Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Pacific Rim WonderCon trailer

Never let it be said that Guillermo del Toro doesn't listen to demands. Though the visionary Pan's Labyrinth director announced at WonderCon that the Pacific Rim footage shown would be exclusive to WonderCon, del Toro - backed by Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures - heard the cries of many and now the extended trailer is online for the world to enjoy.
"This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it's time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!"
- Guillermo del Toro

Written and directed by del Toro, Pacific Rim sees legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, rise from the ocean depths to start a war against mankind and consume humanity's resources. To combat these giant Kaiju, a fleet of massive robots, called Jaegers, are created. Designed to be piloted by two soldiers whose minds are locked, even these mechanical titans are proving nearly defenceless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the fate of mankind lies with two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who team up to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past.

Pacific Rim lands on our screens on 12 July.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

"I gave you my word I would return!"

Our first look at Thor: The Dark World arrived online this week and it looks like things will indeed be bigger, badder and a considerably darker for Alan Taylor's (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire) sequel to the 2011 Norse blockbuster.

This time, Chris Hemsworth's Thor is back on Earth to defend us all against the deadly forces of Malkeith (Christopher Eccleston), leader of an ancient race known as the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. We also see our Avengers hero finally reunited with astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), not to mention paying a visit to his disgraced brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) for a helping hand.

Thor: The Dark World is scheduled to be released on 8 November.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

"It's not an S..."

Warner Bros has just released their latest trailer for Zack Snyder's (300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch) Superman reboot, Man Of Steel.

If you’ve watched the previous promos and become worried that this new take on Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) might be sending the character in a quieter, Terrence Mallick-esque, emotional direction, then this trailer should go a long way to quashing those fears. Indeed you could argue that there are more moments of action in these three minutes then in the entirety of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns (2006).

Opening with a single dramatic shot of a devastated Krypton, the cinematic scope here is wide and yet still finds room for the more personal, character driven moments. Particularly those from Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent.

This latest trailer also now includes a sample of Hans Zimmer's (Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight) impressive score. Something many were concerned about in the shadow of John Williams’ iconic theme.

Man of Steel touches down on both sides of the Atlantic on 14 June.

Monday, 8 April 2013

New Lone Ranger posters ride in

As we draw ever closer to the summer release of Disney's Lone Ranger reboot, we can be sure the Mouse House marketeers will be hoping to avoid a repeat performance of last years disappointing John Carter. Judging from these latest one sheets they certainly seem to have the tone right this time round.

The Lone Ranger features Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Mirror Mirror) as the titular lawman left for dead in the desert and discovered by Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp). Together this unlikely team must learn to work together and fight the forces of greed and corruption. Not to mention messing around on trains a lot as the latest trailer testifies (see below).

Directed by Depp’s regular Pirates pal Gore Verbinski (and clearly aimed at a similar audience as the watery franchise behemoth), The Lone Ranger also features Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and one Helena Bonham Carter.

The Lone Ranger will be released in the UK on August 9.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins filming

To mark the first day of shooting on the next Captain America instalment, Marvel have released their first production still of the The Star-Spangled Man With The Plan.

Picking up where The Avengers finished, Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) arm-wrestling modernity as he teams up with fellow Avenger Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to battle someone from his past in present-day Washington, D.C. That someone is Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), his best buddy from back in the day who the Cap' had thought was long dead. But through the power-of-something-yet-to-be-revealed comes back to life after being brainwashed by the enemy.

Joining The Captain (and Natasha Romanoff) are Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau) as the feathered Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Zero Dark Thirty) as the gun-friendly Brock Rumlow (a.k.a. Crossbones) and mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre as the springy Georges Batroc (a.k.a. Baltroc The Leaper).

There is also confirmation from Marvel that Hayley Atwell will be returning as Peggy Carter, though presumably this will be a flashback sequence contrary to what she herself has said. Toby Jones' Arnim Zola will also be returning, again presumably as a flashback. Joining the regulars are Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 (a.k.a. Sharon Carter, a relative of Peggy's), Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill. Not to mention a certain Mr Robert Redford who will playing Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D.

In the directors chair(s) are brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me And Dupree, Community) who are returning to features after spending the last seven years producing for TV.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due for release on April 4, 2014.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

"No amount of fire could challenge the fairytale stored up in his heart."

Warner Bros have just released the latest trailer and poster for Baz Luhrmanns (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia) visually spectacular $125 million adaption of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby.

Set during the Roaring Twenties of Long Island, The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922. An era of loose morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to the mysterious, party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Nick soon finds himself drawn into a captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness to unfolding events, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams, obsession and high-octane tragedy.

Impossible love and high-octane tragedy are clearly themes Baz Luhrmann finds himself attracted to.

Romeo + Juliet (1996) saw Luhrmann take his audience on a unique ride through one of the Bard's best-known texts, delivering a vision that was bold, brassy, hugely inventive and accessible. Just as West Side Story appropriated the source material to make the tale of young, tragic love contemporary in the early 1960s, Luhrmann contextualised the original text into a modern visual idiom. Verona became Verona Beach and while a rapier was still a weapon, here it became the brand name of a particularly popular handgun. This was world in which popular songs became audio motifs for the action, punctuating scenes as non-verbal metaphors. It was also the first time Luhrmann had worked with DiCaprio, casting him as the ill-fated Romeo.

Moulin Rouge (2001) saw Luhrmann expand this use of popular music to create a delightfully quirky and intoxicating art house musical. Elaborating the self-consciously artificial 'Red Curtain' technique that he developed in his previous films.

Drawing from influences as diverse as Bollywood to grand opera, the result was a gaudy, opulent and invigorating spectacle. Shakespearean in its structure and emotional simplicity, the plot saw idealistic poet Christian (Ewan McGregor) and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman) battle the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in the pursuit of their passionate, secret love. Around them revolved a cacophony of dancing girls, freaks, dastardly villains and slippery characters, Absinthed up to the eyeballs and camping it up for all they're worth.

A breathtaking baroque film that married the best of theatre, opera and cinematic technique.

Judging from this latest trailer, Luhrmanns take on The Great Gatsby will continue this highly visual, hyper-kinetic and somewhat unconventional approach to filmmaking.

The Great Gatsby also sees Luhrmann using 3D for the first time. A positively eye-popping prospect for anyone familiar with his dazzlings visuals.

Originally scheduled for a late-2012 release, Warner Bros allowed him more time to acquire contributions from artists such as Lana Del Ray, Gotye, Jay-Z and Florence and the Machine for the films soundtrack.

“Fitzgerald described contemporary music in his books,” Luhrmann points out. “People would say, ‘Why have you put all this silly jazz pop music in there?’"

The Great Gatsby will be released in the UK on May 16 in both 2D and 3D in selected theatres.