Movie News gives you EXCLUSIVE access to MOVIES, FILM & TELEVISION with an Attitude! View Upcoming Movie Trailers & Clips, Insider TV & Movie News, the BEST Movie Reviews, Interviews and Contests…Join our Film Community! Sat, 01 Nov 2014 10:25:17 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Stunning Trailer for Alex Garland's Sexy Scifi Thriller 'Ex Machina' Stunning Trailer for Alex Garland's Sexy Scifi Thriller 'Ex Machina'

The teaser trailer for Ex Machina is every shade of promising, confidently building suspense as it swings between an erotic, isolated drama, and a scifi thriller about truth, lies, A.I., and the nature of humanity.

Ex Machina appears to be a loaded little film buoyed by two tremendous performances by Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, both of whom star in next year's Star Wars: Episode VII.

Not to be outdone, Alicia Vikander is poised to steal Ex Machina right out from underneath her two outstanding co-stars, playing Ava, a sexy robot who is both more and less than meets the eye.

The directorial debut of Alex Garland now has domestic distribution thanks to A24, which just yesterday debuted an eye-catching teaser poster that exists in a weird place between sexuality and machinery.

Isaac, who was robbed – robbed! – of awards season glory for Inside Llewyn Davis last year – provided some insight on Ex Machina months ago.  "It's [set] in the not-too-distant future—it actually could very well be the present, it's a little bit undefined—and it all takes place in a house, or at least in a facility," the actor told The Playlist last year.

"I play a billionaire programmer who's developing algorithms for the most popular search engine in the world and no one's seen him or heard from him in quite a long time and one of his employees wins a raffle to come to his place in Alaska and test his newest invention, which happens to be a robot in the female form that may or may not have consciousness."

"So it's very allegorical to the human experience and how you will never know if the way you see the world or the way that I do," he concluded. "We can try to describe it to each other but we will never truly know and it's pretty amazing."

Gleeson, who recently did outstanding work in Frank and About Time, plays the employee who is in way, way over his head.

Ex Machina is set to hit U.S. theaters on April 10, 2015.

Writer-director Garland's a rare talent.  He started out as a novelist with The Beach, which is much, much better than the movie based on it. He has done some fantastic genre work as screenwriter, writing Dredd, 28 Days Later, and the criminally underappreciated Sunshine and Never Let Me Go.  He also wrote several well-received drafts of the Halo adaptation that was nonetheless doomed never to happen despite the involvement of producer Peter Jackson.

Apparently his debut feature has impressed at least one major studio.  According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has hired Garland to write and direct Annihilation, a gothic horror story that's intended to kick off a trilogy.

That makes sense, since the book is the start of author Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, which concerns a biologist's attempts to solve the mystery of her husband's disappearance in a scifi phantasmagoria.

That film will mark a reunion between Garland and Scott Rudin, the super-producer who also collaborated on Ex Machina.

Here's the official synopsis of Ex Machina, along with a U.K. quad poster highlighting Ava:

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Movie News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:57:15 +0000
DC Rumor: 'Wonder Woman' Is Actually a Prequel Set in the 1920s DC Rumor: 'Wonder Woman' Is Actually a Prequel Set in the 1920s

No ifs, ands, or buts about it: Wonder Woman is getting her own solo movie.

The world's most famous and longest-standing superheroine smashes through the cinematic glass ceiling in theaters on June 23, 2017, more than a year before Marvel Studios finally lets a female hero take center stage with Captain Marvel in 2018.

Since Gal Gadot is being introduced as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, everybody's made certain assumptions about what a Wonder Woman movie will look like.

Those assumptions may have been way off the mark.

A new rumor suggests that Wonder Woman is, in fact, set almost a century before we thought it would.  According to Bleeding Cool, the version of Wonder Woman that's been given the go-ahead at Warner Bros. takes place in the 1920s.

