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Exclusive: Hostile Planet Footage Shows A Jaguar Hunting… A Crocodile

A new Hostile Planet clip shows a jaguar battling a crocodile. On the National Geographic docuseries that debuted early April 2019, host Bear Grylls explores the world’s most brutal habitats.

National Geographic first launched on television in 2011. Over the years, it’s been known for producing nature-themed series, along with numerous documentaries about historic events and historical figures. In recent years, National Geographic aired the docudrama science fiction series Mars, and the network has also broadcast the talk show StarTalk hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Aside from Hostile Planet, National Geographic currently airs Wicked Tuna, Life Below Zero, Legendary Catch, and Savage Kingdom, among others on-going series.

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In an exclusive Hostile Planet clip that Nat Geo shared with Screen Rant, a jaguar hunts a caiman, otherwise known as a crocodile from Central and South America. Early on, the jaguar slowly lurks in a swamp, with Grylls narrating the action. Initially, a wide shot shows the jaguar’s approach, but then a close-up focuses on the jaguar’s eyes as it processes the movements of its prey. The jaguar then pounces on the crocodile, prompting a few moments of aquatic tumbling and twirling. The jaguar establishes control, not only with a strong hold on the prey’s body, but also with a firm bite on the back of the head. The jaguar finally manages to flip the crocodile, allowing for an immobilizing skull bite. Watch the full Hostile Planet clip below. 

Hostile Planet is produced by cinematographer and director Guillermo Navarro. In 1993, Navarro was director of photography on Guillermo del Toro’s horror film Cronos, and then collaborated with Robert Rodriguez for Desperado, Four Rooms, and the original From Dusk till Dawn. He was later hired by Quentin Tarantino to shoot the 1997 crime thriller Jackie Brown, and then reunited with del Toro for The Devil’s Backbone and Hellboy. For his cinematography work on del Toro’s 2006 dark fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth, Navarro won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In recent years, Navarro has crossed over into television, directing episodes of Hannibal, Narcos, Preacher, Luke Cage, and Star Trek: Discovery. Next, Navarro will serve as the cinematographer for Stephen Gaghan’s 2020 fantasy comedy The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Antonio Banderas. 

While Hostile Planet’s host and narrator Bear Grylls is crucial to the series’ appeal, Mother Nature itself is obviously the primary focus and source of the best material. Even so, Grylls is indeed an experienced military veteran, along with being a well-known survivalist figure in mainstream pop culture. With Guillermo Navarro running the show for Hostile Planet, National Geographic has ensured that each episode will not only be immaculately produced, but also full of visuals that transcend the typical film-and-watch nature documentaries of the past.  

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Source: Hostile Planet


2019-04-22 06:04:22

Q.V. Hough

New Godzilla 2 Footage Revealed Before Game of Thrones

New footage from Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released by HBO ahead of the newest episode of Game of Thrones. There’s plenty of attention being given to the final season of HBO’s hit series (and rightfully so), but it isn’t the only big production that will feature fire breathing creatures and dragons this year. In just a few short weeks, Warner Bros. and Legendary will release Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and latest installment in the MonsterVerse into the theaters.

The sequel will clearly see the giant Toho lizard return to the big screen, but he’ll be fighting a dragon of his own. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is being used to expand the MonsterVerse in major ways. Other classic Toho monsters like Rodan and Mothra will be included and fight, but the most highly anticipated addition may be that of the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah. The marketing for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has hyped up their clash already, and now HBO – an affiliate of WarnerMedia – is cross-promoting their two dragon-heavy properties.

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Before the release of tonight’s second episode of Game of Thrones season eight, HBO debuted a new sneak peak at Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The sneak peak was then shared on Twitter, but fans of both properties are in for another surprise. Included in the tweet is a link to HBO NOW, which will direct fans to an exclusive five minute clip from Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The clip is available for any subscriber to HBO NOW (with a free trial also making it possible to view upon sign-up), but the minute long sneak peak can be seen below:

Just like much of the marketing that has come before, this new footage from Godzilla: King of the Monsters sheds plenty of light on the monster fights it will include. One of the shots that may excite fans the most is the first look at Mothra and Ghidorah fighting. The clash is not totally unexpected, since many believe Mothra will side with Godzilla and help him fight Ghidorah and Rodan, but we’ve yet to see the moth-like creature and three-headed dragon actually get involved.

