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First Teaser Image For DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Posted on 15 November 2012 by Rich Drees

The first teaser image for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has shown up somewhat briefly online.

The image below appeared briefly on the official Rise Of The planet Of The Apes Facebook page earlier this afternoon, but seems to have disappeared off the page since then. It was accompanied by the phrase “Evolution becomes revolution.” The new film will be directed by Matthew Reeves, taking the reigns from Rupert Wyatt.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is set for a Memorial Day 2014 release.

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Big 150 Picture Gallery For THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Posted on 12 November 2012 by Rich Drees

We’re just a month away from the release of the first part of Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. If you just aren’t excited enough for that, then maybe this will help – 150 new production and behind-the-scenes pictures. If you’re familiar with Tolkien’s original novel then you will probably recognize many of the sequences being filmed. Even then, there are a few things that may be strange if you aren’t familiar with some of the supplementary material that Jackson has plumbed to expand the film’s storylines.

Credit to Comic Book Movie for setting up the embeddable gallery.

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Photos Of Hugh Jackman From The Set Of THE WOLVERINE Tell A Story

Posted on 06 August 2012 by William Gatevackes

Pictures taken on the set of The Wolverine that appeared on The Life of the Mind blog show more than just a haggard and woolly Hugh Jackman, they might just show what direction the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel is headed.

The four pictures presumably show Jackman on the way to the set, and cut a very different image of Wolverine than we are used to. Instead of the buff, sideburns wearing Wolverine from the rest of his film appearances, they show Jackman with long, disheveled hair and a bushy beard, looking quite like a homeless person or a young Alan Moore.

But he could also look like a prisoner of war, which would fit with previous information we have received about the film.

Several weeks ago, the Australian press was invited to the film’s set. At the time, the gathered press took many photographs of the set pieces being built and the concept art made for the film. These images made the rounds on the Internet, but quickly were removed (much to some news organizations’ chagrin). The photo to the right is the only one we dare to share, if only because the pictures there are so small. But you can still find some of the original images online if you know where to look.

The set pictures showed two set models. One was a pit of sorts with a heavy metal vault-like door on top that appears to something you’d place a particularly nasty prisoner in. This model was shown already build into a full size set piece. The other model was of a prison camp, with barracks surrounded by metal fencing. The concept art showed the prison camp, scene of a nuclear bomb being detonated, and the destructive aftermath of the bombing on Japan.

These pictures seem to indicate that a fairly sizable portion of the film will take place in a World War II era Japanese prisoner of war camp, and, added to the pictures released today, Wolverine most likely was rather long-time guest at one of the camps.

The camps and the nuclear war imagery also leads one to believe that another one of Wolverine’s iconic comic book stories will be partially adapted into the film. 2008′s Logan, written by Lost‘s Brian K. Vaughan and draw by Eduardo Risso, add a new wrinkle to the character’s back story–a stay in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during the final days of WWII. The miniseries famously detailed what would win in a battle between Wolverine’s healing power and the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima (SPOILER ALERT: The healing power wins).

The miniseries also introduced a new enemy for Wolverine, an American who was turned into a flaming skeleton in the blast. This villain is later confronted Logan in the modern day, when Logan gets revenge on the villain for actions he did decades earlier.

In my opinion, the film will keep the whole “fighting your nemesis decades later” aspect of the story (which is confirmed by the studio’s plot summary for the sequel) but take away the flaming skeleton and insert Shingen from the Claremont and Miller Wolverine mini series. As I mentioned here, it looks like two actors, one young (Hiroyuki Sanada) and one old (Hal Yamanouchi), have been cast as the villain from that series, Shingen Yashida. It would not be a stretch to believe that the film will have Sanada play a WWII-era Shingen, perhaps as an abusive guard or commandant for the camp Logan/Wolverine is in, and then have the older Yamanouchi play Shingen later in life. Due to the age differences in the actors possibly playing Shingen, this would place the non-WWII parts of The Wolverine in the 1980′s, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, yet quite some time before X-Men.

If this is in fact the way the writers are going with this film, I think it is both good and bad. Good in the sense that it builds a stronger sense of conflict between Yashida and Logan, and it would be interesting to see how an amnesia-suffering Logan reacts to facing his old enemy. Bad in the sense it takes a bit of the pathos out of the relationship between Logan and Mariko. It takes the randomness out of the love affair and brings in too much coincidence for my tastes.

Another area of concern is the film’s continuity with its previous installment. X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s opening credits expressly shows that Logan and Sabretooth were part American forces taking part in the Normandy invasion in the European theater during WWII. This asks the question, how did Logan move from one theater of war to another in the span of 14 months (if he’s really going to be in Japan when the bombs drop) and where Victor/Sabretooth  is while Logan is a prisoner, because that title montage shows the pair were inseparable until well after the Vietnam conflict. The X-films have played fast an loose with continuity, and there have been other elements of X-Men Origins: Wolverine contradicted in other films, but these are still issues that need to be addressed.

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Our First Look At THE HOBBIT’s Trio Of Trolls

Posted on 12 July 2012 by Rich Drees

With this year’s San Diego Comic Con kicking off today, lots of comics movie and genre related news has been flying out fairly furiously and some of it seems to have zipped right by most of the major news sites. One such item was our first look at the three trolls from Peter Jackson’s upcoming The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey via Bleeding Cool. Not a big story to be sure, and we sort of know how they would look from their more calcified appearance in the Extended Edition of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings.

