One of the biggest movie-related questions coming into 2013 was the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character in Star Trek Into Darkness. Early on, multiple reports identified the character as Khan, the classic Trek villain best known from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. However, from top to bottom, director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, as well as the actors themselves, denied this was the case. And, of course, we now know they were all lying in an attempt to preserve the theatrical experience. Cumberbatch was Khan.
Now that several months have passed, and there’s some perspective on how the whole ruse went down, Abrams has had a slight change of heart. He admits it “probably would have been smarter just to say upfront” that Khan was in the movie. Read, and watch, his thoughts below. Read More »
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The full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming on December 5, but here are three brief bits of footage to show off the film’s web-swinging hero. Along with the teasing looks at Spidey in action, these clips feature (in Spanish) the Rise of Electro subtitle that has started to appear on international marketing for the movie. (The US version of one of these spots, as seen on Facebook, doesn’t have the subtitle.)
There’s no hint here of the trio of villains that are teased on one recent set of posters for the movie, but expect to see them in the full trailer that drops later this week.
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Walking around Las Vegas, a Twitter user spotted what appear to be three new posters for Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Together, they form one huge image of Spidey fighting Electro and Rhino, and there even seems to be a Goblin in there too. Are these legitimate? They certainly look like it, and if they’re not, someone hire this Photoshop artist asap. Check out the tweets below. Read More »
2015′s Jurassic World is the third sequel to Jurassic Park. That much we know. What we don’t exactly know is how it fits into that world. Will the same characters, events and consequences be at stake? Will it be a wholly new story? Are there dinosaurs? Well, we know the last one, and have a few good ideas about the other two, but director Colin Trevorrow felt generous on Twitter earlier this week and revealed a bit more about Jurassic World than we knew before.
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The real promo push for Transformers: Age of Extinction has started, even though the movie doesn’t open until June of next year. Empire recently debuted a cover featuring the new Optimus Prime and humans Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, and Nicola Peltz. Now some other scans have come online. The best shot is the one above, in which Michael Bay menaces Peltz not with a green pitchfork, but with a stand-in for a robot arm.
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Chuck Palahniuk is finally ready to break the first rule and talk about his sequel to Fight Club. Wait, wait, pitchforks down, it’s cool, this isn’t a movie. It isn’t even a traditional novel; it will be a graphic novel. In fact, there might be more than one.
Whatever form it takes, how do you follow a savage skewering of masculine ideas? Turns out, it’s all about the protagonist of the original story inheriting some of the stuff he railed against when we first got to know him. Read More »
Typically it can be considered a slightly spoilerish endeavor to listen to a film’s score before the movie opens. But most of us are so familiar with what Howard Shore has done for Peter Jackson and Middle-Earth that a new batch of music is more like an extension of what has gone before than an entirely new set of cues. That said, the first Hobbit film was fairly distinct from the Lord of the Rings films, and some of the music for the second movie has it’s own character, too, even as familiar themes and concepts keep it grounded in Middle-Earth.
So while it is a couple weeks yet before the December 13 opening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, you can spend the Thanksgiving holiday listening to 45 minutes from the score, as an embed has landed online. Read More »
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It’s no spoiler to say the end of 2013′s Fast and Furious 6 sets up 2014′s Fast and Furious 7 in a major way. The end credits tag introduces a brand new villain and ties the franchise back into its awesome black sheep entry, The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. We won’t see exactly how this new villain and setting plays out until director James Wan releases the sequel on July 11, but the soon-to-be-released Blu-ray for the sixth film does feature a full scene from the seventh. Read about it below, but beware of major spoilers for the previous films. Read More »