Update: Added Third Clip.
Universal has released two new clips from The Incredible Hulk. I’ve been saying this for months, but I think Hulk will be the sleeper hit of the summer (maybe not in box office sales, but with fans). The first clip, which is available in HD on Yahoo or embedded below, features The Hulk destroying a police car in his fight with Abomination.
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Two more clips after the jump.
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It all comes down to this new trailer for The Incredible Hulk, with the Marvel reboot’s release on June 13th fast approaching and its positioning as the caboose of summer superhero flicks pretty much a lock as far as expectations and buzz go. This second trailer is far more well-rounded than the first in my opinion, which mounted everything on the Hulk’s rather predictable-looking end battle with Abomination. Moreover, there is a nice amount of fresh and promising footage with the Hulk and with Edward Norton here, the latter of which has an agreeably slick general blockbuster Bourne-like feel to it.
We also get more Liv Tyler in various states of pouting duress and awe, which somehow makes it more interesting. And the Hulk’s new intro satisfactorily plays up the character’s proportion to his surroundings and is well-lit, which nicely contrasts with the dimness and grimness of trailers The Dark Knight and Hellboy 2. Overthinking much? Mebbs. However, are shots of the Hulk smashing cars and helicopters enough to push its grosses past Ang Lee’s flick? And I still can’t decide whether the Hulk still looks “fake” as so many fanboys like to shake their fists to.
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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple.com. The Incredible Hulk hits theaters on June 13th.
Discuss: What are your impressions of the new trailer for The Incredible Hulk? Does the film still rank last in your anticipation for this summer’s comic book flicks after viewing this? Might it be a hit after all is said and done?
FINALLY!! After months and months of waiting, Universal has released a movie trailer for The Incredible Hulk reboot/sequel.
Whatever company cut this trailer deserves a bonus. I love how you could have no idea this is an Incredible Hulk movie until the last 30 seconds. And the prolonged suspense of seeing the first reveal of the big green guy was handled masterfully. I don’t think he looks much different than the Ang Lee version, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Many feel that Ang Lee’s film failed due to the lack of action and over dramatized plot (oh yeah, and the unfinished special effects superbowl incident). I’m not too impressed by Abomination however, and I’m not sure if they story will be a-level quality we expect from Marvel (especially from all the script reviews I have read). But it definitely sounds like this film will address all the concerns raised by Lee’s failed effort. Watch the trailer, and tell me what you think in the comments below.
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You can also watch the trailer in High Definition on MTV. Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt smashes its way into theaters on June 13th 2008.
Discuss: What do you think of The Incredible Hulk movie trailer?
“If I give this to William, will he pipe down or turn into the ape from Altered States?”
When is the last time you used “funky” in a sentence? Never, right? Supercharged actor William Hurt paid homage to James Brown when he spoke to MTV , nearly spoiling the unprecedented Hulk and Iron Man crossover in this summer’s The Incredible Hulk. Alas, due to some dubiously eccentric wordplay, he merely revealed that his character, General Thaddeaus “Thunderbolt” Ross, is present when Tony Stark appears…
“I have a scene with Iron Man, with Robert Downey Jr. It’s a funky scene. I don’t know how it’ll work,” Hurt admitted, saying it was a thrill to appear as General Thaddeus Ross during Downey’s scene. “I know it’s weird [to work with a character from another movie], and to know it’s a device. We did something; I don’t know what that’s going to be like [to watch].”
Hurt confessed that he only has two scenes with lead actor Edward Norton in the $125 million Marvel production, before revealing Hulk’s moment of truth in the film.
“Liv Tyler, I play her father, General Ross,” he explained. “There’s a scene, and during that scene there are a number of things happening. [Hulk] has beaten Abomination, and then there’s a crowd that gathers around, and they realize that he’s beaten Abomination. That Abomination was the one who was killing for just the joy of killing; Hulk is not the one. It’s the moment of turn,” Hurt added, “when society’s relationship with Hulk stops being so stupid.”
Well versed in the comics’ Hulk mythology, calling the character his fave, Hurt parlayed that the revamp is “stylistically very different” from director Ang Lee’s much maligned, underperforming 2003 effort, Hulk. This Hulk will be far more “heroic” and reflective of society’s worst tendencies. So, he’s less like Barry Bonds and more likes this kid?
