Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up

We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first part of our Summer movie preview takes a look at the movies that will be released in May 2009: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Angels & Demons, Brothers Bloom, Terminator Salvation, Pixar’s Up, and Drag Me to Hell. We also talk briefly about this past week’s episode of Lost. We’re still working on audio issues, but we’re getting close. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of May 2009 in the comments below.

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Academy Award’s 2009 Movie Preview

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During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.

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Angels & Demons Movie Trailer

Sony has released the full trailer for Ron Howard‘s Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons. I’ve said this before I’m a huge fan of the book. It’s better than the Da Vinci Code in almost every way, but, I’m not sure that either of Dan Brown’s Langdon books could be properly translated to the big screen. Much of the story in this series is told through conversations, code interpretation of puzzles and reveals of unknown history, all of which are inherently un-cinematic. And most people agreed that the television spot was one of the worst movie ads to air during the Super Bowl this year.

That said, the full length trailer is incredibly well edited.It features a lot of fast cuts and probably contains more action than the entire first film combined. Did Ron Howard pull it off? Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Angels & Demons Super Bowl Ad

A new television advertisement for Ron Howard’s big screen Da Vinci Code prequel adaptation Angels & Demons aired during the Super Bowl. The film still looks like nothing special. I really want this movie to be good, as I personally loved the book. But it’s becoming more and more clear that the heavy informational bits won’t translate well to the big screen. Some books just shouldn’t be adapted into films. Check out the tv spot after the jump thanks to TrailerAddict. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Angels and Demons Teaser Trailer

Sony has released the first teaser trailer for Ron Howard‘s Da Vinci Code follow-up, Angels & Demons. Like any good teaser should, it sucks you, hits you with a twist, and leaves you wanting more. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Da Vinci Code made over $750 million worldwide, despite largely negative reviews (25% on Rotten Tomatoes). It should be noted that the general public and particularly fans of the book seemed to enjoy it more (6.4 rating on imdb).

I’ve always found The Da Vinci Code to be extremely overrated. Angels & Demons is a far better and more interesting read in my opinion. It’s a classic race against time to find a hidden bomb in the Vatican and hunt down a serial killer in Rome. The reason why this story is more interesting to me is the multi-layered debate about which is to be trusted – science or religion. But like The Da Vinci Code, I’m not sure if the action in the story will translate well to the big screen. The San Francisco Chronicle called the book, “A Breathless Real-Time Adventure. Exciting, fast-paced, with an unusually high IQ.” You can read an excerpt from the novel on author Dan Brown’s website.

Angels & Demons is scheduled to hit theaters on May 15th 2009.

Four Photos from Angels & Demons

Sony has provided USA Today with the first four official photos from Ron Howard’s Da Vinci Code follow-up Angels & Demons. The photo above shows Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks, left), Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer), Chartrand (Thure Lindhart) and Carlo Ventrasca (Ewan McGregor) examining the clues.

The first photo shows Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, and Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra, running around the Vatican square. The third photo shows Ewan McGregor as Carlo Ventresca, the faithful servant to the church during the papal conclave in Vatican City.

A few things we took away from the article:

  • Exteriors were shot in Rome on the quick, but elaborate sets were built to replicate the Vatican and other churches in Los Angeles because the Church didn’t approve the on location shooting.
  • Producer Brian Grazer promises that Angels & Demons will be less stagey, and feature less less speeches, a common complaint of The Da Vinci Code. Grazer says: “When he speaks, he’s in motion.”
  • Grazer also claims that Tom Hanks “looks fantastic” in a scene where the star swims in Speedos. Grazer says: “He’s going to add 10 years to his career with that scene alone, just watch.”

Angels & Demons Teaser Poster?

The Icelandic film site, Topp5.is claims to have scored an exclusive look at the teaser poster for Ron Howard‘s Angels & Demons. I have been unable to confirm it’s authenticity, and I am skeptical due to the lack of official studio logos on the bottom, and the logo has the words Angels and Demons side by side, where most of the licensing expo materials have had the two words stacked on top of one another. Also, the font is not the same. Regardless, I thought it was cool enough to share.

Ewan McGregor Cast in Angels & Demons

Yesterday it was announced that Ayelet Zurer (Munich) had landed the lead female role opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard‘s summer ’09 prequel to The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons. Tonight it was revealed that Ewan McGregor will play Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca, the late pope’s closest aide who helps symbologist professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in the investigation of a murder and a plot to blow up the Vatican during a papal conclave. Shooting is set to begin in Europe in June before heading to Los Angeles.

source: THR 

Terminator 4 to open in May 2009


Warner Bros has announced that McG‘s Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins will hit theaters on May 22nd 2009. This means that Terminator 4, which begins production in New Mexico for two months on May 5th, will go head to head with Fox’s Ben Stiller family comedy sequel Night at the Museum II: Escape From the Smithsonian. The original 2006 film took in over $573 million at the box office, while 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines took in $433 million. The Da Vinci Code sequel/prequel Angels & Demons hits theaters a week earlier, while Pixar’s Up hits theaters the week after.

Christian Bale stars as John Connor alongside Sam Worthington (Avatar) in the first of a three film story arc which follows a group of survivors led by John Connor as they struggle to stop the machines after Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust.

Discuss: Will you see Terminator 4, Night at the Museum 2, Angels & Demons, or Pixar’s Up?

source: Variety

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Star Trek Pushed Back to May 2009

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Bad news for Star Trek fans. Paramount has announced that they have decided to push back the release of JJ AbramsStar Trek prequel/reboot from December 25th 2008 to May 8th 2009. The studio claims that the move is part of a major reshuffle in the Paramount/DreamWorks schedule, and studio insiders say they are more likely to gross more with a Summer date instead of a Winter release. And that very well might be true, but I have a different theory about the release date move.

It’s not a secret that JJ Abrams has been frustrated on the set of Star Trek because he found himself unable to change the script on the spot. There were a few ideas that were presented on set, but he was unable to include because of the writers strike. For those of you who didn’t know, the writers strike prevented any revision to a WGA written screenplay. Abrams, a proud card carrying member of the WGA, was unwilling to break his union rules. This release date push will allow Abrams and crew to do a couple reshoots, and rework some of the script, which until today was locked. This affords more time for computer generated effects, which might allow for the inclusion of some ideas which might have previously been impossible to meet the December schedule. The good news is, in the end, the fans win.

Right now Star Trek is the sole owner of the May 8th release date. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is set to hit theaters the week before, followed by The Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons the week after.

via: Variety