ENJOY THE MOVIES
Maverick ain't done yet!! One more mission is launching this December. Paramount Pictures has revealed that Top Gun: Maverick will be returning to theaters starting this week for a final theatrical run in 2022 before this year is over. The movie has already earned an astonishing $716M domestically and over $770M internationally for a global cumulative of over $1.48B at the box office so far. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Top Gun: Maverick first opened in theaters worldwide in the end May earlier this year, after premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. The fighter jet action blockbuster will be re-released in theaters nationwide (in the US), including select premium large formats and in IMAX, for a limited time, beginning December 2nd running through December 15th. This might be your last chance to catch Top Gun on the big screen, at least until repertory screenings in the future. It's an exhilarating theatrical experience, go back and enjoy.
"It shows a side of Hollywood beyond what you could've imagined." Paramount has debuted a wild & crazy new featurette for Damien Chazelle's Babylon, arriving in theaters in December during the holidays. Get ready for some hedonism on an epic scale! Set in Hollywood during the transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s, Babylon traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood. This one definitely ain't for kids, it's ALL OUT with the debauchery. The extraordinary cast features Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, and Samara Weaving. This featurette focuses on the cast discussing their experiences making this and the old Hollywood story within. Will it be any good? I don't know, maybe. Does it look crazy? Absolutely. Does it look entertaining? For sure.
"This is truly delightful." Time to get your tickets!! Netflix has announced that Rian Johnson's highly anticipated whodunit sequel Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will be getting an exclusive theatrical release in theaters this November. If you want to see this on the big screen, this is your only chance. It's being promoted as a "Sneak Preview Event" - from November 23rd - 29th, then it will be unavailable to watch for a month before it lands on Netflix for streaming in December. It will be the first-ever Netflix film to debut across all three major US theatrical chains: AMC, Regal, and Cinemark (in the US + other countries worldwide). Tickets are available now - find your local cinema here!! From writer / director Rian Johnson, famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest murder case to figure out who did it. Daniel Craig returns as Benoit, also starring Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. The was shot on the island called Spetses near Athens in the Mediterranean. Can't wait to watch!! This entire cast is amazing.
Why so serious, Barry? A recent interview with British GQ has revealed that the audition video that British actor Barry Keoghan created for Matt Reeves has been online for years. But we've only discovered it just now! In Matt Reeves' The Batman movie from earlier this year (still one of our favorites), the final scene at Arkham Asylum reveals another prisoner in another nearby cell close to Paul Dano's The Riddler. He has green hair and a big, scary smile - though his name is never revealed in that final scene. We all know it was The Joker, a teaser for things to come much like how Batman Begins ends with a Joker card hint as well. The talented young actor Barry Keoghan stars in the role, appearing on screen for less than five minutes (along with this deleted scene). How did he get the gig? Well, Keoghan has revealed his audition video - shot in a hallway by DP Angie Sciulli. With make-up and a top hat + cane costume, he casually strolls down the hallway and then back - with just a bit of blood on his face. You can check it out below. Don't forget to smile.
"As you can see, we are filming the latest installment of Mission Impossible." Hell yes, Tom Cruise!! This is awesome. During the industry event CinemaCon held earlier this year, Tom Cruise sent in a video message since he couldn't be there in person. Why? Because he was filming a big stunt for Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two, involving two old bi-planes flying over a valley in South Africa. Though there was also a third plane filming him, as Cruise is standing on the side of one talking through the mic to the audience about making these movies to be shown in cinemas. So cool. This video then lead to the first trailer reveal for Dead Reckoning: Part One - which we featured back in May earlier this year. It's exciting that this video has finally made its way online because holy shit everything about this rules. I was honestly expecting Cruise to jump off with a parachute at the end of his intro, but even without that this is still badass. The first Dead Reckoning is set for release next summer, with Part Two set for 2024. Can't wait to see more footage!!
"You have a strong heart… no fear." After returning to Middle Earth, we will be returning to Pandora again this year. 20th Century Studios is re-releasing James Cameron's billion dollar sci-fi epic Avatar in theaters again at the end of September before the highly-anticipated, long-awaited sequel lands in theaters this December. Avatar is getting a proper 4K HDR re-release (if projected perfectly it's mesmerizing) in regular cinemas and IMAX theaters to take people on their first voyage to Pandora all over again. The unforgettable (wink, wink) movie stars Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, plus Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, and Giovanni Ribisi. It makes sense after 13 years since the original movie opened they'd bring it back to build up some hype for the sequel. And this will put to rest all those "does anyone even remember Avatar?" nonsense complaints that some folks love to bring up. Will you be going back to watch this again?
