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It's less than two weeks, meaning it's time to pull out the big guns. Warner Bros has unveiled (found via The Film Stage) a couple of featurettes, one 13 mins. long, to go along with all the footage, TV spots, trailers, posters and everything else for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. At this point, I'm not even watching any, and I suggest you don't either until seeing TDKR, to savor the experience for the theater. Both of these show a lot of footage, with talking heads with cast & crew, and a few behind-the-scenes moments behind this epic finale. The videos are below IF you want to watch them, but it's entirely at your discretion.
"Who the hell is he?" Universal has started debuting a number of TV spots for their upcoming action reboot-sequel The Bourne Legacy, and we've got three more that pack a punch. TheMovieBox has collected three TV spots, ranging in length from 30 seconds to about 15 seconds, and they're actually pretty damn good - quickly worth watching. Jeremy Renner stars as Aaron Cross, the hot new elite CIA agent on the run. The cast includes Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Oscar Isaac and Albert Finney. Despite all worries, this is turning out pretty damn good, I'm excited to see what Tony Gilroy has cooked up. Enjoy!
"We don't lay down for nobody." Weinstein Co. has debuted the second theatrical trailer for John Hillcoat's Lawless, originally titled The Wettest County, the prohibition crime drama that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival (my review). The film stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf & Jason Clarke as the Bondurant Brothers, three bootlegging brothers in Virginia, who have to fend off the cops and a growing mob empire. Hardy is a total badass in this, there's some great gun and fist fights, it is worth seeing. The cast includes Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska plus Dane DeHaan. Take a swig!
After snagging a supporting role in Devil's Knot, "Lost" and Real Steel actor Kevin Durand is already lining up his next project. According to Variety, Durand and the hulking Robert Maillet (who played the Minotaur in Immortals and the giant in 300) have joined the cast of Mortal Instruments, a supernatural thriller directed by the Karate Kid remake helmer Harold Zwart. In the movie, based on the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, they'll play the awesomely-named Pangborn and Blackwell, a duo of villains who give star Lily Collins (Snow White from Mirror Mirror) trouble during her adventures.
Though director Joe Wright has delivered more conventional period romance in the form of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, the filmmaker is taking a new approach to the classic story of Anna Karenina. Now a new poster (in addition to the first trailer for the film) promises "a bold new version of the epic story of love" complete with some creative imagery we're not used to seeing for these kind of films. Karenina's would-be suitors take each side of a frozen stage as a train comes barreling out of the distance. It feels like a less surreal Baz Luhrmann tale with a lot less wackiness, but still the potential for a classic romance. Look!
Have you started to lose your mind with all the incoming Dark Knight Rises marketing yet? We're down to 14 days, two weeks, and that means plenty more is on its way. Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex interviewed Christopher Nolan, and his piece (beyond containing great quotes) also contains a few excellent photos from The Dark Knight Rises. Normally photos wouldn't be much at this point, but these are pretty damn cool, you may want to look. There's a fantastic new shot of Anne Hathaway in her sexy Catwoman outfit and also Morgan Freeman, plus some with Nolan himself. I'm already insanely excited, just want to see it.
If you can believe it, since time flies and dates have been shifted, the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner. Only one weekend away, starting on next Wednesday, July 11th for preview night, is Comic-Con, the summer's big comics/pop culture convention that lasts until Sunday, July 15th. We're already gearing up and getting ready to hit the Con with all we've got (minus Bob $tencil this year) but we'll be there covering all the big panels in Hall H and anything else that happens. A total of 15 different movie blogs/websites have collected blurbs of what we're looking forward to at Comic-Con for this early preview.
The first trailer for Lawless (which Alex enjoyed at Cannes) made it hard for us not to include John Hillcoat's Prohibition based drama on our list of 20 Movies You Can Still Look Forward to in the Second Half of 2012, and we're still very much excited to see the film. A batch of character posters surfaced not too long ago, but now a new bit of hype has surfaced in weaponry. MTV has a cool banner breaking down the specs of the guns carried by the brothers played by Tom Hardy and Jason Clarke plus lawman Guy Pearce. This is the first of six banners like this that will show up each week so stay tuned. Check it out!
They've finished. It's in the can, as they say! Or on the harddrives this time. "We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con! Cheers, Peter J" That was the note left by Mr. Jackson on his Facebook page along with the wrap photo below. Given I'm a huge LOTR fan and can't wait for The Hobbit, I thought it was worth marking this day in cinematic history. While we still have to wait a few years for the finished products, it's a memorable day for the production.
5... 4... 3... 2... 1..! Intense in only 60 seconds. Another international trailer has hit for Olivier Megaton's Taken 2, the sequel to the action-thriller starring Liam Neeson, who returns as Bryan Mills, to get "taken" and kick some more ass. This is a follow-up to that first international trailer, though this one seems to leave more of the actual plot hidden, as we only see them get taken right at the end. I've got a feeling Mills uses that as a plan to find their home base, and take them all out, which would be awesome to see. Co-stars Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen also return as the rest of his family, along with Rade Serbedzija.
The first teaser trailer for DreamWorks Animation's adaptation of William Joyce's book Rise of the Guardians introduced us to the Avengers-like assembly of mythical fairytale icons like Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Toothy Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman (Tom Kenny) fighting to protect children. This new trailer gives us a better idea of the story with the quartet of heroes calling up young Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to help them take down the dark, nightmarish villain Pitch. There's great action here along the lines of Kung Fu Panda, and it looks magical and epic. Watch it!
We already know that Chris O'Dowd ("The IT Crowd," Bridesmaids) and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) will play rival dancers in Cuban Fury, a comedy from the same company responsible for Hot Fuzz, "Spaced," and Attack the Block. The film follows a down-on-his-luck man who reignites his long-dormant passion for salsa dancing, crushed by a rival dancer (O'Dowd), due to a new love for his American boss played by Rashida Jones. In addition, Ian McShane is playing Frost's dancing instructor, and now we have a video blog from the set giving us a first look at the film. It's a fun look behind the scenes, so watch!