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‘Jupiter Ascending’ trailer introduces villain, gorgeous intergalactic CGI

- March 27th, 2014

Jupiter Ascending’s second official trailer has ascended through the atmosphere to go where no other Wachowski film has gone before.

Although the latest sci-fi film from the Wachowski siblings hasn’t garnered too much attention since its initial announcement trailer three months ago, the second look at the film has people talking now.

Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Sean Bean, Jupiter Ascending follows Caine (Tatum), a professional assassin, on a quest handed down to him by the Queen of the Universe to kill Jupiter Jones (Kunis).

Upon meeting Jones, however, Caine learns that she is the heir to the throne, and moreover, the sole owner of planet Earth.

Together, they embark on an interplanetary quest to take out the faux Queen of the Universe, and bequeath Jones the throne that is rightfully hers.

If the first trailer was to endow curious audiences with information surrounding the illusive new film, the second trailer’s only goal must be to visually stimulate them.

To be blunt, Jupiter Ascending is gorgeous. The Wachowski siblings have created a universe far more expansive than most science fiction films incorporate today.

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It’s also massive scale wise. The planets, and the ships used for intergalactic travel, are colossal, giving the illusion that Jupiter Ascending may be the sibling’s most ambitious film to date.

And that says a lot coming from the directors behind 2012’s highly underrated Cloud Atlas.

The new trailer also gives audiences their first look at the dramatically villainous Balem the King, the main antagonist of the film.

Played by Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Balem has a major stake in the assassination of Jones, and will do anything within his power to destroy her, and the planet he resides over, at any cost.

“I will harvest that planet tomorrow before I let her take it from me,” Balem rasps out in the trailer.

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This may be the closest character to Game of Throne’s most popular unloved character, King Joffrey, film lovers will get to see over the next few months.

Full of lengthy wide shots to further highlight the breadth of the galaxy and the remarkable CGI constructed planets, Jupiter Ascending looks like it could be the science fiction, action packed film of the year.

Of course, we won’t know for sure if it’s any good until it’s actually released on July 18.

Let’s just hope the Wachowski siblings have created another Matrix, not the other two duds that followed in their original fantasy driven sci-fi trilogy.

‘Ted 2′: Mila Kunis replaced by Amanda Seyfried

- February 24th, 2014

Mila Kunis is not going to be romancing the bear in Ted 2.

According to Deadline, Kunis has been replaced in the upcoming sequel by Amanda Seyfried. Writer-director Seth MacFarlane is still ironing out details, but it looks like Kunis – if she appears at all – will only have a bit part in the film.

Seyfried will play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg and MacFarlane will once again voice the foul-mouthed teddy bear.

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Amanda Seyfried. REUTERS/Jason Redmond

 

The original Ted was a runaway success in 2012 and became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. Seyfried also stars in MacFarlane’s upcoming Western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West, which hits theaters on May 30.

Ted 2 will be released June 26, 2015.

‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ trailer arrives

- November 14th, 2012

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Have you ever stayed up late asking yourself what happened before Dorothy landed herself in the land of Oz in The Wizard of Oz? No? Me neither.

But when I heard Disney was releasing Oz: The Great and Powerful – a prequel to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel and the 1939 film adaptation – I thought, ‘OK, I’ll bite.’ Especially when I heard names like Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp (he was linked to the film at one point with Tim Burton directing).

Well, instead of Downey Jr. or Depp we’re getting James Franco (as Oscar Diggs aka The Wizard of Oz) and Sam Raimi (who directed the original Spider-Man trilogy).

Diggs starts things off in black and white as a circus magician who finds himself balloon-bound to the wonderful world of Oz. There are a lot Burton-esque visuals and three witches (Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz) who wonder if Diggs is “the great man we’ve been waiting for.”

No word on whether the Scarecrow, Tin Man or Cowardly Lion will make a cameo.

The movie comes out on March 8, 2013.