Yes, if this report turns out to be accurate, then Diana's first solo movie is a prequel, doubling way back and spending its first half exclusively on Paradise Island.  In this version, rather than a utopian matriarchy, the island is at war, with various Amazonian factions duking it out for supremacy.

Then, halfway into the story, a pilot, "not necessarily Steve Trevor," crash lands on the island.  When the action shifts into the world at large and this pilot takes Diana back home, Wonder Woman reveals itself to be set about ninety years ago.  BC reports "the film will then show Diana exploring that world – a world where women have only just got the vote – from her… unique perspective."

A sequel would then fast forward to the thirties and forties.  Like the seventies TV show starring Lynda Carter in its early episodes, this Wonder Woman sequel would find Diana scrapping in World War II.

The third installment would take place in the mdoern day, with Gadot's solo franchise finally catching up to the setting of Batman v Superman, as well as Zack Snyder's two-part Justice League mega-movie planned for November 2017 and June 2019.

This is an intriguing idea, and one that would further distinguish Warner Bros.' nascent DC Cinematic Universe from the massively popular sandbox of franchises over at Marvel.  Marvel has yet to dabble in prequels, instead keeping up the momentum of its overarching story by moving the narrative ever-forward.  DC needn't be bound by the same rules.

And it makes sense because a DC hero like Wonder Woman has a deeper history than pretty much any Marvel character save for Captain America (Diana's been kicking ass since 1941).

Whether it's for a series of prequels or not, the studio is doubling down on Wonder Woman.  The Wrap reports that Gadot has declined an offer to for the female lead in the big Ben Hur remake on account of her commitment to her various DC appearances.

WB is currently seeking a female director to tackle Wonder Woman, hoping that a Kathryn Bigelow or Julie Taymor might oversee the film.

Movie News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:05:12 +0000
First Look: Bennet Sisters Ready to Kick Ass in 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' First Look: Bennet Sisters Ready to Kick Ass in 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

After half a decade of false starts and failed attempts, a movie version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has risen from the grave.

Don't believe us?

There's now phototgraphic evidence: an official still from the production showing the Bennet sisters of Jane Austen's 1813 novel ready to kick some undead ass.

More than a year ago, long after Pride and Prejudice and Zombies seemed thoroughly dead, Burr Steers boarded the project as director, enlisting Downton Abbey actress Lily James to star as Elizabeth Bennet in an adaptation of the marketable mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith.

He's following in the footsteps of directors like David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie, all of whom were attached at one point or another.  But the difference is that Steers, who who directed the strong Salinger riff Igby Goes Down and Zac Efron vehicles 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud, is actually making Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Production began last month under Steers, who rewrote the screenplay by Russell that's been in place for several years as the project wandered the developmental desert.

“The first thing I did was reinsert all the Pride and Prejudice beats,” Steers tells Entertainment Weekly, where the first look debuted.

The image introduces Elizabeth (James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty Bennet (Suki Waterhouse).

James, who plays the title role in Disney's live action Cinderella next year, takes a role that the likes of Natalie Portman and Lily Collins were previously attached to play.  Like Steers, it sounds like she's returning to Pride and Prejudice for inspiration, then zinging sideways.

“Even in the original story, Elizabeth’s a fighter and beyond her contemporaries in her ambitions and her ideas of women,” says Collins. “She’s a badass warrior. She’s a ninja.”

Not pictured above but definitely appearing in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are Jack Huston as Mr. Wickham, Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Douglas Booth as Mr. Bingley, and Matt Smith as Mr. Collins.  In fact, Steers upgraded to involvement of Darcy and Wickham in rewriting the script.

That's not all, either, as Lena Headey and Charles Dance, both whom play(ed) Lannister heavy hitters on HBO's Game of Thrones, also appear.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is expected to hit stateside theaters at some point in 2015.

