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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.
In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stand for. And that is? We'll find out in October, I suppose. Disney has debuted the first official poster for Steven Spielberg's latest film Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks as an undercover CIA agent during the Cold War. It's a very basic, very stark poster, with Tom Hanks' face front and center flanked by the American flag and Soviet symbol. Yes, he's stuck in the middle, we get it. That's all there is though, no other context or imagery. Kind of weird. Anyway, I hope this means we'll see a trailer soon because the footage for this better be a heck of a lot better than the poster.
Go rogue. And apparently get a fog machine and black jacket while at it. Paramount has debuted a set of four character posters for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Cruise gets one big front and center poster, where he's shrouded in smoke and mystery and darkness. Thankfully he isn't wearing a hoodie, but this dark brooding poster does seem to take a tiny hint from that poster for Ghost Protocol. There are three more posters: one for Alec Baldwin, one for Rebecca Ferguson on a motorcycle, and one for Jeremy Renner as Brandt. Update: both Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames posters have been added below as well, just released by the studio.
United for the revolution! Holy crap this poster is awesome! Lionsgate has revealed another new teaser poster (here's the first one) for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, the epic conclusion in the Hunger Games franchise. It has all been leading to this, and hopefully, they've gone all out in making sure the revolution takes place–in the movie, I mean. I love the imagery here, I love the spray paint Mockingjay symbol behind the head, bring on the revolution of Panem and destruction of President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland). It's time to unite! Seriously, great work here. The countdown is on until November.
The new Scorsese movie is on the way. There have been handfuls of paparazzi set photos and other leaked images, plus news about production troubles, but after waiting patiently they've released an official photo from Martin Scorsese's Silence, which finished filming in Taiwan earlier this month. EW.com debuted this photo from Silence, showing actor Andrew Garfield as Father Rodrigues, a priest who travels to Japan to confront the rumors that his mentor has abandoned the Church. He's seen embracing Shinya Tsukamoto, who plays a villager named Mokichi. It's one simple shot but it's powerful and speaks volumes about what kind of film we'll be seeing. And I can't wait. I've got a really good feeling this is going to turn out amazing.
This is cool. But I can't wait to see what the character actually looks like in the movie. There's an interesting interview with photographer Annie Leibovitz on StarWars.com that includes a fantastic new shot of Andy Serkis in full motion capture gear to play a character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams. The shot shows him inside a mo-cap rig, presumably at ILM, with cameras all around and dots all over his face. In the interview they reveal: "Andy Serkis is playing a character named Supreme Leader Snoke, and the character is being created through performance capture." Indeed. See him below.
"Just like taking a stroll through the woods… 65 million years ago." Universal is going all out! Not only putting John Hammond's voice in one of their latest TV spots for Jurassic World (and this video), but now they've released an entire featurette featuring Steven Spielberg talking about this new movie. A new featurette has hit the web and not only does it have Spielberg, there's actually lots of new footage, or at least a few interesting bits they haven't shown before. There's a better shot of the gate (see above), lots of new shots of the raptors, a cool look inside the main building, some new action beats, and that moment with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard at the truck at the end. I must say, I am really excited to see this.
Meet your new Arms Dealers, David and Efraim. After making three The Hangover movies, what is director Todd Phillips up to next? This is his next project, a movie called Arms and the Dudes, "based on a true story" of two young men who were contracted by the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Miles Teller plays David, Jonah Hill plays Efraim, to friends who suddenly start bidding on military contracts, but then they end up in-over-their-heads with the Afghanistan deal. This sounds like it might be really good, especially coming from the comedic mind of Todd Phillips. SlashFilm found four new photos posted online.