Two minutes of explosive action, gritty visuals and Matt Damon
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 9, 2013 5:14PM
We told you about "Elysium" earlier today and the special presentation of footage that took place in Los Angeles,and now the first official trailer for the Neill Blomkamp-directed movie has gone online.
You can read all about the movie here in our previous report, but just take a look at this trailer and see if "Elysium" hasn't vaulted to the top of your summer movie list by the time you're done watching.
This is the kind of science fiction we want to see in theaters: big, exciting, fast-paced and visually dazzling, yet with a story that doesn't insult the intelligence and characters you get emotionally invested in.
"Elysium" is out in theaters August 9.
Plus: new 'Iron Man 3' featurette hits the web
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 9, 2013 4:20PM
Did Morris Chestnut just hint that he might be playing Marvel's Black Panther?
The Panther, whose real name is T'Challa, is one of the most interesting characters in Marvel's comic book universe. He rules his own nation of Wakanda while also serving as a member of the Avengers, and he was the first African superhero in mainstream comic book history, his 1966 debut coming years ahead of other major black characters like Luke Cage and the Falcon.
He's also a character that Marvel has been thinking about bringing to the screen for a while now, which would be pretty cool since we have not had a film centered around a black superhero since 2004's "Blade: Trinity." But who could play the Panther?
Well, either actor Morris Chestnut -- best known for roles in "Boyz 'N the Hood" and, more recently, "American Horror Story" -- knows something we don't or is trying to drum up some publicity for himself, because here's what he tweeted yesterday (via Latino Review):
"It's time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!"
That post was accompanied by the above cover of a Black Panther comic book. Both were deleted later on, but then Chestnut posted this today:
"Not final. #BlackPanther may be in #avengers2 first."
What can we deduce from this? Unless Chestnut is just taking everyone for a little bit of a ride, it's quite possible that he's either auditioned for or is in talks with Marvel to play T'Challa. That second tweet could mean that the Panther will show up in 2015's "The Avengers 2" first, perhaps as a way to introduce the character, before getting his own movie in Marvel's "Phase Three" set of films.
So far the only "Phase Three" movies we know are happening are "Ant-Man" and "Doctor Strange" (our personal "can't wait" pick), so there's a couple more slots to fill. Frankly, sliding the Black Panther into one of them -- giving the first superhero of color his own major motion picture -- sounds like a great idea to us.
Would you like to see a movie about Black Panther? Who do you think should play the role? Let us know below.
And just because it's a Marvel post, here's a brand new "Iron Man 3" featurette containing new interviews with most of the cast and some new footage too. You're welcome.
Oscar-winning actress will star alongside Matthew McConaughey
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 9, 2013 3:05PM
It's well-known among his fans that filmmaker Christopher Nolan likes to work with the same actors on more than one movie, and he's sticking to that tradition with his new project, "Interstellar."
Deadline reports that the "Dark Knight" and "Inception" director is bringing Anne Hathaway on board his space epic, fresh off her Best Supporting Actress win for "Les Miserables" and her acclaimed turn as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Nolan's own "The Dark Knight Rises."
Hathaway is said to be "near a deal" to join the film, where she'll work alongside male lead Matthew McConaughey. The latter confirmed last week that he was starring in the movie.
There's no description available of Hathaway's character yet (nor McConaughey's, for that matter) since the movie is operating behind the Nolan wall of secrecy. We do know that he wrote the script -- based on an earlier screenplay by his brother Jonathan -- and that the movie deals with time travel, wormholes, alternate dimensions and a voyage to "the farthest borders of our scientific understanding."
"Interstellar" is out in theaters November 7, 2014.
Work on the third 'Hunger Games' film begins two months before 'Catching Fire' opens
By Myriam Gabriel-Pollock Apr 9, 2013 2:44PM
Production Weekly tweeted the shooting start date and locations for the third installation of "The Hunger Games" franchise, "Mockingjay, Part 1":
According to Boston Magazine, Jennifer Lawrence is already in Boston, where she and "Silver Linings Playbook" co-star Bradley Cooper are filming a new David O. Russell movie set in the 1970's.
"Catching Fire" hits theaters November 22, while "Mockingjay, Part 1" is set to open November 21, 2014.
