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During the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel screened a sizzle reel for Thor: Ragnarok shot by director Taika Waititi, which took the form of a mockumentary that fins Chris Hemsworth’s Thor living with a room mate in New Zealand as he takes a well-earned break from Avenging and continues his investigations into “the purple man in the floating chair”.
Well, while the footage itself looks likely to remain exclusive to Comic-Con attendees (at least, until the Blu-ray, hopefully), but Waititi has given everyone else a brief glimpse, posting the following image of Thor’s investigative work to Instagram…
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as »
- Gary Collinson
Taika Waititi is officially having too much fun. Then again, he’s in an enviable position as the director of Thor: Ragnarok, since he’s following up a film that considered one of the most uneven of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (Thor: The Dark World), and he’s doing so smack dab in the middle of Phase Three, the strangest and most playful series of films from Marvel so far. Waititi was an inspired choice, and I’m still having a hard time believing that any studio, even one as aggressive as Marvel, is hip enough to hire the guy who made What We Do In The Shadows to make a giant superhero film. If you’re still lucky enough to be somewhere you can see Hunt For The Wilderpeople in theaters, you really should. It’s terrific. He’s got a lovely sense of character, and while he’s very funny, »
- Drew McWeeny
Heading downunder to Queensland, Thor: Ragnarok enters its 20th day of production shooting in Australia after returning from Comic-Con this past weekend. While none of the stars showed up to celebrate the impending release at the epic event, Marvel's Kevin Feige did arrive with a fun mockumentary in hand, directed by Taika Waititi, who is bringing this latest Marvel Phase 3 sequel to the big screen. Today, Waititi shared a photo from his fun Con-only video. But perhaps even cooler than that, star Tessa Thompson showed off a photo of her Valkyrie Sword. She says this about the shoot on Instagram.
"Day 18 update: I have a lot of bruises. And suddenly abs from laughing so much. And I never want to not have a sword again. @thormovie"
With just two weeks to go until its release, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted a new clip from David Lowery’s upcoming remake of the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon featuring Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford; take a look below after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our review of Pete’s Dragon here
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. »
- Amie Cranswick
Star Trek Beyond Review Podcast. FilmBookCast Ep. 38 – Star Trek Beyond (2016), is an audio podcast review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith and his co-host Mike DeCriscio discuss their thoughts on the newest film from director Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond. Star Trek Beyond is a movie directed by Justin Lin and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John […] »
- Michael Smith
“Pete’s Dragon” is a cherished Disney story that follows the adventures of an orphaned boy (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon. Also starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Robert Redford, the fantasy film is directed by David Lowery and promises to take the whole family on an epic adventure. Here’s what the critics are saying about the film so far.
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film a B+, calling it “an old Disney musical [that] becomes a new Disney classic.” He praises Lowery’s indie spirit by writing that it’s the summer’s best remake. “There may be individual shots in this movie that cost more than the director’s entire pre-existing output, but make no mistake: This is a David Lowery movie,” he writes. “A movie imbued with the same tactile nature and uniquely American flair »
- Liz Calvario
*I'm not sure what that means but I think I'm for it because he woke up like this.
A photo posted by Karl Urban (@karlurban) on Jul 18, 2016 at 11:33am Pdt
A photo posted by anselelgort (@anselelgort) on Jul 23, 2016 at 9:02am Pdt
Roasted seaweed gives me wings.
A photo posted by Harry Shum Jr (@harryshumjr) on Jul 25, 2016 at 3:30pm Pdt
- NATHANIEL R
Star Trek Beyond, 2016.
Directed by Justin Lin.
Three years into their five year mission, the crew of the USS Enterprise face their biggest test yet upon encountering a hostile alien force in unexplored territory, which sees Captain James T. Kirk truly discover what it means to be a Starfleet Captain…
We were all a bit worried about this, weren’t we? Let’s be honest. Star Trek Beyond could have been quite the disaster. A production which changed gears very late on, with a script by co-star Simon Pegg & writer Doug Jung written late in the day, not to mention riding in over three years later off the back of Star Trek Into Darkness, a movie that’s depreciated significantly in the public consciousness since release as a picture »
- Tony Black
Pete’s Dragon, 2016.
