Brand-new posters have just been released for two very different literary adaptations due out next year. The first is Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s alternate-history horror about the sixteenth President of the United States; the other, Gary RossThe Hunger Games, based on the first volume of Suzanne Collins‘ insanely popular dystopian YA series. If you ask me, the posters for the former look more striking, but the story behind the poster for the second is more interesting. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Probably the most intriguing aspect of the Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion flick The Darkest Hour is the film’s unique take on aliens. Unlike your typical movie ET, these otherwordly baddies take the form of “lethal wave energy” that renders them invisible, and therefore extra dangerous, most of the time. And when they do catch up with their prey, their unusual makeup also allows them to kill off the human protagonists in creative and nifty-looking ways. These aliens aren’t content to just maim or kill — any creature with the misfortune to fall into their path disintegrates completely.

Sound cool? The marketing team behind the movie thinks so, too, as indicated by their choice to feature an alien attack as the focus of the motion poster. Directed by Chris Gorak, The Darkest Hour stars Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella, Olivia Thirlby, and Rachael Taylor as a group of friends who find themselves stranded in Moscow after a crushing alien attack. Check out the motion poster after the jump.

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The public image of NASA isn’t what it once was. In my youth the department was a beacon of scientific hope, but budget cuts and a waning interest in space exploration have helped NASA wither to a shadow of its former self. This year saw the end of the agency’s space shuttle program. But that doesn’t mean the outfit is ready to be associated with any old claptrap. And so, below, we have an official statement from NASA that distances the group from the ‘found footage’ thriller Apollo 18. Read More »

It’s the ‘supporting actors in big movies’ Casting Bits, with a confirmation of a report that surfaced last week, and two nice additions to big projects at Legendary Pictures. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Jonah Hill is confirmed for the action comedy Neighborhood Watch,
  • Rufus Sewell joins Paradise Lost,
  • and Clifton Collins, Jr. fights monsters in Pacific Rim.

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‘The Darkest Hour’ Concept Art Revealed

In September of2010, I was lucky enough to visit the set of The Darkest Hour in Moscow Russia. I will be posting updates and interviews from the set visit in the coming months. Summit Entertainment has provided the group of visitors an exclusive look at concept art of the locations from the film. The Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion movie titled The Darkest Hour has been described as a 28 Days Later-type thriller following a group of American tourists visiting Moscow Russia when an alien invasion occurs. The image above shows the iconic Red Square, “the scene of desolation in the post-alien invasion world of The Darkest Hour.”

The film stars Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, The Wackness), and Max Minghella (Bee Season, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Agora, The Social Network). Chris Gorak directed the film, with a script by M.T. Ahern and Leslie Bohem with revisions by Gorak, Jon Spaihts, and Josh Zetumer. The film was shot last Summer in Moscow, and the Russian backdrop is sure to provide the story with a very unique look and tone. Also, the aliens in the film are very unlike the designs and concepts we’ve seen in recent years. I will write more about the locations after I return from my Canadian travels this week. After the jump you can see 12 concept art images from the film.

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We’ve been teased for some time with info and concept images from The Darkest Hour, the sci-fi film in which Emile Hirsch is trapped in Moscow fighting ball-lightning aliens who have come to take all of our precious energy. The trailer dropped earlier this week, and it seems to hide the ‘true forms’ of the aliens pretty well — if in fact they have true forms beyond being flashes of energy. But a closer look suggests that there is definitely more to be seen, and a couple of images will point that out after the break.

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British director Gareth Edwards burst onto the scene with the low budget science fiction film Monsters, catching the eye of everyone in Hollywood. He landed the job to direct a new Godzilla movie for Legendary Pictures, which is being rewritten by Superman/Batman scribe David Goyer. A Monsters sequel is being developed, which Edwards won’t direct. He’s also developing a top secret science fiction film with Russian director turned producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, The Darkest Hour, Night Watch). Not much has been revealed about this project, until now. Details after the jump.
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‘The Darkest Hour’ Trailer and More Concept Art

We’ve already gotten a couple of glimpses at The Darkest Hour, but concept art and one unremarkable photo can only tell us so much. It doesn’t matter how nifty the concept art looks if the ideas fall apart in translation, and that image (above) of star Emile Hirsch cowering behind a car could be from any film set in Moscow. So I’m happy to get our first really good look of what to expect from Chris Gorak‘s Timur Bekmambetov-produced alien invasion film, in the form of a trailer. Check it out after the jump, along with a couple new pieces of concept art.

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