The Dinobots! It's time. Get your first look at the Dinobots, as well as Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller, and Nicola Peltz, in the latest Transformers sequel titled Transformers: Age of Extinction. Paramount debuted a 30-second Super Bowl TV spot for Michael Bay's Transformers 4 which ends on a rather epic shot of Optimus riding out on one of the Dinobots, meaning they're going all out by bringing these guys into the mix this time. As expected there are tons of explosions and lots of badass robot action. I'll be honest, I'm excited to see this. Fun way to introduce us to the kick ass new Transformers movie we're getting this June.
Hooray! A big congratulations to Emmanuel Lubezki, who just won the top honor at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Lubezki won the award for his work on Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, which is picking up awards left and right including Best Director at the DGA Awards a few weeks ago (where the photo below is from). Lubezki was up against a tough set of five other nominees this year, including Sean Bobbitt of 12 Years a Slave, Bruno Delbonnel of the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis, Barry Ackroyd of Captain Phillips, Philippe Le Sourd of Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster and Phedon Papamichael of Alexander Payne's B&W film Nebraska. Read on for more 2014 winners details.
"I've never loved anyone the way I loved you." If you still haven't seen Spike Jonze's wonderfully moving sci-fi film Her, it's now playing in wide release. The film received five Oscar nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, and is my #1 favorite film of 2013. I love everything about it, and have been listening to the Oscar-nominated score quite a bit recently. ShortList magazine recently posted a set of eight posters for they commissioned on their own for the upcoming UK release of the film, and now they're online for viewing. And boy are they magnificent - way better than any official art. "...Me too. Now we know how."
Fans of both movies and aweeom LEGO sets had a great victory last year when the Cuusoo campaigned set for the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future became a reality. Now another 80s movie with an iconic vehicle is getting the same LEGO treatment. Last summer, we called your attention to another cutom Cuusoo set inspired by the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. As with all custom sets vying for official production approval from Cuusoo, it needed 10,000 votes to make it in front of the LEGO board, and now the set has been approved for production, just in time to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary this year. More below!
"The storm cannot be stopped, but it can be survived." Paramount has decided to reveal the first big game Super Bowl TV spot early, debuting the 30 second ad for Darren Aronofsky's Noah that's showing this weekend. We've already seen a couple of trailers for this epic Aronofsky take on the biblical story of Noah's Ark, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Ray Winstone and, yes, Emma Watson. This spot features a few new shots, including one of some angels floating down over Earth (wha?), plus some extra epic music to sell the Super Bowl audiences. This does look like it might be good, and I'm glad they're finally pushing this out there for everyone to see. The end? No. "The beginning of everything..."
What if you could see yourself 40 years ago... What would you look for? What would you feel? If you're curious to dive into an odd little Swedish mystery, then take a look at this trailer for a film called The Quiet Roar, playing at the Rotterdam Film Festival. From the director of Burrowing, Henrik Hellström, comes the mystery drama The Quiet Roar, about a terminally ill woman (Evabritt Strandberg) who relives a crucial phase of her life thanks to LSD therapy: in her subconscious, she meets herself and her former husband at the age of 25. This has a very mesmerizing almost time travel feel, as if Tarkovsky remade Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind, or something oddly trippy. I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, but I am curious.
"It's been 10 years of change." In the last few days, Fox has launched a brand new website for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Matt Reeves-directed sequel to the restart of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Picking up where that film ends, the story is set 10 years ahead, and the gap between Apes and Man has begun to grow. The "simian flu" has killed off most of humanity and many cities were destroyed in subsequent battles. The site allows fans to explore the now-abandoned/destroyed San Francisco area and see what it looks like there after 10 years have passed, as the Apes continue taking over. It's a very nifty idea.
Do you believe in science? Or do you believe in God? In today's age of technology, how does one convince the other? These are the questions that I Origins, the second sci-fi film from Mike Cahill (at Sundance 2011 with Another Earth), attempts to address in delicate ways. It's a breathtaking, chilling, beautiful film that wraps a love story around a scientific attempt to disprove the existence of God, but where does it lead? Does it answer questions? That's not the point. It's a film that makes you think, makes you consider your own beliefs, even if just for a second. Because when that moment comes, if you feel chills, it has done its job.
While we were hoping this video might have some cool behind-the-scenes footage from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie, alas it's Entertainment Tonight (Canada) which means nope, only cheesy conversation. Luckily there's a few hints on the actual movie. Bryan Cranston, Golden Globe winning star of "Breaking Bad", filmed a role in Godzilla last year, and ET Canada visited the set to chat with him, and with Sally Hawkins. He reveals that they're taking a more "restrained" approach to this, referencing Jaws and the way Spielberg "didn't always show the monster." Cranston also shows the host how to roar like the monster. It's a fun little video if you're in the mood for some Cranston goodness to cheer you up after the Oscar noms.
While this isn't all that surprising, 20th Century Fox has announced that Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are set to reprise their roles from Avatar for all three of the sequels that the studio announced will start hitting theaters in 2016. Production will begin later this year on the new sci-fi franchise that James Cameron has compared to The Godfather trilogy. Worthington and Saldana join Stephen Lang, villain Colonel Miles Quaritch from the first film, who was already confirmed to come back for all three sequels as well. Of course, we're still not sure about the story for any of these sequels, but audiences are still excited.
Last night at the 71st Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored Spike Jonze by giving him the award for Best Screenplay for his work on the magnificent love story Her. That ended up being the only award for the film starring Joaquin Phoenix (nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical) and the voice of Scarlett Johansson (a performance ineligible for the Golden Globes). Sadly, the film isn't doing well at the box office. After a limited release in December, the film arrived in theaters everywhere this past weekend, but it didn't even break the Top 10 at the box office. This film should be seen immediately and deserves your money. Check out a gorgeous new featurette and a few photos below!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Falling in love is a crazy thing to do. It's like a socially acceptable form of insanity." Now showing everywhere is Spike Jonze's Her, his new sci-fi romance starring Joaquin Phoenix and the voice of Scarlett Johansson as Samantha, his Operating System girlfriend. The film first premiered at the New York Film Festival to rave reviews, and is now playing in wide release. Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Chris Pratt also co-star. Is it any good? What did you make of it, and its quirky style? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Spike Jonze's Her.
While the reboot sequel Star Trek Into Darkness has come and gone (and didn't live up to my excitement from last year), some fans are still enjoying the film since it was released on Blu-Ray and DVD. Though some didn't like the use of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan (despite a great performance) and found plenty to nitpick about the story, you can't deny that the action and visual effects made the J.J. Abrams film enjoyable on a surface level. Hell, the film just got nominated for Best Visual Effects at the BAFTAs this morning. Now Industrial Light & Magic has released two featurettes looking at how those VFX came together for the film, with some pretty cool animatic breakdowns with tons of layers. Watch now!
"No one delivered on the promise of global security like OmniCorp." Welcome to 2027. Sony has launched a viral video for their upcoming RoboCop movie focusing on introducing the new human element of their security/defense line of robotic products. The short viral video is a direct rip-off of the Weyland TED Talk for Prometheus, even going so far as to introduce their "android" product in a keynote presentation at CES in 2027. Alas, the speaker in this is much less charismatic and the visuals are pretty poor, so I have to admit I'm not impressed at all. Which is just par for the course with this movie. I'm not sure any viral like this will make me any more interested in the movie, but at least they're trying to do some cool sci-fi marketing for it.