[UPDATE: Check out some new hi-res Pirates of the Caribbean 4 images!]
There are over 150 movies releasing in theaters this year and you can get a detailed look at each month’s releases in our Massive 2011 Movie Preview. As the year progresses, we can expect PR departments from various studios to begin ramping up the marketing pushes on all of these films.
One way they build excitement for a film is by releasing still images, which usually consist of behind-the-scenes material, freeze frames from the movie (out of context of course) or occasionally a “cell phone reporter” will snap a picture or two while a film is shooting. Sometimes a studio will just take a Hi-Res still from the latest trailer and call it “new.”
Today we have 26 different images from 11 different films of various styles – some good, some bad, but all interesting. Let’s kick things off with a trio of Green Lantern images.
WB has been catching a lot of heat for their decision to use an entirely CG Green Lantern suit. What’s odd is that these pictures of Tomar-Re and Sinestro (Mark Strong) in full CG Green Lantern Corp outfits look amazing. Hopefully they will be able to match that quality with Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern outfit when the film releases. The makeup used to increase the size of Peter Sarsgaard’s head to the proportions of evil genius Hector Hammond is quite impressive, though.
Green Lantern hits theaters on June 17th, 2011.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Johnny Depp hits the high seas again this summer in Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and this time his characters, Captain Jack Sparrow, is on the hunt for the legendary fountain of youth. But of course, things can’t ever go easy for Captain Jack: this time around he has the most feared pirate of the all on his tail: Blackbeard (Ian McShane). If that weren’t enough, Jack has unfinished drama with Blackbeard’s spunky daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz), as well as his traitorous first mate, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). In these new hi-res images we see Blackbeard’s wrath, and Captain Jack’s attempts to tip-toe his way to treasure.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters on May 20, 2011.
The Three Musketeers
Even though The Three Musketeers have been seen onscreen more than two dozen times, director Paul W.S. Anderson has decided to once again update the classic Alexander Dumas tale – in 3D no less. Today we have our first good look at the Musketeers – Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans) – as well as, the intrepid, young and fearless D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman). Even though they are “updating” the story, Three Musketeers so far appears to have an authentic 17th century look to it.
Three Musketeers will be in theaters on October 14th, 2011.
Source: Summit Entertainment
Last month we discussed the Worst Belated Sequels in movie history – that is to say a franchise that had too had too much delay between films. Scream 4 could possibly join this list as it’s been 11 years since Scream 3 sliced through theaters – though early screen tests suggest Scream 4 might be good. Most of the original actors and actresses have returned for Scream 4 and below we see Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) and reporter Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox) together, as well as, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) in the familiar position of being attacked by the Ghostface killer.
Scream 4 will be in theaters on April 15th.
Edgar Allan Poe was a 19th century writer known for his macabre and often dark poems and short stories. The Raven is perhaps his most well known poem but the subject of the poem isn’t the focus behind the upcoming movie. In The Raven John Cusack plays Poe in a “fictionalized account of the last days of his life, in which the poet and Detective Fields (Luke Evans) are in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories”. Much like Poe’s work, The Raven appears to be dark, moody and will no doubt be suspenseful. However the film turns out, Cusack has certainly nailed the look of Poe.
The Raven hits theaters in Fall of 2011.
The speedy little racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), his intrepid sidekick, Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs are back in Cars 2. They head to Japan expecting to race for a big title but instead find themselves caught up in an adventure full of international intrigue and mystery. In the pictures below, British spy Finn McMissile (Michael Cain) shows Mater and McQueen around Japan and newcomer Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) takes Mater on a flight across the ocean.
Cars 2 hits theaters on June 24th, 2011.
Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom
The Year of Awesomeness is upon us and Po the Dragon Warrior (Jack Black) is back in Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom to fight off the evil and powerful new enemy Lord Shen (Gary Oldman). Joining him in his fight to protect the village are the Furious Five – Mantis (Seth Rogen), Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Crane (David Cross), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Monkey (Jackie Chan). The following images are just stills from the teaser trailer and TV spot but they still look good.
Kung Fu Panda 2 hits theaters May 27th, 2011.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
There will be obvious comparisons between Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Jim Carrey’s next comedy film Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Carrey plays Tom Popper, whose life is changed when he inherits six penguins. His regular life begins to crumble around him as he devotes much of his time to taking care of the penguins by turning his apartment into a veritable winter wonderland. Carla Gugino (Sucker Punch), Madeline Carroll (Machine Gun Preacher) and Angela Lansbury (Nanny McPhee) all join in on the fun for Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins waddles into theaters on June 17th, 2011.
Source: USA Today
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) and Bruce Willis (Red) have been attached to the sci-fi film Looper since early last year and just recently Primer director Shane Carruth join the project. Actors Paul Dano (Cowboys & Aliens) and Jeff Daniels (Paper Man), as well as actress Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) have also joined the cast. Looper recently got a synopsis, which paints a picture of intrigue:
Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there.
Below are the first images of some of the futuristic items audiences can expect to see in the film, courtesy of /Film:
Looper hits theaters in Spring 2012.
Even though the pictures below of Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D) and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes 2) aren’t very scary or very forthcoming with details regarding the story for The Ward, the trailer for the film is more than enough to get horror and John Carpenter fans excited. A girl (Heard) is institutionalized to help her through her mental problems, but once there she and the other girls are terrorized by a ghost. The premise for The Ward isn’t totally original but hopefully that can be overcome by a solid story.
The Ward hits theaters in Fall 2011
Director Craig Brewer tweeted this photo recently and in it audiences can see a picture of Dennis Quaid as the Reverend Shaw Moore in the upcoming remake of Footloose. Newcomer dancer Kenny Wormald will portray the young rebellious teen, Ren MacCormack, who only wants to dance. Those dreams are soon squashed as the legalistic Reverend Shaw decides his dancing is not appropriate for his religious Midwestern town. Footloose has been filming for weeks and releases in theaters this fall, but so far this is the only image associated with the project. They’re going to need a lot more than a picture of Brewer’s cat and editing screen to get people excited about this film.
Footloose quick steps into theaters on October 14th, 2011.
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