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"The all-new Walter. Created to serve." 20th Century Fox has revealed a brand new promo video for Alien: Covenant, introducing the newest version of the android made by Weyland-Yutani. The term used by the company is "synthetic", and the character is again played by Michael Fassbender. In Prometheus, he was called David, but in this movie he's known as Walter - so this video is all about meeting Walter. "Walter is the world's most advanced synthetic companion, designed to help you achieve a better human experience. Each model is individually calibrated to serve its owner's unique set of needs and preferences." There's a new website as well to custom build your own Walter. I like this marketing - it connects back to Prometheus and the marketing for David (and the TED Talk) and it's a a very clever world-building concept. See below.
Briefly: The release date has been announced for the 3D conversion re-release of James Cameron's seminal sci-fi classic Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Distrib Films US will release T2 in 3D in theaters starting on August 25th, 2017 later this summer. No exact theater list or additional info has been released yet (via Deadline), but we'll keep an eye out for any updates released. Last August we first reported the news that Cameron's acclaimed sci-fi action classic would be getting the 3D re-release treatment (following Titanic in 3D in 2012), but didn't know when it would be arriving. Now we know - so mark August 25th down in your calendar, if you're interested in seeing this. There is another new Terminator movie in development (with Deadpool's Tim Miller set to direct for now), but Cameron will regain certain rights to Terminator in 2019.
"We gotta get out of this place…" Whoa! Oh hell yes! Warner Bros has released one final trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts' Kong: Skull Island, which hits theaters everywhere in just a few more weeks. This looks totally awesome, and I can't wait to dive into it and meet the big guy. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson star with a cast including Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Wigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. The other trailers have shown quite a bit of promise, but with polished VFX this final trailer is all out epic. Vogt-Roberts also commented that he wanted them to make this final trailer in the model of The Handmaiden trailer, and it's fantastic. I'm still floored by some of the amazing shots in this. Watch below.
"I feel like I'm on top of the world, because this is just mind-blowing." Marvel has released a new behind-the-scenes production featurette for Avengers: Infinity War, the next big superhero crossover movie hitting theaters in the summer of 2018. The video is more of an announcement of the start of production - filming began on January 23rd, 2017, under the working title Mary Lou, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Georgia. Filming is expected to last until October/November 2017 - which is an extremely long shoot, but they're shooting the next two back-to-back. The Russo Brothers are directing, and instead of being split into two parts, it will be one big movie. This video features Kevin Feige, with appearances by Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Tom Holland (Spider-Man) and Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) as well as a few others. Fire it up.
"While you're watching the game, they are watching the bay." Paramount has debuted a Super Bowl TV spot for the summer comedy version of Baywatch, the movie, from director Seth Gordon. This is a fairly tame TV spot, just selling all the attractive guys and girls that are in this more than anything. Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson play two Baywatch lifeguards; also starring Alexandra Daddario, Priyanka Chopra, Pamela Anderson, Ilfenesh Hadera, Charlotte McKinney, Kelly Rohrbach, Hannibal Buress, plus of course David Hasselhoff. I'm still hoping this turns out okay, but this TV spot is not an impressive sell for this movie. You have to take a look at this anyway just because it stars Dwayne Johnson.
"You guys are going to work together." Universal has debuted their official Super Bowl TV spot for F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious, following up the first trailer, from December, for this sequel. This new spot has plenty of totally cheesy footage, but of course fans will eat it up anyway. Vin Diesel leads the way, with a cast including Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, plus two newcomers: Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron. This ends with a submarine and a missile evasion action scene, I mean come on, how absurd is that. Of course it has to be this crazy, why not. The wrecking ball scene looks like it will be fun, but I'm not so sure about the sub. Who's excited to see this?
"Rough night?" "Rough night." Lionsgate has debuted their badass official Super Bowl TV spot for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 2, which hits theaters later this week. This amusing 30-sec spot mocks the trailers for the Fifty Shades of Grey series, playing on the Valentine's Day theme. Keanu Reeves returns as the iconic unkillable assassin John Wick, who has to fight off countless more foes in Rome after taking out the Russian mobsters in the original. Also starring Ian McShane as Winston, with Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Stormare, John Leguizamo, Thomas Sadoski, David Patrick Kelly, Common, Lance Reddick back as Charon, and Laurence Fishburne. I'm so here opening night. Enjoy.
"Your world is dying. Do you seek redemption?" "My maker, I do." Paramount has released early the official 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, supposedly the final Transformers movie Michael Bay will direct (didn't he also say that a few movies ago?). This TV spot has new glimpses of epic sci-fi footage and the brutal Bumblebee vs Optimus battle (extended version coming on Sunday). The cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, John Goodman, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrera, and Liam Garrigan as King Arthur; plus the same voices as before: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and Ken Watanabe. I dig epic sci-fi movies and cool shots like the ones in this, but I have a feeling this is going to be so bad. Check it out.
"From nothing comes a King." Warner Bros has unveiled a new promo spot + gritty poster for Guy Ritchie's new take on the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword story, hitting theaters in May this summer (after being delayed from release originally in March). This short TV spot features some very cool POV footage as well as some epic shots from the movie, which actually makes more interested in this than I was after the first trailer. Charlie Hunnam stars as the new King Arthur with a cast including Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGrath, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Tom Wu, as well as Aidan Gillen. I'm still not sure if it will actually be any good, but I'm intrigued by the new footage. Enjoy.
"You stabbed the Devil in the back." Lionsgate has revealed a new TV spot for action sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, arriving in theaters in a month. Keanu Reeves returns as the legendary unkillable assassin John Wick, who has to fight off countless more foes in Rome after taking out the Russian mobsters in the original. Featuring Ian McShane as Winston, with Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Peter Stormare, John Leguizamo, Thomas Sadoski, David Patrick Kelly, Common, Lance Reddick returning as Charon, and Laurence Fishburne. This new TV spot is awesome, and they've also released a "symphony of violence" supercut containing mostly footage from the first movie, but it's still quite fun to watch. Enjoy.
Looks like we're getting another Christopher Nolan prologue in theaters this December. Reports from TrailerTrack and SlashFilm have confirmed that there is a 7-minute prologue for Nolan's Dunkirk playing in front of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The new solo Star Wars movie opens in theaters December 16th (in just over a week), including in most IMAX theaters all over the world. The reports state that this 7-minute prologue (along with a brand new trailer) will play exclusively in IMAX, and won't end up online. This is the same as the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight (and TDKR) which only showed in theaters in December before the film opened the next summer. I'm very excited to see this footage, whatever it may be.
"They seemed excited about the amount of work it would take to do this movie…" Lionsgate has released a 4-minute extended featurette for Damien Chazelle's stellar La La Land, going behind the making of this magnificent modern musical. It's one of the most refreshing and exciting movies this entire year, and it's incredibly impressive thanks to the vision of writer/director Damien Chazelle. Chazelle is featured in this video a lot, talking about various aspects of the movie, from choosing the actors to the choreography to the set design. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play the star-crossed Los Angeles lovers. I'm glad Lionsgate is sharing so much of this movie before release, they seem to be totally supportive of it and that's great. Enjoy.