16 items from 2014
That is the sound of inevitability. More rumours have surfaced of a possible new trilogy of Matrix movies, according to online reports. The Latino Review, a movie blog with a patchy but not unsucessful record of scoops, is reporting that Lana and Andy Wachowski (who wrote and directed the original sci-fi trilogy) are working on three brand new films in the universe and have already submitted treatments and plot outlines to Warner Bros. »
We live in a box office climate dominated by sequels, reboots, and remakes. A known property is a much safer bet for a studio than an original film, and even when one original idea somehow makes it through the pipeline and proves to be a massive success (eg. Inception), it’s singled out as an anomaly rather than incentive to generate more original properties. As such, the major studios are always on the hunt for ways to reboot or extend franchises, and if a new report is to be believed, one such property destined for a kickstart just might be a new trilogy of The Matrix films. Hit the jump to read on. The folks over at Latino Review are reporting that writers/directors Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski are currently developing a new trilogy of Matrix films, with treatments and outlines already being handed into the studio. Whether these »
- Adam Chitwood
The filmmakers are rumored to have already turned in outlines and treatments to the studio, which is desperate for a big blockbuster franchise. Warner Bros. reportedly wants the first movie ready by 2017 so it can compete against the highly-anticipated sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Avatar 3, which are slated for release that year.
While it isn't clear which way the filmmakers plan on taking this new trilogy, one of the early outlines reportedly explores how The Matrix was first created. It's too early to tell if this is the route they plan on taking since the story is still very fluid. It also isn't clear if Keanu Reeves will be back as Neo, or if any of the other cast members will be back. »
Say what you will about Lana and Andy Wachowski, but I don’t agree with the common sentiment that they haven’t made a good film since The Matrix. I’ll admit that Speed Racer wasn’t their finest hour, but it still had a lot of things to admire. Cloud Atlas, however, was every bit as impressive as The Matrix and I’m stunned that it wasn’t able to find the same success. Now, the Wachowski siblings are bringing us Jupiter Ascending, which once again looks to be another ambitious sci-fi film that will likely divide critics right down the middle.
Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the plot revolves around Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a Russian immigrant who is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe due to the fact that she shares a genetic similarity. Tatum plays a half-albino ex-military hunter, with wolf and human DNA, »
- Matt Joseph
"You've been searching for one thing your whole life... and she's down there." I cannot wait for this. But maybe that's just me. Another trailer for the Wachowskis' new sci-fi movie, Jupiter Ascending, has just debuted. This Japanese version of the original trailer doesn't feature too many changes aside from being a shorter, more condensed version of that first trailer with more of a focus on Mila Kunis, including maybe one or two new shots of her barely spliced in. I think this looks absolutely crazy and wacky, in all the best ways possible, with sci-fi extravagance galore and such a unique visual splendor to it all. Yes, Channing Tatum looks a bit odd, but I don't think that will matter in the end. Fire it up if you want to see this version. Here's the new Japanese trailer for the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, on YouTube via The Film Stage: »
- Alex Billington
A new Japanese trailer for the Wachowski Starship's Jupiter Ascending has arrived, which is sure to divide opinion even more than the domestic teaser released last year. This sci-fi epic harkens back to a golden era in the genre, and looks like something found on the cover of an old dime store novel. Its up to you to decide if you like the aesthetic, or if you think it's a little goofy for this day and age. Take a look.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse »
From the first trailer, you were either on board or turned off by Lana and Andy Wachowski‘s latest sci-fi adventure, Jupiter Ascending. Coming off their passion project, Cloud Atlas, the looked to go in perhaps even a weirder direction, led by Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Taking place in a near future where humans aren’t as evolved as powerful beings [...] »
- Jordan Raup
When the first trailer for Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending was released last year, the reaction was mixed to say the least. Some loved the look of the latest movie from the duo behind The Matrix Trilogy, while others couldn’t quite get their heads around Channing Tatum’s ears!
If you’re one of those still on the fence about Jupiter Ascending, then this new international trailer may just help you to make your mind up one way or another. It features plenty of never before seen footage from the movie and it makes it abundantly clear that this is the Wachowskis going 100%, full-blown sci-fi.
