Man From UNCLE trailer

Henry Cavill took a break from being Superman to be The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. and Guy Ritchie, and now you can see the first footage of him in action. The film features Cavill and Armie Hammer as a pair of unlikely American and Russian spies who work together in the swinging ’60s and the Cold War.

Imagine a spy movie with the action sensibility of Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, filtered through the visual sense of the first couple seasons of Mad Men and you’ll be in the ballpark. Check out the Man From UNCLE trailer below. Read More »

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Three dozen superhero movies will be released in theaters over the next five and a half years. With this week’s new announcements, I thought now was as good a time as any to take a look at the future of the comic book movie landscape. Hit the jump to find a comprehensive calendar of superhero movie release dates tracking the announced comic book movie adaptations up to the year 2020.

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Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi epic from The Wachowskis, hit theaters this weekend and didn’t do too well. It grossed around $19 million over its opening weekend, which is about what Speed Racer did in 2008. Both film had big budgets and expectations but will ultimately be considered box office failures.

That’s unfortunate because both movies are visual marvels. Whether you think Jupiter Ascending is brilliant or boring, there’s little denying the costumes, props, sets and production design are pretty masterful. They’re a beautiful amalgamation of ideas from sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, video games and more, filtered through the visionary eye of the Wachowskis.

Of course, it’s not like Lana and Larry sit around designing all this stuff. They hire talented designers, concept artists and so many others to visualize their ideas, which they then approve or discard. Now, we’ve got our hands on a whole slew of Jupiter Ascending concept art that gives a great look at a bunch of the tech in the film, as well as some hints that Channing Tatum’s backstory might have played a larger part in the movie. See the Jupiter Ascending concept art below. Read More »

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No matter how old you are, you remember the moment you were introduced to The Wachowskis. For me, it was February 1999. I was sitting in a screening of what I figured was some dumb new Keanu Reeves movie with about 1,000 of my fellow college students. A girl in black leather started to get into a fight and as she jumped in the air she froze. The camera spun around her, and she delivered a bone-shattering blow. Every single person in the room cheered wildly at the iconic visual moment at the beginning of The Matrix and, for the next two hours, we continued to be amazed at what was unfolding on screen.

The Matrix went on to gross almost $500 million worldwide and spawn two hugely anticipated sequels. More importantly, it supercharged the careers of Lana (then Larry) and Andy Wachowski. The filmmaking siblings have since gone on to make several films that are technical marvels and intellectual thrill rides. This past weekend, their latest film, Jupiter Ascending, finally hit theaters, so we saw a perfect opportunity to rank the films of The Wachowskis. Read More »

will 35mm film survive

35mm film continues to fight for its life. Last year, a few high profiled filmmakers vowed to continue to use film stock on their films. Now the last remaining manufacturer of film, Kodak, has just signed deals with Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. – basically every big studio in Hollywood – to “purchase undisclosed amounts of film over ‘a few’ years that would be enough to extend Kodak’s film manufacturing business.” So will 35mm film survive? Read more about the answer below. Read More »

Robotech live-action movie

There’s a new plan for a Robotech live-action movie.

Robotech hit TV screens in the US in the mid-80s. It became a big hit, and the introduction to anime for many young viewers at the time. What much of the audience didn’t realize was that the various seasons of Robotech were, in fact, re-edited and localized presentations of several different TV series from Japan. The US-based Robotech storylines, which were influenced by but quite different from the original Japanese stories, became popular enough that there is a long line of related projects — enough that some have since been relegated to non-continuity status.

For years, various producers and writers have worked to make a live-action movie in the US. Now a Warners-based crew is trying again. Read More »

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Lego Movie Honest Trailer

The latest Screen Junkies honest trailer is bound to set some people off. It’s for The Lego Movie and while the beginning totally admits the film is sweet and entertaining, the rest does not. The Lego Movie Honest Trailer hammers home their idea that the whole film is just one big commercial for Lego.

This trailer mentions how the film was snubbed for the Oscar, lists every single playset released based on the film, discusses how the film helped boost Lego’s sales, and even includes a brand new song called “Everything’s a Product,” set to the tune of “Everything Is Awesome.” (Which actually was nominated for an Oscar.)

It’s bitingly cynical, and yes Honest, but does it cross a line? Watch The Lego Movie Honest Trailer below and let us know what you think. Read More »

Magic Mike XXL

Keep your dollar bills handy, because the Cock-Rocking Kings of Tampa are officially back in action. The very first Magic Mike XXL trailer has hit the web, and it’s exactly what you’d expect. In a great way. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Creed release date rocky

Briefly: Warner Bros. is beefing up its holiday film presence this week. The studio just dated and/or moved two of their heavy hitters. First up, the Ericson Core remake of Point Break has been pushed from summer to Christmas Day. More interestingly, though, the Ryan Coogler-directed Rocky spin-off Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, will be out even quicker. It’s currently filming but is now slated for release on November 25, 2015. [Box Office Mojo]

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