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Six New Pics From Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED

Posted on 29 May 2012 by Rich Drees

We’re just a few short weeks away from the release of the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western homage Django Unchained in front of Prometheus, but to tide you over until then, we have six new images from the film featuring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Tarantino himself. (Click on each image for a larger view.)

Django Unchained hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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ANCHORMAN 2 Teaser To Debut Tomorrow

Posted on 15 May 2012 by Rich Drees

There hasn’t been a frame of footage shot and the script might not even been finished, but Paramount has already prepared a teaser trailer for Will Farrell’s much anticipated sequel to Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy and it will premier in theaters tomorrow attached to the front of the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator.

San Diego’s favorite news anchor himself took to Twitter to make the announcement-

The tweet also included a link to a new picture of Burgundy, who, let’s face, is still looking classy.

In addition to Will Farrell returning for the film, it has already been confirmed that Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner will all be back to play the rest of Ron’s Channel 4 news team cohorts. Filming should be getting underway relatively soon and while there is no official release date announced, I would expect it sometime next year.

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First Look: Lena Headey As DREDD Villain

Posted on 08 May 2012 by Rich Drees

When talking about the great comic book film adaptions, 1995′s Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone doesn’t come up in any sort of positive context. In fact, I doubt that the film doesn’t come up much in conversations about just mediocre comic book films. I think what I am trying to say is that Pete Travis’s new adaption of the British comic has a pretty low bar to clear in terms of expectations. But with a cast that features Karl Urban and Lena Headey, it looks like it will clear that bar with plenty of room to spare.

We haven’t seen too much out of the production of the film outside of a picture or two of Urban in costume as the titular judge of the futuristic Mega City One. Courtesy of the LA TimesHero Blog we now have a look at someone else in the cast – Lena Headey as the crime lord Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal.

Hero Complex describes the character as -

[T]he fierce gang leader who rules Peach Tree City Block and that puts her squarely in the sights of the film’s title character, Judge Joseph Dredd — played by Karl Urban of “Star Trek” and “The Bourne Supremacy” — the most feared of the city’s Street Judges, the elite armored agents who bring the entire criminal justice system to the sidewalk; they are arresting officer, judge, jury and, yes, executioner.

We’ll all get to travel the mean streets of Mega City One when Dredd opens on September 21.

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First Official Look At AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’s The Lizard!

Posted on 03 May 2012 by Rich Drees

Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man is set to open in a couple of months and surprisingly they have been fairly secretive with the look of the film’s villain, The Lizard. That changes today, though, as the studio has offered up two views of the tragic transformed scientist who will bedevil Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). They’re not super clear shots, I expect we may see a bit better in the trailer that is scheduled to be released tomorrow, but they are the first that we’ve officially seen of the character. Click on each photo for a much larger view.

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First Picture From THE LONE RANGER Released

Posted on 08 March 2012 by William Gatevackes

When we think of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, the image our mind creates is inspired by the Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels versions of the character, portrayals that are 60 years old. You think buckskin. You think square jaws. You think the 1950′s version of what a cowboy would look like.

The reason why this image sticks with us is that every interpretation of the character since then, be it in movies, television, cartoons or comic books, haven’t strayed from this look. That’s what make the picture tweeted by Jerry Buckheimer, producer of Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, all that more shocking:

Since it’s such a break from the norm, the natural knee jerk reaction would be to snark about the picture. “So, this time the Lone Ranger and Tonto are united by their mutual love of the works of Edgar Allan Poe!” “Here we see a scene where the duo heads out to the desert to catch a Bauhaus/Cure double bill!”

Of course, this is just one image and it might not be indicative of the direction the whole film will go into. The Lone Ranger is ripe for reinterpretation. But does it really need to go so “goth”?

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First Images From STAR TREK 2 Hit Internet

Posted on 24 February 2012 by William Gatevackes

A bunch of images hit the web today from J.J. Abrams Star Trek 2, and speculation has begun as to what they all mean.

First, MTV has two set photos featuring new bad guy (and BBC’s Sherlock Holmes) Benedict Cumberbatch. The first, which you see to the left, features his character facing off against Zachary Quinto’s Spock. While it looks like Spock is getting the upper hand, MTV claims that Cumberbatch quickly get out of the Vulcan Neck Pinch. I did not know that was possible.

MTV sees the outfit Cumberbatch is wearing, and theorizes that his character is a member of the Starfleet Academy who has turned evil. Well, the other picture taken from that set visit might tell another story.

Here, Cumberbatch faces off against Zoe Saldana’ Uhura. As we recall, a hint of a romance was beginning to form between Spock and Uhura during the last film. Could this be a romantic triangle of some sort? Hmm? Hmm?

Okay, maybe not. But still, there is bound to be more than just a coincidence in the two quasi-lovebirds facing off against the villain at the same time.

/Film runs with the story, but adds another potential plot element. They have taken a screen cap, seen to the left, from Simon Pegg’s Twitter video wishing British comic book magazine 2000 A.D. a happy anniversary. The video is taken on the set and Pegg is in costume.

/Film thinks Pegg’s costume in the shot is that of a member of the Starfleet Academy and not the red tunic Pegg wore at the end of the first film. I don’t know about you, but I can barely make out anything on that uniform. But just because Pegg is wearing a uniform that appears to be a cadets uniform, doesn’t mean Scotty has been busted down through the ranks. I’ll need more information before I speculate on that.

More answers should become apparent as we get closer to the sequel’s May 17, 2013 release date.

 

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