Monday, April 28, 2008

Summer of 2008: My Most Highly Anticipated Films

1 - Indiana Jones 4
Indiana Jones 4Before I even grew up, I was an Indiana Jones fan. He has been my hero all throughout my childhood and now even still remains one. Only Indiana Jones can kick so much ass with only a whip and a fedora and still look good doing it. While the footage for this just doesn't have me fully excited it for it (above the four other movies mentioned), I do think it will definitely deliver. If Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg both came back to make this, then I don't think there is any way it could be that bad. What excites me the most is the absolute secrecy with this and I'm looking forward to finally seeing a new adventure unfold.

2 - Wall-E
Wall-EYes, Wall-E is above The Dark Knight and I don't care. I have this feeling, from all the footage I've seen, that Wall-E could, just maybe, be one of the great movies I've ever seen in my entire life and replace Return of the King as the top spot in my all-time top 10. But then again, too much hype means it could end up being a big let down, so I'm trying to keep that thought out of my mind. However, when it comes to actually laying down a list of my most anticipated films, I can't help that thought from creeping back into my mind. Combine my love for great science fiction, a cute, innocent romantic robot, and my love for Pixar - and that's Wall-E.

3 - The Dark Knight
The Dark KnightThis really needs no introduction. Not only is Batman Begins already one of my favorite superhero movies, but also a recent viewing has made me realize even more how incredible Christopher Nolan truly is. You take that bit of hype, combine it with Nolan's brilliant intermission movie The Prestige, add Heath Leger as the Joker, show me some phenomenal trailers and footage, and lastly, film actual scenes completely on IMAX - and you've got a movie that surpasses my excitement that I had for Spider-Man 3. I have that same feeling as Wall-E - The Dark Knight could be one of the greatest movies in a long time and I'm looking forward to it just about as much as I was looking forward to Return of the King in 2003.

4 - Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

I'm a huge Hellboy fan - everyone knows that! Ever since the first Hellboy in 2004, I come to love Guillermo del Toro even more. That's enough to prove to you that I am genuinely excited for Hellboy II simply based on the director and the fact that I love the Hellboy universe. However, I'm sure you're wondering why it's only #3 on here and not #1? Well, the other movies have just beaten out the hype on this one, and Hellboy is much more of a guilty pleasure than anything major. I just hope this one really builds upon the first movie!

5 - Iron Man

Iron ManI think I've been excited for Iron Man since Comic-Con in July of last year. Now one year later I'm still holding onto that hype, hoping it will kick off the summer in style, and replace Spider-Man as the Marvel superhero franchise to follow for many years to come. Favreau has quickly stepped up to become one of my favorite directors because he's such a down-to-earth and cool comic book fan like 300's Zack Snyder. I believe he was the perfect guy to bring Iron Man to the big screen in the same way that Michael Bay was perfect for Transformers. I'm excited for one hell of a fun start to the summer movie season with this one.

6 - Pineapple Express
Pineapple ExpressEver since Superbad last year, I've been anxiously awaiting Judd Apatow's next supremely placed summer comedy. When I heard about Pineapple Express and what it was all about, I knew this was already it. Its got James "Harry Osborn" Franco and Seth "Knocked Up" Rogen playing two mega-stoners who end up getting chased by the mob. Really, I don't think it can get any better than that! It's easily the one comedy I am looking forward to more than all others and I am ridiculously excited to see what sort of insanity goes down.

7 - The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible HulkIf it weren't for the recent footage and new trailer that I saw at the New York Comic Con a few weeks ago, this probably wouldn't be here at all. I'm starting to feel like this could turn out pretty damn good - and I think it has a lot to do with Edward Norton. Although he lost the battle to turn it into the movie he really wanted it to be, I still think Marvel is cultivating a solid Hulk flick that will deliver more action than just about any other movie on this list. I've got a feeling that it may be a big sleeper hit that no one will see coming but in the end will shock everyone by how damn good it is. Only time will tell, but I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

8 - Get Smart
Get SmartAt this point, all that's left are comedies. Get Smart is one of the others that I'm very much looking forward to. I haven't seen a good action-comedy since, shit, maybe Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in 1999? This time I think Steve Carell is going to hit another career high, embodying a character that he will be know for forever. Plus Pete Segal is finally going to come out of his hole with a solid comedy that I think could end up becoming one of the most loved summer movies. Get Smart has summer event movie written all over it and I'm looking forward to one hell of a fun opening weekend!

