Imagine being Rian Johnson. While we all sit out here and gossip about what’s happening in Star Wars Episode VII, he’s sitting at Lucasfilm with the full knowledge of that film, working on how the story will unfold after this first new chapter. For real, that’s got to be in the top five coolest jobs in the world right now. So it’s pretty special when the writer/director of Star Wars Episode VIII and potential writer of Star Wars Episode IX steps out of his Lucasfilm shell for a little interview.
Johnson Skyped into the live 500th episode of the Filmspotting podcast to talk a bit about his new movies. Among his statements was this: “I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you.” He also joked about how he got the job, what it means to him and his respect of the prequels. Read all about Rian Johnson and Star Wars 8 below. Read More »
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Comic Con saw the premiere of footage from Peter Jackson‘s sixth and (probably) final Middle-Earth movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. While we can’t yet show you some things from that panel, such as the great blooper reel that opened the event, we can show you the Hobbit Battle of Five Armies teaser trailer now. After watching this, check out our coverage of the panel, which features a video presentation of the whole event. (Well, the whole event minus any film clips.) Read More »
After two movies filled with massive sci-fi action, it seems Neill Blomkamp is going a bit more emotional for his latest film. Sony very quietly kicked off the marketing campaign for Chappie at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, with a big banner and a window cling handed to fans as they walked by the booth. Most fans were confused by the swag, which shows a rudimentary drawing of two parents, one holding a gun, alongside a robot. But it’s an incredibly intriguing image for the March 2015 release, which stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley as the title character. See the Chappie Comic Con swag and read more below. Read More »
Just having gotten home from San Diego, I’m not sure which film excited me the most at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International. Mad Max: Fury Road was definitely the biggest surprise in terms of footage. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice owned the majority of my conversations. While the Marvel footage was as expected, it was great. The Batman v Superman footage showed us a big screen Batman that we’ve never seen before and the Wonder Woman first look photo had everyone talked, in the hall and online. So which movies had the online community talking the most? General Sentiment, a social media analysis firm, has sent me their findings. See a list of the highest 2014 Comic Con buzz after the jump.
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Eva Green showed up in the last live-action film from Tim Burton, Dark Shadows, and now she’s in talks to star in the movie he’s almost ready to make. Burton is directing a film adaptation of the Ranson Riggs novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Green is in talks to play the title character, who oversees a sort of orphanage for kids who could be characters out of myth or fables. Read More »
Amazon is selling The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) on Blu-ray for only $37.99 (with free shipping), 68% off the $120 msrp. We’re not sure how long this price will last, so act fast!
Jon Favreau is filling his jungle with the best of the best. He’s currently casting a new, live action take on The Jungle Book and just added Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to the cast. That cast already includes Oscar winners Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o alongside popular actors Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson. They’ll all provide voices as Mowgli (newcover Neel Sethi) grows up among the animals in the jungle. Read more about The Jungle Book cast, including their roles, below. Read More »
We would’ve loved to see everything Mondo had in store for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 last week when it was still available, but that’s not how Mondo works. Besides that one piece we showed, almost none of what the company had planned was revealed until they wanted it to be. That meant fans stood in line at the convention for hours, totally unaware what they were waiting in line for. That’s the power of Mondo but now that it’s all over, the world can finally see everything that was sold (and mostly sold out) at Comic Con.
This year, Mondo focused most of their releases on this week’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Each member of the team got their own individual poster, culminating in the reveal of a full poster by Tyler Stout (his first such release in many months). Luckily, that’ll surely be on sale online later this week and some of the below posters could make it online too. After the jump, see them all, including Ghost in the Shell, Batman 66, The Last of Us and more. Read More »
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