May 31, 2013

New "Man of Steel" featurette

I've never been a huge Superman fan. A lot of that has to do with the cheesecake way he's been treated - especially in the cinematic world - up to now. But this take on ol' Kal-el has me intrigued. Maybe it's just heaviosity fatigue, maybe its that Zack Snyder and Co seem to have done a pretty good job making simple virtues seem interesting: at least so far. Will the finished product live up to the promo materials? We'll find out in a couple of weeks. In the meantime enjoy this featurette.

"Man of Steel" opens June 14th.

"Machete Kills" trailer

Looks like everything a Machete fan could ask for. Hot, dangerous babes, gallons of blood, lots of formerly animated biomass and Carlos Estevez as POTUS. Bring it on!

"Machete Kills" slices and dices its way into theaters this September.

May 30, 2013

Ahnuld speaks on "Terminator 5" status

The under appreciated "Terminator Salvation" served to bring the franchise to a grinding halt a couple of years ago. Since then though the Impregnator has returned to Hollywood and with him came expectations that he'd somehow try to revive his signature role. A few months ago confirmation came that Ahnuld would be back for T5 and now he's given a (very brief) update on the film's progress in a conversation with metro UK.

MUK: What can you tell us about Terminator 5?
Schwarzenegger: We’re writing it now. There are three projects being written that involve me. One is Terminator 5, the other is a Conan movie that Universal is doing and there’s the sequel to Twins, which is called Triplets. We’ll all look quite different in that. The third triplet is Eddie Murphy, so figure that one out.

New trailer for "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters"

Percy fights the baddies laying siege to Hogwart's then takes on Kronos from "Wrath of the Titans" in this new trailer for "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters".

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" opens August 7th.

New clip from "World War Z"

The obligatory "you're our best guy" piece of exposition. Let's hope this scene is sandwiched between lots of marauding zombies!

World War Z hits theaters June 21st.

Always ask before washing someone's windshield

Machine Gun woman is having a tough day.

May 29, 2013

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 24 - May 27, 2013

These figures are for the full, 4-day Memorial Day weekend.

1) Fast and Furious 6 $117 Million
2) The Hangover Part III $50.2 Million
3) Star Trek Into Darkness $47.1 Million
4) Epic $42.8 Million
5) Iron Man 3 $24.6 Million
6) The Great Gatsby $17 Million
7) Mud $2.5 Million
8) 42 $1.7 Million
9) The Croods $1.6 Million
10) Oblivion $1 Million

The number one movie a year ago this week was Sony's "MIB III" which debuted in the top spot with $54.5 million in ticket sales.

(Green indicates new release)

May 28, 2013

New TV spots for "Man of Steel"

Both of these new spots contain some previously unseen footage. I think the highlight for me is in the second spot where Supes goes all heat-ray vision. It's about time!

Here's a still from the 2nd spot will Kal-el bringing the heat!

"Man of Steel" opens June 14th.

May 27, 2013

TV spot 2 for "Pacific Rim"

I'm excited for this film because it looks to me like someone finally got the whole "angry giant rises from the sea and rains destruction on the modern world" thing right. Could it be? I hope I hope I hope. As for this TV spot: it has several new snippets not seen in the trailers, which automatically makes it worth a look.

"Pacific Rim" rises July 12th.

Off the beaten track trailer of the day - "The Act of Killing"

"I'm a winner!"
I beg to differ.

Official blurb: In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), the filmmakers examine a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, The Act of Killing is an unprecedented film and, according to the Los Angeles Times, "could well change how you view the documentary form.

May 26, 2013

"Thor: The Dark World" official site up and running

Now that "Iron Man 3" is firmly ensconced above the billion dollar box office mark Marvel is moving on with the marketing for it's other high profile properties. Next in line is the one I'm personally the most excited about: "Thor: The Dark World". The movie, due in theaters in November, catches up with the god of thunder as he adjusts to the new realities imposed by events in "Thor" and "The Avengers" and now has an official website to boot. Here's part of the official blurb from the site.

Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

This month's issue of Empire magazine also has a slew of new photos from the production. Here are a few.

