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Disney-Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” dominated social media buzz with an impressive 264,000 new conversations last week, according to media-measurement firm ComScore and its PreAct service.
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer Taika Waititi directed the third standalone Thor movie, which seems to be quirkier and more offbeat than the first two, and is already drawing comparisons to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” “Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleton, Idris Elba, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, and Anthony Hopkins.
Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole “Justice League” also performed impressively last week with 215,000 new conversations in the wake of the studio debuting a trailer and new posters with a cast panel at Comic-Con on July 22.
The 4-minute preview of the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe focused »
- Dave McNary
On Saturday, Steven Spielberg unveiled the trailer for his new sci-fi epic Ready Player One. Based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, it came touted in the trailer as a “pop culture holy grail” set in a virtual reality world in which The Iron Giant, Ninja Turtles, Freddy Krueger, and many other licensed action figures appear to, um, fight each other or something. The film doesn’t come out until March 2018, but its pedigree—both via off-camera talent and on-camera fictional wattage—is about as high as a sci-fi flick gets.
But the response has been… not good. Indeed, while Cline’s novel is beloved by a certain subset of fandom-obsessed forum-dwellers, and its brand of hyper-referential nerd-canon reverence has become increasingly mainstream as a result of Marvel movies and shows like The Big Bang Theory, many people find its take on games and so-called genre »
- Clayton Purdom
Warner Bros to release sci-fi mash-up adaptation on March 30, 2018.
Spielberg’s adaptation of Cline’s bestselling pop culture mash-up about a video game ace who takes on an evil corporation in the race to control the Oasis virtual reality platform is due out on March 30 2018.
Footage showed star Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts (known as Parzival in Oasis) slotting on his goggles and haptic gloves and zipping into a world filled with recognisable elements from The Iron Giant to Tron to a DeLorean – of particular significance to Spielberg who famously featured the car in the Back To The Future series.
“When I read Ernie’s book it was like the most amazing flash-forward and flashback at the same time,” Spielberg said, adding: “I read the book and said they’re going to need »
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During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”
Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.
“When I read Ernie’s book »
- Brent Lang
"There's nowhere left to go... Nowhere, except the Oasis." Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ready Player One, the geeky novel about a kid in the future who logs into a virtual reality world and plays games to win the ultimate prize. I'm so excited to finally see something from this, and I still can't believe Spielberg is actually directing. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the gaming world as Parzival. The cast includes Mark Rylance as the game's creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. There's some great references to The Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and E.T. of course, and this is only just the first tease. Dang I'm hyped for this!! Very excited to see more. Here's the first teaser »
- Alex Billington
The post Comic-Con: Over 50 Ready Player One Trailer Screenshots appeared first on ComingSoon.net. »
- Max Evry
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ready Player One, just moments after the footage debuted during the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Watch the action-packed two-minute trailer below…
Also, be sure to check out the brand new logo for the film, which was also unveiled at the convention…
First up is #ReadyPlayerOne. Check out the title treatment wrapped around Hall H#sdcc pic.twitter.com/J85erERpMs
The 2018 movie will see Spielberg bringing Ernest Cline’s beloved best-selling dystopian sci-fi novel to life. This isn’t the first time Spielberg has shared his vision of the future with audiences, as he also did so with A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Minority Report. Ready Player One does, however, look to be one of the director’s more visual effects-heavy projects yet; the trailer indicates that every shot in the world of the Oasis, »
- Justin Cook
The film revolves around an Eighties-obsessed kid who embarks on a scavenger hunt through the Oasis, a virtual reality world in 2045. The trailer, like the novel, is packed with pop culture references, from The Iron Giant and Freddy Krueger to the main character's love of the prog band Rush.
While the trailer doesn't delve too deeply into Ready Player One's plot, it »
The trailer for “Ready Player One” just premiered at Comic-Con, and with it our first look at some of the far-flung characters in Steven Spielberg’s journey through the world of video games. Freddy Krueger and the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” both feature in the trailer, but the character drawing strongest reactions is undoubtedly the Iron Giant.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) July 22, 2017
- Michael Nordine
- Andrew Auger
One of the early architects of modern pop culture, Steven Spielberg, delivered the first trailer for his upcoming blockbuster, Ready Player One at San Diego Comic-Con earlier today. Accompanied by cast members Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke and T.J Miller, the director unveiled the first promotional footage at the event to an ecstatic response from those in attendance.