It's been a long, strange trip for the adaptation.  After Russell left over a budgetary dispute, School of Rock writer Mike White was briefly involved as director, but he was forced to vacate the position because of scheduling conflicts with his HBO series Enlightened. Next up was Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie, prior to the release of his Fright Night remake.

But Gillespie eventually departed as well, and after actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, and Blake Lively all opted not to star, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looked long gone.  Then in the summer of 2012, the one-two disappointment of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Dark Shadows, both penned by Grahame-Smith (the former based on his novel), seemed to seal its fate.

Movie News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:33:26 +0000
More Awkward 'Terminator: Genisys' Images, Now with Schwarzenegger More Awkward 'Terminator: Genisys' Images, Now with Schwarzenegger

If yesterday's first official look at Terminator: Genisys had you worried, we've got bad news: nothing in this bumper crop of pictures and little details are unlikely to restore your confidence.

Fans of the first two Terminators already had plenty of cause for concern.  After all, the last two installments were both excellent arguments against continuing the franchise without James Cameron.  And there was the simple fact that this is a not-quite-reboot, not-quite-sequel is intended to launch a new trilogy, just like Terminator: Salvation failed to do five years back.  And obviously there was that title.

So hopes weren't exactly high to begin with, but word that the story involves an alternate timeline in which a wayward T-800 raises Sarah Connor rather than trying to terminate her has doubled down on nervousness among fans of the series.

“Oh, she’s just a normal girl growing up in a world with a Terminator for a dad,” new Sarah Connor actress Emilia Clarke jokes to Entertainment Weekly. “What was her first date like? Did he kill many of the dates she brought home?”

But hey, at least the erstwhile California Governor who got thirty years of mileage out of a simple catchphrase is back as the Terminator.

“In our minds there was never a version of this movie that we were making without Arnold Schwarzenegger,” says producer David Ellison.

“I knew ­eventually that another Terminator was going to get made,” Schwarzenegger himself says with total humility. “People always have to go through that painful experience of doing a sequel, or something like that, without me.”

Terminator: Genisys isn't just a father-daughter dance between Clarke and Schwarzenegger, though.  As you can see in the pictures below, the movie also stars Jason Clarke as John Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, and Matt Smith as a mysterious ally of Connor's.

Even though a 67-year-old Schwarzenegger is actually in this movie, Genisys is pulling a Salvation by including a young T-800 via CGI.  This time, the younger Schwarzenegger is part of the story for a scene that recreates the Terminator's first interaction with some 1984 punks at Griffith Observatory.

“It’s the holy grail of visual effects,” hyperbolizes Ellison. “You create a walking, breathing human that doesn’t exist.”

Recreating the Schwarzenegger of yesteryear isn't the only big visual effects challenge in Terminator: Genisys.  The top-secret bad guy, a combination of man and machine, is apparently going to knock our socks off much like the liquid metal T-1000 did twenty-three years ago.

“Part of the challenge is to ­dazzle people with something they haven’t seen before,” ­explains director Alan Taylor, who helmed last year's Thor: The Dark World. “There are elements in our main villain that are straining the capacities of our brilliant visual-effects people. So that’s a good sign.”

We'll see if Terminator: Genisys feels as much like a cosplay party as these images suggest when the film actually hits theaters on July 1, 2015.  If it proves profitable, Paramount and Skydance will be ready, having already scheduled the sixth and seventh Terminator movies for May 19, 2017 and June 19, 2018.

Movie News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:29:23 +0000
'Foxcatcher' Poster: Carell, Tatum, and Ruffalo Are Ready for the Oscars 'Foxcatcher' Poster: Carell, Tatum, and Ruffalo Are Ready for the Oscars

A new poster makes it clear that Foxcatcher is gunning for awards season glory.

There's a crazy-positive extended blurb atop the poster declaring that Bennett Miller's upcoming drama belongs in the "august company" of Citizen Kane, The Social Network, and There Will Be Blood.