“[The script by Norton and Zak Penn] has to do with the fact that [Banner’s] conscience still exists in a body that is a manifestation of power and is greater than his own ability to control it – and how he’s learning that relationship,” said the veteran actor, who can currently be seen in the awards-season favorite “Into the Wild.” “Because that’s what’s happening to us. That’s the central metaphor for all of us, that we’re learning these powers – technological powers, whatever – that we don’t know if we have enough conscience to control in a wise way yet. And that’s what he’s doing. “
This all comes from an actor who is well known for ripping productions he’s not fond of, so his enthusiasm is a good sign. But while the movie has a rather cool cast, there’s still no teaser trailer, and even Indiana Jones, a movie with nothing to prove, has one arriving before it. The core aspect to this film’s success is how much the filmmakers impress a potential audience when they show the new Hulk in action. Unlike Batman or Spiderman, Hulk is all CGI, and I feel the same about director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter franchise) as I did with Len Wisemen on Live Free or Die Hard last summer. They are like sillier Michael Bays with a kitchen-sink aesthetic that doesn’t work for me.
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At the Marvel Studios panel at Comic Con 2007, it was revealed that The Incredible Hulk star Edward Norton also wrote the script.
“I came into this and I wrote the screenplay,” revealed Norton. “I was the Marvel kid. I had subscriptions to a lot of the marvel comics. I loved Hulk, the early incarnation of Hulk and than the television show when I was a kid.”
“And I always felt like it was one of those great contemporary myths. It’s almost like out of greek mythology. This suppression of your inner demon,” said Norton who also confirmed that this is a brand spanking new Hulk.
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The Incredible Hulk casting announcements continue. Variety reports that Tim Roth has been tapped to play the main villain Abomination’s alter ego, Emil Blonsky.
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Last week it was rumored that Jessica Biel was in line to play Betty Ross in The Incredible Hulk revamp. Well that rumor appears to be unfortunately untrue, as last night it was announced that Liv Tyler (Armageddon) would by taking on the role. Now don’t get me wrong, Tyler is cute. She even has some geek cred from doing The Lord of The Rings flicks. But is she on the level of an Edward Norton? I think not.
The character of Betty Ross first met Bruce Banner, while he was head scientist on her father’s top-secret weapon project, that transformed Banner into The Hulk. Banner tried to keep his condition secret from Betty, which only served to alienate them. Ross was played by Jennifer Connelly in the failed Ang Lee adaptation of The Hulk.
Transporter director Louis Leterrier is at the helm. The movie will be “re-interpreted to be closer to the comic book” than Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk, and will show Bruce Banner’s struggle with the monster within him. Zak Penn (X2, Elektra, X-Men: The Last Stand, Last Action Hero) wrote the script.
Filming is slated to begin in Toronto this summer. The Incredible Hulk will hit theaters on June 13th 2008.
I find it quite amusing that not even a year ago, people were heated over the concept of a movie that involves September 11th. And now an Adam Sandler movie is flying under all the radar. Is it a sign of the times, or do people just have short-term memories and small attention spans?
Reign Over Me, taken from The Who song of the same name, follows Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle), a married dentist who bumps into Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler) a former college roommate, who lost his wife and children in the 9/11 attacks. Once a successful dentist, Charlie has retreated into his apartment where he plays video games (Shadows of Colossus) and has been working to remodel his kitchen. He wonders alone, floating on his motorized scooter through the streets of New York City. Reign Over Me is about their rekindled friendship.
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We have a folder full of new production photos to show you from Mike Binder’s (The Upside of Anger) Reign Over Me. The new film stars Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle as two former college roommates who run into each other years later and rekindle their friendship. Charlie, who recently lost his wife and children in 9/11, has retreated from his life, while Alan is overwhelmed by his family and professional responsibilities. Their chance meeting becomes a lifeline for Charlie and Alan, both of whom are in need of a trusted friend at this pivotal moment in their lives.
The movie also stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland and Mike Binder (yes, the guy who’s also directing — never a great sign).
Rated R for language and some sexual references, Reign Over Me (125 minutes) hits theaters on Friday, March 23rd 2007.
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