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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You know who invented salad? Poor people." Now in theaters everywhere is Michael Bay's Pain & Gain, his first non-Transformers movie since The Island in '05. The based-on-a-true-story drama set in Miami stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson & Anthony Mackie as three tough guys who devise a plot to rob a rich guy for his cash and live the sweet, buff life. Of course things go wrong, and we watch as it all falls apart. Is it really Bay's best movie yet? How are the three lead actors and the cast? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Bay's Pain & Gain.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Earth is a memory worth fighting for. Is it? Now in theaters everywhere around the world is Oblivion, co-written and directed by Joseph Kosinski, of Tron Legacy previously. Tom Cruise stars in the futuristic sci-fi drama along with Andrea Riseborough (the cute British red head) and Olga Kurylenko, plus a brief appearance by Morgan Freeman. After some late build up, and interesting trailers, now we get to see if it's any good. How is it? Better than Tron Legacy, Kosinski's best yet? Or not? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Joe Kosinski's Oblivion.
"If you succeed, you will be remembered as a hero." Yes. The moment I have been waiting for. While I've clearly admitted that Neill Blomkamp's Elysium is my #1 most anticipated summer movie, I think Ender's Game just took the crown for my most anticipated movie of 2013. Lionsgate, who now owns Summit, held the final studio presentation at CinemaCon 2013 bringing trailers and glimpses of all of their 2013 movies coming up. But the one that blew me away, the movie I can't stop raving about now that I've seen footage, is Ender's Game. We were the first audience in the world ever to see the trailer and holy shit does it look epic.
At CinemaCon last year, Fox teased 10 minutes of footage from Life of Pi, which we all flipped for (watch our video blog from last year). The buzz began then and we all know it went on to win a few Oscars. At their 2013 presentation, 20th Century Fox (not 21st!) decided to pull the same trick with the Ben Stiller film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. And it had the same effect - the Oscar buzz for this movie officially begins today, it has that potential. Beyond that, they showed us footage from quite a few of their upcoming live-action and animated films, including Blue Sky's Epic, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ridley Scott's The Counselor and James Mangold's The Wolverine, too. Video recap below.
Welcome to Monsters University! Disney held their big 2013 presentation at CinemaCon on Wednesday morning, kicking things off with an impressive glance at their upcoming slate (which includes all Marvel Studios, Disney, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies coming up). But the biggest surprise of the day was a screening of Pixar's Monsters University in its entirety. It seemed mostly final (unlike when they screened a rough cut of Toy Story 3 here three years ago) and is an excellent follow-up that made me quite emotional by the end. We also got to watch almost 20 minutes of footage from Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, which I was actually entertained by (it is another Jerry Bruckheimer movie) although it was overshadowed by MU.
In the immortal words of Neo: whoa. Warner Bros hosted "The Big Picture 2013" preview presentation at CinemaCon tonight in Las Vegas, unveiling the brand new Man of Steel trailer as well as some amazing Pacific Rim footage and fantastic glimpses at a few of their other 2013 movies. One that I've been waiting to see footage from for years is Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, his next feature following Children of Men. In the middle of their preview, they snuck in a quick 60 second teaser that was breathtaking and stunning to see, though I'm not sure when it will ever end up online. That said, this is still one of my most anticipated sci-fis.
Can Universal convert me into a fan of their summer blockbusters this year? At the industry convention CinemaCon this year, Universal Pictures brought five of their summer movies (eschewing mention of some of their later titles like 47 Ronin, which they showed us footage for last year) to preview. The studio teased roughly 10 minutes of their movies R.I.P.D. with Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges, Despicable Me 2 from Illumination, and a 15 minute action sequence (the one with the tank seen above) from Fast & Furious 6, which kicked some serious ass. After five sequels, they may finally be turning me into a Fast & Furious fan.
"You can't just kidnap a guy and take his things! That is so illegal!" To kick off the first day of CinemaCon 2013, the movie industry convention held in Las Vegas every year, Paramount Pictures held the first panel previewing their upcoming 2013 movies. Not only did we see about 18 minutes of footage from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness (I just want to see the full movie already!!) and 10 minutes from Marc Forster's World War Z, but they screened all of Michael Bay's new low(er) profile movie Pain & Gain. And it was dark, hilarious, outrageous stranger-than-fiction glossy Bay fun. Full video blog with Peter Sciretta below.
The moment we've all been waiting for. With the 2013 summer movie season less than a month away from kicking off, it's about time the studios start marketing their big movies. One of them we've been watching for years is the second feature from Neill Blomkamp (of District 9) called Elysium. At Comic-Con in 2012, Sony unveiled a few vehicles and 12 minutes of footage inside of Hall H that kicked our ass (video blog here), but now they repackaged and debuted the trailer and 10 minutes of finished footage today. The promo event was simultaneously hosted for fans as well as press in four cities across the world, kick starting the kind of exciting buzz this movie deserves. Blomkamp is single-handedly pushing the sci-fi genre each movie.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The most terrifying film you will ever experience." So, is it? In theaters everywhere is Fede Alvarez's remake of the Sam Raimi classic Evil Dead, starring a young new cast in an updated take on the cabin in the woods supernatural horror-thriller. Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore star as the five new victims. Does it live up to all the hype? Can it compare to Raimi's 1981 original or any of its sequels? Was it too gory or not bloody enough? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on the new Evil Dead.
We don't just dream of a future beyond Earth. We build it. Finally! I've used that word quite a bit recently, but it certainly applies here. At the San Diego Comic-Con in July last year, Sony Pictures initially launched a viral website called Armadyne for Neill Blomkamp's second sci-fi movie Elysium, but that was before the release was delayed until August. With the extra five months, WonderCon (in Anaheim this past weekend) became the new launching point. Now the Armadyne site has been updated completely fresh with new look and new features, as well as links to a Welcome to the Elysium site with big event sneak previews next week.
So, what would you think if Peter Jackson was directing one of the new Star Wars movies? Because I wouldn't be surprised if Lucasfilm/Disney is trying to make it happen. Hidden in that funky new behind-the-scenes The Desolation of Smaug teaser video released by Peter Jackson yesterday, on April 1st, is what could potentially be a huge movie geek Easter Egg / April Fools joke, or a massive tease at what's to come. Many fans noticed that at one point near the end, around 4:51, Jackson fumbles around his desk for artwork and a Star Wars script briefly falls out. We took a closer look ourselves and it's definitely there. See below!
Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful is a mediocre film. While the film is surely entertaining, there isn't a whole lot to compliment. Most reviewers were quick to point out the dull script, the placid acting, and the overall lack of energy (all of which is understandable), but when looking at the views on the computer generated visual effects, we find the topic is divisive. Those who enjoyed the film touted its wonderful visual effects, while those who were less enthralled by it cried out for mercy from the seemingly neverending dull CGI landscapes, sometimes no better than a canvas backdrop. In a strange way, both viewpoints are correct.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Joes are finally back! Arriving in theaters after being delayed for almost a year, Paramount has released G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 3D, a sequel to the live-action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie. Jon M. Chu (of "The LXD" and Never Say Never) is directing, with Channing Tatum back as Duke, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, and Dwayne Johnson joining as Roadblock. This time Cobra takes over the government, but will the Joes be able to stop them? How is this newest action extravaganza? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on G.I. Joe: Retaliation.