Lionsgate is kicking off San Diego Comic-Con 2012 with an advance screening of Dredd 3D that will be presented by the "Masters of the Web" panel and ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype is giving away 5 pairs of tickets! The screening will take place at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp on 701 5th Ave. in San Diego on Wednesday, July 11th at 10:00pm and will be introduced by star Karl Urban.
You can sign up for the giveaway by sending your first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org . You will be notified by e-mail if you are picked and there will be a special check-in at the door.
The "Masters of the Web" taking place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 in Room 24ABC at Comic-Con is the annual gathering of some of the most prominent and influential film pundits on the web to discuss the film industry, writing for film online, film fandom, and a whole lot more. The panel will be moderated by Dredd 3D star Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), with special surprise cast members from the film. Panelists include Mike Sampson (ScreenCrush.com), Jen Yamato (MovieLine.com), Mali Elfman (ScreenCrave.com), Erik Davis (Movies.com), Steve "Frosty" Weintraub (Colider.com), Grae Drake (Fandango.com), Jenna Busch (Cocktails with Stan Lee), and ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype's Edward Douglas. AMC is generously providing free movies passes to all attendees of the panel this year! For more info on the panel, click here.
Dredd 3D opens in theaters on September 21. Be sure to check out JudgementIsComing.com where you can register and learn more about the screening.
Mason, hailing from District 7, participates in the 75th Annual Hunger Games. She is known for pretending to be weak as a means of tricking of other tributes into underestimating her. She's also famous among fans of Suzanne Collins' novels for her introduction to Katniss and Peeta: she meets them in a elevator in the Capitol completely nude.
Malone recently appeared on the big screen in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch and on the small screen in the miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys."
WITN is reporting that actor Andy Griffith died this morning around 7:00 a.m. in Dare County, North Carolina. Former UNC President Bill Friday, a close friend of the actor, confirmed the news.
Griffith was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950s, but is best know for starring in "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1960-1968 and producing and starring in the TV series "Matlock," which ran from 1986–1995.
Griffith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush.
Paramount Pictures has now officially released the trailer for Jack Reacher which you can watch using the player below! You can also view new photos here.
Opening in theaters on December 21, the thriller is based on Lee Child’s best-selling novel "One Shot" and stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney and Werner Herzog.
The film was directed by Christopher McQuarrie from a script by Josh Olson and McQuarrie.
Kimberly Peirce's Carrie remake is currently shooting in Toronto and, today, Egotastic (via ShockTillYouDrop.com) managed to grab some shots of Gabriella Wilde's character, Sue Snell.
Released in 1974, "Carrie" was Stephen King's first published novel and tells the story of a high school girl who, through telekinetic powers, takes revenge on peers that have mocked her. Though Brian De Palma directed a highly-acclaimed film version in 1976, Chloe Moretz says that Peirce's take sticks more closely to King's text.
"I'm actually not looking at the original," Moretz told ComingSoon.net in an interview earlier this year, "even though De Palma's movie was one of the best movies ever made. It's completely iconic and I'm proud to be able to be doing a retooling of it. We're kind of going off the book. It's darker and much more psychological. More 'Black Swan.' You're really looking into her mind and it really looks into the relationship of Margaret and Carrie. It's set in modern time, so it's a lot different."
Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday and Ansel Elgort co-star in the film which is expected to hit theaters on March 15, 2013.
Disney•Pixar is famous for hiding secret "easter eggs" in all of their films and, today they've revealed two of the big ones from their latest, Brave. Check them out below and, if you're headed to check out the film in theaters, see if you can spot some more and share your findings below!
ANCIENT DELIVERY: The Witch, an eccentric crone disguised as a woodcarver specializing in whittling wooden bear figurines and conjuring haphazard spells, showcases her mysterious and inexplicable knowledge of the future with a carved figurine of the infamous Pizza Planet truck, an iconic delivery vehicle that’s appeared in nearly every full-length feature film from Pixar Animation Studios since 1995’s Toy Story.
NO MONSTERS IN THE CLOSET: A carving of Sulley, the lovable blue monster slated to return to the big screen in 2013’s Monsters University, appears on a piece of wood in the home of the Witch, an eccentric crone and woodcarver.
In a recent interview, actor Hugo Weaving shed a little more light on Andy and Lana Wachowski's upcoming film Cloud Atlas, based on the novel from David Mitchell. For the Wachowskis, the film marks the siblings' return to film following 2008's Speed Racer. But as Weaving notes, Cloud Atlas -- which tells six separate stories spanning centuries -- is quite different from anything he and his former Matrix cohorts have ever done before.