9 - Tropic Thunder
Tropic ThunderI was sold on this with the latest trailer. Not only do the war scenes look incredibly epic, but the comedy looks genuinely hilarious. Oddly, I'm not a fan of Zoolander, which is the last film Ben Stiller directed, but this time I've got a good feeling about Tropic Thunder. I think it's going to be one of those great movies to wrap up the summer on and, although it will be good, won't exactly be at the top of any "best of" lists by September. However, I could be wrong, and we could be in for a wild ride that will have me regretting I put it this low on the list, but I'm trying to prevent that hype from taking away what this could become.

10 - Speed Racer

Speed RacerAlthough technically I've already seen it at this point, I'm including it because I'm truly excited to see it again and relive the experience in the midst of the summer movie season. Something about the energy and excitement of high speed car races combined with the brilliant imagery that the Wachowskis have dreamt up has me giddy for Speed Racer. I'm not worried about the story at all, in fact, I'm looking forward to simply sitting back and enjoying the one-of-a-kind experience that only the Wachowskis can deliver. There's nothing more I can say besides - Speed Racer was and still is one of my most anticipated summer films that I definitely know won't be forgotten at all.

It Only just readjusted the top 10 from Alex at

Let Know your preferences.

Dragonball Teaser Poster

Both a domestic and international version of the new teaser poster for 20th Century Fox's Dragonball have made their way online. Opening on April 3, 2009, the big screen adaptation stars Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Jamie Chung, Emmy Rossum, Eriko Tamura, Joon Park, Chow Yun-Fat, Texas Battle, Randall Duk Kim and Ernie HudsonSource: ComingSoon

Judge to Direct Bateman in Extract

Mike Judge will direct and Jason Bateman will star in the comedy Extract, the first project to be produced under Judge's new company, Ternion Productions, which he formed with writer/producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.

Written by Judge, Extract explores what it's like to be the boss when everything seems to be shifting around you.

Miramax will distribute in North America. Altschuler is producing alongside Michael Rotenberg. Tom Lassally and Krinsky executive produce.

MRC has also preemptively acquired Altschuler and Krinsky's spec script Brigadier Gerard. The comedy is set in the Napoleonic era and is based on a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Ternion is attaching a director to shoot in 2009.

Judge, who wrote and directed Office Space, is the creator of "Beavis and Butthead" and "King of the Hill," which he produced with Altschuler and Krinsky.

Altschuler and Krinsky wrote Blades of Glory and are penning Brothers of Invention in addition to finishing work on The Jetsons.

5 new The Dark Knight International Posters has posted five new international posters for The Dark Knight, opening in conventional theaters and IMAX on July 18.

I’ve included the one other below. The final one, which is a variation on the Batman “World Without Rules” featuring The Joker might be a fan creation.

New 'Indiana Jones' TV Spot!

Who cares about mythical cities, ancient secrets, and unlimited power? As much as those things need to be there for the plot of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, it's the man and the music that really counts. And of course, this new television spot for the film has both of those, but that's not all. There's Cate Blanchett's Agent Spalko, with a strategically placed black bar that is Hitleriffic, but the gem is in the slapping. There's nothing quite like seeing slaps in tune to Indie's classic theme, and for this spot, it's just like a Sissy-Boy Slap-Party.

This is a short television spot, so there's not much more to see, but luckily we don't have much longer to wait. After all this time, the film is almost here, itching to pop up in theaters on May 22. Harrison Ford, Karen Allen ... this is sure to be a fun blast from the past. Or at least, I hope!

Summit enters 'Arena'

Summit Entertainment has snapped up sci-fi action thriller "Arena," penned by tyro scribes Toby Wagstaff and Darren Howell. Benderspink, along with the writers' manager, Jim Thompson, set up the project.

Story centers on a group of modern-day soldiers who are mysteriously transported from the thick of battle to a terrain-shifting landscape where they must fight the best warriors of all different eras and histories in a gladiatorial fight to the death -- or be killed by the all-powerful operators of the "Arena."

Project is the second set up by Benderspink at Summit, where the shingle's also producing the comedy "Sensei." Benderspink's also set up several projects in the wake of the WGA strike's end including "Shell Game," "Leap Year," "Emma," "Cutlass Islands" and "Spydust."

Thompson most recently produced "War" and the hip-hop documentary "Diamonds in the Rough."

