With only eight months until it’s released, anticipation for Star Wars: Rebels is high. As we wait for the series premiere of Rebels, Lucasfilm is slowly introducing Star Wars fans to the animated series’ cast and characters. Now USA Today has premiered the latest addition to Rebels: a former Jedi named Kanan, voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. Kanan was forced to go underground after Order 66, which wiped out much of the Jedi order in Revenge of the Sith. Since then, Kanan only uses a blaster and has to keep his lightsaber under lock-and-key so the Galactic Empire doesn’t discover him.
While Scarlett Johansson is enjoying the critical success of starring in an Academy Award nominated film in Spike Jonze’s Her, the 29-year-old actress will soon be featured in another offbeat science fiction movie from another music video director. This time it’s Jonathan Glazer and the movie is Under The Skin, and it has a new trailer and poster.
The new film is an oddity, to say the least. So far, everything we’ve seen makes it look like one of the most artistic, and strangest, movies to be released this year (along with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac). It seems like Under The Skin, one of our most anticipated movies of the year, is going to be the type of film that isn’t easily pleasing to watch at first, but through re-watching the movie, you’d slowly understand what it’s about.
Here’s the thing about the new RoboCop remake: more than a rehash of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, this film is a retelling of RoboCop via a device used in another Verhoeven joint, Starship Troopers. Samuel L. Jackson pops up throughout as ultra-conservative talk show host Pat Novak. His broadcasts punctuate the narrative like the “Would You Like To Know More” segments in Troopers, and they function the same way. Director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) tries for the same effect, but, like with the rest of the film, misses the mark.
Novak argues in favor squads of armed drones patrolling the streets in what amounts to a militarized fascism, much like the government in Troopers mimics that of Nazi Germany. The thing is, RoboCop doesn’t go far enough in that direction; super timid, it never pushes into the extremes that it needs to in order to get this point across. You know that there are people in the theaters nodding along, going, “the man has a point,” totally missing what the film is trying to get at.
READ WITH CAUTION. MINOR SPOILERS FOR DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES BELOW!
The second installment in the rebooted Planet of the Apes film series is one of our most anticipated movies of the year. With new director Matt Reeves at the helm, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should expand and deepen what director Rupert Wyatt had built with the first film. Although the titular apes are the film’s main attraction, the human cast should provide some narrative strings that will directly tie into the original Planet of the Apes movie from 1968, or at least that’s the plan.
In an interview with MTV, Gary Oldman, while promoting the new RoboCop remake, spilled some more details about the Planet of the Apes sequel. The 55-year-old British actor revealed how the humans come into contact with the apes after 10 years of civil war. Oldman’s character is Dreyfus and it seems that he’s a leader among the humans. Oldman said:
Given that Episode VII isn’t due to start filming for another few months yet, it’s going to be a while before we get to see the first teaser or trailer for the next installment in the Star Wars saga. Thankfully, the internet has never been the sort to allow the orderly progression of time to get in their way, so YouTuber Mr. 88668866 decided to splice together a fan-made trailer to tease us with the epic prospects of a return to the galaxy far, far away.
Of course there isn’t actually any official footage from Episode VII at this point, so Mr. Lots-of-Numbers spliced together all manner of futuristic/space-y moments from movies including Serenity, Star Trek (2009) & Star Trek Into Darkness, John Carter, Man of Steel, Ender’s Game, Thor: The Dark World, and the trailers for the upcoming Noah and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending. Yes, you read that right — he got Biblical epic in our Star Wars.
Transcendence has been one of our most anticipated movies of the year since we first heard about it, and we’re only getting more excited the closer it gets. From what we’ve seen, it looks like everything we want out of sci-fi: a mix of kickass action, big important ideas, and characters we can sink our teeth into. Yesterday we got a new poster to gawk at—this film is apparently not immune to that hero-with-his-back-to-the-camera syndrome infecting Hollywood—and because the April 7 release date is still far enough off to feel like forever, we’ve got a brand spankin’ new trailer to keep us occupied, at least for a little while.
This, the second theatrical trailer, is similar in structure and tone to the first, though it is significantly less esoteric than those oblique teasers that preceded that. Even more than the last video, we get a specific breakdown of the core plot, and start to get a more definite sense of what Transcendence will look and feel like.