With just over a month to go before Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters, using the incredible viewership of Game of Thrones to further promote it is a great decision. This is likely the beginning of the final leg of the film’s marketing campaign too. One more traditional trailer may still be on the way, according to a previous report from Trailer-Track, so another extended look at the movie could arrive imminently. There’s already been an incredible amount of marketing to this point, but with WB already having moved forward with Godzilla vs. Kong, they need Godzilla: King of the Monsters to deliver both in quality and financially so their plans can continue.

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Source: Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Trailer-Track



2019-04-21 09:04:13

Cooper Hood

Will Eric Stoltz’s Back To The Future Footage Ever Be Released?

Eric Stoltz was famously cast as Marty McFly in Back To The Future and shot for over a month before being replaced, but will his footage ever be released? Back To The Future was a project created by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and creative partner Bob Gale, and told the story of a teenager accidentally sent back in time. Zemeckis had always wanted Michael J. Fox for the lead role of Marty, but the actor was busy filming a TV show when production was set to start. Eric Stoltz was cast instead, but after filming most of the movie, Zemeckis and Gale realized Stoltz wasn’t right for the part.

They showed assembled footage of Back To The Future to Steven Speilberg, who concurred the actor felt miscast. The team made the difficult decision to fire Stoltz from the project, and a gap in Fox’s schedule allowed him to quickly jump on and take over. Since Stoltz appeared in nearly every scene, almost the entire movie had to be reshot with Fox. While this added millions to the budget, the shoot went smooth once Fox came on and the movie would later become a beloved classic that spawned two sequels.

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While stills of Eric Stoltz in Back To The Future have hinted at what the movie could have looked like with him playing Marty, no full sequences of him have ever emerged. The closest fans have come to seeing Stoltz in the movie came from a brief, wordless montage of footage found on a 2010 Blu-ray release where the actor appears in key scenes that were later reshot with Fox.

Zemeckis and Gale have both praised Eric Stoltz over the years, stating that while he gave a great dramatic performance, his intensity clashed with the tone they were trying to achieve. There have been conflicting reports over just how much of Back To The Future Stoltz had shot before being replaced; some stated it was a month, and while others put it closer to the movie almost being wrapped.

Either way, that leaves a lot of unused footage of Eric Stoltz from Back To The Future sitting in a vault somewhere. Producer Bob Gale confirmed the footage wasn’t destroyed and still exists, and they didn’t include more on the 2010 Blu-ray out of respect to Stoltz. Gale also refused to rule out releasing more footage on a future release but nothing is planned. Theoretically, it would be possible to assemble Stoltz’s footage into a brand new version of Back To The Future – which would almost feel like a bizarre alternate timeline in itself – but there are currently no concrete plans to release it.

While Back To The Future fans have been dying to see more footage of Eric Stoltz’s take on Marty, there’s a good chance it will remain locked away. There was a reason it wasn’t used in the first place, so the creatives involved might want to keep it under lock and key.

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2019-04-19 08:04:24

Padraig Cotter

New Avengers: Endgame TV Spots Reveal Never-Before-Seen Footage

There’s a slew of new Avengers: Endgame TV spots with never-before-released footage from the film. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo with the story written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the upcoming film is the 22nd entry to the MCU, which started in 2008 with Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The culmination of everything that has transpired in the franchise for the last decade, it’ll pick up after the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War that left the remaining heroes at their lowest point after Thanos successfully wiped out half of life in the universe using the completed Infinity Gauntlet.

Anticipation for Endgame continues to build as the release nears. The film’s global press tour is in full swing with the cast and crew’s latest stop being Seoul, South Korea. Back in North America, Marvel Studios continues to roll out several marketing material for the movie. While fans already got their fill of trailers, posters and TV spots still come out for the final film in The Infinity Saga. The latest batch of the latter provide some scenes that were never-before-seen, giving a bit more context to the narrative, which up until now is still tightly under wraps.

