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Get a load of this! The original Star Wars: A New Hope was released in theaters today, on May 25th, exactly 39 years ago. To celebrate the occasion, Lucasfilm launched a new episode on YouTube of "The Star Wars Show". If you're a huge Star Wars geek anxiously awaiting the next movies, this is worth watching because it starts out with Chewbacca (yes, the real one!) on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII with an appearance by director Rian Johnson. Later in the video, they reveal the first art for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe event - which is a kick ass piece of art featuring some characters from The Force Awakens and the upcoming Rogue One. Our friends at SlashFilm were able to score a high res version in order to provide fans with a closer look at some of the characters, including Death Troopers which we haven't really seen yet.
"Doesn't seem so tough!" Paramount has released a final trailer plus a new TV spot for the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadow, directed by Dave Green, with the Turtles returning and Megan Fox as April O'Neil. They really went all out, bringing in every fan-favorite TMNT character: Casey Jones, Shredder, Bebop & Rocksteady, and the iconic villain Kraang (spelled with two A's apparently). Brad Garrett voices Kraang, and after holding back in all of the previous trailers they're finally showing some footage of the squishy villain. Will Arnett also returns, with a cast including Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry, plus Gary Anthony Williams & Stephen Farrelly as Bebop & Rocksteady. Enjoy.
"Dedicated to truth, justice and the bustling small business." The marketing for this movie just gets better and better. The final video from Warner Bros before it opens in theaters everywhere is an "animated short" for The Nice Guys. It's basically a mini recap of the movie and the trailers we've seen so far, so if you want to go in fresh maybe you should stay away. But then again, why not dive in and have fun. The Nice Guys is the new Shane Black action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, as well as Angourie Rice and Matt Bomer. It's getting great reviews and is worth seeing if you love laughing your ass off. This is only 1 minute long, and I wish they would've made a short with its own unique story, but it's fun anyway.
"Yes, we can pull these orcs off." Universal has released a new featurette profiling the work VFX studio ILM did on Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie, which is mostly CGI considering the Orcs are humans performing on set with motion capture rigs. ILM says their facial capture technology for this movie is groundbreaking, and pushes the boundaries of filmmaking beyond what we've seen with Avatar and the recent Planet of the Apes movies. A couple of movie websites recently visited ILM to see first hand what they're doing, but for everyone else, there's now a video featurette out that shows and discusses some of this technology. It's very impressive to see how much they're really challenging themselves with this movie, and I'm excited to see it. As I've been saying all along - seeing the final fully rendered version of this movie is going to look incredible.
"That's how I roll! That's how you roll!" Paramount has released the second trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadow, directed by Dave Green, bringing back all the Turtles and Megan Fox as April O'Neil from the other recent "live-action" TMNT movie. Will Arnett also returns, and the cast includes Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, Tyler Perry, Gary Anthony Williams & Stephen Farrelly as Bebop & Rocksteady, with Fred Armisen as Krang. This seems as goofy and absurd as the first one, and feels more like a cartoon turned live-action than anything else, but it looks fun. At least there's some action.
Briefly: Finally, we have an actual release date! Buried in the latest IMAX financial report (via The Film Stage) is mention of an actual release date for Terrence Malick's long-awaited IMAX movie Voyage of Time. We've been talking about this ever since The Tree of Life was released in 2011, as it was made around the same time and apparently some of the footage in the IMAX film was used in that film, too. IMAX will release "a documentary film, Voyage of Time," on October 7th, 2016. No other details were included, like a running time. Narrated by Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett, the doc is an "examination of the birth and death of the known universe" - a voyage over millions of years, which was condensed into a sequence in Tree of Life.
Step aide Christopher Nolan, it's Clint Eastwood who is stepping up and making a movie shot entirely with IMAX cameras. Following the success of American Sniper, Eastwood is now working on his next film Sully, about airplane pilot Captain Sully as played by Tom Hanks, and apparently he's shooting most of the film using IMAX cameras. Variety reports that IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond has confirmed that Eastwood loves the cameras and in fact it may be the first film that will be released fully IMAX after being made entirely with IMAX "technology". Eastwood's longtime cinematographer Tom Stern shot the film on ARRI ALEXA 65 & XT. Not many other details are known yet, but the film has already finished shooting. Read on.
