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Can the Wachowskis take the space opera format to the next level? Watch the trailer here and tell us what you think
If the Wachowski siblings' latest sci-fi fantasy extravaganza, Jupiter Ascending, had arrived soon after their Matrix trilogy, one imagines it might have got pretty short shrift from the critics. The debut trailer, which hit the web today, has borrowed so many tropes and archetypes from their earlier saga that few would be surprised if stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum were to begin fighting in bullet time or spouting sub-Lewis Carroll homilies.
There's the downtrodden ingenue – Kunis's Russian cleaner stepping in for Keanu Reeves's bored computer programmer – who suddenly finds the layers of reality peeled back to reveal a whole new world at which he or she inexplicably sits at the apex. There's the charismatic, cyberpunky warrior type (Tatum's feisty Caine subbing for Carrie-Anne Moss's slinky »
- Ben Child
Ender's Game is the rare November sci-fi to vie for first place, and if you don't count Megamind (which you really shouldn't), then you've got to go all the way back to The Matrix Revolutions in 2003 to find a winner. Still, it's definitely going to happen this weekend, the film is getting largely positive reviews, heck even Brad gave it a C+, and he's a tough grader. Throw in PG-13 and you've got all the elements needed for a slight over-perform, I like $30.2 million, about ten percent above tracking. Next up, the children's animation Free Birds. This is about as oddly-themed as you can get for a family film, the synopsis indicates the goal is to travel back in time so that turkeys don't become a Thanksgiving meal. Huhc First off, there's zero international play there, then throw in the salient notion that if parents figure out the story prior, »
- Laremy Legel
The Wachowski siblings (Andy and Lana) are hard at work on their next project, Jupiter Ascending. Set to star Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Ben, the film is currently in post-production but unfortunately, we haven’t really seen anything from it just yet.
We do know the plot, however, which will revolve around Tatum’s character, “a wolf/albino hybrid who falls in with a human woman (Kunis) who attracts the ire of the Queen of the Universe, by virtue of possessing identical genetic material.” Yup, sounds just about right for a Wachowski film, doesn’t it?
In a recent interview with AP, Lana opened up a bit about Jupiter Ascending, calling it a science-fiction opera, among other things:
It’s a science-fiction space opera. It has a lot of things from a lot of genres that we love. It’s got a lot of original action, »
- Matt Joseph
The crew at Screen Junkies have released their latest Honest Trailer, this time for the 1999 classic The Matrix and it's less-than-classic sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. What I dig about Honest Trailers is that they're mostly just that, with a variance in opinion of course. You can't deny the awesomeness that is the first The Matrix, which was revolutionary for its time and set a standard that's still copied today in terms of stylized »
- Paul Shirey
Cinephiles starving for footage from their most anticipated films are always on the look out for the latest trailers. Studios notice these things and in an effort to appease fans quickly while still generating hype for their films create teaser trailers. Teaser trailers can be painfully short sometimes (often being released before a movie has even finished filming), but they are almost always a treat to watch, so I've compiled some of the best teasers to have come out during the decade of the 2Ks!
Spider-Man has been a my favorite comic superhero since I was a little kid. So when I caught this trailer in the theaters (shortly before it got yanked because of the tragic events of 9/11) I nearly wet myself. It starts off like it could be any cops and robbers type film, and many people probably just passed it off. Then something grabs the helicopter. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ box office: Horror movie has second best September debut ever — not taking inflation into account (photo: Barbara Hershey in ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′) As further evidence that moviegoers are sick and tired of sequels, James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2, starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, and veteran Barbara Hershey, took in $40.27 million this past weekend, September 13-15, at the North America box office according to weekend actuals found at Box Office Mojo. That’s more than three times the $13.27 million Wan’s Insidious collected in April 2011. How could that be? Well, James Wan’s Warner Bros.-distributed The Conjuring, starring Vera Farmiga and Insidious‘ Patrick Wilson, became a sleeper horror hit in mid-July, collecting an astounding — for a relatively low-budget horror movie — $41.85 million on its first weekend, ultimately cuming at $136 million in North America in addition to an excellent — once again, for a relatively low-budget horror movie — $135.2 million internationally. »
- Zac Gille
Opening on Friday the 13th, horror sequel Insidious Chapter 2 scared up an excellent $40.3 million this weekend. Meanwhile, Luc Besson's The Family had a decent debut as well.The Top 12 earned $89.5 million this weekend, which is up a whopping 30 percent from the same period last year.Insidious 2's $40.3 million debut is over three times as high as its predecessor's $13.3 million opening, which is an incredible improvement for a sequel. It's also about on par with director James Wan's The Conjuring, which opened to $41.9 million in July. This is only the second time ever that a director has had two movies open over $40 million in the same year*the Wachowski siblings did it in 2003 with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.The month of September is typically a slow one at the box office, so Insidious 2's opening ranks second all-time behind last year's Hotel Transylvania ($42.5 million). Overall, it »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A new BBC drama commemorating 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas has been announced with British actor Tom Hollander to play the 20th century Welsh poet. Thomas was well known for his less-than-poetic behaviour and Hollander has said he is ’thrilled to be playing Dylan Thomas’, who left a ‘considerable poetic legacy and an enduring reputation for bad behaviour‘. Thomas found fame in America through multiple poetry readings and A Poet In New York will center on his visit to New York in 1953 during which he became gravely ill.