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The trio of TV spots may only be running for less than 30 seconds each, but it includes new several scenes from the movie. Released by Marvel Studios and collated by YouTube channel FilmArtsy, the first spot features Hawkeye and Black Widow’s moment aboard the Benatar; Ronin fighting in Japan; Pepper Potts joining the team in welcoming Tony Stark and Nebula from space, a hilarious moment between Rhodey and Scott Lang. The second clip opens with Stark and Steve Rogers talking about getting the whole team; Rhodey firing his updated War Machine suit, Widow training; and Rocket seemingly doing some ship maintenance. Finally, the third video plays a bit different from its predecessors. It includes a chunk of an actual scene from the film where Captain Marvel lays out a simple plan of getting back the stones “to bring everyone back;” a team-up of Hawkeye and Iron Man sporting and using his new armor. Watch all promo spots below:

Aside from never-before-seen footage, fans can also hear new dialogue from Stark delivering his own motivational speech, presumably telling his comrades: “it’s time to live up to our name.” For years, the MCU’s premier league of superheroes have been called the Avengers, but they barely have anything to avenge for. Despite having initial minor losses, they always come out on top. The first time they were defeated was in Infinity War, with Thanos proving his commitment to his goal, not letting anything get on the way between him and achieving it. But with so much riding on this next mission, particularly for the original Avengers, fans can expect them to avenge the fallen whatever it takes – as emphasized in Endgame‘s marketing materials.

While majority of the viewing public is eager to know what goes down in Avengers: Endgame, some might feel like Marvel Studios are revealing too much in these new TV spots. They’ve been really good at crafting non-spoiler but still engaging trailers and for the most part, they’ve worked for the fans. It’ll be a shame if they undo all that by rolling out too much new footage in these short clips. That being said, it’s important to note that the Russos’ admitted to footage manipulation in marketing clips to throw off people’s theories about the movies, so maybe some of these shots are either different or not even in the film.

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Source: Marvel Studios (via FilmArtsy)


2019-04-17 06:04:33

Ana Dumaraog

The Mandalorian Footage Description

Lucasfilm unveiled exclusive footage from The Mandalorian at Star Wars Celebration; it hasn’t been released online, but here’s a full description. The Mandalorian is one of the most exciting Star Wars projects in the works right now, the very first live-action TV series set in the galaxy far, far away.

Both Lucasilm and Disney clearly believe they’re onto a hit with The Mandalorian; it’s been confirmed that the eight-episode series will premiere on on November 12, with the launch of Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Sadly, it seems that’s far too distant for Lucasfilm to drop a trailer just yet, but they did reveal some footage for the audience at Star Wars Celebration.

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Sadly, the footage wasn’t released online; anyone watching the panel via YouTube or the Star Wars website had to listen to some music instead. But Screen Rant has an exclusive description:

The footage begins with the Mandalorian talking to Greef Marga, head of a chapter of the Bounty Hunters Guild. The Mandalorian is looking for a mark, and initially attempts to take every single mission Greef has at the moment. He’s told to hold on; as Greef notes, there are other members of the Guild who have to make a living as well. Instead, Greef offers one unique jump, a face-to-face commission. Precious little information is provided about this job, but the Mandalorian accepts it regardless; he has to make ends meet, after all. After accepting the commission, the Mandalorian walks across a street market. In the background, a Kowakian Monkey-Lizard is being roasted while another watches from a cage. They’re both real puppets.

Another scene shows the Mandalorian meeting with an Imperial, who has been told he is “the best in the parsec” – even if he is expensive. Unwisely, the man seeking to hire the Mandalorian hasn’t come alone, and his associate – a doctor – nearly winds up gunned down when he interrupts the meeting. The Mandalorian is tasked with bringing someone in alive; if his target dies, he’ll need to provide proof of termination, but will be paid a lower fee. Curiously, the data and codes he’s provided in order to accomplish this mission are 50 years old.

