It’s December 2009, and I’m in Vancouver Canada. Earlier this morning we saw the first press screening of James Cameron’s Avatar with an audience of Vancouver press and filmmakers which included District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. A few hours later, I’m standing in a green screen stage at Vancouver Film Studios. This is the production centre where a lot of sci-fi television series are filmed, shows such as Dark Angel, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Reaper, Caprica, Eureka, Fringe, Human Target and films such as X-Men II and 3, I Robot, Fantastic Four 1 and 2, The A-Team and 2012.

Zack Snyder filmed some of Watchmen on this lot, and has returned to Canada to shoot his latest — Sucker Punch.

Snyder even pushed our set visit back a couple hours so that we could attend that local screening of Avatar, allowing us the ability to see the movie at the same time as the press at the nationwide press screenings. The fact that Snyder was able to arrange this is mind-boggling for a bunch of different reasons, but especially considering studio politics — Avatar was being released by Fox and Sucker Punch was a Warner Bros production. And most other filmmakers probably would have said “Fuck Avatar”, not wanting to be out-done — how can your set visit possibly compete with a film which was billed as a cinema changing event? But that’s the kind of confident filmmaker Snyder has become.

A helicopter is situated about twenty feet above us, and Snyder is on a ladder talking to Jena Malone, one of the four main stars of the film. Jena Malone plays Rocket, beside her is Emily Browning, who plays Baby Doll, Abbie Cornish, who plays Sweet Pea, Vanessa Hudgens who plays Blondie and Jamie Chung who plays Amber. Snyder explains how the helicopter will bank to the left in the upcoming wide shot. Emily asks how far they’re jumping in the real world, and Zack quickly responds “About twenty feet” before stopping himself and laughing “What real world?”

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‘Sucker Punch’ Trailer #2

Warner Bros. has released a new movie trailer for Zack Snyder‘s new action fantasy film Sucker Punch, which stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. It’s essentially a music video compilation of a bunch of kick-ass special effects-enhanced action sequences. It seems as if they got a bath of the final special effects shots approved and wanted to show them off to the public. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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With everyone sleeping off the end of Sundance and taking a breather after the Superman casting announcement, there isn’t a lot of big casting news today. But here are a couple of quick hits. First up, there’s word that Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Sucker Punch) has joined the cast of Whisperings and Lies, which was once called Rhapsody.

Bruce Beresford will direct the film about composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the understanding is that the focus will be on a love triangle he had with two women, likely his wife (and cousin) Natalia Satina and muse/singing protege Nina Koshetz. Abbie Cornish is reportedly set for one of those two roles, though we don’t know the specific one. Being happy that she’s got another film is good enough for me right now. More details as we hear back from reps. [Bleeding Cool]

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Final ‘Sucker Punch’ Poster

Warner Bros. has released yet-another movie poster for Zack Snyder‘s new action fantasy film Sucker Punch which showcases the five female leads: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung, alongside Babydoll’s bunny-killing mech. Check out the full poster after the jump.
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‘Sucker Punch’ Banner

Warner Bros. has released a widescreen banner for Zack Snyder‘s new action fantasy film Sucker Punch which showcases the five female leads: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung. Check out the full banner after the jump.
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Now there’s a trailer for the film, in which Bradley Cooper plays a guy who is introduced to a drug that will unlock all the potential of the human mind. He becomes a powerhouse. It’s like the superhero film for stockbrokers, but there’s a real downside. Watch it after the break. Read More »

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Now there’s a sort of viral promo for the film. It features Bradley Cooper more or less in character as the pitchman for a wonderdrug called NZT, aka ‘the clear pill.’ The drug can reportedly solve almost every problem known to man by allowing humans to access their entire physical and mental potential. But…there are a couple of possibly troubling side effects. Just a couple. Check out the promo after the break. Read More »

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Got about 46 seconds to spare? If so, there are few better uses of your movie-loving time then watching these five mini sizzle reels from Zack Snyder’s upcoming Sucker Punch, set for release March 25. The film stars Emily Browning as Baby Doll, an abused young girl who is forced into to a mental hospital for women. There she uses her unique powers to transport her and her fellow inmates, played by Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung, to alternate plains of reality in order to help them to escape. There are worlds with 20 foot samurais, Nazi zombies, mechanical droids, flame breathing dragons, laser shooting robots and more. You’ve probably seen many of these images in some of the previous footage that’s been released, but, these clips are like trailers for people with A.D.D. Very easily digestible. Check them out after the jump. Read More »