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"I want to be one of the greats." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first trailer for Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, the biggest breakout hit of Sundance 2014 - it won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize. The film stars Miles Teller as an up-and-coming jazz drummer studying under the stern, hard-ass tutelage of Terence Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons. It's an intense, riveting, exciting film that is all about overcoming the struggles of success and persisting against failure in pursuit of passion. I really love this film, and wrote in my review "It's invigorating, it's exciting and amusing to watch, it will challenge some to think about their own lives in a new way, and it will put Chazelle on the map as a filmmaker to believe in."
Following yesterday's debut of two concept art posters from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, two more posters have debuted today, and it seems like there's going to be a whole batch of posters that will connect to show off a huge battle between Earth's mightiest heroes. Yesterday's posters showed off Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and newcomer Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) but today we get Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans), all fighting a ton of Ultron's robots. And if you look at the Black Widow poster, you'll see part of Thor's hammer to the left and Hulk's big arm to the right. Look!
"He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector." Taking place this week is Comic-Con 2014, but it's also the 75th Anniversary of Batman, the comic book superhero created by Bob Kane. In honor of the anniversary, DC's booth is filled with Batman everything, including costumes, capes and masks from every single Batman movie (photos in our showfloor gallery). While many fans are scrambling for a look at the older costumes, few seem to realize the new "Batfleck" costume is there, too. They're showing off Ben Affleck's Batman cape & cowl from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (seen before) at the Con and we have photos.
The time has come for all the women to go wild as the first trailer for the adaptation of the best-selling erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey has arrived. Based on E.L. James' book of the same name, a provocative love story unfolds as a college graduate named Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) develops a unique romance with the dominant, young entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). This looks to be pretty much what we expected, but probably won't end up satisfying the salacious sexual appetites of the readers who've built up this sexy story in their head for a few years now. But you never know. Watch below!
"This is an opportunity to connect with the fans and listen to what they want to see as well as presenting them with our vision." For years we've been hearing about projects and adaptations inspired by Heavy Metal, the badass sci-fi/fantasy magazine, but none of have ever come to fruition. Many fans may recall the classic 1981 Heavy Metal animated movie, but there hasn't been an updated take yet. However, according to a report by Variety, Heavy Metal is "looking to make a significant splash at this year's Comic-Con" and that includes revealing art from Mondo that is the first teaser poster for "the reboot of the Heavy Metal movie".
There's been a plethora of hype for The Avengers: Age of Ultron over the past week, but that's because we're about to see the first bit of footage from the sequel here at Comic-Con in San Diego. The movie won't arrive until next summer, but Marvel loves to hype up their future releases (as we've seen since they're staking out dates way ahead of time). But this is all good news for fans, because it means they can get their hands on some cool commemorative stuff like two concept art posters that were handed out at the convention today at Marvel's booth. These two feature Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) battling Ultron's army, and we think more are probably on the way this week. Look!
It is my tradition to kick off Comic-Con by walking the showfloor on preview night and taking photos of anything movie-related that interests me. This year the showfloor is overrun with Batman galore, because today is "Batman Day" celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the DC Comics superhero. There were also some new discoveries including Smaug at Weta and Hunger Games guards. I made my way through the crowds and snapped as many shots as I could before getting out, but there will certainly be more to come at the end (as I always head back again). For now, take a look at our preview night gallery with lots of toys and props.
To kick off Comic-Con 2014, Legendary Pictures sent us an exclusive invite to be the first inside their booth (#3920) on the convention floor where attendees can partake in the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery. We were lucky enough to get a personal tour from Guillermo del Toro, introducing us to some cool artifacts from the film inside an almost claustrophobic replica of the haunted house that will be featured in the horror flick slated for release in 2015. The gallery takes you behind the curtain, literally, and duplicates the organic feel of the house, as it sounds like a living, breathing thing, complete with goodies.
Hey Hank! With Comic-Con 2014 kicking off today, we're going a bit crazy with Marvel Studios buzz, between new release dates, hype about Saturday's panel, buzz about the Guardians of the Galaxy release and so much more. The latest debut is this poster - a comic book art poster for Marvel's Ant-Man, which is now being directed by Peyton Reed, but will still star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, with Evangeline Lilly in the mix, too. We expect to hear (and hopefully see) a lot more about this comic book movie in the next few days as Comic-Con swings its doors open. For now, feast your eyes on this art and tell us if you are excited.
Briefly: Following this morning's news that Sony Pictures would release Sinister Six in November of 2016, followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 3 sometime in 2018, the folks at Marvel decided to take advantage of the opportunity to snag the May 4th, 2018 release date vacated by The Amazing Spider-Man 4. That would be a perfect release date for The Avengers 3 since it would be three years after The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. After all, we talked about how there wasn't really a usual May release good for the sequel, amongst the slew of new release dates the comic book studio announced, until 2019. But if the May 2018 spot goes to The Avengers 3, then what's coming in 2019? At this point, we don't even know. Stay tuned.
"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 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 below!
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.
There's no doubt that Comic-Con is the place to be for fans excited about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I with the trailer premiering here in San Diego this weekend before hitting Samsung tablets exclusively. And now there's one more goodie in store to spark the revolution as WK Interact was commissioned by Lionsgate to create this Comic-Con exclusive poster. It's got a guerrilla revolution graffiti style to it, almost like it's a poster for a rock band or something like that. But of course the symbol of the Mockingjay is easily spotted. Check out yesterday's living statue portraits, and stay tuned for more! Look!