The Imperial makes the case for the Empire being better than the chaotic status quo, arguing that the Empire brought safety, prosperity, and peace. It’s a brief digression, but it indicates there’s going to be a real-world political slant to The Mandalorian; that particular sentence structure has been used by Donald Trump on occasion.

The footage also included a range of action scenes, several featuring the Mandalorian and Gina Corano’s Kara Dune. Dune is an ex-Rebel shock trooper who’s acclimatizing to life after the end of the war with the Empire, and she appears to be able to match the Mandalorian blow for blow in one fight scene. One crowd-pleasing moment saw the Mandalorian using a rope launcher to pull a Storm Trooper to him, then shocking someone close-range with a pulse rifle. Finally, Kara was shown using a Gatling gun on an unknown ship. No context was provided for any of these scenes.

It’s a shame none of this footage was made available online, but there are probably good reasons for it. First of all, Lucasfilm want there to be some advantages to having paid for a ticket to attend Star Wars Celebration. Secondly, given The Mandalorian won’t be released until November, it’s possible these scenes aren’t quite finished yet. Computer effects could well be added through post-production, meaning they aren’t ready for distribution online, where they’d be pored over by fans with HD screens.

It’s exciting to see the Bounty Hunters Guild become more prominent in the Star Wars canon again, with Greef managing a local branch. The Guild was an important part of the old Expanded Universe, prominently featured in the Tales of the Bounty Hunters anthology, but has only had a background presence in the post-Disney canon. It seems the Mandalorian is registered with the Guild, and is eager to go for their highest-paying jobs. At this stage, it’s unclear whether this Imperial mission will be the focus of the full eight-episode series, or whether each episode will feature a different mission.

At The Mandalorian panel, Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau stressed that the series would tie into the original trilogy, the prequels, and the sequels. That perhaps explains why the Mandalorian has been hired for a mission that seems to run back decades, into the history of the Star Wars galaxy. He’s provided with codes that are 50 years old, possibly predating Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Given that the Empire is in retreat by the time of The Mandalorian, it’ll be fascinating to see why they’re even interested in somebody – or something – who was important before Palpatine rose to power in the first place.

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2019-04-14 11:04:04

Thomas Bacon

Paramount Unveils First Footage of Horror Movie Crawl at CinemaCon

Paramount unveils the first footage for Crawl at CinemaCon. The new horror film is directed by acclaimed French filmmaker Alexandre Aja, one of the leading figures of the New French Extremity movement. In May 2018, Sam Raimi signed on to co-produce Crawl.

Crawl stars English actress Kaya Scodelario as Haley Keller, a woman who is trapped in a house during a hurricane, and tries to fend off baddies. In a co-starring role, Canadian actor Barry Pepper portrays Dave Keller. In 2018, the two were part of the main cast for Wes Ball’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the final chapter of a dystopian science fiction film trilogy. Scodelario began her career by portraying Effy Stonem on the British teen comedy Skins, while Pepper is a noted character actor with a film and television resume that dates back 25 years. For his performance as Robert F. Kennedy on the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys, Pepper won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. 

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At CinemaCon, Screen Rant’s own Rob Keyes caught a glimpse of Crawl’s first footage. In the footage, Pepper and Scodelario portray a father and daughter who enter a dark house during a hurricane, this coming after they drive around with a dog in a car. In the house’s basement, Scodelario’s character loses her father, only to find him laying down and almost dead. She hears a mysterious sound, and a monster then pulls her away. Next, she’s trapped in a cell or room, and treating her leg from a bite. Pepper’s character yells from another room, asking if she’s OK. While trying to contact any possible rescuers, the daughter spots an alligator or crocodile. Pepper’s character offers to distract the animals, and rescuers are seen getting eaten in the flooded streets. The Crawl footage ends with Scodelario’s character in the shower, with the bathroom door closed. An alligator swims around the bathroom. 

