There was a lot of anticipation for today's Warner Bros. presentation, because every year, they really seem to bring their A-game, and coming off the enormous hit of last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, they got to do their presentation earlier in the week as part of the Opening Day Ceremony. Much of the excitement came from the knowledge that director Christopher Nolan would be bringing something for The Dark Knight Rises to the presentation, since he's always had a lot of respect for exhibitors and theater owners. Also, the buzz broke out earlier in the week that Peter Jackson would show ten minutes of his upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 3D at a higher frame rate of 48 frames per second, nearly double what's considered the standard.
We'll jump right ahead to the movie everyone was looking forward to, The Dark Knight Rises, although Nolan chose instead of showing the trailer or any sort of long clips with dialogue, to just show a series of hand-picked images that he had cut together with music, with some footage we'd seen before either in previous trailers or stills but also some new bits. It was still quite powerful, even if there wasn't enough dialogue to really have any sort of context.
It opened with pretty much the same airplane hijacking scene that was showcased in the six-minute IMAX preview last December, although you could clearly understand everything Bane was saying in this case. We see Bruce Wayne back in Wayne Manor in a bathrobe and cane, clearly a broken man eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. We see Selina Kyle sneaking out of Wayne Manor, having been in disguise as a maid. In fact, the footage included quite a bit of the fetching Anne Hathaway both in street clothes as Selina and prowling the night as Catwoman, as well as a bit more footage of Bane walking onto the football field and setting off explosives in the middle of the play as the quarterback dodges them. We saw quite a bit of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as young rookie cop John Blake caught up in the war being waged by Bane, including a scene where he shows his shield to Selina, possibly trying to arrest her? We see lots of shots of the destruction of Gotham by Bane, as well as brief glimpses of the Batmobile, the Batpod and the new flying vehicle known as "The Bat," throughout the carnage. There were quite a few shots of Selina and Bruce together, but we also see Bruce kissing Marion Cotillard's character in another shot, leaving us to try to figure out what's going on there.
Throughout the whole thing, there was only the tiniest bit of dialogue amidst all the images and that was Catwoman saying to Batman, "You've given them everything" and him responding, "Not everything, not yet." Then, it closes with Michael Cain's Alfred saying, "Don't worry Master Wayne. It takes a little time to get back into the swing of things."
Not sure if we got too much more out of the footage than we have with what's come before, although it's clearly not a trailer that would work for audiences looking for some idea what the story might be. But it really was quite a brilliant way to set the tone of the movie, having it driven by the music, presumably from regular composer Hans Zimmer, doing something more like what he did with Inception, really driving and sounding more electronic.
You can read our full write-up on the presentation, with more on "The Hobbit," Rock of Ages, The Campaign, and The Great Gatsby, by clicking here!
Opening in theaters and IMAX on July 20th, Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.
A new trailer for the anticipated film will hit theaters with Marvel's The Avengers on May 4th.
Disney•Pixar has released the full new trailer for Brave, coming to 3D and 2D theaters on June 22. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, the animated adventure is voiced by Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. You can watch the trailer below the synopsis!
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In "Brave," a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.
Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late.
At the press line before Paramount's CinemaCon presentation, ComingSoon.net had a chance to talk with superstar producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura about G.I. Joe: Retaliation and before he was whisked away, we quickly asked him about some of the other projects he had in the works including RED 2. One long-in-development he's excited about finally making happen is the Untitled Jack Ryan Project, starring Chris Pine, which he hopes to start shooting in September, presumably with Kenneth Branagh (Thor) who has been in negotiations to direct.
Di Bonaventra's exact optimistic words when talking about the project were:
"I think we're going to go this September. It looks pretty good right now. Not guaranteed but hopefully..."
So for all you Tom Clancy and Jack Ryan fans who have been anxiously awaiting his big screen return for ten years since Ben Affleck played him in The Sum of All Fears, there's definitely a light at the end of the tunnel that maybe we'll see another Jack Ryan movie by 2014. (In the meantime, we're very excited about what Paramount is doing to bring Lee Child's Jack Reacher to the big screen, which you can read more about later today.)
You can also watch the rest of our brief interview with di Bonaventura as well as a recap of some of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage we've had a chance to see that's not shown in the new trailer sometime later today.
Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the domestic trailer for Hotel Transylvania, opening in theaters on September 28 and featuring the voices of Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon and David Koechner. You can watch the trailer below the synopsis!
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here's a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
Crime Scene Pictures announced today that Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris, Wedding Crashers) will star in The Coup, which John Erick Dowdle (Devil, Quarantine) will direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle.
The film is described as being an intense thriller centered on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city.
"We love the relentless energy of the Dowdle Brothers' script – and their vision for dropping Owen in the midst of the chaos is truly inspired," say Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris.
Producer Steve Alexander continued: "When I first read the Dowdles' screenplay, I was immediately taken with how strongly it taps into that primal fear which any parent can relate to, when it comes to the safety and protection of their family."
