When Disney first acquired Marvel back in 2009, after people stopped assuming their favorite comic book characters would get Mickey-fied, there was a lot of guesswork going into what Marvel properties Disney would take on first. Oddly enough, they chose the relatively unknown title Big Hero 6, and they pretty much Mickey-fied it. But in this case, that’s perfectly fine, as it gives the world the huggable and goofy robot that is Baymax. Honestly, he’s pretty much the only memorable thing about the Big Hero 6 trailer seen above, although the film still looks like a fun and lighthearted adventure. Just with, like, puberty and grief and stuff. This isn’t a princess tale, to say the least.
If you’ve been bouncing around, doing a little anticipatory dance, waiting for the day you finally get to see brand new Star Wars, this is the news for you. Disney and Lucasfilm have scooted up the premiere of the new animated series Star Wars Rebels to tomorrow, September 26.
Originally scheduled to premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, October 3, before making its way to its forever home on Disney XD on Monday, October 13, the premiere, an hour-long special titled “Spark of Rebellion,” will be available starting tomorrow, for certain folks. As you can imagine, this isn’t for just anyone, and there are hoops to jump through, groups to join, and all of that.
We’ve been waiting for the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending for what seems like forever now, and with the movie being pushed back to February, we have even longer to go, not to mention the fears about what such a release date, especially for what was once such a high profile project, can mean. This is one of those films that already sounded intriguing, and the Wachoswki’s aren’t known for making small, dull movies, but the more we see, the more gonzo it looks. To that end, there’s a brand spanking new trailer to gawk at for a while.
Seriously, between exploring entirely new worlds, Channing Tatum fighting some kind of winged demon creature while wearing what appear to be rocket boots, and Eddie Redmayne’s villain Balem, who goes from gothic understatement to scenery-chewing rage in the span of a single sentence, this looks absolutely bonkers. It’s hard to come up with words to describe this trailer because, while it is quite gorgeous to look at, this promises to be a wee bit nuts. February is usually a bland wasteland of films the studios largely hope will be forgotten, but this is one we’re definitely intrigued to see.
It’s been just over two years since Neil Armstrong left this planet for the afterlife, and eleven years since discussions first began for the legendary astronaut to get his own biopic. Thankfully, there has been some positive movement, as production company Temple Hill is in talks with festival-friendly director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) to helm First Man.
First Man is based on James Hansen’s 2005 biography First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong, and will presumably cover Armstrong’s military career going into his work at NASA, where he did that whole “first man to walk on the moon” business. Armstrong was an accomplished Navy bomber, taking over 70 missions during the Korean War, all before he was 23 years old. He went on to do test piloting for the Air Force for a while before being brought in to NASA for the Gemini and Apollo programs. And it was on the Apollo 11 mission, with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, that Armstrong first set foot on the moon, uttering those now-unforgettable words.
Remember the 1980s, when Val Kilmer was a fresh faced young actor with star-making roles in Top Gun and Willow ahead of him? Ah, those were the days. And if you have a fondness for that particular decade in popular culture, it’s very likely that Real Genius, only Kilmer’s third credited role (his first was the underappreciated gem Top Secret! and his second was an ABC After School Special), has an important place in your heart. Well get ready to revisit the campus of Pacific Tech, because Real Genius is getting a sitcom remake courtesy of NBC and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production company.
As unnecessary as the whole thing seems to me, I was still moderately on board until that last part, and until learned the rest of the details. It’s not even the Sandler part that worries me. As many bad movies as he’s made recently (why does Al Pacino rap in Jack and Jill?), movies like Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, and Punch Drunk Love are still good. Happy Madison, however, is responsible for some of the most god awful, unwatchable crap that has ever been produced. I’ll give them Joe Dirt and Don’t Mess With the Zohan are both incredible works of genius, but Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star, the Deuce Bigelow movies, The Hot Chick, the list of atrocities could go on for days.
If you’re going to make a time travel movie, you’d better have all your ducks in a row, especially if that movie is based on a short story from legendary author Robert A. Heinlein. With their upcoming thriller Predestination, Daybreakers filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig seem to have created an extremely intriguing tale of mayhem, not tethered by time and space. The film’s new trailer, seen above, is even more exciting than the previous version. So why, oh why, would Sony Pictures offshoot Stage 6 Films decide to release this flick in the middle of the cinema’s darkest days of the year?
Stage 6 announced Predestination will hit theaters on January 9, 2015. (I’m still writing “2014” on paperwork at that point.) While we’ve seen a rise in quality of movies released during February over the past couple of years, January is still just a dismal abyss of features that haven’t earned the proper amount of studio confidence. At this point, Predestination will go up against Robbie Pickering’s genre-mashing Kitchen Sink and Liam Neeson’s third Taken film. (Which is, by the by, now goes by the hideous new moniker Tak3n.) The latter film will probably bring in a decent audience, and they’ll hopefully see Hawke’s face on a Predestination poster and give it a shot.