"Russell and I have a film coming out - we thought, we could address some of our 'issues', before we enter the PR phase." These will definitely make you laugh. Warner Bros has released three separate viral videos for The Nice Guys, the upcoming Shane Black-directed action comedy co-starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. At CinemaCon, Crowe complimented Gosling saying he channels Gene Wilder, and he laughed more on the set during filming than he has the rest of his entire career. The two play off of each other perfectly in the movie, so WB has decided to focus on this dynamic in these videos. Crowe & Gosling, as real-life actors, work out their "issues" in therapy sessions and the results are hilarious. Don't miss these.
Ready to meet another line-up of Magnificent Seven? Sony has released four new first look photos for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The new "seven" this time are: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier. The first shot below shows all of them lined up together, but the main two characters are Denzel and Pratt, who also have some photos together. I don't have a problem with the cast, I have a problem with remaking a remake and doing this story all over again. They already remade Kurosawa's Seven Samurai into the original Magnificent Seven and it's a damn fine film, no need to repeat that all over again, but that's Hollywood. Seven gun men come together to help a poor village fight thieves.
Whoa! Get ready to spend a lot of time on Pandora over the next decade. At CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas, James Cameron made a surprise appearance at the convention during the 20th Century Fox presentation. He was there to talk about the theatrical experience and how important it is to preserve that, but also took a moment to provide an update on Avatar. While we know they have been planning three sequels, Cameron admitted that they just kept writing more and more and now they are planning four Avatar sequels. The first one will be out in Christmas 2018, the next one in Christmas 2020, and the final two in Christmas 2022 and 2023. This is going to be one crazy epic sci-fi saga going head-to-head against Star Wars. Excited yet?
Hello, Major. Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have revealed the first official photo from the upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie, marking the beginning of production with this debut. Here's the really cool part - Ghost in the Shell is filming down in New Zealand, using some of the same crews and stages as The Hobbit. Not only that, but they're working with Weta Workshop to design many elements of this sci-fi adaptation. Scarlett Johansson stars, and is seen in the first photo. The cast also includes Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano. "The production will broaden the perceptions of the diversity of New Zealand's locations by showcasing a science fiction urban setting in New Zealand." Photo in full below.
"They're not that nice." This looks like so much crazy, wild, wicked fun! Shane Black doing what he does best - making R-rated comedies. Warner Bros has debuted another new TV spot for Shane Black's The Nice Guys, the 70's action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. This is a cool TV spot because they set it up like an old TV commercial for the "Nice Guys Detective Agency", including a phone number you can actually call. We saw more footage from this at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and it seriously looks hilarious, I can't wait. Crowe said that Ryan Gosling channels Gene Wilder in this, and he laughed more on the set during filming than he has the rest of his entire career. I'm there opening night. Fire this up below.
"Every particle of your body will be blown away!" Now this looks amazing! My kind of science fiction. MTV has also debuted a new behind-the-scenes featurette (in addition to Kong: Skull Island) for Luc Besson's Valerian, or Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan & Cara Delevingne. The video features MTV's Josh Horowitz on a tour of the Valerian sets in France, speaking with director Luc Besson about the production and the casting and everything. As a huge fan of The Fifth Element, I can't wait for this - big, gritty, futuristic sci-fi and it looks awesome. I love the outfits, and details like the little futuristic gizmo on DeHaan's neck. There are so many tiny things to pick up on in this footage - enjoy!
"What the hell is this place?" Now they have my attention. Universal has debuted a new featurette for the upcoming Kong: Skull Island movie, showing some behind-the-scenes production footage inbetween interviews and talks with various people involved in the movie. This is the very first time we're seeing any footage from this, so it's exciting to see, especially knowing this eventually all leads to Kong vs Godzilla. The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and many others, all being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The scenery looks very impressive and I am intrigued to see more finished footage from this, but I do have a good feeling about it. Take a look.