"Sometimes in any one week you might be working on three or four characters. It’s a slightly dangerous adventure we embarked on, because to be honest ... I don’t know where it’s all heading, despite the wonderful preparation. But yeah, it was certainly very exciting," Weaving told The Hollywood Reporter. Along with Weaving, co-stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent each play multiple characters -- sometimes unrecognizably so -- in different locations and time periods.
Continued Weaving, "What’s fascinating about the adaptation of the book was that sense that you get in the book about souls being reborn, a particular soul, and then they thought, 'What if we bring back actors to multiple roles in these stories?' So to take that idea and run with it actually kind of became one of the key propellers for the project."
The actor went on to say that even though he was playing numerous roles, he began to find a singular arc throughout his experience. "Because the film’s told in a sort of mosaic way, where all six stories are told at once, at the beginning of the shoot you’d move from one character to another. But as the shoot progressed and it got towards the end, you were seeing more links between the characters. And indeed, there might be a cut from one of your characters to another character, so there’s a link between them."
Cloud Atlas is scheduled to hit theaters October 26, 2012.
The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony's reboot of the wallcrawler, just hit theaters today, but some fans are already buzzing about the planned sequel to the film. Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already being written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek), so it would seem logical that the studio would want to tease that follow-up in some way to the many, many fans who are seeing the film this summer.
Additionally, Chronicle director Josh Trank has been rumored to be up for a Venom solo movie. So clearly Sony wants to mine the Spider-Man universe. And let's assume they've at least taken notice -- as has the rest of the world -- of the very successful Marvel Studios movies, and in particular the resounding success of The Avengers. An Easter egg or after-credits scene of course makes sense for Amazing Spider-Man -- and we in fact do get one in the middle of the end credits of the new film. But what does it mean exactly?
The brief scene features Dr. Curt Connors, the once and future Lizard, who has now been imprisoned. As he sits in his cell, a shadowy figure appears from out of nowhere -- did he teleport into the cell? -- and a brief exchange takes place between the two regarding Peter Parker's father. The mysterious character asks Connors if he told Peter about his father, and then shortly thereafter he seemingly disappears once again. Actually, you can catch a glimpse of this scene in the third Spider-Man trailer:
Who is this guy? Is he Connors' boss, lurking in the dark corners of the film, but actually the real villain of the piece? We know that Connors works for Oscorp, and we know who runs Oscorp, don't we? Norman Osborn, of course! A.k.a the Green Goblin -- or at least, the guy who will become the Green Goblin one day -- Osborn is one of the big bads of the Marvel universe. He's Spidey's arch foe much as the Joker is Batman's, and let's not forget that Chris Nolan decided to save the Joker for his second Batman movie. And of course, Osborn is named-dropped throughout Amazing Spider-Man... though doesn't it seem a bit too obvious for it to actually be him?
Another possibility, though perhaps more of a long shot than Osborn, is -- wait for it -- Peter Parker's dad himself, Richard Parker! Played by Campbell Scott in flashback (along with Embeth Davidtz as Pete's mom Mary), Richard is said to be dead during this film, having been killed when Peter was still a boy -- in the grand Spider-Man tradition. But it also is clear that Richard Parker's dealings with Dr. Connors and Oscorp, of which he was also an employee before his death, tie directly into Peter's origin as Spider-Man in this film. And reportedly, the plan is to continue to flesh out this story arc in future movies. Loyal Marvel zombies will also recall that Spidey's folks did return from the dead in the comics at one point -- kinda sorta. Actually, they turned out to be Life Model Decoys. Ask Tony Stark what that is if you don't know.
One other suggestion -- and this is total fanboyism at work -- is this is a Venom tie-in. The character -- sometimes a villain, sometimes an antihero, and sometimes a hero -- remains very popular. His current incarnation in the comics is as Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's longtime frenemy, and Flash is in fact in the new movie (played by Chris Zylka). And again, Sony is still pushing for a Venom movie… So, yeah. Not sure how that shadowy guy could tie-in to Venom, but that's what retconning is for!
Fans have suggested the Easter egg character might be Electro (flash of light!) or Mysterio (magic tricks!) or any number of other Spidey villains, while others are whispering that it's Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz playing the role. And the bottom line is, unlike The Avengers Thanos Easter egg, the Spidey ending is vague enough that it really could wind up being any of the above when Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits a couple of years from now.
Who do you think the shadowy figure at the end of Amazing Spider-Man is? Discuss below!
We hope all our readers in the United States are enjoying the 4th of July holiday today and certainly Sony Pictures must be pretty happy with the $35 million grossed by Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man in its opening day yesterday, including the $7.5 million from midnight screenings. $4 million of that amount is from the movie's IMAX 3D screenings.
That amount surpasses the previous Tuesday record of $27.8 million set and held by Michael Bay's Transformers exactly five years ago, and it's a promising start to what should be a strong week which could defy earlier expectations for the movie.
Check back over the rest of the weekend for more box office updates on The Amazing Spider-Man.
