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Warner Bros. has had quite the success in the fantasy genre with the multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise and the forthcoming conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson. Now Deadline says they're looking to expand to another book series with the Dragonriders of Pern. The first book was published all the way back in 1968 and has since seen 22 more books released in the series which follows an elite group of warriors who take to the skies on the backs of giant, fire-breathing dragons with telepathic powers, always ready to fight for the exotic planet of Pern. So it's a mix of sci-fi and fantasy, which is cool.
If you're more than a casual video game fan, then you might already know about the infamous attempt at an Atari game that was E.T., based on Steven Spielberg's modern classic sci-fi film of the same name. The game is regarded as one of the worst ever made, and one of the biggest blunders ever by any tech company in history, one that almost sank the entire video game industry back in the 80s. If this sounds familiar, that's because the film just made the news recently after being behind the dig into a New Mexico landfill where millions of unsold copies of E.T. were buried. Now the documentary Atari: Game Over from director Zak Penn dives into the story of Atari and this failed game and the first trailer has arrived. Watch!
Just recently we got our first look at Jason Bateman reuniting with Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis in Horrible Bosses 2, but before that film arrives in the fall, the "Arrested Development" star will be chasing after Olivia Wilde, much to the chagrin of his best friend Billy Crudup, in The Longest Week. As Conrad Valmont (Bateman) is cut off from his family's fortune, he is forced to move in with his old friend Dylan (Crudup), only to use his charm's in an attempt to steal his girlfriend (Wilde). It looks pretty bland, and the story feels more than a little weak, trying to make an interesting story out of rich white people problems, but maybe the cast can make this a little more appealing than it seems in the trailer? Watch!
After seeing the film at Sundance earlier this year, we hosted our own screening of Mike Cahill's sci-fi drama I Origins starring Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey & Brit Marling, and the film is now playing in theaters for you to see immediately. The film tells the stirring tale of a scientist (Pitt) who finds love by following a pair of stunning eyes belonging to a spiritual woman (Bergès-Frisbey). And their love eventually helps him unearth a scientific discovery that could change the way we view the evolution of our species and the world around us. Now we have our own exclusive featurette looking at the proposed connectedness of our lives, more specifically through our eyes, and what that might mean. Watch below!
As we reported way back in June, the Best Picture winner Forrest Gump was looking to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a re-release on IMAX screens starting on September 5th But at the time some specifics were missing from the announcement. Now Paramount Pictures has just cleared all that up by announcing the Robert Zemeckis film starring Tom Hanks will be exclusively re-release on IMAX screens for a one week only limited engagement. That means you'll have to hurry to see Forrest Gump on the IMAX screen for the first time, and will then be relegated to watching it whenever it's on TV, every weekend.
Never Stop Running. Along with the new trailer today, 20th Century Fox has been unleashing handfuls of new posters for The Maze Runner adaptation, a sci-fi thriller about a bunch of kids locked in a gigantic, elaborate, futuristic maze. Earlier in the week we ran the theatrical poster, now we have a batch of 8+ stylish alternate posters for the film (and they're worth taking a look at). The artwork highlights two main themes: running, and mazes, and often integrates both of those into one image. Some of these are better than others, but overall I'm quite impressed with the marketing, and I'm hoping these will build interest with audiences.
There's already been two thrillers focusing on the arrival of doppelganger's in the lives of characters in both The Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal and The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg. Now one more will enter the mix late this summer, and it gives "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) a chance to show her acting chops outside the hit HBO series. Judging by the trailer for Another Me, this looks much more supernatural as the story follows a teenager named Fay who has her world thrown into chaos when she’s stalked by a mysterious doppelganger who wants nothing more than to take over her whole life. Watch it!
For those of you who may not know, aside from being a self-sustaining filmmaker, director Robert Rodriguez also has his own TV network now called El Rey Network. It launched earlier this year and has fun stuff like a series adaptation of From Dusk Til Dawn, but it also has more compelling programming for those interested in the filmmaking side of things. One such show is "The Director's Chair," an hour-long series that features Rodriguez conducting in-depth interviews with various filmmakers. His most recent victim was Guillermo del Toro, and the two had quite an extensive chat, but one of the more fascinating bits involved del Toro's process as he designs his incredible movie monsters for the big screen. Watch now!
"No one has ever survived a night in the maze." Fox has unveiled another new trailer for Wes Ball's The Maze Runner, an adaptation of the young adult book by James Dashner about a group of kids trapped in an elaborate, futuristic maze. While this reeks of a wannabe Hunger Games series, it actually has a lot of its own unique offerings. I'm admittedly looking forward to this movie mostly because I have high hopes that director Wes Ball (of the short Ruin) is the next the big thing and this is going to be his kick ass feature debut showing us what he can really do. While this trailer is a bit generic, the movie looks engaging. Dylan O'Brien stars as Thomas, along with Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
Director Michael Apted is no stranger to documentaries as his Up series has chronicled people over the span of 56 years now. This time he's putting the focus on the process that allows him to actually photograph his films with a documentary called Bending the Light. The film focuses on the creation of camera lenses in a top notch Japanese factory and the photographers who use them so effectively to brilliantly capture a single moment in time. As you'll see in the trailer, there's talks with some of the foremost experts on intricate lens-crafting, as well as cinematographers from the feature film world and more. Watch below!
Over the weekend at Comic-Con, one of the surprise announcements that came from the Legendary Pictures panel was the reveal of Skull Island, a film that was said to will explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong." Since Universal set a release date of November 4th, 2016, that means they're in the midst of lining up a director for the film, and Deadline reports an offer is currently out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish to direct the film written by Godzilla remake writer Max Borenstein. This is far from a done deal, especially since Cornish has been offered plenty of blockbusters and turned them down. More below!
This week, Guardians of the Galaxy his the big screen, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more stellar sci-fi film that will truly make you feel like a kid again, while still packing some adult-sized action and adventure. And to celebrate the release of the Marvel film, Mondo has released a cool batch of posters. However, the bad news is that these posters were sold at Comic-Con in San Diego, and they're all pretty much sold out. Of course, they're still cool to look at, and might even make a cool background on your computer or phone. Plus, one of them is the cutest picture of Rocket Raccoon and Groot you'll ever see.
Following his direction of the true story Captain Phillips, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is sticking with non-fiction. Deadline reports The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 director will develop to direct and produce an adaptation of Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book (hitting shelves in the United States this September) is written by the titular agent, Morten Storm, along with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister, and tells about his life as a former Islamic radical as he became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. That certainly sounds like quite a compelling spy thriller.
"There's a Comic-Con in all of us," my driver said as we headed toward the airport in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. It's true. As I head home from my ninth year returning to the Comic-Con International in San Diego, I have been reflecting on the experience that is this ambitious comic book convention turned geek madhouse. ~160K people descend upon San Diego every July to spend five days waiting in lines, squished together, tripping over each other, in hopes of getting their hands on some exclusive toy or product or look at a trailer or their favorite movie star. From the outside looking in, it seems crazy. Who would do this? Why do people subject themselves to this madness every year? Because we are passionate about what we love.