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It's summer again, which means it's time for another Woody Allen film. The director has been churning out a new original film every single year for a long time now, and this year is no exception. Last year's To Rome with Love wasn't exactly a home run, but there was some sharp writing and great performances as usual. This year, Allen's film is Blue Jasmine, but as has become standard with everyone of his films, the plot details are still kept under wraps. Anyway, it's the cast that should draw audiences including Cate Blanchett (featured on the first poster below) Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale and Andrew Dice Clay. And that's not even the whole cast. Hopefully we'll get a trailer soon. Poster below!
Before the whole vampire craze, director Neil Jordan crafted his relatively controversial film Interview with the Vampire, based on Anne Rice's book. Now Jordan is heading back into bloodsucking territory with Byzantium, and a new domestic trailer shows the unique film isn't just capitalizing on a trend. With a story that spans centuries, two young vampires get into trouble in present day when Clara's (Gemma Arterton) brothel business and Eleanor's (Saoirse Ronan) relationship with a sick young boy (Caleb Landry Jones) threatens to expose their immortal secret and put their lives in jeopardy. Watch below!
While we're waiting for a remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy from director Spike Lee, another film in what is called the Vengeance Trilogy is also getting the remake treatment. Deadline reports Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment are working with di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment to create an English-language remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance with Broken City writer Brian Tucker behind the script. The film is actually the first film in the aforementioned trilogy, but this isn't the kind of film series where you need to see the other two films in order to enjoy and understand the films in the series. Read on!
"Justice is what a man must take for himself." With just over one month to go until the Disney's The Lone Ranger finally hits theaters, a fourth theatrical trailer has surfaced showcasing some more great train robbery action and an increasingly heroic looking Armie Hammer. Is there a chance that Johnny Depp might not have to carry this film with Hammer in the lead? We're hoping this isn't another Alice in Wonderland situation where Depp is made to be the star (though the marketing has pushed that angle), but we'll just have to wait and see. Also, how many times will Helena Bonham Carter shoot that shoe gun?
We're starting to get into Man of Steel overload territory, so we're going to slow down the hype. But these two new character posters, following yesterday's spotlight on Russell Crowe as Jor-El looking like a bad ass on his own poster, are just too cool to ignore. Superman and General Zod each stand tall, but while The Big Blue Boy Scout played by Henry Cavill looks heroic, the menacing villain brought to life by Michael Shannon seems to be in restraints. While we're getting a lot of posters for this comic book film, we're just happy that Warner Bros. isn't so desperate to give Lois Lane (Amy Adams) her own poster like this. Look!
Just recently we learned about the unique distribution plan in the United Kingdom for A Field in England, a trippy period horror thriller from Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. In addition, Drafthouse Films just picked up the film for distribution here in the United Sates. It's good timing because now the first trailer has arrived for the film about a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. It looks like another wild and unique film from Wheatley, a truly talented filmmaker.
Following the first teaser trailer from across the pond for Edgar Wright's newest comedy The World's End, we have two new posters with pub crawl attendees Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike. We're still not sure what kind of threats the whole crew will be facing, but as with the other teaser poster, this shows some kind of horde of people with glowing eyes, maybe Invasion of the Body Snatchers style or something. Either way, this should be a very satisfying conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
"Eternity can be a curse. A man can run out of things to live for." Honestly, the first domestic trailer for The Wolverine from director James Mangold was a little underwhelming for this writer. The international trailer that was released around the same time did a much better job of painting this sequel in the right light, but still getting the story and action across. However, there are still worries that this film is cut from the same mold as the less than stellar X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Well, this new trailer hits some of the same beats as the first, but is edited and presented in a much better way with some solid new action.
One of the very few full-on science fiction films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year is a thriller called The Last Days on Mars, directed by Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson making his feature debut after a number of shorts including Blinky™ and Fifty Percent Grey. Set on Mars at the end of a six month manned mission to the planet to search for signs of life, it starts out as an intriguing indie sci-fi with some promise. But alas devolves into something that I hate to say is derivative and brings absolutely nothing new to the sci-fi game, which is a bit unfortunate because it otherwise visually looks great—some concept work was done by Weta, but the rest of the visual effects were made entirely by Screen Scene based out of Ireland.
This past weekend, Star Trek Into Darkness took the #1 spot at the box office. And despite some intense (and mostly valid) nitpicking of the writing and plot, the film is a fun roller coaster ride of suspense and action, complete with stellar performances and a glorious score. But leading up to the film, the primary focus was that of the film's villain. Early rumors pegged the sequel's bad guy as the infamous Khan from the frequently lauded Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, but J.J. Abrams and everyone else kept saying that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing a villain named John Harrison, and they were wrong. More below!
In what is basically a superhero movie repurposed for a mollusk, DreamWorks Animation has Turbo coming this summer. Ryan Reynolds voices the snail who finds himself with the gift of super speed after a chance encounter with some nitrous fuel liquid. In this new international trailer, we get an entertaining glimpse into the mundane lives of the slow-moving snails, and also get introduced into some of the other snails in the film voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Rodriguez and more. This looks like it could be the second hit for DWA after The Croods earlier this year. Watch now!
Right now the plot details for Brad Bird's original Disney project Tomorrowland, which has George Clooney and Hugh Laurie attached to star, are still under right wraps. There have been theories about UFOs and other guesses resulting from digging in the "mystery box" that Bird revealed earlier this year. Thankfully, in an interview with Grantland (via SlashFilm), writer Damon Lindelof talked a bit about the new project, and while he didn't reveal any big secrets, he did talk about the inception of the story, how Bird ended up getting involved, and how this ties in to the Disney theme park area of the same name. Read on!
Tomorrow there will be a brand new trailer for The Wolverine, continuing the story that started in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but without neglecting the events of the X-Men trilogy. Now the film from director James Mangold gets a couple more cool posters in the same vein as the initial watercolor style teaser poster and the more recent Silver Samurai poster. That initial teaser featuring a painted Hugh Jackman is so popular, it's been stolen from bus shelters and more around the country, and these posters, highlighting the characters of Yukio (Rila Fukushima) and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), weakly capitalize on that style. Still, we're anxious to see what this new trailer, arriving tomorrow morning, has in store. Look!
Later this year, The Hunger Games franchise star Liam Hemsworth shares the screen with acting giants Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in Paranoia, hitting theaters on August 16th. And Hemsworth is continuing his rise to A-list status as THR reports he will be leading a film called Aurora Rising for Relativity Media. In a story that might have flares of Point Break, the film follows a Southern California surfer who becomes a fighter pilot. But after a messy combat mission, he's recruited to be part of an elite team testing a new kind of aircraft at the dawn of an international conflict. So Top Gun meets Red Dawn?