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. »
- Josh Wilding
Director: Andy & Lana Wachowski
Writers: Andy & Lana Wachowski
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
Despite the rather unfair critical reaction to their 2012 sci-fi epic Cloud Atlas (co-directed by Tom Tykwer), the Wachowskis are back with more cosmic prophesying with a film that sounds like a mix of Willow and Elysium. Whatever the criticism, the innovation and sheer ambitions behind any cinematic effort of the Wachowskis is certainly worth a look. We’ll see how the more youthful skewed headlining of this cast will fare in their dystopic vision.
Gist: In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: For the first time, iconic sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison has allowed a film to be developed based on Repent, Harlequin! Said The Ticktock Man, the seminal story he published in Galaxy magazine in 1965. Ellison has granted an option directly to J. Michael Straczynski, whose recent credits include World War Z, Thor, the TV series Babylon 5 and Sense8, the upcoming Netflix series he is doing with Lana and Andy Wachowski. How did Straczynski do it? He had to deliver a finished screenplay to Ellison, whose credits range from The Outer Limits and Star Trek to being acknowledged in many sci-fi works including James Cameron’s The Terminator, and serving as a Babylon 5 consultant. Only then did Ellison grant the option. The story is about Everett C. Marm, an ordinary man who disguises himself as the anarchical Harlequin and engages in whimsical rebellion against the Ticktockman. The trouble is »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
We have already seen car manufacturer Toyota bring out The Muppets and actor Terry Crews for their TV spot that will air during Super Bowl Xlviii on Sunday, February 2. One of Toyota's rivals, Kia, has also delved into the movie world for their "big game" TV spot, featuring Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus from The Matrix. The commercial showcases Kia's new K900 vehicle, with the actor reenacting the famous "red pill/blue pill" scene, holding a red key and a blue key for a couple to choose from. We also see other touchstones from The Matrix with a few "agents" eating at a diner and a bending spoon. Check out this video below, and stay tuned for more Super Bowl Xlviii TV spots as we get closer and closer to the big game.
Super Bowl episode 48.1, "Super Bowl Xlviii" airs on NBC February 2nd, 2014.
Every year during the Super Bowl, an actor or actress steps back into the shoes of a recognizable character to sell a product. The latest example? Laurence Fishburne putting Morpheus. frameless glasses back on for a Kia ad (posted to their YouTube page) to help move automobiles. The emphasis is on luxury, with Kia peddling its K900 vehicle. Fishburne, for his part, tweaks the "Take this colored pill" monologue, then sings opera to a puzzled Caucasian couple as they drive home from a swank eatery. So yeah, using Morpheus . the leader of a futuristic revolution . to sell cars to the masses kind of goes against everything Larry and Andy Wachowski wanted to say in the Matrix trilogy. Do they have to sound off on the use of their characters in a car campaign? They must, right? They must not mind, because Matrix characters have been used in commercials before, as »
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas). Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, Jupiter »
- Pietro Filipponi
We caught the first trailer for The Matrix writer/director siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending a few weeks ago, but now the first official image from the film has been released online. This photo perfectly encompasses the gleeful oddness of the pic, as we see star Channing Tatum in his werewolf hybrid makeup flying through the air while brandishing a force shield of some sort, sparks a-blazing. The story follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe. Tatum’s character is an ex-military hunter tasked with tracking her down. If all of that somehow wasn’t exciting enough, Speed Racer composer Michael Giacchino is penning the score. Hit the jump to take a look at the image in full. »
- Adam Chitwood
Filmmakers Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski return to the sci-fi genre for their follow-up to 2012's Cloud Atlas with Jupiter Ascending. Following the first trailer that debuted last month, we have the first official photo featuring Channing Tatum as Caine. The actor stars as this genetically-enhanced bounty hunter, tasked with tracking down a woman on Earth named Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), whose genetic signature makes her the next in line for an inheritance that could alter the face of the universe.
Jupiter Ascending comes to theaters July 18th, 2014 and stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Doona Bae, James D'Arcy, Terry Gilliam. The film is directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. »
(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.
The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.
Further on down the cinematic »
- Michelle McCue
16 items from 2014
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