We recently heard that Valiant Entertainment scored millions to turn Valiant comic book series like Bloodshot, Harbinger and Archer & Armstrong into film franchises. Now Valiant has announced a five-picture deal with Sony Pictures, which will bring two series, Bloodshot and Harbinger, to theaters starting in 2017.
Eric Heisserer (The Thing, Story of Your Life) is working on scripts for both, and the Bloodshot movie director — sorry, directors — will be David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who made John Wick. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we spend time learning about Paul Newman’s obsession with racing, spend some time with corrupt cops, Kickstart some sci-fi, snatch some kids for funsies, and see if any of us can figure out what in the hell prêt-à-porter means beyond just being a really terrible movie from two decades ago.
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The most impressive thing at The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration today was clearly the film’s new teaser trailer. (Watch it here; see a photo breakdown here.) But the next best thing was a demo I don’t think anyone saw coming. The first Force Awakens teaser featured a shot of the rolling droid BB-8, which most everyone assumed to be a CG creation. Surprise! The BB-8 effects are actually practical, as we learned today when the droid rolled onto the Celebration stage. (Mark Hamill had said as much in December, but even then there was the assumption that some of the droid was CG.)
Making things better, that appearance on stage gave us a chance hear a lot more from the droid, and get a sense of the character’s personality. That’s something that both teasers have only hinted at. Check out the BB-8 effects below. Read More »
Other film series have taken the plunge into full-format IMAX shooting, and Captain America: Civil War will be Marvel’s first foray into using full IMAX sequences. The twist is that this one will go about it in a slightly different way. The sequel, which is about to get under way in Atlanta under the direction of Anthony and Joe Russo with returning cinematographer Trent Opaloch, will be the first to use a new IMAX camera, the digital 2D system co-developed by IMAX and Arri. Read More »
Marvel’s promotional efforts have almost entirely been oriented around the Avengers so far this year, but with Age of Ultron hitting screens soon, Marvel will be opening up the vault on Ant-Man. We’ve seen one trailer for the July release, and a handful of stills. Now we’ve got a shot of Corey Stoll‘s alter-ego, Yellowjacket, in full costume and action pose. Granted, you won’t recognize him as Stoll because of the helmeted costume. In fact, due to the way this scene was shot, it might be an entirely CG character seen here. Regardless, see Yellowjacket in Ant-Man, below. Read More »
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Ethan Jones has created a series of compilation videos showing how various animated logo openings have changed and evolved over the years. Most recently Jones has released videos of the Walt Disney Pictures and DreamWorks logo openings.
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Right on the heels of Gareth Edwards‘ America reboot of Godzilla from Legendary and Warner Bros Pictures last year, Toho announced they would also be making a new Godzilla movie to open in 2016, two years ahead of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot sequel (scheduled for June 8th, 2018). Today Toho revealed the filmmakers/creatives for the upcoming movie, as well as the first teaser image for Godzilla 29.
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We used to post an April Fools Day story each year on /Film, but I became annoyed by all the uncreative unfunny fake stories which infest this day. So we haven’t really participated in April Fools Day in a few years, and thats not changing this year — all the news you see on our front page is real news we believe to be true (hey, there’s always the chance that we’ll get fooled). So I’m not even going to pretend this is real for even a sentence or two (I know I’d almost have a mini heart attack), but I think its worth checking out.
I wanted to highlight this video from IGN, which claims to be a teaser trailer for a new Back to the Future reboot titled Fast to the Future starring Vin Diesel. I love this fake trailer as an April Fools Day release because you might buy it for a few seconds before it becomes so obviously ridiculous, It took some work to create this edit complete with computer generated effects… and its just fun. Watch the Back to the Future reboot trailer embedded after the jump.
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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton, the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A. You might have already seen the Red Band trailer that hit last month. O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell star as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Hit the jump now to watch the Straight Outta Compton trailer and see the Straight Outta Compton character posters.
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