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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ trailer arrives

- June 11th, 2013

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The first teaser trailer for The Desolation of Smaug, part two of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, has arrived and we are getting our first look at the evil dragon “Smaug” being voiced and motion captured by Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Benedict Cumberbatch.

A big screen version of the Hobbit 2 trailer will screen before Man of Steel, which opens this Friday.

In the new ad we see new footage of There And Back Again stars Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen, as well as original Lord of the Rings favourite Orlando Bloom, who will be reprising his role as Legolas. We also get glimpses of Tauriel, an elf warrior played by Evangeline Lilly, and, of course, Cumberbatch’s Smaug, which Jackson had been keeping under wraps.

The movie looks nice, but I do think Jackson is perhaps unnecessarily fattening up The Hobbit into three movies. But then again, I haven’t read the book. Let me know what you think in the comments.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released December 13, 2013.

First trailer for George Clooney and Sandra Bullock’s ‘Gravity’ arrives

- May 10th, 2013

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After dropping its first poster the other day, Warner Bros. has released a teaser trailer for Gravity starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.

Initial impressions on the Alfonso Cuarón-directed film is that it looks gorgeous. A light piano and violin melody sets the scene 372 miles above Earth.

“Beautiful, don’t you think?” Clooney says to Bullock. But after an accident while working on a space station, the pair find themselves adrift with little chance of getting home. The movie is rumoured to have an opening shot that runs close to 20 minutes with no edits (something I’m totally crazy about seeing).

In an interview with USA Today, Clooney described the film as a “very odd film, really. Two people in space. No monsters. It’s more like 2001 than an action film.”

I loved Clooney’s Solaris, which was a space thriller that also doubled as a love story, so this looks like it could be right up my alley.

I’m not sure about the pair getting a happy ending, though.

Gravity was one of last year’s most anticipated films before its November release date was swapped for fall 2013. It will now be released on October 4.

Apocalypse cancelled in new ‘Pacific Rim’ trailer

- April 29th, 2013

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“Go big or go extinct!”

You have to admit, it’s a pretty catchy tagline.

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming monsters vs. machines epic, Pacific Rim, won’t be out for another couple of months, but the fine folks at Warner Bros. have released a two-plus minute trailer for the film that debuted at WonderCon last month.

“This was originally intended for only WonderCon,” Del Toro writes in a note accompanying the video, “but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it’s time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends!”

And from the looks of it, if you are in any way interested in sci-fi and action this is pretty much in your wheelhouse.

We get a few more tidbits of info from the new trailer – alien life rose from the Pacific and started an attack on cities. San Francisco was its first target. After that, the Jaeger program was born – two pilots, mind-melding through memories with the body of a machine. Or, as nerd scientist Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) puts it: “2,500 tonnes of awesome.”

The special effects look stellar, so methinks you’ll want to see this one on the big screen. Besides, I challenge you to name one other movie this year where you’ll see a giant robot swinging an ocean tanker like Jose Bautista swings his bat.

That scene alone looks like it’s worth the price of admission.

Pacific Rim hits theatres on July 12.

And if on the off chance monsters and robots ain’t your thing, you can also check out the final trailer for Fast & Furious 6, which hits theatres May 24.

Planes, tanks and automobiles will go kaboom in no particular order. Oh, and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is back. But you already knew that.

To borrow a line from The A-Team, this trailer “specializes in the ridiculous.” But it sure looks like a whole lot of fun.

Let us know what you think of Pacific Rim and Fast & Furious 6 in the comments.

Watch the new ‘Man Of Steel’ trailer

- April 17th, 2013

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Man of Steel will purportedly have a running time of 148 minutes. But from the looks of the just-released trailer, the film appears Hobbit-esque in scope.

From the looks of it, Superman fans are getting a fully fleshed-out origin tale, recounting Supes’ birth on the planet Krypton, his father Jor-El (played by Russell Crowe) and the human family that adopts him.

The character will be getting a complete makeover and we’ll see him grow into the caped hero like Chris Nolan’s Batman did in The Dark Knight trilogy.

Clearly, Superman isn’t sure he wants to be the hero. “Can’t I just keep pretending I’m your son?” he asks his adoptive father Jonathan Kent (played by Kevin Costner).

But it isn’t all brooding and moping. We get a look at some spectacular action of Big Blue fighting General Zod (Michael Shannon). And there is at least one neat cameo Twitter users have picked up on: LexCorp makes an appearance at the two-minute, 18 seconds mark.

 

Luthor isn’t on the cast list, but rumours surfaced earlier this month that Lex will appear in the film’s third act.

It will be, as Ain’t It Cool put it, “an ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor.”

There’s even one comedic scene in which Lois Lane (played by Amy Adams) asks Superman what the ‘S’ on his suit stands for.

It all adds up to a promising reboot. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

Man of Steel is out June 14th.

General Zod threatens Earth in new ‘Man of Steel’ spot

- April 15th, 2013

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In its quest to ensure Man of Steel dominates the box office this summer, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer in which General Zod (played by Michael Shannon) threatens the citizens of Earth.

It harkens to the scene from The Dark Knight in which the Joker promises to destroy Gotham unless Batman reveals his true identity.

We don’t get to see Shannon’s Zod – just hear his stern, static-y warning that if Superman doesn’t give himself up within 24 hours Earth will “suffer the consequences.”

General Zod was played by Terrence Stamp in 1978′s Superman and 1980′s Superman II.

Judging from an early poster that shows Superman in handcuffs, it seems that Zack Snyder’s reboot will pit the hero against humanity – at least somewhat. Henry Cavill, who plays Supes, confirmed the character’s loner status in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties,” Cavill says.

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Another difference in the new film? The one thing that can kill Superman won’t be making an appearance.

“I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie,” Snyder tells EW.

Last week, Warner Bros. boss Jeff Robinov confirmed that Man of Steel will usher in a new series of superhero films featuring DC characters.

“It’s definitely a first step,” he told EW.

Are you happy with the reboot? Do you think this latest incarnation of Big Blue will be successful? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Man of Steel opens June 14.