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Aaron Eckhart Flexes Serious Muscle in Action/Thriller ERASED’s First Trailer

erased_aaron_eckhart_cia_conspiracyAaron Eckhart has proven he has the acting chops for whatever dramatic role comes his way.  Whether he is a spokesman for a tobacco company in Thank You For Smoking, a district attorney turned maniac in The Dark Knight, or a police officer in The Black Dahlia he turns out good performances.  But his one attempt to lead an action movie, Battle Los Angeles, was one of the most disappointing movies I have ever seen and his performance was completely cliché.  However, after seeing the trailer for Erased I am thinking Eckhart may have gotten an action movie right this time.

As first glance I thought this would be a sequel/remake/reboot to Schwarzenegger’s Eraser but director Philipp Stolzl (North Face) made the switch to this title after some lengthy production/post-production delays.  Erased had originally been titled The Expatriate and was supposed to have been released in fall of 2012.

Erased‘s plot follows a former CIA agent, Ben Logan (Eckhart), who is going about business as usual in his new international corporate life allowing him time with his 15 year old daughter (Liana Liberato) when suddenly it is as if the company he was working for never existed.  Empty rooms and no record of Logan ever being at the corporation allude to a conspiracy that sends Logan and his daughter on the run from those he thought he trusted in order to protect himself and his daughter. Here is the trailer:

The trailer makes Erased makes it appear to be a hybrid of Adjustment Bureau meets The Bourne Identity with some Taken thrown in at the end.  As to whether or not it will live up to thrilling action of the latter two movies (I did not particularly care for Adjustment Bureau) we will have to see.  The fact that there has been such a long delay for this one has me a bit nervous that this may be a mess while at the same time optimistic that they wanted a little more time to get it right.  But the premise and trailer give it some promise.

Currently Erased is set for a May 10, 2013 theatrical release but will be available April 5th on demand.

What are your thoughts on the trailer and Aaron Eckhart taking another stab at leading an action movie?

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First Teaser Trailer for James Wan’s “The Conjuring” Brings You to 1970’s Harrisville

the_conjuring_james_wan_ed_lorraine_ed_lorraine_warren_release_dateJames Wan, though very young, has definitely left his name in hour books with the success he had with Saw and Insidious.  If this new trailer is any indicator, The Conjuring may be his scariest movie yet.

Calling this a trailer may not be far since it hardly lets on any of the key plot details but it definitely teases the brain.  For those of you not familiar with The Conjuring’s plot it is as follows:  Ed and Lorraine Warren where the pioneers of paranormal investigations that were made famous by the case known as the Amityville Horror.  But this was not there first investigation.  One of the many cases before Amityville was Harrisville where the Warrens were brought in to rescue a frightened family from a demonic spirit haunting an isolated farmhouse.

Here is the trailer:

This first teaser for The Conjuring may be hands down one of the scariest I have seen (no pun intended).  The opening of the trailer really places you in the 1970’s setting with the wardrobes, style of the home, and the happy/mello “Time of the Season” playing over the family playing hide and seek.  Then introduce the clap.  No not the STD (although that is scary too) but they hands reaching out from the depths of the closet.  I think a lot of filmmakers would have been tempted to make the hand either skeletal or decayed but they fake that they appear to be nomal health adult human hands makes it feel very of this world and eerie.  If they had gone any other direction I probably would have brushed it off as cartoonish.

The other thing I thought watching this trailer is this could have fully served as a short film.  Even at a measly two and a half minutes it tells a story and scared me for than a two and a half HOURS long horror movie.

I am officially sold on this movie and easily jumps to the top of my last as my most anticpated movie for the summer of 2013.  Makes me wonder what Wan has in store for us with Insidious Chapter 2.  Click here to see Wan and actor Patrick Wilson discuss the two films.

What are your thoughts?  You on board with me or am I getting all hopped up for it?  Don’t worry you will not hurt my feelings if you disagree.

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Christian Bale and Tom Hardy to Star in Separate “EVEREST” Movies

christian_bale_tom_hardy_everest_movieNew broke earlier today that Christian Bale has opted out of the cape and utility belt for a down coat and crampons.  Bale is to star in director Balstasar Kormakur latest survival drama/thriller about the infamous expedition in 1996 than would spawn John Krakauer’s Into Thin Air.  But earlier reports say that it will not be an adaptation of his novel but a mix between Krakauer’s telling of the events with other survivors.  The cliff notes version of the drama that unfolded in 1996 is (1) conflicting takes on what exactly happen from the survivors after unpredictable conditions rolled in and (2) that the expedition’s guide, Rob Hall, felt obligated to get one particular un-fit member to the summit after two previous expeditions that failed.