May 23, 2013

New trailer for Ron Howard's "Rush"

Normally I'm of the mind that auto racing is only slightly more exciting than, say, watching movers work. They emerge from the truck, go into the house, come back to the truck, go back to the house. WOW!  Be still my heart.

Somehow though Ron Howard has managed to make "motorsport" (let's be clear; auto racing is not a sport) look interesting in this trailer for his upcoming film "Rush". All I can say is if he's managed to work that miracle what's next? "Move"?

"Rush" starring Chris Hemsworth is due in theaters in late September.

"Pacific Rim" featurette

This short feature from my most anticipated film of the upcoming summer delves into the make believe science involved in bridging 2 brains and then using them to control a robot the size of an office building. Quite a lot of previously unseen footage here that makes it as much a new trailer as a featurette. Check it out.

"Pacific Rim" opens July 12th.

May 22, 2013

New trailer for "Man of Steel"

This one gets more into the conflict between Kal-el and General Zod. Looks epic.

"Man of Steel" hits screens June 14th.

May 21, 2013

First trailer for "Blood Ties" starring Clive Owen

The 70's are back with a vengeance in the trailer for French director Guillaume Canet's first English language effort "Blood Ties". Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup and James Caan co-star along side Clive Owen.

Here's the official blurb:

Brothers Frank and Chris Pierzynski grew up in the same rough neighborhood of Brooklyn only to find themselves on completely different paths. Now, in 1973, Frank is a captain in the local precinct of the NYPD and Chris is finishing up a 12-year prison stint for murder. When Chris is released early, he tries to fight off criminal temptations for the sake of family but soon falls into his old ways. Now with his job on the line and the fate of his brother in his hands, Frank must decide where his true loyalties lie...

"Blood Ties" is scheduled for a 2013 release in the States but a definitive date has yet to be nailed down.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 17 - May 19, 2013

1) Star Trek Into Darkness $70.1 Million
2) Iron Man 3 $35.7 Million
3) The Great Gatsby $23.9 Million
4) Pain and Gain $3.2 Million
5) The Croods $3 Million
6) 42 $2.8 Million
7) Oblivion $2.3 Million
8) Mud $2.2 Million
9) Peeples $2.1 Million
10) The Big Wedding $1.2 Million

The number one movie a year ago this week was Marvel's "The Avengers" which held on to the top spot for a third consecutive week with $55.6 million in receipts.

(Green indicates new release)

May 18, 2013

Trailer for sci-fi drama "Europa Report"

The drawbacks of putting scientists into space instead of rough and ready test pilots is shown in stark relief in this trailer for the upcoming "Europa Report". When the crew of the space vessel Europa run into some unexpected trouble on Jupiter's moon of the same name and it's time to man up the crew is revealed to be decidedly deficient in badassness and suffer the consequences. Lot o' good that post doc in astrobiology is going to do you now!

"Europa Report" is due in US theaters June 27th.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" - 2013 - movie review

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is not the completely original work I was hoping it would be but it's good work. Damned good work. Exciting, well acted, visually sumptuous and zippy as all get-out it hits all the right beats, even if we've heard the tune before. And we have: it used to be called "The Wrath of Khan".

Director JJ Abrams came back toward the canon with this effort after pretty forcefully stating with the 2009 reboot that he intended to go off in a different direction. Some would say he's still in that unchartered territory here - hell, Uhura is still lip-locking ol' pointy ears after all and Scotty still has his decidedly un-TOS armadillo-lookin' sidekick - but the difference between the two films is that in the first one "Old Trek" was used sparingly just to remind us from time to time what franchise we were warping around in while here it's the "Old Trek" themes, characters and characterizations that are front and center and the "New Trek" that's used sparingly (just to remind us from time to time that we're in that alternate reality created in the first movie).

All that said however I for one have no problem with Star Trek leaning heavily on, well, Star Trek for inspiration and the fact that for this film they've leaned on the best of all Star Trek movies means that most Trek fans will find this movie as easy goin' down as a baby finds a bottle of warm chocolate milk.

