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The US Military Enlists Hollywood’s Help To Build A Real Life Iron Man

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Iron ManIn the latest case of life imitating art, the United States government is working to create a real life Iron Man suit. Watching Marvel’s three standalone movies, plus The Avengers, we’ve all sat there and thought about how cool it would be to fly around in one of those bad boys, and apparently so did the military. Now they’re asking Hollywood for a helping hand.

The Wall Street Journal (or the Verge if you’re not one to pony up for WSJ’s subscription fee, and how many of us do that?) is reporting some new details of the suits, known as Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, an acronym that is straight out of a comic book. They’ve brought in the help of companies like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, which makes sense, these are just the kind of private contractors that you would expect to be involved in a project like this.

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I Origins Photo Gallery Gazes Deeply Into The Mysterious Indie Feature

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I OriginsIf you’re tired of being pummeled by the giant robots, massive prehistoric lizards, and obligatory sequels of this summer’s blockbuster season, Mike Cahill’s new film I Origins might be just the palate cleanser you need. This is quiet, esoteric, independent science fiction that relies more on an interesting idea than large-scale special effects and an unlimited budget to get its point across. After premiering at Sundance back in January, where it walked away with the Alfred P. Sloane Feature Film Prize, the film will open July 18, and Fox Searchlight has released this new photo gallery provides you a closer look.

The film stars Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt as Ian Gray, a PhD student in molecular biology who specializes in the evolution of the human eye. Cold and analytical, his world is thrown into upheaval by an encounter with Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) an exotic, free-spirited young woman who he ultimately loses. His research continues with his partners Karen (Brit Marling) and Kenney (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead), and they make a shocking discovery that has implications not only in their chosen field, but also in the wider realms of science and spirituality, and leads Ian on a globetrotting adventure.

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Mark Wahlberg Rumored For Six Million Dollar Man Remake

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SixMillionMark Wahlberg is the star of one of the biggest movies of the summer, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. Since its opening on June 27, Age of Extinction has raked in over half a billion dollars, so robots are clearly a good thing for Wahlberg’s career. But now that he’s a certified big-screen action hero, where does he go from here? Well, rumor has it he might take on another classic property, and a character who’s part robot himself: The Six Million Dollar Man.

Hollywood has been trying to get a Six Million Dollar Man movie together for ages. Kevin Smith wrote a script adaptation back in the ’90s, and over the years various actors have been rumored for the lead role, including Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, and Leonardo Di Caprio. The revolving door of directors has including Todd Phillips and Brian Singer. Now The Tracking Board reports that Wahlberg is the latest to be courted for the role of Steve Austin, an astronaut who is rebuilt with all manner of fancy cybernetic technology after a terrible crash. Peter Berg is aboard to produce this latest stab at a Six Million Dollar Man movie, along with Harvey Weinstein, and The Tracking Board says Berg may direct as well.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Eight Things We Learned From The 17-Minute Preview

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GuardiansMainAudiences got their first extended look at Guardians of the Galaxy tonight at special screenings that previewed 17 minutes of footage from Marvel’s upcoming space opera at locations across the country. Naturally, GFR beamed an ambassador into the screenings to get the skinny. We’ll go into spoiler territory after the jump below, but the footage was all from early in the film, so you can read ahead without ruining any major surprises. If you do want to remain pristine and totally unspoiled, however, we’ll just give you the good news: what we saw looks outstanding. It’s fast-paced, it’s funny, the cast is stellar, and the world director James Gunn and his collaborators have created is vivid and exciting enough that I can’t wait to see more. Early comparisons have been tossed around to The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and while I’m not ready to say Guardians will be as good as those two, I do feel comfortable guaranteeing Guardians will be one of the best movies of the summer from a pure entertainment standpoint. You can check out the new trailer they released tonight right here, featuring tons of new footage.

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Extended Trailer Delivers Villains And Michael Rooker

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If you were a part of the lucky crowd who got a chance to watch the 17-minute preview of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy tonight, then I bid you a fond congratulations. (You can read David’s report on the footage right here.) I can’t imagine watching that much footage without actually sitting down for the entire feature, but apparently Marvel has no problems tempting fans’ appetites that way. Instead, I engorged myself on the extended trailer that was released, which features almost as much new footage as the film’s very first preview did. This movie is going to be amazing!

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Israeli Apocalypse Thriller jeruZalem Debuts Large-Scale First Images

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jeruZalemHere at GFR, we’re pretty used to things trying to destroy the world as we know it. More often than not, Earth’s population falls victim to roaming hordes of zombies, or extremely contagious pathogens of differing origins. But we’re not sure exactly what’s going on in jeruZalem, the second feature from Israeli directors Doron and Yoav Paz, but at least we have some imagery to go along with their vague synopsis.

The Paz Brothers recently spoke with Bloody Disgusting and revealed the inspirations behind the production, as well as the very first jeruZalem stills. These are some pretty interesting pictures that give the film scope, as well as a skinny-armed potential threat. The brothers’ description of how they created the film makes me a little wary, as it sounds like there might be some F.P.V. shots as well as normal cinematography.