Being a prequel, last year's X-Men: First Class had a straightforward narrative, basically a hetero love story gone awry between Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr. For the sequel, however, director Matthew Vaughn is mixing things up by telling the first cinematic X-Men story built around time travel. Mark Millar, 20th Century Fox's shepherd for their Marvel Comics properties, is talking up X-Men: Days of Future Past in Millar-ian fashion, revealing just a little bit about the story.
Last week, we suddenly learned that Shailene Woodley is in early negotiations to take up the familiar role of Mary Jane Watson in the as-yet untitled sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. That caused no small amount of conjecture as to just how she would tie into the sequel's story, but today we have a little info-nugget on Woodley's role and how closely the planned trilogy will hew to Spider-Man's comic book past.
Skyfall hits many international cinemas, including those in James Bond's native United Kingdom, in just one week, but here in the Colonies, we're punished for our insolence by waiting another three weeks, even as the twenty-third Bond movie earns ridiculously positive reviews. In order to further work American fans into a lather, MGM and Sony Pictures have issued one last Skyfall theatrical trailer.
Synopsis: “Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
Synopsis: A teen comedy centered on a sarcastic high school senior, Wren, who is eager to distance herself from her dysfunctional family by going off to college. Before that can happen, Wren’s mother, Joy, insists that she watch her little brother Albert on Halloween night, so Joy can go to a rager with her much younger boyfriend. When Wren gets distracted by an invitation to the party of the year, Albert disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. Frantic to locate him before their mother discovers he’s missing, Wren enlists the help of her sassy best friend April, as well as Peng, an aspiring ladies man and co-captain of the debate team, and Peng’s best friend, Roosevelt, a sweet nerd whose crush on Wren clouds his better judgment. This unlikely foursome embarks on a high-stakes, all-night adventure to find Albert, crossing paths with outrageous characters every step of the way.
Synopsis: When 15 year old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing. Chasing Mavericks was made with the help of some of the biggest names in the surfing world, and features some of the most mind-blowing real wave footage ever captured on film.
Synopsis: Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. On the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.
The first official still from the Robert Rodriguez sequel Machete Kills has very little Machete and exactly no killing.
Impossibly cheekboned starBrad Pitt is the closest thing David Fincher has to a muse, having starred for the perfectionist director in Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Now, Fincher is eager to get Pitt playing one of the lead roles in a big-budget 3D update of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, provided Disney actually decides to make the movie.
Very few major 3D releases actually demand that you spring an extra three bucks for a 3D ticket, but if the first clip from Life of Pi is any indication, then director Ang Lee has made a movie where the format, so often a money-gouging gimmick, is actually an indispensable part of the visual vocabulary. By which I mean to say that Life of Pi looks damn sharp.