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Matt Damon on satellite from Berlin for trailer premiere
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 9, 2013 3:13AM
At an event in Los Angeles on Monday (April 8), a new trailer and 10 minutes of footage were shown for the first time from "Elysium," the upcoming sci-fi thriller starring Matt Damon.
"Elysium" is the second film from South African writer/director Neill Blomkamp, who blew away audiences and critics with his 2009 debut, "District 9." With a much bigger budget and major studio backing from Sony, Blomkamp has been working in relative silence on the new film, but that secrecy is now starting to drop away.
In attendance at the Los Angeles event, which was beamed by satellite to other locations in the U.S. and internationally, were Blomkamp himself, producer Simon Kinberg and "District 9" star Sharlto Copley, who plays the villainous Kruger in this film. Linked via satelite from Berlin was Matt Damon, who said during a q&a session that the main reason he wanted to do the film was to work with Blomkamp after seeing "District 9."
We can't say we blame him. From what we saw yesterday -- a new trailer and 10 additional minutes of never-before-seen footage -- Blomkamp is in no danger of a sophomore slump. "Elysium" looks, in a word, stunning.
The real world esthetic of "District 9" -- grimy, dirty, lived-in, broken-down -- has been transported to the year 2154, where "Elysium" takes place, presenting a grim view of Earth that's countered by the pristine vistas of Elysium itself. Blomkamp shot the movie in real locations in Mexico (at one point Kinberg says that a badly polluted river they found in Mexico was referred to as "poo river" by the locals) and Canada, and the difference this makes, as opposed to filming on sets or in front of green screens, is palpable.
Elysium is a gigantic space station hovering above the Earth where only the wealthiest and most privileged live in paradise-like conditions. The rest of the human race -- the 99 percent, if you will -- are surviving below on our ruined planet, now a polluted, overcrowded, poverty-blasted mess. That is where we find Max (Damon), an ex-con who is trying to walk the straight and narrow and get his act together.
But when Max is exposed to a deadly dose of radiation in the deplorable working conditions of his job, his only hope for survival is on Elysium. Going underground, he falls in with what appears to be some sort of revolutionary organization, who prepare him for his journey to Elysium by grafting a painful exoskeleton to the outside of his body.
That's not all. As the plot moves forward, Max comes into possession of information that the authorities on Elysium, led by Jodie Foster, see as a danger and dispatch their man on the ground, Kruger, to stop Max at all costs. The action is fast, furious and crunchy, with Damon going into battle against some pretty formidable security droids as well as the mysterious Kruger.
That's plenty of plot right there, but we're sure that Blomkamp's movie has a lot more surprises up its sleeve. The trailer compressed all that into an action-heavy two minutes, but the extra 10 minutes we got to see really opened up the story and the visual dynamics of the future Blomkamp has created, while giving us a taste of the emotional and socio-political underpinnings that became his trademark on "District 9" and look certain to continue here.
Make no mistake: even though he may be a little coy about it, Blomkamp has steeped "Elysium" in today's current events -- primarily the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots -- as much as he immersed "District 9" in South Africa's painful history of apartheid. Brief scenes of what passes in 2154 for working conditions and health care are not too far removed from today's cold realities.
In a private, informal q&a with members of the press after the public screening, Blomkamp reiterated that the story came first for him, not the message. Asked if he viewed himself as a "smuggler" sneaking big ideas into genre films, Blomkamp replied, "In terms of a commercial film, the amount of smuggling you get to do is limited. You're on thin ice. You can put ideas in there that are real issues. There are ideas that interest me, and the film formulates out of that. If I wanted to make a real difference, I'd make a documentary. The film does talk about topics that have a big impact on me."
Blomkamp is a huge genre fan (his favorite movie is "Aliens") and insisted that putting the genre aspects he likes into the movie is his first priority. "You've got to have slime and eggs, right? This is missing slime and eggs but it's got a copious amount of robotics and guns, so that's cool. That's covered. So I think that for me to make a film that doesn't have any of those elements, including action, is just boring to me. For me personally to get invested, to want to make it, it has to have crazy amounts of genre stuff in it."
But, he added, "As much as that is in it, I also want to have elements of, real issues is the wrong word, but things that interest me and things that I want to explore and talk about also in the film. Not just that the guy has to shoot the other guy because he's got a gun."