The script has been written by House of Cards and Mr Selfridge writer Andrew Davies and has been described by executive producer Griff Rhys Jones as ‘a heartbreaking script that captures those last few days of Dylan’s life beautifully‘. Aisling Walsh is on board to direct the drama.
Hollander is mostly known for his work on the small screen; mini-series The Company, »
- Victoria Bull
If the first trailer to Clarence Fok's contemporary actioner Special ID left you hungry for more of Donnie Yen's innovative brand of action, then look no further to a behind-the-scenes video posted by Japanese stuntman and Yen's long-time assistant action choreographer Kenji Tanigaki. The video contain loads of ass-kicking fight scenes, crazy car chases and high flying (or falling) stuntwork to what promises to be an action-packed thrill ride. Yen takes on the role of Zilong Chen, an undercover police officer deep within the ranks of one of China's most ruthless underworld gangs. The leader of the gang, Xiong (Collin Chou - Jet Li's Fearless, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded), has made it his priority to weed out the government infiltrators...
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spent a lot of time at the movies this past weekend. On Friday, I finally got to see Pacific Rim again, and it was just as much fun seeing it a second time. And on Sunday, I saw The Conjuring with a friend, and while I’m certainly not an authority of any kind on horror films, I thought it was quite good. We’re almost to the beginning of August, and the summer movie season will be starting to wind down. And speaking of looking beyond summer, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ examines our first look at this Christmas’ long-delayed fantasy/action film 47 Ronin.
Premise: The outcast Kai (Keanu Reeves) joins a group of Ronin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), who seek vengeance on Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), who killed their master and banished the group. The Ronin embark on a journey whose challenges would defeat most warriors. »
- Timothy Monforton
Anghus Houvouras on Hollywood's 'Franchise Wars'...
The franchise wars. A phrase used by a young Sandra Bullock in the movie Demolition Man used to explain why all restaurants are now Taco Bell. It's a clever idea: The concept that massive conglomerates ended up in brutal combat eviscerating one another until only one bloody, battered survivor remained. Twenty years later the franchise wars have been declared. But it's not happening at the drive thru.
It's happening at the cineplex. We are now living in the age of the film franchise wars.
There are three elements that have led to the film franchise wars.
1. Hollywood Studios apprehensive to produce unknown quantities
2. Consumer reluctance to spend money on the unfamiliar
3. An increase in product being released to the marketplace forcing franchises to cannibalize one another.
If you're willing, join me on an exhaustive look at the current state of the big budget blockbuster »
- Flickering Myth
Andy and Lana Wachowski -- the masterminds behind "The Matrix" and the cruel bastards behind its sequels -- are now firing back against the screenwriter who said they stole his ideas for Matrixes 2 & 3 ... insisting the full trilogy was their Own terrible idea and no one else's.TMZ broke the story ... screenwriter Thomas Althouse -- famous for writing nothing so far -- filed a $300 million lawsuit against the Wachowskis, claiming they ripped off his screenplay "The »
- TMZ Staff
It's been over 10 years since Keanu Reeves was kung-fu fighting and fast as lightning in the "The Matrix Revolutions" (makes you wish they woulda quit after the first film), but while Reeves has been taking it kind of easy ever since (probably the two biggest films he's starred in since then have been the utterly forgettable "Constantine," and "The Day The Earth Stood Still"). But Keanu seems to be slowly coming out of his hiatus. His big-budget samurai/kung-fu spectacle, "Ronin 47," is finally scheduled for a December release after almost two years of delays (see the trailer here) and he also has a directorial debut on the way. Scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, we've already seen an international trailer and a few photos from Reeves debut, "The Man From Tai Chi," and now courtesy of Tiff we have a few more. The log-line is particularly short, »
- Edward Davis
Amazon is continuing to offer deals on geek-targeted titles, today that means a great deal on the Blu-ray edition of The Ultimate Matrix Collection for only $24.49 (buy it here). The set includes The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, the documentary The Matrix Revisited and The Animatrix plus five discs worth of bonus materials. Personally, I own this set and as a fan of The Matrix franchise it's an impressive collection in compact packaging that looks great on the shelf and doesn't take up much space. Of course, a lot of you may already own it or aren't fans of the sequels, which is a common complaint, so maybe it's not for you. However, at $24.49 it's worth the consideration if you were ever looking to upgrade. Again, you can click here to pick it up for yourself. Side Note: I reviewed the set back in 2008, so if you're interested »
- Brad Brevet
[This three-part article contains many spoilers for the plot of Iron Man 3 (which is a great film, by the way). If you haven't seen it, I recommend that you go and do so, and then come back and read the article, which will explore themes of Meaning, Identity, and Relationality as expressed in Iron Man 3.]
