Unlike Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman, Green Lantern does not have a backstory that is immediately familiar to the average moviegoer trying to decide where to spend his or her hard-earned ten-to-fifteen bucks. That's why the latest trailer for Green Lantern spends a whole lot of time setting up the Green Lantern Corps and willpower-based rings before introducing Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, the first human member of that intergalactic police force. Amidst all that exposition, there's also a glut of new imagery from the film, so it's definitely worth giving this trailer a watch or two.
Tom Cruise has been associated with the science fiction actioner Horizons, aka Oblivion, since before director Joseph Kosinski's first feature film, Tron: Legacy hit theaters last December. When Disney, which had been developing the film, opted not to proceed, Cruise came along with it as Kosinski and producers shopped it to other studios. Deadline reports that with Horizons at Universal, Cruise has formally signed on to star in the post-apocalyptic film.
Captain Jack Sparrow is back! Opening in theaters today is the long awaited forth chapter of the beloved Pirates of the Caribbean series, this one entitled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The first film in the series, 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, was based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name and surprised everyone by becoming a financial and critical hit, as well as rejuvenating Johnny Depp’s career and earning him his first Academy Award nomination. The filmmakers followed up on the success of the original movie by shooting two sequels back-to-back, ‘2006s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, as well as ‘2007s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. While both films were financial successes, neither movie scored as well with fans or critics as the first one.
But now, with the series having earned almost $2.6 billion worldwide up to this point, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (National Treasure), as well as actors Johnny Depp (Rango) and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) return once again to the popular Pirates franchise for another fun-packed thrill-ride. In addition to the return of Depp and Rush, the film welcomes several new cast members including Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) as Jack Sparrow’s love interest, and Ian McShane (TV’s Deadwood), as the film’s dangerous new villain. The series also gets a new director with this installment as Academy Award nominee Rob Marshall (Chicago) takes over the duties from Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three films in the franchise.
Amongst professional wrestlers in this surreal modern era, showmanship is important, whether it's Hulk Hogan tearing off his little yellow tank tops or erstwhile The Rock Dwayne Johnson and his supernaturally elastic arching eyebrow. In a crowd filled with such outsized personalities, Macho Man Randy Savage was a standout. Signature moves like the atomic drop and the hair-pull hangman earned Macho Man a devoted following of wrestling enthusiasts, but his outrageous fashion sense, energetic persona, and wholly distinctive voice allowed him to carve a niche in the greater popular culture. Unfortunately, Savage – whose name outside of the ring was Randall Poffo – died in an automobile accident today. To mark his passing and his singular style, we're making Macho Man our first posthumous Rogue of the Week.
Pixar founder and Cars 2 co-director John Lasseter is an easy guy to like. The fact that he directed Toy Story and is the top dog at the animation powerhouse would be enough, but his Hawaiian shirts and relentless enthusiasm are so boyishly endearing. A new featurette for the Cars sequel includes a slew of new footage from the film, but also spends time with Lasseter, who explains the appeal of his globe-trotting automotive adventure. Also included in the video are Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Emily Mortimer, Michael Caine, John Turturro, and Bonnie Hunt, all of whom lend their voices to Cars 2.
As promised, today brings a third trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the swan song of franchise director Michael Bay. The new trailer, which is playing in 3D before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, still sports the July 1st release date, but the film has just been moved up to June 29th. This is basically the same trailer as the one that we saw about three weeks back, but with more slow-motion autobot action sprinkled throughout. Watch it right here and use your imagination to picture it in three dimensions. That way you can save fifteen dollars.
Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher, the investigative journalist first introduced in the mystery novels of Gregory McDonald, hasn't been on the big screen since 1989, when Chevy Chase last played him in Fletch Lives, the only sequel to the excellent Fletch. Since then, numerous attempts have been made to bring the character back to the multiplex, but none of those potential projects ever came to fruition. Now, Warner Bros has their eyes on a rebooted Fletch, and they've hired former Seinfeld and Saturday Night Live writer David Mandel to handle the screenplay.
In 1997's Liar Liar, Jim Carrey played a mendacious lawyer whose son makes a wish prohibiting him for uttering even a single, which teaches the attorney to be a better man and father. In this summer's Mr. Popper's Penguins, Carrey plays a Manhattan real estate developer whose inheritance of six penguins from his eccentric, Antarctic-explorer father will presumably have similar effects. A new trailer for the family film debuted today, and comedy fans will be pleased to find that it contains a soccer ball to the testicles just 23 seconds in. Check out that football-to-the-groin gag and lots of adorable penguin action right here.
Can't wait for the July 1st release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay's last robots-in-disguise explode-a-thon? You no longer have to wait quite so long, as Paramount has moved the release date up two days, from Friday, July 1st to Wednesday, June 29th. And that's not all, Bot-fans. Today will also see the release of another theatrical trailer for the third Transformers adventure, once again starring Shia LaBeouf.
About a year before The Dark Knight hit theaters to a collective global shudder of pleasure, Warner Bros launched an elaborate viral game online and out in the real world, involving fans and redundantly building anticipation. After officially announcing the commencement of production on The Dark Knight Rises yesterday, the studio launched an official website for the film, which right now consists only of audio: crazy, kind of creepy chanting. More importantly, an enigmatic twitter account marked the start of the viral fun on Christopher Nolan's final Batman film, and revealed the first look at Tom Hardy as the villainous Bane. For realsies.