Drew Pearce long run

Drew Pearce had a pretty amazing 2013. He co-wrote the biggest film of the year, Iron Man 3, directed the Marvel One Shot All Hail The King, and signed on to write Mission: Impossible 5. That’s a pretty great set of resume items. Pearce’s reward? He’s getting to direct his own spec script. It’s called The Long Run and while the plot is being kept under wraps, it’s described as an “original crime action comedy.”  Read More »

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Don’t worry fans, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is in fact coming to San Diego Comic-Con. It’s just also coming to a mobile device near you, and your local Best Buy, all at the same time.

While the film won’t be presented in Hall H (probably because the cast has been filming for six months straight) it will have a presence both on the show floor and outside. The highlight is the first full trailer for the film, which opens November 21, will premiere Friday July 25 at the Samsung Experience outside the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. If you aren’t at the event though, you can head to select Best Buys on July 26 to see the trailer and enter for a chance to get free tickets. It’ll probably end up online too.

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After the year he’s had on Game of Thrones, it’s tough to blame Peter Dinklage for wanting to take on some lighter fare in the off season. And it doesn’t get much lighter than Pixels, a Happy Madison movie in which Kevin James plays the President.

Directed by Chris Columbus, Pixels sees classic video game characters descending upon New York City. Dinklage, Adam Sandler, and Josh Gad play the elite gamers recruited by the government to fight back, with Michelle Monaghan‘s military officer helping them out.

The first Pixels image has just been released, and it’s worth a look if only for the sight of Dinklage’s truly terrible mullet. See it after the jump.

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Japan Building Real Life Snowpiercer Train

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Bong Joon-ho‘s big screen adaptation of Snowpiercer imagines a massive luxury Cruise train powered by a perpetual-motion engine that travels around the world.  The film is a science fiction story that uses this construct to tell a story of haves and have-nots stuck on a train that has saved them from an ice age that has surely killed most, if not all, of humanity on the planet.

While I was watching the movie, I wondered to myself why hasn’t anyone tried to make a luxury cruise-style train. Sure, I understand a global-connected track is not possible, almost as impossible as a perpetual-motion engine that runs the fictional train. But the idea of a luxury Cruise ship-like train seemed interesting. I can definitely imagine rich people spending loads of money to live in luxury as they watch the countryside pass by them at high speeds. Why have we not seen anything like it created? Is it that comically unpractical?

Well, Japan has announced the development of a new luxury train, called “The Cruise Train” which could be the predecessor of a real life Snowpiercer train. Details and photoa after the jump.

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Darren Aronofsky's Noah behind the scenes

Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah hits home video on July 29th 2014 (preorder it here) and Paramount has released a bunch of video clips from the making of documentary on the blu-ray release. I really liked the film, and its always great to see real clips of Darren Aronofsky directing a film. These clips go to show just how much cast and crew it takes to bring this tale to the big screen. One of the clips shows the elaborate rig which creates the rain at the beginning of the flood sequence. Watch the Noah behind the scenes video clips after the jump.
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Concept Art

Updated: We have added more concept art at the end of this post from July 14th 2014.

I love looking at concept art. Often the art created to inspire the movies is more incredible than the films themselves (for example, look at some of the beautiful concept art created for the Star Wars prequels). The Aaron Sims Company were hired to create some concept art for Matt ReevesDawn of the Planet of the Apes, and have put some of their work online for all to admire.

ASC worked closely with Weta on both films to design all of the main and ancillary ape characters from the ground up. In the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they sculpted a bust for Caesar to ensure a hyper-realistic feel. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, ASC worked on aging the apes and creating the apes’ ceremonial look, which includes face paint and other ornamentation taken from nature.

While the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art features some shots of the Apes living and hunting in the wild, I was more taken by the portrait work focusing on the faces of Koba, Caesar, Cornelia, and Maurice. One big revelation is that the Apes almost wore primitive clothing. Check out the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes concept art after the jump.
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Archer & Armstrong movie

A highlight of the early ’90s comics scene is moving towards the big screen, and surprisingly it isn’t a Marvel or DC title. There was a time when former Marvel and DC employees created a few new comics companies, such as Image and Valiant. It’s a Valiant title that is getting a film now, as an Archer & Armstrong movie is being developed by the current incarnation of Valiant Entertainment.

While Valiant published some series that revived old Gold Key Comics characters, Archer & Armstrong was an original title, a buddy action/comedy created by Jim Shooter, Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton.

The series debuted in 1992, and was relaunched in 2012. One of the two heroes of the book is Archer, a monk with expert archery skills and a horrific family history. The other is Armstrong, an immortal who, after thousands of years on Earth, is pretty much over the whole experience, and is content to hang out as a drunk partier. Together, they tackle an ages-old conspiracy.  Read More »

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Weeks before the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves decided to change the ending. They had shot a completely different alternate ending sequence, but he wanted to go for something different. Find out what happened in the deleted Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ending, and why it was changed only weeks before release, after the jump.

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