"I Am One With the Force and the Force Is With Me." Good news, Star Wars fans! Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is returning to theaters later this month. Disney has confirmed that they will re-release Rogue One in select IMAX theaters only starting on August 26th, 2022 as part of a promotion for the upcoming steaming series Andor, which brings back many of the classic Rogue One characters (except for Jyn Erso, of course). The IMAX re-release will also include an exclusive look at footage from the new series. Andor will debut streaming on Disney+ starting on September 21st (watch the full trailer) so this the perfect time to relaunch this "one-off" Star Wars movie on IMAX screens to bring more attention to this upcoming series - which looks superb so far. It's a packed month for IMAX debuts - Spielberg's classic E.T. just opened on IMAX screens on August 12th, and Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will show on IMAX on August 19th. You must check at your local IMAX to see if they'll be showing Rogue One (or something else).
"Imagine if you lived in a world where dinosaurs were roaming wild? What would you do? And what would want to know to keep yourself safe?" Oh this is cool! Universal has launched a fun viral marketing website for Jurassic World: Dominion (in theaters June) called Dinotracker. By now everyone knows that the plot of Dominion involves dinosaurs fully on the loose worldwide (after the end of Fallen Kingdom) and living with humanity. But they need to be tracked! The site is run by the Department of Prehistoric Wildlife (or DPW) - "a global organization that publishes up-to-date reports on dinosaur encounters, user-submitted sightings, and vital information, to facilitate the co-existence of humans and dinosaurs on our planet." So far the website just features an interactive globe with sightings listed and videos included to show us where all these dinos are being found. The videos are all legit - everything looks believable and real, these feel authentic. And, considering it's been 29 years since Jurassic Park, the dino VFX look damn good.
"When they're up in the jet, they have to direct themselves." Who wants to fly with them!? Paramount has launched another must see "Most Intense Film Training Ever" featurette for Top Gun: Maverick, which is finally landing in theaters this July in the middle of the summer. Paramount is pulling out all the stops with their marketing - in addition to premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, a third trailer a few weeks ago, and all the other buzz that began in 2019, they're hyping it up the best way they can - by showing us how much of this movie was made with real fighter jets and no CGI. They also released a similar featurette back in 2019 about how they filmed this, flying in real planes after 3 months of actual pilot training. Facing an uncertain future and confronting the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation with his own deepest fears. Tom Cruise plays Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and Val Kilmer is also back; with a full cast including Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Ed Harris. I'm glad they made the movie this way - it's going to be an exhilarating experience.
"Dominion is the culmination of the franchise. It concludes a story that Steven Spielberg started telling in 1993." Universal has released a new "Legacy" making of featurette for Jurassic World Dominion, set to hit theaters worldwide in June. There's also a new poster (below) to go along with some new shots, though it's mostly the same footage from the previous epic trailer. Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar was destroyed. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and will determine, once and for all, whether human beings will remain apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures. This movie stars Mamoudou Athie, Scott Haze, Daniella Pineda, Omar Sy, Justice Smith, DeWanda Wise, Isabella Sermon, Dichen Lachman, Campbell Scott, and BD Wong. Plus the original JP cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum. The hints in this video make me wonder if they're going to wipe out all the dinos again, or let them stay as "wild animals". How else can they wrap up Spielberg's beginning without asking this question?
A new age begins… Gather ’round, Lord of the Rings fans! Amazon has revealed the official titled and logo for their new LOTR series: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powers. The series begins streaming on Prime Video this September, and is the moxt expensive TV series ever made, with a budget at around $1 billion in total for the production. "Amazon Studios' forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth's history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien's pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness." We still haven't seen any other footage yet, just a first look photo, but that's it. This opening cinematic and logo reveal is not CGI - it was created and filmed practically. The sequence was made by FX master Douglas Trumbull last year in secret in LA (via IGN). Take a look.
Calling all action fans - this is the 2022 preview you didn't know you needed!! We're just a few hours away from kicking off 2022, so the YouTube channel called Kinemotions has put together a very fun 2-minute preview for 2022 Action Movies Trailer. There aren't a ton of 2022 trailers available so far, but he was able to find footage from 48 (!!) different action movies currently set to open sometime in 2022. This video includes clips from Hollywood's The Batman, Ambulance, Top Gun: Maverick, Uncharted, and The 355, as well as plenty of foreign films that look badass. I don't know what that one is with the guy in the fireworks chair but it looks totally amazing. "As 2021 comes to a close, let's get excited for next year! Here's an edit with clips from 48 action movies I'm looking forward to. Try to identify them all." Let! Them! Fight!