The poster for the movie is below, and the trailer is scheduled to debut online later today, so you'll be able to glimpse what Blomkamp, Damon, Copley, etc. have in store for us. We promise you won't be disappointed. "Elysium" shows all the signs of being epic, action-heavy, character-driven science fiction that views modern humanity through the lens of the future with an unforgiving eye. We can't wait for this filmmaker to take us there.
"Elysium" is out in theaters August 9.
Chris Evans returns as patriotic Marvel superhero
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 8, 2013 11:21AM
Production has begun in Los Angeles on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the third film to feature Chris Evans as the iconic Marvel super-soldier.
Captain America, a.k.a. Steve Rogers, made his debut in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1941 and his first big screen appearance two years ago in "Captain America: The First Avenger." That film served as the final chapter in Marvel's first slate of movies leading up to last year's "The Avengers."
Now Rogers is back and after the events of those two films, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" sees the World War II hero struggling to find his place after being awakened in the modern world, as he and Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) battle a "powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.," according to a press release.
That enemy is likely to be Cap's one-time ally Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who was presumed dead back in 1945 during the first "Captain America" film. But according to comics lore, Barnes is resurrected as the Winter Soldier by evil forces out to destroy the U.S. and Captain America himself.
In addition to Evans, Stan and Johansson, the cast for the new film includes Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc (known as Batroc the Leaper in the comics).
Also confirmed is the appearance of screen legend Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, described as a "senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization," along with Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell.
A surprise announcement is the return of Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, the U.S. military agent and Cap's romantic interest during the first film, who he never got a chance to take out after falling into suspended animation for 70 years. Atwell will appear in some sort of flashback sequence.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will also shoot in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington D.C. in addition to L.A. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed "Welcome to Collinwood" but are best known for their work on the hit TV series "Community."
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is out in theaters April 4, 2014.
The superhero tells the Mandarin to come and get him
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 5, 2013 1:53PM
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is back and he is one angry superhero in a new clip released from 'Iron Man 3.'
We're exactly four weeks away from the start of Marvel Studios' Phase Two slate of movies, with the third "Iron Man" entry kicking things off just as the first one did four years ago.
After saving the world in last year's "The Avengers," you might think our armored hero would get a break. But there's no time to rest when international super-terrorist the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is vowing to destroy Western civilization as we know it.
In this clip, we don't know what the Mandarin has done, but whatever it is has got Stark all but bursting out of his skin with rage. He's so infuriated, in fact, that he gives out his home address on live television and dares the Mandarin to come after him: "I'll leave the door unlocked."
If you've seen previous trailers, you know that the Mandarin takes Tony up on his offer -- with disastrous consequences for our hero and his right hand person/life partner Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). We wonder if Tony has time to regret his outburst later in the movie.
We'll find out in less than a month, but for now check out the clip below as well as a new TV spot.
(via The Playlist)
"Iron Man 3" is out in theaters Friday, May 3.
Actress cast in Guillermo Del Toro's new horror movie
By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Apr 5, 2013 12:55PM
Guillermo Del Toro apparently enjoyed Jessica Chastain's performance in "Mama," the ghost story he executive produced earlier this year, because he's now cast her in his next directorial effort.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" star has joined the cast of "Crimson Peak," the Gothic thriller that Del Toro is shooting next.
Chastain will appear in the film alongside the also recently announced Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek Into Darkness"), Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man") and Charlie Hunnam (Del Toro's own "Pacific Rim").
That's a nice starting lineup for what Del Toro has hinted will be an epic, old-fashioned haunted house movie. Plot details are scarce, but the movie is said to be about a woman who finds out her husband is now who he seems to be. Production is scheduled to begin next February.
Chastain starred earlier this year in "Mama," a modest hit on which Del Toro served as executive producer. She played a punk musician who is forced to defend the orphaned nieces of her boyfriend when they are besieged by a malevolent spirit.
Meanwhile, Del Toro's robots-vs.-monsters sci-fi spectacle "Pacific Rim" comes out this summer and is already generating some good buzz from test screening audiences. Following a five year break after directing his last movie, 2008's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army," it looks like Del Toro is busier than ever.
"Pacific Rim" is out in theaters July 12.
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