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ScarJo Wrecks Sh*t Up in Matrix-Like ‘Lucy’ Movie Trailer

ScarJo Wrecks Sh*t Up in Matrix-Like ‘Lucy’ Movie Trailer

ScarJo Wrecks Sh*t Up in Matrix-Like ‘Lucy’ Movie Trailer

Scarlett Johansson is, if she hasn’t already, blowing up. The Avengers is one thing. Making an appearance opposite Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a continuation of that is another. But now, we see the first Lucy trailer, from The Fifth Element director Luc Besson, which pits her into a unique situation where she captures the use of the full capacity of the human mind (or close to it). The original Oldboy‘s lead is the lead villian with Morgan Freeman a scientist who looks to be an asset to Lucy, based on the trailer. This one is coming in August, which is usually/used to be the death knell for movies, but by the looks of this, it seems to be that September is the new August. Have a look at the full video below. Looks pretty good to me. Enjoy.

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Chris Evans Returns in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Preview

Chris Evans Returns in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Preview

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Preview

The Marvel comic to superhero film universe is certainly one of, if not the, biggest and most valuable film franchises ever to grace the screen. Their oeuvre spans The Hulk to Iron Man to The Avengers, and includes Captain America. Chris Evans, the lead in Captain America: The First Avenger, recently announced a possible desire to leave acting behind in the not too distant future – after he finishes his Marvel contract, which is set to include a few more movies. For Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he returns to fight bad guys in another epic action saga.

Three years ago Captain America was one of the best reviewed, but perhaps not the most successful at the box office, of the recent Marvel films fed to the public. In my eyes, the film was decent, solid for what it was, but nothing worth remembering. The First Avenger movie earned $176m domestic against a $140m budget, although it recouped big biz overseas banking another $193m for $370m worldwide. That sounds great until you compare it to The Avengers, which bankrolled a whopping $623m domestic and $1.5b worldwide. Captain America’s first film stands at #7 in earnings for Marvel’s movies, not bad you’d think, but out of only 8 pics in the current universe, it had to be viewed as a bit disappointing. So, what will become of The Winter Soldier set to debut this week?

C America

Cappy Flexin’ in the intersection

Fortunately, the film is off to a fast start internationally, having earned $75m at the turnstiles already. The Winter Solider, which pits Captain’s Steve Rogers against Soviet forces (and isn’t Russia vs. America all the rage again for the first time in 30 years?), could be bigger this time around. The storyline is one thing, but adding Scarlett Johannson’s sexy Black Widow appeal straight from the Avengers to the top line and introducing Anthony Mackie’s Falcon to the universe should broaden the appeal. This time around, The Winter Soldier should see greater returns with the marketplace clamoring for this type of action.

Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury and Robert Redford’s legendary acting street-cred add the possibility of a few older ticket buyers and crossover appeal. Reviews aren’t bound to do much damage one way or another, as they didn’t really boost the first film much as it was. Inflation in ticket prices and more IMAX opportunities should lead to greater grosses, we shall see. If you are partaking in the film, enjoy it to the fullest and feel free to report back on your thoughts.

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One Sheets This Week: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Movie Posters

One Sheets This Week: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Movie Posters

One Sheets This Week: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ Movie Posters

Captain America: Winter Soldier is the follow up to the first Captain America movie and the most recent Avengers Assemble film, which was one of the highest grossing films ever made. The film is due to drop on April 14th and will undoubtedly be one of the biggest films of the year at the turnstiles. Here we have multiple movie posters from the film, some character posters, one sheets with all of the key players, promos of just the tattered shield and more. You can see ScarJo and Chris Evans (a one-time pair off-screen) in their various forms here. Sam’s Nick Fury and Anthony Mackie’s Falcon also included. Thanks to IMP. Enjoy.

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

Captain America Winter Soldier movie poster

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Who should be the next Batman?

Who should be the next Batman?

Who should be the next Batman?

As modern superhero films go, nothing seems to live up to either The Dark Knight or sequel The Dark Knight Rises. The Iron Man trilogy was fun, while Avengers Assemble provided enough entertainment, but the two most recent Batman movies stand out as classics of the genre. Could there be another reboot in the pipeline?

If there is, there’ll be intense speculation about who will be next to take on the challenging role of playing the Caped Crusader. While another Batman film might taint our memory of The Dark Knight, there’ll be some names mentioned that might seem just right for the part. In a recent survey conducted by Ladbrokes Games, 15.9% said they wanted Ryan Gosling over any other actor.

Flavour of the month?

Gosling’s been all over cinema screens lately. He’s appeared in so many box office blockbusters lately that it could seem inevitable that we all become a little tired of seeing him. However, he does seem suited to action films, and would seem like a realistic successor to Christian Bale – buff, but not too brawny. Whether he’ll still be a box office draw in the next few years is open to question though.

gosling batman

The next two choices in the survey were Michael Fassbender and Jake Gyllenhaal, who like Gosling, are famous but not too famous. This is where the casting for the largely dreadful Batman films of the early 90’s went wrong – George Clooney as Batman didn’t really work for most fans, while someone like Bale was a perfect fit.

Cape-worthy?

Fassbender was all over cinema screens until recently. Perhaps he’s taking a little break right now, but a stint as the new Batman would be just the thing to catapult him to further stardom. He probably wouldn’t make a believable superhero though – his physique might not be right for the role.

As for Gyllenhaal, he would be a slightly unusual choice, but that’s what people said about Christian Bale! He’s won awards before, and he’s underrated as an actor, especially when considering his performance in Brokeback Mountain, so he might be a worthy successor to Bale.

