James Cameron Bill Paxton in Avatar 2

Bill Paxton and James Cameron are more than just co-workers. Besides the fact they’ve worked together on The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic and Ghosts of the Abyss, they’re actually real life friends too. Could we see Bill Paxton in Avatar sequels?

So at this year’s Warner Bros. WonderCon panel, which Paxton was attending to promote Edge of Tomorrow, a valid question was asked about Cameron’s upcoming films. Cameron is currently finishing pre-production on three Avatar sequels and the panel moderator, Drew McWeeny of Hitfix, asked Paxton if there was any role for him in the three films. His answer was hilarious.
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train your dragon 2 opening

The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 are now online. This is the same footage director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel presented at WonderCon 2014 this weekend so you now have a unique opportunity to check out the footage. Below not only can you watch the beginning of the film, you can watch a video blog reaction of it shot at WonderCon featuring myself, Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer.

Then, as an added bonus, we’ll also discuss our thoughts on footage screened from Wes Ball’s YA adaptation, The Maze Runner. Check out the How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening and a video blog reaction blow. Read More »

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride

Last week I attended the grand opening of the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. The new ride, which originally debut at Universal Orlando, features a bigger exterior and also includes a Super Silly Fun Land playground, based on the boardwalk pier where Gru  falls in love with the three girls he adopted in the movie Despicable Me. After the jump you can find photos I took from the event, giving you an early look at the new ride, playground and store, all of which are now open.

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Maleficent Preview

This weekend WonderCon took place in Anaheim California. Despite the fact that the Anaheim Convention Center is a few steps away from Disneyland, Disney decided not to have a presentation at the convention. Instead they launched a 20 minute preview of Maleficent in their theme park across the street. The preview is being shown in the Bugs Life Theater in Disney California Adventure theme park until June so all park visitor will have a chance to experience the magic complete with 4D effects. Germain Lussier and I are both card carrying members of the Disneyland annual passholder club, so after walking the show floor at WonderCon on Friday, we visited the park to take in the sneak preview. After the jump you can watch a video blog where we give our reaction to the Maleficent Preview footage, along with a brief written description of the footage screened.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

We all know where first Rise, and now Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, are going. To a planet totally inhabited and ruled by hyper-intelligent apes who speak fluent English and have never seen a human. In Matt Reeves‘ upcoming Fox release, an important new wrinkle is added to that possibility. Was there ever a time humans and apes might have tried to co-exist? The answer is “Yes” but, of course, it didn’t quite work out.

Star Andy Serkis recently screened five scenes, about 20 minutes total, from the July 11 sequel to a group of press. The scenes contained very little action, instead focusing on relations between the two species and the rising tension among members of both sides to distrust the other. They set up a film surprisingly emotional and complex for a typical summer blockbuster. A film whose themes, according to Serkis, are “family, tribalism, empathy and prejudice.” Below read about, and watch a video blog reaction to, five brand new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clips. Read More »

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro

The Wachowski Siblings will be among the fans of this latest clip from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In it, Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) have a Times Square showdown. However, when Electro finally unleashes his powers on Spider-Man, we see Marc Webb‘s version of bullet-time. It’s a slow motion, spinning, digital tracking shot meant to duplicate Spider-Sense. In this case, it also tracks the devastating power of Electro’s electricity. More so than almost any of the previous sizzle reels, trailers or commercials, this one-minute clip should get you excited for the epic potential of the May 2 release. Check out this new Amazing Spider Man 2 clip below. Read More »

Transformers: Age of Extinction poster header
Paramount Pictures has released a new poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The new one-sheet seems to promise giant scale effects for the upcoming Michael Bay-directed sequel/reboot. Check out the Transformers Age of Extinction poster in full after the jump.
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jupiter ascending trailer

The second full Jupiter Ascending trailer is now online.

It’s the latest sci-fi spectacle from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the writer and director siblings who previously tackled the genre in The Matrix Trilogy, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas. This time they’ve got Channing Tatum protecting a princess played by Mila Kunis in what seems to be one of the most unique looking sci-fi films in recent memory. Will it live up to those huge expectations? Check out the second Jupiter Ascending trailer below. Read More »

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