Directed by David Lowery.
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
When the original Pete’s Dragon was released in 1977 it was one of two big-screen adventures that combined live-action characters with those of an animated persuasion to great effect even if box office numbers didn’t follow suit. Both that and the other, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, didn’t quite bring in the kind of financial success that the great studio had previously but both films have enjoyed huge leases of life across the years since its original release that have charmed and delighted audiences of all ages. Time for a remake, then.
The new version, as with many of the new Disney “universe”, is different in »
- Scott J. Davis
The word you’re looking for is “sincerity.” It’ll be on the tip of your tongue from the opening shots of “Pete’s Dragon,” a warm, wistful, and wholly wonderful remake of a 1977 Disney musical that today’s kids have never heard of and yesterday’s kids have long since forgotten. That word, baked into every aspect of this rewarding live-action fable, will be staring you in the face as the film’s powerful prologue careens from adventure to tragedy and back again. It may have been ushered into production on the dying fumes of brand recognition, but — from that exhaust — director David Lowery has crafted something that feels like it comes from the heart. There are remakes, and then there are remakes, and “sincerity,” above all else, is what most definitely makes this one of the latter.
- David Ehrlich
The original “Pete's Dragon” is, without a doubt, one of the most eccentric entries in the Disney canon — an almost hallucinatory live-action/animation hybrid, crammed wall-to-wall with singing, about a 9-year-old orphan and his magical pink-and-green sidekick, whom practically nobody else can see. One had to be either Pete’s age or a puff-draggin’ enthusiast to appreciate the trippy film when it came out, and time has only rendered the movie that much weirder — which makes it a far better candidate for a Mouse House remake than many of the studio’s more universally beloved classics.
Reimagined nearly four decades later, Disney’s in-name-only “Pete’s Dragon” reboot trades the earlier version’s goofy cartoony sensibility for a sort of stylized realism, one in which everything looks a bit too good to be true (including the stunning Weta Digital-animated dragon himself), and yet the story is geared in »
- Peter Debruge
Normally predicated on mining compelling source material that worked the first time around in the hopes of drumming up an entirely new set of eyes, Hollywood’s remakes have a track record about as far from impeccable as it gets. Whether through needlessly upping the scale or tipping too far into unimaginative reverence, they can often leave out the original’s soul in favor of mass appeal. This is what makes another take on Pete’s Dragon such a peculiar proposition. The original, released in 1977, was a modest financial success, yet, in terms of quality, it’s perhaps a childhood favorite that is better not to revisit in order to hold onto those glimmers of nostalgia — if they may exist.
Unburdened by expectations — unlike some Sundance alums who have carried the weight of Hollywood’s biggest franchises — David Lowery is the ideal director to take on a new version of »
- Jordan Raup
Jason Bourne is returning to action in the appropriately titled Jason Bourne. This will be the fourth time Matt Damon plays the highly trained assassin with a memory problem, but it’s the first time since 2007 he’s headlined a Bourne flick.
If you have amnesia when it comes to the Bourne series, don’t worry, we are here to help. Here are mission briefs (with some spoilers) on the previous installments of the Jason Bourne franchise to get you ready for Friday’s release of Jason Bourne.
Year of Mission: 2002
Mission Cost: $60 million
Recouped Budget (Box office): $214 million worldwide
Mission Recap: In Jason Bourne’s first big screen adventure, Bourne is found in middle of the Mediterranean Sea with no memory of who is. After learning about a safe deposit box in Germany, he finds numerous passports, a large amount of money, and a gun. »
- Scott Davis
Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Star Trek Into Darkness.
It was among the worst-kept movie secrets of 2013: the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's villain in Star Trek Into Darkness. Long before the movie's release, speculation had swirled around the character's anonymous-sounding name: John Harrison. Clearly, fans realised, it was a cover for something far more dramatic.