Now around 1996 commercialization of Everest was at its peak.  What that means is anyone with enough money in the bank to write a $10,000 check (give or take – remember 1996) can join an expedition to attempt to reach Everest’s summit.  No matter your fitness level that check is what matters.  Needless to say a majority of those expeditions do not reach the top but it’s the thrill and experience of trying.

As of right now Bale’s role is not yet known but if I had to guess, my money would be on him playing Rob Hall.  Hall was a well respected mountaineer that made summit on Everest on several occasions.  Currently Kormakur’s project is simply titled “Everest” but this is not to be confused with Doug Liman’s project of the same name.

Nearly four month ago word got out director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith) would be doing a movie about Sir George Mallory who is to be played by Tom Hardy.  Mallory has a lot of speculation surrounding him and Everest as well (warning S P O I L E R S   to follow).  Mallory was allegedly the first mountaineer to reach Everest’s summit back in the 1920’s.  I say allegedly because it was his third attempt and well he never came back done until climbers found his body in 1999.  So there is disputable proof of whether he made it or not which should be interesting to see what Liman will suggest.

Two separate Everest movies that will most likely be release close to each other staring Bale and Hardy.  Reminds me of when another Bale film about magicians The Prestige came out at the same time as another magical film called the Illusionist.  Funny how that happens in Hollywood sometimes.  This might explain both actors growing those serious beards of theirs.

My question to those reading is which are you more excited to see?  The Kormakur/Bale EVEREST about the disastrous 1996 expedition or the Liman/Hardy EVEREST about Sir George Mallory.  Or maybe both?  I am a big fan of both actors but not all too familiar with the directors.

Sources:

Christian Bale in EVEREST

Tom Hardy in EVEREST

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Noomi Rapace & Niels Arden Oplev Reunite for Dead Man Down

dead_man_dead_noomi_rapace_colin_farrell_niels_arden_oplevNoomi Rapace is steadily becoming increasingly popular here in the United States since her break out performance as the dark and mysterious Lisabeth Salander in Niels Arden Oplev’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  Of the three Swedish films based on the popular trilogy Oplev’s installment is widely known as the superior one.  Naturally when news broke that Rapace and Oplev were working together again for Dead Man Down many were joyous and anxious to see what lied ahead but now we have a rough trailer!

A brief synopsis of Dead Man Down from Collider.com is as follows:  Victor (played by Colin Farrell) an enforcer the “right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City. He seeks to avenge the death of his wife and daughter caused by his boss. When his employer is threatened by a mysterious killer, Victor also becomes detective. Victor is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Noomi Rapace), a victim turned avenger whose intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.”

Here is a rough trailer for the film (as soon as a higher quality video for the trailer comes I will update the video):

I cannot begin to explain how psyched I am for this movie to come out.  The original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of my top 50 movies and I think Noomi Rapace embodies the roles she gets so I look forward to any movie she is in.  Even though I have only seen one of Oplev’s films I have heard good things about two of his other movies like We Shall Over Come and Worlds Apart.  Now toss in the acting chops of Colin Farrell and Terrance Howard and this movie has some serious potential.

The trailer suggests that this film will have a good balance of drama and action.  At least that is what I am hoping for.  The premise sounded interesting enough months back when I first read about it but this trailer gives the film off a vibe that Dead Man Down will be a very taut thriller.  Plus even though the quality of the video is poor, it still appears to be a beautifully shot movie.

Dead Man Down currently has a release date of March 8, 2013 and I will definitely be there opening day.

Reference:

Trumbone, Dave.  “First Trailer for Dead Man Down Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, and Terrence Howard.”  Collider.com.  Date Posted:  December 29, 2012.

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Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead Remake Starring Jane Levy gets its First Trailer

There is no denying the cult following Sam Raimi’s 1981 Evil Dead has, so naturally when there was the initial report that a remake was in process many fans voiced their opposition (and rightfully so I will add).  We have seen plenty of remakes that had good intentions turn out unsatisfying to say the least such as Rob Zombie’s Halloween or Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Anyway, Raimi’s classic is another one of those examples that leaves people asking:  Did it really need to be re-done?

This question aside, Fede Alvarez has remade Evil Dead and it is scheduled for a release in April of 2013.  Now the most notable difference in Alvarez’s take on the story is a female lead of Mia played by Jane Levy.  Mia is battling to sober up so her brother and her friends accompany her to an old isolated cabin where one of them finds the “Book of the Dead” and all hell breaks loose.  That said, as of right now it a little difficult to see much else of the changes but here is the trailer and some stills (warning the trailer is quite graphic – and yeah the tree scene to be still included which is scary).

