Yeah it’s not much but at least it’s something. Marvel, upload a clean HD version of the 5 minute Thor trailer from the Con and we’ll all be so happy.
Earlier today the extended trailer for Thor that was shown to thousands of fans at the Marvel panel at this year’s Comic Con leaked onto the ‘Net. Quickly “Thor” became a trending topic on Twitter and people could not stop talking about how great it looked! It definitely feels very Lord of the Rings, but the superhero spin works mighty well. Director Kenneth Branagh, who has a background in Shakespearean tales, has created a believable and extraordinary world in Asgard, and the costume design for Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Anthony Hopkins’ Odin (ruler of Asgard) are top notch. The Mjolnir, Thor’s powerful hammer teased during the credits of Iron Man 2, makes a notable appearence, as does IM2‘s Agent Coulsen. Thor (May 20, 2011) and the utlimate followup The Avengers cannot hit theaters soon enough.
Oh, what’s that? You want to watch the 5+ minute trailer? Hours after its leak the studio has been making its rounds to disable the streaming of it on all popular web sites, including YouTube and TrailerAddict. I was able to find a clean stream at Moviefone, but who knows how long it’ll stay up there. If/when Marvel decides to officially release the trailer I will certainly embed it here for you.
From the mind of Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) comes Sucker Punch, an action-fantasy flick that features an ensemble female cast. They include Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, and Carla Gugino. To say this movie is going to be hot, steamy, and sexy is an understatement. Now before you watch the epic trailer might want to find out what exactly this movie that Snyder calls “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns” is all about:
“Set in the 1950s, it tells the story of Baby Doll (Browning), who is trying to hide from the pain caused by her evil stepfather and lobotomy. She ends up in mental institution in Brattleboro, Vermont and while there she starts to imagine an alternate reality. She plans to escape from that imaginary world but to do that she needs to steal five objects before she is captured by an unknown adversary. She has 5 days to escape before being lobotomized. In order to cope with the situation, she enters the hyper-real world of her imagination, and the lines between reality and dream begin to blur. She is joined with friends who are inmates from the institution. Lessons learned in the said fantasy world could help the girls escape their real-world fate.”
DRAGONS! Did you see the dragons?! Can’t wait for this one. It releases in regular and IMAX theatres March 25, 2011. Look in the gallery below for an awesome banner plus posters of all the leading ladies.
Watch as Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson freaks out Comic Con-goers by promoting the long-awaited return of Dawson’s Creek Pacey Witter.
The name of this new web series gets me every time: The Jeff Lewis 5 Minute Comedy Hour. “Coming soon” is this new foul-mouthed, crazy hilarious series that brings The Guild‘s Jeff Lewis into the spotlight. The first season is directed by Sean Becker (The Guild, Awkward Pictures). I was given a taste of the first few episodes this summer and I must say they truly are freaking laugh-out-loud hilarious. Lewis is riot; it’s about time he’s starring in his own series. The video above was shared last week at Comic Con during the “Celebrate the Web” panel. It was received extremely well by the crowd. Do yourself a favor today and watch this sneak peek and prepare yourself for the hilarity that will surely ensue when the “5 Minute Comedy Hour” hits the web soon.
Warning: This video contains lots and lots of swearing.
I still can’t get “(Do You Wanna Date) My Avatar” out of my head and now there’s this! At this year’s Comic Con acclaimed web series The Guild unveiled their latest creation, Bollywood-inspired music video. The lyrics are catchy (again), the production value is top notch, and the art direction is superb (thanks to the enormously talented Greg Aronowitz). So watcha waiting for? Jump in and GAME ON!
Update: Great new, Guildies! “Game On” is now available to purchase for keeps at iTunes. Since it was placed in the digital store it quickly climbed the charts to become the #1 top-selling pop music video in the US and UK, surpassing the likes of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. The video currently stands at the #2 spot behind Kenny Chesney for top-selling overall music video. Help the cause, purchase a copy, and let’s make “Game On” the top-selling music video today!
