sorts of properties, in particular Seventh Son.  At first they were planning on dropping the film in October.  Then it got moved to the movie-killing month of January.  And now that Legendary has switched over to working with Universal, it could change yet again.

Being as how Legendary provided all the financing of the film, Warner Bros. no longer has anything to do with it.  This could be good news for the movie’s release date, depending on what the folks at Universal have to say about what they want.  Either way, we’ll see the thing eventually, but the likelihood of sequels could be greatly affected by the constant switch-ups.

 

Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads-up.

Wanna Be Part of the Solution? Check Out the First ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Viral Video Promo

- 06-26-13Comics, Film Posted by NickBungay

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Admit it, at some time or another you’ve all wanted to be a hero. Now you can put all those years of aspirations and training in your bedroom to good use, because, Kick-Ass and Justice Forever need your help! Sort of.

Now that Jim Carrey has stepped back from the promotion of Kick-Ass 2, Universal Pictures needs another way to help promote their comic book adapted movie. And the solution is simple: a viral video of campaign (probably made before Carrey stepped back) featuring Kick-Ass 2 star Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass recruiting you into the super group Justice Forever. Check it out it the video below.

That’s it? 19 seconds of Kick-Ass  trying to convince you to become a hero? Well, just tell me where to send the non-existent self-addressed envelope with my parents money jammed inside and sign me up! In all seriousness, though, it’s a funny little video and a nice way to promote Kick-Ass 2 even without the support of one of the films biggest stars. Although, if they’re doing one for Justice Forever, how long until we’re seeing Christopher Mintz-Plasse in his Mother Fucker persona promoting the Toxic Mega-Cunts? Maybe very soon.

Kick-Ass 2 is in theaters everywhere August 16th.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Reboot of the Week – More ‘Time’, More ‘Cop’, Less Van Damme

- 05-22-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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It looks like Universal Pictures has gone back to the recycling bin once again and this time the victim is Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1994 time travel action flick, Timecop.  It may be just one of many in Van Damme’s long career of bad movies, but it also happens to be his highest grossing film ever and is widely considered to be one of his best flicks as far as critics are concerned.  Sounds to me like just the right recipe for a properly profitable reboot.

In case you missed this one, the premise of Timecop is pretty simple.  Van Damme is an agent who fights time travel criminals.  He discovers that a politician is abusing the system and making himself powerful.  A conflict ensues and lots of people die.

The flick is currently in its gestational stages, with Universal seeking out writers to put together a decent script.  If successful, we will no doubt see a pile of sequels following the first.  Unfortunately, the new incarnation of Timecop is shaping up to be, according to sources, 100% Van Damme free.

What do the Nerd Readers think about this one?  Is it worth the time and effort to recycle Timecop?  Should Van Damme at least get an honorary cameo?  Should we gather up the CEOs of Universal and have some public executions?

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

Dracula Remake Casting – Dominic Cooper

- 05-09-13Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Just because the world needs yet another vampire film and fast, Universal Pictures has decided to put together one more adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic tale of Dracula.  Currently the show has cast Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon and today it looks like they’ve added someone new to the list – Dominic Cooper.

For those of you that don’t recognize the name (i.e.: most of you), Cooper is the guy that played the in-the-past version of Howard Stark in the first Captain America flick.  No word yet on who he’ll be playing in this one, though I do wonder if maybe his involvement in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter may have gotten him typecast.

Given the mediocre talent level that this film is collecting and the predictably recycled subject matter, I’m guessing the new Dracula is going to be one hell of a turkey.

If you feel the need to mark your calendar, it’s scheduled to release on August 8th of 2014.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.

New ‘Jurassic Park 3D’ Spots Will Bring Back That Terrified Kid in You

- 03-12-13Film Posted by NickBungay

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When I was four my parents let me sit in on my first PG-13 film and it instilled in me a love and fear of dinosaurs for years, all thanks to Jurassic Park. Now, Twenty years and I still can’t say “Goldblum” the same way twice in a row, but in the years since, I’ve prayed to see these murderous creatures in 3D one day.

Two decades later we’re all blessed with the announcement of Jurassic Park 3D. In order to drum up interest before it’s April 5th re-release, Universal Pictures has arranged two new TV spots. “Faster” and “Welcome” are quick, thirty-second spots seem geared more towards bringing back the original, though now older audience, much like Lucasfilm did with the re-release of Episode One.

Using snippets of some of the most intense, heart-racing scenes of Steven Spielberg’s epic should bring back all those old feelings while still creating new interest. Check out the two spots below:

Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking classic JURASSIC PARK in 3D on April 5, 2013.  With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release.  Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough, the film based on the novel by Michael Crichton is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen.

Jurassic Park 3D stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Knight, Richard Attenborough and opens in theaters everywhere April 5th.

Source: Collider

The ‘Oblivion’ Trailer – Now With Commentary

- 12-21-12Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

With it’s chin-stroke worthy premise and backing of Scientology icon Tom Cruise, Sci-Fi film Oblivion is on the fast track to being one of 2013′s most visually impressive and interesting films. I can’t believe I just used the words “impressive” and “interesting” in the same sentence as Tom Cruise. This really must be the end of times…

Just recently director Guillermo del Toro offered a commentary track to the trailer of Pacific Rim. Following this trailer-commentary trend, is Joseph Kosinski.

Jim Vejvoda of IGN sat down with the Oblivion director for a scene by scene breakdown of the trailer; picking his brain for as much information as Kosinski would let out. The pair discuss everything from location of the film and it’s Northeast United States setting, to coy details on Jack Harper’s background and the “Scavs”.

What’s interesting is Kosinski’s inclusion of setting the film 60 years after an alien war on the planet, and the repercussions it held long after the war has ended. It’s rather intriguing.  Check it out below:

Unlike most Sci-Fi films that capture audience’s attention with over the top action and visual effects, Oblivion seems to be able to blend action and substance seamlessly and effectively.

As long as Universal Pictures and Kosinski can keep the momentum going, Oblivion could very well be one of the next big hits for Tom and science-fiction fans.

Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in theaters everywhere April 19th, 2013 with exclusive showings on IMAX starting April 12th, 2013.

Source: Collider

 

Vin Diesel and ‘Riddick’ Announced For September 6th, 2013

- 12-18-12Film Posted by NickBungay

We’ve heard rumors of its reawakening for quite some time, almost like a ghost story you would tell to nerds in convention halls – a sequel to 2004′s Chronicles of Riddick. At one point we even saw concept art, but after that it all faded away. At least until Vin Diesel took to Facebook, that is.

According to the star and his official Facebook page, Riddick, the continuation to the Chronicles of Riddick, will be in theaters and IMAX everywhere as of September 6th, 2013. Another movie with Vin grimacing at the camera in between his copious amounts of fight scenes and cliche dialogue? Be still our beating hearts.

In this Universal Pictures film written and directed by David Twohy, Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. His only way off is to activate an emergency beacon and alert some mercenaries who then rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. Hindering his escape are not only the local alien predators, more lethal than any human he’s encountered, but two mercenary ships looking to cash in on his head. The first are a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second group 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.

Click the jump for the Diesel-posted photo of himself and Twohy from his official Facebook page.
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