Rian Johnson‘s never done this before. This, meaning, promote a movie he really can’t talk about with a huge, huge studio backing it. The movie in question is Looper and, from the looks of it, Johnson has finally stepped into the big leagues after two fantastic smaller films. Looper, which will be released September 28, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a present day assassin for the mob of the future. Time travel is real and the mob uses it to send people back in time to be murdered. It’s called being a looper and the perks are fantastic…until the person sent back to kill is the 30-year-older version of yourself played by Bruce Willis.

Johnson seems to have really outdone himself with Looper, crafting a whole new world of time-travel, action sci-fi. In our exclusive one-on-one interview, the writer/director (and frequent /Filmcast guest) talked about how he researched this concept, the contributions (or unfortunately lack there of) of Primer director Shane Caruth, when and where the film might premiere and even one question that prompted the usually candid director to ask me to turn the camera off. Check out the video below. Read More »

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I’ll be completely up front with you — I really have had no interest in the movie Battleship since it was announced. Even the recent action-packed Michael Bay-lite trailers didn’t win me over. I just didn’t see the point of making a big screen adaptation of the Battleship board game. And I also didn’t understand why an adaptation of that board game would involve an alien attack. It just didn’t make sense to me. Despite loving director Peter Berg‘s previous films and recently discovering the awesomeness of Friday Night Lights (the tv series), I just didn’t care.

When Peter Berg stepped onto the WonderCon stage in Anaheim, you could tell he was on a mission. Why a movie based on a board game? Why aliens? Berg made his pitch and somehow was able to change my mind — I now am excited to see this film.

Peter Berg never wanted to make a movie based on a board game. He wanted to make a naval movie but Hollywood wouldn’t let him.

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No, that’s not a mistake in the headline. During the WonderCon panel for The Amazing Spider-Man, Emma Stone revealed that, prior to the film’s script being written and Gwen Stacy being made the central love interest in Sony’s Spidey reboot, she was originally brought in to meet to play Mary Jane (originally played by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s trilogy).

Find out what else we learned from the panel below!

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WonderCon may not command the same audience as Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean its without its fair share of powerhouse panels. Point in case: Prometheus, the full trailer for which has now been made available online, as have some other goodies.

But wait, there’s more!

Headlining the film’s panel were co-writer Damon Lindelof, director Ridley Scott, and Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. As is typical with Con Q&A sessions, there was a good deal of fluff, but we’ve filtered all of that out for your reading pleasure.

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WonderCon 2012 took over the Anaheim Convention Center this year, so more Hollywood studios were in attendance than in previous San Francisco-based editions. While there wasn’t a lot of newsworthy bits to come out of the panels this year, we did get to see a lot of footage from upcoming films: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, Battleship and Rian Johnson‘s Looper.

After the con closed its doors, I recorded a video blog with /Film writers Germain Lussier and Adam Quigley, joined by Alex Billington from FirstShowing.net. We give reactions to all the footage we saw (with exception of The Amazing Spider-Man, since it was the same sizzle reel I posted about last month). We try not to go into descriptions, and instead just give you our reactions. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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It’s a big day for those anticipating Ridley Scott‘s new film Prometheus. The director is at WonderCon today and will shortly premiere the new full-length trailer for the film. (We’ll have that in a separate post as soon as it is available.)

But there is a bounty of other materials: a Q&A with actors Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender, a new commercial that jumps off from the film’s viral campaign, and a one-minute IMAX teaser that is just stunning, due in part to the new look at the classic Space Jockey from Alien. (That being the story element that kicked this project into gear in the first place.) Find all below. Read More »

When will Batman Live make its way to the United States? Want to see a full infographic of every single Batsuit of all time? How about a new photo of Joss Whedon on the set of The Avengers? What does a stunning blonde model look like in Wonder Woman lingerie (with overly cautious NSFW warning?) Anything going on at WonderCon you should know about? Why does Stan Lee think Marvel is better than DC? Has someone done a new Sweded version of The Avengers trailer? Why does Damon Lindelof love Spider-Man?¬†And will the real Silver Surfer please stand up? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Just a day after WonderCon revealed their full schedule of panels, three additions have been made. And they’re awesome.

Not¬†surprisingly, the hilarious 21 Jump Street is celebrating its opening weekend at the event and Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man has been added to line up. Very surprisingly, though, WonderCon audiences will also get their first look at Rian Johnson‘s Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and others.

The event takes place from March 16-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Read the full descriptions below. Read More »

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