Marketing is so important. I know, we all wish it were about the “art,” the actual film, not the marketing. But there’s certainly an art to marketing. Bad marketing can trick us into eagerly anticipating stinkers, which is the point, to get our ass in the seats. At its worst it can ruin a good movie by failing to relay what makes it so good, setting up unreal expectations of what the film is or marketing it as a completely different film. The trick is nailing the spirit of the film without giving too much away. I think a perfect example of good marketing is the recent 10 Cloverfield Lane. Just enough to make us want to see the film without ruining the film by giving us everything in the preview.
I wasn’t really sold on the first green band trailer for Richard Linklater’s upcoming Everybody Wants Some!!. I allowed for the fact that it might be a tough film to market (because I wanted it to be good). After all, Linklater has mentioned numerous times that the film is a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, a film I love. Thankfully I was right, as this new Red Band trailer is everything I was hoping for when I first read about the project. It looks great and the reviews coming out of SXSW seem to confirm that he’s succeeded in making a film to stand up alongside Dazed and Confused. Take a look at the trailer below and let me know if you agree.
Industrial Light & Magic has released a collection of beautifully stunning concept art created for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I love looking at concept art from sci-fi and fantasy films, and the stuff included here is exceptional work that reveals some insanely awesome unused ideas and designs for characters, locations, and vehicles. There are also some designs that match up directly with what ended up in the film. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you’re gonna freakin’ love these.
Since Industrial Light & Magic’s inception in 1975, every idea dreamt into existence found its genesis within the ILM Art Department. Forty years ago, legendary concept designers like Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston brought George Lucas’s brainchild of an asymmetrical Star Wars “used universe” to life, imagining fantastic worlds bursting with iconic heroes, villains, spaceships and aliens. The ILM Art Department continues to revolutionize film design today, coupling classical technique with the very bleeding edge of technology. Acclaimed directors like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and J.J. Abrams work hand-in-hand with the best art directors and artists in the film industry, exploring ideas and iterating on those ideas until their vision is realized, making the unreal real and the impossible possible.
Rick Carter, co-production designer, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, had this to say about the art you are about to look over:
“Each artist began to explore his individual response, and collectively, we began to answer, with our words and art. Out of our brainstorming sessions emerged visual imagery of where we might want to go and what it would look like when we got there. We were not merely illustrating scenes that already existed: we were initiating storytelling concepts through the visual images themselves.”
Now enjoy the entire collection of concept art below.
Thanks to Mark Hamill we have our very first look at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s upcoming animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. Hamill is providing the voice of The Joker and Kevin Conroy is back as Batman! I don’t think fans would want it any other way. I’m hoping that this turns out to be WB’s best-animated film yet.
The image came with the following quote pulled directly from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s incredible graphic novel:
“JOKE: ‘If I have to have a past, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.’”
Obviously, this line is going to be included in the film that is being developed. Yes, Hamill and Conroy, 100% confirmed for the film. In an interview with CBR, Hamill said:
"The chance to work once again with Kevin Conroy, my favorite Batman, in what some consider the definitive origin of this iconic villain is a dream come true for me. I am beyond thrilled to return as The Joker in 'The Killing Joke!'"
“I’ve had the great privilege of voicing Batman for more than two decades, and some of my favorite moments in the recording booth have been alongside Mark Hamill. Mark always enables me to be a better actor. I’m thrilled that we’re both back to bring these characters to life in one of the most heralded Batman/Joker stories of all time.”
How cool is that!? As of right now, the cast also includes Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl and Ray Wise will voice Commissioner Gordon. I’m sure more actors will be revealed soon.
Batman: The Killing Joke is rumored to be rated-R, and it will premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. It will eventually be released for us to buy in the summer of 2016. Here’s the synopsis from the graphic novel:
According to the grinning engine of madness and mayhem known as The Joker, that's all that separates the sane from the psychotic. Freed once again from the confines of Arkham Asylum, he's out to prove his deranged point. And he's going to use Gotham City's top cop, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his brilliant and beautiful daughter Barbara to do it.
Now Batman must race to stop his archnemesis before his reign of terror claims two of the Dark Knight's closest friends. Can he finally put an end to the cycle of bloodlust and lunacy that links these two iconic foes before it leads to its fatal conclusion? And as the horrifying origin of the Clown Prince of Crime is finally revealed, will the thin line that separates Batman's nobility and The Joker's insanity snap once and for all?
