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Monday, July 28, 2014

Movie News from Comic-Con...

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in 2016's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.

With Comic-Con 2014 now a thing of the past, just thought I'd share these images that were released at the expo or on the Internet around the time these films had their Hall H panels at the San Diego Convention Center. One of the biggest highlights of last week, of course, was the photo above that revealed the lovely Gal Gadot (from the last three Fast & Furious movies) as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This was preceded by this pic below showing another glimpse of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's highly-anticipated film. Another huge highlight for Batman v Superman was the teaser video that Snyder presented to a large crowd during the movie's panel at Hall H last Saturday...which revealed a brooding Caped Crusader flashing the Bat Signal into Gotham City's night sky, only to reveal a hovering Superman staring down at Batman with glowing red eyes on the Man of Steel's face. The video immediately leaked onto the Web and has since been taken down at the behest of Warner Bros., but all you need to know is: Batman v Superman is gonna be epic.

Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight in 2016's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.

Not to be outdone by the WB and DC Comics are Disney and Marvel Studios, who revealed the awesome poster below for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only do we see Iron Man, Captain America and company taking on a massive army of robots built by Ultron, the film's main antagonist, but we also take a glimpse of Paul Bettany's The Vision hovering in the poster's background (he's the caped figure in the upper-left corner), as well as Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch joining the fray against Ultron's metallic minions. Also revealed at Comic-Con were posters for next year's Mad Max: Fury Road, starring The Dark Knight Rises' Tom Hardy as the title character made famous by Mel Gibson in the original 1979 flick. The WB had more news to be shared, with Godzilla set to fight the classic monsters Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah in a sequel to this year's hit film, and King Kong (who we last saw taking Naomi Watts up to the top of the Empire State Building in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake) slated to return in 2016's Skull Island.

A poster showing the Avengers taking on Ultron's robotic army in next May's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

Comic-Con 2015 looks to be action-packed...with a panel by Disney and Lucasfilm that will hopefully reveal some great footage or movie displays from Star Wars: Episode VII, as well as previews of 2016 flicks (besides Batman v Superman) like X-Men: Apocalypse, Avatar 2, Captain America 3, Prometheus 2 and the Independence Day sequel, ID Forever Part I. The chances of me visiting Comic-Con next year are pretty slim (despite the fact San Diego is only a 2-hour drive from me), but I can't wait to read news from this expo once they get posted online next July. That is all!

A poster featuring Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky in next May's MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES teaser poster.
Artwork courtesy of The Hobbit Fan Page - Facebook.com

Posted above is the new teaser poster for Peter Jackson's upcoming conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies. This awesome artwork will be autographed by none other than Jackson at the WB booth at San Diego Comic-Con...which starts tomorrow. There will be a special panel about The Battle of the Five Armies in Hall H on Saturday, July 26 (at 10 AM)...while the autograph session will take place afterwards at 12:30 PM.

The production still below featuring Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) taking part in said battle was released online a few days ago.

A production still showing Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) taking part in battle in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES.
Photo courtesy of The Hobbit Fan Page - Facebook.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII... The New X-Wing Is (Officially) Revealed

While director J.J. Abrams promotes the STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE campaign, a mouse droid passes underneath an X-Wing starfighter that will be featured in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

Earlier today, another video was released by Lucasfilm and Disney that promoted the Star Wars: Force for Change campaign...which ends later this week. Along with asking viewers to make one last donation to this UNICEF-inspired program, director J.J. Abrams also (officially) revealed to the world an updated version of the X-Wing starfighter that will be featured in Star Wars: Episode VII. This X-Wing was initially shown in leaked photos that were posted online more than a month ago...when the craft was being constructed in a secure location outside of Pinewood Studios near London. What I want to know is...who's playing the X-Wing pilot that climbs aboard the starfighter in this video? A principal actor (like John Boyega)? A lucky background performer [which I totally wish was me—assuming the flight suit fit my size, which I doubt (I'm Filipino, FYI)]? Or a studio employee at Pinewood? Hmm.

Director J.J. Abrams promotes the STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE campaign while standing near an X-Wing starfighter that will be featured in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

Director J.J. Abrams steps aside as a starfighter pilot is about to climb aboard the X-Wing that will be featured in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

Director J.J. Abrams holds up a T-shirt that promotes the STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE campaign.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back in the Day: DUMB & DUMBER Celebrates the Moon Landing!

45 years ago today, the astronauts of Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Leave it to Lloyd Christmas to share his excitement about this momentous achievement...even if he was a couple of decades too late in doing so. I love Dumb & Dumber! And can't wait for the sequel to get released in theaters this November, hah.

Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) celebrates the Apollo 11 Moon landing in DUMB & DUMBER.
Image courtesy of Dumb and Dumber - Facebook

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron... The Main Baddie Is Revealed!

Check out the cover for an upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine...which will feature none other than Ultron, the main villain of the next Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Stating the complete obvious aside, Ultron looks pretty cool. Can't wait to see how James Spader will portray this sinister robot (which Tony Stark apparently creates himself in the movie; damn you, Stark!) when the highly-anticipated sequel comes out in theaters on May 1, 2015. Stay tuned.

The cover for the latest Entertainment Weekly magazine that features Iron Man, Captain America and Ultron from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII... IMAX and Cast-Related News

An IMAX camera is used in Abu Dhabi for the filming of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

So it was just revealed yesterday on the Twitter page of Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams' production company, that IMAX cameras will be used for the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII. This is great news... Seeing as how Abrams is shooting the next Star Wars movie entirely on film (whether it's 35mm, 65mm or 70mm IMAX celluloid), here's hoping that it will look as great as the images seen in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy [which was also shot entirely on film and employed the ultra-large screen format (without the use of conversion during post-production) as well].

Also, Lucasfilm announced last week that two new actors have joined the cast of Episode VII: Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen. Welcome aboard! Mentioned in that same press release is news that production will shut down for two weeks next month as Abrams and company reorganize the shooting schedule while Harrison Ford—who broke a leg during filming at Pinewood Studios near London several weeks ago—recuperates from his injury. Wishing Han Solo a full and speedy recovery.

Pip Andersen and Crystal Clarke join the cast of STAR WARS: EPISODE VII.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...

Warner Bros. has just released a promo pic of Henry Cavill in his updated Man of Steel suit for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We already know how Ben Affleck's Batman and his Batmobile will look in the flick (which will be out in theaters on May 6, 2016), what we need to see now is the lovely Gal Gadot dressed as Wonder Woman...or Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Carry on.

Henry Cavill in his updated suit for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.