The long-awaited adaptation of the popular novel by Ernest Cline shot to the top of many ‘most-anticipated’ lists when it was announced that Spielberg himself would take the reins, so it was more than fitting for the legendary filmmaker to unveil the first glimpse of footage onstage in the iconic Hall H.
Played to rapturous reception, the trailer includes an explanatory voiceover by Tye Sheridan’s lead character, as he describes the sense of emptiness and longing that brings him to The Oasis – a virtual reality scene where his pop »
- Sarah Myles
After a brief role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, rising star Jorge Lendeborg Jr. has entered talks for the male lead role in Paramount's highly-anticipated Bumblebee spin-off. While no details were given about the character he's playing, he joins Hailee Steinfeld, who was the first cast member to sign on back in late May. The actress will be portraying a tomboy who holds an after-school job as a mechanic, although it isn't clear quite yet if there will be a connection between her character and Jorge Lendeborg Jr.'s character.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the casting earlier today although it still isn't announced how many primary roles need to be filled. While no story details have been confirmed, a report from last month revealed this Bumblebee spin-off will be set in the 1980s, long before the first Transformers movie that debuted in 2007. The movie is also said to feature "considerably fewer Transformers, »
For a group of con men and a descendant of Van Helsing, robbing Dracula's castle could be the score they need to be set for life, but things get complicated when vampires stand in their way of a big payday in Stephan Franck's graphic novel series Silver. With Dark Planet Comics launching a Kickstarter campaign for Silver Volume 3, we had the chance to catch up with Franck for our latest Q&A feature to discuss the influences of Bram Stoker's Dracula on his work, what readers can expect to see in Volume 3, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us today, Stephan. When and how did you first come up with the idea for Silver?
Stephan Franck: It’s my pleasure, thank you for having me. Two of my greatest fascinations in story have always been vampires and conmen, and this notion »
- Derek Anderson
Given the negative reception to Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth instalment of the blockbuster movie franchise, Paramount Pictures is looking to shake things up with its next offering as Michael Bay makes way for Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight on the solo Bumblebee movie. And, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the spinoff will take the franchise back to its Generation 1 roots.
“The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots, and to go back to 1985 and to go back to the original heritage, if you would, of the Transformers, G1,” di Bonaventura tells Collider (via Cbm). So, it has a very distinct idea in it, and whatever is going to happen with the chemistry is what’s going to happen. But it really is a young female lead opposite of Bumblebee, and I think that Optimus is going to be jealous »
- Gary Collinson
Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.
To sign up for a free two-week trial here.
Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces
What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).
Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*
Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master »
- Ryan Gallagher
The recently announced Transformers spin-off Bumblebee will be set in the 1980s and it appears as though the popular Transformer may be getting back to his roots with the classic Volkswagen Bug. The Bumblebee spin-off will give fans of the Autobot a peak into what his life is like without Optimus Prime, which is a good choice because Mr. Prime doesn't seem to be bringing too many viewers into the theaters these days. The spin-off is already getting comparisons to The Iron Giant which is definitely a good thing, especially when compared to the last few Michael Bay directed Transformer movies.
Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the Bumblebee spin-off. After talking about the movie taking place in the 1980s, Bonaventura revealed that Bumblebee might possibly be going back to his roots. He says this.
"You might even see a Vw Bug. You never know. »
Love them or hate them, there are going to be Transformers movies for years to come. Though tonight's release of Transformers: The Last Knight marks the final Transformers that Michael Bay will direct (or so he says...), it will not be the last in the franchise, with a Bumblebee spinoff coming next, and countless other projects dreamed up by the twelve writers Bay rounded up for his "writers' room." The Last Knight is already the fifth in the franchise, with the first debuting a decade ago in 2007. Bay has directed all five films in the franchise, so far...
Fandango had an extensive conversation with Bay, who revealed that The Last Knight teases what comes next:
"If you watch it closely, there are a lot of ways that this movie can go from here. So it's basically like a launching board for wherever the series will continue."
I guess you could say that about nearly any franchise film, especially in the age of the "Movie Universe," but I haven't seen the film, so I can't say how direct it will be in setting up future films, or what plot-points it may leave open for future filmmakers. Like Bay said, "Watch it closely," when/if you go see Transformers: The Last Knight.
