27
Jul
2014

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At long last we have a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, and it looks just as insane as we expected.

Set somewhere in the timespan between Mad Max and The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road will see “Mad” Max Rockatansky getting wrapped up in a fight between Imperator Furiosa and Immortan Joe. What follows will be a Road War unlike any we have seen before.

From the early reports, apparently almost the entire movie is one long car chase, and judging by the trailer those reports are correct. The Max films have never been exactly plot heavy, but it looks like this one may take that concept to an entirely new level, and I’m fine with that.

In addition to the trailer, a new synopsis for the film was also released. Still no release date beyond “2015,” however.

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

“Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history—stars Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max”, “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, Zoë Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid. They are joined by supermodel Abbey Lee as The Dag and Courtney Eaton as Fragile, both of whom are making their big screen debuts. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior. The cast is rounded out by well-known Australian actors John Howard and Richard Carter, supermodel Megan Gale, Angus Sampson, Joy Smithers, Gillian Jones, Melissa Jaffer and Melita Jurisic.

27
Jul
2014

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If you haven’t heard of Tusk yet, sit back and sit a spell.

During a popular episode of his Smodcast podcast, Kevin Smith relayed what ended up being a made up story of a man who was offering free room and board for a person willing to spend two hours a day pretending to be a walrus to keep a man company. You see, the man who had supposedly washed up on a deserted island and his only company for several years was a walrus.

The story turned out to be false, but during that episode of Smodcast, Smith’s imagination ran away from him and he thought he had the basis for a low budget horror film. He asked his listeners to tweet him with hashtag #WalrusYes if they thought he should make the movie, and #WalrusNo if they were against. He got thousands of the former, but only four or five of the latter.

He set about writing the script with Michael Parks in mind for the old man, an actor he admires greatly and had worked with on Red State. He put together $4 million in funding, and the results can be seen below.

Color me intrigued.

The trailer debuted at Smith’s annual San Diego Comic-Con Q&A session, and the film will hit theaters this September.

27
Jul
2014

Guardians of the Galxy animated logo

Marvel isn’t wasting any time turning the Guardians of the Galaxy into a fully realized franchise.

The first big news this weekend related to Guardians of the Galaxy was the announcement of an animated series. The show is set to debut some time this fall, but no specific date was announced.

Then, as to say the studio has a lot of faith in the upcoming film, it was announced that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will hit theaters on July 28, 2017. James Gunn quickly announced that he will be writing and directing the sequel film as well.

This announcement now makes the schedule play out as you see below.

  • Aug. 1, 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • May 2, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016: Captain America 3
  • July 8, 2016: Unknown (Assumed to be Dr. Strange)
  • May 5, 2017: Unknown
  • July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • November 3, 2017: Unknown
  • July 6, 2018: Unknown
  • November 2, 2018: Unknown
  • May 3, 2019: Unknown

Things definitely look a little odd now. Marvel failed to make Dr. Strange official at the show, and we still don’t know what the plan is for May 5, 2017 either. My guess? That mystery film has something to do with an upcoming after credits scene and Marvel doesn’t want to give it away quite yet.

Any way you slice it, Marvel has a busy schedule coming up.

26
Jul
2014

Wonder Woman - Batman V Superman; Dawn of Justice featured

At last, we have an image of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and… it’s awesome.

Some of you may be thinking, “But it looks nothing like what Linda Carter wore in the 1970s!” Good! This costume is much more in line with the warrior version of Wonder Woman which I have always found far more interesting.

This image was debuted by Zack Snyder on Saturday, shortly before the panel about the film. During the panel a small bit of footage was shown of Batman and Superman preparing to face off, but no word on if that will ever be released to the public or not.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on May 6, 2016. Feel free to click the image for a much larger view.

26
Jul
2014

Mockingbird animated

At San Diego Comic-Con ABC had several big announcements for the upcoming seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is planning to introduce several new characters that should liven things up. First up, the story behind Lucy Lawless joining the series has been filled in with it being announced she will be playing a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Isabel Hartly. Additionally she will be joined by British actor Nick Blood who will be playing Lance Hunter, who in the comics is the head of S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Reserve for International Key Emergencies), a foreign agency like S.H.I.E.L.D.

HYDRA will still be around as Reed Diamond will be joining the series as Daniel Whitehall, also known as Kraken. It sounds like there will be some throw downs to come

During the panel Patton Oswalt appeared as the two agent Koenings and said that agent Barbara Morse – aka Mockingbird – had called Agent Coulson to say she is available if he needs her. Could the show be adding its first costumed hero? She was best known for working, and romancing, Hawkeye, so she would make sense.

Over an Agent Carter, it looks like several Marvel film directors are stepping in to run various episodes. Apparently the directing duo of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will handle episodes two and three while Captain America: The First Avenger, Joe Johnston, is trying to fit the fourth episode in his schedule.

It sounds like it’s going to be a busy year over at ABC.

