Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trailer: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Exposition up front, a smattering of incoherently laced clips in the middle, some Eminem for ambiance, and, finally, a big stunt. After a few views, I’m seeing some pretty wicked stuff in Brad Bird’s first live-action film. And rumor has it that Tom Cruise still has it. It’s hard to throw all that together and not be confident that Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is going to be one hell of a ride.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Paula Patton. It hits theaters December 16, 2011.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Posters: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

A new poster for FilmDistrict's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-produced redo of the 1973 made for TV flick has been released. The film hits theaters August 26th. Keep your eyes on the official website and Facebook for more information.

"Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark follows Sally (Bailee Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. Having stumbled upon the mansion’s hidden basement, Sally starts hearing voices calling out from the bolted ash pit, imploring her to open it. Sally obliges and unwittingly unleashes something so terrible, so unthinkable, that everyone’s life – hers most of all - is placed in immediate and grave danger.”

Trailer: Real Steel

Hugh Jackman's pic about giant robots beating the crap out of each other just got a new trailer — in Japanese. Real Steel hits theaters October 7th.

Lens Flare: The Movie

It’s the bane of a filmmaker’s existence. It makes every light look insane. It can’t be fixed. It can barely be explained. And it’s ruining the shot. These brave souls try to reveal the mystery of … lens flare.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Trailer: The Last Harry Potter Trailer Ever

It seems that David Yates has taken some dramatic liberties with the final pages of The Deathly Hallows, but it looks like it might turn out to be a good thing. It's hard to believe that I've been watching this film series for ten years. There are kids out there who were barely old enough to sit still through the first movie who have their driver's licenses now. What’s left to say about the final installment of Harry Potter besides “get here immediately”?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Trailer: Cowboys & Aliens

Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way: Cowboys & Aliens.

Cowboys & Aliens hits screens July 29th.

Friday, June 10, 2011

TV Preview: Alcatraz

When San Francisco Police Department Detective REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, “Sons of Anarchy”) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, “The Nine”), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, “Jackie Brown”), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, “Jurassic Park”) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed.

Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, “Lost”), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, “Undercovers”) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, “The Changeling”).

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, “ER”), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, “Heroes”), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Trailer: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Posters: Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian Character Posters

Conan's quest begins as an epic battle between warriors and horrific monsters, but he soon realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nation of Hyboria from a reign of supernatural evils.

The film is directed by Marcus Nispel and is set to hit theaters on August 19, 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Trailer: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A leaked version of the trailer for David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo materialized on YouTube this week, but not before  Mike Cane analyzed it shot by shot.

Short Film: Connected

Written and directed by Jens Raunkjær Christensen & Jonas Drotner Mouritsen

Set in the distant future, Connected is a story about survival and greed with a post apocalyptic wasteland as its backdrop. Survivors of an unknown disaster shuffle through a desolate landscape, as it quickly becomes clear that not everybody has the strength to survive.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Short Film: Bartholomew’s Song

Bartholomew’s Song
Written and Directed by Destin Cretton & Lowell Frank

In a strict society, stepping out of line holds great consequence for pre-programmed Bartholomew 467. It features a little nod to Shawshank and one of the hands-down best surprises in the history of short films.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Short Film: Loom

Loom from Polynoid
Created by Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck and Csaba Letay

Loom tells the story of a successful catch. It took a year to create this five and a half minutes of computer graphics, but the results are amazing.
A moth being caught in a spiders web. Struggling for an escape, the moths panic movements only result in less chance of survival. What follows is the type of causality everyone's expecting. The spider appears, claims its prey and feeds on it. The way nature works. But it's the point of view that creates an intense relationship between the hunter and its victim. There is much more to explore, much more to feel if one takes the time to really experience the content of a split second.

Via: Opium

Short Film: Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story

Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story

After humanity quells an undead uprising, the last two remaining zombies pair up in search of sanctuary. Instead, they find love.

It’s refreshing to see a production take the prospect of a zombie musical seriously. It's production value is higher than you might expect. A cut above the last Bruce Campbell film I saw, in fact, but it's still hilariously over-the-top.

Posters: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Warner Brothers has been releasing multiple posters for the upcoming conclusion to the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits theaters on July 15, 2011!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

TV Spot: X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, and January Jones, the film releases June 3!

TV Spot: Captain America

With an all star cast which includes Chris Evans as Captain America, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Phillips, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Captain America: The First Avenger will be released in 3D on July 22, later this year!

TV Preview: A Good Man Goes To War

The BBC has released two preview vids for the mid-series finale. Every since the "The Silence in the Library," Doctor Who fans have been waiting to learn who River Song is. Now, after three years and a change of Doctors, it seems we're about to find out.

Be warned, these videos contain spoilers.