"Are you here to fight with us?" The beginning of the end is here. The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I has arrived, and it looks fantastic. The franchise really improved with Catching Fire last year, and the first chapter in the two-part finale seems to be on the same track with director Francis Lawrence back. Jennifer Lawrence looks more troubled than ever trying to united all of Panem against President Snow and get back Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from his public prisoner status in the Capitol. It's a little bittersweet seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman here, but it's sure to be a hell of a performance. Watch!
Only the mad survive! Aside from Interstellar, the best footage I've seen at Comic-Con 2014 (so far) was for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie has been in the works for a very long time, and will finally be out in theaters next summer (May 2015). The footage shows an epic scope and some incredible, amazing, unbelievable (and supposedly practical) vehicle/car action. One scene shows them driving into a massive sandstorm, with tornadoes that tear some of the cars apart before they burst into flames. It looks insane, but insane in every good way possible. A new set of character posters have debuted - see them below.
To promote the upcoming (epic) two-part finale of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2, at Comic-Con 2014, Lionsgate has built a massive Hunger Games "Samsung Experience". The interactive event is designed for fans to customize their own swag, delve into the universe more, see some new footage and promo material for Mockingjay, ending with a special teaser trailer debut exclusive to Comic-Con (it will be online Monday). It's a big promotion partnered with Samsung (we covered details here) meaning fans get to watch the teaser trailer on a Samsung tablet, which is amusing, but to us it's all about the movie.
We don't officially have a category for "swag", but this falls into that classification. As a big space nerd and sci-fi lover, I can't help but share this nifty bit of swag from Comic-Con that I picked up today. During the Paramount panel yesterday, where they surprised fans in Hall H by bringing out Interstellar director Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey (read our full recap of that panel), the studio handed out tickets to be redeemed for a "prize". That prize? The mission patch from Interstellar, for the "Endurance" Space Exploration mission. It's small piece of swag, it's nerdy, but it's also kind of awesome. In full below.
What would happen if you found a time machine when you were in high school. What would you change? How would you use it? And what would be the ramifications of its use? These are some of the questions that a new film called Project Almanac tries to address. Following in the footsteps of the found footage film Chronicle, this film has a similar style and feel, but is about a group of teens who discover plans for a time travel device and put it together on their own (like Primer). They start testing it, using it, and improving its powers, until everything starts to go wrong. It's a blast, an original and energetic creation with a few issues.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Imagine what she could do with 100%. Now in theaters is Luc Besson's Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, a woman caught in a dark deal who ends up gaining incredible powers when a drug gives her 100% brain capacity superpowers. Morgan Freeman also co-stars as a Professor explaining what's going on with her, and how/why she's gaining these powers. Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Pilou Asbæk are also in the sci-fi action movie. Is it any good? Did Luc Besson get his groove back? Once you've seen it, post a comment with thoughts on Besson's Lucy.
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." The eagle has landed. Paramount Pictures' panel inside the legendary Hall H at Comic-Con 2014 today ended with an epic discussion on Interstellar, a surprise to everyone as the studio brought along Oscar winning star Matthew McConaughey and the man himself, Christopher Nolan. Both are first time Comic-Con attendees, making an appearance at this geek mecca to promote the sci-fi epic that many of us are already anxiously anticipating (see the latest trailer). To top it off, they shared the incredible, brand new trailer with those in Hall H, and it will be online sometime soon.
Whether suiting up as Black Widow or luring oafish, young men to their otherworldly demise in Under the Skin, or wrangling Joaquin Phoenix with her voice alone in Her, Scarlett Johansson appears to be the ideal choice to play the next-level woman, a female character made supernatural with all the powers she beholds. So thank goodness writer/director Luc Besson has her front and center in Lucy, his latest sci-fi, evolutionary actioner that promises to blow your mind as well as your entertainment meter. Without Johansson, the film would slip by as pretty thin on both excitement and existentialism. Thankfully, Lucy doesn't fail in either department, but the frustration that the whole, messy ordeal leaves behind is far too noticable. Not quite as noticable as someone as stunning and talented as Johansson, but it's there. Read on!
"He also happens to be a robot." Meet Chappie, a boy kidnapped by criminals who becomes an adopted son of a "strange and dysfunctional family". The first promo banner for Neill Blomkamp's third film, Chappie, has been found inside of the halls of Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego. The Con has been launching grounds for Blomkamp's last two sci-fi creations, Elysium and District 9, and while Sony doesn't have his latest film listed on any panels yet, it will be getting a reveal here as indicated by this banner. It's a very wide promo banner positioned right above the entrance doors, showing the robot drawing child-like sketches on a wall. Sharlto Copley stars as Chappie, joined by Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel. Photos below.
Some brief international teaser trailers just surfaced for the intriguing sci-fi flick Young Ones, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and now a short teaser trailer for the film's release in the United States has arrived, showcasing more of the cool desert landscape that director Jake Paltrow has created. The post apocalyptic film has flares of Steven Spielberg with hints of Mad Max, and a sweeping, grand score, complete with a truly incredible cast that features Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Nicholas Hoult. This is what indie sci-fi strives to be, and it's very cool. Watch!
What a lovely day, indeed! Down here in San Diego, where Comic-Con kicks off tonight, it is a very lovely blue sky day. Warner Bros is unleashing artwork for the three big movies they're promoting here at the Con. Earlier we ran the first poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, now we have the teaser poster for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road. This movie has been delayed for so many years, with filming taking place down in Australia back in 2012. Tom Hardy stars in this along with Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz. This is just a teaser poster, and we expect a trailer this week too, so it's nothing epic but does look cool. Check out this first look and hold out for more.
"A female captain?" Say what? The first trailer for a goofy sci-fi 70's spoof called Space Station 76 has debuted thanks to Entertainment Weekly and it's as bad as you would expect for a trailer that debuts on Entertainment Weekly. Despite a solid cast, including Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan, Matt Bomer, Jerry O'Connell and Kylie Rogers, the jokes fall flat, the dialogue is atrocious, and this looks more like bargain bin crap than a worthy spoof. Seriously, it looks terrible. But maybe it wasn't made for everyone. Take a look below at a 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.
Nearly a year ago, word came that Warner Bros. was reviving their efforts to turn the iconic Japanese anime Akira into a live-action film again. The studio was working on bringing Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra back into the fray to direct the film with an eye towards beginning production in early 2014. But that time frame has come and gone, and here we are in the middle of summer with no update. That is until a small blurb in Deadline (via The Playlist) popped up recently which says Dante Harper, who wrote the initial script for Edge of Tomorrow (also originally a Japanese property) has been working on the script.
The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well.