Batman: The Killing Joke is being directed by Sam Liu, and I'm excited to see if he and his team were ably to pull this off.
Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. The film features the vocal talents of a who’s who of today’s comedy stars – Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, and Salma Hayek.
With Captain America: Civil War rapidly approaching fans are watching and dissecting every scrap of information that they can. One thing that fans are asking is that if this does follow the comic book storyline in essence will we see more Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More to the point – will there be an Iron Man 4?
While promoting Civil War, Robert Downey Jr (who has portrayed the armored Avenger since 2008) spoke on just that topic:
I don’t think that’s in the cards. In a way it’s Cap 3 but for me it’s like my little Iron Man 4. And then it’s back to the thing we all recognize. Everything pulls over to the side of the road when the thunder of an Avengers thing comes through because that’s how it is until it changes. If it changes.
RDJ has said since the end of Iron Man 3 that he wouldn’t play Shellhead in any other Marvel movies except for those with the Avengers label. But then he took on the third Captain America film and the next Avengers movie will actually be two films so there’s that.
And it also sounds like he’s willing to play it by ear and see what Marvel Studios has in store for Phase Four.
I think that the Iron Man saga wrapped up pretty well with his three films. It told a complete story that both the studio and Robert Downey Jr can be proud of. But this is show business and you should never say never, especially when it comes to Marvel movies.
Hey, it wasn’t too long ago that everyone thought we’d never see Spider-Man in the MCU and look what’s about to happen in a few short months.
Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Family Guy, Ted) has one of the most distinctive voices in show business, and according to Deadline, he'll be lending that voice to Netflix's upcoming live-action series Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Warburton will play Lemony Snicket, the narrator of the eight-episode adaptation, joining the recently-confirmed Neil Patrick Harris, who has been cast as Count Olaf. Jude Law played Snicket in the 2004 film adaptation.
A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes, and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death. The books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 43 languages. The epic series will be executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld, who will also direct a number of episodes, and Daniel Handler, legal, literary and social representative for Lemony Snicket. [Handler is actually the writer of the successful book series. — Ed.]
Warburton will reportedly appear on camera as well as narrating the show. Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes have been cast as Violet and Klaus, respectively, while the role of Sunny has yet to be filled. Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) is directing the pilot, but as far as I know, the show hasn't replaced its showrunner yet after True Blood'sMark Hudisbailed a couple of months ago.
Are you looking forward to this show? It's expected to debut on Netflix sometime this year.
I didn't love Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the Hulk vs. Hulkbuster sequence definitely lived up to the hype. Since the film's release, we've seen a ton of Hulkbuster-related props, costumes, and cosplay from fans, including some life-sized recreations from Hot Toys, but now you can all marvel (ha!) at these images of an 8-foot-tall version made out of LEGO pieces.
This thing is made of over one million bricks, weighs in at over 2,000 pounds, and took over 940 hours to create. Impressive stuff. Now they just need a LEGO Hulk for him to battle.
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Disney and Lucasfilm have just sent over a clip from the new documentary Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey that debuted today at the SXSW Film Festival. J.J. Abrams and R2-D2 made a special appearance in Austin to introduce the feature-length doc, which will be available for all fans to see as a bonus feature on the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Here's the official clip, but immediately below that one, you can see a video from Good Morning America that has this footage intercut with some bits that didn't make it into the official tease, including a snippet of John Boyega auditioning to play Finn:
I'm really looking forward to watching all of the moving pieces of how the finished film came together. To see a quick clip setting up the first table read of the script, click here. Secrets of The Force Awakens will arrive as a special feature on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack on April 5.
I unfortunately was not present to see The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey feature length documentary at SXSW today and if you’re like me that really bums you out.
The silver lining is that Disney dropped a little sneak peek at the feature that will be included in the upcoming home video release.
As it stands I’ll probably end up double or triple dipping on this thing. I will have to get it in Digital HD because I can’t wait the four days. Then I’ll undoubtedly purchase a couple of the retailer exclusive versions because I need the Steelbook and I can’t live without the extra footage that Target will have.
Thank god it’s coming soon. Take a look at the tease.
Get a first look at The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, an in-depth documentary on the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one of the many special features included on the upcoming Digital HD (available April 1) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (available April 5) releases.