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All hail Caesar! This is awesome. Filmmaker Matt Reeves posted a must see photo to his Twitter account this weekend to commemorate the start of shooting on the next film, War of the Planet of the Apes. The shot shows a motion-capture person (the ape) approaching a horse with someone on it, on a very murky beach. Over at SlashFilm they say this beach is very reminiscent of the one from the end of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes, when they find the Statue of the Liberty. That would be a pretty obvious connection, but who knows exactly what part they're shooting here. Could be an entirely new scene but it's still very cool, and I'm excited more than ever to see Reeves continue this story. Filming just started on this Apes sequel.
There has been an awakening… Disney/Lucasfilm have revealed the first official poster for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a continuation of the sci-fi saga that George Lucas started in 1977. This poster is very reminiscent of all the other official artwork for the two original trilogies, and isn't designed by Drew Struzan, however I hope we'll see more Struzan work soon. In the meantime, this is spectacular poster that captures both the dark side and the light side. John Boyega stars as Finn, along with Daisy Ridley as Rey, and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren - these three are featured prominently. Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher also show up, along with Chewie, Poe Dameron & Captain Phasma. Watch the new trailer right here.
Briefly: Get ready to be more excited than you've ever been before. This coming Monday, October 19th, it's going to be Star Wars Mania. Over at io9 they've confirmed with sources that the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be hitting on Monday evening. Right after the trailer hits, which I'm sure is going to make all of us go crazy with excitement, tickets for the opening day will go on sale. In addition to the trailer and tickets, an official poster will arrive on Sunday morning to remind us of the big reveal the next day. I've got a feeling everyone is going to be going Star Wars crazy on Monday, especially once the new trailer (presumably full of all kinds of new footage) drops. Stay tuned for lots of exciting Star Wars updates.
"You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond." Holy crap, this is badass! IMAX has debuted their new poster for James Bond's Spectre, starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, directed by Sam Mendes. It's a bleak and bold skull mask painted in front of James Bond's face, connecting to the imagery we've seen in the trailers and on the other posters so far. I love how it's just right up there front and center, and the subtle blue tint in the eyes is just perfect. I don't care if Daniel Craig doesn't like playing Bond, this is still very cool, and it's just an ideal tease and tiny hint at the Spectre storyline. I can't wait to see this! Bring on Bond.
Now this is a release I am very excited about. We've all heard that Quentin Tarantino is planning a special roadshow release of his new western The Hateful Eight this December, and it will be shown specially in 70mm, in a few theaters that have been retrofitted with 70mm projectors. However, exact details on the film and the release plan had not been confirmed until today. Tarantino spoke to Variety and confirmed that the 70mm roadshow version of The Hateful Eight runs 3 hours, 1 minute and features an intermission. This glorious 70mm version will have scenes that play in "big, long, cool, unblinking takes", but he's cutting a slightly different version for the regular theatrical release. That one will be shorter with a few different edits.
Let's build a better tomorrow. Today. Well, this is getting interesting. The 2015 New York Comic-Con opens today in New York City, and LexCorp is making its mark. The company has announced that they are providing free wi-fi during the convention, and also distributing free "portable charging devices" (or mini batteries to charge your phone). This also ties in with the launch of a new website for LexCorp to tie-in with the movie and all this branding. Just a few days ago, Fortune magazine published a profile on LexCorp's Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and this is the continuation of that LexCorp viral marketing connecting into the real world. This is pretty cool so far.
Meet the next, new Disney princess - Moana! Yes, that's how they're billing her already as revealed in People today, with a first look at the character as animated in the Moana movie and an introduction to the young 14-year-old Hawaiian actress voicing her - Auli'i Cravalho. This is Disney's 56th animated feature film, being directed by renowned filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), coming to theaters late in 2016. This is the big reveal about the actress voicing the character, and they even include a video of her being told she's getting the gig. To save you time, there's no footage in the video, the first look sketches + image below are the most there is for now. We'll keep an eye out for any more updates.
"I don't know very many 'war mongers' who have a foosball table in the conference room." Nice one, Lex. This is pretty dang cool, actually. Warner Bros has hidden a sneaky viral article in Fortune magazine, and it's now available online to read in full. The article is about Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg in the movies, and his LexCorp company which became a Fortune 500 powerhouse soon after he took over. This is all a world-building promotion for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, getting in the DC characters again in big ways, but it's cool to see them diving into the deep end and embracing DC's universe.
Always bring protection. Now this is a damn good poster. Paramount has unveiled a new poster for the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, once known as Scouts vs Zombies, directed by Christopher Landon about a trio of scouts who take on a town of zombies. The first trailer for this arrived just last month, and it actually looked pretty fun, better than I was expecting. The cast includes Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Elle Evans, Lukas Gage, and Joey Morgan. The movie better live up to the likes of this poster and deliver on the epicness. We don't know who the artist is, but hopefully we'll find out soon.
Nothing can prepare you for the end. Bold tagline. Lionsgate has released the flashy final poster artwork for Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the conclusion and grand finale in the Hunger Games series that started in 2012. This poster features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, flying with her bow and arrow and glorious red armor, with a flaming mockingjay appearing behind her. I really like the poster just before this, with the blue mockingjay on her shoulder, but this one is the sort of epic grand finale poster they need to end with. It's worth checking out as we count down these last few weeks before release.
"Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven." So it seems Ridley Scott really did catch the sci-fi bug again, and after all the good buzz about his new film The Martian, he seems happy as ever to continue with the Prometheus sequel. In an interview with HeyUGuys discussing The Martian, Ridely reveals that it's not really Prometheus 2 it's actually - Alien: Paradise Lost. Now we've known for a little while that Scott is working on this sequel next, letting Denis Villeneuve take over Blade Runner, and Neill Blomkamp work on what's currently being referred to as "Alien 5". But what's with the new title? Not much else is explained.
"Your father was special. I don't know if you are." Warner Bros has unveiled a new TV spot, the first spot for this movie, as well as the official poster for Ryan Coogler's Creed. This boxing drama stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, Apollo's son, who decides to step back into the ring and live up to his father's legacy. Sylvester Stallone also stars, along with Graham McTavish, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris and Phylicia Rashad. After two excellent trailers so far this is one of my most anticipated films left to see this year. The poster seems to be lacking, very basic and unexciting, but I'm not worried about the film living up to expectations. I've got high hopes for Ryan Coogler, with this film and beyond. In theaters in two months.
Get ready to go 360! This is neat. Disney/Lucasfilm have dropped online a kick ass new virtual reality visual experience of Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This Facebook exclusive online promo is an "immersive 360 experience" designed for Facebook, allowing users to control the experience while riding a speeder of your own, which looks kinda similar to Rey's speeder. It's just a little online promo but it's pretty dang cool, and you do get to encounter some other vehicles and aliens and things. The video runs on a loop and is actually promoting Facebook's launch of the 360 video feature, which "allows you to immerse yourself in the content you're watching by enabling you to look around, choose what angle you want to see it from."
A creature as unquenchable as the sun. Lionsgate has debuted one more trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, with the film only a few more months away from opening. This trailer is helping build the anticipation for the grand finale even further as it's a look back "For Prim" and comes with another new poster featuring Katniss with an actual Mockingjay on her shoulder. Oh boy. The grand finale features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Sam Claflin as Finnick, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Natalie Dormer as Cressida, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, and many others. The final countdown is on, and Lionsgate is making sure Katniss goes out with a bang, not a whimper. Ready?