Superhero Destruction

Back in 1996, the film Independence Day was an impressive piece of blockbuster spectacle. The amount of destruction on display done with outstanding visual effects for the time was a sight that demanded to be seen on the big screen. However, 20 years later, that destruction isn’t nearly as captivating in Independence Day: Resurgence, and it’s just one of the many problems the sequel has that keep it from measuring up to the original.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that all the destruction in Independence Day: Resurgence not only feels like a computer generated rehash of what we already saw done with more practical effects back in 1996, but it’s also been done countless other times in recent years in several of the Marvel movies and more recent DC Comics movies. Director Roland Emmerich has certainly taken notice, and he thinks the third acts are basically retreads of what he’s already done. Find out what Roland Emmerich had to say about superhero destruction after the jump. Read More »

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Justin Lin directing Akira

For years, Warner Bros. has desperately been trying to figure out how to make a live-action adaptation of the iconic cyberpunk manga Akira. There have been various iterations of the project over the years, but the most recent attempt may finally get some traction.

A report surfaced a year ago this month that Warner Bros. had commissioned a new script from Daredevil second season showrunner Marco J. Ramirez . Later a rumor pegged Christopher Nolan being involved to help plan a possible trilogy. However, if that was the plan, the studio’s approach has changed with Fast and Furious franchise and Star Trek Beyond helmer Justin Lin being sought as the new Akira movie director. Find out more about Justin Lin directing Akira after the jump. Read More »

lights out trailer

There is no fear as primal as fear of the dark. It’s the foundation upon which all other fears are built and the support structure for the horror genre. Bad stuff happens when the lights go out. Human beings have evolved to know this. We don’t have to be taught that stuff goes bump in the night. We understand this in the core our inner selves.

So yeah, Lights Out looks scary, taking our inherent fear of darkness and saying “Yep, there is indeed a gangly ghost-monster that means you harm lurking the shadows.” The new trailer shows off a horror movie that looks creepy and promising, carved out of the same mold as Insidious and The Conjuring (which makes sense, since James Wan is a producer on this film).

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Mad Max Fury Road Visual Effects

In all its shiny and chrome glory, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to solidify itself not just as one of the best films of the year, but one of the best films of the decade. Unlike with most blockbusters nowadays, director George Miller knew how to use visual effects in a way that enhanced his story instead of being the thing they relied upon for spectacle.

A bunch of practical action combined with seamless photographic trickery and computer generated effects resulted in some of the most exciting filmmaking the big screen has seen lately. Now a Mad Max Fury Road visual effects breakdown shows some of the manipulation that helped bring this feature length chase to life. What’s really cool is that it shows the footage before any color correction was done to accentuate the vibrant orange and blue hues. Read More »

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When it was announced that Warner Bros. was building a new cinematic universe around cinema’s most iconic giant monsters and that the world’s most famous giant ape would battle the world’s most famous prehistoric radioactive lizard in 2020, there was a fair amount of conversation about the logistics of that particular fight. After all, Godzilla vs. King Kong sounds fine on paper until you get to the finer details. You know, like Godzilla measuring 300 feet and King Kong traditionally measuring about 50 feet.

However, it turns out that we’re not getting a traditional King Kong in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, which will introduce a new version of the mighty ape to theaters. He’s going to be a bit bigger than usual.

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Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition Trailer

Whether or not you liked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when it hit theaters earlier this year, there’s a good chance that you’re curious to see the 30 minutes of footage that’s being put back into what is being called the Ultimate Edition. The alternate cut of the movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next month (though it will hit Digital HD a few weeks earlier), so a new trailer has arrived to tout the home video release. It’s not chock full of new footage like the previous trailer was, but there are glimpses of some new shots, as well as the special features that will take you behind the scenes.

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After the polarizing reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. has taken great pains to restore fans’ faith in the fledgling DC Extended Universe. We’ve heard about corporate restructuring, personnel changes, and even rumors of reshoots. The latest play in the studio’s ongoing effort to earn back some goodwill was the Justice League set visit. Our own Peter Sciretta dropped by London last week and came back with cautiously optimistic reports about a “lighter” tone and more “colorful” characters.

It’ll be a while before we see how things actually pan out, since Justice League won’t hit theaters for another year and a half. But in the meantime, Warner Bros. has served up a brand-new Justice League logo to ooh and ahh over, as well as an official Justice League synopsis for you to pick apart.  Read More »

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Production on Alien: Covenant is happening right now, and so far we’ve gotten a couple of behind-the-scenes sneak peeks showing Katherine Waterston on the titular ship, as well as the return of Michael Fassbender as the android David. Now we get a first look at one of the other new cast members who may be the most intriguing part of the talent roster.

Danny McBride is part of the Covenant crew, and while we don’t know his character’s name just yet, a new photo from the set shows him getting direction from Ridley Scott while on the bridge of the ship that will likely have plenty of blood splattered all over it before the film is over. See the new Alien Covenant photo after the jump. Read More »