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Watch: ‘World War Z’ Super Bowl ad

- January 31st, 2013

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With new ads for Iron Man and The Lone Ranger set to debut during the Super Bowl, Paramount wasn’t about to let itself be outdone. They too will be joining the trailer sweepstakes when they air a new ad for Brad Pitt’s World War Z.

But ahead of Sunday’s game, a teaser debuted online late Thursday that showcased more scenes of the rampaging zombies that will plague the human race. And we get a further glimpse of just how bad things will get in the Marc Forster-directed film.

“We’ve lost the East Coast,” a voiceover informs us. “China’s dark.”

“What is this?” Pitt asks. “We don’t know,” comes the answer.

Corny lines, super-cool visuals.

Basically, it’s a shorter version of the trailer that debuted last November, but there are several new scenes that definitely up the excitement factor for the film.

World War Z is based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel which collects individual vignettes that recount the near destruction of humanity by a zombie plague.

The loosely connected stories in the book will, presumably, be tied together by Pitt’s character, Gerry Lane, a UN worker who races around the world to try to identify and stop the zombie pandemic.

If you haven’t read the book, you have less than five months. The film opens on June 21.

‘Iron Man 3′: New poster and Super Bowl teaser arrive

- January 31st, 2013

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In between the chips and dip, Marvel will introduce a new ad for Iron Man 3 during this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

But…a brand-spanking new 15-second spot just arrived in our in-box that you can take a look at below. In it, we see Don Cheadle sporting the Iron Patriot outfit.

We don’t get any new footage of Sir Ben Kingsley, but in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. praised the actor’s villainous portrayal of the Mandarin.

“Sir Ben is probably going to steal the movie,” he says. “There are a lot of contenders who may, but right now he’s probably at the top of that list.”

The film opens May 3.

‘Entourage’ headed to the big screen

- January 30th, 2013

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Two years after it ended its small-screen run, HBO’s Entourage is headed to the big-screen.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is pushing ahead with a sequel to the long-running series.

Doug Ellin, who created the series, is writing and directing the film, with deals being ironed out for Adrian Grenier (who played the actor Vincent “Vinnie” Chase), Kevin Connolly (his manager, Eric “E” Murphy), Kevin Dillon (his brother, Johnny Drama), Jerry Ferrara (his friend Turtle), and Jeremy Piven, who played the scene-stealing Hollywood agent Ari Gold.

No release date or production start has been announced, but series producer Mark Wahlberg tells MTV he hopes filming starts this summer.

Entourage ran for 8 seasons between 2004-2011.

In an exclusive with MTV, Wahlberg says he always saw the show making the leap to the big screen.

“I mean, we always felt like it was a movie, but we had to just make these 30-minute episodes. That was one of the one of the frustrating things… I think its story and its characters were a world people really missed and really enjoyed.”

And if Ellin asks him to do a cameo, Wahlberg is more than happy to oblige.

“You know me, man. If they want me, I’m in.”

As we all know, TV-to-film translations aren’t always a slam dunk. For every Miami Vice, there’s a Sex and the City 2.

Filmmakers beware!

Robert Downey Jr. drops hints about ‘Iron Man 3′ cameos

- January 29th, 2013

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With The Avengers the biggest movie in the Marvel universe (so far), a lot of people are curious how the various characters will interact as they continue on with their own solo films.

And while we’ll know for sure when the first post-Avengers flick – Iron Man 3 – hits screens this May, Robert Downey Jr. has dropped clues that we’ll see some familiar Marvel faces in the third instalment of his franchise during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“We can’t help it,” he says. “Everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his could be useful. So they’re in the atmosphere, so to speak, but I wouldn’t expect to see them on the ground in this one.”

Note the words, “on the ground.” When it comes to superheroes, there are more than a few that can fly.

Downey Jr. also revealed that director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) who is taking over the series from Jon Favreau, has put together action sequences not seen in either of the first two films or The Avengers.

“We’re taking everything from his first gauntlet test in the first movie up through the most extreme stuff we thought up for Iron Man 2 and The Avengers and pulling on all of it and making this one big, extended challenge of physics,” he tells the magazine.

Iron Man 3 is based on Warren Ellis’ ‘Extremis‘ comic book storyline that pits Tony Stark against the villainous Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley).

Check out the trailer below and let us know which Marvel character you’d like to see have a cameo in Downey Jr.’s latest. Are you hankering for Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man or someone different?

Anna Paquin and Ellen Page join ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- January 28th, 2013

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X-Men fans received another tidbit of news over the weekend that should further fan the flames of anticipation for next year’s Days of Future Past. Over the weekend, director Bryan Singer tweeted the return of Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore (who played Rogue and Iceman in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand), and Ellen Page (who was Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand).

The trio join mainstays from the original trilogy of films Ian McKellen (Magneto), Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), who will appear alongside cast members from X-Men: First Class – James McAvoy (the young Professor Xavier), Micheal Fassbender (the young Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (the young Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (the young Beast).

That leaves Halle Berry (Storm) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) – who appeared in the first three films – still waiting by the phone.

The plot for Days of Future Past is adapted from a 1981 storyline from the comic series that involves time travel. In case you’re a newb, First Class is a prequel X-Men film that takes place in the 1960s.

Singer directed the first two X-Men films before turning the franchise over to Brett Ratner. Singer went on to make Superman Returns (we all know how that worked out) and Valkyrie. His next film, Jack the Giant Slayer, opens March 1.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently in pre-production and opens July 17, 2014.

What do you think of having stars from both series appearing in the same film? Will Days of Future Past suffer from having too big a cast? Let us know in the comments.