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"Here we go again, bro." Whoa! Where did this come from? No release date or any solid confirmation on filming, yet the first poster is now out. An early teaser poster for the upcoming Predator movie has been unveiled on the official Predator Facebook page (found via SlashFilm). According to early details, this film is actually a direct sequel to the original 1987 sci-fi feature starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The poster only says "You'll never see him coming" and lists the title as The Predator, which perhaps means we'll only see one Predator this time around again. I'm definitely curious to know more about this. Check this out in full.
"Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to Episode 8!" Disney/Lucasfilm have launched a very short hype video to announce the official start of production on Star Wars: Episode VIII (which still doesn't have a title), being directed by Rian Johnson from a screenplay also written by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick). This video doesn't show any footage, but does include a tiny glimpse of the return of Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, who was barely in The Force Awakens. Obviously we will be following along as they continue shooting for the next few months. Check out the short announcement video below.
We've been waiting to see something for this one! Roadside Attractions is releasing Tom Tykwer's new film A Hologram for the King and has set an April release date. But we still have yet to see a trailer or much else. The film has been scheduled for release on April 22nd, and along with that news a batch of first look photos (and a new German poster for now) have been unveiled. A Hologram for the King stars Tom Hanks as a failed American businessman who flies to Saudi Arabia to try and sell his idea to a wealthy monarch, based on the book by Dave Eggers. Sounds good. We'll be keeping an eye on this one leading up to release.
Can you help us find Dory? Where did she go this time? Disney-Pixar have unveiled a gorgeous set of four teaser posters for Finding Dory, the upcoming sequel to the beloved animated adventure Finding Nemo. This animated sequel sees Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, getting lost on a search for her parents, and Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, joining with Nemo to head back out and save her. We're still waiting to see more footage and get a better sense of the story aside from the original details (see paragraph below) but otherwise, I'm very excited for this just because I love all the different fish and animals found in the ocean. These are stunningly simple posters. I love the last one (with the sea anemone) the most. Take a look below.
Leave the real world behind. Even though it's barely a week into February, I'm impressed by the amount of high quality marketing material we've seen this year so far. While I must acknowledge that the marketing for Deadpool has been brilliant across the board, and this new poster for Allegiant is worth pointing out, the best poster art released this year so far is for Ben Wheatley's High-Rise. The film already premiered last year and played at a few festivals (read Jeremy's review or Amanda's review) but has yet to be given a US release date, even though it opens in the UK in a few months. These posters are promoting the UK release, which is perhaps the explanation behind why they're so unique. View both High-Rise posters in full below.
"There's never been a better time to visit our great city." Whoa! Now these are cool TV ads, not just your conventional TV spots. Turkish Airlines has debuted two different 60-second TV ads that are also promoting Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman. Each spot is a travel ad for visiting either Gotham City, hosted by Wayne Enterprise CEO Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck; or Metropolis, hosted by Lex Corp's CEO Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg. There is mention of Metropolis' "heroes" and they show Superman flying around. I just love the way these TV spots are presented, like they're naturally a part of the world, and an airline deal is totally normal. They run back-to-back on TV and are very effective. I want to visit Gotham!
"No sleep till Brooklyn!" Paramount debuted this new TV spot during the Super Bowl for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the sequel to the live-action-CG-hybrid TMNT movie from 2014. This sequel seems to follow in line with the first, but introduces Bebop and Rocksteady as the villains, briefly appearing in this. The cast includes a few folks from the first and the Turtles: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Stephen Amell and others. This doesn't make me any more excited than the first trailer, but maybe I'm just not the right audience for this anymore. Take a look.
"Remembering everything doesn't mean you know everything. Universal has released the first TV spot for Jason Bourne, the new sequel/reboot starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, once again nine years after Ultimatum. It's directed by Paul Greengrass, returning again also nine years after Ultimatum. I've got to be honest - this is a badass re-introduction to Bourne to drop. There's some seriously kick ass action footage in this, though that's all there seems to be - action. Matt Damon is also credit on the screenplay, which means he's fully invested. Also starring Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed. Hope we get to see more soon. Watch below and let us know your initial thoughts.