Over the years, Crawl’s director – Aja – has made a name for himself by depicting extreme horror on screen. In 1999, he released his feature debut Furia starring famous French actress Marion Cotillard. By 2003, Aja released his second film High Tension, which is widely regarded as a cult classic, and a defining film of the New French Extremity movement. Since then, Aja has released five more feature films, with his sixth being especially unique, as he wrote, directed, and produced Crawl. Aja’s production collaborator, Raimi, not only directed the original Spider-Man trilogy, but also the iconic ‘80s horror films The Evil Dead, The Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness.

Based on the description of Crawl’s first footage, the film seems to have a claustrophobic effect, much like the aforementioned High Tension. And with alligators and/or crocodiles hunting down humans during a hurricane, chances are that Aja’s new film with be gory and gnarly. We’ll keep you updated as more details about Crawl emerge. 

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2019-04-05 09:04:16

Q.V. Hough

John Wick 3 CinemaCon Footage Description: Don’t Mess With Halle Berry’s Dogs

Lionsgate revealed brand-new footage from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum during its CinemaCon presentation. Keanu Reeves reprises his role as John Wick for the third time in the film, which could end up serving as a conclusion to the franchise at large. The movie picks up immediately after the conclusion to Chapter 2, with John excommunicated from the Continental and on the run with a $14 million bounty on his head. His back up against the wall, John must battle pretty much every other assassin in the world and even bring the fight to the High Table itself, if he’s to have any hope of making it out alive.

As a result, Parabellum will feature several newcomers to the John Wick series, including Angelica Huston as the Director of the High Table and Halle Berry as Sofia, an old “friend” of John’s who begrudgingly agrees to help him. Ian McShane is also back for the film as Winston, along with Lance Reddick as the Continental concierge Charon, and Laurence Fishburne as the Bowery King. However, for its CinemaCon panel, Lionsgate screened a sequence that specifically focuses on John and Sofia’s dynamic in the movie.

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During Lionsgate’s CinemaCon presentation, they screened a clip that showed John and Sofia preparing to infiltrate a castle. The clip featured footage from the original John Wick 3 trailer, as John tells Sofia they’re not going in “like the old days” and he just wants a “conversation” with their target (to which Sofia responds “Nothing’s ever just a conversation with you, John”). From there, the pair are shown taking on a whole lot of armed men in what looks like a bazaar, with Sofia’s trained German Shepherds providing some backup along the way.

The footage included a pretty elaborate sequence shot that follows John and the two dogs are they take out one guard after another, but on multiple levels of the building they’re in. At one point, Sofia even has her dogs bail John out when he gets delayed wrestling with one of the guards along the way. Finally, the clip concluded with a moment where John is fighting two other guys when they all run out of ammunition at the same time. John, of course, is the fastest to reload and takes them both out with headshots, before taking out a surprise third guard who suddenly shows up on the nearby stairs.

All in all, the CinemaCon footage delivered exactly what fans are expecting from this film – namely, lots of kinetic action, stylized filmmaking, and John Wick taking out bad guys via headshots. It also sounds like Sofia and her dogs will end up being scene-stealers in the film, as they work in tandem to help John kill a whole lot of people and make his way to the top of the High Table. If all goes according to plan, the movie will combine the world-building from the previous John Wick films with a storyline that offers some closure to John’s journey over the trilogy. Series director Chad Stahelski has already teased the possibility of more sequels after Parabellum but, for the time being, it seems like John Wick: Chapter 3 should work as a fittingly violent conclusion to the overall series.

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2019-04-05 08:04:36

Sandy Schaefer

Knives Out CinemaCon Footage Description – Is This CSI: KFC?

The Knives Out CinemaCon footage offers a taste of writer/director Rian Johnson’s upcoming mystery-thriller. Before he goes back to the galaxy far, far away to oversee an all-new Star Wars trilogy, Johnson is returning to his filmmaking roots with an Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit crime film. Knives Out quickly came into fruition late last year and almost immediately attracted cinephiles’ attention due to its star-studded ensemble. Headlining the cast is a who’s who of A-listers including Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and several others.