The film starts with a couple who are dealing with the life-threatening illness of their daughter. On the verge of giving up hope the father is approached outside their child's hospital by a man who says he can deliver the daughter to health. Offers like that don't just fall out of the sky however and you know there's got to be an enormous "if" attached to it, and there is. In return for his child's health the father - a member of Starfleet as it turns out - agrees to help the stranger with his plan to rain ruin down upon said organization. The father's actions - during which he sacrifices his own life - also sets up a theme that will reverberate throughout the film: that of men giving the last measure of their being in the service of their family. Whatever form those families may take.

The man with the magic healing powers and bad attitude turns out to be John Harrison, himself a member of Starfleet whose motives are at first unclear. Kirk (who's been ousted from the Enterprise's big chair for his willful disregard for the prime directive) sees Harrison's gambit for what it is; a setup that will bring the top Starfleet brass together in one room where he can have at them. But Kirk's too late in alerting his colleagues and before the blood letting stops in the conference room he'll be thrust back into the Captain's chair and set on a collision course with Harrison.

It's soon revealed however that Harrison is not Harrison at all. He's Khan. A genetically modified superbeing from the past full of sound and fury signifying nothing. On the one hand he's principled enough to notify Kirk of malfeasance on the part of Starfleet hierarchy on the other hand he's self-absorbed enough to use that treasonous behavior as little more than flimsy justification for the implementation of his own self-serving agenda. His is the paradox of the wistle-blower: without them society would be markedly worse off, but who wants anything to do with a rat? Especially one who thinks he's better than you?

Kirk, when faced with the dual problems presented by both the threat Khan represents and the unmistakable truth of his accusations, must grow up in a hurry if he's to prevail and does just that (though the late-game heroics of another crew member will take some of the starch out of the nobility of Kirks actions).

If there's a problem with "Into Darkness" other than the fact that it's really a remake of an earlier Trek film its that the film simply never slows down. No one in Abrams' universe has apparently heard of walking. If there's bi-pedal movement to be done then one must run and if by some weird circumstance one should find oneself standing still then it's the steadycam guy/girl who must be running - at you, by you, around you. Action movies have slowly been evolving toward little more than elaborate dance numbers ever since "The Matrix" married slow-mo, stop-mo, accelerated motion and digital effects some 14 years ago. "Into Darkness" while devoid of bullet time is nonetheless every bit as much "Flashdance" as it is "2001".

To it's credit though "Into Darkness" is part "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" as well; unafraid to poke a stick into the ribs of power and ask: "What the hell do you think you're doing?" By that I'm referring to Abrams and the writers broadside at the Obama administration's incredibly short-sighted and misguided policy of summary execution of alledged enemies on foreign soil by way of unmanned drone strikes. Anyone who thinks that policy isn't going to come back to haunt us sooner or later simply isn't living in the real world and even the headstrong and narcassistic Kirk is smart enough to steer clear of its equivalent in this film.

The cast here is once again first rate. Chris Pine holds down the big chair just fine and Zachary Quinto is doing an admirable job growing into his pointy ears. Benedict Cumberbatch is impressive as well and, for my money, a much more suitable Khan than Mr Corinthian leather was some 30 years ago. (Forgive me Ricardo, wherever you are.) But the real star of the cast is Karl Urban who disappears completely into the role of Dr McCoy. While his character is not crucial to the development of the story he nonetheless impresses Gary Oldman-style with the ease of his talent.

All in all "Star Trek Into Darkness" is a bold step back toward the center of the Trek universe in the form of an energetic, visually breathtaking and well acted remake of the one Trek film that has rightly hovered above all others for 3 decades now. It may not be quite on level with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" - mostly because of a few cheap twists it applies to the original story which seem to speak more to the writer's lack of imagination more than anything else - but it's not far behind and is well worth an evening at the multiplex.

Verdict: ★★★★

May 17, 2013

New full-length trailer for "Pacific Rim"

July 12th can't get here fast enough as this has shot to the top of my 'most anticipated' list.

"The Young and Prodigious Spivet" - trailer

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) goes all Americana in this amazing trailer from his upcoming "The Young and Prodigious Spivet". Saturday Evening Post covers have nothing on this. Helena Bonham Carter, Kyle Catlett and Kathy Bates star. Here's the official blurb.

A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

No US release date as of this writing but I'm hoping that's going to change.

