Pardon the pun, but Michael Bay is on cruise control now. At least that's the case with the Transformers franchise. The series of mega-budgeted, summer blockbusters were never going to win awards for excellence in storytelling. Beyond the explosions, mayhem, and people shouting "No" in machine-gun rapidity, there have hardly been stories to gel all the action together. That's what makes Bay's movies so up the alley of anyone looking for escapist fun. Unfortunately, not even the computer graphic carnage and epic scale destruction on display in the latest Transformers sequel, Age of Extinction, can keep the sloppy and lazy attitude into which this franchise has shifted from rearing its ugly, mechanized head.
After making a bigger splash overseas than it did in the domestic box office, the robot vs. monster blockbuster Pacific Rim is definitely getting a sequel. There's been buzz about the film with Guillermo del Toro recently revealing that he's working on the script with Zak Penn (The Avengers, Last Action Hero) with story insight from the original film's writer Travis Beacham, and now Universal has staked out a release date pretty far down the road. Legendary Pictures sent out an announcement video from del Toro himself (busy on Crimson Peak), and Universal simultaneously revealed the film's arrival April 7th, 2017.
We're still five months out from the opening of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, however early plans are being put in place for the global release which will take over big screens everywhere. Thanks to reports over the last year, we know that Interstellar will have scenes shot in IMAX, and that Nolan somehow convinced Warner Bros/Paramount to distribute this as one of the last movies still going out on film (Paramount has already stopped, but will make an exception for this). In an interview with Collider, IMAX Entertainment President Greg Foster confirmed that Interstellar will still show on film on 50 IMAX screens this November.
We just got word that Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts was hired to script Marvel's mystical comic book flick Doctor Strange for director Scott Derrickson. And now the latter filmmaker behind films like Sinister and this summer's Deliver Us from Evil has picked up a different sci-fi film to script as well. Variety reports Derrickson has been hired with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill to pen MGM's adaptation of The Outer Limits, which has been gestating for four years. Previously, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (writers of four out of the seven Saw flicks and Project Greenlight's Feast) were hired to write it.
Before The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released, the hype machine kicked off with some portrait style posters from the viral site "Capitol Couture". Now Panem is at it again with some new propaganda posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, meant to pay tribute to the hard workers in some of the districts. There's no sign of Jennifer Lawerence, Josh Hutcherson or Liam Hemsworth, but these images are pretty stylish, looking straight out of a magazine that you might find in The Capitol. Right now there's only seven of the districts featured in these ads, but we'll add any others when/if they surface.
"We both have families..." Not sold on this yet? You will be after this trailer. With the movie finished, all the VFX, all the apes CGI, and all the music/sound/visual work done, Fox is sending out their final marketing push for Matt Reeves' sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The franchise continues with this next featuring mo-cap Andy Serkis as Caesar. Joined by Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jason Clarke as the human cast, with Toby Kebbell and Judy Greer playing more apes. We've seen enough footage already that I don't want to suggest spoiling any more of it now, but I have to say - this looks extremely awesome, and I have a very good feeling it's going to be one of the best movies of this summer.
This past spring, we learned that Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have partnered to distribute the new Terry Gilliam sci-fi film, The Zero Theorem, starring Christoph Waltz, and they were hoping to release sometime in July or August. But we've yet to get an official release date for the film in the United States. In the meantime, the film has been opening up all over the world this spring, and we have another international trailer showing more of the peculiar story set in the future, complete with bizarre imagery and characters that we've come to expect from Gilliam as a filmmaker. When can we finally see this? Watch it!
The most recent TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looked back at the past events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to set the stage for the summer sequel. Now a new video explains some of the events that have happened between the first film in 2011, and where the human race finds itself 10 years later. Government activity has been suspended, a large sect of the population has been wiped out by the simian flu (shown in the end credits of the first prequel), and the world is in chaotic, apocalyptic times. This video shows a series of newsreel footage and reports about the dark times leading to the dawn of the apes. Watch!
Following last week's TV spot that featured some bear hunting on behalf of the evolved simians, a new TV spot for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has arrived. This time, 20th Century Fox seems to be recalling how the apes came to be this intelligent, for anyone who didn't see Rise of the Planet of the Apes a few years ago. Jason Clarke recounts the story, maybe for his son Kodi Smit-McPhee who's too young to remember the revolution, and then we get thrown into the war brewing as humans and apes clash again. There's also a great new shot of Caesar's ape army riding on horses, firing guns. It looks truly epic. Watch!
With the exception of some chatter from James Cameron at the Hero Complex Film Festival about how the three Avatar sequels were written, we haven't heard much official about the gestating trio of sequels to follow the 2009 box office record breaker. Back in January we heard that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana were back for all three sequels, along with the return of Stephen Lang for all three films somehow as well. Now one more cast member from the original film is back for all three sequels as 20th Century Fox has announced that Sigourney Weaver will work with Cameron yet again, but not as the same character.
Right now Guillermo del Toro is busy with his horror film Crimson Peak, slated for release in 2015, but that doesn't mean he's not also working on a sequel to the 2013 sci-fi action bonanza Pacific Rim. BuzzFeed recent had a chat with del Toro, and he gave a quick update on the progress of the sequel. Travis Beacham wrote the original script, but this time del Toro is working with a new writer. The filmmaker said, "I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around.” Well, it's not a secret now, and this news has us a little leery about the sequel.
"If you threaten his family, he will retaliate." Whoa. It's almost time, just a few more weeks. Fox has been ramping up advertising for Matt Reeves' sci-fi sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters on July 11th, with a bunch of new TV spots and some posters as well. This latest TV spot features a glimpse of the "bear hunt" scene, as well as more moments of Caesar talking (which sounds chilling every time), and some extra shots of action to tie the story beats together. Now we get a sense of where this is going, with the humans (lead by Gary Oldman & Jason Clarke) interrupting Caesar's "family" and starting the next war.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Live. Die. Repeat. Now in theaters everywhere is Doug Liman's adaptation of All You Need is Kill, retitled Edge of Tomorrow, a futuristic action sci-fi about a soldier stuck in a time loop who repeats every invasion day until he can figure out how to stop them. Tom Cruise stars as Cage, with Emily Blunt as Rita, the "Full Metal Bitch", and a supporting cast including Bill Paxton, Kick Gurry, Tony Way, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor, Franz Drameh. Is it awesome? Best sci-fi all year so far? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow.
The name of the movie is Edge of Tomorrow, but the name of the novel that inspired it is All You Need is Kill, definitely a harder hitting title than the safer, more user friendly name Warner Bros. came up with. Oddly enough, the movie's title is more appropriate for the story it tells, but Edge of Tomorrow still lives up to its source material's title, matching it bullet-for-bullet and generally kicking just as much ass. It's a non-stop jolt of summer blockbuster-sized entertainment, made all the more so by an expected charismatic turn from Tom Cruise. Altering and adjusting the novel in all the right ways, Edge of Tomorrow's marriage of story and eye-popping visuals makes it the one to beat for the remainder of the season. Read on!