The first teaser for Disney’s John Carter, and the trailer that followed, skipped over most of the details of how Civil War soldier John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is transported to Mars. You see glimpses of his existence on Earth, but for those who don’t know the story on which the movie is based, the real details are still a mystery.

A new Japanese trailer shows a bit more of the framing story, and of the moments in which John Carter is actually transported to Mars. There are a few other new moments in this trailer, making it worth a look for those who still have high hopes for Andrew Stanton‘s adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars. Read More »


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Walt Disney Pictures has announced the upcoming publication of The Art of John Carter: A Visual Journey (preorder on Amazon). Disney Editions has released a series of concept art illustrations from the book hidden within a web game, which give us a more expansive look at Andrew Stanton‘s version of Mars.

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Yup, that’s Michael Giacchino striking the goofy pose in the header image, but don’t let the silliness fool you — he’s one of the hottest film and TV composers working today, and one of the main reasons you should be excited about the rest of this post. After the jump:

  • Listen to ten minutes of Michael Giacchino’s score for John Carter
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  • Wes Anderson reunites with Fantastic Mr. Fox composer Alexandre Desplat for Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Artist ponders a concert tour with live orchestra

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New Battle Footage in ‘John Carter’ TV Spots

I think we can all agree that, whether or not you belive Andrew Stanton‘s 3D mega-budget fantasy John Carter is going to deliver, the second trailer was a vast improvement over the teaser. Finally we got a glimpse at the massive scope we can expect from the Oscar-winning director on March 9.

Piggybacking off that, and a few new posters, two new TV spots have come on line that include some new battle/actions scenes. And, dare I say, they improve on what we saw in the last trailer. Check them out below. Read More »

New ‘John Carter’ Poster and Banners

I think Disney’s John Carter still faces an uphill battle when it comes to generating/earning the interest of an audience. The good news for Disney is that there are still a couple months left to build that interest. If you’ve missed the recent trailer, you can check it out here, and now the studio is putting out images that really emphasize the fact that there are some giant creatures in the movie. Check them out below. Read More »


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 »