Mickey Rourke to return for "Expendables III"

After sitting out "Expendables II" Mickey Rourke has apparently been talked into returning for the third installment in Sly Stallone's cameo-fest for Geritol driven bad-asses. That can only be a good thing as EII flirted with being unwatchable and having an actor of Rourke's ability involved can't help but elevate things.

What Sly should do now is publicly admit that he can't write, apologize to those who ponied up hard-earned money for II and go out and find a professional to pen the new story. Though I'm not holding my breath for that. Still, good news is good news. Welcome back Mickey.

May 16, 2013

First trailer for "Riddick"

"Pitch Black" was an unexpected gem that worked because of its strong ensemble cast and compelling Alien-esque story line. The follow up; "The Chronicles of Riddick" didn't work because it took what was basically just a tough guy from "Pitch Black" and thrust him into the center of interplanetary politics. With this third film - "Riddick" - it seems the film makers have decided to return to the character's roots, and I for one couldn't be happier. Take a look.

"Riddick" opens September 6th.

May 13, 2013

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 10 - May 12, 2013

1) Iron Man 3 $72.5 Million
2) The Great Gatsby $50 Million
3) Pain and Gain $5 Million
4) Peeples $4.6 Million
5) 42 $4.5 Million
6) Oblivion $4.1 Million
7) The Croods $3.6 Million
8) Mud $2.5 Million
9) The Big Wedding $2.4 Million
10) Oz The Great and Powerful $1 Million

The number one movie a year ago this week was Marvel's "The Avengers" which held on to the top spot for a second week with a $103 million haul.

(Green indicates new release)

May 12, 2013

New "Man of Steel" tv spot

Though it's short this spot contains a healthy percentage of previously unseen footage.

Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" hits theaters June 14th.

May 11, 2013

Off the beaten track trailer of the day - "Captain Harlock: Space Pirate"

What I love about manga heroes is that they never do anything until they consult their hair stylist first. And just in case anyone doubts they're really heroes there's those pouty lips and contrapposto poses to drive the point home. Bottom line: if you like your heroes vain and frail then Captain Harlock is your, uh, man.

"Trance" - 2013 - movie review

Danny Boyle's "Trance" is an intricate mindf**k of a film. One that brings to mind film's like "Memento" and "Shutter Island" as well as some of Hitchcock's more cerebral efforts. Some have compared it to Nolan's "Inception" and while that comparison is understandable for my money "Trance" is the more satisfying. "Inception" aimed high and missed, "Trance" aims for that spot between your eyes and connects with deadly accuracy.

Simon (James McAvoy) works at the equivalent of Sotheby's or Christie's. One of those select auction houses where the idol rich play one-up with each other using the art treasures of the West. One fine day the auction house comes under siege just as "Witches in the Air" by Goya is about to hit the block. A group of men invade wielding a multitude of weapons and our man Simon's defensive training kicks in. He snatches the painting off the easel and spirits it away. Just as he's about to leave the building with it the ringleader of the invaders, Franck, (Vincent Cassel) stops him and demands the painting. It's pretty obvious there's some kind of relationship between the two even though Simon tases him. Franck retaliates with a vicious blow to the head that knocks Simon unconscious and then makes his escape, Goya in tow. A short time later he's in his lair with the rest of the crew. They all gather round for the big unveiling of this $40 million dollar painting but there's a problem. There's no painting in the frame.

From here the film morphs from a heist film to a tense psychological thriller with all eyes on Simon. You see, though he was hailed as a kind of hero for his apparent effort to thwart the robbers, it turns out he was in on the heist. However, for some unknown reason he chose at the last minute to cut the painting from it's frame and stash it away. But when Franck wacked him over the head poor Simon's brain went all mushy and he can't remember why he removed the painting from the frame or where he stashed it.

Franck, in his desperation, turns to a hypnotist to try and jog Simon's memory. The hypnotist, Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), doesn't know what to make of her charge at first but over time that will change. Dawson herself rises to the challenge the part lays at her feet and is never short of brilliant, deftly navigating the space between and around the two male leads. For his part Vincent Cassel does an equally wonderful job playing a mobster who's in over his head in a game whose rules he doesn't understand. By turns menacing, patient, out of control and large-and-in-charge you can see his Frank continually trying to figure things out in order to find some way to check his opponents.