They are: Robert Downey Jr. — Tony Stark; Clark Gregg — Agent Coulson; Scarlett Johansson — Black Widow; Chris Hemsworth — Thor; Chris Evans — Captain America; Samuel L. Jackson — Nick Fury; Jeremy Renner — Hawkeye; Mark Ruffalo — Hulk. Director Joss Whedon and Marvel head Kevin Feige are up there, too.
Marvel killed it at Comic Con this year. They literally slaughtered the competition. After unveiling new footage of Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor (in 3D), the official ensemble cast of The Avengers was announced. The biggest surprises? Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is set in stone as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, The Kids Are Alright) replaces Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Marvel head Kevin Feige on the Ruffalo decision: “Ruffalo is Joss Whedon’s Banner. He is the Banner that is going to be in that [Bill] Bixby type, wants to help people and is somewhat ashamed of what he goes through but isn’t as strong and angry in his Banner form as he is in his Hulk form, which is something we haven’t really seen in the past films. .. Something like how he was portrayed in the Ultimates, a guy who just wants to be left alone and wear his glasses and do his science.” Feige also shares that he “hope[s] to develop a standalone franchise” for Renner’s Hawkeye post-Avengers.
During the panel Downey Jr. worked the crowd, naturally. He invoked the success of Inception, saying it was ”just about the most ambitious movie I’ve ever seen.” He continued, “And then thought wait a goddamn second. Marvel Studios is going to take all of their top super heros and they’re gonna put them all together in The Avengers? That’s the most ambitious movie I’ve ever seen.” He concluded, “If we’re going to make a movie this ambitious [then] the most important thing is that we had to find a person to helm it to get your [the fans'] approval”. Enter Joss Whedon: “I have had a dream all my life and it was not this good…This cast is more than I could have ever of dreamed of working with. And I am going to blow it…I need your love, I need your support.” Joss, you got it.
The Avengers is slated for a May 4, 2011 release. Whet your appetite with Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger on May 6, 2011 and July 22, 2011 respectively. Bonus! Look in the gallery below for newly released mini-one-sheets featuring Thor and Cap concept art. Peek after the break to watch your 2011 Avengers assemble at Comic Con in video form.
At this year’s Comic Con in San Diego, a panal called “Visionaires” brought my two favorite people together: J.J. Abrams (MI: III, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Lost, Fringe) & Joss Whedon (Serenity, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse). The panel, conducted by Entertainment Weekly’s Jeff Jenson, is literally packed with all sorts of intriguing information. Jenson starts things off with the question, “When did you guys decide you wanted to be storytellers?” Whedon and Abrams are also asked about their takes on comic books, 3D movies, the current and future states of television (including what it wants and supports, the waning of serialized story format), and the outlook for new media (shooting for the web, web content). They also delve into their respective past and upcoming projects. Whedon makes it official that he is directing Marvel’s The Avengers and briefly elaborates on the direction he plans to take the movie; he also talks about his now-on-hold horror flick Cabin in the Woods and what’s up with the impending Dr. Horrible sequel. Abrams shares an anecdote surrounding his super-secret Super 8 movie (which is set to start production this September) and the collaboration with producer Steven Speilberg. During the 3D movie discussion, Abrams confirmed that Super 8 will not be shot for 3D; he pans 3D and that it adds an unnecessary barrier between the viewer and film. Although Joss is “totally into” watching 3D flicks, he hopes that his upcoming Cabin in the Woods doesn’t get the streoscopic treatment. While going back and forth about the state of the serialized story format for TV, Abrams spilled that his upcoming NBC show Undercovers will be self-contained episodes (meaning you can miss a few episodes and still know what’s going on), but there will be an overall mythology to keep week-to-week viewers satisfied. Speaking about mythology, Abrams also shares his thoughts on the final episode of Lost (spoiler: he loved it). Whedon continues the conversation by bringing up the demise of FOX’s Dollhouse. All in all, it’s a great watch and interesting look into two very successful film and TV artists that shouldn’t be missed. Head over to EW to access the 5-part stream. Or click here to watch an abridged interview.