The Wizard of Oz

It typically takes studios a year or more to push a sequel out, no matter how quickly they try to put one together. But in the case of Oz The Great and Powerful, audiences will get to see what happened to the wizard just a few months after we left him.

Of course, that’s only because we’ve already known where the character would end up for many decades now. The Wizard of Oz is approaching its 75th birthday, and to celebrate that big anniversary, Warner Bros. is putting the Technicolor classic back in theaters this fall with a shiny new IMAX 3D upgrade. Watch the trailer for the remastered release after the jump.

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The official trailers and posters for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim have promised exciting visuals the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Dark, neon hues blasted over the cities of the world as colorful, 25-story robots battle massive alien monsters. The potential iconography is staggering and new poster company Odd City Entertainment is capitalizing on it.

Odd City Entertainment has secured an official license to create posters for Pacific Rim and just revealed the first of five images leading up to the July 12 release. It’s by Grzegorz Domaradzki, aka Gabz, and that’ll be followed by more posters by Todd Slater, NE, Gordon Jones and Graham Erwin.

Check out three versions of the Gabz poster below along with the IMAX poster. Read More »

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The opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen should be taken whenever possible. Ideally, this happens at a repertory house where the original content and quality of the film is preserved, and sometimes (though less and less as 35mm gives way to DCP) even the format is the same. On special occasions, though, a film is so grand and adored it gets not only a big time restoration, but major release as well. Titanic comes to mind. Jurassic Park. And now, The Wizard of Oz can be added to the list.

The 1939 classic celebrates its 75 anniversary in 2014 and leading up to that, Warner Bros. is releasing both a 3D Blu-ray super set on October 1 and a restored, 3D IMAX edition in theaters September 1. Read More »

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The riff and machine-gun snare roll combo that opens Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ is a primal thing. My response to it is the same every time — an adrenaline rush, a  bodily thrill, and a genuine feeling of happiness. Now it has an additional effect: making me so ready to watch the 3D IMAX film Metallica: Through the Never. This first trailer for the film from Predators director Nimrod Antal tells us next to nothing about the movie, but it opens with a bit of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ before going into ‘Puppets,’ and the effect of the latter song still takes hold.

We’ve seen that one photo of star Dane DeHaan staring down a whole bunch of armed dudes that look like they’re in the opening stages of a Warriors recreation. The trailer shows us more of those guys, but doesn’t give any clue as to what they’re doing. Insert song title puns here (‘Seek and Destroy,’ ‘Damage, Inc.,’ ‘Battery’) but is that one of the four horsemen that shows up at the end? Seems like it. What the hell is going on there? No idea.

Then there’s the really well-shot live footage of Metallica. The stage set looks great, and the sound is huge. If you were ever a fan of the band, even if you’ve fallen away in the last decade or two, this will probably pull you back in. And if you never walked away in the first place, this is going to push your buttons hard. Read More »

Cumberbatch Into Darkness

Stardate December 10, 2012. A group of journalists are invited to Bad Robot in Santa Monica, CA to learn a little bit more about J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness. At this time everyone was still unclear who, exactly, Benedict Cumberbatch was playing in the film. Rumors about his character were relentless. To cut the question off at the pass, Abrams himself led everyone into a screening room to show some footage. He explained this was footage no one would see again for several months, we shouldn’t tell anyone we saw it, but it would clear some things up.

With Star Trek Into Darkness now in theaters, it’s time to talk about that footage because what we saw and what’s now playing are very, very different. This change exemplifies not only the lengths Abrams went to preserve the theatrical film experience, but it opens up the discussion for exactly why secrecy was so important. Read More »

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Sequels are a tricky thing. In the best cases, they transcend the original work by adding emotional depth and context, elevating the entire story arc. In the worst cases, they’re a carbon copy of the original with perhaps a bigger “wow” factor. Star Trek Into Darkness, like many sequels, falls into the middle ground. It expands and broadens the scope of the original while duplicating most of the elements that were already in place from the 2009 film.

To follow his first Trek revival, director J.J. Abrams has made a much more visually impressive and exciting action film, and one worthy of the Star Trek franchise. It simply lacks the inspiration that made his first film so special.

After the jump, read the rest of this review and see a video blog with some differing opinions. Read More »

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The concept of Pacific Rim seems like the simplest thing ever. Humans pilot giant robots to battle giant alien monsters. However, Warner Bros. is dead set on letting audiences know there’s much more to it than that. In the latest trailer for the Guillermo del Toro sci-fi action film, the focus is squarely on the history and mythology created for the film. (With plenty of new shots of massive destruction and fighting along the way.) Read More »

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Earlier this week, The Hunger Games franchise joined the photo based social network Instagram and following the account is already paying dividends. The account revealed the next poster for the highly anticipated sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the poster Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the newly crowned co-victor of the Hunger Games, is standing on a bluff looking down on the world. That’s pretty much where the world puts her at the start of this film, which is something President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is not too happy about. Check it out below. Read More »

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