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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: New Voice of the Day: Kermit the Frog has a new voice, care of Muppets puppetteer Matt Vogel, and this video marks its first appearance: Remade Trailer of the Day: Thor: Ragnarok still has a while until it comes out, but to tide us over here's a sweded version of the trailer: Reworked Movie of the Day: What if Michael Bay directed The Iron Giant? This mashup of the animated feature and Transformers 2 provides a fair idea: Movie Takedown of the Day: Honest Trailers takes aim at the ridiculousness of John Woo's Face/Off: Classic Image of the Day: William Friedkin turns 82 today and Elliott Gould turns 79...
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- Christopher Campbell
Here's a sentence you probably never thought you would read: Madballs will be included in a movie directed by Steven Spielberg. That's right, Madballs will make their big screen debut in Ready Player One. The 80s will be coming back in a major way when the movie hits theaters early next year. The nostalgic geek fest of a trailer premiered at San Diego Comic-Con and packed a ton of 80s pop culture references in just over 2 minutes of video. And now the Madballs will be added to the ever-growing list of pop culture references.
The news comes courtesy of the Madballs Facebook page. The page reposted the Ready Player One trailer with a caption that reads: "Dude! We're so Ready! We even make a grossed-out appearance (in the movie)!" It isn't clear if we're going to see a giant Madball wreaking havoc in the movie or if it will be »
It's been exactly one week since Bumblebee started production, and today we have the first photo from the set, offering a glimpse at Hailee Steinfeld's character Charlie Watson. When the actress was first cast, her character was said to be a "tomboy" who held an after-school job as a mechanic. It seems she's a fan of heavy metal music as well, with this first image showcasing the actress wearing a Motorhead t-shirt from their iconic 1980 album "Ace of Spades." Hopefully this will be the first of many set photos as production continues on this Transformers spin-off.
The photo debuted on Hailee Steinfeld's Twitter, which could be the first in a series of photos that the actress may roll out through her social media, as production continues on this Transformers spin-off. The story is set in the year 1987, where the iconic Autobot Bumblebee has taken refuge in a California junkyard. »
The Transformers franchise may never actually end. Transformers: The Last Knight, which has seen its domestic theatrical run nearly come to a complete close, only made $128.8 million domestically, down from the fourth chapter's $245 million, and Dark of the Moon's $352 million. In olden days, this would spell disaster for a blockbuster franchise, but due to growing global markets where Transformers has had insane success, there will be no shortage of Transformers films in the coming years. In fact, Transformers is becoming a proper movie universe like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe, and Dark Universe, with the next film set to be the spinoff titled Bumblebee.
Today, in a press release, Paramount Pictures announced a new release date, new cast members, and a synopsis for the first of the spinoff films following Michael Bay's departure from directing the series -- as he promised. Production started today, with Bumblebee now »
- Nick Doll
31 July 2017 8:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
After one successful launch (Space Jam) and two discouraging misfires (The Quest for Camelot, The King and I), Warner Bros.' outstanding The Iron Giant is a giant leap for the studio and robotkind. And with the steady erosion of the Disney monopoly in animation, the Aug. 6 release is a potential sleeper hit for kids and adults.
- THR Staff
Comic-Con 2017 has come and gone, with well over 100,000 attendees flooding into San Diego for the annual event. Amid a sea of costumes, comics and merchandise, the TV and film industry trotted out its biggest stars and action-packed previews for upcoming projects with the hope of winning over a passionate fan base. Some blew the crowds away; others tried valiantly, but ultimately failed to impress.
Best: Steven Spielberg
Geekdom’s elder statesman scored with “Ready Player One,” his dive into virtual reality. It’s been more than a decade since he worked in the sci-fi space — he’s been more interested in Oscar-bait dramas like “Lincoln” or “Bridge of Spies.” Based on the trailer, “Ready Player One” offers a cornucopia of pop culture delights referencing everything from “Back to the Future” to “The Iron Giant.”
Worst: Ben Affleck
Batman hit back at a report he’s ready to hang up the cape and cowl, declaring »
- Variety Staff
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.
Marvel released a new full trailer featuring both Thor and Hulk at the Marvel showcase at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22. “Thor: Ragnarok” is scheduled for release on Nov. 3.
“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 »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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
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