Howard talks Iron Man sequels

Terrence Howard can look forward to a prosperous future in superhero movies, it seems, with the actor claiming you’ll see a lot more of Rhodes/War Machine in future “Iron Man” movies (maybe even a spin-off).

Talking to IESB, the actor said he’ll likely get his own movie after “Iron Man” chalks up a coupla more sequels.

“If they do a 2 I know they'll do a 3, and this is just speculation on my behalf, and if they do a 3 then they'll spin-off into War Machine 'cause War Machine seems to have its own little following. Which, you know, galvanizes my own personal interest in it, I've never really signed on to be a sidekick.”

As for what the next “Iron Man” movie will be about, all indications point to not only an appearance by comic villain The Mandarin but the return of the agents from S.H.I.E.L.D.

“There's been a great deal of introduction about The Shield and where that will lead to. I think we're falling into the tradition of Marvel keeping up with the truth in how they wrote the comics initially”.

In an interview with IGN, Howard said he’d like to see a battle between Rhodes and Tony Stark/Iron Man.

"I think it should be [a battle between them]," he says. "I think it should start that way. I'm supposed to don his suit, be affected neural net-wise, have my brainwaves changed, then [it would be] Tony having to put his suit on and take it from me. And then I come and put the suit back on later -- you know, we build another suit later."

As for why Rhodes would take over as Iron Man in the first place, the actor says it's "because Tony refuses to put it on for a time. And S.H.I.E.L.D. calls and I end up doing it, according to the comic b

Juno 2 Movie Trailer

This One is just to wish you a good Week. ;)

From the irritatingly quirky mind of Oscar Award winning Diablo Cody comes the sequel that half the country has been violently waiting for. Juno kills a homeless man and has conversations full of inane pop-cultured nonsense.

Source: MadTV

Sunday, April 27, 2008

First 007 Now G.I. Joe

WOW... It seems Like this bad lock is spreading. Just yesterday we reported the Quantum Solace doom and Now this.

Yhea... According to AFP seven people were injured Saturday in a collision between a bus and several cars during the filming of G.I. Joe in the center of Prague.

Video seen on the private Nova television channel showed the bus, and then other vehicles, being hit by an all-wheel-drive vehicle that appeared to have braking problems.

"It happened in a closed area that was rented out to the filmmakers for the weekend," said Prague police spokeswoman Eva Brozova.

Jirina Ernestova, spokeswoman for the emergency services, said the injured were treated in hospitals in the Czech capital.

"According to my information, there were only slight injuries," said David Minowski from the local production house Stilling Films.

G.I. Joe is scheduled for an August 7, 2009 release.

Source: AFP

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Airmen Wanted Again for Transformers 2

Want to have a role in the next “Transformers” movie? The Air Force is looking for airmen to appear as extras this summer in the sequel to 2007’s “Transformers.

The production company wants to use service members as much as possible and is forming two teams.

Projected dates for the Shanghai Team are June 2-4 and July 22-25. Projected dates for the Forrest Team are June 16-17, June 23, Aug. 22 and Sept. 15-16. Volunteers must be available for all the dates the team is scheduled to shoot.

Military volunteers must take leave, fill out an off-duty employment form and provide two head-and-shoulders photos of front and side views, according to Senior Master Sgt. Vincent Aragona, an Air Force liaison for the movie. Additionally, volunteers need to be familiar with weapons and ground combat operations.

While airmen anywhere can apply, Aragona said airmen who live outside the Los Angeles area will have to provide their own transportation to Southern California and lodging there. Once filming starts, lodging, meals and transportation to movie sites outside of Los Angeles will be provided by the production company.

E-mail contact information, photos and team preference to: and For more information, call Senior Master Sgt Vincent Aragona at (310) 235-7532.

Portions of the first “Transformers” were filmed at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The movie featured real and computer-generated F-22A Raptors, MH-53 Pave Lows and CV-22 Ospreys.

Source: IESB

Walpaper By: Stuart (Thankx Stu ;))

First Look: Alejandro Amenábar's Agora Set

Alejandro Amenábar's Agora Set in Delimara, Malta

Agora is an English language film described as a historical drama set in early Egypt concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, a female philosophy professor and atheist. The website adds a bit more detail to the story: Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz plays astrologer-philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria who fights to save the collected wisdom of the ancient world. Her slave Davus (Max Minghella of Syriana) is torn between his love for his mistress and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity. In addition to Weisz and Minghella, Agora also stars Rupert Evans, Michael Lonsdale, and Homayoun Ershadi.

