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List of IMAX theaters showing the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises and details on its full-length trailer

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | Comments Off

Unfortunately, not every theater with IMAX showings will have the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises (2012).  Below you can see the official list of true 70-mm IMAX screens in the country where Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) will play with the prologue preview, starting December 16, 2011 (or in the UK on December 21).  Also important to note is that the full-length trailer for the film will be attached to theatrical prints of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).  Moreover, a teaser trailer for the first of two parts The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012 – date might be pushed back six months) will premiere with the Sherlock Holmes sequel as well.  So if you weren’t completely sure or didn’t have enough incentive to check the two blockbusters out in theaters, then now you do!

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James Bond 23 finally receives official title Skyfall and synopsis with more cast details

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 0 comments

With the 23rd Bond film in the storied franchise coming together and production beginning, the film finally has an official title: Skyfall (2012).  It will bring back Daniel Craig as James Bond facing off against Javier Bardem in the villainous role.  They’ll be accompanied by Judi Dench (as M once again), Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Helen McCrory, Naomie Harris (as field Agent “Eve” and not Moneypenny), Berenice Marlohe, and Ben Whishaw.  With awards-darling director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jardhead) at the helm and renowned screenwriter John Logan’s (Gladiator, The Last Samurai) involvement, this new James Bond should be an interesting new take on the series, and it is definitely in the top ranks of my Most Anticipated Films.

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(UPDATE) 6 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises rumored to play before (70mm) IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 0 comments

UPDATE: The Dark Knight Rises prologue will only be shown on 70mm IMAX screens, not the more widespread digital IMAX. Therefore, only a handful of major cities will show the preview, and the rest of us will have to wait for an official release or rely on a cheap bootleg copy.

Similar to the unparalleled marketing campaign for The Dark Knight (2008), Warner Brothers will release roughly six minutes of footage from the upcoming “epic conclusion” of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises (2012) seven months before the film’s release.  The Dark Knight premiered its six-minute opening bank heist before many IMAX showings of I Am Legend (2007), and now The Dark Knight Rises will show its “prologue” before IMAX showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which will be released December 21, 2011 (I originally thought a full trailer or new footage would be shown before WB’s other major tent-pole movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on Dec. 16, but I’m wrong).  So if you didn’t have enough incentive to see the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series, then you definitely do now.

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New fourth season for Arrested Development and movie release expected in 2013

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 1 comment

Finally! After five years of rumors and failed attempts at moving forward, the filmmakers of the then-underrated and now-universally popular television series Arrested Development have confirmed new material.  Audiences will get a new (fourth) season consisting of 9-10 episodes before they release the hyped theatrical film.  Both the new episodes and film are expected to shoot in the summer of 2012 for an intended/hopeful release in early 2013.

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Josh Brolin cast in lead role for Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake; Christian Bale rumored as well

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 1 comment

A few weeks ago, Spike Lee officially signed on to direct the English-language remake (2012) of the South Korean revenge classic Oldboy (2003).  Now, Deadline.com has confirmed the rumor that Josh Brolin will star in the film.  He’s expected to take on the lead role that Korean great Min-sik Choi made famous.

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Ridley Scott returns to direct new Blade Runner movie

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 0 comments

 

Widely regarded as one of the most influential films ever made, let alone how monumental it was/is to the science-fiction genre, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) is a classic.  For instance, Christopher Nolan calls it one of his top ten favorite movies of all time and one that repeatedly influences his own work.  For years people wondered and debated if it would ever have a sequel, prequel, or God forbid a remake.  Given its iconic status, many have sharply criticized or at least questioned the value and necessity of doing so.  Nonetheless, after years of speculation, audiences will finally have a new Blade Runner film in the near future.

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Patrick Wilson added to Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus (2012)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 0 comments

Nearly completing production, news broke of the casting addition of Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious).  The legendary director Ridley Scott began working on an original science-fiction story while simultaneously entertaining the idea of an Alien prequel, and Prometheus (2012) is the result.  Reports claim the official synopsis is as follows, along with the first official photograph of the film:

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The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire already green-lit & to be released in Fall 2013

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 0 comments

The Hunger Games – starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, and Donald Sutherland – has yet to begin its theatrical run on March 23, 2012, but that hasn’t stopped Lionsgate from announcing the release date for the first of three sequels Catching Fire– set for release on November 22, 2013.  The studio plans to split The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, into four films, presumably with the final novel bifurcated ala Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

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Spike Lee to direct English-language remake of Park Chan-Wook’s South Korean cult classic revenge film Oldboy (2003)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 1 comment

Well, despite countless concerns and even a failed attempt by Steven Spielberg and Will Smith to remake Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy (2003), Hollywood will have its English-language remake – Spike Lee is now attached to direct the film of the same name.  It’s happening – fans of the original can only hope for the best now.

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Guillermo del Toro promises Alfonso Cuarón’s “completely mind-blowing” Gravity (2012) will “forever change” filmmaking

Posted by on Aug 16, 2011 in Latest Headlines, News | 0 comments

Alfonso Cuarón not only has deeply entertained audiences with the dark and artsy Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, (2004) arguably the best of the franchise, but also pushed the envelope in filmmaking techniques with his dystopian epic Children of Men (2006) with several unusually long yet fluid single-shot-takes (for a featurette discussing the long takes in the film, click here).  For example, he created a six-minute tracking shot (found here) through a war-torn urban environment as well as a four-minute long take of an attack on the protagonist’s car (found here).  The amount of foresight and control needed to orchestrate the numerous elements for each scene to work is immeasurable; simply, it is filmmaking genius.  Yet Cuarón looks to innovate again in his next feature-film Gravity (2012).

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