With all that talent on both sides of the camera, viewers are understandably intrigued by what Johnson has in store and distributor Lionsgate is excited by what they have. The studio scheduled it for a November 2019 release, placing it in the middle of a very competitive period at the box office that’ll see franchise blockbusters (Terminator: Dark Fate), animated family films (Frozen 2) and awards contenders (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) vying for ticket sales. An official Knives Out marketing campaign has yet to begin, but Lionsgate gave it some spotlight during CinemaCon.

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At the studio’s presentation yesterday, some Knives Out footage was screened. Set to the iconic song “Live and Let Die,” the trailer primarily takes place in a mansion, where detectives played by Craig and Stanfield are investigating the murder of an 85-year old man (Christopher Plummer). It began with Stanfield’s character talking with Ana de Armas (who plays Plummer’s daughter) and she jokes about how lovely Plummer’s birthday party was prior to his untimely demise. Craig’s character, noteworthy for his Southern accent, asks that everyone stays at the mansion until the case is closed. Evans was a definite standout in the footage, shedding his Captain America persona by telling people repeatedly to “eat s***” and cracking that Craig is “CSI: KFC.”

The Knives Out footage was a solid mix of thriller and comedy, and most attendees enjoyed what they saw. Throughout his career, Johnson has always been one to put fresh spins on familiar genres and setups (his first feature was a hard-boiled noir set in high school), so it’ll be interesting to see what he came up with here. From the sound of it, Johnson’s spun a fun and witty yarn that’ll fit right in place with his previous filmography. If nothing else, this should prove to be an amusingly entertaining palate cleanser for the director before he does another deep dive into Star Wars territory. Johnson clearly had a great time working with Lucasfilm on The Last Jedi, but it’s nice he got this little break in between.

Another thing that’ll be fascinating to watch is how Knives Out fares in theaters once it opens. Before Star Wars, Johnson’s films weren’t huge draws; Looper was his highest-grossing work with $66.4 million domestically, with Brothers Bloom and Brick combining to earn about $5.5 million. Of course, Johnson’s profile rose considerably after The Last Jedi, making his name more recognizable to the masses and Lionsgate will surely want to play up that connection during promotion. Hopefully Knives Out is able to find an audience and deliver on its promise of being a unique and captivating original film this fall.

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2019-04-05 07:04:43

Chris Agar

Gemini Man CinemaCon Footage: First Look At Will Smith & Ang Lee’s Movie

Gemini Man CinemaCon footage teases Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s upcoming sci-fi drama. The project, which had been in development for a number of years before Lee came along, stars Will Smith in what should be one of his most fascinating and challenging roles yet. In Gemini Man, Smith plays 50-year old hitman Henry, who finds himself hunted by a younger clone of himself. The likes of Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Benedict Wong round out the ensemble.

Over the course of his career, Lee’s made a name for himself by jumping from genre to genre, trying his hand at everything from an intimate romantic drama (Brokeback Mountain) to a war drama (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), to a spiritual tale of survival (Life of Pi). Even when Lee doesn’t quite hit the mark, his films still make for an interesting watch, so cinephiles were curious to see how Gemini Man turned out. Paramount has yet to unveil any official marketing materials, but they did screen the first bits of footage during CinemaCon.

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At their presentation today, the studio showcased a trailer for Gemini Man. It begins with the 25-year old Henry being questioned why it’s so hard for him to kill his target. The youngster explains that whoever he’s pursuing knows his every move and then would disappear like a ghost. 25-year old Henry then learns that he’s hunting an older version of himself. Dialogue from the older Henry explains Henry was chosen for this experiment because “there’s never been anybody like me.” Owen’s character Clay Verris tells the younger Henry that he has the older version’s gifts without the pain and that he should embrace his fear. After a couple of action shots, such as a car explosion and a machine gun fight, there’s a confrontation between the two Henrys where the older one asks why they sent the younger one on this mission.

