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While many fans have started looking ahead to the summer of 2015, we have a full summer of blockbusters to watch before that. 2014 will provide new movies from well-known franchises and characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Transformers, Fast and Furious, as well as Planet of the Apes. Lots of familiar properties to go around for everyone.

Then on July 25, 2014 comes a film with no precursor. It has no built-in franchise awareness and, at this point, very few clues to its nature are available. That movie is Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from the groundbreaking Andy and Lana Wachowski. The wholly original sci-fi action film stars Mila Kunis as “a cleaning woman who, unbeknownst to her, shares a genetic makeup with the Queen of the Universe. The Queen isn’t all that happy about the existence of a potential rival, and sends a character played Channing Tatum to track her down.”

In a new interview, Tatum revealed that he’s playing a half-wolf, half-human in the film and said the Wachowskis are “doing stuff that’s never been done.” Read More »

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Bryan Singer and the Wachowskis are back behind cameras this week as their new films, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jupiter Ascending, have begun shooting. Singer announced the start his production with a tweet featuring Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Warner Bros. issued a press release about the Wachowskis’ sci-fi film, which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Both films will be released in July 2014. Read More »

Warner Bros. has taken a bit of time to shift around its release schedule, and there’s both good news and bad news for film fans. On the plus side, the studio has set Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending for a coveted summer 2014 release date, which reads as a vote of confidence in the film.

Not looking so hot, however, is the Sylvester Stallone-Robert De Niro team-up Grudge Match, which has been pushed from a respectable fall 2013 slot to a less auspicious January 2014 one. Hit the jump to read more.

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Universal recently revealed that plans to open Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion early in IMAX theaters has been scuttled, but other plans for the movie are going forward at full speed. Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic/dance band M83 has been recording the score for the film with Joseph Trapanese, and the first track from that effort is now online. Check it out below, and you’ll find that the feeling conveyed by the track is just as big and sweeping as you’d hope.

In addition, we’ve got news of the composer Michael Giacchino working again with Andy and Lana Wachowski. This time he’ll be scoring their new film, Jupiter Ascending. Read More »

Briefly: The latest addition to the cast of Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s new film Jupiter Ascending is Sean Bean. He’ll play a Han Solo-like character named Stinger, says Deadline. He’s now part of a cast that also includes Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne.

We don’t have a lot of info on the movie at this point, but the description currently making the rounds says it is “set in a time where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder and follows a woman who has been targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe.”

Bean’s most recent screen appearance was in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, but he’ll soon be seen in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Yes, that sequel exists. So… we can now reasonably assume that at least one character will meet a bad end in the film, right? (Hint: It will probably be Bean’s.) [Deadline]

For my money, Eddie Redmayne has been in two of the best movies released in the past two years - My Week With Marilyn and Les Miserables - and yet he’s still a bit of an unknown. That’s slowly beginning to change.

The actor has been up for a few major superhero roles in the past few weeks and now he’s in talks to join Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending, a 3D IMAX film from The Wachowskis. Read more after the jump. Read More »

How big do you want your big sci-fi movies? Today IMAX and Warner Bros. announced the continuation of a partnership that will see twenty Warners films released in “the IMAX Experience” format over the next few years. Along with the deal comes some info on a few different upcoming films, including Gravity, Transcendence, and Jupiter Ascending.

Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, in which Sandra Bullock plays a woman who has to survive a space bound trip to safety after an accident with her research craft, will be released in an unconverted IMAX format, for example. There’s still no release date for the film, however.

And Transcendence, the film from Christopher Nolan‘s cinematography Wally Pfister, will go IMAX as well, even though he’ll shoot the film in a standard film format. (No big native IMAX sequences in this one, early, unlike his last couple Batman movies with Nolan.) That doesn’t have a date, either.

Then there are a couple other odd details, such as the listing for the WachowskisJupiter Ascending, which specifies that the film is in 3D. Doug LIman‘s All You Need is Kill will also be in 3D, as will the 300 sequel 300: Rise of An Empire.

The full IMAX Experience slate is as follows: Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (March 1, 2013); Man of Steel 3D (June 14, 2013); Pacific Rim 3D (July 12, 2013); 300: Rise of an Empire 3D (August 2, 2013); Gravity 3D: (TBD); Seventh Son 3D (October 18, 2013); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 3D(December 13, 2013); All You Need Is Kill 3D (March 7, 2014); Transcendence (TBD); Godzilla (5/16/14); Jupiter Ascending 3D (TBD); The Hobbit: There And Back Again 3D (July 18, 2014); Black Sky (TBD); Tarzan 3D (TBD); Fury Road 3D (TBD); Journey 3 3D (TBD)

Andy and Lana Wachowski have shot Cloud Atlas and are in post on that film, but they’re already prepping a movie that is being called in some corners a return to form for the siblings. (By which I expect people mean a movie that seems more like The Matrix than anything else they’ve done.)

We know that Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum are the likely leads, but so far that’s just about all we’ve known, other than the title: Jupiter Ascending.

Now some story and character details are finally starting to emerge, though there’s always the possibility with the secretive siblings that these points are either subject to change or deliberately misleading. But the film reportedly centers on an unlikely heroine, played by Kunis, who unwittingly poses a threat to one of the power players in the universe. Read More »

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