MNU District 9 truck

After arriving in San Diego, I’ve been enjoying the Gaslamp district before it gets over-run with comic, television and movie geeks (oh, and Twilight fanatics too). I’ve noticed a couple things around the convention center that I thought was worth sharing. Above is a photo of the MNU truck on one side of the Convention Center (near the Marriott). After the jump we have more, as well as some viral billboards for 2012 in the Gaslamp area.

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VOTD: 2012: It’s A Disaster!


Let’s face it, Roland Emmerich‘s 2012 is nothing more than disaster porn. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to see Earth fall apart on the big screen, but I’m not going to see this movie for the story or the characters. Its pure computer generated spectacle. Someone decided to reedit the 2012 trailer using 70’s-era titles and Grindhouse-like music. Watch the re-edited trailer after the jump.
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2012 Movie Trailer


Sony Pictures has released the first full trailer for 2012, the next big disaster film from Roland Emmerich, the director of Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and Godzilla.

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt.

To be honest, I had kinda gotten tired of the disaster movie genre as a whole, and wasn’t really looking forward to 2012 at all. But judging from this trailer, 2012 looks like it could be the first fun disaster film we’ve seen in a long while. Some of the effects-infused scenes just look incredible. I don’t think I’ve been this excited about seeing a disaster film since first witnessing the alien ship blow up the White House in the Independence Day teaser during the Superbowl. Watch the trailer after the jump (we’ve also included the international trailer which features a few different shots) and leave your thoughts in the comments below. What do you think?
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The other day, we posted about how Roland Emmerich was attached to direct Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation trilogy. That article provoked a wave of ill will against Emmerich from many who were dubious of his ability to handle anything approaching subtlety. But despite my feelings towards Emmerich, I was still willing to give his upcoming film, 2012, a chance. I have a soft spot for disaster films. And who knows? Maybe Emmerich still has it in him to deliver a summer blockbuster with a heart and/or a brain.

Unfortunately, it’s now looking like Sony doesn’t think the film has summer blockbuster potential. While 2012 was originally supposed to be released on July 10th, it has now been moved to November 13th. According to Sony distribution president Rory Bruer, “We’ve had such success with the James Bond films in November that we wanted a big tentpole film in that slot this year…We’ve got so many films in the summer that this is the perfect answer to that.” 2012 will now go up against Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr., and Tooth Fairy. The new release date will also give the production some extra time to take care of the copious special effects required for the film.

While July 10th is a great date for studio tentpole releases, the weeks in November leading up to Thanksgiving are also a fairly lucrative time for movie studios. The question for you guys is: Would you be more likely to see the latest Emmerich disaster film in summer or fall? Or are you planning on skipping it regardless of when it’s released?

Source: Variety, THR

Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview. I’ve included a few of the photos after the jump.

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2012 Viral:

/Film reader Kevin B came across a viral website from Roland Emmerich‘s 2012. I checked the domain records, and the website points to a name server at Sony Pictures. So it seems like it might be legit. Here is the e-mail from Kevin:

After watching the teaser for Roland Emmerich’s 2012, I was curious about the whole concept and I took the trailer’s advice (I don’t know if anyone’s ever said a movie trailer gave them advice before…) and googled it.

I was interested to find that the first link, sponsored no less, was to a site with the URL “” and the tagline “Let Us Help You Prepare For 2012 Because Your Government Won’t.”  When I went to the site, I found myself scratching my head when the site wanted me to register for some kind of “lottery” that would “save” me (brings to mind Deep Impact, if you ask me).

I thought the site was interesting and immediately figured it was some sort of viral site that was made just to generate buzz about the movie, so I thought I should do my due diligence and inform the awesome writers of / who in turn, could inform their loyal readers of this suspicious website.

Anyways, like I said, love /Film and even if you knew about the site already, keep up the great work!

Kevin B from WI

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Teaser Trailer: Roland Emmerich’s 2012

Sony has just premiered the teaser trailer for Roland Emmerich‘s epic disaster movie 2012. It’s not nearly as good as the Superbowl teaser for Emmerich’s Independence Day, but it does build to a cool “oh my god” moment.

I’ll be completely honest, Emmerich hasn’t made a great movie in the last decade. What’s the chances that this movie will be any better than say 10,000 BC? I really wish Emmerich would turn out another fun disaster film like ID4. And while I can admit this teaser is promising, I have a feeling that 2012 will be nothing more than a bunch of cool disaster effects sequences strung together. And some of you might argue that Independence Day was just that, and you very well could be right. But I think his last few films have lacked the comedy, energy and characters of ID4. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think in the comments below.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on 2012 hits theaters on July 10th 2009.

Dear Roland Emmerich, you cannot out-destroy our planet better than Michael Bay. We’d rather you burn the $200 million budget for 2012 in a pit on the beach and film Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover dancing around it. MTV confirms that Woody has signed to star in Emmerich’s Mayan Doomsday Bonanza, 2012, and, yes, he’ll play the token “told you so” paranoiac…

“I play a guy who’s been talking for a long time, the whole world thinks he’s crazy,” Harrelson said of his character. “But he’s been talking that there’s gonna be hell to pay for what’s been going on ecologically and everything.”

Harrelson added, “I don’t know why they thought of me.” Yep. He’ll join a cast that includes John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Amanda Peet, Glover and (of course) Oliver Platt. Emmerich’s last two films, 10,000 BC and The Day After Tomorrow, were godawful and probably cost more than the Iraq War. He also made The Patriot, which has a growing ironic following due to the Pineapple Express tribute posters.

Michael Bay has a “competing” project in development called 2012: The War For the Souls. If anyone out there has a voice oft-mistaken for a cool demon’s, please leave the previous sentence on Emmerich’s voice mail every single day until his film is released on July 10, 2009.

Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt are in discussions to join Roland Emmerich‘s epic disaster project 2012. An academic researcher (John Cusack) opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans. December 21st 2012 is the last day of the Mayan calendar, believed to be the end of the world. Glover would play the president of the United States, Newton would be his daughter, and Platt would be his chief of staff.

THR also says that 2012 was being shopped around Hollywood with a $200 million budget, but Columbia claims it will be made for less than that. This either means the preproduction budget is like $180-190 million or the Sony-owened studio just doesn’t want to fess up to the real price tag. Bottom line is that the film is expensive. Emmerich is best known as the director of Independence Day, Stargate and Universal Soldier. But as of recent years the German director has produced lackluster efforts: Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC. Bad news is that Emmerich penned the screenplay with composer turned writer Harald Kloser, the same guy behind 10,000 BC.

2012 is scheduled to begin shooting in July 2009, and is penciled in for a July 10th 2009 release (however, the actors strike could delay everything).