Wasn't it more likely that Cumberbatch was actually lined up to play a recognisable character from the Star Trek canon? Some suggested Harrison might actually be Charlie Evans, the sinister teenage boy with psychic powers who terrorised the Enterprise in the second ever Original Series episode, Charlie X. Others suggested Cumberbatch might be taking on the role of Khan Noonien Singh, a character first introduced in series one's Space Seed. »
In Pete's Dragon, a young boy (Oakes Fegley, above) has lived for six years in the woods with only a dragon named Elliott for company. He's discovered by a forest ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard), who wants to find out more about him and this mysterious creature -- but trouble arises in the form of a hunter (Karl Urban). In the exclusive clip below, watch as the ranger's father, played by Robert Redford, helps Pete and his new friend Natalie (Oona Laurence, pictured above) make a...
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Production for Thor: Ragnarok is in full swing, and we've been treated to several small bits of behind-the-scenes goodness thanks to Mark Ruffalo's newfound fondness for social media. Now another actor from the production is getting in on the social fun, as Karl Urban has officially arrived to begin filming his work as Skurge, now that he's done promoting Star Trek Beyond.
Urban arrived in Australia, where Thor: Ragnarok is filming, on Sunday. When he did so, he teased fans about a new look he was about to get:
Just landed in Australia for Thor Ragnarok , get a new haircut today »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary, Paramount Pictures has unleashed the third instalment of its rebooted series – and the thirteenth movie overall – with the Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond enjoying a worldwide opening haul of $89.3 million.
Domestically, Beyond topped the chart with $59.3 million, which is down on the previous two instalments, with 2009’s Star Trek debuting to $75.2 million and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness opening with $70.2 million.
Beyond cost $185 million, so should go on to turn a small profit for the studio, which will surely be a relief for Paramount given they have already announced a fourth movie, which will see Chris Hemsworth reprising the role of George Kirk.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm »
- Gary Collinson
2016 certainly isn't anything like the old days of Marvel Studios. When they first started shooting Iron Man way back in 2007, they notoriously banned certain bloggers from sharing a single image from the set. Now, as Thor 3 continues production, it seems like we're getting some kind of update, photo or piece of viral footage everyday. We've seen leading man Chris Hemsworth joking around on set with director Taika Waititi. We've seen Mark Ruffalo showing off his larger-than-normal Hulk fists as he spends his time toiling away in motion capture Hell. And now today, we get a first look at star Karl Urban as he teases his new villainous Skurge look in Thor: Ragnarok.
The actor is heading to Queensland, Australia to shoot the movie. He shared the photo of his recently shaved head on Twitter. While he doesn't really provide any kind of update about what he'll be shooting first, »
Given that Thor: Ragnarok continues to simmer in production Down Under, Sdcc 2016 proved too soon for Marvel to showcase any tangible footage to the vying masses, but the studio did present some artwork and proof-of-concept footage for members of the press.
Descriptions of that behind-closed-doors presentation have now appeared online via IGN and /Film, revealing new villains in Surtur and Fenris Wolf, a fresh hair do for Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder, and Hulk’s gladiator armor that was present on the show floor at San Diego Comic-Con.
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In an extract from /Film’s report, a handful of exciting new details can be weened from the description which, it should be noted, is covering a proof-of-concept footage reel that is currently unfinished, with plenty of blue screen scattered across the snippet.
Other shots included an animatic of Cate Blanchett as Hera, basically a »
- Michael Briers
Kirk: We make a good team
Spock: Yes, we do.
Bones: We could be mauled to death by an interstellar monster!
Kirk: That’s the spirit, Bones.
Considering today is Monday the 25th and Star Trek: Beyond came out only three days ago, how much can I tell you about it without doing the dreaded Here There Be Spoilers dance? Hmmm…let’s see….
Did I like it?
Did I luvvvvvvvv it?
Well, that’s hard to say. If you had asked me that last night as I was walking out of the theatre, I would have said, “No, I didn’t luvvvvvvvv it.”
Meaning that I didn’t want to turn around and immediately buy another ticket, ‘cause I’m too honest to just stay in my seat and wait for the next show, and besides, with my luck, I would have gotten caught by that one »
- Mindy Newell
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