25
Jul
2014

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice logo

What better time than Comic-Con to give us a better look at Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice?

Debuted Thursday morning in the DC booth at the San Diego Comic-Con, this new image of Affleck in the Bat suit doesn’t show us everything quite yet, but it gives us a good look at the grizzled, wizened look director Zack Snyder has said he is going for. And it’s just as moody as the last picture he showed off as well.

And man do I dig those ears.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

Ben Affleck - Batman-V-Superman: Dawn of Justice

24
Jul
2014

Mad Max Fury Road - 3

With San Diego Comic-Con mere hours away from beginning, Warner Brothers is rolling out the first bits of promotional material for Mad Max: Fury Road.

The fourth film in the Mad Max series is finally becoming a bit more of a reality despite having completed filming what seems like ages ago. Apparently the story takes place between the original Mad Max and The Road Warrior which explains the return of vehicles and gas to the series. And in case Max looks different to you, it’s because Tom Hardy will be taking up the role of Max Rockatansky from Mel Gibson.

There’s still no firm release date on this film, but I know I’m ready to return to this world for sure.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.

Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (played by TOM HARDY from The Dark Knight Rises), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.

And… Furiosa (played by CHARLIZE THERON from Prometheus), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

23
Jul
2014

Space Station 76 - robot

Space Station 76 is taking us back to the future in the most awesome way possible.

There was just something awesome about the way we the world viewed the future in the 1960s and 1970s. It felt so other worldly and awesome, but when you look back you realize it was very much viewed through the prism of sensibilities of those times. As off as those views were, they were still awesome.

An upcoming comedy called Space Station 76 will take a look at all of that and poke some fun at those views, and I’m all for it. Nothing like a cigarette and booze on the bridge.

The film already debuted at SXSW earlier this year, and no release plans have been announced yet, but it will be out there some day for all of us to enjoy.

22
Jul
2014

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless is heading to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but no one knows for quite how long.

Best known for playing the lead role on Xena: Warrior Princess, Lucy Lawless will next be appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. The show, which is entering its second season on Sept. 23, will be adding the genre favorite actress, but little else is known about the role so far. Speculation is pointing to her being a former agent that is highly trained and possibly named Mary.

My guess is this will be a trial run and if viewers take to her she’ll stick around.

That being said, my gut tells me she’ll be around for a while.

22
Jul
2014

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How do you make sure everyone watches your charity video? You debut a brand new Star Wars spaceship in it.

Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams released another charity video on Monday, but the biggeer news than the prize of being in the film, or the exclusive screening, was the fact a brand new starfighter could be seen in the video complete with a pilot.

It appears the new fighter is some sort of X-Wing variant with one engine per wing set than the two we’re accustomed to. It also looks like the wings don’t split like the more familiar models from the original trilogy. It looks a tiny bit like the Expanded Universe pre-cursor to the X-Wing, the Z-95 Headhunter. Lucasfilm, however, has confirmed this is the evolution of the X-Wing, not a step backwards.

Seeing as this fighter was seen in the leaked set photos of a few months ago, this isn’t a big surprise, but it’s still nice to see it officially.

Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

21
Jul
2014

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In all actuality, no one really came out a winner this weekend.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won its second weekend with a respectable 50.4 percent decline to take in $36 million to bring its domestic total up to $138.9 million off of a $170 million budget.

Second place went to The Purge: Anarchy which took in $28.3 million off of a $9 million dollar budget. Considering the advertising budget on this, the usual rule of “double your budget to be profitable” doesn’t apply.

Planes: Fire & Rescue took in $18 million off of a $50 million dollar budget. In reality, the Planes movies are far more about home video. The box office takes are gravy.

Sex Tape bombed opening in fourth with $15 million off of a $40 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five was Transformers: Age of Extinction with an additional $10 million.

The numbers this summer are failing to impress on all fronts.

The only big releases next weekend are Hercules and Lucy.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2014 – 3rd Quarter report.

20
Jul
2014

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Marvel has announced more release dates for its Cinematic Universe, but don’t think that means we know what’s coming.

On Friday night Marvel announced the release dates for seven more films. Here is how the schedule breaks down for the next 11 films.

  • Aug. 1, 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • May 2, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016: Captain America 3
  • July 8, 2016: Unknown (Assumed to be Dr. Strange)
  • May 5, 2017: Unknown
  • July 28, 2017: Unknown
  • November 3, 2017: Unknown
  • July 6, 2018: Unknown
  • November 2, 2018: Unknown
  • May 3, 2019: Unknown

It sounds to me as though we will be seeing a heck of a lot of announcements at San Diego Comic-Con next week. It also looks as though Marvel Phase 3 is going to be a long one with the May 3, 2019 being the best guess for Avengers 3. By comparison Phase 1 was six films, and Phase 2 was down to five.

Can Marvel sustain this many films? Well, with the way things are going, it sure looks like it.