magnificent seven first look

Sony has yet to release a frame of footage from The Magnificent Seven outside of this year’s CinemaCon, but the first official stills from the upcoming western reveal that director Antoine Fuqua has nailed at least one vital aspect of this film already. If you must remake an iconic film staring the likes of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, and James Coburn, you need to make sure your line-up of movie stars and character actors can stand next to that ensemble and not look completely embarrassing.

And on that level alone, The Magnificent Seven is off to a strong start. It’s not every day that you get to see a western starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Byung-hun Lee. That’s certainly enough to grab my attention by the reins.

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2016 Summer Movies

The summer movie season is almost upon us. Captain America: Civil War will kick things off on May 6, and then there’s something big each and every weekend through July and even into August. We’ve already seen trailers for all the big releases this summer, but now some new photos from the 2016 summer movies have arrived. After the jump, check out some new images from the Ghostbusters reboot, Jason Bourne, Star Trek Beyond, The BFG and more. Read More »

pete's dragon poster

The teaser trailer for Disney’s reimagining of Pete’s Dragon showed just enough of Elliot the Dragon. The buildup and small glimpse of the creature was all audiences needed to see, at least in a teaser. Of course, Disney couldn’t hide the titular dragon in the marketing forever, as great as that would’ve been.

Below, a new Pete’s Dragon image contains most of the massive CGI character.

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civil war baron zemo

As the very positive reviews for Captain America: Civil War have begun to arrive on the internet, many critics have addressed how well the movie has been sold to audiences. It seems that the important beats, characters, and sequences have been left out of the marketing altogether, preserving more than a few surprises for audiences who buy tickets for the film when it opens in a few weeks. One those characters absent from every trailer, clip, TV spot, and poster is Baron Zemo, the old school Captain America villain who is played by Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Brühl in the film.

And while we’ll probably have to wait until the film is released to get a look at the character in motion or to hear him speak, the first official look at the character is here and…well, it’s not what you’d expect.

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Ghost in the Shell

Marvel may be dragging their feet on a Black Widow solo movie, but Scarlett Johansson‘s already well on her way to sci-fi action stardom. After kicking ass in Luc Besson’s Lucy, she’s got another big genre film on her hands with Ghost in the ShellRupert Sanders‘ live-action adaptation of the iconic Japanese manga. Production on the long-simmering project is finally underway as of this week, and Paramount and DreamWorks have the photo to prove it. Get your Ghost in the Shell first look below.  Read More »

finding dory real life inspiration

Last month, I traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to talk to Andrew Stanton and the filmmakers of Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory. On my visit, I got to preview 30 minutes of the upcoming film and chat with many of the filmmakers at Pixar who are creating Dory’s next adventure. But not only that, I got to learn how Pixar took multiple research trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which served as inspiration for the Marine Life Institute seen in the final film.

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  • Underworld 5 gets a new title and a new logo.
  • Nut Job 2 makes off with a summer 2017 release date.
  • Tom Cruise promises more crazy stunts in Mission: Impossible 6.
  • No, Indiana Jones 5 is not a prequel, and no, we aren’t getting a new Indy.
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Star Wars Episode VIII Set Photo

With the exception of some sneaky spy photos from a few different shooting locations for Star Wars: Episode VIII, we haven’t seen much from the sequel so far. An announcement of production showed off the return to Skellig Michael with Rey (Daisy Ridley) attempting to hand off the lightsaber MacGuffin from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but we don’t know what’s going to happen when we return to that moment right at the beginning of Episode VIII.

Now a new photo from Pinewood Studios has been revealed by Mark Hamill himself, in honor of Daisy Ridley’s birthday. Sadly, it doesn’t show us anything from the actual set, but it does recreate a very familiar pairing from The Empire Strikes Back, one that Luke Skywalker is all too familiar with on a little planet called Dagobah. See the Star Wars Episode VIII photo from the set below. Read More »

Batman v Superman Visual Effects

Whether or not you had problems with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s hard to deny the visual spectacle that was on screen. If there’s one thing that Zack Snyder knows how to do, it’s shoot a very beautiful movie with some frames lifted straight from the pages of comics. Perhaps even more impressive is that a lot of these beautiful shots are created almost entirely with visual effects.

A series of Batman v Superman visual effects shots have made their way online, showing how nearly a dozen shots looked before and after any digital effects were added. You might be surprised to see that in some scenes, armored Batman was added in post-production opposite a real Superman, and sometimes the Man of Steel’s cape was entirely digital as well See the photos below! Read More »