It’s no secret that Fox has been planning to ramp up their X-Men movie franchise over the next few years, following Marvel’s lead just like everyone else and attempting to build a connected universe of sorts. Bringing together multiple X-Men casts in X-Men: Days of Future Past has been a big part of that plan, but back in July they also announced that an X-Force movie is currently in development. They have also hinted at the possibility of a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover and it looks like another Wolverine solo movie is going to happen too. Now this week they have revealed that they are already thinking ahead to the next X-Men movie. It seems that the follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past already has a title and a potential release date: X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theatres sometime in 2016.
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Just when you thought that gimmicky movies with “3D” in the title had all but disappeared, along comes director Douglas Aarniokoski (The Day) to remind us that cheap gimmicks will never die in Hollywood. Nurse 3D caused a bit of a stir last year with a handful of provocative teaser posters, and now the first trailer has arrived to confirm that it will be sold almost entirely on sex (in 3D, of course). The movie looks to be an erotic thriller of sorts, bringing to mind movies like Fatal Attraction and Single White Female, but it also features Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) and Katrina Bowden (30 Rock) in their underwear, which is probably all you really need to know. Nurse 3D hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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If the first trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii relied mostly on Gladiator and Game of Thrones comparisons, the new full-length theatrical trailer for the movie actually looks like something that Roland Emmerich could have directed. Set during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, it’s another movie that indulges in large scale destruction… but hey, at least it has some historical context! Clearly they’ve had time to finish a lot more of the special effects over the past few months and there is some impressive stuff here, particularly for a lowly February release. The mixing of sword and sandals and disaster genres is a novel combination, so even if the story is complete drivel, there may still be some enjoyment to be had. Pompeii hits theatres on Feb. 21st, 2014; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Now that we’ve had a few days to allow the tragic death of Paul Walker to sink in, much of the attention is shifting toward the production of Fast & Furious 7 and how they will deal with the loss of a major star. Although the movie was more than half finished, there were several key scenes featuring Walker that had yet to be shot. Production has been officially shut down as the studio and director James Wan evaluate their options, a few of which include using special effects to put Walker’s face on another actor’s body or simply scrapping the entire film and starting over again without his character. In the meantime, Universal Pictures has released the following statement:
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After the relatively chilly reception that Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man received from critics and fans, a lot of people were wondering what Sony could do to get people excited in the rebooted franchise without simply rehashing what had come before. They responded by filling the sequel with a ton of villains we haven’t seen on screen before, most notably Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as The Rhino. And yet, surprisingly, based on the first official trailer, Green Goblin also clearly plays a major role with Dane DeHaan starring as Harry Osborn and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn. That’s a lot of villains to deal with.
The movie also picks up on the continuing plot thread where Peter Parker is finding out about the disappearance of his parents and the truth about his father’s research. It’s hard not to have flashbacks to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 as there seems to be far too many things going on in this movie (it makes sense now why they decided to cut Mary Jane from the movie). That being said, my biggest complaint based on this trailer is that almost all of the action sequences look 100% CG. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theatres on May 2, 2014; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Written by: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay) and Suzanne Collins (novel)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an above average sequel, a rare case where the sequel outshines the original. It’s a faithful adaptation of the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy. Everything is bigger and better than the first film. It looks better, the special effects are more spectacular and the ensemble cast gives a more streamlined performance. The production budget has been augmented, and it shows.
Fire starts off where Hunger Games ended. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) commence on a victory tour of the districts of Panem, feigning allegiance to the Capital. At the conclusion of their tour it is announced that there will be an all-star version of The Hunger Games, gleaning past tributes to participate in a more deadly version of their seasons. Katniss and Peeta are forced to represent their district 12, and in a desperate attempt to avoid the melee, Peeta announces that Katniss is pregnant, to no avail. The opportunity to parlay sympathy into a hall pass fails, and so the two embark on their second tour of hell on earth. But the real reason Katniss has been forced to participate in the all-star games is because she has become a threat to the Capital and a symbol of hope to the oppressed and impoverished district inhabitants.