"Bears don't hibernate in the jungle!" "Not full hibernation, but I nap… a lot. Disney has unveiled a full-length trailer along with the full Super Bowl spot for Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, which still looks better than expected. This live-action-CG-hybrid version of The Jungle Book stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, the boy from the jungle. The voice cast includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, also featuring Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong'o and Emjay Anthony. We finally get to see a real scene with Baloo in this, and he seems as lovable as always. The animals and VFX are looking better and better, can't wait to see this film.
"Soon, I will rule all the world…!" Lionsgate has unveiled their 60-scond Super Bowl TV spot for Gods of Egypt a bit early, for those who want a closer look before the Big Game starts. Gods of Egypt is the crazy epic action-adventure movie from Alex Proyas involving lots of white actors playing mythological Egyptian gods, and the first few trailers haven't been that great as the footage looks insane. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Horus, the one with the eye patch, and he's joined by Gerard Butler as Set, Brenton Thwaites as Bek, Rufus Sewell as Urshu, Geoffrey Rush as Ra, Abbey Lee as Anat, Courtney Eaton as Zaya, Elodie Yung as Hathor and Chadwick Boseman as Thoth. Is this looking any better? Or much worse?
"It's truly a remarkable story. If you love movies like Hoosiers, Rudy and Remember the Titans, you should see Eddie the Eagle." That's the perfect quote from Drew Brees to help sell this sports movie to the masses. Fox has unveiled their official Super Bowl TV spot for Eddie the Eagle, which is hitting theaters at the end of the month. Kingsman star Taron Egerton stars as Eddie Edwards, the titular "Eddie the Eagle" - England's first ever ski jumping athlete. The full cast includes Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Tim McInnerny and Jo Hartley. This Big Game-themed spot features actual football players such as Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson & Drew Brees. They're really pushing this film, and I'll still say it looks damn good.
In production now is Luc Besson's biggest sci-fi epic since The Fifth Element and I am crazy, crazy excited for it. I don't know if it's going to be any good, but I'm just really happy that Luc Besson is making another big, huge sci-fi space opera movie. Valerian, originally titled in full Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen below) as time-traveling agents investigating a galactic empire. Besson started filming in January and has been posting photos every day to his Instagram. They're shooting for 115 days in total, with 420 crew members working on the production in France (via Instagram). None of these photos are major reveals, but I love that filmmakers are open to sharing images while they're in the middle of making a move. It's exciting to get a glimpse of the process. Take a look below.
Briefly: After the big news this week that Star Wars: Episode VIII was being pushed back from May to December 2017, all of the other studios have to check and make sure none of their releases are threatened. The ultimate showdown was going to be between Episode VIII and James Cameron's Avatar 2, which was being talked about for Christmas 2017 release. Just as of a few weeks ago, Cameron was saying it was still headed for Christmas. However, The Wrap is now confirming that the studio is no longer planning a 2017 release anymore, and maybe be aiming for 2018 or 2019 but they're still not sure yet. Nothing is confirmed or set yet by 20th Century Fox, but this is what we expected to hear after the Star Wars release date change.
"With Justice League, you've really started to lay a foundation for a pretty expansive world…" DC is ready to challenge Marvel head on, and is introducing the next round of characters with short featurettes. Warner Bros hosted a special DC event on The CW last night, which is where the first footage from Wonder Woman also came from, and the new Suicide Squad trailer. In addition, plenty of new concept art has arrived for Zack Snyder's Justice League as well as extra footage from Batman v Superman. In the upcoming movies, Ezra Miller plays The Flash, Ray Fisher plays Cyborg, Jason Momoa plays Aquaman. Discussions with each are below, along with even more to see from the first Dawn of Justice film this March. Looking good?