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As part of their 2015 preview issue, EW has released a new Furious 7 image along with new images from Inside Out, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Chappie, Pan, The Walk, and Everest. After a 2014 that I felt was fairly disappointing (I wanted to like Birdman and Inherent Vice so badly, and there were so many films that were pretty good, but short of greatness), but I'm hoping that 2015 will be better, and there are plenty of promising films. Inside Out and Everest could be very interesting; Furious 7 looks like it can keep the momentum of Fast & Furious 7;The Walk has a captivating true story behind it, I can't count out Chappie director Neill Blomkamp or Pan director Joe Wright. And as for Insurgent…well…*crickets* Hit the jump to check out the new Furious 7 image as well as the new stills from Inside Out, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, »
- Matt Goldberg
As many businesses finish up for the year today ahead of the Christmas/New Year break, eyes are turning towards next year's biggest films and the titles that many of us are excited about.
Entertainment Weekly is going that today by releasing a large batch of photos from some of the biggest films to hit screens next year including first look stills from the comedy sequel "Ted 2," Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama with Tom Hanks, the Jake Gyllenhaal-led climbing drama "Everest," the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy "Sisters," and Robert Zemeckis' twin towers high wire drama "The Walk".
There's also new shots from George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road," the seventh entry in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, Neill Blomkamp's new sci-fi film "Chappie," Pixar's "Inside Out," Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea," the "Divergent" sequel "Insurgent," the family fantasy drama "Tomorrowland, »
- Garth Franklin
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Entertainment Weekly has released several new images from upcoming 2015 releases including the likes of some artwork from Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens as seen directly above as well as pics from Ted 2, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Furious 7, Jurassic World and many more. Full disclosure, just from looking at these pictures I wouldn't have been able to figure out what some of them are from, but lucky for you this isn't a "Guess the Movies" installment. Here's a look at several of the new pictures along with a little commentary of my own over the course of the next couple pages. I would have guessed this first picture below was for a Baby Mama sequel I didn't yet know existed -- in which case I'd have yelled, "Whoop whoop!" -- but alas, it's for a film called Sisters (previously known as The Nest »
- Jordan Benesh
Have you made your list and checked it twice? No, we're not talking about what you want from Santa Claus (and on the real, you should've had that locked down a while ago — Christmas is in less than a week), but instead what movies are the must-see titles for you in 2015. And if we had to wager a guess, it's likely a few of those movies are mentioned below. Entertainment Weekly is closing off the year by looking ahead, dropping a batch of new photos from some of the biggest films arriving across the next twelve months. So let's dive in, shall we? Right up top is a new look at Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," which is already proving to be somewhat divisive after its first trailer. I personally think it looks pretty awesome. Meanwhile: Chris Pratt rides a motorcycle with some dinosaurs in a new snap from "Jurassic World »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Artificial intelligence comes to life in sinful ways in the first trailer for Vice, starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane. The project reunites director Brian A Miller with Bruce Willis, who collaborated together on the recent-action-thriller The Prince. As you'll see below, Vice is just the latest in what appears to be a string of film and TV projects involving A.I. androids, including the upcoming Westworld remake and Neill Blomkamp's Chappie.
Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: Vice, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think, and feel like humans. These androids have their memories wiped after each encounter, where anything goes, including rape or murder. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) who is hell-bent on shutting »
The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.
Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.
The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons, »
While doing press for his new movie Exodus: Gods And Kings, Ridley Scott provided some new details to Variety about the Blade Runner sequel. He'll be directing The Martian next, and after that Ridley has plans to direct something else, but he wouldn't tell Variety which film. They were told it wouldn't be Blade Runner 2, which Scott has been developing the past few years with screenwriter Hampton Fancher. Even though Scott will sit on the bench (he'll produce) for Blade Runner 2, fans can be happy to know 'Rick Deckard' (Harrison Ford) is returning. Scott said, “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.” The film starts shooting in 2015, so they better figure out who is going to direct it fairly soon. Who would you like to see? My vote would go to Neill Blomkamp »
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
The first trailer for Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie told us what Blomkamp enjoys most in life. Dingy brown landscapes. Socio-political commentary wrapped in a veil of science fiction. Sharlto Copley (this time, heavily autotuned). All were present in District 9 and Elysium, and all seem to play a part in this story of a robo-boy becoming a man. Also, robots! Blomkamp definitely loves robots. Kind of the same robots, every time, actually. Because if you take a thorough look at Chappie, and then the robots of Blomkamp’s other work, you’ll see the same distinguishing details every time. Here’s Chappie: Now a few of Elysium‘s androids: Now District 9 and its lumbering prawn mech. Notice the similarities? Each one is segmented, made up of blocks and plates — large, recognizable pieces jointed together. Each one is generally human-shaped (or alien-humanoid-shaped, as the case may be) but they’re not meant to ape us exactly »
- Adam Bellotto
Interstellar is a movie that in the hands of most directors would be a failure. It’s a movie about space and time that assumes an awful lot of knowledge on both subjects from the audience. It’s a movie with a moral compass that swings so wildly that at the end I can only point to three characters and say I absolutely know how the film wants us to feel about them. There’s a healthy dose of paradox and deus ex machina flowing through the third act of the movie. Even good directors would mess this up; this script could have been Neill Blomkamp’s Waterloo. Christopher Nolan turned it in to one of the best science fiction movies in years. I was delighted to watch this movie and hope that every bit of Nolan’s post-Batman career can be this enjoyable.