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December has arrived, and while many of the Oscar campaigns are in full swing, we haven’t heard a whole lot about Spike Jonze’s Her as of yet. Warner Brothers have seemingly been letting the movie build buzz based on its own merits instead of shoving it down our throats, and their approach seems to be paying off as just today the National Board of Review has chosen it as the Best Film of the Year and Spike Jonze as Best Director. A new trailer for the movie has also been released online this week, continuing to market it as an unconventional love story for the modern age. Whether or not you think it has awards potential, it still looks like must-see material. Her hits select theatres on Dec. 20th before opening wide on Jan. 10th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Although there weren’t a ton of votes cast in last week’s poll, it’s pretty clear that Jean-Claude Van Damme’s filmography has a definite top 5… and not whole lot beyond that. Coming in at #1 with almost 30% of the votes was the movie that launched Van Damme’s career, the 1988 MMA tournament flick Bloodsport. This was followed by John Woo’s Hard Target and Van Damme’s biggest box office hit, Timecop. A tie between JCVD and Universal Soldier rounded out the top 5. I suppose the rest of the results were mostly to be expected, although I did think Universal Soldier: Regeneration might pose a bigger threat to some of the older movies. Of course, we all know this poll would have been completely different if Breakin’ had been listed as an option. Do you agree with these results?
1. Bloodsport — 28%
2. Hard Target — 15%
3. Timecop — 12%
4. JCVD — 12%
4. Universal Solider — 12%
6. Kickboxer — 6%
7. Sudden Death — 3%
7. The Expendables 2 — 3%
9. Cyborg — 3%
10. The Quest — 2%
11. Universal Soldier: Regeneration — 1%
12. Lionheart — 1%
12. Double Impact — 2%
14. Death Warrant — 0%
14. Nowhere to Run — 0%
Surprise, surprise… the rumours are true. Wonder Woman will indeed be making an appearance in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel alongside Batman, setting the stage for the formation of the Justice League. This week Warner Brothers announced that Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) will be playing the Amazon Princess in the movie, apparently beating out Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) for the role. At the moment, it’s unclear how extensive her involvement will be, but obviously she will be a key part of DC’s cinematic universe moving forward. Zack Snyder had this to say about the announcement:
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Although we’ve seen a handful of news stories like this before, you always have to wonder how such a thing can happen “accidentally.” Nevertheless, it appears that some unfortunate kids got a brief lesson in the birds and the bees this past weekend after a theatre in Florida somehow screened a sexually explicit scene before the Disney animated film Frozen. Witnesses say that there were technical difficulties before the movie started, so the theatre decided to throw on an old Mickey Mouse cartoon that may or may not have been Steamboat Willie. Suddenly the clip cut out and was replaced by a sexually explicit scene that played for approximately two minutes. Although the theatre claims that it was simply a random scene from the wrong movie, one person who was in attendance insists that it was actually the red band trailer for Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. I’m not sure which seems more feasible, but it’s hard to believe that it wasn’t the result of a theatre employee pulling a prank.
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By now, many of you have heard that BBC has set a premiere date for the third season of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It is becoming a bit of a New Year’s Day tradition in the U.K. as the first episode, entitled “The Empty Hearse”, will air on Wed. Jan. 1st at 9pm, with the next two episodes following on Sun. Jan. 5th and Sun. Jan. 12th respectively. In the U.S., PBS will premiere it a few weeks later on Sun. Jan. 19th at 10pm. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m very curious to see how they continue from the end of season 2. Check out a short teaser trailer for season 3 after the jump… but if you haven’t watched the season 2 finale yet, beware of SPOILERS!
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When Sacha Baron Cohen dropped his guerilla-style pranks in favour of a traditional scripted comedy for The Dictator, it felt like he had taken a major step back as a comedic performer. It would be one thing if the broad humour had managed to connect with a mainstream audience, but the movie tanked at the box office in the U.S. (although it mostly made up for it overseas). After dropping out of the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, he is now in the process of setting up his next comedy project and it sounds like he will once again be eschewing edgier material for well-worn cliches (yes, this despite his recent award show prank). The movie will be a James Bond spoof tentatively titled Grimsby. Do we really need another Austin Powers or Johnny English?
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