It seems like the only types of movies Tom Cruise stars in these days are action-heavy or science fiction films. Whether it be Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, or the upcoming Oblivion, Cruise obviously likes to be front and center, preferably running away from an explosion of some sort. Tom Cruise is currently in the middle of production for Warner Bros.’ film adaptation of All You Need Is Kill. Now some new shots from the shoot have found their way online, featuring the 50-year-old actor with his co-star, Emily Blunt.
Dead Space 3
In stores Tuesday
The original Dead Space is one of my favorite games of the current generation. The second one ramped up the action while still preserving the scares and tense atmosphere, for the most part anyway. Dead Space 3 is arriving on shelves tomorrow, and many fans have their fingers crossed that the new sequel doesn’t shift the focus even more to the action, at the expense of the scares. I realize you can only have hero Isaac Clarke crawling through darkened corridors so many times before some variety is needed, but I hope the developers haven’t lost the sense of what made the first one so much fun.
Among other things, Dead Space 3 will be taking Isaac Clarke groundside. The third game finds beleaguered engineer and part-time hero Clarke exploring the frozen landscape of a planet called Tau Volantis, as he tries to find a way to stop the Necromorph threat once and for all. Unlike in previous games, Clarke will have some backup along the way. DS3 will allow for co-op play throughout the campaign, allowing a second player to drop in as Sergeant John Carver.
It’s unclear if Dead Space 3 will be the final game in the series, but at the very least we probably won’t see the next installment until after the next-gen consoles launch (possibly late this year). Dead Space 3 will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft Windows.
While the first Terminator film did its part in jolting the adrenaline of my youth, its sequel, T2: Judgment Day, came close to ruining all signs of optimism from ever forming beyond my nine-year-old, barely formed mind. I knew all my state capitals and a slew of world capitals, and now I knew exactly what they would all look like in the aftermath of nuclear warfare, thanks to the amazing effects work done all the way back in 1991. Don’t get me wrong, I knew about WWII, and I had hypothetically wrapped my brain around what these kinds of bombs did, but an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie is responsible for the end of my innocence.
Two effects tests from that classic sequel have emerged, thanks to the Stan Winston School of special effects. And believe it or not, at around a minute, they still show off two of the greatest effects in the film.
The Hulk is about to go cosmic. After the success of The Avengers and the show-stopping appearance of The Hulk, many comic book fans wondered how the big green rage monster would fit into the next phase of Marvel movie domination. Well, it appears The Hulk may be headed for outer space.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW!!!
According to Latino Review‘s Marvel insiders, the cinematic Marvel Universe has big plans for Dr. Banner and “the other guy.” It’s rumored that, at the end of The Avengers 2, The Hulk will be deemed too dangerous for Earth, and will then be launched into a new solar system. He gets caught in a wormhole and lands on a new planet. According to the rumors, we’d get a Planet Hulk standalone movie, after which The Hulk would return to seek revenge on Earth in The Avengers 3.
The comic version of Planet Hulk was first published in 2006, and saw The Hulk banished from Earth by the Marvel version of the Illuminati. He travels to a distant planet where he becomes a lethal gladiator, and then eventually king. The following series, World War Hulk, could form the narrative of The Avengers 3, possibly with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. If you want to get a feel for Planet Hulk, you can check out Marvel’s animated feature film on Netflix Instant.
There is no question that J.J. Abrams is one of the hottest directors around right now. The announcement of Abrams taking the Star Wars directing job was mind blowing! With him now at the head of two huge sci-fi franchises, it’s worth looking back at what makes J.J. Abrams tick.
We all know Abrams has the pension for the dramatic, in terms of creating a certain element of suspense with his brand of storytelling. This is, of course, what he has called “the mystery box.” This is the central question his narratives revolve around. Below is J.J. Abrams’ TED Talk from 2007, where he describes the “mystery box” and how it relates to Star Wars.
In 2011, director Steven Soderbergh released the pandemic disaster film Contagion. It was a big box office success, and now its screenwriter wants to find Contagion a new home on the small screen.
In an interview with Coming Soon, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, while promoting his latest work, Side Effects, talked about possibly turning Contagion into a TV series. Burns says:
We’ve been talking about turning it into a TV series and I think it may have a life there. It has some of the properties inherently like Homeland and 24 where you can really explore outbreaks and pandemics in interesting ways. Like this story, they take you to unexpected places, whether it’s drug companies or governments or scientists or people with political agendas. All of these things, once they’re out there, can be coopted from a lot of different angles.
With last week’s release of David Fincher’s House of Cards on Netflix, it will be interesting to see if further high-profile shows opt to premiere on Netflix rather than standard network television. Soderbergh has praised the new Netflix original series, so perhaps he might be looking to follow in House of Cards‘ footsteps. And as for the source material, Contagion multi-layered and multi-character narrative, Contagion could make for a great show. Burns continues: