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San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Check out all of the news right from the show floor!

Review: Hercules

The Rock steps into the Sandals of a demi-god

Lucy

Scarlett Johannson stars in the sci-fi action flick from Luc Besson

Magic in the Moonlight

Find out if Woody Allen's latest film is a hit or a miss!

DC Comics TV Previews!

Check out trailers from Gotham, The Flash, and Arrow: Season 3

7/31/2014

Emily Ratajkowski Joins Zac Efron's DJ Film 'We Are Your Friends'


So who says getting naked in some guy's music video isn't a smart career move? Well, nobody says that anymore, especially not with "Blurred Lines" chick Emily Ratajkowski building a solid acting resume for herself. She scored a role in David Fincher's Gone Girl opposite Ben Affleck, and now she'll join Zac Efron for We Are Your Friends.

This is the DJ project we learned about last month, to be directed by Max Joseph. Plot details have been fleshed out, too, with the story following "an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie. With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he knows he’s destined for." Others circling roles are Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks), Shiloh Fernandez (The East), and Alex Shaffer from Win Win and 22 Jump Street.

Filming is set to begin in August.

Chris Pratt Appears in New 'Jurassic World' Image



Right now you can see Chris Pratt's first taste of being an action hero in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and with the film projected to possibly break opening weekend records for August, he's probably going to be very busy for a long time to come. One guy who hopes he stays popular for at least another year is Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who has just tweeted this image of Pratt in his film.

Captioned with the words "See you next summer, Star-Lord", the photo shows Pratt in the role of Owen, a member of the on-site staff at the dinosaur theme park on Isla Nublar. What's he staring at? Maybe he's studying one of the Velociraptors before it breaks free and starts terrorizing the guests.

Jurassic World opens June 12th 2015.

Exhume E.T. with 'Atari: Game Over'


Every industry has it legends, it's own mythology really. There is no more infamous legend in the world of video games than the release of E.T. for the Atari 2600. The movie tie-in was a rushed job as they were trying to take advantage of the Christmas 1982 season, the result was a game that is widely known as the worst video game of all time. The dismal sales and high returns almost directly resulted in a slump in the video game industry that would almost kill the market, until a pair of plumbing brothers showed up on Nintendo in 1985. The myth comes in that the unsold and returned E.T. cartridges, reports put the number in the millions, were buried in a landfill at Alamogordo, NM (just near the first Atomic bomb testing sites).

The film, a documentary about the fall wrapped around a dig to find the cartridges, seems to be the most interesting video game documentary since The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, while there haven't been a slew of docs in this category I loved King of Kong and will undoubtedly dig this one as well.

Atari: Game Over comes to XBox this Fall. 

Guardians of the Galaxy- Lego Style!


It seems everything's getting the Lego treatment these days. At first I didn't get it, after all the first video games didn't feature any speaking...made sense but also made for boring games. The kept making them and kept getting better, than with The Lego Movie, it's all hit critical mass and for good reason! In the grand scheme of things this may be the most genius brand reinvention in history, LEGO has gone from all but dead to an industry leader. So, obviously, everything is getting the LEGO treatment!

With Guardians of the Galaxy poised to destroy the box office this weekend YouTube user Antonio Toscano has taken it upon himself to LEGOfy the film's trailer, something he's done for everything from the World Cup to The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. The results speak for themselves, as you'll see below. Check it out, and make sure to check out Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend!

First Trailer for 'Stonehearst Asylum' Starring Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, and Ben Kingsley


Any time there's an opportunity to see two legends like Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley in the same movie it's a good thing, but should we be concerned about the utter lack of buzz for psychological thriller, Stonehearst Asylum? Formerly titled Eliza Graves, the film stars Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess, and is based on an Edgar Allen Poe short. So what's the problem? Maybe the answers can be found in the first trailer, which has just come online.

Directed by Brad Anderson, who led one of the great modern mystery films in Transsiberian, this one looks like a poor man's Shutter Island. Sturgess plays a young med school grad who takes a job at a psychiatric hospital where "the inmates are running the asylum" has never been a more appropriate turn of phrase. The mood is murky (why are asylums always placed under such dense fog?) and it looks pretty campy, so maybe there's some fun to be had?

Stonehearst Asylum hits VOD and theaters the same day on October 24th.

The Summer Gets Explosive in 'The Expendables 3' Final Trailer


One thing that can definitively be stated about the first couple of 'Expendables' flicks is that they don't hold a lot of mystery. It's pretty obvious these movies are about bad one-liners, big guns, big muscles, big explosions, and probably big egos (just ask Bruce Willis!) with so many action movie legends in one place. But The Expendables 3 does have one gigantic question mark surrounding it, and that's whether the film will be affected by the recent online leak of the entire movie. The same thing happened with The Expendables and it still did pretty well, but it does throw a potential monkey wrench in Sylvester Stallone's plans to end the trilogy on top.

It's perhaps more crucial than ever now for the marketing push to get ramped up a few gears, and that's exactly what the latest trailer does. Stallone and his version of the Dirty Dozen are back with a few "new" faces like Wesley Snipes (who really wants a Blade 4), Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, and Ronda Rousey. This is more of what you'd expect but in the midst of stuff getting blowed up there are a few gems, like Rousey kicking butt in a sexy dress and Ford having an "Oops" moment. This should be a lot of un.

Also starring Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Expendables 3 opens August 15th.


