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Don't read too much into this, but there's a great quote from producer Kathleen Kennedy about their UK shooting plans that's worth a quick glance. The official Star Wars website posted a press release confirming that production on Star Wars: Episode VII, likely to begin early 2014, would take place in the United Kingdom. There's no new information or details revealed, but Kennedy does briefly mention the "origins of Star Wars" most likely as a reference to the original trilogy being shot at various UK studios like Elstree and Shepperton. We're still anxious for some actual details, but at least production plans are coming together.
"On my world it means hope." Only 35 days to go. We've been throwing up endless marketing material for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, since Warner Bros is in the last 5 weeks of promotion and they're going all out. While we've seen some excellent promo banners and other sales art, this final poster comes direct from the Man of Steel twitter and is the big pay off, with the Superman S symbol up front and center. Pretty much as big as they can get it without it being too big. It's combined with that supersonic flying image to finish what is an impressive poster. I like the look of it, epic, fitting for this grand return of the Big Blue Boyscout.
They have horses! While yesterday everyone was flipping out over the news of the logo being revealed (seen above), today we actually have the first photo from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to feature. Director Matt Reeves, who is shooting the film now, tweeted out this first photo of their shoot in a forest. His tag for the photo only states "A New Dawn..." and it shows actor Jason Clarke talking with Andy Serkis in his Caesar mocap outfit riding on a horse. As our very first look at this, it's pretty damn cool, and I hope we see Reeves tweet out more as filming continues. There's no CGI in it yet, but it's worth checking out below.
Briefly: In a couple weeks, the first competitive summer box office weekend arrives. The Hangover Part III will go head-to-head with Fast & Furious 6. They're both two very successful franchises, but they each also have nearly the same target demographic, so it will be interesting to see which films comes out on top. Well, the R-rated comedy from director Todd Phillips and starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis will get a slight head start with ERC Box Office (via SlashFilm) revealing Warner Bros. has decided to open the film everywhere on May 23rd, a day before Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters. But Justin Lin's action sequel will still open strong with plenty of late night showings, so we'll see what happens.
The poster campaign for Man of Steel has finally picked up with the film just over a month away from release. A new banner popped up yesterday with an awesome new TV spot, and last week a high-flying new poster surfaced with Superman (Henry Cavill) flying at breakneck speed. Now another banner has popped up with a flying Supes, but this one is from a distance, featuring the superhero breaking the sound barrier. It's an image we saw in the very first teaser trailer for the film last summer with The Dark Knight Rises, and this time there's some lens flare to go along with it. Will Zack Snyder use them as much as J.J. Abrams?
The trailer for R.I.P.D. has come and gone, and while it feels wholly familiar with a vibe similar to Men in Black, and director Robert Schwentke's previously action comedy RED, it still looks like it could be some summer fun. Now a new poster has arrived throwing a heroic Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds into the midst of some serious chaos downtown. There's a lightning tornado, some four-armed monster on a building ledge and someone seemingly trapped in that flaming police car. Plus that tagline isn't too far off from "Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe." We're still interested to see how this plays out.
Briefly: It has been confirmed by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions that actor Tom Cruise will once again return and star as Ethan Hunt in another Mission: Impossible movie. We've known since last year that Paramount was working on a follow-up to Brad Bird's MI: Ghost Protocol, and is looking to get Christopher McQuarrie in the director's chair, but he's not entirely set yet. In the meantime, this is much more Cruise's franchise and he's important to have back if they want to keep making successful M:I movies. No other details have been release about M:I:5 yet. It's now in development with Cruise and McQuarrie, who last worked together on Jack Reacher. I'm curious to see how they keep this series fresh with one more.
Prepare to get annihilated. Yes, The World's End is coming soon, and we're all going
down with to see it! The first official trailer will be online later this week, but in the meantime, an explosive new UK quad poster has debuted for the Edgar Wright movie starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This one isn't particularly revealing, considering we've seen a few photos from the apocalypse comedy already, but I am intrigued by the guys with the glowing blue eyes in the background. Who the heck are they? They can't be more zombies, right? Aliens? Robots? All of the above? Not the best poster, but at least something to hold us over for now.
"I'm just going to say two words: bullet train." 20th Century Fox has been doing some rather impressive and smart web marketing for James Mangold's The Wolverine. They've held live streaming chats and big trailer debuts, now Hugh Jackman himself participated in a Twitter Q&A with fans. Jackman answered 11 different questions from fans in short 30 second videos about The Wolverine, including one about X-Men: Days of Future Past at the very end. He talks about everything from the action sequences, to training, to working with director James Mangold. They're short but sweet, and Hugh is such an eternally charming guy.
"So I'm not the first?" It's time! Our first look at footage from the Ender's Game movie, revealed online in a promo teasing the full trailer arriving next Tuesday. Normally we hate those "teaser for the teaser", but they've mixed it up this time, adding an opening featuring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, and none of the annoying "in 5 days" tags in the footage. For those who have been patiently waiting, this is now your chance to finally see a glimpse at action in the Battle Room and more of the characters and world of Ender's Game. It's must watch first tease, even for barely 30 seconds of footage, to see what this movie will be like.
Tonight, movie fans around the United States everywhere are lining up for midnight showings of Marvel's Iron Man 3. It's the evening of May 2nd and the 2013 summer movie season is about to begin. Marvel jumped on this slot to follow-up The Avengers with another summer opening to pave the way. While there's always a particularly palpable sense of excitement at the beginning of a summer, after six years of writing about these openings (and many more years of living them), I've learned to never trust the early buzz. By the end, when we look back in August, everything is in a different place - big hits, big failures, lots of surprises inbetween. But it's time to finally get things underway, and this summer looks like it has a strong line-up.
"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise." They're back in action, and J.J. Abrams has taken sci-fi to a whole new level. Early this morning I was one of the first in the United States to attend a screening of Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J.'s highly anticipated sequel to Star Trek from 2009, the reboot of the legendary, seminal sci-fi franchise. For me, this was one of the big moments of the summer, building up excitement and anticipation to finally sitting down and watching over two hours of adventures through space with the crew of the USS Enterprise. Did it live up to my expectations? A big YES.
Back in the middle of March, big news came that Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow would move from the indie world to blockbusters by taking the helm of Jurassic Park 4 for producer Steven Spielberg. The film had already been given a release date the June 13th, 2014 so Trevorrow will have to move quickly to meet that release, and they haven't even started shooting yet. Now Trevorrow has provided a bit of a tease for the sequel of which we have no story details. Through the director's Twitter, he posted an image from a location scouting session which gives away a small detail that should intrigue fans. Read on!
Just this morning, a new TV spot for Man of Steel hit, and while audiences wait to see how Zack Snyder fares with this DC Comics reboot (with the fate of Justice League lying on its shoulders), we finally have a new poster for the anticipated June release. This one puts Superman back where he belongs: up in the sky. Flying at break-neck speed with a J.J Abrams style lens flare in the corner, Henry Cavill looks in a hurry to do some good. Or maybe he's on his way to kick the hell out of Michael Shannon as General Zod. Either way, it's a pretty cool poster, and there's likely a couple more coming as we get closer to release. Look now!