Walt Disney Pictures has released the poster for director Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful, the fantasy adventure opening on March 8, 2013 and starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff.
The film imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot--fame and fortune are his for the taking--that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity--and even a bit of wizardry--Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
If you're a fan at all of "Marvel vs. Capcom," then this is for you. This book has been 20 years in the making and will detail every Marvel/Capcom video game:
UDON Entertainment proudly announces the impending release of Marvel Vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works! This is a brand-new art book collecting all of the official artwork, sketches, and bonus material from all of Marvel and Capcom’s video game collaborations—from 1993’s "The Punisher" arcade game right up to 2012’s smash-hit "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3"! Compiled by UDON with the help of Capcom and Marvel, this is the first time this material has ever been collected in one place—on either side of the Pacific!
Weighing in at nearly 200 pages, "Marvel Vs. Capcom: Official Complete Works" has been a labor of love for the UDON production team. Working closely with Capcom creative head Shoei Okano, UDON has dug deep through Capcom’s archives to find extremely rare high-resolution art and materials to put together for this project—no easy task considering no "Marvel vs. Capcom" art book was ever printed in Japan! Includes stunning artwork by Akiman, Bengus, Shinkiro, Joe Madureira, Adi Granov, and more! Complementing the classic pieces is an all-new gallery of stunning "Marvel vs. Capcom" illustrations by comics superstars including Joe Ng, Long Vo, Chamba, Adam Warren, and Takeshi Miyazawa!
This is an original art book compiled by UDON, with no Japanese counterpart! Includes all of the series' promotional artwork, a complete art archive of all Marvel vs. Capcom character drawings, and rare, never-before-seen artwork, sketches, and bonus material! Contains artwork from the Capcom games "The Punisher," "X-Men: Children of the Atom," "Marvel Super Heroes," "X-Men vs. Street Fighter," "Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter," "Marvel vs. Capcom," "Marvel vs. Capcom 2," "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," and "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3"! Includes 17 new illustrations exclusive to this book!
A special hardcover edition of the book will be available exclusively at the San Diego Comic-Con and will retail $100, but if you're not going to the con fear not, the regular softcover edition of the title will be available this November and will sell for $44.99. Check out some of the pages from the book below.
NEW, Updated MARVEL NOW! Info, More Series Details
By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer posted: 03 July 2012 02:28 pm ET
Update, 3:50 p.m. eastern: Entertainment Weekly's website has updated with an expanded version of the Marvel NOW! news, with further details on the publishing venture and three initially announced titles.
"It's not hype when we say that AvX is the culmination of a lot of stories we've done over the last several years," said Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso in the article. "Characters are redeemed or not. Characters are changed. The X-Men and the Avengers are both repositioned for the future. What better time to shake things up?"
Of Uncanny Avengers, Rick Remender is quoted as saying, "Captain America comes out of AvX and recognizes that he hasn’t done enough to help the mutants." The team will include Captain America, Thor and Havok as noted, as well as Wolverine.
"Havok’s always been the black sheep rock-and-roller of the Summers family," Remender told EW. "He can’t do that anymore. You’re going to see Havok become one of the biggest players in the Marvel Universe."
The villain of the initial Uncanny Avengers arc will be the Red Skull, specifically the Red Skull's consciousness from the midst of World War II, recorded by Arnim Zola.
"Prime Nazi scumbag," Remender said of Red Skull. "In his mind, he’s taking that vitriol and hate and Nazi horror and methodology, and pointing it at the mutant species."
As noted earlier, Avengers will have a team roster of "18 or more," including, as revealed by EW, Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu and recent Secret Avenger.
“The obvious solution is for the heroes to become something bigger and larger, a more appropriate response to an ever more dangerous time," Hickman said in the article.
All-New X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis describes the X-Men as "a tough nut to crack," and said that the rough concept for the book — the original X-Men traveling to the present and viewing what they find as a Days of Future Past-esque dystopia — had been kicked around at Marvel writers' retreats for a while now.
"No Danger Room, no imaginary story," Bendis said in the piece. "This is actually happening. Here’s the big question that the original X-Men are gonna be faced with: We’re gonna grow up, and this is what we’re going to get? That is not acceptable."
With the original team traveling to the present comes the return of Jean Grey, long-dead in contemporary storylines.
"It's the one thing X-Men fans have always asked for is: They want Jean Grey back," Bendis said. "But they want Jean Grey. Not reincarnated Jean, or the ghost of Jean. Well, you're getting Jean back. And Jean is gonna be looking at a world that rattles her."
Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada commented in the article on the teaser image he illustrated, saying, "There’s a reason Sue Storm is there. And why there’s a floating robot near Hulk. We’re trying a lot of fun and new different things, we’re exposing characters who we’ve had in our toy chest for a long time."