 

Consulted Article:

Chitwood, Adam.  “Incredibly Bloody First Red Band Trailer for EVIL DEAD Remake Starring Jane Levy.”  Collider.com.  Date Posted:  October 24, 2012

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Armie Hammer Rumored as Potential Batman for Justice League

With the success of the Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, it is no surprise DC Comics and Warner Brothers studios are toying with the idea of a Justice League movie.  At this point, everything is speculation and rumors with nothing set in stone or at least that I am aware of.  For those not that comic book savy (like myself) the Justice League is a collection of super heros of the DC universe including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and more.  As with The Avengers the list of heros at one point associated with the superhero team goes on but those are just a few of the staples of the Justice League.

What helped make The Avengers so success was that it did not need to explain the back story of all the characters since most the heros had their own movies prior so you are able to jump into action right away.  Many say this is what DC Comics is looking to do.

This will most likely mean starting fresh with the character of Batman.  Main reason being Bale and Nolan both stated they are leaving the Batman they created which does not closely follow the comics – or so I was told after it tried to tackle the task of making an “authentic” super hero.  Another reason is that trying to continue that story Nolan told, would not work.  I could be wrong but no one can create an atmosphere that Nolan was able to with his Batman films so it may be wise to start fresh.

That said, who will be the knew Batman?  Again there is nothing saying this will happen but the internet bloggers like myself will have fun with the idea of the potential.  Now an article from TotalFilm.com  (click here for the article) is suggesting Armie Hammer is in a strong lead for the role, which is an interesting suggestion.  There is no debate that he has a presence on screen with his six foot five inch stature and being a pretty good dramatic actor as he proved in Social Network and J. Edgar.  Also he is going to be playing to be playing the title role in The Lone Ranger opposite of Johnny Depp.  I was a tad skeptical thinking wow this guy will be playing two masked heros, why would he do that?  Then I was reminded that Chris Evans went from being in the Fantastic Four movies to being a great Captain America so I guess we will have to see.

My first question is what do you think of Armie Hammer at a potential Batman?

The other question I am thinking is if they choose to abandon Nolan’s universe he made his Batman trilogy, will they choose to go with what was created in Mark Campbell’s Green Lantern?

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Damon Lindelof Comments on if Prometheus Viral Campaign & Trailer Spoil the Film?

(Photo from Collider.com)

It is safe to say that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has had some of the smartest marketing I have ever seen for a film.  Not only does it tease us with some of the horror and action to be seen but leaves a lot of questions in your mind about how it all comes together.  So there is still a lot of mystery behind the film and everyone is keeping a tight lip about it.  The reason for the secrecy is that the completed version of the film is much different from the original script because of the involvement Lost writer Damon Lindelof according to Adam Chitwood of Collider.com.

Prior to Lindelof tossing his two cents into the script for Prometheus, Jon Spaihts had written essentially a direct prequel to Scott’s Alien.  An interview with “Entertainment Weekly” reveals that it was actually Lindelof’s idea to have Prometheus be a “parallel prequel.”  I must say that is pretty genius because ever since Alien 3, the xenomorph and all its different forms have lost their flair.  Alien Resurrection and the AVP’s just were no good.  This also should allow for a Prometheus 2, should fans demand it.

Lindelof then goes on to comment on the viral campaign, the videos featuring Michael Fassbender as David 8 and Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland.  This is what helps place it in front of Alien if you were to plot it on a timeline.  In Alien, Weyland Industries is well established where as in Prometheus it is just starting out considering its creator is still young and alive.

The latest full length reveals a lot more about the events in Prometheus.  If you have not yet seen the trailer that debuted almost two weeks ago refer to one of my earlier blogs about it.  If you have seen it, do you think it showed too much?  Lindelof states that with a lot of trailers lately you walk out thinking you just saw the whole freaking movie, why would you want to go see it now?  As I stated earlier I think there is a good balance of what it does show and what is left to your imagination.

Now the final bit to the interview was about what does the title of the film/ship stand for and/or suggest?  As the myth goes, the Gods were uncertain over the potential intentions of the human race if give the power of fire.  So how does this apply to the film?  To put it plainly without giving too much of the Prometheus’ story, Lindelof says:

“So the essential story is:  I don’t want to give my kid this toy because eventually he will develop it into a weapon that will kill me.  So I will therefore withhold it from him.  And what is the price I must exact on somebody who betrays me?”

Does this mean the human in the film are given an opportunity of greatness and when they choose to do the wrong thing with it other worldly being will unleash a wrath upon them?  I cannot wait to see Prometheus!  For more on the story here is a featurette released not too long ago:

 

Consulted Article:

Chtiwood Adam. “Damon Lindelof Talks Turning an ALIEN Prequel into PROMETHEUS, the Viral Campaign, Revealing Too Much in Trailers and More.”  Collider.com.  Date Published:  May 11, 2012.

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