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Watch: First trailer for ‘Tomorrowland’ with George Clooney drops

- October 9th, 2014

Disney has just dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Tomorrowland. The highly-secretive film pairs George Clooney with director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in a story from Damon Lindelof (LOST).

In the spot we see Britt Robertson being released from a detention centre. As she’s handed back her belongings, she is given a pin with the letter ‘T’ on it. It’s not hers she says, but when she touches it she’s immediately transported to a field that’s nestled beside a futuristic-looking city.

“What if there was a place?” George Clooney teases in a voiceover. “A secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.”

The clip fades to black, and then we get a glimpse of Cloony’s Frank Walker. “You wanna go?” he asks. The title card comes up before a split second bit of action.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof hinted that film’s sci-fi leanings. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” Lindelof tells the magazine. “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”

Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ gets a release date

- January 15th, 2013

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If you like Johnny Depp best when he’s sporting eye makeup and cracking wise at the camera, you’re in luck. Disney has announced that a fifth instalment of its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be hitting theatres July 15, 2015.

It will mark Disney’s second big film coming out that year. Star Wars: Episode VII is also skedded for 2015.

Johnny had a bit of a rough ride in 2012 with his Tim Burton collab Dark Shadows failing to get the Depp faithful out to the theatres. His next film, The Lone Ranger, reunites him with Pirates director Gore Verbinski.

A director for Pirates 5 has yet to be announced, but the film will be penned by Jeff Nathanson, who helped give the world Speed 2: Cruise Control.

If you’re tastes are more of the Muppets variety, Disney has also confirmed that The Muppets 2 featuring Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell will hit screens March 21, 2014.

M:I 4 director Brad Bird will also be back in 2014 with his sci-fi film 1952. Bird, who many thought was in the running for Star Wars 7, revealed he was working on his next film with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof on Twitter last year. The film, which is shrouded in secrecy, will star George Clooney and be released Dec. 19, 2014.

So, are you happy Depp is saddling up for another go as Captain Jack Sparrow, or should he move on? Let us know in the comments.

‘M:I 4′ director not doing ‘Star Wars VII’ and ‘Insidious 2′ gets release date

- November 20th, 2012

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Two big pieces of movie news have trickled onto the web over the past several days.

The first, and arguably, most important being that Brad Bird, director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, will not be doing Star Wars: Episode VII. We’ve seen a lot of names linked to the new film since it was announced last month that Lucasfilm had sold the property to Disney, who are planning a new trilogy beginning in 2015.

J.J. Abrams, who rebooted Star Trek in 2009, was one name that was bandied about, as was Lucas’ friend Steven Spielberg (sorry, but he has announced he’s done with action films).

In a tweet, Bird confirmed he is doing a sci-fi film, but it’s not gonna be Star Wars.

‘The science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool,’ he wrote. ‘That said, Michael Arndt (the Toy Story 3 scribe who is writing the screenplay) is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new STAR WARS.’

Kick Ass director Matthew Vaughn has been linked to the upcoming Episode VII, as has Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau and Joe Johnston (who worked at Lucasfilm in the 1970s).

Then there’s Joss Whedon (unlikely, as he’s obligated to do Avengers 2).

Whomever Disney bosses go with, they better hop to it. The film is scheduled to hit theatres in three short years.

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Leigh Whannell (left) and James Wan are seen in a photo from the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. (Stan Behal/QMI AGENCY)

Continuing with some exciting movie news is word that James Wan and Leigh Whannell are returning to direct and write Insidious Chapter 2.

The sequel will once again feature Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne.

In an interview with me in 2010 for the first film, Wan revealed that the pair wanted to make a scary film without the gore.

“Leigh and I really wanted to prove that a scary movie doesn’t need gore,” Wan said. “Scary movies are best when they play on people’s fears, fears that their loved ones may be in trouble by forces beyond their control… to make a movie where it’s the atmosphere that creeps people out – that’s tricky.”

Chapter 2 starts filming in the new year and my only glitch is that it is skedded to hit theatres August 30, so no TIFF Midnight Madness screening.

Bah Humbug.

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