Agora is written and directed by Oscar winning filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar (The Others ,The Sea Inside).

The film doesn't even have a US distributor yet, but is shooting for 15 weeks and should wrap by June. Local Maltese workers are being employed in roles and crew positions, which is rare for Malta, and the production is giving new life to the city. It's great to see a small project like this slowly building buzz because it sounds like something special that the Maltese are supporting. In actuality, it sounds like a movie that definitely captures my interest but I can't say I'm sold until I really get a feel for the atmosphere Alejandro Amenábar is creating and more details about the story.

In fact, this reminds me a lot of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. That movie featured a phenomenal recreation of an eighteenth century Paris yet was highly underrated. I'm hoping Agora gains some more traction than Perfume at the least. We'll be following this project as it develops and let you know once we hear more or get any more new photos.

Babylon A.D. pics

With such a summer of huge movies, some flicks get a bit lost in the shuffle -- aside from the rumors of hatcheted runtime, we haven't seen much on BABYLON A.D., Vin Diesel's return to sci-fi action.

The movie's getting a less-than-prestigious late-August release, which is when we normally see stuff like ANACONDAS: HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID.

It's a big Euro-flavored futuristic traveling tale in the vein of CHILDREN OF MEN, about a mercenary with cool tatts hired to escort a woman from Russia to New York.

Here are a few pics, with a couple of new images in the bunch.

Extra Tidbit: The Movie is based on the novel "Babylon Babies" by Maurice Georges Dantec.

Quantum of solace, Doomed?!?

Production has had to shut down on the 22nd James Bond adventure, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, after a series of dangerous accidents occurred both during and in between filming, one of which has left a stuntman in critical condition at a local hospital in northern Italy, leading many to speculate on exactly what the f**k is going on. Are these simply a series of coincidences? Is this divine intervention for the filmmakers sticking to such a frustratingly cryptic title? Or has the film joined the ranks of similar productions deemed "cursed" - THE CROW, for example, which claimed the life of Brandon Lee. Read the details over HERE.

Bond continues his intense brood on November 7th.

Times Online

20th Century Fox 2008 Summer Preview

20th Century Fox has provided with its summer preview, which includes new photos from Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher's comedy What Happens in Vegas, M. Night Shyamalan's thriller The Happening, with Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy's sci-fi comedy Meet Dave, the animated comedy Space Chimps, anticipated The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Rainn Wilson comedy The Rocker, Alexandre Aja's horror flick Mirrors, with Kiefer Sutherland, and the Vin Diesel sci-fi action-thriller Babylon A.D..Click on the 'View Pics' links to see the galleries and on the movie titles for info, trailers and more on coming soon.

May 9
What Happens in Vegas (View Pics)

June 13
The Happening (View Pics)

July 11
Meet Dave (View Pics)

July 18
Space Chimps (View Pics)

July 25
The X-Files: I Want To Believe (View Pics)

August 1
The Rocker (View Pics)

August 15
Mirrors (View Pics)

August 29
Babylon A.D. (View Pics)

Angelina Jolie Wanted Teaser Poster!

Ain't It Cool News has premiered the new Angelina Jolie teaser poster for Universal Pictures' Wanted, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and co-starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann and Common. Based on Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series, the thriller hits theaters on June 27.

The Dark Knight AMAZING Poster

They've done it again! The fans have uncovered the official new poster for The Dark Knight. Where was it found in the viral marketing? On the Joker's, of course! The page that lead to the poster also says "Four days," presumably how long we have to wait for the new trailer?

Click the poster for a bigger version!
The Dark Knight is again directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige) and co-written by Nolan, his brother Jonathan Nolan (The Prestige), and David S. Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins). The movie arrives in theaters worldwide on July 18th this summer!

Friday, April 25, 2008

New Hancock Trailer - Actually Looks Good?

Hancock Trailer

I hope you remember the first Hancock teaser trailer? An extended trailer for Hancock debuted last night on American Idol and has showed up online for our viewing pleasure. Whether you're enjoying the trailers for this or not, you better accept what it is - it's the only movie opening this July 4th so far (no Transformers this year). Anyway, now for my own take on this new Will Smith superhero comedy or parody or whatever you want to call it. This time with this trailer - I'm honestly actually a bit intrigued. I still hate the ridiculously bad wire work and stupid lines, but I'll be damned, could this movie be good?! No, no, I can't get ahead of myself…

Don't get me wrong, I still am not looking forward to this, but maybe, just maybe, this could actually turn out good. I think my biggest problem is that it's in the 4th of July spot - one that should be reserved for exciting blockbusters like Transformers and Independence Day, not this awful superhero parody. I hope I'm wrong but so far I'm still not sold - this isn't going to be an exciting 4th of July.