As if that and the laurel leafs around a bit pointing out that Miller won Best Director at Cannes aren't enough, this poster underlines the seriousness and drama of Foxcatcher thanks to Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo glowering through varying degrees of special makeup effects/

Like Miller's last movie, Moneyball, and his narrative feature debut Capote, Foxcatcher is based on a true story. 

It follows Tatum as Mark Schultz, a former Olympic wrestler who receives an invite from the fabulously wealthy, undeniably strange John du Pont to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics on du Pont's massive estate.  Both men are driven to achieve sporting glory: du Pont for some thoroughly deluded, unhealthy reasons and for Mark, who dreams of escaping the shadow of his celebrated and popular older brother Dave, played by Ruffalo.  Before long, the relationship between Mark and du Pont gets weird and self-destructive, which isn't helped when Dave begins coaching du Pont's wrestling team.

Tatum, Ruffalo, and Carell are the center of the film, but it also features performances from Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller.

Because it's so different from his usual performances, Carell's work has been routinely singled out for praise since Foxcatcher debuted to a critical swoon at Cannes.

Carell's work certainly looks like something special, but Tatum and Ruffalo also committed themselves to their roles.

“These guys got some injuries, but I never really heard about it until we started talking about the film after it’d been finished,” Miller said not too long ago. “I keep on learning about various injuries. Like Mark at one point collar ties Channing in a scene and he kind of cuts his ear. He hits the side of his head really hard and burst Channing’s eardrum. And in the same scene, Channing put his head through a mirror and cut himself.”

“Look, when you’re in that kind of a movie, it doesn’t matter if you’re hurt or not,” said Tatum. “You keep moving forward. I don’t think my knees will ever be the same after that, and I still have cauliflower ear. But if I came out of the movie without it, I’d feel like I didn’t do something right.”

Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th, prime awards season real estate.

Movie News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:05:14 +0000
McConaughey Spits Mad Science in the 1st 'Interstellar' Clip McConaughey Spits Mad Science in the 1st 'Interstellar' Clip

Interstellar takes place in the future, but like all fictitious futures, Christopher Nolan's latest is really all about the now.

With the eagerly anticipated film's IMAX and celluloid release less than a week away, Warner Bros. has released the first official clip.

This one-minute excerpt not only establishes some not-at-all surprising facts about Matthew McConaughey's character, it also firmly sets up a grim near-future that is, of course, not too distant at all.

See, the vast majority of people on the planet today don't believe that the U.S. actually landed men on the moon.  These folks maintain that the Apollo missions were an elaborate Cold War ruse, a huge propaganda effort on a cosmic scale.

In the near future of Interstellar, this belief has been officially codified, written down in textbooks even here in the U.S. of A.  When Cooper, a pilot and engineer, is called in for a parent-teacher conference on account of his daughter knowing that man has, in fact, walked on the moon and telling her classmates about it, Cooper loses his cool a bit.

McConaughey doesn't make like Buzz Aldrin, hauling off and clocking Collette Wolfe in the jaw,* he does give that McConaughey slow burn.  In the process, he reveals that he's a widower.  So like virtually every hero in Nolan's oeuvre, Cooper is a man whose great love bit the dust.  At this point, the recurrence of dead women in Nolan's work is pretty conspicuous, but Interstellar does include roles for great actresses, from Jessica Chastain to Anne Hathaway to Ellen Burstyn.

The world of Interstellar really is an exaggerated version of our own.  It's a world being choked by humanity, a global dust bowl in which corn is the only crop that still grows reliably, Earth's non-renewable resources are all used up, and the world's ability to support life is almost entirely gone.

In order to ensure that our species doesn't go gentle into that good night, NASA whips up an ambitious plan to "make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage."

Cooper's the pilot NASA selects to lead the mission, which unfortunately involves leaving his son and daughter in the hope of securing their future.

