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Perhaps there’s a minor demographic out there that was desperate to see Jeff Bridges parody his True Grit role in a Men in Black knockoff. That would be one easy way to explain R.I.P.D., in which Bridges plays a dead lawman who, with the help of another dead lawman (Ryan Reynolds) fights evil from the afterlife.

The film, directed by Robert Schwentke (Red), is based on a comic book series, and the vibe of this trailer definitely seems more reminiscent of the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones films, with some Ghostbusters thrown in for good measure. Oh, and Bridges’ character is seen by humans as a hot woman, just to shoehorn one extra bit of weirdness into the story. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Day 2 at CinemaCon began with a presentation from Universal Pictures.

Last year Universal arrived in Las Vegas with many goods — even previewing footage from films in production for only a few days — showcasing their line-up up until December 2013. This year they came to CnemaCon with a more conservative approach, screening footage only from their slate scheduled through this summer.

After the presentation I receorded a video blog with Alex from FirstShowing, giving our brief reactions to footage screened from R.I.P.D., Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6. Watch the video blog embedded after the jump.

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Robert Schwentke‘s comic book adaptation R.I.P.D. feels like it’s been coming forever. Filming began in the Fall of 2011 and release is scheduled for July 19. Along the way we’ve seen a few set photos, heard rumblings of behind the scenes problems, and wondered when the marketing would kick in. The answer to that last question is “now” as Universal Pictures released the first poster for the film at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The studio will release the trailer this week, attached to its sci-fi film, Oblivion. See the poster and read more about the film below. Read More »

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Want to see a possible glimpse of Captain America’s new suit in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? How much could Iron Man 3 make opening weekend? Which actor is being used in concept art to play The Flash in Justice League? Will Halle Berry‘s pregnancy change X-Men Days of Future Past? Has an official image from R.I.P.D. finally been revealed? Read about all that and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Three Universal Pictures comic book adaptations are getting shifted around the release schedule.

  • R.I.P.D. will still be released on July 19, but now it’s officially in 3D.
  • Kick-Ass 2 moves back from June 28 to August 16
  • 2 Guns moves up from August 16 to August 2.

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Want to see new images from the sets of R.I.P.D. and Thor: The Dark World? What are the latest rumors regarding Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Where can you watch a bunch of Superman cartoons online for free? Has Kick-Ass 2 finished filming? Was The Dark Knight Rises ever going to have a Bat Boat in it? How does Tom Hiddleston compare the two Thor directors? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

After a travel day, Superhero Bits is back! Want to find out where the easter eggs are in The Amazing Spider-Man? Have some brand new Iron Man 3 spoilers been revealed? How will the plot of Kick-Ass 2 be divided up? How was Sam Mendes pitched The Avengers as a directing gig? Has a brand new Blu-ray trailer for The Dark Knight Rises been revealed? Which movie are producers comparing Red 2 too? Is R.I.P.D. doing reshoots this weekend? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits!! Read More »

2013 won’t even start for another four months, and Universal’s already shaking it up. The studio just announced a slew of scheduling changes for next year, some minor and some not so minor.

The most significant shift is the one for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, which you may recall was originally scheduled to open this fall before Universal moved it into February 8, 2013. Now it’s moving yet again, to Christmas 2013. It’s well known that the 3D samurai epic has suffered its share of behind-the-scenes issues, so the ten-month delay can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. On the other hand, studios tend to reserve those ultra-competitive year-end slots for their most promising titles.

Also set for new dates are Jurassic Park 3D, Identity Theft, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Oblivion, Rush, and more. Hit the jump for details.

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