James McAvoy also has a part he can sink his teeth into with Simon. His character arc is disturbing and complex and MacAvoy does an admirable job inhabiting the skin of a man who may have chosen to forget what he's unwilling to face, though he's not the only one who'll be revealed to have memory issues.

It's pretty much impossible to discuss the narrative any further without talking spoilers and this is not the kind of film I want to be responsible for spoiling. It's a smart, well made, adult film full of twists and turns. It raises more than a few unnerving ethical and moral (not to mention narrative) questions and if the end doesn't leave you spinning then, well, you haven't been paying attention.

Danny Boyle handles the intricate narrative with the sure hand of the born story teller. The movie could have easily spiraled off into farce or parody or become preposterous or pretentious, but Boyle (with the help of the fantastic work of his leads) keeps it real-world and exhilarating, fresh and engaging and in the process shoots to the top of my early list of 2013's best directors.

Verdict: ★★★★

May 9, 2013

"300: Rise of an Empire" pushed back to spring 2014

We haven't had much noise coming out of Warner Brothers regarding their big "300" sequel, just a few still images and a poster or two. Seems now there might have been a reason for that, as in: "we don't like what we're seeing", because the Bros have now announced that release of the long awaited sequel is being pushed back from August of this year to March of next year. Of course it might be that they "couldn't be more excited" about the project and decided to delay it so they could enjoy the anticipation for a little while longer. Or maybe they realized a little late just how ridiculous Eva Green looks all dressed up as an historical bad-ass and have decided to reshoot her parts. (Hey, I can hope can't I?)

Promo image from "300: Rise of an Empire"

First trailer for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron doesn't make a lot of movies but the ones he does make are usually memorable. (In my opinion his "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was far and away the best of the Potter films.) So the fact that he was willing to take on this studio reject of a project means he must have seen something in the story that intrigued him and if this first trailer is any indication what he saw was dark. Very dark.

"Gravity" will hit theaters this October.

May 8, 2013

"Jurassic Park 4" on hold

Following a couple of days of wild rumors that ran the gamut from "everything's fine" to "JP4 cancelled" Universal has finally issued an official statement regarding the newest installment in their dinosaur franchise. Here it is via jurassicpark4-movie

In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal's beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise's storied history.

Not sure how "couldn't be more excited" equals "release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date" but hey. If you say so. Another article on the jurassicpark-movie site states that the film is on a temporary hiatus and that several members of the production team have apparently been furloughed.

So the bottom line seems to be that the film is on hold while behind the scenes issues get worked out. If nothing else it seems pretty safe to scratch the previously announced release date of June 13, 2014 off your calendar while we wait and see if and when production resumes.

Not everyone's okay with being furloughed

May 7, 2013

Effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died

I don't know about you but I was raised on Ray. His monsters fired my imagination and populated both my dreams and nightmares. His work represented the gold standard in special effects in the decades before Star Wars and films like "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" still stand up today as singular creations of genius. The list of his film accomplishments is a long one: "Jason and the Argonauts", "Clash of the Titans", "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad', "Mighty Joe Young", "It came from Beneath the Sea", "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and many, many more. Most movie makers would be happy to have one of those films on their resume.

While his method for creating special effects has largely passed into the history books the ability of his work to create wide-eyed attention has not. His obsessive dedication to his craft changed movies for the better and enriched my life, and the lives of countless others, in a way only the work of a true artist can.

Some tributes:

Robert Rodriguez: “Ray is the reason I became a filmmaker. He inspired me with his hands on, do it yourself filmmaking. Filled with imagination and painstaking craftsmanship. A treasure.”

Guillermo del Toro: "He was a true pioneer, a man who took the mantle of stop-motion and elevated it to an art form. Like all great monster makers, he worked almost single-handed. He was designer, technician, sculptor, painter and cinematographer all at once. To my generation, and to every generation of monster lovers to come, he will stand above all. Forever."

J.J. Abrams: “He was, obviously, a genius, infinitely ahead of his time. He inspired us all with his skill and imagination, and will be missed.”

George Lucas: “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no STAR WARS”

James Cameron: “I think all of us who are practitioners in the arts of science fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we’re standing on the shoulders of a giant. If not for Ray’s contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn’t be who we are.”