Interstellar is inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who serves as a consultant and executive producer.  The project started out in the hands of none other than Steven Spielberg, who recruited Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan to write the screenplay a few years back.  Spielberg moved along, and eventually the Dark Knight director picked up the astro-baton, rewriting the script to be his first film since wrapping up his superhero trilogy.

I do liken it to the blockbusters I grew up with as a kid. A lot of them by Spielberg," Nolan said recently. "I don't like talking about Spielberg too much because he was the director on the project before me and I don't want to keep coming back to that, but the truth is, there's a great spirit to films like Close Encounters [Of The Third Kind] and Jaws that I really wanted to try and capture, because I haven't seen it in a very long time."

*Included for your viewing pleasure, the second man to walk on the lunar surface taking a swing at a glass-jawed moon landing denier about five years back:

Movie News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:57 +0000
Nobody's Excited About 'Serena' Despite Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Nobody's Excited About 'Serena' Despite Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

Wait a minute, you're telling me there's a romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper that isn't a part of this year's awards season hoopla?

It's hard to believe, but Serena has been sitting on the proverbial shelf for a few years now.

Despite the presence of bona-fide movie stars in the two lead roles, this Depression era drama is getting an ignominious February VOD release and March theatrical run.

On paper, Serena definitely sounds like awards bait. 

Based on the book by Ron Rash, this story concerns George and Serena Pemberton, a couple who build a mighty timber empire in the North Carolina mountains during during the tail end of the 1920s.  Together, they're an unstoppable commercial dynamo, but the wheels come off when they're at the height of their power thanks to some of George's secrets and Serena's inability to bear children.

The first time Lawrence and Cooper played a couple, in Silver Linings Playbook, she won an Oscar an he earned a nomination.  Then there was American Hustle, for which they were both nominated last year.

So it's hard to believe that Serena shot way back in 2012, before they reunited for Hustle, yet the movie has just languished.

Magnolia is coming to Serena's rescue, releasing the drama on VOD February 26, 2015 followed by a limited theatrical release on March 27, 2015.  The first domestic trailer arrived online today, and you can view below:

The timing of this trailer is certainly to Serena's benefit.  Just today, a barn-burner of a trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I hyped the living hell out of Lawrence's next blockbuster.

Cooper has a big movie on the way too.  He stars as the most lethal sniper on the books in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, opening in limited release on Christmas so as to qualify for the Academy Awards before its nationwide release on January 16th.

At one point, Darren Aronofksy was on board to direct Angelina Jolie in the title role of Serena Pemberton.

Obviously, that didn't work out.  Danish helmer Susanne Bier, who won an Oscar for In a Better World, ended up directing Serena.

She recently talked to The Times about the long journey of Serena, saying,"I had to fight for Jennifer when we were financing the movie. I had to fight for her! But we cast them both, and in the interim, they became these huge stars, and that changed the expectations around the movie."

It was always a dark, dark, love story. Never a mainstream film," she said.

Two clips have been floating around for awhile.  Neither is strikingly dark, but both seem to come from early in Serena:

Sometimes a movie picks up a stink it doesn't deserve and when movie stars are involved, the temptation to dogpile is just too great among critics and even audiences on the festival circuit.

Other times, a movie does, in fact, stink.

The important thing in the case of Serena is that it's finally on the way to theaters and VOD, meaning we can all decide for ourselves soon enough.

Movie News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:40:10 +0000
Two Posters for 'Ex Machina,' a Sexy Scifi Mindf*ck Starring Oscar Isaac & Domhnall Gleeson*ck.html*ck.html Two Posters for 'Ex Machina,' a Sexy Scifi Mindf*ck Starring Oscar Isaac & Domhnall Gleeson

The first U.S. teaser poster for Ex Machina has arrived online along with a U.K. quad poster.

Both samples of this heady scifi story put the Svedka Vodka sexy robot to shame.

