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Trailer watch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) are bringing everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell back to the big screen and have unveiled the first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; the reboot for the storied franchise.

The new film is the first live-action since TMNT III in 1993 and the first big screen venture for the turtles since 2007’s animated TMNT.

The reboot stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil and weirdly, William Fichtner as Shredder. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.

Check out the trailer:

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Trailer watch: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The first full length trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has premiered on Yahoo! Movies. This is the second piece of footage from the movie after the 30-second Super Bowl teaser we got back in February and shows the scope and new characters from Bay’s fourth outing with the franchise.

Age of Extinction takes places several years after the events of Dark of The Moon and features an all new human cast led by Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci. The younger cast features the likes of Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor replacing the now-gone Shia LeBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. While the cast is new, we can see Michael Bay’s direction and style hasn’t altered much from the first three films.

Dinobots, an evil Kelsey Grammer and continued Bayhem packed into two and a half minutes of Transformers-charged footage makes for a great sneak peak into what June 27th (June 26th in Australia) will bring.

Have the humans finally turned on all the Transformers after the events of Dark of the Moon? Will the Dinobots be the final ally (or enemy?) of the Autobots? And will the fresh cast and direction of the film pump new life into an already successful global franchise struggling to win over critics and old-school fanboys?

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Trailer watch: Guardians of the Galaxy

The first interstellar trailer for Marvel’s anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is now online. Star Chris Pratt was a guest and brought along the trailer; the first extended footage from the film. Set to hit cinemas August 1st, Guardians of the Galaxy will be the first big Marvel venture into their universe’s lesser known characters, and is the final part of Marvel’s Phase 1 films before the next Avengers movie.

Anyone who stayed for the end credits scene in Thor: The Dark World would have gotten a taste of Benicio Del Toro’s character The Collector from the film, but now we get our first real look at wacky characters like Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Guardians of the Galaxy stars Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

The film’s official synopsis reads as follows:

In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill / Star-Lord finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan. In order to evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora, Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and Groot. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand — with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Check out the trailer below:

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Trailer Watch: Transformers: Age of Extinction

The Super Bowl played host to many exciting new TV spots for a host of upcoming blockbusters. And while there were new teasers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (plus an all new full trailer), the Super Bowl was the first time audiences got a taste of the fourth instalment of the Transformers movie series.

The new film, titled Transformers: Age of Extinction, is set for release June 26th and will see Michael Bay return to direct once more. Gone are Shia LaBeouf and the majority of the previous cast, replaced by the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz and Jack Raynor. However, what most fans of the series is expecting, is the debut of the cartoon series most noted characters, the Dinobots. Just how dinosaurs fit into the puzzle that is robots from a distant planet? Well, if Michael Bay’s history is anything to go by, we’ll most likely get a little bit canonical accuracy mixed in with a dose of originality and Bayhem. Much speculation and teaser dissection has already taken place over at the official Michael Bay forums, with keen eyes and observers noting down the potential characters and possibilities the teaser holds.

What we do know of course is that the most important of all Dinobots, Grimlock, will finally make his big screen debut.

Michael Bay doesn’t disappoint with the first teaser, giving us a glimpse of the prehistoric machines alongside a still that features Optimus Prime riding Grimlock.

Giant transforming robots doing battle atop giant transforming dinosaurs? What’s not to like?

We impatiently await the first full length trailer to flesh out the 30 or so seconds we’re given here. Hopefully much sooner than later.

Grab the hi-res image below:

TRANFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Trailer watch: Edge of Tomorrow

In what could be one of the more fascinating science fiction cinematic treks of 2014, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the dystopia-fueled Edge of Tomorrow. The film tells the story of Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) and Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Blunt) who join forces to fight a hostile alien race known as Mimics, with Cage continually returning to a fatal battle through a time loop.

The film is based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill with a screenplay written in part by Transformers/Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Doug Liman, who helmed box office successes such as The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, directs.

It would easily be one of the most engaging and thought provoking films of next year, giving audiences all the necessary CG-laced action with an added helping of a cerebral workout. Or it could end up being Groundhog Day with guns. And explosions.

Edge of Tomorrow opens June 6th, 2014.

 

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Trailer watch: Godzilla (2014)

Having laid dormant for more than a decade, one of the most celebrated monsters of cinema returns to the big screen in Hollywood’s second imagining of Japan’s biggest import. Godzilla, the much anticipated new film in the long running franchise stakes claim as the preeminent city-destroying beast once again next May.

Starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche, Godzilla is the “epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, a spectacular adventure pitting the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”

The film is the spiritual successor to the 1998 Roland Emmerich film of the same name. That film, while doing fairly well at the box office, failed to impress critics and fans of the series with its hokey dialogue and much revamped monster. Next year’s Gareth Edwards-directed film however, looks to be true to the original Godzilla concept, with the monster looking more like the traditional Japanese vision. I am however, one of the few that enjoyed the 1998 version of the film, but this new movie certainly looks much larger in scale and far less comical than its predecessor. The trademark Godzilla roar at the trailer’s end was all I needed to be on board come next May.

The trailer unfolds in a strange serenity; a beautiful descent from the skies into the destruction, madness and chaos of a world torn apart by monsters. Straitharn’s narration gives the film gravitas, and the smoke-clad unveiling of Godzilla almost awe-inspiring.

Godzilla features a screenplay co-written by Frank Darabont, Max Borenstein and David Callaham. If we’re lucky, Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page will be nowhere near the soundtrack.

May 16th, 2014, Gojira returns.

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Trailer watch: Is this Sparta or Pompeii?

I’ve always been interested by the idea of a movie about Mount Vesuvius; the gargantuan mountain whose ash and lava engulfed the city of Pompeii as learned from history’s texts. As a school kid, the idea of an entire city being swallowed whole by a mountain was always both terrifying and fascinating. Perhaps the idea of a giant mountain exploding and burning a city alive isn’t quite interesting enough and so Hollywood’s got to find a way to draw us into a story that happens to take place underneath the mountain.

Enter Paul W.S. Anderson (Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…) and the Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland starring Pompeii. After viewing the trailer, one could be mislead to believe the entire movie is in fact, just be the MacGuffin waiting for the volcano to erupt. The official synopsis reads as follows;

[quote]”Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.”[/quote]

If only the volcano would have erupted sooner. Nonetheless, it’s probably worth a go, can’t possibly be as bad as the new 300 movie– which literally looks like a straight-to-DVD hash (or cut scenes from a video game strung together).

Pompeii is out February 2014. Just in time for Valentines.

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