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‘Godzilla’ TV spot gives first look at monster

- April 20th, 2014

Ain’t she a beaut?

With Godzilla being released globally in just under a month, it’s about time director Gareth Edwards and his team over at Warner Bros. gave audiences more than just a shadowy glimpse of cinema’s biggest monster.

In the new TV spot for the film, we’re treated to exactly one second of Godzilla and its thunderous roar, but is that one second ever worth it.

Here’s what we can take away from the first official view of the monster: Edwards and his design team got it right.

They’ve clearly decided to style the 2014 monster after Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 Gojira instead of Roland Emmerich’s god awful 1998 remake tyrannosaurs-Rex looking abomination.

Edwards’ monster has stumpier legs and thick, tiny arms with a tiny head attached to a massive neck, similar to the original Gojira. It’s also been outfitted with numerous small scales that line its entire back and neck, instead of being spread out sporadically like its 1998 cousin.

The one second clip has single handily removed any lingering doubt still hovering around monster movie fans and summer blockbuster devotees.

Even though the first true appearance of Godzilla steals the entire commercial, it’s also the first time we’re getting some more information on the plot line.

godzailla-first-01We’re introduced to the intimate relationship between Elizabeth Olsen’s character Elle Brody and her husband Joe, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

From the way it’s being set up, chances are Joe’s not going to make it to the end of the movie, but that’s just a guess and I could be completely off base.

Although, it is a Godzilla movie, and someone crucial to the plot line is going to have to bite the bullet, right?

We’re also introduced to Joe Brody, played by Bryan Cranston, and his relationship to his wife, Sandra Brody, played by Juliette Binoche.

At the beginning of the trailer, Cranston starts off by saying that he couldn’t even say goodbye to her, that he couldn’t even find a picture to take with him, before the scene cuts to Sandra being placed in a space shuttle of some sort and evacuated from the immediate danger zone.

If Godzilla lives up to its hype, this could be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and most importantly, the revival the monster genre has been in desperate need of for years.

Oh, and it looks like you’ll need tissues if you’re a crier. It’s going to get sad.

Godzilla will hit theaters on May 16.

Anna Paquin’s Rogue to appear in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- April 17th, 2014

Last December, reports surfaced that Anna Paquin’s Rogue character had been cut from Bryan Singer’s time traveling X-Men mash-up, Days of Future Past.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the one scene in which Rogue was set to appear was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer told EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

That sequence may have been cut, but it turns out that Paquin’s Rogue will still appear in the new film. After a sharp-eyed editor at BuzzFeed noticed her name in the credits of the trailer, they reached out to Fox for comment. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” a rep said.

Sounds like there isn’t much to her part, but I’m glad to see that she’s back in there.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23rd.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ news: AT-AT’s may be back

- April 16th, 2014

Well that didn’t take very long.

Just weeks after it was announced that J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars crew would be heading to Abu Dhabi to film the Tatooine segments of Episode VII, leaked photos from the set have been published online.

According to Screen Crush, who reported the story late Wednesday night, the giant circular object seen in the photo below is more than likely one of the four wheels used in the construction of an AT-AT.

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(Screen Crush)

AT-AT’s, the gigantic robot walker capable of leaving a highly destructive path in its wake, were first introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on the snowy planet of Hoth.

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The question circulating throughout the internet now, however, is whether Abrams and his production team plan to bring the walkers over to Tatooine in the upcoming addition to the series or if they’ll be using Abu Dhabi to recreate Hoth as well.

Screen Crush suggests that Abrams has brought the AT-AT’s to Tatooine, and in doing so, added an interesting angle on just what happened to the universe in between Episode III and the current film.

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(Imgur)

Regardless of whether the giant circular stone is actually being used to reconstruct the AT-AT’s or Abu Dhabi is being used as the set for both Tatooine and Hoth, the fact that photos have begun to leak and circulate already means fans may not have to wait very long to get their first glimpse at the movie.

Just think, all of this is happening before the cast has even been finalized.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

Huge post-credits X-Men/ Spider-Man news

- April 16th, 2014

Huge spoiler alert! Okay, maybe that’s overdoing it. If you don’t want to know anything about the post-credits scene in Amazing Spider-Man 2, stop reading now. I’m going to insert the trailer just below this, so no one accuses me of ruining their day.

You’re back? Good. According to Empire, a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past will run after the credits in Amazing Spider-Man 2. For the uninitiated, the Spidey and X-Men films are owned by Sony and Fox respectively, and there are no plans for a crossover (Fox is rumoured to be working on a team-up with its other Marvel franchise, The Fantastic Four). So placement of a scene from Days of Future Past seems weird, unless they are just trying to acknowledge a shared Marvel universe.

Disney obviously doesn’t feel the same way. It opted to use Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play Quicksilver in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (the character appears in Days of Future Past, but is played by Evan Peters). Although, the Oscorp building almost appeared in the New York skyline of The Avengers, so maybe they just didn’t like Fox’ choice to play Magneto’s son.

According to Empire, the scene at the end of ASM2 shows Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Lucas Till’s Havok and Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. “Without wishing to spoil anything,” they write, “let’s just say that Mystique once again demonstrates her formidable fighting skills in the brief segment.”

An update from Variety indicates that the X-Men clip was negotiated by Fox because Spider-Man director Marc Webb “owed” them another film following 2009′s 500 (Days) of Summer.

What do you think about this news? Would you like to see a grand Marvel crossover involving characters from all the films, or are you happy to keep the universes separate? Sound off in the comments.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2nd, while X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 23rd.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ final trailer lays it all out

- April 16th, 2014

The final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer is exactly what everyone’s been anxiously waiting for.

Unlike the first two trailers, the last international look at the film before its released in a couple of weeks gives fans their first real view into the actual story line.

Better yet, it actually shows off some of the bantering and witty comebacks used by the extraordinarily large cast…and it’s funny! It’s actually pretty funny, so wipe that dripping, concerned sweat off of your forehead.

In the final trailer, the backdrop is set for the gigantic war the X-Men are gearing up to fight in.

“In the beginning, the sentinels were just targeting mutants. Then they began targeting everyone. I’ve come a long way to guide us, to bring us together. The X-Men. We need your help,” Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine tells a bewildered looking, young Charles Xavier.

Although we already knew the sentinels were going to be the biggest nemesis the X-Men would have to take down, this was the first time we’ve received more than just a quick glimpse of the destructive path they’ve left behind in their wake.

In this trailer, the sentinels actually feel like a tangible enemy for the genetically enhanced mutant army instead of a projection of darkness the two previous trailers portrayed the robot class as.

More interesting, however, was the glimpse into the trek Wolverine embarks on to bring the rowdy group of miscreant misfits together in order to stop the sentinels.

“It’s going to take all of us to end this war,” Ian McKellan’s Magneto tells the modern day Xavier, and that’s exactly what the trailer shows off.

Wolverine goes from house to house, state to state to collect the different mutants he needs. From his old pal Beast, the wickedly tough Mystique, and the criminally insane mastermind Magento, the trailer finally gives some insight into how director Bryan Singer is going to mesh the two worlds together.

Singer and his crew also provided fans with a little more footage of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, one of the characters people were most concerned about after seeing his cyberpunk costume they decided to go with. When he’s got his goggles off, he doesn’t look nearly as terrible, and he’s retained his razor sharp wit. An aspect fans of the franchise will appreciate.

The history, woven together with some incredible action sequences and mutant power close ups, makes this trailer the most exciting one to date. Let’s see if Singer can bring the magic back to one of comics’ most beloved groups.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on May 23.