The film, which just got a domestic distributor, stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, stars two great actors who play major roles in next year's Star Wars: Episode VII

Maybe even more importantly, it's directed by Alex Garland.

The novelist responsible for The Beach (much, much better than the DiCaprio movie it inspired), Garland has done some fantastic genre work as screenwriter, writing Dredd, 28 Days Later, and the criminally underappreciated Sunshine and Never Let Me Go.  He also wrote several well-received drafts of the Halo adaptation that was nonetheless doomed never to happen.

His feature debut as both writer and director, Ex Machina concerns an exceedingly strange love triangle.  Gleeson, who recently starred in About Time, plays Caleb, a tech-savvy young coder who wins a chance to spend some time with a reclusive but brilliant inventor and CEO.  That's Nathan, played by Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davis.  When Caleb arrives, he encounters the world's first artificial intelligence, which also happens to be a beautiful robot woman. 

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, familiar from Anna Karenina and The Fifth Estate, also stars as Ava, the cyborg woman

The U.S. poster, which A24 unveiled as part of its acquisition announcement,* eschews actorly faces in favor of Ava's robotic torso:

That's an eye-catching, evocative teaser.

The quad poster from across the pond also grabs your attention, but does so by providing a good look at Ava herself:

For months now, the completed film has inexplicably failed to draw a U.S. distributor, but with A24 on board, Ex Machina is now set to open in stateside theaters on April 14, 2014.

*Here's the announcement, along with a previously released image showing Isaac and Gleeson in character:

New York, NY, OCTOBER 29, 2014 – A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Alex Garland’s directorial debut EX MACHINA. Garland also wrote the film, which stars a trio of rising stars—Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. The film was produced by DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich. Scott Rudin and Eli Bush executive produced the film along with former Film4 head Tessa Ross. A24 will release the film April 14, 2015. Universal International Pictures is distributing the film internationally.

“Alex Garland is already one of the most brilliant and distinctive writers working today,” says A24. “Ex Machina marks the beginning of an exciting new step for Alex the director, and we are thrilled to help bring his provocative vision to US audiences."

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA. Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

Movie News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:51:38 +0000
'Terminator: Genisys' Story Details, First Look at Emilia Clarke and More 'Terminator: Genisys' Story Details, First Look at Emilia Clarke and More

Two cheesy magazine covers provide our first official looks at Terminator: Genisys.

The covers show off Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor, and Matt Smith as...someone.

And the inside of the magazine provides revelatory story details that actually raise a hell of a lot more questions than they answer.

Terminator: Genisys is a reboot-sequel that uses some time travel chicanery to pull a 2009 Star Trek, effectively restarting the franchise without necessarily wiping everything that already happened out of continuity.  Earlier this month, Courtney explained, "It's not necessarily a sequel or a reboot. I don't even know how you brand it correctly."

Whatever you call it, Genisys establishes a new timeline, one in which Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest T-800 acts as a Spock-Prime figure.  Turns out he's also a father figure to this version of Sarah.  Rather than try to explain, we're just going to quote the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (by way of Coming Soon):

Sarah Connor isn’t the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton’s steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991’s T2. Rather, the mother of humanity’s messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she’s been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger’s Terminator—an older T-800 she calls “Pops”—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who’s great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

Oh-kay then.  Sounds like the story cooked up by Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier does some classic Terminator time travel and also incorporates that T2 notion of a robotic killing machine as a paternal stand-in.  Based on this description, Clarke's Sarah Connor sounds more like the hardened would-be warrior of Judgment Day, but producer David Ellison complicates that image a bit.

"Since she was 9 years old, she has been told everything that was supposed to happen," says Ellison. "But Sarah fundamentally rejects that destiny. She says, 'That's not what I want to do.' It's her decision that drives the story in a very different direction.”

So it seems James Cameron, who is absolutely not involved in Genisys, nonetheless did give a big hint last week when he explained, "You could theoretically have a Terminator that was sent back in time, missed his target, and ended up just kind of living on in society. Because he is a learning computer and has a brain as a central processor he could actually become more human as he went along without getting discovered.”

