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"I've been expecting you, Mr. Bond…" There's a brand new, one-of-a-kind cinematic installation now open on the top of a mountain in Austria and it's amazing. Open to the public today (July 12th) in Sölden, Austria is 007 Elements, a new James Bond museum/experience that is a spectacular, sleek, thrilling permanent adventure into the world of 007 and its 56-year history. This installation has been under construction for two years, and it's finally open. I was lucky enough to visit Sölden earlier this week and get a sneak preview inside of 007 Elements, joining a group of the most die-hard 007 fans from other Bond websites/fan clubs all over the world. We were all very seriously impressed. Sölden's 007 Elements installation is even better than I expected, entirely worth the trek into the mountains and up to the top of Gaislachkogl to experience.
"The key to the future is finally unearthed. Bring it to me." We're only a few months from experiencing Blade Runner 2049 on the big screen, but Warner Bros has already invited us into the future at Comic-Con this year. Remember the incredible Tron Legacy experience at Comic-Con years ago, featuring a full-sized Flynn's Aracde built inside a warehouse downtown? Well, Warner Bros has topped that with a massive off-site experience at Comic-Con this year for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049 and it's one of the best things that has ever come to Comic-Con. It begins with a look at concept art, continues with a VR experience in one of the flying cars, then takes us directly to the streets of the future. Take a look at our photos below.
It is our tradition to kick off Comic-Con by walking the showfloor on preview night and taking photos of anything movie-related. This year, since Alex is not attending himself, the photos are coming from Marc Levy - a photographer working at Comic-Con. Our presence at Comic-Con has changed in the last few years (we're taking a break after 10 years since Alex has relocated to Berlin) but it's still always exciting to follow. To keep up with the tradition anyway, we present our initial gallery of shots from the showfloor at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with photos taken by Marc exclusively for FS.net. There are tons of superheroes galore, as expected, along with Star Wars everywhere, and plenty of geeky goodies in every corner. Take a look below.
"When you're shooting Stormtroopers in paradise, you have the best job in the world, you know? You can't really deny it at that point.” Entertainment Weekly has posted a first look gallery of photos from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to compliment the teaser trailer for the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. There are some good new shots of a bunch of the characters, played by actors Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn. Plus there's a good look at one of the new droids. And we finally get to meet Riz Ahmed's character - the Rebel squad's lead pilot, Bodhi Rook. "He he tends to be a little tense, a little volatile, but everybody in the group really relies on his technical skills," Kathleen Kennedy says. There's also some great shots of Stormtroopers, including the new black commando troopers.
Ready to meet another line-up of Magnificent Seven? Sony has released four new first look photos for the upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The new "seven" this time are: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier. The first shot below shows all of them lined up together, but the main two characters are Denzel and Pratt, who also have some photos together. I don't have a problem with the cast, I have a problem with remaking a remake and doing this story all over again. They already remade Kurosawa's Seven Samurai into the original Magnificent Seven and it's a damn fine film, no need to repeat that all over again, but that's Hollywood. Seven gun men come together to help a poor village fight thieves.
The official selection for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival was just announced, and one of the films playing there this year is the latest work from Park Chan-wook, who was last at Cannes in 2009 with his film Thirst. Park Chan-wook has been adapting a novel called Fingersmith into a Korean version of the story, titled The Handmaiden (or Agassi in Korea), about a Japanese heiress that falls in love with a petty thief who works as her personal servant. The cast includes Ha Jung-woo, Kim Min-hee, Jo Jin-woong and Kim Tae Ri. I'm looking forward to seeing this in Cannes. In the meantime, these posters are gorgeous, truly stunning and I hope they bring more attention to this film over the next few months once it premieres.
"It' a weird family." Burton gets back to being weird with his next film, titled Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, adapted from a series of young adult books about "bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys." Now we get to see some of those bizarre photos about a peculiar family, with a few first look shots revealed for the film arriving in theaters this fall. "Weird kids: It's something that I’ve dealt with and been interested in for a while," Burton tells EW. The cast includes Eva Green, Allison Janney, Judi Dench, Ella Purnell, Asa Butterfield, plus the kids: Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, plus twins Thomas and Joseph Odwell. I like invisible kid the most. Meet them below.
In production now is Luc Besson's biggest sci-fi epic since The Fifth Element and I am crazy, crazy excited for it. I don't know if it's going to be any good, but I'm just really happy that Luc Besson is making another big, huge sci-fi space opera movie. Valerian, originally titled in full Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen below) as time-traveling agents investigating a galactic empire. Besson started filming in January and has been posting photos every day to his Instagram. They're shooting for 115 days in total, with 420 crew members working on the production in France (via Instagram). None of these photos are major reveals, but I love that filmmakers are open to sharing images while they're in the middle of making a move. It's exciting to get a glimpse of the process. Take a look below.
Now this is cool. Legendary Pictures has a knack for putting on epic events (like this Godzilla installation at Comic-Con a few years back) and they've put together another impressive fan-experience for the upcoming Warcraft live-action movie. It's common knowledge that all of Blizzard's games are extremely popular in Asian countries, so it makes sense this installation is in China, where it'll connect with many fans (and it's expected to play very well in theaters). At a mall (the "Joycity") in Chengdu, China, Legendary has installed a "Warcraft Experience" that they've dubbed the "biggest free movie-themed exhibition ever mounted in China." It looks pretty damn cool, better than any other setup we've seen for this so far. Take a look below.
Aw, what a cute little cat, I hope he makes it out okay. With 2016 just around the corner, Entertainment Weekly has debuted their annual first look preview, featuring a gallery of photos from many of the highly anticipated movies coming up next year. One film I'm suddenly very excited about is titled simply Keanu. While it sounds like it could be a reference to the badass actor Keanu Reeves (I still hope it somehow is), it's actually a story about two "blerds" (black nerds) who have to infiltrate a drug cartel to rescue a stolen cat named Keanu. Comics/actors Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key star in the film, which was also written by and directed by "Key & Peele" veterans making the leap into features. See the first photo below.
2016 is going to be an interesting year for video game movies. Two of the biggest adaptations in a while are set to premiere in theaters - starting with Warcraft in the summer, and eventually Assassin's Creed in the winter. We've already seen one first look at Michael Fassbender in costume in the Assassin's Creed movie, but with filming now underway, a few more photos have appeared. The latest action set comes from Empire, showing Fassbender in his iconic assassin's cloak. "We're striving to find something special. We believe the whole concept around it is special and want to service that the best we can… We’re really trying to capitalize and feed on and enjoy the fun element. We’re working hard to make this something special." View below.
Here we go. Marvel has unveiled the first photos of actor Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as mystical superhero Doctor Strange, for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie which is currently filming in London. However, they're just getting underway and Cumberbatch is still working on the physicality of the character. He told EW: "I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically… We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious." These images are basically early promo shots, to give us our very first look at the character as filming continues. See below.