The Expendables 3 Official Trailer #3 (2014) Sylvester Stallone Movie HD. by Newest Trailer

Review: Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Starring Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, and Omar Sy


The cinematic verve and visual artistry of Michel Gondry has made him a favorite of both cinephiles and casual filmgoers, and it's a reputation earned largely through one film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The love story at the center of it saw the benefit of Charlie Kaufman's gifted words, building a sturdy foundation from which Gondry's flourishes could stand up. But like Gondry's beautiful but frustrating films that have followed (lookin' at you, The Science of Sleep!), Mood Indigo luxuriates in surreal landscapes but forgets to tell a compelling story.

What passes for a plot is little more than an endless stream of oddities constructed by the wealthy Colin (Romain Duris), an independently wealthy man-child whose home resembles Pee-Wee's Playhouse on steroids. Seriously, this place is a crazy concoction of strange inventions like the pianococktail (it does exactly what you think), and weirder inhabitants like Colin's pet mouse which is really just a dude in a mouse suit. Oh, and his alarm clock literally races around the house every time it goes off. He lives in the home with his lawyer buddy Nicholas (Omar Sy), who specializes in a rubber-legged form of dance that involves literal rubber legs. So yeah, it's a little out there, even for a Gondry film.

And maybe that's the problem in a nutshell. Gondry has become so wistful he no longer has any restraint; there is no method to his madness. So when Colin meets and falls in love with the beautiful and fanciful Chloe (Audrey Tautou), their whirlwind courtship consists of riding in cars made of clouds and other imaginative excursions but little in the way of real bonding. Duris and Tautou have played lovers before, notably in the Spanish Apartment trilogy, and have a goofy, playful chemistry that is easy to fall for. Their scenes together are infectious and enjoyable, with Gondry creating what often amounts to a sweet, confectionery music video of their budding relationship. Before long, Chloe and Colin are married but their wedded bliss is ruined when a water lily begins to grow in her lungs. If she is to survive he must constantly surround her with freshly grown flowers. The financial wear drains Colin's bank account, forcing him to work at increasingly awful jobs to make ends meet.

As things turn for the worse, Gondry slowly darkens his vibrant color palette to a depressing gloom. Colin's world becomes one of shadows and cobwebs, but it's still Gondry playing around with effects so it never feels real. Choosing to show human sadness through camera tricks rather than genuine emotions leaves the film muddled and impossible to relate to. Gondry's movies will never be dull, but Mood Indigo is a beautiful and soulless disappointment from such a talented filmmaker.

 Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Fairy Tales Come to Life in First Trailer and Photos for Disney's 'Into the Woods'


Nobody has had more success with live-action fairy tales than Disney, who have broke the bank with Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent already, and probably will again next year with Cinderella. But even when turning to the small screen, the Mouse House has scored another hit with Once Upon a Time, even going so far as to include Frozen characters into the next season. Basically, fairy tales are big business right now. So it's easy to see why they wanted to adapt Steven Sondheim's beloved fairy tale musical Into the Woods, and it's no shock that a superstar cast immediately flocked to be a part of it. And for those who have been eagerly awaiting a first look at the film, your wish has now been granted.

A teaser trailer for Into the Woods has been released, along with a number of new photos featuring much of the huge cast, although Johnny Depp's Big Bad Wolf is conspicuously absent. James Corden and Emily Blunt star as the Baker and his wife who desperately wish to have a child but learn they have been cursed by an evil Witch played by Meryl Streep. The only way to break the curse is to venture deep into the woods, where they encounter famous characters from the Brothers Grimm stories you read as a kid: Anna Kendrick is Cinderella, Lilla Crawford as Red Riding Hood, Chris Pine as Prince Charming, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, and many many more.

Into the Woods opens Christmas Day, directed by Chicago and Memoirs of a Geisha helmer, Rob Marshall.


INTO THE WOODS-Official Trailer (HD) Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp by Trailersstv

First Trailer for 3D 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'



It may not have made quite the noise of Warner Bros. or Marvel's Comic-Con presentations, but there was a pretty substantial crowd gathered for a first look at The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and it shows what happens when SpongeBob and his crew head ashore for a superheroic adventure...in 3D CG animation, no less. On dry land they encounter hot chicks, pirate villains, and all sorts of crazy characters.

Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Antonio Banderas, and Clancy Brown lend their voices to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water on February 13th 2015. 

The SpongeBob Movie- Sponge Out of Water TRAILER 1 (2014) - Animated Movie HD by Shachizonzon

New Trailer and Poster for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton


Tired of your typical tale of comic book-inspired superheroics? Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu may have the answer with his new film, Birdman, which has quickly risen to the top of many "Most Anticipated" lists. Based on what we saw in the initial footage, Inarritu is taking a dark look at fame and celebrity seen through the lens of today's glut of superhero movies. It's an intriguing, potentially complicated theme to tackle but in this latest trailer it appears he's found just the right tone.

With a cast led by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough, there's every reason to think Birdman will be on the Oscars radar very soon. Keaton plays an actor whose best days saw him playing an iconic superhero, but now as he tries to mount a Broadway comeback his mental state starts unraveling. Inarritu is going to some twisted meta territory here, and with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) handling the visuals it looks absolutely stunning.

Birdman hits theaters on October 17th.


Birdman International Trailer (2014) Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts HD by Shachizonzon