Before We Go Trailer

Chris Evans put down his shield for a while in December 2013 to direct his first feature, and you can now see the results of his efforts via the Before We Go trailer. The film stars Evans and Alice Eve as a pair of people who come together in Manhattan when Eve’s character deals with the theft of her purse, and nice guy Chris Evans comes gently to the rescue.

You might wonder if romance blossoms between the two, and given that the stars are Eve and Evans, you probably don’t even need to watch the trailer to figure that out. If you’re eager to see what Evans does when he’s not suited up as Captain America, check out the Before We Go trailer below. Read More »

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Gremlins reboot update

Chris Columbus wrote both Gremlins and Goonies before he segued into directing, and he is involved in reboots of both those films. Both, particularly Gremlins, have been the object of a great deal of talk for several years, with (thankfully) no concrete results to show for the development efforts.

With the new Columbus film, Pixels, hitting theaters this coming week, the director is out on the press circuit saying that both ’80s reboots are fill in full swing, at least on the development side. The good news is that the process is a very slow one, so we probably don’t have to worry about either film arriving for a while yet. Read More »

‘Ant-Man’ – What Did You Think?

Ant-Man water in bath tub

It’s been years in the making, over a decade in truth, but Marvel’s Ant-Man is on the big screen this weekend. Kickstarted by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish in 2003 and ultimately directed by Peyton Reed with Paul Rudd starring, the film acts as the final chapter in Marvel’s “phase two” of universe building. In fact, the film is something like an intermission for the great forward push in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with connections to recent films, but also a structure and tone that is more akin to Iron Man than anything else.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the film, we’d love to hear what you thought. Sound off on the highs and lows of Ant-Man in the comments below, where spoilers are encouraged. Read More »

X-Men Comic Con Leak

Bryan Singer premiered X-Men: Apocalypse footage at Comic Con this year, and the footage immediately leaked online. The film is still shooting (they’re just a bit past the halfway point now) and barely features any finished effects; the footage debut was almost entirely character stuff that isn’t likely to go online in an official way any time soon.

So the low-quality bootleg leak was how some people first saw Apocalypse, just as with footage from other high-profile projects such as Deadpool and Suicide Squad. In the wake of those leaks, I’ve seen conversations that assume such leaks are built in to the Comic Con plan as part of the marketing scheme for these movies.

I was on the X-Men: Apocalypse set this week, where I spoke to producer Hutch Parker. He was a Fox studio exec when the first X-Men films were made, and has worked as a producer on The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, and now Apocalypse. I asked him about the leak, and about how it fits into any overall marketing plan. Read More »

Batman v Superman IMAX trailer

IMAX is usually a super-sized cinematic format, but in this case it is actually shrinking something a bit. (And not for Ant-Man.)

It hasn’t even been a week since WB premiered the first full-length Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, but there has been more than enough time to examine that long batch of footage in detail. But if you want a different sort of detailed look at the footage, a slightly shorter, theatrical IMAX edit of the Batman v Superman trailer will be in theaters this weekend — or, if you don’t care about seeing it on a huge screen, you can check it out below. Read More »

Chuck Jones video essay

Animation director Chuck Jones is celebrated for his Oscar-winning achievements in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, where he brought to life Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Marvin The Martian, Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and many more. (To say nothing of his work on other animation, such as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.)

We know Jones’ style, which ranges from frenetic to cooly observational, and we know that he is uncommonly adept at defining and exploring characters, with simple changes of facial expression doing the comedic work that other artists would need huge motions to achieve. Below, you’ll find a terrific video essay on Jones, focusing on how he made some of his tricks work, and what inspirations he drew from when animating his greatest achievements. Read More »

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new Alien concept art

The story of Neill Blomkamp‘s proposed Alien movie is a weird one, as some of the development of the film has unfolded in public thanks to the director’s Instagram account and his use of concept art releases to build momentum for the potential sequel. Now Blomkamp has shared a piece of new Alien concept art, featuring Sigourney Weaver‘s Ripley and a scarred character obviously meant to be Michael Biehn‘s Hicks. Read More »

Legend UK trailer

There’s a new Legend UK trailer, showing off the film featuring the dual performance from Tom Hardy that should satisfy even the most rabid fan of the actor.

And if you’ve not seen a prior trailer for Legend, Tom Hardy plays both Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the gangster twins who took over parts of London’s rackets in the ’60s. Hardy is smooth as the ambitious Reggie, and adopts a bit of the old Marlon Brando “cotton in the mouth” technique to play the violent Ronnie. This trailer has more story than the teaser, and new footage not seen in the last US trailer; have a look below. Read More »

Deadpool photos

Deadpool made a huge mark on Comic Con, and there will be an official footage release within weeks. (We haven’t confirmed whether or not that will be precisely the same footage shown at Comic Con, or some variation, but we do expect that Fox knows people outside the convention want to see something close to what was in Hall H.) Now, at the very least, you can get a look at the last batch of Deadpool photos, now in high resolution. Check those out after the break.  Read More »