One of the biggest movie-related questions coming into 2013 was the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Early on, multiple reports identified the character as Khan, the classic Trek villain best known from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, from top to bottom, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as the actors themselves, denied this was the case. And, of course, we now know they were all lying in an attempt to preserve the theatrical experience. Cumberbatch was Khan.
Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »
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The story of Noah and the ark that preserved some of Earth’s creatures against God’s wrathful flood is one of our most well-known tales, but with Darren Aronofsky doing the telling it’s safe to assume the film Noah will feature some new angles. Russell Crowe plays the devout man given advance word that the flood is coming, and Ray Winstone is the king who — for reasons we don’t entirely know — isn’t thrilled that Noah is building a massive boat in the middle of his kingdom.
Here’s a new international trailer for the film. It may rearrange the money shots from the first trailer, but there a good bit of new footage sprinkled in to hold everything together. The extra footage of the beginning of the flood is really tremendous; this movie looks like a strange beast, but it will be exciting to see Aronofsky play on such a gigantic scale. Read More »
The real promo push for Transformers: Age of Extinction has started, even though the movie doesn’t open until June of next year. Empire recently debuted a cover featuring the new Optimus Prime and humans Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, and Nicola Peltz. Now some other scans have come online. The best shot is the one above, in which Michael Bay menaces Peltz not with a green pitchfork, but with a stand-in for a robot arm.
More shots are below. Read More »
Martin Scorsese rarely holds back when making his films. Some of his work, from Taxi Driver to The Last Temptation of Christ, stands as among the most provocative in mainstream cinema thanks to violence and (to a lesser degree) sex, and the director’s willingness to engage those elements directly.
Jordan Belfort’s biography The Wolf of Wall Street is a story that is rife with hedonism, as Belfort rode out of the ’80s and into the ’90s making insane amounts of money. Unsurprisingly, some of it was spent on women and sex. Given Scorsese’s tendencies, there’s every reason to expect those elements would be in his film The Wolf of Wall Street as well. The trailers certainly suggest there will be a lot of flesh on display.
Too much, in fact, as Scorsese had to trim sex and nudity to prevent the film being slapped with an NC-17. Even with those cuts, Wolf clocks in at two hours, fifty-nine minutes, the longest film of Scorsese’s career. Read More »
Back in June, news broke that J.J. Abrams would be producing a film directed by Edgar Wright and co-written by Wright and Mark Protosevich. The title of the work was Collider and all we heard at the time was the film was “sci-fi.” With Protosevich’s latest film Oldboy now in theaters, he spoke ever so briefly about the film revealing he and Wright are going after something “smart and scary.” Read his tantalizing quotes below. Read More »
You may remember that Warner Bros. and Paramount did a little horse trading earlier this year, with Paramount giving up some Interstellar rights to Warner Bros. in return for the rights to South Park and, more importantly at the moment, Friday the 13th, which are now all in the hands of Paramount, rather than being controlled in part by New Line.
So there’s a new film in development — the thirteenth in the series – with, reportedly, a found-footage angle. Sadly the work on FFF13 (found-footage Friday the 13th) didn’t kick into gear in time to release the movie in 2013. While we should have spent October of this year posting the last trailers and images for the film, it doesn’t even exist yet.
If the new film couldn’t hit in 2013, then how about on a real Friday the 13th? Read More »
Briefly: Good news, San Diego. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues has just moved up on your calendar, from December 20 to December 18. That means you can make a good choice on a Wednesday, instead of Friday.
After the jump, also spend some time with Ron Burgundy and his new mobile game, Scotchy Scotch Toss, and find out when you can see him host SportsCenter. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jack Ryan isn’t a new character by any means. Between 1990 and 2002, he was played by three different actors across four separate movies. So to keep him fresh, the next installment of the series is going back to the character’s early days, when he was just a CIA analyst who got in way over his head.
As actor Chris Pine explained at a recent footage screening, the Jack Ryan of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is “a man that actually shakes and deals with the repercussions” when he’s thrust into violent situations, “unlike a Bourne or a Bond.” Indeed, the footage shown at a special presentation in New York this week has Jack looking downright freaked out after he’s forced to go mano-a-mano with a baddie.
Hit the jump to read a recap of the scenes we saw, plus some quotes from Pine about his character.
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