If your favorite part of The Hunger Games was watching kids engage in war, you’re going to love this. Based on a best-selling novel written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game follows a series of young recruits being trained to fight aliens and save the human race. No pressure.
The film, which arrives on November 1, boasts an impressive cast of previous Academy Award nominees including Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley. Speaking of the latter, he looks pretty menacing with his extremely tattooed face in the film. Hard to imagine this is the guy who once played Gandhi. Rounding out the cast in the Gavin Hood-directed film is Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin. You can tell by his name he’s the main focus of the film. Check out the first trailer narrated by Ford below after the official synopsis from Summit Entertainment.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Kristen Wiig is ready to deliver another hilarious summer comedy this year with her new film Girl Most Likely. Wiig plays a failed playwright who stages a suicide attempt in the hopes of winning back her ex-boyfriend; instead, it forces her to move back in with her mother, played by Annette Bening. Sounds a little like Bridesmaids, no?
The movie also stars Matt Dillon and Nic’s celebrity crush, Glee’s Darren Criss, who looks infinitely hotter playing a straight man. The trailer includes Icona Pop’s “I Love It“, which I still cannot get enough of. The film opens July 19th; check out the trailer below, it looks hysterical.
For folks sick and tired of remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels etc…, but love action flicks you’ll appreciate Pacific Rim. Believe it or not, it’s actually an original concept not based on a graphic novel, comic book or other pre-existing source material. Who knew movie studios still had the balls to produce a big budget summer film with untested material?
Pacific Rim is from the brainchild of Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and writer Travis Beachman. Giant monsters arise from a crevice in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war which takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity’s resources. At first glance it looks like the lovechild of Godzilla and Transformers but it’s much more badass. The film stars Charlie Hunnam (LOVE), Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. The new trailer was never intended to debut online, but Del Toro caved when fans craved for more.
“This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!” – Guillermo Del Toro
Everyone’s favorite Asgardian is back. Marvel has finally released the first movie trailer to Thor: The Dark World. With Iron Man 3 almost here, it makes perfect sense the studio uses that film’s opening to prep audiences for their next film. Out of all The Avengers‘ standalone films, the first Thor was my favorite. Based on the first look, director Alan Taylor has taken over the reigns from Kenneth Branagh excellently. It looks as epic as the first film. Check out the synopsis below before watching the trailer.
Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Warner Bros. just released the third trailer for Man of Steel and simply put… It’s FRIGGIN’ AMAZING. It’s so jam-packed with new content, the studio didn’t have any other option than to make it three minutes long. Typically, trailers are just a bit of over two minutes. If you’re already looking forward to the superhero flick, watching this will do nothing to ease the wait. Epic doesn’t even begin to describe it. This will be the must-see movie event of the summer.
A few days ago, Warner Bros. released a static-y teaser featuring the voice of Superman’s nemesis General Zod (Michael Shannon). This new clip gives you the first look at him in his Kryptonian armor. We also see the debut of Russell Crowe as Jor-el, giving a glimpse at the war on Superman’s home planet that forced his parents to send him to Earth. Superman’s wintery Fortress of Solitude is also shown, but the biggest reveal of all is how Superman gets his name. Here’s a hint. It has something to do with Lois Lane’s (Amy Adams) first verbal interaction with him.
As with the other trailers, we see Henry Cavill in and out his Superman costume. As majestic and regal as it looks, I’d rather seem him without it on. The furry Wolverine-ish look he’s sporting in the picture above is EVERYTHING. Check out the new trailer below.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire wasn’t the only highly-anticipated film to debut new promotional material during the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Warner Bros. released a teaser putting Superman’s main nemesis, General Zod played by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) front and center. The supervillain delivers a menacing message to the citizens of Earth in the static-y clip.
“For some time, your world has sheltered one of my citizens. I request that you return this individual to my custody. To Kal-El, I say this: Surrender within 24 hours or watch this world suffer the consequences,” – General Zod
Superman II was my favorite film from the original franchise. Mostly due to General Zod and his minions terrorizing Superman. I expect a lot from this film and I hope Michael Shannon delivers with his portrayal. What separates a great comic book film from an exceptional one is how deliciously evil the main villain is. Check out the General Zod teaser below.
Lionsgate debuted the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards. I have mixed feelings about this. While I enjoy getting a peek at the highly-anticipated sequel, I hate the fact I have to wait until November 22 to see the film. The wait is going to be excruciating.
For the first trailer, the movie studio avoided any footage of the Quarter Quell. Instead, it focuses on Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) Victory Tour. After her rebellious joint win and public defiance, Katniss has become a beacon of hope. Clearly not happy with this, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots to take her down. ”Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all think they’re invincible,” he says. Cue new cast member Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Sadly, Hoffman is the only newbie featured in the video. Jena Malone and Sam Claflin are nowhere to be seen. I fully expect Lionsgate to roll out a few more trailers in the coming months, revealing only a morsel of goodness each time. I was really looking forward to seeing the new aquatic arena where the previous victors battle it out. Hopefully, next time they reveal it. Check out the first look at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire below.
Even though William Shakespeare died almost 400 years ago, he’s set to have a huge year in 2013. Not only does he have one adaptation of his works hitting the big screen but he has two. Joss Whedon is tackling Much Ado About Nothing and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows is creating yet another retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in the UK on July 26 with no US date confirmed.
Playing the tragic lovers this time around are Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Douglas Booth (LOL). The two are joined by an impressive cast including Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard and Damian Lewis. Italian director Carlo Carlei filmed across locations in Mantua, Verona and Rome. It looks absolutely beautiful. Unlike Baz Luhrmann’s frenetically awesome version, this one stays truer to the original work. Check out the leaked trailer online below before it gets pulled down.