It must be quite hard to »
- Arthur Tebbel
Those fokkin' prawns! Feast your eyes on this fresh new art print from "prolific record label and pop culture provocateurs" SpaceLab9, which will be selling this print as part of a promotion for the pre-order launch of their District 9 Original Soundtrack Expanded Version vinyl LP. The print goes on sale starting tomorrow, November 11th, along with the vinyl for pre-orders. SpaceLab9 commissioned Francesco Francavilla, an Italian comic book artist known for his own series The Black Beetle and other comic art, to design this print for Neill Blomkamp's debut sci-fi film District 9 from 2009, with Sharlto Copley as Wikus. See below. Here's the 18"x24" print for Neill Blomkamp's District 9 by Francesco Francavilla made for SpaceLab9: The art, limited to only 100 hand-screened prints are on high quality 100 lb. pure white French construction stock and printed with archival quality inks by renowned printmakers Vahalla Studios. The prints »
- Alex Billington
Kris Wall reviews Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare…
I reload the clip on my assault rifle. Spotting three members of the opposing team high up on a ledge, I dispense with conventional routes and use my exo suit to boost jump on to a bus and then on to a roof above where I get the drop on all three of them simultaneously. I leap over a barrier and crash down on another rival, crushing him under foot. I toss a smart grenade which takes out another rival that has managed to flank me with me barely glancing a look. A burst of rival gunfire catches me off guard so I use the boost on my suit to dodge right quickly and punch him so hard he flies across the battlefield. Hurtling around a corner I take out another two rivals without blinking, constantly moving, always trying to think two or three moves ahead. »
- Kris Wall
Everybody has to start somewhere.
The best and most successful Hollywood directors might find themselves marshalling $200 million epics, but in their formative years big budgets weren't at their disposal and they had to make do only with a good idea and the drive to make it happen. Many filmmakers use shorts to test-run ideas and explore themes they'd circle back to down the line.
Doodlebug - led by Nolan's Following star Jeremy Theobald - played out an intriguing narrative loop over a brisk three minutes as a man chased a 'bug' around his flat with a shoe. A year after he made this film, Nolan took his feature debut Following »
Earlier this week, the South African rap-rave group (which is apparently a genre) Die Antwoord released a music video for a song called "Ugly Boy." Even if this doesn't sound like your jam, the beat is incredibly catchy, and this video is too bizarre to be ignored. There are a lot of bleached eyebrows, eyebrow-raising wardrobe choices, and a guy with a name tag that says he's "God." It even features cameos from Cara Delevingne, Jack Black, Flea, Marilyn Manson, and Dita Von Teese. Fun fact: the couple who stars (Yolandi Visser and Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja) also have parts in Neill Blomkamp's upcoming film Chappie. Watch the video below; you might be shocked how much you like it. »
This week's Recap brings us some much appreciate and long awaited official Star Wars VII news, along with more science fiction goodness in the form of the trailer for Chappie. Plus some Marvel news and Kingdom Hearts goodness for gamers.
News happens every day. Some are massive, jaw dropping scoops, while others may fly under the radar. Our brand new weekly recap series wants to highlight the best/most interesting news scoops from the week, that you may have missed or forgot about in the deluge of other news stories.
To read more about the stories covered in this week's Recap, you can check out the original articles below:
Star Wars: Episode VII Title Officially Revealed!
Marvel Cameos: Guess Who's Popping Up in Ant-Man & Age of Ultron
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Has Zombies Without Season Pass
Kingdom Hearts HD »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Chappie is the next movie from District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp, and it’s about a robot that can think and feel like a human can. Chappie is the first of its kind, a scientific breakthrough, a robot programmed with an artificial intelligence that allows him to think and feel for himself. Now Hollywood […]
Read Chappie is a Very Human Robot on Filmonic.
Chappie Trailer. Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie (2015) movie trailer stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Chappie‘s plot synopsis: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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Pop culture is No More today so Im off home. As promised, here are Phil and Grant Mitchell dancing to Robert Miless Children overdubbed with some Glaswegian rap. Not really relevant to anything but, well, yeah. What of it.
Before you go home why not have a look at this spanking new trailer for upcoming sci-fi timetravel action thingemebob, Predestination.
Its that time of the week again: its basically Friday, so youre looking for something to do tonight. Assuming youre »
- Luke Holland
District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp is keeping the details surrounding his new film Chappie pretty close to the vest. All we really know so far is that Die Antwoord is involved, and that it’s basically a comedy about a ridiculous robot. The filmmaker has offered up one more piece of the puzzle this week, revealing that his short film Tetra Vaal served as a key inspiration for the new feature. Blomkamp offered up this hint in a recent Den of Geek interview, saying that Chappie is “basically based on Tetra Vaal.” So, what is Tetra Vaal? It’s a short Blomkamp made before Alive in Joburg (which was the inspiration for District 9) that looks like a promo video for a line of robotic cops to police third world countries. Like Blomkamp’s other...
- Mike Bracken
"We're gunna make you cool, and tough!" Yesterday Sony debuted the first trailer for the new movie from Neill Blomkamp, titled Chappie, which tells the story of a young robot being brought into a brutal world. Fans of this music group may have already spotted them, but for everyone else, it's time to introduce you to Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er from the South African group Die Antwoord. We've known they were in the cast since they were included in the early production announcements last year, but it's good to see them in the trailer and it seems they are main characters with a key role in the plot. View even more photos below. Die Antwoord, which translates to "The Answer" in English, is a popular South African rap group formed in Cape Town in 2008. Neill Blomkamp was born in South Africa and has shot most of his three films there, »
- Alex Billington
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