Bay also addressed whether or not we would ever see an R-rated movie in the franchise:
"I would love that. I've always said that I think that would be a great idea. I don't know if Hasbro would ever have it work, but I think it would be a great idea."
Another vague, non-committal answer from Michael Bay, everyone! It sounds like he's learned a thing or two from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about secrecy and leaving questions he can't answer open-ended. It also sounds like Hasbro is putting the same pressure on as Disney to not to allow their universes to dip into R-rated territory, for now.
Are you seeing Transformers: The Last Knight this week? If so, are you down for more? How would you feel about an R-rated entry? Let us know in the comment section below!
Transformers: The Last Knight is now in theaters.
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- Nick Doll
At this stage in the franchise, it’s pretty easy to be cynical about Transformers. Michael Bay has directed all four existing films, and has also directed the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth entry in the series. So despite the fact that Paramount seemed set on doing things differently going forward (as evidenced by the writers room), Bay’s continued involvement only seems to enforce the fact that they’re falling back on what’s worked for them, even if it isn’t all that good.
Perhaps the real winds of change will be evident in the next effort: the currently untitled Bumblebee spinoff. This film will have Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight at the helm (already quite a change from the explosion-happy Bay), and will star Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld in the lead role as a tomboy who can fix cars (I know, shocker). This seems to be steps in the right direction, but after seeing the same old metal-scraping action in all the Transformers: The Last Knight trailer, it’s hard not to feel a little discouraged.
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But for those ready to call it quits on the Autobots, the latest comments from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura may help to assuage those thoughts. Speaking with Collider, di Bonaventura said:
“I know we’re doing a spinoff first in the Bumblebee movie, and that is a very distinctive departure from what you’ve been seeing so far… The objective of that movie is to develop more time with less robots in a way, and to go back to 1985 and go back to sort of the original heritage if you would of the Transformers. G1.”
I’m admittedly not much a Transformers guy — that was before my time — so while it’s cool they’ll be going back to the first generation of toys back in 1985, what really grabs me is the objective to have less robots, and be something of a departure from the main series.
Di Bonaventura continued:
“There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can’t compete with Michael — you’re gonna lose. And also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let’s keep them interested. They’re gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of its location and in terms of its storytelling.”
Di Bonaventura then dropped the biggest bombshell quote on the outlet:
“In fact it reminds me a little bit of Iron Giant years ago when I did that movie at Warner Bros. It just reminds me a little bit of that where it was very contained and yet it didn’t feel small.”
For those who somehow don’t know, The Iron Giant was a stellar animated film from the 1990s directed by The Incredibles helmer Brad Bird. The movie was sort of a traditional “boy and his dog” type of story, except with a giant metal man from outer space. That film had a lot of heart, and was a surprisingly mature animated take for its time. The big takeaway here is the emphasis the producer seems to be putting on a lower key story — something that doesn’t require 2,000 visual effects shots.
In essence, we may be getting something closer to the first half of the first Transformers film, before Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots were introduced. We’d be on board with something like that, but we hope that Paramount doesn’t get cold feet on this concept and try to thrown in some ridiculous third act mayhem. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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Lrm We all kind of knew this. This just confirms it. https://t.co/1iJQjdf8pC about 20 minutes ago »
- Joseph Medina
Transformers: The Last Knight will be the last outing for director Michael Bay, but it’s only the beginning for the Transformers franchise. The first of 14 (!) more Transformers movies in development will be Bumblebee, the ’80s-set prequel for the lovable yellow Autobot. And while the Bumblebee movie is assembling all sorts of talent behind […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Tomorrow night, fans will get to see Transformers: The Last Knight in sneak peek screenings across the country, which producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has said in the past will help set up the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, hitting theaters next summer. Production is slated to begin next month, and new details have recently surfaced about Bumblebee. Bonaventura has confirmed that the spin-off is a prequel set in the 1980s, comparing the story to the 1999 animated classic The Iron Giant. Here's what the producer had to say, confirming that this story will have far less Transformers characters.
"There are dramatically less Transformers. We hired purposefully Travis Knight, who is a very distinct filmmaker. You can't compete with Michael, you're gonna lose. And also I think the audience wants something different all the time, let's keep them interested. They're gonna get a very emotionally complex story, a very tight story in terms of »
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