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The Film Nest’s 2012 Platinum Nest Movie Awards

The Film Nest’s 2012 Platinum Nest Movie Awards

The Film Nest’s Platinum Nest Awards For 2012 Movie Year

In what has actually been a fairly decent movie year, at least as far as the top films of the year goes, I struggled to conclude what would win the overall big prize of Platinum Nest Best Picture. I continually, even as I write this list, flip flop between Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Both are wholly original works and both are completely different movies and thus difficult to compare. Ultimately, the primacy-recency theory is also at play with Django having been released half a year after The Master. Still, in the slightest of edges, as I write today, I am going with PTA’s completely genius opus. Top to bottom, from acting to originality, I give it the very slightest of edges. I can accept either as the award winner in any category though, essentially. Read on for the rest of the winners and losers of The Film Nest’s Platinum Nest 2012 Movie Awards.

Best Picture

The Master

Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix –The Master

Best Actress

Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Best Supporting Actress

N/A

Worst Actor

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Worst Actress

Cody Horn – Magic Mike

Best Comedy

Ted

Best Action Movie

The Dark Knight Rises

Best Science Fiction Movie

Looper

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Best Scene

“Processing Scene” – The Master

Runner-Up

“Bruce Wayne Climbs Out Of Hell” – The Dark Knight Rises

Funniest Moment

“Flash Gordon Party Scene” – Ted

Runner-Up

“Joaquin Phoenix Sex With Sand Figure” – The Master/”Tiger Woods” Extra Scene – The Dictator

Movie You Missed But Shouldn’t Have

Moonrise Kingdom

Most Underrated Movie

Looper

Most Overrated Movie

The Avengers

Runner-Up

Lincoln

Worst Movie

Tower Heist

Top 5 Movies

The Master

Django Unchained

Looper

The Silver Linings Playbook

The Dark Knight Rises

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J.J. Abrams Will Direct New ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Movie. Good News?

J.J. Abrams Will Direct New ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Movie. Good News?

Star Trek Director To Helm New Star Wars Movie

J.J. Abrams, director of Star Trek, Cloverfield and TV’s “Lost” and “Alias” fame, has been tapped to helm the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars Episode VII. This theoretically would take place after the events of 1983′s Return of the Jedi. I am not sure how I feel about this choice of helmer. His track record is marginal, so in that sense, I would rather have someone who is more of an unknown quantity or someone with a shitload of success. The middle road aspect of his hire is uninspiring.

The fact that he has helmed two new Star Trek films and has said he wanted no part of Star Wars (in an interview with Empire) also leaves something to be desired. Overall though, most people seem to be on board with the hire, so we shall see. My biggest fear is that it will be heavily kid friendly which might take original fans of the age old franchise out of the mix (see Joss Whedon’s bumbling of The Avengers).

If I have one recommendation, it would be to contact Kevin Smith for some advice, at least regarding the storyline (although the writer is Toy Story 3‘s Michael Arndt, enough of a worry about my kids fear in and of itself). Yes, Smith is a poor director and a mega-nerd, but also a true Star Wars devotee whose insight would be valuable in a project reboot such as this. What do you think?

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2013 Oscar Nominations List: Oscar Nominees Revealed by Emma Stone & Seth MacFarlane

2013 Oscar Nominations List: Oscar Nominees Revealed by Emma Stone & Seth MacFarlane

2013 Oscar Nominations List: Oscar Nominees Revealed by Emma Stone & Seth MacFarlane

The announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominations came with more surprises than many expected. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln received 12 nominations, the most of any film, while Ang Lee’s Life of Pi received 11. Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty received only five nominations, with Bigelow herself a directorial snub. Additionally, Ben Affleck was snubbed from the directing category for his Argo, which received seven nominations. Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables each received eight nominations. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the Benh Zeitlin directed indie film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which received four nominations, including one for best picture and director, which helped lead to some of the “snubs.”

Some of my favorite choices are the inclusion of The Master‘s actors in their respective categories, as well as Django Unchained‘s multiple nominations, though Tarantino did not receive a directorial nod. Below is the full list for your perusal. Thoughts?

Best Picture
Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Original Screenplay
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Amour
Moonrise Kingdom

Adapted Screenplay
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi

Foreign Feature
Amour
No
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon-Tiki

Animated Feature
Frankenweenie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph
Paranorman
Brave

Music (Original Song)
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables
Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
Skyfall” from Skyfall

Music (Original Score)
Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat - Argo
Mychael Danna - Life of Pi
John Williams - Lincoln
Thomas Newman - Skyfall

Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln

Achievement in Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey - Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson - Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda - Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski - Lincoln
Roger Deakins - Skyfall

Achievement in Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado - Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston - Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka - Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood - Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short Subject
Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Achievement in Film Editing
William Goldenberg - Argo
Tim Squyres - Life of Pi
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg - Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel - Hitchcock
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell - Les Miserables

Achievement in visual effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
The Avengers

Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

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Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer Reveals Emotional DC Superman

Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer Reveals Emotional DC Superman

New ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer Tempts With Emotional Depth of DC’s Latest Superman Reboot

This new trailer for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman origin film Man of Steel, reveals more inner turmoil for the young unstoppable one. The emotional strife of dealing with his powers and wondering where he came from has rocked him to his core. I keep telling myself, time and again, especially after the poor The Avengers childish tone and Michael Bay’s ruining of Transformers that I will not indulge in any more superhero films. The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to be my farewell. But after seeing the first trailer and now this movie trailer – and knowing Christopher Nolan has attached himself to the project in some regard – I am opening myself up to the possibility of taking the plunge again next year. Time will tell, but enjoy Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams and more in the new Man of Steel trailer. Are you going to see this?

 

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