Watch the new trailer for Hancock:

Hancock is directed by Peter Berg, of The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, and The Kingdom previously. The film's script was written by over five different writers, including John August, Vince Gilligan, Akiva Goldsman, Vincent Ngo, and Peter Berg. Hancock arrives in theaters on July 2nd this summer - Will Smith's own 4th of July weekend spot. The teaser poster is featured below.

Hancock Poster

Confirmed: Del Toro to Direct the Hobbit

Guillermo del Toro has officially signed on to direct the New Line/MGM's The Hobbit and its sequel, reports Variety.

The widely expected announcement came Thursday afternoon jointly from executive producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, New Line president Toby Emmerich, and Mary Parent, newly named chief of MGM's Worldwide Motion Picture Group.

Del Toro's moving to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and Weta production teams. He'll direct the two films back to back, with the sequel dealing with the 60-year period between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. (You can read what he told about the preparation he'll be doing for this in our exclusive interview here.)

New Line is overseeing development and will manage production. Both films are being co-produced and co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Bros. distributing domestically and MGM handling international.

Del Toro won't leave for New Zealand immediately as he's still in post-production on Universal's "Hellboy II," due out in July.

The official signing of Del Toro comes four months after New Line settled a lawsuit with Jackson over "The Lord of the Rings" and announced that it had agreed with MGM to turn J.R.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" into two live-action films.

The studios didn't give a start date on production and don't yet have a script. Though no screenplay deal's been set, it's expected that the LOTR scripting team of Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens will collaborate with Del Toro.

With Del Toro blocking out four years for the project, it's likely that the studios are aiming at starting shooting next year and releasing the films in late 2011 and 2012.

Jackson's WETA stages, post-production and visual effects facilities -- built for "The Lord of the Rings" -- will be used for both films. And New Zealand will again be the site of Middle-earth, with the story centering on Bilbo Baggins taking the Ring of Power from Gollum.

Source: Variety

Harland Williams: From acting to directing

Serial support actor Harland Williams (“Sorority Boys”, “Bachelor Party 2”) will make the transition from acting to directing with “Wing Man”, a new $10 million dollar comedy from Producers Justin L. Levine and HowieCo, we were informed today.

The production shingle behind the flick, Stardust, had just worked with Williams on the comics’ comedy special ‘Wild Child’ in Toronto.

"Wing Man" shoots Summer 2008 in Toronto.

Nothing else is known about the project at this stage.

Source: MovieHole

You Don't Mess with the Zohan trailer

A new full trailer for Sony's You Don't Mess with the Zohan is now online. Opening June 6, the Dennis Dugan-directed comedy stars Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. In the pic written by Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), and Judd Apatow, Sandler stars as Zohan, an Israeli commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream: becoming a hairstylist in New York.

Final Sex and the City: The Movie Poster

FirstShowing.Net Received the an exclusive 'Sex in the City' Poster. Its Not like... something Beyond... But I think it will do great among female public that cant wait to see this Movie.

Sex and the City: The Movie is both written and directed by Michael Patrick King, a long time "Sex and the City" member who has produced, written, and directed a number of TV series episodes. The movie arrives in theaters everywhere this summer on May 30th. You can also watch the full trailer for the film if you haven't already seen it yet.

Sex and the City Posterhe

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tom Cruise's Son to Appear in Wil Smith Movie

Connor Cruise, the 13-year-old adopted son of Tom Cruise and ex-wife Nicole Kidman, has a minor, non-speaking part in the upcoming Will Smith drama Seven Pounds.

Connor Cruise shot his part over two days more than a month ago, playing Smith as a young man and mostly shown in photographs.

The movie, which is still in production, co-stars Rosario Dawson and is directed by The Pursuit of Happyness filmmaker Gabriele Muccino. The drama follows the story of a man who affects the lives of seven strangers.

'Kill Bill,' Anime, and the Whole Bloody Affair

The only thing more annoying than double-dipping DVDs is refraining from buying the first release of a film you really love, and then waiting, waiting, waiting, and more waiting for a better version to come out. Of course, as soon as you finally cave in, eager to see the film again, that's when it will happen. I'm beginning to think that I should just go out and buy the old Kill Bill releases, just to get this whole production up and running.

