For years, the film adaptation of “Ender’s Game” seemed like a fantastical dream. Any time it seemed like someone was ready to take it on, it fell back into production hell and fans began to lament that it just never would get done. Well, it’s finally happening! Gavin Hood’s adaptation of the popular novel just released its first trailer and boy, does it look stunning.
“Ender’s Game” tells the story of humanity decades after a brutal alien war. Now, the military takes the brightest children from their families and places them in Battle School to start training them at brutally young ages all in preparation of a possible future invasion. One boy, Ender, stands out from his peers and his path in Battle School is far more psychologically challenging than any other child’s.
“Ender’s Game” is due in theaters November 1, 2013, so join us in counting down the days; and remember, the enemy’s gate is down.
If you missed all the new film teasers and trailers that were released during this year’s Superbowl whether because you don’t have a TV or you opted for the Puppy Bowl over the Superbowl, don’t worry. We have you covered. Special teasers and trailers were released for some of 2013′s biggest upcoming films including “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Iron Man 3.” You can check these all out below:
If only college applications could be this fun: Disney Pixar has unleashed a clever college-themed marketing campaign for its upcoming “Monsters, Inc.” prequel, “Monsters University.”
The new film again features the dynamic duo of Sulley and Mike–the adorable monster friends that won our hearts in “Monsters, Inc.” Only this time, we’re learning how they met: as rival fraternity brothers.
The ad campaign features a new trailer-like commercial spot that plays like a college admissions advertisement. It then encourages viewers to visit its similarly themed website, monstersuniversity.com/edu. Here you can learn more about the “school,” apply and even sport your pride with some swag.
Check out the video below and visit the website here.
Things are looking pretty bleak for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) in the third installment of the Iron Man franchise. Little is known about the plot at this time, but rumor is he’ll be facing off against Mandarin. In the first trailer, we also see Tony fighting off his own Iron man suits.
Looks pretty grim for the hero in this “Avengers” follow-up…although, at least he has some giant bunny for comfort (about 1 minute in to the trailer – can anyone explain that?).
Without new episodes in the Spring, lots of Whovians have been suffering Doctor Who withdrawal. Well, good news Who fans, the trailer for Season 7 is officially here. Daleks! Weeping Angels! And DINOSAURS! Oh my!
Season 7 promises to be a doozy of a season. We’re really excited about dinosaurs on the Tardis, the return of some of the Doctor’s greatest foes and a guest appearance from another Sci Fi legend, Ben Browder (Farscape). At some point this fall, we’ll have to say goodbye to the Ponds (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill). All gossip on the departure promises that it’s a heartbreaking one, so have those tissues ready by the TV set. Jenna-Louse Coleman will join later in the season as the new companion.
These 14 episodes of Season 7 help build to an enormous 50th anniversary year and we can’t wait to see what happens then. For now, check out the trailer for Season 7 below:
“We’ll get through this, I promise. Don’t be scared.”
Boasts Amy, “Scared?! Who’s scared? … Geronimo!!”
The popular stage musical “Les Misérables” based on the Victor Hugo story is returning to the big screen with a new adaptation featuring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and more big name stars. Set in 19th-century France, ”Les Misérables” tells a story of an ex-prisoner hunted by a policeman. His life changes after he begins to work for a factory worker, caring for his daughter.
The trailer shows some clips from the story set to the iconic song, “I Dreamed a Dream” as sung by Anne Hathaway’s character, Fantine.
“Les Misérables” hits theaters December 14, 2012.
So what do you think? Will this adaptation be any good? Do you trust these actors with performing such well-known musical numbers?
Though we’re still a bit shaken over the news that James Bond’s signature drink won’t be his usual martini in the upcoming Bond flick starring Daniel Craig, the new trailer for ‘”Skyfall” has restored our excitement. Check out the trailer for “Skyfall”:
“Breaking Dawn” is perhaps the strangest of the “Twilight” books — in the first half there is vampire/human sex, a hybrid pregnancy that requires a pretty disgusting delivery and then werewolf “imprinting” on an infant. Yeah…strange, even after already adjusting to the idea of sparkling vampires in the first three books and films. Movies are very different beasts, so translating that to the big screen is something I would not envy of anyone. “Breaking Dawn” brings on director Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh”) to tackle this challenge. It was surprising that the Oscar winner agreed to this angsty lovefest series, but I’m glad he did; he was the best thing to happen to “Twilight.”