The Gemini Man footage was screened in 3D for the crowd, and attendees remarked how visually stunning it looked (including the de-aging special effects on Smith). Lee has always been one to push the boundaries of technology (many considered Life of Pi to be unfilmable before he got his hands on it), so it isn’t surprising his technical prowess is on display once more. Of course, Lee has never been one to make hollow spectacle, and it sounds like Gemini Man will have plenty of substance to balance out the style. In a taped message from Smith, he praised the film for being “an exploration of the idea of what one’s younger self can teach their older self” and described it a a blend of “nuanced related characters and some crazy action.” Some people are already comparing Gemini Man to Rian Johnson’s Looper, which definitely sounds promising.

Smith has several impressive box office hits under his belt, but more recently his filmography hasn’t been the most inspiring. Works such as Focus, Concussion, and Collateral Beauty didn’t leave much of an impression, so Smith is most certainly due for a comeback role. Hopefully, Gemini Man fits that bill for him. Lee is a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Director and has a very solid track record, all things considered. On-paper, Gemini Man has the potential to be one of 2019’s most intriguing non-franchise offerings, so ideally the proper marketing campaign will generate more hype for it.

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2019-04-04 01:04:34

Chris Agar

Sonic the Hedgehog CinemaCon Footage Highlights Jim Carrey’s Robotnik

Paramount unveils Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage at CinemaCon featuring the titular hedgehog and Jim Carrey’s Robotnik. A live-action/CGI hybrid Sonic movie, based on the classic Sega games of the 90s, has been in the works since 2014. But a number of changes have occurred behind the scenes, with the Sonic film moving from Sony to Paramount and recruiting Deadpool director Tim Miller to develop it. But after Paramount gave the Sonic the Hedgehog movie a late 2019 release date, the project quickly moved forward.

Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz will voice the titular hedgehog, while James Marsden has the lead human role as Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski with Tika Sumpter playing his wife and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik. A Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer has yet to be unveiled, but that’s to be expected since it doesn’t release until November. Paramount did reveal a few Sonic teaser posters in December 2018 and reactions were decidedly mixed. Though the Sonic movie responded to critics of the character’s CGI design, fans have remained wary of how the movie will portray the beloved hedgehog. Now, during Paramount’s presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the studio unveiled new footage for the upcoming video game adaptation.

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The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage was unveiled by Paramount during their CinemaCon presentation, where the studio also brought out members of the cast, including Marsden, Schwartz, Sumpter and Carrey. Paramount previewed the Sonic trailer, which begins with Marsden’s Tom sitting on the side of a country road with a speedometer when Sonic zooms past. The trailer cuts to a first-person shot of Sonic running, then back to a chase sequence as Tom follows Sonic, finally catching up to him in a shed. Sonic tells Tom he needs to save the planet, and the trailer further features futuristic (potentially) alien ships. The trailer also includes Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” as a musical cue and plenty of wisecracks from Sonic, including a joke about taking 9,000 steps in a day.

The second clip focused more heavily on Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, which was shown briefly at the end of the initial trailer with the giant mustache that’s part of the character’s game design. In the second clip, Robotnik attends a meeting of military personnel at the Pentagon to discuss a power surge in the Pacific Northwest, facing off against a general played by Neal McDonough. Robotnik is also shown with Marsden’s Tom, then there’s a sequence of him dancing and Carrey demonstrating his slapstick comedy skills. Though in much of the footage Carrey has a full head of hair along with the handlebar mustache, there is a brief shot in this second clip where he’s depicted with a bald head standing in a post-apocalyptic setting.

Responses to this Sonic the Hedgehog movie footage out of CinemaCon have been decidedly mixed. Certainly, it sounds like a wild take on the beloved Sega games, particularly with Carrey bringing his typical schtick to the role of Robotnik. Further, since the CGI effects in the footage weren’t entirely completed, it’s unclear whether the live-action Sonic will win over those who were wary after the initial teaser posters. With many months to go until the movie’s release date and more visual effects to finish, it’s unclear when the Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer will drop so everyone can see it. But fans are no doubt eager to see for themselves what this live-action adaptation of the Sonic the Hedgehog games will look like.

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2019-04-04 01:04:11

Molly Freeman