"Falling in love is kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity." Though Scarlett Johansson may be ineligible for the Golden Globes (as if that popularity and bribery contest really matters), that won't stop audiences from soaking up her incredible vocal performance in Spike Jonze's charming new love story Her. For those who don't know, the story follows Joaquin Phoenix as a man struggling after a bad break-up, until he connects with Samantha, the new operating system of his mobile device. This new trailer gives us a second good look at the film with Arcade Fire's mesmerizing tune "Supersymmetry." Watch now!
In the months leading up to the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, there was always some article diving into the secrecy of what villain Benedict Cumberbatch was going to play in sequel. Early rumors pegged the "Sherlock" star as playing the iconic villain Khan from one of the most revered films from the original film franchise, but many key cast members and director J.J. Abrams constantly refuted those claims, despite continued rumors and evidence to the contrary. But of course, we now know that Cumberbatch was indeed Khan, and now in hindsight, Abrams doesn't think they should have been so secretive. More below!
Briefly: It's coming. The first trailer for Christopher Nolan's next movie, a sci-fi thriller titled Interstellar, will arrive in just a few weeks. Paramount/Warner Bros will be showing the trailer, which runs 1 minute and 43 seconds, in front of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arriving in theaters starting December 13th. This is one of our most anticipated movies in the works, currently scheduled for release November 7th, 2014 less than a year away. The plot is about a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations of space travel in an interstellar voyage. Nolan's cast: Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, with Michael Caine.
Music video weekend. If you're in the mood for something a bit flashy and fun this weekend, queue up these two back-to-back music videos from Broken Bells that together form a short titled After the Disco (found via SlashFilm), directed by Jacob Gentry (Last Goodbye, The Signal, My Super Psycho Sweet 16) for The Creators Project. The videos star actors Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2, Transcendence) and Anton Yelchin (The Beaver, Fright Night, Star Trek) in a sci-fi romance involving an adorable fallen astronaut. These have cool colorful visuals, two quirky lovers, and some disco fun, so fire 'em up and have a good time.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Remember who the enemy is. Now playing in theaters everywhere is the second movie in The Hunger Games series, titled Catching Fire, picking up where The Hunger Games left off following Katniss Everdeen of Panem's District 12. Director Francis Lawrence takes over the reins of this sci-fi series, delivering a much darker but much bigger sequel. Jennifer Lawrence returns to lead the way with Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci & Elizabeth Banks. Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Lionsgate's Catching Fire.
When it comes to movie franchises, particularly those of the "three and done" variety, the odds are ever in the second film's favor. These films are typically darker, larger in scale, and the filmmakers behind them jump at the bit to craft a perfect setup for the trilogy's conclusion. These are all aspects The Hunger Games: Catching Fire wears, one badge of honor on its collective chest after another. Based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, the film serves as a smooth, beautiful, and epic transition from the clunky adaptation of the first novel to a hopefully explosive finale in Mockingjay. If nothing else, there will be fire.
For anyone who doesn't want to know anything about Alfonso Cuaron's incredible film Gravity, then don't read any further, because there will be some spoilers from here on out. You've been warned. In the sci-fi film, Sandra Bullock's character Ryan Stone ends up by herself inside a Russian space capsule, on the verge of giving up. While at her lowest point, she tries to use the vessel's radio, and ends up communicating with a foreign guy who has a dog and a baby with him. Well, Jonas Cuaron, son of the filmmaker, co-wrote the feature screenplay and directed this companion film called Aningaaq that follows the man on the other end of the radio, an Inuit fisherman stationed on a remote fjord in Greenland. Watch!
No, that's not Freddy Krueger in photo (nor is it a burned version of Burgermeister Meisterburger from "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"), but there's a charming, cool story about how a star from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street came to have a role in Star Trek Into Darkness. If you go to the IMDb profile of Heather Langenkamp, the lead from the classic Wes Craven horror film, you'll see that she has a credit as a character named Moto in the J.J. Abrams directed sequel. But if you don't remember who the hell that character is (pictured above), you're not alone. That's why StarTrek.com (via Movies.com) looked into it and came out with a touching tale of how Langenkamp in the alien creation came to be. Read on!
"My story is a tail of scientific intrigue." Jamie Foxx tries his hand at directing with a short titled And She Was My Eve part of Canon's Project Imagination. The 15-minute short is about a man who tries to build the "perfect mate", but ends up with more than he bargained for. Tyrin Turner & Samantha Nagel star. I can't say there's much to admire, but it is unlike anything I've ever seen. And She Was My Eve is about a man scarred early in life by an unrequited love who works to attain the perfect mate. An intrusive neighbor questions his mysterious lifestyle and the uncertainty of the outside world brings his dreams to a halt. Yep.
Briefly: Nothing major since this is still so far away, but 20th Century Fox has rescheduled Independence Day 2 from the summer of 2015 to the summer of 2016. The sequel took years to finally come together with Roland Emmerich back at the helm, but it looks like they're holding onto it for another year for production timing and to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original. If you can really believe it (doesn't seem that long ago), Independence Day was released almost 20 years ago, in July of 1996. The sequel, tentatively titled ID Forever Part I, will arrive on July 1st, 2016 (via BoxOfficeMojo). The summer of 2015 is already overcrowded anyway, with Avengers 2, Jurassic World and lots more. We'll keep an eye on ID2's progress.
After seeing the sci-fi sensation Gravity, the film's special effects are so seamless and realistic, you're not sure where practical filmmaking ends and the world of visual effects and computer generated imagery begins. If you saw the film in 3D, the film is that much more captivating, and knowing that every single shot of the film is a visual effects shots makes the 3D elements of the film all the more impressive and taxing on the filmmakers. Now a featurette (that's really more of a technical sales pitch) shows how the 3D conversion process and visual effects can work together easily by way of View-D. It's very sophisticated, but cool to see.
There may not be an official title, and fans might be worried as hell about the recent game of musical chairs played by (former) writer Michael Arndt, director J.J. Abrams and original saga writer Lawrence Kasdan, but Disney has finally given us an official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII. The continuation of the iconic sci-fi saga created by George Lucas will hit theaters everywhere on December 18th 2015. It's not mentioned whether the film will be released in 3D or IMAX formats, but that seems like a no-brainer that we'll hear about sometime down the road. Now if we could just lock down a cast and some story details.
"Why is America so robo-phobic?" As OmniCorp's latest robot security polices the globe, America still isn't on board with their methods of terrorist containment and authority. Thankfully, officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) just happens to need some sort of resurrection after a targeted explosion leaves him barely alive. Now Murphy is the new face of OmniCorp, a human-cyborg hybrid, a RoboCop. But who's really in control. The second trailer paints a bigger picture of the story and the world in which it exists. However, I can't help but think this movie is merely driven by Jay Baruchel's line "We're gonna make a lot of money."
While box office analysts don't think the performance of Ender's Game this past weekend was enough to warrant a new franchise. But there's still a chance that a sequel could happen. However, if it does, don't expect the film series to follow the same chronology as the Orson Scott Card book series. Without getting into spoilers (we'll do that below), the book sequel Speaker for the Dead takes place thousands of years later. That doesn't mean all of the surviving characters from the original film are dead though, because the particulars of space travel mean Ender is only 35 in the sequel. But a new book may give us a new direction.