Ripp and Paris are financing and have teamed up with Alexander and Drew Dowdle to produce. Rizal Risjad and Philip Elway will executive produce. Filming will begin in October in Southeast Asia.
A fourth TV spot for Universal Pictures' Snow White and the Huntsman is now online and you can check it out in the player below!
In the epic action-adventure opening June 1st, Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor, Marvel's The Avengers) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) plays the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power
The trailer for Lawless is now online, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, and you can check it out in the player below!
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska, the film is directed by John Hillcoat and features a screenplay by Nick Cave, based on the novel "The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant.
Gangster meets Western in the true story of the freewheelin' Bondurants brothers, bootlegging siblings taking the law into their own hands. This is the story of the rural hard-men that created the big city gangsters. Brazen and fearless, these young rebel brothers helped build the American Dream in this exuberant tale of what was to become crime's first major gold rush.
The youngest brother, Jack, fancies himself the next Al Capone; he dreams of sharp suits, guns, girls and fast cars, no matter the cost. Ambitious and impulsive, he takes the family's small-scale moonshining operation to the big leagues, to impress the gorgeous but off-limits Amish girl, Bertha. The middle brother, Howard, is the brawling muscle – loyal but reckless – never one to turn down a taste of white lightning. And eldest brother, Forrest, reluctantly accepts the changing times with grace and grit, leading the family with strength of character and silent determination against the beginnings of corporate greed. An enigmatic and stunning Maggie comes to town with a hidden past, igniting his passion and almost saving him in the process. As the Bondurants' legend grows, so too does the danger, and it's not long before the brothers must face the consequences of their transgressions, or rewrite the myth and the law themselves.
Disney•Pixar has just provided updates on a number of projects at today's CinemaCon presentation:
• First announced last August, the upcoming Bob Peterson dinosaur film now has the title The Good Dinosaur and will be released on May 30, 2014. The film is described as follows:
What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This hilarious, heartfelt and original tale is directed by Bob Peterson (co-director/writer, “Up;” writer, “Finding Nemo”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “The Iron Giant”).
• Oscar-winning Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich's upcoming project with producer Darla Anderson will be about the holiday of Dia de los Muertos.
From director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson, the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award®-winning "Toy Story 3," comes a wholly original Pixar Animation Studios film that delves into the vibrant holiday of Día de los Muertos.
• The still-untitled Pete Docter film that takes you inside the mind has been pushed from May 30, 2014 to June 19, 2015, and they're still trying to figure out a title for that one. It's describes as follows:
Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.
More information is still coming in, so check back as the story develops!
As revealed last month, Walt Disney Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to last year's The Muppets. Today, they've revealed through Facebook a piece of early art that you can check out below!
Director James Bobin and writer Nicholas Stoller are set to return behind the camera, though Jason Segel will not be back as the star.
"We kind of felt like we completed Gary's story in the first one," Stoller told ComingSoon.net in an interview posted earlier today, "and he's mostly interested in writing stuff for him to be in, which makes sense, right? He didn't want to go on and write the next one. I was like, 'Do you care if I do it with James?' He's like, 'Of course not.'"
We just got a new domestic trailer for Paramount Pictures' G.I. Joe: Retaliation and now here is the new international trailer as well!
In the sequel, opening on June 29, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson.
IMAX has revealed the company's exclusive, limited edition, Marvel's The Avengers midnight poster. You can get your advanced IMAX tickets here for your chance to walk away with one.
Opening in North American 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on May 4, the Joss Whedon action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg and Samuel L. Jackson.
In the film, an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security. Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Following the Grimlock gameplay footage, Activision has today provided us with screenshots featuring some of the Dinobots in Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. You can head here for screens of Grimlock, Snarl, Slag and Swoop!
In development by the acclaimed team at High Moon Studios, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons as they vie for control of their dying home world. Fans will fight through both sides of the Transformers' most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from Cybertron. With the stakes higher and scale bigger than ever, fans will embark on an action-packed journey through massive, war-torn environments designed around each character's unique abilities and alternate forms, including Grimlock's nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary Combaticons combining into the colossal Bruticus. Taking the franchise's competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron lets fans go head-to-head in blistering Autobot vs. Decepticon matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a Transformers game.
The game will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 28.
The project first announced earlier this year, the full cast has now been released for "Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special," set to air on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim this fall. What's more, Yahoo! has debuted a still depicting the Mego-style Justice League that fans can expect to see on the small screen.
"Robot Chicken" co-creator Seth Green will himself voice Batman, Robin and Aquaman with Breckin Meyer as Superman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Paul Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face and Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor. Of course, knowing "Robot Chicken," there's bound to be a few more surprises.
No exact release date has yet been given, but Green has teamed with Geoff Johns to create the special, similar in format to the 2007 parody special "Robot Chicken: Star Wars."