Among the questions raised by this official sampling of Terminator: Genisys is just who former Time Lord Matt Smith is playing.  After all, the other three characters we're looking at here are basically cosplay versions of familiar franchise figures.  His character is described as a "close ally" of John Connor.

"It's like going on tour again if you’re Pink Floyd - the audience always wants to hear some of the old songs," Smith says of the Genisys approach to sequelization.  “There are enough nods to the past that people will feel satisfied.”

Alan Taylor, a frequent Game of Thrones helmer who made his blockbuster debut with Thor: The Dark World last year, directs Terminator: Genisys

It's unknown whether or not he'll return for the planned sequels, already scheduled for May 2017 and June 2019.

Of course, those sequels depend on the success of Genisys when it hits theaters July 1, 2015.

Movie News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:14:10 +0000
Final 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part I' Trailer Is Intense & Action Packed Final 'The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part I' Trailer Is Intense & Action Packed

The final theatrical trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I promises an unprecedented level of action in the sequel.

It's not as though the last two installments really skimped on action, but the derring-do was limited pretty much exclusively to the actual Hunger Games.

In the franchise's penultimate entry, though, Panem erupts into all-out war, making the televised survival competition look like child's play.

To briefly recap: Catching Fire ended on a cliffhanger, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) en route to District 13, the secret headquarters of the nascent rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol.  An unknowing pawn in a rebel conspiracy, Katniss helped take down the Quarter Quell and finally upset the status quo beyond the point of no return.

After two consecutive survival competitions, Katniss is now preparing for all-out war as District 13 harnesses Panem's unrest and takes the fight directly to the tyrannical Capitol.  As the living symbol of the rebellious spirit, Katniss finds herself leveraging her political importance in an attempt to rescue Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, Detention) from the clutches of President Snow (Donald Sutherland, Horrible Bosses). 

The weight of a civil war is on her shoulders, as this new trailer makes abundantly clear.  Both Peeta and Snow deliver dire warnings to her via TV screens, but there's plenty of fight left in the Girl on Fire.  And that's lucky for the revolutionaries, because the people won't go to war without her and the Capitol is pursuing a real scorched earth strategy.

This trailer is just over a minute long, but it stuffs in a whole lot of huge happenings and even more big explosions.

After Gary Ross launched the series in 2012, director Francis Lawrence took over for last year's sequel, bringing in even more critical praise and bigger box office in the process.

The I Am Legend director returns for the two-part climax of the hugely popular series.  It looks like he's successfully transitioned into Mockingjay, which is quite different from its predecessors. 

In the last film, Lawrence cast Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, who becomes even more important in this chapter.  When the Oscar-winning actor died tragically in February, not all of Plutarch's material had been shot.

“He had two substantial scenes left and the rest were appearances in other scenes," the director tells Empire.  "We had no intention of trying to fake a performance, so we rewrote those scenes to give to other actors… The rest we just didn’t have him appear in those scenes. There’s no digital manipulation or CG fabrication of any kind.”

With Mockingjay - Part I arriving November 21st and Part II wrapping up the series next November, some fans are hoping that the future will hold more movies set in the world of Suzanne Collins's bestselling Young Adult novels.

On the subject of possible post-or-pe-Katniss Hunger Games movies, Lawrence says, “It’s a tough thing. It’s a weird thing. That world of Harry Potter, there’s a lot to that world that you can explain. You can understand the appeal of telling another story, but can you actually do it without Harry, Hermione and those characters? Will people care as much? And I guess you can say the same thing about the Hunger Games world. There are a lot of past games and a lot of this world, but without Katniss, is it the same? Part of what I like about the series is the connection to things we think about and talk about now. What’s the new version of that? That would be the tricky thing.”

Movie News Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:42:00 +0000