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Meet the new DC superheroes (and villains). Next week it's Comic-Con 2015, the annual convention in San Diego where thousands of comic book/pop culture geeks of all kind converge. Entertainment Weekly has published their annual preview piece, and that means revealing some new photos from movies we expect to show up at Comic-Con in Hall H. Warner Bros has a big panel on Saturday morning, and we expect Zack Snyder to bring lots of never-before-seen footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's DC's chance to pull the spotlight away from Marvel for a bit. The photos show Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. See them below.
It's not "who you gonna call?" this time, now it's "what you gunna wear?!" Director Paul Feig has debuted the first photo via Twitter of the Ghostbusters uniforms (but no proton packs?) for the new Ghostbusters movie, starring an all-female team of 'busters. Shooting is now underway. You can see the various nametags on the uniforms for each of the actresses starring in this: Melissa McCarthy as Abby Bergman, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gabler, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. These new outfits certainly have an old, gritty vibe to them, and they still are jumpsuits, so that's good news at least. Beyond that, I'm waiting to see any actual footage though I've got a strangely good feeling about this movie.
Briefly: Well, there you go, the internet has ruined everything again! Not really, but in related news, James Gunn has confirmed that the new title of Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will be: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. That makes sense, and is pretty much what we all were expecting, especially after the name of the (totally badass) soundtrack was also Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1. Gunn recently snapped a photo of the finished script, which he referenced in a tweet while saying "Okay, I'm not being sarcastic, guys. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 IS truly the title." The original scoop he mentions is from Collider, where they nabbed the title in an interview with Kevin Feige. That's all for now.
"Everything is a weapon." Awesome. One of our most anticipated upcoming summer comedies due out this August is American Ultra, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg as stoners in a small town who suddenly end up in a secret government operation. We've already featured a trailer for this and it looks good, but our friends at SlashFilm have posted their recap of a set visit where they watched an action scene at strip mall with everything in it being used as a weapon. These new posters have Eisenberg and Stewart floating in kind of a Ganesh pose, with extra arms holding things like a weapon, joints, bongs, a spoon, and a hammer. I just think these look cool, nice marketing for a film that sounds like it's going to be crazy fun.
"The greatest hits of arcade game characters in one movie - it's pretty insane." Sony has debuted a set of featurettes for Pixels, the video game invasion movie still due out this summer. The first one introduces us to the "arcade heroes" that we follow - Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner, Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant, Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Michelle Monaghan as Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten. Kevin James also co-stars. The other featurette focuses on Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa, another video game character come to life. She plays a badass villain of sorts, fighting Ludlow with swords most of the time. From Sony: "Watch the cast of Pixels describe what it was like working with their favorite 80s arcade characters." Enjoy!
"We always knew they were coming back." Today we celebrate our independence! 20th Century Fox hosted a major event on the set of the new Independence Day movie filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico at this very moment. Not only did they invite half of the film press down to the event, complete with fireworks and a screening of the original movie, but they live-streamed a Q&A with the cast. One of the big announcements was the title and logo (seen above) - it's officially called Independence Day Resurgence, which is a very lengthy title. Resurgence simply means that there is going to be an angry retaliation from the aliens, they're definitely coming back and they're going to be pissed off. So what do we have to defend ourselves this time?
Unite. Unite to take down the Capitol. Unite to show your support for Katniss. Lionsgate has launched a very ambitious global marketing campaign titled "#Unite" that is based on the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games. The grand finale, Mockingjay - Part 2, is only a few months away at this point and the studio is making sure to go all out with this conclusion. Years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was coming out, I suggested to a marketing exec the idea of focusing on the iconic salute (used in a few powerful scenes so far) as a way to rally fans behind Katniss in real life. It's awesome to finally see them taking on this idea and turning it into a global hype machine, and it's definitely going to work. This is going to be very big.
Opportunity rocks where you least expect it. Open Road Films has debuted a trippy new poster for Rock the Kasbah, the latest film from Barry Levinson, starring Bill Murray as a "down-on-his-luck music manager" who discovers a talented singer in Afghanistan and takes her compete in the Afghani version of American Idol. The film has a big cast, including Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, but this poster is all about Murray who gets his smiling mug front and center. I'm not sure if all the wild colors are from the film, or just designed to make this eye-catching, but I'm curious to see some footage. View below.
Throughout Batman history, the Batmobile has been an iconic part of the superhero's stories, and a key part of the marketing for all the movies. Warner Bros has been hosting rolling roadshows of all the various Batmobiles throughout history, so it makes sense they're already showing off the latest model now. Wired has snapped a nice, clean shot of the new Batmobile from Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that's on display at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week. A few other photos from social media have been added below. We've seen this before, but it's always nice to see it in closer detail. There's a hint it may even show up again in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, which is filming right now. Batman is back.
"We're going to make this as real as we can make it." Whoa this looks crazy! Universal has debuted a short behind-the-scenes featurette for Baltasar Kormákur's Everest movie, about the 1996 disaster on Everest. The video profiles the on-location shooting in the Dolomites, to make the film feel and look as authentic as possible. It definitely works. Some of the behind-the-scenes shots from this are as amazing as the footage from the movie itself - see the first trailer. I've been anxiously awaiting this movie ever since first hearing about it, and the footage so far looks incredible and so intense. This video explains why - because Baltasar wanted to achieve "big, epic movie moments" for real. Watch this video below, then rewatch the first trailer.
Only in theaters. The original Independence Day poster was iconic, with a huge circular ship looming over Manhattan. For the sequel it's not just one city, it's the entire planet. Our friends at Collider have snapped the first photo of Independence Day 2 promo artwork on display at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. The convention is for companies to show off brands/products that can be licensed/partnered with other things. It's very early art, but it's it cool to see something out there for this. The new plot description states: "Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction."
As usual, it's time to get a look one of next summer's movies as we're getting into the thick of this summer. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to his Twitter/Instagram to send out a first photo of him as "Bob" from Central Intelligence, a new comedy from Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of We're the Millers. The film is about regular guys recruited to become spies, and he is one of them. "The inspiration behind this character 'Bob' has always been Tom Hanks in BIG with an added twist. He's a grown man who's extremely childlike and views the world thru exuberant and enthusiastic teenage eyes…" Yet he's an elite agent for the CIA. He also "rocks a fanny pack which holds his Bruce Lee quotes and a condom (he's always prepared)."
See an exclusive sneak peek! IMAX and Disney/Marvel have announced that showings of Jurassic World in IMAX 3D will have special previews of Marvel's Ant-Man in front, with 6-minutes of footage. This is a big marketing push since the movie comes out in just about a month anyway, in July, and this is a chance to get hyped with an extra bit of 3D footage. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, who becomes Ant-Man with Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, as his mentor. The press release doesn't say if it's one long scene, it just says "more than six minutes of footage will screen exclusively in IMAX theatres domestically and in select international markets beginning June 12th." So go see Jurassic World, if you weren't planning to already.
I wouldn't expect anything less from Quentin Tarantino, the owner of a classic repertory 35mm cinema in Los Angeles (and tons of old film reels and other lost film prints). Over the weekend at the Cine Gear Expo held in Hollywood, Panavision was represented at the Paramount Theater on Paramount's lot and showed 70mm footage from Tarantino's new film The Hateful Eight. Tarantino, with his cinematographer Robert Richardson, decided this next western should be presented in 2.78:1 aspect ratio. So they decided to shoot on 65mm film stock using classic Panavision lenses. In THR's post about the event, they hint: "word on the street is that plans are underway to equip roughly 50 U.S. theaters to show the movie in 70mm". Ooh.