Ray Harryhausen was 92.

New TV spot for "Man of Steel" ramps up the action

Up to this point most of the trailers/clips for Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" have focused on Clark's existential crisis but finally here in this new TV spot we get a sense of the film's action, and it looks pretty intense.

"Man of Steel" opens wide June 14th.

Off the beaten track trailer of the day - "Legendary: Tomb of the Dragon"

UPDATE:The studio behind this piece of work has made a copyright claim and had the trailer pulled from youtube. If and when a replacement is available we'll have it for you.

Uh... what can you say about a trailer like this (other than the "Tomb of the Dragon" looks more like the "Lair of the Bear")?
How about "Why don't you consider letting them finish what they're saying before cutting away?" Maybe that's too much to ask.
How about this: "Dolf has to be pretty happy he has that "Expendables" gig."
I would imagine so.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 3 - May 5, 2013

1) Iron Man 3 $174.1 Million
2) Pain and Gain $7.5 Million
3) 42 $6 Million
4) Oblivion $5.6 Million
5) The Croods $4.2 Million
6) The Big Wedding $3.8 Million
7) Mud $2.1 Million
8) Oz The Great and Powerful $2.1 Million
9) Scary Movie 5 $1.4 Million
10) The Place Beyond the Pines $1.2 Million

The number one movie a year ago this week was Marvel's "The Avengers" which set a new all-time opening weekend record with an incredible $207.4 million haul.

(Green indicates new release)

May 5, 2013

"Iron Man 3" posts 2nd biggest opening weekend ever

"Iron Man 3" - the Shane Black directed 3rd installment in the adventures of Tony Stark - hauled in a gargantuan total of $175 million through Sunday giving it second place on the all-time opening weekends list behind only last year's "The Avengers". Throw in a mammoth second weekend overseas and IM3 has the 2013 summer season off to a rollicking start with a global box office total of $680 million in just 12 days of release. Seems all but certain at this point that the film will leap the billion dollar bar with room to spare setting itself up as the benchmark for the rest of the summer's slate to aspire to.

Top five all-time opening weekends:

1) The Avengers - 2012 $207.4 Million
2) Iron Man 3 - 2013 $175 Million
3) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II - 2011 $169.1 Million
4) The Dark Knight Rises - 2012 $160.8 Million
5) The Dark Knight - 2008 $158.4 Million

May 4, 2013

New "White House Down" trailer

Besides being a virtual carbon copy of the recently released "Olympus Has Fallen" this new trailer for "White House Down" begs the question: what exactly does director Roland Emmerich have against the White House?

Emmerich's "Independence Day" - 1996

Emmerich's "2012" - 2012

And finally Emmerich's soon to be released "White House Down".

May 3, 2013

"World War Z" featurette

This featurette mostly covers ground the trailers have already trod upon but there are a few shots we haven't seen before. Director Marc Forster narrates.

"World War Z" starring Brad Pitt hits theaters June 21st.

May 2, 2013

Japanese trailer for "Pacific Rim"

Director Guillermo del Toro goes on the record regarding his influences and hopes for Pacific Rim in this trailer made specifically for the Japanese market.

"Pacific Rim" opens July 12th.

New "Man of Steel" TV spot

"Iron Man" (and his attendant box office success) was the obvious influence when it came to naming this film "Man of Steel" but the influences pretty much stop there. While Tony Stark is a smarmy, spoiled, self-important little jerk (not that there's anything wrong with that) Kal-el - aka Clark Kent - is his polar opposite: sober-minded, deferential, humble and self-sacrificing. In this new trailer we hear Jor-el (Russell Crowe) exhort his son to be the one thing Tony could care less about being: a role model.

Zach Snyder directs Crowe, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon and Diane Lane in this Christopher Nolan production.

"Man of Steel" opens June 14th.

May 1, 2013

New trailer for "The Wolverine"

Everyone's going east it seems and that includes Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. In this new trailer ol' steelclaws is making enemies and kickin' booty all over the land of the rising sun. Fear not for the sideburned one however, he's looking buffer than ever and when you heal from life-threatening wounds in a micro-second you really don't have much to worry about.

"The Wolverine" arrives with his bad attitude apparently still intact on July 26th.