Film, Videos

New Tron Legacy clip features Olivia Wilde light running

Walt Disney Pictures have posted a short 1-minute clip from the anticipated Tron Legacy film scheduled to hit cinemas December 17, 2010.

The clip features Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund (playing Sam Flynn- the son of Kevin Flynn from the original) speeding around in a “Light Runner”. You can’t see a lot, but the dark visuals and the amazing use of lights stands out pretty great. Any enthusiast of visual cinema would do themselves an injustice if they don’t check it out come December.

Tron Legacy is the sequel to 1982 science fiction flick Tron, itself an advanced and revolutionary piece of computer graphics enhanced filmmaking. The long awaited sequel features Jeff Bridges reprising his role as computer programmer Kevin Flynn and follows the story some twenty years later when his son Sam, discovers that his long lost father has in fact, been trapped inside the program he created.

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Film

First Captain America photos unveiled

Entertainment Weekly have unveiled the first look at Chris Evans as Captain America. The photos reveal a little detail of what Evans will look as Steve Rogers along with glimpses of the suit.

The film will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. The primary villain of the film, Red Skull, is being portrayed by Hugo Weaving.

Directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park 3) and co-starring Sebastian Stan (as sidekick Bucky Barnes), Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough and Samuel L. Jackson (reprising his Nick Fury character), Captain America: The First Avenger is slated to hit cinemas July 22, 2011.

Anticipation and excitement peaked from this first look, summer next year is looking to be a banner year for big budget blockbusters.

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Film

Trailer watch: Sam Neill and Stephen Moyer in ‘Ice’

Notice: The above trailer is not actually a trailer for The Day After Tomorrow’s edited out scenes, nor is it a trailer for a movie by infamous rip-off studio The Asylum, it is however, a trailer for a new movie starring Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Stephen Moyer (True Blood) about the impending ice age that will someday doom humanity called Ice.

The trailer is made watchable by the appearance of Claire Forlani.

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Television

Caprica officially cancelled

In unfortunate news for Caprica fans, the drama-heavy prequel to the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica series has officially been axed by network SyFy.

Worse still, the final 5 episodes of the season have been pulled from the lineup, and will not air until 2011. The network released the following statement, citing the lackluster ratings as the reason for its cancellation;

We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for Caprica and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series. Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”

The series premiered earlier this year to average ratings before taking its summer break after 9 episodes. It returned this past spring to low viewership, only pulling in a 0.4 rating (or roughly 900,000 viewers) before its inevitable demise.

Caprica was set nearly 60 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica, in a time before the robotic Cylon race rose to power. The series starred Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Polly Walker and Alessandra Torresani. Ronald D. Moore, David Eick (who will helm the new Blood & Chrome series) and Jane Espenson served as its producers.

As someone who watched both Battlestar Galactica and Caprica, this news comes with great disappointment. While ratings weren’t expected to be great, the series felt like it needed some time to not only find its audience, but for its expansive plot and characters to develop. The new Battlestar canon has always been more morose than your average viewing for entertainment- delving deep into the darkness of characters while surrounding them with intergalactic warfare and hardship. Being set before ‘the war’, Caprica was always going to have a tough time with today’s A.D.D. stricken viewers and its patience with developing the very beginning of the story proved to be its untimely downfall.

With that said, it would have been an interesting connection between the two series, seeing the eventual rise of what would become the Cylon race had potential to be epic storytelling. Its religious overtones and their clash with the hyper development of technology and science through the series was as eerily captivating as it was controversially parallel to topics familiar in today’s society- something creator Ronald Moore has been specifically good at doing. It is unfortunate that this potential has been cut short, but the hope is that the final five episodes will give patient viewers some form of closure.

The question remaining after Caprica, how will Blood & Chrome take this news into its production? Will the team behind it learn from Caprica’s shortcomings to alter the course of their new series?

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Film

Batman 3 titled ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, director Christopher Nolan revealed a few bombshells about the upcoming third, and final, Batman film.

The biggest news comes with the revealing of the official title, with Nolan stating the film will be called The Dark Knight Rises. On top of this revelation, the director has disclosed that the film will use many of the characters already familiar through the franchise, but will see the introduction of several new ones;

We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones.”

However, with villain speculation running high, Nolan has put an end to talks of any inclusion of The Riddler, saying the main villain of the new film “won’t be the Riddler“. Fueling still, the question of just who will face off against Batman for what will be the final showdown.

Speaking of filming, Nolan has expressed his disinterest in making The Dark of the Knight a 3D experience, instead opting for more high definition techniques and IMAX cameras to enhance the film’s viewing.

Nolan’s apprehension towards the current influx of 3D is a welcome reprise from the often cheap use of said technology. Anyone who underwent the unfortunate experience of sitting through Clash of the Titans 3D will know that when 3D stinks, it seriously diminishes the film’s appeal.

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Film

JJ Abrams’ ‘Super 8’ gets June 2011 release

JJ Abrams’ viral-fueled movie Super 8 has got itself a release date. The film, first exposed through this excellent viral trailer, has been shrouded in secrecy, with director Abrams only releasing the following tidbits regarding the film:

1. It takes place in 1979.
2. It pays homage to Steven Spielberg’s earliest super 8 (hence the title!) films.
3. Science fiction and supernatural elements are most definitely part of the experience.

The cast of the film thus far includes Friday Night Lights’ star Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning (Dakota’s sister) and relative newcomer Amanda Michalka (of the teen pop group formerly known as Aly & AJ) and has now been given the release date of June 10th, 2011.

Much of the pre-release hype comes from the film’s lack of information, viral campaigns, and like all of JJ Abrams’ projects (both film and television), there seems to be an underlying connection between them all (no matter how small it may be).

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Music, Videos

Video: Frank Turner – “I Still Believe”

English folk/punk singer Frank Turner has released his new video for “I Still Believe”. The track comes from his upcoming EP Rock & Roll, and is expected to be on the track list for his new full length album due in 2011.

The video, directed by Ben Morse, features a rollicking good time had by Turner and cohorts, set to speakeasy-toned backdrops and festive celebrations.

There are few in this world who capture the essence of being a true folk troubadour the way Frank Turner does. Bless he and his mighty stringed instrument! Who would’ve thought, after all, something so simple as rock n’ roll could save us all?

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