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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?
Time to get acquainted with the Suicide Squad. David Ayer has released a new poster and WB has followed up with a full set of 10 character posters for DC's Suicide Squad movie. This artwork features stylized versions of each costume from the squad, and it even includes some of the bad guys and surprise characters we'll see in this movie. Ayer has also indicated that a new trailer for Suicide Squad will debut on Tuesday later this week. I really dig the designs for this, the comic book connection is clear and it really shows how much fun they're having with this movie. We'll follow up once the trailer premieres - until then, take a look.
Oh it's the bear necessities, the simple bear necessities… Disney has completed a tryptich series of posters to unveil a wide promo banner for The Jungle Book, a CG/live-action hybrid directed by Jon Favreau. The poster shows Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi, in the middle sitting in front of Baloo the bear, voiced by Bill Murray. The poster also includes most of his animal friends, like Bagheera, Kaa, Raksha and a ferocious Shere Khan, voiced by Idris Elba. The more we see of this movie, the more interested I am, it remarkably looks pretty dang good so far. Hopefully we'll see more footage soon. Take a look at the full poster below.
"That's how it starts - the fever, the rage… That turns good men cruel." It's a New Year and that means a new set of movies across the next 12 months to get excited about. 2016's line-up of cinematic adventures includes Marvel's Doctor Strange, DC's Suicide Squad, plus Gambit, X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, as well as Steven Spielberg's The BFG, Paul Fieg's Ghostbusters, Duncan Jones' Warcraft, Tim Miller's Deadpool, and Pixar's Finding Dory. This new 2016 mashup video from Nick Bosworth (who makes the Final Cut videos) is just a very quick tease but it's a nice preview of what's ahead.
Now that we're into the year 2016, we've launched the 2017 Release Schedule, listing the release dates for all the movies currently scheduled to open in theaters that year. Anyone who has been following the news already knows just how epic and crazy 2017 is going to be. Not only is that when we're going to see the next movie in the Skywalker Star Wars saga (Episode VIII, opening May 26th), but James Cameron's next Avatar sequel is supposed to arrive in December. 2015 was a huge year for (franchise) movies, but 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. Highly anticipated sequels, reboots, new franchise restarts and so much more.