Part 1 – Meaning
Though many blockbusters are entertaining, and often underrated in terms of story substance, probably because said themes tend to be expressed in a simple, universal way, and thus can easily be overlooked or dismissed by those looking for something more 'sophisticated', it's not that often that one inspires and challenges the audience to change their life for the better. Iron Man 3 is such a film. No, it doesn't challenge the audience to be better at ironing.
But rather, Iron Man 3 is about fortune cookies. Or, more specifically, the things we rely on too much – call them addictions or obsessions or distractions or crutches or cocoons or idols or whatever – and so inevitably let us down. The film is ultimately about the character of Tony Stark / Iron Man, and how he navigates and learns from this, but it's also universal.
The key line is the Mandarin's metaphor (well, »
A bunch of new stills and even a trailer have made their way online for The Fourth Kind director Olatunde Osunsanmi's latest film, entitled Evidence, and we have 'em for ya here! Look for the flick on unrated DVD and Blu-ray on August 20th.
Two detectives (Moyer and Mitchell) attempt to piece together what happened at the scene of a brutal massacre using a number of recording devices found at the crime scene. The footage reveals a group of bus passengers who were forced to fight for their lives after they crash in the middle of the desert and a mysterious killer violently murders them one by one. The detectives use the scraps of video, shot by the victims, to hunt down the culprit. Dale Dickey (Super 8, »
- Uncle Creepy
Whoa! Keanu Reeves, 48, was spotted at Cannes looking quite different from the slim-hipped looker he was a decade ago. The actor, whose last hit movie was in 2003, which saw the release of both The Matrix Revolutions and Something's Gotta Give, is at the French film festival to promote his directorial debut, The Man of Tai Chi, but he didn't seem quite ready for the spotlight on Sunday, May 19. Wearing baggy jeans, a gray V-neck tee, and a linen blazer, the former hunk sported stubble, [...] »
The Matrix Reloaded, released 10 years ago this week, is remembered now as a disappointment, but let's be fair. It was the top moneymaker of the trilogy ($742 million worldwide), and the reviews were mostly positive, if not exactly glowing. The reason it lingers in our collective memory as a dud and pops up on more than one "worst sequels ever made" list is that it caught some of the stink from The Matrix Revolutions, the trilogy closer that came out six months later and actually was widely considered to be an inferior product (just 36% positive at Rotten Tomatoes). Neither movie was a flop financially, though. Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions were the fourth and ninth highest grossing films of 2003, and together made $1.17 billion worldwide. In the...
- Eric D. Snider
It has been quite a long time since Hugo Weaving.s Agent Smith was one of Hollywood.s most frightening villains in 1999.s The Matrix. Sure, he appeared in both lackluster sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but Smith wasn.t nearly as effective in a cinematic world that ceased bearing any resemblance to our own. But not everybody can be solely concerned with putting people in the hospital all the time; sometimes they also need to worry about the medical care that goes into these hospitals, as General Electric shows us in their new commercial for .Agent of Good: Connected Hospitals.. Essentially, Ge is showing us that they.re finally making their hospitals more effective by coordinating their electronics to all work together, which is something that a layperson might have already assumed about one of the largest corporations on the planet. And they chose to show »
Netflix will bring Georgeville Television’s Sense8, a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted, exclusively to its members to watch instantly in late 2014. The 10 episode season one of Sense8 marks the first foray into television by the Wachowskis, the creative geniuses behind Bound, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, and is the latest project from veteran show runner J. Michael Straczynski, creator of the Hugo Award-winning Babylon 5 TV series and whose film credits include Changeling, Thor and Underworld Awakening, “Andy and Lana Wachowski and Joe Straczynski are among the most imaginative writers and gifted visual storytellers of our time,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “Their incredible creations are favourites of Netflix members globally and we can’t wait to bring Sense8 to life.” "We're excited to work with Netflix and Georgeville Television on this project, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
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