Last June, it seemed like we were finally getting the Whole Bloody Affair, but November came and went without that super-tasty disc release. Almost a year later, we're getting teased again. In a talk with MTV, Uma Thurman says that Quentin Tarantino's animated stuff is really on the way, and she teased that the long-awaited and desired big DVD release could actually arrive soon.

One anime companion film has been made, and Thurman says: "It has nothing to do with me. It has to do with another character. You'll have to see." This, as MTV points out, probably means an extra helping of Bill himself. But she also says that this short could be part of a larger re-release, sort of Grindhouse style. "Right now he's putting the two films together with an intermission with an added anime sequence he had already written. So additional stories are in there, in animation."

Anime or not, just get us the damned DVD set, QT. I'm sick of waiting! I need my geysers of blood and Elle Driver.

Igor Poster

The Weinstein Co has released the movie poster for their latest animated effort Igor. The film promises to bring a new twist to the classic monster genre. In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist’s hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair.

Igor features the voice talents of Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, John Cusack and Sean Hayes. TWC doesn’t have a good history on the animation side, and this appears to be the production company Exodus Film Group’s first animated production. Their usual television work includes EcoOdyssey and Around Along: The Brad Van Liew Story. Yeah, it doesn’t sound promising.

Igor movie Poster

Igor will hit theaters on September 19th 2008.

The calm before the summer storm

I just wanted to let everyone know that the reason there is a lack of updates this week is because there literally is nothing new. There is no major news coming out of anywhere and it's all quiet on every front. I suppose this could be called the calm before the summer storm. Iron Man hits theaters in just over a week and will officially kick off the 2008 summer movie season. Studios and producers and directors are all working fiendishly to finish their big blockbusters and prepare an enormous amount of marketing and publicity to reign down beginning in May.
It'll pick up again soon, that's a guarantee…

Second Full Prince Caspian Trailer Hits!

We have the latest Prince Caspian trailer for you kids today. Not much is new, but I enjoy the quicker pace and favor it to the previous trailer - check it out!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Paramount Pictures 2008 Summer Preview

Paramount Pictures has provided with its summer preview, which includes new photos from comic book adaptation Iron Man, the return of The Man With the Hat in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda, Mike Myers comedy The Love Guru and Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder.
Click on the 'View Pics' links to see the galleries and on the movie titles for info, trailers and more on comingSoon.

May 2
Iron Man (View Pics)

May 22
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (View Pics)

June 6
Kung Fu Panda (View Pics)

June 20
The Love Guru (View Pics)

August 15
Tropic Thunder (View Pics)

Story details and new pics for Indy 4 online

It's refreshing to see that the two most anticipated films of the Summer - "Indiana Jones" and "The Dark Knight" - have kept their publicity to surprisingly modest levels so far (although most of their serious spoilers can be found online with only minor digging).

Well to add to those spoilers comes a swag of new pics along with some new information from the next Indy adventure - what looks to be segments of the press kit have leaked online. Of course Lucasfilm spreads disinformation like rabbits breed (ie. copiously and quickly), so be cautious. On the whole though, this does seem to match everything we've heard so far though.

First up, the official synopsis - some spoilers ahead:

"This newest adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 - the height of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agents on a remote airfield.

Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College - only to find things have gone from bad to worse. His close friend and dean of the college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy's recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university to fire him.

On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he'll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history - the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear.

But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru - a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold - they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull.

Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world ... if they can unlock its secrets.

Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands."

Other pertinent facts revealed in the notes include that the map with the red line element is definitely back. Also John Hurt's character is named Professor Oxley and is inspired by Ben Gunn in the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island. This comes as a surprise as he was previously listed as Abner Ravenwood on the official site awhile back.

Meanwhile a gushingly positive review of the film has gone up at Hollywood Elsewhere, claiming it's "the best of the Indy sequels". Editor Jeff Wells admits he's hesitant about running the review (as its a 'friend of a friend' style comments). The review also comes a few days after Variety's best columnist Anne Thompson wrote an article which indicates that the first screenings for the film will be both at Cannes and for press in the US on May 18th.

Also reports of a 140 minute runtime for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" are now said to be in error. Producer Frank Marshall confirmed to Paramount publicity (via HE) that the film is just a tad over two hours - making it about equal with the 127 minute runtime of 'The Last Crusade'.

Finally comes all the new photos. Just click on the thumbnails below: