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He's here! Smaug the Dragon will be landing at LAX. Air New Zealand is hosting a press event at LAX on Monday where their brand new plane, called "Smaug" after the dragon from The Hobbit, will be shown off. This is all part a big promotion for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in the trilogy hitting theaters in two weeks. The movie was filmed and made in New Zealand and the country usually goes nuts with promotion during the premiere. This is actually our first real, good look at Smaug in full, as he has yet to be revealed in footage/trailers. Yes, I would really like to fly on this airplane, besides I want to visit New Zealand anyway. Check out photos of the Hobbit-themed Boeing 777-300 below.
It is with a great sadness that we must report the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. Reps have confirmed that Walker died in a car crash in California on Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at age 40. Star of the Fast & Furious franchise, reports are saying that Walker was taking his friends out for rides in Santa Clarita in a new 2005 Porsche GT when the driver he was with lost control and hit a tree. The car then burst into flames and both occupants were killed. While many at first thought this was just another internet hoax, various PR friends have confirmed with Walker's rep directly that his death is not a hoax. It is very real, unfortunately.
"I'm not alone." Paramount has unveiled yet another brand new international trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah to compliment the international trailer that came with the debut of the first theatrical trailer. Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the classic story of Noah's Ark, also featuring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman in the cast. There's a few bits of new footage in this, but most more of the same gritty action and dialogue from the first two trailers. Nonetheless, as a huge Aronofsky fan I am very excited to see this. I'm hoping it lives up to high expectations. We'll find out soon.
Can Spider-Man come out and play? As usual, in-theater marketing beats online marketing to the street and thus we have to start with these low quality images. The first official trailer for Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel arrives on December 5th next week, and it's likely Sony is waiting until that lands to debut this online. In the meantime, a fan has taken a few photos of a brand new promo banner on display at a movie theater ("in Red Rock casino in Vegas") showing Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and what looks like three villains: Electro, Green Goblin (aka Harry Osborn) and Rhino in some kind of mech suit. Take a look!
What do you do if your concept/design work is ripped off without any recognition? Who do you turn to for help? In this day and age, it's the internet. Earlier in the week I received messages pointing me to a post online (an open letter found here) by independent designer Juan Luis Garcia who claims that he did work and pitched Oldboy poster concepts to a design agency, who then took his ideas and created similar work without paying or recognizing his contributions at all. Garcia then tweeted to Oldboy director Spike Lee to gain some extra attention, and the response from the filmmaker was even more disgusting than the rip-off.
Briefly: It's coming. The first trailer for Christopher Nolan's next movie, a sci-fi thriller titled Interstellar, will arrive in just a few weeks. Paramount/Warner Bros will be showing the trailer, which runs 1 minute and 43 seconds, in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving in theaters starting December 13th. This is one of our most anticipated movies in the works, currently scheduled for release November 7th, 2014 less than a year away. The plot is about a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations of space travel in an interstellar voyage. Nolan's cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, with Michael Caine.
Happy Black Friday! If this dark day can indeed be considered "happy" (if you make it out alive). Try not to drain you bank account this week, if possible. To add some additional strain on your wallet, Mondo has announced their Black Friday sale. As usual they have a treasure trove of beautiful artwork they're selling off on Friday, including some fantastic new prints for Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers and David Cronenberg's classic horror The Fly. There are a few more leftover prints they have and they're also selling their newest Mondo Book Volume IV. Photos of the fresh artwork and info on the sale below.
Well hello there, Smaug the Stupendous. Warner Bros has unveiled a new TV spot for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, now only a few more weeks away from hitting theaters. This new spot focuses mostly on Smaug the Dragon, showing a few scenes where Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman) encounters the fire-breathing beast deep inside the gold-filled halls of Mt. Erebor. As expected they're still saving the complete reveal of Smaug for the movie itself, but this is a rather exciting TV spot to keep fans excited these last few weeks. Orlando Bloom and Richard Armitage show up briefly in this footage, too.
"Hey listen, I quit - I'm going into stocks." This looks so damn good! Paramount has debuted two new TV spots online for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, getting a marketing push to build buzz for its December release coming up soon. Early buzz from Darren Aronofsky is glowing: "hilarious, gutwrenching. @LeoDiCaprio fearless, brave, brilliant @JonahHill revelation. quaalude mayhem!" With Jonah Hill on the rise, the actor gets just as much time in these new TV spots as Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on that kind of buzz, it's a smart move. And it's working - I cannot wait to see this, even if it's almost 3 hours long. Enjoy!
Briefly: "Bring on the fun bags." Paramount will be releasing the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues two days early in December, right on time for the holidays. The new Anchorman will now open on Wednesday, December 18th, moving up two days ahead of its original December 20th release. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell & Dave Koechner return to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Ron Burgundy, the man himself, will also be hosting ESPN's SportsCenter on December 5th at 6PM for those interested. Paramount also just released an app called "Scotchy Scotch Toss" for iOS. Can't wait to see this! We'll be in theaters this holiday season catching up with Ron Burgundy and friends.
Just when you thought they couldn't pack 2015 (see here) with any more excitement, hype, sequels, restarts and reboots, Hollywood decides to toss another log on the fire. Word is Paramount, after getting their hands on the rights, is developing a brand new Friday the 13th movie. But this won't actually be a sequel to the 2009 remake directed by Marcus Nispel, instead it will be yet another new reboot of the Jason Voorhees horror franchise that first began back in 1980. Earlier in the year, we wrote about Warner Bros sharing the rights with Paramount, which has eventually lead to this latest reboot/iteration coming together. Read on!
Briefly: Relativity has announced and confirmed a release date for the film Jane Got a Gun, an action-western directed by Gavin O'Connor starring Natalie Portman. The production has been troubled, with big delays and creative issues with the previous director, Lynne Ramsay. Actors walked off of set, everything was temporarily shut down, but eventually they got a crew together to finish and filming wrapped. Despite all the troubles, Relativity Media is still planning to release the film and has officially set an August 29th, 2014 late summer release next year (same day as horrors The Loft & Jessabelle). Synopsis: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. Stay tuned for more.
"Where was God when I was suffering all these years?" Roadside has debuted the full theatrical trailer for Ron Krauss' Gimme Shelter, a film starring Vanessa Hudgens as a pregnant teenager going through tough times. Despite the title, the film has nothing to do—unfortunately—with the Rolling Stones song of the same name, "Gimme Shelter", but that doesn't mean it deserves to be completely ignored. This trailer does have powerful moments, making me perk up and take an interest. The cast includes Rosario Dawson (who looks crazy!), Brendan Fraser, Stephanie Szostak and James Earl Jones. Check this trailer out.
Optimus got an upgrade. While we wait patiently for the first teaser trailer to hit, the newest Optimus Prime design has made its debut on the cover of Empire magazine. The British mag debuted their latest issue featuring a story on Michael Bay's latest sequel Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is filming now all over the world (Detroit! Hong Kong! Cybertron!). In addition to appearances by the main cast - Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor - looking gritty as usual, there's a new shot of Optimus Prime (still being voiced by Peter Cullen) with his big ass sword and some slight design tweaks. Take a look below.