The source material for the Twilight saga films is very poorly written (sorry fans, but you know it is true) and the first three films guiltily plodded along using the dialogue directly out of the books. I’m all for film adaptations being true to the original source, but it was no wonder the first movie came across as hollow. It lacked its own vision and direction. Condon stays true to “Breaking Dawn,” but he also gives the film its own life. Fans will be pleased, but also surprised by the many scenes and moments that weren’t even in the book.
The wedding scene is the best part out of any of the movies. It’s beautiful and charming during the lavish ceremony…can Alice decorate my wedding? Fans will no doubt gush over the delivery of the vows and then the beautiful return of Iron & Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” a song that was previously used during Bella and Edward’s prom dance. The wedding reception produces genuine laughs. Bella’s human friends give this movie some grounding; the way they discuss the cake, comment on the Cullen’s gene pool and then Jessica’s awkward speech are something that would actually happen at a real wedding, so this was flawless fun. Then if you weren’t Team Charlie before, you will be after you hear his hilarious toast. He has has some of the best lines of the film and is a scene stealer. It was also a blast to see everyone smiling for once. Three movies of sulking around and calling it love were a bit too much. Bella and Edward actually looked in love for this film.
After the wedding, things slow down a bit and the film hits a bit of a lull with the honeymoon. Har har, he destroyed the bed – vampire sex: it’s crazy. Her attempts to seduce her own husband are pretty funny, but this part seems to drag and the film doesn’t introduce any real conflict until Bella discovers she is pregnant and that the baby is developing too rapidly; it’s a return of the angsty faces and the cheesy dialogue. “Breaking Dawn” builds out the conflict with the wolves, but the attempt left me feeling a bit mixed – the wolves have always been a weaker part of the film series to me with the cheesy CGI and voice overs.
Without being too spoilery the film ends with a (surprise, non-book) fight and of course, the very gruesome pregnancy. This was a lot more horrific than I thought it would be and we probably have Condon to thank for the gore. We see a nice montage as Bella flashes through her life in the other films. On the other hand, a montage that didn’t work as well was Jacob’s vision during the imprinting scene. Although, I guess the silliness of that was better than making it an overly awkward moment. Despite the gore and the big montages, this birth scene is never climatic. Even Edward’s final panic lacks any real urgency, but then again, we all know how it is going to turn out.
Where the film chooses to end and split the “Breaking Dawn” story is pretty predictable, but they did a great job leaving excitement for the next chapter (as if fans aren’t already counting down). Honestly, the last “Twilight” book easily could have been one movie since this movie does lack real tension and action, but it was still an overall improvement to the other films. Oh, money. So while it might not last long as the best in the series, Condon’s done some inspired things to the film story, so I’m excited to see what he can do with the second half of “Breaking Dawn.”
Oh and be sure to stick around during the credits for a chilling extra with the Volturi.
In 2012, the classic fairytale Snow White will be embraced by movie screens worldwide. But here’s the twist – there isn’t just one Snow White adaptation to go see; there are two. On March 12, 2012, Tarsem Singh’s colorful family comedy “Mirror, Mirror” will be released and then June 1, 2012, Rupert Sanders’ darker action adaptation “Snow White and the Huntsman” will debut.
In the past few weeks, both films offered first glimpses at their films. So is there room in the world for two Snow White films in the same year? Let’s look at the trailers to find out:
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
We’re more excited about “Snow White and the Huntsman” — how bad ass is Charlize Theron in that trailer” “Huntsman” seems like a greater departure from the Disney version, Chris Hemsworth is enough to make any lady swoon, and the action looks appealing enough to keep guys interested too. And that mirror! This looks trippy and cool. It helps too that Stewart doesn’t have dialogue in this trailer – there’s enough of her in it to appeal to the Twihards but also not enough to alienate her haters. “Mirror, Mirror” looks pretty goofy – these jokes were pretty lame, but should make for a nice family movie outing. And Snow White is originally for kids, so “Mirror, Mirror” will undoubtably appeal to that generation. The costumes and colors definitely look fun and I like that it has its own twists from the Disney tale. I like that both of these trailers make Snow White a strong woman and not some helpless girl waiting for her prince to save her.
So what do you think? Now that both Snow Whites have their trailers out, which one (if any) are you excited about and why?
This February, prepare for a haunting new thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). “The Woman in Black” just released a chilling new trailer that promises this will be the stuff of nightmares.