This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat about the virtues of the Elite Squad films, praise Puss in Boots as a film better than its marketing would suggest, and try not to lose all hope in John Carter and the live action Akira remake. Special guest Eric D. Snider joins us from and Movie BS. Also, correction: Cell 211 is available on Netflix in what appears to be a region 1 DVD!

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We got our first glimpse of the new trailer for Disney’s John Carter on Good Morning America several hours ago, but as promised, we now have a much better version to show you. And by “better,” I don’t just mean higher-quality, but also longer, somewhat more interesting, and a little more promising. Check it out after the jump.

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The brand new, full trailer for Andrew Stanton‘s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ epic tale, John Carter, will officially come online later today. However, audiences are already talking about it because star Taylor Kitsch showed up in Times Square to premiere the trailer on Good Morning America. That footage has now become available and the trailer is included. It’s not in high definition, there’s a watermark, but it’s something to hold you over. Check it out below. Read More »

Now this is more like it. The first poster we saw for Disney’s John Carter was pretty bland. The first trailer wasn’t bad, but that and the still images that have been released do more to highlight the film’s superficial resemblance to other films such as Prince of Persia, and parts of the Star Wars prequels, than the movie’s differentiating qualities. (And let’s not have any of that about Edgar Rice Burroughs getting there first with A Princess of Mars, the novel that inspired this movie and plenty of other fantasy and sci-fi films. Those movies locked down some images in a way that people won’t be quickly able to let go.)

But here’s a new poster for John Carter which looks a good bit like something that might have adorned a paperback cover in the ’60s or ’70s. That alone makes it a win as far as I’m concerned. Check it out in full below. Read More »

Six New Images From ‘John Carter’

Here comes the next wave of marketing for Disney’s John Carter, adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars and directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) with Taylor Kitsch in the title role. Kitsch plays a captain in the civil war Confederacy who is transported to Mars (called Barsoom by the planet’s inhabitants) where he is embroiled in a conflict between warring societies.

We saw one new image from the movie just a couple days ago. Now here we’ve got six new pics in advance of the new trailer, which should arrive next week. Check them out below. Read More »

The summer preview issue of Entertainment Weekly has more gifts. Last night it was the first new pics from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that we’ve seen in months. Now it is a new image from Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter, which shows Taylor Kitsch as the title character facing off against off one of the film’s six-limbed, giant-toothed beasts. Check it out in full below. Read More »

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Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton took to his Twitter page to post a photo marking picture lock on John Carter, the huge Disney epic he’s been working on for several years, scheduled for release on March 9. His exact tweet read “Picture on ‘Carter is finally, officially, gloriously LOCKED! Cheers!” followed by a perfect photo. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

When Tron: Legacy was released, there was a lot of talk about if the film was profitable enough to make a sequel. The film reportedly cost $170 million and grossed $400 million worldwide which, on paper, seems like a home run. But factor in marketing costs, among other things, and it’s far from that. The proof is in the pudding. Though there have been rumors and writers attached to a sequel, nothing official has been announced almost a year later.

Disney has similar gamble coming up with John Carter, Andrew Stanton‘s first foray into live-action which is reportedly sporting a $250 million production budget. Reactions to the trailer and new footage have run the gamut between disdain and enthusiasm which is bad considering, according to a new article, it’ll have to pull in $700 million for Disney to justify a sequel. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The worst thing about Disney not allowing any cameras or phones into their big movie panel at last weekend’s D23 Expo is, instead of seeing gorgeous images from The Muppets, The Avengers, John Carter, Oz The Great And Powerful, Wreck-It Ralph and Brave, you get three film-bloggers on a rooftop.

In an effort to let everyone know what exactly was show at the D23 Expo, and what we all though of it, Germain Lussier and Peter Sciretta joined Alex Billington of FirstShowing to discuss the brand new footage from all of the above movies. The conversation, which took place on the roof of the Anaheim Convention Center with Disney’s California Adventure as a back drop, was long but we’ve got it broken down by time so you can pick and choose what you want to watch. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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