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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.
Now this is cool. Legendary Pictures has a knack for putting on epic events (like this Godzilla installation at Comic-Con a few years back) and they've put together another impressive fan-experience for the upcoming Warcraft live-action movie. It's common knowledge that all of Blizzard's games are extremely popular in Asian countries, so it makes sense this installation is in China, where it'll connect with many fans (and it's expected to play very well in theaters). At a mall (the "Joycity") in Chengdu, China, Legendary has installed a "Warcraft Experience" that they've dubbed the "biggest free movie-themed exhibition ever mounted in China." It looks pretty damn cool, better than any other setup we've seen for this so far. Take a look below.
Aw, what a cute little cat, I hope he makes it out okay. With 2016 just around the corner, Entertainment Weekly has debuted their annual first look preview, featuring a gallery of photos from many of the highly anticipated movies coming up next year. One film I'm suddenly very excited about is titled simply Keanu. While it sounds like it could be a reference to the badass actor Keanu Reeves (I still hope it somehow is), it's actually a story about two "blerds" (black nerds) who have to infiltrate a drug cartel to rescue a stolen cat named Keanu. Comics/actors Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key star in the film, which was also written by and directed by "Key & Peele" veterans making the leap into features. See the first photo below.
2016 is going to be an interesting year for video game movies. Two of the biggest adaptations in a while are set to premiere in theaters - starting with Warcraft in the summer, and eventually Assassin's Creed in the winter. We've already seen one first look at Michael Fassbender in costume in the Assassin's Creed movie, but with filming now underway, a few more photos have appeared. The latest action set comes from Empire, showing Fassbender in his iconic assassin's cloak. "We're striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can… We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special." View below.
Here we go. Marvel has unveiled the first photos of actor Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as mystical superhero Doctor Strange, for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie which is currently filming in London. However, they're just getting underway and Cumberbatch is still working on the physicality of the character. He told EW: "I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically… We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious." These images are basically early promo shots, to give us our very first look at the character as filming continues. See below.
More Tarzan? Yes indeed. While Guillermo del Toro never moved forward with his version of Tarzan, former Harry Potter director David Yates has been working on The Legend of Tarzan for Warner Bros. The studio has debuted two first look photos and a poster for the new Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård as the jungle boy. He's now living in London and is called back to the jungle, where they "haven’t been [in] an awfully long time". Skarsgård explains to USA Today that "it's almost the opposite of the classic tale, where it’s about taming the beast… This is about a man who's holding back and slowly as you peel off the layers, he reverts back to a more animalistic state and lets that side of his personality out." Very interesting.
A brand new Shane Black movie?! Yes indeed! People magazine has revealed the first official photo from the upcoming Shane Black movie The Nice Guys, described as a "half whimsical private-eye movie" and "spiritual sequel" to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, the 70s-set story involves a private eye investigating the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in Los Angeles who uncovers a conspiracy. "Really great actors will feed on the other actor," Black tells the magazine, and it seems like he found the perfect pair for this next caper. The full cast includes Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Rachele Brooke Smith, and Ty Simpkins. This photo doesn't show much, just the two sitting together. Take a look below.
The master let's us take a look through his lens. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, known as "Chivo", is very likely going to win his third Oscar for filming The Revenant, the latest from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (they also made Birdman together). The film opens in theaters later in December, but is getting early rave reviews for it's remarkable cinematography. Every last scene was shot using only natural, real light - no Hollywood tricks or lightbanks, it's all authentic. Lubezki joined Instagram a few years ago, but recently has been posting shots of various people and scenes from the filming of The Revenant in Canada (which went on for almost a year during late 2014/early 2015). Many of these characters are background characters, but they're definitely in it. Lubezki is a true master and every shot he takes is stunning to see.
The Neon Demon is coming to screens soon. Variety reports that Amazon Studios has picked up US release rights to Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, The Neon Demon, which has yet to premiere at any festivals. The report states that Amazon is planning to release the film in theaters next summer (2016), so it's not just an Amazon Digital only release, it's them going all out standing behind this film. "One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty," Refn said about the idea for this film. Elle Fanning stars, along with Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. See the new photo below while we wait for more.
Meet Newt Scamander, the star of the new Harry Potter spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. With filming underway, Warner Bros and EW have unveiled a set of first look photos. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne plays world-famous magizoologist Newt Scamander, who went to Hogwarts and became interested in fabulous beasts at thanks to his mother, an enthusiastic Hippogriff breeder. The film is set around Newt's adventures in New York in 1926, years before Harry went to Hogwarts. The first photo also features Katherine Waterston as "Tina" Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski. The rest are mostly on-set shots, but it's a good way to (re-)introduce this world.
One of my favorite filmmakers working today is Derek Cianfrance, behind the films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. Cianfrance's next feature is an adaptation of M.L. Stedman's novel called The Light Between Oceans, about a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raising a baby they find. Alicia Vikander stars with Michael Fassbender as the married couple on the island, and the cast also includes Rachel Weisz, Emily Barclay and a few others. This first look photo of Vikander standing on a bluff over the ocean is a gorgeous photo and the only shot we've seen from this so far. This is a film I have been tracking closely and I'm already impatient to see, don't even need any footage.
Get your first look at the new Jeff Nichols film before we even get a first look at the other new Jeff Nichols film! Jeff Nichols, director of the fantastic films Take Shelter, Mud and Shotgun Stories, finished a sci-fi film for Warner Bros called Midnight Special. They pushed it back to next March, so in the meantime, Nichols went on to shoot his next film. He's now in production in Virginia on Loving, a drama inspired by Nancy Buirski's 2011 documentary The Loving Story about an interracial couple jailed for marrying in 1958. The two starring as that couple are Joel Edgerton as Richard, and Ruth Negga as Mildred Loving.
Meet everybody's favorite psycho killer, again. A photo of the newest Empire magazine cover has appeared online, and it's a very colorful, very fun shot of Jared Leto playing The Joker in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. We've already seen that kick ass Comic-Con teaser trailer and the original Joker reveal photo, so it's nothing completely new, but it is cool to see more of him full-size like this. Plus, I dig the crazy wacky colorful design of the Empire cover. We still have yet to see the rest of the cast like this - Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Hopefully this is a good sign that a full theatrical trailer will be arriving sooner than we know it. Stay tuned for more.
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.