The trailer for Peter Jackson's upcoming (Dec. 14) version of King Kong is available online. If you thought this anticipated trailer (to be attached to War of the Worlds) was going to be a dinky little teaser, you are mistaken. We're talking full-on trailer with shots of all the stars, big visuals and even King Kong himself. I have to say that Jack Black comes across perfectly as Carl Denham, although I'm not too sure about Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll. The trailer is sponsored by Volkswagen, so after you watch it, do them a favor and go buy a car. Click here for King Kong jungle goodness.
Despite how dorky the costume design looks for Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, based on the latest video journal (#17: "Untitled"), it looks like they're getting everything else right for the upcoming super-movie. In the video journal, Dan Harris & Mike Dougherty (the writers of Superman Returns) discuss their thoughts on Superman. They talk about the challenges of telling such a well-known story and what it's like working with Bryan Singer and his familiar crew. Based on some of what is said, it seems that Singer wants the story to be as plausible as possible within the confines of the genre, which is what Chris Nolan strove for, and worked really well in Batman Begins. Click here to view the journal.
Funny how both these posters came out on the same day considering the main characters are about as opposite to each other as you can get. :-) Click on the small image for a larger version of both the Chronicles of Narnia and Ghost Rider posters. I'm looking forward to Chronicles of Narnia and as far as Ghost Rider goes, I always enjoy Nicholas Cage in whatever role he happens to play.
The latest trailer for the upcoming film Fantastic Four is available at Apple.com and I have to say it's the best of the bunch. It's the first one that actually shows the tiniest bit of depth as opposed to a low cleavage, snappy dialogue, special effects bonanza of a movie.
Thanks to my bud over at Filmrot I found a link that I thought was worth sharing with you. It's a tribute to the on-screen incarnations of Superman, and it's really well done. It's a Quicktime video (available in a variety of sizes) set to the theme of the Smallville series. You can get there by either clicking on the image on the left or on the link below:
Brett Ratner has been confirmed as director for X-Men 3. I just thought you'd like to know. :-) The tide may have turned folks... Can it be that DC has sharpened it's skills in the TV animation arena and it's now applying that talent to the big screen? Marvel seems to be overextended... Daredevil (at least the theatrical release) wasn't that great, Elektra was absolutely murdered by the critics and U.S. audiences stayed away in droves. We have Fantastic Four coming out next month and the buzz is most certainly not positive for that one, despite Avi Arad's constant cries of "you'll see, you'll LOVE it."
What started out as panic among fans when Bryan Singer left as director of X-Men 3 and then turned into hopeful expectation with the arrival of Matthew Vaughn, can now revert to pretty much hopelessness over X3 being anywhere near the level of the first two films. Since Joss Whedon would only be interested in directing a film that he has written (and he's supposedly working on Wonder Woman now, anyway), he isn't on the short list of potential directors. According to Aintitcoolnews the studio is deciding between Brett Ratner and John Moore, and is leaning towards Ratner.
If you're wondering why I haven't had any Batman Begins news in the past 10 days, it's because frankly, I'm burnt out on it. Of course I'm still looking forward to seeing it... "Begins" is actually the movie I'm looking forward to most this summer. What's getting to me is the pre-release promotional hype associated with this film. It's approaching the level of Star Wars promotional hype and really, it's starting to seem desperate. It's like Warner Brothers realizes how totally and completely they screwed up this franchise and is saying "Please, please, PLEASE come see our movie!!!"
Coming Soon! has a rather lengthy piece talking about Rambo IV (Why do they use Roman numerals for sequels, anyway?). There's no arguing (well, on this site, maybe there is) that Sylvester Stallone is extremely savvy when it comes to the film business and I have a feeling that he could actually make this work. I've seen him recently on the boxing reality show The Contender, and he is still in amazing physical shape. Plus, they're planning on bringing in a younger actor to whom he can pass the "Rambo" baton in case the film is successful enough for continuing sequels.